The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on April 26, 1944 · Page 1
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Wednesday, April 26, 1944
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SAVE ME! I am valuable to the War Effort! VOL, XLI—NO. B2 [VILLE COURIER Blythevllle Dally News Blythevllle Herald Blylheville courier Mississippi valley Leader THE UOMINAMT NBWSPAI'EB OF NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND (SOUTHEAST. MISSOURI The Boy Scouts */// collect II M your Scrap Paper every Saturday. i'V ARKANSAS, WKDNKSDAV, AI'IUJ, 26, 19-M SINGLE COPIES FIVE CENTS "••*.'• In Futile Drive Near Hollandia British Also Deal Hard Blow In India, Capturing Mapao liy Uniteil Press The Allies have dealt new blows to the Japanese on two war fronts. American jungle troops have smashed (he first enemy counterattack on Dutch New Guinea, and the British have captured Mapao, a strategic village above Imphal in eastern India. On Dutch New Guinea, the Americans took a great toll of the Japanese jusl four and a half miles from lhc Hollandia air base. And lhc Americans now are slcad- ily closing Iheir pincers alack on the big airfield. However, more Jigbling Is expected, for Allied planes have spoled concentrations ^i of anti-aircraft guns, pillboxes and IP' machine gun nests near the field. Jap Garrison Flees Oilier American forces in British New Guinea have cleared the Allapc area. Tho 'Japanese garrison 'of that village has fled to the hills. Our troops seized enemy equipment in the area, and found they had captured three American- made caterpillar tractors and one American jeep. In India, Ihe British also inflicl- • cd severe casualties on the Japanese in capturing Mapao. Large quantities ot enemy equipment were solved. Mapao is located on n hill dominating communications above Ihe Imnhal plain. Tokyo says American Iiibernlors have raided Guani, one-lime American base 1500 miles below Japan. .,: If the report is Irue, it means that y'.the Americans, have made their deepest penetration.', of Japanese waters' from thj;''' south.'..The. Japanese,; as\ usual, said*-the' bombers were :rij ; j ven off before, they . could !ntllct;-an| ^damage.. „: y:..-. >.". More action is reported today from Bougainville. American infantrymen extended their lines some 5000 yard.s during the last week of operations, and some 200 Japanese have been killed. In Ihe air war, Allied planes Oiavc been on the atlack from fiBurnia all tne way io (he Mar' slinlls. American Milcholl bombers sank a Japanese steamer and left an- olher vessel listing badly oif the coast, of Hainan Island. War- hawks strafed barracks at Ken- tung in east Burma, Truk and Ponapc were hit by combined forces from the central and south Pacific. Wcwak and the Itansa Bay supply area on New Guinea were attacked again by the Fifth Army Air Force. Other targets were Rabaul on New Britain and isolated Japanese positions in Ihe Marshalls. Canning Plant Packs Spinach Work Begins Today ^ On First Of Crop; Full Crew Employed It's canning lime again—perhaps not for the Viclory Garden growers, but at Blylheville Canning Company the 19-H season began today when the first spinach was canned. Adverse weather this Spring has hampered many crops but conditions have been ideal for growing of spinach and an unusually large amount Is exacted to be canned, although wartime restrictions prevent publication of such figures, according to E. R. Lancashire, general manager. A lull crew of workers, about an equal proportion o.f men and women, has been employed with no labor shortage, he said. Spinach is grown by many farmers in this section who find the cool Spring weather ideal for the early crop and who, after one cutting, use the land for cotton. Blythcville Canning Company buys the spinach directly from growers although no contracts are let. Canning of spinach will be followed by sweet and Alaska green peas, beginning about May 15, lima beans late in Julv or early August, and in the Fall spinach will be canned from Ihe later crop, along .with mustard a;id turnip gisjeus 9io complete the year's business. Livestock ST. LOUIS. April 24 (UP)-Hogs: 16,000: salable 15,000; holdovers 10,000; top 13.70: 200-270 pounds 13.70; HO-160 pourtds 10.65-11.75; ROWS 12. Cattle 3.800; salable 3,500; calves 2,400 al] salable; slaughter steers 10.60-16.50; slaughter heifers 9.7516; mixed yearlings and heifers 1415; stocker and feeder steers 9.7514; cnnners and cutlers 7-8.75; cows 9.25-11.50. 3 Candidates Crowd Deadline In Filing For County Offices "Lasf. minute" entry of 'Dwiflit. II. Hlackwood in (he nice lor county Judge, Doyle Henderson for tax assessor, and K. C. Flccniitn for office of stale representnlive, prior (o thu filing deadline a I 12 o'clock noon today, ci'eateil wide interest in the Mississippi County election which promises to he "hottest in history", in the opinion of veteran politicians. Even before the lalcst announce- »- mcnls today the contests already were the principal topic ot conversation and rumors had'been rampant throughput the county as to who would seek which office. The last entries made contests In that many races with Blackwood candidate for the office now held by Roland Green of Blylheville, who Is seeking reelection; Henderson, a candidate for the oflicc also sought by Oscar Alexander of Ulythevilte with Bob Greene of Kciser failing to file with the County Democratic Committee to make that office un- conlcsted until Henderson became n candidate, and Flceman seeking the office for which Lucian E. Coleman of Blythevillc also is a candidate. Other Contests \ Coulesls already had developed in several of Ihe most lucrative of- liccs with W. W. Watson Jr., seeking Ihe office of sheriff and collector lo which Hale Jackson seeks reelection and U. B. (Skect) Stout and Miss Delia Purllc, candidates for the office of treasurer. Office of county clerk, for which T. w. Potter seeks reelection, that of circuit clerk for which Harvey Morris seeks reelection, those ot state representative for which W. J. Wunderlich, Miss Alcrie Word and J. Lee Bearden seek rceleclion, are unconlested. The filing deadline was an exciting event. With rumors getting "wilder" all the lime, Blackwood pnld'.Jiis filing fee at 11:10 o'clock, shorlly after Henderson and Flee- inan had officially entered the elcc- tion race by paying their fees to the Democratic ' Central Committee through Jim Bunn at Osccola. When hands of the clock stood at 12, Bob Greene hart not paid his fee and his name was not placed on the official list, of contestants for the office of lax assessor. .Record. Vote'indicated' The '12,«5i'"i)6iiV tax Ix-celpis issued' is the largest in history and a record vote Is expcclcd in both elections, despite many persons being in the armed forces. Of this number, 5479 are in'the Osceola district and 6572 in the Blylheville district. Judges nnd clerks for the preferential election, July 25, and the primary election, Aug. 8,''«rlll be named by the County Democratic Central Committee in a meeting here July 18. Most lucrative of the offices are those of county judge, sherifl and treasurer, which each pay a limit of $5000 annually. Salary of lhc tax assessor _ls $4200, that of circuit court clerk is $3600 and county court clerk is $3000. Local interest also developed ill the justice of peace office ol Chickasawba District with P. E. CoDley seeking this office for the first lime and B. B. Akin and Byron Morse, also ot Blythevillc, seeking reelection. trlct, Arch Llndsey Is seeking reelection as constable. Constable candidates In other townships are: Monroe (Osceola)— O.. H. Lamb, rc-clcclion, and Webb Grecr; Fletcher (Luxora)—W. A. Wood, re-eleclion; I.iltlc River (El- owah)—P. H. Morris, R. P. Kennedy, J. M. Morgan, Woodrow Crick; Hlckman—I. A, Harrison; Carson Lake (Marie)—C. N. Chamberlnln; Clear Lake—Charles Lilies' Neal— J. W. McHaney. Justice of peace candidates with nl least two to lie elected from each township, arc: Monroe—W. P. Ifnlc, George W. Rains, C. O. Alexander, O. L. Waddell, Bob Greene, all seeking re-election, and Kminett A. Wilson;—E. C. Webb, reelection; Fletcher—John H. Thwcatt and Richard Thomas, .re-election; Victoria—A. M, Rogers; Carson Lake —N: J. Graves; Heal—C. Ben Giuit nnd A. p. Pierce; Little River—J. II. Lunsford; Half Moon—J.!!, lian- non. a States Rivers At Flood Stage; Rains Continue LITTLE ttOK, April 2G (UP) — Three Arkansas rivers have reached flood stage at at least five points in the state today, and tlie weatherman says lliere is lo be more rain in most sections of tlie Male. The Ouachita river at Catndei. was standing at 29 4-10 feel, some three feet above the, flood /stage. And the weatherman says the nv- cr Is expected'to'rise 11 feet above the flood levee by Friday. ' -, At least•..thrce-poinls-along -Hie •While river an'd' its tributaries saw Ihe waters rise above Hood level At Georgetown, the,river slood r. fool-above the-flood level of 21 feel. And 'at Clarendon .it was slanding at 27 7-10 feet—a foot and seven-tenths above the overflowinB stage. St. Charles, where the flood stage is 25 feet, reported 26 and seven-eighths feet. On the Black river, the water was standing at 20 and 7-10 feet at Black nock. The flood stage Is 14 feet. The weatherman says the river i,s beginning to fall slowly at- this point. Governor Adkins Issues Pardon For County Man LITTLE ROCK. April 2C (UP) — cii-cuon. , Governor Homer M. Adkins issued There arc lour justices of peace I a pardon Hits morning restoring in this district, with only three citizenship to Johnny Woodruff of filing, and the fourth is expccled lo Mississippi County , be appointee; following tion. the elec- It w-as Blackwoori's entering the contest for county " judge which highlighted today's political events in Mississippi County. , Has Had lang Career Long in county and state politics he has held numerous offices bolh appointive and elective. He began his career in 1914 when he served as chief deputy sherilf at Qsceola, under Sam Maiden, before being elected sheriff and collector in 191!), when he returned to Blythc- ville. He served as sheriff and collector until the end of 1SJ24 during which time he lived in Blythcvillo nnd became slate treasurer in the Pall of 1025. He held this office until he began serving as stale highway commissioner in 1927, after having been elected to that office. He served in (hat position six years, retiring from jjolitics early In 1933 after having been a candidate for "governor, of Arkansas the previous year. Returning to Osccola to make his home, he has since looked after his planting interests at Half Moon, Rhodes and Manila. His wife is the former Lucy Jones; his son. D. H. Blackwood Jr.. now lives in Los Angeles, nnd his daughter. Mrs. Jeltie Driver, at Osceola. Henderson Well Known The other "newest" candidates also are well known. 'Henderson, for a number of years itmnViipai Judge of Chickasawba district, a position he now holds, Is a Blythc- ville attorney. , He was a candidate several years ago for the'office'of county judge against S. L. Gladlsh ol Osceola in which rcsulls of the election were contested. The circuit court threw out Illegal votes to make Henderson apparently the winner but Gov. carl B. Bailey appointed Gladish as judge. Flceman. member of a pioneer family of Manila, Is well known as a ijolllical figure in Western Mississippi Co,unty. He is a planter and aha operates a trucking business. There are few contests In other offices for constable nnd justlc'6 iof tho peace. In the Chlcknsawba 'dls- Woodruff was convicted In liic Mississippi circuit Court in March. 1934, on a charge of second degree murder. He has been free on probation since July, 1938, and was paroled in July, 1041. Clemency was recommended by Sheriffs -Hale Jackson and other residents of the county.- Adkins also commuted from 21 to five years the sentence of George Colemnn, Negro. Colcninn was convicted by the Drew Circuit Court in October, 1012, on a charge of second degree murder. ., Suspect To Be Returned For Forgery Trial John Kinibrough, 25, sought on a charge of forgery and uttering, has been apprehended in Flint, Mich.. "»d is being returned lo Blylhe- villc for trial, it has been announced by the sheriff's oflicc. State Patrolman Milton Grigsby has gone lo> Flint for Kimbrough, who officers said is waiving cxlra- dition. . Charged with forging two or more' checks of $25 each on Lee Shrable, rural store operator south of Manila, the checks, wrllten on a Mon- ctte bank, were cashed by local merchants. It Is alleged;? that Kimbrough forged lhc checks several weeks ago and a few days later went to Flint after having lived In BIyllievlllc. Military Academy Has $9,000 Fire Damage LEBANON, Tcnn.. April 26 (UP) —Fire damages at the Castle Heights Military Academy src estimated at $9000 by the school's president, H. B. Armstrong. Tlie fire swept "through the gymnasium barracks ot Ihe academy last night. Chicago Rye • ' "'Open' high low close May . l'28''/i'I29'/y'129-- 129%: 159 J«iy . 127ii mtt'iiiu ivM'MK Causes Suspension Of Train Service.••'•- Train service between Blylhcvillc and St. Louis was suspended loilny noon following arrival of lhc s'oulli- bound morning (ruin here two hours laic afler water reaching lhc first step of passenger coaches al Crtl>o Girardeau, Mo. and norlli 11 was announced by b. P. Ralhcy, general aycnl. Reports In Ihe early afternoon disclosed Hint Frisco lines we washed out from Kansas City to Fort Scoll, Kruis-., from KIIIIKHK City to Clinton, Mo., from clicrry- vnle ncrass Kmisus lo Ellsworth, and from uauimmt. Kans., lo Enid; Okla.. to seriously disrupt (rain Iralfle over a large area. , 'Ihe Frisco railroad will continue lo operate Indus from Memphis lo Clmffce, Mo., but from lliat point north; It Is the mime condition as lust May when floods forced suspension of Iraln service. With the walcr rising, it was Impossible lo plan when service would be resumed but it is cxpcclcd that it will be suspended for "al least several days", Mr. Ralncy snld. Rushing Enters Governor's Race El Dorado Resident Last'-Minuta Entry As Ticket Closes LITTLE DOCK. April 20 (UP)— A new' candidate for governor and nnc llciitcniml-enrcrnor hopeful were among the last-minute en- tfics la (bis year's Democratic primary Just before the ticket close<| nt uopn. In the fiuri'v of.confusion belore the noon deadline. Dr. J, s. Rushing of El Dorado filed for governor. And W. II. Prince ol Conway paid his fee for lieiiteiianl-govcr- nor; ' . FJoyd stein of El Dorado anil P. H. Dlckcrson of Fort Smith filed for attorney general. . G. M. O'Neal- of 'Little'flock b'e''- came a 'candidate for stale auditor. Mrs. Jack Carno.i of Camclcn and Mrs. E. W. Frost of Faycttcvitlc filed lor the i»st of national com- initlcewoniEin. ' 'Those were the stale' office candidates. Stale Senalor w. o. Irby of lice- tor and Slate Senator Julian James of- Jonesboro filed for liie First District Congressional seat of E C. Gathlngs of West Memphis. In the second district T. T. Malone of Blnckton filed against Wilbur Mills of Kcnsett. the incumbent, nnd Marcus Bone,of Ralcs- villc.i HcWy c. Plmrrls of St. Paul riled against j. w. Trimble for the Third District Congressional scat Oren Harris of El Dorado drew opposition In his campaign for ,c- clocilon lo the Seventh Congressional scat when Leonard T. Barnes, Stale Senator from Hamburg, filed against him. Hugh Williamson of Newport filed •or prosecutor of lhc Tlilrd Judicial District. Anil W. J. Morrow of ClarksvUlc announced for the Fifth District prosecutor's post. New York Cotton open high low close Mar. . 1951 1355 1951 1055 1950 May . 2118 2121 211G 2121 211G July . 206B 2071 20G7 2071 2M8 Oct. . 1094 199!) 1992 1999 1091 Dec. . 1972 1978 1972 1978 1973 Reds Reported Again Underway In Bessarabia Berlin Communique Tells Of Assaults In Dncstr Valley LONDON, April 'h (UP)— The lied Army apparently luis ended lhc stalt'nmle In • Hivwarnbln nnd started a new offensive. According lo n Berlin raimiimil- <iuc, Ihe nuxslnns are aUucUng on u wide front In (he lower Uncslr Valley. As iisiml, llic Na/.l ic]Hirt says the Germans are checking (lie soviet, spearheads in hard fighting. A Bucharest broadcast says llie Russians, are alining for Ihe lk\s- sarablan elty of Chislmui, a tarnng point on ono of the highways lo the Ploesli oil fields. This 'seems lo Indicate lliat Soviet General Mnllnovsky's Tlilrd Army of the Ukraine will join Marshall' Koncv's Second Army for » drive Into Uojiuinia. The Hiissliin.s atso have n.'.sumed the initiative Iti Pulnml. ucrlln reports. Soviet i:oimli>r fillnrks iienr Slaul.'itawnw, about 70 miles sotilli- rast of U'oiv. Moscw confirms thu report, and says several hundred enemy Iroop.s wen; killed, wllh another 150 captured. On the Ci'ltnnun front, Moscow «nys (he siege of Sevastopol Is entering Us final singes. Heavy i;mi!i and bninbim am con- tlnulng lo bombard u u > c n,y. George Morris Rites To Be Held Tomorrow MEMPHIS, April 2(1 (UP) — Georyc Morris. Washington corrra- pnndenl for the Memphis Commercial Appeal, will be burled near Eomci'vlllc, Tenn., tomorrow. Morris riled Monday night In Washington. lie was 50 years old and ivns formerly editor of '(ho Commercial Appeal. Funeral services will be conducted at.,11 .o'clock, tomorrow • at .the St. Thomas Episcopal Church at Somcn'ille. Burial will Ijc In lhc Mt, Carmc.1 Cemetery. , .' .' neslte his widow, Mra. Kurcii McOchcc Morris, he Is survived by Ills son, Llcutcnanl (J.g.) George Morris, jr., of New York; two brothers, llarvcy Morris, of Memphis and Dr. John Morris, of Som- ervilic; and two sislers. Miss Murray Morris, of While-haven, and Mrs. Elizabeth FrcclamI, of Somer- vllle. Montgomery Ward Defies Order For Seizure Of Chicago Plants N. 0. Cotton open high low close Mar. . 1950 1362 1955 WO 1955 May . 2133 2135 2132 2135 2132 July . 2083 2085 2081 2084 20fi2 Oct. . 19!)9 2002 1004 2002 1097 Dec. . 1070 1081 107G 1081 1!)75 Chicago Wheat open high low close May . 173^ 173^ 173S 17.1 ?i 173% July . no-* 171 170*, I'll 170Vi Bunn To Resume Duties After Three Weeks Leave Jim Iliinn. assistant In the attorney general's office nl Mtllc Rock will return to hts job tonight »[lei- havlnif.limi given a llircc weeks leave of absence to serve as secret lary of tile Mississippi County Democratic Centra] Committee. Ho lias been at Oscccila where he slill maintains his home. A former Osceola attorney, Mr. Bunn has served as secretary of the commlUce u number of years. , Robert Homer Matthews Rites Held Yesterday services were held yes Icrday morning In Memphis for Robert Htimcr Matthews, 80, re- lircd farmer and merchant of Kerrvilic. Tcnn,. who died Monday morning at the home of his sister Mrs. W. B. Williams In Kcrrvlltc. Mr. Matthews was a brolhcr of B. M. Matthews. A loiiRllinc resident of Kerrvilic, Mr. Matthews was an elder In the Fivsbylcriaii C'htirch there. lie also leaves one other slslcr Mrs. Ruth Brlckwcll of Scnatobla Miss. Mr. ami Mrs. B. Nf. Matthews and their daughters, Mrs. Frc Flceman and Miss Marmicrilc Matthews atcndcil the funera services held at National Funcr'a Home, followed by burial In Forrest Hill cemetery. Bov/ens Receive Medal For Son In Ceremony At Air Field Here Col. Kurt M. Landon presented the Air Medal yesterday afternoon to Mr. nr.d Mrs. Clem C. Bowcn of Ojceola, for their son, Tech Scrgt. Charles Clay Bowcn, while the entire personnel of the Blyllic- vltle Army Air Field stood at attention during n formal retreat parade ceremony. Sergeant Bowcn, missing in action since December, was honored for heroism as a crew member of a heavy bomber of the Army Air Forces. Capl. Norman A, Kavan- nugh, posl adjutant, read the citation of Brig. Gen. Robert H. Dunlop, acting adjutant general of Ihe War Department: "For meritorious Achievement while participating In heavy Ixim- bardment missions as aerial gunner and engineer from Jan. 20, 1943. to May 11, 1343, totaling more than 100 hours during which exposure to enemy fire was probable and 10 enemy nrc was prooamc and 'Til keep It for him 'I expected. The devotion to duty I back," said Mrs. Bowcn, exhibited in the execution of these assignments and the cooperallon displayed therein, as an essential and vital part of a combat team has contributed much to the successes characterizing these operations." Mr. Bowen slood at his wife'., side while Colonel Landon handed her the dceoralion, following I In formal reading of the citation While the post band played martial marches, the personnel ot the Air Field, unit by unit, passed In review before them an.i Colonel Landon and his staff. Afler Ihe ceremony friends and relatives who had accompanied Ihe honored couple, crowded about them Inspecting the bit of colored ribbon ant! metal, tribute to the valor and devotion, of the boy who had grown to manhood among them. , "I'll keep It for him 'till lie gels OlIICAUO, April !{G (tl.l'.)-A Driiarlnu'nt presented MonlKom- muy Ward unit Ciunpiiiiy wllh' it rrcsUU'iillal order, for HIP j;ov- i'rnmi'^1 l» lake over llic firm's ()hlru|:« JIIII|IIT(|CS luiln.v. However, i'iiiii]iiiny iiiTiililrnt Scwi-ll Avcr.v rcfiiKcil In uiTi'ilu In I he rxi't'litlvi' order, WAHHINCTION. April 2(i (Ul'l — Thu United Stales (lovcrniucni Is taking over the Clilniito propeillcs of MunlBomerv Wiird nnd Company, p Opcriillon.s nf Die mull order firm today wore placed under lhc direction of the Depiirtiiicnt of Commerce because lhc company hud (tclled President Roosevelt mid tliu War Labor Board.. Tlie government's rlijht (o seize llic firm also had been challenged by Scweli Avcry, president of Monlp.ojiici'y Ward. H was Iho lirsl lliiiu irrclull store. ins been sol/.cd, by Ihu government :i this Wnr and (he, flral llmu Iho Commerce Department was made the o|ienit|nn agency. The selv.uie TOR the J3ih rc.iiiUliij: from War .iiibor Hoard disputes slucu Ihu ilnrt ol the wiir. The action was announced by 'epii'scnliillvpjj of die commerce Department and the Uniled Slates attorney Bcncnil'K office 2-1 hours nftor thu mall order and rclal| sloro flnn liiul refused lo comply with n War Labor Hoard order lor wil- tlliiii n dispute wllli lls employees. Wnr production In Toledo, Ohio, lias been affected hy an author- ised three day slrlku which bus topped the Mow of artificial i;as lo 1)1 Industrial plimls. Ainont' Jliu plants affected nrc iiinnufnctururii of Army Jeeps, nxlo assemblies mid machine tools. Tlio gus works strikers Jeft their Jobs Monday lo pro- lest against u regional. War Labor Board rulltiB 'denying Ilium a five L-enl hourly wage raise. 'IIm labor 'picture Is bright^- In Hammond, Ind., where, moro than 2500 employees: of the • Pullman-' Standard Car ManiilnclurhiK'Com- pany have returned to work lo end a walkout 1 begun;lust -Prlllay. '•Cn)n- > pnny and OIO United Slccl officials have...signed » contract, nnd have nsrced lo accept, n wage clause lo be determined by tho Wnr Labor Boa I'd. ', , . Tho .slcol Industry, meanwhile, Is making n Ironlal nllack against tho CIO union's nllempt to revise the Little Steel wage •formula. Indns- Hnl representatives called upon a New York university economist — Dr. Jules Backnian—(o give ills views to the War Labor Board, fiackinan told (he board that a wage boost In the Industry would liave .serious ;rcpcrciis8lons on the national war economy. Members df lb c House Military Affairs Committee have mndc a prediction calculated lo end some of lhc uncertainly of drnft eligible men over 2(1. Members of the committee any Hint tarring .unforeseen military emergencies, men di'AiU'd for the test of this year will be largely under 26. The v cih- |)liii.slze, however, (hat their prediction covers only men In csscn- lln! Industrie!!. And they mid thai older men and fathers hi nonessential Jobs slill have no definite assurances and may possibly be called UP In sizeable numbers, 'Rule The World' Talk Draws Fire Gen. Patron Again In Trouble Following Speech In Britain WASHINGTON. April 26 (U.I 1 .) — Licnl.-acn. OCOIRC Pntton's statement In EnRland that Ihe Hrilish nnd Americans nrc destined lo rule the world has stirred up new criticism In Congress. Representative Jessie Sunnier, of Illinois, commented lliat Pntton's remarks nrc "as balmy as Hltlcr"s." Senator Robert Tafl of Ohio called It an Irresponsible statement. Others said it was detrimental Ui tlio war effort, as the American people have no desire lo rule the world. The British press association reported ration's talk, which was made before 200 persons at' the opening of a British club for American soldiers. A number of Congressmen declined to comment, and j-atd they would leave the matter up to Secretary of War Stimson and General Marshall, the Army Chief of Staff. nation's name now Is before the Senate Military Affairs Committee —for promotion to the permanent mill:. of major general. Most Congressmen dismissed ns facetious, ration's remarks about American women. He Is <iuotcd as .saying: "Tlie sooner our soldiers write lionie nnd say how lovely the English lartles are, the sooner American dames will get Jealous and force the war to a successful conclusion, and then I.;S.rjall have a chanccii to^go and >l?ll' " ' ; ' TODAY'S WAH ANALYSIS Outlook Dark As Partners Again Confer Uy MMKS 11AHPKH United Prcsn 8lul( Writer Tim decline ol : llic Axis may be traced hi lhc mcdiiijjK of |(. s lenders Once again, two dlcliilors, one oii his way out, ihe olhcr out, Inivc hunched over a conference- table. Hut tho tillered iilmo.'iphero of lilts meelhij! rellccls tho chance (lint has overtaken dm war. When lltller and Mnssoll mcl In tin; past, the world wondered where Ihe next blow would full. Now It's Hitler and Mussolini who arc wondering. Hi-enner I'uss once wns tholr favorite conference lown. llul U lorn; since has fallen under the- shadow of Allied warplancs. Ilcsldiis, Illller no loniier feels Ihu necessity of nifel- iii|i htB muincr liall way. Now, Mussolini dutifully. Irudm-s to Hitler's lieniUnnirterti. Hitler nnd Mussolini liuve met many times In tlie past. And each conference IMIS iimrked. tlio Iwgln- nlng iif u Krlin new chapter In the wni-'s hl.sloiy. Their llrst war mcct- hiK iiccnmid four years ii|;o lust month, nn March Kith, 1(110. At that lltnu, ihrec months liofnns Italy's entry into tin; war,.they plot- led Iho slab-ln-llic-back nnd (he bill/, lu tho west. Mi:i:l Al Munich One by one, Denmark, Norway, Belgium. Holland, Luxembourg and France fell, Marshal Pelaln asked for nn armistice .hmc 17th and Iho very noxl day llic two dlclalors unit to consider it at Munich. Tlio war then left weBlcnuKuropo and skipped to .Africa, K» on October ,1111, 11)10, they camo again lo lirennei 1 lo'haiul Marshal ciimlanl his orders for tho Ill-fated drive on 8i«k .Thu war .also moved tram western Europe '.-.iicrosfl Ihu- . '2Q-mllD-whlft Clmnn'el to England. That, loo, call-' cd for nn armistice. So on January M, 1011, llitbr and Mussolini conferred Iti Horlln to iiiinoiinci their plans "lo annihilate England. 1 IJc-mediilled Marshal Gociliig, whose Lullwairc was mincing Eug- llsh cities told tlteiri thai Europe "stands nn Iho brink of historic events/' And Iho world believed him. It was beginning Io think that lime Inui rim mil for Britain; That an Invasion of lingliuid was coming. Now the world has reversed Us Judgment. Now it knows lliat lime Is runnliiK mil for Iho Axis. That an Invasion Is coming, till rluht, but an Invasion not nf but from Engliintl. Hut, at that lime, Iho llilo still wan running hl((!i for the dlclalors. Five months Inter, on .lime 2, IDIt, they met imuln at Brenner to celebrate Ihe conquest of the Dnlkans and to rejoice at liriliiin's surrender of Crete. View Ittissiati Ituins Later that mwilh, Hitler sent Ills armies crashing into tho Soviet Union. Sn on August 30Hi, 10-11, lie conducted the .admiring Mussolini on a Cook's, lour of the Ktisslan ruins The pair discussed the Russian venture at their next meeting, In Saln- Imi'g on April 21), 1942. There Hitler uiitllnnl to Mussolini hts plans for .smashing tlie Soviet with a Riant offensive through the Ukraine. An offensive that pulled up short at Stalingrad and now Is rilnnlng in reverse. • But by that time, the pendulum was iMglnnlnfc' lo swing—just a III- Uc—llic olhcr way. For the nrst time, the dictators lind trouble.'!. Mussolini whined lo Hlllcr tor ler- rllorlnl crumbs lo appease the growing unrest nt home. Hitler needed more food, more slave la- tor. America hail entered the war and lhc weight of Its arms was bc- hiR felt. At the next conference, the Irchd definitely was In reverse. In Brenner on April 7 of last year, the dictators discussed their crumbling (m tunes in Tunisia, nioiinling Russian pressure and lhc inevitable Invasion. Then came that last dramatic meeting. Allied soldiers were In Sicily. lUily was coming apart at tho scams. Frantically Mussolini scurried lo Hitler for help. But his old pnrlner turned him down, so the Ducc moved out. And now tills latest meeting, perhaps the last bcfoie Hitler, loo, bows out. Americans Have Picnic With No J Air Opposition ] Six Fighter Planes , - 'y Fail To Return Buf ' ! No Bombers Are Lost , / LONDON, AptII 20 (U.PJ-TIio ji'eat nlr attacks on weslcin Eur- o|ie have passed a new and perhaps significant milestone. i The Qcimaivi tailed :to put up any air resistance today against ii 1000-plane American raid on. Brunswick, their main nlr base guarding the approaches lo Berlin.' Not n single one of the sdtf American heavy bombers t h ii I look iKiH In lhc great asinult'wns lost, although six fighter planes' failed to return. nctuinlng ciewmen icport thai tlicy ran through coiuldernbli anll- ilrcrafl (Ire thrown up from tho ground, and that a few Geiman- plnnc.s wore In the nlr, but did not 'attack. Ami through holes Sn. the clouds, some of Ih 0 /Hers siuv moke colmniiA iblng nearly a mllo n tlio nlr fiom (he target iiiea. VroiKigiimla C'lntrWllctcd 't'hc tibsciicc'of any fighter-plane opposition by the Nazis fc) In com- plclo contiaillollon to Iho luild lironaKfiwIit icporU jiut out by tho German itullo Enemy, broadcasts lold of furious air tallies i aging ' over .ccntial Germany. The Na/ls report llmt'Osniibruck, IOD miles 'leyoiid Biun.wlck, also was" raided, but so fur thcic's no Allied cnnUi million The failure of (he Germans to Jefeiul IJjitnswlck, llielr biggest nlr | base between the Allies and Berlin,, iiltliouijh significant, cannot no inlcipiclcd as meaning that Gorman alipowci has been knocked out. > , .It's jjOMiule that tlie Naul plane defenses wero> employed elsewheio In hnt| c i|)iii|on of.ti diffoienl assault, nnt| were caught, by the clinngc of pace. Or, that Iho 'Germans have decided to'conservo ut- nil- "t'ssf ( '^\vjiitl's"' left 1 of'th'elr dwindling fighter-force, for the limp when Allied' armies storm the beaches of,the Emopean fortress. Oilier areas of the continent rocked umlcr the continual, nerlnl boinbaidmcnt now In the Icnth dny. noililtcrs Over France A strong force of medium bombers, Lightning and other planes swcpl iicibss tho Clianncl tills af- Icrnoon, flying the dhcc- llon of norlhern Fiance. And all during tl<c morning, > the sky" was filled wllh hundreds of plnii"3 .swarming liack and foilh In relays, hammering Hie .so-calleti Atlantic wall the: Ninth, liave-l'biillt on lhc coastline against the day of Invasion; The big news from Ilaly also Is of new air assaults, overshadowing another suinll .gain our ground forces have made on the beachhead. American licavy bombers pounded n Nazi-operated aircraft, plant nt Turin, meeting considerable Nazi fishier nnd antiaircraft op- positlon. And lliey also attacked two big railroad bottlenecks'- in northern Italy, Tlie Turin raid developed Into'in slugging match In the air. The American bombers bagged 12 Nazi planes and escorting fighters ",dc- slroycd Iwo more. But we lost 13 bombers. • New York Stocks AT&T I5V 5-8 Amcr Tobacco Cl ' Anaconda Copper 23 1-2 Beth Steel 51 5-8 Chrysler 61 1-8 Coca Cola Ill 3-B Gen Electric 56 7-8 Montgomery Ward 41 3-4 N Y Central 17 5-8 Tnt Harvester 683-4 North Am Aviation 81-8 Republic Steel Ifi 1-8 Socony Vacuum 12 3-8 Studcbaker 12 1-4 Standard of N J 52 1-2 .Texas Corp 471-4 Packard 4 •U.S.Steel 51 1-4 Concrete Road ij To River Asked Legion Post To Seek Blytheville-Barfield • Highway Improvement A resolution asking the state highway. commission to begin con- slructlon'of a; concrete roart from Blythcvllle lo.Barfleld -was introduced at a meeting of the American Legion last night at the hul. Tlie resolution, presented by J. L. Terrell, Was Immediately adopted. Bryant. Stewart was elected finance officer for the legion, replacing Trcd Carlock. who rcccnt- lv moved to Cape Girardeau' Mo. Mr. Carlock, who has served ns finance officer for the past two years, and had previously held.oth- er offices in the organization, was given a rising vole of thanks for his services, and regret was expressed by members al his loss to lhc local post, A.war film, "Baptism ot Fire" was shott'ii following' the business session, when several members "of •Company "K", were guests. Weather . • ARKANSAS — Mostly cloudy. Showers .and thunderstorms this afternoon, < and in northeast and extreme east portion tonight. Slight ly cooler lonlght. Thursday, partly cloijdy.. Fresh winds this afternoon and'-' e arly tonight. Mlnlmiihi temperature last nlg_Jit was 54 degrees after the mercury went to 77 yesterday,

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