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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OP NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI VOLUME XXXVll—NO. 220. Blytheville Daily News Blytheville Courier Mississippi Valley Leader Blytheville Herald BLYTHEVILLE,'ARKANSAS, MONDAY, DECEMBER 2, 19'lG SINGLE COPIES FIVE. GEM'S BAYONET FIGHTING MARKS GREEK ADVANCE ft * Germany May Move Soon To Aid Fading Italians Southampton is Armada's Target; Convoy Attacked By United Press The German air force hurled its third pulverizing attack against the British sea base and airplane manufacturing 'center of Southampton last night and early today. The attack—apparently one of the most powerful in the series started by the Nazi air force at Coventry— coincided with Balkan reports of new Axis plans to restore prestige losfc by Italian reverses in Greece and a sudden sharp attack by the controlled Nazi press upon Switzerland. The attack on the Swiss was led by the excellently informed Frankfurter Zeitung. It was couched in the sort of language that German, newspapers sometimes used as a preliminary to a pressure drive against, a neutral nation. There was no hint, however, whether the Nazis proposed to use anything stronger than words against the Swiss. The newspaper attacked the Swiss "as Churchill's service." It claimed that never in the history of Swiss independence had" greater bitterness toward Germany been . displayed by the little nation. "••'Switzerland," said the newspaper, ' "largely has its newspapers to • thank that' things have .gone so far: If't&ey will not change this lor .the.^sake.- .of truth - and_-jour" aiaHstie" decency they should" 'at least have the intelligence to do .so..:' ""The Swiss press took note of the attack, warning the public that the suddenness of the Nazi campaign "deserves to be stressed." At the same time returns from a plebiscite showed that the Swiss by a vote of 70,000 had rejected a new. plan for compulsory military training of Swiss youth. ' NEW YORK, Dec. 2. (UP) —Distress signals heard here today indicated that a fierce German drive against British and Allied shipping was in progress. Mackay Radio reported receipt of messages which indicated that Nazi undersea raiders were attacking a British convoy about 400 miles west of Ireland in the Atlantic and that attacks were being made upon shipping also nearer the Scottish and Irish coast. At least five ships of the convoy had been attacked the messages Kennedy Definitely Not Going Back But Successor Is Yet Uncertain WASHINGTON. Dec. 2. (UP;— A successor to Joseph P. Kennedy, who has submitted his resignation as ambassador to Great Britain probably will not be chosen until after the holidays. Kennedy announced his resignation after an unscheduled Sunday conference with President Roosevelt. He said he had resigned so that he could devote his time . to "the greatest cause in the world today ... to help the president indicated. Fate of all of them was j keep the United States ou of war.' not clear but it was obvious that j The resignation was handed to at least one had been sunk and that others either had gone down or were in a sinking condition. The first message was from the Portis Head. England, radio station saying that the freighter Lady Glanely had been torpedoed in lit- itude 55 north, longitude 20 west at 3:15 A. M. Sunday. Mr. Roosevelt on Nov. 6, but Kennedy has agreed to continue to serve, without returning to London until a new ambassador is chosen. Kennedy was the fifth of President Roosevelt's ambassadors to resign in recent weeks. The others were William C. Bullitt, ambassa- '. dor to France; John. A. Cudahy, 'Nation Digs In; Winter Advances By United Press A brilliant sun that shone down on most of Arkansas and the rest of the southland did little today toward breaking a new cold wave that settled over Dixie. It was. cold last night, it's cold today, nnd the weather man says it's going to be even colder tonight. The official forecast for Arkansas, is fair, colder tonight and tomorrow with a hard freeze tonight. And that prediction goes for Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Kentucky and Tennessee, too. New masses of freezing, snow laden air are moving from the northern Rockies and western Canada toward the eastern seaboard and sharp temperature drops in the Great Plains states forecast the oncoming of bitter cold for the nation. Increasing cold and snow are predicted for central nnd eastern portions ol' the country. At Devils Lake, N. D. ( the temperature fell to 18 below zero and at Minot, N. D.. and International Palls, Minn., to 17 below. Manitoba and Saskatchewan in Canada experienced the severest cold of the winter with temperatures falling to 22 below at Prince Albert and 14 below at Winnipeg. Snow is reported generally for the mid-western regions, adding to drift conditions in parts of Wisconsin, Illinois and Michigan. War Heroine Two hours later the station re- 1 ambassador to Belgium; Joseph E. ported that the freighter Goodleigh I Davies, former ambassador to Rus- had been torpedoed in latitude ' sia and Belgium, and Hugh Wilson, 55:02 north, longitude 18:45 west at 5:45 A. M. The Irish. Valentia -station then said that a British vessel giving the call letters of GKIF was being attacked by a submarine in'latitude 55:03 north .longitude 14:40 west, at 4i53 A. M. Sunday,EST. ,. Valentia. then, reported -,that the "steamer Victoria had been torpedoed at 7:55 A. M. in latitude 56:04 north, longitude 13:30 west. Another ship which had not yet been identified had been torpedoed at latitude 54:36 north, longitude 19:25 west and required "immediate assistance at 8:20 A. M. (Lloyds register lists a Lady Glaney of 5.497 tons., registered out Southampton Hard Hit LONDON, Dec. 2. (UP)—German air raiders subjected the busy south coast port of Southampton to 'A furious attack last night and former ambassador to Germany. Davies and Wilson had been serving as special assistants to the secretary of state. Bullitt's post was filled last week when the senate approved the appointment of William D. Leahy, governor of .Puerto Rico ,and former' chief of naval operations..to. represent this .country at Vichy. Kennedy's resignation had been anticipated. He flew back from London six weeks ago amidst reports that he would resign immediately because he disagreed with the administration's foreign policy. He met those reports, however, with a nationally-broadcast speech urging Mr. Roosevelt's re-election. Mrs. A. S. Deen Hurt In ^Highway Accident; Her- mandale Farmer Arrested Blast Of Dynamite Kills 4 ^ TACOMA, Wash., Dec. 2. (UP)- Nazi Tourists' Are Moving Into Balkan Countries of Cardiff, a Goodieigh of 5.448 After his call at the White House Mrs. A. S. Deen of near Blytheville was seriously.. injured in • a Highway, .61 : collision .Sunday ; -'af t^ noon which led - to the ' arrest of-; Preston Lawrence, 25-year-old farmer of near Herrriandale, on a charge of reckless driving. Condition of Mrs. Deen, who has a fractured skull and several abrasions on her legs, is very good today. She is at Walls Hospital. Lawrence, who was placed in the county jail after investigation' of. the accident which, occurred a short mixing room of the Columbia Powder Company, 10 miles south of here today, killing four men and ...demolishing v .'the,.. 'building. housing the 'mixing : unUv Cause of the ; blast" WM- -not -known. i Among British women's war organizations whose heroism has been outstanding is the Women's Auxiliary Air Force. Among W. A. A. F. members who recently won Military Medal for gallantry under terrific bombardment is Corporal Elspeto Henderson, above. BUD A PEST, Hungary, Dec. 2. (UP)—Reports circulated today, that Bulgarian and Jugoslav officials might go to Berlin soon; that some of the highest .German army officers were going to Rumania; that "tourists" were (lowing into Albania from the north. The idea that Germany was planning to go to Italy's aid in the j Greek campaign, whether Benito Mussolini wanted help or not, and that the Germans would take the short nnd hard road down the Balkans to Thrace, was gaining rcdence here. German .quarters hero dropped' cautious hints that Jugoslav and Bulgarian officials might go to Berlin this week. If they do, diplomats here will get the impression that Germany has won the tug of war'-with Russia which has tried to steer Bulgaria away from an alliance with the Axis powers. There were reports In diplomatic circles that Marshal Wilhelm Keitel, , ATHENS, Greece, Dec. '2. (UP)—Greek troops advaric : -J ed at bayonet point along the . whole Albanian battle front, today as rain, fog'and-snow bogged down Italy's war ma : chine and forced her troops into hand-to-hand combat. A war communique said >the Greeks had/"captured positions of special Importance for future general operations." The capture of Pogradee, Italian base on the north, front, -on ;the shore of Lake Ochrida, was the ma- iJor development of the weekend, .but reports from the southern front said the Greeks had captured 200 more prisoners, many horses arid other war material and that the Italians had < rushed fresh troops to cover their retreat in that area, fearing a panic would develop. . _' Military experts here said the Greek high command was making the utmost use of, the weather arid- terrain to force the -Italians into hand-to-hand fights lu which the Greeks »could use their favorite tons registered out of London, and j yesterday, Kennedy; issued a state- | distance North of •Blytheville, was a Victoria of 1,641 tons owned by > men t -which said in part: J the Isle of Man Steam Packet Co.) No further word had been received from the German freighten "Today the president was good enough to express regret over my decision (to resign), but to say released under bond. The accident took place after Lawrence swerved -to the wrong side of the.pavement''to prevent crash- .••arly today, its second straight]day tried to contact Mexican radio night of concentrated aerial bom- stations. Tropical radio heard her Rhein which slipped out of Tarn- that not yet being'- prepared to in 5 into anotner car which stopped . • " r wisheg studdenly in front of the- Lawrence pico. Mexico, last Friday and Sun- bardment. "Southampton was again made signals. There was no indication the objective of last night's air raids." the- air and home security ministries ^aicl. "A number of fires were caused but all were well under control by day break. A further statement wil! be issued later in the day." The raiders followed the pattern of Saturday night's hours-long assault in which large sections of the business district were reduced to ruins. The first planes over soon after dusk dropped incendiary bombs which set fires that illuminated the scene. Then, for hours, the planes shuttled over, dumping high explosive bombs. tin Berlin, German sources said bombs of all calibers had been dropped on Southampton dry docks and industries last night that rail- whether she was in left Tampico with freighter Idarwald. trouble. She the German The Spanish steamer Motomar which had reported herself in distress off Newfoundland Sunday morning, messaged coast guard di- appoint my successor, me to retain my designation as ambassador until he is. But I shall not return to London in that capacity. "My plan is, after a short holiday, to devote my efforts to what seems to me the greatest cause In the world today, and means, if successful, the preservation of the American form of democracy. That cause vision headquarters in Boston that | is to i ie i p the president keep the she had "cleared" her trouble. The Un ited States out of war. messages had ben relayed in Spanish and did not give details. It was believed that the Motomar had engine trouble and experienced difficulty in keeping her course. Midwest Dairy Buys (chased the Craig Dairy, it .was road service between London and Southampton had been disrupted.) { announced today _ The Craig Dairy, one of the oldest in the city, was formerly known as the Bennett Dairy which first introduced pasteurized milk in this section. Joe Craig was owner and manager. Prior to purchasing the Bennett Dairy ten years ago, Mr. Craig had Stock Prices Mi'. Roosevelt is expected to leave today for a Caribbean trip that will keep him away from Washington until just befo're Christmas. It was assumed that he would defer any decision on Kenj nedy's successor at least until he A «. r ' n * U ! returns andi more likely, until the UUt Lraig Dairy Here j new congress meets in January. Bullitt has been prominently mentioned as a likely successor to Kennedy. J. Anthony Drexel Biddle, ambassador to Poland who returned to this country when that country was invaded by Germany, also has been mentioned along with John G. Winant, head of the International Labor office. machine. The Lawrence car. Southbound, struck the North-bound Deen car. . Officers said that apparently Lawrence became confused when several cars stopped suddenly and that realizing he would strike the car in front that he pulled out on the wrong side to avoid a collision before he saw the approaching machine. Mr. Deen and two children, also in the car, received only minor cuts and bruises. Meetings Scheduled To Explain Referendum OSCEOLA. Ark., Dec. 2.— E. H. Burns, county agent for South Mississippi County, announces a series of meetings to be held throughout the southern end ( of the rounty this week for the purpose of discussing the Cotton Marketing Quota Referendum vote on Dec. 7. At these meetings probable changes in the 1941 program will be. presented and community committeemen will be elected who will assist in administering the program next year. With each succeeding, year since March, 1938. when cotton farmers Local Officer Named Lieutenant Colonel; Will Attend Legislative Session Major Ivy W. Crawford of this city, commander of the 3rd Battalion, 153rd Infantry (Rifle) of the Arkansas National Guard, has been promoted to the grade of Lieutenant Colonel and re-assigned to his present command. Col. Crawford's unit, of which the local National Guard, Company M, is a part, will be mobilized on Dec. 23 and remain at home sta- first voted on marketing quotas, the tlons f 0r about 10 days before going number of producers voting have Negro Is Accused Of Killing, 13 Years Ago The Midwest Dairy Company of Jonesboro, which recently began operations in Blytheville. has pur- A T & T 166 Am Tobacco 70 1-4 Anaconda Copper 27 3V Beth Steel :. 86 1-8 Chrysler 77 1-4 Cities Service 5 3-4 Coca Cola " 1041-4 General Electric »33 1-4 General Motors 49 7-8 Int Harvester 54 7-8 Montgomery Ward 38 N Y Central 14 North Am Aviation 173-4 Packard • — 31-4 Phillips 39 3-4 Radio 5 Republic Steel 22 1-2 j Socony Vacuum 83-8 Studebaker 8 Standard Oil N J 34 Texas Corp 38 3-4 U S Steel ' 68 3-4 been in the wholesale milk business here. Mr. Craig announced several months ago that he was planning to sell his dairy and devote full t>me to ether activities but his plans for* the future have not yet been made public. 'New York Cotton Chicago Wheat Prev. Open High Low Close'Close Dec. Jan. Mar. May July Oct. 1005 996 1009 998 975 928 1008 996 1012 1001 979 930 1004 996 1007 997. 975 925 1006 996 1009 1000 978 926 1004 995 White Man Stabs Negro Woman, Flees Two white men. are sought by officers in the stabbing of an apparent bystander Saturday night on a downtown street and Alice Clemons, 24-year-old negro woman, is in a serious condition from the stab wounds. Officers were told by eye witnesses that the two men. were jostling through a crowd near the corner of First and Main streets in a rough manner and that suddenly one of them flashed a knife into a crowd of negroes. Panic-stricken, they ran but the 2.—Arrested I for a murder allegedly committed thirteen years ago. Gus Johnson, a negro, was apprehended late Saturday by Herman Spicer, deputy sheriff, and Walter Wood, constable, at his home at O'Donald's Bend, fifteen miles northeast of Luxora. He is accused of slaying another ne^ro in Hardeman county, near Bolivar, Tenn. Johnson had been living in the J'Donald community for a num- er of years. <• The negro was placed In the ounty jail' at Osceola, where he .-ill await the arrival of the sheriff f Hardeman county, who was notl- led of the arrest, ^and will return he negro there for trial. 1007 Clemons woman was in the path of one man who stabbed her in 997 976 925 Dec. May Dec. May Open 89 7-8 87 1-2 High Low Close 90 1-4 89 1-2 89 1-2 88 1-4 87 1-4 87 1-4 Chicago Corn Open 62 3-4 61 7-8 Low 62 3-8 61 3-8 Close 62 .3-8 61 1-2 New Orleans Cotton Dec. Jan. Mar. May July Oct. the side of- the stomach. The knife penetrated between two ribs, cutting off a part of her liver, to cause a serious condition. The men ran south and j east into an alley, eye witnesses Prev.i told .officers .who combed that sec- Open High Low Close Close tion for them., 1010 1019 1009 1016 1010 j It was estimated that the men 1000 1000 1000 1000 1000 were about 22 and 30 years of age 1013 1018 1011 1013 1013 Neither appeared to be drunk, of 1002 1006 1002 1005 1003 fleers were told, although bystand 979. 982 979 981 978 ers said they may have been 928 931 828' 930 927'" drinking some. 1 ? - - become fewer and fewer, Mr. Burns said. This continued decline in the number of voting might be taken by Congressmen to mean that there is a lessening interest in the Farm Program and that there is no desire on the part of farmers for such a program. The schedule of meeting places ind time follows: Monday, Dec. 2, 10 a. m., Joiner j and Dyess; 1:30 p. m., Whitton and I Stlllman; Tuesday. Dec. 3. 10 a. m., aney-MarshaU Gin and Etowah; 1:30 p. m. West Ridge and Million Ridge; Wednesday, Dec. 4, 10 a. m.. Wilson and Victoria; 1:30 p. m. t Marie and Keiser; Thursday, Dec. 5, 10 a. m., Luxora; 1:30, Burdette and Osceola. to Camp Joseph T. Robinson at Little Rock to begin a year's training. Col. Crawford, who is also state senator from the 30th district (Mississippi county), states that members of the Arkansas National Guard who are members of the Arkansas legislature will obtain leave of absence to attend the 1941 regular session of the legislature. chief of the German supreme army command, and several of his staff officers had gone to Rumania to stop the Internal disorders and Inspect German garrisons there. This was taken as an indication Germany intended to stabilize ^Rumania and,,turn her attention elsewhere. >~ v -' s ~^—•v-V • •;*<•__. • , .;,.,The "tourist? 1 .- traffic to'Albania was reported , to have <• increased steadily the pfcsl two weeks. Nationalities of the "tourists" were not mentioned. It was said, however, that Turkey had advised Bulgaria .recently that the appearance in Thrace, the region Including eastern Greece nnd western Turkey, of any excessive number of the German tourists now "resting" at Bulgarian Black Sea resorts, would mean war. The Axis powers' attempt to lure Bulgaria into an alliance was believed to have been called oft" two weeks ago at Russia's insistence. Revival of the Bulgarian alliance reports indicated now that Germany was putting on pressure again: Diplomats here anxiously watched Bulgaria's trend. They-pointed out that Bulgaria has many friends In Moscow, among them George Dlml- trov, former defendant in the Reichstag f'rc case and close friend of Josef Stalin; George Kolarov, prominent In the commissariat of interior, and Spiridon Chakorov, of Russia's state attorney's office who prepared one of the spectacular "purge" trials, all of whom are Bulgarians. It was believed that Dimltrov especially would be alert weapon—the long bayonet. Almost every j front dispatch mentioned bayonets, and reports from Pogra- dec said the streets were littered with bayoneted Italians after the battle for that city, "- '" (In London, Exchange Telegraph dispatches said 'Italians were plaining against?* the use of> nets saying it was barbarous, and that Greek officials had , replied: "They (the Italians) don't seem to think bombing women and children Is barbarous.") Greek forces were- reported to have pushed past Pogradec along the Lake Ochrida highway' In the direction of Tirana,*Alb»jiHan capital, about 50 miles northwest. In the central sector, 150 Italian prisoners were reported taken near Premetl, and north of there, "successful operations" were reported west of Koritza. (Exchange Telegraph dispatches n London said the Greeks now vere seven or eight miles beyond torltza, the lormeiv Italian north base.) ^ The Greek advance, described "is 'steady but slow," in expectation that the Italians would : start£:.a counter-offensive as Mheir relh- orcements increased, extended from Lake Ochrida to the sea below Porto Edda. Greek warships . we're to have bombarded Porto. Edda Saturday noon. t . ^ (At Sturga, Jugoslav border town; it was reported that Greeks had crossed thte extreme southern ; border of Albania from the Philates Suit Against County Judge Filed At Osceola A group of taxpayers who filed a suit in chancery court here recently seeking to restrain approval and allowance by the chancery court of further claims against certain county funds only to face a ruling of the chancellor that such a suit could not be maintained here have filed an identical suit in the Osceola district chancery court today, it war reliably reported. Mrs. T. C. Scott Of Pascola, Mo. Dies Mrs. Daisy Scott, wife of T. C. Scott of Pascola, Mo, died at Ely- The suit charges that approprla- theville Hospital Sunday morning tions for certain county funds have * • • t j • *-• i i V\« AV\ rt^-V» 0 not-AH n nrt «cL»aH rrtar tnfi after having been admitted Friday Damage Caused In Fires Over Week End night. She was 52. Funeral rites were to be held at Pascola Baptist Church this afternoon with burial in Kennett, Mo., where the family formerly lived. Besides her husband she is sur- ived by three sons and daughters. Two fires over the weekend damaged two houses to the extent of .several hundred dollars. The Jeff Jackson residence, 1604 West Ash street, was damaged approximately $500 worth by explosion of a kerosene stove in the bath room. The fire broke out Saturday about 5:30 p. m. Two rooms of a servants quarters at the rear of the Earl Snyder House, 323 North Sixth street, were damaged about $150 worth in a fire Sunday morning, about 9 o'clock. The dry spell .of 1930 exceeded in duration and aridity any ever recorded Weather in 95 years ot Bur«au records, U. S LaForge Undertaking Co., laruthersville, was in charge. of Driver Of Death Car Is Absolved Held on a charge of manslaughter In the death of Eddie Sue Sutton, six-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. Eddie Sutton of Promised Land, Everett Sammons 22, of Bald Knob, Ark., was released following a preliminary hearing in Municipal Court Saturday afternoon. He was driver of the car which struck the child as she was v;alk ing home along a country road Nov.« 20 after having left the schoo bus a few : minutes before. Eye witnesses hearing. testified at the for any opportunity to crack down on his former German prosecutors nnd that he might help induce Russia to give Bulgaria strong backing. However averse Adolf. Hitler might be to a diplomatic struggle with Russia, ^observers here be- region and captured Konispolis.Vpn the coast below Porto Edda,: the birthplace of Dauth Hod ja,. whose assassination was one. of the : excuses for 'Italy/, starting the war. The battle for 'Konispolis was said to have lasted half an hour,; with the Greeks" losing-.15 dead "and'50 imperative to Intervene in Greece to bolster Axis prestige; that if h did intervene it would be by way of Bulgaria or Jugoslavia or both, and that ha would make it a part of his long range program for moving into the Near East. New Greek victories over the weekend, -including the • capture of flip clearer been exhausted and asked that the udge of the county court, S. L jladish, be restrained from approving further claims against these unds and that other county officials be restrained from official acts on their part which would allow payment of county scrip issued on such approved claims. It is understood that Judge Gladish denies that warrants in excess of revenue have been issued. Italians Need This To Speed Retreat ROME, Dec. 2. (UP)—Fascists reported today that Italy's new "mystery plane" reached a speed of 625 miles an hour when tested by a famed Italian racing pilot. Tho' plane, which has no pro- pellor, runs on compressed gas according to information here. It was reported that the plane was Invented by an engineer who has hopes that it eventually will attain a speed of; 3,000 niles an" hour in the, stratosphere. and 60 wounded. ", '(Sturga, reported that in. the central sector, Greeks advanced" .rom Herseka, which they captured Friday, along the Leskuvuch-Perat ,road and were aproaching the village of Barmasi. Near Moskopoli, in artillery battle was said to have raged lor two days between Greek mountain forces and Italians,on the left bank of the Kelizoni river:) and some tanks to Albania. The Italian defeats at Koritza and Pogradee made it plainer now that Salonia, the Greek east port at which the campaign is directed, could not be captured through the mountainous Albania route without a bitter struggle. Observers now believed the Gei- mans would prefer the direct route through JugoslHVia. | Tree Grows Ih Living Room BOYLSTON, Mass. (UP) — W. j Gray Harris never goes looking Jor ! a Christmas tree. He has one grow! ing In his living room beside a tiny I brook. The brook In Harris' unusual house. is man-made but the tree grows out of a real ledge. WEATHER Arkansas—Fair and colder to- .nlght and Tuesday, hard freeze. Memphis and vicinity—Fair, nob quite so cold tonight, lowest tem- perature ^32, Tuesday partly cloudy. of Koritza' two weeks ago, still were reaching here. The Greeks were said to have encircled the town at night arid set bonfires which bewildered the Italians and caused them to surrender in droves. Greek troops in plain clothes penetrated the city and the Italian lines ; ber hind it. cutting communication lines. ;•• Greeks said a revolutionary movement was spreading in Albania, harassing the Italian lines from the rear. Livestock EAST ST. LOUIS, 111., Dec.- 2. (UP)—Hogs: 19,800—19,000 salable. Top, 6.15 " 170-230 Ibs., 5.65-6.10 ;-•' 140-160 Ibs., 5.15-5.75 V* Bulk sows, 5.35-5.90 * ^ Cattle: 6,750—6300 salable. Slaughter. steers, 6.50-13.75- - ^, Slaughter heifers, 6.00-12.25 Beef: $ows, 5.50-6.00 Cutters and low ~: cutters, 4.25-5.25

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