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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OP NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI VOLUME XXXVII—NO. 225, Blytheville Daily News Blytheville Courier ' Mississippi Valley Leader Blytheville Herald BLYTHKVILhE, ARKANSAS, SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7/1940 SINGLE COPIES FIVE CENTS REPORTS SEEK GREEK-ITALIAN TRUCE Major Sea Fight May Be Imminent; Cruiser ^Tp Dock MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay, Dec. 7. • (UP)—Officers ' of the cruiser Uruguay said today that the 30,600-ton liritish battleship Warspite was speeding; northward in an attempt to intercept a German sea raider which was engaged two days ago by the British auxiliary cruiser Carnarvon Castle. Display Windows Shrink-In London l p* ^SSS'Sto ( announce that ¥ e finr.the "Premise's-.- MONTEVIDEO, Dec. 7. (UP) — The Carnarvon Castle, 20,122-ton British armed merchant cruiser, was expected to dock here about nocu today to unload its wounded and repair the da r mage suffered in a battle with a German commerce raider. Excitement ran high along- the waterfront. There were reports that the German ship involved was a pocket battleship; that British warships were after it and that a major naval battle in the vicinity was imminent. The British legation here refused comment but the 2,991-ton British steamer Argentine, which mounts two guns on its stern, returned to port a few hours after sailing yesterday and some persons interpreted this to mean that the British were preparing for a battle in this vicinity and wanted their ships out o[ the way. Although the British admiralty had identified the German ship "disguised as a the report was as a fast raider merchant ship," widespread here that the ship actually was a sister fco the pocket battleship Graf Spec, which is a charred derelict just outside the harbor here, destroyed by its crew to avoid another battle with three British cruisers which chased it to port. The newspaper El Diario said it might be the Admiral Scheer, which has been reported loose in the Atlantic. Raider Speedy _Dec. 7. G''erman""sea raider which' "bat'tlecT the British armed merchant cruiser Carnarvon Castle probably was a ship of . 10,000 to 12.000 tons of the type of the former German prison ship Altmark, with a speed of about 19 knots, naval experts said today. .This, they said, would explain her ability to:outrun the Carnarvon Castle, which had a speed of knots. A. F. Of L, C. I. 0. Unions Stage Combined Walkout On Pay Dispute SEATTLE. Wash., Dec. 7. (UP)— The Pacific Northwest lumber industry, vital to the nation's army mobilization plans, was tied up today by a combined walkout of AFL and CIO unions. Strikes which began a week ago in isolated logging camps today had spread throughout the industry—to almost every milling and finishing plant in Washington and Oregon. More than 10,000 men either were actually on strike or were forced out of work by plants closed through labor disputes. A score i of logging camps had .suspended I operations and 10 Seattle and 16 \ Tacoma mills were closed. Operators said that at least 25 'per cent of the contracts held 1 by their closed plants were for lumber needed by the army to construct barracks and other buildings at bases in:Alaska, the canal zone. •Hawaii, ^California nd the North 'west, /•'.•,.. • ' ... ' : ' unions seek -to'.-raise - the *ENTRANCE THIMCHS fiT I, Good Business Conditions Reflected In 1940 Slate, County Tax Payments If uooci tax collections reflect "good limes", us generally conceded, Mississippi County is in i;x- ccllent financial condition'for the 1040 collection of stute and county taxes was the best in the history of the county. Not only were the amounts collected on assessed valuation higher this year but the per ccntagc of unpaid taxes is the lowest in history, despite the highest assessed valuation. Sheriff Hale Jackson has made Say No Progress Made; Italian Shakeup Goes On ROME, Doc. 7. (UP)—Italy oontimiod Tier military shakeup today by announcing the resignation, "at his own request," -of the governor oi* the Dodecanese Islands, Ce- aare Maria de • Vecchi, and the appointment of an army veteran, Gen. Kttore Bastico, to succeed him. The resignation of Count De Vecchi, one of the quadrumvirnte which led the Fascist march on Rome, was attributed to the growing Importance of the Dodecanese in connection with the war with Naii raiders have caused sizable "alterations" in many buildings in London's swank Regent St. shopping district, but. as the sign over Brown's Arcade, above, announces, many tenants in bombed buildings are "carrying on as usual." Street-front tenants have found (T practical to replace blasted windows primarily with boards, leaving only a small sheet of glass for display' purposes. SPEED 1IITIIL TO 17 basic" pay .scale in ./'the industry from 62 Vi cents ah hour to 70 cents. The unions rejected a 1\<> cent an liour compromise increase offered by the employers. They said it was "bribery." The strikes threatened to spread to other unions in other areas. AFL and CIO locals in the Columbia River basin, with ' 2,400 members, said they would strike against nine Portland, Ore., mills Monday 'Speed, Speed, More Speed' Urges Defense Co-Ordi- nator Knudsen DETROIT, Dec. 7. (UP)—"Speed, speed and more speed" is industry's slogan for the national defense program today because, warned Defense Coordinator William S. Knudsen, "we must show the world that- what we claim to be we are." The defense program is industry's program, Knudsen told leading- TO ELECT Soldiers Pass Through > City On Way To Camp Blytheville took on a military air for a few minutes at 8 o'clock tills morning when more than 100 soldiers passed through the city, along with war-time paraphernalia. The automobile tags-were marked "Missouri'* and it was'-"understood 'that. the., soldiers were enroute.^to a Texas training"-'camp. ; ': •' Mounted machine guns and the uniformed men created much attention as they went through the Community committeemen and city and there was much waving from soldiers and local citizens. lector collected $14,070,689 on state nnd county taxes, payable In 1940. on an assessed valuation of $15.422,007. In 1939. 1938 taxes were collected on a total of $14,049,905 out of an assessed valuation of $15,24(5,582. Increase in amount collected this year over last year was $529,- ddma^T^ i— Collect ° r with Greece. Bastlco is best known • as and is ready to make the settle- ft '" "' S ' ° e Vecchl ^ ftn ad " ment with the state, which is expected to be done within a few days. The office of sheriff and col- mlnistrator, The 14 Dodecanese Islands He off the const of Turkey. They are heavily fortified to give Italy control of the Eastern Mediterranean. Gen. Bastlco Is n veteran of the war with Turkey during which Italy seized the Islands In 1912. The change was regarded part of the shake-up in which Gen. LONDON, Dec. 7. (UP) — Diplomatic quarters said today that Baron Franz von Papen, German ambassador to Turkey, has attempted through- Turkish -mediation to arrange peace or at least an armistice in the Italian- Greek hostilities. '-: Diplomatic reports reaching London from Belgrade said that von Papen hnd discussed possibility of «n Ttn'taii -Greek armistice with the Turkish forekn minister but it was belK-fid that Greek Premier John Metaxas. whose armies ••till are scoring victories the Italians in Albania, had shown no enthusiasm for Germany's efforts.. . ; A Belgrade newspaper was re- oorted to hav. received information from Berlin that the Turkish minister soon might meet Metaxas Chickasawba District Communities Tp_ Glvapse Farm Program Officials Health' Unit Employes then - Tne CI ° boom-men's union, To Attend State Meeting unless Agreement is reached before j automobile manufacturers last night, urging them to settle their labor problems because "the hard- Members of the Mississippi County Health Unit will attend which holds a contract in.Tacoma, i arranged to meet APL representatives Sunday. An agreement between them, it was indicated, might take the boom-men' out in the annual meeting of the "State j sympathy with the other lumber Health Department in Little Rock Mondav, Tuesday and Wednesday. Dr. E. M. Nixon, director of the workers. Nine-tenths of the total weight. unit, who is in Little" Rock on ]not• height, of an iceberg lies be- business, will remain there and he j low the water surface. will be joined by George Shamlin. [ "" sanitarian; Miss Anabel Bryant. ! Tr\l/~{ •nurse, and Ellen Smith, negro' ' UIVJ nurse. The secretary. Mrs. Norman Bunch, will remain here. 'Good Stropping' New York Cotton Dec. Jan. Mar. Mav Ju^v Oct. Prev. Ooen High Low Close Close 1018 t022 1018 1018 1023 1009 1010 1009 1010 1011 1021 1026 1021 1023 1025 1016 1019 1015 1015 1019 995 999 994 999 999 937 944 937 942 941 New Orleans Cotton Dec. Jan. Mar. May July Oct. Prev. Open Hi?h Low Close Close 1023 1026 1023 1025 1027 1013 1020 1013 1014 1016 1026 1031 1025 1030 1023 1018 1025 1029 1073 1023 999 1004 " 999 1003 1004 942 949 940 948 946 Prices A. T. & T 169 ^ m. Tobacco 69 ] -4 Anaconda Copper 28 87 77 5 5-8 33 1-2 49 55 1-4 Beth. Steel Chrysler Cities Service- General Electric General Motors International Harvester Montgomery Ward 37 1-2 N. Y. Central 13 7-8 North Am. Aviation 171-2 Packard 31-8 Phillips 40 5-8 Radio 5 Republic Steel 22 7-3 Sccony Vac 83-8 Studebaker 8 Std. of N. J 33 3-4 Texas Corp 38 1-2 U. S. Steel 69 1-2 est time lies ahead." Knudsen. former president of General Motors Corp., addressed his former colleagues: M. M. Gilman. president of. • Packard Motor Co.; C. E. Wilson, acting president of General Motors; K. T. Keller, president of Chrysler, Fred M. Zc- der. vice president of Chrysler, and Charles Sorenson, production, chief at the Ford Motor Co. He urged them to engage in subcontract-in? to utilize available tools and facilities for sul»assemblv work and ease the burden of the tooling industry. He asked the automobile manufacturers to grant the government the same marein of safety in regard to promised delivery dates 1 as they do in their regular business. Knudsen pleaded for an end of labor strife, at least until after the defense program has been completed. 724 while the increase in valuation was only $170.225. The delinquency list was only $843,118 for this year while last year's amount was $1,190,619. Figures on the real estate and personal taxes were released by P. E. Cooley, county auditor. The real estate tax unpaid in 1940 for 1939 taxes was 1.80 per cent while' the year before the percentage unpaid was 2.90 per cent. There was n 9 per cent Improvement in-the personal taxes :pait! with the de- Uniquent-Hat vfor-thiSi-year-showing 21.60 per cent while last year it was 30.30 per cent. The amount of taxes collected this year will be even higher to Disease Waning In Calif J ornia, Increases In Ore* SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 7. (UP) —An epidemic of influenza, waning in California, increased in Oregon and other Western states today, sweeping schools, army camps and other areas of concentrated population. Additional schools were closed in many parts of the West, but health authorities predicted that the epidemic, characterized by the speed of its spread and its mildness, probably would have run its course by Christmas. In Arizona more than 400 cases had been reported to Dr. J. D. Dunshee, acting superintendent, of public health, but the infection had not yet reached the epidemic stage. In Washington, where doctors are not required to report the influenza cases they treat, there was no accurate figure available but some schools reported as many as 10 per cent of the .students absent. Almost 1500 soldiers were being treated for influenza and colds at Camp Murray, and another 750 were ill at .adjoining Fort Lewis. In Oregon, schools at Astoria and Portland were hit, and the 249th Coast Artillery at Camp' Clatsop reported a number of cases, bids on pipe prices for the 5 vrt PI™™* f r v, « ! Disinfectant, Taken , Witn representatives of both «% « it present.' the city pur- ( By Mistake. Is Fatal, fluent flirted the coin and j 1 1T*O C CO Ml f±rl 1 AAA will be elected in the Chickasawba District of Mississippi County at a series of meetings beginning Monday, according 'to J. J. Pickren. agent. Each producer of cotton is being . sent a notice from the AAA office in Blytheville telling him in 1 which community his farm is located and where he will be expected to vote. A delegate to the county convention and an alternate, and three committeemen and two alternates will be elected at each meeting and delegates to the county convention will elect the county committee for 1941. . ; Monday, the meetings will be held at Armorel school. 9 a. m.; 40 and 8 Gin office; 10:30 p. m.; Yarbro school, 1:30 p. m. Tuesday, the meetings will be held at Half Moon school. 9 a. m.; Dell vocational agriculture building, 10:30 a. m.; Clear Lake school, 1:30 p. m.; Gosnell school. 7 p. m. Wednesday, the final meetings will be held at Pawhcen school, 9 Ubaldo Soddu, imdcr-sccretnry. :of war. succeeded Gen. Sebnstluho Pnscha as commander of the Italian army in Albania, and-Gen. Ugo Cavallero yesterday succeeded Marshal Pictro Badoglio as chief of the general staff. : The war ministry publication Porze Armate said today that an office of under-chief of-ihe general stnff would be created to give Gen. Cavallero, nn assistant and a substitute in case of his absence or illness. The office will be filled by. Royal decree on Premier Benito Mussolini's recommendation, and the appointee .,must be an army., air•-' or , navy; officer with.^aVjle!^ t^raiS? of army corps general, admiral,,or nir squadron general, the publication snld. result of von Paoen's reoortecl efforts to use Turkish influence with Greece in favor of an armls- ns tlce. ' ; Von Papon was said to -have Citv Council Flips Coin To Decide on Contract ET- PASO. Tex. (UP^ — Coin- the typical American way of ?etlling minor disputes and of determining who will buv the drinks, was resorted to in E] Paso to rle 1 "!^ which of two big pipe rr~'nniu>.s would eet a $3,000 order. The coin-flipping was recom- j mender! by the city council after «-!»~)i co^iosnv hM submitted iden- the increase in amount paid in when, collecting-of delinquent personal taxes is completed but this county ""agiTcuiturai I wil1 not show ln Ule records of j the sheriff nnd collector for this year. The real estate delinquent books now go to the county clerk's office for collection by land redemption, and so will not show on this year's record. Not only does collection of this large amount reflect good business conditions in Mississippi County, but it also illustrates the practices employed by the offices of sheriff and collector and tax assessor, it was said. The tax assessor's office lias "weeded out" n number of properties the taxes on which have been settled after years of controversy and the office of sheriff and collector has issued notices to locate Leachville vocational agriculture building. 10:30 a. m.; Lost Cane school, 1:30 p. m.; Blytheville courthouse, 1:30 p. m. ATHENS, Greece, Dec. 7 (UP)The Italian army, has flown re- sugprcsted that Greece could have peace by repudiating Britain's Kimrnntee to defend Greek independence. As a "reword", it was reported, Greece would be allowed to participate in Adolf Hitler's new order fov Europe and receive a German pledge similar . to ' that (!iven Rumania. . Such a pledge would reolace the British guarantee to Greece, Reports of, von Papen's activities were not confined in any official quarter, nor were there any indications that Metaxas .was Inclined to listen to the, von Papen siig^ gcsfclons. ; ' ••.....Diplomatic quarters ,hefe uted^von Papen's : . alleged } peace . y*-.tor£HfrVsEtfcaft r #e>fe*fc- - es which Greece has. Inflicted on Italy 'but the move " also 'was attributed to Hitler's desire to restore sufficient tranquilly . In Greece to enable Germany to -obtain much needed Greek produce. enforcements into Albania In. an Turkish circles in London believ- attempt to halt the Greeks-Italian prisoners brought to Greek headquarters said today. The re-en- forcements .were arriving In a steady stream the prisoners reported. Some of Llie prisoners left Italy only four days., ago and Immediately went into battle. They fell Into Greek hands in the Argyroknstron sector. Government spokesmen said Greek, and British warships would make full use of Porto Edda "In the coming offensive against southern Italy," 80 miles away. Worried Countess their taxes being due to decrease the number of delinquencies. Starts New Job Hie deal was settled. Comely model Arabella ("Bunny") Hartley "needs a good strapping," she was told by New York magistrate • William Rin- _Wge Nods Agreement Over Soeeder's Alibi SPOKANE, Wash. ("UP^—Because the judge had experienced similar trouble. John Green, 18. escaped conviction in police court. He anneared to answer charges Vassar College was incorporated under the name of Vassar Female College. -». V* *» * * '"-O *r»WVK* VlllliCtill i.HLI - I ,, -- *gel. He was irate because she of speeding and failing to stop at haled ex-husband to court on j an arterial highway. assault charge, then withdrew Green said he thought his fath- accusation, later failed to ap- car had developed serious trou- pear to answer cop's charge of ble and was running to a garage to disorderly conduct, and in gen- save his father a tow bill. era! had things a-dither. She's "That same thing happened to pictured after judge gave her me," said Judge Frank' Yuse' "I ten days- in workhouse, sus- drove from Pasco-^ to 'Walla Walla [pended pending good behavior; not knowing what was wrong William Jeffries died- early Friday morning a few minutes after he had been admitted to Walls Hospital. Mrs. Jetfries said that, he accidentally drank a quantity of disinfectant which was poisonous, while at the family residence on Short Walnut street. Funeral services will be^ held this afternoon. Prize Winner Consistent MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (UP)—A champion of prize winners is Mrs. Call Made For Tender Of Bonds On Stadium V. G. Holland, trustee, has issued a call for sealed tenders of Blytheville stadium bonds on or before the 15th day of December. In complying with the tender call holders of the bonds should s"ub- mit sealed offers of their bonds, stating the serial numbers of the bonds and the amount which the holder will take for his bonds. The offers should be made to Mr. Holland. I Bonds purchased must be de- J livered to the trustee, for payment j and, cancellation on or before January 1, 1941. The trustee reserves the right to reject all tenders if the price or discount at which they are offered arc not deemed acceptable by him. Wayne C. Taylor, pictured in his Washington office after being sworn in as Under-Secretary of Hubbard Hardware Is Burglarized Last Night The Hubbard Hardware Company The $30 cash had been removed but how the burglar gained entrance to the building is a mystery, 'officers said today, j The $30 cash had ben removed j from the register, It was discovered j this morning. An investigation is being launched along the theory that some one hid in the store when it was closed late yesterday. Bernice O. Frissell. Many of her | Commerce to succeed Edward J. home furnishings were acquired through winnings in national con- Noble, who resigned. Taylor is European delegate to the Amer- tests. In all/she'won 80 contests-! ican Red Cross and a former But'her last prize • was her biggest i Assistant Secretary of the Trea—a ?l,400-'alrplane. WEATHER Arkansas—Fair, colder, freezing in north and central portions tonight. Sunday fair, slightly warin- JXervousJy twisting her fingers, Countess von Haugwitz Revent- low, the- former Barbara Button, is pictured at Atlanta, Ga^ after flying from California. She .was en route to the bedside of father. Franklyn L. Hutton, ill at his plantation home near Charleston.'S. & , ' ed Greece would continue the war. It was pointed out that Britain lad kept her pledge and had giv- r n Greece the maximum of armed aid and - supplies. ' Turkish quarters here were candid in saying that they hnd been impressed favorably by the extent of the British support to the Greeks. Italians Arc Trapped WITH GREEK ARMIES IN SOUTHWESTERN ALBANIA, Deci. 7. (UP)—Italian detachments, their retreat cut off, battled stubbornly in the Argyrokastron area today and Greek commanders said their annihilation or surrender was merely a matter of time. The Italians were caught between Porto Edda, which fell to the Greeks yesterday, and . Argyrokas- tron. They were based in the\town of Delvino and .the ' Greeks said It was impossible for. them treat or fight their way to safety through a ring of Greek guns arid, bayonets. Greek detachments wer;e moving ^n Delvino from two directions and 5 Greek troops were holding all highway junctions and roads connecting Delvino and Argyrokastron. Latest dispatches at Greek, headquarters in this area said Argy- 1 rokastron had not-yet been occu- oied but all operations leading up to capture of - this last important/ Italian base in southern Albania were reported complete and the Greeks believed its fall was imminent. ' ' . ' • . . •• .•'•' /'. "; Greeks reported; that Italians, fleeing northward from Porto Edja, were being hard pressed. At several points the Greeks were reported to have , dispersed Italian detachments. Greek detachments were established in. strong positions T round Argyrokastron. Fires were blazing in the town, clearly visible to Greeks on the heights overlooking it. Italians in the area were said to have abandoned fortified •positions for which the Greeks had expected to fight. Greek commanders said that for the most part" their "remaining work in southwestern Albania consisted of "mopping up operations, capture of Argyrokastron and pursuit of the Italians fleeing from Porto Edda. • : Reserve For Jobless Large RALEIGH. N. C. (UP) .— North Carolina's unemployment compensation commission has paid claims aggregating $16,373.964.15 since it was established four years ago. Collections have totaled $39,486,467.. 50, 'leaving a balance of $23,112,503.35. • '*"

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