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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Wednesday, February 21, 1945
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS DOMINANT NEWUPAl'KR OF NORTHEAST AUKANSA8 AND 6OUTHKAOT MISSOURI VOL. XL!—NO. 28G Blytheville Dally New« Blylheyllla Courier Blythevllle Herald Mississippi valley Leader BIATMKVIU.K, AHKANSAS, WKDNICSDAY, KKHUUARY 21, 1 !)<!!> SINGLE COPIES'FIVE-CENTS''' TODAY'S WAK ANALYSIS Nazis Appear Able To Fight Until Spring liy DAVID WEEKS United 1'ress Staff Wrller Unless something happens inside Germany, it now appears thai tlie German army will \K able to hold out for the rest of the Wlntei Early hopes have flickered that the Russians would be able lo drive from the Oder river straight lo Ihe fates of Berlin. The Russians, under Marshal Zhukov, are supposed lo have established bridgeheads across tlie Oder river due east of Berlin. The Moscow radio reported this flatly, just two weeks ago today. But since that time, not a single word has been heard of any activity by Zliu- kov's forces on the west bank of the Oder. The Red Army never has announced the crossing officiallj But whether Zhukov has or has not forced the Oder east of Berlin, it appears quite definite now that his forward momentum has been stopped. The Germans have, saved their capital city for the time being. They have held the Oder river line before Berlin. If Zhukov has bridgeheads across the Oder, they arc either being contained by the Germans, or are too weak in themselves to expand. The Russian offensive lias entered one of those lulls which have char- neteri/eri the climax of all their offensives since the turn of the tide at Stalingrad. Musi Build Up Power They have reached the end of their communication and supply lines. And a comparatively long period of relative inactivity on the batllefront must follow while the Red Army pulls itself up, consolidates it's positions, and builds power for the next offensive. On both sides of Zhnkov's frontal line before Berlin, other Russian forces arc still pounding against the Germans and making slight forward progress. But these are only jabs to secure the Soviet flanks and to unhinge Nazi defense positions. Thej' do not compare with the massive power blows that swept across Poland during the height of the-^offensive. jlf the Russians run true to form, ./••It will be a few more weeks yet /: before they rebuild their communications and muss supplies for the renewal of Iheir drive. It may be even longer. And here's why. Tlie-Germans still 'hold Foznan. MARINES 3600 IN IWO BATTLE Nine at Home—One In Luxembourg i ~ Costlier Than Tarawa The wife and eight children of Ffc. J. C. Privett, uTembour|i, ' t 'a're grateful that funds for a home arc being contributed for a memorial to a lilytlievlllc service man who gave his life that homes of others might be secure. They aii ..iown on the •,,.. .-.'•. of their rented house at Hearn and Madison, after hearing the good news that a memorial fund had been started. It's Raining, But Clouds Have A $7700 Silver Lining Today Rain beat down on the leakv roof of the at Mudi- Koenigsberg in Prussia and oilier strongpoinU in northern Poland. All these' points arc surrounded. German garrisons arc holding out inside, with no hope of reinforcement or rescue. But they are important communications points, astride practically every main route from the cast to the German frontier. In other words, the Germans are still preventing tlie Russians from using the main supply roads. \yhilc the ground was hard, these places could be, aiid were, by^passed. and the supplies trucked over the hard ground. But just one month/ from today is Spring. Milder weather may be settling over Europe any time from now on. When it does, and the frost comes out of the ground, Russian supply lines must inevitably return to the hard-paved roads and the railroads. These lead through the points where German garrisons slill arc holding out. Kussians Need I'oznau Poznan in particular, must be lak- en by Ihe Red Army, if Zhukov's frontal drive on Berlin is lo be resumed in the early Spring. Breslau must be taken before the Russians can mount another powerful drive south of Berlin. The holdout troops manning these garrisons, although lost to the Germans in every other respect, are paying oft, and paying ofl richly. They arc saving Berlin at this moment., even though the battle lines nrc far beyond them. The prospects of victory before Spring are not much brighter for the Allies on the western front. The Rhine still remains the great barrier keeping the Americans. British and Canadians out of all but the fringe of Germany. Only at two points, in the far north and the far south, are we at the Rhine. At the far south, along the upper Rhine, we arc no major threat, because only rugged country, far from Berlin, lies beyond the river. Tlie greatest threat is in the far north, where the British and Canadians are lined up. Beyond is low, Hat country, on the great plains that lead directly to Berlin across Westphalia and Hannover. But Spring is approaching rapidly. Some of the ground in Westphalia is dikeland thai could be Hooded to help the Spring tiiaws bog down our tanks. That, however, is a fulure problem. The Immediate task Is the crossing of llic Rhine, one of Ihe most difficult engineering feats of the war in Europe. Thus, we must come to the conclusion, Germany Is in this war until Spring at least, unless she falters under her own weight, not ours flag- in the window. Death of her husband on (lie battle field . . . nine people croweded into a liny house . . . rain continuously falling . . . a large wash lo be clone indoors because of the bad weather . . . f:o visitors it was a disheartening scene. But not to the family of Pfc. * J. C. Privctl, 37, killed in Lu.xem- ] Hubert Potter, who has a service bourg. Mrs. Privett is not a happy woman today because her husband lies dead somewhere in a foreign land, but she has learned anew that people are kind. If plans of -Jodie Nabers are successful Mrs. Pflyett; soon , will have; a permanent home : for' her;'eight sons and daughters, under 13 years of age, orphaned when their father was killed by the Germans. With a goal of $4000 sought to buy a mojlesl house, as a memorial to the head of this family whose death leaving eight young children fatherless is believed the first in the country, there was on hand today slightly more than $1700. Workers Optimistic Although cautioned that "the going gets tough toward the in any campaign of this kind." Mr. Nabers and others helping him were oplimisllc. "We'll gel enough money to buy a neat house and to get it fixed up," he declared a.s lie continued his work of turning in gifts, ranging from nickels and diriics to the sum of $69.14. contributed by "A Goodfellow" for the largest individual gift received to date. Included in gifts received today was S32.32 from students of the. cventli and eighth grades. Billy ~ene Privetl. 13 and now "the inn of the house," is in the sev- nth grade. A. A. Scott brought, in S8 and a lotc which told of how- a family ollcction iiad been taken up. "Mrs. 'rivett lias our deepest sympathy ml our prayers," It read. Mr. and Mrs. Scott, with one on, three grandsons and a son- n-law in service, sent S2. Parents if two sons in service, Mr. and •Irs. H. C. Hoover Sr.. sent S2. vfrs. Myrtle Curvin of Memphis. vhosc husband and two sons are n service, sent SI. Mrs. Jennie Hoover, Ruth Scott and four-year- old Carol Jean Scott, whose daddy is a Seabee "over there", sent $1 Weather ARKANSAS— Cloudy and showers In northeast this afternoon Partly cloudy and colder with lowest temperatures 28 to 32 In nortl and cental portions tonight Thursday fair and continued cold. Chicago Wheat July open high low close pr.closi 164Vi 165. 1G3S 1847x 164 156!i ISO 3 ! 155 K 15GK 156V station there, and H. L. Reynolds, planter, who sent- $5. Employes of Graber's Department Store contributed $31.85 which tiie owner, Meyer Graber, turned in. L. G. Nash brought in a gift of $25 and best wishes for success of tlie fund. Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Guard, whose son is overseas, tent $15. Louis Applcbaum sent $25 for cacti . Mrs. Tom Halter of Quality Shoe Shop, A. H. Taylor, Mr. and Mrs. T. 11. Harris, Mr. and Mrs. Earl Walker. Mr. mid Mrs. Russell Fair, for their fon overseas; Mr. and Mrs. Albert, Jenkins, Gaincs Market, Fred Saliba, H. G. Traylor, Mrs. Joe Isaacs and son, Louie E. Isaacs, lltllle Don Copcland, son of Mr. and Mrs. Free] Copeland. Cabe Bowers sent $8. Other contributions and names making gifts in the Graber's Fund will be published tomorrow. Glcncoe Hotel. Gifts of $10 were received from Mr. and Dinner Tonight To Be Informal Interesting Program Promised For C. of C. Banquet At Noble 'Hie Chamber of Commerce parly tonight promises to be an interesting affair and ".strictly informal" according to the program committee. < 01 the 200 tickel.s, only a small number were left at noon lo promise a "sell out" by 7 o'clock, time of tlie affair to be held at Hotel Noble. To be the first social event the group has sponsored for five years, the affair will be a celebration of the 35th anniversary of the first party given by the Business Men's Club, forerunner of the Chamber of Commerce. In addition to Ulylhcvillc member's at>[] their wives, guests will Include a party of men from Greenville, Miss., headed by John A. Fox. secretary of the Chamber of Commerce there and who laid out Bly- thevllle when eivll engineer for Chicago Mill find Lumber Company and served as president Of a civic Hitler Hideout In Alps Blasted By U. S. Planes Bcrchtesgadcn Target Of American Bombers On Raid From Italy ROME, Feb. 21. <UP>—American planes have ranged deep into the Bavarian Alps In lhc war's fhsl attack on llic scene of Adolf Hiller'!, mountain hideaway, lhc fuehrer's concrete-lined "Eagle's Nest." FlyhiB north from llaly, Ihe main force of American medium bombers and lighter planes hit tlie German railyards m the village of Ilerch- Icsgailen. and unofficial reports saj a group of rocket-firing Thunderbolts veered off from the mail attack to raid Ihe palace llsclf perched high on a lowering roel above Ihe village. The Thunderbolts are believed t iavc struck (he forlress, flying i ow against a ciirlaln of heavy anil aircraft fire from hundreds of bat erics that spot the mountainside As they swept In at Irec-lop leve black-slilrled ellle guards opcnr lire on lh c raiders with machli: ins and even rifles. There are no official rclxirls on Ihe results of the raid, but a Home dispatch says the American nlrtnen scored several direct lilts on tile mountain hideout where It Is rumored Hitler and his henchmen will retire to stage their GoUerdammcrung —the twilight of the Nu/l gods. Other American plnnes, In the ninth straight day of a powerful Allied nir offensive, again have raided Ihe vasl rail yards at Nuernberg In Southwestern Germany. , : Following up a 2000 Ion raid yesterday, more than iriot) American heavy bp|nbers and fighters bombed Nuernberg In an effort to complete the Job started yesterday. And one unofficial report says the main tar-* get of tcdny-3 raid was a big troop M-ain stalled in Nuernberg enrouu to the eastern front. To Be Honored 3000 Wounded Removed From Woody /wo lima, But Marines )rive Toward Second Airfield PACIFIC; KI.BET IIICADQUAKTURS, Guam, Feb. 21 (U.I'.)— TlitTc.wiiH grim coiifirnnilion Ihia.uCtenioon tliiit 'lie biilile for I wo in one of lhc bloodiest of HID Pacific war. Adminil Nimilx nimoimcort llml more than,3600-Amcri- •nn Mm-ines liave fniton in lhc three days of flighting," 3600 American mun cither killed, wounded or missing. : Varying reports have put from 20,000 to 30,000 Marines on the liny island. This menus that id least one out of every" ton, and more probably one out of every'seven 'fell.'in 1 the bitter fishling. However, all of lliem were not 'killed. For the Nimilx cominuni(|iie said Unit 3000 of the wounded have already been evacuated from llic island. The rest, about r>00 ot Ihem, arc listed as cither lulled or missing--The casually list, the first issued since the hvo inviiRirm aturtwl Sergeant rowrll The Air Medal with two Oak Leaf Cluster.', will be presented l< Mr. anil Mrs, James L. Powell o Dell on behalf of their son, 'I'ecl' Sergl. Lacy n. Powell, now prisoner of war In Ck'riniiny. Awarded Sergeant I'owell "to meritorious achievement In aerla flight while parlleipathiK In siis tallied operational activities auain: he enemy from March HO to Apr 1C, from April M to Mny 17, an [rom May 1» to June li, I'M," tit iicdal with the two-clusters hiu >i:en forwarded lo the commandii general of the Highlit Scrvlt Command In Dallas, Ti-xns, who I select nn officer lo make the award lo Sergeant 1'owll's parents al some date In tlie near future. In service as a radio man with Ihe Ariiiy Air Forces since February of Ifl-n, Sergeant Powell has been a prisoner ol war sihcc June 30. -.:.,,.. / group back in 1000. tlie early years of each. Osccola T'cople Give From Osccola again came gift's. Joe Applebaum, formerly of Blylhe- vllle, mailed Ihrce checks—$10 Irom himself. SIO from the Mack Grider American Legion post No. 150 of Osceola, and $3 from Mr. and Mrs. J. G. Gouch. Mr. Applcbaum has been given an honorable discharge after having served overseas two years. Nathan Weinberg, another Osccola merchant sent $10. "Please add this $10 lo the account. It Is a pleasure lo assist in this good cause," wrote W. L Roper. "We arc very glad to help al State Drenched As Heavy Rains Continue Today LITTLE ROCK, Feb. 21. (UP)— Heavy rainfall, which has deluged Arkansas with as much as four inches in some sections within the past 24 hours, continued over most of the state this afternoon. However, residents of Little Rock have hopes lhat rain in that area fill soon cease. Clouds began clcar- ng around noon and an hour later he rain had turned into a slow drizzle. United Stales Highway No. 07. lortheast of North Little Rork, is covered with water and travel is upossiblc. Tile Slate Highway Department, fays other roads in the vicinity of the capital are slill open. Slate Highway No, 28. between ?over and Gravelly in Yell coun- .y. has been closed to traffic, and the Highway Department indicates Lhat other roads will be closed by high water by late this afternoon. Heaviest rainfall was reported at. Nimrod Dam. where more than four Inches fell. Alpin, Cold Spring, Gravelly. Wing, Eagle Gap and Aly also reported more than four Inches of rain. Litttle Rock's rainfall up until noon totaled nearly four inches. Rainfall at Blythcvillc this morning registered more than an inch for the past 24 hours. we can," wrote Mr. and Mrs. C Leachville wher F. Caldwcll of they sent SIO, "Pass the hat,'' was the try whei seme one at a local pool room suggested n gift for the fund. Tlie sum of $16.75 was donated. Not a man hesitated. From tlie Missouri slate Hermonrtale, came gifts of $10 Irom steers 0-13.75. Youth Injured, Escapes Death In Cotton Gm His head caught in .1 cotlon press. Charles Norlhcull, 18, of btcelc, Mo., narrowly escape ( j dcalli late yesterday in a peculiar accident at a ytcele gin. Caught between the plunger and screen as the plunger came up In the cotlon press. Ihe youth suffered a drop laccralion at Ihe back of his neck. The accident occurred when he raised lhc screen, as Ihe plunger went down, to clean off Ihe loose cotton. He is at Walls Hospital, where ntlmiltcd at. 7:40 p.m. His condition today was described as nood. WMC To Enforce Curfew Ruling Byrnes Says Leaders All Over Nation Will Co-Operate In Move WASHINGTON, Feb. 21. (UI'I — War Mohilizcr James Byrnes has turned the job of enforcing his midnight amusement curfew over to Hit War Manpower Commission. Byrnes expressed pleasure ., ... • ,, . — since the Iwo invasion "started SMid lint 150 Miinno officers also fell with their men Ihe battle for Iwo already hast • : __ cost morn casualties limn Ihe battle for Tarawa In 10-13. The price lor Iwo Is high, but the Japs are slowly giving ground in their light which Is in a sense, a tight to keep American lighter planes out of the sklos over Tokyo. The lulcst coiiiinunl(|iie says lhat Marines In the southern part of the little Island have made a general advance of from soo to 1000 yards towards iwo's second, and last, nlrrmrt. Admiral Nlmlt/. reports lhat one outfit has hammered beyond the lower end of the field's runways. And another Is driving toward the heart of tin: Held agnlnst ferocious MiSum Proposes Compromise Bill New Measure Would Eliminate District Livestock Shows ROCK, KCU. 21 <u.i>.>— Senator Roy Milum of Harrison says he will Introduce a "compromise" livestock show bill In the mate Senate laic this afternoon. Milum says his measure would eliminate district livestock shows, and would appropriate some $500,CCO for the stale and county shows. Ills mensurc would also channel approximately 5200.000 Into the with the "immediate public re-> Vocational Education Fund, spouse" to the curfew and says that Livestock ST. LOUIS, Feb. 21 (UP)—Hogs 6,000, salable 5,000; top 14.70; 160330 Ibs 14.70; 130-150 Ibs 1350-1450; sows 13.95. Cattle 4,300, salable 3,500; calves 800 'all salable; mixed yearlings and heifers 12-14.50; cows 10-11.50; cnnnets and cutters 7.50-9.50; .'laughter steers 10-16.75; slaughter heifers 9.25-16; stocker and fecdei N. Y. Stocks A T & T ................. 163 3-8 Ainer Tobacco ........... 72 3-4 Anaconda Copper ......... 33 1-t Beth Steel ............... 72 1-8 Chrysler ................. 101 Gen Elcclric .............. 41 slate and cily officials throughout the nation have promised to help the WMC put the order Into effect when it starts Monday. Jl's understood Hint War Manpower Commissioner McNntt will have enforccuienl machinery set up wilhin 48 hours. Byrnes says the WMC will punish violators by making il difficull for Ihem to retain manpower. And Byrnes adds, "the War Manpower Commission also will be prepared to give any Interpretation ir explanations which may be requested." However, the WMC itself doesn't seem lo be so clear aboul how the new curfew setup is going to work. In fact, one official puts it this way, "All we know is lhat lhc curfew bell rings next Monday nighl, but nobodv seems lo know for whom lhc bell tolls." Meanwhile the -Senate Military Affairs Committee is planning to finish work on its own version of manpower legislation today, 'flic Senate committee already has turned thumbs down on President Roosevelt's new plea for the work or else bill. The committee Is expected to approve a less drnstic sul»litutc for the May-nailcy bill that will put (lie emphasis on eliminating labor hoarding in war plants. Gen Molars .............. Montgomery Ward ......... Inl Harvester ............. 67 5-8 N. 0. Cotton Mar. May Ocl. Dec. . 2203 2203 . 2204 VM . 2125 2127 . 2118 2119 2I8D 2190 2121 2116 2100 2201 2125 2110 2193 2200 T'nnd.s for the stock shows would ic raised by tacking an additional 18 cents a gallon lax on liquor. I'iial.'s the same tax as proposed n a bill introduced by Hcprescn- .ntlvc llart.slll Ragon of Sebasliai Bounty two weeks ago, a proposal idreaily defeated In the .Senate. Milum says the $2f,O.Of)D for lhc Vocational Education Fund could be set up outside Governor Lancy's new revenue stabilization plan. An amendment to the Scnalc- passecl Teacher's Salary Act. has n expunged from Ihe measure by the House. The amendment was thrown oul when it was learned that it wonh force the Eclucr.lion Department lo pay SUflO.OOO in teacher's salaries between now and June I from the equalization fund, The intent the amendment was to extend the appropriation over a period of two years, but faulty wording In the IIcm would have forced paymen wilhin five monlhs. Earlier loday, tlie House passer a new drainage district bill Under the provisions ol the measure drainage districts may purchase riphl-of-way land oulside. llic dis Irlcls in order lo connect drainage systems. Under the present law, drainage districts may purchase only right of-way land within the district. enemy resistance. United Press war corrc.siiondcnl Mac Johnson reports from a warship oil Iwo Unit Ihe enemy is put- ling up the loneliest opposition right In front, of the airfield. l-incmy \\c\\ Cimcciilcd lie says lhat the Japs are fight- Ing from reinforced foxholes wiiicV have been camouflaged. They car duck behind the steel walls ot the olcs to (ivolil Mnrlnc bullets. Bu II the lime they t'aii lire nt'i'llu dvanelng Leathernecks througl arrow slits In the Ircnches. In addition lhc arc uslni Ight Infiltration tactics which has Cfonic standard practice will hem. And one United Slates bat- illnn has reported thai more thai 00 Japanese were killed In these ttcmpls. Admiral NlmlU also Iclls of say lie hiind-ln-hand lighting. . HI: limmunlmic says simply: "Tlie nu. icrous strongpolnts which confront in- lorces in all areas thus far lenelraled are being reduced by iidlviduid troop action" .laps Hold Mountain One of the worst of the enemy (rongpolnls Is Mount Surlbaehl which dominates the Island's south- mi tenches. The Marines call it 'rmclng up lhc volcanic slopes gainst murderous lire which the Japs have been pouring out of the caves mid hidden defenses. This Horning they gained 100 yards. Radio Tokyo says the Americans arc continuously landing fresh re- nforcements on Iwo. And a completely unconfirmed rc- .wrt from Ankara says that Amcri- :an forces have landed In the I3on- in Islands north of Iwo. New York Cotton Mar. July Oct. 2111 Dec. . 2211 . 2174 . 2122 . 2118 2213 2177 2126 2121 2201 2171 2114 2206 2207 2176 2173 2124 2121 2119 211' Six Circus Men Sentenced For Hartford Fire HARTFORD, Conn , Feb. 21 IUP) Six men charged with responsibility for the circus fire which claimed 168 lives last July, have been sentenced to prison and jail terms by Superior Court. Judge William J. Shea. The defendants, otflcers and employes of Ringling Brothors- Barnum & Bailey Combined Shows, Inc., had pleaded nolo contenderc, along with Hie corporation Itself, to 10 counts ot manslaughter. The corporation was fined S10,- 000. Vice President James- A. Haley has been sentenced lo one lo five years In prison on each of the counts, Ihe sentences lo run concurrently. The others sentenced arc: General Manager George W. Smith, two lo seven years on each count, concurrent. Chief Canvassman . Leonard S, Aylesworlh, two to seven ycnrs on each count, concurrent. Rolling Slock Supcrintcndcn David W. Dlanchfield, six month in Jail on each count, concurrent Chief Electrician Edward F Verstcesr, one year in jail on eac! co""'. concurrent. William Calcy, a scatman, on year In jail on each count, con current. Judge Shea said that "All thc.'e accused arc guilty of In voluntary manslaughter whcr death Is caused unintentionally." _ate Bulletins JKKSEV CITY, Feb. Zi. (UP) —The cxchanto ship Gripshulm arrived today from Marseille, Trance. It carried more.than 1000 soldiers and civilian*,^ am»n£' whom were a Urge number of, seriously 111 and wounded American and Canadian prisoners of wav. . ' ~" WASHINGTON, Feb. 21. (UP) Trnnspiirtaltmi Director J. Monroe Jiilm.sim'today.gave an offl ; rial "»kay" to professional baseball this Sumnitr, as far as U»ns- poiilallou Is concerned. Keiser Resident Dies Yesterday Heart Attack Fatal To Louis Emerich, 59; Services Tomorrow Ixjuis Emerich. who went lo Keiser three months ago, died ycs- Icrrlay at hk home there of a heart atlack. He was 59. l-'or 20 years' secretary and Ircasurer of the Continental Piston Ring Company In Memphis, lie s:tso formerly lived at Port St. Joe, Fla.. where he was active In Hotary work. He went to Kciser to become bookkeeper for the W. M. Taylor Store company. Funeral services will be held tomorrow afternoon. 3 o'clock, at Swift Funeral Home of O.sccola, by the Rev. I.lnley E. Vowcll. pos- lor of the Methodist Church at Keiser. Burial 'will bo at Violet Cemetery in Osccola. He Is survived by his wife, Mrs. Bculah Emerich; two brothers. Sam Emerich of Dallas. Texas, and Arthur 1). Emerich of Aikcn. S. C., and four sisters. Mrs. W. W. Rexrode of Los Angeles, Mrs. Ethel Smith and Mrs. Bert Ivteyer of Tampa, Fla.. and Mrs. B. M. Lewis of San Jose, Calif. Ration Scores I Important Gains ,, Drives Thrpugh Mud into Moselle Yqfley Five and Half Miles PARIS.' Fob, 21. (UP)—General ration's Third Army ' troops 1 once more have taken the ball: Palton's men, In a new drive down the Moselle valley, have gain-' ed up to five-and one half miles In the last 2-1 hours, an Important Bain on' the western front. . -x Driving through mud and slush, Third Army GIs have' run jiidb spotty resistance. Although at scn'iic points, llic Germans havo fough't skillfully, .giving" up only a few yards at a"time, at olhers the Nazis have abandoned strong positions without « fight. , Troops, who once fought to the end, have starlcd to surrender not by tens or twenties but by him- .<^<ls. in the last four day/alone, iltnost 7000 Nazis have beeir captured by the Third Army. And front llspalchcs n'olnt put that inmost >ases the Germans might, if they lad wanted to, have escaped'cap- lure. " • ?!!.._._ Altogether, Third Army DougC boys have taken 24 towns in a day ind they arc fighting hi two others. Up the line, in the Meuse-Rhiile corridor, German paratroopers are putting lip a different kind of battle against llic Canadian First Army. Reinforced Nazi troops still arc holding fast to the important , fortress town of Calcar, but Welsh and Scottish troops tinder General Crc- rar's cominnnd are attacking fiercely. Soviets Take Polish City Near Danzig MOSCOW, Feb. 21. (UP)— Marshal Stalin has announced the capture of the important PoHsh'slrong- hold of Czcrsky in an order of the day. Tlie cily Is only 47 miles southwest of the Baltic port of Danzig, goal of the Second White Russian Army. .... Par to the South, Marshal Ko- ncv's First Ukrainian Array Is fe- portcd fighting in the outskirts "of the 12-rail town of Guben. 51 miles southeast of Berlin. Advancing six miles behind the Oder, Konev's men have taken 80 villages. PostoHice To Close The Blythevillc postoflicc will be closed all day tomorrow in observance of Washington's birthday anniversary, il was announced today by Postmaster Ross Stevens. Although all windows will be closed and there will bo no cily route deliveries, boxholders will receive mail ns usual. Mrs. Opal E. Wade, 35, Dies At Wilson Home Sunday was the 35th birthday of Mrs. Opal E. Wade of Wilson, for two years an Invalid. But she did not have the birthday anniversary planned for she died that day at the family residence >ou Ihe Tom Grain farm. Wife of George Wade, Mrs. Wnde and family moved Ihcrc three years ago. Funeral services were lo be held this afternoon at Sheffield, Ala., her former home. Besides her husband, she Is survived by a son, Billy Gene Wade; her parents, Mr^ and Mrs. Thoma.s Cunningham of Keiser, five brothers and two sisters. Swift Funeral Home of Osr.uila wns In clinrge. «,

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