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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS , THK DOMINANT NEWSPAPm n» «ro^w«AR'n .D^.K,_.« ..• «•-• r f ^.^ VOL. XLI—NO. 302 Blytheville D*Uy Newi Courier BlyU»rtUe Benld valley Lewtor DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OF MOOTgBAST ARKANSAS AM) BODTHKABT MIS8OUR1 Back From Philippine Imprisonment •••-*!r-r~~ • - - - MONDAY, MAUCH 12, 1<MG f Back from Ihc hell of three years imprisonment in the Philippines, the first | nr » c »,„„„ 0 , Amn .,, n pnsoners hberated from the dreaded Cabantuan prison eamp arrived in San FrancL They cheer as n N »v>' blimp soars ovei thcr Irnnsporl. (NBA TelephotO wildly 'Phone Operator Burns To Death Mrs. Marie Deardcn Is Victim Of Flames When Home Burns Mrs. Marie Parsley Deardcn, 33- year-old telephone operator here for 18 years, ,wns burned to death yesterday morning when nrc damaged her home, 1314 West Ash. Apparently suffocated by smoke, she had attempted to escape through n bedroom window, it wns believed, as the body was found lying on the floor between the window and bed Fire Chief Iioy Head said Ihe flames started from an overheated fuel oil heater in the living room. . In reconstructing the tragedy, he said he found Ihe front opening of the stove on. the floor nnd the feed . valve entirely open as If the fire had been lighted, the door left open to make a draft and the valve opened wide- for .-Quick l-"-t. ' : . • J t- was "n'r?. ion nc<?£ today' 'a i rrf - • aji investigation Mint the large amount of oil fed into the stove apparently caused an overheated stove pipe, which ignited the wall paper, after the fire had been left as started and not turned lower. There was no explosion and the slove was slandlng. The living room, where the. stove was located, wns most seriously burned and the names spread to the front bedroom, where Mrs. Deardcn was sleeping, but the dining room was only partially 'clnmagcd by fife nrid ,the rear.' bedroom and kitchen , escaped dnmage'except from smoke. Several calls were received at the firo station at 5:30 a.m., when neighbors discovered the 'fire. Someone told Mr. Head they heard Mrs Dcarden scream but this was discounted by officers who believed the scream was-that of someone discovering the flames as a person suffocating can not scream kind enough to IK heard above Hie noise of a fire, it wns said. Officers said firemen immediately extinguished the fire In Ihe roof nnd that Fireman Taylor Lay-ton pulled a bedroom window oul and enlerec! there within n few minutes, a water hose in his hand. He found Mrs. Dcarden. who already was dead, her body blistered by the names but not entirely burned. Fire Chief Head joined him almost instantly, he said. There wns no evidence of foul play or robbery, it was said, antl no inquest expected, it was announced following the investigation. Her mother, Mrs. Mae Parsley with whom Mrs. Dcarden made her home, was spending the night with a friend, Mrs. Litlia Damon on Davis avenue, whom she often visited, and a sister. Miss Frances Parsley! was visiting relatives in Chicago". Her husband. Corporal Denrden, whom she married last July, was transferred from Blylhevllle Army Air Field to Camp Howze, Texas, about three months ago. Relatives said Mrs. Dcarden had rclurncd only, a short time ago from a 12-day visit there. Corporal Dearden wns en route here this afternoon, having reached Memphis this mormn« by.-; plane. Also here is a sister, Mrs. Raymond Forrester, the former Miss Letlja. Parsley of Blylhevilie and nowlit- Jackson. Miss. Another sister,-' JMcrl Hcndrickson, and •'Fra'ifftJs were expected this aflernooiv'Yronx Chicago. - - ; She also Is survived by n brother. Pvt. M. J. Parsley Jr., with the'Ar- my lit Belgium. Her father, M. J. Pnrsley. died a number of years ago. Funeral arrangements were Incomplete this afternoon but it was cxpcclcd services would be held tomorrow afternoon, 2 o'clock, at Cobb Funeral Home. After attending school here, she became an operator for Southwestern Bell Telephone Company. Funeral Planned At Osceola For 0. H. Lamb, 53 Funeral services were to be held this afternoon for o. H. "Slim" Lamb, long a constable at Osceola, who died Friday night at his home there. He was 53. The Rev. Earl Cravens, pnstor of the Osceola Methodist Church, was to conduct services at Swift Fu-! E neral Home in Osceola with burial at Maple Grove Cemetery in Blythc- ville. The World War I veteran, who formerly lived in El'ytlicville, ca to Mississippi County in 1927 : Pallbearers for the funeral were to he Robert Green, Dave Young, Cliff Cannon. Searcy Mears, W. V. Alexander and Clarence Oiinn. Pfc. W.W.Jones Killed In Battle ' Vcferan infarYrryman'" is Fatally Wounded On Western Front Pfc. Walter Wesley Jones, 23, died Feb. 28 of wounds received while fighting in Germany, the War Department lias Informed his sister Miss Darliss M. Jones, 708 Nortli Seventh. In 'the Army five years, he w.._ with the.. Infantry, having been overseas since December, a943. When In the stales'ihe lohg'wii's stationed at Hopkinsvillc, Ky., where he. married a short time before going overseas .j)nd where: his wife, Mrs. Glodine Jones, now lives Born in Blytlicville, his father wns Walter Pinkney Jones, veteran of World War I who died seven years ago at the Outwood, Ky., Veterans Hospital after a long illness which began when in service. His stepmother. Mrs. Alma Jones and a half sister and brother, Dorothy Ann Jones nnd Darrel H. Jones, also live at 708 North Seventh and a brother, J. T. Jones, niakes hit home at Bnrdetlc. Hears Warrant, Drinks Poison Salesman Is Accused By Montgomery Ward Of Embezzling $800 E. W. Justus, former employe of Montgomery Warn Store here rcsled on a charye of ciiite mcnt, attempted to commit suicide when apprehended Saturdnj afternoon at his home Ash. Hll West Weather ARKANSAS: Cloudy with showers In southeast and In south por- tlwis this afternoon and in extreme southeast tonight. Colder in jiorth and central portions tonight. Tuesday partly cloudy, • State Officers Continue Work On Murder Case LITTLE ROCK, Mar. 12. (UP)— Stale police this morning are rechecking their notes In an effort lo find n lead in the mysterious murder of 51-year-old J. D. Newcomb, Jr., near Heber Springs last week Newcomb's charred body was ound in the rear seat of his badly mrned automobile- near Hcbcr Springs late Friday. However it wasn't until yesterday thn t ,**fed "&^ live identification could be made. s°slpr>l H A Little Rock dentist found cavl- lies and fillings in the teelh idcn- Thc 80-ycnr-old salesman drank Lysol when he went into anolhci room, after nsking permission of officers to get his cont nnd hat before taken Into custody. • JSlieriff Deputies Rlilph Rose and E. A. Rice served the warrant In answer to the knock nt the tioor, Mr. .Justus wns told of the charge and the officers awnitec his return from a bedroom to nc- compjriy them to the court house Not returning immediately,: the officers.-started -into-Athe .house ,when they'heard .a scream!-Mrs. Justus ran into the room-and told them her husband hnd taken poison. When, discovered he had drunk contents of the bottle of Lysol. He was removed to Blytheville Hospital by officers. Much improved loday, he was released from .Ihc hospital and is nt liberty nndcr cash bond of $300 while awaiting a preliminary hearing. ; Mrii. Justus told officers he had been, to SI, Louis in search of work..and .that,-.unable to secure employment he wns unable to meet physical requirements, he had returned home very dcsixmdcnt. Employed at Montgomery Ward for some time, it is charged Hint during n seven months period lie misappropriated a total of $800 by selling merchandise and nol making put the proper tickets and,not putting the correct amount in the cash register. Discharged .by the store last December, after suspicion hnd been aroused, a check had been made since lhat time to ascertain amount of the shortage, it was said. Mr. Justus also had been employed at oilier stores here for brief intervals, officers said. Percy Wright, deputy prosecuting attorney, said this afternoon date of the preliminary hearing would depend upon his improvement but would be held when he was nble to appear In court, Tennessee Workers Fight To Save Levee MEMPHIS, Mnr. 12 (U.P.) — Jivilinn and convicts were working iide by side today in an eifort to lical with teeth. Newcomh, chief X-rays of Newcomb's boiler inspector for the Arknnsns Labor Department, left Little Rock at noon Thursday to inspect a boiler near Clarksvlllc. However, the Little Rocfcian tailed to show tin for the inspection. ;'; Slate Police Captain J. Earl Scrog- gln says there is little doubt that -Wcwconib was the victim of a hitchhiker. ' And says it had been the custom of Newcomb to pick up service men and civilians on his trips throughout the slate/ Scroggln says he has been able to uncover only meager clues so far. and admits there is little hope of an early solution of the murder. Cleburne County Sheriff T L Turney notified Scroggln last night that he had discovered no new clues. Officers of adjoining counties have joined Turney in the search for the slayer. Funeral services for Newcomb will be held at Little Rock this afternoon. New York Cotton Mar. . Oatl-nilll DfC. . 2107 . 2212 2220 2216 2132 2122 2212 2215 2203 2201 2173 2116 2106 2210 2200 2186 2174 2130 2118 2121 2108 ere trying to hold a raised levee in Dyer County, 75 miles north of Memphis. The river has broken through a county levee two miles lo the north flooding 15000 ncrcs of sparsely populated bottom land. About 500 persons living in the flooded area have been evacuated to safely In Dycrsburg. Another breakthrough of the river is believed Imminent by engineers on the flood scent. The new danger is on the Booth's Point Roadway Icvae. A break there would flood between 35 000 and 60,000 more acres. But only two small settlements lie In the path of the waters. N. Y Stocks Amcr Tobacco Tl 3-8 Anaconda Copper 323-4 Belli Steel 73 1-2 Chrysler 9D 3-4 Gen Electric 41 5-8 Oen Motors gfi Montgomery Ward 54 N Y Central 33 1-2 Int Harvester If) 1-2 Republic Steel .' "22 Socony Vacuum ' -161-8 Standard of N J 60 1-8 Studcbakcr . ' 23 Texas Corp '' 52 7.5 U S Sle<!l Radio Supreme Court > Will Not Review Ward Decision Justice Department Unsuccessful In Plea For Prompt Action Tlie Supremo Court has rc'fuscd lo review a lower court dccisio'u which held President Roosevelt without nnthorlly in seizing .Morit- gomory Wind's plants nnd pisiwr- lies. - . ' -" The high court decision nieims simply that the cnse will have to be heard In the Circuit Court of Appeals before being Inken to ihe Su- premo Court. '',''' The order cannot be considered a blow- to the Justice Department's case for the President. But it gives a definite "no" to the department's Plea for Immediate action on the grounds that the case nffccts the war -effort. The government argument Is that the lower court's ruling threatens to Impair governmental handling of future emergencies growing out of work stoppages. As for the Montgomery Wnfd properties, the Army still runs them. And n company representative Bays Ihc Army probably will continue to do so until the Supreme Court gives i\ decision. ' The Supreme Court order todny wns without opinion. In Detroit, today the Senate Wnr Investigating Committee is holding new henrlngs on the inljor problem hi the motor city. The committee headed by, Senator Mend of New York, is looking Inlo Ihe Packard Motor Company plnnl where scvcrnl workers allegedly were found idle —nnd one man Iny asleep. An Army officer testified Hint "union resistance" to Packard management has cut production of nlr- craft engines 24 per cent." Colonel Raymond Anlhony, who represents the Army Air Forces nl the plant, said the Packard management met with difficulty from labor every time it attempted-to cut down idleness. Colonel Anlhony snld {lint Army- audited reports show that idleness ranges from 17 .lo IB per cent, nnd hns.'nvernged that foe the lust IB months. The colonel snld thai every attempt by'management to get Hie men back lo work wns balked by union leaders who said they lif- tendcd to keep theh^mbh from beli)V overworked. ... .',.'-. ?*"*. Another witness, production expert- M. F. McAulcy, said Hint any attempt to "crack down" on the bnf-> ing would be met by an immediate strike. One company representative added that to this extent, management has lost its power to manage. On another labor front, management received n setback when three government agencies rejected a petition by southern coal operators lo cancel John L. Lewis' request for a strike bnllol on March 28 The decision wns mnde:by the ''Natlonn Labor Rclntions Board, th<! War Labor Board, and the Labor Department. It was mailed today to Chairman Edward Burke of the souther: soft coal operators. Meanwhile, the. operators in- working today to complete their an swers to all 18 demnnds made by Ihe United Mine Workers. A Joint session of workers nnd operators will be held tomorrow. In St. Louis, n strike of more man 1000 foundrymen has hulled production of Diesel engines antl castings for B-29 SuperforLs. The men arc striking in protest in n Wnr Lnbor Board refusal lo grant a five cent hourly wage Increase. Woodson Asking For Re-election Council Member From Ward 3 Announces Candidacy Today E. B. Woodson today authorized he Courier News lo announce his -nndktocy for re-election as alder- nan of the third ward nt the municipal election April 3. Mr. Woodson has been a resident id taxpayer of the third ward for nnny years and is also engaged In Business in the third ward being a ncmbcr of the firm of Blylheville Soybean Corporalion. He lias been aclive In civic affairs and Is now a member of a number of Jmport- nt council committees. Friends of Mr. Woodson point to his consistent interest in municipal affairs and his close apptica- lon to his duties as well filling him for rc-eleclion. SINGLE COPIES FIVE CENTS* Yanks DriveDeeperlnto Reich's Inner Fortress- B-2 9s Quicken Sifaedule 300 Superforls Repeat Attacks OnJapHomeland Ground Crews Quickly Get Big Ships Ready After Saturday Raid i WASHINGTON, Mar. 12 <(J.P.) — American air power in the Pacific Is Hearing the goal, round-the- clock bombing of Ihc Jupnnc: bomclnml nnd ll.s empire. 'Little by little the time lapse- between raids on the hcnrl of the Jap. empire has been whittled down. Only 30 hours elapsed bc- Iwecn Ihe time the Tokyo inlder.s returned Saturday from Ihelr and the mission Inst me thiil the (Ira Supcrfort look off for Njiwoyn last night. Three hundred Superforl.s bombed Tokyo, nnd 300 Supcrtorl), bombed Nagoya, dropping 2000 Ions of incendiary bombs on five Kiumrc miles of war plants, government buildings and flimsy Jup Installations. Almost every plane which swung In over Nagoya lm<l been ovei Tokyo Just a day and a half earlier. The fact thai, they were buck for another strike, that not one plane wns lost for opcvaliona reasons on the whole flight, is li great tribute to the ground crew-t, who waves the Snpcrforls off frmi their Marianas buses, fn the 3t hews between the ' two raids ground crews worked 20,000 man' hours. ... Ground Crews Busy' When the first planes came back from Tokyo they set to work, refueling, reloading, rcchccking, ' and ' ' , repairing.' Engines had to' be •bpj»$ changed, others had tp he tested planes must lie scrubbed "clean of soot nncl grime. Dny and night the ground crewmen worked. Ant when the order to bomb Nngoya came through ni'nety per cent of the big silver Stiperfnrts were In top flying condition. The fires still burning In Tokyo the devastation nt Nngoyn, art Just us much the work of the ground crewmen ns the fllghl crcwiv And they're getting special plcnsure todny from the Japanese Wtssissippian Dies In Crossing Accident MONTROSE, Ark., Mar. 12 (UP) —Lawrence N. Chandler Jr.. has osl his life In an- accident. The 12-year-old construction company executive was a member of one of "Mississippi's oldest and most prom- ncnl families. Chandler was killed when his automobile was demolished by a 'reiglit train at a crossing Jn Mont rose. He was MI route from Ills home n Greenwood, Miss., to Camden, Ark., at the time of the accident. Chandler was the late Capt. the grandson of William Swift, 63 5-8 founder of Swlfton, and one of the 11 1-8 state's largest land owners. reports that fires nrc, running out and , of control through Nagoya, that a pall of smoke still li over mined Tokyo All One B-2» J.osl the B-20s which ,, - -•. bombed Nagoyi, are tack safely at their buses, except for one. plane, which was lo.st lo enemy action. As the Marianas based B-29s were swinging In over Nngoya other Supcrforts from the 20th Command In India were heading for the Imluslrla 1 b ixjrc. area around Singa- The flight'Is described by Headquarters ns "medium/ whlcli usually means about SO planes. The Wnr Department reports good resuKs. Seven hundred and 50 miles south of burning Japan the balllc for Iwo Island Li drawing lo n close which promises to be just ns bloody ns the Incessant lighting which hns rngcd over the Island for over two weeks. The Marines have cnrncrcd the Japs nt the northern end of Ihc slnnd, nml the Leathernecks nrc Inching in for Iho kill. And nt the other end of the Pnclftc baltlclinc. the 41st Division of the Eighth Army Is pushing into the heart of Zninboangn, on Ihc southwestern Up 0 I Mindanao Islnnd. Four villages and two airfields are in the Yanks hands. Death Sentence Is Affirmed By High Tribunal LITTLE ROCK, Mar. 12 (UP) —' The Arkansas Supreme Court lins affirmed a death sentence imposed on Robert Oalnes by the Cross County Circuit Court. Gaincs wns convicted of first de- frec murder In connection with the falnl shoolinc of a Cross County deputy shtiriff. c. L. Holt, last Aug. 4. Holt was shot ns he ap- >ro,ichcd the Gaincs home to arrest the Cross county farmer on a charge of disturbing the peace Gaincs contended ho had not In- ended lo shoot Holt, but had mls- :aken the deputy sheriff for his >on, Robtrt Galnes Jr., of Memphis. The father testified that his son had threatened to kill him. Dale for the execution of Gaincs will be set by Governor Laney. Council To Meet Tuesday The regular monthly meeting of the City Council will be held tomorrow night, 7:30 o'clock, at the isity. Hall, It wns. announced todny by Mayor E. R. Jnckson. : Cmly roullne m niters are slated for discussion, hs said, V TODAY'S WAR ANALVH1H Japan Fears Invasion When Germans Quit By DAVID WKKKR United I'reu Stuff Writer When Germany fnlli, (ho ihud will lie heard almost ns loudly In Tokyo as In Berlin, The Japanese know Hint so long as Qctrmniiy stays til the war. the Japanese homeland Is relatively safe from invasion, liut nol n moment longer. Actually, the Pacific war has progressed fa nipldly that soniu clemenls of It now are nmrklne lime inilll Ihe European war Is over Among those clemenls Is tlio direct invasion of Jnpnh proper. Tub American Navy already hus com- nlclcd the preparations,for it. our Navy luui swept away Ihc enemy's Island baiTierii. It 110.5 destroyed his fleet us tin effective force. And, along with Ihe^ariny. It has reduced Japanese air power lo the point where U cnn be destroyed If Iho Japs Iffy lo use It. Jiipan is wide open to Invasion. There Is just one thing Hint mc- vciils Ilic Niivy from Inking the Army lo the benches of .llonitm "lid Kyushu islands. Tlmt is Ilic problem of Hupply. The Job of puling an Invasion army ashore la the enemy homeland with nil Its'equipment, and tlicn keeping it supplied. |s stupendous. Must Kccu Supplies Coming Every man who goos nshorc lias to have from six to 10 loi« of equipment and other materials come with him. And Ihe backlog of supply has lo'be maintained. ' > For example, at Saipan. one of the biggest amphibious' operations so fur in the Pacific, we put 10H,- 000,.'men ashore.-'We-needed ono million Ions of cargo.ships, 50. transports, and scores of lankcr Just for Ihe Inilla Americans Head For Southern; Edges Of Ruhr From Remagen; New Rhine Crossings Reported LONDON , Jliir. 12 (U.!>.)-The American FimlAmiy" nplMircn y R hc.ulccl for Iho .southern edges of the Ruhr ' \alley, the hciirl of Germany's coal mursteel belt. < H fp'!li!!! ^ m f. 0 """ 0 " 1 "* 0 '--'' any' that General Hodges m fee In £ his entire army iulo the narrow 'brldirehe'id to Late Bulletins WITH UNTTKD KTATKS FIRST AltMV, «erm»ny, Star. H (U.IM-The Klrst Army announced t,mljl,l th,,t |(, Kami,. ftti hriilKchend now U four nill«i deep undlO wMct, with 24 Cicrman lawns'captured. MOSCOW, Mar. 12 (Ur)—MaF- slml Slnlln announced tonight lhal tin: Red Ai«ny liwl re»clicd (lie roasl of l)aml|f tiay unil captured direr rl^ccs (Ulrschau, Nru>l:ul( d nd 1'uzlg), N, Marl K (01') —The Snmlfi. (whiy 'IKISSCI! the S1I2,0()0,OW War Uepartnicnl (Jlvll functions AlMiroprlullnn.s 1)111 for JC40. The measure now gors back (n the House for acceptaiice nr rejection nf Si>nulr. aniendmcnls. U.S. War planes Attack Baltic Coast Targets ! LONDON,'Mar, 12. (UP)A-Amer- Icrin planet), Including more thim Kb Flying Forlre&scs and Llbcra- 'tors;'today nttnckcd 1 Gurmim uilll- lary nnd naval .largels along Ihe il Job. In the first IJnltlc const. ,The bombtiiR wns In "' i'" 010 - tlmn 2 (llrccL B »l>l)ort, of Russlim troops hammering nt the lower Odor river line north of Berlin, And early reports say the Americans hit German targets In Ihe big Baltic port of Btctlln. within sight of the advancing lied Army fortes. Marshal Zhnkov's forces are cn- Kngcd in a great buttle lor Ihc river ' crossing around Slellln. And Russian front, reports suy Hie fall of Iho city Is Imminent. Further south, • unofficial Moscow dispatches say n decisive breakthrough before - Berlin Is expected soon. The Russlims have clamped n security blackout on a 100-mile front from Kucslrln south lo Ihc NIcsse river line,'their usual prac- llce before announcing n brcnk- tliroiigh. And wilh Allied armies, on both fronts, breaking Into the Inner for- Iress of Germany, n Nnv,l commen- Intor in one of the prim under- £tnlcnicnU> of Ihe war, hns summed up the situation In these words: "Ccrlainly on mnny sectors of the front, the situation may be called favornble for our enemies." Itinc million tons of material. : The Job of mnlntnlnlng n continuous flow of supplies In the war ngnlnst junan l.i • particularly hard because oiir supply lines are so long, rtctimlly, they run BOOO miles from the factory to the firing line. And it's rmtctlcnlly all over wn- Icr. Ships have lo carry prnclicnl- ly every poiujcl at supplies. Wlillc wo have to maintain ocean supply Hues, across the Atlantic, we cannot at the snme time mount n Invasion In the Pnclflc of Ihe size that would be required to Riinrnntcc success on the Japanese homeland. Thin. Japan gains one hour's iicl- dltionnl Tcspllo for every hour Cier- innny continues lo light. In Hie meantime. ' however, the enemy grows sloadily weaker from the bombing by our. Superfortresses. But when victory comes In Eur- oi)e, Japan's •• number will be up. The enormous shipping cnpnclty or Brltnln and the United Stntes now being used In' Ihe Allnnllc will be transferred miickly lo the Pnclflc. Invasion dny ngnlrvU Japan will be marked on the calendar ns soon as the shooting stops In Europe. And the Japs can do nothing about It. For an Idea of Japan's expanding MW. ,„ i ni'i" ','"", >-*","" "^ps intend uio locky Kli.iiclf.ml gorges and drive into ' Ihe Jliihr Valley. Already, the Nazis add .fiOOOO Americn;i troops have crossed Ulc Rhine on ixmtoon bridges, assault rants and over the big Ludcndoit . bridge. And hundreds of Ameilcnn lanKs nre snld to be pouring ncioss" the Rhine in n mounting blteim to pnco the breakthrough offensive. Berlin reported two new assnult- boino crossings today some thicp and one hnlf miles north of Rcma- Kcn, which, the Germans say, are intended to cover the construction of now. irantoon bridges. N»»lg Counter Attack The Germans also rcpoil lhat IWvciiul Nazi armored and Infantry lelnforcemeiits nre ramming against the Amerlcnns But, Ihc latest Allied oltlclal Infoimntion indlctttcs that the- Nads sllll me lighting ohly n limited delaying ac- llon. Fhst A:my columns advanced up to 400 yards during the night ngnlnsl sporadic Geuniin resistance—Indicating that the Nazis nave not jet DuoH'n their reserve? into Ihe battle Most of Ihe Geimnn opposition continues-to come from IOIIK larigo guns In the hills to the north' Field dhpntbhes sny the Nnzls will be able lo rnfco Ame'ilcan positions mill! Hodges men root'them out To the noith, two, nnd perhnpi three, olhcr Allied armies nr e pre- r»i!«g for nnothci invasion of Ihe Ina'cootdlhaUddil,yc. the'Amer- ican Ninth nnd Canadian Fiist Ai- hnvfl wiped out the last Oef,- fatal llrst weakness let's compare her line of defense, her navy' ni;«liisi the righting force of the United Stales. Enemy Flccl Itcrtiiccd Afler the second battle of the Philippines, Ihe Japs hnd left In Ihelr home fleet, In working order, two battleships, nol more than half n dozen cruisers, one aircraft carrier, Hint's right, one aircraft car- Tier. nnd about 40 destroyers. Admiral Nlmltzit says most of the :Iamagcd Jap ships have now beci repaired. That gives the Japs nt nost another six battleships, four >r live more cruisers, and 10 destroyers— but no additional carriers. Dins. Japan's lolnl home navy It erhaps eight battleships, le?s Ihnn i dozen cruisers, one single nir- rafl carrier, and about 50 dcslroy- :rs— an unwieldy, unbalanced fleet. Against Uiose 50 destroyers, a single American task force Includes a tninummi of about 200 destroyers. As a matter of fact, one single \merlcan task force in action covers an ocean area of nearly igoo quarc miles, in formation, It runs about 88 miles long and 18 hilles vide, with no ship more than two nllcs away from another one. Aiid Mir task forces comprise so many arrlcrs that just one of them, 7ask Fttrce 58. was able to [ambast Tokyo with 1000 plane raids on two days. That Is power such as the Japs icvor dreamed of. And It's no [ream now. It's n nightmare. Survives Iwo Battle Pfc. William Slovall Jr., Is on Two ima but was safe March 2 when ic wrote his parents,' Mr. nnd Mrs. V. H. Stovnll. Tlic firsl letter received in sey- rnl weeks, he wrote, "Don't worry. I nm nil right." Negro Granted Second Reprieve Slayer Of Luxora Man Given Until March 30 By Governor Laney Tony Brown. Negro sentenced to death in the electric chair In the murder of A. M. Lynch, night watch- ruin nt Luxora Gin Company, hus been granted n second reprieve. Ills death date postponed from March 0 to March 23. upon introduction of now evidence, Governor Lnncy has extended Ihc dale to March 30 because Ihc executioner is going lo Nevada to perform a similar act for that stale. In the meantime, Luican E. Coleman, attorney for (he Luxora Negro, is seeking more Informntjop concerning B:I anonymous letter/) (o H. P. Nicholson, planter, Ih which It was said a Blylhevllle man could give information regarding the crime, . "; Brown confessed and then later dented the act. Hinn defenses Ir, the town of . And now both armies 'nre falling iiito line for n grand attack on the I. 11 ! 3 to"™ "I 10 And Dorll » s «'s a third finny the lonj-qufct British Second Aimy, has Infccn up lio-ltlons north of Ihe Canndlnns Berlin adds that the British me bunging lip men and tanks for n crossing, possibly at Ihc Rhino town of Emmerich Rirtir Suffer- Heavily And with Allied aimlcs clcslna In on the Ruhr, a staff office, nt Marshal Montgomery's )iead(|iiai- len 'nys this afternoon that already 1000 square miles of the Ruhr huve been devastated by Allied air power and mtillery the. A Ldndon broadcast says every major German factory In the area hus been destroyed or damaged. , Elsewhere on the western front, .merlcnn First and Third Amiy Iroops have teamed up to wipe out n German pocket northwest of Coblenz. Mengelr front report', how- f. ver . do not make clear whether the destroyed pocket was the Wg one formed by the American junction on the Rhine, the on e in which some 23.000 Germans were trapped ' To the south, General Fatten^ ncn nre closing In on' the •Rhli- city of Coblcnz. Patton's Iroops now arc ess than a mile a«n y from tlTe north and southwest American airmen over Germany today divided their blows between tlic western-arid eastern fronts. One force laid a carpet of bombs °" f'* *!-y 0*rman rail hubs ensv of the ruinc which feed the Nazi mes opposite (he Remagen undge- hend. State Allocated 9000 Prisoners For Farm Work LITTLE ROCK, Mnr. 12 (OP) — Arkansas farmers will have nil allocation of more than DOOO prisoners of war for agricultural work this season. v Associate Extension Director Au- >rcy Gates says It-is cbi.lemplafed that eitch branch i pvif oner of (war camp's strength will be' 1 available tor work in-the*<near future. Water Falls At Big Lake This Morning • B 'B Lake fell .1 foot during th« past 24 hours after having crested yescrday at 153 feet m another high waler "scare" which hus inundated several thousand acces of land in front-of the levee there Rut..which did not have such seri- . u s re?ulls as In other years : .The gauge at the.bridge. 12 miles west of BlytheviMe, read 13.7 feet {May, to make engineers optimistic. They, had expected the water to remain stationary for several days before, the first fall. It Is believed the'flood water will be gone in about three week's, unless there Is much more rain, but planting of farm crops and gardens can not be attempted until the land Is dried out. It Is e^pected Highway 18, flooded for about 200 feet during the past sevetal'days', soon will be free of water In Ihe distance between he levees protecting the lake tvhlch received water from six lateral ditches at Kennett, Mo: Chicago Wheat' open high lo* close pr.cl. •lay . 169% HIM 169^ 171 169>4 July . 157W 159K 157H 159M 167^4

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