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£nfuA_7^gs_G^ Iiiyi BLYTHEVILLE COURIER K" VOLUME XXXVII—NO. 2;)2. THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OF NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI Blytheville Daily News Blyfcheville Courier Brythevnie Herald Mississippi Valley Leader BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS, • MONDAY, DKCKMBKlt 1C, 1040 F.D.R/s'H World Survives'Puzzles Capital Expects Proclamation Of New Emergency usual two weeks WASHINGTON. Dec. 16. (UP) —- President Roosevelt returned today from his tour of sea bases in the midst of speculation concerning what he meant in suggesting- that the world might be at an end by March. .This dire and gloomy remark j reachtd the capital .while reports wt-re circulating of the possibility thai he might proclaim an unlim- ; ;Ljd national emergency to give j the rearmament program a psy-! chciogical shot in the arm. To the patients of the Warm Springs, Ga., infantile paralysis r-.cmmunity, Mr, Roosevelt said: "I hope to be down here next March, without any question, if the world . .survives, for my spring visit." There was no basis here for an '^tension or that remark and Mr Roosevelt did not elucidate it. Did he have information not available to" the press and public? No one here could say on .what situation the remark, was based and what the president would do to avert what..he apparently thinks would be a cataclysmic event.,. .Word came from the president's special .trairf-" thafc-'he^ would -con-, fer with Secretary of State Cor-' dell Hull within an hour of his arrival early this afternoon, on all aid short of war to Great Britain ;and the building of naval and air 'bases on sites in. British Western Hemisphere'. possessions. Chairman Sol Bloom of the .house foreign affairs committee joined Chairman Andrew J. May •of the house military affairs committee in advocating the repeal of existing laws in order to aid Britain the more. Bloom suggested (he. outright repeal of the neutrality law which prohibits American ships sailing in war areas. . ' inerican citizens traveling on belligerent ships, and commerce with The Lion's Claws In Egypt WASHINGTON, Dec. 1(5. (UP)—William S. Knudsen, production chief of the national defense commission, has dispatched letters to ma- ci':ine tool manufacturers and employes telling, them ,i at ^delivery must he .speeded up" because of the "terrible urgency of the situa- The dispatch of the letters was -iii-clcsecl today -as President Roosevelt speeded toward Washington j amid speculation that he contem- ! pates a proclamation of unlimited national emergency. Tne Knudsen letters lo members and workers in -the iooi industry j Were dated De;;. 9. Manufacturers were urged to display the appeal prominently sc that their ein- ,-icyei might see it. Knudsen congratulated the manufacturers on their ''remarkable achievements" as reported in their association's recent report on expansion. ."But," said Knudsen, "more is necessary." •'It is not your fault that the and SINGLE COPIES FIVE CENTS GERMANY Repercussions I ^* • .'••••'•. . ' * »w" Likely; Greeks, British Move On? Report 30,000 Persons A f - flicted In Army Camp Boom Town Hy United Press Gorman sources hinted displeasure today at i.he ouster of Pierre Laval from tho Vichy government and suggested that the condition of the French armistice may be re-examined in Die. light of this "milestone." By Unileil Press ^ Great Britain and "h'er" Greek allies smashed heavily at Italy today, blasting ah • Italian fleet concentration at Naples, driving into LibYa and pressing -' forward °m Albania. The British Middle East com- ALEXANDRIA, u.. Dec. L6 ' ^percussions of (he startling' mmul 'reported five direct hits-on >—An Infiuenzn epidemic- has i U|jset iu ^'imce spread throughout j ', l concentration of Italian 'warships _ stricken 30.000 persons In this town booming with army construction, Europe, In the harbor of Naples which was.' Today's hint to Germany's at- J w.Utxckod by a powerful squadron". where transients are sleeping i n ' Utudc toward the French develop-j ° r R °i' nl Air Force-" bombers -*"" Jails, railway waiting rooms, parked inent > VOs Lhc ftl ',st. to come ..from utd ,?y ni & nL cans and tents, the Bonrd of Health Bcrli " whore news of Laval's ouster iodftv. VV1US received In omcial silence. The mid apparently was almost*, an aevore as the attack at Tarahto--' The normal population Ls only Tne comni <->nt offered in Berlin 115,000, but it has swelled to 65,000 sU11 lelL tmlch to bc uuessed at with an influx of persons hunting bul ^ wns «»»l>hiuslxed that Ger- JcUs on the building programs ut " mn > f is " nLm fl t war with France" which the British claimed put. at least three Italian dreadnaug^ts, out of commission. At Nsxples -Brlfc 1 ish bombs were said to have rained Camp Benuregard and other nearby lind lnat relations between the two j down close to two Italian hattlei, army posts. Doctors believed many comui<le « art governed by an arm-' " u: ~~ ~" J cases still were uhrenorted, and lsLlce - . -.-'. that more than half the boom-town ' [n vlcw of lhe importance of the change in Prance a Newt spokes- where mau ucl dcd the question is raised 30.000 National GimVclsm'en from i'' wnclnei ' the-present slnte of uf- Mlchlgan and Wisconsin arc sta-! fftins stml1 be-.continued. ... Honed.' at Cnmp Betiuregard,, the ' Tne German statement offered chief .surgeon reported 'relativelyV 10 lllnt ' as ^ what change might few Influenza cases and attributed!, 0 contemplated. If, however, this to the fact that most of the Lavals fftl1 ls lmk ed In any mnn- population WAX stricken. Across the Red River, Claws of the British lion that struck with feline fui> at II Duce's legions in Egypt were many-being un-{ men wej-e accustomed to cold be- ner with ltnllan difficulties and a sheathed by land, air and sea forces at once. Efii dent-looking field guns like those pictured '-above ing from northern states,, and to i Germnn deslre to a l d -Italy—. as helped British fighters blast through -Italian lines, capturing thousands of prisoners. In photo above, Egyptian policeman, and British Tommy are: examining one of the guns. weren't' known- far''enough""'in" advance to prevent the dumping of millions of dollars worth of orders on the industry in a very short time. The changes in the program week by week necessitated by changed conditions in Europe make it impossible- to figure machine tool requirements very far in advance. But the fact remains that practically all of you are now- quoting from . sb; to 12 months delivery. This delivery must be speeded up." To the workers he said: "Nothing is more vital to your country's welfare just now than Co hasten supplying of these des- fperately needed machine cools. .114 Years For / Negro Attacfker Of White: Woman the fact that living conditions In SO!nedi P loi n uti c. reports .have sug- Mie camp were far better tiian In gc ? ted h? Nftzi ? may be consW - 'evlng occupation of, all of Prance and the wiping out, 'of .the soj call-. P rr r> \ \s —^"cotci, rugguis. .iJ, OUIters fractured Knee .' sentenced to. m "years Severe Cuts In Collision Near Pavagould e) ?, ept ° n a cash ? nd Every day, hour or minute saved carry basis. May plans to introduce a bill on the first day of the new congress to repeal the Johnson act. which prohibits loans to World War debt defaulters. * Congressional reaction to Mr. Roosevelt's "world's end" remark was confused. Sen. Frederick Van Nuys. iDem.. Ind.), said he was confident the world was not going to end. that it would "come out .better in the end." Sen. Pat Mc- by greater efficiency helps Uncle Sam arm that * much faster." Samuel Lee Head Dies Sunday At Age Of 71 Samuel Lee Head, who assisted in erecting many buildings in Blytheville during the past 25 years, ' Carran, (Dem.. Nev.), said the ''died-' late Sunday night at ' Ely- United States would survive "if it kgeps out of war—and it's going to keep out of war." Sen. William H. King, (Dem.. Utah), took the remark as a warning, saying the president ".sensed" the dangers menacing all democracies "includ- in« the United States." Awaiting Mr. Roosevelt are the acute problems of a national defense la° and further "short-of- w?»r" aid to Great Britain. Secretary of Treasury Henry Morgen- thau. Jr.. is expected to be ready with a balance sheet of British assets for Mr. Roosevelt's examination preliminary to some formal London credits. move .for United States Pressingly urgent from the British standpoint is understood to be (he matter of merchant tonnaae. theville Hospital. He was 71. Death followed a heart attack with which he was stricken Tuesday and his condition lias been critical since that- time. With him when he passed away were his wife, Mrs. Louella Head, and three sons. Roy of Blytheville, Wilson of Memphis, and Jesse of Oklahoma City. Okla. He is also survived by a sister, Mrs. Lydia Hickman ol Nashville, Tenn. A well known carpenter, Mr. Plead had continued his trade despite his age, and had been connected with the E. C. Robinson Lumber Company for a number "of years. Funeral rites will be" held Tuesday morning, 10 o'clock, at Holt . T- , ,, ^ ^ r> And there Ls constant unofficial Funeral Home ' by - the Rev> Harold talk here of some kind of convoy system which would relieve the British navy—and assign to American ships—some degree of responsibility for protecting merchant Elm wood Cemetery. vessels in the western Atlantic. Eggensperger. associate pastor First Methodist Church, "'assisted by the Rev. Alfred Carpenter, pastor First Baptist. Church. Burial will be at Randolph Smith, 37, cotton buy- CARUTHERSVILLE, Mo.. D e c. i *•*•—Chester, Riggins. 27, negro, was in state penitentlriary here this morning when he appeared before Judge L. H. -Sennit, .and, entered plea of guilty oh two charges of attempted criminal .assault:on two local white women. He was sentenced on one er was seriously injured in an count fo , 99 , year and lg s automobile accident late Saturday Qu the other which two other { Riggins drew the 99-year Blytheville men probably escaped injuries by leaving the car a few minutes before the accident occurred. Three other men were injured. Mi-. Smith has a fractured right knee, severe cuts on the left jaw and is New York Cotton Pallbearers will be: Tom Burks, E. F. Blomeyer, Ed Hardin, j. Ce- .cil Lowe. E. D. Ferguson. George Mar. May July Oct. Dec, Jan. prev. open high low close close 1017 1017 1015 1015 1017 1010 1010 1G07 1009 1011 989 990 989 989 991 937 937 933 933 939 928 928 928 928 930 1005 1005 1002 1002 1004 Wright. The remains will be taken to New Orleans Cotton the Roy Head residence late today. Livestock (UP)—Hogs: 500 salable. receipts, 15.000—12.- Mar. May- July Oct. Dec. Jan. prev. open high low close close 1023 1023 1019 1019 1024 1014 1014 1012 1012 1016 996 996 993 993 998 940 940 938 938 943 933 933 933 933 934 1012 1012 1005 1005 1012 5.00, Top. 6.45. 170-230 Ibs., 6.00-6.40. 140-160 Ibs., 5.00-5.60. Bulk sows, 5.3G-5.90. Cattle: receipts, 410Q—40000 salable. Steers, 9.50-13.00. Slaughter steers, 6.50-13.75. Butcher yearlings, 7.50-9.00; Slaughter" heifers, 6.00-12.25. Beef cows,' 5.25-6.25. .Cutters and low cutters, 3.75- and behind his left ear badly bruised. Removed to Dickson Memorial Hospital in Paragould. Mr. Smith was nesting very well today. Mrs. Smith and her mother. Mrs. M. G. Goodwin, who are with him, said today that he may be able to be removed home within a few days. C. T. Shamlin Sr.. and Clyde Fowler, also members of the hunting party who left- here Saturday night, decided to stop at a highway cafe for some coffee while Mr. Smith went for a gun and were seated in the cafe when the accident occurred. Benny Vick..25 ( of Paragould. is iif. id to nave been driving the Smith car which crashed into the rear of a coupe driven by O. E. Lynch of Jonesboro. one mile east of Paragould. Wood row Ryan. 30, of Paragould, who was also in the Smith car. received cuts on his forehead and chin. Vick and Lynch escaped with minor cuts and bruises. Schools To Close On Dec. 18 To Jan. 2 School children of the city will begin celebrating Christmas Wednesday when their class room doors shut behind them for the holiday vacation. The students will have two weeks as is customary. School will begin again on Thursday. Jan. 2. As Christmas comes in the middle of the week, it was decided to adjourn school on Wednesday in order that students working during the holidays would be able to work a full week before Christmas. sentence for the attemptel criminal attack on Mrs. Minnie Moody. 65- year-old white woman last Tuesday morning. When she fought off the negro, he -stabbed her in the abdomen with a pocket knife, and late Tuesday night, a mob of 100 men gathered at the city jail for two hours, then stormed the county jail in .an effort to gain entrance and search for the negro. Deputy Sheriff W. A. (Bill) Thomas routed the would-be lynch- ers with a stove poker. The 15-year sentence was meted for attempted attack last October on Mrs. Bill Kelley, also 01 this city. Sheriff John Hosier said today the negro had previously served three different sentences in the state penitentiary, and has a: lengthy criminal record. Old Auto Proves Faithful LODI. Cal. (UP) — Two Lodi youths, Johnny Ferrero and Prank Reported Somewhat Improved After Removal Memphis Hospital town. . . ;,.Alexandria t«_in the - heart _of the ? ' I'plney^'^ooHs.V, /belt, ; normally I considered a 'healthy" region. One ' of the largest government veterans' hospitals in the South is a few miles away. At Carvllle, 110 .miles Southeast, is the only leper colony' In the continental United States. The epidemic" was attributed " to congestion. Newcomers were bed- . n , ding down in garages, stores, old more fl *««head. warehouses and other .abandoned, der' the nominal rule '"of government. Mystery 'surrounded Laval's duster but It was -apparent that it was connected dlrectyl ,wtth , his ambitions to become the supreme To dilapidated buildings. Both the city and parish jails had cots lined up in their cells' and were renting _ them for $1 a night. There was James Henry Grain Jr., iflkyear-1 "° room f °r prisoners. Hotels old son of -Mr. and Mrs. J. H..' rentecj chairs in the lobby for a Grain Sr., of Wilson, who wasi night's rest. Narrow streets of this critically injured in a highway ac- l old rivci " tmvn were P0sillon o1 ' a Confirmation was obtained from Vichy that Laval had been taken into custody as well as ousted. cident near Pontotoc, Miss., Saturday morning which took the life of Willis Harvey Jerome. 19, also of Wilson, and Malcolm Duke. 19, of Hattlesbtirg. Miss., was reported slightly improved today at Memphis Baptist hospital. He was removed there late Saturday and although his condition is described as "very critical," he appeared slightly better, attendants saki. An operation was performed Saturday night upon his head, which was crushed, and the reaction has been hlgly favorable, it is .said. Funeral rites were morning at Wilson held this Methodist Church for young Jerome. The Rev. Mr. Lewis, former pastor, officiated, assisted by the Rev. Mr. Wilks, pastor, with Ben White of Blytheville. Jimmie Hill, N. B. Ellis Jr., Bob Graves, George Brewer and Ray Mann, all of Wilson, as chugged all the way | pallbearers. Other friends assist- back to Detroit, in a $7.50 motor car just lo prove to their friends that it could be done. When the youths arrived at Detroit, they sold the car for $5 and bought a 1940 model. The Pekin News of China is the oldest newspaper in the world. Us first issue appeared 1400 years ago. Stock Prices WEATHER A T & T 166 3-8 Am Tobacco 69-3 8 Anaconda Copper 26 5-8 Beth Steel 87 Chrysler 75 5*8 Cities Service 55-8 Coca Cola 1053-4 General Electric 33 1-8 General Motors ' 50 Int Harvester 541-2 Montgomery Ward 373-8 N Y Central 13 7-8 i North Am Aviation r 16 3-4 Packard 31-4 Phillips 40 i Radio 47-! and; Republic Steel 22 Socony Vacuum 8 3r8 Studebaker .. 73-4 Arkansas — Pair tonight .Tuesday. - slightly colder tonight with hard freeze. Memphis and vicinity—Fair and Standard Oil N J 33 3-8 colder tonight, lowest "temperature Texas Corp ; 39 3-i 26, Tuesday fair and cold, U S Steel 68 5-8 eel as ushers. The remains were taken to Memphis for burial at Forrest Hill Cemetery. Young Jerome, son of Dr. and Mrs. J. N. Jerome of Wilson, had gone to Oxford, Miss., for the two students at University of Mississippi, who were to spend the weekend with Mr. and Mrs. Grain Sr,, and they were enroutc to Wilson When their car collided with n truck. with automobiles on both sides, with families living and sleeping in them. Along the highways, Into the swamps and across rolling hills, there were rude huts, built of pine boughs, palmettos or rough boards advertising "sleeping room 50 cents." Fires of outdoor camps, where men awaited calls to work, dotted the riverside beyond the levee. School attendance had been cut 30 per cent but schools were still open. Vanderbilt Assistant Coach And Gazette Sports Editor On Program With more .than 100 tickets already sold for the football banquet being sponsored by the Chick- at the are being made to take care of more than 180 people who are expected to attend. C. W. Afflick Is to be toastmaster i of the Informal and brief program. iHc will open the program by in- Mrs. R. L. Matthews of Jones- ; traducing the out of town visitors. boro. sister of O, N. Hawkins and ' w - J - Wunderllch. president of the a resident of Blytheville 27 years c * ub ' wil1 welcome the guests, after ago, died suddenly at her home whlcl1 W. D. McClurkin, superin- Mrs, R, L. Matthews Dies At Jonesboro thls morning. She was 68. Mr. Hawkins was to go to Jonesboro this afternoon to be with j tendent of schools, will speak briefly. Ben Epstein, Sports Editor of the members of the Matthews fflmi , y j Arkansas Gazette, Little Rock, will but funeral arrangements were in- |f res f nt ' 0nfe '' enc ' shipsr and Upon a Fascist cruiser/and/'; destroyer fleet which was/ concentvated in the harbor. Italy admitted that the British had scored a direct hit on a "me r ; amm steed" warship ac ini acting 50 casualties on Us", per-i souiiel. *~ . //'".-' iu the western desert British\ advance forces drove "well "over'.' '• the Libyan border but Italians 3tUl'- J held the town .of Sollum on tHe 'Egyptian side of the frontier were resisting vigorously. . •/" Frontlet 1 reports from Albania said ; that Greek troops smashed .Into .the towns'fo Chimara on • .^the^oastal^road and Tepeiuil ",.J oh" '%l£>'cl}rUfar" fronfc* \ "*•- >! y i v< I Italian prisoners taken in' the desert operations were approaching' to be a total of 74,000 * and dispatches told of millions. of. dollars. i worth of captured equipment. -•' The British advance Into IiaJ- lan territory was p'resseu Fascist troops still held om ac ine Egyptian base of Sollum. on me Mediterranean coast, near the.Lib- yan border. ' v , The British offensive previously had cleared Italians from other points they held on Egyptian soil but at Sollum the Fascists still were strongly defending their fortified positions. . - ./,' The British offensive "'. had, however, swept around and past 'Sollum. " The invasion of Libya was .led by the British desert armies—aided ; by intensive aerial and naval bardment of the Italians along the coastal roads — against strongly, defended positions-in Italian desert territory. For several years: Fascists have reported that-an Impregnable line of desert* forts was constructed on I the frontier of Libya and it was against that sector -that- modern British mechanized units," including armored cars built for deserc ngnt- ing, were reported advancing. Fort Capuzzo, key •'Italian fort on the Libyan side of the border, was one of the main objectives..; "The enemy is still holding strongly defended positions about Soliurn," the communique -^aid. "Meanwhile our advance forces are well across the Libyan frontier where fighting continues. _'. Bad weather conditions still are interfering with visibility." complete pending arrival of relatives. Mrs. Matthews was stricken a heart attack about 8:30 o'clock three Chlckasaws. Presentation of the gold footballs to the individual team members will be made by Clarence H. Wilson. >f the. She had lived in Jonesboro since 'staff, will speak before Paul "Bear" leaving Blytheville after several Bryant, member of the Vanderbilt years residence here. j coaching staff at Nashville, makes Other members of her Immedi- ' th l P rinci P al . address. Mail Delivery Survey To Be Made About Jan. 1 The final survey for the proposed new mail delivery service on Holly and Hearn streets from Madison west will be made around the first of the year, Ross Stevens, postmaster, has announced. Mr. Stevens said that it would be impossible to begin service on the proposed route until around the first of the year at any rate because of the heavy business incident to the Christmas season. He said .the short delay would give residents of the area plenty of time to provide house numbers and mall boxes for their homes in accordance with requirements before the survey was made. ate family are": four daughters, Miss Mildred Matthews of Havana. Cuba; Mrs. Amma Briscoc of Cisco, Texas; Ralph, Mary Mitchell and Fay Aileen, all of Jonesboro; threo other brothers. Elmo of St. Louis, Tom and George of Morrllton. Ark., and a sister, Mrs. Madge Heglund of St. Louis. Town Gets Petticoat Rule TAOPI, Minn, (UP)—The women have the right arm of the law to back their word in Taopi because they swept the village election. The mayor Is Mrs. J. H. Gosha; clerk, Mrs. H. J. Tolstead; treasurer, Mrs, Edina Johnson, and assessor, Mrs. A. Lagervall. Conditions on the planet Venus are so nearly like those on earth that the two planets are spoken of as sisters. Pictures of the 1940 Alabama- Vandy game, 25-21 score, will be shown by Sylvester "Pop" Mosley. Music will be provided by Bernard Gooch and L. T. Moore Jr. Announcement, is to be inade as to the selection of the most valuable member of the team. It is hoped that, this award will become an annual .affair, those In charge stated. STRUGA, Yugoslavia. Dec. 16. (UP)—Reports from the frontier •tonight said that Greek troops 'occupied the strategic town of Tepe-. lini on the central Albanian front at four p.m. . , U Greek troops fought their way into part of the town this morn r ing after a bayonet charge. During the day they pushed through the streets and from house-to-house as; the Italians resisted bitterly. ••-:'. Late this afternoon it was reported the. occupation was completed. At the same time another Greek column on the Adriatic coast was said to have occupied Chimara. ; Chicago Wheat Dec. May 85 open Dec. May. floyd George May Be British Ambassador LONDON, Dec. 16 (UP)—Reports circulated without official confirmation tonight that Prime Minister Winston Churchill has asked DayM-. Lloyd George to accept the post- of British ambassador to the United States. ' ^f. I Lloyd George was said to hive open high low close j told'Churchill.'this afternoon th» 591-8 593-8 585-8 587-8 'he would like a little time to^ 591-8 593-8 587^8 591-8 ,skier the offer. , low close 873-8 873-8 831-2 835-8

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