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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Thursday, November 7, 1940
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VOLUME XXXVTT—NO. 200. BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OF NORTRSA ST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI Blythevffle Dally Newi Blytbevilfc Courier l Valley Biytheville Herald BLYTHEVILLE,-ARKANSAS, THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 1940 SINGLE COPIES FIVE CENTS GREEKS LIANS IN FURIOUS BATTLES New Deal House Gains Certain; Murray Has Role MEW YORK, Nov. 7 (UP) —New Deal control of Congress was. strengthened today by a net Democratic gain in house seats which widened its working majority over the Republican-Southern conservative coalition of the present session. In the senate. Republicans will ' register a net gain of three or four- seats, it was indicated by nearly- complete returns, but the" Democratic majority remains ample. Analysis of the senatorial and gubernatorial contests showed that while the Republicans were taking a beating- on the national ticket and in the house, they were electing governors in an almost solid block of states in the Midwest, stretching from Ohio to Colorado. " Thus Tuesday's elections appeared to forecast two major political developments during the next two years: 1. Closer co-operation by congress in President Roosevelt's policies. | 2.'•Assumption by Midwest leaders! of greater control over Republican party policy. Political observers ' believed the new congress would be more responsive to President Roosevelt's policies for two reasons. Not only did they expect Mr. Roosevelt's reelection, to enhance his prestige but the Democratic house majority apparently will be increased from the,present 92-vote margin to 106. With only, four house contests still undecided, the Democrats had .registered, a net gain of nine seats by ousting 23 incumbent Republicans-while losing H of their v own, -seats to Republican candidates.-The _division_6f strength''stood:.- Democrats, 266; Republicans, 161; Progressives, 3; American Labor, 1. If the four 'undecided contests do not switch any seats between parties the division will be Democrats, 268; Republicans, 162. The other seat is now held by a Farmer Laborite. Under the. present division of the house, the desertion of 40 or 45 Democratic members to vote with the solid Republican minority has frequently been enough to defeat the New Deal. In the new house ; the Republicans would need about 55 Democrats to do it—and the extra 10 Democratic votes may turn the trick for the administration on many close issues. Of the 35 senate seats at stake, Democrats appear to have won 22. Republicans 11, and a Progressive, Sen. Robert M. LaPolletfce of Wisconsin, one. One is uncertain, with Republican William Langer leading Independent Republican William Lemke in North Dakota. Democrats picked up a seat in Delaware when James M. Tunnell defeated Sen. ohn G. Townsend : Republican, but apparently lost seats in Indiana, Illinois. Nebraska and Ohio. But because of seats not at stake this year, the Democrats will have 66 seats, a comfortable majority. WASHINGTON, Nov. 7. (UP)—Philip Murray, soft- spoken Mine and Steel Workers Union executive, seemed to have a dominant role today in a drive to unify organized labor. Peace between the American Federation of Labor and the Congress of Industrial Organizations. split by four years of bitter strife, had become a live issue following the election. CIO officials here proposed Murray as successor to John L. Lewis as president of the CIO. Most of them took it for granted that Lewis would give up the non-salaried job because he had promised that he would if President Roosevelt were re-elected. There were other sources that hinted that Murray might be considered as secretary of labor, should Mr. Roosevelt reorganize his cabinet. Murray had no comment. The reports began following Mr. TRoose- velt's disclosure yestreday at Hyde Park that unification of labor/may be the first goal of his third administration. .: The impression was current at CIO headquarters that Murray was about the only leader who would not encounter Lewis' opposition for the post should. Lewis vacate and devote himself to his $25,000 a year job as president of the United Mine Workers. ."There was every indication that the issue of unity of the labor movement would come up at both the: CIO and AFL conventions which start simultaneously 10 days .hence at Atlantic City, N..J., 'and iNew Orleans. ,•• •-'•''. :f : -• .-^FL<-{ President - William -jGreen opened the way for unification in a telegram congratulating Mr. Roosevelt on his re-election. Green said he had assured the president of his full cooperation and that of the AFL in promotion of national unity which, labor quarters said, is synonymous with labor's unification Lewis' aides frankly admitted that Mr. Roosevelt would be able to exert considerable pressure on many CIO unions. • Lewis was represented, as fearing that Mr. Roosevelt. might insist on union of the two labor groups at the expense of the CIO's industrial organization principles. His aides said that this was one of the' chief reasons he sought Mr. Roosevelt's defeat. „ Lewis, as head of the UMW with a membership of 600,000, would have a strong voice in selecting a CIO leader. It was said at CIO headquarters that he probably would prevent the elect-ion of R. J. Thomas of the United Automobile Workers and was certain to block Sidney Hillman, labor coordinator of the National Defense. Commission, should he be proposed. Urges Nurses' Parachute Corps Fear Epidemic If Milk Supply Is Not Improved Teachers' Group Charges Unlawful Spending, Hits Textbook Commission LITTLE ROCK, Ark., Nov. 7.— Unless "some constituted authority" acts, the Arkansas Education Association should ''bring- suit to break contracts and reclaim funds which apparently have been unlawfully scent" in textbook deals, Supt. L. M. Goza of Arkadelphia schools, Textbook Committe chairman, told the A. E. A.'s Representative Council on Education at West Side Junior High School last night. The council favored legislation creating an "entirely professional" Textbook Commission. The council, accepting Legislative Committe report, favored the appointment of a state Board of 'Education 'having a member from each congressional district, serving staggered terms. No officeholder, candidate or state employe could be a member. Local school board mmebers and employes would not be barred. The governor would appoint the board, of which the state education commissioner would be ex-officio secretary without vote. Surprisingly little discussion arose as the council considered legislative proposals and a dozen other committee reports. President Ben R. Williams of Ashdown turned the meeting over to the Legislative Committee chairman. Jerry L. Patterson. Pine Bluff Hi^h School instructor, for hi.s committe report and those of others dealing with legislation. The council tabled a proposed amendment giving affiliated units one deleeate for each 20 members "and major fraction thereof." Each' 11: members in a'•unitvhave.a""dele/- gate.'Svmt.. J. E. O'Daniel of Waldo said. "If delegates from the smaller schools vote for this, they might as well kiss themselves eoodbye." .Supt. R. A. Cox of North Little Roc, Credentials'.Committee chairmen, who read the proposal, said, "This was a small school proposal ori.sinallv." have eliminated past presidents'-as council members. Former Embassy Clerk Convicted In London LONDON, Nov. 7. (UP)— Tyler Kent, former United States em- and Anna WolkofT, BrUisMThreateu Italian Sea Supply Lines 111 Italian Supply Attack Axii mutt force Yugoslavia, Bulgaria to yield postage for troops, to get all-land invasion route into Greece Dardanelles] TURKEY •rfthh planes, warships rtpfrttd of Greek islands, cat) easily srrikc Italian and attack lines I 1 ' "' . ' I 1 - ,,i i i Mediterranean Sea ' Scale of Miiet Italy's supply lines across the Strait of Otranto. mid her air and naval attack lines in the Mediterranean, will^be difficult to maintain if British planes and warships succeed In bringing swift aid to Greece. Map shows how Italy must make an overseas campaign of her Invasion of Greece via Albania. Postpone Hearing On Suit Against County Judge Pending Meeting A hearing slated to have been held before Chancellor J. F. Gaxit- ney today on a suit brought by .a number of Mississippi county 'officials has been postponed. ^pending a conference between,, attorneys for the parties. bassy clerk, daughter of former Russian admiral, were convicted today on charges of violating the official secrets act. After their secret trials, it was disclosed that documents involved in the sensational case had been stolen' by Kent from the U. S embassy. Kent was convicted of taking the documents and communicating them to Miss Wolkoff, who in turn, was charged with attempting to send information about then] in a coded letter to Berlin. Kent was sentenced on five counts to seven years in prison and Miss Wolkoff received 10 years in prison. SYDNEY. Australia (UP)—A hen, McCullough of Forrest City, attorney for the plaintiffs, and V. G. Holland of Holland and Taylor, "local law firm, attorney for Judge Giadish and Sheriff Hale Jackson, are to • confer on the suit tomorrow. - : ' . The. .taxpayers seek to restrain Judge Giadish as .-] judge of the county court from approving any further claims against "certain county .funds' this, year, charging that appropriations or anticipated revenue have a Iready : been exceeded in the amount of claims approved and warrants issued against such claims. The county couri clerk, county treasurer and sheriff and collector are, .also defendants in the suit which would restrain them from issuing warrants, cashing warrants, or taking warrants on tax payment* issued on such alleged excessive claims. It Is understood that Judge Giadish contends » claims allowed have not exceeded anticipated revenue. Mrs. Marie McMillan, cibove, of Dallas, Tex., women's parachute jumping champion, would like to train a corps of women parachutists who could serve, not only in national defense, but as nurses to land with first aid equipment during floods, hurricanes, and other disasters. She's pictured in New York, en route to Washington, to offer her plan How Ipng the city of Blytheville can continue without an epidemic, because of the condition of several dairies and milk bootleggers' equipment, is uncertain, according to Dr. E. M. Nixon, director of Mississippi -County Health Unit, and George Shamlin, sanitarian of the unit, who issued a statement today prior to an expected "show down" on the milk ordinance in Blythe- j ville. " i That Blytheville is in danger ofi a serious epidemic because of vio- j j lation of the milk ordinance was voiced again by those officials. "Lack of enforcement of the standard milk ordinance makes the | dairyman have to compete with | milk bootleggers and in competi- • tion with a bootlegger a good dairy- ( man would have to sell inferior milk," the two public health officials said in putting much of the blame for certain conditions on alleged failure to enforce the milk i ordinance. i ''Bacterial counts in our present milk supply have been so great in number above the amount speci- .fied for a Grade A milk supply, 1 due to unsanitary milking and handling, that it is .against all rules of medical science that some form of epidemic does not break out", they commented. Under the city's Standard Milk Ordinance, subject of much controversy" over the years it has been on the statute books, the county health unit is the inspecting and grading, agency for protection of the city's milk supply. Gatewood Trial Still Underway This Afternoon The case of Cecil Gatewood, of Leachville. charged with rape was still underway in criminal division, circuit court, this afternoon after beginning Wednesday morning. It was expected that the case, killed by Mrs, c. F. Membrey for; continued from the spring term of the family table, was not. exactly' court, would reach the jury some- the "goose that laid the golden time in the early afternoon, •egg" but it was the hen who had Judge G. E. Keck is presiding two $2 grains of gold In its gizzard. Efforts are . being made to locate the goldbearing ground on which the hen must have fed. over the court term which has been underway since Monday after reconvening following a one-day session last week. Three Die In Unusual Auto Crash HOT SPRINGS, Ark., Nov. 7. (UP) — Three persons were killed and two were injured seriously today near here when the hood of the automobile in which they rode became unfastened and blew back in front of the windshield, blinding the driver, and the car left the highway and was ! wrecked, "./'y '' ' .... Mrs. Bess Sparier, "Little Rock beautician. Jack Bradley, Little Rock pharmacist. Albert Deemer, : Hot Springs, a student of Subiaco college. Mrs. J. L. Hill and SanVWinning- ham, both of Little Rock, were In Ask Business Houses To Close Friday Night All business firms of Blythevlile which normally remain open at night \vere asked to close during the Blytheville-Jonesboro football game Friday night in a request issued today-."by Mayor Marion Williams. Pointing out that numerous persons had suggested that such' firms as drug stores, -restaurants and the 'like be closed so that all employes could see the game, Mayor Wil- 'llams suggested that the places of business be closed from 8 until 10 Absentee Votes May Determine Ou t ( come Of Gubernatorial Race ST. LOUIS, Nov. 7. (UP)—MSs~ -souri Deinocrats refused today r,u concede the election of Republican,/Forrest v, Donnell^ of 9t^Loul as - governor-,;-;:,:•"..;, .''•,.'., . , Donnell had a plurality of only 3.232 votes on the basis of unof- ncial returns from all of the 4,484 precincts in the state. The unofficial court to date did not include figures from an estimated 18,000 to 20,000 absentee ballots which Democrats claimed would show a three-to-one majority for their candidate. Lawrence McDaniel, former SI. Louis excise commissioner. Present returns gave Donnell 1,904,759; McDaniel, 901,527. o'clock, opening up ' after the game. immediately Stains on ivory knife handles can be removed by rubbing with a cut lemon which has been dipped in table salt. The United States produced 327,090,000 pounds of raw aluminum in 1939, as compared to 286.- 882.0GO pounds in 1938. Sarah Bernhardt was born a Jewess, but was converted to the Catholic faith. Police reports show that nearly 170 motor cars are stolen every day in the United States. First Killing Frost Of Season Last Night . Blytheville and immediate surrounding section had its first killing frost of the Season last night when the thermometer also went to 30 degrees for a new low of the Winter. While some flowers do not show signs, of being killed, the frost was such that it is recognized as a "killing frost", it is said by agricultural and weather officials. Results Uncertain Mountain Fronts By United Press Creek and Italian armies fought with increasing violence today along two main fronts in the mountainous Albanian border zone with both sides claiming progress. "*£* _ Qji thc northern front protecting the road to Salonica the Greek counter offensive into Albania wsis reported stalled before reachmgTtne big- Italian base at Koritza. A furious battle was reported in progres's in tho mountains for domination of the main road to Koritza .with Italian reinforcements trying/nfo TO EHUD rally against the Greeks. On the southwestern front ',tKe Italians appeared to be resuming-a big scale offensive after a week" of" delay along the Kalamas river^Tife southern drive was in two dir«- tions—toward Janina and dowri'JSe west coast toward the Pargas. The Italian advance toward ^-Janina was said to have been sto'ppwi ~ but It was indicated that -tSe ; Greeks were falling back toward Pargas which would threaten^the encirclement of Janina. e.-1£~ The Balkan conflict intensified speculation on a possible German thrust Into the southeast In sup- , port of the Italian offensive. Lon- -— - don'sources, which recently claimed • The area In which the exten-jthat about 70 German divisions *, sion of service Is proposed Is* we re In position for possible service '- Service To Be Extended In Certain Area If Requirements Met City postal delivery routes will be extended to serve residents 01 approximately 14 blocks on Chlck- asawba avenue and Hearn and Holly streets, previously without such' service, if certain requirements are complied.-.with,, it was announced today at the city hall. It was stated that Postmaster Ross Stevens had given assurance • such extensions would be made 1C a survey shows the requirements have Legislative Committee Finds Many 'Blue Laws' CONCORD, N. H. (UP)—A special legislative commission appointed tc find state "blue laws" "to be repealed, this winter, reports 400 of 2.4CO pages of law examined contain obsolete statutes. One "blue law" still on the bookr allows parents to contract out the services of children under 14 years of age. Short-tailed shrews, only 11 grams, can catch and kill mice. Chlckasawba avenue west from the Division street Intersection to the Cotton Bolt railroad crossing; Hcarn street west from the Madison street intersection, to Cemetery road; Holly street west from the Madison street Intersection to Cemetery road. The requirements are: number- .ing>of all residences in the affected area (Scene oft-much residential building^activity. %v-recent years), the -placing-'of mail'receptacles cri all houses and the marking of streets to designate their location. Difficulty has been encountered in the past in' locating residences on Hearn and Holly streets due to an intersecting street, Madison, a 'short street* between -Tenth' and Eleventh streets, which does not extend north and south across Main street. The city street department is to erect street signs In the area. Houses on Hearn and Holly, west of Madison street will be numbered 1050 and above, it is requested, and all east of Madison to the Tenth street intersection on Hearn and Holly will be numbered below 1050 to comply with the requirements. Residents will provide mail receptacles and re-number their homes if re-numbering is required In the "long" 1000 block (two-block) area. Postmaster Stevens will make a survey when city officials report that requirements have been met and, if he approves them, will immediately order mail carrier service extended to cover the area, It is stated. Residents of the affected area .who desire additional information may telephone Frank Whitworth, city clerk, at No. 830. In the Balkans, heard that tfjfe number of Nazi troops In Rumania ;" t had been increased to sevefi^or ?' eight divisions (80,000 to 120,00 men) in the past two weeks."-- This force would be toaid , the Italians, to occupy "Bulgarlauor, to move against ,the Tuih.s wno were busy today arresting spies.?' 5 ? The 'next 'step in .the- Axls.offen-,^ slve, however, " appeared , likely/-, to * .depend ' on the outcome of military-*•developments in Greece and^-Al-"' bania and perhans i^Africa where the British reported the ' recapture of the key city of "'Qallabat. , -+~In «the Par East the Japanese' were threatening' to~ the offensive again toward the south. ' The Japanese news agency indicated that Tokyo was facing southward when it said Japan was protesting against activity of hostile elements in southern areas ^os French -Indo China. These hostile elements were • described as Americans, Britons, Chinese and -followers of' the "Free France" -movement. Protest s To France BANGKOK, Siam, Nov. 7'(U?'»r- Siamese military quarters said today thai further French air force violations of Siamese territory "would mean trouble" after an authorized statement had charged the French with 33 violations or toe frontier since April. '^- WEATHER Arkansas—Fair to partly cloudy today, cooler tonight and Friday, frost if clear tonight. Memphis and vicinity—Fair tonight, followed by increasing cloudiness Friday, little change in temperature. / The average speed of motorists in Times Square, New York City, is six miles an hour. Difficult Four Years Ahead For Country And For President By LYLE C. WILSON United Press Staff Correspondent NEW YORK, Nov. 7.-President Roosevelt today leads the United .States and the Western Hemisphere into four years in which war or peace, urosoeritv or depression will be in the balance. A $15.000,000.000 re-armament program is stoking the furnaces of industry for defense of the United States and to make it the supoly depot of democracy's world-wide resistance to aggression. Continuing- tremendous expenditures foretell a business boom. On the pledge to lend all possible material aid to those nations which resist aggression, the 1 United States hazards the issue of war or peace. That pledge has been underwritten bv a smashing political endorsement. Mr. Roosevelt is chief of state today as no American has been before him with overwhelming popular approval for his policies of social reform and aggressive—if short Micsourians Lose \ Lives In Accident KENNETT, Mo. Nov. 6.—Mrs. George Smith, 48, and John Gainer, 60, died today of injuries suffered in an automobile collision Tuesday ni<zht. Mrs. Garner was injured critically. George Smith, local merchant, was less seriously hurt. - - . * „, Warm Welcome of war—defense of democracy. No vital changes in New Deal policy are indicated. Mr. Roosevelt's few words' since his re-electior protended merely "some more of the same." But the tempo of aid to the British, the sternness of disapproval of Japan's activities seem due to increase. The matter of loans to Great Britain and of legislation which would make them possible is .lust around the comer. And it is notable that some of our military observers are soberly reporting that they believe it will be necessorv in the, long run to give Great Britain naval aid and at least the assistance of trained American flying personnel if the totalitarian powers are to be defeated. Mr. Roosevelt is known to feel that social security provisions including old age pensions, fall short by millions of reachin? as many people as they' should. And he may be depended on to seek to remedy that. And hot in domestic politics is whether social gains which Mr.- Roosevelt regards as vital, should be relaxed on the ground that relaxation would step up national defense. He has promised that they won't be. The nation looks up from its weeks of preoccupation with domestic politics, to find the world still aflame. There are cries from all sides for national unity. Willkie was vigorous even in defeat in approving continued aid to the opponents of totalitarianism. Herbert Hoover, in a statement from Palo Allo, Cal., urged full cooperation of both parties in the "vital purpose" of avoiding war. Alf M. Landon. whom Mr. Roosevelt defeated four years ago. addressed an "American united rally" here, pleading for national cooperation as an example of "united purpose in the defense of the republic." There was the inevitable speculation whether President Roosevelt would invite Willkie to share some government responsibility, perhaps relating to national defense. He called on Landon for various patriotic services after 1936. Acclaimed personally and as an epochal political figure because of his re-election to an unprecedented third term, Mr. Roosevelt begins his new term with his majorities in both houses of congress strengthened by the election returns. The margin of third term triumph still is growing in the second day after the election. .Mr. RojSevelt oolled 25.203,904 popular votes and 468 in the electoral collage. The bare majority sufficient to elect is 266. Wendell L. Willkie polled 20,942,864, the largest vote ever cast for a losing candidate. Only Herbert Hoover in 1928 and Mr. Roosevelt in his three successful presidential attempts ever torraed the 20,000,000 figure. But Mr. Willkie won only 63 electoral votes. The division of the electorate was approximately 55 per cent for Mr. Roosevelt and 45 per cent for Willkie. But the division of government power is far different with the executive branch 100 per cent New Deal, the Supreme Court containing a five-to-four majority of i young New Deal blood and only j congress a political arena where ? administration bulwarks might soon i be broken either by a coalition j anti-New Deal movement or by vote of the electorate in 1942. The Democratic party organization has been taken over by 'the, New Deal. Vice President John N. Garner is self-exiled in;JUvalde,! Tex. James A. Farley,- v aspired to 'the national ticket' this year is out of the , "cabinet and of the party chairmanship. The president has. checked the conservatives .. and i moved them far from the seats of •' party power. He pledged that this would be his last term, but as of j today he is in a position to name! his successor as surely as he made • himself available for renomlnation j in Chicago last July. Queen Elizabeth received a lit* j erally warm welcome when she', recently'visited one of 'London's' new feeding centers, establish£fr for persons whose homes, Have been destroyed. / Abovev^Het ", Majesty ^Ya^ms her hands at the stove ,a$ she chats with- JBiinister. of

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