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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OT NORTRKABT ARKANBAt AND •OUTCAST MISSOURI VOL. XLV—NO. 47 Blythevllle D«ily Ntm Blytheville Courier Blytheville Herald Mississippi Valley Leader BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS, TUESDAY, MAY 17, 1949 SIXTEEN PAGES SINGLE COPIES FIVE CENTS tReds Attack Area Opposite River From Shanghai Pootung Besieged; Communists Claim Capture of Hankow SHANGHAI, May 17. (/!') — The Communists tonight stepped up their attack on the Pootung industrial area across the Whangpoo River from Shanghai. Battle explosions were louder than last night. Fires were visible from downtown Shanghai in the area. A Nationalist communique said a Communist encircling column had reached the hamlets of Chowpu and Chawnn-sha on the outskirts of Pootung, which is the Industrial and dock area opposite Shanghai's Bund. The fires appeared to be from four to eight miles away. They probably were set by Nationalist fcplancs which have been concentrating on the Communists In that area. Hunt "Soft Spot- Pressure was eased at the critical points of Lunghwa Airport and Woosung. fortified area at the mouth of the WhanBpoo River. But the Communists, who reportedly had lost 8.000 men in the last few hours, apparently were hunting a softer spot to attack. Pootung heavily overrun by guerrillas, seemed to be their choice. Pootung faces the busy riverfront and downtown Shanghai. Nationalist reinforcements were being rushed to the front. Government spokesmen said the city, "unless mistakes are made," could hold out indefinitely. The morale of troops was described as high. The city itself got a scare during the day. An explosion, caused by what spokesmen called careless handling of a shell by waterfront coolies, rocked the waterfront. A dozen or more were reported y.urt by the blast. Small craft were damaged. j. Reds Drive on Canton IT CANTON, May 17. W—The Communists were reported today walking one Army into the evacuated central China Industrial center of Hankow and plunging another within 225 miles of Canton, Nationalist refugee capital. <The comrnunist .ppflio in Peip- "ing Broadcast that Hankow, Wu- ••'•cSiang and Hengyan, 600 miles inland from Shanghai, had been occupied. The broadcast, heard In Shanghai, said Hankow was occupied Monday afternoon and the adjoining cities this morning. Capture of Tsyeh and Tienchiachen, on the south bank of the Yangtze mdlway between Kiukiang and Hankow, was claimed also. Reports from Hankow said Red Gen. Tjn Plao's fourth field army of Manchurian veterans was taking over China's greatest Inland port on the Yangtze River 600 miles west of Shanghai and about the same distance north of Canton. Clay Takes Shingle Down Rent Decontrol Petition May Go to City Council A move to luive rent controls in the Blythevitle «rea lifted was underway here today. Petitions calling for adoption of a resolution by the City Council to decontrol this area in accordance with the "home rule" provisions of the new rent control act were heinjf circulated throughout the city. Circulation of the petitions beganf late last week. Behind this move to allow landlords to raise rent* at will were Blythevllle rental property owners and the Blythevllle Real Estate Board. Approximately 8.M6 honftint units In Mlnlulppi Count; arc Gen. Lucius D. Clay, retiring United States military governor In Germany, who returned to this country today, removes tils name plate from In front of his ollice before leaving Berlin. (AP Wlrephoto via radio from Frankfurt.) Clay Receives Medal on His Return to U.S. Covered Wagons Parade to Start Opportunity Drive INDEPENDENCE, Mo., May 17— (3>i—A covered wagon parade kicked off the nation's 1949 billion dollar opportunity bond drive lo a successful start. j A throng of 40.000 watched • 30 * ox. mule, and horse-drawn prairie schooners roll along the streets of President Truman's home town yesterday. National dignitaries, Including Secretary of the Treasury Snyder. Governors Earl Warren of California, Paul Dever of Massachusetts, Forrest Smith of Missouri, and Frank Carlson of Kunsas, and radio and screen stu- rode along in cars. Army. Navy and Marine Corps units participated. School children rode floats and Boy Scouts in Indian regalia trooped beside the wagons. Oxerhcad planes circled. And when the parade was over some 8.000 people jammed into nearby Kansas City's auditorium. There they heard Secretary Snyder introduce President Truman who addressed the nation from Washington, D.C. Snyder announced Kansas City and the President's home county had already passed the S1.372.480 goal set for this area. Today the wagons, replicas of the ox-drawn vehicles that set out from here 100 years ago In the California gold rush, were to bo flown to 30 different cities to spark the series E bond drive. The 1949 "gold rush" aims at $1,040,000,000 goal by June 30. WASHINGTON, May 17. (t Gen. Lucius D. clay, retiring American military commander In Germany, returned home today and received from President. Truman a decoration for services "of supreme value to his country and to humanity." At a White House ceremony, Mr Truman awarded Clay a secon< oak leaf cluster In lieu of a third Distinguished Service Medal. The citation read by the Presi dent said that Clay, as U. S. mill tary governor in Germany, "addet new and imperishable luster to hi record." Clay, the citr.tlon went on, "prov ed himself not only a soldier In th finest tradition of our America arms," but also "a statesman the highest order—firm, courageou dedicated to the cause of peace The President spoKe , from th Hose CJ.irden of the White House where/upwards of 150 notables and virtually the : entire White House clerical staff were gathered to honor the general. The plane bringing him and Mrs. Cly from Berlin landed at the National Airport at 9:13 a.m. (EST). Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson .and top-ranking Army. Navy and Air Force officers greeted Clay at the airport. Johnson told him: '.'I am here for th» President, all the members of the armed forces and. more importantly, for nil the American people to thank you for a job well done and welcome you back for a well-earned rest. God bless you and keep you.** Morticians Hold 4-State Meeting E.M.Holt of Blytheville Is President of Arkansas Organization E. M. Holt, manager of the Holt Funeral Home in Blytheville, and jrcsldcnl of the Arkansnj Stute •"uneral Directors Association, left :oday to attend the Four-State Convention of Funeral Directors at Ellis Municipal Auditorium In Memphis. The three-day convention will open at 9 a.m. tomorrow, with business session scheduled for the morning, and motion picture, smoker and open house scheduled for the afternoon. Mr. Holt as president of the Arkansas association will preside over Coofer, Mo., Man Only Survivor of Army C-47 Crash in Which 6 Died ROSWELL. N.M.. May 17. (/P) — An Air Force C-47 transport plane crash killed six men yesterday. A seventh hailed out safely. Stalf Sgt. Chris Wcnizel, Cooler. Mo., was treated for a back injury after parachuting. Col. John P. Randolph, acting commanding officer at Walker Air Force Base, said an engine fire caused the ship to crash and burn 12 miles northeast of the base. the ^cthAllcs Thursday. Thursday' activities will begin with «-.tou for.the ladies, a luncheon and fish ion show, and will include a smoke in the afternoon, with a banquet a the Hotel Peabody that evening. More than 1,000 funeral director from Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee are expected to attend. During Wednesday's program Mr. Holt will be presented an Arkansas state flag, recognizing him as president of the Arkansas association, and on Thursday as officer of the day he will be presented the ch<*li and gavel as a part of the events. New officers will be elected and installed at one of the closing sessions, Friday. Mr. Holt is chairman of the entertainment committee and a member of the program committee. Some $50,000 worth of exhibits from 13 states will be shown the directors, daily from 2 p.m. to 5 o'clock. under rent control* at this lime. It wu Indicated by C. A. Cunningham, rent control director (or lh« area. These units are located In Blytheville, Osceola, Luxora, Dell, ManiU, LcHChville, Yarbro, Huffman, Armorel, Wilson, Joiner, Basselt, Frenchman's Bayou, Ketser, Dyess and Marie. It was explained that the controls apply to any housing units where the rents »r« paid In cash, even though they be in rural areas. The controls do not apply to tenant houses on farms, or to business property, the area director said. Frank C. Douglas, Blytheville attorney, drew up the petition for the Real Estate Board, the principal sponsor. Six Reasons Listed Six reasons for decontrollng rent* in the Blytheville area are listed in the petition. They are: "D Blythevllle Is not an active defense area as defined by the act. '2> Rent controls are now a det iment rather than a benefit to th ommunlty and no longer reau!re< "3) Until rent controls are lift d, property owner* and tennnl annot reach definite and satlsfac ory agreements for leases. "4) Under such condition*, own ers cannot make necessary repal or remodel property, much of which now in need of repairs and reconditioning. '5> Continuation of rent control is uami>erlng the normal sale of property and hindering the building of new homes and rental units in Blytheville. "6) The unnecessary and unduly prolonged control over rents in Bly- thevllle Is as declared by Congress inconsistent with the return to Ark-Mo Seeks To Issue Stock Utility Filet Petition With Arkansas PSC To Finance Expamipn Communism Suffers Setback As Third of East Germany's Voters Reject RedCandidates Eisler Dragged Off Polish Ship E^r^s^r LITTLE ROOK. May 17. W 1 )—Tho rkansas-Missouri Power Company as uked the Arkansas Public Ser- Ice Commission to authorize a >ro]x»ed expansion of capital strne- ure. In Its application yesterday, the £,250,000 for new construction and company said It planned to spend mprovement-s U> Ha system this vear and 1950 and 1*51. The company would sell 13,160.000 of Interim notes, issue 15.500,000 ol x>nds, 70,000 shares of $25 par value preferred stock and 150 shares K par value common stock. The company proposes to use the proceeds from the sale of stock and bonds to complete construe tlon on the 30.000 kilowatt steam powered electric plant under con structlon near St. Francis. Ark., bu across the state line In Missouri. The company has spent approximately *1,500.000 on the project. It was indicated, and hopes to have the plant ready for operation In 1950 to better serve the area In northeastern Arkansas and southeastern Missouri where Hie company operates. Headquarters are located In Blythevllle and James Hill. Jr., Is president of the company. peacetime economy." Wallgren's Nomination Withdrawn Ten Measures Reach Top of House Calendar Lewis Offers to Talk Contract with U.S. Steel PITTSBURGH, May 17—(/TV- U.S. Steel Corp. today announced receipt of a letter from John L. Lewis, president of the United Mine to Southern Baptist Convention to Onen Tomorrow The Southern Baptist Convention, with an expected enrollment of in000 will convene in Oklahoma City. Okla.. tomorrow, and five representatives of the First Baptist Church in Blytheville will be attending. Tiie convention, to be conducted by Dr. R. G. Lee. pastor of the Bellevue Baptist Church in Memphis and president of the Southern Baptist Convention, will continue through next Sunday. The program -,vill be centered about the theme, "Always Bearing. . ." There are 26/23 chirche.s with a total membership of 6.491.911. cooperating with the convention, which operates through 21 state conventions, a total of 30 senior colleges, 23 junior colleges, eight academics, and four theological seminaries. Reports of activities of these Institn- tons will be heard during part of the convention. Those attending from Blythevlllc's First Baptist Church Include the pastor, the Rev. E. C. Brown and Mrs. Brown. Miss Pearl Lee. Mrs Roy Head and the Rev. C. J. Rush Ing. associational missionary. The Rev. Mr. Brown will no speak at the services here Sundaj WASHINGTON, May 17. W> — Ten bills moved to the top of the House timetable today following conferences between President Tru- mnn and his House leaders. Tho conferences also turned up little talk—and much denial—of isagreement between the Presl- ent and House Speaker Rayburn. Chairman Sabath (D-lll) of the ules Committee spurred a drive or early action on the ten bills ftcr outlining them late yesterday n the White Hous steps. Thej cover thf fields of housing, lobby investigation, crop Insur- nce. federal buildings, statehood or Alaska, extension of rural tele- hone service, pay raises for gov- rnment executives, displaced per- ons, minimum wages and general abor legislation. Although sabath's White House •isit, following by only a few hours . conference between the President and Rayburn, was interpreted In some quarters as evirlene'? of a rift wtween Mr. T uman and RaTburn, Sabath said this was not the case. Council Must Act Tlie petition:.calls for A public hearing to be held by the"mayor ant City Council to adopt a decontro resolution. According to the Housing ant Rent Act of 1949 as passed by the 81st Congress, cities may decide for themselves the decontrol question However, if decontrol Is ordered by a city's administration, It must also be approved by the governor of the state. W. M. Burns, a member of the Blytheville Real Estate Board, said this morning that he "did not think rents would go up five per cent" If controls were lifted. He said he believed landlords would be more Interested in Investing in rental property and build- Ing houses for rent. Mr. Burns said he also believed landlords would repair and improve existing rental property If controls were removed. He termed rent control a governmental restriction that "we don't want and have never had any use for since the war ended.'* Grnrr»l Views Sourht A cross-section of opinion Is sought through circulation of this petition, Mr. Burns said. Reactions of renters as well as landlords Is sought and renters also are being approached with the petition, he said. Mr. Burns said he did not know Gcrhart Eisler (partly obscured by rail), fugitive. Communist from (he U. S., Is curded down the gangway of Polish ship UHloiy oil Suiitli- liampton, Eng., by British policeman niter his arrest. Workers in which he "offered meet* on a new coal contract. A spokesman for "big steel" said the letter was received by Harry Moses, president, of the H.C. Frlck Coke Co., a snbstdary. In the past, Mosos has been principal figure In negotiations between the UMW and the steel companies which own coal mines. Tlic U.S. Steel spokesman said he bad no further Information, but R. L. (Dick) Sherlck. a lay man worker of Memphis, formerly of Blythevllle .will conduct the ser vices. Soybeans (Price* F.O.B. Chicago) High Low Close May 238»i 235'1 23o'i-» Nov '., Ill' l<X'/i J08!4 * WASHINGTON, May 17—</P)— President Truman today withdrew Mon C. Walgren'fl nomination to be chairman of the National Security Resources Boiird. The President withdrew the nomination at the request of Wallgren, former governor at Washington state. At the same time, h« wrote hlj warm personal friend and former associate In the senate: "I want you to know that my faith In you Is undlminlshed." Wallgren's nomination was tabled many weeks ago by the Senate ArnTtd Services Committee umler a procedure which did not permit a vote on confirmation by the entire Senate. Senator Byrd (D-Vft) cast the only Democratic vote a- galnst Wallgren In committee, assuring bottling up of the nomination. There was no Immediate Indication whether the President might name Wallgren for some other post which would not require Senate confirmation. 'Doctor' is Fined On Plea of Guilty Defendant Admits ' Violation of State Medical Statutes Forfeitures Declared for Eisler's Bonds Officials Claim 'Double Cross' BERLIN, May 17. (AP)— Eastern Germany has dealt L'ommunlsm a smashing; blow in Soviet-controlled territory. Official figures In the People's Congress election showed today n surprising snub by a third of tho voters. Or 12,024,231 valid bsillota, 4,080,272 were marked "no." Tho Communist. 1 ) hart hoped to roll up « virtually solid "Yes" vote for their hand-picked single slate of cntulldatr.i, so that they could go (o thi! foreign ministers conference In Purls next week with a government for Eiistcrn Germany which would nmlch that of tho West. So shucked were tho Communist officials that election returns were withheld 20 hours after the poll* clascd, and tho Soviet-controlled press cried "double cross" at their political allies In tho Eastern Zone. There were 13,633,071 persons ell- Ible to vole. Of these, 12,887,234 ast ballots, or 95.2 percent. The nlld ballots totalled 12,024,221. Thlx wan the vote: YM: (In favor of the handpicked nlnRle ulale) 1,943,949, or 66.1 prrffiit. Not 40H<!,272. or 33.9 percent. The Soviet Zone Election Bureau announced tho figures. Tho Communists, playing upon Clennan nationalism, hnd thrown licnvy propaganda artillery Into the ciimp:ilgn to give-them a virtually unanimous endorsement In the "Yes" or "No" vote for the screened Mute of 2,000 delegates to the Congi«s. ,. ' The bitter dtaunpolntdent of th» Russians and their Communist lenders wns reflected In Tacgllsche Rundschn. newspaper of the Soviet military administration which blamed "lying propaganda" for tbe';*)lf if a definite number ol signatures Is required on the petition In order to bring about decontrol action by the City Council. "Nobody has refused to sign so far." he said. While ho Is not circulating the petition himself, Mr. Burns said that he has received "four or five calls In the past week wanting rents decontrolled." Mr. Dougtns addressed a meeting of the Real Estate Board last Tuesday night and, Mr. Burns said, agreed with the realtors on the subject of decontrol. New York Stocks (Closing Quotation*} Am. T At T HI 1-8 Am. Tobacco 60 1-2 Anaconda . 29 1-8 Beth Steel 283-8 Chrysler 52 1-2 National Distillers 18 Gen. Electric 31 1-8 Gen. Motors 51 3-8 Int Harvester 24 3-4 Montgomery Ward S3 5-8 N. Y. Central 11 1-2 J. C. Penney 465-8 Sears, Roebuck 31 7-8 Radio 11 7-8 Republic Steel 21 Socony-Vacuum 15 3-4 Standard Oil N J 67 1-2 Studebaker 20 1-8 Texas Co 55 U. 8. Steel 70 5-8 Southern Pacific 41 E. O. Davis of lilythcvlllc was assessed fines totaling $700 and costs on pleas of guilty to two charges of violation of state medical laws and two other charges filed against him were dismissed without prejudice In Municipal Court this morning. Davis, through his attorney Percy A. Wright, entered )>leu,s of guilty to charges of practicing osteopathy without proper license and practicing chiroprnctlc.s without a proper license. Charges of practicing medicine without n proper license and being an Inlinerant vendor of drugs In violation ol tho law were dismissed. Davis came here from Illinois last September and opened practice at his home at 1520 West Ash Street^ HR was arrested last week on coin-' plaints filed by persons taking treatments from him I,arcpny Case in CirnlH Court fn other nclitni Lawrence Manley waived preliminary hearings on a charge of grand larceny and wns ordered held lo nwnll Circuit Court action. Bond was set at £150. He is charged with the theft of a knife, a pistol, several articles of clothing nnrt more limn ('Ida In CfiKh frnm S. V. liollng. Howard Owens was fined S50 and costs on his plra of KUllty to driving while under lhe Influence of liquor an ( | Louise Hawkins, Negro woman, of near Dell, was fined *!00 and costs on her plea of guilty to n charge of selling beer without a license. Robert Potts forfeited a $10/25 cash bond on a charge of operating n motor vehicle without proper lights and Don Kerhaugh forfeited a $5 on a charge of speeding. Joel Vernon Mldyctl wns fined *2.50 on a charge of overpaying In a 10-mlniitc pnrklna /one with the fine suspended and frank Phce ..iy it. ... $20,001) bpiicli Txw«l by .OoninmnL* Ocarlmri EUler'. In two criminal cases todny were declared forfeited by' the U.S. District Court hero. At the same time, the court Issued a bench warrant for Elsler's arrest ,as a perron Ineligible for further frctlom on bail while tho cases nre pending. The actions Involve* contempt of Congress and pass|X)rt fraud. Tho government plans to use tho warrant Issued today as ft principal exhibit In getting Klslcr extradited from England, where he fled us a stowaway on the Polish ship Ii:it ory. US. District Judge Jamos W. Norrls entered the orders in the local court In res]H>nse U) a scries of motions offered by the Uulted States government through William Hit?., assistant U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia. Hilz prosecuted Elslcr In the two criminal cases In 1947. Judge Morris wns the presiding Jurist then. The trials resulted In sentences of one year and »S,000 fine for contempt of Congress and one to three- years for falsifying Information on un application for an exit visa. There was di.sciiislon, too, of adding a new charge to the series ngalns! Eisler: departing the court." In New York, the Civil nights Congress, which posted EislcrV liond. had no comment on Its forfeiture. Arkansan Proposes 'Painless' $5 Billion Hike in U.S. Revenue forfeited a 1250 similar charge. cash bond on a icrteral Electric Cuts Price of Refrigerators BRIDGEPORT, Conn.. May 17. l/Pj—The General E'cctrlc Co. announced reductions cf $3.25 to $19.25 In the price of its "Householder" line of refrigerators last night. . H. Miller, manajer of the G. E. Refrigerator Divisior.. said the company's sales in that " nc liavc bccn 30 per cent higher this year than in the same period of 194*. New prices on tht "Householder" line, he said, will raige from $189.75 to $4*9.75. 'Quake Shakes Lima LIMA, Peru, Nay 17— dTi— A strong earthquake which lasted for considerable tine at 1:28 a.m. (E.ST) shook Lima today. The shock was preceded by a milder one just before midnight. WASHINGTON, May 17—«•)— A painless" $5,000.000,000 boost in the government revenues that would balance its books for the new fiscal year was proposed today by Rep. Milk (D-Ark). It would require corporations to pay all their 1949 taxes six months earlier than usual. After consultation with Secretary of the Treasury Snyder, Mills announced he Is whipping his proposal Inlo legislation that would have this effect: 1 Erase the prospect of any new taxes or any Increase in tax raises. It would shelve the $4,000,000,000 general increase In taxes Presldsnt Truman has requested. It would have no effect whateve. on Individual Income taxes. 2. Turn a prospective $3,000,000,000 federal deficit Into a $1,700,000.000 surplus In fiscal 1950 (the year beginning next July D. for retirement of a part of the $251,«00,000,000 federal debt. But this bookkeeping method of budget-balancing would not increase Ihc long run collected by total of taxes to tht government. would pile into a six months period he collections of corporation taxes iow due over a 13 months period. Mills, who prepared his bill for iresentatton in the House todny, aid It would work like this: Require corporations working on calender year basis, and also es- ates. trusts «nd non-resident aliens, x) pay all their 1949 federal taxes before July 1, 1950—In two Installments. Present law gives these taxpayers 12 months—until December, 950—to complete payment of the 1949 taxes In four Installments. Mills' bill would shorten this 12 months deferred payment period to six months. Thus, approximately $4,800,000,000 that would be collected from corporations between July 1, 1950 and December 31, 1950 would be brought Into the treasury by June 30, 1950— Increasing by that amount the tax collections within the July 1, 1949- July 1. 1950 federal fUcal bookkeeping year. In which Congressional experts now are predicting a $3,000,000,000 deficit. Ford Asks CIO to End UAW Workers' Strike DETROIT, May 17. lift— The Ford Motor Company asked the CIO United Auto Workers today to ca|l off their strike all except one building of Ford's big River Rouge plant and at the Lincoln-Mercury plant. The one route plant unit which woulcl remain struck along with the Lincoln plant under the company proposal would be the "B" building, cente- of the production line speed-up dispute. About 65,000 Ford workers walked out nearly two weeks ago and some 40,000 others have been Idled Indirectly as a result of the strike. Ford handed the proposal lo the union as another In a long series of negotiating sessions opened this morning. Service Council To Outline Plans For New Agency A meeting of the executive committee of the Blythevllle Community Service Council has teen called l>y lhe chairman, the Rev. I.- D. Slrubhar, for 4:30 p.m. Friday In the municipal courlroom in the City Hall. The committee will discuss plans for the first meeting of the new council which was set np recently to work with each of the civic, social service, religious and community betterment organl/.a'Ions In the city in carrying out a correlated program for the city. Serving with the council officers on the executive committee are: Alvin Huffman, Ji., Hosco Oration Mrs. Hugh Whltsllt. Mrs. J. C Lowe. Mayor Doyle Henderson anc James L. Vcrhocff. Officers of the council also are members of the committee and these Include: tbc Rev. Mr. Strubhar, Jlmmle Sanders first vice chairman; Mrs. H. W. Wylle, second vice chairman, and W D. Tommey, secretary. Nearly 50 organizations in the city have been listed for membership on the council and each group was asked by the council president to designate a member to serve as representative on the council. The presidents >! each organization will serve as ex-offlclo council members. Soviet In the election. All the camfltfuStt* had been chosen by the Social TJiU ity (Communist) Party and splinter element.'! of the Christian Democrats and Liberal Democrats, all welded Inlo n "popular front" with Russian blrsslng. Tho Russians even set aside de- nartficntlon laws in order to let former Nazis vote and swell the to- tnl, and the Nazis, hot for a strong, central unified Germany, were happy allies. ' The obvious evidence of protest In Eastern Germany conld possibly compel the Russians to scrap their carefully planned strategy for the foreign ministers meeting on Germany. They hnd planned to present he People's Congress—with 500 luinrt-ptckc'd delegates to represent West Germany—as a government for the whole country. Lets Story Slip Tnegllschc Rundschau. long be* fore lhe figures wefc made public, let the cat out °' ' no bsg. It accused the Christian Democrats and Liberal Democrats In the popular front of a "double gnmo"—of swearing allegiance to the Congress and "agitating In secret" against U. Tho vote In the Soviet sector of Berlin, center of the East-West political war. still was being tallied. Only the Soviet sector of Berlin and tho Soviet Zone of Germany look part In the elections. The Westrrii powers forbade voting for the People's Congress in their zones. By contrast, the Western sectors last December, In an election in which anti-Communism wns an Issue, rolled up an 80.4 per cent vote In support of Western policies. / The Soviet Zone election officials noted B53.013 bMlots us invalid. However. I here were indications that invalid ballots were counted with "yes" votes to obtain a Bfi per cent total. Just over the two thirds mark. The "yes" votes would come to only about 60 per cent of the total vote cast. New York Cotton NBW YORK. May 17. MV-Closing cotton quotations: Hieh Low Close Jly 3^& 3247 324S-50 Oct 2918 2fl06 2908-11 Dec 2893 21580 2881 Mch 2878 2872 2?68N May 28«0 2P50 2850B Jly 27S5 27S5 2763B Middling spot: 33.66N, off 16. (N— nominal: B-bld.) Crewmen Rescued HALIFAX, N.S., May 17—</P»— The eight crewmen of the flro- gntted vessel Uronlck were reported rescued today off Newfoundland's east ce-iisl by the cable ship Lord Kelvin. Press Meeting Cancelled WASHINGTON, May President Truman decided today to forego his usual weekly nev^ conference. His press secretary, Charles O. Ross, said the President's calender b too crowded tbli week. Weather Arkansas forecast: Partly cloudy with scattered thundirshowers tvils afternoon, tonight and Wednesday. Not much change In temperatures. Missouri forecast: Considerable cloudiness and continued rather warm through Wednesday with occasional scattered .howers and thunderstorms tonight and Wednesday. Minimum this morning—60. Maximum yesterday—90. Sunset today—6:58. Sunrise tomorrow—4:55. Precipitation 34 hours to 7 am. today—none. Total since Jan. 1—54.01. Mean temperature (midway between high and lo-l--7S. Noioiiii mean for May—70i

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