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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE DOMINAJfl NEWSPAPER Ot NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAffl MISSOURI VOL. XLVI—NO. 8 Biytheviite Gonna Mississippi vaiiey k*Mtcf ARKANSAS, SATURDAY, APRIL 1, 1950 Census Takers Begin Count in fiytheville Today Fifteen Enumerators To Work in City; 14 Check Rural Areas Fifteen enumerations were ready lo start asking questions of Blytheville residents today as the nth deciennlal census got under way throughout the nation, Fourteen other enumerators have been assigned to rural areas of Mississippi County. All completed yesterday a three-day training school held both at the Junior Chamber of Commerce clubhouse on North Second Street and the Air Force Reserve ground school training building at the air base. Mississippi County has been divided Into live districts, with a leader In charge of enumerators in each. Ivy Crawford Is in charge of the enumeration in Blytheville. The other districts Include the rural areas adjacent to Blytheville, Os- ceota, Wilson, 'and the area west of £ig Lake. Some May Start Monday Results of the census in Blytheville will reflect chiefly the city- growth In the past year, since a special census was completed early last- year. This special census set the city's population at 15,091, ex- i clu| residents living at the air Mr. Crawford said that many of the enumerators may not begin their work today, since working on Saturday Is optional for them. Give Close Estimate WASHINGTON, April 1, (AP) — An army of census takers starts the vast job today of counting the people of the United States. Even before the returns are in from the nth—the biggest —nose- eount In the nation's history, officials' have a pretty good ideA what it will .show for the total population: about 151,000.000, plus another 4,000,000 or so in the territories and possessions. But the 145,000 census takers are seeking other infromation as well, in their once-every-ten years door- to-door quiz; Your , name, address, age, sex r race, marital status, occupation, income, whether you own jour own home . .'-^(X* ba^c, ques- tions-lh all. ;" farm census forms, which out by mall about a \\eck aeo, contain some 300 questions, but a farmer will have to answer only those which apply to hini. GOF Hits Income Question The question about 1 Income— which will be put-to one out of every five persons—has stirred considerable "•- Republican wrath; But census bureau officials say similar questions have been included in the census for-100 years. President Truman ..In a census proclamation Issued two weeks ago, declared that" "no person can be harmed in arty way by furnishing the information required," adding that it won't be used for such things as taxation, Investigation, or law enforcement- By law, the answers to the questions can tie used only for statistical purposes, and must be kept strictly confidential otherwise. Every government census taker carries a card with his own signature and that of validating officer »howin^ that he is employed by the census bureau ELS an enumerator. The purpose Is to prevent impersonation and racketeering. EIGHT PAGES Foreign Aid Bill Faces New Capitol Hill Attack WASHINGTON, April 1 (ff)— A $3,102,450,000 administration foreign aid bill, passed by the House afler a rough week, fnced Ircsti attacks today from both sides of Capitol Hill, As the measure headed for 'the* Senate, House opponents laid plans to launch a new onslaught when debate starts on a 1)111 providing money for the various world recovery programs involved. Administration leaders believed they could save the measure from serious damage In cither chamber of Congress. It sailed through the House last, night on a' 287 to 86 vole. Tola! Lass Than Asked While Its total was 5270.000.00X) less than the State Department wanted, the bill was stripped at the last moment of two adminlstra- lon-oiiposcd amendments. One vould have tied up $1,000,000,000 foi the purchase o[ farm commodities in this country; the other would have halted aid to Britain while Ireland remained partitioned. In addition, the measure contained the controversial "Point Four" program intended to help backward friendly nations get on their feet. The program was cut almost in half. ' • The overall purpose of the bill, which continues the Marshall Plan, is to provide economic aid to nations resisting Communism and to hike their standards of living their citizens won't succumb to Communist propaganda. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee has approved a companion measure without the Point Four provision. , . Iluuse Has Another Try Regardless of what the Senate does, the House will get auothei —Courier News I'hoto CENSUS BEGINS HERE—Mrs. James C. Davis, who resides at. the Veterans Housing Quarters at the air base, today began her rounds as census enumerator in Blytheville as the 17th 10-year census got under way. Mrs. Davis is shown as she begins asking Mrs. W. H.- Pease, 620 Pecan, for her answers to the long list of census questions. • ' ' Gooter Man Is Slain On Town's Main Street Elvis A. Burton, 30. died of gunshot wounds shortly afftcr they were inflicted at 8 o clock Mstr'mgjjt ou Uje.'jpain stieet or Cooler, Mo Loft/more Bock in U. S. NEW YORK, April 1. (/D—Owen l£.timore arrived back In the Un- f»H States today and In his first words called Sen. Joseph McCarthy <R-Wls) a "base and miserable creature." McCarthy has accused Lattimore of being the top Communist agent In the United states. . O. Cotton NEW ORLEANS. April 1. Closing cotton quotalions— High Low Close May 3150 3182 July 3197 3191 Oct 3061 3046 Dec 3041 3020 Mch 3035 3035 3188-90 3195 3000 3011 3042 B '"ertfer Arkansas lorc^asl: Partly cliurty this afternoon, tonight and Sunday. Cooler tonight Warmer In northwest portion n j r lavsS* Red CreslDnve is $6,089 Short Only $9,000 of Group's $15,000 Goal Subscribed Contributions [or the Red Cross work to be conducted by the Chickasawba District Chapter in 1D50 today passed the S9,000'-mnrk. with the chapter still 56,000 ' short of its quota. Solicitation is lo continue until the goal is met but camnaign directors hope ta have the drive closed by April 10. Included in contributions not previously reported was S533.08 from Deli, where the Rev. E. H. Hall ts chairman of the drive sponsored by the KIwanis Club. The Rev. Mr. Hall said the club is still soliciting to reach the $600 quota nnd he fell sure that Dell would exceed thai figvre. The^Rcv. Mr. Hall said that al- thougri many furmcrs are short of funds at this time most of them had responded well to the drive. which last year provided assistance for some BSOOO people in 17 Arkansas counties. Mississippi County was one of the counties receiving relief because of floods. Nursing care, food, fuel nnd clothing in the amo'.'nt of S165.C69.5C was provided in Arkansas. Pruilt Harrison, chairman at Forty and F.''?M. mede n partial re- nnrt of SSI; ?I?.!35 was renorlcd bv Mrs W. D. C~bb. chinrnnn for solicit? I'on in W.-ml II in Blvt'u and a pnrt'al re""rt of S2D was made Iw IT-TVCV Hart of cnliim-t ch"irm?n there. Mrs. J. E. BcDsinv rerwicrl n n additional S10 for WnrdVn. brfn<jine the total wIlTtMl by that ward lo W75.40 S">1fr!tr>rs In fhnl ward were: Mrs. W. T. Rnin\v,-!cr. Mrs. Waller nay. Mrs. J. L. CJimi. Mrs. Mex I.OTOII. Mrs. Rupert Cr'ft.nn. Mr? B?n W. Hnrpole, Jr., Mrs. William I.awshe. Mrs. T. R Coleman and Mrs. Lcroy Hudc>!cslf>n. 'miscot County, sheriff's officers Siji'frnorniHg said'they.are holding Jess Little, who lives just north of llayti on Highway 61 and reportedly former employer of Burton, in connection with - Ihe shooting. Charges, the sheriff's office said this morning, have not yet. been filed. The officers said no reason for the shcoting was known. Burton was shot on Cooler's main street about 8 p.m/and died approximately 15 minutes later Little was arrested immediately after the shooting by Cooler Police Chief A. M. Hinson. Was War Veteran The bullet is said to have parsed through Burton's right arm and entered his body. A World War II veteran, he was employed in Jim Statler's fjool room in Cooler. Survivors include his mother, Mrs. Annie Burton: and three sisters, Mrs. Effic Gcstring, Mrs. Dorothy Sampson'and Mrs. Corcne Bamett, all of St. Louis. Time of funeral has not been determined hut it is scheduled to be held lomorrow afternoon with burial m Number Eight Cemetery. German Funeral Home of Steelc is in charge. issouri fore- j cast: Increasing! cloudiness tonight] and Sunday, followed by scatter- 1 ed showers solid and east portion.^ Sunday, cooler extreme southeast high Sunday 60s csist. Minimum this morning— 42. Maximum yesterday — 62. Eunset today — 6:21 ^ 'tirise tomorri ",v — 5:4Q. r-recipllntion 24 hours to 7 a.m. ted ay— .08. Total since Jan. 1— 23.58. kfean Temperature (midway -between high ai|d low)— 62. Normal mean for April— 61. Th's n'lr fa-t Year ' UK :n i::'R.r-rirn <m -13. Maximum yesterday— 66, Precipitation Jan. 1 to this date —21.34. •'-. ••-. '•'..- • Ret .red Luxora Killed Joseph D. Hires, 65, Dies When Car Hits Bridge Abutment . Joseph D. Hires. 65-year-old ic tired Luxora farmer, was killed yesterday afternoon when the car ii which he was riding struck : bridge abutment on Highway 5 eight miles south of the Mississippi- Tennessee state line. ; Robert D. Eberdt; 37 ( orMSmphls who was Mr. Hires son-in-law blamed the accident on wet highways. Mr. Eberdt suffered back injuries, cuts and bruises. They were returning from Jack: son, Miss., to the Eberdt home Mr. Hires had teen visitinj in Jack son for two days. He was dead on arrival at Methodist Hospita in Memphis. Born in Clinton, Ky., Mr. Hire was a member of the Methodis Church. - . ,.. He is survived by his wife, "Mrs Orlena Hires; two daughters, Mrs J. A. Kochendcrser of Luxora anc Mrs. R. D. Eberdt of Memphis; tw sisters, Mrs. Lillian Ward of Os ceola and Mrs. Harry Lowlcr -c Hot Springs; and a brother, Wi Hires of Fort Wayne, Ind. Brannan Asks Halt TV Downward Trend Of Farm Income WASHINGTON, April 1. (/P>— Secretary of Agriculture Urannan said last night that the downward trend in farm income must be halted before "it has engulfed us in another depression." Brannan made the statement only a few hears after President Truman signed a bill to cxpnnd cotton and peanut production nnd r.lamp future riRid controls on nn- j Into growers. Brannan reportedly had asked the President to veto the m'pKiirc. Rrnnnan told a meeting of the national farm nhemurfiic council that the present situation "Imperils the welfare of our nation and all of its people." If farm Income cortlnues to drop the cabinet officer said, "we will approach the same conditions thr>.t led to the disaster of Ihe 1!KOV We must stop thn tide before it has engulfed us In another depression." Americanism Award To McCarthy Protested NEW YORK, April 1. (If)— irvin L. Stein, Judge Advocate of the Ma rine Corps League "of New Yor state, today protested the Marin Corps League's National American ism Award for 1950 to Senator Joseph K. McCarthy (R-wls). rack at the entire measure after s Easter recess starting next Fri- Thore was no trouble knocking cm the bill the "Irish" amend- icnt. The House put that into the ill Wednesday by n vote of 99 to G6. In its present sha|>e, the bill caries: $2,850,000,000 for aid to Mnr- liall Plan nations in Europe, in- hiding a $150,000,000 carryover from revlous funds; $100,000,000 for aid o Korea; authority to use $100.000,00 for aid to China and Southeast sla; 527,450,000 for help for Anib efui;ees in Palestine; $25,000.000 to .art the "Point Four" program. SINGLE COPIES FIVE CENTS J. Stanley Grestcy Y' Speaker Criticizes 1 Perpetual' Prosperity Caleb Watson, Jonesboro businessman and civic leader, last night warned members of the Blylheville "Y" against the "iierpctua! good lines' 'advocated by socialistic forces through socialised medicine, federal aid to education, subsidized farming, government insurance, and ;overninent housing programs. + : '. Mrs. Clara Murlln 'Hotel Noble Gets New Manager Mrs. Clara Martin Named to Succeed J. Stanley Gresley The warning, voiced at Ihe annual necting of the Blytheville "Y". was coupled with his theory that 00 per cent of America Is in the citizen's wine town, where his Influences. >rivileges and responsibilities; are Telt In the fundamental American institutions—home, church, schools —among his friends and at his work. Mr. Watson pointed out that the spending'orgy currently in swing Is mortgaging freedom of posterity, and that to show up the fallacy of government aid and deficit spending, the American public must (1) make personal business of what Is going on and learn to separate truth from propaganda; (2) assume responsibility for local betterments; and (3) know representatives in government, what to expect of them before they are elected. Cites High Income Taxes Mr. Watson explained that the income tax paid to the federal government by Blytheyille residents woald •• pi'ivide' fuhds"' l 'for 'tile" cbhi"- binfcd church budgets, education finances. " c'bst of city government. Blythevillc's share In the cost of county government and all charities, and that half the funds would remain. Prior to Mr. Watson's address, James Terry. "Y" president, set out plans for what- he termed "the summer of greatest activity" in Blytheville "Y" history. He explained that Mrs. Ear] slo- ver. formerly connected with "Y' work in San Antonio, Tex., had been added to the staff of the "Y" here on a part time ba.sus to organize girls' clubs and plan oilier activities. He also said that four, part- time directors had beeti secured for the parks made available to the "Y" through the city. Mr Terry told the more than 50 members at the meeting that the "Y" would operate on a $10.285 budget this year, unless funds were supplemented through "Y" membership. 1 ;. Seeks More Members A. s; Harrison, chairman of the membership drive, later explained that if the local "Y" was to be recognized by the National Council, members must be made available. He said it was planned that .the membership be increased to 200 I this. year, which would about double that of 1049. In his activities report for !!H9, Mr. Terry pointed out .that an average of CO boys and girls n day hud used the "Y" game rooms. Supervised activities included 10 clubs, football, softball, baseball, tennis, ami "Y" socials and parties. The dinner meeting was conducted at the First Baptist Church, and Alviri Huffman, Jr., was lhaslci ol ceremonies. The "Y" was organized In 1045 and J. P. Garrott was secured as its first superviso rthe following year, and has held that position since. Arthur P. Landstreet, proprietor of Hotel Noble here, today announced the appointment of Mrs. Clara Marlin as manager of the hotel. She succeeds J. Stanley Gresley, wlio has resigned. Mrs. Martin lias served as assistant manager, In charge of the hold's dining room and food service, since October, 1949. She came here from Stuttgart, Ark., where she operated a restaurant. She Is former manager of the dining room In the King Cotton Hotel,- Memphis. Mr. Gresley plans to enter the School nf Theology of the Unlversl- two of the South, Scwanee, Tcnn.. In September. He completed undergraduate work at Sewanee and holds an A. B. degree from'the school. Mr. and Mrs. Gresley plan make their home In Blylhevlile until Aug. 1. Bipartisan Policy In Foreign Affairs Asked by Senator Republican Claimt 'Fair Deal Cooperation' Would Strengthen U.S. WASHINGTON, April 1. (ff>_A suggestion that President Truman could salvage the nation's bipartisan foreign policy by inviting Republicans to Join In decisions on world problems was advanced today by Senator Ferguson (R-Mich). Fernuson'3 proposal was made to reporters as other Republican* pulled out the stops In a bitter counter attack on the President's assertion that al least three GOP senators are sabatoging foreign pol- itcy by attacks on the state department. Bridges Asks Showdown One of these, Senator Bridges ot New Hampshire, called for a showdown. American policy ','Is presumably aimed at Russia." Bridges said, adding: "1 believe It is time to tell the American people the truth about this policy and how we «r« losing the Cold War." Ferguson said there Is ho reason wily the President couldn't call In Republicans as well as Democrats "when there is a decision of major Importance In the oftlng." These policies should be discussed fully with senators," he said. "Even with some of those opposed to them. Certainly the, secretary of stale could talk to senators about them, and at tunes the President himself." Tourist Dollar Target Ol Hos|5iilfjty Administration Silent Ferguson said thnt until recently he lias found very little disposition on the part of administration officials to discuss problems with Republicans in advance of decisions." Bridges' statement was made in response to Mr. .Truman's assertion that Bridges and Senators Wherry (R-Neb) and McCarthy (R-Wis) were helping the Kremlin by attacks on the State Department. •Bridges said he was "amazed and shocked" at the President's statement, particularly since the New Hampshire senator had been branded "an enemy'of Russia", by An-' drcl Vishinsky, deputy Soviet foreign minister. Senator Malone (K-rfev) told'ths Senate that Mr..Trujrniri had made a;'I hysterical" attack on Republican*. •"People' Not Hot Political Fight Foreseen For Arkansas if Laney Runs Foe' Jouesfrrs' Us vri- Shy By Saul Pelt AP News features Writer NEW YORK- Oh. this'll traclurc you. Laugh? You'll die. Seems there Is a new—ho, ho, ho —a new gadget out, Looks like a real fountain—ha, ha, ha—like a real fountain pen. Only you take Ihe top off anrt it -lice, hce, hce— It rxikdcs! Imagine! Then there Is a new table knife. Looks exactly like any other table knife. But try to spread some butter with It Just try and the dam thing will collapsel Honest, a real knee- slapperl Can ymi sland It. Well, j-isl one rtv:rc. Von hold wlial looks rx.vlly like a pack of chcwlnc ;iim. Matter of fad, there's a stii-k slickim: •at. Offer it to torn eon t. He pvlb , Ink, Stink, etc. on il. AnrI w.ller squirts mil- All over his hnnri, his face. April Fool! April Fool!. Yuk, ynk. These arc among the newest gadgeU available for the practical jokers who will blossom out for this annual frolic. Richard Appcl, one of the biggest manufacturers in the fielrl, knows them well. . "Fiumy thing about the squirting chewing gum," he says. "For years everybody was making squirting gadget 1 !. The ring which squirts, for example, Is 60 years old. But nobody had thought to make squirting chewing gnm until we brought it out. jfj a big hit." Vnii \vilJ he fclarl, or illsmaycr), lo learn lliat practical j<:kcrs are increasing, according to reports See APRIL on rage » LITTLE ROCK, April I. (AP> — One of the hottest Arkansas political fights in many years may be shaping lip for this summer. It would be Sid McMatn vs. Ben Ltiney for-governor. The Arkansas Gazette predicted today that Lancy would seek the governor's office again,after a two- year retirement. "Ben T. Laney probably will announce. April 8 that he 1- a candidate for governor," the G.-zeite said. Governor McMath has announced he'll seek a second term. Laney Declines Comment If the Gazelle's speculation Is correct—Laney himself declined to comment for publication—It'll be a battle not only between two men but between two widely divergent political viewpoints as well. Laney was national chairman of the Slates Rights Democrats In 1948, actively opposed President Truman's renomination by the Democratic convention and supported Ihe States Rights ticket of J Strom Thurmond for President nnd Field- Ing Wright for vice-president against the "r'egular" Democratic ticket. Reportedly wealthy in his own right from successful oil and business ventures, Laney Is considered to represent a "conservative businessman" viewpoint. McMath Stood By McMath stood by the "regular" Democrats in the 1918 squabble and has been a close associate ol President Truman. There have been numerous indications that the President regards the young governor with extreme favor and even rumors that he wouldn't mind having McMath for a running mate In 1852 should vice-President Alben Barklcy not ar-ain be a candidate. McMath is regarded as ft "Liberal" —at least In Conservative quarters. Both Laney wid McMath have large personal followings. There has never been any indication that either had any high personal regard for Ihe other's political •views— although each probably has considerable respect for the other as a potential enemy. I.ancy Urged In Hun Lancy was urged to run for third term before but refused. Only one Arkansas governor has ever been elected to a Ihird term That Wi-s Jeff Davis, nearly 50 years ago. Splits on Foreign Aid BUI House Vote WASHINGTON, April 1. The Arkansas delegation split, 6-1, when the House yesterday passed the $3,000,000,000 foreign aid bill. Rep. Tackett voted against the bill. The others—Reps. Gainings. Harris, Hays. M"ls, Norrcll and Trimble—voted for it. Promotion of Blythevillc's tourist trade will receive impetus next week when the Merchants Division of the Blytheville Chamber of Commerce sponsors a course in .tourist hospitality. instruction,- lo be directed; by*-; '. . Miss Jean Green, Arkansas State Instructor,., for Tourist Hospitality, will begin nt 2:30 p.m. Monday at the courtroom in the City Hall, and will continue through April 7. Two sessions will he conducted each day, with the 2:30 p.m. class being repeated at 7:00 p.m. each night. To Cover Many Points The Chamber of Commerce Is cooperating witli the Arkansas Department ot Education ami the Bly- hcvillc school system in present- ng the course. Instruction will cover discussions oil why Blytheville must be prepared for tourist trade, obligations nnd the future, what Bly- hcvlllo can do to help tourists, what tourists can mean to Blythe- illc's income, and Information about travel business. Jimmle Edwards, president of the Merchants Division said that the course would he similar to one conducted two years ago. and that It would be open to anyone interested improving the tourist business Blytheville. Miss Green, who arrived In Bly- ihcville today to complete plans lor the instruction, said Blythevillc was one of the two main cntrinjis lo the state of Arkansas and was In n position to have the largest tourist. trade In the state. She said an estimated 1,000 oul-of-stntc cais weir in Blythevillc each day for 21 hours. Spends Average of Miss Preen pointed out that the average tourist spends $8 a day, and that tourist promotion is aimed al keeping the tourist an extra dny or more. She said the tourist dollar, which amounted to $12,000,000,000 ii the .United Stales last year, ail include 27 cents for food. 23 cents to retail stores, 22 cents for lodging 19 cents tor fuel, gas, nnd oil, and nine cents for amusements and In- Socony Vacuum n c"cnlals. Studcbakcr 29 The tourist trade In America U standard of N J 68 : the second largest industry in the Texas Corp 63 7-8 world, second only to food indns- Packard . 3 3-4 tries. U S Steel 31 , , . Monette Asks Caution in Gas Move Here The Craighcad County town of Monelte yesterday Joined Doll and Manila In urging the Biytheville Dity Council to proceed with caution in granting n natural gas franchise. In a resolution signed by Mayor Bernard Gray, the town petitioned .he local council to use its powers 'so far as deemed wise" to help surrounding towns obtain natural gas. 'Hie resolution also asked that Blytheville mnkc sure the company granted the gas franchise has an \dequate supply and will be able to provide gas nt a cost comparable lo that In Jonesboro and other towns which now have natural gas. The towns of Dell and Manila have filed similar resolutions with the council here and asked that Blytheville do everything In Its power to assure natural gns for oth- communltlcs In Mississippi County. He Is not going to get away with It." Malone said. "The American jxople are not going to be fooled." Describing the policy :formulated by Secretary or State Aehe.ton and the President as "an utter failure, from beginning to end," Malbrui ' said that "now, after all the damage Is -done, Mr. Truman Is looking around for a Republican to blame." Senator Frear (D-Del) came ,to. the administration's defense with an assertion that the Republican! are playing politics with foreign policy. In a Portland, Me., speech, Senator Taft (R-Ohlo) took a hand In the argument with an assertion that "the only way to get rid of Communists In the State Department Is to change the head of the government." Tills can't be done with men In conlrol who think Communists arv only "Red Herrings," he Bald. "ew York Stocks Closln.K Quotations: Amcr Tobncco Annconda Copper I)*th Steel Chrysler Coca Cola Oen Elcclrlc Gen Motors . ... Montgomery Ward .. N Y Central Tnt Harvester National Distillers Republic Sleel Radio Socony Vacuum Studcbakcr ......... Standard of N J Texas Corp ...... ..... Packard . U S Steel 701-4 23 1-1 33 U 64 S-8 i5(i 1-2 481-2 77 5-1 7-8 H 1-2 26 1-4 23 1-4 26 1-8 Time to Talk More of Opportunity and Less Of Security, U.S.Jaycee President Says It's time Americans started talking less about security and more about opportunity. That's what Clifford D. Cooper, of Alhambra. Calif., United States Junior Chamber of Commerce President, told Blylheville Jaycees and guests at A luncheon meeting In his honor at Jaycec clubhouse yesterday. In speaking before an enthus- $r.stlc gathering, Mr. Cooper pledged himself to represent Ihe national Jaycec organization "as a group of active American citizens first, nnd not Just another group dividing the country for • slice of America's pie. The citizens of this country must not sell out for any synthetic security." "Our government, which Is growing fast, demands more of our attention. As citizens we should demand acceptance ol Hoover Commission recommendations as a step toward better economic housekeeping. B»cks Hoover Froposs! "I was dtiappolnted lo sec Ihe American Legion go on record as opposing commission recomiren- dalions which deal wilh the Veterans Administration. "The Hoover Commission recommendations are not designed to take services from the veteran. Congress decides how much money will be spent for vcteraas. Commission recommendations will make these appropriations go further In giving the veteran even better services for the samp amount of money." he staled. Cooper was introduced by Arkansas Junior Chamber of Commerce President W. R, Nicholson of Osceola. Blytheville Mayor Doyle Henderson exlcndcd an official welcome lo Hie Callfornlnn nlythovlllc .Jaycce President Ro land Bishop presided ovsr the meeting, which was attended by approximately 70 persons. Lake City Man Kills Self South Of Leachville The body of a Lake City merchant was found shortly after noon yesterday tying beside a borrowed car on a gravel road one quarter of a mile off Highway 18 five miles south of Leachville. County Coroner E. M. Holt ot Blytheville this morning identified the body as that of Ed Ellis, 44-year-' old Lake City hardware merchant. Death was due to a self-inflicted shotgun blast, Coroner Holt said, which tore away most of the man's head. Mr. Ellis' body was found about 12:30 p.m. yesterday by Ab Hendrix. farmer who lives nearby. Mr. Ellis Is believed to have shot himself around noon yesterday. Coroner Holt stated that threo notes were found on the man's body by Deputy Sheriff Floyd Bur- rls of Leachville but none gave a definite reason for his action. However, the coroner said, relatives expressed belief that the reason was ill health, as lie was suffering from Injuries received In an automobile • accident several months ago. The notes were addressed to his wife, Rcba. his son. William Ellis, both of Ijike City, and his parents, whose names were not learned immediately. Coroner Holt said that an Investigation of the shooting revealed that Mr. Ellis left his hardware store In Lake City yesterday morning In a car he had borrowed from an employee. He purchased the single- barreled 12 gauge shotgun used to inflict the fatal wound from another Lake City merchant a few minutes before leaving his store. New York CoSton NEW YORK, April 1. (AP)—Closing cotton quotations— Kigh Low Last IMay 3224 3217 3223 .'ly 3228 32W 3225 0;t 3070 3154 3I>67 Dec 3051 303» 30S1 |Mch 3056 SOW 3051 May ; 3033 MOT MoO

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