The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on November 13, 1940 · Page 1
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BDTTHEVILLE COURIER VOLUME XXXVII—NO,'.205. THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OF NOim«AST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI BJytheTiUe D»fly Newi BJytheVllto Courier l Valley Leader Blytheville Herald BLYTIIEVILLK, ARKANSAS, WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 1940 SINGLE COPIES FIVE CENTS BRITAIN, GREECE IN SMASHING SUCCESSE Hard Hit Tonight As Cold Wave Stays ' '• '** • ,' A hard freeze was forecast as likely over Arkansas tonight by' the-United' States weather bureau. By United Press Cold nipped almost the entire nation today-as the storms which caused at least 100 deaths and untold property damage "appeared to-abate. At least 16 sailors were killed on the Great Lakes when f.B! POSHES NIO Pledge Cards Now Out Can Insure Completion, Shane Declares gales churned the waters into choppy waves that sent beats LO the bottoms and grounded* — • — •.six others. At least four more beats were missing. A score of hunters died in the Middle West, many of exposure when the biting bold swept suddenly across the plains. An unknown number of fishermen, were missing. Others died in accidents on highways, n the cities and in the air. . Only southern California escaped .the cold which sent the mercury down to subzero marks in northern' areas and to 50 degrees in the deep South. Belgrade. Mont., reported 15 degrees below zero. _. . Weather men said the cold wave and storms were the mcst severe in > years. Coast guardsmen worked long hours on the Great Lakes rescuing survivors and 'recovering bodies of the dead from the wreckage of the boats that were battered to bits and run aground cr disabled. Two of the vessels which went down in .Lake-Michigan-were the William -B. Davock. a 7,200 ton freighter, and the Ann Minch, 4,200 ton freighter of Canadian registry. Bodies of 16 members of the crews were recovered and more were- reported seen in the water but.-could not be reached imme- . . _ :V : The coast yguard. said • it. : would " tent of the loss, of life and property damage on the lakes -could be determined. ' ' • Damage to fruit crops was feared as the mercury dipped to near- freezing .In southern areas. Readings near 38 degrees were forecast for northern Florida tomorrow, and at New Orleans the mercury was expected to stay below 55 degrees although the .normal temperature there is 62 at this time of the year. A cold wave was moving into Oregon from Canada and temperatures there were expected to-drop Acts, Of Sabotage Believed Responsible For Blasts, /'Accidents" The Federal Bureau or Investigation, strengthened to meet the threat of sabotage against the national defense program, intervened today in the investigations,, of mysterious explosions, accidents and fires in public and private enterprises that have caused estimated damage of $1,000,000 in the last week. Ten acts of sabotage in connection with recent explosions in plants working on national defense orders were charged by Rep. Martin Dies, chairman of the congressional committee investigating- subversive activities. He did not disclose wrur:e the sabotage occurred, but said he would ask congress to appropriate ( $5,000.000 to continue his commit- j tee's investigations in an effort to ' stop this menace to national de- The. Community Chest Fund for the coming 12 months will be a suc- i fense. 'Controver sy Off Lively Council Session, »/ if • ,". •/ Rep. j. parnell Thomas (Rep., N. J.), a member of the committee, cess if the pledge cards how out Ire ™V HJ ' ; * ™ er , - co ™ ee ' turned in, it was. announced today aa } d that th «e explosions. m Penn- by Chairman Cecil -Shane Sylvama and New Jei ^ yesterday by Chairman Cecil Shane. Of the $6300 bifdget accepted by the board of directors, all.has been pledged except $1000 in a brief campaign and a number of others expected to pledge will complete i the budget if the contributions are made, he said. Of the $6300. there .will be $1000 eiven to the Blytheville Public Library: $1000 to Boy Scouts; $1000 to Social Welfare; $650 to Christmas Gocdfellows; .$500 to Blytheville school band;, $350' to tag.days : for Blytheville had its spiciest aUogelher its most entertaining city council session. -in many *& month Hist night and playing the principal role again was that; old veteran of past encounters—the city's standard "milk 'ordinance'. •' ,.; Just where the honors stoodVftf- t'er an hour and a half of free- for-all discussion in which • no charges were barred' 1 mid rfone 'however far from the (ssue, apparently were withheld, remained a matter' of much conjecture. \ . Of course the mayor and aldermen must ,be reported as among the principals ' in ihe catch-as- caceh-cah tilt, but as a matter of cold fact the council frequently was shoved into the background as counter-charge followed charge and personalities clashed on all sides. Others who figured prominently in the evening's proceedings were George Shamlin, sanitarian with the county health unit which is the inspecting agency under provisions of the milk ordinance: H. L. Halsell, Joe Craig and VW J. Faught, dairymen, D. Webster Jones, director of milk control of j; the state board of health. Police Chief E. A. Rice and a number of women from various P. T. A. groups in -the city. • ' ;V The women departed eventually without the .information ;, which they .apparently most eagerly s today on the 'milk IVont': 1. J>. VYebsier Jones, dir^vior of milk nontroL oMhe slide dc*- purtmenl of health Ktnvtutl un inspection «f tlntdihv serving 1 Blythcville. 2. George.Sluimliii, sunUarJan oi' the county health unit, suiil hb would make a follow-U|» Inspection several, days Inter ami announce milk unities for all diiiries serving Blytlievillc by Dec. l. H, Although. jfnule announcements are required only. twictt a year under the standard milk, ordinance Jones and Shatnlkn suid they would be announced monthly for several months, (No grades have been un- nounccd in recent years.) "can hardly be placed in the cate- that other disasters might be ex-1 pected "until the federal government gets hardboiled." "We need a shake-up in our government so that there will be no more coddling of subversive groups or activities." he said."The federal government should cooperate with the employers so that they can get tough about whom they hire and fire." sought. Almost in chorus they frequently interrupted heated remarks ;- ~—"",v v"'.j IAJ .1*45 .\iOjo iui mi_' ii^ .two Cemetery associations and Par- Tne tnree P° wder plant, explosions -ent.^TeacherV'Associations.-bf public lr . occurred within an hour of each ; s£h6b!sr$3(krto- '^rr^aifts'-sison Io^er^y ester da^^n^explosior to a contingent fuiid. for miscel- ' strove d a lO.doO-barrel oil storage laneous appropriations | tank in Canton, O., last night Last year, when the Community Cause of a $500,000 fire at the Fund-was launched for the first! Municipal Auditorium - Nationa 1 De iacKmc , time, a budget of $5250 was secured Guard Armory in Atlanta was un- j And the exact status and con . in.addition to the funds for the explained. Emery dust was found dition O f BlytheVille's milk supply library having already been donat-1 m machmerv at the Todd Seattle ed before it was decided to have j drv doc k, ' m Seattle, where two cials. announce' the identity of dairies which purportedly have Loss Is Es t im a'te d At $125,000 In Business District Blaze NEWPORT, Ark., Nov. 13. (UP) —A disastrous fire that swept half a block of in the business were told of filth being foiindVjn. "samples" removed from dairy trucks and of analyses made in a laboratory at Luxora but only mim- bers'bf samples and no names were brought along to the meeting-, they were told. Few of the '• .principals (except the_ women who- alternately shot questions and clapped then- approval ~o'r • verbal blows)" •'carhe' -dufeltn-' scathed. And after it was , : all over the knockout blow, the home run the touchdown run still seemed Co be lacking. a community fund. vessels are being converted into Success of the drive.'was made i transports f 01-the Navy. In South to below freezing. Rising tempera- • ° lures east of the -Continental Di-j vide were forecast from 'Montana where the mercury hovered near Ihe zero mark and in some cities dropped below. Deaths caused by the wind storm that swept from the Rocky Mountains to the "eastern seaboard • mounted as workmen cleared the debris , and attempted to repair damage. Clinton Eberhardt, 23, was killed near Denver, Colo., when he touched a storm damaged 13.0CO-volt power line. The mercury had dropped to 2 degrees above zero at Denver, but rising temp2ratures and fair skies weirs forecast generally"for Colorado and Wyoming. Salt Lake City, Utah, 'recorded 20 degrees, but, the mercury was expected to fall another rive degrees there. possible because of the desire of the public to contribute to worthwhile charities at one time so as to avoid numerous solicitations throughout the year, Mr. Shane Throughout the Middle West readings below freezing were re- reported 23 deaths, assisted San Francisco, a giant crane collapsed in the ship-building yards of.the Western Pipe and" Steel Co., where ocean-going freighters are being built foiv the United States , Maritime Commission. The toppling i crane killed one man and injured xi. V.UJ. H ui uu wuittcrs assisted t H in the drive which consumed only i V ° Others one day with some follow-up work ! Fourteen persons- were killed and - '! at least 26 'were'..injured in. the district mated at $125,000. .Newport and Batesville firemen, hampered by ice-coated streets nnd bitter cold, brought the" blaze under control .shortly':, after daylight but not before the flames had destroyed the Seattle Hardware company building—in which -the t'lre started—and .the P. K. Holmes department store; building.--'^!^ : County Boards To Send Number Eacli Day Until Classification Completed Classification oi' registrants in Mississippi county for the military draft is getting underway .with 100 questionnaires sent out by Draft Bourd "C" already this week up until today and all board scheduled to send from 25 to 50 questionnaires daily Tor the .pveseut, at least. Form 40 of the Selective Service will be sent all .registrants In the order of which their number wns called, with those holding No. 158 receiving the first questionnaires. An advisory Board of J. T. Coston and Bruce ivy of OsceoUi, nnd G. E. Keck is to assist, registrants in . filling; ..out the questionnaires but any citizen may assist ,u registrant If he feels he is Incapable of answering the questions. Members of the draft boards nnd ofllce personnel/will not tfe allowed, to assist in this;. :•.•.•:'. : ; , , , ;. All questionnaires must be filled out In ink. ' If the : registrant Is unmarried, has no dependents and is in good physical condition he will be placed in Class 1-A and those married or with dependants 'will be placed in other classes. ;: Fl ; ; • " Those in Class 1-A will be called first in order of their numbers, as were pulled .out of the "goldfish" bowl by high ^government' officials, Oct. 29. •. Five days time will be allowed for returning questionnaires to the draft board ; and when .received, members of the board will classify the registrant" in:one of» : four classes. ' -'..-.••!.':!:•-': •'••.•••:..•:^:'.'-; ''•"•>" ;''>;•"•• Naval And Losses Large British Will Try Device powder plant explosions. Six women and . two men were killed in a blast at the United Railway Signal Corp., in Woodbridge, , N. J. A state inspector said "this' j definitely was sabotage." An FBI ! agent was sent- there as an "oV j server" although the plant was not working on government contracts. Three men were killed at the Allentown, Pa., plant of the Trojan i Powder Co., working on contracts remained about as uncertain when it was all over with as 'it was when the tussle got - underway. However, out of the maze of contradictory, statements there ap-: peared' little doubt .that the city's standard milk, ordinance is not be-. ing literally complied with in its f entirety^ .So thorough in all its re- i quirements is . the standard ordi-.' nance that absolute compliance with its terms had always been regarded, it is said, as somelhing to be sought rather than something to be generally obtained. As to enforcement of the ordi- . erh : Aiito "associate,'store'-was damaged badly. The entire city was illuminated by. the blaze which, was discovered about two a.m. Splinters of burning wood, whipped about by a high wind,-set fire to'a "dwelling- house five blocks away and threatened dozens of other buildings. Several firemen were almost 'trapped in one of the buildings and one, Guy Thompson, nearly suffocated before escaping. Cause of-'the fire was not known. T f TL Tf TI A 1 ^ow* 361 " uo - working on contracts Use It It Ihey Ap- totaling $200 f COO for the Army and ported. Minnesota eight of them hunters who were lest when the storms blew across ( the Middle West Monday. Michi-j gan reported 20 dead, but the num-' ber was mounting steadily as the bodies of more seamen were found washed'•• ashore. Illinois reported 15 dead. Iowa 8 and Pennsylvania and New York 6 each. Wisconsin reported 5, Indiana 4 and Missouri. Ohio and Oklahoma one each. New York Cotton Dec. Jan. Mar. May July Oct. Prev. Open High Low Close Gloss . 987 987 981 986 985 . 977 981 977 981 980 prove WASHINGTON. Nov. 13. (UP) — The United States has released to Britain an outmoded type of airplane bomb si?ht which is considered highly effective but not as accurate as the secret sight now used by U. S. Army and Navy planes it was learned today. The bomb sight was handed to the British for experimental purposes and the Royal Air Force, if satisfied with it, may apply for'its release for production. Emphasizing that the bomb sight is not the much publicized device now used by American armed j forces, officials said, however, that it incorporated many of the features of the regular sight. -The outmoded model was said by officials here to be more effective than sights now being- used by AT & T. 157 the British. ^ * }. Am Tobacco '." 73 Navy. Ti\; FBI recently made a plant survey of the Trojan com- 1 pany to determine its. protective facilities. Agents were sent to Allentown although plant officials said first reports indicated there was no evidence of sabotage. Three men were killed at the Burton Powder Works of the American Cyanimid Corp., at Edinburg Pa. This plant had no government contracts but an FBI agent was sent to Edinburg to act as an observer at the local investigation. The three powder plant explosions occurred two months to the day after a mysterious explosion killed 51 persons at the Kenvil N. J., plant of the Hercules Powder Co.. on Sept. 12. 985 982 967 925 988 982 968 928 982 980 964 924 987 981 966 928 986 982 967 927 all night with each participant taking a more vigorous whack at the ball in his' progressive turn. As to who was left holding the ball that remained apparently to be more clearly determined by future developments. : Mr. Shamlin charged that the city administration had failed tc Ray burn Confident Of Sine Die Adjournment If Members Return WASHINGTON, Nov. 13. (UP) — Speaker-Sam Rayburn announced today that leaders of both houses " uvtinj, iLiiii.- n-uutiO UA UUL.il UUUato co-operate in enforcement of the j will seek sine die adjournment of ordinance, though he trailed off into a declaration that the city had failed to see milk ordinance congress next Tuesday, Nov. 19 Just before leaving for a White House conference with President •*.*.<-r M^I^ W4Jiiiv-i.tri.JUt-. YV iuii iltaiLiCilt violation cases through to the end Roosevelt Rayburn said that house as his principal contention on this I Democratic leaders had sent tele- score. (City Attorney Boy Nelson | denied that any cases arising dur-" ing his term had been sidetracked.) Mayor Marion Williams and members of the city council declared that the city had not failed and that instead Sh'amiin had failed in his duty, charging that it was his job to report violations to city officials for .prosecution to enforce the milk ordinance and that he had failed to do so. Dairyman Faught charged that Stock Prices New Orleans Cotton Anaconda Copper 28 1-2 Beth Steel 89 5-8 Chrysler .. 811-4 Cities Service .__ 5 7-8 Coca Cola 1*09 General Electric 34. General Motors 53 1-8 40 5-8 Prev. Dec. Jan. Mar. May July Oct; Open High Low Close Close 986 977 990 987 971 930 988 979 993 987 972 931 985 977 988 985 970 927 988 979 992 987 973 931 989 980 992 987 972 933 Community Stunt Night Is Set For Dec. 6 j Date for the fifth annual com- ~ ..... - | munity stunt night, an event spon- 'Montgomery Ward - sored by the Blytheville high school i N Y Central .... ..... 15 7 _g senior classes-, has been set for Fri- '/Packard ....... ' 3 3-4 day night, Dec. 6, at 8 o'clock, it j Phillips ......... " 33 1-2 was announced today. -Radio ............ !'/.".".". 53-8 The various skits which make up i Republic Steel .' ...... '.".."* 23 1-2 the program- will be given by dif- j Socony Vacuum .......... 91-2 ferent organizations of the city jstudebaker .. ' ............ 9 Clubs will be, contacted by a mem- ] Standard Oil N J ...".'.-*."* 35 1-2 ber of -the senior class as soon as-j Texas Corp .............. 38 1-8 ' dependable and accused Shamlin of acquiescence in petty violations of the ordinance himself which Shamlin .denied. It is more or less of an open secret that Faught |nd Shamlin have clashed before. Shr»m- lin said last night that Faught's dairy was one place he did not visit and indicated that it was be- to all Democratic representatives urging "them to be on hand "for an important vote next Tuesday." This, he said, would be on 'the adjournment of congress. Rayburn added that he was authorized to say that Senate Democratic Leader Alb en W. Barkley had asked the upper chamber to return for a vote on the same issue Tuesday. '*'! am confident we can get a sine :die adjournment resolution through the, house if we get the. members here," -Rayburn said. Republicans have opposed outright .adjournment. They favor continu- / . another card wlJl ; be mailed the registrant naming his -classification::• Written request for. a? .'hearing oh exemption or deferment must be made to the board which Will mail an answer within a few days, giving the registrant the date to appear for such hearings. Registrants of each draft board will receive their registration and serial numbers from the draft board selected for their communities and nil communications must be" sent this same board which will niftke all replies. Failure to ;• receive the questionnaire through the mall .does hot exempt any registrant and all are supposed to keep in touch with their draft board offices if they do not receive their forms within the indicated time. ' •" Draft Board A, for Chickasawbn. HJckman, Clear Lake and Canadian townships, is made UD of B. A. Lynch, Clarence H. Wilson and O. W. McCutchen who 'meet daily in the fflce on the second floor of the City Hall. Draft Board B is made up cf Jackson of Osceola, J. Lan Williams of Osceola and B. G. West, v.ho meet daily in the ofUce on the first floor of the City Hall. Big Lake. Bdwen, Burdettc. Fletcher, Half Moon, ' Hector. Little River, Neal and Swain townships are included in this board. Draft board C is made up of G. B. Segcaves, S. L. Gladish and S. M. Hodges, all'of Osceola, who have an office in the court house nt Osceola. This board has for registrants men between the ages of 21 and 36 living In townships :n the southern district of the county, except Little River. SOFIA,; Bulgaria, Nov. 13. (UP)— -Itaiia'n forces" ha V e been' driven front all territory in Greece which they invaded in the first few days after outbreak of Italo-Gret:k hostilities, the Greek legation here said today. Creeks On Offensive ATHENS. Greece, Nov. 13. (UP) —Greek troops were reported to- r 'ny lo be on the offensive along 'ho whole frontier. All three of Ihe main Italian drives were re- uortcd stalled. It wn.s announced that six fully j fnuioped c'omDanies of Albanian i roops hnd surrendered, declaring "we don't want':, to., fight the Greeks." ;.'" Mfnntime the Albanian minister appealed bv radio to .his countrymen at homo to ".loin your Greek brothers in the ficht for independence afminst.' u common enemv." (At Ohrkl, Yugoslav border town,: 'it. .was. reported that Albanians throughout. -the', northern region had revolted against Italy, that the population of seven towns had fied toward the Yugoslav border to join the rebels, dynamiting n river bridge behind them. (Italy sent troops to crush the revolt, according to j; these reports and British and Greek planes bombed the Italian camps, killing 70 nnd. wounding 90 ..at one. It was said that the bombing and Italian anU-alra : aft flrin^ ; - could .-be, heard along the frontier • : f or , hours .) At Budapest,' Hungary, ; -th'e Greek radio was heard 'j^c^cajting; that an -• Albanian^reimclijngl an of 'keeping congress subject to quick •. assembly in case of emergency. Chicago Wheat Open High Low Close CHI WHEAT. ... ...: Dec. 87 3-8 87 7-8 87 1-4 87 3-4 1-3 87 3-g 6* 3-8 «7 1-4 possible and plans for the show asj a whole will get under way. ! . .Tom Reeder has been elected general manager of the show. Other committee heads are: Betty 'Jean', Hill, publicity manager; Bill Cham S Steel ............. • . . 74 Technicolor Pictures he said were reports by a Memphis i ^F6 Shown To LlOnS chemist as evidence of the goodj ; quality of his - milk. He explained i Technlcolor p i ctures of the wild ' that he had to do something toj life . in ^^5,^ were shown by Open 'High Pr0gram chainnan . and ; :Betty Dec. 62 1-2 63 business manager. May 635-8 64 i- •»*V* »11 AJUk rh.t*kL*3CW3 W^IC OllVJWil *JJ protect himself (he has a 100-cow Captain Tom Mull Qf tne Arkansas dairy) after Shamlin had charged Wild L{fe commission at the wee j. : ] y in publised articles that the city's luncheon meeting of the Lions club milk supply was deteriorating rap- Tuesday at the Hotel Noble, idly and that an epidemic was fear- j captain Mull made a brief ex- ed. If .•condition's .were not improved --pianation at various intervals dur- He charged that Shamlin had not ing . the showing of the three reels carried out inspections of dairies O f game, and fish in the state. He that he was supposed to make , W JH re tum In December to show Halsell said he was buying milk more pictures, of this type to the from one other producer, Charley scouts of the city. Lutes, south of Blytheville, and Dr. -E. M, .Nixon gave a talk on that Lutes' milk had also been given the dairy situation in Blytheville. a .high rating by the Memphis .Farmer England' was. in charge of Close I chemist. "" jthe program. Lew,Brown, formerly 62 1-2 62 7-8 Halsell charged that Shamlln was .of Jonesboro but now .or' Blythe- 63 3-8 63 1-8 '(Continued on Page Six).. J vUle, was a,guest. ' ^l\:, : ' •; • • Immediate Response To Roll Call 1$ Urged Red- Cross remittances continue to come.in to the local Red Cross off5ce,;*Bernard Allen, chairman of the annual roll call, stated today as he again urged everyone to give this matter' his Immediate attention. Up to the present time, the response has been rather' slow. Mr. Allen stated, but a special effort Is being made this year to reach the membership quota of 2565 long before the roll call closes on Nov. 30. Business houses which have already been canvassed are being urged to send In their blanks and 'remittances as promptly as possible. the Koritzu "(northerr)} ''•."front" arfd that the Greek rietit wing was advancing on Koritza, one of the main Italian bases. The Italian* were retreating all along the frontier and their officers were trying in vain to get them to stop and light, the broadcaster said. He said one Greek, non-commissioned 'officer hud captured two Italian machine gun nests, taking four men prisoner while the • others fled. "The number of Italian prisoners grows hourly," he said. '"Ten field pieces, many machine guns and other booty have been captured. More than 150 wounded Italians .were taken prisoner. Greek forces. upon retaking villages, flnd that the Italians have plundered them before retreating.") (A Greek broadcast heard at Sofia, Bulgaria, said Italian bombers had killed a number of civilians in raids on towns but had hit no military objectives. It said Italian planes had attacked ships at Corfu, -in the Adriatic, without success.) (In connection with 'the Jugoslav border town reports it was recalled that-Virginio Gayda, authoritative Italian eidtor, had praised the Jugoslav press yesterday for Its "impartial" coverage of the war.) The reported destruction of , Durazzo was regarded in Athens as t vital factor in the campaign. The port was lined with newly-built docks, quays and steel warehouses, It was receiving a flood of troops, guns, ammunition, fuel and food from Italian ports. There were accommodations *for four large ships at one time and the port was linked by a ! new. railroad with the capital, Tirana. Hitch-Hike Vacation Covers 800-Mile Route Will Lead Christmas Seal Sale For 1940 Mrs. Rodney b. Banister and Mrs. C. A. Cunningham have again ! accepted the posts of chairman and I co-chairman of the 1940 Christmas I Seal campaign, it was announced 1 today. Campaign material has 'already arrived and an early start on prep- artions for mailing- is assured. The campaign opens Nov. 25 Those In charge stated that .Blytheville, -like all other communities has its tuberculosis problems and at least once a year, the citizens should intensify their efforts to I help solve these problems. i No seals will be sold by school j children in Blytheville. the chairmen stated. PINDLAY. O. (UP) — Mr. and Mrs. Claude Stover plan" to vacation in nte west - next < year—via the hitchhike route. The couple used that method with great success this year. They traveled 800 miles,, walked only < two, saw Niagara Fails, rhad-cpm- l/\r?rrlT^fTO 'i*-T%jf^ ' PVVjft f • A A WEATHER Arkansas—Pair, colder hi extreme east, and ; extreme south portions., hard freeze ,tonight, Thursday fair, slightly warmer in afternoon. : ', Memphis" and vicinity—rFair aaid colder .tonight, lowest: temperature 20,"Thursday .fair and colder. By United Press, J.; A British bombs battered Axis warships and bases with unprecedented fury today'^o • offset German' bids to bring Sovifit Russia into the Na%i European front and-Japanese threats-of a new thrust into 'the south Pacific. '-}:r Six Italian warships - and pof&i- bly a seventh were smashed -info uselessness by a British air ^attack on the big Fascist base at" Taranto, according to the admiralty.at London which claimed the most sensational air naval victory,!-oT the war. t-t-? ' British Prime Minister Winston Churchill said this victory decisively affected the balance of naval' power in the Mediterranean arid would affect the naval situation "in other quarters of the globe^ Two of the warships * that trie" British said they wrecked-^ striking &z the'heel of the ItaUan boot' were battleships, two were cruisers and two were auxiliary warships. A third battleship \i?as' believed damaged badly, knockmV out almost half of the Italian fle,e£ above the destroyer class, according to the British claims. . '?,"•*. The British reported, that ttie'ir airplanes dived through tremerf-i dous anti-aircraft flre in -making the attacks after the 'British navy had vainly scoured the . Mediterranean in an effort to engage the' Fascist ships,In battle.'" , But the damage to. the^Italian •> navy was by t no means" all that the British claimed. The Royal Air Force,-opera ting from "'England^ from Greece and from- North Africa^struck- again,7and_^again af~ Italian-German"- bases jdurlng the past 24'hours, pounding the Ger- ^ man-held French "port of L'orient —an important Atlantic coast sub-^ marine base-rWith • auchX huge' bombs that London "believed ittiad'- been made useless. ^." ' > '" The British planes attacked three ' main Italian bases In , Albania— Durazzo, Valona and Santa Quar- onta—which are being used in the attack on Greece and reported that they Inflicted great damage. The biggest port, Durazzo, was reported set afire and battered so badly, that it might not be usable. 7 In Cairo the British announced their planes also bombed the leal- fan base of Tobruk in Libya, set;-, ting part of it on flre and had unloaded more high explosives on Brindisi and Bari in long range bombing attacks. "v The British also reported their bombs fell on German oil plants at Gelsenklrchen, Cologne and ,6n other targets, Including ^railroid centers and factories in 'the "industrial Ruhr valley. R.. A./;j^. planes ranged all along the European coast, blasting Flushing, Dunkirk and other Nazi bases. <*"''* LONDON, Nov. 13'. CqP)-i-A2l Italian supply ship was sunk, two others were set afire and probably sunk and a fourth vessel of the same type was damaged seriously * in the Straits of Otranto Monday night, the admiralty said" in-a com- munique today. The straits separate Italy and Albania and It was believed that the Italian supply ships were -attempting to provision Italian forces based in Albania in their war against the Greeks. The admiralty said the Italian supply ships were attacked by British light naval forces. The fourth ship damaged and-two Italian destroyers, escorting the convoy, es-~ taped behind a smoke screen but not before one 'of rhe ItaUan de-r stroyers suffered a hit, the com- munique said. There were.no British casual ties'. Luxora Child Dies ,:: : Of Diphtheria Today A death from diphtheria and report of at least two other cases today resulted in a special invesU^ gation being made although there is nothing alarming about haying several cases in a county of , this size at this time of the year, It Is understood. _ ~" Irma Richardson, four-year-old daughter of Mr. and, Mrs. Lonnie Richardson of Luxora, died at-2 o'clock tliis morning. Several other cases in the same Vicinity were re- " ported to Dr. E. "M. Nixon, Missis- .- sippi County Health Unit .director^ _; who left Immediately for'that place. ; Funeral services will be 1 , helci v Thursday at Ripley, ^Miss., by the Rev.^S. T. Ledbetter, with ^burial in that city. * ^-"-^J^-Sl. The- child --Is also survived^by four sisters and 'lour brothen.' 1 - ^, ,

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