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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OF NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI VOL. XLV—NO. 31 BlythevlUe Dally Ne Blythevllle Courier Mississippi Valley Leader BLYTHEVILLB;, ARKANSAS, THURSDAY, APRIL 28,1949 SIXTEEN PAGES SINGLE COPLEg FIVE CENTS farmers Discuss Labor Outlook in Brinkley Meeting Washington Officials Urged to Expedite Mexican Contracts Representatives from Eastern Arkansas, including six from Mississippi County, met yesterday with state officials concerned with the recruitment of farm laborers, to discuss improvements needed In securing cotton choppers and pickers this year. In the discussions, conducted In the Hotel Rusher In Brinkley. it \vns pointed two that there are 1 still two major points of argument between the United States and Mexico and a contract relative to securing Mexican labor for the cotton picking season, but prospects for choppers from the Texas Mexicans are good. Right to "Bluck List" an Issue ifc According to D. O. Rushing, who Is connected with the United Slates Employment Service and the placing farm laborers in Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas, the Mexican government wants to maintain the authority to black list states, counties and associations, and the U. S. Is in opposition to this practice. Arkansas, which received about one-half of all Mexican citizens brought Into this country last year, was one of the states the Mexican government would have blacklisted ' last year. The other point of argu- ! ment between the two counties Is , concerned with where the labor Is to be recruited. Americans concerned want to pie- vent delay and confusion by having the labor recruited at the border, while the Mexican government wants recruitment in the interior of the country. The belief of the U. S. officials who want border recruitment is that once farmers are in the interior seeking laborers the Tvlexican nationals hold out for unreasonable picking wages, etc. Another Item of contention between the two countries has been concerned with transporting the la- ^iViorers by common carriers, which ^ the Mexican government maintains Is safer and more adequately covered by insurance. To Get Choppers in Texas It was pointed out yesterday that last year Arkansas got 3,000 Texas Mexicans for the cotton chopping season ^vith ^.i-.-^t^tuci.^,- " that they would be "released by July 1 for the notton picking season in the Rio Grande Valley. Pull coupera- ' tion with reference lo the release agreements has greatly Improved the prospects for obtaining choppers from Texas this year. The United Stales Employment Service in Arkansas has requested 11,000 Texas Mexicans this year, end hope was expressed that this number coupled with the supply of local labor woxiltf take care of the chopping needs in Arkansas. No Mexican nationals were brought In for the chopping season last year, and it is not expected to have them brought in this year. The group meeting In Brinkley yesterday adopted a resolution, directed at the State Department, urging department heads to more activity to get the contract with the Mexican government completed in ample time to Insure cotton planters of adequate labor. Must Apply Through KS.E.S. Tt was pointed out yesterday that early reports have indicated that only associations of farmers that could show financial stability would ^he able to get the Texas Mexicans Jf.for chopping, but it now appears that an individual, showing financial responsibility can secure the laborers. The farm leaders were advised to R<> through the United States Employment Service to secure the la- Walter May of Crittcnden County, vice-president of the Arkansas Farm Bureau Federation, was elected as chairman of the meeting yes terday. The greater part of the pro- gr? tn was informal discussions. Among those attending was former governor Homer Adkins, wh< now is state director of the Employment Security Divirion. D. v. Maloch and Keith Bllbre\ county agents for South and Nortt Mississippi County were am on those attending from this county. Truman Believes Red* Made Bono Fid* Offer To Lift Berlin Blockade WASHINGTON, Ayirll K (Ifl— President Truman said today he believes the Russians are acting In gofxi. faith In their moves toward lilting of the Berlin blockade. The President told a news conference that if he didn't think the Russian feelers were advanced In good faith, the United States would not be continuing conversations on the matter, Tiic^e conversations have now reached the stage of final decision with Htissla controlling the next move. World Awaiting Russia's Terms Statesmen Express Hope for End of Cold War Via New Offer By G. MUton Kelly NEW YORK, April 28. (/P>—The world waited today Jor Russia's official reply to a Western request that she state formally and exactly her terms for lifting the Berlin blockade. There were reports that the Soviets already have replied that they will call off the blockade K the Western allies will end their counter-blockade and fix a mutually agreeable date for four-power discussions of the entire German problem. Statesmen of many nations expressed hope that t 1 e East and West may be on the verge ot negotiations which, with careful and patient handling, might bring the cold war to an end. A dispatch from Associated Press Corespondent Eddy Gil more in Moscow said diplomats there considered Russia and the three Western powers may have made a start toward a new stage of mutual relations. Nobody was predicting a settlement, he said, but they felt a settlement could result. Dr. Philip C. Jessup, American ambassador-at-large, submitted yesterday the request that the Russians say officially and In writing what they have In mind as terms for lifting the blockade, a main cold war Irritant. Jessup's possibly momentous 92- minute meeting with Soviet Deputy Foreign Ministers Andrei A- Oro- myko and Jakob A. Malik was surrounded bv _iini'«'i r -1 s^Qcecy. ^ The Rutdif&i^'seikt ;.the single written word ^'"No K to newsmen iking for their comment on the Patronage Price To Be Party Line Labor Bill Votes Truman Uses Job Handouts as Lever To Control Congress By Jack Bell WASHINGTON, April 28—M 1 )— President Trumnu sMd today Democratic votes in Congress on the Tuft-Hartley repeal will be a tesl of party loyally. He put notions of the lawmakers on other Democratic pliUform measures In much the same class. Tlnis Mr. Truman Indicated Ihitt tlie Senators nnci Representatives who full to K» along with striking out the two-year labor Insv anil ndhcriiig to other platform pledges will liav little to sny numit who Rcls federal Jobs. Doubts about Molotov'3 Status In Soviet Hierarchy Dispelled By William L. Ryan NEW YORK, April 23. (/!>}— Any doubts about the present position of V. M. Molotov In the Soviet hierarchy were dispelled today, H* 1* still the top m<m under Prime Minister Stalin, Tills am be reported with ii.-s.siit'> although the liischvuirc comes In an Indirect way. It also can be reported that N. A. Vozncsencky, deposed us heat! ol the all-Important Caspian (state planning; com- mlvjon) and as a deputy prime mlntatcr, ftlso hn.s been removed from the ruling Politburo. He has not bpcn replaced atui the Politburo now Is muUc up of Stalin and 11 otlu-r.s. 2. LiUTOiill P. Bevlu nmk.s behind only Sinlin and Molotov In Soviet presUtf' 1 - A.S far as Ls known in this country. Berln Is still the nwn behind the Soviet Secret Police. Tuis information filters through Moscow cen.sor.shlp In this way: there hius been no official nunoun- ecMm-nl of the present mnke-np of Ihe Pclitburo, the policy - making There owever, were that persistent reports, the Russians gave n oral reply at the meeting out- ning the. two provisions they de- iand as the price Tor ending their !ockade. One report said Malik told Jess- p that Russia would not ask the Vestern allies to change their plans set up a West German republic, ^dependent of the Soviet Zone 'here had been a lot of specula- ion that the Kremlin had sprung ie new overtures in an effort to lock formation of the Western epublic. Jessup returned yesterday afler- oon to Washington, where he Is x peeled to report personally to resident Truman and the State Department. He met with French ,nd British diplomats and Her- iert V. Evatt, U. N. General As- embly president, before departing. The President left wkle-opcn the question of whether the lawmakers who failed to back the party candidates In last fall's election will have any voice in patronage. On that point he suggested that reporters wait and see how U works out. Mr. Truman's news conference discussion of the issue of party loyalty went beyond—if it was not in actual conflict with—earlier comments on Democratic National Chairman J. Howard McGrnth. Discussing yesterday's conference with Democratic Party and Congressional leaders, the President said that Democrats are those people who support the Democratic platform. He described the platform as the law of the party. Mr. Truman said he regards the vote on the pending bill to repeal tlie Taft-Hartley Act as one of those tests of party loyalty. Support of the platform should carry through after the election ns well as during the campaign, the President said. He ndried that .he stands sqimrley behind the platform and expects other loyal Democrats to do likewise. The plat form contains n Democratic pledge to support the enactment of civil rights legislation. Southern opposition to Mr. Truman's proposals for anti-poll tax, antl-lynchlug and anti-job discrimination split the party wide open in the last campaign. Mr. Truman's news conference statement left a question on Just how tiiucSi say on federal jobs will be given' to Congressmen who jumped the reservation last fall. The President was asked if patronage will be denied to members of Congress who gave support to the Thurmond - Wright States*"! Rights ticket. "Wait and Sec" Just wait and see how the thing works out, the President said, adding that he thinks the question will answer itself as time goes on. McGrath told reporters after a conference with the President yesterday that jobs will be denied to persons who opposed Mr. Truman in the general election campaign or who made nasty remarks in public about the President, in connection with his civil rights program. McGrath said, however, that members of Congress will continue to handle partonagc regardless of how hey vote on the President's pro•am in the Senate and House. Mr. Truman's remarks seemed to ast doubt on whether lawmakers body which rules the Soviet Union, However, Moscow Ls getting rend} for Us annual May Day celebration and this always is revealing. A d !sp a tc h from Moscow said simply this: "Decorations for the May Daj holiday began appearing in Moscow KXLxy. Red bunting and portrait, of members of the Politburo, to- gether wlih uorlraltA of Lenin, went ,ip on nuiny buildings. "Stalin and Lenlu are In tlm enter! and on either slue of them are pictures of well known officials." The dispatch then lLsl« Mololov first afler him Berla. Vozne-smwky'.s mvme was not on the list. Thai was nil the information In this dispatch, but it tended to sup- 'i, previous hlnU tha*, Vo/Jiosen- sky has been dropped and thai Molotov's stature has been increased. Recently Molotov WR.S relieved of his duties as foreign minister and Andrei Y. look his place. Mololov continued In his post as n deputy prime minister, Tlie RPIIO- ral impression abroiul was that ho had given up the foreign off ten Job to permit himself to concentrate on moie Important tasks—rxxsslbly even to prepare himself for the manlle of (he aging and ailing Slu- Un. It will be noted thnt the dls- palcli on the portraits of the Soviet leader places Molotov and Bcrla on either side of Stalin. To protocol- minded Russians, tht-5 U highly significant. Austin Declares Pact Will Result In a Stronger UN Chief U.S. Delegate Says Treaty Will Help Remove War Causes WASHINGTON, April 2» (/!>)— H'.irrll R. Aulllll, chirr (I. K. (Irlc- S«(e In llm Dulled Nations, ti'lil Senators lodny HilAsIn is losing Ihr. "ctild war" uncl Soviet ruler* are tirKlnnlnK to find ft out. Last Ships Bearing Evacuees Prepare To Leave Shanghai By »Yfd lump-ton SHANGHAI, A|>ril 28. (Al>)—The escape gate from Communist-threatened Shanjfhni began closing slowly today. For foreigners, the lust ships were preparing to get underway. For the Chinese, huu) roulcs were cominp; under Ucd troop (luminalio*. Airplanes still took out refugees over ~~ *land and sen. Heads Rotarians Teacher's Body Found on Island Drowning Victim Lost Life in Boat Tragedy January 18 WILSON. April 28.— The body of Mrs. N (Milne Cnsli. 33, Reverie, Tenn., school tenchcr who wns cme of the three persons drowueii Jan 18 when a snmU lx>nt on the Mississippi River chute near here, was found yesterday on Island 40 near Mnrlon by nn unidentified fisherman, Receding \vntcr has deposit Mrs. Cash's body on a small bur on the island and it was discoverer Social Security Plan Supported House Committee Survey Indicates Increased Backing by the fisherman who passing Bond Chairmen Selected for Opportunity Driv James Terry of Blythevllle and Ben F. Butler of Osceola have been named county chairmen for the Opportunity Drive to sell $6,180.000 In E bonds in Arkansas from May 16 through June 30. . Mr. Terry and M. Butler recently ^accepted a $150.000 quota for this cou n t y. M r. Terry wil I serve as chairman of the drive in the North part of the county, and Mr. Butler will be chairman for South Mississippi County. Some counties in Arkansas have already exceeded their quotas by advance sales, since all sales made in April count toward the quota. Four in Luxora He port Prowler; Suspect Arrested Houston Lloyd, Luxora Negro, was released under a $1,000 bond ycs- lerdny following his arrest on charge of burglary and grand larceny. Lloyd 'was arrested yesterday morning by Sheriff's Deputies Dave Young and VV, E, Lucas after wns alleged to have entered the iiome of A. B. Brndlcy nt Luxora, Mr. Bradley reported to officers that omcone entered his home but was scared nwny by a telephone ringing. Attempts to enter three other homes at Luxora Tuesday night **1 within two blocks of the Bradley home, were reported, to officers yesterday. Ray Olive, who lives onlj one block from the Bradley home told officers Dial his home entered and officers received ports of attempted burglaries homes of Atiten Chitwood and Mrs Clara MifHin. Lloyd denied knowledge of the burglaries bvit admitted that hi passed the on his way honn from work at 1:30 a.m. Wcd»csdn> officers said. His trial is set fo Monday afternoon before Justice the Peace Richard Thomas in Osce ola. Soybeans CHICAGO. April 2o. f/Vj—Soy- bean quotations: High Low Close Miy 229'i 220'i 223-222H July 221'~ 214'i 216'1-H Nov !03 198 is 190'.i Weather Arkansas forecast: Considerabl cloudiness, showers and occasion- rain in extreme south portion till afternoon. Partly cloudy tonigh and Friday. Not much change I teni|)critture,s. Missouri forecast: Fair tonigh not so coo" might except cxlrem soulhc^.t Warmer Friday. Low to night 50-55. High Friday, near 81 Minimum this morning—60, Maximum yesterday—80. Sunset tod ay—6:42. Sunrise tomorrow—5:12, Precipitation 24 hours to today—none. Total since Jan. 1—22.27. Mean temperature rmidway Lwrcn hrch and low*—70. Normal mean for April—61. 7 a.n ho oppose vital issues In "is pro- ram will continue to be recognized patronage matters. ruman Hopes Colder Will Take Navy Post WASHINGTON, April 28. w>— Resident Truman said today he ,opes Curtis K. Calctcr, New York itilities executive, will accept appointments as secretary of the rmy. Mr. Truman also told a news onferencfi that Jonathan Daniels, ditor of the Raleigh (N. C.) News .nd Observer is under considern- ion for appointment as secretary >f the Navy. the bar. Mrs, Ca.sli, along with her hus band William Cash, 33. and lie sister-in-law Miss Georgia Cash 25, R\'O of Reverie, drowned 18 when their boat capsized shortly alter leaving; the boat dock near Wilson. They' Were en route from Wilson to their home in Reverie which n cross the chute on Island 35. Husband's Body Not Recovered The body of Georgia Cash was located near the scene where the boat capsized the following dny but searchers were unable lo locate the bodies of Mr. and Mrs. Cash. Mr. Cash is still reported missing. Mrs. Cash's body was identified by her brother-in-law, IJ. P. Cash Jr., of Wilson. The body was identified by n ring and a watch found on her body. Her body Is being held at the Citizens Funeral HonH? s* West Memphis. Funeral services will be conduct- erf tomorrow morning at II o'clock at the West Memphis funeral home by the Rev. A. F. Muncy, pastor of the Wilson Baptist Church. Burial will be in the Poplar Grove Cemetery at Drummond, Tcnn. Mrs. Cash is survived by her mother Mrs. Lee Hampton of Wynne, her father Robert Green of Bcmis. Tenn,, two sisters, Mrs. John Strickland of Memphis, Mrs McLnln FanninR of Stutlr^rl nnd three half-brothers Sgt. Orville Hnmpton, with the Mnvtne Corp." at Quantico, Va.. George and J. G Hampton of Wynne. By Francis M. Le May WASHINGTON, April 28. (>r»— Tlie administration plan lor n vast expansion of Social Security has picked up strong support on the House Ways and Means Committee, a spot survey showed today. As the committee started writing a new bill after two months of hearings, a check, of member* indicated thut the measure they have in mind would give President Truman a large part—although not all of the broadened program he wnnts. It may include a boost In old age insurance benefits, with coverage extended Vu perhaps another 20,000,000 Americans, but it probably will not call for any increase In the present payroll tax, other than the boost scheduled for January under the •esent law. Rep. Kcan (R-NJ), a committee member, told a reporter he expects WASHINGTON, April 2H, (>TI— Ampi'toi's chief dPlPKwto to Hie United Nalions told senators totlny the North Atlantic Pncl. will clrentillmi the U. N. and "Ini'veiis" Its ability to remove niutu'.s of vviir," Ten H. Austin imule the .sluln- before Hie Sotiato Korean lle- utlons C'ominltteo In urtiliiK uppro- •nl »f llio tidily n.s ft stop lownril it 1 [ice. He flunly denied llie 1'2-tmtlcm lUlnuce would destroy the DnHed Millions,or wt'cikoti Its efforts (owntd [[itcrmtUouitl unity. "If the North Atlantic Trenty Is ei'Hled according to Hie letter nnd siilrll, both of the (United Nn- ;lun.-0 chnvlcr nnd of the treaty," lie said, "It can lift the cause of peace above any level yel atlnlned," Austin. 11 former senator hlimelf, followed Secretary of Sltite Acljo- scm In pleading for approval of the imct. Some senators, however, said Dial pint of Acheron's testimony yesterday may have cost the treaty vita) Sennle support, 'Hicy referred to his statement thai a vole for the treaty would bo en endorsement of the administration *tmii) thjit "Tho United .Stales can and should provide assistance to the other pact countries," Aclieson was beintt (iiieslloned at the lime nhout Uio proposed |>i'0- 'considerable support from Re pub tcnns" for broadening the program. rle said the GOP platform called Tor Social Security expansion. Rep. Mills (D-Ark), another committee member, proposed a new tux plnti to enable farm hands and Household workers to Ret old age and survivors Insurance coverage. Mills said he will suggest that such workers get full coverage by paying the tax as any other em- ploye— but without any payment being required of their employer. Moreover, Mills said that under .s pJnn farm operator.? would be fully covered by paying the same tax rate thnt an employe tn Industry pays. Other self-employed may gram to rc-unn friendly European countries. Turning Aftulnnl Kmsliuis Auisln told the committee the "cold war "Is turning BK^inst the Russians and this rcnll/ntlun Is penetrating the "Isolation which the ruling cliiss of Llhn Soviet Union him created for Itself behind the walls of the krcmlln.' 1 The voting within the U. N. Austin added, Is becoming mor.o positive In opponUlon to UID Soviet. Ho added thut fewer delegates are abstaining from voting nnd majorities for the- Western nations arc -"We arc now witnessing In the United Nations," he said, "tho unity that Is progressively ninklng KKKVOH- Mon and, obstruction less attractive and less fenslble. "The Soviet rulers have seen that e cannot lie driven out of Berlin nnd they tire learning thnt the Kuro- jeim Recovery Program cannot be defeated, that free nntlnns will no permit themselves lo lin submerged one by one. thut the charter the United Nations menus what t snys, nnd that Hit? overwhelming najorlty of the nullons ore deter- nlned to uphold n ml defend It. <Vhl!c this process continues, we lopefuUy keep open the door to cooperation." Scnnlor Taft of Ohio, chiilrmiui of he GOP Policy Committee, told a reporter he regards Achc.son'.s testimony as having linked the 12-nnllon fiact "inseparably" to the proposed Mililn dill Dlythovlllc Rolarlana at thel luncheon mccthiR lodny electci Noblo II. Cllll of Dlyllievlllo ant 1 Uell as president to succeed Alvl/ Huffman, Jr. R. A. Porter was elected vie president, nnd U. B. Dranson, sec rotary, was rc-clcctcd. Thico director! wero elected Thoy are: Monroe. Crutn, Jaiue.s I Guard, nnd Keith Illibrey. The new officers will Ukc ofllc July 7. Philippine President's Widow Slain be required to ant«-up a slightly higher tax rate because of their status as both employe nnd employer. N. O. Cotton NEW ORLEANS. April 28 <fl»j — Closing cotton quotations: MHiscli Low Close May 33.10 32.90 32.81-85 Inly 32.36 32.00 32.05-06 Oct. 2fU5 28.16 28.80-32 Dec. 28 91 23.55 2&.57B March 33.76 28,38 28.45B Dixie Coal Operators Seek Separate Contract WASHINGTON. April 2B-f/P»— Southern soft coal operators totfny broke away from the rest of tin Industry and prepared to ncgotl ate a separate contract with John L. Lewis if necessary. The bonrd of directors of tli Sou the rn Coal Producers Assocla tion voted to remain awrvy from $1,450,000,000 foreign rums prn^rnnl. Against Furnlslihiic Arms "I'm ngalnisL furnishing arms now," Tnft sntci. "I want lo support Lhc p;ict, bill Acbeson hns linked ft Inseparably Lo the military program. I don't know what my final decision on the pact will be." United Stales rntincnlJon of the treaty requires Ihe approval of two Ihlrtls of Ihe voting senators. Most of the II nut Ions who would he this country's imity partners already have asked for military aid. Senator Donncll fR-Mo). a non- coitiinlttce member who trieil un- succe.wsftjlly to find nut from Acheson whether the President has power to order American troops nbrond, MANILA, April 28. (/P)—Mrs. Aurora Quezon, widow of tlie Phil* lupines' first president, her daughter nnd grandson were killed today In a bloody machine gun amlnn- cnde that brotJffht dentil to 10 persons. Ten others were wounded. President Elpldlo Quhlno, notified of Ihe ambush In the mountains of northern Luzon, ordered tin Immediate citmpnlgn agulnst tho killers, whom ho Identified ns bnn- Ults. The Quezon party, with nu armed constabulary escort, left Manila -shortly after fi a.m. locnl time for Ualer on the norlhenst const of Lu/.on. The GO-year-oUl widow wnsl tr> hnve iinvenled a marker In memory of her fiitsbnud. Mnnuol Quey.on. Incomplete reports here said the party wn.H moving through a narrow gorge of the Sierra Madre Motmtnliiii flR ntrllnc mUcs from Manila when n burst of machine- gun fire riddled tho first two automobiles. They carried Mrs. Quezon find her Immediate party. Const almlary troopers returned the fire. There wns a sharp fight n which the troopers suffered three The American liner President /llson, likely to be the last liner cull here for some lime, sailed. own the WhiuiBiioo this afternoon. board wcro 300 evacuees, 150 of lem American. ';\ , Those Americans wno elected to :ny In Shanghai— .some 1,500 of jeni — nre- )iou' her come u r hnt may. One small U.S. Navy craft during 10 uftcnmon took n few straggler ofiiBcc.x down thu river to the hoa- Itnl nhl|) Keiiiijc. Navy sources Inlcd that nmy bo the last boat tit. Big navnl craft moored down the Ivor, mil of mnge of Communist horo mms, muy depart tonight or omorrow, one nnval officer said, British win-ships still aro in the • ntiBtzo nnd Wlinngpoo but tho rLUsli arc not undertaking enior- iency evacuations. AlrllncK Oprralinic People who Icnvo Shanghai from low on will movo mostly by air. Until the American Northwest Airlines and Pan-American still are running regular flights and some- special planes to tho United States, Manila and Hong Koug nnd Tokyo cltilly. All lire booked solid until next iv«ck. Tho nppronchlng Communists appeared to bo [it least 30 or 40 milcn uway in mldaflernoon although they look Boochow (Wuhslcn), about BO miles west of Shanghai, early yesterday. Their advance- may be slowed down because they sllll have not sufficient forces ferried across the Yangtze lo handle Ihe various drives which are developing. Tho Reds seemed to be taking Ihclr tliiiu toward Shanghai possibly because they want adequate occitpy- Ing force at hand when they enler the city, Shanghai, world's fourth argcst city, Is also big geographically mid tlie Reds will need many men for even a peaceful takeover. There did not appear to be nny Ohlnasa troop evacuoAlons flown the Whangnbo today. Yesterday »n estimated 10,000 went out on flvt Three Forces Approach The Communists appear to have threo .spearheatls moving toward objectives In thin region. TIio on« approaching Shanghai reportedly contained about 40.000 men. The one Kclug from Soochow toward Hnngchow. 85 miles south of Shanghai, appeared somewhat smaller. A third force of undetermined strength moved south around Ijike Tal. It* objective seemed to bo Hangchow, loo. The riillroud to Hnngchow was open this afternoon. (Through (Ui error, communist capture of Putting across the river from Shanghai's business district had been reported. Several communist guerrillas were captured >here, subsequent cables from Shanghai made clear, further operators meeting—at least I was invited back for more quesllon- /or the time being. I tug of witnesses tod.iy. Fireman. Key Factor in Insurance Rates Training School Conducted Here for Volunteers to Help Blytheville Retain Class 6 Schedule. The fire insurance rate classification or Class Six, 1'ito which Dlylheville was temporarily placed lew months ago, stands a goort chance of becoming permanent upon the completion of the fire ichcol which is currently being held here, according lo Shlcf John E. Hurley, of kittle Rock, state fire hiitructor. The training school, svhich offois volunteer firemen of Blytheville nnd othci ML^isslppi County training In all nspeot.e of fire fighting. Ls being conducted nightly in Blytheville llils week and Is necessary in order to determine whether or not Mi? promotion will be permanent. Tlia school opened Tuesday night ancl will continue through Pi'iday. Clashes o( the school arc belna; conducted by Chelf Hurley and hi.s asslotant, chief W. A. Turner, also of Little Rock. The school was arranged by Blythevllle officials ant the StMc Hoard of Vocational Education which has charge of a! public training programs. "TJu purpose of the school is to help Blytheville keep its prescn rating," Chief Hurley said. "A cit; can retain a sood fire Insunrno rating only by maintaining u proper ire department, one that meeU iropcr specifications, and adequate ire fighting facilities. Tlie training \nd organizing that your fiiemer. eceive in this school chould help •our city keep its rating." Trained Personnel Essential p n\c average citi^en fails lo rcal- tiie importance a properly trained fire department plays hi deter- png the classification of a city," Chief Hurley stated, "but a city's fire department is actually aboul 50 ner tent ol Its rating." Tints, a well-trained lire department, L< r-p.sentliil to any city, he pointed out. Not only for fire protection for the citizens of that ctty biit In determining [ire insurance rates. A change in fire in.surancc rate classification in Blythevllle couh; cosily cost the city thousands of ilolbrs Chief Hurley explained, dolhr?, that every property owner will he'p pay in the form of higher insurance rates. The first drill session of the .school was held last night with In- slmMoiif in pump operations. Tlie demonstration In proper pumping and drafting of water was held i" front if Hir No. I Fire Station the City Hall. Firemen attending last night's class ?Eso viewed two films shown by Chief Hurley on fire fighting cclmlnues Outside drills are scheduled 'or tonight also with a class in fire detection and -proper bulld- inp vfiiiiation. SfVcn Towns Represented Chief Hurley stated that all classes of the school arc open to th,i public and Invited residents of Blyihevllle and suroundlng towns lo attend. In addition to Blythevllle, six otlier .NfissKslppl County towns have representatives attending the school, Cliiei Hurley said. They arc Victoria. \Vllson, Mnric, Luxora, Leachville. Manila, and Joiner. Foi'owing completion of the school tomorrow, Chief Hurley stated that he and his staff of Instruc- lors will then grade Blythcvllle's department and offer recommendations toward Its betterment. Chief liurley ts a veteran tlrc- [Ightei, having served 18 years with Lhe Mule Rock Fire Department. World War II he served tour years in the Navy as a fire fighting Instiuctor. He has been stale fire Instructor for the past 10 years. He was app'i'rited to that position by the Commissioner ol Education in 1039. Chiot Turner lias served as ChleT HurjeyV assistant for the four years and previously served 27 years with the Little Rocs Fire Department. rommanrts ('lllcf Itc.itJ Chiet Hurley praised the work being cono by Blythevillc's volunteer department, calling it an "out,- tcuiding" department and Its chief, Roy Head, "one of the best tn the late." "On d'scussion ol fires In Blythe- vllle during the past year." Chief Hurley stated, "I find the tactics used by Chief Roy Hwid are cellerd." He singled out the blare which gutted the Western Auto Store and Family Shoe Store in Jamnry 1048 SIR an example, adding th-it good tactics were used in righting; Hits fire nnd perfect ventilation was provided. In commenting on the possibilities ol Blythevllle keeping its present lire ip.surance rate classification Chlcl Hurley stated-. "Pending the outcome of two nights of outside demonstrations and checking of engineering standpoints during the school Blythevllle probably will be (lead and seven wounded. The remaining members of the party were forced to retreat and raced buck lo the village of Bang- nlxing, where constabulary reinforcements were called. Later at the scene or the nmhush the co;istnhi;lnry found tlie bodies of Mrs. Quezon, her daughter. Maria j Aurora (Jjaby) Quezon and the mortally wounded Felipe Huenca- mlno, 711, 28, husband of Mrs. Quc/.on's youngest, daughter, Zc- naidn. Tlie wounded Included MaJ. den. Rafael Jnlandonl, retired army chief or staff, who notified President Qulrlno and the Philippine Red Cross of the ambush. In Bagulo. President Qulerino ordered the constabulary and army to rush reinforcements to troubled Nueva Kclja province to undertake a general campaign against bandits. The president salil he could not believe the attack had been led by Communlst-dlrcctrd armed peasants calld Hukbalahaps. recommended rating." for & Sixth Class Truman Names Fleming Head of Maritime Agency WASHINGTON. April 23 (If) — President Tnmian today appointed MaJ. Gun Philip B. Fleming to the Maritime Commission. He said Fleming will be designated as chairman. The President said that Jesse Larson, now war assets administrator, will succeed Fleming as public works administrator. Rear Admiral Paul Lukcr Mather, now associate administrator, will head the War Assets Administration. Fleming Ls a veteran government career officer. Mr. Truman described him as an Independent with no politlc-al affiliation. On the Maritime Commission. Pie mlng will succeed Vice Admiral William W Smith, whose term recently expired. Murder Suspect At Caruthersville Is Held for Trial Hi nry Herrymnn. fisherman, who Uvcs nrnr Guru t hers v tile, was ordered helrt for Irinl in Pemlscot County, Mo.. Circuit Court by MngLstrnte G. \V YisLcs following n preliminary hearing todt\y on n charge of first degree murder in connection xvith the dc.ttli February 8 of S. J. Gibson, Ctuulhcrsvllle cotton gin em- ploye Berrymun continues to deny the rhnvge. He was placed under bond following the man's disappearance, and kxlrcd In Jail without bond after the body was recovered in bach- water of the Mtestsstppi River April 14. A coroner's jury reported that Ihe mail's death was due to gnn- shol wounds in the head, and .shoulder Tlie court fixed Berryninn's bond at $5,00o pending trial of the case in circuit court but the defendant remfilned in jail today. Following the nipn's disappearance, Bcrrsinan iulm IU ed to of fie ers that G ibson came to his place to purchase fish nnd t/vcthcr t^ey went in a boat to a rtook. which was surrounded by water at (he time. Officers said told them the last time he saw Gibson he was walking along a levee New York (Closing Quotations) Am. T & T 145 Am. Tobacco 65 1-4 Anaconda 30 Beth Steel 30 Chrysler 503-4 Coca Cola 133 1-8 Gen. Electric 36 7-8 Gen. Motors 57 1-4 Int. Harvester 23 5-S Montgomery Ward 52 5-8 N. Y. Central 11 No. Amn. Aviation ...... 19 1-2 J. C. Penney 46 1-4 Radio H 7-8 Republic Steel 22 1-8 Socony-Vacuum 16 1-8 Standard Oil N. J 68 1-2 Sears, Roebuck 371-8 Texas Co ; 537-8 JU.S. Steel 72 3-«

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