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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OF NORTHKAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI VOLUME XXXVTI— N'O. 246. Blytheville Dally News Blytheville Courier •BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS, THURSDAY, JANUARY 2, 19«l SINGLE COPIES FIVE CENTS' NEW CONGRESS WILL CONVENE TOMORROW f ----- -_. - jr^»l - -~ ~' — . .TTJ* > * ' ^^•*"^^*"™^'™'*'^ > ^*" •••!>• •» ••» _^^^^ MM ^»» M ,—. .— ....•• i i •• ,m • i, i mm , Germany Sends War Planes To South Italians Admit Nazi Air Help; RAF Hits Bremen Ky United Press Italy officially admitted for the first time today that her Axis partner, Germany, is diverting part of the'gre: i .t Nazi air force to a i d the bogged down Fascist military mac h i n e in Albania and North Africa. How large a proportion of the Nazi air force will be diverted to the Mediterranean war theater was not indicated, but .General Francesco Pricolo, Italian undersecretary of air, announced that German' air squadrons will fight for Italy in the Mediterranean basin. He also announced that Italian air units which have been cooperating with the Germans in bombardment of Great Britain were being called hom£. to reinforce the Italians on their- fighting fronts in Albania and Africa. Only one •unit of Fascist fighting iJ.anes still remains with the German air force on the English Channel fighting front. Pricolo's announcement was the , first official confirmation of rumors circulated in neutral and Balkan capitals that Germany was LONDON, Jan. 2. (UP) — Big formations of Royal Air Force bombing planes showered incendiary and high explosive bombs on Bremen, gilding the night in retaliation for Sunday night's raid on, London's ancient "city" area, it was reported today. * Great fires were reported burning in the "town as result of what appeared from the first available informaton to have been one of the most concentrated British raids of a German city. The Royal Air Force "paid the Germans back in their own coin" for the fire raid, the press association reported, and dropped big quantities of fire and explosive bombs on the important Bremen area. In addition, Royal Air Force planes attacked, numerous submarine bases, invasion ports and other targets in Germany and German-occupied territory. It was understood, however, that the greater part of the raiding planes were concentrated on Bremen. It is there that an aircraft factory is reported to be turning out a new twin motored fighter as well as the Condor planes that- preparing to give substantial aid'('have been raiding British ship- to her partner. The Italian announcement did not limit the German air cooperation to'"-'the -Albanian ad Libyan fronts.- The Mediterranean basin- •.-^jbicluo^s^.;6thfer;i''.potential spheres of German operation .that are of major importance. One is trie French-held territory both in France and in North Africa. Ger- 1 ping in the Atlantic. It" was the first raid on Bremen in two weeks. The city has been bombed more :; than 50 times since the s'arfc of aerial warfare., .... National Survey Shows Fatal Accidents By Motorists Predominate By United Tress The nation's motorists embarked on the new year by contributing more than half the victims to a holiday toll of at least 1G5 persons dead of violence. A national survey showed at least 114 persons perished in traffic accidents on new year's eve or the first day of 1941. Despite the heavy holiday traffic -and rain over much of the country, the National Sofety Council saw indications that motorists were paying greater heed to pleas for caution. The council said the New Year holiday traffic fatalities appeared to range 100 victims under the Christmas holiday toll, on the basis of early surveys. Fire and suicide were other principal causes of death New Year's Day, talcing more than 30 lives Airplane accidents, shootings and train-auto crashes accounted foi other fatalities. Four members of a mountah skiing party in Utah were believed dead under an avalanche of shifting snow-walls, but they were no included in the fatality list pending a report of rescue workers dig ging- in sub-zero temperatures. Among the traffic victims' wer the Rev. Elmer Genung, Stanlej Wis., who was killed en route to Flying Bombers Across ; - LONDON, Jan. 2 tUP) — U. S. bombers.are being flown across the Atlantic Ocean to Britain "in a man operations from French bases steady stream", Viscount Beaver- tvnnlri molrp nr^srifilf 1 hpav'v ntlt.nnks hirnnL- minietw nf n irfi'flf t. nrndllP.- would make possible heavy attacks on British naval trains operating west from Gibraltar to Alexandria. The second is Spain and the western gateway to the Mediterranean, Gibraltar and Tangiers. There have been persistent fears of a German thrust in this region for many weeks. .Germany is generally believed to be speeding'plans for new lightning blows against Britain on many fronts — possibly .simultaneous; strokes in the Mediterranean, the Balkans and the Far East with an all-out attempt against the British Isles themselves. • In this situation the status of Franco-German relations assumed •great importance. Vichy dispatches described Franco-German negotiations as at a standstill and reported evidences of Nazi displeasure at the attitude of'the French. Aged Lifer Could Not Escape O J '• I Own Conscience, Surrenders MONTGOMERY, Ala., Jan. 2. (UP)—Tom Hocli;e, 74, tha bosi pun of his life past, today asked to spend the remainder of HI. 1 ; days in prison because his conscience had troubled him Tor 21 years. Accompanied by his son, Clifford, the soft-spoken, little num walked into Kilby Prison lust- night and surrendered to Warden Earl Wilson—21 years after he escaped from the Spoiynor Prison Farm. He had been serving a life sentence for murder at Florala, Ala. Hodge said Clifford had been trying Tor a long lime to persuade him to surrender, a ml "I tltfmght I'd start the Now Year right, like Son says." I ' "I suddenly decided to give up while spending Chris tin us with, my wife and four sons at Florala, 1 ' explained Hodge. "I had been thinking of it for several years. I lived in fear of being captured and my conscience always bothered me, particularly at, Christmas." Under several different names, Hodge said he travelled throughout the United States, in Canada and Mexico, working as a harvester, farm hand, brick mason, carpenter and odd-jobs man during his fugitive years. "I lived a clean, honest life during my free years and stayed out of trouble," he said. The warden told young Hodge that his father would bo made a trusty and assigned to work in gardens with full consideration for his voluntary surrender. ,....'.-. The elder Hodge was convicted hi 1914 of shooting a man to death. He explained that the, victim, had "picked a fuss and i shot in self-defense." He escaped in 1919. • _ i . , . .;•.. • • Struggle Looms Over Control Of Financial Set-Up Cites Manual of Organization As Proof of "Completely Military" Unit WASHINGTON. Jan. 2. (UP) The German-American Bund was described by the Dies Committee today as a "completely military" organization patterned after the "ruthlessly efficient" machine set up In Germany by Adolf Hitler. The committee made public what It said was an exact translation of the official confidential manual of the bund, which it offered as "fresh proof of the unAmcrlcan uiracter" of the organization. Asserting that while its three ars of investigation of the bund md established lt£ tie-up with a/.l Germany, the* committee tis- rtod that this was the first time ;he bund's military character had jeen exposed. The document, according to the ommlttee, was obtained "after it ad been taken from the personal Arrest Negro Woman ' 4 As ear*s.v$^^ -&ruc£ v down by ~" " ' •"* brook, minister of aircraft production, said today. He described -trans-Atlantic flight as a "very efficient means of delivery" and said the .method of delivery was "being extended more and, more." The minister's statement marked the first official announcement that U. S. bombers are being flown across the Atlantic. 9 Britain now has more airplanes of every type in operation than ever before in history and she has more in reserve, Beaverbrook said. "All British orders for U. S. airplanes for 1941 now have been placed and the United States' program for this year has been settled." Chicago, a car filled with shrieking holiday revelers who fled. California led the states in fatalities with a total of 24. 12 in traffic. New York had a toll of 23, Illinois 20 and Pennsylvania 13. STUDY BUDGET Of ' Illness Slows Probe A third Wednesday New York Cotton Mar. May July - Oct. Dec. Jan. prev. open high low close close 1045 1046 1040 1042 1043 1038 1043 1036 1037 1038 1020 1021 1016 1016 1020 965 967 960 960 965 . 960 963 962 962 960 1037 1035 1029 1029 1034 New Orleans Cotton Mar. May July Oct. Dec. Jan. prev. open high low close close 1049 1048 1045 1043 1046 1046 1046 1040 1040 1642 1024 1026 1018 1019 1022 . 970' 971 964 963 970 . 965 966 962 962 960 1G37 1037 1037 1031 1031 Msr. Mosby Of Manila Is Dead; Services Today Mrs. Lectie Johnson Mosby, wife of Audie Mosby of Manila, died Wednesday night at the family home one month following the birth of a son. She was 20. Besides her husband, she is survived by her infant son. Louis Eugene; one daughter. Janie Sue age two: her parents. Mr. and Mrs J. W. Johnson: two brothers, J. W Johnson Jr. and Fred Johnson, and one sister. Miss Olivia Johnson all of .Manila. The Rev. E. C. Gathrisht. pastor Baptist Church of Manila, was to conduct rites this afternoon with burial at Manila Cemetery. ' Hanna Funeral Home was charge. Stock Prices in Hughes Gin Slightly Damaged By Fire Today Increased Appropriation Asked To Carry Olit State's Wildlife Program LITTLE ROCK, Jan. 2 (UP> — The legislature's joint pre-session budget committee today began study of the state game and fish commission's biennial appropriation. D. N. Graves, commission secretary, appeared before the committee and erquested a total budget of S350.000 for each of the next two years. The request represented an increase of $150,000 over what Graves' department spent annually during the biennium. Explamin; his request. Graves said his plans called for an increased wildlife program and increasing of the number of employes from 103 to 146. , Included in the increase was an item of $900 for the secretary's salary, raising it from S3600 a year to S4500. It also called for the creation of the position of auditor and supervisor of license sales and collections at $2,000 a year. The committe delayed action on the appropriation for the state | deaf school pending a further explanation of the budget by the institution officials. arrest was made late in the brutal slaying of Lawrence Waldon, 30, Osceola service station attendant, but there are no new developments In the case, it was announced today The wife of one of the negroes arrested several days ago was taken into custody last night by Mississippi County officers as a witness in the case but she had already been questioned at lengti by officers who decided to place her under 'arrest "as a precaution.' The case will apparently remali at a standstill until Chief Deputj heriff John F. Reinmiller re covers from a severe attack o influenza. When he is able to be up, it is planned to complete investigation of several angles developed by other officers who are working day and night on ihe case. The case being constructed is one which may collapse, officers have pointed out. It is believed that at least one of the two ne- groes arrested was in Osceola Fri- B rgo Vessels May Be Re leased to England Unde " '' U ••,.••"'<*" .... t. Plan Now Being Studiee day night in a maroon-colored car and an automobile of this color was seen at the service station shortly before VValdron's body was WASHINGTON, Jan. 2 (UP)— man-American Administration quarters indicate which comes today that American cargo ship will " be lent or leased to Brital as one of the first steps in Presl dent Roosevelt's program of ac celerated material aid for avis foe The sources said that if tl plan is carried out there is som likelihood that the United State may compensate for the loss vessels by acquisition of most the 133 ships owned by Germai occupied countries and now tied t in American ports. Legal aspects of such a cour were being studied but there was no indication that the government planned to take over German and talian "refugee" vessels ns well as hose of other foreign countries. Germany and Italy have said seizure of their ships would be iewed as a "warlike act." This new move came as Mr. Roosevelt continued to work on his annual message to congress, an address that is expected to give details of his plans for speding delivery of war supplies to Britain and possibly to Greece and China. ffects uehrer Bund." of G. Wllhelm Kuntfa, of the German-American By HOHKKT A. KNOWI/I'ON Unitt'tl I'ITSS Stall" Cornspomkrit WASHINGTON, Jim. 2. (UP)—-Tin, Treasury Do- purtment and the Federal Reserve Board prepared to- for a great lug-of-war over control of the nation's credit and currency during: the rcarnwmenl period. The boards recommendations for ro'penl of tminy treasury and presidential fiscal powers, Including the president's power to devalue the dollar, and its bid for broad power to combat inflationary tendencies may stimulate the famous battle in the I830.s between Andrew Jackson and tin; Bank'of the United States. Principals- in the conflict—President Roosevelt, Secretary of the Treasury Henry Morgcnthau, Jr.. and Federal Reserve Board Chairman Mnrrlner S. Ecclcs—were silent over the holiday on tin; board's report which was released by Eccles. Fragmentary congressional reaction—from conservative senators —favored Eccles' proposals. But there was little doubt that he report would.touch oft u majoi controversy in the new congrcs convening tomorrow, and that I may become a close second in con By JOHN R. BEAL United Press Staff Correspondent WASHINGTON, Jan. 2: " (UP)—The 7Gih Congress today holds the final meet-, ing of the longest session in h i s to ry—3 G G day s. Tomor- ' row at noon the new Congress convenes and the old one expires automatically. "*'* It was the first time in history that a congress , has remained in. session u full year. Leap The military! service of the bund 'as shown to be governed by mln- ito regulations governing drill, ommands, and signals. The "siy- to attack" was given as three ong blasts on a whistle, and the nstructlons were: "Od men off duty and the roller command at- ,ack.'' "roller command" Is a detail of members assigned to "vc- novc disturbers." document ^ gresslonal debate to the question o greater aid to Great Britain. 'There wris no indication whlc! side the president would support yhows~-'tt\e absolute loyalty which is demanded of the storm-troopers In the Gcr- Bund—a loyalty before everything AT&T 168 Am Tobacco 713-8 Anaconda Copper 26 3-8 Beth Steel 86 1-4 Chrysler 69 1-4 Cities Service 43-8 Coca Cola 106 General Electric 34 General Motors 45 3-4 i Int Harvester 50 Montgomery Ward 37 1-2 N Y Central v 13 7-8 North Am Aviation 165-8 Packard .' 31-4 Phillips 40 1-2 Radio * 5-8 Republic Steel 21 7-8 Soccny Vacuum 85-8 Studebaker 7 "5-8 . Standard Oil N J 34 3-4 Texas Corp *•. 394-5 U S Steel 68 ^ Ross D. Hughes Gin, located in Blytheville. was slightly damaged by fire at 5 o'clock this morning which broke out in the gin building* proper. Firemen quickly extinguished the flames before they had spread over the gin, which was not in? operation. Chicago Wheat Burglar Sought In Overnight Robbery City police sought a btirglar today after the general mercantile store of I. M. Bentley, 2000 block on West Main street, was entered Wednesday, night. Chief E. A. Rice said only a few pennies were taken from a jar !in the store and nothing else apparently was disturbed. He said several clues found -might lead to an early arrest. Legion Is Raising Fund For Company W American Legion officials appealed today for contributions to a small "company fund" for Company M, Arkansas National Guard before the unit leaves Blytheville for Little Rock's Camp Robinson Friday morning. The Legion feted the company' personnel and officers at a dinne Tuesday night and started the fun with, a $30 contribution. Any per son who wishes to boost the fun with from SI to $5 is asked to bring May Sept, open 87 823-8 high low 87 3-8 86 3-4 827-8 323-8 close 871-4 else and extends to tho minutest details of the storm-troopers' life," the committee statement said. The paper outlined In detail the organization of the orderly service (known as Od) of the bund. The bund fuehrer is the ranking fuehrer of the bund, but as his deputy in charge of od matters he appointed a national od fuehrer. The national od -fuehrpr's Jurisdiction includes authority over administration, procurement and distribution of "equipment of the od, its homes, etc.," audit and control, personnel, employment, health, insurance, legal administration, athletics, publicity, education and "propaganda and kultur. 1 ' Outlining the duties of a fuehrer, the manual asserts: •'He will never critici'/e his superiors in the presence of his kamerads, but exhibit at all times an attitude of absolute loyalty and But if the treasury departmen opposes most of the program—a spokesmen 'said it would—it wn reasonably certain that the presi dent would, too. It would be dlf flcult .for him to oppose sLrenuousl the stand of his secretary of th treasury. , •_,..., Treasury ' sources revealed th Eccles' recommendations to con press the first lime'in"history tha the board has sent a report to coi gross—hnd been announced wi the full knowledge of Morgenthau. A conference'the day ^before the report was released which was attended by Morgenthau, Eccles and Lauchlin Curric, assistant to Mr. Roosevelt an da former reserve board economic adviser, was widely interpreted here as an attempt by Morgenthau to have certain revis- ons made in the board's proposas. Treasury officials frankly ad- nltted that they would oppose virtually all of tho reserve board's recommendations, but considered it proper th^t the disagreement over basic fiscal policy be brought into added the 3GCth day. The former. record of 354 days'was established during the World War. ',-' Under 'the constitution there} an never be a session of congress ngcr than the one about to eiid,; id only in Leap Years can it ver be equalled. In contrast to previous years hen there has been a last mln- te rush to enact legislation, only- nc piece of unfinished business* emaincd for the senate—conflrma- lon of the appointment by PresU dent Roosevelt oE J. Warren Ma'd- den, former chairman of the Na--' tlonal Labor Relations Board, to be a xulge of the U. S. Court'of Claims. The house has no business • scheduled. It will meet rjer£unc-> torlly at noon, hear the journal read and listen to some brier speeches. •....-.' - -. . Sen. Arthur H. Vandenber, E.*,' Mich,, has blocked action twice on Madden's appointment. It lias the open for discussion. The Treasury's position was outlined by these officials as follows: The president should retain the right to revalue the dollar for postwar economic emergencies. Some of the fiscal.'controls the board recommended repealed arc not needed now when: the nation's economy it today to the Courier News office. Money raised will ^be used by national guard officials to spend for special purposes not. authorized by the army, of which, the guard unit now is a part- Both negroes are from Memphis and the second was arrested irincipally for purposes of identi- : ying the first negro apprehended. The wife of the first negro taken nto custody was 'arrested for questioning regarding her husband's whereabouts during the ime in which someone' struck Waldon over the head with a blunl nstrument, robbed his body anc then stole the cash register of tht, Joyner Service Station where he was night attendant. The negro, thus far. denies being out of Memphis Friday night. Names of those arrested have not oeen made public. Meantime, a fund to aid the Waldon family was increased by a $2 donation, it was announced today. The fund now totals $27- Reward for information leading to apprehension of the slayers in what officers term one of the most brutal murders in Mississippi County totals $255 with Sheriff Jackson, Mayor Ben Butler of Osceola, The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, and a filling station operator contributing this sum. The fund to aid Mrs. Waldon and her two young daughters was started by a Memphis, formerly a resident of Osceola, who gave $5; F. B. Joyner, owner of the Severi Draftees To Leave This Month Seven youths will join the regular army from Blytheville and Osceola this month, draft board officials said today. Three will go Irreproachable conduct—such as he \ \ K rising toward full capacity, but would expect froirj his subordl- to Little Rock from Blytheville. with one to leave Jan. 15 and two others Jan. 19. Csceola will have two negrc draftees for the Little Rock camp Jan. 14 and two white youths Jan. 15. Names of the group will not be announced for a few days. Officials of the Blytheville selective service organization said 91 qucstionalres had been sent mt here and others would not be mailed for 30 days. nates. "Od men and particularly od fuehrers must submit proof of aryan origin. -The od man guarantees the assurance, at the risk of his life if necessary, that our movement will continue to remain the relentless opponent of Jewish Marxism cl the uncompromising champion of everything that constitutes American-Germania, even though such a course might be regarded as Improper by any group within the bund." Pepys wrote his immortal diary 1-2 in shorthand. Bird migration is not caused by weather, conditions. The ; weather merely alters: the migration schedule. . . station, contributed $20 and Mr and Mrs. Robert E. Baldwin, of Memphis, gave $2 with the message from Mr. Baldwin "I ru" a filling station and it might have been me." Water moccasins are semi•?q tic snakes. They infest the lagoon and sluggish waters of southeaster! United States. Man Held After Local Typewriter Burglary Orville Luttrell. 37. was in the county ail charged with grand larceny today after State Policeman! Blytheville Schools Open Following Holidays Students of the city schools returned to their classrooms this morning following two weeks' vacation for Christmas. In checking on the influenza epidemic among people of school age. it was found that 313 of the 1700 students were absent today for the first classes. This number, W. D. McClurkin, of schools, stated the trend may shift .suddenly and it would be helpful then if the secretary had the powers which he calls "his shotgun in the closet. 11 "We are living in a chaotic world," said one treasury official, "nnd It Is essential .that the presi- i dent hold .'Us monetary authority, which is a powerful economic weapon that may have to be used swiftly when the war Is over." These officials disputed the reserve board's contention that it could handle, monetary and credit control more effectively than the treasury. The treasury, they said, would resist any attempt by the board to "run rough-shod" over the treasury which so far. they added, has handled its monetary authority efficiently and to the public good. Treasury officials said they woulc not object seriously to repeal of the Thomas Amendment authorizing the printing of $3.000.000.000 in greenbacks. Eccles had asked that. This power never has been utilized by the treasury and spokesmen .said it did not intend to use U. been ' reported that he was urged to do so by persons who wanted the job to go to Sen. Henry Fouri- tniti'.* Asnurst, D., Ariz. Ashurst, chairman. oiHhc judiciary committee and .one'-bt the. most colorful figures. in congress, was defeated ^'\ in la!&iy.C!ft)$f: primaries .after ^seryj-J"}' Ing SO^years Trf tlie" seriate.'"SenatB""^ Democratic Leader ' 'Alben W. Barkley said he hoped to get action on Madden's appointment''today. House Democrats will caucus, at 4 p.m. to nominate Speaker Sam Rayburn for, another term as presiding officer, and to select Kep. John W. McCommck, D., Mass., to continue as Democratic leader. House Republicans will meet sometime before the new congress convenes to name Rep. Joseph W. Martin 'jr. as their leader for 1941. In the senate both parties plan caucuses Saturday. Here . is .. the schedule for the opening days of the new congress; Friday—Convocation and, organ-: Ization. Monday—President Roosevelt's- address, to be delivered' 1 In person, on the state of the'-Union; also, ceremony of cpunting"the electoral college ballots and declaring-Franklin D. Roosevelt and "Henry A; Wallace to have been elected president and vice president. These events will be In Joint: session/, Tuesday—President's budget message. • Thereafter the two houses will arrange' their schedules indepsn-, dently on the basis of. legislation, "prepared for floor consideration;' by their various committees. : •; ; typewriter along Main street. Dickenson and Policeman Eddie B. David were cruising in their automobile when they noticed the man prowling around a car. Dickenson arrested Luttrell after he dropped the typewriter and smashed it on the sidewalk. Police said th'e typewriter was taken from the car of Thad Tisdale, Little Rock insurance man. Chicago Corn of absentees on the first day of school following a vacation. nf ant Dies Following ' Birth Here Yes Graham Sudbury Leads Kiwanis Club Discussion Kiwanis club had its first meet- Noble Wednesday when members had lunch together. Funeral Services Will Be " Held For W. R. Boswell | W. R. Boswell died late Wednesday afternoon at his home, 514 West Ash street, after a two days illness. He was 69. Funeral rites were to be conducted this afternoon at Cobb Funeral Home by the Rev. S. A. j Merrill, pastor, of 'Assembly of God church, with burial at Maple John Hirnm. Cox, infant son of \Ir. and Mrs. Walter Cox Jr., died.: at'12:15 o'clock this morning ,at; j Blytheville Hospital following birth; on the afternoon of the New Year. The Rev. Father Frank McDeyitt conducted rites,at Holt Funeral Home this afternoon with burial• at: Maple Grove Cemetery. Besides his parents, the baby is survived by one brother "Skippy." Double Epidemic Strikes Residents of Leachville Both measles and influenza epidemics have struck the town of Leachville, 26 miles west of Blytheville. with more than 300 cases of measles in this town of about 1300 population and no estimate has been made of the number ill of influenza. Although the measles is apparently of a mild type, this disease leaves many serious complication oftentimes "to make the epidemic a serious one. physicians said. May Sept. . open 63 621-4 high low close 63 1-4 62 1-8 63 3-8 623-4 621-8 627-8 Hotel Noble. J. Graham Sudbury, president Grove Cemetery for 1941, led the discussion of plans for the club work during the year. A Board of Directors meeting was He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Oda Boswell; two sons, Oliver A. and Broda Boswell, both of Steele. A DUaiU Ui UliC^tUiO uic^iiiitJ "-»- -. •,„„:„ VnAll-ncr announced for tonight at the and one sister, Mrs. Josie Keeling of Way, Miss. WEATHER Arkansas—Fair and much colder with temperatures of 26 to 30 in the north portions' and near freezing in the .south tonight, Friday, continued fair and continued cold. Memphis and; vicinity—fair- and much" colder "tonight. Lowest 1 30. Friday, fair and continued cold.

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