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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OF NOUTHKAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI VOL. XLV—NO. 35 Blytheville Dally Ncwi Blytheville Courier Blylhcvllle Herald Mississippi Valley Leader HLYTHEVll.Lti, AUKANSAS, TUESDAY, MAY 3, 1SM9 FOURTEEN PAGES SINGLE COPIES FIVE CENTS <Big Three May Ask Lifting of Blockade As Early as May 11 NEW YORK, May 3: (AP)—The three big Western powers were reported today to ue completing a joint declaration of policy on the Berlin blockade to lay before Russia within 24 hours. + Speculation In some quarters was that this would call lor lifting the blockade as early as next week. A Slate Detriment spokesman indicated there was a possibility the envoys of the United States, Britain, Prance and Russia would meet some time today. But Philip C. Jessup, U. S. ambassador - at - large denied reports that a tour-power meeting had been scheduled at 1 p.m. in his office. The Joint declaration will propose dates both for lifting the blockade and convening the Council of Foreign Ministers lor a. discussion of the whole German question, it was understood. t Officially, Jessup and the British id French representatives—Sir Alexander Cndogan and Jean Chauvel—maintained the secrecy which has surrounded the 10 weeks of talks since Jcssup first talked to Russia's Jakob A. Malik on the subject. Safe To Speculate Usually well Informed quarters, however, said it would be safe to speculate on these dates in connection with the Western position—May 11 lor ending the blockade and May 25 for the council ol Foreign Ministers. Russia's two top representatives here, Malik and Deputy Fore'f;! Minister Andrei A. Gromyko, spen the morning at Lake Success where they are delegates to the United Nations Assembly. These reports followed a il of British. French and Americal envoys here yesterday which laste< for more than an hour. The onl, official announcement after this session was a terse communique saying the blockade discussions stiil were progressing "satisfactorily." The next -step would be presentation of the Western-power proposal to Malik. « A U. S. spokesman cautioned ag- . _'inst undue hope for speed, hinting that Malik .and th- French and British envoys were awaiting further Instructions from their home governments. The Soviet Union has offered to call off the blockade if the Western allies-,wlllwiTop their c'v'.v''•?•£,'r-Jl"— ade and egree to a mutually' acceptable date for a meeting of the Big r\jur foreign ministers on the whole German problem. House May Okay .atest Labor Bill New Administration Measure Is Far from Law Promised Unions Crack Government Troops In Shanghai Leo Durocher Is Reinstated By Chandler CINCINNATI, May 3. (fPl — Leo Durocher, manager ot the New York Giants, was reinstated today. Baseball Commissioner A. B. Chandler said he heard no evidence sufficient lo support a charge by Fred Boysen, a New York fan, Ihat Durocher had assaulted him. The little, belligerent manager ol the Giants was told he could rejoin his team tomorrow. In his findings, chandler, who suspended Durocher last Friday after Boysen said he was knocked down and kicked at the Polo Grounds, said; "Durocher's suspension by the I Commissioner was a preventive, ra- I \jplicr than a punitive action. Prominent representatives ol the colored race and others had made representations to the commissioner, which indicated the possibility ol further incidents. 'The commissioner's representatives have Interviewed alleged ey witnesses in New York. Tlie commissioner has had a full hearing ir this office of all interested parlies In baseball, and has considenx numerous affidavits submitted. "The evidence is contradictory However, is not sufficient to war rant the belief that Durocher de liberately assaiilled Boysen." WASHINGTON. M a y 3—(7T|— Speaker Rayburn (D-Tcx) predict cd today the House will accept th ie\v compromise Democratic labo bill with its Tuft-Hartley features Shortly before the House conveu ert (or its fifth day of labor debute the veteran Texan told reporters h expected the measures to dm .trong Democratic support iron both tUc north and south. The compromise is far differer from tho simple T-H repealer nr ions want. For one thing it woul continue the present law's 80-da Injunctions for dealing with tional emergency disputes, but son of the procedure In this sectio would be changed, In two respects, the bill would impose new restrictions on employers. It would require them to file detailed financial statements, similar to those required of labor unions. Also, it would extend the loyalty and non-communist oath not only to principal officers of unions and firms but to policy-ma king groups as well, Non-comuiunisL oaths ure required now only of union officers, and only National Labor Board Facilities. i The parliamentary situation Indicated possibly five House votes on the compromise. May Vole By Tonight Speaker Raybuvn. and Democratic Floor Leader McCormack (D-Mass) were scheduled to speak for the new proposal. A House vote was possible before nightfall. The Democratic leaders could have offered, their .compromise in the lo.'.i. (jf'RrntnaAnmts to Ihe Lesinsk! U—approved by the party-domin- ed Labor Committee. This, how- er r could mean that It would ever come to a vote. The parliamentary situation was ch that, before 'getting to the esinsk! Bill, the House would have vote on th e Woo d me a sure. a nion-oppo.sed bill that would re- nacL most of the Tnft-Hartley aw. The Wood bill has piled up rength among Republicans and out hern Democrats and if it passed at. would be the end of voting at lis stage. The new Democratic measure msisLs of the administration's or- inat bill to repeal the Taft-Hartley . w w i th f i ve co mp r 0111 ise am end- .ents inserted and a new section ickcd on nt the end. Besides the slightly altered court rcier provision, the amendments Iso would provide that both un- nnd employers must bargain in ood faith and guarantee the right free speech in a labor contro- crsy. Navy Says Communist 'Plot'.' Reason for Moving Vessels From Moorings at Shanghai Kwongteh Taken; 80,000 Captives Claimed by Reds SHANGHAI, May 3. </!')—KH'Hllg tch, impnrtiinl clly midway between Wulin and Haugcliow, has born captured by Rod troops, Iho Pulping Communist radio said lo day. The radio claimed victory for tho Communists In a battle on tho borders of Klnnusu-Anhwci and Chu- klntiK Provinces. The nullo suld 2,400 Nationalists were put "out o order." The Communist radio said also Unit Tallinn, I25 miles west I'elimiK, had teen lakcn. This overhead view shows a crack unit of the Chinese Nationalist army parading along the Shanghai Bund us Chinese Communist armies edged closer to the city. <A!> Wirephoto vln rndio from Shanghai.) Claim 80,000 t'rltimrni T SAN KRANC1SCO, May 3. (il 1 )— Cmntnunlsl radio broadcasts frcnn| I'elplng today asserted "more Hum 80.000" Chinese Nationalist troops have been captured In the Shang- ha!-Nanklni!-llunRchow triangle. The radio said ^ho action ended on April 20 and "full detail* are being ascel tallied." Ministers Seek Gambling Curbs Law Enforcement- Agencies Offered Organization's Aid Government Sets New Rent Control Formula Health Unit to Close For Nurses' Institute The North Mississippi Count Health Unit will be closed nex Monday and Tuesday while IV nurses attend a special cance nur.sing institute at Kot Springs. Mrs. Annabel Fill, health nurs said that those who had immuniza lions scheduled to be completed o those days should report to the o fice Saturday or next Wednesday t have the work done. The institute is sponsored by tl Arkansas Division of the America Cancer Society, the Arkansas Can cer Control Commission, Arkansa ,4tf*Ute Board of Health, and th iflJUnHed States Public Health Ser vice. U.S. Budget Deficit Exceeds $500 Million WASHINGTON. May 3 i The government's budget detic jumped over $500,000,000 on tl last day of April, treasury recori showed today. That upsurge put the excess spending over income at $763 211,000 with just two more nionti to go In the fiscal year. The Truman administration standing firm on the Presidenl January forecast that the defic will be only $600,000,000 counting a foreign ai<i expenditures, when t books M« closed Juu* 30, junshot Wounds 3ause Death of Missouri Man STEELE, Mo.. May 3.— Gunshot vounds indicted accidentally yester- .ay resulted m the death of Rowe H, ''raze, 54, farmer, who lived near iteele on Route 2. Funeral services were conducted his afternoon in tlie German Undertaking Company's chapel by the lev. Mr. Cook. Mr. Fraze was nea' ils home when the gun was said to lave been tired accidentally. He had lived in the vicinity Stcele and Cooter for several years llld formerly was a resident of Ken ucky. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Myr tic Frazc; four sons. Jesse, William James and Joilnic, all of nea leele; two daughters. Mrs. Ann Mae Bnrron of St. Louis and Mrs Virginia Sandage of Tyler; tw brothers. Franklin Fraze, Louisville Ky., and Lonnie Krazc of Lilches vine, Ky., and five grandchildren. Weather Arkansas forecast: Partly cloud and warm this afternoon, tontgl" and Wednesday. Scattered thunder showers Wednesday. •Missouri forecast: Partly cloud tonight and Wednesday. Showers o thundcrstroms northwest and treme west lale tonight and in We, and north portion Wednesda Somewhat warmer tonight. Minimum this mornhiB—58. Maximum yesterday—85. Sunset today—6:46. Sunrise tomorrow—5:07. Precipitation 24 hours lo 7 a.i today—none. Total since Jan. 1—22.89. Mean lemperature (midway tween high and low}— 715. Normal msan for May—70.2. This Dale Last Year Minimum this morning—54. Maximum yesterday—87. Precipitation Jan. 1 lo this da —21.60. In a resolution directed to the city administration, the Blytheville Ministerial Alliance yesterday renewed efforts to have gambling laws more rigidly enforced. Nine members of the alliance, meeting at the First Church yesterday, also took a new stand against federal aid to education, stating that their opposition to the bill rested on the fact that church and parochial schools could ' 1 ^ IK new receive the aid nt the individual nt)t( niean . state's- option. They also named the ev. E. C. Dro wi i, pastor of th e' •&t Baptist Church, as a rcprc- ntative of the group on the Corn- unity Service Council. The Rev. ster Strubhur Is chairman of the uncil. j The resolution adopted tin cm i- ! ously yesterday stated: "V.'e, the members of the Minis- rial Alliance, realize the respon- • bility of the Churches of Blythe- lle in maintaining high moral chi eve merit. We reaffirm our posi- on against evils such as gambling, We, therefore, pledge to the city administration, our loyal ipport from the pulpit and in any her way in which needed to cir* lis evil. To Assist Officers "We recognize that competition ith the element of chance plays prominent role in the American ay of life, and therefore makes ndeslrable gambling easier to ! ~eep into our social practices. "We pledge to our rew mayor, >oyle Henderson, and the law en- orcement officers our support in enforcement of the pies en t Itiws egardlng punch boards, pin ball machines and lotteries." The group previously hud voiced ^position to gambling, and for scv- ral weeks was actively engaged hi ctting gambling activities curbed. In regard to the opposition Lo edcral aid, the group has con- acted congressmen and senators clative to their opposition to nid- parochial schools wi'.h federal unds. 'Hie alliance will meet June 6 at :30 at the Gosncll Methodist 'hurch. where the Rev. Lee Anderon Is pastor. Those present yesterday included WASHINGTON, May 3. (XT)—Tho government cumc up today wltH a new formula for figuring fair rout ceilings—but U provided no immediate answer on how much It will increase rents. The new formula will be applied* to the 14,000,000 dwellings still under federal re tit control. It was worked out under orders from Congress to provide the Iniullordfi with a "fair net operating income." Housing Expediter TIghc Woods Christian ' ' OK ^ n ^' llr announced details of the ' new "yardstick", designed tu provide property owners a net operating income of -J5 to 30 per cent on rental units. X")lcy, Woods said, will 'general, across-the- Farm Bureau Activities To Be Outlined he Rev. w. J. Fftzhugr, the Rev. Mr. Anderson, the Rev. Hirvey Kidd, he Rev. Vent Bowlin, the Rev. Mr. Strubhar, the Rev. Mr. Brown, the Rev. Theron McKlsson Fred Becker, and J. p. Garrott. 'But In announcing the'basis ; under which all future rent increases will be granted, the hou&iiiff director left unanswered: v 1, How ninth will average rents go up tinder the new rule which Congress ordered in approving the 15-month extension of federal rent controls? Woods .sniri, in effect, that questions now are a matter for landlords ancj tenants to determine— with aren rent offices noting as referee. Under the new policy, "small" landlords—IJiosc re D ling* one lo four dwelling milts—« HI be allow eil TV ill Increases if net Income is less tlian 25 per cent of gross income. In such cases, rents will be uppcd to a 30 per cent level. For "larsc" landlords — tliosc renting 1 niorc, than four tinlts— Increases will lie iicniriUcd lo bring operating income lo 25 per cent, If the net figure is now be! on- I lie 20 iicr cent mark. Woods said it was impossible to ell how many rents will be Increased under the formula. In addition to setting up the amount of net Income to which landlords are entitled under the law, the procedures also outline [iccific steps which must be taken by landlords to get rental boosts. Landlords first must petition area rent offices for increases under the formula. That provides automatic notification to renters, who then will be given an opportunity to oppose Ihe increase. Explaining operation of the ''fail- net income" yardstick, Woods offered this sample case: A "small" landlord with a total income from rents of $1,000 annually has operating expenses—Including taxes—of 5GOO n year, plus a depreciation allowance of $200 a year. This leaves a "net operating income 1 ' of $200 a year or 20 per cent of his gross rental income. He then is entitled to n rent ceiling increase to boost his net income lo 30 per cent. In this case, such an Increase on the property is 512 per month which brings the landlord's groFR take to $1.143 Young farmers of Uie Ifiichvlllc imd Mimlhi nrca will hcs» .Vnc nlins of the Farm Dnreau exp,. ilcd nml the current yenrs' program nuLUti- cd nt a meeting called today by PrcKldcnt H. P. Ohloncloif, for 8 Thursday at Luachville High School. Farm Buri'iui members In the LcachviUc and Manila nrcn.s arc Lo nttenri the meeting. Mr. Ohlentlorf indtcntnd that a- ioiiR the dlscit.wlon.s u-ould be an rfxplanntlon of the Drannnn proposal for agriculture, to which the Mississippi County Farm Bureau previously voiced opposition, Dan Rctcl of Osceola \vlll explain the insurance program of the F'arm Bureau to the young fanners and prospective members, nntl other discussions will deal with the fertilizer and soil testing programs, which are being completed here. Mr. Ohlenrtorf said that the membership of ihe Farm Bureau In llii.t comity was well balanced, and that in the two nrcns to \tc reached by the Thursday night meeting, n Lotal of 75 new members had been added this year. Leachvllic's membership totals 40 more than last year, and Manila's has increased by 35. Discussion ^Lemming from the slate programs arc scheduled to Include the 1043 legislation action and its effect on the Farm Bureau program, lite tnx refund, availability of money for nKrlcuHuml research, eradication of Bangs disease, and the transferring of the feed and fertiliser inspection work from the Revenue Department to the State Plant Board. Analysis Made Of City's Funds Accountants Submit Detailed Figures to Mayor Henderson An iinulysls of the city's financial condition hus been prepared by J P. Lentl & Company, IMylhevlllo llrm of public accountants, for Mayor Ooyle Henderson, the mayor disclosed yesterday. The overall balance sheet shows nssets of $505.745.85 with total Mil billtlcs of $162.051.88. giving til taxpayers a $413.603.07 lnvcsUn<>n In their city government us of Aprl 12 when Mr. Henderson bccnnn tnuyor. Ijlsted as assets were: Cash In the sum nt |:I7,580K Which Includes J17,848.10 In the gen Map above allow locution of Woo- uinil auchoiHKU at the junction of .he YLinglKe and Whaugpoo Rivers, where U. S. Nnvy vessels Iwvo moved from the buoys lo which Ihey for- :ncrly tied up ofl Shanghai. A Communist plot lo block Hit* Wlmnypoo's outlet to the Yangtze and the sen was given today n.i the reason for moving the vessels. Before the ship movement*, U. S.. British and French vessels nortniilly tied up al buoys or docks aloni; the Bund, which Is the area ot Slmnghnl along the waterfront. eral revenue fund; $2,486.84 in th linmls of the city clerk: $6,755.30 I the street fund, and $10,401 In th parking mclcr fund. Municipal airport— general fund, $41,023.52, and building fund, $10,000 for a total of $51,026.62. Sinking funds—City Hospital, $5,129.01; City Hall. $8.384.57; city Park, $3,GOB.44; Bonrd of Governors, City Hospital, $3,000.99, for a lolal of $20,933.01, for n grand total of $110,141.03 In cash assets. Fixed Asscli I.lstnl Value of the city's fixed assets Included: office nnil clerk's equipment, $1,147.64; fire department emiip- nicnt. $71,731.06: street and engineering department equipment, $121.727.43: police department equipment, fB.851.8l); parking meters $22.088.50; buildings. $152.047.52; real estate. $2D,000; city purk Investment, $38,222.61; playground sites, $36,000, and capital Improvements Ihe airport. $12.581,94. lor n to- nl of $505,745.85 In cash and fixed assets. Liabilities of the city were divided See CITY FUNDS on Pane 14 Educator, Interested [n Safety for Otters, Suffers Severe Injuries STEELE, Mo., May 3-O. T. Coil year. The "figure Is obtained this •upcrlnleiident of schoos at Stcele. suffered serious Injurin yesterday when hit by a portion >I a stump which had been blasted from the ground near his home. He was hit the left shoulder aid arm and taken to Memphis white he is a patient In the Campbell Clinic. Emergency treatment wns given the injured man in Stele before he was removed to Meliphis In a German Undertaking Conpany Ambulance. Mr. Coil was dhlclliiR traffic lo warn motorists of the danger from the blasting of stuiips. Mr. Coll has been suisrintendenl of schools for many years and only recently submitted its resignation and asked the botfd to give him an assignment as a teacher in the high school. N. O. Cotton NEW ORLEANS, May 3 W) — Closing cotton quotattois: High Lot Close May 33.63 33.1'. 3358-63 Ju'y 32.61 32.3' 32.59-61 Oct. 29.30 29.27 Dec. 5fl.ll 29.01 29.03 March as.01 28.8! 28.933 1 way: Multiply the landlord's operating expenses, including taxes and depreciation, by 100 and divide by 70 (Ihc allowable percentage of expenses). The answer is the amount lo which the rent can be Increased. In the case above, that's 51,143. For "larfie" landlords, the formula works Ihc same way except for the lower percentage figures: multiply opcraling expenses. Including tnxrs an,, depreciation, by 100 and divide by 75 (llic percentage allowable for "large" operation!. In allowing expenses, the federal yardsltck approves the inclusion of taxes, maintenance and such other items as non.ial "wear and tear." Hut mortgage Interest and amortization are not acceptable as legitimate operating expenses. Under the new formula, according to the housing expediter. Increases will be granled no more often lhan once a year In most cases, However, exceptions may be made in cases where taxes Increase, where there are other area-wide changes. April's Showers Fail To Add Up to Very Much In Way of Precipitation April showers In Blythcvillc tills year amounted to .scarcely more than a heavy dew. Weather records for last month ay .showed that although there was one more day of rain In April than In March, the total for '.he piist 30 days was less than one- fourth ol the previous month's heavy precipitation. A total of only 1.85 Inches fell in nine days raillcred throughout last month. This compares to a norms mean of 4.47 inches for A()r)l here. March s record rainfall was 852 inches in clijlit days. Little else of a noteworthy nature occurred in the way of weather last month. Here's April's weather In figures: The mean temperature was 59 decrees, two decrees under the normal mean for Blythcvtlle In April. The highest reading of the raonlh was 8(1 deprcre, on April 23. Lowest was 35 decrees on April 16 anrt 19. The coolest day was April 1. with a maximum of 53. The highest 'low" was 62 degrees on the mornings ot April 24 and 27. The average maximum was 698 degrees and the average minimum was 48.2 decrees. Total rainfall since Jan. 1 was 22.89 inches as of May 1. Lasl year, 2065 Inches had fallen from Jan. 1 until Maj 1. Auto Workers Vote to Strike At Ford Plant DETROIT, May 3. W'l — CIO United Auto Workers Local 600 today ordered a strike Wednesday at Ford Motor Co.'s huge Rouge Plant without awaiting approval of the union's Intcrnatloiinl executive board. The action threw a bombshel Into plans for the opening of the UAW spring bargaining drive. It came on the heels of an announcement by a UAW Investigat- 'ng committee that Ihe Rouge Plant Funds Heeded For Erection Of Memorial Contributions to Ihe Mlsalsslupl County Memorial Association have reached »;t,224.78, with tllH.M added 10 tlie solicitations today. Work Is ooiiUnu'liiK ill mast communities of the county to raise an additional $2,000 lo complete a war memorial honoring those who were killed in service, from this county, during both World Wiirs. Contributions announced today by Curtis J. Little, president ol the- association, Included: $25 each from ISlylhevlllo Junior Chamber of Commerce ami O. A. Cunningham; $16 from Meyers Bakery; $10 from J. H. Oatlihigs; $5 each from Unlleil Insurance Agency, Ed Tcalord, Ambrose Ten ford, Dr. mid Mrs. 13. F. Scott, E. 11. Rllcy, James Pertncntor, R. O. Ijingston, Joe Clentiy, Leonard Ellison, Deal's I'aliu Store and Dr. D. II. Blodfjott; $2 eiich from E. B. Whllmore, Dr. F. Don Smith, Q. A. George, Jr., Fred George, Mrs. F. M. Bonds niul Arkiuum Paint and Glass Company; $1 each (rom Blytheville Radio Supply. J. Moll Brooks, Dauscll Burnett, Elmo Council, Elmer Cole Willie Ellis, Ncely Flowers; Rlchnrd Forsylhc, The Gilt Shop, Mrs. C. A. Hovcy, A. F. Hclulcke, W. L. Hnniin, J. J. Lowcrlus, John Mnycs, Mrs. Joe McDanlcIs, Dave Richards, Floyd Slaughter, ,1. W. Smith, Dr. H. A. Taylor, Ed C. Williams, Enrl Wilson and Nora Wise; and $60 from the Cassldy Boarding House. dispute was near settlement. Thomas Thompson, president Local 600. said In a telegram to Officers Investigating Death of Mexican Man Sheriff William Hcrryiuan said today Ihat there were no new clc- vclopmciiUs In the InvcstlRation of the death of Frankic Hernandez, 55. Mexican farm laborer of Grider. Sheriff Berrymnn said however, Ihat four or five persons were questioned yrslerday concerning the man's death but Miat no arrests hart been mafic. Hernandez' body was found Sunday morning In a roadside dilch near Grider. He had been beaten about the hcml and body and ts believed to have been murdered with robbery as a possible motive. The investigation continued. to- Soybeans (Prices f. o. b. Chicago) High Low Close May 2.?8 <i 2.26'i 2.27-27'i .July 229'i 2.11'i 2.17'i-u I Nov. 3.03-X 3.01 U 2.0I 1 * UAW President Walter p. Reuther that the locals executive board had voted unanimously in fav6r of the walkout. ' Thompson charged that "The Ford Motor Co. violated Its oral agreement lo maintain the line speed during negotiations anci speeded up the assembly line." Also In the automotive Industry. Hudson Motor Car employes faced a layoff today because of n shortage of parts made by the Bendlx Co. of South Bend, Hid., also hit by a strike. Hudson said it hoped to call back Its 25,000 workers next week. The Bendlx strike, over a union accusation of a speed-up and wages, is two weeks old. U Involves some 7,500 employes. Kalser-Frazer Motor Manufacturing Company, also affected by the Bendlx strike, called buck Its 7.000 workers yesterday. But Nash and Packard remain closed because of the Bcndix dispute. Workers at the Phileo Corp. In Philadelphia picketed the plant today after a walkout over a wage increase. The company termed the walkout of 6.500 a strike, but the day and Coroner E. M. Holt slated lhal It was possible that nu inquest may be cnlllcd later today. Camden Lifts Controls CAMDEN, Ark., May 3 <A't— The City Council lifted rent control in the camdcn area last ntjht. Only one alderman voted against decontrol. Reds Reported Planning to Cut Passage to Sea SHANGHAI, May 1. (*)-Unlt«l States, nrltlsh and French naval craft left the Shanghai waterfront hccause of a reported Communlal plot to Mock their pwwage to the sen, a VS. Navy spokesman said today. The spokesman, from the staff of U.S. Vice Adm. Oscar o. Badg*r, said "reliable sources" told th« United States Navy that Oommu- nlsta planned to scuttle a ship near WOOMHIK the Chinese Nationalist garrison, that would have blocked the Inrgcr ships from the sea. The spokesman o'vldeiitally- dU- closcd Hits "plot" to offset accusations that ihc U.S. Navy had "run oul" on Communist - threatened Shanghai. Detail.! of Iho "plot" came from the flame source which had previously tipped the Navy the Com- rumii.'it.'i hud n similar plan to bottle up naval vessels in Tientsin earlier this year, the spokesman said. The Nnvy evacuated numerous persons from Tientsin shortly before Ihe city fell and the route to .he sea was cut. The Navy spokesman said tha ooMing "plot" was "nipped In the bud." He declined to give details, snyliiK It \vns a Chinese matter. He said aflcr the plot was "nipped," the American President LlneJ liner President Wilson came up to tho Shanghai waterfront past the Woosuiift garrison. The Wilson tied up at a Bund pier and evacuated 300 persons nfler an overnight stay. !t was learned the Nationalists were eyeing closely all shlpn In tha WoanmiR area to prevent any scuttling attempt. The spokesman siild the Navy had not left the Shanghai area. Ho said at present three destroyer* and au LOI (landing craft' Infantry) were »nchori'<!-near IS 'tulles from Iwre. An U Ing ship rtanXs) Vas thJ He said the LCI was making:* dally shuttle run between Shanghai and Woosnng. Tho spokesman, at a news conference, pledged the Navy would keep ships here as long as there was any possibility of an emergency evacuation. He said the preseht group of ships can accommodate the 1,650 Americans still in Shanghai. The Navy spokesman disclosed that the transport Chllton, last major U.8. vessel to leave the Shanghai waterfront, had gone to Tslng- tao with all of the Marines who had been quartered aboard her. Tills disclosure recalled Admiral Badger's statement of last winter when the Marines were brought here thaj he would "give consideration to the protection of American inlcrcsls" In Shanghai. Many business men thought the admiral meant he would use the Marines to guard their property here. The spokesman said any such probability was eliminated when Chinese Communists fired on British warships In the Yangtze River last month. He said the U.S. Navy will not become embroiled In China's civil war. He said the Navy had decided to anchor Us remaining ships downstream from the Wcosung forti which guard the waterway. He said the ships were staying In that area so they would not have to pass the forts If the Communists should capture them or if their gunners should desert to the Reds. The spokesman said also the Navy has three seaplanes (Martin Mariners) at Tstnglao which could be called Into service and landed on the Whangpoo River In Shanghai If needed for emergency evacuation. When the plot was reported ,the U.S. Navy moved Admiral Badger's flagship, the Eldorado, and the transport Chllton from the Whang- poo to Woosung. Tlie British moved the damaged cruiser London and a sloop at the same time. Tlie French moved their lone ship. New York Stocks (Clcv-lng Quotations) Am. T and T Am. Tobacco . ... Anaconda Chrysler National Distillers Gen. Elcc Gen. Motors Int. Harvester . . Mont. Ward . ... N, Y. Central 144 5-8 63 1-4 20 8-8 51 1-2 17 7-8 3T 1-2 58 1-2 23 1-2 53 1-4 11 1-4 iv, K. uenvrai *«. 11 i-t No. Amu. Aviation \ 93-4 J. C. Penney • 46 1-2 Radio 11.7-8 Republic Stl 21 Sooony-Vacuum 18 1-4 Std. Oil N. J 68 5-8 Sears, Roebuck 37 7-8 CIO United Electrical Workers! Texas Co 55 1- Unloa claimed It was t lockout. I U. S. Steel ..,.,.. .71 3- Party Leader Declares Patronage Policy Not 'Hard and Fast' Rule WASHINGTON, May 3. {/TV-William M. Boyie, Jr., executive vice chairman of the Democratic National Committee, said after » White House call today that President Truman's new patronage policy "Is not a hard and fast rule." Boyle was peppered with qu«- tloii3 as he emerged from his talk with the President on special Con- Eresslonal elections coming up in Ohio and Pennsylvania. He said that he had "heard of no detrimental effects" from President Truman's news conference statement that votes of Democratic members of Congress on administration legislation would be a party loyalty test In considering patronage, "This Is a policy, but not a hard and fast rule." Boyle told reporters. The Implication was that soine exceptions might be matte. However, Boyle would not tiub- orata. " :

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