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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OF NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI VOL. XLV—NO. 23 Blytheviltc Dally News Blytheville Courier Blytlievillc Herald . Mississippi Valley Leader BI.YTHEVILLK, ARKANSAS, TUESDAY, AP1UI, 19, 19-19 FOURTEEN PAGES SINGLE COPIES FIVE CENTS £air Association Discloses Plans For Auditorium Woman's Building Would Include Stage for Concerts Formal application will be made tomorrow to Ihe State Board of Fiscal Control In Little Rock for use of $50,000 by the Mississippi Counts Fair Association for the construction of a women's building in walker Park, it was disclosed today bj L. H. Autry of Bm-detie, president of the association. Mr. Autry said that tentative plans of the fair board, which me last night in the City Hull, call foi a building which would provide a headquarters for home demonstration clubs and at the same time permit construction of n building will an auditorium and stage whicl would make it suitable for use hi t ; Blytheville Civic Music Asso" atlon and other organization: which might find need for such i building on special occasions. The preliminary plans call for a building which also can Ix; used fo conventions and similar large gath erings and a kitchen will be include so that meals can be served In Hi auditorium. Must Match Stale Funds In order to erect the building wit: funds allocated by the Arkansa General Assembly, the fair association must match the state funds with S2 for each $1 advanced, by the etate. H was suggested, however, that tills probably coutd IK done since the association already has a site which can be used for such a building and that the cost of the building site would be considered as a part of U'e local agency's contribution toward the cost of the structure. Mr. Autry said that he would go to Little Rock tomorrow to attend a meeting of the State Legislative Council and while in the capital he would file the formal application for the proposed building with members iK the Board of Fiscal Control in ^rder that construction can be started as quickly as possible, if the project wins approval. Committee Is Named A committee was named last night to confer within architect on the building plans. Servi^yj ori thlF t porri- mittee will be Mr. Autiy as president of the fair board; R. E. Blny- Jock, who Is secretary of the board, and the .following board members: W. P. Pryor and Jesse Taylor. The fair boarcf'St the meeting last night discussed the general budget for the 1949 county and district fair and livestock show which is to be conducted September 20 to 25. Approximately 510,000 will be available for premiums to be paid to exhibitors, and another $10,000 Held In Slayings Greet Goodwillers Memphis and Blytheville shook hands all around yesterday Biitl swapiwd invitations to each city's biggest annual uvenl. Wcury from a full day's lour of Northeast Arkansas and Southeast Missouri but still In good spirits, the goodwill lour of tut Memphis Cotton Carnival rolled Into Blylhevlllc about 5:30 yesterday evening to extend nil invitation to attend 'The World's l)lgv«l Party" In Memphis May 8-15. * ; Blytheville, Osceola Nationalist Decision to Reject ^^^ -^^b. M - J I ' ^ Demands of Reds Is Reported Freight Train Piles Up on Curve Twice married Mrs. Inez Gertrude Brannan, 45, and her 16-year-old son, Robert (second from left) arc shown a? they lefl the court room at Dover, Del., after being charged with first decree murder in the slaying of 70-year-old Wade Wooldridge of Bedford, Va. Mrs. Brannan admitted today that she and Robert and another son killed Wooldridge and another man. Hugo Schultz, 66, of Epson, N. h On the left is State Detective Joshua Beivneit and on the right is Trooper Burrlll McCoy. (AP Wirephoto.) Mother Admits She and 2 Sons Killed 'Lonely Hearts Victims DOVER, Del., Aprii 19. </!')- A stocky. 43-year-old brunette tearlillly admitted today she and two of her sous killed two men she met, through "lonely hearts club" letters. +- , has been allocated for othe eral expenses. r gen- It Is planned to paint all buildings inside and out and an effort will be made to try and complete the paving of the principal drive through the park. Part of the drive was paved last summer. o expected projects School Problems To Be Discussed At Special Forum Two forums on educational improvements for Blytheville are to GE conducted Thursday by the Educational Committee of liie Blytheville Chamber of Commerce, with a delegation from Joncsborc to discuss educational ,,._ J ._ VM winch have gained nation-wide recognition. The Jonesboro group, headed by Herbert McAdams. attorney and president of the Jonesboro School Board, will explain their projects (o the Blytheville Rotary Club at noon, and Immediately following will conduct a forum in the municipal court room for the Chamber of Commerce, school board members, nnd others working toward educational betterment here. In preparation for expansion of school building programs, the educational committee here, headed by Oscar Fcndlcr. has recently reviewed the present facilities and noted where improvements were needed most, and was scheduled to visit neighboring schools which have completed school improvement programs recently. The board of directors for the Blytheville Chamber of Commerce will meet following the second forum for the regular session. Since Friday night. Mrs. Inez Brennan had steadfastly denied any knowledge of the slaying.; to which first her son, Robert, then Raymond confessed. But Delaware State Police vmrler Col. Edgar Barnes continued questioning her about the deaths of Wade N. Wooldridge. 70, of Bedford, Va., and Hugo Schultz, 66. Epson, N. H. Finally they played for her recordings of the sons telling how the mv n "were .^hot itfn'-the V^~3. bnrie< ! , m a piBi'.in on th6 Brennan farm; later the bodies were dug up, burned and scattered on the city dump. Mrs. Brennan fainted. Revived, she sobbed to Col. Barnes: "The way the boys said it, that's how it was.." Earlier lie announced the two sons—half brothers—signed confessions. - Mr.s. Brennan and one of her sons. Robert. 16. already have been charged with murder in the slaying of Wooldriapc. similar charges will be filed tomorrow in the Schultz kilting, he said. The other son, Raymond, 23, is in custody as an accessory. The Wooldridge slaying was disclosed last Saturday by Barnes. Describes Slaying A^ a press conference, the state police officer described how- the elderly Southerner was shot witil a 12 gauge shotgun. He said the victim \va.s buried In a pigpen on the Brc-nneii form. Lutcr the body was dug up and burned and his charred remains reburicd on the Dover city dump. Early last night, Barnes told reporters fci.s investigators had linked the Brer.nans witli a second slaying which he said also resulted from a lonely hearts ciub correspondence. Barnes .said his men found "a bushel basket" of letters from lonely men who evidently read Mrs. Brennan's advertisements. Thomas stretch, 63, Canton, N. J.. farmer, contacted police and said he hid received three letters from Mrs. Brennan, one only a day before her arrest. Stretch .said he visited Mrs. Brennan and her two sons and "they treated rue line. "I looked over her farm and even stood by the pigpen. If I had any money 1 might have been alongside the men who were buried there," he added. Barnes said he believed the motive was robbery although Woold- ridpc was reported to have only $1,500 when he went to Dover. Rubinoff Faces Busy Schedule In Blytheville City officials and Ja. .ces will meet Dave RubinofI at the Municipal Airport tomorrow morning and will escort him to Blytheville High School where lie will'begin a scries of violin performances here. The famed concert violinist and ills equally famous Stradivariiis will arrive here at 9 a.m. alter a night from Fanmngtoi), Mo., where lie is appearing today. His first performances here will be at free assemblies In schools here and nearby communities. RubinofT will play first for Blytheville High School students and then for an assembly of junior high and Central grade school pupils. During the morning he also will play at Burdette and Armorel schools. At noon, he will appear at the weekly meeting of the Kiwanis Club in Hotel Noble. His first full-length performance will begin at 2:30 p.m. in Memorial Auditorium. An evening performance is scheduled for 8:15. The RubinofT concert is being sponsored And In rrelprorallon. Ihe Memphis delegation was invited to return to "King Cotton's Capital" on Oct. 7 to attend the 10th annual National Cotton Picking Contest. Blytlievlllc WHS .stopover No. II on the tour's two-stale itinerary yesterday. After leaving Blylhcvillc, the tourists heiidcd for Osceola where they were guests at a dinner given by civic clubs there. The dole- uak'.s appeared In front oi the CUy Hail here. In both Mississippi County .seals, the mayors were presented mementos. In addition, Mayor Doyle Henderson of Blylhevillc and Mayor Urn K Butler. Sr., of Osceola received their "tickets" for a trip on the royal barge at the opening of the Cotton Carnival. Mementos Pri-s'ented Bolh were presented scrolls by Mt-Kuy Van Vlect. president of the Cotton Carnival Assochillon. These enlltled them to passive on the br.iRR whrn it docks at Mrm phi.'i to officially open the week's fcstivllles. City Commissioner Louis Grashoi presented the mayors with their mementos of the tour. Mr. Grashot trrtr.rd the walling crowd In Hly- thcville as the "finest turnout" tha greeted the tour yesterday. After talks by many of the Cot ton C'iriilval delegation, the Mem phlans were invited to attend th Nali.inal Cotton Picking Contes here by Jack Rawllngs, chairman of the contest committee of the Bly- thevll'.e Junior Chamber of Commerce. s[K>nsors of the event. The Memphis Goodwillers also brought p.long samples of the beauty that is to be a feature of the carnival. These "samples" included Miss Mlml Parker. Queen of Die 1949 Cotton Carnival; Miss Katherlne Wright, of Pascagonla. Miss.. 194!) alternate Maid of Cotton; Miss Htl- ma Seav. 1947 Maid of Cotton; and Miss Amelia Russell, 1048 Royal Club piincess. Thesi. were joined by Blythevlllc's contribution to the Carnival's parade ot beauty. Miss Eloise Barnes. wrx>. was .sel^ct.eo'. .by* the Junior Chamber of.Commerce here »s tills city's "Lady oi the Realm." Mayors Extend \Vclcomrfi Mayor Henderson welcomed the tour to Blytheville and offered the Srt AIEMrilMNS on Fnac It President Signs Foreign Aid Bill Eight Pens Used As $5,580,000,000 Fund Is Made Available WASHINGTON. April 10, M'J— President Truman today signed the $5,580.000.000 Ruropean recovery authorization bill. Mr. Truman used eight pens hi Ihe signing, giving one to each of Ihe seven witnesses and keeping one for Senator Vandenbeig III- Mlchl who was unable to lie present for the White House ceremony. Present for Ihe signing In Mr. Truinun'.s ovul room office were Secretary of Slnlc Ai'licson, Chairman Connally (D-Tex) of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee; Chairman Kee (D-w House Foreign Affairs Vn) of the Committee; by the merce. Junior Chamber ot Com- RubinolT's escort from the airport will be joined at Fiftii and Main Streets by the Blytheville High School Band. The procession will move eastward en Main to Second and proceed to the high school via Walnut Street. RubinofT, his wife and accompanist will be flown here by Ernest Halsell, manager of the Blytheville Municipal Airport. They will fly to JefTersojl City. Mo., Thursday for a concert there. Fatal Gunshot Wounds Held to Be Accidental « 5outh Mississippi County officers -mounced today that the death Sunday of Dan Edward Howard 17, Negro, near Osceola was accidental. He died of gunshot wounds An investigation disclosed that a shotgun was discharged while it was being handled by another Negro Edward Horton. also 17. An Investigation was conducted tills morning in the Court House In Osceola by Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Myron T. Naming before justice of the Peace Richard Thomas. Three witnesses said that the Negro boys were friends. The gun was discharged In a house on the R. L. Houck farm near Luxora. Five Negroes were In the room at the time nf the accident ar.d they said the boys ))ad not Arson Suspect Held After El Dorado Fire EL DORADO, Ark.. April ID. W>— Fire believed to have been of In- rentiia-y origin destroyed three bushing buildings here early today. Polic-i Chief W E. Hickman said ail evidence points to arson and revealed that he had arrested a man :ov 9utitioning. He did not Identify tt.e prisoner. Destroyed were the Langston Sheet Metal Company plant atid two buildings housing the Touey Printing and Stationery Company. Dam- Senator Sees No Evidence of Less Spending WASHINGTON. April 19—W)— Senator George (D-Gal said a bl despairingly today "there Is no cvl dencc at this time that Congress I willing to cut down spending." George, chairman of the Scnat Finance Committee, has called fo economy In government. He tol reporters he is still hopeful ther will be some ".substantial cconlmics made this year even though can't have much hope based the present evidence." Later this year. George said. Congress will be able to add up Ihe government's .spending, take, a better look at the economic trend, and know what steps to take to meet the situation. "Very late Ihis year or early next year we will have to face Ihe tax situation." George .said. President Truman has asked for $4.000.000,000 In new taxes to avoid a deficit. George Is one of those opposed to any tax Increase. ECA Administrator Paul G. Holf- inan. Roving ECA Ambassador W. Avercll HaiTiman and Deputy Administrators William O. Foster and Howard K. Bruce. The legislation makes $1,000,000.000 Immediately available to the CA from the Re. ance Corporation. These funds will keep aid flowing i Western Europe until Congress otes additional cash. Aid Ends In 1950 Aside from the billion dollars, the 111 provides no actual cash. It says o Europe, In effect, that this coun- ry wlli continue its economic heip lltll June 30, 1050. But tile pledge f aid carries no guarantee that Congress will approve the full $5,80,000,000 program. That figure Is a celling fixed by Jongress on the spending. The cash rovldcd by appropriations may be ess. The bill fixti these ceilings on * (1) SI,150,000,000 for the'period 'roin last April to June 30; (2) And $4,280,000,000 for the 12 months following June 30. In addition, the bill authorizes * $160,000.000 in guarantees to Amer- can businessmen that profits from their overseas Investments can be converted into dollars. These guarantees arc Intended to stimulate private investment in projects that will help European recovery. Technically, the vast aid program begun last year came to a halt lust April 2. On that date, the ECA had cither spent or allocated its money. Actually, the backlog of supplies to Europe has continued to tlow. And the $1.000,000,000 from the RFC will insure no stoppage. In the flow. The locomotive (center, foreground) and cars of a Pennsylvania Railroad freight train Me scattered across tracks and against a hlllsldo alter the train was wrecked at Jolmstown, 1'a. Two crewmen Jumped from the locomotive and escaped serious Injury. Only one man H. W. Cook, 38, of Pittsburgh, was killed In the accident, <AP Wlrephoto.) Arkansas Forest Fires Called 'Worst' Outbreak in 25 Years MTTI,E ROCK, April in. (/I 1 )—Arkansas' critic-ill forest fire slt- uatlan .appeared to be under control tniluy. Of the M firm wlilell broke out ymlerday, Stale Forrttfr Fret) l.ntif nald his reports tills mornlnf Indicate thai all but five have been extinguished. S 100,000. estimated unofficially at Weather Arkansas forecast: Partly cloudy this afternoon. Mostly cloudy, scattered showers and thunderstorms Wcdnesdf.y and in west portion lo- nipht. Warmer tonight. Mixsouri forecast: partly cloudy tonight and Wednesday with scattered showers or thunderstorms extreme west portion tonight and in west and extreme west portions Wednesday. Warmer tonight and Wednesday. M'lv.mum this morning—35. Maximum yesterday—65. Sunset today—6:35. Sunrise tomoroiv—5:22. Preclnfliitton 24 hours to 7 a.m. today—none. To'.M since Jan. 1—22,10. Mean temperature (midway between high and lo«-)—50. Normal mean for April—61. This Date Last Year Minimum this morning—60. Mixitnum yesterday— S3. Prrclpitatkm Jan. 1 to this dale —30.W. Soybeans (F.O.B. Chicago) Open High Low Close May . 222'; 223'-'. 222 22o'.-225Vi July . 214W 211'.; 2J4'i 217' = -!i Italian Timber Burns ROME. April 19. </n— The Italian news agency Astra reported from Venice today that a severe drought had caused widespread forest fires In Northern Italy .The agency said the damage was serious. New York Cotton NEW YORK— Aphil 19—130 p.m. quotutiuno Mar. May July Oct. Dec Open High Low Last 2855 3288 3203 2891 2869 2863 2854 3300 3285 3219 3203 2901 2S88 2876 2865 28(53 3300 3219 2901 2876 False Pretense Charge Dismissed in Court Here Charges of obtaining personal property by false pretense against George L Cook, of Joncsboro, were dismissed by Judge Grahnm Sudbury in Municipal Court, this morning. Cook wns srcstcd in Trumann Snturdaj after he was alleged to have purchased an automobile from the L-'nchville Motor Company at Leachvillc with n $1.000 check drawn on a Joncsboro bank and it was later lc;,rned that funds In his account at the Joncsboro bank were Insufficient to take care of the check. Judge Sudbury ruled thai the state failed to produce enough evidence to warrant prosecution on the false pretense charge. However, therr was an Indication that a charge of overdraft may be filed against Cook. In other action In court this morning hearing for Prank Gammons on a charge of selling beer on Sunday was continued until tomorrow. He wns charged with the sate nf several bottles of beer after midnight curfew last Saturday nlRtu at his plsce of business on West Highway 18. Linson Tyre was fined $10 and cost.' on his plea of guilty to a charge of reckless driving. LITTLE! ROOK, Ark.. April 19. W)—Arkansas, already visited by two devastating tori.ndoe^ and * severe Hood llilu yenr, now la experiencing Its worst series ot forest tlrei In" 26 yean. + Authority for the seriousness of M j . , . . . the oiilumik Is State 'l"oix-stcr Prod Morn Urges Civil Service For Arkansas LITTLE ROCK. April 10. «•)— Governor McMath will ask the Legislative Council to make a study of "merit systems" applicable to Arkansas. "Employes of the Stale Highway nnd Revenue Departments particularly should be imdcr civil service," McMath said at his news conference during a discussion of patronage problems. Tlie governor Is supposed to .«: an ar;,nlnlstralor and has siipervl- Islon of the various agencies, boards and commissions." he said. "I'd really like to sec the state have a civil service setup and the governor have only to appoint the department head." A.sked about recent public reports concerning the patronage situation, McMath said the matter of Jobs had token up most of his time since he llccanic governor. "We must nil these Jobs will' people who can do the work and we've tried to stay with our friends," he said. "However, If our friends can't do the Job they will Just have to be replaced." 'Yangtze Battle May Result It China Resists NANKING, April 19. (/P)—An of- llclnl source said tonight the Chinese government had decided to reject the latest Communist demands —an act which is expected to touch oil thc> battle of the Yangtze. The Communist radio warned that a veteran Red army of 400,000 men h ready to btorm across the YangUv In the Nanking-Shanghai area unless the government gives In. The Reds demand an answer by tomorrow, They insist the government must Grunt them an unopposed trussing of llio Yangtze as * prelude to final peace talks. Tile Red "pence" terms amount to surrender. The Communist radio boasted Hint the Kciisoncd tfa.st China armies of General Chen Yl had finished preparations for crossing. Communist raiding parlies probed the slim government defences on the Yunfit/cs south bank. The Nationalists said they repulsed Red attempts to slip troops across the river on both sides of Nanking. North of the river, 1,000,000 seasoned Red troops were ready to commence firing. South of the river, COB,000 Inipolcnlly armed and trained Nationalist troops crouched before the Impending blow. Despair Grip* City Despair grlp]>cd Nanking. Government officials prepared to fleo. All around the city there seemed to bo nn air of defeat. Clearly many believed Nanking was In Us last hour* as the Nationalist capital. Defiant government officials, nevertheless, met to draft somo sort of reply to the Communists. They pinned faint hope on a plea for more lime. Tho expiration date of the' ultimatum had been extended before by Die Reds. Bill tills time Red troops arc in singing areas, ready to Jump off for the fray. The- government of Acting President U Tsung-Jon appeared ready to concede almost anything except that Communist armies be permit- New York Stocks (1:30 P. M. Quotations) The Academic Francalse founded by Cardinal Rlcelieu 1635. Am. T Am. Tobacco Anaconda neth Steel Chrysler John Deere Gen. Electric Gen. Motors Int. Harvester Montgomery Ward National Distillers Lockheed J. C. Penney Radio Republic Steel .... Socony-Vacuun IK 1-2 65 1-2 30 30 52 34 1-1 36 7-1 59 3-i 24 353 718 120 45 112 522 116 171 138 3- Standard OH N. J. ,. Scars. Roebuck Texas Co 54 7 U. S. Steel 72 Southern Pacific 41 1- Atissco Retail Sales Show Large Gains County Transacts Four Per Cent of Business in All of Arkansas, According to State Agency's Statistics Retail sales In Mississippi County last year accounted lor approximately four per cent of t e state's total of SI.052.300,000. according to figures cmopiled by I. J. Steed of the planning division of the Arkansas Resources and Development Commission. The sales In Mississippi County, based on retail sales tax collections within the county, were 541,100.000, which represent a gain of S3.500.000 over the previous year. Based on a population estimate of 87.100 for the county, the sales averaged $471 per capita, which Is slightly less than the average of S534 per capita tor all of Arkansas. County led in per capita sales with $797 and Beiiton County, also in north west em Arkansas, was second with $781. These two counties, however, showed combined sales of only $58.200,000 while Mississippi County alone had $41.100.000. Only two counties reported greater retail sales In 1948 than Mississippi. They were Pulaskl with sales of $166,500 and a population of 225,300 population, and Sebastian with sales of $49,800.000 and a population of 66,000. Fort Smith Is In Sebastian County. Jefferson county with & population o[ 87,800 was fourth largest In sales volume with retail sales of Information compiled by the stale $35.500,000. but ranted lower than agency show that, Washington \ Mississippi Ouuty on a p«r capita sales basis with an average of $404, in comparison with $411 for Mississippi County. Counties with a per capita sales average higher than Mississippi County included: County per capita total'48 Increase sales sales* Washington $797 32.4 Ben ton 781 25.8 Garland 762 32.7 Sebastian 744 49.8 Pulaskl 739 166.5 Union 681 34.0 Arkansas 667 16.5 Boon* 59Z 8.8 Columbia SM 15.1 OuachlU »8 14.S Craiffhead MO !S.« over 1947 17.3% 21.7 5.8 4.8 7.Z 18,8 13.8 6.1 31.3 21.6 13.J of dollars. Mississippi County's percentage o increase in sales during 1948 ove 1947 sales was 9.3 per cent. Newton Counly with R per caplt sales record of only $116 showe the grealcst percentage of increas for the year—66.6 per cent. The 1M sales titol of $600,000 Jumped Ir 19i8 to an even $1,000,000. Other counties which showed In- creiises of 25 per cent or more include: Marlon, 46.6; Baxter, 38.8 per cent; Chlcot, 33.3; Columbia, 31 J; Lee. 26.2; St. Francis. 25 2; Phillips and Calhoun, 25 per cent mm. He's also authority for tlio stiite- lent Hint unlike Ihe Inrnndor.s nd the flood, the fires could have ecu prevented, They're "all man" caused and lore than 50 per cent arc of Inccn- Inry origin." Lang declared. Fires have been rriKlug now for week In sections of mountainous, icavlly-tlmlicred North Arkansns. Across tlio Ktulc line. Arkansas' lorthern neighbor Missouri is Imv- nH a similar though less severe iuttm?ak. Forest rangers and crews of vol- mlcers—several hundred altogcth- r—have been hallllng the fires which a (i c ccntcl-cd In five north :entriil ,,rkan.sjis comities uenr the vll.ssourl border. Heavy Itain Nci-di-cl Lang and his assistants say that icfore the fires are put out—>a heavy rain Is hoped for us the only certain method of extinguishing them altogether — thousands of es will have been burned over and damage will run to the hun- lreds of thousands of dollars. The section Is sparsely settled, and no towns have been threatened. An aerial observer reported, however, that he .saw groups of persons ted to establish bridgeheads south of the Yangtze. Nationalists no longer made mnjr secret that the proposed Communist pence agreement calls for ouU right capitulation. Their privately expressed feeling was that the terrns arc unacceptable. Howover, the ape- 1 clflc nature of the Communist terms still wn.i a secret. Throe Kuomintang (government) Parly leader who sounded out re * tired President Chiang Kal-shelc on the peace proposal reported to tbe ncllng president and his cabinet today. Chliiug, who may come out of retirement now that war Is r*. hand again, wtis believed to have opposed surrender. Favor Resistance flight wing elements led by Chiang arc said to favor a final Nationalist resistance movement In the south. The Icglelallve Yuan today asked the government to submit for exnm- Inallon whatever final decision is made. The legislators last month gave the cabinet full power to negotiate a peace settlement with th« licds. Premier Ho Ylng-chln Is expected to report to a secret session of the legislators tomorrow morning on the government's attitude. The only 1 optimistic, note heard In 1 Ihe capital today came from President Tung Kuan-hsicn of the legislative Yuan. He told legislators that Ihe Communist stand may be relaxed at the last moment. attempting to keep flames away from farm outbuildings. Woodsmen sny lluit lunny demand oilier wild animals undoubtedly nave perished. All hough Hie fires have centered in North Arkfinsris. other wooded sections of the .state have not been spared. Lang's latest report said there were 04 fires In all sections and that 13 "smokes", or possible fires, were being investigated. LailK blames many of the fires on a custom of Southern fanners of "spring burning" underbrush to clear tile land, not only for plant- Ing or grazing but ill some Instances because I hoy believe It kills ticks and other Insects and even "chilis." Other fires arc caused by carelessness of campers and motorists. And a comparatively few arc mnllrlnu.s— set by someone with n grudge aftalnst a landowner or n forest ranger, I.nnp said. I>w Malicious Lang saifi (hat while a majority of the North Arkansas fires arc Incendiary, he doesn't believe many were set malicious Intent. "We've got n long job of education up there. They set the woods afire to get rid of snakes, green up the grass, kill licks and for many other reasons. Of course, some of them arc grudge fires— how many Is hard to tell." Soybean Growers To Hear Official Of National Ass'n The Impact of Washington on the Eoyb?ap Indn.slvy and what soybean growers can do about it will bn r'lsi.-usscd by George M. Strayer, .Mcrctiity of the American Soybean Association, at a meeting to be held in tin- court room at the Court House,, at 1 p. m. tomorrow. The meeting of soybean growers, hmuller.s and processors was called by Gp.irge Hale of Burdette, who will act as chairman of the meeting. Mr .Strayer will come to Blythe- villc from Washington. D. o.. lor tl.e meeting. During the past weeTc he has ':een in conference with governmental leaders. Including Secretary cf Agriculture Brannan, Gf-orge Prik'haid. head of the fats pi.d oi.s branch of the Production and Marketing Administration, and many in'nibcrs of Congress. Other sixsakers at the meeting will ba Association President Erse] Wnlly. Paul C. Hughes, field sen-- ice director, and Hearlslll Banks, researcn director for the O. H. Acoin Farms at Wardell, Mo. Hull Leaves Hospital After Stay of Two Years WASHINGTON, April 19. (/P)— Cordcll Hull, former secretary of state, was released yesterday from Bcthcsda Naval Hospital after more 0>nn two years of treatment. Announcing this today, the Navy said the elderly statesman "has made nn excellent recovery and has beon discharged and has returned to his home permanently." The hospital sold Hull, 7T, had svifcreJ R severe physical collapse as the result ot overwork for sev- tial year*. Osceola Firemen Battle Flames in Filling Station Department action by the Osceola Firs credited with preventing B serious gasoline fire there ehrly this morning when a truck backed Into an electric gas pump at a filling station. The pump at the Joyner Oil Co. on Hig>'way 61 south of Osceola V-BS knocked over when struck by a truck driven by an unidentified man. Firemen confined the blaze to t)w pump I'sclf and Plr« Chief W. W. PrewltC estimated the cUniag* at

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