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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THK DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OP NORTEU6A8T ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI VOL. XLI—NO/298 Blythevllle Dully Newi BlytoertU* Herald BlythevUIe Courier Utolulppl Vulley Leader ULYTUKVILLK.'AUKANSAS, WliDNKSDAV, MAUCI1 7, 19-15 SINGLE COPIES FIVE CENTS REDS OPEN FRONTAL ATTACK ON BERLIN TODAY'S WAR ANALYSIS Bombers Will Help Troops Cross Rhine By DAVID WEEKS United Tress Stiff Wriler New Economic Stabilizer To Be William Davis State Guardsmen Battle Floo'd As Ohio River Overruns Dikes PORTSMOUTH, Ohio, Mm'. 7 (U.P.)-The surging Ohio ivcr crumbled a .siiiulbntj Iwmciidu in fronl of I'orl.smoutli, m industrial cily of -10,000, al 1 p. in. today. All uynlliible it.ilo Guardsmen hnvi! lieun ordered lo mnn a siindimg Tlic next stage of the Allied drive inlo GcrniHiiy is approaching rapidly. The time is coining, and coining fast, when the one good strong, heave which Premier Churchill spoke of yesterday, will be set in motion. But fhrl, look for the Allied Air Force to take over tlie main part of tlie battle for the first few clays. Next on the Allied agenda, of course, is the crossing of the Rhine. We now hold a solid l lne along the west bank of the Rhine from Cologne northward to Arn- hcm, Inside the Dutch border, except for one place. The Germans still cling lo an ever-diminishing bridgehead at Wcsel, but even this IHM been shrinking so rapidly that • by this time, it may also have collapsed. Somewhere along this nearly 100- mile stretch of the Rhine, as' the river flows, is where the Allies will most likely stage their crossing—or crcrsings. They'd I.ikc lo Know Just when or just where, is what the Germans don't know and probably would give a great deal to find out. There has been some speculation as to whether the Allies will open the Rhine-hurdling offensive immediately, or wait. Most Germans think the crossing will come almost immedialely, and so do most American observers. Every discernable factor favors a crossing as soon as possible. We have .relatively s.ho,rt supply line; behind us. We have Ihe men and equipment available and the mean- to provide a' continuous stream of reinforcements and supplies. On the other hand, the Germans are off- balance and their defenses are disorganized. Delay would serve the Germans more than the Allies. It would S lvl - theui time''to' organize behind the Rhine ami deploy.'their men and equipment to the best possible advantage. Thus, a quick crossing of the Rhine stands to take advantage of German weakness without sacrificing Allied power. However, the job of jumping the Rhine is the greatest military engineering operation yet faced by our forces. American engineers, among the best in the world, are confident. They've built bridges under fire before, over streams something .more than half the width '\oi' the ; Rhine. The engineers look at it this way; The fundamental job of bridge- building ' under fire .is the same whether it's a 40 foot creek or *a 1400 foot river. It's just a question of adding more spans. Planes Biff Faclor But the Allies possess orie weapon capable not only of making the job easier, but of crossing up the enemy. It's air power. And General Eisenhower may use it along the Rhine just as he used it along the French coast before D-Day, not only to soften up the enemy but to confuse him as well. You will recall that for weeks be- 1 fore the invasion of France, clouds of Allied heavy bombers battered unmercifully the Pas dc Calais coastline of France. The Germans •'• misread Ihe signals. They were certain the Allies would storm ashore In the Pas de Calais area, and con- cenlratcd their defensive strength in that section. Then suddenly, the pattern shifted, and-the coast of Normandy took tlie full force of the bombing assault. This was followed >ip by the invasion of Normandy before the Nazis could shift their forces. It caught them llalfootcd. The bombers not only paved the way will destruction but with subterfuge. Given reasonable Hying weather the Allied air force stands a gooc chance of following the same pat tern along the Rhine. Our plane: can give the ground forces the clos cst kind of support since, in the initial stages, the broad ribbon of tin Rhine will mark out the tombing line for them. They may cross up the German again as I hey did in France, b; bombing one place, while our Iroop plan to land in.another, But Ihcir ifios(\. valuable conlri button will be,'as"it was in France in pinning down Ihe Germans one the Allied crossings get under was The enemy's lateral communica tions must be destroyed. Thus it's the air force that wit give the first nudge of that on good, strong heave lo send Gcr many toppling over the abyss. WLB Chairman Will Succeed Vinson Who Takes Loan Post WASHINGTON, Mar. 7 (U.P.) — The White House has annoiuiced that War U:bor Board Chairman William H. Davis will be the new director of economic stabilization. Davis will replace Fred N. Vinson vho has been appointed to the post of Federal Loan Administrator. The announcement of Ihe Davis ippoinlment teems lo seltlc the so-called feud between Davis and Vinson over those very limited vage increases permitted by the War Labor Board. It's apparently settled the feud In favor of the Davis contention that so-called :ninor fringe wage raises could be Slanted, a point of view lhat Vinson disagreed willi and ruled Tgainst if the fringe increases resulted in a rise of price. Taylor WI.B Chairman At the same lime it's also announced that George W. Taylor now vice chairman of the WLB will slep into Davis's shoes as chairman of the WLB. Taylor is expected lo guide Ihe WLB along prelty much the same lines as Davis did. Thai is, while allowing minor fringe wage raises the Board is expeclcd to cintinu it's all-out defense of the Little Steel Formula—the formula whicl limits basic hourly wage increases to 15 per cent over levels prevailing on January 1. 1941. Meanwhile Congress still is hart nt work, on manpower legislalloi today and debate on the Senat Military Committee's substitute 01 the May-Bailey work or else bil is waxing sharp nnd furious. Tlie Senate Is getting ready tc lake a vole on an amendment t the ! Military. Committee's, substi !e which. If passed, will chang ie measure from the category o limitary labor legislation to d~af bor legislation. Specifically th nendment in question provide nt all riinle civilians not perform e work in any occupation essen il lo the war effort shall be in irted. There's considerable opuositio the amendment and the out une is in doubt. Are U. S. Tanks CooJ? Aiid speaking-of, war production, 10 Senate ' committees.; llic', War ivestigaling Committee and the Hilary Affairs : Committee, 1 ' will e. asked.'to look' into complaints American soldiers on the wcst- rn front that U. S. tanks arc no ood. The complaints were reported by nited Press Correspondent Ann tringer. with Ihe Third Armored ivision in Germany. Corrcspond- it Stringer quoted, one tank com- landcr as sayin? that American anks aren't worth a drop of p. tor on a hot stove. On the international fronl. Sec- etary of the Treasury Morgenthnu as put. the Bretton Woods agrec- icnts before Congress. Morgcn- says Ihe Brctlon Woods grccmcnts are Ihe first practical est of our willingness to cooperate the work of world reconstruc- ion and stabilization. Infant Dies At Dell Harold Leon Davis, 13-day-old so of Mr. and Mrs. William Davis Dell, died yesterday afternoon a the home. Funeral services will be held th afternoon, 4 o'clock, at the home b Ihe Rev. G. D. McGhee, pastor Dell Baptist church, with burial a Maple Grove Cemetery. Besides his parents the baby survived by a sister, Bilite Jean; half brother. Howard'"Yelvlngtoi and a half sister, Martlifi 'France Yelvinglon. v Cobb Funeral Home is in cliars By Untied 1're.w The .swollen and turbulent Ohio river si ill was spilling over its hanks this morning in what tlireiilcucd to be Hie vorst flood disaster since 1037. From Pittsburgh to Louisville, Ky., the surging Ohio ins climbed past flood levels in scores of places. Thou.sftiids of families have been forced lo flee from their homes,' and the number of reported deaths already lias risen to eight. The wonu and most immediate * hreat is to the Industrial cily of 'orlsmoulh, Ohio, where some 40,JOO persons arc wailing behind a ">2 foot flood wall topped by sandbags, a flooflwall that twice before n the city's history lias failed to lold back the Ohio in flood stage. .At (he present lime more llinn CO per cent of Ihe city already Is under water. And the rl-lng water, crawling up the'flood wall at the rate of three Inches an hour, is expected to wash into Portsmouth's clown town business' district at any minute. Special trains lire gelling ready evacuate 8000 persons from Portsmouth immediately. Transportation on both tides of .he river Ls foundering. War pliints are being forced to close llirouiMi- oul tlie entire flood area, in West Virginia, Pennsylvania. Kentucky, and Ohio. In eastern Ohio, all coal mines have been forced lo close, either because they arc flooded or because Ihe flood has paralyzed transportation. Meanwhile, Army and const Guard unit,-, have been called into action in the worst hit areas of Ohio. And at Parkcrsburg, w. Vn. veterans of amphibious warfare In Ihe Pacific arc helping homeless families get out. Al Louisville and nearby points, German war prisoners have been pressed into -service to help erecl sandbag barriers Refugee centers have been set ur throughout the flood area by the Red Cross. Mobile canteens am kitchens .are being; moved in lojced the homeless. 1 Town halls, churchw YMCA's, libraries, any building, available, are being turned into refugee centers. Families Flee On White River Heavy Rains Send ~ Streams To Higher Levels Early Today LITTLE HOCK, Mar. 7 <Ul>) — The While river continued Its rampage today, forcing hundreds of families along Its banks lo flee lo higher ground. And the weatherman warned that the river will rise during the day because of heavy rainfall in the Balesvillc area Monday night and early yesterday. At Auyr.-ta, the while yesterday reached a stage of more than 38 feet, only two and a -half feet lower than the cre.sl reaclied"dur- iiiB tho 1943 flood. And a half- inch additional rainfall on the river's upper readies is expeclcd to send Iho river even higher today. Principal flood danger Is ill till) southern part of Woodruff county near McClelland. Eight [o 10 members of tho United Blatcs Engineers staff nrc in Augusta preparing fighting the rising ,wat- Italian Leaders Work To Settle Internal Strife Bonomi Calls Cabinet Into Session After New Violence Today LONDON. Mill. 1. I UP)—Internal linresl is sllll growing agiilnsl Ihc government of Italian I'rcmlci Bonomi. The latesl outbreaks of violence include a mob allack on Ihc Kcginta Coclln prison, and two more bombings. .However, there are no morL itenths reported beyond Ihe two killed In a bombing allcinpl ngiilns the Qutrlnalc Palucc ycslcrdiiy. The crisis was touched off by th escape of General Murlo Roatta one of Italy's lop war criminals Anll-Bononil factions accuse (he po 'ice of allowing Roalla lo escape Cabinet In Session Bonomi called an extraordinary meeting of his cabinet to revamp the Internal policy and take slcps to purge Ihc police. Army and stale: employes as n result of Roaltn's escape. Guards at tho Vatican have licon instructed lo let no unaulhor- l/.ctl person enter tho Vatican Grounds,' thus .shutting one avenue of refuge lo Ihc fugitive general. , Tho cxeciillvc commltlcc of Iho Communist party has Issued n formal warning that all Communist ministers and undeisecrclaries in Ihe Bonomi cnblncl will resign unless Ihe premier shakes up Iluly's Internal policies drastically. In London, Foreign Secretary An- Ihony Eden has Issued a sharp warning lo Ihe Lublin provisional government of Poland, Ho warns against persecuting Poles loyal to Hie rival Polish govcinmcnl-ln-cxlle in London. Eden also reveals that plans for ers. Bight hundred soldiers are qtiar- for levee protee- tered in Des Arc Russia iwwskt, in-exile. will rclcnsc Madam Arch- wife of the Polish premlcr- Mrin behind tho nnnp.-ij'lni; Ninth Army's plunge to Iho lililne opposite the big Industrial city of Duosseldorf is I.I.- Gen. Wlllinm H. Simpson, whose latest pholo appears iihove. His men were first lo reach river. Steady Rise At Big Lake fs Continuing Cresl at Big Lake, cxpecled by oday, will be delayed perhaps a ivcck because of the new rains north of here, it was announced today as he water kept rising. The gauge at the bridge, 12 miles west of Blylheville,. read 15.2 feet ,his morning for .17 fool rise during the past 24 hours and a three-inch rain at Capo Girardeau. Mo., will cause the gauge to go possibly to 8 feet, it was said. Earlier predictions, prior to lalest rains, had been lhat tho crest would be at about 15.5 feet, lo which tho water rose last April when there was some flooding of unprotccled lowlands in lhat area. Water Is expected lo be over Highway 18 for a shorl dislancc by tonight or tomorrow hut it Is expected lo be very shallow and will not impede Iraffic, it was said. Rising of Big Lake is caused by excess water in the six parallel ditches north of here which open Inlo Ihe lake and Ihc area flooded is Inside Hie new levee. The several thousand acres of !an<i inundated is farmed with the small numlxT of residents Iherc living in highly-built houses or in houseboats Enabling Act May Be Voted On By People LITTLE; ROC?;, Mnr. 7 (UPM Plan's are,under way for a referendum so that Arkansas voters can vote on an enabling act for the "freedom to work" anti-closed shop amendment in llic 1340 General Assembly. Disclosure of the plan to carry the issue of an enabling act to the people was macic by Representative WUjam Ward of Lee Counly. Ward, one of Ihe leaders of Ihe Arkansas House of Representatives' so called "anti-labor" bloc, made the disclosure when it became apparent llial efforts lo pass an enabling act for Ihe amendment diu-ing the current session of the Arkansas General Assembly would be unsuccessful. The Assembly will adjourn sine die at noon tomorrow. And it appears that Hie proposed enabling acts which have been submitted will go unacted upon. A House-passed enabling act, now before the Senate, has been amended lo include farm labor groups as well as labor unioiLS, thus making it undesirable. I And in the House, labor forces have so far been able lo prevcnl the calling up for a Ihird reading and final passage any of the three Senate-rjasscd enabling acts. The House tliis afternoon passed .he Hyrd stale livestock SHOW bill —and the measure Is now on its way lo Governor Lancy for his sig- inturc. The bill, passed by a vote of 83 to 0, would require an extra 38 cents gallon tax on liquor lo give the Arkansas Livestock Show Association $30.000 for premiums. It also would give county livestock shows $50.000: S30.000 would go to llic Livestock Sanitary Board for control of catlle diseases, and $250,000 would go lo the Stale Livestock Show for construction of buildings and purchase of a show site. The stale show would IK allowed $25,000 for opera- lions and $5.000 lyoiilrt Ire granted for premiums for four district shows. It signed by the governor, the bill will authorize the State Board of Fiscal Control to lca.se for 5f years a site for the Arkansas Livestock Association. lion and- rescue work. rising waters nre wttiiln two feet of the top of tile levee at Georgetown nnd the Killy Brown Levee— one mile below Augusta— Is considered a danger point. If the water goes higher- it | 5 expected lo close 'Ihe highway to Gregory. in the Newport area arc in a dangerous condition and engineers are patrolling Ihe embankment nnd operations. rushing sandbagging Resident of Bassett Dies Late Yesterday Mrs. Lcopn died at 5:05 Harston of Bnsselt yesterday afternoon New 1'olish Iteil (Sought Eden, who has expressed a strong dislike of Ihe Lublin government, told Commons that negotiations nru now underway in Moscow on a new lirovlslonnl government for Poland, as provided during the Crlmcn Big Three conference. New politicnl unrest In Greece nlso is reported from London. The British radio says the EAM has accused Ihe Greek government of breaking an agreement il signed a month ago. According to BBC. four EAM representatives protested to tlie British legation that recent measures taken by ttio Greek government arc what the EAM calls sleps toward nntl-dcmocrntic. police rule, and contrary to the spirit of Ihe Yalla conference. at Memphis Baptist Hospital, where -she became a patient Sunday Sho was 35. Mrs. Harston was born in Tippo Miss., and had lived in Bassett for 18 years. Her husband, the late R P. Hnrston,' Bassett farmer, died about a year ago. She leaves her parents. Mr. and Mrs. Walter Shenall of Calhoun pity, Miss.; six daughters. Fcnncr May. Bobbie Ice, Jo J nn | c , Susan Ann. Betty Luc and 'Pntsle Gtitl Harston. all of Bassoll; Iwo sons, Jerry K. and j rss | c ciinlon Hnr- ston. also of Bassell; Iwo brothers. Clinton Sltena.ll. .who is overseas with the Army, nnd Mclvin Shc- tiall of Bruce. Miss., and a half sister, Miss Corinnc Shenall of Calhoun City. Services will be held in Joiics- boro. Other arrangements arc Incomplete. Father Of Mrs. Cherry Dies At Helena Today Herman carvill, father of Mrs. J. Louis Cherry and prominent resl^ dent of Helena, died there early today. He was 04. Mm. Cherry was with her father, having been visiting her mother and father for the past Iwo-weeks. She was joined today by Mr. Cherry, who will return home following the funeral sen-ices tomorrow afternoon. Long ar resident of Helena, his childhood wns spent in London, Canada. Ho also is rnirvlvcd bv four oilier daughters, Mrs. VV. P. Pit/hugh of Fllzhugh. Ark.. Mrs. E. P. Douglas of Cotton Plant, Mrs. Milton Cavin of El Dorado Slid Mrs. T. II. Jacks of Helena. An older son, Herman Carvill Jr., was killed several years ago. John C. McHsney Asks Reelection Wilt Be Candidate For City Alderman In April Election John'C. Molliincy today authorized the Courier New lo announce his candidacy for re-clcclion ns Second Ward Alderman at the Municipal Elccllon lo be held Tuesday, April y. Serving on Ihe police, street nnd building coninilltccs of Iho council, Mr. Mellaney 1ms IJTOII especially inlcrcRled in these activities of hte city. 'Ills friends point to his experience in municipal affairs and hi 1 * keen Interest nnd application lo llic dullcs of his office ns well fitting him for continue^ service. A long lime resilient nnd home owner of Iho second ward, Mr. Mc- Ilancy hus for many years operated the Jno. C. McHancy & Sons monument nnd memorial plant, located on East Main Street. "It Is my earnest dcviire lo help make Ulythcvllle a better place to live.In,' 1 Mr. McHniloy said. "Tills I owe lo my three boy.s when tncy come home." N. 0. Cotton ?/yt/iev/7/e's First Red Cross Secretary Tells Of Early Work open Mar. . 2210 May . 2214 July . 2187 Oct. . 2135 Dec, , 2127 high 2210 2214 2189 2138 2127 low close pr.cl. 2208 2208 2208 2212 2213 2213 2187 2187 2187 2127 2127 2132 2118 2118 2^ N. Y. Stocks AT&T 164 Amer Tobacco 73 1-" Anaconda Copper 34 1-: Beth Steel 76 l-, Chrysler • 103 Coca Cola 136 Gen Electric 43 3- Getl Motors ,. 67 3- Monlgotncry Ward ...<.,.. 55 1- Inl Harveslcr 81 1- Standard of N J 61 1- Texas Corp 54 5. U S Sled GO 1- Cornered Japs Battle Marines Struggle For Iwo Nor Yet Ended; Desperate Foe Fights To Last GUAM, Mar, 7. (UP>— Tho battle- weary Marines on Iwo Island were stalled Ihls afternoon before the loneliest iciKlnnco the Japs can oiler. Tho enemy troops arc cornered at Ihe northern end of Iwo, and they're fighting buck like cornered animals knowing they cannot hold-out much longer. ! The velcriin . Marines 'fighting' llorcc sec-saw battles' have sccii this kind of • llghUhf: before, on' Salpan, Pelellcu, and .Tarawa. They know llial the Japs aie pledged to go down fighting and Hint there will bo no sudden collapse of resistance. And so- the Lenthei necks keep ni<H iug , U4» v «•« 3p»B; -'iiovc sup units Mrs. Emma Burncy, who .served s first executive secretary of lilckasawba Chapter of the Amer"an Red Cross ii|«in Its organtza- lon in 1921, was guest speaker at lie regular monthly meeting of the toard of Directors of the chapter eld last night at the Red Cross ooms in the Lynch Building. In relallng her experiences of hose davs. Mrs. Burncy compared ler activities to those of Miss tilia Limbird, present executive werctary. "We were not nearly so veil organized a.v you are loday, iiti were limited by lack of funds n Ihe services we could render." \Trs. Burncy told her audience. . S. Bcnish, co-chairman of Ihe district's Red Cross War Hind. gave a rcnort on the drive, in the absence of James Hill Jr.. districl iVar Fund chairman, roporline .1 lolal collected to date of $10.200.40 "The spirit of the public," he reported, "and Ihc volunteer work or Is excellent. Contributions so far Indicate there will be more individual contributors this year than ever before. The people rea Iv want lo 'keep the Red Cross i his side.' However, there are a few IKiople who have reduced the amount of their contributions because they think thorc will be an other Red Cross drive later Hit: year. Tills Is not so, and as tool as Ihey learn Ihls, we believe Ihc; win increase the amount they al cady have given. 1 ' Mrs. U. A. Lynch, chairman last •cor for the (heater and booths ommittce, will .serve In the same apacity this yc.ir. wllh the local healers again cooperating with he National Movie Industry's program of accepting contributions rom the audience during the week leginning March 11. The offer of Blylheville High School's Red Pcp- >cr Club lo assist In theater col- eclions has been accepted by Mrs. Lynch. Kendall Berry, chapter chairman, announced a "Next of Kin" Red •ross meeting U> be held March 22 In Memphis for all next of kin of Americans now interned In enemy prisoner of war camps, when 10 Americans rcjyitrlaled from Germany and two from Japan, will explain conditions existing in enemy prisoner of war cttniDs. All next of kin of American prisoners of war who wish to attend this meeting should make immediate application lo Miss Llmbird at Iho Chapter Red Cross office In the Lynch BuiWlnsf, or telephone 481 for reservations. Mrs. Harry W. Halncs, board member, the Rev. E. C. Brown, prisoner of war chairman, and Miss Llmbird, were named ns the three chapter representatives pcr- nilltcd lo attend the nierllni? oilier Greenville Post is Reactivated Training Program Will Be Resumed By Army Air Forces GREKNVILLE. Miss.. Mnr. li- Grccnvlllc Army Atr Field was reactivated by the Army Air Forces Monday, accorclini; lo nnnouncc- mcnl by Sennlor Thro. .G. Bilbo In n telephone call to John Lynch, editor of Delia Democrat-Times. Ed I'erry. sccrctarv to Senator Bilbo, telephoned (ho news. He .said that he could only say that llic field had been reactivated as of Monday. While It Is understood the same typr of training will be eivcn. no official announcement has been made. Civic leaders were pleased w lite announcement. Col. A. R.. Mc- Conneil. conhnandiuq officer, snld Tuwday night lhat he had not been officially notified llial the field would he rcaelivalcd. The field was deaclivalcd March 1. Weather Zhukov's Men Strike Al Dawn; Third Army Races Toward Rhine By United Tress . Tho eastern ami western Allies have started the attack on.Genmmy's inner fortress, Hie "one good strong heave" which Churchill SII.VH will knock Germany ,out of the war. Russian armies hiivo picked up their drive on Berlin today. And on tho western front, Patton'd tankmen are racing to tlie Kliiuc nt a headlong pace, Both Dei'lin and Moscow dispatches announce the new Soviet attempts to crack the Oder River Line. Marshal /iluikov.s tnnks attacked lit dawn after a powerful nightlong bombardment, by the Hocl Army's guns. Already, Berlin says seven pow- »- : cr-packcd soviet altacks on Nazi | dufcnsefi around the fortress elly of Kueslrln--38 miles from Berlin, have been repelled. But, Uio Germans say UK, Russians sllll uru pouring tanks ami troops Into the Oder front and thu allactai are conltiuilni!. With both dunks nailed down hyi Russian victories In I'omeranla and. Silcslii, Zlmkov'x men apparently arc- Irylnu lo gain IjnMc position* for n major drive on Berlin, a solid foolhold over the Oiter river. Allnck Confirmed Moscow dispatches confirm the IJcrlln reports of th.« new fronlnl (illiick. The official Soviet Government paper snys columns of tanks, ndlllory and supplies arc streaming wcsl iulo im Oder river bridgehead opimriiiilly In Llio Kiieslrln iiron. Anil the paper ndrin, that Ihe Russians have • concenlraled 120 heavy guns and marlars and DO antl-iiircraft yum in u factor over the Oder a third of a mile wide for Iho atlack. Finally, llic paper say.s: "On nil roads leading lo Berlin llicre Is Visible evidence of the furious but- tles our troorn now,lire waging. 1 ' As' 'or the flunllng on the western front Ililrd Aimv tank'! now me drMnt, low»r%lht""-""* only suloi in whid' "i'Mll hold (brTrt.s General I 1 atibh t » minis, nolcd for thcl speed, linvu rolled, another .... mill's up the Moselle valley today, within in mlloi of Hie Rhine, Pal- Ion's men have covered 10 miles since litsl night and jiibncd within 15 miles of Ihe Rhine city of Contain, Ihird largest cily still In Gorman hands on the west bank of Ihe river. The Third Army Is clawing In on nn Important road Junction only 10 miles from the river, and front dispatches ray Nax.l resistance still Is disorganized. Nazi Gccneral Rclreal The dispatches add that American and Canadian victories lo (he north may hiivo canned the German high command to order n general retreat across llic Rhine. If so. Hint would account for Pulton's phenomenal mile an horn- dasli, which threatens to roll up In front of coblciv/. by nightfall. But In another Rhine city, the queen city of Cologne, (he li'wl scattered shota are being fired lo(Iny, as American doughboys press in on a small pocket of Nazi pura- Iroopcrs In Ihe southern outskirts of the cily. But for all Intents and purpose;, Cologne is out of the War Ills afternoon. Incidentally It's lino years ago to the day that icrnian troops entered Cologne ndliiE llic dcmllllarlzalion of the Ihlncland. At thnt time, German inpcrs proclaimed Jubilantly: "Today Cologne has seen the Irsl gun of Ihe German Army vllliln it.i wall." That was nine ears ago. Today, It's American tins that Cologne fees. With the capture of Cologne, hire Allied armies hold a long stretch of Ihe Rhino bank, from Cologne to Arnhcm. And the Amor- cans are gelling ready for the crossing. Assault boats, tanks and lie ever handy "water-buffaloes" nc being rushed to the Rhine. LougToms and other big American and British guiv. arc pounding German factory cities across the thine. In tho induslrial Ruhr, and •oftciilng the Nazi defenses. And already that pounding Is liavlng effect. American officers on he west bank of the river today have spoiled hundreds of white lag.s from hou'cs and rooftops across the Rhine In the Ruhr val- cy cily of Duisbiirg, one of Hitler's greatest arsenal elites. Just to the north, batlcred units of Iwo German armies. Ihe 15th and the First Paratroop Armies, are jamming Hie highways toward Wr.el where the Nazis still hold two Rblne bridges. But the roads fiti^S Wwrt- »i>i*i .thiifoj "fenscj and pillboxes. Iho last 5,000 or so Jops etc Into .llic northern Up of the nre pouring forth withering -mortar, machine-Bun, and rlflo fire Into tlie Marines, but they nre laklng an equally heavy bcallng from American guns. * i ARKANSAS: Fair this afternoon and tonight. Continued cold tonight. Thursday partly clc'.tdy ai» warmer In afternoon.' New York Cotton Mar. May July Oct. Dec. open . 2221 . 2220 . 2100 . 2137 . 2120 hlRh 2225 2220 2190 2131 2126 low close pr.cl 2218 2222 2220 2214 2217 2210 2185 2188 2WO 2126 2127 213i 2118 2119 2127 than the ncxl of kin of war. of prisoners Chicago Rye onon hlsh low clcre pr.c' May . 110^ 116'f, 115'i liey, 116 July . 1)414 H4'/j 113K 114«& 114', Tupelo Greets Bataan 'Angel' Heroic Army Nurse Gets Keys To City Upon Return Home TUPELO, Miss., Mar.. 7,. .(UP)pr- Thls smal( city .of 8000 persons-is ually returning to normal. But only after the biggest' event In the city's'hktory since'President Roosevelt's 1834 visit and the tornado of 1036. Ywlerday, Tupelo' welcomed home a heroine, Lieut. Inez McDonald, one of the. "Angels of Bataaii" rescued by American troops from Japanese prison camps in Ihe -Philippines. They gave her Ihe traditional keys lo the cily, of course. But till? time they threw in the keys to 22 stores with an invitation to help herself, for free. Mayor J. P. Nannoy told the slim, blond nurse that Ihe keys' .enlitled her lo anything in•• Tupelo .from curling irons to railroads. The Bataan heroine said she 'needed tho curling irons because "the Japs didn't furnish any." ''.'--. Lieutenant McDonald hasn't de- cldcrt just what items will come first on her shopping list. There were long nighls In the Philippines when she dreamed of nightgowns and sheer, clinging negligee. And Iherc was a craving for chocolate pies, cakes and "anything sweet." First on her list is a visit to the beauty parlor. The reft of the shopping spree will have to wait until Lieutenant McDonald completes a short Mississippi .-tour, for tho Red Cross. ••'".'• • Then she's 'going to find a quiet corner and make "up that shopping list. . ';. ' : '• around Wesel, the town Ilself and,, ttie bridges are under continual Allied artillery nnd air attack. Canadian guns arc leveled on the town, blasting it day and night And British bombers have Joined the ntlnck. American heavy bombers also were out over western Germany today after a 24-hour let-up. More than 000 Flying Fortrcssai and Liberators hit a number of German mil and oil targets today, including three big benzol plants in the Dortmund area. Chicaao Wheat oiien high low dote pr.cl May .'170« 170 T & 169N 170% 170-S July . 15914 159',i 157JS 158S 159->a Luxora Child Injured Malcolm Page O'Neal, young grandson of Mr. and Mrs. O. N. Forrest of Luxora, Route' 1, was seriously injured Sunday afternoon when his left hand was crushed. ' The accident occurred while he was playing in a car, wllh the door crushing his hand. •• Removed to Ihe Hudson Clinic in Luxora, his condition is much improved today. Wounded In Pacific . Included hi the names of woundcii announced by. Ihe War' Department today was that of Ptc..Russell W. HayiiesisSn of Mrs. Lilly F. Haynes o^'Bty'theyllle. .' i Private^ Haynes wa.» wounded in the Southwest Pacific area,

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