Hope Star from Hope, Arkansas on March 25, 1954 · Page 7
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Hope Star from Hope, Arkansas · Page 7

Hope, Arkansas
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Thursday, March 25, 1954
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tHE STdfiYi Aft 6xtbf06rt filet apparently Ifed to the mufder of Police Chief Otto brov*r In Cold* rado City just after the wedding of Lieut. Mark Rlthsrds, at which Jim burin*a private detective was., sbest man. Atwood had left $4000 wrapped in newspaper at anbatv dort«d filling station on a lonely road. th6 murder of the ohlef came after Drover started out to see Atwood. two persons dressed as "monsters," parading before a local movie hbuse wh*re a horror film was showing ..apparently stabbed the chief and then ' escaped In the resulting confusion. Mark drove fast without Using his siren. He cut over to a side street and swept through a residential area which grew more rundown as they progressed. He nodded toward a huge old house touched with the bright moonlight and said, "The residence of our mayor. At least one floor of it is. The Gaylord Mansfield place. Made into flats now. One of the old-timers." , "Y o u conducting a personal tour" Jim wanted to know. "Or are you just making a mental list of people wealthy enough to be possible victims" "That last's an idea," Richards said. "And from what I hear old Mansfield might qualify. He's supposed to be well-to-do." '.'Funny," Jim said, "that neither the mayor or the new chief qualified. Or. at least they didn't mention getting extortion notes. Would that be because of their official position or because they're, broke" Both, maybq. What do you think of Atwood" He's scared. Or was."? Chief Drover's death will make it easier 1'or someone to force extortion pay-offs." Yes. It helped whoever's doing this." We'll see. I have the two radio cars on the prowl. One of them's coming along behind us, will close the North Hill Road after we go in. There's only one other way out, by road, and that's a steep unpaved road leading down to the main highway. The other car'll be down there. And there'll be what men I could scare up right away covering the district on foot," Look out. There's v a car coming from that road. \No lights." Even as he spoke the approaching car snapped on blinding headlights. Mark Richards swore, dimmed his own lights. The car swept past, and Richards tooted his horn twice. Have to leave that car to the radio car officers behind," he ex plained. I thought I recognized the car though." . .The gas pumps had "lost their glass •containers which once ; had showed the amount of 'gasoline. The windows of the station itself were broken, and the front door sagged crazily by a single twisted hinge. High wepds grew up to the edge of the scant amount of pav> ing which remained las' a drive-.way.'' ' • ! : ?'t .Jim said, I thought there was some sort of package in 'the drive- The headlights caught it for just a moment." Mark swung the car around al the road's dead end, backed and completed the turn. Mark began to drive back at a sedate 20 miles an hour. Jim held his pearl-handled .45 caressingly. It had been with him in many tight places, but he could not remember a time when its bulk had brought more comfort Looks like there's a glow o: light in the back room," Richards said. Richards gunned the motor sud denly, : swung the car into th( drive stopped with a suide o: locked wheels. The headlights li up the place blindlngly Jim had not had to manage the car, so he was out a few seconds ahead o Mark Richards, There was no back entrance to the station. The two men crossed the sag ging treacherous floor with cau tkms care, reached the partlj opened door which led into the station's back room, They paused there a moment before Mark reached out and pushed the doo: wide. Their flashlights stabbed into th< ropm, focused on the rickety greasy table. A candle stuck in a rusty oil cari still sent up a littl< streamer of smoke from its wick A white piece of paper, a stubbj pencil, and an empty glass weri on the table before the figure hud died in a wjre'braced chair, The flashlights in 'the hands o the two men moved slowly unti the face was' brightly lit. *A young talked to rne. I . have made ! you sad. You will be alad when I change. He was nice and talked to me. Goodby baddy. It was signed in handwriting. Carefully practiced, labored handwriting, Edward Stone Jr. 1 ' Mark Richards moved first. He went carefully through the outer room of the living Station to the driveway. The commanding scream of his signal whistle pierced the summer air. Dr. Frank Pardon swabbed his hands with a bit of gauze saturated with alcohol. "All I can do hare. Take him away when you have the pictures." He kept on rubbing his hands and the clean smell of the alcohol cut through the old oily odors of the filling station. Pardon flung the gauze away at last. "What killed him" Mark de- manded.Th e filling station was brightly lit now, with headlights and spotlights from several cars focused carefully. "Marked cyanosis," Pardon said. Cyanide in some form, I'd say. e drank it. The glass was used." "With strawberry soda pop" unn asked. Pardon nodded. "Did you find a cut on his right jrearm" Jim asked. "Yes. Long, shallow cut." Mark said slowly, "Get his blood pe. We'll want it when we get a eport from the Denver lab." Pardon got his shoulders raight, walked across the plank ridge. Mark and Jim walked with im to the Station driveway, layod there until the body had een taken away. Car lights, clustered at the be- inning of North Hill Road, were oved aside to permit passage of ic ambulance. Flashlights dotted le hillside as a line of men moved n a slow search. "Let's sit in my car," Richards aid heavily. "We'll take a look t the package we found." "The note." Jim said. "You no- :ced" Richards nodded. "Written with ball point pen. Or printed with ne, to be exact." "And only a pencil on the tale," Jim reminded. "No pen in Eddie Stone's pock- ts," Mark went on. "That means ve'll have to check on whether or 6t Eddie actually wrote it." Jim and Mark sat together on lie car's front seat, lit cigarets. Vn officer came up to report no ne had used the steep road down o the highway. Not, at least, since he radio' car had been in position. "All right," Mark said. "Keep our eyes open.. Later, when those men going over the ground, get hrough, you bring down to headquarters anything they've found." 'Yes, sir." The officer started turn, then asked, "Anythin; pecial we're looking for" "A ball point pen," Mark suggested. "Or maybe a weapon. Like n ice pick. Anything that looks as if it doesn't belong on'this hill ide I want brought down to headquarters." Richards waited until he officer was gone. "Not that I hinkit'l 1 do any good." His Jin- jers pulled at scotch tape around he small flat package. Newspaper rustled. "A layoff at that," Mark Truck Weigh Low Token to Court LITTLE R6CK (*) — the constitutionality of a 1953 law regulating the weight of trucks on State highways was attacked in a suit filed in Pulaski Chaticery Court yesterday. • Six rice farmers and two con struction company officials — all of Hnzen — charged that Act 152 \vas discriminatory and de prived them of their property with out due process of law. he law limits lite gross weight of vehicles operated on Arkansas highways to 56 pounds sots out fines and allows for purchase of a special overload permit. The suit askes . that the State Police be prevented from inter fering with vehicles tarrying loads i n excess o'f the specified weight limits. Filing the action were: Jerry J, Screeton and Charles Buckner, TucTon Construction Co., owners J. O. Crowley, J. L. Huffcr, C. Ir- face, but one t\visted with fin al convulsions. The long, fanglik teeth at each end pf 'a' crude pin bridge had falte»/ 'from the;. 1$ mouth; they reste^ n,ow in a. ;;?t»i fold of the heavy ne\y material o the smock or dugteiV The peake h4t was on the floor,;, and the., mo wig was sQiled |n4 'lagk'^w, Jtfark Richards 1 !? fingers close on a thin wrist, He let the han fall bapk on the 'table near th paper, an$ the gesture needed n words lot complete interpretation Jim Dunn, straightened from smelling the glass, empty save fo a sticky residue. Jt smeMed p something sweet, an<J of somethin deadly. The two IJashJJghts converge again, illuminate^ the Single §hee of paper, nearly tilled wjth gwk wardly scraw&q, printed phara doodby Daddy, i Billed Dvover, So $W\ punish any, one. I had fun. fi§ told me hp^, | ha<| Iwn Play, 1 "? 'tee, jfe tew P£? how ' Form Workers Won't Get Relief LITTLE HOCfe, State Wei- gan a rei.s:i JL> termine how many recipients of state aid cart be cut off when farm Welfare Director A. J. Moss said that between 1,500 and 2,000 people are expected to be trimmed tfffim the rolls within Ihe months. He sail al' farm w<Stfc»s drawing ehfceto fcHl vin Sims, Traffis Matthews, H. J. Hall and 0. L. Simmons. Underwater Film Converts a Dream By BOB THOMAS HOLLYWOOD, !/H — Even Jules Verne couldn't have imagined what Walt Disney is doing with "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea." The French novelist 18-I28-1]D05 dreamed up his most famous book in 1870, and it was the sensation in its time. It told of a fanatical scientist who roamed the ocean No wonder the first atomic sub was named after the Nautilus of the book. Verne described is undersea craft as being run by the harnessed power of the universe. Disney has converted, the Frenchman's dreamings into vivid reality. This is Disney's most costly film, the bill being estimated upwards fro m three million dollars and as ligh as five, million. After looking- over the produc ion, I can seewhere the money oes. Eight , costly weeks were pent in shooting locations in Nasau and Jamaica, mostly under- vater. A brand.hew.S.tage was built n the Disney lot for a water tank o house Captain Nemo's sub and huge sponge-rubber squid, 'hich James Mason Nemo has amed Zsazsa, The interior of the sub is anther expensive set. Such an un- .ersea craft you have never seen icfore. The place isr done in rec Victorian plush with overstuffed hairs and sofas, a water fountain and.even ;a pipe organ. The walls ';i-e" lined with all kinds of. books rom bound copies of Punch to are editions of Shakespeare. "In designing the interior, we ried to figure what kind "of sur oundings a man of sconce would ike," reasoned designer Harper Goff. He said it had been discov ered that men like Dr. Einstein ,nd the late Dr.; Millikan, although hinking in the future, chose homes .vhich were not particularly mod "Why pay off a dead man" Mark Richards finished counting. 'Hundred and sixty dollars." "It fits better with that kid— vith Eddie Stone than the four housand from Atwood." Another officer came up to report. "Nothing on the hillside jieutenant. Nothing yet. And the radio car boys at the block down at the entrance said to tell you they sicked up the car .that turned oui of North Hill Road." "Who" Richards .demanded. "Carl Hardin. The. real estate man. They're holding him and he's sore .as a boil." 'Carl Hardin," Jim said. "Again Remember Old Atwood said he :hought he saw Hardin leave the drive when Atwood came to make lis own pay-off." "Let him boil," Mark said. "I'l want him later, at headquarters Get two other men who have fin shed their assignment, bring them back here. You're going to stick around the rest of the night." The tall, narrow house was huge in the moonlight. Small clouds sail ing past overhead. gave motion to .he tower which jutted up from ;he third story, gave it the appear ance of leaning forward, ready for a crushing tumbla. A bright porch light shone ir the reflection from the polishcc brass of the three doorknobs. The porch was wide, but not deep, am the row of three doors appearec to elbow each other for enough room, for panels to separate them and support the three bells, eacl with its neat card. Gaylord Mansfield Edward Stone Ti : W. Nash Jljigh^nJs tried the center door It was iopked. He pushed the bell There was silence. He pushec again, held th£ button down, was rewarded witn a faint buzzin; as the latch was released from the roorn? above. The two men went single fil through the door, found themsejve in a narrow hallway facing a nar row flight of stairs. Mark led th way up, his feet clattering again? the bras£ 'edging of each step. stopped abruptly near the head o the stairs, so abruptly that Jim bumped into, h{m. "Mrs. Hughes," Richards said "This is a surprise." He poul have s^ved the last fpuv words. Hi voice had demonstrated his astou The designers faced the problem of creating mechanisms that were practical yet in the Victorian per od. The sub couldn't look l ,he cigar-shaped vessels of today t has a rugged look that remind ed me of a combination Merrimac and the Loch Ness monster. Verne described hia men a; walking underwater without life lines or other gagdets. Specia suits were designed combining .thi features of a diying suit and aqualung. : .'•' ': . Wants U.S.to Ignore Talks on Indochina By JACK BEUL WASHINGTON! l«~Sen. Georg (D-Ga.) proposed today that ih. Jnited Stales refuse to discuss thi Indochina question with the Chi nese Reds at Geneva and concen trate on seeking a Korean settle ment. George , senior Democrat on th Senate Foreign Relations Commil tee, said in an interview he i opposed to giving the Chinese Com munists even the implied recogn tion he contended is involved in ne Jotiating with, them pn problem of an area where, their troops 'ar- not directly involved. In that connection, he said th Senate ought to be represented i a bipartisan wya at five-power meeting Switzerland, to bolster the admin istration's expressed determinaUo not to let Red China into th United Nations. Chairman Wiley (R-Wis) of th Foreign Relations Committe agreed the Senate ought to be rep resented. next month at Geneva Only about the first 30 miles o the Yalu River lie entirely in Man churia. Only six vi<;e presidents of th United States were elcted^ to se cond terms: Adams Tompklns, Cl nton, Calhoun, Marshall ^nd Ga ner, jf-c,^. v _ ^ Sl ishment. "Lieutenant Rich»r4s." 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