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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Say, W«,c Paper{ lt h vo , uob/0 <0 tt . ^ f ,, ort , ^ ; ^ Scou(j w||/ CQ//cct ^ ^^ ^ ^ s ^^ BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS *" DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OP NORTHKAST ARKANRA* A«n «„, ^^TZ^ ^ ^ '*-* * ? U- VOL. Xl,[—NO. 70 w ti m' £ a " y , New * Blythavllle Herald Blythevllle Courier Mississippi Volley Leader ' NORTHKABT ARKANSAS AND BOtlTHEABT MIBSOUEU BLY'niKVll,l,K, ARKANSAS, TUKSDAY, JUNK 20, 1SM4 AMERICANS STORM SINGLE COPIES FIVE CENTS TODAV'S WAR ANALYSIS Jap Airpower Not Able To Defend Tokyo By JAMES HARPER United Press Staff Writer Japan is losing the tattle for Tokyo lie fore, it starts. Planes Hie enemy will need lo defend his capital are going down over 1000 miles from Its city limits In possibly the greatest air battle of the war, 300 Japanese planes have been shot out of Ihe sky over the Mariana Islands. The enemy ndmlU Hint he has suffered "considerable losses In ships nnd plnnes." f Japan long has fbecn living beyond jils means as far fas ail-power is concerned. The 'Allied nations are Burning out 17 ? ;p!anes an hour. ^America alone •last month made [8900 aircraft. As jfor Japan, Under jSecretary of War [Patterson said , ivcr a year ago 'that it was pro, .. "ducing only 600 .James Harper p 1(ln[ , s ., Inonth The most liberal estimates place its production at one thousand. .-. But Japan's rate of losses Is fast climbing toward Us rate of production. In the first 27 months of the war American airmen alone destroyed 9203 Jap planes, or 311 a month. And Britain, whose production Is one-third that of America's still hasn't yet hurled its full weight into the Pacific. Eleven thousand Allied planes now supporting the invasion, as well as other aircraft in Italy and the Middle East, will be available for tlie Pacific once Germany stumbles. Air Strength Dwindles Yet, even now, Japan is losing its plnnes fast, losing them at a time when it needs them badly. With the 13-23 raid last week, the battle for Japan was off to a stnrt. What Jnnan lacks is an RAP to save its islands as another island was-saved In-'the battle for Britain. Angricnn fliers, in destroying 30u_ 'plants/ ha'vevron an alrivfctory over Saipan. But American ground fight- era also are winning an nir victory there. They already have wrested from the Japs R landing Held with- ^jn four hours Hying time of Tokyo. ^If the 3200-foot airstrip on Saipan is lengthened, .it will serve to launch Super-Fortresses against the enemy Islands. Present bases in "remote" western China from which the mammoths fly are at least 2000 miles from Japan. Moreover, the B-20s must haul in their own supplies over the Himalaya mountains. Saipan, on the other hand, is closer and more easily supplied. And the Mariana islands, 10 times the size of the District of Columbia, have ample ground for the construction of more airstrips. A land victory on Saipan also would set the stage for a sea victory. The Marianns are the bottom rung of an island ladder reaching up to Tokyo. Hidden somewhere in thnt island festoon arc units of Japan's fust-shrinking fleet. Units that soon will fall under the shadow of Sai- pan-bascd aircraft. Double Threat Thus, the Allies have mounted in the Marianns a double sen and air threat to Japan. A threat so great ifliat the Japanese fleet may slip f*/rom behind its screening islands and head for battle. Saipan lies only 70 hours cruising time from Tokyo, and the enemy may yet try lo shuttle shijxs down the line in one last attempl to recover Saipan. This, however, is not too likely. Nine hundred miles north of the Mnrinnns lie the Bonin Islands which, in turn are only GOO miles from Tokyo. Back in February, naval men said Japan may have concentrated a large part of its fleet there. Yet, n task force last week slipped boldly in among the Bonins without coming to grips with a single Jap warship. Either the enemy is developing a fine Italian timidity, or il is saving its fast draining sea strength for oiic last convulsive right when we really arc In Tokyo's front yard, or when the Navy drives through to the Chinese mainland. Summing up then. American forces in the Marianas are mounting an air threat to the Jap homeland, a Ken threat to the Jap fleet. And they're drawing close to their Immediate goal, the Chinese mainland. Enemy air power has failed to stop that threat. Enemy sea power is all that's left, MARIANAS—Pacific "Second Front MARSHALL ISLANDS ENIWETOK ,. M r" !a . naS ..'. sl;i " ris ' whcr . e - b y landing on i front" 00 miles mn, fa Xcachv Paragould Man Dies Services for James William Mar- father at Mrs. E. T. Cude of hville, were held Saturday at the fnmlly home in Pnragould, with the Rev. Mr. Wlllinghnm, pastor of the Leachville Church of Christ, olficiatlni;. Burial was made in the Hornersvlllc Cemetery. He also leaves his wife, five other daughters, two sons, n sister and five brothers. Weather D. H. Blackwood Opens Campaign Formal Statement Of Candidate For Judge Issued Here Today Slating that he became a candidate for County Judge because his nends, prominent citizens through- >ut Mississippi County, had urged lim lo do so, Dwight H. Black- vood, three times Sheriff of Mls- issippi County, once' Slate Treasurer and former state Highway Commissioner authorized the following statement today: "Although I qualified as a candidate for County judge before closing the ballot April 20, I have postponed formal announcement until now because I did not want, to begin an active campaign during the past few weeks. We have all been far too busy to devote time to political considerations. Now that farmers have their work in better shake and as time for the election draws near, i feel It is time for me to begin contacting voters. I would like to see everyone in the County and personally solicit your vote, although I realize that may be Impossible. I expect to make several speeches during the campaign and will earnestly urge everyone to hear me. "I will bring to the office s lx years' experience as sheriff of your county, a term as State Treasurer and six years as Stale Highway Commissioner' I am sure that my experience makes me especially fitted to discharge duties of the office f seek in a manner highly creditable to myself and to the lasting benefit of Mississippi County. "As County Judge, I will give particular attention to finances of the county. I s hall shoulder the burdens and accept responsibilities of of the office. Naturally, I shall claim credit for all the good I do. but I shall not usurp duties of other elected officers of the county or claim credit for things for which they are entitled to recognition, i shall work with the voters and their elected officers for every thing I regard as good for the county and against that which is bad. I shall take to myself credit due tax payers or other otficers for any improved condition we create. "The business of this county is a vast one. Some of the other things to which I shall give careful study and attention are: "1. THE COUNTY HIGHWAYS AND BRIDGES — Undoubtedly, these are in a deplorable condition in many communities' I will work for a highway system that will serve every part of the county and not Just parts where my strongest supporters live. My experience with bridges and highways amply qualifies me to give this county a first class highway and bridge program without any increase in taxation. ARKANSAS—Fair this afternoon nnd tonight. Wednesday, partly cloudy. Legion Auxiliary Group WrNHear State President Visit of the Arkansas American Legion Auxiliary president here lo- nighl will be featured with an address by Mrs. Eli Bennett of Little Rock, state president, presence of other state officers and department chairmen and representatives of units at Manila and Osceola and reports by girls who attended the r ,m ent ° irls> Statc Irom B'ythc- Accompanying Mrs. Bennett here will be Mrs. Clarn Coombe of Little Rock, state secretary nnd Mrs. George Roth of Lonoke, chairman of the Poppy Sale Department. Special recognition will 'be given the Manila auxiliary organized under Mrs. Ed Cook, Fifth District president, and Mrs. Bennett will visit the Earle unit tomorrow afternoon, 2:30 o'clock as this also was organized by Mrs. Cook. Miss Rosemary child, elected speaker of the House for a session of Girls' state held during a visit lo the state capitol in Little Rock. Miss Juanita McMullin, elected county supervisor, Miss Mary Frances Nunn, Miss Emily Dell Wixon and Miss Mar v Sue Berryman will give reports of what they learned m preparing for adult citizenship. Vocal students of Miss Jean S'jr- uer will be presented In musical numbers. The meeting will be held at the Hut, 8 p. m . THE CONVICTS AND PAU- jj.dges . - n PERS- These unfortunates should vast scheme \f v experience 11 s a ' mane .. handled „ and wherever pos slble to rehabilitate and restore share". them to useful citizenship, separate quarters must be maintained for whites nnd negroes. They should never be allowed to share the same rooms. The diseased and incurables should be kept away from those in good health and Proper medical treatment given. This cnn be done without added burden for taxpayers. "During the administrations of former County Judges Zal 13 Harmon and S. L. Gladish a county farm was purchased and practically paid for. .-. jail was provided lor the convicts and suitable living quarters created [or paupers. This arrangement was very creditable lo Mississippi County nnd Judges Harrison nnrt Glndish who received nationwide recognition for It. "Things a re not so good at the County Farm now. I will tell you about them in n»v speeches. "3. "THE WAR AND POST WAR PLANNING - As our boys push forward on all fronts and nil early and decisive victory appears certain, our better Informed statesmen and businessmen predict an aflcr-the-war program of expansion and public improvement, the equal of which has never been seen' The great National Highway system reaching into every county must be completed. Levees and drainage must be perfected in order that our rich farm lands, cities and towns can be protected from flood waters. All of these and many more governments and county lr part me lo nbly ...,,.„„. ..a.-,,.-,,,,,^ County to the end thnt sh e gcjs her Chongsha Falls, Dealing Severe Blow To Allies Japs Rcporf Victory At China's Key City; Wallace In Chungking UUUNGKING, June 20 (UP) The Japanese have broken into (laming Cluuigslui, china's key clly •>n the llnnkow-Ciuuon railway. Chungking 1ms lost radio contact vllli Ihe garrison since >umtay night, mi Indication tbc 'Ity 1ms fallen. More lhan 50,000 Japanese shock troops smashed into chniigshn'* streets on Sunday following a massive aerial ,m,| n,||llcry bombardment. Bitter street lighting was '•aeliiB nt nightfall, while strafing lighter plnnes turned crowded buildings Into flaming torches The Japanese claim Ohn'iujshn fell Sunday climaxing n three-week •vhlrlwhid offensive through 3lu- inn province that, threatens to cut '•hina in two find Isolate her flam »>r western allies. Major General chennniilt, commander of the United Slates Hlh Air Forc c in china, has warned that the Hunan offensive It successful, would forestall an American landing on the South China const. He reels thai n Chinese defeat on Ihe 50-mile rail line between Canton and Chnngsha might prolong the ivnr In the Pnr Enst for years. With the military situation Being worse for the Chinese vice president Wallace arrived nt Chungking today from Siberia and was met in a drizzling rnln at I ho air field 1 by • Generalissimo Chiang Kai-Shek mid other high-ranking Chines^ 'aii[j American officials. •-.Wallace; said bij .would confer with- the Gcnerlissimo and with Chinese .and American military men. . Study in Aqony Draft Charge - -'*.*«« VI l\_/ 1 I |y_ I ;Sea, Air Losses Secret WeQ p° n • • LONDON,..lime '20 (UP)—Anicrl- Of County Men JONESBpnO, Ark., June 20. — Two Mississippi County residents have been held lo Federal Grand Jury here In hearings before United Slates Commissioner Clara Bromler. They nrc Llrnnn Marlon Collins, 19, of Dell, and Thwmnn II. VaitBibber, 35, of Blylheville. They are charged with falling lo report to their local. draft boards in Blythevllle. Each .waived preliminary trial and bond was set at S1000, Livestock ST. LOUIS NATIONAL STOCK- SUBURBS Fall Of French Port Believed Imminent; Ills face rcllccllns Ills pnln. n German prisoner lies oprn-mmillicd mid rigid on n litter ns fullow-c^Hives curry lilm down a Normandy bcacl) 10 iin eviiciiiitioii shl|). jf Nazis Trot Out 111 Still Another Enemy News Agency I Says 30,000 Yanks r y , In Saipan. Battle Ily t/nllcd I'ress The admit they Jmve taken losses on uie sen mid in the nlr In the buttle for Siilpnn. A Tokyo commmiliiue says llic Japanese have sulfercd wlinl It calls considerable losses' in shins mid plnnes. The enemy further iidmlls Hint Inn Americans nrc being reinforced cousin irtly. Japanese news agency estimates Unit the American Invasion forces on Saipnn now number 30,000 or, according to the Japanese nn Increase of 10,000 men. However, the Japanese Insist Hint Ihcy are striking nt the American task force without halt. At least one of the Jap assaults was completely broken up. That ~*. UV-.UAO ixiiiiuiinij oiuui^- " --""uji'-kuij' ujuhuu up. inni YARDS—Livestock (WFA): Hog re- happened when American navnl ccipts -JD.UUU hcnci, nil i overs 9,000. Top 13.70 13.70. 140-1GO pounds 11.00-1210 Sows 10.85. Cnttle receipts 3,400 hcnd, with 3,200 salable. Calves 2,500, nil salable. Mixed yearlings and heifers 14.50-15.50: cows 9.25-10.15: can- ncrs and cullers Sfi.00-9.00. Slant-liter steers 11.25-17.00. Slnughter heifers 9.50-16.25; stockcr and feeder steers 9.75-14.00. ccipts -JU.UUU hcnci, nil salable. Hold- i P'ancs nnd imli-nircralt KUns'dc- 1.70. IRO-270 Ibs. stroyrrl 300 Japanese planes wlilcl) ntlcinnlcd lo hit the task force. The 300 planes destroyed is n record number, exceeding even the destruction of enemy plnnes In the Baltic of Mldv/ny. Our own losses in plnnes nrc not known ns yet. Bui nil nvallnblc Information says that only one surface vessel wns damaged, and thnt one Chicago Wheat open high low Sept. close mev, i58 : n ISOTI, 157-11 isiiw 157-K 157% 156% 157 153 New York Cotton Mar. May luly Oct. Dec. open high low close 2025 2043 2004 201S 215D 2160 2076 200 G 2W9 2007 2023 2000 2142 2073 2044 2029 2033 2017 20(10 2155 2152 2052 2085 not seriously. On Saipnn island itself, American troops have n secure hold on Aslilo airdrome, within four hours flying time of Tokyo. Nnvy Seabees nrc hard to work repairing the field, ns the troops push nlicnd. Incidentally, It was revealed that the American Invaders of Snljian were instructed to respect every Japanese woman and child on the island. Army commanders cnretully cx- lilnlned (hat it would hurt our cause If there wns any attempt to extend 2063 2056 vengeance lo civilians. Hospital Inmate Is Found Dead; Beaten, Chaine'd To Railroad BENTON, Ark., June 20 (UP)- lution Saturday. A patient at the Arkansas Sblc fospltal at Bcnton, James Lightfoot Mcrrlllc, was killed Sunday night when struck on the head wicr nnd Inter nm over by a MIs- ouri Pacilic train near the liospi- al. Coroner Jnincs Sims of Bcnton rain. Sims 'cstcrdny. ay s Merrill died of n cerebral lemcrrhagc before being chained - the tracks and struck by the '" ~'" returned this vertilct Saline County Sheriff Ross Mc- loiiald says Merrill" was struck on he liead with an iron bar by two nniates at the hospital, and then halned to the tracks. His neck vns broken when struck bv the rain, but coroner Sims says iferrlll vss dead before struck by the lo- omotlve. Sheriff McDonald nnd hospital ifficlals allege that the two in- nates, Rupert Murphy and Toncy Tftckett, decided to kill Merrill in lopes of obtaining his job as su- iervisor of the hospital's livestock arm. It is alleged that the two tole n trace chnln, a lock and an ron bar from a barn at the Insti- - ~ .,. Anrl on Sutulny afternoon they asked Merrill lo RO with thorn to pick berries. When they were about n half mile from th- hospital, Ihe law enforcement of/icials sav. one of the men held Merrill while the oilier struck him over the head with the iron bar. Thev then led him down nn embankment lo the railway track, wrapped Ihe chain around his neck, chnlncrt him lo the track nnrt locked the chain, nnd again struck htm over the head. Merrill's body was struck on Die shoulders by the train, nnd his ncok was broken. The train slopped, r.rni train men Mamlncd the body nnd proceeded lo Benton to report the murder. Murphy was admitted to the hos- pilnl from Pope County seven year ago, nnd from Tnckelt was County In admitted Both were said bv hospital officials lo ic mental defectives. Dr. Asa Watson, hospital director, s ays h e will recommend to Dr , . A. C, Kolb, hospital Eiiperlntcn- Julv dent, the Iwo be moved lo'the Oct. criminal ward at Little Rock. Dc c. cnn bombers encountered n new Nnxl secret weapon while nllucklnK the enemy's robot bomb lakc-olt rumps In France. Returning pilots describe |he new wcnpolr'ni n sriunrf,-linx-llko ,nl(i : slle. fired Inlo the nlr to burst and .scatter long strips of silvery, nnd nppnrcntly mctnlllc, substance. Presumably, (he device Is designed lo roul Uio propellers of the attacking planes. But, llic bomber crews sny Die new secret wenpon Ihe Nazis hnvc trotted out lo defend Ibclr •. first, secret weapon, Is completely Inel- fecllve. U. S. Sub With 65 Men Aboard Reported Lost WASHINGTON, June 20 (U.P) — The Navy niinmnices the loss of the American submarine, Grny- liack. The Grnyback was a UOO-lon Kill). The communique did ml sny so, but the tmdorsen boat presumably was lost In the Pacific where American subtnerslblcs arc diking n high toll of Japanese shipping. The entire crew of about 05 men is listed ns missing. The skipper of the vessel was Commnmlcr John A. Moore, of 1380 Snowden Avenue, Memphis, Tenn. It is the first U. S. siilimnrlnc to be announced lost In three m on I) is. The Grnybnek wns approximately 299 feet l-ing with a 27-foot honm, The vessel wns built by the Electric Bout Company, Groton, Conn., nnd was commissioned In June, mil. It Is the firth undcr- .sea crnfl of Us class to be lost in the war. The Ciraylmck is the 24th American suljmiulnc nnd the ICOth navnl vessel sunk in this war. American submarines In the Pacific have sunk C07 vessels, probably sunk 35 nml damaged at Icnst 115 more. Terry Representative Interviews Club Women Miss Pauline Hoeltzel of LHUe Hock, representing the candidacy of David D. Terry for governor. Is n the city (or several days Interviewing club women. An instructor at Little Rock Junior College, Miss Hoellzcl ts a past president of the American Association ol University Women, member of Delta Kappa Gamma society for women In education, member of Pi Beta Phi college social fraternity nnd member of the Allriisi) Club. Miss Hoeltzel is one ol (our women working over the state for this candidate. Coming here from Joncsboro she is nt Hotel Noble until Friday. N. Mnr. 2031 2044 2025 2043 2035 2005 2021 2002 202! 2011 2115 2185 2170 2185 2117 2081 2090 2075 20SS 2085 2053 2067 2047 2067 2057 LONDON, Jimp. 20 (U.I^A.ncricun troops, have crashed Uii'oiiKli Uio outer defenses of Chcrbotu g, to within three ami n Imll miles of Die 'biff port. The main 'Yank forces now are ivithiii five to uix miles o Ihfl licarl of the city. Viilognos, the Goiman stronghold 0 miles sotilliunsl of ClicrljQurtvaiid Montelxuirg, 14 miles lo the southeiisl, have fallen. And the UHlisli nulio lias broiulcnat a wnrmiii: to the mSf! l^°?Mi Ki M' U T lnt !' pc<i hl Cherbourg, lo si.r- omlei. »BG laid tlie Nazi • pm-fooii that their position is hopeless. And the rale of the American advance bcnra'that ' oiil.- As for the Cicrmnii-i trapped In the narrowing |)ocket around oher- bouri!, imvnl nulhoiltlcsat, Supicme 'Hcnrlqunrtcn sny the enemy has pracllcnlly no rhnnce oPan evacu- nUon by sea One by one,' German slroiiBpotnUs behind OherboUig'n defenses flic toppling. Ten miles lo the southeast, the Ameiicjins have spread out, In an urc on tlneo 2250 Aircraft Blast German Oil Refineries LONDON. June 20' (U.P.)—Stntill Allied nlniu'.i still are .spraying builds rmd bombs over the Gcr- nnns huddled In the Cherbourg Gcrmiuiy toclny.' A record fleet of 2250 American heavy bombers and (lighten;, spci ovc! 1 norlhweslcni Germany lo hlrlko at syiHhcllc and natural oil refineries (it niimbmif, Hannover, Ma«dimirj. and PocllU. Plying In perfect weather, the hcnvy bombers laid their explosives squarely acrois llic tai-Rd. Two hundred miles awny on the iiorncivnrd flight, they saw great, .sinoko columns rlslnij over lire target.s. On the side, the great flccl hit » tank ordnance dfi- pot at Koenlgshorn, near Magdeburg, ami nn aircraft factory near Brunswick.^As one ab'innn, Second •LlenLf'Ajin'uT I. Slrs'lclicr, of-Las Angelesi put It: "All Germany seemed lo have been Ihe target nticl nil Oermnny seemed to he on (Ire." Ho ami other crewmen said grent tongues" of flame licked over 1000 feet Into Die nlr. Olnnl thrcc-mtlc- lilgli colunnis of sni[)kc rose from each (argot. Out of nil that armada, only two bomber groups reported meeting any aerial opposition al all—despite perfect wenthei and Ihe importance ot the Inrgcls O>lc group shot clown nt least seven German planes. But (hat wasn't the only American nlr fleet out today, other American heavlos crossed the Stralls of Dover lo smnsl) for the third time in 24 hours nt the robot, pliuie cntnpiills In llic Pns De Cnlal.i nrea ol northern France. The Americans also hurled over 200 Marnnders and Havoo; nt launching runways for the German pllolleas planes between Abbeville and Calais. Crewmen sny violent explosions followed mnny of their bomb runs, Indicating that explosives slored on the ground were lilt, Only a few robots cnme over today. And Ihoy were met hy sheets ol nntl-nlrcraft fire and by strong lighter forces. Negro Slayer, Slated To Die, Gains Reprieve LITTLE ROCK, June 20. (UP) — A convicted Mississippi County slayer, Tony Brown, Negro, got n new lease on life today. He had been slated to die In the eleclrlo chair at Tucker Prison Farm on July 7lh. But his attorneys filed an npiwal (roin the sentence in State Supreme Court this forenoon. That gave Brown an automatic stay of execution. He was sentenced to death for murder nt his trial In Mississippi Comity Circuit Court. ; Negro was sentenced to death tor the fntal slugging of A. M. Lynch on Dec. 4, 19«, while llic aged night watchman was making his rounds nl the Luxora Gin Company. Mr. Lynch received n rraf.urcd skull when struck with a section of pipe, and died In a Blythevllle hospital. New York Stocks AT&T .................. 160 Amcr Tobacco .......... 103-4 Anaconda Copper ........ 263-4 Beth Steel ................ 62 1-4 Chrysler .................. 96 Cocn Cola ................ 127 1-4 Gen Electric .............. 39 1-4 Gen Motors .............. 641-4 Montgomery Ward ........ 48 1-4 N Y central ....• .......... 18 7 Tnt Harvester ............ 783 -8 4 85-8 Socony Vacuum 13 1-2 Sludebaker 18 3-5 Standard of N J 57 5-! North Am Aviation Republic steel Corp TJ 9 Steel of Vnlognes, Other Amoilcan forces hnvo fouglit llieli way io within t«.-> mlle.s of Snlnt, Lo, mil nnd highway —. H0ttflt, : .,.„ , EtnithWMl of captured Tilly; Hut the spotlight in the Normandy battle Is focused on Cherbourg. Lieutenant General Omnr Hradlcy's men flril pinned through Held defenses hurikdly thiown up by the Gcimnns Then, without pause, they hammered fitrnlghl Into Hie city's outer, defenses. Oftlclals won't say nt Imw'mniyy poh|ts the American's are In cou- lucl with 'cheiboms's defensive perimeter. Hut as long ngo as las midnight,' they had reached point six nillcs'froin the city And oth| troops hi, tlio t p»nievllle , nrea f tlic •• :west T pushing" 'ahead V* Join lii the storming of cheiliou,, Ocrinnn resistance Is bccbmljj disorganized, and some obseivcij beliove Cherbourg'' will fall within 11 mutter, of days, perhaps in 48 hours. Says Jap Attack Provoked By U.S. Production Minister Of Britain Makes Sensational Charge LONDON, June 20 (UP)—British Production Minister Oliver Uytlcl- lon claims the United States provoked Japan inlo the. attack 'on Penrl Harbor. ' . Snld Lyltelton: "It Is travesty on history ever to say that America was forced Into the war:" Ami he added: "The Japanese were forced lo attack Ihe'Ameri- cans at Pearl Harbor." The Brlllsh production minister made his sensational remnrks In. an Impromptu address at ah American Chamber of Commerce luncheon. His prepared address concerti- ed British-American relations, 'and mutual lend-lcase. Backing up his charge that America provoked the Japs to start the vvnr in the Pacific," Lyttelton declared "everyone knew where America's sympathies were." The British production head said he always plnccd- the needs and Interests of Great Britain' just ahead of those of tlie United Slates and he asserted that the American rcprcscnlativcs did the same for their country. Lytlclton revealed that the UriU- ed Slntcs sent four billion dollars worth of lend-lease supplies to Britain In 1943, or twice thai sent by Britain 'to the United States under reverse lend-lcase. ,• Viipuri Falls To Reef Army, Dispatch Says LONDON, June'20 (UP.)—The Russians arc reported to have captured the big base 6f Viipuri In :he drive to knock Hnland aut b;" the war. . .".'.• The Information comes In a dis- jatch from Stockholm which quotes reliable private sources. Finnish otr; ficlals in Sweden feel that the report probably Is true. The fall of Viipuri ended ' tlie Russo-Finnish war In 1949. In any case, front dispatches ndlcate that the Finnish retreat iss been turned Into a rout. Vllpurl has been reported in flames with Soviet planes and artillery raking Finnish, ships trying to eavc the Gulf of Viipuri. Sixteen enemy ships were sunk in the Gulf of Finland, : while Soviet planes 48 7-8 shot down 22 German and Finnish; 57 3-4 planes in aerial combat.

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