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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OF NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI VOL. XLV—NO. 20 Blythcvllle Daily News Blytheville Courier Blythcvllle Herald Mississippi Valley Lender B1AT111CV1LLK, ARKANSAS, FRIDAY, APRIL IB, 19'19 FOURTEEN PAGES SINGLE COPIES FIVE CENTS Western Powers Ceremony Held II III "I" 1* Hold Initiative In Long Cold War Acfieson Optimistic Concerning Progress; Struggle Continues By John M. Iligli(ower WASHINGTON, April 15. iff} — Secretary of State Acheson evidently expects the cold war with Russia to last a long time. • He gives the impression that the Wc-stern world lias taken the initiative away from Russia during the hist year and a half, but tha> the end oi the struggle is not yet in sight. The final outcome will lake the Jorm of a victory for the Western democracies provided they display "unending diligence" and unending courage no mattev how difficult conditions may be." This estimate of the Western xtnflict with Russia came from the qpncrlcan secretary of state yesterday during a luncheon meeting of dclep.ates to the Council of the Inter-American Defense Organization. Achpson had first delivered ft address In which he dealt in general and familiar terms with the world situation. Later he spok« again Informally and without prior preparation in response to a toast to the United States. Diploma Us attached particular importance to his words to the ex- Bricks Rain In Quake At School Site Cornerstone Placed For New Building. For Negro Pupils The cornerstone for the new Neero htuh school was laid yesterday ac special ceremonies at the building sit-; and Max B. Reid, president oi the Blythcvllle School Board, told city and srhool officials, and studcn's and fnculty at Harrison High School that It was hoped that the building would bo ready for occupancy September 1. The foundation for the one-story brick and tile structure is under construction, and plumbers from the Asa Terhune Company of Memphis continued laying pipe during the formal inauguration of the building yesieiday. Hushes and Company was granted (he contract February 4, and construction stalled imme- diiiiely. In his address at the cornerstone layins. Mr. Reid stated that even with the new building underway, there was not an adequate school in the entire system of Blytheville Schoc'ls. He indicated Unit proposed expansion would include a gym, auditorium, improved vocational building and a road connecting Mathis Street to the Negro section of Blytheville, and rented lands for the Harrison agricultural students to carry on succesful farm courses, for the Negroes, and similar improvements for each of the white tent that they reflected the views of America's foreign policy chief at the end of a particularly successful period of Western diplomacy. In this period Achcson has been the centra! figure. He spoke against the background of the signing of the Atlantic treaty here two weeks ago and complete agreement among the United States, Britain and France on the future of Western Germany a week ago. While Acheson did not specifically refer to these achievements or to the European recovery program in his brief talk he did declare that "in the past 18 months the forces of liberty have gained the initiative." "We arc approaching the time,' he added, "when we can sneak on ecut' terms with those who do no' • ' splri equs This photo shows damage to automobiles from falling bricks in downtown Scuttle during strong earthquake Wednesday. Heavy snocks were felt from Portland,, Ore., novth to the Canadian border and eust across the Cascades. The quake tai.'ered off 111 Vancouver, n. C., nnd was lighter in E'.isleru Washington, Eastern British Columbia and Central Oregon. In Seattle, cornices of buildings fell, lire escapes were ripped loose, windows and water mains orokcn and walls cracked. lAP Wlrcpholo.) agree with us—not only In of friendship but with strength." However, he made clear that h does not believe the newly woi unity and the growing strength o t'h'c'Wesltru wools'* i.iean tnaflho Russians will quickly come to terms. "I should like to say our troubles are, In my opinion, only temporary and that they will shortly disappear," Acheson declared. "But I cannot In honesty say this." Quake Damage Increased to $75,000,000 SEATTLE, April 15. (ff>)—The Pacific Northwest's $15,000,000 earthquake struck two days ago, but results of the shaking still are causing trouble. Bricks periodically arc spilling to the pavement in Seattle's downtown area after being shaken loose In Wednesday's two-minute temi- lor. Eight deaths were attributed to the quake, four from cascading bricks and wails, three from heart .lUacks and one from a stroke doc- Mvs said resulted from excitement. "More than 60 persons in various western Washington cities required treatment lor injuries. The $15,000,000 estimate of. dain- age was made last night by Charles W. Bryant, state director of civil defense. He conducted a telephonic survey of eight cities which report.- eded roughly $6,400.000 in damages Bryant said that by th- time he rece'ved figures from seven other quake-rocked cities he felt the $15,- 'OOO.OOo figure would be reached or passed. Hudson Joins Parade Of Car Manufacturers Announcing Price Cuts DETROIT, April 15— liP)— Hudson Motor Car Co. joined the pricecut- tinii parade today. The auto firm slashed prices SIS to S100 on all models. It is tlK seventh car manufacturer to do so President A. W. Barit said a 20 year sales record was set in thi past three months. This, he sale and "slight saving in certain mater lals costs" made the reductions pos sible, Chrysler Corp. Is the only majo manufacturer which has yet to joir In the recent price-cutting trcm schools. Buildinr Belter Race Relations In concluding Mr. Reid stated that the new building, in the minds of members of the Blytheville board of education, was dedicated to building the Negro race in Bly- thevllle .mentally, physically and morally, and to continue good relations here between the two races. Mr. Reid, was introduced by W. B- Nicnolson. superintendent of the. Blytheville Schools, who was high in'his praise o! the Negro supporters of the school project. He pointed out that $4.400 of the $5.600 purchase price for the location of the building had been contributed through Negro solicitation. Dr. B. E. Roberts, chairman of the building I'und. when Introduced later, indicated t'.iat the entire purchase price would be reached through the buildr.w fund committee. Following Mr. Reid's address C. A. Hicks, a representative of the Division of Negro Education in the .State Departrrjerit^qf,. Education., pointed oiu. i.ial Negrb ; boys 'and girls must accept individual respon - sibiiity lor bettering their health, human relations, and intelligence. City Pledges Support Dovle Henderson, who assumed his duties as mayor of Blytheville, TucirtP.y night, pledged the support of the administration to the proposed expansion in educational facilities of the Negroes and praised them for their work on the funds. Along with the mayor, Mr. Nicholson and Mr. Reid, the- city was represented by W. C. Gates, L. O. Nash. J. L. Nabers, aldermen, Rosco and Rupert Crafton. Murray Smart, and Jinimie Sanders. Miss Winnie Virgil Turner, supervisor of elementary education in Blytheville also attended. The faculty members and the majority of the 746 .students at Harrison attended the ceremonies. $70,000 Goal For Missco In Jewish Drive toycee Cotton Picking Contest Director Names Committeemen The gor.l Tor the 1949 drive for Mississippi Comity's united Jewish Appeal has l>cen set at $10.0DO, H. H. Levitch, chairman of the local drive announced today. Mr Lcvitch explained that the county's quota was a part in the $250,000,000 national United Jewish Appeal campaign for mass settlement in Israel, emigration and rc^ habililation in Europe and North Africa ami refugee aid in tile United States Mr. Levitch pointed out that wilii the aid of Oic dollars collected during the campign the Jewish displaced persons problem in Europe could be ended, and Israel could resettle 25,000 immigrants each month. Citing the "almost incredible achievements" of the'new Slate ol Israel in admitin^ and resetllins 130.000 immigrants\durirfs 1948. Mr Levitch predicted that at least 250.000 homeless Jews would enter Israel miring 19 49 "The Jews in Israel arc already making history as builders of a new land of freedom," he said, "and am confident that the people -o this county will write a successfu chapter in that history by our sup port In this appeal." It h?..s been estimated that th' United Jewish Appeal agencies wil furnish supplementary food ration, to more than 300,000 people ii Eastern Europe, care for as man; children and help 160,000 famtlle. to become self sufficient again, buil 50,000 housing units, purchase 200. ! 000 acres of land for agricultura settlement, and create over 150 settlements in the Ncgcv. Hew Endurance Record Set by Two Fliers in The Air for Thirty Days FULLER-TON. Calif,, April 15 (iP> —With a new world's endurance ccord on their log, Dick Riedcl and ill Harris droned on today toward heir goal of 1,000 hours—six full recks aloft. Tl\^v sailed past the 726-hour nark established in 1939 by Wes Jaroll and Clyde Schlieper of Ion? 3eac,i, Call/., and radioed to their ionic field here. We fcol wonderful and the cn- ine's ptirinp as smoothly as It did in tike-off 30 days ago." Riedel and Harris, however, did lot officially receive credit for lew record until they hit the 727- lot.r rr.nrk at 6:44 p.m. (PST) yes- ;eiday. Barls was at the controls ol :he little Aeronca monoplane Sun- \ist Lady and swooped low across :he field to salute the crowd. "We'll see you In a couple of week? or a month," the pilots told their wives over 3 loudspeaker on the field. forecast: Partly cloud this afternoon, tonight and Satur day. A little cooler in east an south portions this afternoon an tonight, and warmer ill northwcs portion Saturday. Missouri forecast: Clearing north east, fair west and south; coldc with heavy to killing frost or freez ing temperature tonight: low to night 25-30 north, 28-35 south; fa and warmer Saturday and Sunday Minimum this morning—42. Maximum yesterday—78. Sunset today—6:32. Sunrise tomorrow—5:27. Precipitation 24 hours to 7 a.m today—none. Total since Jan. 1—22.10. Mean temperature (midway be tween high and low)—60, Jack Rawlings Young Pastor and Wife Electrocuted When Snow Pulls Wire Down GRAND ISLAND. Neb., April 15. 't —A young pastor nnd his wife were electrocuted nt a trailer camp near Gr~-id Island today in an accident blamed Indirectly on a snowstorm yesterday. The Rev. and Mrs. Melvin Woods, both about 20. of Grand Island, Neb., were killed when they came In contact with a 2.300 volt wire downed in the storm. State Highway Patrolman Lawrence Felling said he saw Mrs Woods' body lying near the car and trailer as he drove past the camp. Investigating, Felling found the couple dead. Felling said Woods had been changing a tire on his car when he came in contact with the wire. Mrs Woods was in a nightgown and apparently had come out of the trailer to investigate. Tile young couple's year-oiri child was in the trailer uninjured, Felling said. The Rev. Mr. Woods became pastor of the Church of God at nerwyn and Wiessert, Neb., last September. Soybean Data To Be Studied By Committee The history of soybean production in Mississippi County, which probably will lie used as a basis for expected crop, acreage and marketing quotas, was to be reviewed at the annual meeting of the Mississippi County Soybean Planning Committee, a subcommittee of the 'ounty Agricultural Committee. The dinner meeting was scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Hotel Noble, nnd a program for the year was :o be outlined, with discussions relative to production of soybeans I here due to take top spot on the agenda. Variety tests results, production recommendations, beans as a ba.slc commodity, storage and" soybean oil, and the establishment of a national council, similar to that of the National Cotton Council, were due to be discussed. This committee, composed of about 20 members, will also discuss plans for the third annual soybean yield contest, which Is usually sponsored by the Junior Chamber of Commerce to further Interest in Soybean production here. The committee is composed of Chairman George Hnle. Vance Dlx- on, H. C.. Knappenbcrger, E. B. Woodson. J. L. Gunn, J. O. Edwards. John Stevens, Jr., Hlldred Bunch, Jim Sinothcrman, John Bearden, Carl Wallace, Keith J. Bilbrey, E. E. Chandler. C. F. Tompkins. L. G. Nash. Virgil Johnson Ralph Monroe. Fred Davis, Charles Brogden, and C. L. Wylle. Members' of the 1049 National Cotton Picking Contest Committee were named today by Jack finwlings, genenil chairman of the 10th annual event to be held here this fall. Four advisory members, three of them contest chairmen, also were appointed by Mr. nnwltiiRS. Tho committee will hold Its first mcctln 1 ; tomorrow nli'.ht al 1:30 in the Genera! Contract Purchase office. 100 South 5th, to set a dale for the contest. Th'.T will be the sixth cotton picking contest to be .sponsored by the Blythcvllle Junior Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Rttwlinp.i named the following members of the conlest committee; Ramon Morton, secretary; Jacx Owens, treasurer; Larry Kneas, registration; Louis f-ynch, entertainment; H. L.''Ralse)1,'soUot- 'iitiiiSi; A. .V Fredrloltc'iu.-'.iSr UcHy director; J. T. Sudbury. radio publicity: A. S. (Todd- Harrison, legal adviser; Leonard Johnson and L. O, Thompson, Jr., concessions; Harry Levitch clothing from Cotton Bags Cuitest director, and Hunter Kimbro. Meld judges. W. E. Young. William H. Wyatt, Jami'.s Nebhut and T. Jennings Bailey were named as advisory members, Mr. Young was contest chairman in 1048, Mr. Nebhut in 1047 and Mr. Wyatt In 1946. Mr. Bailey was publicity director for last year's contest. Eight members of the 1949 committee also served on the 1948 committee, 'six of them in the same capacities. These Include Mr. Owens. Mr. Sudbury, Mr. Harrison, Mr. Fredrlckson, Mr. Wyatt and Mr. Nebhut, who were re-appointed. Mr. Rawlings and Mr. Bailey. Mr. Rawlings was entertainment chairman list year and Mr. Bailey was publicity director. Missing Man's Bullet-Riddled Body is Found Fisherman ii Held In Pcmiscot Jail On Murder Charg* llocly of S. J. Olb.son, ibout 40, who disappeared from a levee neni Ciirulliersvllle, Mo., oil February 8 has l>cen recovered from backwater of the Mississippi River and * coni- morelnl fisherman, Henry Bcrry- ninn, In held In the Pomlsco County Jail on a charge ot first degree murder, It was disclosed todny. Deputy Sheriff Milton King of Canuheisvlllc stild that the suspect was twins held without bond. The officer .said Berrynmn admitted having quarreled with Gibson on the day lie disappeared but denies having shot him. Tho bo<ly was recovered about 6 ii. in. yesterday and an Inquest wns conducted last night by James Osburn. Pcmlscot County coroner, who held that Gibson died of gunshot woi:nd8. Shot In Head, Shoulder The deputy sheriff said today Hint R charge from R shotgun struck Gibson In the shoulder and head. Tho body WHS found about two miles north of CaruthersvlllB between two lovees In backwater from Hie river. Gibson was believed to have gone to Berrymnn'i place to buy fluh on February 8, and went with Hcrrymim to a dock, which was surrounded by water al the time. The officer said that Berryinan admitted having argued with dlb- son over the route to take In returning from the dock to the levee un claimed that the last he snw of Gibson he was walking along the old levee. He left Ijlm there but returned later, he told the officer, to search for him. The levee at Battle Lines Form For Bitter Debate On Health Program WASHINGTON, April 15. (AP)~A committee backing President Truman's health insurance program contended today that comprehensive voluntary insurance plans are blocked by "organized medicine's monopoly controls." New Police Chief the lime was surrounded by water. Officers said that a witness hud been located who saw Gibson running on the levee. The witness was on another levee about a quarter of a mile away and lost sight of the man when he disappeared behind some brush. Hat Found Week* Ago After Mrs. Gibson hart reported her husbnTW missing, the officers searched the old leva* and found his hat. Berryman w»« taken Into custody on » technical charge at that time and released under bond of (1,000. He wan rearrested yesterday and held without bond for flrat degree murder. No date for his preliminary hearing has been set. Gibson, a cotton glnner, had lived In Caruthcrnvlllc about eight months before ho disappeared. He Is survived by his widow and six children. Mrs. Gibson now U living In Maiden, Mo. The body Is »t the H. S. Smith Funeral Home in Ca- ruthersvlllc. Arrangements had not been completed this morning. John Foster (ubovcl IB Blythc- vlllc's 'lew chief ofi-pollce, succeed- I!IK Charles Short. A veteran peace officer, Mr. Foster previously nerved for 12 years on the force here from 1933 to 1945. Ho also served us a deputy sheriff here from Jan. 10 until he took offloe a> police chief Tuesday night. + The Committee on the Nation's Health, headed by Dr. Charming Frothlnghnni, past president ol the Miusncliuseltn Slate Medical 80- oltly, sent a rc|x>rt on the subject to Mr Truman. Senator Murray (D-Mont) said the administration health plan- Including a compulsory Insurance featurc-.-probably will be Introduced within 10 days. Attacks AMA "Monopoly" Tin' report submitted by tht Frolhlngham group said "monopoly practices of the American Medical Association's state and county societies "are depriving American families of teller Mid more com- pichciiMve medical Insurance plans nt rc'i.vmablo costs." Tho American Medical Association Is an outspoken critic of compulsory health Insurance, calling Ifc socialise, medicine: Tho Frolhlngluun report said "special laws Instigated by medical societies" hiwo been enacted In 22 statc«. "In effect preventing the establishment of voluntary health Insurance plans unless they are controlled by organized medicine." Senators opposed to President Truman's proposals already have Jumped the gun on the administration by offering legislation of their own to expand medical »nd hospital .services. A bill Introduced yesterday by Cscco/o Attorney Heads Vets of Foreign Wars James Hyatt, attorney of Osceoln, was elected last night to head the Osceola Veterans of Foreign Wars the commander. He succeeds Mitchell D. Moore. Other officers elected to serve the 1049-1950 term were: Roy Cunningham, senior vice commander; Victor Cox, Jr., vice commander; Mitchell Moore, judge advocate; Harry Llvenstfln, quartermaster, and E. A. Hook, chaplain. Fred Smith was elected for a three-year term as trustee. Other trustees previously named are Sam Hodges and Lcroy Owens. During the business session proceeding the election of new officers, the members asked that the Incoming commander select Doss Mathc- ney as the new post adjutant, which Is an appointed office. Installation of the new officers will take place April 27 with a dinner meeting at the Rustic Inn. Rape Suspect Enters Plea of 'Not Guilty' Hollis Edward Needham, 26-year- old Blythcvllle man charged with tlic rape of an eight-year-old girl last Sunday, entered a plea of not guilty when he was arraigned late this morning hi Chlckasnwba Dis- Irlct of Mississippi County Circuit Court. After accepting Necdham's plea. Judge Charles W. Light of Paragould ordered him sent to the State Hospital In Little Rock for a period of observation not to exceed 30 days. Judge Light imposed sentences on 1, prisoners this morning, suspended six of them, continued three cases for sentencing and affirmed three Municipal Court decisions. A jury yesterday afternoon returned a verdict of guilty of contributory dellnnuency against Ormand Oelson and recommended a $500 fine and a one-year Jail term A motion for a new trial was filed nnd bond set at $1.000. Oelsen was fined .'50 and sentenced to 90 days on the county farm Wednesday when found guilty of enticing a minor from Its parents In connection with the sami case. Manila Men Pledge $600 For Memorial \An additional $211.50 WOK added In Blytht'Viite contributions toward the War Memorial Fund; \etng col- lectt-d by the Mississippi County M«morln! Association, today, and WOO guaranteed in Manila U> bring the total to »I.9«6. with le.« than a week of solicitation completed. At least »5.000 must be raised. The l«00 pledged 111 Manila was underwritten by a small group of men who said they hoped to raise the entire amount In a single day. Six communities, Manila, Box Elder, Luxora. Joiner, Yarbro and Blytheville have made reiwrts, but no collections have l>cRn announced by workers In other communities. Blythevllle has subscribed a total of »B18. Funds collected are to go toward lie erection of a memorial honoring ,he Mississippi County men nnd worm-n In both World Wars and rearing the names of Ihose killed. Collections in Dlythcvllle today ncludcd: 125 each for Floyd A. While, the Daughters of the American Revolution, and The Dogwaad Home Demonstration Club; and Wcls Butane Ons Company; $10 each from H. Q. Partlow, Russell Phillips Tractor Co., Roland Green, and Dr. W. A. Grlmmctt; $5 each from O. G. Smith, Peerless Cleaners, D. M. Matthews. Kelly's Cafe, E. H. Ford, Senators Taft (R-Ohto), H. Alexander Bmlth tR-NJ) and -Donnell IR-Mo) provides for federal expenditures of over »1,350,000,000 In the next five years to aid states In developing health programs, Similar Bill Tending A somewhat similar bill was offered last month, without »ny ««- tlmntn ot the cost. Senators Hill (D-Aln), O'Conor (D-Md), Withers (D-Ky), Alken (R-Vt) and Mor&f (R-Orc) Joined In sponsoring It. Under both measures, states could use federal funds to buy membership In voluntary health and hospital Insurance programs for persona who can't afford to *> » themselves. - ^'tC •-. "i&irllor In the session Murray Introduced a compulsory health Insurance bill but he said the admlh* liwtvftiiou -.measure will be much more, comprehensive. Murray said the bill offered by Tafl,. Donucll and Smith would lead to a "vast bureaucratic system of .socialized medicine" and "directly Into the Russian system of stato-medlcine." Thus, he turned on To't and others the same cry of socialized medicine they have raised against the program urged by President Truniun. W. D. Crocker, Chapman Service Station, and Sheriff William Beryman; »2 each from M. F. Taylor John Chlu, and M. A. Archer: $2.50 from Miss Elizabeth Blythe, Harvey Merit, and P. E. Cooley; $3 Iron Jim Fors.vthc; unit $1 each from MI.S.S Funicp Brogden, Campbell Poo Hall. O. H. Daws, Miss Edna Dowland. Fulgham Grocery. Ted Fowler Melvin Hnl.sell, Ted Lister, Mr. Lcd- bctlcr. Sterling Martin, Eddie Mc- Oro^ry, McCormtck Grocecry, C. C Purcel!, Shcrln Brothers, and E. M Walker Suffers Hip Injury Mrs. Clara Hornbergcr was I Campbell's Clinic In Memphis today where she Is receiving treatment for a fractured hip suffered yesterday In a fall In her back yard. Two Manila Men Sentenced on Pleas of Guilty Two of the four Manila men arrested on federal charges Involving alleged Inlcrestale transportation of stolen automobiles have entered >leas of guilty before Federal Judge Marlon S. Boyd In Memphis, It WM disclosed here today. ' ' ' Troy Blnckwood was given a sentence of two years In prison/and Elbert Lomax was sentenced to serve 18 months, pleas ot guilty were entered by each to charges of transporting and disposing of. stolen cars. The announcement of the court action was made In Jonesboro through Edwin J. Foltz, director in Arkansas for the Federal Bureau ol Investigation. The fourth arrest In the case was made Sunday when ira Blackwood v was taken into custody antJ arraigned In Jonesboro the next day. The other defendant Is Charles Justice, who Is being held on charges to be presented to the federal" grand jury for the Eastern District of Arkansas. Russian Propagandists Helping the West to Popularize ERP Cries from Moscow That Enslavement of Europe is Objective Fail and Thoughtful Europeans After a Year Set it as Powerful Tool for Peace. By Daniel De Luce PARIS, April 15. (/T)—Soviet Russia Is unintentionally helping to populari7e the European recovery program in Western countries. Red accusations that ERP's multibillion dollar aid is an American trap to enslave Europe ring hollowly as evidence piles up to the contrary. Moscow propaganda works on the recent Goebbels theory that it you repeat something often enough, people will believe It. It disregards a principle stated a century ago by an American: You can't fool all of the people all of the time. ERP's own publicity—or to use the official term, Information—Is directed in 19 participating areas by a staff headed by Alfred H. Friendly, veteran reporter on leave of absence from the Washington Post. The staff, about 55 Americans and 20 Europeans, Is scattered over the continent. It is part of the Economic Cooperation Administration, a streamlined American governmental agency in charge of ERP. The ECA Information budget in Europe Is barely $500.000 a year. Half of that is In foreign curency from counterpart-funds set up by Individual countries to match their dollar-aid from the United States. Frlendly's Information staff Is small because ERP countries are pledged to do most of the publicity about recovery for themselves. Britain, Italy, and the Scandinavian powers have been first-class in Informing their publics of ERP plans, hopes and achievements. Some others are as yet less cfleclive. Co-operation Voluntary Friendly, who gets along on his Information budget without asking for more, estimates that Communist spend 20 times as much on denouncing the ERP, as is spent by all other sources in defending it. ECA buys no European newspapers, subsidizes no editors. Yet on ihe whole it can report a generous allotment of space by free publishers to news and comment on recovery. In France alone. Communists have 30 newspapers and periodicals dedicated to fighting ERP. But favorable newspaper coverage is fragmentary at best. E.RP involves knotty questions of trade, production, finance and international economics. Reducing these to ABC for the average reader is a never-ending problem. Special pamphlets, hi ECA's opinion, help to meet this lack. One by the Norwelgan Labor Party, CT- partles In Western Europe probably, 2,000,000 Norwegians plaining ERP, was distributed to ERP documentary films have been made in France, Italy and Austria. More nre apparently needed. Letters a Handicap A handicap for ECA Information men is that the original title of the recovery program—the Marshall plan—was formally shelved. Marshall, of Itself, wns a name with loads of personal and historic significance. In its place are alphabelcal combinations: ERP, ECA, and OEEC, the latter standing for. Organization for European Economic Coopcra, lion, In which 19 participant governments confer. "How could anyone cheer for OEEC?" one European premier has asked. "I can't even pronounce it wllhout stuttering." A greater handicap for ECA Information men Is that ERP aid Is split Into many Indirect forms. In- cluding remote banking operations. Its effects are widely diffused and correspondingly difficult for the average European to measure. A French farmer acquiring an ERP tractor or a textile manufacturer In Italy obtaining ERP spindles is not getting something for nothing, as far as he Is concerned. He pays the full market price In francs or lira. What he pays goes Into the counterpart-fund, which his government may use for almost anything from building a power station to paying off part of the national debt. Not SeeKlnr FUttery •( U.S. As ECA sees it, the primary purpose of ERP Information Is not to stimulate European flattery of the United States. It is to encourage enthusiastic support by 270,000,000 Eu- ropcuns for ERP projects »nd poli- clet in th« common wtlftn. Some of these policies, like working harder and skimping on luxuries, run counter to Individual desires. Yet they are necessary. Second guessing, It appears that Soviet strategists made the mistake of overplaying their hand In opposing the goal of an economically healthy Western Europe. When crippling strikes were called In the West, large groups of organized workers eventually deserted Communist-controlled unions for those that were not. Now a European trade union advisory committee works cljsely with ERP officials to keep labor behind the ERP, Communist propaganda it 11 screams that ERP means war. But after a year of watching It In operation, thoughtful' Europeans add: ERP means that If then Ii & inr, Vew Mayor Announces Six Council Committees Mayor Doyle Henderson today announced appointment of aldermen to six standing committees of the City Council. He named the following three- man committees, each of which will name its own chairman: Street—W. C. Cater, Harry Taylor and Jodie L. Nabers. Finance—Louis G. Nash, Leslie Moore and Mr. Cates. Purchase—Jlmmie Sanders, Rupert Crafton and Mr. Nabers. Bullding-^I. Wilson Henry. Mr. Moore and Mr. Nash. Light and Water—Mr. Sanders, Mr. Crafton and Mr. Henry. Health and Sanitation—Mr. Taylor, Mr. Nabers and Mr. Cates. All the aldermen are members ot the Police and Fire Committees. the West win it. Fishermen Stranded On Islands in New Lake Near Pop/or Bluff POPLAR BLUFF, Mo., April 15. • (/P) — Many fishermen were stranded. on Islands In Wappapello Late yesterday and all last night as » itronc wind whipped the l»ke into * foam- Ing fur}-, but so far M could be determined tod*y UMT* WM of lift. no tarn

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