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SAVE ME! I am valuable to the 'War-Effort/ BLYTHEVILLE TUB DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OP NORTHEAST AHKAN8A8 AND SOUTHEAST M16SOTJIU NEWS Tr!eBoySc<>«1*wi»eoJ/»ct Xour' Scrap i-Paper > Solar- day, April 22nd.' •, - , VOL. XLI—NO. 20 Blylhcvlllc Daily News ISlythcvllle Courlci 1 Blylhevllle Horn Id Mississippi Volley Lender BLYTliKVlU-K, ARKANSAS, WKDNKSDAY, Ai'KIL 19, J9-M SINGLE COPIES FIVE CENTS-'" ^v * S -INVASION BOMBINGS SOFTEN EUROPE TODAY'S WAR ANALYSIS— Allied Bombs Curtail Flow Of Turkish Goods By JAMES HAKFER United Press Staff Writer Allied (liploniiit.s arc protesting Turkey's Iradu with Germany. But Allied warphines are going further. They're slopping it. British and American observers, hack in Cairo from Ankara, say trade between Germany and Turkey is about washed up. The reason is simple. The only way Germany can bring home Turkish products is by rail through the Balkans. Arid Allied warplanes, as well as native guerrillas, arc putting those railroads out of the running. At, any rate the 'lurks must soon » ; • make up their minds whether to continue dealing with a customer that is rapidly sliding into bankruptcy. And whether to continue antagonizing clients whose prospects are good. The trade agreement between Turkey and Germany expires late in May. The Turks then can refuse to renew without fear of retaliation by Hiller. Turkey ships Germany copper, pig iron, oil seeds, nuts and chrome. Russians Pour Artillery Fire Battle Mishap Kills 400 Men, Pearson Says WASHINGTON. April ID (UP)In return, it gets Hungarian textiles, iron, steel, radios and drugs; \ Columnist Drew Pearson charges , Allied naval Runners shot down Romanian oil; Bulgarian tobacco, cereals and wine, and German locomotives, armaments, dycstnffs, iron and steel products and chem- |a second group of 21 of our troops icals. Chrome liaclly Needed By far the most important product Germany gets from Turkey is chrome. Stainless steel is 10 to 20 per cent chrome, which also is used in the manufacture of other types of steel, as well as >•> dyes, pig- carrying planes with nearly soldiers aboard last Aug. 14. Into Sevastopol Correspondent Tells How Red Guerrillas Lived Beneath Odessa MOSCOW, April 19 (OP)— Two Russian armies have opened the battle lor Sevastopol in the Crimea. They arc storming the city from three sides. And shock troops smashing into Sevastopol's defenses are close enough now lo hear tiic explosions of their own artillery shells anil bombs In Hie city. Moscow observers predict Sevastopol will fall without a prolongei light, just as another Black* Sea port, Odessa, was taken last month From Odessa today conies one o Ihc strangest stories of the war, n | story cabled by United Cress Wai Correspondent Harrison Sallsburj who is now in Odessa. It's a story of a city beneath a city. Of an occupying army rulihg Odessa by day. And a gucrrillr army coming out of the Catncomb Pearson says this incident look place over Sicily, just three days after a similar accident—when 23 transport planes were downed by friendly gunners with a loss of more than •SOD men. The War Department so far has declined comment on this second incident reported by Pearson. The 400 .to rule the city and kill the enemy Iby night. Red Fleet Guns Blast Nazis Violent Battles Rage For Imphal British Slowly Force Invaders To Give Ground or sleci, as wen as »iayes- P'B-1 fll . st mls , lap , vas CQnrirrn! , d otficM . ment ana photography. The loss of , f( u brought to lieht in Turkey's chrome is doubly vital to , J returned Armv com- Oermany now that Russia has retaken the mines of Nikopol, whose annual ; bat correspondent. his "Washington Merry-Go-Round" column that said enemy guns • probably Under the terms of a 1939 agrce- accountcd for some of the eraft de-Britain "obtained thought it saw the handwriting on the wan. So it agreed to Tlie columnist said he was wnt- 11 Germany with 00,000 Ions of ore by another set of hieroglyphics i on the wall, handwriting that seemed to indicate an Allied victory. Consequently, it kept 1043 ore shipments to Germany down to X).000 tons. Then came a third development. The Allied, tired of wooing Turkey with war materials, eut out arms shipments. Right away, Turkish chronic trade with Germany shot up. Ankara openly announced that about 25,00 tons of ore had been sent to the Reich in the first quarter of 1944. And now. the latest development. Almost daily, Italy-based British and American planes are showering bombs on Balkan railroads. For instance, reports from Europe say travelers passing through Sofia must leave their coaches, walk 10 miles through nibble-choked streets, and board, another train on the other side of town. Goods Battered ' The question' of whether Turkey renews its trade contracts with Germany is fast becoming academic for another reason. In the firsl place that trade Is largely on a barter basis. No goods received, no goods shipped. Turkey's railrpad system is not of the best, and it wauls above all things, locomotives. But Allied airmen have been destroying locomotives at the rate of 150 a month. Germany, with Invasion coming up, hasn't any to spare. Not only that, Germany is rapidly reaching the point where it can neither make deliveries to Turkey nor bring away Turkish goods over its broken Balkan railroads. Thus. the Reich will be minus its much- needed chrome. And Turkey, which depends on the outside world for drugs, machinery and manufactured articles, will be minus about everything in the book. Germany is sending a trade delegation to Ankara April 23 to try to talk turkey, to the Turks. But the Allies are letting their planes speak for them. You can't talk back lo a bomb. lorts. HC declared that so far, the younger officers have been fighting \ losing battle for this protection. Pearson said that before the Sicilian campaign, paralroop opera- lions were under the command of Colonel Mike Dunn. He said Dunn won an agreement from the Navy that it would not fire on any planes ;oing into Sicily for fear of mistaken identity. But Pearson added "The Navy soon sought lo abandon Ihc agreement, and Dunn was succeeded by Brigadier General P. 1>. Williams." And Williams, Pearson said, finally yielded to Navy pressure to change the order. Lions Official Speaks To Club Here Yesterday Dr. Dan Hamm of Clarksville, Ark., district governor of the Lions International for this district, was guest speaker at the luncheon meeting of the club yesterday noon at Hotel Noble. Dr. Hamm chose as Ilk topic. "Post -War Planning", with particular reference to the Lions Club and Lionism. Plans were announced at yesterday's meeting for the annual election of officers to be held next Tuesday, when e ach member will vote for the mnn he wishes to become president. The three men receiving the largest number of votes vlll then have a run-off for the of- ice. Lion J. Farris McCalla attended lis last meeting of the club yes? Ten thousand Russian guerrlla fighters lived beneath Odessa, many of them for the entire two-and-one half years the enemy had held the ity. The main entrance to tlhc underground city was a passage, so narrow one 'had to bend double to get into it. American war correspondents who are inspecting Odessa followed two small boys with gasoline torches, lighllng Ihe way through dusty limestone passageways. . Starting, at two feet, the passage widens into a chamber 20 by 20, and 8 feet high. Here. stands a reception-desk,- a '.-stone-ibarricarir, where during the enemy occupation, all were-stopped, their weapons taken. '» Beyond, Hie; correspondents saw n small renumber' with a wall map of the city above. At one side, were the flaming cocktails, Uhe bottles of gasoline used to destroy German tanks. Down the hall, they saw a prison chamber for German. Romanian, and Ukrainian traitors. In these chambers hollowed out of limestone 'centuries ago, the guerrillas had built a city, a city which had printing presses, wireless stations, hospitals, food kilch- ens, even a cemetery. Japanese Siego Arc Cracks On Northeast; Strong Points Taken 'Too Much' 5000 Warplanes Go On Missions \ Within 24 Hours HurlMoreThqnSOOO Tons Of Explosives Against Continent '' It," snkl Cnpl. Maurice Brill of I 1 ' I. Smllli, Arlt,, lifter receiving thu Congressional Medal ol Honor. Near Mlpnano, Italy, last November, Brilt and clijlil companions, sei/.cd by Ueniwns, Driven in 1D11 U fiom then qrcal b.i?us -\\. So\ istopol Odessa and Novorossisk the Russi.m Bl<ick Sea lleeij one of whose units is pictured above In previous action, has crftcrgcd'to wrcult vengeance on Ihc Germans by blasting IhcJir already liiadcqunle "escape licet" al Sevastopol, where lied army forces are Driving the foe into the sen. Arkansas: Retired Farmer Dies Funeral services for James Richard Wiginton. father of Mrs. Minnie 'W. Young and Mrs. Avery Phillips 'of Osceola, were held Monday at Forked Oak Church near Corinth, Miss. Mr. Wiginton, retired farmer ol Rienzi, Miss., died at the home o! a son, Tom Wiginton, Sundaj night. He was 73. He also leaves two other daughters, and a brother. Chicago Wheat open high low close pr.cl May . 173% 17315 173% 173% 173% July , 168 168Vi 108 1C8',4 16814 .crctay prior to his induction Into the Navy within a short time. •• Guests at the meeting were Jimmy Smothcrman and H. C. Knappenberger. F.D.R. Answers De Valera f s Plea Puts Responsibility For Safety of Rome Squarely On Germans WASHINGTON, April 19. IUP) — President Roosevelt has written a letter to Prime Minister De Valern of Eire, telling him that "the fate of Rome rests" with the German government which is using facilities there. The message was in response to a plea from De Valera that the Allies spare Rome. Said President Roosevelt: ". . . American military iiulho:!- tics . . . are committed lo a policy of avoiding damage lo religious shrines and historical monuments to the cxlcnt humanly iwssible in nodcrn warfare." The President continued: ". . . You arc, of course, aware hat the Germans, occupying the talian capilal by force, are using o the limit of 1U capacities the communication network and other 'aciiitics of Rome." He added: "I note lhat you have sciit a simi- ar communication lo the German government. Tiie fate ol Rome reals n that quarler." Earlier loday, the German radio repealed its claim that Rome has been converted into an "open city," and It said that formal assurances o that effect have been given De Valera. HAItlflSON, April 1!) (IJ.l'.) — Tin: Niiiional Mediation Bo;ird yesterday decided to transfer furtlicr negotiations in the Missouri ami Arkansas' railway wage dispute to Washington. Hearing m the dispute IKU! lieen under way for Ihrcc weeks. John W. Walksh, federal ninli- ator, said the parties involved" will he notified when negotiations are resumed in Washington. A scheduled strike by trainmen ami cngincmcn on March 26 was postponed when the Mediation Board stepped into the dispute over wages and hack pay. LITTLE ROCK, Anrll 19 (UP) —Five hundred .18 persons on the slate Confederate veterans' pension list arc to have their grants raised. The Stale Welfare Board has voted (o raise Ihe granls from five lo $15.00 a month. Commissioner John G. Pipkin of ttic Welfare Board says tha,l of llic 536 persons only 20 are Confederate veterans'. The others are wives and (laughters of veterans. The Increase, which is made possible by accumulation of revenue which lias been collected for lhal purpose, will become effective June 1. California Governor Selected For Address > At G. 0. P. Convention CHICAGO. April 10 CUP)— The were used as u shield for Iliu lulvnnru ot about 100 of Ihc enemy on Hie U. S. Hues. Drill killed live Germans, saved his clijlit pals, was shnl in the slile, hnd grenade wounds In his chest untl lost nn (inn. The former . Arkansas Uuiversiiy mid Dclroil I. Ions football slur Is pictured above, with Mrs. IJrilt, at Lawson Ilospllali Atlanta. Ga. NBW DKLI1I, .Aurll 19 (U.I'.) — Furious bailies arc raKhiK on all sides of Imphal, In eastern India, with the British slowly beating the Japanese back. Teddy's Allied communique re- •irlj( thai on Ihe norlhcasl flunk ol tin; narrow Manlpni' plain Hrltlsh armored fo'.vos huvy smashed Ihrouyh the Japanese sienc arc Three enemy strong points were taken. Southwest of the town, Drills! and Indian forces have recapture! 11 height they losl two days ago and are holding it uutUnst bltlei enemy ussnulUs, And 20 mllci;south- east of Tinphul, Allied Infantry,men have smashed two Jnpanc.se attacks In Iho I'alel area. .lap Fliers Oil Haiti Japanese planes bombed Ihu Allied ground forces In Ihe I'alel sector. llAI' 1 Interceptors shot down one of Ihe raiders, and damaged <mr others. The Allied comiminlciue hull- :alcs that the lirltlsh and Indian roons have slopped the Jap attempt lo encircle Imphal. Moreover, the Uiltlsh Imperials are ishlni; out with i\ scries of couu- ler-allacks aimed -at splllllng the enemy forces, uiul - driving (hem back Inlo Ihc lilljs and JuuglM of he Burma-India border. At Kohlmh', some 00 miles ID the north of Imphal, Ihc Allied communique repbrfj; no 1 change In Ihe .situation.., Al last report, the Japs were deploying on/alP sides and other fixtures by the govern of lho.'.town_- and Hli-lking .west-I'liieiit Is expected to get under..way By WALTER CKONK11K, United Press Btaff Correspondent' LONDON, April 19 (UP)—Allied wnrpla.nei arc sounding a thundei- ous pi elude lo Invasion Fiye thousand .Allied, plrmes have hit •Germany's European Fortress with more limn 8.000 tons of explosives In the plist 24 hours. Thorn's been.nothing like this before In' the brief, .but violent history of .aerial warfare. 1 American heavy 1 bombers carried Iho burden of the offensive today with u'bllslerlng''attack on six Gcr- •Thoy're nuking loo much of " m " 'ivtatUm centers I nst night the British were out In force, blazing a'.trial of fire froin licilln to the French const m the greatest,' assault of the war. Brlellly, here IB a log of this new po\\eil|OU!,o offensive, Yeslerday.'up lo 10pO Flying For- . tresses and Liberators, flanked by fighters In like strength, smashed at Bci lln nud othci nearby targets iji- iiiultanoously, Ubp>alors hit tho I'lcuch Inuislon coast Railroads I)timiiKed Last night RAF heavy bomlj- cn ilioppcd 4400 short tons of explosives on targets in France, including- railway bottleiiccks' through which Gefmuny must 1 'ship supplies to Its; anti-Invasion forces .on Iho Channel const At the same time twhi-ohgliicd'Mosqultocs stoked tho flics o[ Berlin and hit wur plants in \seslein Germany s Today, "omi! 20bo American heavy bombers anil fighters were back over Got many As yesterday, thsy had to ! light their wiiy through flscts 'of inlcicepling Nazi planes to hain- mei home Ihelr attack on Kassel and ncaiby objective 1 ; . Both Amcilc.m uiul British light (ind medium bombers Joined In the Bassett Camp For 600 Nazis Almost Ready With the completion this week of the bulldlnijs of thu Bassetl Wai Prison camp, Ihe'final sUp of the . Installation of stoves, retrlucialois daylight attnck hilling/-trampoit . . ward lowurd'Hhc Important Alsam shortly. to Bengal railroad. '. The camp, located at. Sunset U. .S. Uombcrs Score I Park, one mile north of Hossctt Meanwhile, Allied air forces arc'on Highway 01, will house GOO Ger- malnlalnlng',their offensive, against man prisoners of war who have centers and other targets behind the Wench Invasion coast 'Luftwaffe Foots Hitv The list o( today s American ta,r- KOls lellccls Ihc'possibility that tho Allies are- shifting the pre-lnvaslon bombardment to the storage sites ihc Jap communications linen and been contracted lo citizens oy the of the Nazi nil foice Among Ihe ob- siipply centers behind tlio' front : government lo aid In faim work jecllvos, all less thnn 300 mMcs be- Aincrican medium bombers • ycnter- • BiilUlliiBS In the camp luclndo hind the west coast of Euiopc, aro day scored at least 315 hits nloni; Aliens, barracks, bath and yuaid some of Ihc biggest pools where new. a 50-mllc .stretch of. the Jap-op- erateri central Durum railway between Mandatay and Shwobo. In norlh ccnlral Burma. hetisea. A higli fence has been creeled around the entire camp. This Is Ihe second prison camp mid icpalrcd Geiman flgnlcrs aic assembled. Raiders which lilt brie of the targets.report that-.their bombs lo be creeled In Mississippi Conn set off an explosion which sent Republicans have selected Govornoi Earl Warren of California lo make Jj k have The selection was made by nc- Cl mgking cn m ,„,. ' »• * camp Imnslng prisoners of lhat Chinese units on th^west ^XXcmSSr" 0 " "' V '°- repulsed thrco strong Mrs. Etta Helms, 76, Dies At Manila Home MRS. ETTA HELMS-12 .. ..Live MANILA, Ark., April 19.—Mrs. Etta Helms, a resident of Manila for 30 years, died at her home last night after a short Illness. Mrs Helms came to this section from Dunklin Counly, Mo., where she was born 76 years ago. Her daughter, Mrs. Robert Stark of Glenville, Miss., Is her only survivor. Last rites will be held at 2 o'clock tomorrow afternoon at the Ne\\ Providence Church, norlh of Ma nila, with the Rev. Charles Robin, son, pastor, officiating. Howard Undertaking Company I: In charge of arrangements. MTTLE ROCK, April in (lil'l —The new president of the Arkansas Medical society for 1»I5 has been announced. He is I>r. C. A. Archer of DeCJucoii who succeeds Dr. Joe F. Sbuf- ficld of Little Itock, A liirth control nlan, viliirh one'doctor says the Society lus IJECII side-stepping for years was rejected by members of Ibc medical society after a Icnglliy discussion. A memorial session was alv> held honoring members who tiled {luring the pas', yc;tr. claniation lodny by a 23-mnn Republican coinmlltce which is making final arrangements for the meeting, which opens In Chicago on June 2G. Although Warren's name had not been mentioned among the candidates lor the post as keynolcr, his seleclion did not come as a, surprise. The California governor has drawn strong support for the Republican nomination for vice-president. There had been some talk thai Wendell Willkic or Senator Vanclcnberg of Michigan might get the keynote assignment. Warren's name was proposctl by California national commltlceman William Reichel. Relchcl said Warren is not a candidate for the presidential nomination. As had been expected, the committee recommended Hop. Joseph W. Marlin of Mass., for permanent chairman of Ihe convention. Marlin; who is Republican leader of the House of Representatives, held that the post at the GOP convention four years ago. His selection must be confirmed by the convention. enemy counter-attacks by about C,000 Jap troops. 'i ._ Elsewhere in Ihe Pacific .theater, ,tlie Japs rciwt two more Allied air raids yesterday ngalnst their Island positions in the Carolines and the Marianas just to the north. New York Stocks A T & T 157 3-4 Amcr Tobacco 60 1-2 Anaconda Copper 255-8 Belh Steel 57 1-2 Chrysler .; SO 5-8 Gen Electric 35 1-4 Gen Molors 36 Montgomery Ward 42 7-8 N Y Central 17 1-2 Int Harvester 69 North Am Aviation 8 1-4 Republic Steel 16 1-4 Radio 87-8 Sccony Vacuum 121-8 Studebaker 14 Standard of N Texas Corp Packard ... U S Steel . 51 7-8 46 4 50 5-8 Big Lake Water Reaches Crest At 15.6 Feet Waters in the Big Lake area today had ceased to rise, reaching a stand at 15.6 feet, according to C. G. Kcdman, official for Drainage District 17. The swollen lake will probably remain at today's stage before beginning to recede In the next two days, If the weather is fair, Mr. Redman said. The depth of the water is five and a half feet above flood stage, the greatest depth reached since shortly after the new levees were built five years ago. Although three inches of water cover approximately 1000 feet of Highway 18, from the east levee to the end of the bridge, tho dcptli lias not been enough to force suspension of travel. The waters exceeded by two . r oot Ihe depth reached last Spring, Mr. Redman said. President Diehl Of Southwestern Plans To Resign | MEMPHIS. April 1!) (U.P.)— After nearly three decades as prcsi- |(lcnt ol Southwestern College at Miss Cordelia Wilhite Sells Residential Lot One of the city's most attractive lots, which adjoins the. Wilhite home, 1528 West Walnul street, hris been sold by' Miss Cordelia Wilhite to Preston Wells. The spaclotls corner lot, which ex- lends from Walnut street to Chlck- asawba, nnd fronts Division, will be the site .for a Mount Vcrnon type home ivhlch Mr. Wells Is planning to build after the war. The tract covers six city lots 'with a frontage of 150 feel on Wal- nul nnd Ohickasawba, and a total depth of 30d feet. At present, Mr. Wells Is makin( his home with his parents, Mr. an< iMrs. C. C. Wells on East Main. The elder Mr. Weils is a prominent plantation owner of Southeast Missouri and Mississippi County, Ark. Transportation Permits Sought By Two Applicants Two applications have been tiled with the Arkansas Corporation Commission asking for authority to operate vehicles over -Highway 01 in Arkansas. The Auto Convoy Company of Dallas yesterday asked for a permit to o|)erate a molor Iransporta- tlon line as n common carrier of new nnd used vehicles via- truck- smoke 10,000 feet In the air. During the night, ; German .bomb? ers tried to' get revenge for the ter- rinc Allied air offensive, .Nazi planes {lumped high" explosives 'and - Incendiaries on bondoii and outlying districts. Mor?, than 'a. score. of persons; were 'killed,! and others were. trapped hi the debris ot shattered buildings. A. large municipal hospital was hit. At'least i3. enemy raiders "were 'destroyed. <•»Ai the >pre-invaslon Allied air raids Increased-, in -..intensity,'-. Fortress Europe '.broke; out "Its.. storm. signals Berlin, reports to Stockholm said all Nazi; coastar forces from northern Norway! to the Span- new llllll UAUll vulll^LLJ >'«• V'm-'k . • . , ,' . -I . -, . away and drive-away from the ish frontier 'had been _ordered to .__,' »,._^ i i,_. t. tTr«-i- Rlnnrt nv fnr tnp. mVAfilnil •* Arkansas-Missouri line to West Memphis, and several other highways in the state. Romlc Wilson of Oairk applied for authority to haul heavy machinery and farm equipment as an Irregular carrier over principal highways, Including Blylhevllle to West McmDhls. The Arkansas Commission will hoar the applications May 15. Memphis, Dr. Charles . Dlchl Is resigning. The educator plans to take off his robes al the completion of Ihe ;chool's current campaign to raise $2.000,000. In a statement to the board of directors. Dr. Dlchl says he Is withdrawing In order that "the executive direction of Southwestern may be put In the hands of a younger man." N. 0,, Cotton Mar. May July Oct. Dec. 1033 2099 2060 1971 1959 1952 2117 2074 1090 1972 1935 2097 2055 1975 1954 1952 2117 2074 2004 1089 1971 1941 2102 1963 19C4 New York Cotton Mar. May July Oct. Dec. 1933 2086 2047 1981 1D52 1949 2101 2059 insa 1068 1927 2078 2040 1970 1948 1949 1936 1099 2087 2059 2046 1987 1D78 Former Camden Mayor In Race For Governor LITTLE ROCK, April 19 (UP)— The number of candidates for governor of Arkansas has risen lo four. Tlie latest to announce his can rtidacy is Ben Lancy, former mayor of Camden. Laney's candidacy was announced sicvcral weeks ago but only yesterday did he pay 'be fee and flic his pledge. He will oppose State Comptroller J. Bryan Sbns. Will Steel ol Tcxarkana and former Congressman D. D. Terry of Little Rock. Livestock 1067 1959 $11.60. ST. LOUIS, April 10 (UP.'—Hoj rcc.'ipts 14,500 head, with 14,00 r salable. Top $13.70; 200-270 pound $13.70; 140-160 pounds $11.25 to $12.25; sows $12.50. Cattle receipts 3,300 head, with 3,000 salable; calves 1,200, all salable. SlauBhlcr steers $10,50 to $16.50; daughter heifers $9.75 to $16.00; mixed yearlings and heifers $14.00 to $15.25; stocker and feeder sleers $9.75 to $14.00; canners and cutlers $7.00 to $9.00; cows $9.25 to Last Rites Held Today For Charles McWhirter MANILA. Ark., April 19—Funeral crviccs for Charles Ellis McWhlr- er were held at 2:30 o'clock yestcr- lay afternoon at the First Baptist Church here with the Rev. W. K. lorn, pastor of the Baptist Church it Boynlon, nnd the Rev F. M. Sweet, Mclhodtst missionary,- officiating. Burial was made al Ma- illa.ccmelery. Born In Alamo. Tcnn.. Mr, Me- Whlrler came lo Manila from Trlm- :)lc, Tenn., and had farmed here until a few years ago. One of ine oldest Odd Fellows on Big Ijike Island, he was 76. lie leaves five sons. Max McWhirter of Flint. Mich., Oscar McWhlr- ler of Bcnlon Harbor, Mich., Huron McWhirter, of Manila. Pvt. Kenneth MeWhlrler and Pvt. Ellis McWhirter, both stationed with the Army in England, and two daughters, Miss Ethel McWhirter and Miss Pauline McWhirter, both of Manila, Active pallbearers were Jim Davis, W. L. Griffin, Albert Scott, Claud Grain, Bob Costner, and Jesse Lalne. Howard Undertaking Company was In charge of arrangements. Ban Smokinft In Cars SAN DIEGO,' Cal. (UP) - San Diego's bus and streetcar riders will have to forego Ihe pleasure of lhat before- and- after- work smoke while entrained on any public transportation beginning April for the Invasion Fot Awaits Zero Hour Reports from Berlin soy the Ger" mans along the so-called Atlantic wall are in, the . "highest state of alarm" - awaiting the •: invasion which, Ihc Nazis say, "is coming at any time." A Berlin spokesman Is quoted as admitting Allied 'air and nayal_ superiority and .'adding: •'' ,^,.";,;/ 7 _ "The English arid Americans actually have succeeded with fllffir I culty in assembling-the necessary tonnage," '•'- •'-.•••••• ;•• ' •".';:'_ '' However, 'Stockholm' emphasizes . that the Berlin reports must be viewed as containing propaganda. In other words,' a fishing expedn tton for Information.'..; ; ;• -. . ; . • At the same time, the Vichy government chief, Pierre Laval,, has broadcast a warning to all Frenchmen against cooperation, with AU lied armies "when the invasion is launched." Laval admitted he expected civil war to break out. But the Allies, too, ; are • taking new pre-lnvaslon measures.. For one thing. Maj. Gen. Hbyt S. Vandenberg has been appointed deputy ftir commander-in-chief ot the Allied Expeditionary Force. Vande'nberg,~a nephew of Sen. Arthur Vandenbcrg of Michigan, succeeds Maj. Gen. William O. Butler, whose new post has not been disclosed. In another shift, Lieut, col. James .Howard of St. Louts has given up command of ills famous Mustang flghter group for an undisclosed assignment with the Ninth Air Force In Britain. Britain has taken still..another pre-invaslon step. It has suspended steamer''service between England and Coric, hv southern Eire. ' '" • Weather . ; ARKANSAS-^Cloudy with thuii- riershowers. this afternoon, tonight and Thursday; slightly warmer to- nlghl and Thursday; fresh winds. Chicago Rye open high low close prcl. 28 when a new anti-smoking cily May . 128S 128« 127)4 127S 128',i ordinance becomes effective. ' July . ,126 126)i 12515' 126U 120 •

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