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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Wasfe Pope,/ It is yaluable to the War CHortt The Boy Scout, wi/< co//ec< you, Scrop Poptr . W y So<urrfay BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THI DOMINANT NXW8PAPKR OF NORTHXA6T ARKANSAS AND HnrrvHViar umannn. ++S VOL. XLI—NO. 82 Blytheville Dally New* Blythevllle Courier Blythevllle Herald Mississippi Valley Leader ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST UlSUOTJW _Bl.YTHI5VILLty ARKANSAS, KKJDAY, JUNK 2S, SINGLE COPIES FIVE CENTS BIG RUSSIAN PUSH OPENS, GERMANS SAY ' — • -—— ——» ... ' . . , » "Where Do We Go From Here. Bovs?' ^*i <• ' -\ ' ' ' ' ... A Drivtt olmed to cut oH Brittany ptnintula, giving Allici gr«6tporf« of BteH, Uri«nl and St. B Diive itrotghl from Cherbourg ptnintula lo Poiit, iioloting German! to louth. C Dri»« noriheastttard behind German eoolt- ol dctemcs could iialote L« Havre, endanger Boulogne, Calai'i, Ounfc«rau«. Potiiblo Allied landings to co-ordinate with land drivel BRITTANY .^^b. . , ... . , . CherbourgJ)efenses Cracking Late Bulletins LONDON, June 23 (UP) — A rninl illsp.ilHi says lonighl dial American troop* iilliidtliiK from MIC soulhues I reached * liiilnl alioiil 1 |»n mill's from Hid miler nf Cherbourg nl iiiion tu- rtay. C'HUiWKIJW, June 23 (III'! —Vice-, President Wallace In an Inlrrvlvu- luiluy expressed "ul- innst cunfldcni'c" In Ihc ability nf ih c Chinese In contimifl Ihr. « - ai>. lie declared the Allies must' do everything possible lo break Ihe enemy's Iron ring around China. Wallace- siilrt "conditions In China looked belter lhan I r.x- peelcd," CHARLESTON, ,S. ('-., June 23 (UP)—Tlie Charleston Army Air liasc has annimnccrl <* B-2'l hnnilii-r, missing for two days. l s believed lo lie lost at s«a with Us cnllrc crew. I After the Allies secure Ihe Cherbomg Peninsula, what' Map above shows several possible strategic ...Those aimed at the Brittany Peninsula would have as their objective great ocean ports f_.-i through which Allied expeditionary forces could be poured inlo France. • U.S. Again Recognizes Bolivia; 18 Other Nations Follow Suit WASHINGTON, June 23 (U.P.)— The United Slates and 18 other Afriencan republics have deckled tq resume diplo- ^tic.relaj.joji.vwilh Bqlivia after six month's .of -a diplomatic blackout. '•'..,,, . ...... ••• This means Uncle Sam no longer considers Bolivia's revolutionary government 1 ' a Nations' war effort. possible threat to the United 2 Classes Will Graduate Here Air Transport Pilots And Combat' Airmen Will Receive Wings Two graduation exercises will be held Tuesday at .the Blytheville Army Air Field when members of class m-F receive their wings and commissions at 2 o'clock in the aftern.oon, and the third class of the Air Transport Command to be graduated from the. local field at the conclusion of their four weeks training course will be appointed a ceremony A State Department representative presented the United States' note of recognition lo the Bolivian foreign office in 'M/A Pax. And the 18 other republics will follow this, action today. Argentina recognize^ Bolivia car- < : —___ Her this year. The United States note points out that Bolivia removed all members of a Fascist type of organization from its cabinet. And the Bolivian Government detained and deportee! a number of dangerour, Japanese 8nd German nationals' Another question of recognition, concerning the provisional government of France under General De Gaulle, came up at President Roosevelt's news conference today. Says Problem Can Wait Mr. Roosevelt said he believed more of Prance should be freed before the problem of civil administration comes up. The President said he had heard indirectly that De Gaulle hopes to visit Washington in one of the two periods ho has been invited. ' As for Finland, Mr. Roosevelt said the United Stales forgein pol- lc y Is not for sale for $146,000. That # is the amount Finland paid on lime 15, as an installment on her American war debt. Tlie next day the Finnish minister, Hjaimar Procope wa.s ordered to go home. Mr. Roosevelt added pointedly that Finland is now Allied wilh our common enemy. Germany, fighting against Russia, our ally. Evades Pnlilical Questions Incidentally, the President brushed aside all fourth term questions at his news conference. Meanwhile, The House Foreign Affairs Committee has approved a highly unusual resolution that calls on Hungary to slcm Ihe lide of Inhumanity toward minority groups. Those Hungarian minorities include one million Jews, whose lives, the committee says, are in great danger' On the labor front, Rep. Ranulf Compton of Connecticut had made public hk correspondence with Lieut. W. F. James of the Naval Vessel Coos Bay. James wrote Compton deploring nationwide strikes during the war. And James said that the crew of his ship had taken tip a collection to pay the strikers to return lo work. Compton replied that the nation's labor picture was not really as black as it is painted in the press. He said: "It is an American trait to magnify our troubles. However I assure you ,-that things at home arc not really •T*S bad as they would appear in dally news reports." Weather i /«»*' WEATHER ARKANSAS—Fair this afternoon, toiilght and Saturday. Chicago Ry« open high low close July . 109% 112% 10D',4 110^4 109% sept.. no« 112% loss in 1 /: no In the United Stales, an average of half a million matches are struck every minute. as flight officers at at 9 o'clock • in i the morning. Till? marks Ihe first time thai graduation exercises for both groups who receive training at the advanced field will be slageri the ramc day. Visitors from all over the nation are expected to attend both evenl-'i, plans for which were Hearing completion today. Fred A. Hartley Jr.. congressman from New Jersey, will deliver the principal address to the graduating class, their families and friends. Mr. Hartley Is the father of a cadet squadron commander, who also will be graduated with this class. Tlie speaker for the ATC group has not been revealed. Both ceremonies will be held In the jwst recreational hall, and music will be furnished by the BAAF bad. New York Stocks A T & T Amcr Tobacco .. Anaconda Copper Beth Steel Chrysler 159 7-8 70 1-2 26 1-2 61 3-4 01 7-8 Coca Cola 385-8 Gen Motors 64 1-L Montgomery Ward 481-4 N Y Central 18 5-; Int Harvester 77 1-4 North Am Aviation 83-8 Republic Steel 181-2 Radio 11 1-1 Socony Vacuum 131-2 Studebakcr 18 1-2 Standard of N J 57 1-4 Texas Corp 48 Packard U S Steel 5 3-4 57 New York Cotton Mar. May July Oct. D«C. open 2080 2060 2200 2120 high low 2080 2075 2060 2054 2200 2195 2120 2109 close 2076 2084 2055 2066 2198 2203 2U6 2123 County Has Tin Enough to Sink Many Jap Ships Women of Mississippi County can "mine" tin sufficient fo; 232 torpedoes'this year. These figures were complied on the basis of the canned foods consumed by. the civilians of tins county during 1943, which means thai approximately tin same amount will be'used by housewives this year. These tin cans contributed by housewives find their way to giant smelting pots and aro converted Into deadly torpedoes nnd other objects of. destruction to be used by our fighting forces. With the knowledge of the usefulness of these tin cans in the war effort, Mississippi County women arc asked to wash their cans, remove the labels, flatten the cans and place the bundles of tin cans on the curbs Saturday so that they might be picked up by the Boy ScoiiU. In addition to helping in the war effort, housewives will also be helping another notable cause by placing the tin cans nl Hie disposal of the Scouts, for this group receives money for the cans when they are sold to the government. The proceeds are used toward the annual camping trip of the Scout troop, R. A. Nelson, chairman of the Tin Can Collection Committee pointed out. Mercury Hits Higher Marks In Southeast By United Press Weathermen are shaking their heads and refusing to predict any relief from Hie heat wave now gripping the southwest. And an acute ice shortage in some communities Is further adding to the genera! discomfiture, now confirm^ ing for a second week. Highs of 100 degrees were reported yesterday In Charleston. S. C., Augusta, Ga., and Montgomery, Ala. In New Orleans one person died ami two were taken lo hospital suffering heat praslralton from the lemperalurc which lill a high of 98 degrees. However, thermometers in Chattanooga, and Birmingham registered one degree higher, while Jackson. Miss., and Macon, DR., matched the New Orleans figure. Armng the larger cities to be affected by Ice shortages arc Orlando and Jacksonville, Fla,,and Wilmington, N. c. In New Orleans, officials estimate that between 10 and 15 million gallons of water are being used above the normal dally average. Communities down the Mississippi report dry cisterns and three city trucks were called Inlo service to supply them. Other high temperature marks recorded yesterday Include 97 degrees In Atlanta and 96 In Little Rock and Shreveport. Night readings were seventies. Chicago Wheat open hlBh low close Romanian Oil Installations Again Raided ALLIED HEADQUARTERS, Rome. June 2.'i (U.P.)—strong forces of American heavy bombers flew out fjpin rtiily today to raid oil Inslalations at Plocstl nnd Giurglu in Romania. Enemy fighters attacked the raiders and a number of .Nazi planes were shot down. Other Portresses and Liberators struck deep Into southeastern Yugoslavia to bomb the big railway Junction at Nis. Thunderbolts and Mustangs escorted the four-cngln- cd bombers. _,'' In the Ilallan ground flghllng, countcr-flUacx.s- bV Cerimin shock 1 Iroops have stalled the British Eighth Army ndvnnces In central Ilnly, In the hills around Perugia, uiiy However, other Allied forces In Italy are sweeping northward mi- Impeded. On the Adriatic front, the British advanced 12 miles beyond captured Permo, On the west flank, one American column is 52 miles from Florence. And another has moved up 15 miles norlhwest of Grosseto. Same ground was lost to the ene counter-assaults. Veterans Return From S. Pacific Blythcvillc Marines Land In California En route To Homes Blytheville • men with the Marine Division and still wllh lhat group are coming home! Already landed In San Francisco, It Is expected they will arrive hero within the coming two weeks after having wrvod two nnd a half years In the South Pacific. How many men from this section Included in the many thousands who landed Is undetermined, (is a number have been transferred to other outfils, but two of them are Corp. Newell Brlghain. wounded In the battle of Cape Gloucester, and Pfc. Jack Foster. With long distance lines crowded constantly since the troops landed on the West Coast, Private Foster was able to reach a telephone Ibis morning lo call his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ed Foster. "Tell Mr. and Mrs. Brlgham Newell Is recovered and will be home soon because he is far down the line from Ihe telephone booth," he lolil his mother. "I am the happiest mother in the world today," said Mrs. N. VV. Brigham when told her son again was In the United States. This was the first news Dint he had recovered from wounds received when he participated In the battle of Cape Gloucester Dec. 20. Long In hospitals, little Is known here of his wounds except that he was injured by shrapnel. He had participated In numerous front line fights when Injured off the coast of New Britain. Private Poster Is known to have been on Palmyra Island and has been In combat. He told his mother It probably will bo 14 days before he arrives In Blytheville. It Is expected that numerous other relatives will hear similar news within several days when remainder of lelcphone calls come through and mall Is received. U.S. Submarines Report 16 More j'ap Ships Sunk Correspondent Aboard Warship Describes Victory In Pacific By Hulled I'rcss Japanese ship losses arc mounting fast IK (he Allies press a full sculc campaign to break the enemy's sea power. The Navy reveals lhat lUs silent service, the submarines, have sent 1G more enemy ships lo the Ixiltoui, The joss of the l!i cargo ships and cine medium naval auxiliary Ixmsls lo iio Ihc number of Jan ships announced sunk by submarines so far this month. ' American airmen also have sent more Jap ships to-thc Ixiltom. Ub- eraloi bombers of Ihe China-based Hth Air Force linvo sunk or damaged three enemy vessels, Includliif; a naval ship, In the South China Sea. F. I). U. Comments However, Ihc Kreiitcsl blow struck Ihc Japs recently was the American naval victory olf the Philippines Sunday and Monday. Incidentally. President Roosevelt hud 11 comment on that victory today. He. said lhat It's rntlicr difficult to destroy u licet that runs away. An eyc-wltness story of lhat big imvnl action written for the combined American Press by Correspondent William Worden has bcei received. Writing from iilmard the flagship of the Fifth United Stale:. Fleet, Worden said that force com- plelcd the rout .of the Japanese Brand Heel without firing a salvo or losing a s,hl|>..-. : ' "However, tlie Jnps lost 3M planes In "their attack (m the American fleet oil Guam on Sunday. And the next day one of their carriers was possibly blown up nnd another badly set allre. Worden adds: "It is believed today lhal the Japanese fleet has lied behind the Philippines and the threat ot ship or sen-based plane action against our landing forces in Salpan has ended," Shl|> flatteries In Action The first phase of the battle occurred Sunday. Worden says .lap planes attacked from the west In long-range flights from carriers. When the Jap plunes were reported approaching, hundreds of American fighters look to the skies. Soon black pulls of anti-aircraft lire ap- iwurcd over battleships on the hori- roii. Worden says: "The ships seemed wreathed In fire. Their multiple batteries threw up « seemingly-Impregnable wall of steel." Two Jap planes ventured Into that wall of steel and tell naming Inlo the sea. The firsl Jap plane attack fizzled out before It penetrated lo tlie fringes of Ihe American fleet. An hour later, more Jap boml>crs came over. One crossed the slcrn of the ship Worden was on, dropped iUs bombs and missed. The correspondent says: "Forly millimeter shells from our ship pummelccl him and he attempted lo take refuge In a cloud. Before he made it. Ids plane dropped Into Hie ocean like a tired htiranrd." Other Planes Apjirar More Jap planes came In. The ships turned and twisted continually. The guns of a battleship roared for 20 minutes without stopping. Its guns were belching a steady flow of flame overhead. By noon, the battle was all but over. The admiral went to lunch. During the aflernoon. the Americans en light some fuclless Jap planes trying to land on Guam. Wordcn says Hie Japanese struck at the American fleet with the obvious Intention of going on to Guam to refuel. Then attacking Salpan beach-heads and U. S. transports from thai base. However, Ihe Japs were outsmarted, the Fifth Fleet commander. Admiral Spruancc. held Ihe fleet close to Guam, kept Its airfields under nre, and prevented Jap planes from landing there. Thus, the Jap planes-out ol fuel range of their carriers—had nowhere to go. Worden says Jap personnel losses must have been 100 per cent since they fell inlo sea areas controlled by the Americans. As for the righting on N. 0. Cotton Mar. May July Oct. Dec, open high low 2075 2073 2066 2061 2061 2051 2176 2176 2167 2117 2117 2104 2005 2096 2090 close 2073 2086 Hand-To-Hand Fighting Rages In Streets Of Normandy City LONDON, June 2« (IU 1 .)—Ainci'iwit) troops before Uici'boiii'g have captured one of the three remaining Ger- mnn slroiiRpoinls dominuling tlio eily. _ 'I'lie great show-down Iwltlo for (lie Ki-oncli port is nijt- iiiR lit while heal, Klcmonts of Ihrco German divisions are defending the city stubbornly. llfwcvor, a spokesman at Allied liemkninrlcrs ways the uiiltle m not likely to develop into a .siege. llci»li|imrlcv.s oflicmlH Boucrnlly are optimistic iilwil the prospects of the early capture of TODAY'H WAR ANALYSIS Isolation Of 200,000 Japs Now Complete By JAMES HARPER United rc«H Stuff Writer Jiipiin hiis-'ii large nriny It can't loueh. Some 2(10,000 ot Tojo's best suliltcivt will never do him any good. They now are lioxccl In on all sides by American arms, left with nn allcrnnllve but to surrender or die —fighting men by-passed by the light. With the Invasion of thij Marl- anas, the Americans completed tho Isolation of sonic 60,000 men. Kar- llcr, General! Mac Arthur built u fence around 'MO.OOO others In the Solomons, New Guinea, ami Its surrounding Islands. Let's see where those soldiers, pluccd by America on the Inactive list, are located. First, the Southwest Pacific,-Somo 50.000 soldiers are starving on New Britain, 10,000 on Now Ireland, 22,000 on' Bougainville nnd UO.OOO on New Guinea. Those Iroops onco formed'the powerful Japanese nth and 18th armies which snilerf from home two years ago to Inviiilb Australia. That invasion force now )m.< lost 110,000 men, 44 percent of IU. original force of n quarter of a million. "Let Them Starve" Now, let's turn lo the Central Pacific. Over a thousand miles behind the American lines He four once-powerful Japanese bases on I'.tolls In the Marshall group. Back In March, Admiral Nimltz said the Jnp garrisons on those Islands add up to 10,000 men. vice Admiral John McCain, deputy chief of naval aviation for air, added: "We'll let them starve. .. and eat each other." Now, with the Invasion of the Marianas, the Americans have blocked Hie supply lines of some •15,000 more Jnps. The enemy garrisons of the by-passed Carolines arc estimated at 25,000 men. The Jap force In Die Marlanns themselves, now cut oil from supply by tho Fifth American fleet, numbers at least 25,000 more. Add them nil up nnd they come to 200.000 Iroops. that Tojo could well me l:i battle. And that sill doesn't lake Into consideration many other factors. Those troops Harrison Islands on which Japan silent millions of yen ntid years of work. Thel: now-rusting weapons were of the best, their nlrfletrts nnd Installation. 1 , powerful. Now they have no bullets for the guns nnd no one to shoot If they did. The Jnps have lost from an economic as well as n military standpoint. Sleep mountain slopes, leave less than one-filth of the Jnp home Islands available for cultivation. Consequently, the little lhat Is nr- nble Is farmed to the hill with the aid of phosphate fertilizer. And BO per cent ol Japan's phosphalc conies from elght-squnrc-mllc Nauru Island In the by-passed Carolines. Similarly, much of Japan's sugar came from Ihe Marianas, Supplied By Submarines Actually, those garrisons nre not entirely cut off from supplies. Back In March, Admiral Nimllr, Indicated that the Jnp force In tlie Mnrshalls may be receiving some food and equipment by submarine. And only yesterday, Major General Obcrl Belghtter, commander of a division on Bougainville, said the Jnps there arc dependent on a few submarines for the scanty supplies they arc getting. Tills, then, may be Ihe answer lo a question that has been bothering naval men—what's happened to the American shock n<i«r(or Iwiyoncl troo|w, In close hav\ , United more Hum u mile Inlo Cler- nitn fortlriuutloius fringing Ihe French port. The [Inhllng now Is Ihe must violent of Uin whole Nor- inndy campiilgu. Tlie grenlest weight of Ihe American' drive Is focused on Ihe sonlliern [>ii,(es of the city. There, th(. Clernmnr, arc rcslsllng ulub- bornl v In bitter hand-to-hand fiuhllng. Hut (he Americans are steadily pushing toward this two remaining Na/l s|ronm>olni.s well Inside the belt o[ defenses lying two in Ihrcu miles from the city proper. The Na/.ls have lieeu ordered lo Rlund or [lie. A cii)ilurcd iMiiiiMi commancl reads: "Wlllulruwnl from present pasl- llons Is punishable by cleiilh. The hour Is Only will power, readiness for ClglUIng and harohiin to Ihe death can help." Cirrmans Admit I.IKSOS Tlio German hl|;li comnmnd nil- mils the los.i of what It calls "nests of rcslslaiicc wlllilii Die forlrcs.s front." Hut Iho Qermans linve made nn even more slartllns unnounccmcnt. The Nazi news iigciwy r«|]orl.i now Allied DNI1 ulr-tinrnc: landings In .the Normandy arcji of Oiivniy, 17 miles sotilli- west of,SI. l.o. , In V.'n.shlHglon, ,'• Incidentally, President Hoosovclt, said today the Cherbourg bidtlc. Is golnn according Id schCfXijof.nut ho had'lio fiirllicr coiniAent on the Normandy fighting. ' Hclilnd the Clermnn lines, an- olher campaign Is raging. A special Allied coinmiinla,i!o reveals lhat Prench resistance forces have occupied several locnltllcs in Eastern France. General Elsenhower's coih- mimlriue says the wide-spread fighting and sabotage by French [latrlols has liecomo "one of the grcalcst bchlnd-thc-llnes actions In military history. Gcslapo Leader Slain At (lie same time, French miar- lers In London disclose that the underground hits assassinated Iho gcslapo chief for Southern France, one Captain delsslcr. The Oernmn radio also reports Dial the secrc- lary of the Ilallan consulate nud his wife were killed while riding In nn automobile, near Dijon. French miarlers report that pa- Fighting Along 100-Mile Front In White Russia Soviet Forces Strike Toward Vital Highway' Leading To Warsaw < LONDON, June 23 (U.P.j. -The German high command announce!} In nit official com- mnni(|iio today that Russia has laimdiccl her long awaited offensive toward the west,' Earlier today, German unofficial news dlspalche.s placed the new offensive.. In While Russia along a hundred-mile fionl stietchlng from Vitebsk (.'own-to a point below 'jillcv. While Russia Is the last major Soviet territory still In German hands. The Nir/.is say the offensive 'Is dlincd primarily at the highway connecting aiiiolcn-.k, Orsha and Minsk, roughly midway • between Vitebsk and Mogilev. That hlgli 7 way Is the ancient Invasion route to Warsaw and; Ilcrlln. . Exactly Ihrco years'ago yesterday, German Innks slutted up the same highway In Iho Invasion of Russia. Moscow has not yet ivwfirmed Iho news. But It In not unusilal for Information of new Soviet offensives lo come fhsl from Berlin. Tlie Ocrniaivi sny the Russians have been attacking Vitebsk from two .sides for 24 horns The Soviets penetraled, Ihe'city's outskirts Incl December, lint failed to'capluro the, stronghold, , , The Ocrmaii'official news rtgcncy , nlso predicted llial the -So'vlet offensive would bo {.followed up/ by - iV'ncw^A^&O^iva.sfbli'ffi^ffnBl* the coasl.s 6f Belgium 'and 'hoilhern France. ' ' ' Bombers Hit Japanese Base At Port Blair By llnlled Press Allied planes dealt two Bma'sh- Ing blows Wednesday at Port Blair In the Southern Andaman islands In the nay of Bengal. In the morning, carrier-based bombers swooped down on Port Blair which Is the chief base in Ihc Amlamans. They blaslcd mill- , Inry Insinuations , . , , , -...-... .... . At nightfall RAP heavyweights Irios have carried oul 10 altncks ronrc d down on the port's main against enemy Iroops north of,airfield for a powerful follow-up . Others have slashed nt rull- rilu |. • • The. Japs put up 114 fighter opposition during cither attack. Ona Allied plane was 'lost In the/'op- crallons, presumably to antPair- craft fire.; The Andaman chain Is stums' out In the Bay of llengul wes! cf Malaya. They were taken by '. Ihe Japs In 1942. Japan's official new. 1 , agency pills Ihe number ot ralders''at .33, ,niid claims Jap losses wc:e confine^ to one small boat set abtee • by n, tomb. The Nlpnoness dispatch boasts of bagging lour and danwg- Ing six Allied plains. . way and telephone communications south of the city. RAF bombers also smashed at Ocrmaii communications behind the Normandy from last night, hitting five main rail ccnlers In France, visit lo Cierman troops and supply movements. At Ihc same lime, Mosquito bombers lilt Hnmburg with one ion bombs. Rockcl Area Ajrahi Jiomljcd Today, American Flying Fortresses nnd Liberators s a ip nn ,| enemy's submarine fleet? The marines and army units are push-' have used few submarines against ing up the slopes of a mountain in preparation for the climactic battle for the Isiftiid Livestock ST. LOUIS, June 23 <U.P.>—HOBS 7,800, salable 7,500; top $13.70; 160270 pounds $13.70; 140-160 $11.50 to J12.50; $11.10. Cattle 2,400, salable 1,200; calves 000, all salable; cow.s $8.25 to $10.25; canncrs and cutlers $6.00 sows $11.00 to 2052 .20-^1 to-$9,00; slaughter steers $11.55 lo 2171 2180 $17.00; laughter heifers $9.50 lo 2111 2120 $16,25; stacker and feeder steers 2092 2100 $9.75 to $14.00. Jnps Alllcd , '"PP"? llnes - And ' R ° far . America has revealed the destruc- tlon ot onl i' 15 out ° f a feel of about 100. Japan may be using those submarines to keep alive Its by-passed armies. Thus, they— like Ihe soldiers—are on the Inactive list as far as war duty Is concerned. . Many of those by-passed Japs have plenty of fight left In them. The toughest battles ol men occur behind the battle line. General Bclghtlcr said his boys on Bougainville have seen "some of the most vicious action" In the Pacific. Tlio Japs there still have artillery, antiaircraft weapons and coastal defense guns. But they have lost one- thlrd of their force, and the Qen- their almost dally bombardment of Ihc enemy's launching ramps in the Pas de Calais area of France. Tons of explosives were dropped on the Installations with undisclosed results, However, a barrage of new and heavier robot bomlK today opened the second week of Ihc German /icrlnl offensive ngnlnst Southern England. The new robots are said lo have larger wing span an ( ( lo resemble more closely standard aircraft. However, Allied fighters still are able to ovcrlake and destroy them. And Home Secretary Herbert Morrison dismisses Ihc fly- Ing torpedoes as an Impotent weapon of lerror that Is being brought under control by secret defensive measures. As the air campaign against Europe continued today, a British Ministry of Economic Warfare spokesman revealed lhat Germany's production of liquid fuel now Is less than 50 per ccnl of requirements. However, Brilons heard a more shocking aspect of the air war today. Foreign Secretary Anthony Eden told the House of Commons the British Government has conclusive proof that 50 British and Allied air officers were "murdered In cold blood" In a Nazi,- prison camp last March after they had tried to escape. He said every German involved In the crime will be brought to justice after the war. The Chinese claim to have used the symbol which Is used for north on a mariner's compass as early as 2634 B. C. cray says ot them: "If they can arm and equip, which Is most unlikely, they might try a- desperate break-through. But I don't think they will be a cause for further serious trouble. They are through." Less Than Half Of Bond Quota! Reported Today Tlie Fitlli War Loan drive con-' Hinted to lag in Blylhevlltc. ;.\yith total sales of only $430,700 reported this morning. "The results have been very disappointing," Loy B. Eich, chairman of the Chlckasawba district, stated. "We were hopeful that the good news of our rapid progress In the Invasion of Europe together with our new successes in the Pacific would stimulate people to purchase lhat extra bond now," he added. There have been no reports from any committees in communities outside Blytheville. A few large falcs have been reported but these' cannot be counted until official confirmation Is received from the Federal Reserve Bank. Mr. Elch said, "Although we are far from our goal, I have every confidence that the citizens of this community again, will rally to the cause and purchase enough bonds to put us over the top. Temperature Reaches 99 Degrees Yesterday As Blytheville citizens sweltered yesterday, the thermometer climbed to 99 degrees, making Thu.rsday the hottest day of the Summer, which, by the way, did not officially begin'until Wednesday. The low temperature last night was 76 degrees, according to,the official thermometer, ' '' , k

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