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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Saturday, November 30, 1940
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS VOLUME XXXVII—NO. 219. THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OP NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI BJytheville Daily News Blytheville Courier- Mississippi Valley Leader Blythpville Herald BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS, SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 1940 SINGLE'COPIES FIVE CENTS ALBANIA STIFFENS Hope For 30 Men Trapped In Mine Fades; Find Body CADIZ, 0., Nov. 30. (UP)—Rescue workers reported today they had recovered the body of one of the 31 men trapped by an explosion in the Nelms mine of the Ohio- Pennsylvania Coai Co., near here. 'A rescue squad Informed the mine office, some distance from the main shaft entrance, that the body of Pete Speicher, 38; had been found and was being sent to the surface shortly. + k Officials doubted that any could be alive. They said they probably had been suffocated if they were not killed by the explosion.'It will be tonight or tomorrow before they are reached. The explosion occurred yesterda • afternoon in a part of the mine known as Section 12, North. Its cause was not known, but officials suggested that a slate fall broke electric cables, causing a short 'circuit that set up a pocket of gas. There was no evidence that there had been a fire. Wives and families of the miners huddled about the company yards, waiting for word from the searchers below. Through the night a glow from a burning slag pile and individual b.'azes t'-at watchers had lighted in .small buckets foi* warmth oast an eerie light over the mine entrance and the surrounding hills. Two full mine crews evidently were caught by the collapse of the tunnel th?.t followed the explosion. They were imprisoned abour. 500 feet below the surface and some 2,000 feet off the main sh-ift two miles insid3 the main entrance. Members of rescue squads led by Hfcrvey Nelrns, mine superintendent, estimated they had cut through to within 1,000 teef of the'buried, men, but., did -not know to -\vtiai dis- ance the passage still 'was blocked.' Approximately 150" other-men. were ar work in the mine when the explosion, occurred, but those in ether sections escaped. The company employs 600 men, working in three shifts. Searchers had heard no sound to indicate that the trapped men were alive. But members of one group of rescue workers narrowly escaped injury when a mass of rock evidently loosed by the explosion fell near them. Five were brought out of the mine later, unconscious. They encountered gas. The mine is about one-fourth of a mile off a main highway deep in the hills of Harrison county in southeastern Ohio. Highway patrolmen and sheriff's deputies kept back the curious and sought also to restrain anxious relatives. By early morning they persuaded some of the women to go home. The disaster was the second in Ohio this year and the third in the Ohio-West Virginia Panhandle. Seventy-two men d'ed last March in an explosion in the Willow Grove mine of the Hanna Coal Co., and earlier in the year 92 perished in a mine of the Pocahontas Coal Corp.. at Hartley, W. Va. LITHE flECEBES FIYHEIII1 TERM Found Guilty Of Manslaughter In Slaying Of Fred Forsythe COOTER, Mo., Nov. 30. —Ray Little was sentenced to five years in the Missouri state prison on a charge of manslaughter in the killing of Fred ' Forsythe March 10 in a Circuit Court trial in Caruthersville which was concluded late last night. Authorities announced that he would be tried at a later date on a charge of manslaughter in the death of Ellis Foster, also of'Coot- er, who was shot to death at the Anonymous Ambulance Calls To Be Checked The anonymous ambulance calls which have caused local undertakers much trouble in recent nights are to be investigated, it was announced today. For the past several nights, ambulances have been summoned to certain addresses only to find no one there. It was first believed that it was the doings of pranksters, who were probably drinking, but a repetition of the event has caused the matter to be taken more seriously. It was pointed o\it by undertakers today that besides the inconvenience and expense of taking out ambulances ' at night,, it was serious in that ambulances might be on a "wild goose" chase at a time they were needed for an actual emergency. Attorneys for Little filed a motion for a new trial on which a hearing will be held Dec. 16. Little was released on a $5000 bond, pending the hearing. Edward Wheeler, the only eye witness to the killing, did no"t. testify...Wheeler, a cousin of the defendant, was at one time charged with.f accessory in the crime but was released -after a preliminary hearing March 16. It was understood that Wheeler now resides in another state. Wheeler, who also lived in Cooter. had since moved to Memphis and it was announced that he could not be found for a witness. The trial, which consumed two days time, came to a close at 6 o'clock last night. After the jurors had eaten supper, they began their deliberations and the verdict was returned at 10 o'clock. "Oil, How I Hate To Get Up In The Morning! PLOT TO SLft! LEIBEB Police, Communists Clash; Wallace To Witness Inaugural Tomorrow MEXICO CITY. Nov. 30 (UP) — Authorities took drastic precautions today against tin allegedly foreign inspired plot to bring about nn insurrection ut President-elect Mil mid Avlla Camacho's Inauguration tomorrow in the presence 01' . Vice-President Elect Henry A. Wallace of the United States'. The plotters htul planned to assassinate Cnmncho during the ceremonies, police charged. Two gun buttles already hud been fought between police und alleged subversive elomunUs. A high police ofllcial wtis killed in one which occurred at the headquarters of the Mexican Communist party. Both battles were intense and fierce. Several hundred shots were fired in each. Police tried to prevent details from Batting out. but four persons were wounded In one, 12 in the other. Approximately GO persons were arrested and at least, two large arms caches were uncovered. The battles occurred 24 hours after a violent demonstration In front of the United States embassy just before Wallace arrived there. This demonstration was anti-American and the followers of Gen. Juan Andreu Almazan. unsuccessful presidential candidate, staged it. They apparently were not involved in last night's fighting. Federal soldiers and police raided communist headquarters in an Fierce Battles Raging; Germans Protect'King Blytheville National Guardsmen, who soon begin their year's training will testify that camp life hnsn't char -ged since Ule famous World War song declared "to hear the bugle, call is the hardest blow of all" .at F^vtTe" hPiri neS ?^Mp eSt J?fip| Phpto above . shows bu ^ ler of Co - A.. 147th Ohio Infantry, blowing .6:00 A. M. reveille at Camp Shelby, that Forsythe held Little while! Foster cut him on the face as the climax to an argument which tookj place at a country dance. Two hours later, after Little had been given treatment for his cuts, he met the men as they were returning home from the dance and shot both of them on a country roadside, he testified. He pleaded self defense. Prosecuting Attorney R. L. Hawkins was assisted by Attorney Fred Henley, and the defense was represented by Roy Harper. Elmer Peal, Shelley Stiles and Sam Corbet. Miss, in tent, shaking futile fists at "alarm clock," is Private John Miller, of Cincinnati. Gautney Holds Suit Against County Court Not Main- tamable Here New York Cotton Dec. Jan. Prev. Open High Low Close Close 1005 1008 1002 1004 1006 997 997 995 997 997 Mar.. 1009 10011 1006 1007 1009 May . 996 1001 994 997 999 July . 974 980 971 976 976 Oct. . 924 928 921 925 926 Churches To Emphasize Christmas Seal Sale The Christmas Seal campaign will be mentioned in all churches of, the city Sunday as part of national i recognition by all religious denominations of the anti-ttiberculosis drive. Mrs. Rodney .L. Banister,, chairman of the local drive, an- j nounced today. Students of the public speaking class of Blytheville high school sponsored by Miss Luna B. Wilhelm will speak on this subject at the different churches and Sunday schools. "Every pastor is interested in the corporal, as well as the spiritual well-being of his flocfc as ,bodily and spiritual sickness, too, often go hand in hand." Mrs. Banister said. She concluded her announcement' by stating: "Convalescence froml tuberculosis is often a long, slow! process. In many cases, the family' purse cannot stand the strain of) such prolonged illness. Homes must 1 be dissolved and children scattered.! "Clergymen and their congregations feel that it is in their line of duty to take cognizance of the Christmas Seal campaign and help to protect all homes from tuberculosis." Chancellor j. F. Gautney at Jonesboro yesterday sustained a motion on the part of Mississippi County Judge S. L. Gladish to dismiss the suit brought by a .group of taxpayers to restrain him from approving certain further claims against the county in 1940. The motion was based on the premise that the action could not be maintained in the chancery court for the Chickasawba district of Mississippi county but should have been filed in the Osceola district of the county. The chancellor's ruling did not go to the merits of the issues involved. The suit was filed by 14 residents of the county charging that appropriations for certain county funds had already been exhausted and that allowance of further claims would be in violation of a constitutional prohibition. The Here's A Tip But Don't Bet On It LONDON. Nov. 30. (UP)—A foreign diplomat, whose government is friendly with Germany, told a United Press correspondent last night that according to German sources Adolf Hitler planned to invade Great Britain hi December, probably around Christmas. Alabama Ex-Convicts Accused Of Stealing Truck, Driving It Here Two ex-convicts from Sheffield, Ala., were arrested, two married women with them at the time are being questioned and a 1940 pickup truck was recovered by Mississippi County and state police officers late Friday in a case which countv clerk, county treasurer and | ago. started at Sheffield three months New Orleans Cotton Dec. Jan. Mar. May July Oct. Prev. Open High Low Close Close 1011 1012 1010 1010 1011 999 1000 999 1000 1000 1013 -015 1010 1013 1014 1000 1004 1000 1003 995 978 983 978 978 980 930 930 924 023 932 Effort To Burglarize Pickard's Store Fails Some one apparently decided to burglarize Packard's Grocery during last night but got no farther than removing a portion of a plate glass window. The broken window was discovered this morning but the store had not been entered. sheriff and collector were named defendants also, although the suit was directed primarily against the county judge. It is understood that Judge Gladish denies that claims have been approved and warrants issued in excess of revenue. R. B. McCullough of Forrest City is attorney for the taxpayers group and Holland and Taylor of this city are counsel for Judge Gladish. WEATHER Arkansas—Mostly cloudy, occasional rains in east portion tonight and Sunday, colder in northwest portion tonight. Colder Sunday. Memphis and vicinity — Cloudy somewhat warmer today, light rain ...««.„ « 5&u ,^ ».«... slightly warmer tonight. Sunday] Both Thomas and Henley also slight rain, clearing again and admitted serving terms at the K>1- Arthur Thomas, 47, and Dewey Henley, 34, who have admitted stealing the truck from the Lor.? Coal Co.. of Sheffield in the late summer, have been charged with grand larceny and transporting stolen property following their arrest by Chief Deputy Sheriff John F. Reinmiller, Deputy Raymond Bomar and State Police Eugene Dickinson. The truck, sold to Alva Burks in exchange for an old car and $30 in cash, was recovered at the Burks farm where the two men and two women had been picking cotton. The women, who told officers' they left their husbands in Sheffield to accompany the men, with one woman bringing her three small children along, are being questioned today but no charges have been placed against them PUPPET SUITE TIESTf Japan, Manchukuo and Japanese Sponsored Chinese Regime 'United' fc-j NANKING, China, Nov. 30. (UP) —Japan, Manchukuo and occupied China signed a treaty today that granted Japan virtual control of the Yangtze River valley, North China and Inner Mongolia, and united the three governments in a joint defense against communism. Arranged after months of diplomatic maneuvering, the treaty was signed by Lieut. Gen. Nobuyuki, special envoy of the emperor, for Japan; by Wang Ching-wei, head of the Japanese-sponsored regime in Japanese-occupied China, and bv Gen. Tsang Shih-yi. chairman of the Manchuoki'.an privy council, Manchukuo also is a Japanese sponsored state, converted from the former Chinese province of Manchuria. The treaty official'y was termed a "readjustment of Chinese-Japanese relat'om." It was intended to make a regional "refuge regime" of Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek's nationalist China government. It provided that Japan would be paid full indemnities for its war losses in China. No. 10 Brazil street, a half .block from the National Palace, The ,street f .doors.were ..clpsecLand persons in : 'n/big^ window 1 above" the arched doorway began shooting at the soldiers and policemen. ; They broke down tiio doors and MaJ. Guillermo Garcia Gallegos rushed along up the stairs, shout- Ing demands lor a surrender. Nenr the top o fthe stairs, he was shot in the back and rolled down dead. The battle followed. Police broke Into the Communist meeting room through windows and doors and arrested approximately 50 persons, including five women. They were taken to a police station, .and, early today, were singing the Interna- tionale in their cells. The second fight occurred at ^ private house in Twelfth street, In nn outlying residential district. Police raiders were met by bullets. They fired back, broke into the house, arrested an undisclosed number of men and women. There were reports that two had been killed in this battle but they were not substantiated at once. Seven were known to have been arrested. Arsenals were seized at both places, police said, and each arsenal included bombs. Jose Ricardo Tlrado, commander of police, received the United Press correspondent in the meeting room of Communist headquarters after the battle. "The police • have learned about a Communistic plot to murder AvIIa Mamacho," lie said. On a tiple were three rifles, six revolvers, piles of ammunition- part of the party's arsenal. Gen. Nunez, chief of police, said: "We can't say anything yet except one of our comrades was cowardly killed." BUDAPEST, Hungary, Nov. HO. (UP)—German elite troops are guard ing Rumania's boy King Michael bo- cause of the possibility of attack by the terroristic'Iron Guard, diplomatic circles reported today. Miclmel was said to be under "protection" at one of the abdicated King Carol's palaces and diplomats believed that Germany was saving him us an "ace in the hole." as n means of saving Rumanian Premier Gen. Ton Antonescu's tottering authority without being too harsh to the pro-Nazi Iron GuardIsts. A crisis was believed at hand In the Rumanian conflict coincident with the Iron Guard's funeral services for their 14 "martyrs" at Bucharest today, and reports Indicated that some kind of German intervention might be necessary to prevent a major civil war. Michael, since he was enthroned, hns been virtually a prisoner of Gen. Antonescu. It was believed here that the Germans might offer the boy king to the Rumanian people as a substitute for either of the warring factions. Press reports from Bucharest said the streets had been blocked since dawn by some 100.000 Iron Guardlsts coming; in from the provinces for the funeral of the "martyred" Corneliu Zelea Codreanu and his in associates, whose bones were dug up from the Jih- lava Prison yard this week. They were executed two years ago today. ...:' ^ i - Farm Bureau Will Hear Rankin Wednesday Members of the Mississippi County Farm Bureau, the second largest group of this kind in Arkansas, will have a special meeting here Wednesday night to hear J. O. Rankin of Steele, Mo., former university professor, speak on "American Agriculture in the War." F. E. Tompkins of Osceola, newly elected president, will preside at the supper meeting to be held at American Legion Hut. A circle of First Methodist CAA Class To Open Here Monday Night The first class of the Civilian Aeronautics Authority in Blytheville will be held Monday night. 7:30 o'clock, at the City Hall, it was announced today after more than 40 young men had enrolled for the ground school course in aviation. Norman F. Moore will instruct the classes for two hours each night except Saturday and Sunday until 72 hours time has been concluded. No more than 49 students can be included in a class. After examinations, the top 10 students will be promoted to the flying course, to be taught by JP. Holland, for 40 hours to each The Iron. Guardlstp vwere said to be . pour Lrig" into . the',.capital 'by train, horseback, cart, but and afoot. The people : of Bucharest nervously awaited developments, dispatches said. Some of them had gone to the provinces for the day. All stores were closed. The Gorganl church, which contains the Iron Guard chapel, In the center of Bucharest where the funerals were held, was entirely covered with green decorations. Inside the church, relays of priests and choirs were conducting services that had been uninterrupted for two days. Tens of thousands had filed past the coffins. One newspaper reported that Germany's minister to Rumania, Dr. Wilhclm Fabrlcius, had a long talk with Antonescu and left on a special train to see Adolf Hitler. Some observers here believed that Antonescu's position had become so untenable that if Germany left him in authority it would indicate Hitler was getting ready to take Rumania over completely. The pro-Fascist Iron Guard and the Rumanian army, under orders of Antonescu, fought in the streets of at least five towns. Murder was rampant. Some diplomatic ndvices had indicated that 2000 had been slain, most of them Jews. Iron Guardlsts poured into Bucharest from all the provinces for the funeral of Corneliu Zclea Codreanu. their former leader, and 13 associates. It was their ''day of retribution." Codreami and the others were executed two years ago .today at the Jihlava prison where they were serving terms for murder and treason against the abdicated King Carol regime. Officials said at the time they were shot while "trying to escape." Iron GuardLsts dug up their bones and massacred G4 former Carol followers on the spot, starting a wave of terrorism. Reports here indicated that Antonescu's authority was fading and that he had lost Hitler's confidence. ATHENS, Greece, Nov. 30 (UP) —Fierce battles 'were reported raging today along the w h o 1 e Albanian front, with the main action in the central sector, where Greeks pushed ahead past mountain- 1 slides strewn w i t h Italian dead. ' ••••...... ;.;•.' Today's war communique avoided references to exact positions 'but unofficial reports' said the mountains of the Epirus sector/along the central and southern,,fronts, were ablaze with artillery fire.. Farther north, hi the Moskopoll area west of Koritza, fighting raged In the first winter snowstorm, a reminder : lhat the passes soon, would be sealed by snow. Prisoners were quoted that many troops from southern Italy were dying of exposure to the unfamiliar cold. In the Argyrokastron area of the south, Greeks wore reported to have captured a' heavily-fortified plateau commanding one of the main roads. A Greek officer was quoted'' that "every tree and bush.seen* .to con r ccnl a machine gun nest" m that sector. .''.'.'' ;.. . ,; "Mortars and.'hand.grenades also met our Evzdnes troops, who were unable to advance all day," the officer was. quoted. "During the night, .however, our mountain guns shelled the pltiteau, set pine trees' afire and then the Greek's '.attacked- from the darkness. After sixjhours the position was taken but ."losses were heavy ..on both sides." Fresh Italian troops, heavily armed, . wore .reported • reaching the -Epirus front... ':' 'ih^the ; ' r nb'rtti,'''" to have massed for a counter attack along Lake pchrida and It was believed that a-major battle had begun there. In most sectors the Italians were using airplanes to cover, their ground retreat and the Greeks were hampered by a shortage of planes. It was reported that a . Greek; nilot had 'taken a reconditioned Italian plane, captured at Koritza, into action against Italian bombers. Thursday. . . .• .-. The town of Corfu, on. the. island of thnt name of/ western Greece, was stUl 'being attacked although one-third of It was in ruins. Lunatics who escanecl from a bombed nsvlnm wore hiding in the town. Greek and British plnnes, attemot- ine; to drive -Italian destrover.s from the Island waters after they had, shelled it, were believed to have' scored a bomb hit on some of the warships. •••:•: To HoM Rit*s 'Sundav v For Accident Victim Makes Final Appeal For Roll Call Fund A final appeal for contributions to the Red Cross was made today by Bernard Allen,, roll call chairman, on this the closing day of the drive which opened Armistice Day. At present time, 1400 of the 2500 membership quota have enrolled, and it is believed that when other outlying sections of the Chickasawba district and people of Bly- Stock Prices AT&T 166 1-2 Am Tobacco 70 Anaconda Copper ...'..... 27 5-8 Beth Steel 86 3-4 Chrysler .. 76 1-2 Cities Service 5 3-4 Coca Cola 104 5-8 General Electric 32 7-8 General Motors .......... 49 7-8. Int Harvester 54 5-8 Montgomery Ward ,.. 38 1-8 N Y Central .... 13 7-8 «, „.„. *^ *~^ „„ v J North Am Aviation 18 local business houses and larger Packard 33-8 plantation owners and others who Phillips .•.-,• 39 ( 5-8 were left with blank lists to canvas j Radio * 5 . . their particular organizations,. .the:i Republic Steel --:22 1-2 It is free except for payment of, roll call will unofficially remain I fiocony Vacuum ,{$5-8 student, before the course is com- *"«» aismcc ana pwyie 01 x»»n ,pt pri .theville who have blank lists have been heard from, the quota will be completed, Mr. Allen said. Unless all material is returned to the Red Cross office today from pleted. The course, sponsored by the United States government in a new program, will give Uncle Sam aviators when and if needed. Persons enrolling are in a "reserve" to be used if needed for national defense. —. V AW A*^«_ V*>»V»~£J\J A VSt ^/d,jr LAiVfttV V/-* ) 4 VJ11 IsVfcil \V *A1 \iliWl-kl VI t*AAJi • A l^A **(.»*** ^fVTbWAAJ i * « $2 for textbooks, which will arrive open until such a time -ywhen r,e- i Studebaker STEELE. Mo.. Nov. 30.—Funeral services will be .hold : Sunday af- t-einoon at Portno:evlile," Mo., for John Elmer Workman. 20-year-old son of Mr. f?nd Mrs. J. H. Workman of Stneie, who was instantly killed when his car overturned far- \ ly Friday on Hitrhway 61 at Con- j cord, five miles north of Havti. Mo. j His ccmrjanion. Jav Pulliam, 26, J of Hayti, was injured. He is able to be out. Both are deaf mutes.. . The Workman youth, who was driving, lost control of the. car when a wheel struck a rut between the highway and shoulder, according to Mr. PuUiam, who said that he also grabbed the wheel in an effort to right the car but a sudden turn of the wheel caused the machine to overturn in the center of the highway. Born in Steeie where his family is widely known, young Workman was educated at the Fulton, Mo.V School for the Deaf, where he studied the vocations of printing and sign painting. He is also survived by one brother. J. H. Workman Jr. colder. by, Ala., state prison, A circie ot rirst Metnomst w ior textoooKs, xvnicn win arrive open until such a time -ywnen r,e-i stuaeuaKer...... .., Church's women will serve supper Monday, and $6 for a physical ex- sponse is made by these groups, it [standard, .of N J at 6:30 o'clock. amination. was stated, . , .- , .-.'-Texas Corp V.;"., 8 34 3-8 38 1-8

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