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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OP NORTHBA<5T Am-AVQAc. ^ «-^ W ^ ^ JL^ f f f^/ : _ U * WUKiniiAST ARKANSAS AND SOrVTMRART TUTRQormT *^^ MR XXXVIII-.NO. 20. Blythevllle Daily News Blytheville Courier AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI Blytheville Herald Mississippi Valley Leader _Bl/miRVIU.,E, ARKANSAS, WEDNESDAY, APRIL 9, JiMl BROADWAY % WALTER WINCHELL Man About Town N v ew Yorkers Are Talking Abotn LHti Lee. the "Diamond Horseshoe" lovely, and her millionaire from Peru, Senor Salsauto. They may J'ide ihe Marry-Go-Round Couni Kurt Haugwitx von ' Rov- emlow (La Hulion's former groom) and Paula Fatjo . . . Gloria Swanson's new interest in life — Barry Brennoii . . . Wendy Barrie, who confides 10 chums that she will become Mrs. Robert Oliver of Hollywood any day . . . The blows Mickey Rooney and Alan Gordon u Movieville exploiter, almost came to over Linda Darnell -at her house, where they met unexpectedly. Had 10 be .separated, etc. The marriage on April latli of Win. B. Ward, the Pan American Airways exec, and Ann Burnham the model. They will live in p e ni • - - Rudy Vallee's new breath- taker, Cleacus Caldwell, Ken Murray's used-to-be . . . Dick Himber and Constance Crowk-y. a San Fran society girl, who arc- making good The Heart Way . The fisticuffs between Wythe Williams and Major George Fielding Elliot backstage at the Music Hall . during the Greek War Rene, Benefit. SINGLE COPIES FIVE CENTS Germans Take Strategic Points; Churchill Says Atlantic Holds War's Fate JJy United IVess Adoli Hitler's 72-hour Balkan blitzkrieg today tracked .he entjre south Serbian front and planted ih 0 Nazi s'\vt.s- -ika on the Aegean at Salonika. Panzer divisions racing across the mountain barriers .rom Bulgaria swept to control of the whole V'ardar V-illey :hief artery of .southeastern Europe and connecting line Between ^ ugoslavia and her Grcu-o-British allies The Germans were within 25 or ;50 miles.;• J at the most- ,. . . . u junction w.th the Italians in Albania and thus Bottling up the mam Yugoslavian army f rt)m all direct wmpr-firms! nrfli n*. nn ~,* ' il ull( -<- t The biiiz that Eastern Airlines i investigating the crash in which Eddie Rickenbacker was hurt) discovered it was the fault, of a plane mechanic, who failed to adjust an instrument for determining altitude. The announcement is being held up to check further on sabotage, etc. . . . George M. Cohan becoming a grandpop. It's a boy for Mary Cohan Ratikin and her groom. . . Tho Preston Sturges, who are ima^.ng- Frank Parker, who is cementing his Pan-American good-wili stufi with Diane Del Rio of the Copacabana . . . The report by the swank spot doormen that Friday night "had more drunks than ever." That was the night the Dutch Treat club held its affair and then went elsewhere for fun. . . . The check-up of all New York Columns which revealed that in the last- two years Honeychile Wilder has been reported holding hands with 20 different swains. * * .T The German-born bank statis- .. tician (.who. sees daily confidential '-reports—of vital-''Eastern defense plans) who kicked out his American wife's teeth over a quarrel about his seeing Nazzy agents here. She's a niece of a former President The Amos Frenchs. He's Mrs. John J. Astor's unk . Tlie marriage in Miami Beach oi Raoul Fernandez, an A. Murray dance tutor, and the wealthy Mrs". Edwin Johnson of Atlanta' . Dorothy Sparrow and S. Biddlr of Philly, who will be riveted after he's musts-red out of the Army . . Major Alexander de Seversky's answer to Lindbergh's recent pie'ce in Collier's. The Major's will appear in the American Mercury on the 22nd and "shows why Lindbergh is wrong" . . . The warning that the Italians and Nazzy» would sabotage their ships here, which the FBI gave "higher ups' as far back as last October. Only to be tut-tutted. *• * e The Great Button Pirn: hasn't dumped its great supply 01 Willkie buttons, but intends keeping them for 1944 . . . The Dewey crowd which is frowning over tht rumor that WW will run for Governor of N. Y. . . . The wedding ii : May for Juliet Forbes of the stage and Carl Hess, the Brasco Alia, exec . . . British "swing" critu L. Feather and Carol Ash. tlu thrush,- who will blend in a few days . . . The way Paul Douglas the ciggie spieler, and Gwen Jones, CiiS idea woman, look at each other . . . Curvacious Alice For- .m and Frank Smith, the steel man, who sigh in rhythm . . The crack about so many playboys who got draft deferment. "If they are sick, why aren't they all in" hospitals instead of the Stork Club?" * '. t The way Joan Biomlcll call.; husband Dick Powell a "jerk" in their film. "Model Wife." The way she says it. it sounds like she's been saving it up since they were married . . . Pat Harrington's quip: "Hitler is helping Mussolini OUT!" And Frankie Hyers" addendum: "If the Dtice sinks any lower, he'll be abie to inspect his navy!" . . . The ace sports writer, who is writing his best stuff — although he Ls being dropped . . . The Hugh Auchincloss' (Nina Vidal) splitting up. Her pop's ex- Greece. The success of the Germans in* cracking through the .southern Jugoslavia front appeared to out- ' '.veigh in its strategic implications ; :he successful break to Salonika. ' There appeared to be grave dang- I 31- that the Germans might quick- ' (y reach a position in northern Greece near the Albanian frontier .'rom which they could attempt a ! .urning movement against the' line ' 3f defense directed by British j ilong the west bank of the Var- ! Jar River and manned by a picked force of possibly more than .00,000. All of Macedonia was in Ger-nan hands and German troops >vere free to move up toward Turk- -sh fortifications in Thrace. In Salonika the Germans had an important seaport and poten- -13.1 suomarine base, although it .>'ill not be of great value until and .inless the British-Greek forces -ire pushed further away from it. These British troops have not yet gone into action. They .have ^een held back, braced to meet the orce of the Nazi attack after it nad spent some of its original -•.rength against staunch but futile resistance put up by the "-reeks at Rupel pass and other the northern front- ' LONDON, April 9. (IIP) — J^nm« Minister Winston (•nurchill today warned that Adolf Hitler's mightiest war effort threatens to sink American aid to Britain and may explode at any moment in ail invasion ol 1 Britain and attacks on Turkey and a thrust at Russian wheat granaries a net oil lields. Whatever the the Balkans Get News Of German Invasi ion Early Decision Not Expected On Putting U. S, Ships In Convoy WASHINGTON, April ». (UP)— Transfer of American cnrgo ships to Great Britain wa.s i'orecn.sl today; bin evidence appeared to b events in in Africa — » • --- * t A. t i^ti — — where he said that even may he threatened b.v panzer divisions or ...oints along ier. The crashing series of German successes in the Vardar Valley ^ave them control of the princf- pal railroad of southeastern Europe from Nish. Yugoslavia, to Sa- .onika. a distance of about 225 rciles. Frr>rr- Nwh also they can move els^yhere. Churchill declared at the main (heater of w «!r was the Battle ol the Atlantic 'Everything.- sald Clu!rchn] turns on the Battle of the Allan-' c wi ch ls pro?eed , WJ w intensify on both sides." i He said thai German subnia- »nes and surface raiders are rang- mg even farther westward toward — I Amcn can shores seeking tn sink- ATHENS, April 9. (UP)-Yugo-' America's aid to Britain He' rip slavia armed forces driving against clarwl that unless this menace i* Italian troops in Albania have mei a »d defeated, "the life of Bri- crossed the Drin River in northern * 8IU " W »H be threatened and "the Albania and are sweeping into the interior of the country, a Yugoslav general headquarters' communique ovement Against Italians Designed To Aid Greek Forces reported today. Yugoslavia apparently was attempting to aid Greek forces driv- , up from the south in knocking tiie Italian forces out of Albania before German columns driving across the narrow waist of Yugoslavia- could make contact with them. The Yugoslav communique ad-, mitted the fall of Skoplje to the,I German columns pushing toWard ^T,* rh * entrapped Italian forces in "" to which the pov- and people of the United States have devoted themselves will be frustrated." "All depends America," Churchill declared, "and . VB nave gained the Battle of the At- antic and are certain of a constant flow of American supoliCo which are being prepared for us. then however far Hitler may go or whatever the new millions and scores of millions he may lap in misery, it is sure that armed with i the Albania. The Yugoslav communique released by the Yugoslav legation in Athens said in part: "The enemy continued with great force on April 7 and 8 and an offensive near Koumanova. Skop- igamst one of Yugoslav's govern- ! Ijc and Kotchane Our troons fflU1<;I nno nf xr>,~~~i e , " n"wyo -gainst one of Yugoslav govern- .ished al Cacek. a:jout 90 miles to the northwest. There seemed to jC no doubt that the Germans •vould succeed in closing the narrow gap that, now separates them .rom Albania, west of the south- 2ast Serb centers of Skoplje. Pri- ep. Veles and Tetovo. At Tetovo ,hey nre only 25 or 30 miles from ;he frontier, a distance which may ilready have been crossed by fast no-torized troops. IILLDISCU Senator Gore of Okla The chatter that Diana Bam-more will elope with Bramwell Fletcher when Helen Chandler's divorce becomes final next week—which will make Frances Kellogg, the drug heir, a good loser . . . Black stockings and hat pins (the kind gals used on mashers) coming back into style . . . What Mussolini will wear for Easter: look. A very worried Flag: Behind the Times HANOVER, N. H. (UP) — Dart- r e Committee Members A Scheduled To Meet Today At City Hall Members of the Food Industry committee of retailers and wholesalers will meet at 7:30 o'clock tonight in the Chamber of Commerce office to discuss organization plans for the federal food ;t.amp program soon to begin op- ration in Mississippi county. The group will meet with Ru.s- ;sll James, representative of the Dallas office of the Surplus Marketing Administration, who will report progress made in organiza- -lon work. Dates of mass meetings to be :elci soon in both Blytheville and Osceola for food store oxvners. managers and employes in firms ooperating with the federal food ;:amp program, will be announced =ocn. officials said today. The food stamp program is scheduled to start in this county late this month. Offices will be maintained both at Blytheville and Osceoia. were forced to evacuate Skoplje. Enemy panzer units then attacked in Gorg Katchanik where they suffered heavy losses from our aviation." "The enemy also commenced an attack this morning in the sector of Tsaribrod where our troops are resisting with fortitude. The offensive continues energetically on all fronts in Albania where our forces have passed the River Drin and are advancing into the interior of Albania." we shall: be Churchill declared that Britain was assured of several million tons nf new American ships in the next year. "Here, then," he ««.id. "is assurance upon which we may count trr that staying power "without which it will not be possible- to save the world from the criminal who assails it's future" Never had Churchill" stated with so much emphasis and gravity that the British war effort depends upon full scale American effort an early ttdininisimtSon de- llsion to send American merchant, or naval vessels into the British convoy system. Word that "melhods-short-of-' convoy" were under study to meet, the submarine menace to the British life-line has been passing around Washington for some time. Congressional leaders nre confident they can defeat anti-convoy legislation. Prediction of cnrgo ship transfers was based on the disclosure by President Roosevelt that he plans to take over and operate the :59 Danish merchant ships seized in American ports. Mr. Roosevelt will ask congress tomorrow for legislation authorizing the government to acquire the Danish vessels by purchase. Government legal experts say the legislation will, in effect, authorize "technical requisitioning" of the ships. The Danish minister has acqL'ie.sced. The president made it clear— despite a new German protest- that the possibility of confiscating the seized German and Italian ships has not been abandoned, pointing out that he has simple authority under the forfeiture provisions of the World War Espionage Act 10 dO SO. Bui the most controversial discussion here, and the one certain to raise the most furore, when con-. gress returns next week, was about convoys. Sen. Charles W. Tobey. R.. N. H., in a radio talk last night, 'said "the lime lias come to stop the plan of convoys in its tracks." He warned that a tragedy is being played on the American "stage and that "the war clouds are on the way." Greek Minister Cimon George S. Dctasta shown scanning the new, ot'their country's invasion byGennany. Atpre,ent they are in Wnahlntfon, D. C. (NEA telephoto). Axis Ships Taken Over By Mexico Two County Cases Decided By Court LITTLE ROCK. April 9.—Decisions of the Arkansas Supreme Court here Monday included : G. F. Scrape et al, vs. Mary Phillips Robinson, from Mississippi Already Devastated English Town Suffers Another Air Attack LONDON, April 9. t UP)—German bombers made another sav- Coanty Chancery Court, submitted. ' aee attack fa« ni^h William A. Smith vs. wim 'e try - a tcw " already" so ufv^mrpn Turner, from Mississippi County that its name *™te™mi\wn Chancery Court, submitted, ; mou* with aerial blitzkrieg Really Means It Lions Club Members Hear Musical Program L. H. Autry was in charge of the weekly Lions club program at ' Hotel Noble yesterday and presented members of the Burdette i ! i. Glee Club in a musical program i f "3 Edgar Borum, Lion president, ; """" announced nominating commit-' replaced the campus flag after a j mittee student had reported it contained 13 stripes— but only 45 stars. Officials said the flag- was n substitute 2. One com- ' wn.s ie.ireri that there were (many casualties and a communi- que said that damage to the town was "ronsiderable." A .school hospital, homes, a police station, and a hotel were amon» the builclinsjs bombed. Coventry has been mostly in the night of last Nov. great swarms of German planes made a concentrated all- attack on it. killing or more than 1.000 per- ^cns. 200 of whom were buried in one grave. Five nights later the raioers returned to deal more blows at the stricken town, once a thriving center of motor and airplane | accessory production. Last night's _„ attack wa s said to have been thej ^ heaviest, since then. ^ President Authorizes Release Of IOU. S. Craft To British WASHINGTON, April 9 (UP)_ President Roosevelt has authorized the release of 10 coa.st guard cutters to the British Navy, White House Secretary Stephen T. Early announced today. Early, refusing to relca.se the names of the coast guard cutters, which will be transferred, said they are all good ships and were constructed between the years 1928 and 1932. The transfer, designed to .strengthen British naval arm in the Bat- MEXICO CITY. April D. (UP)— Mexico, having appropriated 12 German and Italian ships for its own use, was seen in government and diplomatic circles today as establishing ixsiicy for all western hemisphere nations. They particularly expected that Mexico's big neighbor to the north would follow the example soon, j pointing to President Roosevelt's 1 remark yesterday that he had ample powers to fake over for United States use, Italian nnd German ships now held in "protective custody." Mexico nnticipated stern diplomatic reaction from Berlin ' and Rome and there was talk that relations might be so strained they wouldn't hold. Apparently to beat \ T n/i protests. Foreign Minister Eze- qiJel Padillo ordered the Mexican minister in Berlin to return home at once "to report on the situation." It was doubted in authoritative-circles that he would return wlillc the war continues. Like the United States and other American nations. Mexico had taken Axis ships In her harbors HO Italian, two German) into "protective custody." Last night : jhe took the further step of taking them over for her own use. saying that she would pay "just" indemnities after the war. Senator Shepparcl, "Father Of Prohibition," Dies In Washington i wounding of the Atlantic against the German submarine threat, was ordered under the lend-lease law.. said. Actual transfer of the vessels to Britain, Early said he assumed, would follow lines similar to the -transfer of 50 overage destroyers *ast year. Early said that so far as he knows armaments on the cutters is negligible and when actually turned over to the British the vessels will carry only their regular armament. The sturdy little ships apparently will have to be fitted anti-aircraft guns, depth i Eight German planes were re- racks and "Wrices before 1 ported shot down bv nioht fmht- „ y can actllall y Join the British ers last night. ' j fleet Early said the fitters have not been turned over to the British indicating that they are now be- mg- fitted out with seagoing equipment in preparation for their transfer. Announcement of the coast School Officials To Hear State Educator C. S. Blackbiirn. Little Rock, who is connected with the state department of education, will be the principal speaker at the meeting of superintendents and principals of Mississippi county Thursday night, 6:30 o'clock, at Burdette. Dinner will be served the group by members of the Parent Teacher association of Burdette. Miss Winnie Virgil Turner, elementary supervisor of city schools Is program chairman. WASHINGTON. April 9. (UP)Sen. Morris W. Sheppard, Democrat, Texas, the dean of congress nnd the "father of prohibition," died, early uxiuy of an Jntra-cra'- niul hemorrhage at Walter Reed HospIUJ. He was 66 years old. Sheppard was stricken al, his Inst Friday, but the seriousness of his illness was not revealed until yesterday when Dr. George W. Calver. congressional physician, announced in a special bulletin that the senator's condition was "considered critical." Shepparcl was chairman of the senate military affairs committee which has had a heavy load of legislative work during the last year. .Calver sold the senator had shown the effects of overwork and strain for several weeks. "Hi.: devotion to duty and hi?h sense of responsibility" kept him at work in spite of advice of his friends and physicians to take a rest," Calver said. Sheppcrd was not moved t,o the hcipital until Sunday when his personal physician. Dr. Sothnrcn Key and Dr. Cnlvc-r. had him ink•n to Walter Reed. Mrs. Sheppard and one- of his thrse daughters were at the senator's bedside when dean tcame at 5:30 a.m. They had taken a room near his at the hospital and had been the only caller.s during his illness. City Employes Praised For Co-Ope ration By Retiring Mayor W. Marion Williams, mayor of Blytheville for the past four years, praised city employes and others for their co-opera Lion with his administration as he turned over the reins to his -successor. E. R. Jackson. in brief formalities at the City Hnll here last night where newly elected city officials and appointees were inducted, "I wont to thank everyone who bus helped mid encouraged my administration," Mr. Williams told those gathered in the municipal courtroom for the installation. "I •hlnlc we have done a good job •=f running the city, financially and otherwise. No one person u; responsible. but all city employes have contributed to a harmonious administration of which I am proud and I want to thank them for their efforts." Urjccs Co-operation' He urged the same measure of co-opera ticn for the city's new chief executive nr.a remarked that "Mr, Jackson will probably make a bet-' tor mayor than I did." Mr. Jackson also spoke briefly, voicing his gratitude for the large vote by which hu was elected to the city's highest post in the mu- nidpsil election last Tuesday. "I- am proud of the honor and will try to make the best mayor the city ever had." he said. "I am particularly proud of this office because of the fact that I was elected by one of the largest votes ever given a candidate for mayor here." ... Others sworn in by Frank Whit- worlh, city clerk", . \verc: E. B. Woodson and Rupert Crafton, new Ward Three aldermen; John C. McHancy, re-elected Ward Two alderman without opposition; William Berryman, ne\yly appointed police chief; Roy Head, fire chief; A. G. Hall, city auditor; E. J. Heiiton. city engineer named by Mr. Jackson; Dr. W. A. Grinmiett; city health officer, and Mrs. Imo- gcne Trumble, elected city treasurer without opposition. Business Session Brief In a brief business session the' council voted unanimously on the motion of Alderman McHaney to continue using the Farmers Bank and Trust company as the city's depository and to renew the contract with the county for "-orking city prisoners unable to pay fines for misdemeanors. Monthly reports of the police, fire and engineering departments were heard and bills Cor payment. Illness prevented the attendance of Aldenr.cn 2. a. Jones and Estes Lunsford at lost night's meeting. Mr. Jones was re-elected in Ward One without opposition and Mr. Lunsford ivould have attended his final meeting since he was defeated for re-election. Loy H. Welch, another council member, was out of the city and did not attend. Mobile Recruiting Unk 1 s Here Today A mobile recruiting unit in charge of Sergeant E. W. McGinnes of Little Rock arrived here today and Services Yesterday For John Gilbert Lott Stock Prices A- T. & T. .. ....... 160 Anacond« Cop;jer ........ 23 Am. Tobacco ............ 681-4 Bethlehem Steel 73 3-41 gl3arc} ship transfer coincided with placed in use when the regular •flag wore out. is composed of Dr. Fred 33rd military police company at Marcus Evrard, Charles Camp Forrest, Tenn wears nn Rose and John C. McHaney and lice club, pistol and M P Lnd" t.hp ntvipv ic />/\wr»r,c.«^ -f .. _ c«u,'.,^.. _. . 1U 1YJ - * • oanu. Child. the other is composed of Max B. Soldiers say he O^,^ T ^--.,-_ .^ j M. P. Chrysler Cities Service ..'.'.'.'.'.'.','." "4 5-f Coca-Cola '.'.'.'".'.'". 931-4 General Electric .'.'.'.".'.". 31 1-4 General Motors ...'....... 411-4 Int'l. Harvester ... 45 1-3 Mont. Ward ;>6 X. Y. Central '. 12 1-8 N. Am. Aviation 131-4 Packard 27-8 Phillips '"'' 37 3-4 Rariio 4 Republic Steel ........... is Soccny Vacuum 83-4 Sttidebaker 53-4 St'd. of N. J. ,. 34 3-4 _ 8 forecasts that a number of Arrier- Tcxas Corp. 36 5-8 U. S. Steel 52 1-i ican cargo vessels may be turned over to the British. Chicago Wheat May Sept. Open 893-4 887-8 High 901-4 891-8 Low 89 871-2 Close 90 3-8 891-8 Chicago Corn May Sept. open 667-8 67 high low 673-8 661-4 close 673-8 68 663-4 677-8 New Orleans Cotton Funeral services were held yesterday morning at Manila Pentecostal church for John Gilbert, Lett, 17 T Hermondcile. Mo., who i died Sunday morning at Hermon- idalc. Services were conducted by the Rev. Bcaslcy of Manila. Buri- will be stationed at the court house today and tomorrow. The recruiting officer said he will accept and examine applicants for training in the air corps. The unit is actually a "rolling office" trailer which includes living quarters for the officer. Hulen Williams Awarded Chemistry Scholarship open high low 1105 1108 1104 prev. close close 1104 1108 al was in Manila cemetery, Hanna Funeral Home was charge. in May . 1116 1121 ins 1121 1119 i Cameramen At School July . 1112 1116 1104 1115 1116' OLHUUI Oct. Dec. Jan. 1107 1108 1104 1111 1110 1107 1099 1097 1103 1109 1110 1103 1109 1110 1108 Mar. May July Oct. Dec. Jan. Have Field Day At Fire KENT. O. < UP)— Honors for the most photographed nre in the counfry this year ought to go to a S10.000 blaze near here which attracted some 50 cameramen attend-1 UJ . , prev.jins a short course in photography! open high low close close' at Kent State University 1106 1104 1090 1104 1105' 1112 1116 1105 1116 1108 U11 1100 1111 New York Cotton A two year scholarship for post j graduate work in chemistry at- Louisiana Stste Universicy at Baton Rouge, has tocn. awarded Huien Williams, son of the Rev. and Mrs. E. B. Williams. Williams will be graduated In June from Henririx College, Conway. His scholarship is one of six offered by the University for post graduate work in chemistry leading to a Master's degree. U. S. WEATHER FORECAST The cameramen, who snapped scores of pictures of the fire and 1102 1102 1101 1104 1105 1103 1094 1093 1097 U03 The last English king personally to lead his troops into battle was George II. The battle was at Detttagen, in 1743. BLYTHEVIMJi — Fair tonight and Thursday. Lowest tonight- 44. Highest Thursday 66, 31EJIPHIS — Pair and sr.giuiy 1104 .skirts of the city. Their" aVtorno-j cooler tonight. Lowest 43. Thurs- biles made a parade to the farm j day fair with a high temperature ! the workin i firemen, were attract- 1104 1104 eel by the flames shooting up from 1104 1104 a fire at a dairy farm on the out- and tied up traffic for an hour as! of 70. they mingled with autoists, • volun-! ARKANSAS—Fair tonight ana leer firemen, and regular city fire-[Thursday. Little change in tem- fightlng equipment. ' perature.