PAGE TWELVE BLYTHEV1LLE (ARK.) COUE1ER NEW! FRIDAY, JUNE 24, Suspect Is Held In Brutal Killing Sheriff Soys Man Admit* Mutilation Slaying of Woman MORRISON, It, June 24. </?) — A m»n who authorities said admitted to his mother he killed and flendishly mutilated » pretty 22- year-old woman, was held in the Gruhdy County jail today. Sheriff John A. Meyer said he would question the man, Edward J. (Buddy) Beckwith, 21, of Morrison,- and probably would file a first degree murder charge against him tod»y. The nearly nude body of Mrs. Irma Jean Stahlhut, mother of a 13- months-old son, was found early yesterday morning by her husband, Harvey, In x Inrge walk-in refrigerator of the tavern they operated here. Both breasts had been cut off the body, her throat cut from ear to tar.:»nti her body cut open "down the middle," the sheriff said. There also were two stab wounds in the hfart. One of the hreasls. Meyer said, was found in a bloociv slip and brassiere tangled around her heck and shoulders. Beckwith was Identified by three patrons as the last person bestde Mrs. Stahlhut remaining in the tavern when they left Wednesday night. He was seized by a posse of foqr.men in a corn field near Morrison, a community" ol ISO persons in north central Iowa. He offered no resistance. Wantl X» Visitora Sheriff Meyer said Beckwith when found was lying face down in a muddy cornfield and was "soaking wet" from heavy rain which had fallen shortly before. At the Grundy County jail in nearby Grundy Center, Beckwith asked Sheriff Meyer not to let anyone see him. SheriH Meyer said it was to his widowed mother. Mrs. E. M .Beckwith, that the World War Two veteran admitted the slaying. Benkwith left home early yesterday morning, the sheriff said, after telling his mother, "I'm taking off and you'll never see me again." Meyer said a search of Beckwith's clothing did not reveal any wenpon with which the brutal (laying could have been committed Pound In his possession, however, wu a picture of a woman Sheriff Meyer said was Beckwith's estranged wife. A postcard size picture bore the signature "Caroline William*," of Columbus, Oa. ' Meyer and State Agent Man Studer said they were unable to sa> whether Mrs. Stahlhut had been raped. Mrs. Stahlhut was working alone In the tavern Wednesday night her husband 8aid. Stahlhut, 27 •aid he had been tending a bootl •t a celebration in nearby Dike, la Toft Won't Argue Fact He's Hot a Socialist WAafflNOTON, June M 13*1 Senator Ta/t (R-Ohlo) grinning broadly, said today he won't argue with the assertion by Rep. Franklin D. Roosevelt, Jr., that Taft "is not and never will be a socialist." ' "But," Taf t chuckled, "if.t a pretty broad statement In view of the rapidity with which conditions can change in the next 10 years." Young Roosevelt, & New York Democrat, made the statement in disputing Republican claims that pending housing bill—which Taf helped push through the Senate- Is a step toward noliallsm. U. of A. to Enter Field of Atomic Energy Research FAYETEVILLE, Ark., June M. (APJ—The University of Arkansas will enter the field of atomic energy research under sponsorship of the Atomic Energy Commission, beginning July 1, University President Lewis Webster Jones announced last night a three-year contract had been signed. AKC research funds amounting to $25.000 will be available the tirst year. Specifically, the contract calls for research in "chemical effects of nuclear transformation." Dr. Raymond R. Edwards, a naive Arkansan. will be in active haree of [he project, which will be arrled on here and in the unl- 'ersity's School of Medicine In Lille Rock. Dr. Kdn-ards has carried out earlier research in the same field at the AECs Oak Ricige, Tenn., plants and at the Massachusetts institute of Technology. Tile group. Dr. Edwards said, will nvuttgate "entirely new" techniques in development of radioactive 'tracer" compounds. He said It ?,ould follow up pre- iminary work already done by "hot •Uom" techniques, by which are utilized the high energy quotient of emperature.s of several billion de- jree-s Fahrenheit. Obituaries Miss Arkansas Continued from Page 1. ship. The 21 lovelies who entered the contest were reduced to ten at the Beginning of last night's judging These ten later were reduced to 'ive: Miss Brothers; Miss Jones; Suzanne Hardin. Miss Malvern: Mary Lineback, Miss Brinkley; and gy Jean Kihneman, Miss El Dorado. Missco Entrants Return Both Mississipi County entries the Miss Arkansas contest returned to their homes early this morning after representing; Blytne- ville and the south half ot the county \i\ the event. ss Mary Ellen Stafford. "Mis.-: Blytheville of 1949;" Miss Martha Dale Dixon, rumier-up in the Jaycee-sponsored pageant here; Miss Betty Nell Holland, Miss Stafford'5 accompanist; and Mrs. Gilbert D Hammock, Jr.. entry chairman who escorted the others to Little Rock all retured early this morning. Miss Anna Jean Foster of Osce ola also returned home this morning after participating In the contest as "Miss South Mississipp County." Livestock ' Read Courier News Want Ad-s. NATIONAL STOCKYARDS. Ill June 24 lift— (USDA)— Hogs 7.000 uneven: barrows and gilts 180 IDS up strong to mostly 35 higher; spoL off more: lighter weights 25-51 higher; sows 400. Ihs down stead; to 50 lower: heavier weights so ti 1.00 lower; bulk good and chpice 180-230 Ib gilts 21.50-75: practica top 21.75; short load 22.00; 240-270 Ibs 20.75-21.50; 270-310 Ibs 20.25 21.00; 140-170 Ibs 20.25-21.50; 100 130 Ib pigs scarce, odd head 18.00 20.00; good sows 400 Ibs down 16.0017.15; very (ew to 18.00: over « Ibs 13.00-16.00: stags 11.00-13.50. Cattle 650; calves 600: ndd lot, mixed heifers and yearlings abou steady with medium and good a 22.50-.26.00; bulls and v e a 1 e r steaciy; medium and good bull 18.50-20.00; cutter and common bull 16.00-18.00. Wm. E. Gotcher, Former Pemiscot Surveyor, Dies Funeral services and Oddfellows Lodge graveside rites will be conducted today lor William Edward Golcher. resident of Steele, Mo., for 55 years and Pemiscott County surveyor for manv years. Mr. Gotcher, 16. died at his home near Steele Wednesday after an Illness of five weeks. He suffered a stroke at that time and had been in Presnell Hospital In Kennett until ten days ago. Burial will be in the Woodlawn Cemetery in Hayti after final rites t the Methodist Church there at :30 p.m, with the pastor officiat- 16. Graveside ceremonies will be con- ucted by members of the Oddfel- ows Lodge. Mr. Gotcher had been member for 47 years, Pallbearers will be Slalon Procor. Royal Sanders. T. A. Haggard, E. C. Spears. Frank Huffman and A. B Rhodes, Mr. Gotcher, a larae land owner, was active in county and church (fairs. He was born iri Anna, ill. Survivors include his wife, Mrs. :ra Gotcher: two daughters. Mrs 'earl Wipick, Sikcston. Mo., and Mrs. Olan Lefiwich, Princeton. Ky.; i step-son, Sidwood Dowd, Chaf- 'ee, Mo.; a step-daughter, Mrs. Mae Kinney, Ft. Worth; a sister, Mrs. John N'unn, Ava. III.; a half- ister, Miss Molly FnHerton, St. Louis, twelve grandchildren and 0 great-grandchild! en. German Funeral Home of Sleele s in charge of arrangements. Services This Afternoon for Hayti Civic Leader HAYTI, June 24—Funeral services for William Edward Gotcher were conducted In the Methodist Church this afternoon at 2:30 by :he pastor, the Rev. E. C. Ellis. Mr. Gitcher was a civic and socia leader here and laid out plans for the city of Hayti. He was 76 years old. He Is survived by his wife. Fire Wrecks Warehouse At Navy Laboratory WASHINGTON. June 24. (API- Fire wrecked a supply warehouse at the closely-guarded Naval Research Laboratory early today am (or a time threatened a nearty building containing high explosives City firemen brought, the flames under control after about a hal hour. Police also went to the scene but were excluded by armed Ma rine guards. The fire was confined to a two story, brick, steel and concret building, containing laborator supplies and equipment Only ei«h feet away, in the 50-acre. fenced-i area, ia a bailastics laboratory con taining explosives. A Navy spokesman said only small amount of explosives were in the adjoining building. However, a man lamiltar with the Army installation said there were enough that, if reached by the flames, "the entire southeast section of Washington would have blown up." tapis t Appuolt Dtoffc Penalty to High Court LITTLE ROCK, JUJM 24. Wesley Hildreth, Lee County Negro, who was to have died In the electric chair this morning for rape, has appealed his conviction to Ux Arkansas Supreme Court. The appeal filed yesterday auta- natically stayed the execution, but •ven if there hadn't been an appeal, he electrocution would have been postponed. The electric chair al the Tucker rison Farm is being moved to a new death cell and will not be •eady [or use until around July a, TOP ROTARIAN-Percy Hodgson, Pawtucket, R. I., yarn man- ufaclurer, is the new president ol the Rotary International. He succeeds Angus S. Mitchell, of Melbourne, Australia, and wai elected at the organization': con__KSAU«o to New York City, »r/ce of Palm Beach Suits Cut 28 Per Cent NEW YORK. June 24. W)—'I __ price of the Palm Beach suits was slashed 28 per cent today. Goodall Co., makers of the nationally advertised Palm Beach inc. announced the price reduction :o $19.75 at retail from $27.50 and to $12.25 wholesale from $17.05. The price cut^Ls elective July II on all 1949 styles. Elmer L. Ward, president, said the reduction wns made because many distributors had been compelled by "the unusual market conditions" to request permission to clear out their .stocks before the end of the season. Blytheville Man Taking Anti-Submarine Training L. H, Hearn, airman, United States Navy, is engaged In antisubmarine warfare training »t the San Diego Naval Air Station, according to an announcement from Ninth Naval District headquarters. Mr. Hearn fs the son of Mrs. Novella Bradford, of Blythevile. Vet Snoots Brother In Supper Argument EUREKA SPRINGS. Ark., June Z4 WV—A 41-year-old war veteran shot his older brother last night following an argument at the supper table. Eureka Springs Chief of Police Norman Faulkner said today he is holding John Wood, Eureka Springs, in the shooting of Alfred Wood, 45. Faulkner described Wood's, condition as "critical." Truck Driven Itcop* Death in Collision-Fire JOPLIN, Mo,, June 24. (*)—Two truck drivers barely escaped death, 4,5M gallons of fuel oil went up In .-jnoke and a cargo trucktraller load of paint was heavily damaged in . collision and fire late last night it a small, narrow bridge on Highway 16S, eight miles east of Joplin. Emmett Hardin, 31, Houston, Tex., driver of the cargo truck, was reported Improved today in a Jop- lln hospital where he was taken from the scene of the crash. He suffered facial cuts and chest injuries. Lloyd Dykes, 22, Cabool, Mo., driver of the eastbound fuel oil truck, escaped injury when he leaped from the overturned cab of his truck as It burst into names. Read Courier News Want Ads. Many Cars Not Listed On State Tax Books LITFLE ROCK. June 24. UP)— Chairman C. P. Newton of the Arkansas Tax Commission believes personal property taxes are not being paid on some 100,000 motor vehicles in Arkansas which are subject to such a tax. More than 312,000 automobiles and trucks were registered last year with the State Revenue Department, but only 228,613 were on the tax books, Newton said. Three Die in Blaze At Asphalt Plant PERTH AMBOY. N. J., June 24. (.*>)--Three men died—two of them buried alive under naming asphalt —as a crackling series of explosions destroyed a 5500,000 asphalt plant here yesterday. The shrivelled, tar-covered bodies of two volunteer firemen could not be recovered for several hours after they were blown into a pit of boiling asphalt. A third victim, a workman, died of burns later. Eight others were injured, two critically. AP or L Transformer, Filled with Oil, Burns LITTLE ROCK, June 24. fflv— A huge Arkansas Power and Light Co. transformer, filled with hundreds of gallons of oil, burned yesterday near Jacksonville. Loss to the unit was estimated by company officials at "between $50.000 and 560,000." The Jacksonville area was without power for approximately five hours. The origin of the blaze was undetermined. President's July 4th Plans Still indefinite WASHINGTON, June 24. Wi — The White House said today tuat President Tiuman has no trip plans as yet to go a way over the July 4 weekend. Asked abouj reports that Mr. Truman might go to Arkansas to attend the hometown celebration In honor of Leslie Biffle, secretary of the senate, Charles G. Ross, White House press secretary, said the President has no present Intention of going. Fire Alarm in Hayti HAVil, Mo.. 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