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VOLUME XXXVIT—NO. 242. BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER DP wnWTHEART AOITAVOAO *x,r> ™, ^ * * • " » ^-/ BIytheville Daiiy News Elytheville Courier •BIytheville Herald Mississippi Valley Leader NEWSPAPER OF NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI ~ — ; : . . . BLYTHEVILLE. ARKANSAS, SATURDAY, rWGI'lMREK 28 19<|0 SINGLE COPIES FIVE CENTS Robbery Victim Killed ATOsceola WARNING TO U. S. Service Station Employe's Head Crushed By Blow S ha CTUed < W - 30-year-old Osceola , ,v r - - , -- sei vice station attendant, was found dead in a pool of blood 1'iiday night— apparent victim of one of the most brutal slaying* ever committed in Mississippi county. A missing presumal)I > r su >Hed the mo* L'Jabbing. Officers were seeking at leasts- two men. believed involved in the killing and robbery, who left no apparent clues. The robbery totaled at least $24 in money." It was ai 9:45 o'clock last night that Irving Gray, negro school teacher, saw the body of Waldon lying: near the gasoline tanks of ihe Joyner Service Station as he was driving by. An unusually heavy instrument apparently had been used to strike the death blow as Waldon was bending over to test the oil, officers announced today after an all-night investigation. So severe" was the blow that Waldon's brains were scattered for several feet. His flashlight still grasped in his hand. It is believed that a car drove up to the station, at the south Osceola city limits on Highway 61, about . 8:45 o'clock, and that at least one man got out. of the car to wield the death blow while the service station employe was examining the oil gauge. The murderers then are believed to have then entered the station and loaded the register into the cjvr "b'e'forejHhey sped away. Moth- was Jijig._else:-.hkd:;:bVen ^disturbed, it is " "' ' ''""" Hightower Infant Succumbs Suddenly Funeral services were to be held today for the infant 14-day-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Rufus Martin, Hightower, who died suddenly Friday night. Survivors include the parents, two brothers and four sisters. Burial was to be at Sandy Ridge cemetery under direction of Cohb Funeral Home. Slight Respite Today From Intermittent Rain With said. Chief Deputy Sheriff. John F. Remmiller and Deputies Jake Thrailkill and Leo Schreick announced today that several negroes living nearby remembered hearing a car drive away from the station about 8:45 o'clock. The body was cold when found. Walter Goforth, manager of the station, announced today that $15 in silver was left in the register when John W. Murrell, day at. tendant, checked out at 6 o'clock last night and Waldon checked in. Mrs. Waldon said that her husband had nine one-dollar bills and a .silber dollar when he left home for work and no money was found on his body except, the one silver dollar. In all. the loss was estimated at $24- or more. In- the cash register also were a number of charge tickets and the keys to the pumps, which were locked. The final sale registered on the pumps was a two-gallon sale on the east pump and Waldon's body was found near the west pump. It is assumed that he had just started checking the oil in some car when struck down. .The station is one of several owned by P. B. Joyner, well known oil man of Blytheville. Sheriff Hale Jackson. In a public statement issued today, appealed to citizens and law-enforcement officers to cooperate in the solving of what he termed one oi" the most brutal slaying.s ever committed in the county. "Every effort is being made by our officers to investigate the slimest of clues but we need the cooperation of officers and citi- \r s\ T ~ ,. zens in all Arkansas, Tennessee ! WeiV UrleanS Cottotl and Missouri to bring about the • arrest of these murderers," he said Chief Deputy Sheriff Reinmiller Report Dozen German Vessels Being Armed In Japanese Ports MANILA, Dec. 28. (UP)—Usually reliable informants charged today without official confirmation that at least 12 German vessels are being armed'in Japanese and Japanese controlled Chinese harbors possibly for raiding activities in the Pacific and claimed that several already were provisioning and refueling German raiders in. Australian and Indian waters. The reports were not. confirmed. Informants asserted, however, that U. S. naval authorities were aware of them as reports and were watch-- ing^ developments closely. ., -'Informants suggested" that German ' supply ships-.might'be' meet-" Ing raiders in Japanese mandated islands. a forecast of occasional rains for BIytheville over the weekend, skies partially cleared today after 1.56 inches of rain fell here Thursday night and Friday. "Precipitation overnight Thursday was 1.01 at 8 a.m. Friday and .55 inch fell during the period from B a.m. Friday until noon today. New York Cotton Fatalities Reach Unusual Number During Holiday Season Here With eight violent deaths in the vicinity of BIytheville and Osceola since Wednesday, a new record was chalked up in Mississippi County for violent • fatalities during the Christmas-New Year holidays. Never in history have so many persons met horrible deaths m three days and an unusually large number of losses of life from natural causes, after a long period of few deaths, have made many new graves in cemeteries at the Yuletide season. In addition to the violent deaths there have been eight other persons seriously injured with the Hfe of at least one of these" in the balance. Because these eight fatalities will make the year of 1940 end with a sharp rise in deaths, It is believed that the year will show an increase over 1939. Many instruments caused the tragedies. A dropped gun accidentally fired to kill 14-year-old Harold Garrison of Gosnell. Charles James, 22, negro of near Dell, used a pocket knife to fatally''stab his wife during an argument. Christine Pierson, negro woman of BIythe- ville; was instantly killed in a Highway 61 ".accident near Osceola which resulted in the later death of . her -husband, 'Major -PierKpn, :ws3,^uK;vl'-iiv.'.5i^ni- ^out- British Close In On Bardia; Greeks Hammer At Lin WITH THE BRITISH ARMY BEFORE BARDIA, Dee. 26. (delayed)—Italy's Tenth Army, ordered to defend Bardia at all coxts in order to give time for erection oi" fortifications at Tobruk, was split into two parts by the attacking British Army of the Nile today. Half of the Tenth Army was entrenched outside Bardia and the other badly battered by incessant. British land, air and" sea bombardments was attempting a retreat in the direction or Tobruk. Under the constant hammering of land and naval artillery Bardia itself was u heap of ruins." i A black pall hung in the sky visible many, miles away. The Italans have moved most of their guns from shell rocked and ATHENS, Greece, Dec. 28 (UP)— Greek troops today assailed Lin, pivot point of the Albanian north front and the third main base to which the Italians have been hurled back in that sector since they invaded Greeco two months ago this morning. A government spokesman denied reports thai Lin had been captured. (AI. Belgrade. Jugoslavia, the newspaper Polltlka reported from BHolj, on the Albanian border, that Greeks were within a milr and a quarter of Lin at 5 p m yesterday and that the Greek advance guard was rushing the first nouses in the city's outskirts.) A United Press correspondent with the Greek fire swept Bardia to new • emplace: e por d that • Untthe dent. Suicide, by the use of a gun after the drinking- of poison was unsuccessful, caused the death of Miss Ruby Lee Todd. 20, of Blytheville. Fire caused the deaths of a ne- rro woman, Mabel Sanders, and tier four-year-old daughter. Elizabeth, when their home burned at ^lear Lake Farm, W, L. C. Waldon, of Osceoln. was clubbed over the head in a service station robbery last night. Blood Poisoning Is Fatal To J. B. Holt J. B. Holt, for many years a barber In Blythevllle. died this morning at Memphis Methodist Hospital where he was removed after having become critically ill two weeks 'ago. He was 70. Long in ill health, he developed a blood poisoning in his leg from a fall to cause his death. Funeial rites were incomplete but services will probably be held Sunday afternoon. A number of out of town relatives, who have spent much time prev. llcre and in Memphis since he open high low close close ; became ill, are expected to join ments in the dried ^ T^ ghts from between two dried up river beds. British officers believed the Italian guns and anti-aircraft batteries were being handled by personnel from the Italian navy. They were reported fighting back wefl but their guns were said-to have been overwhelmed. ••:? The British now have hundreds of guns in position around Bardia and day and night were firing salvos against the Italians. .•'* beams through clouds over Lake Ohrid. The correspondent said before Lin could be taken, however it would be .necessary to occupy a series of villages oh the lakn road north of Undlnlshta, which were dominated by Italian artillery in mountain peaks above the lake. Lin is 12 miles north of Pogra- dec, where the Italians made their north base when they were routed from Koritza, their original base for the Greek campaign. 20 miles below Pogradec. At Lin. the roud from.Koritza branches west to EI- basan, 30 miles away The Italians r.^ ; j had fortified Lin, „ nt, a > strategic - " spot on the ; lake:, shore^ns? a .bastion against Jugoslavia "to the north, and now were defending It against the-Greek* from the south. As the second month of the war Will Go To Knudsen After War Department R& jects Request WASHINGTON. Dec. 28 (UP)— Informed quarters said, today that Defense Labor Coordinator Sidney Hillmaa's thus-far unsuccessful attempt to have defense contracts denied to firms charged with labor law .violations will be carried to ended, a said the the new super defense bard head- I equipment ed by Production Chief William S.' eqmpment ' government spokesman Greeks were driving ahead 071 nil fronts, often at bayonet point through waist-deep snow. In the south coastal sector, lie said, Greeks charging up from Chimara captured a village only five miles from the fortified pass commanding;.the approach to the lower end of Valone bay. He did not- name the captured village but said 200 Italians forming a rear guard there had been surrounded ! and had surrendered with all their Knudsen. In the Tepelini-Klisura sector of the southeast, the Greeks were Mar. . 1026 1030 1026 1029 1026 Mrs - Holt other members of May . 1023 1023 1018 1023 10^1 i lhe family here later today July Oct. Dec. Jan. 1G01 945 945 1013 1004 1000 1003 1000 943 945 948 946 947 943 947 945 1018 1010 1018 1012 Holt Funeral Home is in charge. Japanese Fascist is in Memphis today investigating, a clue and has already been to points of Missouri and other points of Arkansas. Funeral arrangements were incomplete at noon today but it is expected that the remains will be taken to Shelby County, Term., for burial. Bom in Shelby County near Memphis, Waldon was reared at Bassett and moved to Osceola last August. After having been employed on the government fleet for three months he became night attendant at the service station. He is survived by his wife. Mrs. Vera Waldon; two daughters. Betty Janelle, 5, and Carolyn Virginia, 3; his father. Arch Waldon of Memphis; his mother. Mrs. Virgie Waldon of Manila; two brothers. William Waldon ' of Memphis and Archel Waldon of Manila; five sisters, Maude Waldon of Memphis, and Hattie. Lorene, Genevieve and Lonnie Bell Waldon of Manila. Swift Funeral Home is in charge. HAWAIIAN RAINFALL On the slopes of Mount Waiale- ale, Hawaii, there is an annual rainfall of 476 inches; • the records show a rainfall of only 22 inches 14 miles away. open Mar. May July Oct. Dec. Jan. prev. high low close close 1030 1032 1030 1031 1030 1025 1026 1023 1026 1006 1007 100S 1006 951 951 951 951 950 950 950 950 1019 1019 1019 101D 1024 1004 951 950 Stock Prices A T & T Am Tobacco Anaconda Copper Beth Steel ['' Chrysler Cities Service Coca Cola General Electric General Motors Int Harvester -.[ Montgomery Ward North Am Aviation N Y Central Packard 166 1-1 71 26 3-4 85 7-8 73 1-4 4 1-2 103 32 3-8 48 5-8 50 37 16 1-4 '13 3-4 3 1- PhilHps 41 1-4 Radio 4 5-8 Republic Steel 22 1- Studebaker 7 3-4 Standard Oil N J ....[, ' 33 1-4 Texas Corp , [ 401-8 u s steei ;;;;.;;; 693 _ s There are 16 square miles of water within, the city limits of New Orleans, La, Closer cooperation of Japan with her Axis partners was forecast following the appointment of Baron Kiichiro Hiranuma, above, to the important cabmei post of Home Secretary. Baron Hiranuma has been called Hillman's demand that it rescind a S2.000.000 "pigmy" truck order to the Ford Motor Company late yesterday and simultaneously announced that it would underwrite a $21.965,420 Ford defense expansion plant program. Hillman had protested the truck order on grounds that Ford allegedly has refused to bargain collectively under the National Labor Relations Act and that, consequently, there existed a possibility of labor strife that might disrupt defense production. The firm 5s fighting several NLRB rulings in federal court. A Hillman aide said after the department's announcement: "We lodged a vigorous protest. We have been overruled." Hillman has battled the Ford order since it was awarded Nov.' 27. and has demanded a showdown from the defense commission as well as the army. He plans to press his case before the new office or' production management, of which he is assistant director, as soon as possible, it was said. Wreck Injuries Fatal To Another Negro A second fatality was recorded today in a Highway 61 collision Wednesday night at Grider Park near Osceola in which one negro died instantly and five others were injured In a two-car crash. Major Pierson, of BIytheville. who suffered a broken "leg and other injuries in the crash that took the life of his 32-year-old wife. Christine Pierson, died late Friday. Authorities were of to four Seven Missing In Errol Flynn's Small Crafl At Sea SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 28. (UP) —Fenr wn.s felt today for the safety of movie actor Errol Flynn's yacht wllh seven men aboard on the stormy mkl-Pnclflc, und i\ now gale was reported gathering 500 miles off the west const. Flynn's yacht, the 70-foot Sirocco, left Los Angeles harbor Dec. 17 for Hawaii and hns not been heard from since, although it Is equipped with a radio telephone. Flynu Ls in New York, imcl had planned to fly to Honolulu next week tuul join the group aboard the yacht In making n motion picture short. • The Pacific has been swept by gales and typhoons for weeks and boats much larger than the Sirocco have limped Into port behind schedule, damaged by raging sens. Two sailors on the transport Etolln were killed in one typhoon. Aboard the yacht were Al Wctzcl, Warner Brothers cameraman; Capt. William Kiel; George Feimja, movie property man, and four crew members. Capt. L. L. Bennett of the Const Guard at Los Angeles said the Sirocco was not ''missing." since she was not due in Honolulu until Monday, but he wns worried by the silence of her radio. • Storm warnings', were 'down.',10- day for the first time' within a < wjus.jeare_d v .th.n{,. 4 Lhe new storm would sweep''" inland'to- day with high winds and rain. During the last 13 dnys gales have struck ns far west as Hawaii; as far east s Casper ,Wyo., where high winds yesterday shattered windows nnd blew over n brick facade. Rivers were slowly rising, but government observers believed that the Sacramento, California's greatest flood threat, would be held In Its channels. At Los Angeles, two more houses collapsed into the surf nt Dodondo Beach, which residents were frantically sandbagging to meet giant breakers in another G.8 foot tide today. Damage at Rcciondo was estimated at more than 7100,000. Thirty men rescued off the California coast were recovering from exposure and Injuries. Twenty were Guard cutter Fire Propaganda Guns On Eve Of F. D. R/s Speech WASHINGTON, Dee. 28. (UP)—Administration qusir- tors are considering informally the feasibility of supplying Groat Britain with some army planes ami additional destroyers to "t i d c t h e m over" until American armn- ments production picks up, it was learned today, The iMrm originated among officials concerned with the defense program and British aid but has not yet been submitted to President Roosevelt. Whether the proposal—certain to face at. least nominal opposition from some gcn- oruls and admirals—will win Mr Roosevelt's approval is a matter of conjecture ami may hinge on war developments. The proposal grew out of a belief In many 'government circles that the next few months may be critical for Britain an cltherc is an acute need to supply British arms orders with existing equipment. Tomorrow night Mr. Roosevelt goes on the air to report to the nation on the "present emergency" find to give some specific Information on administration plans to help Britain, Including his own plan for the United States to buy war materials and lend or lease them to the British. He may answer scattered senatorial suggestions that he sound out the European belligerents on the feasibility of a peace movement at the present time. He declined at his press conference yesterday to say whether he would discuss t these proposals. x Sen. "Burton K, Wheeler' (Dem., Mont,), who • Ls ani9ng those putting ..forth the ,peiice ; suggestions, today denounced 'the } -loan-lease plan of British aid; contending the step might set a dangerous precedent and possibly lead to expeditionary force abroad. By United Press The Axis press''today raised a chorus of, warning- to the United States against any new plan to aid Great Britain, particularly any attempts to utilize Ireland 'as a gateway .for American supplies and British sources again emphasized their view that the war at sea overshadows all other fronts ..nt the "moment. A synchronized campaign burst lorth in the press : of • both Italy and Germany attacking sugges-' tioris that the United States might send British supplies to Eire in American vessels for re-shipment to Britain. , >.-* Virglnio Gayda, authoritative Italian commentator, asserted that;, this.,would violate U. S. neutrality' and warned that any flagrant vlo-' Uition of neutrality by the United States would bring'Japan into the war under the terms of the Ber- lln-Rome-Tokyo military alliance. An authorized Nazi spokesman made plain that the Axis partners stood shoulder to shoulder in the new propaganda attack, asserting " that similar German press comment "clearly discussed the situation in the correct proportions," The Axis comments were said to be based on suggestions that had appeared In the American press that some such the Ireland trans-shipment plan was contemplated In order to aid Britain In her fight against the German counter blockade. Y It seemed possible that the propaganda barrage .was' being laid • down as an advance reply to any new u ~- ••••-- mighT aid r proposals ._that be .offered . by President Roosevelt In ; his Sunday night 14 fi reside chat." The Invocation by Gayda again of the threat of Japanese entry into the war directed attention to unconfirmed rumors from Manila "If under the laws of this coun- tnnL Gcrman ships in Japanese try the president has the right to' nml Japanese, controlled \harbors f J?H? ge f, aUd SCVernl moun ' re ^ied by the wwl , Wllliu Wbbut f ^^ 1 ^^ 5..^ D Jr Shoshone from the lumber schooner Stanwood, which was In danger of nos river, in the snow covered Su- kagora mountains., Mattress Bees New Rural Fad Over Arkansas LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (UP)— The quilting bee, log-rollings and corn- huskings of a half-century ago have given way to "mattress making" in rural Arkansas. Several years ago the matrons of rural neighborhoods gathered around quilting frames to do their "visiting" and exchange the latest bit of chit-chat. Today the basic idea is the same, but instead of making quilts, the women are turn- Ing out mattresses and. incidentally, helping to use up some of the South's cotton surplus. breaking up. The other 10 were Coast Guards who set out Christmas Eve in a surfboat and a lifeboat to aid the distressed Stanwood. The Stanwood was being towed to San Francisco bv the Const Guard cutter Shoshone. The S. S. President Taft arrived in Honolulu yesterday, west bound from San Francisco, with her bridge damaged by storms and several members of her crew Injured. lease battleships, airplanes and munitions, he can loan the boys who are in the army or who are being drafted," he said. "One is just as legal as the other." ^Rcp. Hamilton Fish (Rep., N. Y.), advocated an accelerated mercantile shipbuilding program as an effective means of. helping Britain acquire additional vessels to offset German sea depredations, In connection with the proposal of "tiding" Britain over with American war equipment, it was recalled that the London government has been angling for some time for' additional American de- r.troyers. W. T. Garrett Dies At Age Of 83 Early Today are being armed and provisioned for possible raiding, activity against British shipping in the Pacfic, County's CCC Quota For January Is 132 The Mississippi . county welfare department has been notified by the state department... of public welfare that the county is to select nt least 132 junior enrollees for the CCC during the month of January. • At the present time the county department does not have enough applications to fill this quota.- Itis In need of 75 to 100 applications and should receive these before Jan. 10, according to Marvin "cl Crittenden, county director. It is believed that all applicants \KT T ^ ^ T 'who are eligible and who apply W. T. Garrctt, oi near Dell, died before Jan. 10 will be selected. at 4 o'clock this morning at the home of a daughter. Mrs. Bernis Barber. He was 83. Funeral arrangements are pending, with the funeral tentatively named for sometime Sunday. Holt Funeral Home is In charge.- Poser for Medal Remains Mysteryjor 18 Years New Commander PHILADELPHIA (UP)—Hundreds of school children throughout America have been awarded American Legion schoiarship-citizenshio Progress Administration with a double objective — to improve the quality of bedding In rural homes and to dispose of more cotton. Rural women took to the idea Immediately and from one county to another the projects spread until now they are operating all over the state. A half-dozen women can turn out from three to four mattresses a day, allowing for the time that their needles are idle while the latest gossip is being passed around. Fifty pounds of cotton and ten yards of ticking arc required for each mattress. Home demonstration agents of the extension service provide the instructions on how the mattresses an - tnat an automobile containing a group of negroes from Wilson skidded across the highway and crashed into the car in which the Pierson family was riding. Condition of the four other ne- groes injured was reported as "fair" today. They are Leona Lane, WH- (should be made. They are being a.s- he l sJsted ^ leaders from each com- munity who are princl- schools. SPECIAL WINE Kept In the cellars of an inn in Warsaw, Poland, since 1606, 292 dust-covered and -cobwebby bot- son; RutmVMae Pierson, Blythe- ties of wine are to be drunk only vllle, and Charles Malone' and' in celebrating the coronation of James Robertson, both of-Wilson.'a king of Poland. Of Italy's Armies He is William J, Hopkins of Phlladelohin. who posed for the award 18 years ago. On the face of the medal are the figures of a j soldier and a sailor—Hopkins is | the sailor. "So that's what I posed for." he said when shown one of the mednls. "Why, that was 18 years ago. I had often wondered what Dr. R, Tait Mackenzie, the sculptor, had been able to fashion." Hopkins said he posed for six weeks in the studio of the famous sculptor who since has died. He did not recall the name of the soldier who posed with him. and Dr. Mackenzie left no records to identify him. There was not a wheel in all America until the white man came. The Diesel gas engine has no spark plugs; the fuel is Ignited by heat from high compression. Mr. Crittenden said. They must be years and in fair physical condition. They; should apply to ths county welfare office at Osceola or BIytheville, Mr. Crittenden stated. ' : To Hold Funeral For •Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Sunday from the chapel of the Hanna Funeral home for Ruby Lee Todd, 20-year-old BIytheville Rice-Stix garment factory employe, who shot herselt fatally .Thursday. Rev. P. H. Jer-- nigan of Manila will officiate. Pall-bearers include Russell Gaskin. Jimniy Lunsford. Emmit Davis. John Caldwell. Ruel Shepherl and Herbert Wilson. Honorary pall-bearer will Include girl friends and fellow employes of the fac-- tory. Survivors include the parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. D. Todd, BIythe- ville; six brothers. Noel. ErvlK. Clay and J. D. Todd, jr., all or Elytheville; James Todd. Galves- tcn. Tex., and J. T. Todd, New Albany. Miss., and four sisters. Dixie Todd, BIytheville; Mrs. Oren Sanderson, Caruthersville, Mo., and Mrs. Opal Little and Miss Jewel Todd. both of New Albany, Miss; Burial will be nt Maple Grove- cemeterv. Sitting on. a > cha'ir ,backwards is bad luck, according, to. a!; superstition .of theatrical' folk. i: ' .v/3 * -A recent portrait of .General Ugo CavaJlero, whc succeeded of the Italian General Staff and Marshal FietroBadoglio as chief head of all military activity. Until his appointment to the post, Gen. Cavallero was a comparatively obscure commander of troops on the' Italian-French frontier. WEATHER Arkansas—Cloudy, slightly colder tonight, Sunday fair, warmer in east portion, Memphis and vicinity — Cloudy, occasional rains.- colder. today, clearing 'somewhat, cooler tonight, Sunday colder.

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