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Tuesday, November 12, 1940
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BUTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER Of NORTOTA BT ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI VOLUME XXXVII—NO. 204. Blythevffle Dally Newt Blythevllla Courier Mississippi Valley Blythevule Herald / BLYTHEVILLE,-ARKANSAS, TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 1940 SINGLE COPIES FIVE CENTO HITLER CONFERS WITH RUSSIAN Explosions And Fire Take Toll; Sabotage Feared • . . • • ' <B^ ' , By United Press Blasts rocked three explosives manufacturing plants today, ..killing at least 11'persons and injuring more than n score and fire swept through the municipal auditorium in Atlanta, Ga., to destroy more than §150,000 worth of stored army equipment. At least five persons were killed and 38 injured when a violent explosion ripped through* the United Railway Signal Corporation plant in Woodbridge, N. j. Three died when an explosion occurred in the Burton Powder Company plant in Edinburgh, Pa. Three men were killed and an undetermined number hurt in a blast at the "cat" plant ol' the Trojan Powder Company near Allentown, Pa. No casualties were reported from Atlanta. The Woodbridge blast was heard 20 miles away in Jersey City. The force of the Edinburgh blast was heard eight miles away. Damage at' the three plants was believed to be enormous. The causes of the explosions were hot known. At Wcodbridge the Federal Bureau of Finds Body Of Missing Investigation an Inquiry. immediately 'began Winter Keeps Its Early (Slip Upon Most Of Nation The Woodbridge plant manufactured small torpedoes of the type used by railways. The torpedoes, clamped to rails, explode, as trains pass over them. Motorists driving along roadways on the south shore of taten Island felt the Woodbridge explosions. Their cars were thrown several feet by the concussions. Woodbridge police said there was danger of further detonations because many small buildings were used for storage. . v Bullets stored r in the Atlanta armory,;:'where total damage was ; ".$500.000,'jwere set off by fire and . kept;up. : a'-constant fusilade but no ohe was .struck. National guardsmen drilled in the building last night and it was possible that a lighted cigarette left in the armory might have started the. fire. The fire was discovered around midnight but before ' ii gained headway more than 1,000 persons attending a veterans organization dance were able to make an orderly exit from the building. Atlanta's entire fire-fighting : facilities attacked the blaze and brought it under control after about an hour and a half. Several firemen suffered minor injuries and burns. The auditorium was built in 1906. The roof collapsed in M937 but the building was not occupied at the time. CARTERSV1LLE, Ga.. Nov. 12. (UP)— Murray Upshaw Jr.. two, object of a widespread search since he disappeared last Friday, was found dead today a mile and a half back of his parents' farm home northeast of here. Joel Parker", farmer, and one of more than 200 men who renewed the search for the boy .after a temporary halt to allow possible kidnapers to contact the family, came upon the body, lying- face down under a pine tree. . , ; Parker said the body bore no marks of physical violence, ' indi- Twelve Dead, 43 Violently 111 From Eating Tainted Pancakes PITTSBURGH, Nov. 12. (UP) — A former chef was questioned in Philadelphia today about the poi son deaths of 12'men and violent illness of 43 others as result of eating pancakes tainted with sodium "fluoride, a roach powder resembling flour, The poisoning took place yesterday at the ^Pittsburgh alvation Army center during the Monday morning "handout." The men sat down to a breakfast of pancakes, bacon and coft'ee. A few hours later they began dying, writhing in pain and were taken to hospitals. Two men .died at the center before they could be moved; the others at hospitals. Police immediately began searching for a discharged chef who Adjutant Roy Barber said had threatened to "get even." They believed he had fled to Philadelphia. Early today Philadelphia police detained Larry Mertz. 43, for questioning in connection with the poisoning. He was described as a former chef in the Salvation Army home here. Mertz said he had worked in • Pittsburgh until October and then went to Phila- Snow storms swirled over most of the nation today hard on the trail of destructive gales that killed at least 25 persons, caused damage estimated at millions of dollars and drove eastward to the Atlantic coast. The first severe cold of the sea- +son set in as the lashing winds pushed torrents of rain and snow from the Rockie Mountains northward and eastward. Only the Pacific slopes escaped the extreme fury of the storms. The eastern seaboard was spared by the first phase of the wintry blast, but dirty weather was forecast for that-region today. . V . '. This was the outlook afler the first day of the storm: Inquiries Are Ordered Into Fires ATLANTA, Nov. 12. (UP)--Stnte Adjutant General Marion Mllllam- . The - Southern Pacific cbasfc'reg- son today ordered a national guard 'ion reported balmy weather with investigation into a spectacular the mercury at about 71 degrees, fire at the municipal auditorium San Francisco expected cloudy and at which army goods losses were unsettled weather, but on the north- placed at $1,000,000. Indicates Continuance Of Opposition To Certain Administration Policies WASHINGTON, Nov. 22 (UP) — Wendell' L. Winkle's--'program for national unity today awaited Republican congressional ratification and President Roosevelt's reaction before its ultimate scope could, be determined. Willkic outlined his program last night in a radio address from New York, telling the millions who supported him for the presidency that unity depends upon administration moves to prevent inflation and correct "some of our economic errors." Warning that national unity was World Awaiting ""O li." /"^ 1 Result ; Greeks Still Hit Hard ern strip of coast' colder weather and rain was reported. At Baker, The auditorium manager called the fire the result of sabotage. Ore., a reading 19 above was re-j Capt. J. Hooker of the national corded and snow ranging to about'guard said army losses included four feet in depth blanketed the 35 howitzer sights, 10 range finders, cating: he had died of exposure i deVphla where'Te "had "remained some time during the four days smce and nightejince he wandered off'p B a rber sa id the chef had been discharged a month ago because from the Upshaw home. The body was not moved pending an examination by a coroner. .A sheriff called lor • an "immediate inquest. ; . .'£ :. '.'.'.. ." . Horseshoes Can't Be • •'; * \ Lucky to MK Sansom ' MONTGOMERY, Ala. (UP)— Allie Sansom, .city employee, moved into a new house a. year ago. To be sure -he would have luck there, he tacked a-horse shoe over the door, then nailed a mule shoe under it. ..-..' Since then he has lost three, ( po.cketbooks containing a total of j $90.70 and has been assaulted and [ his; work was not satisfactory. Arthur Wilson, 30. was hired and yesterday he used the last of the center's supply of flour, kept in a large galvanized can. Barbel .said the center had ••-bought 10 pounds of .sodium :-:fluqride.. last summer.;•'••"•'but 'that alL v 'of~-'it :;: -had not been used. Police were unabie Cascade Mountains. Seattle, Wash., expected the mercury to drop to 28 degrees, which would make this the coldest Nov. 12 on record. Continued .cold was forecast for Montana where snow flurries and cold that sent the mercury down to 20 degrees below -/ero at Belgrade were reported. Frost warnings were issued in the • Arizona citrus belt when the temperature went down to the 30's for the first time this season. Ashfork, ~£riz., recorded 17 degrees. Continued £old •were forecast for Colorado ; Wyoming. Akron, Colo., recolf&ed 2 below. .;..: i^:' The.Jslizzaid which cut the «centrai states i Texas panhandle and. rising tern- 922 automatic pistols, i'2 37-millimeter cannon, 2500 blankets and new summer and winter uniforms for 922 enlisted men and 70 offl- was discord and disunity would arise from suppression of the minority, Willkle called upon Mi-. Roosevelt to take Into account "the very powerful opposition" which was recorded at the polls last week. The president's first opportunit/y to comment on Willkle's. five point proposal to deal with "economic errors" will come at his regular 4 P. M., press conference today. The only Republican 'leader in BELGRADE, 'Yugoslavia, Nov. 12, (UP)—Concealed Greek mountain artillery had halted a new Italian attack midway between the.-Koritza and Janina fronts, frontier reports said today, and has forced Italian Alpine troops to retreat toward Albania after penetrating a short distance into Greece along the Sardanoporos river. The Italians were reported to have lost 12 officers, about 600 men and considerable war materials in the unsuccessful attack, on the Greek stronghold In thf> plndus. The attacking elements comprised port of the third Alpine division— the ..same'Italian unit which the BERLIN, Nov. 12. (UP)*— Adolf Hitler received Soviet Premier - Foreign Commissar V. M. Molotov "for a "long conversation" at his chancellery this afternoon, the official German news agency reported. The agency said .Molotov and ~ Hitler conferred in the presence V of German Foreign Minister Joa-' chlm. von Ribbentrop. ' ' " Molotov arrived In Berlin at 11 a. m. on a mysterious mission that , stirred speculation in - every v worl<i =?] capital. Before visiting t Hitler, he ,*. [ conferred with Ribbentrop. He was met at Anhalter railway /station '" by Ribbentrop and other * Nazi dignitaries, . ; The customary pageantry was , Greeks previously had beaten back missing, however. Neither the Annear Koritza. alter station nor the square-In It appeared that the attack- had l ' ont of ifc was decorated. Streets been designed to drive a wedge more Damage $1,000,000. to the building sou. severely beaten by a negro.. He'sR. A. R's "Master Planner" Tim Breeden One Of Nation's No. 158's to find the remainder of the poi- i peratures' -were forecast/for; Oklahoma, Kansas and Missouri. The gale which moved out . of this southwest region Sunday night had slackened to 15 miles ; in hour but was expected to increase slightly again today. ; \. ' Iowa was blanketed with snow that choked roads and disrupted communications and travel. More than a foot of snow fell at Spirit Lake, la., where an army airplane with three men,aboard was believed to have crashed. Search for the missing men "j.vas delayed by the ML DEL placed at $250,000. F. B. I. Takes A Hand WASHINGTON, Nov. 12. (UP)— The Federal Bureau of Investigation today began inquiries into the circumstances of explosions in three Eastern powder plants, two of which were working on national defense Borders. ; - Ttie^F. B , 'I , would not comme nt on ~the Explosions . anfi ; It-'was .. jtnown whether special anti-sabotage and anti-espionage experts were assigned to the inquiry. comment was Rep. Joseph W. Martin, Jr., Republican house leader and chairman of the Republican national committee. He was glad that Willkle "is to give his power- Tim Breeden, former local fill- Ing station operator who Is now employed by the Ford Motor Company at St. Paul. Minn., drew the first draft number (158) in his district at Minneapolis. Although employed in the St. Paul plant he makes his home in Minneapolis New York Cotton Dec. Jan. Mar. May July Oct. open . 992 . 987 . 991 . 987 . 971 . -933 high 992 987 992 989 973 934' prev. low close close 984: 985 990 980 980 982 986 982 967 927 986 981 967 926 New Orleans Cotton Dec. Jan. Mar. May July Oct. open 998 988 998 995 979 937 high 999 990 999 996 980 935 low !988 980 988 987 971 931 Stock Prices A. T. & T Am. Tobacco ... Anaconda Copper Beth. Steel Chrysler Coca Cola -- HO 1-2 Gen'l Elect 34 5- Gen'I Motors ;- • 54 3- Int. Harvester • 56 1- Mont. Ward • 40 3-4 N. Y. Central •• 157-8 North Am. Aviation 19 1-8 Packard - 3 3-4 Phillips 39 ' Radio ..I .:. 51-2 Republic Steel ..........:. 33'5-8 Socony Vac. • • • • • 9 1-4 Studebaker 87-8 Std. of. N. J -. '.. 36-1-4 Order Had Been Anticipated Since Arkansas Guard Call Postponed John H. Rainey Dies Monday At Little Rock John H. Rainey, member of the family for whom Rainey's Colony was named, died Monday at the Little Rock- State Hospital where he had been a patient for 15 years. He was 55. : • ' Funeral rites will be held Wed- blizzard.-- nesday afternoon, 2:30 o'clock, at Illinois suffered heavily from wind j Holt Funeral Home with burial in American issues for which he fought in the last campaign." "I believe," Martin said, "he (Willkie) is on honest and sound ground when he says Democracy needs a strong opposition party. Tlieu»-au{auestlbnable .;need L of.,.... the hour is an opposition > party that will uphold the president on matters of defense and • other matters in the interest of the country, but that will not hesitate to oppose him when, in its Judgment, his policies JEFFERSON CITY. Mo.. Nov. 12.—Missouri troops of the Thirty- Fifth Division, national • guard, were officially notified by Adjt, Gen. Lewis M. Means today that the division's call into active military service, set for Nov. 25. had be^n postnoned , indefinitely. Washington advised him that de- I lay in construction' work at Camp j Robinson. Ark., and at the Little | Reck airport had made the delay necessary. . The same postponement will apply to the 110th Ob% j servaticn Squadron, Missouri Nai tional Guard. Order Long Anticipated The 153rd Infantry. . Arkansas damage and : at least eight persons were killed in that state alone. In Minnesota; the -mercury dipped close to the zero mark and sheep and turkey flocks died in the fields. One flock of 4,000 .turkeys was re- Maple Grove Cemetery. Like his father who was a pioneer settler of this section, the son farmed until he became ill. - 'He is survived by one sister, Mrs. Sallie Brown, of San Francisco ported killed by the cold at Worth- j calif. ington, Minn. - Southern Minnesota was cut off from'communications. Toppling buildings caused deaths in Indiana where a cold wave moved- in on the heels of a 10-hour rain storm. Winds which reached a j velocity of 70 miles per hour drove over the state. The worst storms since 1924 were reported in Ohio. Boats went aground and rammed one another at docks on the Great' Mississippi County Farm Bureau the Sunset between Wilson County Farm Bureau To Elect Officers Wednesday Election of officers, plans for 1941 and election of delegates to the state convention Nov. 18-19 will feature the supper meeting of the pie." By implication, WHlkie accused j Lakes. Fishing boats were in dis- j Wednesday night at I tress and some were missing. Community House be Further south, Louisiana report- and Bassett. More than 150 farmers from all parts of the county are expected to attend the meeting, beginning National Guard, of which Com- e d 30 oil derricks toppled at Jen- pany M. Blythevilie. is a, unit, is n -i ngs Field, AcadJa Parish, when a part of the 35th Division. It is< winds of gale -force swept that .. „„ anticipated that the 153rd Infan- state> The mercury was expected to • at 7 o'clock, at which these 5m- •• : M be mobilized about Jan-; dip to:48 at New Orleans. Georgia | portant matters will be taken up uarv 2 - ' j reported "considerable" rain and; President ittle Rock it was stated j temperatures ranging between 55; today. | that the official change had been anc j 6 6. Wild Geese and ducks fled Mr. and Mrs. Donald Fletcher nnMHnated tnr turn ™™o,e onH from Nort h,Carolina and Virginia are in charge of the supper to be Charles Coleman said Mr. Roosevelt of usurpation of congressional powers, subjugation of the courts, concentration of enormous authority in his own hands and warlike talk. He re-stated the principles upon which he conducted his campaign, asserting that "my fight for those principles has just begun—I shall not be silent and I hope you will not be." If the administration wants national unity, he said, It must give open minded consideration to the recommendations of the opposition. Thereby, he contended, the national economy would thrive and the national income hit the $100,000,000,000 a year figure necessary to make the national defense tax burden bearable. Willkie counselled his SfK :-^ f . yifTr . M . ff followers to fight on as "the loyal) opposition" toward what ho. evi dently regarded as a considerable modification of administration policies. Willkie eliminated himself, from any possibility—however remote— of joining the Roosevelt cabinet. He said any suggestion that the minority join the majority by surrendering its convictions must be rejected utterly—"this is a totalitarian Idea, a slave idea." "Our national unity," he said, "cannot be made with words or gestures. It must be forged between Greek forces, which to the northwest Koritza, strong base in Albania, and Greek troops resisting the Italian drive along the .coast. '*At the 'same time the Greeks fighting ^toward Koritza on the road from the harder town of Bikllsta were reported to have captured Cangon, Important mountain > pass town, forcing the Italians to-re- .treat toward Plyasa, which is only about five miles from Koritza. In the road fighting it was said that 20 Italians were, killed, 10 wounded and sevep officers arid 140 soldiers taken prisoner. The Greeks also captured one.. Held gun, four machine i guns and. a truck, House In Robinson Addition Is Razee Fire of undetermined origin destroyed a two room house in the Roblnsori Addition at 11:30 o'clock last' night". The house, owned by Abe Bradford, negro, was rented. Occupants said they were awakened by the flames but that, they <: did not leave a fire when they went to bed. Firemen made another run to the Robinson Addition at 11 o'clock this morning -"when some clothing hanging in a sack on-a wall, became ignited. There was no dam- Try Promoter As $20,000,000 Fraud were barren of flags. single WRstlka, paired with the Russian hammer and sickle banner; • hun% rom the entrance to the railway " ,| tatlon's reception hall. " , '.\**** Molotov wore a gray lounge suit,-' light gray slouch "felt hat, and a dark gray overcoat. He talked ~ animatedly in Russian as he walk- d down the red-carpeted •> station f platform, flanked by Ribbjentrop " and a German foreign office interpreter. , • "" Before entering an automobile, he reviewed a guard of honor, raising his hat Jnstead -of "salut- -' ing. ' • ' -_: _ The^streets nearby- were cordoned off by special 'storm troopers wearing army ' field i gray. A ,few anticipated for two months and that the change would have no to the warmer coastal marshes served during the meeting. _ _ --„. ^ ^ w i,nt, rvQ.jkii*wA v/uaoi/ai i**^**.»j»,*wh* . effect on the construction program when the. mercury dropped to 501 of- famn Rftmncrm *TT-<»v /»«»v.»i7o_ i . . . . . . I at Camp Robinson. The comple-1 and rain and much colder was prev. close close 989 993 980 992 988 972 933 ticn date is January 2. Quartermaster's details are reaay on duty at the camp. Cagie Joins Rollison al- ! forecast. The high winds'moved Into the North Atlantic and New England j states regions early today and storm warnings were issued on the i . i Appeals For Support Of 1 Red Cross Roll Call to the annual Ameri- roll call which In Real Estate Agency SS'-SS^-.S^^Lf^l™-" way here Monday, ha, been and winds reaching gale force were. Bernard Allen, chairman, in prospect m the northeastern ^ he rnmpr nf l-h* nnHnn Nnrthern New i .... . , _T .. ,,, tures between 40 and 50 with high business has been 'incorporated as' wimis ' and col< 3er was forecast. Rollison and Cagle, Inc. I Illinois apparently suffered most to rmttances -promptly. their joe. Cagle has purchased one-half j comer of the nation. Northern New, - Qf B1 tneville interest in the real estate firm of Ycrk sta te cities reported tempera-1 ^ . * ... Rollison and Company and the tures between 40 and 50 with high ^ As volunteer workers must take ] away from their business and practices and policies of the administration." And with the request for consideration of the principles of hisj own following in the shaping of j administration policies, he said' there were five steps which should , be taken immediately to "counter-' act the threat of inflation and to' correct some of our economic errors: u 1. Cut all but national defense expenditures to the bone, maintaining work relief but with every effort to substitute productive jobs. 2. Encourage private capital to provide new plants and machinery , runiiauii auu v,agis, me. *.uit v .» «w~™»y o«»^v« »-«•- Hme & frQm their DUslness and ^ Both Mr. Cagle and O. S..Rollison !heavily during the first day of the nal affairs to devote to the $ ;will be actively identified with the. storm. Eight persons were *l ed -l roll call an effort te being made w i Uni-iv-ioc-cr e^rfarl „!; ~u n._ n vnanv m7 faltintr HV>PC Unri rOODlinE I ...... . . . i business slightly more than C^:* ! a - vear a S° by Mr. Rollison. Texas Corp. U. S. Steel 38 3-4 75 1-4 Britons are expecting ever-increasing R. A: F; counter-attacks against their foes, inspired by Sir Charles Portal, new Chief of Air Staff.' who is^ known as an ; apostle of attack. As head of the 'bomber command, he drew up the "master" plan" of blasting German' embarkation ports: and sup'ply bottlenecks which is Prisoners Removed To State Penitentiary many by falling trees and toppling to obtain the 2565 membership , ., :. , ,7 . , j M nral. < buildings, and the wind caused more ag worth or , M than one million dollars worth damage in Chicago alone. Minnesota reported four dead and Michi- as possible. Business houses in Blythevilie and larger planters In the ChicTt- , ,. , , , !,„„,. throo *"!'•* iUfKCi' UllUltClfc il gan Indiana and A^ama three * £ each. Missouri Colorado, Ohio and ors and hunters. largely credited with staving off . the eight who.began, their sen- Prisoners sentenced to terms ini More th ' an the state prison at the recent ses-| ta t of "the"m "fishermen, sall- sion or Criminal Division Circuit &• Court, were removed from the county jail Monday afternoon when the. state penal truck called for them. Three white men,; four -negro men and a negro woman made can- and blank lists left for mailing to Red Cross headquarters This it i£ believed, will elimir>?.tc the necessity for a house f c house canvass. Chicago Wheat open high nvason, tences. low close 873-4 871-2 Dec. 865-8 86 3-4; .May Chicago Corn open high low close for nationalization with federal funds of any American industry under the guise of defense. 3. Levy taxes to achieve pay-as- you-go as nearly as possible. 4. Adjust taxes and government restrictions "to take the brakes off private enterprise." 5. Change from the "punitive attitude toward both little and big businessmen." "Regulation there must be," Willkie said. "We of the opposition have consistently recommended that. But the day "of the witch hunt is over. If this administration has the unity of America really at heart, '^craned • - their • around, the troopers' sh'oulders to"'' get a -view of the visitor. The band played the "Present Arms March" while Molotov Inspected the gutFd,.,,but did not play -either ,the ''Internationale" or "Deutschland Ueber- Alles," the anthems of the two coUntric The reception committee ed, in addition to officials ambassadors of China, Japa|g| Turkey and the Russian andjl tan counselors. The Russianp| bnssador was on the ,trai " the Italian ambassador wast The platform on which stepped from the train had _ only decorations — chrysanthenti and evergreens entwined with a Sold ribbon. He was accompanied by a large party of Russian , economic and foreign experts. It was understood he would stay two : days. The official German news" agency said he had reached German' soil by train at Malkinia, East Prussia, last night, where he was met by Dr. von Doernberg, chief of protocol, and other officials, and proceeded by train to Berlin. Nazi spokesmen refused to comment on the possibility that Molo- . tov's trip concerned a new treaty. It was noted, however, that. Franz von Papen, German ambassador to Turkey, * was planning to remain here until the week-end. .Political circles believed that the 'details ,of Molotov's conversations with Adolf Hitler would be arir nounced privately to Germany's allies and friends, but that, the results *oon would be evident .to the rest of -the world. Mrs. Nettie Chrisco Dies At Home Of Son Chief defendant in what may prove one of the nation's most spectacular fraud cases, Howard C. Hcpsoh, founder and controlling figure of the vast Associated Gas and Electric utilities system, is pictured at his trial in New York federal court, Hopson is accused of mail fraud and Mrs. Nettie Paletha Chrisco died early 'today at the home of her son, Clay "Chrisco, near Luxora." She- was 59. . -.-' Born and; reared in Illinois, Mra. Chrisco lived in that state until 13 years ago when she moved to Luxora. Funeral services were to be held late this afternoon at the Clay Chrisco residence by the Rev. T. C. Stanfield with burial in -Sandy Ridge Cemetery. She is survived by two sons, Clay-' and Raymond Chrisco of Luxora; three daughters, Mrs. Bill Daniels; and Mrs. E. E. Fraze of Luxora, and Mrs. Phil Burliner of Chicago; two sisters, Mrs. John Warren of Memphis and Mrs. Bob Chrisco of Fisher, Ark., and _ two brothers : Gus Brachic of Fisher, and Francis Brachic of Modesto. Calif. Hanna Funeral Home is in .charge. it must consider without prejudice , conspiracy to .cheat the $1,000,000,000;utilities empire of mora 62 3-8 : 62 7-8 62 1-4 62 5-8 and with an open mind such recom- \635-8.;643-8 635-8 637-8 mendations of the opposition.." than $.20,000,000. WEATHER Arkansas—Partly. - cloudy tonight and Wednesday, • .continued cold, freezing temperature "tonight. Memphis' and, vicinity—Clear to partly cloudy ~ tonight, lowest temperature 26.;." Wednesday partly j cloudy and/colder. K .

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