The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on February 5, 1953 · Page 9
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 9

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Thursday, February 5, 1953
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THURSDAY, FEB. 5, 19M House Probers Check Unexplained Spending Of Former Tax Official (AUK.) COUNTER NE By ED CREAGH ... WASHINGTON Wv_ House pro- DMS who turned up the first fur coat mystery of the 1053 invest!. gating season dug today for new evidence of unexplained spending by a former top (ax official in the iniman administration. Chairman K«an <R^NJ) of a House ways and means siibcom- mittee said today's hearing would , show "a continued pattern of unexplained spending" by Carroll E Menley as head of Ih 0 in! erna i Revenue Bureau's alcohol fax unit' r F ,« I? • P evenue Agents Martin L Webb of St. Louis and Charles f It. Malmesbury of Philadelphia were called as (oday's first witnesses and asked to detail Mealey's financial transactions In iat8 1343 and 1DSO. Kean announced that Dwight E. Avis, chief of the alcohol tax division, would be heard later'today In closed session on politics in the division. Avis lias told the committee that "the wrong kind" of politics had hampered efficient administration of his unit. Agents Webb and ' Malmesbury testified yesterday that in 1946 and 1947, Mealey's first two years with the lax unit, he spent—or received —513,005 more than he listed on his income tax returns. One such unexplained item: was paid in cash to a New-York dealer for a nutria coat as a gift to , Mrs. Mealey. Nutria is a light brown fur something like beaver only more expensive. The agents said Meatey, ot Albany, K. 1., was steered to the dealer by Louis I'okrass, a liquor dealer named In earlier testimony as an associate of gambling figure Frank Costello. That same year, the agents said, Mealey personally Intervened to get a federal Hq uor p^^^ for Pokrass, who previously ) la d been denied a permit on various occasions. The witnesses snld Pokrass de- nled paying for the coat himself. They said he told them he did put down $1,842 for a new car bought on Mealey's uehalf in 1047. nut they quoted Pokrass as saying Mealey reimbursed !ilm—In cash and with no record of the transaction. Pokrass, the agents said, offered the explanation that he had contacts in the amomobile business and was able lo get a car for Mealey at a time when new cars were scarce. . Pokrass said in New York yesterday: "i absolutely deny that I gave-or paid for, either directly or indirectly, an automobile or fur coat to Carroll Mealey or his wife." He said it was "loose allegation" to link him in any way with Costello. Herald he has neither met Costollo nor had any business dealings with him. Pokrass is board cnalniian of Tele Kins Corp., which makes TV Stfts and other appliances. He formerly owned Capitol Wine and Spirits Company. Mealey resigned his federal post in October, 1051, on grounds of ill health, early in tlic sUll-continuing House Investigation of Ihe Internal Revenue Bureau. The federal aftuite said they figure Mealey owes the government $0,140 In taxes and penalties for 1916 and 1941 alone. Decision Irked Him ROME livt — Italian Communist boss Paliniro Togliattl demanded last night that the government protest to the United Stairs against President Eisenhower's decision to dencmtralizc the island of Formosa. Henry clay, who was defeated for President three times, said- "I would rather be right than' be President." L NOW SEE, HEAR-"Hearing spectacles, 1 ' recently developed by Maurice Thomas, London oil executive, are modeled to show the inconspicijousness ot the hearing aid attached to a sidepiece ot the frame. A clip on the end of the frame earpiece holds the "bone conductor" aid in place. nead Courier Hews Classified Acts Smith, Conant Approvals Expected Soon WASHINGTON M'j — Unanimous committee endorsements of Gen. Walter Bedell Smith and James Bryant Cohanc for top diplomatic posts foreshadowed their confirmation by big votes when the full Senate considers them, possibly tomorrow. All 15 members of the foreign relations committee voted late yesterday In favor of Smith as under secretary of (state, the No. 2 man In the department, and Conant as high commissioner for Germany. Smith was chief of staff to President Elsenhower in World War II and Is the retiring head of the Central Intelligence Agency. Conant Is winding up a 20-yca'r career as president of Harvard University. "Bunco" is a commercial term for Ihe difference between bank value and current value of money. PAGB NTN* Ttxam Honor Ik* nu ' ~ Rwlght Elsenhower, who recently decided to attend tho Presbyterian Church while In Washington, has been nfimed an honorary member of the Presbyterian church Men's Glut) WHWI.VO . In the Chancery Court, Chlcka- sanl.a District, Mississippi County. Arkansas. Leona Jennings, PH. vs - No. 13,304 ' Lawrence Jennings, Dft. The defendant, Uiwrehct Jennings, is hereby warned to »pp«ar within thirty days In the court named in the caption hereof «nd answer the complaint of the pluln- tiff. Lcona Jennings. Dated this 21 day of January, 1963. C. R Cooper, attorney for ptf. Ed B. Cook, attorney ad litem. Geraldine Listen, Clerk By Laverne Ball, D. O. 1122-22 3,5-12 Arkansas Angus Breeders Association ANNOUNCES SPRING SALE OF 60 REGISTERED ANGUS BULLS 18 monlhs lo ,'! years FOU COMMKRCIAll HERDS FEB. 13, ARK. LIVESTOCK SHOWGROUNDS Little Rock, Arkansas — 1:00 P.M. For details— Contact J.outs Jones, Madison, Arkannat Model No. 28 $ 8.68 MONTHLY BOTH TOWN AND COUNTRY SERVICE STORES 410 W. Main Phone 2492

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