The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on July 15, 1939 · Page 1
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Saturday, July 15, 1939
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OP NOKTfIEA3$ AIIKAN8AR AKm n ™.nn™c^ ,„«.«.„„*,. "^*^ * **~* VOLUAIB XXXVI—NO. 99. Blylhcvllle Courier lilyllicvllle Herald Nineteen Dead In Explosion At Mine; Nine Still Trapped Mississippi Vnllcy Lender Blythcvllle Uilly News r, 1 minors Werc entombe(i by a ihst o- Ruchma11 - 011 ° of the owners, announced thin sion, F. afternoon. Three of the miners were rescued early today and squads labored to reach the other'-nine to determine whether they ] are dead or alive. PROVIDENCE, Ky.,- July '15 (UP) -Rescue workers digging furiously through debris in a deep lunnel or a coal mine toward the prison of 30 trapped miners, found three ol lliem early today and sent Hiem to the surface. They hoped to reach the other 27 men soon. Thirty men were trapped by a dusl explosion last night whicl closed the lunnel 181 feet below the surface with * wall of s ( on e am am. Six olher men working in Die tunnel escaped to the surface. Two of those rescued, Ernst IAUKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI \,LK, ARKANSAS, SATURDAY, JULY 15, 19S!) Summer Payrolls Bigger Than In Several Years fs Claim , Johnson and Douglas Gates had been caiighl beneath the 'fallen debris and were injured. The other Dennis Walker, was not hurl, The blast occurred about two miles from the bottom of the shaft The 27. still missing had been working about 1,000 feet beyond the point of the explosion. They reported tlielr plight to surface crews on the mine telephone. Then the telephone went out. Rescue crews feared that .the blast may .have loosened state falls cutting the entombed men off from the telephone or lhat gas had driven them into nn incommunicable chamber deep in the mine's many labyrinths. State Mine Inspector John Daniels rushed here from Lexington to direct the rescue crews, gathered from mines here and at Earlington, Sebre, Madisonvllle and St Charles. Charles O. Herbert, supervising engineer of the O. S. Bureau of Mines at Vincenties, Jnd., 100 miles north, dispatched K truckload of mine rescue equipment. . The. single road leading from Providence"t<i the mine one mile "vay.wtts closed to alL-.Bxq.epl/ anil' aw bula'iice-^nd; rescue 'traffic' biifrela- • lives of the trapped men and about lores of Blythevllle hns more money in circulation this summer than in any summer in recent years a survey Indicates. With the Rice-Slix garment factory issuing a payroll of, $2700 weekly, the Blythevllle c!an)iin» Company employing from 175 to 300 employes at the regular wage scale cf 25 cents an hour and with cotton choppers getting one dollar per day for their work, Saturday in Blythcville is almost like the fall rush season, according to merchants nnd bankers. The Kice-Sllx factory, which has again reached the point of 250 employed for the past two months, lo make the largest number employed since; the plant opened, has proved « boom to the cit.v in an Incon- soieiious way. The firm has been paying an average of $2700' weekly since last spring and this is expected to be increased steadily Only several men arc employed with the rest of the employes women and girls. Although the canning company began to slow up operations this week, there are now 175 employed and more than 100 will be used steadily "during; the remainder of the year. Conforming to the regular wage scale, these workers get overtime after 44 hours with a salary of $11 weekly without overtime The frequent rains have kept abqrers in the cotton fields later ; J 1!i P. .usual and at least several for work James Gold, deS, ,?T'>T tBCe f ° rCnU " 1 ' ^^*^<toZ^t£ rA » T'* 1 *"*»** for the sum descilbed it as follows: fnnlnrioe n ,iii ™,,.!, i, ,. ,"iof S300 has been entered in mmmnn Fate Of, Jeffers factories will continue so it is be- i long Kciig Imd felt HIE beginning pleas court here in fnvor of Mrs. of a food shortage because so ninny _ , „.., Reynolds, Everett Hlbbs and Ed Mays. None of them was hurt. They told us they saw Ernie Johnson get caught in the fall. "The first rescue group wasn't nbie to get far into the corridor and came back for more equipment. The second time they went down they found Johnson and Gates and Walker. I think they'll get the rest ot them alive." The mine, completely mechanized, normally employes a night shift of 15 men but It had been reduced recently for the slack season. It is owned by B. R. and P V Riickman, brothers. Electrical current leading from the shaft into the corridors was cut off after the explosion for fear sparks would cause a flrc. An electrical motor pumping air into the corridors, was kept in operation. Gates said the explosion occurred at the end of the horizontal tunnel, where it splits Into a fork. "Johnson, Walker and I were working in the left fork, which slants upward and connects with the old workings," he said.' "The explosion was in the right fork, where the rest of the men were working. "The force of the blast knocked down Johnson and we were covered with debris. Walker pulled us up to the connection with the old workings, where the air was clear, until the rescue crew came." Injuries of Johnson and Cates were slight. After an examination and rest they returned (o aid in the rescue work. WEATHER Arkansas-iGenerally fair tonight and Sunday. Memphis' and vicinity—Fair tonight and Sunday, not much change in temperature. The maximum temperature here yesterday was 100, minimum 13, clear, according to Samuel F. Karris, official weather observer. John S. Hogan Rites Delayed Until Monday Funeral services for John s HO- gan, planned yesterday to take place Sunday in Wllloiv Springs Mo., will not be held until Monday afterncon. A daughter Mrs Stella Kcllcy of Los Angeles, Calif' will not arrive until Sunday night so the rites were postponed until Monday. Mr. Hogan died early yesterday at Springfield, Mo., where he had gone three weeks ago to visit relatives. In addition to those announced yesterday who will attend the serv- ot Dtlll7i B ices, Miss Edith Edds will also go . . :iundred/;men, .women and children n'fe'-still*-"cliopping' c in''"th'e'" r '185,05 acres of c'ottcn. II is •'esti Senate Leaders Point loward Session End, Would Shelve Neutrality WASHINGTON, July 15 (UP)— Senate lenders pointed congress toward nn adjournment, in Hie first week of August today. They had little hope of reviving President. Roosevelt's neutrality program. Adjournment fever Increased both in the house and senate despite another plea by the president and Secretary of Slate Cor- dcll Hull for repeal of Ihe existing arms embargo. "They will have to build n fence around Washington to keep sen- ator William E. Borah (Hep', Ida!) Legislators! Will ' Hold Hearings On Refunding! Program L1TTI,K HOCK, July ](J. ^TJPJr/n, 0 | G . membci , H committee studying Gov. Bniiey's !i relations committee inu which Tiles. day voted lo shelve Ihe neutrality issue until next year. There was no indication that the administration's appeal had changed committee sentiment Senator Hiram Johnson (hep Cahf.) charged that the neutrality program, outlined in the Roosevelt-Hull special message lo congress, would embroil the U. S in foreign wars. "It is intervention or military alliance nnd we want none of it" Johnson said. Senator Walter F. George (Dem , Ga.) who cast a decisive vole for postponement, of the question said he believed Hull's views were worthy of careful' study but that, in his opinion the question had been settled for the present. Administration leaders had hoped thai George might reconsider his vote and permit a neutrality bill to reach the senate lloor under an agreement whereby it would not )C acted upon until the next session. ' Reaction to the president's and Hull's appeal generally followed the lines of the 12 to n division committee. Advocates ot postponement argued that United States that - --— j'*"-w •*i>-i* niiu jjuuiit/ nv.n,j u.» it/ is tiblinUttCCl Lnflt 2,000 townspeople stood around the the cotton cbopping. payroll in Mis mine head all night, sissippl county, not counting near- The blast occurred at about 7:30 by Southeast Missouri, has averaged P. M. test) four and a half hours more than $2500 weekly for a nimi- after the night shift, had. reported ber of weeks. While this work is expected to ought to stick to the mandatory arms embargo affecting aVh foreign nations. Administration supporters.- claimed that,, the -_ai>peal was "unanswerable'" 'anil ought to be acted upon. Burdine's Widow Is Given $300 Judgment | Now, York attorney, 10 a.m. to testify,' The motion was voted after iw. John Vca?.cy ot Hope condemned the governor's program. , .. "With plenty of cheap money, available," Veazey salil, "[ cannot why the state \vould have to pay more than 2>i per cent'inter- est on the new Issue. "Even (he banks are paying only \Vt per cent interest on deposits and why can't the slolc do as well on IU bonds?" Wood allied In drawing ui) the governor's refunding program. Vcn- zey sought to have two local attorneys familiar with Imml refunding, Charles Colcmnii and George U. Rose—also appear anil testify before dm committee. • "f want all the expert advice that f can get-on (his bond refunding,' Veazey explained. Elects O|ijicsillipn LITTLE ROCK, Ark., July 15.— Governor Bailey's $140,5:17,000 highway bond refunding bill mel opposition In both houses yesterday as Ihe General Assembly convened here In special .session for the sole purpose of considering refunding and relating legislation. Brief preliminary skirmishing resulted in appointment ol a 167 member House committee (o bcghi public hearings 011 ihe bill this morning, and the blocking of hy- medialc second reading of the -bill in the Senate. Both houses adjourned until 2 p.m. Monday. The administration bill .introduced in the Senate was .signed by Senators Roy Mllnni ol Harrison, president pro tcm; I. N. Moore of Dumas, George U. Slcel of Nash- > * . i tlio group Monday nl ville ,L. Walter Whcatlcy of Hot Springs, Winston Hiulnnll.nC Tay lor, Columbia county, and Albert Erwin Jr, of Des Arc. While the House committee began holding hearings on the bill this morning, it is uncertain just what the fc'cnate will do about holding hearings. It adopted a Senate concurrent resolution providing that a committee,.of .13.'.senators and •iS.rpp-. rtsenlativcs hold hearings. However, this must .be .ratified by the House to be effect I've ami In : i.h? meantime the House is proceeding ith its own committee henrlng. Jury Deliberating Three Die In Crash Of Plane NEW YORK, July 15. ( OP ) _ Ccnsl fJiinrd headquarters nnnounc- <?il that the coast guard airplane V-1C4 crushed In the Atlantic Ocean today ii'lillc on n mercy flight nnd thai three men were killed. 'Ihe ccasl guard said that the plane crushed while attempting u liikroil from the choppy waters after removing- nn 111 scanmn from lie K. S. Allniilh. The plane Imd been sent to the Atlantis to rush the seaman to New York for-emergency medical attention fcr pneumonia. The plane sunk almost Immediately, Ihe coast gunrd said, and the sick man, (lie pilot and an assistant went down with It. Gradually Close In On oi-t- Of Ho, British Kong TIENTSIN, Chlnn, July 15. (DP)' —Japanese imvy authorities, cios- ng in steadily on Great Britain's laval base nt Hong Kong, an- loimecd today thnt they Intended o blockade several ports en the Kwnnglung province coast. 4 -Notifying- foreign consulates at Shanghai ihntrtlicy-Intended to Include the ports In the zone of hos- llitlcs against Chlnu the Japanese Former Governor 0{ Puerto Rico Named In In- diclment crry, j«i y 15 , ((rp ,_ Jackson comity grand Jury today Indicted B. M . Kelly, former gjvernor of Puerto Kico, and « High In KcpubllMH party circles .- 1 . l «s >"s ntUvlllM as a unit. in m , Pmact Si^ Democratic however, Hint led to (ho ion of city payroll pad- i ng which culminated In his In- dlclmcnt today. ' m " mci1 Regular Army Units May Be Ordered To Minneapolis Area MINNEAPOLIS, July 16. (UP)-Mayor George of Minncniiota lodny asked the ^stance of H was that he fcrged . a e crged the cndorcnicnts on city payroll checks which WTO drawn in "«' or or men who never worked for the '1'lie grand Jury Investigation of payroll paddluc followed „ cllv court of inquiry which brought, out at lensl 11 fictitious nnnicf* ? 1>11{! " l ' ln B c " «'B public works department imyroll rc B ulariy It was alleged Hint lleily cashed some of (he checks issued to ll'osc mimes and also tlmt he Wtts elase enough to the Dcinocrallo polllteal much no so that l.u was able to promise and cWaln Jobs In Ihe police department lor certain men who unM htm rceulnrly out of Uiclr According lo the charges Itelly had five of (he payroll cc limited regularly lo Iho address ot cnc of Ilic policemen he had in- slii led, It. was lilts single mtvlllng address for so innny checks tbnt, slurlcd the Investigation, whlcli uu- corered I lie alleged payroll Night Club Near Hayii Will Bo .Revival Scen<J HAYTI, . Mo., July 15. —• The Ok.ecna night club ftn Highway 84, oven' :miles west- of here, will be he scene ol 'n revival ihccjinj; tartlne next week, according to'lho „ _,,-.,„ .....u un(jniit-MJ ~--'n 11%-JMj ii ttr- > IIH;LH tlJIJl" IU 1<I 1C asked .that foreign citizens mid I Rev. E, J. Morgan, llvlns near the htus be evacuated . from the porls nightclub, who will conduct, the and said that they could net be services, assisted by olher mlnls- rsnnnslMfi f™. +K«I^ ..„*_... ,. f«-^ <., n.i_ _ __ J uuuia csponsible for their safely after tcrs In this area, omorrcw. The nov. Mor at- I inu ii.u\. murgan Who has at- v » ,.„„„,,„„„„ 'ackcd the nightclub from lime to 01 If "KdWr 1>[>fl full 4 L,,, l»,»_j__i tllllH fl'nm <\llliiUf I iv «l,..__l, ~ _ - , "--—"v-., in;, r\.Higuiwii umircti tn pravcr lit Mrs. Burdlne and Reid and thB ccrri(]or jllst ollti!(!e (hc ' <_ PM r<inrnc<Mitni4 llm .rlnfn.i-.ri.. 111 „ ™«*-»..u»,uni t room. , , J *' ~•* wiai.l<33*UJ* litaL, tit"lit! May 15, 130. The machine over- were umWo to £ nch „ turned when it plunged off a curve while the jury was at i on Highway No. 01 near Yarbro. Rcv . Jeffers led 250 me, boyle Henderson was attorney ] lis Kingdom Church In fcr Mrs. Burdlne and Reid and E\'r?_rd represented the dcfcndanls. Party licer Goes Aslr.iy LORAIN, O. (UP)—Someone had an enjoyable and" free nartv at the prietor that a _ „ beer, cigarettes, cigars and gum were stolen. «ns evacuate China within four days. It was understood that a cr so Britons had left Kai- feng for ~ time from pulpits in churches nearby, suld he had told the owner that he wished his business would fail, The club wns closed some lime "Bo, and the owner, Mr. Morgan If. Hodges, U, S. army commander afpoi't prevent further violence in the WPA strike — ' ————ik here. I,eacli (clegraphed Attorney Gen- crnl rrnnk Murphy nnd fedsial WPA Commissioner p, c. Hgrrlng- lon. ••; j j To Mnjphy lie said " that "ccr- taiti labor' elements have revolted openly ngalnst the federal government In iu WPA administration" »t Minneapolis ami added "nothing short of. federal intcrveiittai can restore law and order." To Hnirington ho addressed n request for "proper nuthoilty" for General Hodges to assist in preventing fuithcr bloodshed; ., Leach had refused to ask Gov Harold Stasscn for Iho national eiinril after one man was killed' mid 20 Injured In fighting between police nnd WPA strikers last night but his request to Harrington was believed tantamount to a request that icgular army unite be as- Signed to strike duly In the city. Leach saltl the turbulent WPA strike situation was the problem of the federal government. "I contend and submit lo you," he said to Murphy, "that whether It Is now or later the fcdeial government must clean up the mess H hns brought about" Ho .wld he would not ask Gov Slrn.sson lo declare maitlul jaw became of the expense. • Tlic government - nnswerecl promptly that Minneapolis jiroj- Fii-sl Section To Be Built ' from Substation Southeast Work on the actual building of the Mississippi County Elcctrlo Cooperative's new lines, to serve rural sections of the county which do not now have cleetrlcltv, will start, Monday. Tim nrst section of the line lo uo built will ]jc from tlio Darrol W. MeDcarman farm, six miles southwest of hero where Ihe substation is located, lo u point west of nycsa Colony about three'miles northeast of I.cpanto. Tlic Blgley Klcctrlu Company of Flmllay, Ohio, which has Ihe contract for the work, has eslabllslml Hi olllcn and malcrial yard at Ihe former Berlin gin en South Second street. Mel O. mgley is In charge of this construction work for the ,..-,„„„, ,„„,, JU iim eB poiis proj- coulraclor with P. j. Favor n.i the octs "which have been Instituted will engineer In charge of the and ojicmlcrt at the request of Iccatlou and construcllou lor the Hie clly" would, '• wltli fow excep- i - , i Ions, not reopen on Monday rural cooperative group. This line will give employment l^cal polnl'of last iiighi's''tot- to u large amount of local labor, He between police ond strikers In addition lo workmen which the was a WPA sewing project, scene contracting company Is bringing In., of two other ilots this week where Two shlfls will bo used so ns to women have continued working rush completion of the lines so despite Um f w^A strike against tlis they cnn be ciicr&tsiccl In the early I lll ' w ' 130-hour work uile. full. 1 Fought along two blocks," the This wort will require 3500 poles, bailie pitted the bricks, slicks, and COO miles of aluminum wire and B "™shoi. mi«iin= M- n,/, ,i r i\, r .,.~ 30,000 man hours 'of employment In direct labor alone. About 20 cars of .poles have, nlrqaily been loaded out from', llm qrcoio'tlng plant In Alabama,' ! .': . ... _'.'.. HfIs planned 'to start Vflrk- on (lie line from Simpson's corner lo Huffman on the following week. it Is estimated that with favorable weather that Iho entire 220 miles of line will be finished'with- in CO days. "Mother Tells of Sons Plotting to Kill Her LONDON (UP)—How she over- • -- - w,...v., .,»,. Ltiuigiiu heard her sons, aged i-l and 9, dls- cleelared, told him Unit he Intended cussing n plot to kill her was to reopen but In the event busl- described by n mother In the ness did not improve over what it Soulhend, Essex, Juvenile Court Imd been before, ho would close The younger brother, salt) Ihn (he club and turn It over complete mother, :suggcslcd that they should ™, chairs^ lights, fans and other tell their two sisters when they Mr. Morgan's use came in Hint, she had died sutl- lor Grailiiating Class of 1 Tours , weim 11 HANCOCK. MASS. «JP)-Kecp-!cTOdlcr found nz lo '—-""- Kgg lias Four Yolks DEHRY, W. H. <Ut<>—An. four lour sole grade 8 graduate. lever was found to have'four yolks. for a revival meeting. The antlcl- j ilcnly. |ia«l business did not materialize! The brothers wero described as and the nigh I club owner .made "vlnlcntlv-inlndcd," and Inspector good his promise, Mr. Morgan Dean, of the National Society for statci1 - the Prevention of Cruelty to Chll- r—• 'drcn, said that they armed them- Itat Terrier hi Fine Form selves wllh brass rods from the WARSAW, Ind. (UP)—Twenty- staircase- and allacked their mother five rats In 20 minutes—that was They had thrown knives at her the record set by Buster, a rat !er- and one had Injured her head rlcr here.- The dog found the ro- Both boys were ordered to an dents under a trash box and kilt- approved school in Durham in the frl them off ut the rate of belter | norm of England, where their than one a minute. Photos Reveal Strength Of Danzig Nazis I father Is working. , .....,.,..^., of the strikers against the tear gas, night sticks,' riot ijuns and icvolvorv'of 'the policemen. Police officials charged (lint at leaat two strikers carried ; rifles. «-,'.• : - • , '.."The • fitrlk'cre howled,'and -'peered when' 'the women"'' marched "out" 1 between (he policemen.* suddenly they surged /dnvnrd, riislied • past armored police cars, and broke through the police lines. > Bricks, mitl sticks flew.- There wns a bar- ' rage of gunfire and tear gas from police and Emll Bergslrom, CO, nil unman led icllef client, lay -'dead, shot thioligh the head. "•' Eight poisons Including a ' child, suffered gunshot wounds, none bt- llevcd to be serious, ond 12, including six policemen, required hospital treatment for other Injuries. - A policeman died after, rioting earlier In the week. Park Maintenance Equipment Purchased Walker Paik and the Mississippi County Fairgrounds, long unkempt In appearance^ are now being mowed regularly following purchase of a new mower by the fair association. Hampered in keeping up the park because ot no mower anil no funds to buy the mower or lo ;mploy laborers .the park has been untendccl this year except for the planting of soine 'shrubs by the Blythevllle Garden Club. ; Besides obtaining the new mow- cr, the fair association has /also employed two men who are to spend nil tlicir time .mowing the large park and keeping the weeds :ul. As usual?, the park is used daily by dozens' of picnickers who come from nearby points, besides-(he local residents. The swimming pool, which is said to be. In first class .condition, Is getting a fair patronage but not what It, 'should, according to J. Mell Brooks;'secretary of the-fair association' which operates : the'popl. Tested weekly, the water ' has passed all tests for sanitation and swimmers are enjoying the cleanliness of the dressing rooms, as well as the pool. Many of the swimmers are from nearby Missouri points. Evidence of the high degree of military organization among the Nazis '' " '~ sc(l » I" this picture of a Free Cily Nazi cavalry troop —compile with swastika pennons. Mrs, Mahan Suffers Fracture Of Hip Mrs. T. J. Mahan, long time resident of Blythevilte, fractured her right hip this morning when she fell while walking In the upstairs living room at her home, 420 West Walnut street. She was inmiedately removed-to Campbell's Clinic. Memphis, accompanied by her son, Dr. T. K. Mahnn, her daughters, Mrs. Byvp'n Morse, Mrs. Hoss D. Hughes, Mrs, Jcsiah Fort'of Clnrksvllle, Tenn., who Is visiting here, Mrs. James; H. Bell and Mrs. T. K. Mahan.' Another daughter, Mrs. W. B. Nazis In Danzig parade their .night Hi this unusual photo of a recent mass meeting at Tiegenhot. At left Albert Poerster local "feuhrer" son!'John MahaTo'f PrLet^Ky";' gels a 'shovel salute" from a labor company. Such open demonstrations helped Increase tension over Danzig to the point'where Britain's w " e to meel thcm there Prime Mlnlsler Chamberlain warned Germany against, "surreptitious methods" Thl! acoltlenl °«urred <**• 3:3 °

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