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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OP NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI VOL. XLV—NO. 117 Blytbevilk courier Blythevlll* Henld Mississippi Valley BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS, TUESDAY, AUGUST 9, 1949 FOURTEEN PAGES SINGLE COPIES FIVE CENTS jfting of Rental Controls Balked Washington Refuses Okay Petition Filed By Lee Wilson Co. WASHINGTON. Aug. 9. (AP) — lousing Expediter Ttghe E. Woods nnounced today he has dlsapprov- <i a recommendation of the Blythe•111*. Ark., rent advisory board for emoval of rent control In five towns i Mississippi County, Ark. The towns are AI morel, Basse tt, ielser, Marie and Wilson. Woods told the board It failed to nake a finding that the demand or rental housing has been reason- .bly met In the towns. —(Courier News Fhoto) THIS SIGNING A MEMORABLE ONE FOR PEMISCOT COUN- merce; Representative John T. Buckley, of Hayti; Gordon Wright, pres TIANS—Saturday afternoon in Caruthersville, members of the Missouri -.dent of Caruthersville Chamber of Commerce; and Senator John w Compact Commission entered that state into formal agreement with • Moble. The third member of the Commission, Neal W. 'Helm, was out o ^Tennessee for the purpose of constructing a bridge across the Mississippi rown when the picture wns made. Representative Buckley and Seuato Silver. Shown in the picture are (seated, from the left) Judge M. R. Noble were largely responsible for steering the bridge bills through thel Rowland and S. P. Reynolds, both members of the Compact Commission; respective houses of tile Missouri legislature. The compact is slated to be (standing) J. r. Patterson, secretary of Caruthersvilte Chamber of Com- signed by members of the Tennessee Commission sometime this week. Compact Commission Signs Two-State Pact To Obtain New Bridge at Caruthersviil By John Bay, Jr. Courier News Correspondent \ '.CARUTEfERSVJfcUE^.MflVrVA. dt earn' o'f ;many years is developing into a (jdiential I'Xality. The much talk'ed aboiit bridge at Caruthersvil'le, connecting southeast Missouri with northwest Tennessee, now lias a most promising future. : Saturday afternoon, that fond dream of many Caruthersville and southeast Missouri citizens moved one step nearer reality when Missouri's representatives to the Missouri-Tennessee Compact Commission signed the formal compact between the two states. Although progress may seem slow* — to the general public, the proposed bridge already has a long history, fraught with difficulties. Because the men responsible for ^his project began working quietly ^ithout sanction of any government, little has been published In the way of official Inf'-natlon. Most information received by the public has been through the neighborhood grapevines. Slarlcd Ball Rolling [n 1045 Now that the bridge is Inevitable, the story can be traced from its beginning until the present day. It all started at a Carutliersville Rotary Club meeting in the summer of 1946. when the possibilities of securing a bridge near Caruthersville were discussed. Although many organizations had discussed such a project vears before, nothing ever had developed from Ihe discussion;. Perhaps the ball started rollina after the 1!M6 ferry tragedy which claimed lives. Slash Proposed In Arms Aid Bill Vandenberg Asks That 50 Percent Cash Reduction Be Effected WASHINGTON. Aug. 9. W) — Senator Vandenberg (R-Mlch) today proposed % 50 per cent cash reduction In the first year's cost of Western European arms pro- the gram. The Michigan Senator suggested flfcoi After the idea \vns discussed by Ihe Rotarians. it was tossed in the of Ihe city's no'.v Chamber of •nimercc. hardly more than a name ft that time. The groundwork for a full-time organization had bren laid when the secretary- manager tend:rcd hi; resignation This was the first nf many de- j "-Vs fur Ihe prnicct. The Chamhcr to Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson that about $580.000,000 be furnished in cash by Congres.s—with the balance in contract authorizations (to be set later by appropriations) which would not be charged j against the current budget. | Vandenberg he believes the budget President Truman sent Congress for the 1950 fiscal year carries fi'nrls for Kuroiiean military aid which would cover almost all the money cost of the first year. Hut Johnson, appearing before Testimony Implicates Vaughan Witnesses Called The Blythevllle Defense Area Rental Boarrt acted on a petition ubmltted by the Lee Wilson Com>an of Wilson, which operates ex- enslve fanning Interests around each of the towns in which decon- ;rol of rents was asked. A hearing was conducted and witnesses informed the board that they believed that housing now Ls adequate. However, an Investigator from the regional office about the same time checked on housing conditions here n Blytheville and In Onceola and recommended to Mr. Woods that ;he demand lor rental units had not been met In those two cities. C.A. Cunningham, director for the Blytheville Defense Rental Area, which Includes a large part of Mississippi County, asld today that lire action taken by Mr Woods in shinRton would result in the calling of another meeting of the board to give the petitioners an opportunity to submit additional testimony in support of their contention. Missco Fair Directors Plan 1949 Exposition Work Is underway on the fifth Northeast Arkansas District Fair to be held In Blytheville, September 20-25, and the Mississippi County Pair Association, which operates the fair, has released 1U nmual catalog announcing nearly $10,000 In prizes and awards. ' Leocfiv/7/e To Locate Tuberculosis One of the largest numbers to be x-rayed by the mobile /unit"»; the State Health Department durihg clinics in Mississippi County,-,^! the group x-rayed yesterday at Leachijiie. Murder Suspect Waives Hearing; Held for Trial if; Rt*int, vWythemlta There are It separate depart-^ ments for white exhibitors niul an, equal number for Negro participants. The fair in Blythevllle Is otic of the four district fairs conducted In Arkansas, and the county association is one of 81 county association and livestock shows. L. H. Aulry of Burdctte Is president of the Mississippi County Fair Association and the officers and directors have announced the following general superintendents for the Agricultural Livestock show for the First Agricultural District of Arkansas: Garth Castilo of Blylhevlllc will direct the Swine Department and 12,500 will be paid out In the competition, with judging scheduled for the second day of the fair. Breeds will Include Duroc. Poland China. Spotted Poland China, Hampshire, Berkshire, Chester White and O. 1. C. A 4-H Club and Future Fann- ers of America division for this competition has been set up In the same style as the adult show. $4,000 for Livestock Awards In the Livestock Division, headed by Stanley Pi-adenburg ol Manila, $4,000 will be awarded In prize money. Wednesday is to be "Angus Day" and other breeds will Include Hercfords, Shorthorns, Jerseys, Ilol- stelns and Guernsey. Both beef and dhiry cattle will be judged. A 4-H Club district dairy Judging contest, will be a part of this division. The winners will go to the State Uvestock Show, and will then eligible to compete for the trips lo the national 4-H Club Congress, with $100 to be given in prizes. A similar contest Is set up for livestock judging. In the Kami and Home Department, headed bv Mrs. Gertrude B Hollman and Miss Helen Wells home demonstration agents, prize. are »et out In more than 125 division*/, >w4tri the j,j«toe money The clinic was opened yesterday*at the General Insurance Agency at 9:30 ajn., and by 4 p.m. when the unit was closed 816 had been x-rayed. About two years ago when the unit was set up in Blytheville for one day 926 were x-rayed, but the 316 is the highest number x-rayed In any town In the county except Blythevllle. The unit opened a clinic today at the Legion Hut In Manila, and Mrs. w. R. Brown was chairman in getting registrars and clerks for the clinic. Yesterday was the first clinic when school students have been included in the survey, during the two-weeks clinic in progress here now. Those from the age of 14 were dismissed from their classes long enough to have x-rays made. Registrars at the Leachvllle clinic Action Is Due On Recovery Bill Foreign Aid Acr Expected To Be Approved Quick! By Don Whltehead WASHINGTON. Auf. 3. (p)—The multi-billion dollar fcreigt) recovery bill sped toward finil Congressional action today jfter a stormy passage through tie Senate. Lawmakers expected a jSenate- _. House committee to ream quick included: Mrs. Norman Kennett. agreement on the somewhi differ- chalrman, Misses Sally Bryant. Lo- [ "lit versions the two bramjies have ... -Court c i \ crtaj'4*ro3 murder: (uid wu order- i nd helrt; stthont bond to await Clr- action. >'eriarg»d with the shoot- iriff June.''ID of another Biytheville Negro.' Robert Hall, during fm argument over money: feon Cherry. Blythevllle Negro, waived preliminary hearing on " charge of operating a gambling hoi'ise and was ordered held to awalf Circuit Court action with bond K at »50. He was arrested July 7 when county and state officers rait* ed his home on South Elm Street In a companion case another Ne-' gro, Loralne Walton, entered a plea of nol guilty to charges of gambling and carrying a pistol as a weapon and her trial was continued until Thursday. Herschel Jones and Ernest George were ordered held to Circuit Court on charges of larceny. They were arrested yesterday and are alleged to have stolen four turkeys from Bennle Hessie, later selling the birds in Blythevlle. Bond lor each was set at ^00. Post-Polio Care Given Emphasis No New Missco Cases Listed; Health Nurse Attends Conference Poliomyelitis was at a standstill i Mississippi County yesterday ind the total nninl::r of caws still stands at 127. The decline Is becoming more nn,j more apparent and Mrs. Annabel Fill, North Miss- ssippl county health nurse Is In Uttle Rock today attending the special conference on post-polio treatment. It Is collected that the posl-pollo ireatnicnl will require as much as Iwo or three mouths of concentrated nursing effort, and nurses are still being sought for this area the hardest hit In the slat*. Many In Convalescent Home Mississippi County led othe: counties In Arkansas on the admission roster at the Children; Convalescent center at Jackson vlllc, where over 100 have beet treated. From Blylhevlllc were Unda Fa y pdvltt. 2. Bobby Grimes 6, Charles M. Hardy, and from Osceola: aeon Ramey, 10, Jerry Still- well.11, and a six year old negn child. Alma Mae Biirdett. Roy Ash ley of Wilson was the seventh child there this week. Twelve post-polio patients fro 1 Mississippi County have been dls charged from the center, all o them walking without aid, excep Ronald Martin, four, of Osceola who was lurnUhed vl crutch^. . ' ' Mrs. Ella Smith, Mrs. Erneit d^dk/.Mrs, R,' Tettleton, Mrs. H. Jjj.v.perW »h«l J. D. rs. ' Arnold poultry division. " , Hwal compe^i:.PII' '(tie'f wring menti, art and •• Juvenile -ar'tr* compose other divisions of the ' FFA to Hav't KxhrblU Ray L. McLeitcr Is to 'hp In ch.irge of the apiary department, •vlth »300 to be given In prizes. '.-Death T.i •LITTLE RO^K, Ark., Alig 9—<A *-Infa'ntlle pai-ifysls took \nothe Ife ifl.Ark»n»as today to bring the '• SOi^-total killed by the disease 1 "n-;thji state to 33. T-he latest victim was Joseph Shawver. five-year-old son of Mr. Xnri Mrs. H. E. Shawver. Dallas, Tex. , The child was stricken while Visiting' in Arkansas. The disease has stricken 563 persons in Arkansas this year. . cr ... . • • - - wititniit a mana'Tr until J F ' Jo " meeting of the Senate Foreign "Pat" Patterson was selected In ' Rel " tlons and Armed Services Com- Seotembor I9in I m ''tee. argued that the full amount - S1 -«0-<»0.000-ls needed to safe- vella Kirkscy. Dorothy Ross and Eloise Moore;; Mrs. E. R. Shannon. Mrs. John Bearden, Sr., and Mrs. June Hendrickson. Tne Pa rent-Teachers Association had clinic workers and others working on the survey, being sponsored by the Mississippi county Tuberculosis Association, as Us guest at a luncheon at the First Methodist Church. Mrs. Bob Montgomery, president of the P.T.A.. Mrs. Herschel Johnson and Mrs. Aaron Hooker were in charge of the luncheon. Then the Chamber's .. - - '»-• ~> bosird of , cTnirH th«> directors arranged a meeting with tile D:-irsburg Chamber n\ " project, was com- thor- "Should western Europe be overrun by a hostile power and should merce and the Ollghlv ;iired llnnils Across llir River At that meeting, an organization was established and properly named "Hands Acres? the River." \ States wouid"°siand Rotated In Tlie late Charles G Ross was • dangerously insecure period chosen president. \ r ernon Fnrctnn. \ "United of Dversburgh. vice president, and ' Patterson, secretary. Slates. security of the United Said Johnson: it? vast Industrial and manpower potentials be added to those of an aggressor, the United such Mr. Nearly every town in southeast Missouri and northwest Tennessee secrred membership in the organization. Civic -Itibs also named representatives. One mcettne of the group was jfcld near Jackson, Tenn.. when a "*>rmpr rerident of Caruthersville. R. H. French. Invited leaders from the two towns to meet leaders from Jarkson who were Interested in securing another crossing over the mlehtly Mississippi. In December 1346. Mr. Ross and Mr. Patterson with other members of the Caruthersville Chamber .sought to have a brtdeg commission appointed. throiiR'.i an act of Congress. After a discussion with Senator Donnell proved the InadvisablVity of this, the delegation gained an audience with L. J. Sverdrup. head of a at. Louis engineering firm. Mr. Sverdriin ^"nt a rnnmsenta- St» BUDGE <• - States secvrlty. therefore, demands that Europe be safe- pi a rded." "A military vacuum in western Europe.' 1 Johnson said, "is a great temptation to the Soviet Union and international Communism." He told the senators that It would take months and years for this country to mobilize, equip, train and transport troops across the Atlantic. In the meantime, he said, the forces of western Europe must be able to resist any enemy. "But these forces cannot hold the lines of collective defense with their present inadequate equipment largely composed of old and worn out material.' he said. Johnson took notice that an oh Jectlon has been raised that American aid can be effective only If It Is provided inder Integrated plans and a unified organization for the defense of Mstem Europe. He '•n'A ll-at this p'rr^dv in th* Western Union Defeiuc Pact. passed. The Senate appoved its bill late yesterday by a lip-heavy 63 to 7 vote. Senators ended almost t|o weeks of wrangling lo shake themcasxire free from the confusion wilch had blocked action on more tbn $20,000.000.000 In money bills In addition to other legislation! marked Weather "must" by the atiministr When the final showdo only six Republicans and ocrat voted agalns- the $5. measure. The lone Democrat was of South Carolina. The I opponents were Canehart ncr of Indiana. Kem of Langer of North Dakot; Arkansas forecast: cloudine-s this afternoon, tonight ind Wednesday with scattered afternoon and evening ers; not much change in temperature. Missouri forrca-St: Partly cloudy this ifternoon. tonight and Wednesday with a few brief local thun- dershow(-n; tonight or Wednesday morning; southwest or extreme west portion; rontimied warm, low temperatures tonight near 70 northwest to 65 southeast portion; high near 90 Wednesday. Minimum this morning— 11. Maximum yesterday—93. Sunset today—6:55. Sunrise tomorrow—5:17. Precipitation 24 hours lo today— C6. Total since Jan. 1—37.15. Mean temperature * midway tveen high and low)—62. | of Nevada, and Williams Considerable ware. ton. n came. New York Stocks Closing Quotations: AT&T Amcr Tobacco Anaconda Copper .,. Beth Steel Chrysler , Coca Cola Gen Electric , CJen Motors Montgomery Ward .,, N Y Central nt Harvester ic Drm- ; National Distillers 7,724.000 i Republic Steel Radio 'ohnston Soconv Vacuum .. publican studebaker nd Jen- standard of N J .. Missouri. Texas Corp Malone J C Penney f Dels- u S Steel Despite all the sound ail fury of debate, the Senate bill bocs not 7 a.m. bc- Soybeons CHICAGO. quotations: Soybeans: Nov Deo Aug. 9—i'/P)—Oraln High Low Close 240 235'i 237-37 239 234'i 236'i 23S 233 23('i 232'. 230', 231'., differ greatly from the louse-approved measure. The Scnte reduced the money totals abolt 10 per cent and added some arindmcnts —none of which Is ejected to cause much trouble. Kcm made the final effort to amend the bill with a moi Economic Cooperation Ai tlon aid to any nation the future nationalized [ dustry. The amendment was throw « brake on the Br government's soclallzatloi Kem argued that socla Britain Is slowing down ery effort. The United said, should encourage p to deny tcrprise abroad. not only at rawn to sh labor program, ration In .e recov- iates. he vate en>me but N. O. Cotton NEW ORLEANS, Cotton quotations: 7 9-f/P)- Oct D«c Men May 'July 2970 2973 2571 296 n 3VX 288 Clote wn 297 M« , 2337-M T ,a r HI 1-4 10 1-2 29 3-8 27 3-4 53 3-8 142 28 1-8 ei 3-8 54 10 7-8 25 1-2 19 3-4 20 1-8 11 1-8 IS 3-5 erhitencient will account for another $400 In prizes. M. S. Edwards will be In charge Sre DISTRICT FAIR on l'.i£f 14 Fighe Woods Says ^ Was Warned in lace Track Deal WASHINGTON, Aug. 8. flp) _ 'aiming Expediter Tighe WoodJ aid today that MaJ. Gen. Harry H. Vaughan summoned him to tin Vhlte House In 1948 and told him Vaughan's friends were Interested n a California race track con- tructlon case. Woods said the track owners then were trying to get government clearance for construction at the Tanforan Track, near San Fran- clsco, Calif. The use of source butld- ng materials was sharply restricted at the time. The housing official told a spec- nl Senate Investigating commutes liat Vaughan, President Trurann's unitary aide, told him Hint lha Senate Mouse on Jan. 9, 1948. I Want U> nmkc sure there Is no prejudice In your office just because this Ls a race track case." Woods said Vaughan also told lilm: "Some friends of rnlne arc Interested and tt Is your duty '" hanclla case on Its merits and on ill legality." "Damn Sort* 1 Francis D. Flanagan, an attorney for the committee, previously had read a private memorandum saying Vmighan had .stepped into the dls* lute. Tt quoted Vaughnn us saying 'ic wus "damn sore" at Frank Ix 3reedm, federal housing exeprtlter :n 1B47, for his handling of th» case. Creedon was succeeded by Woods, who testified he had been expediter only n little more than two months when Vaughan got In touch with him. Tile government had ordered construction work at Tanforan halted In 1947. Other witnesses testified that construction went ahead anyway and that It took a court order to stop It. Flanagan said the memorandum, which purported to be the gist of telephone conversation with Vaughan, came from the office of James V. Hunt. Hunt, a business counselor here, has been »tey\ figure In the cotn- frillu.', Jnqii^ln activities of so-; raited iW'-p<t«tt4*«*i(T-t>t«on« ,v'./i, charge a fee for hein: ; in gettlr 1 * government contracts for nuiern. Their commission li'/usually tlvo per cent of the gross proceeds from Military Rule To Be Set up in Ecuador Cities QUITO, Ecuador, Aug. 9. (ff)— President Galo Plnza LAMC'S government took stern measures to prevent looting n,nd disorder in Ecuador's em Uiriimkc urea after the army rcjwrted that sonic Indians had | threatened to go on a looting ram- 'pafce. The cabinet authorized mllUary nile wherever necessary in the stricken urea. The threat of Indian trouble planned luilhoritir.s struggling to house and feed I00,f>0fl persons made homeless by Friday's earthquake. The destruction of water sy^em,* brought threaU of public health problems. An airlift continue ! Hying supplies tnto the stricken region, A spokcfim a n for the drnt 23 1-4 i.said tile government had not yet 67 7-8 I r ,een able to compile n deith list, 57 7-8 but estimated the tot] was bclwncn 2,000 and 4.000. Earlier est-mnl"^ of ... 21 1-& the dead iiad ranged up to C.OOO. plv.ce at 5 p.m. C. of C. Education Group Studies School Program The Blylhevlllc Chamber of Commerce's Education Committee yesterday reviewed the program lie- In? advanced by the Bylhcvllle School Board, but delayed action mull a meeting next Monday. Oscar F?ndlcr, chairman of the committee explained that yesterday's meeting was called largely for the- purpose of having the program presented for study by the committee It Is expected that the Education Committee wil submit an alternate program or approve the pro- gri'm, which includes the rerjuest for a 30-rnlll tax for school purposes and a 5500,000 liond Issue to be an- j proved at a general election September 27. at another mcctliiK next Mrindny Max B. Reid, chairman ol the school boiird and an cx-olflcio mr:rnbcr or the education committee, met with the committee yesterday, and helped In the review of the budget, and explained the type structures and Improvements be- ln« nouiiht by the school board. The meeting was yesterday nt the Chamhot or Commerce office in the City Hrll. and the second meeting will be next Monday at the same ,he contract. Hunt's Denial Hunt has said he Is a good friend of Vaughan, but has denied that le ever attempted to trade on "influence." Flanagan said the memorandum was elated October 25. 1047. and was subpoenaed from the office of Hunt. It dealt with a mretlng held by three men representing the Tanforan track, at San Bruno. Calif., near San Francisco, with three officials of the housing expediter's office. Earlier two of the housing officials—Benjamin Shulmnn, special Illlgation attorney, ind William Maher. formerly with the housing agency and now with the Atomic Energy Commission—had testified that "someone connected with politics" had arranged the meeting. Maher Identlfcd the three men who came to see them as a "Mr. Mori." a "Mr. Orlando" and a "Mr, Maragon." Maher did not tmrmrilatelv identify further the three men ntt named. The committee has taken secret testimony from John [Uararson. a former Kansas Cltv bo"fb'ack who once had a White House pass. Maragon also has said he ts a gnoii frlpnu of Vrmghan. Shulman and Maher ?aid the trio wanted to cet a permit to make repairs nt. the track although n conrl already Issued an Injunction aealnsl construction at the racing plant. That was nt a time after Ibr war when the use of scarce building materials was sharply restricted. Vaughan was rcpre^en.e'l in the Hunt memo as "rrMuarkinc with vehemence, that 'y.u- tHvtit's) friend Crcedon Is r\ fine guy.' meaning by his tone, the" The Hill 1 ! irremo rfirntfcl Vivian Sre VAUOIIAN on Page 11 Consumer Can Take Heart In U.S. Oil Dispute Ry Sam Dawson NEW YORK, Aug. 9. (AP)—The oil cauldron Ls bubbling over again. The fires ol discontent In the Industry are being fed by those who produce oil here and see their production being cut back, and by those who Import oil from their rich overseas fields to supply the huge American market for oil and gasoline Sometimes the same American companies do both, and that brings the dispute right Into the family. But at least the consumer can take heart. The oilmen are fighting because there Is plenty of It around. All concerned promise that this winler there will be plenty of oil to heat the homes, pull the trains, power the factories .and run the family car. It still Is not entirely decided, of cours*. Just what you'll p»5 for that oil. But the world Jockeying for the market may play » part. Tne ciaidron bubble* over today with the foltowlnt <l«T»lopmenU:' I. Thr nation's biggest oil com- •Xnrtird. innmirtfo It Is Importing no more oil from Arabia Mideast Imports always were small when compared with those from South America, but always annoyed American producers more. Other Arabian oil importers have not yet followed Jersey's placating example. New 2 Jersey's Canadian affiliate, Imperial oil, U reported planning a ,2CO-mile pipeline next spring to bring oil from its new and rich Saskatchewan oil fields to the midwest American markets. 3 The Independent Petroleum Association of America charges in Tutsa that oil Imports now are at an all-time high. This, it says, "Is a threat to the domestic petroleum Industry." It comes at a lime when U.S. production has been cut back •00.000 barrel'! a day by stat<; order In Tenai, because supply .'.Us ex demand and threatening crude oil price rtructure, now pegged tt |J«5 a barrel. 4. The TrarwArablan Pipeline Co. says It hopes to complete In January. MU, tte UtR-mO» pipeUot bringing Arabian oil to easy reach ol tankers at the Mediterranean port of Sldon. The Importation of oil from the mldeast. which now has more than 40 percent of the world's known reserves, started back In the oil shortage winter of 1947-M, when shivering easterners welcomed oil from any source. Shortage Didn't Come Jersey Standard explaias that It contracted last year to Import Arabian oil, fearing that another shortage might come in 1948-49. But the winter In the eastern United States proved mild and there was a stir- plus of heating oil. Jersey's Imports of Arabian oil, tinder the contract, rose to a peak of 88,000 barrets a daj In February. The last tanker full docked here Aug. 4 with 110.000 barrels, antl Jersey says Its contract i.s in,w w..: Ot v «r Importers from the mldeast are Socony-Vacuum, Texas Co., and Gulf Oil. The Bureau of Census of the Department of Commerce puts crude oil Imports for June at 4J6.4W bar- relj a day. Of thU amount, tt* mld- .supplied 103.752 barrels a day, while Venezuela w,-is supplying 270,539 a day. Production of United SL'.tcs wt'lU, meanwhile, was averaging Just under five million barrels a day. But it was much higher than that at the start of the year. And It Is the enforced cutback in the ilow Ircm American oh Fields that irks the independents Although midcast oil Imports are Just a trickle compared to domestic production, they figure Arabian oil displaces just that much American. Coal men don't like it much, either. The president of the Pittsburg Consolidation coal Co. protested at a Senate Bank Committee hearing recently against "importation of foreign oil to replace coal, on a thoroughly unsound and uneconomic basis," He was discussing his compan; 's part in the study of making s>ti- thetlc oil fuel from coal. He says: "It doesn't make economic sense to mrke oil out of cool when oil Is replacing coal under boiler*."

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