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VOL. XLVI—NO. 40 W K BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS . THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER o» MOBTII»» a™ . - ^"^ ....... „ . -. . . "MYfcFAFER OF NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND KOtrrHEART WTKSOrrRr Blytheville Courier BlyUieville Dally New Mississippi Valley Leader BlyUieville Herald J»gHlEVIIJ,K.. ARKANSAS. TUESDAY. MAY 9, 1950 SIXTEEN PAGES ^^^ •^^•^ m ^^ _ , —... ^, +.,„„ BiAiiLaiN rAunH SIMQLE COPIES FIVE CENTS CITY GAS FRANCHISE AWARDED TO ARK-MO Laying of Gas Pipeline Slated to Start in Year Under terms of the franchise trranled Arhi >>y the City Council, laying of pipelines and later in BLyllioviHe is to get underway within a year, the franchise states that within*—- 1 OSCKO..A r*IZ E KLOAT-Shown above is the first prize winner of $50 In the Os ™,7 Co? on Week uie held yesterday after inclement weather caused postponement of the event scheduled™" lasts"tmd h* steamboat float was entered by seventh,-eighth, and ninth grade students of osceot ° hoois is after final passage, approval and publication of the ordinance granting it, the power company shall begin construction of the gas distribution system. Ark-Mo officials have previously stated that the work will be completed within 18 months and that gas will be 'jrought to Biytheville by the healing season of 1951." May Serve 12 cili« The utility also plans to serve Dell. Lcticlivllle, Manila, Rector and Piggott in Arkansas and car- uthersville, Stcele. Haytl and Kennett In Missouri. It also will serve Osceola and Wilson if those towns grant franchises. Rector and Piggott already have granted franchises. Action remains to be taken by the city councils m Dell, Manila and Leachviile but It is expected In the near future Laney Defends States Righters Former Governor Further Identifies Self with Movement LITTLE ROCK, Ark.. May 9 Former Gov. Ben Laney of Arkan «sj said today he never would divorce himself from the principles of the states nights Democrats. "I've always stood for the ideas upon which that organization stands," said Laney today at a news conference to explain why he will be unable lo attend » meeting o[ UjK, tt.-.fes 'Renters in •<: ^PJ.. : tomorrow! ' Laney, who is opposing Gov. Sid McMath in the lattcr's bid for a second term as Arkansas' chief executive, said he had a high regard for the -'folks who bulong to the States Rights organization." Wlwn asked If he would turn d-.wn any official post, in the organization because of his own campaign, Laney said that he doesn't expect to be re-elected national chairman, but would serve. In that capacity if asked to do so. Laney lias served two years as head of the States Rights movement. Explains Absence Laney said he had been forced lo cancel a trip to Jackson because of pressing appointments in Arkansas. He said he had to forego all business last week because of his wife's illness and added that he had to keep them this week. Laney said the men.ber.s of States Righters are members of the Democratic party who stand for: 1. Retention of the rights of state; that arc reserved under the u S Constitution. 2. Limitation of 'the power and authority of centralized government. 3. Continuation of the people's rule of government. .4. Opposition of rule by edict or 'Palliation. 5. Promotion and preservation ol proven ideas of Americanism. fi. Guarantee to all tnen. regardless of race,' creed or color, oerson al freedom, opportunity and free riom. Plans of Osceola and Wilson were not clear today. Gns from the "Big inch" pipeline will be brought here via Ark- Mo's new generating plnnl between St. Francis, Ark., and Campbell. Mo. Texas-Eastern Gas Transmission Co. operales (he "Big Inch" line. The franchise granted last night is. perpetual, assignable and exclusive. Airecment is for 25 Years It runs for 25 years, which according to the Public Utilities Act of 1935 makes It a perpetual franchise. It gives Ark-Mo the exclusive right to sell and distribute natural gas in Blytheville. Section 13 of the franchise slates that Ark-Mo may assign to any person or corporation all rights conferred on the utility by it after a distribution system has been erected. Any assignee, however, becomes subject to terms of the franchise ordinance. A three-part provision Is made in Section 12 for coinpensation to lie received by the city In return for the franchise. Such compensation replaces all other franchise licenses, privclcge fees or occupation taxes the city docs or might levy. Franchise Fees Set According to this section, Ark- Mo will pay the city J100 a year for the first five years of operation. During the second five-year period, the city • will receive each year one per cent of the company's gross revenues from the sale of gas to residential and industrial users. sec FRANCHISE: or I'ajc ^ Stormy Council Session Is Witnessed by 200 After a vigorous two-hour session that saw both factions m the iiiilui-al gas n-anchisc coutrovorsy unleash their bigtfcsl gnus, tiie City Council last night voted unanimously to grant Arkniisiis-Missom-i I'ower Company the right to serve Blylhcville with the fuel. * But during the two hours preceding the vote both organizations seeking the franchise plus spokesmen for delegations from 27 towns ami cities m East Arkansas bit- to h " IU ' mhC1 ' ° f is * lles invoh ' G<i '» bringing gaa to this nrci Ncnrly 200 persons from Blythc- - ••-• —- I"-*—'".' .tv,i, oiyiiiu- UIK inu session, Mavor Henderson villc and East Arkansas. Including voiced his approval of t lie Ark™ o" SOItlp tftvttlml rnvicn.,1 T*, c —..«. -__. . V .T '. *"^ .* l " , some reported present from Soulli -"— ,..u,,,, lllv i uiKt:u umi..ane 01 ine= east Missouri, were on hand to pro- aldermen move to award the. frail- test and defend. The size of the cll ise to the power company, crowd necessitated shirting the meet- .Principal points In dispute last Ing from the Municipal Courtroom l" e " 1 wcrc mtcs . 'he number and in City Hall lo the circuit Court- 'S °" °[ "»!"« to bc , sc ,?«^ ™<1 ,.. ... _. . .. whether or not representatives present from other East Arkansas room in the court House. Proposals claims, counter-claims, points should be allowed to speak charges and countercharges sparked — "-- ••-•• •• • *l>caK the meeting, which at times became 0,,,,,^-ariiun lor inese i healed and Involved clashes of poll- lives declared that "the tlcal personalities. . . . Through It all, Ark-Mo had the —^.n. U n.-a at. me ciieapest rates solid support of Mayor Doyle lien- obtainable regardless of what or- dcrson. Al half a dozen ix>inls dur- Nation's Railroads Gird for Strike CHICAGO, May 9. Wl—Railroads involved in a strike set for G a.m. (local time) tomorrow, lod,\y began placing embargoes on freight and passenger traffic. Two of the four major railroads singled out for a walkout l>y the Brotherhood of Locmotive :Fircmen and Enginemen announced plans for curtailing service. The Santn Fe Railway system said it is curtailing passenger service starting todny. Plans for a freight embargo remain to .be completed, the road said. vln Washington, llw Southern railway system issued an embargo on movement;? of all freight and passenger traffic,, which cannot reach its depUhat!on'~or clear Southern-system lines before the strike deadline. In addition, the Southern snld that If the strike materializes It 'Will discontinue all passenger, mail, express and freight sen-ice. The action would affect some 38,000 workers employed throughout the Southern system. Service Curtailed At Indianapolis, a New York Central spokesman said passenger ser- vice will be discontinued in Indianal if (he strike materializes. He said efforU will be made to operate one freight train daily between St. Louis and Cleveland. Passenger trains which would be discontinued, the New York central spokesman said, include five between Chicago and Cincinnati. Meanwhile, federal mediators strove desperately to effect a peaceful settlement, Negotiations, however, appeared to be hopelessly deadlocked. . The walkout .against the Santa Pe.'lhe SoulheVii-'iyslciiCann' western divisions of'the New York' Central and the Pennsylvania, originally was to have started April 3*3. It was postponed two weeks at the request of the rational trailway) Mediation Board. 'Ille firemen's principal demand Is for a second fireman on multiple unit dicsel locomotives. The demand lias been rejected by the carriers. Two presidential emergency fact- finding, boards also held that there is nn 'necessity for an extra lire- Soybeans Open High Low Close Mnv 319=; 322 314 314»t July 317 319',; 312 Nov 22-1 225!', 221 313 , 222', Weother Arkansas forerasl: Mast I y cou- dy with scattered. Ihunrtershowc r sfVi in north and west central portions this after- •Tfg o n and to- i^ht. Cooler in northwest p o r- tion tonight and Wednesday. _ I'UKKATVJMXO Missouri fnrecasl: Pair northwest clearing northeast. cl.)u.1y south! thunder - showers extreme south this afternoon and tonignt; Wed- n&sday increasing cloudiness north. thundcrshowers central ami south; warmer northwest and extreme north; low tonight 45-50 northwest and extreme north, 60-65 remainder of stile; high Wcdiic.sniu 70-75 Minimum till.,- morning 03. Maximum yesterday— 81. Sunset today 6:51. Sunrise tomorrow— 5;02. Precipitation 24 hours 10 7 am today— .17. Total since Jan. i— 28.91. Mean temperalure (midway be- twp*n hteh and low)-;35. ' ' Normal mean for May— H.2. I ruman Pledges Further Development of West Hayti Factory Building Is Scene of Dance HAYTI, MO.. May 9—The new community factory building, to house a ladies' clothing lirm, Is to be the scene of a dance here Monday night. The dance will be sponsored by the Hayti Chamber of Commerce and the Hayti Industrial Development Association. Proceeds from the event will be u.sed principally to landscape the grounds, construct sidewalks and a parking lot for employes' iiitomo- biles. Jack staulcup and his or- chc.strn of Metropolis. 111., nave been engaged to furnish the music The building, containing 30.000 qnurc feet of floor space, «-iw constructed through the sale of stock lo citizens of Hayti and surrounding area. The garment firm manufacturers a nationally known brand of ladies' conl.s and suits and expects to employ 150 or more persons, principally women, on a full time basis when peak production is reached. The annual payrol is expected lo run about $300.000. The firm also ha.s plants at Salisbury, Mo., Greenfield and Dresden, Tenn. In giving the dance various citi- Mns of the community will serve on committees Members of the flayti Pirc Department will handle parking of cars and the city of Haytl will furnish special police to patrol the parking area w. W. Chism. temporary secretary of the Chamber of Commerce. Is in charge of arrangements A large attendance has been assured through an advance sale of tickets. N. O. Cotton Open High Low Close May . .,,... 3238 3333 32io 3aao •July . ,...,. 3255 3260 3236 3237 Oct 3143 3151 311fi 3116 D ™ 3131 3139 JIM 1106 Mar. . 3141 31(1 3109 3110 ' By Ernnsl II. Vaccaro CASPER, Wyo., May 9. M>,— President Truman pledged today a fight to push development of the west over the opposition of "reactionary forces" which he linked to the "Teapot Dome" scandals which centered around an oil area north or here. The l.Vcar presidential train pulled into this bustling center of Rocky Mountain oil activity shortly after 1 a.m. (Mountain Time) and the chief executive quickly was surrounded by a li e ht-heartetl crowd of children and adults as he took a six-block stroll through the streets. Blasts "Greed" I" his speech prepared for delivery iere, Mr. Truman blasted at 'privilege and greed as the mam obstacles to western development and pointed tc the new Kor- tc s Liam. 60 miles south of here, as example of government enterprise which be a source of ..--.„,, ..Ill: (J V fl SUU1CC Ul •wealth and strength tor the people of the world." The president scoffed at those who cry "•••ociall.sm" <,ncl 'regimentation" at such government efforts toward water and land resource development. The president spoke to an over- Mow crowd in the Natror a County High School auditorium which seats 1.600. Among those on the platform were Secretary o[ interior Chapman, Reclamation Commissioner Michael Straus and the Anrtrcn- Gortes family for whom Kortes Dam a as named. ii* Lincoln. Neb., yeslcrday he told an agriculture-minded audience Dial the controversial liran- nan-Farm plan would help assure "peace and prosperity for ourselves and the world." Throughout yesterday, he continued to talk 10 targe anil apparently happy tracksidc crowds in the same chatty, neighborly fashion that marked his successful vote appeal of 1948. The president, as always, demonstrated a complete change of pace when talking to the train crowds from the perfunctory reading from long texts. He drew smiles at Pacific Junction, Iowa, [or instance, when he told them it was his fieth birthday, and added: "I know you'll say I don't look "kc it, but I am." MEADS TKAC'MKKS — A, E. Caldwcll (above), superintendent of schools at Dell, wns cleclcd president of Mis.sis.sipp! County teachers Saturday at the spring touchers meeting held here. urier N'cws I'holo „ >--"lllnJI iluws 1 IH)l'» »hCOM> PLACE \VINNER-Oscfcola fourth, fifth and sixth grade students won second prize of S25 In the Osceola Cotton Week parade yesterday with the above float emphasizing the reign of King Cotton Prize money was donated by retail merchants and businessmen of Osceola who financed the entire Cotton Week there. The businessmen also will furnish each school entrant with $20 for cost of float con$2,700 in Checks, Cash Taken From Joiner Implement Firm Burglars obtained tlOO In cash and $2,600 in checks sometime alter 11 P.m yesterday when they broke Into the Bowden Implement Co. on Highway 61, one mile north of Joiner, Sheriff William Berry-man said today. Also, a filling station next door was entered and about Jl.W m pennies was taken. Entry to the Implement company was made by prying open a rear i*' company safe was chls- eled open. t o, J deposit Personnel said l.he prcparcd ** " oank break-In apparently worlc of amateurs, officer.", said. Company tools were used by the burglars. All officers in the south end of the county are Investigating the case today. Tom Smalley, criminal Investigator 'or the Arkansas State Police, Is aiding In the search. New York Cotton Open High Low Close May 3256 3258 3233 3233 July 3271 3276 3253 3264 Oct. 3147 3156 3124 3125 Dec 3134 3145 .Hid 3110 Dec 3141 3150 3115 3116 New York Stocks Lack of Sewers Luxora Problem Community Clinic It Attended by 45 Civic Leaden LUXORA, Ark.. May 9.—Somo 45 business men, civic leaders, nml other residents of Luxora last night took Initial action in Instigating Improvements In sewerage, highways and recreational facilities. The notion was taken last night at the community development clinic conducted hy W. E. Hicks of HiUcsvllle, representative of the Arkansas Resources and Development Commission. Following a discussion on the Arkansas Plan for Community Development and an open forum. T. D. Wllklus superintendent of Luxorn Schools, was named chairman of an eight-member committee to study the possibilities of a sewer system. The need for the sewer system, public rest stations, impiovcments for alternate Highway 61 which runs through Luxora and the establishment of playgrounds and parks was brought out at a meeting of the three senior high grades yesterday afternoon at 'the High School. Mr. litcks also conducled that meeting, Scwcr Committee Nanin . at the High School cafeteria h Closing Quotations: AT&T Amer Tobacco Anaconda Copper Beth Steel Chrysler Gen Electric Ocn Motors Montgomery Ward ... N Y Central Int Harvester National Distillers Republic. Steel Radio " Socony Vacuum Sludcbakcr Standard of N J ..'," Texas Corp U S Steel '.'.'." sears , °" Southern Facifi* "'" pointed out that economic sod 1 . oU.l „, ,2 W,v tvnn " p'^ 6 -'" Urn) physical factors ot Arkansas Li „'...„?_ botj ' typ . w - Powering 153 I-8 32 3-8 37 10 3-8 49 3-4 S3 S3 3-4 14 ! and physical factors ot Arkansa. ' coiiid be developed by unselfishness, leadership and co-operation. He was Introduced by Lester Stevens, president of the newly formed Luxora Chamber of Commerce, sponsors of the clinic. At the forum cards wcrc presented to those attending for listing the chief needs of Luxora and a report on the cards will bo made by repiesentntivcs of the Arkansas sissippl County. 37 1-2! Resources and Development Com- 31 1-4 20 1-2 IS 1-8 3,1 3-4 72 3-4 67 3-4 32 1-4 in T1 " :)sc Wilkins on plans for a sewerage system wcrc: Mrs. William Johnson. Mrs. Jessie Brown, Miss Florence and O. C. Driver. The clinic at Luxora was mill tug the session, Mayor Henderson proposal and urged that one of the ganization received the franchise and they demanded their right* to be heard. Mayor Henderson contended thai the issue was a local one that included only Blytheville and its trade area, extending Into Southeast Missouri. After considerable debate that became heated at points, the council voled to allow those present to ipeak. Question May Not Be Ended Despite the vole to grant Ark- Mo the gas franchise,, however, thcro were Indications that the. Issues Involved may be far from settled. Considerable discussion by opponents of last night's action followed ths meeting and some of Uie "off-the- rccord" conversation indicated that not all their recources had been exhausted. A primary matter of (iJsngrei-men* was the slated differences In tho rules at which gas could be brought to this area. ' ^notomn^ for three bond Tlnnis. rcprcsenW.ia a ptoposeTJ&rporatlori to be formed from-Arkansas'power and Light Company gas properties said they coicld buy gas for 18 cents per thousand cubic feet from Texas Gas Transmission Co. and for 2B cents per MCP (thousand cubic feet) from Mississippi River Fuel Co They said gas that Ark-Mo planned to buy from Texas-Eastern Gas transmission Company's "Big Inch" pipeline would cost 38 ccnta per Ark-Mo representatives said, however, that the power company also had made arrangements to purchase from Mississippi River Fuel Co Holh organizations claimed commitments from Mississippi River ruel Co., In which the gas trans- inls-sion company agreed to make fuei available to them. Ark-Mo Gives Argument Ark-Mo also contended tbat costs of aying pipe, load fa-.tors and similar technical considerations leveled the price to a point where It could serve this area as cheaply as any other distributor. Although th esecond source has been considered by Ark-Mo, thn utility s original plans call for bring'"" gas to Blythevillo and 11 other (Sec CAS nn I'ajc 7) Kaiser for 1951 To Go on Display Here Tomorrow The 1951 Kahcr will go on display in Blythcville tomorrow In the .showrooms of the 61 Motor Co on North Highway 61. The new Kaiser is the second of three new lines of Kaiser-Fraajr automobiles to he Introduced this series was introduced a monlh ago year. The medium-priced Fiazcr and the yet-unnamed 'low-priced model Is scheduled to be s July. Featuring major changes In styl- • ng, the new Kaisers Include padded crash panels along the full width of the dash bonrd, a "tuck- away" spare tire well in which the. spare is rcce.wd below the tlcor of the trunk, and increased visibility. With 3.S41 square Inchc.s. (he largest glass area of any sedan Is claimed for the 1951 Kaiser. The windshield sweeps back at an angle ! ^'%,^-*- J- -'«! ™,<',^U!a^cner «" The '51 Kaiser is being made In . the new Kaiser Is a 115-horsepow- cr engine. McMaJh Speaks To Lions Club Governor Sidney McMntn arrived In Blythcville this morning for three speaking appearances In Mis- He was to address the Btythevillo at the Hotel Noble at.noon today to work with Mr. and is scheduled to make two pub-' lic appearances Dell. tonight, both at At 6:30 p.m. he will bo the guest . , ni O:M p.m. ne will bo the cuest Rush Abo Llverant, Hymnn Kurtz speaker at the Dell KiwanU Club and O. C n^ f«ii~...i — *i._. ___ i. ... ' arid following that meting will go lar to (lie Dell High School for an op- irium.