, OCTOBER IS, 1949 Opposes 58 Air Groups President Repeats Stand at Conference With Senate Group Just Keeps on Reading Her Bible and Picking Pockets . Oct. 13. <AP) _ »* Truman y«sterd»y renew- opposition to a M-group Air at a White House eonierence *ith members of the Senate Appropriations Committee. , «« Senators told newsmen »fter- •wd, however, that the president Wested he would accept the House Position on funds for stockpiling of '«t*ric materials. . The two controversies are holding UP pasaige of an appropriations bill carrying funds for all the armed .- Democratic Leader Lucas (III) who participated In the conference, said Mr. Truman was standing by his position in favor of » *8-group Air Force, instead of the 58 groups insisted upon by the House, because of the "savings of *7«, 000.000." Lucas and the other Senators, including- Wherry <Neb), tlie Republican floor leader, said Mr. Truman i did not say h« would veto a bill I tarrying the Rouse version. Outcome Still Uncertain The outcome of the conference al the White House left the future of the bill »s uncertain as ever. ; Wherry, who supported both the 48-group Air Force and the $271,1000.000 Senate cut ta the House fig jure for stockpiling, indicated tha | he would not yield on either count. "I came down here to hear wha the President had to say, but it L not going to influence me in any way," Wherry said. Wherry said the President was "very decent" at the meeting ant* simply gave his opinion. The House voted 305 to 1 again* yielding from its position in favor of the 58-group Air Force. Lucas, supporting the President position, aald it "is difficult for m to understand how the experts t th« Rouse want to override the ex perts In the Army and the Air Foi m& well u the President of the Un •dJStates." . in orce ' BLYTHEVILLE (ARK.) COURIER'NEWS BERKLEY, Calif., Oct. 13-OT-+ There's a, sweet-faced little o!d lady n Jail here who brags about, crime !he way most women her age talk )f sewing or knitting. • She was booked as Mrs. Florence Worthington, 13, wanted at Lansing. Kas.,- for violation of'parole from the Kansas State Industrial Farm for Women. Closing a well-thumbed Bible Tuesday, she reminisced to reporters: about her full and active life. "You know, my dear, I'm one of She most accomplished pickpockets in the world. In forty years I have stolen close to half a million dollars 'It's been a wonderful life," she sighed. 'Travel and fun. the police •re all such nice gentlemen and my Bible comforts me." Mrs. Worthington was plucked off a train and "Invited to spend 60 days in the Berkeley Jnil Police Inspector E P. Parker said the grandmotherly woman had been arrested 24 times since 1910 on charges ranging from arson to grand larceny. Southern Pacific agents were inclined to think the total might be even higher. They said for years she crisscrossed the country on various trains, picking a pocket here, robbing a store there, reading her Bible everywhere. At Lansing. Mrs. Ettn Beavers, superintendent of the Industrial farm, said she remembers Mrs. Worthiugton as a "pleasant old lady" who never caused much rou- ble but bragged a lot about her record of crime. In her jail cell, Mrs. Worthington commented: "I've had such fun. The Lord used to sit on my shoulder and say 'don't do that' when I'd steal, but I Just couldn't pay attention. "And I get such comfort from my favorite Bible passage: The Lord is my shepherd; r shall not want never have wanted, either." Miracle of the Bell ST. MICHEL DES SAINTS, Quebec, Oct. 13. VP,— Conrad Delonne looked at the new bell in his village church steeple last Sunday and wondered out loud—would it ring first for-a wedding or « funeral. Then ConrM luff to guld: a party on an airplane hunting trip. The bell toll-d yesterday for the first time—for the funeral of 32- year-old Conrad Delorme. His plane crashed late Sunday. the Courts Chancery: Biley C. Hudson vs. Maudle Hud son, suit for divorce. • Marie Butler vs. Paul Butler, suti for divorce. : Imogens McOee vs. Quintan Me- Gee, suit for divorce. Clyde Siston vs. suit for divorce. . Lillian Slston, Med Student Released On Posting $5,000 Bond LITTLE ROCK, Oct. 13-(/P)— Harold Raymond Houchlns, Jr., 23- year-old medical student, convicted of second degree murder, lias been released from jail on $5.000 bail A Pulaski circuit court jury early Sunday convicted Houchlns and fixed iiis punishment at 15 years Imprisonment. He was accused of fatally beat- Ing Beth L. Reed, Clarksville, Ark., businessman in a hotel room here last November. The state charges the two men engaged In unnatural sexual relations. 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