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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OF NOH'fBJEABT ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI VOL. XLI—NO. 29-1 Blythevllte Dally Newi BJytuevllle Courier Blythevlllis Herald Mississippi Valley Leader mATHlDVILLE, AUKANSAS, K1UDAY, MAKC11 2, HH5 SINGLE COPIES FIVE CENTS U. S. NINTH ARMY REACHES RHINE RIVER Memorial Fund Drive Is Ended; $5514 Obtained Permanent Home Will Be Presented Family Of Battle Victim With the Privctl Memorial Fund considered closed yesterday, because the goal sought had been reached, gifts continue, to make a present total of $5514.31, to bo used ill pm- chasing a home for Mrs. J. C. Pri- vctt and eight young children, following death of Private Privett in Luxembourg. With an original goal of $4000 exceeded, any money left, over from purchase of a house will be used for furnishings. A committee of Jodie Nabcrs, who originated the plan to honor this largest family of children left fatherless because of the war, Max B. Reid, local attorney, U. S. Branson, architect, and Mrs. Samuel F. Norris, of Courier News staff which assisted in publicizing the plan, will select the house. In addition to gifts received from Blythevillc and surronding section, several more have been received from persons reading newspaper accounts In distant states. Of the $123 received since yesterday. S24 was from the Blylhevillc Army Air Field Communications Maintenance and Operation otlice. Give I'uiij For Radio Soldiers contributing were from 2(5 states. In sending the money by Staff. Sergt. P. A. Pcrdcrson o[ North Dakota, they asked that the money be applied toward a radio, if there was enough on hand to purchase a house. This request will be granted. Some one from Jancsville, Wis. after seeing a photograph of the family in the Chicago Sun, se\t $2 to "the mayor of Blythevillc,' with no name given. "I'd like to help a little in this grand under taking," the'donor wrote/ From Waterproof, Ln., came $5 from Orris --James,.-and a •-•letter reading "I noticed an account In the paper and 1 think it a good thing to do." Vernal Stockstill of Gulfport Miss., sent $5 and a friendly letter From Mobile. Ala., came a mone> order for $2 as a gift. Members of Blythevillc Fire De paitmcnt sent a gift of 520 fron- its employes of Chief Roy Head Horace Walpole, Joe Willians, Taylor Layton, O. A. Roush, Panis Dyer Clarence Cummings, C. A. Alex ander, Turner Kissell, Jimniie Pcflcrson.i ; ::' • ' : ' ' i '. ' ; •' ' ' ; Negro Pupil;; Help From the fifth grade of the Har rison Negro school came n gift p S2, made up by boys and girls b that room. Gifts of $5 each were rcceivec from Mr. and Mrs. Jim Aycock o New Liberty, in honor of their son Sergt. Paul Aycock with an Bngin ecring Battalion now in Paris; Mrs G. A. Barron, Mr. and Mrs. E. M Holt, Dogwood Demonstration Club Tccli. Sergt. James E. Ncbhut, Theo dore Logan, whose son, Waltc Logan, is a war correspondent wh has been in the European Theatc of War, where wounded while ot duty, and now is preparing to 6' to the Southwest. Pacific; Kyle' Meat Market. Gifts of 52.50'' were received fron , Miss Willie Ncbhut and Kathry .- Thompson; $2 from "A Friend". : Sums of $1 were received froi Arthur Ashbranner, in memory o his son killed '" action Oct. 30 Dick Fields, Arthur Hale, W. Bohanning, (or his son in th'c Armj Mr. and Mrs. C. H. Morgan of Dell Mrs. Lydia Alley. Contributors from Langc Schoo were: Jo Ann Meyers. $25; $5cac from Tom Walls and Joe Walls $3 from Mrs. E. E. Hardin; $2 fron Mu«s Elizabeth Halstead; $1 eac! from Joy Shclton, Francis Englanc Billy Bert Mayo; Mona Joy Gainc gave $1.10; 50 cents each fror Dewey Gentry and Lorcne Me Dade and contributions of stnalle amounts totaled $8.30. In Central school, lirst grad pave $2.53; second. $4.20; thin $3.53; fourth, $15, fifth, $15; sixt S3.50. From Forty and Eight wci these: $10 each from Mr. and Mr G. O. Poclz and C. C. Unngsto Gin there; $5 each from R. L Adkisson, I. A. Harrison; $3 froi Orbry Merrill. Ray Harrison; $ from W. T. Mctzgcr. II. L. Orion $1 from Bill Kirk, Leonard Pruil E. C. Adkisson. Rex Hughes. W. 1 Smith, Jess Allen, H. E. Lawso George Cassidy. Irvin Loll. N. i Patterson. Dick Ray; 50 cents fro Niles Welch, 40 cents trom J. Lucy, 25 cents from Sid Walker From Burdette store—$2.50, Mr Cal Gosselt; $4-"Donation"; $2, A. Wixson, G. A. Hale; $1, Lllboui Tnte, Jim Ciipet, Homer Tate, Joe Ellis. Joe Young, J. M. Roark, Mrs. J. T. O'Neal. J.' t,. Easley, V. A, Brothers, L. U Koonlz. E. J. Aycock. Waller O'Neal, D. B. Shaw, Jack Bowers: 25 cents from John Easley. J. L. Garner. These gifts were from Roselnnd: $12.50 each from Charles Rose and Mrs. R. C. Rose; $5 each from Fred Davis. "Shorty" Rector, Dcwcy Qhcppard, Mrs. Eva Church; $1 from Brucey Owens, A. C. Owens. ' From Hubbavd Furniture store Removing Wounded In Heavy Seas icavy seas and squalls don't hamper the work of Inmsferring wouiul- d from Iwo Jima to a plnluon barge tor later transfer to ether crr.f for immediate removal Irom the danger zone. I NBA Tele-photo.) )amaged Wires king Repaired But Service Not Yet Normal In Arkansas; • Eight Roads Closed LITTLE ROCK, Mar. 2 (U.P.)— Telephone and telegraph service itill had not been restored in many actions of Arkansas thir. morning. ind there apparently was little lope that service would be restored ,o normal before Monday. Hundreds of wires are still down is a result of k.st Tuesday's sleet •ind snow storm, which left north and central- Arkansas .covered with ice. ' : . • District Manager I{. E. Ritchie of the Arkansas Power and Light ompany says 2000 .breaks remain to be repaired hi Pulaski County ".lone. At least 1000 break;; must be repaired in Comvay County and 800 in Faulkner County. Officials of the Southwestern Deli Telephone Company say temporary repairs have been made on telephone lines, and 70 per cent of the Ions; distance lines out. of Little Hock are now in service. Roads- now closed include Highway 53 from Wheeling to Ihc Little Missouri river; Highway 1!), Prcs- cott north to Little Missouri river; Highway 14, Batesvillc to Newport; Highway 19, Camdcn to Eagle Mills; Highway 65, norlh of Morrilton; Highway 30, Stuttgart to Brummitt; Highway 63. Hoxic Highway 25, 600 Men Needed Women April 1 At Camden Plant LITTLE ROCK, Mar. 2 (UP) — Arkansas Manpower Director Dei top Rushing announces that ( east ,600 men and women will b needed by April l?t for productlo ines at the big Naval Ordnanc Plant al Camden. Rushing says that because of tl- critlca] housing shortage, th'c work to Powhalan, Strawberry to and Lynn. ers will be sought from within a 41 mile radius of the plant. Bus , schedules will be arranged from ill points in the area where a sufficient number or workers can be hired to justify the service. Applications should be filed immediately with the Camden or El Dorado offices of the United States Employment Service:. Recruiters will visit towns within ihe area to : recruit workers during the next three weeks. War Fund Drive Has Good Start First Day's Efforts Bring $5347 Total For This District Chickasawba District licadciuar- Icrs for the American Red Cross reported $5.347 collected in the first day of the 1915 War Fund campaign which opened yesterday morning. This figure includes $3.086.50 from Blythevillc and $2.260.50 from outlying communities, to t>c applied on the total district quota of $35.900. Matt Scruggs and U. S. Branson. who solicited contributions in the business section Irom Railroad to Second Street yesterday, made up the winning team, turning in a total collection for the day of $564.50. Red Cross campaign headquarters have been set up in Ihc local office of the Arkansas-Missouri Company on Main Street. Power Charges FPC Hearing Hits States' Rights LITTLE ROCK, Mar. 2. <UP> — The Arkansas House has adopted a resolution memorializing Congress that Arkansas will soon assert itself more strongly on the subject of states' rights. The resolution, offered by Representative James Campbell of Garland County, was passed without a dissenting vote. Campbell, in explaining his resolution, said that the Federal Power Commission, by crdering a hearing on the Arkansas Power and Light Company's rate structure and book value, was usurping the powers of state regulatory Ixulies. The Garland County legislator said that federal agencies in the past had gradually moved in and akcn over, and that the A. P. and x's hearing before the FPCJ at Washington May 22 might be the climax. Campbell says the -17 other slates ire watching the Arkansas case closely. A resolution endorsing the lloor control program for Arkansas at planned by llic United States Engineers has been adopted by the House The resolution urged Congress tc .cave the Hood control projects ii ;hc hands of the Engineers, and no 1 o create an Arkansas Valley Authority as has been suggested. The House ynlcd down two othe resolutions. One of the measure.'introduced by^ representative McrK Smith of Jcfteison County, wonic have increased the governor's salar to $12.500 a year. And the othc resolution called for a split legisla five session. H was offered by Rep rcsentative Marshall Little ot Sa line County. : .D.R. Believes iermans Should Work In Russia Would Not Enslave Nazis, But In Favor Of Repairing Damage WASHINGTON, Mar. 2. (UP) — 'resident Roosevelt believes the armies that wrecked Europe hould be forced to help rebuild It. The President told his news con- erence today he did not Udnk H vas a bad idea to have ex-German oldlers repair Ihc ravages of war n the Soviet Union, especially af- er seeing the destruction in the Crimea. He made no mention of other war-lorn countries, but he told Congress yesterday llml Ihe United 'tnles docs not intend to enslave he German people. To Acl On Treaties '.' Mr. Roosevelt told newsmen lhat he Senate will be asked to ratify i number of treaties In addition to Ihe world security charter lo bo Iniwn up in Sun Francisco. The documents will deal mostly with what he describes as "small Malls" arising from Big Three Jcclsions made at Yalta. Tile President would not say whether the ceding of German territory to Poland would require a treaty such as the one signed at Versailles, but he added: "I suppose we will have a German Ircaty ".ome day." The President shrugged off two questions relating to his .Yalta meeting, why Ed Flynn was 'on a mission to Moscow, and why April 25 was chosen as the opening dale of the San Francisco conference. Washington sources hint lhat Flynn, the former Nalionat Democratic chairman. Is busy trying to belter relalions between the Russian government and the Vatican. The President also confirmed reports lhat he had discussed Palestine problems with Prime Minister Churchill and the world's most powerful Arabian lender. King Ibn Sand. He declined to give any de- lails. Anather Trip, Maybe Mr. Roosevelt, hedged on the question of whether he would visit real Britain late In the Spring :t reminded reporters lie had hint- to Congress -he might have-Jo i some more traveling. The President expressed great In- rest In dispatches from Cliung- ng telling of plans of Gcneralls- no Chiang Kai-Shek lo broaden id liberalize -the Chinese gpvern- ent. He said Major General Patrick uriey. United Stales ambassador China, Is expected home today r .tomorrow with first-hand rc- orts. The President disclosed he plans name a new loan adminlslra- r. He says Jesse Jones, former ccrctary of Commerce, will no ngcr be In charge of the Recon- ruclion Finance Corporation Meanwhile the new Secretary of ommcrcc, Henry Wallace, has ken his oath of office. Wallace imcdiaUcy went to work on the •oblem or providing 60 million ostwar jobs. The former vice president says : Is appointing a committee lo Ian means for small business to its full share hi furnishing full Late Bulletins WITH 21st. AHMV GltOllr, HVslern Kronl, M;>r, 'i (U.V.I — Tin- U. S. 102ml Wvlslim has ntjilurcil Krefclil, ticnmm city 'uf 165,000. m-TKOlT, Mar, Z (ll.l'.l—The National War Labor Hoard to- ilny ordered leaders of striking ('lirysliT Corporation omployi-s lo show why they Have not oljey- nl a dlrirlivc In return to Iliclr Joti.s. KAN I-'JIANCISOO, Mm-. 2 (11.1 1 .1—Ujitlio Tokyo announces today lhat livo more Japanese admirals have illrd hi action. Tho fallen .lap Irailfrs arc itlfnllfleil ns Admirals .Yamailu anil Takahit\kl, Counting lln-sc l<™, Japan hus lost n total of !)0 naval offlrcrs of flap rank since Miiy, 1311. 9 Appointments Made By Laney University Trustees And Education Board Members Are Named Ll'ITLK HOCK. Mill-ell 2. (UP) — The Arkansas Senate (his afternoon received for conflrtnnllon the names of live appointments to the University of Arkansas' Board of Trustees. The appointments, announced by Governor Laney. were accompanied by four appointments to the Arkansas Board of Education. Named to the university board were: W. S, Sharpc of Brlnkley for Iho Second Congressional district for a March 1. 19-16. lie ponder of Walnut term to expire succeeds Harry Ridge. Herbert Tiiomns of Faycttcvllle. reappoltiled for the Third District for a term to expire March 1. 1055. Raymond On- of Fort Smith lor Chicago Wheat Chicago Rye May July open hleli low 113'!, 114'; 113 ill•"* im; ill 1 ,:, close pr.cl. 114'i II: 112',; 11 employes: $5 Mrs. ,B. T. Worthv; $3. Miss Mildred Lou Huhbard; $1 from Joe Alexander, U. B. Caudle Max Kooncc, Arlie French, Wood- dow Gee, Lee Lambert, Will Thomas. Hocott Store's list was $1 each from J. P. Hocott, Mrs. J. P. Ho- cotl ii))d ilim Weather ARKANSAS—Showers this nftc noon, tonight and Saturday. Warn er in northeast and central portloi. tonight. Cloudy Saturday except i southeast portion In the afternooi Strong winds. N. 0. Cotton Mar. May July Oct. 2205 2210 2185 2127 2205 2211 2186' 2127 211U 2113 2205 2200 2204 2204 '217&' 2178 2113 2118 2108 2108 21! 21 the Fourth District for a lerm (8"' end March 1, 1DS4. Tic replaces Hugh Park of Van Uuren, •P. B. Murphy or .Jiinctloii City for the Seventh Disti'lct for a lerm to expire March I. I95H. He succeeds J, a. Radsdalc of El Dorado, chairman of the previous board. And John O. nlnck of Rogers as membcr-at-!argc for a term lo expire March I. 1050. Hlacfc replaces .7. 13. Snapp of Fltzhugh. Named lo the Board of Education were: Tom McGill of Hentonville for the Third District. His term will expire March 12. 1951. McGill replaces b. A. Watklns of Harrison, who resigned to serve on the new Slate Resources Commission. T. S. Staples ot Conway for the Fifth District for a lerm to expire March 25. 1953. Russell Brown of Little Rock as a memuer-al-largc for a term lo expire March 12, 1948. And j. V. Spencer of El Dorado for (he Seventh District. His term will expire March 12, 1SHG. TODAY'S WAK ANALYSIS Food Pantry Of Germany Grows Bare It.v DAVID WHKKS UnllcU Press Staff Writer The Nazi government has Mruck another blow against Us own people al Ihe very moment that military pressure by the Allies Is approaching its peak. The Nazis havo confessed a lalnl weakness al lh« moment Ihey need their greatest slivnglh. Their fooil pantry Is becoming bare. While the Allies In the West lial- ler toward Ihc Rhine ,aml the Russians batter (award Uerlln. lite Germnns have- slashed the home front's food radons In half. Germany's bread basket must in a desperate situation for llu Nazis lo make such a drastic cut In food allotments at such a critical time. And It's obvious lhat they feared the effect of It, for Nazi Propaganda Mlnlslcr Goebucls went on the radio Immediately afterward with another harangue that suicide Is preferable lo defeat. And (he definite Implication that Germiu patriotism Is necc.s.sary even on in empty stomach, and will be enforced at llii! point of a gun. 'Hils Is a far cry from the sum Ciocbliels who two years ago said "First and foremost In the ap peaxcmenl of hunger and In tin mailer of fond comes the Cicnnni people." To understand Ihe terrific im pact such a heavy slush In Clan food allowances Incvlliibly will hnv on the people, here Is llic Mluntlo! on the two principal Items of tin German diet. I.nss Ilrcail an,) I'at After March 10, the German pco pic will be allowed a lllllc over a loaf and a half of bread a week, that Is, 32',i ounces. Fill, the other tniiln staple of the German diet, is cut lo less Ihan 41S, ounces a week. Now, for comparison, here Is what the average American cats, even In these daw of rationing under which we think we've lightened our bells. « Close.to GO.ounces of bread, wrr-al American Artillery I'AKIS, Miir. 2 (U.P;)— Germany's greatest river has been readied l>y American troops, nnd Gcrmmiy'a oldest city has been captured in this day of spcclular advances oil the western front. Tlic American Third Army lias captured Trier. And the American Ninth Army, rolling forward at amazing speed, has pushed to Ihe Kiilne, opening an artillery duel across the river with Uie German defenders of OiipKitnlrlnrf crnian dL-fenders of Diiesseldorf. e news ackoul over General Simpson's army was lilk'd this moi-iu'iiK, revealing gains of ten to 15 mi'lcs by nploymcnt cace. with the coming of high low 166*; Ifil'i close pr. cl or other grain. And three (|iia:'tcr.i'j lOlH. of a pound of hntter, margarine' or oilier fat. Bui while bread and fnl are ihe main elements: of the German diet, they're considered by us only as subsidiary Items. For In addition to tlir-sc. wo Americans ate nearly 3 pounds of meal per pen-on per week last year. We averaged about five cges apiece, two quarts of milk, mid bcllcr than three ixxnuls each of polnloc.s. fresh and canned vegetables, and various types of fruits. Gen. MacArthur On Corregidor Leader Pays Tribute To Heroes Who Held Fortress In 1942 MANILA, Mnr, 2 (U.I'.)—tion- cral Douglas MacArlhur Mood on the rubble-strewn fortress of Cor- rcgldor today and fulfilled his pledge nf "I shall return." Two weeks ago the Japs si ill held the rocky little Gibraltar, and hundreds of Ihclr bodies still Uttered the parade grounds fi palhs us the general toured Iho historic fort. MiicArllnir stepped ashore from a torpedo boat, accompanied by 11 officers who had served him In those faleful lust days on the Island. MacAillmr probably chose "P-T" boat as Ills menus of Irans- ixirlalton, for another of these, speedy little boats helped Ihe famous general escape lo Australia In Urn dark, days of May N. Y. Stocks AT&T Amcr Tobacco Anaconda Copper Beth Steel Chrysler Gen Electric Gen Motors Montgomery Wnrd N Y Central Jnt Harvester Republic Sled Socony Vacuum Studcbakcr Standard of N J Texas Corp U S Steel 163 1-B 13 31 13 i-l 101 •12 3-4 67 1-8 55 24 1-2 80 1-2 22 1-4 16 5-n 24 1-8 GO 3-8 53 3-4 G4 1-4 Victim of Bloody Anzio Battle Ready To Try Business Career Being paralywd isn't going to top Morelaud Kolleman. who a cw years ago was carrying Ihe Courier News on a subscription 'oulc and who now cannot walk because of wounds suffered at Anzio. Tlic spunky, good-looking medically discharged veteran of the Army is going to work—not waiting mill he is perhaps better, but right low. He will leave tomorrow for Scattle, Wash., where he plans (o stake his future In some sm.ill justness while near a veterans' lospllal, and in a favorable climate. His hopes arc to operate a tourist camp business and even though he now is In a wheel chair, he awl his wife think they can make their own way. The determined couple arc very realistic about his injuries but think lie Is lucky to be alive and Is going to get well. Tlic 27-year-old Conner Infantryman, who has four major bailie stars, Order of Purple Heart and a combat infantryman badge citation tucked away for keepsakes Is termed "spastic paralytic" from wounds received In one of Ihc bloodiest battles of the Italian campaign. It was a year ago ycstcniay that he was wounded, taken part in the after ' haviu? Invasion five weeks before, and it was alter he had been on Ihrce beachheads and in four battles. He entered the Army three and a half years ago. Escaping injury In North Africa and Sicily, he received shrapnel wounds nl Anzlo. His skull was ievcrely penetrated In two places. A nerve severed, he has not had rc- hr his legs because of n.sc of his right- arm. iinlil ccntly It is Improving, and has no use of the paralysis. Taken by boat to Naples, he was ill hospitals in Africa before being sent to the Stales where he was at Newport Ncw.v, Va.. and Atlantic City. N. J., before removal to Kennedy General Hospital In Memphis seven months ago. Dismissed from the Army about two months ago, he arrived home Sunday for a visit with Ills parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. G. llolleman- Dcspondent? Not al all. Pretty Mrs. Hollcman is- going lo push that wheel chair onto the Irain for llic trip to Seattle, where he is going lo show her the sights (he has been there several times), and talk about how lucky they are that he wasn't killed. He will bo near a hospital, whom he can be fitted in braces nnd perhaps soon be ab'u 'o walk with aid of crutches, and when lie comes back homo for a visit lie expects to be walking. That runs lo better than 21 pounds of food per person par week for the American diet. That's aboul 17 pounds nf food other than bread, Yet. the Germans arc shorter on these other foods than they arc In bread. Potatoes, once a German staple, arc short because, like the other vegetables and fnilUs. they are perishable. They have to be raised cacli year, and the ground ihe Nazi needed to raise them has licen battleground. Nazis "liorrowcd" Food While llic Germans held the occupied countries, those countries were the farmland for Germany. The food stored there was shipped to Germany. The food raised there after Nazi occupation was harvester under watchful Nazi eyes and also sent back to Germany. During these ^ears. ihe onlypKice you could gel !i square meal li Europe was in Germany where not only Ihc Germans, bill foreigners Imported to work in German war faclorles, were fed well. That's why Die Germans were so successful h recruiting foreign workers In then factories. It was belter than starving at home. Now the lush years arc none. The great farmlands of Poland, France Hungary. Bulgaria and Romanii arc no longer producing for tlv Germans. The Nazis have had to dig deeply Into their own storehouses. And now the storehouses an running empty. Even bread Is be coming scarce. Al the same time American artillery shells are plop nlng Into German cities on Ihc East hank of the Rhine, and Re' army troops on the Oder River probing Nazi defenses within mtlc.s of Berlin, looking for a weak spot. It has been said there are Jus nine meals between man and rcvo lullon. The Nazis arc .trying to proven that revolution bv pointing a gui at their own people. Bui they may not be able I' reckon with u gnawing slomach Sister Of Mrs. Taylor Dies At Flint, Mich, Mrs. Fred Smith of Flint, Mich sister of Mrs. H. A, Taylor, die Thursday night in Flint. Dr. and Mrs. Taylor visited Mrs Smith last Summer but will not b able lo go for the funeral. Arrangements were incomplet this morning.. New York Cotton Mar, Mas- July Get, Dec. 2222 2222 2214 22H 2186,-2187 2126 2126 2117 2117 2216 2207 217!) 2117 2107 221fi 2207 2181 2118 2107 222 221 Jin 212 an Once aihoic. MncArlhur went lo if Corrc|;ldor parade . ground here an honor guard of para- (uipers was drawn up. "I see the old flagpole still amis. Have Ihe Iroons holsl the jlors, and let no enemy ever mil them down." After ttie Stars and Stripes had littered to the top nf the bat- •rcd flag pole, the general paid •Ibiile to the 30,000 Americans ho had fought gallantly liclorc irrciidcrliig In May of 1012. lie Iso praised the courage of the lucrlcans who seized the fortress rom the Japs In an attack which cgi:n less than Iwo weeks ago. At one point In his tour of the sland, Mat-Arthur turned over the hancd skull of one of the Jap efcmlers and remarked bitterly; 'They made it tough for us— t we nude It far tougher for hem." Even as MacArlhnr snoke, flght- ng "GI.v In his Pacific Command latllcd lo back up the general's ,'ords with bayonet Etccl and lomb.s. On Palawan the Yanks who In- •iiricd lhat westernmost island In lie Philippines are exploiting their gains and moving swiftly to sel up new American air and. sea jascs. Across the China seas, the big iviil base of Singapore Is smould- ering from a blistering attack bs American Superfortresses, flylnt inin bases in India. American reports on the attack are sketchy, but the Japs say 5- U-M.s carried out the assault, and .lie enemy admits some damage. Flood Threat Hot Serious, Engineer Says MEMPHIS. Mar. 2 (UPl—Tlic boss of the Army Engineers a 1 Memphis has 1'sucd a statcmen to dlspc] growing fears that a serious florid is Imminent In the Missis sippi River area. He refers In particular to tin .section around the Birds Point Madrid floodway area in South ea,'U< p n Missouri. Equipment ha been noticed there recently alon: fuse plug section of Ihc flood way. Residents drew their own con elusions. Hits Is all just a precaution Colonel Miller says. If operation o that floodway should become neces sary lo protect Ihe heights above then equipment to degrade the fus plug levee would be on hand. At present, says Colonel Miller there Is no serious flood coudllio; In sight. The latest Department of Com merer river bulletin says t'nat th Mississippi In the Memphis area will continue to rise for an indcf! nite period. It Is CNpcclcd to rcac Ihe 34-foot flood stage at Meinph fn aboul 10 days, but this Is no regarded as a dangerous level that point. some units. The southernmost column of Ihe •(tilth drovQ deep Into the town of Ncuss, jusl one and a half miles "rom Ducssoldorf. The center unit Jlungcd 15 miles lo within less than two miles ot Krcfcld, a town lying .' : icar the Rhjne. And the northern inn of the Ninth suddenly swung 'oiward lo overrun tho town of Veu- lo, long the target, of the Urillsh 9cconrl Army. Vaults Itacc For Hrhluvs Then, just a short time ago, II was. announced that troops of the "3rd Infantry Division had crashed through lo the Rhine river Jusl below Ncuss. The Doughboys are fanning out, .racing for Ihc bridges spanning Ihc Rhine Into Duessel- dorf, And front dispatches hint that there Is a good chance thai the retreating Germans were driven across the river before they could blow up the badly needed spans. Unlled Press war correspondent Clinton Conger gives us u vivid eye-witness account of Ihu offensive. llo tells of, climbing lo the lop Hour of a battalion command post, a grandstand scat for the battle ut the Rhine. Hays Conger: "'Hie gas'works arid' freight yards In Dui'sseldorf across the river arc catching hell from the massed artillery o[. ; the IF. S. inth .Corps, \v« htivc-J-oarod up to tn6Rhhi<! : so '/aarthat.entire'di-' ; visions arc, contesting with, one an-: other for the right to use the road. To gel anywhere -you have lo weave In and mil of convoys, ride on the ift shoulders of roads, and calk ist lo military policemen," Then he added: "Our present pa-, tlon Is close to Ncuss. As I poke trough the rock of the command ost and look oul I- can sec that le Germans are laying a heavy re across the river. We are giving back to them with cvcrytliin^ •oin 2-10 millimeter guns on down." And Conger said: "Our timed sal- oes are landing on the southern art of Duesscldorf. The noise is grille. First you hear something kc a roll of thunder, then you car a whistle. Then you hear u rone—pliincs—our planes." But Conger also reveals thai it's ecu a touch-and-go battle to the Ivcr. Lieut. George Jackson of Eagle River, Wls., told him "Our ppsi- lons consist of practically nothing ait, flanks. We were cut off ycs- erday, and we were cul oll-for-a vhilc again Ihls morning." Itlg Guns Broughl Up But reports flooding in every hour lint lhat the American grip on he Rhine is tightening slowly but iiircly. Big artillery guns have been jroughl up. And some nine divisions, more Ihan 100,000 men, are •oiling In behind the 83rd, primed mtl ready for action In this payoff battle west of the Rhine. The First Army to the south also is battling toward the Rhine, and last was reported barely over five miles from Cologne. And, with the capture of Tiinr, Gallon's troops now have cleared ihc way for a flanking thrust down ihe Moselle valley, raising a new ihrcat of disaster to the German [orces scurrying back across Ihe Rhine to the north. Trier has been the scene of biter house-to-house righting lor just 2-1 hours. A small German rear guard had been given do-or-die orders lo hold the city which guards the road to Coblciu 58 miles to (h3 northeast. But General ration's soldiers swung in on Trier from thrco sides. And quickly captured the ancient Roman city, a city whose history goes back to the days of Christ, More than 2200 American auc* British bombers joined in Ihe grc.it bailie of Germany today. Massive fleets of Flying Fortresses. Libor.1- tors, Lancastcvs and Halifases threaded the skies over the Reich. A thousand or more RAF heavies dumped thousands of tons of explosives Into shell-scarred Cologne, striking directly before the First Army. ;• Simultaneously, Liberators and Fortresses, more than 1200 strong. bombed rail yards al Chemnitz and Dresden, the twin rail cities in Saxony. Tho raids were in direct support of Hie Red Army. Then Ihe American night swim? north to attack an till refinery south of Berlin, a tank factory al Magdeburg, and another o'.'. plcn'. near Leipzig. At least 103 enemy planes were destroyed. The heavy re Ids on Chemnitz and Dresden nicy clear, the way for'a tremendous new Red Army assault along the southern road to Berlin.

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