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SAVE ME! I am valuable to the War Effort! BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE DOMINANT NEWgi'APEK Q'f, NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI The Boy Scouts will collect your Scrap Paper Saturday April 22nd. VOL. XL1—NO. 20 Ulylhcvillc Dully News BlylhevHlc Courier Blylhcvlllc Herald Mississippi Valley I-eadcr BLYT11KV1LUC, ARKANSAS, W12DNKSDAY, APRIL 12, 1944 SINGLE COPIES FIVE CENTS TODAY'S WAK ANALYSIS Bombers Lay Foundation For Invasion By JAMES HARPER United Press Staff Writer Allied planes based in Britain now are hitting Europe with, not one, but two great prc-iuvaslon of- . fcnsives. j Tile first is aimed primarily at, reducing the life expectancy of the German Air Force; thc other at slitting communication lines linking Hitler's, production centers with his west wall defenses. Both add up to one thing: British and American planes now are getting in the final spade work for invasion. The strategic long-term bombing o[ general production centers is turning into thc tactical short-term bombing of communications. For weeks before the Allies invaded Sicily, their planes vaulted the Mediterranean to pick off production centers. As invasion day drew near, they suddenly turned on Sicilian and Italian railroads. With nn estimated 50,000 tons of bombs they put oul of the running all the railroads thai Mussolini once boasted lie had made run on time. Strategy l.onf Used It was the same at Anzio. Only hours before the Allies hit the beaches, their planes cut every railroad feeding down from Northern Italy. Now they're striking out from Ihly to snap Balkan supply lines feeding out to German units on thc Russian front. This prc-attack pattern was established long ago. The RAP pounded Marshal Rommel's communications in preparation for the battle of El Alamein even while Rommel still was herding the British back toward the Nile. Now the Allies are using this tried and tested blueprint to scl Ihe stage for the greatest assault ol tlicm all, tlie western invasion. On Monday, American planes dropped perhaps 1000 tons of bombs on rail yards in Prance. That night, thc RAP In the war's greatest air assault — scattered 4000 tons over French and .Belgian rail junctions. Last night.' the British were back on the Job with nn assault on thc , German rail .junction of Aachen witlvits big rolling stock plant. For months, this campaign to snarl Nazi communications lias been going on. although hot'on the present scale. Berlin, with its three railway repair, shops and five marshalling yards, was all but blotteil out.- Cologne's railway workshop and ..three marshalling yards were turn,-•,<*! ,t« _-. junk..,' QM;or'ji-yidyr , stock plants have beftn wrecked '"ai Munich, Essen, Augsburg anc Liege.. Belgium. Short of Locomotives Tlie Germans started tlie war with a transportation deficit Through last Decmeber, Allied planes added to their troubles by taking a toll of 150 German loco- f motives a month. British experts V believe the Nazis should have added 12-to-15 thousand locomotives last year to make up for their losses. At best they added onlv 5000. Recently, a high official of the German ministry of transport referred to the difficulties of the German rail worker. And added: "We well know that the enemy is aiming especially at our railroad installations." Bui the Allies, with all their raids on communications, are nol neglecting another pre-invasion job— destruction of the Luftwaffe. Only yesterday. General Eisenhower indicated that the undermining of Nazi airpower is a prerequisite to successful' iand operations in Europe. fti general, the Allies have been forcing 'Hitler to lose tomorrow's air battles toda v by destroying his aircrafl plants. Allied planes pounding the lowlands now seldom meel air opposition. Thus, they're collecting the profits accruing from two years of hitting Nazi plane fac- ». lories. The War Department esli- \ mates that Hitler's fighter production lias been cul by two-thirds of I Is January. 1943, level. And a British air expert. Major Oliver Stewart, places Allied air superiority over.Europe at (our to one. Nonetheless, the Luftwaffe is nol ycl dead—as witness thc loss of 6-3 American bombers over Germany yeslerday and of 94 bombers March 30. Germany still Is strong in the air. Tlie Italian campaign has shown thai it can maintain its communi- catons although they arc repeatedly cut. Allied airmen have a big pre- invasion job to finish before the filial signal is flashed. AERIAL ONE-TWO ROCKS NAZI EUROPE Nazis' Last Ditch? The photo above, just received from neutral sources, shows N;u! soldiers walking along bed of 20-foot deep anti-tank ditch, buttressed by wall of reinforced concrete, suld by Germans to be pail _X°f Hitler's "Atlantic Wall" defenses against Allied invasion. Arkansas Death Toll From Storms Now 33; Guard Units Alerted LITTLE ROCK, April 12 (U.P.)—The hoart-rciulint? jo of reconstruction anil 'rehabilitation has begun today i Arkansas where 33 arc dead and al least one missing afle a series of destructive tornadoes raked the state Monda night. lied Cross and other relief and rehabilitation ajrencie moved into the state in force'loday as Governor Homer A -Aclkin.s called on all state organizations' to stand by an offer any aid,necessary. ' ' — ?' H. E. Suydan of the !SL Lou — ':•- •••k ' '•'"'*• Regional Red. Cross office open Ti*»B»'*»w IJ AiinjJiiM • ' .headquarter.'; in Little Rock today rflDSr KOUntfiiD dirccl ^ hc stiae iiiosram I Uf/VI IVWUISUU|J ..Three stale guard units were o Date Is April 22 Boy Scouts Here Will Collect Waste Paper For Vital War Needs Boy Scouts will collect Blytlie- ville's waste paper on Saturday, April 22, 11 was announced today by L. G. Nash, chairman of the Mis- sissippa County Salvage Committee, who urged that all old magazines and newspapers as well as other waste paper be saved for the collection date. Mr. Nash said he had made ar-. rangemenls for thc Boy Scouts to take res|>onsibllity for collecting the waste paper under the supervision of J. Mcll Brooks Jr. It ia planned to make regular collections every fourth Saturday in cacii month until waste paper no longer is needed. "I hope every person in Blytlie- villc will co-operate with Mr. Brooks and the Boy Scouts," Mr. Nash said. "Mr. Brooks can he called at 2383." Boy Scouts in all parts of Mississippi County are giving wholehearted supnorl to members of the War Production Board and local salvage committees. Mr. Nash added, and because of this co-operation salvage collections are increasing daily. Similar collection programs by Boy Scouts al Manila and Leach- . dered alerted at Camden, El Dorado and Mbntlcello, awaiting any calls 'or service from the storm-stricken j Russiluls scnl bftb " k to Gcrranny ro r areas The State Health Depart-, , orcc(l i nbo of lna ^. cxccu t| onys by mcnt Is sanitation pro-1 thc Germmis of Bu . ss ians . carried rams among refugees estimated to thc Eca d drowncclp to total more than 500 families. The Red Cross asked ,the War Production 'Board for preference ratings on lumber needed for rebuilding blasted homes. And building advisers have sent to Arkansas to supervise reconstruction. Meanwhile, it is feared the death toll may go higher. Several injured victims are reported In critical con- , --T » * V •*»» German Army in CrimeaSplit 150,000 Troops .eft At Mercy )f Red Forces Communication Lines Of Enemy Army Cut By Russian Advance Record Navy Appropriation Gains Approval MOSCOW, April 12 COP)— The (iissians have spill the stranded cnmiu Army In the Crimea. In a 37-mile advance from Hie lorthcrn tip of the Crimea, i\ llus- iau column broke railroad com- inmlcatlon lines for a sizeable por- ion of the 150,000 Axis troops, bn- llevcrt to be on the peninsula. Front dispatches Indicate the Germans will not make a slroiiK stand in tlie Crimea, despite filter's reported order to hold the pcii- usiila at all cost. The three-column Soviet vlnceis drive lu the Crimea Is reported .weeping the defenders back like chaff, except in the lough Ishuni liills before Hie central plains, and these hills have been by-passed. To the northwest, Russian forces fighting inside Romania hnvc forced a new crossing of the Slrel river to capture a rail junction or the vital "lie running into Bucharest, Still farther north, Soviet troops which have reached the Czcchoslov- akian frontier have captured half a dozen towns commanding passecs through the Carpathians. Same military sources hint Russian mountain fighters have penetrated the mountain passes, leading down to the Hungarian plains. 'Direct dispatches arc reaching Moscow today from liberated Odessa, telling how the city is coming t« life again. As the Russian Army took the great port city, hundreds of persons emerged from the catacombs beneath the city. .'Palc- Jaced, long-bearded,., half slaf'iftd, they were the Russian ' guerrillas who had lived beneath the city, to come out at night, and .blast German supply lilies and warehouses. They told a story of thousands of WASHINGTON, Aplil 12. IUl>l — The Mouse Appropriations G'umnilt- (ec today approved u record of 33 and one hulf billion dollars for the Navy, Diivlin; hcariiiKS on Iho bill, Admiral Kmrsl ,1. King told tlie committee that the United .States will accept no victory in the Pacific Mioit of destruction of Ilic Japanese empire. comniamlcr-ln-chlcf of tho United Stales Heel cmplmsl/.cd (hat Tokyo Is the ultimate objective ot all our Pacific operations. Billion I'm Now Shl|ix The single largest expenditure In (he new bill is eight billion dollars for new .ship construction, The bill ntso 'provides Hie money for the combined Marino Corps. Navy, mid Coast Guard three anil one half million strong. . Testimony released by the com mittce disclosed that Liberty ships will not be used to transport troops unless, they are strengthened, The coiiimiiiidant of the Coast Guard, Vice Admiral Husscll It. Wac.sche. said Ihc Coast Guard has drawn up a new list of. tpcclflcnllons for strengthening the ships. Congress returned to work ^llils morning after a 22-dny Easter recess. Speaker Sum Uayburn suld Ihe pending legislation will be cleaned ip by mid-June (o allow momboiii to attend the national political conventions. Price Administrator Chester Howies urged ConurcsK loday to ex- lend the price- control act as Is, It Inflation In to Ire prevented, Howies Milled before (he House Hanking Committee. Agcnrlcs To Crack Down Five government agencies nro planning to crack down on manpower racketeers, who operate a la- l>or black market through, fake "cn- RlncerhiK services." The live agencies announced a campaign to end Iho practice. A Ihren man commission apiio ed by President Roosevelt reporls that most soft coal miners spend almost 5(1 minutes lu underground travel each day. This Is almost 11 mlmilcs longer than had been proposed for portal to portal pny In a new wage contract, pending before tho War Labor lionrd, Political news Is highlighted today with word that .lames A. Parley was unanimously elected eliaii man of the New York slato Democratic Commlllcc, Although Varies had opposed Mr.. liooscvclt'.i uoml- nulion for a third term and n\slgne< as national chairman after the 1040 convention, the committee passed a resolution strongly supporting I'rcsl- lent Roosevelt's administration. The resolution did not specifically mention ro-uomtnntlon of Mr. Roosevelt, but was generally acccplod as compromise endorsement for a fourth-term. Speakers personally endoiK'd a fourth term timing Iho rommlllcc meeting, Illinois Favors MacArtliiir Two members of Lhe armed forces have walked away with two stale Republican presidential primaries. Gen, Douglas MacArlhur won Ihe Republican nomination In Illinois hands down, without tho endorsement of the OOI' MaUi organization, MacArUmr's total, according to latest Ilguvus, Is second only to iho vole cast for Illinois' Governor Dwlght GICQU, who Is seeking re- nomliialion. However, even Republican leaders sirc.ised Ihe fact that MiicArlhur's only opposition came from a political unknown, lllley Bender, a former Chicago Uoxcr. In Nebraska, I.lcut, Comdr. Harold Hlassen, former governor ot Mlu- ncsola, has a twii-to-one edge, over New York's.Governor Thomas Dcw- ey. Howevol', political observers are impressed wllh the largo wrlle-ln vote, for IJcwey since he refused have his name entered In Ihc: ;irl- inury. dition al various hospitals. Enemy Halted In East India, British Claim The By United Press British have checked, ville have Nash. been requested by Mr. Attend Reno Rites STKELE, Mo., April 12.—Among the out-of-town people here to attend the funeral of Mrs. Lorcna Crockett Reno, which was held yesterday afternoon at the First Baptist Church, were Mr. and Mrs, Dutch Esles of Cape Girnrdeau, Mrs. Hugh May of East Prairie, Mr. and Mrs. Jim Miller of Gideon, Mr. and Mrs. F. L. Vincel, Fred P. Vincel, and John Coouey, njl of St. Ixmls, Mr. and Mrs. Jack Wilkcr- son of Memphis, Scrgl. John D. Holt of Camp Claiborne, La., Capt. W. A. Carter of Monroe, La., Scrgt. and , Mrs. Jerry Holly of Camp Campbell, Ky., and Mrs. Frank Harper and Mrs. Eunice Gutliric, both of Poplar Bluff. Active pallbearers were Sims Miehie, fiussell Frakcs, Newbcrry Johnson, Elsworth Watson, Cleo Garrett, and Thelbcrt Bishop. German Undertaking Company was in charge of arrangements. Tribute Is Paid To B!an Maxwell By Tennesseeans Members of the Tennessee House and Senate paused yesterday in their special session to pay tribute to thc late Blaii II. Maxwell of Memphis, brother of Mrs. Roland Green of Blylhevillc and Mrs. J. O. Pigg of Osccola. who was killed in an airplane crash in Hickman County. Tenn., Oct. 15 al the height of a legislative- career., Characterized by Governor Cooper as "a statesman and true friend", the late speaker was lauded for his outstanding career in both houses ot thc General Assembly, serving first as representative from Shelby County, then as speaker of thc Senale for three successive terms, a record unexcelled by any presiding officer of that body. Chicago Wheat open high low close May , 173*, 173% 173% 173% 113% July . 171K INK VH»i 170?i 171!4 least temporarily, Japan's drive into Eastern India.. • A New Delhi communique reveals that Japanese attacks on Kohima have slacked off. And thai Brilish units now are moving out to clear Jap snipers from the road leading from Kohima toward the Assam-lo- Bengai railroad. Sixty miles to thc south, three I Japanese columns converging on ' tile Manipur state capital of Im- phal have bogged down in the face of stiff British resistance. One British hill position northeast of Imphal was seized by the Japs. Bui the communique says the enemy suffered heavy casualties. London dispatches estimate that the Japanese have sent three lull divisions—30,000 to 45,000 troops — nto India. A similar number is believed to have been left behind in Burma. But those British observers bplicvc tlie monsoon rains next month will draw a halt on all major operations before the Japs can County Sends Convicts To State Penitentiary Seven Mississippi County victs last night boarded the prison truck bound for thc state prison where they will begin serving sen- Jaycees Given Talk On Alaska Col. Crawford Tolls Of Opportunities In Rugged Northland Success comes at a high price In Alaska. Lieut. Uol. Ivy w. Crawford told members of the Junior Chamber ol Commerce at their regular mceliin; til IJotcl Noble Monday .scs- lences pronounced in recent slons of Circuit Court. The prisoners from here were Will Cooper, Negro, sentence:! to life for the drowning of his wife in a bayou near Promised Land, and Okla Malloy and Homer Sag- ley, botli of whom were convicted of the theft of an automobile in Manila. Malloy was .sentenced to three years, while Saglcy was given a five-year term by judge Walter Klllough. From thc Osceola jail went Ralph Branhnm and John Henry Bcckham to begin serving two- year sentences for robbery. Livestock ST. LOUIS April 12 (UP)—'Hogs: 15,500; salable 13,000; top 13.80; 200-330 pounds 13.70-13.75; 140160 pounds 11.60-12.75; sows 13. Cattle: 2,700; salable 2,500; calves 1,000 all salable; slaughter steers 10.50-16.50; slaughter heifers 9.7516; mixed yearlings and hefiers 1315; stocker and feeder steers 9.1514; camiers and cutters 7-0; cows 3.25-11.60. Colonel Crawford Speaks At Lions Club Meeting Llcul. Col. Ivy W. Crawford, who recently returned to the States after 31 months service in Alaska, spoke briefly to members ol the Blythcvillc Lions Club who met yesterday noon at Hotel Noble. Scrgt. Marllynn Slrock of the Marine Corps Women's Reserve also made a short talk on behalf of her ivork of recruiting. Guests al the meeting, In arttll- ton to Colonel Crawford and Sergeant Strock. were Staff Scrgt. M. C. Rlkc of the Marine Corps, Louis Plecmaii and Grover Snydcr, both Lions from Manila, and P. E. "toolcy. The principal occupations of iii Ing. nshlm; and cannlnit have definite possibilities of success, but one must be willins; to pay a high price to reach tho top of thc ladder In Ihe rugged country of Ice-bomul Alaska, the Army olilccr, who home on furlough ufler more than 31 months in Alaska, told thc group Colonel 'Crawford, former Rlythc- vill.c attorney and state senator said that the land of thc^Norihcrn Lights had casl Its spell over some of thc soldiers who had 'been sta- con- tioncd there, and a number hat: voiced liielr intentions to return V. the snowy regions, but the majority preferred life in thc comforts of the States. In the business meeting, thc grou; decided to follow thc recommendation of thc national organization and sponsor a t&T l»at. ny letter.' and gifts to the. crew of Hie boat the club would J help build morale nmoni; thc fiBlvjcrs. L. E. Isaacs Bill Young and {Tom Hulslcail were appointed on tile committee to \w in charge of the project. H was announced that the election of officers would be held nl the nc.xl meeting of the. group. 'Pic recommendations of candidates foi officers were made by the nominal ing committee. Final plans were made for attend ing the Jaycce convention to lie licit in Harrison this week. Guests in addition to Colonc Crawford were Paul Callowny, Scot Alley, Roland Bishop, 8cr(;l. Ben Smith, Carl Ganske, petty office In thc Sealiccs, w. t. Osborne Jr O. U. Buirington, Pvt. R. II. I'owel L. A. Harlwig and J. G. Boulwell. ring up a decisive victory In cither India or Burma. City To Sponsor 'Clean-Up Week' Starting Monday Blythevillc will have a spring cleaning, it was decided at Ihc regular meeting of thc City Council lasl night when plans for a-"Clean- Up Week," beginning Monday, April 17, were discussed. Al 9 o'clock Monday morning citj trucks will begin picking up rubbish and tin cans from tlie alleys The drive for a cleaner city will go on all week and will be concluded by a Waste Paper Drive Saturday, April 22, when Boy Scouts will collect paper which housewives have been asked to place in front of their homes. The six recently re-elected clly officials were sworn into office at Die session lasl night. Arkansas Briefs '! KXAItK AN A, April 'lH (III 1 ) resident Charles M. Simon Jr.. i thu Arkansas Transfer mid loving Company has hceii transferred ID tin- Federal C'nrri-<>- tirjnal Itislllullcm al Tcxarkumi In In-tin his sentence of : IK months. Simon was sentenced April I! followliif; Ills jjlpa of guilty to five cif It counts, of padding wclfihls anil avrrrliiirglnp; 1 on .sl]|[iniuuls for thc HC-vcrmiu-nt. I.1TTLK KO(;K. A|ir|l 1Z (III') ^-Director .Cy Nclsnn.iif thc.llu^ rciiu -'of Viliil>S(allf-llcs- says ills I the State He.i Mil !>(•]>.ulnirnt has had (r> employ six adilltion- WAi-kers t». work fr<im I p. in. until 11:30 p. m. to mciU Hie hciivily Increased demand . for lilrlh certificates,. , . Nelson declares Ihat (he new iilf^hl shift, which has liccn h operation since April I,' Is gcl- fhiK itnyivhcrc from 1100, In !,200 rcqur.sls per day for certificates for inductees- who need them for allotment purposes, Through April 10 thc Department has received 8,. r >0fl refiuei'/.s for certificates. MTTI.K ROCK, April 12 (flV) —Ilalesvlllc attorney, Thornes- licrry A. Oray h:is withdrawn from thc race for lieutenant governor. IFc say.s that he can SCR no prnfit GVcn if hr. were elected. Gray vvro'.c Secretary . of State Hall that II would cost him about ?25l10 to make the rat>c and pointed out that the office |i:iys only $2000 to begin with. With (jrky's withdrawal It leaves two In the race for lieutenant Rovemor. They're Men tenant Governor .T. I>. Shaver and Ut ISakcr of l,akc Village. Warns Farmers 01 High Water Overflow Will Affect Farms Inside Levcos C. G, Rodman Predicts Heavy rainfall in the Ulllc Illvcr watershed of Missouri and Arkansas has posed a Hood threat U> those' who Iiirm unprotected lands Miulh of the' Dig Lake bridge. C, 9- Hctiman, ofllclnl 'of Drananc, Dlalrlcl'17,'lotlay'wiiYl'i«l'.thr>so wlrn cujtlvatu farm lands lying inside the •levee system and which are not protected from overflow lhal high water conditions comparable to those of last May can''he expected. He advised those who farm in [hat region to remove livestock and lake- other precautions. It was emphasized thai there Is al present no danger to any parl of the levee system and farmers in areas protected by Lho massive dikes have nothing about which to worry as far as high^ water is concerned. Thc danger Is only to several hundred acres of cultivated land Inside thc Icvccs. Mr. licdman said the gage at Kcn- nctl, Mo., this morning showed a substantial rise and thai heavy rains in Southeast Missouri indicate more water Is to In. 1 expected, lie said he expects the crcsl to reach Big Lake within a few days, probably Sntur- lay or Sunday. A rapid rise was noted yesterday In thc Big Lake loodway, Allied Airmen Deliver Blows From Two Ways Bombers From Italy Blast Fighter Plane Plants In Austria LONDON, April 12 . (U P,)—American nlrpowcr : struck a doublc- blow agnliisl Nazi .Europe today, tho hardest of . which landed on.- Gormen fighter-piano plants in Austria. v A bin licet of Liberators and Fortresses based In Italy, "swept across Iho Alps and dropped many tons of bombs 'on -the Wiener Neuslailt area, south of Vienna. Other squadrons' of Major Gcn- ernl Twlnltig's bomber-force struck northca.Mwnrd from Italy to mid In airfield urn! rnllyards lit Zagreb, In Jugoslavia, and a Nazi plant, til Spill, on tho Dalmatian coast. But .Iho main weight .hit three Nazi aircraft centers hi Ausliia Ono force of hombeis 14 Iho main tycsscrschmllt lighter,assembly planl at "Wiener Ncustadt •!'.self. 'Another struck the Bad Voslau factory 10 mllc.s to tho not III. And ,1 third hit a 'component, center [mother 15 miles to' the north'. . TarfccrWell Covered The latter factory, called the Mnsclmmencl Miurkl Plant, Is only miles fiom Vienna, and had'' never been raided before. Return* luff ciewmcn rcnoil good coverage 'of Ihe largol mc&f The bombm, estimated at stjv- criil bundled and Uicli fighter "s- cort, iiui Into sumo enemy ah re- I'jslahce but .there -arc no details ycl. , . . ' , . from England, the. American air, force, shuck lite iioilhern arm olr • tli6''Uo-v>ny ; b|ow, apuaicntlj concentrating on tho Invasion coast. N. 0. Cotton Mar. May July Oct. Dec open . 1083 . 2126 . 2095 2022 . 2003 high 1983 2130 2096 2023 2004 low aose 19C9 1969 1919 2125 2125 2125 2085 2035 208B 2014 2015 2019 1994 1994 2000 Jonesboro Woman Has Attack Of Sneezing MEMPHIS, April 12. (UP)—Physicians arc trying to stop an attack of continuous sneezing lhal has gripped Mrs. Albert Sanders of Joncsboro. She has been sneezing an average of 15 times a minute for thc past live (kiys. On March 26, she suffered a 2 1-2 hour sneezing attack, that finally yielded to oxygen treatments. Another started on April 7. It's this one physicians have been unable to .slop. New York Stocks A T & T Amcr Tobacco Only dust-free air is that over tlie ocean COO miles or farther from shore. 157 7-8 61 3-8 Anaconda Copper ........ 26 Beth Slcel ................ 58 Cryslcr ................... 83 1-4 Coca Cola ................ 114 3-4 Gen Electric .............. 35 5-8 Gen Motors .............. 571-2 Montgomery Ward ........ 453-4 N Y Central .............. 18 3-4 Int Harvester ............ 701-2 North Am Aviation ...... 83-4 Republic Steel ............ 18 5-8 Radio ..................... 93-8 Socony Vacuum ...... :',.. 12 1- Studcbakcr ........... .... 14 3-4 Texas Corp Packard ,.. U S Steel 47 1-8 4 61 1-8 Light Frost Predicted; LITTLE ROCK. April 12 (UP) — Arkansas Is going to have a light frost tonight. Thc weatherman says the frost is coming to be general throughout the slate. He also predicts cloudy skies, but no rain. And from over the slate come re- porls of licavy rainfalls and rising rivers. Al Hcbcr Springs ralnfal measured 2.29 inches during a 24- hour period. Leepcr had 1.95 inch of rainfall during the period anc Gilbert had nr i even one Inch, Flood stages were lopped slightly al Danville, St. Charles and Ar- kadelphla. At Caradcn thc Ouachl- U river last night stood at 1.4 fee above flood stage. And is expcclcd to continue high. Thc Black river was five and one- half feet above the flood level Black Rock this morning. The river now stands al 19.5 feet following a rise of three feel. And it is predicted that it will reach 20 feet bj Friday. , ' Tornado Kills N. 6. Menard In Cleveland A tornado which struck Cleveland Ohio, liisl night claimed thc life of i former niythcvlllo man, N. B. Scooter) Menard, who was killed ibout 11 o'clook. Details of the death of thc 20-year-old man, well known musical circles of tills section where he was a member of several irchestras, were not known al noon loday. Mr. Menard. son of Mrs. N, B. Menard of Maiden, Mo., and thc late Mr. Menard, was reared ii Blythe.vlllc where he was graduated In 1035 from Blythcvillc Hlgl School. He later attended Arkansas State College, Jonesboro. where he was a member of thc college dancf band. He also played in several loca orchestras. In addition to his niolhcr, he leaves his wife. Mrs. Uuth Rcuicr Menard of ' Cleveland; a four- monlh-old sou, and one brother, Don of Maiden. » Funeral services and burial will probably be held Friday In Cleveland. Chicago Rye open high low May . -130!i 13(H1 12011 July'. 120 12DK IWA I close 130 130W 12811 120 Lieut. Deal Missing Tlie War Dcparlmeiil has notified thc family of Lieut. Clifton Deal, nephew of Mrs. Sam Owens, that the 24-year-old bombardier is listed as missing In action. Mrs. Owens was erroneously informed yesterday that the official message said Iho youth had been killed In action. Lieutenant Deal, who spend several summers here with the Owens family, is the aon of Mrs. Bessie Deal of Maiden, Mo. There aie no details howeici, except a Haul, radio ''report, thai some American 'planes pcnctrntcd central-mid western Gcimany. ;Lnst nlghl, the UAF cairled out n-lon laid by the RAP on AAcheii. an Impoitanl German antl-lnvasloi! communications base togt'Mtcr with lesser 'attacks , oil Haiihovcr and other targets. A British air .commentator says Iho GelmaUs now are concentrating practically all their flEhter- planc po\\er In a ficnried cffotl to dcfeiltl the homeland.- Virtually all German planes now being completed, lie Eays,'nrq • being assigned to the protection of Germany Itself. As thc commentator puls it "Charily begins al home for the- Germans Ihese days. 1 Few Reserves Left He also Indicates that the Nazis arc now jusl aboul down to the bollom .of. the . barrel In .fishier piano reserves. But, he•'warns,- by scraping the bottom, the, Nazis now are able'to 1 'put-between 200 and 300 more fighter planes into the - • air over Germany, thaiiithey were five months ago. "•'•', Incidentally, while the American big bombers In Italy were loading up for today's raid in Austria, British Wellington bombers took over the air assaull on Italy proper. Before dawn this morning, tht. Wellingtons swept'far up In northeastern Italy and hammered the Nazi submarine ond torpedo boal yards al ;'Mdnfalcone. They dropped blockbusters, and started fires Ihat were visible.for 50 miles. Tlie Most Uev. Cyril Forster Garbelt, archbishop of York, is pictured on his recent arrival in New York from England. For a month lie will lour this country and Canada, conferring with Episcopal church leaders on their relationships with the ' Church ot England. Batesville Has $700,000f/re This Morning BATESVILLE, Ark., April ;ia . (U.P.I—A J 100,000 blaze swrpl through four store buildings in downtown Batesville early this morning Tlie fire threatened an entire block In the center of the business district and Mayor Jared Trevathan issued an emergency call for tlie Newporl fire department to stand by 'in case it was needed. The blaze Is believed to hava started when sparks from a defective electric light bulb Ignited a broken Jar of anti-freeze. The fire spread and ignited 300 more gallons of the liquid. Four hundred rolls of tarpapw and truck and '.recapped tires were among the equipment lost. Tlie fire was believed to have been extinguished, bul about.'12 hours later it broke out again. Weather ARKANSAS—Partly cloudy this afternoon; gene rnl ly f air ton I gli t and Thursday; cooler" tonight, scattered light frost In north and control portions; warmer thursday.

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