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VOL. XLI—NO. 284 ^-^!!^ N ^!^^ ^-" " O Dfclly N6WI BlythBvillA Her&ld ~' ' ~ '— —-—— Blytheville Dally Hewi Blytheville Courier LK, ARKANSAS, MONDAY, KICliUHAllY 10, 1'Mfi SINGLE COPIES FIVE CENTO ^B -^B ^^ ^_^ _ _ ^^_ ~ ~~ — —_—______ "»"«»'"!' ijuriao rivci UBN1TS '" MARINESJNJWO CAUGHT IN CROSSFIRE TODAY'S WAR ANALYSIS— Navy Needs Pacific Islands For Supply Bases By DAVID WEEKS, United Press Staff Writer The American invasion of IwoJima in Uio Volcano 1s- muls may be the key to a new technique for nniinlnming thousand-plane raids on Tokyo In itself, hvo Jima could "not possibly base one-thousand plane iaids on the Japanese homeland. The invasion of hvo proualjly is the Jorerumicr of American occupants in the our hands, it's hardly likely lhat they could provide enough landing fields to put 1000 planes into the air against Japan. They're all tiny islands. Thc largest in the lot arc Iwo Jima, barely eight niilcs in area and dotted with no less than five mountains, and Chichi Jima, in (lie Bonins, only five and a half square miles. Even England, a regular continent by comparison to these tiny specks of land, at one time had lo strain every facility at her command to put a thousand planes into the air and gel them down again. Tims we may see a brand new experiment in the technique of air warfare as applied against Japan. Thc Volcano and Bonin Islands may become the dispersal point, the supply dump and the repair depot for 1000-plane raids on Tokyo, but not for the landing fields. Base Fur Land Planes In olher words, this chain of islands may become primarily the advance base for American" aircraft carrier task forces. And secondarily the base of operations for a few land-based planes. The very fact thai we have invaded Iwo is proof iwsitive that the American Navy is parking itself within 750 miles of Tokyo wilh every intention of staying. Moreover, it seems equally positive that we intend to take over the Boning as well, if for no other reason than , ••: that they're too close to Iwo to be V left in Japanese hands. Thus, we'll ~ T^pusr^-^u'- forces -ylthi^ I bl&.aniles of Tokyo 'with every intention of staying there. .By no other route can we get B foothold so close to the heart ot Japan in any reasonable time. By invading China, we might, after tiionths of hard righting, be able lo set up bases within Liberator and Fortress range of Tokyo. But even at Shanghai, we'd still be half again as far from Tokyo as we arc al Iwo. Only by invading Korea could we come closer. ..The Volcano antl 'Bonin Islands, however, can be. supplied .directly from the United States by sea with no long land lines. And this is an important consideration when figuring on sustained lOOD-planc raids. Air warfare on this scale is some- Ihing new for thc Navy, and it presents some major problems. Three Plane Types Used • From airplane carriers, we use three types of planes, the Hellcat, thc Hclldiver, and the Avenger. Tlie Hellcat is capable of carrying a 1000 pound bomb load, and thc other two can cany a ton. That means that a 1000-plane raid on Tokyo can equal a 1000-ton raid. But to sustain it, supply lines must be close. Our carriers have already proved they can provide the take-off and landing space for the planes. But much more than thai is needed. Large-scale raids of this type require limitless supplies of bombs bullets and fuel. They must have the personnel and equipment behind them for keeping great numbers of planes in repair—something that carriers cannot provide. Moreover, replacement of planes must be close at hand. Tlic Benin and Volcano Islands fit this requirement to a "T." They are large enough to provide for storage of fuel and bombs, for the es- lablishmeul of repair shops and the construction of airfields stiil- able for receiving planes for overhaul, and sending planes lo Ihc carriers for replacement. In a word. Ihis siring of Islands fits the bill for everything needed in a 1000-planc raid except thc runways needed for simultaneous take-offs and landings. The carriers provide this. Thus, the ^'coming assault on Japan will be'.a blend of three mediums—aircraft, taking off from thc sea, and supplied by land. Stone Program Attracts Many GIs, Officers, Guests Turn Out For Music At Recreation Hall The nation listened as Coca-Cola's "Victory Parade of Spotlight Hands" paid tribute to BAAF filers and ground crewmen with which featured Eddie Stone "mid program his orchestra in a broadcast over the Blue Network Saturday night. It was the first time that a "name" hand had ever appeared at the base and a capacity crowd flocked to the large recreation hall for the broadcast and dance which followed. Stone and his men rose to the occasion and won loud applause as they presented a well- rounded program of music and'en- tertainment. Featured with the orchestra were the "Three Gum Drops," female violinists; Stone himself, both as violinist and as singer; and Floyd Bean, chosen one of the 10 best Java pianists in thc country by Esquire magazine in a 1944 poll. The program began promptly at 8 o'clock with a musical number by the orchestra. Then, Stone was introduced lo his fans and Ihe audl- usually followed in making a "broadcast. At 8:30 o'clock, Ihe "Victory Parade" went on Ihe air over the 183 stations of the Blue Network Privett Fund Exceeds $900 As City Gives Everybody Is interested, it seems, In the memorial lo be presented the family of Pfc. J. C. Prlvetl, 37- ycnr-okl Infantryman killed in Luxembourg who left his wife and eight young children when inducted Into the Army last Spring A fund of $4000 is sought which will be \ised for purchase ot a home for Mrs, Rachel Corkrnn Privett and her four sons and four daughters, eldest of whom is 13. The fund had not reached (lie first $1000 mark this morning but it was believed tills week would show a much larger number of contributions made. Nation Hears story Not only are peo'ile of 'this section interested but the story lias swept the country. A radio broadcaster on a national hookup Friday night commented on how this family was believed lo be tlie first m the nation where a father had been killed in action lo orphan eight young children and praised the type of memorial planned Included in th e dozens- of gifts received over the weekend was SI from Mrs. L. D. Giliespic of Car- rollon, Miss., who wrole "I read In Tpc Commercial Appeal about getting money for ihc widow of a soldier for a home for his children and want to send a dollar. I hope you get the amount sought and I hope oilier slales think you will, will help." The sum of $115.13 was donnlcd by persons attending the morning and night services at First Baptist Church after the Rev. E. C. Brown had Announced thai, ail money aside from church envelope contributions, would be given to the fund. This is the largest received to date with the American Legion post contributing $50 for the second largest. In addition to several $25 gifts acknowledged since tlie fund was started Wednesday by Jodie Na- Jers, grocer and who has long inown the Privett. family, this sum wars" contributed by Drs. Carl and Edna Nies, who wrote in part: 'Such a monument 16 the memory of their falher who paid the su- Banquet -~~ uvuuiuiiu ui me J^iut; ilctWOiK. *••».• ii^i i>.nj jjtuu 11112 nil- and remained on for approximate!} I )rcme sacrifice, in order that 0111 25 minutes, during which time BAAF llom es and lives may be safe. men and women expressed their by thanks to their entertainers cheering each number. Following thc broadcast the benches and seats were removed from the dance floor, then Stone and his musicians -played,.for dancing until after midiiiglil; wlie'rV they went contributed to the Officers' Club to i play j for """ several hours. Among those present .at thc broadcast at the recreation hall were Lieut. Col. and Mrs: Howard C. Stclling and a number of Blytheville residents present by invitation. Hayti Officer Suffers Knife Wound In Fight Negro Killed, Another Faces Murder Charge Adams Van Hook, 35-year-old Negro, is in the county iail here charged wilh murder hi the death of another Negro, Roy Powell, 45, who died itisiantly early Sunday of gunshof, wounds. Admitting that he fired a shot frun at the other man. Van Hook told officers, it was said, that he had the gun for orotection because of "Eomc trouble" wilh Powell. • It was said Powell, about 4 a. m., had hidden in a rosebush of the .vard of Tom Alexander, Negro, at the J. M. Stevens plantation near Dell where Powell and Van Hook also lived. Van Hook was en roulc home, after also having visited at thc neighbor's house, when Powell is alleged lo have lav-in-wait for him, armed with a knife. The shootins; occurred. Van Hook said, when the other Negro drew m> knif c a fte r stepping from bc- h»M the bush. Mr. Stevens, when nolificd of Ihe killing, called Dcpuly Sheriff W. W. Simoson of Dell, who arresled Van Hook. Deputies E. A. Rice and Ralph nose also conducted the invcstiga- for Van tlon. Prcliminarv hear • "^"11115 HJl VHI Hook was held this morning in Municipal court. Held to Circuit opnrt, Judge V. G. Holland had him relumed to jail without bond. HAYTI. Mo.. Fcb. 19.—Marshall Mitchell, former night marshal here, is In a serious condition hi' a Ken- netl hospital from knife wounds suffered in an altercation In a local ix>ol room. Officers said that Mitchell and A. Williams of Hie Pascoln neighborhood near Hayll quarreled and lalcr fought. Williams and the ex- marshal had quarreled previously during Ihc laller's term of office, it was reported-. Physicians said Mitchell, although losing much Mood, slnnd n "good Chance of re- cweiy," Body Of Former Resident Enroute From California 1 Body of Mrs. B. A. Morris, 51. who died Thursday night in Los Angeles, Calif., will arrive here Thursday night. Funeral services and burial arc expected lo IK held Friday afternoon although arrangements were Incomplete today. Air. and Mrs, IVforris lived in Blylhcvillc many years imlll Ihcy went to California a year ago when ho entered war work. Holt Funeral Home Is in charge. Chicago Wheat 015011 hiRh )o\v close pr.cl. May . 162X 163% 162V- 183V- 162% valuable Investment . . . an investment, in the lives of little children who shall be among thc builders of thc post-war world." A total of $53 wns given by those In Hays Store when "the hat was passed" after the firm $25. Tills included these gifts: "Rny Brown, Ed Wilburn, Howard Fenk, Mrs. Aline McGregor, Billic' Bargcr, H. u King, who each gave S2; James Ramljo Erby Hodge, Mrs. L. K. Ashby, Mrs. Bertie Richardson. Arthur Watkins, J. V. Mosley, L. G. Stanfield, Stanley Wilson, H. p. Hicks Lilly Wood, n. n. Brown, w. A Scott, Frank PoJf. R. G. Uciicficid, Ed Mosley. M. H. Wliatlcy and Tom James, each $1. Defoe Furniture Company gave $25; Jack Marsh Kent $15. Gifts of $10 each helped lo swell the ftmd past the $900 mark. C. H. Hart, who has two sons and four ?randsons in service, was among the first to give that amoiinl dur- !v g 4 (ne wcckc 'i d - Others sending that amounl were Tom W. Jackson. Abc'K Garage. Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Afflick, Mayor E. R. Jackson, Fred Flceman, Mrs. Hussell Phillips, J. H. Seaman. Brother Contributes Tom F. "Doc" Dean sent $10 and Mrs. Dean later seul another :)»«* for a similar amount. Ernest Halsell, owner of Rustic Inn which already had contributed S20. senl another 510. Frank Privett, brother of Private Privett, wanted to give to the memorial fund, in addition to already helping lo look after the family, so he sent $10. Mrs. E. M. McCall. who enclosed a poem "Tlic Way T Feel" in her gift of $10, wrote In part: "It is a privilege to be allowed to give lo such a fund." Byron Nail, along with S5. wrote m port: "I know it to be .1 mo.<>, Worthy cause and I don't see how iny loyal American, who is able to larn a living and is fortunate °nough to be home wilh loved ones can afford to pass up this opportunity lo family." Other S5 help a less fortunate gifts were Chamblin Sales Co.. fcnt by :-- -..,,„ ^>,.. Goodveur Service. J. Raymond Smith Auto Parts, Ayeock A. H. Jenkins. D. WilliiiBham, Lee Motor Sale,s. Herman Lovelady. Buchanan Grocery. 0. C. Eagan, Dcwcy Gentry. J. M. Jonlz. Dan Dunkin. J. F. Livingston J. R. Joyncr. T. J. Barnes. N'efrro Father Gives John McMoss. Negro working at the Whistle harn here and father of ninch children under 15 vears of a?e. Kenl S5 with the explana- llon he would like to help In fitch a worthy cause. Much nf this moiwy w.is luried m bv L. n. Wade, garacc man, and Iwelady, mechanic r.nd J. W. farmer. Thflv canvassed RBVOBCS Saturdav afternoon, hecaus^ thr-v were old friends of Jake Prlvplt who left .1 .similar business when ho went to war. Jodie Nnbers also coi'poled n number of gifts. Other contributions will be ac- snowlcdgcti tomorrow. C. of C. To Hold Another Here Wednesday To Be On Anniversary Of City's First Civic Dinner 35 Years Ago Uack in 1010 the Blylhevllle Business Men's club had Its first annual banquet i-vb. 22 at the Waters Hotel with rood from Mississippi County featured in the-menu, along with numerous speeches. The 35lh anniversary of this civic organization w |l| be held Wednesday nlghl at Hotel Noble when the Blytlicviltc; chamber of Commerce will stage the first banquet In five years. Tim custom wns continued yearly until is-iD. Many men who attended the first banquet of this club, which became the Chamber of Commerce in 1920, will not be present at this year's affair for a number of (ho city's leaders in early days have died. I'm Men Only The first party was a gay affair with only men present bill two photographs ot the party. „ copy of Die menu and mi imitation—till framed an ( | hanging in the Chamber of Commerce office—rcilecl the spirit of those limes. Ulytcville wns but :i small town 15 years ago but its loaders had the ••itnnc idea about diversification as is emphasized today nnrt ihis theme was reflected In (lie first social event. "There's No Warn of Meat, Sir" was the theme and to prove It the guests were served — among other things—DIK Lake gimie fish, turkey raised here, punch made from fruit of trees In the members' back yards, deviled eggs and chicken' salad from ,the same place, rooa'j beef from a Dlytheville cow, and whipped cream topping home-made cake. To make the meal complete, also served was consomme, olives eel cry, pickles, chow chow, potato chips, oyster dressing, peas, potatoes, asparagus on toast, tomatoes mushrooms and almonds. A. G. I.illlc Tuaslmaster Toastmaslcr W as A. O. Liltlc then a prominent attorney here ami .representative in th c slate legislature and now a planter retired from practice of law and politics He was introduced by Pre-s. C H. Wmdt. Among (he speakers were Mayor wils Davis, the K c v L Gee pastor of First Methodist Church-' the late A. C. Langc, who siwke on 'Factories"; the latcS S Slcrn- bcrg on "Business"; the late J. O. Sudbury, "Banking Interests"; Prof. Edgar Williams, "Schools", J. W. Barron, "Farming", die laic A. O. Burton. "Drainage"; H. 'M. Gre- leailroads"; J. H. Edwards, OucsUs". and W. F. rihcw Ihe Ladies" for a touch of humor. The Rev. ,;. T . row-Ikes dismissed the affair. Guest speaker was J. S. Warren of Memphis, Industrial Commissioner of the Business Men's Club there. With ihc first banquet at ihe Wafers Hotel, located near th c site of RiU Thcalcr and operated by Mr. an,] Mrs. Charles Waters the second affair in 1911. was at the new Glcncoc Hotel, owned by Mr Lrmge. Mr. Lime came home from the slate legislature session lo again -serve as loastinastcr, with Hal Norwood then attorney general and candidate for thc office of governor of Arkansas, as g ,, C st speaker. Mr. Lange was president thc second year. Saved First Souvenirs Mrs. James H. Brooks ha ( ] His first year's souvenirs framed, which she later presented her son. J. Mel Rroofcs, W ho became secretary of I ic Chamber of Commerce in 1021, the year alter it became a part ol the national chamber of Commerce organization. !Ur. Little hns a copy of the plio- lograph made at thc second vtar parly. Among other men recognized in 'no fir.sl photograph were B. A. Lynch. W. M. Burn.-;, J. W. Badcr. I'. E. Cooiry. the late Allan Willton, thc late Sam Maiden. S. L. ish of O'ccola, the late W. n. Williams, and the laic Dr. John F. Sanders. the 1911 picture was recognized also the laic J. M. Vivian. Ihc laic J. H. Elkins, the laic Onn fcaslin. (lie late Joe Harrcll, Herman cross. Dick Upscomb. the laic I- O. Westnrook, if. u. Houchins, Walter Rosoiuhal, Uic late Jake Ungar, |he late A. M. Hull, C. M. Buck and A. Comuiy. The 1045 meeting will be more informal than the stately events of Ihe early days it was sa'irl, willi Hie program not lo b. n announced. The proernm committee is B. A. Lynch, clarence H. Wilson and Lov Eich. Tickets, being .iold for $1.50 each arc in charge of Paul Pryor, J. A. Lrcch and Harry VV. tfaincs. REA Nominee In Sharp Reply To Committee WASHINGTON, Feb. 10 tup> President RnoscvellN nominee for the !>osl of Rural iciectrlc Administrator, Aubrey Williams, gave u sharp reminder today lo the Senate Agriculture committee. When members of tlic committee which Is investigating him. asked Williams his reasons for not entering thc ministry, he replied: "My reason for not going Into the ministry U a mutter between me nnd God and docs not concern the cominlUce." Senators have questioned U'll- llatns repeatedly on Ills reasons for ending his ministerial education after accepting a five-year scholarship from thc Presbyterian ministerial board. Williams aiiKwere,) by saying that Imfcau- iif ministry, he (c.c* up social work, which lie described as bhig nkln lo that of the church. In another corner of Congress Scnalor Lister Hill of Alabama predicted today Hint the Senate Military Affairs Commlllcc will approve a modified version of Ihu work-or-cls! manpower bill this week. HIM .says hc feels certain the cmnmlltt'c will (five tlie "go-ahead" lo some elective program for controlling workers, [jut he cmplia- -'izcs ihc bin would probably go without the slllf penalties ior'mcn who refuse lo lake war Jobs. Tests Underway In Murder Case Seek To Determine How Mrs. Epes Met Depth In ,|nnuary. .,,.,, COLUMBIA, S. C., Feb. 10 (UP) — Army tcchnlciins are completing clinical tests which will determine definitely the tminncr In which attractive Mnry Lee Epcs met her death In Columbia on Jan. 27. Preliminary autotopsy reports showed that the auburn-haired Jacksonville. Fin., school ttiichw had, been dragged and had received a WOK- on the head. Her hus- uantl, I.ieut. Samuel C. Epcs led police last week lo Ihc Port Julk- 5on foxhole where he had placed her frail body. Fie is charged wilh murder. Bill Epcs. son of a' prom- ncnt Richmond. Va., family says his wife administered the drugs to lersclf. , Meanwhile. Sheriff T. Alex Ilcisc k poring over more than 40 letters Epes hnd wrlltcn lo n blond Lake Charles, La., war worker. The un- dcnllficd n-omnn has admillecl mecling the lieutenant In New Orleans several times while he was In Louisiana last fall oh maneuvers. The letters were signed "Love" al- Ihoiigh the girl says she nnd Epc-s were merely "good friends." Epcs broke down under questioning last week and attempted to lake his own life. He led police (o thc foxhole, ending a nationwide search for thc girl which was begun when Epes reported her missing on Jan. 29. Church ili~Bock In London From Trip To Yalta LONDON. Feb. 10 (U.P.)-l'rime Minister Churchill has relumed to London from thc Crimean conference. He plans to appear in the House of Commons tomorrow, but Its believed he will only make brief remarks on the Yalta meeting al that time and put ort thc full report until the end of the'week or possibly until early next week. Churchill spent three days in Cairo on his way home. Guben Captured By Soviet Army In Berlin Drive Fall Of City Gives Rods Unbroken Front Before Naii Capital ' MOSCOW, Feb. 10 (U.I'.)—The itiistlnns apparently have cut up om> more -scot Ion of Die Cicrnmn Odor River Line. In a move (ti wipe out a German salient between Marshal Konevs army In Blloslii ami Marshal Zhukov'.s ironpji east of the German capital, the enemy says Russian troops have driven Into the city of Ouben, 57 miles soiilh- cnsl, of Berlin. 'Hurdling (he Oder river south of Ihe lown of Crosscn, (lie Itusslnns apparently shredded German resistance antl then jabbed IT miles west into fortified Ouben. However, (hc Ntr/.is say that German troops In Gubcn rallied and pushed buck the Soviet advance guard. The cnplure of Ouben. and the surrounding towns, would weld lo- tcelhcr the two Russian armies drlvliiif on Berlin. And It would give Uic Red Army a solid front opposite Uio Nazi capital, slrcloh- Ing from Kiiitrln, northeast of Berlin, lo Gubcn In thc south, The Nur.ls sny Soviet forces are concentralltiK on Ihe llcrlln front nml Ihc enemv says, "a urcal offensive Is Imminent." Sto-kholm tnys thnl Ihe roads north of Berlin, alrendy ore clouued with rof- uaces, and other Swedish rcpom Indicate u large-scale evacuation of the bomb-scnrrcd German capital Is underway. To the south, Moscow favs Ihc P-cd iArmy has begun Fhclllnn the Kllpilnn cll.v of CionrWz. whlel? Is an imuorlanl city in Ihe defenses of bolh Dresden nnd Prague. The Russians have taken n lown 10 miles from Gocrlllv;, 10 miles from Ihc Saxony border nnd only 72 miles from Dresden. And radio Moscow says the Germans have proclr.lmed martial law In Ihrcnl- encd Saxony and me rushing In mills of crack SS troops. Already. Ihc SS forces arc In charge of Dresden and several olher key cllles. • » >! • •-..•-Be fleairy But Americans Driving Inland In Spite of Heavy Res/stance; B-29s Resume Attack Oh Tokyo Hy United 1'rcss ',...' .'/ Marines are wiiniinir ncw ground on Iwo Is-' To) I0 " r : BU , 1 WKC ll( f' ahl tho Lcu »' CT " *k« a ,» v" nCC clcmaiulc(l for tho I»ln««ls which lead to A flood of lute tell gains .» i« A correspondent representing the* combined American press says that ho Iwo divisions, the'Fourth mu1 !• fill Mni'lues. which waded ashore al D today, Tokyo limn, wa re catiuhl In a heavy cross (Ire from" hidden Jnpum'so buddies. Evidently the tremendous air niiii sea bombardmonl which proceeded tho iis.si.ull, softened mil did not crack Ihu Japanese dofo'n'soii it first was reported light!'Then Admiral Nltnllrt communique IIIK of Japan. ' 'Hie enemy radio says Hint 100 ships flew over .Tokyo, the Nagoya alrcrafl ccnler and.the suiToundlng area (o drop liumlrcds.of tons of bombs o.n targets still smoking from Uic carrier-based- assaults ot' last Friday and Saturday. ; Meanwhile, another flight of Su- j)er.of,rsB5s^ was taking ofl"from bases in Indin to rnld the Malaynr tnz's conimtinlniic ""••" "' """" lu r«l« the Malayan hlnlcd of slilTcntng dcfcnse«.,It said r c »»isuln. The targets of.lho fndla- 'Rcsistanco Increased markedly' af- i mixd rnltl nrc'nol revealed ns yet tcr Ihn drive liihuitl began.'" 'fin-'Singapore, chief port fiiimel- Soon after, an Aincrlciin radio! " K supplies to the Japanese h'omc- Mother Of Dr. Brewer Dies At Smith/and, Kv. Mrs. Matllc E. Brewer of Smithland, Ky., mother of Dr. W. p. Brciver. died at her home yesterday morning after having been bedfast a year. She was 91. She last visited In Dlythcvllle several years ago before stricken 111. Funeral services were to be held this afternoon at, Smlthland, willi burial there. Illness of Mrs/ W. P. Brewer pre- vcnlcd her son from attending thc services. .-!„.. MUM i i« t i Y YY i I Irt 11 llvi. Of the 200 tickets available, 138 had been sold up to this morning. Tlic affair Is to begin at 7:30 o'clock'. Chicago Rye open high low close prcl. May . 113',4 115 MS'.i, IH-rf, 113H Juty . HOT; imt noy, H2vs 111 N. 0. CottorT IVfar. May July Oct. Dec. open . sins , 2195 . 21CC 2110 , 2103 high 220S 2205 2I7G 2125 2110 low close pr.cl. 2103 2206 2197 2194 2205 2107 21GO 2176 21GG 2105 2125 2112 20S8 2118 2104 Sees Legion As Powerful Group Motional Commander Hints Non-Political Rule May Not Stand ALBANY, N. Y., Fcb; |J>. (UP)— .'he national commander of the American Legion. Edward Schlebcr- llng, snyti the Legion will be u powerful voice in home front affairs after the war. Schicbcrllng says thc Legion already hns 350.000 ncw mcmljcr.s us a result of this war. And he predicts that In three years thc Legion roster will have far more Ihan Ihe one and one half million men enrolled aflcr the last war. Rclileterlihg points oul thnt. legion rules do not allow parliclpa- tlon in politics now, Bui he hints tli.'it such a rule will nut stand long after thc war. The Legion commander added: "With tlic eight million members we anticipate, and Ihc millions more votes (hose memberships would control, the Legion would l« a powerful vote bloc. The younger men won't sit Idly by for 25 years as we did." Servant House Burns Fire heavily damaged thc servant hoilic at rear of thc Marvin Robinson residence. GIG west Main Saturday night with the origin undetermined, Thc Negro occupant had not been _t home for several hours when flames broke oul aboul 7:30 o'clock Fire Chief Roy Head said. N. Y. Stocks correspondent mcss'nged, "Casual- tics are considerable." • ' . ' Says the correspondent. "Heavy Japanese arllllery and mortar flrfl showered down on thc ranks of the •Itli nnd the new flth throughout; I liu day. Knemy shells fell on the b«ach itreit as well as olfshore, maklnjj the supply problem difficult." Old \Viiishlus In Action And he added: "Old battleships Hint you last saw In, the Atlantic Heel, the Texas, New York and Arkansas. hammered the enemy Installations bill yon found yourself trying to claw'n foxhole In thc steel decks when' a Japanese butlcry laid a siring ot walking fire lownrds the flagship." Then the corrcspondcnl (cits of Uin rirfil ' assnult, which was mi- corkcd nl precisely D o'clock in the mornlni;, Tokyo lime, For once the weather played on the American Icntn. Tlie Marines rorin ashore in boats, mid the „ -.-,.,,,„„.. »-!, vj«vi U 111 Mill LT"U IIO3TIC- Ijind, miiy'liRyo'lwcn hi for iinothcr American pounding. Far lo Ihe south, al the' other end of the cmbittllc'd Pacific fronl still more American forces are bayonet- ling and prying dte-har\r Japanese from the Unmet;; and caves of Cor- i'C(jldor. ' . ; ,!...• Path sides of Die rocky fortress arc secured: by Doughboys who invade ;l Corrculdor from the sea and air. But a; louuh fight lies n h ca( j. .one frontline correspondent said Ilielr task now Is to dig out the Japanese—probably man by man— uud Jhcre -Mo.hundrcdn here."- ,'.:•••..-• llalsey Iti C.ipilal '' ' •Ailinl. William Halsey, .the lion of the Pacific, is far from the bat- tlcllnes this afternoon, Iml i,oi watching developmenu with • a trained nnd e'ngc'r eye, nnd Is achiris to get back hv the. light. . , . . , In an Interview In 'Washington Ilitlsoy told reporters tlmt he doesn't sea was lk t ' 1 ° Jnp calm. A cool wind forced mosl of I n m tlic Leathernecks (o put on heavy Jackets. As thc men's watches licked up lo n o'clock' tlii! first Higglns boat scraped against Ihc rocky Iwo shore. In two minutes all of thc first wave was ashore. Thc Marines poured down Uic ramps, holding their rl- llcs lil[;h from (hc spray. Tanks rumbled after them. Prom his vantage point on the ship tho correspon- 7,1 3-8 33 72 104 5-8 3D 1-8 53 1-2 AT&T Atncr Tobacco Anaconda Copper Ilelh Steel Chrysler Gen Electric Gen Motors Montgomery Ward ... N Y Cenlral Inl Harvester go North Am Aviation 10 1-8 Republic Slccl 21 3-1 Radio 12 1-4 Socony Vacuum 16 3-4 Sludcbaker 23 5-8 Standard of .. J 60 1-2 Texas Corp 543-4 Packard 7 U S Steel ,.,;., 62 3-4 admiral's dent could see Ihc tanks crawling slowly up Ihc steep slope of the beaches like great beetles. Thai's Ihe report from one corrcs|»ndcnl. William Tyrec of the United Press also gave a vivid cyc-wltness story. "Iwo Island looked like a fat pork chop sizzling In a skillet today," be .said. "t saw Hie invasion from a bomb• which dropped down Into the battle smoke to watch the Marines .vlonn nsborc. "Iwo was smoking from end lo end. Battleships, cruisers, destroyers and bombers poured In shells. No Jap n»ncs Up "There wasn't n single Japanese plane In Ihc sky." But then, like Ihc olher men on (lie scene. Tyrcc emphasizes that tills battle for Iwo will be no pushover. "From here," he says, "it looks ns if Ihc Marines have n tough Dght ahead of them, nnd as if an awful lot of blood will be spilled before it is over." Lieut. Gen. Holland M. Smith, commander of thc Invading Marine forces, gave the same grim lews in different words. Standing on the deck of tho flagship and watching tho Marines inch icross Iwo, Smith said, "They're af- lcr Ihosc hidden Jap guns which are niighly hard lo locale. Our men arc spread all, over hell's acre out there. Most of the guns are in caves Tlic Japs come ami fire five or six rounds nnd then GO back Into hiding." tomc out 'w ) vhlle - h " l ^ d , . We're going (o have lo go In and dig them out Hiey're got very little to fight with mid what they have lefl is iijot' in loo good shape," . •" When asked what would 'bring the enemy ileel oul, Halsey snap- Dcd buck: "I can't get myself Into a rat's frame of mind, so I don't know." Tlie ndinlral, incidentally; was asked if General MacAithur would get into Tokyo before he did;and Halsey replied: "No, (veil -get in together. We've worked together for more than Iwo years and I /have the greatest respect and admiration for him." ••-.•• Scots Fighting In Goch Streets Bayonet Battle Rages In Wcstwall Fortress; Patron Pushes Ahead PARIS, Feb. 19 <u.P.)_dcoltish troops of General Crcgar's army So lonighl, us durkness falls over Jwo Island, American Marines once more arc locked In one of the war's toughest battles. The men In combat don't sec thc correspondents broad view of thc fight. To them Ihe taking of Iwo will be just like the taking of Salpan, Peleliu. Guam, Tarawa or a do/en other islands, maybe easier, but probably harder. But when, on some future date Iwo falls, American troops will hold an island only 750 miles from Tokyo. American planes, even fighters and fighter bombers, will be within flv- Ing distance of Tokyo, now the target of B-23s. Siipcrforls Hit Tokyo As the stepping stone Island of Iwo .smoked tmdcr American and lapanese guns the Superfortresses ;rom the Marianas ilcw by, headed foi Tokyo. And It's believed Hint more B-29s iif.de vip today's raid than ever before in Ihe history of the bomb- w ( , the slreels ° s us Wcstwall fortress of Goch today. 11)0 Scolls have readied the center of the all-but-rulned .city, a fortress barring the way lo Ihc in- dnslrial Ruhr, and flrce hand to hand battles arc In progress. Other Canadian forces arc fighting in a lown only Iwo miles from thc fortified. town of Calcar, which lies between Kleve and Goch To the south, General- Patten's Third Army troops have knifed half a mile further into Wcstwall defenses on a 30-mile front between Pruin and Echaernach. One officer estimated that the Germans have suffered 50 'per, cent casualties in the section rff 'the Siegfried Line under itfack''irbm the Third Army during ' tlic" past Ihree ..... • . Tn thc air offensive agalnsl Germany. more than 1600 American heavy bombers and fighlcrs raided western Germany today. They hit a dozen rail centers and Industrial targets. Weather ARKANSAS—Cloudy and rain In west portion this afternoon and In wesl and south tonight. Tuesday rain and slightly warmer. New York Cotton Mar. May July Oct. Dec. open igh low close pr close 2206 2214 2205 2213 2203 2183 : 2205 2193, 22<H 2200 2164^174 2159 . 2173 21>J5 2107 2122 2104 2121 Jill 2]<W 2115 2097 2115 2104

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