The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on January 15, 1941 · Page 1
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS * THE DOMINANT wrcwopAOiro rvr.i M/-\TVPI.III<A am »,„„ . ^* ™ *^fc«^B f ¥ ^^^ THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OP NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI VOLUME XXXVII—NO. 257. Blytheville Daily News Blytheville Courier Blytheville Herald Mississippi Valley Leader BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS, WEDNESDAY, JANUARY Jf>, Ifl'l! . HARBERT, SR. Axis Attempt To Block Britain's **T •£ T • 51 f\ Lite-Line been Ity IJttiU'd Press An attempt to block the middle Mediterranean hottle- notks at the Sicily narrows emerged today as the probaMo Axis counter move to rumors that Great'Britain is assembling forces for new major campaigns in the eastern Mediterranean area. Marshal Herman GoerSng's crack* dive bomber .squadrons already are in the area attempting lo close the B7-mile yap of water between Sicily and Africa through which British men-oi-war, troops and supplies must funnel from the western io the eastern Mediterranean. Reports circulated from Budapest that Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini would ' meet, soon with Because Brittanio Rules the Waves French naval and army chiefs. Ob ject of the conference, it was suggested, would be a new attempt to obtain Prance's vital naval bases on both sides of the Mediterranean, particularly Toulon in France and Blzerte in North Africa, and possibly the remnants of the French 'fleet. If Nazi dive bombers and Fascist submarines could operate from Tiinize as well as Sicily and Italy's Gibraltar-like island of Pantelleria which lies 62 miles from Sicily and 35 miles from Africa in the center of the narrows, the British might be forced to abandon the Mediterranean supply route. .So far while commercial shipping has been diverted to the long and costly route around the Cape of Good Hope, Britain's overwhelming naval predominence in the Mediterranean has enabled her to pass military convoys through the inland sea under protection of the independently operating western -.and eastern fleets:; f ' ': Mediterranean .itislx fleet isTbased, on^'Grlbraltar and 'the eastern fleet" at Alexandria. London buzzed with reports that Britain .shortly will step up the tempo 'of her war efforts in :the eastern Mediterranean. It was sug- j gested that an expeditionary force J may come to Greece's. aid in Alba- ] ma. Thus far, British assistance to Greece has been limited to small Royal Air Force squadrons, antiaircraft units and naval help. New York Cotton Mar. May July Oct. Dec. Jan. prev. open high low close close 1043 1048 1041 1046 1040 1044 1U50 1042 1048 1040 1033 986 981 3038 1044. 1031 996 ' 985 992 ! 981 103? 1037 1038 1031 996 992 1040 983 979 10:56 New Orleans Cotton Mar. May •July Oci. Dec;. Jan. prev. open high low close close 1047 1052 1047 1052 1045 1047 1055 1047 1053 1045 1038 1045 1037 1044 103G 991 1000 990 1000 983 987 990 990 990 985 1036 1036 1036 1038 1032 Stock Prices A. T. & T ....167 Am. Tobacco "... 74 Anaconda Copper ..:'.. 26 Bethlehem Steel '.... 86 Chrysler 68 Cities Service 4 Coca-Cola 104 Gen'l Elect. T. 34 Gen'l Motors .. 46 Int'l Harvester 51 Mont. Ward 30 New York -Central 14 North Am. Aviation 16 Packard 3 Phillips -. 39 Radio 4 Republic Steel 21 Socony Vacuum 9 Studebaker 8 Sfd of N. J 34 Texas. Corp 38 U. S. Steel. 67 Companion Finds Resident Of Island 34 Shot to Death Through Head OSCEOLA, Ark., Jan. 15.—Funeral services for Luther Peyton McBroom. 39. who committed "suicide "by shooting himself Monday, were held this morning at Bassett Cemetery. McBroom,, deputy sheriff of Lauderdale County, Tenn., for that section of Island 34 opposite Nodena Plantation, is said by acquaintances to have been despondent for many weeks and to have talked of taking- his life. No motive was known for his action. He was employed 'by' 'Cromer' Brothers. owners of the island, and had lived there eight years. Mr. McBroom and a companion. Glen Hunt ley. were returning to the island in the latters car' and had. gone as far as the roads would permit, ^within a few hundred yards of the Arkansas chute bank,, when McBroom instructed - Huntley to remain 'in the car while he secured a bor»t" foi^ crossing. -'•'. -. . -, : , Ffearing a shot in about 15 minutes, Huntley hurried to the chute bank where he found the body lying- in a pool of blood. MeBrbom had taken off his hat and hightop boots and carefully lain down before firing the fatal shot into his brain, it is said. Huntley immediately notified Dr. J. K. Hampson, who lives nearby at Nodena Plantation, and the sheriff's office in Osceola. Deputy sheriff Leo Schreick investigated the tragedy. He is survived by his wife. Mrs. Mary McBroom and three children. A coincidence is that a '14-year- old son oi" the McBrooms accidentally shoe himself with-a-, rifle at their home three'"'.years ago this week, resulting in'Ills' death. Mr. McBroom is said to have attempted suicide three years- ago. Swift Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Tells of Navy's Plane Plight Livestock ogs. 8.500—8,000 salable. Top. 8.75. 170-230 Ibs.. 8.60-8.75. 140-160 Ibs.. 7.65-8.25. Bulk sows, 6.85-7.50. Cattle. 2.05ff—2,000. . .Steers. 10.00-12.00. Slaughter steers, 7.00-14.00, Butcher yearlings. 8.00-10.60. Slaughter heifers, 6.50-12.50. Beef cows. 5.75-6.75. Cutters &"low cutters. 4.50-5.50. Services Necessary !f Bly- iheville Is To Obtain WPA Street Projects A city engineer who is qualified to supervise certain phases of .street building and improvement projects which Blytheville may obtain through the Works Progress Administration within the next few months will be employed by city officials, it, was decided at the ri'guhir monthly meeting of tin-city council at the city hall last night. The decision to employ a regular engineer was made following the request of a group of citizens, voiced by J. Mell Brooks, secretary of the chamber of commerce, and several others. Mr. Brooks told council members that, past efforts to obtain WPA projects for greatly needed street improvements had met with little success, partially because of the fact that the city did not have the services of an engineer. Will Name Committee Mayor Marion Williams, who presided at the meeting, i.s expected to name a committee within the next few days to employ a trained engineer. It was tentatively agreed that no contract would be entered into to extend beyond April, .\vhen a new city administration will assume charge. Motion to employ an engineer was made by Alderman Loy Welch and it carried without a dissenting vote. Members of the council present were Welch. Sam C. Owens. E. R. Jackson, and Ed Jones. Two members. E. B. Lunsford and John C. MeHaney, were absent due to illness. The council did not discuss the status;- ; 6f. Joe^Carney who -has been supervising street work for the city for a number of years, but it was expected that he- will be retained in the same work with a regular engineer in charge of the department. To Codify Ordinances j At the suggestion of Frank Whit- j worth, city clerk, the council voted to spend approximately $150 for codifying all city ordinances. It was pointed out that the city has some 400 ordinances, many of them obsolete, which in their present unclassified form are cumbersome and difficult to find. Putting them into one complete volume will simplify the task of those who have occasion to look up various ordinances. Alderman Jackson made the motion to codify the ordinances and this, too. was voted unanimously. Another request of Whitworth was acted on favorably. This was his .suggestion that Blytheville renew membership in the Arkansas Municipal League 'at $100 a year. The advantages of membership In this body were outlined and dis- ' cussed and there was no dissenting vote. Mr. Whitworth reminded the aldermen that the league Is at present, working to obtain a portion of the gasoline turn-back for cities and he pointed out, that this accomplisnment alone would more than justify the cost, of membership. U. S. HER IF FULLS Because the British fleet has command "of the Mediterranean •» unnamed Greek port. Stricken CCC Youth Is Flown To Parents MONTGOMERY. Air., Jan. 15. •UP)— James Phenix. Jr.. a CCC enrollee stricken with paralysis, today thanked the army for making it possible for him to be'-with his parents again. ;.'..>. . .An army -transport plane -biA&gh't him from a San Francisco hospital last night so the 19-year-old youth could be. with his family: Ke wns carried to a specially prepared room at St. Margaret's Hospital, where he awaited his parent's arrival. His father is a former at Orion, Ala., 30 miles'south of here. "The army's been swell to me— loaning the plane and all—and ivlien I get back into condition, :'m going to join it," Phenix said. He was injured May 30 when a truck he was driving 1 overturned at an Oregon Civilian Conservation Corps camp. His spinal cord was severed. Later he was .stricken with paralysis in the legs and partially in the arms. He was admitted to a hospiiDl in San Francisco. Physicians feared that he would not recover. Resolution -introduced At Little Rock Urges Aid to Britain Deadline For Purchase Of City Auto Tags Feb. 1 Purchase of city auto tags, at $5 each, will be past due after T^eb. 1, it has been announced by City Clerk Prank Whitworth. Only approximately 200 tags have been sold to date.'The number of motor vehicles in Blytheville liable for this tnx is between 1100 and 1200. Chicago Wheat Low Close 86 7-8 87 1-8 82 3-8 82 ?•§ Rear Admiral John H. Towers, the Navy's Aeronautics Bureau -Chief, pictured describing the plight of naval aviation to the House Naval Affairs Committee. .He said that though the present engine shortage will' continue 18 months, 4000 planes will be added to the fieet this year de- Growth Of Bank Shown In Report Stockholders of The First National Bank in Blytheville re- etected officers and directors in the annual meeting yesterday when the yearly statement .presented showed that the bank had increased : in deposits and number of customers during its third year of operation here. A new director, B. A. Stacy, was elected to succeed Roland Green, who resigned last summer upon becoming a candidate j for the office of County Judge. In presenting accomplishments of 1940. statements for 1939 were compared with those of last year to show the increase in customers and deposits. Thus banking firm has assets of Sl.50C.000. the annual statement showed. Officers of the bank are: H. Highfill, president; s. H, Williams, vice president and cashier;. Hermon Carlton, assistant cashier. Directors are: H. Highfill, J. Frank 'Hall of Memphis,' Clarence H. Wilson, E. A. Stacy and S. H. Williams. •••• • ••-.' This bank declared and' paid* its usual 8 per cent dividend in December when $10,000 was * also placed in the surplus account, Refining Grows Finer CENTRALIA. Til. <UPi— A barrel of *crude oil in 1914 yielded less than half as much effective fuel as it does today, according to the Midwest Oil and Gas Journal. New "cracking" processes in refining produces a yield of as high a« 45 per cent from each barrel of crude. LITTL ER.OCK. Jan. 15. (UP)— Representative Royce Wiesenbergcr of Hempstead county today introduced in the house n resolution indorsing the national defense program and urging all possible aid to.nations opposing aggressors. "The people of Great Britain. Greece and China are now battling against the forces of dictators," Wiesenberger said. "They are in need of material aid from this country to continue their resistance. I am in Favor of our nation nnd our state giving this aid." Representative Merle B. Smith of Jefferson county Introduced a bill calling for a supplemental appropriation of $10,000 for the maintenance of the Agricultural. Mechanical and Normal school at Pine Bluff. Representative J. W. Cloar of Washington county introduced a resolution calling- for the formation of ft 14-man old age pension board to confer with Governor Homer Adkins on ways nnd means of raising funds and malchnlg federal aid to the aged. , Chicago Corn Open High Low Close May G3 1-8 63 3-8 G2 3-4 63 1-4 Sept. G3 1-8 62 3-8 63 1-8 63 1-2 Ontario. Quebec, and British Columbia, in respective order, are the three leading manufacturing provinces of the Dominion of Canada. Professor Held In Bri dan's First "War Nerves" Murder LONDON, Jan. 15 (UP) — Prof. Arthur Lloyd James, internationally famous phonetics expert, was remanded in custody for nine days today on the charge that he stabbed his musician wife to death in Great Britain's first "war nerves" murder. James and his wife had suffered severely from shock after a narrow escape from death in a pre-Chrlst- mas air raid, and both had been in hospital. Divisional Detective inspector Oxland quoted James as saying after his arrest yesterday: "I thought my powers were failing and I could not cope with my work. Rather than expect my wife to face • a bleak future I decided she should die and not be asked to. face it." : /.;... "James, looking dazed and wearing a heavy black overcoat, listen•ed intently, with lowered head as arraignment at Hampstcad police court. He kept his hands folded in his lap.. Inspector Oxland said he found Mrs. James, nationally known under her maiden name, Elsie Owen, as an organist and violinist and as professor of violin at the Royal Academy of Music, dying of stab wounds at the James' Hampstend villa yesterday. It was understood that a telephone call from someone as yet unidentified sent police to the villa. Oxland said Mrs. James' body was lying in the drawing room of the villa. He said he found a fork and a poker in the house and James, when arrested In the din- Ing room, had blood In his shirt cuff' and under his flngcr nails. "We were so happy," he quoted James as • saying first.. "I wanted her to die like that. I had been in a nursing home with a nervous police evidence was/given &t his,] breakdown,;We were so happy." Uslifying Before Commil- lee On Aid Measure He Urges Quick Action WASHINGTON. Jan. 15, (UP) — St'm-iury of Stale. Cordell Hull, rti'ularlnij that "Gmmmy could wwlly cross ,lho Atlantic" if Britain lull:;, urgfid today speody i-nucL- m<mt of t.hi! lulmlnKstnition aid to Brim in bill in order to defeat "aKK»vsslaii and rule." lit 1 lold Uu> house foreign affairs committee Ihnt u German move ngalast tills hemisphere, particularly across tlu> South Atlantic, would, be an easy matter "unless wo are prepared to do what- Brltnln Is doing now." First to Testify Hull was the first witness as the committee opened hearings on the historical measure. He told the committee that American people were "more united on uld to Brit- aid irum on any other subject." He said this nation must not be "de- terr^i or diverted" by German threats from giving aid "to the victims of aggression." He condemned Germany's "af- frontry and cynicism" In holding that, the proposed British aid measure violated International law— particularly those provisions which would permit British, Greek or Chinese warships to be serviced and outfitted in American ports and outlying bnsos. Asked at one point U he considered the pending measure "absolutely necessary for the defense of the United Slates," Hull re- ; piled: "I have been unwillingly driven to the consideration, to'Which you refer." Hull • told . the .Committee that "German' forces could cross" the English channel in an hour's time were it not that Britain ( Is well armed and fighting every hour of the day to prevent the crossing." Atlantic No Barrier "If Germany wins the Atlantic would provide little barrier." Withholding aid to Britain. Hull said, would not bring about peace, but would consolidate the position of the axis powers and allow them to prepare for further conquests. The bill, lie added, would- make it possible for the United States to allocate our resources In ways calculated to provide for the security or this nation and this continent. "Control of the high sea.s by law-abiding nations is the key to the security of the western hemisphere in the present-day world situation. Should that, control be gained by. the partners of the tripartite pact (Germany. Italy and Japan), the danger to our country, great ns It i.s today, would be multiplied many fold." Good Will Builds Cabin LITTLETON, Me. (UP) — When Herbert Sweet iind his family lost their home In a fire, neighbors built a log cabin for them In two wcek.s. They also contributed furnishings for the new home, which measures 1(> by 18 feet. Deposits Of Bank Increased Deposits o!' $2,496,096.79 were shown In the statement presented stockholders of Farmers Bank and Trust Company in the annual meet- Ing yesterday when all officers and directors were reelected for the 1941 year, and the usual 10 per cent dividend was declared and paid. This record bank deposit total is believed to be the largest of any bank in a city the size of Blytheville. and reflects the continuous uoturn of business here during the past year, it was pointed out. Assets of this banking firm totaled $2.771,076.75. the annual statement, showed. Officers of the bank are: B. A Lynch, president; Dr. I. R. Johnson, vice president; P. E, Warren, cashier; R. L. Banister, assistant cashier; Riley B. Jones, assistant cashier; Max Logan, assistant cashier; Cecil Shane, secretary of the board; W. J. Pollard, manager Insurance Department; Dixie Crawford, assistant manage r; Shane and Pendler, attorneys. Directors are: B. A. Lynch, Dr. I. R. Johnson, F. E. Warren, Cecil Shane, C. A. Richards. J. Louis Cherry and a.A. Cunningham. Two Others Hurt In Fatal Crash On Highway 61 An cai-ly-morniiiK automobile crash south of Blyiheville Highway 61 daimed the life of Hugh P. Harbert 48; wKloly-kriown nw.iager of Ossbui-n-Abatoii A u t o m o b i'l-o IvluiprneiH. agency hero, and injured two youthful members > ll»e U* McMurtry family of near BlytheVJlle, one se- siousi.v the were Milton MclYlurtry, 15, who su/lered a ilt . lhe T'^' a ". {| SGVere '^ration •' i aml hl * awtei *' frothy, .20-year-oM ' ° 8uffc ^ l «on R about Dozen Bills and Three Resolutions Introduced Before Recess Comes LITTLE ROCK, Jan. 15. (UP) — The house of representatives nd- Journed at noon today until Thursday at 10 a.m. after a morning spent in Introducing 12 bills'and three concurrent resolutions. The senate, after an hour and a half of work during which lour bills were introduced, recessed until 2 p.m. in the house a concurrent resolution was introduced by Representative Ernest Maner of Garland county catling for special memorial services at a future date for the late Leo Nyberg of Helena who .served three sessions as Phillips county representative. • The,biennial Attempt to tax rolling stores" came -up 'when Representative' Bob '"Griffith" of Little Rock Introduced a bill thai would tax iLineranI peddlers $50 yearly /or the use of the state highways In making their rounds in the rural sections' to sell their goods. A resolution by Representative Pickering of Ashley county was introduced calling for a constitutional amendment to be voted by the people which if passed would establish an 1100 bed hospital in Little Rock to bo financed by a three mill personal property tax. Union City Man Buys Quality Shoe Shop The Quality Shoe Shop has been sold to T. E. Halter, late of Onion City, Tenn., who wns for 11 years manager of the .shoe repair department of Scruggs-Vandervoort-Barney Department Store In St. Louis before going to Union City. Mr: Halter, with his brother, Joe Halter, also owns a shoe shop at Union City which the brother will manage with T. E. Halter In charge of the Blytheville shop. Paul Potter, former owner, has moved to Jack.son, Tenn.. to open a shoe store and shoe repair shop. Mr. and Mrs. Halter; their 16- year-old daughter. Miss Kitty Halter, and 13-year-old son, John H. Halter, are temporarily making their home In an apartment at the rear of the building until a house can be obtained. In purchasing the business, Mn Halter announced that .Ed Cobb, long a shoe repair man here, ana all other employes under Mr. Potter, will be affiliated with the firm. The accident occurred at V 7;4B tun. today as Harbert was en routV to Memphis, when- his rapidly- traveling automobile struck almost hcnd-ou the one said to have beeti driven by the McMurtry girl as the youths left the driveway' at their home three miles from Bly- Ilievllle nnd started across the highway toward town. Police said. Harbert apparently saw the other machine about 2f$ yards from his car and tried-'to avoid the accident, but wet pave-" mont, caused the Hnrbert car :to skid and resulted In the collision almost In the center of the highway with the McMurtry car that was traveling about 10 miles -an hour. : The McMurtry machine was knocked about 15 feet away off the highway and Harbert's car careened alongside the other side of the road for about the sanie distunce before coming to-a stop. The boy and girl - were taken • to Walls hospital by A. A. Gunter. a neighbor. The parents also accompanied them. Harbert, who suffered a broken neck,, died Instant^. The .body was taken to the hospital by au ambulance and • removed., soon aJterwarcV. to Cobb Fu- Cainden Man Is Named Comptroller By Adkins LITTLE ROCK. Jan. 15. (UP)— Governor Homer M. Adkins today named Murry McLeod of Cainden as state comptroller, succeeding James Goff, a Bailey appointee who resigned early this week. McLeod, according to the new governor, will assume his duties at once and will retain Bryan Sims as chief deputy. Survivors include'^Mrs.' Karbert; a son,'" Hugh • jr., a student at Copiah-Linccln junior college. Wesson, Miss.; a sister, Mrs. Harry Wharf f,- Hontiac, ;Mich M and two aunts, Mrs. Fred Morgan and Mrs. T. S. Ravesstein, both of Haytl. vlugh Jr. was expected home late loday. Harbert was • born In Haiti in 1897 and lived in southeast Missouri until going to Texas and Oklahoma, where he was In the real estate business .for n number of years. .- . He returned to Blytheville fife years ngo amd opened a general mercantile store. A little more 'than avo years ago he became associated with Ozburn-Abston Co. <as district agent for tills territory. His home ^010 • Holly. ,J\ The McMurtry girl, who has been employed at.'Kress' since August, 1939, said at. the hospital today chat she. was driving rhe automo- jilc when it collided with the Har.- oert machine. "My brother and I went out- the back door of our home^ rfrid got into the car, which was facing the nlghway," she said, ''and I dro^e out to the highway and turned onto it. "As I was getting past the"middle' of the highway I saw this other car coming at us." she related, from her hospital bed. "That's about all I remember. I think I was about' unconscious when Mr. Gunter picked me up and brought my brother and I to the hospital.". ; ;: The boy had quit school recently, the sister said, and "was riding to town with me." -' Both automobiles wore demolished. •*" .:.:. Funeral arrangements were incomplete and close friends of the Harbert family said It -was probable that the funeral would. ;be held Friday. - ;': : i:' Minnie, the Tame Mink, Even Plays With Dogs CLEVELAND, O. (UP)—The Roy Millers of Butternut Ridge, O.. believe they have the only tame mink In this section of the country. Her name is Minnie, and she observed her first birthday by nibbling a piece of cake and going for a swim In the Millers' bathtub. ' Mink are ferocious members of the weasel family, and it's unusual for one to be tamed. Minnie, however, plays contentedly with the Millers' eight-month-old son, Herbert. Shs Is also friendly with their tv;o dogs, a Scotch terrier and a Boston bull. • . .•.•..•. Financial Conditions Are Shown In Redemptions The fourth quarter land redemption settlement of Mississippi County, made with, State Auditor J. Oscar Humphrey, showed .that' residents of this section are better off financially than a year ago. The settlement • of $2.972.34 was approximately $600 less than for the same quarter of the previous year to show that more owners had redeemed their lands which had been sold for taxes, it was announced by Jack Pinley Robir.son, county treasurer. WEATHER Arkansas .—• Cloudy with occasional rams Thursday and In the northwest portion tonight. Some- wha t colder in the northsa-st portion ^Thursday. Memphis and ,vl- cblty-^intermittent rains tonight and Thursday.

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