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VOL, XLI—NO. 94 &n*W«f.-*p* /f ,', v 0 /uaW. to «he Wo; frtor,, T^ Bo^^, will cotlect yo ^ Scrap Pa ^ f t ^ ^^ BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS AHJB DQuLNA^n* NKWflPAPHt f\9 Ttfr^wi'U • Atyr* At>t7***««n & ' ^^M§ ™ «4Mn^^P 9 T W^^^J " ofAr * K w * WORTH** BT AHKANSA8 AKD fiOOTHIABT MISSOURI ^^ Blythevllle Dally News Blvthnviiu «.,7t^ ~~ ~ ~ • Dally News PlylhevllU, Courier BlytUevllle HwaJd Mississippi Valley Leader —• - . .. ' --"*iF^**KJ| fcJ>llJt.<bJlllSl\l| UUlj Fire Sweeps The 'Big Top'-Pictures Of Circus Tragefy SINGLE COPIES FIVE CENTS ' Tliis photo shows women and cliilclrcn spectators dashing madly tent of Kingling Bros. Circus shortly after flames started. TODAY'S WAR ANALYS/S- B-29s Deliver Body Blows To Jap Naval Power B,\ By JAMES HAKl'ER •v/". United Press Staff Writer America is winning tomorrow's naval engagements loin th"- pnmloxically ' jt is w»»"«t' those ocean victories B-2fl bomboi-s, striking at twin fountainheads of Japan's ship strength, have deprived Hirohiio's waning naval and merchant fleets of vessels they will sorely need for tho coming show-down at sea. Targets were mills whore steel plates are hammered out and shipyards where workmen fashioned the plates into t'r!,™? V 1 , rep ! ac f, l|««c now rusting on thc bottom with torpedo holes in their sides. Warships as large as cruisers slid *—down the Sasebo ways. Great dreadnaughts put into its 50,000- tpn drydocks for repairs. Submarines slithered out into the Pacific. But, and from the enemy ,Etnn(|nolnt this' is equally important, "bombed Yaivata and •Omur'a mills turned but plates , for the merchant ships':Japan' nee'dV'as a thirsty: man nctfls .water.; Ste.el- out of tlic burning bear away the loot of' ih c Indies/ that could keep the home islands fed, that could Supply garrisons 3000 miles.away". Japan lias an Archilles heel, a chink in its armor, 'mat weakness can be expressed in a single sent- i ence. It bit off more empire than it could swallow. Or, to express it another way, it sei?j!d a far-flung domain Hint necessitated a mighty merchant licet. And it simply doesn't have a mighty merchant fleet. I.onf; Supply Lines Japan's supply line to Malaya stretches 3300 miles, its supply line to Java 3600. Both routes, sprawling over vast reaches of the Pacific, are \ highly vulnerable to American submarines. Only if Japan had the kind of air and sea power that won the battle of the Atlantic for the Allies could it protect those lines. But Japan doesn't have that kind of navy and air force. And as a result, 1300 of her merchantmen have been sunk by American forces alone— 11 per cent of those by submarines. Secretary of Navy Forrestal says the Japs have lost between one- third and one-half of th'e estimated scven-millin tons of shipping they had at thc war's beginning. The secretary adds: "Shipping is Japan's juglar vein , She is losing merchant ships fastci } than she can afford 'o." By the end of the year, the secretary says, the enemy will have a "sizeable and growing- deficit.' This trend, Forrestal continues "will be accelerated" when American fighting men clean up the Ma- lianas. Since the range of a submarine is only 1500 miles from Tokyo, those raiders can soon range right up to Japan's door step. Building Woorlcn Ships Even now, before that "accelerated" campaign stark, the Japs are in a bad way for shipping They've even started building 100 to 200-ton wooden ships to bolster their dwindling merchant Meet The Dutch Enst Indies before the war pumped an annual SO million barrel:, of oil. Yet, the Japs huve teen having such a hard time fitting it home that oil production hns been boosted to the category of u critical industry. The Japs control 90 per cent of the world's natural rubber .-,nd 01 per cent of its natural quinin^ Yet Tokyo radio recently fanfared I he discovery of both a synthetic rubber and a synthetic quinine. A°ain-- thcy couldn't carry the loot home A Jap broadcaster recently said: "If we can solve the problem, of shipbuilding we need be afra'id of nothing." Japan's shipbuilding capacity is estimated at 800,000 tons a venr. That means it can turn out 80 vessels of 10,000 tons, the size of thc average American ocean-going freighter. But America alone has been sinking an average of two Jap ships a day. Japan's home front as well as its war front is bound to suffer from a lack of shipping. Over 70,000,000 Japs are packed into an area little bigger than Montana. Only one- mth of their land is suitable for farming. Hence much of their food must be shipped In from the outside. Now for the first time, the war is Accidents Take Big Toll In U.S. „., J)6£idLlj^Circus.Fire Now Placed At 152; Other Big Tragedies Throughout the nation, more than 770 persons have been killed in accidents during the past two weeks. The death toll includes 152 persons killed in Thursday's circus fire at Hartford, Conn., a disaster second only to the tornado which swept western Pennsylvania West. Virginia and Maryland on the night of June 23. The tornado look Firemen are shown pouring water on the remains of the tentniter flumes the entire structure In which nl least 152 persons perished. 151 lives. Fourth of Accidents during the July weekend brought- deal)! to 380 persons. A fire in the Powhatan Coal Mine, near Bellaire, Ohio, entombed 66 miners. Incomplete report.^ from (he troop train crash near jellico, Tc.nn., list 19 fcnown victims, with the estimated dead as high as 25. At Hartford, Conn., additional warrants charging 'manslaughter have been issued against officials of the Ringling Brothers, Barmun- and-Balley Circus. Fifteen of thc fire's 152 victims still are unidentified. Some 200 injured, most of them children, remain in hospitals. Enlisted WACs Arrive For Duty At Local Field The first enlisted WACs to be stationed at the Blylheville Army Air Field arrived in two contingents yesterday afternoon and this afternoon. A number of WAG officers have been stationed at the local field for several months. They will occupy the WAC quarters at the BAAF which were recently completed. Some Democrats Would Nominate Byrnes, Douglas Wallace Opposition Mentions Two. Likely Alternate Choices By United Press The Democrats, completing plans for their national convention In Chlcngo July 13, are reported to be undecided as to a vice-presidential candidate. Political observers believe thnt President Etooscvelt will be offered, and will accent, the presidential nomination, in that case, lie ivll! have the determining voice In choosing a running-mate. NeverlheJe.s.5, considerable objection is said to have developed within the Democratic party lo the ; re-naming ot Vice President Uenrj ^Wallace. The names of War Mobilization Director James Byrnes nnd Supreme Court Justice William Douglas are being mentioned for the post.. •••.....- . - . On the other.' side of the political fence, r Governor Thomas Dewey temporarily has laid aside his role as the Republican presidential candidate to become jusl another fanner. Yesterday, Dewey wns welcomed home to his farm at, Pawling, N. y., by some COO of his neighbors. Speaking from hLs front steps, Dewey declared llial one of the country's mum \vnr films is to keep communities free from dictation and oppression. In Washington, the Treasury is expected to 1 report, thnt the 10 billion dollar goal of the Fifth War Loan drive lias been over-subscribed. As the War Bond drive nears it.-; end, large investors have exceeded their goal, but Individuals have purchased only 68 per cent of Iheir quota. Also in Washington, the Agriculture Department, says civilian supplies of canned fruits probably will be reduced next year. Although the nation's orchards promise a record harvest, military and Icncl- lease demands for canned fruit arc increasing. Elsewhere in the nation, as headlines proclaim the latest Super- Portress raid on Japan, n strike has begun In the plant which makes the B-29 engines. Twentythree machinists at the Dodge plant of the Chrysler Corporation in Chicago walked out last, night. A company announcement says the workers struck because ft man from another shift was appointed their foreman. Veteran From Manila Home After 18 Months MANILA, July 8. — Seriously wounded Jan. 10 while participating in the Battle for Cassinq, pjc. Grover Lacy Grant spent' three months in a hospital in Italy before he was awarded his first furlough since he enlisted In the service a ycar-and-half ago. He was overseas 14 months, and also took part in the North Africa campaign. Now visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. G. T. Grant of Manila, th c infantryman wears three ribbons, Order of the Purple Heart, the European theater of operations, and Good Conduct medal. He will leave Monday for Port Sam Houston, Texas, for further orders. He is the cousin of Mrs. Harold Sudbury of BIythevillc. Livestock ST. LOUIS. July 8 (UP) - Hog receipts 3,000 head, with 500 head salable. Top price $13.95. 180-210 pounds $13.90-13.95; H0-160pounds $12.00-13.00; sows $11.50. Cattle receipts 500 head, with 100 salable; calves 50, all salable. Bulk for week.mixed yearlings and iclfers $10.30-15.85; cows $8.0010.50; canners and cutters $5.507,50, selng brought home to the Japs. They may soon lack food but they won't lack bombs. Weather ARKANSAS-Fartly cloudy this nfternoon, tonight and Sunday Widely scattered thunderslwwers is extreme north portion late tonight and Sunday. Late Bulletins ROME, July 8 (U.IM—More than 500 American heavy bombers attacked turrets In the Vienna area today. LONDON, July 8 (U.IM—Alllni headquarters revealed thai British patrols have reached a point one mid one-halt miles from Hie 'center of Caen. LONDON, July 8 (U.P.)—The Moiicmr radio says Marshal Van Kunilstcdl, former commandcr- in-chief of thc German anti-Invasion forces In Dm W csl r has been placed "under house arrest" at Adolf Hitler's orders. Von Kundstcdl recently was relieved of his command nnd was succeeded liy marshal Von Kliifp. Bomb Misses Tenant House Near Tomato A bomb fell near Tomato com- 1 munit'y Wednesday morning, 'naf-j rowly missing n tenant house' oil' the Andy Harshmnn jfnrm, an'(( blowing a four-foot crafcr in si nnay-J Thc bomb, which fell from a high (lying plane shortly before noon, exploded within 200 vnrds of an occupied house. The Wast, left n hole lour feet square and four feel deep. Fragments from thc exploded shell were scattered over the Held, m::! remnants ot the shell still remained in the crater today, with the numbers Y-H-7S visible on the pieces. Because the motor of the pltinp was not heard, it wns believed that thc plane was Hying nt a high nl- tlttidc when the bomb wns dropped. According to Blylheville Army Air Field officers, planes from thc local field lire not equipped with bombing apparatus, and It is bcliovjd thnt thc bomb wns accidentally dropped from n B-17, based nl the Dyi::>;- burg, Term., \rrny Air Field. "This. !i (lie closest field where bomM.ig practices are held. Thc Flying Fortress field uses :i tombing area In West Tennessee. This particular •ircn has licen cleared of population. It wns telfevert thnt the Immh .vns accidentally dropped rather ,hnn that the Tomato farm wns mistaken for n bombing nren. The Mississippi River is such a con- spiclo\is landmark that the pilot would hardly mistake this area for tlie Tennessee bombing range, It was pointed out. Mr. Harshmnn yesterday reported the bombing lo the sheriff's office. B-29s Also Hit Jap Targets On Coast Of China Hangkow and Laoyoo Among Bases Raided; All Bombers Return lly tlnllcd I'rfS'i America's' huge Super-fortresses pounded the coast of occupied chl- nn yesterday ns well as objectives In (he Japanese homeland. Hi Eastern China, our Super- fortresses raided Hankow on the Yangtze river,' a major Japanese supply base. Another target WHS f-aoyao, a coal and supply ixirt on the North China coast. The Army's new coinmunlciue rc- veals.->thiU one target wns Omum, a war 'Industry center south ol SiiBegB. hi Japan. This .corrects nn earlier,Wnr DDpiirtnieiit report"thnt Tobntn-, n steel center, wns hit. Tho< heaviest weight of bombs was dropped In Snsebo, n Mg jnp- - navnl center for fleet repairs Men who tmUlcrt (he, fire mo shown ,standln K by one of the rings'inside thc "big U,p» NIC .sky Is now Ihc covorlnii for the rlnys because thc entire lent was destroyed. Mew York Cotton Mar. . 2135 2140 2135 2138 2135 May . 2116 2I30 2115 2120 2117 July . 2211 2223 2211 2212 2216 Oct. . 2162 2175 2162 2165 2168 Dec. . 2148 2150 2148 2150 2158 In the 'first -Supcrfort- rulu/ iil.s'd was bombed, Tho Wnr Department did not reveal the total weight of bombs dropped, but said only weak fighter opposition and imtl-aiicraft lire were encountered. Damage was reported to nil targets. And nil of the plant bombers returned snfelv to their buses. in thc Hengyaiuj area of Cenlrnl Chlnn,;.American lighter craft al- Incked the mnln Japanese supply lines yesterday. Oilier American planes hit the Tien Ho airdrome nt Canton. On the Snlween river front, the Chinese broke through (he outer defenses of Tcngchung, striking coast to thc wall surrounding the city. The drive followed n he/ivy attack, on Teiigchiing by Mitchell bo:nbcrs. In tli e Piicillc Island fighting, American Marines nnd Army troops hnvc squeezed the Japanese into a six-squarc-mite nren ill the northern end of Sfilpan. Artillery trained on thc Japanese rear nlrcndy has frustrated one enemy attempt to evacuate troops. Our troops virtually hnve completed occupation of Nocmfoor Island off Dutch New Guinea, with the unopposed capture of Nnmbcr airdrome. We now control all three aldromes on (he Island, bringing our bombers to wllhln 770 miles ol the Philippines. Chicago Wheat open high low close pr.cl. July . 159% ISO'S 159S 1585; ICO Sept. .159TS 159% 15814 158% ISO'.f, Yfill Dansby Paroled Will Dansby, sentenced to five years for second-degree murder from Mississippi County chancery court at Osccola, wns granted n parole by the state Parole Uonrd In its monthly session. Dansby was charged with the fatal shooting of George Augustus Simmons In March 1912. lie had served two years ol his sentence. Montgomery's Men Open Drive To Knock Oui Caen Defenses; 4 Villages Wrested From Nazis Reds Take Over Polish Citadel GuardingWarsaw, Berlin Route lly United I'rcss r'.'j 10 ! p. 01 .' 111 """ Sll >' lll °y lmvc Gviieimted the itniioiifmt The enemy life), conmmnd ji.s.sol.s the ruins of the city \vorc Hbamlonccl without filling. But l,olVi Berlin « m | MOH'""" ' '-d blttbr struggles in the s \.l>urb«. The acknowledged fall of the (stronghold piivcs- the ivny for n smashing Soviet thrust westward through filnlystoki nnd Urest-Lit- oi'sk. Such 11 driveT, would turn lift Three Key Towns Captur ed By 5th Retreating Germans In Italy Maintaining Fierce Resistance ALLIED ilEADQUARTEIlS. Home, July 8 (U.P.)— The Germans lire nmlnlninliiK their extremely hitter resistance In Italy. Amercnn nnd French troops of thc Hit}) Army have ciiptured three key (owns, but only niter thc fiercest, kind of righting. The Allied soldiers fought for thc towns iwuse-by-hoiisc, meeting the enemy , lit close quarters. The Germans defended each town until the ln.il possible moment. disunities ran high on both fides. The three towns, which Include Ihc base of noslgimno, were part ol the Gcnr)im 'defenses protecting thc port of Llvanio and the big city of Florence. Thc Allied soldiers pushed beyond the newly-captured (owns tint enemy resistance has slowed their advance. On tho Adriatic, Polish troops have advanced to within five and one-half mites of the coastal btisc of Ancosa, N. O. Cotton Mar. May July Oct. Dec. 21-11 21T>2 2141 2124 213B 2124 2240 2242 2210 2172 2180 2171 2155 21C5 2158 '2141 2121 2142 2125 2242 2243 2113 2158 2173 2157 Chicago Rye open high hily . lull tn« ...„ ...„ ,.» Sept. . 114'!! 114X 113% l\3V, 114 low close pr.cl. Bombardier Lets Rabaul Have It Despite Jangled Oxygen Tube 'Revenge for Pearl Harbor ,.„., the throbbing thought in thc mind of each crew member aboard the Liberator bomber as it winged its way five miles up in the stratosphere on the first daylight raid over Ra- baul, New Britain. To In part repay the Japanese for thc Dec. 7 daylight on the American naval base was instilled in each soldier's heart as he sat rigidly in his post- lion on the B-24 on which Capt. Jimmy Crook of Blythevllle was bombardier. As the ship neared thc bombing run the guns were given their final testing. The nose gun of the ship operated by Captain Crook refused to fire. The tenseness of the moment, as Captain Crook and the nose gunner worked frantically to repair the gun which left the" ship unprotected in n vulnerable spot, became almost unbearable as Zeros' were sighted climlng into the air . „ , tack thc sh 'P- Jus t as the stalking zeros leveled off' to start their fire at the Liberator, the two men succeeded in repairing the gun But Jimmy's difficulties continued tor as ho jumped from his position In the nose of the ship to the bomb sight, his oxygen mask, a necessary tude, became entangled In the gun. Tearing the mask from his face, he sucked the life-giving oxygen from a tube as he sighted his target and let fall thc first, bombs in a series of terrlflc daylight assaults which were destined to knock the Jap stronghold out of the war. The Blytheville boy's aim wns true, for one minute after the first bomb fell the sky was red with the explosion from a 8,000 ton Jap oil tanker which lay in the harbor. Amidst heavy ack-ack fire and dogged Zero attacks, the Liberator turned its nose toward its New Guinea base, while the crew members breathed "another Job done." Forty-six such missions over enemy held territory, witli the accompanying 300 hours of combat action, has been chalked up by Captain Crook, who is visiting hfs mother, Mrs. J. E. Crook, following his return to the slates last Thursday after IS months overseas. A member of the famed "Jolly Roger" bombing unit, Captain Crook has been awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal, and has been recommended for the Silver Star. Following his leave, he ninrn »r »,ii<«7«.»t i—:•-••-"•<««"» -jmei ovar. rouowing nis leave, ne Piece of equipment lu the hl 8 li aUt-JwUl report July 28 to Miami Beach, Pla., for a rest before receiving further orders. "Last July Fourth I experienced a scene comparable lo no other Independence Day celebration I ever hope to sec," thc bombardier told a Courier News reporter. "It was one of our first missions, so I was pretty green. And did thc Nips put on a show thnt night. Piercing searchlights and tracer bullets flashed continuously, lighting every corner of the sky. Thc white flame of the ack-ack as the shells burst In the nlr arc a terrtnc sight. Finally one gets used to the nreworks hut the first few are un Impressive sight." All those missions without a scratch Is quite some record, -particularly if one considers the shape of at least one of his planes when It returned to the base after a mission. "Completely riddled with bul- IcU and shell fragments," was the way the war communique described this ship on its return, yet not a man aboard was harmed. All work and no play having Its disastrous results, the fliers were given seven day leaves every three months, which the men spent in Sydney, Australia. Leaving their base In thc heart ol the lunslc, the boys arrived by plane a day-anri-a- half Inter in the heart of the metropolitan city, where tliey rested !>cforc returning to their jungle home. "A great deal of our spare time was spent tolling In our victory garden. Planted in a plot of ground near my tctil wero radishes, onions, watermelons, and tomatoes. And sweet peas for a touch of beauty. Thc rest of the time between missions was spent In trying to keep cool and dodging mosquitoes," he recalled. In one of his missions his squadron gave air support in the Marine LONDON, July 8 (U.P.)—The llrltlsh nru reported making good progress In the,opening hours of iin nll-aut offensive against tho Nnnl defenses of Cncn, on tho road to Purls. A London broadcast, snys General Montgomery's ineii captured four villages In tlie first few hours ot the Htlnck. fionnld Clark, a United Press war correspondent, subslnntlntas tlic Billlsh report of progress Hi reports that Allied and German troops nre locked In bitter, hand- to-hnml lighting nt key points well within the enemy's defense line. Their confidence undoubtedly \ns Increased by tlie thoiough honi- bnnlmcnt which prccedctl the ground u^iiult lleavy bombers of the_:pAP opened the fifteiilng-up operation ' * ' Attacking In two i\'avcs, the heavyweights dropped hundreds of tons of exploshch on enemy* (ni ects north ot Caen, nml won the co'n- Krntulntions of the Biillsn ground command. Thnt wns yesterday before nightfall, rnily this miming, before dawn, the town still, wns belching smoke and flame. Tn the eixrly morning hours, bis Allied B'liis u'n- lenshcil their weight of explosives nnd steel. A front report snys the barrage was terrific, mnlchwl only by the bombnrdment on D-Day. Then, the Infantrymen Ictt their emplacements and went oycr Ihc lop, striking townrd the Gcrmnn • with bnyotieUi 'fixed. . v ,. 1> ., ,, ,... I%1 , ,, vrll n, nuij |.l t u Wehrlnaclit formations' norlH 'uucl Jionlh of the Biirniiotvlczc gnp-nbovci tho Prl|iel marshes, ,'"" . .;, •Nni'lh nf the cttnilol, tlic Nazis cnntlm) c to report vlolcnl •fighting In the outer fringes of Wllno, cnp- Hnl of Soviet Llthimnln, Enemy dlspntchcs Indicate fnsl-movlnjj flusslnn nssnull forces have Inld siCBe to the city, some 85 miles from L'nst Prussia. Soviet sources.;ln Lfltulon declare the Clermnns hnvc Imiwscd rigid restriction* on Wllno after n wave of snbotngc nn t | pntrlotlc nttitcks on Ocimnn KOldiers. fladJo Berlin stales [lie fled Army hns cut tli c LnlvIa-lo-Wnraiw rnllwiiy. Bucli n dnvelo|)inenl would sever the enemy's chief supply route In Hie eiiltrc northern front. A Moscow correspondent snys: "Should the Russians succeed In ... ,., breaching the Oermnn line none I** 111 ?" 5 - W ' U| bayonets fixed, the railroad, then the wny |.s- open I! &<*&»« *"*°™ them, preparing for carrying Uic offensive Into the lh l vvn .^ .™ s . lhe nrlnler y tarrngc. heart of Lithuania, regardless ol how long Wilno holds out." Uncle Of G. V. Daws Dies In Tennessee G. P. Davis of Halls, Tcnn., uncle of O. V. Dnws of Blythevllle, died ol n hcnrt ailment Inst night nt his home. He was 60. Services • will be held Simdny at Hnlls. Tie had been In thc Implement biulncu there for n number of ycnrs. Thc death of Mr. Davis was the second this week In the Daws fiimlly. Services were held Monday In Hnlls for N. S. Dnws, brother of Mr. Dnws of niylhevllle. Tlic Ifalls man died nt his home of a hcnrt nllment Saturday. Attending the funcrnl from here were Mr. and Mrs. O. V. Dtiws. Joncsboro Paratrooper Is Killed in Normandy Pvt. Morris Lansdalc, 20, son of Mr. and Mrs. A. H. Lansdnlc of Jonesboro. wns killed In action In France June 24. thc War Department hns notified his parents. A graduate of Arkansas Stnte College at Joncstoro, the youth wns a paratrooper nnd hnd been overseas since lust September. He was enrolled In Shrlncr Military Academy when ho uilUlcd in the ?ava- troops. Private Lnnsdalc was well-known In Blythevllle where he had visited a number nf times. His father is a drug salesman. landings last December at Cape I Beth Steel New York Stocks AT&T 163 3-4 Amer Tobacco 73 Anacondn Copper ... ... 275-8 ^_ gg Gloucester. The cape was heavily ! Chrysler '.'.'.'.'.'. 055-8 bombed to make the task of Invad- Coca Cola 131 1-2 Ing Marines lighter. Gen Electric 39 1-! While Captain Crook was thoit-, Gen Motors .!..[........'! «4 7-8 snnds of miles from Blythevllle In Montgomery Ward 46 1-2 his New Guinea post, he met several toys who are well known hwe. Among them were Roger Eoff, Gene Hood, Horace Walters, Lynn Hamey, all of Blythevllle, Mnl Mcll- \valn, a former Blythevllle man, James Brooks Peterson and Edwin Garrison of Jonesboro, both classmates of Captain Crook at Arkansas State College, Jonesboro, N Y Central 20 Jilt Harvester V8 1-4 North Am Aviation 01-2 Republic Steel 211-8 Radio . 11 3-4 Socony Vacuum 14 Studebaker 19 7-8 Standard of N J 57 3-4 Texas Corp 49 1-8 , . The battle Li Ivntml to be violent nnd big. Both sides have great .striking power. Thc British are attacking a sector where the enemy hns concentrated nearly seven flrsUrate Panzer divisions. With tlic opening of this new offensive, the Allies are/on tho jnnrcli along thc entire front In Normnndy. • At'the center'of the line, American troops nre crashing forward. The Yanks have occupied the road center of St. Jean-De-Daye as well ns a nearby town. Both towns were taken without opposition. • * The capture of St. Jean, eight miles north of St. Lo, slashes deeply into a troublesome enemy salient. . • • .. At'the far western end of the front, two American flanking co!- umns arc driving slowly, ahead «:ast and west of La Hayc. But inside the town, American troops- still arc engaging the enemy 'in fierce street fighting. . Overhead, the Allied air force has hurled.new blows to combat the German robot bomb offensivp. American daylight raiders,' more than 250 heavy bombers, struck again at.robot bomb installations along this Pas De Calais const. British heavyweights penctrate'd to wllhln 30 miles of Parts to hit one of the enemy's largest flying bomb bases. So far, we do not know whether this'base •manufactures the robot bombs, or whether the enemy Is launching bombs from tho Paris area. Other EAF heavy bombers smashed hard at a rail yard In thc Paris outskirts. Mosquito bombers attacked Berlin last night, giving the German capital its 140th bombing of the war. U S Steel 63 1-4 Flames Sweep Toy Plant MEMPHIS, July 8 IUP) — One person was seriously injured in the. $100,000 fire at the Pla-Lak Toy Company in Memphis last night. James c. Cartnrigrt, of Whitehaven, co-owner of the ttrm, says thc fire which destioyed the plant was believed to have be'enV started by a cigaret in the paint spray room. Fifty employes on theTiight shift escaped safely. But one Negro woman Is in,a critical condition in a Memphis hospltM Irom injuries in the fire. A fireman who was o\et- conie by smoke has "recovered. ""

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