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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OP NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST'.WISSOUHI VOLUME XI,—NO. 2. Blythevllle Daily News Blythevlllc Courier Hlylhevllle Herald Mississippi Vr.llcy hU;, ARKANSAS, F1UIMY, MAltCH 19, 19-13 SINGLE COPIES FIVE CENTS A - Today's Wat' Commentary Lull In Pacific May End Soon—Who'll Strike First? By THOMAS J. UONOIJUK of Hulled Press An early' resumption of large-scale hostilities in the Pacific appears like'y as four months of relative inactivity draw to a close. It is not possible lo .say just .where the expected llarc-up will occur but official sources leave little doubt that it's coming. The censors at I'carl Harbor the other day permitted newsmen to file dispatches predicting thai the current lull ts about to end. And speculation oh the possible scene of action ranees everywhere from Timor island, north of Australia, to the western Aleutians! The question Is: "Who will start the fireworks?" SPECULATE ON ENEMY'S I'J.ANS There has been considerable speculation concerning the massing of strength on the Wand fringe north of Australia. The enemy's concentrations In troops, planes and ships have led to new fear In Australia that the Jap is bent on attack against the commonwealth. Others Incline to a view that the Jap move Is purely defensive. The latter seems closer to the truth, although the Japs on their island arc certainly would strike if the Allies showed the slightest weakness anywhere In that vicinity. There seems, however, little inclination on the port of the Tokyo war lords lo expand any farther jus! now. Their biggest concern is lo strengthen the defense perimeter of their newly-acquired domain in preparation for the expected Allied counter- offensive. Australia is a jiw.'jrful Allied base now, and any attempted Japanese Invasion would be a prodigious undertaking.' tVHKHE AKB BIO II. S. WAKSIUl'S. On the other hand, one wonders where '.lie heavy units of the United States licet are concentrated. There has been no mention of pur surface units, save for destroyers and cruisers, in some lime.- It's possible they're being prepared for action in the near future. The United Slates marines who won Guadalcanal have long since 'Seen relieved and they have been billeted for a rest at some unnamed • South Pacific base. They should be about ready for new operations. , The singular outcry iu Allied press and government circles lately about (he lack of equipment—particularly planes—in the Pacific area may be significant.. A similar outcry, it. is recalled, preceded the American invasion of the Solnrrion Islands last August,, and again just bs- fore the Allied couritcr-ofienjslve across New Guinea. WE MAY STRIKE IN NOUT1I There is a possibility that the next of the Pacific war will be in the northern sector, rather than in the southwest. The Allied air commander in the Southwest Pacific, Licul.-Oen. George C. Kcnney, is in Washington and an offensive in his sector probably would not be launched until he returns to his post. .-In the north, however, thire is evidence to support a belief that the Americans soon might undertake an all-out drive to clean Ihe Japs from the Aleutians. On Monday of this week, cur navy fliers carried out six devastating raids on Kiska, by far the heaviest single day's assault of the war against that Jap base. Several weeks ago, a navy task force shelled Jap installations on Atlu island. These attacks were not without a purpose. They may have been Ibc preliminaries to a major American landing attempt. , • We have a base in the Pribilof Islands, north of the Aleutians, iind another in the nearby Andreanoff islands. Last Fall, our forces took over the Andreanoffs \vith the biggest convoy ever to sail Ihe North Pacific. They loo, are there for a purpose; JAPS IN ALEUTIANS WARY , The Japs.seem' Iff fear'that something is brewing' in the Aleutians. ' - The Tokyo radio warned this yeek, that Japanese Industrial centers must expect heavy American aerial bombardment this year or ncxl • ti-or'.jplsnes. bpfed ni.thsvAteutlans..., .. < • "rrpkyo'pfdbably-'wus .tninking of Kiskat which could be converted into ^a.bomber base and maintained.from Dufch Harbor. President Roosevelt lias said that one of our main 1043 objectives would be to seize bases from which we could bomb and shell the heart of the Jap war. machine. The Aleutians look like a good bet, for they're closer lo Japan than :ahy other base within reaching distance. Japan viewed that fact when she occupied tliim in June of 1942. The Japs hoped at best to use the Aieutians as stepping .itone.? for an invasion of Alaska and perhaps the American west coast. The least they hoped for was to nullify them as American bases for assault on Japan. They're fl valuable piece of real estate in either case. New Housing Project Starts For Families Of Air Field Workers Living quarters for 213 families of civilian employes at Blytheville Army Air Field are slated to be ready, for occupancy within three months, with work slartcd today on the base reservation, four miles northwest of Dlythevillo. Malcolm G. Simons of San Antonio, project manager for the War Defense Housing Project, is in charge of the construction of Ihe unit.s, being erected to relieve the congested housing conditions in Blytheville. Units will be of 'Various sizes to fit the needs of couples and of those with children. Of this group, it is understood that 08 units, lo cost between $3000 and $4000 each, will have one, t\yo and three bsd- iboms, In addition to the usual living room, kitchenette, dining alcove and bath. The other US units, to cost approximately $1500 each, will be of the efficiency apartment type with living and bedroom combined, in addition lo other smaller rooms. To be erected near Ihe dormitory for civilian employes already constructed at the base, the buildings will be of various sizes with all of one story type. 'Ihey will be of frame construction with composition wails and Insulated wallboard used for walls and ceilings^ Contract for the project has been awarded to J. W. Bateson Company of Dallas, with J. B. Cole, the local representative. Approximately 250 men will be used on *he job. Mr. Simons, who arrived last week, represents the Fort Worth district office of the federal housing program. He will bo here until the project is officially turned over to the renters. YANKS IN TUNISIA GAIN 44 MILES Gunner Missing Scrgt-. William Harper Nichols. 24. son of Mr. and Mrs. C. 1.,. Nichols of KcisEi', recently was reporter! ni<slng in action by the War Derailment. He was a gunner in the Army. Sergeant Nichols was at Pearl rtai'bor when the Japanese carried out their infamous "sneak attack", ind liittr participated in the American victory at Midway, ills lust known whereabouts have not been disclosed, although relatives know he .spent, the Christmas holidays at Auckland, New Zealand. lie recently received Hie distinguished award of the Silver Slai 1 medal for gallantry. New Office and Station Of Brown's.Garage In ila Hit By Fire an- MAN.ILA, Ark., March 19.—The service station and olfice of Bill Brown's garage was damaged by fire this morning which threatened the entire business and other buildings. loss was estimated at more thnn S1GOO with checking not completed at noon. The flames broke out at 9:30 o'clock, a minute after an oil truck had unloaded at the service station. The several employes nnd truck driver were in the office, checking the delivery, when flames leaped up from the driveway,, it is said. Origin was not'determined. The Manila fire department was able lo control the names, which spread rapidly, but not before they had severely damaged the service station and Mr. Brown's new office which w-as newly furnished only a week ago. Mr. Brown is ill at his home. Flapjack Eaters To Get Music, Too Those who attend the pancake sale of Junior Chamber of Commerce tomorrow will be entertained by Scrgt. Don Scribncr and his organ, "Slim" Rase and his entertainers and perhaps by Pappy's Family of stringed Instrument musicians, it was announced today by the committee in charge. Pancakes, syrup nun coffee will be served from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the building across the slrcot, from Ritz Theater In a project staged to raise money for community projects. Court Session To Open An adjourned session of Civil Division, Circuit Court, will convene .here Monday with Judge Zal B. Harrison presiding. This special term was set at the regular January session, because of the crowded docket. It will be followed by a regular session of Criminal Division March 2!). Extension Official Says Farmers Need Freedom Prom Bureaus C. Aubrey 'Gates, of Little Rock, assistant stale director of' agricultural extension service, was guest speaker Bl-i'ln'o'-'rogiilar 1 ' weeklV meeting of the Blytheville Rotary Club yeslcriiay noon nt Hotel Noble. Spcnklng on the .subject "Can The United Slates Feed Itself And The nest Of, The World", Mr. Gates declared that in his opinion the' answer was "Yes"—if the bureaus in Washington would stop telling the fanner when to plant and when to harvest. This was the same statement made 175 years ago by Thomas Jefferson, it was pointed ont. i. In illustrating the progress made in the last 80 years Mr. Gates pointed out that in 1860, 19 farmers were able io grow only sufficient foodstuff to feed their families and one additional family, while today 19 fanners feed themselves and 81 more families, or a lolfil of 10D families. This, he said, is due to the improved methods of farming nnd to Ihe' initiative of this group of resourceful people. Farmers should be permitted by bureaucratic Washington to take their rightful place around Ihe council tables and to advise with others on the questions and policies directing Ihcir welfare, he declared. The fanner, Mr. Gales said, docs not desire the policy of giving a subsidy, but does want his place in Ihe world price market. The present man-power policy is very disturbing and confusing lo the farmer, lie added, in view of the expected increase in production. "The farmer is most, loyal in his effort lo carry out his part in the proposed plan to win, tiic war," he said in conclusion. Other guests at the luncheon were Moses Solima nof Luora, Bill Brown, Junior notarial! for the month, J, M- Thomnsson of -Little Rock, and Corp. John Burnett on furlough from Fort Sill, OV:la., and a member in .service. * * * Germans Fight Back In North PflKBnSiS OF JSPS SUFFER American Fliers Strike Enemy Lines From' Solomons To Burma Heroic U. S. Culler Ballliim .Six Submarines b ^ Took Time Out To Save Men From Sunken Ship !!y United I'rcss American ainiicn ui'e K.VH-'i(ically n.(l;ielui'.j? J ;i p buses ami supply lincK from Hie Pacific to liurnia. l ? oi' Die third day in a vow, Hie Navy reports u sc- ries of daylight attacks on .lap bases in Hit: Solomons: Fast Douglas dive bombers, guarded by Wildcat fighter planes, | set fire lo Ihe .lap uusc of Vllu I Thursday afternoon. ( A few hours earlier, big army Plying Fortresses bombed Vila and two other Jap Solomon Islands bases. livery American plane returned safely from Ihe raids. ' From New IJellil, comes . word that planes of Ihe Uniled Slates 10th Air Force have been hammering away at Jap bridges, rail- roiid yards and troop concciiti'n- tions in northern and .western Burma for two days. " They made two attacks near Mandalay on a big Irrawaddy River bildgc- which constitutes the main link between northern and central Burma. Both were bulls- eyc bombing attacks, which damaged the central span and railroad yards at, both ends of the bridge. Six mties north of Rnntjoon, ;the Americans caused s.fiu'iar damage to^ nnolhcr bridge. 'IVo other bridges were dn'magcdMn ' nttnc'f/i near llic'Chinese border In northeast Burma. And fighter-bombers destroyed'half to thrcc-quurtm of a village taken over by the Japs. Again, not n single American plane- was lost. The raids, designed primarily to back tip British troops in western Burma, seem to be achieving results. -•• Jap forces north of rialhednung have swung over lo the defensive and dug in to meet British attacks. IMF planes, working closely with the ground forces, have shot up n Jnp hendmmrter.s mid disrupted road and rail trallic. liOSTON, iMflr. !!). (UP) — Tim Coast Guard cullw Campbell rescued the evew of a sunken Norwegian merchant ship iliiriui; Ihe cutter's heroic battle with six Na/.i U-i)oals. ' The merchant skipper, who has been landed with other survivors at lioston, bad a nnif.side seal for the Campbell's attacks on the fifth and sixth submarines. The nnvy today disclosed the sinking of (lie NonvcKwn ship. Sighting (lie lil'th sub on the surface (lie Campbell attacked her with depth charges. Then she saw the other sub and rammed it. Damaucd in the crash, the Campbell bad lo be towed to an east const port. The Nor>voKiau skipper says that his merchant ship was the second one torpedoed from under hint in lli« Atliuitiu in less than « year, lie inis on tliu bridj;e, when llio U-hoiil, aided by a hrijtht moon, tired 'a torpedo into Hit! ship's side. 'Three members of the r>0-man crew were killed. Survivors sent out an SOS and 'Look to their lifeboats. An hour later « second torpedo struck their sinkinK ship. Four hours after she sank, I lie survivors were picked up by I In; Campbell. After the Campbell rammed that sixth submarine, they were transferred lo a Polish destroyer. Vital Consumer Goods Will Be Manufactured WASHINGTON, Mar. 19 (UP.) — War Production Board Chief Donald Nelson say* that plans arc under way lo resume production of refrigerators and other curtailed consumer products. Nelson said that the resumption of manufacture of some imported civilian goods Is necessary II Ihe home front is to be kept in hcallhy condition. Nelson also confirmed reports that the civilian, supply department of Ihe war production board Is soon to be reorganized. Organized labor will l;e given a larger voice in the determination of production policies. Farmers Welcome Downpours Which Bring Mois- lure Needed For Crops More than four Inches of rain has fallen in 'Blytheville during the p three days; bill there is not yet .an overabundance of moisture for crops. This section had a six-inch deficiency of rainfall about a month |aj;o. thus farmers were delighted the heavy rains of this week 1 which followed another substantial rainfall lust week. Although this week's werUher has hampered would-be gardeners, it j has been pointed out that it still is early lo plant vegolables and that a late Easier denotes a late Spring, as is the case Ibis year. It also is recalled that during dry Slimmer.'; of the past farmers were able lo produce bounlilul col- lon crops because of heavy spring rains which provided enough ninls- tnrc deep in Ihe ground to sustain the crops. "" :avy rainfall started again .shortly before noon and was accompanied by hailstones, but at 1 o'clock Hie downpour had stopped, although clouds remained general. U-Boat Lair At Bremen Is Hard Hit lly United I'rcss ' The American ulr atluck on the German " submarine yards near nremcn was Ihe biggest and .(lift best for the Yanks so Iiir. A spokc.sman for the Eighth United | Stales Air Force snys It Mas- the' most successful raid for the Americans stationed In England. A -record number, of American bombers participated In thc : daylight, attack, An enormous weight at bombs, wns dropped, and five- liuge fires' were blazing in the submarine yards as the bombers swung back [or -their airdromes In England, The yard's power station was do-' slroycd. ' Amcrlcini pilots uLw tpld . of (linking 'center;..lilts' n"n. : . Jtio pens and sheds which sheltered lhc~ Gorman undersea crnft. Two American planes were lost lo running attacks by German planes, nnd heiivv imtl - aircraft fire. ' ' . . German bombers raided conslid and inland towns of England last, night. Damages vrerc slight, and three German plimcs were destroyed. Red Cross Reports Needed Tomorrow All reports of workers for Iho fied Cross Wju' Holl Cull must be In tomorrow. If Hie cHjr.palgn in to be brought to n successful close, II was annoiuici'd liidny by Jiinie.s Hill Jr., nciicrnl chalrimui. Whether the $17.000 quota for Norlh Mlsslsslpiii County bus been .secured will not be known until nil reports are in, It wns pointed but. They should be taken lo the campaign headquarters In tilencoo Hotel building. Nazis Claim New Victory At Belgorod II)- llnllrcl 1'ii'ss 'I'iic airmails claim lo have Bcor- cd an iitipurlnni new vlclory on llio Russian southern front. Ciuck Knxl shock troops are Mild lo liuvi) iilunncd nnd solxcd Uel" yorud, 35 milts north of Kharkov. New York Cotton open high low close, Mar. . 1962 1S74 !9AO 1!)70 W61 May . iOOD 2018 2006 2014 20C-5 July . Ifl33 2005 IOD1 '.598 1503 Oct. . 137-i 1988 1970 1082 1973 Dec. . 1988 1083 1M1 197f> I9SB Debs Garms was the 19JO Na- lional League baseball balling clnmpion. X Chicago Wheat open nlnh low close May . N5',i HG',-1 H5K 146 HS'.i July . MCi ]« 145TS, 14601 146 Sep. . 117-?t, 1-lBOi 147% 148'1 Wli Man And Daughter Gel Prison Terms On. Slavery Charge CORPUS CIIIUSTI, Texas, Mar. 10 (UP)—A man and his daughter have been sentenced to prison for keeping a Negro slave—right In the midst of 20lli century America. 'Hie man is Ales Skrobarcy/.k —his daughter's name Is Susie. At Die trial, wilnesses testified thai the colored man wns forced lo live In a chicken cor>j), and had been beaten wilh chains and clubs when lie disobeyed. Tliu slave-owner got four years —his daughter Iwo in Federal Prison. She ts the first woman to be convlclcd In Ihe hl.slory of the United Stales I'eonage Law. Evidence during Ihe trial came mostly from neighbors, who told about the chicken coop, the chains, and the clubs. One neighbor nald the 48-year-old-negro — Alfred rr- '.vin--frequently visited his house Til. night, bleeding from wounds and begging for food. Irwln himself look Ihe stand briefly. He said be ran away once, but his masters caught him end brought him back. He didn't try again, he said, because Uc was afraid. Students At High School Offer Program Tonight The public-speaking class of the high school, in cooperation with the band and Ihe glee club, will present a program of cnlcrlainincnl lor.ighl, 8 o'clock, at Ihe high school auditorium. The affair, lo which the public Is cordially invited and for which there is no admission charge, will Include (he presentation of the playlet "Honeymoon House'', as well as .several vocal and Instrumcntnl numbers. Our Duty To Help Accoin- '•.imodnte Cadets' -Visitors, Wilson Declares Clnrciice II. Wilson, president ol the Ulythcvlllc Chamber nf Commerce, today made 1111 appeal to llic peoirjc of UJytbevllle- lo <?pon Ihelr homes lo mothers, fnlli'eis, relatives and fiancees of cadels who arc to {graduate Thursday nl (he lilytlie- vllle Army Air Field. iMnny of these.people arc coming from great, distances In sec ttielr sons an<| brothers and future husbands receive their wings on this occasion, it Is understood. Mr. Wilson, In making his appeal to tin: people of Dlylhovllle lo take' visitors Into their homes, said "U is only for a day or two and many of us have spare bedrooms «"'"!{ lo waste that could he made avnll- ablc lo some of these mothers or fathers who have .sons out here training lo drop bombs on the Axis. It may be that these molhers iiiul fathers will linve their lust opportunity for a short visit wilh their sons, for we know many ol them will not come back, so let of us who have a span: bedroom or Iwo make them available for Jnsl a few days so thai llic boys and their folks may have a visit together. It Isn't n question of renting our rooms iJcrnmnenlly, It's wiying, T will lake care of one or two or more of visitors lor a few (lays'. I "The Housing Committee of the niythevllle Chamber of Commerce Is working day and night to render the kind of service to these boys Hint Dlytlicvllle should render. AM one lins lo do Is call telephone 2013 and say T have a room you can use' and we will do llic The time Is short, nnd I appeal to niylhcvlllc people lo do Ihcir part of this Job." It Is suggested that yon call In the day, at 20K( or CoiirliT News office, telephone •I61, or if you must call al night telephone 21-17 or 3174 lo register your rooms for Ihe graduation exercises. The linssluns him; said little recently uboiit flfjlillng In tin- Mi:l- gorod sector. They neither confirm air deny Uu: Ucriuitn claim. Southeast of Kharkov, hcnvy fighting continue:, un llio ground and in the nlr, Uiisslmi front dls- nilchcs Kiiy liuit Mg nuuiburii of fresh Niizl limks nnd Iroops, attacking without regard lo losses, n'annged lo force 'oack Russlun llnrs slightly '.!«< miles from Ihe city. However, the,lied Army Klitfon- ed' nnd-chuckod nil further as- saiills. I'limcs of Ihu Hed'fllr fifrcc m'e rtolii'B' yeoman service In llic .struggle. They hiive destroyed or dmmiged 101) Llcrman lurries laden with Iroops and supplies. On the central from, llic Itus- sluns lire inlKiiicIng through mud, slush and heavy snow north, east mid southeast of Aiiiio;ensk. Troops which stormed across the Dntoppcr lltver hnvc tnkeii several villages In a drive toward 'nurovo, strong point cm Ihe Smolcnsk- itntlroaci. Stork Rush Continues Od Doc Stork ramo lo (own again last night and he was In a hurry. After n trip to . Illytliertlle Hospital, tht fellow hurried over lo Walls Hospital and left three babies within an hour. Only two nights before, he left four at Ihe hospila! overnight. James Needliam SliJl Luc ley-Survives Air Crash Jjiines Necdhnm is n lucky fellow. The former Ulythcvlllc high school football 'star, who came through the Invasion of Solomons Islands without a scratch, has escaped death In an airplane crash somewhere on the Pacific Coast although the pilot was killed. News of Ihe accident has teen sent his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Martin Nccdham, along with a photograph of their son. •.„. He wrote that his only injury was a fractured leg but in the (•.holograph lie appeared lo have lost about 30 pounds of weight lo make his family believe he was more .seriously hurt. The acoldenl, which has been announced alter having occurred several weeks ago, was during pMrol duly on Hie Pacific Coast. The first class private was substituting for a rear gunner In the plane when the crash occurred but his duly Is to train recruits at a new base, near Santa Ana, Calif., riftcr they have finished their basic training at another camp. Joining the Marines shortly af- Icr he bocame IV yc-irs of age, Private Ncedham landed in the Solomons Aug. 21. Because of their complete exhaustion after harrowing experience.'!, these troops were returned lo the stales last October 13. Shortly after thai time, Private Need' ham returned home for a furlough before going back lo his California po-sl. lie was a member of the niythe- vllle High School football team during the two years it received Die sl.ilo championship, honors. Arkansas Briefs I.ITTIJ: KOVK, niiutii is (IJ.I 1 .)—CiiveVniir Adklns.. un- UDUiiii'd liuliiy lif. liact slii'iud inu' final Hiiuso Kilt ami wu.s clt'iuhii; ids ilcEk iif all bill a few minor lillls lirfurc lai-kUllK U|;|.rn|iii.iiiiins lillls plissnl by Ihr l.<'£ls!;ilmt:. Ilr slf;m'il :i bill Ipy Kcprcscn- .(;iH\T i:il U'flur of lli'iiloil ;niiciuliii), r rmituii: luiv i»rOvls">" s fixing (In: time fur assessment nf personal iiiopcrly. Klcvcn minor lillls ardiltnUilly s<uki:d l»v niln iiill bare lo hi- rcivrlt- U:n. Tim (iovernnr revealed llii't IIR'.I plitTinlnt' to Kft lo Washington nn March 27lh fi>r a final I. C. t,'. freluhl nilc bear"iv, ami fo luki; ill' oilier slutc Inr.'lncss. 'IffCKKIC I'ltlSON FAKjr, Ark., Mar. Itl (tl.r.)—Allolpll 'J'hdtnus, u cnnvldcd Xcfirn murderer, w:is cIccti'iiiMilcd al d:iwn Iccliiy for the slaying ol iiH.llu-r Krgroinl Magnolia last year. I.IITI.I-: UOCIC, Mar. I!) IIJ.P.)—Arkansas has no stale l:i«- i'eltiiij; hours fur Ibc sale nf Ijcrr, hut milni(:i|i.ilirics can i;;i.vs Mich l.-iiv.v. S» says Attorney (iciwnil (Iiiy Williams. XVillinius tnlil Sur>rom[. Court Clerk C. It. -Stevenson Hint no firm w iri'rsnti is nlilignlcd lo i ell lo llic stale al a discount. Three Crack American\Di- ivsions Race Toward Gabes, On [",ast Coast Hy United I'icss Tlivut) divisions of Articri- ciin (roops are iulvaiiciiifC eastward through ceiilnil riini.siii but llio GcriniuiH uru .illiicluiig again In the north. The YniikK, covering <1<1 miles in n lightning, two-day lulvancc, have takij'n the town of 101 GuoUnr, 72 miles from Gabns on the eastern coast: One column of our tioopS'r.AV .s striking down the • highway toward Cmbcs In n race to cut off .lie ram of the Axis army defending the Mnroth Line. A soc- [>nd American column Is- rolling In a northeasterly' direction along .he Sliix-Clafsa Rulhond towaid Sencd. Divisions Identified It was rovcalcd today that- the Atncrtcnns on the Tunisian .front comprise the 1'irst, and 34th in In iv- Iry divisions nnd luc first armored, The First infantry, with u. great- World War record, Is .known In North Africa as the iflrst team, composed mostly of regular AVmy men. The 34th Infantry is composed of National Oiuuil and selective service mills from .llic Midwest. The first armored, the cream of .American', mechanised forces, bus bcc-ii in,"fiction almost since the beginning of .the Tunisian campaign. - r>i ,. .• In an effort, to hamstring' .the iin dr.iyc across Cental Tn(fib "oiVciny" 1 (s punching (he 'First Anny In the northern sector. Drllull Kail });ick The British htive. evacuated the town of Tnnicm and sec up 'a,.now Hue three - miles to the southwest. Col. dori. .'Von Arnlm's Axis army is nltiieklng Mic now Diltljili line heavily,, apparently hoping -to force n diversion of allied' strength' from the center. Along the Miireth Line, thciu still Is no allied conilrmatlon,of enemy 'reports that thc^British DMghlh Army has launchi'd a general offensive. Today's communi- que noted "slight local . .cOjust- menls" by the Eighth Army.with little- enemy Interference. Heavy rain, which Americans are Ignoring on their drive cast- ward, apparently Is holding up the main British allnck ngalnst the Mareth forls. Our bombers con- llnuc lo hammer, Ihe Mareth for- llflrallons In preparallon for . tliu offensive. llriilsb Subs Score Orltish submarine's have scored heavily In new raids against the. tcmimir, Axis supply line across Ihe Mediterranean. The- Admiralty reveals lhat four big enemy supply ships, one medium sized -. tinker and one small supply ship have been sunk by British subs. A naval, auxiliary and a smaller supply ship' also were destroyed. And Allied tir.hlcrs In raids on , Sicily and Miilhcrn Ilaly, have destroyed seven locomotives and machine gunned a 2,000 ton ship. A direct hit also was scored on a tanker, oft southern Ilaly by British bombers and torpedo planes. And Ihe harbor of Naples has been blasled again by American Liberators twice within the .past 24 hours. Heavy clouds prevented observation ol results. Young Christus Seventeen-year-old Jimmy Mor- gnnll plays the pnrt of Christ in a Lenten presentation of "Veronica's Veil" al Union City, N. J. New York Stocks A T & ,T Amcr Tobacco Anaconda Copper Beth Steel Chrysler ',... Coca Coin Gen Electric Gen Motors Montgomery Ward — N Y Central . —.— Int Harvester North Am Aviation ... liepublic Steel Radio . Socony Vacuum Sludcbakcr . ..; Standard of N J Texas Corp '...'.. Packard . U S Steel ... 139 3. ... 52 .... 27 3... 03 5.... V2 3... 08 1... 33 1 ... 471 ... 38 1... 133 ... 64 1... 12 3... 1C 5 ... ,7 I ... 12 /'. .'• : . 9 i, ...- 49 3 ... 46 I .'.. ' 4 ... 53 5 Livestock ST. LOUIS, Mo., Mar 18. (U.P.i— Hog Receipts 7,150 head with 7,000 salable. Top $15.50; 180to . 300 pounds $15.35 to $15.45; HO to 160 • pounds $14.15 to $14.75; sows $H.90 tO $15.23. - ; v: Cattle receipts 850 head with 800 salable, and calves 300, all salable. • Slaughter steers 412.00 to. $17,00; SlaiiEhter heifers $10.75 to $18.00; stocker and tecder steers $10.50 to $15.00; fanners and cutters $850 to $10.75; cows $11.00 to $12,50.

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