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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Friday, December 27, 1940
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPRR ™? wrk»'rwttA o<r. *r,r.-.*Tc,»« **" * — m f :™ ^*X DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OF NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI VOLUME XXXVII—NO. 241. Blytheville Daily News Blytheville Herald Blytheville Courier Mississippi Valley Leader BLYTHRVILLE, ARKANSAS, FRIDAY, DECEMBER 27, 1940 SAY NAZI TROOPS SINGLE COPIES FIVE CENTS YUGOSLAV Showdown Near On Short Of War Methods Of Aid IE TRUCE IS WASHINGTON, Dec. 27. (TUP) — Scattered but impressive . congressional proposals for an .immediate American peace movement are preludes today t o a showdown on methods and extent of short of'war aid to Great Britain. President Roosevelt will present his plans in a fireside chat Sunday night and a message to congress on the state of the Union scheduled for on or about Jan. 3, the first day of the new session. Influential, members of congress are raising the peace issue in statements which roughly outline the pattern of debate to come on American aid to" Great Britain. Sen. Arthur H. Vandenberg {Rep., Mich.) is the latest advocate of a peace move. He was preceded by Sen. Millard E. Tydings (Dem., Md!), and Sen. Burton K. Wheeler (Dem., Mont.). None of them indicated anything but hope that Great Britain would win the..war but they seemed uniformly alarmed regarding the possibility of the United States becoming involved. Vanuenberg, a member of the Foreign Relations Committee, also proposed that Joseph P. Kennedy and William C. Bullifct, resigned ambassadors to London and Paris, be summoned before • that group to tell what they know of the- European situation.- Bullitt, still apparently high in administration favor, has spoken forcibly for greater aid to Great Britain. Kennedy has been warning that United States should stop, WASHINGTON, Dec. 27. —President Roosevelt said today that a C. 1 0. plan for utilizing the automobile industry to produce 500 pursuit planes daily is being considered seriously by the * new supreme defense board. .Mr. Roosevelt added that the plan drafted under the direction of Walter P. Reuther of the United Automobile Workers of America involves 'Questions-of technical management that require further study to determine whether it is feasible. He said that if something concrete can be worked out of the Reuther plan it will be a real contribution to national defense. The plan was handed to Mr. Roosevelt last Monday by C.I.O. President Philip Murray discussing it with reporters today Mr. Roosevelt said it had been referred to the new four-man office for production management. A reporter asked if-Secretary of War Henry L. Stimson had resigned from the cabinet-. Mr. Roosevelt replied that he had not The president was asked about Japanese press reports that the United States plans to withdraw, American shipping from Japanese! waters. He said he was, interested In the source but never had heard of the reports before. and listen. 11 is reported that Wet no longer enjoys White House! favor.:.".v . '•' : t } . v •Proposals for "peace feelers" or; ,',use of-Aiihericari economic pressura] of hostilities appear' 1 to be based' partly on the theory" that we should be certain peace is' Impossible before further determining British aid policies. The nation's perplexities are evident on capitol hill which ' has become a cross roads of public opinion as legislators gather for the 77th congress. The division of opinion, among them seems to reflect certain .indecision among the American people. That may explain why there is a feeling in some responsible quarters here. ; that apathy among labor and management still is a hindrance to all-out production of armament in this country. Polls, public statements, * newspaper editorials and other standards of popular sentiment show American sympathy to be tremendously with Great Britain in the present conflict. But there is great 'evidence, also, of popular uncertainty on methods and extent of assistance which should be rendered the Britis hand how far the United States would be justified in going to England's aid. * President Roosevelt's fireside chat Sunday probably should be regarded in part as a move'to impress on the nation the urgency of the emergency and the necessity for an all-out productive effort. Ed SHELLS fUnder British Man^Damaged By Uni- |fied Raider "**' - --•- IOURNE, Australia, Dec. 27 (UP)—An enemy sea raider flying the Japanese flag today heavily shelled Nauru, one of the Gilbery islands in the south Pacific, Prime Minister Robert Gordon Menzies announced. The ship had a Japanese name, it was said. The shelling. caused considerable damage but no casualties. Nauru, sometimes called "Pleasant Island," is a former German! possession; administered by Great Britain under a League of Nations mandate. It is 26 miles south of the equator and approximately 2,000 miles northeast of Australia. It's area is 5,396 acres and its chief commercial importance is production of phosphate. i Menzies said the island" was entirely undefended in accordance -.vith the League of Nations mandate. German and British Swap Air Blows As Rains Are Resumed LONDON, Dec. 27. (UP)—The 'air ministry .said today that Great Britain had resumed in full force its aerial counter attack against Germany and quoting- at length from eye witness reports told of great damage to Germany and German occupied territory inflicted in past raids. Particularly heavy damage and great fires at Le Havre, Berlin, Hamra, Munich and Hamburg were described in a special statement: A regular communique said coastal command planes today bombed the German submarine base at L'Orient, Prance, airdromes in Britanny, shipping at Le Treport and the airdrome 'at Bordeaux. Bombs Injure Patients LONDON, Dec. 27. (UP)—German bombs crashed into a hospital in a town not far- from Lon-. don today, injuring a nurse and three patients. The raid began after German long range guns'* along the French coast and British raids on invasion ports had broken a three- day unofficial Christmas truce. Bombs caused some structural damage to the hospital but other bombs fell on open ground. Antiaircraft - guns blazed at the raiders and ground guns were active in other parts of England. LONDON, Dec. 27. (UP)—The familiar wail of the air raid sirens and the heavy boom of anti-aircraft guns tonight brought an end to London's Christmas respite from German air attacks. It was the first time, the sirens had sounded" in London for a nlgh'i alarm since Monday. .:••-.-•-•. Toxicab Armyf—U. S. Style New York Cotton Mar. May July Oct. Dec. Jan. Prev. Open High Low Close.Cloce 1021 1026 1021 1026 1018 1015 1020 .1015, 1021 1010 999 1001 997 1000 992 940 947 940 946 938 944 945 944 945 939 1012 1013 1012 1012. 1007 New Orleans Cotton Open High Mar. 1025 1030 1020 1024 1003 1005 948 951 947 950 1015 1019 May July Oct. Dec. Jan. Prev. Low Close Cloce 1025 1030 1023 1020 1024 1016 1002 , 1004 996 948 951 945 947, 950 "946 1015 1019 1011 Stock Prices A. T. & T. 166 3- Am. Tobacco 69 7- Anaconda Copper 26 3- Beth. Steel 85 Chrysler 73 3- Cities Service 45- Coca Cola 104 Gen'l Elect 32 1- Gen'l Motors 48 1 Int. Harvester 49 1- Mont. Ward ;... 37 N. Y. Central • 13 7- North Am. Aviation <; : ..... 16 1- Packard '... 3 ' Phillips 41 Radio 4 1 Republic Steel 2L 7 Socony Vac 81 Studebaker 75 Std. of N. J 33 3- Texas Carp, ;",,• ,.;.., 40 Woman, Burned Thursday, In 'Good Condition' Today! Attendants at Walls hospital said •today the condition of Mrs. John McCannon, New Liberty, farm woman burned severely in a fire at her home Thursday, was good and said she probably would recover unless complications developed. Mrs; McCannon suffered severe burns about an arm and leg as well as on other parts of the body. j Ontario Town to Have j Woman Taxi Drivers I WINDSOR. Ont. fUP)—Taxicab I patrons here soon may be tipping their hats to the drivers. .The police' department has approved a proposal to permit women to substitute for men as cab drivers. At present, cab companies report, there is a driver shortage because of enlistment and drafting of drivers for work in factories where pay is higher. Assault Is Fatal To Swifton Laborer JONESBORO, Ark., Dec. 27.— Jack Watson, 38, Swifton laborer, died in a hospital here'Thursday afternoon from a head injury which police said was inflicted during an altercation at Tuckerman. Sheriff Edwin McCall said he had arrested three men in connection with the death. McCall said Watson was struck with a blackjack as he attempted to break up a fight between two other men. Coast Guard Cutter Lands Rescued Men '.SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 27. (UP.> —The coast guard cutter Shawnee today .fought raging seas to land 10 men rescued after 48 hours from two small boats, while storms pounded the Pacific coast for the 12th straight day. The men—coast guards who put out from the Point Arena station in a surfboat and a lifeboat Christmas eve in search of a disabled lumber schooner—were rescued last night, four miles from shore. Two were injured and all were suffering from exposure. The Shawnee, its wireless damaged two days ago in a gale, radioed only bare details of the.rescue. She reported that it was impossible to land in the storm and darkness and that she was waiting offshore for daylight. ... ' . , When winter and national defense meet head on, it means only one thing—more and speedier barracks and halls for army training ?? m S S a JL ove , r th f, U - ?•' So.-great is the need for men at Fort Meade, Md that the "District of Columbia employment service is sending Washington workmen there dai3y-in taxis. Above carpenters load their tools into cabs in the capital. Drivers transport them free—and get jobs themselves at the camp Livestock EAST ST. LOUIS. 111., Dec. 27. (UP)—Hogs: 10,500—9,000 salable Top. 7.00 *••' 170-230 Ibs.: 6.90-7.00' . ' 140-160 Ibs.. 6.25-6.90 Bulk sowsj 5.60-6.15 Cattle: 800."all salable. Steers, 9.50-12.50 Slaughter, steers, 7.00-14.00^ Butcher yearlings, 7.50-9.00 Slaughter . heifers, 6.00-12.50 v Beef cows, 5.50-6.25 .. Cutters and low cutters, 4.25-5.25 Chicago Corn Open High Low Close May . 61 1-4 617-8 611-4 613-4 Sept. . 607-8 611-2 61 611-4 Jail Husband, 60, After Fight Over Estranged Wife, 17 An argument over the affections of a 17-year-old wife resulted in her husband, A. L. Keller, 60, of Elaine, Ark., being jailed on a charge of assault'-with -intent to kill and Gerald Anthony, 20, of New Liberty, charged with fighting after Anthony had received severe knife wounds in the affray which occurred Christmas Eve, it was announced today by Chief Deputy Sheriff John P. Reinmiller. Anthony is recovering from a slashed throat injuries allegedly received at the hands of Keller, husband of the extranged wife. Mrs. Keller is said to have left her husband at Elaine and returned to near Blytheville recently, only to have Keller arrive Christmas Eve. : Hearings for the two men are expected to be held Saturday In Municipal Court. No one seems to know when or where the custom of playing tricks on the first of April -originated. To Succeed Sudbury, Who Resigns; Publisher Announces Other Changes The Courier News. is to have a new editor, beginning Jan..!.: when 'Samuel P. Morris, connected - 4r!th the paper for-more than/ft • years*' assumes that position to head a number of changes in the .staff, it was announced today by Harry W. Haines. publisher. He succeeds Graham Sudbury, who is leaving the newspaper business to devote his full time to his law practice and to serve as deputy prosecuting attorney for the GhiCk- asawba District of Mississippi county. Mrs. Samuel F. Morris (the former Maureen King) has resigned as City Editor,;a position she has held for the past '- three and a half years, and will be employed only part-time in feature writing and special work for the Courier News. She will also continue her freelance writing, in which she has been actively engaged for a number of years while working for thus paper. The new city reporter is Laymond Crump, late of Tulsa. Okla., who today took up his duties. Coming to the Courier News from the United Press bureau at Tulsa, where he gained wide experience in news gathering, he was also formerly connected with the Tulsa Tribune and Okmulgee Times. He attended Tulsa University where he majored in journalism and at the same time gained practical experience in the publicity depart- :nent. Miss Margaret Shaver, who joined the staff of the paper in the society department three years ago, will continue as Woman's Editor iiv charge of society, church and club iiews. Tom Phillips, connected with the advertising department for several years, has been promoted to the position of Advertising Manager to succeed Mr. Norris. Fitted for the editorship by a background of extensive experience with the public, Mr. Norris has been connected with various departments of the Courier News since he left the hotel business to become connected with this newspaper. In addition to his advertising activities, he has been circulation manager and throughout the years has done much general reporting and feature writing, including freelance writing for numerous publications which he began 14 years ago. Coming to Blytheville in 1926 as assistant manager of the Hotel Noble, he was formerly with the same hotel in Jonesboro after finishing his college education at Arkansas State College there. Born in Water Valley, Miss., he also resided in Jackson and other points of Mississippi and lived in the West a ..number of times before coming to Arkansas. Ruby Lee Tocld, 20-Year- Old Factory Worker, Shoots Self Fatally Ruby Lee Todd, 20-year-old Bly.- theville "factory worker, was dead today 'after a successful attempt 'to commit suicide Thursday; Coroner W. H. Stovall pronounced the death suicide and said no inquest would be held. Employed by the Rtce-Stlx factory, Miss Todd lived at 1410 W. Ash St, It was said that she obtained a, shotgun there and shot herself through the heart after unsuccessfully attempting; suicide earlier in the day by taking poison. A note was foimd with her body but was turned over to her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. D. Todd, with whom she no longer resided. Miss Todd died at 4 o'clock Thursday afternoon, apparently instantly after shooting herself. Funeral arrangements are not complete but services will be held Sunday morning. 10 o'clock, at Hamrn Funeral Home. Survivors include 'her parents, | six brothers, Noel, Ervin, Clay and 'J. D. Todd, Jr., all of Blytheville; James Todd. Galveston, Tex., and J. T. Todd, New Albany, Miss.; four sisters. Dixie Todd. Blytheville; Mrs. Oren Sanderson, Car- uthersviUe, Mo., and Mrs. Opal Little and Miss Jewel Todd, both of New Albany, Miss. Tells Budget Group Treasurer's ^Office Misusing State Funds LITTLE ROCK, Dec. 27 (UP)— Guy Berry appeared before the legislature's pro ~ .session budget committee today-lo support his charges that Stale Treasurer Earl Pago's oMlco wn.s misusing state funds. Bony charged that ho wns dismissed by Page as bookkeeper because he: appeared before the committee lasl week with Information about the use of funds In the treasury onice. Page was not present Lo answer Berry's charges. The committee voted to hear Berry and any other state employes who had information of use of funds, Forrest Rox- sell, PulaskI county representative, said there was no point In the budget committee meeting- 1C it "did not hear anyone except department hends who he said might try to get as largo an appropriation as possible. Berry said he was "just a hillbilly" doing what he could to sec that Arkansas taxpayers knew where there money was going. He said there were six Jobs In the treasurer's office that could be abolished. Pour members of the payroll of the welfare department were doing work hi the treasury office, Berry said, and If they continued working, he said, several jobs could be discontinued in the treasurer's office. He declared that several members of Page's family had jobs In that department. Berry charged also that funds for telephone calls, postage 'and^traveling" expenses granted' the''treasur- er's office were : /being ; used for P&ge's personal /heeds. Chicago Wheat Open High Low Close May 85 7-8 86 1-4 85 1-2 85 3-4 Sept. 80 : 1-4 80 3-8 79 7-8 80 1-8 Two Cut Jail Bars At Piggott And Flee PIGGOTT. Ark.—A man hunt was in progress in North Arkansas today after two Dayton (O.) men sawed their way out of the Clay County jail here Christmas afternoon while awaiting trial on charges of robbing five stores at Pollard last August. The men sought, were identified by Deputy Sheriff Ross McGee as Cecil Trisscil and James Rupert, each 24 years old. McGee said that within a few hours after they escaped, reports of the theft of two automobiles and burglary of a laundry at Paragould had been received here. He said a check is being made to determine whether the two fugi- | tives had any connection with the three crimes. McGee said both men are considered dangerous and are believed well armed. He said both have served terms in an Ohio prison. Mother Wins Success As Football Coach REVERE. Mass. (UP)—Mrs. Raymond E. Carey, mother of three children, has coached a football squad of 21 boys to four straight victories. The team 'adopted' the name "Carey Pals" as tribute to their coach who also Is doctor, trainer and majiager. The players range In age from 7 to 15. They scored 74 points in four games and were scored on only .once all season. " • Town Police Chief Urges . Bicycle Traffic Court LE ROY, N. Y.^(UP)—A bicycle traffic court may be established here to provide' "better enforcement" of bicycle rules and regulations set up by village trustees a few years ago. "It is hard to fine' the boys for law infractions," Police Captain Fred J. Rider told the local board. "If we fine them the money has to be paid by their parents and does not make the .desired Impression on the children. A severe ndmonlsh- ment by the presiding bicycle court judge and perl-japs suspension of the offender's registration would result In more obedience to the law." Ford Prefers^Quadrille, Says Dancing Teacher BOSTON (UP)—Henry Ford's favorite dance is 'the quadrille, according to the motor magnate's' dancing teacher, Benjamin Lovett, of Dearborn, Mich. Lovstt, who came here to teach old-time dances, says Ford also enjoys" the old Varsovienne, the galop and five-step schottiache In the order named. "Mr. Ford Ls the First on the floor nnd the last to leave these gatherings," Lovett said. "Though a stickler for etiquette in the ballroom, he enjoys mingling with people and even the cut-in,, dance is popular with him because it gives an opportunity to change partners frequently." German Attempt To Rescue Axis Partner Likely BELGRADE, Jugoslavia; Dec.. 27..- (UP)—Greek and Italian troops have resumed Heavy JiglHiritf in the snowbound north Albanian front, with the Greeks centering- their uttnck on the village of Kjuks, on thy road from Lin to\n, according to reports to the newspaper Pmvcla here. The Greeks wen.- .said lo be. attacking the north slopes of the Mokra movmtnln.s. below Lin, where the main roiul north from Pogra- dco bmnchos west '30 miles to Elbftsiin. PriwUV.s frontier correspondent snld small .Crook rind Italian detachments clashed all clay yestcr- dny. and that airplanes of both sides bombed each other's positions during' every brief Interval of sunshine.' • . ., Pmvda" reported from Salonika Ihnt Italians In Albania had been reinforced the ptist few- days by troops.'transported by airplane from Italy to 'the port of ; Valona, to avoid crossing the Adriatic" by-ship. The dispatch quoted Greek officers as estimating that Italy - now had 230,000 troops in Albania'., Claim Advance Continues BUDAPEST, Hungary, Dec^T." 1 CUP)— The. Greek radio was 'heard broadcasting that Greek troops continued to advance beyond Chl- mara. on the south Albanian coast, and that they had captured new, Italian positions protected by barbed wire. The broadcaster said the American Vanderbtlt rellaf fund had transferred another £250,000 to Greek war organizations. Troops /Moving , ATHENS, Greece, Dec. 27. (UP)— A Avar ministry" communique'-said today: "Local successful operations allowed our troops to advance and capture•. enemy- positions,, Prisoners and. Important war. material fell Into our hands." A public security ministry com- munique ; read: "All was quiet hi the interior of the country. Italians, while retreating' from Argy- rokastron (a month, ago) took ias hostages more than 50 prominent citizens whose fntc : is unknown." It was reported that ItaUarj prisoners, including- many officers, had reached Patras, In' the- Pelo- ponnesus, yesterday, by sen, and that they were surprised to find the city pursuing a normal life. They were quoted: "But this can't be Patras—Patras was completely raxed. Everyone In Italy knows that." .., The death toll; in the Christmas raid on Corfu was reported to be mounting and was expected to far exceed the 21 so- far listed officially.-, .- ' ..-• FORT PIERRE, S. D, JUP)—The possibility ol' aiv oil boom in South Dakota is raising land values. Scouts of rnajor oil companies have revealed ; that search for oil and gas resources has.,resulted in leasing of farmlands In 200 townships in 15 counties on both sides of the Missouri river. Peace of Berlin Disappoints Him Two Negroes Are Burned To Death Two negroes were burned to i death, at midnight Thursday when fire destroyed their home at the Clear Lake Farm, six miles southeast of Blytheville. Dead were Mabel Sanders, * 35, | and her four-year-old daughter, [ Elizabeth. Jackson Sanders, husband and father, escaped injury by jumping to the ground' from his second-story bedroom. Farm Manager F. A. Rogers and other neighbors of the family attempted to enter,the blazing house after the fire was discovered, but were driven back by the flames. j Nothing was saved. . " Sanders said he shouted 10 his wife to "jump," and thought, she replied. Bodies of the woman and her child were charred. BUDAPEST, Dec. 27 (UP) —An unconfirmed report circulated today that German troops hud concentrated ' on the Danube river on the Rjij manian - Yugoslav i" r o n-tier just north of the Bulgarian border and another report Asserted that, the RumaiiiSn minister to Moscow, Grigore Gafencu, had been ordered, back to Bucharest. ,;v< Both reports lacked offlclal eoii^' flrmntion. Communications w,it*h Rumania were almost at a standstill except for official telephone calls and messages. '-^t/.- The rumor concerning the "Nazi. military concentration on the .Yu- ; tjoslav frontier asserted that "Ger : man troops had assembled on .the Danube across from the Yugoslav town of Negotiti. A report that' they already had crossed the Danube and were strung out betweea Negotin and Zajecar oh the bfarich railroad leading to Nis was promptly depleci by the Yugoslav legation. . f was pointed out there that .If the Germans planned a blitzkrieg toward Salonika, the route through southwest Yugoslavia would afford one of the easiest and most direct paths for a campaign. 1 - • However, any German move info Yugoslavia would come as a great surprise here because of recent friendly gestures by that country toward the Axis. On the other hand it was said that tension between Rumania and Russia and Turkey might have brought a German decision not, to employ the route through Bulgaria to Sa- lonika for fear of .further disturbing relatioas 'with "these, countries.^ It AVfis ' announced ,here,. that the, reduction-, in, trains for civilian traffic had been" postponed until midnight Saturday/ The reduction in civilian trains is expected to coincide with peak J volume of the Sow of German troops across Hungary to Rumania, according -to diplomatic sources. Held For Shooting Wife And Her Escort KENNETT, Mo.—Pokie man, 32 years old, operator or~a pool, hall and grocery at Pascola in Pemiscot county,-is held under n. charge of assault with intent to kill for shooting his wife, Pauline, and her escort, Gale Fields,, both about 26, in a parked automobile,at a tavern near here late Christmas eve. / . C^- ThV sheriff's 1 * office here said HOl- lomon fired six .38-calibsr shots pointblank at his wife and Fields, telling them as-he fired 'Tve-'toid ". you I'm going to kill you." Hollomon gave himself up •immediately to Deputy Constable Stokes -;irad' was lodged in jail here. Four bullets struck -Mrs. Hollomon, ' three , entering her neck and one breaking her right arm. Fields was . struck In the side-and in the arm. At Presnell Hospital in Kenneth their conditions were reported - to be as good as could be expected,. but their recovery Is still uncertain.^ |" Tokios metropolitan police approve the showing of news reels in subway stations of the city. * The fact that the R. A. F. \Vas not conducting an air raid when he arrived in Berlin is reported to have,disappointed five-year- old Axel'Gorm Anderson, above. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Axe] Anderson of Woodside, L. I., traveling home alone from Trondheim, Norway, where he was marooned by the German invasion. Laboratory at Utah U. , For Earth Study Only SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (UP)— The University of Utah civil engineering school has obtained- a laboratory which will be devoted entirely to a study of earth content and the ^'reaction of various iolls under varying conditions. The laboratory is expected provide valuable data on the "behavior of dirt in earth-fill dam construction and other engineering; projects. Rainfall Of 1.46 Inches Reported Here Intermittent showers and overcast skies continued in Blytheville.- today after rain began falling < Thursday night. Offiical weather records showed 1.46 inches of, rainfall Thursday^ night, and today. WEATHER f: Arkansas—Cloudy, and colder, rains in east portion tonight; 'Saturday mostly cloudy, colder in extreme east portion, slightly warmer in northwest portion, Memphis and vicinity—Moderate rain and slightly- colder tonight, Saturday light, to moderate, rain and colder.

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