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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS VOL. XI,IV—NO. 207 Blylheville Courier Blytheville Dally News Mississippi Vullcv Leader Blyilievillo Herald I'lIK DOMlKAN'l NKWSl'AI-KR OK NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHKAS'l MISSOUK1 IU.VTIIKVILUO. ARKANSAS. KKIDAY, MARCH 12, 11)18 TWKLVH I'ACKS Ark-Mo Seeks Rate-Making Policy Changes Blytheville Concern to Files New Petition With State Agency LITTLK ROCK- Ark., Mar. 12. (U.P.)—A lilistci-iiisr attack on tlie electric r;ite-set- ting procedure of tlie State Public Service Commission, launched by the Arkansas Missouri Power Company of Rlytlicvillc, was filed will the commission here loday. Charging that an order of the commission last December was ''unfair, unreasonable, arbitrary and capricious." the firm applied for withdrawal and revision of the questioned order. The application was signed by Ark-Mo president James Hill, Jr., and was presented by H. L. Arnold, Texarkana altorncy. I'-S-C officials said it was "the strongest protest against our finding in the history of the commission." They added that II was tlicir first knowledge thai the company was dissatisfied with the rate-scttingr order. The order, reached after various conferences with Ark-Mo officials, established a rate base for the company's -'voperties. fixed rates,,set up a six per cent rate of return on capital investment, created annual depreciation and maintenance allowances and fixed a sliding scale adjustment of rates. The sliding scale resulted in a rate reduction of some sns.ooo to utility customers. The order was issued, officials « Ed, after commission staff mem- rs informally investigated the - u mpany"s financial structure and President Hill had agreed to Ihc general principles set up in an earlier order affecting Arkansas Power and Light Company. No formal hearing was held by the commission on Arkansas-Missouri rates. In applying for revision, the firm said: 1. Changes In economic conditions have resulted in increased costs and increasing difficulty utilily financing. 2. The order established "a grossly inadequate rate base and will deprive tthe company ( of the right to earn upon the total fair value of Its property. The application further said the "rate of veturn set up — ••"- dequatc, unfair, and Insuf- >.vto..«Uowi.»pplU^-;V 1 j5t>wrt Bfc . Its financial integrity and to TT-^e. "without excessive/cost and trouble, the additional investment Tlbich it is now required to make in new plant and facilities." 3. Maintenance and depreciation allowance set is "grossly inadequate." W Indicating that the firm may seek a United Slates Supreme Court test of the commission's authority was its charge that the order violates the constitutional prohibition of confiscation of property without the process of law. The company asked (he connnis- Blytheville Man Hurt; New Car Wrecked SINGLE COPIES FIVE CENTS U.S. Faces Crisis In Broad Search For World Peace Situation Described By High Officials As "Very Serious" Has Shown above is the 10-18 liuick convertible coilne in which J. A. Wroten. e:t. Kcneral manager of ump Wrotcn Co. here, was seriously Injured Tuesday night leai Wilson. Mr. Wrolen, who sultcrcd a fractured shoulder and ankle, facial lacerations and a head Injnr was reported "sliBhlly Improved and reslnu" by attendants al Blylheville Hospital. The accident occurred just south of Wilson when Ihe new ear lett Highway Gl after Mr. Wroten swerved to miss a mule crossing the road, It was reported. He was alone In the car and ,-as found uy a [Kissing molorist about 15 mintilcs aller Ihe accldenl. Educator Heads Seal Sale Drive Missco Gets $3,000 Quota in Arkansas Drive for Cripples John Maycs. county school supervisor, has been appointed Mississippi County director for Ihe annual Easier Seal sale, sponsored stale- wide by the Arkansas Association for the Crippled, it was announced today. Mr. Maycs was appointed lo direct seal sales in the county oy by Dr. Charles H. Lullerloh of Hot ; Springs, slate director. The cam- j in j paign opened here this week and ' will continue until Easter. Mississippi County's o,uota for the annual seal sale has been set at 530CO, Mr. Mayes staled. Solicitations will be handled largely i.-y mail lie said, with each resident >>l the couuly having been mailed seals for which they may pay by return jnai) ^,.,, ..iaff, ^ -. Funds received through the sale of Bastcr Seals are used exclusively in behalf of crippled children of the state. Mr. Mayes staled, with one-half of all receipts from Mississippi County allocated for use here. The other half is used to s;:p port the association's convalescent home ot crippled children at Jacksonville. Ark. Fmiti.s retained by the county will be used lor the purchase of crutrh- cs. braces and olher aids for the crippled and toward the continuation of the children's education. Mr. .Mavcs stated thai addressed UN is Asked To Intervene Against 'Reds' LAKE SUCCESS. N. Y.. Mar 12. (UPi—Chile formally called on the United Nations security council lo intervene in the Czechoslovak crisis and t:iko action against Rus-I sin (or allegedly supervising the [ Communist seizure of power. I The action appeared lo assure a I public Security Council showdown between Ihc West and Russia on Communist expansion in Europe. Chilean UN Delegate Hcrnaan Santa Cruz announced Informally that he was filing a formal coin- plaint against Russia with UN Secretary General Trygve Lie. Santa Cruz was instructed by hk government to sponsor the pigeonholed move made by Jan Papanek of Chechoslovakia to have the UN intervene in the political situation in Prague on grounds that H, rep- 1 resents a threat, 10 itil"rn«tkm»l peace. Russia will be named In the'coun- cil a.s engineer of (he Feb. 20 coup in which the Czech Communists seized power. B.v R. H. Slmekford (Vllilecl VttM Sl.-lfr CtirrrslKilirirtlt) WASHINGTON, Mar. 12. (UP) — '"'he Unlled Slates loday f m . ( . (t , " crisis" In (I,,, world which somcwluil shaken even I'rcsl- •m 'IVuinnn's previous confidence i the prospects of world peace. j __ The crisis—described officially as | very, ye.y serious"-!., the result or continued expansion of ^nvlel imhlcnce In r-Mrope. The meulc.sl lonm'ti now Is over where Communism miiy strike nexl. Ill the pa.sl two days. Ihe American people hm-e receive,! grave warnings from tile two hlslie.sl „(_ llelals of their ttovcrnmeiiu-l'ies- iileni Truman and Sen-clary of | Stale George C. Marshall. I Uin-inu the snme time thev als< 'annealed to the people to remain rool and continue their hope (01 peace eventually. l-'o.r the moment. Ihere Is no .-vl- deuce of any unusual aclitni eon templated by tile United Suites Tlie only advice lo the people 01 "what we should do affirmative!' and Immcdlalley" hns mine froii Marshall — put the luulil-blllloi dollar European recovery proijrnii I Into operation al once, nolh UK President and Marshall have rcfus cd In disclose Ihelr views on demands thai Ihe United stairs RU-c military guarantees to Western Kurope. Mr. Truman's news conference yesterday climaxed -18 hours of lu- | creasing tension In IhLs capital—-In I Ihe foreign embassies as well as In WASHINGTON March 12 tupi I C "" 8I05S - Reminded that only last Southerners on the Democratic ' 1>c ,', , 3) Il<! wns lookln S forward National Executive Committee alrcdi lly lo worl<l VCRKf '" ""' their civil rights grievances at a IP! "'"''' M ' ' i ', n '"" 1 " i'<»»nlcd 'hat recent events in Czechoslovakia Nations in Western ^^^ i Europe Quickly Approve 50-Year Military Alliance *Pact Intended To End March Of Communists Southerners Air Parly Grievance National Committee And Cabinet Members Confer With Truman zech Foreign Minister Killed in Fall Czech Foreign Minister Jan Musaryk. K'l, .left) who tiled us the result ,, fall whom n three-stoiy window from his resilience, is shown here with C/.ech President Uduaitl l!eil,"i trli'hu wiio itvrnUy bowed lo Communist demands and surrendered control of Ihe republic, lo a new cabinet. The Communist officials expressed deep inlet over what tlu'y called Masnryx suli-lne. INEA Tclepholo.' committee session today but one member baitl Ihere was no agreement lo appease Ihe Dixie revellers. The executive committee wound up two days of discussion and then went to Ihe White House for a luncheon wilh President Truman designed lo spark a party harmony I drive. ' j Frank M. McHaie. national corn-' initlceman from Indiana, said the Southern members of Ihe executive committee, talked fully today about their. L - ••• t..v. i-uiiijj.iji,* ii^r\t:u tne commis- ..11. .*iii,*t:.i .>^;ufu L sion lo raise its S4.735.ti22 rale base ] return envelopes had been en:los- on which a fair rale of return %vould j ed in each package of Easter Seals bo figured, to readjust the six per | mallet) to residents of the county cciu rate of return to reasonable level." and its maintenance and allowance. 'fair and lo increase depreciation Rate Increase Not Sought; Fair Profit Asked in Ark-Mo James Hill. Jr., president of the Arkansas-Missouri Power Company, this morning in commenting on tlie' company's application for a revision of the rate order said: "fn order for our company to flll:'ill its obligations to its customers during the next three or four years. It will be necessary lor us . to spend approximately S7.000.0CO I for addilional power sieneraling, transmission and distribulion fa-' cilities. "In order for Ihe company to secure the money required to install «esc facilities for the development the terrilory we serve, we will for use in paying for the seals. He urged recipients of the seals to send their payments as soon as po si- ble so that Ihe drive can be ended a.s early as possible. He slated thai the campaign wan scheduled lo open .10 days before Easter but that it was delayed here , uemocralic due lo conflict with the annual Red i anticipated Cross drive v hich is now under- i n)a] , way. The st:Uc t[ttola for the sea sales is $16.003. $4,700,000 Tax Cut Hears Vote Senate GOP Chiefs Hope to Be Able to Override a Veto WASHINGTON. March 12. ruP) —Republican senators lined up today behind a bill to cut personal income taxes S4.703.00.1.00D. They hoped it would win cnou-h Democratic support to override the veto by President Tru- J. H. Smart Rites To Be Conducted Tomorrow, 2 p. m. Services for James H e r c h c 1 Smart. 84. of Blytheville. retire.! planter who died at his home here _. _ yesterday, will be conducted at '.'. have to issue new securities and | P.m. tomorrow in the First B-ptist borrow large amounts of money. | Church by Ihe Rev. Allen I). Stew- Fair earnings by this and every art, pastor of the First Methodist Church, assisted by the R-.-V. E. C. Brown, pastor or the First Baptist Church. Burial will be in Elm wood Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be F. E. Waircn, B. A Lynch. .1. Louis Cherry, Ross s. Stevens. Paul E. Coolcy. Harvey Morris. E. D. Ferguson and J. T. Wcstbrook. Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. I. R. Johnson, Aii'jrcy Comvav. CJ. O. Caudill. R. I. Haley. E. W. Simmons. Arthui Rushing, Dr. E. C. Wilson, Judge Zal B. Harrison, Fred Ba.vett and Rosco Craflon. Horn in Hcrnando. Mi.v;.. Mr. Smart also resided at Tyro. Miss., before movinp here in 1917. He died shortly after noon yesterday following an iljness of several years. He is sunived by his wife. Mrs. other utility company i s required in order for that utility company to be able lo borrow money. "It was our opinion that the order i.wucd by the Public Service ' Commission, requiring u s to Impound a substantial part of our net earnings for refunding to our customers, was unfair to the investors in the company and would make fnlnre financing difficult: hence, the application was filed with the commission requesting that the sliding scale rate plan bc°mQd- ified and revised so that the company would te able to maintain its credit position and fulfill its obli-a- lioas to the people of Northr ( t Arkansas and Southeast Missouri The application was. in no way. an attack on the commission. At" the lime the application was filer;, the Commission was requested to set a date for an informal discussion or the matter. "The application did not request any rate increase and does not request any reconsideration iu the $175.000 annual rate reduction which was made last year." Japanese Strike TOKYO. Mar. 12. cUPi-six hundred Japanese telephone anti tele- craph workers went on a 24-hour strike today, tying up communications between Tokyo and the rest of Japan. Soybeans (Prices f. o. h. Chiraco open high low .146 .140 341 ...... 337 337Vs 331 1:30 341 334 Sarah Smart; iwo daughters. Mrs. K- R. Dickinson and Mrs. J. M. Jontz; Uvo sons. Dr. Robert Smart, member of the (acuity of the University ol Richmond. Va.. and C. Murray Smart, president ol the Blylheville Chamber of Commerce; one sister. Mrs. K, A. Eoff of Tyro, Miss.: and one brother Charles Smart of Luxahoma, Miss. Out of town people here for the funeral are Mr. and Mrs. A. William and Miss Betty Smart of Byhalia. Miss.. Mr. and Mrs. P. M. Slewarl ol Holly Springs, Miss.. Mr. and Mrs. Carl 'Evans of Vleksbun;. Miss.. Mr. and Mrs. Milstarri Eoff and Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Williams of Cairo. Miss., Mr .and Mrs' Lyle Brown of Auburn. Ala.. Mrs. W. H. Turner of Daphne. Ala.. Mr. and Mrs. A. c. Mullins of Tnscaloosa. Ala. and Mrs. W. E. McGc-e of Macon, Miss. But Senate administration leaders said ihey would carry to the las', dilch their fight !.-> limit the reduction to $4.000,0:0.01:0. Republicans and Democrats were as reed on the kind ot a tax cut. They differed on y on the amount, ', although c\cn some Democratic j senators were willing 10 go along on I the S-UOO.ODO.MO .slash. ! The Senate Finance Commute" alter long study of the SS.50D.03a.-' CCO lax cul bill passed by the House approved a S4,.700.COa.OJO reduction yesterday. The vote was 10 to 1. Three Democrats—Sens. Walter f George. Ga., Harry F. liyrd. Va., and Mwin C. Johnson, Colo.—voted for il along with seven Republicans on the committee. Sen. Tom Connally. D.. Tex-., voted asainst il. Sens. Alben W. Barkley. D.. Ky.. and Scott W. Lucas. U., 111., were absent. On a party line vote, the committee rejected 7 to 6 the SI.OCO.- COO.CCO substitute proposal made previously by Batkley. The committee accepted the Republican-sponsored tax program approved by the House except lhat the size of the cut was sealed down from $6.503,003.COO by trimming the percentage reduction's. As approved by the senate committee, the bill would: 1. Increase personal exemptions from $500 to SGCO. 2. Give an additional £600 exemption to persons 63 years and older and to the blind. 3. Extend the privilege ol filing split-income returns lo married couples in all states. 4. Reduce personal income taxes of $400 and under by 12.6 per cent; from S4CO to S100.COO by 7.4 per cent; and over SIOO.OOO by 5 per cent. Threatens Retribution ... presented their .ouwtIons' •nd problem*," McHaie Mid. j Asked if ntiy agreements wen' made. McHaie said the executive committee "does mil make policy" that is up to the national convention." ' The only southern (ommittee member available limr-rtialel'- lifter Ihe meeting was Joe I,, fllylhe Charlotte, N. C. He said he was (lie only one who tlid not discuss the civil rights program at the meeting. "Kvorybody else had someininu to say about it bul me." filylhe told reporters. Robert S. Kerr. former governor of Oklahoma and commltteemail from that state, said the committee decided that National Chairman J. Howard iMeGrath would lie the spokesman for the group. Hut McGrath did not attend the morning session. It was conducted by the national committee's executive director Gail Sullivan. A spokesman for McGrath said the chairman may Issue a statement later. •S-nithcrn committee members said yesterday they planned to present l heir protests against the anti- Jim Crow legislation to Mr. Truman at today's luncheon. Committee members were gursls at the White Hon.'.e with members of Mr. Truman's cabinet. New York Cotton Mar. . May . July . Ocl. . Dec. . open MS3 3368 .1285 3COS 2947 hiph 3358 ,1.177 .1292 3CC9 2050 MSP. 3 3SI 3267 2980 2027 1:30 p.m. 3.1'n 3371! 323.? 30"0 2!) 50 hud somewhat shaken that deuce. A few hours later, Ihr 1'ifsl- drnt attended a Hireling til the Federal fiilinril of Churches al the IVusMngltin Cathedral. Thr nssrmul.v heart! Marshall mini Unit tkr. world was In Ihc nilttsl nf "a great crisis. Inflttnietl by anscr and fear." Tim day lirfnrc Marshall hart Issued urlm warning tlial tlie wothl situation wiis j^Jj'rrv, v^ry scritiils." if/The cumulative effect of these warnings hit the Amerluau public in the midst of these other developments: 1. Mr. Trillium extended American opposition to Communist governments, or to communists In governments, to anywhere In the world. 2. Defense Secretary .lame.! I-'or- restal and his top Army, Navv and Air Force chiefs met In siiper- sctrcl session In Key West. Ha., to settle Inlra-scivice quurrels and work out a broad strategic national defense plan—especially lor air. 3. Senate Prrsltli-nt Arllmr II. Valltlcnberir. R., Midi., warucil tliat "Ihp hour nf 1Z is ahniit In strike" while Hep. John .Mt-Dow- fll. H.. I'a.. sllptlorlilli; urilvrrsal military (raining, saltl "(lie world is on the vcrgf tif war." 4- P!ve western European nations -Brit uln. Fiance. nelgluni. Holland and the Netherlands — signed an unprecedented 50-year military alliance to slop the advance of communism. S. Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt, In her syndicated column, urged that a new s lart on peacemaking lie made. She proposed n mccthi': of Ihc heads of the governments of major European powers and Mr. Truman. fj. Mr. Truman llrushetl aside continued rumors of a possible Trumaii-Slalhi mrctiru' with the remark that it was news lo him. 1. The President asked Congress for another $55.000.001) to tide'over Fiance. Italy and Austria until the European recovery program ROCS into effect. Me warned that recent events "do not permit us with safety or prudence" tr, i Isk a break in Ihe supply lines lo those key countries "al this crilic.il moment. " Carulhersvilie Plans Expansion Water, Sewer Lines To Be Extended to Serve New Areas Friizius Wins Insurance Case Federal Jury Orders Companies to Pay $24,600 Fire Loss CAHUTHERSVII.I.F:. MO.. 12,^-T'he . City Council In snecliil! , l JONEHIUlitO. Ark -A Federal Crairt, J mi !.«»!*«£» returned n verdict for rwitriy tn - lly Herbert (i. Kllijr United 1',1-ss Staff Correspondent UUUSSICI.S, March 12. U.I'.)— Kive Wosloru Kuro ii'iin powers headed by Brit- liu mid I'Yaiice approved to- lny itii unprecedented 50-year Inil't li-ualy oC military alli- uice ilesiiriu'd to hidt the west- nl nitii'cli of Communism. Ititdln Moscow Immediately at- lueked Hie treaty, asscrling It would luck "cither legal force or inter-' national authority" because the people of (he countries concerned were no! consulted.l Tlie pact hinds Hrltaln, Prance, minium, the Netherlands and Ltix- ibtiurt! to throw all their military pow-r Into battle if any one of Iho countries. Is attacked by tin outside turce, 'Ihe |>;ict Is looked upon as the foundation of an eventual Western Kuropean union stretching from the Arctic (o Ihe Mediterranean. H Is hoped that many ol the 18 Marshall plun nations meeting In Paris next Monday will subscribe to the Irmly. tlelnils of I'act Not lloveulcd iis;ii.-i provisions of the new pact were not disclosed, A communique saltl only that It would include clauses coverhiB economic, social, eiillmiil and mutual assistance. The pact will be sinned by the loielan ministers of the five countries nexl. week In Brussels and each government will make public the "substance" of the treaty, th« eonmiunkiue said. The conference, speeded by th» Communist coup In Cwchoslovakla mid events in Finland, agreed on the treaty In nine days, which was believed to set a record for « pact of such [in'-reachhn; Importance. I3elci;utes met first on March 4 and finished their work today after a lew linn I details were ironed out. H wus ueni'mlly liellevcd Ihe five i foreign mlriitt .' ltvi'liuu>W U>ut* ,4c«lon Wednesday nlB)ll.c(i|,s!,l,.,etijt,oo In tuvoi- ,,r Hurry KrMlxM' -Bfi- varlous bids submitted lu the Ini- Iheville iiir-rt-hiinl wlmsi' ,slon',|iii Mai project:; of the Sr>7. r ,.(IIHl water' Hf..1 Mnin Slieel'ln thiit elty, was IIIH! sewer cxtenslutl mill Improve- I de ,1 rnyctl by lire iibout i vear ai'o ment pro.'diim [in,I wus retenlly ( The ludicement was tiiriitiM atithorlVicd by H sptTinl linnil 1.-,: election. The bids t ui-iidi-retl were for Ihe proposed new water tunk, to be erected In the Shoe Puctiiry Atltli- tloil. and for pipe antl llUltiKs and new lire hydrants lor tlie proposed extension ant] repair work. A number of representatives of various rompanlrs suluniltlny the bids wen- pri'si-iii whi'ii i hey wen-]!' read. The names of Ihe suuee.v.liil, ". bidders will be announced later. Mayor W. I), llyrd stated. I'oiml.illin, ,\-,.;,rs 12.000 Altlie inceilnK. tin: council passed an ordinance calling foe a special election for tlur extcn:;lnn or lln-i city limits to include vneluus tract.-;' of properly which are lo be tlevel-I oped as business sections and re-.li-i The .ludlcemvnt was afialnst four ln;ailamc (ompuiiles which hnd refused In piiy claliua based on policies l.ssued by I hem to i-'rit/ius. The de- IpiulnnlK were: Hartford Kire In- Miriinet! Co. Pile man's Insurance Co. of Newark, N. .!., Conlllii-nliil !1=",.^.!!-^"*- """ ^ «•=' ei^es r,U l i treat, aitl ela'ii.si's rn'lh m . military assistance In cve'nT'o'f a"6- Kiesslon. Any disputes among the sl|;nrrs would be settled by appeal lo Ihe Inlernallonal high court at the HiiKue. Het-iii lu Issue Statement It wus understood that overseas possessions of the live powers would be linked Into a bloc through the Phoenl/. tnMir.'inee Co. The jury decision came after a five-day trial before Judge Thuma-i ' l ' |1 ' l 'il)li! of Mtlle lioel: In a ra.-.e will '' h I'ritlzius sued for only S^l.oril). His attorneys Max Held and I.eon Smith. In,!!] of lilvthe- villc. contendeil that Ihe merehan- di:,e was worth at least S.;!5,1100. The jury awiucl was for S'Jl.non less l he salviiKc value of tin- merchandise and (Klnri's which wan placed at <.:i:|[, bul to this figure was acliled six per cent Interest for Ihe period dcnllal secllons: Hnimi'uf Uni ^ i \^,.^"'" .."" lt ..!'"' l " :; " r<1 " 11:c was denl.al seelions lo be inclu.let! in ' " ''^,, " ",. ; ™ ™» l ""»'">; ::p!^wi:;! s ,,re±±/r:^ ;*»»^ fi" " ;:; " : ' -^/^rtii^.tRL 1 sh F-;H- city wil, p,,ss ,he „,,„„ mark. i i^r^^l..^,.;?^^..^ A few years ago the limits of Ihe town were extended, hmj.stlng the population from the IDItl limuc of MOO io approximately It).not), and this new r-xteirsion will gain added population. Spring May Be Just Around Corner But Temperature Dips to Low of 16 While Northwest Arkansas was dicing out from muter its worst snowstorm of the year today. Hlylhcvll'e. resident., were reccmuf, en- «»ura R in K news of mlldei w,.,,,,e, ahead alter the mercurv phumneted to a low of 16 degrees eaily this morning. The 15-desiee minimum heie u:,s+ tlie lowest since Jan. 28. when Ih- mercury slumped to a record low of four desrecs above z--ro. Highest temperature here yesterday was a barel.v-abovc-free7.injr leading nf 35 decrees, according to Robert K. Bias-lock-, official weather obsciver. | Hut milder temperatures are m ; the cards for tonight and tumoi row the Weather Bureau in Litrlc !!.><•; i Weather sent the mercury zooming lo four ' decree.'; below i-.pro at Benlonvill'... Fayetlevtltc liad more than 10 inch- i es and three degrees-below zero, while Eureka Spring* had eight ! inrhes and Harrison had seven. Residents over most of the na, lion East of the H-it-ky Mountains _.. .„ .,.„ % | today were foiccd to lonk at then- predicted loday. Spring is due in i calendars rather than their Ihcr- arrive Mar. 20. moulders for reassurance that Meanwhile, other portions of tin 'Spring is only a few da>s aw.iy statc shivered this morning « i Arkansas foircusl: Fair todaj not so cold in the North and West I portions in the afternoon. Partly i cloudy with mini; temperatures tonlcfln and Saturday. Minimum this iiiorniiu'. Ifi. Maximum yesterday --Xx : Sunset today---f;:or> I Sunrise tomorrow -li-l-l. : Pm Ipitalion, 21 hours to 7 a.m. today none. Total since Jan. 1 U.liD. i Total since Jan. I — lU.iil). Mean tenipciiiiiire. midway bc- t ft ecu hi^h and low I -25.5 Normal mean lor Marrh -51.'.!, 'I his Dale Last Vear Minimum this mnriiinc--39. Maximum yesterday 58 Precipitation. Jan. 1 to this date -3.ru panies co | In pay the claims wus based on their 1 belief I hat I IK; Mmr w'iis set on file. I I li:il Hie mt-i-chandiM! (lest rnyed was . val I at iniirh le-.;: ||, in , t| H . i,, s ,,,.. mice carried and thai the plaintiff | was indebted lo tin- American Kx- ' pic •; Cumiiatiy for $11.000. He was an :i';i-iit for (lie express company. T(..t ni!i!iy iva,; offered during the n iiil in ;,hiiw lhat the debt lo the c:-:pre.-.s i-oinhany existed km |ilaiu- nll.s rnun.sel contended that Ihc money was- u;.t'il lemporatly in |)iir- ehasf adtllli(in:il slock for Ihc More. L. N. Speck Asks Second Term in State Legislature ' Poim 111 1: "' "llukie aiiiiouii' election u> |, is ri,. sl 1mn ,.„.<„.,, le Icpislami-f, r.r.slie N pirk of Osceola loday his candidacy for re- one of the lour state New York Stocks 2 p in. Stinks thermometers showed below zero readings and motorisls proceeded eautiously over snow and sleet-covered roads. The snow and sleet-covered highways in Northwestern Arkansas an.I slowed I rail ic but, did not hall Inn .schedules. The highways were le- porled slippery today and driving hazardous, but they were expected The calendars said March 12 bin | Chrysler the thermometer reflected January leirperatures [rom Ihe M tlesrec recindins al Lake Charles. La.. !•> Ihe -15 readme at Catiillae. Mich., antl Ivom the -I at Dodse City. Kan,, in Ihe 3J al Atlanta, Ga. Cadillac onrl Iowa City. Li., shar- f?t:]iiiblle -Sli'e] ATHENS. Mar. 12, i UP) —Gen Markos Valiades. Greek guerrilla leader, threatened today to execute a group of captured Greek — army officers unless more than 100 | to improve under warmer skies. pucmllas seized after Ihe recent' The belated snowstorm Wrdnes- \O.; -ft at St. Joseoh. Mo. and Quin- shelling of Salonika are freed with dsy nkht smothered Roters anrt ey. III., tine 1 -7 :-' f-i". n.i.. n--•• la W houre. 'Sprmsdale under U Inches and , hamlon, N. Y, and Syracuse, N. Y. Gen Rlceti ic Gen Motor,; Mont^omei\- W.ird N Y Central lilt Harvester . . North Am Aviation he titibious honois ol having til. 1 : Hadio toldc:si temper.itmes in Itie nation. Sfoconv Vacuum II was -12 at IJuriiii"t<in. V .. -11 at jFindlay. O, -9 at Gi-.ind Forks, N. i u: 1-2 fill 1-1 :n i-n :io I-K 51 S-3 :ii i-B si i-: 1 l!l 1-1 n i-s Bl 1 I .i-S 'J.i ."i-H rcprc. rnlative.s Coiimv. "I am asking Missi voters for a worn! term In Ihe •Stale Legislature solely on Ihe record I have made during the past two years." Mr. Speck said. Mr. Spec -k. who Is 35 and a Navy veteran o: World War n, is a grad- uiilf cif Whnwnce lliirh .'-'rlinol ,it • tomi-i. JIM! ;i L'.radual.- of Arkansas Ktau- Cdlli-i;,- ill J<inesliiir». He en- Irn-d Ihc N'.ivy us a chief petty officer ,uul liter attained the 'rank of lieutenant, junior trade. He is a member (if a pioneer South Mis- siv-siiipl County [amity. No* ensiased in the a::pl!an,.-e business ill Os- c-c,»hi. Mi\ Sprck Is firominent in ei^ic af l.i Irs and is picsident of the Ark.insas ."tale Collrsc Alumni As- . The task of carrying out, the pact's provisions was expected lo rest with n permanent consultative committee, probably siltinn In London. lu'ltlsh Foreign Secretary Ernest lievln was expected to give the first detailed statement on aspects of ths treaty In his speech opening th» Paris conference Monday. Text of the coiimnmlriue: "UlpIomiUlc representiitlves of the live ptiwfi-s who met In Brussels from the -1th to the 12th of March have just finished their work. "They elaborated a draft treaty which they will submit to their respective governments and which comprises clauses relative to economic, social, cultural and mutual assistance within the framework of the charier of the United Nations. "The treaty will be signed next week by the five foreign ministers. "U will be the business of each government to make public the substance (of the treaty) after final approhalion." Senate to Vote Late Today on Marshall Plan WASIUN'GTOM. March 12. (UP) —Sen. Robert A. Taft. R.. O.. took personal command loday of the ficht .to slash SI.330.003.003 off tlie European recovery program. But even he admitted it was a lost •cause. Senate leaner* nojicn for a final \otc on F.RP at a special session planned for tonight. Senate President Arthur H. Vandenberg was ex- pecied to beat back—with at least a inni roimiv dozc " volcs to spare—the drive oy 11 " 11J Republican "revisionists" to cut the SS.3CO.OCO.COO ERP bill. The administration regards the. SS.30D.OCO.COO figure as the "ire- durible minimum" for the first year of the 51-month program. In addition to action on amendments, and perhaps a final vo'.e. Ihc Senate uas to get a barrage of last minute oratory today. Sen. Claude Pepper. D., pla.. told reporters he expected to vote for ERP, bul would speak against administration, foreign policy, which he described as "the road to war." .Sliidcbaker Standard of N Texas Corp .. , Pedv-rd U S Slcel Me. .speck has actively supported :< l-S M'll'l-.llis' I, ;i-.|;,tlOn. lie W.1S \ice- 1"> l-a chairinitn ol tlie Roads and Higli- 1(5 7-fl ways "II' Commitfce and a mem- 71 7-8 Her of the Apportionment, Educa- 33 tion "B", Penitentiary and Velc- I ^-n van 1 ' committc-c or Hie 1947 legls- 68 !-•) laiurc. Maj. Gen. Meyers Named In Tax Evasion Complaint Dayton. O.. March 12. iUP.1 — Maj. Gen. Bennett E. Meyers, now under trial for subornation of perjury in Washington, today was named in an income and excCM profits tax evasion complaint filed in Federal Court htrt.