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Save Waste Paper/ It is valuable to tho War f Hortl Thc Boy Scouts w<7/ eotfcet your Scrap Paper «,vory 1 1~1 jLR -' y- ' ' f. K THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER VOL. XL1—NO. 5G ?i!v!! 1C vn!° n a " y , NCW3 Blylhevllle courier ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI i Herald Mississippi valloy Lender AUKANSAS, WKDNKSDAY, ,MAV 24, SINGLE COPIES FIVE 'CENTS? AMERICAN FORCES CAPTURE TERRACINA Bridges Evaded Censorship Rule, Early Declares Question of Whether Russia Got Warship From U. S, Unanswered WASHINGTON, May 24 (U.P.)— While House Secretary Early says Senator Bridges' discussion of thc reported transfer ol American war. ships to Russia constitutes an evasion of military censorship. Early did not directly confirm Hie • rumored transfer of one or more warships. But he said the statement of. Ihe Republican Senator from New Hampshire is "one way of gettini; information out that Is very probably of military value." The White House secretary referred to Bridges' statement in the Senale yesterday that transfer rumors had circulated for several W tltiys. Bridges also demanded that " Ihe facts be revealed lo thc Congress and the people. Republican Senator Urewster of Maine has identified the Milwaukee as the American cruiser reported transferred to Russia. Recalls F. 1). K. Statement Early added that the rumors arc a development of the President's statement on a possible transfer made some lime ago of some Italian •wtf'f&hins or their equivalent in pther AiHc'j.tonnage lo Russia. Dnector Flnrpr Divis of the Of ficc of War Information suid' today that the OVVI. will attempt .to provide an impartial account . v pf this nil s p evidential cimpilf,' .for foiejgn rounhlcs ' Davis emphasized that OWL will sc.i-k to give the best possible ; lin- p'fcssion of both major candidates. ^Attorney,.General Biddle lias.told .a House committee investigating •A- the Montgomery Wild c-Vse that there i"> room foi di=agieement on Ihe legal ispccto if to\e nment , x seln ,~ of Wirds '' *" HcCnevu Bicfdle emphasis*, h s right-'lo 'tell President Roosevelt that he possessed full authority under thc War Labor Disputes Act to lake over Ihe properties. The ultimate issue, said Biddlc. was • whether our energy and effort Was going to the war abroad or to an internal economic war waged by $m recalcitrant employers or recal- ™ citrant unions. Sawmill Workers Strike On the strike front, logging operations, still are jeopardized in the northwest by the wildcat strike of more than 15,000 Washington and Oregon sawmill workers. More ..' than 50 intlls have closed down, a serious threat to lumber supplies. At Detroit,' the executive board of the CIO United Auto Workers Is hearing explanations by local officers of Ihe wildcat strike nf- fccling 11,000 employes of Parkc, Davis and Company at Detroit is in its second day nnd the WLB has notified officers of the CIO union that wage readjustment would rot be considered until the stoppage ended. The strike hindered production of penicillin, blood plasma and other medical supplies for the armed forces. The Senate Military Affairs Committee at last has recommended the long-delayed promotions in permanent rank for n list of gent erals— all except temporary Lieutenant General Patton. The list of promotions lias been held up while thc committee investigated Ihc incident in which General ration slapped two soldiers at a Sicilian field hospital last Summer. Thc official reason given for not promoting Palton from the permanent rank ot colonel to major general is that Ihc committee is not fully satisfied lo rake his rank at this time. Hubert M. Whitehead Is Compliance Officer Herbert M. Whitehead. manager of the ' Blythcville office of the United Slates Employment Service, Ins been appointed District Compliance Officer for the Employment Stabilization Program. Floyd Sharp, State Manpower Director, an- rounced yesterday. His dislrict Includes Mississippi County. Mr. White-head will be in charge of reports of violations and information regarding the program, which is dcsisned to keep essential workers on their jobs and to direct the flow of surplus labor into the jobs most vital t.o the war effort. Mr. Whitehead, a native o! Little ^ Hock, joined Ihe Employment ^•Service in 1034 as contact clerk at Hazcn. He was transferred to Forrest City and later to Joncsboro where lie was field supervisor In charge of all outside work for revert Northeast Arkansas counties. In 1938 he was transferred to Bly- thcvlllc and h«.s been manager of this office since that time. Chicago Rye open high low close pr.cl. July . llO'l 111:4 106% 108« IU',4 Sept.. Ill lll-H 107}i lOOli 111 Flag of Mercy Is Flag of Truce t> Kcd Cross ting waved Irish hi ibc air signals a "truce" mi the Malinn fron! is- stretcher bearers move injured man back bcliintl the lines. Mcciicil corpsnien work switlly'lest impatient enemy should resume their firing loo soon. ; • . • Arkansas;Briefs*. JONESHOHO — Between 1,000 and 2,008 ahsenlcc votes are cx- jiccl.ed lo be cast in Craighcarl Coiinly in tlic Democratic pri- iiijirjcs tlii.s summer. County Court Clerk Charles Johnston says Ill's office is mahinjj plans In mail out the ballots within ibe next two wccUs. TEXAUKANtV-^ Airplane mail and nassengcr service lias returned to Tcxarkana. Huntlrcds of resiilcnls cheered yesterday as the American Airlines again made the city a slop on its tmnscfln(ineni!al route. Hifrn- liBht of Hie celebration was the christening of the flagshin "Tcx- arkana" by i\Iiss Jean Atkinson, daughter of Mayor S. H. Atkinson. CLARKSVILI.K — Scrvicts arc to be belli today for a drowning victim. He Is four year old Roy ferry ivlio drowned in a creek near bis httnic four miles north of Clarlisvillc. Continue Study, Colonel Wimsatt • Urges Graduates "You arc at a starling i»int. You have finished part of your traln- ing. bill you must never cease to learn, for each of you is expected to carry your own weight wherever your assignment may take you." This was the theme of the address made by Col. Robert Wlmsalt recently returned from duty in Greenland and assigned commanding officer of the Newport Army Air Field, (o members of graduating Class 44-E at the Blytheville, Army Air Field yesterday, afternoon. "Your new responsibility is lo set the pace for the men under you. In order lo fulfill this trust, practice, training and a spirit of teamwork arc absolutely essential," the Colonel continued. "I know you can live up to what is expected of you as flying officers of Hie Army Air Forces. My heartiest congratulations to you and the brat of luck," After Colonel Wimsatt concluded his brief speech, Maj. Richard McCoy, commandant of cadets, read the roster of graduates and Col. Kurt if. Ltmdon, commanding officer, awarded each cadet his wings and bars. , When this was done, Capt. Norman Knvantntgh, post adjutant, ad- minlstcrcti-lhe officers' oath lo the members of the class. The 65lst Army Air Forces Band furnished music for the occasion. New York Stocks AT&T 158 1-8 Amcr Tobacco 64 1-4 Anaconda Copper 251-2 Belli Slcel 58 1-4 Chrysler 855-8 Gen Eleclric 36 Gen Motors 59 7-8 Montgomery Ward 44 1-4 N Y Central 18 5-8 Norlh Am Aviation Republic Steel U S Steel 8 17 Work Underway On Local Camp Reduction In Quota Of Prisoners Won't Affect Camp Here That Blythcville have a prison of war camp was assured yesterday by Colonel Rutledge, commanding officer of Camp Robinson, who Informed H. C. Knan- penberger, president of the Northeast Mississippi County Farm Association, that the reduction in the quota of prisoners by tipproxi- malely 2000 from an original 26,000 quota of the Eighth 'Service Command will not affect (tie local camp, which will receive GOO German prisoners of war to aid In alleviating (he labor shortage In this area. The number of prisoners of war available for farm Inbor is 25,000 to 30,000. below what the Army estimated, resulting in the temporary cancellation of a number of branch camps throughout the nation, Senator McClellnn said Monday. It was reported that' Ihc BlythcvlUc camp would be held up because of Ihis shortage, along with proposed camps at Snow Lake, Newport, Carlisle, Parkin, Brinkley and an extension camp at Jonesboro. Construction of the local camp, located north of the city limits near the Indian mound, nbout two blocks north' of Chickflsawba, Is already underway. Equipment, Including 250 tent.-;, 250 stoves, seven walk-in refrigerators, and cooking and plumbing fixtures, is in storage at the Federal Compress, and floors for the tents are being prefabricated in Little Rock. Two messhalls are under construction now and will lie completed within the next 10 days. Mr. Knappciibcrgcr said that the camp was expected to be ready for occupancy by the COO prisoners of war and 125 soldier guards by June 10. Churchill's Plan To Insure Peace Given Commons Prime Minister' Postwar Organization 'Armed To The Teeth' LONDON, May 24 (UP) — Prime Minister Churchill has sketched the pa I lorn of u vast world 01- nnlstnllou lie hopes lo sec the Allies establish lu prevent future war. Speaking before (be IIoiiso of Commons, the prime minister culled for a post-war organization armed with "overwhelming mllllary power" lo prevent future aggression, In Ills 85-mlnute address. Britain's war 'chief said the organization should be modelled roughly lifter the League of Nations, cxce'pt thai it should be tinned to the teeth to enforce decisions. There should be rocm In -the new setup for such organisms, Churchill said. n s the British Commonwealth and empire. And he added: "And I trust I here will also be room lor Ihe Fraternal Association of tlic British Commonwealth and thc United States,." Wurld-WhU: Scl-up Churchill's post-war organization would consist of u world council of thc Great States and a World assembly of all the powers. ;, The iirimc minister also underscored llv fact that the Allies/, will accept only unconditional surrender from Germany and Japan, ric'iiicld- cd that there Ls no riucstlon of guaranteeing r.Cieruiaiiy lujnlrisK territorial changes If such ciiungcs "will^rendcr''a more secure Peace in Europe." ' ' , ..' In other words, he said, the AOantIc .Charter doesn't apply to Germany. Skipping to Turkey, Churchill said it has forfeited Its right .to a strong voice at thc peace Inbl6 by refusing lo ; ei)ter Uie H-nr on the side o't Ihe Allies. As .for-.Yugo- swltchcd all its support to Marshall Tito's partisans because General Mlkailovltch Is not fighting thc enemy and some of his subordinates havv> trafficked wllh Germany. DcOaulle To Visit London Touching on oilier current problems, the prime minister revealed that General De Gaulle ha s accepted an Invitation to come lo,London and dtsciiss relations between his national committee and the AlliK;. And the breach between Hussla nnd the Polish Exile Government, he said, l s not so wide as it might at first appear. Churchill made no mention of the coming Invasion ami touched only briefly on what he called "the climax south of Rome." But hc said that Italy's King Victor Emmanuel has decided to retire to private life once the Allies take Rome. And after the Germans arc out of Italy, he added, the Italians nmy choose "whatever democratic form of government thcv desire." Said Churchill: "1 personally find it difficult to nourish animosity against the Italian people." Churchill said Britain looked forward lo much trade with Spain, adding: "I have no sympathy wllh those wiio think it is clever and even funny to insult and abuse the government of Spain." Campaign Pilot Mexican Grower Buys Durocs From Buchanan From Mississippi County this week three Durbc hogs, one mate and two gills, were shipped to Qucrelaro, Mexico, bringing to 15 Ihe lotai of Durocs which have been sent to foreign countries by J. C. Buchanan, local Duroc brccd- PurciiasM by a Mexican plantation owner, the hogs will be used for breeding and show purposes. N6W York Cotton low close pr.cl. open high Mar. . 1048 1957 May . 1020 1935 July '..2076 ,.20 80 , 199.G 2005 61 5-8 DCC, , 1910 1979 1048 2057 1926 1935 2069 2079 199C 2005 , 1074 1979 1945 1823 2068 1993 10<58 River Gives Up Another Victim Missourian's Body Identified Through Fishing License Tlic body of the second man to be foiinrl In recent weeks floatiiij! in the Mississippi River near Barliclrt was Identified yesterday through « Kentucky fishing license as A. N, Moore, 59, ot Madrid Rend. Mo. His postolticc address on the license \vas New Madrid, Mo, A fisherman discovered the body laic Monday afternoon Heating about two miles south of Hickman liend. Deputy Sheriff Don Haley, investigating officer, said that the body apparently had been In Ihe water for 10 days or two weeks. The face was badly disfigured. The bodv was clothed in blue overalls, a gray workshirt. and heavy Government issue-type shoes. The fishing license was thc only identification papers found on the body, The body was taken to the county Farm after it.s discovery. An autopsy had not been performed tills morning pending the arrival of relatives from New Madrid, who were expected to claim th c body this afternoon. Still unidentified Is thc body found floating near Musgravc Uar May 2. although police contaclcd ^fOl•lhcrn cities In an effort to link the body with that of persons reported missing. The body was bur ied at iho Coimly Farm. That old leaky hot water bottle will make overshoes for soldiers. Max It. Ittiltl Reid lo Manage Colonel Barton Senatorial Candidate Puts Campaign Under Blythcvitlc Lawyer Col. ,T. H. lliiilon of El Diiratlu, candidate for the U. S, Senate, lust nlljht announced tlic appointment nf Max U. Rclti. local nUnrncy, as his cniupnlBii manager. lit- Is the first manager announced by nny of the live, U. S. Senatorial candidate's, Regai-dlnt; his selection, Mr. Reid Issued the following statement to the Courier Hews today: "Col. T, H. Burton, of EI Dorado, candidate for Die United Stales Senate, has Invited me to Join ills headquarters In Little Rock us his campaign manager, nnd I have accepted. I would have been happy to have remained one of the rank nnd file of voters who are going lo send Colonel Bnrlon .to the Senate, but I regard acceptance ot tho call to manage, his campaign w ,n duty nnd an'opportiiiilty for service.' ' '' "The next six yeans arc going lo bo the most critical in the imtion's history, or in the history of clvlll- mllon, for that matter. Tlic United Stoles Semite will be the most important law-making body In the world during that period. I th.'nh tlmt.-Colonel Barton is the foremost citizen of Arkansas, ti truly great mnii, and IPhc is permitted to g(i to '.Washington as our senator hc will contribute a powerful influence toward if "s a permanent peace preserving the liberties a:irl blessings of our American way of life. ' "I have not recovered from tlic shock and surprise of my unexpected selection, and I enter upon the work with n great deal of humility, rcnll/uif,' Unit it is not the ca paign manager nor thc .stale hcad- (inarlers orfniilnitlnii, (nil it Is the thinking and effort of the people nil over thc slate which will decide- Ihe election. "My work will lake me away from Blylhovillu during the greater p;irl of Ihc summer, and most of my lime will be spent in Colonel Bnr- lon's headtHiarlcr, 1 ; in Little Rock, Mr. Reid, -18, who has practiced law In Blytlicville for 24 ycnr.f, will leave this week cud for Lltlle Rock U) devote his lime in the interest of Colonel Barton's bid for the Democratic nomination in tlic July-August primary elections. Born in Hemlcrson, Term., Mr. Reid wn.s educated In public .schools there nnd came to niythcvillc In 1920. A veteran of World Wnr f, lie served as a second lieutenant in the fnfanliy. Hc is a member of the American I«gion, Lions Inlcrmi- Utmnl, ol which he was former dis- lrict governor, American nar Association. and Is on the Executive Committee of the Arkansas Bar Association. He Is also a member of the Stale Board of Law Examiners, having been recently rc-nppolnled by the Supreme Court for a thrcc- yf-;ir term. lie lias pracltccd in partnership wllh Marcus Evrard under Uin flrm name of Reid and I-'vrard since 1928. Mr. Reid is married and the father of three children. Livestock 6500 Warplaties Blast At Europe From Two Sides Bombers From Britain And Italy Hit Targets At.Berlin and Vienna LONDON. May 34 (U.l'.)-Abollt WiOo AtlttMl pluncs attacked Nml Kin-ape from two sides (oday In another great display of pre-lnva- MOM nli- power. American heavy bombers,«|iciir- hcatti'tl Ihe nssauHs, wllh Flying I-'oi I res.MW tnitl r.lbcrattira from llrllnln hummel-Inn -Hie kingpin of largely, ijci-lln, liombcrs from llaly coucentralcd on the Vienna area, but ulso lilt points In northern Itnly mid Vugosliivlit. Olhnr Flying Hn-ts from urllnln mid thc twin ruddered Liberators splattered Iliclr bomb loads on Hit: network of Niusl airfields Hint fine Purls. ' l.uriwiiffc Kngagcil Client toici'.s of fighter' planes nccuinnimled nil (lit! heavy llccl.H, nnd flrsl reports indicate Hint, Hit! Nay.l air force was forced into battle. In addition to Hit: powerhouse henvy bomber nsrauilt.s, tlie mcd- Imn bombers were out over northern Trance by .tlic scores, concentrating on Nil?.! nil-fields mill oilier ' f.> Nazis Lose 30 Tanks In Four-Hour Battle With Yanks At Anzio Hy Dulled I'rcss ' jjf'f Amnriam Inm^ Imvo scored t\yo great triumphs 'ih An ofricial announecintMiL from Allied headquarters din- closes Unit Temicmii, coastal anchor of the German de- fcusi's on Ilio iiiniii Itnlmn fiont, has' fallen. This knocks the prop 01 ,t of one cud of Die German line anchored on Thei other irliimph is against the 'German defenders •« oni: the Anxio bcnchlicad below Homo. A 'dispatch fvoru ' Uie Iron! snys ^jink nniiorcd forces knocked out 30 Gcr- battle that raged for four hou«a above the town of Cistertta, ' Moicover, the Americans have cut l ,lw Appinn, Way which rimi UtroiiKh OLsterna to Home, on both sl'los of the town. Tncyvo~uliu/ ndvanccd beyond tiff hlghwaVU cut Ilio parallel rail lino. 'I hut leaves lljp 11 German dl- VKIoni battling savagely on the main sotllbcin front, only one oth- ci riihl-cltiss route Ofrctre.it, the \l\n f* Itr K . . . - ' . - , TOUAY'H WAR ANALYSIS Nazi Retreat To North Italy Is Indicated r'ir.vl lepnils on the Berlin nib- n!.'>ir from rclnrnliif! crewmen said hundreds of enemy fighter pluncs challenged l|io ' raiders. The Herman ratllo told of similar oiipo.il• tlon over Vlciiiiii. ,. IMIols who got back from bombing "Illg . H," us Korlln Ls called, snld thick clouds prevented llicm from catching more limn occaslon- ifl gllmiKCs of the city. But the Berlin radio indicates our bom- bardiers'dirt mi offqcllye., job by calling the nUtick a terror, raitl,- Tlie Nazi-controlled .Purls •.-radio iidmlllt.'d that considerable damage 'tqfjlc'^jteo- in-Uhe -s.pulh'crn 'mid sOiilhctistefii Kiib'iirbs 'of u\t old Prcncli capital. . ..; Aircraft I'innt Hit Over Vienna' Flying Fortresses and Liberators from Italy focused their attack on an aircraft factory only five nillc.i from the Amlrlmi capital. They also pounded two nearby airfields. Smaller' formations peppered military tflr'BCts At Gra/.. 8(1 miles south of. Vienna, the Aviso rail viaduct on the Brenner Puss In northern italy 1 that carries supplies down to the Nir/.l tmtllefro.nl.'i In southern Italy, and Zagreb,'In Yugoslavia. 'I'he heavy bombers from Ilnly ulso ran Into j-w visibility, bill columns ..of.; smoke curled up through cloiltis, attcsllnK to the efficiency of the bllnd-tombhiB technique tlovelopcd by Hie America ns. Lnsl tilulii ; RAP Mosquito ralii- crs altnckcd Berlin, Dortmund and railway targets In France. ST. I.OUIS, May 24 (U.P.)— Hog receipts 1,600 head, nil salable. There 'were 20,000 holdovers. Top price $13.10; 180-210 pounds $13.70; HO-160 pounds $11.10 to $12.10; sows $11.25. Cattle receipt's 2.100 head with 2,200 salable, and-1.200 calves, all salable. Mixed yearlings and hellers $15.23 to $15.60; slaughter stccr.s $11.15 to S17.00; slaughter heifers 410.00 to S16.25; slacker and feeder steers $9.15 to $14.00. Diver To Seek Body of Woman Police Still Holding 24-Ycar-Old Relative Of Mrs. E. M. Jewett DURHAM, N. c.. May 24 (UP)- t'lans have been made for a pro- fcMionnl diver to search the bottom of Eastwood Lake for the botly of Mrs. E. M. Jewett, who has been missing from Boonvllle, Mo., for two weeks. Durham police say the diver's services have vccn secured to avoid undertaking the four day Job of draining the 80-acr c lake. Two days of combing thc water with grappling hooks nnd poles have proven fruitless. Edward J. Martin, of Charlotte. N, c,, 2-1 v car old grandson of Ihc missing woman. Is being held by Durham police pending completion of th c investigation. Mrs. Jewell's estate has been valued at approx- j imalcly $500.000. Martin was arrested two days ago when a Durham garage reported offensive odors coming from a car stored there. Invcsllgallng officers found a pair of glasses, false teclh, and a lady's wrist'watch in the car's glove compartment. Mar- lln bus ndmllcrl Ihey belong to his grandmother. Police also say they fokmil an unsigned copy of Mrs. Jcwett's will is IVfartln's Durham Hotel room, in which the major part of her estate is left lo \fartln. Weather, AKKANSAS-Partly cloudy Hits aflcrnoon, tonight and Thursday. Scattered Ihundcrshowers extreme rarthcast portion this afternoon. Little change in temperature. Chicago Wheat open high low close pr.cl. July . Ifil'X 1G2K 160 ids 161% Sept.. 169S 160!i 158»i 153% 150& Suspect Is Returned Mississippi officers yesterday returned to that state Norman Davis, 33, of Clarksdalc, to face larceny charge.?. . . He was arrested here yesterday by Deputy Sheriff Don Haley, and city officers Chnrlle Short nnd ' O. for . Nicholson, who picked him tip investigation, ' :' . .-:••• .•• H, MMKS IIAUPKK United l'res» SMt Writer Germany soon may decide, thut It's seen enough of KOilthern Italy. Tliu Allies aro last making thc lionlnsulu ton hoi to handle, And Imlleallons wo mounting ih»t NIIZ! Marshal KCKselrini; plnns lo withdraw north, leaving Home to the Romans, Hitler's own newspaper, obviously nroimrlni! the German home fronl ftir bad news, snys: "The'German'retreat, as tar us cnn be Judged, will continue lo'norlh Italy 1 ." There's yd another sign that the Clennans arc planning lo back-petlal titirlh. Kcssclrlns has hcuvlly reinforced.. Ills centra! Llri yulley positions by, watering down the garrl- sons ! 'ipvch thei .remainder, of'..the ( Ir'ont,' The-Germans.'must hold;the •Llri at all costs'since thc 10-mllc- wlde valley Is broad enough to drain of! all N a Hi troops and heavy equipment spread over liic 80-mile trnns- penlnsula line. Thai's why thc 'Eighth Army Is attacking relentlessly south ol Cusstno, trying lo thrust a plug In the mouth of this escape spoilt. To Suve Fuehrer's Fuco Another straw In the wind may Ire Ihe sudden German decision lo protect Ihe Fuehrer's name by re-tltllng the Hitler line the Dora line, For years Dora has stood for the letter "D" in the Wchrmiichl Just us beer has stood for "11" In thc British iirmy. Apparently the Nazis, realizing thc posslblllly of a withdrawal from the Hitler line, didn't want to couple Hitler's name wllh H fuilmc. Perhaps the licsl Indication thai llm Clermmis soon must move on Is their shrinking army. KcssclrhiB has fed his last available reserves Into Ihe bnttlefronU. And hc can't count on gcttlni; any more from mld-lSu- ropc where the 1 Germans arc looking for D-tlay any day now. 'llirce Nnnl division.'; have been fill but destroyed and live others have licen badly mauled. Kcsselrlng bus thinned out his defense ring around the Anv.lo beachhead and hauled down every available division from the north. Anrt still he has fallal to dnm the.tide rolling up from thc south. Plains Ahead of Allies For cifiht months, thc Germans have had Ihc advantage of terrain which helped them defend long stretches with small forces. But, Italy's geography Is deserting to the Allies. At Terracina, the Germans for the last time have the advantage of mountains that dip directly Into tlic sen. Beyond Tcrraclna to Komc, the Allies cnn circle any defense line Germany strings between tlic mountain. 1 ! wllh .an cud run along the broad coastal plain, Only by withdrawing noilh can Ihe Germans agnhi swing the Italian terrain over to Iheir side. Above Rome, where Hie peninsula Is rooted to thc continent. Hie Etruscan Apennines spread across the top of thc boot, scaling It off from the mass of Europe. Thc coastal plain narrows lo a thin ribbon. Behind this mountain wall, the laud levels off Into the plains of Tuscany. This Datlnnd is carried to the Po river, whose valley Ls Italy's breadbasket nnd Industrial center nil rolled. Into one. Here, where the Fascist government made 85 per cent of Its war goods—are Ihc big manufacturing cities—Milan, Turin, Cremona and Parma. But the Germans, if they hope to dive behind this mountain wall, must move fast. General Alexander Is winging for a knockout. The beachhead, long a sleeping volcano, has erupted. Thc Anzio army already stands astride two of Germany's escape roads'from the .south. And on the main front, two powerful armies are beating at thc thinning crust of German defenses- straining lo break through and crush the Na?,ls back against the Anzlo anvil. Meanwhile, the Eighth Army is moving out to clog the Url valley to prevent the Germans from using it as a drain pipe to draw off their armies Ijcfore they arc destroyed. highway Vln Casllljia rtill tmd ionic faithcr Inlanti. Strong Polnd Overrun ' , United Picis wnr correspondent Robert Vcimllllon, icporlbig direct fioin the Anzio front, .says our liooii>! hayo ovcriuu hundred* of NaM .strong lra |utji | n tlie" first 3G nour.s of tho otfcnblvc. ' And, he leporl.s, the German opposition which was furious In tho Initial i,taues ot the assault, now 1 ,* tlccicHsliijf, becoming weaker. Vci- mllllon's dhpatch, however, refers o"ly to the enemy resistance on the OKtcrna sector ot the Anzio bcnchlicnd frbnt. t i 'ibo'blg, lankj baltlc above Cis- lenia was toucHo}'oft when the porumns, already badly strained,' inn.'se,! tor a counter-attack, A large fo\ca of Nnzl tank tangled wllh thc American vanguard on flat fields northwest of the town. The baU! e . ragc(Uf6f four • h Anil bydflak.iinoro than 30 of oiiem>'.? huge Murk 4's,nnd lighter thnki were "knocked 'out: The first , Germmi effort to throw back our big push Was smashed. Tank Crew Has Close Call - " Telling of the battle, Vermilllou ', icpolls' ohe of the-top stories of -i this wnr In the department of narrow escapes. i Ho says a German rocket gunner drew, a bead on one of the American Sherman tanks and let fly. The shell pierced the side of the Sherman and plungtd Into the magazine where 100 seventy-flvo millimeter shells were stored It hit the fuse of one of the shells.*'' By all the rules, the whole mag- a/lnc should have blown up, scattering tho tank and ila crew 'in little .pieces. But Instead, here's what happened. Instead of: exploding the •shell, the rocket projectile tore a hole"ln the casing. Burning powder poured out, like ,a huge firecracker fuse. It had enough forward push "to drlvb the 15 millimeter projectile Sift of Us casing, but not enough strength to "do'any damage. — And as one of the tank crewmen told Vermlllion: "Brother, O brotlf- dld we get out of that tank in a hurry." . 5| The crewmen ran to the cover of another tank, which,. Incidentally, liquidated the German rocket gunner who had hit the lank. Tank Back in Action And here's thc 'pay-off to the story. The American.lank,^ men watched their machine expecting it lo blow up any minute. But when It didn't they crawled back to it. And in . spite of • the delay';: they got It working again, and were the first tank crew to cross the railroad which they were out to cut. " *™ A summary of the reports from nil the-fighting fronts In Italy shows thtU Allied forces have . crashed through Nazi defenses in. many places. German lines 'have been breached In several sectors, of Ihn Anzio front. Arid on the main Fifth .Army lint, farther south, American and French -troops have knockcd'open a gap in the center of thc line/capturing Pico and Lcnola.- Canadian .troops.,of the British Eighth Army have breached the last segment of the original Hitler line, north of Pontccoryo. Aged Luxorq Man Is Buried Today At Sandy Ridge Funeral services for M. Rikard, a pioneer settler 'of. Luxora, and Courier News agent, there, were held at 3:30 o'clock this afternoon at the Assembly of God Church In Uixora, with the Rev. Hollls Harrison, pastor; bfflelatlng. Burial was made at'Sandy Ridge Cemetery. Mr. Rikard, 77, died Sunday at his home Ir) Luxora after-a short Illness.. He wis born In. Tennessee and came to Luxora when a young man. ,/,• . •' - -, .-•'•• He leaves his wife, two sons, Cecil Rikard of Sikeston, Mo., and J.'A. Rikard of* Boone, la., and a (laugh-., ter, Mrs. May Alsln; also of Boone. Cobb Funeral Home was in charge or ftrnin'geincntj, ,

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