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Blytheville, Arkansas
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE DOMINANT umceoimro .-.i. p^-,,,,.,...— ^^"^ * * ^^^ VOL. XLV—NO. 188 Blytheviil* Daily New. Blytheville courier Blythevlll* Herald Mississippi Valley Leader THEDgMINANT NEWSPAPER OF NORTHEAST ARKAKBAfl AND 6OTTHEA8T MISSOUIU Needham Death Decree Upheld By High Tribunal State Supreme Court Affirms Sentence in BlytheviHe Rape Case LITTLE nOCK, Ark., Oct. ijjH. (AP)—The Arkansas Su- ~'i'cnie Court today affirmed two death sentences. One was that of Hollis Edward Needham, convicted in Mississippi Circuit Court, for ''ape of an eight-year-old girt. The olher was imposed against Tobert Lewis Smith in Pulaskl Circuit Court for the fatal shooting of his former wife. Needham >vas found guilty of taking a sleeping child from her Blytheville home last April 10 and raping her in his laxicab. In Us appeal, Ihe defense alleged several errors including a contention that the girl was loo young '-> re; a competent witness. All were rejected in the supreme court opinion writ- len by Associate Justice George Rose Smllh. Robert Lewis Smith shot and killed his former wife. Mrs. Sally Mae Barner, near University Hospital, Little Rock, last May 4. He fled at Ihe time, but was arrested later at Jacksonville. The state contended that he killed the woman because she had caused him to serve a sentence in Ihe Texas Penitentiary for bigamy. The high court's opinion, written by Jusfcce Minor Mlllwee said tcsti- mony at- the Irial was sufficient "lo show a malicious, dcliberale and pre-meditated killing, and lhat It fully warranted the jury In return- Jng a verdict of first degree rmir- W ier -" Governor to Fix Date Governor McMath must set dates for electrocution of both Needham and Smllh. Original dates passed while appeals were pending. The supreme courl also upheld a two-year sentence imposed in Green Circuit Court against Mary Gazaway for grand larceny. She was convicled of theft of a S400 promissory note. Two eivil judgments .in the Mississippi Circuit Court were affirmed. In one. the trial court awarded Jesse Turner a $200 judgment against c. Abraham, who appealed. In'int. ->i?-»id tl tr ji j av, ^ueo. r P Dean a commission of 1000 for sen Ices in sale of pioperty of L b and Kathrme Hartzog in ^Jlytheulle The Harlzogs Appealed Court Delays Hearings in i Assault Cases Preliminary hearing for Nelson f ~ owe on a charge of asault with tent to kill was continued mill -turday In Municipal Court this BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS, MONDAY. OCTOBER 31, 1949 PrideTdiion Sewer Project Faces New Delay TWELVE PAGES SINGLE COPIES FIVE CENTS Ground-Breaking Ceremonies Held Methodists Formally Launch Construction Of New Sanctuary Ground-breaking ceremonies were conducted at tile First Methodist Church at noon yesterday markin» the formal start on the construction of a new sanctuafj at Seventh M™™ •§270,000. morning. Crowe was arrested Salurda Crowe's home on Street. Deputy Sheriff night after he Is alleged to have shot George Duncan through the shoulder with a .22 caliber rifle at North Franklin Holland Aiker who assisted with the investigation said that the shooting followed som trouble the two men had ove. Crowe's wife. Crowe entered a plea of not guilty at his arraignment Ihis morning. In other action this morning hearing for L. E. on a charge of assault with a deadly weapon was continued until Saturday. He is alleged to have assaulted Lardo Smith with a shotgun . Willie Hill was fined S35 and costs » his plea of guilty to a charge of ring while under the influence of liquor and Vernonse White forfeited a $35.25 cash bond on a similar charge. Bloodhounds Fail To Pick Up Trail Of Lone Fugitive Ark., Bloodhounas today failed to 'pick up the trail of a man believed to be Ihe lone fugitive from Phoenix, Ariz., jailbre,.k But peace officers believe the man. Identified b an Arkansas farmer as Jack Tatum, 25, Is still in the brushy hill section five miles north of here. The search began yesterday after the farmer Identified an early caller as Tatum, one of broke out B the Phoenix Jail Oct 22 •Oloodhounds were flown here rrom Ihe Arkansas penal Farm ™ Cummins, Ark., but because of rain wer,. ,, na ble to cordon around last night, they Pick up a trail. Ofticeis kept a an area, roughly three square miles •xpcctta g Ihe rain and ..ear-reT^ of Mack sa , e ack Edw « r <fc said the farmer, Bennle Huff, gave a stranger breakfast early yesler- ' "'"• Wh ° descrlt * d *• pistol , descrlt * d *• man l "»«cter," laier told lan ™ s ca " rin « • Edwards said H Identified the man as .Ta.trnn - .from an FBI m- lorm-Ulon circular. • '" at a cost # approximately . ... - The first spade of 'dirt was turned by Mrs. j. D. Rutledge, widow of a former pastor who served when the Blytheville church still was a charge on a circuit. She was presented by the Rev. Roy I. Bagley pastor, at ceremonies in front of the present Education Building following the morning service. Th" •j.rm^a SH I -vmorning hour v [.„ piLsented ay Ihe Rev E. B Willlniiu superintendent of the Joneaboro District of the Methodist Church, yutn three former pastors participating in the service They vseje the Rev Jefferson Sherman no* pastor of the Huntington Avenue .church In Jonesboro- the Rev T:£j: Self of-Luxora, retired minister, who served on 'lire Blytheville circuit in the early days of Mississippi County Methodism- and the Rev. s. B. • Wilford, now district superintendent at Batesville. Congratulations were s<-nt by the Rev. Allen D. Stewart fror.i Conway, who was transferred from Blytheville to First Church. Conway. at the last annual meeting of the North Arkansas Conference. Added Faith Urged ,, In , th !?,, sermon ^sterday. the Re Mr. Williams, who also is a forme pastor of the Blytheville church said -that the church today Is the hope of the world and urged Christians to increase their faith to enable the church to perform greater deeds. "The things you are doing here today," he said, "help to provide the answer to the question: -Is there any hope?' it will take time and money and prayers to provide the answer 1 ; and it will take devotion to a great cause to see the building program through to completion. • In the ground-breaking ceremonies. the second spade of dirt wat, turned by Harvey Morris, c .airman of the Board of Stewards for II years. He W as followed by B. A Lynch, who directed the financial campaign to pay off the debt on the Education Building; j. w . Adams chairman of the construction committee for the sanctuary which nil scat more than 600 persons; and pus Eberdt. who had j leading role in recent campaign;, to provide funds, to launch the new program. Guests at jimchcon Others participating in the ceremonies Included Mrs. w. L. Horncr president of the Doman's Society "f Christian Service; Mrs. Fred Steadman, president of the Weslcyan Guild; Jackie Estcs, representine the Msthortlst Youth Fellowship, and Roger Sudbury, grandson of one of the church's oldest member!), representing the Church School. Ministers turning dirt for the new building included the Rev. Mr. Self, the Rev. Mr. Sherman, District Superintendents Williams and W1I- forrl, and the present pastor. Following the ceremonies, the distinguished visitors were guests of the church's Board of Stewards and the W.S.C.S. at a luncheon In Hotel Noble. During the services special recognition was given to Mrs. R. E L. Bearden, widow of one of the church s early pastors; Mrs. A. M. R. Br «ns°n. widow of a former pastor and the mother of the architect for the structure, u. S. Branson; and to Mrs. j. G . sudbury and Mrs. Eva Karelin, who are among the oldest members In point of service in the church here. Profits of U.S. Industry Go Up For First Time in 12 Months NEW (Cons-right 1049 by the Associated Press) Result of City-Wide Surrey is Needed, Commissioner Says Blythevilie's sewer system troubles —as widespread as the city Itself— have caused a delay In the beginning of a sewer project to serve Pride and Gateway Subdivisions. C. S. Baggett, chairman of the board of commisloncrs for tub newly-created Sewer Improvement District No. 4, said today the delay results from the need for n survey of sewer needs for the entire city that must be made before a site can be picked for a disposal plant. C. H. French ol Little Rock, an Inspector for the Arkansas Slate Board of Health, was in Blytheville over the weekend to Insiiect the proposed site for a disposal plant In a new sewer district, O. W Coppedge and U. w. Moore, the other commisloners, also met wllh Mi- French. Mr. Baggelt said he was lold by Mr. French that a site for this plant could not be selected until n survey of the entire clly had been made. The possibility that two disposal plants may be required (a handle Ihe clly's sewage needs would af- fecl the type of plant to be Installed in (he southwest section of Blytheville, according to Mr. French. Plans for a survey of Die city's sewage system are under consideration and the City Council may act YORK Oct 11 UPl—Pi-rrfii , uu " allcl cnc °"y Council may act umvard, m fh» HI' H , ( ^~ Ploflts °' Aln «'ican Industry turned on selection of an enelncering firm upwards in Ihe third quarter of this year for the first time in 12 months. to ™ k <» ««* survey when It meete high mark of a year They stand only slightly below the all-tim ago. when third quarter earnings were ll, c peak in Ihe record year o. 194H An unusual fealurc of Ihe third* __ _ _ _ substantial quarter Nov. 8. Mayor Doyle Henderson, who also met with Mr. French, said today was, the sustantial increase In earnings of automobile companies which off-set a sharp decline in oil company profits. The compilation by the Associ- ?f™ P1C5S ° r earn '»8s reports of J14 learmg corporations ..In all major fields showed today a total net profit of $1,003,044,061 ill the July- September quarter. That is 4.3 per cent higher than the total by of S982.102.819 reported the same corporations in the earnings New York Cotton • Open High Low l;30 ^ ec • W85 2994 2984 2991 •jar. . -.(..-. 2J84 2993 5934 2 S89 ' Ia 7 2933 2992 2983 2368 !V' y 29« 2959 2945 2955 *' 2190 2295 S181 2790 second quarter or this year. It Is only 4.1 percent lower than the Sl.04B.983.29t earned by these companies in Ihe third quarter -of 19,38'" **"' ~~ t ' L • • Corporate earnings slid lower in the final quarter of 1!)48 from their third quarter peak, and the decline continued In the first and second quarters ol this year. The upturn was not surprising 16 those who watched the recession of early 1949 give way gradually to an economic recovery around mid year. The present profit trend confirms that rebound. , Decline iialanccd .Largely responsible for the overall good showing nte the ear Of. two automobile companies. The Increase In Iheir earnings more Ihan balanced Ihe decline in profits shown by the oil companies. Chrysler and General Motors increase,-; their earnings by more than 398,000,000 in the third nuar- ler of Ihls year ovu- a year ago, while the earnings of 22 oil companies fell nearly $97,000,000 below A comparison of the third quarter of this year with the previous quarter shows the two motormakcrs added more than $4,000.000 to their earnings, while the oil companies fell back by some 813,000000 Groups advancing from year to year included automobiles, utilities, chemical companies, air transport and aircraft, brewirs and distillers, food products and baker.' and con- See PROFITS on I'agc 12 Murray Pledges Ouster Of Reds in CIO Unions CLEVELAND. Ocl. 31. lif, CIO President Philip Murray touched on a rousing demonstration at the opening session of the nth convention today when he promised to 'cleanse" the organization of pro-Commnnlsts. After referring to abuse directed at him by the Moscow radio. Murray. In his keynole address, said that at meetings of his own CIO executive board: "I did not know whether 1 was talking to a fink( strikebreaker), a Commie, or an FBI man." 'If we are going to cleanse this movement, which by Ihe way. we arc going to do at this convention—" Murray started to say when the more than 600 delegates broke into noisy cheers." Murray was unable to finish his sentence. At least three, and possibly a dozen unions under so-called left-wing leadership are threatened with ouster from the CIO Chest is $8,922 Short of '49 Goal Clean-Up Campaign Scheduled to Starr Tomorrow Morning Early today reports horn 313 contributors for the_genero.l solicialion division of the Comrh'uhlt*y v '-Chest Campaign had not been received and Ihe competition for the Red ieatner Oscars was to close at 5:30 p.m. today. • . At noon today Ihe Blytheville Ki- wams club was within about SIOO of overtaking th e leading. Lions Club team, which has consistently been in the lead with $925.15 collected during the first few days of the campaign. Other team standings show the Hotary club' in third place, the American Legion, fourth, Parent Teachers Association, filth, and the Junior Chamber of Commerce' hi the sixlh place. Some of the teams have failed to contact as many as 60 of those included on their lists. The ones not contacted are to be turned over to a clean np campaign committee, headed by R. A. Nelson, and that phase o! the work will begin tomorrow. L. E. Old and Jimmie Sanders were the only workers named by noon today to assist in that campaign. More than 5-15.30 has been collected during the general solicitation campaign, with the total early today showing $19,127.60 with «,922 40 still to be collected before the goal is realized. Life Insurance Men ' Contribute to Library * The Blylhevillc Association of Life Underwriters Saturday con- Iributed S50 lo the Blytheville Public Library for the purchase of 1'fe insurance books for the library. The action was taken at a lunch- con meeting at the Hotel Noble. Guests were G. B. Ward and J D F«tch, ot Forrest City and T. A. U....U ii.bou.tbj' tMll uu Ulllue 1[Q &OU11 as a firm has been selected by Ihe council. Several firms have bid on the survey job. It had been hoped earlier lhat work on Ihe sewer project' in Pride and Galeway Subdivisions could be started soon and completed tills year. Also affecting construction uf a disposal plant in this area is Ihe proposed Negro housing project for which the Blytheville Housing Authority recently received federal aproval. Mr. Coppcdge said Ihls project. tor which the east 40' acres of the 6.,-W,' Copp edge' form -in southwest Biythcrllle have been surveyed as 'a possible site, -.would require a different type of disposal plant than the one proposed. * Drainage ditches In the southern and southwestern section of the city also were inspected by Mr. French. Mr. Baggett said Mr. French lermcd the sewage situation in B!y- Iheville "horrible." He said Mr. French pointed out the presence of waste In the ditches and lhat a "very olfensive odor" was noticed. Mr.. French also iwinlcd out Die danger of spreading disease lhat has been created by these ditches and the overflowing cesspools he also found during his inspection tour. Sewer trouble In Blylheville In general and In Pride and Gateway Subdivisions in particular were described by Mr. Baggett as of "emergency" proportions. Court to Open Here Tuesday; Jurors Called A grand jury session and trial of misdemeanor cases appealed from municipal court will open the fall criminal term tomorrow In the Chlckasawba District of Mississippi County Circuit Court. Judge Zal B. Harrison of Blythe- villc will preside. While Prosecuting Attorney 11. G. Partlow Is meeting with the grand jury tomorrow. Deputy Prosecutor A. S. Harrison will handle the misdemeanor appeals for the slate. Trials of felony cases are scheduled to get under way Wednesday. Speclilc Irial dales lor Ihe fclonv Folgcr of Blytheville. ''cases have not been set. Soyb Nov Dec .. Men May , cans O|Wn High Low Close • .. 222»i 223U 221U 223 ... 224TS 225',i 22311 225'S .... 225^, 225?i 224 225'4 .... 224% 224 ?i 223 U 224 V, N. O. Cotton Dec. Mar. May July . Oct. Open High Low . 2932 2D87 2983 . 2983 2390 2982 . 2981 2938 2980 . 2938 2950 2936 1:30 2384 2985 2984 2947 St. Louis Widow Announces She Will Wed 'Veep' Nov. 18th ST. LOUIS, Ocl. 31. (/T>-Vice President Alben w. Barklcy who has scored many successes in a long political career, has also proved himself lucky In love. Mrs. Carlcton S. Hadley, the comely young widow whom he courted diligently for nearly four months, announced last night that the wo would be married here Nov. 18. ^ ____ The announcement was made Informally In the presence of a lew Mends and newspapermen In Mrs Hadley's apartment as the vice president stood by smlll j Wedding details were not made public, friends expected Ihe ceremony would be a simple one and would be performed In one of the local Melhodist Churches. Both the 71-year-old Kenluck'i- and his 38- year-old bride-to-be arc members of that faith. The wedding announcement, set lor 7 p.m., was delayed nearly 30 minutes while the Veep, as he likes to be called, put through a Phone sail lo President Truman at Washington. The President seemed "pleased and ,iappy" a t the news, Barkley reported. form " Ihen lurned 27»4 27P3 277=; 27si m.or en lurne 2,84 2,8o 277a 2781 to those present and chivalrously "the vice president yields-shall j say—to the senator from Missouri " Mrs Hadley, with eyes sparkling, said simply: "The vice president and I arc going to be married on the 18th of Novcrnner. The plans will be announced laler." Friends thcj rushed up to con- gralulalc UK couple, while photographers' bulbs flashed. To Purchase Kin* Today "I certainly deserve to be congratulated," Barklcy commented. 1 regard myself as greatly honored by the announcement Mrs. Hadley has just made." About M persons, who had gathered on the lawn outside, were admitted to the apartment to congratulate the couple, who seemed as shy and gay a s . couple of youneslcrs who had ,lu«l tolcj their Steel Strike May End For One Big Operator tourter New* Photo Murray of CIO Due to Announce Deal Late Today Industry Sources Decline to Confirm Report on Agreement WASHINGTON, Oct. 31.— (AP)—Steel industry sources said today a atrike-omling agreement has been reached between Bcthelehcm Steel Corp. mid the CIO Stcclwork- ers Union. CHINESE CLERGYMAN' GKEBTEW-The Rev. VI. J. Fttzhugh (eft) vicar of the St. Stephen's Episcopal Church In Blytheville and the Calvary Kpiscopal Church in Osccola is pictured as ho welcomed ">o Right RCV. Y. Y. Tsu, general secretary of the Chung Hua Sheng Rung Hlu (The Holy Catholic Chinch of china) to Blytheville The Chinese minister spoko yesterday at the Osceola Church and was .„ Blytheville as guest of the Rev. Mr. Fiizhugh today, before speaking in Jonubor. tonight. The Rt. Rev. Mr. Tsu, the only ,oreI 8 n chaplain tor he United stale q. u In china, came- to the United states to attend the general conference ol the Episcopal church at San Francisco iron, Communist China and will return there to continue his ministry soon in order to l,e re-admitted, the churchman cannot bo quoted In any newspaper or magazine article. He spoke at the Calvary church li nlght In Osccola, Elections Hold Special Interest Voters' Decisions Next Week ro Offer Clues to 1950 Races III' .lack Bell WASHINGTON, Oct. 31. M>)-A hammer-and-toiigs race for governor In New Jersey, a U. s. Senale contest In .New York, and six strategic mayor election's next week may reflect advance political trends of the 1050 congressional campaign. In New Jersey, Hernibllcan Gov Alfred E. Ddscoll Is battling lo keep In Ihe OOP ranks a stale tlml con- trllnitcd-lG electoral voles In 1048 to tiov. Thomas B. Dewcy of New York the losing presidential candidate. Drlscoll is opposed by Democratic Slale Senator Elmer II. Wctie A Democratic victory in Ihe race would be certain lo be considered a sign lhal the Ucpubllcans would have extremely lough going in their uphill balllc lo regain conlrol of Congress next year. Next door a mayor's race In New York Cily is sharing national Interest with a special Scnalc clccllon Other municipal elections being watched closely for nalional (rends Include those in Louisville. Boston Detroit, Cleveland and Pittsburgh Senate Hacc in SjiolliKht Republican strategists arc placing their highest hopes on electing John Poster Dulles over Herbert H. Lehman, former Democratic governor as New York senator for the year remaining In NIC term of Democrat Robert P. Wagner, resigned. Dulles now holds the scat by appointment o Gov. Thomas E, Dewey. I" New York City Newbolil Morris, the nenubllcan-Mberal-fuslon candidate who ran third in 1315, Is Irylng to unseat Democratic Mayor William O'Dwycr. Hep. Vllo Marcanlonto Is in Ihe race, loo. on the American Labor Parly ticket flicre are three other minor party nominees. In Louisville Ihe Republicans arc trying for Ihe sort of off-year surge that almosl carried lliem over In 1045, when Ihcy lost the mayor's office by only 221 voles. To carry Kentucky In 1050, they will have to do well in Louisville, Kentucky elects a senator next year to replace Senator Withers ID-Ky) serving by appointment, as well as seven Democratic and two Republican Ifouse members. It's the er slale the Re- vc to make hay in " liiey arc to regain control of Con- kind of z bord publicans will hav Weather forccitsl: Fair and cooler with frost tonight with lowest temperatures 28-32 in north, 32-35 In south. Tuesday fair and not so cold In west and central portion '» Hie afternoon. Missouri forecasl: Fzir tonlgnt and Tuesday, colder Ihls afternoon soulheast portion; colder tonight exlrcino southeast. Minimum this morning—38. Maximum yesterday—OS. Minimum Sun. morning—'15. Maximum Saturday—70 Sunset today5:OS. Sunrise tomorrow—6:20. Preclpllallon 48 hours lo 7 a.m. today—.43, Tola! since Jan. 1—49.92. Mean tcmpcralure Imldaay between high and low)—515. Mean lempcratu:e for Nov.—50.2. Tlilj Dale Last Year Minimum 'tills mornIng-^8. Maximum yesterday—73. See WIDOW en F»fe 12 —40.84. . clpliation Jan. 1 to Ihls dale Sherman Slated To Get Navy Post Denfeld's Probable Successor is Due in Washington Tuesday By Fllon C. Fay WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 (/!•) — Vice Admiral Forrest P. Sherman headed today for Washington, bol- slrilng speculation that he will be picked to succeed Ailm. Louis Den- felcl as chief of Naval operations. The commander of the Sixth Task Force In the Mediterranean has been mentioned prominently for the Job from which Denfeld was ousted. He has stayed on the sidelines In the armed services scrap which brought Dcnield's removal Sherman left his fleet, at Beirut Lebanon, and bnardcil a Pan-American airliner for the flight to, this country. Officials at London headquarters of U.S. Naval Forces 'In the Eastern Atlantic and Mediterranean said he had been ordered to return lo Iho capllal. He is due lo arrive In Now York at 4:50 a.m. (EST) tomorrow. An announcement on Denfeld's successor as well as a decision on whether Denfeid will retire or accept a lesser assignment is expected soon. IlcJifcIil let It lie known llirougli • i'ldcs this mornlnj (hat he sllll had not made up M.i mind whc- fhcr lo accept another assignment or retire. Reports circulated that Secretary of Defense Johnson and Secretary of the Navy Matthews, although nol on the official list of White House callers, had come In by a side -n- Irancc to .see President 'IVunian— presumably to discus's Denfeld's successor. Presidential press Secretary Charles G. Ross told reporters ho could not say about that. It was possible the defense chiefs had been there, he said. Secretary of the Navy Matthews has Indicated that he would submit hjs nomination for a new chief of naval operations to President Truman and Secretary of Defense Johnson at the earliest possible moment. Johnson was out of the city over the weekend while Matthews mulled over the problem The only hint of what had been offered Denfeld In a meeting oe- twecn the admiral and secretary on Friday was contained in Mathews' comment lo reporters that tlic new assignment would "not mean any demotion In rank for Admiral Dcnfcld." Beyond that the secretary said nothing about' the proposed job. If Sherman Is picked for the post of chief of Naval iperallons It would lhat be would be Jumped over (lie heads of nine vice admirals scafor lo him But Sherman had a qualification ot. possessed by any but one of the nine— he Is an air officer With present day emphasis on naval car" tho of fi .u fleet, this was Important. The only other officer senior to Sherman who Is a naval aviator Is four«ar Admiral Arthur W. Wadford commander oJ the Pacific Fleet.' Ana Radforf was> nkf . Q,,,,,^ strongly critical of Pentagon policy ana the present operation of the •icrvlce unification program. Fulbright Opens Office LITTLE ROCK, Oct. 31-OP)"-. s - Sen. J. W. Fulbrlaht. Fay- ottevllle, opened offices in the Federal Building here loday. He plans to maintain the office here through November. n,» I r , h ° urce s said an annoimce- nicnt ol tiie agreement will be made at Cleveland later this afternoon by I hllip Murray, head of the CIO and Ils striking steel workers union They said a major feature of the agreement calls for expansion of I lie corpora lion's exisllng pension plan, with the employer still paying the enIIre cost of pensions (In lielhlehcm, Pa., officials of Bethlehem Steel Corp., declined to confirm or deny reports lhat It wai about lo como to terms with the sleclworkers union.) There were also rumors of a sct- llemcnt In the offing on coal, but nothing lo Indicale that they were more limn rumors. A usually well-informed government official Cleveland that announcement of Murray's settlement was being held up to allow simultaneous strike-end signals in steel and Jolin L. Lewis' 43-day-oId coal strike. Well-placed Washington officials said they believed the lime Is near for the.government to call the off- agaln-on,again coal talks to Washington. Coal Talks BOB Down ."' For at least two weeks the government has centered all Its peacemaking efforts on steel. Cyrus S. Ching, lop federal mediator, has spent most of that time talking with officials of VS. Steel Corp., biggest steel producer In the nation, . v • ' '•.Chins?,-.'-If.was. learned,' slIU. believes that any' settlement of'.the' twin strikes In baslb Industries must start In steel, since many of tho coal mines are owned or dominated by slcel firms. -. However, the coa! talks have hit bottom. Negotiations m West Virginia between John L. Lewis' striking miners union and Northern and Western operators have been broken off entirely by the operators. Talks between Lewis' union and Southern operators have gollen nowhere. The 73-year old medlalion chief Ching scheduled talks tomorrow wllh officials of three slcel linns, Republic, Jones and Laughlln, and Yoiingslown Sheet and Tube. Ching was exploring these Ideas: (1) lhat slecl firms might go along with Murray on employer-paid pension-insurance plans in relurn for a commitment that the welfare program be lixcd for a number of years, and (2) that the companies agree to some sort of wage boost to be effective next spring. Plants Forced lo Close This would prohibit changing tho pension-insurance plan for sometime. The Ford Motor Company agreement barred any such chances for five years, but steel contracts expire next .spring. Workers then are expected to demand a wage boost. Thuj the possibility of making a wage Increase now, effeclive next spring, in order to avoid another labor showdown Ihcn. The Induslrlal paralysis from the slcel strike has Ihreatencd addlr llonal widespread unemployment. Chrysler Corporation announced yesterday In Detroit that It plans to shut down three divisions next Friday and lay off a majority of Its 35,000 employes In lhat area. The last of Ihe company's slcel supph:s will be used, the announcer menl said, In the manufacture of Plymouth cars. Chrysler hoped to keep that a.ssembly line rolling "as close to Thanksgiving as possible." Ford also announced It probably will nave Its River Rouge plant shut down entirely by Nov. 15 with 115.000 workers thrown out of jobs. The shut down Is cxpecled to start Nov. 11, General Motors already nas closed some of its planls to permit reallocatlon of steel supplies and expected to put some plants on a four-day week, effective loday. New York Stocks 1:30 p.m. Quotations: AT&T Amcr Tobacco Anaconda Copper , Beth Steel Chrysler Gen Electric Gen. Motors Montgomery Ward N Y Central .', Int Harvester . Republic Steel Radio .'. Socony Vacuum ......'.I Sludebaker Standard of N J Texas Corp J C Penney Co O S Slcel 144 3-4 13 3-8 23 30 1-4 57 7-8 37 7-8 67 7-8 52 1-2 10 1-4 27 5-8 21 1-4 12 !-4 17 1-2 25 1-4 72 1-2 64 1-2 , 52 1-2 25 1-8 Southern Pacific ,,..,.,. 14 5-8

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