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BLYTHEVILLE VOL. Xt,I—NO. 252 Blytheville Dally Newt BlythevUle Courier ..THS.DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OF NORTHHA6T AltKANSAfl AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI NEWS BlyUwrille Bcnld ppl Vftllcr LMdtt KLYTHEVILLE,'ARKANSAS, FRIDAY, JANUARY' 12, i<M5 Congress Seeks Way To Enforce Work-Fight law Stiff Fines Or Prison Sentences Considered For Recalcitrants WASHINGTON. Jan. 12 (UP) — Congressional leaders apparently arc willing to put tcelli into the pending work or fight bill, if that will help to get men from 18 to 45 into war work and hold them there. But this afternoon, they were considering stiff fines or prison sentences, rather than threats of Induction into labor battalions, as the most practical way to make the proposed work or fight edict stick. Lieutenant General ^Knusden, Army production director, lias joined the advocates of this solution to the manpower problem. Testifying before tlie House Military Affairs Committee today he said: "Itwould be bad if we put recalcitrants into the Array." Thus, he Indicated he favored the proposed criminal action. Representative May, author of the bill already has said he is willing to abandon the original provisions for drafting work dodgers into-labor battalions in favor of fines or imprisonment. However, any action on the work or light bill probably will be held up until the CIO and AFL have a chance to present their views to the committee next week. Showing just what a critical need there. Is for manpower, War Production Chairman Krug reveals that: the 1945 munitions program has been increased by nine percent, and that the overall aircraft production of last October must be tripled by March. Krug also reveals that the United Slates how |- "'•educing well over 135 B-29's a 1 \ the first indi- .• cation given . :-. ..Jw many Super-. : forts are rolling off our assembly lines. • ';'."V. •Part of the increased munitions, says Krug, will go for equipment for- the new ' French Army. President Roosevelt in his message to Congress last Saturday, disclosed that large French forces would be supplied with modern arms by the Allies'. Russians At Last Strike With Mighty Winter Push In Poland, According to German Broadcast LONDON, Jan. 12 (U.P.)—Berlin reports thnt the Red Army has begun its long-awaited winter offensive in Poland. An enemy broadcast says that the Russians linve swung into action all along a broad front west of the Vistula river some 120 miles below beleaguered Warsaw. It is in that area thnt the Red Army holds a bridgehead across the river near Sandomierz and Baranow. The Nazi broadcaster rcvcnls tliat Crash Victim already several wedges havo been driven In the German defenses. He says the Germans havo been thrown back by the first blows heralded by drumfire barrage of hundreds of Red Army guns. The first reports of the drive do not make It clear just how far the attack front spreads. But the Russians apparently are lashing out all around the perimeter of the bridgehead. Close followers of Marshal Josef Stalin's battle strategy point out that he.usually uncorks major offensives with blows in a comparatively limited sector, and then widens the front ; wlth successive onslaughts until the major drive Is underway. Some, sources' believe that this Accident Fatal to Farm Worker Virgil Maxwell Dies After Being Struck On Manila Highway Virgil Maxwell, 40-year-old tarni worker of this vicinity, was fatally injured when struck by a car yesteriiay noon as, he walked along Highway 18 West. '.' . ; He; died last night at Walls Hospital: ;;- '-'-- : • ••••'•• • ' '" -i Taylor Freeman of Dell, driver of the car, was absolved of blame by investigating officers. -Witnesses said the man stepped directly from the highways shoulder into the path of the car, pulling :i truck, and that the front side of the car knocked him to the pavement. As the car stopped, the truck struck the pedestrian, but'he was Lieut. John H. Harp • * » * Church Service To Honor Flier Memorial Is Planned Here Sunday Morning For Lieutenant Harp The morning service of. First Methodist Church Sunday will be dedicated to Second Lieut. John H. Harp, 24, son of Mr. and Mrs. H. L. Harp, killed in an aircraft crash Nov. 9 at Darkav, French West Africa. .The service,. to beghr.at...10:55 o'clock, will be the regular bunday morning ritual with the Rev. S. B. W|lford, pastor, to, deliver the ser- jrjon , .,,*,, > , Tiiis dedication to the memory of Lieutenant. Harp follows a similar service at the Methodist Church in Charleston, Mo.; where he was christened and where he and : tiis family were members prior to mov- Berlin-reported attack at the .lower end of the Polish front will expand to encompass, the northern part ot the eastern front. If this, is the blow for which the Allied .world hus been waiting, it promises to be'a big one. .A few. days ago United Press Correspondent Henry Shapiro reported from Warsaw that formidable Russian and Polish forces were massed on the outskirts of Warsaw. And subsequent reports told of Russians and Poles , gathering hundreds of thousands strong along the cast bank of the -Vistula and in the bridgehead south of the capital. They were just waiting for the word go to sweep across the frozen Polisl: plains which, with the coming of spring will turn into mud; waiting for the chance to Join the Red Army troops now battling in the last ialf of Budapest in their drive foi the heart of Germany herself. If Berlin Is telling tlie truth, and Hie enemy, many times before has released the first notice of a Re Army "drive,'it looks as if the word 'go" has been .given. American Units )rive To Close ;j Nazi Escape Gap Pattern Sends Outfit From South To Meet) Tanks From North PARIS, Jan. 12 (U.P.)—The last adlng hope of forcing the. Ger- ians to stand nnrt right In tlie \rdoimcs salient where they cpuld e enveloped and destroyed rests 'l.th two American outfits tqday. One Is the Third Armored" D(Ision Ihrusllng down from the lorth of the Belgian bulge. • Tlss thcr group Is nn unidentified U.S. lilrd Army outfit moving up from lie south In an effort to Join orccs with the Third Armored Division.. Whether the two Yank forces an close the (jap, and weld, a Imln ot armor across Marshal .Von Rumlstedt's path remains to bo ;ecn. • ' • • '. , At last and friends pause not run over. Death resulted juries. from head in- Officers were told that the pcd- de.strian, walking along the shoulder as a track passed the Freeman car, stepped onto the pavement alter the truck went on, to cause the sccident, which .occurred two and a half miles west of Blytheville. Deputy Sheriff E. A. Rice conducted the investigation. Son of Will Maxwell, who lives o» the Ones Austin farm near Dell, he also is survived by a brother, Orady Maxwell of Dell. Working at various places, lie picked cotton during the past season. He had lived in this section to;20 years. Funeral services and burial were* this afternoon at Memorial Park Cemetery with Holt Funeral Home In charge. ing here. As relatives during this hour to show 'their love • and respect to ; this flier, his older brother will be continuing the same job against the enemy. Lieut. Harry R. Harp also is in foreign service as squidron ^navigator in the .European Theater of War: • •; , .;. ' - : . , .••••. Lieut. John H. Harp moved here with his family in 1929. Graduated from Blythcville High School, he attended Southeast Missouri Teachers College at Cape Girardeau and Hendrix College, Conway, before leaving school in February, 1943, to enter the Army Air Forces. .. He received his .wings and commission In May, 1944, at George Field, 111., and as a co-pilot on a B-26 bomber, was sent overseas two weeks prior to his death. Besides his parents and brother, he also is survived by a sister, Mrs. John Arcnds of Charleston, Mo. County Bureau Group Attends District Meet The Mississippi County Farm Bureau was well represented.at th District Farm Bureau Meeting jes terday In Jonesboro, according t H c Knappenberger, secietarj The following, committee sup ^, T .„• , ... . * SINGLE COPIES FIVE'CENTS Units May Be American Attack reports, vanguards of ach division were reported wjthln our miles of Houffnlizc; the turn- able of the German pocket. And crowding ahead enemy covering hey are still hrough^ strong orces. ' Snow Hampers Allies With driving snows still working on their side, the Nazis are put- Ing up. one of their typical do-6r- dle fights to hold open the .. cs- gap, as Von Run'dstedt tries a pull out a substantial part" of he 20 Panzer and Grenadier Divisions with which lie began ' his Ardennes offensive. ' ; ','• Berlin radio commentntors ^already arc 'writing off the bulge, snylng that Rundsledt's main objective, the , diversion of Alllisc strength from other sectors, ha! been nccompllshed. The Germans '. retreating v to trie east are being pressed to tap spefe by Allied troops closing in behind thein. •' , ^ BritL^h troops.; now Ironing ' biv. the tip of the salient have gained seven -miles in' 24 hours, and lire Just 12 miles of (he focal: point 1 o Houffnlizc. ;:, And the doughboys wha. : occn pied La-Roche on tho northwestern end of -the line are pushing down into the pocket in hot pursuit p the'- enemy. ^The next few hbiir promise 1 gains. to 1 bring news, of fresh '• •' ' ' , '••- -- ;•'•• /' •/•' f4l5'' S<IH. -AwtressSve: Cross .. in discussions Legislators Act On Seven Bills; 18 More Offered LITTLE ROCK, Jan. 12. (UP)— Members of the 55th, Arkansas General Assembly acted on seven proposals yesterday, introduced 18 new proposals, and then adjourned until Monday afternoon. . Tlie House, in a two hour session, passed one measure and had seven bills and one resolution Introduced. The measure adopted yesterday was House Resolution No. 3, introduced earlier In the session by Rep.-W. H. Ablngton of White County. Adoption of the resolution placed the House- on record as opposing transfer of any part of State Welfare Fund to any other fund and opposing diversion or any tax levied for Slate Welfare Fund. In the Senate, the budget committee's measure appropriating $65,000 for Senate expenses during the current session was adopted and sent to tlie House for approval. The senators also passed the House appropriation bill for $154,000 to take care of House expenses. Six new bills and four resolutions were introduced In the upper house yesterday. Michigan State Senator Found Shot To Death JACKSON, Mich., Jan. 12. (UP) — A total of $15,000 is being offered for the arrest and conviction of the slayer of Michigan's State Senator Warren Hooper. Tlie Detroit News has posted n S5000 reward, and the legislature will ofler an additional 510,000. ' Police are working on the theory that Hooper was killed to prevent his testifying .against three defendants accused of bribery in connection with a horse-racing bill. Hooper's body, with three bullet wounds In the head, was found in his burning car on a highway near Jackson, Mich., this morning. Chisca Hotel Settles For Room Overcharges MEMPHIS, Jan. 12. (UP)—It ha: been announced that the Chisca Hotel has settled an account with the OPA for overcharges oh rooms The amount was $7,000, the largos amount paid by any hotel In tin Memphis OPA district. planning at the'.meeting: Johnnie Grain and Carl Bunch, Wilson; Leroy Carter, Leachvijle; W. E. Hagan, Huffman; Chester Caldwcll, H. C. .Knappenberger, Keith Bilbrey and jFTed Eleeman, Blytheville! Delton 'Maloch, Osceoia; C. F. Thornpkins and J. H. Hale, Burdette; J. J. Pickrcn, Manila; A. c. Owens'and A. J. Lewis, Lost Cane- Little River; Hlldred Bunch, Yarbro; and Charles Rose, Roseland. Plans were made to launch the Farm Bureau Enrollment Campaign during the remainder of January and early Febtiiary. It was Indicated a'-Mississippi County Farm Bureau Board Meeting would be leld Jan. 15 or 16 to formulate 'lans for getting the drive under way. ,' ...-.•' . ; | After a caucus .of tlie : delegates Mr. - Crain announced that the county would accept its share of he one million member goal for he United Stales. That goal lor Mississippi County is 3200 mem- jers. The county had 3000 members n 1944. Keith Bilbrey, the county agent, n commenting on the district meeting said, "Frankly, I think that is the best and most encouraging district Farm Bureau meeting I lave ever attended. The attendance was unusually good and al seemed better informed on the problems ahead than in the past." Police Commissioners Appointed By Governor LITTLE ROCK, Jan. 12 (UP) — Two members of the three-meinbei State Police Commission have re signed, clearing the way for re organization of the State Polfc* Department by Qov. Ben Lancy. Lancy yesterday announced tha E. M. Fxizzei! of Pine Bluff am Louis P. Haven of Forrest City hav. resigned their commission mem bership, and announced the ap pointment of Fred. Coleman Lewisvllie and Alan Patterson o Jonesboro to fill the vacancies. However, thp chairman of th commission, John Vescy of Hop still hasn't tendered his reslgna turn. And it's understood that h plans to retain his membership un til his term expires;March 2. But it's a different story.on.th Alsace front, where the .German Etill. are stabbing aggressively American positions, In the Mngrio Line and the t French ..defense south of. Strasbourg. The Allies arc. countering i everj Where with increasing weight—it earned that General Eisenhower IUL. ecided on'a strong defense of tr ntlre Alsatian corridor despite th ost—but were meeting tough op ositlon from the Germans. The Germans have : thrown mor enforcement. 1 ; Into their 'Rhin iver bridgeheads on both sides Strasbourg and have won loca uccess. The French First Army has los 1 town 14 miles below the Alsat'la apital. And American Scvent Army forces have been, driven 0\ another town 11 miles north vest ot the city. Rites Held For W.W.Crowder One-Time Resident Of Blytheville Fatally Stricken Wednesday . •W. W. Crowdcr, for 15 years carpenter here and for the pa two years a resident of MemphU died Wednesday there. He was 60. An orderly at Baptist Hospital, ic became a patient there alter having been stricken 111 two weeks ago. Funeral services a'nd burial were held yesterday afternoon at Horn- TODAY'S WAR ANAI.T8IH Naval Victory Would Shorten Luzon Battle By DAVID United Press Staif Writer Tlie American Army .will ilijht the attic of LuMJn, bill llic Navy and li- Force ^yll) determine libw long takes to'win It.' . . .' ',', ;-., ; .The actual timetable, ot recanque'st n" Luzon ^m be drawn,-'not, pn liio : lines, of tjie .Inland llself, but n"the supply lines at sea,, ; '.' .] In that ilglit, the American Navy's arrler-plane nssauU ,bfi .Japaiieso uivnl forces on French Indo-Chlh^ \ the first attempt to chop days 01 vecfcs off the calendar of victory, or he plains.of .Luzou, inbreUhaii ?0( illes away.i \ ,•.. •, ' ; >.!..,- ! The situation bolls dowiflo this: ieneral -MacArthur's.-inyasloii' of /uzoii is'bascd-on'a calculation that ic can pit at lcas't-efl.ual,'lf.n'ot su- .icrlor forces, against the 'enemy. He would, not havp attempted-it otherwise; Luzon,'as" nil Isliind, Is niercly|n iase of military' op'eriitlon.'i.'dipcnd- nl on communications'for BUsla'In- d strength.- Af'oue UnSe,'Liizoi was an Important, link In'a loiif, nemy cdmniuiilciUtoils llho'from tile la'pancse honielalid to"thb fab'iilous 3ut«li East Indies'arid Malaya. Now, Luzon Is; a 'terminus'of' r Ja!lan's' dut- er defense's: As silch', It- Is- more .dc- icudcnt thai) ever -oiv'communica- tions'to miilntatn it. '..-•'' ' The 'Amei-rcans' liivadliig .Luzon, arc equally'dbpendent on their siip- )ly lines (or maintenance" of nghl- nc .,"'«.^.."' .'..,. , ' His Story Reverses Ialsey's Planes Jelieved Hitting Enemy Warships MacArthur's Patrols ' Cross Agno River In Drive Tpward Manila ^ ,Qii';'December. 24, -1011, exultant-Jiips nmde .lliln photo ot Genera l(oinmn, lef t| j coming up'- the (jjihg plunk as .lie tupped ashore m Luzon at SantlngQ, In Lliigaycn'Gul(, by mii historic turnabout U B Ibrces turn Hie 'wheel of i \^ar. a j(ull circle ; us; they land nil Llngaicl ,"'•: r "tiuiruTdrlvd t'he JnpsJIilo the sen. (NEA Tclcpiioto.) i Both, Armies Dependent ~" . Thus we come to this picture; Two opposing forces, the Jajw. and tho Americans, are on; the same Island In •'m-lnUfery^eqiiRl- tilier^lli, 1 ' and ' Scfipo/s:G/qse<c( After Outbreak Of Meningitis . : \schrals •fpV' ; .bqth and .Negro 'students- In; Lukdra,'(in'd Victoria: '.^'cTc ' 'tcmpDrai-liy' closed this. iiUtrAlilf)' by order ,or : ,piv,E.;0. ' ' ' Build, V '' ,, Couhty ', hcailh' '' beak, Tenn. Relatives from Blytheville who attended the rites were Mrs. Manola Anderson, .Joe Williams and Miss Catherine Williams. Mr. and Mrs. Crowdcr and family made their hom'e on Franklin street when in Blytheville. Born In Hornbeak, he was reared there. He'is survived by his wife, Mrs. Matlic Crowder of Hornbeak; three daughters, Mrs.' J.' rt. Gray and Mrs. N. G. ColSman of Memphis and MLss Allinc ; CrOwdcr of Hornbeak; a son.iPvly'Estel L. Crowder with the Afni}< liPEurope, and five brothers, Alviiuwowcler of Dyersburg, Tcnn.v Grnnvillc Crowdcr of Sarasota, Fla., Ham Crowdcr ol Union City, Tenn:, and Elree and Lloyd Crowder of Memphis. both are dependent'on outside sour- son ccs to .nia!ntaln< their power. '''" Given good generalship' on both sides, it becomes just'a'matter'of mathematics. • The- sido ' that can stand losses and sllll exert llie same fighting strcngtli by reinforcement nnd re-supply, actually', builds superiority In rapidly Increasing proportion against -an eiiciny 1 whoso strength dwindles in battle without capacity for replacement. The' but- tle of Leyte could have .been'-finished much more quickly except foi the fact that the Japs^who started with less than 40,000 men, were able to put twice as many more men into the fight and keep it dragging 'out The Navy's job is to keep our supply lines open, and .at the-same time, destroy the enemy's. .Tliat, In fact, Is the -equation being. ,workc< 6ut now In the South China Sea. Tho fact that tlie'American Thin Fleet can steam clear .across the China Sea and carry the naval war to the enemy In his own lair is proof'in Itself that the Japs have lost control of their most valuable shipping lane. Before we arrived In the Philippines the Japanese had virtually a land-locked ocean route from their home Islands to the rich loot of the Indies and Malay states. China Sea Lanes Open j The attack by Admiral Halsey's forces on Indo-Chlna shows that the seas skirting along the South China coast arc once more .open to the American Navy.' But It may also indicate' some- hlng else. It probably means, tliat our Navy fully expected the Jap- -inese fleet to make one more grand iffort to salvage the situation In tho Philippines. In other.words, to turn he tables on Luzon by destroying our supply lines and -make t'lio, equation of attrition in battle work against General MacArthur. At any rate, the American Navy jot the. Jump on the Japs and hit hem in their own refuge. It's a taring thing to do to carry a naval fight right into the enemy's yard with your own bases a thousand or more miles away. It's an old Navy axiom that a fleet fighting a thousand miles from home, automatically loses one third-of its strength. But the decision, to attack may have been based -on a calculation that, only a portion of the Jap , . , off'iti?,' 'Ai\tl 'Di-.-.-Tlib'trta's .!•'. lliid-. oilt- .^ . br'qnk 'of Wpln'ril 'meningitis In Uio VicLiilii "vicinity.' .'"" ' .' • \''-',.'} (Of, tlie] fb'uV 'RiVown ' cases'. In- Ihb neighborhood^.' of',' Victoria, accbi'd- " , vblopcd within the ' ' tliree havc.;de- l liours, c(iusIiiB .hcnlth ' officers "to : 'order temporary dismissal of the schools while an ;invosl!8ntion ' was ;inndo. •;-Thc : fpiu- victims,' tiUJjctwcpn 'the .ngcs :pi ;lB-and;26, .hone q[;wlv>iu are, school sturicnls, .were -said by th.o. qounty health unlb today to be li\; favorable, cpndltioii.; Oije 'is a whjtc ixirson . ' anil .thrco- «ro Nc- 'groes. -,'••.; .'•••,-'' !; Dr. JBudd -today issued the fpl- loWing . warning -in the' Inlorcjit of the) health ol- the inlblle ,(n general: to ayoljl - public'. ' Biithcrlngs; to certnliily nvold contjict wltli any 'Known- vlclinw; i and- contact the .fairllly physician Itnmedially ii|ion onset ' of : unexplained: headaches 'wlllr neck stiffness. ' _ate Bulletins ; LONDON, Jan U (UP) — I he Ankarii: radio quoUk the Turkish ]iens]i:i|>(-r Illus as saying the forthcoming meeting df: President Koosevell,..loser btajlu and Winston Churchill will b« held ul Tehran "before 1 inuir> Is out'' | >N CUV, Mo Jan. 12. (UP)'—flommir Uoniusll> 1m-, ahmiunml;' llic appointment of Stile Senator,trunk 1' Brings of -Mncotij Mrf.f a D*irtocrai, (o thd IJnUiil State* Sesmte to .luccwtl Vl?e-rrcsliicn( elect Trumun. She Had Right Bridegroom But Wrong License Infectious skin diseases In Nor- By United Press Tlie wartime urge to marry can result In some of the darndcst things. Take 19-year-old Dorothy Jennings of West Plains, Mo. Dorothy was somewhat surprised today to find tliat although she and 14-year- old Dale Howard stood up before the preacher ano' said their vows two weeks ago, then spent a week honeymooning at Salem in tho Arway have increased to ten times the number there were tn 1940, kans&s Ozarks, that Dorothy really got herself married to another boy. It happened thnt way because Dorothy figured • Dale looked too young to impress n marriage license clerk. So she and Dale sent 19-year-old Arnold Clinton to buy the license. And Arnold went and bought a license in his own name. But Dorothy and Dale used the license anyway. And now Dorothy finds she's Mrs. Arnold, nnd Dale Howard's mother just snorts ana* says, "My son hasn't anything to do with It." And there's the case of 18-year- old Ted Bomiltioid nnd 15-year-old Nellie Walls In Detroit. Ted only works after school, but shucks, even at that he pulls down $45 a week at the Chrysler plant. So Ted thought there wasn't any reason why he shouldn't get married. He and Nellie eloped. At first Ted's parents sp.ld they'd have i annulled. Then they decided to fi>> the young couple an apartment in their attic. ^..^ But Nellie's papfi'',C|virV, a lml ' soured about it. .Saldivhe-, "They made a blister, lei 'cm sit on It." fleet being In^French Indo- Fuel Explosion Fatal To Youth Seven Others Burned When Oil Is Thrown .. On Open Flames HUGHES, Ark., Jan.' 12. ](UP(— One person Is dead'today and seven others arc being treated for Injuries received last night when fuel oil thrown on an open flrc ex- >loded. ' ; i Robert Davis, whoso son, Robert Lee Davis, was killed, gave this cx- ilnnation of the disaster: He and eight other persons were novhiB their furnishings from Wilson, Ark., to tlie Waring place near Hughes. Their truck had broken down about three mlles'norlh of the .own and he was on his way to got iclp when he heard an explosion. Tlie others having gone into a vacant farm house, Davis said, and when he turned names were shoot- Ing from the windows. • • Apparently one of tlie truck's passengers, n woman, had thrown oil on an open fire, causing the explosion. . : China, the enemy's .navy can bo carved up piecemeal and prevented from concentrating, In force'for a major slab at Luzon. >•• Tlie whole length of the South China Sea on the- Asiatic coast side is studded with naval base: and anchorages available : to the Japs. They run all the way from Singapore in the' south to Hong Kong In tlie north. Halsey struck In the middle, between Saigon, an- olller great naval -base, and Cam- ranh Bay, one of the • world's big naval, anchorages." Even 'though the Jap navy took a severe beating in the battle for Lcytc last year, It's still a formidable force when concentrated and fighting so close t its own bases. .Hong Kong may be next in this liea battle to strip Japan's communi- cations'with the plains before Ma filla. .i-. .'.-' , • - Weather • ! ARKANSAS: Considerable cloudiness with light scattered showers In .south and cast portion this Kfternoon and in extreme cast portion tonight. Slightly' colder tonight. Saturday partly cloudy a : nd mild temperatures. Blames Circus Men For Deaths; Responsibility For j Hartford Tragedy Is j Placed On Officials: | : -HARTFORD;conn.', Jan.,12 <UP> —the Hartford coroner, aflcr-^lx inoiillw of investigation, has charg ed officials of Hie RlngUng' BroUi crs'. and Biirniini & Bailey ClrAis with, being criminally responsible for the fire 'which • destroyed -tlio big top last "July Gill. A-total 'of 16B persons, mostly children,- we're killed when the huge circus Ujnl went up In flames In Hartford. Coroner Frank Ncaly said : the seven officials are guilty of what he calls "suchi wanton or reckless conduct, cither of commission or onimlsston, that It makes them criminally responsible." rive of the officials named by Die coroner were arrested the day after the fire and charged with manslaughter. They are clrcu; vice president James Hnlcy, genera manager George Smith, Boss Can- vasman Leonard Aylesworlh, Chlel electrician Edward Vcrsteeg, am rolling stock superintendent Davit Blnnchfield. Tlie coroner also says two bos, 1 Rcatmen at the circus, William Daley and Samuel Clark, lire criminally responsible for the tragic fire. Coroner Henly said belli circus scnlmcn were supposed to have been on the lookout for fires, bu were absent from their posts the day the big lop burned. As for the cnuse of the fire, the coroner says a burning clgaret cvt dently was thrown into the canvai folds, but he says an extra hazard ous condition existed because o the gasoline and paraffin water proofing of the tent. Hcaly says only 24 water buckeU were under the scats, many larg fire extinguishers were never un loaded and distributed about th big top, extinguishers which mteh have averted the calamity, Ringlln Circus ncrsonuel had. not beei trained in fire fighting, and anl inal cage chules blocked two o tlie eight main exits. WASHINGTON, Jan 12 (UP) mere me Indications that a shov. 1 -' down naval battle for control of th« Pacific, all the way from Chl- '» !p the American west coast, may be,developing along »Hh Geneial ' MM^rthur's advance on Luzon Tlie pOMtblllty " that the Japa- W«e llcat may be face to face with it* dlamal de^lny Is based 'on a"" ^ryptlo me«age 'from Adrili-l Wl* haying that 1 American cafe rl«r plan,ei arc attacking enemy sea Iqrcfs off the French. Indo-Chlnt coast ' " The, briefly worded Nimltz com- tnijnlquo clc»rly defines the area over which our planes arc operating, between Saigon, nnd Cnniranli Bay That's significant in view of repeated nimdm that this area Ins long ^cen i,d?ntlfled as the place where battered Japanese navil forces skulked oft Into hiding at- Icr theli defeat In Philippine \\alert ' ' i v Ideal Anchorage* Saigon is Pencil Indo-Ohlnas sit port I Arid Camranh Bay f ls iVnpwIedged/ as'(he fourth best nyal Anchorage iti the world, a Uge natural harbor capable of asily sheltering what's loft of Ihe nipeilal jainneso Fleet Tlie enemy Is believed to ha\e, *n , ic Saigon, regloh several •battle- Hips and alrcfart carriers, plus r a oQd number of smaller warsnlp-i, i tbp-nolch fighting condition Although Adniliai,Ninlitz doesnt ay BO, it's clearly Indicated tliat idnmal ',Hj}l*W'A,',Tjjlrd „ FVetf a, riccl ciiflaUJc,of throwing iwjfl AI- iedtiurmen against}o,ri'enemy, <jis lig»gcd''ln Ihe-pperatlons off mdo- Ohlna ' . ^ / , , Hi bellevetUthalf American sub- mines patrolling the iyaim south Hilna sea 1 ; since the battle 3f the 'hlllpplnos gave tho warning that he Japs tore'oti the pro,U again But there's another^ possibility ildflen In the spuse communique roin Nimltz' headquarters Tliat is hat the .Third Fleet ma> have n(er£cptea a reinforcement Jiipa-' icsc convoy on the way to Lu^on U Si' Invaders Advance Reports from the Lu?on battle- ront Indicate American armoicd orces are charging across the ccn- rn\ plains of Luron on a 20-mile :ront; , A itnff officer nt Geneial Mac Arthur s Headquarters says Van!, scouting patrols hive crossed tho Agno river, 90 miles fiom Manil i Unltea Press War Correspondent iVllliam Dickinson says progress »ould be ,even faster except foi ilic caution with which our Sixth \riny Jungle fighters are protect- iii; themselves against Jap surprise itfacks. This 'look before sou leap" policy is based on the belief that tho Chicago Wheat. May July open high . low close pr.cl. 104 164ts 163-')4 164H 164 157 157'/4 156V4 165K 156ii New York Cotton Mar. May July Oct. Dee. 2224 2226 2218 2218 2193 2193 2179 2130..2130 2113 2124 2124 2100 2216 2220 2208 2213 2222 2216 2184 2191 2122 2120 N. Y. Stocks AT&T Amcr Tobacco- , .. Anaconda Copper Beth Steel Chrysler . . , Gen Electric . , . Gen Motors Montgomery Ward N Y Central Int Harvester Republic Steel ., , . Socony Vacuum Studcbaker Standard of N J Texas Corp ,.>, 2117 2123 U S Steel 163 7-8 69 1-4 33 1-4 71 95 39 5-8 64 1-4 40 3 4 25 3-8 78 3-4 21 1-4 15 3-8 19 1-2 Mar. 59 May 50 3-8 Oct.- 62 3-4 Dec Japs have considerable streng'h ludden in the San Fernando coni- Jor and In the grassy slopes' of the iillls east qf our beachheads at cast the Japs are shelling our lines from those hills So General MacArthur Is keeping a strong force ready to snow under anj attempt by the Jap's In the hills to charge down and outflank our advance positions Bij; Gons;Shell Jap.s Our own artillery and American warships In Lliigaycn Gulf are sweeping these suspected enemy strongpolnjs with continuous fire Targets in the hills are being spotted for thi sea ahd land guns by American Scout planes already using air strips on Luzon Heavier I and-based and cair.er planes arc attacking Jap troops be Ing rushed up from the south for an expected full scale battle sonu- •\Uierc on the Luzon plain , Washington military and navil experts say/Jap General Yamashlta Is (accd with making a decision that offers him nothing but quic<c defeat if >he guesses wrong It •> pointed out that General MacAi- thur may be'planning new landings elsewhere o'n Luzon—at any one of a dozen points Ysmashlta, in taking forces front ^one point to rush them to another, mayi quite- possibly leave himself open to still other attacks that would turn his carefully plotted defenses into, chaos! It's all summed up by the Navy's Vice Admiral Richmond Turner who offers Nippon new incentives for a jitter jig He sajst 'Tiiete will be larger and larger landings ahead, eventually m the Japanese'homeland." Chicago Rye open high May July low close pr cl llfi'i 115% 116H 11* V H4% 113}. 114H H4 1 -, N. 0. Cotton 2323 ,2224 2216 2219 2223 5»i,,2221 2210 2213 3219 ' "- "-" 2129 212S 2117 "fe 2129 2120 2)15 2112 2116

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