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Allies Encounter Little
Opposition Except At
One. Point Where
Landings Were Blocked;
Swiss Report Says
Nice and Cannes In
Rome, Aug. 16.—Allied invasion
troops have struck eight miles inland
at some points in southern France
after taking all initial objectives and
establishing- themselves firmly, headquarters
British and Ameriman airborne
troops vaulting1 behind the lines
were credited officially with blocking
enemy reinforcements. Great
fleets of U. S. troop carriers winged
supplies and reinforcements by glider
and parachute into the airborne
German resistance generally continued
relatively weak. ' '
Assault forces fought on through
the night after overrunning the first
The landings were generally lightly
opposed, bat heavy German fire blocked
off sea landing craft at one point.
This setback was reported by Tech.
Sgt. Richard T. Wright of Arlington,
Va., a marine combat correspondent.
He said the German fire at this point,
which was not identified, had prevented
troops from debarking.
Allied headquarters said the operations
were proceeding "according
to plan." No comment was offered
upon broadcast German accounts
of the action nor was a itport
that French parachutists were
operating 20 miles inland officially
(Both Nice and Cannes, major
seaside cities at the foothillB of the
Maritime Alps, were declared in
frontier reports to La Suisse of Geneva
to have been captured by the
Allies. The dispatch said Marselle
was imminently endangered by a
force of French partisans and 1,000
Allied parachute troops.)
It was known that the Allies had
landed at Cap Negre and in the
area of Frejus, 35 miles apart, on
the coast between Toulon and Nice,
and the Germans said other attacks
were made in the St. Tropes gulf
region between Cap Negre and Frejus.
Stores Close 2M
The stores in Farmrflle will be
cloesd en WcdaMdijr, August 28,
in accordance to the decision of
| the Board of Director* of Merchsits
Association that Wednesday
aftcmoon closing: will continue
through the last week prior to fee
opening of the tobacco market,
MEN'S SERVICE CENTER
Guests at the Canter for the past
week end were: FarmviHe and New
Bern—T/5 Cecil A. Lflley, Camp
Camp Lejeune—Pfc. John Radosh,
Monessen, Pa.; Lea - P. Bowley, BH
2/c, Satan, Mass.; Jack M. Cade, S
1/e, Toledo, Ohio.
Cherry Point—Cpl. Gordon Stillie,
Kansas City, Mo.; Pfc. Thomas W.
Hoffman, Houston, Tex as.
Camp Davis—Charles Adam*. Shelbyville,
Ky., (guest of Mr. and Mrs.
A. J. Greene).
Simmons-Knott Field, New Bern—
S/Sgt. E. L. Lang, Rockland, Mass.;
T/Sgt. Bill Scott, Northampton, Mass.
(guests of J. O. Pollard).
A.A.F. Base Unit, Greensboro—
Cpl. Harry Bloomer, Poughkeepsie,
N. Y.; Cpl. Orvffle D. Grochow, CsL,
(gueets of Mr. and Mn. A. B. Tyson).
As there was no hostess group for
the past week end, individuals donated
the food: The menu consisted of
fried chicken, prepared by Mrs. A. C.
Monk, also biscuits and pear-pineapple
salad; deviled eggs by Mrs.
Elbert Holmes and Mn. W. M. Willis;
Mr. and Mrs. B. A. Norman, tomatoes,
and milk by Pecan Grove Dairy;,
ice, Mr. and Mrs. George Thomas;
pears, Ben Bynum and Mrs. Ada
Wood; chocolate cake, potato sticks
and ^fettruce and tea were also served.
Acting hostesses were Mn. E. L.
Finch and Mrs. Jack Smith.
Other donations included $5.00 by
Mrs. A. C. Monk; flowers, Mr. and
Mrs. Bonnie Woo ten; which bloom, R.
R. Newton; and another donation of
A letter from cpl. Orville D. (irochow,
now in Greensboro, says it was
like returning home to spend last
week end here after as absence of
four months and that when one is as
far from home as he is it makes him
feel happy to find people as nice to
the Service Men as the Faxmville
folks are. He enjoyed Ida stay very
much and is graiafol for the hospitality
he received. _ J
Sgt, Peter C. Dalie, Camp Lejeune,
writes he hopes everything' goes well
with the Center and will return as
soon as ha can.- ^ Mrs.
Lois E. Heminger of-Los
Angeles, Calif., has written a letter
of gratitude for kindness shown her
son, Pfc. John Hetninger, who it
iitationed at -Beaufort.
Registering at the Center, Wednesday
were Cpl. Made H. Allen, U.S.M.
C., Norfolk, Va^ son of Paul Allen of
Farmyille; and Sgt. Charles C. Baker,
Port Bragg, N. C., son of C. C. Baker
at Farmville* ? i
Win Three Main Events
At Conyention HeW In
Tarboro This Week;
Set New World Record
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One of the most noted thin** seen
by ye Editor Thursday Morning as
he journeyed down toward his office
was the happy expressk>f*upon the
faeea of acme at the members of
Farm villi's Colored Fire department
who had just returned from Tarboro
where they attended the Annual Colored
Fi rem ens Convention held In
that city Tuesday and Wednesday aad
really they had a good reason for
feeling so good, as they had returned
with three of the highest first cash
awrds, out of a pMaibie four, Winning
first prire in the Long Race in
Moncow, Aug-. 1
sault plan*, built up reserves,
strengthened Ms communications,
and «Hwin^«i & Strong German
threat to his right flank and today
was striking for the heart of, the
enemy defense tone before Warsaw.
Indications were that the struggle
on the'eaat side of the Vistula was in
its final stage. ;
Seasoned Kuaaian and foolish
troops bow an strongly dog in in a
semi-circle around Praga, a great
industrial district, and their -Biassed
artillery and plates were strewing
the battleground with derelict tanks
and sprawling German dead.
The Russians announced at midnight
thai Marshal Ivan K Konev's
army group which had taken 1,500
square mile* west af the Vistula in
the ana 100 miles below Warsaw and
36 miles from Krakow had killed
140,000 Germans and captured 82,360
in a month ending August 12. Previous
announcements ran the aggregate
of dead or captured Germans in the
summer offensive to 781,886 men, but
the figure included operations of only
six of the nine army groups reported
in action. Nazi material losses wore,
While only a frontal battle for
Warsaw was reported in the Praga
ana. The Germans wen in a preccarious
position sod faced flank
Mows Aram the north aad sooth as
A* Soviet communique said the Germans
succeeded in forcing a wedge
into the Russian positions bat "by
blows from the flanks the Soviet units
threw back the enemy and restond
the situation." Thirty-two German
tanks and self-propelled gpns wen
reported destroyed and 800 Germans
The efrfwt to relieve Warsaw was
one of many major counterattacks to
which the German > high command
committed implacable reserves at
Russian armies near the East^ Prussian
front hi Lituania and west of
The Banians destroyed 114 Nazi
tank* darter the day.
Yesterday's franskd enemy attacks
came while Bed Amy trfops in
northern Poland wete striking along
the Bialystok-Lyck railway through a
15-mile belt of Axis defense* guarding
imperilled East Prussia in the
Masurian lakes region. Crajewo, only
two miles from the frontier, was reported
under heavy air attack. I
In the north Gen. Ivan Malennikov's
army swept Seroes Estonia and
freed another 80 settlements,, but
whero from the Baltic to the western
reaches of the Carpathian* the Bussians
said, the Bed armies during the
day broke wave after wave of German
At beet it was believed here, the
German high command could have
hoped only that the gad counterattacks
would blunt far a few weeks
the sharppess of the Red army's
offensive power, for these enemy
blows have been delayed too long to
catch the Soviet advance forces in
overextended and vulnerable posiAs
for the situation at Warsaw,
the Russisna manifested the utmost
(By Walter Jones, Sposto Editor)
On Thursday, A*g. 19, the Methodist
were defeated by the Christian.
4 to 8. The loeem played a fine ball
game and were still very much in the
game untA the last man was out. It
took the mighty hitting of. Manager
James Monk at the winners to pot
the game on lee. With the scon tied
at a all, Bonk mm to hat in the
cth inning nut poled eat a mighty
triple Into centerfield and came home
on a Md throwin from the outfield.
The losers ontMt the winners 8. to ?.
Monday of this week found the
Christiana and Pree-Eps., meeting in
the first of two important games, if
the Christians won than they would!
cinch the league lead, but such was
not be. Manager Paul Ewell of
the Pres.-Eps., using an idea of <hs
State Employment Service, had a fine
team or. the field sad went on to win
die game 7 to 1. This win added
even more importance to the Wednesday's
meeting of these two dabs.
Frank Allan, regular Christian pitcher,
pitched the game with his left
arm bandaged to Us elbow. He had
previously suffered painful burns on
his arm. The wieners played good
ball and deserved to win. Dr. Gil-^
christ, a new member of the PieaEps.,
made several nice catches in left]
In the first game at the Wednesday
afternoon doubleheader, the two
"also rana" Baptist snd Methodist
met in a combination swimming' meet
and Softball game. The swimming
meet was declared -a draw, while the
Baptist won the ball game 8 to 6.
The game was played during a pleasant
summer shower and the fact that
home ill ate was covered by water, and
the ball was thoroughly soaked, didn't
bother ttie pitchers, for the hall w*s
still pounded ot all parts at the playing
field. Hie players on both teams I
chipped in with their usual number |
TTie seoond game of tie afternoon
found the playing: field in good shape
and both teams ready to go. Modi
wag at stake. The Pres.-Eps., needing
to win to tie for the lead, .whilei
the Christiana needing to win for undisputed
possession of first pkee.
Again Frank Allen pitched under
a handicap, his am still being bandaged,
not withstanding he pitched a
fine game as did Camway for tjhe'j
Pres.-Eps. After three and a half
htninga the Christian* were ahead 2
to 1. In the last half of the fourth
the PreS- Eps., went to" work, and on
6 hits pushed across four runs. Ba»com
being- the modest hero at this
rally; with the seere tied at 8 all
Bancotn went to the plate and smashed
oat a scorching single to score two)
runners with the deciding runs. The
Christians scored again in the fifth
inning. Asd that ended running: for
the day. Final score, Pres.-Eps., 5,
Christians 3. As mentoined before
the result of this game put the two
teams in itie for first place. Hie
Managers agreed after the game to
meet in a two out of three serH
week. The games to be played M.
i*y, Wednesday and Thursday. All
game* at 8:16. These two teams are
evenly matched and the fans an looking1
forward to seeing some good ball
played oast week. '
Schedule Softtan Playoff Series i
Monday, 6:16—Pres.-Eps., vs. Christ-1
ians. Wed., 6;16—Pres.-Eps., vs.
Christians, thum" 6:16 - Pres.Eps.,
ts. Christiana. .|p»
Final Standings Church Softball
Christians:' 18 S «K
Prea.-Eps.: 13 8 «!
Baptist: 9 11 41
Methodist: 1 6 14 8*>|
Roy Hooker Killed - J
In Action In Italy
Private First Claw Roy Hooker, Jr.
son of Mr. and Mrs. R. H.4*noker, of
Farmvilie, Bouts h was killed instantly
in actios fei Italy on July 21,
when a fragment from * German
shell struck his head, according v to
Adverse weather linked tha air
war in ths New Guinea - Carolines
aeetor, bat far to the weat, heavy
bombers from China bombed Takao,
Formosa, aad sank three freighters
Formosa aad the Chins
to add to hammer blows from
every direction. "
Gen. Dougita MaeAithur a
nounced today that Ltbector a
Mitchell bombers, continuing i
tacks which have paralysed Halmahera
as a Japanese base, raided
both Halmahera and Twnato in tho
Spice islands repeatedly Monday,
through heavy anti - abeitft firs.
The bombs set wsnhOosca afire and
I Sooth of Halmahera, toward Ceram,
air patrols sank eight
craft — "small JjiHtig rassail, indicative
at die extent to whieh the
Japanese havCheen forced to press
any available shipping into service,"
a MaeAithnr spokesman said.
A dm. Chester W. Nimits amvounced
meanwhile that army Liberators
hit Japanese shipping near Para>
mushiro in the Kurilf! Friday and
also bombed the airstrip at Suribachi.
They fought off 15 to 20. euttay
planes, shooting down at least Area
and possibly sight
Navy search planes bombed instaUatkmaon
Shoimuhh on Arntto
island, oft northern Paramuahifo,
Saturday. They afao sank a patrol
Marianas-bassd bombers nddsd I wo
Jima, in the Volcano group, Pagon,
in the northern Marianas, aad Bote
island, south at Saipan,
One of the Liberators whic
Iwo's airfield with mors than SS tons
of bombs was shot down by aggressive
Despite unfavorable weather, other,
planes attacked by-passed Japanese
positions on New Guinea, Now Brit-),
ain, New Intend, Bougainville, Paiau,
the Marahalls and Nauru.
At Honolulu, Elmer Davis, director!
of the Office of War Information, |
observed upon his return from Saipan
and duam that "more Tal^ gwnj#.|,
ments will have to fall before the | j
Japanese are ready for the unconditional
surrender we shall
Patton's Men 40 »
London, Aug. !«.—n» All*.
at U. flL tkW army headreported
at 11:16 a. uu, today
that ft® German mmt* army
it breaking op into roving purrOla
ed the point^riMra it U able to mtM
its remaining man aad MffUaa for '
a brttkUtmi^i to the Maa rliw to
join other bwJw JUH
unite fleeing beyond Parte.
with ZjmjOOO safe
the ootddrts of ftUaiae,
an aeaaott on t" '
, 'Orderly uatil now, rm a/ugee
retreat began to ahow the flnt eigne
of ehaetic confuaion. A Brittah
staff officer declared it tm no longer
conducted aecoHtog to |ta>, It
wae a caae of "Jwt get outr-if retiKj
Total German i—ta the ||
the aoojotm ___
?:|fiMduded in the
bouxg. _ ...
Qhwtrate the type of
front, wftlllb for the
the Allies to
other had to
>:$ a a. *»- -- - _ # i, f i ainiA.
a* some ot oriae s piBwr^ Ih
| First vile »£'.
Mia fTsllim h« Bradley,
of Scotland Neck Washington,
D. a, daughter of Mrs. E. W. Staton,
of Scotia Neck, and the lata Mr.
W. S. Bradley, bacaxt, the bride of
Private. Willie Kay Smith, son of Mr.
ahd Mrs. W. C. Smith, of Greenville,
on WtdMaday, August 16, at 8:00
o'clock; at the home of Mr. and Mm
M W. Rollins, in Farmville.
Rev. C B. Maahbum, pastor of the
Farmville Christian Church, performed
the ring ceremony. The vows were
spoken in the Hvtng room of the home
whieh was beautifully decorated for
the nrcaafcw with exquisite dahliaa,
rosea and gladioli.
- The bride wore a dross of white
eyeloet with matching ■cteaaariee and
a shootder carnage of piak roaaa.
Mrs. Smith ia « graduate of the
Scotland Neck School and now holds
* government position in Washington,
D. a For a period of three years,
here vritT'hel^aitter, Mr*. M. W.
'fe Private Smith, who haa recently returned
to the States after four and
a half years in the Pacific War Ana,
la a graduate of the Grewville High
School. He ia now stationed at Camp
Oat of town people attending the
wedding: were, Mr. and Mm. D. C.
Tripp, Miss Loueila Smith, Mn. W.
C. Bonnie and James
H. Edwards, of Greenville, and Mrs.
Walter Clarit, of Plymonth.
President's New Edict
Another Jolt to Hitler
President Roosevelt's declaration
that Germany and Japan will be occupied
by Allied military, even thou
they surrender before their border*
are crossed by victorious armies, will
ease a let of anxious minds which
have feared that the gangsters might
by aome Skulduggery squirm out of
their jnst and neceaaary deserts.
Military occupation of enemy countriee
ia Vital to insure peace.
Total Resources Reach
Close To Billion DolmrmU
fMlP i "• W
North Carolina increased $148,446,699.64
during- the «acal year 1943-44,
Gurney P. Hood, commissioner of
Total rwuncB of state commercial
baaka amounted to W 3*901,580.S7
compared villi *766,464,331.33 last
year. Total resources of industrial
banks amounted to $26,093,736.26
compared with 19,674,646.79 last