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TTITC- TV^MTN A VITI VlTOiitnn * nn _ -\i".' _ «^fc"^B -^k ^Pf VOL. XLI—NO. 307 Blythevlll, Herald IteUasippl Valley U«ler TH.. POMIHAM T_HgWgPAP EB Or HOBTH^BT ARKANSAS AND 6OUTHKAST MISSOURI * ' ~ —— ' — „ HLYTHIWIU,K, ARKANSAS, SATURDAY, MAKCIl 17, SINGLE COPIES FIVE GENTS UyjMJHBJDD ATTACKlTSAl Under Attack But Unharmed ln,|. v r •, u TV M lV ' eK damngq Hl communities of Number Right •UK lylcr, Mo., where at least 25 houses were torn into bits At niythcville, there was sonic* property damage with the storm 'o- i.ini nit; nujrm apparently choosing the south central part of the business district for its main [Mint of destruction A check this morning revealed tiio porch torn from Meyers Brothers Whiskey warehouse at Railroad ami Ash streets, the skylight of Arkansas Grocer Company blown away roof of the unloading shed at Hughes' Gin on Broadway gone anc! large I'l.ite glasses of the John Miles Miller Auto Supply firm and Planters Production Credit Assoelntton oflicc of Glencoe Building, at Ash and Second streets, broken. The press tower from the Federal Compress plant No... 2 on Division street was blown away. , Blown From Berts People were blown out of their beds and swept through the air hundreds of feel nway when the heavy wind struck at Number Eight and Tyler.'. Farms of Clyde Tnlkinyton and B. J. Lawler suffered greatest damage, according to reports. As the wind tossed about in this section near Cooler, Mo., which was undamaged, a heavy rain added to the discomfort .of the men, women and children as they hunted in vain for their homes. Mrs. Muri Walker and her eight- day-old baby, home yesterday from the hospital, were sleeping in a feather bed when the storm broke at Number Eight. Her mother-in-law, Mrs Ney Walker, and a three-year-olrt grand••• daWhUV^vukcnBd^urJled. into. bed with the mother and new-born baby. Their house was blown from its foundation ami torn into pieces us, they were hurled through the air and onto a ditch bank, where found after the storm. Today, their injuries appeared to be only severe bruises and shock. Mrs. B. E. Hawkins received only severe bruises and shock when her home on the Lawler farm was demolished. Other Houses Hit Houses of Clyde and Charles Tnlk- ington were severely damaged but not destroyed while smaller residences...^; the-farm and .a.:,number of Negro tenant, dwellings wer<? demolished with their occupants escaping with cuts and bruises. It was believed at least 35 houses and barns were demolished or destroyed in that neighborhood. Walter Gihncr, severely mimed when his tractor ignited yesterday was m bed at his home in the Number Eight community: The house was picked up from oil me blocks anti set down a short distance nway. His condition was worsen-today but lie escaped serious The recently remodeled house of Hooper Azbill. four miles west of Cooler, was severely damaged, along with a number of tenant houses and several barns. Telephone lines were lorn down ami communications disrupted with men al work this morning repai'- ing the many miles of line damas- Reports of heavy damage at Hayli, MO., and Letichvilte were untrue, a check revealed. Other Towns Struck There were high winds at Lcach- ville, Osccola anti Dell but notorious damage reported. The storm apparently was not a tornado or cyclonic type as those nwake at that time said the wind was accompanied by heavy sheets of rain, lightning and thunder. E. M. Holt, who had a call shortly before the storm struck Blylhc- villc, said waves of wind and rail •'wept through the air and thai wa tcr ran into cars, despite the glass es being up. Heavy lightning added to til storm scene but no reports wen made of heavy lightning damage Throughout the city, trees wen blown down, shrubs uprooted nnc small buildings slightly damngci but no report was made of ex leirlvc damage. Firemen were called to lhc com press when the fire alarm sound ed but there was no fire. A sprinkler head in the lower automatically began its work when the towel was demolished, which caused the lire bell to ring and the night watchman to sound the alarm. Fire Chief Roy Elead said llu rain ajiil wind was as heavy as he ever hnd seen. The porch of the Meyers warehouse was blown up against the roof, after being lorn away, it was said. James Humphrey Dies Here Today Long-Time Res _. Of BtytheviHe Will ,,. Be Buried Tomorrow Jnmes Henry Humphrey, resident of Blythcville 20 years, died Ibis morning, 2:15 o'clock, at the family resilience, 907 East Cherry. He was 82. Mr. and Mrs. Humphrey would have celebrated their 51th wedding anniversary Aug. 10. In ill health several months, his condition becamp serious several weeks ago. Funeral services will be held tomorrow afternoon, 2 o'clock,,at Holt Fjuneral H.oiiie,'. ]>}'. the -Hey 1 .; •Bittes Sturdy, pastor oi'Iiake.'Direct! Mcth^ odist Church. Biirial will be" at Elmwood Cemetery. Born at Bcnton, Mo., he and Miss Willie Duncan were married there'in 1888. After living there several years, Mr. and Mrs. Humphrey also lived at Maiden, Mo., prior lo coming here in 1019. Mr. Humphrey farmed most of his life until lie retired 12 years ago.- Of the nine sons and daughters ram, five now are living. They are: Mrs. Nunnnlly Wade of Lcnolr City, Tcnn., Mrs. Charles Oliver, N. J Humphrey, Glenn Humphrey and Joe Humphrey, all of BlytheviHe. He nlso is survived by nine grandchildren. ^— War Puts Damper On Wearin 0' The Green DUBLIN, Mar. 17 (U.P.J- Fifty thousand Irishmen will parade np New York's Fifth Avenue in honor of St. Patrick today, but in the Irish homeland the wearin' o' the green will be strictly informal. Although Eire is neutral, wartime restrictions will put an effective damper on tlie celebration. For instance, tlie for the fifth year Ditbliners will -miss seeing the Irish Army parade. And in contrast with Irishmen throughout the rest of the world, the Sons of Erin at home will be especially handicapped in -'drowning the shamrock." All public drinking places will be closed and a liquor shortage has made it impossible to put any aside for home consumption. However that may be, restrictions or no. it's a good guess that everyone in the country from President Douglas Hyde on down will honor St. Patrick and Ireland by "the wearin' o' the green." Steele Soldier Dies In Belgium Henderson Denham, 22, Killed While Fighting On Western Front SUiff Scrgt. Henderson "Suookie" Denham. 22, of Steele, Mo., was killed in action March 4 while fighting with Hie infanlry of General Hodges' First Army in Germany. News of his dealh was received last night by his wife, Mrs. Imogene Davis Dcnhnm, who is cm- ployed at the postoffice in Cooler Mo. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Mark Denham of Stcele, he also is survived by a brother, Pfc. Edward Dbn-i lism, with the Third Army in Erf-; rope, and three sisters, Mrs. Jtirih Turnbo of Steele, Mrs. Willlaiu fichrader, now in Texas, and Pegav Denhf.m, also of Stcele. 'Entering, the Army Nov. 26 • 1043, he went overseas last May' Prior to enlisting, Mr. and Mrs. Denham operated a cafe and he also had been In the show business with his father. He was born at Caruthersville, Mo. A nephew of Mrs. D. C. Pnfford of BlytheviHe, Mr. and Mrs Pafford went to Steele and Cooler last night, following arrival of the message, to bn with members of the famlljv Ife*^^^^ i~f. J&, -v,v ^£3^ fl> *V,*\ + * .> . %A * VT> XV the Note shell bu;- s tm K near the bridge. (NEA Tc-lephot,,,) Sylvester Files; For Council Job Becomes Candidate For Ward One Post In City Election Raleigh Sylvester, manager of :he BlytheviHe Canning Company, oday authorized the Courier News o announce he Is a candidate for he office of alderman from the 'irst ward, in the election April 3. Mr. Sylvester hns been n resident of BlytheviHe since 1926 when he came; here j to have charge of.JUc operation."of lhe< original cannin* )lant established by the citizens of he community. Remaining with he company since its establishment, Mr. Sylvester became plant nannger under George Orel) who ook over the original plant. Diir- ng these years the Blythcville Canning Company has come to be TIIC of the outstanding plants of he South. Under the inanaRcmet vln'ch (ook over Hie Orel) interests Mr. Sylvester remained as plant ntl operations manager. During his residence In Blythc- alle Mr. Sylvester has been active n civic nlfairs, a prominent member of the Masonic Lodge and was New York Cotton Mar. . 269G 209S 2095 200!) 2105 May . 2206 2208 2205 2208 2204 July . 2175 2179 2175 2119 2172 Oct. . 2115 2117 2115 2118 2113 2118 -A cccntlv apnoinlcd by " lhc City -o be n member of the Blythcville, Housing. Authority. In announcing for the position of alderman, Mr. Sylvester said, "I lave no political ambitions but vould like to be n member of lhc My Council and have the oppor- unity to take a larger part in the evelopment of the community which I have selected for my ome. I feel that every citi/en hould contribute his utmost to rtc- cloniiig the community in which e lives and rears his children and would like lo have an onortunily o servo as alderman from lhc •aid in which I liavc my home. f the people of Ihe Firsl Ward ee fit to elect me to represent hem on the Council. I give them my word Ihal I will do mv very best to give a p.nari account!):;,' lo them when my term has expired." N. O. Cotton '''"' ' open high low close .^ r .^-,.- ~~ 2IW8 MaV 1 ' .' 220-1 ?.?fl6 2?fM 22rvt 2201 Juiv . ?m am 7173 2176 am Oct. . 2117 21in 2I1D 2118 2115 Dec. . 2108 2103 210C 2107 2104 ifi2 3-8 72 33 3-4 74 m ,_ 8 Toxf Driver Tells Of Slaying Rock Officers Say LITTLE ROCK," Mar." 17. (UPi— Little Rock anrl state police this morning are chocking details of n confession by a 24-year-old taxlcnb driver, James W. Hall of North Little Rock, that he had committed six murders. Hall admitted the tmirdrs Including that of J. D. Newcomb Jr., chief boiler inspector for the Arkansas Labor Department, late last night. His staternenl cleared up three hitch-hike murders in Arkansas in Ihe last two months. The ex-sailor admitted murdering the following persons: His wife, Mrs. Faye Clements Hull, killed near Little Rock last August An unidentified Negro, murdered near Camdcn several months ngo. E. C. Adams of Humboldt, Knii- ;as, shot to death niul rubbed near Fortlycc February 1. Doyle Mullierin of Little Rock, murdered and roblicd near Stutt;art February 8. An unidentified Negro woman, ---------- , beaten to death at, Salina, Kansas, seven years ago. And Newcomb. whoso chnrrcil body was found in the tack sc;it of his partially burned automobile near 'ffcbei-'"(5prinKs March fl. ' Hall was picked up by Little Rock Detectives Peterson and Jnctd Thursday morning and held In Uic Little Rock city jail until about 7 i ns i night, by which time the olTlcm had accumulated considerable cvl- tlcnce ayalnst. him. Chief of Detectives O. N. Martin accompanied by Peterson nnd Judd| yesterday nllcrmion found a .an caliber revolver In Hull's room. H was turned over to Ltetil. Allen Templeton, state ballistics expert, who hnd the bullet that killed Adams and another bullet found in the uortv of Mullierin. U rchiitrcd only n short lime for Tcmpleton to determine that the Bun was the KIIIIIC line used In killing Adams and Mulhrrln. A vviitch owned by Newcomb nlso wns found In Hall's room. The red haired, 170-pmind ex- sailor broke down after two hours of (((leslloiilng at stale police hciidl (Ulartcrs nnd lold his slory of violence, robbery nnd dejilh Ihnt began when he was 17 years of age. Hall smiled when he asked officers lo furnish mimes ntxl dales of Ihu various murders. & T ............ Amer Tobacco Anaconda Copper .. Beth Steel Chrysler ................ _ Gen Electric .............. 41 1-4 Gen Motors ............. . 66 Montgomery Ward ........ S4 3-4 N y Central ............. 24 1-4 Int Harvester .......... 79 1-2 North Am Aviation 103.0 ..... . Republic Steel ........... 22 1-4 Radio 113.3 . ............... . PI . Socony Vacuum ... 16 i s Studebaker. . : ........ ','.'." 2 .1 Standardvnt-NiJ ..... .'..'.', <ji " Texas Corp Packard t _ .:. 54 1-2 K 1-d Pfc. W. L. Hopper Of Steele, Mo. Suffers Wound Pfc. Willie L. Hopper. 20, Stcele. Mo., wns wounded in lion in the Philippines Jan. 1. is steadily Improving, relatives have been Informed. The Order of the Purple Heart, which he has bncn presented for the wounds received In hK- left shoulder, is being sent to his sister, Mrs. Richard Klnnell, 211 South Lilly. Overseas 22 Hopper enlisted years ago. His parents, Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Hopper, live at Steele. as do two sisters. Mrs. Dillard Ethridye and Mrs. Audie Brown, and a brother, Artrtir Gene Hopper. months. Private ' more than two Cobh Is Named Successor To Captain Ford Guy \V. Cobb, district engiiwr Elsewhere In Europe, racl for the Arkansas State Highway lln says Brillsh warship.s imvu Department for the past six years penetrated the Skagerrak, the strip with headquarters In Paragoul'i. of sea between Norway and Dt-n- has been appointed to succeed tin- mark, and seized half a dozen late Capt. w. E. Ford as cngineo.-, Swedish fishing ships. The Gcr- of surveys and plans of the stat': man report does not say how Soviets Enler Sfelfin Suburb Berlin Says British Warships Penetrate Skagerrak Waters MOSCOW. Mar. 17 (U.I'.)-Hiis- sian forces have .stormed into (he Stettin .suburbs Allilnmm tnday, the last Gcrninn toehold on the cast bank of the northern Oder river Ami Russian guns hiive opened fire on Slctlin proper. Moscow rc- porl.s say Marshal f.hukov has massed an extraordinary concentration of artillery in the Sli'ltm sector. And the Russian dispatch adds a breakthrough Is expected at any moment. Farther north, other Reri Army forces have driven a wedge between the important cilh'.s of Dnn"'- anrl Gdynia, Jinrl now threaten , to push to the Baltic Sea. And Berlin broadcast say oilier Russian troops have gone over lo Hie attack on a K ml!e front In Silesia and in Hungary. However, these reports are not continued. Elsewhere In Europe, radio Bcr- liave Great Jap Port Leftln Flames; Superfortresses Hit Kobe In Mighty Raid On Jap Homeland »)' United Press Tlie heart of Kobe, Japan's biggest port. Is a naming Inferno lo<Iny nftcr Ihe blg« American Su- perfortress raid of the wnr. aillcln! reports from. Din 2Jsl Bomber Command, eyewitness accounts, and the chattering of Ihe Japanese nulio all Kny Ihe snme thing, that the n-20s have left a trnll of (ieslriicllnn second only to that Inllicted on Tokyo. This latest rnirl was the foiirll mnjnr n-29 strike on Japan In one week. Maj. Gen, Curtis Lc May commander of the 21st Bomber Command, reports, "Nine solid square mlle.s- of Kobe arc burning or It ashes. And three more square mile.' are nllamc." Col. William Bliinchnrtl, Ihe gen- eiiil-s eyewitness reporter, gives iv this nccnunl. He says a heavy wlm was whipping (lames In hugi; patches toward dock ureas and hnrlmr Installations, that 12 stiunrc miles of Kobe tire covered with heavy black smoke. Capl. William Marched, n B-2S pilot, says: "You could KCC separate hlaras flash up nnd then start movini? in on each other until ihere was one hlg nre Hint showed 200 miles off Ihe Japanese coast." And (he Japanese Imperial Headquarters comniuiilou!.- confirms n!) reports by admitting that Ihcs burma out of control In what Is termed ";i considerable area" of Kobe for at least eight hours after the 13-Ms struck at 2:.1fl n. in. The enemy communique empha- sises, however, that only CO Super- fort,'; raided Kobe, nnd that 20 of them were shot dawn. That report Is just alK>ut as accnrnlc as the usiirii Jap estimate. For well over 300 of the big sllvci ships nre known lo hiive Ijikcn part In the pre-dawn r.-iltl. dropping a record 2500 Ions of bombs on air- crafl factories, a locomotive plant and rtnck Installations. Our losses have not been revealed as yet. But it,is known that every Suprrfort which took off from Guam rctunicfl s.-ifcly. flow many arc miss-hit! from Salpan and Tlnlan rci '' lo be seen. • TODAY'S WAB ANAI,VSIH Marines Pay Great Price For Iwo Jima By 1MVID Wfc'fcKS United I'rtw yt»fl Wrilw Tho tumult dies. Tho crush of bombs, the scream of shells, (he whine of bullets, fnda Into silence. And Iwo Jlimi, the costliest, piece of real estate hi Ihe Pacific wnr belongs to the United Stales Marines. The Marines bought it the hard way, pnld for It with tlio lives of some «00 of lliclr comrades. There Is no consolation In tho f;ict that Ihu Marines claimed In tho bar- fain, the lives of some 21,000 Japanese. Our own lasses in dead for the eight and a half square nlllo 1S- Inml amounted to probably not less than 10 per mil of the total forces Involved, Some -BOO American lives for every square- mile ol Hi-omul, The culm ibat follows the din of biiltlc Is Its own memorial lo Ihu men who died on iwo'ln ordei Hint the fanatics who started this war might bo brought lo,book for I'earl Hinbor, for Manila and the march of death, for Wake Island and, yes, for Iwo too..';' Mnny persons hayo f raised lhc qucstlmi whether sucH .losses, ris, we have sustained on Iwo, on' Tcmiwn mid oilier Islands In the Puclllc have not fnr overbalanced theli value, whether there was not sdmc other wny to defeat Japan.; Letters Of I'rofcsl Navy Secretory Forestall hns received letters of protest, and his answer hns been that there Is no easy w»y lo victory. As his predecessor, the Intu Si'crclary Frank Knox snld, nobody hns yet Invent- , ed n safe war. . , ft Is «'cll (o remember . that .In wnrtlmu, generals ..- and admirals have one op tho most distasteful tasks of nll.'jrlicy must pliuv bullies. knowing', tlmt men will die flghtlhirUieitu 'fljfjy^.&rq. .not,, automatons-.' They lire: huiiian. ibelnis 'Just like the hist buck private under them. Yet by Ihe very nature of wnr, they arc forced lo think In terms of iniilhemnlles. Humiin lives In exchange for .so much Iji-ouiul or n certain stragotlc position. Aunlnst their will as men, they must, figure ns commanders. They must estlmnte that the ground or position Is worth Ihe lives of so mnny of their men, iind If 11 can be won at that price, they must send Ihosc men pny that price. , lo take 11 and -. surveys and plans „, ,„,,. .„., highway department, iltle Rock. Well known here where he has visited his brother, W. D. Coljli and family, he lived In Russellville. where with the department, and al Jonesboro, where In private business with the firm of Cobb and Lee, prior to going lo Paragould. He will remain in Paragould for week prior to.moving to Little Rock. Hk successor has not hern nnm- deeply into the heavily-mined North Sea waters the British warships had sailed. And from Sweden there are new peace minors. Unconfirmed reports from Stockholm say that German Foreign Minister Von Ribbontrop and Field' Marshal Kelte), chief of Ihe GtrniAti high command, arc expected to arrive in Stockholm. Presumably, the two V"' -"in! to fcrlrj rcw yin;? Negro Fatally Shot "° CHARLFSTOM, Ark., Mar. 17 <U.P).—A Memphis. Tcnn., Negro, Robert Ballany Jr., was shot'to death yesterday by Slate Patrolman Sherman Caver as he ran from the officer. Caver was seeking to arrest Biillany on a charge of automobile theft. A coroner's .fury returned a verdict of Justifiable homicide. Tlie Negro was shol in a field near Charleston, and was dead upon arrival at Ihe Charlcslon hospital. Suffers Battle Wound Pfo. Wilbur R. Oennlng has been wounded In action in llio. European area, it has been nnnounccdsby the War Department. mo') . . Even 1 weapon at tho command ot lhc generals and admirals Is used to make the losses In human life n.v light ns possible. They expend tons upon tons of bombs mid shells, ns they did on Iivo, mid then expend tons ii|x>n tons more al the prospect of cutting one more life out of the equation. Yet, our Iroops hnvc to fluht the final battle. Bombs ni»l shells have never yet In this war succeeded In wiping out ntl enemy position. Panlcllcrln, In the Mediterranean, r.llll stands nt the only ground ever conquered without Invading troops and that was not done by bombs and slid ....... enemy morale. Still, the question Is— was Iwo Jlma worth what 11 COM In lives? Was .It worth 4200 Marines? Island B»dly Needed The Navy's answer to that (hat Iwo Jlmn was necessary lo bombs and shells, but by collapsing the defeat ot Japan. K It was not. It would not. hnvc cost the life of n single Invader, because It would not Imvc been Invaded. 'Hie Pacific Ocean Is- loaded with Islands full of Jnp.s that our Army and Navy have by-passed because they were not necessary to our plan of attack and would have cost lives to take. two Jlma was a double-edged objective. We needed It for our offensive, and the Japs needed It tor their defensive. We wanted It not only because It was necessary to as, but also because we hid :o keep the Japs from using It. It was an Important enemy radar detection and warning station isfrlde onr superbombcr route to Tokyo. And It fielded many planes .hnt attacked those bombers. ,jln onr hands, It blinds the Jans ?Y; Inking away the detection sla- -Ipn. And It adds to our power by fielding American instead of Jan planes. two was a road block on our short-cul route to Jaoan. It coat is over -1000 lives In 26 days to remove Hint block. But against that couallon, measure the ten times 4000 lives and 10 times 26 days It nleht have cost to reach a similar position on the longer route. Weather ARKANSAS: Partly cloudy anfl cooler this afternoon. Thunder- torms In extreme east, clear and cooler tonight. (Sunday partly cloudy, warmer. Chicago Rye own hleh low elnse Enemy Believed In Full Retreat As Battle Rages Third Army Reported More Than 15 Miles South Of Coblcnz PAUIS, Mur. 17 (UP) — The strong aorman gauhon In lh c Sanr is under, attack from all sides nuil [WroiHIy the Nazis are In full retreat. . Some 100,000. aoiinsns, the last Nn«ls wc-jl ot the Hhlne, are ihioatcncd with encirclement In n relentless squeeze by the American Third and seventh Armies rim Seventh (s attacking strong Siegfried llnq.imlllorM from Ihe south and cast. And General p n t- tons Third Army lanks have broken loose .far behind the west wall, incyro racing south along thu west bank' of the Rhine, cutting off the German retreat. Berlin 'says'* nn American tank column, presumably the l w tllc-wl<,e Fourth Armored Division, hns uic- r« S1 ,, mllcs southward to within Of) •mites, of ilhc converging seventh Army. Say« Berlin'"""> situation on the left bank of thu llhlne-has become acute In the last .24-hours." The German- icpoits. put Pattons lank columns Inr deeper Into Allied field dispatches which "say i mons.moil nre 16 miles south of Coblcn/.. TanVii Push Ahead According to 1 , the Nazlv ration's tanks hnvc moved ihio 'a lown half way between lhc Khl nc cities ot Coblcnz IUHI Ludwlgshnfcn. , And the tnnitmeii stlir arc. pushing ahead, covered by American bombers. ration's 1 mcn , .displaying the same speed' and dash that brought horn through" France nncl lo Ihe Hli iio, are:by-passing all (Jcrman fortlf cations; leaving ihcm to the infantry. Awl n !„(<. f| t ,|(| d|s|iatcli ."ays tile speed of the Third Army nttack "has.dpdmeil the wlUnlra«- ^' ! oi.-ithaVjGermai^ In thc'Sam-j In'lhe Wake of th6 dinks,'Thhd Army doughboys' have Jabbed Into the outskirts of 'cobloiiB ngaln^ • "Bht; 'resistance, Five thousand rounds of artillery Bounded Into tlie city In thp prelude lo Iho attack. Aird a. United Press correspondent with the Third Army says tho fall of-Coblona Is only n-matter of hours. On the fringes of the Saar, General Patch's Seventh Army troops filially have captured the road town of Dltche, key to the Nazi soltctil In norlhcastern Fiance, the Seventh Army first attacked the Maglnot line fort last December but was forced to pull back by the German cminler-nfrensjve. And when lhc G Is of the 1001 h Division marched In today they found II defended by only 58 German rear guard troops, who surrendered In a ,body,;, . Ami with Ihe capture of 'Dllche, me Americans expect to roll up the remaining enemy-held towns In northeast-France.- ' •• : flrab Mcf.rc.of Highway In the bridgehead area, American First Army doughboys have widened their hold on the Adolph Hitler superhighway t 0 2000 yards In llio toughest fighting east of the Rhine. The mud-covered GI's arc fighting with knives and hand grenades in some of the closest quarter combat since the Normandy In- all, they have expanded vasion. the bridgehead to 13 'miies""io'rig l nml seven miles deep, at total of 81 square miles, Including'50 towns and villages. And n German military commentator says the bridgehead now has assumed n stern aspect for the Nazi defenders. As American soldiers push deeper Into Germany,they arc amused to find hundreds of Ihottwnds of conquered Germans 'all claiming they were anti-Nazis, almost without exception. '. ',' One captain, James Denison of Detroit, Mich., was questioning 'a * power plant director in the Cologns area about his politics. ,' "No," said tlie man, "I'm not a Nazi—I never was." . , But when asked if American ' troops had done much damage the regenerated Nazi slipped up. "They took a lot of things," he said, "but what w&s worst of a.'l they took all my medals, Including the one the Feuhrer gave me himself." Germany Is getting another past- ' Ing today from American heavy bombers. The American planes are out over the Rclch'ln the wake of heavy RAF attacks, on two road and rail centers In •', southwestern 3crmany, and the 25th consecutive night raid on Berlin by Mosquito bombers. 7 ' Jonesboro Man Dies JONESBORO, 1 Art,. Mar. 17 (UP) —Funeral services will be held today for Andrew Hawkins Abernathy, Sr., 'Jonesboro insurance executive. Mr. Hawkins died at his home yesterday. He was 56. Chicago Wheat awn hlth low do<6 "nf rf,

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