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Save Waste Paper! It is valuable to the War ttfartt The Boy Scouts will collect your Scrap Paper every Saturday BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS 'l'ur rV^E/rWAWT" krwnron A <nnn n« »»j-n-imii««i nfn *v^»...._._ , _. . ^_. ^^^^^ J7 9 W^^r ., v: VOL. 'XU-NO. 52 ~~~~~ V '~~W>~V W ^ VA ^ TODAY'S WAR ANALYSIS Germans Fear Second Drive From Anzio i By JAMES HAKl'ER United Press Staff Wrltw Germany soon may be lighting a two-front war in Italy. The Allies may yet launch a second offensive from the Anzio beachhead to block the retreat of Nazi soldiers northward, The jittery Germans apparently expect just such an assault. Nervously, they're sweeping the beachhead with giant searchlights to spot any overt Allied move. Such a move would fulfill the Allied original plan. In January, llicy shoved a beachhead into the west const, then launched ah offensive on the old front to crush tlic Nazis against the An/to anvil, nut the plan miscarried when the Fifth Army advance snagged on the jagged ruins of Cassino. An . offensive from Anxio might well realize the ultimate aim of ihe Italian campaign, which is no different from thc objectives in otto war campaigns. Years ago, Marshal Focli wrote: "In order to reach Its end, which is the imposing of our will on thc enemy, modern war uses but one means: the destruction r>f the organized forces of thc enemy." Allied I'lirposc the Same The American field service regulations re-states the same principle I this way: ' i "The purpose of offensive action is (he destruction of the hostile armed forces." When the Allies first invaded Italy, General Eisenhower phrased the same theme in tlics* words: "We're not just moving troops from somewhere In order to get Eomcwlici'c else. Our object is the destruction of ihe ; German' army In Italy." ' • Arid wheii the last offensive started, a week ago, General Alexander hammered at the same idea. In an order of the day he said: "We are going to destroy the German armies in-Italy." 'Should beachhead forces'suddenly lunge, out from Anzto to barricade Germany's crowded rear area roads, 'the result might indeed be the destruction' of the German .armies They would be crushed between the. • onrushing British,Eighth'lind Allied Fifth "Armies' and the powerfully re 1 in forced bea clihead forces at A nzio. But trie. Allies have taken still another, step to hasten-the deslruc- - liari/ortbose.-Nszi arinies.•.Just be- Blythevllle Dally Ness Blythevllle Herald Blytheville Courier Mississippi Valley Leader DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OF NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI BIA'THEVILLK, ARKANSAS, FRIDAY, MAY 19, 1044 SINGLE COPIES FIVE CENTS ALLIED ARMIES MOVE TOWARD ROME Enemy Forces At Myitkyina Caught In Trap Chinese, Americans Storm Base In Burma; Escape Routes Cut , tical air force commander, Maj.' Gen Oohn Cannon, said his planes hac done a thorough job of knocking out Germany's rail communications in Italy. Such a thorough job, in fact, that no trains had moved from the Po valley to tne Gustav Line since March 24. Jjk N'a7.i Supply Route Blocked ™ Three days before the start of the battle, picked American airmen blew a 40-foot hole in the Brenner Pass viaduct over whi'ch Germany had been sending into Italy some 70- odd trainlonds of supplies a day. Thus, Alexander may be further weakening the Germans by forcing them to spend food and ammunition that they cannot handily re- pi a co. The Germans have yet to throw their reserves into battle. So far, Nazi Marshal Kesselring has left to his original garrison forces the job of trying to fight off the Allied advance. This may well mean that he Intends to pull back beyond the Atvzio iKachhead to remove the threat of an assault on his flank. But he'll have to move fast. By capturing Cassino, British forces removed an obstacle which long had plugged the entrance of the 10-mile- wide Llrl valley. Through it, the Via Casilina moves to the Anzio beach- bead, some CO air miles away. American forces striking along the coasl- jiJL'al Appian Way are only 37 miles '™ from the Anzio army. At any moment now, the beachhead may swell outward-and engulf the Appian and Casilina roads before the Germans can get past to Rome. Only 15 air miles beyond the American advance the mountains give way to the coastal plain which leads onward to Rome. By United Press Chinese. and American forces hav e fought their way Into the outskirts of the Japanese base of Myitkyina, in Northern Burma. Late front dispatches say the Japanese are falling back slowly Into the streets of the city, while south and west of the city, other Allied forces are attacking. One Allied force cut across the winding supply line running south from Myitkyina, while another column blocked the 20-mile stretch of motor highway running westward to Mogaung; , Thus, the Japanese garrison is cut off from all avenues of escape and reinforcement, while air-borne Allied rcInforcemcnUs continue to land on newly-captured Myitkyina airfield, two miles from the base. Seventy-five miles to the east, on the Salwecn river front, reinforced Japanese columns are counter-attacking Chinese forces driving westward toward the Burma border. Front, reports say the Chinese, supported- by American fighter- bombers, are beating back the enemy counter-blows, and' pushing ahead slowly, with casualties running high on both sides. In the Southwest Pacific, Gen-: eral MacArthur's American troops are fanning cast and west, to widen the newly-won holding at Wakde on Northenv Dutch New Guinea. Already American Army engineers are readying the captured Wakde air base for new offensive operations. Tokyo radio says, two Allied air raids were carried out against Soerabaja, the naval base on Java, Wednesday arid Thursday. The Tokyo broadcast, said '50 bombers and fighters 'flew :over Eastern Java, -qn;Wertnes'day x , from the direction of lrie"iridiaiV> Ocean, probably from aircraft carriers. : In India r British .Imperial -force's 'arc pressing a new offensive, in the Imphal area. Sweeping around the eastern flank of the main Japanese forces, a Gurkha brigade ha; thrown a road block across the supply highway south of the city, and cut off supplies to the Japanese forces besieging the city. Vinson Reveals Plan To Assure Civilians Low-Pr/ced* Clothing \ WASHINGTON, May 10 (U.P.)—Economic SUibilivsii-i lion Director Vinson says steps have boon tnkon to iiss'urd iidcqiiHtc supplies of low-priced clotliint,' for civilians. lie says the plans already have been approved by the War Production Board and the office of Price Administration. And be believes the proposals would prevent rationing of low-priced clothing if put into effect immediately. ', ' Vinson explained that the regulations encourage a more even distribution of goods between high-priced and low- priced m'iinaiifncturcrs. Hardware Firm Is Reorganized Farr Succeeds Little As Head Of Company; Name to Be Changed' Reorganization of thc Tom Ullle Hardware Company with Russell Farr to serve as president of the local store wns announced today following completion of a deal whereby thc Interests of Tom Little, former president, were bought by Mr. Farr. Fred Flccinan, Chester Calrtwel) and H. W. Mn- iian, stockholders In thc firm. In announcing the sale of his interest in the store, Mr. Little .odny told the Courier News that lie now would devote his entire time to the management of ills real estate business. The name of tlic hardware company will be changed to Planters Hardware Company, Mr. Little said/ and the following will serve with Mr. Farr. as officers: Fred Pleemati, vice president, Chester Caldwcll, treasurer and Wilson Henry, who will continue; in hi? capacity as secretary and manager. The business will continue nmcl in "the" majiner except tliut' line* will be added" catering more thai ever to the, trade of farmers and ^;was; pointed out. changes In sales pers/mncl were contemplated at this lime, it was said. . ' Pvt. Thomas Rhodes Returns From Overseas Mrs. T. D. Rhodes Wednesday received a telegram from her son, Pvt. Thomas Rhodes, telling her of his arrival in the United States alter several months overseas service. Private Rhodes, who had been in a hospital overseas for the past three months, has been transferred to this country for further treatment of a nervous ailment. Prior to entering Ihe hospital he took part in the landings oh the Anzio beachhead below Rome. Now in (he Starke General Hospital at Charleston, S. C., Private Rhodes told Ills mother he hoped to be transferred to a hospital nearer home. Negro Sentenced For Assault Here Wednesday I' ••• Found guilty this morning In Municipal Court of assault with a deadly weapon, M. T. Walker, Negro, was fined $50 and sentenced to 30 days in connection with knife attack on Bob Scott Wednesday afternoon at Simon's Ice Cream Parlor, at the corner of Main and Firel street. The Negro allegedly attacked Mr. Scott, who works at the ice cream place, when they were in the store alone. Walker is a former employee of the parlor. Mr. Scott'was not Injured in the affray. > '« « Waste Paper Co//ect/ons Show Increase t-. C. Nash, chairman of the Salvage Committee, announced that Blytlievillc housewives showed commendable cooperation in last Saturday's waste paper drive. He urged lhal they continue to show the same cooperation and place all waste paper bundles on the curbs tomorrow to be picked up by Boy Scouts. Paper is vilally needed by the government with thc heavy Increases in shipping in preparation for the forthcoming invasion. Ammunition and supplies must be Packed In the paper which housewives 1 are making available, Mr Nash pointed out as he urged Blytheville women to support this drive tomorrow. Manila.Resident Wins Acquittal In Girl's Death PARAGOULD, Ark., May 19.— A Circuit Court jury Tlmrsdaj acquitted Raymond E. English of Manila of a charge of involuntary manslaughter in connection will an accident near Light the evening of April 23 in which Miss Freda Hogan. 16, daughter of Mr and Mrs. John T. Hogan, was killed when struck by Mr. English's car. Court recessed untl' Tuesday. The defendant denied he wns driving at an excessive speed and testified thc girl ran Into the side of his car after running from behind a parked vehicle. He said he tried lo avoid hitting her and ran into a field and overturned. Illness Is Fatal To J. A. Anderson Retired,Carpenter Dies Last Night At Veterans' Hospital Death claimed two members o the same family within 24 hours when John Allen Anderson, uncli of the late Mrs. Doris Anderson Devereaux, died at 11 o'clock las night at Veterans Hospital, Legion Texas. He had been tmdergolii] treatment there for several month; Mr. Anderson, {9, had been Ii ill health ,for n number of years Born In Nashville Tcnn., lie came to Blytheville as a young mm where he was a carpenter untl his health became bad. He leaves three daughters, ivfrs Frances Wicks of Temple, Texas Mrs. Margie Harrell and Simshln Anderson of Blylheville; two sons John A. Anderson Jr., and Ma Anderson of Blytheville; lib par ents, Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Ander son of Blytheville;. six brothers W. O. Anderson of Armorel, Clyde Anderson of Memphis, BIrlcy An- tlcrjou of Campbell, Mo., Spencer Anderson, Russell Anderson and Ed Anderson of South Gate, Calif. Funeral arrangements, In charge of Cobb Funeral Home, are incomplete pending arrival of relatives. Germans Vainly Awaited Rescue From Sevastopol Huddled Along Coast They Died Miserably, Salisbury Discloses Steels Farmer Suffers Broken Leg Early Today Knocked to the ground and trampled by a frightened mule. W. F. Cecil Sir., 85 year-old Stcele, Mo., fanner was in Walls .Hospital today with a broken right leg. The condition of the aged man was described as good by hospital atlcnd- Mrs. Doris Devereaux Will Be Buried Sunday Last rites for Mrs. Doris Devcr- caux, who died Wednesday night at Manila, will be held 2:30 o'clock Sunday afternoon at Cobb Funeral Home with th e Rev. Guy D. Magee. pastor of the Armorel Baptist Church, officiating. Burial will be made at Elmwood Cemetery. Mrs. Devereaux, whose husband, E. W. Devereaux, C. AT. 1-c, ts in th c Seabees stationed overseas, also leaves an 11 month-old daughter. Active pallbearers will be J.' C. Ellis. Jr., Jack Hale, Paul Abbott, Robert Hodge, Max Watson and W. C. Colston Jr. Cobls Funeral Home is In charge ol arrangements, .• The farmer was feeding the mules about 7 o'clock tills morning on his farm near Stcele when a ne\v mule became frightened and charged the man. Mr. Cecil's leg was broken at the ankle where the large anima] stepped on him. Firemen Answer Call Negligible damage resnUed when a lighted cigarette Ignited a matress at Hotel Noble early this morning Firemen were called to extinguish the blaze about 3:30 o'clock this morning in one of the upstairs rooms. The economic stabllluillon dlrec- or was testifying before the House Bunking Committee on legislation to xtcnd thc Price Control Act foi .nothcr year. He vigorously opposed iiiy basic changes, declaring .that irlce control hns successfully prc- 'cntcd Inflation. Incidentally, Senate Republicans Inally agreed today to support lesls- atlon to extend the Price Contra Act. However, Chairman Tall of thc lepubllcan Steering Committee sal< ,he Republicans would insist on several amendment which he claimed vonlrt assure fair treatment for al| More Telephone Sets Here's more good news for elvll- ans. The \YPB today provided for .he manufacture ol 800,000 civillai lelcpliouc sets a year, the ilrsl since production baited in the fall of 1942 The Pacific coast, where thc short age is most acute, will IK; the firs to benefit. '• The strike picture across thc na- lon looks slightly tetter today/ A jeneral strike of truck drivers in Detroit wound up In a truce be- Uveen A. F. of L. nnd C. I. O. unions. But 8000 men remain Idle In the Chrysler plant, liccausc union leaders there refused to recognize the truce. Production Is getting under way In Detroit war production plants paralyzed by a strike of the Foremen's Association of America..Sev'- cral days, however, will be required before full production Is resumed. Work JVBS resumed today st tlic Potlsvllle, Penn., plant of the Aluminum Company of America. Three- thousand - Mack Manufacturing Company workers are back at work In Allentown, Penn., and reprcserf- tativcs.of 3300 striking, textile .workers in Pennsylvania planU of-tfio Duplan Corporation voted to request a return to work after they appeared before the VLB.' Private Vehicles Mobilized However, city officials in'Cleve- land are preparing to meet a threatened municipal transportation strike. Every private vehicle has been mobilized to carry war workers to nnd from their jobs. In Washington, James Vincent Forrestal was sworn in as' secretary of the Navy today In a brief ceremony kept free of all frills by For- rcslal himself. Mcml>crs. of the congressional naval committees and ton ranking admirals attended the ceremony. Forrestal, the nation's 48th secretary of the Navy, had been acting secretary since the death ot I'rank Knox just three weeks ago'today. Forrestal requested that the newsreel cameras take only silent shots. After facing thc camera, Forrestal tost no time in taking up his duties. He chased alter the attending congressmen, caught them hnlfwny down the stairs, and held an Informal conference. Rangers -Come Home The War Department revealed today that the Army's rotation plnn has brought American Rangers back after action In every campaign In thc Mediterranean, Including Ihe present fighting in Italy. Tlic Rangers spearheaded evciy Mediterranean action. Selective Service disclosed Inday that thc nation's 4-Fs reached a record number of more than 4.0tKi.- 000 on May 1, probably thc highest total of tlic war. But the category is expected to show marked shrinkage under thc new policy of transferring 4-Fs in essential work to uc- cupationnlly deferred classificaiions. Leaders of organized labor joined today (n united opposition to a National labor Relations proposal lo give employers the right to challenge a union's hareainiriG slalns. With management si>okesmcn, they appeared at a hearing on the proposed amendment to NLRB procedure. To Keport On CfO Democratic Representative Dicr. of Texas said today his committee for investigation of unAmerican activities will release a report showing tlic CIO is "shot through with Communists." However, he declined lo elaborate on his statement. Democratic Representative Jolin- son of Oklahoma disclosed today lie had demanded removal ot Indian Affairs Commissioner John Collier on charges that Collier obtained a divorce at government expense. Johnson told the House he made the demand In a letter to Secretary of / the Interior Ickcs. Jolmson charged Collier established res'- By Uiillcil Press From Sevastopol today comes tlic story of the death of u'n army, thc German ntli Army. United Press correspondent H,ar- rison Salisbury who flew from Moscow (o the dentil scene, says the Germans literally were blasted to bits on n gamu, three-mile stretch of thc Kherson peninsula riming Sevastopol. They died willing for evacuation .ships which never cnme. And nuclei blows so terrible thut the Germans themselves arc said <° Imve assigned n guni'd over one of (hcli generiils (o keep him from committing suicide. Salisbury says he saw hundred. 1 of Nazi bodies littering a 15-foot ledge along the narrow rocky bench These were the bodies of Clcrmnns drowned ivlille trying to icncl: boats, or killed In the final Sovlci charge. Tile ledge wns all of Hussln tlwl remained for them lo cling lo. Behind then) was only the sea mid their sunken shins. 25,000 Taken I'rlsitncr Oilier dead carpeted Ihe three- mile stretch. For Into the penlnsiiln, for CO hours after the fall of Sevastopol, ivere Jimmied 50,000 enemy troops. When Hie battle wus over—shortly after 10 o'clock thc morning or May 12-aljont 25.UOO of them were prisoners. The rest were dead. Tlic battle cost (he Nazis four Ecncrnls—two dead ami two taken prisoner. Salisbury describes the whole Sevastopol area as a military Junk yard—covered with wrecked tanks, field and siege guns. Along the Sliorc »re remnants of small rafts which the Germans, tried to. use for;.CEcnpc. i, Germans In Disorderly Retreat Burn Gaeta As Allies Approach And Abandon Heavy Equipment Germans Leave Heaviest Guns In Hasty Flight Action in Italy Thousntuls "of jinpers slvlrlecl in the .dust— passports, military documents, letters, playing cards. Ultra,-are. other relics — Ocriniin soug books, stamp albums, .bullet punctured blouses, broken helmets Few. Buildings Intact' . Tlie city of Sevastopol Is. rubble. In his own words: "In a OO-mlnutc drive through the streets, 1 saw only five buildings which appeared •habitable, Thc mayor estimates that' 10.000 civilians remain from a pre-war population of 100.000. Salisbury says he snw onlj 1 .10 civilians. A bakery and bath hnusc already have been set up. And the military has established a hospital and two clinics. The harbor will have lo-be cleared of wrecked hulks and mines before ships can enter. But back to thc battle of the day. radio Moscow says Russian warpliines sank three German minesweepers and two 'patrol cut ters in a recent attack In the Gulf of Finland. In . thc same action Soviet airmen downed 16 enemy planes. Another dispatch .snys that on the same day other Russian pllot-s destroyed 11 Nazi fighters in a series of air battles over the eastern front, and they did It without loss. Red Army group troops In Southeastern Poland are snld to have captured an important unidentified height on Hie southern approaches to Weather AKKANSAS-Partly cloudy, scat-. lered thundershowers this afternoon. Partly cloudy tonight and Saturday, Little change in tempera lure. <Jcncc In Nevada last summer on thc pretext of inspecting reservations. He described as "absurd" a 27- day Inspection of Indian reservations for government pay of 58 a day. N. 0. Cotton Mar. May . July , Oct. . Dec. . 1941 1926 2082 1994 1S70 1947 1026 2087 1098 1970 1939 1917 2076 1985 1962 1943b 1941 1920b I922b 2082 2082 1892 1992 1967 ICSflb Adkins Stays Sentences LI1TLE ROCK, May ID. (U.P.I — Governor Adkins lias granted two 00-day stays of sentence so he can .study the cases more thoroughly Slays were granted to Chester Fltzhugh and John Moon. Filzhugh was convlcled In Ho Springs Circuit Court of involuntary manslaughter ai'il sentenced to nine months In the penitentiary His conviction was affirmed by thc Arkansas Supreme court April 10. Moon was convicted in Sevlcr Circuit Court of a statutory offense and sentenced lo one year in thc penitentiary. Kiwanians To Compete In Bond Sale Contest Members of tlic local Klwanls Club meeting Wednesday noon at Hotel Noble, voted to accept the challenge of the Cape Glrardeau club for a War Bond selling contest to be held on thc first day of tlr/ next War Bond campaign June 12. Tom P. "Doc" Dean will serve as chairman for tills contest. E. H. Ford became a new member of the club at this meeting, and «cv- cral guests were present including C. E. Grtgsby; highway patrolman, Russ Brown of St. louls, and H. V. McMahan. Chicago Wheat July . Sept.. open high low close 166% 167 1 /, !(«'/• 165% 1S6-71 162% 163',4 16l}i 161% 162;i German caption on photo above, received In London from Slock-' holm, says picture shows 'German 'Held piece in'.action ngainsl Allies on Ihe southern Tiallnn front. Arkansas Briefs LITTLE ROCK—Governor Art- klns conferred lodny witli .foe llnrdln, lite nhuirniiin nf HID Slnle Hatixltc Commission. In connection with thc stale's move In obtain compensation for dam- njrc lo {lie Oonfcilcnilc Home. Adklns siys he will Kciid an outline of'the stale's rase to Senator .Tnilli I/. Mcl.cllan. Kx- tcmivu liauxllc mining on tlic .site of UieVlIonJC bus lefl the buildings virtually Isolated nmld piles uf ore. MARAZ1NK — Gubernatorial Ciunlidalc Ren I.ancy will make llic commencement aildrc.s.s at Mazarine high school lonlj;ht. Ll'm.H ItOCK—Dcullsts from all over Arkunsus will assemble In r.Htlc Kork Sunday for (he opening nf Ihn four-day coavcn- Itnn of the Arkansas Dental So-j clcly, .'i Moderate Tempcraturos- Predicted In Arkansas LITTLE HOCK, May 10 (U.P.I — The weatherman says that temperatures will remain moderate throughout Arkansas hi the next 24 hours. That menus readings In the Idle eighties. Local tlnmdcr- shovvers arc foreseen for some areas. Partly cloudy skies will shield most sections, and no general rains are Indicated. Farm work Ls progressing rapidly in nil sections of the state. lint farm officials say that the recent weather, earlier in the farmiiiR season, prevented the planting of early small grain which may be needed later for slock feed. Mrs. Nettie Hyde Dies Here Today One Of City's First Residents Is Victim Of Brief Illness Mrs. Nettle Hyde, one of niythc- vllle's first citizens, died at 5:20 o'clock this mnrnlng at her home, 701 Clark after a short Illness. She was HO. Bom In Tlptonvlltc, Tcnn.. Mrs. llyde came lo niytlicvlllc In 1903 when ulythevlllc hud a population of only a few hundred people. She leaves her husband, F. M llyde; three daughters, Mrs. Myrtle Slccplclon. Mrs. J. H. Covingt.'in ami Mrs. Harmon" Raspberry of filytlievlllc; four sons, w. A. Hyde and Victor Hyde of' Blythevllle, Marshall Hyde of Riplcy. Tenn., and Jesse Hyde of Mobile, Ala.; two brothers, Tom Bharp of Tip- tonvillc and Jess Sharp of Blytbc- vllle, and one .sister. Mrs. Bob Mooncy of Wynnburg, Tcnn. Funeral arrangements, hi charge of Holt Funeral Home, were incomplete today. Chicago Rye July . Sept.. open 119 high low close 1197. H8>,4 118V. I18-)i 116« 115 11G',4 115?i Late Bulletins WASHINGTON. May 19 — Tim Navy announces that Army l.iber.ilor heavy bombers raided Wake Island for llic second successive day on Wednesday. The raiders cncoimlcr- ed Intense anti-aircraft fire which downed one of the raiders. \VITH FIFTH ARMY IN ITA1.V, May 19 (UP)—French Iroops broke iulo tiie outer cclRcs of thc Adolf HUlcr line soulli of Pontccorvo today, bal- Icrlng down stiffened resistance. Motorists should check tire pressure weekly, and keep tires inflated about two pounds above thc manufacturer's pre-war 'recommon- (inlions. State Insurance Men Open Convention Today HOT SPRINGS, May 19 (U.P.) — Several hundred Arkansas Insurance men are in Hot Springs today for tlic opening 01 tlic two-day meeting of the Arkansas Association of Insurance Agents. Allan Kennedy of Fort Smith, tlic association's first president, opened the convention loday. Principal sneaker this forenoon was W. Ray Thomas of Pittsburgh, vice president of the National Association ot Insurance Agents. C. S. McNcw of Pine Bluff Ls presiding at all sessions. Highlight of the meeting will be thc annual Dental Golf Tournament, to be held Sunday morning. Dr, A. C. Brascl of Demott, state, president, will preside at the business session which opens Monday morning. Tlic State women? Auxiliary, headed by Mrs. Mitchell Smith of North Little Rock, will meet In current session with the men's group. New York Cotton close 1910 1043 1917 1921 2066 2069 1991 1992 Americans Approach Stronghold Of Irri, Hitler Line Anchor ALLIED HEADQUARTERS, Naples, .May IS .<U.P.)~Oermnii armies In the lower Itnllun front are being foiqed back In cllsouicrly iq- treat. A- dispatch .from 'Allied hcad- riitartci.s In Naples sjiys thc Na/ls oie abandoning* stores of heavy i(|iilpmcnt In theli Imstc to escape French and American, forces ihov- Ing through fortlllcnllons of the Hitler Line. Toi example the artillery of two cntho German divisions has been abandoned. However, the ills-' •patch- Warmi that f the .retreat has not yc^ reached the propoillon 1 ; of n route.. • liont dispatches reveal that American nobllo forces "along Ihc const arc speeding westward from cnptuied Fonnla But the Na'/ls, falling back In tile path of their advance, hn\o niH the torch to tlip big port* gf Ofiela Thioughoul the afternoon,' (he'city belched, smoke and flame 1 ' \ Big Buildings Burn ncconnnlihance pictures, show/ llmt tlie.,biggest,building'; hi l)io clly," covifrMg' 'several ''blocks, arc aflame, The Germans' before the city are putting up only token real guaidrreshtaiice, iu> American forces'fan out north and south beyond. Fo'rmla on :thc ancient W»y to Rome Swiftly, they're wheeling' around '.the Gulf, of aactn";(oward the town of the sam6 nanic on the opposite lip of the half-moan arc f U\i and.: down the line on ,the riflh Arniy front, the Germans nre ipllltlnpr up Into •minll units, cnch scrambling to save Itself. The No/Is aphaiently arc not pulllivj hnck ns 'a whole by any prearranged plan. Some miles Inland, other American forces are . within the outskirts of Ilrl. one of thc mnln soutlieni ancliors of the Hitler Line. As a matter of fact, the British' radio quotes German sources as saying the town has lieen abandoned. Allied arllllery already was'looping shells .into thc lateral Nazi supply road from Itrl lo Pico, deep in the Interior. Rtt. San Mario Falls Fifth 'Afmy forces also have captured Mount San Mnrlo, tivo miles north of Esperla on the southern edge of the Llrl Valley. Pushing onward, they have worked tlieir way up the r.oiitheni slopes of Mount D'Oro, a forward bnstlou of thc; Hitler Lliic. ' ' . . Oil the Eighth Army front. Polish soldiers have swarmed down from captured Monastery Hill, overlooking Cassino, in close pursuit of Nazi forces falling back • up Ihe Vln Casilina. At last rc- porli, tlib Poles were nnly a mile and a' half from Piddimonte, Tit the northern end of thc Hltfer Line. ,• . : Incidentally, ruined Cassino lias been written off as a dead city. An .Allied spokesman said today: "No civil affairs officer will be posted in .Cassino because there Is nothing left to administer. liifii- gces fronV Cassino In outlying communities will rot be permitted to return."-.^ At the same time, representatives of the Allied military government for occupied territories say that the Benedictine Abbey atop Mount Oasslno can be reconstructed. Mar. May July Oct. Dec. open high . 1945 1047 . 1923 1923 . 206!) 2074 , 1092 1398 1058 1971 low 1C35 1914 2063 1935 I960 New York Stocks A T & T' 158 3-4' Amer Tobacco ............ 63 1-4 Anaconda Copper ..."..... 251-2 Beth Steel 58 1-4 Chrysler 84 S-8 Coca Cola 1151-4 Oen Electric 35 3-4 <3en Motors 59 Montgomery Ward 43 1-8 N Y Central v . 18 1-4 Int .Harvester ...*...;.;:'.;. 13 1-4 North Am Aviation ...... 8 Republic Steel 16.1-4 Radio :.;'. 9 3-8 Eocony .Vacuum ..: 121-2 Studcbaker IE 3-< Standard of N J .......... 55 1-2 Texas C6rp .,,',. 487-8 Packard 1965 1907U S Steel '.,.,, v SI 1-4

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