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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE DOMINANT NENYSPAl'EIl OF NORTHIEABT A3KANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI VOL. XI,I—NO. 15 BlytlievlUe Dai); Newt BlylhcvUlo Courier Blytherille Hernia MlMtuippl Valley Le»d«r 15IATI1EVILU3, ARKANSAS, THURSDAY, A1MUL G> 194-1 SINGLE COPIES FIVE CENTS. "2 Freight Wharf On Mississippi Again Proposed Legionnaires Appoint Committee To Study Project For Barfield The possibility that Barfield once a eonter of trade and nctivitj for barges traversing tlie MissLssipp but for many years enlivened onl> by picnic parties and fishermen will be injected with new life and become again a center of activity was discussed at the Dud Casoi post of tlie American Legion in : meeting Tuesday night. Postwar ideas , for Bartield in elude the building of a termina wharf to handle general freight U addition to cotton. Such a depo would be worth thousands of dollar to Blylhevillc in the reduction o freight rales and the lessening o the amount of handling neccssar before cotton reaches its New Or leans destination, it wns pointc out. At present, cotton is shipped b rail to Nfemplits where it is loade upon barges bound for New Oi leans, Cotton and other nicrcliai 1 disc could • be loadetl on binges a Barfield omitting shipment via ra to Memphis, if plans of the groi arc successful. The plan would a so make it easier and cheaper fo this area to receive products. The government has spoken fav orably of plans for tlie cotislructio |j of such depots as this along 111 Mississippi to handle river freig after the war, members said. A committee composed of Jim- [ my Terrell Rosco Crafton. and E. A. Rice, aiid Ed B. Cook were appointed lo study tins project and give a report at a later meeting. The group also made plans at the meeting for an affair to honor Company "M" men home on furlough next Tuesday night at Ihe American Legion hut. All members of the former local Guard unit were invited to attend the event. Congressman Dave Terry, a World War I veteran and member .of tlie M. M. Ebberts' Past at Little Rock', was introduced by T. F. "Doc" Dean aiid-'C. ; A. Cunningham. Mr,-Terry, in response, praised the National defense policy advocated by the Legion, and particularly praised the local 'post for its work-in supporting the war effort " : . The committee appointed reccnl- - ly to' investigate the idea of spon: sorinc a junior baseball team, rec- omfntnded 'jlhat. this • 'activity be pressing 'needs' of '"the' war> effort. Third Criminal Charge Filed !nTulsa "Slavery" Case, 1 0(! American Fliers Again Hit Truk, Jap Radio Says Large-Scale Battle "• For Supply Center Of Imphal Brewing lly Unlfril J'ress . Tokyo radio reports Hint American planes iilliieked Tmk again on Monday nnd Tuesday nights. If llic report is confirmed bj Allied Headquarters, It means llnil American airmen him 1 curried oul raids 'ngalnbt the Japanese PiU'lff Klroughold for right consecutive diiys, I American pilots .sny Ihe Jiipun ese have .sliirtcd using nighl fight ers.'o defend Truk tlieli nuli-nireiaft batteries have fiiilci lo cheek Ihe American inoonllgh raiders. A Liberator crew reports Unit iv giant searchlights lit up the sk; as they flew ot'er Trnk In th fifth night raid. Soon the airmen knew why. Japanese night-Hying Zeroes were in tlm air. The Zeros <lld no damage. : Iii'A.slii, n largo-uciilc bullle is believed cnnnlncnl for the 1m- iiorlnnt Allied supply center of Xmphal. •A 'Japune-sn column Is reported striking Inlo main llrltlsli defenses on llic Manlpui' highway norlh of the city. It Us indicated llutl at least n purl of Ihe column hn.s turned south towards Imphnl. The llrltlsli ambushed advance nulls, and also inflicted sonic cus- uallle.S'Oii uu enemy column moving toward:: Imphal from llic south. A Ililrd throat lo linplnil comes from Ihe northciisl. Sonic :)•) mites away, ihu Japanese are massing Ihiiusnmls of Iroops. In north central Ihinna. Cicnimil atllwell's Chinese forces hnve captured two more .river villages Ir Polish Guerrillas Collaborate With Soviets In Bombers Rake Coast Cf France German Planes In Calais Area Stay On Ground Southeastern Germany Also Reported Struck By American Bombers LONDON, April 0 IUI'1—Illtlrr's Kurope was bonibe lerhnps from both England a odw, id 11- Vightcr-escoilcd Liberators swcpl out from DrllLsh bases to tilt the Jalals area 'of llio French. Itivasloi' roust without loss. .The bomliert ind .Thunderbolt fighters ran .into light anli-alrcruft fire 'bill' not .i single Na*l luUirccplor. At the same time, the llcrlli radio reported liomborsiover .South mst Gcnmuiy, Including a two-waj American 'ii&snulC T}\c' NaV.iR 'alsc said American -tighter -escotlc A.third criminal charge was prepared for filing against poker-faced Mrs. Fay Smith, middle-aged-central figure in Tulsa. Okla., sensational ':Hex House" investigation. The r.bove photos give a pictorial review .of the case to date. "Hex House", where two women claimed they were held under hypnotic spell'for more than five years, is what police call the fashionable Tuist liomc. No. 1. Walking her Into dog "Hoiv Bon," is Mrs. Fay'Smith. No. 2, accused of holding the hyp women In "mental slavery", through hypnotic power. The victims claim they .were forced .lo balhc In'.the two crude basins shown in No. 3. Just below,: No.', •!; the two "captives", Wilclia Honicr, 29, riiid"'VIrginla. Evans. 31, point to a steel casket In which lliey \ve]. ; | forced to bury Mrs. Smith's dog in the dead of night. Officers dug up the casket. Shown in No. 5, is olio of the "beds'.',of orange'^jjifes and blanket.*;.on , which' the two women< sny they. were, forced lo sls vtv '"'.' ., '- ' -.. ' ' ' '•' (NEA ; PHOTOS). laiisi Jo Confer Here Motor Transportation Meeting Is Scheduled At City Hall Tonight Plans of tiie ODT and the Blytheville Maintenance Advisory Committee to keep essential automotive equipment operating will be discussed at a meeting to be held at the Chamber of Commerce office, in the City Hall, at 7:45 o'clock tonight. -All operators of garages, oil stations, machine shops, parts and tire der.lcrs and. other services essential to motor transportation were invited to be present, ' as well as individuals and representatives of firms operating as private carriers. B. E^ Lazarus, district maintenance specialist, from the Memphis office of (he ODT will be present to discuss Ihe problems and plans of the committee lo keep every > 1 type of essential equipinenl opcr- ' ating lo Ihe mtiximunl degree during llic present emergency. Loy B. Eich, chairman of the Chamber of Commerce committee organized. to co-operate with tlie ODT, in announcing the meeting said, "This is an Important matter for all operators nnd service ngencies. The ODT wants lo help ns and every operator should make il a special point to attend the meeting, learn the measures that are being taken 'to help us nnd act set lo take part in this program to keep essential automotive equipment operating. The agency charged wilh this job is the ODT and our committee wants to do Its part of the job. Operators have tills opportunity to help thcm- f elves by Inking part In tills program aiid I trust that they will attend tlic meeting tonight." North Mississippi County Tops \RedCrossQuota With $36,246 Chickasawba District of the American Refl Cross has successfully completed its • War Fund campaign, according to announcement made oday b v James Hill Jr..- chairman, of the drive an<l E. B. Thomas, cochairman. With a riubta' of $36,000 , for tlie district, a figure almost double, the amount asked for last year, only lie full cooperation of all' voluiu :cer workers made success of the drive possible. Mr. Hill said, In announcing that the sum of $36,240.56 has been subscribed. Blythcville, with a quota of.$21,200, oversubscribed that amount by $187.64! T. P. "Doc" Dean was chairman of the drive in Blythe- villc, while Noble Gill was In charge of Ihe campaign in communities oulsiilc Blythcville. Communities subscribing, their quoins, the amount .subscribed, and the local chairmen, arc as follows: Yarbro, $500, $530.92, Milton Bunch: Promised Land $350. $496.60, Mrs C. F. Tucke; Forty and Eight $400, $91.60, I. A. Harrison: Paw- hecn, $150, $53.85, E. C. May: Half Moon, $225, $56.65. Jake Richardson: Dogwood Ridge and New Lib- erty, $100, - $729.20, Chester Calcl- vcll aiiri James Middleton: Whls- leville, $300, $301.65, Mrs. Paul Selicmire: Dell Jl.QQO, $1,608, 'Otto fochler: Lost Cane, $800, $815, J. "\ Harris. ,. Blackwater, $200, $206.17, R. C. Whitney: . Roseland, $300,' $302 Charles Rose: Boynton,.$l50, $160.60, C. E. Cagle: : Flal Lake, $150, $50, Garrctt Abbott: Number Nine, S500,- $369.50, Charles Langslon: ivianila, $2,QOO, $2.500.90, C. W. TipIon: Ar/norel. $600, $612.50, Garland Gillenwater. 'aiid.E. M. Rcgcnold Gosncll; $200,'$209.02,'T. R. Ivy Lcachvillc, $2,000,: % C$2,029.84, J. D Hodges, Jr.: Calilfriet, '$200, $143 Jim Jackson: Huffman, $300, $323 R. H. Green: Barfield, $300, $152.50, J. C. Ellis: Rocky, $300, $3C8.- .26. Frank I. Noe: Clear Lake, $400 $133, F. A. Rogers: Brown Spur $400, $50.56, E.-' R.-Thrclkcld:-Bpx Elder, $150. $184.50, Jeff Rauls Lone Oak, $200. $281.20. Bob Storey Tomato, $200, $56.50, Andy Harsh man: Recce. $150, $153.95, Cln Stallings: Redman, $150, $8, C. O Shockley; Milligan Ridge. $350.50 H. G. Endlcoll: Burdetle, $400 $454.20, Mrs. Hnys Sullivan: Bkroi $115, $69.75 Mrs. O. R. Bedford. j. H. Crain Appointed J. Ii. Grain, manager of the Lee Wilson Company, ha.s been appointed to the executive commit tec for the Memphis chapter of Friends of the Land, Leslie Stratum Jr., announced yesterday. The committee held Its first meeting this morning lo plan tlie work of the chapter. C. .M. B.uck Again Named President Of School Board C. M. Buck wns elected president f tlie Blythevillc School Board at ill organization meeting held Tues- iay night in his law office, when he newly elected members, Mrs. I. W. Wylic and W. L. Horner al- ended their first meeting. Named to serve with Mr. Buck vere W. L. Horner. secretary, and A. Leech, assistant secretary. Routine business pertaining to school affairs was transacted. Members of the board, all of whom were present Tuesday night are Mr. Buck, Mr. Leech, Mr. Horner, Mrs. Wylic, Marcus Evrard and J. Louis Cherry. Livestock ST. LOUIS, April 6 I UP) — Hog receipts 11,500 head. Salable 11,000 Top 14.15; 200-270 pounds $14.0014.10.; 140-160 pounds $11.50-12,60 sows $13.25. Cattle receipts 2,700 head, salable 2.500. Calves 1,000, all salable Slaughter steers 10.25-16.50; slaugh ier heifers 9.75-16.00; mixed year lings and heifers 12.50-14.75; stock cr and feeder steers 9.75-14.00; can ners and cutters 7.00-8,15; cow 0.23-11.SO. bombers battled German Inlcrccp lors. As llic prc-luvnslpn offensive con Unties, nil' leave and Iravel permit durint' .llic Easter holidays fo members of the.British armed loi cos were caiiCplled. Tlic ball Is be llr.vcd to lift alnU'il chiefly nl easln the strain, o»| travel (acllltlen ove llic holiday period, Libs ilomli Wronc Town News of Ihe nlr war In ft TODAY'S WAK ANALYSIS Germans Face Possible Loss Of Oil Supply , B; JAMKS HAKI'KH Unlled Vrtf* Staff Writer KUHHW IN reaching out lo liuii the liu'BOsl Ml ream of oil flowing Into Genymiiy. • Soviet forces moving inlo the lial- catis are almost within reach of Miller's lUimiinlan filling station, the source of one-third of Ills oil. Only tills week. Foreign Kqononilc Administrator Crowlcy said Russia could cripple I,Iltler's war potential by' suiting his supply lines lo Itu- hianlan oil. He added: ' "The loss ot Rumanian oil production could not lie olfsct by Increased synthetic production or further Industrial curtailment. Germany's military opci nlions and en- Take Over Town While Russians Attack Railway But Nazis Claim Ring Around Kb we I Broken After Throe Weeks LONDON, 'April p <UP)-Poll5h guerrillas are reported to be helping the nod army Irf (lie fighting around Kovicl, a Poland rail junction in .heir drive south through Mpganng Europe concerns, not a new, but Vnlley. And Clcnernl Cochran'sL,, 0 | (1 ,.,1,1. censorship <"r I'" 1 Air-Commando. Fighter planes dc-'f|,- s i [hue hns'permitted the-dls- stroyed from 3'j to : 'M groumtei' Japhnnsc planes caught in n jungle alrllcld. In tlie Southwest Pacific, American airmen have delivered :in- othcr blo\v to Wewnk on N2\v Ciulnen. Mbcratois dropped 200 tons of bombs and destroyed >i3 Jnp- ancsc planes. And on the ground, Australian force. 1 ! advanced lo a point only nine miles from Bog'ndjlm, .sen^ort. Japanese New Ouincn 3as Tax Tu'rnbd'ck -or This County Totals $9)8j9- ; , Mississippi County, will receive a otal of $9,819 in gasoline tax turn- «ick for the first,-'quarter of 1941, itntc Treasurer Earl Page an- lounced ycslerday. The slate's 75 ounlles will receive $286,23'! us com- )ared with $258,033 turnback to the counties for tlic same quarter In 194H. . The turnback is distributed on the rasis of 7.7 per cent of Ihe lax under Act. 11 of 1034, by which this bounty receives $0178, and one- fourth ot a cent per gallon muter Act 11 of 1938, with the county re- .eiving 53341. Mr. Page also announced that inch county would receive $397 from a total of $29,779 in oil Inspection funds to'bc distributed lo the counties. Seek Transport Permits The authority to operate a moor transportation line over United States Highway, 61 from Missouri to the Tennessee line, was asked he Corporation Commission by Jnilcd Transports, Inc. of Ohla- loma city yesterday. Tlic firm' would transport mili- ,ary vehicles and seeks to operate for the duration of .the war and •six months thereafter. Other 'highways over which It proposes to operate include Highway 70, Tennessee line to Hot Springs; 64, Tennessee line to Oklahoma line; 82, Texas line to Mississippi line; and 79, Tennessee line to Louisiana line. The commission scheduled a hearing April Yl. tire war economy would be rapidly affected." ! The Russian army now Is ru- liorled within two miles ot Jnssy. This, In turn, lies only 55 airline miles northeast of the .oil fields One hundred miles to the south aic anolher sol of wells urouiui tui'/au Scattered near Ploesll, nnolhcr •!(! inlleB to the southwest, arc the nioi.l liupnrlanl fields In all fUinm- nln, estimated lo'produce 90 pel : cent of llio nation's oil. Hells I''nc(; l ; lnl Cimiilry ., , , .,,,,„, Thus, Ihe situation roughly pm- ilosure lluil from, eight to 10 Ame-i nlle]s UM , )f 1(m w , loh t|) » ajcl . m(m Polish underground dispatches to London say the Poles covered a So \iot flank during an attack on a rail clly 12 mile* south ot Kowel Tlie Utisslims attacked the' town's railway station, while the Polish guer- illlns occupied the town proper Anotlior Polish; unit co-operating with the Russians northwest ~of Ko- wcl captured 100 Germans and con- Mdcinble Ixioly " > ' '" tnemy Rtporls Differ Up lo. loday the Russians had re; polled nothing In recent weeks' uboul Ihe lighting l» thc r Kowel ureii. However, from:time to/time, the German-; hiuc Issued various rluan Llbcinlws. in llic blg:CaRSlno raid liisl month .dropped - Uiclr tombs on Allied-held Venafro. 12 miles lo Ilia cast. ' . United Press War .Correspondent Clliiton cpngersriw the .whole llilng from-, iniollicr vLlbcralor ylmm bombardier held iba^k .from, relcns-. liourcd dowiV'lnto the s to blot lip 10 per cent of Russia's oil, But the lowering Caucasus raised u wall which II from their sa'ys Hie error was '.somewhat un-. derstani|ablo./ln-thpt.,VennIro-li.orc ' l co.' i.. only of rivers, lies be- tho Rea-army and Eumanian - i ,- .-The rail system serving ituinnnlan fields Is 'roughly In the shape.of a ,. mound Kowcl nfter three weeks en- liclcincnt Moscow iicvoi hai. re ortcd llio envelopment At Mos owS last icport, u few weeks ugo, lie llusilanb were 35 miles sputh- iisl of Kowoi; " * rnithor south, the bailie of ch- li clement nijalnil 15 fjcrmnn dl- Isiotis said to ,be trapiwd in Ihe ala area noithqasl of Ccrnautl, Is eportcd drawing to ^ coneltislon i'wo dcspaia^tc Qermail attempts to ncak through (o the we^t and loitlnvcsl have been smashed A ( fierce snowstorm which was liam- lug Rusiliin uli operations has tensed, nntl Soviet assault planes nre coiftlnulng their pounding of Ihe encircled Germans > . , i , Local Insurance Agent Wins Citation For Work R. L. Shcrrick was honored this week by being awarded a salutation for outstanding work by the T^utual Life Insurance'Company of New York for.which lie is underwriter. In observance, of its 100th anniversary, the insurance firm gave an Award of Merit for the agency which exceeded Its year's quoin by the largest margin and to the underwriter of Hint agency who exceeded his quota by tlie widest margin. Tlie Memphis office of the firm won the award for tlie nation, while Mr. Shcrrick won the highest staff nwnr;!. Attend Scfierer Rites Among the out-of-town .people here last weekend for the tunera' of the late John M. Schercr wen Mr. and Mrs. Sam Menz, Mr. and Mrs. Tony Scherer, Amelia am Marcella Scherer, Mr. and Mrs Chester f}oberU and Mr. and Mrs Albert Helsserer, all of Kelso. Mo Mrs. George Scherer and Cletl Scherer, both of commerce, Mo Mrs. George Stchr and Arnol Stehr of Oran Mo., Carroll Schere of Flint, Mich., Mr. and Mrs. Hoyi Mizcll of Osceola, and Mrs. Vcn Holm of Chflfee, Mo. .'. Corp. and Mrs. Leon Scherer o Short Urges U. S. Farmers To Organize "Fanners must organize to com bnt more effectively the menace o certain labor organizations", R. F Short, president of the Arkansa 'arm Bureau, told the Mississippi ounty Farm Bureau last night. About 150 Farm Bureau members, ucsls of the Manila Lions Club at fish fr v in Manila last niglil. card Mr. Short's warning that Tlic main danger now lo the far-i lers and to Americans as a whole s the smear campaign lhat several f these organizations arc fostering gainst our senators and represcnl- tives. This Is a vital threat against ur representative from the government," Mr. Short warned. "The farm population, which con- tltulcs only 20 per ccnl of the " a - lon's population, should plan now o make postwar farm life a fuller nd belter one and, foicsccing the c-an years ahead, prepare for them", the farm leader urged. Orover Snider, president of the oiinly Farm Bureau, presided over ;hc meeting. Flushing, N. remained for longer visit with his mother an oilier relntlvos. Observers See i Willkie In Nev/ Political-Role WASHINGTON. April 6 (U.P.l — Vcndell Willkie Is bcliovcd tnkiiiK n a new role In tlie nallonal po- tical scene, now tliat he's with- rnwn from thn Republican prcsl- cntinl race. Lylc C. Wilson, head of the UnU«l Press Wnsliington Bureau, •eports that willklc is bchij; projected ns n frce-lnnce political ad- :lser or cominenlator. fighting to commit the Republican party lo lost-war cooperation 111 Interim- ilonal affairs. Another William Jennings Bryan or Henry Clay, ns the Omahn World-Herald expresses it. Some observers think stature in such n role will be biij-l gcr than if bo. were a candidate,' for the voting public can listen to his words without suspicion that they're prompted by political ambitions. Willkie himself has announced that lie will fire many embarrnss- ttie principles he hns espoused. And the political experts believe that lie will fire many cmparrnM- ing Questions at Governor Dcwey, of New York, who now looms sis the O. O. P.'s most promising presidential nominee. For one tiling, the IfMO Republican presidential candidate Is expected to Iry lo smoke Dcwcy out llic sumc'''^^]'!^ lay-out as Cns- slno. ^Iliere wns no way for Allied infnntry In the town lo slgnal'thclr poslllon, - ,,„„.',' liirougli' nuchivrestUo'the "Danube ,H seems .that ll.n• >>om£bnys. of,; wl)c| , cB „„, ls llon(lct ,. 0 ,, bn ,. BC!i , lw at the ,> 0 ,nt wheie »ut. , one Liberator opened because faully, nicchnnlsm. When - ,,,,.hv licaiuy ,; they floated Inlo Germany. The caslern- , , ,. ,,,,,, "« >™ ° ° ' Air liio OK | through Hungary Into Germany However, the commander In chief -correlated with this rail of the Mediterranean air forccB, |s n vast network of pipelines. !''ou: Llcnlonanl, Gcnernl Ira' Eaker says O f them move south to the Danulw .tlic Casslno bombing nccompllshed n,id others southeast to' (lie port o | all Hint wiis .expected of II. by' nlr Constanta, on the Black Sen, Inci force commnndcrii.'Ho said; the con- dentally, when the GcrhUms though ccnlrallon oi : bombs .and their,' lie- they were nbout to seize' Russia' ' ' curacy waK'tibout the sapie os over German Industrial targets. fields, the pipeline machlner; at Constanta was pill In reverse si However, Allied Infantrymen still cnplured crude could be pumpc haven't driven tlic Germans out of. _• buck to Rumanian refineries. Cnsslno. The latest word on that' front tells of a terrific artillery Bombers ALsn Tlireatcn All this vast network of oilfield barrage both there and In the pipelines and railroads lie not onl coastal sector IB miles to llic west, in the path of the oncoming He Official reports also reveal a sud- army. They also lie well within the den Increase In German troop nnd | range of Haly-bascd American .supply movements l» 'he Casslno, ' ..(sector, perhaps for h. 1 counlor.-lhrusl' , On Iho Black Sea'/rolit, the Bus slims, aic within artillery range iSf Odessa, Iho 1 biggest Soviet city still in N(i?i hands ' front dispatches place the Red aimy hoops within ten miles of Odessa at some points General Mallnoviky's guns, tanks nnd aitlllory are^e?r*5ted to lay sclgo to Odessa within a matter of hours The fate 'of. the Germans around the poit was virtually sealed yesterday 'when' Malinovsky's forces, many of them veterans of Stnlin- i;rnd, cut both' the .rain railway. and highway running from, Odessa to Bessarabia: This left the Germans only one escape loute running southwest of 'Odessa— and . thnt Is only n single -track railway and fcr- ly route too meager to handle all of the Nnzl troops and supplies In the Odessa arcn. igalnst Allied lines. New York Cotton open high low close Mar. . 1969 May . 2083 July . 2059 Oct. . 2005 Dec. . 1!)85 1971 1058 2001 2081 2059 2054 2006 2002 1981 1284 1968 2091 2055 2004 1913 2083 2060 200C on what lie stands for. There have been some .suggestions that Willklc might bolt tlie Republican pnrty. But Willklc him- clf ha.s given no hint as to what ill be his next move. In Chicago oday—on ills way back to New ork from Nebraska—Willkie said c nlans to plant 400 acres of corn n hk farms near Elmwood, Ind. le refused lo discuss politics or he war. Tlie Boston Post, however, lias mblishcd a Washington dispatch aying .some political observers liink Hint President Roosevelt will propose Willkie as a vice-prcsirtcn- ial candidate on the Democratic icket. Tlie idea, says the Past vould be to form a coalition government while the war Is on, fttui :or settlement of the peace. Whatever role Wlllktc plays ir lie coining presidential campaign Ihe IMHC of America's position it International affairs Is bound to play a big part. 1985 1090 N. 0. Cotton Mar. May July Oct. 1973 20D7 2071 2007 Iflfhl high low close 1975 1968 1071 197 2103 2097 2101 210 2073 2069 2069 201 2009 2005 2005 2MK 1900 19R7 IflfiS Circuit Court Session Ended Sentences and Fines Assessed Against 9 In Two-Day Term Criminal Division ot Circuit Court adjourned here yesterday afternoon' in the second day of the Spring session with punishment meted out to lie nine convicts, ranging 'from a ne of $25 to life imprisonment. In yesterday's session of court, in dflltk.n lo llio verdicts returned by he court already announced, the use of J. L. Brooks and Floyd Slacker, charged with forgery and tiering in connection with the al- egcd cnshltiR of a check said to be orged on U. E. Hobblns of Lcach- Illc wns declared nolle pros, as war. the case of Edward, Witt> who was charged wilh tlie Iheft of $70 rom Josh Foster, Dell farmer. Judge Walter Ktllough of Wynne presided at the two-day session. Chicago Wheat O]>cn high low close pr.c May . 173% 113% 173vi 173*4 113 July . 172% 172 !4 171 Vt 11 HI 172 Chicago Rye oixin high low • close pr.c May . 131M 131S 130K 13t'.!i 131 July . IM 130'.', 129',i I29W 130 bombers. Two American raids al- rcndy hnve hit the Ploesll urea. Rumania, Europe's chief oil producer after Russia, also ts'HIllcr's chief source of supply. Other sources arc minor fields In Germany Itself; In Alsace, Austria, In Hungary, Albania and German-held Poland. However, Rumania's fields arc running low. The production peak was reached In 1936 when Ihe wells gushed a record 63 million barrels. By 1013, llic flow is estimated lo have dwindled by halt. But all Ihe lime Germany's output was Increasing. Petroleum pro ducllon in the Reich in 1937 almost doubled lhat of 1933. More than 160 new wells were sunk, wilh the gov- nmcnt paying ns much as half tlio osts. The Nazis, as soon as thoy amc lo power, started a terrific il hunt and discovered 15 • new elds. Germany's 1939 production ose to almost four aiid, one-half nllllon barrels while Austria, Hun- ary and Poland together yielded notlier five-and-one-haU million. 3ut even so, the four gentries still urncd out less than one-quarter hat of Rumania. Germany before tlie war was pro- uciHg synthetic gasoline from coal il llic rale of 10 million barrels a •car. This probably was increased aler. But. while American bombers ire taking care ot those synthetic ilants, Russia is reaching out to .urn off the great Rumanian oil iplgot. 2 Pilots Trained Here Are Casualties TWO flie'W;' both of' whom ' were, graduated'- from the Blythcville Army Ait Field with Class 43-C. hau appeared on,recent casually lists, friends . were," notified . .this week Lieut h. V. Markow failed to return to his base in England Feb. 22'.'from-,hlsM1lti bombing New York Stocks A T A: T 157 5-8 Amcr Tobacco 61 3-f Anaconda Copper 263-8 lioth Slccl 58 3-4 Chrysler 84 1- Gen Electric 3fi 1- Gen Motors 87 7-8 Montgomery Ward 44 1-4 N Y Ccnlral 18 7-8 Tnt Harvester 11 1-: North Am Aviation 83- Rcpubllc Slccl 16 3- Radio 91- Kocony Vacuum 12 1- Stuclebnker 15 Standard of N J 53 1- Tcxns Corp 47 1- 1'ncknrd •! 1- II R Rtrcl .-... 52 Explosion Kills Three Persons At Hastings, Nebr. HASTINGS, Neb., April G. IUP> — A terrific explosion shook the Nava Ammunition Depot in Hastings this morning, killing three persons. Five others arc missing and pro Mimed dead, and 35 persons suf fered minor injuries. The tragedy occurred when a bo car that was being loaded suddenl blew up. In a flash, a large concret cooling shed—heavily barricade nnd filled with mines and dept charges—exploded, It set off a roar Ing blast that was heard 101& mile nway. mission over Europe, and Lieut Maurice Crosble was seriously wounded \>y a piece of flak on his 1st hiisilon while piloting a Fly- ig Fortress ' ! ' Lieutenant' Markov, of Brooklyn, Y,, served as -first pilot on a. -17 Recently promoted to first cutenartt, he was squadron com- nander Tile sdn of Mrs v% S M ?emez ot Brooklyn, he had been versens since -September. Lieutenant . Crosble. , recovering rom his wounds In a-station hos- iltal in England, was struck when piece of flak bored Into the ockplt and carried, away the left ye and upper left side of his ace. Tlie 25-year-old man Is the son of Edward Crobsie of Crescent, City, Calif., and Mrs. .Harold -A. Clarke of Old Orchard Beach, Calii. He has been recommended 'or a high'citation for hls..cour-; age. Allhough badly wounded, lid was credited with keeping the Fortress In formation, saving the shlil an'd brew. Weather ' ARKANSAS .— Partly cloudy and warmer this af- ternxm, tonight aim Friday. WARM

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