The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on January 9, 1941 · Page 1
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER Aw M/^O-J-MWACST AM^*,. ;,„,. _ **• ' *^**m f W ^taX VOLUME XXXV1I—NO. 252. • HE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OP NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI Blytheville Herald Mississippi Valley Leadei Unite Command For Caribbean; Measure Ready „WASHINGTON, Jan. 9.1 WASHINGTON, Jan. 9. (UP)—Secretary of War (UP)— Aid-lo-Britain legisla- Henry L. Stimson announced today that Caribbean defenses—Puerto Rico, Panama and Trinidad—are being placed under one command, headed by Lieutenant General Daniel Van Voovhis. Stimson's announcement indicated that the new base at Trinidad, one of those leased from Britain, will be developed as a major American stronghold in the Caribbean. He was asked whether bases leased from the British be brought under the new unified command. He replied that that depends on whether sufficient troops are garrisoned at those points to warrant such action. The new Caribbean commander. General Van Voorhis, Is the present commander of the Panama Canal department and a permanent exponent of army mechanization. .. "Details of the consolidation of commands are not yet ready," Stimson said. "It is designed 'to improve efficiency and bring about a unified air command. In reply to a question about how many troops would be stationed in the Caribbean. Stimson retorted: "What's the use of telling Hitler how many men we will have there? .He may have ways of finding this out, but I don't- want to be one of them. To Emphasize Policy WASHINGTON, Jan. 9 (UP)— Responsible congressional sources suggested today thai President Roosevelt ordered a reorganization of the United States fleet to reemphasize the "big stick" policy this country has adopted toward Japan. One prominent member of the senate naval affairs committee. who declined to be quoted, interpreted the reorganization as "an g^r,t_Jto scare Japan." Establishment of three'-powerful cion, carrying broad power for President 1 Roosevelt to lend munitions abroad and placing no limit on appropriations to' finance the program, may be ready for introduction to Congress tomorrow. One phase of it still being discussed, it was learned today, is a plan for a commission to handle the lending of munitions after con- own defense needs, in effect, would de- priority. Its membership include the army chief of BLYTHEVILLE. ARKANSAS, THURSDAY, JANUARY 9, 1941 SFFtCIS CHI'S Scheduled Walkout Today Of S.OOOMunicipal Workers Is Serious CHICAGO, Jan. <J Mrs. Keys Is Sentenced To 20 Years MEMPHIS, Jan. 9 (UP) —'-The most biaarre murder case* In Mem- phns police annals ended today when Mrs. Jessie Stewart Keys, 32-year-old mother of four children, was found guilty of poison- SINGLE COPIES FIVE CENTS. ing- her closest friend. Mrs. Keys- who had told police dozens of con- filcling stories as to how Miss Esi.,.: *. ve Leil J°hnson, 45-year-old •spinster, — was threatening til vi, ,V eiit) / oda >'- sentenced to 20 years and a day in imtatemng the vital services of. m-isnn rm -nmrtoH™ nf « -n,.,t the nation's Officials struggled through"" the' night ! prison on conviction of. a first Prosecuting Attorney Will Gerber would l Snio^ V Sl^ Ule SQ '! ke ' wl ! lch 'l««l demanded the death penalty", ?,?"'5... ™°n teaders said, paralyze ;md he based hia m ™,n on ' all municipal departments, except \ ~ - - - *ld defense commission, and top-ranking members of congress as ex- oificio members. Agreement on all other parts of the legislation was understood to have been reached and if the commission plan is ironed out today at a series of scheduled conferences, the bill may be ready for it et ?^n^ e ^ -Atlantic , . 4 Pacific and ' i the ' na vy- department .as "routine'" But in other quarters It was said, the move was designed to assure efficiency in setting up a two-ocean navy and to let Japan know that an expansion is likely in our Asiatic unit. The navy declined to reveal the present strength of the far-eastern force, known in the past as the Asiatic squadron. The fact that it now receives the title of the Asiatic fleet indicates that its strength has, ben increased and that- further additions will be made as new warships are commissioned. Last available figures showed that the squadron consisted of approximately 50 vessels of all types. Most members of congress regarded the new setup as a national defense move undertaken strictly between the chief executive and the navy. They termed themselves "amateurs" and said they had faith in 'The accuracy of judgment of the naval command." Stock Prices A. T. & T 168 Am. Tobacco 74 Anaconda Copper 27 1-8 Bethlehem Steel 88 1-2 Chrysler . 701-2 Cities Service 45-8 Coca-Cola 106 General Electric 34. 3-4 General Motors 48 Int'l. Harvester 53 1-2 Mont. Ward 39 New York Central 15 North Am. Aviation Packard Phillips Radio : 17 5-8 3 1-4 40 47-3 Republic Steel 22 1-8 Socony Vacuum 91-4 Studebaker . Std.-of N. J. 8 3-8 36 With the president's state of the Union and budget messages out of the way. congress is ready to go to work on the "as ssrious as war it- sell" proglems outlined by Mr. Roosevelt. Favorable Reaction General congressional reaction 10 the proposed expenditure of $17,485,528,049 in fiscal 1943 for regular and "total defense" items was cool favorable, reception but there was a to the president's proposal to lift all statutory debt limitations. Even Democratic members of the house ways and means committee, usually responsive to the president's wishes, disapproved such a suggestion as did Sens. Harry P. Byrd, D., Va., Millard E. Tydings, D.. Md., aid Arthur H. Yandenbevg, R., Mich.—all advocates of economy. While the senate and house studied the budget... .proposals, awaitjng legislation/'scattered com- s ; began to .function.' •*"• V* /\^if».ri -.-v *-. »»«-* 1 . f >» £f n -! I *"--.!_ tee' resumed its investigation of lags in naval airplane construction by recalling; .Rear Admiral John H. Towers, 'navy aeronautics chief. The committee seeks from navy officials infonnation on what action it. can take to speed the arms program. The senate foreign relations committee has decided to invite Secretary of state Cordell Hull and his aides to give it "confidential" background on the war and o.*»>r world conditions. Other high administration officials also, may be asked to do the same in an effort to establish a better basis for cooperation between, the legislative and executive branches on the defense pro-gram. The British-aid bill will carry uo limit on appropriations, it was learned, being merely an authori- sation measure. Congress will be asked for the cash later. fire departments, J. Kelly an-j after check—the Johnson had he based his prosecution contention that Mrs. Ule inkldie-need worn, rv * 1 resident Summons Nation's Leaders For Conference Late Today WASHINGTON. Jan 9 (UP) — President Roosevelt today sum- Ethiopians Join Fight On Italians In Africa; British^Hammer At Axis mowed congressional lender's to the White House for u late afternoon , „ A .. ,, . . - fl conference to push along the de-' Gnds oi tne Axls n ^ er a By UnMtfd Press Britain's Royal Air Force reported on the offensive again today against both Germany and Italy t The Koyal Air Force launched heavy attacks against both OJ ' of dollars to provide worth of arms for Great Britain. t The conference urns scheduled for p. m . suspension and probably dismissed. Union leaders threatened to open 10 A. M., after the hundreds of , « bank. He L as- v she P ° l ° necl Lhew ° for and Speaker House headed by Alben W. Sam Ray- business district. the a the union the would this 1'roniiscd Sliding Scale if she did not kill h Defense Attorney Grover never called Mrs. contended of pneumonia he said other members in Me- two leaders, to | Earl: .a full dress and be .selected by the revlcw ° r keep them open, tne bodv armies- of workers O f death, autopsy llolt ^ ^"^ ^o physi- cmns who Performed autopsies on as to the cause to perform an «T.I,_ i .1 ,, i oi.iw ui The strike was called because son's death the finance committee of the city council had promised a sliding scale of pay cuts for civil service employes. Representatives of 13 American Federation of Labor unions to which the employes belong, met last night and voted to call out tlie workers. Mayor Kelly announced that a committee representing ihe workers had arranged a conference in his office at 9:30 A. M. {10:30 A. M. esU, half an hour before the coun- t cil convenes to hear the pay cut | recommendations. I The most vital services affected he died, of pneumonia. The other claimed carbolic acid was the cause for Miijs John- problems involved In Mr. RQOSC- Jm's pledge to make this country the great arsenal for democracies everywhere. No Dute for Message said tere was no liullca- respite in operations because of bad weather. Centers oi attack were the German naval bases- of Emclon and Wilhelmshaven and Borkum Island in the North Sea, a German seaplane base. In Italy waves of Royal Air Force bombers during ihe Might attacked Naples, Palermo in Sicily and continued to blast at Italian forces in Albania and North Africa. iThc Italian high command announced Una British planes had raided Naples and Palermo, Sicily, striking 15 buildings at Naples and killing five persons and wounding 30 there. There were no casualties and no Important damage was fr\ I *« "---•. ». v *l**|4U*t:l\4iV VillJiktl£U to when Mr. Roosevelt, done ut Palermo, it was said.) vl nnil(rrnc» -, ..^ i-i . *»«•«./ Would Be Produced River Rouge Plant SAN Cal., Jan. 9. (UP)' Per - Cent ~ Edsel Ford today discusses with of Douglas and Consoli- as- . ., .. municipal officials buildings would cease to operate, dated Aircraft plans 7or pooling here would be no maintenance of their facilities and resources o? the street lighting system. no the Ford Motor Company in paving and other street seinbiy line production of a no heat or other services ful bomber SvSv?rt Ci w al bu * dings ' PThe ™r s Ford'said the plans were sug- trctm *r n±vH° f the e ' eC " 8est8cl b >' •«* defense commission tricians. the operating • engineers^ and the armv air corps Hf .|^^ato^oe,erator^steam .flM^s.^^factute^ai^ . in ] his plumbers, janitors, street-laborers.^ Rpugh, Mich., planLaTicl-ship Early tlon might send congress a speclal"in'es- sage outlining the fiscal and legislative moves necessary for extending "all out" aid to Britain Greece and other democracies. « Some quarters said there may be no limit for America's check for British aid which may amount to us much as ten billion. Congress seems more concerned with keeping some sort of ceiling on the constantly rising- national debt than putting a limit on aid to Britain and her allies. In his budget message President Roosevelt suggested that debt limit due to be raised to perhaps 05 billions was not necessary The draft of -the"" British aid measure „.,.„ m ...„ nm , r may be congress toihor- haven and andcn row and reliable sources indicated 1 It would take the form of a few simple alterations in the Bloom resolution passed .last year which permits sale of munitions to Latin- American countries. reiuse s ft who of °MT re all » ually - thre ? aS PWt about $53,400.000. The eral repeated by the committee. of saving all these were council finance Worth. Tex., • where Consolidated Aircraft would put them together. He ^ * would cake "a matter ° r months " lo rel ° o1 hta P 1 ^' but he added that it wouldn't be many months ' because ' automotive ma- in the P laiu was "readily o the LUST BITES Roosevelt Sends 1941 Greetings to Petain WASHINGTON, Jan. 9 (UP)— President Roosevelt has sent a New Year's message to Marshal Petain, Local Men Killed Near Hayti Yesterday .Are Buried Side By Side head of the French state, express- \ Two flower-banked caskets rested ing the wish that "the French people may soon again enjoy the blessings of peace, with liberty, equality and fraternity." The state department today announced dispatch of the message and explained it was sent in response to one from Marshal Petain. dated Jan. 2, which was delayed in transmission. Mr. Roosevelt's response aroused' Alfred Texas Corp 39 1-8 famous motto U. S. Steel 69 1-4'Republic. interest in diplomatic quarters because the words "liberty, equality and fraternity" were repeated exactly as they stood for years in the of the old French Babes in the Capital Woods Youngest members of the new Congress are'these two 26-year-old Representatives—Hale Boggs, left, r Democrat from Louisiana, and side by side while funeral services were held this afternoon for Qstis Aldus, 24, and his brother-in-law, Aussie W. Booles, 27, killed in a Highway 61 accident near. Hayti, Mo.. Wednesday morning. After the final rites at Cobb Funeral Home, the remains were buried in adjacent graves at Maple Cemetery while the Rev. Carpenter, pastor Pirst Grove Baptist Church, said words of comfort to relatives and friends. the two men were hauling a ioad of coal from an Illinois mine. It is with little change." Too Early for 1C was too early to~g6 into de- he said, but he was confi- that the could ''get together/ 1 Donald W. Douglas, president of Douglas Aircraft, said that his company had consulted with Consolidated Ail-craft officials and that "we have pledged the entire resources and experience of our company to the task of national defense." He said his company had been asked by the government to undertake the "organization and management of one of several government-built plants in the midwest, for construction of four-englned combers in large quantities. "The size of the plant outlined to us will require the employment of 20,000 persons," he said. Tnc plane which would be produced is Consolidated Aircraft's S-24 bomber, powered by four 1.200 horsepower motors, and designed to carry four tons of explosives or incendiaries and a crew of nine. No Serious Injuries In Wednesday Crash Several persons escaped with .T- . .. , , .minor injuries late Wednesday The double-tragedy occurred as | following an automobile accident on Highway. 61 near Joiner between . Ol . . .. ... „ ^ a car filled with negroes and one believed that the "bob" type truck | driven by W. Owen Blue of Bly- and trailer ran off the pavement I thevilie. into a rut, causing it to overturn. The men were buried beneath the avalanche of coal and their Mr. and Mrs. Blue, who live at 1514 West 'Ash; and Mrs. Forest Bedford Parker of Memphis were in the Blues' car. Mrs. Blue Buffered slight face lacerations and received first aid treatment at Joiner. Burn Emden Docks "At Wllhclmshavcn many explosions were heard, and were followed by h\rge fires," the air ministry said. "More than 20 fires were started at the docks at Emden. "Other aircraft bombed the German airdrome on the Island of Borkum, where barracks were hit and a fire broke out, "None of our aircraft arc missing." The resumed offensive of thr; bomber command came after a suspension of activity since Sunday because of bad weather. For their raids, the British centered on the vital German naval arch' In the northwest. Wilhelms- are on opposite of the Prledland Peninsula, off the coast Boy Stranded In Memphis Is Now Dad Senator Is Reconsic Budget Items LlTTf P Sehatofw H " A six-year-old Blyfchevllle lad: stranded in Memphis and unable to locate relatives, found his r.., , father last night through efforts Kiled o1 ' wie courier News. n »J A «." f Wncn ^ was announced in a nSldeiatlOn 0! Memphis paper Wednesday afternoon , that the Travelers Aid had been unnble to locate the family of Aclen Lcs ^er Boyd since nine dn ^- nv >.wheii he got off a bus at ° chairman of the legislature's pre- session budget committee, threatened today to resign from the group if considering that have meetings, a Mcm Phi«, the CouMer News locat- \ r isse the , r nn T" ; i Dr. Boyd. a vctelnarlan who practices both .In Blytheville and West Memphis, went to West Mem at previous Jan . i. according to neighbors. Informed that he could be Mr. and Mrs. Jeff thnt place, word was ,n «. • L ° 1 ° n the Iocated Mor ^ an of bv ond tlie -^ ° n thi5 H Dr - to know Allowed. l1 "^ Of son was ro- than oxpest- n « , Birnil »P ham - Alo. "I expected him H« - AK- f lJ ^ t , ore lhe reduc " to remain in Birmingham three Uon Abmgton said He was Joined wce ks", the father said, "but he Hardy, committee member. H " B " a week early." The child bore a tn«; reading '"Every dollar spent needlessly .. In case of "accident notify Dr A for the state is a dollar's worth of L . B oyd. Blytheville. Ark,", ' meat and bread taken from Arkan- but ., . ., , messages to Dr. Boyd from the *as widows children and aged," Memphis - agencies had not been Abington said. ! delivered because Dr. Boyd was Representative Floyd Barham, : not in the city- Sebastian county, who defended re- | The bd sntd he left his father opening ot consideration on past : an d steomother in Blytheville just budgets charged Abington and before Christmas to visit his mother Hardy with using the committee ."Mrs. Opal Boyd" and that his meeting as a sounding board for ( mother put him on a bus to come their political speeches. (home but when he reached Mem~ ~ | phis there was no one to meet him and the bus driver turned him over Economists Say Germans Will Find Slim Pickings In The Balkans WASHINGTON, Jan. 9. (UP}~ German activity In the Balkans 'may be prompted in large part by need for food supplies but they ure going to find the pickings slim, in the opinion of agriculture department economists. Pood stores In the Danubian basin countries of Rumania, Hun- gnry, Yugoslavia and Bulgaria ure more imaginary than real, according to Frederick Struss or the department's office of foreign agricultural relations. •Strauss, writing In the foreign agriculture review published todav. CAIRO, Egypt, Jan. 9. (UP)—Great Britain's imperial army of the Nile clos : eel in around Tobruk today and British forces—aided by Ethiopian rebels—drove Hal. ian troops from frontie-r strong pointsmen two East African fronts. Mechanized advance British skirmishers slashed at Italian communication lines west of Tobruk in the region between' that base and Derna; 150 miles deeper in Libya." : At the same time the first su<>; cessftil action cf Ethiopian rebel forces against the Italian occupation troops was reported. The rebel attacks an Italian garrison just north of Kenya colony and were reported closing In on the fleeing Kalians. -- 1 On Italian Africa's northern frontier British patrols driving Vh fi'om the Anglo-Egyptian Sudan forced Italians to abandon a pose' northeast of Kassala and then sale! that Italy and Switzerland, i occupied the position themselves, us well as Germany, are "incrcas- | There was no indication whether" Ingly attempting to draw upon the spurt of British and Ethiopian tnc agricultural resources of the action against Italy's East African empire was a prelude to an important drive similar to that al- Danube Bnsln.' Other Sources Reduced The Balkan countries and Russia afford the only considerable source of imports for the Axis powers. Other sources which normally furnished about 75 per cent of Axis .mporls have been reduced or shut off by the British blockade. The Scandinavian countries have been greatly over-rated as a source of Naal food supplies. It was said, Meat production there was said to be far less under war conditions than In peace time due to a scarcity of feeds. "The countries now under German domination Imported more than 50 per cent of their-grain requirements. Of the total pence-time needs the Danube Bnsln could sup- ply'only a minor part," Strauss said. First Methodist Church Pastor Is Elected By Other Ministers The Rev. E,, B. Williams, pastor of First Methodist Church, was elected president of the Ministerial Alliance at a meeting Tuesday norning at Temple Israel. He succeeds the Rev. James A. Ovcrholser, pastor of First Presbyterian Church, who was elected -'-crctary for this year. The Rev. Alfred Carpenter, pastor of . th" First Baptist Church was named vice president. Stress this year will be placed upon fellowship amonj members 3f the group, it was stated following the meeting. Our cooking many sources, us bake, cook, stew; German gave us roast; and Guiana gave us barbecue. terms come from Old English gavo sear, steam, and Has History Repeated? May Be Governor Of Puerto Rico 10 the Travelers Aid. bodies were badly broken by the crushing weight of the load, killing them rlmost instantly. Akins. who was born in New- I The negroes were in an ai'-lomo- port Ark., had been employed at [ oile said to have ten driver, by , Graber's Department Store during I Lee Foster of Memphis and were ' tor two anci a half years. . [forced him to swerve into Blue's Mr. Asms' sister, the former Miss I machine to avoid hitting ihe car Vivian .4 kins, married Booles. ; ahead. Blues car was badly dam- Each is also .survived by a young daughter. May Sept. Open 627-8 .62 1-2 High 623-4 623-4 Low 621-2 621-2 623-8 62 3-4 at*I'd after going into a ditch f uost vs. Ability j Pictures do not depend on the j I type of camera used, but upon the ! person behind the camera. Prize- i winning pictures can be taken with a dollar camera and poor pictures with expensive ones. Chicago Wheat Open 875-8 .827-8 High 877-8 831-8 Low : 871-4' 82 5-8 Close 87 3-4 83 / -Comet Sizes Comets are- incredibly large. Their - heads often are a million miles in diameter, ' while their tails may.'- attain v a --length of ten million ? miles. Meeting Is Postponed The Sword of Bunker Hill meeting originally .scheduled for to- nMit has been postponed until a later date, according to announcement, mndc bv officers toclav. New York Cotton Prev. Open High Low Close Close U^i l(T>s 1048 1055 105^ May . IC48 1053 1047 1053 105r -H" . '»«T> 1C40 1035 1040 1103" Oct. .. 987 990 984 98,°, 9«57 Ore, .. 934 986 PRO 933 983 i-:'.. . 1051 105! 1051 1051 1050 New Orleans Cotton Prev. Cpen High Low Close Close 1056 1058 1053 1058 1053 1033 1058 1054 1058 1057 1040 1046 1037 1046 1042 995 996 989 993 994 991 993 987 990 992 1052 1052 1052 1045 1050 ready In progress against Libya. The Ethiopian forces, it was revealed, »are being aided by the Royal \Alr Force. Expect Tobruk's Fall LONDON, Jan. 9. (UP)— Tobruk; Italian naval base on the Libyan coast 60 miles west of Bardia, may be in British hands within a few- days, military experts reported to-' day.>.- ; " _• Fresh reports from Egypt indicated that the defenses of' the area- were .weaker than those of Bardia^ despite its ring of perimeter forfc,' and that the garrison probably would not exceed 40,000 at most. , British forces were bslieved to be investing Tobruk In force already, after having moved-advance units 'westward of it on the main Tobruk-Benghazi-. jyute.U' ' r ,* * - -Tanks^arnwved "- cars,— artillery.'* and Infantry were reported to be reaching the Tobruk area In ever treater numbers ready % for an attack. To Become Base . It was believed here that British nnval authorities already were ' In hnticipation of the fail of Tobruk. to make" it a base for new naval operations against the. Italians. ' The port Is good. The Italians had used it as a naval bti^e and as '(. disembarkation base for trooos •vid supplies. It was believed that British planes had done consider- "'ble dnrrmce to dO"ks and '•»o\iscs but this could be repaired : Westward of Tobruk. thi next base, nnd Das?^ Briton woulrl be D°rr"). ion s 1-w ro^rl along" t 1 "^ Jfbol Akhd<>r or nrn«?e. whose MHs. fnii cu i 'vp. of t^e ro^st. r' 1 " 1 to f °pt. T^entv thousand Italian/ cnl- settled on the vegetated land in this area. Film a film storv'bf the tvu^klntr nf the The ^nis ^'v ' rno^MrisE at the Wednesday. - wn<! shnwn bv L. G! O. P. Fnvhert nnd Gnarly S. Mwin^ts. who' were also guests of the chib. " M'-s. .7ahn CeHl Cox w.«s n soeV Hn I gupsts. nt the m*>°tine to receive the thanks of tbp club "for h sr BctivIfMs in oonne"P'on "With *"he tov project con^'-cted t*v the club for underprivileged' children, during Christmas. v Announces Corporation Mar. May July i Oct. Dec. Jan. Mentioned as President Roosevelt's probable choice to succeed , Admiral William D. Leahy as ! Governor General of Puerto to tne stee l industry, 4,000,000.- Rico is former Representative °°0 gallons of water are consumed Guy Swope, above, of Pennsyl- daily to make steam, cool machln- vania. ery, etc. .. 1 LITTLE ROCK. Jan. P. * Governor-Elec'i, Homer AdUins an- ^ovnced todoy the -.names of three iv.n who \vjll comnb<p the rew ^tnte corporation commipsion when he takes o/^ce next wssk. Those Darned, subject to confirmation by Mie senate, are Herbert Pro tor of Wynne. Joe Kimsev of M«gnet. •*.n,l Charles Miller of Lonoke. — All played prominent .parts in Adklns' succassful campaign last summer. , One of the most dramatic rumors to come out of the war's strict censorship revolved about the famed Count Felix von Luckner,'; above. World War Skipper of the German raider "Sea Devil." Reports state that von Luckner is in command of the German raider (possibly a WEATHER Arkansas—Pair and colder. Temperatures below freezing in the north and central portions arid near freezing in the extreme south portions tonight. Friday .fair. Mem- former British ship) which has 'phis and vicinity—Fair tonight and played havoc with British shipping in the Pacific, Friday. Colder tonight* .Lowest; tsm- perature .28. Highest Friday 38.

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