The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on December 30, 1940 · Page 1
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Monday, December 30, 1940
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London Wins LONDON, Dec. 30. (UP—By TransALlantic Telephone)—London's undent "city," the one square mile of narrow crooked streets and ancient buildings which is a microcosm of England, emerged battered, smoke-begrimed and angry today from what Uie government charged was a deliberate German attempt to destroy it by fire without Jegnrcl to military objectives. For hours during the night, while President Roosevelt was declaring' in Washington, that Britain would dwin the war will) America's aid, hundreds of thousands of Londoners were fighting, in the "city." the greatest, lire in nearly 300 years. Policemen, firemen, air raid wardens, soldiers, civilian volunteers, worked, seared by licking flames and blinded and choked by smoke, to put out fires started by thousands of incendiary bombs which hundreds of German planes dropped for hours. Nurses played hoses over the roofs of hospitals. Women and children fought be flames which, ate into their homes. Over the city spread a shroud oi heavy smoke, through which great tongues of flame roared up. But as this dispatch is filed all the fires were out or under control. Scores of buildings were in smoking ruins. But the city stands. The damage is great but it is not irremediable. The air and home .security ministries in their angriest communique of the. war, charged that the Germans, in a new form of ruthless warfare, had tried 10 burn a city in which there is no military objective. "Last night Urn enemy dropped a large number of incendiary bombs on the city of London in a deliberate attempt to set lire to it," the ministries said. "Damage was done to many famous buildings including the Guildhall and several city churches. "St. Paul's Cathedral itself was cndaivgered but the neighboring llres were nxlin- HUished in time. "There was nowhere any attempt to single out targets of military importance. "Fires were waused in other parts of the London area, whore damage was done to commercial buildings. "The London flre services worked heroically and with success throiiRliout the night "Casualties were few." That was the official story of a night in which Londoners rough I the great fire while flre rained down from the smoke blacked sky upon thorn, while the silence oi cables to foreign countries and radio, stations, told the world that this historic dty was fighting for its life. When the cables and the wireless resumed service, after hour.s, it was io say that the city's light had been won. There were fires all over the London area. But the German fury was eoncentraU-d m the one square mile • of the city, the financial district and the ancient. London which Queen Elizabeth and Henry VII smd others of England's sovereigns knew ami it was to that ancient area that the communique had reference in mentioning the -viiv" of London. ' (Communication with London WHS severed for about throe hours, and for about five hours there was no real J W of the raid, it was understood in New companies wore operating from emergency header** Jn 7e II was not until well after dawn today that normal communication restored, und even then tho cable companies' worked under diffic A r raid .sln-m shrieked throughout; London a little after dark last Ahnost at once there wn.s a heavy rain of "bread basket" incendiary rs which open as they drop and loose up to 50 or 200 smal the world bombs on Anti-aircraft Runs began to fire- hfl German pianos criss-crossed- the sky. Ul upon thousands the For the first Umc since September, when the mass destruction raids rea' * ' Slaft W started out city Th« "all clear," after a Jong lull, sounded before midnight As this dispatch is telephoned to New Vork, the flght is about over or anouldorliiB. Tho, blackened, soared Hro nghtew am Uropp L is ovorcswl, due to clouds, notlo smoke «'«PP»»fif Ares are T^e ep. The VOLUME XXXV.T1—NO. 243. BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS _* THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OF- NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI "^"^ ^^^ BIytheville Daily News BIytheville Herald ^BIytheville Courier . Mississippi Valley Leader BLYTHRVILLE, ARKANSAS, MONDAY, DKCRMBEK ,'H), 19*10 SINGLE COPIES FIVE CEN1U * * * . CHARTS 'ALL-OUT' AID C . ... . ... ... . ... • . •• • Nazis Hint Adolf Hitler May Make Personal Renlv "; . * -—— — ———r-—:—. *^ ,__ i . ^^^^ . ^^••i i^V •§ ^H^^^i^Jm JF _^_ ' - n •« M f+ •% «M *kMB»BH«_. I :' • * ' ' " • ^^™ J^» Anger Quickly Replaces German "Indifference Ky United Press | President Roosevelt's address — d e 1 i v ered 'as Nazi bombers started the greatest conflagration London's "an- ciehT'city" had seen in 300 .years — today caused Axis spokesmen to charge that the, United States had .entered! "an undeclared war" against Germany, Italy and Japan and • brought a forecast- that Adolf Hitler 'may make a personal answer. Latin Americans praised the speech and Americans generally endorsed it. In .London the speech shared newpaper columns with angry charges that the Nazi air force deliberately tried to burn out the heart of London without regard for military objectives. The huge fires \vhich sent pillars nf.smoke and Rome high into the -sky last night had been put out or ••brought under control today after hour.s of labor by hundreds of thousands of men—firemen, auxiliary workers, police and volunteers. Cable and wireless transmission to the United States were disrupted and correspondents telephoned their stories to,New York. London expressed high confidence that the United States would make good the president's promise of more guns, more ships and more planes to assure a British victory out. it was in the capitals of the Axis powers that the reaction was sharp and more significant. Virginio Gaycia. the Italian editor through whom Benito Mussolini niakes many of his thoughts public, .declared flatly that Mr. Roosevelt was leading the United States in "an undeclared war against the Axis and Japan side by side with England." Germans in Budapest charged that Mr. Roosevelt had launched a "veritable crusade" against the Axis while in Tokyo the Japanese army made the formal charge that the United States antf Great Britain were trying to weaken Japan by aiding China. In Berlin an early altitude that the president's statement had not changed the situation quickly gave way to irritation and apparent anger, it was said that Foreign Minister Joachim Von Ribbentrop was giving the address his personal study and that Hitler may deliver .Germany's answer himself. New York Cotton 35 BERLIN, Dec. 30. (UP) — Fire started by two big explosions burned out the west wing \ of the important An- halteil.. raiLroack- station in mid-Berlin today and shortJy aftenvard it was announcer! that five soldiers had been killed, seven injured seriously and many injured slightly in a train collision about 55 miles west of the capital The official news agency said a troop train ( and a freight, train collided near Brandenburg. The station explosions sent the many people in the big. struccure running for air raid shelters In the belief .that British planes were bombing the city. (It was learned in London that- British planes bombed unspecified points in Germany and German occupied territory during the night but apparently the explosions occurred long after the usual time for a British raid on Berlin.) Witnesses said the explosions sounded as if they had been the result of bombs. The western part of the station burst into flames.! All railroad traffic into and out of the station was halted. At 10:30 A' M. fire engines still were pouring water into the station and great smoke clouds were billowing from it. The news agency said the fire broke out about 6:45 A. M. in the baggage room and extended to a number of other rooms in the station- and the ticket office. It added that at this time shortly before noon railroad traffic was'normal. The agency did not mention the cause of the fire or the explosions. Several witnesses said they saw brilliant flashes and that then there were two explosions which rocked the neighborhood. The fire which lit up the whole square before the station followed they said. Tomorrow Last Tag Day' Unless Extended The last-minute rush to buy Arkansas state licenses was underway today at the City Hall and at the Missouri state line office of the Arkansas Revenue Department as Mississippi County citizens were purchasing their 1941 automobile 'licenses. With no announcement of a postponement in the deadline, it is expected that the rush will continue up until the close of business tomorrow. Albania Source Says ,Nazi Motorized Forces Now In Albania STRUG A, Yugoslavia, Dec. 30. TO^ElP.^XKOsJiiei 4 **:. frontier. a '8jr. vices from an" Albanian source reported today that one complete German division had ' arrived in Albania and that German motorized units had been dispatched to Elbasan and Libras, north of the central front. (Previous reports of Nazi troops in Albania have been repeated''? denied in Rome and Berlin.) . According to the reports received here, pioneer and engineer troops attached to the German division have been dispatched to Berac and.LJusna, about half way between Herat and Durazzo, on the principal Albinian highway. It is in this region that the Italians have been reported to be constructing a firm defense line against further Greek advances. Other frontier advices said that Greek troops had forced their way back into the town of Lin 12, miles north of Pogradec. about u| a.m.. but it was not known yec whether they would be able cnj hold the town. I Blast Italian Bases CAIRO, Dec. 30. (UP)—The Royal Air Force Middle East command reported today that British bomb-! cr.s rained explosives on Tmimi,' Derna and Gazala. Italian bases, i At Tmimi fires were started and aircraft were attacked, a commu- nique said. At Gazala and Dernrx bombs straddled military targets. "Our fighters continued offensive! patrols but no contact was mad.r, with enemy aircraft," the Middle i East command said. | A raid was said to have been- carried out in Italian East Africa' cm a motor transport and repair and workshops. British empire forces meanwhile prepared to close in on besieged Bardia. General headquarters said Italian artillery fire from the Libyan port was increasing. Leaflets and Bombs ROME. Dec. 30. (UP)—British planes. • attacking in waves, bombed Naples during the night and .showered leaflets on it, a high command communique said today. Seven persons were killed, it was asserted. 'Break' In Death Case May Be Near; Seek Second Suspect With one man under arrest and a second sought in Memphis 1'or the brutal slaying Friday night of Louis Waldon, 30, Osceola service station attendant, officers .of three states, are working on-the case and are expecting to "break" it soon. ' +• —-—. .-; , Although - Sheriff Hale Jackson i declined, toidisclose ; identity ,of the Waii'i held?Vand ; the ; other': sought; he admitted that Intensive' investigation had been under way arid that the case might "break" soon after announcing an arrest was made late Saturday night. He said identity of the second man is known and a man-hunt is being staged in Memphis, with aid of Memphis officers, who believe the person sought is in hiding there. ' Spurred by announcement that the reward of $250 posted had been increased $5 by a service station operator who asked 100 other operators to give a similar amount. Company M Has Number Of Men Confined To Quarters Here Fifteen enlisted men of the national guard unit stationed nt „.,„..„-. BIytheville prior io joining the citizens we're assisting officers byf regular army early in January telling bits of information which might lead to apprehension of th slayers. were ill with influenza today and were confined to quarters under medical attention of Dr. Francis The man arrested is being held E. Ut-ley, first lieutenant in the in a secret place, for fear of mob Mar. May July Oct. Dec. Jan. prev. open high low close close 1030 1040 3034 1039 1029 1025 1034 1025 1034 1023 1GOG 1011 1005 1011 1003 . 949 959 949 • 959 948 , 947 951 94G 955 947 1020 1027 1027 1027 1018 New Orleans Cotton Mar. May July Oct. Dec, Jan. prev. open high low close close 1039 1043 1040 1043- IQcU 1035 1039 103-i 1039 1026 1012 1019 1011 1018 1006 955 .966 955 966 952 961 952 961 1P20 1020 1020 1019 951 950 Livestock EAST ST. LOUIS. III., Dec. 30. < UP)—Hogs: receipts. 2.000 —all salable. Top. 7.10. 170-230 Ibs.,. G.90-7.CO. 140-160 Ibs., 6.35-6.90. Bulk sows, 5.50-6.10. Cattle: receipts, 5,050—5,000 sal- a ble. Steers, 11,000 down. Slaughter .steers, 7.00-14.00. Slaughter heifers, 6.25-12.50. Beef cows, 5.50-6.50. Cutters and low •• cutters 4255.25. violence, .it is said. Two men are thought to have taken part in the crime which included the fatal beating of Mr. Waldon with a heavy weapon and the theft of a cash register containing about $20 after robbing nine dollars. register has not been recovered and this register and a maroon colored car seen near the crime were the principal clues on which officers started their search. The first suspect was arrested while driving such a car in West Memphis. Officers termed it the most brutal crime committed in Mississippi county in many years. Officials of Arkansas. Tennessee and Missouri are cooperating in the search. Sheriff Jackson announced a reward of $100 for information leading to conviction of the slayers and this was quickly augmented by $50 from the City of Osceola and $100 from The Commercial Appeal. Memphis, only to be increased $5 more by Leo Home, operator of a service station on Mristol Highway near Memphis who has been robbed four rimes by armed bandits in the last nine years. "Bandits seem to pick on the service stations and I wish 100 oth- Keld To Circuit Court On Assault Charge STEELE, Mo., Dec. 30. - Sam Ledford of this city was bound over to circuit court Friday afternoon on a felonious assault charge filed following an altercation with Wilce" Curtner, also of this city, on Nov. 7. The hearing was held in Caruthersville before Justice of Peace J. D. Huffman after a change of venue from Cooter township. The altercation occurred in Steele and the-difference is reported to have been over some election affairs. Ledford was released under $1000 bond pending, the' trial in circuit court, U. S. Reserve Corps. Company Clerk Ralph Parrar, who has a slight touch of the Tin himself, said all men in the company had passed physical examinations and not one man was to be lost from the unit. Several men are seriously 111 with the flu, however, he said. Easiness of preparing to entrain Jan. 2 or 3 occupied the attention of company officers today, with many reports being completed and everything being put in readiness 'for the departure. The group Includes 123 men and three officers. First Lt. Arden B. Crowder. BIytheville national guard veteran, left the unit Sunday afternoon for Fort Banning. Ga., where he will remain three months In an officers' training course ' and a special course in heavy weapons. Crowder's family will remain here until Feb. 1, when they plan to visit him, but will not plan to move from BIytheville until it is learned where Crowder will be stationed after he completes the three-months assignment at For., Bennlng. Stock Prices Northern Arkansas Legislators Hear C. T. Coleman Explain Provisions LITTLE ROCK, Deb; 30. (UP)— Northern Arkansns.Jcgislatprs met 'here 'today to study'*Gov.-olect Homer Adkins' revised highway bond refunding bill. The legislators were told by Charles T. Coleman, Little Rook attorney, who drafted Adkins* bill, that the revised measure had no effect on the county turnback fund or reduced truck license fees as passed by previous legislatures, "The bill sets aside the first $1,500,000 in revenue for highway maintenance and debt service," Coleman said. "The next $2.500,000 goes for new roads." Coleman said the next $750,000 collected would bo spent for retired bridge improvement bonds, road district bonds and charges of paving through towns und cities on stfUe roads. Before rending the revised bill Coleman said that refunding by the state could not be carried out unless the RFC gave its aid by caking approximately 50 per cent of the issue. The Adkins bill Coleman said does not set an Interest rate on new bonds but does provide thnt the refunding board composed of 31 persons can set on it at the time the bonds are offered for sale to the public. "To place a ceiling on the interest rate in this bill would allow all bond buyers to set their bids at that figure, thus shutting off competitive bidding," Coleman said. Says Danger Is Ahead, Predicts Defeat For Axis A. T. & T. 167 Am. Tobacco 711-2 er operators would kick in S5 each ^ m - Tobacco 71 so we could get rid of at least Anaconda Copper ..: 27 _ TL _ . . . ... . . TlaHi Cfnnl OR one of these, if this cold blooded Beth. Steel 86 3-4 Coca Cola 103 killer is caueht and put where he Chrysler 73-4 should be. it will help break up I Cities ^Service ^4 7-3 this sort of thing in the Mid.-"" South," he said. Waldon was working at the Joyner Service Station at the city limits of Osceola on Highway 61 Gen'l Elect. / 32 3-4 Gen'l Motors 43 3-4 Int. Harvester 50 1-4 Mont. Ward , 37 5-0 when the slaying took place. His | N - Y - Central 141-8 body was discovered about an hour North Am. Aviation 16 1-2 later by Irving Gray, negro school Packard 31-4 teacher, who was passing by. Phillips 40 7-8 ' Radio 45-8 Republic Steel 22 5-8 Cocony Vac — .• 83-8 Chicago Wheat Open High May 86 7-8 87 Sept. 81 3-4 82 Low Close 95 5-8 87 81 1-2 81 1-4 Chicago Corn Studebaker ". 73-4 Std. of N. J 33 1-4 Texas Corp. 40 TJ. S. Steel 70 Accident Victim Says Watch, $30 Stolen PARAGOULD, Ark.—T. S. Holloway, salesman for Hickson-Rogers Manufacturing Co.. lumber concern nere, reported to police yesterday that he was robbed of his watch, overcoat and billfold containing about $30 Thursday night while pinned unconscious under his upright car on the side of a curve about one mile southwest of Senath, Mo. Holloway said he struck a muddy place on the pavement at an intersection and skidded off the slab. He said that in some manner he was thrown against the windshield and knocked unconscious and then he fell out of the car and was caught underneath it when it skidded. Do? Gets Christmas Check SOUTH PARIS,. Me. (UP)—Peter Lyon, a .three-year-old police dog, Open High Low Close has received a Christmas club check May 62 7-8 62 7-8 61 1-4 62 3-8 from a bank. The dog is owned by Sept. 62 3-8 '62 1-2 .62 1-8 62 1-4 Harry JW. Lyon. Holds Adjourned Day Of Criminal Court An adjourned day of court was being held in circuit court today by Judge G. E. Keck, with a number of guilty pleas expected to be 'taken and sentences meted out to several of the 16 defendants whose names are on today's docket. { Among: those who were to appear | today "were Oscar N. Sawyers and • Freddie Cobb, negroes .charged In two counts with burglary and grand larceny whom officers . said had confessed to a number of burglaries in this'areas- '-•• -' . . , iiy United Press Congressional reaction to President Roosevelt's fireside chat was divided along lines.previously ihdicated by. debate over aid to Great Britain. ' . Those advocating that the United States sound out belligerents on ih«lr war alms and possibly urge a negotiated pence, reiterated their proposals, but agreed with Mr. Roosevelt thnt they, too, were opposed to im "appeasement peace." Supporters of the administration's policy of nil aid short of war to Great Britain praised the address. Sen. Arthur H. Vnndenberg. (Rep. Midi.)—-"I agree with his denunciation of nn appeasement peace. A demand for a .statement of war objectives from the belligerents would make it undeniably clear whether no other pence is possible. The grave question re- nmins whether we shall stop short of war. I agree in any event in the demand for maximum defense production with a realism which thus far has been sadly lacking." Senate Democratic Leader Albcn W. Barkley—"it was a magnificent address that certainly clarifies the objectives of the American people." Sen. Pnt McCarran, (Dem., Nev.) —•"I reurct that the president didn't make it known emphatically that this country is not in the war now and Is not going into it. The Impression, I got from his speech wa.s one of fear thnt we're being led Into war." Sen. Warren R. Austin, (Rep., Vtj—"The address wa.s a remarkably fine presentation of the situ- nticn. H was just what the country needed and what the rest of the world wanted to hear from us." Sen. William H. King, (Dem., Utah)—"It was one of the greatest speeches ever delivered. He showed again that he Js the great leader of the progressive and liberal forces throughout the world." Chairman Morris S h e p p a r d, 'Dem., Tex.) of the Senate Military Affairs Committee—"! have just wired the president my heart congratulations and nave informed him ihat congress and the nation are backing him to the limit." i Chairman Sol Bloom of the House Foreign Affairs Committee —"No American can successfully challenge the logic and commonsense of this (aid to Britain) policy. ( Sen. Edwin C. Johnson. tDem., Colo.)—"There was nothing new in | the president's address." Sen. H. H. Schwartz. (Dem.. Wyo.)—"It does not harm to tell the truth and that's what the president did." Sen. William J. Bulow. (Dem., S. D.)—"I don't se how it exactly squares with preelection pledges to keep this country out of war." i . Sen. James E. Murray. Dem., 'Mont.)—"The great mass of American people will be in accord with the president's appeal." Wood carver Pnzzles Friends PAINESVILLE, O. (UP)—Henry Rickert's deftness in woodcarving has led him to the unusual hobby of making wooden pincers but of single pieces of wood which he gives to friends. . , ' Ky Uulfcd Pre« President Roosevelt made his position sharp" and .clear last night -in a speech r .prq : clairniny^ u a]i emergency -as serious as war. itself" and summoning America to an all out-effort short-of-war to help Great Britain defeat the* Axis Powers. There was no sparsity of American opinion as to the meaning and advisability of the president's speech. Alf M. Landon, 1933 Republican presidential nominee, said;"I think the president made a fair statement of our situation," William Allen White, chairman of the committee to defend America by aiding the Allies, said: "His statement was calm and magnificent." Verne Marshall,'chairman of the- No Foreign War committee, said: "The president 'called for .a greater weakening of our own defenses by giving them to some European belligerent," Senators and representatives generally agreed with the president's premise that America should aid Great Britain and her allies but there was disagreement as" to method and extent. Mr.' Roosevelt spoke to a huge audience from the Oval Room of the White House last' night. His. "fireside chat" had been \yidely publicized In advance to put as" many Americans before their -radios as possible. He talked on all radio networks and his words were relayed by short- wave throughout the world. He rejected suggestions that he take the Initiative toward a negotiated peace and spurned German and Italian threats that certain types of aid of Britain might be considered war-like acts. He took note of the German- • Italian-Japanese military alliance which he said was aimed at the United States. Mr. Roosevelt said an expeditionary force—movement of troops outside our borders—was neither sought nor contemplated. But he said "Great Britain must have "more of everything." If luxury productive facilities are needed for emergency munitions, he said, the manufacture of those luxuries' will have to stop. Declaring a British victory vital to American security and the cause of freedom, he called for more and more speed and "every" ounce of effort" in producing the planes and tanks and ships that- Britain needs. He summoned capital and labor to forego lockouts and strikes. He promised continued protection for labor's rights. We must supply - Great Britain with cargo vessels, he said, but did not detail the method. It was talk of putting laid up German and "Continued on Page 3 WEATHER Arkansas—Cloudy and warmer tonight, .Tuesday cloudy, rain -'in west and central : :portions.- j Memphis arid v;yyicinity^-ln creas- j ing .cloudiness ^tonigfiV Tuesday cloudy^ followed. - by rain.

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