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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OP NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHKA8T MISSOURI VOL. XLI—NO. 295 BlythevUle Dally Newi Blytue?Ule Herald Blythevllle Courier Mississippi Valley Le«der liLYTHUVlLLIO, ARKANSAS, SATURDAY, MARCH ;), 11M5 SINGLE COPIES FIVE CENTS ALLIES CLOSING TRAP WEST OF RH Toll Of RyukyuRqids Heavy $5613 Donated For Memorial To War Victim lers contributing^ from 1 the office of " Communications Privctt Fund Swelled By Checks Received From Distant Points That the wife and eight children of Pfc. J. C. Privett, 37-year-old Infantryman killed in Luxembourg, will have a permanent home and some equipment to begin their life anew is assured. The fund to purchase the home and some furnishings now stands at $5613.50 as gifts continue to pour in even though the original amount sought, $4000, was reached several days ago. Problem now is to finn a house worth from $4000 to $5000 with any one wishing to sell property of this type asked to call Jodie Nabcrs immediately so that the committee may begin its work of selecting the house. Money left after purchasing the properly will be used lo get the house in good condition and for such necessities as a stove adequate to heat the house and other necessary furnishings. Gifts arrive;! today from such distant points as Woodward, Oklrw-. and Tulsa, Okla.. along with several from this immediate section. A list of contributors to date will be carried in Monday's issue. A typographical error appeared in yesterday's story which said the Blythevllle Army Air Field Communications Maintenance and Operations Office sent S24. The sum given was $42 with a list of contributors given below. Soldiers BAAP Maintenance and Operation were as follows: $1.50, Staff Sergt. P. A. Pcderson, North Dakota; Corporal Powell, Arkansas; $1, Lieut. P.-P. Hargus, Louisiana; Corporal Power, 1 Nebraska; Tech. Sergt. E. R. Wag- enweld, Michigan; Pfc. C. J. Fletcher, Staff Sergt. Charles Haire, Florida; Sergeant Turner, Georgia; Staff Sergt. Johne Brillhart. Virginia; Tech. Sergt. Foster, Illinois; Staff Sergt. J. F. Maylie, Louisiana; Flight Officer Prcntiss, Plight Officer E. C. Peters, Minnesota; 65 cents from Sergeant Perry. Georgia; 5(1 cents, Corp. Frank L. Gaud- lye; Pennsylvania; Corp. John L, Hardy, Illinois; Tech. Sergeant McBain, Michigan; Sergeant Heflcy, Tennessee; Staff Sergeant Whit- thigton, Tennessee; Private First Class Bcncstent. Illinois; Pfc. C. A. Zdvorafl. Illinois; Corporal McVcy, West Virginia; Corporal Mitchell, Tennessee; Private First Class Grace, Georgia; Corp. J. W. Bohiies, Washington; Private First Class Roulston, Massachusetts; "Namn Unknown"; Corp. B. Wihl, New York City; Lieut. II. Spurley, New Jersey; Sergt. Ralph B. Toyc, Massachusetts. Pfc. John T. Bell, Iowa; Lieut. James F. Myers, North Carolina; Corp. Joseph J. Lukaszeh, Staff , Sergt. Nicholas N. Fanelli. Corp. r'| George Hampton, New York; Staff Sergt. C. E. Prince, Missouri; Pfc. K. Lentz, Michigan; Private First Class Zazzara, New Jersey; Corp. John Monk, New York; Sergt. Loren Balden, California: Pfc. Walter Mayfield, Texas; Sergt. Ted Hoffman, Pennsylvania; Corp. Bill Pal- latinc. Pennsylvania; Sergl. N. H Brown. Tennessee; Corp. M. Mclt- zcr, New York; Corporal Richardson, New Mexico; Private First Class Thomas. Mississippi: Private Firs), Class Presley, Arkansas: Private First Class Batten. Arkansas: Private First Class Scott, Massachusetts; Private First Class Wilson Georgia; Private First Class Polk Arkansas; Private First Class Harrison, Arkansas: Private First Class Cozad. California: Corporal Scott Nebraska. Corp. Kenneth R. Jenson. Illinois; Scrgl. Nat D. Olivette. New ' York; Staff Sergt. Michael J. Volpc. Staff Corp. James A. Koning, Michigan: Pfc. Hans W. Klcmp. Wisconsin: Pvt. John A. Laniar, Pfc. Thomas Brown. Pfc. Harland K. Moore. Scrgl. F. H. Quinlin. New Jersey; Sergt. Robert H. Meanor, Pfc. P. C. Madlgan, Pfc. A. D. Run- die, Illinois; Corporal Hofmister. Pfc. Lester Gray Listed Missing In Action Feb. 3 Pfc. Lester Gray lias been missing in action in France since Feb. 3, the Wat Department has informed his wife. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Hannah Gray, 1C09 West Vine. Private Gray was employed at, •'•tamers' Hardware Company when he entered the service last June. Tilts infantryman has three brothers in service. Pfc. Sam Gray is somewhere in India; Corp. Hcr- schel Gray is in England and Pfc. Tlnirmon Gray Is at Fort Myers, Fla. His wife is employed in San Francisco, Calif., and their young snn now makes his home witli Mrs. Edith Walden. South Lake Street, a sister of Mrs. Gray. Controversial Bills Await Final Action LITTLE ROCK, Mar. 3. (UP) Members of Arkansas' 55th General Assembly will return to the statehouse Monday faced with the problem of passing or killing at least two controversial bills before adjourning sine die at noon Thursday. One of the controversial questions that the assembly must settle is the enabling act for Arkansas' "freedom to work" amendment approved by voters in last November's general election. There are four enabling act hills now in the Senate hopper, plus one that has been passed in the House and sent to the upper chamber for action. The bill, introduced by Representative Ablngton of White County, was-recalled by the House during FriiJii^.'^J^te'raoon's • session. Howr ever, it was not returned to that body because it had been checked out of the Senate flies by Senator Oldham of Lonoke for study. The measure must again be passed hrough the House flies before it can be returned to the Senate. Observers believe this delay may mean that the measure will never be enacted. The Senate Monday is expected :o consider the other three enabling acts for the anti-closed shop constitutional amendment. ' It has been reported that an attempt will be made in the House to call up the Williams Senate-passed drainage bill for a third and final reading, despite the fact thai it was amended late last week to the extent that it is now considered unworkable. The killing amendment was placed on tlie measure by Representative Lee Beardcn of Mississippi County. It calls for the retention of all drainage district commissioners who are political enemies of Senator B. Frank Williams of Osccola. author of the bill. Both legislative bodies face another state-wide problem in enacting some sort of a livestock show' bill. A compromise measure calling for a statewide show in Little Rock and county shows throughout the state lias been introduced in both the Senate and House. Awards of statesmanship to five senators and four representatives will be made Thursday by newsmen and women who have covcrct the session. The presentation of IV statesmanship certificates will be made during the closing ceremonies by Hcndrix chandler, Associalec Press start writer, as spokesman for the press group. Detroit Strikes Serious Threat lo War Effort WLB Calls Hearing In Work Stoppage At War Plants WASHINGTON, Mar. 3. (UP) — Charges and counter-charges fill the air as the War Litbor Board hearing Detroit's Chrysler strike gets under way. The WLB says the walkouts at 10 war plants in the motor city are the most serious threats to war production since Pearl Harbor. Officials call them "in flagrant disregard of labor's no strike pledge." The labor board bus .summoned leaders of the .striking United Auto Workers to show why they are disregarding orders from the board and from CIO officials to return (o work. The UAW has an accusation of its own lo make in the way of defense. Union Vice-president Richard Frankenstein asks the War Labor Board to investigate what lie calls a conspiracy to undermine Ills union, the board, uiul the nationr.l war cITort. Officials Accused He accuses Chrysler officials deliberately provoking workers Late Bulletins WITH TIIK NINTH AllMV, Mar. 3 IIH'I—The Germans arc ri'porlcil to have bhnvn up a fimrlli Itlilne lirhlKf, tills lino near Krefeld. Three olbcttt previously were lilastcil at Dlicsscl- (inrl. I'AHIS, Mar. :i (111 1 )— Elements of tlie American Ninth and On- uiliaii l''irsl Armies effected a juncture in the llhlnc-Mans corridor fur the first time lodny. $479 Donated At Clear Lake For War Fund Wisconsin.. Ohio. Pfc. R. W. Preston. Live Wire Electrocutes Little Rock Resident LITTLE ROCK, Mar. 3 (UP) — Seventy-five-year old W. L. Perdue was electrocuted last night while investigating a fire started by a live electric wire behind his Little Rock home. Perdue touched a wire garden fence across which lay the broken electric wire. He cried out, but was dead before anyone reached him. His death was the first known casualty resulting from last Tuesday's sleet storm, which sent hundreds of live electric wires crash- Jug lo tlie ground. Missouri Man Killed By Car Driver Exonerated In Fatal Accident At Caruthersville CARUTHERSVILLE, Mo., Mar. 3 -Funeral arrangements were incomplete Friday' for Tony Wotipfca 62. of Gideon, M 0 ., who was killed Wednesday night when struck by : car as he was walking on the high way at the south edge of town. Driver of the car was Mrs. Vcr land Stubbs, who was exonerate' of all blame at a coroner's inqucsl Mrs. Stubbs told aulhorUiCE tha she was driving at a moderate rat of speed, meeting three cars, an that the man was on the same sld of the highway on which she wa driving. She did not see him, being partly blinded by the three approaching cars, until almost on him, and conld not stop nor swerve off (he road to prevent hitting him. She stopped, and summoned help, but the man died before an ambulance could reach him. of lo slrike id the hope of discrediting the whole' process of collective bargaining. In particular, he asked the bo:ird to subpena John Scoville, a Chrysler economist, because of a speech the union leader says Scoville made before a Detroit club last August. Chrysler is one of the compaijici hit by the stoppage. Frankenstein quotes the cxecu- ve as sayingy.'Tt.is prob9_ble:public entimenl will change in regard to ollective bargaining. As industrial urnioil increases, more and more eople wilt see the evils of the sys- eni. We should look forward to the me .when all federal labor laws ill be repealed." Frankcnstcen calls such .a pro- rain, "a conspiracy not only against abor, but also against tile American eople." He charges that since Scoville lade Ihe alleged speech, the Chrys- Corporalion has repeatedly ig- orcd or violated established ma- liinery to settle grievances. The United Auto Worker official •ants the board to investigate thor- ughly the labor relations policies I the whole Chrysler Corporation. Workers Ignore Picas The Washington hearing w r as or- .ered late yesterday after strikers I the Chrysler-Dodge plant shoiu- d down their own CIO leaders vhilc rejecting all back-to-work ileas. The Michigan legislature, mean- vhile, is working on a bill to oul- aw "wildcat strikes," and require trict regulation of labor unions. Elsewhere on the labor front some :60 niotormcn and conductors on Boston's elevated railway have walk- id oil their jobs, halting travel iver the city's two principal subway lues. In Washington, John L. Lewis and lie nation's soft coal producers arc laving their last session of public sparring before the doors close Monay on their negotiations for a new two-year contract. Mine operators said today if the United Mine Workers arc allowed to collect what the operators call ft 'private tax" of 10 cents on every .on of coal they mine, other unions- soon will necessities. Clear Lake community, with a quota for the 1045 American Red Cross War Fund of $200, has exceeded that quota by f279.(i5 ac- dliiK to Noble Gill, chairman for the drive In the outlying communities of Chlckavawba District. A check for f'179.85 has been received at heaclnuarlcrs from F. A. Rogers, chairman of clear Lake Communl- A total of $7.193.50 for the district was reported today l>y James Hill jr.. War Fund chairman, as having been collected In the first two days of the drive which go", underway Thursday morning. J. W.- Adams an ( | Fred McGlice yesterday made up the leading team in collections of funds in the business section, turning In n total of $448.15 for the day, with J. V. Dates and George D. Pollock Jr., second with a (lav's collection of $423.50. Quota for Chickusnwba District is $35,900. Mrs. M. A. Ivaacs. chairman of the residential district of Blylhc- villc, has called a meeting of all her volunteer workers lo meet at Red Cross headquarters next Friday af- tcrnoo.n, .3 .g'clock, for the purport, of receiving materials and final instructions for the opening of their drive in the residential district to begin Monday, March 12. It Is planned that every home in Blythcvillc display the Red Cross window sticker, aiid the only manner in which this sticker may be obtained is through a contribution to the local block chairman. 55 Jap Vessels, 91 Planes Hit By Task Force U. S .Carrier Strike Deals Serious Blow To Enemy Homeland lly llnilcil I'rcss Admiral Nlmit/, 1ms revealed the story uf another currier sinusl) til Japan's Ilyukyn Islniul chain. . This Is the mill that was made last Thursday. And it's iinolhcr blow of (he kiiul lluil bus been unnerving Ihe Jap homeland lately. The admiral's communique tells a story of widespread destruction spread ever six Islands hi the Rkn- kyu group, destruction dealt by both bombing unit stranng attacks. An undisclosed number <if American planes How from Vice-Admiral Maic Mllschcr's famous task force No. 58 and spread lliclr attack In a fun-like arc which covered 215 miles. One of their principal lar- KCls wns the innlii Islniul of Okinawa where the Japs have u nuvnl base. 3-1 1-8 7.1 100 3-1 •12 7-8 N. Y Stocks A T & T 103 1-4 Amor Tobacco 7.'j 1-4 Anaconda Copper Beth Steel '.'. Chrysler Gen Electric '.'.'. Gen Motors C7 Montgomery Ward ... N Y Central Int Harvester Norlh Am Aviation Republic Steel Socony Vacuum Studcbaker Standard of N J I'cxns Corp Packard . ... U S Steel '" TODAY'H WAR ANALYSIS Second Phase Of Offensive Is Beginning ll.v DAVID WKKKS United I'rrss SU(f Writer The arrival of the American Ninth Army at tho Hhine near Duesscldorf murks a climax In the III.si phase of tli« present olfenslvc. The next step In the operation probably will be to seep In ixilh directions along the west bank of the Uhonc. Tills will threaten the envelopment of any German forces sllll'holding out west of this llhlne, and force llicin lo retreat more hastily. The main emphasis may be placed on Unking up with General Crmir's British and Caniullan forces lo Ihe north. Cremr reached the Hhlne some time ago and has been driving southward toward the Ninth ever slrtce. When these two forces meet, nil the west bunk of the llhlne between Uuesseldorf and the Dutch border will be In Allied hands. The s|iieiidlng out along the Ithlnc will be a cleaning up stage prior lo the launching of (he final assault lo cross Ihe Rhine and open the filial ussault against the Germans, In Ihls interim stage. General Elsenhower will culminate his plan lo destroy all German forces on the west bank of the Rhine. Hut this rr i by no means means the destruction Germans I'ARIS, Mar. I! (U.P.) — Aii Ameriaiii-Camulian squcc/o play has iill lint, broken tlie buck of.lhe Gernmn 15th Army (lolcmhriK Ilii: Cologne plain. In 11 17-milo sweep lo the nurtli, the' American troops have iwiTowwl tlio Nsr/.i L-NCiipc rotilc bclwccu the convei'K- »Y? Ninth ami th c Canadian First Annies to four miles. 1'ield (lisimLuhes say the Germans arc fleeing in disorder aei'p.ss the Kliine to swell the (jarrison of Cologne, a city which the Germans appear to ! JO reinforcing for a Staliri- They destroyed or damaged r>5 uf lhl , Clennan , lvmy Japanese shi])s and smnll craft mul chalked up n total of 01 Japanese aircraft shot down or damaged. One Many Germans Most of Germany's bc.sl divisions of Japan's precious destroyers was "heady have been withdrawn across among the enemy ships sent to the ioon will be taxing of life's Newly-elected Senator John Moses of North Dakota died early today of a stomach ailment. The former governor of North Dakota has been ill since the first of the year. 55 1-R 24 3-1 80 1-2 11 3-4 22 3-8 IG 3-4 24 1-1 GO 53 3-1 6 1-B 63 7-8 New York Cotton Mar. May July Oct. Dec. 2213 2207 211!) 2117 2108 2215 2213 2207 2204 2180 2117 2122 2117 2113 2108 2214 220G 2180 2122 2112 22lf, 2207 2181 2118 2107 N. 0. Cotton Mar. . Mas- July Oct. Dec. 2202 2118 2iin 2108 2204 2180 2123 21H 2202 2177 2116 2108 2200 2 201 2201 2179 2178 2123 211S 2114 2103 Ijotlom. Tlie carrier attack was the third major assault on Jap home soil in less than three weeks. The last raids were on Feb. n and 18 when Mitsclicr's licet sent Ha dive bombers and lighters roaring In over Tokyo. Pilots wiio took part in thai scaring attack give this description of tlie blasting given two Jap aircraft factories: .?,• Commander IJdward UO.VCTK of.SI. Louis, Mo., said: "About 70 to 80 bombers took part in the raid on (lie big, Tachlgawa Aircraft Plant near Tokyo. Our planes drove down from about 10,000 feel ,and all our bombs plastered tlie target area." Says Bayers: "At least SO per cenl of Ihe plant was destroyed in lliat attack." The pilots attacked still another big plane factory, which also lies outside Tokyo. There, too, American bombs fell with exact destruction for thc (Hers met little or no flghlei opposition and flak was described as not loo troublesome. One pilot said: "Sonic of lliosc Jap pilots were thc slowest I had .seen yet." But another pilot disagreed with him saying the Jap pilots did not have time to get organised, but flew wcl enough as single unite. Bui while American reports limit our assiiult to air attack, thc Jaj radio says American warships pumped shells Into Okinawa throughout Thursday night. The Tokyo radio says the shelling started at dusk and lasted until dawn. If these enemy reports arc true, this would mark Hie (irsl naval bombardment of the Ilyuku chain, which lies 200 miles south of Japan proper. Hundreds of miles to Ihe south weary, begrimed marines are lighting a man-agalnst-nian battle for Iwo Island. The Japs now hold only a few hundred yards of coast line along the island's northern shore, anil Japanese artillery Is finding the range too short (or effective firing. Our advance Is described as steady, but painful. Thc Japs Weather ARKANSAS—Cloudy and colder (his afternoon and tonight. Rain in southeast portion Ibis afternoon. Sunday partly cloudy In north. Cloudy with occasional rain in south portion. have covered Ihe entire nprt'Cicrn coast with an intense and deadly crossfire and even heavy American • artillery barrages often seem to be wasted. A bulletin from Pearl Harlwr has confirmed the early report that Lieut. Gen. Millard Harmon and several members of his stall arc missing somewhere In the Pacific. the Illilnu. Tiie Na/.ls put up no ililf resistance to hold the city of Uucnchcn - Gladbach, a bulll-up' irea capable of Icnglhy rcslslnncc lad Hie Naxis seen fit In defend II. nsteail, General Voh.ltundstodl left lelilnd the untrained third - rate fighters of UK; Max.! Volksturm. Obviously, his plan Is to give up the west bank of the lihlim as a sacrifice lo keep Ihe Iwsl elements ol ills army Intact. Von Ilundstedt recognizes that Ills best chunco of 'delaying the final battle 'of 'Germuny as long as possible, is a strong defense of the Rhine Itself. The crossing of the Rhine is Ihe most formidable engineering operation lo face the Western Allies since the Invasion of France. In some respects, it presents even more difficulties. Von Ilundstedt has compact communication lines behind the Rhine. He has great built-up areas from which to defend a crossing. His lateral c»)nmimlcallons are short, which means that no' 1 matter where tlie Allies choose to str|kc across tlie Rhine, he can send reserves from a relatively short distance. Thc Allied job Is to destroy all lite German communications, and particularly (he lateral communications, to make Ihe Nazi troop movements ns difficult as possible. Tough .Tnb Ahead We'll have our hands full Just getting across the Rhine, Thc river averages from 50 to 15 feel deep nl mosl all thc threatened points. And it-s width Is from -110 to '133 yards between Duesscldorf and Cologne. H becomes even wider norlh of Duesscldorf. I3ul some of the advantages offered north of Duesscldorf may offset Ihe Increased width. For example, there arc fewer built-up areas, and German lateral communications arc poorer. This Is all based, of course, on thc probability that the Allies must build (heir own bridges across Ihe fihlnc. At Hie moment, lliere are sonic 27 permanent bridges over the Rhine .still intact. Two of them are at Cologne, and another double-span is at Duesscldorf. In addition, there are a number of Gcnnan-buill pontoon bridges over the Rhine which the enemy is using 1 to pull his own forces back. Seizure of any of the permanent structures inlact would make Ihe Allied crossing immeasurably eas- Talks To Luxora Club Tells Rotary Group Of War Conditions Found In Italy IAIXOUA, Ark., March I—Muster Scrgl, r-'rcddic Keller of at. Louis, houscguiwl of Mr. and Mrs. S. J, Smith, was guest speaker ai the supper meeting »f the notary Club here Thursday night at the Home l&oiioiiiics bulicinii;. A native of Germany, Sergeant Keller came lo the Untied Stales when a youth with his parents who look the oath nf alliance to the United stntes ns soon ns possible. He since has made his home In St. l.nuls wllh his parents prior lo volunlitcriiii; for service I he day wnr was declared. On his first leave since entcrlni! foreign service v three years ago, he told of his experiences In the ground forces far (he Army Air Corps. Having s.erved In caiupnliais In Africa. Sicily, Malla 1 and Italy he emphasized the condition' civilians, pointing out that lumper predominated in llaly. "Guards are kept nrmind the gnrlinge cans of the Allied fora's because of santltury reasons,' •inlil in telling of how starvation Is rampant. "Most of (he men's trousers are (lUiiney Micks with cut In tile bottom for their lens and tied around ihclr vvalsls," he said. As a result of the Mack market It) Italy, ten pounds of suear cost SlflO, the audience was told. Scrgcnnt Keller will leave March in. following a rest, with another overseas post as Ids next (iestlna- llnn. ler—despite Hie fact llml they'd lead inlo built-up areas on Ihe east hank capable of being defended. Post-War Airliner Chicago Wheat open high low close pr.cl. Nfay . 16614 IGS',4 I65?i 167->1 166% July . I56?i 157% 150',-i 157% 15G», The big plane Consolidated Vultcc Is going'to make after Ihe war—maybe in Fort Worth, Tex.,—for Pan American World Aiiways. H lias ordered several of them for long runs, such as the New York-London trip which it could make in nine hours, H will have six pusher motors, something like 30,000 horsepower. It will carry 204 passengers in two decks of cabins, bertlis and clubrooms, as well as seven Ions of mall. (NBA Photo.) Visitors Lawrence were and the Rev, L. Dave Laney O.srcoln, Ed Tcaford, R. C. Bryan ami Tal Tongiitc. Members of the home economics class j.crvccl supper, prepared by a committee ol women, with Miss Christine Calvcrt, Instructor of the high school department, In charge. Farmers Urged To Move Cattle Water At Big Lake Still Rising Today; Farm Lands Flooded Farmers having livestock In the area of liig Lake now flooding were warned loday to gel their livestock out of IhaL location as even higher water is expected. grad sliind. Aincrlcna Ninth" Army tanks arc hunderlng to the Rhine lortay ilong Hie 11-mile stretch between Ihe captured industrial cities of ••> and Krefcld, and American Jig guns already spotted along the West blink' arc pouring salvo aflcr salvo across thc river Into the • iRhtly packed Ruhr Valley fac- orles. Another flying column has, according to a radio corresiwndcnt slammed North to cul the ground from behind thousands of fanatical Nazi paralrooiiers fighting the Canadian First Aniiy four miles lo Ihe Norlh, and thai Is Ihe largest Rroup of organized Germans leil on the West bank of the river. fleeing Across Kliinc Other Na'th are fleeing thc gigantic armored American manhunt, . us fast as they can, crossing thc nhlne In boats, jerries, bridges— anything that will hold them, The Nazis have abandoned the Siegfried Line from Cologne to Nljmcgen and now they appear to be giving up a Cn-mlle stretch of the nhlno us well. . . , . . They tire streaming'• through two Baps, .one.bqlwccn the Ninth and Canadian First .Armies, and Hhe ether to the South between Ninth Army troops and American , First Army forces. All Hie German relu- gces seem to be headed - toward Cologne wlicrc the" Nazis'are-ex- pected to .stage their'Stalingrad'of Ihe West, ' ; Cologne proper slill Is. burnirisr from yeslni'day's, record RAF. raid, and American guns are pouring shells into It hourly, aimed n * knocking put the German coinniu- nlcnlioiV centers and smashing Nazi nrmored 'concentrations. The city itself Is sntd to be bristling with heavy giins, tanks and machine gun nest.s. ; nut tlie Yanks already arc pro- paring for the drive on Colgne. General Hodges' men have Uikcn 21 towns on the East and West of the Erft 'River, some eight miles from Cologne, and American guns, tanks mid Inmntry ixyssrvAs are pouring through three Erf I bridgeheads in great'forces, crowding on lo the springboard for, a drive on Cologne. '-'. In addition, Hodges' men have widened their offensive front East of the Erft lo 10 miles and battled within five miles of Cologne. I There hasn't been any confirmation of an American crossing of the Rhine, reported yesterday in a London dispatch, but Germ ah" reports say Canadian troops lo the Norlh are preparing for an all-out attack on Germany's largest natural Western boundary. The Nazis say-a powerful force of British armor, supported by bridge building and crrstneerin!; units, is massing on the Northern flank of Ihe Canadian First Army at a town called Emmerich, and tlie Nazis' add: "A major attempt to force tile Rhine Is expected there at any time." Eisenhower Visits From With German resistance crumbling West of the Rhine, as General more, walcr coming from Elsenhower, said it would, the Kcnnctt, MO-, Ihe gauge at Big Lake bridge, 12 miles west of Bly- thcvllle, was expected to exceed 15 feet alter having {reached 15.5 feet lasl April. i 'Hie gauge read 13,5 this morn- Ing for a steady rise during the p..st ^-t liottrs. If the expected rise materializes. Highway 18 will be under water for a short distance but It will be only in the low place hisidc the levee and traffic is not, expected to be hindered. It was pointed out. Several lhousai1d :J acrcs of fertile farm land, both inside the old levee and between .thcvnlri and new levees are being flooded, as was last Spring. The "small number of families living I here are divided in opinions of whether to move out temporarily as mast of them prefer to remain in their homes, built out of Hie reach of Mils amount of high walcr, while a few "go visiting" until the water recedes, Small boal.s are used for transportation by these families remaining. Danper of losing cattle makes it Imperative that the stock be moved to higher ground, it was said. • If the water recedes soon crops can be planted on this acreage, much of which was not planted in usual crops last year due to the Ir.teness of the high water. Chicago Rye oseiij. high, low close pr.cl. May . 114 115 113?i 1HX 114« July . HIS 112K 111K 11214 11251 prcme coininander has visited the Ninth Army front. Eisenhower is back in Park today, but only after two narrow escapes from death, once when a German plane swooped low over his jeep and then decided nol to waste ammunition, and a second time when the Nazi? bombed an airfield minutes after he look off. Eisenhower's visit came as a surprise to front-line GI's but none was more surprised than Pfc. Donald Deischen of Tcrrc Haute. Hid. Delschcn was standing guard at the entrance to the 19th Corps headquarters when a brigadier general passed through. He snapped to attention with an equally snappy salute. Then four other , cen- erals followed, Eisenhower. Simpson, McClaln and Hobte—a galaxy of stars. Deischen counted them. When he reached 13 stars he put down his rifle and sighed: "My gosh, the whole Milky Way." There has been no let-up in Ihe air war today, the 19th day of the current air offensive. A sky-train 200 miles long flew most of the way over Germany today lo smash a number of industrial cities within 40 miles of the Red Army, front. More than 1100 American 'heavy Flying Fortresses and Liberators, e.'.cort(id by 700 fighters, hit German rail and fac^ tory towns in Saxony and Silesia, Just ahead of the .'Russian front. Tcdny's raids, follow up-. last night's RAF attack on the communication center of Erfurt,

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