The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on July 5, 1939 · Page 3
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Wednesday, July 5, 1939
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'WEDNESDAY, JULY •5,1939. , '(ABK.y ; COURIER NEWS Louisiana Farm Boy Who Became University Head Faces Prosecution BY JAMES E. CROWN NBA Sen-ice Staff Correspondent NEW ORLEANS, Ln., July 5._The career a Louisiana farm boy spent nearly W years , building, went crashing In ruins when Dr. James Monroe Smith, president of Loulsl- -niia state University, fled with his wife from his native state. For several days a fugitive from justice, charged with embezzlement of $100,000 of L. S. U. funds, and with n reward of $2750 on Ills head, lie surrendered in Canada, The nc- tual sliortage In the funds he controlled Is reported by high state officials, now auditing the books, as somewhere' between $500,000 and $1,000,000. The scandal Is rocking all Louisiana. .It is the • story o! a. country school teacher who didn't, know when to stop. He -won wealth and honor beyond the wildest dreams of his -youth, last life head in the swirl of it all, tinned high financier arid heavy saclalilc. His closest friends of the days'before he lied shake their -heads sadly at the'-needlessness of it. For'Dr. Smith was president of a $15,000,000 state university. His salary was ,518,000 a .year. .He lived .with liis< wife and . tivo' children in a luxurious air conditioned mansion, the president's home on the L. S. tl. campus/ rent free. He drove a costly car provided by the university. He was a Knight of the^ Legion of Honor of France. He was a Commander cf the Order of,the Crown of Italy. • DRIVEN BY PASSION FOR POWER ' James Monroe Smith was born on a bare little north Louisiana farm, amid Ihe red clay pincy hills of Jackson Parish, Oct. 9, 1388. He learned, his letters in n 'one- ro:m country school house. He grew into/ boyhood doing the countless "chores" ,of j. barefooted, farm bay. •He finished his'primary' education, his high school education, in (lie country . district, schools fcf Jackson parish mid bu'aclil'tii parish in norlli Louisiana. He 'worked liis wny. When he left his farm home to go to school in Ouachlta parish, he. had 25 cents in the pocket of his badly-fitting pants. Anil by hard work and. hard study, he became a country school teacher. NICKEL • University Professor Stands Accused Dr. James Monroe Smith, white male, ' ' . 50, years, (appears '60) SftlOiru, • ' " , ;gray hair .on sides, bVld Bright shoulder. Iptoer, neat dresser,' woll. : educated, ' former president ••*; 'Wanted for-Embozsaemeriti N* If. deBrettoi^.Baton'" ° "* '"'" '" " I)0 " CC (Continued from pncs OncS Bcngni u B (, r ,, m scol; u 1>cw s(n . a nun, Held house. u chateau on ft hill for French classes, u luilnload of concert grand pianos for the music building, opera productions directed by we rid famous musters. Dr. Smith drew nn immml salary « $18,000— largest odlclal snlnry in the slnle. nnd Airs, Smith set the lincc In political society, once 'introducing a i-|illii|> academy lo her set uinil iiwy i^ng ),oim! n i, ollt it In Washington nnO Iplcgrnphed Dr. Smith to " fi( .|) uio plugs", nnil for a time entertaining her friends with enrdeii parlies under the light of nn eleclrlcully-epcraU'd, moving moon, which Long also 'ordered discarded. In spite o[ these hicldenls, Everyone In Louisiana knew thai V)r, Smith, n Knight or the 'French - J K"-"uv.j^ ui-iumi-:, ii me UHU m n police identification bureau Merc's how For- university, member of the Amcr- irait mid card were sheriff's office lo speed search for Dr. James Monroe Smith Louisiana ","!' f™ 1 ™? ° r !'°l"l™l mid So- Slate head, who finally sin-rendered in Canada. =>i<m", LUUI.MIUM clal Science rmd CommciKtolorc of When his little savings account had grown-to loss than $300, he "went: to .Valparaiso: University': In Indiana, and in 1913 won his first degree, bachelor of pedagogy. j .He relumed to Louisiana with renewed . confidence.' But 1 he, was still a country hiKh wh-ol teachei up there in north Louisiana \vhen June 3, 1914, he married Miss Thelrm Ford, another countiy school teacher T\\o cluldien were born to them Marprie Lee Smith, and James Monroe jbmllli Ji so named when all the neighbors agreed it ROS nn hoiioi to be named after a hard-u'orkmg' industrious father like that The idling couple hoarded 'nickels. Those nickels were invested in more educate n jit'r cic Then the country school teacher queen "got a break." Down In Lafayette, in Ihe southwestern tip of Louis!- Wife of the accused president: Mrs. Jnmcs Monrae Smith * Baton Rouge to n costly suite of ' rcom's in the Roosevelt Hotel in The climax of Miss Marjorie Lee Smith's social career came in **• "5 ^' 1JCQU5 . -- ,— ..« .1 it., njufit, t-umiuuilu Grammar School ±g' ^ ^'^ ^ OSCEOLA,. Ark., July 5.—Lowell K. Ogden of Clnrksvllle, Ark., hns been elected principal of the Osccola Grammar School for the coming term, according to ah an.---o ^—...., »n,^,ui viiiig, KJ mi nn- . HHVIIMII; ttiri ii JUJIlUJtll Hut] tilt 11.10*1 nouncemcnt made today by Roy E. Dr. Smith knows much about the Da\vson, superintendent of city present politico! situation nnd' Its scl ' aols -. n'ctors and there wns every Indlcn- Mr. Ogden succeeds Clayton V. t f on tliat lie had wrltleu some of Kay, who resigned to complete his " (1 "wn In n "litiie black book " graduate work at Penbody College, wll| eh he surrendered lo Cnmulin'n Wnslivlllp Tpriti MA K.,., i, nnOmi-IMnp Nashville, Term. He lias becii principal of the -high school sit Bryant, Ark., for the past three 'ears. Mrs. Ogden. who will tench the Commercial, is n- graduate of the College of the Oznrlts. Doth Mr. and Mrs..Ogden nrc doing Sindimte -study nt Ihe University of Wyoming, Lnrnmle, this summer. , ., Owen Ware, jomig Baton nougc torney. James Mohcqe Smith Jr., after some t'.vo. years as n student at Louisiana Stnte University, while his father .-.was president, was sent university at Grenoble, . Mrs. Smith, his jnother, Joined him there, and nftir costly tours of Europe, life at European capitals, very recently they returned to Baton" Rouge, the son to stay behind, Mrs. Smith to join her husband in flight with' a price ad. a million dollars with brokers and brokerage Debut: Marjorie Smith, daughtei of President Smith, when she made her debut as New Orleans carnival in me somnwesiern up 01 Louisiana, was a small college that had President of Louisiana Stale Uni- started admitting pupils who could ™'^.' ti ' at Baton Rouge. President hardly pass eighth -grade examiim- Atkinson imd "resigned bccauin hardly pass eighth -grade examinations. It was Southwestern Louisiana Institute. They needed a combined professor of education and business manager. James Monroe Smith leaped at that in -1920, and got it. It raised his stnuding in the educational world. Huey p. Long was elected governor of. Louisiana, nnd took office May 12,' 1028. That was : when the greatest opportunity in the. life of James Monroe Smith was laid in his lap, to become his downfall: :. Thomas W. Atkinson 'ivas president 'of Louisiana suite University, "The Ole War Skule," its history going back »f the Mexican War in varied forms; then a. slate university of less than 2000 undergraduates, at Baton Rouge. President Atkinson was no follower nor friend cf Qov. Hucy P. long, who by law as governor was head of L. S U. Huey Long, who then had never won an academic degree in his life, though he was a. practicing lawyer after nine months feverish study at Tulane. University, by virtue of nn oral • examliratlan be- nore Louisiana State Supreme Court, had asked Tulnne to give him an honorary degree as Doctor of Laws. Tulane refused curtly. "I'll make their G <1-— university l:ok like a cross-roads country school before I get through-with "eml" exploded Huey Long. ' He called n council of his intimate, asked suggestions on who would make a president of Louisiana State University "who had the qualifications, who'd take orders and keep his mouUi shut." "There's Jim Smith rloan at Lafayette," said cne of Huey's advisers. "Who the hell's Smith?' demanded Huey. They told him. Telephoned by long distance, James Monroe Smith sped to New Orleans. . ' i HE HEADED A "SPITE SCHOOL" Nov. 17, 1930, he look office as' "••' "•>« uiuiM-itigv, uuni. 1,1,3 uiumn. mo neg houses wns a long stride from the i building nt Butler, which - -- Commcrical Department for the past three years, hns been given leave of absence to complete her degree work at Pcaboily Collcac next term. Miss Louise Leach ot Wcalhcr- ford, Tex., has been elected •' to tench the sixth grade succeeding her sister, Mrs. nurell Dallns of Osceola, resigned. Mks Leach, who Is studying at Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas, for the summer, has taught the pnst tour yea(s nt DeQiieen, Ark. -:Tlie' i'wslt'loii 'of athletic 'conch' nnd science teacher has not been rilled, according to Mr. Dawson Frank Sanders, former coach resigned to take n similar position at Hughes High School. A new. roof for the grndc school building, repairs and repainting O f interiors of bolh the grade and high school buildings are being done Ihis month. The negro school tood slump distribution plan will ircscnlljr be npplled lo cotton, Not only Is current thinking hi he Department of Agriculture agricultural problem" n sum of -money'- which , ° t l° st - om ce Department jillll can't-very well - bo used In nny llls 1>lenty of "Oi'scliiick-rldtKB let- other way lcr cnvricra on Us • outlying slnr of his health." . In the nine years that followed. Huey Long, and his political heirs after he was shot and killed poured $13,500,000 In new construe-' tiaii into Louisiana state University, a "spite school" dedicated to Ihe humiliation' of Tulane • and grown from 2000 undergraduates to more than 8000. James M:nroe Smith had the handling of millions of dollars now. By la«-, passed by Huey Long's special sessions of the Louisiana legislature, the records of the Stale Bond and Tax Board -were immune to audit, locked fern public eyes, "so there could be no impairment of the public credit because of adverse publicity." That went for L. S. U. bonds, too. In the winter of 1936-37 Miss Marjorie Lee Smith made her debut, The Smith farm boy who set .out nearly 40 years ago with one silver quarter In his panls picket to get an education, but Dr. Smith made that stride, and Hie path l«l downward. Husband and wife are back In Louisiana, both under indictment. Tlie daughter, stunned and shocked and awaiting the birth of her. first baby, is under physician's care in Baton Rouge. The son is being questioned by n grand jury in Baton Rouge, i The country school teacher didn't-know when to stop. Dust Presence Harmful To Interior Varnish Dust is nn enemy (o good results in varnishing, so when a Job of this kind is undertaken it is well to remember that nil materials and tools used should be kept ns free from dust as possible. Varnishing floors and wodwork, ns well as other interior or exterior painting, may be done under the Property Improvement Credit Plan of the Federal Housing Administration, Painting authorities advise that the rooms in which varnishing Is being done be kept dust-free, nnd that the brushes be kept clean and varnish cans closed - except when in use. Varnish should be applied insmooth thtn coats, and ample time should be' allowed between Hominy ami- Chicken Browned hominy slices go mlphty well w.ith fried chicken. Poiir"the thick cooked hominy into'a-mould such as baking powder can or shallow, narrow bowl (first rinsed in cold water), cool and chill, then slice it, sprinkle' witli Hour niid brown In fat. from coals for thorough „ ^.-^. , M*HL,U IVtlJJ IJC~ jtroyed by a storm last Spring will be rebuilt this summer. Sizable Pol' Holders When choosing pot holders, have them large enough to protect the hands and get flexible ones that will nt around a utensil easily Hang lliem near the stove or kepp them in, n drawer near It of course they should be of washable material. New buses which give the toll person as well as the short person the maximum of comfort possible in n bus are son to be vised mil vcrsally. Low Rates Long Terms Prompt Inspections- Prepayment Privileges rmkntial FARM LOANS Wilson and Worthington First National Bank Bldg. Blytheville, Ark. Authorized Mortgage loan Sol(cHor« for The Prudential Insurance Company of America CLABKNCE H. WILSON RAY WORTHINGTON Ihe Order of tile Crown of Hniy. was el;so lo Huey LOIIB nnd well on Ibe inside of the ruling political clique. He was ' „ ,.„., *. , ...i i/ i( OJ/Litft lilt, terms with his brother, when nidi- nrd W. Uche, who resigned ns governor n week ngo because, of Illness, vyns n slruggllni; 'lawyer when oilier heirs of Ihe prr-scnl machine were yollliciil nonentities iitliorlties. BRUCE CAfTON IN WASHINGTON t(lc appropriation bill rmkcs available for the "collon HOLD EVERYTHING - By Clyde Lewis ' _i '• " ^ > I PAGE'' THREE $J- amount to only,-anon'or eight million^ a jeaiT-and, since' Con 1 ', gross has-been giving away him- ; dicds 6f millions" in , subsidies to othtr industries, whjvfcouldn't tt .' afford this one for silver, ., ',. . ••COURTS Mis, $niah Anne Meyer has filed Milt In chanceiy court here against Hugh M Meyer, nskhig n /divorce on the giound of indignities Hoy E. Nelson Is her attorney, Vital Slallsilc? ' Balance CRAN11Y, Mass, (UP) ,_• Every column m the town of Oranby's vital stnllstlcs account for IS'S balanced exactly. There were 15 Willis, 15 marriages nnd 15 luntlu,. And there are 15 letters In the heading 'vital statistics" Afghans Get Italian' Tanks KARACHI, India (UH)—Twelve tnnks of Itallrm mnkc have passed UnoiLEh Karachi on their way to AfKhanislnn * "You never used to coiniilniit nlioul gelling pins and "is when i was your secretary!" turn, would mean Hint the ulnmp really n .sutelily, since the money , mei . P..VHV HIUI to. 11VJ UtAlSIUIl UnS IJL'Oli mndu yet, but the clmnces are very , , , 'senlorage" which the rantl dm* ,w n ,.n,, n.ii "r,, .;.- mini rhai'Kfti llic miner. : , good (hut exactly (liiit will bo (lone. OAltNlili LATH WITH IDKA Vice President John Onmcir 'camo out strongly the otiicr day hi favor of brondi'iittn; (lie income' l(\x base, urging fl lowering of exemptions mid a gentle upnlng pf low- er-briickcl rates. ' Which mnkos It seem h pity ho didn't gel his Idea -18 hours earlier, If he bud he could imvo been presiding hi the Scimie when the LnFollclte amendment to the lux 1)111 came up. LnFoHotle wns ' trying . to do just what- Clunipr .wanted, lower- dig exemptions mid mke ii )e rates. The UiFollctie nmnidiiienl lost on ri tic vote, 3li lo 38. Ami Mr. Cinnier, if he had been )n Ibe clmlr, could have carried It by canting his vntc In favor of the amendment nnd breaking the ! tic, llut he -wasn't and he didn't. Ileccnt rcuorls to the coulrnrv, the t(ostolficc department mini chargc.1 llic miner. Further, IIQ argued, no mutter v>hnl It was cnllul It would oiillylug roulcs. There are various, •ii.i. i «. "«"V UMIUIIIUUIIU or motorcycle could rHi?' ? - )nor f, 1 "nte the rounds, and the carriers m I nit:'rnii' ha cunul .n._. . ' . ' • : *••" Y*" n rnmii r t ' , c a loiirlh of llits'cniv be spent '• (],,,,.„ ' the BnU '° V " y of T, Tlc lronnd '»c o e-.moiin- . n " c)i > )olll ' s « bsltl y; °i,s nren.s In the soHtlnvest. It'll be ' ' °" U ° U ' ™ X experts • before molorbnllon of the n o ' r , , ' nos ' ««» • i V' lt |l'ostnl wnlce is 100 pu cent of it fnlo the cotton ! SO— fONf HI < export subsidy program. Thus, It will'have n lot of money left which miist be -spent domestically. Research - Into finding new uses for collon will lake only a lltlle of llils;.the bnlnncc"would be used for promotion of domestic distribution of cotton.- , •'Which menus Unit PSC'C will. It it chooses, be, able lo .finance . other day to siieiik foi n bill which would Imvc llii! t'overiiineht '.'phy 77 ccnl.s nn ounce for silver, in- forl for (ind, iMirnuij; feu, lieil rnsln.s, (,ir<llc rish, clnfqi md mil 1(10111 of tlolliing-nm] o\crci'c> You cin l»iy i Irinl she of Mc' Heat IWilcr for »ic,,,i7 i iii i ,""•"" "' vu CWHS as iicruoime iii.ii M/C (ii mi'.\ neai 1'owilcr K Stamp plan; which, In I i i( , mgul n , s t (| ln t this \rnin i n fl -« <- cr » s "' ""X <J"ig or Kk sior ONE CREATES BABY'S HEALTH is lliu kind of rest lie itm't gel if d -• turlred by Uthinc, Imrulug Iwllitrmg of Ilic miny irnlnlioni tluit nru likch to torture liis tender B|>IU Tli.n's win- Inbj's skin shonlil linvi. nt nil times (lie Iicsl c«rc nnd protection incitlicr tan gi\c it And llml'a why llioiis.iml.s of «uc niotlicrs — ^iftcr Inili anil e\ irj cli.inge of < lolluni; or di ititr —coiinl on llic nil imx|unt«l lomfort o[ Mcxiniu lleal Powde EACH WEEK BUYS NEEDED CAR REQUIREMENTS Tires, batteries, rultos, heaters »ncl other products for j our car tan be bought on (he 1 irtsioae BuJ^et Plan for Hirurlsinslf link cash untlay and 'terms so •mallyou'll hardl) iiuncc them. » Soothing imt cooling Mr\ican Hc Powder reimci irnUilion {nwl (.hiri (.iring And it often roil liclp In prevent nig lliosc furl|icr nogr.1\ itioui oi llic skin which liny Icid tq discomforl Jls I) isc is tvtra livlil and soothing, .incl it coiil.tms no (nlcimi ,it ,ill I onus i 'smooth, clinging, almobt unseui coiling - ' vons sunsiniis Why Congiess keeps on voting sulxsldles In one cusj lewon Senator Adnms of Colorado hns been nn effective find consistent ...... 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