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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE DOMINANT NKWSPAPER OF NORTHEA BT ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI YOU XLVI—NO. 84 Blythevllle Courier Blythevlllc Dally Mewl Mississippi Valley Leader Blythevllte Herald BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS, TUESDAY, MAY 2, 1950 THIRTY PAGES •nraue copra* rm cpn* Maragon to Get Sentence to Jail loday for Lying Ex-Whit. House Visitor Perjured In Freezer Case Bulletin WASHINGTON, May t. «>)— John Mxra«on, a one-time hmm•n around the White House, wu Mnlenecd today to serve eltht month! to two years In Jail for lylnr criminally to Senate inves- Ucmton. WASHINGTON, May 2.— {AP) —John Maragon, once on friendly terms at the White House, gets a jail sentence today for lying criminally to Senate investigators. Maragon was convicted las Wednesday on two charges o perjuring himself about hi bank accounts and jobs. Federal Judge Jennings Baile could give him as little as eight months to two years or as much as 40 months to 10 years on each count. The maximum penalty seldom is imposed. Maragon's lawyer, Irvin Goldstein, said he would ask that his cVient be put on probation.. He told (^reporter he would appeal the . »fe within a few days. A Greek Immigrant Now,. 57, Maragon came to this country as a Greek immigrant, be. came a Kansas City shoeshine boy, and'; Inter -built up Washington friendships that included Presidential Aide Harry Vaughn. He got in trouble last summer when he testified to the Senate committee that investigated live percenters—persons who charge a fee that usually is five per cent for representing others in business dealings with the government. He was convicted of lying when he, said that In 1945-46: i. His only bank account was here In Washington. The government proved he had anoth'er; then in San' Antonio, Te*. V \ "Quit Working" . 2. He'had quit .working for Uhc Albert Ve'rley Company of Chicago at the.time he took a-;,tempora'ry Slate, Department; job with ''a jiii's- ~" i .government brought out evi- 'ihat Maragoii was Yon the' ftiey 'payro!l;;befpfe;"dumfg 'arid after the'time he wbrk'ed\ior the department.' ' -VA'. ; The -.Verley company, -importers of oils for'perfumes, is the'firm that gave Maj. Gen. Vaughn Steven home freezers for himself and.-:friends. . The ''government had . portrayed Maragon as a man who turned up at various government: departments, saying. : ;he .represented Vaughn or came from' the 'White House, putting : on'pressure for 'private com- Fiiied .(o Convict But .failed, to convict him of » chaige !that he negotiated .business with federal ' agencies and received pay,:• for it. , The defense pictured Maragori as a little man,-a ''peanut man among princes, V who did nothing wrong in dealing with the government. Goldstein said he would ask that Maragon be put on probation because of Maragon's character and the "comparatively minor nature of the offense." Owen Lattimore Says Budenz Testimony Is Hog wash; Again Denies Communist Affiliation Official Claims Accusers Lied * In Red Connections Charge WASHINGTON, May 2. (AP)—Owen Laitimore denounced as "hoRwash" loday Louis Budenz's testimony connecting him with the Communist Party and called it "the product of a twisted and malRnant personality." lie said no "honest man" could believe Budenz. Under onth before » senaU com-* - mittee, Lattimore swore again that is not ft Communist, nor * Soviet spy .and said such accusations agalnsi him "are not supported by shred of evidence perjured or otherwise." Laltimore asked that the Senate group "render Its verdict" in lerms that would tell Senator McCarthy (B-Wis) he "hns been caught out In his fraud and deceit" for making tlie charges against Lattlniore. Senator Needs Advice He snid McCarthy should be advised, too, that "he should henceforth confine himself to other— and less Important—activities than those of a destructive critic of the state department and a despoller of character of good American cit- —Courier New> PhoU COMPUTE FOR MISS LF.ACIIVILLE TITLE—The first major event of Leachville Cotton 1 Week activities will get under way tonight when a cotton fashion show featuring cottons aold by Leachville merchants and dresses made by high .school students is slagcd at Melody Theater "al 7:30. Entrantsi In the Miss Leachville contest, which will be held at the Leachville High School tomorrow^ will make appearances at Uie show tonight, pictured above are six Leachville belles who will compete ..foi/the title, winner of" which'will appear in Blythevillc's fashion show Saturday. They are (from left f tfl -right) Evelyn Lloyd, Justine Church, Rosalyn Blackwell, BeMye Taylor. Julia Cruse and Peggy Vance." Four Major Events Highlight Second Day of Cotton Wee/c + vill contest, which .will bt run oft County-wide Cotton Week, under sponsorship :.pJ''the Mississippi Comity "Farm''Bu- reau, swings .into its second day tod-Ay with lour niajor events .scheduled. t .; : ; Allan B.[Kline, president^of the* ' Ariierican'-Farm Bureau iFederation, was? 7 ™^ nbbi schi ; ; Jn^"Biytheville," 'Bi his- 'orchestra,' w.! LQ : have beeiryfea-: turcd pri national radio'programs, will play ; for the cotton' .Week dance at the Annore: 1 at 9 p.rri. T\vo : cotton fashion shows also will be staged 'tonight.' ' In the auditorium of the : Mis- sifsippi.'County' ; Osceola, Mrs. Carol Watson, will direct, the. •;'Leachvllle's'.-style sliow will also. be . presented tonight.' ..Contestants Ib Titki; Parl The the .Melody Theater there.' hew cotloh fashions and dresses made- by students of the high-, school home economics department will be featured. Co'htcstants in the Miss Leach- crowiilng of its Cotton.'Week .king 'and queen, Godfrey'white and Miss Peggy Jarjc;""brlver. ; Scene for the coronation ballwas the Comunity House and. Jack Staulcup's'orcheslr& played for the Piggaf t * Gr|mfi ArK-Mo Natural Gas Franchise Blytheville Bank Deposits Exceed 16,000,000 Mark Blytheville's two banks, the First National Bank and the Farmers Bank and Trust Co., today showed total deposits of $16,063,279.28 In statements prepared In response to a call made by the federal comptroller of currency in Vashington. The reports showed condition of the banks at the of business April 24. Tolal assets of both banks were shown as J17.178.386.19 while lolal liabilities amounted to $16,094.873.04. For the two bonks, total loans and discounts totaled $4.904.955.68. .The Pig^titt,'Ark/,,City Cbuncil'iast night voted to grant Arknnsas- Missburi Power Co. here a franchise,to serve that city with natural gas. Similar to the franchise granted* the utility last week'by the Rector City council, this agreement calls for completion of transmission, lines and a distribution system by the fall of 1051. •„• Meanwhile, the Carulhersylllc, Mo'., City Council last night voted to call a special election to decide whether to grant Ark-Mo a franchise to serve that city. The election was set for May 3». : Last week, the City Council at Weather Arkansas forecast: Scattered thundcrshowers tonight and Wednesday and in east and north portions this afternoon. A lilllc u-armer tonighl Ifcad Wednesday. "Missouri forecast: Mostly cloudy with occasional showers Ihis afternoon, tonight * n d Wednesday, little warmer Sleele, Mo., also voted .to call special election Maj 31 to decide the franchise issue. It was explained that Missouri law requires a referendum on such natters and City councils are not empowered to grant such franchises as they are _ In Arkansas. Would Serve 12 Towns Piggott, in Clay county, and Caruthersville are two of the 12 towns and cities in Northeast Arkansas and Southeast Missouri that Ark- Mo proposes -o serve with natural gas. Plans announced earlier by the company call for service by the •).e: ting season of 1851 " The other points include Blytheville. Dell Leachville, Manila, Rector, Osceols and Wilson In Arkansas and Hayti Stcele and Kennett In Missouri. Ark-Mo proposes to serve these points with gas piped from th utility's new generating plant local ed between §t. Francis, Ark., and Campbell, Mo. Source of the ga would be Texas-System's "Bi Inch" pipeline. .Meanwhile, the number of Easl- Sne NATURAL GAS on Fagt S Hearings Set For Six Held In Vice Raid Hearings for the six Leachville residents charged with contributing lo delinquency of minors In connection with a vice raid on a Leachville home April 21 are scheduled for tomorrow in Municipal Court. Dep^ uty Prosecuting Attorney Arthur S. Harrison said this morning. Charges were filed against the Kree women, two men anri a teen- ged youth after officers raided the lome of Mrr. Lclia Standenmire nt ivill? Vn complaints of several x?achviie residents of "wild, drunk- parties" being thrown In the voman's home A third man is bc- ng sought by officers. Mrs. Stafcdeninire; another woman. Gera!dine Stevens; one of men, Uton Ainsworth. ami two teen-aged girls, were arrested nt the time of the raid. Arllnc Rnbin- son, Van J. Rtggs, and J T. Turn bow. were picked up following the raid. Mrs. Staudcnmire is charged with two misdemeanors, contributing to the delinquency if minors and keeping a bawdy house. Except for Ainsworth, the others are charged only with contributing to delinquency of minors.'Ainsworth also is charget with carnal abuse, a felony. WARMER southeast half of slate this afternoon, becoming low tonight near 50; high Wednesday 55-60. Minimum this morning—51. Maximum yesterday- 64. Sunset todny—5:45. Sunrise tomorrow—5:08. Precipitation 24 hours to 7 am. loday—.41. Total since Jan. 1—25.42. Mean temperature (midway between high and low—57.5. Normal mean for May—70.2, This Date Last Year Minimum this morning—54. Maximum yesterday—72. P -nation .Ian. 1 to thiis d —52.15. New York Stocks Closing Quotations: AT&T 157 1-2 Amcr Tobacco : 691-2 Anaconda Copper 303-8 Beth Steel Chrysler Coca Cola Gen Electric Gen Mnlors Montgomery Ward N Y Central . Int Harvester National Distillers Republic Steel Radio Socony Vacuum . Studcbaker Standard of N J . Texas Corp J C Penney .... Steel 37 7-8 ... 68 ... 155 1-2 ... 48 ... 85 1-2 ... 573-4 ... H 3-8 ... 27 7-8 ... 21 3-4 .,. 31 3-8 ... 203-4 ... 17 5-8 .... 33 i-4 .... 71 7-8 ..., 65 .... 57 1-2 37 7-8 Chrysler Talks Are Halted Aqain DETROIT, May 1 2. !/?1—Negotiations in the stubborn Chrysler strike, now at the start of its 98th day, gave in to exhaustion early today. But 11 was only for the time being in the marathon drive to write a lull agreement and send 89.000 strikers back to work. Al 4 a.m. (EST) the spent negotiators called a five-hour recess. Bargainers for management and the CIO United Auto Workers at lliat time had been In almost constant session fnr 62 hours. The scheduled i a.m. resumption of talks fell just one ,iour before the start of the strike's 93th day. The only comment was from Federal Mediator E. Marvin Sconvers who, without ciahoratlon, said "II County Cotton Week Calendar TONIGHT Blytheville— : Cotton Week Ball, Amory '' ..";....,... 9 p.m. Style Show , County Library . 8 p.m. Address by Allan B. Kline, president, American Farm Bureau Federation, High School 8 p.m. Dell— "Re-D!rcoverlng Cotton," talk : at Kiwanis club 8 p.m. Leachville-^ Style Show, Melody Theater . 7:30 p.m. TOMORROW Blytheville— "Re-Discovering Cotton," at Kiwanis Club, Hotel Noble .. 12 noon Guided tours of gins, warehouses, oil mill Window Display judging; awarding of prizes. Osceola— Church participation day. Guided tours ol olco plant, oil mill, gin, warehouse. Leachville— "Re-Discovering Cotton," al Hiah School 1:50 p.m. Selection of Miss Leachville 2 p.m. Parade 3 p.m. Dressmaking contest, High School Trade Day drawing; Colton talk + p.m. Dell- Fashion Show 8 p.m. Manila— "Re-Discovering Cotton." at High School 10 a.m. Wilson— "Rediscovering Cotton," at High School 2 pm. Tour of county farms by Farm Bureau, Agriculture Council and Cotton Council officials; meet at Delta Products 9 a.m. liens." The Senate foreign relations subcommittee Is Investigating McCarthy's - charges that the State Department Ls Infested by Com- munfsls. Making Ihese charges In a Senate speech, McCarthy named Lat- tlmoic, a Johns Hopkins University professor and occasional consultant lo the State Department, as a Communist. ChargM Denied Lalllmore denied that in testimony lo the committee April .« Then McCarthy produced BuUenz n.s a witness. Budenz Is * man who wa? high in Communist circles, for years and once edited the party's newspaper ,the Dally Worker. He renounced Communism In 1945 anc Is now » professor at Ford ham University. Burtcnz swore that while he was a Communist high party leader, told him to regard Lattimore as Communist. Two Oihtm Twllrj Earl Browder and Frederick Van dcrbllt Field—two men who Bu dens said gave him that word abon Ijattimore—came before the com mlltee and dented it. Today was I.attlmore's " chanc to have his say In reply. Lattimore took the witness cha with a 15.000 word statement lhal was both his analysts of all the testimony about him and A slashing attack on the character of both Budenz and McCarthy. He- called McCarthy "clearly a bfrd policy risk 1 ' arid tore Into the Wisconsin Republican's background with 'iliuslohs -U> pfficlal criticism Couple and Son Admit Revenge Burning of Gin 3 Sign Confessions To End Long Probe Of Blare at Boynton A farm couple of near ..cnchville and tlieir 17-yeax'- of • MpCartl'.y.*'Conduct as a. state judge nnd tuwe'ried difficulties over wartime income tax returns. 'As for Budcnz, Lattlmbre "called Id son yesterday signed state- icnls here admitting the "re- enfee" burning of the Boyn- on Gin in West Mississippi County, which was destroyed 'cb. 8 in a ? 100,000 blaze. .The three are Cordis E: Decker, 5; his wife, Fannie Decker, 35; and heir n-ycar-old son. Sheriff Wll- Inm Berryman said formal charges of arson arc scheduled to be filed shortly and, that a preliminary icarlng may be held Thursday morning in Municipal Court. Arrest of the three climaxed an Investigation that has been under way since the date of the fire. Sheriff Berrymnn was assisted hi hfs Investigation by Chief Deputy Fire Marshal Walter L". McLavey of Little Rock and Harold B.'Zcugin, also of the state fire marshal's office. In her statement, Mrs. Decker, said the burning of flic pin hart been planned by the family as a' revenge move. She said In her statement that Henry Hoyt. operator of the Boynton. Gin, had "taken everything we had." Officers said she did not amplify lliis statement but that they believed the'family was told to leave Mr. Hbyt's farm because they failed as sharecropsiers. The gin, owned by the B. Ci Land Co. and located four nilles north of him .« liar—"either fashioned liar or i liar." plain old- pathological . arlver were crowned king and queen of osccola's Cotton Week last night Communism here t a coronation ban at the Community House. !„ the above picture. King and abroad ^ While leads the crowd In singing of "Happy Birthday." A moment laler. |mlnisU p arlyi e revealed It was his birthday. Mr. While was crowned by Mnyoi Den MacArthur said.h F. Butler and subsequently crowned his co-ruler, Miss Driver. | ^an ^ avowed^sat- national predat- OSCKOLA CORONATION-Godfrcy mz lourier Newi PhoU White and Miss Peggy Jane Gen. MacArthut Denounces Reds Allied Commander Again Urges Japan To Defend Liberty TOKYO. May 1. (/P)—General MacArthur today urged the Japanese to defend their constitutional liberties against the "international political perfidy" of Communism For the second time in 10 months he suggested the possibility of outlawing Japan's Communist Party. The allied occupation commande took the third anniversary of Jap an's "no w i r" constitution & s the occasion for denouncing anew an Legion Auditorium. Speaks on Cotton USKI B. E. Maury, a representative of he National cotton Council, dis- .usscd the worth of cotton to Mississippi County In an address entitled "Rediscovering Cotton" last night at the meeting of the Dell Kiwanis Club. In his address Mr. Mabry pohilcd out that more than 3,000.000 bates of cotton are lost, each year lo cotton competition, chief of which Is nylon and rayon. Mr. Mabry said that it was to the pcoine of Mississippi County ory force a n d a Japanese pawn of alien power policy. Imperialistic pur- ^ pose and subvcr- I.^achvllleV6n*Sllghway 77 burned at,,.12:30 n.m Feb 8 Al the Um4 of*'th'e fire' the Decker family lived ncar^the gin About 50 p$r cent of the^ioKs was cohered by insurance, invesllgalor 1 ; said ', ^&v?i 'Mrj. 'Decker's »UlrHifnt «»M fial nhe antf her Mfn'plncfrl rajrl n one corner of the gin and Ig- iKeiT them, using twci matches. While they were stnr'ting the fire, ic told officers, her husband wait- near their car andxheld their ric-monlhs-old son. The Deckers so have an IS-ycar-old^daughter. Decker also admitted lhal he staVted two liher fires In Uie past, "one. In a Kin at Turrell and another in a residence. After starting the Boynton Gin laze, Mrs. Decker said, the family rove to the Arkansas-Missouri tate line to. buy gas. They then eturncd to the scene of trie fire, she aid, arid watched the gin burn for while before returning to their home. ••..'': Officers said the hunt for arson' uspecls- began after an invcstlga- lon showed there was no way for the gin fire lo have started without having been set. Wreck Fatal To Former Resident Here Playground! Supervisors Appointed For Four City Parks in Blytheyille nd other cotton producing ter- ritorlcs lo MC that cotton is used when possible and when more ad- Ulve propaganda." Then he added aptahle, In order mat the loss could J "That It has done so at once brings Into question its right to the further benefits and protection oi the country and laws it would subvert and raises doubt as to whe- rcgular niecUniz night for "the club I ther It should longer be regarded is TucsdRV but the rtntr was moved as a constitutionally recognized po- • llllcal movement." The occupation chief raised the same question last July 4 when he laclcd Communism "national and International political srdlupcr mm international outlawry." Today he called it "this form international political perfidy, soc- be cut. John Stevens, Sr., Lamar Wll- born and Boyse Rus-scll were guests of the Kiwanlans last night. The Set COTTON WKF.K on Pa*r. 9 parks open under supervision. A June 1 opening date has been cntatlvely set. Much of the equipment has remained at the parks (luring the winter, and lhal which is not station- Iscart , «4 1-8'doesn't look any better. event. Maid of Cotton lo Visit County Cotton Week will come to an end Saturday when Elizabeth McGee. 1950 Maid of Cotton, will make personal appearances in the county. She Is due to arrive in Wilson at 11 am. when she will be re- clevcd by Cotton carnival King R. E. L. Wilson, III From Wilson she will go to Osceola to take part In that city's parade with Mr. Wilson. Last stop on her visit to the county will be Blytheville where she will appear at the notion fashion • show, which will feature the Matri I of Cotton w»rdrob«, »t th« Ameri- ary will be moved out as needed, consideration and safeguards ex- Mr. Garrott explained that since tended to any anti-social force In a ' peaceful and law-abiding community." Playground supervisors for four of the city parks set up last summer were named today by Rosco Cralton, chairman of the Blytheville Park Commission, and J. P. Garrot, director of the Dlythcville "Y." through which organization the playground supervision Is lo be carried out. Selection ol directors for the Division Street, Tom A. Little, Maloney and David Acres Parks marks the first- supervision program for them. Miss Minnie Foster, teacher al Yarbro School, will serve as director of the David Acres Park.. Mrs Ijltllan Frank .a Central School teacher, will )><• director at division Slr«t Park; Mrs. Frances Oammlll a teacher at Lange School wlllbe director at Maloncy Park arid James Fisher, basketball coach at Blythevlllc High School, will su pervisc Tom A. Little Park. Mr, Garrotl explained that th director had been secured on i part-time tosir, and (hat schedule for activities and playground hours. use, was Included In the piayground j "ov would b« set up sometime before the project, lait yew, I J*n deception and territorial fraud." MacArlhur cautioned the Japanese lhal the question of outlawing the Communist parly "should, of course, be resolved calmly, justly and dispassionately with the same there Is no particular playground area at the Little Park, Mr. Fisher also is to be In charge of the formation and operation of xoftbaU and baseball leagues and Inler-park competitions. He said that It was hoped that the program coulrl be expanded lo fnchidc craft classes In the near future. Blytheville children last summer had the first opinortunity lo make use of the organized system of playgrounds. Much of the activity, however, was curtailed became of a polio epidemic and delays In getting equipment in stalled. A fifth park, Pulgham Park, do- N. O. Cotton NEW ORLEANS, May 2. (« — Closing quotations May July Oct Dec Mch High Lwo Close 3245 3'235 3211-42 3264 32iG 3257 3158 314C 3148 3143 3130 3130 3147 3139 3136 A former Blytheville woman, Mrs. Berniece Thompson Chandler, 31, wife of Bill Chandler, was killed yesterday afternoon in an automobile accident at Munfordville, Ky. Her body is being returned to Blythevllle today for burial, but details of the accident had not been learned by relatives, nor had funeral arrangements been completed. Mrs. Nellie Pringle, 152T West Main, mother of Mrs. Chandler, said that she was notified of the accident about S>30. last night. Mr. and Mrs. Chandler.and an unidentified man were In the automobile, she said. Mr. chandler escaped uninjured, and the third occupant of their cnr was believed to be In a serious condition. Mrs. Chandler was dead on arrival at a Munfordville hospital. Mrs. Chandler also is survived by two sons. 13-year-old Bobby Joe Thoinnson. and Daryl Lee Thompson, 10; and a brother. Odic Pringle. all of Blytheville: and two sisters, Mro. Nola Wanell Connor and Mrs. Ola Lnvell Stanley, both of Washington, D.C. Mrs. Chandler was born at Corn- Ing, Arkansas, but moved In Blythe.. vllle several years ago. She hart made her home here until two months ago. when she went to McMinnville, Tcnn, to make her home. Cobb Funeral Home 13 In chaise of arrangements. natcrt by E. O. Fulghnm for Ne^ro July Soybeans May High Low Close 314% 306Vi 308V--10 31 Hi 305 li 308-07 "-• 22814 Racing News Officials Deny Federal Report WASHINGTON, Miy 3. (if)— Officials of the nation's biggest racing news service today denied » federal grand jury report that they supply racing news tot distribution 12614-.X ' In Kansas; City, Mo,

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