The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on December 26, 1940 · Page 1
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE TVYVrTWANT WTMMCn AT3t?r» /-XTT. MSinn'vu ci * „,,, »,,.... .«,,^ .„ *^fc*^B W » ^^*T VOLUME XXXVII—NO. 240. THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OP NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI Blytheville Daily News Blytheville Courier BIythevIlle Herald Mississippi Valley Leader BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 26, 1940 NAZI TROOP MOVEMENTS PERPLEX EUROPE Athens Report Gains; Rome In Contraay Claims ATHENS, Greece, Dec. 26. (UP)— Greek troops won smashing n e w victories i n the Tepelini-Klisura sector o<; southeastern Albania, Christmas day, an official spokesman said today. He said several more villages were taken in that area and that the general advance still was underway, although Italian black shirts and Alpini units were being throkn into the battle as re-en- forcements "with surprising indifference to the sacrifice of human life." The Italians suffered "disastrous setbacks" in their counter attacks .before resuming their retreat northward, the Greek spokesman .said. He said that at one point the Italians re-enforced a section of their line heavily with the most experienced troops but had been, thrown back after a three hour fight. The fighting moved north of Tepelini and Klisura. main Italian bases in the area, but the ROME, Dec. 26. (UP)—An Italian submarine sank a British light cruiser in the central Mediterranean last Friday night during an attack on a naval formation, the high command communi- que said today. The sinking was confirmed by air reconnaissance, it was said. An Italian submarine sank two big ships with gun fire in the Atlantic, it was asserted, and hit a third with a torpedo. Italian planes intensely bombed a British advance base in Libya Christmas morning and scored a hit on a British warship off the coast, it was said. Italian planes also bombed British mechanized groups in Southern Libya, the com- In the Bardia zone, according to the communique, there was lively artillery activity and Italian troops repulsed an attack on a desert outpost. On the Greek front, it was said, Woman Is Burned In House Fire Mrs. Myrtle Mae McCamion, 20, wife of John ivicCnnnon, was severely burned today noon when fire destroyed their 1'ann home; at New Liberty. Removed to Walls Hospital, she was resting fair this afternoon although the examination had not been completed. The fire, which started in the second story, spread so rapidly that Mrs. McCannon was burned before she could escape from the house. A leg and arm were more seriously burned than other parts of her boclv. .«... ^rtx^^j in Lllc dlCtt. UUL LUt: i, Tt- 1- i , ,i , Greeks still had not announced the Ule . Italiails repulsed attacks in occupation of either town. Both I vanous sectors, inflicting consider- were reported still within range "of Italian artillery. The government spokesman did not specify any positions taken by the Greeks except to say they had won some strongly fortified mountain emplacements west of the Drinos river, where they routed Italian ! able losses on the Greeks and taring prisoners. The communique said in full: "In the frontier zone of Cyrenaica (Libya) around Bardia lively action troops at bayonet point and can- Member Of Well Known Osceola Family Succumbs After Brief Illness Holiday Toll Heavy; 405 Persons Die By United Press Violent dentil echoed n sober overture to the nation's Chnsimns joy as at least 405 persons died in traffic accidents, lires. .suicides and .slayings over the holiday. The loll or nt least 272 traffic fatalities since Christmas Eve was viewed gravely by the National Safety Council, which renewed n warning against "drinking nnd driving" during the Christmas 10 New Year's week. Airplane crashes, train-auto collisions nnd suicide were other principal agencies of death, killing at least 100 persons. California's toll was greatest of the states with 39 dcnd. 33 ol them on the ronci.s. New York counted 29 dead, Pennsylvania ''8 Texts 28, Illinois 26 and Ohio 25. . OSCEOLA, Ark'., Dec. 26.—Cooper Driver, member of a pioneer family of Mississippi County and son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Abner Driver, died Wednesday afternoon, 4:30 o'clock, at his home. He was 49. Stricken only 24 hours before, he was clown town Christmas Eve ' —••*• -"*• " f i-«. A. *J it i * i_4 Jv'U.l. LI 1LI Jtl V WlV <iV/LL\J 111 -.-—..•- -w •> t * ••»>••* **.f t, * A too l-»» \of enemy artillery was counteract- I but asthma nnd a weak heart had ed by ours. An attack against our i caused him to be in ill health for outpost in the desert was repulsed.! a number of years. During the night of Dec. 24-25 and - AK , ft ° Dec " 25 an enemy ad ~ tured eight cannon and 10 heavy ay ° Uec " 25 an enemy machine guns. vanced base was subjected to . In the south coastal sector, the Greeks were reported forging ahead from .Chimara toward Valona, 30 miles north. Mary Merlin,, United Press, correspondent with the .Greek troops at' Chimara, reported that m- tense air bombing. One warship was hit. Groups of mechanized forces in Southern Cyrenaica were also effectively bombed. -"On ! the Greek front we repulsed attacks aT'various points^ inflicting* tivv/jjo ai, v^uuiliHU, ICjJUIvcU bllUb ^ -«««-vj. »-»*i>uvt*i^ the rumble' of heavy artillery. considerable _ losses on the enemy rt/»r-^>ct- fv.,-» i-,:n~ ;„ ii,.. j; i- Qlld Cfinhtirino 4 . nricrtMPro Cnmo across the hills in the direction of Valona could be heard above the chant of the choir at Christmas Eve church services. A public security ministry com- munique said that Italian air raiders killed 15 and wounded more than,30 Opersons at Corfu, Ionian island capital, Christmas day. All victims were non-combatants and most were women or children, the communique said. "This was the 23rd raid on Corfu since the war began," it said. "According to international law Corfu is unfortified and has no military objectives whatsoever. The Italian raids were directed against noncombatants with no danger to the Italian fliers. Levkas also was bombed without victims or dam- A war ministry communique said: "Successful local fighting continued today" (Christmas). ' Jewell Wise's Father Succumbs At Memphis capturing; .- prisoners. Some bomber formations hit naval bases _and enemy port facilities of great j importance for development of 'enemy operations. During an enemy raid on Valona mentioned in com- munique No. 201 (yesterday) naval anti-aircraft defense shot down an enemy plane. "In East Africa on the Sudanese front patrols and aviation were active. Enemy trops, encampments and marching columns were Funeral rites will be held Friday afternoon, 2:30 o'clock, at the residence, by the Rev. H. B. Tillman, pastor Baptist. Church, with burial at Violet Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be: James Driver, C. B. Driver, Wade Quinn, W. E... Johnson, Milton Pope and 'Ely'Driverr - v •'••-.="-. -.-,.••.. •,.. .- ^ .; , ,. Honorary "pallbearers will be: Godfrey White, C. C. Bowen, Thomas P. Florida, Home Quinn, Ed Quinn, J. W. Whitworth, Clay Ayres, J. A. Pigg, O. W. Knight, E. P. Bradley, Leon Ross, Ben Butler, Vance Cartwright, Guy ; Bryant, Herbert Bryant, Fred Davis, J. L. Gough, Justus Edringtoh, C. Cl. Danehower, GiJbq'rt Mfestm. Austin Wiseman, Dr. L. D. Massey, A. E> Thome, Dean Hatcher and W. E. Newman of Lambert, Miss. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. bombed and machine gunned. One ^-T^xisley Newman Driver; threij of our planes did not return. 'The submarine Serpente, commanded by Lieut. Antonio Dotta, during the night of Dec. 20-21 attacked an enemy naval formation in the central Mediterranean, launching two torpedoes against a light cruiser and sinking it, as was confirmed by air reconnais-, sance. The submarine Gocenigo.j commanded by Lieut.-Comdr. Al-j berto Agostini, sank with gun fire j : in the Atlantic ocean two big ships sons. Edward, Robert Clay and J. T. Driver; two brothers, Walter and Abner Driver, and three sisters, Mrs. Ed Quinn, Mrs. Thomas P. Florida and Mrs. Frank Potter, the latter of Paragould. Cars Collide On Highway 61 Near Gricler Park Last Night Christine Pierson, 32-year-old negro woman living at 133 Railroad street, was instantly killed and her husband, Major Pierson, and four other negroes were seriously injured in a Highway 61 accident early today at Grider Park near Osceola. Major has a broken leg; Leona Lane has a fractured leg in two places; Ruthie Mae Pierson, also of Blytheville, has an injury to her neck and is badly bruised, and Charles Malone and James Robertson, both of Wilson, also have serious injuries. The accident occurred at 1:30 o'clock as the Blytheville negroes were returning home from Pine Bluff .where they had spent Christmas with relatives. . ;-^ Officers sa'id the cars' collided head-on but the investigation had not been completed at noon. T. C. Thornton Struck By 'Hit-Run""' Auto, Is Critically 111 j Thomas C. Thornton, Steele, Mo., j school athletic coach and well I known in Blytheville. was seriously I injured by a hit and run driver in a Highway ei accident Train Engineer p i rdin engineer I ens j mas Eve at the Crescenfc Night club Ol Airplane Crash curve in Missouri, six miles north r of Blytheville. ALTOONA, Pa., Dec. 26 (UP)—, ., . and hit a third one with a tor- ! A Pennsylvania /railroad engineer " insisted that he had seen a tan cabin plane crash into the side of P ed0 -" Wise, died Monday afternon at the United States Veterans Hospital in Memphis following a brief illness. He was 67. l Narrow| y Injury From Firecracker °VT ^W. MgiMr of the Christmas was ruined for Carl' *-,-j. —— ^ -• "-lo vi- i v^*-**. *»*ti*it*kj n c-o * milCvl 1UI \^i*l 1 The remains were taken to Hope, j Davis, eight years old son of Mr. Ark., where funeral rites were to _ and Mrs. Carl Davis Sr.. who nar- j Gotham Limited, said he sighted be held today. Born in Dixon. Ky.. he moved to Hope when young and had lived there most of his life, having been connected with Missouri Pacific Railroad until his retiremnet 10 years ago. He had made his home here with his son for the past five years. He is also survived by two other sons: Ray Wise of Hollywood, Calif., and Leonard Wise of Los Angeles; one daughter. Mrs. J. B. Beck worth Jr.. of Glade water. Texas and four brothers. George, John. Egbert and Alonzo. all of Hope. Mr. and Mrs. Jewell Wise and Mr. and Mrs. Beckworth. accompanied the remains to Hope from Memphis. Mrs. Lee Freeman and Mrs. Bertha Jarrett were in Memphis Tuesday' to be with members of the Wise family. the plane as hjs train approached an abandoned "station east of Seward. The train's fireman. Harry j • -- —- >rtiiVJ. JLIII, IKCK1IO 111CUKHI. CTttlLV rowly escaped the loss of his right Bower, also said he saw the plane eye when-the eye was burned by t crash *> — ~- « w «%..iv wn.^i iu; U ujj- a firecracker explosion .Tuesday i Churchey's report touched off a' parently occurre d a few minutes niffllt. , j> ,-,_•,- ... _ hffnrp ho riic?pn/-T t-u^ „_„„„ His leg was so severely injured when he was struck by the hit and run driver that his condition has become critical, it was reported this afternoon at Jonesboro, where he was removed to St. Bernard hospital Wednesday afternoon. It is said that gangrene had developed in the leg, borken in three places and the muscles of which were badly torn. The accident occurred when Mr. Thornton was preparing to investigate an accident which had night. The burn penetrated the outer search for the ship which first reports said was a transport plane. , _- . — f-" >••-> •—.-•-•. "»«»j «* biaiiauvii* ynuic. layei of film which protects the However commercial airlines of- eyebail but unless complications J ncials said none of their planes "~ - " v ** «» a «uu wmi, w«: aevelop it is believed there will, we re missing. Army authorities driver a PP ar ently became confused be no permanent impairment of j likewise claimed they had no re-1 at te P ar *ed car and a car over- before he passed the scene. He was walking from his car when another machine approached from the north, it is said that the vision of the eye. ports of a missing military ship. •^j- - , fcJw* w -U»A i_fc ift«Mj«j***g -AAIilllptlL V OA*M'* He was given a tetanus shot I There was possibility that the plane id treated at Dr. Webb's Mini,. • might nave been a private craft Three Service Clubs He is now suffering from an attack of influenza. His condition today is slightly improved. He is at his home. 1062 Hearn street. New York Cotton Prev. Open High Low Close Close Mar. . 1014 1018 1015 1018 1013 1009 1012 1009 1010 1007 « p« ° f March 1 Is Set For "Representative' Exams CARUTHERSVILLE. Mo. .Dec. 26.—Harold S. Jones, county superintendent of schools, announced Wednesday the annual examination for representative from this county to the fourth annual State Student Assembly to be held in the House of Representatives at Jefferson City, March 29, would be held, at his office in this city 'on Saturday. March 1st. The student representatives this year will consider bills on "Education for Physical Fitness, Health and Recreation" May July Oct. Dec. Jan. 988 991 988 992 982. 936 939 936 938 9301 937 S39 937 939 933 ; 1000 1007 1000 1007 998' Livestock EAST ST. LOUIS. 111., Dec. 26. —(UP)—Hogs: 9,000—8,500 salable. Top. 7.00 170-230 tbs., 6,85-7.00 140-160 Ibs., 6.25-6.75 Bulk sows, 5.50-6.15 Cattle: receipts 2700—all salable. Steers, 9.00-10.50 Slaughter steers, 7.00-1100 Butcher yearlings, 8.00-10.25 Slaughter heifers, 6.00-12.50 Beef cows, 5.50-6.50 turned in a ditch and applied his brakes, causing the machine to skid from one side of the highway to the other to strike Mr. Thornton. ' The driver slowed up and then pulled the car to the center of the j highway and drove on. according to Mrs. Thornton and a woman companion, who witnessed the accident. They said the car bore a Shelby County, Tenn., license and was believed to have been a new maroon colored-Chevrolet. Removed to Walls Hospital, he .„„ . . . _ n i'was given first aid treatment before approximately _ 70 being taken to Jonesboro> his for . three local civic lner home, Wednesday afternoon. ! guest, of Crawfo^SoblT"^. ""!" "P™ M ^ 1 m m mu.-nr-tmvn viSL I-- !S1 overturned automobile, the details the First Christian church, addressed a joint meeting of the Roiary, Lions and Kiwanis clubs at the Hotel Noble af noon today. Mr. Patterson's,talk was in the form of a special Christmas message titled Believe." There were I out-of-town present. visitors were also Fioh Frohman Dies of which were not reported to officers. Mr. and Mrs. Thornton and • their companion were enroute to [ Bono, Ark., to spend Christmas Today At Ate Of 89 |With relatives wnen the accident occurred. NEW YORK, Dec. 2 6. (UP)- tUTATurD Shortly before last midnight 89- WtAlHtK year-old Daniel Fioh Frohman Arkansas—Cloudy and colder, stirred in his bed at Leroy sani-.rain In east tonight, Friday partly tarium here and muttered "the j cloudy and colder. Peniiscot Boy Loses Arm In Holiday Accident Playing with a Christmas gun cost Freddie Lee Gordon, 14, nu nrm today. The youth and his brother were examining a gun they had received for n Christmas gift when it fired. The accidental shot virtually amputated the left nrm and the amputation was completed at Walls hospital shortly before noon. His condition wns fair this afternoon. The accident occurred at the Gordon home on the Prank Cunningham farm near Cnruthersville. Lone Fire Alarm Is Sounded On Christmas The only fire alarm in the city over the Yuletide holiday wns Christmas morning when n car became ignited at 17th and Railroad street. Damage wns slight. Fined $500 On Liquor Law Charge OSCKOLA, Ark,, Dec. UQ.—Robert, Lee Moreltuul. negro truck driver, was fined $500 in Mngistmtfi Richard Thomas' court this morning on a charge of bringing unstamped liquor Into the .sUHu without a permit, A truck driven bv Morclnnu nnd cnrrying 250 cases of liquor, with an estimated value or $5000, had been, scl/ed by officers on Highway 61. The whiskey wns .said to have been landed at Cairo, 111., nnd reportedly wns enroutn lo Columbus, Miss. The truck, was releuscd after the negro's nnc wns pnkl, reportedly by a Columbus resident to whom the liquor hnd been consigned. (Mississippi Is a 'dry' state.) Under Arkansas law there Is no provision for seizing; whiskey under circumstances such as attended the case, it was said. Officers making the arrest were Webb Oreer. Herman Splcer und Garland Trammel!, deputies of Sheriff Hale Jackson. Sues For $50,000 As Result Of Burns JONESBQRO, Ark., Dec. 20.— Suit for $50,000 has been filed in federal district court here by P. M, Nodgrnss, operator oC a Joiner gasoline station, against the Gulf Refining Company. W. C. McCreary and P. A. Graham. NTodgrass charges that burns received when a spark from an allegedly defective- switch ignited pnsoline overflowing from a service station pump was caused by negligence of the defendants. Zal B. Harrison of BIythevIlle, Wlls Davis of Memphis and. James C. Hale of Marion ave counsel for Nod grass. Says CityV Dominant Trade Position Shown In Report BY J. MELL BROOKS Secretary, Blytheville Chamber of Commerce The Retail Trade Census for 1939, released for publication today, by the U. S. Department of Commerce Bureau of The Census, offers some interesting 1 figures and studies showing the trend of retail business in Arkansas during the past ten year period. reports afford the citizen an op- oortunity to weigh their communities ngainst others in the stnt^ and giia^e their progress by that of others. From the standpoint of Blytheville, the report is most Intcrest- ine because it reveals Blytheville still maintains its position as the lending business community In Arkansas (with a population of more Mian 10.000 people) and to improve that position very materially. Figures -sometime mnke dry reading, but these will appeal to Blythc-I ville people, we believe: There are nine cities in Arkansas in the 10,000 and over population clnss. During the period 1929-1939 only TWO of those cities registered a gain in retail business—these being North Little Rock and Blytheville—and the other seven registered trade losses ranging from four to thirly one per cent, with the loss for the state as a whole registering 27 per cent. Blytheville gained during-that period to the extent of G per cent. For the period 1935-1939. the increase for the state was 25 per cent, with Blythevillc leading the way with an increase of 59 per cent in volume, as compared with increases for the other eight cities over 10.000 ranging from 22 to 42 per cent. These comparisons stand out more glaringly when broken down to a per capita basis for 1939 and compared to a per capita trade as shown by the 1935 reports. Taking the cities in their rank in per capita trade, Blytheville leads all others with a figure of $712 as compared to the next high of $594. The following table shows Blytheville was the ninth city in size, ranked ninth in total sales and second in per capita sales at the last report. Today. Blytheville is the ninth in size, ranks seventh in totnl sales and first 'In per capita sales by a wide margin. Another interesting feature of the report is that the number of stores in Blytheville increased on about the same proportion as did the number in the other cities in our class, nlthough the 'nclnnl Increase in people living in Blytheville proner was less than in any of the other cities. This comparison would scpm to indicate that: the nverage Blytheville store profited from nn increase In business in excess of that in other communities in this group. In 1935 there were 573 persons rmployed in Blytheville .stores as compared to 73G in the last report Employee payroll wns $413,000 in 1935 ns compared to $500,000 in 1939. Various reasons are advanced as to why the per capita retail trade in Blytheville increased at the rate of $270 during this last period. There arc several factors which nre thought to be responsible for the jncrease, among which are extension of trade territory, increase in local payrolls, increase in production of cotton, soybeans, alfalfa, corn and other farm crops of which there is a salable surplus. Whatever the reasons for the remarkable record revealed for Blv- thevilie in these reports, they definitely establish the fact that Blytheville Is one of the nation's best small communities from the standpoint of retail trade. Comparing the, Blytheville trade reports with those from other communities and counties in Arkansas, it is found that of all the seventy five counties in the state there are only eight of which do as much retail business in the entire county as is done in the City of Blytheville alone. Wholesale trade reports are not yet available for publication but it is safe to predict that these reports will be in line with those of 1935 which placed Blytheville ahead of all Arkansas communities fin the 10.000 population class) in wholesale trade. Reasons Could Be Many; Urge Tell All' Talk WASHINGTON, Dec, 20. (UP)—More than 150 prominent Americans today jointly telegraphed their '''complete approval" of President Roosevelt's plan to lend or lease armaments to Great Britain. They also nskcd Mr. Roosevelt to inform the nation "clearly and boldly of the possibilities of English failure and of the consequences to VLS t\nd our children's children should Britain fall." The telegram wns signed by religious, business, professional and labor leaders as well as several editors, actors and educators. "We ask you to make It the settled policy of this country to de everything that may be necessary to Insure the defeat of the Axis powers and thus to encourage here und everywhere resistance to the plausible but fatal arguments of appeasement," the telegram stated. "We nsk you to tell us what we believe to be the truth that the materials of war and military and naval strength we now have and the implements we can now produce are enough to make certain the defeat of the Axis powers so long as Britain Ls on her feet fighting but that with Britain clown they arc not enough and may not in the future be increased enough •to hold the whole world at bay." A telegram declared that "ignorance and lethargy and disbelief" are blinding U. S. citizens to our own peril and said that 'this condition "must be.swept away before it Is too late." "There may be only a little time left," the telegram said.. "You,'led us splendidly during the'critical clays of late spring arfd early fall. We ask you to give us the same splendid leadership now." Works On Speech WASHINGTON, Dec. 26 (UP)— President Roosevelt dispensed with all appointments today nnd began intensive work on his Sunday night address to the nation which, it was said, will-be clear and specific ribout aid to Britain but will contain no figures which "other governments might like to have." White House Secretary Stephen Early said Mr. Roosevelt had ordered his appointment list held to "must" callers for the next several days. George L. Fleitz, 72, Dies Tuesday Afternoon OSCEOLA, Ark., Dec. 26.—George L. Fieltv,. long a river man, died at his tome in Luxora Tuesday afternoon after a two years illness. He wns 72. Funeral rites will be held Friday afternoon. 2:30 o'clock, at the residence by the Rev. F. O. Anders with burial at Luxora Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be: diaries Evans, Franklin Lowerln. Grover Frazier, A. B. Rozzclle, GiGover Frazier, A. B. Rozzelle, Harold Smith. Honorary pallbearers will be; R. C. Langston, J. I. MifTlin, M. C. Cooke, Jesse Brown, Russell Bowen, Bill Wilkins. Born in Utica, Ind.. Mr. Fleitz followed the call of the river for many years. He lived in Utica for many years, where he married Miss Mary Dix in 1895, and they moved to Luxora 25 years ago. He Is survived by his wife; one son, Johnnie Fleitz, and two daughters, Mrs. Janice Wood of Luxora, and Mrs. Rosa Eggenspiller of Louisville, Ky. Cutters and low cutters, 4,00-5,25 producer died. curtain's coming down. Today at 7:15 a.m.,'the famed Memphis and vicinity—Rain anci slightly colder tonight, lowest temperature 46, Friday rain and colder. The following table shows 1935 and 1939 standings in volume and per capita trade of Arkansas' nine cities of more than lO.OOU population : BLYTHEVILLE El Dorado Texarkana Pine Bluff Hot Springs . . Jonesboro Little Rock ... Ft Smith N. Little Rock 1935 4,510,000 6 906,000 5,016 000 . 7,505000 8.614,000 . 4,572,000 31,847,000 12,099,000 . 5,196,00 1939 7,176.000 9.424.000 6,841.000 10,677,000 10 : 468.000 5,585.000 41,083,000 IS.ISS.OOO 7,315,000 1935 446.00 42500 46600 361 00 426.00 44200 390.00 385 00 267.00 1939 716.00 59400 57900 50200 491.00 476.00 466.00 43100 346.00 59% 36 36 42 22 22 29 30 41 LONDON, Dec. 26. (UP)— A lone Nazi bomber broke the unofficial Christmas air struce today as British troops, at double force, stood guard on Britain's coasts against any invasion surprise and reports of large scale German troop movements troubled the Balkans. The air ministry reported that 11 single German plane this afternoon dropped bombs on the Isle of Sheppey. The attack caused little damage and , no casualties, the ministry reported, adding that they had no other news of operations over Britain, Both British and German com- muniques reported nir activitv at n standstill until late today. There wns no indication when operations would roar back to full war pace. The 'British were taking no chances. Coastal defenses were manned ni; full scale. Weather was perfect for an invasion attempt nnd picked troops on 24 hour duty gunrded against a surprise assault. Traffic on British coastal highways was carefully controlled. In the Balkans there were fears that the war may spread. Th'ese fears were inspired by reports from Budapest that 300,000 to 500,000 German troops were on the move into Rumania. The purpose of so large a German trooo movement was not clecir but obviously It would increase Germany's weight and bargaining power in the area even if military operations were not launched from the Rumanian base. ' - f ., One theory was that " the' German" troops'would come'to the rescue of Italy's bogeed down troops in Albania .possibly by thrusting across Yugoslavia. Another was that the long suggested German move across Bulgaria into Thrace and toward Salonika might be imminent. Such a move presumably would bring Turkey into the war. A second theory apparently bas-' ed on increasing friction between Rumania and Russia was that the German troops would act as n counter weight against any new Soviet advance into Rumania or even move against Russia in the spring. "••-,:.. These suggestions, however, were completely speculative. Berlin had nothing to say about the troops. Sofia said none had come into Bulgaria and Istanbul said tlTe Turks were without information on the situation. :•" Negress Is Stabbed "^ Fatally Christmas Nig|t Charles James, 22. negro, fatally stabbed his Wife' with a. pocket knife Wednesday night and then made his get-away. The stabbing took place at .their home on the former Knobeloch farm near Dell and officers were seeking the man on a murder charge. • Huntinff Accident O On Christmas Is Fatal To Youth Hunting rabbits caused a Christmas tragedy in the B. E. Garrison home of Gosnell. Harold, their 14- year-old son was instantly killed Wednesday afternoon his shotgun accidentally fired while he wns hunting with his 16-year-old brother. DarreH. Harold dropped his gun to cause it to fire, the shot striking him in the face. Funeral rites were to be held! this afternoon at Gosnell Baptist i Church by the Rev. Alfred Car- j penter. pastor First Baptist Church,' with burial at Gosnell cemetery. / Besides his parents and broth- |er, he is survived by three other I brothers, Jimmie', Roy Earl and Burl Lee, and three sisters, Irene, Lola and Ora Murl. Stock Prices A T & T 165 Am Tobacco 69 Anaconda Copper 26 Beth Steel 85 Chrysler 73 Cities Service .... 5 Coca Cola 104 General Electric 32 General Motors ".. 48 Int Harvester 49 Montgomery Ward 36 North Am Aviation 16 N Y Central 13 Packard 3 Phillips .. 43 Radio 4 Republic Steel 21 Socony Vacuum .- 8 Studebaker .. 7 Standard Oil N J ., 33 Texas Corp 39 U S Steel 68 5-8 3-8 1-2 5-8 i-ir. 1-2 i^s 1-4 1-2 5-3 5-8 3-8 1-2 1-2 New Orleans Cotton Mar. May July Oct. Dec. Jan. Prey. Open High Low Close Close 1020 1023 1020 1023 1018 1014 1017 1014 1016 1012 994 996 994 996 989 940 945 940 945 935 938 946 938 946 937 1005 1011 1005 1011 1003 CHICAGO WHEAT open high low close Dec. 80 1-4 801-2 79 7-8 801-1 May 85 5-8 85 7-8 85 1-4 85 3-4 CHICAGO CORX open high lov close Dec. 60 3-4 611-8 ..60 5-8 603-4 May 611-8 611-2 '61 6U-8

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