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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Tuesday, May 31, 1966
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(Art.) Court* Km - Tu«day. May M. MM- Page Five No. But They Have Jumped Sharply Have Food Prices Nearly Doubled Since '65? '... ... ..... _. . „_._ _i.---i_» u.. ikoii TVi« fonifanpv fnr fnnrf nricei have the better values." (EDITOR'S NOTE: If you're • housewife, what'i bothering you most today? Chances are it's prices in general and food prices in particular. In fact, many housewivei seem convinced that food prices have just about doubled in th» past years. Well, that hasn't quite happened — not according to the figures the government collects for its monthly consumer price index nor according to the figures of an unusual independ ent food price survey by The Associated Press. The AP survey concentrated on 12 major cities where the government also publishes a price breakdown on a large list of food items. AP's budget brigade of sharp-eyed housewives went through their check in much the same manner as do the government checkers. You'll find their report most Itneresting. The article shows you what has happened to food prices over the past year, where and how budgeting is easiest, what the AP housewife brigade thinks of it all, and many other Intriguing market basket details.) * * * A housewives' budget brigade concluded today that government price indexes fairly reflect a hard fact of life in the 1960s: it is costing more and more to feed the family. Many housewives seem firmly convinced that food prices just about doubled in the past year. They didn't, but government figures, supported by an inde- pendent Associated Press survey in March, show that the cost of a typical week's shopping went up nearly 7 per cent. Meats, however, have risen sharply. Based on the government's national price averages, it cost $6.22 to buy one pound each of sirloin steak, hamburger, pork chops, ham, bacon and lamb chops in mid-March, compared with $5.12 in mid- March of 1985 - a rise of 21.5 per cent. By contrast, the other items on the shopping list of the AP's budget brigade rose only 1.5 per cent. The AP's budget brigade figures, and the government's, should enable skeptical shoppers to judge for themselves. The AP housewives themselves started out highly skeptical on their 12-city spot survey. They said food prices over-all were unquestionably high, although many a penny could be shaved off the grocery bill by determined b a r g a i n-hunting from store to store. Some made the point that few housewives can spare so much time from their other home-making duties. if a housewife does all her shopping at one store, the researcher in St. Louis said, "It doesn't matter much which store you shop at — they'll get all your money anyway." "Each store's weekly bargains really were bargains," she reported. "They cut off ai much as 20 or 30 cents per item. But they seem to make it up somewhere else." The Associated Press budget brigade priced a list of 38 to 40 food items, from potatoes 'to sirloin steaki in three supermarkets in each of the 12 cities on March 10. The results were set alongside returns from U. S. Department of Labor checkers who shopped a wider range of stores in the .same cities at approximately the same time. (The government checkers also cover stores in 50 smaller cities for which no price breakdown is published. In the 12 cities where the AP paralleled the government survey, average total bills we remarkably similiar and in the case of St. Louis came out at precisely the game figure — $20.43. * * * The government goes about Its monthly price-gathering in a coolly scientific way, using 125 checkers working under field supervisors and supported by computers at home base. The AP survey was a matronly affair on a much smaller scale •pi' following in the footsteps of the government checkers. AP housewives spiced their findings with pointed comments about food prices — .like "exorbitant" and "skyrocketing." Food prices make up only 22.5 per cent of the government's over-all cost of living index, which during the March-to- March period rose 2.5 per cent However, it is food prices which the housewife encounters face to face every week and is most aware of. Both AP and government checkers reported Cleveland to be the cheapest city for the over-all food bill Government checkers came up with a figure of $19.67 for 39 items, and the AP housewife found the sam« items for $18.77. Government checkers found, . San Francisco to be the costliest city, with an average price of $21.27 for 39 items compared with $19.70 reported by the AP checker. Costliest city in the AP survey was Boston, with a total of ?21.06 compared with the government finding of $21.10. * * * In 'between the extremes came Baltimore, Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, St. Louis and Washington, D.C. AP's San Francisco checker called recent price rises in meat "exorbian." "My budget is strained to the breaking point," commented the Cleveland housewife. The housewife in Washington complained that "some basic items of diet have increased over the past year with no publicity — bread up 4 cents, milk up 4 cents, rice up 4 cents, potatoes up 15 to 25 cents for 10 pounds." .Said the Chicagoan: "The manager of a store I checked said he had 600 'voids' in the past week. A 'void' is where a customer finds he doesn't have enough money to pay for everything in his basket." + * * "All prices have skyrocketed but meat is extremely high," said the Pittsburgh reporter. The Baltimore surveyor said "an employee of one of the supermarkets included in my canvass claimed he 1s spending more time changing the shell prices of goods than stocking the shelves •themselves," "The average housewife finds herself buying a lower quality item to keep her budget balanced," said the Detroiter. "I watch' pennies closer than ever before." The AP budget brigade turned up a wide spread in prices for individual items from store to store in the same city. But by the time they had'priced all the items on the list, the goal tended to be about the same. In Baltimore, for example, one store had an 89-cent special on sirloin steak while a second store charged $1.19. Nevertheless the checker's total bill was $20,37 in the first store, $20.59 in :the other. * * * Reports by both sets of checkers indicated that pork prices, which had been in orbit for months, were beginning to level out or decline, although still far higher than a year ago. More Government checkers report ed an average price of $1.11.7 for pork chops in Baltimore compared with $1.17.7 in February and 93.2 cents in March 1965, $1.09.5 in Boston compared with $1.08.7 and 90.6 cents, $1.13.2 in Cleveland compared with $1.15.7 and 90.8 cents, and $1.07.6 in Detroit compared with $1.12.1 and 85.1 cents. AP's budget brigade found their three-store average price for pork chops to be $1.17.7 in Baltimore, $1.11.7 in Boston, $1.11.3 in Cleveland and 99 cent in Detroit The tendency for food pricei In general to level out was reflected in April statistics announced by the government week ago showing that over-all food costs rose only .1 of 1 per cent over the March averages. The AP budget brigade in general agreed that there are several ways to resist advancing prices. These incluJe buying only the items on n prepared list, placing a limit on the total to he spent, eliminating luxuries and buying less expensive * * * The AP's Detroit checker said advances in the processing of foods often beguile the shopper Into spending more than she intended. "Before, it wa£ canned peas, now it's frozen peas with miniature onions or in mushroom sauce," she said. "Corn once came packed in water. Now U is frozen in pure butter." The Cleveland member of the team remarked that "so complete and elegane an array of prepared foods now is on the market that I begin to suspect the cook may be done away with." * * * The budget brigade said shopping in several stores saves money, but may prolong the chore of buying the groceries beyond that which a busy housewife can spare. The Philadelphia checker gaid: "I find it necessary to devote considerably more time to shopping all three stores to take advantage of their loss leaders and determine which stores have the better values." The brigade's San Francisco housewife said she was surprised to find that "a market well known for its 'low prices' charged more for meat than another market considered high-priced for meat. This latter market was considerably lower in prices and its meat was superior." •s. * + An analysis of the returns from the AP's surveyors showed that a housewife with unlimited time for shopping could hava saved a substantial sum by ferreting out the lowest price for a given item at each of the threa stores visited. Thus the shopper in the Washington area ran up a bill averaging $20 for the 40 items priced. By switching from store to store she could have had them for $18.67. The shopping list of the AP budget brigade included staple meats, fish and poultry, fruits, vegetables, canned goods, coffee, tea, sugar, eggs, butter, margarine, cheese, cereal and cold cuts. * * » The total bill by cities (government figure first) follows: Baltimore, $20.80 and $20.83; Boston, $32.10 and $21.06; Chicago $20.52 and $19.68; Cleveland, $19.67 and $18.77; Detroit, ?19.82 and 19^53; Los Angeles, $20.38 and $19.02; New York, $20.68 and $20.10; Philadelphia, $20.42 and $19.89; Pittsburgh, $20.48 arid $21.03; St. Louis, $20.43 and $20.43 (same); San Francisco, $21.27 and $19.70; Washington, $20.98 and $20. 1 Federal Eye On Alabama BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (API- Federal authorities kept a close watch today on Alabama's Democratic party runoff primary' in which Negroes ran against white opponents in 16 of the state's 67 counties. The Justice Department sent poll watchers into six counties — Choctaw, Greene, Hale, Mar- «ngo, Perry and Sumter — just as it did in the first primary May 3 when 12 counties were put under surveillance. They were under instructions to look for possible violations of ..the new federal Voting Rights • Act. In two of the counties, Hale . and Perry, local officials had asked for them. Polls open at 10 a.m. EDT and .close at 7 p.m. EDT in rural areas and 8 p.m. in cities and . rural areas with voting machines. Polls remain open until j 9 p.m. EDT in Jefferson and >" Tuscaloosa counties. :-" Negro candidates seeking seats in the all-white legislature or running for sheriff or other local office in the six counties being watched and 10 others hoped for a bloc vote and a heavy turnout of newly registered Negro voters. But there was little likelihood that the size of the vote statewide would approach the recorc MO.OOO ballots cast in the governor's race four weeks ago. Teens Jailed For Killing Priest SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -Police arrested two teen-agers and questioned three others today in the robbery slayings of a priest and a warehouseman. .. Chief of Detectives Bart Col 'jins said Tony Espositjp, 17, and Jack Brito Jr., 16, had admit ted the bludgeoning killing o' Eugene Silva, 40, a warehouse man from nearby Santa Clara i Brito, the detective said, also had admitted taking part in the fatal beating of the Rev. John D. Cox, 31, a Roman Catholic priest from the San Francisco suburb of Millbrae. Both Espositio and Brito were booked for homicide investigations. , Collins quoted the youths, both San Jose High .School students, as saying they and others lured •victims to secluded areas where they beat and robbed them. i ." Remember Pay Your Paper Boy BLASTOFF TOMORROW Daily Record A crucial experiment in the flight plan for Gemini-9 prepares for the day when man in space may be faced with a supreme test of technical precision and human courage—the rescue of an astronaut stranded in orbit. The experiment calls for spacewalkerThomas Cernan, still connected by tether to the capsule, to hover motionless some 30 feet from Gemini-9. Command pilot Thomas Stafford will gently steer toward him. Goal is to bring the ship in close enough for Cernan to grab the nose without having to use bis backpack propulsion and maneuvering unit. Arkansas News Briefs By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS CAMDEN, Ark. (AP) - The nation should turn its attention to financing adequately the current provisions of Medicare before attempting any expansion of the program, Richard S. Arnold said here Monday. The 4th Congressional District candidate told Jaycees here that though Medicare does not begin until July 1 there are already dire predictions of shortages of medical facilities and personnel: He predicted shortages would worsen under Medicare. PINE BLUFF, Ark. (AP )Georgia state Sen. Horace T. Ward said here Monday Negroes of America are living in the "second reconstruction period." He told the 418 graduating seniors of Arkansas AM&N Col lege that in recent years "we have been caught up in a con would appear In his place on the 9:J p.m program. POTEAU, Okla. (AP) - The annual convention of the Ozarka Regional Development Association will be held at Fountainhead State Lodge near here June 22. Among speakers will be William M. McCandless of Oklahoma City, named by President Johnson recently as federal cochairman of the Ozarka Commission. Governors Orval Faubus of Arkansas and Warren Hearnes of Missouri are also scheduled to speak at the first convention of the association. LITTLE ROCK (AP)-James Pilkinton of Hope said Monday he will formally open Wednesday the headquarters for his campaign for Democratic nomi- ^ l>yu ^ nation for lieutenant governor. {erent en ding. Clement Makes Senate Bid NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Frank f'.ement makes another bid for the U.S. Senate today. Clement called a noon news conference to announce that he will oppose U.S. Sen. Ross Bass for the democratic nomination for the second time. Bass, 48, defeated Clement two years ago for the two years in the unexpired term for the late Sen. Estes Kefauver. In announcing for re-election Saturday Bass predicted the Aug. 4 primary would have "the same cast and, I hope, the same ending . . Clement has been at work the past two years to try for a dif- The headquarters will be in a Little Rock hotel. Pilkinton, a former state senator, is among eight Democrats and one Republican seeking the post. JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) Business sessions of the 131st annual meeting of the North Ar- Conference of the Meth- Clement, Thursday, I«VE us*,. ""•B"'."!' ™ - "" kansas Conference of tne weiu- tinuing rvolution in our efforts h b here today . tinuing revolution in our efforts °° pnrif . rence meetiM en ds to secure first-class citizenship tion." LITTLE ROCK (AP) - Gov. Orval Faubus said Monday he will not be able to appear on the "Fact the State" program of television station KTHV here tonight because of a threat of illness. He said Highway Commission Chairman Wayna Hampton The conference meeting ends Friday morning with the reading of pastoral appointments by Bishop Paul V. Galloway. Pitchers on the 196( San Francisco Giant roster accounted for 96 National League wins in 1965. That's one game more than the Giants won. They lost the pennant to the Dodgers by two games, who was will the be 46 youngest governor when elected to his first term at age 32 in 1952. He has served one two- year and two four-year terms, and can't succeed himself. It Rained Fish (?) ft Monday you could pick up fish from the lawn in a downtown park. An inch of rain in less than an hour backed an underground river through a storm sewer into the park. With , the river came dozens of trout, some of them 12 inches long. Children scooped them up and took them home for dinner. WINE FROM FLORIDA VINE FORT PIERCE, Fla. (AP) One of Florida's few really prolific grapevines shades 30( square feet of Charles A. Prester's homesite. The heavily fruited, arbor- mounted canopy is a single vine of the Lake Emerald strain planted by Prester in 1958. Florida, a lush ground for most growing things, is inhospitable to almost every kind of grape because of an insect-carried virus. Lake Emerald, a white grape suitable for wine- making, was developed by state agricultural experimenters searching for a variety that would resist the virus. Prester said his vine has yielded 250 to 260 pounds of grapes in recent years. "It has puzzled the scientific boys," Prester said. "A field laboratory man wouldn't believe one vine could give such a yield — until he saw it." Prester said he has no growing secret that would account for the vine's fecundity, and no training as a viticulturist. What was his trade before he took to farming? Sword - swallower. "Not many people know about that around here," Prester said , C fAP) • witn a smile ' " Wnen l came to in Cranbrook I settle in Fort Pierce, in 1937 . . *• ,. nennl* wniimn t have looker Weather U. S. Weather Bnrean Agricultural service Reiser, Ark. An-unseasonably cool air mass is well entrenched in the upper midwest. Cool, northeasterly breezes dropped overnight temperatures to readings in the 50s. A dry weather-pattern is foreseen for- much of the state through Wednesday but a few thundershowers may break out in northwest Arkansas this afternoon and Wednesday with coverage and amounts expected to be small. Yesterday's highs were generally in the 80s. But afternoon temperatures will be a few degrees cooler today. Operations such as spraying, which requires dry weather for best results, will have a good chance for success today and Wednesday. No showers are forecast in the state through Wednesday except for some isolated activity in northwest Arkansas. The cool nighttime temperatures will not be favorable for rapid cotton growth. However, daytime temperatures will be closer to the seasonal norma and abundant sunshine will be a further help in pushing planl growth along quite well. Yesterday's high—83 Overnight low—54 Precipitation previous 24 hours (to Chicaao Soybeans July 314% Aug. 311V4 Sept. 290% Markets Open High Low Last Chicago Wheat July Sept. Dec. 167% 169% 175 168% 187ii--168V4 111% 169% 171V4 176% 174% 176% 316% 314& 316 312 3 /4 310% 312% 292 290% 291% New York Stocks Texas G. S Chrysler ftC\ AT&T '..'.'.'.'...."......... 54% 4,000 Teens Riot ; NEW YORK (AP) - An estimated 4,000 teen-agers went oa a rampage at Coney Island Monday night, letting off steam as the Memorial Day weekend drew to a close. Police said the teen-agers — roth girls and boys between the ages of 14 and 18 — enraged in :ist fights,, -threw bpttles and forced, rides and booths to close early at the amusement cetiter. The rowdiness lasted about an hour before 200 policemen,; including 150 reinforcements, broke up the milling, laughing youngsters. At least eight persons were arrested on charges of disorderly conduct and another '-was charged with felonious assault for allegedly striking a mounted policeman. i Dow 70% Xerox 247% GM 82% Pan Amer 66 Ford 47 3 A W'house 57 U. S. Steel 43% Curtis Pub 10 Comsat 55% Amer Motors 9V4 Sears 57% Parke Davis 32% . 105 33'A 7 a.m. today)—none -26.13 Precipitation Jan. 1 to dit Sunset today—7:07 Sunrise tomorrow—4:48 Thii Date A Ye»r As» Yesterday's high—87 Overnight low—65 Precipitation Jan. 1 to date—21.20 people wouldn't have looked kindly on a fellow who'd been making his living with the circus." Mike Garrett, 1965 Heisman trophy winner and' halfback at the University of Southern California, signed a pro football contract with the Kansas City Chiefs. IN THE CHANCERY COURT FOR THE CHICKASAWBA DISTRICT OF MISSISSIPPI, COUNTY, ARKANSAS DORRIS M. RAMAGE, PLAINTIFF VS. NO. 16768 CLEO H. RAMAGE DEFENDANT WARNING ORDER The defendant, Cleo H. Ramage, is hereby warned to appear is this Court within thirty (30) days and answer the Complaint of the Plaintiff(s) herein and upon his failure so to do, said Complaint will be taken as confessed. WITNESS my hand as Clerk of the Chancery Court for the Chickasawba District of Mis- sisippi County, Arkansas, and the Seal of said Court on this the 9th day of May, 1966. ; GERALDINE LISTOty Clerk Graham Sudbury 115 N. Second Street Blytheville, Arkansas Attorney for Plaintiff Marcus Evrard 128 W. Walnut Street Blytheville, Arkansas Gen Elect Beth Steel . Reynolds Tob 37% Standard NJ 73'A Holiday Inn 39% Ark - La 44% Ark - Mo 18'/s Divco - Wayne .35% World Deaths FORT LAUDERDALE, F!a. (AP) — Warren W. Brown, 66, vice president of the Western Pacific Railroad and a former president of the Monon Railroad of Chicago, died Sunday after a long illness. CHESTER, Pa. (AP) — Chester H. Sloat, 59, associate dean at PMC Colleges since 1963, died Sunday at a medical center in Chester ., BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) - James Woolf, 76, of London, producer of British movies "Room at the Top," anc the "L-Shaped Room," died Sunday attack. of an apparent heart The colleges are only as good as we make them Higher educations develops America's leaders, but the colleges (ii gently need-funds-far more thai they get from student tuitions. It'i up to us to keep quality in education. Give to the college of you choice. wilh The Adveftljlns Colin*., •nd KM Cflunill tor FlftlKtal Aid 10 EducithM, Services By •Coll: FUNERAL HOME SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (AP) - The Right Rev. Msgr. Patrick A. Maguire, dean of the Salt Lake district of the .Catholic Church of Utah, died Monday after a long illness: to was born in Ireland in 1890. AKRON, Ohio (AP) - Richard M. Sawyer, (1, president of Firestone Textiles Co., a division of Firestone Tire & Rubber Co., was found dead Monday in Attorney-Ad-Lltem his car. He was a native of Sa- S-10, 17, 24, 31 1cm, Mass. 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