The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on July 7, 1944 · Page 1
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Friday, July 7, 1944
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Soy. Wosfe Paper! It Is vafuobfe to <he Wor EHo,tl The Boy Scouts W J/I coHect ybUr Scrap Paper .very Saturday BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THIS DTIMTWANT 1 WTOianAQvm r\*m wmnntf* • * am > .-.r* ...„._ . t^Ww^B W V ^^*^r DOMINANT VOL. XLI—NO. 93 Blythevllle Dally New* BlythevUle Herald BlythevUI* Courier MlMisalppl Valler Leader Or NORTHK48T ARKANSAS AND BOVTOKABT MISSOURI "^ "- l - ' • ' . ___ niA'THEVILLE, ARKANSAS, FRIDAY, JULY 7, 1D-M SINGLE COPIES FIVE CENTS -29 SUPERFORTS AGAIN BATTER JAPAN New Normandy Three National Disasters Take 170 Lives; Circus Fire Claims 145 Dead, 208 Injured; 17 Die As Troop Train Wrecks In Tennessee By United Press The death toll from the worst fire in circus history has reached 145. Six more persons died in Hartford hospitals this morning, additional victims of the holocaust which swept, the big top of the Ringling Brothers Banuim and Bailey Circus during yesterday's matinee. Two hundred and eight persons are injured, 14 of whom are believed in dying condition. In the Connecticut State Armory, now an improvised morgue, 24 more bodies have been identified. However, 36 burned bodies, mostly children, still remain to be idntificd. The armory-morgue was a scene . . . of tragedy today as a long line of anxious searched fire.,, At-least 80 of the dead were parents and relatives for children lost in the While relatives identified their ad, Connecticut law moved to fix responsibility for the blaze. Five circus officials, arrested on charges of manslaughter, were arraigned before a police court judge who continued their cases until July 19. All were released on bail. The officials and 15 executives have been subpoenaed to a coroner's inquest Tuesday. A police prosecutor said-evidence showed gross negligence on the part of circus officials. He described the circus fire" department as "impotent." It is believed the investigators 'are. concentrating on huge spotlights under the : tent which were beamed on an aerial act wneri the fire broke out. . '•'.'. . Unlike the menagerie fire ol the same circus in Cleveland two years ago," no animals were lost. But lo- riay the reaction of the unlmals puzzled, even the circus folk. Oarganlua's screams have Invned to walling,'(Instead ot roaring, the lions .have,, been whining like, lost HARTFORD. Conn., July 7. (UP) —James Haley, vice president of Ringling Brothers and Barnuin and Bailey Circus, granting his first In- .w tcrview since fire swept the big top ™ yesterday, told the United Press today, that he had been "grilled" by Hartford police since soon after the disaster. Haley, charged with manslaughter with four other officials of the circus, was being fingerprinted in the police station. "I don't know what caused the fire," he said. "They have grilled me since yesterday afternoon and I tried to help. All of us were overwhelmed by the catastrophe and I can't seem to think that anything, any of the court arraignment this inoming or the business about being released on 415,000 bond, is real. The only real thing is death and the grief the circus feels for the families of those who died. ' "This fingerprinting doesn't bother me. It's the people there lu the armory and in the hospitals, our business is pleasing people and malting them laugh. I never thought this could happen. I was In my office, to the left of the big top when the fire broke out. I didn't hear anything at first, the door of my trailer was closed, and by the time T% I got there the llames had climbed across the canvas top." 3 Persons Dead In Pennsylvania Oil Plant Fire OIL CITY, Penn., July 7. (UP)— Eight persons were reported dead and three others in critical condition as result of a scries of fires and explosions in the Pennzoil Plant near Oil City last night. Damage may reach $1,000,000. JELLICO. Tcnn., July 7 (UP) — Twelve miles north of Jellico, a Louisville and Nashville troop train s|wd through north Tennessee last night. Hundreds of soldiers were sleeping in Us sixteen coaches. Within a split second, the serene picture exploded Into tragedy. Six coaches plunged from the rails, careened down a rocky slope—fell across a mountain stream. At least 15 soldiers nnd two triiln- mcn are dead. Over 100 servicemen are injured, many of them seriously. Two of the conches burst Into flame, lighting the eerie scene for doctors, nurses, Red Cross workers and civilians, frantically giving first aid to the injured. Ambulances from Knoxvillc, Clinton and surrounding towns movcc the Injured to the Jellico hosjiltal. But It was soon overflowing. Most of them have now been Iransferri'd lo the Government's secret englncc works project Is located. The war's grcnt life saver, lilooc plasma, has been made available for the critically Injured. Cause of the derailment is no known. But the engine and firs six coaches tumbled from the rail into the mountainous ravine. Th next three cars jumped the track but remained upright. Only the last seven coaches stayed on the rails. Engineer J. C. Collins and fireman J. W. Tmnmins, both of Etowah, are among the dead. Rollins body ,\\'as pinned hi the engine cab, "found burled In Clear Pork river. Tummlns was thrown clear of the wreckage, but he riled soon after arriving at the hospital. .Names of the dead servicemen, have not been announced. Next of kin wili.first^.be'nbtified. •,-. •• Seven of their bodies were found in one of the two coaches that Sen. O'Daniel and New Publication The split 8 Special Bills To Go On Ballot Four More Proposals Filed With Secretary Of State Yesterday LITFLE ROCK,' July 7 (U.P.) — Arkansas voters will be asked to pass on five propped constitutional amendments and three initiated nets when they go to the polls July 25. . . Secretary of state c. G. Hall says the special bills were filed with his office, complete with / wou - of signatures, before the deadline last night. Four were filed yesterday. One would exempt service personnel from paying poll tax. Another ild allow counties to vote a tax no more than two mills for support of libraries. A third would set up a state-controlled hospital system. The fourth staggers the terms of the stale Game and Fish Commission in a nwve to take that agency out of political control. The measure would make the department autonomous. It is sponsored by several sportsmen's organizations. Three other measures previously had been filed with Hall's office. One' was the "Right lo Work" amendment outlawing the closed shop in Arkansas, Another would raise the sales tax lo three per cent for teachers salaries. And the other would give the governor and lieutenant governor four-year terms. plunged into the stream, thunderous derailment had the car wide open. Other cars were so badly smashed, torches were used to cut Into them. Major Harold Tyler—the Fourth Service Command public relations officer, says the train was enroute from Cincinnati to Knoxville. It was only 10 miles from its destination. F.D.R. Shy On Political Talk Questioners Given Little Satisfaction . At News Conference WASHINGTON, July 7 (U.P.)— President Roosevelt was peppered with political questions at,his news conference today, but wouldn't give''any •information. .*.. ._ He ,said the answers probably would be evident some time around next November, or maybe this month. Mectiiig for the first time with reporters since the Republican party nominated Thomas E. Dewey of New York for president, Mr. Roosevelt faced a barrage of political questions. "Have you found a candidate for vice president yet?" he was asked. This, the President said, sounded like an unfriendly question. He declined with a smile to answer it; He then was asked whether he had reached the point in his political plans where he could say something definite about reports that he would make a statement before the Democratic convention opens. The President said he did not have the faintest idea, that he had not thought of it. Another reporter wanted to know what views Mr. Roosevelt "as head of the Democratic party," had about the 1944 platform as lo what it should contain and whether it should be short, or long. The President replied that he was not writing any platforms. The question, "Would you, can you, say whether you think Governor Dewey will be a strong opponent?" produced a roar of laughter in which the Chief Executive joined. Instead of answering, he said he was making notes for history on the procedure and methods of White House correspondents. He said he wanted to know how the reporters worked out the method of asking him questions of this type, and whether they drew lots. "Do you mean you don't want to answer the question?" the reporter persisted. The President shook his head, chiding the reporter, a woman, for , , beiing a Pollyanna and a cheerful' A Ulm " lc fro™ his bed in hif little girl. jLuxora home Tuesday morning re"When, Sir, do you think we will uUcrt in a fr acturcd neck verte- gcl Ihe answer to questions of brac for nine-year-old Bobbie " ' ' — • Odom, whose neck is encased In Gates Installed As President Of Rotarians James V. Oatcs was installed as president of the Blythcville Rotnry Club when members met yesterday noon at Hotel Noble. Other officers installed at yesterday's meeting, to serve during the coming year, are L. G. Nash, vice president, U. S. Branson Sr., secretary and treasurer, and Loy Elch. Noble Gill, Jack Thro and Charles H in dm an, directors. Capl. James Crook of the U. S. Army Air Forces, home on leave after many months of service in the Southwest Pacific, spoke Informally to members of his experiences while in combat service. Guests in addition to Captain Crook were Edgar Bchle of 'St. louls and Carl Bolton, Rotarlan of Memphis. Mr. Dates, district manager for the Arkansas-Missouri Power Corporation, has been a member of the local club since October, 1037. Luxora Child Suffers Broken Neck Vertebrae this type?" he was asked again. The President grinned and said probably sometime around November. Mr. Roosevelt paused for a second and then added, even maybe this month. But, he continued, he would not speculate on It If he were a reporter. New York Cotton Mar. . 2130 2143 2130 2135 2136 May . 2113 2126 2113 2117 2119 July . 2209 2223 2209 2216 2214 2161 2173 2161 2168 2168 2141 2156 2141 2150 2149 Oct. Dec. N. 0. Cotton Mar. . 2137 2150 2137 2142 May . 2120 2133 2120 2125 July . 2240 2249 2240 2243 2246b Oct. Dec. 2141 2122 S165 2151 2130 2163 2165 2150 2173 2157 2171 2155 Chicago Wheat open high iow close July . I57« 160% 157 1 /. 160 156% Sept. . 161 157',i 160K 157% Chicago Rye July open high low close 11054 113!4 HOW 112 1HH 112 114 109T6 111% a brace al the Blythevlllc Hospital where he was admitted Wednesday afternoon. Bobbie, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Tommic Odom of Luxora, will be confined to the hospital for a month or six weeks while the Irac- tured vertebrae heals. The Odoms also have another child, Jeanette «ge five. New York Stocks A T & T 163 Amcr Tobacco 72 3-4 Anaconda Copper 27 3-4 Beth Steel 65 3-8 Chrysler 953-8 Coca Cola 130 Gen Electric 39 Gen Motors 65 Montgomery Ward 46 3-4 N Y Central 10 1-2 Int Harvester 77 3-4 North Am Aviation 91-4 Republic Sleel 21 Radio 11 1-2 Socony Vacuum ,.... 13 7-8 Studebaker 193-4 Standard of N J 57 5-8 Texas Corp 487-8 Packard 5 7 . 8 U 5 Steel 62 -nator W. Lcc O'Daniel of Texas, vigorous opponent of the Atirnlnls- tion's foreign and domestic policies, posses with the "W. Lee O'Daniel News" which he launched nationally yesterday to "break up thu Roosevelt dynasty and rid Washington of powerful-;.bureaucrat.'!." •"= (NEA^Tclcphoto) •. . - : - -, Vf • ; •', __, ,, : Jaycees Complete Plans For Annual Horse Show Next Week Airel Captured In New Thrust By U.S. Forces Offensive Is Aimed At Highway Center Of Saint Jean dc Dayc LONDON, July 7 <U.I'.)— Anifi- Icnn troops lu France are gaining in lliolr new Normandy offensive. They have captured the rail Junction of Aiicl and have stormed across Ihe Vlre river for of over a mile. The new United Slates offensive, ;'ome six I. 1 ) eight miles above Satnl IA Is alined squarely at the hlflbwny hub of Snlnt Jean-Uc Duye, about two miles west of tlie river. Front dispatches report violent fighting at close quarters In the vicinity of the lown. United Press Correspondent Henry Oorrell, reporting from Nor mandy, says the .iffenslvo wn: launched at dawn alter the grcal- I'sl artillery bnrraije of the Krcncli campaign. As the thunder of bli, guns died uway American troops swiftly pnddlctl across the lira n collapsible boats. , Allied Trap Closing American troo]>s alfio have gnlnw n their other offensive to tin vest, They have almost complete! .he encirclement of Ln Hnyc-Di Pulls, 'Hie ga.i) between the col minis leaping around the city ha been narrowed to about two mi' one-half miles. A headquarters spokesman say that H novv Is "only a matter ; o time" until La Haye, anchor 'o the tiiM Normandy Line, falls. U_r t tt«l Press War Corrcspondcn 'Jiiiucs Mcailiicetf following . th tr.iops down the west shore of IV Cherbourg • Peninsula, says tli front resembles a ghost area. VI Inf!" after village Is descried,' th French population having fled. That local horse lovers have u .real hi store for them In the Bly- Iheville Junior Chamber of Commerce's second annual Horse Shoy/ was promised us Jaycee members pushed final plans to completion In preparation for Ilic event which will be staged the nights of July 11 and 12 at Haley Field. Jnycce members worked tirelessly on the field which Is reported to be in the'best condition In ils history, and stables to house 100 horses were nearing completion at the rear of the high school ciim- : >us. Adding interest lo the affair will DC $2,175 to be awarded in prl/.es, and the appearance of a number of outstanding MidSouth stables, with their colorful entries anil riders which have gained wide recognition in other shows in this area, including the Lc Bonheiir show In Memphis. All the festivity, gaiely. and atmosphere of the largest shows will be captured for this event, committee leaders declared. Tlie Blythevllle Army Air Field band will furnish the music, and the appearance of little Bud Gerlach of Helena, a favorite in last year's show, is also expected to add color and sparkle to the gala event. A S25 War Bond is to be given away each night. Sevcrnl new classes have been addej to the program which will Increase Interest among both younger and older equestrians alike. For the youngsters is the Mississippi County owned children's class, for children aged 15 years and under, and for the older rider Is the Mississippi County walking horse class, ridcn by the owner, which is open to stallions, marcs or geldings. The children's open class is also expected to be an interesting part of the show. Jeff Roland of Paragould, former Blythcville resident and president of the recently organized Horse Show Association, will acl as ring master. John Taylor of Eaglevlllc, Tcim., will judge the walking horses, and the galled horses will be judged by Earl Pemberton of Eltz- abetbtown, Ky. The Horse Show Association, organized early last Spring by Northeast Arkansas and Southeast Missouri horse lovers, planned the horse show cricuH of which the Blythevlllc show U the second to be staged during the season. The local show follows similar event staged In Poragould last month. The responsibility for details of the show rests on John McDowell, general chairman, and the subcommittee chairman, which include Jimmy Stevenson, Roy Rca, Jimmy Sinolhcrman, Louis Davis, Richard Becker and J. T. Sudbury. Tlie work on Haley Field and grounds Is In charge of Kemper Burton', post engineer for the Blythevllle Army Air Field. Among the stables to be represented are those of C. R. Querry of Jackson, Mo., L. A. Harris of Portagevllle, Mo., J. K. Gerlach of Helena, Dr. Porter Rogers of Searey, Qene Doff of FayeUevllIe, Arthur I-'uImei" Jr., of Memphis. Ellen Ramsuy of Memphis, J. H. Crab) of Wilson, Tlpton.and Harris of Brownsville, Tcnn., Blissful Farms of Mnrlannn, Hr. T. A. Peterson of Tennessee, Mrs. Milburn Gardner of Martin, Tcnn., C. G. Smith nnd lllrnm Wylic ol Blythevlllc, Clem Whistle of Manila, and Noble Gill ol Dell. Ten classes will be viewed each night. In the lirst night the classes will be Walking Breed Colt.s, Mississippi County owned, Walking Fine Harness, Open Walking Marcs Three Galled, Five Galled Open Open Walking, Ladles Five Ciallrd Open, and Junior Wiilklng, and Children's Open. The following night the clas-sei will be Ihe Model, Mississippi County Walking Horse, Three Gulled CombliuiUon, Arkansas Owned Walking Stallions, Champion Three Gated Stake, Junior Five Galled, Northeast Arkansas, Southeast MIs- f.ouri Pleasure Horse, Champion Walking, Champion Five Galled, and Open Roadster Class. Visitors arc Invited (o view the horses during the day In their stnlls nt Haley Field. Reservation for box seals may still be made by contacting Roy Rca, Mr.- McDowell announced. . At the" eastern end\of the Ficnc Imlllcfronl, nrltlsli patrols hav thrust Into (he dock area of Cae nnil found It clracrlcd. Some Loi clou observers .sec this as n «lgn II Clenmins might be withdrawing froi (lie Inland portr- ntuhliornl held objective in the Norrnaml TOttAV'S WAR ANAI.V8IH Robot Bombs Too Costly For Results JAMC8 Untied Frew WrlUr Laney Didn't Make Charges, He Declares JONESHORO, Ark,, July 7 (UP) — Gubernatorial candidate Ben Laney says that recent political campaign accusations credited lo him were "ill advised." He refers to on advcrlisemcnt published yesterday and a statement issued Wednesday nt hh headquarters. Tile ad attacked J, Bryan Sims, a Laney opponent, and the earlier statement charged that state cars were trailing him In his campaign for governor. Tlie accusation of Slate Department Interference followed by one day a similar charge from the headquarters of David D. Terry, third man in the governor's race. Laney soys he kne«- nothing of either statement. And he says this about It: "Sometimes It is hard to keep your friends' enthusiasm within bounds. They have your interest so much at heart, they let themselves get carried away. "These statements attributed lo me, and the ad carried In yesterday's paper, were put out without my knowledge or approval. "They were Ill-advlscd and were issued with a misunderstanding of my purposes in this campaign." Weather ARKANSAS: Partly cloudy Friday and Saturday. llobnl nnmhlngK Cnnthiuc The Germans, losing In No mnndy, sllll arc hitting back .r Ijindon. More of lliclr rol»t lioml fell over .soiitlicm England, li cliidtnt! the London area, todn British officials prepared to cvaci ale ihe second group of British children from the capital. One American soldier hns been rescued after being burled for three days under tons or rubble in a London district. 'Ilic Allies struck back hard at Germany through the air today. A fleet of American heavy bombers estimated nt more than 15,000, made a two-wny nllnck oh the heart of Germany from bases In Britain nnd Italy. More than 1000 Flying Portresses nnd Liberators crossed the Channel to plant three thousand tons of explosives on plane assembly and parts plant. 1 ;, and nil refineries In cculral Germany, They touched off wild aerial battles in which American fighter planes alone destroyed 75 enemy planes. Six fighter planes arc missing. The bomber losses liavc not been tabulated. Meanwhile, a fleet csllinalcd at up lo 500 big planes, flew out from Italy to hit oil Installations In German Silesia, 75 miles southeast of Tiresltiii. Defense Again Seeks Mistrial In Sedition Case WASHINGTON, July 7. (UPI — Defense lawyers ngaln sought a mistrial in the mass sedition case loday when two defendants refused to accept Judge Edward C. Etcher's plan to appoint "temporary" counsel for them. Elcher had asked Attorney E. B. Fry, counsel for Robert Edward Edmondson, to represent defendant Eugene Nelson Sanctuary. Sanctuary's altornej-, Kcnry H, Klein, hnd refused to return from Now York when the Judge denied his request to be allowed lo withdraw from Ihe case. Robert Noble had been assigned, also temporarily, to J. Austin Latl- mcr, after his attorney, James J. Laiighlin, was barred from the case by Elcher. As the session began today both Latlmcr and Frcy tried unsuccessfully to end the arrangement. Latimer said his other clients, George E. Deatheragc and James True, claimed his "first allegiance" and "strenuously objected" to his taking on anyone else. Frey said it would be "Impossible (o do justice" to Edmondson If he also tried to represent Sanctuary. Is bi«'k In the front ucs. nut perhaps not for lonu, rrlme Minister Churchill hluls ml llio Allli'.i have n plan up ielr Mce vcn to flnhl off robot wlilch lire killing almost japan again' s miniy persons every duy as died i the Hartford lire. Hut even bc- >re Allied technicians can bring iclr counlcr-nu'asiure.s into play, icrnmny may write the campaign If us loo costly. Each robot omb curries I.'IO allorti of nc, nnd gasoline s at a premium Oernmny. In net the United lutes Air Force Hilcf General ii'imld, says Ailed air attacks iave cut by two- birds cue m y a.sollue produc- lou, Of tlio 14 najor German' cllncrlcs turning ! nit Biiiiolliii! and James Harper lie 65 producing oil, all but a few iave been bombed by Allied nlr- ncn. To keep lliclr war machine the already have dip- red Into their gas reserves, oiice stlmalccl at seven million tons. Enemy LanKs have been found abandoned In Normandy for lack of did. In tact, most Incredible of all, motor vehicles In the German Army are under a rationing system, A light Clormnn tank burns BOIIJO 30 gallons ol gns and three gallpus of oil on an average day. A medium lank, 50 gallons of gas 'and three o[ oil. Consumption scales upward to flo-toniiers which burn around SOU gallons of gasullnc a (lay and 'JO ot oil. All told, the 1100- vehicles in n Ocrmnn panzer division cat up "36,000 gallons <Sf gasoline and 2600 of oil In a normal day. The 130 robots that hammer Into Britain average day consume half as hiilch gasoline • — some I7,(i00 gallons. Thus, the Germans—to conserve their precious fust-vanishing fuel— may cvcnCuiil- ly sacrifice lliclr deadly llitle toys hi the Interests of the real business of war. For even the Germans, anxious as Ihcy nre for revenge, must renl- Ize the waste of Ihe project. Each robot kills an average of only one liemjii. Thus, the Nauls arc building those devices, which renulro almost ns much work' and materials as a small plniie, lo kill a single Individual, and usually a non- flgblliig individual nt Hint. Jttlocs n't add .up. ' German plane production Is down y two thirds. Yet, the Germans sllll arc siphoning off materials Hint could go into planes lo kill soldiers so as lo make robots to kill civilians. They tried bombing England out of the war four years ago and Raw it wouldn't work. Now they're trying It again— and with a far less efficient, system. True, the robots are taking a heavy toll. In fact, Ihcy killed In 21 days only 330 less persons lhan Americans' were killed In Normandy In the first two weeks ot the Invasion. Still, they're not taking the toll that Ilic Luftwaffe look In Ihe bill-/.. For Instance, M3G Londoners died during (he night of May 10th, 1941, alone. In the most disastrous month of the bllU, September of 1941, 6080 Britishers were killed. The new blitz, In 21 days, killed only 38 per cent of that number. But comparative figures won't ensc the cumulative suffering of war-time I/nuhm, nor shrink its heroic statue. 'Ilic city liiut suffered us many civilian air raid deaths as the Unllcd Stales has suffered military deaths, 51,000 compared with 56,000. An additional 02,000 Londoners have been Injured, some of them maimed and crippled beyond recovery. Elghlccn-by-20-mlle Loudon has truly, been, with Berlin, one of the war's chief targets. Still, Its misery probably cannot compare wilh that suffered by German cities, The Nazis claim, and, hi this Instance, there's no reason to doubt them, that Allied bombs killed over 41,000 persons in Hamburg during 10 days alone. Almost half of the central part ol 38- squnre'-mlle Berlin has been blown to dust with ft resulting casualty toll that must have been terrific. The Nazis at Warsaw started this ghostly business of bombing cllles. But Ihe Allies finish it, robot bombs notwithstanding. Bombs Dropped On Naval Base, Industrial Area Second B-29 Attack Comes Throe,, tyeeks After Opening Blow WASHINGTON, July 1. (UP)_ B-20 Superfortresses:? huve raidee Livestock ST. LOUIS. July 7 (UP)— Hog receipts 9,300 head, with 6,500 sal- nble. Top price $14.00. 180-270 pounds $13.85-13.85. 140-100 pounds $12.00-13.00; sows 11.60. Cnttlc receipts 2,500 head. Salable 2,000. calves 900, all salable. Mixed yearlings and heifers 8.5013.00; cows 6.00-10.50; canners anrt cutters 5.50-7.50: slaughter steers 10.00-17.00; slaughter hcli- ers 8.00-16,55; stockcr and feeder steers 7.60-13.00. The War Departrncnt 'has announced Hint the glniils of the skies 1 ullaekcd Japanese naval installations at Sascbo and also dropped tombs on Industrial objectives at Yuwata. Bolh these targets arc on ICyuKhn Islnnd-soulhcrnmost In Ihe Japanese home chain. ! The great Industrial center of Ynwiiln WHS Ihe Inrget o/'the flrcO lilslorlo 11-20 attack on Japan three weeks ago. The War Department gave no details on the success of the ntUuk,- or of casualties. '. ' . i Sasebo Is probably' the greatest naval arsenal and base In the Jap-' aiieso homeland. . It Is located on the eastern shor; 'if Kyusku Island, only n few huh-' <lrcd miles across the East China Sea from the Chinese mii'nlaml; In Ihe llisl Stipcrfortnm lu'/iek; n skeablo task force of U-2!U took off from buses In China lo : drop many Ions of explosives on Japan's biggest slcel mills. And a new era of air war had begun. This second attack came Just, three weeks and a day after the June ICth Wow which left laige poi- tlons of the Imperial Iron and steel Works at Yawata a smoking ruin. From the fhst raid foui bupci- forts fulled lo return' fwo wcio bccnuw of accidents Ono was, shot down by anti-aircraft flro A fourth, was rapoi ted missing f ,' The battlewagqns of the air took off and landed bjr dajlle 1 -' h'' crc over the lu,iget dining the darkness hi' the first raid. Gcneial H'H Amold Airloico chief,-had predicted th(\t new bl pn/Ja'pim would follow sjvlttl/ AiUl now Ills prediction has been bomb outr-c\cti soonei than nnny Imd hoped Today on the 1th all- filversiiry of Japanese aggression 111 the Orient, the Japs.are feeling the weight 'of American bombs agiln After 7 years of wn they know that Hits Is only the beginning President Roowvelt, commenting on the annlveisary expressed con corn over Japanese advances in central China. Mr. Roosevelt agreed willr newsmen at his press and radio conference Hint the American li'eoplo do not fully realize' Ihe importance of the battle for China's ensl coast, ; The Chinese, he said, Just don't seem to bo able to stop the Jnij progress. , Prime Minlslcr Winston Churchill nlso senl n message to Gensral Chiang Kal-shck to mark the anniversary. Mr. Churchill promised iliat Great. Britain will bring Us whole weight to bear on the Jiip r anese wljen the war in the -west Is over. Today's military news Indicates the situation has improved slightly for the Chinese in central China. A Chunking spokesman says (hist Chinese troops have broken the siege around embattled Hengynng, on the Canton-Hankow railway opening the way for reinforcements. Arkansas Crops Need Rainfall Damage Not Serious But Moisture Needed Within 10 Days LITTLE ROCK, July 7. (UP) — County agricultural agents from various sections of Arkansas say it must rain within a week or 10 days if crops are to escape serious damage. The agents, in Little Rock lo attend a four-day training conference, say the present dry spell has not yet reduced crop yields lo any appreciable extent. That's because crops were late because of the rainy Spring. Crawford County agents say crops in the northwest district have not yet begun to suffer. However, they say lhal pastures, field corn, and gardens, especially tomatoes, are beginning to show damage. And com and melons In the bottomlands are .beginning to hurt. Corn is suffering In northeast Arkansas. Stone County Agent Fred Martin says pastures in the district are still In good condition, :. though. In the southeast section, crops are reported better this year than at the same time last year. Cleveland County Agent J. H.: Shaw says late planted com cf.n survive at least two more weeks o£ drought, bir earlier plantings are beclnning to twist He says therfe is plenty of moisture and most of the damage has resulted from the hot winds Southwest District Agent 3. o Fullerton says the*Siberia peach harvest has been delayed 10 dav's because of the dry wither. The harvest Is expscted to begin July SO.

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