The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on August 31, 1949 · Page 3
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Wednesday, August 31, 1949
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WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 31, 1949 THE NATION TODAY— Mar agon's Feelings Hurt Over Some of Vaughan's Answers in Investigation of 'Per Centers' By James Mirlow WASHINGTON. Aug. 31. VPt—I wish could hive liken the blood- pressure of Major General Harry Hawldru Vaughan when he testified in the five-percenter case, yesterday. I bet it was normal. The husky military aide to President Truman smoked a long cigar, relaxed against the back of his chair, and looked just about u cool ax anybody could be in that hot. sticky, smoky, overcrowded room Tht« was the climax to three* weeks of Senate committee hearings on the doings of Washington'* one of those Senate office bulld- five-percenlers — men who charge , ng ch « ra cters." Maragon. leaning businessmen a fee for helrjlne them '°«md to hear every word, seem- businessmen a fee for helping them '° r *'»«l to hear every , get government contracts. '° *' lnc « when Vaughan said No one has accused General Vauglian of being a five-percenter ,, And ""P.^ Vau 6han told how hut n.iiiiiinccoc Kai,a ^n^nMitu.* wi_ Aiaragon visited his office In the but withncsses have described him M " ago " vislte <i his offici very busy helper-out of some whlte Hou s«. used his phoi his friends anrf >rnunini!in»<i reception office, and even For two hours two Republican senators — McCarthy of Wisconsin and Mundt of South Dakota—stuck their barbed questions into this long time friend of the Democratic president. They wanted to find out if ne had received any money for himself for the help he gave people. No. Vaughan said. He said the committee could examine his financial accounts. He was very, very careful in much • v of what he said. Over and over he answered a question by saying "to the best of my recollection. I don't remember that" or "I'm sorry but T an't recall that." If you give a flat "yes" or "no" answer to a question, and later are" proven wrong, you can be accuser! nf lying. But no one can accuse you of more than a poor memory when yon say "I can't remember." Ye.sterday the general, who has humbled a bit around Washington by speaking too fast at the wrong times, picked his way with seeming ease among the questions flung at him by McCarthy and Mundt. Vaugha- Holds His Oim It Vaughan felt any tension in ihat room, where the eyes of senators and the eyes of cameras stared at him while flashbulbs went off ^p his face, it didn't show. There ^^.s never a .twitch of a face milscle nor a bob of his adam's apple. fTe denied all Intent of wrongdoing, said he.had helped many people. an-< explained this business of helping where he could was part of his job as-an administrative assistant to the President. This was the first time most people knew he also had that title. And when he acknowledged receiving funds—for the Democratic campaign In Missouri in 1946—from some of the businessmen he helped, he calmly emphasised that this was not money for him personally. Tn short, Vaughan put on a good show: answering evenly, keeping his temper, and brushing aside as perfectly normal things which Mundt and McCarthy seemed to Indicate shouldn't have been done. The unhappiesl looking man in the room was John Maragon, Greek-born businessman, who has been belittled as a "nuisance" by witnesses at the hearing but who has known Yallgban pretty wel!. Maragon—he's about the same »?e as Vaughan, 56 has a bald head and prominent eyes, and his fingers, which his son described a* being "big as bananas," have been jg many pies. Belittles Mararon And yesterday, while Vaughan added to the belittlement, Mnragon Hatched from the rear of the crowded room where he •queezed against the wall Vaughan handled the name of Maragon very lightly. Yes, he had known Marggr-< since around 1941 when Vaughan was secretary ta the then Senator Truman In the Senate Office Building. "Maragon," said Vaughan, "was *'• He reprimanded Mara^on. Vaughan said. One of the r- -ators asked If Maragon stayed away after that. "No." said Va"gh-n. setting a little ungrammatical for a moment "he don't reprimand easily." In the bac>- of In- room Maragon had a hurl look in his eyes. Kimes Indicted For Robbina Two U.S. Post Offices PORT SMITH. Ark.. Aug. 31. «•) —Indictments charging Roy Kimes tatooed kinsman of two southwesl badmen with burglary of two Northwest Arkansas postoflices have been returned here by a federal grane jury. Robert Lane was indicted „ Kimes' accomplice in one ol the burglaries. Kimes, 30, a cousin of George and the late Matt Kimes, was nabbed Aug. 9 at his father's farm near Rudy, Artc., after eluding authorities for several months. The indictments, returned yesterday, charge Kimes with taking 5427 In cash, stamps and money order blanks from the Chester. Ark. postoffice March 3, and 71 cents In government funds from the Rudy postorTice April 4. Lane was accused of aiding Kimes in the Chester burglary. iSheriff L c. Moore said Kimes admitted the Chester robbery. 31 Brothers Lose Lawsuit To Collect Insurance PORT SMITH, Ark., Aug., 01 CAP)—Brothers Glen Pendergrass and WilJIard Pendergrass, Jr., lost in federal court Monday a suit asking that they be made beneficiaries of »6,000 in life insurance of their father, slain by the stepmother of the two men. The New York Life Insurance Company was the defendant. The company has been paying the insurance into the registry of the federal court at the rate of »ioo a month since shortly after the death of Wiliard Pendergra&s Sr.. last November. WARNING ORDER Bernard E. Yocom is warned to appear in the Chancery Court for the Chlckasawba District of Mississippi County, Arkansas within thirty (301 days from this date to answer a complaint filed against him In said court by Prances Louise was Yocom Dated this 23rd day of August, 1919. HARVEY MORRIS. Chancery Court Clerk By Betty Ball, Deputy Marcus Evrad, attorney for plain Mid-South Livestock Show Advance Ticket Salt Starts Sept. 1 Reduced Price MEMPHIS, TENN Pitching Horseshoes 8V BILL* EOU This la the story of Zipper Joe aa Ifc being told in the better hone room of New York and New Jersey. . . . Jo* is a bookie (an ambulatory fungus that sprout* around race tracks), and Broadway calls him "The Zipper" because ot the sliding attachment on his .pant* pocket which makes It Impossible to remove Ihe contents without benefit of an acetyline torch. Three weeks ago. Ihe Zip got Into his 1938 convertible and sel out for the races at Saratoga, but a half hour north of Troy his car collided with an oak, and when he finally struggled back to consciousness he found himself ensconced In a four-poster bed which smelted faintly of lav-ider and old Iodine. "My name is Dr. Lannlng," said a gent who was looking down Into his face. "Your leg Is swollen up to the knee, and you'll have to lay up here in my home for a spell while I give you some penicillin shoU. Lucky we have an extra room." Well, it didn't fake the Zippor more than five minutes to feed cut that (lie doc and his wife knew more about court-plaster than they did about horses. And Mrs. Lannlng was all clucks and sympathy when he told her his hobby was guessing which horse would win—just for fun. of course. A' his suggestion, she arranged to have the bus driver drop off a racing form and scratch sheet every morning, and to humor him even agreed to check off the Saratoga results as they came over the radio downstairs. And when he informed her that he operated a big marmalade factory ill New York, she not only let him sample her own, but also had a telephone extension plugged into his bedroom so he could keep in touch with his "clients." Well, It took only a few phone calls for the Zipper to ?pread it around Times Square that he had a new place of business, and by the end of the second day everything was under control. And it stayed that way until the morning of Ihe fourth day when a call came through from an old customer named Big Nick who ran one nf those Jersey garages in which there aren't any cars. "Two thousand lo win on Merry Sou! In the seventh." said Nick. "Can't handle it," said the Zipper. "Merry Soul Is ten-to-one and I dunno if I can lay it off." (For the benefit of the decent, "laying off" means dividing a bet with a number of other bookies, thereby minimizing a possible lo'ss.) "I'm not askin' ya la take it," said Big Nick. "I'm tellin' ya. I give ya plenny business an' I ain't shoppin' around ta make ciis bet. By the way. where is dls jernt yer holin' up in at?" The bookie told him and as he hung up Mrs. Lannlng came into the room. "Dis nfuuioon," he said, "I would like you should listen ima da radio fer a horse called Merry Soul, seventh at Saratoga." When she had left, Zipper started calling his New York and Jersey connections. I- I wouldn't take any part of dat bet from my gran- mudda," said the first bookie ne .phoned. "Da nag izza hottest thing since Bikini." The Zip phoned three other bookies, but they told him they'd rather bet against Christmas than Merry Soul. There was only one way out- to hedge, he'd have to go to Saratoga and bet two thousand through the pari-mutuel machines. That way, at least he'd break even. Dr. Lanning came In just as the Zipper was trying to get his pants on over his bandages. "I gotta go, Doc," the bookie pleaded. "Mattera life or Set." 'You can't—" Dr. Lannning be- ban, but then he got an idea. "Ail right," he said, "but first take a spoonful of this. It will keep your temperature down. ..." When Zip woke up, It was mld- BLVTHEVILLE (ARK.) COURIER NEWS Russian Repents And Disappears, Envoy Discloses he does It," mumbled the night and Mrs. Lannlng was silting in the chair alongside ht« bed. "What happen Inru seventh?' asked. "Everything turned out lovely" said the old lady. "Merry soul won." "Dat bookie. "I have good news," said Mrs. Lannlng. "A friend of yours named Nick phoned earlier this evening and said he'd stop in and pay his resiiects on his way to Saratoga tomorrow," The zipper sat up. "Now It k a mattera li/e or de'." he said "Where's m'shoes?" "There, there," said (he old lady, "calm yourself." And then she lified her voice. "Walter!' Her husband came from downstairs, a needle in his hand. running up hypodermic atoga." said the I figguhed I could i p.' He threw The following morning when the Zip opened his eyes he saw Big Nick at the foot of his bed. "I'm O n my w- to - ' hoodlum, "an' cheer ya by stoppln'" in an' payin' ,m " a wad of bills on the bedspread, and the dazed bookie barely had time to stash the dough under his pillow when the doctor's wife came in. "Mrs. Lannlng," said Ihe zip "gimme it straight about Merry Soul in the seventh." "I fibbed because you seemed so depressed." said the "Merry Son) was—wait _ I wrote it on a slip of paper—ctis- qunlified for fouling. ..." Some days later, Dr. and Mrs Lanning waved good-bye to Zipper Joe from the porch of their home. "I feel a little guilty about taking a 1 two-thousand-dollar fee," said the doctor, "but Joe insisted. And the funny way he put it^-he said a bookie never minds breaking old lady, wiriute. even." "What's a bookie?" asked his WASHINGTON, Aug. 31-W- The Russian embassy Mid today It has asked the State Department to investigate the "sudden disappearance" here of a Soviet citizen who was arranging lo return to his homeland. The embassy said the man Is Borzov Anatoly Porflrtevlch, who had "deserted the United States Occupation Zone in Austria" In 1948 and was brought to the United Slates by American Authorities. Profirlevich, Ihe embassy said In a statement, came to the embassy July 28. announced he "repented" the desertion and askert for protection and transportation back to Russia. The embassy said he disappeared Aug. 17 while it was arranging for his return to Russia. In the United Stales, the embassy .said, the Russian had gone under the name of A. P. Borzov. wife. "Vernacular for bookworm, I Imagine," said Dr. L-Rinilng. "Interesting case. 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