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BLYTHEVILLE 'COURIER NEWS YOU XL1II—NO. Blythevlllo DkllT Nun Blythevllle Courier Blytherille Herald VmU«7 THK DOMIMAHT NKWBPAfKR or NORTHEAST AHKANBAg AND BOUTHEA8T MISSOURI ULYTlJKVIM.tf. ARKANSAS, W1CDNKSDAY, JUNK 5, I'.Mli SINGLE COPIES KJVB CENTS. FIRE SWEEPS CHICAGO HOTEL KILLING 58 Kremlin Controls Third of Europe, Churchill Asserts 12Blytheville Golfers Enter Amateur Event Seeds of New War Sown, He Fears in Talk Before Commons. LONDON, June 5. (IJ.P.) —Win.slon Churchill charged today that nearly one third of tho population of Ktirope now is directed by "the commissars of the Kremlin" ami that "it is here that the seeds of a new world war, if anywhere, are being sown." Churchill made his charge in a reply to Foreign Secretary Ernest Kevin's statement of British policy . in which he generally concurred with thc Labor Party's conduct of foreign affairs. Charging that Britain is subject to a "systematic system of villifi- cation pumped out daily . . bv the Soviet propaganda 'machine," Churchill declared that: "Nearly one third of the population of Europe i s at present directed by that same group of very able men—the commissars of the Kremlin—who are alreadv imposing the mighty powers "of their despotic regime. It is here that thc seeds of a new world war, if anywhere^ are being sown." Churchill said the year since the end of the war has brought "a virtual breakdown or stalemate' Blythcvllle golfers are trcklng to LiUle Rock this week for the Arkansas Amateur Golf Tournament with some players combining bus- i iness with pleasure while others >lan lo devote all their time to trying for honors in. the tourney. Practice is on the Program for .omorrow with players to qualify Friday for the competition matches to be played Saturday and Sunday. James Guard will attend an optical meeting and W. J. Pollard will transact business pertaining to In- ;,urance. as well as participating in the tourney. Others making the trip from Blytheville are Frank Whitsvorth, E. B. C3ee, E. n. Gee Jr.. John P. Lenti, James Terry, W. A. Afllick, A. Leech, Roland Bishop, Harry Parr and Mack Williams. Some already have gone today and others will 60 early tomorrow. Maritime Union AsksCompromise Concession Made by Workers on Length Of Work Week. Allied cooperation ani a "painful decline" in British.; "jifluence but made plain he did not blame the Labor Party for this situation. Denounces Communists He defended non-intervention in Spain, praised tho British intervention ;'and elections in Greece! urged restoration of the Southern Tyrol to Alisii-olia and denounced • : ' •• WASHINGTON, Tune 5. (UP>— The seven maritime unions threatening a nationwide shipping strike June 15 will ask the government in ' tn submit a compromise proposal . trie :JjJ=S«i Churchill, leader of the opposition, addressed the House of Commons on the second day of debate on foreign affairs. "The year that has passed since the end of the German war has been darkened by the virtual breakdown or stalemate in the concert and collaboration between the great powers, as well as by a painful decline in British influence and prestige," .Churchill said. Churchill said it would be wrong to "cast blame for this hiisfortufii.'' upon' Foreign. Secretary: Ernest Be-' ymj.He.teritied.Bevin's address yesterday, ;' in, : Which i he reviewed the field'. 0^ foijfrigri, Affairs, as "somu?r and 'patient.' 1 '' . "We feel sure he has done his best to resist the sad and dangerous tendencies with which we r.re oppressed before the world, and he has stood forth as a representative of much that is wise end courageous in British character,' 7 the former prime minister told the House. "The problem of the aftermath of war, the moral and physical exhaustion of the victorious nations, the miserable fate of the conquered, the vast confusion in Kurope and Asia, combine to make the sum total of a difficulty which, even it the Allies had preserved their wartime comradeship, would have taxed their resources to the full." Churchill saic! the "Socialist" mr- ty— the Lauorilcs— had made an important contribution to world pence "by their resolute denunciation v>f Communism, by their refusal to lei the Communist parly enter and permeate Ilieir ranks." He said the Communist party in Britain was "not a serious tiling," adding: "Everyone remembers how Immediately they turned about on orders from Moscow and denounced our life struggle as a capitalist imperialistic war. "We also remember how they did their utmost to hamper our national defense. So far as they were concerned we might have sunk 1940-41 and have been blotted out forever as Hitler's serfs." William Gallacher, Communist member of parliament. Interrupted Churchill at this point, and the speaker needed several minutes to quell the uproar that followed Gal- lachcr's challenge. "It will take them many years to live that down in the British Isles,'' Churchill remarked. He said the Labor party foreign policy had been helpful on both sides of the Atlantic and that the course of events in Greece had vindicated the policy established by h coalition government. for settlement of their wage and hour disputes, a high union official said today. , The official, who asked" that his name be withheld, said the request will be made because the one independents and six CIO unions involved in th e dispute-shave receded from their original : 40-hour week demand, ship ownensihave refused to budge from the. 56-hour week. "The' unions are going to strike on the hours Issue' ^ It is not settled," the union official warned. Director Edgar L. Warren of the Federal Conciliation Service, una- i ware of the union official's remarks, told reporters "it is too early yet for the government to submit a compromise proposal but maybe we will later. Meanwhile, the Navy, Coast Guard ind War Shipping Administration vent ahead with plans to man the U. s. Merchant Fleet if 'the strike Red Occupation Forces Still Around 3,000,000 BERLIN, June 5. (U.PO—Allied sources estimated today that Soviel occupation forces in Europe have been cut by 5fl per cent from at estimated 6,000,000 to 3,000.000 men The estimate from Allied Intelligence sources covered Red Army units stationed in Germany, Poland, Austria, the Balkans and Hunnary. It. did not cover security b.iuU-r guards mi'] units at stra :naterializes. ;:• Ton Fivori^sirlke; bnadej-s 'or the National iviaritime Union \ (CIO) , iaid' unofficial re- ."urVs from Monday's' st»ike referendum showed that its 90,000 members overwhelmingly favor walking out. The union official disclosed that :he unions have refused to nego- iate wages and other issues in dispute until there is agreement on the length of the work week. He said ship owners had "oecn noncommittal on a union bid to arbitrate a reduction in the world week, Atlantic and Gulf port shippers awaited the outcome of the union caucus to resume negotiations on demands of the National Mari- .ime Union. Official returns of the NMU strike referendum probably will be revealed in a day or two. Members of five of the other six unions involved in the wage and hour dispute already hav c voted to join U..UG a..ua.y nav c voi.cn 10 join . , lot a])uroach th major , irc a ,™ 1 . 0 '" VUl e. shll) '? 111 «f tr ^ c ' ft . lcl '- BodlM of the United States. Benefits of TV A Overemphasized, Canadian Finds Engineer Makes Survey And Reports Before Edison Institute. NEW YORK, June 5. (U.r>.> — The Tennessee Valley Authority is a "cosily and uneconomical" project with a reported investment that is far below reality, and altogether fictitious operating costs reported in its financial statements. Huct Massue, Montreal engineer, told the Edison Electric Institute today. Massue told the final session ot the meeting which has progressed three days here that he had been lured to study TVA by the stories circulated in Canada on Its benefits to the southern section of thc United states. "As I proceeded with my Investigations," he said, "I saw that TVA lied not found a cheaper way of getting work done; that It hail expended large sums of money on uneconomic projects, but that It had been extraordinarily .successful In creating thc Impression that Its operations were financially profitable." He ridiculed the so-called yardstick of cost of electricity which he said has "as much sense as 5-inch foot or a six-ounch pound." Though carried as an investment of $391,000.000, less depreciation reserves, TVA actually has cost more than $1,000,000,000, Mas- sue stated. He listed the total liobilities of thc TVA at $778,000.000. By Including true costs of the Wilson Dam. this would be brought to $621,000,000, he held. In addition, he listed $152,000,000 which should have been paid in Interest, carrying the figure to $974,000,000; Ttie letter would be swelled to more than ?I,000,000,000 if taxes were Included, he said. Massue pointed out that operation of the TVA has resulted in a deficit during four of the last eight years. "Considering the cost of interest to the government and the total of taxes lost to all government,national end local, duo to TVA replacing private utilities, the operation of TVA is found to have resulted, between 1938 and 1944, In annual deficits reaching as i JUR!* nk;.$2S|900,000 in t !942," he told' the; i Hei predicted larger deficit^ in thc ;"Jiost*ilr period, pointing; out that:;tHrpe-b,uar(ers of ; ,the [tfvcrgy disposed of wbiit'' Into ' war production or other war uses in the last few years, snd that, TVA would have difficulty in disposing of its surplus power. In addition, he noted that TVA has done nothing to raise income of individuals in the area, nor has it made thc Tennessee Valley the industrial "Garden of Eden" forecast in 1938 by its "hardworking propagandists." Fire Disasters of Other Years Exacted Greater Toll in Human Lives By United Prtss Loss Of life in Chicago's LaSalle Hotel fire was one of thc highest single tolls in recent years but did tra- King Votes In Italian Election Panic Blamed For Many Deaths As Guests Leaped from Rooms In 23-Story Building to Street fc - King Umbcrto went to the polls in the Italian election on June a hoping lo receive a majority of votes \vhlchc would reluin the House of Savoy as the head oi l.ic state. Eighty lo ninety per icnl of I lie- people arc reported io have volrd, including the wumcn \vho vot^il l:>r the first time in a national t;ccllon. (NrlA Hmltopliolo.) Legionnaires Plan District Convention The Fifth District Convention of the 'American Legion, to be held Suncay In Harrisburg, was (Hsi:uK.s_ cd last night at the meeting,ol Dud Cason 1'ost »l The Hut. F1r.;-j''A. White told of the mccl- Tcam 2, chairman A. R. Wclcn- I"B, at which Letcher L. Langford Fourth of T's $7 0,000 Fund Is Subscribed A total of $2717.10 In the Bly- thevilte "Y" finonce campaign hnu been turned In at noon today by tennis making preliminary reports, Kendall Berry, general chairman of--the drive/ announced. Fire Damages Beauty Parlor Flames Endanger Masonic Hall Above Shop on North 2nd. Flic, which started from a kera- siiiio walcr heater, yestei'day afternoon destroyed tone's IJeauly shop. Ill North Second, mid Kcrlniisly threatened the Mnsmilc Hall overhead nnd adjacent offices of [Jr. llnnler c. Sims. Tin; Interior of Iho bulldlni; null was niliu'tl and the greater purl of I lie ijeiuily shop equipment biirn- | <-d, it wns repotted. Considerable smcki! damage' also was done to the lodne rooms nnct to (he phyiil- clan's offices. The fife dnniiiKR was uncsllmntfd this ailernoon, with partial Insurance. The bulldlni; Is owned by the Hlalno Ktitiilo. The flames started from an excess of kerosene, It was snld. Mm. lone Ilcipp, owner of the business, said she had turned off the burner of thc small stove from which llifi hlax.e started about 5:-lo o'clock, and wns shampooing „ customer'.! hair. Tlie fire apparently Ignited the excess ol] and within two minute* burning kerosene wns spreading over Ilio floor, it was said. There was no explosion. CHICAGO, June 5. (U.I'.)—Fire leaped from an elevator slm 11, enrly today ami Thinned through the lower floors .of Ihe 2.1- ; sl.)ry l,u Snlo Hotel where 58 ixirsons died in the worst hotel lire in Chicajjo's history Coroner A. 1,. Hrodie .set the death toll officially at 57 am snid many ot them died n.s tho result of mass hysteria nml name. Many leaped to their death from windows hW above the crowded streets of Chicago's Loop I- iro Commissioner Michael J. Corrigan also -guid many ol (he deaths were "tragically unnecessary." (:amp, reported J240; Team 3, Samuel F. Norris, chairman, reported $120; Team 4, George Stll- well, chairman, reported §450; Team 5, the Rev. E. C. Brown, chairmon, reported $633,00; Team G, the Rev. R. S BairU, chairman, reixirted $245; Team 7, O. K. Knutlscn, chairman, reported $460.50; Team 0, 1'. D. Foster, chairman, reported $27; Team 10, J. L. Gnnn, . chairman, -reported $73; Team 11,'Alvln Huffman Jr., chairman, reported .$217; Team 13, R. >!A.' Nelson.' Chairman',- 'reported $146.50 and: Team 14, Mrs. IMnrvin Crittenden, 'J( cliutrluart, $19.50. \ ^repor led demands arc not met. Thc other, the American Communications Association (CIO), will poll its members Monday. If the walkout materializes, the Navy, Coast Guard and War Shipping Administration will man the merchant fleet to avert a crippling shipping tieup. Union officials said government preparations to run the vessels had strengthened the determination of workers to strike. Jim Folsom Wins At Alabama Polls MONTGOMERY. Ala., June 5. (UP)—Lt. Gov. Handy Ellis today conceded the race for Governor of Alabama to youthful James E. (Big Jim) Folsom. who campaigned with a corn shuck mop and wooden bucket "to clean up the state capitol." In a telegram to Folsom. the 65- year-old political veteran said: "The people of Alabama have spoken and I congratulate you on your victory. Hanrty Ellis." Kills told the United Press he felt "if the people wanted a change they wcr p certainly entitled to it." The Columbia attorney, wha spent more than a quarter of a century in Alabama politics, said he would continue to practice law. Folsom had increased his lead over Ellis to more than 51,000 votes. the United St Chicago's Iriquois Theater fire on Dec. 30, 1903. when 602 persons met death, is the nation's greatest catastrophe from fire. Approximately 500 died In the San Francisco earthquake and fire of 1906, and 498 persons were killed In the "flash" fire that swept the Cocoanut Grove Night club, Boston, on Nov. 2R, 1942. A blazing canvas of thc "Big Top' of Ringllng Brothers & Barnum * Bailey Circus at Harlford, Conn. July 6, 1944, took the lives ol 168 persons. Other major fires and Iheir toll Include: Ohio state Penitentiary fire, Columbus, April 21. 1D30-320. New London, Tex., school explosion and (Ire, March 18, 1937—294. Crile Clinic Hospital fire, Cleveland, May 15, 1929-124. Rotations to Hear Aviation Executive W. E. Parker, agenc.t.and Interline manager for Chicago and .Southern Air Lines, will address the Blythevilie Rotary 'Club tomorrow at its regular luncheon. Mr. Parker will speak on recent Chicago and Southern route ex- ensions throughout the Mid.south ind on the newly granted Chicago and Southern overseas routes into he Caribbean and as far as the northern coast of Soutli America. He will explain the benefits lo smaller cities of thc addition ->f fleet of 50-passengcr Douglas OC- 4's which Chicago and Southern i-s low placing in .service. of Lill] c Rock will be in charge. Those on the program will include Past, National Commander Roan Waring and J. E. O'Calllghan of Memphis. Blythcville Legionnaires who wish to go arc asked to meet at The Hut Sunday morning, 10 o'clock, It was announced. Transportation will j be; furnished. Blythcville representatives at Hoys' State In Little Rock last week were guests and reports were Bivfin by Jim Oates Jr, t Rosco Crnflon Jr., Jiimnicj;Staffoi'rt'nhd : ;Fr'ccjnan Jer- Hotcl Phone Operator Dies at Switchboard Trying to Save Others CHICAGO, June fi. (UP)—They found hor dead at her |»st-- the switchboard of the La Sulle Hold. A nliilil telephone operator, Mi',1. Julin Harry, 44, could havc notion awny. she didn't, She (lied at her swllchboat'd. The assistant night manager, W, H. linuirield, run to the phonu room off the lobby when Ihe fire started. "Clctoull" lie cried to Mrs, Burry. "No, I'm Kolni; to slick here," she answered. "Maybe I can Uu some good. The llrst firemen to enter the phone room found hor dead In her chair. An effort to extinguish the flames with wilier was unsuccessful and and the nigan'. lAlso. attending! frV isuccessful by (he time firemen arrived, flames bad Bprend rapidly. Fire Chief Roy Head and his men worked rapidly to prevent the flames from reaching Ihe second floor of the brick building and also to prevent Iheir reaching.-.the adjacent offices. I An alley scpartcd the bulldlni; from the next .structure on thc North. , Chief Head received minor cuts on the hands and face from the flying sp'.'nlers of glass frpm the front window, r . . ' iirhii|Blylhe- iVson \ilirt Don •tile weie'Blil ie : e WlV Wrlgh.l Guests Included Hill Steed, adjutant of the Leacbvllle Post, and new members present were lien Abbott, R. V. Oaincs and Chris Tompklns Jr. Troops Must Remain In Germany for Long Time, General Asserts FRANKFURT, June 5. CUP) — Gen. Joseph T. McNarncy .said today he had raised his estimate of the minimum necessary period of the occupation of Germany from 10 to 15 years. Chicago Rye July . Sept isB'i iss'-j 158 Vj 158 'i 158!!i I58'i Civil Rights Get New Emphasis As U.S. Moves to Aid Minorities Ed T. Wodf/ey, Retired, Dies In Home Here Ed T. Waclley, long a carpenter In niythcvllle, died this morning at the home of his brother. Clcvc Wad- Icy, 405 North Sixth. He was rffl. Ill several years of cancer, he I mil been confined Ai his bed three months prior to ills death at 11:45 o'clock. Since death of his wlfo, January 6, he had resided with his brother. Horn in Hlytheville, he had spent his entire life here. He also is survived by two sister, 1 ;, Mrs. Fannie Lint/cnich of Blytho- vlllc am! Mrs. Sallie Mae Parsley of hicago. The Rev. F. W. Nash, pastor of First Church of Nuxarcnc, will con- duel funeral services tomorrow :>f- lernoon, 2 o'clock, at Holt Funeral Home, with burial at Memorial Park. Chicago Wheat , .Tilly . IM'i lOfi'J 108'^ IftB'i ST. , i:<((". tv.'.i W. JOB'... Livestock AT&T Amer Tobacco . Anaconda Copper Beth Steel Chrysler Coca Cola ' " Gen Electric . Gen Motors . ... '.. Montgomery Ward N Y Central Int Harvester . North Am Aviation Republic Steel . .. Radio Socony Vacuum . . Studebaker Standard of N J Texas Corp . . .. 1'nckuiu . U t; St..- 199 3-4 08 1-2 48,5-8 103 133 1-4 185 1-2 49 73 1-4 100 3-8 2fi 1-4 BY FKi:i> MUI.l.F.N United Press Staff Corre-spntiiJrnl WASHINGTON, June 5. (DPI — Hie Justice Department, today prepared an extensive fight to help Negroes wanting to vote In primary ami general elections. "Civil rights of minorities in this country were never under greater threat than at this time," Attorney General Tom Clark has told U. S. attorneys In a directive. "It is my purpose to protest human rights and civil liberties, whcrecver they are infringed, to the full extent and Intent of (he constitution and of statutory pro- <}'istons." Justice Department officials said Clark's action left no doubt about the government's position, and that he expected the U. S. attorneys lo carry out his directive. But there will be no "witch- hunting," officials emphasized. Any federal action will be based on complaints filed with U. S. attor ncj's i;i the field or at the Justice Department in Washington, Although several primaries already havc been held in Ihr south 100 1-4 the U. S. attorneys haw- not 14 7-8 I brought any complaints to Ihe at"" ' " tcntion of officials here. It was stressed, however, that his did not 37 5-8 15 7-8 18 1-8 36 3-4 77 <!4 1-2 10 1 R , , necessarily mean that no one hac charged that Negroes were beinp denied suffrage because of color. •Mum On l.nnry's CliallrnR ' Ivcs said there was no move to lesignatc federal representatives at he polls, and that any attorney's equcst for the use of G-men in iiiffrage cases would have to be :lrared Ihrnugh Washington. Department officials, however, remained mum about the specific challenge tossed at them by Democratic governor ncn T. Lancy of Arkansas, ouo of three .states rnain- ,aining white elections this year. Tlie other two states were Mississippi and South Carolina. • Laney recently told newsmen that 'we will coiuluct our primaries lor state officials as we have always done. The Justice Department can crack ils whip." •• The Arkansas legislature, in an effort to bar Negroes from the polls, last year divorced slate from national office primaries. Solicitor General J. Howard McGrath has ruled, however, that recent Supreme court decision upholding Negro's rif.hl to vole "affects any and nil elections—there Is no doubt on that, point." Georgia. Texas. Alabarha, Florida Kentucky, Virginia. Oklahoma North Carolina and Tennessee hav e opened their ballot boxes to Negroes. The supremo Court ruling had n 0 .bearing on voting restrictions established by the slates, such as poll tax requirements and literary tests, finch waiters arc loft up lo Ihe stales by (lie ronsltlnlion as they nru q,.nitMci!l:' "•'. I' 1 ' vo;i - L. Rites Conducted For Crash Victim Farmer on Tractor Killed in Accident At Frisco Crossing. Funeral services were held yesterday at the Duptlst church of Caiulhi'rsvlllc, Mo., for Raymond Eales, 35-year-old farm foreman, killed near Shades Switch Sunday wlii'n n Frisco passenger train strtic 'khis tractor at a grade crossing. Mr. Estcs, who had been plow- Ing on the west side ot the railroad's right ol way, was driving tlie tractor and cultivator to thc opposite side when tlie tcok place. Horn In West Tennessee, Mr. Kales had farmed on the S. Crews Reynolds farm for the .past H years. He leaves his wife, Mrs. WI/V Jane Esles; two sons, H. L. and linlph Crews Esles; a daughter, Wanda Jean Estes, all of Shades Switch community, and four sisters. Mrs. Irene Newell of Cottage drove, Tcnn., Mrs. Lucille Brown of Uiagi! City, Mo., and Mrs. Delia Chandler and Miss Jean Eates, both of Uiplcy, Tcnn. Most of the dead had been Idftii- tlllc.d this afternoon and none was listed from Arkansas, Missouri..or Tennessee. -,- Mayor Edward J. Kelly said he would call a special city council, session, probably Friday, tn ton- • alder recently-reported violation* of lire and buildlnr ordinances in Chicago. . - . ,,. Kelly said he understood t-hat Chicago hotels havc n "bad habit" of putting out their own fires and said lie understood that this case w.is "one of those," where they fulled !o call the flro deuartment i n tmic. He also observed that It was "a miracle, with careless guests and other factors" that there were not more hotel fires. 'Hie flumes spread from an elevator shaft to an adjoining cock- tall lounge and within seconds turned the ornate lobby Into a fiery death trap. Modernistic leather upholstery In tho bar^.Ignited almost instantly and BOOH thc exiwnslve wood pan- elled walls of the lobby were c.\- vcloped In flames. While thousands of spectators jammed the streets and hampered firemen ouUlctc, hotel guests fought through smoke filled halls.' Manv fnilcrt to make It. : Ow'mmflor cho'si to: Jump' from"the, uth Jloor t< certain death, others leaped fron lower floors. Fire Jtaiarts Uncorrectcil Plre department officials, invest! gating the cause, found that thi fire apparently started in ah etc vator shaft below the street level They believed it started in a singli cable beneath an elevator car. Marshal Penn, deputy llr e mar shal In charge of fire prevention disclosed that he had sent hole officials a list of 10 violations o; city fire prevention ordnances or May 10. He said the violations hai not been corrected. Whether anj accident I of them contributed to the fire hi declined to say. Despite the panic there wen stories of heroism. Mrs. Julia Barry a telephone operator, told the assls lant manager she was going tt "stick It out because I might di •some good here at th e switchboard:' She dlcrt In the flames. "" '/ At Least Z«0 Injared .." As firemen fought ther way ul from floor to floor the death tol Former Osceola Man Dies in Oak Grove, La. Homer M Johnson, planter of Oalc Grove, Ln.. and formerly of Osceola. tiled Sunday at Oak Grove. He was 53. Funeral services were to be held Ihis afternoon at Swift Funonil Home In Osceoln by the Rev. 1,. H. Fielder with burial at Enncn Cemetery. Prior to moving lo Oak Grove 18 months ago, Mr. Johnson resided ot Osceola. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Etiiel Johnson; a daughter, Mrs. nil! Crews of I/OUR Dcach. Calif.; a p ion. I,oui5 It. Johnson of Osceola; his 87- ycar-old father, George \V. Joinson, and a brother. Arthur A. Johii- son, both of Lutes, Tcnn. N. Y. Cotton May July Oct. Dec. 2079 21577 2828 2ail 2869 2f?81 2880 2830 2853 2869 2865 26fi7 2823 2844 2859 2867 2868 2827 284G 2861 Miss Peterson Is Lions Club Jubilee Entry ' Miss Carolyn Peterson, daughter of Mr. mid Mrs. J. T. Peterson, 200 North 21st, will represent Illythc- vlile Unas Club In thc Cotton States Jubilee. Announcement of her selection was ,made yesterday at the Lions Club luncheon meeting at Hotol Noble. Miss Peterson's picture will compete in Ihe state division of the contest wllh pictures of olher clubs' candidates. Thc winner In each of Ihe 15 cotton producing stales will be entered In thc national contest, with thc queen to be chosen at Ihe International Convention In July In Philadelphia. The local club's entry has served In various Royal Courts and recently was a lady-in-waiting in the Royal Court of thc Memphis Cotton Carnival. Sh c was queen of Blytheville High School senior class. «' *•«• W«I James Hoy. Blytheville attorney, was a speaker at yesterday's meeting. He told the group of his experiences while connected with thc Federal Bureau of Investigation and of special assignments during the war. Guests at the meeting Included Gordon Russell of Baton Rouge, La., Alvln W. Kcincr, connected with Blythcvillc Cotton Oil company, and R. J. Selllg Jr., of Corning. mounted. Bodies of suffocated vie Urns lay .In thc corfidors.. an< rooms. ... - ..... At least 200 persons were injure: or overcome by smoke. Amon: them were 30 firemen. One fire inn n was killed. Firemen were hindered by" thou sands of spectators .who rush's from theaters and nightclubs whci they. heard thc shriek of fire en glne sirens. Thc crowd Jostled an pushed in a gay mood while vie 11 ms were dying inside the hotc Few at first realized the seriousncs of the fire, despite smoke pourin from windows. Many Jump to Death But as the flames spread an fiinokc lilled the upper stories, trail pert guests began Jumping to the! deaths from' windows. It was thc worst hotel fire i her c since the great Chicago fire c 1871. Tlie hotel, one of thc city's larg cst.'has 1,000 rooms, aln.ost all c which were occupied when the f'.i started at about 11:30 p.m. (CS1 last night. Near the theater an nightclub district, the hotel lir been a principal stopping place f< travelers since it was built in ISO The bodies of an unidentlfis mother and her child clutched .1 lier arms were found on the rw of a three-story section of th building, she apparently had jumpt from » higher window. _,• Flames still were, smoldering c thc 9th floor seyferal hours alt 1 the fire broke out. Weather ARKANSAS— Fair and not so cool in noiih portions tonight, 'Ilutralay, fntv nnd wr.rmcr. N. O. Cotton NFAV ORLEANS, June 5. —Cotton closed steady. Mar SS83 2883 2870 May 2880 2880 2870 July Oct. Dec. 282S 28nt 2870 2828 2BM 2872 (U.P.) 28TO 2870 2823 2820 2843 2880 Indonesians Slay Chinese Near Batavia BATAVIA, June 5. (UP)—An a lied headquarters spokewokn r portedi tonight that - Indonesia: had sliln, 600 Chinese in > settt merit west of the Tfcnftraac Riv< IS miles from B*Uvt». He said villain art* '» wide: an were aflame an<t tto«t the ,flgfi 2844 2860 Ing continued in

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