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VOLUME XXXVII—NO. 230. BUTHEVILLE COURIER THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OP NORTHEAST.ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOUK1 BIytheville Daily News BIytheville Courier Blytheville Herald Mississippi Valley Leader RLYTHEVILLJE, ARKANSAS, FRIDAY, DECEMBER 13,' 1940 SINGLE COPIES FIVE CENTS" ITALIAN ARMY IN DESPERATE STRAIT * * * v • * .... . . . • ... .-.,... , . . ,. Benito May Have Navy Attempt Rescue Effort .Royal Guest for White House Uncle Sam's Mechanized \ . , . Comes To Town Joiner Man Jailed,-Claims * He Shot Victim In Self Deh use H. R. H. Crown Princess Juiiana of the Netherlands, now living Cauada, will be a guest of President and Mrs. Roosevelt at the W ft it |/,, Ho , use betore Chl 'istmas. Photo above, taken'In'"Ottawa recently;- i s j'the latest portrait of the royal refugee and her two daugh- ^^; .,:; -ters. Princess Beatrixpeit. .and Princess . Irene. .. .-" . . Keeping Santa Wei] Posted Wallace Miller, 28-year-old grocery store operator of Joiner, has- been charged with murder/in the death of a negro. Lee Burks, who was fatally shot early Monday on the chute roadi between Joiner and Island 37 in the Mississippi River, Sheriff Hale Jackson announced today. ,-• .-'*''. Miller has confessed shooting the negro but will plead self defense according- to officers, who made the arrest after an intensive grilling late Thursday. Thomas Brown, O'Neal Lindy and Jimmie Straver. all of Joiner, who were with Miller when the shooting took place, were also questioned at length but were not arrested. Jailed at Osceola, Miller was expected to seek freedom '* under bond at a habeas corpus hearing but no such hearing had been J scheduled this afternoon, it is un•. j derstood. A murder charge is usu- . ally not a case for bond in a magis- ; ] tiate's court. ? j No report of the shooting had *' ( been made public pending an in' vestlgatlon which led to'Miller's arrest. , At the time .of the killlnir, Miller reported, to Deputy Sheriff 7 Ocie Nunhally, of Joiner, that> he had shpt v the..negro in self i defense-'and Ms-story Vivas substantiated' by ins three companions. .;• . Officers have announced that their investigation has shown that Burks, a farm laborer,' was'walk- in? along the road about 2 a.m. when he was accosted by the three motorists, alleged to have been drinking, who were returning home .from n poker .game over on the island. •„•.••"?.. •'•-.'• The negro, in answer to Miller's question of„where he was going;.Is said to have told him.he was going over "to Mr. Horace Moore's place" to which Miller replied lhat he did not show proper respect to Mr. j Moore by the manner in which he \ spoke. • There was an exchange of words, officers said,. and the " negro left the main road and stepped iato a side road. Miller is'alleged to have driven on only to return a few minutes later after telling his companions he was going to "give that negro a whipping." Upon meeting the negro again, Miller is alleged to have gotten out of the caiv pulled out his.shot gun and fired into the negro's body. He died almost instantly. Miller and his companions took the dead man's body to an undertaker and renorted to the Joiner deputy sheriff that Miller had The army came to town today— at least ihat'.s what it looked like to muny BIytheville people; who got their first look tit .an Army corps in its fuli regalia when a mechanized squadron of the 106th Cavalry, Illinois National Guard unit from Urbnna, 111., arrived here today noon for un overnight;, stop en route to Camp Beauregard, ;IA. Eager to prove a hospitable city, BIytheville traffic gave way: tojthe long; parade of soldiers, equipnkent and private automobiles carrying members of the officers' families, as the military "parade" was routed through the Main street .business section to the Armory. There they are to eat and sleep, leaving here tomorrow morning. •'.'.•> Despite the highways made slippery by rain, the Army' Was on time—in fact, a few minutes early because the -official hour of .^arrival listed was 12:54 and at 12:45 p.m., the squadron had formed outside the city limits, on the north and was being' ushered into the city. Headed .by a 1 cavalcade of,-motor- cycles Army men served us truffle police, assisted by the state police and local officers, who maneuvered the mile-long unit Into Chicka- sawbn avenue, south on Fifth street to Main and "hen east to Second street where the turn was made to the local National Guard Armory. The squadron, composed of 21 officers and 200 men, with some of the officers coming earlier in. the day In advance cars to check arrangements, was followed by about 10 private cars In which rode Dllke of Wiudsor New today to a wives and children of the offl- rcndezv °us at sea with President cers who are also enroute to Rooscvelt - T "ey will meet aboard Reports Are Current Duke May Be Offered Vital Ambassador's Role , MIAMI, Dec. 13. (UP) — The Nazi Drive On Britain May Be Diversion Step Louisiana where they will live. Mobile field kitchens, 27 scout cars, 16 trucks, 4 station wagons, 4 "JCCDS" and 12 motorcycles were included in the unit. All BIytheville was interested In the visitors and the Army equipment and u few minutes after arrival, the vacant lot across from the Armory, where the equipment Is quartered, was overflowing with ,ivisitors,. as well as the Armory. they had given the negro, a ride and he had attempted to kill them, j An investigation led to various discrepancies, according to Chief Deputv Sheriff; who queried the men Thursday afternoon prior to Miller's arrest. 1 Sea serpents do exist, in plenti- ' ful numbers. ? but they- are only ordinary-sized sea snakes. County, Gins 161,365 Bales Prior Topee. 1 There were 161,365 bales of •cotton, counting rounfi Iwi half, bales, ginned from the 1940 crop in Mississippi county .;•'pribr^to Dec. 1, compared/with 195,883 bales ginned from the 1939 crop prior to Dec. 1 last year, Chester c. Danehower or liix- ora, county census bureau'•;""'ntp- resentatlve, announced -, today; Legislative And Citizens Bond Refunding Com- mitteesLather for Talks LITTLE ROCK, .Dec. 13. (UP)— Gov.-elect Homer Adkins met today with, his' combined legislative bond refunding: committee and his citizens bond refunding committee to explain, his proposal to refund Arkansas' state highway bonded .ndebtedness. He had made two changes in the draft of the bill which had been supplied to members of the two groups. These changes were' the setting Induction Of Aooroximate- ly 166,000 Guardsmen, Trainees Slowed WASHINGTON, Dec. 13 (UP)— Widespread delays in constructloin of; etriny camps, rangini^'from orif week" to two and a half Months; today retarded induction of approximately- 166.000 National Guardsmen and selective service trainees into regular crmy..service. ; ; Secretary or War Henry L. Stlm- son''told his press conference yesterday thai -the set-back in the camo building program, which he attributed to labor troubles, material' shortages and construction difficulties, would r cause u corresponding' delay 5u-'inducting 90,000 guardsmen v mto active service. Draft officials 'said that Induction of trainees already is 70.000 men behind schedule and indicated that further and nwe serious delays would be encountered next month. Only 2p,000':6f the 90,000 men ori- cinally Intended for the draft before Jan. 1 have been called, they said, in addition. 150,000 men are scheduled for induction next .month but indications are that only 20- GOO to 30,000 will be called. Stimson said thnfc the finnl contingent of guardsmen had been aside after collection of gasoline; schedule d for induction between i-ov/ii. t\in „,,„„ _f *,in'r-nf\ nnn ... .. Jfttt. 3 flnfl .TflJl IQ T"}l a f/>Viorll lla Little Mary Ooode. of Dallas, Tex., had to take to aV'stspJadder to reach the .slot of this huge mailbox, in a local shop, but she- made sure that her "Dear Santa" letter got off in time to produce results ' Dr. Nixon Quits Health Unit For Private; Practice New York Cotton Livestock Dec. Jan. Mar. Mas- July CcU Prev. Open High Low Close Close 1017 1020 1015 1018 1012 1010 1010 1010 1010 1006 021 1024 1019 1019 IOH 11015 1016 1012 1012 1009 996 996 992 "993 989 941 941 937 939 935 T. 167 Beth. Steel Chrysler . Cities Service 5 s_c Coca Cola . ". 106 General E'ectric 3450 /VPII? Orlpfin Q Cnttfin rnt - Harvester ........ wvw vtivum voiion Mcnt _ Ward ; . - --^ N. Y. Central .....'.'. 14 North Am. Aviation .' 15 7-? Packard . ... ^......... Phillips . .'.' Radio Republic Steel .'.....''"' 22 3-4 Sccony . Vac. ..-.". 8 1-2 Studebaker . .'•'"'• 81-8 N. J.' -. ....•!';; V 33 5-8 I ' '' ; j Dr. E. M.'Nixon; director of Mississippi County' Health: Unit, has resigned his'position to enter private practice in Little. Rock, he j announced today, i Returning to his home, he will 69 3-4 j b e associated with Dr. Joe T. 27 1-4) Shuffield. orthopedic surgeon. The position, to be vacant Dec. 19 when .Dr. Nixon's resignation takes effect, has not yet been filled. Dr. and Mrs. Nixon moved to Blytheville • in August - after Dr. appointed director of 3-8 7? 7-1 Dec. Jan. Mar. May July Oct. Prev. Open High Low Close Close 1023 1024 1022 1023- 1019 1014 1014 1012 1012 1028 1028 J025 1025 1009 1023 1017 1020 1017 1017 1015 999 1001 944 944 999 943 999 944 995 940 the county unit. He is a graduate of the University School of Medicin 3 1-8 a 1-4 taxes the sums of $10',500,000 and $2.500.000. The $10,500,000 item, Adkins said, would be divided thus: 70 per cent for debt service and, 30 per cent for highway maintenance. The entire $2,500,000 would be used for highway construction. He said the legislature would be asked to appropriate funds to relieve distressed highway and bridge improvement districts. Adkins told the legislators that he personally was in no hurry to enact the bond'refunding bill but he thought it might be wise to push it through early in the session for fear that congress might enact a law' placing a sales tax on. bonds issued in 1941. C, T. Coleman. Little Rock lawyer wo wrote. the rough draft of, Adkins' refunding bill, attacked •the DeValls Bluff bridge retirement plan, saying the .legislature had diverted more than $2,000,000 In the past few years, from state highway Funds.' "The state must stop that sort of thing," -Coleman said. "If the state doesn't, the bond holders will. The state must- keep faith with the bondholders." Fishing in Eric Shifts TOLEDO. .O. (UP)— The curtailment of Canadian fishing Operations in Lake Erie due to the Euro- of •" Arkansas 1 pean war as caused a considerable increase in autumn fishing on the American side, commercial fisher- Chicago Wheat Dec. May Open High Low Close 891-4 89 3-4.'89 891-4 86 861-4 855-8 86 Dec. May Chicago Corn Open High tow "Close . 601-2 60-1-2 597-8 60 . 601-8 601-4 593-4 601-4 Stock* Prices EAST. ST. LOUIS, 111,, Dec. 13. (UP)—Hp?s: 10,500—10.000 salable. Top, 6.30 170-230 Ibs., 5.85-625 140-16Q.lbs., ,5.55-6.00. .Bulk'sows, 6.25-5180 Cattle: 700. ! all salable. •Steers, 6.50-13.75 • I. Butcher., yearlings, -6.00-12,25 Slaughter 'heifers, 5.25-6,25 men report. Jan. 3 and Jan. 19. The had been revised, he said, to bring the men Into service'between Jan. 6 and April l. .The job of swiftly erecting 40 huge camps for the guardsmen was a tremendous task—one bound to incolve a certain amount of de- the U. S. S. Tuscaloosn, somewhere -off Blmlnl, in the duke's Bahamas, it-was learned from an authoritative source, ' Cant. Vyvynn ' *Drury,* 'nldc-do- camp to the duke, refused to reveal the destination of the four motored seaplane or the purpose of the flight, saying they were "kept j secret In compliance with .the 1 wishes of the United States navy department. He declined' to confirm or deny that the purpose . of the flight was to visit the president. " • "I'm sorry I am unable to mafce a statement thh morning," the duke himself told newsmen. "But I'm entirely In the hands of the navy today and I'm sure they will take very good care of me. "The duchess is getting on very well indeed. She had quite a nasty operation naturally." ; Drury's announcement was made soon after reports were published that the duke would be given the opportunity of accepting or rejecting the post of British t^nbassador to the .United StatM.vV ' •' However, It was pain ted out that the duke, as governor-of the-'British crown colony. of ; the Bahamas, was required by official etiquette to pay a courtesy visit on the head of the United States .government while A visitor in this country. The ' nivy ,was assumed to -hav.e provided a plane to facilitate his politeness. President Roosevelt yesterday inspected Abraham Bay in the'duke's colony where the United .States has acquired a site. for an a'lr base. The destination of the Tiiscaloosa after it left there was unknown, but It was reported here that the president planned to end his cruise In the next day or two, landing -here or at the navy yard in ' Charleston, S. C. Sources close to the duke said that they had "no knowledge whatsoever-regarding the reports that the duke would be offered the ambassadorship. The Miami Herald said It had learned In Miami that the duke "will be given the opportunity of accepting or declining the appointment" before the post is offered to anyone else. It said the duke "may fly to President Roosevelt for a conference today on general matters, in which the ambassador- chip' would be bound to be a topic." ATHENS, Greece, Dec.-.13 (UP)—Greek capture of Porto Palermo, on the Albanian coast, was announced-officially today- and a captured Italian commander was'-Quoted t>ut the Italian command in Tirana was considering: whether to ask for Greece for an armistice. The Italian commander wns nuotcd In authoritative Quarters here that the Italian leadershlo wns split on the issue of cither trying to gain time to reestablish 'ts lines bv .asking for an armls- Uce, or withdrawing, deeper Into iMbnnla In hone that the, Greeks would be halted by their.,'tenqth- * nod communications lines and. the weather, which Ls growing steadily worse. .... •. . The latest Greek victory, the capture of Porto Palermo', marked IM advance of 20 ml'es up the Al- bnnJnn coast in eight davs. Palermo Is only five miles from Chlmaru, the immediate Greek ob- Iqctlve on the coastal front. It is 20 miles i above Porto Edda, cau- tured Dec. 5, and is only 35 miles below Vnlona. second largest Albanian port which Is a main base for supplies, from Italy, ; There were unconfirmed reports that empty cargo ships had put Into ..Valeria.' presumably to evacuate the Italians there; The port was, said to [, have been -i virtually destroyed bv,: incessant -British and Grqek bombing raids. : ,The Greeks have been reported chnsing Italians up the coastal road for a week, hindered only by skirmishes with, the .-Italian rear guard, or by / river crossing^ at points where the Italians had destroyed bridges behind them.' The Greeks also claimed a victory in their.first encounter• with Italy's crack Alpine ski troops, thrown into the north Albanian front in an attempt to check the Greek advance oa Elbasan. The ski :troops, .trained, in the Rreat Alpine. ranges along Italy's border with Germany and France, counter-attacked the Greeks in the Mokra mountains northwest ,of Po- gradec. Today, after'".a three-day battle, Informants here said the Greeks still held the peaks s and were in position to descend into the 'Shkambl river valley leading to Elbasan,'the Italian'stronghold in the"~ center of Albania. The Greeks/ first meeting with Italian skiers was described In a riispntch from Nicholas ' Yoker, United Press staff correspondent In the Pogradec sector. It quoted a young Greek lieutenant, whom Yoker found lying wounded on a stretcher at n second line dressing station, ns: follows:' A shaddock Is' a pear-shaped, 1 , ' *•• "'J"i-ivju^,rk 10 tv IJUU1 -oHUlJuu, lays-slnce each post Is the equiv- semi-tropical citrus fruit. It has a alent of a "fair sized cltv" hf> hm«v Hnr? nn ,\ .. n—i.. n i said. pulp. rind and u finely flavored Join Efforts To Provide Toys For Every Child In City on Christinas Santa Glaus, whose central toy shop has so often been depicted'as being , somewhere near the North Pole, has established a branch plant here in the home economics cottage and agriculture, building on the high school grounds. Several organizations with one purpose In mind—to see that every child in BIytheville has some toy for Christmas—have combined thelr efforts to reach this goal. The BIytheville Kiwanis Club, program, Mr. and Mrs. Freeman home economics classes, the Boy Scouts and Goodfellows are participating in the effort. Already toys are being received at the schools and being renovated at the agri building. Dolls are having their faces washed and painted, broken arms are being mended, sawdust is being replenished, mechanical toys are "alive" once again and wheels are being to WEATHER Arkansas—Rain, turning to sleet and .snow, cold wave, hard freeze tonight, 'Saturday mostly cloudy, colder',in southeast portion. Memphis-and vicinity — Cloudy and much colder tonight with rain i are asked to gather old toys and changing to snow, Saturday snow (put them in a handy place,in the and'colder. <-. "• "house. . .• children. BIytheville residents who have toys to the schools to be revamped Boy Scouts will make a house- to-house canvass of the city beginning Tuesday to collect old toys for this purpose. Troop 31, headed by Scoutmaster Joe Hughes, will solicit old toys from the east city limits west to Sixth street. Troop 38, directed by Scoutmaster Bob Reeder, will collect toys in the area from Sixth street west to Division street. Troop 36, headed by Scoutmaster Harman Taylor, will ask for old toys in the section from Division street west to the city limits. Troops 31 and 38 will make will canvass its territory on Wednesday. It is understood that a dollar prize is being offered to tthe school class or room which obtains the greatest number of toys for the project. Alter the toys (and books are also acceptable) have been renovated they will be transferred to the city hall where they will be distributed on Christmas Eve to families which have been investigated by the Ooodfellows Club. The Kiwanis Club which will bear LONDON, Dec. 13. Italian troops, fleeing in diftf order through western Egypt toward the Libyan border^ ' were converging on a deatftj . trap at Sollum, it was ref ported today. "' f£. Cairo dispatches said that;prisoners taken' in the western des-L crt campaign now are believed < 'tiff ' * exceed 25,000. The number of geni ' crals captured was increased "tbv ' five in addition to one Italian gen^ eral killed. Pursuit of retreating Italian forces went forward ' cloSe ' to the Libyan frontier. '" ^ Under merciless attack day ana night by British land, air and se"a forces, the Italians are approaching a narrow gorge, like the necfc of a bottle, between Sollum, 4 cflt * the 'Egyptian side of the border^ ' and BardJa, the Italian base 'oft the. .Libyan side, it was understood: Dispatches indicated that. l3 of thousands of men might soon be trapped hopelessly. -<%* The British victory in Egypt -was assuming such proportions, as ~ex^' , perts saw it, that there was spec-"' ulatlon whether Benito Mussolini might now be forced to call out his fleet in a final attempt to stem ' "*» * i K \ threatened disaster. The Daily Express even suggest'- ed that Adolf Hitler might sud^- dehly order an attempt to invade Great Britain in hope of bringing the war to a quick end. ' '.'Hitler is believed ready'- to lose 1 " half a million men In" an attempt to land an equal number somewhere in Britain," it said. ''He must do it quickly if he 'is Italy and not find himself attacking an enemy much 'better equipped than himself." " ; ..British Empire mechanized units, followed by^ Infantry, were pressing the Italians both toward the Libyan frontler~ ? and toward the along which extends the only motor road tq Libya. Royal Air Force planes were bombing "and. machine-gunning, day and night, the retreating Italian troops, their bases In the rear, and Italian aft-' drome's—and all the'time the guns of the British eastern Mediterranean fleet were/ blasting the Italian line of withdrawal. The Italian position, it was-Indicated, was- becoming more~ precarious hourly as the retreating troops ncared the frontier. " jt " Their sole passage, to Libya Was through the Sollum-Bardia bottle neck. With the prospect that thousands upon' thousands of troops wculd Jam toward it, under unceasing attack by land, aid and sea forces, confined in the last stage to two narrow passes through' the gorge, belief Increased here i that the British drive might smash toys will have charge of the distrl- btuion .'at the' -city hall. paths in a valley, with our heavy artillery covering us. Snow was falling heavily. We could scarcely see 300 yards ahead. Suddenly, we heard shrill bugla notes from the slopes above. Our commander ordered us,-to deploy. ., ' "Then 1 we saw what seemed like 1,000 men emerging -. silently and swiftly from the mist of snow, swooping down upon us and firing F rom their hips. I was "honestly scared. But our commander, cool as the icicles which hung to hk mustache, ordered our machine Tuns to throw out a cross-fire. "We' took ,the Alpinithe -same way we wouFd take a cavalry -har^e. Our fire picked them off regularly. Only a f*w pierced our 'ines alive. "Then their main force swerved 'n a wide semi-circle. We fell to h he ground. Even our mules learn~d to take cover in deep snow after a few of them were killed. "More waves of Alplni skiers tobogganed down on us. Their white cloaks sailed behind them like wines. Our boys waited for until they were within accurate firing range. They got thrcugh our first line, but not our second. We ''smashed the .attack." Yoker said Greek mountaineers were eagerly trying out captured Italian ,skis and might soon form the first ski battalion In the history of the Greek army. The Greek mules, he said, also were adapting themselves to winter conditions, and could be seen up to their bellies in snow, dragging guns on sledges or bringing up litters to receive wounded. . In .. the process of manufacture, shoes go through 150 different operations. beyond the possibility of Immediate repair the Italian army of North Africa. - The Dally Sketch reflected the hope that Is In the popular- mind. Seeing signs.!' that Mussolini's em- pir.3 was./ crumbling, the Daily Sketch said: 'The, Italian have now been smitten in the Mediterranean and v on both'sides of it., Their shame. Is known all round*. the shores of "the, sea which"-they rashly claimed as their 'own,", .. ^ Capture Huge Supplies ,*** CAIRO, ,Dec.- 13, (UP)—Briti^l forces are' taking huge quantities' of Italy's most modern war equipment in , the advance through western Egypt which has reachecl blitzkrieg; speed, It was reported today. The Italians, retreating so .rap£ idly that even mechanized forces are hard put to keep in contact with them, are abandoning equipment of every sort, it was asserted. There " was growing belief that the British forces were now ^approaching the Libyan frontier;^jf 1 they readied It. it would mean that they. had covered thev; 75 miles between SidI Barrani, the Italian base, and the border?in about the same time it took .the Italians to march in—unopposed^ three months ago. It was intimated here that -the announced figure of 25,000 Italian prisoners was most modest -,and that actually the .total already,i/tr' exceeded that number, crack units of Fascilt Shirt militia, Mussolini's pride, were reported to have captured almost intact. The. Dominion of Canada isr«l-' most as large u the entire Kurp- pean continent „> > s .> /" > »C>

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