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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER Of NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AMD aOUTHEAST MISSOURI VOL. XLV—NO. 74 BlytbevUl* D»Uy New BlytheviUe Courier Blythevllle Herild Mississippi Valley leader BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS, FRIDAY, JUNE 17, 1949 TWELVE PAGES (^Development Plans Reviewed By C of C Officials 15 Projects Finished Or Under Way; 13 Are in Initial Stages Representatives of the BlythevUle Chamber of Commerce and other civic and community organizations, yesterday told J. p. Touhey and Frank Cantrell, representing the Arkansas Economic Council—State Chamber of Commerce, that 15 projects suggested in a Community Development Clinic last August had been completed or were underway, and some activities started on 13 ot tiers. The group decided that clinics should be conducted every t\vo years to keep active projects moving, and that the problem of .sou'age should be one of immediate concern since it will probably take two or three years to complete work on improvements No plans for the work were E*K upon, but it was discussed at some length. One suggestion brought out by the group was an open "town hall" meeting to Inform the public on the need of immediate work. Playgrounds Started „ The BlythevUle leaders yester- ^jp^iay said that in way of school improvements, a 5300,000 bond issue for construction of Negro High School, enlargement of grade schools and grounds Improvements was approved. A playground committee evolved into a city Park Commission with five new playgrounds being developed to improve recreational facilities. Library facilities had been strengthened by memorial library project of the Lions Club. Streets and traffic projects included a start toward street widening which was delayed by a cement shortage; parking spaces changed from 45 to a 30 degree angle; 22 new stop lights installed, •long with new parking meters and street markers set up on 207 street intersections in BlytheviUe. Zoning Commission to Be Set Up A new building and zoning ordinance has been suggested and a xoningr commission is to be named toon. Tlie health program has included the adoption of an ordinance re- lar crwAL-x-rays controlling tube'roii- losis,. and complete health cards ah.;; the garbage ordinance!-, in force here for some time has bceii copied by seven other Arkansas towns, and is being strengthened jjlhere. Public restrooms aie being planned in connection with the parks. Transportation problems have been abetted by a city bus route to north side of the city, and a brief has been prepared applying for commercial airline service for the city. Other proj e cts inclu d e work toward acquiring natural gas. the reduction of insurance rates by more adequate fire prevention, and a lounge to be constructed at the Walker Park. Mure Streets Paved The activities on a larger scale include the conversion of the memorial cemetery to a memorial park; the addition of a fourth ward organization of a civic music association: pavement of three more streets: a control program initiated for Johnson grass; welcome signs erected and a community service council formed. There has also been a highway association formed, a Big Lake Recreation area and spill-way planned, and through private enterprise, two open-air theaters are under construction. Those meeting with Mr. Touhey and Mr. Cantrell included Worth D. Holder, manager of the Chamber of Commerce. J. L Gitnn. president; Oscar FemUer, R^sco Crafton. Alvin Huffman, Jr.. B. G. West and R. A. Porter. RE-ENACTS SHOOTING—Ruth Ann Steinhagen (right), 19, smiles from a police car returning her to the scene of the shooting of Ed Wnitkus. Philadelphia Phillies first baseman, who was seriously wounded in a north side hotel in Chicago. She is accompanied by an unidentified policewoman (left). Cotton Crop Prospect Brightens; Agents See Only 1 Per Cent Loss According to Keith J. Bilbrey and D. V. lUaloch, countj agents for North and South Mississippi County, not more than one per cent of the cotton in the entire county will have to be plowed up because of the heavy rains, and "]0 days o! sunshine would make the crop prospects here entirely sat- Cotton Seed Support Price To Be Sought • .: Trouble Looms In Senate for Two Military Bills WASHINGTON. June 17. (Ift— Double trouble cropped up In the Senate today for two major military bills Senator Elmer Thomas (D-Okla> took the lead in a search for methods to slash a billion dollars or more from next vear's costs of the Army. Navy and Air Forces. He and like-minded Senators aimed their knives at a S15.909.116.800 appropriation already passed by the House. Senator Aforsc iR-Ore> balked, too, at plans to rush Senate approval of a pay increase bill that would add some $300.000.000 a year to present pay for all persons In the services. It also has been approved by the House. Thomas Is chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee conduct- In* closed-door hearings on the big •pproprialion bill. Thus he is to » strategic spot to obtain reductions which, however, still would be subject to review by the full committee and the Senate. Morse is a member of thj Senate Armed Services Committee now holding pubUc hearings on the pay- boost memsur*. Chairman Tydings (D-Md> Is coop«»to>* with Secretary of Defense toil av "tact MEMPHIS,* 'June 17. (^(—Presidents o^ Farm Bureaus in all cotton sU.Vi'xv!!tfr'.*'lnvitth"to a Wash^ Ington meeting next week to organize a campaign backing support nriees for cotton sceu. ves from Tennesee, A: ' //• J Mississippi met here ye.>. ;C and recommended the government support level be the same as that for soybeans, which are supported by 90 percent of parity loans, The delegates said the expected price of cotton seed this fall may be as low as $30 or $35 a ton, as compared to $65 to SIS last year. Under the proposed support plan, cotton seed would be held at a minimum of $55.40 per ton. ,C. W. Bond, of Arlington, Tenn., said the Washington meeting will be to co-ordinate efforts of various organization fighting for cotton seed price supports and to enlist the help of other farm organizations—such as the Delta Council, the Louisiana Delta Council, the Agricultural Association of Arkansas and the National Cotton Council. Move to Dismiss Charges Against Alqer Hiss Denied NEW YOfiK, June 17. UPt— A defense motion to dismiss the perjury charges against Alger Hiss was denied today by Federal Judge Samuel H. Kaufman. His ruling came after arguments were heard in his chambers for two hours. Earlier the government had rested its case against the former State Department, official. Tile leciMon was annnunred to the press by Judge Kaufman's secretary. N. 0. Cotton High Low Close •">' 3M7 3287 3291-93 O:t 2031 2921 2328 n:)r>c 29^9 2902 29W M ch 2900 2890 2808B M ->V 2387 2879 2884B reportet SINGLE! COPIES FIVE CENTS Rent Decontrol to Await Survey *isfactory. Both extension agents report ec trouble areas, ami both that in other areas crops were better than they had been in years. With reference to the cotton prospects, both said that it would be 10 days or more before any accurate estimate of the acreage to-be plowed up and replanted in soybeans or corn could be made, but that not more than 3,000" acres would' be plowed up. Soybeans were reported as generally "very good," corn "good," pastures "excellent," and cotton as "fairly nice" arid "fairly clean." Mr. BUoYey re]>orted that one farmer near Milligan Ridge had reported his crop prospects the best in 20 years, and Mr. Maloch said that In the area around Etovrah Senators Says Hoffman Winner InECAFundFight Push for Reduction 'Washed Up' after Committee Hearing WASHINGTON, June 17—OT>J— Senators said today that Economic Cooperation Administrator Paul Hoffman had won his fight against a heavy cut in European recovery ".pending. "The push for a big reduction Is ill washed up," Senator Robertson (D-Va) told a reporter. Other members or the Senate Appropriations committee agreed. Hoffman has battled with the committee in four Jong and rough sessions in defense of ECA's multi- billlon dollar program. He was down for a return bout this afternoon. The EGA chief pulled out his ace in the hole yesterday. This w report showing that a * 1.000,000.000 cut in recovery spending actually will mean less purchase of American cotton, tobacco, wheat, butter lumber, and other commodities. The feeling was that with some American business declining farmers am businessmen will want foreign markets especially. Senator Young <R-ND) said an> cut made will be small. He agreed that Hoffman's report would have a tendency to slow down the demands lor a large reduction. "We do have surplus food running out of our ears," Young said "And the reco'very program is one way to get rid of it." The committee sentiment ap peared to be that ECA will have to take another cut in the second year's program—but it will not IK anywhere near the »1,000,000,OOC some senators suggest. California Has Another 'Black Dahlia' Slaying LOS ANGELES, June 17— (ir)— Another in the long series-of sad istic sex murders since the "Blac! Dahlia" slaying 2'.i years ago con fronted Los Angeles homicide of ficers today. The garroted, mutllitated body o a 28-year-old hairdresser and mo ther, Mrs. Louise Coulter Springer was found yesterday in her husband's sports convertible car, ab that the crops looked better than " Iuio »cd on a street on the near they had for the past five years smuh sitte ' onlv » block and hal The trouble areas centered around j f ™" BWhe f e "} e " Black Dah ' la ' s BlytheviUe and Osceola. in North of brutal ra officer*'"* f" Mississippi County, the trouble area reaches to tlie south, east and north of Blytheville. touching New Liberty Clear Lake, Annorel. Number Nine and Yarbro. In South Mississippi County the area is north and east of Luxora, south and east of Wilson and around Osceola. Chopping Price Varies In some areas of the county chopping has been kept down to a cost of 53.50 to $4 a day. but in the trouble areas. It has risen considerably beyond that. In visiting Dell, Roseland. Lost Cane, Manila, Rocky. Leachvilleand Blackwater, Mr. Bilbrey found good conditions, comparable to those around Etoivah and Milligan in South Mississippi County. Farmers for the mos t part would plow cotton from once to t-.vice weekly, but in spots they have been kept from their fields for three or four weeks. Mi. Maloch said that there had been some shattering of small i;rains but that wheat and oats were being harvested this week, and vetch and rye would be harvested early next week. As far as alfalfa is concerned, there is danger that the roots may have become slimey. and it will take some time to overcome the damage caused by the rain, he said. Both county agents said that Mississippi County is in good shape for crop prospects' and not hit nearly so hard as Crittcnden County, which ranks agricultural with this county. Coroner Ben Brown tentative! gave strangulation ns the cause o death. Mrs. Springer had been strangled with a sash cord, her 99 pound body was thrown In th back seat of the car and covert with a tarpaulin, investigators re ported. The husband, Laurence G. Sprin srer, said his wife disappeared Mon day night when he left her stttin in the car while he went back InU the store where she worked for he glasses. In a missing persons repor filed then, he said both his wlf and the car were gone when h is Bids Return fo Jobs After Walkout PITTSBURGH, June 17. lift — John L. Lewis has ordered his 480 OCO United Mine Workers back I the pits on Monday. John Dusarello. president of Dis triot No. 5 of the UMW. announce yesterday he had received a tcie gram from Lewis requesting th miners to end their week-Ion wr.lkout on schedule Monday. Lewis, who now Ls in tlie midst o new contract negotiations with th industry .called the walkout t, "stabilize" the Industry. The con tract expires June 30 Actually the miners will wor only five days and then get anoth er week off. On June 25 they sta their annual paid vacation. Work on Old Cemetery Starts Men and equipment moved ... „.. the old cemetery on Chicakasawba Avenue yesterday as initial steps In converting the area to a memorial park were taken. Tuesday night, the City Council gave final approval to the plan and authorized the committee in charge or the renovation to use city labor in the project. Alderman Jodie U Nabers and W C. Gates will represent the council on committee which consists of Jesse Taylor, Russell Phillips, Alvln Huffman, Jr.. Mrs. B. A. Bugg and Mrs Ethel Bedford. Yesterday, Mr Nabors pointed out thai initial operations will consist of filling low spots on the lot and Installation of » northwest-southeast cement walkway. . Ttew »tooes which marked graves will be left standing, he .said. They , In the mark the graves of Rev. H. T. Blythe, for whom the city was named; A. J. Clark and J. H. Rainey. These are the only three markers which are still erect and In good condition. Other markers will be leveled to facilitate mowing and the entire area Is to be landscaped. "We plan to remove trees which arc dead or diseased and .set plants out along both sides of the walk. Eventually we will have some of the area in flowers .although that will probably have to wait until next spring," Mr. Nabers said. Plans for lighting the park at night and placing benches about are also under consideration. A memorial marker may be placed center of the park later. Although many citizens have ion thought the c»:nctery should 1 transformed into a park due the fact that it had not been ack quately maintained for years. In petus for council action canie 19*7. At that time, the Blythevllle Ltoi Club adopted a resolution callli., the attention of the council to th rundown condition of the cemetery. Shortly thereafter. E. R .JacVson! then mayor, appointed the committee of rive to study possible renovation of the site. Last year, the committee submit- ed a carefully prepared report in which It recommended that the council consider making the cemetery i memorial park. eds Double Border uards to Prevent scopes to the West HAMBURG, Germany, June n —M'j—The Russians have doubled heir border guards In an effort stop Germans fleeing from heir zone to the west, it was of- icially reported today. German police officials on the rlttsh Zone side, said the border s now so effectively sealed that llegal crossings both ways have topped almost completely. Travelers with valid papers are cross- ng normally, however. wo Escape Jail At Caruthersville BlytheviUe Suspect Flees; Sheriff's Wife Holds Other Prisoners Pemiscot County and other Ioutheast Missouri peace officer oday were searching for two mei ne from Blythevllle. who escaped ram the Pemiscot County jail in "arnthersvllle early this morning Deputy Sheriff Milton King of laruthersvllle Identified the men as :enneth Young. 24. of BlytheviUe who was being held on & charge o: burglary and grand larceny am Villiam Grant Sumner, 34, of We."., 'rankfort, 111., who was awaiting rial on a safe-cracking charge. According to Deputy King, the wo men, probably with the aid o ther prisoners, used water pipes rom & cell lavatory to force the ock on the "run around" cell in whfch they were being kept. Thej hen pried the bars in a- seconc itory window of the jail, using blankets from their beds to lowe: hemselves to the ground. Sheriffs Wife Holds Prisoners Only quick action by Mrs. Jake 3laxton. wife of the Pemisco Dounty sheriff who also serves ialler prevented a wholesale break, Deputy King said. Mrs. Claxton was awakened by noise made by the two escapees as they slid down th outside wall of the jail near thu window of her room, and she ran the outside just as the thin prisoner was coming out of th second floor window, Mrs. Claxton, who obtained « gun before leaving the Jail, forcet other prisoners back into the! cells and then notified her husbam who Immediately formed a possee search for the two escapees Bloodhounds were put on the tw men's trail a few minutes after th break ivas discovered. Deputy KIn L said, and trailed the prisoners fo eight miles before losing the seen at the main line of the Frisco Lines near Hayti, Ma. There the men apparently boarded a freight train he said. Escape Described Young was arrested May 30 whi he and another Blythevllle man Walter David (Bub) Vastblnder wen; surprised while bnrglarlzin the o. B. Samford Liquor Store a Holland, Mo. Summer, who Dep uty King said had "been around was being held In connection wilt the theft of a safe from the Jac Phillips Poultry company at Steel last January. Deputy King described Sumne as being five feet, seven Inches tal weighing 131 pounds with dar brown curly hair and blue eyrs. A the time of his escape he wa wearing brown trousers, white shirt and a light straw hat. Young "5 five feet, nine inches tall, weighs 145 pounds, with dar brown hair and was described a being partially bald. He has brow eyes with the name "Betty" tattoec on one shoulder and "Kenneth" o the other. He was wearing a yellow sport shirt and light colored slack with no hat. MINE CHOICE—Northern coal operators, in a move to combat John L. Lewis' "divide and conquer" strategy, plan to name a single negotiator for the soft co;il industry. Harry M. Moses, above, president of the H. C. Prick Conl Co., has been offered the job and is considering it. Northern operators' spokesman stressed the fact that the new negotiator would in no sense b« a "czar." Council Votes 7 to 1 Against Immediate Lifting of Controls Opponents of rent decontrol here won a delaying action lust, night when the City Council voted seven to one in favor of wiitling for a survey to determine the need for controls here and thereby shifting the onus of lifting; them onto the Icilcrnl government. The decision to pass up immediate decontrol, which the council IMS the power to vote, came after n 90-mimite pulili- hcunnK on a petition for decontrol filed by the Blytlieville Kcal Labile Board and a counter-petition filed by the American hejfion here, asking for the survey. This survey Is to be made by a+ ____ _ representative of the Federal Housing Administration from the Fort Worth, Texiis. regional office and results of It are scheduled lo be compiled within two or three weeks, It was announced last night, Ocne K. lirudley, counsel for the group opposing the decontrol move, said the FHA representative will arrive here In two or three days to begin the survey. If the survey Indicates controls 5 States Pass Relief Acts To Combat Joblessness WASHINGTON, June 17. (fl'j—Ilising unemployment and swelling relief rolls have led five states to pass depression-style relief laws and it least seven cities to revive "work relief" projects. Bui an Associated Press survey. +—— today iimesled no national emergency. It found most Ktates certain thev cuuM handle Ihelr relief load In stride. It Indicated joblessness had dwindled or stabilized in at least ten states In recent weeks or months. It .showed that, almost everwhere, unemployment Insurance has been a "cushion" to keep most laid-off workers off "poor relief" until they found new jobs. An Inside-government memorandum made available to A. P. supports these findings. It says country-wide statistics "do not reflect the emergency of any new crisis." President Truman has proposed federal grants for "home relief" to match state aid to payless families, on the satne basis as the federal funds now used for the blind, the aged, and dependent childr Of- Weather Arkansas forecast: Fair this aft ernoon and tonight. Saturday part ly cloudy with scattered hunder- j sola. Iowa, K Kansas "and Mass'a- showers In extreme northwest portion. Not much change In temperatures. Missouri forecast: Generally fair and continued warm tonight. Saturday, partly cloudy west Mid north, fair southeast with scattered showers or thunderstorms beginning northwest and extreme west. Cooler extreme northwest. Soybeans June CHICAGO, beans: July Nov Dec 17—W)—Soy- Hlgh Low Close 228?i 226 228'1 205'i 203 204 ',4 204 201 »i 203!i-03 New York Stocks Closing Quotations: A T A: T Amer Tobacco Anaconda copper . Beth Slcel Cryslcr National Distillers . Oen Electric Gen Motors ' Montgomery Ward . N Y " central Int Harvester Sears Roebuck Republic Steel Radio Socony Vacuum ... Southern Pacific .. Standard of N J ... Texas Corp J C Penny 138 3-8 66 3-4 25 3-4 45 5-8 . ficials say it would cost $230,000,000 a year, and more In bad times. Non-farm employment sagged another 280,000 In May. the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced today. It stood at 43,655,000 or 961,000 below a year ago. Layoffs and strikes in the factories caused the slump. BLS .said other industrial employment, including building and trausyortatlon went up. But not nearly enough to offset a 320,000 drop in manufacturing. Much of the factory decline — the eight successive monthly drop recorded—was seasonal, !3L,S. said. But It also blampd a "declining tie- man for a substantial number of products." Mr. Truman said yesterday he does not consider the rise in unemployment and the dip in business a crisis, although total unemployment rose in May to 3,280,000. Neither docs the chairman of his Council of Economic Advisers, Dr. Edwin O. Nmirse, but Nourse declared In a speech that a "continued downswing" In business is possible. The Associated Press survey covered 38 states from which data were quickly available. In almost all ol them, officials reported rises in the last year in both the relief burden and the number of people drawing unemployment pay. Others Investigate Five states voted special laws to help cities and counties cope with the relief problem— Ohio, Minne- chusettcs. Three more are investl- gating the need—Michigan. Colo- rnd and Tdaho. California has had a "standby" relief law on the books since 1945 never brought Into use. Some oi Ihe other states' laws are inore See HKUEF LAWS on Page II Curbing Work Payment /ssue Nearly Settlea Parris Simon, BlytheviUe businessman, last night presented a hill to the City Council for curbing work he supervised on Main Street nearly tluca years ago. The statement was referred to the council's Finance Committee for disposition. It will be matched by a bill from the city for back garbage fee and privilege license taxes, 'city officials say he owes. Mr. Simon explained In detail the origin of the bill and said he will be "glad to pay" whatever he owes ire no longer needed here, Federal lousing Expediter Tit-he Woods will then remove them. He would, lowever, retain the authority to re- miwse the controls should rents limp too sharply. The BlytheviUe Jcfense-Rental Area Board. requested the survey early last week. A decision on decontruliiig rents In Wilson, Kelscr, Marie, Arroo- rel and Bassett is still pending following a hearing before the mrra board June 3. This decision is availing examination of testimony on a petition for decontrol filed bj the Lee Wilson Co. After hearing Mr. Bradley and Frank C. Douglas, attorney for the Blythevllle Real Estnte Board, ar- jue the decontrol Issue last night. Second Ward Alderman Rupert Crafton moved that the council delay action on the matter until results of the survey were known First Ward Alderman Jimmle Sanders seconded the motion, adding: "This is the most Important and hardest question the council has had to deal with." Second Ward Alderman W. 6 Catcs, a real estate agent, cast the lone "no" vote. The BlytheviUe Real Estate. Board attended the meeting in a body to support decontrol. Bulk of the opposition was comprised of American Legion members, who this week filed a counter-petition .asklnx the council to delay action until the survey could be taken. Realtors' Testify Mr. Douglas . called on several members of the Real Estate Board and landlords who were present lor tnelr views on the need for decontrol. Joining Mr. Bradley In speaking for the opposition were T p (Doc) Dean, himself a member of the Renl Estate Board, and Curtis J. Little, Mississippi County commander of the American Legion These points were brought out m tlie arguments for decontrol- 1) The demand for rental prop- l,u In ni<ilV. n ..{1l_ ,_ _~ v H erty In CVillc Is Off. 2) Prospective tenants are Inthe city, n was a matter of "mil- crcaslngly particular about the con" """ '"" """"" - — "- -""on of rental property; th ey ™« looking for something better as well as something reasonably priced 3) Rental property is badly In tual trust" between him and the previous administration, he said. The statement prepared by Mr. Simon covered work on Main Street ciirblngs and done shortly after the "white way" street lighting system was Installed mid Included addition of the steps on many that were too high to he negotiated safely. Mr. Simon, saying he wished to offset "bad publicity" brought him as a result of Tuesday uight's council session, reviewed work he said he has done for tile city In the 32 years he has resided here. The work, be said, was without pay or publicity, neither of which he sought. For this work, he said, the council In office 10 years ago adopted a resolution naming htm an "unofficial city commissioner." After presenting his bill. Mr. Simon asked the council for authority to develop Simon Avenue, In his residential subdivision on Missouri Street, at his own expense. Simon Avenue Is a block north of Missouri and runs between Franklin and'La- clcdc Streets. The council gave Its Street Committee authority to meet with Mr. Simon nnd approve the work If the proper grades for drainage have been established. Enterprising Cub Pack Is Still In Need of Adults Assistance Donations of time, tools, money and services by BlytheviUe citizens will help :sake self-sustaining a Cub Scout Pack here that has launched its organization on a shoe-string. This pack of Cub Scouts, sponsored by Hit Air Base Methodist Church, already has received numerous gifts of saws, hammers, small woodworking tools, nails. These tools and linoleum and materials are being used by the Cub Pack to rc.nodcl two barracks at the air base which they will use for a ciub- room and T workshop. The tools will be used In the workshop and the linoleum and wood that 's being sought will go to redecorate tlie aging barracks. Permission lo use the barracks was given the Cub Pack by Mayor 48 5-8 Doyle Hhcnderson, making the do- 10 I nation for the city. Numerous 23 3-4 Blythevllle businessmen and firms 35 1-8 have contributed to the packs pre- 17 3-4 sent supply o' equipment. 10 1-4 The Cubs fill be In the business 14 1-2 district tomorrow selling tickets for 34 1-4 a fish fry they arc staging July 1 63 1-4 at their air base headquarters 49 1-4 Proceeds from this fish fry will * '•* b* used to pay for uniforms and. part of remodeling costs. Wesley Thomas. Scoutmaster of the pack, said yesterday that a unique donation made to date was the offer made by J. V. Gates, who also is. a scout leader, to pay month's light bill for the pack. Other such donations of utility servlie will be of great assistance to the pack, Mr. Thomas s.i)d. Much of the remodeling work will be done without charge by fathers of the Cub Scouts and other persons interested In the Scouting movement, he said. Mr. Thomas said that he may be contacted In regard to donations His phone number Is 4373. Businessmen and firms who have contributed to date to the air base Cub Pack Include the following- Fly-Inn. Blythevllle Machine Shop. Joe Atkins, Harold Sudbury, Phillips Motor Co.. Planters Hardware, Hubbards Hardware, Deals Paint Store. R. D. Hughes John Miles Miller, City Ice and Puel Don Co., T. Edwards. F. (Docl Barney's Dean Drug . Store, Freeman-Henley Grocery Store, Mid-West Ice Cream Co. Ozbum-Abston, BlytheviUe Courier News, Arkansas Paint, Glass and SEE CUB SCOUTS *• ra«t It need of improvement, but current labor and material prices are too high to permit repairs or remodeling under current rent schedules. 4) There will be some Increases In rrnfs If confrols are removed —*»t only from five to ten per «nt on Ihe average. Some will be increased more, especially on property needing much improvement and on dwellings for which rents were "froien" loo low in 1M2. Somr landlords present last nlRhl said they contemplated no Increases. 5) Removal of controls will allow landlords to "drop" undesirable tenants. 8) With decontrol, landlords and. tenants will be able to enter into leasts nnd other agreements on an optional and unrestricted basis 7) BlytheviUe Is no longer a defense area, a condition set up by the federal rent law as a basis for application of controls. 81 An "emergency" no longer exists and controls are no longer needed. Mr. Douglas .said the main issue was that a shortage of rental housing no longer exists to the eaent thnt controls are needed. Several real estate men and landlords testified that the law of supply and demand apparently was again comm? into balance in the rental housing field. Home Building filer! Widespread home building activity In BlytheviUe in the past few years was cited as a reason for alleviating the shortage of rental property. Arguments against immediate decontrol brought out these points: 1) The opposition to government control of rent as socialistic is inconsistent as long as the same persons who favor decontrol also arfus for retention of government support prices for crops. 12) Unless a federal survey in determine the need for controls is made, there Is nn recourse once the> are lifted. If the survey is made and federal housing expediter removes controls, they can be replaced if the need aftaln arises. Without a survey, (he council's action Ij final If H Is approved by the governor and and controls are abolished for- evef. (3) It Is all inescapable fact that the recent war upset the national economy, causing some lo prosper to the detriment of others. (41 Financial experts say that at See KENT CONTROLS »n Pm«e IS

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