The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on September 26, 1949 · Page 1
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Monday, September 26, 1949
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NEWS VOL. XLV—NO. 158 MytherUe DaBy BlythevJlto courtax •JytheriBi Kerald UiuWppl Valley BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS. MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 1949 TWELVE PAGES SINGLE COPIES FIVE CENTO Attendance at Fair Tops All Records, Officials Report Shattering all previous attendance records, an estimated 75,500 persons attended the Northeast Arkansas District Fair which closed here late yesterday. This is nearly twice the previous attendance record set in 1947. t * : — — ^urday's attendance set a new fh| <• ill f ' t Blytheville Seeks total Substation for that day when an estimated 30,000 persons packed Walker fairgrounds. This was nearly 12,000 more than attended the fair on Saturday of last year's exposition. Yesterday's attendance also set • new daily record lor Sundays. An estimated 13,000 persons attended on the closing day to boost the lig- ure to two and one-half times the attendance on Sunday at last year's lair. These figures are based on the four-to-one ratio of gate receipts to actual attendance that is the common factor iLsed to gauge crowds at fair.;, carnivals and similar events charging admission to the grounds Fair officials nave two reasons for this year's record attendance —reduced gate admissions and the return of harness races. Gate prices this year were 30 cents for adults and 20 cents for children compared to 15 and 50 cents last year. A three-day program of harness racing—the first since war restrictions .and shortages cancelled them in 1942—packed the grandstand and lined the rails on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Tlie crow's that Janimey the mid way and exhibit buildings on each day of the fair's run broke daily at tendance records. The dally in creases ranged from an estimate' S on Wednesday to more than 12, on Saturday. Robert E. Blaylock, Mississippi County Pair Association secretary, reported today that the reduced admissions actually resulted in an increase in gross gate receipts. On the basis of paid adult admissions, this year's 38-cent rh»rje brought in R05 more than gate receipts last year, when the price was IS cents. Tlie record attendance this year »»i matched by a new high in premiums awarded in ttie numerous phases of competition in the many depiiitinents.. JTt -'the" t'<Bf>"Ah eSrly utimate by ,fair officials set this to-; tip -at- »18,lsOO^-or sonic 30 per cent higher th'ai' the amounts 'awarded last yesr. An extra premium appropriation of tl.OQO was voted by. the MiJUissippi County Fair Association tills year to cover the overflow < tries in the Swine Department. Although an official review of the 1049 fair and early plans for the 1950 exposition will not be made until a neeting of the Pair Association's Board of Directors is held, officials Indicated today that the same sate admissions will be charged next year and that the harness races are v^feally certain to be held again. Wlcrc Is a day-by-day breakdown of estimated attendance: Tuesday, 3,500; Wednesday, S,MO; Thursday, 7,485; Friday, 14.400; Saturday, 30,090; Sunday, 13.080. Paid admissions this year totaled See ATTENDANCE on Pace 12 Proposal Calls for Better Service in Western Part of City A district postal Inspector will -nspect post oifice facilities in Blytheville In the near future to determine disposition of a request for a postal substation that would bring complete service to West Blytheville, Postmaster Ross S: Stevens disclosed today. Postal officials In Blytheville have submitted such a request to the fourth assistant Postmaster General Walter Meyers In Washington, D.C.. and a reply from his office said the inspection of facilities' here was scheduled to be made soon. The inspector will probably come from St. Louis. Mr. Stevens said the proposed substation was requested because of the growth of the post office here, and that it would provide all services available at the present building. Voters Will Pass On School Issues At Polls Tuesday $1,200,000 in Bond Programs Before Electorate in Miuco Voters in Mississippi am other counties in Arkansas will go to the polls tomorrow in their first annual achbo election to be held in the fal and they will pass on schoo millage rates, bond issues, budgets, and elect directors. The polls will open it • »jn. and close at 6 p.m. ' • In Mississippi County school bond Issues In nine districts total more than »1,200,000 while for the stati the total runs high into the mil 40-Year Dry Regime Faces Oklahoma Test The request suggested West Blytheville as the location for the substation, he said. Use ol the post office here has doubled in the past 10 years and 'acilities required to provide service for the entire city have been "outgrown." Mr. Stevens said. During the past decade, he said, gross postal receipts have Increased from $44,000 a year to »113,000 annually. - - - T In addition to the substation,. the post office also has requested that a new winr be added to the present building. . • ; ' Space in the present, building ! is so limited, Mr: Stevens explained, Lhat.:c(ty. carrier* noViS£ri!tt-.i-i'r«. small 'room formerly used by r-them as a. place to rest between rounds. The room Is unsuited for the work now done there, he said. The proposed West. Blytheville substation, which may be located near Main and 21st Streets, would be used as a delivery station with three city and two . L rural- carriers working from It, Mr/Stevens said. This substation also would 'provide general delivery, parcel post, stamp and box service. It would be a second post office, "only on a smaller scale," the postmaster explained. lions. For the Blytheville District alone 3,000 ballots have been made avail able for distribution among the nine polling places. In Blytheville a $450,000 bond Is sue has been proposed, along with a 30-mill tax rate for main tenance and Improvement of the educational set up here. Parade Stared in BlytheriUe Students 'rom the Blythevill High School, who are directly con cerned with the erection of th new high school and consequent! passage of the bond issue, rallied tc the support of the Issue this mom ing. and voiced their opinion wit a parade through the'main section, of town beating placards urging th citizens of Blytheville to "get ou and vote." Most of the other is districts see equally high millage rates fo OKLAHOMA CITY, S«pt: 26. (AP)— For 40 ye«« OkUhomans have argued over JegsJfeed liquor with the drya holding the upper hand by m comfortable marfftin. Tuesday, thy vote for the \ sixth time on the i««u«. A turnout of 400,000-500,000 voters i*. predicted, unusually *heavy for a special election. .Th« proposition Is for outright repeal oi th* prohibition provision of the oonsUtutlon. It would bar th* open! saloon, sale of oqubr on Sunday and sale to minors. Control laws woull be left to the legislature Also on the ballot Is • proposed tW.OOO.OM bond Issue Jor repair and modlmlsatlon of stat* institutional buldlnci. It would be retired from two cents of the present five-cent state cigarette tax-. Fifth Try f« Kepeal Oov. Boy J. Turner, advocate ol th* bond Issue, says no new or Increased taxes would be necessary The governor has not committed himself on repeal. Repeal efforts have been led by the Oklahoma Economic institute organize* last winter. The O.B.I circulated Initiative repeal petitions gaining 213.000 signatures. " ' of the 0X1. to Albert Gen. Wainwright Will Speak Here War Hero Accepts Invitation to Dedicate Mitsco War Memorial General Jonathan M. Wainwright will dedicate the memorial to the war heroes of Mississippi County, which is being erected on the court house lawn in Blytheville, it was learned today. . ' . , . In a letter, to Curtis J. Little, president 01 the Mississippi County Memorial Association, Geperal __.,,._.. . rn ^, T Wainwright said that he oould not _ "?"?*" , of "IT OBJ accept the Imitations which was °; r S"S:_ Tl "? a «"<>»'«?• originally for October IS before the end of November or early December, but that the future date could be decided later. Mr. Uttle said that *he memorial association would meet soon . and suggest a tentative date for a late November or early December Sunday for the dedication and work out the schedule more definitely with General Wainwright. Tlie Invitation was given to General Wainwright about a week ago. US. Senator John I> McClellan wired the retired army general on school purposes, and eight have | September 22 and urged that he Would Lease. Quarters The west section of Blyiheville has been suggested as" the location for the substation because of the growth of thai part of the city, he said. Mr. Stevens said a building for the substation would be leased by the poet office office. He said E. R. Jackson has agreed to erect a building on West Main Street to any specifications set by the Post Office Department. Mr. Stevens said Rep. E. O. Gathings of West Memphis recently inspected the post office faciltUe* here and agreed that the expansion was needed. Rep Gathings agreed to assist postal officials here in their move to obtain the added facilities, the postmaster said. Mr. Stevens said the substation request was made "because the post office wants to keep up with the growth of the city." bond Issues ranging from $25.000 at Dell to $181.000 at Osceola. ; The lowest millage proposed is for StiUman, the school now known as the Mississippi County District, were a 2fl-mill tax has been proposed. , The returns will not be official until the votes are canvassed by the county election commissioners within ten days after the election. Returni Go to County Clerk The returns will be reported -to the county clerk's offices in Blytheville and Osceola by the judges, .announced previously by the election commissioners.' ' Polling places have been set up in the Blytheville district at the City Hall for Ward I. Goodyear Store for Ward II: the West End fire station for Ward TTI; C. 3. Baggett's Lost Boy Courts for Ward IV: Gin Weigh Station at Number Nine: Promised Land School «t Promised Land: Lone Oak School at Lone Oak; Mullins Store at Yarbro, and the Clear Lake School at Clear Lake. New affirmative ballots will be used for the first time, no names will be crossed out, nor will duplicate ballots be signed Also to be voted on tomorrow in Zone Three is the selection of a county board member. G. B. Se- gr»ves_of Osceola Is the only candidate. The voters in the ione—from Osceola. Luxora. Reiser, arid Etowah—are the only ones to vote for this selection. accept, and the'general's invitation was mailed on that date. The monument was shipped several weeks ago, but because of strikes had to be re-routed. It probably will arrive here today or to- lorrow. A total of 162 names' has been complied, and will be cut on the granite stone. •..:.: ; The dtclelcation will particularly honor Lt. Edward H; LJoyd, whose name heads th« list of. th«. Mississippi County heroes as ,tt)e only, holder 'of the Congressional Medal of .Honor. .*.;..,.—_ v . ; .;,•.'-- .' •-;. - The dry campaign has been con ducted by the United Dry Assocla tlon, composed largely of churcl officials. It's''attorney, David C Shapard, Oklahoma City, has dir ected the campaign. Oklahoma's first vote; on liquor was In 1907—the year statehood wa granted—when .drys adopted th provision outlawing hard liquor Efforts to repeal • that provislo were launched in 1905, 1910, 1938 and 1940. All were defeated b 127.000 votes. In 1940 only nln counties were in the wet column. tush to Purchase 'oil Tax Gains Speed in Missco Voters Will Need New Receipts to Vote in Bond Election Oct. Toll tax receipts were jssuec :o more than 1,600 potentia voters in Mississippi Counlj ast week, more than twice the number issued during the pre vious week when 793 'persons made ?1 payments to Sherif William Ferryman to qualifj as electors. Th« deadline lor obtaining po] tax receipts Is October 1 and the receipts are requisites lor voting in all party primaries, and elections tc x held during the next 12 months These Include the Democratic prl marles next summer when candl dates will be. nominated for township, county, district, state and federal offices. ' Electors In this county will hare an opportunity t« make Ant os« •f their new poll tax receipts on Oct. 11 when they must approve •r reject a f2«MM bond Ism to finance erection *f m county hospital. The hospital project Is being backed by the Osceola Janior Chamber of Commerce, bat the election is on * county-wide Prosper In the meantime, Oklahomans have purchased thtlr spirits from bootleggers who have thrived throughout the years. More than 2,000 federal retail and wholesale liquor stamps wer* sold to bootleggers last year. With these stamps the illicit liquor hand-' lers escape federal prbsecutlbn. Possession and. sale of liquor is m misdemeanor under Oklahoma statutes and those arrested get by with small fines. . _ r Repeal forces base their optimism on the veterans'.. yoti, which they, feel ^U] *fV'predominately'wet, and U.S. Security, Red Spies Get New Emphasis WASHINGTON, sept. "ze. r.-p) .— The question ot Russian espionage and American -security won more emphasis^ * r( > m U.S. lawmakers today than a renewal of Soviet suggestions ' for world control* over the A-bomb. Two . ^ek-enct statements by pair of' strategically placed members of Congress especially argued for tighter curbs on spies — now that Russia has had. an atomic blast of her own. The arguments were advanced by Margaret Truman to Sing On Carnegie Hall Program NEW YORK, Devaluation Issue to Go To Parliament By Glenn Williams LONDON, Sept. 26. Id*)—Britain's labor government decided today to stake its life on a motion asking parliament to approve devaluation of the pound. •irlianient reconvenes tomorrow in^n emergency three-day debate on the crisis raised by the cheapening of the pound from 54.03 to 52.80 eight, days ago. if the Labor Party's motion should fail in the House of Commons. Prime Minister Attlce would be forced to disband parliament and call an immediate general election. The government has a 60 per cent majority in the House, and If unruly Laborites can be whipped into line, the government will win out. Some labor leaders worried that sonic ol the leftists In their ranks might abstain from voting and | be Miss Truman's only radio ap-" cut down the labor margin. , Tlie labor leaders prepared a motion today aswiug the House to call on the British people for "their lull cooperation witn the government" in digging uot of a desperate trade deficit. It promised the government would continue "maintaining full employment and safeguarding the social services." These services Include food subsidies, free milk for school children, old age pensions, medical treatment and otlj£ welfare measures which are with a large section of the Sept. !W. <AP> - f' n> ° k Yugoslavia Raps USSR For Pressuring Tito NEW TORK, Sept, 27. (AP)—Yugoslavia yesterday accused Russia of using every kind of pressure, including armed demonstrations, to force Premier Marshal Tito bo bow under Moscow's will. Addressing the United Nations assembly, Yugoslav Foreign Minister Edvard Kardelj blasted at what he called Russia's imperialistic methods. He called on Rufsla to prove her desire for peace by leaving Yugoslavia alone. He spoke directly to the Russians in their own language. Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Y. Vishinslty, »n early arrival, listened Intently "<** the \fnrgarct Truman has been booked as guest soloist on an American Broadcasting Company program, "Carnegie Hall," on Dec. 20—her first New York professional singing appearance. The announcement of the broadcast, made yesterday, said it will voters. The motion gave no indication that the government plans any economies other than a five per cent cut In administration costs asked by chancellor oi the exchequer. Sir Stafford Crlpps,. Britain's austerity czar. N. O. Cotton Oct . Dee., Man M'y, Open Biffa .. W71 WT». 3VM 3Mt' '. JK3 3M pe.irance in 1949. She is starting on concert tour of 27 cilies next July month. New York Cotton Open High Low Last Oil 2876 2980 2915 29T8 Dec 2%0 2964 2959 26G4 Mar 2»57 2962 2957 3962 2950 2955 2930 '-•855 2a» 2893 2896 2903 Weather Arkansas forecast: Partly cloudy tonight and Tuesday. Moderate easterly winds. Missouri f«recast: Fair southeast, becoming partly cloudy west and north tonight, possibly a few light scattered showers extreme north, warmer east and south tonight; Tuesday partly cloudj Minimum this morning—47. Maximum yesterday— K. Minimum Sun. morning—»7. Maximum Saturday—7*. Sunset today—5 :M. Sunrise tonorrow—8:51. FrectpltatMM) 4*.hours U> 7 a.m. today—none, i : Total since Jan. 1.—41.13. Mean Umptrature (midway between hfcti and k>*>v*3,S. [formal IMM for Sept.—74J. TMs M* IM lev Minimum this roornm*—«. Maximum yestenJoy—73. PMdplUUon Jan. I to this d»te Rep. Velde a former O- hibltioh - •a.oob votes. • November by some . . •Krilp 'predicts' a 100,000-vqte lead for repeal ' but of 500,000 balot* oat.'. • , • '.•.:;. ;.,.• • ;• Shapard predicts the drys will win by a margin ranging from SO to 3,006 rotes. • If repeal or the 'bond issue carries a special session of the legislature will be necessary. Governor Turner has also indicated he may call a special session to raise building funds even it both measures fail. • The office at Osceola reported ioday that approximately 4.500 payments had been made through thai office, while at the Blytheville office 4.300 have made payments, for a total of 8,800, a figure more than 4,000 shv of last year's record-breaking 13.000 poll tax Istmed. The Increase In sales during the week has been grenter in Blytheville than in Osceola, however. Almost 1,000 have made payments since the report last Monday, and lines continue to form outside the collector's office as the October 1 deadline nears. The office; located on the second floor of the court house, will remain open Saturday until 12 p.m. in order that the late comers may fee taken care of. Last year a total of 463,411 persons in Arkansas paid poll taxes and are now eligible to vote until Oc- totjw. 3, - with, the only scheduled election being the school election tomorrow. No 1948 poll la* receipts will be valid after that date. Osceola Man Dies in Crash At Clarkedale E. Thompson, Coach's Assistant, Decapitated Y/hen Car Hits Bus Ewell Thompson, 31-year-old assistmit football coach at Osceola High School, was killed insantly at 6:15 last night when the car he was driving crashed head-on with a Greyhound bus on Highway 61 near Clarkedale. Coach Thompson, a native of Clarksville, Ark., was eu route to McCrory, at the time of the accident. He was alon« in his car, a 1949 model Ford. + According to reports, Mr. Thompson's body was taken to the Citizens Home In West Memphis immediately following the accident and from there It was taken :o his home In Clark, 1 .. Ule this morning for burial. According to Crlttenden County Deputy Sheriff C. M. Reeves who investigated the accident, Thompson's car was traveling south on Highway 61 and the bui was traveling north from Memphis to Blytheville, at the time of the accident. The point o? Impact appeared to be on the left front side of the bus which was heavily damaged. Mr. Tliompson'i car waj thrown from the highway Into a field to the right of the highway, he said, and was r'^mollshed. Skid Marks Studied Skid marks and debris at the scene were found to be five feet on the east side of the center line of the highway, Deputy Beeves said, which Indicates thnt Thompson's car had crossed the center line Strike Situation Remains Tense Miner* Mark Tim* While Steel and Auto Workers Seek Action By The AMOtiated Preu The three-ring bargaining struggle between big lalwr and big business tensed today with the prospect of new action In two of the arem Previously poll taxes were assessed along with personal tax, but it s no longer necessary 'for anyone a assess before they are allowed o .purchase a poll tax receipt Various organizations are backing he issuance of tax receipts and fglng the citizens to mnke their >ayments. so that qualified voters man who worked on Soviet espionage cases, and Senator O'Connor (D-Md), acting chairman of a Sen- .te Immigration Subcommittee. I Now a member of the House On- ArAertcan Activities Committee. Veide talked of introducing a resol- u(' demanding that Copgress Investigate "our entire security setup." Velde said there should be an Inquiry, that the security record Is "disgraceful" and a "threat to our national existence." For fifteen years, he said, the American government "from the White House down" has had an officlil attitude of tolerance and even sympathy for the views of Communists and fellow travelers. As a i. It, he continued, espionage flourished and the Russians undoubtedly gained three to five years in manufacturing the atomic bomb. Conferees Seek Compromise on Arms Aid Plans WASHINGTON, Bept. JO. (iPt— A Senate-House committee was called into conference today to try to work cut'a final compromise version of arms aid legislation. The Senate' voted for a program costing »1J14,010,000 the first year, With the fcorth Atlantic Pact nations to get *1.000,000.000 of this The House voted HM,505,OOO less than the Senate. "Chairman Connally (D-Tex) ol the Senate Foreign Relations Committee' has Mid ' h* will insist in the conference thaOthe House accept the higher. Senate figure. Senators expected that president Truman's announcement of the atomic explosion In Russia woule strengthen Oonnally's hand In any dispute. i The Young Democratic Clubs of Ar- 'lansas are working to establish a lew record, and other groups, such .s church groups and civic clubs .re emphasizing Hie need of the xerclse of the voting right. Soybeans 28—<<P>—Soy- CHICAGO. Sept. bcaa quotations: High Low Close Nov 224?i 222',i 224>i Dec 225V* 223*1 Mar 22« VHV. 2231A May 223?i 222 WJ 87 Missco Studtnti Art Enrolled at U. of A. Among the' VSTH University o Arkansas Students enrolled for th fall term, 81 from Misshsipp County. TVed I* Kerr, registrar, an nounced today. Re explained tha all counties were represented. well is 41 states and 14 foreign nations. Counties with the highest repre mentation are Washington with 519 FuUskl, MO; Sebastian, 288; an Benlon 191. —steel and automobiles. Tlie third contest, between John L. Lewis' United. Mine Workers and the nation's coal producers, marked time although Lewis held a> tight strangle hold on the 0]>erntors. The 480.000 UMW diggers began the second week of protest strike because their welfare fund benefits have ceased. Tne OIO steelworkers' union kept a steady pressure on the resisting big steel employers, insisting on a company-p aid p enslon-lnsurance program to cost 10 cents per man hour of work. Negotiations conferences were resumed after B week-end recess, with a strike of 1,000,000 steelworkers set for 12:ol aan., Saturday. Site! Walkout Loomi •> James J. Thlriimes, nn International vice-president of the union said flatly yesterday hev thought there was "little chance" that the strike wouldn't come off. The steelworkers\ demand was backed by a recommendation made by A presidential fact-finding board which Investigated the steel dispute The fact-finding panel's report figured In the automobile talks at Detroit where the CIO United Auto Workers are spearheading their campaign for employer-paid bene- wlll Include the mass of the people. llts ln Ford negotiations. UAW Fined, Three Forfeit Bond* in Traffic Cases One person was fined, three for- eited cash bonds and hearing for mother was continued until tomor- ow in Municipal Court this morn- ng on charges of driving while under the Influence of liquor. Joe Banner was fined »25 and costs. Forfeiting cash bonds were Finley Carson, and Ernest Smith $40.75 each; and Hurley Hobb, $35.25. Hearing for W. C. Grlce was con- Hnued until tomorrow. Orlce was arrested after the car he was driving was Involved In an accident with one driven by Robert Reid at the intersection of Walnut and Division Streets Saturday night. Red Launching Bases For Rockets Reported BERLIN. Sept. 26. W)—Russia has dotted Eastern Europe with launch- Ing bases for deadlier rockcl* than Hitler ever used in World War II, German and American sources said yesterday. Reliable German sources said at least the Nazi-built munitions plant in Soviet-occupied Germany Is pro- ducting rockets for Russia. The exact location of the Soviet launching bases Is not known. But allied military Intelligence officers said they believed Russia had constructed a chain of them—aimed at Western Europe — stretching from the Baltic to the Black Sea in So- loet satellite territory. President Walter Reuther has set Thursday us a deadline In the Ford talks. If agreement Is not reached by then, he said, 115,000 Ford workers will be called out. The .strike date hasn't been set. Nearly 60,000 Chrysler Corp. workers authorized a strike for support of the union's bargaining alms Saturday. In the coal deadlock, Lewis and the operators arc watching to see which pattern will be set for steel and.the automobile Industry, Coal negotiations are to be resumed Thursday at White Sulphur Springs, W. vs. In the coal talks, too. welfare benefits are the big Issue. onto the left side of the highway. Driver of the bus, Identified only as a Mr. Brown suffered a loot Injury and minor shock in the accident, Deputy Reeves said, but none of the bus passengers was Injured. Employees of the Greyhound Mnes here, could not further Identify the driver of the bus Tiut said that he lived .In Memphis. An attendant at the Citizens Funeral Home at West Memphis said that Coach Thompson was decapitated. "It Iooked7as If aomeosi£..- had taken a sledge hammer and beaten hii head off. And his car WAS so badly demolished .that a wrecker could not tow It In,, the remain* were just thrown in . the buck of a triick," the attendant said. ' • •" '• Former Coach at Marked Tree A graduate of Arkansas State. Teachers College in Conway, Coach Thompson, had been a member of the coaching staff at Osceola since Sept. 1. He was appointed to the position last spring to succeed Coach Charles O. Moore who resigned. Prior to the Osceola position he was a member of the coaching staff at Marked Tree High School for two years. Coach Thompson was not married, and according to C. Franklin Sanders, superintendent of Osceola schools, his only kno<vn survivor Is his mother, who resides In Clarksvllle. Funeral services are ."scheduled for tomorrow in Olarksville with the Hnrdwlck Funeral Home of ClarlisvllU In charge. Mo Pa« Continpe* ST. LOUIS, Sept. 25-W*—No sign o( a settlement was seen today In the strike of rour operating brotherhoods against the Missouri Pacific Railroad. Roy E. Davidson, spokesman .for the brotherhoods, conferred In Cleveland with Alvanley Johnston, head of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers. Johnston said the Missouri Pacific walkout was mentioned only cnsiially. Davidson returned to St. Louis last night but said he prob'ably will go to Cleveland today for an advisory board meeting. "Well Just wall until Thompson (Guy A. Thompson, trustee for the railroad) decides U> do business," Davidson said. High Military Officials See Navy at Work Carri«rT«k Foret Put* Out to S*a from Norfolk, Va., Bas« for OiM-Day Demonstration of U.S. Seapower By Elton C. r*y Pre*. Military Writer ABOARD THE AIRCRAFT CARRIER FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT. Sept. 26. (fPj —A Navy carrier task force sulltd from Norfolk today to give Defense Secretary Louis Johnson »nd other ranking U.S. military officials an on-board look at how modem seapower operate*. Secretary of the Air Force Symington; General Br*dley, Chtirman of the Joint chiefs of staff: ch'efs of jtaff of the three services; General C. B. Gates, commandant of the Marine Corpi, and a group of civilians also wen to stt In on the one-day natal oereisc ot the Atlantic COM*. The civilians—(boot • upmtu tatlTM of labor, e<".ii cation. rell»fcm, Industry »n< other unit* of the a reek of talks with.policy-making military leaden In Washington and vls'.U to two Air Force and Army installation*. The purpose of tfcta trip, as was that ol previous met, wat to let representatives ot tiit taxpayers see how the military runt, and to learn at tint hand Its prob- leir.s. Tn« th«« trlpg recently to '»rh-i« toe heids of the three irmed servfc** together Informally to footer ctossr coordination In the military department. * But today Johnson w*» working th* '"ortenUtlon" both wmy». Be wanted tht Air Porct «ad Amy hl«h command to Me how.On N«ry would fight another w»r — «otne- trrtrfc defense «e:»rtinenl chief* Co-or«iutto* MOT* tSefei;se secretary started rmed forces. The "scuttlebutt" foulp aboard this ship when she tailed was that neither Johnson nor Oeneral Hoyt Vandenberr. Air Force chief of staff, had ever set foot on a nf.vy flattop at sea. . Johnm to Fry O»t 4o Carrier Johnson arranged to have hl< ftettop foot-tettlnt In a manner imuily reser for old hands In ("trier operation. , Re was scheduled to fly out from the: Norfolk Naral Air Station In a helicopter and land «boo,.-d this •I.OM ton curler. ; T»«k' Force «, 'u»ed hi today's •aercM, Is UM opcnttnc naval .tbvee for Ute:Wecfen Atlantic area. Assembled fo- maneuver* mre two ot th* Mi-gut flattops, the Rotwr- »•*» (Ml tar ..... •••' supported by 16 fighting ships. The force Included also the small escort carrier MIndoro; the heavy cruiser Albany; th* antl-afrcraft cruiser Spokane; the radar picket submar le Splnax and twelve destroyers deployed In the usual four- ship divisions. The submarine was the new Schnorkel "brcathtr" type submersible capable of fairly high speed and prolonged periods of underwater operation. The plans included the newest In navy aircraft designs, among them the csrrier-bome McDonnell "Banshee" Jet fighter which »om« N»ry men declare capnbte of Intercepting the Air Force's high flying B-X bomber. Alto scheduled for demonstration wa» the PIT "rfrp- tue." Navy't far-flyuift bomber' with a eeeabtt m«e o( U0> mile*. Stand on Communism Seen ot Church Parley SAN FRANCISCO. Sept. 26. .. clear-cut stand on Communism s expected to be taken by the Protestant Episcopal Church of the United States at Its 5«th general convention which opened yeaterdny. The Issue Is expected to arise over discussion of the mucji pub- Iclzcd proceedings at Holy Trinity Church In Brooklyn. The rector, the Rev. John Howard Mellsh. was ousted after he had refused to remove his son, the Rev, William Howard Mellsh, an associate pastor. The younger man was an organizer of the National Council of Amrican-Sovlct Friendship later termed subversive by former Attorney General Tom Clark Farm Youth Loses Arm In Corn Harvester PARAOOULD, Ark., Sept. 2«. IfP —Joneph Ponder, 12, lost his left arm In a corn harvester this morn- Ing. The boy.-son of Mr. and Mrs J. Audry Ponder of near Walnut Ridge, was trying to unclog the machine, drawn by a tractor operated by his father, It required more than an hoar to free him. At Dtckvun Memorial Hospital tare, attendants said he also suJ- • eut on his toft Missouri to Hove Special Election if Gas Tax Bill Fails JEFFERSON CITY. Mo.. Sept. 26. (IPt —Oov. Forrest Smith *> ill ask the Missouri legislature to cf II a special election If opponents of a gasoline tax Increase get enough petition signers to force a referendum. And If the proposal to Increase the gfls lax from two to four cents a gallon Is defeated at the polls, the governor said today, he will call the legislature Into special session to draTt another road bill. The governor disclosed his plans n his weekly letter to the ruml press. "Your Governor Reports." Opponents of the tax increase are tying now to get approximately 55.000 signatures for a referendum vote. Their plan, however, was to put the proposal on the November, 1950, general election ballot. Chancery Court Meets Chancellor Francis A. Cherry of Jonesboro was In Blytheville today conducting a session of Chancery i;ourt for the Chlcknsawba District Of Mississippi County. New York Stocks 1:30 P.M. Quotations: AT&T 142 1-4 Amer Tobacco 74 Anaconda Copper 20 3-4 Beth Steel 27 3-* Chrysler 51 3-4 Coca Coin 168 Gen Electric Gen Motors Mon I gom ery Ward '. N Y central Hit Harvester Southern P.iclfic Republic Steel Radio Socony Vacuum Standard of N J ........ Texas Corp ....;. J 6 Penney Co .;..>..... U;,S Steel.":.;,;........v Sears, 37 3-8 62 3-8 51 10 1-2 26 7-8 41 3-8 20 3-8 11 1-8 16 5-8 69 3-4 61 1-4 . S3 1-4 33 1-4 40 3-4 , .. National DteUUer» Jl

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