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Saturday, November 16, 1940
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BUTHEVILLE COURIER THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OP NORTHEA sr ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI VOLUME xxxvii—NO. m Blythevllle Dmlly Htvi Bljthevfflt Court* Mtet*ppi Valley Lndtr BlytbeviJk Herald 2VILLE; .ARKANSAS, SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 1940 SINGLE COPIES FIVE CENTS NAZIS' ATTEMPT TO RUN BLOCKADE FAILS Base At Koritza IV It 11^ V'.''- Fire Albanian City; London Is Severely Bombed ATHENS, Nov. 16. (UP) —Italians have set fire to Koritza, their main b a s e i n southern' Albania, and are evacuating, Greek dispatches from the front said today. Reports from Greek outposts in the mountains/'where Greek artillery lias been firing into Koritza for a week, said the flames from LONDON, Nov. 16. (UP) —German warplanes ranged over the west coast of Brit- ain'today after an estimated 500 night raiders spread death . and destruction through every part of London and again attacked Coventry and other targets. The mass attack on London was the burning town were Illuminating' general yreRarded rhp mnnntnhidriP* ™*>v n wiri* or** b«iera«y legaraea the mountainsides over a wide area j Dispatches from the front said 1 as as mos most ritza, merely were completing the work of heavy Greek mountain batteries which had set barracks houses and supply dumps afire. It was reported that Greek officers with • the greatest difficulty had restrained. their mountain troops from making a frontal assault on the Italians remaining h\ Koritza. . It was. said . that the attacking forces were so close that "we car read the names of shops through field glasses. 1 ' Greek military quarters here sale? that Koritza soon would be in their hands. ' Furious fighting raged all around' Konitza, which had changed hand? several times in the past few days and had been- attacked in turn by Italian and Greek artillery am? airp_lanes.,The town, an old strong. hold, was', reported .almosb leveled ^of-'-Kbnitza. Greeksr,wer v reported pushing the Italians stfead-~ ily back toward the Albanian frontier, threatening to cutflank'Italiar) positions along the seacoast. The southern fighting sector is based a' the Albanian port of Porto Edda '\On tlie. northern :front Greekr were reported to have crossed the border and gained footholds in 'Albania. •• .". ' ' : (At .Sofia, Bulgaria, the Athen.' radio:was heard broadcasting tha' Koritza,- where -**ie Italians firs' based their northern forces 12 miles from'the ..Greek -border, now wa? severe since the war started. German planes came over sometimes at the rate of one a minute and at other times in formation of about 80 scattering explosives, fire and time bombs over the city for hours. (Informed quarters in Berlin said last night's raid on London was "one of the greatest blows, against the British capital since the beginning of the war.") ' Hotels, hospitals, stores, theaters convents and "apartment buildings were among the many' places wrecked or set ••'. afire arid it was feared that casualties would - be high. ; . • Rescue squads and demolition workers labored furiously in almost every part of the city in an effort to reach persons trapped in the debris of buildings.. Official reports did not indicate any .extensive military damage but there were hundreds of new 7 scars on Tjondon : as .a.result^pf'thie-lsarrie ' Nazi} tactics^ that- wrecked ; 'Obven- trjr^jcjmb ings":' ''OIL; \!"*a'"'" "huge-"' scale from'a high altitude lay waves of raiders. . (The attacks on Coventry indicated that the. Germans werei-using mass attacks in an effort-, to knock out British'war production, especially ^ of airplanes. to draw the R.. A. F. 'into .mass battles in an effort to. weaken British air defenses'). Fire, trucks and- ambulances raced through the streets of -London attending to many fires and • countless ' casualties., Two raiders were known to have been shot down "and a third was believed destroyed. ; . entirely.sui-rourided bv Greeks anH one bomb-pierced the roof'of a vyas expected to fail soon. Th- hotel and went doW n. two, of th'e •broadcaster said 10 Italian anf j chree floors before exploding: It three Greek.planes had been sho' , was reporte d that no persons were IES, CITIES REVIV Nazi Pilot; Re^Enacts u Dog Eight" cownm a battle over Koritza, -ane killed tnere but thafc several were that- ihe-- Italians -had .lost- 25 air- injured ; A Canadian, resident at Dlanes in hwn rinvs • , ,•_._;_.« ,,, ' : ._,._••••.• planes in two days. . (Reports at Ohrid, Jugoslav frontier,town," said three more" shiploads the.hotel, said, "I was asleep.on an upper floor when- the bomb exploded. The main hall suffered the 91 Italian troops-had landed in j. full : force .'of the'blast.-The-lighting North Albania and rushed to the I ystem falled and lfc was rather . Jugoslav frontier ^supposedly to re- | terrifying,-.especially for older-peo- place trooos sent from there to thr | le when . I arrived in Eng i and j Koritza front. These renorts satf ; said things weren't so bad-as I ex- su. Greek and British planes haH ected) bul now ' l ^^ wha j a bombed the mountain fortress of, real bomblng is i ike ."' Libras dominating the Albaniar Al O ne of the bombed hospitals road between Elbasam and Po?ra- three W ards were destroyed bv fire. dec on the Jugoslav frontier, yes- A h ifcal official said : terday afternoon, killing eisht Ital- basket , cluster of incendiary ian officers and 70 men -and wound- bombs) must . have .exploded over Ing 32 officers and- 280 men. One the hospi tai. I have counted about bomb was said to-have fallen ir 200 lncendiar ie s O n the hospita) the nearby village ol Libras, kill-' groun ds." He said ho one was in- ing two persons. Ohrid also heard jured at the hospital, that "forlu- reports that Greek planes har' nately the patients were not serl- bombed Aeirocastron, In South Al ous cases and were able to walk to More Turnback From Gasoline Tax Demanded By Two Groups LITTLE ROCK. Nov. 16.—The legislature will be asked in Janto increase the gasoline tax turnback one-half cent per gallon, with the revenue to be divided equally between counties and municipalities, it was learned yesterday. Committees representing the Arkansas Municipal League and the Arkansas County Judges' Association approved-the proposal at- a meeting at Hotel Marion. The change would increase to 1 1-4 cents the amount allotted from state highway revenues for construction and maintenance of streets and roads. At present, counties receive three-fourths of a cent as turnback, amounting to $1,227,451.08 in the 1939-40 fiscal year. It was estimated • counties would receive $1.698,733.04 under the proposed bill on a basis of one cent per gallon on 1939-40 gasoline sales and 'cities would receive $424,683.20, a total of $2,123.416.30. This would be 15.5 per cent of the total highway revenue of $13,715,055.04 uring the 1939-40 fiscal year. The report said county roads and city streets produce 40 per cent of the state gasoline tax revenue and that a "larger proportion" should be made available to them through the turnback. v : .< K , Th^e.-pne-quartercent turnback to ^th'^'xjitiestvwbiiidv. 1 be^ distributed : on per capita basis '"to insure an even, ./-istdribution." -if population, area :• and motor vehicle registration were used as the basis, "some towns in rural counties with few city, residents would receive a turnback amounting to : several, dol- 'ars per capita while Little ; Rock; Fort Smith and other, larger cities receive .a' turnback of only a 'few cents." .A . ;.; Counties have' been receiving *asoline' tax turnback since 1921, 'out.' traffic has "increased many- fold," the report said. "The school jus has 1 made its appearance as,-a permanent. .auxiliary to our sys -! em of 'rural, education. 'These fac- I "ors have demanded higher ty.pes of surfacing, increased maintenance operations and better bridges. "Seeping- open the 45,000 miles of rural roads -'for communication Between agricultural areas ,-and city markets for modern .traffic condi- ••ions calls for more ,and more road funds." Previous efforts of the munici- '"alities to secure a portion of the 'ilghway fund have been unsuccessful. A bill to allot- a portion rf the revenue to the cities was massed at the 1939 special session if the legislature but was vetoed jy Governor Bailey on the grounds 't might interfere with the high- vay bond .refunding act passed at ;hat session. "Increasing traffic requirements ':ave m?ant greater maintenance -.osts." for city streets, the report said. "There are many miles of A fellow flyer watches attentively, while Hauptmann Wieck, Germai fighter-pilot, unfolds a tale, complete with gestures, of his adventure against the R. A. F. According to Berlin censor's caption, he's demon strating how he downed a British plane. * * • • ' : •"••'-*••'•'' Preparing Burst t>f German Humor bania, killing nine and woundinr , sal - e t y ." incendiary bombs coniin-1 streets, originally paved by Im- (Bitolj, another Jugoslav borde 1 town, reoorted that Italian rein- ued to shower down while the hospital was evacuated. Other bombs struck a boarding forcemeats for t> Koritza fron' i house and a .. pub ;. A taxi driver . were uouring down the Elbasim- Borders, reporting a narrow Pogradec road in an unbroken e . sca p e , said: stream of trucks. Bitolj was bombed , " -j h gard a bomb screaming down without damage, last nieht by sever ! and stepped on the accelerator. Off unidentified planes and Jugosla* vve wenti and jus t i n time. The antir aircraft, guns went into actior blast shot us forward about 100 for the first time in the war. The ' yards - at qu it e 80 miles an hour planes dropped parachute flares Before we could pull up- then dumped six bombs near th"' railway staiton. Jugoslav pur.sui planes took off an3 the invadeir | He and his three passengers escaped injury. • '._ another hotel, a bomb dam- - .^'J 0 the West ' The towp - < aged the facade, several rooms and "was blacked out but there was > j hurled heavy masonry, injurin bright moon.) CHcaan Wheat several guests and members of the ' staff. It was' said officially that nc | military objectives were hit ir London. An air ministry-home se- • ' j *-^^»* v*»^*». *^A* ^*»» •*• •&A**JUk J i l\J LllV Ot STOX ' curity ministry communique said A. T. & T 166 1-4 ' many fires were started and a num- Am. Tobacco 71 7-8,' ber of persons were killed and Anaconda Copper 28 1-8, others injured, but that "preliml- by the general public> to ghow provement districts, which need resurfacing or reconstruction. For the latter purposes, scarcely any funds are available." Onl 21 per cent of the street mileage is paved. The remainder, is gravel or dirt. damage Feared In Florida Vegetable Fields; 33 Degrees Al Tampa Back To Mexican Port; One Ship Lost j TAMPICO, Mexico, Nov. 1C. (UP) —Four German mer- : chantraen, trying to sneak to sea in defiance of a British; blockade, met disaster of an unknown nature off the Mexican coast early today, " \\, One was burning: fiercely--near the mouth of the Panuej> river. The others were fleeing back to Tampicp. - '•? Reports By United Press A record November cold wav tightened its grip, on the South ;oday .sending temperatures belov free/.ing far down Into the ricr jitrus und vegetable pi-oducinc ireas of Florida., Readings of below 32 degrees were eported by the Atlanta airpor* leather station at'5 a.m. from nr ar south-as Orlando, in the fertile /lorkin "ridge"/ section, where 1 .vas.-3l. The sub-freezing belt ex-ended almost to Tampn, -wher he reading was 33. .Damage wns feared in the FTor- ^a •vegetable fields wher« two week: jf drought had already causec armers anxiety. The double assault jy the weather came In the mids' jf the harvesting season 7 for fall -nap beans, cucumbers, peppers -omatoes and lettuce. Chattanooga had a low of V- ;hls morning and all parts of Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi and 3eprgia were below freezing. There was no prospect of an aarly letup in the cold wave, as the forecast for most -states was fair 'and continued cold, with temperatures expected to go even lower In southernmost, Dixie tonight. ! Other 5 a.m, temperatures reported by the Atlanta: airport'. • Memphis-23, Nashville, 16^-Vlcks- burg " 17,'i:-BlrmWgham -16, ; Augusta 24. New Orleans;32, Mobile 24 Montgomery 21, Spartanburg 26 Savannah 25, Jacksonville 25; Tallahassee 23, Atlanta 21 • Go ve r no r, Go ve r nor- El ect Talk About Workmen's Compensation Posts LITTLE ROCK, Nov.'-10, (UP)~ Gov. Bailey and Gov. Elect: Rdklns conferred today to work" 'out-, detail? ; of the naming* of' n workmen's comnensatlon commission. "We had u hnrmonlous exchange of Ideas," Bailey said. "Basically we ftre/ln; agreement, but some features require time to work out." Bailey emphasized tlie time ele- rnenb*involved In namlrn? the three- man commission and 15 other em- ployes and intimated that he would like the appointments to bo mad' by, Tuesday of next week. ; -• Under the constitution the commission must be ready to-functlo*- by Dec. 5, several ^ weeks boforr Adklas takes office. * Carnegie Funds To Aid Amateur Research Groups CLEVELAND (UP) _ Western Reserve University has received a grant of $10,000 from the Carnegie Corporation to establish the Committee on Private Research and Dr. Harold A. Blaine, assistant, professor of English of Adelbert College, will be director. The grant continues the pioneering work of the late Dr. Robert C. Binkley. professor of history of Fire Forces Mother, Son To Climb Out Window The Wilson Henry residence at 1502 Hearn street was .damaged in a fire this .morning. Mrs. Henry and son, Jimmle,, age nine, were forced to; escape by Jumping through a bedroom window. Mrs; Henry, who Is convalescing Clerk of 256 Years Ago Had Imagination "GRO'TON, MOSS. CUP) — This 'town's flnflnrJal records go back 'to the "beginning of the world." Research by the WPA historical survey found that Sargent Knoo town treasurer 250 venrs aao, figured his accounts "From the' be- prlnning; of the world until this day . . . January 31, 1683-4." , spread that they were intercepted by a British warship off the river mouth 10 riiiles 'froln Tampieo. Watellers on Tampieo^' roof$ saw the rays of powerful searchlights crossing one 'another '"M. the horizon, apparently "a fe% »nlles beyond the blazing ship. There had been no sound of guivf 'Ire and maritime, authorities sug- -ested that the burning ship may; have been fired bv her crew. . ii ): < The four freighters, the Orinoepr %6 tons; the "Rheln, 6,031 tons; '•he IdnrwaUl, 5,033'tons, and the Phmlfl, 4,137 tons—all heavily lotulcd with food and other cargo put to soa between nine o'clqct and midnight last ntaht. • '"-"!' At three a. m. observers ' sa^ the- soarchllPht beams, then fire \"hlch mounted rapidly, revealing that it came from a shlo wh|cH. annetxrert -to be the Phrycjla'. Xri hour Inter two lifeboat's were seen to onter the river mouth from the sf>a pnd head uostream towa'fd Tampieo. Later the Rheln and the Idarwfil raced in from the~sea nnrt entered the river mouth." V^ The Orlnco. last of tfie four to snil, ftopnrntly never got out-^of' the river. She was near the,mouth when the searchlight beams were seen. -,'; • -^ She reoorted that'she<-hadv"en-i fine trouble" and the-tug that had been escortln* her was understood to be toeing her back, to .her, orlg- ently suffered no 111 effects. Mr. .Henry, who .had gone . to work, left, a kerosene stove burning in the bathroom and it is believed that the flame 'blazed up and caught .a curtain afire at 6'.15 o'clock. The flames sprfead over the bathroom and .into the hall, cutting oH the passage from a bedroom i where Mrs. Henry and her "son were sleeping. The fire • was extinguished, within a short time but the bathroom was damaged and the entire house will have to be redecorated. Models Form Agency MIAMI, Fin. (tip)— Miami's models—the plrls who oose in bathing suits and otherwise to advertise the charms of this resort area— hnve orcnnlxed their own a^encv— the Miami Fashion Glub-^and will ooerate ,it on un on-prof it-basis. •'four- were amoh^-'a score of German ships that- took sancP tuary in Mexican harbors at the beHnnins of the war.* - • "V- The ships began '• getting ^.u^ steam yesterday afternoon and re): ports that they- were golns to sea" to supply German submarines and surface raiders/ They-", -obtained clearance papers and sailed a* secretly as possible but thousands, including presumably the British consul or his assistants.' watched 'them slip down the river. J5? The close watch of the British West Indies squad over the At'aii- t le'exits from the Gulf ol Mexico is well known to local mariners who often have seen the "patrol- Ing war ships. American destroy- its kind In the nation. Wants C. 1. 0. to Draft Lewis' u ti Thfs German artilleryman thinks it's great sport to chalk sarcasti" wisecracks on huge shells before firing them across the English Channel. He's writing "Greetings to Tommy," British Navy Accepts First Woman Surgeon . i LONDON CUP) — Dr. Attracta! Genevieve Rowcastle, the first wo-' man doctor to be appointed to the , royal navy, is the mother of three i children, one of "whom may shortly be joining the navy. , Throughout her medical career { she has taken special' interest in child welfare. After qualifying in her native. Dublin she was .Jiouse surgeon at St. TJltan's hospital there and .later became assistant school medical officer at Sheffield, i | Ens. . | Mather College. The object of the committee Beth. Steel 78 1-4 nary reports indicate the number Chrysler -. ?9 l-3-j was not as great as might be ex- Cities Service 61-8; pected in view of the weight of the Coca cola 109 3-8 j attack." Gen'l Elect 35 J -•• - 1 — Gen'l Motors 50 1-2 Int. Harvester 55 1-4 Mont. Ward ... f 39 1-2 N. Y. Central 15 North Am. Aviation 18 j Packard 3 5-8(Dec. Radio 5 1-4' Jan. Republic Steel 22 1-4 Mar. Socony Vac 93-4 j May Studebaker 8 5-8 July 6W, Of N, J, . 6 i 3$ JOct, New York Cotton Prev. Open High Low Close Close '1008 1013 998 1003 1009 1001 ,1001 994 995 1004 1010 TOH 1002 1004 1009 J003..1p08' '997 999 1004 989' 992 980 984 989 K3 960 MS »46 855 amateur researchers how to carry out their investigations and how they may be published economically. New Orleans Cotton Prcv. Open High Low Close Close Dec. . 1010 1017 1014 1009- 1012 Jan. . 1002 1002 ' 997 997 1003 Mar. ... 1014 1018 1007 1009 1013 May . 1009 1013 1001 1003 1009 July , 994 998 S36 989- 994 90 Former Governor Bags Big Buck This Week LITTLE ROCK, Ark.. Nov. 16.— Former Gov. J. Marion Futrell returned yesterday from Five Lakes Outing Club in Crittenden county where he killed a big buck. Tlie former executive, an ardent sportsman, was accompanied by his son. Dan Futrell. Refuses To Tell Age, Loses Driver's Permit TAMPA, Pla. (UP)— When it came •to choosing between driving an automobile or revealing her age. a 'Tampa woman chose to relinquish her right to sit behind the steering 'wheel. A clerk In -'the county judge's office told her she couldn't have a license unless she gave her age. "Then I don't want one," she said and walked away. Announce Promotions in Local Guard Unit Recommended by First Sergeant Paul O. Damon, approved by Cap- tarn Wendell M. Phillips, and endorsed by Colonel Heber L. McAlister, the following appointments were made for non-commissioned officers in Company M, 153rd Infantry (Rifle). Effective Nov, 4 Privates First Class Odis M. Leatherwood and Ben H. .Smith were appointed to the rank of Corporal. 'Fingernail Watch' Is Built in a Year Mercury "Mere" 18 Degrees Last Night Tlie thermometer dropped to 18 degrees tonight to make? the fifth night that Blytheville has experienced sub-normal weather ft for November. The low of lows was Thursday night when the mercury went to 13 degrees. PHILADELPHIA (UP)—Max Argent. Swiss-American watchmaker, made what Is believed to be the smallest accurate watch- In the world. It is smaller than the aver-1 age man's fingernail. • Argent's hobby is — watchmak- ing. It took him two hours daily for one year to make tlie tiny watch, which is 3-32ds of an Inch thick and 17-3ds of an Inch In diameter. The screws of-the watch have the diameter of a pinpoint: and the pinions are only as thick' as a human hair. They claim it is the only club of \ ers on neutrality patrol are known I to be In the Gulf, j An armed British' merchantman I was being loaded in the harbor when the German ships left. Some mariners thought the ships might attempt a mad dash for hom« ports. '^ Their official destination hTfrl been listed as "ports in Spain! r-_ the Information "iven Mexican ait- fchorities when' the four German captains applied for clearance papers only a few hours before sail- Ing, i, G rrnnny lost .the last vessel which attempted to escape from Mexico. A Canadian armed merchant cruiser captured the freighter Weser off the west-coast and Look it to a Canadian west porL-' ' t The tugboat captain said he saw' on unidentified warship patroling off the mouth of the Panueo riy^- er three days aio. There have been, rumors Of a German submarine having been sighted in American waters within the last few days.'One German ship crew member had boasted to a Tampieo newspaper reporter, "we know that Germany has sent 50D submarines into the Atlantic." An officer mere^ ly said, "we .received orders -.'to leave." Confesses, Then Dies SEBASTAPOL, Cal. (UP)—Al Roebuck, 54, auto -camp operator rose in his pew at the tabernacle of the Assembly of God, and said: "The Lord has saved me from sin. I am ready to : go if He should call me home." Then he slumped back In his' seat. He was dead when a physician examined him. . Harry Bridges, above, West Coast labor leader whose alleged Communism led to vigorous efforts to "deport him, is considered a leader of t.K» C. I. O. gr,bup that seeks to "draft" president John L. Lewis-and save h^m from keeping his pre- election promise to resign on President Roosevelt's election. Bridges is pictured after flying from San Francisco to attend the C. 1. Q. convention in Atlantic City, N, J, Stuttgart Couple Die ,v In Accident Last Night Mr. and- Mrs, ,WV M. Shafar ;of Stuttgart, vvho were Instantly killed last night in a, highway accident between Lonoke and Stuttgart- .were parents of Mrs. Carl Mason of Nashville, Tenn., who frequently visits Dr. and Mrs. Fred "Child. ^* Mr. Mason, a brother 'of -Mrs- Child, and Mrs. Mason are well known In this city. - -.'^ Mr. and Mrs. Shafer were returning from a football game when the accident occurred, according to"' "a message received by. Dr. and" Mrs Child. WEATHER ;; Arkansas—Fair^j and wanner tor- night and Sunday.. '. - \\", *£-i< Memphis and vicinlty--Fslr v and warmer tonight and Sunday^ lowest temperature tonight, about 84,^

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