The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on January 1, 1941 · Page 1
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Wednesday, January 1, 1941
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER _______________ THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OP NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOUKi YOLUME XXXVII—NO. 245. Blytheville Daily News Blytheville Herald " " "~ ; ~~~" *"~ Blytheville Courier Mississippi y a }i e y Leader BI/VTHEV1LLR, ARKANSAS, WEDNRSDAY, JANUARY 1, RITISH STRIKE 7 SINGLE COPIES FIVE CE#W Nazi Raiders Play Havoc In The South Seas MELBOURNE, Australia, Jan. i. (UP)—Al; least two and possibly more' German raiders ^are loose in the South ! acific where they have inflicted a hfcavy toll on British Norwegian ami French shipping since last August j{ wis revealed today. Survivors from .ships attacked * and sunk by German raiders in the South Pacific brought here from lonely Emavau Island where they were marooned by their captors told of the fate of many ships at sea. They told tales of heroism fit sea and fights against overwhelming odds by vessels attacked by raiders. They .said the attack's came suddenly at night under dire threats against calls for help. Some survivors said they were well treated, but others 'charged that 132 persons had been kept under the hatch of one raider for three days without water. Breakfast, they said, consisted of one pot of vice for all 132 persons. The prisoners, landed on the island on Dec. 21 and*j rescued by a passing Australian vessel, said that because of crowded conditions food supplies were low. Black bread, raw bacon and 1 sausage were staple articles of diefc. Survivors said that whenever a ship was attacked by a raider and LIBYA Japanese Seize U. S. Newsman attempted to send a distress signal the raiders began jamming radio signals and opened shell fire immediately. Captains and crews were told that if they had been taken from armed ships they would have been shot. rod BlfteilLE IS Hot Stuff From Army Style Book Passing Year Good to This Area, New One Holds Great Promise Melville Jacoby, Pa-ess staff correspondent ... French Indo-China, was recently arrested, together with tr. S. Vice Consul Robert Rinden, by Japa- On a number of occasions sur- nese authorities in Haiphong vivors said prisoners below decks j charged with photographing a re-' .mfire and knew that an- stricted military zone. U. 3. Con- heard gunfi other victim had fallen vto a .raider. Some of the survivors from the steamer Komata said two officers K were killed in her capture. countered", much trouble hi sinking the Komata. Survivors arriving at , an undisclosed Australian port today totaled 496, including 70 women and seven' children. Survivors of the British steamers Turkakina and Bingwood and the 'French vessel Notou still were being held aboard a raider. Survivors said their captors "were forced to abandon them because of lack of supplies. The Turkakina was reported sunk August 20 after a plucky fight against a raider. Survivors said they learned from a German guard that she. fought two- and a half- hours against a raider armed with a number of guns to the Turkakina's one. The Turkakina surrendered only after two-thirds of her' crew of .53 had been lost. sulate at Hanoi protested arrest, saying disputed .photos were, made ..-•'at its' orders. "': To Hold Suspects In Brutal Slaying Of Osceola Man CLEVELAND, O. —Readers • Solving the brutal slaying at Osceola Friday night of Lawrence Waldon. 30, service station attend- it a standstill to- Chief Deputy . , Sheriff John F. Reinmiller is ill of influenza and was forced to go to bed, on orders ° r his physician, to temporarily at~cievelan~d~'s pubncTibraryTiSt ^^^ in ^ estig ; Uon start ^ im ~' J mediately after discovery ea'sily disturbed. Detectives Cornelius McCarthy and William Lavin tracked down, arrested and hand- quffed a man in the main library's reading room and removed him without being noticed by anyone in the room. • Three of Four Quads Born Christmas Day Are Living BARNWELL, S. C., Jan. 1 (UP) —A midwife revealed today that on Christmas Day she delivered quadruplets, one of which died soon after birth. The quads were all of the body of Waldon, slain by being struck over the head at least four times with a blunt instrument. Other officers of Mississippi County and those of Memphis, and other points of Missouri and Ark- Two Blythevillo made h ft a d 1 i n e s throughout the nation in 1940 for its National Cotton Picking Contest and while the competition was this section's greatest achievement, because of making the United States more cotton conscious, this was but a climax to a year of .successful living and the future is bright for Mississippi County in 1941. No city in the MidSouth is more closely bound to its agricultural background than Blytheville. whose residents confidently look forward to another year of prosperity, not across a smoking skyline of industrial plants, but across fertile fields of black delta soil that continues to hold the promise of better living. There is no hope of-large indus- i trial plants starting business here 1 which would give employment to thousands because of the" National Defense Program but the • farm folks and their town friends believe ( that their rich soil will again reap (bounteous crops. This, with the aid' (of federal government projects, similar to those throughout the country, is expected to make Mississippi County definitely on the un- grade. The year of 1940 was not a spectacular one—except for the Cotton Picking Contest which attracted visitors from 16 states—but strides taken by farm leaders were outstanding and that means success in this section. t Founded less than 50 years ago jby a Methodist minister and a few ! pioneer farmers, Blytheville hasi premained strictly... -an . agricultural town. Today'/ its' principal ^'industries exist on products of the rich land that attracted those first settlers, but a growing improvement in farming methods and better j rural living standards, particularly during the past several years, has contributed so materially to the § city's commercial life that its ftt- fture growth can be judged on the basis of agricultural progress. Seasonal employment was given) between 200 and 300 workers at the' | Blytheville Canning C o m pa n y. • Three large cotton compresses. a ! dozen gins and the Blytheville Cotton Oil Company provided jobs j for others. j- Another source of income for | obtaining ready cash, especially for farmers, has been the public auction sale held here each Thurs- p day for almost two years. There, jany person may take livestock, im- jplements or any belongings they wish to put up for sale. It is sponsored by the Agricultural Committee of the Chamber of Commerce of which J. Mell Brooks is secretary. The government appropriation of $342.858 for the building and repair of roads in the county is being spent in building farm-lo- What the well-dressed doughboy, will wear at Alaskan Army posts is demonstrated by H. W. Cavitf, left, and furrier Willard H George, at Los Angeles, Calif/ U. S. Army has ordered several thousand fur parkas like these for troops on duty in the Arctic arrested, it was announced boys. The three living were re- Memphis last night. in ported doing nicely. The mother is Ada Way, a negro of Red Oak district, Barnwell county. thef Oliver of the Young Hickman Woman Dies At Home Today Mrs. Willie Mae Moss, wife of James E. Moss of Hickman. died .early today at the family-residence at Hickman after a brief illness. 'She was 21. Besides her husband, she is sur- l W( L hav e a negro who identi- negro arrested as t maroon-colored car j seen at the station shortly before Waidon's body was found but that is as far as we have gotten," Mr. Reinmiller said today from his bed. The negro denies being out of Memphis Friday night but his wife admitted to officers he left home at 7 p.m. and did riot return until midnight, officers said. A fund has been started to be given to Mrs. Waldon and two make better roads but to involve the spending of $177,739.25 for WPA labor on this project, in addition to work done by the county 1 which included making of tile by county farm prisoners. Building activities were steady (Continued on Page 3) I! Duce's Naval Bases and Ports Are Targets for ,» British Flyers CAIRO, Egypt, Jan. 1. (UP) — Royal Air Force planes attached to the middle east command wound up the old year with smashing attacks on the great Italian naval bases of Taranto and Naples, the Sicilian port of Palermo, valona in Albania and Torre Annimxiata, it was announced today. Toronto, where last month the air arm of Lhe Mediterranean fleet dealt a crippling blow to Lhe Italian battle fleet, was attacked Monday night, the communiques said, and II bombs were seen to burst around their targets. On Monday night Naples and Palermo were attacked and the same night the British raided a chemical factory at Crotrone in southern Italy. Bombs were dropped at .Torre Annunziata and Valona, one of the main Italian ports in Albania, was raided yesterday for the 23rd time. Weather conditions for the Valona raid were bad. but all bombs fell in the target area and considerable- damage was caused, the communique said. The RAF also cooperated with land and naval forces in their seige of Barbia. "Enemy troops and motor transports concentrating military .stores in and west of Earbia were heavily attacked by bombing craft of the RAF yesterday." the communique said. "Several raids were made and on each occasion all bombs fell well within the target area." No. 1 Watermelon County MONTICELLO. Fla. (UP)—Jefferson county leads all counties in America in the production of watermelon seed. WILL FIGHT South African Premier In Broadcast Predicts U. S. Entry In Conflict. ,, LONDON. Jan. 1 (UP)—Premier Jan Christian Smuts of South Africa, speaking over the facilities of the British Broadcasting Company, said today that in view of the Nazi menace "I feel convinced that, in the last resort America will not, as indeed she cannot afford to. stay out of Lhe war." In a broadcast to the world from South Africa Smuts said "Under the great and inspiring leadership of President Roosevelt, she '.the United States), will' once more freely and of. her own choice dedicate herself to the greatest of human causes. In the spirit of Abraham Lincoln once more she will take her rightful place among the champions of a free world as against a slave world." Hold Funeral Services For Gosnell Infant Martha Roberts, one of the eight daughters of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Roberts of Gosnell, died Tuesday morning at the family residence. She was 18 months olci. Funeral rites were conducted this morning at North Savvba Cemetery by the- Rev. C. C. Cotton, of Gosnell. Cobb Funeral Home was in charge. Farm Students Outnumbered CHAMPAIGN - URBANA, 111, < UP)— University of Illinois authorities report that of 13,551 resident students. 1,846 are from farms and 11,705 from cities and towns. The 13,551 total includes enrollment here and at the Chicago professional schools. Request .For Increased Monetary Powers May Stir Up Controversy MY ROBERT \. KNOWLTONV UnH<:<) IVes.s Sinn" Com-spomiom WASHINGTON, .Jan. 1. (UPj — The federal reserve board uskecl congress today for drastically Increased monetary powers at (ho expense -of the treasury department und urged that President, Roosevelt's power lo devalue the dollnr be allowed to expire on June 30. Broad changes In flscfll- policies and monetary machinery are necessary, the board said, because the defense program requires "the coordinated effort, of the entire nation" and It may become necessary to take .steps to "prevent Inflationary tendencies attributable to defects in the machinery of credit control." It warned that means should be found to prevent further growth in excess reserves and in deposits arising from future gold acquisitions, pointing out that $14,000,000,000 in gold has flowed into the United States from abroad since 1934: .It proposed that the budget be balanced when the country "approaches full utilization of Its economic capacity," that more and more of defense expenses be met by tax revenues rather than by borrowing; that the general debt limit be raised, and that the treasury be allowed to issue nny type of taxable security. The recommendations were made in a special report to congress— Die first In the history of the re- I serve board. It was bound to stir jup a- major controversy over the I New Deal's fiscal policies, for which the admlnlstratloiv only a year ago made a "concerted! %ght In congress. The report also marked the first major break, between President Roosevelt , and . Board Chairman Marriner S. Eccles, who early in the New Deal was one of the president's closest advisers on fiscal policies. . Secretary'of the Treasury Henry Morgenthau, Jr., and Lauchltn Currie, one of the president's assistants who formerly was an economic adviser for the .reserve board, were expected to oppose most of the hoard's suggestions and carry their fight to congress; Both of them conferred yesterday with Eccles. The report, signed by the board of governors, the presidents of the 12 federal reserve banks and the members of the federal advisory council representing .the 12 reserve districts, emphasized that the nation Is in no danger of Immediate inflation, but' foresaw that possibility unless peace-time banking policies are changed to cope with the Industrial needs of a war-time world. It considered the predominating problem to be the tremendous accumulation of excess reserves, or "Idle, money," by which banks which, it contended, would be further Increased by government defense securities. "Due to extraordinary world conditions;" it said, the' board's authority is inadequate to cope with the present and potential excess reserve problem, even though in recent years congress has Increased its powers. It recommended that congress provide means for "absorbing a large part of existing excess reserves, which amount to $7,000,000.(Continued on Page 6^ Nile Army Tobruk; Channel Fighters Quiet ' "; liV NK1) United Press stutv Correspondent JLONDON, ,hui. 1. (UP) — Tho British ami German air forces started the Now Yea)' with weather conditions so severe us to ground their planes and give • territory on both sides of- the English Channel a respite from air attacks. Conditions ulofl/ou- ihf coastline and far inland' liijenemy territory last night;, arid ! cnrly today were far too bad to allow "accurate bombing-, keeping' bombers and fighters of the Royal ALr Force al home. Similar "conditions In Germany and German-occupied territory were believed to have grounded the German air force. "There was no enemy activity over this country last night." the air and home security ministries said In a communique.* The air ministry, however, said that In daylight hours yesterday RAF bombers made several attacks on Germany and the Low Countries, "Weather was unfavorable but bombs were seen to fall on a small factory at Cologne," the ministry said. "Objectives at .Rotterdam and docks at Ynuiiclen (Holland) Were attacked. An anti-aircraft ship near Flushing (Holland) was put out of action." The ministry admitted that two British planes were lost during the flights, described as primarily for reconnaissance. As a new year's eve stimulant to Britain, the ah- ministry said that during 1940 British^ lighters, had destroyed a total.of 3,090 enemy planes in and around the British Isles and that, total enemy losses ^'were'*brought to'"well over 3,500 by balloon barrages' and antiaircraft guns. The RAP during 1940 lost 1,050 planes, but the pilots of 400 of these were saved, the ministry said. With London free of air raids since the smashing attack on '.'the •city" Sunday night, (Londoners turned out by the thousands last night to welcome the New Year. Only the blackout marred the traditional festivities. Celebrations had been scheduled on a restricted scale, most of them for underground shelters, but as the evening wore on without the wailing of air raid alarm sirens Londoners emerged from their burrows and hastily arranged Inst- minute parties. Crowds jammed Piccadilly and Trafalgar Square. There.wns dancing In the streets and by 10 p.m., when It became apparent that there would be • no air attacks, thousands flocked in from the suburbs to join m the fun. By 11 p.m. streets were thronged and extra police details were called cut to control the crowds. Many restaurants, jammed, were forced •to close their doors. A? midnight struck the crowds sang ."Auld Lang Syne." the national anthem and "There'll Always Be An England." Soon after midnight the police began shepherding crowds home. Some returned to the shelters where celebrations were continued into the morning. Heaters In Cold Storage Plant' HOULTON, Me. (UP)—When the temperature plunged to 35 degrees below zero, electric heaters were used at n cold storage plant to prevent mat from gttlng too hard. BV RICIUHD D. MCMILLAN Dulled Stuff Correspondent WITH TUB BRITISH ARMY" IN LIBYA, Dec. 30 .(UP) •—(Delayed)—A British'raid 70 nflies inside Libya-to within a few miles of Tobruk, major Italian base and fili-ontfhold of Marshal Rodol- i'o Giwj'ani's Terribili, v;as disclosed by the British army of the Nile today..A British armored column spent an entire day observing the defenses thrown up around Tobruk, next British objective afteiv Bardia ' and found that au important air- ' drome just south of Tobruk had been abandoned. Italian units encountered during the operations fled, surprised that the British had approached so near Tobruk. The British meanwhile gave the beleaguered Italians at Bardia no respite from shelling by land and sea. Bardia's guns replied to'Biit- ish naval artillery but were unable to get Its range. The siege of Bardia has developed into ix test of the endurance of ' the Imperial attacking forcea as well as that of the trapped Italian defenders. The Italian 'guns caused much less damage than did biting, blinding desert sandstorms, I crossed the battleHeld In a curtain of sand so thick that it would have been easy to wander into the Italian lines, us already some British troops have done. Prom the top of the escarpment overlooking Bardia the scene was of a great " dust bowl. Despite the storm, the British v C9ntmued to pour in re-" inforcemehts—tanks, guns; -lorries troops and supplies,' ThW movements added to^ the .huge cloud, of; sand sweeping v the plain- below "ttie ' escarpment. " The task of the British army before Bardia was emphasized with disclosure that "40 forts had defended the ^now shell-wrecked town. These outposts were linkecl by a continuous anti-tank witch ' 16 feet wide and it in turn was guarded by mile after mile "ot thick, barbed wire barricade. The British gradually were reducing this line of forts, the while keeping Bardia Itself under continuous bombardment. It was estimated that 20,000 Italians, the remnants of the army whicirhad invaded Egypt and which has ^jeen diiven back to Libya, remained in Bardia under Gen. Francesco Berti. Prisoners taken by the British now total 38,000. The British also have taken more than 100 big guns; hundreds of motor : vehicles"- ana vast quantities of army stores. Jeff Roland Has Opened Paragouid Auto Agency Jeff Roland, formerly owner of" The Bootery Shoe "store here, is opening an automobile agency in Paragould, he announced Tuesday. The firm will be agents for Dodge' and Plymouth cars. Since retiring from the shoe business, Mr. Roland was connected with the Blytheville Motor Co., with which he will be affiliated in- his new Business. vived by an-18 months old daugh- glven to Mrs. Waldon and two ter. Mae Lou. {young daughters and a reward of Funeral rites will be conducted $ . 255 has been rai sed for informa- Thursday morning, 10 o'clock, at ^Walker Cemetery by the Rev. S. A. Merrill, pastor of Church of God. Cobb Funeral Home is in charge. tion leading to apprehension of the slayer. Waldon was found dead in what officers term the most brutal slaying committed in Mississippi County in many years. He was appar- jently killed by robbers who took This Section Has Fewer Fatal Auto Accidents In 1940; 7 Deaths In County Fatalities in automobile accidents in 1940 dropped sharply from the 1939 figure, a year-end check revealed; today. Only nine persons died in automobile crashes in Mississippi county and nearby points of adjacent southeast Missouri, a decrease of eight from 1939. In 1938 the number was 27. in 1937 it was 17. Mississippi county automobile ac- SUGAR BOWL —Quarter— 123 Tennessee 7 o Boston College 0 0 COTTON BOWL Texas A. & M 0 0 Fordham 0 G ORANGE BOWL Mississippi State 77 . Georgetown . 0 0 Rose-Bowl starts at 4 p.m., East- West all-star game at 3:45 p.m. (CST), *"**"*> tvmcvj uy lUUQerS WHO tOOfc ' *"«*• ~~«"'v ""t^inwum; t\\*— $9 from off nis body and then cidenL<; claimed seven lives, a wel- entered the Joyner Service Station ! come drop from H in 1939 and an 20 ln 1938< attribute l j and picked up the cash register containing about $20 and fled, leaving behind them about $75 in a small box underneath the shelf on which the register rested. in 1938. attributed .largely to efficiency of the state highway patrol. Guns, Burns Kill But there was no respite from {deaths by guns and burns. Thirteen persons were burned to death Sword's Evolution Shown CANTON,-O. <UP)—W. D. R.l in a dozen different Evaiis, Canton, has a.collection of and accidents. Guns blazed swords from all , over the world, dating back to 1400. .They are arranged on the walls of his study cause 10. deaths, including violent slayings, accidental shootings and suicides, Falls, knives and drown- - -.—- • —- — -•-•* ."-—j ..jiA^na^Q, .ra,iu>, jviJivus ana arowr- to show the evolution of the sword lings claimed three lives each, trains from an efficient hand-to-hand took two lives'and all other causes weapon to today's formal dress resulted in four additional deaths in Mississippi county and south- east Missouri. The 194Q total was 47 deaths of violent nature, as con- i trasted with 44 in 1939 and 55 in 1938. Injured Total 250 Accidents of all types cost varied injuries to more than 250 persons, with automobiles the chief culprit in 135 cases and burns injuring 30. Guns hurt 15 persons, falls 13 rind all ether causes, including minor and more serious injuries, counted more than 40 persons. The closing days of December brought tragedy to many homes and shot the 1940 fatality total past that of 1939. December 25, Christmas day, resulted in two deaths when 14-year-old Harold Garrison of Gosnell was killed by accidental discharge of his guts as he and his 16-year-old brother hunted rabbits. The wife of Charley James, negro, was stabbed to death by her husband. The day after Christmas was fatal to two negroes, Major Pierson .and his 32-year-old wife, in an accident between an automobile Death Chart 1940 Be Careful in 1941 (For Northeast Arkansas and Southeast Missouri.) Burns 13 Guns 10 Autos 9 Brownings 3 Falls 3 Knives 3 Trains' 2 Others -4 1940 Total 47 193!) Total 44 containing Blytheville negroes and another car in which a number of negroes from Wilson were riding. Four other negroes were injured seriously, the negro woman died instantly and the man died the next day. Ruby Lee Todd. 20-year- old Blytheville employe of the Rice-Stix factory, shot herself through the heart with a shotgun charge after unsuccessfully attempting suicide by taking poison, Brutal Slaying Lawrence Waldon. 30. Osce- cla service station .attendant, was slain by a man or men who robbed his station Friday night, Dec. 27. and slugged nim in what is said to be one of Mississippi county's most brutal slayings. Police of three states seek the killer or killers and rewards of $250 have been posted. Segregated by months, here's the remainder of the 1940 deaths by violence in Mississippi county and southeast Missouri. JANUARY—Six deaths. January 2 Mrs. John L. Wood, 51, Blytheville, burned to death after she poured kerosene on a fire and Inez Vaught, 14, Pecan Point, died when her clothing caught' fire. Jan 10 a 16-months-old .baby, Marie Jones of Keiser, died when she spilled gasoline on .her clothing and it became ignited. Jan. 21 Mrs.. Paul Howard, 26, Blytheville. was killed and her husband and two children injured seriously when their automobile crashed into an abutment at the Krutz bridge on Highway 61. Jan. 22 Ernest Cummins, 27. Osceola, suffocated when he was caught in a slide of seed at the Ralson-Purina mill. Jan. 24 H. B. Campbell, 35. Blytheville shoe repair shop owner, was dead after being burned in stove explosion Jan. 6. FEBRUARY—Two deaths. Feb. 7 —W. H. Forbus, 33, Tyler, died two days after his car crashed into a transpart truck near Holland. Mo. Feb. 9 — John A. Edrington. 40, prominent Osceola planter, died the day after being bumed in a fire at his home which caused $8,000 damage and trapped the planter. Two children escaped injury when a negro cook dashed through the flames and rescued them. MARCH—Six deaths. Mar. 9— Ellis -Foster, 47. Cooter, Mo., shot to death in a fight at a dance. March 14—Fred Forsythe. Jr., 30. Cooter, died after being shot at the, Continued on paye 3 Editor Profits In Lucky Finds Of Autographs JEFFERSON, O. (UP)—-The autograph collecting hobbv' of E. C. Lampson, Jefferson 'editor, has taken 6n the aspects of big business. Lampson's attic-rummaging Jias yielded him as much as $750 in a single afternoon. He earned this amount when he found a bundle of letters written by John Brown of Harper's Ferry fame. He specializes in Presidents' autographs, however, of which his collection now has 31. Accord'ni" to Lampson, letters written by Benjamin Harrison are among the most valuable. Depending on subject matter in them.' prices range from $10,000 to $30.000. A letter by Jitines Buchanan, written while he was postmaster at Baltimore, also is highly valued. On the other hand, George Washington's letters have sold i'or as little as $2^ Lampson said. WEATHER Arkansas—Occasional rains colder in the west and central portions with temperatures near freezing near Bentonville tonight. Thursday mostly cloudy and colder, rain in extreme eastern.; portion. Memphis and vicinity (unofficial forecast)—Cloudy and warmer with rain 1 tonight. Thursday, -rain.

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