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PAGE SEX BLYTHEVILLE (ARK.)' COURIEn NEWS TUESDAY, APRIL 12, 19'i9 Armed Services Called Wasteful Budgets 'Podded' With Over-Costly, Unnecessary Items WASHINGTON, April 12. (IF) — Former . President Hoover accused the armed services yesterday of "padding" money demands, waste und extravagance. He cited Air Force plans to build houses in Alaska costing. $58,350 each and Army requests to modernize 102 tanks it doesn't have. Hoover laid before the Senate Armed Services Committee a report urging appointment of three assistant secretaries of defense to take the waste and Inefficiency out of • military spending. The report was prepared by a "task force" of the Hoover Commission on reorganization of the government. Ferdinand Eberstndt, New -York banker, headed the task force. The former president backed up the report with an assertion that it now Is "almost impassible" for Congressional appropriation committees to make heads or tails of the Army, Navy and Air Force budget. Senator Byrd (D-Va) commented that "the defense establishment of this country is permeated with waste and inefficiency and duplication of effort. To Seek Overhauling He and Senator nowland (R-- CallJ) Mid they will seek an over- haulms of military budget practices. The Senate group is studying proposed changes in the law which put the Army, Navy and Air Force '. under a single department. Hoover was called as a witness because of the studies his commission has made. The task force report told of a $30,000,000 "clerical error." This was In a requested National Guard appropriation for 69 155-millimeter howitzers which, it developed, would cost $9,000,000. The report said: "During our investigation, the cost of gnns was first stated to be $39,000,000, but this proved to be a clerical error; the figure 3 had been added, causing an error of some $30,000,000 . . . "The Army's original budgetary requests for 1950 also included an - item of $108,290,859 for 'tropical •worsted uniforms,' which would purchase 838,000 uniforms at $129 apiece, enough for all the enlisted men hi the army, and then somcl There was also an item of $213,519,000 for stockpiling of clothing and personal equipment, ivlilch would •com in part unnecessary unless vast amounts of the surplus Army clothlR? accumulated during the war have been lost or dissipated." The Ebcrstadt report said the Navy had furnished a list of projects classed as "indispensable" and "necessary." Jfavy YVanfs lo Buy land In the domestic list of "indls- '; pensable" projects, the report added, was tire purchase of 53 acres of land for the Naval Academy. It was ranked as 15th in importance. The report said the Air Force budget called for the building of 910 family homes In Alaska "at a cost of $58,350 a house." It noted that the Air Force also proposed to builu 828 homes on Guam at »48,000 each and 7,880 in the United States at $18.000 each. The report said the Army had requested $100,000 per tank to modernize 1,215 existing M-2G tanks, To Meet Alumni Many Farm Land Titles Not Clear Gathings Asks Bill To Give Farmers Full Possession Hf, S. <7X?£'<75'oV W. S. Grcgson, a goodwill representative for the University of Arkansas, who has been u'ith the University for more thnn JO years and hold almost as irmny positions there, will be In Blytheville tomorrow. Mr. Grcg-son, V:nu\vn as "I'lip" to tile nlumul of the University will be at the Blythcvlllc High School at 9:30 a.m. n-il will show a film depleting the various phases of University life, from clussroom work, projects, extension, to the recreu- tiomil side. \Vilh Mr. Orcgson v be a rcv>resentattve of the Standard Oil Company, who is circulating a film. "All Around Arkansas," further showing standards of Arkansas. Mr. Grcgson will Informally meet Arkansas Alumni at the Hotel Noble from 11 to 12 noon, tomorrow, and will be the gue.st of the Blythcvillo Klwanls Club at noon. Kerosene Blast Sends Father, Son to Hospital PABAOOULD, Ark., April 12. (ir*> —A Clay County grocer and his son were burned In a kerosene explo.slon yesterday. Their home :u Peach Orchard was destroyed. Pclhani Austin, 41, and sou Donald, 17, were brought to a Paragould hospital for treatment. The explosion occurred while Austin was using the kerc.scne to start R fire in a kitchen stove. Donald was burned while trying to extinguish the flames with a quilt. His brother, Jim, 16, carried a. five-year-old sister, Janice, to saicty. Mrs. Austin was outside the house at the time. Hy Cionlim Brown A I' Siicrhil Washington Service WASHINGTON, April 12—(/P|— Several thousand farmers In the United States are unable to sell or trade their farms or borrow money on them, Rep. UaUilngs. (D-Ark( said ye.stcrday. He proposes to d;t something to help (hem. The situation aiisi's, Qnthlngs lold a reporter, through purchase by the farmers of some 1 1,'JOO.OOO acres of RovetJjment rm;t] ro.st'Uk'Jiicnt project laud .several ye:irs ago. Tn most of the sales. Galhlntfs said, the government reserved three fourths of the mineral rights. "This reservation is a blot on a farmer's title," Ciathlngs said, "Because of this blot, he can't sell his farm nor borrow one dollar on It." As a remedy, GiUhinns introduced a bill which would permit such farmers, where no known minerals exist on their farms, to clear title to their land by paying the government a nojnijjnl sum—such ns $1. Affects Arkansans "In my district there are a number of runners in this predicament," GathtnRs said, "and as far as anyone knows there are no minerals near." The Agriculture Department said that the l.HOO.OOO acres of land, scattered through a number of states, was sold in 11,000 separate tracts. Just how many of the purchasers are caught in the situation Gainings described, the department did not know. Gathings 1 bill is pending In the House Agriculture Committee. He expects an early hearing on it. He said there is sonic sentiment to amend the bill to provide also for farmers living in areas where minerals do exist. The proposal, he said, is lo set up a method of determining a fair value for the • In- cral rights and permit land owners to purchase those rights from the government. Father Claims $33,000 Paid To Kidnapers BEVERLY HILLS. Calif., April 12 —</l'j—Police Chief C. U. Anderson said today that a Beverly Hills dress shop owner reported that his five-year-old son was kidnapped mid ransomed for $33,000. "However," said the chief, "there arc discrepancies In the story." Anderson identified the boy as Joe Goodman, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Goodman. He said Goodman told him that the hoy was picked up by the alleged abductor on (he pretext he was taking lifm lo the Page Military Academy which he attends. The chief added that when he cnic'stloiicd Ihe child, he said that he recogni/cd his abductor and that he had seen him talk with his father it his home. Los Angeles police and the Flil declined to comment on the case. Goodman, who has an unlisted telephone number. Is unavailable for comment, a reporter who went lo the house found no one at home Seal Sale to Aid Young Cripples May Be Extended The Mississippi County chapter of the Arkansas Association for the Crippled Is in the final week of a drive foi funds by sale of Easter Seals, and John Mayes, chairman, suld tortay that a total of $1.337.74 had been contributed here U> date. Mr. Ma.vos said that the drive, which started in the middle of March, was sclieduled to close Saturday but that Is probable thut the drive here would be extended. He Indicated that although no official <iuota had been set, that about $3,000 would be needed to adequately meet the demands of the crippled In this county, and that much would be reached. Several letters and seals arc still out. and other.? arc being mailed to thc.se sHppcd in the initial issuance of the seals. Teeth Smuggled MILAN. Italy, April 12. (fl>j— Customs iwlice said today they have seized 45,000 sets of false teeth smuggled into Italy from Germany. Lion Attacks Trainer Twice in Six Days NEWARK, N. J., April 12. A lion tamer attacked twice in six days by the same lion was hospitalized today. Dick liiemems, nun lamer tot Ihe Hamid-Morton Circus, was injured last night when Duke, one of his animals, mauled him again Presbyterian Hospital reported that Clements rested uneasily last night but that his condition was good. The attacks came on the opening and dosing days of a six-day run by the circus here. Last night's attack came when elements lowered the protective chair between himself and the lion. The big beast lunged, caught Clements' arm between his fangs and ripped the trainer's shoulder and arms. In (he first attack last Tuesday, Duke had mauled Clements' leg. CJenic'iits fired blank cartridges to make Duke release his grip. Motor Overheats Firemen answered a call to the E. 13. iMrdiii residence at 508 South Lake this morning when a washing machine motor became overheated. No damage resulted. 7 Fishermen Drowned BERLIN, April 12. </!>) _ Seven erman fishermen drowned when wo small boats overturned in the Baltic off Grlffswald. In the Rusian Kone. the Soviet-controlled lews agency ADN said today. Truce Station to Close AMMAN, Trans-Jordan, April 12. MV-The United Nations truce observer station nt Amman will close Friday, the colonel in charge said today. Marriage Licenses The following couple obtained FV marriage license at the office of Miss Elizabeth BIythe, county clerk, yesterday: Mutt Hatlcy arid Miss Alice Murphy, both of Blytheville. forgetting that it already had turned over 102 of these tanks to the Marine Corps, At one point, Hoover said that the federal government now has about $27,000,000,000 in personal property. He commented: "We might be able to live on our fat for some time if we had it catalogued and knew where it was." Symington Says Planes Fly Faster Than Sound WASHINGTON, April 12. l!P> — Air Force pilots have flown "Inin- dreiLs of miles per hour beyond the speed of sound," Air Secretary Syminc'.on reported yesterday. He dJ« not say how many hundreds of miles per hour beyond. The speed o[ sound at sea level is 764 miles an hour. Symington testified before a House Armed Services subcommittee In support of legislation to au- thoriZ" p. S311.000.000 program for transonic and .supersonic (faster than sMmd) research. The bill was endorsed by witnesses representing the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, the Air Forte, Navy. Army, and the Research and Development Board. Symington said the nations' present wind tunnels and other research facilities are "totally inadequate" to meet "competition among • the world powers for supremacy in this new field." Read Courier News Want Ads Announcing The Appointment of James F. Wren as SERVICE MANAGER We feel .Air. Wren ably qualified to render efficient service in the care of your car. Not only has he served well in the capacity of Assistant Service manager for (he past two years, hut he has just received additional specialized (raining in the General Motors Institute of Technology at Flint, Michigan. You may rest assured (hat when you call Langston-Wroten Co. for service work, your car will be in capable hands. OPEN 7 A.M. to 7 P.M. Langston-Wroten Co. Walnut nf Broadway Dial 555 for Service Thiil's Inflation UNION SPRINGS. N. Y. 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