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Scry* Waste Papcrf It is valuable to the War Effort/ The Boy Scouts will collect your Scrap Paper every Saturday, BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS ' TUX DOMINANT NXWBPAPKK OT NORTHU8T ARKANSAS AMD SOUTHEAST U188OUW VOL. XLI—NO. 97 BlythevUle Dally Newt Blythevllle Herald Blythevllle Courier Mississippi Valley Leader BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS, WEDNESDAY, JULY 12, 1'VM SINGLE COPIES FIVE CENTS SOVIETS 50 MILES FROM EAST Says President Uses Title For Political Good Brownell Hits F.D.R. In Albany Interview; Confers With Dewey By United Tress Republican National Chairman Herbert Brownell opened a new round In the political campaign today. He accused President Roosevelt of using his title as commander - In-chlef for political purposes. After conferring with Governor Dcwcy, Brownell told newsmen in Albany: "Mr. Roosevelt, is tlie first' of 32 presidents ... to claim that the title of commander-in-chlef makes Mm a soldier and to use that title as a pretext to perpetuate himself in office." Brownell also claimed thai ii X ^ovember of 1940, President Roose- |ri'»'Ml told his Duchess County neighbors: "You will have it new president in 1944.'- The Republican National Chairman added: "When he said thai he wa. right." Brownell said it is "loo early' to discuss details of Dewey's cam paign for the presidency. But news men have learned that thc basi Dewey strategy will be to carry th 20 slates which now have Repuu lican governors. Should the Dewey Brickcr ticket carry the stales nov under Republican control, a GOP victory in November would be as sured. Governor Dewey is revealed t favor a post-war International or ganizalion empowered to maintai peace and security "by force necessary." Representative Clair Booth Luce made Dewey's view public after:hearing them yesterda at a conference attended .by tl OOP nominen. •'-.." .However, in:. New York, to.1 a ^--'Chairman Sidne The U. S. Marines whose bodies lie sprawled in the sand, above, died in the costliest operation in the Pacific so far—the invasion ol Saipan. In the llrsl two weeks of action on Iliis highly important Pacific isle, 9752 Americans were K-illed, wounded or missing—more than double the loll at bloody Tarawa. Enemy losses were even heavier than ours. London Orders Probe Of Gas Theft Charges Col. Kurt M. Landon, commanding officer of the Blythevillc Army Air Field, yesterday appointed a board of officers to thoroughly Investigate gasoline receipts for the high octane aviation fuel brought by truck from the Memphis supply depot to the local field. According to charges made by niittee, called the Republican pres dential platform "a hodge-podg of 'appeals to self-interest, wa weariness and petty prejudices." I said: , "The talk of a young fresh orous Republican party is hollo mockery. It is the ventriloqui voice of Herbert Hoover uttering the snme ancient phrases we have heard for 20 - years." On the Democratic side of the political fence controversy revolves around the selection ot a vice- presltlenti.'il candidate. A movement to nominate a Southerner for the vice presidency is expected to reach a climax at a caucus of Southern Governors In Chicago next week just before the convention. An active campaign for the nomination of North Carolina's Governor Broughton has been under way for weeks. Others mentioned are Tennessee's Governor Pron- tlce Cooper, Georgia's Governor Ellis Aniall and Alabama's Governor chauncey Sparks. However, Ar- nali has made plain his all-out support of Vice President Wallace, calling him a' frieiid of the South. White House Secretary Stephen Early refuses to confirm or deny a report that president Roosevelt , conferred with a group of Demoy cratic politicians last night on the ' vice presidential question. He says: "I will have to stand on the report. There is no information I can give you. 1 ' Memphis -FBI', agents, the truck drivers -did, -riot deliver all the al- Air Bases, but the. gasoline to three •Mississippi ; Counl'i'.-.:£trvic2 station operators. The. -investigation, at the local , lotted gasoline to sold a portion of . field to find if negligence on the part of BAAF personnel aided in the operation of the black market ring Is purely a military matter, it was pointed out. , Meanwhile, FBI agents today continued their probing into the hug e black market in stolen aviation gasoline, and revealed that more arrests might be made. Tlie three service -station operators, Jesse D. Aycock of Blylhe- ille, Justus Edrington of Osceola, Mrs. Reno Miller Dies In Chaffee This Morning Mrs. Reua Cnssldv Miller, former resident of Biythcvillc, died this morning at her home In Chtif- fee, MO., nfter a lengthy illness. She was 47. Born at Cooler, Mo., Mrs. Miller was graduated from Caruthersvlllc, Mo., High School, and attended Southeast Missouri State Teachers College . at Cape Glrardeau, Mo. She lauglit school in Pemiscol County, Mo., and Mississippi County,' Ark.,.far a.number of yeiirs before coming to' Blythevillc to make her home. She was the wife of ,Ge.Pr>2P.T^hon\as •, Miller:..;.- -_. Mr., and. Mrs. Miller moved to Chnfee from Blytheyille 20 years ago. They had no children. She leaves in addition to her husband, her mother, Mrs. T. L. Cassidy of Blythevllle; three sisters, Miss Cecil Cassidy of Blythe- villc, Mrs. George Bennett of Urbana. 111., and Mrs. Fay Brewer of Deering, Mo., four brothers, Leon Cassidy of St. Louis, James Cassidy of Cooler, Leonard Cassidy of PortagEVlllo, Mo., and Corp. Parker Cassidy, stationed at Camp Welters, Texas. State Employes Support Ad kins In Senate Race Japanese Using Gas In Attacks Upon Hengyang Enemy Makes New Bid To Capture Strategic Chinese Stronghold Ity United I'rcsn I lie me making i strong new bl ( | lo capture HOUR yutiK, the key lo Chlnn's Cunlou- llankow railroad. A Chinese communique .says the enemy hns climaxed a two weeks siege of Ilia stronghold with a gcn- cnil offensive supported by iicrlti and nrllllery bombiirduimt and atlncks. The communique adds tlml Chi ncsc officers and men In tile be loaniiercd city' were seriously ntfcct C(j by the Kits ""<' "'"'• " ll1 " fainted. However, the dc fenders are reported holding th at nay. Tito Chinese also report tlin .Iiilinuesc troops have aRain broke Into Llllng, anolher city on II Hfinkou'-Cimtiw rullrontl. I.illng re centlv WFIS seized by Hie Ohlucsi Oilier action Is [luring up ul tl souiliern end of Japan's nffcnsi 1 aimed .to cut China In two. A oiirmy column driving -W miles of Canton is reported fl|;)illil£ Clilnese troops at the IJi'n river. Tokyo mcllo says thai American Mitchell bombers raided liolh ends of tile Chinese railroad. Canton nnd Hankow, early yesterday. Jerlin Appears Worried Over Chances ol Invasion By Reds; Allies Gain On Western Front and Alaska Duncan, Osceola Negro, Ar rrangemenls are incomplete for i ™ :ral services, which will be held "'," Lirn.E ROCK, July 12 (UP) — Th c second full week before the July 25th primary Is well under way' with candidates rallying supporters iiiri getting their inessoges lo. voters through radio speakers. Between 400 and 500 stale em- ployes attended a rally to pledge support of Governor Adkius in his race for the'Senate: ." Adkius forces /abstained from publicity regarding the rally. And som£ stntehoiisc employes came only on'the strength of a minor that' a meeting would be held. David D. Terry's women supporters, numbering about 450, gathered in Little Rock from all over the state for a luncheon yesterday. The rally was sponsored by the Pulaski County Women's Division of the Terry Campaign. •Ben Laney's workers have planned a series of radio broadcasts In the Interest of Lancy's nomination for governor. Colonel T. H. Barton, candidate for the senate will lose the Grand, Old Oprcy. The Iroupe must re- Tennessee for its regular were free on bond today. They wcr e The news from' Burma is goad today, Allied troops have .snuishctl the last Japanese resistance from the Knuialng-Mogauui; road, thereby adding n aoo-mllc stretch to (he vllul Lctlo road. Only n 75-mllp slrelch of the former Allied supply route sllll remains In enemy hands. New figures arc in on enemy cas- imltles In the India tliealer. The Allies estimate Japanese losses at 38,000 dead' during ' lasl montl nlone. Speaking of Japanese casualties [liere were at feast' 20/Japanese oi Saipan who forgot atout the glorj of- dying for their cm|ierlor. They were ' hospital patients supplied by the Japanese with a day's rations and one "hnml grenade apiece, and then left behind. When Ihc Marines found them, all 20 submitted gladly to American medication. ' They didn't bother with the hand grenades. And here's a report from,'Tokyo. The Domci news agency sny.s that some 30,000 school children cen evacuated from Tokyo to rural istrlcts since July 8, the day fol- owing the second B-20 raid on Cyushu island. LONDON, July 12 (U.I'.)— The OrmaiiH :ilso'iirc buiiiif pushed backward on Hie wool- em I'ronl, UiQtitfh tlie pace docs not compare with llial in llio cnsl.' Supreme Allied Headquarters; nimoiinces thai Amcnciin, Urittah and Cnmulian forces lire haltering ahead in most seclor.s of the line in heavy haltlcs. In the center of the line, Amer- * Icitn First Army troops hacked out u one-mile gain and now are only H mile tnul ii hull from St. I<o. the Nuv.l anchor point on the central Norniiuuly .front. A dispatch from United Press Will' Correspondent .mines Mc- Clllncy says American nrllllcry nl- rcady lia.s half-fliitlcned St. \a. And'llwl in Jtlio push toward the city, 'American Iroops lire passing beside ditches filled with (he bodies of German troops, uiul burned out vehicles, findlo Berlin claims tiiiil Gemini] Montgomery luis opened a general Allied offensive from end to end of the French'' front. There arc 10 dctalto of any British and Canadian gains-hi the Cucn area it the custom end. Bui nt the western end, American troop* lacked out u thousand yuid guh on both sides 'of the highway running from Ln Hiiye Dn I'ulls to Lessay, the next objective. Unit''. Press War Correspondent Henry Gorrcll, who's covering this scdai says the Gentians show making on Orderly withdrawal. Iron the west coast sector. The Ymtit Mrs. Cora Martin Teague Dies At Santa Cruz, Cal. Funeral services for Mrs. Cora Martin Teagues, foxier daughter of Mrs. W. B. Williams of Blytlie- ville were held yesterday at Santa Cruz, California. Mrs. Teague died Monday of a heart ailment al her rancli home near Santa Cruz. Bom at Rector, Mrs. Tcagiie came to Blythevillc at thc ag of 18 lo make her home with Mrs Williams and the late Mr. Williams She lived here until she entered nurse's training at Gartley Ramsey Hospital in Memphis, Following hci graduation from the. Memphis hos pital she studied at a hospital ii New York. One of the firs! nurses to vohm leer for overseas duty in World War I, Mrs. Teague sailed for France wilh the first contingent of nurses, and served overseas for 18 months. Since she moved to California, Mrs. Tcagiie has visited here often nt the home of Mr. and Mrs. Williams. She was the wife of Tom Teague. ioncr Clara Browdcr of Jonesboro. Nlewell Brigham Awarded Order Of Purple Heart SOMEWHERE IN THE SOUTH PACIFIC, June 5 (delayed)—Marine Corporal Newell W. Brigham, 27, son of Mr. and Mrs. N. W. Brig- lam of BlythevUle, Ark., has been awarded the Purple Heart for wounds received in action during the Cape Gloucester campaign December 28, 1043. A squad leader with a unit assigned to protect the left flank of the main assault units driving on the Gloucester airdrome, he suffered severe shrapnel wounds in the head when the Marines encqunlnrcd a laiger enemy force. "Things happened very fast," he said, "and before 1 realized whni was going on. a corpsman was working on me." nrigham was a construction worker before he enlisted in the Marine Corps December 17, 1941, ami is a veicran of the Guadalcanal c;im- !>aign. He was graduated fi Blylhcville high school. Icbcls In Colombia '•ace Military Court BOGOTA, Colombia, July 12. UP)—Things are returning to normal in Colombia. Captured rebel caders are facing military court or the kidnaping of President AI- 'onso Lopez and several other high officials. Lopez, who said he was not harmed by his captors, was later released >y loyal army officers. He rettnn-vrl to his duties today while martial lav; still existed throughout the nation. The revolt leaders, Col. Diogenes H and Maj. Paz Figueroa, cannot be sentenced to die. There is no death penalty In Colombia for any oflensc. Weather Bureau Expects Showers To Relieve Heat Gathers Cotton Bolls Two well-developed cotton bolls were brought to the Courier News office yesterday by D. S. Hay, who gathered the bolls from his farm near the Blythevilie Cotton Oil Mill south of BlythevUle, several days ago. Mr. Hay, who camo here from Tennessee eight years ago, owns and operates thc : BlythevlUe Curb Market as well as farming a 223 sere tract of land. The cotton, Stoncville 2-B, was planted on May 1. Drouth Conditions Grow Severe In East WASHINGTON, July 12 (UP) — The weather bureau reporls Ilia the drouth cast of the Mlssissip- >! river is spreading and Increasing n severity. The bureau says a general soaking rain is of prime necessity in most eastern states. Vlclory gardens, truck crops and pastures have been seriously damaged in mimy places, but winter grains, cottoii and peanuts have not been materially affected. The lower Potomac Valley area was described as hardest hit by the drought. Virginia Is experiencing the dryest season on record, and many corps have been damaged beyond recovery. Showers relieved conditions in Georgia, the Carolinas and parts ot Alabama and Tennessee last week. Huckaby Infant Dies Jerry Harold Huckaby, 2-monlh- olcl son of Mr. and Mrs. J. B. linckaby of Dell, died at 4 o'clock this morning at the family home Survivors in addition to his par cnis include two brothers. Stevi Douglas arid Larry Edwards Huckaby. Funeral services were held at o'clock this afternoon at Manila Cemetery. Cobb Funeral Home was charge of arrangements. N. 0. Cotton Mar. May Julv Dec. ,t ig's appearance without the Oprv troupe at. England Salurday 'Ight. By United Press Folks In Arkansas are keeping New York Cotton Mar. May Ju!y Oct. bee. open - high low close 21SO 2171 2148 2155 2241 2254 2186 2200 2113 2184 2156 2138 2241 2186 am 2157 2161 2140 2143 2243 2244 2183 2169 2171 2176 open high low close pr.c .2168 2177 2165 2167 210 5151 2162 2142 2148 2146 2270 2280 2272 2272 2273 2106 2205 2190 2195 2195 . 2180 2188 2176 2179 2178 heir fingers crossed. The weatherman says it looks as though It night rain. Its been almost a month since iny measurable amount of rain 'ell in Arkansas—and If the weatherman Is correct, there arc going to >e a lot'of happy people. The weatherman says to cxpcc' Ihundcrshowcrs in tiic east anc li portions this afternoon—ant In th c southeast portions tonight. And he goes on to say that it Isn't going to be nultc as hot in the north and west sections of the stale this aflcrnoon and night. They had a little rain In ilvi Arkansas cities yesterday, but I didn't help much toward cooling things off. Victim Of Accident Undergoes Operation Mrs. J. A. Jackson of Luxora who suffered a broken leg lacerations about the head In a: automobile accident early Sund? morning near Double Bridges, un terwent an operation on her le it Blythevillc Hospital this morn 'py, and later was placed In a body New York Stocks AT&T 152 1-2 Amer Tobacco 75 Anaconda Copper 27 3-4 Beth Steel 65 1-2 Chrysler 97 Coca Cola 142 Gen Electric 39 1-4 Gen Motors 65 7-8 Montgomery Ward 43 N Y Central 20 Int Harvester 785-1 North Am Aviation 9 3-8 Republic Steel 20 3-4 Radio 12 Socony Vacuum H 1-4 Studebaker Standard of N J 19 1-8 58 Texas Corp 48 3-4 Packard 5 3-4 U S Steel 62 1-2 Americans Edge Nearer Livorno Light Armored Forces Crack Defense Lines In Two-Mile Advance ALLIED HEADQUARTERS Rome, July 12 (UP)— The ArncrN :ans long In Italy have smashed stalemate below the groal port of Livorno. American light nrmored forces broke through formidable Gcrmar defenses highway across (be west cons' ye.stcrday to cnpturi condition of Mrs. H. C. Curtis of Luxora, the other person njured in. the three-car collision, remained unchanged today. She also- Is at the BlythevUle Hospital, whore she regains consciousness orly intermittently. Both women are expected to recover. Cigarette Smokers May Miss Favorites WASHINGTON, July 12 (UP)— Cigarette smokers either will have lo give up the habit or become reconciled to missing their favorite brands on the counter. Authorilalive government sources say there will be plenty of cigarettes far civilians, but the popular brands may undergo the same fol* as cigars. Civilians can get a certain number of cigars, but not fll ways their old favorites. .'. Castigltoncello in a Iwo-mile advance. Ijiverouo now lies less thai nine miles away. Thc Germans counter-attacked all along the Fiftli and Eighth Ar irjy fronts yesterday in an effor to delay Allied drives Into the cute defenses of the Nnzi Gothic line However, the enemy was beaten of ot all points, and the Allies bal tied forward a few miles in scvera sectors. On the American front, a com pletc regiment of Japanese-Ameri cans now are battling the Axis Bid by side with the Ynnks. The new regiment Includes nc battalions plus the iOOtlv naltnllot which has bceii on the Itnlia front some time. The Japanese America!] soldiers are rated equal! with their American comrades o cither flank. United Press Corrcspondc ileanor Packard reports the ne regiment shows none of the cruelty demonstrated b\- native Japanese on Pacific battlefields. In fact. Japanese-Americans are more generous than oilier soldiers In giving candy and cigarettes to the Italians. Their chief difference from American soldiers is their aversion to Army canned food. They buy fresh meat whenever possible. And It's not uncommon to see the Japanese > - Amerlcans go into action with trussed live chickens slung over their backs and leading live pigs. They're keeping their food fresh in the Italian summer heat. TODAY'S WAR ANAI.l'BIR Baltic Crisis New Headache For Germans R T JAMKH II/UtPEK , United Pr«M HUH Writer LONDON, July 12 (U.R)—The Germans iiru figliling wilh llicir bucks to theiv own liomultiml on Uio eastern trout'." ,, On the ImmH of reports from the Nazis Ihemsclvos, Hie Russians lire not more than (JO miles from tlie pre-war boundary of Eti'ijt Prussiii, and only half that -distance from Hie Prussian bouiulat'y set up nftor the > partition of Poland. " lincmy broadcasts say the ' Red rmy has driven Into the area of lytus In Lithuania, which Is tiljout 5 itirllnu miles from oltl Prussia.- Tlio Germans innke' no secret of lie critical situation their "armies nee. The gloomy tone'of the Na7l voiidciisl Indicates thai the/prop.i- amllsls ure preparing the German cople t for the •eventual hews that he HussImiH have -invaded' Ger- lany proper. .Here's the way one Berlin mlll- ary spokes in nn sl/es up the situn- Um foi the people al home. He Thc Ualtlc stales, long a major European , problem, now have be- ome n military problem tor Ccr- raclng across iiiiny. Russian columns, now are within two mid it quarto miles of Lcssay.. An Allied headquarters spokes mini says :tlmt Garninii armor being worn down constantly. IIov. ever, lie , adds that' !$azl -tan fln'iigth still is' strong enough t strike bnck Itrllie Cncn area whci most of It is concentrated. The Nazis did use some tan rcnulh 'on Die central sector yes irdoy, and fWced the Americans o give a lltllc ground above St. o. But tho gain was nil dul ot •oporlion to the cost. Tlie enemy Mt at least 20 tanks. The Germans avc lost 10<S tanks In the past our days. German broadcasts stress the owcr of .the Allies, presumably ns preparation for announcing new ctbacks. At nny rate, the !>{anls lalm we have 32 well-equipped ivl.slons fighting In Normandy, fllh heavy artillery, and strong upport from Allied warships, as veil as several thousand' bombing ilaucs. he lake-dotted Lithuanian plains, nre ncnriiiR the linltlc sen, Onci, -here, llic Bovlcl-s will have cor- •alled hundreds of thousiiiuls o Germans remalnluK In Ijllhiianla Latvia uiul Rstonlii. Their only pos icross the Biiltlc Sea from sucl slblc means of escape would Ix. norts (is Hlga In Latvia or Tullnn h Estonia.' lint even .his may be next Lo Impossible because of Soviet air superiority over the wholo 'area and growlnfj Soviet fleet suixirior- Ily in the Q)ilt ; ot Finland. Russian occupation of the Baltic slates would nmke dimcult —If not mposslblo — Gernan conununicn- lon.i with Fin- . ,nd. Rccontly-ic- James Hiirpcr nforccd Naal troops there, would be ace<l with the alternative of being l off from all supplies or a perll- s Dnnkcrquc by sen. The Finns hcmsclves, who net most of their ooti and much of their munitions rom the Reich, would be seriously venkoncd. WouM i\1lns Oil Source Thc loss of the Unities also wotilfl a serious economic, blow to Ger- imny. For Instance, it gets about iO,COO tons of oil a year from Es- Am,ericans Learn Secret Behind Victorious Reds SAMARKAND, Soviet Union, ruly 12 (K.P,)—A handful of Americans now have seen for themselves the secret behind the ncd Army. ^isl week, Josef SUilIn decided to raise the curtain, and pcrml 1 ISrlc Johnston, president of llic United States Chamber of Com mcrcc, and n parly of correspond cuts view those secrets. Among them was United Press Wnr Correspondent Harrison Salisbury. Salisbury reports seeing factorle thai wcre In western Hussta ii 19-11. They were uprooted, worker nnd machines, and transplanted Heavy steel mills were moved piece by piece and set up within -i5 days. And almost overnight, the Russians constructed vast barrncks and sod hut shelters to house the populace evacuated from the west. In .some places, the schools bc- ratnc living quarters. One hospital became a parachute factory and airdrome hangars became aircraft .onlan shale. from all ac- planl-s. Salisbury says Ihe Americans were struck by the tremendous peacetime potential evident evcry- vlicrc during Utelr unprecedented 600,000 mile tour. The farms anil .iduslries will have the effect of mother five-year plan In building ip resources of the Urals, Siberia and Central Asia. Millions who found refuge from I lie Germans In war production beyond the Urals now have crossed back to their liberated homes. Tlie plants are so far behind the lines that there never was a blackout Chicago Wheat open high low close July . 153« 158'/i 157% 157-% 158 158« Sept. . 158 158!i 157% Chicago Rye open high low clnse July . 114% 115!i 114W 114K 114% Sept, . 115 H H55i 114% 1H94 counts, the Gcniiiin war machine s running dangerously short of oil. Both Latvia and Estonia have developed a^slzeablo chemical industry. And, together with Lithuania, they furnish the Reich, in addition, with wood, paper, food.iUi!Ts, flax and textiles. Russian seizure ol the Baltic region also would deprive Germany of tho 6-1 per cent of its nlckle that it gels from Finland. This would be a particularly serious blow. Nickel is one of the substances used to harden steel. And, In recent months Germany by diplomatic and mllltni> action, lias lost the sources of slid slccl-hardencrs as manganese chrome and wolfram. Hitler gels from Finland, In addition, some 61,000 tons of wood pulp a year. Threat By Kctl Navy Should Russia gain control ovc the Baltics, Us licet, based In fllg; and Tallin, could extend ils rangi ut Into llic Baltic Sea, thus im lerilllng Germany's Import of ball- jcitrliigs and steel from Sweden. I'he Soviet navy also could pose he threat of landings on Germany's tlaltlc coast. Perhaps it was for ust such operations that the United SUilcs lend-lcnscd a cruiser to Ilus- ii. Very likely, the Germans will pull out of the Bnlllc states before the Hussion trap closes. They already .re dismantling war industries and shipping them back to the Kcich. And. in recent weeks, they've been frantically calling up soldiers in the Baltics—trying l« squeeze out as much cannon fodder as possible before they pull up stakes and leave. Under Many Flaps Thc Baltic states, with an area cnual to that of Missouri and a population as large as that of Texas, long have been a political football. Lithuania was partitioned three times in the 16th century, most of ays the situation on tl;<s ; -enst6rn rani obviously must change. That here me two possibilities, first, ,t iii'ne-sciile Gcrmtiti. counter-Offcn- slve to stop the Russian sweet;. Aiid second, a withdrawn! of the 'entire rout lo new lines. - And In the next ircath, he ruled out the possibility of u countcr-oftcnslve. The Germans, lie said, are oh;the defensive, and their-,only-.choice, is to apply tho second of the',two possibilities, retreat. And if that wcrcnot enough blunt language to'shake:,thc Na^i.homc- frpnt, the. German military com- mentiilor Kurt'DHtmar pul it bo- fore tlie people even tnorq bluntly. Said ho: "Everything we do now'/ls directed mpic Urgently than before to the Immediate task oJ.thn.'dc^^ fonso gt_,German ,sqll." , • „, ' ••-" •i Russian i dispatches apparently Imvii nol anight ( up yet wilh the * fnsE-movlng pace of the'Red Army, , 'rho last official .word"from Moscow places the Soviet forces below Wllno jionio B5 miles from East Prussia. Northwest ot Wllno, another Rus- lim nrmy Is striking toward' Ihu Baltic, .straight acioss the heart of ilthuanla. They have about 100 nltcs lo go. By reaching the sea, he Soviets can trap all the Ger- iitm divisions holding off the Hustons' on the borders of Latvia nnd 5slonla. - Unless, of course, the Ger- nans clioose to abandon those coun- rlcs. notow Wllno, Rec 1 . -iimy artillery las opened'up against the : Prlpet narslt city of Pihsk, the Nazi de- 'ense outpost guarding Brest' Lll- ovsk, Tlie Soviet' guns are placed only eight miles from PInsk. And an Imminent ground attack on the city Is 1 expected by Russian.cavalry and infiintry' • troops'' pushlng* along fccondary roaa through the Pripec murshcs from the southeast doin German bombers even at the Nnzi high tide. Weather v ARKANSAS—Partly cloudy IhL afternoon, tonight and Thursday Scattered thundcrshowers In' CM and south portions this afternoon nnd in southeast portion tonight Not quite so warm in north nn< west portions this afternoon am tonight. 4 it falling lo Russia. Latvia was ruled by Sweden, then Poland, then Russia. Estonia was held by the Germans, then the Danes, then the Swedes, then the Russians. After the First World War, the Allies look all three away from Czarist Russia arid made them independent. But, just before Germany Invaded Russia in 1041, thej were occupied by the Red army nnd voted to return to the Soviet Union After the Invasion, Russian soldiers vrere driven out and Germany took over again. Arid now. the Russians Munich Blasted For Second Day 1200 U.Sl Heavies ' Defy Bad Wcafher; Southern France Hit LONDON, July 12 (UP.)—Heavy bombers battered the Munich area for the second straight day, defying poor flying weather to do It, In addition, a force of' between 250 and 500 American Liberators based in Italy, struck routVicrn France, hitting railway yards. Neither force struck much German opposition. And .one .Allied air spokesman says German air losses lave so far exceeded production since last January, llial the Luft- vaffe no longer is a'major factor on any front. • • • Supreme Allied Air Headquarters announces that during June, Allied jlancs dumped 277,000 tons of :ombs on Germany and German- occupied territories. American Secretary of War Henry L. SUmson, who 'has be3n touring the war fronts In Italy, now. has arrived In England. In Commons today, British Foreign secretary Anthony Eden 'announces that Britain and Germany have reach6d an agreement for the exchange of all Imprisoned civil- Ian nationals with a. few exception,'such as merchant seamen and some who don't want lo be repatriated Switzerland acted as the Intermediary In negotiations. are returning to claim yjriat they say rightfully belongs to the Soviet Union > 'v -1 The Lithuanian capital of .Kaunas Is an example of the, treatment the Btltic states have received at.the hands of Invaders.*,- Thirteen times the city has been burnW by warring armies Now, as Russian soldiers approach It, it Is prepared to slip Into 1U old role M H battlefield,

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