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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Monday, August 29, 1949
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MONPAT, 'APGtJST M, 1949 THC NATION TODAY— Probe of 'Influence Peddlers' Hears Peak of Interest With Truman's Friend as a Witness By Jamet Mmrlow WASHINGTON, Au«. ». W>>-Thi s is a brief explanation of what hii happened and why in the five-percenter case. That case reaches a peak tomorrow when Major General Harry H. Vaughan. military aide to President Truman, testifies at a public senate committee hearing. The committee lias been, investigating fivc-percenters for two mondis. It's been holding public hearings three weeks. Vaughan's name has run through the case from the beginning. Witnesses at the hearings have* salt! he used his White House position to get special favors for firms mid individuals in dealing with the government. No one has accused him of breaking any law or receiving any lee (or anything he did. He has been pictured so far as a "Mr. Fixit." jjNor !>RS anyone suggested that -IPfc.sident Truman knew anything about Vaughan's activities. Big corporations have large Washington staffs to keep (hem informed of dealings with the government, particularly about getting government contracts. Small businessmen can't afford such stuffs. Because ol the great complexity of government they have difficulty In know'-ier whom to see or what to do when they want contracts. So many of them have to deiiend on men who know Uieir way around Washington and. for a fee. such as /ive percent, guide them in gel- ting contracts. Aimed at Influence Peddlers But — there's a difference between five-percenters who act as guides and clearers-of-red-tape and those who charge such a fee on the ground: that l.iey can help businessman get through "influence." a contract The Senate investigation is aimed — according to Senator Hocy. North Carolina Democrat, and chairman of the investigating committee — at the five-percent "influence peddlers." On June 21 the New York Herald- Ti-ibime published a story given it by Paul Grindlc. former Herald- Tribime reporter but now head of a furniture manufacturing company in Framingham, Mass. He said he met James V. Hunt, . , former Army officer and former employe, who calls fo «| , h-.mself a "management counselor." Oriudle says Hunt told him lie has "only one thing to sell and that Is influence." (Hunt denies he said it.) Grindle said Hunt, told him his influence came from his close friendship with Vaughan, his "dearest friend," and that he, Hunt, was a welcome guest at the White House. Grindle said he signed a con- tract with Hunt, agreeing to give Hunt a fee for helping him get government, contracts. With the publication of that story, the Senate investigation began. Hunt himself hasn't testified at any public hcarlne. HU doctors have said he's too ill lo do that for at least another month. But there's been a str"am of other witnesses: businessmen, government officials, and Armv officers. Two Name, Mentioned Frequently What they d to say revolved around Hunt or Vaughan. Here are ji'st three Hems from testimony of witnesses about Vanehan: 1. That Vaughan asked Housing Exocdlfor Tiche Woo- 1 - to hurry up a permit for building materials fnr the Tanforan Racetrack in California when building materials were scarce and veterans needed homes. The track got the materials. 2. That Vanjh ; tried to pressure an Agriculture Department eninloye Into letting a molasses company rmve more sugar than >t was entitled to under a government ruling. 3. Tliat Vaut'iian and a number of other people hiah in the government got deep-freezers for free through a perfume c-""->any which paid the bill for them. This perfume company was a client of one of the straneest figures in the case. John Maragon. a native of Greece and a former Kansas City bootblack who had a White House pass. One document in the case was a note from V-ughaii to the State Department to get clearance for Maragon for a trip to Italy. Called to testify. Marngon said he knew Vaughan but refused to answer almost eve-y other question on the grounds that to answer might incriminate him. Reds Imprison Greeks ATHENS. M-g. 99. OI>,_A Greek Foreign Ministry spokesman said Saturday about 17.000 Greeks were removed by Russia recently from the Caucasus to Siberia and are held under appalling conditions. Read Courier News Want Ads •trnnvgus CAM.T ootntmt KIWI MISS MINN.—By the shores of Lake Minnetonka in Minneapolis, Miss Gloria Burkharl, 19, above, ivas named Miss Minnesota for 1919. Gloria, a talcnled violinist, will represent her state in tlie Miss America contests at Atlantic City, N. J. Poplar Slutf Firemen Go On Real Bear Hunt When Captured Cub Escapes POPLAR BLUFF. Mo.. Aug. 29. '"'/—Poplar Bluff firemen went on an honest-to-goodness bear hunt Saturday but th'ey drew a line on climbing a ladder into a tree where the bear had taken refuge. Hugh WhiUenberg, local businessman, brought a three months old black bear home with him last week after a hunting trip in Minnesota. The bear got loose, climbed a nearby tree -nd was sleeping soundly on a limb when located by the owner. The yi, \g animal would only show his teeth menacingly when WhiUenberg pleaded with "him to come down. Finally firemen were called, Whitienbcrg climbed up and put a rope around the bear's neck. He was then yanked down unceremoniously and was terribly put out at the disturbance. The infuriated bear became calm, however, when his owner gave him a bottle of pop. Cavalier Plans Sales Attack of Blythevillc Area "Mr. Cavalier," replete with plumed hat, gold cape and red satin pantaloons, will invade BlythevUle Thursday »s a novel representative of the new Cavalier cigarette which will go on sale in the BlythevUle area soon. . The motorcade, which will carry 'Mi-. Cavalier, several Joneaboro girls and representatives of the H. J. Reynolds Tobacco Co,, maker* of Camels and the new klng-ilzc Cavallen will arrive in BlythevUle at 11:30 a.m. The Cavallercade will itop .n front of the City Hall here where "Mr. Cavalier" will present Mayor Doyle Henderson and Police Chief John Foster with cartoru; of Cavaliers. Riding In the procession will be Greta Wayland. Martha Reid, Sara Word, Ann Kenward and Mary Ann Donaldson. Sales executives of the R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., will include J. W. McDowell, Lepartment manager; George M. Furlong, Pine Bluff, cii.ision manager; L. L. Locke, Memphis division manager; J. O. Fulkerson. Paducali division manager; and D. C. Oxley. Jonsboro sales man. In adrtu.o to BlythevUle the group will visit Osceola, and Car- iillieisi'ille, Haytl and Kennett, Ui M'ssouri. The young woman participating in the procession will receive * check from the tobacco company The money will be used in charitable work by their sorority, Delta Beta Sigma. South Offers GAR Site For 1950 Encampment WILSON. S.C., Aug. M. IJPi— The South extended the hand of friendship Saturday to the boys who marched through Georgia with Sherman.. The Wilson Chamber of Commerce Invited the Grand Army of the Republic to hold its final encampment at Wilson in 1950. Thr Invitation was addressed to Charlie Chapnel, 102-year-old vice commander of the GAR. What Is termed the "final annual encampment of the group" is underway at Indianapolis, Ind. But Wilson wants the union veterans of the Civil War to meet just one more titm—and to meel In Wilson as a gesture that nobody is nmd. Pitching Horseshoes ••** aB>n • w M.JK.«_ M MIXT BOW TIM other night a fellow told me an amusing story, and if you've already heard it don't try to slop me —Jut fo away and write your own column. . . . Recently, a small Italian gentleman with a paper bag In hU hand walked Into a bank and took hU plac« on the line in front of the teller'a window. He kept tugging at hii tie and »hliUng his weight from one foot to the other, and finally a bank guard walked up to him. "What's .the matter, Bubf" the guard asked. 'Got anlj In the an- mentionabtes?" "My name, she's-a- Tony, not Bub," said the little man, "and I wanna deposit haffa million dollas.' The guard's eyebrows did a hop. skip and jump. "Just follow me, mUter," he uld. 'The president's office Is thus way." •What can I do for you, my good man?" uked the banker u Tony entered. The Italian opened the papei bag he was carrying and several stack* of thousand-dollar bill* tumbled out on the desk. ^ "Holy Andrew Melton!' 1 said lh« president "What line of business are you mT" 'I make-a good money In my parlor." said Tony parlor?" aaid the aUrtlad banker mean good counterfeit mo- You ney? "You no una»Und," aaid Tony. "I shine-a the anon. Got three shot *hbie parlor." "Amazing, How long have you been in thii country?" 'I come-* from Napoll twelve story," years Christina*.' "A real Horatio Alter beamed the banker. "I justa-a do the be*t I know how,' Tony aaid modestly. "Tell you what," aaid the executive. "I'm having a dinner party at my hou.«e tonight, and I'm sure my guests would let a great thrill out of meeting you. Would you come?" "Sure, boas." uld Tony. Thai evening, when tne shoeshine man showed up .the banker's quests crowded around him a* if he were Ihe Aga Khan, and all through dinner the main topic was the spec- ticulir suceew of the Immigrant boy Finally, when demltaaw ttrne jrrlved. the host rose, made a nent little speech about rugged Individualism, and then asked Tony to tell his story. • "tt's-a not so much," said the u.illan. setting to his feet. "Twelve year -"go, me <*nd my ststa we JVou make'good money in your e^.^ 51 'co^y. fbV7 tht aho* hoc, pick good spot near railroad «tat(on, keep.a the polish off-» the aocks, and make plenty "In fiw year*, I rent shoe-slilne »hop, hire other fella, put calendar on wall and make-a more money. "Eight year, I open two more shop, hire more fella. Now I got-a three shop and much-a customa. I thank-a you." The banker and his guests applauded. "One-a thing I almost forget." said Tony. "While i shine-a the shoes, my sIsU she's- a many five rich fellas. Last-a week she's-a die :md leave me half a million dollas.' (Copyright. 1949. by Billy Rose) (Distributed by The Bc-11 Syndicate, Inc.) PAGE FIVE Ambassador Regaining Us* of Injured [ye SOUTHAMPTON, Eng., -Aug. 2t <AP) — U.S. Ambauador Lewis Douslu got good nea-a about hU Injured left eye Saturday: Its sight is returning. Dr. E. C. Zorab took a bandage and dressing off the eye and tested it Just before Doujflas boarded the Queen Mary to'attend the U.8.- Brltish dollar talks in Washington Sept. 7. Zorab said the eye Is "doing very well" and lhat Douglas could see a little with It. Douglas snaged the eye with * fibhhook while llycastlng April 4. _ ASPHALT BOTTOA COTTON PICK SACK! THE LOWEST MUMHG COTTW PKK SAU Ml TNC MARKET. OUTLASTS TWO OR '.. -, THREE DUCK BUS - W ACTUAL TEST> TNC ASPHALT BOTTOM WEAK LIKE IRM BEMIS BRO. BAG CO. aUMMKt 1. 1IMM. For Sate By All LEADING JOBBERS MAKES 10 BtG COLD DRINKS COME IN-SEE THE NEW ttBBttflBBZB K-UARK D1C U. I. PAf, Off HOME FREEZERS Larger Capacity! Lower Cost! uxt Model C-IO Be sure the Home Freezer you buy is the Deepfreeze Home Freezer. See them today at JIMMIE EDWARDS Furniture FEATURES 6ALOREI • FatMrecx* compartment • Storage batkott and divider* • !«• cub* find torving tray* • Fingtr-lift IM • Inferior lighti • Special rumbfor feck • Temperature control • Temperature indicator NO OTHH F"E£Z« HAS AJ MANYJ ONLY DCEPf Mm HAS THEM AU.I 301 East Main fhone 2487 $44950 fay Only 10% WM* CORPORATION CAN MAKf A MESSAGE TO OUR SUBSCRIBERS IN THE CITY OF BLYTHEVULE The Courier News has recently undergone c change of procedure in the city circulation department. Since you are the €hiet concern of that department it is only fair that you know and understand the way it it operated. Your carrier \s now what newspaper people call "A l.illle Merchant". H« ts • free agent, buying his paper! and selling them luck lo you for • small martin of profit: He must pay for your paper each week. '/' Many people do not want t<> pay their pap«( hill weekly; therefore you c*n pay in advance quarterly, iemi-annuaily or annually at (he Courier Ne»« office. If you are a paid-in-advance subscriber and you leave town or for aome other reason your paper is stopped, proper credit will be refunded •pon request. If you arc a paid-in-advance subscriber and you do not renew your sobscription at Jls expiration date, you will be automatically changed lo tki weekly basis. * -.k , drnllltiof1 d«P«r«m«iit haa endeavored to make !hi» change with the least possible inconvenience to you and we will be glad to discuss •ay problems that you mifht have regardin this matter. this LITTLI; MERCHANT SYSTEM (which i s employed by the majority of newspapers) your carrier DEPENDS UPON YOU for his pay. Be has mere incentive to do a good job and it will enable him to learn men of the basic principle* of business. TODAY'S NEWSPAPER BOY IS TOMORROW'S LEADER

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