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Urge Italians LONDON, Dec. 23. '(UP)-Prinie Minister Winston Churchill tonight appealed to the Italian people, monarchy and army to cast out Benito Mussolini and come to peace with Great Britain before British' forces are compelled lo come to "much closer ' grips" with Italy. He made his appeal in a broadcast directed especially 10 Italy. He told the Italian people that the entire English speaking'world was aroused and declared: "Why have you placed yourselves in the path of this avalanche," Churchill characterized Mussolini as a "criminal." "One man and one man alone has ranged the Kalian people in a deadly .struggle against the British empire and has deprived Italy of .the .sympathy mid intimacy of the United Slates of America," Churchill. said. The prime minister revealed, thai lie had appealed to II Duce not to enter the war when France collapsed and warned him that Britain would fight to the end with the .support of nil the American nations. He reminded Italy of Britain's long- friendship with her and recalled how Britain and Italy had fought .side by .side in. the World War against "the; barbarous Huns."' "One man and one man alone ordered Kalian .soldiers to ravage their neighbor*' vineyard," Chmrhill .said. "Surely the time has come when the iiminn monarchy and Out, Mi .Churchill's or christendoDi was broadcast simultaneously from London, Athens and . rthHl snld , , flro lclu , ng and ,„ lcar ; AM Mir* ami. tailors. Wo ,m, only now at Ite bcglnnllg of this somber tale who can .say where it will end? ! "Presently we shall bo forced to come much closer to grips" itftJy. he- said, Mnnd* at the cross roads where .she must face the task of flchttn* ho whol, British empire and Greece or -calling upon Adolf Hitler to «S down W Italian people. ""wn me, VOLUME XXXVII—NO. 238. YTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OP NQRpJEA ST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI "^"^ ^"^ Blytheville Daily News BlytheviUe Courier Blytheville Herald Mississippi Valley Leader "Short Of War" Acceleration Of Aid Emphasized ARKANSAS, -MONDAY. DECEMBER 23, SINGLE COPIES FIVE'CENTS: FALLS OVER WIDE AREA WASHINGTON, Dee. 23. (UP)—Viscount Halifax' transfer from foreign minister to British ambassador here put spectacular emphasis today on Great Britain's desire for expanding American aid and Axis warnings to the United States against warlike acts. British, German, Italian and American diplomacy suddenly finds the international situation centering on ships—seagoing; vessels. Great Britain suggests transfer to her of Axis vessels tied up in American ports. Berlin and Rome warn Washington that such a transfer would be a warlike act. In those circumstances the assignment of the British foreign minister to the embassy here seems to emphasize significantly the importance attached by London to the further development of our short- of-war'aid policy. '."-Various/ London statements'-'add : up as follows: Great Britain must :-4}aye.-~£^itiona ; l"tonnage -and' views Axis snips in American waters as the most promising immediate source of supply. That suggestion brought German and Italian warnings against -warlike acts along with sharply worded objection to American policies and statements in general. - • The administration is not committed on the proposition nor has President Roosevelt in any way indicated his willingness to pass German and Italian ships into British hands. But all other aid short-of-war for Britain is being British shipping losses during the week ended Dec. 15 declined sharply, the admiralty announced today. Five ships totaling 30,830 tons were destroyed by enemy action in that period, it said. In addition to the British losses, the admiralty reported that two allied vessels totaling 10,646 tons were destroyed. During the week ending Dec. 8, 19 British ships totaling 86,740 tons, three allied vessels aggregating 12.937 tons and a neutral ship of 1.313 tons—in all, 101,190 tons—were lost. British losses from Dec. 9 to 15 were a little more than one-third Gas Stove Leak In Doctor's Office Blamed For Tragedy COLUMBIA, S. C.. Dec. 23. (UP) —South Carolina was saddened today by the accidental death of Ben Sawyer, chairman of the state highway commission for 14 years find a leading political and military fisure for more than a score of years. Sawyer. 50 years old. was killed by gas that leaked from a stove in a doctor's office last night. Coroner John A. Sai-Q'eant said the death was accidental, due to gas asphyxiation, and there would be no inquest. of what they had beejn the week ,J hC hi f hwa S r commissioner was before. • taking a treatment in the doctor's Authoritative sources stressed ?f lc f, a ^ cndec | b i' « negro nurse, iat while the decrease in ln«P.Q Lucill c Hagood, 35. who was also that while the decrease in losses was gratifying it should not be concluded chat the menace of enemy submarines, sea raiders, planes and mines 'had lessened. • v.,.. \ , - killed by the gas. The corone: believed the nurse failed' to turn off a heater which was heating water for Sawyer's treatment. Sawyer and the highway department were a political storm, center .during....the administration' cf ; Gov; Olin'D. Joliiisfori. : - "-• When he became governor In ( 1935. Johnston attempted to oust tthe highway commissioners and ' replace them with his own appointees. When this move was blocked he sent national guardsmen to tlie highway department \Y/"11 C 1 e ni Shway depaj 'UlSei* Will UO and barred Sawyer and othei From Lisbon To Vichy mi f/° ners , r> r> -1 viLiry After a loug and bitt(Ji . baUle> Dy Kail ! the s ^te supreme court held that I Johnston had overstepped his authority and Sawyer and the commission were restrode to office. NORFOLK. Va., Dec.~23T{UP)— Admiral William H. Leahy, former pressed, and . American dollars chief of naval operations, sailed i probably .soon will be on the Brit- aboard the U. S. S. Tuscaloosa to! " u ^"f—~ •>•-«- day to assume his new duties as ish defense line. Short-of-war objectives for Britain and our own defense requirements already far exceed American armament facilities and new plants are planned or under construction to meet the test. Sir Frederick Phillips, British treasury undersecretary, meets today with "Secretary rof the Treasury Henry Mor- genthau Jr., to establish priorities within the . $3,000,000,000 munitions order list which has been drawn up as the Immediate measure of British needs. Te United 'States presumably will provide the money to build new plants as well as funds for production of munitions to be leased or loaned to Great Britain. It appears that British need for merchant shipping to keep the Atlantic life line open is even more urgent than her need for airplanes and other munitions. If Prime Minister Winston S. Churchill has decided to press for laid up Italian and German ships, he- is placing in Washington to conduct his country's negotiations a. stand- U. S. ambassador to the French government of Marshal Petain. Leahy, accompanied by his wife, boarded the cruiser at the naval And Train Collide; Motorists Are Killed CLEVELAND. Tenn., Dec. 23 <UP)The second section of Southern Railway passenger train No. n v III The Army JVirxv"-- Compariy M, 123 Strong . * .:*' ' O base here after an overnight bear crashed into an automobile at a grade crossing six miles west of trip from Washington. The Tuscaloosa. which President Roosevelt used for his recent Caribbean cruise, weighed anchor for Lisbon, Portugal, at 10 a.m. Leahy will travel by train from Lisbon to Vichy. France. here today, killing the two occupants of the car and derailing the locomotive and its four jnail coaches. To Boadcast Party For Crippled Adults Radio Stations WREC. Memphis and KLRA, Little Rock are to broadcast the annual Christmas Party of the Hospital for Crippled Adults at Memphis direct, from the hospital Tuesday night, December 24th, from 9:15 to 9:45, C.S.T. The engineer was injured slightly when the -locomotive turned over- after the crash. None of the mail and baggage clerks were injured. Khaki uniforms mingled with Yuletide shoppers in Blytheville this morning a.x members of Company M, Mississippi County National Guard Unit of the 153rd Infantry, • hurried to be inducted into the regular United ifiates Army and take up soldier life -at the Blytheville Armory, which y/as converted into a temporary camp for the soldiers who will'be quartered there until Jan. 2. when they will be sent to Camp Robinson, near Little Rock. But having to remain at the Armory for the next 10 days, before going into regular camp, has its advantages for all of the 123 soldiers have been given a 'two-day leave for Christmas and so will be able to spend the holiday at home. The number In the company will be increased by 82 more members upon arrival at Camp Robinson. The 44 new members of the company, inducted into Company M at the^same time the unit became; a part 1 of the regular Army, were being given first attention today as to physical examinations. The company is remaining in Blytheville for 10 days to get all records in shape for such administrative work as filling out complete beneficiary forms and the like ttf- teivfinal physical examinations are completed. While Capt. Wendell M. Phillips, commanding officer of the group, was busy with his duties, there was also much activity on the part of the mess sergeant who had the job of planning and preparing three meals a day for 123 men. Although there were a thousand and one things to attend to in shaping up the new "Blytheville Camp", everything was running smoothly before noon with the newcomers undergoing physical tests, while other members were attending to clerical duties, assisting in the kitchen and preparing the quarters for sleeping the men. Col. Ivy W. Crawford of this city, who is assigned to the 153rd Infantry, was present today for the formal induction which took place shortly after 8 o'clock. Assisting Capt. Phillips in this company are First Lieutenant Arden B. Crowder and Second Lieutenants Guy T. McHenry and Richard Osborne. The 44 new members of the company are: Lotis Anthony, Dale Barren, Ercye Blackard, George Culvert. Hunter Burns. Harvey Baldrldge, Buddy Davis, George" DIUahunty. Andrew Evans, Bveretle Ferguson, Raymond Fox, Glover Hate-hell, William Hawkins, John Holland, Buford Ingrum, Cecil Jone.s, Trenton Long, Montell Meachnm, Fred Oliver. Samuel Holmes, William Pierce, John Plaxco, Robert Quails, Raymond Richardson, W u 11 e r Richardson, Vance Richardson, Johnnie Russ. Lawrence Stabbs, Leemon Stickler, Buford Slubbs, Warren Thomason, Charles Thomason, John Walton, Allen Williamson, Claude Williamson, William West, Jasper Whittle, Robert Cunningham, Howard Easley, Angela Childs, James Brooks, Taylor Golden, Charles Gray, Howard Easley. Other members formally Inducted in the. regular Army today were: First Sergeant, Grade II Paul Damon. Serjeants, Grade IV, Garland Bunch, Emil Damon, Raymond Dixon. Ralph Farrar, Willie Ferguson, John Johnson, Mack Knight, oiarence Kolwyck. Corporals Grade V—Burnle Eubanks, Kelly Glover, Henderson, Hall,. Elmer Holmes, Thomas Hopper, Odls Leatherwood. Olynder, Rayder, Mark. Skelton, Ben Smith, \Hirnest'Wilson. ,.,:•>.,.A' ^ ,• - .'•' Privates tirade "Vl, First ;ciass— John Anderson, Norman Branam, Fred Burgeson, Myron Coney, Joei Davis, Virgil Davis, Fay Decker, Jlames Eu'oanks, Joel Glllllan'ii, RoDcrt Holmes, Marvin Huff, Maione Peterson. Marion Potter, James Scrivner, Earl Shaneyfelt, Byron Smith, Jack Smith, James Stone, rtoy Tweedle, DeWitt VanCleve. Privates Grade VII—William Arrington, John Brown, Willie Burks, nerman Chltman, Walter Collier, John Coughlan, James Cribbs, William Cnm, Henry Cruse, Frankle Cruse, Hoover Delbrldge, Chester Ferguson, Maxel Ford, Floyd Handley, William Hardesty, James Hart, Jay Hawkins, Bert House. James Jones, Fred Johnson. Lloyd Leatherwood, Trenton Long, William McClain. Johnnie F. Mclvin, Murray Mills, William Montgomery, Edward Calmer, Ralph Richardson, Samuel Rucker, Lois ShaUey, Marvin Smith, John Smith. Walter Stewart, Wan-en Thomason, Henry Todd, Amos Watkins. Harold West, Hugh West, John West, William West. Billie Williams, Ernest Woods. Elmer Wright. Over 100 Armed Men Scouring Tennessee Area For Fugitive DECATUR, Tenn., Dec. 23. (UP) —More than 100 armed and dcter- ( mined men today take up the search for Charles Coates, alias Charles Butler, slayer oi' a Georgia highway patrolman und survivor •so for of a series of gun fights with the officers out to got him. Coates' hours of freedom, und probably of life as well, appeared numbered as the posso believed it had him trapped in tv • 10- mile square wooded stretch Along; the hilly banks of the Tennessee River west of Decatur. And the posse was taking no chances"with n surly quarry whose qulclc trigger finger they knew only too. well. -'I think we'll got him today," said Sgt. Albert L. Bagley of the Georgia patrol, one of 25 Georgia troopers who crossed the state line in the chase for the man who shot to death Corporal Fred Black, near Alnggold, Gn., .Friday night. . Bagley said 'ifour bloodhounds from the Tennessee prison at Brushy Mountain put on Coates' trail this morning. They were to start from the spot where the fugitive was seen running off m the darkness about 9 o'clock last night after several searchers "jumped" him. Coates, identified as a fugitive from an armed robbery sentence at St. Joseph, Mo., was believed to have suffered at least two bullet wounds In scrapes at Ringgold, Chattanooga and here, but they did not Interfere with his running. Officers said he was exceedingly German Airplane Bomb Wrecks Ancient Cloister LONDON, Dec. 1^ (UP)—AGer-j man airplane bomb, crashing into' the historic parliament building' within a few yards of the House of Commons chambers, wrecked the 600-year-old St. Stephen's cloisters Livestock ,~ ^ - / —-W-.. j--»». .A.W*. *"^*MJkJ*C.U IxU ~ out individual. He is known as a j ults is sponsired by the Rotary "man of much" and a pre-war ^Clubs of Arkansas. Mississippi and appeaser, notable in that period Tennessee. „ ' —-—.—» ^vwj^-w-- «*v* «^u, «w»v\>-^ii\_li o UiVJloLClO The program, full of real Christ-|and did extensive other damage in mas cheer, will consist of thirty'a recent night raid, it was made minutes entertainment and should known today, be interesting to any listener — The Hospital for Crippled Ad- for his support of the deposed prime minister, the late Neville Chamberlain. Banker Elected Finns 7 President New York Cotton Roosevelt To Talk To Nation On Sunday WASHTNGTON, Dec. 23. (UP)— President Roosevelt tentatively decided today, to report to the nation by radio next Sunday "on the present emergency." He will speak for 30 minutes probably from 8:30 to 9:00 p.m. (C. S. T.). Secretary Stephen Early said. Early would not go into details of what Mr. Roosevelt would discuss concerning the present emergency. It was assumed he referred to the president's hope to expand defense production and assistance to Great Britain. Prev. Open High Low Close'Close f Mar. . 1013 J015 1012 1012 ion May . 1C08 1009 1006 1006 1009 July .. 983 988 982 982 985 Oct. .. 934 935 931 931 935 Dec. .. 931 934 931 934 932 Jan. . 1002 1002 998 998 1002 New Orleans Cotton Chicago Wheat Mar. May July Oct. Dec. Jan. Prev. Opsn High Low Close Close 1019 1021 1Q16 1017 1020 1012 1014 1010 1010 1012 990 991 987 987 991 936 938 936 937 938 833 937 933 935 933 1C04 1004 1002 1002 1004 open high low close Dec. • 781-8 791-4 78 79 | Dec May 84 1-4 84 1-2 83 1-2 841-2 May Chicago Corn open high low close 595-8 601-8 595-8 595-8 60 601-8 595-8 $0 EAST ST. LOUIS, HI,, Dec. 23 (UP)—Hogs: receipts. 15,600-14.000 .salable. Top. 6.65 170-230 Ibs.. 6.15-6.60 140-160 Ibs., 5.65-6.25 Bulk sows, 5.40-6.00 Cattle: receipts, 4.000—all salable Steers. 9.65-10.65 Slaughter steers, 6.75-14.00 Butcher yearlings. 6.25-8.50 Slaughter heifers. 6.00-12.25 Beef cows. 5.25-6.25. Cutters & low cutters. 4.00-5.00. Risto Ryti, above, former Premier and governor of the Bank of Finland, was elected President of that country. 'He succeeds Ky9sti Kallio, who resigned on "account of poor . health. Stock Prices A. T. & T 166 Anaconda Copper 26 Am. Tobacco 69 Beth. Steel 88 Chrysler .'.., 74 Coca Cola 104 General Electric 32 General Motors 49 Int. Harvester 49 Mont. Ward 35 N. Y. Central 13 North Am. Aviation 16 Packard 3 Phillips 39 Radio 4 Republic Steel 21 Socony Vacuum 8 Studebaker 7 Standard Oil N J 33 Texas Corp 39 U S Steel 68 1-8 1-4 5-8 1-4 1-2 1-4 1-4 1-2 1-4 3-4 1-2 1-2 3-4 1-4 3-4 Traveling- Albatross Released from a vessel 800 miles off the coast of New Zealand, an albatross was captured eight days later off the coast of Chile. >.: County Gins 176,494 Bales Prior To Dec. 13 A total of 176,494 bales of cotton, counting round as half bales, was ginned from the 1940 crop in Mississippi county prior to Dec. 13. compared with 202,044 bales ginned from the 1939 crop 'prior to Dec. 13 last year, Chester c. Danehower; county cotton census bureau representative, said today. Unofficial estimates of the county's total 1940 crop range from 185,000 to 195,000 bales with a crop of around 188,000 bales •favored by some observers. British, Nazi Bombers Wreak Heavy Damage ATHENS, Dec. 23. (UP)— An official statement'today said thut Greek .shock troops had swept in from three sides und occupied the Albanian coastal town of Chimara, on the road to-'Valeria. Chimara previously had been cn- clrclccl by Greek troops, fighting tchir wny northward along the coast townrd the bomb battered port oC Valonti, which the-Itallans sought desperately to hold' as part of a front extending through the mountains to the Tepolini and Kit- sura sectors. Athens celebrated the year end holiday and the occupation of Chimara with enthusiasm. Dispatches reported the Fascist forces guarding the coastal road to Valona...were, hastily fortifying ;a mountain puss In an effort to halt the Greek advance which was supported by British air bombing. Eight hundred men' and 30 oSl^ cers surrendered on the outskirts ol Chimara after severe "'fighting and heavy , bombardment. ' " LONDON; Dpc.VZ3 (UP)—British artillery hammered the Italian coastal base of Bardia as the drive into Libya booste dthe total of Italian prisoners toward the 40,000 mark, a general headquarters com- munique said today. British forces arc moving up ready for a direct assault on Bardia, where an estimated 20,000 men of Italy's Libyan army are holding out against an attack by land, 3ca and air, it .was reported. Dispatches from the front made it plain that the Italians were defending themselves stubbornly,' ap- ~»J-W ' D"--**"****--' ***>r WVW^/fc/V* 4 * J J 1 tt-lJ licet of foot and his escape from'parcntly under orders to hold Bar- thc Chattanooga airport, where he darted his way out of a trap and Hod in a stolen car, would have clone credit to a halfback. as Ion# as possible in order to permit tho main Italian army to fortify positions In front of Tobruk to the west. Lights Shine At Night, Christmas Spirit Emerges Blytheville looks pretty after dark, priatc background in their large By United Press ; •Air.war raged on an uri- 1 precedcntod front from the north of Scotland to the deserts of Africa today as Brit-, ish airmen pounded heavily at the Axis war machine and the Nazi air force retaliated with a "Coventry type" raid on Manchester.'' The German air force picked two number one objectives for the assault on Britain that began last night and continued' until early hours this morning. _\» One was the crowded industrial, section of Manchester center " J 6f British manufacturing which for the first time felt the lull weight of the German air force in an attack that lasted many hours,' One ter where 450 persons Had sought refuge. Many were believed trap-'' . _^ killed. Thie" ; second German objective as reported by Berlin was Britain's •largest" aluminum works -located' -at-" Tills plant' the. Germans" said" turns out between 70' i arid '80 ' per cent of all British aluminum/ A picked bomber crew was sent to attack the works. Berlin said and despite .bad flying conditions vVas said to have made a successful attack. The Royal Air Force struck back, delivering some of • its hardest blows against Italy. Week end operations saw R. A. F. bombers 'la Pneumonia Is Fatal To Adkinson Baby Olive James Adkinson. five months old son of Mr. and Mrs. James Carroll Adkinson of Dell, died Friday noon at the family home after a brief illness of pneumonia. Funeral rites were to be held this afternoon 2 o'clock, at Sandy Ridge Cemetery by the Rev. j. w. Jones of Hightower. The baby was an only child. Ha.nna Funeral Home is in charge. this Yuletide with its gaily decorated down town and residential sections. Again, the Russell Campbells have won unquestionable, "first honors" among the residentes for their display of Santa n his sled, drawn by three reindeer, who are skirting across the house top of the Campbell residence, 1301 Hearn street. If you'll look closely you'll see ( that funny look on Santa's face I with his spectablos down on his 1 nose. j Across the street is the largest 1 outdoor tree we've seen—that of the B. F. Kigers. The L. H. Moore house, 1020 West Main street, has some of those clever "candles", electrically light; ed, on their door steps. A ride over most of the city (but we didn't reach the suburbs or nearby country side) revealed a number of attractive decorations with the William for residences Lawshe house. 1118 West Ash Law Protected Leeches Leeches were in such great demand a century ago for curing disease, by., the blqod-letting process that a game law, protecting, them at certain seasons, was passed in Russia. street, about the most unusual in presenting a general Christmas effect. There is a "Merry Christmas" spelled out electrically over the , porch, in the center of a star, while \ In the window there are three electrical tapers and in the other wondow there is a beautiful tree. This part of West Ash street has several attractive decorations with that of the Charles L. Wylies, 1101 i West Ash street, creating much Interest. They have made their front windows to resemble frosted panes with colorful decorations shining through. The 'Russell Phillips, 1000 Chlck- asawba avenue, who are having their/first Christmas in their new home, .have an. especially appro- cclonlal residence for their decorations. The .front door hns holly and large pine cones for a decoration which is Hanked with garlands of hemlock draped about the white door. Again, the J. A. Leech house, 1043 West Main street, has one of the largest and prettiest indoor trees seen last night while the way; German's submarine bases at L'oricnt and Brest, objectives : in Antwerp, Calais, Ostend, and Rotterdam, Cologne, Gelsenkirchen. and Mannheim in Germany and Vince and Flume in Italy. In Libya the British continued heavy air operations against Ital? ian position all along the Med r iterranean coast. •>• ,, lr c The British attacks on Mannheim, important industrial and communications center, was said to have very heavy. The Germans belatedly reported that 36 persons were killed In the R. A. F. raid on Berlin Friday night. The Italians released an official report by Marshall Rodolfo Grazt- ani on the British offensive In Libya In which he admitted that at least rive or' six Italian divisions" had been captured, cut to plecss or surrounded by : the hard hitting British mechanized troops. He also indicated that the Italians had lost practically all the material that had been concentrated for the projected offensive into Egypt and indicated that failure of this of- Charles Crlgger and C. E. Crigger j fensive to 'get .underway was due family, 801 West Walnut street,'to non-arrival from Italy of me- also have a large and beautiful tree in their music room. The A. Comvays, 801 West Main chanical equipment. n. uuuwu>i, oui west iviaui ~ street, again have their tree on the Intruders Get $20 sun porch and there is another' smaller tree in the guest bedroom, in addition to the same red lighted wreaths which gleam In the upstairs windows. There are always so many pretty outdoor lighted trees along Main street. Sunday night, lights were on at the I. R. Johnson trees, 1042 West Main street; Mrs. J. S. Bollard, 1132 West Main street; the G. G. Hubbard. 1121 West Main street; the B. A. Lynch residence next door and others were scattered throughout the city. Among the other new houses who are especially pretty for this season are the C. W. Afflicks residence, Tfcnth and Chickasawba, and the Renkert Wetenkamp house, across the street. It is said that one of the most attractive residences decorations is that of the Marcus Evrard house, on Highway 61 North of Blytheville, which is well worth a drive into the suburban section. (We hope to visit the suburban homes The First Methodist Church again has its angels for a striking scene, but they were not lighted At Service Station James Terry's service station at Main and Franklin streets was burglarized Friday night by some one who jimmied the window' to gain .entrance. The cash register was broken into and $20 obtained. Churchill To Speak To Britons Tonight LONDON, Dec.. 23 (UP)—Prime Minister Winston Churchill will broadcast a speech tonight to Britons at home and overseas. Subject of the speech (to be broadcast at 2 P.M. CJS.T.) was not dis- in- closed. .'•'"•; ' ' v . ':••'-,. WEATHER turned on Saturday night. Arkansas—Fair, slightly colder In extreme- southeast portion tonight, Tuesday fair and,slightly warmer;," Memphis and vicinity—Increasing cloudiness tonight, Tuesday cloudy and slightly warmer, followed br rain. ' " . -

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