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1 HEIILLE COURIER NEWS THE DOMINANT NKW8PAPKU OF NOBTUEAST ARKANSAS AND HUUTHKA8T MISSOURI VOL. XL1—NO. 263 Blythevllle Dally N«wi Blytherllle Herald Blythevlll* Courier Mississippi Valley Leader BLYTUIOVILLE, ARKANSAS, THUHSDAY, JANUARY 25, I'M 5 SINGLE COPIES FIVE CENTS BIG OFFENSIVE BY EISENHOWER HINTED Wallace Makes, Strong Bid For Commerce Post Wants Job Regardless Of What Becomes Of Lending Authority WASHINGTON, Jan. 25 (UP) — Former vice president Wallace went before a Senate committee today to fight for Ills confirmation us secretory of commerce, with or without its present financial powers. Wallace made It plain that lie wants the vast money-lending powers now vested In the commerce department to remain there, anrt lie promised to use them as he put it "in the interests of all the American people." But lie also made it clear that he wants the commerce post, no matter what is done with the lend- Frozen Foods Held Not In Milk Hearing This Morning Admitling technical violation of Oic Standard Milk Ordinance of Blytheville and announcing thai the City Council should determine whether milk from Sunny Hill Farm Dairy of Cape Girardeau, Mo., was to tje sold hi Hlytheville. Acting Judge G. E. Keck in Municipal Court this'morning found the frozen',Foods Grocery not guilty of the charge, of ing authority. Technically speaking, Wallace was not appearing in behalf of his appointment as secretary of commerce, but as a witness on a bill to strip that department of its money-lending' agencies, headed by the Reconstruction Finance Corporation. The two are directly lied up, however, because Senator George, of Georgia, authored the bill un'der consideration, immediately after President Roosevelt nominated Wallace to succeed Secretary of commerce Jesse Jones. Not Qualified, Jones Says Jones. •,•:'- 1 appeared yesterdav In behalf of the bill, stated bluntly that-he did not think Wallace was qualified to handle the huge lending powers of the RFC. - .Today, however, Wallace told the comtnitteemen that the real issue was not his qualifications or any petty question of personalities. , He said: "The real issue is whether these powers should be used ta help big business or to help little business in the President's Jobs." our efforts to attain goal of 60 million Wallace said his view bf'admin- isteriug the RFC in the hj'i'rost of -.'- trig -American people is best'.outlined in the eight-point so-called economic bill of rights presented by President Roosevelt in his last two messages to Congress. He restated those eight points and gave his interpretations of them. And then lie said: "If the Congress does not feel that the powers of the RFC should be exercised in such a way as to further the objectives which I have set forth here, then I respectfully urge the Congress to lake the RFC out from under control of the commerce department." ..-•, i •,.-..,Says Private Capital Needed The former vice-president pointed out that to reach tile post-war goal of 60 million productive jobs would require large outlays of private capital. But'the government, he said, should guarantee the lender against abnormal risks which may be involved in achieving the objective. 'He went on: "American labor should be assured that there arc not going to be any wage cuts after this war" "What is more important," he continued, "when the workers' hours arc cut back to peace-lime levels, a real attempt must be made to adjust wage rate upward." He also advocated expansion ai I foreign trade, a floor under farm prices with federal crop insurance, and government building programs to lake up the slack if private employment should drop below 57 million. It, was an all Wallacc-for-Wal- lacc day today, just as it was an all Joncs-against-Wallace day yester- violalion of the ordinance. The Frozen Foods Grocery,* through its attorney, Jesse Taylor, announced In court the grocery owners had violated the ordinance "In that no one in this time of emergency can adhere to that ordinance." Following court he announced the grocery would not sell any more milk from this dairy as long as the present ordinance Is In existence here. In acciultling the defendants, Robert E. Blaylock and J. Mell Brooks as owners of the grocery, Judge Keck emphasized the verdict did not mean that the grocery could sell milk from this dairy in the future and admitted technical violation as charged by the city. These were high iwints of the widely-discussed milk case, with the trial a climax to a lengthy drive by public health officials to have only high grade mi!k distributed in Blytheville, in conforming y.-ilh the city milk ordinance. innlechle,! on Appeal Whether the case will be appealed to Circuit Court was undecided today. Waller A. Reinman, chief engineer of the State Board of Health here as a witness for the city but whom the imirl did not use, said legal aspects of the case determined whether the State Btord of Health would take such action. Judge Keck, former Circuit Court judge, was elected by attorneys to hear the case after Judge V. G. Holland asked to be excused because he is a partner of Mr. Taylor, attorney for the dcfencVmts. Warrants Served In first addressing the court, Mi- Taylor said that he accepted service for warrants Issued by the city charging his clients with' violation of the milk ordinance and emphasized that there "Is no Negro in the woodpile" about the case. : "The milk can be good and not come up to the city milk ordinance siv.l we'MiMt. the milk analyzed. He said in part,' "Certain people connected with the city government asked my clients to secure milk and they did. County and city health, officials asked them to distribute the Cape Girardeau milk some time ago. It Is pasteurized and above the average." eumcd because (hey do not havu enough thermometers?" Describes Equipment "You would not know if milk Is Kistcurizcd by Ihe thermometers hey were using when our tesls vere made. Their cooler shields were not close fitting lo keep out Dies; surroundings were bad. A ".illk bar operated in connection with the dnlry had meat In the iame storage with the milk which tad such a had odor 1 suggested they take It out" "Was It passible to Ult if the milk ivas properly pasteurized with tho equipment this' dairy had when r ou were there?' 1 ''It wns impossible to tell the milk was properly pasteurized because it was not properly done.' "Tell conditions found ' on the 11 farms you visited in making your tests for this dairy." Tells of Conditions "Coolers were dirty. You coul- takc your thumb or finger an< scrape dried milk from can let in last milking. Milk stone was fomul In many places. Equipmcu was dirty. Producers were milking I., horse barns where manure was fron six lo eight Inches deep. Udder.-,-, feet and tails of cows were dlrtv, apparently not cleaned in several days. No equipment, was available lo sterilize. 1 "What is milk stone?'' "Milk stone is filth accumulation. We also found butter fat accumulation left In the cans." "What do you mean by sediment tests?" "Sediment tests arc made by straining a part of the inilk from each can through pads. These pads showed straw, manure and dirt found in'the milk delivered to tin- dairy. For tests, a pint of milk was taken from cabh'flve or 10-gallon vas allowed lo use II, L. ' Wood- vard, director of milk control, liur- of Sanitary Engineering, Arkansas States Board of Health.' He told of having tested milk rom 130 of Ihe 755 Bullions avajl- ablc al Hie dairy that day. r In answering direct questions askr ed by the court he said. "We fouftd tliiy ulcnsils, dirty equipment, rmiune In barns from where ml|k came for tests," among other Ihinjs. liosull of Tests Shown He presented to Judge Keck Hie iriginal pads aflcr sedimentation :e.ils had been made, saying'thlil they ran seven tests. To the question asked by Judge Keck as lo how Hie tests compare with others made, he replied ''It would not compare even with tests for cheese milk." In answer to Ihe question asked by Mr. Taylor as to how many places he Inspected, he replied, 'Twenty; some were regular farmers, olhcrs were regular producers of milk." Judge Keck asked Mm "You don't mean farmers have to have a special kind of barn if they sell milk lo daries?"' Mr. Woodward ansered "Cor lainly." Mr. Blaylocli Tcsfllies Questioning of the two defendants was brief. Mr. Blaylo'ck, first called, testified Mayor E. II, Jackson asked him to secure milk and thai he agreed lo do so only If health officials and city council said It was alright bceiuisc knew of that ordinance and the fight which has been going on here for the unst 20 years." . He testified that Dr. E. C. Dudd acting city health officer and county health officer with the U. S Public Health Service, and San Utlleton, sanllaritin, told him tha if the milk was accepted by 'aiv municipality it would be accepted b ; them. Continuing his testimony, he sak. the city attorney also agreed anc the milk was distributed here unti several months ago. At that time, he testified, tin health authorities told him and hi partner that Cape Girardeau hac been placed in the area for chees milk and that no milk could be ob talned there. Sales Arc Slopped "We stopped selling it when w heard the wan-ants had been servci day. When he appeared before the Senale committee, he was given u long and noisy ovation from the crowd lhat jammed the big hearing room. Chairman Bailey ordered no further demonstrations. Senator Vandcnberg, of Michigan, referring lo speculation that Wallace might run for president in 1948, suggested that Wallace give, the photographers a 1948 pose. But Wallace, quick on the rctorl, suggested that Vandcnberg meant a 1S46 pose, an obvious reference to Ihe fact that Vandcnberg's Icrtn expires then. 16 Fliers Are Killed In Dyersburg Accident DYERSBURG, Tenn,, Jan. 25 (UP)—The Army announces that 16 men were killed In.st night when two Flying Fortresses collided near their base at Dyersburg. / Four other men parachuted to safely. A wing of one plane Is said to have cracked off when it hit the other plane. Both spun to earth out of control and burned. Jo/ns Rotary Club Alvln Huffman Jr.. was inducted Into membership In the Blythevllle Rotary Club at the regular lunch- con 1 meeting of the group held today at Hotel Noble. Guests at the luncheon were Paul T. Rochelle of Morristown. N. J. Rice Nichols of Atlanta, Ga., Capl. Robert A. Porter, and Jimmy Pur- Suggests Inspection Pointing out that his clients did not want, to sell milk in Blytheville "not good enough to drink", he asked the court lo name "three outstanding citizens of Blytheville to visit this dairy, have the,milk-being received Ihcre now analyzed and find out if it is good." No action was taken by the court on this request. In addressing the court, following Mr. Taylor's request, City Attorney Percy Wright pointed out that milk tested oh a special day for a special committee was not a fair sample. -"The regular source of milk at this dairy does not meet minimum requirements of the City Health Ordinance of Blytheville. "If the Cily of Cape Girardeau will have regular inspections and the milk is okayed there, alright If they enforce the ordinance and approve the source, alright. "This is impossible to do without regular inspection and approval. This dairy is not approved by the Missouri State Health Board and the Missouri Public Health Service." "Up To Cily Council" In opening the questioning, Judge Keck said in part: "People ought not lo be deprived of milk but it should be pure if sold. The city council should decide about the future sale but I would like to hear the testimony in the case. I am not concerned with the technical violation but I want to know if the milk is pure." The case, which started at 10 o'clock and concluded at noon, was heard by a much larger audience than usually attracted to Municipal Court. Among these were members of Mississippi County Health Unit, city and county officials, representatives of the State Board of Health and attorneys. While the charge against the grocery store owners was alleged violation of the city milk ordinance by selling of improperly graded milk, the court dispensed with many of the technicalities concerning such regulations and questioned witnesses as lo comparison of the Sunny Hill Farm Dairy milk with that of other milk sold generally during the present time. Numerous questions of special interest were asked by the court of Dr. Edmund R. Price, milk specialist of Unllcd States Public Health Service District 7 of nine states which include Missouri, who was chief witness for the city. Among these were: "If milk Is pasteurized can all germs be destroyed? "You can make milk safe by proper pasteurization but you can not te.ke low grn.rin milk and make It good milk by pasteurizing it Yon can not take the Sunny Hi] Farm Dairy milk and make It safe as the plant now is opera'.cd!" "What do you mean when yor ;>Explainabori/thQ thermometers." Proper Heat Needed "You must have indicating and recording thermometer.? throughout the dairy if milk Is to be properly pasteurized. Partially recording does not do the job as it takes 30 minutes at 143 degrees with all the milk In the cans al this tem- periUurc to kill tuberculosis and other germs." "Are all proper dairies equipped with all this equipment?" Laney Measure n Legislature , Is Withdrawn Increase Of Highway -Commission To Ton Members Opposed L-l'lTLE ROCK, Jan. 25 (UP) — Jovcrnor flen Laney's admlnlstra- lon forces in the House of Rppro- :enlat!ves met Ihelr flr.st defeat loday. Administration forces under the leadership of Rep, Cnrl Hcmlrlx, Horatio, had Introduced a bill to ncrcntic the membership o[ the Stale Highway Commission from cvim to 10 men. Hcmlrlx in the face of strong op- MKttlon from the independent Woe of representatives member of which planned to amend the bill to Include a member of the commission from each of the slate's 15 counties the Soviet 1 County legislator withdrew his bill. itendrlx snld he might "ffer the bill at a Inter date. The independent blue headed by Reps. Lee. Bcnrdcn, 1'iml Vim Dalsem and Roy Riiilcs spent the opening mlmilcs of the morning session working among members ami According to reliable sources hud mustered enough voles to amend the proposed bill; Paced with this fact'the administration men on tha floor held a conference and then ilcndrlx withdrew his measure. After the bill was withdraw! several aides of the governor appeared In the hallway outside U house chambers am! stinted to work lo draw support from tin Beafdeh-Vnn Dalsem-Rlalcs bio. so that the bill would be rcintro duced and passed without an> changes. During Hie morning hour a Join Merle Smith of pine Bluff to raise resolution was offered' by Hep the. governor's salary from $0,110 per year to $15,000 per year. Smith' resolution:'was scut lo the-Ilotus We had a lest made winch sham? co$sni(lee on constitutional amend the milk good: we'thought it'gdoi^tnc'fifif,' "What other tonditions did you find?" '' " f "Doors removed between the pasteurization and wash room for employes and so used as one room. Flies could get in easily. There was no soap for use of employes washing their hands. There was no towels, waste mutter was dropped in open paint cans on the floor." "Did you talk willi the owners?'' "Yes. The owners said there were no local authorities of Cape Gi- rardcau to inspect the plant and that It had been six months since a test was'run on tiie milk." "When did you make your tests?'' "We ma,de them Dec. 1. 1044." "How docs this plant compare with other plants in Missouri?" "Some others arc as bad. Some are better." "Can the Missouri Slate Health Department do something about it?" iicll, Junior RoUU'lan for the month, say the milk is not properly pas "The Missouri State Health Department can not stop distribution of such milk as easily as in Arkansas because it docs not have the power which the Arkansas Slate Board of Health has." "How does the milk compare with other milk In Missouri?" "Seventy-five per cent of the milk sold in towns where they have nilk ordinances is belter than this nllk, I should judge." Answers Olbcr Questions Dr. Price answered numerous questions concerning sedimentation tests, when, where and how made and by whom; questions concerning space - heaters allegedly not properly used at the dairy and' why needed; how that-charts: not marked did not show workers when milk pasteurized and whether Whole: skimmed or chocolate milk: * :i:: ' He answered lhat he had licfcil-lil his. present position since 1 '-fttrP.' 1; 1941 and prior to that time Yield 1 i» similar position with the state'-Mf Idaho. In-replying.to questions concerning other pasteurising plan's In Cape Girardeau, he said the Sunny Hill Farm Dairy plant probably comirarcd with the one or two other plants there. He denied that the same milk was used by St. Louis dairies but said the City of. St. Louis had an inspector for farms In vicinity of Cape Girardeau which furnished them milk and that when producers were able to reach this higher standard, they uusally switched and sold milk to St, Louis dnrlcs. He was In uniform as a explain In the Army attached to the U-. S. Public Health Service with headquarters In Kansas City. The courtiquesiloned City , Attorney Percy Wright as to need of calling another witness "but the City We violated the,law technically in good faith." • •/•<",' Thai a case against Ihc groceiy owners was dismissed several months ago, following tests which the grocery owners had made by a Memphis laboratory, was brought out. Mr. Brooks was the last witness. He testified to having had the milk analyzed by the Memphis laboratory several months ago and told of results found which were Isubmillcd lo the court in the prcvmus case. Tellers Arc Rear! Two letters, formerly published by Mr. Brooks, were read in court from the mayor of Cape Glrarcieau, which endorsed the milk from this dairy, and the Southeast Missouri Teachers College's agricultural department which said the milk tested 3000 bacteria. Questionings asked by Mr. Taylor were answered that Army and Navy units at Slkcston and Cape Girardcau had used the milk from Ibis dairy. In closing the case, Mr. Wright said in part: "I want to amend what Mr. Blaylock said about me and Ihc case. I told him that if milk to be sold here was produced under sanitary conditions and mcl requirements there, no permit was needed and that the health authorities would approve the source. That is what I said." Mr. Taylor answered: "My client did not mean lo embarrass Mi- Wright In any way." In announcing his decision, Judge Keck said: "Milk Is needed here and while there was a technical vio lation I do nol think the defen dants had any intentions of vio lating the ordinance. They stoppec. when the warrants were Issued by the city." ; ,The~l3f.nnte devoting Its inornln tour to minor House bills heard rn i\on'thnl an agreement had bee cached by livestock breeders seek ng. an appropriation for a stat how with delegations from for Smith and.Pine Bluff so thai these wo elites might havcdlstrlctshows before the slate show is held here icxt fall ill Little Rock. Ijpnese Fear D incersDrive Against Manila Now U. S. Landing On North Miridoro Coast Reported By Tokyo Ity United 1'rcss The Tokyo rudlo says American re-ops liayc landed on the noith- ast coast of Mliu'oro Islund in he Philippines, And If the Japanese report. If, rue, then the landing imiy well ic (he stui't of n pincers move B'Unsl,, the Philippine capital ol anila on . nearby Union where illier American forces are closing n on the Orient queen city from he north. The Tokyo radio said the Amer- can Invading force is already g toward the Mlndoro cup- Inl of Calapan, which lies about 75 nillc.i directly south of Manila Quoting a Manila! dispatch, the Jap radio said about 1000 Americans took part In the landing, am : '.lint the Invaders arc now engaged n heavy fighting. ., Earlier American 1 landings or Mliuloro were cai-rlcd out cm tin southwestern coast near San Joso unit American Air Forces are no 1 In operation from that part of the Island. On the big Island of Luv.on American ('oughboys and tanks ar reported in a 1JL3C broadcast t be running over the Chii'k Flelc system of air strips. Elsewhere in the Pacific, I hi Tokyo radio r,ny.s about 120 currier- based planes from a, British tnsV forco attacked PaleinbanK o Dutch Sumatra today; the Brltlnl force presumably Is a purt of th English fleet stationed al.Ccyloi' A late bulletin- from ChungkliiL reports that the new Chlno.se Firs Arniy has leftmcd up with th Aincrlciiii : ''Maiv Task Force" t attack Jap troops cut of! In north cast 'Burma. Tho Clilncso high comman communique sold Ihe Chbiesu. :i3t Division killed nearly 100 Japr, I fighting against [lockets of rests 1 ance In the northeast Uiti'inn arc yesterday. To the Minli Jtip forces nr,; pulling Imek .slowly toward the Has Supplies Enough l>y llnKeil- Press •.-•'.' , - - ;' ' -.'- TluTo were ninny hints tliis. liftcvnobn-ihat' the Allies iny lie ,'ibmil Lo .open a western front offensive to'fit iii vilh Ihc Russian drive from the cant. If such an offensive s in the offing it probably would ' ,... - Somervcll: is • the iy M supply chief. ... ; . ... . •••;• . .,'/!•••• • •••• -i n^'" 1 „U |litC[1 , i>r ' R ss War Correspondent Boyd. Lewis .said lally, C.enci'iil Wseuhower will not miss'thVipppoHiimty o s rike the Germans hi the weat while they are menaced n the cast by the ourushing 'Bed • Army," how'only 124 * miles from Berlin. ..-'. .'• 'Hie criciny, already has reported llio mfcslng- of "largo Allied forces in the, UHch'' region, northeast; of Aacncn>,'n"nd Canadian troops have carried.out'-nn armored raid across Stilwell Given High Army Post Named Commander Of All Ground Forces; On Par With Arnold WASIIINOTON, Jan. 25 Wr>>- Scci-clary of War Sltmson .today announced the appointment' General Stilwell as commander nil U. S. ground forces! of Mule Causes Car To Wreck Near Airfield Benjamin G. Moody, employe at the Blyihevlltc Army Air field, ind his son, Lawrence Moody, 16, nad a narrow escape yesterday morning when the passenger car driven by the elder Moody collided with a mule on the highway IX!- Iwccn Blythevllle and the air field. Mr. Moody told tho Courier Ntw;; the animal was owned by Wyman Bryant of Gosnell and was killed by the impact. He estimated damarjc to his car at approximately $100. The Moody car was headed toward Blythevllle about 7 a. m. when the accident happened, he said. The- mule was loose on the opposite side of the highway bill as he approached, the animal suddenly turned across the road In front of the auto. nurme.sc city of MVimlalay, -ID miles away. The only Allied setback In the Pacific theater was registered on the Chinese front where .lap troops occupied a rail town 70 miles north of. Canton. New Meningitis Case Reported At Grassy Lake A six-year-old white child In the Grassy I..ake 'region near Ashport Ferry today was reported 111 with spinal meningitis, making a total of 10 cases of the disease within the past few weeks. All victims thus far have been from the Luxora and Victoria vicinity, though public health officials today were investigating a report of a case in Blylhevllle. Defendant Wins Verdict In Car Ownership Trial Civil Division of Circuit Court concluded Its Spring term here yesterday afternoon after having been in session since Monday of last week. In the case of Russell Riales vs Mrs. Hatttc Fisher Riales. which involved ownership of a car. (he jury rendered a verdict in favor of the defendant. Judge Zal n. Harrison presided Weather ARKANSAS—Partly cloudy with light showers in extreme east por- ; (lbn',t)iis afternoon. Partly cloudy (uid colder. Friday fair and colder INDIANAPOLIS. Ind. (UP)—Seven girls of the Lukas-Harold Co. recommend this method of saving money for the numerous drives that always arc being pushed. They have a toy bank, labeled "swear box," and every time one of them or anyone In the room cusses, it costs him or her a nickel. They claim the amount grows rapidly. Lost In Battle Sergl. Byron O. Wiikhv; has been Poll Tax Fight On In Georgia Repeal Measure Now Going To The House For Further Debate ATLANTA, On., Jan. 25. (UP) — Poll tax repeal has triumphed for the second straight day In the Georgia legislature. The Senate today defeated n move Lo reconsider yesterday's favorable vole on repeal by a vole of 35 to 11. The measure, to end the poll lax and create a biennial system of registration, now goes to the House where Speaker Hoy Harris says It will likely reach the lloor for debate by next Wednesday. Meanwhile, the House has jettisoned a move to stymie Governor Arnnll in Is announced Intention to suspend the levy If the legislature failed lo repeal. Identical measures, Introduced In both houses by Hancock County solous, would have deprived the governor of his right to suspend collection of any tax. 'Hie House bill was buried under an unfavorable committee rcporl. .Senator Mllllcnn, of Atlanta, who spearheaded the Senate anti-poll lax repeal fight, reported a motion, by Senator Harrell of Lumpkln, lo reconsider yesterday's decision. He declared he wanted to amend Ihe proposal to eliminate biennial reg istratioh. » However, Millican reversed his po- silion when Harrell inferred that lie would attempt to kill Ihe bill on the voting. Milllcah says that he had asked.reconsideration of Ihe bill for one region only and was changing his position in light of Harrcll's inference. , Had the question been reopened, Ihc whole Issu6 oi tax repeal wouli have been subject to reconsideration and possible defeat. The House has approved a proposal to retire ap.cd superior court judges. The morning's debate on the subject was highlighted by introduction of an amendment b> Representative Hooks of Emanucl a minister, who proposed to add legislators to the proposed list of beneficiaries. The amendment was overruled. Stilwell was former couiinandcr of the American Foices In Ihc Chlna-Durnui.-lndliv Uiealci until he was .recalled because of differ cnccs with General chlaiiK Kal- slick. It was a l»ost upslatis for StIUvcll, who now Is on a par with General Arnold, commander of th,. Army Air .Forces, and Clenorui Siimervoll, commander of the- Army Service Forces. , President Hoosovell's swoAf 'sorit Elliot, Is -nmwi'd' 7<!<Aim5" < o31oneU nominated to be brlgndl^ ftae - als. All the nominations wire tent to the Senate by the, While House today. Thlrty-four-yeartld Elliot, who commands aft aerial photographic rcconnnlssnncc. wing. In Europe, has been on almost continuous combat duly since trie in- Africa. He started as r\ reserve captain In 1940. The While House also sent lln, nomination of Frank Walker for reappolntmenl as Po.stnin.slcr General. That spikes all discussion of tho German ; border In tho Nllmeaen 'I area. .,;•" ,-;•:"; '; -. "•".' • 'As U. S. reporter Lewis "puts it: "Such tiresome prying and-elbowing must alwaysJprecccd.application.of a bone-cnisher attack. 11 .'•-•• •'-. '-'•:• '.Meantime, British' troops 'fighting on the west bank of the Roef riv-. cr near jullch have all but erased, Hit! • .threatening ' German -bridge'-' head on the rivets edge. And to tha- soulh. tho Belgian bulge ;Us being turned into npthltig but a bad memory. American'First and Third Army troops arc whittling away at- Ihc Ihln strip-of lahd-along the Belgian and Luxembourg borders. And plane's'of'Die second ' tactical ah foice are bombing shelling and slrnflhg.trains pulling out from the aiea on and around-the clock schedule. Counted Attacks Continue At the souther^ ami of lie line his political Hint Robert future, and reports E. Hnnnlgnn. - 194-1 Ucinccrr/lc National Committee man might be'named to succeed him. Combat Losses Total 702,000 imson Soys Sf-' missing in aclion in Belgium since Mp\A/ Ynrl< nn n 17 noonr/lincr In n infttnop ' N C YV I VJI IS Dec. 17. according from the War Department to his Mar. parents, Mr, and May Wilkins of Luxora. The 21-year-old July Infantryman was with the 99th Dl- 'Oct. vision of Ihc First Army. Dec. 2162 2151 2114 2044 204! 2185 2162 2)69 2150 2132 2114 2060 2044 2057 2041 2180 2164 2126 2058 2052 2164 2151 2IOD 2050 2040 WASHINGTON. Jan. 25 <UP) — Secretary of War Slimson loday Issued the latest figures on American combat casualties thus far in Hie war. The total now stands just short of 702,000, which Includes •some, liut not all of the 40.0DO cas- lallic.s previously announced for he Ardennes battle In Belgium and Luxembourg. The Army casual- .y figures Include 117,000 killed and icarly .157,000 wounded. Navy, Marine and Coast Guard casualties, :otallng 85,000, Include 32,000 dead, 38,000 wounded. Stlmson also reported the sinking by enemy action of troopship In European waters. Some 248 were killed and 517 missing out of a to- lal of 2200 American soldiers aboard. N. Y. Stocks A T &. '!''• 161 3-4 , _ alqng i 20 front from Hagucimu to llio Hardt mountains In eastern France And a late bulletin ie\eah that Haguenau has been bj passed by the Germans on both sides. As for m-ws from the easlern front the stcnc of the worlds biggest of(ensUc the first order a! the' day, -from Marshal Stalin has just becil- received.- It.- announces tho capture of aielw)tz, tiie anchor of tho southern wing of Germany's defensive'front. Gtelwltz lies before the Oder river just over the south- enunosl border of German Sileslal Reds Across Oder Tiie Tc.it'of the news from the Slleslnn -front comes from Berlin. The enemy- says the Russian 'Armies have forcer! the- Oder river" at' a town named;'-Steinaau; which lies 34 miles nprthwest. of BresIau.'Aifd Berlin adds, pessimistically that 'the Russians ''busily lire- building up those toeholds across the river. •/ Tiie cncmy. ; ahnpuncernent'- combined .'.v'itli ",.1-fie unbfficlal "rcporYs that BrcslauVItself Is .under-:.direct assault puls the German chances of holding at the Oder in imminent peril. ' ! ; • '" ' There was 'no fresh news from the Soviet-high .command,: or Berlin, on the battle raging-north of Silesia, across* the 1 frozen plains r _bf western .Poland. But 'the .'official Soviet Army ; paper, Red Star^ has reiwrted that Russian-Armies now are within; 1?4 miles, of Berlin.' Red Star doesn't! say wher'e such a new advance has taken, place.-But it's believed to be ^n.the center of Ihe Polish front, where Marshal Zhu- kov's.,troops; jre. knoijTi to^bt out- flaiikirig..thejfdrtress city of Posen. Par-to the'-north,'the-battle of East Prussia' 1 Is raging In'a climax. Bcrllri, again the first with tho news..says that Marshal Rokossov- sky's army'.has plunged right up through tha Junker homeland to tho Baltic,'-' llius cutting the" province in half.. ,.',.. , .- Amcr Tobacco Anaconda Copper Beth Steel Chrysler 68 1-8 30 5-8 67 7-B 92 7-3 Coca Cola 136 3-4 Gen Electric 383-4 Gen Motors 63 3-8 Motilgomery Ward 49 7-3 N Y Central 22 5-i Inl Harvester North Am Aviation 75 7-8 9 3-J Republic Steel 19 5-8 Radio 11 1-8 Socony Vacuum 15 Studebaker 20 I-! Standard of N J 57 1-2 Texas Corp 51 3-4 Packard 6 U S Stel 59 1-4 N. 0. Cotton Mar. . Mo,v July Oct. Dec. o|xm high low close pr.cl. 2167 2181 2153 2171 2119 2133 2055 2064 2048 205* 2167 2181 2153 2166 2118 2130 2050 2059 2047 2052 2046 2156 2150 2118 2053 Chicago Rye open high low close pr.cl. May . 11051 111*1 110 Ill's HOtt July . 107 108',!, lOG's 108 1M% Russian Envoy To Mexico Dies In Plane Crash MEXICO CITY, Jari. 25 (U.P.) — The Russians have lost one of their mcst able diplomats. Constan'Une Oumansky, Soviet, ambassador to Mexico, was killed in the crash of n Mexican Army transport plane shortly after 11 took off from the Mex-lco City airport. Oumansky's wife was among ten -other passenger victims. The -plane burst into flames after the crash, wd two other passengers .were badly burned. . Oumansky was on his way ta Costa, Rica'.when the tregely '6c- curred. He had been given the assignment-'6f .winning dlplomatin recognition for Russia from the predominantly Catholic, anti-Russian nat.ions .'o(\.-Latln America, And he had been making considerable progress. Chicago Wheat opeivV'Mgh low close pr.el. May .' 160?»''I'60!6 15914 160 :"J29ft July , 15Hi 15*1:4 jSO^.lSlti l&Ui

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