BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPPO r\r> wr\fvvHttA or «r>v*%To*» .»,^ ~~ • _ *™' «^L^B f f ^*J. VOLUME XXXVII—NO, 237. DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OF NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI Blythevllle Daily News Blytheville Courier Blytheville Herald Mississippi Valley Leader BLYTHKV1LLE, ARKANSAS, SATURDAY, DECEMBER 21, 1940 AMERICA'S STAND SINGLE COPIES FIVE CENTS * * * * * • * * * ReichSpokesman Highly Critical Of Press Drive To Knock Italy Out As Major Foe LONDON, Dec. 21. (UP) —Three of Italy's Dodecan- ese Islands — Rhods, Stam- palia and Scarpanto — were attacked by the air arm of the British Mediterranean fleet in raids Tuesday morning, the admiralty said in a communique today. The attack was part of the "all- out" campaign against Italy by the Mediterranean fleet which has now attacked bases on the Italian mainland, Italian troops and defenses in Libya, Italian shipping ni the Mediterranean and penetrated the Adriatic sea, May's "private lake" with battleships and cruisers and bombarded Valona in Albania. Of the raids on the islands the admiralty said that weather con- ATHENS, Greece, Dec. 21 (UP) — Greek troops have skirted Chimara, on the soutli Albanian coast 28 mile> from the port of Valona, and have seized the area north of the town, threatening the Italian line of retreat along the coastal road, according to dispatches to the newspaper Vradini here. Infiltrating- into the Cikra mountains paralleling the coast, the Greeks extended their lines be- vond both Porto Palermo and Chimara, which they have not yet occupied. . Another. Greek force hugging the coast continued to assail Palermo and the Italians there, as well as at Chimara, five miles north, faced the prospect Italian Troops in Egypt Saw Scenes"Like This ares k 5 * Sfe . ., . r c ditions made observation of results | ° r haying to fight their way north difficult but fires were seen to | in retreat. have started. j Italian tanks and armored cars The Dodecanese, Italy's eastern- j roamed the coast road in the vi- most outposts in the Mediterranean, I cillit y of both towns and Greek have been virtually isolated by the British fleet since- Italy entered the war and have been attacked repeatedly by British planes. Itfiy had hoped its heavily fortified bases in the Islands would prove a menace to British eastern communications but each month tion of the Islands has become more; serious. V; '. •" '•'. • '/_''"'<''-- - '—• '•' ''.. - -' -';-"' '•""--,•' " T. Italians Make Claims ^ - v ROME, : Dec.. 21. (UP)—Italian forces have gained possession of important positions on the Greek front by a series of surprise at- anti-tank guns : were said to be taking- a heavy toll. " (Reports at Struga. on the Jugo- slav border, said the right wing of the Greek army in the south coast sector had occupied the village of Vranista, three and a half miles northwest of Kalarati.in the Cikra, mountains.) y •. i/. thejsoutheast ^sector, Greeks Tei$jtea;. still,popping'up on 'isolafed Italian units" : north of Tepelini and Klisura Before 'occupying those towns. (Reports at Struga said the Greeks -were shelling Damzi, two tacks,- a high command commu- miles north of Tepelini and the nique asserted today. Greek attacks, the communique said, were everywhere repulsed. Italian naval units, it was asserted, sheiled Greek positions effectively along the coast of the Ionian Sea, hitting specified targets. Italian bombing and chaser airplane units hit Greek troop con Italians were abandoning that vil- laee, to Which they had fled from Tepelini. (Farther north, according to Struga reports, fierce fighting was centrations. road junctions and de- hours. of the Tomor mountains, 16 miles east of Herat. The Italians were .said to have made five unsuccessful counter-attacks there in 24 fese works in all sectors where the (On the north front, according Greeks are active, thp rnmmn_ to Sr.nioro vAnn^e ' MI/» n.-»n n \ r - „„.. Greeks are nique said. Of the British drive in Libya, the communique said that there was artillery activity in the frontier zone. active, the commu-[ to Sfcrusa reports, the Greeks captured Gromsi. 18' miles south of Elbasan. although bad weather kept activity in that sector to a mint- Frisco Train Derails; mum.) Bftrat Heavily Raided ATHENS, Dec. 21. (UP)—British I aircraft, operating with ' Greek • j f -r- V-.-.A.J, ,, iuil VJICCft. Persons Uninjured ' trooDSi are strikin & at itaiy on far * --flung fronts and hnv<* Maci-.o/t MACOMB, Mo., Dec. 21. (UP)— Two- hundred and 25 passengers •on :- the crack Frisco Florida Express escaped serious injury today when six cars of the train Jeft the track near here. Railroad oificials said there were no. casualties. They said the accident occurred when a rail broke j under the train after the engine and six; cars already had passed. Two coaches, three sleepers and a diner, all at the rear of the fronts and have blasted Berat. vital Italian headquarters in Albania, and the imoorfcant Italian mainland base of Brindisi. Greek troops in the Albanian coastal sector repulsed - several counter attacks by the Italians and then resumed their own advance _ asainst Chimara. south.of the port | of Valona. reports from the front Selective Service Program Eventually May Change Into Permanent Setup WASHINGTON, Dec. 21, (UP)— President Roosevelt is considering plans for the eventual transformation of the emergency .selective service program to u permanent; Plan to maintain an effective re-! serve army at all times, it was learned today. Responsible officials said that Mr Roosevelt nnd Draft Director Clarence A. Dykstra had "explored" the question at the . White House Thursday but that no definite plan had been decided upon. If a permanent draft system Is formulated, they said, it probably would involve compulsory training j pf nil physlcally-nt youths when ' Defense, Aid To Britain Pushed As Nazis Complain Informed quarters said the I change would not be undertaken until the International situation has clarified insofar as this country's role in the military picture is concerned. For the present, 'it was said, the OTHL Wl! Church Services To Emphasize '*. •'';^:v..l. - ' -•;;*.,;•;* .• • ••$•<. . ; ,:, 1 ' >-.. .. . icy? mas Tlie mm5s try of marine said in , train were thrown from the track i had c ° m «iunioue that the Greek fleet the examole of the but they did not turn over | Bn tfeh Mediterranean fleet and on j Dec. 15 and 16 had steamed past the Saseno, Islands "at the entrance New Orleans Cotton 1 to ^ of the Iltalian fleet "with prev. intention of giving battle." open high low close close ""*"" '" the Gulf of Valona in search the Mar. May July Oct. Dec. Jan. 1019 1021 1013 1015 . 991 99 938 938 934 934 1005 1005 1019 1010 991 936 933 1004 1020 1012 991 936 933 1004 1017 10C9 988 935 The Greek men of war failed to find a sinele Italian warship, the communique said. 928 Portfolio Of Warship 1002 Stock Prices AT&T... Am Tobacco 166 69 Plans Reported Stolen nUANESBURG, N. Y.. Dec. 21. (UP)— A portfolio of warship plans has been stolen from an official of the New York Ship Building Anaconda Copper ........ 26 1-2 i Corporation of Camden. TJ j Beth Steel ................ 85 7-8 j which is building the battleship ~'~ ' '"" South Dakota, several cruisers and number of naval auxiliary craft. Chrysler 74 3-4 Cities Service '... 5 it was learned today. Coca Cola ................ 105 1-4 General Electric .......... 32 1-8 j The plans were stolen from the General Motors .......... 49 5-8 ' automobile of Russell Keefer. en- Int Montgomery Ward ........ 36 N Y Central .............. 13 3-8 North Am Aviation ...... 16-1-8 Packard ................ 31-8 Phillips .................. 39 3-4 Radio ......... ..... ..... 4 5^8 i Republic Steel .......... 21 5-8 1 Socony Vacuum .......... 81-4? Studebaker . . ............ 8 I Standard Oil N J ........ 33 1-2 Harvester 50 7-3 ! Sneering official of the ship build- 'ing firm, according to state police, who were searching for them. New York Cotton Mar. - - - • July Today the term "seven seas" is. Oct. used figurative^, and denotes all Dec. the sew wid oceans or the world, Jan, open high 1016 1017 1010 1011 . 983 988 -.93.6. . 936 ^932 933 1003 1003 prev. low close close 1012 1005 983 933 92? 1002 1000 J.H. Crain, Jr., 19, Succumbs To Injuries Suffered A Week Ago James Henry Grain Jr.. of Wilson, injured in an automobile crash near Pontotoc, Miss., last Saturday which also took the life of two companions, died Friday noon at Memphis Baptist Hospital. Critically injured, Mr. Crain was removed from n Pontotoc Clinic to Memphis following • the accident and an operation was performed for a skull fracture. He was 19. The same accident claimed .the life of Willis Harvey Jerome, 19, son of Dr. and Mrs. James Newell Jerome of Wilson, and Malcolm Duke. 19, of Hattlesburg, Miss., who were killed instantly. Mr. Grain was born and reared in Wilson where he was graduated from hish school. He was a member of the University of Mississippi. Oxford, freshman class. Both he and his family are widely known. Mr. Grain being manager of the vast Lee Wilson estate and active in numerous state groups. In addition to his parents. Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Grain Sr., he is also survived by a brother. John Enochs Grain, and a sister, Miss Ruby Crain, all of Wilson. ' The body v;as removed to the Methodist church at Wilson today noon prior to funeral rites being held there this afternoon, 2:30 o'clock, by the Rev. H. M. Lewis of Russellville, Ark., former pastor. Burial was to be in the Wilson cemetery .near where he was born, and which is being .reopened after net having been used for 20 years. Pallbearers selected were: Quinton Jerome. Newell Jerome, Charles Cullon. N". B. Ellis.' David Puckett. Chandler Wiseloge, Charles Longino and Billy Cox. Both of the Wilson youths who met death so tragically were widely known by the young people of' this section. They had long been close friends and young Jerome had gone to Oxford to accompany the Crain j youth and Malcolm Duke to Wil-j son fcr the weekend. Young Jerome, who lived at Urich and Springfield, Mo., before ° Trgan ".., Atf this time the annual ha moved to Wilson at th* age of Joy gut for aged mini «ters of the nine years,, was also an ail-round j church wil1 be made student in the Wilson school, par- The Rev. James A. Overholser, ticipating in athletics, band, clubs —*~~ """ — ""' and students organizations. After graduating from Wilson « —~...~.^..., high school in 1939 he attended for Humanity" that night. University of Tennessee, Knoxville,! At the worship and communion and West Tennessee State Teach-1 service at 11:00 a. m., Sunday, "at ers College, Memphis. During the'the First Christian church, the Y*O Cr TOTtf rv\ /tvt 4-tt .*. i__ * * « * • .._ ! »^*N *.^ »*». /"^ .A^^ ^ »**• _•* _ t. i .__ «.__»»« While -warring countries make mockery of "Peace on Earth, Good Will to Men", the churches of Blytheville will pay tribute in special Christmas services to the man whose life epitomized these words. . Solemn midnight mass will"'.be celebrated Christmas Eve at the Immaculate Conception church with the Rev. j. j. Thompson as Celebrant. The Rev. Raymond King. p. P. of Memphis, who will preach the serinoh, will be deacon and the Rev. Louis Stemac, sub- deacon. Patrick Newell'-will be master of ceremonies with Joseph Quinn, Bill Burke and "Ray Shevlln in the Sanctuary. Acolytes will be Jimmy and Jerry Henley, George Green, Frank Wagner, Bill Wagnon, Preci Child, Bobby Brown, Curtis Odom and Francis White. Following a procession from the school, entrance of all assistants will be .exactly at midnight. The choir will sing, i: Siient Night." Christmas morning masses will be at 8:00 and 9:00 o'clock with benediction after the 9:00 o'clock Mass. Special Christmas music will be featured, in the 10:40 a. m. service Sunday at the First Baptist church of which the Rev. Alfred Carpenter is pastor. His sermon subject will be "God Unveiled." The choir will sing che anthems, "The Holy Night" by Rednor and "Good Tid-j ings" by Lorenz. Sunday night, the cantata, "That Song of Old" will be sung at 7:30 o'clock at the church. "The Meaning of Christmas In a World That Is Lost" will be the sermon theme of the Rev. E. B. Williams, pastor of the First Methodist church, at his church at the 10:55 a. m. worship period Sunday. "The Christ Child," a cantata, will be presented by the church choir in a special Vesper service at the church at 5:00 o'clock Sunday Star" at the Sunday night worship at 7:30 o'clock. Miss Margaret Shaver will . read Charles Rann Kennedy's one act play, "The Terrible Meek" to conclude this program. The R.ev. James Savoy of Calvary Church in Memphis, will be at St. Stephens' Episcopal church, 1 to conduct Holy Communion at 11:00 o'clock Sunday. "Celebrating 'Christmas . With Christ" wilL.be discussed by the Rev. H. J. Keindienst, pastor the Pilgrim Lutheran church 10:00 Sunday morning. Other special services which are being planned at this church during the first part of the week, will be climaxed with a service Christmas Day at 9:00 o'clock. "Christmas, the Festival of Amazing Love" will be the pastor's subject. A Christmas sermon will be preached by the Rev. E. K. Sewell,. pastor of the Lake Street Methodist church at 10:45 o'clock Sunday. A special program and Christmas tree are being arranged for the night service at 7:30 o'clock. "The Christmas Truant", a within the 21-36 age group will be followed until a sizable reserve of . manpower . has been trained to meet any emergency. i This was taken to mean,' there will be no . "radical change In" the present, system until a reserve of . , i trained. But should the international picture indicate that the United States would not need an army of this size, the plan of training men on reaching a certain age— the European method- might be resorted to at an earlier date The choir of the First Presbyterian church will present the Hallelujah Chorus" "from Handel's "The Messiah" and the Christmas anthem, "Shine, O Wonderful Star" by Soechtig at the morning service Sunday. Mrs. Hermon CarJton and Mrs. R. F. Kirshner will direct and Mrs. F. B. Joyner will be at the organ. At this time, the pastor, will speak on "The Wisdom of the Wise Men" in the morning and "Bethlehem, A Sign past few months he had been associated with his father in business. An object weighs slightly .less at the equator than 'the same object would at either of the' earth's poles/ pastor. George -W. Patterson, will have for his subject, "Where Is He That Is Born GIng .... ?" Students of the Willing Workers class of the Bible School will pre— ~ - - m. - — -—<-0«-*r w**| w*a^**v*^ A A-4JX44IC sent a play> "Under the Chriit»M J »ture••_Sunday, Vhigheat 52: Kiwanis Club Inducts 1941 Officers At Ladies Night Party The Blytheville Kiwanis Club installed Its 1941 officers at a Ladles Night meeting at the Hotel Noble Friday. George W. Patterson, pastor of the First Christian Church, delivered the principal address, urging a continuance of sensible conduct JUH: v.iii««»«, iiuuiu , u ° n . the P art of American citizens Christmas pageant, will b e pre- aunn & the Present world crisis and sented by the Young People of the ; J ™ 1]in Bness to participate In the Church of the Nazarene Sunday | bu " dln * °[ a be «cr civilization, night at 7:30 o'clock as the high-! without prejudice, after the end of light of this church's Christmas th f pre f nt conflict, observance. The program will also • *** Trammel! of .Dexter, Mo., consist of special numbers pre- "futenant governor of the twelfth sented by the juniors and children. " Ivi5 ion of the Mo-Kan-Ark dis- Following the program, gifts 'will, ct . of Kiwanis International, be presented those present. The' con . ducted ^ installation. In- Rev. Fletcher Spruce, pastor, will duct «d Jnto office were: Graham preach a Christmas sermon at the Sudb ury, president; Rosco Crafton. vice president; J. Nick Thomas, 11:00 o'clock, hour. A Christmas tree bearing gifts j secretary, and the new board of for the Sunday school children will' J» r ectors. New members of the be at the Assembly of God church j board are Lagrone Whittle, Percy during the' 11 o'clock Children's' A - Wright and L. S. Benisri. Mem- church hour Sunday morning. The bers re-elected are E. M. Terry,' Rev. S. A. Merrill, pastor, will have * R °y Nelson and George W. Pollock a Christmas theme for his weekly Jr - Jolln Deen Is the retiring presi- sermon. At the 7:45 o'clock service, a Christmas program consisting of dialogues, recitations and singing will be given. Although the pastor, the Rev. Clifford L. Thacker will have [dent and Mr. Benish is the retiring secretary. Mr. Sudbury was vice president. Noble Gill rendered a vocal solo and with Nat Brittain, Ray Morgan and Roy Porter composed a quartette which sang two numbers. Christmas subjects for his sermons | M *". Gill was accompanied by Mrs. at both the 11 o'clock and 7:30 j Renkert Wetenkamp, pianist, who o'clock services Sunday, the main I also played for group singing led observance of the Full Gospel Tab- I by Mr. Porter, ernacle will be Wednesday night Miss Mildred when a Christmas program will be presented at 7:30 o'clock at the church. Denton M. Neal, minister of the Church of Christ, will lead his group in Christmas observances at 11:00 o'clock and 8:00 o'clock Sunday. Arkansas—Fair tonight and Sunday, fog in east and south portions tonight, slightly warmer: Sunday. night, Sunday; lowest temperature tonight 32, slightly rising temper- Mulr gave two humorous readings and Mrs. John Cecil Cox rendered a piano solo. Mr. Thomas directed a crossword puzzle contest that provoked considerable merriment. A "Toy Parade," led by Mr. Benish, concluded the program with members and guests each receiving toys-which were displayed and manipulated before being turned over to the Kiwanis Club's "Toy for Every Child In Blytheville" , committee .which will distribute toys on Christmas Eve at the city hail. ; Mr. Terry directed the program. The University of Padua, Italy, was founded in 1222, . WASHINGTON, Dec. 21. (UP) —President '-Roosevelt has scheduled hi« new supreme national defence agency -to be operative within 10 days and probably will inaugurate it before congress meets with a re-armament fireside chat. The agency—the office of production management for National Defense—will be headed by prod-' notion Chief William- S. Kmulsen with Labor Leader Sidney Hillman .second in command. Rc-organlzutlon of the defense set-up with real powers for the four-man management' board — Knudsen, Hillman and Secretaries of War Henry L. Stlmsoh nnd Navy Frank Knox—was announced by Mr. Roosevelt yesterday, one week after Knudsen revealed that airplane production was lagging 30 percent behind schedule estimates. A move to smash bottlenecks, the plan was announced coincident with decision to allocate $20 000,000 immediately to 20 machine tool plants to open that one-way lane to fast re-armament traffic Simultaneously, the War : and Navy. Department again arc reported to be checking theirv stores of supplies, arms and munitions to determine what further., material can n be made available immediately to Great Britain where some persons believe a German all-out [offensive will hit in from 90 to 120 days. Reports that Mr. Roosevelt contemplated a fireside chat came from one of his senior advisers after a White House conference In that chak-if it is made—the president probably will say definitely how he expects to aid Great Britain. And It is understood that the lease-loan system still has his favor. Under that plan the United States would pay lor all future British munitions obtained here and advance them to Britain with the understanding that they would be returned or replaced after the war. There Is continued congressional demand for an inquiry into Na- lional Defense nnd that congress be taken more fully into the president's confidence. A fireside chat followed on Jan. 3 by Mr. Roosevelt's message to congress on the state of the union probably would go far toward informing the public and the legislators on defense developments. Establishment of the National Defense office of production management, likewise, may go far toward meeting criticism that Mr. Roosevelt, was holding defense authority too closely to himself. Knudsen was named director of production management which Isan adjunct of Mr. Roosevelt's own executive dffice. Hillman, also a national defense advisory commissioner and president of the Amalgamated Clothing Korkers* of America, was named associate director of the new office of production management. There are no Democrats on the management board to which Mr. Roosevelt 2:as entrusted National Defense responsibility subject to his own constitutional obligations. Knox and Stimson are Republicans. Hillman is a member of the American Labor Party. Knudsen has no formal political affiliation. Knudsen and Hill are American citizens by choice instead of by accident of birth. Each arrived in the United States at the age of 20, ! Knudsen from Denmark 1 and Hillman from Lithuania, then part of Russia. Those four men will bo held responsible by Mr. Roosevelt for National Defense purchasing, production and priorities. No single individual could do the job, Mr. Roosevelt told White House correspondents in announcing his plans. He said that management, labor, buyer and user, had to be represented on the top shelf of the National Defense structure where decisions will be made, and that there was no czar, pooh- bah nor even an akhoond of swut who, in himself, could combine the experience and knowledge necessary to discharge these responsibilities. Louis ; :Prang;^made the first Christmas cards' in America in 1874. BERLIN, Dec. 21. Germany denounced American war assistance to Great Britain as a policy "'of "pin pricks', challenges;h insults' and moral aggression" to 7 ward the Reich and said that it had reache'd the • point .of "irisupporfcability:" -• •. The statement \vas"mnde-by 'the foreign office spokesman''-with full authority, it centered on' the remark of British minister of shipping Ronald Cross that more'Ani- erlcnn ships were especially needed and that ships of the Axis arid German occupied nations tied 'up In American ports might in- someway be shifted to Britain. Nazis also viewed recent utterances by President Roosevelt and Mrs. Roosevelt as other "irritants", to. severely strained relations with, the United States. 'It was announced at the same time thai the German government had asked the United States to recall several members of its Paris embassy staff. The official news ngency said they were, accused of being involved in action that en- dnno-erecl the German Reinnr "We are watching with great Interest the attitude of a nacion which has shown only restraint and friendliness ^lo> one 1 '"warring ; nattorr'but- whose .attitudes Jbward the other has consisted of "a policy of phi pricks, challenges, insults nnd moral aggression which has reached the-point of Insuo- portability," the spokesman said. The embassy attaches whose recall was requested were said to be Elizabeth Deegan, Cecil Cross and Leigh W. Hunt. They were accused of aiding a British officer in his attempt to flee from occupied France, the agency said. Washington reportedly agreed to recall the three Americans and promised to investigate the charge that they aided a British officar. (Miss Deegan recently was arrested by the German secret police and held for ten days.) The spokesman made his solemn deliberate statement a few hours after editorials, apparently officially Inspired, had appeared on front pages of German newspapers asserting that any outside nation that attacked Germany, ttaly or Japan would have to fight all three. , , The news agency charged that a British secret service- man conducted espionage activities - from the embassy. German.- police arrested him. 1 it was said, an'' he ;:nfessed that he received embassy aid. Hal Kemp Dies Of Auto Collision Injury MADERA, Calif., Dec. 21. CUP) —Orchestra Leader Hal Kemp, 36, died today as result of injuries suffered in an. automobile accident !ast Wednesday night. Kemp's car collided with one driven by Casimlro Azparrcn near here. Kemp, who was enroute "to San Francisco to fill an engags~ ment, suffered a punctured lung. Charges are pending against Azparren who also was injured',.so seriously that he required hospital treatment. More Materials Placed Under Export license WASHINGTON. Dec. 21. (UP)~ President Roosevelt today issued a proclamation placing 15 additional materials under- the export licensing system, including plans and equipment for the production of aviation lubricating oil. The move .boosted to 73 the number of crucial materials placed under the rigid licensing system. Rotarians Hear About School Finances, Laws W. . D. McCIurkiri, superintendent of schools, spoke to members of the Rotary club at the weekly luncheon meeting ..Thursday at the Hotel Noble. His subject was "School; Finance and Legislation."
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