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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Friday, November 11, 1949
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LE VOL. XLV—NO. 138 Blytheville Dally New* Blytheville Courier Blylheville Herald Mississippi Valley Leader THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OF NORTHEAST ARIO^AS AND SOUTHED NEWS MISSOURI CIO Negotiations With U.S. Steel Hearing Climax Meetings Continue But a Settlement . Is Believed Ready : PITTSBURGH, Nov. 11. — President Phillip Murray of the CIO's United Stuel workers conferred' for more than an hour with his negotiators today without disclosing progress on a strike settlement with United States Steel Corporation. The union chieftain said "We Hill undoubtedly be negotiating with the U.S. Steel Corporation later in the day." Murray said a definite time for the conference had not been set. A meeting of the union's powerful Wage-Policy Comittec scheduled for 3 p.m. (EST) will be postponed until later in the day. Union spokesmen have said the committee session obviously Is connected with U.S. Steel negotiating sessions. Murray told newsmen "Don't place so much emphasis on the lawyers meetings," adding: "The officers of this union are doing some negotiating too." Legal talks on an agreement have been under way /or 24 hours. The peace pact is reportedly fashioned after the Bethlehem settlement which cracked industry's fight ' against free insurance and [xn- •ions. When the agreement is reached, it will send 150.000' men back to Jfcork. That will mean the virtual Wid of the paralyzing 42-day-old strike. Today started off on a peacemaking note as the stcehvorkers union and the Colorado Fuel and Iron Corp. announced they had reached an agreement sending 15,000 workers back to their jobs this morning. The agreement, reached at 12:50 a.m. ICST), was described as roughly similar to that previously agreed on by five other mjij'or producers, • including Betlielehem Steel Corporation. Aulo Industry Hard Hit' Although the. nation's costliest steel strike-, in history , apeared headed JEftrrCon^-.^ie -£*JJU%'U-7Jlfc-'*rI day, Kicctvo!:;the-'paralyzing'^ day-old walkout continued to'rimk'i Idle many thousands "of workers in steel-related '. industries. -': :The auto industry appeared the hardest hit because of, the - shortage ol steel. -Nearly 50,000 workers will be Idle^by tonight and at least 27,0flo more will-be laid--off within two weeks. Several auto companies announced layoffs or curtailment of r-oductlon until their stceV stocks are replenished. The steel shortage also hit the BLYTIIBVILLK, ARKANSAS, FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 1949 . electrical appliance uipment industries. t and farm . Already five major companies and more employing 500,000 striker than 40 other firms-some 200,000 of the have agreed to the union's demands for free pensions. The steel shortage in the auto Industry has forced the layoff of 35,000 workers in the Detrort nrea employed by Chrysler Corp. Willys- Overland ,m Toledo will suspend operations. after today, making idle 7,000 workers. Another ' 13,000 em- Ployed at the two main Wisconsin plants of Nash Motors -will- be laid off next Tuesday. On Nov. 23, Pontiac Division of General Motors will shut down, lorcing 14,000 off their jobs. U.S. May Ship Aircraft Engines to Yugoslavia .WASHINGTON, Nov. H—<;P)— Kla United Stales may follow up ™ shipment, of aviation gasoline to Yugoslavia by exporting aircraft engines and parts to the former Russian satellite slate Officials said that probably will be this /country's next step toward helping Marshal Tito in his stru^- gle with Moscow. Applications for such equipment already have been received from the Balkan nation. The commerce Department announced yesterday that It had issued an export license for the sale of 40,000 barrels of aviation fuel lo Tito's government. TWELVE PAGES Baptists Plan State Convention Blytheville Minister Will Preside Over Session in Little Rock The 96lh annual session of the Arkansas Baptist State Convention ! open at the First Baptist Church In Little Kock Tuesday at 10 a.m. The Rev. E. C. Brown, pas- lor of the First Baptist Church in Blytheville is president of the convention. The theme of the convention is "Advancing With Christ," and the annual sermon will be preached by the Rev. James Overton, pastor of the First Baptist Church at Ben- tonvlllc. Highlights of the convention will be addresse.s by Dr. E. N. Patterson, New Orleans Baptist Seminary; Dr. I. 'I,. Yeavby, pastor of: the Trinity Baptist Oklahoma City, . o *la:---Dj.-JjmesxLandes, pastor-'or ffl<V lirsfBaptisiVctiaH-Ji at V/ienka Falls, Tex., .and special miisic by the choirs from Ouachita Baptist College, , Central College and the Southern Baptist, College. " ;The.;flrial session of the convention will be Tliijrsday- night when Dr. J. b. Grey,'pastor ot the First Baptist Church at New Orleans, and vice-president of the Southern Baptist -Convention is scheduled to speak. The keynot o! Baptist progress is to be given In his address, entitled, "Advancing With Christ Through Evangelism." To Present Budget for 1950 During the convention program a financial plan Is to be presented to the delegates, or messengers. The proposed budget for IBM is set at $975,000, the largest In the history of the Arkansas Baptist Convention, and it includes $755,000 for the operation of missions and the capital needs budget ol 5220,000. Representing the First Baptist Church of Blytheville will be the Rev. and Mrs. E. C. Brown. Officers of the convention other th*n the Rev. Mr. Brown, are. Fred Becker, professor at the Ouaehita Baptist College, Arkadelphia, formerly of Blytheville, song director; the Rev. Lloyd Sparkman, pastor of the Southside Baptist Church at Pine Bluff, first vice-president; the Rev. Clyde Hart, pastor of the Central Baptist Church at Hot Springs, second-vice-president; Dr. B. L. Bridges of Little Rock, executive secretary and treasurer; and the Rev. W. Dawson King of Little Rock, recording secretary. LutheransWil! Dedicate New Church Sunday The First Lutheran Church,- Sixth and Walnut Streets f 1 ^ "If ^," out S. 30 ' 000 . "'ill be dedicated Kleiiidieiist, now at Lexington, Mo , will begin the dedicatory services with an address at 10:30 a.m. Sunday and at 3 p.m. the Rev. R H. C Meyer of St. Louis; chairman of the Mission Board of the Western District of the Lutheran' Church will address the church group. At 7:30 iun. an organ recital will be presented. The church has purchased a new Wurlilzer organ. Construction Started in 1818 The Lutherans organized In Blytheville about 20 years ago and will have their own building for the first time. They have met in the St. Stephens Episcopal 'Church or in a former home, pin-chased along with the site of the present building located at Sixth and Walnut streets' The frame building, sn.'-West Walnut, is being converted into a parsonage. " i The building has been'under con- Pridp. and Dsrey, contractors, for about "a year'/: flic construction was '-started 'under the pastorate of the Rev. Robert Jae- Bcr: It Is a stone-kote building of Gothic design, with its main entrance on Sixth Street. The interior has been furnished with church furniture of Gothic design to match the architecture, secured from Holdcnvllle, Okla. Thomas' West Gardner of Nashville Tenn was the architect. All of the windows are memorials and many of the interior fixtures' have been gifts of the members . T '\f ft™: Mr- Miessler has been m Blylheville for the past seven months. He is a graduate of the Concordia Seminary a*. St Louis was a pastor at . Emporia state Teachers College for about 20 years and student pastor at the ^ University of Kansas, Lawrence Kans and a pastor at Argonia. Kans be-' foredooming to Blytheville. : - '". He v will deliver his first serrabif'in church a week Irorri>Stmi day. worship services are sched- Sh 1 ' 0 " 0 ^ 3 " '49 TB Campaign Plans Announced Mississippi County Has $15,000 Quota; Blytheville, $5,700 A $15,000 quota to conduct the tuberculosis control program has been set up by the Mississippi County Tuberculosis Association as its goul for (he 1940 Christmas Seal Sales, Hays Sullivan, president, announced today. The drive will start November ->l and S10.000 of the .quota has been allocated to communities in North Mississippi County and $5,000 to South Mississippi county communities. Blytheville. lias the largest single quota. Here:$5,700 has been set for t?ie goal. The community chairmen and their quotas are as : follow: Blytheville, $5,700, Mrs. P. D. Foster; Negroes, $375, M. Williams Yarbro, |150, Mrs. Herbert Mullins; Manila $400 Mrs W Brown $20, Barney R Bro»n, ThreJkcJd Blackwater, $3a, Raymond Irby Shady Grove $2o A R Garner tost Cane $75, Parrel Harris- Whis< See CAMPAIGN 'on Page 12 Cos* of World War II May Hit Trillion Dollars Army Secretary Says in Armistice Day Talk (By the Associated Tr Motorist Pleads Guilty J- E. Long was ( | ne( ] 335 and costs In Municipal Court this morning on his plea of guilty to a charge of driving while under the influence of liquor. Flood Control Benefits Cited In Address Before Civic Club Charles Frierson, Jonesboro attorney. In an address before members of the Luxor* Rotary Club In the High School cafeteria in LuKora last ,^ht reviewed flood control efforts In Northeastern Arkansas and out- Wve d plans for a $50,00,000 U. S. Engineer project In the St. Francis iver basin. ^ He recalled that first drainage efforts in Mississippi county were started In 1902 and that by 1017 and flood control in the Mississippi Congress had. recognized drainage River Valley as a national problem. Tyronza Lake once was listed by engineers as permanent water and the lake covered 12 townships. Today state Highway W crosses the old lake and most of the lake bed has Been converted to fertile farm lands. Mississippi River levees now protect 1,600,000 acres and the land has been made productive at an average erst of $27 per acre for drainage, of which $1335 was provided locally, Mr. Frlerson said. Dealing with plans (or Ihe $50,000.000 St. Francis project, he said that the House of Representatives In Washington has approved the plan to correlate 55 now unrelated drainage districts In the St. Francis Basin. The matter Is pending in the U.S. Senate and the project will be developed by the U.S. Engineers when funds are provided by Congress. John Thweatt, president of the Luxora Rotary club, presided over last night's'meeting.'.Mr. Frlerson was Introduced by Frank Barham, program chairman. Mr. Frierson is a member of the Jonesboro Rotary Club and other guests Included Dr. George Cone and J. Ed TeafonJ, both ot Osccolt. That's one trillion dollars. In a Gray said machine powerful. He said a militarily strong United States might discourage another war precipitated by an aggressor— or might insure victor}' " if war comes. Gray declared that the Army still wants two steps , akcn to asst]re its strength: 1. Retention of the draft act on the statute books instead of letting It expire next year. 2. Adoption of a universal military training system. Gray was one of a number of notables who participated in Armistice Day ceremonies. The nation's observance was led by President Truman, who was to place a wreath on the arave of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery. President Speaks The President had an Armistice Day speaking engagement at a luncheon meeting of the National Conference of Christians and Jews In Washington." Numerous other government notables, military officials and civic leaders across the nation rcciillii.1 In speeches the toil of past wars and urged the need for military readiness to prevent another. George N. Craig, national commander of the American Legion, said In an address prepared for delivery at the Arlington Tomb that the nation is observing Armistice Day this year "within the dark shadow" of the atomic bomb, because it failed lo achieve enduring peace after the first World War. Gray said In his speech that the initial outlay for World War I was about 527,000,000,000, while Its eventual cost was estimated by President Calvin CooIIdge at about SIOO.000,000.000. Within a (ew years. Gray said, the cost of World War I had reached nearly half the total CooIIdge had forecast. Gray added: "The Initial cost of our participation In World War H was about 5350,000,000.000 or 13 times as great as the first World War. 'It has been estimated that the ultimate cost of this war, including expenditures already made and commitments already assumed, will total fourteen hundred and four million dollars." He Included In the war cost such items as recovery and occupation expenses, veterans payments and Interest on bonds. Resources Also Lost While. Gray devoted much of his Ste WAR COSTS en gift It 51,000,000,000,000, «""««« »l <J»*nvHie, N. C., reason for keeping the United ;MiIitary Lewis Says He Is Ready to Renew Mediation Efforts in Coal Dispute Red Cross Board Members Confer With Field Man Palmer Simpson, who has been a professional Red Crass worker for a number of years has been named general field representative for this area of the Midwestern Section of the Red Cross, met with tre executive board of the Chickasawba District chapter last night. Mr. Simpson represents 3o chapters In his new assignment. He replaces Miss Tracie Cushman, who was transferred to Kansas. Mr. Simpson spoke briefly to the board last night, acquainting its members with his services, and gave a brief report of his career In Red Cross work, which Includes four years of foreign service. The new field representative has set up his headquarters in Forrest City. Noble GUI, chapter chairman, presided at the meeting last night In the Red Cress office at the Court House. Atout 12 members of the board were present for the meeting. During the business session the board reviewed case and financial reports presented by Mrs. Floyd Haralson, executive secretary. Weather Arkansas forecast: Partly cloudy this afternoon, tonight and Saturday. Showers and colder in northwest and west portions Saturday. Missouri forecast: Increasing cloudiness followed by showers west and north late tonight and Saturday and southeast Saturday; turning coldei northwest late tonight and east and south Saturday. Rain ending east Saturday night. Low tonight, 55-60 east and south. High Saturday, 55-65 east and south. Minimum this morning—52. Maximum yesterday—72. Sunset today—«:&g. Sunrise tomorrow—6:30. Precipitation 24 hourse to 7 ajn today—none. Total since Jan. 1—19.92, Mean temperature (midway between high and low)—62. Normal mean for Nov.—W3.' NEW YORK, Nov. II. John L. Lewis said today he was willing to renew mediation efforts In the coal dispute at a meeting next week with Cyrus S. Chlng "or anybody else." The United Mine Workers president announced his readiness to make another effort to settle the dispute at a press conference at his room in the Rltz- Carlelon Hotel here. However, ho did not hold out any olive branch lo Chlng, director of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation. Service. Instead, Lewis referred to "the Chlng fiasco In Washington," his description of a meeting which the federal official sought to arrange yesterday in the capital. Lewis and other UMW representatives failed at the last minute lo show up for this meeting. Instead the UMW head sent a message that he could not appear until Monday Chlng replied that the .Monday date would be unsatisfactory. Lewis told the news conference that Ching "arbitrarily fixed Thursday for a meeting without consultation as to the mine workers' convenience." He added that UMW officials were busy yesterday tryirrg to return coal diggers to their Jobs. On Wednesday, Lewis announced a sudden three-week suspension of the coal strike. Asked lo comment on reports that President Truman was considering a meeting tr a fact-finding board to forestall another stoppage Dec. 1 w_hen the three-week trace ends, Lewis threw cold water on the Idea. He said he doubted If such a panel could "throw any light" on tho dispute. The UMW president said, however, that "Ihe mine workers will attend any conference that may be convened within the policy of the organization (UMW> that will lead to a constructive solution of the' problem." Lewis said he . was''holding conferences In New York but declined to/say if they were with coal operators. He also refused to say how fc*|g he would remain cere, SINGLE COPIES FIVE CENTS Truman Vigorously Renews Call for Passage of Program Of Legislation on Civil Rights Gin Fire Causes $20,000 Damage Blaze is Confined . To Cotton House and Building's Contents Fire In a cotton house at the O. w. Coppcdge oln Company on West Highway 18 early last night caused damage which was estimated this morning by Mr. cop- Pedgc at approximately $20,000. He said that approximately 100 bales of cotton which were ready to be ginned, were damaged. The loss is covered by insurance, he said, and the glu proper Wfls not damaged. The gin was operating this morn- Ing and work will be started immediately to repair the damaged, building. • The roof, electric motors and piping and fans Inside the build- Ing were damaged. The walls are of concrete blocks and the structure has a concrete floor^ Mr. Coppedee,and Fire Chief Roy Head expressed belief that the fire started from a mutch or a piece of metal which may have been in cotton which was being unloaded at the time the blaze started. The alarm was received about 6 p.m. and two pumper trucks responded. Only 'one was used. Last night's fire was the second within a year at the gin. On December 20 last" year, fire caused damage estimated at $25,000 when the cotton house nnd about 10 bales of cotton were destroyed. A six-inch water main was Installed during the summer by the Blytheville Water Company to a point near the gin on Highway 18. The fire plug Is on the south side of the highway and traffic was blocked for nearly a half hour until police provided a detour. Jurors Clear Yarbro Man OfRapeCharge A jury In Mississippi County Circuit Court today returned a verdict of not guilty in the case of James Wesley Ferguson, 24', of Yarbro, who was charged with raping a nine-year old girl. The jurors deliberated less "than half hour to reach the verdict. Prosecuting Attorney H. G. rart- low and hU deputy, A. 8. Harrison, In representing the state In the trial did not ask the death penalty, which Is the maximum punishment provided:by law in such cases. The defendant was represented by CInude F. Cooper. Trial of the case be/ore Judge Zal B. Harrison started yesterday afternoon nnd testimony of about a dozen witnesses. Including the child who Ls a niece 61 the defendant's wife, was presented before the jurors. The attack was alleged to have taken place May 15 of this year- Cotton Picker Is Held For Murder of Wire PIGGOTT, Ark.. Kov. 11. (rtV-A transient cotton picker, reported to have continued beating his wife after she was dead, and his brother are charge'd with murder. ' Sheriff B. O. Dalton said that when he arrived at a farm house near here yesterday. Carl D. Brady, 32. was beating the dead body of Mrs. Lilly Milner Brady, 45, Brady, whom" the sheriff said was fn a crazed condition, was sent to the State Hospital In Little Ilock for a mental examination. Also arrested was Clell Lamar Brady, 35. District Seoul Leaders Named —Courier News Photo J. Cecil 'Lowe . J. Cecil Lowe last night was elected district chairman of the North Mississippi County District of the Boy Scouts of America, at a meeting at the City'Hall in Blytheville. Mr. Lowe, who has served as advancement chairman this year, will tnke over the presidency January 1. He will succeed R. A. Porter. Other officers elected by acclamation last night, following a report of the nominating committee by Chairman James Roy, were: Monroe Grain, vlet-chalrman, to succeed J. Louis Cherry;, and John Caudlll, commlsloncr, succeeding Worth D Holder. .., . , For the first time elective representatives to the executive board of the Eastern Arkansas Area Council ot the Boy Scouts of America, were named. Elected ^to represent ttje Notth Mississippi County iL.trtc't on the boird were J M Cleveland of Blythevllte and William Boro»sky of Marti la All officers will lake office January 1, : after new operation corn- miltecs have been appointed and other chairmen named. During; last, night's meeting a report on the recent board of review, conducted at the First Christian Church, was presented by Mr. Lowe as advancement chairman; Marvin Smith reported on a finance campaign, and plans were made for the dtstrlct scouters tp attend the Area Council's annual meeting at.Mem- phis, November 29. In his report Mr. Smith, finance chairman, said that community chairmen for the camplgn had been selected, and that work had started In a few areas, hut that a. concentrated campaign would not begin before another week. In connection with the annual meeting, J. Louis Cherry, presiding in'the absence of Chairman Porter, said that a steering committee would be appointed to promote a good representation of this district at' the meeting. One Child Is Killed, 16 Hurt in Bus Wreck WARREN. Ark., Nov. 11. IIP,— A school bus and a lumber truck collided on a narrow ' bridge today killing one Negro child and Injuring 16 others. t-ola Mac Chllds. seven, was killed as the collision ripped Die side out of a Hermitage school bus. Two other children, Rose Francis Simon, eight, and Ozclle Moman 10, ire In critical condition in Crow Hospital here. Fourteen other Negro students on the bus en route lo Hermitage su/fercd cute and bruises but were not seriously hurt Armistice Day Address Raps Discrimination By Krnesl B. Vaccaro WASHINGTON, Nov. 11.— (AP)—President Truman vigorously renewed his call for passage of civil rights laws today, saying they are needed to overcome "discrimination and injustice." "In view of the fundadmcntal faith of this country and the clear language of the constitution, I do not see how we cnn rto otherwise- thnn ndopt such legislation," Mr. Truman declared in an Armistice Day, speech prepared for a meeting of the National Conference of Christians and Jews. The President noted that just a few hours before he' had laid a wreath on the grave of the Unknown Soldier. "No American knows, nnd no real Americans cares," he said, "whether that man was a Catholic a Jew or a Protestant, 'or what hli origin and color were. "That grave—the grave of the unknown Soldier—symbolizes bur faith and our unity." Mr. Truman indicated that passage of civil rights legislation might do much to spike criticism ot the United States by "our enemies" abroad. . Hlls. IHsiinlfylnr Attempts "The first step, of every enemy of this country has always ' been to attempt to separate the different strands of faith and belief out of which, this nation has been woven" he asserted. •" "Our enemies have always tried to set group against group, faith against faith—to create prejudice and to spread hate and distrust among our people." And he appeared to be* referring to the same "tnemles" when - ,,•- -•/..•" , The task of"Hichle"ving ~ greater" jibtlre'and ireed6m\wlll be long and difficult.. The, beliefs on which we have founded our form of. government, and our hope of ft better- world, are under attack. "In various pnrts of the world today, human .rights and freedom are being deliberately violated and surpressed. Men and i women ' are being systematically pcrseputcd for their religious 'beliefs. Campaigns are being waged to turn religion Into a tool of the state. "These, things are not only morally wrong—they threaten to'undo the slow and hard-won achievements ol civilization. They represent a new barbarism, more ter- rlbie than that of ancient times. These are acts of men who conceive of other men as slaves, riot as brothers," • May Itcncw Appeal The President's heavy emphasis on the need for legislation to end discriminatory practices In this country left little doubt that he will renew his appeal for such laws In his state of the union message to Congress In January. Mr. Truman's civil rights program Includes measures to make lynching a federal offense, ban Pol) tax as a, voting requirement In federal elections, and end discrimination In hiring because of color, race or religion. "If we look at ourselves In the true spirit of brotherhood." Mr. Truman said, "we must acknowledge that In the United States Ihere are Instances of discrimination and Injustice because of difference In color, religion or natlon- .al origin. , "But we are working diligently lo overcome .these violations of the fundamental faith which holds us together." Krug Quits Cabinet; Tells Press First WASHINGTON, Nov. 11. (AP) —•'resident Truman loday accepted Ibe resi£na(fon of Stcretxry of the Interior Julius IC'ap) Krug and chose Undersecretary Oscar I* Chapman to succeed htm. The cabinet shift Is lo he effective Dec, 1. WASHINGTON, Nov. 11. W)— Secretary of Interior Julius "Cap" Krug, whose relations with President Truman have been reported declining, has resigned from the cabinet eflective December 1. Krug,, at 11 the youngest cabinet member, made the announcement late yesterday—to reporters and Mr. Truman, In that order. Friends said Krug plans to go Into private business. Undersecretary Oscar Littleton Chapman, 53, Is reported In line to succeed him. Both Chapman and Secretary of Agriculture Brannan are from Denver. Once Intimate friends, Krug and the President apparently have not been on; the best of terms recently. Asked about differences with Krug, and particularly whether he had Britten the cabinet officer a ilron« letter about reclamation pol- ment. the President declined com- Friends said Krug apparently felt that Mr. Truman should have "been able to do better by him than that." .The President received the letter of raignaUou half an hour alter Krug confided to reporters that ho was leaving and had "wanted to leave for a long time." It was explained later that the delivery of the letter was Inadvertent. White House aides indicated that although Krug's letter was "very friendly," Mr. Truman was displeased at the prior announcement to the press. Krug had nothing to say of his plans, fie has an Interest in a Tennessee textile mill—in an area where, 10 years ago, he was chief power engineer for the Tennessee Valley Authority. Chapman likewise had no comment. He has been a member of the so-called "little cabinet" for 16'i years. Chapman was "advance man" for President Truman's western campaign travels last year, and was credited with much of the success of the tours. Krug, on the other hand, was roundly criticized by the party faithful for not campaigning more irdcntly In 1948. Krug spoke for Mr. Truman in the pre-conventlon Jampalgning, but was not as active n speech-making thereafter as some of his cab'.net colleagues. ^'...v-.f.:^ *•* ..,;-. ; , , .

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