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Save Wosfd Paper/ It is VO |«,W. to tho War Mori/ 7*. Boy Scouis tf jf cof/oct ,<,„> Scrap Paper every S otu ,day BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE DOMIKANT NEWSPAPER OF NOH-naAST AHK-» MQ . Q .«^ »„„„.. _ ' ••-« W f »^/ VOL. XLI—NO. 57 Blythevllle Dally NDWS Blytlievllle Herald Blythevllle Courier Mississippi Valley lender NEWSPAPER OF NOBTH«AaT AHKANSA8 AND SOUTHEAST MI83OORI " : — , . K; ARKANSAS. TMURSDAV,' WAY 25, 1044 SINGLE COPIES FIVE CENTS' '•*'', TODAY'S WAR ANALYSIS Rabau! Shares Same Fate Of Retch Capital By JAMES IIAIU'KR United 1'ress Stuff Writer A liny island village and a great European city linvc a common bond, both are dying, Rabaul has become the Berlin of tlie Pacific. For 100 days, the New Britain island base has soaked up bombs like a blotter. Tons of explosives have been sprejul over (he mountam- lockctl port, which once ranked as Japan's No. One South Pacific stronghold. Day after day, the skies over, Rabaul rain bombs. The war lias ebbed far from (lie village. Hanged around it is a circle of American troops waiting to move in for the kill. Yet its bi-passed 'garrison hangs on without hope of reinforcement, evacuation or supply. The air offensive which is withering Rabaul in its hot rain of i tombs began February 3. For the first 13 days of the offensive, Jap interceptors put up a powerful defense of their base. On March 3, eight enemy lighters battled the American raiders. Since that time, not a single Jap plane has appeared In the skies over the stronghold. At first, great fountains of antiaircraft (ire welled up from Rntmul. , Now that fire has thinned to a weak trickle. Jiip I'liiiiG Losses Heavy Japanese plane losses at Rabaul have been terrific, 719.destroyed or damaged, of which 560 are listed as definite kills. Allied losses have been one-eighth as many, less than 100 planes. Rabaul has slid far downhill. Once, the hangars around its five airdromes were jam-packed with 20C top-notch planes. Forty-five thousand of To jo's best soldiers were housed in its barracks. An unbroken -'• semi-circular ring of pillboxes stood guard over the shore. The beach was a tangle of barbed wire. Great 12- nnd 14-inch guns crouched in Uv- hills. And as many as 60 big ships rode -j^.anch^i; in its. harbor nt : one time. . '. ' ' • Now-all is wreckage. Domed pill- Ixrees 'arc crushed. Air strips spotted with bomb craters. Streets choked with weeds. Buildings have gone Three naval assault? against Ra- tal this year testify to its diminishing strength. P-T boats, darting ^into the harbor, found not a single Wshlp in which to sink their torpe- * does. Such is the fate of the once-great base Japan hoped to turn into a springboard for an invasion of Australia. Excellent Harbor But great as has been the clam- age to Rabaul's man-made facilities, its natural advantages can never be destroyed. 1(5 harbor Is one of the best in the Pacific, with deep water extending to within 25 yards of the shore. The seaward approaches arc protected by a narrow, easily-mined channel dividing New Britain from New Ireland. Inland, the ground rises sharply, then levels off into high flat plateaus- ideal for airdrome construction. On a bitter January day in 1042, Australian defenders of Rabaul broke out a white (lag. Two months later, Tokyo admitted that tlie capture had cost 9,000 men. Swiftly, the yellow tide flowed down the Solomons to Guadalcanal, across New Guinea to within 20 miles of ^^ Port Moresby. Rabaul became a key ^t outpost for Japan's whole Southwest Pacific offensive. Then the tide turned. Japan's land armies were stopped. On October 12, 1913, General MacArthur threw every plane in his command against Rataiil in nn attack which left 177 enemy aircraft and 123 ships wrecked. It was such a punishing blow that MacArllntr triumphantly announced: "Rabaul has been the focus and the very hub of the enemy's main advanced air effort, I think we have broken I Us back." Since that October blow, over 10,500 tons of bombs have been showered on Rabaul by the 13th American Air Force. On February 3, it began a record streak which ran through 27 consecutive days before being halted by bad weather March 1. Resuming March 2, the offensive ran through 33 successive days until storms again intervened April 6. Then the non-stop offensive started again, and it's still going strong. The Japs on Rabaul may still be absorbing tlieir dally quota of bombs when the war rolls to the shores of ihcir homeland. But long before that, Tokyo will have succeeded ft as Hie most bombed spot in the Pacific. Cone President-Elect Dental Association Dr. George Cone of Osccola became president-elect of the Arkansas state Dental Association Tuesday at the conclusion of the group's niiniial convention in Little Hock. Dr. W. It. Hunt of Clarksville took office as president of the association. He was named president-elect last year. Other officers elected were Dr. Kalph o. Plttman of EH Dorndo and Dr. r, M. Sternberg of Port Smith, re-elected secretary nnd treasurer. FRONTS MERGED IN Schoolboy's Dream Comes True ' X» - ?Ai«f rtwtZXe .* *,•* (VSAAF vliata /roin NEA) Schoolboy's clrenm of being Ihc teacher, with a class of real groivn- ups_hanging on his words of wisdom came true when the young Italian younyster pictured above was chosen to tench his native language to 15th Army Air Force crewmen. His "blackboard" is side of big B-24 Liberator bomber. QWIBudgetBoosted 20 Million As House Group Reverses Stand WAKHNGTON, May 25 (U.P.)—The House Aj)pro- prialions Committee has voted a 20-million-dollar increase for^the Office of War Information, a rifht-about face action. The committee recommended the increase today as part of a-one-billion-dollar supply bill to cover expenditures of 17 war agencies during the-year starting July 1. The total is less than half of a year's appropriation for the same agencies, a reflection of 'decreasing war needs in certain fields. • A > year ngcv the •committee- indicated its opinion of the OWI by slfishing the agency's'expenditures. Today the OWI Is described as making a valuable-contribution, a reversal in -opinion following extensive investigations into every phase of the agency's operations. The . 20-infllion dollar increase, bringing the appropriation to 58- rnilllon altogether, is for psychological warfare and propaganda work in the overseas branch. Secret Testimony Revealed Coincident with approval of the supply bill, the committee revealed secret testimony given by officials of the n agencies. Here are a few highlights: A State Department official said the OWI had an important function In counteracting highly editorialized dispatches distributed by the British Renters news agency in foreign countries. War Production Board Nelson reported the nation's gross production of goods anrt services in fiscal 1943 reached 188-billion dollars, about half of which was war expenditures; Another house group, the committee investigating government seizure of Montgomery Ward, was told that Ward's board chairman, Scivell Avery, literally asked to be carried out bodily. Says Avcry Wouldn't Budge Undersecretary of Commerce Taylor, who directed the seizure, said the army major who supervised Avcry's removal from his Chicago office asked Avery to ivalk out with him, however, Avcry said he would not budge unless carried. fn the Senate, tlie Banking and Currency committee prepared today to put the finishing touches on the Office of Price Administration extension bill. The committee acted to reopen OPA's old cases and permit new appeals to be filed against them -between July 1 and Oct. 1. In the Detroit strike situation, a new walkout has halted deliveries of baked goods lo .stores and restaurants throughout the city. Some 1000 wholesale drivers, members of th" AFL Teamsters union, are protesting a Wnr Labor Board deci.- sion concerning a union contract with Detroit bakeries. Their strike curtails output nt 48 bakeries, cm- Ploying 5000 workers, however, union leaders said they hoped (lie strike would be seltled by nightfall. Accused Negro Ordered Held For Grand Larceny Simon Lee Brown, Negro charged with grand larceny in connection with tlie theft of S24 on Ma y 6 from Ceid Sing, 66-year-old grocer, was bound over to await action of Circuit Court In this morning's session of Municipal Court. His bond was set at $1000. The Negro, who was in County 'all here today, allegedly attao'KCd and robbed the aged Chinese In South Franklin street grocery store, and fled with the money. Weather . ARKANSAS— Considerable cloii- lincss; scattered thundersnowcrs Ms afternoon, tonight and Friday. Search Of Lake Is Unsuccessful Authorities Consider Draining Lake Unless Diver Locates Body DURHAM, N. C., May 25 (U.P.) —A professional diver Is searching the bottom of Eastwood Lnkeiigain this morning for the body of Mrs. E. H. JeWett, of Boonville, Mo. The wealthy woman has Ijccn missing since she allegedly left, a Bc.-m- villc hotel May 10 with her graud- .soti, Edward J. Martin, of Charlotte. Should the diver's second day of scouring the lake bottom prove fruitless, police say they mny I>P- Bin draining the 80-ncre lake tomorrow. Mnrlin is still beliiff held by Durham police who found evidence that n body may have been concealed hi the car lie wns driving. Police also discovered bloody clothing in a room Martin reportedly reilted in a Durham hotel. Cooter Woman Suffers Burns In Explosion A cnn of coal oil exploded this morning JH |h c hnnd.s of a Cooter, Mo., hotrsewifc, Mrs. Cloyd Pierce, 25, who was brought to Walls Hospital in a serious condition from burns about the face, arms, hands, and body. When Mrs.. Pierce, attempting to increase the fir e under n wash kct- Ue, poured coal oil on the (lames, fire shot tip snd ignited tlie coal oil can she held in her hands. The explosion of tlie five-gallon cnn, which was hcnrd for a considerable distance, showered Mrs. Pierce with spnrks and Humes, Negroes living nearby heard the explosion and the scrcains of Mrs. Pierce nnd -rushed to her aid and extinguished the flames. Her husband wns away from home when the accident happened and her two daughters, aged six months and three years, were in an adjoining room in their (arm home on the A. R. Beckham place, cast of Cooter. Curtains Catch Fire Wind blowing the kitchen curtains onto an oil stove burner wa.^ blamed for "the fire about 2:30 o'clock yesterday afternoon at 408 East Oak street, when the wallpaper became Ignited from the flaming curtains. Damage lo the house was limited to the curtains and wallpaper. . The house is occupied by ,\fr. nnd Mrs. Elbert Jenkins and'owned by Mrs. J. J. Johnson. Ihd ', damage was covered by Insurance, Fleet Of 1000 Forts and Libs Pound Railroads Smashing Air Blows Carried Out Against Targets On Continent LONDON, Mny 25 (U.IM-Onc thousand Flying Fortresses and Liberators swept out from ISrllnlu today to pound French and Bel- elan air and mil centers. The heavy bombers spearheaded some 7000 Allied planes which hammered .at Axis Europe during the day. The ,1000 bombers, convoyed by a fighter escort nearly UN strong, lilt perhap a down targets In ira-lh- eastern France and Uclgium, Including airdromes nnd major rail yard's. Thousands of other Allied raiders streaked across the chiuii nel during (lie riny In attacks on a long list of targets. Totiny'K assaults follow nlylvt British raids on nerlln, AAchcn. Antwerp and oilier enemy base.* In France nnd Belgium. United Press Wnr Correspondent. Collie Small has Just returned from an eye-witness view of the nv>sl heavily bombed area ; of Europe, the urea Immediately across the Channel from England. Small, who rode n Marauder, snys the countryside, soon to be the scene of hislor.v's greatest battle, seemed like a no man's land. He adds: "Every town, every clump : -pf wood seemed like a possible trap, alive with fink guns, but not a single burst marked the sky until we roared over a railway bridge at Liege." Then,'' Smnll says, the whole sky blossomed Into blnck bursts. The lieutenant stuck his heart [out of the nose compartment, wiped Ills hand across- his brow and smiled weakly. Small heard him say: ' , <! Sv, -'Brother,, If that- rfidn'i irMJ- yon n Christfnn you never will -be one." Small snys he tried to 'answer, but his nioutli was too dry. He adds: "I have made a lot of jokes nlvmt tlie nlr force's old cliche about- 'flak so thick yon could walk on it.' I'm not laughing now." ,' But suddenly ns It had 'sinned the flak stopped, nnd the Marauder made It safely home. New Assignment Colonel London Will Address Civilian Pilots Col. Kurt M. Landon, commanding officer, will be the speaker nt graduation exercises for Class 44-2, ATC, scheduled for the Recreation Hall Prldny afternoon. The ceremonies will be held In the manner of cndet graduation exercises, with the 051st Army Mr Forces Bond providing the music, and the highest ranking flying officers of the field present to ;uld their catigrnlulallons to those of the Commanding Officer ns the civilian pilots arc admitted Into the Army. Street Sweeper Received Here City Employees Use New $4000 Machine First Time Yesterday Many lilythcville residents caught their first glimpse yesterday allcr- r.-jon of (lie new street sweeper, which was initiated yesterday on Franklin street by enthusiastic, members of the city engineering; department. 'Hie .shining red ma-' chine, unique in appearance, was purchased by the City for $<-000, and is one of the best of Its >:md. ! Mayor E. K. Jackson said. ; Another machine destined to play an Important pnrt In the campaign lo make Blythev-ille one! of the cleanest and most attractive cities of Its size, Is a tractor; with mower ntlacjied, to be used for cutting grass and weeds in vacant lots and alleys. Purrlin.scd ! recently by the city for $850. the, tractor-mower will be housed, along with the new street sweeper, in the city garage. i Major Maj. Carl McKee Going To Texas Veteran BAAF Officer Loaves For Temporary Duty At Fort \Vorth MnJ. Cnrl McKcc, who has served at Dlytheville Army Air Held longer than any! other officer. Is leaving for temporary duty nl Port Worth, Tex., Hcadqiiiirlcrs of (he Army All- Forces Training Command, where, he will receive training In Unison duties. (,• . ' Major/ McKee, now personnel officer lici-pi was assigned ns adjutant w!icii;lic first reported at this station .as n captain on Mny 2ti, 1012, A "GI's" officer", he is a vct- eriin of over 25 years of service In the army, much of thnt time being spent ns nn enlisted man. During the first World War he purtlclpatcd Injthrcc major engagements, ami Inter,' served In the 1'hilh.ipinc. 1 ;. When he- wns returned to -this counlry-Jii; befciime chief clerk ta <3 e n iSrnF Henr j 1'tf; 'Vi rrioTd* pYcs cni" conimnndcr-ln-chlef of the Army Air Forces. v The major is married am! hns one son, Tech. Sgt. Eugene W. McKee, chief clerk of the publications section of Hie base. Drive Launched For Playgrounds Workers Seek $2500 To Finance Project Here This Summer Solicitors continued their efforts shortly after noon Uxtuy to raise $2500 for the maintenance of four supervised playgrounds, nnd Unset Crafton, president of the Dlytlicville Playground Associntion, predicted the success of the one-day drive, which began this morning In the downtown business district. While 100 volunteer workers spc.irhcfulcd the campaign liy thcl solicitations, money from housewives who could not he personally contacted MIS matted In to the Association. Deemed by civic lenders as one of the most worthwhile projects to be proposed In Hlytheville, tlie playground program has gained tho widespread approval of mothers who foresee what the playground may mean Ui their children hi helping thcjn to spend n .h'j:,llhy and harpy summer. The project to establish nnd maintain four playgrounds, to Ire located nt each of the three white schools, and Harrison Negro school, wns undertaken when it became evident that Blythcvllle, with its Increased population duo io the BlythcvJlIc Army Air Base, had become too crowded for children to have adequate rerrcallonnl facilities during their vacation months. Arkansas Briefs HOT SI'ItlN'GS. May 25 (HI 1 ) —Dr. ,1. II. Grant, president of OuacliKa College, Is lo deliver the commencement address at graduation exercises for 103 Hot Spiings High School seniors lonlglil. Miss J.inlce Bloom is vnkclcitorian. And William Anderson Is saliilatcrian. Livestock ST. LOUIS, May 25 (OP)—Hogs 1200 all salable, holdovers 10,000, top 13.70, 180-270 Ibs 13.70, 140-1GO !bs 11-12,10. Cattle 3200, salable 1500, calves 100 Call salable, mixed yearlings and heifers 14.50-15.60, cows, dinners and cullers 1-9.25, slaughter steers 11.72-17,' slaughter heifers 10-10,25, stocker.aHd feeder steers 9.T5-H. PAKKIN, May 25 (UP) — Thirty-four 1'arkln High School seniors are to receive diplomas at graduating exercises tonight. The address wit! be made by Forrest Kozzell, secietary of the Arkansas Education Association and n member of the Arkansas Irffistalnre. UTTt.K KOCK, May 25 (UP) —T!IO Arkansas f'Arole Hoard meets at I.itllc Rock June 7 to consider paroles for 49 convicts. Parole Officer J. S. Pollaid says some 25 applications were received from convicts sentenced from East Arkansas cduntics. K Submarines Add 15 Jap Vessels To Growing Toll U. S. Undersea Craft Have Destroyed 573 Since Pearl Harbor lly United I'ri-.ss American submarines hnvc dcnlt, nuollier hnrd blow to Jiipiinesc shlp- 'I'Jie Nuvy Ims Just'announced the slnkini; of IS more .Jjipmic.w shlp-s 1 — one n destroyer, four of thorn transports, three tankers nnd seven cnr- BO vessels. . This Is the third group of Japanese- ships sunk by submarines announced this month, n mlscs to 57,1 the number of Jiiunntisi! ships destroyed hy American suliimii'lno.s .since Pearl llnrljur. In nddltlou 'it .Inpnni'sc ships tiro reported prolialily Mink, nnd 115 The news from China Is mil so favorable. According lo an enemy report, the JitpuncKC luivo nipiureil the bcslcecd city of l/oynug In llo- nnn province. The fall of Ixjyung Is not confirm- e«l by Ihc Chinese. The nidlo Tokyo report, recorded by the United Press snys (lie key Chinese; lm.se.In norlli- crn Chlnn fell lo Japanese troops thl.s munihii;. Tokyo claims moro thim 2000 Chinese troop's were killed, another -too taken prisoner ul Ixiyang, In southwestern Chlnn, in Yun- nan province, heavy rains hiivo slowed the progress of thu Chinese pnsti west of the Snlwecn river. But In spile of this luck of puce, scvernl enemy detachments are reported surrounded nnd fnnlng death or .wri!mli<r In the mountainous Jungles on the Yunnnii-lliiriim hor- der, - In Durum, Allied troops lire bcnC- liiB olf new, Japanese dountcr-nt- tncks on Hi e outskirts oI'Myllkylnn South of llic 'elly.-'tlie Chinese aiid lAincM'lcan forces threw back a conn- Icr-nUrLtSf, against .-Myltk'ylnn nir- dratne. •"••:• - .In.the Solomons, mi Ari)iy source revcnls' Jlmt American forces -pu llmisaliil'lllc Island hnve burled OQOC Japanese troops since they first ln- viuled last November. fn fxmrton today, Foreign Secretary Anthony Eden told Iho Hnuso of Commons Russia has agreed to intervene, with Jnpnn regarding the treatment of British and prisoners of wnr in the Far Enst. In Tokyo today, n Jnpniieso radio brondcnsL cleared up a mystery. Tlie talc of Ihc long-nbscnl Japanese fleet Is now known—It Ims gone In the movies. '. ' According to the enemy broadcast, the Japnnc.se people will-sco the imperial nnvy in "vigorous nnd fierce actions, plowing Its way through the tumuHous sea." Ami where cnn tills momentous scene lie viewed?—Al all Japanese theatres, on Mny 27tli. New York Stocks A T fc T Iflfl Atncr Tobacco , C4 5-B Anaconda Copper 25 3-1 Beth Steel '67 7-(i Chrysler B5 3-8 Coca Coin llfi 1-2 Gen Electric 35 3-.| Gen Motors 50 7-fi MonlRomcry Wnrd 45 N Y Central 177-8 I nt 1 Inrvcstcr 74 North Am Aviation a Republic. Steel in 1-2 Socony Vacuum 13 Stmlcbaker 1C Standard of N J 5Q Texas Corp 47 3-4 Pncknrd \ 1.4 U 8 Steel 51 1-2 Deep Sleep On Ihc lough Italian front, wise doughboys catch 40 winks whenever and however they can. The Yank fighter above made himself snug in a deep fpxriole —wilh Germans 400 yards rtway. Early Fall Of Rome Predicted As Allies Press Fleeing Nazis ALUKI) IIKADQUAHTKUS, Nuplos, May 25'(UP)— Allied m-mius in Itnly are stepping up their .pressure on UK; relroiilintf Germans now .that the two fronts have jiierjiwi. . Afler reviialmyr Dial columns from the Ari/.io beachhead hntl joined loreos with Amending'on the main front General Alexander's hcadiiuarters said flatly: "It should no I ho long before the two fronts are firmly established as one, The Fifth Army will develop in'even Ki'Qiiter strength than heretofore," • -, .„ Militnry exports In London^say lllc J'l" c t ! °» foreslindow.', the esrly f n " l0f Romc However, they no- Negroes Resist Military Police Army Investigating Midnight Gun Battle At Brook Icy Field MOIJItjK, Alu., May 25 tU.P.l — 'An Army hoard of Inquiry Is In- vosllKKtliig n inldnlclit nun biiltle between negro soldiers and mlll- tury police nl Hrooklcy Field ncnr Mobile. Official iiccnuiils Include no cas- uiiltli's except nn unidentified while soldier who was shot 111 the log when he fulled (o oljoy orders to hull. : ' The trouble Is rci'orlcd lo hnve (ilnrtccl after n civilian employe nt tho. field complained .to military police Hint he hnil been' robbed by a NCBI'O Milliter. Ilo wns escorted to the. Negro barracks to Identify his nssaltn'nl. The official report slates that wlicn tlie group entered tlie bnr- rnckH-nrcn. tho Negro-'occlipfciib; oxlliiBiilshcd nil'lights and opened fire • will) rifles nnd pistols, rirlg- ndler-Clcncml James A. Molllmn, coiiminndlnR officer of the Mobile Air Service Command, ordered more MPs Inlo Ihc area. A spasmodic exchange of 'shol.i inslcd approximately two hours between midnight and 2 n. in, Clvlllnns living ncnr the field sny llicy could nlso detect the fire of livo machine nuns. The shcollng finally censed when floodlights were turned Into HID trarrncks nrea nnd field officers walked Into the path of fire and persimded the Negroes to restore order. All Negroes Involved hnvc boon confined l/> the mllllnry nrcn. Bricker Favors e Term For President MEMPHIS, ' May 25 (U.P.)- Onlo'.s Governor Bricker. n candidate lor tho Republican nomination for president, charges thnt ('resident Roosevelt hns defied the Democratic party nnd the government, At a luncheon meeting of Southern Rcpubllcnns In Memphis, Bricker nsscrlcd thnt Mr. Ituusc- velt has perpetuated himself in office, nnd surrounded himself with swarms of office-holders responsible only to himself. And the OOP lender says Mr. Roosevelt's personal power hns mnde the Democratic party Impotent. Touch Ing on poslwnr concerns nl government. - Bricker said he favors a single term for presidents, nmi sticks by the principle of slates rights. He advocates a far reaching program of education and reliivbllitntlon for returning service men. And lie says that America should retain sufficient bases, islands nnd . airfields to provide for our security. Bricker also says he favors n postwar organization of nil victorious powers for handling lulcr- iiiUional problems. But. he says, such nn organization should not be backed by military power. The Ohio Governor condemned Ihc recent seizure of Montgomery Ward. The seizure, he says, was nn arrogant, uncalled for. bureaucratic net.. Singh Land Sales Reported Evidence of the boom in land sales In Western Mississippi County was revealed today with the announcement by n. A. Aslinbranner, Manila real cstnte broker, that seven tracts of land, totaling 500 acres, had been sold tor about J60,000 In recent weeks .to Mississippi County residents. ! The Innd was sold for an average of $120 nti acre, Mr. Ashabranner said. •- Chicago Wheat open high low close pr.cl. July . iGUi 1C2S 10115 161IS I61X Sept. ,159 ! ,4 16014 15934 HOW 158%Dec. attempt Is mad c to annihilate cnc,- my ; dhtslon.s to the southeast 7 lip junction wns mnde early thl/S morning, Two American soldlc;/! met on the Hnllnn coastal highway five miles smith of the- Mussolini Cnnal.-Snld one: "' "Where do you think yourc go- IIIK?" i I camo up hero," the other replied, "to make contact with the Auxin forces." "Well, you've iimdo if ",, '(Jen. (Jl.nk nn Hand <' United Pi CM Wnr Correspondent Holicrl Vermllllon reveal*, thai two hours and 10 mlnuLct, later, the juncture WHS miule official when the Fifth Army commander, Lieutenant Cloncrnl Mark Clark, came" over from Ihe'txmelihea'd area. Said Clurk to the second lieutenant In command: u "Thh Is, fine." "* . The lieutenant shook hnn'ds and replied. sir. 1 "I'm ceitalnlv'glad 'to be here, r. • ,The jiinhUon wa's mntfp dnl/ n few hours lifter the .German:DNfl news agency ncknowlfcdged ' thnt Axis forces .hart withdrawn fiom. (lie. entire poaslnt sector between Ihp.lwo force's 'The meeting brougtitrto what a comhiuntqua cniN "a cllnmx" the siKclaculm 1 ndvnnce of the Fifth Army of more than 60 miles in only M days. Titus, Innd communication wns established with" the bridge^ hend for the first time since the original idudlng five months ago. • Now the Allies have a .continuous land front Up to within 20 miles of Rome. The victory comes swiftly on Ihc heels of two -Allied breakthroughs, the breakthrough of the Anzio fortes to seize a stretch of the Applan Way and the brcak- throtlgh of the Americans en the old front to the Pontlne marshes after capturing Terraclna Tlie Germans^apparently '.have decided to fail bnclt : intp mountains northeast of the'Applan Way for n desperate nttemptip protect .the flnnk of the Inland-Vln Casslllna. For llinl road Is the best remaining route of supply and escape" for tlieir forces still , holding out ngnlnst the FifUl and Eighth Armies to the -southeast around- Picd- Imonte and Pontecorvo. As for' the benchheaa offensive, n spokesman discloses thnt .American and ' British forces - have advanced tip to three miles over hcnv- lly-inlned t.errltbry. The Germans have countcrrBttncked seven times, and each time they .were thrown buck. The beachheads hftve cnptur- cd over 1100 prisoners boosting the totnl Allied ,bng to over 10,000. The Allies have won other victories In Itnly, although they are somewhat ' overshndoved '• by the coastnl Junction. Pontecorvo has fallen to Eighth Army Canadian soldiers, and piedlmonte is almost, encircled by vengeful Polish forces. In Washington today', ;Secrelnry of Wnr Sllmson revealed .that the CO-mllc advance scored by American elements of the Fifth Army wns accomplished by fresh divisions comprising the Second Army porps. He disclosed that French elements of trie Fifth Army;likewise were fresh troops. " While the Allies scored new ground gains In Italy, their plane.? based there made the deepest penetration of France from the south of the war. The targets ,for the fighter-escorted heavy bomb'crs we're Lyon, the Rhone valley 'rail hub of all Southeastern Frnnce, and (he naval base of Toulon, 175 miles lo the south. Other American heavy bombers- from Italy hammered .an air field 40 miles southeast of Milan and other objectives behind the Gorman lines. They slso gunned and bombed German transport, destroying at least 200 vehicles. • • New York Cotton open high low close pr.cl. Mar. . 1960 1969 1956 1967 1957 Mny . 1939 1949 1935 1947 1935 July .,2080 2085 2074 2084 207.1) Oct. .2007 2014 2001 2012 2005 Dec. . 1982 1989 1976 1989 1979 l 0.: Cotton Mar.' 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