Blytheville Courier News, March 20, 1943

Blytheville Courier News

March 20, 1943

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Blytheville Courier News (Newspaper) - March 20, 1943, Blytheville, Arkansas BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OF NORTHEAST AMK ANSAR AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI VOI.t’MK Xii—NO. Blytheville Blytheville I >n i Iv Now; Com lor Blytheville Herald Mississippi Valley Leader Itl.YTIIKVll.l.K. ARKANSAS, SAI I RIMY. .MARCH 20, IIM:! SINGLE COPIES FIVE CENTSMUD AIDS ROMMEL IN SLOWING U. S. DRIVE Reds Yield Along Donets Sana of I lie Sea P HE HH FORMS AT RIVER POINT Russians Give Way Ilion Sta^o Counter-Attack South Of Kharkov By United Pre** The Germans are making a tremendous bid to crash across the Donets river below Kharkov. Indicating the fury of the assault Russian front dispatches say | that the enemy threw 3000 men and 25 tanks against a single point in the Russian line Red Army forces gave ground-|0/Zion surged back with a counterattack which carried them to their original positions There are indications, however, that the enemy has managed to knock out most of tile Russian bridgeheads on the .southern bank of the river. The Soviet dispatches declare that the main Russian forces are concentrated on the north bank Ground Still Frozen 'Ihe ground still is frozen in the area of the main German attacks, facilitating the svult jabs of Nazi tank columns .swinging back and forth along the bandoline in seeking a weak spot. Earlier, the Russians yielded two hamlets in their second withdrawal in 24 hours. Another German drive, this one north of Kharkov, appears to be combining with the push below the city to form a dangerous pincer thrust. The Germans still are standing j n the claim that their tank col-m limns north of Tulsa Kcl’inrry Burns rn. PROGRAM FACING DOUBLE THREAT a un D Bloc Seeks an Iv :ight Wag( noes ( I holier Unions riling rn Kharkov have claim that is nor denied by taken Belgorod, a neither confirmed the Russians." Red?* Nearer Smolensk On the central front, the Russians are rejrorted to have pushed to within 55 miles of Smolensk in ti drive down the railroad from Vyazma. Tile Moscow' midday communique says that Red Army forces seized several more villages on the central front during the night. However, mud and slush are getting deeper and deeper on the central front and German resistance is stiffening as the Soviets enter the main belt of Nazi defenses before Smolensk. To the north. Marshal Timoshenkos Army advanced during Hie night in the offensive south of Lake Ilmen. The Moscow radio says that Russian guerrilla troops are in action in the Kiev district of the western Ukraine. The irregulars are reported to have wiped out the ^ Nazi police garrison of a village and to have routed troops sent to the aid of the police. E FIGHT BIG BLAZE Stove Explodes, Causing Destructive Fire At McKinnon’s Store MANILA. Ark. Mar. 20—Manila firemen were forced to battle their second big fire in two days here this morning when flames caused heavy damage to the furniture and hardware store owned ,‘by Bob McKinnon. Tile fire Is said to have started when an oil heater exploded at about 8:30 o’clock this morning, throwing burning fuel all about the store and starting a conflagration that firemen had great difficulty in bringing under control. At. midmorning the store was still so filled with smoke and fumes that no one was able to enter, thus an estimate of the damage was available. The store is said to have carried a stock worth approximately $10,-000. The one-story building is of brick and stone, one factor which probably helped firemen confine the flames to the one building. No one w?as reported burned or injured in the explosion and fire. Yesterday a serious fire caused heavy damage to Browm’s filling station and garage. TTI TI ■•■■■'s’- 3 grassy .c 't, .. over a Tulsa, Smoke billows from burning storage tank.-, a lire spreads large area ol the big Mid-Comment Petroleum Corp,. West Okla.. refinery. lire approacher a cracking imit toregruonri after explosions spread the flame .♦**’.nm* officials and the ILI ury invest igatintr. (^FA telephoto!. Today’s War Commentary U. S. Air Power Mu>l Olin I \\i^ 0<l<l> Oil (Around Bv WASHINGTON. Mat 20 <U1 Theres a big question mark Washington today Tile qiiest ion now will the administration meet the new double-barreled threat to its present anilin! Int ion program These, briefly, are the two challenges that pressure groups have Hung at the program One Hie farm bloc in Congress has pushed through the House and holies to pass in the Senate a bill to boost farm parity prices by including the cost ol labor in figuring parit\ Unions In Revolt iwo organized labor is in open revolt on the present wage-ceiling level I lie AF of L has forced a ' vote In tire War Labor Board on the question ol revising the ceil- 1 lugs upward to meet higher costs j ol living Tile vote is expected Monday Ami the United Mine * Workers are demanding wage iii- I creases of two dollars a day an I increase which would punch a hole i in the wag!* ceiling What will the administration do? j i Here are some possiollttics Rep- ; 11'» cntativc Dirk-en of Illinois, who i opposed the farm bloc’s bill says j the President will certainly veto ' the measure ii it passes the Senate j j the way ifs written Oil the wage question some quai - I tees believe the President will f ol - j low the advice of Stabilization Director James Byrnes. And Byrnes is known to leel strongly that the I present stabilization levels must be J preserved. Administration May Held In other words it’s possible that ! the administration may stand anti i light to hold the line against any I nit her pressures, whatever LI ay may be. A new pressure group, organized specificiaily to light the new deal on the farm policies, has been I created today. Ifs the National Farm Com- ! . mittec. Four state agriculture commissioners • lrom Texas. Florida, orth and South Dakota and two Texas cotton farmers are its board J of directors. I Their alin, the director say, i J to tight what they term the ’’.sin- I I codal policies" of the new deal I I These are, they say, mismanage- I j ment of the food supply, unnecessary waste of resources, and lack of foresight. In 12 danger-packed hours in the icy North Atlanta about Hire Campbell, above, stored up enough glory ioi the lifetime of any tin' Campbell rammed and sank a huge German nu tuna! mc and forced five other suit.' to .ack the iclugc ol the ’ week ago, the Coast ship Din lug that hull hill rd ditto day’s period, (hopped depth charge hairag deep ( NKA telephoto' British Push Nearer Burma Port of Akyab Under Naval Support < loinmaiuler aion# lib' fond on tho soul hut R\ United Press I luit ish land troops have unshod fart hor to tho \ital .lapanoso-holcl port of Akyah roast of I binna. Covoiod by aholds from naval coastal vc;mis, tho British havo mo\yd aion# tho coast of tho Hay of Ht'h#al to »• tall li^di now positions noat* a villa#!,* that is only JA milos from Akyah. However, thoro is no Judication that tho British arc moving with enough stroiigTjh to attack Akyah itself --------------- —------    'iphfti-    iii*, been do change Iii situation east ut the Maya since tile Japan so dug In forcing the British to reform lines. The Japanese have launched two counter-attacks In China alter victories cool cd by Chine o lun es. 'I n thou aud Nipponese troops have been thrown into ii counter .shantung Province experts say could be used as a base to bomb Tokyo Chines- troops occupied three points behind enemy hue in heavy lighting with Nanking puppet troops in tills area. and took more than to blockhouses The counterattacking Nipponese have attempted to encircle the Chinese forces command says they 2 JAIL BREAKERS ARE RECAPTURED jct    .    •> .j -    r- . he in the villi .shantung Mississippi I nsoncrs round In not beast Chitin which After Pre-Dawn Break; Iwo At Large UNITS TO RAEL! Axis Resistance Increases; Yanks I onsoliclate Newly-Won. Positions By United Press Ton cutin! faire arid at I Ren lug Axis resistance are holding rp the American push toward Guiles, in | southern Tunisia. The Yanks ploughed through the mud until they .struck enemy troo » and artillery opposition entrenched In the hills beyond El Guettar, on the main Gillies road Now they’re consolidating their newly won positions and preparing to push farther eastward a soon I aa the heavy rains let up Rain Hampers British The downpour also is delaying the start of the British Eighth Army’s big drive to crash through the Mireth line .Simms also have limited Alia i aerial activity to a few a wee pa and pat i ol.s Bu* when the weather does clem and the Allied offensives ge* underway un dry ground, Nazi Marshal Rommel’s Axis forces In the south will face a critical situation It Hie Amnicon thrust toward Gain *s develop*, the Axis may b ‘ the entire forced to null but of Ma rrth line defenses A second American threatening Rommel's another quarter. 'lid1 heading from Oaf sa Axis-held |*ort Tun lr la Our column i. army I rom column I • toward the of Btax. in mid -troops already are CAPTAIN TISTAOT Women Will Serve At USO Tomorrow I HOM AS J. DONOHUE of United Tress Reasons for the administration's insistence that 11,000,-OOO men will la- needed in the American armed forces by the end of this year have emerged into clearer focus. Some | of tin* uncertainty surrounding the* congressional squabble! over manpower has been dissipated by authoritative disclosures of Army and Navy estimates. These estimates also give a rather accurate indication of the type : of war tne United Nations intend to tight in both the Atlantic and I Pacific. The emphasis, it is clear, will be on airpower. The Allied powers have a combined population of about 948,000.000 people. Tho enemy, including Japan, has only about 269.000.000. The discrepancy, of course, is the 743,000,000 people of Russia and China ( AXIS HIGHLY MOBILIZED But the Axis powers have mobilized a higher percentage ol their | available populations and today they have an estimated 568 divisions 1 of ground troops on their respective front    I    f    arnther«;villf‘    Na    val    Office The Allies, aside from the Russians, are far from equality with!    Ila    Val    Willet tile enemy on the ground. And even on the eastern front, the numerically equal Red Army is hard put to it to hold its own against the Germans. It is not difficult, therefore, to foresee the weight of manpower which the western Allies will have to nuistei when a second trout is opened in Europe alone Our side must have available a striking force as nearly equal to tile European enemy as possible it the second front invasion is to stick. TAC H K’ DEM ANDS M AN TOWER But we cannot put all our available manpower into the European or African theaters because ol tie* heavy demand in the Pacific. Americans    and Britons must tight not in Europe alone,    lait    in    China. in the Southwest Pacific, in Burma, in India, in the Aleutians,    and in all the far outposts where the Allied flags arc flying. To get    an idea of Allied manpower problems    visualize a    huge    circle with a dot in the center. The dot represents    the enemy.    The    peri meter of the circle represents the lines on which the Allies arc deployed. That is what is meant when the enemy is said to be fighting on interior lines and the.Allies on exterior line The enemy can concentrate his .strength; ours must he deployed over vast areas. AVE ( AN’T MATC H GROUND FORC ES Allied    military leaders concede that it will be next    to    impossible to match the enemy's ground strength everywhere, lo do so would be to put every able-bodied man in uniform, whether he is rn factory, forest or farm. If we did that, we’d have a giant military army but no production army to equip and supply it. Hence, we have decided to spot the enemy in numbers and concentrate on our growing superiority in the air to surpass him The figure of 8,200.000 men represents the bart1 minimum tor the American Army by the end cl this year. Army men .ay anything less than that would force a complete revision of world-wide strategy and weaken our chances for victory RESERVE TOOLS NECESSARY That entire 8,200,000 man army will not be in action at once. Only 2.700,(KIO American .soldiers will De overseas in combat areas by the end of this year, according to army plaits The others still will be In training and in reserve pools, ready to be .shipped to any front. The reserves in any army usually are far larger than the forces actually at the front    and when the reserves dwindle past    a certain safety    point, the army    loses its effectiveness and invites defeat. The American Army Air Forces are counted upon to pave the way for the advance of Allied ground troops against Germany, Italy and Japan. recapturing William V Miss , who term; mid Kalamazoo. r Held By Japs, His Barents Learn CARUTHERSVILLE, Mo. Mardi 20 Mr and Mrs. Hugh II Tistadt Sr , of tills city have been notified by the Navy Department that Cap! Hugh A Tistadt, Jr., is a prisoner ol the Japanese. It had been more than a year ago that Mr. and Mr: I istadt had heard definitely from their son. S Cap) Tistadt’s last letter wa" dated three days before the fall of Corregidor, and some time later the Navy Department advised hi parents that presumably he wa , a prisoner of war. In definitely announcing that he was captured, and not missing in action, the Navy Department ako sent instructions as to how Mr. and Mr: Tistadt might forward letters to be relayed to the conc' titrat ion camp where he is held No in for mation was given as to the probable location of this camp. It through the services of the International Rf d Cross, presumably that Capt Tistadt wall receive mail from his parents. GULFPORT, Miss, Mar 20 'UP' Two prisoners have been returned to the Harrison County tail following a pre-dawn break in which four men escaped. Sheriff R (’ Ed WH ids says the men c raped by jimmying a welded patch from the jail roof and slipping out under the eaves. Authorities had little trouble in two of the prisoners At (wood of Hazelhurst, was serving a forgery JE. M Honeycutt of Midi., a federal prisoner who was being held on selective service counts. The men till at large arc John W New of I ung Beach, Miss .. also a federal prisoner charged with violating the draft law; and Otis L Bryant <»l North Branch, N J . who was being held on Mississippi forgery charges and federal embezzlement counts. Atwood and noneventt were apprehended without struggle as they tried to reach an old hiding place at nearby Bay St Louis. New York Stocks Japanese counter-tIi    Yang! c River the enemy lifts, been A T <V T 139 k Amor Tobacco ____ 52 Anaconda Copper ...... 27 . Bet h St "cl .............. .... 63 Chrysler ............. .... 71 Gen Elect ne ......... . . 35 Gen Motors ......... . . . . 47’ Montgomery Ward ..... ____ 38 N Y Central ........... .... 13’ Int Harvester . . . . 631 North Am Aviation . . . .... 12': Republic Steel ....... .... I61i Radio 7 'n Socony Vacuum...... ____ 12 Studebaker . 9 Standard of NJ ...... * . 49 *K Texas Corp ............ .. 46*4 Packard ............ ____ 4 U S Steel ............. ____ 53 But tlu* high have tailed The other thrust, Is in valley where retreating northward. Iii the .South Pucllic. Allied planes have destroyed a Japanese .submarine In the harbor at Lac on the northeast New Guinea coast ’Die submarine was unloading cargo which indicated that tile enemy is using undersea craft iii an attempt to counter the Allied aerial blockade. lh" Allies also have carried out raids on Timor, in the Banda Sea on New Britain Island aud on the Admiralty island. Enemy positions iii tin* Mubo area ol New Guinea have been strafed Fifty Japanese planes attacked Pollock harbor, an Allied base in I northern New' Guinea Wharves and a launch were damaged Blytheville Youths Get Calls To Navy Three Blytheville youths were ordered to training station.' tin week by the Navy Tiny were Roy Rechtln Crawford, Tommy Cm c and Hulbert Taft Welch These young men wen sent to the Naval Training Station at I ’m-rigut. Idaho They enlisted several week ago and were returned to Blytheville on inactive duty to await order.' to be eligible tor a trade < bool and when this trade school training has been completed they will become petty officers. mmW&w .hum IHI" hfleld. commander of the C ia ! Guard cutie! Campbell which lammed and sank a German sub in the North Atlantic Hi' is from ; an Antonio. 'I exa (NKA telephoto!. Arkansas briefs BOONEVILLE. Ark.. Mar. Mi (I Ti Three suspect* are being questioned in connection with the robbery of approximately $1100 in rash and war bonds from a Booneville grocery stere. One man was ar rested at Paris and the oilier two at loo Smith. Thieves took a SHOO War Bond and considerable cash from Hie grocery sail*. ™ IHI I STRINGS, Mar 20 (I Ti James Reynolds, who \ia> indicted at Tort Smith on liquor law violation (barf es, faces a three year sentence. He was found guilty in Federal ( our! and sentenced by Judge Joint E. Miller. I ORT SMIT ll, Mar. 20 i UTI - Tuck Bishop, accused as the slayer of four men on a Springdale st reel Jan. 18, has been adjudged sane and returned to loll smith for trial. He was brought hark alter examination bv Stale Hospital psychiatrists ai little Rock. Bishop is accused of the fatal shooting of I vie Graham, Paul Phillips, Harold Nail and Lyle (alter. I I I I I I IMM K, Mar. 20 (UT) Arkansas firmers who answer the government’s call for more and more soybeans this North side cd a room is always lite honor alc among the Chinese, and the* host always sits there, lacing south. Chicago Wheat May July Sep. open 146', 147 148 high 146' > 147    11 148 low - 45 1 h 146 147' • close* 145'„ 146 147' pl* cl 146 147 148    v year can lie price. So says miuistmloi I s,i\s that I he (ami pmvh.iM* grade sovbeaiis IO cl lits a bushel, who want to tie sure cd a fair Triple A Ad-1,. Wright. He new base loan file on high bas been raised But farmers eligible for participation in the purchase program will have* to plant at least OO pe r cent of their quota. Pilots Who Trained Here In Memphis (Trash Livestock Women of Dogwood will serve homemade cakes, pies and cookies during Hospitality Hour at the USO tomorrow afternoon. Paul Pryor and Mrs. Ralph Ber-Tyman will lead the group singing, also to feature the hour. New Y ork Cotton New I Mch. I May j July 1 Oct. Dec. open 1970 2020 2008 1989 1984 high 1974 2024 2009 1990 1985 low close 1968    1968 22011 2011 1995    1995 1977    1977 1975 1975 1967 2014 2000 1982 1975 Mch. May July Oct. Dec. Orleans Cotton open high low close 2005    2005    1997    1997    1998 2053    2053    2042    2043    2045 2039    2039    2029    2029    2023 2020    2020    2011    2011    2014 2015    2015    2004    2004    2008 Hug lower; lower; lbs lbs ST LOUIS, Mar. 20 <UP>-300 all salable; weak to 10c 160 pounds down lo to 25c few good and choice 190-270 15.35-15.40; top 15.40; 140-160 14.00-14 aO. Cattle:    350; with 25 salable; calves 25 all salable. Compared with close last week: Steers and heifers steady to weak; canners firm; bulls 50 to 75c higher; veal-ers 25c higher; tops for the week: Choice steers $17.00; choice heifers 15.75; mixed yearlings 15.65; cows 14.00; sausage bulls 14.50, vealers 16.75; replacement steers 15.00. Army Air Field among the seven miraculously es- Two Blytheville graduate pilots ar Army airmen who cap d death yesterday afternoon when a bomber crashed into a vacant lot at Memphis. Lieut W E Livengood, 22, copilot. and Lieut., Noel Leonard, 22, of Monroe, La. members of the crew, were graduated in the first class of the advanced twin-engine bomber school here in January. They, with the other aviators, | now are stationed at Greenville, S. C. Lieutenant Livengood, whose i home Is In Johnstown, Pa., has I very serious injuries but it Is believed he will recover. He has a fractured skull, a severe jaw fracture and lacerations of the head Lieutenant Learned received spine Injuries but his condition is not believed to be serious. Ii is said that the plane devel-oiK'd motor trouble and that the pilot, also seriously injured, cut a swath through a block of telephone poles and trees as he avoided hitting a row of houses and crashed in the vacant lot on Select between David and Baston streets in East Memphis. Memphis said they first heard the powerful motors ol the law-flying* bomber cough and sputter. rom side to side. Witnesses to the crash said they aw the twin-engine plane carefully maneuver away from the heavily ■ opulated residential district over which it was flying when the motors began to quit. Two patrolmen, first to reach the crash scene, cut the pilot and I ieutciuuit Livengood from their seats m tin* smashed interior of the plane. Hic motors were severed from the wings when the plane bounced long the ground Gasoline and fuel were spilled around the wreckage and firemen prevented }H»ssible tire then saw smoke and the wings tilt, ; damage. reported clof(* to Belied, 27 rnlb tram (Salsa but presumably they’re tieing hampered by the same mud and rain that’s hindering the oilier forces British Hold in North Nazi General Von Annins forces iii the north have been pound lug awny ut the British First A* my southwest of Bizerti But there's every indication that the British are holding firm in new pas It Ions lifter relinquishing the I town of Tamera. Tunis, one of the main Axis I supply ports In the north, aioli" with Bi/crtc, is said to be virtu-i ally useless to the enemy. Radio | reports said Allied bombing raid* I have knocked Tunis out of a sup** I ply harbor 1 Incidentally, the British air force in Tunisia now Is stronger than ever latest reinforcements include many of Poland ., iv a fliers who arc burning with a desire to get ;i crack at tho Nazi They’ve already brought down 66 enemy planes Mrs. Weaver Dies In Torrance, Calif. Funeral .services will be held tomorrow afternoon, 3:30 o’clock, for Mrs W C Weaver, who died Tuesday in Torrance, Calif ,    t<> where .she moved four months ago. She was 61 Rites will be conducted at Assembly (it God Church by the Rev. H. E. Simms, assisted by the Rev. S. A Merrill of Memphis, former pastor here Burial will be at Elmwood Ccm tery with these pallbearers Dick Brown, Coy Smith, Bill Goodrich, Virgil Hopkins, Her.schel Smith and Bo Cable. The body, which arrived yesterday, was accompanied by Mi . Weavers three daughters who live in Torrance. Mrs. Jesse Crawford, Mrs. Millie Ann Mendham and Miss Nellie Weaver. She also is survived by her bu -band and one son, W. C. Weaver Jr., ol Torrance, and three other daughters. Mrs. Belt Looney, Mrs. Ralph Walker and Mrs. Charles Williams of Blytheville. Cobb Funeral Home is in charge. China's    FirsI I Aalii Is Ordered To Rest CHICAGO. Mar 20 <U P> (China’s dainty and diminutive envoy, Madame Caning Kai-Siiek. is resting up from her tumultuous welcome in America’s rugged midwest industrial capital. Physicians, fearing that she may have been tired out by the long train trip, ordered her to remain in bed today. Throngs ct notables and other well-wishers greeted the tiny lady when she arrived in Chicago yesterday. Madame dining is slated to address a public rally on Monday, visit Chicago’s Chinatown and confer with government and Chinese leaders before continuing her trip to the West Coast. Leachville Man Wounded In Africa Pvt. Amos C. Fitzgerald, son of Tom Fitzgerald of Leachville, has been wounded in action in tin.* North African area, the War Department announced today. ;