Also tried copying all images to the root folder create a jar like so...
jar cvf NMHearts.jar NMHearts.class *.gif *.png
The output from the command screen looks fine.
Launch it from an html page that looks like so...
<applet code ="NMHearts.class"
Still no luck, the console shows all images loaded, but they dont display on the applet, the game works fine, If I click where the buttons should be, the game works, any printed text shows up, etc. Just the images dont display.