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The world on Christmas Eve. While three of the world's greatest powers deluged each other in a bath of murderous fire, Pope Pius delivered to the world today an appeal for peace-peace on earth, good will to men. It was a faint voice in the xtork—as weak as tiio.se of Christmas carolers on a street corner whose musical strains were drowned by the shrill cry of a newsboy ^England Fears Christmas Invasion; British Pianos Blast Tripoli; Nazi Bombers Snmh Eve Britain." Church bells rang in Bethlehem-accompanied by wnr news blnrine from a Joutt speaker in the public square. v, In America, Christmas shoppers 'besieged department- store counters. Jn Libya British desert forces lay siege, to Bardia, a city in flume/;. A woman hurrying' along the streets of an American city dropped her ineknres Royal Air Force planes dropped their piiek^c-s on the French invasion coast -package* VOLUME XXXVII—NO. 230. ITHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OP NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI '•»-« » » *—' of death and destruction. An American child in a downtown store capsized a ship i n a toy ocean '-Berlin' report that her torpedo boats had sunk two British'ships'in the » channe : GUI stores in the United States prepared for- a last minute rush by ChHstma, n. Italy's A.banian forces-prepared for a big push by the Greek army e bnm's contribution went to the country to -see the home folks Berlin's C0 "" try t0fl ' Loo ~ l ° «et'away from British bombers!' Blytheville Daily News Blytheville Courier Blytheville Herald Mississippi Valley Leader , ARKANSAS, TUESDAY, DECEMBER 24, SINGLE COPIES FIVE CENTS CHRISTMAS INVASION BLOW * . ' ^^^^^« ^m^F ^B •• • Greeks Prepare To Push Harder; JapsfTalk Loudly Christmas Story Mao Follows Wise Men's Trail ATHENS, Greece, Dec. 24. (UP)—Military sources indicated today that Greece was about to intensify its whole Albanian campaign. Premier Gen. John Metaxas. reporting to the cabinet on the capture of Chimara,' on the south Albanian coast, said: "The next few days will reveal the importance of the fall of Chimara. .... Operations on all our war theaters are developing most favorably. . New and decisive results may be expected soon." A dispatch of Henry T. Gorrell,' United Press staff correspondent who reached Salonika yesterday after a visit at Greek headquarters in the Premeti sector of the'central front, said Greek officers reported that their forces which had been held in check northeast of Klisura for several days had started to advance again and that there were indications of weakening Iialian resistance. Gorrell said Italians still were .withdrawing from the Klisura and Tepelini areas toward Berat, 30 miles'north. He-quoted Greek offl- 'cers ..that Italians were, leaving mountain gun detachments Tn •-die- heights north of Tepelini and Kleisura to cover their retreat, and that as soon as.these positions were taken, the way would be opened for Greek attacks on both Vaiona and Berat from two sides. Prom Tepelini, Gorrell said, the Greeks planned to storm down the VJosa River valley to approach Vaiona from the east while the Greek coastal force, pushing up from Chimara, attacked it from the south. Another Greek force, he said, would move north from Klisura to attack Berat from the south, aided by the Greeks now partly snowbound in the mountains east of Berat. The increased activity extended ro the north front. Nicholas Yoker. United Press staff correspondent with the Gheek army in the Koritza sector, said advances were being made every day, despite the heaviest snowfall there in 11 years. He said the Greeks were having to storm one fortified peak after another and transport most of their ammunition and provisions by foot, but that their progress was general. Gorrell. who stopped at Greek headquarters in the Pogradec sector of the north front en route to Salonika, said officers had told him that they had just captured one of the last Italian mountain fortifications north of Pogradec. He quoted the Greeks that their horses had charged through three feet of snow to reach the summit and that they found three permanent machine gun nests there, with two dead Italians locked in each. The Greeks said the Italians haci frozen to death behind wooden doors that were locked from the outside. TOKYO, Dec. 24. (UP) — American assistance to Great Britain has taxed German oatience to tire utmost and continuance of this aid means langer of war between the 'Jnited States and Germany, Koh.. Ishii, official spokesman for he foreign office, said today. Implying by indirection that con' inued American aid to Britain night cause consultation by Ja:an. Germany and Italy tinder heir military alliance, Ishii said hat he did not believe the stage lad yet been reached where indention of the alliance pact was nvolved. Ishii's statement, on the taxing 5f German patience and the danger of war- was: ^"We can fully understand the German attitude regarding Amer- can assistance to Great Britain. We know that Germany's patience has been taxed to the utmost. If such American acts are persist- mtly pursued there is danger they will lead to actual war between Germany and the United States." r " Tl Vt mn session of parliament was ^opened;•- today amidst . considerable popular misgivings over the obliteration of political parties and fears that freedom of speech might oe curtailed under the "new na- :icnal structure" of Prince Fumi- maro Konoye. premier. Today's session was largely organizational and the diet wifi lid- iourn Friday until Jan. 29. when the business session starts. Japan's diplomatic course was set definitely by the government's conclusion 'of an alliance with Germany and Italy. For tliat reason it was forecast that any fireworks in parliament would develop chiefly over domestic issues such as the government's plan to tighten economic control. Industrialists have bitterly opposed this control as socialistic. That was the main reason why Prince Kcnoye strengthened the cabinet by making Baron Kiichiro Kiranuma. "Japan's No. 1 Fascist." homo secretary and Lt. Gen. Heisuke Yangawa. an ex- tieme nationalist, as minister ot justice. They are considered right wing leaders. NO there were in t.. \J\ some country shepherds . .. keeping watch over their flock by night: And, 1o; the angel ofjhe Lord fame upon them... . And the angel said .. . unto you is born ... o Saviour, which is Christ the .Lord. Luke 2:8,9,11. CjJntKf came ^lse,.men, from tho BLS fast to^tcrutalem.. . and, h f the star, which they saw in the cast, Wfent More them, till it cb/no and'stood over whore the yqwig child was and (they) fell down, and worshiped Him . . . they presented unto Him 9'ftS' Matthew 2;J,9, M. <$px -n J ?' L) SGA** , : S. GAXlb&G -.. «? &/.d- #i fc^ SeA '•"^ .. '•• -:-^->* : -'- : .': *•$*. . V->-: .: \.; r>.V.vJ\ : . <* •v, .».. .^.;.;.•.•. .^xrO" ^* •'.: '. M- ••*%••»• •s-:^"^^^:\- XfrV^&ai -:v ; y.-?\i^ •:^ M%; X » ^^^ -^5 > 7xO r /- / ^' "•' ^'"/ifi-^ i^g^M B|NO s/»e brought forth I/J fcer firstborn son... and hid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. Luke 2:7, sffi ^A/ & fpALESTLNEl^ ^znT^ 1 EGYPT RJCA AF Geography played a part in the Christmas story, iQr the trail taken by the Three Wise Men to th- scene of the Nativity at Bethlehem was across the desert and oil lands of our modern Near East. Picture map shows the route of their journey from the land of Media, now Persia. Better Swap Hour Sleigh For A Plane Livestock EAST ST. LOUIS, 111., Dec. 24. Hogs: 11,500—10,000 salable. Top, 7.00, highest since Sept. 9. 170-230 lbs. t 6.85-7.00 140-160 Ibs.. 6.10-6.65 Bulk sows. 5.15-6.15 Cattle: 2,000—all salable. Steers. 9.50-11.75 Slaughter steers, 6.75-14.00 Butcher yearlings. 7.50-9.50 Slaughter heifers. 6.00-12.25 Beef cows. 5.25-6.25 Cutters and low cutters. 4.00-5.00 Stale Opens Forest Hunts MONTGOMERY, Ala. (UP) — The Alabama state conservation department is holding its first public hunt in the new 38,000-acre Pea River State Forest, Quail, squirrels, rabbits may be hunted. BEST WISHES FOR. UNITED STATES OF AMERICA CHRISTMAS EVE Dear Santa. After looking- over the situation down this way, I thought I'd better 'let you know what kind of weather, to expect when you come down from the North Pole tonight. Your first stop will be at Penasse, Minn., of course, and away up there north of the regular border everything is fine. There's .snow on the ground, lots of it they tell me, and the going- should be good for your sleigh, but from there on the going will be difficult. They've had the most unusual weather down here this year. It's been warm as spring in most sections of the country and my friend the weather man says it will stay that way until after your annual visit. There's hardly any snow anywhere except in the north woods of Minnesota and Wisconsin and in New England and the Rocky Mountains, Cut on the Pacific Coast it has been raining cats and dogs for several days. They had 2.05 inches of rain at San Diego, Calif., alone yesterday and the weather man says things don't look much better today.-He says the pressure has hit an all-time low oiit there and that at Tatloosh Island. Wash., the barometers showed 28.07 inches: Things aren't much better down south. Of course, they never do expect much snow down- there even when you get around, but this year it looks pretty gloomy because they've had rain all over the eastern part of the Gulf of Mexico and Florida. My man Frostbite." at Ocalu. Fla., tells me it ruined'.3:51 inches there. All through the middle west they expect to have cloudy but warmer weather and you can guess what that means whetri tell you that it was 37 degrees at Chicago last night; They did have some snow around those parts last week, but shucks that's all melted away now. Maybe you can find some consolation in knowing that it will be a little colder today out in the North Atlantic States. That's because there is a high pressure area over Vermont. Yes, sir, Santa, looks like we're going to have .snow in mighty few places beyond the mountain tops and there aren't many chimneys on the mountains. Better leave your sleigh up at the North Pole this year and come down by airplane. The weather man says flying conditions will be pretty good. Merry Christmas. (Signed) Jack Frost United Pi-ess Staff Correspondent. Lad} Elizabeth Decies, the former Elizabeth Drexel of Philadelphia, pictured arriving in New York after 15 years in Paris. She said Reich Marshal Herman Goering entered the Paquin salon in Paris as she was about to buy a coat He liked it and .took it, for Frau Goering. Lady Decies didn't argue. Divorce Action Dropped As Husband Tends Baby PHILADELPHIA (UP) — When Peter Vellucci's divorce action was called before Judge Harry S. Me- Devltt, Mrs. Vellucci answered 'but the plaintiff was absent. ••Where's your husband?" asked the court. "He's out in the car. minding the baby." Mrs. Vellucci replied. After consultation with the court, Vellucci, satisfied with domesticity, withdrew his action. Gesture Dislocates Shoulder DENVER (UP)-John C. Sabourin wasn't even scratched when his car locked bumpers with another machine but in the argument which followed, he waved his arm .so violently to empasize a point, he dislocated his left shoulder. Punkies, a species of small fly, are known to science by the name of culicoider sanguisugus coq. Indians of Maine call them "no- see-ums." CHRISTMAS AMD A HAPPY NEW VEAR Wide Area Jarred Again By 'Quake By United Press The earth's skin .stretched and trembled over a wide area of northeastern United States and southeastern Canada today for the second time since Friday. From Montreal .south to' New York City and west to Pennsylvania houses and business buildings shook but no damage other than broken dishes and dislodged pictures was reported. Father Joseph J, Lynch, seismologist of Fordham University in New York, felt the quake in his office and rushed down to his laboratory in the building's basement to find a record of what he said was "a repetition of Friday's stir-1 face unsettlement." I Goodfellows, Kiwan i a n s, Students, Scouts 'Say It' With Food, Toys "Christmas food for all and toys for the children" was the theme of the Blytheville Goodfellows Club this year and this slogan was successfully carried out today when 400 families received substantial baskets as Christmas gifts and toys for the younger members. With the $650 cash supplied by the Community Chest Fund of 1940. individual Goodfellows gifts of S2G.75, donations of merchandise and n large amount of toys, the Goodfellows Club was able to well portray the role of Santa Glaus. One of the outstanding phases of the Goodfellows Club work this year was supplied by the Kiwanls Club which sponsored collection, renovation and distribution of hundreds of toys to under privileged children of the city. This club had the toys collected by Boy Scouts and other students, reconditioned by .students of the city high school and distributed them to parents who called at the City Hall today. ' Every kind of toy Imaginable were included in the gifts which range from five cent articles to those which cost several dollars each. All were attractive in appearance and in good "working" condition. Into each basket, distributed at the American Legion Hut this morning by the Gcodfcllows chairman, H. H. Brooks, and his corps of assistants, went raisins, oranges, apples, bananas, candies, two cans of tomatoes, tea, .flour, meal, sugar, salt meat, beans, spaghetti and other staple groceries. These baskets were given to holders of cards, distributed by the committee of the Goodfellows Club after each case was investigated. Each parent having children was- also given a card entitling them to gifts but toys were also being distributed to under privileged children whose parents were able to provide food but few, if any toys on Christmas morn. Gifts of clothing were also being distributed by the Goodfellows Club to individual cases. In addition to the gifts of S5.75 announced recently, gifts of $10, $5 and SI were received this week by donors who did not wish their names made public. Postal Receipts Show Marked Rise; Many Have Been Early Shoppers Christmas of 1940 will be celebrated in Blytheville und vicinity on the morrow us the climax to a successful year/In addition to happiness in that the Yuletide may be observed here as each/ person's heart dictates. That this section has much for which to be thankful Ls shown in te excellent condition of business. It is believed that total receipts of all local firms' will exceed those of prosperous 1029 and tho business of the Blytheville postofflco, which is regarded as a barometer, is tho best in the history of the postoffice, employees say. • 'We have never seen anything like it," the "'long-time employees agree in discussing the Christmas rush at the postoffice. Both Incoming and out-going mail is the heaviest of all time and the total receipts for December arc expected to show an even larger Increase than other good records made by the local postpH'ico. in the past.Uyo years. / ':.;' The November bus'tuoss of the postoffice showed an 18 per,, cent increase over that of last Novemoer and was the largest increase of nny pos toll ice in tac state. Tne Blythevilie postoffice b the only one in Arkansas to show a substantial increase each quarter for the past two years, a statistical report has revealed. AHiiuuy'n long-tune .merchants may not exceed the amount of business as In 1929, because there tire more firms to share in distribution of business, business leaders ^^M;e tmit itui IULIU is sure to be me largest. In history. Shopping although it started In Blyiuuvjnu tJus yetir earlier than usual for the Christmas Season, was heavy even today with many stores reporting 1 "out" tor many items. included in the heaviest buying were "luxury" giiis and sunstunnal toys for children witn oicycies ana tucycics as "ocst sellers." Within trie past year there have been several lactors to make this increased business possioie. Tnc oeuer price of cotton, which is expected to Offset tne slight decrease in tne total crop tms year; more employees at tne Hice-titix lactory wnicn places a payroll of approximately $L4,OUO into circulation' every montn; estaolisnment of numerous "head" oirtces here for business firms and government, projects which provide substantial payrolls; the diversified farming program wmch has piaced casn ti. nanas of farmers of this section tne year-round; the Federal Housing Administration building program in Blythcvillc which has been the nucleus of a steadily increasing bunding program;, the V/PA program wnich provides payrolls filtering through Blytheville channels, and the Rural Electric Administration program wnich is also placing more money in circulation constantly. Nazi Army Chief Predicts Invasion "When Suits Us" Courier News Will Not Publish Edition Tomorrow No edition of the Courier News will be published on Wednesday, Dec. 25, when employes and members of the staff will enjoy the Christmas holiday as is their annual custom. LONDON, Dec. 24. (UP) —Apparent; German preparations for a Christmas invasion of Great Britain sent Royal Air Force formations across the .English channel during-the night to blast targets all along the invasion coast, it was disclosed today. - While German planes were cross- Ing the English coast during the night, Britons along the channel shore thrilled to the drone of what seemed an even greater force of British bombing planes, racing across the channel. They saw the orange colored flares dropping through a mist to light targets on the French const for bomb sighters, and heard the continuous roar of German anti-aircraft guns for many miles .along the coast line. It WHS learned today that the raids : wcro made because of reports of ,/British reconnaissance planes that-the Germans were making preparations for an attempt at an invasion. There Would have been ever'bigger, raids, an.authori- tative informant sa"(fl, if the \wcath- er .had been better.v / - ''., , Morning- newspapers, "incidentally*, reported that Adolf Hitler", Held Marshal Hermann Goering, Nazi No. 2, and Field Marshal Walthcv. von Brauchltsch, German army commander In chief, were all .somewhere in. France. A United Press Dublin dispatch disclosed that for the first time Ireland had put <up - road barricades of the sort long ago erected In Britain to stop parachutists and others of an Invasion force. The Irish defense department announced that soldiers had erected semi-permanent barricades o n many roads, and Christ inns motorists were.warned to be careful because many were concealed at the far ends of bends and curves in roads, so as to be Invisible at a distance. It was understood^ the- United Press dispatch said, that some barricades had b'cen placed on trunk roads nncl others in key areas on the south and southeast coasts. It is from these coasts that any German" attempt to invade Britain via Ireland or via Britain would be made. Armed soldiers, it was disclosed, are guarding all barriers with orders to fire at anyone who Ignores an order to halt. A United Press dispatch from Belfast, capital of northern Ireland, .said that the ministry of public security had announced that on several occasions in the past days German raiding; planes had dropped bombs in open country without causing damage or casualties. Pcrpoiscs Crown Property If caught in British waters by a British ship, porpoises become the property of the crown, because they are considered royal fish. 2 Minnie Behrns Meet, Both Teach Mathematics FORT WORTH, Tex. (UP) — "Miss Minnie Behrns meet Miss Minnie Behrns!" That's exactly what happened at the Texas State Teachers Association annual convention here. They never had met before. One Miss Behrns teaches mathematics and science: at the Sam Houston State Teachers' College at Huntsville, Tex. The other Miss Behrns also teaches mathematics and science. She calls roll at Arlington Heights High School here. BERLIN, Dec. 24. (UP)—. Genera] Field Marshal Walter von Brauchitsch, commander in chief of the German army, told the .people of Germany by radio today that the English channel will protect England "only so long as it suits us." He spoke from a French school room, not far from the channel, which serves as an.auditorium for the crew of a battery of long range German guns which fire across the channel. "A great, proud year is now behind us," Brauchitsch said. "Again I speak to you trom under the Christmas Tree. Last year it was before the Maginot Line, which was supposed to defend France, but which cannot do so today. Today 'it "Is before the wall of water which will likewise protect England only so long as it suits us. "The question before our people now is* shall we live or die? Shall we fight or -shun the fight?" , Brauchitsch said that "I know that you arc .buxning,, finally^to cross tho Englishmen's t path and how you are awaiting the .fuehrer's order to do so, 1 ' 1 ' '' ~ .w ; Itfany Children Evacuated BERLIN, Dec. 24. (UP)—Propaganda Minister Dr,' Paul GoebDels admitted today that "an immense aumber" of German children have oeen evacuated from western Germany, Hamburg and Berlin to es- jjxpe the danger of British atr raids. ' Goebbels spoke over the radio to the children. Cannon Makers Get Britain's Pie Dish LONDON (UP)— When the year's sacrifices by Britishers are re-' counted-this one should not be forgotten: Polk of Denby Dale, Yorkshire, as their contribution to the Na- ' tional Scrap Campaign, yielded their world famous monster pie'- dlsh. a feature of Queen Vivtoria's Jubilee in 1387. Made ;of riveted steel plates, with a capacity of 22- cubic feet and weighing 35 hun-^ dredweight, the .dish was mounted on wheels and was run into a huge • oven on steel rails/ New Hampshire to List :; ,900 Defense Products NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UP)—Residents of Nashville sniffed their morning papers, for The Tennes- seean had used perfume in a full- page advertisement. Approximately 15 pounds of old rose perfume was mixed with regulation newspaper ink in printing the ad. CONCORD, N. H. (UP)—Purchasing agents for the national defense program will soon be aided by "-a directory listing : 9QO products manufactured in New Hampshire. , Laurence M. Meyer,. industrial agent of the New Hampshire State Planning and Developing Commission, says the directory, is being compiled and prepared for printing. \ Harvard Gets Page's Letters CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (UP) — The letters and notes of Walter Hines Page. United States ambassador to Great Britain during the World War, have been presented to Harvard University library by his son, Arthur w. Page of New York City. WEATHER Arkansas—Partly cloudy to cloudy, light rains in extreme east^ portion tonight, Wednesday partly cloudy, not much change in temperature. Memphis and vicinity — Cloudy, rising temperature today, rain late this afternoon and tonight, Wednesday occasional rain. .« CAPTAIN EASY MAJOR HOOPUe FROM ALL OF US CM THE COMIC PAGE TO ALL OF YOU//

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