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BLYTHEVILLE COURffiR NEWS VOL. XLI—NO. 253 Blj'thevUle Dally Newt Blythevllle Courier BJytiievlUt Herald Valley Lender THE DOMINANTj^wapAPER OF hOBTHBAST-AllKANBAO AND SOUTHEAST MIB8OU1U HLYT1110V1LLK, A1JKANSAS, SATUUDAY, JANUAKY IS, ISMfi SINGLE COPIK8 FIVE CE'NTS BERLIN Japs Predict BigiLuzon Battle TODAY'S WAR ANALTgIS Nazis Suffer As Railroads Are Destroyed By DAVID WEEKS United Tress Staff Writer Germany's iron horse Is slowing down. The Nazis arc beginning to lose the battle of transport just at a time when they need it most, to protect their own borders. During the year just passed, it's estimated tiiat allied planes destroyed more than 5,000 German locomotives and more than 30,000 German freight cars. That docs not include tlie tremendous disruption of German rail lines by the bomb- Ing of Marshaling Yards and wreck- BKC of repair shops, elaborate- switching mechanisms, and other transport installations. Five thousand locomotives represents just about 25 per cent of Germany's entire pre-war locomotive capacity. Locomotives, rather than freight- cars, are most accurate barometer of Germany's tight transport situation. The Nazis could have all the freight cars in the world, and be helpless without locomotives to haul them. But equally important, they must have tracks to haul them over. Five . thousand locomotives is a heavy loss to the Germans. It represents half a million tons of steel and over 3,000 tons of precious copper. But most of all, it represents vast man-hours of labor. Even ordinary repairs on a locomotive require an average of 100 man-hours of work. Even before this, back in'1943, the Germans were suffering from an acute transport shortage, although their rail: lines were extended then over vast areas of the continent now lost to the: allies. During that lime, German-losses In locomotives ran aa high as 150 a'monfh. " ' ,Tlie question immediately arises: "If the Germans are suffering an acute'transport, shortage, how have they been able to launch such a successful offensive ns they scored in the Belgian BuigeVAnd how were they able to follow it up with another, though less successful one, against the American Seventh Army in Alsace? 'Tlie answer, of course, is concentration of available transport . rc- , sources for the' great effort, it's also interesting to note 'that transport facilities, pruuably played a large part, in deteiirnnmg,the.location.of Nazi Field Marshal Von Rundstcdt's offensive. Let's take a look and see There are four vital rail lines running from, east'to west out of, Germany. All of them, of course, stem originally out of Berlin. But the four principal branches are these: tlic first runs from Hminover to Antwerp. Another from Cologne to Liege with'spurs to Paris and Brussels. The third is a dual line from Coblenz, one running to Lille, the other to Paris. And tlie fourth is the Frankfurt route to Paris by way of -1 o/sey St/7/ Attacks Shipping Indo-China Aiter Sinking 25 Jap Vessels, Damaging 13 PEARL HARBOH, Jan. 13 (U.P.)—Tho Japanese s;iy he first major battle on Luv.on is imminent. Radio Tokyo ays the southernmost of three American columns driving nliind from the Lingayen beachheads is about to'run head n into strong Jap forces. The enemy broadcast identifies the immediate objective f this American drive as Aguitor, believed to be a mia- ivonunciation for the town of Agtiilar, ,10 and a half miles Belforl. The terminus of every one of these rail lines is in allied hands In other words, all of them run directly to the front. But the significant point is that with one exception, they run to the fronts where Von Runclstcdt ives. staged his of fens The one exception is the rail Jinc running from Hannover to Antwerp That runs across Northern Oer many, across the broad flat plain the allies tried to break open • las September with the valiant effort tc cross the Rhine at Arnhem. It's 01 the British-held sector, which so fa has been quiet. But there's no sigi that Von Rundstedt has shot hi full offensive bolt. Arid it's perfectly possible that he may yet stage an offensive in that area. But let's get back to the matter o Germany's transport. The one sal vatlon for the enemy's overworked and badly battered railroad system is that as the allies advanced, ih rail lines shortened. Supply train had shorter runs, so could mak more of them, provided there wa trackage to run on. As they drew back, the German took with them the locomotive they stole from the conquered coun tries. They probably have made up good portion of their losses will these looted locomotives. But they couldn't lift the rail line the Marshaling yards and th switching systems. And these hav been under particularly heavy ai attack in the past few weeks. Yes, Germany's iron horse is slow ly losing the decision to the Allie iron bird. New York Cotton Mar. . 2220 2224 2220 2220 May . 2213 2215 220D 2211 'July . 2182 2186 2182 2182 Oct. . 2119 2123 2116 2120 Dec. . 2114 2117 2112 2115 Chicago Wheat open high low close pr.j May . 1G4W 16454 164 164% 164', July . 15631. 15715 1561i 15654 156? iiland on the Agno'river. If the enemy re|>ort-is true, Gen-» ral MacArlhur must have heavily clnforeed the southern sector of is beachhead. Earlier reports Indi- aled Ihis sector was comparatively p eak. A communique from American eadquarters says other Sixth Army orces have driven a six-mile wedge nto the enemy's right wing de- enses, the heavily fortified area on he bastern shore of the Lingayen Gulf. . . . • The thrust, made under support- ng fire of American warships, wid- ns tlie beachhead to at least 26 niies. The Doughboys In the center of he invasion front arc reported 12 niles inland, only a half dozen miles rom the Agno river line on the uain road to Manila. U. S. Patrols Cross Stream American reconnaissance patrols ilready have crossed the river in several places. < Though Jap resistance is rated as 'feeble" in this sector the enemy till may intend a major defense ilong the south bank of the Agno, which lies 90 miles north of Manila. MacArthur's communique says in- Teasing enemy contacts indicate iur forward units at last are enter- ng a zone of Jap defense concen- ration. , . - , Radio Tokyo'• claims the Jap'air orce is out in "full strength," strik- ng new and "devastating".blows on American shipping' in Lingayen lulf. The enemy claims two more American transports have been sunk iiid, another has been left "in inking condition." But the Japs are silent on news 'rom the Soutli China Sea. There Admiral Halsey's naval liers again are hammering at Ihe 250-mile stretch of French Indo- China coast following up yesterday's assault on a Jap convoy, an attack .hat cost the enemy 38 ships. Attacks Continue; .. ; ' Hundreds '.pf .'American Navy divi xmibers, torpedo planes' and fighters are striking : ot .shipping! air.- dromes and "other' Jap 1 ' installations from Saigon in tlie south to Quin- hon in the north. The score released on (he first day of the great carrier assault on four Jap convoys shows one light Jap cruiser and several destroyers were sent to the bottom. From six to i: transports packed with Luzon reinforcements also were sunk. Admiral Nimitz says "at last reports, our service forces have suffered no damage and are continuing our attacks." There is no indication that Hie elusive enemy fleet will come out and fight in spite of the fact tha Admiral Halsey's bold thrust across the South China Sea has, in effect, cut the Jap empire in two. But the Mikado may be forced to lake up the challenge for anothci gigantic sea battle to save the sup ply life lines to his troops on Luzon Paralysis Drive Chairmen Named Quotas Also Set For Infantile Paralysis Campaign In County Louts Davis, Mississippi County chairman for the 1D45 Infantile 'aralysis Drive sponsored by the Blytheville Junior Chamber of Com- nerce, .tpday announced his com- nunity chairmen and quotas. Co-chairman with Mr. Davis in South Mississippi County will be John \V. Meyer of Wilson; Philip J. Deer has. been named chairman for the public schools In Blytheville, and. Mn'J. Morris Shealy will be in charge of the drive at Blytheville Army Air Field. • Other chairmen and their quotas ire: E. L. Hale and K. M. Rcge- loiii, Armorel. $150; Dr. E. V. Hill, Yarbro, $125; T. K. Ivy, Gosncll, S50; Grover Snider .and William Borowsky, Manila; $300; W. H. Crews, Leachvillc, $300; Charles Rose, Roseland, $125; Noble Gill, Dell, $225; C. F. Tompkiiis, Burdettc, $150; Harvey Hartj'Half Mopn, J «150; Gene Bridberry, Lost Cane, $150; J.'c. Ellis' Jr., Barfleld,-$100; C. C.-.Lang- stori. Number Nine, $100; 'c G Smith, New Liberty, $1SO; W. E. Hagan, Huffman^ $100. LouieMsaacs iiad already been announced as co-cliairman with Mr. Davis for North Mississippi County, arid Leon (terming as Blytheville chairman. - • / Quota' for'the county is $0,000, with Blytheville's quota 51,100. The drive will'be opened in Blytheville this. afternoon when members ; of. the. Jaycces will have a "mar'ch-bf-dlmes"! booth in front of Kress Store, which also will be maintained for tlie following two Saturdays, together with other booths located in the downtown district. Heads Sheriffs. Hale Jacknon, sheriff and collector of Mississippi County and widely known throughout the state for Ills record In office, heads the Arkansas Sheriffs' Association for this year, having beer? unanimously elected to that position at a meeting last week in Little Hock. War Prisoner Is Recaptured \ Tlie German prisoner who escapr- cd from the Blytheville camp sometime during Thursday night was apprehended yesterday afternoon in Memphis, ' it was ' announced by Capt. tonncth'C. 'Coffman, com mandlng officer. .••'. •" .]_ "Details'-.of where he was found .were not'told in i;ie message 'to the local camp which said he would be turned-over to military authorities. , : . He .has.not yet been returned lo the camp here. : His name Is Fi'ann Rombach, 24, who was discovered missing yesterday morning. The--former soldier in the German army has a crippled left leg. And the Pilot Walked Away M^M»t«*w.+ > .... ' Joycees To Name Winner of Award Wednesday Night James Smotliermon, president of the Blytheville Junior Chamber of Commerce, today announced that the name of the young man selected by the group as the most outstanding in the community during the past year, will be revealed at the Founder's Day banquet to be given Wednesday night in the new clubroom located in the Anthony Building. This will be the highlight of National Junior Chamber of Commerce Week to be observed nationally during next week. Another feature of the observance will be'a series of radio broadcasts to be heard over KLCN each afternoon, Sunday through Friday, when round table dlscasslons concerning the 25th aniversary of the orgaizatlon will be given by members of the local club and several guest speakers, including Paul Pryor, president of the Blytheville Chamber of Commerce, who will appear on Monday, B. A. Lynch who will be a guest on Thursday, and Lieut. Col. Harry McGulre, guest for Friday. The Sunday program will be heard at 4:30 o'clock in the afternoon, with the' remainder of the programs to be on the air at 5:45 o'clock each afternoon. Meningitis Outbreak Confined To Four Cases No new cases of spinal meningitis have been reported in Mississippi County hut public schools for both the white and Negro students in Luxora and Victoria will remain closed for the present, following an order Issued by Dr. C. E. Budd, Mississippi County Health Officer, and Dr. Thomas F. Hudson of Luxora, because of an outbreak: of that disease in the Victoria vicinity. Of the four known cases three developed within 24 hours prior to yesterday. Those ill, one white per- ron and three Negroes all between the ages of 16 and 26 years, were reported in favorable condition. Dr. Budd today repeated his warning issued yesterday: that the public avoid public gatherings, avoid contact with any known vic- p tlms and to contact the family physician immediately upon onset of unexplained headaches and neck stiffness. N. 0. Cotton Marl . 2220 2220 2220 2220 May . 2214 2213 2213 2214 July . 2186 218D 2185 2186 Oct. , 2120 2124 2119 2121 2219 2213 2188 2122 Chicago Rye Ma v open hiRh low 116'.4 117K 116 close pr.cl. new Charles Percw Dies ', : ' • At LeachviUe Homejj Charles Percw, farmer of Lcach- ville, died Thursday night at his home. .He was 05. .» Former resident of Wilson, he moved to Leachvillc several years ago. He Is survived by his wife, Mrs. Alva Perew, and a son. Robert Pcrew. Funeral services were lo be held tills afternoon at Leachvillc with burial there. Howard Funeral Home was in charge. J "'y • "6 115% 113% 114VJ 113;; night. Diphtheria Proves Fatal To Child From County Diphtheria has taken a life In Mississippi County with dcatli of Linda Lou Ncsler, IB months old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Nesler of Little River community, who died Thursday at the Isolation Hospital in Memphis. Stricken 111 only two days before her death, she immediately was removed lo the hospital after her illness had been diagnosed. Besides her parent.*;, she Is survived by a sister and six brothers. Funeral arrangements were incomplete this morning with Swift Funeral Home of Osceola In charge. Weather ARKANSAS: Pair this afternoon, tonight and Sunday. Slightly warmer in south and west portioas to- Nazis Continue Orderly Retreat In Belgian Area But Germans Holding Upper Hand To South On Alsace Sector PARIS. Jan. 13 (UP)—Three Allied armies today were driving hard Into the Belgian bulge In an effoit to. keep the Nazis from turning lliclr snllent into a barrier which would block a new Allied march on the Ruhr and the Rhliieland. . Front reports say, (he battle of thi; Ardennes now Is turning into f, race by the Allies'to overrun the entire snllent before Iho Clcr mans cnn dig In along the wood«l. ridges extending from ifouffalr/.e lo. Saint 1 Vilh:. ';T.he Germans still are heading back 'to the homeland the same- yvay they came, at top sliced ami under a misty cover of bad weather. They'rc'putting up skillful rearguard action, action which Is keep- lug their armored shell Intact and which 1 apparently Is (rotting the main German armorcj forces out of the bulge without - any great harm. It appears now that the aermans wll! get, what they wanted out of their surprise offensive, a big delay .In the Allied advance toward Berlin. . The blegest Allied . • gains this morning have been marked where ithe Nav.is arc rotreatlng fastest, at the western tip of thc'bulgc. There the British Second Army has joined forces with • the American Third. And there the combined forces have chopped off most of the enemy linns west of the Oiirthe river. • But on the whole, the Germans appear la fob.retreating In good'or- .ncr, despite heavy American attacks on the. north and south • edges of the.., snllent, And that ^statement holds for all but one sector of the bulge, an arc along the northwestern tip. There British Tommies have set up their heavy artillery In the cliffs of the Ardennes. And they've trained the guns on the German forces retreating along a secondary road from Champion toward Houf- fallze. They're slaughtering- the Gcrmans.syntcmatically. One ofllcci says the qnemy.withdrawal In, that area looks like a small-scale version of Napoleon's -retrcnt from Moscow. British gunner.-i now arc calling the road "Murder Corner." The aermans arc rclreallmr, according to plan, but still retreat- Ing, In Belgium. But in Alsace, the Germans apparently still have-the upper hand. The Nazis have thrown a heavy counter-attack Into the American Seventh Army's defenses in the Maginol Line—skirling the edge of the Hagucnau forest. They were forced back with heavy losses. But the fighting .In Alsace still is sharp. And German long-range artillery has opened a furious barrage from across the Rhine. Elsewhere on the Alsatian front, there are no important changes to report. The Germans still arc fighting furiously to gain ground, and the French and American forces still arc putting up a valiant struggle to hold It. ?*> ' , (Signal Corps Photo from NSA) His. P-38 tighter plnne lies smashed and burning on Mlndorci Island, but Lt.S. F, Koni, of LtnlUmoro, Md., walka away unharrhcd. Uowus shot dovyu'in Uamcs by u JUD Zero, made a crash landiria. C. of C. Ballots Go To Members List of 27 Nominees Will Provide Nine New Directors Members of •' the Blytheville 'rm.mbor of Commerce will select the- nine new directors to serve during 1045 and 1040 from a list of 27 nominees •' rather than 18, which has been'the practice during the past ten years, according to an 'aiinoiiiiccment of J. Mcll Brooks, secretary of the organly.a- (Sergt. Brawley Returns From Post In Russia Tech, dei'ct. John Brawley,'who operated the 771 Grocery hero until he cnloriid the Army', lias arrived lipfne from Hussla, where <hi has been stationed for 'the past nine-.months, ' • tn tho.Army.three years, he arrived home Occ. 20 from 1 overseas. He Is gite.it of his Mint, Mrs; O. S. Bnggctl, and family, 509 Cliick- nsnwbn, until Monday. - ' • : Hon. '.'The. • t t<omlna.Urig .'• and. Election Bilhrcy Named Director Of farm Agents Group Keith J. Bilbrey, extension agent of Mississippi County with headquarters in Blytheville, has been elected a director of the County Agricultural Agents Association of Arkansas. D. v. Maloch, extension agent of Mississippi County with headquarters in Osceola, Is vice president of the organization headed by John Stcphcas of Marianna. Mr. Bllbrej' will attend a meeting of the Board of Directors Monday morning in Little Rock. Coinuilltci! appqliited 'nt/ti meeting of Iho .Chamber, of 'Commerce dlr rectors. ^Thursday/,: met yesterday nnd'. : )tainAlnkFc 1 ?folI6'iyfng members whose, names,, appear on'(ho ballot which 'Is-going' out'to all ,mci]ibers Monday: 'fa-, W; • A'fillck,- Boniard Allen, R. E, Blaylock, U, S. riran- fO!I,.J. W. Adnm.s, Loy Eich, E. D. Ferguson,' J. -L. ! Gunn,' Ray, Hall, Charles Hiucman,Harry W.'Hatncs, W. C. Hlgglnson, Sam-H. Williams, W. L. Horner, Russell Hays, G. O. Hubbard, E. R, Jackson, Charles 8. Lemons, L. G. Nash, R. A.' 1 Nelson, W. F, McDanlcl,' Russell Phillips, W. P. Pryor; J. L. Terrell, B,. G. West, R. L. ;Wadc, JinimlD Sanders. From Ibis list of 27, the in.;.n- lers will eject.nli'.f; who will sr;i'e with tho holdover airectors who were elected last ;.rar. Hold-over tllrccfors arc J. A. Leech, Jesse Taylor, Clarence H. Wilson, B. A.. Lynch, Rosco Oral- ton, C. )•', Tglnpklns, James Hill Jr., R. D. Hughes and Fanner England. ;; •The annual election Is called for Thursday and the new board of directors will meet Jan. 25 lo elect officers. Present officers are W. P. Pryor. president, G. F. Tompkhls and Farmer England; vice •presidents; Byron Morse, treasurer and J. Mcll Brooks, secretary. Tlie first annual membership meeting of the organization in the past four years will be held Feb. 22. Tlie directors appointed a committee composed of B. A. Lynch, Clarence Wilson and Loy Elcli to make arrangements for this meeting and to have charge of the program. The directors appointed E. R. Jackson, J. A. Leech, W. C. Hlggin- son, Roland Green, George Pollock and W. F. McDonlcl members of r.immUlcr- to work on the Job of paving Elm Street rrom Ash Street to the cotton oil mill. , All members of tho organization are urged to return their ballot." In the annual election promptly In order that they may be counted in the annual election of directors which closes at 5 o'clock next Friday, it was announced. E. M. Houston, Former 6fOe/// Dies Suddenly ...Emry.Morris I!jiustoiuynii'ki'wwT)5 farmer of Dpll, cltcdlsiuidonlj' Ht Ilia" h'o'nio; Inst hlght' 1 'Vt'hllc.' reading' a' newspaper. 1^' "' ,' "••; '• •' * Stricken with iV'slight pain aoinln- itc.1 earlier, which he believed to be ndlgcstlon, he apparently recovered nitd urns, silling In a chair at :15 o'clock'whcn lie. tiled quietly, us Mrs. Houston sat nearby, also read- ng. ..;;.. .. • ' . , Born In Marshall County, Miss., he 45-year-old land owner came to Dell in 10M from Potts Camp, Miss Active.hi .religious affairs of that lommunlty, he was a deacon (111 the Baptist church there.'Funeral services'will be held to- norrow afternoon, 2:30 o'clock, at Dell Baptist Church by tho Hov. O. D. Magco, pastor, assisted by the flev. M. R. Griffin of Dell, former lastor. Burial will bo at Elmwood Cemetery. Active pnllbenrcre will, be: Enrl Magers, Ben Gill, Allen Hardln, Jack ffardln, II. R. Crawford, Walter Lewis ami Clint Morgan. Honorary pallbenrers will be: Dr J. L. Tldwell, John Lewis, M. F Brownlcc, Tom F. Martin, Eddie Hardin, Earl Potter, A. L. Kcr- bough, Lester Gill, Curtis Downs, Dave Ketncr, .Walter Dyer, Otto Kochlcr, J. M. Stevens, Allen Lcg- gctl, Bob Hardln, E. M. Woodard L. O. Wilson, Dave Crantord, Luther Moody, Earl SIgmon, Noble Gill, C A. Smith, John Burns, H. F. Burford, Harbin Gill, B. C. Barber, Marlon Kochler, Ed Metcalf, James Tidwcll, E. M. Nolen, Bob Henderson, Russell Gill, Jim Ross, Jim Henderson, L. K. Wilson, Charles Maycs, W. D. Howard, Russell Grecnway, a 15. Welch and W. R Morgan; He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Daisy Houston; a son, Doylo Houston who leaves Tuesday for induction Into the Army; his mother, Mrs. Lcona Houston of Blythevllle; a brother, the Rev. Mitchell Houston of Blytheville, and two sisters, Mrs. Vila Bratton of Blylhcvllle and Mrs. Vcra Brown of Charleston, Mo. Holt Funeral Home is In charge. Helpless Destroyers Swa//owec/By Sea During Freakish Typhoon WITH ADMIRAL HAL5EV3 THIRD FLEET, Jan. 13 • <UP>':— The raging typhoon which: •&!(.> a group of vessels of the ThlrdxFJtet accomplished something: the :Japanese never have been able to do: The hurricane battered the licet into temporary helplessness, and handed our Navy' a more bitter defeat than ever suffered from the enemy. Details of the typhoon which sank three destroyers imd took 500 lives are first coming In. They reveal that the tragic storm was one of the most severe In the annais of American naval history, and one of'the most freakish on record. • It caught the ships trying to refuel at sea from tankers. 'For two days the howling 115 knot wind buffeted the fuel-hungry ships, traveling an erratic, unpredictable course. One captain participating In the investigation of the hurricane damage says the storm followed the UCT. , 2iw m** iiia am 2122 movements of the shins inakino It Deo. . 2H6 2116 2114 2114 2116 Impossible to evade ? ' Tlie 1500 ton destroyer Hull was :he first victim. She overturned after a few deep rolls. Ten minutes later the destroyer Monoghan capsized and was swallowed under boiling seas. The third destroyer, larger than the other two, the 2100 ton Spence, went down 20 minutes later. Chief Machinist Henry John Doctors of Boston, says the Snence was rolled over on her portsUIe by a big wave. Water had flooded through the topside air vents and blowers. Dceters grabbed a life Jacket and ran out on the smoke stack of the Spence, which was lying flat in the water. The shin rested about 10 seconds on porfslde and then turned bottom up. After tho destroyer Spence was buried under -the turbulent seas came 50 horror-filled hours for the survivors'. Only 91 of the officers and'men aboard the three destroy- ers''survives the hurricane. Sharks and barracudas fillet! the storm-tossed waters. Rescuers spent day after day of heroic toll reclaiming the men from the seas. Sharks were machine-gunned as they hovered around battered life rafts. Several survivors had long slivers of flesh lorn from thfclr feet, apparently by barracudas. But none was seriously Injured except from swallowing sea watcC. United Press Correspondent Lloyd Tupling says some of the men lost their minds before they could be rescued, one trying to choke himself to death with his hands. Twenty- five- year old George Johnson, also a survivor of the Spence. says the sea finally began calming the second night. Johnson describes that night: "We saw lights on the horizon and what we thought was an island. I think it was the only thing that kept us going those last hours. We'paddled toward It, still thinking It was an Island, but It turned out to be a ship searching' for us with lights." .. ..; . r '.'We were too weak to climb cargo nets," Johnson said, "so men abcflrd carried or hauled us to the dcckiwlth ropes." • i'rhese rescue vessels also suffered casualties. An engineer and machinist on one vessel were suffocated In 180 degree temperature 1) a vain attempt to repair a damaged ventilating system. Perhaps the most miraculous rescue of all was that of a boatswain's mate. Ifc was aboard a rescue vessel holding a line which had been thrown to a half-drowned sailor But just before he could pull the sailor over' the side, the ship rolled and the boatswain's mote was carried overside, under the kcsl ant all the way up to the other side of the ship by the wave, suction. The boatswain's mate caught another rope, on the opposite side of the ship from where he stood a moment before, and scurried back up on deck. • . ; This, says UP man Tupling, 'is something like a minor miracle. Soviets Strike In East Prussia, Germans Reveal Drive Reported Also , On Czech-Hungarian" Eastern Frontier LONDON, Jan 13 (UP)—Th/> Oeimans.say Iho Red Army has munched Uo more hew offensive-!, Its second and third In 24 hours ' The official German news agency, DNB, says the Russians in East Prussia have renewed the drive which spurted and suddenly fell (juiei last Fall And at the same time, says Berlin. e?-iel troops on,a long-quiet sector tun- ning along the cistern end of the Hungarian - Czechoslovak border' have nttacXed pix'an 80-mile fiont Hint's sbout Ml even Berlin has to say about the two new offensives But it appears certain that the soutjiernmoet drive, the punh along the Czechoslovak border, Is designed to cnjmple tho Ociaian salient ii\ eastern Czechoslovakia the prong that's been Ignored for "early a mpnth whllo the Russians threw* their man strength agivinet Budapest farther west But Berlin has rniro news to add'tO yesterday's reports of "what appear to bn tho main dri\c of Ihr Russian Winter offensive DNB says that the Russians have thiown at least three.armies; against the approaches of Krakow, the two Innk dorps and other units already have breached the outei defenses before the city And Boi- lln adds that the battle Is mounting )v>ufiv In fury. It Is says, DNB, the greatest.offensive .ever undei- • taken. by. the. Russians. 'Moscow, as usual, appaiently is letting the Germans do the telling And as usual Moscow's silcnio probably' means,assent Tho Russians have long 1 been expected to 0|X>n a, WltHci pffenslve on the ile.BVvttftUt.-faiSJrwA^ * " ble Opat" *UM .\m'_ 3k<i Ecrcett ... , _ the Red Aimy offensive, a screen slmllfl' to their recent "announcement"'(if a Soviet fdVlve in Latvia, which Fuel Oil Blast At Hughes, Ark., Claims 4 Lives never confirmed hi Moscow. . Today's • Soviet com m unit] lie again falls to mention the Polish front And again Moscow centers on the fighting In and around Budapest »Thc Russians say they have beaten off new German counter-attacks .around 'the .Hungarian capi(4l and that they've mopped up another. ,135 blocks -in the city Itself. MEMPHIS.'Jan. 13 (UP) -r- young Hughes, Ark. mother lighting for her life In a Memphis hospital today, she is suffering from third degree burns received in a vain attempt to rescue her husband and three children from a fire Thursday night. Tlie young'worn an is Mrs. Robert Lee Davis. . • > She and seven others went into a vacant house near Hughes, seeking shelter from the weather, while, another member of the party w>ra for a mechanic to fix their trUck. Someone threw fuel oil on an otien fire, and there was an explosion. • '.-.•-. Her husband, and three children have died as a' result of burns. In the excitement, the young mother ran from the house when'.the explosion happened. But.when she discovered her family .was still inside, she rushed back into the blazing building and \vtis trapped. Mother Watches As Flier Killed ; Combat Veteran Dies', When Plane'Crashes." At Hometown Field < MORGANTOWN, W. Va., Jan. 13. (UP)—Willie his mother looked on, Capt. L. V. (Jack) Keck, III,: who flew 50 combat missions in the Chl- na-Burma-Indla war theater \vilh- }ut Injury; crashed to his death in a B 25 bombit at the edge of hib home town airport yesterday Three others were killed In the crash Two-were injured andUwo escaped injury, . Captain Kect's mother, Mrs.' L. -V. Keck, was atylhd 'airport awaiting his arrival, He had notified her that he was coming Irom the Greenville, 3. .C., air base/to ,vi$lt his father, who Is III in tnc Veterans Hospital at Asplnwail, ijenri.' '; '••_••'. : The medium'bomber circled the field three times, then overs|iot the landing strip Snd cracked up 'in a roadside ravlnfc. A spectator, Raymond Hoslcin, said the plane burst into flames as It left the runway: the dead and .injured' hurriedly were removed'from the wreckage. Mrs. Keck Identified her son's body later at a-funeral home. Names of the other ' victims were withheld pending notification of their next of kin: ;. ....... '.':' . ;•...' Captain keck, holder of the Distinguished /Flying-Cross,- returned from the;'.t!BI tlieaUr in November, 1943, ^and since then had served as ah instructor,In this country. N. Y. Stocks AT&T 163 3-4 Amer Tobacco,......!...'.. 67 3-4 Anaconda Copper 32 1-2 Beth Steel 71,1-2 Chrjsler . . 98 Gen blectrlc- t 39 3-4 Gen Motors '61 3-3 Montgomery Ward 48 7-8 N; Y .Central . 2o 1-2 Int Harvester f 79 North Am 1 . Aviation . 10 1 2 Republic Steel < 91 3-8 Radio ,' U 3-8 Socony Vacuum ^ . lo 1-? Studclxiker 19 5 8 Standard ot N J , , 59 I* Te.\is Corp . ( 50 3 8 Packard ... W . 6 U S Steel •. •. \ . 62 3 4?

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