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Sox* Wtfjf* It It Muablt to th. this paper for Collection Dates/ BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS __—______ ™<^™™™***«<*r^*^^^;^~** f A ^*-« f T k3 •v'i AND BOOTIttAOT IU88ODHI UKKANSAS, WKDNKSDAY. AUGUST 23, •^ •• H^ • ^^ •• • • " • _ ~ : ' ~ gmULE COPIES FIVE CENTS ' PARK HILSTO FRENCH PATRIOT ARMV j > - . , -.'.... ^ „ .—^ t •*• t , . . . ^" ^B • • ^| Hi Life-Blood Of Freedom Again Flows In Paris > : By El) KQRRY ' United Press Staff Writer Darkness has at lasl left the City of Light. Paris, the heart of France, has shrugged off its evil cloak and Is again ,,, lWng wl(ll t , life-blood o( freedom. Tlie whole Allied \rorld can rejoice In the miracle. For It is a miracle of a wliole nation being reborn. Paris Is France, the spiritual, cultural and Industrial center of France. Liberty Born In Paris .To be sure, the French Forces of the Interior liberated olher important areas ' before Ihe capita). And Allied armies have won even larger areas of the country. But liberty for France was born in Paris, born in the heat of battle against repression. That was 155 ^_year.s ago in the storming of the m foothills. Then,.as now, the people -* rose against tyranny. Then, the people rose against Louis the 16th nnd the Jioblllty. Now liberty Is being reborn In the wake of a reign of terror that has pinned France down since 1940. Now It ts Hitler and his hierarchy of Nazis and Quizllng French hirelings that are fleeing ttie wrath of the French people. The liberation of Paris comes on H significant date. Just 155 years ago this, week, there came into being a document that posterity has given its just and proud position of equality with the American Declaration of Independence and Britain's Magria Carta. It Has been an Inspiration, to other nations in the w6rid when they''were seeking their own freedom. II Is a' document that grew out of the highest-Ideals, one „ which called'for hope''instead'of despair, Justice '/.Instead of- tyranny, and freedom Instead of slavery. \ .French Have. Not Forgotten Rights of Marii.and'of the'Citizen • ;.!» Us first-article..!!, set. down this premise: "Men are: born free and " equal in thei remain free 5 rights." It's been 155 ydars since that was {.written. But the-people of France -haven't forgotten. In'four- days of fighting such as. Paris has not seen since the storming of the Bastille, the French have proved that, proved It well. '.'f . Not. only was'It a mighty blow for freedom the world over, but it is a powerful blow for the Allied military, cause. Paris and Its suburbs comprise one of the most vital Industrial and commercial districts of Fra'nce.. Around the city are- clustered the factories, which, in peacetime, produced almost one-half of all Reds Hope To Shove Romania Out Of War ed out gains the first Ih across t'< > ••. By United' Russian-arm'"? have punch- or less 01 ;..- ,-:• to Bucharest t.i fields. The offeasive tisove Romania and deprive Gere.;,, major source of oil. Is '.o 43 miles In of new drlvfs .'• and Molda- !n 70 miles ' : 'p—doorway .->•: Plotstl oil <! 'itgned to ' she war— ~< her lasl . lie biggest prizo of the new thrusl Is lasi. Romania's second largest city, which fell to" the Second and Third Ukranlaii Armies yesterday. Hand-to-Iland Balfle A Soviet communique 1 says massive Russian artillery bomb.ird- mcnts tore wide gaps In lusl's Jortlflcalfeas. Red Army tanks, infantrymen and self-propelled guns then poured into the openings. Russian shock troops assaulted 'the German trenches find slaughtered hundreds of Nazis in ferocious hand-to-hand combat. ' Tlie Soviets also Isolated the Bessarablan capital at Chlslnau Roosevelt Says Lend-lease Musi Be Maintained Materiel For Our Allies Will Speed Victory in Pacific By United Press President Roosevelt today urgc< Congress not lo abandon the lend- leasc program when Germany falls He called for continued shipments to the Pacino theater lo Insure a. spced- icr victory over Japan. Totals ?:!8,000,000,000 In his 16th rejMit to Congress the chief executive declared: "Until the unconditional surrender of both Japan and Germany, we should continue the lentl-lease program on whatever scale Is necessary to make the combined striking,power of all the United Nations against our enemies as overwhelming and as effective as we can make it." : Mr. Roosevelt reported thai lend- lease shipments to our Allies luivc reached a total of more than $28000,000.000 worth ot goods. But ha •stressed the fact that the program's Mormc than 350 other localities: valuc "ever could be measured "in were taken, and .over 37,000 Nazi kiljcd or captured. Front reports say the Thin Rilsslah Army has broken com pletely through the German hedgt hog defenses guarding the Galat Gap. it crossed a :river to cut 19-mile stretch of a strategic fail way f the last lateral line betwcei the Dncstr and the Danube estu Sries. - . .' . In the -Warsaw area, Marsha Rbkossovsky's First White Russian Army-cleared a 37-mile stretch o the-south bank'of the Bug river The troops 'are preparing to eras, the stream and outflank the cap SM. -..; ; .. -.,'.-,•': ; Rirther north, .General Zaktm fpy's?.- soviet : tro6ps ; -scored rie 1 Salris ; : hV their push across th sduthenfjapproaches- to'East Prus sia they" took a town nine mfliK southeast'' of the important enemy stronghold of Lomza. Buijiria Peace Prospects Wane The British radio says Genera. einhafdt, 'commander of remnants of the German Third Panzer Afiriy how based.- In East -Prussia ssued tin order warning his "Sol- lle'rsk "that, they are no longer in Russ|a, and must stop looting am murdering." From Bulgaria comes word that he prospects for an early armistice letwceh .th6 Balkan Kingdom and he western Allies, are waning ~ iace hopes faded in the face of demand by Foreign Minister Jragahbv lhat Bulgaria be allowed 6 retain Thrace. The ^ province was the non-agricultural 'output o / : stolen from Greece early in the Prance. ' . • , war. ' ' In the industrial ring aroimd Paris are the great Cllroyen munitions plants, aircraft factories, chemical and metal. Industries. -In' Geirmaij hands, these factories contrlButeti greatly to the German war machine and often were the targets for Allied bombers. • : Vast Communications Hub Paris is the hub of the French railway system. It's rail lines and (highways, loo, radiate to all corners of the country like spokes on w great wheel. And the Germans scurrying from these corners how have little chance of making good their escape. Tlie capture of Paris also has given the Allies command of a vast network of rivers, canals, nnd alr= ports, all of which will speed the liberation of the rest of France. Above all else, the liberation of Paris has brought the battle" of Prance close to Its end. 1 It means the quick end of German resistance In the south where Amerlcaii forces already are making sensational gains. But the aggressive Allied armies nre sure to take advantage of the strategic location of the capita! for quick cleanup in the north too. New Offensive Seen Paris is only 110 miles from Hie borders of Belgium. A drive in that direction would give the Allies vltit channel ports as well as wiping Out the worst of the German robot bomb installations. Meanwhile, to Ihe southeast of Paris, American troops are poised for a drive to the borders of Germany Itself, now only 160 rnlles £%way, and only several hours by Jeep. ,w All the lime Allied power is mushrooming. Soon General Eisenhower's armies will be linked with General Patch's from the south. Then too, the British Second Army, now that It has "liquidated" the Normandy pocket, will be ready fdr a new assignment. All of this Is the result of the strategy of Eisenhower and his staff —the men Hitler called "military Idlola." New York Cottori open Mar. . 211,1 May/. 2090 July . 2057 Oct. , 2125 Dec, . 2132 high low 2113 2093 2090 2062 2057 '2039 2155 2134 2133 2113 close "' 2094 2070 2040 2136 2115 2114 2990 20S2 2131 Japaii How Drafting All Unmarried Women. 8AbJ. FRANCISCO,'Atlg. 23 (UP) —Tokyo radio today gave further evidence Of manpower shortages in Japan's vital Industries. The Jap- afiese government issued'decrees fo'r mobilization of women and students In the war emergency. For example, the Japs have established a women's draft act which enables the mobilization of every healthy young unmarried woman. The education of students will be combined with labor services. Livestock . ST. LOUIS. Aug. 23 IUP>— Hogs 7,200; salable 6,500; top 1470; 150240 ibs. 14.10; 120-140 'ibs. 13.2514,25; sows 13.95. . Cijttie 5,400; salable 4,000; calves 2,000 all salable; mixed yearlings and heifers 11-14.50; cows 7.7510.50; canners and cutters 5-725- slaughter steers 9.25-17,50; slaughter Heifers -17; stockcr and feeder steers 7.50-13. Weather ARKANSAS—Partly cloudy this rtfterhoon. tonight and Thursday. w ™'y scattered afternoon tunder- shbkcrs Thursday and in north Portion this afternoon. any dollar figures." Hc said it em, be measured only "in terms of tho battles won, the millions of enemy troops killed and captured, and the hundreds of thousands of lives saved." The president also .commented again that lend-lease'is not a one- way proposition. He explained that the Allies have supplied about $3 000.000,000 In reverse aid. In addition, Mr, Roosevelt said, they "have been called upon to give more in lives, in destruction to their homelands and in the suffering ot their people." ' Pacific Shipments Up ; And herels.a breakdown In lend- lease. shipments to our Allies. To Great Britain— more than J9.000,- nearly 58000- 000,000;. to Russia 000,000; .; Mediterranean /theater— .W,OOg,000,dO"0;7lndia ''arid China— $1,500,000,000'.', Tlie repori .shows trlat-jshlpmcnt to the Pacificyarc increasing each quarter. It states that British naval forces in the Bay of Bengal are getting ready lor fulure strikes toward Singapore. , Foreign affairs talks also continue to occupy the spotlight in Washington today. , Governor Thomas Dewey's foreign policy adviser, John Foster Dulles, conferred this morning with Senator Warren Austin of Vermont. Afterwards, Austin declared that 'the presidential campaign will be devoid of "partisan, selfish discord on the Issue of postwar security and peace. ; pinles Is meeting this afternoon Paris Was Last Occupied In Franco-Prussian War Of 7870 By IYMS Paris-tor centuries n symbol j)t western nrl ami culture— tins bein liberated. And the French patriots —sweeping through (he French ciiplUU— have ended a German oc- cuj/atlon of some four years am! two months. : Wheii the Germans goose-stepped Into Paris early on that ihcim- ornblc spring morning in June 1040 wns the first enemy occupation 11 of the Pjeiich mpltai i!n c e the Franco-Prussian Wnr of 1870. H also was the ninth recorded Invasion of Paris which wns a prosperous community before the birth of Christ. . ' Following close oil the' ticcls at his triumphant soldiers— Adolf -Hll- er came strutting Into Pnrls where he contemplated Naiwlcon's tomb. Ina reverent silence ' lilt- : I" gazed on Ihe remains ol an- o her-'would-be ruler-of the world. H Is not loo h,,rd to Imagine what be Hiehrcr wns thinking nt Ihn time. In this wi-.r, and the First World war, Pa|Is escaped heavy on- waughts from (he Germans, nut It was different In the disastrous war of 1B70 which lasted for one year. CJcnnnn iirlillcry pounded Purls (01 Ihrcc and a half mouths, and the city finnlly capitulated. Hut the French capital suffered Hs first war disaster long before It was known as, Paris. A fortlfle( town of the Gallic tribe of the I'a- rlssl-lt was called Lutetla. And in 52 H. c. II W n s bumcd j,, (| lc , dalle War ol Indeiieiidcncc. , In.the fourth century It was rc- iinmcd'1'ai-ls-npw the riflh larc in the world Predict Shake-uj InAsiaCommanc Allied Commtirtders Dissatisfied With Lord Mountbatten «y United Vrcss Developments- (n the Par'Ea. are hlghilghlcd by a report ' thti the Southeast Asia Command wi bo shaken up. r A London Dully Mail dlspate says both London and Wnshlrigtti arc disappointed with the South east Asia campaign, now being feu peri-iscri by Admiral Lord I Mountbalten. Tlie story says that ono of 'Brll aln's best generals—probably Gen eral Sir Harold Alexander—will b sent lo the southeast Asia front a -oon as the dofcat of Germany-hi been - f assured j At present' : Gene r Alexander- is-,the:'A!llcd' commaridi in It. Meanwhile, _ a war bulletin' frii Chungking . apnounccs new/ -onli for the ChiViesc who are;*aUiln la -take all Tcngchimg, .(nnifomie Jap stronghold that overlooks th Burma Road. The Chinese, aided by a hcav American aerial jwmb'ardmciii have occupied the southbAi thlr of the town. As for action in the'Pacific, th American aerial • assaults -•, lalmahera Island in the; Dutcl Bast Indies continue; Ap'parentl paving the way for Invasion. Hal nahera Is only 250 rrilles soulh o he Philippines. And perhaps you're wondering iboul what's become of those Mar hall Islands still held by the Jan ncse. made It clear that he and Dcwcy expect to be kept fully informed about the three power talks which Parted M.ondaj. Set Ceiling Prices ~>n Sweet Potato Crop WASHINGTON, Aug. 23. (UP) — fie OPA has announced that ef- cctlvc dates for celling prices on he 1944 sweet potato crop will be postponed generally by 10 flays. No celling prices will be changed .it under the order, which will be ssued soon, the price schedule will ;o Into eftect 10 days laler than was previously announced. The revisad schedule of prices and dates for potatoes FOB Sunset, Pla.: July 16-Septembcr 10, $305 per ushel; Sept. ll-Sept. 25, $2.50; Sept. 6-Nov. 10, 51.90; Nov. 11-Nov. 25, 2.20; Nov. 26-Fcb. 10, $2.60; Feb. 1-March 10, $2.70; March 11-Apnl 0, $2.90; April 11-May 10, $300' lay 11-July 15, $3.15. The moon appears larger when ear the horizon, but actually it Is bout 4000 miles nearer when di- eclly overhead. Chicago Wheat open high low close ept. . 154'/, 155 154« 151% 154','j J° cc - • 154 154% 154 154« 154", South'* Finest Horses To Parade At Osceola Tonight , finest horseflesh arrived here last night and this- morning in. preparation for the second an- il, ,? rsc show to "* he 'd here this afternoon and tonight More than 100 entries from seven states paraded Into their stalls located on Hsle Held, while local horje lovers were on hand to get » last glimpse of the prize win- il.hg h&rses who have captured Headlines in other major shows In Ihe south. To add festivity to the occasion Members .of the Osceola PEO' Slslcr- hdod, assisted by the Ladles Committee, decorated the toxcs and ixtjes stand in a patriotic red, white and blue color scheme. Vivid bunting Hags, and a profusion of led and white gladoll and palm ,^°± Rd ? (;d . color lo »»> boxes and Judges stand. The presence of the Osceola »».„. f. . , " l ""^ *-*3CLUJi1 High School band and the great number of out-of-town people who fiave already reserved boxes, and the interest shown In the event by the heavy demand for tickets for->cast a success for the show. The ground is In perfect shape, due. to the tireless efforts of the South Mississippi County Livestock Association, which Is sponsoring the Horse Show, u c. B Yomiir announced today, , i..i.t»r-> • isolated and of no strategic value As a matter of fact, the Japs are helping train American filer, by staying there. Many inexperienced pilots get their first battle experience by making runs over the Islands. Alabama Labor Law Gets Test Question Government Bureau Directives On Manpower Question BIRMINGHAM, Ala., Aug. 23 (UP)—Alabama's slate labor law, the hotly contested Bradford net has been given a thorough going over In the Jcllcrson County criminal court. Tlie hearing was described as the first head-on collision between stale's rights and government bureau directives rcgulal- l»ff the nation's Industrial manpower. Tte decision will be handed rftiwi September 2 In the case of Clem Walker Jr., a sujicrintchdenl of Ingall Iron Works who Is charged with attempting lo force an em- ploye to maintain union membership. The charge would entail a violation of the Bradford Act, which holds that a person has freedom of choice in unton mcmljcr- shlp. The prosecutor of the case, Deputy Solicitor Davis Saltcrwhllc, charged that in ordering continuation of the old contract, the War Labor Board assumed powers greater lhan the president himself. He charged further that the suspension of Ingalls' worker Clifford Jenkins wa? coercion, and thai it constituted a mandate that "once in a union, you're in forever." And the defense submitted WLB orders directing the Ingalls Company to continue under the old contract, which did not provide an escape clause allowing union withdrawal. Chicago Ry» open high Sept.. 106-X 108-X .-. Dec. . 106'^ 10754 106 106' low close 107 1011S Late Bulletins ,. ROME—-Allied troops (onlclit /raptured Marseille, France's sci-- 01111 <•»>' ami hrscst srapurl. ' LONDON— Tlie Admiralty un- noiiniTis that British warships early many tfjtliuyta eight en- emv vessels. Hirce supply ships, - minesweepers- ami ilircc ficorl vessels, between and J.oricnl. Ilrest 1.0N1WN—An American Mli- er.ilnr liomlier rrashed Into n filinnl al J-Vocklcton In ijin- ™shlr c .today, ktllln K ,,i ( c;lsl r ,o prrsniis, :u „( (| mn Klnilcrgnr- («n chllilrcn,- Only seven pupils tuienprd. Many of Ihose killed had been er«ciin(nl frnm l,«hdon to c»- i'apc (he. robot tiomtis WASIIINCiTON - I'resl.lcnl Kmuevclt has (llreclcd Secretary Ifkcs to lake nvcr all Ihe Pennsylvania iiropcrllcs of the Phil- adelphia'and IlrartiiiK Coal and Iron Company, where strikes have Interfered with an(hraclto -•production . ~' J - •' • Shaver Pledges Support lo Laney Lieutenant Governor 1 Says "All-Out" Aid For Incoming Governor LITTLE ROCK, Aug 23 (UP) -~ Lieutenant Governor J. L Shaver of Wynne—taking, over' the duties ns -chief executive during Ot\?r- nor- Homer Adklas vacation—nas followed In Adklns' footsteps in pledging "flll-out" siipiwit lo governor-elect Den Lancy. . ' Shaver spent Tuesday famlllarlK- ng'.. himself with the routine as :hlef executive of Arkansas—a |M,st le will hold down until Adkina returns next month. In reference to his Inlcntloiu lo ,, id Laticy when the Camdcn bus!-1' lc Const- Guard, has appeared li ness-man lakes over the governor's storl(; s ln newspapers from all ove - - - Cotton Picking Contest Attracts Many Entrants To Crown World's Champion Picker September 27th The dawn of Wednesday sept 2'/, will sec ninny nimble lingered' cotton pickers out In the while blanketed fields for a few wiumliiK up exercises before Hie intense com- licflllon for (he World's Chumplon- shl|) rolls around at 10 o'clock Each prospective champion will i mvo 'blood In his oye" as lie puts everything h c Ims Into those- nil Important two hours of pickiiiK the cleanest cotton the fastest, while his neighbors, friends, and country mid city folks from miles nroiind look on an<| cheer their fnvorllc lo win the title nnd'ono thousnud dollar prlwi money. Sluny Entries llcrrlvn) Thiil the title us the beat, collon picker In the whole world imd tlui iiccomnanylni; $1,000 hns cuntm-cd llic fancy of many Is evidenced by the numerous entries nlrcndy i«- cclvcd |>y ((,o junior Chamber of Commerce, this year's sponsor for • the- event. Queries for Information I "bout Iho contest have conic from five stales, Texris, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Mississippi nnd Missouri. Ryes of, the nation iigutn will be focused on niylhcvlllo and Mississippi County, the work's ( cotlon producing county, during Uio contest, us 11 hns since the Inauguration of the -pvcnt four years ago. And during tho week following the contest flO-mllllon thcttlcr goers will witness the, '.news reel record of Ihe busy iilckers as they sprint down the rows In their attempt lo outplck the finest competition tlnil tile cotton belt, can produce, Unarmed Civilians Join In Battle fo Rid City Of Hated Nazis By Hulled 1'rcss The Frpnuli .Imvo . freed U,ch' B ruat city of Pans-over-' the G'crniiui Damson in four days of i,tiect fight- . | .Not only . will., i\ 'prize be.awardcd tile picker pn . whom Lntty I.uok smiled to make tile world's clinm- plon, :but'e3 other contcstante will receive' drtflK" p-'riZcs 'tolnlliig .'• »i>00. 'I lie second place winner will' ro- ccive »260, third place wllinei'i tlOO, and the next five will, be awarded $50 each, and tho next 16 -'will 'receive S'2li each. r Many i«rsons will remember Ihe hnndsome siincly hnlrcd Senatli, Mo., school boy who copped the First World's Cotton Picking Championship In 1040. The youth outclassed ninny vcLcran pickers hs he nulckly worked his way down the rield, leaving clean, stripped rows , behind him, With 127 of clean collon In two hours, Ihe boy icl a record which has not been irokcii. . • The next year saw a Rulcvllle. Wlss., fisherman sain the crown of he Cotton Picking Champion as he picked 110 pounds of clean col- 'I'lie N«/,i.8wnsli]<n which flew fiom the Eiffel Tower for with lho"tV'"oM° ( '" yS ]m bC °" t0ni d ° W11 aml rcplaced Kmich Women, Aid In llaltle The llbcmlloji of Pml.s wiw mmnmicccl (life morning by General Pierre Koenlg, chief of tliu French Force of the Interior. Hundreds of thousands of men nnd women, many of them without any kind ot weapon, boiii.n Uormlng ||, 0 Nn/1 gnrrlions last Saturday when the call tor an Underground upilslii[i was sounded. The bulk of Ihe German gari-Lipn via? driven from Pa.rls The roar gniifdfi who were Iclt to cover Iho evacuation never h«<l a chnncc-thiy were [slaughtered. The bnuil-of the linlrlol iiprlslni; was sliouldcicd by ni/or B nnl^a army of 50,000 Mnmit.s, but before the .street tattles were « few hours ol<l nil of Pnrls wns fighting the Ni^h aoiieri.1 Koonlg, wild also Is the newly npnolulcrt Governor General of Purls, gave OTIIIC details of Ihe bailie In his mmounccmeiit He tn'ld It reached its deciding pilch ycMcrdny when Ihe Pnlrlot-i began using llBhl iirtlllery lo mliica llio Inst Oermnn itioiiBiiolnts-The artillery was obtained from Ameilcnns already hi Iho .suburbs of Purls : Paris 1'ollcc Way Im|iartnn( Rolo ' '" , , At the snme time, the entire I'ails police force-on strike tor the pnsl week— throw Iii with llic Pnlrlots ' , The police forces cnjiiurod their own headquarters nnd converted the famous, tic Do Ln olle in the middle of tho Seme Into a fortress. Desperately Ihe Mnxls lijcd to retake the Wand-from which rhc the (nnious lower of Notre Diuuo Calhcdml-snondlng Ihclr last strenijlli In the allompta. l)y iilglittnll all orgtml/ed German resLsUnc'e'liad been urumplcil. Tlicii the round iip of Uio Vichy traitors was 'finished''" ","' , Pnrls was liberated.; : . .-. .V f ' ' ' ' r ' , ^i ^ ,' \Vh!!s the French;. en pltiil rejoices : Jii Its llbcia'tlon, General De QauUel the lender 'of li\e Free' Frcireh, is retried speeding to the city to establish his Provisional government there. The Brlfeh' radio says De ..... GHUlle.l. The capture of Piirls : |R a grent mllilaiy as weU M psychobglcnl tory. United Prew War 'cprrMiJoiideiil VrltlnWc 's' victory ton. Colorful Negro Wins And In 1912 colorful ElIJa oor (ton, Harrlsburg Negro, copped th title with his 102 pouns. ElIja selected to bd a recruiting officer h sent In January. Shaver says: "I shall try to be of nsslstnnce lo the lew govcrnlr in carrying out pol- cles of his-administration." Shaver—who will Eerve as president of the Arkansas Sejinlc and as such appoint thai body's com- nitlees—says members of the all- mporlant budget committee will be lamed followin gthc November 1'cn- ral election. ; The committee will be reniilrcri ^> meet at least 30 days before he legislature convenes lo cojis'v*,- 'Icnnlal approprlatloi: According lo^n scientist in Eng- ind, every wan is worth $8000 to Is country at Ihe time of his Joins rrencn the notion and world for his bom selling lour and Navy recruiting JOb. ; Last year a school teacher, We.'. Icy Buck of Hornersvllle, Mo., gained (he Cliamplonsrlp with 110 pounds. The 1014 Champion?—Thousand, of pcrsoni! eagerly nwall the outcome of the two-hour contest. William C. Bullitt, 53, above, former U> S. ambassador to France, who was refused aclivc tjuly twice because of his age i>y Secretary of War Stimson, nas joined the French army as a commandant, equivalent to a major in the American Army. _ A school boy, a fisherman, and a school teacher have worn' Ihe 1m aginary croun. The competition is open to everyone from anywhere. Only a $10 fee which must accompany each application, and the will to pick cot- Ion for two hours in a pace liiat makes even the onlookers blink their eyes In astonishment, is necessary for the contestant. Application nnv be mailed to cither the Junior Chamber of Commerce or Ihe National Cotton Picking Contest. Name Committee.! Jimmy Smothcrmon, president of the Jaycecs, Is chairman of the committee in charge of the event Kcmpcr Hrulon is publicity chairman. Charles Brogden Is Finance Chairman, and Scott Alley, BUI Crawford and Coiemnn Ejtcvens arc n charge of arrangements. Tlie committee In charge of en- rics Is composed of Mr. Brotfden Mr. Stevens, Mr: Crawford, Louis Davis. Cecil Wrotcn, n. W Becker Bill Young arid Ben Hall. New York Stocks AT * T , 1637-8 Amer Tobacco 73 1-2 13eth Steel .' gl 5-8 Chrysler : 92 7-8 Coca Cola ..,. 137 Gen Electric ,-, 33 3-8 Gen Motors 62 3-8 Montgomery Ward . ... 501-2 N Y Central i 0 j.a I nt Harvester go North Am Aviation .... a 1-2 Republic Sleel 191-4 Radio . 103-4 Socony Vacuum ','. 13 1-4 SUidcbaker .....18 5-8 Standard of N J 55 1-4 Texas Corp 481-4 Packard ., g S Steel ,. 58 3.41 cprrMiJoiideiil Vfrglt^lnWcy 'says' Parts will cimblc the -Allies la 'cdmin'iuiil- irvnst network^ of railroads, 'fine high-ways, rivers^ canals' and 'aii-poi'ls. , ; And Plnklcy makes .this significant slntcmeiit; '"f can! slate on im- Impcdchnhle authority that the buttle of Finnpe is near Iks end. Tlie cflmntfc mllitnry strokes which will cnrry tl\o Allied armored forces crushing to the border of Germany are In tile making. ' j '- Knrccji Drive Toward Brlflum ' In nddjtlon, Pnrls Is only 110 mllei from the border of Belgium, and ll'.s believed tho Allies, will waste no tliiio In n drive" In that direction. Such mi offensive would win foi tho Allies valuable channel porls as well as wiping out the worst of the Germnn flying robot in- fitHllatlon.y,. Tlip American troops poised nlong the Seine river for thl- offcnslvc arc tightening their great noose around the broken remnnnts of the German Seventh Ar'niy In Kirmandy. One American column hns slashed deep Into Ihe southern flank of the eorrldor of escape, driving forward 28 miles to Evrciix. These forces; are reported mnkrng good progress lownrd tho English Cliniincl now only 50' miles' away from the American vanguards, One column Is reported lo have Jaken Mcnux on the Mnrno river, 27 miles northeast of Paris T » On the northern edge of Ihe imp, veteran Canadian troops are' said lo be only 0 miles from the mouth of Hie Seine. Between tho converging armies the fleeing Germans nre bcinff pounded by large forces of Allied wnrplnnes, Despite cloud bnnka over northern' Frince! 'British nnd American fighters and nllnck planes arc blanketing the Germans with a curtain of cannon fire nnd bombs. IVittdn Drives Toward Gcrmitn Border > Meanwhile. In eastern France, General PatLon's powerful "American Innks are rolling swiftly toward the borders ot Germany, now less than n day's Innk ride away. The Americans arc striking out for Troycs, hub of'nirihe remaining French rail lines to .southern France and Switzerland The exact Vliere- nboiits of the, American forces nrc being clanked In n veil of official secrecy. However, front dispatches reveal Mini the Americans-are' racing oul of captured Sens and heading directly for Troyos, only 130 miles from Germany. Allied invasion forces In southern Prance also arc making sensational progress. American columns have spiirled HO, miles Inland from Ihe Mediterranean const to break into the streets of Grenoble. A London broadcast says thai Ihe Americans already have liberated Grenoble' No Coiifiriiintinn of New Landings Other Allied columns imvc .virtually completed the encirclement of Marseille. And French units arc fighting their Way through the streets ol Toulon In some of the bloodiest fighting since Casslno.' Lntc broadcasts from radio France at Algiers also say that Allied patrols have reached Ihe gates of Avignon, 52 miles northwest of Marseille, and that French Patriots have won control of the important Lyon area. \ From the German radio comes new reports of qthcr Allied landings in France, According, to the Nazis, .American troops have.' landed at St. Jean De Luz on the French Allanllc coast near the border of Spain There Is no confirmation of this repori, nof the earlier French report that Allied forcts had landed in the Bordeaux area "• But radto Algiers says French Patriots have occupied the ancient fortress city of Perplgnan on the Mediterranean just north of the panish, frontier. Lomion Suffers Heavy Robot Attack In the air war, tip to 500 American heavy bombers from Italy attacked German targets In the .Vienna area for the second straight day. And for the second day iri a row, strong German air opposition tvas met. Radio Berlin a.ddi that carrier towed pianos also raided unldentl- 'led targe ( ts in Norway this morning. Waves of German flying bombs have been hilling southern England all day. It's believed the Germans Infend to throw every robot oil' hand at London before giving up their launching platforms In the Pas De Calais area. Fof an hour this morning, the skies over London )'-ibrt filled with one continuous road. Nothing like it has been seen or 'heard before. Tlie barrage wns non -slop, and so thunderous it almost smothered the explosions of the flying bombs themselves. ." • ' ',-'£ v'.>

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