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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OF NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI VOL. XLV—NO. 24 Bis theville Dally Newt Blythcvllle Courier Elytheville Herald Mississippi VaUey Leader BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS, WEDNESDAY, APRIIJ^B, 1949 TWELVE PAGES SINGLE COPIES FIVE CENTS Chinese Civil War Explodes at Many Points on Yangtze By Seymour Topping NANKING, April 20. (AP)—The dreaded Chinese civil war exploded all along the Yangtze River front tonight. Communist attacks were started at several points. Gunfire could be heard and for the first time of the war seen from tlie capital. H Pukow, across the river, was under attack. Kiangpu, on the north bank seven miles southwest of Nan- king, was hit. Serious fighting was reported by government sources op- posile Wuhu, 60 miles southwest of here. Hsiaokan, 35 miles north of Hankow, was Ihe focal point of the Red 43rd army. A top ranking Nationalist general expressed fear the Reds may try n quick landing In this vicinity, trapping Nationalist officials in the capital. The general feeling at the moment Is that Wuhu is the govern- 3j*:it's weak point. The river iront 'tfftK provides a good landing area. Nationalist gunboats stood out in the Yantze off Nanking firing upon Communist troops attacking Kiangpu and other north bank points. Severe fighting was reported by official sources to have started east of Anking, some 150 miles soulhwest of Nanking, Another sharp engagement started east of Chin- kiang, a few miles northwest of the capital. Communist attacks on two British warships in the Yangtze preceded the general offensive. Observers on the Nanking River front said they saw a number of fires about two miles west of Pukow. Communist shells burst on the north bank of the Yangtze. Wharves along the river front there were heavily shaken by the firing. There was Intense troop activity throughout Nanking. Soldiers were marching up to the river front. Along the river troops were digging trenches and other earthworks. The military news agency reported that simultaneously the Communists launched their heaviest attack so tar against Taiuan, besieged U^iltal of ShansI Province 600 miles ^b the northwest. The agency said high casualties were reported Inside the walled city from Communist shelling. Neutral observers believe that citadel, sometimes called the "Pittsburgh of China,' 1 may not stand much longer '- , .». ?• -- -.: A high ranking' ministry-of national • defense source said the Red attacks seemed to be directed *t nil Nationalist positions on the north bank of the river. There are only a few Nationalist pockets left on the north bank. Earlier, premier Ho Ying-Chln told the Chinese parliament the government had rejected Red peace proposals in their present form. Ho told the legislators that the Communist plan would not, provide lor lasting peace, a member disclosed after the secret parliament meeting. The legislator quoted Ho as saying the terms were those paid down by a victor. The premier stressed the fact that the Red terms were not In keeping with efforts of the government to seek peace. Ho indicated that the basis for the government rejection of the Red terms was more general than • imply an objection to a river cross- Ing. Two British Ships Hit, 37 Crewmen Wounded Or Killed by Reds as Battle oi Yangtze Opens By Fred Hampsnn SHANGHAI, April 20. (AP)—Communist shore artillery today crippled the British sloo]) Amethyst in tho Yangtze River and drove off the destroyer Consort before she could help the smaller vessel. Tlie helpless Amelhyst, with at* AFL Head Okays Added Benefits Broadened Social Security Program Approved by Green WASHINGTON, April 20 f* J > — AFL President William Green today endorsed the administration's plan for broadening Social Security coverage and boosting benefit pay- merits. He told the House Ways and ."j Committee the program Is ike one the American Federation of Labor has backed for many years. "This Is the year of decision," ie said in R prepared statement. "The measure before you offers .lie opportunity to provide not only insurance for individual workers, but In our considered Judgment presents a program that will to a large degree insure the future stability of our national economy." Green recommended that Social Security coverage be extended to the re If-employed, farm workers, domest* ts, em plo yes ol states a ml their political subdivisions and persons, working for non-profit and charitable institutions. Greet approved the administration's proposal for including disability benefits under the federal program. The AFL repeatedly has urged comprehensive Insurance cov- er'ng old age, death, unemployment, disability and medical care, he added. Bsneiits should be high enough to support the worker and his family above the figure of "customary assistance grants," Green said, and they should be related to the number oC dependents. least 20 wounded or dead among her crew of 148, was aground on Rose Island 60 miles northeast of Nanking tonight. Not far away swirled the first attacks of the re- surging Chinese civil war. The Consort, fighting shore batteries for almost 60 miles, reached Kinngyln tontght with 17 of her crew wounded. She was Joined by the frigate Black Swan which hRd doctors and medical supplies aboard. The British cruiser London was expected to reach Klangyln at 9 p.m. (7 a.m. CST). Vice Adm, A. C. C. Martden, second In command of the British Far East Station, is aboard the London. British authorities here said they were unable to contact responsible Communist quarters and Admiral Madden would determine his course later. Pliers out of Nanking witnessed the running duel between the Consort and Red shore batteries. A British naval source In Shanghai said: "I do not know what Madden can do except use force." Foreign airmen saw the running light. The consort was 15 miles be- ow Rose Island, where the silent I Amethyst lay aground. Rose Island GO miles northeast of Nanking and 160 miles upstream from Bhang- ml. Two more British warships, the cruiser London and the destroyer Eilnck Swan, were reported proceeding to the aid of the Consort and the Amethyst. (London reported the cruiser London still at sea, expecting to Hch Shanghai Intc tod a/.) From Ihe air, the observers were mmble to spot any activity aboard the grounded Amethyst. Her flugs. they said, were still flying. Chinese nnval sources, which reported 20 cRsualtles abourd Ihe Amethyst to British quarters In Nanking, denied any shots had heen rtred by Nationalist gunner* along tho south shore of the river. The airmen & fl id no firing was observed In (lie vicinity of the Amethyst but that smoke was rising from Communist positions op- pas He the Island on which the sloop was grounded. The Black Swan planned to try to pull the Amethyst off Rose Ii- Innd. The Amethyst carried a complement of eight officers and 140 men. She IA comparable to nn American light destroyer and displaces 2,000 tons. British warships huve been ply- Ing the Yangtze regularity to Nan- king for several months. United Stnles warships have stayed off the river since Iho civil war lines reached the Yangtze banks. During the afternoon, Vice Adm. OstMir C. Biidyer, U. S. Western Pacific commander In Shanghai culled r\ conference with Rear Adm George Cniwford, commander ol the U. S. NH veil Forces In the Shanghai area, ami consul Genera! John Cnbol. The conference wns held nlxmrc Ihe flagship Eldorado. Bcfon boarding a .small boat for the El dorado, Cabot told newsmen he did not know why tho conferenc had been culled but he presumw the plight of the Amethyst would be discussed. Churchill Sees Need to Curb Nationalism LONDON. April 20—f/T)—Winston Churchill snid todny Europeans must curb excessive nationalism or become "paupers or slaves." "We must think and plan and toil, not only as patriots in our own countries, but as Europeans, If we are not to he paupers or slaves," he told the Economic Conference of the European Movements. "The people of Europe will have! that of this, at least one hnlf WHS /c/ieson Says He Knows Of No U.S. Ships In Area Of fighting on Yangtze WASHINGTON, April 20—(A 1 )— Secretary of State Acheson said today he knows of no American nnval ship.s in tlie Yangtze Hlvcr area where Chinese Commulsts have fired on British ships. The question was brought up at a news conference at which Achc.s- on defended his opposition to n proposal Senator McCarran.(D-Nev) has made for $1,500,000.000 of new American aid to the Chinese Nationalist government. Achcson said American assistance already has totaled more than $2,000,000.000 since V-J Day, nnrt Bullet, Fired Accidentally, Wounds Youth Lnwrencc Morse, 10-year-old so nf Mr. nnd Mrs. Odcll Morse < Osceohi wn.s rejwrled In good cond Ion this morning In Campbell Clinic In Memphis, where he Is n ceivlnij treatment for a gunshi wound In his right leg. Deputy Sheriff Edgur Young ' Osccoln said young Morse wns m cldently shot lust night, by Duv Gwaltney, 16, son of Mrs. F. Horls, wlH-n the latter picked $3-68''is'-Ad'ded To Missco War Memorial Fund Deposits in Banks In Blytheville Total $15,001,731 Deposits in BIytheville's two banks showed a total or $15.001.731.34 when te call was made by the comptroller of currency in Washington for a statement ol conditions of national banks as ol April H. The state bank commissioner issued a similar call for state banks. Total assets and liabilities for the banks here now total $15,987,456.69. Loans ana discounts for the institutions showed a total of $9, 688,048.33 according to the state ments issued by bank officials. Vice Adm. Kirk Named Ambassador to Moscow WASHINGTON. April 20—W)— Vice Admiral Alan G. Kirk was ap poinled ambassador to Moscow. Kirk Is being transferred from IV ambassadorship lo Belgium. He all has been serving as minister 1 Luxembourg. At Moscow, Kirk will succeed L Gen. Walter Bedell Smith who Wa relieved recently to take comman of the First Army in New York. The White House announce President Truman's choice of Kir for the Moscow post. Severe Earthquake Hits Southern Chile SANTIAGO, Chile, April 20— U —A severe earthquake hit soul central Chile last night. First r ports said 36 were killed and mo than 60 Injured, and authorltt expressed fear the toll would higher. Heavy damage was reported In t' cities of Treiguen and Angol. / Graiguen, believed to be the cenl of the quake, a bout 30 persons we reported killed In the collapse of a jail. At least five persons were reported killed at Angol and one at Los Angeles. Concepcion, Tnlca and Temuco also felt, the shock. An additional $368:50 was re-1 u-ted today for the Mississippi ounty Memorial Association's cnm- ign to raise $5,000 for erection a marker for those from the nnly who died during the two orld wars. Collections now show a total of ,733.50, including a $600 pledge om Manila businessmen and sup- orters of the association. The. contributions announced to- ay include $25 each from Pred 6. ,liba and Company, New York tore, Kirby Brothers Drug Corn- any, Paul D. Foster. The Courier ews, and E. B. Gee Sales Corn- any; $15 from R. D. Hughes and •ompany, $10 each from Adams ppliance Company. Kendall Berry, Jreifus Jewelry, Hudson "ailor and Cleanors, Hubbard Hardware Corn- any. Jicdel's Dry Goods Company, lead's Clotliing Store. Sullivan- kelson Chevrolet Company. Wilams and Damon, and Zellner's Upper Shop: $5 each from Louis Applebaum, J. G. Barnes, Blythe- illc Machine Shop, Chamblln Sales ompany. H. W. Dill, Feinberg's 'ashion Shop, Joe Fjrguson, Doyle ' nderson, Mrs. Lina Hess. Owens Drug Store. Rothrock Drug Store, . Rosenthal, Shelton Motor Comy, Leonard Taylor, Thrifty Store. Miss Whitsitt's Shop, Western Auto Supply Store, and Walpolc Electric ihop, $2 each from lay Welch, R. J. Maxwell and McKays Grocery; $1 each from J. C. Bright, Guy Gcan, Burl Grimes, George Ham- Iton, Jim Jackson. F. E. Lucius. Merrie potter, and $.50 from Jim Brackin. to sink or swim together. We have full faith that thn time has come when they will decde to swim," he added. Churchill is honorary president of the European movement, an organization of leading public figures seeking to unify the countries of Europe. "Europe,, which has been, and could still be. the most comfortable and happy of all ..continents, hss b'een brought by crime and folly— folly Is often the parent of crime— to our present plight," Churchill declared. He said Britain could enter "far more forcefully" into European life without abandoning her ties with the British dominions. Although the Labor Party has been reporter cool to the movement, at least partly because of Churchill's leadership h it, he made a bid for labor support "We hope henceforth i>«j-ty differences or personal differences wll not be allowed to obstruct the common cause in any of the countrie. which are represented here today The labor minister of defense A, V. Alexander, was on the plat form at the meeting. Sunday Beer Sales Bring Fine of $75 Frank Gammons. Blytheville cafe operator, was fined $75 and costs In Municipal Court Ihis morning or charge of selling beer on Sunday He was arrested Sunday morning and charged with selling severa" bottles of beer at his cafe on Wesi Highway 18 after the mldnlgh curfew Saturday night. or military aid. Asked whether the United Stales •ould be prepared to recognize a 'onnmmist regime It the Commun- sts take over the entire country, he aid, he could not speculate. Acheson said he had no inform- tion on the fighting In China be ond that reported in news dis matches. Senators or Publication Of Rearming Plan Sentiment for Ending All Secrecy Builds Up at Report Near* By Don Whitthexd WASHINGTON, April 20 Ml — Virceful ariitlment built up In tho lenate today for utrlpplng all sec- ecy from the- proposed »rms-for- Water Rate Boost For Blytheville Sought by Utility More limn nix nnd one-half milea of six-inch water mains mid n doubled pumping and i'ilcei- plant capacity wer« requested of Ulylhcville Wjilor Co. last night in an ordinance passed by the City Council, which also authorized the utility lo petition the ArUnumis Public Service Commission for iti second rate increase in two years. Mew Community Service Agency To Be Organized Full attendfliice Is sought h Chamber of Commerce officials a meeting to be conducted at 8 p.m •Yiday In the municipal courtroom n tlie City Hall to orgnnfzc a community service council, it was announced today. Representatives of more than 30 civic and other organizations in Blythevllle have neon asked lo attend the meeting and set up a new agency which will work with the Chamber of Commerce and public officials to correlate civic projects and all community betterments to avoid duplication of effort. The initial meeting of the group was planned several weeks ago but because of limited attendance the new date was set lor Fridoy night of this week. J. L. Ounn. president of the Chamber of Commerce, suggested that the proposed new agency would operate Independent of the chamber, which is merely lending its support in helping to organize the council. The suggestion for Ole new organization stemmed from the Community Betterment. Clinic conducted in Blytheville last summer by the Arkansas Economic Council - State Chamber of Commerce In co-operation with local agencies. Ve\v Goodrich Store to Open On West Main A grand opening for the new B. ' Goodrich Company store is slated i begin at 8 a. ni. tomorrow and extend through Saturday, J. H. lx>tt, manager, announced today. The new store, localed at 417 West Alain, will carry a complete Ine of automobile and home appliances, and will Include Thor, Kelvin'-ttor, and other home appliances. Mr. I.ott has been In Blytheville for the past six weeks overseeing remodeling of the store, and setting up the slocks for the opening. Previously the Goodrich Company was represented here only by dealers, but the new store Is company-owned and one of a chain. Blan Heath formerly was the Goodrich dealer here. The building formerly occupied by Blan Heath Company has been lemodeied. with new lllc floors, new lighting lixlures. nnd equipment for oepar',.nent occupying 60 by 85 feet of space added. A total of 120 feet ov 85 fret ol the location is allocated to selling and display space. Representatives from the dlslrict office in Memphis, manufacturers' representatives and other out-of- town men are expected lo be here or the three-day opening. Among those a. lending will be J. W. Harton, dislrict manager; Carl Taylor, stores supervisor; John Wyntt, district service engineer; Wade Kendig, truck and bus tires representatives, ond C. M. Renegar, Kelvin- tor representative. Mr. I>ott said today that since locks were still to be added It had ot yi r been determined the exact aluc i,l the stocks at the Blylhe- iile branch, bul it would carry qulpmcnl, supplies and feature a. crvlce department comparable to lie lunger-established Goodrich tores. Joe Grces.son, who will be in a gun "he didn't know WHS loaded." The Injured boy wns struck In the right leg by a bullet from a .32 cnliber revolver, 'llie bullet passed through the fleshy part of the leg and ctime out behind the knee. The ncr!dent_ occurred in Mr. Young's home. He is young Owalt- ney'.s uncle. Mr. Young said he warned Ihe boys against playing witli another gun which had been dismantled and emptied of bullets. He said, hbwe'veK~he forgot to warn them specifically About A second pun on a table nearby. It was this gun young Gwaltncy picked up. Young Morse was treated In tha oftico ol Dr. C. W. Sllvcrblatt in Oceola before being laken to Memphis in a Swift Funeral Home anxbijlance. lurope program. DiHh friends and critics of the forth Allanllc Security Alliance ulled tor Ihe Slate Department and lie Snmte Foreign Relations Com- ilttec to lay the re-armament >laji>- wide open lo the public. They uvo their views to reporters. Secretary of Slate Achcson plans o place a confidential retxirt on he arms plan before the Foreign telntloti-s Committee lomorow. Unoftlclul reiwrls «ay the re- irmlng of North Atlantic tuitions vlll ecsl nbout $1,250.000.000 In thn first. y(-ar. Details of the program [lave been kept secret. Senator Moasc lR-O»o) urged :hat Ihe Stule Department mid nclnttons Committee disclose "all the facts" before the Hen- ale oiirn.-: debate on the North Atlantic Treaty. Wants Co«(i Hired "1 think," Morse said, "the onMre Congress and people should havo all tho fncls concerning the puct Includlnr the fact.s as to Ihe military coM.s. I say that a,% A supiwrUr of Iho puct." Senator Ferguson (R-Mlch) said It is necessary that the Congress gels "the whole picture" al one time, "I think the world should know where we stand on words as well as action." Ferguson said. Ho added 11 would be wholesome lo bring out the arms program along with the treaty Scnalor M'iloiie<R-Ncv) wns suspicious of the entire proceedings Total cost of tho water company's extension program, including the balance on a new I,BOO fuot well, is set at ?275,- Wilson Fire Chief Organizes Unit; Trains Volunteers Burdette Juniors, Seniors to Visit Washington on Annual School Tour Members of Ihe junior and senior classes of the Burdette High School will start on their annual tour May 23 and will visit Washington, D. C., It was announced today by L. H. Autry, principal of the school. The trip will be made in a school bus wllh expenses of all of the pupils paid, it was Indicated. Tlie trip will require about 12 days, perhaps longer, and the pupils will have an opportunity to sec both branches of congress in session, it was announced by Mr. Autry. Rep. E. C. Gathlngs, of West Memphis, congressman from the First District In Arkansas, has been asked by Mr. Autry to assist In arranging a schedule of activities for the Burdette pupils while they are in Washington. Mr and Mrs. Aulry will accompany the pupils and Mrs. S. S. Patlerson, faculty member and sponsor for the Juniors also may make the trip. Mrs. Autry is sponsor lor the seniors. The tour for the members of the two classes in the Burdette School was Inaugurated several years agi and the trip last year was to point* In Florida. More educational tea tures are to be incorporated lnb the tour this year and severs points of historical Interest are t be visited. harge of credit and operation here, fas transferred from a Little Rock rancn. Ijeonard Templeton. who will be In charge of commercial ales, was Iransferred from Mor- Uton; and Mr. Lolt was transfer- ed hero as manager from Nfcmphls. ifter serving with the company here for the past several years. Other personnel will Include James .'cMulbn and Lnnnle B. Gilbow, both of Blythevllle. WILSON. Ark.. April 20.—R. E, L. Wilson III. elected fire chief of Wilson In the recent city election, today announced a reorganization of the Wilson Fire Department. Mr. Wilson said Hint previously too many volunteers had sometimes hampered the fire fighting, so Ihfit an organized squad has been named, and are now undergoing training to assume their duties. The new organization now hns 15 members and Mr. Wilson Indicated lhat others would be added, if those wishing to be Included in Ihe department would conlact him. The reorganized department Is composed of two fire squads. The first, headed by First Assistant Chief Bruce Wilson, Is composed of Frank Wilson, Oscar Wilson, Ed Williams, Fred Spears, Hud Cravens, L. E. Sullivan and the driver, Russell Yancey. The olher squad will be headed by Second Assistant Chief Bentlcy Rhodes, Dewey Scott, Ruffle Terry. Junior Cummings, Marshall Woodyard, F. A. Effington, Wayne Bussey, and driver. Lev! Clsscll. Mr. Wilson has also established a set of fire rules and regulations for Ihe city, and amiounced that following Ihe training school, now in progress, the two companies would hold weekly fire drills. He urged that all fires be reportc.l Immediately by dialing the department, number, with Ihe complete street name and number of the building to prevent delay In reaching the fire's location, He has also said that cars arc not to park within 12 fceH>f the fire plugs. Mr. Wilson is succeeding A. J. Landrum as ffre chief at Wilson. as he. hns been throughout tho pant discussions. '"nils Is. Just their ctwlonuiry practice," he snld. "to sell a fail of goods Ihrough their propaganda machine before giving It to th public." He said the Slate Department wants tr> "jam the program Ihrough the Senate" without disclosing all the Information about It. ^ Other Senators, Including George (D-Ga), Tuft (n-Ohlo> arifl. Wherry (R-Neb), favor bringing the arms program before the Senate us quickly as possible. Committee May Declcta Chairman Connally (D^Tex) said the Foreign Relations Committed may decide tomorrow when to mako the arms program public—and also when to start open hearings on tho treaty. Connnlly said It Is possible that secrecy mny not be lifted from the arms program null! llie Scnale has voted on ratification of the treaty He snld he did not want to do anything that would hold up ratification. There remains, however, the distinct sentiment for discussing the treaty and arms angles at the same time Some Senators say privately that Ihc arms program Is sure Ui be nnde public before the vote on the treaty. Council Delays Airport Matter Aldermen Discuss Plans for Building At Municipal Field Tho City Council Insl, night voted lo defer until Its Mny session consideration of a f.!0,000 expenditure as the city's .shnrc or tho cost of n proiHMMl iHlmlnlMrnlUm building nt tho Munldpul Airport. After ft rcsinno of plans and progress to dale In procedure for ob- alnlnK Iho building was given by i Civil Aeronautics Adinlnlsrnllon official from I.ltllc Hock. the council volccl to defer nclloti for further study. I-cui Bryan, tho OAA official, jrlefed tho new city officials on >ronres.s on plans for llui building which Is expected to cost about MO.OOO. Fcdcrnl funds nllnciiled by by the OAA will pay hnlf (ho cost Mr, Byrun explained Ihc function:of the CAA In such.action niul snlc Justification for the building wns linked on activity nl the ntrport here The niythcvlllr field I* out; of the must active In Ihe state and rnnkH nrconil only to Ailum* Firld lit I.ltlle Rock in activity, Mr, Byrnn Bald. Completion of engineering mid architectural work Is liolng await ed before tho next ste]*s nrc taken he said, Marlon Orlst of Ulllc Rock I the engineer for the project in U. S. BranKou of Ulylhcvlllo Is Lh architect. Mr. Branson snld In.sl night tlm the estimated $40.000 cost may b +75-1.22. O. W. Knpp, manager of Blythe- vllle Wntor Co., told the council at Ha monthly meeting In City Hall lust night that 75 per cent of th« new lines will be used lo provide flro protection. The rxfrii.ilon UK called for In the ordinance Involves a lolal of 34,371 reel of six-Inch ciut Iron lilpc to he laid In 23 »<TM In niylhcvlllo and will expand Kr- vlcti in nearly every section of (he clly. Fifty-two now flro hydrants also uro scheduled lo bo Installed. The ew niiln.1 and fire plugs will serve n lidded 1G8 consumeis and are xpcclcd to add $4,015 annually lo 10 utility's revenue. An Increase of two and one-halt Weather Arkansas fnrfciul: Mostly cloudy with scattered thundcrshowcra this afternoon, tonight and Thursday. Not much change In temperatures. Missouri forrcant: considerable cloudiness tonight and Thursday with few scattered light showers No Important change In temperature. Low tonight 45-50 southeast; high Thursday, 65-75. Minimum this morning—40. Maximum yesterday—63. Sunset today—6:36. Sunrise tomorow—5:21. Precipitation 24 hours to 7 a.m. loday—none. Total since Jan. 1—22.10. Mean temperature (midway between high and low)—51.5. Normal tnenn for April— 91. This Dale I*st Year Minimum this morning—63. Maximum yesterday—86. Precipitation Jan. 1 to this date —20.02. reduced some through use of materials from structures existing on the air base properly when the clly oblalncd possession of It from the War Asscsts Administration. Mr. Uyran pointed out the Administration building serves as the focnl point for activity at nn airport. Seeks ArtTrrtlsliiK l(l c h(f He also said lhat while all administration building would not guarantee nlr line service for IJly- llievkllc, one would be necessary lo obtain such service. In olhcr action lust niRlit, the council decided lo check with llie Dual Pnrkhijt Meter Co. nf Canton. O., which holds a mortgage on pnrklng melcrs Instnlled here, lie- fore granting a contract with H. E. Fisher for advertising signs to be plncrt! on Ihc meler posts. Mr. Fisher asked the council to convey him five-year contract rights to handle sales nnd distribution of advertising which would npnear on the Ihrce-sided racial devices attached lo ench meter post. He said the clly would receive 20 per cent of Ihc gross monthly revenue from the signs. FDR, Jr., Says Goal Is 'Social Progress' NEW YORK April ?t) Iff")—Franklin D. Roosevelt. Jr., campaigning for a rent In Congress, says his goal is "a program of social lyo- grcss Implemented by progressive legislation In Congress." Formally accepting Ihe Liberal Party's nomination. Roosevelt stild in a statement yesterday: "I consider myself In Ihl.s campaign commitlcd to one overriding principle, the welfare of Ihe people ol the cily and, Indeed, of the nation. "Neither corrupt political machines nor eacllon, nor Connnunlst- derivcd hypocrisies will deter , mi: from holding that one goal before me and fighting toward It." hues in Ihe area of Blythevllle lul material costs that have tripled Ince Ihe end of Ihe war were cited y Mr. Knpp n s the reasons for tho irojwseti increase. The Increase will be necessary to arry out the proposed expansion, 10 snld, nnd sllll Insure the water company u "fair nnrt Just" return on Its Investment. Public Service Commission regu- ullons nllow ulllllles a six per cent •clurn on their Investments. The company la currently operating be- ow this allowable return, Mr. Kapp lold the council. Last year, the utility misled realizing a six per cent return by $4.500 nnd it expects to fall 18,000 short of it this yenr, he said. It.lIcK Rnnstcil In 1941 Tlie hiat (ale Incrciise- was granted by tho PSO In November, 1947. It added about $6,000 annually to" wntcr company revenues. Mr. Kapp sain last night that a $20,000-a- year Increase Is needed to carry out plans for the extended service. Fl'iiirra lo he Included in the petition for increased rales show that> the proposed six and one-half mlle» of pipe'will cost- $142,867.60. • fa double the sizo of the pumping station and Its filtering capacity, $120.006.12 will be needed. This in- cliidcs a balance of about 511.000 due on Die new well. To date, $20.000 ha? been pnld on the well. A billing mnchine now on order and costlmt $4,000 nlso Is llsled. While the waler company's sys- lem here hns been enlarged 50 per cent since Ihe war's end, the city has Increased In size through an- ncxnllons Iwo nnd one-half times, Mr. Knpp snld. The load hns caught up with tho \valer plnnt's capacity and It now mist b -• doubled, he snld. Tho proposed rate Increases ara juscd on n somewhat different sliding sruln of amounts consumed than was the bases for the last increase. Minimum To lie Unchanged Minimum cost of $1.25 for the first 2.000 gullons consumed by resident Inl users will remain the same, however. Mr. Kapp said that 40 per cent of Ihc consumers in Blythe- vlllc use llie minimum amount each monlh. Here are llie proposed residential rales: First 2.000 gill, or less »>.2S Nexl, 48000 gal., per M* gal... .35 Next 50.000 gal., per M 30 Noxl 150,000 gal., per M 25 Next 195.000 gal,, per M 20 Next 240.000 sal., per M 16 All over 685,000 gal., per M 13 (•M Is 1,000 gallons.) Commercial and Industrial rales are bnsed on the size of the meter. The minimum here is the same as for a residence, if the water passes through a 6$-lnch meter. Other minimum rales for various meters under the new schedule will be: Weatherman Holds Out Slight Hope Of Rain in Burning Forest Areas New York Cotton I Chrysler NEW YORK. April 20—1:30 p.m. | j o ljn Deere quotations: Open High Low Last Mar. (1950) 2860 2872 2860 2860 May New York Stocks (1:30 P.M. Quotations! Am. T & T 144 3-4 Am. Tobacco 65 3-4 Anaconda 301-8 Beth Steel 30 54 1-2 July Oct, Dec, 3303 3220 2814 2872 3314 3226 2904 2883 3302 3219 2890 3202 Soybeans (F.O.B. Chicago) Open High Low Clo: May .. 225«* 227V1 224}i 224K July .. 21714 219?i 217 21714 Electric . Motors Harvester .... tgomery Ward mal Distillers :hecd Co Penney ,o iblic Steel .... .y- Vacuum 33 7-8 37 1-4 59 1-8 24 3-4 53 1-2 .. 18 l-« .. 17 1-8 .. 45 1-2 .. 12 5-8 .. 22 3-4 .. 16 1-2 ard Oil N. J 08 1-2 Roebuck 33 1-4 Co 54 3-8 Steel 72 crn Pacific 41 1-2 LITTLE ROCK. April 20 f;D—Tlie wealhcrman held out some slight hope of relief today for lire-plagued North Arkansas. While the official forecast was for mostly cloudy weather with scattered thundcrshowcrs, a member of tho Wealher Bureau staff here said "there might be some real rains." About 200 rangers and volunteers, battling a week-old series of fires in the hcr.vlly timbered, mountainous section near the Missouri border, have been hoping for a drenching rain lo solve their problem. Nearly 300 new fires were reported by nerlal observers before darkness closed over the smoke-obscured area late yesterday. Despite the seriousness of the situation, district rangers directing the fight «re optimistic, reported R. M, Henry, Arkansas Forestry Department fir* control officer. He. said the men in charge In the most harassed area, the Salem- Hardy section of Fulton and Sharp counties, had expressed confidence lhat with "any reasonable luck." they'd be able lo control the fires. In Southern Missouri, across Arkansas' northern border, the sltua- lion seemed Ui be under conlrol. Missouri Forester George O. White said. Thousands of acres have been burned ovci In the two stales. No estimate has been made of the damage, which, except for a Missouri sawmill, apparently has been confined to wooded areas. Gov. S'c" McMnth yesterday authorized Henry to call directly on the Arkansas National Guard for any assistance necessary. Except for use of Guard planes for aerial observation, the authority hasn't been Invoked. Hunry said yesterday was what the Forestry Department classifies as a "No. 4 day-r-V dry and windy, the kind most conductive to fires. He's hoping for a "No. 1 day"— "one when 'you couldn't start a lire with » blow torch." one-inch meter, $3 per month; 1114- inch, $5; 1 l[2-lnch, $7.50; 2-tnch, $10; 21-2-inch, $15; 3-inch, $25; 4- inch, $40. Monthly commercial and industrial consumption of more than 2.000 gnllnns would be billed on the residential rale. Domestic consumers, under the proposed new rate, will pay five cents per 1.000 gallons more than See WATER RATE on Page 13 Dan River Mills Cuts Cotton Fabric Prices NEW YORK. April 20 River Mills cut prices sharply today on cotton dress goods to help stabilize Ihe price structure and encournse buying In textiles. The importance of the reductions arc three-fold — they come from one of the largest textile manufactures; the? are made on popular, first quality lines, and they are substantial. The drops range as high as 12!t cents a yard. The old range of prices was 47W cents to 75 cents a yard The new span will be 38>4 cent* to 6214 cents. How much of this reduction will be passed along to the ultimate consumer will be a matter for the individual converter and merchant to decide. x They affect more th*n WO' diversified ityles in ginghams, cotton taffeta, corded and combed brays and combed suiting*.

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