The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on January 24, 1941 · Page 1
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Friday, January 24, 1941
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"Arson- All Britons Are Firefighters, Battling "Arson-From-The-Air" flB'A_ Ikvv •«.&!« ...... A „ W n.^. .'1 j * i m ... ^•—» • J w ~~~~ ' ^*^ - *^™* »^*- •*•-•* -from 16 years old io 60, into serrfce to show Itriions have become %lii^l1i- :: |i W^^y^, Londoners gather attentively around a woman fire ?*cks of sand, for extinguishing ~?^^^^W5f^^^^ warden as she shows' German incendiary bomb bombs, are kept ready on street 7 i • • hre-hghtirig efficiency-has increase^ rhini- and tells them how to combat the missiles. corners. . Io]ct since organization" pf;,squads bt "fire-Jassie* 11 ~" —— — — : ___ ' like thtse.' SSL^ 0r « fi ^ e ?. X Y*?° recently, observed British I™ n™ ai l tof hl v London's portable pump"" "'~ 1! '"'' bomb blaze. ers. Oncmfcove London fireman emerges from smoke chamber after testing gas - ~—'- against thick lumes. Firemen BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER- OP NnwTHRAarp *„„.„„.„ ^ "^ ^-»~« » f F^X their * . -, « nec 6S6ary. Men awy * foiae.d, follov/ instructor on stairs. VOLUME XXXVII—NO. 2C5. ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI Blytheville Dally News Blytheville Courier Blytheville Herald Mississippi Valley Leader Halifax Arrives Aboard British Super-Battleship ANNAPOLIS, Mel, Jan. 24. (UP)—Lord Halifax, the iiritish ambassador designate, arrived in the United States today aboard the new British battleship King George V one of the most powerful fighting ships in the world The King George V, after a secret dash across the Atlantic, entered American waters*.- : shortly after midnight and by 10 a. m. was moving slowly up Chesapeake Bay toward this seat of the United States Naval Academy.' Because of war time secrecy on naval matters, today was the -first time it, had become known that any of Britain's new ships were in BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS, FRIDAY, JANUARY 24, ' 194 1. DEFffi PUTS STILL CLOSED SIT- SINGLE COPIES FIVE*CENTS service. The King George V is one of five,fast 35,000-ton "battle wagons" laid down in the first half of 1937 , "•Preparations weie made at the naval academy, to leceue .Lord K ^5rS For' The. Year- Halifax. Due at MMrAfternoon Unofficially, it was said 'that the King George V was due in, Annapolis Roads just off the shores of the academy reservation between two and three p. m. Inasmuch as the water at the Annapolis docks are not sufficiently deep to accommodate a vessel as large as the. King George V. the ship was expected to drop anchor several miles off shore. Informed sources said that the .academy ' superintendent's launch would be used to transfer Lord Halifax and his party to the dock at the academy. .. Traveling with Lord and Lady Halifax were Charles Peake. the British ambassador-designates press advisor, and Major General Frederick George Beaumont-Nesbltt. new military attache at Washington. It was assumed that as soon as Lord Halifax landed he would motor 30 miles to t Washington. COFCEIEM IS 'Members.:'.Casf Ballots To '. Slect Nine New Direct- Lawsuit Case May Go To Jury Today Closing arguments were being heard today in the lawsuit being tried In Circuit Court, civil division, here before Judge G. E. Keck, (n which Mrs. Edna Norman seeks $25,000 damages from W. I. Osborne In connection with the death Of Mr. Norman Dec. 20. 1938. It was probable that the case would be given to a jury late today. Norman was struck and killed by an "automobile as he walked across .Highway 61 near Dogwood Ridge intersection. The suit seeks $15,000 actual damages and S10.000 punitive damages. Mrs. Norman is ad- ministratrix for the Norman estate. ClaudyF. Cooper represents the plaintiff; Shane and Fendler the defendant, .. ''' Chicago Corn Open .High Low Close May 63 1-4 63 1-2 63 1-8 63 1-4 Sept. 63 1-4 63 1-2 63 3-8 63 3-8 Stock Prices A. T. & T 166 1-2 Am. Tobacco 72 Anaconda Copper ....251-2 Bethlehem Steel 84 'l~ ; l Chrysler 673-4 Cities Service 41-2 Coca-Cola 104 1-2 General Electric 34 1-4 General Motors .; 44 Inn Harvester 50 1-2 'Mont. Ward 37 7-8 N. Y. Central 14 1-8 j North Am. Aviation ....... 161-8 •The Chamber of .Commerce will have nine new directors when the annual election closes ; at 6 p.m today. Secretary j.i Mell Brooks will count ballots tonijht and announcement of names of all new directors will. be made tomorrow. The entire 18-man board of directors will meet ; Monday to elect their own officers for the year and both officers and directors will be installed" at the annual banquet Tuesday night at the Noble Hotel Eighteen Blytheville men nominated for places on the ballot upon which Chamber of Commerce members are choosing their directors, and their occupational groupings, include: C. W. Afflick, farm lands; U. 5. Branson, architect; R. E.' Blaylock, ' hatchery; Don Edwards, typewriters; Farmer -England, wholesale groceries; E. B. Estes. railroad; Harry W. Haine-s, newspaper; W. L. Homer, lumber; G. G. Hubbard, furniture. Tom A. Little, automobiles; Byron Morse/abstracts and realty; L. G. Nash, farm implements; R. A. Nelson, bottler; W. P. Pryor. department store; Russell Phillips' automobiles; Fred S. Saliba, billiards and Insurance; George P. Smith, laundry cleaners, and James Terry, abstracts and realty. The nine new directors selected by mail balloting will replace nine whose two-year terms expire this week, including J. A. Leech, C. II. Wilson, B. A. Lynch, R. D. Hughes. Max B. Reid, Rosco Crafton, Oscar Fendler. B. G. West and Louis Applebaum. ' Holdover directors with another year to serve include Jesse Taylor. W. C. Higginson, E. B, -Estes, Ed Ferguson. James -.Jerry. Karvey Morris, Oscar Bailey. James V. Oates and Sam H. Williams. . Present officers are James Terry, president; James V. -Oates and Rosco Crafton. vice presidents; Harvey Morris, treasurer, and J. Mell Brooks, secretary. A Chamber of Commerce membership signup now is being conducted by mail and will be continued until after the banquet Tuesday night, when personal solicitations will be. made by* membership committees. -'•'' New York Cotton .prev. open high low close close Mar. .. 1041 1044 1041 -1045 1041 May . 1044 1048 1043 1046 1043 July Oct. Dec. Packard Phillips •. ..... : Radio Republic steel • Socony Vacuum Sbudebaker ,. ., St'd of N. J 34 5-8, Dec. ?• S, Steel ; ..,„., §7 1-8 Jan. 31-8 37 1-4 4 1-2! Mar-: 21 " •)• May'S 7-8j July 7 3-4'.Oct. 1035 1038 1034 1037 1036 993 992 991 992 991 987 989 987 989 987 982 982 982 982 982 New Orleans Cotton open high low . close close 1045 .-. -1048 : 1044 '-iMB" 1045 1048 1050 1049" '1049 1047 1039 1042 103 1:! 1041. 1039 995, .996 990 ' 990 985 985 995,' S96 OBt"~ 990 985 988 982 Efforts To Reopen Vital Manufacturing Concerns Have So Far Failed By United Press Labor- disputes in defense industries were virtually at a standstill today with three middle west manufacturing- plants still closed by strikes. Negotiations in the strike of 7,000 United Automobile Wooers (CIO) at the Milwaukee, W&.. plant of the Allis-Chalmers manufacturing company were postponed to await the arrival of Msgr. Francis J. Haas of Catholic University who was assigned . to collaborate" with conciliator James P...Holmes in the, dispute... ,-•,-.,-;. :^.: ( .,.,., u .._•;•. : The Allis-Chalmers ^plant. wa<{. working on navy and munitions plant -machinery worth S2G.OOO.OQO when the union called a strike to demand a general wage Increase and. union recognition. Plants Strike-Bound Two Illinois plants of. "the International Harvester Co. remained strikebound after. a conference between the Farm Equipment Work-' ers' organizing committee' (CIO) and company officials failed to result in agreement. The harvester company has defense orders totaling. S10.000.000' at its eight middle west plants. The CIO union seeks recognition at harvester*, plants where the union now does not have contracts. • At Washington, Sidney Hlllman, defense labor commissioner, announced a conference would be held, at San Francisco Feb. 3 to attempt establishment of a master agreement offering uniform wages and working conditions in the entire west coast shipbuilding Indus- Heavy Downpour Here Last Night -* , '."•./"'•" I Water on flooded streets" and sidewalks subsided today l&s cloudy skies wre all "that fcv malned of a heavy rain heVe Thursday afternoon and night. Total rainfall was 1.35 inches. Streets were flooded in'many districts- Thursday night and- a number of trees and tree i limbs were blown down in residential districts onto streets and private property. Services Will Be Held For Osceola Man Fatally Injured In Auto Wreck. Blythevtlle's .second -automobile fatality of 1941 was on the record books today after the- death of Clyde Johnson, 35-year-old Osceola farmer, who died . at ."5:45 pjn. yesterday of head injuries suffered in a highway accident-.Wednesday night at..Krutz: -brjdge-ori North Highway 61. ; Funeral services will be conducted from the Church of" Christ In Blytheville ';• Saturday •morning . at 10 o'clock by Rev. Den ton" M. Neal. Burial .will be in, Ermen Cemetery at .Osceola. . : :-^ Johnson dleifat .Walls Hospital almost 24 hours after the accident. His automobile, traveling North on Highway 61,, collided with a large trailer truck driven .by Nathan 'Fletcher, 30-year-old Wilson negro, and owned by Henry Hale, Wilson trucking-business operator and former Blytheville business man, just 'north of the bridge, long a death trap. The Osceola man suffered a try which now are covered by sep- brokei1 ar m> cuts, lacerations and arate agreements. i abrasions over his entire body and Negotiations failed to reach a j head injuries. His left ear was settlement of a dispute between the' nearj y severed. The negro, whom Alabama Drydocks and Shipbuild- ' sl:ate Policemen exonerated of blame ing Co. at Mobile, Ala., and Us after an investigation, was unhurt. 3.400 employes who are' demand-'" Ing higher wages, seniority and apprentice systems. The members of the Industrial Union of Marine and Shipbuilding Workers (CTO) Union are engaged' in repairing several vessels for the navy and British shipping interests. They went on strike for two hours Tuesday to enforce their demands. At Pittsburgh. th e CIO United Electrical. Radio and " Machine Workers threatened "strong measures" against Westinghouse Air- crake. Co. if the firm attempts to enforce a ruling which prohibits collection of union dues and solicitation of union membership on company property. The Wilmerding. Pa., plant of the Westinghouse Company employs 4,000 workers to make shells and other military materials for the United States and Great Britain. The company also has an order from United Aircraft Co.- for propellor parts worth S5.- 000,000. A showdown on the dispute was expected today when workers receive their paychecks at the plant. Construction work on the Mesta Machine Corp. plant addition at Pittsburgh still was suspended by a strike of 80 building trades workmen protesting the employment of non-union men on the project. The navy has appropriated $1.600.000 for gun forging equipment at the plant. The AFL International Brotherhood of Electrical .Workers has threatened to . call strikes at every job where Mesta machinery is used unless the company agrees to use only union labor. A negro riding with Fletcher suf-r fered minor cuts about the head. The fatality was the second for Blytheville and Mississippi county this month. Hugh P. Herbert, 43- year-old well-known Blytheville automobile equipment agency head, was killed 'instantly on South Highway 61 three miles from here Jan. 15 In a head-on automobile collision. Ironically, the last- Krutz' bridge fatal accident occurred Jan. 21, 1940—just a year and a day before Wednesday's crash — when Mrs. Howard Johnson, 26-year-old Blytheville woman, was killed. Johnson's automobile was de- molished''and the truck's cab and trailer were damaged badly. truck was en route to Wilson from Tiptonville. Tenn., where a load o:' cotton seed had been taken to an oil mill. Active pallbearers for the funeiv al are George Florida, James Wpod- «ird, Lawrence Woo<Jard, Robert Crews, William Harris, H. M. Jaffe, Ed Alders and Joe Applebaum. Johnson was born in Wright, Ala., in 1905. He came to this district more than 20 years ago. Until last November he and Mrs. Johnson lived on Highway 18 near Blytheville, where he farmed before they moved to their Osceola farm. Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Laura Meadows Johnson; a three- ytar-old son, Charles, of the home; and another son, Edwin. 16, by a former wife^; his another, father, Homer Johnson, of Etowah; a sister,.Mrs. William Crews, Bly- The new Douglas B-19 bomber being built 'for the, army will be able to'Hy. more than 9000 miles -non-stop. The plane,will' be powered- -with'' four -20<XKh(frsepower motors. theville, and a brother. Johnson, Etowah. LOUlS Last year, 592 horse-drawn carriages, buggies and sulkies were manufactured'in the United States. Also, : 30,720' : horse-drawn farm Reported Willing To Pro- Kibit Use Of Naval Vessels As Convoys WASHINGTON. Jan. 24. cup)— President Roosevelt today was reported willing to accept- three amendments to the arms lending bill, including a specific prohibition against the use of naval vessels as convoys. Persons who have discussed the legislation with Uie president said he also indicated he would not object to a Lime limit on the authority that would be given him to .lease, lend, exchange or transfer war materials abroad, or to a requirement that he report regularly.; to congress on transaction^ except - infomatlon..;deemed by. ,th6 -army chief of stafr>and •• the "-chief of naval operations to be military secrets. ' : . . . This .was learned as the house foreign affairs committee - nearccl the.end of Its hearing on the bill. Opposition members of the committee will devote -their last day for calling witnesses to questioning the commanding officers of the army and navy about defense proposals of Col. Charles A. Lindbergh. The administration will present rebuttal tomorrow. Army Chief Summoned Summoned by the opposition today were Gen. George C. Marshall, army chief of staff. Admiral Harold R. Stark, chief of naval operations, and Maj. Gen. George a. Brett, acting chief of the army air corps. Another witness will be Wil r liam R. Castle, undersecretary of state in the Hoover administration. Rep. Hamilton Fish, R.. N. Y.. in charge of calling witnesses for tan .opposition, also ha^ telegraphed former Sercetary of War Harry A. Woodrlng. asking him to testify. Fish hopes he will arrive late this afternoon. Wocdring's letter of resignation, has never been made public because, according. to the White House, It was "too ^ personal." He had disagreed vigorously w~Ji President Roosevelt over defense policies. Fish Wants Details Asked why he wanted testimony cr military leaders. Pisli said: "I want to .see If they were consulted in" the writing of this bill. T want to see whether they are in favor of giving away all these airplane-s, and whether they favor building up the 10,000 airplanes that Col. Lindbergh advocated. I want to know whether they are in favor of acquiring air bases he mentioned." Lindbergh, who testified for five hours yesterday, advocated that the United States build up as .speedily, as possible to an oil- strength of 10,000 thoroughly modern planes plus reserves, and establish air bases from Newfound- 'and as far south as the Amazon liver valley and the Galapagos Islands. .. s Nile Army Menaces Libyan Capital; Bucharest Some Quieter ~ ~-' '• , +" —— : — — + By United Press Great Britain's victorious Army of the Nile opened the way today for a direct advance on Benghazi, capital of Libya, while imperial forces slashed at Benito Mussolini's African empire On all fronts. The British forces who have scored one resounding victory after another In their desert blitzkrieg held control of Eastern Libya's main road junction 50 miles inland from the const, openiris ,the -way io an advjirice on. Benghazi, 240 miles westrbf Tobruk and the last major Italian fortress be* fore Tripoli. /.: '' '"••'.' ; ' ; .British military;- headquarters disclosed; that;, \vhtie Tobruk was falling imperihl'Jprces'smahhed oh westward and were believed to have occupied' Bomba, ' vital --seaplane base 48 miles westward along the coast, from ,Tobruk, The nearby Italian airdromes of Triiimi and Gazala also were in British •hands and mechanized patrols were feeling out foerna, 130 miles line of Tobruk. Will. Strike Westward Patrols were v guarding u , from Derna southwest :to Meklll, p. most important road junction. Possession of Meklli, believed to bo In British hands, gives the Imperial ,army , an opportunity to .strike .straight westward to Benghazi along the Inlan droute. They eovilti drive against Benghazi along the inland route. Derna and points along the coast between It and Benghazi. Meanwhile, Hallle Selassl re-entered his Ethiopian kingdom and raised a banner of revolt around which loyal tribesmen were expected to rally. The British were knifing at East, Africa on four fronts, One column routed the Italians nearly 50 miles inside Ethiopia, north' of Lake Tana. Prom Kenyo Colony. British African troops pushed north Into Ethiopia and further east started an attack on Italian Somllllond. Reports Reaching Outside World For First Time Admit Brutal Slayings BUCHAREST, Jan. 24. tUP>— (.Passed By The Censor)—Three days of insurrection in Rumania were accompanied by mass mur-, ders of Jews, It was disclosed to-) figure^ ^n deaths were, BUDAPEST, Hungary, Jan. 24. (UP)—Iron Guard radi- ,cals were reported barricading themselves in private houses in Bucharest today* for a finish fight with army men and Iron Guardists IbyF al to the regime of Gen. Ion" Antonescu, premier, for power. - ' Thousand* of Iron 1 Quardisti, :£eluding some who were niejnberr of the army and many peasants^ were reported marching ~on the capital trom the provinces <to^ reih-~' iorce them. Ont report was that Gen. DragU- liu, commander'-of - the 5t"r^ not available, -but lt r that casualties were "Important." .Corps, was inarching oh Bucharest- ir ""'^^^ - --• -•- ^ -~— -•*> - appeared to be the master of the situation today. Rebels In Bucharest were bottled up by troops In a restricted area and Antonescu announced that lie personally woulo reorganize the Iron Guard, different ..factions of which pi&lpl- tated .outbreaks which have kept the country In; •turmoil. It was learned today "that in one block of Bucharest 89 Jews were murdered Wednesday. IL was ad- mlttetd - that "gangsters and extremists" herded Jews into' cellars where they were slain. Today was' the first time since Wednesday morning that Bucharest was In contact by telephone with the outside world. Electric power also was out during this period. Claim Thousands Slain RUSCtrUK, Bulgaria, Jan. 24 (UP)—Frontier reports reaching here from Rumania said that h. three days of insurrection from 2500 to 3000 persons were killed in Bucharest alone. ii'om Rebels claimed control of a, dozen or more key points iu'tSe provinces, Including the' Constanza naval base and important air and' army base*. •*">••*• >« . -^,. Tnere were unconfirmed reports' that at several places in Rumanian Moldavia. Soviet regimes 'had been proclaimed after rebels captured puoiic buildings. ' '~~ It was asserted that there w^s savage fighting, with'heavy losses on both sides, when the rebels pro? claimed a Soviet regime at Soucavat According to ' dispatches hundreds of bodies had been collected in the streets of Bucharest antf caken to the suburbs. It was added chat the bodies had been looted.."' Guai dists Ordered to Stop ^ The 3lma-Anconescu agreement was reached eany last nignc and WEATHER Arkansas — Partly cloudy and colder. Temperature near freezing in the north and central portions tonight. Saturday partly clouds'. Memphis and vicinity .— Partly cloudy and considerably colder tonight. Lowest temperature 30. Saturday, fair with rising temperatures. Rotarians Hear Talk By Charles Coleman Charles Coleman of Osceola was the guest speaker at the weekly luncheon meeting of the Rotary club at Hotel Noble Thursday. Mr. Coleman, member of Mississippi County Agricultural Adjust- roent Administration, spoke on the now AAA program for this year. Officers Jail Suspect Here In Slaying Of Negro Woman Two white men walked along Lindbergh said he believed a Main street here one Saturday complete victory for either side in! night, the last night of Novembsr. the war would result in prostration of Europe. Even If Great Britain had the active military help of the United States, he said, ft could not win against the Axis by invading the continent of Europe unless there 'was an internal col- knife into a crowd of negroes. All began running, but Alice demons. 24-year-old negro woman, was stabbed between the ribs. The woman died December 5. Police vainly sought the two men lapse .In Europe. He favored a ne-, and were prepared to resign the gotiated peace. Gen. Hugh S. Johnson, columnist, also opposed the admlnistra- ! case to the unsolved file. A week ago Deputy Sheriff Raymond Bomar received a tip that tion bill, and predicted that the a woman knew about the slaying. TTnffpd States hnrt hpffpr "hp rare- -TT^ nn f«^ i n_<._i.. s «_• i <~>.L. United States had better "be care ful" or it might find itself in the war in 30 to 90 days, possibly on the west coast of Africa. Chicago Wheat : -Open. High Low Close May, 85 3-4 86 5-8. 85' 3-4 '86 wagons and trucks were built. .. Sept .80 1-$. 81,. ' 80 1-8 80 1-4 He acted immediately, and last Saturday located an 18-year-old girl, who in a signed statement to officers, implicated Elmer Dunn, 27- year-old Alabama cotton picker. Today Dunn, who said he left Blytheville Dec. 20 to go to Fayette, Ala., • to work In - a planer mill, .was back, to t Blytheville. In the county jail charged; with Deputy John P. Relnmiller went to Covln, Ala., Wednesday and arrested Dunn, allegedly idenitfied by the girl in her statement as one of the two men involved, returning him to Blytheville Thursday night. Mr. Relnmiller said the today. day that he came to Blytheville last September and picked -,cotton at Huffman for Ed Hagen "on a farm there. ' He said he knew nothing about guilty. He said he had no previous police record. . "I used to come to Blytheville often," Dunn said, "but ;I don't know anything about this case." ..He ia*five• feet, eight inches tall, .weighs 155, has auburn hair and der ^n connection with the case..: blue-green eyes, Is unmarried. at once broadcast an orUer «.o ail iron Guafmsts to stop iTgnfc- *ng ana •support tne .government. But "ac'coraing to the mkuciiu'* and other reports, large numbers of Guardists ignored the order.-"-. Radio Bucharest early today oroaucast. a".warning- to tne p=opie of Bucharest to evacuate all streets in the neighborhood 01 che ponce headquarters "because the army.^in mopping Up may be forced to-use anns. r : ; It had been reported long before that tiie army nad ejaccad repels from -the. bunding. v .~. In the same broadcast Ra'dio Bucharest, aavised aii peaceaole persons to remain Indoors as much as possible' for their own safet'JC- f'If. revolutionaries force linear way Into, your homes you must rje- sist until help -cart be sent," -the broadcaster added—ia apparent, tacit substantiation of reports that the rebels were barricading themselves . in homes. ;.* It :was.indicated that Bucharest- was under a strict state of siejge and Danube, reports said -that though traffic had been resumed between the Rumanian and Bulgarian sides of the^ river there^ were no passengers because nobody was permitted to leave Rumania. The Antonescu government Had, called on all persons. throughout the country- to 1 surrender their arms at once. The railroads were under military control. - .,*There were various reports that out in the provinces the peasants, if not the army and air force also; were supporting rebellious elements. Livestock Hogs, 6,500. Top. 8.50. . 170-230 IDS., 8.35-8.50. HO-160 Ibs., 7.25-7,90. Bulk SOWS, 6.85-7.40. . , ^" Cattle, 700—500 ^salable. - ^ „•. Slaughter steers.- 7.60-14.25:-" Butcher yearlings,\ 8.00-9.50.'> ' Slaughter heifers;;6.50-12.50.Y; Beef cows, 6.00-7.00. Cutters & low- cutEers, 4.50-5.M.

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