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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS VOL. XLV—NO. 73 MytbevllU D»ilj Nm Blytb«vUl» Courier BlytbertU* Herald lley Leader THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER Of NORTHZAOT ARKANSAS AMD 8OCTHEAST MISSOURI _ _ - - " " " BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS, THURSDAY, JUNE 16,1949 SIXTEEN PAGES SINGLE COPIES FIVE CENTS Non-Communist Oath Rider for Labor Bill Asked Proposal Slated To Add Another T-H Act Provision Eddie Waitkus ....Is lifted into unbulince after beinj shot by... air Association Opposes Sale Of City Land Near Walker Park The Mississippi County Pair Association does not sanction sale of six and one-third acres of city-owned land north and west of Waucer •Park. Modest PriceCuts May Be All Nation Needs to Start Sales Booming Again WASHINGTON, June 16. (/Pj—Modest price cuts might be all this country needs to start sales booming again. That was the surprisingly simple Implication ot a Federal Reserve Board survey of consumer buying prospects for the January 5-March i period Announced yesterday. It bolls*—— down to this: j ItfiUnless they've changed their J iGnds in the past 21i months, the American people have both the money and desire for record quantities of goods—but at somewhat lower prices. Automobiles? There were not only more prospective buyers this year than last, but they expected to pay more for their new and used cars, the survey showed. The finding: Out of 52.000,000 .families, 3.600,000 intended to buy new cars and 1,900.000 wanted used cars at costs averaging $2,060 and $710 reprectivcly—an overall average o[ $1,600. Houses? More prospective buyers here, too, than a year ago some two to three million ol them— and they were resigned to higher •costs: an average oi $8,200 against the 1948 prospects' $7.400. More than 1,000,000 of the 1949 prospects wanted new houses— which is more new houses than wll be completed this year. The demaiu was heaviest for ."moderate prices houees of acceptable quality." More Prospects L S«*n - , Television seisfprobably; twice as many prospects as Vast year—maybe around 1,450.000 or su in all. for other durable' goods— furni- Missing U-23 5 Issue Revived In AEC Probe WASHINGTON, June 16—(fl — Senator Hickenlooper (R-Iowa) questioned today whether the Argonne Atomic Laboratory actually has located the container which held .the Uranlum-235 lost- from the lab last February. He said there still is "substantial mystery" about whole affair. ' ' v ' ' .. ' -Hickenlooper- to)£''the Senate- House Atomic CoViimittce that lab officials have come forward with an ordinary fruit jar. saying it wa' But all prior reports f-or oiner UUIMU, C s^u*—.^n.. t container. But all prior reports lure, .household appliances, and the ( ^ senator declaredi „.„,. tnat th '? ke r: b ^'l n ?.!S:."?; IO ,". S «' C .if^ LJiC Uranlum-235 was kept in a browr weaker early" In. 1949 than early T /n 1948." but the ""indicated decline in demand was small." Tlie big question remaining, of course, is whether buyers have undergone a sweeping change of attitude since their marked optimism of early March. The Reserve Board said there could be no sure answer to that the niissmg uranium m pressir 1 now bu\it commented: his charges of "incredable misnian "The present situation would ap- agement" against the Atomic Ener pear to highlight the need for more gy Commission. He lias demaiide bottle. Dr. Walter H. Ziun, director the lab at Chicago, said there was no doubt about it—that "completel and absolutely" the jar had con tained the missing material. He sail the FBI concurs in that opinion. Hickenlooper took up the case o aggressive merchandising programs on the part of many manufacturers, distributors and retailers to tap the latent consumer deihanri." PineBlufTWHI Send Contestant For Picking Title Junior Chamber of Commerce of Pine Bluff has recently announced it- will sponsor a cotton picking contest inVthat city with the winner coming to Blytheville for the national event in October. Jack Rawlings. chairman of the Jaycee contest for this year here, said he conferred with officials of pine Bluff club at the recent national Jaycer convention at Colorado Springs. Colo. "We informed them nt that time thit their nrojcct would have the full endorsement of our club and that we would welcome the winner of l^fir contest litre," Mr. Rawlings stated. The national meet will be held here October 7. that AEC Chairman David E. Ul ienthal resign. The inquiry, meantime, was th subject of a brief discussion i President Truman's news conlei ence. In response to questions, Mr. Truman said that Lewis Strauss Is a good man and is going to stay on the commission. Strauss has differed with the other four commissioners on some points of policy. For one thing, he opposed export of radioactive isotopes. At two previous news conferences. Mr. Truman had warmly defended NEW YORK. June \6--l/Pt— Clos- inz cotton quotations: July Oct Dec Mcli May July Middliner snot Nominal; B-bid. 3301 3291 3293-95 off 2-2 2944 2923 29T6-27 off 14-15 2916 2901 2902 off 11 2908 5893 2893 off 12 2895 ?88,j 22SOD off 13 2817 2805 2801B off 12 3368M off 7. N- Arkansas forecast: Fair Mils afternoon, tonight and Friday. Slightly warmer in the north portion this • ftemoon and In the north and west portions tonight. MfeM«ri forecast: Fair tonight and Friday. A little warmer in southeast portion tonight. Minimum this morning—59. Maximum yesterday—85. Sunset today—7:15. Sunrise tomorrow—4:46. precipitation 24 hours from 7 a.m. today—none. Total since Jan. 1—31.10. Mean temperature (midway between high and lowl—72. Normal meai\ for June—18. Ttm Dale Last Vear Minimum this morning—71. "Maximum yesterday—89. Precipitation Jan. I to this date —23..5S. Lilicntlml. The disappearance of the Uranium-235 from the Chicago laboratory stirred a flurry on Capitol Hill when it first came to light last month. Missco Passes Half-Way Mark In Bond Campaign Mississippi County has passed the half way mark in its drive to sell $150.000 in bonds during the Opi>or- tunity Drive. The County's sales amounted to $78.028.25, after June 4, and the campaign is to continue until June 30 Tlie drive will probably be extended until July 16 for those counties not having met their quota. In Arkansas, nine counties have exceeded their quotas, and Calhoun County has 439.7 per cent on a $6.000 quota. Others having more than 100 per cent of the quota are: Garland, Lonoke, Marlon, Pike. Randolph, Slone, Van Buren. Yell, and Fulton. Forty-two counties have passed Mississippi County in the Arkansas drive to sell $6.780.000 In bonds. The total sales for the state now Is $4.242,205. or 62.5 per cent of the quota. This statement was made yes- irday by Robert E. Bltiylock, sec- etary of the Fair Association, to arify that group's stand on roposal mnde at Tuesday night's iity Council meeting. At the council session, it idicated the Fair Association had uggested that if the land were old, the money be used to retire Valker Park bonds. Mr. Blaylock said yesterday tha he Fair Association's board of dir ctors had voted at a recent meet ng not to sell this land. He said the laud was needed fo a parking area during the annua Northeast Arkansas District Fair The need for parking space acute', he said, and is growing mor critical as • hicreiised coiistructio at Walker Park enlarges fair faci Hies. Availability of this area parking lot "is worth the upkeep Mr. Blaylock said. An offer by Farris Simon to bu this land for sl.OOO per acre w made to the council. Tuesday nigh but the aldermen declined to on it pending further study of th proposal. Breeders Add Premiums Mr. Blaylock also snid yesterday that he has received a letter from the National Aberdeen Angus Breeders Association stating that the breeders group will add 20 per cent to the angus premium list for this year's fair. The 1 present premium list totals 51,500 nnd the added 20 per cent will raise that amount to $1,800. Mr. Blaylock said this recognition by the national breeders group is a 'feather in the cap" of the district fair. This recognition of district fair in a city of Blytheville's size by a national group is considered an honor, he snid. Meanwhile, the foundation for he new Women's Building at Walter Park is being excavated. Bids will be opened and a contract for this building let June 21. Erection ol this building will leave the Main Exhibit Building free for complete use by commercial exhibitors. The 1949 fair catalog and premium list Is now In the hands of the printers, Mr. Blaylock said. Ruth Ann Stelnhagen E ddie Waitkus Is 'Improved;' Girl Charged CHICAGO, June 16. (/P>—Eddie Waitkus, Philadelphia Phillies first baseman who was shot by a 19-year-old girl admirer, was reported "a bit improved" today. The bobby soxer assailant who was secretly in love with him was summoned into felony court on charge of assault with intention :o murder the star player, who was shot near the heart by a .22 caliber rifle bullet. Hospital authorities, who termed his condition "fair to poor" yesterday, said this morning that he was better. Oxygen and blood plasma were administered to the 28-year-old ball player but physicians delayed operation to remove the bullet still lodged in his chest. His physicians at Illinois Masonic Hospital said Waitkus rallied from several low spells yesterday. A lung specialist described his condition as "much improved but still guarded." Tells of Shootinz 'Ruth Steinhagen, 19 year old -typist, in statements to police related how she shot Waitkus, her baseball hero, after she lured him to her hotel room Tuesday night. The tall dark-haired girl told and retold her story of the shooting in lier 12th floor room at the fashionable Edgewater Beach Hotel. Told by State's Attorney John S. Boyle that the shooting was a serious offense, she replied: "Oh, it's just a simple one." Asked if she was sorry, she said: •Tin not really sorry. I'm sorry Eddie has to suffer so. I'm sorry it had to be him. But I had to shoot somebody. Only In that way could I relieve the nervous tension I've been under the last two years. The shooting has relieved that tension." Ruth's mother, Mrs. Edith Steinhagen, and her girl friends said she had a secret crush on Waitkus, who is single, ever since she first saw him play ball with the Cubs in 1947. Waitkus was with tlie Cubs for three years, going to the Phillies in a trade last winter. By Marvin L. Arrowsmith WASHINGTON, June Ifi. (/!')— A proposal to nail Into the Truman labor bill a fourth provision related to the Taft-Hartley Act—a non- Communist oath requirement — conies up today In the Senate. Three other amendments which have a Taft-Hartley look about them were added to the administration measure by the Senate yesterday In the first voting of It* long | labor law debate. The changes, all approved by I voice votes with no audible opposition, would (1) require unions, as well as management, to bargain i;: good faith; (2) guarantee freedom | of speech, short of threats or promises of benefits, in labor relations; and (3) require both unions and etnployers to file annual financial reports, Those provisions are not in every '-H law, but the are slight. had no blessing from President Truman, who publicly has opposed any revision of the administration bill. That bill would repeal the Talt- Kartley law and replace It with slightly modified version of the old Wagner Act. Big: Test to Come Tlie big test is yet to come, on a substitute offered by Senator Taft (R-Ohio) and two other Republi cans. It would Veep all the basic Taft-Hartley provisions, Including labor-hated injunctions to halt national emergency labor disputes, and the ban on the closed shop. A group of Democrats and Republicans opposed to the Taft substitute sponsored the three amend- Truman Asks Brannan Farm Plan Passage This Session, Predicts Congress' Approval WASHINGTON, June 16. (AP)—President Truman said today he wants the Brannan farm plan enacted at this session. He predicted Congress •will do it. The President added at n news conference that all of it may not get through this session, but he contended that some of it already htis gone through. * * * He disagreed with some press re- ports from Democratic Party's Dei President Blames Spy Probe M0 " conference eary ^ WMk Furore on Postwar Hysteria WASHINGTON, June 18. (/PI— President Truman today attributed the furore over spy Investigations to postwar hysteria. He said it occurs after every war but eventually dies out. When the subject was raised at+ his news conference, Mr. Truman suggested that, history of the reporters read the alien and sedition laws In the 1790s. He said people will be surprised at the parallel of those laws with today's events, He also advised reading how those cases came out. v the lesson of the He said the hysteria In those days died out; that the country didn't go to hell at all; and It's not going to now. When a reporter said the first thing Jefferson did was to 11 newspaper publishers, Mr. Truman laughed and said Jefferson probably made a mistake. He added that Jefferson also released a federal judge. The President said hysteria hap pens after every great war. He re called that the Ku Klux Klan wanted to clean up the country after the first World War and men tinned the activities of the KKK in Indiana. Asked If the executive branch o the government was effected b ments adopted yesterday. The same group is backing the non-Commu- I hysteria, the President said it wa iiist oath amendment which was up | not but added he will clear it ou today. That proposal would require the officers and the policy-making leaders of both unions and companies to file non-Communist .and non-Fascist oaths if their organizations wanted to use the facilities of tlie National Labor Relations Board. Affidavits would not have to be filed, however, if the union or the company already vox effectively barring subversive persons from leadership. Under the Taft-Hartley law. only union officers are required to swear they are not Communists. The OOP-authored substitute for the administration bill would require both union officers and employers to file affidavits. o comment. Responding to other qticsUoas, <(r. 'minimi said J. Edgar Hoover, fad of the FBI, had not resigned, le said Hoover reports to him from me to time and he frequently akcs up matters with him through .ttorney General Clark. "Does Mr. ffoover have your con- idence?" a reporter asked. The President replied that Hoor er has done a good Job. that the plan would b* deferred until next year for campaign purposes. The program calls for subsidies to farmers and lower prices for consumers. Mr. Truman said some news reports had given the Impression that delay was In the cards, but tht conference took no such stand. He said that is not the objective at all—that farm legislation Is part if he finds any. Two Cases on Trial The Justice Department at pres ent is prosecuting two major case Involving alleged aid to foreign agents. Judith Coplon, former Justl* Department employe, in on trial 1 here, accused of espionage for Rusr I sia. Alger Hiss, former State Department ofllcial. Is on trull in New York on charges of perjury. The charges grew out of allegations that he gave secret government Infor- Communisi spy ring Pof/o Is Fatal To Blytheville Woman, 27 Mrs. Howard Brown, 27, of Blytheville who was admitted to the University Hospital Saturday, for treatment for pollomelytls, died yesterday. She Is the first victim of Infantile paralysis to die In Mississippi county for several years. She lived at the Blytheville at base. No reports have been received In the other six patients from Nortl Mississippi County In the Uttl Rock and Memphis hospitals. Som have just been admitted and others are In convalescent stages. A directive from the State Boar of Health' today showed that Edwar L. Russell of Osceola, four years old, was admitted to the Unlversl Hospital In little Rock, Monday; and that Orsiyies BlUlngsly. :.s!i",.'/->f Osceola. was In John Gastoh Hos-' ,>ital In Memphis, where his case iiRd been diagnosed as polio. Dr. A. M. Washburii, director of communical disease service with the State Health Department, returned Congress Okays Bill Giving Truman Broad Reorganization Power WASHINGTON, Jane 16. (fl 1 )— Congress romplrtrrt action today* nn a bill Rivlnr President Truman broad powers to streamline the executive branch of ihe government. The Senate, fcy a voice rate with no opposition, approved a eompromlse version of the .bill which was worked out by a Senate-House committee yesterday. The House passed It a few minutes earlier. Decontrol of Rents Recommended for Spa HOT SPRINGS. Ark., June 17. I/Ft —'Hie Hot. Springs Rent Advisory Board has recommended lifting of rent control in this area. Lloyd H. Bowman, area rent director, announced last night the recommendation had been sent to the federal housing expediter. A public hearing on rent control has been scheduled for Jjnc 20 by the City Council. Pair Must Serve Terms for Court- Order Violation i PIGGOTT, Ark., June 16. (/Pi — Failure to pay court costs will send two Clay County youths to the Arkansas penitentiary on lour-year- old second degree murder convictions. Judge Zal B. Harrison of Blytheville said today he had no choice but to commit Eugene Bartley, 21. and Harlan Jones. 22. to the penitentiary to serve sentences of seven years each. Defense attorneys, however. Indicated they may seek pardons for the two, who were convicted in 1945 for the death of Fred H. Ivens, 4*. Corning. Park Equipment Drive Total Reaches $?,365 The Blytheville Park Commission Is continuing a drive for funds to equip four of the five recently acquired playgrounds and today had collected SI,365.58 of a $2,300 minimum needed. Six new assignments were made to volunteer solicitors yesterday, and 17 other assignments yet to be made. Reports have tiot been receiver ! from all solicitations. Ivens' body was found in flood waters of Black River near Corning June 15. 1945. He had been beaten and shot. After Bartley and Jones were found guilty by a Clay County circuit Court jury, Judge Harrison suspended the sentences and freed them under $5,000 bonds on condition that they pay court costs.\ Tlie mosts were never paid and Clay County Sheriff B. O. Dalton past month located the two—Bartley ! In Los Angeles and Jones in Mon; roe. La.—and had them returned i here. j Judge Harrison said today "the j matter is out of my hands." Sheriff i Dalton said the young men would 1 be transferred to the Tucker State Prison Farm to begin their sentence.) ; "as soon as possible." Johnson Opens Drive for Armed Service Pay Hike WASHINGTON, June 1 Defense Secretary Johnson—aided by General Dwight Eisenhower— opened a drive today for speedy Senate approval of higher pay for the military services. Johnson told the Senate Armed Services Committee that General Eisenhower regards present pay scales In 'ie Army, Navy, Air Force and other uniformed groups as "stupidly inadequate." Johnson testified before'a hurriedly called session of the Senate Armed Services Committee a few hours after the House passed military pay boost late yesterday. Senate prospects for the measure were rated good. The defense secretary read a letter from Elsenhower which said: "Let me reiterate—I believe thai unless we Immediately provide decent scale of pay and allowances that will attract good leadership of our military forces, we are foolish and stupid to spend on those forces the many billions of dollars we are now devoting them." Pay boosts vary from aboit 3 >er cent for the lowest ranking nllsted men up to 37 per cent or brigadier generals. mat ion to courier. The espionage question came up at Mr. Truman's conference In this way: A reporter lor the Providence trl.I.} Journal asked for comment on an editorial In his paper calling for a high level Investigation of the FBI. Tlie reporter said the editorial called for a quiet, closed inquiry. Tilts prompted the President to ask whether the reporter ever heard of- * quiet, investigation in Washington. Mr. Truman added he had Little Rock yesterday, after spending two days here Investigating an Increase in the instance of polio In this county. He was to make similar checks in Craighend County before returning to Little Rock. Mrs. Brown's botly w'ill be returned to Blyilievillc and then will be taken to Holdrege, Nebr., for burial. In addition to her husband, she is survived by two sons, Gary Joe and Jnmcs, nnd one daughter, Linda Rhcii, all of niythevllte. Cobh Funeral Home is in charge. Chevrolet Firm Buys Building From Tcm Little Tom A Little Sr., head of Tom Little Realty Company, today announced the sale of property on Walnut Street occupied by Sullivan-Nelson Chevrolet Company to thkit corporation. Frank Nelson, manager of the Chevrolet company here, said his firm has phins for modernization of the building. "We do not plan to start work on the building immediately." he Said, "but certain remodelling operations will be started in the fu- U S Steel tnrc." ' Southern Pacific New York Stocks Closing Quotations: A T & T 138 3-4 Amer Tobacco 607-8 Annconda Copper 25 3-4 Beth Btccl 241-8 Ciyslcr 45 1 Coca cola 125 Gen Electric 34 1-2 Gen Motors 533-' Montgomery V/sird 483-' N Y Central 10 Int Harvester 24 National Distillers 17 3-4 Republic s;»d 17 3- Radio 10 1-; Socouy Vacuum 143- Scars Roebuck 35 3-i Standard of N J 62 7-i Texas Corp 49 721 3. .. 33 1- ERP DEPUTY-William C. Foster, above, of New York, former undersecretary of commerce, is now one of Paul O. Hoffman's right-hand men in the EGA. The Senate unanimously confirmed his appointment as deputy adminislrator of the Euroixian Recovery Program. Bfytftcvil/e Couple Has Narrow Escape in Wreck Mr. and Mrs. Fielder Peery nar rowly escaped serious Injury earl : this morning when the car In whlcl I they were riding collided with truck owned by Wesley Stalllngs on East Highway 18. According to reports of the accident, both the car and the truck were traveling east on the highway ard the truck made a left turn as the Peery car attempted to pass it. Mr. Peery and the driver of the truck, whose name was not learned, escaped uul'ijurcd and Mrs. Pccry received minor cuts and bruiaei. Vice President Will Vow Make More Than 190,000 Per Annum WASHINGTON. June 16—</Ti— Vice President Barkley stands to draw a total of S93.300 in the next 12 months in salary, expenses and other allowances. It's the best nay a vice president ever got. The Senate approved the sum for Its popular presiding officer yesterday without a word of debate or discussion. Barklcy's lake Is made up this 7.ay : salary S30.000: expenses allowance $10,000; clerical assistance $47.970; automobile expense Including chauffeur $5.330. Just before Barkley took office, the Senate raised the vice president's pay from $20.000 to $30.000 It also created the »10.000 expense fund. The clerical assistance Item voted yesterday Is $15.585 more than It was In the current fiscal year ending June 30. CHICAGO. June 16—<;F)—Soy beans: July >'w Dec High Low 227't 225 204 "K' 303 101 Close 226U-' , 201 '(- 30J of the Democratic platform and ha s trying to get that through. Mr. Truman made his comments on farm legislation as bl-partisan support built up In Congress behind a bill that would bypass both the administration measure and the Alken Law due to go Into effect Jan. 1. The new proposal would eontlnui rigid 90 per cent of parity price supports on major farm product* for another year. The Atken Law seta up a -flexible system of supports at 60 to 90 per cent of parity. Parity Is a price calculated to be fair alike to producer and consumer. • • In todartj.prew conference, Pred- dwiV:' ^UBiari" h»d""th*; to : say on the JoVlowliisr lubjenti:- - . ; ECONOMIC • President Tnmnn said 'he doe.! not regard present unemployment as critical. The President added that the administration's viewpoint on unemployment will be expressed in an economic message now being prepared for Congress. This report probably will go to the Capitol in three or four weeks. Mr. Truman presumably referred to his regular twice-yearly eco- omtc report. The latest Census Bureau re- »rt shows 3.289.000 persons are ow out of work and looking for obs. The question of unemployment 'as raised by a reporter who asked bout Mr. Truman's conference yes- crday with Walter P. Reuther, president of the CIO United Auto- nobile Workers, Reuther find told reporters on icnvlng the White House Hint the administration was aware of the unemployment situation and would iittack Ihe proHrm mrrre^ively. RFOTtG ANIMATION Reorganization plans for the administrative brunch of govcrnmrnt will so abend as soon as Conprp5s pDssrs Ic'ttMxtlon now neaririT final action. President Truman said. The quicker Consrf.«xS acts, he s.-iid the more such projects he will be ».hlc to send to the Cnnitol dur- inr this se.vlon of Congress. Mr. Truman discuwrd the question wilti ncwsmnn shortly after Senator Lucas of Illinois, the Democratic leadpr. had told renorters he thoti^ht legislation would be passod In bn'h Houses before the end of the day. Mr. Truman would not discus the p'prib) of the differing Senate ,Mir1 House bills. All he would say on th^t nrnnt \v?s that hp doe 1 ; not believe the issue Is a constitutional O11P The bi^cest difference was over vhether It should take a x'ote of 3ne House of Congress, or of both, reject a plan from the White louso for reshuffling executive pencies. and Senate conferees fi- nlly got together yesterday on a compromise thnt would let a vote of majority of the whole membership of cither house stop a reorganization proposal. Mr. Truman would no^ comment on a proposal that a special session of Congress be called for Oct. bo enact reorganization legislation. POLITICS President Truman had no comment on a report that he will not run again for president in 1952. He was Informed sit his news conference that Quick Magazine had printed sucVi a story, but he would not be drawn out on It. HOME FI.'ATS AWAY—In the upper photo", the home of Mr and Mrs. Lloyd Parker Is sliding sedately into water which has under mined It after tcaklng through * dike at a nearby Irrigation reservol at Roggcn, Colo.ln the lower picture, It has righted Itself and Is movln out Into the man stream.—(AP Wlrcphoto). Shields Fails to Get Damages in Civil Suit A Circuit Court jury returned * verdict In favor of the defendant yesterday In the $32.000 suit brought by Norman Shields against Dr. J. M. Walls as operator of Walls Hospital. The case went to the Jury yesterday afternoon as the civil division of Chlcwasawba district of Mississippi County Circuit Court went Into Its third day with Judge Charles W. Ligol presiding.

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