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Say. lt to VOL. XLl—NO. 77 TODAY'S WAR ANALYgW New Weapon Of Germany : No Surprise By JAMES HAHl'KR UniUd Prea Staff WrlUr Germany's secret weapon is the modem counter-part of (he last war's Big Bertha. Tli e new weapon Is a pilot-less plane, oj' winged toil), either description being correct. Here are a few of the facts permitted io get oul about the new Hying robot. It lias about Die explosive iwwcr of n oiie-(on bomb. 11 has a speed of nbout 225 miles an hour. II is somewhat smaller than a lighter plane, with a wing spun of about 20 feet. H lakes off from a railed runway similar to an amusement park roller coaster. It flies a fixed course and cannot dodge fighter plane or antl-aircrafi fire-. And it may be radio controlled and probably Is jet propelled. No Surprise To Allies Tlie weapon apparently Is a development of the radio-controlled Queen Bee airplane used in Brilan before (he war. Nor Is Its use a complete surprise to the Allies. Last Pall, Swedish correspondents, arriving in Stockholm from Berlin, told of such devices. In February, Allied airmen began an offensive In which they dropped 45,000 tons of explosives on the French Pas de Calais coast, where the aircraft were launched. I.nst Washington's blrlliday, Prime Minister Churchill warned Britons that Germany might resort to the contraption at any time. Actually, tins new weapon won't prove of any strategic value to the Germans. True, il will add to hom c front casualties in , Britain, which already has suffered 49,000 civilians killed and 59,000 wounded. But the new pilollcss 'planes probably are aimed al helping the German homc front rather than hurting the British home front. In other words, 1 they are a shot In the arm for war-weary Germans, tired of defeat, low in morale. Expensive Weapons Here are some reasons why the new devices probably will not 'prove of any slratcgip value, .in the first place,' ' lighter ^planes :, or anti-aircraft fire-may' explode .them harmlessly, befojc they reach the ground. And, in the second place;' they're too expensive. '.. : : i r i?.-V Excluding personnel, bombing by pllotless planes.-'jis 'T.just : ll£e ; - .any ' r ' ;% ,,.plane can carry 'as much as -2000 pounds nf explosives. But -it drops those explosives and goes homc for another load. The Germans, under this new system, are -dropping the planes as well as Ihe ; bombs. And there's little doubt but that these ^Tew contrivances, equipped as they (•{Ire with motors and gyroscopes, cost almost as much as a small fighter. The Germans are short on planes. Prime Minister Churchill said on D-Day that the Allies have 11,000 planes to support an invasion. A Stockholm military expert estl- rnales Luftwaffe strength at no more than 1SOO fighters and 100 bombers. Thus, even excluding the Russian Air Force, the Nails arc out-numbered better than five to one. America alone is turning out 8000 planes a month, while German production is believed to have sunk below 1000. Air Warfare Goes Ersatz Hence, the Nazis are not likely to devote much critical material, material used in the manufacture of precious planes, to this trick device. What It amounts to Is this. The Germans don't have enough planes to mount an air offensive against Britain. So, they're attaching wings to bombs and sending them over alone. Everything else x\n Germany is ersatz. Now Nazi ^jir warfare Is ersatz, too. Germany lias had other secret weapons, but none has amounted to much. Their radio-controlled glider bombs petered out, for Instance, became of one defect. The controlling plane had to remain within sight of the target and, consequently, within range of antiaircraft fire. Germany makes two hinds of secret weapons. Those fashioned of steel and chemicals by arms makers. And those manufactured out of thin air by propagandists. The latter have provided the Allies with some of the best laughs of the war. off and on Germany has claimed to have developed a plane capable of flying nine miles up, liquid air bombs, a projectile that freezes everything within a 500-yard radius, a heavy gas which is laid over a city and then ignited. And even an invisible plane. BLYTHEV1LLE COURIER NEWS ™« «*™ANT NEWBPAPKR OF NORTHMOT ARKANSAS AND noirn«4«. «,.«xm,T <*•*•*-* »» K-/ f Jy'heville Dally Ncwi Blythevllle Herald Blythevllle Courier Mississippi Valley Leader AND BOUTHEABT MISSOURI — BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS. SATURDAY. JUNK 17, 1944 SINGLE COPIES PIVE'CBNTS CHERBOURG ESCAPE ROUTE CLOSING Young Blytheville Man Helped Design B-2 9, New Super Bomber A Blythcville man indirectly played nil imporliuil part in the bombing of Japan Thursday us the engine cow!mi's and firewalls of (ho 2200 horsepower engine of (he Super Fortress B-20 wore designed by 11. 10. (Bud) Kislier 23 when he was design engineer for Boeing Aircraft Company at Seattle, Wash. After guarding the secret of his work in helping to do- sign an instnimeiil of death against the Japs, Fisher was jubilant when news of the B-23's success readied hero, " "where he is vacationing. "It was like a bolt going through my body when 1 heard for sure that our XD-29 had made good, but we engineers knew it would. There • M never was a doubt in our minds MrtKnAlli/lv llltei ' tlle " lil110 was finally tested PIOllDflWPT ' OK '''" hc *' M '» discussing his I IWIIJ4 Farm Leaders Seek Group From Arkansas Soys War Prisoners Needed In State The contention-that Arkansas is a labor surplus area was made by Paul V. McNutt, director of war manpower, and General Bryan, Commanding Prisoners of War, USA Service Command, In a recent inccl- ing.ln Washington-attended by Arkansas senators and congressmen and a three-man delegation from Arkansas, who attended Ihe mcel- Ing for the purposes of Inducing the Government to abide by iis signed contract for furnishing War Prison "abor to authorized camps In Arkansas. The Arkansas delegation, composed of Waldo Pi-aster, .secretary of .he Arkansas Farm Bureau Federation. Harvey Adams, sccretnry-inan- agcr of the Agricultural Council oli Arkansas, and C. N.iHouck of Marianna, representing the camp committee, and legislators contested Ihe work of fashlonlni; tills plane which Is called the largest, fastest, highest flying, hnrdrat hitting, heaviest loaded, longest range air clread- iv,uiglil ycl to conquer the skies. KnsiniHTs Kept Secret Tlie long-awaited day brought to young Fisher and his engineer as- snclales the rlghl to disclose information for Ihe first lime although they had known, since the day they bcpnn work, tlml they were designing u plane which musl fly Io Japan, drop bombs of death nnd return to its base. "We knew it all the time for thai thought made us work all the harder and kept us from becoming discouraged when things went wiong, but no one ever discussed Ihe matter with thc 'outside world' ", he said. This young engineer was one ot thc several hundred chosen by the Boeing Company nnd the federal government to work on a ship designed to reap vengeance for the attack on Pearl Harbor. Many engineers about his age were taken out of advanced schools abor surplus figures as applied to °' learning arid others removed from agriculture. However, later investigation disclosed :that the figures include both agriculture and Industry. • ' •• •';•: Through efforts .of the comm'.t- posltions to perfect the super-plane. Five-Year Job Fisher was assigned the job of designing tlie .vital cowlings In Feb- tce r H!ic' following.results 'wens i.c- ruary,-: 1942. While it sometimes complishcd: r .Thjy"Al;my Service ' takes ( as long as five years to design Command/agreed: th.ti't an, GbUeiillon and.make a plane tested nnd put with Arkansas-farmers had*teefv 111-"-i'ito 'operation, it only took n small curred which special effort should ' P |lrt Ol ll > c usual'time to design be made to fulfill; ThiuVif 'any such j make- and tcsl the B-2d. condition existed in any other area, Harold St. John First Invasion Casualty Here The first man from this section known to have been wounded In ac- .Uon during the invasion of Europe W.is Harold E. St. John, of the Navy, f/m of Mrs. J. w. St. John of Bly- thevllle. A chief motor machinist's mate, lie had been stationed in England for an extended time prior to the Invasion. News of his having been wounded was sent his mother by the Nivy Department but no details were revealed. Chicago Wheat open high low close pr.cl. July . 159'/i 159% 158% 159% 159% Sept,, 168ft 169?4 158&. 158^4 159 they had no knowledge of if, That a definite effort would be made by thc Washington office to secure suffi- cincl war prisoners by harvest time to fulfill agreements. These would be allotted to:-'the Eighth Service Area and they would recommend that the obligations incurred in Arkansas be'first fulfilled before prisoners were furnished to any other stale in the area. ' Tlie Washington committee made its report to the general camp committee at a meeting held in Brinkley on Friday, June 8th. On resolutions offered, the general committee agreed to recommend thai (1) all camps be reinstated as of the dale of application, and (2) thai present prisoners available be allotted to camps on a basis of those available to those authorized, camps thai are completed and hare immediate need to be suppli:xi firs!-. As camps having an immediate need are completed, their allotment will be diawn from the other camps. Finns Engage Soviet Troops Harid-To-Harid By United I'rcss Russian and Finnish troo]>s are engaged in fierce hand to hand fighting on thc Karelian Isthmus. Thc Russians are attacking with the bayonet and the defending Finnish troops have resorted to their traditional weapon, the long, deadly knife. Moscow reports that thc Red army ha* broken through another Finnish defense line In the rapid drive toward VJ.ipurl, Finland's third largest city. Since Russia started her big offensive exactly one week ago she reports she has captured more than 242 localities. However, many of the villages Russia has taken arc empty, as Finland is said io have evacuated civilians from the entire Karelian area. And in addition to losing on the battlefield, Finland finds that her diplomatic relations in Washington are nol going well. For a long lime Finland was held up as a model nation—the only one that paid her world war debl insUH- menti. But now, only 24 hours after Finland paid her latest debl installment, the United States has brusquely broken off diplomatic relations with Helsinki. Finish Minister Hjalmar Procope, and three of his legation counselors have been ordered to leave the country as soon as possible. Chicago Ry* •* — >-««•— open high, low close pr.cl. July . 108',i 110(4 lOBtt 109S 108;4 Sept. . 111H 109K 110>i 109JS Indiana, Iowa and. Wisconsin each have a village named Honey Creek, . When the engineers were not thinking of thc'maiiy intricate ideas which went Inlo Ihe building of the largest plane In thc world, they spent most of Ihelr lime figuring when the ship first would be used. Contrary Io what mosl of the public thought—that Increased activity against the Jiips would not immediately follow the Invasion of Europe—most of thc engineers "hit the spot" about guessing the time Fisher said. "But we had thc advantage. We knew the plane long ago had been designed, built and thoroughly tested and that thc B-29 could be used immediately following the Invasion of Europe," hc added. Pride of Builders While the biggest plane in the world, with its great speed al extremely high altitudes and so perfect In performance it does not even have fighter escorts, seems like a super-natural .giant of machinery to the average layman, it is like something 'beloved 1 to its designers. Fisher and thc other engineers know piece by piece the plane nearly 100 feet long, with a wing span of 141 feet, an overall height of 27 feel and weight of between 50 and 00 tons. "It is long and cylindrical In shape, with slender, tapering wings, Its single fln and rudder closely resemble the efficient dorsal fin of the B-1T Fortress but Its engines are nearly twice as powerful as those of thc Flying Fortresses, turning up 8800 horsepower on the take-off. The engines under my cowlings and fire- walls arc 18 cylinder radial air- cooled Wright Cyclones. Iis huge 16 1-2 fool four-bladcd Hamilton- Standard propellers are thc largest ever installed on any aircralt. Its huge bomb bay carries an unbelievable load and is so constructed that large bombs may be carried. It is armed with many 50-callbcr machine gims and a 20-milllniDler cannon. There is no spot from which an enemy plane can attack A B-29 that our guns can not reach. Flown By Best 1'ilcls "I could go on for hours talking about H," smiling said the young engineer as he was able for thc first time to tell about his work to friends. "Remember, it's a 'honey' and it will get the besl pilots in the world where they want to go and get them back safely," he added. Fisher now is field service engineer traveling throughout the United States to various air bases where Boeing planes arc used. At homc for his first vacation In three years, he was for IB months, after working on the B-a9, Hying with Army Air Forces—teaching service men how to service, repair and operate B-17 Flying Fortresses. Subject to overseas duly, Fisher expects foreign service within a short time. Son of Mrs. Hattle Fisher Rialcs now of BIylhevllIe, and the late H. E. Fisher of Osccola, he was reared there. After graduating from high school In Osceola, he attended George Washington University, Washington, D. c., while employed by tho government during his college career. Allies Invade Historic Elba, West Oi Italy Isle Where Napoleon Was Kept In Exile Scene Of Fighting % DM If ctl press French I'ollus swnrmcd ashore today on Elba, the tiny Isle on which Napoleon once lived in exile. An Allied communique says' a trench army detachment launched a successful invasion of the Island, which lies off Italy's west, coast. A Gcrmiin report asserts the landing was preceded by 'n violent ilr bombardment by several hundred planes. Berlin claims the first Iroonx landed from liO barges at the, southern end of the Island. Thc Scrmans say this assault was followed b v another landing on the "orlh const near Portofemilo, El>a's capital and best port, The Nazis say violent fighting Is 'aging for the ballcry positions on he island. Berlin also declares tlml Amrelcan and British troops nnd ank units were part of Ihe. Invasion orcc. There Li no Allied conflrma- ion of this claim. Thc first official communique mentions only French troops. The capture of Elba, where Nn- polcon spcnl more Ihan nine month., In exile, would provide n Hank support for the Allied forces racing northward along the Italian west coast. The Island is only five miles from Plombino on the Italian mainland, which In turn Is some 30 miles of the Fifth Army's present fighting front. ' On llic Kalian mainland, Allied forces arc still slashing northward, Eighth Army troops, driving ahead from Tern I, have taken Spolcto. Trcvl and Fologno. Fologno is a major transport center 28 , miles above Tcrni, which fell only two days ago. Radio Algiers reports lhal according Io advices from'Zurich,'Italian patriots. Imvoi captured the cnUr'-i. Fascist 7 garrison of the : itallah'pbrF of Flume. ' French General Arrives In France General Charles Ue Oaulle, on tour of llboralcd Fran^'ls gr,.ctcd'"by I! " J ' clllls - dlrltlsh pliol/j by u. B. Signal Corps from oiitliMslnsllci French DojHUnco In UA Telciiholo,) Bond Sales Far Behind Schedule For First Week "There will have to be n lot of bonds sold before Monday night if Blythcville is to achieve its goal of meeting its quota of $680,000 in the first week of the drive," Loy B. Eich, chairman of thc Cliicka- sawba district, said this morning. Reports from the banks nnd Post Office at 10 a. m. today stiow- cd a total of only $300,143 War Bonds actually Issued. No reports have been received from committee chairmen In outlying districts "There is two-fold purpose in buying bonds," Mr. Eich pointed out. "One Is to finance the actual waging of thc war, the other is to help win the peace by piling up a tremendous purchasing power for post-war needs," he added. Due to the unusually large qu,ita for the Fifth War loan Mr. Elcii stressed the point that everyone who had been buying bonds regularly each month should try '.o buy an extra bond al Ihls time. Rites To Be Held For Kenneth Wayne Voyles Kcnclh Wayne Voyles. s-ycnr- old son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Voyles ot near Luxora, died at 5 o'clock yesterday afternoon at Memphis Baptist Hospital of rheumatic fever. He hart been In the hospital /or three weeks. In addition to his parents, Hie boy is survived by two brothers, Thomas Voyles Jr., and Jamo.s Calvin Voyles, both al home, and three sisters, Eileen Voyles, Mamie Sue Voyles, and Ann Voyles, at homc. Funeral services will be held at 2 o'clock tomorrow afternoon at the family homc with the Rev. L. O. Miller, pastor of the New Liberty Daptlsl Church, officiating. Burial will be mad,; at Sandy Ridge Cemetery. Cobb Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Drive Has Good Start Throughout U. S. With 1 1 Per Cent Reached WASHINGTON, June 17. (UP)- . The Treasury reports that the Fifth War Loan drive Is off to a good start. Already, nearly If per cent of the six billion dollar quota for individual sales has been reached. So f»r, tolnl sales throughout the ,~ ™ 7, "" ....... """ • •"""." country show that Missouri Is lead- " e "" s ' x "] , A " n * troo l K °'> In all othe 7s 1 "'' 1 °" " lltc " N ™ Oul.ien Tlie earth, about 8000 miles In diameter, casts a shadow almost a million miles into space. New York Stocks AT&T 150 7.3 Amcr Tobacco 70 Anaconda Copper 261-2 Beth Steel 615-8 Chrysler 87 1-4 Coca Cola 1261-2 Gen Electric 381-2 Gen Motors 641-4 Montgomery Ward 48 N y Central 18 3-4 Jnl Harvester 77 Norlh Am Aviation •. 81-2 Republic Steel 185-8 Radio n 1-4 Socony Vacuum 13 5-8 Studcbakcr 18 7-8 Standard of N J 673-4 Texas Corp 49 Packard fi U S Steel BS'l-2 Struggle For Saipan Mounts In Intensity; U.I Forces Advance Ily Unllcil 1'rrs.x I lie Ameni-aiis on Saipan in lh c Marianas arc riglitlnK bloody hand to l.aml battles against maifhicnl J»u rcsi.sta.ico Ailor .mcctintr Lhc fiorco.sl braichficwl opposition slncb JariiwH, the,C,Is plowed through a -murderous bamiKo of mortar and ai'lillery; (Ire. rnrllier inliuVd: They, broke Irnouuh AMMWW^ lirtcs .rOjpvg UicN'iKlU" mill lown oTCIim-mi KmioH, And advanced lu'taiTumn five jnlloH from Giiniiiiui. Gnnipmi is Snlpnii's mlminislrat.Ve center. - ' The warfare Is'tho'IliHl largo scale conlllcl between ground forces'of Japan nnd tlie United States. Admiral NlmlU estimates 30,000 Jups arc defending the- Islands, and tho Japanese insert we already have landed at basl lfi,(ioo men. i As the struggle mounts In Intensity, it come's to resemble Ihe most Missouri Leads In Bond Buying snvngo European encounters, Tho bailie for O'hanm Kanoit was a bit- lor strcet-to-slrcct' fight, with weapons as modern and deadly as those used In France mid Unly. American capture of Saipan would unlock Jttnnn'ji Inner defense perimeter. The Islund straddles Ihe enemy's central Pacific supply lino less than 1500 miles southeast of Tokyo. Bitter land fighting Is also under wily In the Soulliwcsl Pacific, Am- ing all other stales in tend sale,. ferocious" jap rie: -Ireasury_ report odds that , hnlsb wcst or Mok ; Thc chairman of the Civil Aviation Joint Legislative Committee asks that public and commercial airports be controlled by the slates, or by private businesses. Chairman William P. MacCrack- cn, Jr., says that federal funds for financing airports should be allocated through slate channels. He adds thai .slates should have supervision of construction nnd maintenance of all public airfields. In Chicago, a strike of in tool grinders at the Chrysler Corpora- lion plant Is threatening to hold up production, on the Army's gtanl U-29 liombcrs. Manufacture of 13-23 en- jincs will lie slowed down until the C'lO strikers return to work. The men quit yesterday afternoon In protest over the firing of a follow cr;.p!oyce. Union officials say the .str'.co Is completely urMithorizrd. On Capitol Hill—Congressional conferees arc trying to finish up the price control extension bill before thc recess for the presidential conventions. Conferees yesterday adopted an amendment which will terminate the present subsidy program June 30 of next year. In Detroit, fires razed thc million dollar State Fair grounds barns early today. A stable boy died of Ihird degree burns. And 38 priM horses at the grounds for thc season's racing, were burned to death. May July Oct. Dec. Delegates Register HOT SPRINGS, June 17 (UP)— More than 125 delegates have registered in Hot Springs for the 17th annual Grand Assembly of the Rainbow Order for Girls. Delegates will be welcomed today by Past Grand Master of Arkansas Masons, S, A. Kemp. Julian James of Jonesboro, representing the Rainbow dads, will also speak today. umj Officers will be elected before tlioloct. session closes. Dec. hurl- counter of Mokmcr enemy boys are moving slowly toward tars threatening our positions. In North Burma there's an important victory to report, American trained Chinese forces stormed Into Ihe great Japanese base al Ka- rntilng. They captured the stronghold after heavy attacks. Kamalng lies 1C miles above Mognung and the enemy's main supply railway to Mtmdnlay. Tlie Important victory came as American detachments scored new gains In their thrust through the northern section of My- ilkylna. Hie upper terminus of Ihe Miuidnlay route. Candidates For District Post Visit BlythcYille Interest In the campaign for office of prosecuting attorney of Second Judicial District increased during thc past scvernl.days with two of the Uirec candidates visiting Blythcville, prior to their returning later for longer stays. Marcus rictz, Joncsnoro attorney, who Is seeking reelection, was here Thursday. James Cecil Hale, stale representative and Marlon attorney, spenl today here with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. E. A. Hale, and other relatives and friends. Hc was reared In Blylhcvllle. •. New York Cotton open high , 2025 2035 , 2C02 2000 2150 2153 2078 2085 , 2050 2050 low close pr.cl. 2017 2030 202G 1092 2001 2002 2144 2153 2151 2072 2082 2075 2044 2056 2051 N. 0. Cotton Mar. May July open high low close pT.cl. , 2026 2037 2013 2035 2028 . 5000 2012 1995 2009 2002 . 2175 2176 2169 2189b 2175 . 2078 2088 2073 3088 2080 , 2053 2058 2048 3058 "2055 Late Bulletins t.ONIKlN, -.Mm, n. (lll'l-A Ocrmim t>n>aili;;i.vl rcimrls Hint Major (IciKirul Frlti \vitl. com. "Kinder of a littler ycmtb piviurr • <1lvls l has teon killed In Nur- iimmly. LONDON, .lim7~n. (UI')-Hy- niB I-nrlrcsscs anil Mlicnjiiirs attacked six (iitrman i<lr<lr«ine.v hi smilli(!rii Nonnnndy, lhc i>«rls area, and near n.mloRne Imliiy. <!II1()A(1(>, June. n. (|!|>)_The- A. K of I,, Tciiiiuicni' Dillon un. llOIIllces Hint mnro UiiUl 510,000 ovcr-ilio-nmd truck drivers In olnlil MUlWcslcrn , slates will .strike July Int. May Have Answer To Rocket Gun LONDON, June I'l (Ul 1 )—Air cx- Pcrls In nrltnln believe the answer to Ocntmny'ii robot bombers already 1.1 tit hand alter » short spun of pilollcss aerial warfare. That nns- wcr cannot be revealed nl present, But It Is believed to be completely simple niid iindrnmiillc. However, one part of llio counter offensive was nlr allacks ngalnsl the Pas dc Cnlah area, where complicated takcotf strips for the ro- bol bombs dot the French 'consl. Tho pllotlnu aircraft, as llic Hrll- Ish call llicm. streaked over the channel ngaln last night. But the attacks were on a much smaller tcnlo and decidedly less startling, Mniiy of the bombs were brought down and some were exploded '» mld-alr by counter measures. Home Security Minister Morrison gave nssurnncc yesterday that tlamnRC Inflicted by the weird bombs wns relatively light nnd could nol Impede Ihe Allied war effort. All known fncU about llic nm- chlncs were given to the public af- ler a day of wild conjecture. For Instance, the device is understood to have no propeller. It Is powered by a motor which compresses gases In the projection tall, nccounlalng for the engine noise as well n s Ihe smoke and sparks, It carries the equivalent of n 2000 pound bomb. Is ihlck skinned, and apparently explodes on contact. II probably travels nboul 225 miles nil hour—well within the range of a pursuing fighter plane. The Genmui high command continued to over emphasize the power of tbe new machines. But propaganda minister Gocbbels warned (be German people today thai all now hangs In the balance on the western front. The weather still Is bad over the Channel today. Northwesterly winds whipped the Straits of Dover at noon, making rough beach conditions, However, visibility was good. In the air war, a big force of British and Canadian heavy bombers, possibly 1000 strong, attacked th c synthellc oil planl nl Sterk- rade In Germany's Ruhr valley, and military InsUllallons in France last night. A m e r Ic a n Flying Fortresses bombed nlrporU In Southern Nor- nmndy, thc Paris area and the Boulogne area today. General Charles De Oaulle, head of the French committee of National Liberation, returned to Algiers today after conferences In London and s one-day lour of lib- crated parts ot Normandy. White Heads Engineers LITTLE ROOK, June 17 <UP>The new president of the Arkansas Society of Professional Engineers is Leonard N. White of Little Rock. White was elected at a meeting of the engineers last night. Fred J. Herring of Little Rock was named fret vice president. Americans Now 1 Miles From Western Coast Another French Town Captured By Allies In Normandy Drive , AIJ.1KD UISADQUAR-' 'J'KHS, London, June 17 (UP). —American troops now are within seven miles of cutting off the Cotentin Pcniimiui and isolating Cherbourg. The- Important roait Junclkuf of St. Jacques Da"Nohou fell to the ' Americans tjils morning. The town •' lies four mlle.'i beyond St.. Smiver Ijo Vkointe now In American hands, which controls tho last rnllroud ami the main hlnhway from Cherbourg. The'new capture puts the Americans well on HIP road to the port- of Cmtcrcl on tho west coast of ' the peninsula. Helow tills drive, other, threats to cjhcrlionrj! arc developing, Another Aincilcun column • Is three miles nwny from Ln linya-Du Pulls, tlnoiigh which pass both the west const und island highways mid tho west const railways, la Hnyc-Du Pulls Is south of tlie junction seined, yesterday. German Kctrpiit Seen ' • Ttmndeitioll pilots iclurning' from raids on f.n llnyc report growlno Indications that tiic Germans nre propm-lng to withdraw to Coiilnmic.i, 12 miles further' BOlUh, • One t'atiman .snld general enemy traffic at. Lcssay appealed to' be hcndUig wutli rnllier than toward the front. Elsewhcio , 4 on the Noimnndy front, tin;' Americans arc reported In conliol ot Motitebourg. However, nil Allied hcn'dcjuartcrB: nnokesman says the Germans still hold part of the mined town. On Ibe southern sector, British troops smashed through, German' lines.tclmeen Tilly and ''Cai'n nncl scl»ed a vlllase, »' move said to offer n Jumping off-point for tut- lire operations.' ; Bntrtlcy Confident 'Hie latcEl Allied advances Imvs enlarged the bciiclilicnd to 800 square miles. Lleutchanl Clc'neral Bradley, commander of American Invasion force.';, told correspondent.'! that the Allied poltUm now is absolutely secure. He added, "I >lon'"t see how the enemy cnn kick iis out." An estfinnted 300,000 Germans from 16 divisions, Including.'ZOOiOOD' first line fighting men, have been thrown Into battle, but four divisions have been virtually destroyed. The first official report of American casualties on French soil was announced todaj'. Since D-Day, the Americans have lost 3000 dcnd and 12,000 wounded op French soil. Actually, n higher--percentage, of disunities was anticipated.' : ': United Press Correspondent Hen- ! ry Oorrcll tells of hardened dough- ' boys outfighting and .outshootlnq; • the enemy which at some points oul numbered them 20 to 1. Oor- rell also says German prisoners token In the peninsular area are •' complaining of being practically foodlcss arid admitting"..Ui'at ammunition k running short. Missouri Woman Dies Last Night . At Post Hospital Mrs. IVR Lucille Wages of Catron, Mo., died at 12 o'clock last night at the Blythevllle Army Air Field Hospital ot malaria and jaundice. She was admitted to the BAAF hospital Thursday after having been a patient for a week in a Slkcston, Mo., hospital. Mrs. Wages, the mother of two young daughters, was 31. Funeral services will be helj at 10 o'clock tomorrow morning nt (.ho Baptist Church in Catron, with tha Rev. A. B. Jordon, pastor, offii'Rl- ing. Burial will be made at Greenway, Ark. Slid Is survived by her husband. Pvl. Leonard Wages, stationed at Camp Roberts, Calif.; two daughters, Margaret and Emma Jane; her. father, Dave Robinson of Catron; a brother, Staff Sergt. Ira Robinson of Fort Bonning, Ga., and three sisters, Mrs. Berlie Rand- Ion nnd Mrs. Eva Wllkcrson of Catron, and Mrs. Opal Rogers of Slkciton, Mo. Holl Funeral home Is In charge of arrangements. .". '• \ Livestock ST. LOtffS, June 17 (UP)—Hogs 1,000 all salable; holdovers 500. top 13.70; 180-270 Ibs emupv 140-160 Ibs ll-12; sows 10.50. Cattle 600, salable 100; calves none. Bulks (or week: mixed yearlings 13-15.75; cows 9.25-10.75. canners and cutters 6-9; steers 14.90-16:25. Weather ARKAKSAS—Partly cloudy* this 1 afternoon,'tonight and Sunday,: ' ;

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