The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on September 1, 1949 · Page 3
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 3

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Thursday, September 1, 1949
Page 3
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T, BLYTHEVTLLB COURIER NEWS Led by Petroleum Industry, Attempt Will be Made to Stop Increase in Missouri Gas Tax JEFFERSON CITY, Sept. 1. W>j—( Referendum petitions to send the gasoline tax increase law to the people will be circulated throughout the stale by next week, backers said yesterday. Some of the printed petition blanks already have been printed. The whole batch Is expected to be ready within days. Signers will be sought in cities like St. Louis yet Ihls week, It Is the effort principally of four organizations to defeat the new law which would double Missouri's present gasoline tax of two cents a gallon. The added money would be used by the state highway commission to build rural roads and to extend and improve the present major highway system. The bill's supporters [ailed in their attempt to get an emergency flbuse adopted when the bill passed 'ffle legislature last June. The clause would have put the law into effect immediately. Supporters of the new but as yet inoperative law said the clause would have permitted an immediate start on getting rural roads built— get Missouri farmers "out of the mud." But the opposing organizations said the real reason was to block any effort at a popular vote on the law. Under Missouri's constitution, a law may be referred to Ihe people if five per cent of Ihe voters in each of at least nine of the 13 congressional districts sign referendum petitions. If the effort is successful, the law will be held Inoperative and the vote will come in the next general election, In November. 1950. Industrial Backrrs The opponents figure that an absolute minimum of 55,000 persons must sign the petitions to make it a successful campaign. But they have set their sight*, much higher, figuring on 150.000 or more names and counting on 50.000- plus in St. Louis alone. The four organizations are: The Missouri Petroleum Indus- trie/;, the Missouri Petroleum Association, the Missouri Automobile Club and the Missouri Bus and Truck Association. ^Individuals who oppose the tax J^ricrease or who believe the law 1 should be taken to the people also Joined in the fight against it. The law itself wis recommended late last year by then gov.-elecl Forrest Smith. As governor. Smith filpned the measure last Saturday. In a statement at the time he urged Missouri voters not to sign the expected petitions. He accused the law'.s opponents of merely try- in? to delay it's operation because they didn't want any increase In the state gasoline tax. Now. Missouri's tax of two cents a gallon is the lowest in the nation All of Ihe revenue from the tax goes toward; the state highway system. The petition Itself is long. It contains every word of the act's long title- twice. It also contains a word- for-word copy of the act Itself and PAGE THREE a long explanation of why Missotr- lans should sign the petitions. Each petition—three pages that each measure 34 inches long and 11 inches wide— will carry the names of only 50 petitioners. A note tells the solicitors the petitions should be returned to the Automobile Club headquarters in St. Louis as promptly as possible, An. Indication of the time the opponents believe will be necessary 11 get sufficient names also is added. It asks that all petitions be in no later than Sept. 28. Mrs. Roosevelt Gives Views on Robeson Riot N7W YORK. Sept. 1. <AF>—Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt said yesterday "I disagree violently with Paul Robeson" but added she would attend one of his concerts if he did not use "his art for political propaganda." The former first lady said the rioting which prevented Robeson from appearing last Saturday night at a Peekskill, N.Y., meeting was 'horrible." Robeson, famed Negro singer and supporter of left wing causes, vowed last night he would return to Peekskill. He told a rally of his supporters "from now on out we have taken the offensive." Mrs. Roosevelt was asked about the Robeson affair aboard the liner Stavangerfjord. She had boarded the ship at the request of Mordecai Johnson, president of Howard University, a Negro institution, to represent the college at the departure of 31 students and three faculty members. The group, comprising the "Howard University Players." is going to present a series of plays in Norway. Referring to the Peekskill affair, Mrs. Roosevelt said "I think people should walk out of such a meeting and I would walk out—but I don't think there should be a riot." And So's Your Old Man! PRAGUE — <fPi— The Czechs have « new wisecrack this summer. It goes: Question — Who's the greater man, Stalin or Lenin? Answer — Yes. A lizard can grow a new tail If its original one becomes detached. 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Missourian Just Can't Believe Margaret Dislikes State Song INDEPENDENCE, , Mo., Sept. !. (Al 1 )— state Representative Floyd Snyclcr, who led the campaign to mike the Missouri Wnllz tuo official state song, said yesterday he Just wuldn'l believe Margaret Truman hud said she didn't like it. The I'reMdeiit's daughter was quoled at St. I/juls Tuesday as say- infi she was ttrcd ol the song ami that slie didn't care whether she uvei- heard 11 again. "H Ls hard for mo U) Ixiiicve she made a .statement like that." Snyder said today. "Margaret't thai kind of a girl. I have known her and lier family for '.'6 years and I just can't believe it. I hud a little vi-sil with her lust, Fi'ldny Inn we didn't talk about the Missouri Waltz." Miss Truman, who was Interviewed by rc|K>r(ers while changing trains at St. Louis on the way from hero to New York, wns quoted as saying she wouldn't Include the Missouri Waltz in her repertoire for a 25-city concert lour this fall. Ruydcr said he never had expect ed lu-r to Include the song.on the lour. He sponsored the Missouri Waltz' adoption as the official state «>MK In the legislature. He had several recordings of the song played In the general assembly in promoting its adoption. Alleged Army Deserter Caught after 7 Years UTTIJS ROCK, Sept. 1—W—An alleged army deserter now turned farmer, was arrested near Marked Tree Tuesday. Edwin J. rolte, special agent In charge of the Little Rock FBI office, announced today that h* hai turned other Loyd Blngharn, 34. former Wynne, Arlc. rwldant, orer to the provost marshall's offic* In Memphis, Tenn. Foltz said Bingham—who h a a heen using the name Jack Smith— deserted from Hunter Held, SaT- annah, Ga., in 1942. Foltz said Bingham vtnl to Marked Tree shortly alter hi» dea- ertlon and began farming aa a tenant, lie had acquired considerable property since that time, th« agent continued. SPECIAL! 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