The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on December 19, 1940 · Page 1
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Thursday, December 19, 1940
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VOLUME XXXVfr—NO. 235. BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OF NORTHEAST ARKANSAS ANiV firm-m™,**, .„«««„,,. *^ ? ? *~ / ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI Blytheville Daily News Blytheville Courier Blytheville Herald — -___. _—___ Mississippi valley Leader Kl/TTIIRVlLLK, ARKANSAS,:THURSDAY, DRCEMBER 19 194(1 '' "" *' '• ' "' ~ J —' - i . . ' , i'> :'-'•- • ' f SINGLE COPIES FIVE CENTS Fall Of Bardia Near; Italian Cities Bombed MASTER LIST' LONDON, Dee. 19. (UP) —British military quarters, abandoning- their "extreme conservatism regarding the offensive in Africa, said today thai the fail of the Italian base of Bardia was imminent. Crack British tank units sent secretly to Egypt were battering at Ihe perimeter forts about Bardia and were reported to have crashed through them. Thousands of Italians were trapped in the Bardia area. Thousands more were fleeing precipitately westward along the coastal road under day and" night bombardment by BritVi planes and warships. It was disclosed today that what the British called "some of the best tanks in ihe world" were taking part in the offensive. Built from specifications drafted after the German blitzkrieg on the Low Countries, the tanks are so good that Italian dispatches have asserted the British were using- entirely new types of tanks. The British tanks were reported to have cracked the outer Bardia forts, which had taken the Italians three years to build, with comparative ease. Now, it was indicated, the British were in position to reduce the town proper, giving the strong garrison the choice of surrendering or continuing a hopeless fight under attack from land, air and sea. The "flight of thousands of Italians westward along the coast toward Tobruk and Derna was regarded here as a sign of shattered . morale^ >-, . . > •••^', But^ it was, reported that the re - ainih'o-'ta at Bardia had pub'' im'a strong fight behind a sysm of trenches, concrete pill boxes and ! barbed wire entanglements. Bardia would be a valuable base for the British on the Lib van side of the Egyptian border. It would be. valuable for a continuation of the British offensive, or as a base for defense. British possession of Bardia would mean that the Italians, for any future offensive of their own, would have to transport all men and suoolies across the bare desert from Tobruk. and all provisions for the 'advance forces would necessarily go along- the single coastal road. ^ ROME, Dec. j.9. (UP)— British airplanes damaged "some buildings" at Milan and caused some damage at Genoa in raids during- the night, the h i g h command communique said today. One person was killed at' Milan. Italy's greatest industrial city, the communique said, but there were no casualties at Genoa, one of Italy's principal ports. It was asserted that Italians had successfully counter-attacked British forces which attempted to go close to Bardia, Italian base on the Libyan coast of Africa. The British used a . heavy concentration of mechanized forces in the continuing battle in the Bardia zone of Libya, the communique said. The Italians counter-attacked some of these units, the commu- nique said. ATHENS, ,Dec. 19. (UP) — A United Press correspondent on the central Albanian fighting front, reported that Italian troops had marched out of. Teoellni and Klisura after setting the town afire. He indicated that the Italians had taken positions in the hills behind the towns and that the area -had become a no man's land lor which Greek and Italian troops were fiehting fiercely. Both Tepelini and Kllsura are important positions since beyond them the way lies fairly clear to fm advance uoon Valona and Herat. Greek also told. of constant battling 1 in • Porto Palermo andr/chimara reeions. \vhile in the J^unteins : aiprth of,Po5>T.adec snow and' winter'cold" forced virtual suspension of Greek advances. Limehouse Blues, 1940 New York Cotton Mar. May July Oct. Dec. Jan. prev. open hieh low close close 1015. 1017 1012 1013 1014 1007 1009 1003 1005 1007 985 986 981 983 985 930 932 928 931 932 928 928 928 928 928 1000 1000 999 1000 1002 Drastic Reduction In Secretary Of State's Appropriation Indicated LITTLE ROCK. Doc. 19 (UP) — The legislature'* joint, budget coinmiuep today .Continued its investigation into the budget requests O f oomtitutlonal offices with indications that wholesale reductions would be In order before they are finally approved bv the house and senate. The budget requests of the stale treasury and auditor's offices were scudied and changes were suggested "by the committee before the preliminary draft of appropriations is -submitted to the general assembly. The proposed budget of the .secretary of state's office drew considerable fire with four committee members indicating privately that, drastic reductions must be made in it before they would approve it. Secretary of State C. G. Hall was not present to explain his budget requirements. Dr. H. B. Hardy, Faulkner county representative and committee member, urged fellow legislators to continue their efforts to reduce the budget appropriations while they had the chance arid cautioned that pressure of all sorts would be brought to bear on them to replace funds which they had cut out. '•Boys," he said, "we are doing a thankless job but someone must took after the state's interests. Many of these office holders want the extras that they would not have in private life—just because they're spending the state's money." 1 _Senator ivy Crawford, Missis-, sippi county, urged the committee 7 to be equal in it's"'b"lidget cuts and to treat all offices alike in regard to salaries and maintenance. "Toy For Every Child" Move Receives Impetus . .-. . - .' ---- '-•-• i -. i *,v- shall have music wherever she goes" a line from the m^t? 0 " 1 ? $ ^ f ° r ^'L°^on moto and a- many other British families they are evacuating the capital to a safer country spot. Collides With Steamer Off Coast Of New Jersey New Orleans Cotton Mar. May- July Oct. Dec, Jan. prev. open hieh low close close 1017 1017 1015, 1017 1018 1010 1012 1008 1009 1011 . 990 990 985 987 991 934. 934 931 93* 936 929 930 928 930 930 1003 1003 1003 1003 1007 Stock Prices A- T. & T 166 1-8 Am. Tobacco 691-4 Anaconda Copper 25 7-8 Beth. Steel 84 7-8 Chrysler 75 Cities Service 5 Coca Cola .'..', 107 Gen'l Elect *. 32 Gen'I Motors 49 1-2 Int. Harvester .53 Mont. Ward '.'.'. 36 5-8 NT- Y. Central 13 North Am. Aviation 16 3-8 Packard 31-8 Phillips 40 Radio 4 5_ 8 Republic Steel 21 1-4 Socony Vac 3 3.3 Strdebaker 8 Std. of N. J 33 1-2 Texas Corp 38 7-8 U. 5. Steel 67 5-8 NEW YORK. Dec. 19. (UP)— The battleship Arkansas, used lately as a training ship for naval reservists, collided with the 5.148- ton steamer Melrose of the Koppers Coal Co., about 50 miles off the New Jersey coast early today. Apparently there were no casualties. The Melrose apparently was | damaged and made for the coast. 1 It was last reported a mile and a half off the Sea' Girt. N. j. light. The condition of the 26,100-ton battleship, a unit of the Atlantic fleet, built in 1911 and rated as overage in October, 1938. was not disclosed. The Melrose. was taking water but was heading for New York, apparently under her own power, ' the coast, guard reported. i Cause of the accident was not learned immediately. The coasi guard said weather in the vicinity at the time of the accident was good—a 13-mile northwest wind, eight-mile visibility and moderate seas. The position of the accident was given as. latitude 40 north; longitude 73.77 west. That is about 60 miles southeast of New York. Coastal stations first heard calls from the Melrose to its home port, I Boston, shortly after 3 a.m. The S. S. Santa Paula of the Grace Lines was heard informing the Melrose that she was nearby and could render any aid needed'. Livestock EAST ST. LOUIS. 111.. Dec. 19. <UP)—Kogs: receipts, 13.000—11,GOO salable. Top. 6.30.170-230 Ibs., 5.85-6.25. HO-160 Ibs,, 5.35-5.90. Bulk sows, 5.35-5.90. Cattle: receipts. 2,500—all salable. Slaughter steers, 6.75-14,00. Butcher yearlings, 6.00-8.50. Slaughter heifers, 6.00-12.25. Beef cows. 5.25-6.25. Cutters ana low cutters, 4.005.00, "A toy for every child in Blythc- ville on Christmas". approached nearer to reality today. The Kiwanis Club announced that toys which will be exchanged at. its Christinas party and installation of new officers meeting at the Hotel Noble tomorrow night will be turned over- to the club's Christmas toy committee. The Arkansas-Missouri Power Corporation announced that toys brought .to its party of employes Saturday night will be turned over to the Kiwanis Club for distribution. Collection of old toys which are being renovated for distribution continues dally. All persons who have !o>.s to add to the collection are requested to notify the Hotel Noble. EKpnnsion of the toy distribution project wns announced today when Kiwanis Club officials said that response to the loy solicitation had been so enthusiastic that not only children of families on the Good- fellows' list but tohers not provided for can be provided with toys. Names of children not likely to be included in any Christmas plans should be submitted to the Kiwanis Club by telephoning or calling at the Hotel Noble. Til toys will be distributed Tuesday ^Christmas Eve) at the Citv Hall. Claim Tennessee Man, Son s Fired- At Missouri, Federal Game Wardens CARUTHERSVILLE. EXPECTED Administration Abandons Hooe For Adjournment Say Series Of Thefts Cleared Up By Confessions After Arrests Fourteen burglaries occurring within the past two months which have battled omcors were solved with arrests of two negroes by Chief Deputy Sheriff John F. Rein- F. D. R. Speeds Plan Of Aid; Churchill Talks miller and Private Patrolman V. E. Tomllnson late Tuesday, Oscar Sawyer. 18, and Freddie Cobb, 20, Sawdust both negroes living in Bottoms", have con- 1.0NDON, Dec, 19. (UP) —Prime Minister VV \ n H t o n Churchill told the House of Commons today that Great with the material the United States, Britain, a i d of ^ must, have a great and "well trained army ready to fight at home or take the offensive against the Axis powers in 1941. f creed the burglaries and much "of BH/lh?"?- Chu ? hlu ^milieu ^ the money and loot stolen have «{IV" ,* fl * an ] "f>{ ormed nation been recovered. Officer Relnmlller " lfU hnd . bocn n * htm K * announced, today. Numerous charges of burglary find grand larceny arc to be placed against the two who successfully committed 13 of the burglaries without leaving u single clue. All the jobs pulled were in Blytheville except two which were at Osceola and It wns the last of these which led to their arrest. Alertness of Nif?hL Watchman Pn«e, of Osceola, furnished'officers with a "lead" which developed Into i\ tip eventually resulting in WASHINGTON, Dec. (UP) —British officials 19. to(lay completed a master list of $3,000,006,000 in new Wai- orders to be placed shortly; including- 12,000 combat planes tit "a cost of about $1;200,000,000. Thq list was prepared on specific authorization by President Roose- ,. velt. who also told the British that-u I they could negotiate for the orders''."! but asked them not to place 'the contracts until after he had con- \vl.lh congress on his plan. rorresl of the fession. pair and their con- Burglaries admitted were: Cart-' wriuht Hardware Store of Osceola Monday ni*ht, from which $45 cash, a rifle and cartridges were stolen, all of which were recovered. Massengill Drutf Store of Osceola. from which four wrist watches were the principal loot, .. t . , - — 0 .- power uiai hnd passed the saturation t ,,- - — -— •—•* point In armaments, he spoke with - ° Vei> Britlsh commitments, 'sm of the successful offensive i In Libya and or the coming year to them and lend them to In regard to the British army in 1941 Churchill said: "We shall try and I trust find opportunities of using our forces, If not In the defense of this island then in other, theaters of '• war, where we may hope that they may' be able, to contend their opponents on terms perhaps moderate In number but on terms of equality In equipment." The.mere fact that plans were made .to cany on the war until 1944, he emphasized, did not mean that It necessarily would continue that long. Churchill said that: 1. The offensive into Libya is "by no means at an end." And increasingly strong British forces are jail here. Sheriff John Hosier S, nt- to Kill when Before Holiday sixth congress tocley to continue in by recesses. House leaders had three of which have already been recovered and the fourth Js expected to be located today. • i lo ^ cs wcre lfate v ..Sinclair -Service Station, Easfl 'Main street, in which some of the loot stolen has been recovered. - Hubbord^ Hardware-^. -Company, from which '$38 wns stolen! •"' Joe Isaacs' Store, from which several dollars was stolen. Hays Store, from which a quantity of merchandise an<| some money was stolen. Kirby Drug Store. Second and 72 kiled „„„„,. i ,, pared to more than 30,000 Italians and .'Vast "War\supplles captured.;;, 'Axis ^and pay for Britain. Major items in the new buying progranv Include: Twelve thousand planes, mostly two englnetl bombers—$1,200,000,000. Sixty new cargo vessels—$100,000,000. Ordnance including guns, tanks, etc.—$1,700,000,000. Meantime it became known that _-\ a new plan designed to speed de- " Cense production was discussed by President Roosevelt, Secretary of War Henry L». Stimson, Secretary of Navy Prank Knox, Assistant Secretary of, War Robert - Patterson and Undersecretary of Navy James; Forrestal. The : plan would provide for creation of a defense counsel composed of Stlmson, Knox and Defense Production. Coordinator William S. Knudsen. . ^President Roosevelt would dele-gate 'certain of his -powers' to this . group., so , might 'act with •greater'-authority than the,, present .' national,^' defense '""commission , in sefge of-shipping 1 lines to . die British isles is cause for "disquietude but we shall steadily means of fighting the blockade. increase counter 3.. The. British defenses at home - .now include a very large armv" streets, from which $15 was (capable.of moving rapidly-behind stolen. Moore and Blckerstaff Grocery. Lake street, from which a quantity of groceries were stolen.. The residence of O. E. Hanner, from which a gun was stolen which i beach defenses from Scotland ' around the entire island but It would be "disaster" to assume that the danger of Invasion Is past. 4. The nation must "remember that Hitler — I should depreciate any comparison of Hitler to , - and on one occasion one car was legedly opened fire on a "state" and ' f , Cr v" , ad J° urnment resolution replaced without knowledge of its federal game warden stanlev Har i y prosoects for Its sue- having been pone and another time waiaen. btanlei Har- , cess were K0oc| Then they |camed thc ^ ^ ^^ ftban<|one(| ncw that at least one Rcoubllcan mem-. Lvixorn becausn of motor trouble. ris and Curtis A Alien Raid Alarm Breaks Respite For London LONDON, Dec. 19. (UP)— London's first air raid alarm in more than 68 hours sounded soon after dark tonight after a day in which England's respite from air attack.-, had been punctuated by a bitter dogfight over the capital. Sheriff Hosier said Wright waived preliminary hearing and was bound over to circuit court, being committed to jail when unable to make bond in the amount- of $2500. Wright's son is also held in Jail, but no disposition of his case has been made, and no commitment issued, other than orders by Circuit Judge L. H. Schult that' he also be held in jail with his father. According to Sheriff Hosier, Wright and his son were hunting on the Missouri side of the river, possessed no hunting licenses, and were using live decoys. When the game wardens rowed out to inspect and question them. Wright is alleged to have fired at them three ( limes. Harris and Allen retreated j then, but Wright and his son were j taken into custody the next day and brought here. Elmo Holloman, resident of the community in which her could quest for unanimous adjourn. ~-"- »«.»-"MMnv«ii m«-in- IJUAUUI uucuusi: oi rnoior irouoie and would block a re-1 r. Roscnthal Store, where they consent lo.were surprised by Mr. Rosenthal {who narrowly missed holding them Senate Majority Leader Alben orlsoners after they had left the I W. Barkley joined house leaders in loot, deciding that any attempt to adjourn this session sine die would be futile and that no such efforts out; trie, re-armament ','* """"- "" r " Other/ defense' and British aid developments In the last 24 hours would be made. $10.75 Is Received For Goodfellows Fund The sum of $10.75 has been given for the 1940 Goodfellows Fund, in Seay Motor Company from which tin automobile was removed Monday nit?ht and replaced without knowledge of the firm's management. Several of the jobs pulled were through skylights and In many ' cases they were frightened away, f 0r the year of 1940. passed $10,000 by noises without getting much | into the permanent surplus ac- 1. Government officials considered making available to Britain the entire output of Curtiss P-40 pursuit planes to cut the time of delivery to the Royal Air Force of the 1200 P-40s now on order here. 2. Administration officials studied a proposal to ;take,over 37 Danish- vessels .tied up In American ports since German occupation'of Denmark- and make them.-available to the British. : , :. 3. President Roosevelt was expected shortly to issue a proclamation, increasing the scope of license control of exports and probably designed to prevent German commodities from reaching Germany by way of Japan and Russia. „ The Curtiss plant is producing 40 pursuit ships a week. The national defense commission yesterday discussed the question of British priorities to divert to England urgently needed munitions which T D O r> /"> lUBt-uuiy UUCUCU muiULlUlUi WiUUll 10 ray 0 Per Cent and have been ordered for the United States. Great Britain already has Put '$10,000 In; SurplUS been given prior delivery rights to Account The First National Bank declared on eight per cent dlvident loot, the negroes admitted. | count and votcd each employe a — Watchman Page noticed n new addition to the §650 contributed by Chrysler parked near the alley of local citizens to the Community the Cartwright store and so took Chest Fund which Included the the number of the license, of which " 1 f 1 ? t N i ghb| month's salary as a Christmas pres- '""" 1 ent in a meeting of directors of the Christmas charity. (there was but one. i - , the assault is alleged to have oc- ' wanted to Practice the motto "It is bctter t " Rober t T. Larry, negro employe i A fcw seconds later, the men at " the A " s - Barboro Company, came out of the rear door of the curred. was a witness to the ing, authorities .said. hardware store and made their before the night wateh- Liquor Hauler Fined $500; Cargo Released Jim Duckworth, 45, of Columbia Miss., driver of a $1600 cargo of whisky <? stopped - in Blytheville a week ago, was fined $500 in Municipal Court on a charge of illegal transportation of unstamped liquor. The liquor was ordered confLs- i cated by Municipal Judge Doyle ' Henderson but the defendant was granted an appeal to circuit court and in a special hearing late Wednesday Circuit Judge G. E. Keck ordered release of the cargo to the defendant, ruling officers were, without authority, under the law to hold the liquor. Duckworth .is. alleged to have been enroute to Mississippi with the. truck load of whisky when he'I was arrested by county and state officers near BJythevlUe. j Truck Hits Bridge, Is Badly Damaged A truck, owned by L. W. Weaver of Steele, was badly damaged when it struck a Highway 61 bridge near Burdette Tuesday night. The entire front end of the truck war, demolished and the front wheels badly bent. The bridge- was also damaged to some extent. i ._.. i Meanest Thief Strips Trees Of Decorations to. give than to receive' - — — and so he took up a collection of . mjm could st °P thcm $5.75 among the employes to be * O ffi cers found that the license i used in buying gifts for Blytheville's ' numbers .corresponded with those poor. (belonging to a Ford sedan owned The Prosperity Club, a social ! by G - G - Saliba Jr -« of Blytheville, group of women, sent a check for' ancl an examination disclosed that $5 "to spread cheer to the poor" one of the llcen se plates had been There are between 400 and 500 vemoved an d holes bored in the needy families here expected to be lboLtom to fit the support of an- institution Tuesday "This was the best year In the history of the bank and confident that 1941 brighter prospects for Blytheville", Sam H. Williams, and cashier, said meeting. 6TOP IN ^ND BUY NO 4 •'SHOPPING DAYS TILL CHRISTMAS treated at Christmas by the Good- fellows Club, according to H. H. Brooks, chairman. Any one knowing of a needy , family should contact Mr. Brooks ' at the Coca Cola Company so that an investigation can be made. Those who care to play the role of Santa Glaus by giving money, food or other merchandise, can also call Mr. Brooks. other car. Mr. Saliba said the license plates were there when he left the car on a street overnight and so a survey of car firms was made to find if a stolen car had been used with the stolen license tag. planes ordered originally for the United States. Including Boeing Flying Fortresses and 2G Consolidated bombers. Consignment of the entire Curtiss pursuit output to the Royal Air Force would be in line with President Roosevelt's proposal that- complete plants be devoted to British aid. The United States in some instances would pay plan construc- we are i tion and munition5 production costs holds even' with nn understanding that Great Britain, after the war, would return or replace the municitions advanced on lease or loan. Britain's • willingness to buy almost "anything that will float" was further revealed yesterday by its purchase of 16 old cargo vessels from the United States World War merchant fleet 'at a cost of $3,1295,800. .'. Officials at the Danish delega- vice president following the Engineer Dies When Coastal Trains Collide TAMPA. Fla.. Dec. 19. (UP)— The Seaboard Airline's, fast passen-l — -•" ~- -•— —-"•-— ~—. 0 -. ger train Sunbeam, enroute from' tion here and the Danish consul Chicago to St. Petersburg, collided' general in New York declined with a freight train on the At- 1 comment oh the report of the plan lantic Coast Line railway 30 miles'to make Danish ships available to north of here today at Zephyr' Britain, but it was known that it quired hospltalization and emer- a car upon arriving at work Tuesday morning to cause them to suspicion that money or that need it." Mr. Brooks lowest Because some of the outdoor Yuletlde decorations are being stolen, officers plan to patrol the streets at intervals throughout the , 4U . night and to push prosecution of j us ; mor although any offenders. begging for anything. The yard tree of Mr. and Mrs. B. W. Thweatt; 1301 West Main ( street, is among those which have been' robbed of- their lights, "Just because we have the $650 !" B to c ? j utnem to suspicion mat doesn't mean we could .not easily "";,'T? r had . ben removd f ™ m the use more money or that « don't bu " d " Hills. j has been discussed during the last The engineer on the Sunbeam fortnight by officials '.of/ the mari- \vas killed and 12 passengers re- time commission, the'treasury and the navy. No. decision^ have bsen also, authority to seize the ships appears | co be a stumbling block, that might i require an act of congress; was injured. Chicago Wheat tip" led persons Open "Th*» I ^ umucta wj pct^uns a -^ known to be wearing new wrist Dec. 87 3-4 questioning of Sawyer and Cobb High 88 1-2 Low 87 5-8 Close 38 3-8 agreement when It in. the general fund, was the was included he added \ led to their arrest.. The " Roman word "minutus," Chicago Corn WEATHER All, .gilts will be acknowledged meaning small, is the source of pur Dec. t.Vlo rv«irfjy»- \Tfttttcr ' i< . _.^—.j _L.i L i .«'»-:.' .in the Courier word minnow. Open 80 ' May. 59 7-8 High 60 5-8 60 1-4' Low 60 59 7-8 Arkansas— Partly .cloudy in west, rain in east portion, slightly warmer tonight. Friday cloudy, rain ! Jn extreme, east-portion. , < I Memphis and' vicinity —Cloudy Close S with rain ; tonight and Friday, 601-2 slightly wanner •, tonight, lowest 60 i-4 temperature. 48. ;'

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