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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS VOL. XLVII—NO. 31 Blythevtlle Daily New, Blyth£slH« Courier 1-m DOMINANT NEWSPAPER Og NORTHEAST ARKANSAB AHD SOUTHEAST MISSOURI Mississippi Valley Leader Blyiiieviiie Herald BLYTHEVILLK, ARKANSAS, WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25, 1951 HouseGroupOkays $6 Billion Defense Emergency Budget Army to Cut May, June Draft Calls, Rotate Gl's in Korea WASHINGTON, April 25. (AP)—The House Appropriation* Committee approved today a 56/168,206,000 emergency defense budget and readied itself to consider another military request which may exceed $70,000,000,000. The amount recommended today for {joiise consideration starting tomorrow is for. emergency purposes growing out of the steppecl-up tempo of war in Korea. Most of it will be spent during Hay and June. FOURTEEN PAGES CzeschinNamedHead Of Ark-Mo; HHi Retires Charles C. Czeschin, executive vice president of Arkansas-Missouri Power Company here since last December, yesterday became president following the retirement of James Hill, Jr., who has served as head of the utility for th« past 18 years. Mr. Czeschin was elected president by the Ark-Mo board of til- rectors yesterday afternoon following the annual meeting of the company's stockholders at the utility's home office here. Mr. Hill retired under the company's retirement annuity plan lhnt allows for automatic retirement, of SINGLE COPIEg CEMT| It Is in addition to S48,000,000,000* already voted the military by Con- | gress for the fiscal year ending June 30. In the immediate oiling is the regular military budget for the vear starting July 1. Military spokesmen themselves have predicted it may reach almost S80.000.000.000. but the appropriations committee looks for it to be closer to S70.000.000.000. Even the, lower figure would be $10.000,000,000 more than the President had estimated in his January budget. Included In the emergency' measure which the committee sent to the House floor today are funds for a new Atomic Energy Commission -Project X:" for a quick buildup in the manpower of the Army, the Navy, the Marine Corps and the Air Force: and for a speed-np in procurement of the "hardware" for war—tanks, guns, guided missiles, and airplanes. The Army disclosed, during rthe hearings which preceded committee action, that it plans to cut its June draft call to 20,000 men and to bring home upwards of 20.000 .battle-weary Korean veterans monthly starting in May.,. Reserves to Be Called It also expects to recall to active service in the next two months 15.000 reserve otricers to help train an. Army estimated to have a .itrength'of 1,552,000 on June 30. The largest allotment in the bil Is' for the Army, which was ear. marked for $2,850,594,000'of the $2 850.8S9.000 it requested' l The Navy-i Jh«; The cotSiriltlee'pi" "™ " Force everything it $1,925,000000 which Includes a large chunk of money to tool up and ex panel the aviation Industry, i The Atomic kneigj Commission got $40,800,000 ; of the $51,300,000 I sought. The cut Included"rid7rednc. tion In Project X a top secrc! project which, the committee reviewed secretly. N""" sDokesmen said Ihey hopi lo have F I gh — of 810 000 men 14 months i na \ ilie Navy has 63.400 officers and 600.800 'enlisted men on active duty The Marine Corps was described to the committee as being "at least three to four times stronger" today than it was a year ago. The plans to cut draft calls, start Korean rotation and bring in more reserve officers were given the committee by top Army spokesmen during closed hearings. The committee made public the transcript today. Draft Call Cul Seen Army officers also spoke of a cut in the May draft call to 20,000 men. On April 18, several days after they testified, the Army announced a cut.in the May call from 60.000 lo 40.000. It was not entirely clear from the hearings, but the 40.000 fir.ire evidently represented a new shift in plans. The qunla for this monlh, onre announced as half. Delivery Me Math Signs Bill to Provide School Funds LITTLE ROCK, April 25 (t?)— Governor McMath has signed Into law a bill to give Arkansas' public schools up to $1.900.000 more in operating funds this year. The Governor affixed his signature yesterday without comment. This was the only school money bill passed at the recent special session of the Legislature called by McMath with the hope of adding $12,500,000 a year to the school pot through increased taxei The new law transfers money from the Education Department's revolving fund to meet state aid payments to local school districts. The State Board of Education Monday notified districts they could count on at least $1,100,000 from the .revolving loan fund. An audit by the state comptroller is awaited to determine if more can be distributed to districts. It Is uncertain how far this additional money will go toward keeping schools open for the nine- .month term. James Hill, Jr. J?unty s Draft Quota For May Is Set at 40 Mississippi County will be required to, send 40 draftees to Little Rock next month to take pre-induction examinations, Miss Rosa Salitaa^ clerk of the County Draft Board said this '•'morning. 80000. was cut !n ft the 40000 'his month vvoul- 1 raise to 490.000 the n'"ihcr drafted since last Sentcni- bc- n 'h- relation ivstem for getting vcfrans o"l of Kiren and sending new men in war out!l"cd by L'cut Sec DHFEKSE on I'.-.gc II VVe-athei t- 1 :::ins;w orecisl: Cloudy, shower? and local thunderstorms this COOI.Bn afternoon ai.d in cast and extreme south portions tonight. Cooler northwest portion tonight. Thursday partly cloudy and cooler. Missouri forecast: showers northeast and east central this afternoon, becoming partly, cloudy west this afternoon, clearing tonight: colder tonight except extreme sou- thcnst corner; fair Thursday, war, mer northwest In afternoon; low tonight 35-42 northwest, 16 50-55 southeast; high Thursday near 70, Minimum this morning—52. Maximum yesterday—60. Sunset today—6:41. Sunrise tomorrow—5:11. Precipitation 24 hours to 7 a.m. today—none. Mean temperature (midway between high and low)—6fi. Normal mean temperature fnr April—61. This Date Uil Year Minimum this morning—54. Maximum yesterday—7&. Precipitation January 1 to this date—21.S5. The Maj examination quota of 40 men was received this morning.! The draftees are 'scheduled to re- j port to Little Rock for physicals on • May 7, Miss Saliba said. , Thirty-five draftees left this! morning for Litle Rock to take ex- i animations, Miss Saliba said. ; Today's call was for 45 men but of this number 30 reported, three were transferred to other boards and 12 failed to report. Five mer, who . failed to report -to previous calls reported this morning and left with;today's group. The. county's next draft call will be the May 7 examination call, the draft board clerk said. Leaving today were: Whites—Arnold w. Fowler, Memphis; Robert Lee Roberts. Burdette; Bonnie O'Neal Carter, Etowah; Loui-s C. Limiley. Tyronza; Billie R. Smith, Paragould; Mencil E. Riggs, Luther M. Moody Jr., Dell; David B His'w, James O. Tolle, Paul M. Stilwell, and Charles E. Mullins, O.sceola; William L. Auston. Delbert R. Britt, Bobby G. Vernon. Donald R. Kcrbough. James F. Carter, S. T. Ray, James E. Hurley, Ch:ster D. Lewi 1 !, and Eldrldgc L. Davis, Blytheville; George E. Wc'ch, Leachville; Rav T. Williams, Lvx ra: Herbert E. McVay, Dyess; William S. GrPble, liernlc, Mo.: Gene Gaither. Joiner; Lonnie B. i Ohri=lie. Steelc, -Mo.; ami Eugene Wells. Hughes, Ark. Negroes—Ray'.Goodman, Osceola; '.' .?nry L. Jones, Robert L. Johnson. Willie Jones JrV-and \ Anthony w. Lave, BlytheviHe';'-:Freddie Ware, Lrxora: Mack B. McGowan. Widner. Ark.; Johnnie,-.. L. -,Booncs, Frenchman's Bayou. ; '' ; Failing to report today were: Whites—)OFC E. Sauceda, Harl ingcn, Louis; vllle; Charles E. Hurley,. Manila; Seth Howell, Chicago; Joseph C, Ves'siruui, Osceola r Grcgorio Guajardo, Holland, Mich.; John W. Dixon, Phoenix, Ariz.; and J. D. Church. Lcudin, Calif. Negroes — Joseph R. Weathers, Milwaukee, wise.; J. D. Garrot, Armorel and Willie J. Lewis. Knoxville, Tenn. Man Slightly Hurt In Collision on North Highway 61 Eugene Henderson, 410 East Davis; suffered minor back and face injuries last night In a traffic accident on North Highway 61 near the Blytheville Country Club Involving his car and one driven by Mrs. S. E Time According to Deputy Sheriff Holland Aiken, the 1950 Mercury driven by Mr. Henderson crashed into thn side of Mrs. Tune's car as the Tune car attempted to make a left turn employes who reach their 65th birthday. The board re-elected Gus B. Walton of Little Rock as vice president and Charles R. Newcomb of Blytheville as secretary and treasurer. Franklin E. Atkinson was re-elected auditor and also was named assistant secretary, a new post this year. E. R. Mason, who also is the company's tax consultant, was elected assistant treasurer, • another new position. Board Be-Elecied All members of the board of directors were re-elected. They are Mr. Walton, Edmund S. Cununings, Jr., of WInetka. 111., Guy Freellng of Little Rock, August Griesedleck of St. Louis, Vance M. Thompson of McCrory, Ark., and Henry F Troter of Pine Bluff. Mr. Czeschin also is a member of the board. Born and reared at Mt Sterling Mo., nenr St. Louis, Mr.' Czeschin was associated with the Missouri Public Service Company at War rensburg for 27 years "before coming here. Prior to becoming executive vice-president of Ark-Mo, he served as vice-president and secretary and member of the board ol directors of Missouri Public Service Company. He also was a member, of the board of directors of Missouri Gas and Electric Service Company, am secretary and treasurer and a director of the West Missouri Power Company. . .. • . Before jcaving the Missouri Pub lie Service Company, he was a vice- president of the Kansas city Area Council of the Boy ScouU of America. ' ;: He previously had served as president of the Warrensburg Chambci of Commerce, president of the War rensburg Board bl-Education, t Masoii, Mr. Czeschin is & member o the Commandery and a Shriner. • " , Have -Two Sons » Mr. and Mrs. Czeschin haye twi sons,^Charles, -Jr;,'a junior 'at- the University of Missouri, and Qalvin, sophomore at Blythevllle 1 liig] school. Mr. Hill lias been at the head of the Ark-Mo organization sine 1933 and has been credited with bringing about much of the com pany's progress , and - expaiisior through the past two decades. Born near Bamburg, S. C., Ml Hill spent his boyhood on lib fall er's farm and got his first exper iencec in the utility business as camp clerk on a line constnictio crew he was graduated from Clem son College in 1908 with a bachelo or science degree in electrical engin ecring. Following his graduation, he wa employed by the American Tele phone and Telegraph Company a: served with stone and Webster En gtiicerlng Company for severa i years. He inter was connected wit the Cannae Copper Company Sonera, Mexico, doing mine and en gineering development work. Prior to becoming president < Ark-Mo, he was general superii tendent with the Southwestern Ga and Electric Company at Shreve port, La. Active in Civic Affairs Mr. Hill, active In civic affai: throughout the Ark-Mo service ter ritory, is n member of the Btythe ville Chamber of Commerce and few years ago was awarded a lifi time honorary membership in th Blytheville Junior Chamber Commerce. At present he is serv ing on th" Government Spcntlin Sec ARK-MO on Page H the Country off Highway 61 Club driveway. The Henderson car glanced off the Tune car, Deputy Aikcn said, and crashed into a light pole. Both cnrs were heavily damaged. • Mrs. rune and two companions. Mrs Monroe Grain nnrl Mrs. Farnsworth Black, were uninjured. Enemy Crushes Ahead in West- Allied Tank lh rust Halts Attack UN Element Ambushed As Rapid Withdrawal Breaks Red Contacts TOKYO, April •«. (/P)— Allied (»nks and Iroops In uva|e co-unler- mltaclis lod»y slaughtered Chinese Communist! on the critical central front, but a United Nations withdrawal was made mirth of Seoul. -HALF OF RED FRONT CAINS—Chinese Red forces smashed ahead the'lmjln ntvcr (A) area today as Allied troops withdrew In orderly ashlon from the Reds' spring offensive In that sector. In the east, however, CO and (D), United Nations lank columns halted the offensive ivlth a lashing counterattack. UN forces previously were forced to withdraw In the Hwachon Reservoir (B) sector. (AP Wirepholo Map) Are Red Forces Pushing Selves into Destruction? WASHINGTON, April 25. (fl>)-Are the Red 'forces pushing their way into a spot where the 8th Army can unleash mass-killing blows? Or Is the lone-anticipated Communist offensive bigger and more powerful ^than that for which the defenders planned? aped with slight losses. First (t was the Turks. Then the Belgians. Front line officers, like the top :om'mand, were confident. But not Corea's civilians. They fled southward into Seoul, ind again southward out of Seoul n great dust-clouded columns. It K-as their third .disheartened flight ahead of a Red Invasion. Dust clouds were so thick It was some- .lines Impossible to see for morV .han 10 feet. Combat soldiers were dust-caked, oo. They were fighting a new variety See YANK OFFICERS on PM« 14 Lt. Gen. James A. Van Pteel, 8th, Army commander, said late last veek, Just before the Reds Jumped off on Ihclr offensive, thnt he hought the enemy would like to make another try and "if he does, we are ready for him." In this, Van Fleet was expressing view which has been put forth ir several weeks at the Pentagon —that if the enemy chose to attack he was in ..for a surprise from Increased firepower and armor. This firepower—from Allied artillery, and Allied-'planes—was k'ill- iig.-drov'es of the enemy', n'n estimated 11,000 in the first night and day of the new offensive on the western front alone. Old 1'roblcni Keappears But there were Indications of reappearance of a problem the Allies had encountered before In the ten months of Korean fighting — too much enemy. He was throwing an estimated 500.000 Chinese and North Koreans into the offensive while at the same time building up steadily the pressure on the western sector which guards Seoul and the Important port of Inchon. Military leaders here and in Ihe Ihontcr had been almost certain for that the enemy would ala general offensive. During weeks tempt that lime .Allied air reconnaissance had disclosed a heavy buildup ol enemy armies In reserve. Thousands of trucks were, seen daily rolling down from supply sourccs"far up or Ihe northeast Siberian.'border of North -Korea and from the Yalu River boundary area, Thus, -the big scale attack'this time was nothing like Ihe .surprise the U.J4. forces received last fall when the Chinese 'Communists swarmed into the Korean War from Manchuria and hurled the Allies back well below Ihe SBlh parallel. UN Is "More Ready" For these reasons Van Fleet's forces should be In relatively better readiness to contain the deep penetration the Reds have driven See DESTRUCTION on Page 14 Formosan Aid Is For Self Defense Acheson Says Basic • Policy Agreed Upon In Exchange of Notes Much of U.S. Economy Affected By Sweeping Roll-Back Order WASHINGTON, April 25. Wj-Prcsident Truman called In his top economic mobilization team today for n conference on what changes are needed In the economic controls law. He is expected to send Congress soon a message, asking extension and revision of the Defense Production Act which expires in June. The' •economic controls are authorized by that act. New York Stocks N. O. Cotton M-y July Oct. Tex.: A. C. Thomas, St. Dec. PrentLs E. Jcrnigan. Blythe-1 Mar. Open 4539 4507 3931 3928 High Low -!533 4539 451S 3588 3D37 3936 4505 3976 3924 3924 1:33 453D 4518 3986 3935 393 B Annual Camporees Planned by Scout Troops in North and South Missco 1:30 p.m. Quotations: A T & T Amer Tobacco Anaconda Copper Beth Steel \ Chrysler Coca Cola Gen Electric Gen Motors Montgomery Ward N Y Central Inl Harvester J C Penney Republic Steel Radio Socony Vacuum Studebakcr Standard of N J ... Texas Corp Sea rs U S Steel Southern Pacific North and South Mississippi County Boy Scout Districts arc planning their annual camporccs—the south end group to meet this Friday and Salurday and the north end group a week later. A camporec Is an oVcrnight camp where troops In the district compete In Scout skills. The South Mississippi County District will Jacksonville hold camporee at Landing about iv;oj miles north of Osceola on old Highway 61. The rcxt week, troops from Ihc North Mississippi County District wil! meet at Crowley's Ridge State Park near Paragould. Both camporees will begin at 10 a.m. Friday and end at 1 p.m. Sat- urday. A camp fire will be the fcaliiri Friday tiighl and the public is invited lo Ihe program. No unit will be permitted to attend the camporce.s unless an adult leader is present the entire time, Dr. Joe Hughes is camping and activities chairman of Ihe South Mississippi County District. Troops horn ~ Dyess exprclcd to attend. In the North Mississippi County! District. Lloyd Ward, Jr., fc, camping and activities chairman and Iroops from Blytheville, Burdctle, Dell. Manila. Ltachvllle, and Gosnell plan lo atlend. , Osccola. I.uxora. Victoria, Joiner, and Little Rlvi-r are 151 1-4 63 7-B 40 1-2 56 1-4 30 114 1-4 55 53 69 7-8 19 3-4 33 3-4 66 1-2 42 3-4 19 29 1-8 31 1-8 108 , 96 3-8 . 56 . 44 61 WASHINGTON, April 25 (/!>)— Nearly one-fourth of the American economy today went under a single sweeping price orficr which the government said was designed to roll back "the general level of manufacturers' prices." , Price Director Michael V. oiSallc expects the factory ceiling, covering 75.COO plants, to wipe out part of the runaway price boom that followed the Korean invasion. The country will find, DiSallc iredlctcd, that his Office of Price Stabilization has "not been playing pat-a-cake with prices"—that In he months ahead people will realize "the whole program is tougher than they have been led to believe." OPS will follow up with three nore major ceilings within a week. These will cover machinery, cotton :extilcs, and wearing apparel including shoes. The new order will bring some price increases—mainly [or those who heeded the government's appeal for "voluntary" restraint and then were caught In the Jan. 26 price freeze. But these will be outweighed by the rollbacks, DiSallc said. Stripped to essentials, each fac- Soybeans May July Sep , Nov High Low Close 333 333 333 333 333 333 324 32214 322'4 302»i 300-!i 300 New York Cotton July Oct. Dec. Open High Low .... «39 4539 «39 .... +517 4520 4510 .... 3592 3999 3987 3*10 39« 3936 3930 3938 3926 1:30 4539 3996 394« 3931 :ory's new price celling will be: the pre-Korea price, plus wage increases and increased cost or mater- .als. On most materials, increases only up to last nee. 31 can be counted. !5-l>a>- Nollce Required Even if a firm rinds Itscir entitled to a price boost on this basis, It must give OPS 15 days notice before marking up the price lag. OPS thus gets a chance to double-check Under these rules, manufacturers sharpened their pencils to reprice goods having nn annual gross value estimated by OPS at 470 billion. This Is about 23 per cent of the nation's entire output or goods and services. The new ceilings must be In force by May 28. Retail buyers will feel the effect later, depending on how long It takes for the nsw goods lo reach retailers' shelves and showrooms. This array of products Is covered: Consumer "hard goods" including radios, television sets. rerYlger- ators, washing machines, ranges, furniture, hardware, household ap- Scc PIUC'KS on Page M 10KYO, April 25. (AP)—Communist troop masses crushed forward along the entire western half of a 100-mile battle front today in their third invasion of South Korea. Bui to the east, counter-attacking Allied tank columns stopped the Heels in their tracks and even hurled them back at some points. ' On the west central front, United Nations forces pulled back abruptly -and broke contact with the Reds. The ivilhdrawal was so rapid some rear elements were trapped. Cue was ambushed by Coinnuin- sls wearing white civilian garb or lie blue denim uniforms of "South Korean supply bearers. In the extreme west, Allies fell back in orderly fashion before swarms of Chinese, exploiting their Inijin River crossing. They were ess than 25 miles north of Seoul, South Korean capital out of which refugees poured in dust clouded columns. A tank-led relief column fought its way to a trapped U.N. battalion south or Imjin. Some U.N. forces counterattack etl as U. Gen. James A. Van Fleet, Eighth Army commander, told his troops, "In three days of battle (you) have proven your superiority over tiie 400,000 attacking Reds. He expressed confidence the battle would he won by the Allies' "enormous superiority In rire power ami all types ot weapons, in fact a tremendous superiority In everything except numbers." Hif Imay Ij-ads in Seoul The bulk of the Chinese In the west are pouring down the Yon- chon-Uljonghu invasion route. This highway iiiso lends lo Seoul. Allied fighter planes ami bombers attacked them- all day long. The most'abrupt/ U.N. pullbaet was to the cast of this road, In the West-central sector. There the Allies broke contact with the Chinese Just, south of the ^Slh parallel. Then they withdrew.to new lines north; ot the threatened Seoul- Chunchon highway which approaches the capital from the cast The ambush by the disguised Reds wtis sprung during this withdrawal, Just, cast of the Kumhwa- Uljohgbu road. Allied artillery and warplanes cut up the. Reds. But field dispatches said at least three Chinese divisions were streaming southward. AP Correspondent John Randolph re)x>rt«d the Reds made no frontal attack on the west centra' front. The only sound or battlf came from allied artillery and the roar or airplanes. Allied reinforcements and counterattacks plugged the hole on lh< central front. An estimated 100,000 Chinese, Including big slrapplng lellows from the Manchurlim plains were hailed seven miles south o: 38. Allies Counterattack A heavy Allied counterattack smashed into Reds pouring down the main road loward Chuuchon A fierce baltlc began early in the morning and slill raged In mid afternoon. Southwest of abandoned Hwa chon, U.N. artillery blasted a path for a counterattacking column. Al lies who pulled back from the res crvolr city wheeled and hll the Red. on the flank. Communists attacking Yanggu a the eastern end of the II-mile-long Uwachon Reservoir were slopped In their tracks. And on Ihe eastern baulefront, a U.N. tank column rolled northwan Into the town of Inje. Korean Red who had captured Injc abandonee it. choosing to fight instead from nearby hills. AP Corresponden Stan Carter said Ihe Allies appear ed lo havs stabilized their line be low the town. Red advances were made by leap frogging one division over another Fresh troops pushing through dear wounded and fatigued Reds on th dusty battlefields. Twice they cul oft sizable Allicc forces. Both times the Allies cs WASHINGTON, •April',.25. CAP)— Secretary p( 8t»tf Acheron said to- nhe .'American"mUftaury-»ia '.to Chinese Np.tlonallsU on Formosa U oclng sent under an agreement that it will be used for "Internal security" or "legitimate self > defense." Acheson made public at t newm conference an exchange of notes with Generalissimo Chiang Kai- Shek's government which lays clown that basic policy as to the arms sent to his forces on the big island off the China coast. Congressional critics of the Administration's Par Eastern Policy— chiefly Republicans—haye been demanding that these troops and arms be employed against the Chinese Communists. Gen. Douglas MacArthur also has urged use of these troops, ft was one of the points of difference which led President Truman to fire MacArthur from the Par Eastern Commands. . Acheson said the basic Unlled States iwlicy for aid to Formosa is that which was proclaimed last June 27 by President Truman following the attack on the North Korean Communists on South Korea.. At that time, Mr. Truman ordered the U.S. seventh Fleet to protect Formosa. lie also demanded that Chiang Kai-Shek cease all attacks on the Chinese mainland. The President said he look these steps because occupation of Formosa by the Communists would be a direct threat to United States Forces entering the Korean War. Merchants Group Plans Activities Chaffee s Designation Called Confusing WASHINGTON, April 25. (/P) — The Senate Preparedness Committee suggested today It would be less confusing to quit calling Camp Chaffee, Ark., a combat armored division training center. Headed by Senator Lyndon John- .son (D-Tcx) the Senate group said the armored division organization does not lend Itself too well to a training unit since It lias medical battalions and tank battalions training basic infanlrymcn and basic artillerymen, The committee said, for Instance, that the medical and tank units are such in name only. It added: "This type of improvising Is confusing to Ihe new trainees. The fact that he is assigned to an armored division docs not mean that he Is undergoing training for such a combat duty. Further, the fact that his service record may show that he served Ids basic training In a medical battalion may cause the Improper evaluation of Ills training at a future duty station." Camp Chalice was one of sever*! military Installations Inspected hy the subcommittee. It reported briefly fn Its overall findings and today Ksued more detailed reports about the various camps. In general the report on Chalice was favorable, Tiie Investlc.alors found housing adequate, the clothing Issue gcner* ally good. Food and morale both good, reception and processing procedures well organized and efficiently administered, the overall conduct of the training program excellent, and medical caie prompt and adequate. On the other hand the report found the basic training program Impeded by a lack of well trained personnel and shortages of certain weapons. It also reported that there appeared lo be an excessive number of patients undergoing neuropsy- chlatric observation and recommended a thorough check up by the surgeon general's olficc to determine if all the cases were properly diagnosed. The Merchants Division of the Blytheville Chamber or Commerce met yesterday and planned promotional events for the coming montlis. A Bicycle Safety Day to be held early In June and Farmers Appreciation Days in June and July will lead off the events, according to present plans. In August, a Back- to-School event is planned. The group will have a luncheon meeting the third Friday of each month to discuss further plans. Darrcll Swancr is president of th« Merchants Division. Late Bulletin- KEY WEST, Fla., April 23 \ commtrcUl Airliner and a Navy training plane collided and crashed inlo the ocean a mile off Key Wtst's south beach today t Soon after * woman's body was round Hi the scene. A naval officer said two bodle* Identified as Navy men had b«n discoXTrcd and 'Ve are rtcover- some other borftes which Ke belnf brought, ashore b*t have not been identified. A flotilla, of reixrue CITWS, In> ctadtnf a diving crew, wen I t« the scene. Coast G»»rd, Nary a»4 other aircraft flew ever th« are* Looking Iw poeftlbk survivor*.

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