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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Friday, December 20, 1940
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPPP oo M/M»'PMP.A CT> Ar>m*To*r, *„* ~~ '"' * «^-^ f f ^*/ DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OP NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI VOLUME XXXVII—NO. 236. Blytheville Daily News Blythevllle Courier Blytheville Herald Mississippi Valley Under BLYTHRVILLE, -ARKANSAS, FRIDAY, DECEMBER 20, 1940 SINGLE COPIES FIVE CENTS •H^. ^^^^ UMmUmmmmm .^m*. ' '' •" -^^*^*fcy BRITISH IN DARING RAID UP ADRIATIC SEA * •»• « * * •* . .'..•• ^ Shell Albanian Port Of Valona • ' . ^^ ^ %**\^Xfc%A F. D. R, Studies Aid Speed-Up With Commission Washington, Dec. 20. (UP)— President Roosevelt today called the defense commission to meet with him at 2-15 p.m. j to consider four or live different plans, for re-organiz- mg delense administration to speed the output of war materials lor the United States and Great Britain Mr. Roosevelt told reporters that* ' no decision had been reached on any .specific plan for reorganization. He emphasized that four or five different proposals and several combinations in each proposal were under consideration. Most widely discussed of these proposals is one that would center administrative responsibility for production speedup in the* hands of Secretary of War Henry L. Stimsori( Secretary of Navy Frank Knox and Defense Production Commissioner William S. Knudsen. The president's press conference was held shortly after congressional leaders had promised in interviews Committe Says Representative Must Explain All Enlarged Requests LITTLE ROCK, Dec. 20 (UP)— VWi. / .. budset commiUee f -• to ' make his loan-lease plan of , le ^ lslatllre today adopted aiding Britain the first order of * ? ° f not P assln S <™ an instltu- - v .. t , , , business at the next session of congress: ' Meantime the British completed their current war purchasing program with a $100,000,000 order for 60 new cargo vessels. On another phase of the defense problem Mr. Roosevelt told reporters that only three of the eight bases acquired from the British , in, .exchange for -50 old destroyers were being delayed because. of ..inability fc -decide qn,,a. site." "TFhfe' shipyards to'fuLfiirthe ship order will cost about $1,250,000 each- and will be of standard-' ize4 design to permit quick construction. The ships will be 9,300 tons, 416 fee^t long ..with a 57 foot beam, and a speed of -between 10. and 11 knots. Th'ey'v will '-be' ideal for operation in convoys. . ' ' " v ; ' There will be no. delay in the ship : construction program. Follow-' ih^' signing of the contracts last night.. 'in New York,, it was an- noimced - .that : work on the new yards- 'would begin' at 7 a. m., today arid th'at.'the first -ke'ls would be laid .in about two and one half months. •"' -;'•• .'.-.• • .Oth'er, defense developments indicated, increasingly. closer coordina- appropriation bill calling for an increase unless a representative was present to explain where the increase was to be made. The action followed discovery, that Arkansas State College' at Jonesboro, seeking an appropriation of $133,200 two years ago. had attempted to get a rider through the legislature allowing the school to make up any deficit in the rdgartette tax out of the unappor- tioned sales tax fund. ' the disclosure was made by Por- rest Rozzell. Pulaski county representative, .serving: as a member of the house pre-sesskm budget committee. . The committee heard of work being done at the state blind school and the deaf institution. Tents Davis,- superintendent "of the blind school, .said his institution, asking an appropriation of $61,065, could handle 28 additional students without increasing its cost of operations. Notations Concerning Men In U. S. Forces Arouses G-Men's Interest t CHICAGO, Dec. 20. (UP)—Army intelligence officers and G-Men today investigated a "black ledger" seized in a raid on German-American Bund headquarters to deter- e Felt At New York And Far Into Canada By United Press An earthquake, apparently centered in the New Hampshire mountains, jarred n wide area of New England New York, New Jersey and Quebec province. Canada, for'three minutes early today. There were no reports of damage*or casualties, except for broken windows and dishes. Shocks werp mine whether some or all of the felt lrom Montreal, 400* miles south members listed were in the armed I to cenlral New Jersey, and from forces of the United States I Buffal °- N - Y., 400 miles east to , The ledger was seized late 'yes-l B< ? t0 "' L ' \ terday by state's attorney's men J L ' Don Leet ' scl smologlst at [the who sought the Bund's financial ' Harvard observatory, placed the records which were to be used in ccnter of the quake 86 miles north connection with n $380 suit against of tne Him>artl . Mass., station, the organization for delinquent "? ar .J- ake Os S'Pee, N. H. Deputy personal property assessments for 1938. The investigators were surprised Lo find that they had obtained what was believed" to be the first Bund membership list ever- seized. When the raiders found notations written in German after the names, indicating that they were in the army. navy, marine*or reserve forces, they called in William S. Devereaux, agent in charge of the FBI in Chicago. Devereaux and three assistants' and U. S. District Attorney Albert J. Woli immediately began an investigation of the records. Maj. G. R. Carpenter, chief intelligence officer of the U. S. Army 8th Corps Area, said he would con-1 ' He said ^ was a .sur fer with the FBI to '.determine/ tling disturbance, rather what;,had' ibeen -learned from tK«ls«bterraiiean, a study-oFtr^istTah^ ..... ,. any action necessary with respect 1 New York - Fordham recorded .'the Sheriff Harry Levitt at Ossipee said the shocks were strong there, and dishes were broken in several houses, but apparently no buildings were damaged. Leet said the shock was recorded at 2:27:29 a.m., and lasted three minutes. New York City's 7,000,000 inhabitants generally slept through the shocks, although more than a score of calls were received at police headquarters by persons who had been awakened and wanted ^ to know if there had been an explosion. Rev. Joseph Lynch, seismologist at Pordham University, said the quake was "local and not serious'' after a cursory Inspection of his instruments." .-; surface veset- than any action, and, thal^the ra'i!es'''-»- Kiwanis Club .Will Install Officers Tonight ( . . _. Newlv elected officers of the lion of. this country's rearmament Blytheville Kiwanis Club will be pi'ograhi. with.: Britain's arms re- installed at a Christmas party meeting of the club and its ladies at the Hotel Noble tonight. Elmer Peal, Caruthersville, Mo., attorney, is slated to deliver the principal address with Lee Trammel! of Dexter, Mo., lieutenant governor, to officiate at the installation. quiremenU. They included: Reliable reports that the army now has waived prior claims ; , to delivery of 1,200 to 1,600 Surtiss P-40. pursuit ships to give the British first- call on 1,200 similar craft ordered by the United States. Drafting of a presidential proclamation placing under the export license system certain additional materials needed in the production of armaments for both the United States and Britain. Study by government officials of the advisability of placing- imports under a system of license control. Col. Russell L. Maxwell, administrator of export control, said! in a radio address last night: "Additional restrictions will undoubtedly become necessary—even now many additional articles and materials are under study with a view to placing them on the export control list. Many students of the situation, experts in their respective fields, have pointed out that the control of imports, as well as exports, is a major problem requiring early solution." President Roosevelt meets today - with the national defense com mis-, sion and, it was understood, pro- j posals for reorganization of the de- j fense administrative, machinery! would be discussed. He surveyed! four or five reorganization plans,' including proposals for a new super j defense council and appointment of a one-man defense chairman with broad authority, with his cabinet! yesterday. Wrestling's Gene Tunney quake at 2:28:22 a,m. The whole city of Montreal, Quc., was shaken, many persons reporting windows, walls and dishes rattling. At Toronto, 300 miles southwest of Montreal-, no shocks were reported. .Some time during ."the night, a 50-section of the nearby Welland Canal, connecting Lake Erie and Lake-Ontario, sank more than', a foot at the town'of Welland. and a crew of workmen was sent to shore:it up, but it was not indicated that the earthquake was responsible, a 1. bailiff, went to the Bund"head- Buffalo, N. Y., felt light shocks. to any Bund members who are found to be in the army. Devereaux refused to make any comment on the investigation but he added that the FBI was "not standing idly by." Seizure of the Bund's records and books was ordered by Judge leader of the Bund, was accused in ' court of answering evasively questions about the organization's finances. . Sgt. Steve Leddy of Uie state's attorneys staff and' Benjamin Elsenstein. Caplan's person- Trio Robbed At Highway 61 Bridge quarters, which shares offices with the Teutonla Publishing Co., Inc.. Albany and nearby towns reported three distinct shocks, arti'ord and on the second Moor of a building, several other towns in Connection the northwest side. On the first floor- land." is a tavern, "Haus Vater- Livestock EAST ST. LOUIS, 111.. Dec. 20. ! <UP)-~ Hogs: receipts 10,000—9.500 salable. Top, 6.40 170-230 Ibs., 5.90-6.30 140-160 Ibs., 5.40-6.00 Bulk sows, 5.35-5.90 Cattle: receipts 1,100—1,000 sal- The raiders were met by Mrs. Irene Matz. secretary of the Bund.' who opened the office safe and gave them several records, including the black ledger, then closed the safe. They did not learn the contents of the ledger until they returned to their office. A state's attorney's source said that the records seized included a list of 3,000 Middle West Bund members and scores of applications for membership. According to a reliable source, the entire record was written in German. It contained 38 loose-leaf pages, not all of them filled, but the state's attorneys office source said there were perhaps 2.000 names of men who are members of the Bund and are serving in the active or reserve armed forced of the United States. A municipal court official who inspected the list said notations Three men were robbed of $31.40 In a Highway 61 holdup early this morning in which two men were involved, officers announced, J. M. DeBardeleman of Little Rock, a supervisor of the United States Public Roads Administration; Charles P: Henley; of near Yarbro, and Paul E. Smith, of the same community, were the victims. Two men accosted the three aa they were sealed in DeBnrdele- man's car at a Yarbro bridge, near the Number Nine road, shortly after midnight, where they were checking- cars as a part of their work on a WPA project. One of the men opened the door of the. car, compelled DeBardele- man to turn over his billfold containing $30; Henley to , hand over the" 40 ;cents he hud in fois pocket, and Smith- to givemp^l-tfirf-had- In his possession. The men took the keys from the parked car and told the men they would lay them on the highway were found on the shoulder of the highway near the designated plnce after a search. Going To Germany, "Italy To Get Facts On Modern Warfare TOKYO, Dec. 20 (UP)-A Japanese military mission will leave scon for Germany and Italy to study the blitzkrieg method of warfare, the war office announced to- dny. At the same time the cabinet information board announced that "agreement, of views" had been reached for establishment of commissions to Implement the three- power pact which mado Japan the ally of Germany and Itnly. There will be a technical commission ,n general commission, a military commission and an economic commission, it wiv.s announced. The army's blitzkrieg mission will go by way of Siberia and European Russia, it was announced. Lieut. Gen. Tomoyukl Yamashltu, Inspector general of antiy aviation nnd director of general military aviation headquarters, will lead '-It. The mission will visit the Axis' countries, now Japan's military allies, at the invitation of the' German and Italian armies. In addition to studying the blitzkrieg, .the Japanese mission will study the use of modem arms by^the^evman and Italian armies atid 'the 'equipment of individual, soldiers/ ;>, •:: Newspapers returned to their at- tftck-on-the'rUnlt«d States,and Its opposition to J'hpan's' 1 policies.' America's "contemptuous" attitude in seeking to block Japan's southward expansion "can only be regarded as a comedy of the Pacific which may well prove a Pacific tragedy for the United States/' the extreme nationalist newspaper Kokumln said. Japan's expansion is a historical necessity, not merely a matter of possibility or impossibility, the newspaper said, and the American people are blunder" liy necessity. " continuing a "fatal not recognising cut were jarred. Several points in Long: Island and the town of Milltown, N. J., 36 miles southwest of New York, also reported shocks. The quake appeared to have been more severe at the northern and souther nextremities of the affected area. At Montreal, upper floors of the telephone buildings swayed and police headquarters was .swamped 'with calls from persons who had been awakened. New York Cotton Mar. i May July Oct. Dec. Jan. prcv. open high low close close 1013 1018 1012 1012 1013 1006 1010 1005 1005 1005 983 986 982 983 983 93U 935 930 933 931 928 928 927 927 928 1000 '1000 1000 1000 1000 First Death Sentence „„, __ ._ wiu « UW i,i«.w- Four sailors were hanged for after some of the names'Tndicat-! imltmv at Ocracoke Island. N. C.. ed the exact status of the men ini in * 793 ' when the first sentence of the armed forces and that some death Imposed by a federal court of the Bund members had been in the U. S. army, had been discharged, returned to Germany and then reinliste.d in the armv. in the United States was passed at Bern. N. Names Lieutenant Commander, Will Be Physical Director, Knox Says WASHINGTON, Dec. 20. lUP)— Gene Tunney, former heavyweight boxing champion, today was assigned as physical director at three naval aviation training stations with rank of lieutenant commander. In welcoming Tunney into the service at an unscheduled ceremony Secretary of Navy Prank Knox referred to the one-tinie champion "as an old, old friends and one who carries with him a punch In the minds and heads of young men." unney formerly was a marine. The stations where Tunney will direct physical education are at Pensacola and Jacksonville, Fla., and Corpus Christ!, Tex. New Orleans Cotton Town Assures Letters To Men Serving Flag MIDDLEBORO, Mass. (UP) — High school students, business men London Reports More Successes Against Fascists LONDON, Dec. 20. (UP) —Adolf Hitler may aid Italy by jlying Italian troops to Africa and may send an army across France to Italy's vitally jmportant northern industrial zone, it was reported in London today. Reports Hint 00.000 or more Gor- nmn troops were already in Italy were regarded hare ns" Incorrect. In some well informed quarters reports were even attributed to German sources—disseminated by Germans to conceal some other move. The well Informed Dally Telegraph quoted diplomatic quarters that Hitler intended to move troops through unoccupied France to Italy despite the objections of Marshal Philippe Pctuln, head of the Vichy government. It was asserted that the necessary railroad transport arrangements hove been completed and that troop trains were ready to leave the Bordeaux area. According to the Daily Telegraph, German troops have been massed along the occupied coast of Prance between La Rochelle and the Spanish frontier. These troops had previously been held in reserve, it, asserted, for movement to. Spain and possibly Por- and housewives them hundreds of are engaged In a community letter-writing project to this town's men In military service;. Names of soldiers, sailors, marines and coast guardsmen arc aligned to various groups by a civic committee. The home town correspondents do not ask for prompt, answers, knowing the men have little free time. During the World War n similar project was conducted for men overseas. Belgium contains 6370 miles of railways. Hear Winant May |No Signs Of Serious Flu Epidemic Here There are many persons ill of colds and complications in Blytheville but there are no signs yet of a serious influenza epidemic, a survey has revealed. The mild type of influenza germ I sweeping from the west is believed to have reached entirely over the South and Blytheville is apparently getting its share. The mild, damp weather is also a factor in aiding the germ to spread. Snow in the Arctic regions often appears red or green, due to the small microscopic plants which live on it. Slaughter steers, 6.75-14.00 - ________ . _ Thre ? guesses—who is this dap- The M, service has planted more than 350,000,000 none other than Professor (of . Jostling) Big Jim Londos tre * 5 ' Mar. May July Oct. Dec. Jan. prev.i open high low close close j 1017 1021 1017 1017 1017 ' 1009 1014 1009 1009 1009 986 991 986 988 987 935 938 935 935 934 930 930 928 928 930 1002 1002 1002 1002 1002 165 1-2 68 7-8 28 3-8 84 3-4 75 1-4 5 1-4 106 32 5-8 they feel achy or have signs of a 5«APP & AKN!f^ 7 &UTp0*5lBLY cold Aspirin to reduce fever, a laxative, and medicine to prevent cold is being given as the best 05LAY€0 remedies with the warning that I physicians should be called if the NATURAL., I SWOPPING illness seems at all serious as Influenza. can . easily become very dangerous. 3 SHOPPING DAYS TILL CHRISTMAS Stock Prices A T & T Am Tobacco Anaconda Copper Beth steel ... Chrysler .. ... Cities Service . Coca Cola General Electric General Motors 49 3- Int Harvester 51 Montgomery Ward 36 3-8 N Y Central 13 1-8 North Am Aviation 157-8 Packard 3 Phillips .. '..'..'.'. 39 7-8 Radio .. 41-2 Republic Steel 213-8 Socony Vacuum. 81-4 Studebaker .. 3 Standard Oil N J .....'... 33 1-4 Texas Corp .... 33 U S Steel 677-8 One diphtheria inoculation will ward off the disease for several years. Bruce Catton, NBA Service Washington correspondent for this newspaper, reports John G. Winant. above, former governor of New Hampshire and now director of the International Labor Office, is in the lead to succeed Joe Kennedy as ambas- _ sador to Britain, By United Great Britain s.m ashed harder and harder at Italy today, reporting an amazing raid by dreadnaughts of the Royal Navy which steamed through- the straits of 0trail- to and up into the "Italian lake" of the Adriatic.- - . -. The exploit has no previous par- nllel In: the-war. arid f ew in modern naval history. It occurred Wednesday night and Thursday morning, the admiralty reported today In a summary of terrific blows struck nt Italy in Albania au'd' In Africa. . :y The raid was made by capital units, of, tlie Mediterranean fleet, -screened by a-'speedy force of-destroyers and cruloers: The : dreadnaughts. moved up bp^ poslte the Albanian port of ^ Valona, where they went into action with their huge guns.' The admiralty reported more than 100 tons of shells were poured into the battered seacoast town. It seemed" probable .that the lll- equlpped harbor had suffered great damage after an attack of such weight. Meantime the British cruiser-and destroyer force swept on up the Adriatic as for as. Bnri on the Italian coast and burazzo, opposite 'Bar! on/the Albanian shore. Not a sign ^of. .Italian warships .or shipping . was' •'encountered,- the British reported, and throughout the operation there was no attempt by the Italians to interfere with a major British naval undertaking in Italy's-own back yard. Other fleet units carried out an almost continuous five "day bombardment of Bardia, the Italian base in Libya, which the British have surrounded. Italy appeared fast becoming the principal theater of war. Rome reported what apparently was a powerful raid by Royal Air Force lanes on Brindisi. Pour waves of R. A. P. bombers swept down on the port, dropping many bombs. With the concentration of British effort against Italy, reports of Germany's aid to her Axis partner assumed particular interest. However, there was no confirmation of rumors that have circulated that" a large scale Nazi "rescue" effort is under way. LONDON, Dec. 20. (UP)—Greai fires are burning at Bardia on the Libyan coast after five days of naval bombardment, the admiralty. announced today, as British tanks were reported moving westward In preparation for a new British desert offensive aimed at Tobruk, Italian naval base 80 miles west of the Egyptian frontier. Light units of the British fleet, j| forcing their way into the inner harbor of Bardia, to come into such close, range that they were under heavy machine gun fire, sank three Italian supply ships, . . j the admiralty said. ,«„« « , end Of Uia year u Described constant and com- 1940 finds us past, an important p i e t e cooperation' with" the British tugal, or alternatively. : for any emergency which might arise. The present ItaHah;\<?ltuatfon. : -war one', the newspaper said, that Hitler believed .sufficiently grave to warrant the dispatch of German troops to Italy. It was pointed out that any German troops sent across southern France would be in position to control the whole of Industrial north Italy. ' f . As regards Libya, it was suggested that German planes, like those now reported to be flying Italian troops to Albania, could transport .several thousand men a day to reinforce the Italian northern army. The disadvantage, It was .said, was that the logical landing place for them would be about 250 miles west of Bardia. Prime Minister Winston Churchill's .speech yesterday, which warned that Hitler may be expected to strike new blows, caused considerable comment. '"We must be prepared for him anywhere,' said the News Chronicle. "Maybe he will decide to drive through Spain and strike Gibraltar and Tangier. This would be his quickest way, If successful, In negativing' our successes In the eastern Mediterranean by closing the western entrance to that sea." The Dally Express, owned by Lord Beaverbrook, minister for aircraft production In the Inner war cabinet, who is a native Canadian, urged the United States to expediate aid to Britain in the next crucial months. The Times said of Churchill's statement: "His speech clearly expressed the turning point on the uphill path and looking forward to further progress. It is only six months since we were fighting what seemed to many of our best friends a desperate fight for bare survival. Today, in the broadest lines, our strategic position 5s still one of defense." Italian Ships Sunk LONDON, Dec. 20 (UP) —Two and possibly three Italian ships were sunk this week otf southern Italy by the British submarine Truant the admiralty reported in n communique today. The Truant torpedoed and sank a large supply ship from a convoy off Cape Epartiveto. south Italy. on the night of De"c. 13-14. The admiralty said po.Tsibty anothtir ship in the same convoy was destroyed. On the night of Dec. 15-16 the Truant also sank a large Italian tanker off the. Calabrlan coast. Calabria' is the southern province of the Italian peninsular. Health Unit Office To Close Three Days The Mississippi County Health Unit will be closed'three days In celebratiorj of Christmas. The-office-, will close Monday afternoon and reopen Thursday morning, it has been announced. land forces as part of which fleet air arm planes joined with the Royal Air Force in attacking land objectives and warships evacuated thousands of prisoners whom the British- had taken;More than 20,000 "Italian troops had been trapped in Bardia, the fall of which was expected at any time under the constant attack by the army; air force and navy. The Italians were cut off and were under Constant fire from land, air and sea with fires in the town adding a further menace. British re-enforcements were reported pouring across the desert frcm Egyptian bases for a new attack to' be launched from Sollum and Bardia, both ports at which British warships can supply a formidable army. Prohibition or Xo The Philippine Islands did not have prohibition when it was ut force In rhe United .States, but an. old act prohibiting the sale of intoxicating liquors to the Moros still applies. WEATHER Arkansas—Fair to partly rloudy tonight and Saturday, little change in temperature. • ' - - """ Memphis : and ' vicinity—Cloudy, occasional rain' and slightly colder tonight. Saturday cloudy.

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