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VOLUME XXXVII—NO. 226 BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OP NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI "^"^ Blytheville Daily News Blytheville Courier Mississippi -Valley Iseader Blytheville Herald BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS, MONDAY, DECEMBER 9, 1940 SINGLE COPIES FIVE CENTS S BLOWS STRUCK OVER WIDE FRONT * / * * . * * * * • • , * * » , + \ •*' Caribbean Battle Zone; IIPuce's Troubles Grow Cruiser Closing In On Raider; Seize Idarwald IS Mil PON BK SES By United Press War struck ins i d e the western hemisphere's security belt today with naval action in the Caribbean and off South America. German warplanes hurled one of the severest attacks of the war against London. Greek troops drove deeper into Albania. Benito Mussolini continued to reshuffle his high war command. It was 'a day of action on many fronts— riots between Nazis and anti-Nazis in Denmark . . . bitter fighting betweeri the French and Siamese . . . blistering air attacks by the British upon German air and submarine bases in occupied territories of Europe and upon the heavy industries of the Ruhr . mounting troubles for II Duce in Albania and at home. Copenhagen reported the most serious outbreak since the Nazi occupation. Some 350 Nazi demonstrators fought police in a three- hour battle at- a. town in south Jutland. Police finally placed them m jail where they were jeered by The police -were the populace. cheered. Naval action between the British and Germans occurred at sev- ._e,ral ; points within the western hemisphere. The light British cruiser—- Dionaede intercepted the JTSfcTfreigKter idarwald off Santa Clara province, Cuba. The Germans were believed to have at- temtped to scuttle their craft but the British apparently boarded it and took the crew prisoner. There was no word of the Rhein, sister ship of the Idarwald, which slipped out of Tampico, Mexico, at the same time. Both vessels it was suspected intended to re- provision or refuel Nazi commerce raiders. Off the South American coast the mighty British dreadnaught Warspite and the fast cruiser Enterprise were attempting to close in on the German high seas raider that last week fought and escaped from the British auxiliary cruiser Carnarvon Castle. The Carnarvon Castle, which suffered seven killed. ' 14 wounded and substantial damage, lay at Montevideo, where crews fitted steel plates taken from the Graf Spee, German pocket battleship scuttled there just a year ago, over the holes in her hull. A U. S. Navy announcement of the Idarwald's capture came hours after Cuban radio stations heard on the Idarwald radio that "we are being fired on by a British cruiser," and later, that the Idar- wald was sinking and the crew was taking to life boats. The Idarwald, in company with the German freighters Phrygia, RheLn, and Orinoco. left Tampico, Mexico, Nov. 19 to run the British blockade. Just outside Mexican territorial waters, they saw warships which they thought were British. The Phrygia's crew scuttled her and the others fled back to Tampico where they insisted the warships were British and Mexican authorities said they merely were American destroyers on neutrality patrol. On Nov. 29. the Idarwald and the Rhein left Tampico to try it again. They were last seen steaming southward down the Mexican coast, followed by a warship which MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay, Dec. 9. (UP)— Reports circulated, without official confirmation, today that the British cruiser Enterprise had sighted the German sea raider that damaged the Carnarvon Castle'last Thursday and had closed in to give battle. According to a reliable source, cfficers of the Carnarvon Castle, here for repairs, received word from the Eenterprise last night that she had sighted and was overtaking the fleeing German raider. German Factories Kit LONDON. Dec. 9. (UP)—British bomber pilots, guided by "flames streaming from the windows" of German steel works and war factories, battered the Dusseldoil area from low altitudes with the heaviest caliber bombs, the air ministry said today. President Declines Comment After Conference Afloat Near Martinique ABOARD U. S. S. MAYRANT IN THE CARIBBEAN. Dec. 9. (UP)— President Roosevelt proceeded today toward an unannounced destination, uncommunicative about his one-hour shipboard conference with United States naval'and diplomatic officials off Port De Prance. Martinique, one of the Western Hemisphere's potential trouble spots. The-cruiser Tuscaloosa, on which Mr. Roosevelt is touring the Caribbean, anchored three-miles off the French Island, where are the French Aircraft Carrier Beam and about 100 United States-made fighting planes that the United States government has tried in vain to get back. The Destroyer Sims, on enutrality patrol duty near the island, went to port and brought out United States Consular Representative The British attack lasting j Brocker and Capl. Ernest J. * through most of the night, extend- cd from the heart of German war industries along the Nazi-held coast to the big French ports of Bordeaux, Brest and L'Orient Blankenship. U. S. N., navy observer at Fort De France, to* confer, with Mr. Roosevelt. ' During the conference, the Tuscaloosa and the Destroyers Sims. which were bombed until huge Trippe and Mayrant were grouped fires were started, the communique off tn e port, their officers observ- CO ' H ing it with field glasses. The planes in Martinique sold to Prance before she capitulated to ..Germany and taken there '' on the - Beam-, said. The strongest onslaught? however. •• appeared to be against the Dus^eldorf area where three large. fires and many small -ones were have been a source of-anxiety-in- started by the British first wave I. Washing ton for several months, after which more bombers attack-! since Martinique has remained eu the district, according to thelloval to the Virhv pmwnmpnf THP ministry. Bad Weather Helps London LONDON. Dec. 9. (UP) r-Bad weather brought a respite to London today after German planes, I loyal to the Vichy government. The planes are being gradually outmoded for war purposes. The president was estimated to laued be about 1.200 miles from the place in the Western Caribbean attack which {where a British cruiser hours, blasted the j t ne high' explosive and in- 12,686,€X)0-Bale Cotton Crop Is Bureau's Estimate . WASHINGTON, Dec;1j9, (UP)-The agricultural department today estimated} 1940 cotton production at 12,686,000 bales. This compared with 11,817,000 bales last year and a 1929-38 average of 13,547,000 bales. Today's estimate, based on Dec. V reports, represents a decrease of •\bout one per cent from- the forecast for Nov. i. Indicated yield oer acre was 252.4 pounds, compared with 237.9 pounds In 1939 and a 10-year average of 198.1 pounds. In the area from Georgia to Texas the development of late cotton was retarded seriously by adverse weather during November, The resulting losses from freezes and rains totalled 212.000 bales in Arkansas, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi. Oklahoma and Texas. Harvested acreage Is estimated at 24.078,000 acres, compared with 23,805,000 acres harvested in 1939. Ginnings from the 1940 crop prior to'Dec. r were 10,870,247 run- nirig bales, compared with 11,110,- 48G in the same period in 1939. Estimated " production by states included:' Arkansas, 1.540,000. Missouri, 380,000. Mississippi, 1,280,000. Texas, 3.285,000. Tennessee, 515,000. ILL SJP HERE Squadron Of 106th Cavalry Will Be Quartered Here Friday Night A mechanized squadron of the cendiary bombs and, sweeping down over the streets, raked some areas with machine gun fire. It was feared that casualties would prove heavy. Many people were buried in wreckage" and in lestimony of the material damage, nine hospitals, four churches, 3 convent, and four vicarages were zinong the buildings hit. -There were many casualties among patients and members of .he staff of one hospital which suffered a direct- hit. Wounded men and women were dug from the wreckage and taken to other ;arts cf the hospital for emergency treatment. There had been a strange calm of 44 hours, during which not a single German plane had been reported over the London area, when .he Germans attacked in full' fury -.nd. at the same time. German cng range guns opened a bom- •-ardment from the French coast .vhich recked buildings for miles dong the Flemish shore. off UU freighter Idarwald; _ r 01 Funeral Rites Held For Claud Moss, 51 OSCEOLA, Ark., Dec. 9.—Funeral services /for Glaud^Mass.^'Sl,. died at his home, west of Wednesday night, were 'held Thurs- dfiy afternoon at Carson Lake Cemetery. Mr. Moss was reared on the Carson Lake community but had farmed the Lee Wilson land -for some time on Highway 40. He had been ill for several weeks. He leaves his wife and five children; two brothers, Henry Moss of Little Rock and Frank Moss of Osceola; one sister. Mrs. Mary Webb of Osceola. and his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. D. .Moss of this cily. Swift Funeral Home had charge. Reverses Lower Court, Rules Against Bequest LITTLE ROCK. Dec. 9. (UP)— Before going to Martinique, Mr. Roosevelt called on St. Lucia Island, 25 miles south of the French possession, to inspect the base acquired by the United States in the destroyer trade with Great- Britain. The Tuscaloosa anchored off n , , , Port Castries, St. Lucia, about 9 Probably Longest A. M. Sunday. Sir Henry B. Pop- T ' T\ r if J ham, St. Lucia governor, went '"P Uave fcVCr Made aboard, accompanied by A. A. Wright, colonial administrator and OSCEOLA, Ark., Dec. 9.—Chief Allen B. Fetter. United States of Police Dave Young knows par- consular agent at Port Castries. | tially how to sympathize with the One United States neutrality pa- homeless and ill-clad refugees and trol plane was anchored at Port immigrants appearing in the news Castries and another at Gros Islet O f the day after his cold ride home Bay, a few miles down the island ; from Hood Lake, twenty miles be- where a 120-acre site for . anchor- ' y0 nd Oonesboro without shirt, coat, ing seaplanes and tenders has hat or shoes around three o'clock been leased to the United States, j Friday morning Mr. Roosevelt went by launch into Castries harbor, inspecting anchorages for small vessels, and later went around the island in T , v . , , the Tuscaloosa for a close, general ^ ake f ^ ' m the duck sef ^ ™ s inspection. Later, he said he and bur " cd £ S graund aroun 1' m *u" the British officials had discussed I™* 1 ; 1 ™™***y along with the hunters store of ammunition, gro- ™™vly escaped be* ' b R ° y reversed and dismissed the decision of a Phillips county chancery court under which Dr. j. p. Baker of Helena was to receive a $2.000 bequest from the estate of the late Mrs. Alice Weatherly. The ' appeal to the high court was made by John C. Sheffield, 'executor of the estate which to- aviation facilities, water and artillery protection island. supplies : for the! Netherlands, Mo. Bookkeeper Dies; St. Louisan In Hospital Here Lorenzo Lusk, 26, of Portngevillc, Mo., wns fatally Injured and Knbln Chalkraft, 24. of St. Louis, wns seriously injured in a Highway 04 accident near Gnrulhersvillc, Mo., Sunday night. Mr. Lusk, who wns alone in his car, died at n Caruthcrsviile clinic a few minutes after the ambulance reached there. The steering wheel of his car punctured his face to cause death. The St. Louis resident, who wns driving a truck loaded with paint, _ _.'s rosti »U f nh' at Blytheville Hos- 106th Cavalry, Illinois'" national j Dltal but cxlG »t ° r his condition guard unit from Urbana. Ill,, will i liad not bccn determined at noon spend Friday night, Dec. 13, here enroute to Camp Beauregard, La. The squadron, composed of 21 officers and 200 men, will be quartered at the national guard armory here. Mobile field kitchens, accompanying the squadron, will provide meals far the men while they are here. Included in the motorized equipment of the men will be 27 scout cars, 16 trucks, 4 station wagons, 4 'jeeps' and 12 motorcycles. The squadron will spend the night .of Deo. 12 at Carbondale, III., and cross the Mississippi river, at Cape Glrardeau, Mo., moving' down Highway 61 to this* city;. The traveling -schvduTe'taf >. the junlt:. calls, .for. arrival"h"ere'"'about ohe : o'clock P, M. although arrival Is usually later ' than the -scheduled time. Except for advance cars which will precede the unit to make arrangements for its entry Into the city the other vehicles will halt north of Oils city to "close In" to the armory. Three Are Hurt In Accident- Driver Charged • La Vergne Chilcutt, 20-year-old employe on the government revetment project at Bar-field, his brother, Jimmie Chilcutt, and Jimmie Jr., received injuries in a motor accident Saturday which led to the arrest of LaVergne Chilcutt on a charge of reckless driving. Injuries to the driver were lacerations on the right cheek and 'eft eye, his brother received lac- today pending making of more X-ray pictures. He has a concussion of tho brain, severe lacerations on the forehead and a broken right thumb. The truck and car aro said .-to have collided about 7 o'clock one nnd a half miles West' of Caruthersville. Mr. Lusk. who was reared in Portngeville, .40 miles north or Blythevillc, was bookkeeper for M. R. Roland at Netherlands, Mo. Funeral services will be held Tuesday afternoon, 2 .o'clock, at the Portagcvlllc Methodist church with burial in that city. , v , ..;He Is survived !by; his wife,- Mrs. Valera* Bowman -Lusk; a child; his parents. Mr. and Mrs. Luther P. Lusk, and a brother, W. T. Lusk, all of Portagevllle. Mr. Chalkraft, who was employed at HaytL for a paint company, is married and has two children. La Forge^ Undertaking Company of Caruthersville is in charge of arrangements. Pre-Historic Crocodile TRENTON. N. J. (UP)— A member of the Thoracosaurus Ncces- sariensLs'de Kay family, which inhabited the Atlantic Ocean- when that body of water covered what Is now Gloucester county in Northern New Jersey some 75,000.000 years ago, is now at home to visitors In the .state museum here. M. T. N. de Kay was a 30-foot -rations on his forehead and left sa lt water crocodile in its prime eye and hte nephew was cut on 7 50i000 centur i cs ago . Now lt ^ the lower lip. They were given emergency treatment at Blytheville hospital and a physician's office. an aggregation of bones, including a nearly complete lower jaw, eight unassorted vertebrae, a number of She" SSSTto^SSd at the *"« *>«* -d of a skull cap corner of Lilly and Cherry streets, and * everal bon y P lates wnic n once when the Chilcutt car struck an! semd as Protective armor. automobile driven by Robert L. i ~" • White, collection agent for Sears,, rv~.^:-^ "T^ n " Roebuck and Co., of Memphis, who; L/enieS I ODD I HO was driving north on Lilly while, x-* ,/ »*i. the Blytheville car was going west. ^OUTt S WlfGS en Cherry. Stock Prices shotguns, a watch and other equipment. Mr. Dillard, Alec Smith and Dutch Welch of Jonesboro had gone coon hunting around ten AT&T. 1-014' °' clock Thur sday night; Mr. Young ! not caring to go had remained at the camp alone and gone to bed. He was awakened by the fire only Mmphis car was damaged » sources identified as an American ed * u > m - Sheffield successfully destroyer on neutrality patrol I contended that the promise of the * ^ LU - -late Mrs. Weatherley that she Am. Tobacco 69 l-*! Anaconda Copper 27 1- Betii. Steel 875-: Chrysler "would leave Baker $2,000 in payment for medical treatment was not enough to establish a contract! plains"' despite testimony of several per- I Radio sons, said to have heard hor moi-o ' ~. ,. the promise. On Dec. 1. the Rhein was heard frantically trying to contact ai Mexican radio station. Then there was utter silence from the. German ships until yesterday afternoon when the Idarwald's radio announced her predicament. Disaster overtook the Idarwald off the coast of Santa Clara province, southern, central Cuba. On Saturday there had been rumors proof must be offered thatTt""would that she was passing through the leave no doubt to all concerned ' Yucatan Channel, which is 120 miles wide, with the western tip of Cuba, Cape Catoche on one side, and Cape San Antonio. Mex- j ico, on the other. She was being j trailed then by a warship, it was i .said. .. I Coca Coia ... Gen'l Electric . Gen'l Motors Int. Harvester Mont. Ward .. N. Y. Central North Am. Aviation i Packard The tribunal in overruling the l studebaker . lower court, said that before such , std O f N J a contract could be carried out by ' Texas Corn ' the executor of a will sufficient ! rj ' s. Stee ' nvnof miii^ V> Q /-*ff^v^j *.v»_». -^ _._«,!* 33 3-4 49 5-8 54 3-4 37 3-8 14 17' 1-4 3 1-4 40 3-4 4" 7-8 Republic Steel ...,.;,..... 22 1-2 Sccony Vac. 81-4 *7£ *? 4 -••'•<• x*wv*\. vvriit. 111,01 vj •••**« iiu -14 burned completely and the sleeping 1U * 6 ~* • tent just ready to fall in upon 7 7-8 oo c o OO v ~O 69 1-2 him. He had only time to get his trousers from the foot of the cot and move his automobile a .safe distance away. The party -of hunters saw the fire while about a half-mile away but could riot make the distance In time to save anything. The fire is believed to have started from a kerosene lamp left burning on the about $115 worth but White caped injury. | %, •"' Chilcutt Is in city- jail awaiting {^; a. preliminary hearing Thursday. "'••" Judge in Des Moines Bars "Racing the Stork" DES MOINES, la. (UP)—"Racing the stork" has become illegal In Des Moines following an opinion by Municipal Judge Charles S. Cooter. "Expectant fathers, taking their wives to the hospital, must observe the speed limits." Judge Cooter said as he fined Donald Shoemaker. Des Moines, $15 on a charge of driving 40 miles an hour in a 25-mile-an-hour zone. "Henceforth, these fathers may .side of the wall in the cook lent, expect to pay a fine the same as anyone else," the judge ruled. Livestock »m m£ "Sr.™ s the intmt of Funeral Rites Held New York Cotton Chicago Wheat Open High Low Close Dec. Jan. Mar. , May pec. 88 5-8 89 1-2 88 3-8 88 5-8 July May 36 1-4 86 1-4 85 1-2 86 1-8 Oct. . . Prev. Open High Low Close Close . 1019 1023 1018 1018 1018 .' 1010 , 1012 1009 1010 1010 1023 1027 1021 1017 1020 1015 JS ^ ^ 942 946 940 For Hornersville Baby Funeral services were held Saturday for Jean Maccune Jr., 17 months old son of. Mr. and Mrs. J. G. Maccune of Hornersville, Mo., who died Friday at- the family residence. 1022 1023 i Burial' .was made -at Kennett 1014 1015 Mo. - &t K:enneU ' " ? 9 f u ^W*..F«ner«U Home was. in fl40 942 charge. - - EAST ST. LOUIS. III., Dec. 9 (UP)—Hogs, receipts. 18,800-8,000 salable. Top, 6.50 170-230 Ibs., 5.70-6.20 ) 40-160 Ibs., 5.20-5.85 Bulk sows, mostly 5.40-5.90 Cattle: receipts, 5,650-5,500 salable. • Steers, 9.50-12.00 Slaughter - steers, G.50-13.75 Butcher yearlings, 7.00-9.50 Slaughter heifers, 6.00-12.25 Beef cows, '5.25-6.25 New Orleans Cotton Dec. Jan. Mar. May July Oct. Prev* Open High Low Close Close 1024 1028 1024 1025 1025 1014 1014 1014 1014 1014 1030 1031 1Q27 1027 1030 1022 1026 1020 1021 1023 Greeks, British Pound At Fading Italian Forces LONDON, Dec. 0. (UP) — British forces in Ejw>t stabbed at Kalian defenses on "a ^broad front" today, capturing 500. prisoners in activity which was believer] intended to test Italian fighting morale as a result of the reverses in Albania and the sr-akcup in the high command. _ . . • f 1 The British command at Cairo did not revcnl whether the sudden upsume of fighting in the Avost- •"•n drsftvt wns the result of British initiative or tho stiJrt of the long dolnycd ItnlUm thrust cast from Sidi Bnrrnni. But it was believed here the British command may be seekintr lost when France dropped out of the wnr, allowing Italy to concentrate all her Libyan forces against Ktoypt Instead of fighting on two fronts. The British press and large sections. -of the. British public have bom clnmovln gslnce the start of the 'Halo-Greek war f6r an -all- out campnlgn to knock Italy ou» of the wnr. The present action , In Ewpt was not- : thought to be the start- -of such, a campaign cole drive If Italian morale should be found to be low,, . Exocrts pointed : Pout .that the British operaUonsVin North Africa including ,new air attacks-on Italian targets, mi^ht.serve, any number of purposes, including an at- f rmpt to weaken reported /Axis preparations for an offensive on all .'ronts'.ln the spring:. The London Times suggested the. probability of •such a spring- offensive in which icrmnn troops would move Into 'he Netir TEast. The British attack also may' be '.'esicncd to determine whether any "•f. the b\K Italian forces In North Africa have been shlfted^to Greece. I. S. McCants Attends Funeral Of Relative OSCEOLA. Ark., .Dec. 9^-J. s. M-Cnnts returned Saturday from Ala., where' he was Thursday on account of the lenth of his brotcr-In-law, Frank "'obertson. Mr. Robertson, who had s nen in ill health for some months "lied in Florida. He was buried in Ovford, Ala., Friday.. Mr. and Mrs. A. L. Boyce returned* Thursday from St. .Louis '"•here they were called earlier in f .he week following the death of Mrs. Boyce's brother, Raymond T ohnson of that city. Mr. Johnson was well known In Wilson where he hod visited Mr. •*nd Mrs. Bovce during their residence there for several years. He 'lied at a St. Louis hosoital .' He was connected with the <• Real Estate Company. .Surviving fire his wife and small Slighter. Gloria Ray; two sisters, ^rs. Merl Kendall of St. Louis and Mrs. A. L. Boyce of Osceola. 1007 1009 1001 947 951 ' 947 1003 1003 948 948 Chicago Corn Open - High Dec. . 69 3-4 60 Cutters-and'low'cutters, 3.75-S.OQMay. 59.7-8 60 Low Close 593-4 597-8 595-8 60 "Impossible." declared Robert C. LaBorde. above, of New York, when questioned by the Senate Wire Tapping Committee on testimony of another witness suggesting that, he had listened in or. .telephones of the U. S. Supreme Court. LaBorde, who operates a cbmpany selling electrical recording equipment, i* pictured as he testified uV Washington,. Stu^nt in Quiz Calls Blitzkrieg a Dachshund PHILADELPHIA (UP)—Germantown Friends School - conducts an Information test every year to determine students' knowledge of the outside world. This year's examination revealed some interesting definitions. They were: Blitzkrieg—a dachshund. " Ivory Tower—when a person Is in love; also, a woman's neck. Ideology — the study of idiots and the worship of idols to another. Ferdinand the Bull—Don Quixote. Skoda—Japanese building. Author of Kitty Foyle—Darwin. Ann Sheridan received, two votes and Hedy Lamarr one as America's most prominent woman. WEATHER Arkansas — Partly cloudy, warmer 'n "east and south portions tonight, Tuesday considerable cloudiness, cooler except in extreme east portion. Memphis and vicinity — Partly .cloudy, warmer tonight, Tuesday increasing cloudiness, followed by rain.. _. • , ; ATHENS, Greece, Dec: "9. (UP)— Greek troops drove •close to Elbasan and Tepe- lini, provisional Italian bases on the north and south ->AIr banian fronts today, while iVl e nation wildly celebrated the capture of Argyrokas- tron, the south Albanian stronghold' which the Italian radio had boasted last week; "will remain in our hanfls until the end of the war.'V, The Greeks now dominate Ro'ulti Albania, They have wrested an estimated 4,000 of Albania's 17,000 rquare miles from the Italians. At one .point, above Lake Ochrlda Ilia the Mokra Mountains of the north" front, they have penetrated' : l» miles -Into Albania, close to •Elba- san, in almost the exact center of the country. ~ s "~ (Reports at Sbruga, Jugoslav* frontier town, said the Greeks ha~d captured [Ojinarl, eight miles souttf-' east of Elbasan, and that they had occupied Humelica, In the south' nnd wero advancing up the main road toward Subasl, seven miles .from Tepelinl.) " , Italian prisoners were quoted that Valona, Albanian port, was crowded with , wounded, many of whom > lay ^on the docksf'-waltlng for transportation 0)ack-\to .It?ly; that- the docfe, wefa-choked t with munitions and that transport service had been completely disorganized by . unceasing Greek-British bombing mlds. - ' Today's -war communique said: "All day • (Sunday) our troops carried out offensive operations oh various front sectors. They were crowned a with eomolete sun»««s and resulted in the caoture of fmnor- tant positions in Albania. We have taken Argyrokastron." Dispatches from two United 'Press correspondents with the Greek army at V.rKvrpkastron said the city tell shortly 'after noon after a furious battle in which Greek infantrymen charged and routed an Italian tank .column, knocking the •reads off the tank runners with rifle butts or springing down from house balconies onto tanks to throw hand grenades into the gun slots The battle began at dawn. Gre/>> •nachine gunners had moved into v .hc outskirts of town In darkness and Greek artillery had been wheeled up to within easy range of a solid-looking mosque at the ?dge of town, where the Italians wore barricaded to dominate the •oftd. Five Greek sheik struck the mosque squarely, bringing down •:he roof. The Italians fell back -to 'ilvU governor's nalace In the cen- 'er of town. They were a * rear euard, covering the withdrawal 'rom Argyrokastron, and mostly Tom the second bersaglieri- division. The Italians '. finally used their tanks to block the narrow streets. The Greeks pushed on, maneuver- 'ng from house to house before -outing the Italian "suicide" detachment. ' v. News of the victory reached Athens and other Greek cities 'ast nivht" and set off the wildest demonstrations since the war ba- ian. Tolling church bells brought into the streets. Constitution Square quickly filled with sol-•Hers '.and .civilians, "and ignoring air raid precautions, searchlights were played from the balcony;; of the army headquarters building; The crowd clamored for King George and Premier Gen. Johu Metaxas. The king appeared ...in front of the searchlights, wearing khaki field dress. British air forces naval and army officers took bows too. Movies were interrupted for news of the victory to be flashed onto the screens and 'the theaters quickly disgorged their audiences Into the Cheering, singing street melee. •Street cars and buses -were jammed with rollicking riders. Many psr.- sons climbed onto roofs to watch. At Porto Edda (Aghls Saranda); captured Friday, an Italian de^> stroyer sunk In the harbor by- a British bomber was' said to be in. shake for refloating. It will be brought to Athens . for reconditioning, according to the .newspaper Vfadihi, and probably will be re« named frie Helle,' commemorating the. Greek warship torpedoecf toy the Italians'. : v - :

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