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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OP NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST M1SSOUKI VOLUME XXXVTf—NO. 228. Blytheville Daily News Blytheville Courier MLsstesippl VnHey Leader BLYTHRVH,LE V ARKANSAS, WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER lJ r 1940 SINGLE COPIES FIVE CENTO* FIGHTING IN AFRICA HOLDS INTEREST Airmen Get Job Of Patrolling Seas Will Strive To Curb U-Boats; Strife In Norway LONDON, Dec. 11. (UP) —Britain today called upon its young airmen, credited with having saved it from invasion in September, to patrol the Atlantic sea lanes and save it from the threat •of starvation at the hands of U-boats, surface raiders and ocean-flying bombing planes. Prime Minister Winston Churchill announced yesterday that the admiralty was overtaking operational policy of the coastal command of the Royal Air Force because it was necessary to use bombing and reconnaissance planes tp guard merchant ships and convoys. This was interpreted as Britain's 1940 answer to the submarine and raider menace. The convoy system was the answer in 1917. Churchill announced a week ago that he personally was tackling the problem of dissipating the new threat to Britain's life. Hence it was believed that toe recent fierce Royal Air Force attacks on submarine bases and the STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Dec. 11. (UP)—Travelers reported today growing sighs of organized, secret opposition in Norway to German domination. Nazi secret police, it was said, were making many raids, especially in large cities, in an effort to stamp out opposition groups. The oppositions!ts were said to be meeting in private homes and operating with the greatest secrecy. Much of their activity was being directed against members of the Nazi established government of Maj. Vidkun Quisling, the Norse Nazi, and property owned by them. One of Quisling's lieutenants, an internationally famous skaling expert, was found dead im'der mysterious circumstances recently and other leaders of his movement were reported to have disappeared. Information reaching here from Oslo told of conflict over the sending of Norwegian workers to Germany. Germany asked for between GROUP Arkansas Association Hears Dr. Walter And Elects .Officials LITTLE ROCK, Ark., Dec. 11.— Livestock Arkansas producers and farmers "should other start thinking.about* the development or a sound diversified agricultural program based on scientific farming practices with the goal of establishing a permanent agriculture, from the "standpoint of soil and the people," Dr. Walter R. Horlacher. dean and director of the University of Arkansas College, of Agriculture, told members of the Arkansas Beef 'Cattlemen's Association, at the Albert Pike hotel yesterday. .;Declaring the national agricultural program is essentially a cotton program for the South and operates to discourage expansion of commercial production of livestock. Dr. Horlacher said "It is to the interest of agriculture that .defense industries be established in the South to provide expanded 15,000 and 20,000 workers and the j markefcs an ^ employment for sur- Norwegian Nazis accepted. The-iP llIS fanr » labor." Norwegian Labor Federation pro-' H e advocated tested when it learned that the follow labor and organize, saying advocated that the farmers new plan to use coastal command (workers \vould receive wages nof" tn e significant gains made by la- planes to' guard Churchill's ideas. shipping were It was understood that the announcement that the coastal command would be enlarged had 'been made'' "possible by speed up in the .production of British . Short-Sun'.'. .; r clerland ; deliveries higher than those paid German I bor in increased wages and re- workers which is much less than | duced hours are due to national the Norwegian scale. i organization and unity." ,4 boats '^ancLv increaseu of"""Arhericaii^ Lockheed reconnaissance planes. " ' ' The greater aerial protection to British sea trade was believed in some quarters to have been responsible in part for a sharp drop in merchant shipping losses for the week ended Dec. 1. However, the new defense of sea borne trade is not near its full strength yet. Driver's Name Is Mentioned Often LITTLE ROCK; Ark., Dec. 11.— The name of w'; J. Driver of Osceola, former congressman, continues to figure substantially in speculation here over the possible successor to Senator John E. Miller, who is slated for 'appointment to a federal court vacancy in January. Retention of Amendment 29 at the recent general election has sharply narrowed the field of potential appointees. The" amendment prevents an appointee from running to succeed himself. Rumors are also current here that Clifton H. Scott of Little Rock (former receiver for Drainage District No. 17 of Mississippi county) will head an expanded Arkansas office in Washington to represent the state in trying to get defense The federation also objected to! Dr. Horlacher outlined the con- some of the 40,000 employed Nor-! tributions of the College of Agri- wegians. being drafted to* work in'culture to the state's livestock in- Germany, insistingrthatj only' those j dustry through research in the col- w&o( volunteered^sliould'" be; sent, [lege's experiment station system in/ '" The" conflict was "referred "to the I breeding',- feeding and-'disease'tori^ German commissar who finally k'bl. He .said the work had been agreed that only volunteers would be sent. This, it was thought. handicapped by lack of funds. Reed Elected President practically nullified the ' whole B, E. Reed of Paris was elected scheme because it was believed i president. Charles R. Coleman of only a few workers would volunteer. Osceola was elected vice president, Avert Trouble At Jail After Negro Attacks Aged Woman CARUTHERSVILLE, !Mo., Dec. Tl.—An assault by a negro upon a gray-haired woman here Tuesday resulted in Mrs. Minnie Moody of New Madrid, 65, ' being seriously wounded and a group of men attempting to storm the jail here last night after it was rumored that her assailant had been apprehended. A stove poker, wielded by-Deputy* • and J. E. Pelker of Rogers was sem bled re-elected secretary-treasurer. T.' Sheriff Bill Thomas upon several men who attempted to enter the Jail, caused the crowd to be dispersed without serious injury to anyone. The crowd of approximately 100 white men was eager to "get" the negro who stabbed Mrs. Moody in the stomach while she was fighting him. Mrs. Moody was in an out house at the home of her son, Arthur Mody. who" she was visiting, when she was accosted by a strange negro about 5:30 o'clock in the morning. Her screams attracted members of the Moody-family but. the'man fled, after stabbing her with ft knife, before help arrived. Although her condition is serious, it is believed she will recover unless complications develop. Officers are continuing their search but have yet found no clue, it was announced today by Sheriff Tom Hosier, despite the rumors which caused last night's disturbance. / The crowd first formed in; the business section and' marched to the c city jail where Police Chief Albert Walker told the men that the negro was not there. Convinced after a little while "that the hunted man was not in the--jail, the crowd continued *>to 'the' "county'"'"jail. ;JV '" ''"'' : In the meantime Deputy Sheriff Thomas had returned to, the jail and met the'mob at the door. It was only after he had used the poker on the three men, alleged \ !'ring leaders", that the. crowd dis- 30,000 Italians May Be Trapped By British Drive ippmo But Induction Of Draftees Will Be' On Schedule Later, Claim WASHINGTON, Dec. H (UP) — Tlie program for Induction of national guardsmen and selective service trainees into the army is behind schedule and may be GO,000 men behind in January,, infonned officials sakTtoday. Secretary of Wai- Henry L. Stlm- son, it was said, plans to issue a new schedule and explain the delays soon—probably at his Thursday press conference. On Oct. 17 he made public an induction schedule charging then . that whatever delays occurred in construction of needed army cantonments was caused by the delay of congress in passing necessary legislation. War department officials contended ;that Induction (would .be completed on ^schedule iii; June. They ",saidVDelays jvo.udl "be 'confined to' : the early part ; of ' the year. Bar Association Head Would Revise and Codify Arkansas Statutes •j R. Jones, Tuckerman, was elected ja new director, while E...,P. Mehaffy. Althelmer,' was re-elected as a director. Two directors are elected each year. Dr. A. W. Rice. Little Rock, director of.-the Bureau-of Animal Industry, told the breeders that Arkansas, with 53 counties classified^ as modified Bang's-free areas ranks second only to Virginia in Bang's disease control. Since 1934, he said. 1,483.908 Arkansas cattle had been tested for the disease. There were 44,196 reactors slaughtered, for the loss of which owners received $821.290.93 from the federal government. Those attending the two meet- jings from this count}' were: J. j. contracts and legislation. general favorable Postal Forgery Is Charged To Negro LITTLE ROCK. Dec. 11. (UP)— A bill to revise and recode Arkansas' statues may be introduced in the legislature in January, it was learned today. N. J. Gantt, president of the I™ 1 ","'* o"£ f"*"" Arkansas-Bar Association, told j Charles ft. Coleman. Secretary of State C. G. Hall that he believed Arkansas''election laws needed changing. Hall previously :had called attention to this possibility. Gantt said that Royce Weisenberger. Hempstead county repre- Sheriff Hosier was out of, the city and only members. of\J the sheriff's family were at the Jail until the deputy sheriff arrived only a moment ahead of the crowd. Hold Rites Today For Frank Peters, 68 Frank Peters of Marmaduke,! Ark., father of Mrs. Edith Per- sentative. also was interested in ! menter- of Blytheville and related revising the laws and was "doing j ail he could" to get a bill intro- To Have Inventory Of County Properties Made An inventory of Mississippi County properties will be made the last week in December, it was announced today by County Judge S. L. Gladish who said he was appointing a committee for this special work prior to his leaving office Jan. 1 after ^serving four years. Three men, especially skilled in this line of work, will be appointed. Judge Gladish said. It is expected that this inventory, together with a statement of what the county owes which is already a matter of record. Judge Shows Wildlife Movie To Kiwanians Today Capt. Tom Mull, educational director of the\Arkansas Game and Fish commission, showed movie pictures of Arkansas' wild life .at today's luncheon of the Blytheville Kiwanls Club at the Hotel Noble. The • pictures, in natural colors, were, unusually clear. Capt. Mull explained the habits of the animals and their locations in the stacc in an accompanying talk. Other guests were Ford H. Longsdorf Baton Rouge, La., Klwanian. O. H. Cash, manager at the BI? Lake refuge, near here, and C. G. Redman and Mike Meroney of this city. Chicago Wheat open high iow close Dec. 901-4 905-8 895-8 90 Hull Suggests Nazis Due to Shelter And Cloth Subdued Populations' WASHINGTON, Dec. 11. (UP)— Secretary of State Cordell Hull indirectly suggested today that persons and .organizations In sending food nnd relief supplies to German occupied nations mkht nsk Germany to contribute to that cause. Hull's remarks were mncle at, a press conference in response to ninny questions on Britain's refusal to llfb- blockade restrictions on shipments of American food nnd supplies to such countries as Holland, Belgium and France. Germany, he Indicated, might be approached by interested groups nnd.. called upon to contribute part of its food stores and clothing to 2 task of feeding and clothing nriy starving populations in territory which it has occupied. Such a. procedure—the feeding and sheltering of these people— would be In accordance with custom where one nation has conquered another, Hull said. He emphasized that the United States has settled policies concerning the relief of human suffering in all lands but that it can only attempt to apply these principles in practical and feasible ways. Argentina Gets Loan WASHINGTON, Dec. 11. (tTP)-- .Secretary of Commerce Jesse Jones *nmnince : d ' tbclay'-' that ''tho United States has granted a $60,000,000 Export-Import Bank loan to Argentina to facilitate trade with that republic. • . ; . . The treasury previously had announced that $50,000,000 of this nation's $2,000,000,000 stabilization fund would be allocated to Argentina for stabilizing its currency. That, together with the new loan, makes total benefits to that nation $110,000,000, At the same time Jones disclosed a $7.500,000 Export-Import loan to Uruguay. He said that loan negotiations also were being discussed with Peru. ATHENS, Greece, Dec. 11. (UP)—The Greek "blitzkrieg" rolled back the Italian loft wing in South Albania today, on a 20-m i 1 e front, i'rom'north of Argyro- kastron to the sea, 5 It was reported that the Italians were evacuating Tepellnl and KH- sura, eight miles apart, on the VIosa River. Greeks on the lower end of the centra) front had driven to within a 1'cw miles oast of these towns, and now the Greek southern nrmy, rolling up from Argyrokas- tron. was outflanking them from the south. LONDON,' Dec. 11. (UP) —British, forces have trapped parts of two, crack Italian divisions 1 in the" Egyptian ~ 7 desert and are attacking "a" series of defensive forts ,in preparation for a drive against the main Fascist army in the coastal zone be? - tween Sidi Barrani and Sql- lum, on the Libyan frontier, it was reported today. "*\ British empire motprlzed units have driven a wedge through trie ' Italian lines south of 3idi Barrani; buttle hud known it was reported, the the linl," east of the city. No details ' were given. . t The western flank of the Greek ' southern army pursued Italians up. the coast road toward ofl from the farther west. Now, it was thus have cutting them Italian, body understood, the keeping pace with the eastern flank advancing beyond Argyrokas- tron. In the center of this southern line, the Italians were said to. have made a brief stand northwest of Delvino which they abandoned,' leaving behind an Alplnl unit including several machine gun companies and the commanding .officer, to fall into Greek'hands. The Greeks were said to have gathered up much Italian war material in that region. A United Press correspondent oh the southern front messaged that the Greeks were moving: so rapidly the Italians apparently had abandoned any idea of throwing up a defense line below Teleplni, and that.then* retreat was-reported to be a panic, : , ^ ' '^• : •...;:i .Hail jmd snow;tyere lilting on many parts of. thev-fioutherrf front, a government spokesman said. - The Greek radio broadcast that the Greek advance continued along the whole 150-mile Albanian -front. Other sources said Greeks had captured new •• mountain :. heights northwest of Pogradec, at the north end of the front. Admits Withdrawal ROME, - Dec. 1], (UP)—A high perhaps 30.000 men— coast where waiting British" that after bloody fighting ,in the Egyptian desert Italy's Libyan army May 86 7-8 86 7-8 86 1-8 86 1-8 excessive. C. I. T. Appeals From Property Valuation The C. I. 'T. corporation has appealed to the circuit court from an order of the Mississippi county court approving the board of equalization's valuation of its personal property In this county. The corporation contended, unsuccessfully, in the county court that valuation of its property was duced in the house. "Other laws also need revision." to numerous other residents of this section, died late ,Monday night at his home. He was 68. Funeral services-were to be held Gantt said. "I would like to see ' this afternoon at New Liberty Bap- More Naval Reserves Ordered On Duty WASHINGTON. Dec. II. (UP)— JONESBORO, Ark., Dec. 11.— the general assembly appoint a tist Church by the Rev. W. C. The _ navy today ordered 19 fleet board of revision to revise and Thorpe, pastor, with burial at divisions of its organized reserves David Rogers, 15-year-old negro of Pecan Point. Mississippi County, -raised a postoffice money order S1C9.60 and was having himself a big time until Saturday when he was arrested by Postoffice Inspector Lee Roy Scott. • Now young Rogers is in the Craighead County jail. Authorities said Rogers bought a money order for $1.06 at Pecan Point on Nov. 27 and .raised it to $110.66 and ordered a bicycle, two or three watches and other items from a mail order house before he was nabbed. codify the statutes of the state and then publish a new digest." Sandy Ridge Cemetery. Pallbearers'selected'were: H. J. Fondren, C. E. Cooke. John Mel- to active duty aboard ships. The mobilized units have a strength of 65 officers and 1540 Samuel F. Morris Joins Lions Club Samuel F. Norris became -a member of the Lions club at the' weekly luncheon meeting of that civic group Tuesday at the Hotel Noble. Special guests of the club were the members of Boy Scout Troop No. 36 which is sponsored, by the Lions. Pictures were made of the luncheon group to be sent to.the national Lions club magazine. Don Sutherland, principal speaker at - the meeting, "Scouting Principles." discussed Other guests were E. P. Govan, Dr. Skaiier's Mother Dies Tuesday Night Mrs. Roy B. Skaller of Memphis, mother of Dr. M. L. Skalier, died Tuesday night at the family residence. She had been ill for some time. Dr. and Mrs. Skaller were with her when she passed away and they! will be joined later by Mrs. Skaiier's parents, Mr. and Mrs. I. Rosen thai. -Funeral arrangements are not complete but services will be held in Memphis sometime Thursday. jvin. Clark Underwood, Dennis Voss men 'and Vester Pierce. Reared in Jasper County, 111., All naval and marine corps reserves except ,the merchant marine where he was born. Mr. Peters had reserves are under mobilization or r lived in Mississippi • and Greene ders Knox Satisfied With Bases In Caribbean . MIAMI, Dec. 11. (UP)—Secretary pf Navy Frank Knox arrived in a naval seaplane today from a defense 'inspection tour of the Caribbean and announced that he was pleased with what he had seen. „ "The new bases acquired from Great Britain will make the Caribbean an American lake secure from counties since coming to 'Arkansas several years ago. He is 'survived by his wife. Mrs. Lizzie Peters; "three sons. Glenn of Madison. Ark.. Charles of Sardis. Miss., and Frank Jr., of Marmaduke. and three daughters. Mrs. Per men ten Mrs. Elizabeth Story of Stcele and Mrs. Dorothy Petty of Luxora. Hanna Funeral Home was in charge. Livestock subject to immediate assignment. Dec. Jan. Mar. May July Oct. York Cotton Prev. Open High Low Close Close 1014 1015 1004 1004 1018 1019 1009 1019 990 991 937 937 1011 1004 1014 1006 988 930 1011 1C04 1014 1006 989 932 1016 1007 1020 1011 994 940 New Orleans Cotton of Memphis, and Robert" Reeder. any attack," he said, EAST ST. LOUIS, III., Dec. 11. (UP)—Kogs: receipts, 12,000—11,000 salable. •" Top, 6.30. 170-230 Ibs., 5.85-6.25 140-160 Ibs., 5.25-5.86. Bulk sows, 5.40-6.00. Cattle: receipts, 3,100—3,000 sal-j able. Steers, 9.00-1 l.oo. Slaughter steers, 6.50-13.75. Butcher yearlings,. 10.00. Slaughter .heifers, 6.00-12.25. Dec. Jan. Mai- May July Oct. Prey. Open High Low Close Close 1019 a019 1015 1015 1021 1002 1010 Goodfellows Club To See That . Santa Doesn't Overlook Anyone had withdrawn to Sidl Barrani, the Italian advance coastal base. British armored 'divisions attacked the Italian lines southeast of Sidl Barrani, held by Lic'Tr • troops, at dawn Monday, the coin' munique said. ; Exceptionally fierce fighting'con- tinued in the Sidl Barrani sector, it was added. • ,. • The Fascist militia "Third of January" division and a Libyan division faced the British, the communique said, and caused the British heavy losses. Gen. MalcttI, a famous African expert who took part in the Ethiopian war, was killed at the head of the Libyan battalions, the communique said. warshins can shell them into surrendering. Fighting still centers alont? a 30- mile line* which forms the right winoj of the traoned division,-:, pr-i corcilne to reports here—the extreme loft of the Italian north-to-south line. The area under immediate attack is rouchlv triangular. The rjolnts of the triancles are SMI Barrani .n.nd. the camos of-Np.helwti, 15 miles to the south, and Mikttla, 15 miles to the west. NebMwn was cantured at the start of the drive." The British'drlve is an enfilading one designed to cut off ttits trl- . an?ie.. v< - \ ,; British warshios have-been cooperating with the ^ttacklns force, ,as Royal Air Force Jftive bomber .: have done: from^the air/ A ' fleet communloue "^issued -at Cairo 1 last nij?ht>' disclosed ~'\that v naval units had bombarded Maktilacamp and Sidi Barrani -in '-support -of irmv "units. - > - ^ With morfc than ' 6,000 Italians made prisoner so ~far -.and "many tanks captured, Britons said 'their 'irive was jroin? well.- But exoerts warned against pnv fvnocfatlon of a nnlck soectacular victory. "I The British under sir Henri Maltland Wilson, called "Jumbo,? commander in chief of British troops in - Es?ypt who is Un charge a f the drive must break uo in" turn scores of heavily armed desert forts which the Italians have built %> the last, three months in 'an irea tfO miles Jn»^ and 30 miles 'leep, experts .said. '"-'. It was estimated that the Italians "> Uie r?rth. in the area nearest lie coast, numbered about 10.000 in- all, in H orn^orMon of three Two weeks from today Santa Claus will have come and gone in Blytheville, leaving behind htm happiness. That not a single house will be forgotten by Old Saint Nicholas this year is the aim of the 1940 Goodfellows Club which has already started its worjc. H. H. Brooks has been made chairman of the Goodfellows Club arid he has already named Mrs. G. R. Carter to assist him .in investigation of needy families and R. E. Blaylock as one of his general assistants. Other committee members will be named this week. The Goodfeilows Club has the sum of $650 provided by local citizens through the annual Community Fund but if any one wants to make a special Christmas donation for the poor of Blytheville. it will be gladly received, put to a good use by providing joy to some poor little girl or boy and names of all donors will be acknowledged in the Courier News. Money may be sent to Mr. Brooks, or Courier News. Last year, when the Community Fund was inaugurated no effort 1025 was made to have special Christmas gifts given, because of the money on hand, and so the Good- fellows Club lost a little of Its "personal touch", it was pointed ChlCaf/0 Corn As one man said: "I think it Is ope'ri^ high low close "nice not to beg for money all the 603-4' 603-4 601-4 60 Ir2 time but at Christmas I like to May : 60l-i> 605-8 601-8 60 1-i- give.a little extra to some one less fortunate than myself." So, although it has been decided not to solicit funds or merchandise again Yuletide gift, please do so, for more money is needed. There are now approximately 400 families on the needy list now being investigated. Any one knowing of a family which will not have Christmas, unless there Ls a visit from a "Goodfellow" is asked to turn in the name to Mrs. Carter or Mr. Brooks. Last year, the $650 from the Community Fund provided baskets for more than 400 families with each receiving goods valued at about $1.50, in addition to a few gifts received. Special gifts, if received this year, will add much to make the baskets "bigger and better," especially where there are children in the home. Families being investigated this year are found to be worthy of help, members of the committee said. "In every instance the father or mother have said: 'It is alright if we don't get anything for the grown ones, of course, but the children seem to expect gifts at Christmas time." That every boy and girl in Blytheville may awaken Christmas U. S. Alcohol Agents Charge County Residents MEMPHIS, Dec. 11.—A number i of Mississippi county, Ark., residents have been arrested recently in a drive against illegal whiskey making. Norman V. Knox, 24, was arrested at the site of one still on Island 37, it was stated. Arrested, at the same place but released by a U. S. commissioner was Jardine Graham, 14, of Joiner, Ark. The officers arrested several him is the aim of the 1340 Good- fellows Club. Would you like to be a "1940 Goodfellow by playing Santa Claus to a little boy or girl?" T tnl inns' to two Libyans. '"--^f Especial interest was taken In • the role 'of the British fleet. • ~^ t It has alrend v shelled .the Italians and is likely to prove more nnd more helpful to the land forces as the Italians are pressed toward the coast. It was suggested here •that'll a sufficient number of Italian troops could be trapoed In the coastal area, separated from their main body, Benito Mussolini might have to order out his fleet to challenge the British fleet and seek to relieve his troops. Exnerts expressed belief that the terrain would prove- more difficult for, the Italians than for the British. • other men at a nearby still, they said. Those charged were Aaron A. Pearson, 33, of Pecan Point, Ark., Murray Walls, 18, James Richard Coburn, 27, and Curtis Fields, 29. of Joiner. Island 37, scene of the stills, is legally a part of. Tipton county, Tenn., although it must be approached from the Arkansas shore through Joiner. County Resident Is Pardoned By Bailey LITTLE ROCK.—A pardon has been issued by Governor Bailey to D. Speck of Mississippi County, who v/as sentenced to 21 years "for murder on Oct. 28, 1936. Speck's sentence was commuted to seven years and he was paroled. He has been free since Nov., 14, 1939. He Escapes Serious Injury r In Fall Down Steps Mrs. L. M. Bumette. 57, narrow- lv escaoed very .serious In lories when she fell down a long flight of steps Tuesday nteht Removed to Blvtheville Hosnital. X-ray pictures today disclosed that the skull was not fractured and that the only injury of consequence was a slieht fracture oLHie left arm. Her chest was also slight? ly bruised. " ' " She fell when she started to descend the stens of the Masonic Hall on North Second street following a meeting of. the .Order of the Eastern Star. ':.Her condign today is verv eood. but she will remain in the hos- for several days. WEATHER '' " v Arkansas—Cloudy, with rain to- ri isht and in extreme -northeast portion Thursday, .cooler tonieht, copier In east and-j south portions Thursday^ was convicted of killing:. -Melton ("•' Memphis and Vicinity—Rain : to- Felts- at Joiner in a. shooting .which' night' and Thursday, lowest ,tem- clmiaxed an argument over atten- perature toni|ht-52, cooler Thuri- tions Felts paid to Speck's wife. ,day._ l -' ;\ " ' v- I

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