The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on April 29, 1946 · Page 1
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS ™ DOMINANT NEWSPAPE TH3EA DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OF NOBTH3EA8T ARKANSAS AND 8OUTHXA0T lOMODBI . VOL. XLIIl—Nb. 33 Blythertll* Dally Ne Courier Blythrrtll* Herald UUdaalppl HLYTHKVILLE, ARKANSAS, MONDAY, APRIL 20, 1946 SINGIJ5 COPIE3 FIVE CENTS NEGOTIATIONS REOPEN IN COAL STRIKE Virgil Greene Seeks Office Of Governor; Promises Statement ;t candidate for (he office in Little Rock r . Greene con- Hlythcville's Virgil Greene of governor of Arkansas. This announcement was made yesterday by friends of the Blytlicville lawyer, JUKI J firmed the report. In a statement made this afternoon to the Courier News Mr. Greene said he would not announce details of his campaign until alter Wednesday, the deadline for filing ' "I have been thrown into this race by a group of very good friends whom I think know their way about in Arkansas politics," he said in discussing his candidacy "For th c lime, at least. I shall ' he governed entirely by their wishes or until later in the campaign," he said. "He added, "Like any other good democratic candidate I am in the hands ol my friends who art- weary of the vacancy existing in the governor's office and want to see it filled." Mr. Greene, who is 75 but looks much younger, wr.s born Feb. 5, 1871. Resident of Mississippi County for the past 30 years, he is widely known as a lawyer. An officer an'l one of the organizers of the Mississippi Comity Bar Association, Mr. Greene long has been keenly interested in politics. Hp is a brother-in-law of Wils Davis, prominent Memphis attorney and has numerous lel.ativcs throughout Mississippi County. That this Summer's campaign for governor took a new turn with Ihis announcement was today recognized throughout the state. Jim Malone, former Lonok c county judge, also has announced he will oppose Governor Ben Lancy who is a candidate for re-election. Body !s Sough! Near Barfield Tennessee Fisherman Drowns Last Night Near Arkansas Shore Bill Vaughn, 40-year-old fisherman residing on the Tennessee side of the Mississippi River, was drowned last night when he fell into the river near Bui-field while standing . in a boat operated by Kenneth Chu-k of Musgrave Bar. He was attempting to fasten an outboard motor onto the small fishing boat owned by Clark who was using an inboard motor to guide Ihc boat to his home, after the two had left Barfield. The drowning occurred at 7:30 o'clock only a short distance from the Arkansas shore, according to Clark who immediately returneep to Barfield and reported the tragedy to Deputy Sheriff Irwin Harrison of Huffman. Clark has offered a reward of S^5 for finding of Vaughn's body, Ollicer Harrison said today. Vaughn, who lived south of Obion River with his parents, had spent the night with his fisherman friend. They had left Vaughn's hoat there and used his motor Clark's smaller boat to go to Bar- Jicld from Musgrave Bar. Office! Harrison said. After spending the day there, they were returning to Clark's home for Vaughn's boat when fhc Tennessee fisherman fell out of the boat. 'Hie river was rough and Vaughn had been warned to remain seated, because of the danger. Clark said Vaughn has a son in the Army but whether he has other relatives besides his son and Ms parents, was not known here today. Big Four Ministers To Tackle Three Hot Italian Questions PARIS, April 29. (U.P.)—Tho 1% Four Korean Min- sters today will come to jfi'ip.s with the questions in their Kalian agenda—Trieste, THpolitauia ami the futc if the DocioniiK'se Islands. Tliu I'oreinn ministers' deputies Htfreod to put the three lot questions on Ihe agemhi. for today's session, thus making a showdown hot ween the Western allies and Russia on the controversial issues likely. Whether Russia has modified her demand for a trusteeship over Tripolitiiniu—opposed by Britain—her support of the^Yugoslav claim to Trieste—opjwsed by Italy or her the Dodecanese Islands to Greece i.s Brown Company To Open Store Fence and Wire Firm Picks Blytheville For First Arkansas Store A new business firm is coining to Arkansas, with Blythevillc selected as the first location for i number of stores expected to be established by The Brown Fence and Wire Company in this state. This firm, which features fencing, farm equipment, paints, rooi- ing, baby chicks and heavy implements will be located in the building at 105 West Main, having purchased the Tom Little Appliance Store slock and taken a 10-ycnr lease on Ihe modern building, The store will be closed May 1 for conversion qf the building to take care of tiie new Jim Brown Store stock which will be arranged according i o a special typ e plan. The store wil! be reopened with- ir -ID days. The 56-year-old company has arm" stores throughout the na- inn with southern headquarters n Memphis. In addition lo operating retail stores in all sections of the coun- ry, the company operates a mail order business. Tile Jim Brown Company, fong planning to expand Us business into other farming states for a post- ivar program, selected Arkansas for th c initial store, because of its outstanding farming business, it was said. I choosing this city as the home of the .first Arkansas store, its location in the heart of the rich farm land and publicity of Blythe- and Mississippi County attracted the company, it was pointed out. Blythcville was selected personally by N. o. Wasson of Cleveland, director of merchandising of The Brown Fence and Wire Company who visited here last week. He was accompanied by N. A. Tanspy of Memphis, general manager of Southern Operations, and John H. Converse of Memphis Manila Woman Brutally Beaten And Near Death Husband Sought After Crime At Restaurant Operated By Couple A young woman, brutally beaten and left near death in the Manila cnie opcrnl«i by herself nnd her husband, was In an apparently hopeless condition nt Walls Hospital this afternoon while officers .searched for her husband. Herman W. Smith, 35. In an effort to shed some light on one of the county's most horrible attacks In years. The victim, Mrs. Olivia Duncan ^mith. 23, was found lying In a pool ol blood on her bed early today b> nn employe. Mrs. Oliver Russell. How she remained In a seml-con- srious condition until her groan* were heard by Mrs. Russell remained undetermined. Her skull was broken open by a cue stick will parts of her brain protruding froi: her skull, and her eyes were black e'.ied by blows. The blood-stained broken poo tuck. 18 inches long, was found 01 the floor by the bed and her bus bund's khtikl trousers lay In a poo of blood. Robbery was dismissed as a inotlv when Sheriff Deputies E. A. Hici and K-<lph Rose found $250 in casl in the .-ear room of the cafe, Mrs „ „ Smith's gold watch and gold-framed ; ing nn Illness wim-n uckan wncn spectacles lay on the Ironing board 1 her Army-flier husband wits missing Illness Is Fatal To Mrs. Halsell Wife Of Veteran Dies Here Saturday Night; Services Held Today A year ago today H. L. Halsell Jr.. WHS liberated from a German prison camp. Today, his 27-year-old wife, I.n- velle Dcaette Halsell. was -burled, following dealli Saturday night, end- nnd all (he locks of Ihe building were in place, officers said. It was believed the woman was attacked shortly after 11 o'clock when "Shorty" and his wife closed the. cafe they had been operating less than two months. Customers there at that time snid they saw nothing which seemed unusual in actions ol the well known Manila resident and his wife and no trouble was known to have existed between the couple, officers were told. ' ' Mr.- and Mrs. Smith, who operated the "Good Luck Cafe" had a bed in the rear room, where they -slept, but also have living quarter's in another house where they had resided before taking over operation of the restaurant. Their living quarters there were In order and both clothing belonging to Smith and his wife undisturbed. It was believed Mr. and Mrs. Smith retired to their bedroom in the rear of th<- cafe building shortly after 11 o'clock. When Mrs. Russcl, who cooks at the cafe, reported for work this morning at 4i30 o'clock, she unlocked the door with her key. As she set about to make a fire, as was her custom, she heard moans and investigated. Because of the blood-saturated bed, It was believed Mrs. Smith had been lying there several hours after the vicious attack. She apparently had not struggled. Ihe first of many blows having struck her helpless, it vas believed. Smith has lived in Manila the past eight years, having been cm- oppo.sition to not kiunvi). However, it was learned that Secretary %f State James I 1 . Hyrnes had a three-hour private discussion with Foreign Minister V. M. Molotov and Deputy Foreign Minister Andrei VishinsUy yesterday in which it WHS hellcvcfl a thorough oxploi-iitiuii of American and Soviet viewpoints was* undertaken. ' Foreign Secrelarv Erncest Bcvli returned- to Putin today niter a 24- hour trip to London where he consulted Dominions representative on their attitude toward the Italian treaty Issues. The ministers today are expected to lake Up Ihe explosive question of control ot Tripolllanla and the Dodecanese Islmid.s. Brllnlu opposes Soviet requests for a trusteeship over Tripolltanla, and Russia opposes Hiving Ihe Dode- canese to Greece unless arrangements for securing soviet free accesses to the Dardanelles are made. The ministers scheduled n busy day. A subcommittee on Trieste met during the morning and hoped to present Us report this after- The ministers deputies met lo draft an agenda and (he Big Four naval experts met. to draw up a detailed division of the Italian Navy. Lnlcr loday it committee- studying how much Italy would pay In reparations was .scheduled to meet. The ministers themselves were scheduled to meet at i n m (11 n. m. EOT.) Results of talks this week will make the conference a success or failure. Even the most hopeful .predicted hard vertMU slugging,,before any agreement Is reached. An hour-long exchange of Russian and American views occurred ast night when V. M. Molotov in action and believed dead. Improved In health following Ills arrival home last May 29. happiness was unable to overcome the pimfts of disease and she died at 8 o'clock. Death was en used by a stomach ailment and complications. Her parents. Mr. and Mrs. E. H. Dcaclle, came seven weeks ago from their homo, Colorado Springs, Colo., when her condition again became critical. . Making her' hoinc with her TMr cuts while her husband wns overseas, she and Mr. Halsell had resided with his pnrents. Mr. and Mrs. H. L. Halsell. at their Promised 20 Jews Begin Hunger Strike Following Riot More Trouble Brewing At Landsborg, UNRRA 1 Officials Are Warned MUNICH. April 2fl. (UP)— Twcll- l-y Jews todny went on n hunger Ntrlko at Lfuulsbei'g In u follow-up of yesterday's riot ' in' which two persons were killed and about. -ID Injured and UNREA afrit-lulu warn, eel tluil further trouble appeared to be brewing. Thr> lumber strikers were In Ihc cam)) Jail of the displaced persons camp at Limdiberg. Nineteen of the group were admitted to the Jail at their owii request In a pro- Joint Meeting Held; Railroad Officials Confer With Unions Land farm home since their son's ' S : ""!.."". S ™' l!!"' y < °_^? Ute Ja ""' s from the Real Estate DC- i Ployed at a service station owned manager of the partment of the company. While here they were gucsUs of Eddie B. David. Manager of the new firm win be named later, Mr. Tanscy announced. The new merchandising Idea of an old organization, to sell the . American farmer what he wants to *. Gene Flecman until he ant his wife took over operation of the restaurant. His father is dead and his mother, who has remarried a man named Bevins, lives at Lawrcnceburg, Tenn.. where Smith formerly resided. Mrs. Smith was reared near r?et- dischargc from the Army Air Forces. Born Dec. -1. 191B, at Karhers Ridge, III., Mrs. Halsell moved lo HlylhcvDlc wllh her parents when four years old. Reared In niythcville. she was mnn-icd IJcc. 17. 1330. Funeral services were held Ihis morning. 10 o'clock, at Cobb Funeral Home by the Rev. E. C. Brown, pastor of First Baptist Church, with burial n! Klrnwood Cemetery. Pallbearers were: F.rncst Halsell, Mclvin Halsell. Harvey Chapman. Max Mnvo of Osceola, Edwin Stewart, L. R. Phillips. Among those joining the fnmlllos here were Mrs. Deaettc's three brothers, Lucian Sneed of Karbers Ridge. Alfred Sneed of Mlnier. 111., and Jim Sneed of Evansvllle. Ind.: her sister, Mrs. Alex Lawrence of Commerce. Mo.: a slslcr-ln-lnw, Mrs. w. E. Rhodes of Memphis niece. Mrs. Claud F. McCrory of Memphis, and a friend. Mrs. J. ?*. Livingston, formerly of Blylhevlllc and now of Millington. Tcim.. all of whom arrived yesterday and left for homo following the services. Mr. and Mrs. Deaettc will leave tomorrow for their home. F. Byrnes nt his hotel. An Intimation of possible riim- lest gesture against the arrests of Iho twentieth person. i Caiise of the riot yeslerdiiy In I which Uig Jews attacked Clnrmun civilians on the Lundsberg streets still vvns obscure. Reports the 1,000 Jews led the stuck were minimized by Leo Srole. UNRHA welfare dl- recor nt th 0 cam]). Brole estimated , that several hundred Jews worn involved. I Srole snld lhat Jewish anger analnst American military authorities was rliiing Hgaln. U. S. troops brought vesterrtay'B dcmonsLrnHon lo an end by ((ring over the heads of (he crowd. Official. Are Mum Military government officials refused to comment on the outbreak, saying they had been Instructed by public rclnttoiu officer in llerlln to say nothing. Military spokesmen nt Frankfurt and Heidelberg also 1'cfiiscd to comment. Among tbav stoned by the <in- monstralors WHK Cook GTassfiold. New York city, .nn UNHRA official who Is him$«lf-Jewish. He WHS filoned but not 1 'Injured when ho mounted a' Imck and pleaded with the demonstrators to return to their Approximately 200 A in c r lean troops quelled tour-hour-rlot hy firing tnlo the ground and over the hcadjii of Ihc Irate Jews, the Lamisberg military governor said. Th|, camp Is located at Dlc.vsen, CHICAGO, April 20. (Ill 1 )— Representatives of thu nation's major railroads meet- loday wllh two brotherhood president.-! In n final effort, (o nveit n countrywide railroad strike called for May IB. If they fall to agree on the questions of n wage Increase and changes in working rulc.s only presidential intervention can prevent tho slrlko, which would halt practically all railroad trafilo In tile U. S, President Truman could Intervene hy seizing the railroads, as President Roosevelt did In 1044 and President Wilson In World War I, Both KUlzurcs, however, occurred during wartime. Tho ^'resident's only oilier course would tie to reconvene a fact-finding Ixmrd whose recommendations already have been called "wholly Inadequate" by the brotherhoode. In 1041 Roosevelt .summoned a fact- finding board back as medltaors «nd n settlement was effected. Abner G. Wilson Rites Are Held Aged Carpenter Dies Here Saturday Night; Lived Here 62 Years Abner Green Wilson, local carpenter, died Saturday night at Walk Hospital. He was 84. Resident ot Blylhcville for the past 62 years, he was born Dec. 9, 18C1 at Riplcy. Tcnn. Coming here as a young man, he spent most oi his life in carpentry until his age prevented active work. He made his home with his only surviving son, James E. Wilson of Kast End. Ill onlv a short time before removed to the hospital, he died at 0:15 o'clock. Funeral services were held yesterday afternoon at Cobb Funeral Home by the Rev. F. W. Nash, pastor of church of the Nazarene. Burial was at Dogwood Ccme- K-iy. • buy. when lie --wants to buy it. and where he wants to buy it—at it retail store near him or from the Jim Brown mail order catalog— is included in both the retail and mail order activities. "We confine ourselves to-the distribution of farm supplies exclusively, in order to reach America's most potent market—the farmer and the family." said Mr. Wasson in discussing establishment of the store here. The personal element is injected into business of this firm, founded by Jim Brown, with the two words "Dear Jim" credited with building what is called one of the most successful businesses in the nation. Starting the business by selling fencing from farm to farm, it wasn't long until the Jim Brown catalog included "everything for the farm." These Items now are amonB the many thousand diversified items in the relail stores, first of which wa.s established in 1938. Mr. Wasson pointed out. 'tlcton. They have a daughter, (Christine, almost a year old, visiting her grandmother, Mrs. Duncan, near Nettlcton. since her parents assumed operation of Ihc cafe. They had been married be- [ ween three and /our years, ofll-lfuJy cers were told. ' Sept N. O. Cotton Np;W ORLEANS. April 20. (U.P.) Mnr 2702 2703 2186 278B May 2172 2172 2172 Ocl 27«1 27B1 210!) Dec 2787 2187 2117 2172 2175 2780 Chicago Wheat Tillman Funeral Held Yesterday Tyler, Mo., Woman Lived In Blindness Except For 2 Years Resident of Gosncll Injured in Accident F.ddi c James. 30, received n fractured left leg in an automobile accident early yesterday. Admitted to Blytheville Hospital at 3:15 o'clock, condition of t Gosnell community resident was believed satisfactory today. No official report of the accident had been made today noon. Chicago Rvn May July 257 143VJ 258 148M 252* 252--14 HSU. 148'-:- 183'<- 183". 183'i 103' = 183M, 183'i 18314 183'/j cullies nhead cnmc In a renewed attack by the Moscow newspapei Pravda on American and Brltlsl policy in Dulgarln and a warning .hat continued Anglo-American refusal to recognize the Bulgarian government, may affect "the whole course of Paris negotiations." Thus far the conference hns wen touching only the fringes of the Italian question, while put- ling off major Issues on which Russia has expressed demands differing vitally from those of one or more Western power. This period apr>e»rs almost ended, and the ministers are almost up against the hard core of the problem. On Trlpolltanlii, the Russian* arc demanding an exclusive Soviet trusteeship under ON auspices over that Italian Mediterranean colony. licvin appeared determined to resist that claim to the utmost, for the British don't wnnt a Russian base along their Empire supply lines. Britain, supported by the United Slates, will propose placing the colony under a 10-year tlN trusteeship administered Jointly by the Big Four. As a compromise. France favors returning it to Italy under UN trusteeship. Tlie Dodecanese issue is more obscure, but probably will be difficult. Britain, the United states nnd Prance are anxious to hand the Island group in the Acgcnn Sea over to Greece, The Russian.' hafc opposed the mope but have I not publicly offered an altcrna- Hlve. a part or Landsberg. First reports .said 5,000 or 6,000 persons wure involved In the rioting. Lnter figures placed (he nufnbcr of Jewish camp residents Involved at approximately 1,000. The number of Germans involved was uncertain. Headquarters of the U. S. Ninth Division at Augsbcrg. 25 miles north of Landsberg. said two persons were, killed and nl least AO hospitalized from the mclcc. Germans Arc Beaton • The enraged jews beat, stoned and knl',"d German civilians on he street and swarmed around the small American detnchmcnt in the town. They were quieted nnd herd- j ed back Into their cnmp on the onlsklrEs only after American reinforcement were rushed from Augsborg In Jeeps nnd armored cars. The Landsberg military governor snld the rioters culled the Americans "Gestapo" nnd "S3 SWliie" nnd hurled rocks at them. Lt. Abraham Klnusncr ot Denver, chaplain at Jewish headquarters In Munich, said an American UNRRA official who wns stoned when he attempted lo n'4et Ihe rioters outside their cnmp. He escaped serious Injury. Dr. Leo Srole. UNRRA team director, wild after Ihe riot. "I've never .seen any people act like Ibis." Despite conflicting versions of exactly what happened, there wns general agreement lhat the Jews, angered by rumors of German attacks, rushed from their camp about 10 n.m. and rioted until 3 p.m. Miss Onle Tillman 11 veil .TO years In darkness her only knowledge of what l.i seen by those with vision coining from word pictures and memory of two wonderful years when she had sight. The 41-year-old . woman died Sunday morning,-. 1:3Q Qolwjrv ,»\. Tyler, Mo., whertf she made hei home wllh her sister, Mrs. Gavin Shea. Funeral services were held yeslmlny afternoon «(. Holi Funeral Home, here, Uurlnl was at Memorial Park The Rev. Hale:; Sturdy, pastor of Lake Street, Melli- odisl church, officiated, Blind at birth, when Ihrtc years old, Miss Tillman underwent an operation thai restored her sight, Docitjr.'i \vnrncd that If .slit; ever liccamc very excited or shocked, she might again be hllnd. When about (iv c years old, she fell and in the :!Q years since, had been blind. She i.s survived by another sls- ler, Mrs. Orcford Grissom, also ol Tyler; two brothers, Ersklne Tillman of Annorel and'Andrew Tillman of Tomato. A niece, Mrs. Emily Lee. made her home with Miss Tillman. WASHINGTON, April 29 (UP) — The striking United Mine Workers 1AFL) agreed to resume negotiations todny after* a lapse of 19 days, A Lnboi 1 Department spokesman announced that iieg.otlators*for the union nnd tho soft coal »per,ttors would meet Jointly nt 2 30 p m E8T The resumption wns arranged by Secretary of Labor Lewis B. SchweU lenbach an the month-loin; strike reached the point where rcnlly crippling effects on the nation »*emed> imminent. Hchwellenbach met for 90 minutes this morning with President John I-. Lewis and other union officials. He hntl talked yesterday wilh op- crmor rcprertntatlves in the long- deadlocked n«f6il«lion.s. Sitting with' Scnwellenbach were oi-picr Assistant Secretary Edward '. McOrady, who was named us ipecliil mediator last night, and conciliator Paul W. Puller, who has been seeking to nnd' n basis for reviving the negotiations since their collapse 19 days ago. Dwindling fuel supplies were ap- ,ironching the ilanitcr point in steel nnd other basic Industries. Administration officials from President TriWian down were seriously concerned over the complete lituk of progress toward ending the coal strike and Its strangling effects on Industry. The President himself will discuss the situation with government experts this week. It was apparent, however, that the administration war, bewildered as to solution. Reconversion Director John W. Siiyder. who gave Mr, Tr\i- mnn n weekend report on the dispute, told him the government slm- • ply did not know exactly what Lewis wanted. 'The coal .nilnc operators have volcix^ .the Blytheville Jaycees Sweep Honors At Arkansas Convention Blytheville's Junior Chamber of | Commerce won < top honors in the annual state convention ending yesterday at Pine Bluff and the delegation of 28 brought home glowing accounts of the compliments received for their program lo publicize Blytheville and the National Cotton Picking contest. Otho Stanlicld was elected a national director from Arkansas to achieve an aim ol the local club winch sponsored his candidacy. Tho trophy f«r advancement of Arkansas went to Blythcville, which nlso took the award for the outstanding project of the year—the widely publicized National Cotton Picking Contest. The Blylhcvtllc club, cited as outstanding In the award list, took first place in agriculture, Christmas activities and welfare funds, as well as second place in publicity and public relations. The group lost the award for general excellence "by a nose," accord- Ing to announcement. Jimtnie Sanders, president of the Blythevillc group, was elected n state vice president; a position held the past year by Jim Smothermon, and-Blytheville was selected as the 1947 convention city. The late Cecil Wroten of Blytho- villc. killed Jan. 1 in a plane crash, was posthumously awarded the slate Jaycce Distinguished Personal Service title and a resolution honoring him was adopted. The new national director will be a voting delegate to the national Jaycce convention meeting in June at Milwaukee, with the other director from Arkansas lo serve as alternate. The 35-year-old director will attend all board nieetincs of the United Slates Junior Chamber of Commerce for the coming year. Manager ot Ihc .Service Department of Langston-Wroten Mntor Company. Mr. Slanficlcl niird the unexpircd term of Cecil Wroten as state director for the Blytheville aroup and is a member of Ilic local Hoard of Directors. To promote the state of Arkansas in the eyes of the nation will br Ills aim, Mr. Stanlicld salrt following his election. There was never a dull mntnont at the convention for the Blytheville Jaycees whose colorful !>ub- 1 Icily stunts received the plaudits of the convention and entire section of Pine nhift. The largest visiting delegation used placards and stickers bearing the slogan "We're Here—Blythc- ville Jaycees—Home of the National Cotton Picking Contest." cot- the publicity theme and used posters to advance the candidacy of their Otho Stanflcld as national director. The most coveted award is the II. Grady Manning Trophy given for the advancement of Arkansas during the past year and the local men brought home the handsome trophy to be kept here until next convention time. The. Gelssenbier award for general excellence went to Pine Bluff "by a nose over lilylhevllle." The T. H. Barton award for livestock development went to the Mor- rllton Jaycees. Wllh Blylhevillc winning top honor. Plnr Bluff look first in publicity, war fund and war material conservation, wilh seconds in fire provention, sports and recreation, and youth activity. First place awards went, to El Dorado for Americanism, fire prevention and public relations with seconds In agriculture and profit making projects, The C. E. Palmer award for distinguished service to the state went to the Rev. T. c. Huff, Methodist minister ot Jasper, for the only aviation, cither individual award. Other awards were: Harrison', civic welfare funds. Har- Russellvlllc rlson: second, profit making projects. HarrlBon: sports and recreation. Texarkann; youth activity. Harrison: pasture Improvement, Morrllton: safely, Te.xarkana. J. Ben Poscy of Crossett was elected president yesterday morning nt the closing session. He served a.1 national Jaycce director for Arkansas this year. Clarence Higgins of Fort Smith was also elected national director. Other olllces for the 1946-47 term include, besides the president and Mr. Sanders as vice president; Hol- lls A. Smith of DcQuccn. Bradley KlmbrouKh ot Ozark and Jack Quinn of Sheridan as vice presidents. Photographs of the Blylhcvtlle delegation, which made the trip in a special train conch, were featured in the Pine Bluff and Little Rock newspapers which carried complimentary accounts of Blytheville's part In the convention. The convention's principal speaker was Governor Ben Laney in which he said he recognized the Importance of work Jnycccs are doing in promoting interest in affairs, development and future of the state. Chorus Groups In Top Division Local School Singers Win Praise For Part In State Festival Tlie Girls Chorus anil Mixed Chonis of Blythcville HJgh School Glee Club were given a first division rating at the SUite Festival held Friday at Norlh Little Rock High School. A second division rating was given the Boys Chorus. Receiving recognition as one of the best high school glee clubs It Arkansas, the singers were commended bf adjucators. Adjucators were Wilson Mount music director at Tech High School in Memphis and the Southland Music Fcslival to be held ,ln June; Miss Katharine Gaw ot Hcndrlx College; J. G. Metcalf. also of In- Hcndrlx College; Paul Schultz. of " Tech, and Miss Mae Whlpple or Arkndelphin. ' > To win their division .ratings, the airls chorus snug "la Tarantella" and "it Cnnnot. be a Strange Countrcc" by LUVJVSS and the Mixed Chorus sang "Out of the Night," by Luvass nnd "Dark Water" by James. The Boys Chorus sang "When Sons Is Sweet" by Sans Souci and "The Builder" by end man. A feature of the Festival was a combined concert when glee clubs sang In a concert with almost 800 voices singing. Those attending were: Sopranos, first and second: Jannlc Anderson, Betty Lou Atkins, Emma. Aycock, Peggy Barker, Mary Sue Berryman, ijo.ssle Bishop, Martha Ann Bunch. Eyclyn Cunningham. Dc- lores Enslcy, Juanita Ebcrdt, Betty Jean Flecmnn, Katherine Graham, Blllie Hawkins, Betty Holland, Gertrude Hoover, Rosemary Johnston, Mary Ann parks, Barbara Monaghan, Nancy Partlow, Nancy Richards, Jane Shelton, Frances Shouse, Joan Ttieschmann. Katherine Westbrook, Betty Wooclson, Dorothy Wright and Billy Jane Rogers. Altos: Patsy Bcsharsc, Roberta In 'the Civilian ProtQctlph Administration told the United -'Press 'thai- prodUetloii in the coal-starved steel Industry was expected 'to fall this week to DO per cent ol capac Hy , digging Into "' nost steel largest, the Carncgij —have maintained levels through the sl. dustry estimate last week was 13.8 >er cent of capacity. According to government officials, however, the ndnsiry had been gambling on a short strike and was faced now with sharp cutbacks. Railroads, too, were taking stcns to conserve, fuel. While the railroad Industry as a whole still had siKCblc coal stocks, some Individual carriers were threatened with shortages. Tho Solid Fuols Administration still had a stockpile of fuel for -release to essential consumers. At the current rate of distribution, however, that reserve was expected to be exhausted within 10 days.- Schwellenbach announced McGrady's assignment to the dispute after spending 90 minutes in a Sunday conference with the bituminous operators negotiating committee. The labor secretary then arranged today's session with Lewis and the union negotiators. One Informant said Schwellenbach told the operators the time was growing short and that it was imperative that a new contract be negotiated soon. The operators re- piled, it was said, that they- had opposed breaking off negotiations j.nd were ready to resume at any time. However, management spokesmen also were reported to have told Echwellenbach that they still Lewis' c'cmacid for a, tonnage assessment on all coal mined to finance a union-controlled welfare fund. Tlie operators have Insisted that any such tund should be Jolntediy financed and controlled and that they should raise their shure however they liked. Bfacey, Leta Rose Castilo, Rnmona Crafton, Joyce Damon, Mary Frances oalnes, Gay Garrigan, Pegpy Gillenwaler, Maxine Hill. Virginia Swearcngen, Melba Walker. Marilyn Deen. Mary Lou Joyner ana Mary Dowdy. Tenors: Chester Caidwell, Jimmy Henry, Freeman Jernigan, Billy Joyner, Buddy Llppitt, Russell Phillips, jerry R«id, Don Smart, Marion Smith, Bobby Turner and Dick Grecnwell. Basses: R. C. Allen, Luclen Coleman, Jack Elliott, Harry Fair, Joe Mack Hester, prentls Jernigan, Ben Lancashire, O. G. Redman, Homer Taylor, R, A. Friend, Grady Magec and Stanley Hood. Wanda Barham accompanied the Girls Chorus. Barbara Mon-. aghr.n, the Boys Chorus and the Mixed Group sang a cappcla. They were accompanied by Raymond S. Kenney and Mrs. Ray Wliltttnglon of the High School faculty, and Mrs. E. P. L»ncashlre, Mr. or>^ Mrs. Russell Barham, Mrs. Joe Tm ahmann and Mrs. Ro*co Cralton. The group went Thursday afternoon and returned b*r* early Saturday morning.

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