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VOL. XL1—NO. 282 SmSMMffiS N EWS AH KANSAS. KK11MY, KKHKUAKY 10, 19-15 SINGLE COPIES FIVE CENTS .v I ^^ ^^^ ^^M M ^^^ J ~ ~~~ — ~»"w*a sjy/i mo piYj, UBHJB ;v MPJLEET LOCATED, INVITED TO FIGHT •^WWV-vrWvw^, W\ JV w^j^^ J -^~. --- ,...., _ - , , ^ ^^^^ W ^^B ••• VJB . TODAY'S WAR ANALYSIS Fighting Lady Of U. S. Fleet Leads The Way By DAVID WEEKS United Press Staff Writer Once, they said the Fighting Lady, had a glass jaw. The prophets of pessimism so hi the aircraft carrier packed a terrific wallop, but that she wa< sucker for a punch. What they forgot was that in order to break a -glass jaw, you've got to hit it And thus, the righting Lady has brought the first thousand-plane raid home lo Tokyo. The Japanese capital has become the Berlin of ' the Pacific and is headed for the same or perhaps worse devastation. ' ; Our Fighting' Lady has stuck that glass Jaw of hers right into the enemy's face and dared him 10 daredevil, long- by the American It's a cold calculation based to.hit. Tills is shot challenge on. American strength ancase weakness. The Navy has developed nlque for protecting t and Jap- teeh- aircraft carrier's inherent defensive weak- new, and exploiting its overwhelming' offensive power. In past performances during- (he long trek toward Japan from the Southwest Pacific, the Navy has proved the soundness of Its technique of using task forces with thc heavy firepower of its warships to protect Ihe carrier (rom both surface and air attack. It has proved that •Kith this technique, it could op erate within'range of limited numbers ' of the enemv's land-bused aircraft. Bold Challenge Now, It's in the process of proving . that concentrated American carrier plane power, plus concentrated surface power, can challenge the entire Japanese fleet and the entire Japanese air force right oh -the enemy's own doorstep. ..The Japs are in a dilemma. If they accept thc challenge and try / .to hit' the glass jaw, they risk • ..the -only* defensive -power they've got, what 'remains of their face fleet, and their home air force. That's a high stake with the cards stacked against, them. If they lose, Japan is stripped bare, a set-up for invasion. But if they refuse the challenge. Tokyo, Nagoya, Yawala and a host of Japanese cilies will be bombed to ruins. A few figures serve to emphasize the overwhelming power of the American Navy in contrast to the apalllng- .weakness of Ihe, -enemy. For eximnie',! trui' Uiilted States Navy now lias: at least 90 aircraft carriers in .service. 25 of which are big:-first line-carriers. .- Thc Japs never had more than 10 big carriers, and now they have not more than seven, plus an un- ! known number of small types, es cort or converted vessels. They lost five carriers last year alone, while we lost one, thc Princeton am built 45. The Navy Air Force totals 37,000 planes. And while we have no exact figures on Japanese planes that i.v probably far more planes than the Japanese army and navy combined could muster nil the way from Nagasaki to Rangoon. Kncmy Air Losses Heavy Japanese air losses during the past year have ranged all the way from 5 to 20 limes our losses. As for the American Navy face, forces, we now have nearly 12 hundred fighting ships. We have 17 battleships arrayed against the Japs. The Jap navy never approached that power. Yet, last year alone, we subtracted over one thousand ships, including two battle .ships, five carriers and seven heavy cruisers from thc enemy's surface forces. Now we conie lo another significant figure. Ill thc first three years of war. American airmen Jlcw more than one and a half million sorties against our enemies on both sides of the world. But since Germany was thc enemy marked for the heaviest l.tows, less than one quarter of those eorties were flown against the Japs. The fourth year of tiie war finds Japan taking on thc role of the major enemy with American air- p&wer now capable of flying more than one million sorties a year. It's no problem lo figure out who will be on the receiving pud of thc biggest part of that million. And America's- Fighting Lady, thc aircraft carrier, is leading the way. As the deputy chief of Naval Air Operations. Admiral Fitch, sivs: "Undisputed queen of the Pacific, she is not too recal to work witli other land, sea and air forces. She has grown great by being the servant of all," Jap PrisortShip With 1800 British, American Captives In Hold Is Sunk By Submarine rln M«nn ' < U ' P ->-- 11 '>™ * Possible to .lis- closc Hint 1800 prisoners of wnr, most of (hem apparently died la.st October when an Allii" sank a Japanese prison ship. s "?; ivws lilvc I)CL '» accounted for since this of old According nJo iH t? ' d by o a " °>' cwitllCHS lo the .sinking O ne five survivors, Sergt, Avcry K Wilher -. 'i2 vi-n- hand from Navariiio, Wis. -"->ui- to Wither" "tii Harrison Holds Court Judge Zal B. Harrison was In Jonesboro today where he was presiding over a special session of Civil Court. He planned to return tonight. Chicago Rye May open hieh low dose pr close 112-K 114'} 112% IH'1 Ufl lllv* 100 ?i. Illy 112 109 K were jammed inlo thc prison ship's stinking holds the second day American bombers ,hit Manila. A few were British. But most of them were thc American survivors of Hainan and Corregidor, still weak and near death from Inhuman enemy treatment, Part Of Jap Convor The ship is believed to have been part of a Jap convoy which hid out among the islands for several days and then struck out across the Chl- la Sea, a favorite hunting ground for Aiticrlca'n submarines. It wasn't long before thc prisoners realized that' Japanese sailors were just as barbarous and cruel in their treatment of them us were the soldiers of thc Rising Sun. Each prisoner was given one teacup of cooked rice twice daily. To wasii it down, the Japs gave 'them l canteen of dirty water once a day The only sanitary facilities in the lold were four five-gallon buckets. The heat was stifling . .. the stench unbearable. Scores were afflicted vith dysentery. Hundreds went out of their minds. Many of the prisoners, wracked with their own suffering and that all around them, said they preferred death to this kind of living For many of them it came thc evening of October 24th. That was when they heard scurrying footsleps and the. frightened abbering of thc Japanese on the deck. Torpedo Illls Ship. It was then that the Allied submarine, still unidentified, pumped a .orpedt/ inu> the, Side of the prison boat, n shock which Wiiber said 'elt like a truck hitting a parkec :nr broadside. The crew of ,the ubmarine had no way of knowing vhat kind of cargo the target ship vas carrying since it was n part of a convoy and looked like a legiti- •nate target. Thc prisoners who managed to scape their holds joined the Jap- nese sailors in thc sea. Two Jap estroyers churned the water with cpth bombs, stopping occasionally o pick up their own men. But .they hunned thc Americans and British "I saw them beat ofT thc Yanks 1th clubs," Wilber said. After-.hours -of struggling m the 'alcr. Wilber and (our others got ito a life boat (hat drifted up to them. (His companions and the only known survivors WC rc: Robert S Overbcck. of Baltimore, then a civilian but now an Army lieutenant- Scrgl. Calvin Graef. of Silver City N. M.; Corp. Donald E. Meyer, of Wilmington, Calif., and Corp. Anton Cichi, of New York Mills, Minn) Thc castaways rigged up a sail. headed Iheir bo.it toward China and Collector Mails Tax Statements State, County Taxes Will Be Due Monday; Others Also Payable Collection of slate and county taxes, poll tax and drainage lax in Mississippi County, along with thc rest of thc state, begins Monday. Employes of Sheriff and Collector Hale Jackson's offices have been busy for weeks preparing and mailing statements to .ill tiixpuycrs in a plan stinted last year which has met with wide approval. Instead of having ID cull nt (he court house lo learn the amount of taxes and (laying in person, lax- payers are mailed statements showing itemized amounts due and rc- miUimcc may be made by mail or in. person. Prior to the mini date, a reminder notice Is mailed to save lax- payers payment of the penally when overdue. Collection of such taxes was (he bes.t in history during thc past year .with, approximately 08 per cent or 5152,029.37 In stale and county taxes paid into the treasury. providentially landed hands. friendly And now that he has gBincd those 40 pounds he lost in the Japanese prison camp. Sergeant Wilber is re- New Officers. Are Assigned To ROW Camps New officers have recently been assigned to prisoner of war camps in Mississippi County. Lieut, James G. Moran. whose home is in Nulley N. J., has been assigned to the Biytncville camp replacing Lieut Emerson L. Athcrton, transferred lo fet. Charles, Ark. ' Lieut. James R. Clements of Springfield, Ky,, has arrived at Osceola, succeeding Lieut. Harold E Melville, who has been assigned to WAG recruiting duty. Both of thc newly-arrived officers hold commissions in the Coast , tillery Corps. Use Tax Given House Approval By 59-33 Vote Mississippi County Delegation Ballots Against Measure UTTLE ROCK, Feb. 16, (OP)— The House of Representatives this afternoon passed lh c use lax bill b.v ii vole of 559 lo 33. The measure places a lax on all foods purchased outside Die state for use within Aikansus, All members of the 'Mississippi County delegation, which opposed (he measure from the lime of Us Introduction, volc ( i against the proposal. Following passage of (he measure, the House adjourned until 2 p.m. Monday. The House also has passed Governor Laney's revenue slaMM-jallou At the request, of the chief executive, the Hoii.se set ii.ilde nil rules, and passed the measure by a vole of 112 to 0. ft is now on ii.s way lo the Stale Senate for action. Lancy's measure would put the Mate's (18 special treasury funds into a single general fund for apportionment (o state departments and agencies. Apportionment would be on n percentage basis, based on each department's average Income during the last four years. The House this morning received « new state livestock show proposal, flic new measure. Introduced by Rep. Paul Van Dulsem of Perry ounty, would raise funds for tl',e shows by Increasing the tax on imusement devices. Van calsem says liis proposal ii 15th porting back for duty Marcl ...... No one knows better than he why the Japanese must be defeated. Another Case Of Meningitis Reporfec/ Toe/ay •.There is a spinal meningitis case northwest of Btythcviltc. the newest ° rc " of " mlld ^cmic which i c started before Christmas and which appeared to be waning. A Negro, J. G. Howard. BO, is scri- n , y , lr f lhc(iisc ^ at his home north of Oosncll near the Missouri stale hue ditch. It was announced today by Dr. E. c. Budd, director of Mtwlssipp, County Health Unit, No -steps have been taken concerning any quarantine in this section, except for isolation of Hie pallet and persons with whom he has come in contact. ,,' H is planned to watch, dcvelop- mcns carefully and if other cases develop, a ban may was said. be asked, it ppi County lias had more than a dozen cases but no fatalities have resulted. N. Y. Stocks \ T & T Amcr Tobacco ...,'." Anaconda Copper ; Belh Steel Chrysler . ........ Coca Cola Electric '.!'[' Gen Motors ., •tontgomery Ward ..'.'..... M Y Central \ 24 i-2 nt Harvester '.'.'..[ 701-4 Sludcbakcr 23 1-2 Standard of N J .....:!." 60 163 1-2 71 3-4 32 1-2 71 3-4 102 137 40 G6 5-8 53 1-2 Texas Corp 54 1-2 S Steel 6 2 1-4 Republic Steel 31 1-8 Harvey Barger Of Steele Dies In Luxembourg Pfc. Harvey J. Barger. 27. of, Stcelc Mo., was killed in action Jan. 2o In Luxembourg, thc War Department has notified his wife, Mr?. Agnes Curry Barger of Steele. Son of the lat c Mr. and Mrs. Marion Barger of Slccle, Privale iJirger was reared in Steele. where born. Entering ti, c s(. rv i cc 1;isl May alter having been employed in defense work In Michigan, he had been overseas since Oct. 19. He J«s a buldicr at R grocery of Stcete prior lo entering defense "OrK. Besides his wife, he is survived "y a sou, Charles Edward Barger, and four brothers. Clyde Barger 01 the Navy now in active scrv- A1vln Barger of thc Army, Bareer ot Grailti would bring in sonic $250,000 n year This money would be turned over .o the fiscal control board for dis- 'ribulion to promoters of a state-wide Ivestock show and county stock shows. Thc board would be authored to distribute SBO.OOO for the county shows, nmj $100,000 for the state-wide show at Little Hock. Members of the House linve adopted, a resolution -congratulatr ng Spca.ker Horace Noiihcull of Salem upon his 02iul birthday aii'ni- •ei'sary, which he observed today. Sends 2 Medals Won In Pacific Pfc. Melyin B. Woods Braves Enemy Fire To Obtain Ammunition "I'm sending some stuff home Tn 11 will be a purple Heart and Bron/e Star Medal." That was thc way pf c . Mclvin B. Woods. 22-year- old Infantryman, wrote life father he had received Ihe two awards. But his father, I,, o. Woods GOT Broadway, has received thc accompanying citation for the coveted Bonze Star which tells of thc heroism or his son who voluntarily— not once, but twice-risked his life to Late Bulletins I'AlilS, t>b. 1C. (IIP) _ Tl,c l-'ri-nch (•ovrrnmrnl uimnuiiu's lli.il II 1ms n.tkrd Anirrldi, llrlt- al" ami Itussla fnr "liulUprii. ^ill|p clarification" O f || lr Cr{. inn i-iiiifrwiicfi ronimunlqiip. An offlrhil annnunci > nirnl s:iys Die reijuf.vt H-UK niadr in notes presented today by th r I'rpnch ainhitssnilors In WiislihiRlon, 1^11- ilon ami Mnscow i» the tovcrn- ""•"(s lo which they arc accredited. The notes were, approved by Ilir caliliifl which nut thin inoni- i»s. with Central \)t Gaulle, prc- 1C. UAIlTFOitl), (tonn,, ]>h. «JI')— Six offici»ls anil wo of Hin RlnRllnf: nrollifns_|j.ir- nuni and Ballty Cirrus have lilcjrtcil no cnirttxt to manslaiigh- trr dnirufs which Ni(ull«l In las( July's disastrous fire. The flr f which swept ihrnuirti I"<| "hl/{ top' 1 took K toll of 1G8 ' Site Obtained For City's New Fire Station A second fire station for Dlythe- vlllc is u step nearer with acquisition -of properly at lhc comer of Nineteenth and Mnln slrccls,,which is lo be lhc site of the station, along iW llh the City Engineering department. The 50-foot property, adjacent to Arknii'-Bs lee and Coal Company rcverled ^to the City of Ulylhcville "' ' and legal slops try abandonment were laken lo clear Die tllle to gli-c lhc city an Ideal location for such a station, 'It was pointed out.' Plans are being mapped fnr Die building which will be the home of one of the three fire trucks and where the city's engineering dc- mrtnicnt will be housed, along will) is street cleaning and wccd-ciit- ing equipment, and where such Hems ns concrete blocks and the ike can be kept until used. The fir c station will serve as a second station to the main 'dt>. lartmcnt til Clly'Hali; so as to give irotectlon (o persons living in the western half of the city cut off from lhc station ' Woman Delegate Believes Exile Best For Hitler Barnard College Head Does Not Favor Idea Of Executing Madman NEW YOKK, Feb. 10, <UP>- Atnerk'ii'.s woman delegate lo lhc fOL-thcomliiB United Nations conference gave her views loduy on whin should happen lo Clprnmiiy mid lo Adolf Hitler, once lhc war Is won The delegate In l>e«n Virginia Olldersleevo of liarnnrd College In New York. Bean Ollcterslcevp sny.s "] i-hould like to KCI< Hitler taken lo n re- mole jjilnnd and kept, there while he lives out his life qulclly. "l would prefer Una lo having him executed, for," she adds "I consider him a madman, and I do not like the Men of executing a mndmnn," As one of (lie country's lending educators, Miss Cllldersleove says: "Germany has plunged the world Into war for n |lilr<| lime, and now I m for demilitarizing the whute Oermaii nation, If Unit | s a luird peace, then I'm for it.' Miss Ollderslccvc says she has no wish to destroy th c Gerainn people. She believes Ihisy shoulil haw a I'eii.soimblc chance lo cat and to work. Hut she adds: "I assume lhn|. HID nrinles of occupation will eliminate the mast poisonous Nazis somehow. Then lhc nrmles will control , Germany's schools-at least for a while." Miss Qllderslccve says (hat our Dc-moci'flllc idens cnnnot In- comp elely successful In doslroyinx Nir.il ideas, but our armies can nt lenst to young conlrol whal is laiiBht Jc mm UK from here on, Shu prnlscd lhc results of the ^rlnicnn conference mid said she WHS thankful thnt what she called 'an Anglo-Saxon kind of nRree- iient—the kind of give and lake" nad been arrived at, In Yalta. She enid: , "r was elad I" see compromises "greed upon. Wi; got something ammunition for his squad d!l " g(>r ° r obUiu which lion. Thc cilalion reads In part' "For heroic service in connection with military operations against Ihe enemy near Dagami, Lcy[ c , Nov. 8. "As ammunition bearer for his iiortar squad, he voluntarily made two trips under heavy rifle and machine gun fire ta obtain ammunition for iiis squad in lh c front mes. HI-; courageous conduct con- Iribulcd materially to the success of thc action." In discussing his receiving thc award, later in lhc letter, lhc modest Infantryman wrot« "U Is a nice medal." He was wounded some time ago but has recovered. Married while in training prior lo going overseas last July his Mrs. Huby I. Woods, lives at - . Mcdford, Oregon. rom lhc station by the Frisco »'!• of lhal conference, and n Krenl Railroad, while trains are passing many running mrcs were healed." through Ulylhevlllc. Maj. Soulhworth In Plane Crash Son Of Card Manager Missing After B-29 Falls At New York NEW YORK.'Kcb. 10. KJt'l- Major Billy Southworth, the first professions! biiscball player to enlist in the armed forces In World war n, Is missing following the crush of his B-20 Superfortress In New York City's Flushing Bay. Pour members of his crew also arc ro If sing. Southworlh Is the son of Billy Southworth Sr.. manager of lhc world champion si. Louis Cardinals. Billy. Senior, Is at his home in Columbus, Ohio, ami is attempting to obtain plane passage to New Mrs. .Southworth says ihc Major came home from the European theater, where he had flown a. full schedule of bombing missions, In time for the World Scries last year Then he applied for thc heavier superfortress because, ns Major Sotilhworlh put it, "I want lo get mo thc bigger stuff." 'ilie other four members of his crew who were- believed to have ijcen Irapped with Southa-orth arc: Lieut. Carl Mngcc. of Las Nevus. Ncv.; Lieut. Martin LI Cursi of irnlberlon. N. Y.; Lieut. Ralph Slicklc, of Hutlcr, N. J., and Thls is not 'Dean Glldcisleevc's first experience as a deictic lo !n- Icnmtional confcrejicp.s. for she worked us a member of n committee under (ho League of Nations .Warships Waif Off Japan Following " Air Attacks Hint sliii1liii!f nniiDiiDcomoiil ciimc this 'ftftcriiooir fi-.irrt ' \Vl.al ,, .norc, the ,,,». • a miU(; h for !;''"!' «- m '"'»* "icy'rc hiding, n:,U "rally Is i, closely guarded military secret. But it is assumed that Ihc- where'"!!!" a'T 1 '" " nlhcici1 *" mc For the .si,oke.snmn says that "the batlcroii onelny ««' force evidently IK being held for the defense of JIIIHIII proper. And he added: "No* ll m t the homeland is being attacked It Is hoped Unit Ihc enemy will come out and light, and i], c sooner Ihey come mil, HID belle.- for us." Corrcjililnr Under Allnc'lc At Iho same lime the spokesman Jilso confirmed Japanese radio -reports that American warships are bombarding Corvcglilpr Island ul the month of Miinlln Buy p cl -| lrl | ls in mcpariillon for a new' landing, mi T' "'"bushed that three mighty American naval forces now In action at the am,,, tlmo •"' three vltiil enemy strong One force sending oil plnnes to nllnck Tokyo and || A - network of war plains and air Held*. Another lorn Is Knelling „„„ ))omD , n g ,-""in In the Volcano Islands, only miles soulhoast of the enemy homeland. And „ u>i rf | | s , nylm? J ^urlaln of, flic over Corregidor onei the scene of a great American ile- feat. . J ' Any oiin of tim three' ntinck. would be jspeolnciilnr news In t( 5C lf Combined, they toll a slory of un limited American sea and nlr power, a story of overwhelming Amer- iciin superiority. several years ago. 1000 Warplanes Hit Ruhr Cities Allied Airmen Blast Path For Canadians Attacking Westwall LONDON, Feb. 10. <UP>—Allied air power, which has been glv'lni.' direct support lo the Soviet offensive, suddenly switched to the West, today. More than 1000 Eighth Air Force planes hit the arsenal cities of tho Kiinr afler two record-breaking Ocrma < n f - b ° mbl " S ' nrBCtK dccp '" Allied heavy, medium and bombers have come out in force to support the Canadian First Army offensive which hns cleared a two mile springboard on the south bank ol tnc Rhino above Klcvc Allied guns and armor have moved up for n flanking sweep ni-mcc +l,~ ,/...~1l-.. . (, ..nv.\.|/ river Into the across the rich Ruhr Vnllc-y. Bill elsewhere along thc flooded Ehlncland front, as well a? fronls to lhc .south Allied progress has ground almost lo a standstill In the face of savage German resistance. Chicago Wheat " 0 ' ° fflclnl "on of the raid" on" -I'^kyo-iml (nod of dispatches from correspondents and enemy som-ces Hives a first hand view of thc battle In thc skies over Japan. interviews IS-20 Pilot An American radio correspondent ins talked with a Superfortress pint Just hack from a reconiml.raince trip over Tokyo. He says tlml he siiw a 7.000 foot high Dllliir of smoke climbing from an Island in the Tokyo Buy, that much of (he area Is covered with n heavy overcast. The pilot's radio was tuned in lo thc same frequency used by Ihe Navy filers, who for nine hours shut- tlcn back r.nd forth from their flal- ops, carrying tons of dcstructloi to thc Jap homcfronl. Snatches of through, "I've conversation Just burned Jnp planes," one pilot would I ve ers. another would burst of machine burst three call „.„ destroyed five enemy light- announce A Sergt. Joseph Vabroudl of Jamaica, Mav N. Y. Five others were rescued. " •" open high low close prclose July 162't 163% 162« 1631."4 161', IM71 156 IM';4 15571 153:5 Privett Memorial Fund Is Growing-More Than $200 Received ".lal-rt f.f.,1 -r . * ^"* ^"* * ^* ™" of ami I never thought we would own a house because we had io many children lo raiso but nothing would be nicer ihan for me and mv eight children lo walk inlo a home of our own. I didn't know God made as many nice as there are in Blvthevllle." Thnt Is wlial Mrs. Hflcliel Corkran "Ht sslti when told thc peonlc Blvthevillc planned to rals* money to h»v n a memorial tier hushind, killed in action J"i. 20 in Luxembourg Tho memorial i s | 0 br\ a home f">' Mrs. Privelt DTK! her elaht II und*r 13 wars of a™ if 'he plan, originated bv Jodie Nnhw*. is successful. With a Eoal of at. least, MOOf) f«r nurehnse of a mnHtft. house with ?nrrle>i S na C i>, fhe priwoi.f. MHII- having been started Wednes- Hint, thcv arc to liavo. vnnanenl hmnp, r>v«n If fli<i v r^ ,, 9rtdv Irtrm and thi>lr mother pxnresv <"i thnir nnproclntlon yes'srdav fo Mr. Nabera for starling thc iuna. EMesl of the children. 13-year- old Billy Gene who caimi to Ihc Courier News in person lo tell the story of his father having been killed in action, personally thanked Mr. Nabers for thc 'proposed memorial. It Is believed the Prlvpti family Is the first in the nnlfon where a father left a wife and eight young children when he gave his life for his country. When thc 37-year-old man was drafted last March he left his garage business to scvve his country. News of the memorial planned has swept Die country, following publication of the story, with city newspapers and naltoinl raws services carrying the slory in papers and over radio .stations throughout thc United Stales. A United Press dispatch said in part "Residents of Blythcvilic 0.111 RO on record today as beliiR the nicest people in the world . . , and if you attempt to single out the man with the bigppst heurt, he would be a Blyihevflfe crocer, Jodie Nabers. It was Mr. Nabers who .started the campaign rolling." Interested persons realized thnt $1000 is not a small sum to he contributed at this time of the year but they are confident lhc amount needed will be given Pointing out it was the hope of the sponsors to have small, as well as large sums contributed, they asked that no one feel n hesitancy about giving only a little, If that Is all they can afford. "Tills is to be a memorial and we wish evefy man, woman and child who appreciates wlial ,7. c. Prlvell has done tor his country, would give something—be it a little or a whole lot," Mr. Nabers said. That the memorial idea has appealed to people outside Blylh!<- vlllc is shown by two gifts from Osccola people, already received. In a letter, which accompanied a check for $10, Mrs. A. D. Shcaffer of Osccola wrote in part: 'I think it Is a worthy cause. He gave all that we might live In peace. It should not tako long to ct them a home of which Ihey could bo proud." Mr. and Mrs. Jess Cramer alsu sent a gift of $10 from Osccolr Harry Lewis of Memphis, w ), 0 sells produce here, left his check for SS when here yesterday. Largest gilt to date is $50 from Dud Cason Post, American Legion. Mr. ,-incl Mrs. Floyd A. White, whose son Is believed a prisoner of thc Germans after having been officially missing $10. In action, sent Gifts of $25 each were cent by Thc Cralton Company, c. L. Nabers and Jodie Nabers, whoso son Is In service. Rustic Inn sent $20 lor Hoy Halscll, of the Army. Judge Zal B. Harrison, who has three sons in service and n son- in-law a prisoner of the Germans, scnl $5. Gifts of $5 each imvc been j?lv- en by Arlin Bniley. J. J. Cookslon, Hank Harris and Hoyt Williams. O. R, Bedford and Mro. Don DunkSii each sent $2. A gift of $1 was contributed b.v a Mr. McDacle,' Homer Taylor und. "a salesman" gun fire would break in. Then quick clipped voices with southern accents and western burrs would call out thc brief sentences: "There are about GO Jap planes down there", or "fifty enemy fighters-watch out." Tho.se were thc voices of young American pilots wheeling swift Navy jlelldlvcrs and Avengers through lhc cloudy sky over Tokyo. Shuttling back and forth from the world's greatest concentration of aircraft carrier* the pilots paid a nine-hour long visit lo Japan. Ihe first wave took ofT about seven this morning from a flattop headed into the wind just 300 miles fron Tokyo. Here's lhc Jap report of what happened. The first two nights each of them 300 strong, swung back and forlh over (he flaming enemy capita! for two hours, unloading Iheir bombs on the city's airfields. Darkness Kndi Ailack At 9:30 the second wave roared over. A' Ihird struck at 12:30 in the afternoon. A fourth followed. And (hen at -i o'clock, as dusk began to settle 'over Japan, the last American plane winged home lo Its wait- Ing carrier. Behind them they left the most systematic, ; grand scale job of destruction over heaped upon Japan. avenging that wrought American, bombs ,«iid shells ..... '.' The bleak, rocky rttoll, eight miles f-quarc, was the target for- n lr c : Mcmlous force of battleships, other sin face craft. m,d land btuwd plSs from Hie -Mnrlntm Manas • According to the Jnps some 30 warships, Including aircraft barriers opened fire ns the sun rose Ten hours Inter they B UU were •hen. Into (ho tiny .«|, basean i hats the only mention of flattops taking part In the Iwo attack. H muy well be true. Tlic-Tokyo -radio, almost hysterical wlllv nerves then went on to. add, "This ,bom-' bindmcnt may be, lite prelude to- mi American landing on Iwo" .'.;• Ailmhnl Chester Nlmit/, Is kce'iU His a strict silence on, wlial the Iwo (Utnck may menu. Hut the white Imlrcd Nnvy chief can't mnsk his siitlufnctkm with the jeports Hooding In every hour He has a broad grin for everyone pvci- one thousand miles to the south, anolhcr- famous -leader. General MacArthur, Is seeing his dreams come true. . . • r . - . • . . : . • As llm Navys warships moved' 'in o- bombard Corrcgldor,, Inlrcncfy pockmarked by the shells of tho Japanese navy over three years ago lo°n el C ° f I!nllUin W " S (lrnwln ^ The - main' Ja'pancso- defense line across Ihe wooded peninsula' has been cracked. And the Japs are 'on the. 'run, ' • . '... The -.breakthrough oii • Bnlnan comes as other Vnnks- shoot and bnyo-jiot • their - way through the smoky streets of Manila In a no- quarter battle against thousands of ' ' of >) Uic'°oit l SOIIlhcra destruction ly Japanese carricr'planes at" Pearl Harbor three years, two months, and one week ago. How many American planes and >tlots did not return from the raid slill is unannounced. It's probable that lhc Jnps threw everything into the air that would fly. But we will have lo wait to know what price was paid for this day of victory. That great slory of the raid on Tokyo Is Just one of Iho spectacular announcements (o come from the Pacific on this Fcb. 16th. For even a* the endless chain of planes were ,.- , swarming over the,enemy capital, und Mrs. Walter Rusk gave -50, 1W6 Island, 750 miles to the south, smoking under the weight of' Marshal Konev : Continues Push Onrushing Red Armies Approach River Spree Leadjhg To Capital MOSCO,VV, Feb.'16 "(U.P)—fhe eastern front was crowding closer and closer to Berlin.- this after- loon. ! -' - •- • • • ••' The Russian Army newspaper, Red Star, says MarshM Konev's forces below the capita!'are now almost upon thc country estates along the banks of the river Spree which winds right Into tho heart of Germany's first city. : ' However, the Germans claim they have blocked the twin Rus- -.liui thrust a dozen miles ~away 'rom the transport center of Cott)"s and . U miles from Gubeu 3ul there Is no real indication that Marshal Konev's spccte.cular advance has',been .stopped' The fall of Cottbus and Guben will mean the Soviet forces will ir.ve a hold on the Spree river •ind will be astride a militarv liqhway leading straight to Berin, « miles to the north. Thc Russian wedge also threatens to separate thc German cap- Hal from the bomb-ruined city of Dresden, barely « miles casl r ot the Red Army. Moscow says KoncVs troops have reached he Ncisse river, last Important water barrier before Dresden and thc river fortress of. Goer- lilz. M miles east of the Saxon capital Is' believed -under , assault. There was nolatc word, however, on the battle raging along tile banks of the Oder 31 miles cast of Berlin. But far, to tho north, the Second White Russian Army has taken two more towns southwest of Danzig In the Polish corridor. And In western Poland, other Red Army troops are mopping up the remaining enemy units holed up in the by-passed city of Posen. 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