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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS TEE DOMINANT NEWKPAPpn n« Mr»em*RT mi>-»«i,t« ..,r, .^,,..,.,., VOL. XLI";%0. 304 UlythevllUi Dally Nowi Blythevllle Courier DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OF NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST SUflSOUKI BlythevlUe Herald i Mississippi valley Leader 1JLYT1110V11,LLO, ARKANSAS, WKDNKSDAY, MAHCEI 14, J.0-15 SINGLE COPIES FIVE CENTS U. S. MASSING TANKS FOR DASH INTO RUHR TODAY'S WAR ANALYSIS Planes Might Knock Japan Out Of War By DAVID WEEKS United I'ress Staff Writer The bath of fire that Japan has dreaded for years Is'beginning to scorch the nation's fighting power. First Tokyo, then Nagoya, then Osaka, all within six days, have been touched off in conflagration by American Superfortresses in all fire-bomb raids. All of them were over 1000-ton attacks, and the Osaka raid topped anything ever tried before with incendiaries Twenty-three hundred tons of firebombs were rained down on the city that clothes the Japanese army, that builds radar for the navy and air forces, and contributes to Japan's ocean and rail transport That was the greatest fire raid in all history. Nothing like it was done in the European theater. The closest we got to that figure against Germany was 1400 tons. It's part of a great experiment by the United States Army Air Force to test whether the Japanese can stand up under great destructive power hurled from the air without land power to back It up. Here is the situation. We cannot yet invade Jo nan proper because the long supply lines are too formidable while we have to maintain an army in Europe. Everything else is readv but tile supply lines, so there's' nothing to be lost while waiting, by trying .to see if Japan can be knocked out from the air. The American and British air forces tried it against Germany during the long waiting period before the invasion of Europe. It failed. But failure in Europe does not necessarily presuppose failure against Japan.:Some bf the mast important factors are quite different, so different, in fact,' as to make thb rpossibilllles Inviting. Let's make 'some comparisons. First. Japan's ortShjlK/'alMut 149,000 square miles to Germany's 225 000, a little over half. The Japanese empire, of course, Is strung out over tremendous lengths of ocean, running from the sub-tropic to the sub-arctic. But Japan's war industries- and population are not strung out. On the contrary, they are more compact than those of any important nation on earth. For example, Japan has a population of less than 73 million. But over 18 million or more than 25 per cent of the population,;, are, concentrated .in spniefhingi jikcjT ;per cent 'of the area. Those! 18 million live .in 15 qf. Japan's : biggest cities. Let's gel,,it dqwnlcven finer. Of those 18 million, almost 16 million live in six cities which are' closely grouped in one area. And another million live in another closely-grouped area comprising four other cities. Island Overcrowded Now lei's lake up the first group of six cities which have nearly It million population. They're all on Honshu Island, jammed into area of less than 11,000 square miles. They are Tokyo, Yokohama Nagoya. Kyoto, Kobe and Osaka Japan's greatest cities and among the greatest cities of the world. The other four cities with a total population of one million, arc Yawata, Fukuoka, Nagasaki and Sasebo, all packed on Kyushu Island In an area of about out thousand square miles. Without these len cities, Japar cannot wage war. Nearly everything the Japanese homeland produces lo keep an army, a navj and an air force in existence is crammed inlo these two spots which have a total area of about 12.000 square miles. That means otir air force has ten targets, at Ihc most 15 targets lo shool at lo knock Japan out o! the war. Conlrast that with Ihi hundreds of grcal targets our ah forces had in Europe, spread out over 20 times the area and flooding Into other vast expanses of territory Germany occupied early in Ihc war. Another imoorlant point, we had to knock over Germany's war factories primarily with demolition bombs because they were not so vulnerable to fire. Even the homes of war workers in Germany were made of brick and masonry and hard to burn out. Fire can create far more havoc than demolition when the targets are combustible. Germany's were not combustible. But Japan's are. Some factories and nearly all the homes of workers are made of bamboo in Japan. Nobody knows yet what the answer vill be. Perhaps our air force will be unable to knock Japan out of the war alone. But hv tryine, the air force will make Ihe path Just lhat much esfier when our troops do go ashore. 'A Little Bit Of Home' Cotton Stalks Cheer Homesick Gosnell Seabee On Pacific Isle In the far away Solomon Hands. Hughie Hudgins Jr. was lonely for the . cotton fields of Mississippi County. That is why he decided to mSke his 1945, "crop" there instead of at Gosnell where he lived prior to going-into service with the Seabees. ' • ' hir, .mes? and one monlh after planting the fertile soil of the tropical island had yielded plants a foot high. Four days after making the photograph he sent his parents, the stalks were reaching over the lop of the fence fashioned by the Seabee unit in front of a temporary headquarters. Men from Dixie In the Southwest. , A. few seeds were sent .him by i5.Sn&'it, -Mr.- and 'Mrs,-; B'IIrl- Gri Pacific, where the carpenter mate second class has been stationed 1C montlis, arc watching the "cotton crop" very closely as the hot sun makes'the'cotton grow rapidly. -Tlic "little bit of home" transported to this island made a finishing touch for the cottage erected by, the unit with , the row of Coal Operators Not Agreed On Answer To Union U. S. Theater Workers May Be Pulled Into. Hollywood Walkout By United I'rcss Two labor disputes are big new. loday. The strike in the motion plc- lurc Industry threatens lo sprcac from coast lo coast and the coa dispute au|»ars as far from solutloi as ever. With the deadline for a new con Iracl In the soft coal Industry on!; 17 days away, the coal operator have failed lo agree among them selves on a reply lo the 18 new con tract demands of the United Mln Workers. . , The producers' answer was t< .hiwn tii; c n presented to John L Lewis and olhcr UMW negotiator today. But the operators rail in'ti trouble over how they were, goln to answer certain key Issues. They talked things over with mi Ion officials for about an hour thi morning. Now they're back In prl vale meeting lo re-discuss tho dts puled points. Two Big Issues It's reported that there are tw main slumping blocks keeping th mine owners apart. One is the ol question of portal to portal pay— the TJMW's demand lhat miners be paid for the thnc they spend trav cling from the entrance of the min to the diggings. The second Is union demand lhat all members 3 units In mines using mechanics equipment get equal pay. The- pa now varies from about $9 a da downward. In Hollywood, the strike'boun motion picture Industry faces a ne threat. There's a possibility tha theatre workers througlicut'thc na lion will be pulled Into the Jurisdlc lional struggle over some 79 se designers belonging to the Inter national Brotherhood ; of Painter: contending decorative fence. Near this "headquarters" is Ihe tent of tills service man. A graduate of Gosnell High School, where he was outstanding in athletics, Mr. Hudgins lived with his parents at Gosnell where Mr. Griuies is a gin operator. Colonel Stalling Is Transferred Air Field Commander To Undisclosed Post; Successor Is Here New York Cotton Mar. May July Oct. Pec. 2212 25lf) 2212 221fi MM 2213 2210 2219 2215 2214 2187 2180 2184 2188 2188 2127 2128 2124 2127 2123 2116 2118 ?J15 2118 2118 determined. Lieut. Col. Howard C. Stclling, commander of Blythcville Army Air Field since November, has been transferred to an undisclosed post. Col. John F. Gulllctt yesterday assumed command of the advanced twin engine bomber school.- No details concerning the new commander were announced for publication. A senior pilot and former flier of Eastern Air Lines, New Yorl: City, Colonel Stelling assumed his post here after having been director of training at Turner Field, Albany, Ga.. and commander ' of Moody Field, Valdosta, Ga., since having been called into active service five and a half years ago. Graduate of Kelly Field, Texas, the tall, husky officer has achieved a successful administration here, having laken a great personal interest In the welfare of his men, to attract wide attention in this section. Tremendously popular with officers and enlisted men of the field, as well as with civilian'; of Ihc city, both Colonel and Mrs. Stelling have become well known here. Mrs. Stelling, the former Miss Helen Wainwrighl. twice Olympic swimming chamnion, k undecided as to her immediate plans. Blylheville Army Air Field Is scheduled, to be Inactivated by May 5 rJler having been established here' three years ago. Flames Destroy Hammond Home At Germantown MEMPHIS, Mar. 14 (UP) — Fire has destroyed Mimosa, the palatial Germantown home of Col. James Hammond. Last with the home are the former Memphis newspaper publisher's extensive library and collection of antiques and curios. No one was at home when the fire broke oul. It was discovered by a servant. Memphis fire dcpart- inunl; crews, handicapped by lack of water, fought the flames without success. And today only four blackened chimneys arc all that remain of Mimosa. ' " .' Cau*e of the fire has not been Charles Needham Funeral WillBe Held Tomorrow Charles Needham, long a farmer here, died this morning, 11:30 o'clock, at the family residence in the Rainey community, five miles west of Blylheville. He was 68. Born in Ellzabctlitowii, 111., he came lo this section when a child, having spent most of his life here. Funeral services will be held tomorrow afternoon, 2 o'clock, at Church of Christ, by the Rev. Oscar L. Hays, pastor. Burial wil| be at Maple Grove Cemetery. He Is survived by his wife, Mrs. SFilIle Needham; two daughters. Mrs. Irby Hodge of Blylheville and Mrs. H. E. Austin of Luxora; a sis- ler, Mrs. Mary Taylor of Blythc- ville, ami seven step sons and step daughters. Cobb Funeral Home is in charge -ate Bulletins II. H. I-'IUST AKiHV IIKAD- (lUAItTKUS, Mar. H. (Ill 1 )-Tlic llcnuilien lirlilgi'lirail forces scored uilvam'e.s up to IMKI yards (ml.iy, mill (lie pockrt now Is 10 H miles wlilr, ami r>% miles ilrcp. U. S. SKVIiNTlI AKMV, 14. (Ill')—The Seventh Army has iidvunccil to the SHUT rjver west of S.mrlmu'kcn tin Hie lurls uf Gerniim forces Hint arc ipparrnlly pulling oul of Ilic rich industrial urva. LONDON, Mar. 11. (UP)—The Merlin ruillo sulil tonight (hat the Cicrinnn air force Ins destroyed the KenuKcn brlilgc. LONDON, Mur. 14. (Ul'|—l,:ui- i-asler bomlx-rs, csoitrled by S|ill- flre anil SlusliuiB flfititcrs, lodny attacked benzol plants In CUT- raanv. Manila Resident Dies At Memphis Rites Will Be Hold Tomorrow Afternoon For Mrs. Ota Burton Mrs. Ora Dliickshlre Burton, svlfc. of the late A. J. Burton of Manila, died early today at the Memphis isolation Hospital. She was no Stricken with spinal incnliiglli wlillc visiting a daughter In Forrest City, she was removed lo the hospital- Saturday after her Illness was diagnosed as meningitis. Funeral services arc ^expected lo be. -, held tomorrow afternoon, '2 o'clock, nt Manila Cemetery by the Rev. O. M, Campbell, unslnr of the Manila Methodist church Bud the Rev. F. M. Sweet, retired Methodist minister- of -Manila. Reared at Plggott, Mrs. Burton lived ninny years at Manila where Mr. Burton died four years ago. For the past two years she had made her home at Marked Tree Formosa Attack Reported Alter Raids On Japan Officials Of Osaka Protest To Premier Over Weak Defenses with a < ghler, Mrs. A. W. Smith, l!y United Press American Liberator bombers nri) rcndrlnl lo have attacked Formosa In n follow-up to Hie scaring rald.i on Japans greatest cities. The Tokyo radio says u force of about 70 American pluncs flew from the Philippines lo blast a number of targets on the mountainous fortress Island which guards Japan's withered supply line. The Japs say most of tho raider* were Liberators, and apparently (he rest were either medium bombers or flRhler escorts for the I!-2«Is. Political effects of the Super- fortress raids are still rocking tile Jap government. liombs had not stopped falling on Osaka when parliamentary representative!) of lhal clly Joined those from Nagoya and Tokyo In a protest lo Premier Kolso. They told Kolso that his air raid precautions are not good enough, Damage Wlilps|iit:ni """ Ami that's a masterpiece ot Jap umlcrstalemcnt, for 2-1 square miles of smouldering nibble ts testimony Mini jap precautions were "not good enough." Pilots back from llu: Oska raid say that five square miles of the cltys heart looked like a giant furnace, with Ihc flames reaching higher after each string of bombs fell. Hundreds of thousands of Japanese will never forgot Hint morning raid and the huge beacon of flame In the three hours'Just before suiirlsc. . ' Factories wlilch turned oul gam, tanks, and explosives wore'Caught. Homes In the.', area suffered too, and the homeless may number Into the hundreds of thousands. First Army Advances To Village One Mile From Enemy Highway I'AHIS, Mar. 14 (U.l>.)-First Army troops eaat of.the Kltmo in-o piivmg Hie wuy for a liuik xirive into the heart ot Germany. Due oust of Uemntfcn, ma.ssed American tanks are liMiinjj momentiirily to break loose on a braid high- I military highway leading nor th toward the Ruhr ' ' odge.* meni liuvo gained more than 1000 yards'today r' y , Gcl ; m ' U r IT 0 - Alul " ow ^' /re /gS ff i tl.e slrccts of the village of Kalenborn, sHglitly II I"N °' l ° n "'™ 1 °, f ^'° highwa >'' Field Etches bllj U1 ° Nam are falling buck olowly behind a'screen of »™M>r mid scll.|>rO|>ollcd guns. The Germans havohaulcd uaclt L ho r fold mini In thr. on u ) »;/u «r Vu lla ^ 1 -. , ca ln( | llnw ,,,, , n, f i , [ ° 9 asl 8ldc of the HUperhlghWMV >»(l now only tho largest Ntr/.i artillery units still are firing " Harry Bailey Funeral To Be Held Sunday Funeral services for Harry Unilcy, •17. of Holland, Mo., will be held Sunday afternoon at First Baptist Church. Caruthcrsviltc, Mo. The Rev. D. K. Foster, pastor, will olficiale at. 2 o'clock with burial al Litllc Prairie Cemetery there. Mr. Bailey died yesterday morn- inK al Memphis Baptist Hospital aft I having been wounded by a pistol bullet Thursday niphl in an altercation at Curve Inn Cafe, Holland, Mo., in which Charles B Walker, 23, of BlythevlUe. is held Whether Mr. Bailey's eldest son, Ben Balby. will be able to attend the funeral was uncertain this afternoon. Notified ol his father's death, he is attempting to obtain a leave, which if granted, will be in time for him lo atlend Ihe services, it was believed. In the Pacific the past 16 months, the Navy man now is stationed on Johnson Island. Mr. Bailey also is survived by his wife, Mrs. Llllte Bailey, and another son. Morris Bailey of Hol- cal Stage Employees, is rcport«j|.1 have told It's motion picture- ojiafj tors nnd stage hands Ihroughoiit tli" country to stand by for orders I Join the walkout. Office Workers Join Ranks of Ihe 20,000 striking set dressers, plumbers, carpenters and electricians in Hollywood have been swollen by sonic '3,000 clerks ind typists. The 'office workers have voted to respect picket lines around the Studio.; , v . --.^ :. ; •.... | : '|•! • Mcanivhl|e ; the •studios i'aVe' down' to their' hist few. sets. 'Arid' 'pi'oduc- ei-s'sa.V that when 'they finish shooting '• scenes-tin those last sets/.they'll have Id close. Speaking of movies, you'll have to pay just as much as ever to sec them. The Senate Banking Committee has turned thumbs down on Price Administrator Chester Bowles request for leglslallon lo clamp n price ceiling on motion pictures and other amusements. Bowles asked the Banking Com- millcc lo approve the legislation yesterday. But the commitlce says it doesn't think the OPA chief gave enough evidence lo warrant price controls on admissions to amusement places. Turning lo the food front, spokesmen for the American Meat Institute say that the meal shortage is Setting worse and that civilians might just as well resign themselves to empty counters In Ihc butcher shops. A survey laken by Ihe United Press shows that the belter grades of meat have virtually disappeared from Ihc counlcrs already In most scclions of Ihe counlry. land, Mo. LaForgc Funeral charge. Home In In Welfare Board Members Named All Vacancies Filled By Governor Laney's Appointments Today LITTLE ROCK, Mar. 14 (UP.) — iovcrnor Laney announces the appointment of three additional members lo Ihc Arkansas Welfare Board. Today's appointments fills all vacancies on the Board. Fred Philpot of Mcna has been named to Ihe Board to succeed L. C. lloncycutt of Nashville, who resigned as the 7th District representative. And A. J. Baltz of Pocahonlas was named to fill tin vacancy left by the recent death of S. M. of Batesville. R. D. Haynes, superintendent of Para- Rould public schools, was named to fill the position left by the ex- piralion yesterday of tho term of Ed Holland of Wynne. Weather ARKANSAS—Partly cloudy this afternoon. Considerable cloudiness with showers Thursday and In west tonight. Warmer In cast tonight. Cooler in northwest Thursday af- gfiirVd* child great' grandchildren and other relatives 'in Forrest City, Marked 'IVee Manila and Blythevlllo. Holt Funeral Home Is in charge. $1250lered In Murder Case Rewards Spur Search For One Who Killed Little Rock Man LITTLE ROCK, Mar. 14 (U.P.) — Rewards totaling $1250 have been offered for Information leading to the arrest and conviction of the murder of J. D. Ncwcomb, Jr., of LJlllc Rock. Newcomb. chief boiler inspector for HID Arkansas Labor Dopart- tncnl, wa.s murdered near Hebcr Springs Thursday afternoon. His body was placed In the back scat of Ills automobile 'and then set afire. Slate police sav Ihc reward lotnl jumped past the one-thousand mark this morning when B. T. Harris, president of Ihc Arkansas Bulane Assoclalion, personally of- 'ercd n reward of $250. -The Association has nut up an equal amount. A reward of S500 already has been nosled by Ihc National Board of Boiler and Pressure Vessel In- ipeclors. And Clcburne County Sheriff T.' I,. Turney and While 2ounly Sheriff Talum Plant have Indicated they will put up a tolal of some 5250 for information as lo the Identity of the killer. Slate police at noon expressed doubt that a 17-yoarold Indiana youth. Lloyd Jordan, has any connection with the slaying. The youth was arrested at Pocahonlas Monday on n charrje of carrying concealed weapons. Sfee/e Soldier Killed Scrgt. Paul Pierce of Stecle, Mo has been killed In action In the European area, the War Department has announced. aon of J. R. Pierce of Slecle, Mo,, ho was with the Army. Pvt. Max B. Kroner Wounded In. Manila LUXOHA, Mar. 14.—Mrs. Elizabeth Newman Kroner has been notified lhat her husband. Pvt. Max'B. Kioner. hae been seriously wounded in Manila Feb. 12. Private Kroner has been In the service two years, of which 11 months has been spent overseas. Mrs. Kroner and two-year-old daughter are making their home with Mrs. Kroner's parents, Mr. and Mrs. A. L. Newman. Tokyo warned tliul Ihc nu.lpo.sts of the Jap empire are due for another Invasion. I'reillel Yap Landing Tokyo snys n big American force Is massing off Yap Island In the western Caroline', and an Invasion Is expected. Yap was once a great Japanese sea nnd air base. Another Pacific Island, the is- md our marines call "Bloody Iwo". Is proving Its worth as tin air base, on', the Uomblng! route'lo Japan, •A naval spokesman says three _______ crippled B-20.^ retliri\qd f(<jrm Osaka laildcd' "on" the 'southern airstrip. They refueled and were repaired before going on to their bases In the Marianas. It Is unlikely thai any one of thaw planes would have been able lo fly on over Iwo to cllhcr Guam or lo Salpan, But while marines are still flghl- Ing a handful of cornered Japs ' ......... Iwo, "civilization" of a come to the rear lines. sort "Civilization" means a post office, hot coffee, and a newspaper. An occasional Jap mortar shell falls in Ihc post office area occasionally, but the Marine postal clerks arc doing a .rushing business in stamps and V-rnail. In Ihe Philippines, General Man- Arthur's Invasion troops on Mindanao are four miles past the captured jx)rt cily of Zamboanga. French reports say that major fighting against the Japs Ls going on all over the northern section of French Tmlo-Chlim. Baltics are said lo be raging in Ihc city of Hanoi and In the areas along the Chinese border. Livestock ST. LOUIS, Mar. 14 (UP)— Hoas 6,600. salable 6.000; top 14.70: 150 !bs and up 14.70; 120-140 Ibs 13.2514,50; sows 13.95. Cattle 4,100, salable 3.500; calves 1.000, all salable; mixed yearlings and heifers 12.50-14.75; cows 9.5011.50; eanuers and cutters 7-9; slaughter steers V-17; slaughter heifers 10-16; slocker and feeder steers 0.50-14. Council Grants Plea To Refuse Clinic Permit The City Council, In a meeting last night, granted an appeal of residents living In Ihc vicinity of DOS Chlckasawba who asked thai Dr. J. L. Tidwell not be Issued a permit to convert a residence Into a clinic and office. The petillon, signed by property owners in that neighborhood, was presented after the physician, who lives at 911 Chlckasawba, moved his downtown office and clinic lo the adjacent property lie recently purchased. This was another step to prevent violation ot the city zoning regulations. Paving of more road In the vicinity of the Frisco station may be curried out at an early dale in a participation project with the railroad company, 11 was announced. The street committee Is working on a project which includes paving of the properly toward Cherry street. Routine bills were allowed In the session. War Fund Drive Collections Lag City Has Far To Go If Quota Is Raised, Leaders Declare Tolnl collections made In the city of Blylheville yesterday by volunteer workers for Iho Red Cross War Fund amounted to only $191.05, It was announced today by James Hill Jr., chairman for Ihe drive hi Chlck- asawba District. No reports have been received on yesterday's collections In outlying communities In Hir district. Win- Fund drive oiridals tiro greatly distressed nl the poor showing which has thus far been made. niyUicsylllc business district solicitations,,planned to have been concluded last Saturday nUjhl, still JVC continuing'.with spedi beuig'necessary lo try lo'mcct asdic-nee! quota of $17,IGH.6o, of which only $11,2015.01 liad been raised last night, Teams working the downtown dls- trlcl have reported to Murray Smart their chairman, us follows: George O. Pollock Jr., and J. V. Gates, $2.- 3D4.10 on a quota of $2,857.50; 0. E E«tds, Otho Stanflcld and Cecil Wroten, $l,l>:tD on a quota of $2,097; U. S. Ilratison nnd Malt Scruggs $1,008.71) on a quota of S'2,591;..T. W. Adams and Fred McGhce, $1,344.25 on a quota ,of $2,007; Russell Hays and I,. S, IlarlzoK, $1,110.83 on their quota of $1,151; 'Ernest Halsell and "Doc" Dean, $89-1.17 loward their ciuota of $1,917; Farmer England, whose quota is $1,302 has received to date $8Q3; Jack Thro and W. L Homer have $1,212.50 on n quota of $1,755. Workers In the residential sections of the lown, who begun their drive on Saturday, and whose quota Is $2,500 have reported as follows: Ward 1, Mrs. R. n. Stout, chairman, $300 quota, $30.55; Ward 2, Mrs. W. H. Mlnyard, chairman, $1,500 quota, $224; Ward Three, Mrs. T. W. Jcfferlcs, chairman, $700, $44 lo dale. Mrs. M. A. Isaacs L> serving as chairman for Blythcville residential district. George Hollis, principal of Harrison School, who Is serving as drive chairman among Ihc Negroes of lilytlieville, has a quota of $1,500, of which he has so far reported $336. Noble Gill, War Fund chairman for outlying communities, today urged thai all chairmen rcporl lo him as soon as possible jusl how the drive Is coming in each community, so that an entire district report can be made up at once. Mr. Hill and L. S. Ecnlsh, who is serving as co-chairman for Ihe drive, have urged lhal each volunteer worker pul forlh a special effort to nil Ilic drive over. Individuals who already have contributed loward tho (mid arc being asked to increase ihe sl/e ol their donations. This will be necessary, they polul out, if Chickasawba Dislrlcl Is lo dj Us share in "keeping your Red Cross al his side." Chlckasawba District's quota is $35,900. —. firing n the Ilemagen bridges. On the northern end of' the bridgehead, other First Army GIs , ore propailng the ground, (or another possible lank breakthrough. General Hodges'.men have won conliol of Hie river town of Hon- ' H'f, five mllci above Remagcn. And they have wiped oul German inllllcry emplacements In the high hills Minoundlng the' battered little town it has changed hands lialf a dozen times In the last few i ays-, but now field dispatches say It l.s firmly in American hands Howevei, a Nan! rear guaid slill Is fighting tlcrcely In the northern outskirts of Hoitnof. ; Tho capture, Pt Honnef opens the' way for a llirust Into Ihe open' tank country s lj( miles to the rwth." And German reports so fav unconfirmed, says lhat other Ameil- cnn troops already are three miles north of Honnef after a Rhine yestci day. i IMd^ehead 15 Miles ^ With that closing, the Nnzb say American Uoops hold 16 miles of lie east bank- of the Rhine. Anrt the Gciman radio says hundreds of Chicago Wheat open hlqh low close May . 171% 172S 17Hi 171% 1715S July . IfllW 1W-K 161 I6U4 101% tanks have been fed Inlo Ihe bridgehead ancjithal no'i'v Ih'ey aie innsslng foi an expected powci- drlvc touaid the southcin fringes of Iho Ruhr valley. . , „ American reports say .more and moro men arc streaming i over Ihe Ludcndorff railway bridge and , a" ponloon bilclge onlo.lhe east bank Enormous supply convoys are iimibllng over Ihe snans day and night, not even stopping when Ocrman dive bombers and fighters are sighted. ! But despite the steady Amorican, Mills In the bridgehead ar'ea', ;thd' fighting is liol easy It's thb hdrci- "t that many of General'Hodges' battle-wise"doughboys have seen One lank conlmandcr, Scrgt William Gooclson, of Rushvllle, Inrt Jusl back from Ihe front lines, puts It llils way: "It sure feels good to gel out of there for a while. It •'orla gets you aftei-a while'when you keep, seeing buddies you've known for a long time get It You worry about them. Then you fig- lire It's about your turn and you starl Ihlnklng about yourself" Third Mopping' Up ' ~ The pnly other Allied army engaged in heavy fighting on the "stern front is General ration's Third. While some units mop up the last German pocket on the north bank of the Moselle river other Third Army forces have turned toward the;industrial Saar. Paiton's ; .armored/arid' J irifanti-V divisions - - - -through valley In- : what appears 16 be" ri powerful drive lo squeeze the rerii- nanjs of the German Seventh Army against Ihe guns of the American Seventh — massed along the .southern- cciges.of the_Saar, 'The Third :Army has gained-lip-to two and one -hall-miles.- •--.-,• •<', •• -*>. At the northern 'end of the from American , Ninth, Army patr6ls have crossed Ihe, Rhine, lo probe Itfnz! strength on the,east bank. The patrols have found the cast bank heavily defended. The: almost non-slop, air., offensive against, Germany has gone Inlo another day. American heavy bombers Have allacked the' Reich in Ihc wake of RAK,attacks on Berlin and the Ruhr last night, but early announcements have not Identified the ta_rgets.' '•• •'•"" • . are wheeling the corner- of down -" Saar Gross Fires Yesterday Iwo grass fires yesterday kept firemen busy. They made,a,run to 15H West Ash shortly before' W>6n to extinguish burning grass at the W. O. nine residence. r Burning grass caused sparks to ignite kindling in an 'outbuilding at the residence of Mrs. J. A. Taschner, 1C01 West Ash, In the mid- afternoon. Damage was slight. N. Y~Stocks~ AT&T 101 7-8 Amer Tobacco 71 1-4 Anaconda Copper ......... 32 3-4 Beth Steel ................ 74 Chrysler ............... .. 100 1-4 Coca Cola ................ 133 1«4 Gen Motors .............. 661-8 Montgomery Ward ........ 54 Int Harvester ,.,.; ....... 791-4 Packard U S Steel ..'.".•:'.. Standard of N J Gpn Electric 6 Z-Z 63 3-4 60 1-4 41 1-2 Reds 25 Miles From Berlin, Germans Say • MOSCOW,' Mar. 14 (U.P.)—A.: Red Army front dispatch says Marshal Zhukov has sent powerful forces smashing across the OdeV river beyond captured Kuestrin. The dispatch says Rurrlan: troops have reached within .37 mites of Berlin. German reports put them a dozen miles closer to the. German capital, within 25 miles. And the Russian report adds that -"an avalanche of Iroops, tanks, guns rnd machines Is streaming across German •• pomeranla ; toward . the Oder, <• ^ Radio Berlin said earlier that Zhukov already has thrown 135,000 Russian Iroops across the river between the cities of trln and T?ra!ikfurt, ' ^

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