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'Invasion Bases' LONDON, .Dec. 18. (UP)—Possibility of a German invasion attempt was revived today with renewed day and night pounding of invasion ports by the'Royal Air Force on a scale comparable to the hammer- - ings of. last September when the threat appeared more imminent ___J^f R. A. F.s renewed activity co-incided with warnings voiced earlier this week by Prime .Minfolor Winston Churchill and Lord Bcnv- crbrook, minister of aircraft production, that.there was no closed season lor an invasion and that an attempt might be made before jmrinir' ' 1 was reported a month ago that Germany again was assembling flat bottomed barges and other trait in the Naxi occupied ports of Bel- «,„,' Flnf ' i?'-/* 1 ?"""' 1 , a ^ cl N< >™ay -on I TV •'''.! ,' !lmi . Grcck l "°I» s xs p Unly, also nught bo ait important motive for an invasion attempt U ' :U HiU " 1 "" -"Attempt invas than "an invasion scale." Continued Germany's Axis partner BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE DOMINANT NEWP ' "^ ^^ VOLUME XXXVII—NO. 234. DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OP 'NORTBEAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI Blytheville Daily News Blytheville Courier Blytheville Herald Mississippi Valley Leader IBI.YTHRVILL'E, ARKANSAS, WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 18 1940 ITALIANS ARE BOTTLED UP AT BAR British Closing^JawsQf Trap At Libyan Base Manner Of More Aid For Britain Is Chief Topic WASHINGTON, Dec. 18. (UP)— Short-of-war aid to Great Britain is headed today toward its maximum limits. President Roosevelt is exploring a program of paving for and loaning or leasing to the British all types of-armaments except naval vessels. Merchant vessels bulk large in*—— '. _. the contemplated program. Any vessel, airplane or munition advanced on loan would be covered by a mortgage. Mr. Roosevelt Ls confident that that could be done without increasing the danger of the United States being involved in war. He revealed, also, at yesterday's press conference that there are two or three cases of industrial non- cooperation which are under investigation in connection with his power to take over such facilities 10 obtain the maximum national defense effort. • The lease-loan plan invites na- 'tiojial debate and bitter congres- siorial^cbntroversy.. It was outlined shortly nfteiv; Secretary, of Treasury Henry /^Morgentnau'" Jr. ; 'informed the 'Souse Appropriations Committee that British officials say they cannot order further armaments here -'without financial assistance. Scattering congressional reaction foreshadowed the dispute to come if Mr. Roosevelt seeks from congress next month the legislation and appropriations which would be necessary to put the plan into effect. He said he sought to remove the dollar sign as a factor in further aid to Great Britain. He dismissed as banal—commonplace or trivial— the idea that the Johnson Act- or neutrality act should be repealed to permit loan of funds to be spent here by the British. He considered the suggestion of outright gifts as almost as bad although he said it inigt come to that. Asserting that the best defense of the United States is the continued success of Great Britain in defending herself. Mr. Roosevelt outlined the program which would expand our munitions production and give. Great Britain a share of It on loan or lease. He excepted naval vessels in response to a di- Represents Vichy Regime in Syria Jean Chiappe, above, who, as Prefect, ran the Paris police with a firm hand for ten years has been appointed High Commissioner uf France in Syria nnd Lebanon. He will have the rank and privileges of ambassador. Two Are Killed When Trains Collide Today SALT LAKE CITY. Utah, Dec. 18. (UP)—A Union Pacific passenger train pulling into Union Station here today crashed into the ' """ " «-•"»-« »*«»j »»*. A V*J£-'\S&4iJlr U\_r U \_ii"~ V£lr» **•/%*" rect question although the late 1 ( Ol fa . standm S freight train. ™ trammen sitting in the Lord Lothian. British ambassador, had been pressing for naval aid. Rep. Sol Bloom (Dem.. N. Y.) and Sen. Sherman Minton (Dem., IaJ.) gave the lease-loan plan speedy endorsement. Rep. John M. Taber (Rep.. N. Y.) said he. would prefer a money loan as "less likely to get us into war." Sen. Rush D. Holt (Dem., W. Vaj denounced the suggestion as "nothing more than evasion, subterfuge and hypocrisy obviously designed to circum- mg in the of the freight train, were killed and another trainman was injured. The passenger train was en route here from Los Angeles. vent the Johnson Act." Sen. Tom Stewart (Dem., Tenn.) said he would favor the plan provided it did not impair our own defense. "I think I speak with authority," .said Sen. Frederick Van Nuys <Dem., Ind.), "when I say that any move to amend the Johnson Act or the neutrality act would not receive a majority support in the senate. But if England will meet us half way by conferring title to .some of her bases, I think we should give her aid." Sen. Clyde Herring iDem., la.) said: "I favor giving them the money and forgetting about it. I would accept only those bases that might prove of value." Formal notification to congress that Great Britain sought financial assistance was given by Morgen- thau before the appropriations committee this way: Morgenthau: "So if it gets down to the question of—which it has— Great Britain needing financial assistance to pay for the orders she wants to place with us, I think it is a matter for congress to decide—as to how that financial assistance should be given to Great Britain." Rep. Louis Ludlow (Dem., Ind.): "But you feel that she has arrived at the point where she needs financial assistance?" Neig Orleans Prev. 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The country boy who went to the., city, and/raade good.'then wer\t back to" the' country and' made good all..over,, again and his wife —a city, girl—Mr. and Mrs. William Katzenberger of near Gosnell, won the sweepstakes trophy and cash prize of $100 for winning' over thousands of other farm families in the Home Improvement i Division. . ' . They also won first in the Ar- 1 kansas state contest, with $25 as the cash award, after capturing county honors and the $10 prize offered by the Courier News which cooperated in sponsoring 'the contest in Mississippi county. The Courier News was publicly declared "one of the very best" among the 156 newspapers of Arkansas. Missouri, Tennessee and Mississippi which played an important role in increasing interest in the contest through the year and was the first to be presented a gold loving cup trophy as the winner for the Arkansas state contest. This year's .enrolment in the county was 2939 and last year's was 1779. with this newspaper sponsoring the contest this year for the first time. Similar other trophies were presented winners in each of the three ether states and another was given the newspaper having the best editorial. Harry W.. Haines and Mr. and Mrs. Samuel F. Norris received the cup presented by Walter L. Durham Jr., director of the Plant To Prosper Bureau of The Commercial Appeal. Mississippi county for the fourth year had the largest number of fanners enroled in the contest, as was announced at the banquet, but this county missed the trophy by a fraction because the percentage was lower than that of Dyer county, Tenn. Farmers totalling 2292 were enrolled in a county having far less than the 10,000 farm families in this county which had 2939 entries. It had been generally expected Comics 9 "Super Gun' 7 Comas To Life (?) NEW YORK, Dec. 18. (UP)-Plun.s were afoot today for private manufacture of electrically powered machine guns and antiaircraft guns for which their promoters claim super range and super striking power. The guns fire projectiles by means of successively energized electro-magnets, placed along the burrel. without the use of explosives, according lo ciala made public here. Range of the new weapons, the promoters sny, would be limited | only by the electric power employed nnd they would be able to fire as high as modern airplanes can fly. They would be noiseless, eliminating the demoralization sometimes caused by anti-aircraft batteries; would produce no telltale smoke or flashes and thus serve to confuse nn enemy; would be non-heating and would not jam nnd would be able to fire awtiy uc men or planes practically continuously. ./ Foresees Greater Labor Migrations Roosevelt Says Nation Cannot Afford ''Luxury Q[ L 't* •' •••'.: •'»» .- • :£fm itigation •••** WASHINGTON, Dec. 'IB. . CUP)— President Roosevelt today vetoed Luxora Child Dies After Brief Illness Geraldine White, two years old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E. H. White of Luxora, died Tuesday night after n brief Illness of pneumonia. Funeral services wore conducted Tuesday afternoon by the Rev. Black Shirts, Benito's Pride, Near Capture A, ; N. .Thorpe, pastor ., Dogwood . .-w Sandy Ridge Cemetery Secretary o Agriculture Claude R. Wickard, pictured as he testified before the House committee investigating the plight, of workers.; He foresaw ., Mctliotlisfe-. Church. .-with burial at agricultural conditions resulting metery " ' piv moi-e^raifterfiham fewer, mi- Bcsides her parents, she Is sur- vivecl by two brothers. James and the Walter-Logan bill to increase. ' nml lwo sis iers, Annie Mae and Claudie Pay. Holt Funeral Home was In charge. Missouri School Girl Dies Suddenly Tuesday Maggie Mayola Moser, nine year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Moser,',. died suddenly Tuesday noon at I the family residence six miles west of. Holland, Mo. She-went to school Monday but became ill early Tuesday with death swiftly following. Funeral services were to be held this afternoon,. 2 o'clock, at Sanford Church near Holland, by the Rev. Thomas Whitfield, pastor of Church of Christ at Steele, with burial at Mount Zlon Cemetery near Steele. Besides her parents, the child is survived by three brothers. J. D.. Lawrence nnd Jerry, and three sisters, Martha, Mollie and Marelle. Hanna Funeral Home Is in charge. . the authority of the courts over administrative agencies because-.he said "it would produce the utmost chaos in the administration of »the government, at this critical time. "I am convinced 'that it is an invitation to endless and innumerable' controversies at a moment when we can least afford to spend either governmental-or private effort, in the luxury-of litigation," Mr. Roosevelt declared. "Today in sustaining American ideals of justice an ounce of action is worth more than a pound of argument." Mr. Roosevelt's views were communicated to congress in a 1GOO- word veto message to which he appended a 3,000-word analysis of the bill by Attorney General Robert H. Jackson. The measure which 'has stirred controversy in congress for two years was passed by both houses over the protests of administration leaders. A two thirds vote in each house would be required to overridr the veto. There appeared to be a good chance that the house would vote to override the veto but the bill's supporters were pessimistic over their chances in the senate. Arch Morrow Succumbs At Home Near Floodway OSCEOLA. Ark.. Dec. 18.—Arch Morrow, long a resident of western Mississippi county, died early today at his home near Floodway. He was 73. Death followed several months illness. Funeral rites will be held Thursday afternoon, 2:30 o'clock, at at Ermen Cemetery. He is survived by two sons, W. H. Morrow, with whom he made his home, and Tom Morrow, and two daughters, Mrs. Maude Gaines of Luxora, and Mrs. Ethel Jenkins of Caruthersville. Livestock that Mississippi county would again £wift Funeral 'Home with burial receive this trophy and this was the only disappointment to mar the many honors accorded the county for the 1940 activities. Mr. and Mrs. ban E. Handle, of Osceola. won second in the Arkansas state contest, Landowners Division., and received $75 cash prize. Mr. and Mrs. Greene Payne, of near Burdette, won third place in the ttate competition. Tenant Division, and received S50 cash prize, They had each won $10 for placing first in their divisions in the Courier News county contest. The grand sweepstakes prize of $500 and a $900 tractor went to the youngest couple ever to win the coveted honor prize, Mr. and Mrs. Herman C. Gerder, 29 and 28, of Lafe. Greene county, Ark., to make two of the sweepstakes prizes in farm activities go to Arkansas. The Gerdes family had previously been awarded $100 for first in the state contest for landowners. Defeating n,263 tenant farmers (Continuea on page 5) EAST ST, LOUIS, 111., Dec. 18. (UP)—Hogs: 18.000^-14,000 salable. Top, 6.25 170-230 lbs. r 5.75-6.15 140-160 Ibs., 5.25-5.75 Bulk sows. 5.15-5.80 Cattle: 4,000—all salable. Slaughter steers, 6.75-14.00 Slaughter heifers. 6.00-12.25 Beef cows, 5.25-6.25 g»"»Uons from farms. Visitors Are Victims . Of Nocturnal Prowler Bill Glltham of Washington,'b. C., nnd Homer Davidson of Chicago, aren't so sure about this southern hospitality of which they had heard so much. A thief stole $20 belonging to them when the Wade Jeffries residence, 1410 Chickasawbfl avenue, was burglarized Tuesday night. They are house guests of Mr. and Mrs. Jeffries who lost nothing ATHENS, Greece, Dec. 18. (UP) — B r i t i s h warplanes harassed Italian troops on the coastal road south.of Valeria, Albania, and Greek artillery on the central front fired the Italian stronghold at Klistira, communiques issued, here reported today. (Yugoslav reports said the Greeks captured KUsum at 9:30 A M today.) The Greek military spokesman snki that neither Klisura . iVor Tepelinl had yet been occupied by Greek troops but II was confirmed that Greek gunners had, KUsuro. under fire nnd hoped soon to take possession of the control-point on the road to Herat the -last major headquarters base at Elbnsan. British Royal Air Force "headquarters said In i a communique that Italian ,trooph on the, coastal road ;south -of VaWn had" been bombed and machines 'gunned by British planes. The British attacked a motorized transport 'column despite a .fierce snowstorm which made observation difficult, Greek troops attacking- through deep snow drifts for hand to hand combat were said to have routed Italians from their new positions In the mountains around Klisura. A blizzard swept the whole front in the north sector and the Greeks were maneuvering.through 30 foot snow drifts under appalling conditions. Greek advance troops were short of blankets and wounded were said to be lying on stretchers in the snow for hours covered remov- New York Cotton Prev. Open High Low Close Close Mar. . 1019 1022 1014 1014 1016 May July Oct. Dec. Jan. 1013 1016 1007 1007 1009 993 930 932 09G 941 932 985 932 928 985 932 928 989 934 92B 1004 1006 1003 1003 100G Posses, Planes Searching For Slayers Of Officer ST. CHARLES, Va., Dec. 18. (UP) —Three private airplanes loaded with hand grenades roar low over the mountains today to bomb out of hiding Clyde William Buchanan, 40, a fur salesman, and his son, Clyde Jr., 19, who killed a deputy sheriff and wounded two others. The planes take off at clawn from Middleboro, Ky. More than 1,000 angry mountain men helped officers from three states to beat timbered slopes and search valleys and crags. They had orders to shoot "and ask questions afterwards." Walter B. Smith, Bell county, Ky., attorney, doubted that they would live long, en-en if they were taken alive. He said an "uncontrollable" mob was bent on a lynching. All roads in the Cumberland Gap section, where the corners of Tennessee, Kentucky and Virginia meet, were blocked by posses. I* was believed that the ' fugitives might have barricaded themselves deep in the mountains, where an airplane could spot them and blast them out long before a posse would ever find the place. The father was wounded in the gun battle with the officers, and Cutters and low cutters, 3.75-5.00 i * brakeman last night found his blood-soaked sleeve, with a bullet hole through it, on the railroad tracks. Police said they were heavily armed, *had $600 in cash, and might try to reach an airport to Chicago Wheat Dec. Open High 88 1-4 88 3-4 Low Close J8 88 1-4 May 84 1-4 84 1-2 83 7-8 84 hire a. plane ^and. pilot;.. Mrs, Buchanan, her infant daugh- ter, her older daughter,- about 10, and her son, Clarence, 16, were in jail at Middleboro, Ky. They were witnesses late yesterday to the kill- Ing of Chief Deputy Sheriff George Fisher of Bell county, and the wounding of Charles Minton, TvTld- dlcboro police chief, and Bob Perry, deputy sheriff. Minton was shot in the abdomen, and there was little hope of his living. They went to Buchanan's trailer, where he lived with his wife and four children near "The Pinnacle" in Cumberland Gap, to arrest him for robbery in Alexandria, Va. Buchanan submitted and asked al to emergency Tepelinl and Klisura, 10 miles apart in the southeast, were the j scenes of bitterest fighting. Although there had been no -announcement of it dispatches Indicated that the Greek army in the south coast sector had veered inland to assail Tcpelini from the southeast. Yesterday it was announced that the Greeks had captured a peak in the Sklvovik mountains four miles northeast of Chimura, a coastal town. Today o- government spokesman said the Italians routed from Skivovik were retreating northeastward to the Kurvelesh mountains nnd along the Benca river valley, to join the hard-pressed Italian garrison at Tepelinl. Presumably the Greek coastal army, or a sizeable part of it, was in pursuit. Skivovik is 16 miles southwest of Tepelim. A further Indication that the coastal force had turned inland was seen in a government spokesman's denial that Porto Palermo was In Greek hands. He said Greek artillery had Palermo Gulf under artillery fire and he referred to heavy Italian resistance in the area. A government spokesman said the Italians had heavily reinforced Klisura. key to the Viosa river if he could dine with his family (valley as well as the northern road, before he went to jail. He walked and were putting up "remarkable to a table, as if to sit down, then pulled a gun and started shooting. resistance," to the Greek advances. The Italians were said, to have Fisher fell with five bullets in his j retreated to new mountain posi- nead. Minton crumpled, but Smith I tion s on both sides of Tepelini, .nanaged to shoot him in the arm. t controling the road northwest to "He Uhe elder Buchanan) turned jValona, although Italian 75- milli- :iis gun on me and shot the pistol out of my hand, wounding me in the arm and breaking the hammer on my pistol," Perry said, "it was expert cowboy shooting." Buchanan and his son fled into the mountains, stooping on the way .0 grab Fisher's pistol. What part the son had In the shooting was not clear, but Perry said "apparently two guns were fired at the same time." The manhunt was abandoned late last night to be taken up today at dawn. section and well-acquainted with the mountains. guns had the road south from Tepelini under continuous fire. Henry T. Gorreil, United Press StafI correspondent, with the Greek western Macedonian army, reported that three to nine feet of snow had fallen over the north front. WEATHER Arkansas—Mostly cloudy, rising temperature tonight and Thursday, light, local rains in west and central portions. ' Memphis and vicinity — Cloudy .and warmer, followed by rains late tonight and Thursday, lowest temperature tonight 42. CAIRO, Egypt. Dec. 18. (UP).—British land, sea and air forces smashed at Italian • African forces today from ) Bardia, port on the'Libyan coast, to the southern Ethiopian frontier with Kenya. >f, (London reported that two ItaK lair divisions and thousands-' : of Fascist blackshirt militia had been bottled up at Bardia.) # i The Royal Air Force reported that Italian troops • in the Bardia area were retreating westward \fn tho. direction of the Important- Italian base at Derna, Britlslr fighter planes were reported offU ••dally to have bombed and machine •guimcd retreating Italian troops on the coastal road between Derna, and Tobruk, vital Italian-"-naval base in Libya. T, British general headquarters here' said-fna't British : troops jsvere ^ con-' tinuingv operations In the, Bardia- 7 • area ; 46Smiles-• -inside -Libya- from the Egyptian border. ,.., ' R. A. F. Middle East headquarters said, that despite heavy rams in the western desert yesterday R. A. F. .planes continued to attack .Baidla during the day and nighfc, starting .three large fires in the Italian military encampment there. (in-Romp the Italian high coni- mand admitted that British men- of-war had reached and were shelling Bardia and in London a statement In the House of Commons disclosed that Britain was render- Ing all.possible assistance to'Em- peror-Ha ile Selassie in fomenting armed revolt against Italian forces in .Ethiopia.)' The R. A. F. headquarters said the Derna airdrome was bombed by Brtiish planes last night. British Empire' forces extending their offensive to the Kenya- Ethiopia frontier zone killed, 50 Italian troops and captured 75 in a sudden attack on El Uak, a com- asserted. Baraia's defenses "are similar to those of Sidi Barrani. The port 'is protected by an arc of strongly forMi'itd camps extending awng ,*a_ 45-mile line. ~~ The Italians were said to be putting up a more vigorous fighc for Bsrdia than they had any other' point since, the British drive started nine days -ago, but .their; position; was believed to .be untenable. $*'. Experts forecast that .with the capture of Bardia the British coni-: mand would ease the pressure ori the Italians. . r It was expected that Bardia • would be consolidated as an advance base at which British war- .'J)ips could provision land forces and that the entire Bardia area would be mopped up while the main • Empire forces overhauled their equipment and prepared bases. Tremendous quantities of war materials of all sorts, abandoned by the Italians in their precipitate flight, were scattered over hundreds of square miles of Lhe Egyptian desert. These materials must be, collected and sorted. There was increasing speculation here regarding the possibility of a big scale British move from Kenya against the southern border of Ethiopia in event the Libyan drive wss suspended. Young Grain Remains In Citical Condition Jimmie Grain Jr., 19, of Wilson, who was critically Injured .inva highway accident Saturday morn- . ing near Pontotoc. M^iss.. is resting i "fair" at Memphis Baptist Hospital, although his condition is yet critical. " ^ An operation was performed tot head injuries which also' affect the spine. Willis: Harvey ' Jerome,, 19, son of Dr. and Mrs. J. N. Jerome r of Wilson, and Malcolm Duke,. 19, of Hattiesburg, Miss., were killett instantly.. in the same accident, v

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