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BLYTHEV1LLE NEWS ... . . TB> DOMINANT NEWSPAPER O» NOBTKBA •*> ARKANSAS AND BOOTHXA0T MISSOURI VOL. XLIV—No. 83 BlythevUl* D*U? Men OnuttK •BlythevlUc H«nM Vtttcr I5!,YT1IKV1LLE ( ARKANSAS, MONDAY, JUNK «0, SINGLE COPIES FIVE CENTS Treasury Shows Firit^urplus in Seventeen Years Revenues Near Peak Of War-Time Highs; National Debt Cut Stork Leaves Triplets for BlythcYille Couple; Only One Name Picked Triplets were born thin morning to Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth liiwson of Blytheville, at Blythcvlllc Hospital. All three were girls. Mr. and Mrs, Lawson liave no other chldren. When asked if they had named the girls, Mr. Lawson said only one name had been chosen. "And I guess we'll have to change that HO lliey'll rhyme," he added. Mrs. Lawson is the former Miss Ncla Dodinan. Des Moines Flooded BY ALBUO B. GRF.GORY United staff Correspondent WASHINGTON, June 30. <UP> — Thc government closes its books today on ttie fiscal year with the first treasury surplus in 17 years. A late payment on interest on thc public debt will keep the surplus below what was expected to be a record level of $l ; 25D,COO,COO. But a payment of nbout $500.- OOD.OOO on the interest on the national dc'bt will reduce the surplus to about $150,000.000. A treasury official reported today that income during the past 15 days had been at a high level, but not large enough lo make up for heavy spending. Tlic final figures, however, wilt not be compiled for a few days. Thc fiRurcs were expected to look like this: Fecelpts '.... (42 500,000,940 Expenditures ....41,750,000,000 Sarplus 750,000,400 Last year there was a deficit of $2U,6JtOO!),OCO. And at'the peak of the Tjr r spending—In fiscal 194 1 )— there was a deficit of $53,941,000,- Thv> v last treasury surplus was S138.ftH.OM In fiscil 1939. Then the Hoover administration ran a deficit ot $4«2,000,«09 In fiscal 1931. And the Roosevelt administrations had continuous deficits of $1,384,009,000 to $S,158,000,eO» before we got in the war. •Net income for fiscal 1947 was almost at war-time peaks. Spending from the public purse was sharply lower than last year and well below half that of thc wartime high. But it was the biggest spending in any peace-time year. The record was much better than was anticipated when thc fiscal 1947 buflet was drawn up a jyear ago last .January. .'At that time it wa s thought that a deficit was a sure thing. The. budget planners were thinking ol slackened economic activity and other depressing factors which \vould affect the government's Income. But unemployment figures Unemployment Tax Lowered Arkansas Firms To Have Large Sum Under 1947 Law Effective tomorrow Arkansas employers will receive reductions pay roll taxes that may save them millions of dollars, it was announced today by Purifoy Gill, slate administrator of thc Employment Security Division. Authority for the reduction Is a law enacted by the 1947 session of the State Legislature which also increased maximum unemployment compensation benclits from $15 to $20, Mr. Olll stated. The duration of receiving payments, however, remains at thc maximum of 16 weeks, he said. The new law will provide a. stronger Incentive for employers to stabilize employment In their establishments through greater opportunity afforded for reduction of state unemployment compensation contributions under experience ret- Ings. The employment security act was materially revised and under this legislation the experience, raltn? formula controlling contributor rates has been changed to save Arkansas employers an estimate! two and one-half million dollars p,n- nually. Mr. Gill slated. Under the new law if an emplny- er has less than seven per cent reserve ratio, the rate is 2.7 per cent between seven and eight per cent the rate is t',\o per cent; betwcei eight and nine per cent, the rat Is 1.5 per cent: and between nin and II per cent, the rate is one per cent. An employer whose reserve ratio is 11 per cent or bight Levee Breaks in Illinois; Earthquake Hits St. Louis Area Adding toFloods Woes Mighty Mississippi Reaches Highest Stage in 103 Years Tliis i.s a jxjitiin of the rivers spilled over their Tclcphoto.) *i flooded city of Des M'.lncs, Iowa, after tile Itnccoon and Des Moines hanks causing Hie wont flood In tl|e 'loya capital In 44 yours. (NiiA U. S. Turns Mines Back to Owners Fuel Situation Grave After Year of Government Controls President Signs Rent Control Bill Compromise Measure Better Than None, Truman Decides WASHINGTON, June 30. tUP) — President Truman today signed th c rent control extension law, although he said legislation as a he regarded the "step back yard. • The choice President said he had no to sign, since otherwise of 6,GOD,000 to SjOOOfjOO never, materialized . *. . , • . Met income .of 'the treasury u-as virtually cqunl-to -that -of - the ,pre-> vioiis year when wartime excess profits tldfe .were still in effect and befoWa five per cent cut Ttas made in Individual income taxes. When the fiscal 1947 budget was released it appeared that there would be a deficit of more than *2,000,000,000. But the planners were wrong on income, estimating, it at only $40230.000,050, rather than roughly $42,503,000,000 which is the case. National Debt Reduced The high surplus was achieved despite some unusual spending which had not been anticipated when the budget, was drawn up, notably the heavy expenditures tinder the $3.750,000,000 British loan. (British withdrawals on the loan exceed JZ.OOO.COO.OOO some J600,- OOO.CCO in excess of what had been anticipated for this period. Heavier than planned transfers of funds into the National Service Life Insurance Fund also boosted spending somewhat higher than was at first anticipated. A s a result of heavy retirement o*'ibonds—the money coming mostly fMri unused victory loan borrowings— the national debt was pared down a net of about $12.KO.OSO.OO» in the last 12 months and J21.0CO.- OOO.COO sinc c March 1946, But it is still more than $ Withl»iS8 income taxes brought the gowriiment more money Uic 1947 fiscal year thin in the previous year—some tl 0,050,000,000. Other types of personal Income taxes and corporation taxes almost equalled their level of thi year before,* aggregating more than $19,000,OCO,COO. Miscellaneous internal revenue collections also bcttcr- ered the level of the previous yea amounting to more than W.OOO, OBO.OCO. will be entitled to a new minimum rate of one-half of Mr. Gill, explained.-, one per cent Bill Proposes That U.S. Sell Barge Lines WASHINGTON, June 30. (UP) — ,Rep. Evan Howell. R., III., today In- roduced a bill to authorize sale of he federal barge lines to qualified irivate operators. The measure provides that pros- icctive purchasers must certify that hey intend lo provide "subslan^ lally" the same service as the government-corporation Is now provid- ng. Under the bill the barge Hlncs could Ire sold either as a whole or two separate units. One unit would consist of the routes along .he Mississippi River and its tribu- aries; and the Warrior River and ts tributaries. rent controls would end at midnight. ''I have chosen th c lesser of two evils," he said in a message to congress announcing his action. He said the cost of living was already too high without the additional burden of increased rents. "We must get: prices down, not devisp means of "getting the price of shelter :up,','>. he said. Mr. Truman also criticized the bill for weakening against eviction, he sa sure would remove tenf many caS!is"»he'r > e w ft'is' needed. **; Thc new law is cffcctj|i row. It provides: 1. Rent controls go off Living Standards of Workers Surveyed in Fourteen Nations i NfJW YCRK. June 30. (U.P.>—A. M-cminly survey disclosed today that aveniBC woi leers in only fojir of the mtlons studied "liuvc even :he smallest comforts liiey want In life." ^ 'In the 10 other Millions covered In the world-wide survey the xvcrngc worker hns little miirgiu between himself and hunger, uc- :ording k> the publication Factory Management an Malnlcmuice. which conducted the survey. The four lop nations were the United States, Canada South Africa, and Sweden. "At thc other extreme Is the Indian worker who can only guess at what life will bring mm," thn mnyaninc said. "Bctwec.i lha extremes arc nine countries In all of which the- workers fare i>oor- ly." The other nine countries sill'- 1 vcycd Were Fr.incc, Great Britain, Germany, Italy, Tlw Ncliic'i- lands, Argentina, Mexico, China and Australia. rcprCr Thc publication said .scntatlvcs workers newly- ArgumentsHeard In Bribery Case . Defense Contends Former Congressman . Performed His Duty WASHINGTON, Juno 30. (UP) — The defense got hi its licks today at thc May-Gnrsson bribery trial, contending that former Congressman Andrew J. May was a man I; his duty to the'nation and handled unfairly byv E9y- prosecutors; •' • '^ ... ~ '' ovcriimcnt in final nrgu- cliargcd that May substituted "profits for patriotism" In his dcal- By I'M) I. I)IX (United Vrna Staff Cnricsprinilrnt) ST. LOUIS, June :iO. (IJ.l 1 .)—Thc 1'irst of three critical rvcoa which had withstood one of tlio sharpest earthquakes in the St. Louis m-en'a history, today crumbled before the. liigliost flood on the Mjasisnippi rivor in 103 years. ' • built, newly-rented and remodeled dwelling, nnd hotel accommodations. 2. Individual landlords and tenants may sign "voluntary" 'agreements raising rents up to 15 per cent in return for a lease extending through Dec. 31, 1948. 3. Special eviction safeguards set up by OPA arc discarded, and eviction cases go back under state •laws. In most cases, this means landlords will be able to evict tenants on 30 days' — instead of six months' — notice. The new law cut, 1 ; off thc government's few remaining building controls, except for curbs on construction of theaters, bowling alleys, and other amusement projects. ;JJ)aii anjrpther. Although reduced wring stanrtsros" lri*mnriy countries, tnc American worker was "far better oil" tlvui those of thcr countries. Thc magazine said its survey :losed that the average U. S. fac- ory worker has a niori.tiurc'1 six- oom nome with a mil range of former Kentucky Icglslalo. lousehold appliances, more than ''"I* "'° the nation ns a UN is Asked For Global Police Force LAKE SUCCESS. N. Y.. June 30. (UP) -The Unilccf States asked the United Nations today to establish a global police IOITC of 20 land divisions — about 300,000 fighting men—and comparable contingents of sea and air'forces. Carriers Asks Big Increase In Freight Rates CHICAGO, June 30. (UP)—The nation's railroads notified their customers today that they will ask the Interstate Commerce Commission for freight rate Increases as high as 25 per cent. Railroad officials said they would ask for freight rate Increases up to 25 per cent In thc East, and up lo IS per cent in the West and South. ^. Tht;^inounccmcnt was made in a notd*.' sent lo the National Industrial Traffic league, which represents thc nation's shippers. the Temperatures Higher Day temperatures over weekend showed Htlle change but the mercury registered in increase In • rtdings during the nights Highest temperature yesterday was M degrees day was and the degrees, high Sutur to Robert E. Blaylock, official weather observer here. Low during last night was 13 Cartoons Used In Courier News Win High Award CHICAGO. June 30. (UPl^-Sifr- ma Delta Chi. professional journalism fraternity, announced today that Its annual award for outstanding editorial cartoons in the Blytheville. Ark., courier News and more than 100 other daily newspapers In the United Slates went :o H. Smith of NBA Service. Other awards went to: Charles Gratke. Christian Science Monitor, foreign correspondence; Wallace R. Deuel, Chicago Daily NcWs. Washington correspondence; John V. Hillman. Indianapolis News, editorial writing; John M. McCullough, Philadelphia Inquirer, general reporting: Allen stout, Station WROL. Knoxville. Tenn.. radio reporting; and Harry M Cochran. WSTV, Steutacnvllle, O., radio newswrillng. The Kansas City Star received the award for "Courage in Journalism." The award for research In journalism went to Ralph D. Casey. Brace L Smith and Harold D. Lasswell of the University of Minnesota. Frank Brown, Los Angelas Times, won the award for thc best news picture. The Judges said that Smith's cartoons, "Inflation," "Tit for Tat-or All's fair In Politics." and "Something Always Takes thc Joy out of Life," and his "fine work during Round-the-World Inaugural Flight- Ending Last Lap CHICAGO. June 30. (UP)— The Pan-American Constellation "America" landed today at 3:55 am. CST-. on the last lap of its round- the-world flight. The big plane, carrying, a grouii of newspaper publishers and editors, left Snn Francisco at 3:07 a.m CST. It will continue lo New York after a two-hour stop here. The 15 newspaper executives were back In the United States after completing a 12-day flight Inaugurating Pan-American Airway's round-the-world service. The passengers arrived here at 12:44 p.m. yesterday from Honolulu. They made the last Hop—a distance of 2,440 miles—In 10 hours and five minutes Thc trip in all was 19.000 miles. Tlic huge plane slopped at Newfoundland. Eire. Eneland. Turkey. India, Siam, thc Philippines, China, Japan, Guam, Wake. Midway and Hawaii. It left New York June 17. l.CCO in win- bonds, a 'savings bank account, expecus to 1 tratic 1910 car on a new car next year, mm expects to send his children to college. The average French worker lias been toiling since 103!) 'just to eai," Ihc magazine said, lie spends 15 per cent ol net, income for food !or himself, wife, and 'laughter. He las a twu-ruom npurimenl in u I'aris walkup, little fuel, no Ico- rjox. His \yilc works. Other examples: Thc worker in Great Britain lives in n second-floor Inur-room Hat with Ins family caves M shillings t$C) a week lui&n't bought a suit since the end of Hie war. Thc lamily diet :-s poor; thc wife works. 'I he home of Ihc German worker may lie a cellar, patched-up room i a bombcd-oul dwelling, in air- raid bunker, shanty, or with another faniuy. -Search lor focil occupies large part of wife's day. Family 5 savings and all cxini clotliing gone long ago. Nearly ail wages go lor rood. Food takes almost the entire income of Die Italian worker. The Indian worker and his wife "live on minimum subsistence level; have no children—c.iMiot n(- ford.thcm; live in a single room; have enough rice but almost no! fresh vegetables." Tlic survey found tin Canadian worker ••makes a little less, cats a little better, lives as well as U. S. worker." In Sweden the worker has a prcfabricalcd cottage <>n city-owned land, has sickness and unemployment insurance through government contributions. Tlic South African owns his own home an acre of ground, and a 1929 car. ings with Dr. Henry M. and Murray Garsson. the brothers who did $7B,- 000,000 worth of munitions business. But Sawyer Smith, one of May's Inwyers, contended that thc elderly former Kentucky legislator had a whole" which he performed to the best of his ability. He said Hint May wns innocent of receiving more than $53,000 in bribes from the Garssons as charged by the government. The defense conlcncls that every cent May received—and thc government says It was more than $53,000 —was used by the former nan in behalf of the Garssons on the Cumberland Lumber Co. May said he was merely flscnl agent for Ihc firm. The government said It was a cloak for bribes to May. Assistant Prosecutor John T Rcddan. In his summary to the Jury was particularly critical of May's explanations of letters about thc Cumberland company. As for-Henry Giirsson, Hcddnt said, "he comes up with Hie defense that 'well, I was a good producer.' Mny had described his calls thc War Department in behalf o the Garssons ns moves lo get o give information as part of n congressional investigation of the progress of thc war effort. May was chairman of thc House Military Affairs Coininlltcc. WASHINGTON, June at). (UP) — The government, which solvted I hi 1 nation's soft coal mines 1:1 months «uo duriiiu nn liiduslry-crlppllni; .strike, tnrnrd them back to private owners today during a ptn'lod us po- lenllally grave, • About 400.000 nifinlxTs of the Unlled Mlno Workers (AFI.l Union arc on a 10-duy vacation. Home 2RO.OOO of the miners walked out .several days l>cfore the vacation began. The miners may not return t( the plls If a new contract IK not signed by thc time the vacation end July fl. The threat of u coal sluiiiage already has caused layoffs In othei industries. Temporary dismissals HIT tnniiiitliiK In the steel ImUi.slry. Al least 20,000 mill workers were rciKirl' cd laid otf. II was just such a silunllon which v«u»ed the government In step in [May 21, 1910, ami Ukc over 2,r>00 soft cnal mines under tlin Smith - C.umally Act. A U.MW .strike hud been underway for f>9 days. But the Smlth-Cotmally Act expires tonight and with It. the government authority lo npcratc the mines. Secretary of Interior J, A. Knit!, who directed government opmillnn of the mines, uent a brief order to the operating managers of the mines. It was effective nt noon. It directed Ihem lo post (his notice: "Notice: Government possession ind control of HID coal mines of his mining company liave been Icr- nlnated by order of the Secretary of Interior." There were sonic hopefuls .slyns, however, that nn Agreement miiy reached between John L. Lewis and .he private owners before the end thc .miners' vacation, .., ' U^' S. 9leel Meets Demands Now that the government has given up control nf the mines. Sccre- .ary of Labor Lewis H. Sohwellen- )ach was expected lo move to ge L/ewls and the operators lo rcsuini formal bargaining. Lewis's conference with the operators were broker off several weeks ago. An Incrcnslng number of private mine owhcrs wore reported read: to talk contract terms with tin UMW chieftain. .Lewis reportedly has made some progress In secret talks with big KCK- mcnls of the Northern and Western operators. U. S. Steel Corp.. and the Pittsburgh Consolidation Coal Co., whose mines produce 00.000,000 fercd to meet Lewis' buslc demand for a $13.05 daily wage rale based on eight hours of work nnd travel time. Other operators meet licrc today and tomorrow to decide whether to Slain .Irs, Jnncllo Hoyinan, wife, ol R. M. ficyinnn of lloKiirt. on.., tour let camp operator and I'armur, ] icon found .slain In a pick-up >.n n Atlanta. The slain wnmim's niKlKind Mild that nha hud left home lo do .some shopping In .At- anta and when nhc failed lo return, lie notified her brother who ciiino to Atlanta nnd later Idenll- led the foody. (NBA Tclcphouo Reconstruction Plans Stymied v£evin of Britain Atk MoJotov for Marshall Plan PARIS, June ,10. (UP!-— Ernest Bevln will ask V. M. Molotov iri the deadlocked foreign ministers, conference today to say "yes" or "no" to Soviet participation In an All- Europo reconstruction program, diplomatic (junrlcrs reported. Molntov was expected to say "No." Ilcvln wn.i reported anxious lo force EI decision and end the conference by Wednesday. FYonch for clgn minister Georges Bldault also was nnxlous for swift agreement or decisive disagreement on methods for establishing «n over-all Buro- rlcan aid. Brilnln was ready lo go ahead wllh the Marshall plan without Russia. France apparently would, loo. Tlio three foreign ministers were Chnulcnu Island levee near Granite City, 111., broke at 8:30 «.in. because ll.i sonny condition was unnble to withstand pressure of the cresting river. Tho break sent water pouring over 2,000 acres of land but there was no Immediate (lungerto Granite City. Tliu ciiRlm-rr-, nairl tb» embank- nii-iit at Dupn, III., and the lonj - l)i-Roi;iil.i Dike Souln *( Chester.' III., were still hnldlng bat It wai questionable whether they would Minflnue to hold bark the river. All three of the levees were shaken >y the earthquake last night that •ticked the area severely. The engineers «iiid, however, the Chouteau Isand break was due entirely to water pressure and that none of the "kc.-i was damaged by the tremor. 'I he ciuakc .struck about 11:20 p.m. lust nluht. It lasted ubout 10 seconds and was felt over a 30-mile radius surrpundlnK St. Louis. It .started wllh n slow crescendo rumble and ended as a sharp thump. No deaths or Injuries were reported although the temblor' knocked down chimneys and split • sidewalks about the city. Dr. uoss H, Hclnrlch; assistant MtsinoloBlsl at St. Louis University snld the (iimkc was "fairly strong." He said It neutered somewhere within ir> miles of at. Ifluts. ' ' Thc shock made tall building? sway In downtown St. Units. Mariy burglar alarms were. set.oft as 'wills, down crashed under the vibration^ ",'• 10,000 Koulril by Floods About M.OOfl iwrsons were homeless in five stntes as result of floods today. About 5,00!) additional had returned to .their homes' since 1m- diiy as tributaries of th»,Mississippi '; is said lo hnvc sharply various ojicrator groups. year split the Window Peeper Pleads Guilty; <5ets $250 Fine degrees and during SatlU'dsiy-night, ihc year" won for him the award I been delivered. 7i degrees. I' 01 editorial cartooning, |countries. UNRRA Ends Relief Work In European Countries WASHINGTON, June 30. (UP) — The United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration, the organization which has helped for four years in attempting on a global scale lo avert hunger and economic collapse, closed Its books today on its European operations Although UNRRA closed its European missions, shipments to China probably will continue until thc end of this year. The UNRRA slj- lioil in the Philippines does not close until September. MaJ. Gen. Lowell W. Rooks. UNRRA director general, said nearly $3.000,000,0(JO of supplies had to II war-torn Y. Stocks Closing Stork Triers AT&T 155 3-4 Amor Tobacco 74 Anaconda Copper 34 5-3 Beth Steel ' 8J 3-4 Chrysler 108 3-8 Gen Klcclric 35 3-8 Gen Motors : 5!i 7-8 Montgomery Ward 56 1-2 N Y Central 143-8 Int Harvester 881-4 North Am Aviation 71-8 Republic Steel 24 3-8 Radio 8 Sncony Vacuum Ifi Senators Upset Truman Plan on Reorganization WASHINGTON, June 30- (UP) Thc Senate Killed one of President Truman's reorganization plans lo- day and thus further curtailed tlic functions of thc shrunken labor department. By a vote of 42 to 40, thc Scna;e agreed lo a House rcsnlullon rejecting Mr. Truman's reorganization plan No. 2. That plan would have placed the U. S. Employment Service permanently In the Labor Department nnd would hnvc made thc Wage-Hour Administration subject to control of Ihc Secretary of Labor. Today's action came Just one week after enactment of thc Taft-Hartley la*, which stripped the U. S. Concllatlon Service (rom the Labor Department and made It an independent agency. Lruvrrncc 'ns fined Tapp ol *230 and Municipal genclcs last night marie It clear that Bcvlu nnrt Bldault were gcttlnj nowhere with Molotov. A Frencli agency dispatch apparently Inspired by the foreign ol- fire sairl Ihc conference wns li complete deadlock. It accused Mo- lolov of following a course that would wreck the conference. Blylhcvillc costs this :;ourl nn a I "•- peace lo[ Alert French Officers Foil Dictatorship Plot which followed Sunday morning peeping episode street. Tapp was captured after a block and a half chase by Blylhcvillc police and Gilbert D. Hammock Jr., 510 North 13th. A man discovered peeping Into a bedroom window of the Cornelius Modingcr )iom c at 514 North Kith about 2 am. Sunday by Mrs. W. J. Rlg- ncy, mother of Mrs. Hammock. The iK>!icc were notified and on heir arrival Ihc man fled but was captured after a block and a hall during which Policeman Arhur Hook, who made thc arrest, ircd a warning shot. Tapp entered a plea of guilty. •'""« »« '»" O"™ his arrest early! 0 n ln<W scale R Rhtlst plot to after a window- overthrow the French republic nnd on North \ 3th i ! Studebaker IS 7-8 Standard of N .1 TO 7-8 Texas Corp (VI 3-8 Packard . !i 1-8 . U S Slccl GO Truman Extends Life of RFC for Another Year WASHINGTON, June 30 (l'P> — President Truman loriay sl ; into law bills extending the llfn o' both the Reconstruction Finance Corp nnd the Commodity Credit Covp. for one year, lo June 30, 19 1H. 80,000 CfO Shipbui|ders May Strike at Midnight NEW YORK. June 30. (UPl — Last ditch ncgoliallons were hcKI today In an effort lo forestall a walkout of 80,000 CIO shipbuilders at midnight which would booj' to 120.000 the number of shipyard workers on strike and tic up all but two major shipyards on the East and Gulf Coast ports. Representatives of the CIO industrial union of marine and ship building workers and six yards In the New York area mo! this morn- Ing In an attempt *.o reach an a- grccmcnt before the deadline- More than 41.0)0 shipbuilders employed In 10 East Coast yards went on strike lasl Thursday, up a dictatorship was announc cd today by Minister of Interior PMonard Dcpreu.x. Deprcux said four alleged pint leaders Including General Quillodcit, was | Inspector general of the gcndar- __'... i marie, had been arrested. The Interior minister said premier Paul Ramadicr's government had aulhoriitcd him lo Investigate he plot "to llic very end. no mater who might be compromised." Suretc Natlonale officials an- immced that alleged leaders arrested In addition to Qulllodot were Chile dc Vulplan. arrested at his ?stale In Lamballe near Rennrs. George L'Oustaneau - Lacau. who -vas linked with thc reactionary Ga- ;oulard organization before thc war, and Marc Jacquot, a wine merchant. cd to rise to 39,5 lalrr in the _ ns a torrent of water 'yi'ired out or the Missouri: River >, k Alton, III., north of here. Thc water wns at Its highest stage since the great flood of 1844 when It hit 41.3 feet. In thc Hood of 11)44 the river rose to 39.14. Thc quake last night was the flrr.t In six montlii!. They occur about' twice n year. Thc quake came after a week-end' which saw six .slates battered by violent w|nd and rainstorms. Tho heaviest damage was in Northern Iowa mid at Hopewell, Va. Two inrsons were electrocuted In Iowa by powcrllnes blown to the ground In the galc.s. Hut the bad Hood news here wnS good news upstream. It meant tria crests were going out. For the first time In many days. Kansas City river experts reported that the Missouri River hnd-not broken any levees for 2-1 hours. J Thc river was definitely on the way down but forecaster Ralph Aidrich said It would take two weeks for II lo clear ils channel of excess water. The same wns true along the DCS Mnliios River which flooded over its banks four times In the past month. As thc Missouri River dumped Its burden Into Ihc Mississippi the water collapsed the Missouri, Kansas and Texas (Katy) Railroad cm-: bankmenl, the last wall In Its tumbling path, and the water spread out over the 42,000 acres, cutting the Northern half of St. Charles Coun- ly oir from thc South portion and snlatlng the town of West Alton, Missouri. Workers were sandbagging the St. Charles, Mo., water pumping sta- ion but engineers said it was not n Immediate danger. They said downstream points could expect higher water within the next few days. They listed predicted stages of 37.5 at Chester by late tomorrow. And 41 feet at Cape Giiardcan by Wednesday. The river already was 10 feet abort flood stage at Chester. ' ; N. Y. Cotton Mar. .. M.iy, .. July .. Oct. .. Dec. Spots open high , 3120 313* , 3(Ti5 3CS2 37«5 3765 rr.'f 3251 SK-t 3195 low close 3113 3129 3067 3079 3152 3162 3238-' 3279 3164 3180 close 3514 down 1. Weather ARKANSAS—Partly cloudy today tonight, anrl Tuesday. A few scattered showers In extreme North portion. No iinporlnut temi>crat\ire change. House Group Okays G. I. 'Leave' Bond Cashing : WASHINGTON, June 30. <UF>- A House Armed Services Subcommittee today approved legislation authorizing veterans to rash their terminal leave pay bonds alter Sept. 1. Under present law the bonus must be held for five years before they can be cashed. Men still In the service would be given the op- lion under the proposed legisUtlon of applying for cash or for bonds. Thc bonds pay two and one-half per cent Interest annually. ^ The full comrpittee is expected to approve the bill tomorrow. The House is scheduled to take it up next week.' House Republican leaders predicted the legislation would go through' both the House »nd Senate without much, opposition.

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