The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on September 21, 1949 · Page 6
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Wednesday, September 21, 1949
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PAGE BIZ BLYTHEVTLLE (ARK.)' COURIER NEW8 Robeson Called In Trial of'Reds' Negro Singer Appears For Defendants But Gets in Only Few Words NEW YORK, Sept. 21. W) — Singer Paul Robeson testified 20 minutes for the defense yesterday : in the communist conspiracy trial, But about all he got to Ray was that he knew all the defendants— and that he once studied law under Federal Judge Harold R. Medina, .. who Is presiding at the trial. The government objected to virtually everything else the Negro baritone wsus asked, and Nfedina up- 'held the objections. A climax came when defense counsel George w. Crockett, Jr., also a Negro, inquired of Robeson: "I think you shared a platform once with President Roosevelt." Objection, said U.S. Attorney Jolm F. X. McGohey. Sustained, said Medina. The judge added that Crockett seemed to be trying to establish facts even though the questions ^•ere being ruled out. Whether Robeson did or didn't • share a platform \vith the late president. Mednia said, has nothing to do wilh the case. Crockett said that In viesv of the rulings he found it Impassible to get the testimony he wanted from Robeson. "I don't think you should have called him," Medina commented. Robeson left, the stand a few minutes later after McGohey said he didn't wish to cross-examine. Robeson told an Impromptu news conference immediately afterward: , "My reaction Is that they don't want the truth." By "they" he apparently meant Medina and the prosecution. Robeson said he had hoped to : testify that "the Communist Party has played a magnificent rote in fighting for the freedom of the American Negro." "I refuse to believe after today," he'said, "that the courts sit in a middle position." Robeson mentioned the Westches-> ' ter disorders during the news con' ference. 5fate Spends Millions LITTLE HOCK, Sept. 21. IJPt-r- State expenditures for the 1918-49 fiscal year will total $115,707,554.28. . State Comptroller LeRov Beasley "reported today treasury warranl.s for that amount had been issued .to cover the state's expenditures from July 1, 1948, through June 31, f'1949. WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 1949 Pitching' Horseskoes BY BILLY ROSE The other night at "31," I got to gabbing with a movie prodiicer about Jimmy Stewart's recent marriage, "I think it'll click/' I said. "Jimmy's a fh'si-run guy, and unless the photos are lying hts bride is an elegant bit of bric-a-brac." "I can't help wishing it had never happened/' -said the movie man. "How come? What have you got agatii-st Ihe marriage?" "Only the fact, that It grot in the papers," said Die producer. 'vFVjr a long time to come, litlc girls will be telling themselves that if Mrs. McLean could hook a fel.a like Jimmy. why, Jt could conceivably happen to anybody/' "Jt means biishio.s.'s at the box of- nce," I said. "I know it dor,":," said the movie man, ''but fan washes can got pretty serious. Why, I remember one caw where. ... As the producer told it, a few years ago a cute little named Adelaide who lived In suburban Los Angeles developed a .swoon-sized crush on a Hollywood star. The walls of her room were papered with his photos, and she kept telling her chums that if she ever met her idol .she would offer herself to him, body, -soul and sad- cile shoes. Well, she Rot her chance, When her high .school paper ran its annual poetry contest, the winning effort was a hoLsy-totsy hosanna dedicated by Adelaide to her celluloid crush, and n few days later the star's press agent heard about H, Never one to Jet a gimmick lie follow, he arranged to have the actor visit Adelaide's school, present her with a meual and, for the benclit of the flashbulbs, take her to dinner at one of the town's principal rc.stauranl.s. The first part of The pre^s stunt wont off on schedule, Adelaide, ihe color of clnm juice when the great man pinned the medal to her blouse, managed to smile pretty for the cameras, but. at dinner that night sh« began to come apart at Iht seams. lu-strad of making the big offer she had been rehearsing for months, she began La babble like the schoolgirl .she was and, for a grand finale, knocked over her coffee and splattered the actor's suit. The glamour-goon made the mistake of tittering. And that was the end of Adelaide's world. When she got home, she wrote htm a dying-duck letter of farewell, dropped it in the mailbox down the street, and then went to the medicine and swallowed a bottle of sleeping lablel-s. Fortunately, her parents came home irom a bridge game In time to discover what she had.done, and for the next couple of hours the lovelorn tot was subjected to the further indignity of a stomach pump and assorted emetics. Next morning the frightened star phoned the ten-agcr's father, and was plenty relieved when he learned that (he little girl was all right. "Did he ever see the kid again?" I a?kcd the movie producer. "No. However, he did .send an emissary who had more in common with the girl—his younger daughter, jane, who was only five years older than Adelaide," (Copyright, 1349, by Billy Rose) ; Men Find Ghost {Village Deep in Florida Swamps FORT LACTDERDALE, PI a, Sept. (AP)—An abandoned village with human bones strewn around has been found deep In the Evergladas, Three men from ncnrby Davic— Huily Stirling Wllllnrn Hill and L. p. Harvey—made their way to the ghost village and brought back a report to Ihcir find, the Fort Lau- derdalc Onily News said. The village, located on a high Hammock, once contained about a do?x?n buildings, mcJuding a sugar mill, the men reported. Bonc.s of humans and animals, broken canoes, bits of pottery, copper caUErons, and "every conceivable. kind of debris" was scattered among the rotting buildings, they added. All the buildings were of, h*ld together with hand-wrought nails of copper and bronze. Stirling, a war-time pilot, flrot sighted the village from the »lr. The trio then went as far as possible toward the sot In a flat-bottomed boat. Then they hacked their way through thick foliage and Jungle growth. Sliding said Hie Mlc is about 10 miles from the Intersection of U.S. Highway 27 and State Road M and 30 miles west of Fort Laudcrdsle. They hope to find out wliat happened to the people who built the village and Inhabited it for some time before disaster overtook them. Distributed bv The Bell Syndicate. Inc.) RENT A CAR Drive Anywhere Vou Please Simpson Oil Co. Phone 937 Shipments of oysters In the shell from America to Euroi>e started in 1861. Senate Committee Atkg Hearing on Judge Minton WASHINGTON, Sept. 21M*V- The Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday ordered a public hearing next Tuesday on the ippointment of supreme court. ' Members decided, at > closed session, to listen then to any witnesses who wish to protest President Truman's selection of Mlnton to fill the vacancy caused by the deith of Justice Wiley B. Rutledge. TOere was nn talk of calling Mlnton himself to testify, member* said. Ordinarily, supreme court nominees are not asked to appear. Senator Ferguson (H-Michl, a committee member, said he wants full hearing on the nomination. 44-Pound Radish Found CASINO, NJS.W., Australia— (a> t — A radish which sounds as If It should have come from the celebrated Mowbray Swamp, Tasmania —where they grow turnips up to four feet long and still edible- has t,een reported here. It weighed 44 Ibs., anl was one of 15, the othen nearly as big. J. Goldsmith produced these monstors In hts back-yard garden. 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