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Congress Will Ask— What Kind Of Answer Do BY MACK JOHNSON <i United Press Slat! Correspondent WASHINGTON,. Jan. 3. MJPj-The new Congress, which t will be called upon 10 appropriate at least another $10.000,000,000 for defense, prepared today to investigate the current $13,10(5.000,000 rearmament program to find out "what kind of an answer wi; have lor Hitler." The decision of Chairmen Carl Viason and Andrew J. May of the house naval ami' military affairs committees to determine the status of the program came while war department reports were describing rapid slrides-a 500 per cent increase over- 193<J' in procmcton of some war malerlals-In the program to make th. United States tr,, arsenal of democracy." \ * • Rep. Clifton A. Woodnmi , D em, Va.>, leader of the house economy bloc and chanman of the appropriations .subcommittee that handled mosi of last year's de- lense bills, meanwhile urged congress to he),) expedite the armament program us muc i as possible by co-ordinating iU work of appropriating for defense. He .seeks :i would avoid the overlapping of hearings by various commituje.s. He suggested ( ihat - the .commission might be nsked for a consolidated tabu ntion of all the • information desinki by various committees, which would be ' Uu '° vlBh d f rk ' s of »'" »™«le and House appropriations , of tllc -unary of War Robert P. Patterson yesterday ,t « pros, conference. He ro- u>aleci that more than $2.000,000,000 in contracts w,r, awarded during Wl) for ordnance equipment, and ihnt production of new riih-s. Garand s,mi-amomaUc rifle* artillery. shells, sub-machine and machine «uns, modmi tanks and other materials was running 500 per cent higher than in 1939. "Our government unnorie. and ar«enals are wovkln, two or three shifts to turn out our equipment, he said. "We have, about 50.000 i-ivlih,n p «nd military employes working on ordnance, more than two ami on, half as many as a year ago.' Patterson's statement coincided with, ft report showing that the army air corps on Jan 15 will have u.180 of/lcer.s, 7000 flying cadets, und B3.000 enlisiod n en-a to l o 30.180 men. Last June (here were 3,322 r^ular and reserve offices, 1|BM f vl]g One discordant note was sounded b included r sr BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OP NnnTHKART ARWAKIOAO .«« ~~r , "^ ' ^ f f ^.X VOLUME XXXVII—NO. 247. BlytheviUe /Dally News Blytheville Courier BlytheviUe Herald •Mississippi Valley Leader T NEWSPAPER OP NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS, FRIDAY. JANUARY 3, 1941 Here's Senate, House Lineup as 77th Congress Opens After Formalities Will Await President's Mes• sage Monday RY JOHN 11. BEAL United press Staff Correspondent WASHINGTON, Jan. (UP)—The 76th congress merged into the 77th at noon today and then awaited President Roosevelt's message Monday before plunging into transcendent problems of national defense and greater aid to Great Britain. Today's ceremonies will be chiefly formalities of organization. But after Mr. Roosevelt delivers in person his state of the union address, the congress will begin work thai may make it one of the most momentous sessions in history. A brief prelude to 1941 debate oo cured in both the senate and house yesterday when opponents of President Roosevelt charged that his -S£SJS?. •• . were designed to 'take 1 tire cdumry into war and supporters answered that the president was" trying to save America by helping Britain. __ Familiar JWith Problems Many of the"*l)roblern7 confrontf- the new congress were ex- SINGLE COPIES FIVE CENTS ffijHSPECfS Await Recovery of Sick Deputy Before Trying to Osceola Case Democrats are in power for the fifth consecutive session as the 77th Congress convenes in Washing- inn Pintr»<">Tlart <chnw>; nnTitir^aT 1ir\iaur» rvf Y«orv\K«»-p ;.-, K.-.H-. !,«,,„„._ rs A •, .. . ton. Pictochart shows, political lineup of members in both houses. Democrats have three more seaU in House than in 76th session, three less in Senate. President Denies That: He Is To Succeed Kennedy As Ambassador ing plored by the old one. Increasing tension abroad, however, places even more emphasis on them now They include: 1. The form and extent of greater United States aid to Britain, involving a decision on the president's proposal to take over British war orders and lend or lease the material to them. .2. Appropriation of at least another SIO.000.000',000 for national defense, extension of the national debt limit to 565,000.000,000 or S70 000,000,000 to finance it.-.and enactment of new raxes to help pay for it. 3. Extension of temporary <• New Deal agencies and powers, such as the present farm benefit program, the dollar devaluation authority, and the president's monetary powers. 4. Decisions on revision of laws governing industry-labor relations, including the Wagner Act "and die wage-hour law. The old house definitely ended its session by adjourning yesterday without ceremony except for the adoption of a resolution praising Speaker Sam Rayburn. Record Establsihed The old senate, determined 10 stretch the longest session in history to 367 days and establish a record that never can be beaten, recessed until 11:30 A. M. today'. Before doing so it confirmed Che, nomination of J. Warren Madden, j former chairman of the national labor relations board, to be a judge of the U. S. Court of Claims. The vote. 36 to 14. came after Sen. Robert A. Taft. R.. O., spoke for more than three hours in opposition to the appointment. For half an hour today, probably under the gavel of retiring Vice President John N. Gamer who returned from Texas to preside until Henry A. Wallace takes the oath of office Jan. 20. the "lame duck" senate will meet, but at noon it will expire by law and, the gavel will bang again to signify a new session. Both house and senate will return to their regular chambers today, although their ceilings are criss-crossed with steel girders- temporary reinforcements for roofs declared to be unsafe. They have been meeting in caucus rooms since November. Eleven nexv senators and the reelected members will be sworn in. The senate, however, is a continuing body and Garner will continue to preside. Election of a 'president pro tern of the senate will not come until after the two parties caucus on Saturday to select their nominees. There Is more ceremony in the (Continued on page eight) WASHINGTON. Jan. 3. (UP)— President Roosevelt said today that Former Secretary of Commerce Harry Hopkins would be sent to London soon as his personal representative. The president said the date of Hopkins' departure had not been fixed. He emphasized that Hopkins would have no status as an ambassador and told reporters they should not speculate on whether lie would be named ambassador later. He said the former cabinet officer was not strong enough for such a job. The president said he expects to send to the senate next week the name of the man who would succeed Joseph P. Kennedy as ambassador. Mr. Roosevelt' said that Hopkins, long, one of his closest associates in the adminis- _ tration, probably would not re- i main in London long." Pressed by reporters to say whether Hopkins has been assigned any special tasks, he said Hopkins is merely going over there to talk to some old friends of his. He said die idea was to maintain personal contact between him and the British government. Hopkins' crip, he emphasized, has no connection with Kennedy's recent resignation. He said Hopkins would have no powers such as are vested in an ambassador. Farmer Strarigtes •S<§1£ Shoestring Noose In Paragould Jail Cell LEACHVILLE. Ark.. Jan. 2.-C. Bryant Rodgers. 40, farmer residing near Leachville, hanged himself with a shoestring noose late 'Wed- Broadcast Is Subject Of BigSuit NEW YORK, Jan. 3. (UP)—-The Columbia Broadcasting System, a radio show sponsor, its advertising agency and 87 radio stations that can-led Wednesday night's Fred Allen broadcast were charged today with the first big scale infringement of a copyrighted tune from the catalog of the American Society of. Composers, Authors and Publishers. ASCAP directed its attorneys to start action against CBS, Texaco, sponsor of the program, an advertising agency and the stations because ASCAP charged ''Winter- of suicide. No inquest was held, green for President" was played No one was in the cell with the at the beginning and end of the show. The defendants are liable under copyright laws to a fine of $250 was fastened to a nail In the post for each station which carried the of the cell bunk. The man slumped tune, a maximum total of $21.750. down to increase the pressure on his neck, officers said, and .could have released it by standing up. Mr^. Rodgers was a native of near Batesville, but had farmed in the Leachville section for many years. The body was removed to Leach- Others Hurt When WPA Truck Collides With Car Near Clarendon Wives, Sweethearts Bid Farewell To Boys of Company M Company day before left BlytheviUe to- most of the town's population was awake to join 22,000 othsr national guardsmen and army regulars at Camp Robinson in Little Rock for a year's military training. The 125 men and officers arose early and marched to a downtown cafe at 4 a.m. for a breakfast of fruit juice, toast, bacon, two eggs and coffee that was completed an hour later when the group "marched back to the armory. A large crowd of persons, including many wives and sweethearts. was present as four buses left the armory at 6 a.m. for the ^00-mile jaunt. Army equipment followed the special transport buses in the unit's own trucks and the year of" training began at Little Rock later in. the day. The National Guard unit had been mobilized here since Dec. 23. By actual test, handwriting in as much light to-be -eligible" as writing in ink. Becker, University of Chicago dermatologist, declares that "athlete's foot" is not always a fungus I infection.' It may be due, he be- CLARENDON. Ark., Jan. 3. Heves, to nervous exhaustion and (UP)—Four men were killed, one inability to relax properly, was injured seriously and about a dozen others suffered minor hurts in a collision today between a WPA (ruck and an automobile near here. The dead: M. Kennedy of Roe, Ark., and Ben Mauch. c. E. Evans and Ed Oliver, all of Clarendon. . Physicians held little hope for the recovery of Elvie Dyer who r,-?.s injured critically. Twenty seven men were in the truck when Ihe accident occurred as the truck swerved to avoid striking an auto- mcfcile driven by Mrs. Louise Cox of Holly Grcve. The truck hit the hack of Mrs. Cox's car and turned ever. Mrs. Cox was not hurt. Two more negroes have been arrested in connection with the brutal slaying Friday night of Lnwrence Waldon, 30, Osceoln service station ..attendant, Slate Highway Police Eugene Dickinson announced today noon, to make a total of five negroes now in jails at Osceoln and Memphis "for investigation." Preston Giles, who lives on'the O. B. Cox,.farm eight miles Northwest of Osceola. and Mattie Wll- hite, negro woman of Memphis, were arrested late yesterday but news of their apprehension was not made public until noon today Officers declined to elaborate upon the arrests and the investigation Is expected to remain at a standstill until Saturday when Chief Deputy Sheriff John F. Reinmilier, who became 111 of Influenza Tuesday, hopes - to resume active', charge, pf the case. If' his" physician "will allow him, Mr. Reinmilier plans to resume work in nn effort to "break" the' case which lias baffled officers because of the slim clues, lie said today from his sick bed Ivsre. Identity of the three Memphis negroes previously arrested ihas i not been disclosed. the wife of one are being held on a .slight clue developed through a maroon- colored car being seen near the service station a few minutes before Waldon was .struck over the head many times with a blunt Instrument, His body was then robbed and a cash register stolen from thc station. A Jotal of about $29 In cash was missing. Officers of Tennessee, Missouri and other points of Arkansas are cooperating with Mississippi County officers on the case which has •attracted wide interest. A reward totaling $255 has been , offered for information leading to Vllle - ' j apprehension of the slayers. Survivors include his wife. Mrs. I A fund is also being raised for Pearl Rodgers. seven children and j Mrs. V/aldon and two young several brothers and sisters. j daughters who are now staying at ; the home of relatives In Marie. CHICAGO (UP)—Dr. William S. As announced Thursday, the Dud " lheC " y *" The tm of Paragould where he was being held on a charge of public. into.xl- .-ation. Coroner Ray Little, who made an investigation, said it was a case man at- the time. •IVo heavy brown shoestrings^ were used to make the noose which Women, Children Fight Nazi Flames At Cardiff; Greeks Slowly Push Ahead Cason post of American Legion and Joe Craig, .sponsors of a professional boxing match here next Friday night, will contribute 10 per cent of the gross receipts to this fund which now totals $27. Steeplejack, 65, on Job SALISBURY. Md. (UP) — Hnrry Hagen. 65 - year - old steeplejack, holds hopes of celebrating; his 80th birthday by working atop a 700- foot tower—biu\ he will not ride in an airplane. Ha f gen ? who has worked on high structures for the past 35 years, explained "it might .make me dizzy." Officers Go Down With Ship After Ordering Men To Lea]: WEATHER Arkansas—Fair and somewhat colder. Temperatures near freezing in the north and central portions^ Below freezing near Bentonville tonight. Saturday, fair. Memphfe and vicinity—Fair and colder tonight. Lowest temperature 32. Saturday, fair and continued cold. EDINBURGH, Tex., Jan. 3. (UP)—A 13-ton n.ivy seaplane from which five men [xirachutcd in a snowstorm yesterday—one to his death—made a difficult but s.ife landing: on a small lake on a ranch north of here. BIG SPRING, Tex.. Jan. 3 > UP) —The 13-ton navy seaplane Hew blind through a snow .storm, slowly being weighed toward car;!; by ice accumulating on its wings. There was no possibility of gouins it down safely; it was over to"d. "Jump." commanded Lieut. J- S. Kanscn, its commanding officer. One by one, five men leaped out of its escape hatch and disappeared into the swirling .snow. The last man saw Ensign R, R. Clark, the co-pilot, beside Hanson. Either he had been exempted from the order, or intended ignoring i' That occurred in yesterday's dusk and at dawn today a fleet of navy planes take off from San Diego to aid thc cowboys who were out in the prairies all night on horseback searching for the plane. It had to be down for its lasoline supply was long since exhausted. It was feared that it had crashed and Hanson and Clark had been killed.- Of the five men who Jumped, one was killed. Machinist Mate W F. Percich. of San Diego, became detached frcm his parachute in the air. Three of his comrades were being treated in the hospital here for shock. The fifth was not hurt. The plane was one of three navy patrol seaplanes being ferried from San Diego to Pcn.sacola. Fla. The other two landed at Corpus Christl. Tex., for the night. Radioman A. M. Perry was the last to leave the plane. He said Hanson had been flying on instruments for some time and that weather was getting thicker. The wings were icing and becoming so heavy friat the plane was losing altitude. Hanson decided to save his crew and ordered them to jump. The accident occurred over level prairie grazing land, sparsely settled, bisected east to west by the low mountain range, the BSg Spring. Hanson, 30, comes from. Alamo- gorda, N. M.. and has a wife in Coronado. Cal. Clark, 25, Is unmarried and lives at Pomona, Cal. from Friday' KV KEN AMES United Tress SUIT Corrcspomlent ATHENS, Greece, Jan. 8. (UP)—Creek troops continued their gains in the Kli- suni sector of southeast Albania, capturing machine gun nests in thc mountains and barbed wire entanglements covered by snow drifts, a government spokesman said today. He said the Italian resistance was .stiffening, however, that heavy Italian reinforcements were believed to have reached the nrca and that Gen. Ubtxklo Soddu, Italian commander, apparently Imcl ordered n desperate fight to slow the Greeks so that f\ new defense Hue could be prepared north of the port of Valonn. The Italians 1 defense line in the Kllsm-H sector, prepared before the wnr. was said to have been pierced In several places. A dispatch from ,.Mnry Merlin, United Press .'correspondent -with the GreoVarmy on the coast below Valonn. said thc Italians indicated that every available man, gun and airplane would be thrown into the defense of Valona. She said the Greeks were Infiltrating 'through the Italian lines in scores of places despite Intense Italian air activity. A war ministry communique said: "There was successful local action. Some prisoners and machine guns were taken." The public security ministry reported: "All quiet In the interior of the country." (At Sofia, the Greek radio .was heard broadcasting that "a most important "Italian fortress" had been occupied yesterday, but It did not say where. "Almost nil heights between KUsura and Tepcllnl arc- In our hands," trie announcer said. "Largo scale fighting' is progressing north of Chimura. Greek forces are advancing toward Valona Italian prisoners admit new troops are arriving from Italy but they .seem discouraged as they believe thc war Is lost for them In Albunia."; Says Cruiser Hit 'ROME, Jan. 3 <UP>— A high command communique said today that Ttnllan bombing planes had scored a hit on a British cruiser In repeated attacks on a British advance base and anchored ships !n the Libyan frontier zone. Italian artillery' bombarded British mechanized forces and naval units in the same zone, it was said. On the Albanian front, the 1 com- munique said, British and Greek planes caused some "civilian" losses in a bombing raid on Elbasan, Albania. Greek character the communique asserted. It was added that the Italians in a surprise attack put Greek troops to flight and took prisoners. Thc official news agency said that since Christmas Eve British forces had been attacking daily thc Libyan Jarabub Oasis in the interior of the frontier zone "in an attempt to overwhelm the Italian lines." It was admitted that the British had taken heights north of the oasis but it was said that by counter-attacks and other defensive measures the Italians were withstanding thc attack. KY II. L. PERCY V' United Tress Staff. .CcrrcspomlciH*' roortol« D n?,rt $ •''""; ^< ur .>7r w °™n'aiid children stood on W Us ,! ; "' strc ? t ? ° f Cavcliff ' ^ lliet industrial city of tt.ife, dun IB the night any «ide<r firemen, policemen air .nuuons workers jmrl m/m . vrr,in«<-««„« i.. i. on | planes «d SlT Bombing" of Dublin Gives Strength to Forecast of German Invasion DUBLIN, Jan. 3 (UP.)-Rumors that Germany might Invade Ireland pr-ovnlent here for a week, mulU- .olied today after u series of bomb-' Ing--••attacks' oV•-Irish'.-territory by unidentified-planes, climaxed curly today when n gigantic bomb destroy cci two houses In South Dublin, wrecked the principal syna- ?oguc and rendered about'40 homes in two square blocks untenable. The bomb which struck in Dub- German planes attacked thc cM from dark last night until the early hours of this morning, scattering incencllnry bombs mixed occasionally with explosive bombs. Damage was heavy but reports Indicated rthnUE had been kil a minimum by a tireless fig. persona of all classes, v/arni the first fire raid Sunday on London's ancient "city" d, The raid was one- of blii Intensity. .First rcconnais planes flew-over the city.-i Ing planes which followed>i'n : dropped incendiary bombs -by thousands while anti-aircraft guns put up the heaviest barrage ever heard in wales, movie theatres f when''"the; raid '.started. They, cafe patrons and peoole at home Joined fire fighters. Two of the movie theatres were damaged as were shops, other commercial premises, many homes and-several churches. Home guards were -mobilized to laid the,.'fire fighters, p.m. roofs took care of incendiary bombs.- 1'clt j Coal • trains continued to rumble- lin proper was so large that there j Telephone girls stayed at th^ir wore reports it was a land mine posts. Factories continued at full 01 some sort, u was dropped by schedule, while fire spotters on parachute at 4 a.m. do ... ^ Thursday' EST) . and was ....,_.... throughout the city. Many parsons [about the area ran irom their homes 5 into the I The air and home security min-' snow covered streets. flstrles said of the raid- • " Bombs had dJ-o;ned lxjtycer( - "The main enemy attack 'last midnight and dawn yesterday near night was against n town In Foufch Droeheda, 20 miles north of Dub- i Wales, where considerable damn Ln in tlic Terenurc suburb of! age was done to houses and corn- Dublin; on the Curraeh race course, ! mercial and other buildings 30 miles southwest of Dublin; at I "A number of fires broke out Knockroo, in County Carlow 60 but fire .services extinguished many miles southwest of Dublin, where i and brought alt the rest under a woman and two adolescent, girls control by- . an early hour this were killed; and near EnnLskerry; eight miles south of Dublin.. Three bombs dropped near Bally- murrln, in County Wexford, 70 miles .southwest of Dublin, at 7:45 last night. At -i a.m. today a plane flying straight north dropped its bombs in South Dublin, 150 feet from the big Griffith Earraoks. The few persons in the streets heard the plane and ran for cover or threw themselves on the sidewalks. The princloal damage was done in Donore Terrace. It was at once apparent that some persons had been buried in morning. "A number of. peoole were killed and' others were Injured. . ''Bombs were also dropped ' oh other parts of the country but damage was small and casualties were 'very few." Incendiary bombs were dropped on two towns in eastern England and here, as in Wales, women and children Joined the men in putting. them out, *'.• ~ The "all clear" signal came .before midnight in London. The alarm period which lasted throughout the evening brought only sporadic gun fire and it^ appsared as Air Program Draws 32 !n Meeting Here After an organization meeting Thursday night in which 32 youths of BlytheviUe and Osceola enrolled for thc CAA air training course, the group will begin a series of lessons in ground school instruction at 7:30 o'clock tonight in the City Hall. Classes will be for two hours Harbor, a wife. and is survived by'youths who wish to enroll in the course may attend tonight. the wreckage and soldiers and po-. if no bombs had been dropped in 1 icemen started digging for them.' the London area. '-'". ••'* Twelve persons, nil wounded by The only ; German activity all bomb fragments, were taken to day yesterday came when a Nazi plane fired two bursts of machine for blocks j gun bullets-oh a west Scotland around were broken by thc blast j town. ' . and some houses were evacuated Window s of homes as a precautionary measure. Police and .soldiers quickly -cordoned thc damaged area and stood Bremen Hit Again LONDON, Jan. 3. (UP)-British planes, heavily bombing Bremen guard at barriers, holding back a j during the night, started <*r°a.t O'TnXlMllfT 1 f»T*r\t!»r4 i f J*»n.r. Tv?V*!/«l* ^ ^/-1^,<J I -. i-\* nf +^ growing crowd. Italian Lmes At Bardia Penetrated By British CAIRO. Egypt. Jan. 3. (UP)— Australian troops, supported by tanks, today penetrated the Ital- : an lines at Bardia In what may be fires which added to those still burning from the British blitzkrieg fire raid of the ni<?ht before, the air ministry said today. Emden, important port and naval base 70 miles west of Bremen at the mouth of the Ems river, also was heavily attacked. "Although last night's raid on Bremen was not on the same scale as Wednesday night's attack, it was Hie start of on onslaught to force , ain ' ;, UCC essful. Laree new surrender of the beleaguered ear- fire , t ^ « fr a rlson there, and RAF planes ranged as far west as the great Libyan port of Tripoli. fires were started. Fires from the previous night were still burning and increasing. An early 'report speaks of pilots who were unable Two heavy raids were made last, to observe bursts of bombs on. ac- night on Tripoli where bomks fell near five cruisers in the great harbor, the RAF middle east headquarters said. count of flames." :v- In attacking Bremen the British planes combined a reconnaissance flight, to observe damage British general headquarters said ; done the night before, with., a Australian units attached to the; follow-up rain of incendiary and Army of the Nile had smashed | explosive bombs'. . through a sector of Bardin's de- . The Emden attack was its 29th fenses where at least 20,000 men of the war. It was. believed that have been under siege for two shipping, docks, airdromes and oil weeks by British land, air and sea j stores were bombed u Bremen. has forces, ' j been raided more, than 50 time's.

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