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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPEK Of NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI VOL. Xl/V—NO. 20 Blj-thevillc Daily News Blytheville Courier Blytheville Herald Mississippi Valley Leader B1ATHKVILLK, ARKANSAS, TUICSDAY, AI'KIL 20, 1940 FOURTEEN PAGES SINGLE COPIES FIVE CENTS Missco Farm Bureau Directors Oppose Brannan's Program Directors of the Mississippi County Farm Bureau at a dinner mooting in Hotel Noble last night unanimously adopted a resolution placing the organization's 4,623 members on record in opposition to the Truman administration's farm program recently outlined to Congress by Charles F. Brannau secretary of agriculture. + The Bttion followed a discussion of the farm outlook and the American snd Arkansas Farm Buresiu Federation programs by Joe Hardin, ol Grady, president of the stale burtau, before a group of more than 15 Mississippi County farmers. Harold F. Ohlendorf oi QsceoUl, president of the Mississippi County Bureau, presided. Irtea Wrong In Principle "The Brannan program is \vrons in principle," Mr. Hardin said. Ho voiced oiiixxiition lo a plan which sets uu n uni'., basis for all fanivs nnd fixes the number of units at flkKM as suggested in the program outlined bj Br. Drannnn in Congress recently. "Some farmers cannot produce the maximum of 1,800 units," he said, addln? that others could produce more thnn 18,000 units and do it economically, "If the consumers hope for cheaper food from a program such Mr. Brannan has presented," the Arkar.5^5 Farm Bureau president said, "they are likely to be disappointed. We must encourage economical production of cotton am other staple crops if we are to have cheaper food." A total of 1,800 units for a single larm would mean 187-balc limit for cotton growers if they used all their units lor cotton production. Such n system of farming would lead to a breakdown MI our present system of agriculture, he said. Mr. Kardin suggested tliat. the Branncn bill would get the support of labor groups throughout the nation and that it is Die same governmental philosophy which Ls behind the move ic repeal the Taft-Hartley labor law, and to repeal the poll tax, Mf'A to win approval for the PEPC, snd to socialize medicine in United States. Time For Serious Thinking "We need to take seriously some of the things which are going on In Washington," he told the Mississippi countains, "and we need to take steps to preserve our system of free enterprise. We must use all ol our influence to diacoura ••,.:' some o: these other things which we [eel will tend to destroy free enterprise. "Free enterprise has resulted in some abuses and these abuses on the part of some who cry loudly lor free enterprise could lead to government controls," he said. He cited some instances of monopoly within big business and suggested that the abuses of the free enterprise system could destroy the thinps which are so vital U) the See BRANNAN on Pase 11 Soochow Creek—Before and After the (of C Concludes State Meeting Convention in 1950 To Be in Pine Bluff; Key Offers Retained Arthur P. Jones of Joi'.e.sboro «n re-elected state deputy lor th ICnlBh'.s of Columbus ycstcrdm at one of the closing sessions 0 ihe 41st annual state conventioi whi.-h Iv.iii been in session hei since frunday morning. Mr. Jones and Leo Krcbs ol Lilt] Rock \verc named as delegates the national convention In For! land Ore., with Joe Etoch of He ena ar.c' R. S. Peters ol Little Roc selected as alternate delegates. The convention just complete hero was the first to be conducted : Blythevillc, whose Knights of Co umbu; council had been considered ] the baby council ol the state until I the initiation of new members Sunday, which put the council over two or three oihcri: in the state. The f-'it.s ef Coluniblu group here organized about seven years ago. "rinc Bluff Gels 19M Session Next year's convention will be neld al Pine Bluff, where the council numbers about 300, one of the largest in the state. Harry E. King of Pine Bluff was also re-ek'dcd state secretary. O'her officers named at yester- day.s' business meeting included A. C. DcClerk of Pocahontas. state treasurer; Thomas Brogan of Port Smith, state advocate; and W. E. Thomas of Texarkanu, state warden. Tiie Rev. B. Francis Mcf]evitt of Blytheville was appointed to serve aga.n RS state chaplain. This is the only appointive state officer. All others are elected. •••• .:ip>o\:^i/tely 200 registered far the convention here, and the coun-, ciis of Pocahontns, Jonesboro and Paragould joined the Blytheville council in sponsoring the event. Russia Offers to End Blockade; U. S. Says Way Appears Clear Soochow Creek in Shanghai, China, always In the past crowded with sampans and various smnl] milt. Is shown deft) with the Broadway Mansions In the background. At right is the same scene today with Hie creek offering plenty of living space for the floating Chinese population, but with few takers, as Chinese Cominnn- ist armies stabbed toward the sea at Hangchow, hoping to trnp .some 300.000 Nationalist troops below Shangha (AP Wirrphoto via radio from Shanghai.) U.S. Withdraws Navy Vessels As Reds Approach Shanghai Congress Told To 'Go Slow' On Spending SHANGHAI, April 20. (/T|—Heavy U. S. navnl vessels moved out ol Shanghai todiiy as two Communist spearheads rolled toward Die Shanglnu-Hangchow area. + The Communist, radio in Pciping I boasted tsvo Nationalist armies, the 20tli and 99th, had been wiped out. Two towns. Thing, 85 miles west of here, and ChingtaS, 60 miles southwest of Nanking, were captured, the radio 5aid, The Communist broadcast sold the Nanking-Hangchow highway had been cut. Government garrison headquarters said Red advance units were around Soochow (Wuh- sien), 40 miles west of here. Red capture of Thing, on the west bank of Uikc Tai, \voi'!ri mean the Communists were haJf way to Hangchow, where sonic 300,000 government troops are believed dug In. A rapid thrust south could cut the Shanghai-Hangchovv corridor. The American ships went down he Yangtze estuary from here In avoid involvement in the civil war British Follow Suit The British followed the Amcri can lead and withdrew warship? of their Shanghai force. Movemen of the ships into the Yangtze es- tunry will put them out of artillery range when the Reds arrive in th Keener Interest In Government To Get Emphasis A delegation of Mississippi Coun- tv business, industrial and agricultural leaders will attend a program .spon. c X3red by the Arkansas Public Expenditxu-eTcouncil at the Rotary x;lub meeting in Jonesboro, at noon, Wuy 10. '' Arrangements fo the Mississippi County pai ticipation are bning made by J. L. Gmm of fllytheville; Basil SeaET^vee, of Oeceola ;and R. C. Branch of Pecan Point. Possibilities of equalizing the tax •burden and returning all levels of government to a sound financial basis will be the theme of the session. It will be the first of several regional meetings sponsored by thi APKC to bring the problems of government closer to the voters. Other counties to be represented at the Jone.sboro meeting arc Clay, Craighead, Green and Poin.sett. "It's no secret that far too many people are becoming dependent on government for their existence, that Initiative has waned and thai too j many of us are inclined to sec Washington and Little Rocfc as th.c source of the bountiful life." Sam Hays. APEC executive director, said In announcing plans for the meeting, "Apart- from Us economic implications, this habit of turning to Wa-shinpton with our troubles conceals roo! political danger. For once we make a crutch of our govetn- ment, we are well on our way to becoming political cripples. "Overdependency in government j s the road to enslavement, tf we « iok to our government purely for 5 benefits and deny it our obligations, then we shall be headed /or outright socialism," he said. Approximately 3o Mts*i.*slppl County men have indicated they would attend the meeting, Mr. Hays said. WASHINGTON, April 26. OT 1 Herbert Hoover today advised Congress to go slow on boosting domestic expenditures until "the cold war is over." "There are many desirable tilings that every American home would like to have." the former president said, "but its income compels it to deny itself. It is similar with the nation. "Already our economy Is up to the limit of endurance. I believe we should go slow and hold further additions to this ft ax) burden to the absolute minimum. When the cold war is over, we can afford in a ny m ore domesti c 1 m prove merits." Hoover wrote his views to Chairman Doughton <D-NC) of the House Ways and Means Committee in regard to administration proposals to broaden the Social Security program. Hoover said the proposals wouk mean "a huge increase in the tax burden on our economy." He said there is a mistaken idea that Social Security contributions "are neither taxes nor federal expenditures." "They are both." he said. "They arc just as much a burden on our national economy as any other tax or any other government expendi- g a garrison communique, siiul perations in the Niinking-llLinK- w-aiianghn) triangle hud s)nck- ned during the past 4B hours. .lilltnry men do not think tht; Tommunisis have enough troops .cross the Yangtze yet to slur I oiling In strength toward the big nrgetK of Shanghai and Hunu:how. But they may start any time, and when, they do they probably vill cumc fa.st. Central News satid. a small band of Rods was active a few miles west of Soochc*v < WuUslen>. Hoo- chow, although Red units were re- icrted near, was still in Nnttonal- st hands', the news aficncy said. It added a heavy concentration of government troops had been moved there. Meanwhile Shanghai, which had taken the situation with rclativi calm, was beginning to show evl donee of panic. Shanghai's com merce seemed grinding to a halt TJie Securities Exchange was opei but there was little business. Man; offices failed to open. The mono; market was so chaotic as to b world's fourth largest city. "When the Communists woul come no one knew. Bvit Shnnpha appeared ready to receive them without resistance. Most of th city's 5,000,000 inhabitants expec the Hcds to walk in and take ovc as they did the Nationalist capital! at Nanking. No one seemed to know how far away the Communists were. Nelth- ; or tiid anyone appear to know the whereabouts of Nationalist forces that had retreated south from Nan- king and the others that were to defend Shanghai. Communist soldiers In Nanking boldly burst into the home of American Ambassador J. Stuart Lelghton, 72. He was unharmed as was his staff. A strong State Department to the Communists over the Incident was forthcoming. The incident was the first involving a foreign official since Red shore guns damaged four British warships on the Yangtze between Shanghai nd Nanking last week The Shanghai garrison command aimed publication of all war news xcept what it put out. Since it was mpossible to jret anything from eadnjuarters, there was virtually .o news in Shanghai newspapers The Central News Agency, tssu- icanlnglcss. The U. S. dollnr fetch :l TQU.ClQD gold yuan. The prcwi JhSnesc silver ilolliir soared unt cost $10 lo buy six ol them. The flncHhlp El Dorado of Vic \clin. Oscar Badger, commander o U. S, Nnvnl forces In the Wcstei 'aclfic, mover! from the No. 1 buo i Shanghai's famed "Battlesh Row" at II a.m. It was lollowe iown the muddy Whungpoo Rlv the troopship Chilton carryh one battalion of Marines, The British heavy cruiser Lo don, M.eUcd by Communist ;unn on the Yangtze above Shun liai last week, also moved outdid the destroyer Constance. U.S. Assumes No 'Conditions' In Reds Offer WASHINGTON, April 20. (AP) — Tlio United Sidles miiil lotlny "Uio wny i clour" Tor li flint; the Berlin ockjule provided the Kus»ii (arms actually nre il>lishwl by Moscow. The Hliilc Department sot out n •100-word statement of the Aiucrl- IMXiUlon. 11 wns understood Die lilted Slates, llrltiiln und France i<t discussed the published SovlH nus »ud found them ucvcplnblc. The only reservation nppi'avK to > whether the liusnlnus Intend tc ru]H>, i io any further conditions, The formal Stiitc Dcpnrlmen vonouncemcnt came after a rouut f lop-level government couferen es. One of these was a report ti resident Truman from Dr. Plillll] e.ssup. the American delegate t Ue United Nations Security Conn II. Jcssup luui discussed the Hovle rapo.snt lit I.nkn Success. N.Y., will ncob A. Mnllk, the Russlnn U.N. !l<'KRtC. For himself, Jcssup told reporlers •IhiiiR.s look liopeful." That prcsiim- nbly was au Indiciitlon dial lie Inclines to the vlcsv that the Soviet Jroposnl Is n sincere one and tlmt there arc no hidden conditions to t)c sprung later. More Talk» Abend In ILs slnlcmcnt, the State Department declared: If the present, Jxwliion of Uw Soviet government is stated in the T»ss agency release RS published In the American press thl.i morninpj, the way appears clear lor n lifting of the blockude nnd A 7iiccL!»E of the Council of Foreign Ministers." But the statement added that "no finnl conclusion upon this can Heads Jaycees Annual Election Held by Jaycees Bishop to Succeed Wyatt; Hammock To Be Vice President So be reached until further exchanges of view" between Jessup and Mnlik. Some foreign diplomats sold lit ture." Weather N. O. Cotton NEW ORLEANS, April 26. (/rj— Closing cotlon quotations: High Low Close May 3334 3315 3315 July 3263 3239 3240-42 Oct 2903 2882 2903-04 Dec. 2882 2859 2880 Mch 2861 3S56 2875B Arkansas forecast: Considerable rJonriuiE-ss, scattered showers this afternoon nnd tonight anri east and south portions Wednesday. No important temperature changes. Missouri forecast: Cloudy north- urst. showers cast and south this afternoon: and south and east central tonight. Cooler central and north tonight; Wednesday becoming fair, preceded by showers in southeast, in morning; warmer west and north today. Minimum this morninn—54. Maximum yesterday—82. Sunset today—6:41. Sunrise tomorrow—5:14. Precipitation 24 hours to 7 R.m todoy—none. Total since Jan. 1—22.19. Mean temperature Imldway be tvvccn high and low*—68. Normal mean for April—61. Soybeans CHICAGO. April 26. (tn— Soy bean quotations: High Low Close May 226'! 223 226'i July 218'4 215 218')-',i Nov. 202'.a 200',z 202'.i Blythevillc Host To 5th District Legion Auxiliary A meeting of the Fifth District American Legion Auxiliary began today at 2:30 p.m.. following a luncheon at Hotel Noble for members Of the 10 units comprising the Northeast Arkansas district. Principal address is to be given by Mrs. Glncey Toole of Little Rock. Drcsldent of ihe Arkansas Department, American Legion AuMliar- ies. Other speakers will include. Mrs. \V. L. Winkler of DeWttt, department first vice president, Mrs. Clara combe of ijttle Rock, department secretary and treasurer and J. M. Cleveland, of the Blytheville American Legion Tost. Mrs. George Reins of Osccola. district president, r-ill be I esented ! by Mrs. Bryant F. Stewart, to open the business session. Business to be transacted includes election of district president and vice-president and election of a delegate to the national convention. Hostess units are Blythevillc. Black Oak, Trumann. West Ridge, Lake City. Lepanto, Otceola, Wel- ncr, Harrlsburg and Jouesboro, Single Cotton Acreage Plan s Completed MEMPHIS, TCIIJI., April 20. M»>— Soutlichi col ton producers today lave a single cotton acreage allotment program to which they can end unified support. Cotton farm leaders from Lhc major cotton producing states competed the program here nt the Inal meeting of the Belt-Wide Cotton Conference last night. Tlic program calls for support of 11)45-48 four-yenr cotton bn.se with 12.000,000 hale crop IKS Ihe base for total allotments. The program specifies that the base for any state should be no less than 15 per cent o the 1949 acre- or five per cent of tlie I947-4E average plantings, whichever should be less. Included in the program Is a demand for fixing cotton support prices at 00 per cent of parity, unless the farmers reject acreage allotments, and condemnation of the moving parity base provided In the 1948 Agricultural Act. The conference voted unnnunou. disapproval oE the Brannan farm program. Sullivan Quits Navy Post in Carrier Feud WASHINGTON. April 2fi. (XII— I Navy Sccrctnry John U Sullivan re- si R tied today in protest against sei npping of 05,000-ton .super aircraft carrier. A White House announcement on Sullivan's departure wns nndcr- tood at noon to he in preparation. Sullivan is known to have sub- till ted his resignation In a talk vith the President yesterday. His action, which hnd been cx- iccted, is bnscU on his belief that he Navy is not being given proper consideration in defense policy. Secretary of Defense Johnson's order Saturday to .stop work on the $189,000,000 carrier was jnst one of sprie.s ol incidents ngiiln.st which Sullivnn is protesting, associates said. Top White House aides expressed belief Sunday night that the tor- pedoJup of (he carrier project wns "the straw that broke the cornel's back" so far as Sullivan is concerned. British Luxury Liner Sinks Off Brazil Coast RIO DE JANEIRO, April 26. r^>| —The British luxury liner Mftg- dnlena sunk today off Bra7il. Tlio 17,500-ton ship of the Royal Mall line went down off Uaipu Beach in Guannbara Bay. It had gone ngromid yesterday. Brazilian navy boats, removed the 350 passengers before It was re- floated. Two Tired Fliers Land Today After 6 Full Weeks in the Air FULLERTON, Calif.. April 26. ffl>) —Two tired fliers come out of the sky today alter remaining aloft so long they've probably forgotten how to walk. Bill Harris and Dick Ricdcl plan to land their Sunk 1st Lady at 11:44 a.m., PST <l:44 p.m. Central Standard Time* Just six weeks lo the minute after taking off from here 011 (hplr fourth quest for a world endurance flight- record. "We're so tired we don't talk to each other any more," Ban Is reported between yawns as the last long hours droned by. They fully expect to need walking lessons. Forced down after 568 hours In their third try. they required several days to acquire tfccir "land legs." And this time they've been up nearly twice as lon^. Practically the entire population of this community will be on hand to greet them. In the crowd will be Bob Woodhouse and Woodrow Jongward from Yuma, Ariz,, ground- 'ed Sunday alter M hours in their attempt to beat the Fullcrlon airmen's mark. The Yuma boys plan to try again. The most Jubilant members of Ihe welcoming committee will be Mrs, Betty Harris and Mrs. June Ricdcl. Each family has two youngsters. One of them. Pick Ricdel. Jr.. is bedridden with arthritis. He'll watch the landing via television from home. There will be a slight delay immediately after the landing before the Sunkl.it Lady taxi:: to the waiting crowd. She dropped a tnlUvhcel over Florida, during her non-stop cross-country flight. After the land- Ing, a new wh- -1 will be installed Immediately. The plane Is an Ecronca sedan. There will be a Wg welcoming parade this afternoon, with the Sunkist Lady herself In the line of march. Beforehand, the exhausted pilots will be checked by doctors and will receive attentions from masseurs Sec FLIERS on Pi*e 3 Moscow , ftmt this offer wim the first sign In months that some agreement might be possible between the East nnd the West, but they wnrr.cd against cither linsty optimism or undue pessimism. One diplomat stild the Soviet statement "holds .a promise" which wn.i worthy of consideration by the United States, Britain and France. (The Soviet statement cornea closer thnn any lu previous overtures to meeting the West's demand —that tliu blockade be lifted first before any four-power talks ciin be held on the future of Germany as a whole. The offer was nuulc public; only a few hours after the announcement by the West In Ocr- many Hint difficulties barring the way to a West German government had been cleared away. Russia vehemently opposes n separate German state.) It would appear here, from the ternis of the offer, that a unified Berlin currency no longer Is a prime condition for Ihe lifting ol c-om- munlcitions restrictions in Germanys 1 first city. II this be true. It represents a step forward from the point where the four-power discussions broke down Inst summer. Currency Wan Slumbllnfc BIocV The three western envoys In Moscow almost had reached RRrecment with Prime Minister Stalin and then foreign minister, V. M. Moln- tov, hut the currency Issue blocked the way. Now It would appear the Russians arc ready to lift, the blockade first and then talk about a single currency for the city. All newspapers this morning published the Tass statement prominently but made no editorial comment, as If waiting for Western reaction. U seemed significant, however, that the newspapers carried the new May Day slocans bidding for peace with thj west. Izvc.stia, the government newspaper, put It this way: "Far beyond the bounclrtes of our country there penetrates and finds warm reaction In the hearts of millions of workers that flaming \fay Day Slocan: 'Friendship of the peoples of the Soviet Union, the United Slates and England Is the best guarantee of a firm ncacc. Trail the brotherly aUinnre r>f the pcn- Rnlnnd Bishop hist nlHht WH. elected president o| the Ulythcvlllo Junior Chumher ol Commerce, to imccccd Wllllnm H. Wyatt. He defeated Gilbert D. Hummock Jr., in the club's nnmml election o officers held lust nlwht In the Jay cr.o clubrooms nl Fifth und Main. Hrmuuock nutomitllcully lie- comes first ylco president of the- club. W. E. Youiij!.. .Vns vice preside])'., defeiillng Dr. Charles pics of Enplnnri. the United Stales and the Soviet Union in their struggle for peace.' " New York Stocks (Closing Quotations) Am. T & T H5 Am. Tobacco * 65 3-4 AnHconda ..-.. 30 1-8 Beth Steel 30 Chrysler 51 1-8 Gen. Electric 37 3-8 Gen. Motors 571-2 Int. Harvester 24 1-8 Montgomery Ward 53 1-4 N. Y. central 11 1-8 No. Amn. AvlftUon 10 1-4 J. C, Penney 46 Radio . , 12 1-8 Republic S,£cl 22 5-8 Socony-Vacuum 16 1-2 Standard OU N. J 68 1-4 Sears, 7ocbuck 37 1-4 Texas Co 54 U. S, steel 13 1-4 L. Elmer R. Smith defeated Billy Dunn way In the race for secretary nml Bill Uitnl.ster was rlretcd treasurer after Lee Crowe, Jr., who served as treasurer for the pnst yenr, asked to withdraw from the race. Four new members of the boni(| of directors al.so were elected. They are Charles Moore, Jack Owen, L. Q. Thompson, jr., nnd Arlic French. They will servo two-year terms. Other candid u les far director posts were W. L, Tiimke. Leonard Oldhnm. Colrnmn Stevens, Janice DrnJ mid Hmitnr KJnibw. Carry-over hoard memliers nro ! A. S. HaiTlsnn, Ur. Jinncs C. Guard, Snn/nnl Boone, Miushnlt niackard nml Mm old Anderson. In.il.tlhtlfott Next iMoudi The new officers and directors will lake office at the minimi Jay- cnc InstallnLloTi bantiuct and dnnco next month. Date for the Inslalla- tton tins not ticen set. Mr. lil.shni), twice winner of the Jaycec "Key Mun" awn id for club activity, served as vice president in 1Q45-4G rind Is R three-time member of the board of director. 1 ;, lie served terms as director in 1914-45, 10-15- 4tf and 1047-48. He wns head of Mm annual Be nit- ty Pageant committee in 1015 and 1940 and also served on the National Cotton Picking Contest committees in i!)47 and IEMB. Mr. Bishop is associated with the Arkansas- MiMiOuri Tee Co. here. Mr. Bishop won the "Key Man" awards In 1Q46 and 1G43. Oilier "Key Man" award winners nmonj,' the new of fleers Include Mr. Moore, Mr. Young, Mr. Owen and Mr. French. Nearly all have served previously In official Jaycec capacities. Mr. Moore served ns secretary [Hiring the pn.st year. Mr, owcn ns treasurer In 1047-48, Mr. Thompson as first vice president for 1948-4D and Mr. French as chairman of the House Committee In 1947-48. Mr. Young WBJS chairman of the National Cotton Picking Contest Committee last year. Tn Hrlp Wiiy Police Uniforms During the business session last night, the Jaycrcs voted to sponsor a dance to raise funds to nsslst tn the payment for new uniforms for Blythevil'-c's police force. The city pays hnll the cost of the uniforms ami the administration has Indicated It will help stage the dance. The club nlso voted to sponsor the attendance of two Blythevillc hiffh school students at the American I,ep ion-sponsored Boys' and Girls' States at- Camp Robinson this summer. Awards won by the Blytheville club nt the state Jaycec convention in Little Rock late last week were turned over to the House Committee last night. They were ac- 3/g 4 Meeting ] Date Is Crucial Consideration LONDON, April 26. (AP) —Kussin said today s(ie has iffoi-cd n deal lo end the Berin blockade, main point of rricfioii in Iho cold war. The proposal, announced by liu official Soviet news agency THSS, would call off the Itlockiulc in advance of a meeting of Hig Four foreign ministers, if the Western powers will set a dute for the meeting neecpUljle to tli« Soviet Union. Tn»s suid the proposal Already has been given to Dr. Philip b, JC.SMIP, U. S. nmbH.v>Hdor-»t-]arg», l>y Hie Soviet United Nations dele- Kiito j. A. Mnllk. 1( the offer Is wlml Taw reportedj II voiild mnrk n nmjor ooncewlon by <!ie Huv,liui.v Ni'Kntlnltoiu in the pnsl havi broken down, bolh In and ouUld* Ilio United Nations, on the subject of lliulnji. Tlio Western powers hav« Insisted Hint the blockade be lifted before r.uy Big Four ncsslon. ' A.s Tasa described the offer, th* Ravinus now propose that their blockade nnri [lie Western powers' coirUcr-blocknde be lifted, and that the four nations' foreign ministers then meet nnd discuss all outstand- Inti Clcnnnn problems .Tliey had been adamant Bgniruit such timing in p'vst rcRotlatloiis. . t llic western pow«ri utd Oft*, man le.tdrrs In their »one rMkeK-. nl an lililorle >(renn«iit l»l ulRhl lo set ui> a We'll O«m»» rc|>ub)lr, completeljr dlrorecd from the Soviet Zone »nd «perat> IIIK umlrr Its own cnnstltnllon. Prt-Bumably th|» -Would • »<n »m»-, S lli.y pn^.lrmi \u mrt*« at »•,(««•- potfer meeitngt, line*' the Ru»-- nlnnx'have opposed t* that plaa* Thp soviet Union, Tass said, specifically ottered fo leave until the four-power meeting the subject ot re.storlnR a single currency In Ber- • lln, one of the big subjects of discord. The Soviet sector has a Russian-bucked mnrk, Inferior In valu« lo that of the west mark, backed by the western powers. The currency Issue b tightly woven Into the whol» controversy over three - or four - l>ower mlc, which has torn the conquered nutiori Into the equivalent of two separate countries. MnILk, the news agency said, told on March 21 that "If agreement will be reached as to a data when the counoll of foreign ministers would meet, the above mentioned reciprocal restrictions on communication and trade (the blockade nnd counter-blockade) could 'b« lilted before the Council of rv>reljn Ministers started its work. The big rupture between East and West ciime last Juno 19, when th» ilus.slnns clamped a blockade oft the wrjit-occuptcd sectors of Berlin amid a clash over which should control German currency. Gen. Lucius D. Clay, U. S. mlll- tnry governor, gave warning that th» Western powers were in Berlin to stay, imlcs.5 driven out by force of nrms. Not by "threats, pressures or other actions" would they give up rlglit.s they won In the war, he declared. Price Drops Bring Saving In EC A Costs WASHINGTON, April 26. President Trumtm today informed Congress thnt price declines will ninke It possible to finance the European nld program [or J157.800,000 less thnn congress has authorized. i'he President made that state^ ment in a formal request to Congress to "speedily appropriate" »5,272,200.000 for the Economic Recovery Administration for use until June 30. 1950. Of (hat amount »1,074,000.000 would be used between now and June 30 of this year -and J4.198.- 200.000 during the twelve monthi starling next July 1. The President's request wfc* In * letter to House Speaker Sam R&y- burn. Conti'ess recently authorized • foreign-aid program of $5,430,000,000. It contemplated the expenditure of »1,150,000,000 between now and next July 1. cepted by Carl Marshall and Albert Gilbert, co-cl>nlrricn of tile House Committee, which has charge ol all awards. Refugees Arrive TRIESTE. Free Territory, April 26. (flV-T t; newspaper ultisslme Sfcld today nine Romanians, Including four generals and an admiral, have reached Italian soil at Gorlzia »fter fleeing their Communist country. Blytheville Courier Hews fleeted Regular Member Of the Associated Press NEW YORK, April 26. OP>—Th« Blylhevillc, Ark.. Courier-News »nd the DcQueen, Ark., Citizen w«r» elected to regular AP membership yesterday. They had been associate members. ;The Blytheville Courier News became an associate member ot th« Associated Press Nov. 29, 1»«. Ki* first tegui using AP dispatche* OB that <kt*.