The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on January 18, 1945 · Page 1
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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*Si '• /%: BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS i f < - : , <;"< THE DOMINANT NKWijt'APmt OF NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND 8OUTHKA8T MISSOURI VOL. XLI—NO. 257 Blytheville Dally New* Blythertlto Her»W Blytheville Courier 'Mlasii Vklley Leader ARKANSAS, TIIUUSDAY, JANUARY 18, 19.15 SINGLE COPIES FIVE'CENTS 1 /' RUSSIANS REACH GERMANY, MOSCOW SAYS — — — .' • - "' * vv Laney To Face T&t In House This Afternoon Representatives May Attempt To Amend His Appropriation Bill LITTLE ROCK, Jan. 18 (U.PJ — Governor Ben Laney will experience his first test of-his strength Ihls afternoon when an attempt will be : made . in the Arkansas House of Representatives lo amend his general appropriation bill for all constitutional offices. Representatives Paul Van Dal- cem . of - Perry County and Lee Bearden of,.Mississippi County say they will seek to strike out a section of the bill and make the appropriation non-lransferrable. As the bill now stands, the governor and comptroller have the right to transfer appropriations from account to account if they teel 'such transfer is. in the interest of efficiency and; economy. Representative Ohmer C. Burnside .of Chicot County has introduced a House bill which would repeal the dog racing laws. The measure has been referred to the House Town and City Committee for study. The House late yesterday received Senate Bill Number 27 by Senator B. Frank Williams of Mississippi - County after the measure had been passed by'the Senate by n vote of 29 to .0. If passed in the House., and signed by Governor Laney'".the bill 'will make legal marriages • performed In •• the past in Mississippi' County on licenses 'issued by persons other than the county clerk. - ;'.:..Representative Lee Bearden of Mississippi County has asked that the Williams -Bill be sent to the Aviation Committee, of which he Is chalrrhah, for study and 'recommendation' for .passage instead of • the .Committee on Legal Proced- ' nie f iBeardeiiipreiiicls.he wijuld be . .'•'. vnblf -it b 1 call:; trie '•.-.William's - Bill- ;.UR for "'the 1 ' 'third and" final passage 1 _early.'next week: '•' Both. Senate and House mein- < bers have''Intimated that a ma' jority of the administration bilis are not expected to be received by either body until the middle/of next week. And one legislator says he has been advised that the administration leaders have decided to throw" all of its legislation at the.General Assembly at one time. Ration Throws Fresh Assault . Third Army Men Push Into Southeastern Shoulder of Bulge PARIS, Jan. 18. (UP)—Fresh gains were being rim up on the western front today by both the Allies and the Germans. . American Third Army forces have crashed into the southeastern shoulder of the crumpled Ardennes bulge in n new attack. The focal point of the push is about 15 miles north o\ Luxembourg city. Elements of the Fourth and Fifth Divisions uncorked the thrust at 4 a.m. this morning. They forced the Sure river defense line near the town of Diekirch, and moved forward into the teeth of strong German mortar, machine gun, and small arms fire. Other troops poured In., and by mid-day the attack was going full scale. This new Ihrust some five miles from the German border brings virtually all of the thin Nazi crescent in the Ardennes under the fire of the American Third and First Annies. General Hodges' First ' Army Doughboys are inching toward St. Vith, the last enemy slrongpomt lying at the base of the one-time bulge. And at latest reports were within five miles of the city. Par to the northwest, where a Nazi dent thrusts against the Dutch border, Lieutenant General Dcmp- scy's British Second Army has broken into Germany at a new point. The British troops have gained u*! 16 two and one hall miles to seize two towns lying above Sittard, the jump-off point of the attack. At the other end of the winding western front it's another story. There, the Germans on the Alsace plain have extended their bridgehead northeast of Strasbourg by another two miles. The Nazis shoved north in considerable force to take three villages, one of which was re- Secret Of Russia's Strength-Everybody Works, Blytheville Soldier At Ukraine Base Observes Russia's hard-riding' Cossacks prefer a good fight, hut when there is work lo be done, they lay aside their swords and carbines, turn their wiry horses loose lo graze and become common laborers until the job is completed. This was one of the interesting observations of Tech. Sergt. John H. Brawley, 26, former Blytheville man and said to be the first American soldier stationed li\ the Soviet Union to return home. Serge. ant Brawley who flew to the United States on emergency furlough because his wife was ill in California, stopped in Blytheville this weekend to visit Mr. anil Mrs. C. S. Baggett. Mrs. Baggett is his aunt. Going Back To Russia ; From here lie Is headed for New York enroute back to his post in the Ukraine where he Is a radio man at an American shuttle bomber base. . Everybody works in Russia, Sergeant Brawley said, but he can't forget the way those Cossacks pitched in when they were needed just as though they were members of a labor battalion. "We Americans hail received a lot of supplies at our base and they came by railroad. At home, we wouldn't think anything of taking our time about unloading boxcars, but not those Russians.- They need their cars so badly they- can't al- ford to let them remain at one place very long. "This detachment of about 30 Cossacks came to our base returning from - the front. Those boxcars had to be unloaded and they were needed to help, so . they let their horses graze while they helped us clear the. cars and send them on any dif- . their:way, It .didn't make ference to them that they had over country where other 'mechanized S«rgeanl Brawley spent days In tlie saddle fighting Lhe Germans tanks and equipment sometimes can't go. They nre'magnificent lighters and they work the same way they fight." learning the language Sergeant Brawley cannot reveal the location of his base, but It is in a section of the Ukraine devastated by the 'Germans nnd now being rebuilt by the people of (he Soviet Union. He has been there ID months and has learned enough to carry on n conversation In Ukrainian. ' "The people try to learn our language and we try to learn •theirs." lie explained. "This makes it easier, and we manage to talk with them'now, but nt first we had to .make signs. They have picked up a Jot of'American slang, and even,have substituted some of it for the Russian equivalent. For: instance, they say 'okay' to one another instead of something that sounds like 'harrashaw.' It nicans the same thing, but our expression Is simpler." . ' • Before being sent to Russia, Sergeant Brawley said the Americans were cautioned that they' must "get along" with the people, but it didn't take long for trouble to develop. Diplomacy Didn't Work "Our boys didn't know any of their language, but they lost no time becoming friendly with some of the Russian: girls," he 'related. "The Russians took matters /Into their own hands, by beating up the girls. Our boys \vere astonished, hut thinking perhaps.thc girls who hnd offended might be married, dlil • nothing about. It. After a few such experiences the Americans decided lo .substitute lists for diplomacy, and the Russtiuis were much more impressed. Now everything' Is all i [ght. They have more respect for s and are friendly, we' all have: .oocl times together." > One of the things Sergeant; Brawley always will remember arc' he nights when the people nil jatlier in the public park for music and dancing. Ukrainians never tiro of task It, even a s they go p.bout the k of rebuilding their 'war-ravaged homeland where the Brim evidence of Germany's "scorched earth" ed. retreat has yet lo be cras- f Music In The Open Summer nighls on the steppes arc cool us winds sweep across the wheatficlds of Russia's rich grain country. There is gaiety In the public park nnd thoughts of war are lost as the quick noles of stringed instruments Inspire the booted dancers. Everybody Joins in (lie fun. Americans sip the abundant vodka, but they arc mi match for the Russians who are heartier drinkers and who like to "chase" a swal- Firms Accused By Government Of Conspiracy General Electric Co., And Subsidiary Named In Civil Suit Today WASHINGTON, Jan. 18 (UP) — Tlie Government hns ncciiscd olio of America's biggest firms of conspiracy in maintaining cartel agreements with foreign countries. General Eleclrlo Company nnd its subsidiary, International General Electric, Ls charged with conspiring before the war with companies In Germany, Japan, ijrltiiin, France and Italy lo divide up the worl ( | Into exclusive marketing areas. The Government's suit further charges that the cartel agreements arc still being maintained and that GE and IGE'hnvc Ijeen planning to- negotiate similar agreements with other countries. ' ; . The civil suit, filed In Newark, N. J., asks that bolh companies be forbidden to carry out the agreements, and that they be rcniilrcd lo make the patents involved In the alleged conspiracy available to any applicant without royally. It further asks that GE mill 1GE be required to divest themselves of all holdings In six foreign compn- 'On To Berlin!' Russians try Wejlward; •., / .. < • U. S. Submarines nles. Assistant Attorney General Wendell Berge, who prepared the case, claims that If 'It had not been for the alleged cartel agreements, this country would hive had n larger capacity to produce electrical equipment when the war started. : (Continued on 5> Manila Officer Lost In Action Capt. Richard Osborne Missing After Battle On Western Front A veteran of the Aleutians who later participated in some of the fiercest fighting on the western Front is missing in action. He is Capt. .Richard .Osborne, 29, of Manila. '•"••,-;• : His wife, the" former Miss Berneda Watfcins, was notified Tuesday by the War Department that Captain Qsborne has been missing in action in Luxembourg since Dec. 20. No other details were given in the official message. Commander of a company of the llQth Infantry, 28th Division, he previously had seen action 'in the bloody .Huilgen Forest and elsewhere in Germany, Belgium and Prance. Mrs. Osborne last received 'n letter from her husband Dec. 8. It was written from Luxembourg. "Tlie Jerries are brave enough as long as they are in their foxholes," the letter said, "but once we rout them out they're glad to surrender.'' The rumble of approaching war took Captain Osborne from his classroom at Etovvah School where he taught. A reserve officer, he earned his second lieutenant's commission through R. O. T. C. training at Arkansas State College, Jonesboro. He joined National Company "M" here In August, 1940, and was Inducted into the regular Army the following December. Later he was transferred to the Arkadelphia company after attending schcol at Fort Riley, Kans.. and then was stationed at Fort Lewis, Wash., for 10 months before being sent to the Aleutians. Returning two years later. Captain Osborne was at Camp Shelby, ifiss., before being sent to Fort Meade, Md. and then to England. His parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Oslorne, also reside at Manila. More Rooms Needed, for Army Families With a number of Blytheville cltlzens.'-openlng • Xheir - hearts and renting rooms lo soldiers' wives, following an appeal earlier this week,' 'many more rooms are needed, it was ah- nounced today by J. Mell Brooks, .secretary of the. Chamber of Commerce, which operates a free service for families of Army personnel here. There were eight homes opened to women with children and a number of others lo wives only but 37 other women were In the Chamber of Commerce office today hunting places r 'to stay. Some have babies with''no place to sleep and others do not. Local people having a spare room are asked to call Mr. Brooks' day or night, so that these women may rent a comfortable place to be near their husbands for a little while longer. taken in an American counterattack. » A smal! force of Flying Fortresses was out in the skies of Europe today, taking over the offensive from RAF bombers who raided inner Germany last night. Tlie American planes attacked rail yards at Kaiserlautcrn, a Saar- land industrial and transport center 38, miles,: northeast of Saar- brucken.;, ••.> Thieves Abandon Auto Stolen From Negro Here The car stolen from residence of Sam Swopc. Negro 'living on Highway 18 West, was found abandoned near the Frisco Railroad yards. Police Chief William Bcrryman said the car. apparently was undamaged. Another car, also stolen Tuesday night from its parking place, had not been found early this after- 1010 two-door Ford sedan, noon. Tlie owned by R. H. Ingle of Jonesboro, tore a 1944 Tennessee license No. 42508 when stoXm from in front of Hotel Noble. Osceo/o Man Missing Staff Sergt. Harry P. Jones, whose wife lives in Osceola, Is missing in Germany. His parents, Mr. and Hrs. Harry B. Jones, also live In Oscoola. He went overseas Inst October, tJack War Effort, Cl'll' II . • ^ tajly injured, two, osiers i iTrMUnfl I IfflAC ' ' heh " 3 ' in J*«'' <" iia "'fyVotbcf-,; JiClL'Iliy UiyCj rlously hurt;.Is cause of 7940 Accident Basis Of Suit In Court Here An accident more tliau four'. years ago in which two persons were fa- Tough Job Lies Ahead Of Civilians As Well As Fighting Forces Col. Howard C. Stclling, commanding officer of Blytheville Army Air Field. in<a vigorous'ad- dress before the Kiwnnls Club at its Wednesday luncheon meeting nt Hotel Noble, urged Americans to break free from Inertly and go all-out in the war effort. .Lions Approve Plan To Honor Captain Moody A resolution asking that the high school football field and stadium be officially named "Moody Field" in honor of Ihe late Capt. Calvin C. Moody, tirst Blytheville High School lettcrman to be killed in this war, has been presented the school board by the Lions Club. Formal presentation of the rero- .ution followed a suggestion made by J. P. Friend at a recent Lions Club meeting. The resolution points out that 'aptnin Moody, victim of a recent ilr accident in which he avoided crashing with another plane, had served 23 months with General C'hennault and his famed "Flying Tigers" in China anl India and brought honor to himself by bag- sing five Japanese planes and participating on numerous raids upon Lhc enemy. It also points out that Captain Moody returned to his llnc.s after having been forced down behind the Jap lines, at great danger and throughout all his Army life showed "the same indomitable spirit shown as a member of the Chicks nnd at college, earning respect nnd admiration of teammates and foes alike." Requesting that the school board designate tho athletic field as "Moody Field in lasting tribute M a fine, deserving young man and n great American" concludes the formal request, . started In Civil Division of Circuit Court lodny. which has wide" Interest. ' ', Miss Tony Faye .Thorn, Joe M. Pylnnd, \y. C. Lccgett as administrator of the estate of Miss Minnie Lee Lcggctl, nnd Mrs, A. E. Doolcy ns administrator of the estate of G. W. Dooley, arc seeking damages totaling $03,000 from tlie St. Louis, San Francisco Railway Company and Fred Hanna. Damages of $50,000 arc sought by Miss Thorn, now 21, who ap- He declared the war Ls far from won, and that civilians as well as those In military life should reaU ize the seriousness of the ilon. Mentioning his own problems as head of the local air' jleld specifically, Colonel Stelling said he may have made some people angry, but that he intended to require eating establishments to meet sanitary requirements If they serve his men, and he hinted that more action was to follow. Colonel Stclling also said that (he veneral disease rate among military personnel had been cut 05 per cent. He said it had been his unpleasant duty to declare two entire towns or cities in the Mississippi valley area near here off limits lo his men because of precautions against certain diseases. The Blytheville field's commanding officer urged the opening of local homes to wives and children of service men. "Thirty days or GO days or six weeks from now some of these men will be over- eas," ho staled tersely. "Get acquainted with our men," Colonel Slclling invited, "and ou'll find some mighty good fel- ows, Tlie Army doesn't take ramps. Of course there are some otigh men In the Army, but it akes some rough ones, it takes 11 kinds. "You'll find kld.s whose parenU wouldn't let them handle an air 'ifle a year ago, who now arc lying airplanes with 21 guns. "They're not coming back this ime with a lot of glory and a few nen killed," he warned. "They're coming out of-this mechanized war o go into competition with you •nid It's going to be tough on you." Tlie country should be thankful .he colonel declared, that enough real artisans survived the 1930's :o give tho men the training they needed for this war. Enough men with thorough, painstaking ability N. O. Cotton Mar. . May . July . Oct. . Dec. . Chicaao Rve onen )>ieh May . 113 2211 2200 2169 2102 2095 2211 2203 2170 2103 2005 2206 2195 2162 2031 2081 2206 21S5 2163 2091 2087 2218 2208 2176 2111 2107 low nlosc » 11214 113-K, 113M July . llOsd HIM 110',! 110-4 111',4 and understanding men with pioneer spirit, came through the depression and listless years lo Ehow the way to those who arc fighting this war, he Insisted. These artisans,- the-colonel emphasized, had developed the young "sub-marginal farmer, the f.oda jcrker and the hep cat" Inlo teal fighting men, men with knowledge of weapons and equipment and how to use them. And he predicted they would return from Ihe war with a different spirit, a will to dt > things' and they would—and that n lot of older men wete going to pel run over in the competition of Ihn fulurc. pcnred In Ihe court room today on a stretcher, having been Invalided since Oct. 12, 1940, when the car driven by Mr. Hanna Struck a freight train at the Highway Gl crossing. Administrators of Miss Leggetl, killed Instantly, and Mr. Dooley, who died several days later, seek damages of $20,000 each. Mr. Pyland seeks damages of $3000 for Injuries received. Of the persons involved in this accident, one of the mail serious ever to occur here, only Miss Thorn appeared In court. Paralyzed from her waist down, because of nerves being severed, she only has use of her respiratory organs nnd of her arms. Long in hospitals, she has been 'in bed since Ihe accident. Mr. Hanna, co-defendant with the railroad company, Is not iii court. His back severely Injured, he>Is said to be nble to be up nnd now lives at Morrilton. Mr. Pyland now Ls serving In the Army. The case, similar to several which hove been tried in court here following other such accidents at the same crossing, hns hcen continued nine times since filed Dec. 30, 1941. Because Judge ZaI H. Hnrrisor. formerly was attorney for Mr Hnnna, he was excused from the bench and the case is being hcarc by Judge Walter Killough, acting judge of the district. Tlie defendants allege that the railway company was negligen in failing to give signals before running freight cars across the highway crossing. Miss Thorn Is represented by W. Leon Smith, the Lcggclt estate l;y Percy Wright, the Dooley estate and Joe Pyland. by T. J Crowder of Jonesboro and Claude F. Cooper, the railway by Joe Barrett and Archer Whcattcy n: •Tonesboro. In a suit, in which tho jury returned a verdict this morning, R H. Yates was awarded damages o $169 from S. Joseph for alleged wages due the plaintiff under tin wage nnd hour law. Case of Lcndennlc Fowler v Jerome Davidson, a unlawful de tainer suit, was continued untl later In the week. B-29 Raids Reported By Japs; Gen. Kruegcr Keeps Enemy Guessing PACIFIC FLEET HEADQUARTERS, Jan. IB (UI'I—American siih- niurlncs have sunk 2-1 move Jnpnn- csc ships, Including one destroyer and Ihre.o escort vessels. Other .Blilps sent to tho bottom Include three Jap traiisporUi. live tankers; and 12 cargo vossols, giving American subs a record of Ofill ships tjiipk since Pearl Harbor. In the Pacific air wur, the Jnp- iiupse tell of American B-S9 raids on Tokyo, tho Osaka-Kobe area Korea, Hong Kong and Canton, A Tokyo hiondcnbl say« 28 Supci fortresses from China, with lighter escort, hit uirllelds nt Hong Koiii, and Canton. The Japs say, naturally, that the raids on ullior Jin cities were primarily of nuisance value. '. ' Knciny Expculs Ne\i' Hloiy Behind ii security blackout Hi American Third Fleet Is reporlci by, the enemy lo be maneuverlnE possibly for another strike at tlv enemy's defenses farther south. The OerlIn radio today quoted i dispatch from Tokyo which o.stl mates-that 10 American plane car flora. arc operating together .in- th China Sea, , Another. Japanese broadcast>-vc corded by the FCC In New York says American carrier attacks on th China coast furnish proof tluit.lh Americans cau'wago blitllv on China continent, ••'••' •' .' Taking a (flqom'y view of the sll created lln " 011 Tokyo' radio Bay.s thai Ohuugking forces are preparing argc-scnle countcr-ofTensivo, . t pcralion of. American fovceii on th oast might give tho Chinese con lete success. Kruegcr Not Alarmed On the Luzon bntllcfronl Unite 'ress Correspondent Ralph "Pen orth say's Lieut. Gen. Walter Kruc or Intends lo keep Lhu Jii| ucsslng. Says Krncgcr: , "The Jap docs some funny Ihlngs, New York Cotton Mar. May July Oct. Doc. open 2214 2107 21(51 2100 2090 high low close pr.c 2214 2206 2208 221 2109 21fl2 2103 2204 2108 2150 2101 217 2102 2088 3001 210d 2099 2085 2088 210 don't know how or why tho J»p Iocs anything, and I don't worry tout It. I plan to let him do the worrying about what we are going, o do." General KniCBcr tells alxml aii nclctcnt In which an officer was larmcrt by the report of n heavy onccntratlon of Japanese tanks In no area. Krucgcr says: "I lold him 1 was prctly alarmed 30, alarmed that the tanks might get nwny before we could find and destroy them." Reviewing the Philippine cnm- mlgn,' General Krueger snys the success of the American landing and null to the Tarlac area was due to Jap miscalculations. The American general snys the Japanese expected us to land farther north and had prepared tlicir :naln defense in that area. Inauguration Ceremonies To Be Simple WASHINGTON Jan. IB (UP)The While House has announced the plans for Ihe fourth-term inauguration ceremonies for President Roosevelt, taking place this Saturday. The ceremonies will lake only about 25 minutes and will be witnessed only by the Immediate governmental family. The President's inauguration speech will be as close to 500 words as he can make It. Before he lakes the oath of office, the President will pray for divine guidance. A buffet luncheon will follow to which 1500 guests have been Invited. Incidentally, Governor Dew, the Republican presidential candidate who lost to Mr. Roosevelt, was invited to the ceremonies. But his office In Albany has announced lhat the Governor will not attend. TODAY'S WAR ANALT8IH Japan Saving Strength For Home Defense Hy DAVID WKF.KS United I'rcia 8la« Writer Tho Japs nru bcghinlm: to put nil heir eggs in one. basket They're no longer wasting ships lid planes trying to keep the lido of war, from rolling to thole own lomcland. Instead, they're honntlnf; their ilc- enslvo power, tightening it up iround their 6wii Islmul chuin, nnd irnclnit lo incut tho storm they mow is comliiK. No other answer will explain whs .ho Japs liave, allowed the Amarloan lo sul'/.o virtual control' of the South chiiin ; Sc» without a right No other answer will explain why Lho enemy has failed to lift u Huge lo aid UH giirrl.snn on Luzon Islam In the Philippines Tim •'Jnps not only failed lo. sent their navy Into'tho .fight for .th' South China Sea, they oven'faUci ID put up nny air opposition ngiilns the American carrier task force Inn battered some of their.key bases 01 the Ohlnn coast, Hong Kong,.Can ton, Swatovv, and Amoy. And the hnvon'l put ni> any serious air re instance to the American Invasion o Luzon since om tiopps stormci ashoro at. Llngavcn Gulf moid tltni '.. FoV'.ii; comparison, ll'i as U, Hi United States \<A, an onrmy tcl? the Panama Canal without n strug Kle, nnd. aHo^d. an qncrny, llcot I move" Jubrnblf.'itcri Into 'the Cnr|b bean Oca, as.jf^'abandoned Cub lo nn.lnvadpi , • • j .Weakness Lvldent •Japati's-fiUluro lo defend hci mo 1 vital oulposls fnlrly screams to Hi world her falal weakness. She slu ply does not have enough naval nn air power to defend the outpost, and nt the same tlmo, guard he own shores. So, Jnpnn apparently has take the decisive filep. She is abandon Ing the oulposLs lo concentrate o building up n home defense. Uy [loliiu so, Ihe Japs obtain bicalnlng spell nt the expense' bringing tho fliinl assault on he homeland, that much closer. Tn other words,.the Japanese, b refusing to fight for Luzon, nprt .11 China Sen and defend the bases o the .China coast, escape for .tl tlinn bclnfc, the attrition lhat goe with defending., them. She keci her nnvy.nbove water nnd her plane and pilots in the air. Together wit llmsc planes, and perhaps warship loo, now being built, Japan nppn cully hopes lo rcslorc her shntterc defensive power by tho time U w lie most needed, when Japan Itse comes undcr'..illrect assault. H matters not to Japan that fi Ihe Americans, the process of n Vessels Big Winter Push Hearing Breslau Stalin Sends'AnoHrejj, Lodz l» Threatened' \ MOSCOW,, JAn' iS (UP^Ger- nnys eastern RaWs>haye been rlcd open by Russian Jroons, who cro believed to be' battling foi- °mrd on German soil this after- op " i » ' »* reports tey that tlie :yssli»ns jiav* smashed'acrosi tho "pUsh frontier ; into Germany "In vnat is called "un unchecked in- aijloii," nnd the .Soviets say vnn- uards of Marshal Konev's First Jkrunlrtn Army hava surged to ^Ihln Icis than 50 rhlles of Brcb- au Just 202, miles boyond that Gcrmiili Pittsburgh lies Berlin, the awed target of, the tremendous Russian wlnlor offensive Krj/rev's advance on tlie Sllcslan rentier has qilt the north-south communications between the Ger a man armies ^backtracking across Poland nil along the line 'Kvcti i ns the "First Ukraninn Army sweeps forward to Silesia tho [-ulilln indlq continues to "report :hnl Krakow, one-time capital nf Poland, Is In Russian hanjs And n flood at dlspotohes tells of grent Rci) Armv gains^elsewhere At the center of' the orumblinst Po]tsh front t rnobllejcolumn5 are driving over/ the noprMches to Led?, Poland s seconpVbiggest, city , i\M an important center.of transport and Industry i*xVv,~r v - 'S TJie ft))'of trTa^oity h'pxpectert at nnv moment /Touhe northwest, Mnishal , Zhukqv's 'fast moving irmoied forces ^ajcj reported by Berlin to bo vvheellnj up toward tho Baltic In'a drive to slice .iff East Prussia" Tyo fovms, one It) miles northwest of\ Warsaw, and nnoUiei fi3 miles north of Warsaw, have Just been captured '. i Russian writers and common^ 'ators me calling the offensive an, "on tq-Eerlln-push" f nlmed at bringing the v,nr to nil ^arly^end Snys. the fnm.ous feivlefc \>-rlter. llya Ehrenborg, "Tlie liberation of Warsaw forcshndows the cnily fnll of Berlin" Behind the Soviet armies, 'liberated Warsaw ^agnin ,b.ns^' become a government seat of Poland' A Moscow dlspiwh to- a London newspaper snjs the provisional government of Poland, Is reported, un officially to "have moved "from Lublin to ,' Soldier 0 ;, .7 Lost In Action Against Germans N. Y. Stocks AT&T 163 3-8 Amer Tobacco 70 Anaconda Copper 31 1-2 Beth Steel 69 3-8 Chrysler 01 5-8 Gen Electric 39 Gen Motors 64 3-8 Montgomery Wan! ........ 50 N Y Central 23 5-8 Int Harvester 78 Standard of N J , 58 5-8 Texas Corp 517-8 U R Steel LUXORA, Ark Jan 18— Sergt n wll tice Byron ° Wllklns, JJJ, Is missing in n shorter time than if the Japs Jf"™ In Belgium since Dec 17 chose to put up a major battle for »'« Wnr Department has inrormed them. The Japs probably figure that .^, PnrenU, Mr and Mrs Byron O. aps probably figure I those u.ise.s ore lost anyway. If they nit up a major light for them, the Jnps would slow us down, but they'd Wilklns. A student at Louisiana 'state ^^L^.='?L= -ES' t^wSstationed^ Samp Maxey, Texas, and was sent to Oklahoma A and M for the jursc. Wllh less than one month re- nninlng to complete the course, he for the final struggle on the shores of Japan proper. The new course the Jups have taken means that the battle of Japan will start sooner. But in the meantime, the Japs will have had Ihclr breathing spell. They'll have added to their existing power witlv out losing any of It In the interim In other words, the enemy probably figures he'll be stronger Rtid more ready. ' U. S. Tower Grows And he prpbably is right. All the furious fights the Jails have put up against our long march of. recon- quesl up from the southwest Pacific have not dented American fighting power. 'In fact, that grown constantly by power leaps has and bounds because it Is backed by such tremendous productive power- nt home. U is the Jnps who have worn themselves down to the fraying point. They tried to make our advance expensive to us. They succeeded only In making It excessively easily to themselves. Since Pearl Harbor, the Jaixs have lost more than 2,000 ships,.including over SGQ warships from their precious navy. They have lost upward of 15.00C planes, not counting thousands ol others wearing out from use and becoming obsolete. Their loss in manjxiwer has been nearly 300,000 killed and 300,000 to 400,000 more marooned on by-passed Islands. America Is fighting n two-front wnr, In Europe nnd the Pacific, yet our combined losses in-both thea- 01 tors do not equal those of the Japs trj 'transferred back to the IiHan- and returned to Camp Maxey where : he Underwent- second basic training prior to being sent to the East Coast. ] l ' * ^ He was In' England in the Earlj Fall and is with tho 99th Division of the First Army ^ ^ - , A sister, Miss Ann Claire WJlkins, also lives In Luvira' " '' Weather « ARKANSAS Rain this afternoon tonight ary FrlAaj Not so cold' In the east and portions tonight Chicago Wheat open high low close prci May !$i\ 163« 1611, 161S 161« July 153T 154X 1»5M 153« 154V. except in t planc losses r < American productive power Is so immense thab^whllc aiding our allies, we've still been able to build a naval sir force alone comprising over 37,000 planes On top of that, wove built B navy so huge that Just a task force from It Is capable of taking on the whole Jap fleet. However, let's not get tco optimistic W* hive the productive power, the ships aVidjthe planes But the ^Japanese still have six million soldiers, ready to die to the Inst man to save their country. • ^.

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