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* VOLUME XXXVII—NO. 231. BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THR DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OP NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI "^"^ ,. Blytheville Daily. News BIytheville Courier Blytheville Herald Mississippi Valley Leader BLYTHRVIIJ.E, ARKANSAS, SATURDAY, DECEMBRR M, J940 FORCE] WilsonYouth Dies In RoadAccident SINGLE COPIES FIVE CENTS FROM EGYPTIAN SOIL Another Killed; J. H. Grain, Jr. Critically Hurt Willis Harvey Jerome, 19, of Wilson, was killed instantly and James Henry Grain Jr., 19, also of Wilson, critically injured in a highway accident this morning near Pontotac, Mis.*, which also took the life of Malcolm Duke ?0 of Hattiesburg, Miss. S(rioUsly injured was ie" Grain that physicians i. i,-,, held little hope for his recovery. He is at Pontotoc Clinic. Young Jerome was -the son of* Dr. and Mrs. J. N. Jerome. The Grain youth is the son of Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Grain. Mr. Grain is managing trustee of the vast Lee Wilson estate interests. The accident occurred at 0 o'clock this morning as the Grain and Duke youths were enroute from Oxford, Miss., where they are students at University of Missis-; T , ,, " sippi, to Wilson for the weekend. I Judge Keck Admtsi Slav They were accompanying the Je-i ***" rome youth who motored to Oxford Friday for them. Missing- death apparently by a sudden change of mind was Miss Ruby Grain, sister of "Jimmie". who had planned to motor home j in connection with the shooting of with f,hf»m hitr. rtor>i/-Jor! trv *„!»„ „ a nefiTO pa-rlv Mnrirtav U/nii«.ta fense To Bond Granted bail on a murder charge train into Memphis where she to meet her mother. A heavy fog is believed to have caused the collision of the Jerome car and a truck towing another truck. ' Miller « 28- House Committee Chairman Wants To Go Limit For Britain WASHINGTON, Dec. 14. (UP) — Chairman Andrew J. May of the house military affairs committee today denounced the Johnson act, barring extension of financial aid to Great Britain, and announced (hat he will introduce a bill for its repeal on the first day the new congress meets, Jan. 3. "England is the next to last stay of civilization." he said, ''and we're sitting over here waiting to be the last stay, and alone at that," He said the Johnson act. barring loans and credits to nations now in default of debts owed the United States, is "punitive legislation passed to penalize u people just because they haven't paid their war debt." He said he had the congressional legislative drafting service at work preparing a bill for its repeal. .A bill by Sen. William H. King! from the county jail in Osceola last night where he had been since his arrest, late Thursday. Bond of $5000 was granted by It is believed that young Jerome Circuit Judge G. E. Keck after was driving his car when it went ever a hill five miles west of Pontotoc on a new -highway No. 6 and crashed into the truck. , There were three trucks which figured .in,, the .accident. In. addition" to the large.. truck, and 'the truck being towed, there was a bread company truck, parked on the other side of the highway, which had apparently stopped to give aid to the disabled machine. •Details of the youths' injuries were not, available this morning-1 conference with officers and attorneys. Magistrates' courts do not ordinarily have authority to grant Milder is accused of fataUy shooting Lee Burks. • negro.'• as he was walking. along: the chute road between Joiner and Island 37 in the Mississippi River. Sheriff Hale Jackson announced that Miller had confessed to the shooting but said it was in self defense. en, with identification not until Dean Malcolm Guess, of the university, and three students from Hattiesburg. arrived from Oxford. Identification ~of ' young 'Jerome was made by papers' found in his pocket, and fellow students recognized the other youths. They were thrown from the car, which was' demolished, and both before the committee Say Youths Admit Kidnaping, Robbing Of Joiner Merchant Jack Grossman, 45, store owner of Joiner, was kidnaped and robbed Friday night by two men arrested early this morning^ who admitted the charges, Sheriff Hale Jackson announced. Elmer Layne, 21, of Trumann, and Jack Link. 18. of Jonesboro. were arrested in. Marked Tree four hours after they stuck a gun In Mr. Grossman's face and said "Hand over your money or we'll blow your brains out," ' and then forced him to drive them to Trumann. The pair hid in the rear seat of the Grossman car, parked in front o fthe dry goods store and did not threaten Mr. Grossman until he wu.s driving into the driveway at home after leaving the store about 9:30 o'clock. They forced him. to drive toward Turrell. where the abductors took six dollars from off him and then told him to drive on to Jonesboro. By the time they had reached Trumann the pair decided to leave the car there .and Mr. Grossman was allowed to go on his way. He immediately notified officers and with, a description as a clue. but will die with the current session of congress. , cussions of war finances continued between Secretary or the Treasury Henry Morgenthau, Jr., and. Sir Frederick Phillips, uncler-secretary of the British treasury. Phillips and,. Morgenthau conferred again yesterday 'butr.as -usual,- details "of the discussions' were not disclosed. May said the United States "ought to see that Britain gets everything she needs —munitions, warplanes, tanks and guns—and keep sending them as fast as we can make them." "If Britain gets to where she Layne and Link at a Marked Tree Service station. were , ' who were with Miller when thp I ° an n0t carry them over> " he adch _V._ 'i._ . . '".ii.il. L-11C ! e>H »'nm /-.niVU. t~ ^~l -_. » shooting took place, were also questioned at length in an investigation but were not arrested . At the time of the killing. Miller reported to. Deputy Sheriff Ocie Nunnally, O f Joiner, that he had shot the negro in self defense and his story was substantiated by his trucks were heavilv damaged | three companions. . Dr. Jerome, father of the dead Cffi cer s claim Friday that an in-1 P i? pcs £. tS t( ? vestigation reveals r^t *^n ' act - He a di ought to take some of our convoys for them. Everybody that's got any common sense knows that if England is conquered we will have to stand against the world alone." House Republican Leader Joseph W: Martin. Jr., (Mass..) said he had reached no conclusions on Lhe Johnson youth, went to- Pontotoc immediately to accompany the remains to Wilson but Mrs. Jerome was unable to go. Funeral arrangements were incomplete at noon today. Bern in Springfield, Mo., young Jerome went to Wilson nine years ago with his parents, a sister, i Fonda Mae, and two brothers.' Quinton and Newell, who attend! Alabama Polytechnic Institute. Au- Uirn, who are members of the immediate familv. Mr. Grain is also in Pontotoc but Mrs. f Grain was not able to go this morning. "Jimmie" also has a brother. John Grain, of Wilson, who remained with his mother and sister. Miss Rubby. arrived this morning. revealed that added that, as minority ^* - ,~ . _ H i^u, vi ic* w 1VI. I lit? L iii accosted the negro twice and then : !'' he had " nothin s" to say c-1-./^f- K:.^ .. -.. »v,u ff, thu v»rnnneiH/%n nt- iv.,'-. .;.„„ shot him "without cause." on the proposition at this time. officers said. Charged with kidnaping and highway robbery, they were placed in jail in Osceola prior to a hearing scheduled for Monday, Sheriff ; Jackson ,said. : >' : Ricocheting Bullet Kills Fleeing Man JONESBORO; Ark., Dec. u. (UP) —A saying of American' doughboys —"when a bullet comes with your' name on tl you're bound to get it"—was recalled today when police re-ported the strange killing of a whiskey distiller. •Plomer Futrell. 26, was killed late last night and officers said the bullet that killed him wasn't aimed at him but fate had written his name on the little lead pellet i Honorary pallbearers were: Wil- Funeral Held This Morning For Prominent Frenchman's Bayou Man Funeral services for George Lee Salmon prominent planter of Frenchman's Bayou, who died' at St. Joseph's hospital in Memphis Friday morning, were conducted this morning at the McDowell Funeral home in Memphis by the Rev. J. Murray Taylor and the Rev. Paul Galloway/ Mr. Salmon operated one of the largest farms in Eastern Arkansas. He owned and leased 10,000 acres of land on which ho grew from 4000 to 5000 bales of cotton annually. A native of Byhalia. Miss., Mr. Salmon lived in Memphis for a few years and farmed in Shelby county and Heth. Ark., before coming to .this county In 1927. He had been in 111 health for more than, two years and had been in - the hospital since Septr., 23 with a heart ailmnet. " He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Dessie Tyson Salmon, and 'five sisters. Mrs. Beulah Yehlngtonf Mrs. Ethel Cunningham and Mrs. Llllie Ray, all of Memphis: Mrs. C. F. Tyson of Widener. and Mrs. C. B. Bennett of Los Angeles. Active pall bearers were: Roy L. Yelvington of Turrell, Jack Ray of Crawfordsville, Charles F. Tyson Jr.. of Grider, J. F. Wheeler of Frenchman's Bayou, Albert Kyle, Dr. C. R. Mason, R. Henderson Beard and H. F. Trainer of Memphis. Will Direct Re-Survey Of Certain Base Sites In West Indies ABOARD. 0. S. S. MAYRANT en Route to Charleston. S. C., Dec. 14. (UP)—President Roosevelt arrives at the Charleston, S. C., naval base this afternoon, in the cruiser Tuscaloosn. completing his 3,000 mile Inspection tour of Caribbean nnd .south Atlantic naval bases. The Tuscnloosa, escorted by two destroyers, wns running through culm seas at 25 Ipots an hour from Eleutherln Island In the Brihnma.s, his last hnlt on his tour, where he conferred yesterday with the Duke of Windsor, governor of the islands. He will leave the Tuscnloosu at Charleston late this afternoon and entrain at once for Warm Springs, Gu., where he will arrive Sunday morning. After an ** -. ,, 4 . r^ — i i •• • _ British Now "Mopping Up"; Greeks Shoving ATHRNS, Greece, Dec. 14. (UP)—Kalian troops were reported in Greek dispatches from the front today to be evacuating the Albanian coastal town of Chimara and falling buck toward the important port'of Valona. Dispatches from the north front said the Greeks also had advanced In the Pogradec sector, despite a snowstorm and furious Italian resistance, having captured strategically important positions northwest of Pogrndcc. Much material, Including nulo- matlc rifles, mortars and ammunition, was reported captured from the Italians. The* Greek troops were reported advancing slowly along the coastal road toward Chlmcira In pursuit of the Fascist forces which retired over a mountainous road toward Valona Bay. The dispatches said that yesterday the Greeks drove Italians from strong positions along the road and of Chimara, threatening to encircle captured heights north and east the town. stay, he will leave by special Train Elbnsan In the north, Klisura for Washington, arriving there early Monday afternoon. The four men were alleged to 1 Chairmnn So1 Eloom <Dem., N. ive been vpt.nmmo *o™. E. ! Y ->- of the foreign affairs commit- for it apparently ricocheted nom a rock on the ground ""and struck him. An officer had fired at the ground "to scare him" wnen Mitrea attempted to" escape, it was said. liam Feltus, Dr. E. G. Camp- have been returning home From a , ., .. poker game on Island 37 and *H '• saicl that bsr ° re an i' action — »«»« been d H nk ^ j £*£>• ~ ""•" ' mitted in London Bombings Spur For Bedtime Stories HI Wind Not All Bad AMARILLO. Tex. (UP)—Its a wind . ice which ripped communication lines and isolated this part of the Texas Panhandle for several days, snapped limbs and trees with a frozen load. Now WPA workers are cutting the wood into stove lengths for distribution as fuel to needy families. Returns to U. S. Britain should make a say what she I wants, and what she wants it for. j Put it on a business-like basis ' i He favored extension of credits rather than outright loans. May said he believed congressional sentiment was increasing Tor expansion of aid to Britain self Bomb Produces "Cross Section' As Polish Envoy "Hitler and Mussolini have too many times proclaimed their undying enmity of democracy." he saici. "If Britain falls, need we think that they will rest content with democracy still alive in the Western Hemisphere?" MOUNTAIN VIEW. Cal. (UP)—! < Nightly bombardment of London apparently has increased the demand for bedtime stories for children. While the bombing was at its height. Arthur S. Maxwell, 1 author of "Uncle Arthur's Bedtime Stories" received the following cable from his London publishers: j "Imperative receive manuscript; bedtime stories before October." Maxwell cabled in reply: "Courage, copy coming." New York Cotton Dec. Jan. Mar. May July Oct. prev. open high }ow .Jose dose 930 930 930 930 941 1010 1010 1008 1G08 1014 1022. 1022 1017 1017 1019 10H 1015 995 995 938 939 1010 991 933 1011 991 939 1010 993 939 New Orleans Cotton Dec. Jan. Mar. May July Oct. Stock Prices A T & T Am Tobacco Anaconda Copper Beth Steel Chrysler Coca Cola General Electric General Motors Iiu Harvester Montgomery Ward N Y Central North Am Aviation Packard Phillips Radio Republic Steel 223-8 Socony Vacuum 8 1 -2 3tudebaker g Standard Oil N J 33 1-2 Texas Corp ' W u s steel •.;;;;;; 69 3 . 4 168 G9 3-4 27 1-8 88 1-2 76 3-4 106 1-4 33 7-8 50 1-4 54 7-8 37 1-4 13 7-8 17 3 1-8 41 1-2 4 7-! Jan Ciechanowski, above, is re- 937 937 1013 1013 1026 1026 1019 1019 1000 1001 943 943 936 936 1012 1012 1024 1024 1016 1016 998 998 943 943 941 1012 1025 1017 from the Polish exile government .n London. Ciechanowski who succeeds the popular Count Jerzy Potpckvwas Polish Min- 999 ; aster to Washington from 1925 Law Lets Insane Vote LANSING, Mich. (UP) —- Michigan's attorney general, Thomas Read, has ruled that insane and feeble-minded persons cannot be disenfranchised without an amendment to the state constitution. He held that the 1939 legislature amended election laws to include inmates within the definition of an absent voter. bell, Fred Orgill, Allan S. Ulla- thorne, Dr. Arthur Green, Dr. Max Roy. B. Birmingham. Robert Payne, W. O. King. Harry Ramsey Sr., Clyde Denton, Sam Ragland and H. Banks of Memphis; Dr. N. R. Hosey. L. P. Bowen, John Wilson, Joe Miller of Joiner; R. C. Branch, Emmet Chllds, J. C. Ellison of Pecan Point; C. E. Lynch of Victoria. P. W. Wilson of Turrell, John Mack Smith of Marion, W. C. Pace. French Kearney of Crawfordsvllle, Dr. D. A. Ellis and John Burnett of Wilson. 9441 The average English household consumes - three tons of coal an- j nually in normal times. Freak explosion of a German bomb, wh'ich demolished London apartment house, produced lhi$ clean-cut, "cross section." Fireplaces and wall cupboards are intact. At upper left, Joor of a china closet is open, showins dishes undi^turbecl on shelve Gaming Devices o Target of Drive Bruce Ivy Says A "campaign" to rid the First Congressional District of gaming devices such as certain types of slot machines before he leaves, office Jan. i, was launched today by Prosecuting Attorney Bruce Ivy, of Osceola. After making a tour of the seven Northeast Arkansas counties in the district for an investigation, Mr. ivy announced that he has the cooperation of all the sheriffs In the "drive." Not only will operators of such slot machines and other gaming devices be arrested and ihe equipment confiscated, but the distribu- While the Tuscaloosu was anchored off Eleutherla, the president and members of his party fished from a -small boat. The president trailed In their derby by catching only an eight inch yellow tail. Harry Hopkins, .former secretary of commerce, claimed a victory by hookfng a 38 \ pound erouper, but Maj/Qen. Edwin M. Watson, Mr. Roosevelt's aide, In- slste'd "tliaf Adrrilral Ross'''TVMc-' Tntire 'helped him land It and thus he was disqualified. Mr. Roosevelt was expected to Instruct the navy, upon his return to Washington, to resurvey some of the sites selected in British West Indies possessions for naval bases. He didn't approve the choice of Abraham Bay, Mayagu- ana Island, in the Bahamas. CATRO, Egypt, Dec. 14. (UP)—The British were reported officially today to have driven the main Italian army out of Egypt to the Libyan frontier and British. warships bombarded fleeing Fascist forces/along a bottleneck road; The British still were mopping up a vast Egyptian battlefield on- the sfxth clay of their offensive 'Biit a communique Indicated that the main part'of the shattered Italian army had been driven from Egyp- Uan soil which Marshal Grazlanl's forces won three months ago. ~British general headquarters raised Lhe number of Italian prisoners In British hands to 26,000.and it wns said that the Italian retreat had become a rout,. . The bottleneck road, running from the desert escarpment across the frontier from Sollum to Bafdla, was reported under British naval gunfire adding to the confusion In the Italian ranks caused bv the advancing British land forces. (In.London Egyptian sources re-ported today that the re-capture of Sollum by British. troops was expected shortly. Sollum Is in Egvnt on the Libyan frontier.) Britain's problem of supplying of prisoners was eased because of and food fallins: Into British hands. Royal Air Force headquarters sold that fighters and . bombers without let-up were backing' up Sir'' Archibald Wavell's advancing forces :,and:; that" the British shot x ' Due 21-Gim Salute CHARLESTON, S. C., Dec. 14. (UP)— The garrison of the naval yard prepared to receive President Roosevelt aboard the cruiser Tus- cralcosu this afternoon. The army will .fire a 21-gun salute when the cruiser passes Fort Moultrle 6 ntering the harbor. Naval batter- ias will lire a 21-gun salute when she enters the yard. A third salute will be jTired when Mr. Roosevelt disembarks at 3 p.in. Mrs. Christine Grain Dies At Fort Worth Mrs. Christina Griffin Grain, a former resident of this county, died Friday night at the homo of her sen, Charles L. Griffin of Fort Worth, Tex. She was 50. . Mrs. Grain had been In 111 health for several years. She suffered a aralytic stroke about a month ago. She came to Manila in 1921 and later moved to this city. Surviving her are two sons, Mr. Griffin and J. W. Grlf.n of Whitehaven. Tenn., two daughters, Mrs. Ethel Landers of Houston, Tex., and Miss Mae Griffin of Newark, N. J., three brothers, Ncwsom Giles Of Manila, Henry Giles of Dallas, Tex., and Frank Giles of Beech Bluff, Tenn., and four sisters, Mrs. Beulah Shane of Lenchvillc, Miss Betty Giles, Mrs. Nann King and Mrs. Mflttie Dudley of Manila. Electron Microscope Adds New Magni r yhi£ Power and Tepelini In the southeast and Chimara on the Adriatic coast were their Immediate Objectives along a 100-mile front curving in- . . , , , ward from southwestern to central h f r ™ n > forces and f !. ee ! n £ Albania. The fall of Chlmnra was expected hourly. Furious battles were reported around Tepelini and Klisura. Important road junctions on the lower central front, and the Greeks were,said to have encircled an-Ital. Ian,... istronghold east, of Tepelini that might-'turn the 'tide. In the north two strong Italian counterattacks were reported repulsed In the snow covered mountains "and the Greeks occupied two more villages, reports from the front said. (Reports at Struga. Jugoslav border town, said Greek artillery bad shelled Klisura heavily yesterday, destroying four houses, killing 13 and wounding 30 persons. Some Italians were reported leaving Klisura for Onzo, eight miles northwest : in the Trebesina mountains. It was said that fighting around Tepelini was the heaviest of the war; that some positions had changed hands several tlmso and that casualties were heavy on both sides. One Struga report said Greeks had crossed the Benca river, below Tepelini and were approaching Bukaj. on the Tepellni- Vnlona road, intending to cut off Italian retreat from Tepelini.) WEATHER Arkansas—Cloudy, with light or intermittent rains or drizzle and slightly colder In south portion tonight; Sunday cloudy, continued cold. Memphis nnd vicinity — Cloudy nnd colder, occasional rain tonight and Sunday, lowest temperature tonight 34. highest Sunday. 40. Parliament Spurns His Peace Proposal BOSTON (UP) — An electron microscope magnifying 20 to 50 cnvo «.m i u . ^ times morc tnan Present optical 1. ^ .f"°r bearr f ted 3nd Pr °' S " instruments will aid disease re- ecuted, Mr. Ivy said. search in certain bavteria Rnd ylrus Slot machines have not been prevalent in this section of late until the past two months when it has been reported that numerous machines have appeared in several counties, officers said. Notifying sheriffs to give operators a "fair warning." Mr. Ivy said that arrests would begin early in the week. "We have plenty of time to prosecute them before I leave office and I intend to do so." he said. The machines are said to be numerous In Poinsett and several be continued,in all of the district, which includes Mississippi, Craighead, Crlttenden, Greene, which hitherto could not be examined microscopically, according to its inventor. Dr. Ladislaus Martoh. He says the 7',» foot instrument 1 ?will magnify 25,000 diameters and by photoghaphy this enlargement may be increased to 100,000 diameters. Ordinary microscopes magnify approximately 2,500 diameters Dr. Marton says. Bomb's Close; Fish for Crew , T . , _ „ . ^u« WQ LONDON (UP) - Hundreds of K" p^?™™' ab ° Ve * ch HoaH nr- ,* v \ ntr ,™« n™ ~- Independent reader oy'ns.-re fW« graSSSw.sStuSd.ftinfi to the decks of three vessels In Britons should end the war by a harbor at a stv.theast coast-teen negotiated peace with Germany, when a Nazi raider dropped a Parliament thinks otherwise, bomb in the water nearby. On one The House of Commons thumb- Poinsett, Cross, and Clay counties, f ship, the crew had enough fish to , ed down his peace proposal by a it was announced. last two days. vote of 341 to 4. down;- i5: (li'an^ planes, yesterday "During the 'past 24 hours f ifhter and bomber aircraft > of the . .R; ; A. F. continued without respite to support the "army.'Jn Its .successful operation In the Western desert," an R. A. F, communique said. , Information reached Cairo " that British casualties in the entire oneratkm had been surorisinffly Iteht. Wounded British soldiers who arrived from the battle zone , were a noted that neither Italiaa nor Libyan troops seemed disposed to. ficht. They Rave this as the reason for the great number of prisoners taken. Three of five Italian generals among, the prisoners arrived here yesterday by airplane. Reports from the frontier area Indicated that the effect of the British offensive jvvas serious In Libya as well as in the desert ter- rltory of Egypt which the Italians/ had held. British planes have been, in the air day and night since the offen- slve starter} at dawn Monday. < ntalian planes, it is asserted, have been almost entirely' grounded by constant bombing and machine sunning of Italian airdromes. Pilots of the • -eight-gun' British fighter planes which have been' machine gunning retreating Italians report evidence of extreme disorganization among them. The two British Empire divisions and the Free France unit which started the offensive attacked the right flank of the Italians massed in the coastal zone around Sldl Barrani, according to detailed re - oorts received here. On paper Eh is was the least ex- nosed part of their front. Anchored to the sea, the Italians had built many self-contained forts " to be sure of holding the coastal road in preparation for a march across Egypt to the Suez Canal. Aoparently, it was said here, the Italians had never visualized the possibility that the British might start a drive not from the coast but from the inner desert. Lon Vickery, 70, Of Huffman Dies Friday Lon Vir.kery, for 15 years a farm- °r at Huffman, died Friday at his home after having bene ill several months of concer. He was 70. Funeral rites were to be held Mils afternoon at the residence by the Rev. Alfred Caroenter, pastor of First Baptist Church, with burial at Number Nine Cemetery., Bom in . Halliday. Tenn.;'-; Mr. Vickery was reared in that place. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Minnie Vickery; four sons, Clarence, Eulan. and John and' Clyde Vickery> all "of Huffman': : . four daughters, Miss Florence, Miss ula and Miss Catherine : Vickery all of Huffman, and Mrs. .Emm* Buchanan of Blytheville. and one brother, Alex Vickery of"- Dyersburg, Tenn. Hanna Funeral Home^ -Is' In charge, ^

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