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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OF NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND HOUTllliABT MISSOURI VOL. XLI—NO. 274 Blythevlll* Dally Newi Blyth«YUl« Courier BlythevlUe Herald i Valley Leader IHA'TIIIOVILLIO, AUKANSAS. WKDNKSDAY, K151MUAHY 7, 1046 SINGLE-coptEs FIVE CENTO ;~ ASSAULT ON BERLIN BEGINNING Manpower Bill By Late Bulletins WASHINGTON, Feb. 7. (UP 1 —The Wliilc House announces that ('resident Roosevelt, Premier Josef Stalin and I'rlnic Minister Winston Churchill now arc meeting: "in the Black Sea area." * * • Nazi-Killer Efforts To Obtain Passage Are Meeting With Little Success WASHINGTON, Feb. 1. (UP) — The so-called "work-or-clsc" bill is still bottled up In the Senate Military Allah's Committee. And there are some Indications that it may stay there Cor weeks, despite nil the pleas of the War and Navy Departments and President EJoosevell. lu [act, it's even being suggested that the Senate committee is stalling on the bill. Certain so-called "reliable" circles say that a majority of the Senate Military Affairs Committee is opiwsed to all labor compulsion.- They suggest that the committee members may' be hoping for some dramatic development in the war : situation, such as a German collapse, an eventuality that would save senators and representatives from having to vote on a bill that is denounced alike by the National Association of Manufacturers and the big labor unions, although the President and the generals and admirals want it. The Senate committee hears Secretary of the Navy Forrcstal, Navy Undersecretary Hard, and War Manpower Commissioner Paul McNutt today, all speaking for the bill. Enough witnesses to keep the hearing going another week already have been called. The W.ar Production Board has given, top. priority to a $9,000,000 gas pipei. Hue from Texas to the Michigah-LOhio area in a move to prevent more serious and prolonged production,-; shortages next Winter. It'.-, to carr/ 60,000,000 cubic feet of gas "daily. >- Census Takers Attend School At Courthouse The school for enumerators to lake the farm census in Mississippi County is underway here at the court house for a three-day session with six enrolled. Instructor here is J. W. Cotlircn of Joncsboro with Claud Wilson of Lonokc newly appointed area supervisor to succeed Earl Griffin of Lake City, resigned. With 25 scheduled for the work in Mississippi County, only two have been at work. Originally slated (o be completed by March 15, after starting Jan 15, the final date now is undetermined. Census takers obtaining information of farm families arc paid 40 cents for each family. RectCross Driye ToBeqinMar. f Chickasawba District Must Raise $35,900 For 1945 War Fund Members of the Executive Board- Chickasawba District Chapter of of the American Red Cross met last night . to consider .proposed plans, for the 194"5 American Red Cross War Fund, 1 to. be conduoted March ] through March 31. Chick- asa\vb:i District's rmota is $35,900. ,; Following approval of the monthly financial report for the chapter, given by Miss Julia Limbird. executive secretary, Kendall Berry, Chickasawba District chairman. asked for a discussion of the coming drive. In the absence of Ihe 1945 War Fund chairman, James Hill Jr., L. S. Benish, who will serve as cochairman, presented plans for raking the $35,900 quota, of which, $15.900 is the chapter's share of the national and international goal of Coal Shortage Felt At Schools Officials Doing Best- To Make Supply Last Until More Arrives The public schools of Blytheville have not more than two weeks' supply of coal on hand to heat buildings and if no more is oblained the schools will have to close, Supt. W. B. Nicholson announced today in a public statement in which he said there was no definite assurance as to when more coal will be available. Every effort is being made to conserve the present supply, so as to ceep the schools functioning until ;he/-shortage is alleviated, and-cooperation of parents is asked, -he "iTwoiild help greatly to promote the smooth running of schools for parents to make personal investigations of the facts and conditions pertaining to the heating and fuel problem before pronouncing condemnation of the school officials and fuel dealers," the statement pointed out. To close schools will plunge "us into a maze of complications too costly to be permitted if reasonably possible to avoid," Mr. Nicholson said,.in urging that;the;.public be ''reasonable ' arid;"patient" arid not to expect an^ more from.the schools than Is supplied in average homes of the children who attchd-schobl. Pointing out that he was cooperating with the War Mobilization Office to conserve fuel and transportation equipment, Mr. Nicholson said, "I have iakcn it as a part of our educational program and responsibility to impart as much as possible of this kind of patriotic effort into the school personnel of Blytheville." Conditions arc so acute one janitor has been occupied for the past * f • * Lovely, but lethal, 'is Ro7.a •Shanina, above, senior sergeant in the Red Army. Despite her •demure looks, she has been decorated for her prowess ns a sniper, being credited with killing 54 Germans. Reds Swarm Across Oder River Vengeful Japs Shell Rescued 'nternees and War Prisoners Remaining At Camps of Manila By United Vr«s The Jii)w are lengthening the record of their infamy -at taiiila. - - Not content 'with their scn.seleuH dcHtruction In nonmilitary areas of the Philippine capilnl, the Jnps have now Varied shelling the internment rumps near tho city where thousands of newly rescued civilians and prisoners' of war ire being .sheltered. The internees and prisoners are remaining at the camps, Santo Tpmas and Bilibid, -until the mo|Mi|i| of Japs inside Manila is completed, mainly because they have no place else to go. Today, mortnr shells began plunk-j* • .iff Into both cninps, and th<' noui jombarclment continued llirougl he day. At least four direct,'liiti vcrc scored by enemy shells 01) lie nmlri university building Bt :anto Tomas. And a shell dropped, directly In lionl of the entrance if the main building at Billbld.^ In the midst of the Japanese norlar fire, General MacArlhur islted the Santo Tomas Inlcrri- ncnt camp mid was cheered by JGOO persons who only n few short "ftys ago had been prisoners of the Japs. Mcnnwhilc, Amcrlcnn troops are $200,000,000. It was pointed out that the chapter's goal this year is only $100 .less than last year, and that in view of -changing local conditions, more effort will be required by more volunteer workers to call on more people who should be willing to contribute more to keep "Reel Cross By His Side". It was agreed by the executive committee that peace time Red Cross dollar memberships will not raise the amount needed, and that this Is a War. Rind campaign requiring everyone to contribute to the limit. E. B. Thomas, who served as cochairman for the 1944 drive, and members of the executive committee, contributed valuable suggestions toward planning for this year'.-; campaign success. Named as members of the planning committee to organize and select the volunteer committee chairman for North Mississippi County were: B. A. Lynch. Noble Gill. G. G. Hubbard, Murray Smart, Paul Pryor, O. E. Knudsen. G. I. Byrd, C. W. Tiplon, Chris Tompkins, J. . C. Ellis, E. M. Woodard, Col. Howard C. Stclling. commanding officer at Blytheville Army Air Field, aiij A. J. Jnggcrs, Red Crops Field Director at BAAF. Member,' of this committee will meet in the Chamber of Commerce office In the city hall, tomorrow afternoon, 3 o'clock, to complete organization plans and policies for the coming campaign. War Fund headquarters will be located in the local office of the Ark-Mo Power Company at 405 West Main Street. two weeks transporting coal with a wheelbarrow to the furnac6s which heat the three buildings of the unit on Chickasawba avenue and whatever necessary will be continued to keep the buildings warm enough lor school, he said. In closing the statement the superintendent said: "From the beginning of my connection with the Blytheville schools I have endeavored to be courteous and resiwctful to all visitors to my office and to all telephone communications. Such Is still my policy for now and for the future. Anonymous messages, delivered cither by a second person, by telephone, or by writing, arc unwelcome and conducive to disrespect and impatience." Hearing Set On Measure By Williams LI'ITLE ROCK, Feb. 7 ,(U.P.) — A :pilblio: hearing on a bill pro posing, .election of'drainage 'distri commissioners by^ property ownc will be held at Little Rock ti morrow night. Tlie measure, -'introduced''in tl Arkansas Senate ' by Senator Prank Williams of Osceola, ca for the election of the comml sioners by. property owners'of tl district iastead of their being a pointed by the county judge. Williams says that under the present regulations, dr.niuagc district commissioners hold office for life. And he believes the commissioners should be elected by the land owners who will benefit by their acts. The Williams proposal would affect drainage districts in Cross, Mississippi, I'oinsett, Critlcnden, Cralghead and St. Francis counties. Captain Crone Is Appointed PRO At Field Capt. Robert A. Crone, staff intelligence officer with the Fifteenth Army Air Force during two years of overseas service, hns reported nt BAAP and is assigned to duty as public relations officer nnd as officer in charge of the Plane Talker, local camp newspaper. He succeeds First Lieut. Chester F. Protheroe. BAAF public relations officer for over a year, who hns been given a full assignment as publications officer. Captain Crone, who transferred here from Laredo Army Air Field, Tex., was commissioned in 1944. fighting their through burn Ing sections of Manila to rout out the remaining pockets of Japanese resistance. It's estimated that several thousand Ja|is remain In the city, though they're split Into smriV groups. London radio .says the Yanki have established two bridgeheads across the Pnsig river into the southern and oldest section o Manila, and that they have cnp turcd Fort, Santiago, after u 00 minute artillery bombardment,,,,, The Japanese say Amcrlca'ri~,^irJ ships- have pounded '' the fortress island mouth of". Manila Bay, speculate that. American itroop mny make a landing on the tarn ous "Rock," Meanwhile, the news tram Chin continues to be bad. American nlr men of General Chenmuilt's 1411 Air Force have abandoned and de mollshed the last of their secret base/; In East China, 400 miles behind the Japanese battle lines. The abandonment was forced by three Japanese columns which are converging on the area. Elsewhere in the air wnr, American Superfortresses from India raided Thailand and French Indochina, while B-29s from Saipan, according to Japanese report, marie Individual sorties against the Kobe area in the Japanese homeland. Tlie Stale Department has announced that the civilians liberated In the Philippines will be repatriated as soon as the military situation permits and the Army is able to release shipping space for lat purpose. TOUAV8 WAU ANAI.V81H Germans May Be Too Weak To Stop Reds By DAVID WKIIKS United I'rrs* Stiff Writer Bcrljn ha.'i entered Into tho .shadows, , Tho 'greatest metropolis on continental Europe Is approaching the Zhukov's Men On Big Highway Leading Directly To Capital, Russian Broadcast Announces MOSCOW, Fob. 7 lU.K)—The official army newspaper "Hud St;iv" proclaimed today that Die complete destruction of Nir/,i Gcrnwiiy in very near, "Ued Sliir'-s" jubilant piedictioiucomes as unofficial ic- from Moscow SUV Russian troops hSve hurdled 1 th6 " ' Medical Officer Talks To Lions Care Of Army Airmen Is Explained To Club By Maj. Osmond Akre The health of cotnbnt Illcrs is vcn the best altentlon possible, and no U. S. Army ninnim who Is consldercfl meiitnlly or physically infll Is ever allowed to fly a mission, Maj. Osmond Akrc. base (light sur?con at the Blylhevlllc Army Air Field, told nicmbors of the Lions Club nt Hotel Noble yesterday noon. Speaking from his experience as a flight surgeon in the Mediterranean theater where he served In campaigns of North Africa, Sicily. Corsica nnri Italy, Major Akre told the club members something of the work of keeping air 'combat crcw- y tincl mentally, lit for their to effort Is spnfed, he said, doom that tho forces It ouco spawned, 1 inflicted uix>n Warsaw and Rotterdam. Tho cnpltnl of Nazism Is truly at death's door, and the- Implications behind today's reports from tho eastern front aro .so wildly protn- IsliiK that it's ddiiHcrou.vto lalo on the immedlnlo future. 'llii! subslalicc of to<lny'K reports from Moscow Is thut Mni-shul Zhukov's frontal iissnult on Ilci'lln hns carried across the swift-flow- Ing Oder river, anil even now Is Oder river directly before Berlin. So far those reports rue unconfirmed. Bui they 'are being mi|>i>lenienled almost cvcty hour by a flood of dispatcher HiiyhiK the buttle for Berlin has begun that furious flirhUiiU is niglnj? on the direct nppronclies to thq^caplW.,, Orte broadcast-from v Moscow,by n, American correspondent says httt the west bank of the Oder :Aa bfcn stormed and captured Ie warns "the situation this morn;i« h altogether loo wUdly prom- Mnu for speculation!" Awthor broadcast '<lecl»res 'tlfft losltlons of trie Otrih»n» hat, be^ ome serious to thd point o( des- ferttlttt the inert-gel-rest and raip' al regular "Intervals arid 1 officers keep careful check on all personnel under their custody. A tenlmalc of Lieut. Col. Dick Tipton of Blyllievillc while overseas, Major Akre wns particularly high in his praise of the local air officer. "His leadership on combat missions was^outstandlnt'," Major Akrc aid.i"If he ever deigned to look at -nemy fighters making passes al his light or at flak popping around it was from the corner of his eye. He would stay on the course, complete ils mission and lead his planes >ack to Ihctr base. He never seemed o be bothered by nerves. Some of he oilier pilols might be tense be- oic a mission but Dick lisunlly could >c found enjoying a sound sleep." Guests at the luncheon meeting included R. LI Shcrrlck of Memphis, a former member of the local club, and G, B. Townsend of Mangrum, Oklu. ramming agalnsl the foi'i'flclrt of Berlin's defenses. •nils Is spectacular news In Itself. But the real, the breath-Inking Impact behind It Is the failure of tho Qei'iniins to hold thu Oder river line at the very point where II. should litivo been the strongest. We arc still -too close to Mils momentous development, thiscrcat- cst of all developments since the war started, lu assay tho full meaning of .11. But II does indicate one of Iwo possibilities. May Have Misjudged Itcils Tho flrsl Is thai the Germans completely miscalculated the power of Marshal Zliukov's frontal assault nnd in : fact, mLsJudncd I?us- slnn planning. That Is, there Is a possibility .that • the 'Germans figured, Zhdkov" would not attempt to cross the Oder so soon, aiid Instead, that tijc Russian strategy wmmfbbio tlcoeyp'Its two flank- lug assaults, lift , northern one hammering townrd Stettin on' thu Baltic, and the oilier one already Pattons Men Cross The Our Into Germany PARIS, Fob. 7. (UP)—General ration's Third Army, uxplpdhiR Into a new offensive across tho Our river, which marks tho bonier bctwcei Luxembourg anil Germany, went over lu tho attack In the black of night, nt 3 o'clock this morning. Tho Yanks arc on the march ailing n 22-mtlo front north of Eoh- tci'iuich, a town In the center of tlio Luxembourg Ixirdcr. The northern wing'of Pulton's troops has Joined forces with General Hodges' First Army to forge an assault Hue somo 10 miles long, from Echlcrtiach to tho headwaters of the Roer river An American radio comjipoiidcnl Paul f" dee]) across Hie Oder Silesia. Physician Dies F,L DORADO, Ark., Feb. V (UP.) —Funeral services will be held al El Dorado this afternoon for Dr. F. O. !\fahony, El Dorado physician and past president of the Arkansas Medical Society and the Arkansas Stale Board of Health. The 65-year-old doctor died at Appropriation Bills Given Vote In House LITTLE ROCK, Feb. 7 (UP> The Arkansas House of Representatives, working as a committee of the whole, has approved appropriation bills for seven stale departments. And nol a single dissenting vote has been cast. In the Senate, a joint resolution creating county justice * courts throughout Arkansas has been passed. Tlie mcar-ure, Introduced by Senator Tom Kidd of Murfrecs- boro. would be put before the voters in the form of a constitutional amendment in the next general election. An opponent of the resolution, Senator Ike Moore of Helena, has given notice that within three days he will call on the Senate to reconsider the vote by which it was passed. Under legislative rules, if Moore can muster enough votes within three days anj call the resolution back for reconsideration, it can be defeated. his El Dorado homo yesterday after an illness of more than a year. Survivors Include his wife, a daughter, toothers. He was called to active duly July 25, 1942, and was sent to England in August, 1942. During the next two years lie served in England, North Africa, Libya, and Italy. During this period he corned the right lo wear three battle stars and, with the rest of the heavy bombardment group to which he was assigned, received a unit citation. Upon his return to the Slates in August, 1944, he was awarded the Bronze Star "lor meritorious achievement," as stall intelligence officer with headquarters of the 15th Army Air Force in North Africa from March 1, 1943, to June l, 1014. . . ;. In civilian life. Captain Crone wns a junior officc.f assigned to a Civilian Conservation Corps unit and was later an employee of the Wisconsin Tclcohonc Company. A native of Milwaukee. Wis., he is married to the former Miss Lorraine M. Holtz of Milwaukee ant they and their thrcc-ycar-old ,son Robert James Crone, are making their home at 819 West Ash Street Gross Fire Yesterday Firemen extinguished a grass fire two sons nnd two I yesterday afternoon at 324 South Division. There was no dauingc. Rate Hearing Scheduled LITTLE ROCK. Feb. 7 (UP) — The Arkansas Utilities Commission has set March 27 as the dale to rehearing of a complaint by In U. S. Army and Navy against th Arkansas Missouri Power Compa ny rates at the Blytheville an Walnut Ridge Air Fields. Hehearinq; was necessitated h the appointment of Charles C Wine to succeed Joseph Morriso the commbcicn. The origins was hclfl In December, 'ruck Driver Fined allowing Accident A truck accident on Highway 61 car (he comer of Seventh and hlckasawba Monday night re- ultcd In Evcrell Frazlcr being ine<! 5100 on a charge of driving •hllc under the Influence of II- uor and $25 on a charge of Icnv- :ig the scene of an accident.. The defendant, fined In Munici- >al Courl following his arrest by ily police who investigated, wni river of a pick-up truck which idcswipctl aid. a hay truck. It was He was apprehended about ilock from Hie accident which oc- ured al 11:55 o'clock as Ihe hay ruck was traveling cast and Trailer was driving west. Bolh vehicles were damaged several hundred dollars worth, officers said. Dave Weinberg Rites Are Held In Memphis Funeral services were held In Memphis yesterday afternoon for Dave Weinberg, Parkin, Ark., merchant who formerly lived here, and father of Lloyd Weinberg of Blytheville. He died Monday morning al Memphis Baptist Hospital. He wns 54. He left BlytliDvlIle 15 years ago to move lo Parkin. Under such calculation, Ihu Gcr- irniiis might bo expected to sacrifice some ' of their strength Immediately before Ucrlln, in order to bolster the defenses around Hie flunks. However, tho, possibility of German error Is an unlikely one, because the German high command Is nol In the habit of making .Midi costly mistakes. The only major German tactical blunder of the entire war was al Stalingrad, an< that wa.s while they were on the offensive. Tho German military command has fought its dcfcnsivi war with some of the most master ful tactics ever devised on thi field of battle. There seems to bo only one al tcnmlive possibility, and thill's sc hrcntli-takhii! In Its Implication thut It must be oflcrcd with con side-ruble hesitancy. Hut put ns straightforwardly ns possible, II is this: which Thai once the German army, (ought an offensive war nlong a 2000 mile front, Is now ;o weak, so staggered by losses, by confusion and by moralc-sbiU- delusion, that it slmnly cannot hold anywhere along n rie- "cnslve front of less than 400 miles. Karlj Collapse Predicted 'Hie Russian army paper Red Livestock ST. LOUIS NATIONAL STOCKYARDS—Livestock <WFA>—Hog receipts 8200 head with 7000 salable. Top $14.70. 160-350 pounds $11.70. 140-150 pounds $H.OO-$14.50. Sows Cattle receipts 4700 head with 4500 salable. Calves 1000, all salable. Mixed yearlings and heifers $12.00$14.50. Cows 9.25-11.90. Canners and cutters 7.00-8.75. Slaughter steers 10.00-16.50. Slaughter belters 0.0016.00. Stockcr and feeder steers 8.50-13.50. Tough German Officers Compel Nazis To Hold Out At Dunkirk WITH THE 21ST ARMY GROUP, Feb. 7. (UP)—The ncvcr-to-bc-for- gotlen port of Dunkirk is far behind the fighting front now, bill the Germans arc still there. And they arc using every trick in Ihe book to hold their 12,000 man garrison together. The whole story is being told by captured Nazis. The German soldiers still are being assured that Field Marshal Karl von Rnndstedt Is going lo their rescue. And in case that Isn't enough incentive to stay on the job. the Gorman commander Is said to have warned the men that the Gestapo will arrest their families if th desert. Moreover, the matter of desertion isn't easy. The men haven't been lold where the mine fields are. And the garrison has at least 100 guns besides fink guns and three defense lines, leveled along canals with am- ple mine fields and pillboxes. The battered garrison Is commanded by Vice Admiral FrlsUis German war prisoners describe him as a five foot, four inch Prussian bully. Frisius has gathered around him a tough group of fanatical Naz officers, One, known as the "Cognac Flash", drinks huge quantities of that liquor before leading assault parties. The prisoners say he always has n cognac bottle tucked under one arm and a tommy gun under the other. But in spite of all their efforts the Germans gradually arc falllut before the force of Allied hammering. British, Canadian, Czech and French units carry out nlghl mo- torbo.it patiols, using bazookas to root out German lank patrols. Since the siege began last September, the Allies have killed al least COO o: the enemy and have taken almos' 800 prisoners. . ,, Sltir boldly susgcsls that this Is ,he case. In today's edition, Red tflr not only predicts the fall of Berlin. It predicts that "The com- >tcte destruction of Nazi Germany is very near.'' Tlnis. according to Rc<l Star, not only Berlin, but all of Hitler's Germany, Is at death's door. What of Berlin In Its hours? Con It hold oul through days and weeks of tortuous assault as did the Russians at Stalingrad? Yesterday, almost any military bservcr would have co that the Germans could prevent Zhukov from getting across the Oder on his sector. Any of them would have contended thai the best way 10 undermine Berlin was lo outflank it from both slates, to cut it off and then invest It a.< the Russians had to do with Warsaw and Budapest. Today, Zhukov is across the Oder and bearing down on Berlin with no natural obstnclcs In path. Any prediction about Berlin's ability to hold up as a fortress city would have to Ignore all the reasons why the Oder line failed to hold up. Eomcthmz hns hapnened in Germany and to Germany that makes It futile al the moment even to try to figure oul what will happen next. There's only one conclusion. Germany Is gn.sjiing for breath. And Uer pulse Is very, very weak. Hayti Man Killed Me. Thomas U. Ilam, husband of Mrs. Norma P. Ham of Haytl, Mo., has been killed In action in the European theater, the 1 War Department has announced. It Is believed his death occurred late last year, .. he blow by blow description of till: rooting Into Germany. Says he The advance wns preceded by n 'to- iilmili! artillery.; barrage, one o tic heaviest., When the ' shelling iflcd, American soldiers > stood U| ind walked forward, They .walkcc across fields where Unid was ankl deep. They fought in-'llu, iiuv o iu(clili)c 'gun fire. As "boat! 1 \\ei oworcd into the river the first wav of troops started across, The Cer nans walled until the bouts wer out In midstream, Then they ci'i loose with gunfire. BoaUi filled wit! soldiers, American soldiers, were cut to pieces. Men tumbled Into t|ic frcculng, swirling waters of this river. Those who,could not swim, arid those ' who were too Wounded .to swim wore swept downstream to oblivion. Yet the attack kept on. Other soldiers in waves kept forcing themselves across the river" Thai Is how Ihe viclorles on tho western front arc won. Despite the flcrco Nazi resistance, tho latest report of Ihe Third Army's offensive says four divisions are milking "good progress." North of the new offensive front other nulls of the Third Army havo captured three towns In a drive through the eastern crust of tho Siegfried Lino on a 1000 yard front. And the most advanced Dough- x>ys arc within three miles of the transport, center of Prum. And on the northern flunk of •'niton's Doughboys the. American nrst Armv also Is on the atlac* Two of the five Hocr river dams which control the level of the swift Rocr along It's entire length arc in American hands or under American artillery fire. Capture of the rc- nalning three would clear the way for the U. S. Ninth and British Second Armies, reported by Berlin to be preparing for a thrust Into Qcr- icrnllon — II looks as though the Irivo for ' the Gorman capital !b efllly on." Ku.viUas on| Berlin Ro«d i And the Mo-sco^y radio which told of llio crossing ^icar PrankfuH, ays Marshal Zhukov's troops arc in a broad htghyay—"which leads ike an ariow to the heart of Ber- 111 " , Adds the Soviet radio, ''fighting now Is noliig on In Uic fortlflett forofloM of Berlin.' '' Those rcpor'.i all add up to one thing, that Berlin is fating her darkest hour, that the fate of Germany h bunging in the balance Neutral coi respondents say that in Berlin a. foreboding nf doom seems to hang 'over all the city, Hundreds of thousands of people me said to be fleeing Berlin »hllo ironically enough other hundreds of thou-ands flood Into the city as i,ofU2ces froni the east Soviet a'ii- men say that west of Frankfurt endless columns of refugees are streaming, afoo(,. pr* riding In alt kinds 01 vehicles to^ald the capital which-, is still, burning fiercely as a irifull of tlie^recent raids by Allied planes fiom (He nest* Says ' one Soviet dispatch—' rhe Gestapo has taken over all power n Benin, chaos reigns supreme' many. Far to tile south, on the Alsace plain, the battle of the Colmar irockct Is drawing to a close. The French First Army, teamed up with the American Seventh, Is altacklni the remainder of the Nnzl toe-hol( across the Rhine. And French Firs Army headquarters reveals that only about 6000 German troops now aro left on the west bank of the river. •j* Manv*'of those German pctple indorgolliK for the first time ItKe error and hardship of being rc- iigees arc coming fiom Silesia'to he south, where, another greit Russian "Army is advancing over Uial Hitler and Gocbbels arc so fond of calling Germany s "Holy Soil.' Soviet. Marshal Konev.'s Army In Silesia has" biokcn acrc.-s the up- )er Oder oil a 50-mllo front south Df Brcslau, and at last reports ad- 'nncc columns were 12-to 15; miles >o>ond the river and were swlng- ng nortli in a drive to outflank Srcslau from the south, ana -possibly to outflank Berlin: An American radio correspondent telti ho* Marshal Konev's men forced the stream uhlch lay like a great barrier before the of Silesia. The .Red Army plains troops, battle-grimed :and weary, reached.the deep black Oder only to find that It,was not frozen over, but,running swiftly. They gathered doors, fencts, ttbles, .benches, and miide thctri: Into rafts.--And-then, in the face of murderous flrc.'these Red Army troops ferried ii cross the Oder at night. By morning they had two bridgeheads open.. Then Marshal KOnev proclaimed —"Now, no force In Uie world can push us ;back." Luxora Slayer To Die March 6 Tony Brown Must Pay For Murder Of Night Watchman In 1943 LITTLE HOCK, Feb. 7. —Tony Brown, Mississippi County negro, who killed a while man with an iron pipe in December, 1943, will die in the state's .electric chair March 6 for the crinje, Governor Lnney announced Tuesday. The victim was A. M. Lynch, 62- year-old employe of the Luxora bin Company. He was attacked by Brown the night of Dec. 4, 1943. During the trial the negro told officers he had lost nil his money in a dice game and intended to rob Mr. Lynch. Brown, convicted of first degree murder by the Mississippi Circuit Court and sentenced to death' In the electric chair, appealed his case to the Supreme Court. Tlie high tribunal affirmed tht! lower court. Brown's execution date was the first so', by the governor since he assumed office. Farm Bureau Many ; New Members With' a quota of 3250 rticmbers for Mississippi County, the North Mississippi County Farm Bureau already has reached 55 per cent of its goal,'it'\yas'reported test night al a supper.meeting .of; the", membership committee. ••-• • -.->•" Mr. aiid Mrs: Charles- Rose entertained, the 44 .members with, i ix barbecue at the. .recreation room of Roscland -Plantation. -V ^ The 3250-member quota is the part assigned of 1,000,000.goal, set by the National Farm Bureau. With : the' campaign'^to be concluded Saturday, it was pointed out membership in the: farm bureau of Arkansas Is'$2.50 per year while in Missouri it Is '$5 arid ?15 in Illinois. The membership committee members will send in their reports Saturday (to H. C Knappenberger, secrclarjV .it was decided. Leroy Carter of Leachville Rhrt Eddie Hagan of Huffman, vlco presidents, were in'charge. Weather i ARKANSAS:, Cloudy this artci- noon, partly cloudy and colccr. Thursday fair and continued cold. Fresh '"\\lnds diminishing ,-lfturs- '