BLYTHEVILLE .'/"'.A 1 ;^ "A*,rlJ! " VIT r- "r- p=a THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OF NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND BOUT1IKA8T MISSOURI VOLUMK XL—NO. 17. BlylhcviHe Dally News Blythcvlllc Courier niylhevlllc Herald Mississippi Valley Lender M.YTHKVlUil ARKANSAS, TUESDAY,, Al'KJLO, S1NG1-B COPIES •; UKNI>; Today's War Commentary Petain Speaks 'Hul Voice Is Not Thai Of France ALLIED FLEET PUTS TO SEA By THOMAS J. UONOHUE of Hulled Tress The puppets on the stage of Europe wo going through their final pantomime, with Hitler niiinipuhiling the strings. When Henri Philippe Petnin emerged tin's week from lite seclusion ii\to which events had thrust him, he spoke as a German marionette. It was one of the last attempts of the conquerors to break the French spirit ou what may be the eve of important Allied operations against Kurope. But Pclain's speech revealed with crystal clarity that when he speaks, It is not with the voice of France but of Nazi Germany. Vasiie hopes that lie might yet rcaliM the magnitude of his blunder In committing France to collaboration with the Nazis have been shattered. His words betrayed the senile gropings of a tired old man who has no hope, no aspiration save to live out the few days lenialninu to him In comparative peace of body. For him, there can be no peace ot soul or mind, nor can the aura that surrounded him nt Verdun ever Ije restored. Petain is done, finished by the enemy that finally vanquished him after three great wars and at last Ijcnt his will to its own. ' • . Pelain spoke bitterly yesterday of "those responsible" for the misfortunes of France—those "guilty of war and of defeat"—when lie mid: "Bound to causes of disaster, they have fled from its consequences into emigration, while 1 re-mum among you." SHAKE OF BLAME KESTS ON 1'ETAIN Even if Petain had wanted to, Hitler never would have permitted the old marshal to tell the truth, that he as much as anyone was responsible for the defeat and disaster that befell France. When the last wnr ended, Petain retired to his rose gardens to write his memoirs of Verdun. Had he .stayed there, his name would have been entered upon the rolls of immortal French heroes to be revered and honored through succeeding generations. Instead. Petain came back into public life. ' He served as chief of staff, vice president of the Supreme War Council mid in 1934, he was made war minister in the Doumerguc cabinet, formed lifter the rioting in Paris over the • Stavtsky banking scandals. Thus. Petal)), more than any other .single personality, was rc:pon- sible for the state of French defenses in the critical thirties. How well he fulfilled his trust already is written in the book-s of history. 1 The regimes that rilled France before 1939 were shot through with corruption, greed, ineptitude and short-sightedness. The armament which Petain and his associates were supposed to have given France was not in evidence when the Germans struck. The morale of the army was putty-soft. Politicians tried to direct strategy when the crisis came and the result was a debacle of historic proportions. KNEW CRISIS WAS APPROACHING That Retain even then was approaching senility and didn't perceive the danger that threatened France might be advanced as an argument in his favor—a kind of '''mitigating circumstance." But Petain knew full well that the storm was .approaching, for in 1934 he declared Unit the next war would "burst like a clap of thunder" on the world. Yet, lie did nothing to burn out the dry-™' thai even then infected the defenses of France. His statement yesterday placing the onus ol war and defeat on other men, therefore, is nothing more than attempt to evade a profound responsibility. Obviously, if the Flench people were to heed his cxhorlaitons al this new critical hour, the Germans must be careful to absolve him of blame for the tragedy that •befell France. They must make the French people believe him when he says: "The salvation of France will not come from without; it is lu bin hands—in your hands." r The travesty of Petain was never more clearly, indicated than by tills"p'.issag'ei'"ccnoihV th6'Nazi' propaganda: line:" "?j '.',,' ""if Communist barbarism were .to triumph', it would destroy forever our civilization and our national Independence." Yet, the civilization and independence that Petain and his generation knew have been 'destroyed not by Communist barbarism but bj the Nazi brand which even now he seeks to perpetuate. Petain demanded authority, complete and final, fsom the F.senct- people to "guarantee real freedom within labor," as he phrased it. H could have said it more simply by demanding tnat the people of France submit completely to the will of the Germans ivlio would use them a.' slaves to defeat the very lories that arc committed to liberating them The 87-year-old Petain spoke of the "future" of France. But be may not be present when the future yields back In France the heritage he helped to foim at Verdun, then deliberately tore down in hi- declining years. The last word on France is yet to be spoken. Fortresses Blast Caj>liari Harbor Ships Leave Gibraltar OlHcial Army Air Forces photo shows two large ships and ttaio^ house afire after Flying Fortresses nipped possible attempt to evacuate Rommel's forces at Cngliarl Ilaibor hi soiilhem Snrdinli A total of 'J2 Axis ships and 05 planes were destroyed. (NEA lelcpholo'i Voters Indifferent To Meter Question 'there Is a city election today, but nipaienlly Jew mldeiils of lllylhe- '\\\y arr Interested enough to vote, Although Hie nuo-.stlon of installing lurking nielrrs on Ihc streets was in Issue lo be decided ill Ihc polls, only 'JO voles had been cast at noon, : At tho City Hall, 14 votes had been uisl; throe lind voted lit Rjiy- nond Smith's Slorc nnd thvccs al Frozen Foods Stove. 'I here are no contests In ciiudl- :lalos. Miiyor E. It. Jackson Is Mirk- ing a .second lerm and John 0. Mcllnney, B. n. Woodscm and K. R. /ones are seeking reelection as uldciiucn. In iiilditluii lo voting whether parking meters will bt> Inslalletl. tlie question • of excluding ElmwooO Cemetery frpin the city llmlU also i being decided. Absence Of Contests Makes Most Elections Today Mete Foimdlities Bullet Found In Brain 01 Calico Rock Victim Sei'gt. William Nichols Had Been Reported -Missing In War Zone ' BATESVILLE. Ark., April 0 <UP> —Physicians hnve located a bullet n the brain of 'Uharlcs W DU> nil. n Calico Hock war xctpyni whose body was found Sunda\ in a shallow grave In tho-'rcai of h) former home. . / ... The «iilo|isy-' p was-"i»)fDii)yiI Hcrinine the manner Durunt met his death. Pressure on Young Men Holding War Jobs May Swell Army Ranks WASHINGTON April G IUP) — Draft Director Hcrshey now says that public opinion may delay the drafting of fathers. Fathers originally had been ex- IKcled to be called to the colors around July 1. But Hcrshey says pressure of their friends on.young men in war jobs to go into service before men with children may put a different face on the- matter, if that takes place, he states, there's no knowing hou 1 long the drafting of fathers may be delayed. As for older men in general, those aged 38 to 46, Hershcy says that he'll send those not in essential jobs to the Army just as soon as the Army wants them. So far, he says, the Army is not asking for men over 38. As a general comment, the draft chief says, "You've (jot to take men where you can get them." And today is the motto of Food Administrator Chester Davis. The Senate Appropriations Committee has just voted Davis 40 million dollars to recruit a big land army to help bring in this year's crops. Under u joint agriculture and Stale Department program, re- jnittccs. cruiting of 10,600 Jamaicans to do farm labor in the United States is expected to start next week. Today is an exciting iiay in Congress. It's the day of thc'battie of ballols between. President Roosevelt and the (arm bloc over the Bankhead Bill to raise the farin .parity price base. The Senate passed it by a vote of 78 to two. The president vetoed it, declaring it would raise farm prices and start a tornado of inflation, In spite of the heavy vote for the Bankhead Bill previously, betting now is about even, that the Semite will not override the veto and break the President's anti- inflfttion program. The administration faces another lest. The Senate silver bloc is voicing opposition to the treasury proposal lo set up an international stabilization fund based solely on the gold standard. No, say senators in whose states arc large silver mining interests. Let's base the standard on silver as well as gold. The Treasury ideas ou world currency planning are being presented today lo three House com- Scrgl.'' William Harper Nichols. 21-year-old ion of Mr. and Mrs. C. L. Nichols of Kelser and brother of Mrs. W. Leon Smith and Mrs. Harry Wccclman. lias been found and is bnck in active duly, after haling been reported missing in action March 12. the War Department yesterday informed his father. The young hero had been missing since Feb. 9, Hie War Department informed his parents. No dclniis of hi.s activity, which led lo his behiH inUsliig. have been received. Decorated with the Silver Ktar for gallantry—an award ranking next to Ihe Distinguished Service Gross he also recently received n citation for bravery in the battle of Midway, his relatives have been informed. It is believed that Scr- ;caiit Nichols' awards are the highest received by u Mississippi C'oim- ty service man since the war began. determine the manner 'in \hich oiineiI in \h Murder charges have' been filed In Circuit Court at Melbourne Mrs. Armaiida Rose Uui'i and her 21- year- old diuig'il! Mary. Mrs. Ouraiit was nircsljd in Romeo, Michigan. Monday af- i'r iic-r whereabouts bud been ilo- lermincd throng,! icr^i's io Calico Rock residents. Her daughter has not been found. Heavy Earth Tremors Cause Damage lo Severa Towns, Reports Say SANTIAGO, Chile, April 0. tUP «j Unlkd 1'rcs It's- municipal. .clcollon day Arkansas, Scores of stale c III is afc elect Ions which in imiliy cases niLitlj a.iei foiirialtUcij' ns to selection o! office)s In many of he slntc's liii'Rer cllles major candidates "arc Unopposed for of lice. In Uttlc Hock all -InCiimlienls arc without Ophosltlon .The sliortago of men ns a result of : the war has narrowed Hie po- Itlcal floldfor the time being. At .eiist\Hiai's the way it looks on the ballots lOdnj ,Spcclal;!ts,ucs Medium Bombers Score Hits On Vital Targets At Jap Operations Base Ity t'lillcil I'rrss American medium bombers Imve I'nrrU'd nut fi sitccr'.ssful utim'k 01} Mnndaliiy, chief city and hlguest Jnpiuie!>c o)icnillons Inisc In miner Duvma, .; tlnlted Slates Army Air Force communique snys many hll:; were scored IIIHUIIB biilldlntis, rallrcud (racks, an nntl-nlici'iift buttery, nnd'oil dumps. Tho mlil on Miuiilnlay was nwdc y. At tho same .lime Am fighter forces 'm/Hle liBh and machine H'm altncks in Japanese ground torce.s In nor- 'hoi'U Uiirnia. Photograph!; , taken luring Sunday's attack oh n bit, oil. rnllnery >oulh of Rangoon rc- ' lills on the power Imuse wnx plnnt. distillation biilldlnu am iniikH. Miltiholl medium bombers nttiicked tlm rnllrund yards J3f- mltcii .soulh ol Mnnclnlny 01 tlio line lo lluniiooii. llll.i wcr iccved on tracks, wiunhuust's am buildings, Heavy HAP bombers rallied tin central railway slatlon al Tlnugooi Insl " night, dropping ICM-paum bombs nnd .sturtlnu ilres vhlblc fo Rmnmel'Fe&'Utf On Yankee Rations WJ'III AMERICAN FOI101CS IN CENTKAL TUNISIA, April 8 (UP) —Na/1 Fluid Min'.slml lirwln Hom- nu'l Is us ih'cil of American canned "C" radons as Yankee .soldiers. Tho woman proprietress of till) I'rcnch hotel nl P'crlnnii said ttoin- mcl slopped (licit! lulo in Fcbru- ury mill he told her hu wauled oii|i anil nil omelet Hindu of six BBS. Shu told him she cnuld furnish U3 omelet but not thn soup, then ildeil us an iiftorthouRhl: "Piuhap.s I could serve you some mined 'C' ration the Americans :ft hove?" Said Hommel: "Oooil Lord, no, I've IICCMI raiting' ml stulf fur six mouths." Fifty Japanese wnrpluni-'a 16-nUnck Ilrlllsh IMSI-S In smith eastern Bengal, but wove. Uilve nil anil Jorcrd I o drop their ilund Iy' cnriio'' Iri- lh« Juniile. Dilllsl ;ues air up for'nppiox'il Ulylht vllle will vole on pnrklni; mclcr.s. Two mayors' races hold Inlercst In Northeast Arkansas, incimibcnl Herbert J. Boiler of Joncslxiro is opposed by W. C. Craig. Arkansas Star Placed On Flag; of Allegiance I>vm,E ROCK. April li. (UP) — Arkansas has placed Its 26lh slnr on the blue field of a partly completed (lag being sent around the country by Ihc Unlvcr.sily of Pennsylvania. Each stale symbolly.es Its pledge of allegiance by alflxlng (Us proper star in plncc on the Held. Seveiitecn-yeiir-old Miss l.avinla Wicker .sewed on Arkansas' star in presence of state American Legion Commander Col. Ilcndrix l/ackey at the capltol. She luis been a member of the American Junior Auxiliary since she was born. Kiirrlcniin nghlors mid antl-alicral the interest hi urbw.frldamnged eleven of Ihc' nt ' I'jMiAv"^^ 1 ^'- 1 ' 1 '''? plnucs. )/ Russians Strengthen Bridgehead llv llullcil I'irss The nmslnns are Improving lu'lr bridgehead on the German :lt!e nf Ihe Doiicls river south ot !/.yum, in spite of repeated N'a'/.i altucks. A Soyliit military srjckc.smnn says tlui Gvi-miiiK have bi'cn l5e|5EGRt; Armada Includes Capital Warships; Jmporlan vclopmcnts Seen R) United I'. CM Aii cnonnous Allied fleet is reported to hiive left Gibraltar \yithin the past few days—dcatiiiatiun unre- VGIllcd, • Hritish \>ec»s re|ioii.s'fi'oni Tangier siiy the (\eut incliid- (I the bilttleships Nelaoti," iodlicy Hiid Mnltiyu, , three' urorul't curriers, 35 destroyers and corvettes, 26 motor ^iccd bouts and several sub- March Sinkings Increase Over Previous Month, Knox Reveals II) Unikil 1'rcss Secielnry of the Nnvy ICnox isiiys Na/.Ls Sprlns U-boiit offensive Is IIVllUj lip 10 CX|l[!Ctllll011.1. H IS very grave. Knox snys li|le reiwrls on March .sinkings show there wns a big rl;,c In losses during the month. He adds that Allied bomblni! ot German submarine pins of the French con.il Is dliiruptliitc ncllvi- nt (he brlduehcnd for tiwirly two weeks, hut have nuliicil notblni! but n mount liii; ilculli.- toll. Tluj latest attack, announced today, was thrown buck Just as al' the rest have luicii. Tank-led enemy Ironps inoleclcd by - flghtei planes failed to ninke the stlislitest dent In Ihtt Hussian defunfca. On .Ihe north . unrt .soulli ci'ids "o the -.cantcvn.' front, Kiv>slnp 'gam nnd men nn: .carving new holt'. In the Gcrmim lines, • '. . Mar.ihal 'I'lnioslicnko's'toVce.sliiiv .•iclxeil Ocrinan fol'tlflc'd prislllon before the eiinmy slvonghold. o Slnrnyn Jtussiv r.oulh of Lake II num. Tills Is Hie nrc.n in tlie Oeriiunia several days auo 10 ported a big Russian oflenslvt There Is no Indication In the Mos cow communique ns to wlint lh new Bains Minify. Itowovcr, Iho recently publlshei limp of Uussln's Spring defense line hn.-i .shown Ihc UiisJjlnn armies lo Ire virtually at the nntes of Sliiriiya Russa. Artillery In Adlun In the Nav.l Cauciioiis brldgc- lieail. lied Army ciitlllcry IK Ijom Blmllar ship movements occurred list before the Amerlcan-SJrltlsli nva.slon of North'Africa last November, Increasing .speculation over .these ic'w. reported movements, the Ger- unns. say many Allied waiplanes ahtlcd al Qlhialliu jcsterdny nonilng. 'I'hey fjuole rumois fiom jpnln . Unit 25,000 Americans and Brill. 1 ,!! tioops left the Rock lost week—atfajn for destinations unknown. Tlie rorxnU may mean luiport- anl developmentsmay'^Impend- ing Ihc MccHlorrancan iirca. Or they may mcicly reflect Nuzl iiei- completed HiiK no&slbly .will u , „ ))aBl , a , )C ' be placed In the CongreKtloiinl 'Li , , , otcll wllclhcl . His post is not known but it is ; _ A vin i c , a einiujn^c S u 001 5 cc ii- Dcclarallon of Indcpcndpiice, believed ho is )ii lie Southwrsl ( ra i chile nt noon today. The town ' 'Die (lag's pllyrimn B c was brnry near the oilninals of the rolm( ,. Uu ,. dcck homblns of Europe New York Stocks AT&T Amer Tobacco ... Anaconda Copper 'Beth Steel Chrysler Gen Electric ... 1« 1-8 ... 537-8 ... 31 1-8 ... 683-8 ... 76 ... 37 1-2 Gen Motors .............. 50 7-8 Montgomery Ward — •••• 40 1'* W Y central ............. 10 3-8 Int Harvester ............ 69 1-2 North Am Aviation ...... 135-8 Hepubllc Steel ........... 13 Radio ................... 101-2 Socony Vacuum .......... 13 1-2 Studebaker . ...'. ...... /. . H 1-8 Standard of N J .......... II 1-8 Standard of N J ......... 53 5-3 Texas Corp .............. 49 7-8 Packard 1-2 U S Steel ................ 58 3-4 New Orleans Cotton open high low close pv.ci. Men. . 2017 2019 May , 2072 2073 July . 8056 2057 Oct. . 2031 2032 Dec. . 2027 2027 2000 2000 2018 2057 S057 2040 2040 2011 2011 2072 2056 2030 2005 2007 2035 Livestock ST. LOUIS, April C. (UP)— Hos receipts 11,500 head, ail salable. Top price $15.65: 180-310 pounds $!5.40-$15.50; 1-W-1GO pounds $14.15$14.75; sows S15.00-S15.35. Cattle receipts 3,100 head, with 3,000 salable; calves 1,100, all salable. Slaughter steers $12.00-517.25; slaughter heifers $11.00-$I5.25; mixed yearlings and heifer. 1 ; $13.75$15.50; slockcr and feeder steers $11.00-515,25; canncrs and cutters $8.50-511.00; cows M1.00-$I3.25. Learns Ahoul ISCcs SAN JOSE, Cal. IU.P.)—Patrol- man Doug Daley has learned how to be a- bee expert—the hard way. When a call came to Hie Fire Department for Capt. Carl O'Dell, the fire company's bee expert, to come and corral a swarm of bees, lie said he would come after lie had finished his dinner. Patrolman Daley decided the captain probably would be a long time eating nnd undertook the Job himself. He succeeded beautifully except for the few that escaped and slung him. But now. lie says, lie knows how 16 prevent escapes. Pacific war zone. H is known that he participated bnt!> in thr Pi",\r} Harbor action and in the Midway battle. Shortly before reported missing.' Ihc gunner had written home "I have gotten enough Jap:; for the whole family" which mean'. ;U least 10 as he lias two brothers and five sisters, in addition to his pure)) Is. In (be service thiee years and two months, he was due Lo receive a furlough for a vacation at Vicinc when reported miming. The gnod news was received while lis brother. EorRt. Charles 1,. Nichols, an instructor in Ihe Army Air Forces al Lansjlcy I'letd. Va., was hi.s paicnts. hjivin;; arrived Saturday lo be with his parents ns soon as possible aflcr receiving news thai hi.s brother was niisshi!!. 'llin other brother. Hobert Francis "Buddy" Nichols, leaves next Monrlay for the Army. Mr. and Mrs. Harry Wccdmnv and family were nt KcUcr Sun- lay with Mrs. Wccriman's brollicr but illness of Mrs. Smith's baby vovcnlcd Mr. nnd Mr.s. Smith ioining in the family gct-togcthcr. Sergeant Nicliols had oftoi vi.s- ilcd in lilylheville before he volunteered for service when n senior in high school at Reiser, where his family has long lived. His oilier sisters arc Mrs. Robert Cliilds, Dorothy and Doris Nichols "i ot Salamanca wilh a populailon of gun September. 1012, in Chicago. 1,037,--was reported "in ruins". There were two shocks liistiny Iwo to Ihrec minutes each. Com nuiiiicatioii.-i between Sanliaso and Valparaiso were ruptured and the Western Union cable from Val-l MEMPHIS, April G. (UP)—Lord Thrice Welcome' For 'lions' Halifax pnniiso is out. nnd Lady Halifax also met the I'eraons in downtown buildings darker fide of the Houlh, when In Santiago rushed into the slrccts Ihcy visited Memphis, in panic. Clocks were slopped. The [ Negro farm workers entertained building housiny Ihc United Press-them office rocked so violently Ihc slafC thought it would collapse. The epicenter of the qunkc was at La Serena, a coasUil town 300 miles north of Santiago. Salamanca is about 100 miles lorlh of Santiago. Dinnagc also •as reported at La Serena and ithcr towns. spirituals, while they Salvage Work Progresses On Capsized Normandie WASHINGTON, April G. (Tjp>- Kavy Secretary Knox says the burned and capsized French liner Normandie will be right side up at her New York pier probablj by mid-July. He says the salvage is progressing "very well" but that work to be done after the 83,000 ton liner Is righted will depend on Ihc purpose for which Ihc ship will he used. Chicago Wheat open high low close pr.c-1. toy . H5 : S 1M01 143& 144% l« : :fi lily . 145'.i 145',C- 143 7 .; 141'., l«',4 Sep. . 14S% 146',-i 144'.!: were guests at :i plantation. A Negro preacher cordially welcomed them, saying: "I welcomes you not oncc'd, but I welcomes you twice and J also welcome. 1 ; you thrice." The British ambassador. "Ho'iS" Halifax lo the Negroes, gravely re- lurned the greeting, ami thanked Ihc old Negro preacher. New York Cotton open high low clo?,c pr:cl. Mch. . 198!) ISDI B69 ISM May . 20-13 204D 2030 2030 2012 July . 5025 2028 2010 2010 2025 Oct. . - 2001 2003 1982 1082 2000 Bee. ,. 19D5 1938 1975 1975 1995 ovci what h ,(o follow the smashing Al'llen '.acilal nssnult which since Friday hoa topped nll ! recdids In Western Euiopc and Ihe Norlh' African' Incatcw Air Action Ituvcaki! v^as d!iclo.szd touiiy, that, on iny ftloiu'j ,"ou) planes 1 iiuo,e inoiu'lnun 1050 nttackt ngninil, the Axis,'/blew up a'deatroyci, set fire l6 Axts sujiply ships en route to TimKlit nnd destroyed' 48 enemy planes. Eighteen' of llie Axis planei were luiifo air transports cnvrylns oil aiul yaHdllno to llio Axis nimius In Tuiilsla, Indlcutlng llin) Ihc enemy plans-16 hiiike a fight to Iho lasl man ralherr than',at|cin'pt a Dunkirk 1 evacuation; Cut Britisn warships arc lidding to enemy difr (IciiltM, They' Imve cunk on'o liiid probably two out-. of Hires enemy supply ships In u'convoy off Tu- nlsln, A | Counllni; planes dcstiojccl on hiirdlnij what the Unfslans call "a IIUKC center of wiemy rcslslinicc." U was Just such a boinbartlnieiil |lmt preceded llie Russian ijrouncl l;alns during tlie past Iwo days that brought llie Red Anny—lie- cording lo. .Swedish. Clspalcbes—lo within 10 miles of Novorossisk from Ihe north. > A tjroiii) of- Soviet mountain i>< ,!„"! ground. |t Is believed that nt Ion-it 100 ohcniy planes were destroyed In the Tunisian theater yesterday. llall.m Ports Raided , Ciilifl icvcals that Amciican voluiUecr crews In' Liberator bomb' BOlng lo have much effect oil the battle ot the Atlantic. Knox snys tho Allies hope to counteract the aubinnrlnc mcnnco with Ihc new destroyer escort ships. He siijfe thore Is n marked Improvement In Ihc producllon of Ihc u-E's. .But, he declared en- Blncs sllll are a botltcncck in D-K production. However, "engine prcducllon l.i Increasing. One plant in Syracuse Is producing - lurbo-gcncralors for the destroyer escorts al the rale of 50 a month, rtnd he ndileil, 'Nine months asjo Ihls plant wns a h;iy field." Knox said that nt present llin Na/.ls arc concentrating their U- boats In the Mid-Atlantic, Knox parried questions uuout lire Japs In the Aleutians, lie 'refused lo Rive any hint as lo Ihc effects of Ihfi continuous bombings of Klskn hy U. S. Forces. climbing troops luis «e«lerl mighty i Mount Elhriii.—highest mountain In the northern Cnucii.sus—and replaced the swastika with the hammer and sickle. Til,- Nazis unlit their banner aloft on the IB.nnn foot, heights of Elbrus lasl year before Ihc Itusslanr, drove them down from the mountain and almost into the sea. cm made ,'diirinu .nllacks Friday qir the Italian supply port's of Messina,, San Giovanni nnd ..Crotone, and all '.'came back antely although: they had thought-, they- word going :on Meat Packers And Individuals Indicted In Black Market War WASHINGTON, April 6 i'rice Administrator Brown calls .he indidnienl of seven meat packing firms and eleven Individuals "Hie biggest hammer blow v.e have dealt yet to the black markets." Brown says six of the firms, owned or controlled by Peter Colas of Chicago, were amone the 20 largest Independent packers. Between December 10 and February 1. Brown snys, the firms shipped 10 million pounds of beef Into northern New- Jersey nnd New York Cily alone. The OPA chief says the meat was sold al from 28 lo 32 cents a l»unrt when lh= OPA ceiling price was 23!i cents a pound on the hl&hest grade of beef .sold. He added this meant about $050,000 collected 11- of meat price regulations and i testriclloiis of the OPA. Con- lc»all.v on the three-million dollars wortli of meal sent lo N?w Jersey nnd New York CHy. The seven firms and eleven in- divldpjils were Indicted on charges of conspiracy to violate and viola- lion qitotn . _ . _ vlction on all counls of the indictment cnn menu n Jnll lerm of five years and a $1(!,000 fine. Colas, the man behind six of Hit firms, was described by the OI'A as n former small lime liver peddler. The OPA Investigated when his business showed a sudden nud tremendous expansion after (he OPA set meal restrictions. Complaints of competitors also prompted Uie investigation. A rgwnenis Heard ' In Trial Of Irwin Jurors In the case of Clyde Irwin. charged with rape against his Knfjineer's Body Found \n Wreckage Ll'ITI.E ROCK, April fl. (UP)— They found the body of David R. Kmlili in the wreckage of Ills engine last night. That brought lo two the dMtli toll ironl Sunday's head-on .collision between -two trains—one of them a troop train, Ihe clher u Hock Lv land Iller. KniHIi's crushed br.dy WPS pinned under (lift tons of stnel that catapulted from (lie track when. the Iwo train;-, camo loRcther. A wlt- nc.'-'s m.vs he jumped from tho troop triiln just berorn the smash. John M. O'Hear, cnjinccr of the passenger fpi'dal, was injured fatally. Ills body was recovered shortly alter wrecking crows reach- young daughter, were hcarlnB lhci c rt n 1( . sf eiic. Vuneral .services will ai-guiiienls presented by Claude !•". - - - • Cooper, atlorney for the defendant, shortly before noon today In Criminal Division of Circuit Court. TJie case was exacted to reacli the jury In Ihc early nflcrnoon following presentation ot Ihc case by Marcus Fictn, prosecuting attorney, assisted by Graham Sudbury, deputy. Irwin Is charged with raping his 12-year-old daughter while living at Manila more than n year ago. His home ts in Mississippi. H. O. 1'nrtlow is Rlso representing the defendant. While the Jury is deliberating this case, one of two Negro murder cases ar; expected to gel underway. Louis Gorman and Moso Houston are slalcd to face trial at (his lerm of court on charges ot murder Involving other Negroes. Court\onened Monday of last week wliii Walter Killough of Wynne serving ns siwcinl judge. ) lc id todsy. Meanwhile, : lhc V/ar Department Ims checked to the Interstate Commerce Comrtilj-.'.lon Ihc Job cf determining who »'ns responsible fcr Ihi! wreck—one of the worst in stale ra|)rcnriing history. • The interstate Commerce Com- mlsMon will he represented by John Dcrmlnl of Houston, Texas, and James MaelJoiialrl cf Norman, Okla. The investigation will start shortly. Drivers -Lose Licenses LITTLK HOCK, April C.^-S Revenue Commissioner Murray B. McLcod has announced that 16 Aikansans Irxst their drivers' licenses during March because of violating traffic regulations. Two ot these were Dlylhcvlllc iiisn, AviDic Sims and Russell s-iiicide missions.' It also wastdticloscd that bombers of,-tlie Middle Eastern 'Oom- nmid-raided Naples again on'Siin- dny night, .'only 12 hours after 100 rlylug Fortresses - had bombed the big port. Aside from these violent attacks on Italian and Sicilian poits and bases, giant British bombers , are pounding Marshal Rommel's line of northward retreat and tile Sfnx railroad station, causing heavy damage. U. S. Patrols Advance On the ground, American patrols, arc advancing slonly in the E] Guellar Bectton where our -plane,; have broken 'up an enemy tank concentration All reports indicate that General Montgomery,." h^s opened a violent artillery bombardment ns the preliminary to •« renewed push northward. As the Tunisian campaign draws to a climax and with the tempo of Allied bombing operations heralding the approach of the war to Italian soil.-IthiyV-cabinet is expected lo convene .today, possibly lo announce .the appointment of an Axis Meditcrranenn cominnnd- cr-ln-chlc(—probably llommel himself. : •'. " ; - ' ; : • • " ' i . Big Ships. Groundc-J - In northern Europe,, there lias been no Ipl-up'ln the great bomber offensive, although bad weather grounded Britain's* big four- cngincd-plancs last'nlgliU -. ' In brilliant sunshine today, a powerful 'fleet of'Allied planes swepl across the Channel, observers could see many fishier planes, and the deeper sound of powerful engines higher up indicated the air fleet contained heavy bombers, perhaps Flying Forlresses. Reconnaissance reports show- that the 'big Ports Sunday and Monday had .their two best con- seculive days since they started operations against Europe. In yesterday's raid on Anotwcfp, Belgium, they knocked out ail important German airplane repair base, the Erla-Aero Engine Works, and hit Ihc Gervflert Photogrnplc Plant. Pictures of Sunday's smashing raid on Ihe Renault plant outside Pans show that hardly" a building was left untill.
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