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M Waste Papcrf It f, valuable to the W «f f ffotf The Boy Scout, »ilf co//oct you, Scrap Paper «r,, y Saiurc/oy BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS TH* DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OP> Nr.HTn.AR-r iDtr.^.a .,.,~ „ ^ ' .»-« ¥ f K^ VOL. XLI—NO. 78 Nazi Defenders Of Elba Split In Small Bands French Cross Island, Grab Porto Ferraio As Germans Pull Out ALLIED HEADQUARTERS, Rome, June 19 (UP)— Allied air reconnaissance over Elba shows Ihe German defenders hnve been spilt up Into Isolated bands of-snipers flnd machine gunners. Tlic enemy lias apparently dug In for a deiilh fight on the Islnncl hills. An Allied communique says stiff Nnzl resistance continues in some parts of the Island. Allied sea and air patrols have 'cut otf the routes of escape or reinforcement for Uic Nazis. HAP Spitfires ranged yesterday over the narrow straits scparAflng tile Island from Italy. They sank a barge and a number of small vessels offshore. French Capture Town French Colonial troops joufjhl ncross Elba s narrow waist during the dav to capture porto Fcrrnio. They, now control most of the i.s- Iftnd's territory. Porto Ferraio is the island cnpl- tal, and the largest city on Elba. Remnants of its garrison arc reported fleeing through the hills under merciless attack by veteran ^,French commandos. Senegalese, H i Moroccans and Algerian troops. Front reports sny the Germans put the torch to Porto Pcrraio before evacuating it. Thcr c Is no word of the fate of Ihe historic villa San Martlno, overlooking the capital, where Napoleon was confined from May, 18U to February, 1815. On the Italian mainland, driving rains slowed the flow ol supplies to Ihc Allied Fifth and Eighth Armies. But a communique says both forces nrc pounding; steadily through Nazi defense lines before Perugia. Naiis Brace Defenses The Germans arc putting up their stitfcst fight since.:the evacuation of Rome. Their purpose is to try to Impede the Allied advance long enough for the main! ^el un a new defense belt in the Pisa, Florence pnd Rimini, sectors seme 70 miles farther north. A BBC broadcast asserts Eighth Army troops entered the suburbs of Perugia today. '-.:,., On the Tyrrhenttm coast. American units drove forwSrd five miles against strong enemy. :gpposltion. . ', 7?ic.y.-haj£X£ached_n jt>itpt 10 miles •• north "of newly captured*Grossetd. : Turning to the political field, London observers report a possible rarlv meeting somewhere in the Mediterranean between Marsha Tito, the Yugoslav' partisan leader, and King Peter. The monarch is believed to have left London al•Jt-Kidy for the conference. Tito al- "cnrty.hB^/ conferred with the new Yugoslav premier—Dr. Ivan Su- basitch. Blytheville Dally Ne«« Blytheville Courier Blytheville Herald Mississippi valley Leader NKW8PAPKB OP NORTH1ABT ARKANSAS AND BOUTHEA8T MISSOURI 25 Guardsmen Of Company K Get Promotions Twenty-five members of Company K, Arkansas Guard unit here, have received promotions, it was anomiced today by Capt. Oliver W. Coppedge, commanding officer. . The following were named staff sergeants: William J. Wundcrlich, Thomas W. Jefferles, Walter B. Bishop. Jnines E. Stevenson and Samuel F. Morris. Sergeants named were Edward R. Reynolds, Percy A. Wright, Raymond F. Johnson, Walter L. Lutes. Clinrles L. Brogdon and Mnx T. Logan. Those to be corporals are Rich- V|rd W. Becker, clarence D. Moore, ff>. D. .Lunsforri. Aldcn V. Henderson, George M. Stilwell, Charles W. Gnrrignn. Five were promoted to technicians fourth class, They are Fred L. Boyett, Arthur C. Duclos, Charles A. Hunton, Freeman Robinson, and Harry L. Lutes. Those made technicians fifth class were Johnnie Nolcn, Oscar E. Hhn- ncr and James H. McGaughey. Romey To Fly Missions In Mediterranean Area AT A 12TH BAF B-25 BASE, June 19 — Completing a 5000-mile flight rrom thc United Stales to Ihe Mediterranean nren, Second Lieut. Gordon A. Ramey, whose father, Mr. c. W. Ramey, resides in Blytheville, Ark., has arrived overseas for combat duty. He will serve as pilot in a veteran B-25 Mitchell bomber squadron which was participated in the Tunisian, Sicilian and Ilalian campaigns. His squadron wns the first medium bombardment unit lo attack thc Italian mainland, the first to operate from a base In Italy, the lirsl lo bomb the Balkans and flayed a major role In the recent "Operation Strangle" which stopped all rail traffic between Florence and Rome. lor to his joining the Air Corps July 1942, Second Lieutenant amey was employed as artist for Allan D. Parsons, Chicago. He attended the Art Institute of Chicago. His combat training was received at Thunderbird Field, Calif, and he completed his pilot training at Yuma, Ariz. Weather ARKANSAS-Partly cloudy this afternoon, tonight and Tuesday; a few widely scattered thundcrshow- ers that afternoon; not quite so warm in north and central portions tonight. _BMTUEVU,LK, ARKANSAS, MONDAY, JUNK J9, 1<M<] Tribute to a Fallen American A liny to-** - . . >%«*». "S , Fi'cnch girl plnees flowers on Die grave of nil American airborne soldier killed when lib glider landed somewhere in France. ISIgnal Corns Riullolclcpholo from MICA Telcpholo.) Of Finnish Ambassador By U. S. WASHINGTON, June 19 (U.I'.)—Republican Sunalor Vandenbcrg of Michigan today .said that Gorni;iiiy's .satellites, willing or otherwise, cannot escape thc fortunes of war. The Senator was referring to Ilia diplomatic dismissal of Finnish Minister Procope. Vaiulcubcrg added, however, that he regretted the necessity of sending Procope home. Charlie Walker Rites Are Held Member Of Well- Known Blytheville Fam- member of .a-pioneer •Blytheville family, were held at 4 o'clock yes- tcrdny' afternoon at Cobb Funeral Home with.the Rev. S. B. Wilford; pastor,. •,<]£ the . Flmt Methodist ChufchT"'o!fI6^tltig. t'Btlrlal 'was made at Maple Grove Cemetery. Mr. Walker died al 9:30 o'clock Saturday morning .it his home at Ashport after an illness of only a few days. He was 04. Mr. Walker was born and reared in Blythevnie, the son of thc late Mr. and Mrs. George Walker, who helped develop this section. Ho lived all of his life in Blytheville except for a few years in Holland, Mo. He had moved only recently to Ashport. He Is survived by one son, Charles B. Walker of Holland, and three sisters, Mrs. C. B. Lunsford nnd Mrs. Tom Little of Blytheville, nnd Mrs. Cora Whitmarsh of Prescotl. Ice Shortage Expected Here, Dealers Report As the thermometer zoomed skyward In Blytheville, the Ice supply diminished rapidly and ice users were warned to expect a shortage for the next three months if the prevailing hot weather continues. Last year's shortage caused a limit ot 25 pounds to a customer, and It was expected that this year's supply will be as short. Dealers predicted today that curtailment of thc amount of tee sold lo each customer would be necessary soon. Records show that when the temperature reaches 00, a greater demand for ice follows. And for each degree over 90, demand Increases five per cent, dealers estimated. Tlic 96 degrees registered yesterday In- crceascd thc demand 30 per cent. With 500 tons ol ice on hand, the Arkansas-Missouri Power Corporation said that they could take care of their present demands, but did not know how long they could con- Ilium lo fill orders If thc hot weather continued. Blythcville's only oilier ice plant In operation today, thc City Ice Plant No. 1 on North Highway 61, reported a shortage of ice over thc week-end, but expected thc condition to be alleviated somewhat with thc opening tomorrow of the City Ice Plant No. 2, located al- 1900 West Main, which will supply 18 lo 20 tons of ice per day. The plant has been out of operation while undergoing overhauling. Thc Highway 61 plant furnishes about 20 tons of Ice a day. Livestock ST. LOUIS, June 19 (U.P.)—Hogs 20,500, salable 26,000; top S13.70; 180-270 pounds $13.70; 160-110 pounds $12.00 lo $12.50; sows $10.85. Cattle 7,000, salable 3,000; calves 2,500, all salable; mixed yearlings and helfer.s $14.59 lo $16.25; cows $9.25 to $10.15; canners and cul- lers $S.OO to $9.00; slaughter steers $11.25 to $17.00; slaughter heifers $9.50 to $16.25; slockcr and feeder slcers $9.75 to $14,00. Chicago Wheat open high low close July . 15851 159?! 158M I5S14 15B-X Sept, , 158S 159 157J4 158^ 158)4 Secretary of Stale Hull declined today to reveal the specific action for which Procope and three other Finnish consular audits have been ordered to leave Ihc country. To do so, he snld. would be harmful to the conduct of thc war.' Hull said that it must lie kept In mind that the Finnish government is fighting on Germany's side and Is shaping lUs pollcjes to suit German alms. Declines Postponement When the State Department learned thai Procopc's wife is expecting a child, it indicated that n postponement of the family's departure Would be arranged. But the Finnish minister replied that he wishes lo return to his country ns sooii ns possible. r Congress went back to work today, •heading into its busiest week of the year. Legislative leaders believe Unit thc pros[>Dcts ; arc good ol being able to recess at the end of the week for thc national conventions at Chicago. , Thc House this afternoon passed the Senate-approved measure which provides ' for procedures to terminate war contracts. Reconversion problems are being taken up today by the Senate Truman committee. War Production Chief Donnld Nelson testified and explained his weekend order lifting leslrlctlons on aluminum and mag- ncsium and informing manufacturers that on July 1st they can buy machinery and tools lor civilian output. Nelson_ said he would not hesitate to revoke thc relaxations if they interfered with war production In any wny. Supply Rill Report Accepted The Senate mnde a star', toward clearing its docket o( 11 appropriations bills by accepting a conference report on the 60 million dollar supply bill for thc legislative and judiciary branches. That bill now Socf lo Ihc White House. Representative Gordon Canficld of New Jersey introduced n hill today which would creale the office of sen- ator-al-Iarge for all ex-prcsldenUi. They would not be allowed lo vote, but would have all other senatorial right.s nnd privileges. Canficld says that the bill would give the ex-presidents nn official position so that the American people might utilize Ihcir abilities and experience. Two Interesting nominations were announced today. President Roosevelt named Ralph Bard, now assistant secretary of Navy, for promotion to thc position of undersecretary. And Brigadier General B. Ctilcs, who commanded thc Marines in Ihc first landing on Guadalcanal, was nominated to be a major general Senator Robert Reynolds, Democrat from North Carolina, has challenged President Roosevelt's authority lo bring refugees into this country. Reynolds made pub'lo ;i letter he had sent to Attorney General Biddle in which he. asked by what authority tlic President hud taken nctlon. Far From Goal Total Bond Sales Stand At $349,086 At Noon Today The Clilcknsnwbn district hnd just n litlle over n third of Its Fifth Wnr Loan quota of $1,000.000 raised nl noon today with total sales of $:i4!),08B according to Loy B. I!leh, chairman of the district. "Our selling crews must keep constantly at the Job If we nrc lo nt- tnln our goal In tills drive" !ie snld. "So war thc sales have been disappointing ns H was hoped we would meet our tiuola within the first week however the consensus of committee chairmen Is that ultimately we will meet our <|iiohi,'' he added. Mr. Eich stnlcd "thai there .hart to subordinate youth, yet we send Ihe cream of American youth :o all corners of'Ihc filobe to root nut Ihc rats that we mi»hl continue to enjoy thc four freedoms -. '. . . certainly they, arc doing 11 mnstcr- tul Job.";. Conlinudig, he ' queried/ "Can we, Ihc 'slay-al-honuw', welcome them home alter this debacle wilh u clear conscience should we-fail in our duty lo Invest in a few War Bonds?" He stressed the pohu all committees should complete their calls nt Ihc earliest possible dnlc, ns the longer Ihe drive drug oul the harder it would be to meet'the quot:., , . Takes Course In Piloting B-29s A Biytiievllle Hier soon will be piloting one of the Super Fortresses, the B-29. capj. Dan McLean, whose record In thc Caribbean service made him selected for pilot of one of these largest planes In the world, is taking me special course at Harvard, Nebr. Seasoned pilols who have flown many hours over water have been selected to pilot these B-29s wilh Ihelr training to be instructions In flying this new type super-plane and experience of the crew in performing us a unit. Captain McLean, who wears the Air Medal and Oak Leaf cluster, was returned to the United States n February and soon afterwards transferred to the B-29 school. He l s son of Dr. and Mrs. D. C. McLean, Former Peace Officer Dies In Washington, D. C. Carl L. Smith, former pence ot- liccr here and son-in-law of Mr. nnd Mrs. W. S. Langdon, died lust night at the Veterans' Hospital In Washington D. C.. after a four years Illness. n c was 54. Stricken while employed by Ihc U. S. Engineers office in Memphis mild his family ' moved to Washington when lie was transferred lo the veterans' hospital there. His condition long had been critical. A peace officer hero 15 years nso, Mr. Smith resided In Blytheville seven yenrs before moving to Memphis. He U survived by his wife, Mis. Alma Lnngdon of Washington. Funeral services will be held in Washington tomorrow afternoon with burial there. New York Cotton open high low close Mar. . S02D 2035 2023 2033 2030 May . 2005 2012 1S98 2009 2007 July . 2H8 2154 2146 2152 2153 Oct. . 2081 2087 2077 2085 2082 Dec. . 2053 2059 2047 2056 2056 Victory May Be Near In Europe, Churchill Says Estimates A Million Men Locked In Battle For Normandy Area LONDON, June 19. UIPI-Prime Minister Churchill predicts ||>nl peace may come to Kurupe More the summer ends. In nn address lust week, iclcn.siMl 'or the first tlnui today, Churchill said Hut Allies may win Ix-foro full. Hut he tempered his remarks with (licsi: words: "It may to that ovenl« In the next few nmnlhs will show us whether we soon me to l>c relieved of this curse which lias Iwen laid upon us, Whether It)» this year or next, the Hrlllsh ami American people will never falter or withdraw their hand from the Insk Ihey have undertaken." The blueprint drawn up at Tenran, he sidd, "Is being tileadlly unrolled." Hut that blueprint, which he said had the approval of the Russians, Is fur from complete; The prime minister added: "ToRcfher with our Allies, we will KO on to the end, and the end will be Hie more terrible for our iocs, the longer the slrusmlc continues, .." Me said the Allies achieved tnctl- cul surprise on D-Day and, cnlllnif the Normandy batlli: "a erciit moment In history," he said one million men may be fighting on IMh sides. Draft Boards Will Send 33 Into Service 'Ihlrlv three men from this sec- linn will help swell Ihc armed lor- ces with their Induction this month. Selective Service Hoard A announces Ihc followhiK men who will leave later this month for service hi the Army: James n. Nnrlhliujtaii, Lester Gray, Robert J. Jones, John H. Hniinoji, Vincent p. Slink, Wln- terd n. Roberts. Marsnll V. Mn- lonc, Wlllnrd D. Uny, Snnnicl S, Smith. Fred E. Brntcher. Soon lo be Inducted Into the Navy from Board A are: . Frances. N. Craig, William II. Stovnll, Jr., Dcdmoii Willord H., Lawson A. Ender.son. The following men. called by Se- Slcctivc Service Board I), will 'leave soon (or Cnnip Robinson: Chester Paul Oovlnglon and WH- llnm Joseph Tyler ol Manila, louls Welnberg, Hollls Mcrshell Thur- mons and J. O. K>uts ol Lcnchvillc, Crcslon Eligcan Crum of Dell, Laele Lcc Wlgtlon of Elowah, Edward Lancaster of West Ridge, nnd Wnymon Erlenc Slack ol Lcpnnlo. Ocorge Davis ot Roscland left earlier Ihls month for service In thc Army. Serving in ilic Nav v will be Hnr- old Arils, Dnnnld Wayne Slmpklns, Thomns Clyde Ilntton, James Vcr- non Caery and William Junior Cater of Manila, Ilaymon Shanes of Lcachvlllc, John Andrew Farley Jr., of Dell, and Andrew Booker Dixon of Route 3, city. Charles Wesley Fowler of Manila left June 3 for Induction into the Navy. Fire Chiefs To Convene At Little Rock Tuesday LITTLE ROCK, June 19. (UP) — Next Tuesday nnd Wednesday the Southwest Assoclntlon of Fire Chiefs will hold Us 14th animal convention in Little Rock. Thc tralcrnal welcome address Is to lie made by City Clerk IT. C. Graham who will also be lonslmas- ter at the banquet Tuesday night. Graham Is substituting for Mayor Moycr who Is on vacation. And Police Chief J. D. Carmachael who Is 111. Thc Wednesday session will close with reiiorls of the Viirions committees, selection o[ dale and place for tlie l!)-!5 convention. And thc election or officers. Mrs. Caraway Selects Manager; Barton Heads For East Arkansas LITTLE ROCK, June 19 (U.P.) —Arkansas polillcs, like the weather, began warming up over Ihc weekend wilh only five weeks remaining before the first Democratic primary. Highlight of thc weekend nn- ivmncemcnUi was made by W. K. Gregory of Forrest City, for 10 years assistant U. S. Attorney. He revealed thnt he has resigned to manage Senator Hattle W. Caraway's campaign for rcnomlnatlon. Said Gregory: "If the people of Arkansas have a friend in thc Senate, they have one in Senator Caraway, she has slocd unflinchingly for Ihe Interests of the people of her slate, as well as lor the people of thc whole South." And Representative J. W. Fulbright who is opposing Mrs. Caraway announced thc appointment of Mrs. W. H. McCain of Cotton Plant to direct the women's division of life campaign. Mrs. Caray has appointed Miss Louise Porter of North Little Rock to direct her women's division. A third candidate for the Senate nomination, colonel T. H. Bnvt-on, of El Dorado, Is going to move his campaign into eastern Arkawas this week. He starts out at Helen,', tonight, followed by addresses nt. Forrest City, Stultgnrt, Lonoke and Searcy. With him will bo the "Grand Olc Opry" troupe. Governor Adkins, a fourth candidate for Die Senate, says he ).> qo- ing lo open his headquarteis in the Hotel Ben McGehcc nt Little Rock during the week beginning June 25. In Ihc gubernatorial race, Ben Lnncy of Camrieti has appt/tiiled Mrs. F. J. Jackson ot Hardy lo head Ihe women's division of lil.s campaign. Lancy recommended today that the gubernatorial candidates Join forces to present their speaking engagements jointly. He said that If all the candid-tics shared the same platforms, they would save the people's time, gasoline, nnd tires. Former Congressman Dave Terry, now seeking the governor's ;x>st, will devote this week to campaign speeches. He's going to make talks at 26 towns during thc week. The third gubernatorial candidate, Bryan Sims, will make a couple of talks during the wcok. He will speak at Huntsvllle Thursday afternoon, nnd at Rogers Thursday night, SINGLE COPIES FIVE CENTS U.S. Artillery Begins Shelling Beleaguered Port of Cherbourg- Yanks Only 8 Miles From City James Ilnrpc TtWAY'B WAR ANAI/VS1H Final Round Of Cherbourg Battle Opens By MMKH IIAKMtR ' United Pre» SUH Wrllw Allied soldiers hnve won Ihe first three rounds In Ihe buttle (or Cherbourg. Hut Round Four may be Ihe (ouRhesl of nil, The Invaders pierced the west wiill lo establish bench- hcnds In France. Second, they linked Ihiisc beachheads Into n solid continuous front| Third, they knifed Inland to siring a rour-inllu-wlita ,llne across tho jbnsc ol tho Cher- i'K peninsula, And now. In Iho fourth phase of Ihc battle, thoy must capture tho Brent port which site on Us broad nose. Rut (lie march on Cherbourg will IK lltoinlly rin uphill bntllc. The peninsula Is ilp- ped by n hhjh pin- tend spreadtiu; L , nv er hull Its nreii. this liiuli.'-lniitl extends 20 miles down the west const lo Cnrtciet, already taken by Uic Americans. And it stretches seven miles down the cast const lo St. Vnnsl Ln Hoimicr still limny miles iihend of the Amor-' lean advance. The plateau sags mid-way alonii Iho sfninred raid of'the peninsula, nnd In that depression sits tiie jinit or Cherbourg, liouglily triangular with a blurfc npe x | 0 Uic cast, tin plateau covers some .400 (rqii,iru miles and, on an average, risen 300 feet ntovc scii level, it* mwidowod surface IB dotted by many, tiny villages. Approach Plateau South from the-plnlenn, Uic p?ij., ninilii alopes toward thn nmlnlnnd In low-rolling giuw-clolhed hills "Hie Amcrlcnn.s now nrc fighting over this stream-crossed mvisslimd to- wnrd Ihe southern edge of 'the plateau. Once; they hnvo 'climbed nboiml. they'll Ire fighting over fairly level ground loward Cherbourg But, ringing tlic port on three sides nre low hills, ideal for dofeme And thc 30,000 German soldiers packed Ijchlnd the Allies' 2B-mlle trans-peninsula line nrc expected to put up n terrific Inst-dltch fight fo> the pnrt. They'll exploit every nnl- urril advantage within their 050- stpmre mile death pocket to slow tho Aincrlcnn ndvnncc. 'those (Hermans know thai once Cherbourg topples, the stream of Allied reinforcement moving lo Frnncc will swell lo a mighty river. Thc peninsula .shoves Its 25-mllc- widc hulk lo within 82 miles of the British nnval base of Portsmouth When thc 30-mllc-long port-tipped peninsula falls, the first Inp on the roncl In Berlin will Ire Hint B2 miles of channel walcr from n naval baa; In Britain to a naval base In France. Normamlfe Used Port So good are the docking faclll- lies of Cherbourg Dial even the French liner Normandle, pre-war queen of the sens, on occasion deserted Its home port of Le Havre to Iwrth In Its slx-squarc-mlle roadstead. 'Hie city Is divided Into two parts, an old commercial town and n military area, each with Its port facilities. The French, before the war, fortified tho military area on both thc land and sea sides. Even Cherbourg's- two-nnd-oiic-half-mllc- long breakwater, built to shield its ship basins from heavy sens nnd bad weather, bristled with guns. The Gcrmnns undoubtedly have curried that protection many steps forward. Sunk Into the military nrca arc three main ships basins carved out a! solid rock. In places, they arc SO feet deep, and thc outer or Inrg- cr basin can ncconinmdntc the largest warships nt nny tide. Clustered nromid thc anchornges nrc shipyards, drydocks, arsenals, supply sheds, nnd repair shops. Tlic commercial port has two basins, each capable of handling the Inrgcst non- war vessels. The Germans, before they break nut a white ring, will blow many of Cherbourg's Installation.-: sky high. No doubt of that. But thc port's chief value lies In the fact that Its basins are fashioned out ot rock which will defy the biggest sticks of dynamite. Moreover, British experts, trained to put port facilities back on their feet, arc waiting In thc beachhead to go to work on Cher- Invasion is not new lo Cherbourg In thc 13th, 14lh, and 15th and 18th centuries, British fighting men from across the channel captured It. Now the British nrc coming back, and with their American companions. Bulletins M /"v IN. U. open high low close Mar. . 2029 2037 2025 2035 2035 Mny . 2003 2021 2060 2011 2C09 July . 2174 2160 2012 21TTD 2179 Oct. . 2083 2088 2078 2085 2036 :. . 20S5 2063 2050 2057b 2058 LONDON, Juno ID (III-) — The Allied controlled Algiers radio reports (fiiit French fur- res. hiive I'ompluteil the occu- [i.illon (if Klba. LONDON, Juno ia <IJI>| _ Tin- United Niitlims railln ul Alflfrs my* <!citcrnl Vern^e, V, Mnrslmll, IJiiltni (,,(,,( A rM1 j. «'li!cf <if Hlnff, luis nrrlvcil In Kill) niui ) s <iiiifnij,i s ullh Ocwnil Sir llrnry Alitlllniid Wilson ami other Alllfd coiu- Americans On Saipan Drive Near Garapan »)• llnlltd I'rrsH American forces on Sulpnn aro driving Ihrongh Mignr cane • fields towards the approaches of Clam- linii, the chief administration center nl the MnrluMiis. And one of the most decisive buttles of the campaign may be stnrled soon between Ihc vclcrnn 1). 8. Marine mid Army lr<y>p.s and tiOiuo M.OOO Jnp dofonders, The Amerlcnns can see Oinnpiiii Irom their present p(Mlllon.s, It 1.5 a city of about 10.000 people, with flimsy thatched biilldlngs mill liuLi. nut thn .laps mny hnve set up slronuholds in Iho utoite lioiiscs left from nn old Ocrman regime. At the •southern end of tlio Island, mir forces are closing in on Asllto nil-Held, only tan- flying hours from Tokyo, Tlie airfield lian n laoo foot ruinvay. apeiirhends ai the American force pcnolrnleil the flolil 0:1 Frlilny. but were forced to .withdraw when the Japanese opened n heavy morlitr and nr- tlllery bnrrngo, 'Ilio enemy nmdc n dcsjicrato nt- tcmpt to land ' (iniphlhlnnn trcnps l)ttlil»fl ;jjw;: U juries. ,011,-. Tluu's- (tny, but arnjed, fiindlpii craft and Kimboiilx drove (hem off. 'ntlrtecn troop-filled hinges wcro sunk. In lliR Southwest Pacific, fight- .crs nnd bombers from Gencrnl MjicArtlmr's coiniuniul, snnk or damaged 11 Jnp ships mid destroyed 49 enemy planes In two attacks on the fioroni; coast of Diitcli New Oiilncn. And Liberators dropped BO more Ions of. bombs on hainb-blnstctl Trtik. A report from the Japanese news agency says tliat Japnn has de- decided to reroute Irafflc between China and Japan hy wny of the Korean Peninsula, ul Allied sea and nlr attacks on vital shipping lanes, As for the land fighting In northern Burma, Chinese troops nrc right across the Nfognung river from the town of Mngnnng, held by. the Japs. And Rrlllsh airborne Chlndlls nrc pushing In behind Mogiumg. A Chungking communique, mcnn- while, reports continuing fierce fighting nrouml changslm. the main Chinese bnsc In llunnn Province. Powerful Japanese forces are reported closing In from all sides. Hack In Japan, the propaganda mills are still busy turning out yarns on the Ii-20 raid. The Japanese wnr lords now admit that a number of Japanese were injured by Riitl-nlrcrnft fragments during tho raid. Tlic Jnp officials warn civilians lo protect their hcnds wllb strnw mntllng, If they seek .•belter In roofless shelters. Bricquebec Now In Allied Hands, Dispatches Say Americans In Steady Drive Up Peninsula Toward French Port LONDON, June 18. . (UP)— The news from Normandy to good •' A United l' dispatch fiotn the tlefionl says Aincrlcnn artillery has begun to shell tho poit of Cherbourg, Radio nrnmvllle says American troops hnvo cnptured nrlcrme- bce, ll miles liclow 'Cherbourg, and n direct dispatch from thb front .'ays (lie Amei leans are only eight miles from the city. Tho Americans have widened tho \ml end of. their wedge across the penln.iuln, especially northwest; of linrnvlllc and southwest of Saint Lo-D'Oiirvlll. The Ninth American Division him thrown' back a strong German attempt to bronk out of the Ponlnsiiln Imp, nut llic: Hauls still haven't hurled , any major connler-nltnck nt the Aincrlcnn lines wnlllng off (lie gicnt port- tipped ncnhiMua. Now, lio.Mi troops are being fed iulo the lines at mijny points, l-.ilhv In the Ameilenn and British nee- lor.i. In tho Hrltlsh-held area, fitreet flKhtlng Is raging hr the town .of Tilly, -rim Tommies Imvo won tbe northern end of the town but the Germans still are holdlii" fust In tlio southern sector. 'Ihc whole buttle for Noimnndy Is heliiB fought In a imirky diiirale. A strong northerly wind nlso Is whipping up the Channel, and a film of white clouds is stretched ncross the i;ky. •Frequent' gushes of lain tiro jc-' '-'. striding the aerial support 'for General Montgomery's apples, ncv-" eiK-'- 1 Earl E. Crawford, Gosnell Farmer, Dies Yesterday Earl E. Crawford, Gosnell farm or, died at 1:30 o'clock ycslcrday afternoon at Walls Hospital where he was admitted Frldny. Mr. craw- ford, 41, had been In ill health for several years. Bom In De Witt, Mr. Crawford cnmc here ns n child nnd spent most of his life nt Gaincll. lie leaves Ills wife. Mffl. Bculah Crawford, four sons, Melvln, Le- mnn, Kenneth and Dannfe, ri.Il nt home; two daughters, Wnnda nnd Helen, both at home, au<l fix brothers, Jesse Crawford ol Hammond, ihd., Tom Crawfor.1 of Illsco, Mo., Nathan Cr.'.wford of Nnylor; IVfo., Willie Crawford of Gosnell, and Earnle Cr.iwtoi'd nnd Jake Crawford, both of Keniion- dale, Mo. Funeral services will be held at 2 o'clock Wednesday al'.*rnooir at Cobb Funeral Home. Burial will he made nt Ml. Zlon Cemeteiy ticar stecte, Mo. Chicago Rye open high low close July . 109U HOW 108% 110H 109S sept,. no',4 m« iwy, ins uo-n Aircraft movements handled by the Civil Aeronautics Administration Irafflc control centers Increased from ribout 25,000 a month In 1938 to over ft nillllon A monlh in 1913, -f boiijb&rs today divided their, loads between dpi man. riu;i!romca some UOO miles .behind 'the battle-lino and tlic I'M Do Calais coastal strip of Franco, Dentil Toll Mounts Obviously, 'the planes were Irylng In crush, the installations from which the Germans have been hurling tliolr robot bombers across the Channel. Those pilot-less cx- ploslvc-tlllcd aircraft kept streaming across the 'ohnimcl nil nl^ht and through the day. More buildings were wrecked and tlic death loll continued 16 mount. However, Allied flghler plhiies nre circling over southern. England lo explode the huge craft in the air. And nntl-aircraft batteries have gone Into notion on » scale utiequaled since the battle of Britain. Official sources any ground gunners and the liAF .il- reaiiy hnve .worked out n defense technique expected to go n long wny townrri beating the, robots but Its details are, of course, a secret.- Ana today, for Hie first time, wo Imve nn official report on how lliose pllotlcss bombers work. The British, Air Ministry has Identified them as. Jet-propelled projectiles launched from ramps In northern l^nticc. It says rockets mny to used lo give them an added slwve nt the take-off, but tliey nrc jet- propelled from then on. Not .Radio ConiroUcd The ministry says It's not true Dint Ihey are radio controlled. •nicy nre operated by nutomntie pilot devices set Just before the take-off. Tlic projccllles reach a speed of from 300 lo 350 miles nn hour and are packed with around 2200 pounds of explosives. Ilehlnd the Ocrman lines in France, French patriots have Increased their activity. More sabotage of German communications and attacks on Nnzl garrisons were reported today. And, for the second time In 24 hours. Supreme Headquarters lias officially stated thai General De Gaulle's French interior forces have achieved considerable success in holding back enemy reserves. As for General De Gaulle himself, in Algiers today, he sntd France still faces its greatest sacrifices, but Hint "the day of victory Is dawning." He added: . . ' "As a nation with long human cxpcriene France knew Its best friends, however, numerous throughout the world, would not always K\n us the full and Immediate help." • New York Stocks AT&T ... ..... . ...... .169 •''.' Amcr Tobacco ............ 71 Beth Steel ................ 62 3-8 Chrysler ............. ..... 96,7-8 coca Cola ................ 126 Gen Motors ... ........... 643-4 Montgomery Ward ........ 481-2 N Y Central ..... .......... 18 7-8 Int Harvester ........... . 18 . North Am Aviation ...... 8 3 r 4 Republic Steel ............ 18 1-2 Studebaker ..... ........... 58 1-2 Standard Of N J .... ...... 677-8 Texas Corp ,,,, .......... '. 485-8 u s Steel ........ ...,,,.. 57 3-t

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