The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on December 22, 1952 · Page 7
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 7

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Monday, December 22, 1952
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MONDAY, DEC. 22, 1052 <ARTC.)' COURIER NEWS PAGE SEVEN Firing of Racing Commission May End in Court Fight LITTLE ROCK (IT) — A bltlei squabble over the discharge of seven members of Arkansas' Racing Commission may end in a court battle. Gov. Sid McMatli, who fired his appointees Saturday after they voted G-i last Thursday to ask for bids for a horse racing track at Forrest City, declared yesterday: "I'm prepared to defend my action, and my authority for it, in any court. I'll be happy to do so. If the attorney general Is unable to defend the fiction I will do so personally." At least lour of the fired commissioners contend McMath's action was illegal. McMath dismissed seven members of the 9-member board under Act T5 of 1949 which prohibits sessions by .boards or commissions to which the public and press are barred. Pulaskt County Rep. Glenn \Val- tlicv, attorney for the St. Francis Valley "Turf Association which is seeking the racing franchise, said that the law under which the governor removed the commissioners did not apply to the racing coni- mission. Don't Require Confirmation Walther said thai Act 75 amended Act 417 of 1947 and the latter statute applied only to boards and commissioners whose confirmation was required by the Senate. Tie said .that 'the racing commissioners "sip- 'pointments do not require Senate confirmation. "The governor is a lawyer,'' Wal- ther said, "He either should have read the low or consulted the attorney general. I don't think the governor's letter yesterday. (Saturday) to the commissioners Is of any force or effect. If those members do not resign I think they may proceed on their volition to receive bjds, pass on the moral and financial reason responsibility of the applicant and grant the . franchise," McMath replied sharply: "Act 75 is applicable to any board or commission which bars the public and the press from its deliberations. The seven commissioners have been dismissed. There win be no race track authorized or considered for Forrest City while I am governor." McMath leaves ofTice Jan. 13. Atty. Gen, Ike Murry said his office "certainly would" defend McMath's action if } lt was challenged in court ami the governor requested his services. McMatli mailed each of the commissioners a letter Saturday notifying them of their dismissal. None of the seven had received the letters yesterday. Commissioners removed by McMath were Chairman Van Lyell, Hot Springs; J. Ed Wright and Harry Parkin, both of Little Rock; J. H. Dickins, Magnolia; Fred Livingston, Batcsville; Ray Llmbaugh Pocahontas, and Mrs. Rudolph Ritter, Jonesboro. Joe Slecle of Springdale and John Fatten of Morriltoi are the remaining members. They did not attend the meeting. At the Thursday meeting,-whicr McMath contended was closed t newsmen, the Commission set rac UN to Study Barring of Reporter UNITED NATIONS, N. V. (/P) — The United Nations says It wants some fads before complying with a State Department request that It take a u. N. press card away from. Marcellc HUscluniunovii, a Czech woman reported (or the Pakistan Times. The State Department nsked that, her acredltation as a corrcspon-1 dent lo cover U. N. activities be lifted because it, considered her a "Ikely security risk." No evidence was presented with the request. The International organization's legal department replied that the U. N. was naturally disturbed at the U. S. request but could lake no action until reasons for it were given and the definite chnrees were sidled. In Washington, the State Department said it was looking Into the matter further. Miss Hltschnianova, a Czech citizen born of •Italian parents in Egypt, denied she was a Mibversve agent or worked against the U. S. First UHF TV Station to Begin Broadcast Soon YORK, Pa. Wj—The first commercially equipped ultra high frequency television station to go on the air—the Susquehanna Broadcasting Company's station WSBA- TV.—hopes'to start telecasting programs in 10 dtiy. ' K "•''• * fV An affiliate of the. American Broadcasting Company, station WSBA-TV (beamed .the first test patterns for an houi"'and 34 rntn- .utes early yesterday. Later the pattern was run again for three 1 hours starting at noon. | While the York station Is the Ing dates for Oaklawn Park nt Ho Springs. They took the bid vote 01 an application of the St. Franci Valley Turf Association. McMath charged that the Forres City track -propose! was supporte by the same group which unsuc cessfully sought a franchise for Dixie Downs Inc., near West Memphis. The governor said his" administration would not "be saddled with this race track boondoggle-" Five of the seven dismissed commissioners reached by the Associated Press.yesterday said the doors at the controversial meeting were closed for only a short "executive session." Events of the session were later discussed with newsmen. Parkin said "we went over the whole executive session with the reporters." Wllhooul, Commission He said that If -the meeting was Illegal, as McMath contends, then racing dates set by the commission are ineffective. The state, a result of McMath's action, is now without a Commission to set new dates. Dicklra said the meeting couldn't have been closed, to the public since his wife attended the session. Lyell said he didn't know whether the action was legal but "it's al right with me." He said he closed the meeting "for a few minutes, to try to get this thing straightenei out." He cast the sole dissenting vote against advertising for 'bids. : The'" For res iy- City : Council o Chyrch Women and the J'orres 1 City Ministerial Association have sent protesLs to McMath and th old Commission against the pro posed horse race track. Dickins said "I think the com missioners will contest the gover nor's action as a matter of prin ciple. We've done nothing ille; THIS IS A CHRISTMAS PRESENT?-Mackie McGowan, 7, in chair, and Carolyn Bauiner, 8, aren't exactly radiating happiness as they prepare to receive a Christmas present of dental work from Dr. Harold Peterson, of Fremont, Ohio, but their unusual present may pay off in health and happiness in years to come. Dr. Peterson, who recently won $3250 on a national radio show, has offered to perform needed extractions for Fremont children at no charEe, as a token of gratitude for his windfall.' 3os Supply Line Breaks Poses Bleak, Zold Christmas for St. Joseph, Mo. first on the uir, station WPPO-TVI p j e - we vc aone nothl »S ' 11e 8o In Atlantic City. N. J., hones to I ? a . 0 P.' lh "* thcy shoulcl have u > be the first to send rcgula? pro- | ££'» ^/M'lllJ'', 1 ?° "°> * cgular pi grams.' officials of the station . wanted to send their test pattern Saturday but were delayed by transmitter trouble. They finally succeeded on the air yesterday and hope to transmit programs start- Ing at 5 p.m., Two other EST, today, stations, picked up their equipment the same day as the York and Atlantic city stations from the Radio Corporaton of America plant at Camden, N. J. Stations WBRE-TV of Wilkcs- Barre, Fa:, and WSBT-TV of South Bend, Ind.. hqpe to be in operation shortly. Woman Breaks Air Speed Record MARSEILLE, France Wy—Flying H French jet fighter, Mrs. Jacqueline Aurlol, daughter-in-law of the French President, broke her own woman's speed record yesterday over a closed 100-kilometer 62.13 mile course. Her average time was 534.375 an hour. She had made 511.360 miles an hour In May, 1051. lieve In a monopoly and that' what they have at Oaklawn. w just carried out the racing law i advertising for bids." Parkin said he agreed that "«e'\ got to do something as a matter o principle.." He said .he consult? with Commissioner Wright abo'i combatting the governor's action. AFL Will Settle For Revised T-H WASHINGTON (ff) — The ne head of the American Federation ST. .JOSEPH, Mo. (rt*j — A pre- hnstniHS chill enveloped this orthwest Missouri ciby—and for mie of its 80.0CO residents there iay he at least three more shiver-; ng days ^ahcad. It was brought about by, a break n a natural gas supply line. The break Saturday shut off the nlire city's gas supply. That af- ected about 14,000 put of the 25,000 iDmes, plus 1,500 businesses. And brother, the tern pern lures lave been plenty chilly — below reezing most of the time. Today he city got sleet and snow, further lanciicapping the gas company's ef- orts to restore service. It took only a few hours to repair he break, but here's the rub: Every meter in the city most be limed off manually before gas can be sent flowing through the lines again. Then every meter has lo be lis living room and found he could keep two rooms warm. Annthnr man with memories of lie old open charcoal braziers filled a dishpan with charcoal and set/it afire, But ho has forgotten about flue. And 'his house filled -with gaseous fumes. To prevent freezing of pipes, some persons let water run continuously from their faucets, Th& fire department answered several, alarms at houses where fireplaces or temporary heating de- j vices got out of hand. Downtown hotels were sold out. The heart of the business district is heated with steam. The St. Joseph News-Press and the Gazette, evening and morning newspapers, found themselves without typesetting facilities when the gas supply went off. Fifteen of the typesetting machines use gas to melt Truman Sends £Kristmas Wish To Armed Forces WASHINGTON t&t. — President Truman in a special yuletide message (old troops in Korefi they nrc holding back aggression run! thus enabling "your countrymen and millions of oilier people" to enjo} a peaceful Christnms, In a second message issued during the^wcck end the Pi-esiden told all overseas servicemen tlyit "the task you have set for yonr- Efilves is nothing less than Ihc salvation of the world." At home, the President will deliver hts last official Christmas message to the nation Wednesday at, the 30th annual lighting of the living Chritmas tree on the Whit* House grounds. U will be| carried by radio networks nl 4:30 p.m., EST. " FRENCH CAPTURE RED ARMS—Crowds gather In Hanoi to look ai an exhibit ot captured Communist weapons, seized during "Operation Lorraine." The fighting French torces displayed th« arms to show natives that they arc fighting lo defend them from the Red menace. The weapon* were captured in a surprise attack at the enemy's rear designed to destroy Red supply tourc** somewhere in Indo-China. Oeer Demolish 4ufo in Clherfre EPPING FOREST, England ,VP|— A large stag led a charge of 25 deer against on automobile driving on a road through a forest north of London last night and knocked the car rolling over an embankment. Two occupants of the.small vehicle, an Austin 7, Mr. and Mrs William Thomas Coe, were injured SOUTHWESTERN . ARKANSAS turned on again. As a safety meas- I «w lead; for: type So containers of urc, the'gas company has its own 1 bottled gas were obtained as ^ tcm- plumbers doing- the employes •neter job rather than leaving it to ;he home owners. Although gas was back in about 100 homes last night, a company official .said tlie full supply may not be restored for the entire city until at least Christmas. Those whose houses were heated with gas cither bundled .iip in heavy clothing or moved in with Ivicnds having oil or coal heating equipment, Yon could hardly find an electrical heating appliance in any of the stores. There was a run on them shortly niter the break. One man borroived'a plumber's fHrrmce. which burns gasoline and is used to heat lead. He set it up in Labor, says the AFL, which long has r repeal. demanded repeal of the Taft-Hartley Act, no\v is willing to settle for satisfactory amendments lo the labor law. George Meany, AFI, president, said yesterday In a radio interview that tbe Nov. 4 election, results "more or less stopped" the drive for jorary .measure and the newspapers vent to press. ' The company has recruited men from its branches in other Missouri and Kansas towns to help out on :her'meters.'Many are working 24- hour shifts. * Pope Planning Annual Broadcast VATICAN CITY (/T) — Pope Pius will broadcast his annual-Christmas plea for peace Wednesday. The Vatican rndio plans to beam It around the world in 24 languages. It will be the Pontiff's 14th annual Christmas message. The Pope will speak In Italian at 11 a.m. (5 a.m., ESTJ. The first translation will be in English and other translations will follow at 45- minute intervals. Chinese pagodas have an uneven number of stories because odd numbers are considered lucky In China, THE VEEP PACKS-Surrounded by packing cases, Vice President Alben W. Barkley conducts business standing up, as he prepares to vacate his quarters In the Senate Office Building. The Veep, back on the lob after undergoing an eye operation, will return to private Bie after the forthcoming inauguration. He has served io Uw Senate. *>ce 1327. e OLD jqm ABIN STILL ' 9 Gay "Merry Xmas" with a gift as authentically Kcntuckian as llie ancient hills where Bourbon • first won fame. This year, send and serve genuine CABIN SUM,. Straight and true from OF Kaintuck' BUILDERS SUPPLY CO. DELTA LUMBER CO. HUFFMAN BROS. LBR. CO. j , MISSISSIPPI CO. LBR. CO. E. C ROBINSON LBR. CO. Distributed by Moon Distributing Co. LHlle Uock, Arkansas STITZEUWELLER DISTILLERY, LOUISVIUE, KY. KENTUCKY STRAIGHT BOURBON WHISKEY Our Five Lumber Companies Will Be , CLOSED Thursday - Friday - Saturday December 25, 26 & 27 A Very Merry Christmas To You All

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