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> Served, b United Press EV1EEE . • A 7 • K if m A • A THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OP NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI HOME EDITION VOL. XXXII—NO. •! niyilit'vlllc Courier Blythevllle Dally News Blylheville llcrnld Mississippi Valley Lender HLYTIII':VJU,tt, ARKANSAS, TIIUHSUAY. MAUCH 21, Ii);i5 'M ] >. Rosenwald Report Urges System of "Peasant Proprietorship" for South NEW YORK. March 21. iUI 1 ) — The federal government was charged today with aiding "o system of usury and extortion" that virtually enslaves nearly 2.000,000 tenant farmers of the south. Tile charge -was made by a Hos- enwald committee at the end of a. year's survey. While it stalled with particular concern for the .status of negro sharecroppers, the committee reported thai white "peasants" were in the majority and their economic problem was worse, it wised adoption of "peasant proprietorship." Government loans at low interest to laud owners have "furnished ths credit for n thoroughly reprehensible system of extortion'" and mode the government a "partner in usury." the report charged. It said the tenants own nothing and nix- held in the grip of debt to a lower srj- cial scale than European peasants occupy. They are furnished with nc'ccesslttcs "at the traditional margin or from 20 to 30 per cfnl above cash prices," the report said. Edwin R. Embrce. president of tho Julius Rosemvald fund, made public the report after prescnlin- it to the department, of apiculture South Musi Clioose "With declining exports and increasing foreign cotton production the South stands face to face with' a choice." flic committee found. "It may choose continued regimentation of agricultural production with subsidies for released 'lands and relief for displaced tenants and agricultural laborers. "Or it] may decide that this is l^UKeftt u '.price, tc-pay for concentrated landowncrship. In such n case, America might well follow the example of Ireland and Denmark and embark upon n program of government - aid • to peasant proprietorship." The committee emphasized that the South's problem was not a Negro problem but one of tenants and sharecroppers, both white and black, "in a stale of peonage that approaches slavery." Most Tenants White "As a matter of fact, the NC-L-O no longer furnishes the bulk of .cotton tenants," the rC|M1 . t as . sorts. "There are I,0fll,.<»4 «-!iite tenants in the South to G9883Q negro tenants. While one may not be surprised to note that, over Half the NC-BIO tenants are croppers it is startling to learn that over one- third of tlic white tenants are in the same poverty-stricken .-lass •White tenancy, is incrcasin" From 1920 to 1MO, a. period of In"-' creasing difficulty in cotton production, negro tenants in the south decreased by sonic a.OOfl' while white tenants Increased bv more than 200.000." Tile report says that a system of &"f™\ ° r all-around "farmim; could be introduced both sn»»dilv and easily at this time, therebv S'rm r 3 fan " p °P" li " i '>» of IG.GCO.COO from "05 meager a diet of falfcack corn pone, and molasses under as extortionate a credit system as can be found in me world s agriculture." "Oklahoma and Texas areas cin unushall the cotton necTcd fo" the national market at a cheaper cost of production than can be . ! 1C s °"«*»5t." the report land ' '" wccvil - lo Wild 'n' Woolly Prides of Texas I ••.,,* is.3: - ^K*J IScnale Rejects Boost In Work Relief Fund western competition." Answer! n pera do not want to European pcasnntry, emulate lie the LIO t says, "am- setf-re.speclino ' e l c ' — •* »^-'}'i,i_t Jiiy Tinc^nt proprietor in France would vicV- with loathing the condition of i Mississippi cotton croppcj-." Labor Secretary Says Employment On Increase WASHINGTON. Mar. 21 <ur>>_ Serrelary of Labor Frances Perkins today reported nn employment increase of 200.000 worker from January to February and » £10,£OO.CK;0 wreklv c^in in i-m- rolls. ' k paj ' < Masons Meet Tonight The Chlckasawba lodge No. 134 F. and A. M. will meet tonight in special communication of work tn thr Master',-; degree, •iMk Garner looks a little sheepish i« tills nose, but so does his companion, so ibe "wild and tbo woolly", tiro hitting it off fine louetiler. The wolves ot Wall Street will never get thls'hluc ribbon la ml), presented to tlie vice president in Washington by Toxns admirers. Cor Garner admits ominously, "i liku lamb chops." H DES H M Marked Tree Preacher's Home Riddled Wiih Bullets Last Nioht MARKED TREE. Ark., March 21. (UP)—Rev. A. B. Brooklns, negro organizer for the Southern Tenant Farmers union, was found in a "hideout" today after his escape Tom a "mob" which allegedly riddle:l his home here with bullets cany this morning. W. H. Stnltz, union president, reported. C. T. Carpenter, attorney for the union, who nrat revealed'thai the negro was missing, said jv mob fired 32 bullets into the negro's home on a second trip—after Brookins had Escaped In night clothing when tho group called for him shortly after 2 a.m. A negro woman, who said ihe crawled under a bed when the shooting began, reported the incident. Carpenter said. HD said identity of the frroiir. members \vas not known but declared "it is the duty of the l?.\v to stop acts of terror, investigate, and arrest the guilty parties." He indicated he would demand nn investigation if one was not instituted. Stnllz said Ihe whereabauls of (he r.cLrro would be kfp! secret for fear of mob violence. City of Leachville Is Now Free of Debt WASHINGTON, Mar. 21 IUI') — Administration supporters beat, down Senator Robert M. LaFol- k'tte's left wins proposal to double Ihe ft'orJ: relief appropriation fo the IniRo sum of $<J 880,000,000 today. Tile voto was 7tt to 8. Tile Lafolletli: amendment's defeat cleared nil but one jnajor hurdle in the path of the measure which has been jammed in the senate since Fobmary. That hurdle is Senator Burton K. Wheeler's propo.snl to pay the bill with inflated money. The action meant that the senate probably would pass the measure tomorrow in :i form acceptable lo the U'iiile House. Levees Finn Wilh Crest Due Today, More Water Might Ciuisc Danger The weather today remained the chief concern of cnt'lneers who for a week have been fighting to hold the Big Lake-Little River levee system nualnst rising flood waters. The levees were holding Lillje Hock Womnii, On Trial for Murder, Repudiates Confession Urn.,!! HOCK, Mar. 21 (UP) — Weeping ami In a voice that firm trembled occasionally, Mrs. Minnie , this morning with the hike at ""«' Jenkins mdny repudiated confession of fatally ' 249.2, up only a fifth of a fool in , ,,. 24 hours and apparently within nnl'hrec of her children and Inch or two of the present rise, ! ni| y intimacy bul threatening skies and light.-', rains, both at skies and the lake and over I poisoning denied with Dudley lliyan, ... ... Mrs. Jenkins Is 'charged with the upper watershed, held a men- murder in connection with the operating a Mo.. ' won charge a jury of in af- fonner Blylheville M a n Found Not Guilty of Felonious Assault CARUTIIERSVILLE. Mo.- W. I. Denton, former Blylheville automobile dealer, now fnun iipjir Dcerin L . prompt acquittal of a felonious assault from circuit court here Wednesday tcrnoon. The charge against Denton was Ihe result of an altercation with neighboring farmer at Deerlng, C. Hankins. nl ..whom Denton 'ircd a shotgun in a quarrel over Uankin's failure to keep his stock- off Demon's premises. Hankins sustained wounds which required treatment nt the Blylheville hospital for several days. Trial of the case required nbout seven hours but it look the jury iess than five minutes lo bring in i verdict of acquittal. '. • BL! lf[P m Mississippi County Farm- evs Renting Maximum Acreage to Government Practically mo per cent of Mississippi counly's cotton growers vill operate this year under acre- lye reduction contracts with tlic 'cdernl sovernnicnl and more than IS per cent of them will rent to he government the full 35 per cut of their base cotton acreage icrmitted under this year's program, ira Crawford, cotton assist- int In the county agent's office :airi today. The response to the call for ignci's of 1935 contracts has been ill but unanimous. Mr. Crawford Enid. He estimated that 90 |>cr cent of the growers' who refused to sign acreage reduction contracts last year were signm; for this year. The sign-up last year was about, SO per cent compicte. Between 95 and 98 per cent of the growers arc renting 35 per cent of their cotton acreage to the government, according to Mr. Crawford. Under this year's pro- ram growers may rent between 25 and 35 per cent. Nearly all of them are taking the maximum figure, as recommended by the county agent,';, to avoid so far as possible payment of Dankhead law excess production taxes. The sign-up campaign has been progressing rapidly and will be virtually complete for the Chick- Eisawba district of the county within n few days. The campaign in the Osceola district has- gone cfliially well. Mr. Crawford said, with the growers there signing up almost unanimously and nearly all renting the 3S per cent maximum. .'., Ark.—City officers of Leachville announced'Wcdncsdajr that the cily is oul of debt for the lirsl lime in several yrnrs. When tlic present arlminisl ration took office the city owed approximately $1.000. is Ihe detlrc of the officials the citizens lo keep Ihe city from debt, with the cxcsuiion of the debt incurred In the water works project, which is felf-limild- nllng. The city officials are: liob Ellen, mayor; o. O. Stirep, recorder; Tom A. Kcnnett. M. Honnoll, Earl Fields, miey cordoll, and t: ,1. Swliilr, nldeimcn, Phipps Will Address School Directors Here W. E. Phipps of Lltue Rock, stnte commissioner of education. «'ill address school directors of Mississippi county schools in this city Thursday. April 4. School patrons have also been invited (o Ihc meeting to bo held at the court house at 2 P. M. Howe Grows Weaker WASHINGTON. M nre l, 21. (UP) —Secretary Louis McHenry Howe is growing gradually weaker, a While House bulletin said at II .1,111 today. ace that might easily become serious. J. W. Meyer, Drainage District 17 engineer, In charge of the fight to hold the lake within bounds, Is of tlic opinion Hint as a result of work already done to strengthen the levee system it. would bi> possible .'to hold another foot or foot and u half of water. A light rain offers no cause for alarm. On the other hand another downpour approaching that of two death of Alia Tern, 8. one of the three children who died last November. She uiso Is under Indictment on two charges of assault to kill her husband. Charles Jenkins rite case was expected lo i;o to (he Jury late today. Mrs. Jenkins insisted during two one-half hours on the wlt- • slinid that she hud purchas- if she did not Improve from Illness, allegedly caused by nnd weeks ago. when three inches of; g!;1ss in. frankfurters' she had eat ' rain fell over the lake and more (hull five inches over much of the upper basin, would spell No such rain appears in prospect j""' but the nnsctUed condition of the I lu ' en. Her husband, - -. who nearly died disaster, j ™h ihe children from n dose of makes the situation un-i ll> at he made the wealhci' eci'tah). The crest of the was expected at the bridge today, probably at 2<io':i 24D.4. Tlie lake will probably main at 01- near that stage "for a day or two, what it does after Hint depends chiefly upon Ihe volume of vain. poison, lold her father after had recovered, she testified, mistake of putt- strychnine In capsules instead present rlsol of quinine but wns afraid (|, n L | lc Highway 18 ! would be prosecuted If he to confcss- Wife of Former State School Officer Is Dead MEMPHIS, .March 21. (UP|— Mrs. Etta Swanner Presson, wife of :he laic J. A. Presson. former as- sislant superinlenilent of Arkansas agricultural schools, died at Methodist 'hospital lie-re at 3:55 a.m. today from effects of an operation a nonth, ago. She was (54. ^ Her confession of the poison deaths was mnde under duress, she said. She emphatically denied illicit relations with Brynn, who last night told of .sncli intimacy. On cross examination she said Bi'3'nn stayed at her home the night her husband went to Carlisle. It was on llmt night that Dies of 1 Sudden Heart Attack After Spending Day a I Office Raw Heavers, 61. cily clerk of lllyiheville mill a resident ol this city nnd Mississippi county for 33 years, died suddenly «t his home, Walnut and Filth streets, at r> o'clock tills morning. Ills dcwtli occurred unexpectedly utter he hud spout, the enure day as usual yes- tonlny at Ills city drill olllcc and WHS iiUrllniled to n heart attuck, Mr. De-avers having been troubled with a heart ailment for several weeks. Funeral services will be held Sim- day afternoon at three o'clock at Ihc First Methodist church with the Rev. \v. V. Womack, pastor, and the Rev. S, H, Salmon, pastor of the first I'rc.sbyteriiin church, olllciallnt;. Inlcrm«H will he made ill Maple arove cemetery. The Cobb Undertaking company Is in charge of funeral, arrangements. The deceased is survived by his widow, Mrs. Mnt tic Heavers, an adopted daughter, Freddie Hopper Bearers, four brothers, Joe, of Hc- bcr Spring!;, John, of River Junction, pin., Walter, of Cave-In-Rock, 111., and Pete ot Blythuville; and two sisters, Mrs. M. Lnnler, of Hillings, Montana, and Mrs. Horace Walker, of Cave-In-Rock. Mr. Beavers, born at Cavc-ln- Rock. moved to this county la 1902 nnd had lived nt Dell and Luxora as well as in this city. Mr.' Beavers worked as u barber for a number of years and also was employed as a bookkeeper nnd collector for various: business firms. He was elected city treasurer several ycurs ago and later made the successful race for city clerk. At the time of his death the first year of his two- becainc deathly whisky Jenkins said he sick while diinl ivife had given him. Mrs. Jcnkfn^ was charged with intent to kill In connection with that incident. yenr lerm as city ing lo a dose. clerk was draw- Dairyman Fined $10 Under Milk Ordinance Tigrett Robertson, dai Mrs. Presson and her niece, Miss n'roiy^'r'!? 1 ' Myrtle Yoiiiig. )md teen Jiving- iierc 'lie past five years. She was tarn :iear Poplar Bluir, Mo., and spent icr early life in southeast Missouri. Her husband, a school teacher, became connecisd ivllii (ft? s i a t c department of education about 10 •ears before his death 11 years ago. Funeral services will be held lo- light at Spenccr-Sturla funeral home here. The body will be sent for burial. :o Little Rock tomorrow iryman, was selling milk without permit by .'Municipal Judge C. A. Cunningham yesterday. Judge Cunningham Indicated that if Robertson met requirements of the cily milk ordinance the fine might bs lowered or suspended. Claude Boll, grocer, who created n disturbance- at his store several days ago, requiring a number of officers to quiet him, was fined £25. Robert Franklin, negro, was fined five dollars on a charge of disturbing the peace. Mayor Cecil, Slinne and other members of the city's official family Joined today, in expressing deep regret over llic death'of Mr. Beavers, in city ball circles he wns acknowledged as one of the most efficient officials to serve the city In many years. France Asks League to Act Against Germany PARIS, March 21. (UP)—Europe's arms crisis moved swiftly today toward a historic climax. France, in a citation to tlic Lenime of Nations, charged Germany with deliberate repudiation of the Versailles treaty military clauses. She demanded an extraordinary meetliij; of the League council which will bo held during the first week of April. House May 'Vote Friday On Patman Bonus Bill WASIlINCiTON, Mar. 21 (I)!')-A hcnise vole on currency iniln- tion was nssuied lodny when Hen Writ-tit I'ndiiiin, (Ocm., Tex.i offered his inflation measure— Ijoini'i bill— a.s n siibslllnli' foi 1 Ihn American Legion bond issue pay-olf measure. I'liliiiiiii's pliin (or paying oil' tile $2,0(10.1300,110(1 In adjusted service certificates probably will not roach n vole until tomorrow. WASHINGTON, Mar. 21 <upt~ In u desperate Into minute iiinn- I'liver to halt the sin-giiiic bonus drive In the house!, Rep. Sam U. Mcltoynolds (I)i'm,. Tumi.) today ollerrd n compromise bill ivhleli would cut Ihn cosi of linnieillalc payment to $1.000.000.000. LEEY IB GET UTILITIES POST Governor Will Make Rc-j cess Appointments To-l day or Tomorrow I'.nuiiieers, Contractors and Lumbermen Named by Federal Grand Jury WASHINGTON, Mar. 21 (UP)— : Seven prominent engineers and contractors were indicted todey on cliiii'i-ea ot plottinir to defraud.' the government (in n $4,853000 Texas luxation project, the major scandnl In die federal pub- lie works program. ' 'i'he Indlclment.H, returned by the first special federal jury called here since (he Teapot Dome oil scandals nf ten years ago, tmmcd a former high P\VA oil'ielnl, three wealthy California lumbermen, and They were accused of conspiring lo provide for use ' of 250 HOCK. March 21. (UP) —The tlireo members of Ihe Fact Finding Tribunal will be nnnn commissioners of Ihc new nicnt ot public ulllllles when ihe Johnson bill Is signed lato today or tomorrow, It was predicted in informed circles today.' Tribunal members are chairman P. A. Lasley. Dean will N. alad- soii. of the University of Arkansas, and Frank L. Eaton. Utilities made a concerted effort to remove Lasley from any into regulation brftly dating llic fiftieth' general assembly. A bill by Senator A. J. Johnson of'Star City, salting up' Ihe new body'mid' giving the senate Ihc riehl lo confirm commission appointments, was n compromise on a immsurc. that hud pawed,11ic- sjnato.,ki. iilace-.tJic.uii- tles of the tribunal in the corporation commission. Recess appointments, predicted before adjournment of the Icglsla ture by the United Press, will' permit, the commissioners lo serve without confirmation until the next regular session or a spoclal scsslor of the legislature. called for use of Those Indicted: OlbL'iR, dlschiirEe liicr, ronncrly In no plpn at all. Col. Oliarlcs R. cnginefr-exam- Vhnrge of PWA . Irrigation work and an . Interim- i" tloiuilly known engineer; Harry W. Cole, San Frmiclsco, president of the Cnlifovnii! Redwood nssocla- llon nnd vice-president of tho Hammond and Little River Redwood company: Leonard C. Hammond, Sun Francisco, vtce-nrcol- dcnt of the Hammond Lumber comijnny; James i'. Barry, San Francisco, cnjlnccr for the Hammond companies: William A. Harding, Raymondvillo, Tex., director of Ihs Wlllacy County'Wa- ter Control mid Improvement Dis- trict'numter one; 'Frank. P. Mc- Rlwralh, corslcana, Tex., contractor mid banker; . Hurry A. Welly, Fort Worth. Tex., former.cuslncer-•' 'Cole, Hardin? anl: .VinmfjAViii W?' putedly nrc millionaires. Barry also Is said to be wealthy. Seek Heavy Damages for Highway Crash Injuries Personal Injury suits have been filed in circuit court here by five residents of Polnsett county against the Silver Fleet of Memphis, Tenn., Inc., as the result of an accident on Highway in, near Yarbro, in MR.FOAMK E.TIULE.R MGP. SAYS THEY CARRY ' A COMPLETE LINE OFNATlONftLLV ADJERTPE GROCERIES,-FRESK FRUITS-PRODUCE AMD ONE OF THE BEST REFRIGEROTOM SYSTEMS IN ~ TDWM. SPECIALIZE l|\j KANSW& CrrV ILL THOSE BEATS HOW TO STEP ON THtWGS Mayor Shane Calls for i eclion of Successor to Ross Beavers The sudden death, early this morning, of City Clerk Ross Beavers added nnesiwcted import to the coming city election, April 2, wlirn Mayor Cecil Shane announced 1n a proclamation tills afternoon that a successor to nil out Beavers' i expired term would be chosen at tile regular election. In tile meantime ths city council is to act to name a temporary clerk to fill the office until Beavers' successor nullifies after Ihc election a week from Tuesday. The council will meet Friday morning at 0 o'clock nt the city hall to select a temporary clerk, who will have about two and a half weeks to .vve before the elected clerk Is .worn into office. Mayor Shane said persons desiring to make application for the temporary appointment should file their applications witli some member of the city counrl! or the mayor in time for consideration tomorrow morning. Ill his proclamation Mayor Shone innonnccd that iwrsons dosirin^ to the office of city clerk at the General election, for Beavers' uu- expircd term, could ukc the necessary sletis to place their mm?,s on the election ballot until and including Tusday, March 26. Immediate action In prodniminj the election to fill the vacancy was ne- PFWHK BELIEVES 1935 WILL RUM PAR AHEflt) AWO KMOW5 6>LYTHEVILLE AND MISSISSIPPI CmUTr 1 WU-LOO THE\{? ! BELIEVE I IN COURTEOUS |U SERVICE- z&> CUSTOMER Cribbs. Aboard a baltleship only one nan is allowed to whistb. He Is the boaUcvain, who signals Hie crew with his "pipe." cessary, Mayor Shane stated, because of Ihc short period of time remaining tefore the election. The unexpected vacancy in the city clerk's office means "that In? city electorate will vote on ctioiccs for six cily oPlces. In addition to Ihc- selection to fl!l (he clerk's office, a mayor is to be chosen from Mayor Shane, seeklnj rc-elsclton. and G. If. Grcar; a first ward alderman, from R. D. Hitaiics, ask_ re-election, and Leonard Tay- jlor; 11 second ward aide-man, Tom W. Jackson, unopposed for re-election; a third ward alderman, from Esles Ltmsford. for re-cicctUm. ai;d | W. M. McFarland, and n city tro.is- I urer. Jack Pinlcy Robinson, In-1 clear, according to Samuel P. Nor- Icumbent, holng unopposed. jris. official weather .observer. The p!aint!Ifs are: Joint Potter, planter, seeking 520.805; CurLLs Stotls, blacksmith on Potter's plantation, asking 50,150. and three- ne- Broes, Jnmrs Mwiivcathw. Marshall Smith and Jitctgo Carver, seeking a total of approximately $5.000 • The plalntltls allege that the accident, a head on collision of a car nnd n truck, was due to nc^lijencs of a truck driver. His'nwuy"patrol- men, who investigated tin- nccident when it recurred, placed tile Wvni on the driver of tlib car. On« of negroes clnimed to have b:s:i vitisj the machine, the party being on Iheir \vay b^ck to ins Poln- sett county plantation alter a visit to Ihe "state line." above Clvthe- l!». John P. Mosby. Le])p.nto nitoniey, Li counsel for the plaintiffs. • $500 Diamond Bar Pin Recovered by OfHcers Police Chief Ed Rico announced Icday that a diamond bar pin. value,'! at 5,500. owned by .Mrs. L. W. Gosnell and lost by Miss Jane Gos- iK'll in the business district here «evcral weeks ago, was recovered early today. Virgii CriblE. nn BRA icorfccr, located the bar pin on a vacant lot scar his horn?, a t insistence of pa- c;, about 5 o'clock this inoriiin? nd turned it over to Patrolman John Foster, i; V..T; staled. . Cribbs had shown the pin re- i-iitly and said it was a family eirlooni but could not locit? it at ir,--| v,-ren officers inquired about it, • !'ce stated. Af;«- continued OLI..';- icniiij; he produced the p!n wh:ch ilficers claimed was positively -;d?;i- ilied ns Mrs. Goshc-lVs nropcrty. N'o charge was preferred" agiinit WEATHER Arkr.r>sn_=—Partly cloudy tonight id Fi-May. Memphis and vicinity—Cloudy end unsettled toMlijht anci Fi!d.iy~. The maximum tempetatnre hero vo.stcrdny tvns S?. tftinfniimi 63, .

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