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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THB DOMINANT VOL. XLV—NO. 206 Blythevllle D»tly New! BlythevUle Courier Blytheville Herald Mississippi Valley Lsader SOUTHEAST MISSOURI County's Budget For 1950 Shows Gain of $17,850 Tax Levying Court Conducts Annual Session in Osceola •jf Tlie Mississippi County Quorum Tcourt meeting in Osceola today approved a $179.095 budget for 1950 expenditures from the county's general revenue fund, which represents an increase of $17,850 over tlie 1949 budget, County Judge Roland Green presided over the annual meeting in lh# court house in Osceola and the Justices of the peace, who compose the court also levied county, municipal and school taxes for next year with tax rates unchanged for the different school districts which authorized varying levies In the annual school election in September. The increases In the county's general fund budget for next year Include larger appropriations for the operation of the circuit court for caring for prisoners in jail and a few salary items where increases in personnel were .authorized by the 1949 session of the state's general assembly. New appropriations included $1,850 for the municipal court in Osceola, $1,000 for the support o the Arkansas Children's Home am Hospital in Little Rock, and $1.000 for rental of ballot boxes from the Mississippi County Democrat!' Central Committee when the boxc^ are used In county elections. Welfare Fund Increased The justices approved a $1,00 increase in the child walfare fund raising the 1949 appropriation o ?3,000 to $4,000 for 1950. |p The budget for 1950 conlaius tin. ^following items, all of which an financed out of the county's gen eral revenue fund: County clerk and salary expense »10,500. Circuit clerk and salary expense $13.000. Other salaries, $19,600, which rep resents hi" increase of $3,000 ove the 1949 figure. Curing for prisoners In the coun ty jails here and In Osceola, $20,OOC a $5,000 increase. County general expenses, $21,000 » $5,000 increase. Hospitalization, $800. Justices. of the peace and con (tables, *2.500. Circuit . Court, $17,000, a $2,OOC * Blj thevllle municipal court $2 ; 750 ' Osceola ,municipal court. $1,850 « new appropriation since the cour r^was created during 1949. | Arkansas .Tuberculosis Saiitor l.nm. for care ofvMississippi Count patients, $1,000. . ; Child Welfare, $4,000, a $1,COO In crease. Farm and home demonstration agents, $13,275 of $2000 to take car of Increased personnel. : County health unit, $6.420. A< County library, $12,500. M<t County farm and, poor home - '£9,000. Contingent fund, $1,000, a de crease from the 1949 appropria lion of $5,000. Arkansas Children's Home am Hospital. $1.000, a new appropria tion. •Mississippi County Democrat! Central Committee, $1,000 for ballo box rentals, a new/'appropriations - Voluntary Road Tax Favored The provision for payment o rental on the ballot boxes, whlcl are owned by the county's Demo cratic Central Committee, wa made at the suggestion of Jess Taylor, committee chairman, wli explained that the boxes were pro vided by the cmnmlttce and use by the county in conducting genera elections iind by the schools an municipal authorities in holdin Sec BUDGET OH rare 10 )pen Conflict Not eor, According To Montgomery NEW YORK, Nov. 21, (AP)— Field Marshal Vicouut Montgomery, military chairman of the Western European Union defense alliance, said today he saw no tm- ediate threat of open conflict in Western Europe. "If there were any immediate danger I wouldn't be here, would I?" He asked with a grin on his arrival on the liner Queen Elizabeth. The field marshal wore British Army battle dress, with nine rows of ribbons, and the black beret he has made famous. Montgomery said he did not intend to ask United States authorities for more American troops in Western Europe. "The number of troops in Western Europe has nothing to do with me," lie said. He explained that the question of the number oj, troops was political in nature and said "the soldiers do what the" politicians tell them." Marshal Montgomery declined, to comment on the position of the atom bomb in the world military picture. Veeck Sells Cleveland Indian For $2,200,000 CLEVELAND. Nov. 21. MV-Dy nnmic Bill Veeck sold the Cleve laud Indians' to a group of loca business men today for a reporte S2-200.000. .The Tribe president announce! the long-awaited action at a new conference In his Cleveland Sta dium offices. Ellis Ryan, Insurance executive, is head of the new group that ha been dickering with Veeck for .week to buy the American League base ball club and Us holdings. Congressmen's Trial Is Again Postponed WASHINGTON, Nov. 21. xjhe trial of Rep. J. Parnell Tlioma •(R-NJ) on fraud charges was de "laj-cd again today. Federal Judge Alexander Holtzo reset the trial for next Monday a the request of Thomas' attorney wh is engaged lit another trial. The other trial, a gambling con spiracy case, is expected to en this week. In that event, It appears certai. that Thomas will go on trial nex Monday. New York Cotton Dec. Mar. May July Oct. , Open High Low 1:3 . 2971 2S73 2964 29« , 2910 i 2S47 2338 2793 2974 2989 2972 2970 2867 297 2S40 2936 293{ 2790 2793 279 Noronic Owners, Captain Blamed High Canadian Court Suspends License of Steamship's Master OTTAWA, Nov. 21. (S't— The owners and master of the cruise ship Noronic were blamed by a supreme court of Canadian Judges today for the Sept. 17 (lash fire that took 118 libes as the luxury vessel lay at Toronto dock. Justice R. L. Kellock, reporting as commissioner In the Transport Department's inquiry, ordered the master's certificate of Capt; William C. Taylor of 3amla, Ont., suspended for a year. He also recommended a series of measures designed to tighten safety regulations for vessels like the Noronic. : A 30,000-word report was presented to the House of Commons following the reading by Justice Kei- lock of a brief court judgment sus- s-rh E Ud tha onlcV".owners, and Capt. Taylor:to take adequate precautions agaiiisi fire. Owners Censured TIie justice censured the owners and the master, saying they failec to provide proper -means of- detecting and fighting fires while in dock and for getting passengers off the ship in the event of fire in port. One hundred and elevm of the dead have been identified. , Justice Kellock, who was appointed a special commissioner to Investigate the fire, also ordered that costs of the investigation be paid by Canada Steamship Lines owners of the Noronic. Hearings on the disaster were held in Detroit, Cleveland and Toranto Most of the passengers of the cniise ship had been holiday makers froi the Detroit and Cleveland areas. No other licenses were affected by Justice Kellock's order. As soon as it was read In open court, Frank Wilkinson, counsel for the lines, asked if It would be possible for Capt Taylor to get a certificate at a lower rank during the period of tl:e suspension. The justice said that would be a matter for the Federal Transport Department. Denies Rtinj Drunk During the hearings, Capt, Taylor vehemently denied a suggcstioi by a witness that he had been under the Influence of liquor when tht ship caught fire In the dead of night Tlie charge was made by witnes C. R. Willson, a survivor, at th Cleveland inquiry, other survivors however, said the 66-year-old mas ter had acted in a normal manner Survivors among the 600 holida makers who were on the cniise shin told of the scene of panic and ter ror when a wall. of flame-swep through tlie ship. Passengers, mos of them In bed, were awakened bs screams and smoke. Many jumped overboard to safety as the fire consumed the 36-year-old Great Lakes steamer at her dock. Taylor acknowledged in testimony at Toronto that he hnd "one small drink, under two ounces," of Scotch whisky, but he said he was not at all under the influence of liquor Wilkinson has announced that instructions have been Issued to start libel or slander suit action against the person or persons who make such a charge. Some survivors testified tney heard no alarm sounded apart from the ship's whistle. They said they saw- few members of the crew directing the passengers or fighting the five. Ford to Grant Pensions To White-Collar Workers DETROIT. Nov. 21. (/P)—The Ford Mole.- Co. nas granted a pension phn for its 25,000 white collar workers. In a letter to the company's salaried employes, Henry Ford II said their pensions would be similar to those recently granted the firm's U5.000 production workers. 'Hie while collar workers, like the United Auto Workers members, will receive a total of $100 retirement P»y at the age of 65 and after 30 years' service. The company will pay the difference between their Social security benefits and the $100 goal. BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS. MONDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 1949 } oison in Barrel : atal for Three n Tenant Family Two Other Victims Seriously III in Hospital in Memphis Tliree members of a family of five vere dead today 'and two others se- iously 111 after drinking water from a barrel which Is believed to have contained poison used In killing 'ohnson grass. i Coroner E. M. Holt of Blytheville was Investigating the deaths of three Negroes Saturday night and yesterday. They are: Edna Lee Johnson. 39; her son, Arthur Lee, nine, and a daughter, Edna Lee, two. They all Ived on the W. J. Driver farm one and one-half miles south of Osceola. Seriously ill in John Gaston Hospital In Memphis are: Ben Johnson VI, the father, and Minnie Lee, seven, a daughter. Sheriff William Berryman was as- ilEting Mr. Holt with the Investlga- ion of the circumstances under vhich the five members of the Negro 'amily became 111 Friday night. Sheriff Berryman indicated that some of the tenants on the Driver 'arm had been hauling their drink- ng water from Osceola In barrels and that Ben Johnson Friday ob- ained a barrel from another Nc- rro in Osceola to be used in hauling 'he 'water. Chemisf to Make Analysis Officials today expressed the belief :hat the barrel originally had contained sodium arsenate, a poison ased in killing Johnson grass, and ;hat enough of the poison remained In the empty barrel to contaminate :he water. Samples of water taken from the barrel have been sent to a chemist for an analysis. Tlie Negroes became ill Friday night within a short time after th. first water was used from the nev, barrel, it was stated by officers Edna Lee Johnson died at 11 p,m Saturday, and the two children died early Sunday morning. The father and the other daughter were taken in a Swift Funeral Home ambulance to the hospital in Memphis yesterday and doctors : this morning reported that the two have a fair chance for recovery unless complications develop. Funeral arrangements for trie three other members of the family nave not been completed VtCoi SIXTEEN PAGES forth Jdpe?bns would be sent to Little Hoc! for complete autopsies Mr. Holt also said that Ben John son, the father, was reported "at the point of death"/at John Gaston Hospital by; attendants there this morning. New Hudson 'Pacemaker' Is Displayed The 1950 Hudson went on display today at Burnett Hudson Sales Company, 114 South Lilly. Two models in the Hudson Motor Car Company's Pacemaker series were displayed by the local The Pacemaker, a compactly built six-cylinder auto, marks Hudson's entry in a lower priced field. The high compression eno...,. generates 112 horsepower. Wheelbase Is 119 inches and overall length Is slightly more than 20] j nch( , E *-. C. Burnett, head of the agcncj here, said a two and four door modi are on display at this time. Af. Nov ' Motor Car Co., announced today its new low-priced model, just intro- The lower figure is for the three passenger coupe; the higher lag for the four-door sedan Demands for Action In Ward Case Bring Only Official Silence WASHINGTON, NOV. 21. w, — Fresh demands that the United Mates use force against the Chinesi Communists drew only an officia silence at the State Department today. The demands are prompted by the imprisonment at Mukden of ai American consul, Angus Ward. He and four members of his staff have been held since October 24, on charges of having beaten a Chinese employe. "leileraay, Senator Knowland (R- Calif) said in a Formosa new* conference that he had radioed President Truman, demanding a blo-k- aae ot the Chinese Conimunls coast if the Reds fall quickly to release Ward. Knowland is touring the Orient. There was no official common 1 here In reply. Merchants to Meet On Christmas Plans The Christmas Decoration Committee of the Merchant's Dlvlstoi of the Blytheville Chamber of Commerce will meet at 10 ajn. tbmoi ro wal the -Chamber of Commerc office. Jimmie Edwards, chairman of the committee, said the meeting will be o check progress of the committee with regard to subscribing the proposed budget, and to complete plans for the parade to be staaed December 9. SINGLE COPIES FIVE CENTS Mine Welfare Fund Trustees Discuss Dwindling Finances By Harold W. Wal4 WASHINGTON, Nov. 21. (AP)—John L. Lewis and )ther trustees met today to debate the spending of what is eft of the conl miners' dwindling welfare fund. The session cast Lewis and Sen-*—— SEARCHERS PBOBE B-29 WKECKAGE-AIrmen from MaeDill Air Force — „.„ Kat^vnnuv*uuiicii irum iviaci^iij Air rwce Base at Tampa Fla search ruins of B-29 which crashed at edge of Tampa Bay shortly after taking off to join search for'a B-29 miss- lug off Bermuda. Five crewmen were killed and four injured. (AP Wirephoto). Early Christmas Spirit Starts Flow of Gifts To Brighten Shortened Life of Blytheville Boy '' S <ristmas sp!rit in Kill. n , , g ao liUle Douglas Thomas, two-year-old leukemia victim lives Rrtrtu nflo- T>1..»1.«..I1>- -In _____ . ~«."*, llrx»t>. hovering about 2232 Kenwood Drive where Soon after Blytheville citizens* heard ihat the parents wanted an. early Christmas for their small son, whose life-span Is due to be cut far short by the dreaded disease, gifts began pouring in for the child. Among the first to arrive was a white Eskimo spitz puppy, who was greeted by Douglas with an enthusiastic "Hi Poochie." And now Poochie is the little boy's constant companion. Douglas'-parents. Mr. and Mrs. James Lloyd Thomas, had considered buying the puppy for the dog- doling-little boy before he became so ill, but doctor bills cut short any plans for luxury buying. Cash donations totaling $170 were received within 24 hours after Blytheville Joined the unhappy parents in making the last months of their son's lite happy without exception. Asked Dream question Thiee representatives of the Men's Bible Class of the Church of Christ called on the child yesterday. uith..a fairy-tale, request— "What above all would you rathef have?" Douglas will have'Tils pedal car that he wished for. and his mother in her thanks said that he'll also have his next two trips to the doc' fruit and nuts have"been sent and It seems that a continuous Christmas- for Thomas and a. constant Thanksgiving for his parents will mark,the next few weeks. \ The parents reported that most of Douglas' Sunday had been spent in getting acquainted with Poochie, but that it was a blue Monday because of his restless Sunday night. The parents Saturday stated through the Courier News Saturday that their child had only avfew months to live, and that a desperate effort to make him happy was about to end In failure because of their lack of funds. The father, a baker, was forced f? give up his job in order to help care for his dying child. Community Chest Drive Still Short Of $28,6506001 Scattered collections for Blytheville's Community chest campaign last week $23.278.40. brought the total to The campaign to collect 428,650 for the Hcd Feather services has been In progress for about a month, and still Is short, of the goal by more than $5.000. John Caudlll. general chairman foi ihe campaign, said that numerous cards are still out, and that the campaign can't be closed until n report on each card Is received. N. O. Cotton Dec. . Mar. . May . July . Oct. . Open High Low 1:30 2969 2969 2962 2068 2976 2967 29S3 2S167 2963 2!)31 2933 2930 2790 2790 2787 2964 2867 2964 2931 Civic Clubs, Churches, Long School Weekend to Mark Thanksgiving Here A joint meeting of the Blytheville civic clubs on Wednesday will mark tlie initial observance of Thanksgiving of 1049 In Blytheville. Christmas Seal Sales Launched Solicitation Drive Is Aimed at Quota of $15,000 in County Personal solicitation for the an- lual Christmas Seal Sales, sponsored by the Mississippi County Tuberculosis Association, got underway n Blytheville today, under the direction of Mrs. Wlllard Pease, chairman 6.' the 1 personal solicitation drive, and Mrs. p. D. Foster! Blytheville seal sales chairman. Instructions for the drive were given about 4o volunteer workers at a planning meeting conducted yes mg to assist with the drive At the meeting yesterday, block assignments were inhde and cards for solicitation distributed to the workers. /Chester Danehower, chairman of the county seal drive, spoke briefly to the workers, pointing out that In 9rder to expand the tuberculosis control program In this county It would be necesary for the $15000 quota be reached. He emphasized the need for full participation slnc« all funds tor the tuberculosis control work are received, through the sale of Christmas seals. Tells of Seal ^frs. C. O. Redman, executive secretary of the association, yesterday told the story of the 1049 Christmas Seal, which pictures the dove of peace with a sprig of holly in its mouth. The seal was designed by Herbert Meyers. Mr. Meyers a young artist, and a veteran airman of World War II, won a $1,000 award for his drawing, submitted along with entries from 18 art schools in the United States. Mrs. Pease said it was hoped that -.he personal solicitation could be completed this year in order that the mail sales could start next Monday. Hays Sullivan, county president of the .Mississippi County Tuberculosis Association, presided at yesterday's meeting. Mrs. p. n. Whltner, Mrs. Paul Pryor, and Mrs. Monroe Drain were hostesses. Betty Clark is 149th Polio Victim in County Betty Jean Clark, two year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Staton Clark of Manila, was admitted to the Baptist Hospital In Memphis last week for treatment for poliomyelitis. Tlie child was' Mlssl-sippl County's 140th polio victim of 19-19. Lady Astor Given Pointed 'Flagpole Of Month' by Critic-Weary Filmdom HOLLYWOOD, NOV. 21. «>,_ Lady Nancy Astnr. who recently described film actresses as "widened glamor girls," is |h c Mollon Picture Industry Council's first candidate for Us new "Flagpole of the Month" award. The U.S.-born noblewoman. In an appeal In London for funds to help pay for study in Britain by university aomen of other countries, aroused the Ire of the film capital by declaring: "I feel the world Is being swept oft Its feet by Hollywood. We hear nothing but tales of these wretched glamor girls." As Individuals, movie folk were quick to reply. British-born Charles Laughton was probably the most outspoken. "Who-In Hell tares what Lady Astoi thinks about women in Hollywood as long as men In this country (the United States) are satisfied with them." he declared Last night, the council, representing 35,000 people 111 the film spokesman staled that by virtue of their public reply to her. the "wretched glimor girls" have nominated Lady Astor. "We arc awfully tired of people who use attacks on Hollywood. . . as a convenient device for getting their names in the paper." the spokesman explained. "Flagpole sitting has been the most obvious resort of the space hunter and we can think of no better reward for pure publicity seekers like Nancy Astor than to give them their own flagpole to go sit on." Tlie flagpoles will come in various sizes, rhere's the toothpick size people with midget minds, and the five-foot economy size for those who can't stand high places -The council .said Lady Astor would receive n folding flagpole for people abroad whose flagpoles /n'ghf present shipping problems. Candidates within the industry itself will receive ft flagpole which crimes to a needle-sharp point. The Rev. W. J. Fllzlnigh, rector of the St. Stephens Episcopal Church In Blythcvlllo, will'address members of the Lions, Khvnnls and Rotary clubs nl the luncheon nl Hotel Noble on Wednesday, which will replace the Tuesday and Thursday luncheons regularly conducte by the Lions and Rotarlans. Tho three clubs have Joined In Thnnksglvlng observances for ninny years. At 9:30 Thursday morning, Blytheville citizens will give thanks at the First Methodist Church at union thanksgiving services, sponsored by the Ministerial Alliance. Dr. Alfred Vise, Rabbi of. Temple Israel, will be the principal . speaker. He wil speak on "Tlie Open Road Towarc the Future." During the worship program, the Rev. Mr.: Pitzhugh will give the prayer of invocation; the Rev. Linza Harrison, pastor of the Lake Street Methodist Cluirchi the responsive servl'-d;' the Rev HE Simms pastor of the Assembly of God, the - Brown, pastor o the First Baptist Church, will leni the offertory prayer, and the Rev Royal G. Schultz, pastor of the Firs Church of the Nazarene, the benediction. ' Tlie ..First Methodist Church See HOLIDAY ,011 Page 10 State Hospital Staff Arrests Investigated LITTLE ROCK, Nov. 21. (/!•)—A Devalls Bluff cafe incident which resulted In the stabbing of one mai and the arrest of seven members o the Arkansas State Hospital staff Is being Investigated by state Police on orders of Governor McMath. A report is expected In a few dayi, and may figure In a court hearing on the matter nt Hazon Friday. The hospital staff members ar rested are: Supt. George W. Jack son; Dr. w. G. Jenkins; Dr M O Berry; Dr. F. c. Miles; J. D. Han nah, hospital farm manager; W. M Mitchell, assistant personnel dlrec tor of the Little Rock unit, and O W. Call, supervisor of attendants a the Benton unit. Dr. Jenkins Is charged with as sault with a deadly weapon In th stabbing of John Drew, Jr., 25 soi of the cafe operator. 'Die others nr charged with drunkenness and dls turning the peace. The hospital staff members wer in a duck hunting party which stopped at the cafe. Drew swore ou warrants alleging that the men ere atcd n disturbance and lie wa stabbed when he refused to scrv them Drew was reported "rtolm ail right" but not out of danger a a Little Rock hospital. Dr. Jackson denied tlie charge and said he would welcome an earl hearing to clear up the matter. Soybeans Nov Dec Mch May Open High Low clo 225'1 22(i'5 224 224 225% 226'.t 224',5 2Zi 226TJ 22TS 226W 226? 226% 227 22.5»S 226 New York Stocks 1:30 p.m. Quotations: AT&T Amer Tobacco ., Anaconrla Copper Beth Steel '.'."'.'. Chrysler C>ca Cola '..'.'. Gen Electric . Gen Motors '.'. Montgomery Ward ..... Int Harvester National Distillers Republic steel H.idlo ..'.'.'.'.'.'.'.'.'. Socony Vacuum .'...'..'.'. Studebaker SUn.iard of N J .'.'.'.','.''. Texas Corp 146 1 73 28 30 59 3-8 15D 39 3-4 66 1-4 53 28 3-8 21 5-8 22 12 7-8 16 7-8 atflr Styles Bridges (R-NH) In the ole of antagonists. In the past; they liave voted together on most decl- ilons. This time, Lewis wants to nake payments for miners' hospital biUjj. Bridges has questioned the legal right of the trustees to spend welfare funds In the absence of a formal mining contract. Lewis, suffering from a cold and with his neck bundled In a scarf, lad nothing to say to reporters when he went Into the closed door meeting. Bridges told them; "I think 'it will be very interesting session." Lewis represents the miners on the board of trustees. Bridges Is the neutral trustee. Former Federal Judge Charles I. Dawson of Louisville—the third trustee—was attending his first session as the operators' representative. He replaces Ezra Van Horn, who resigned. To Press Fight H was learned that Bridges Intends to press the fight against using funds collected since the miners' contract expired June 30, and to cut out all payments from money remaining In the treasury from collections before that. The 'fund Is financed by a 20 cent royalty on each ton of coal produced. The miners have been working this summer and fall without a contract. About $13,000,000 was collected since June 30 and Bridges, fearing' his responsibility as a trustee In the absence of a contract, voted against using that money. Lewis has argued that the benefits should be kept up, even It It means spending the summer collections. Tlie Senator has asked for a court accounting In order to quit as trustee. President Truman has Indicated he will use the machinery of the Taft HarUey Act to keep the miners le sees that a resump- walkout Cjvould create loricy." He'.aaidL. no sjich »«existed yet;' '. , In 'the'^meantime, Lewis has Invited the operators to come around to see hlmiabout a new contract So far, none has taken him up—at least publicly. Sen. Wherry Asks Cut in U.S. Spending CHICAGO, Nov. 21— (in—The Senate minority leader said today "It Is high time to tell half the nations or the world that the United States can no longer afford to arm and support them." Sen. Kenneth S. Wherry <R-Ncb) in an address prepared for delivery to the National Association of Real Pstate Boards, said a reduction In foreign expenditures would not mean America was returning to isolationism. "Oh. yes, there will be big spenders of the taxpayers' money who will cry loudly that such a notice to the world would mean that the United State.? hns gone Isolationist," wherry declared. '"That Is what the majority leader of the Senate, Sen. Scott Lucas of Illinois. Is now telling the people Of course, that Is sheer nonsense." Nevertheless, Wherry stated, our Economic Cooperation Administration appropriation "can and should be cut at least $1.500,000.000. "Must we go bankrupt, to prove America Is world-minded?" he asked. "Thirty-five billion dollars, In cash and goods, have been pourec into foreign countries in 23 different money-spending schemes since the end of the war. America has fulfilled her moral obligation generously. "But the economic problems that now confront these countries can be solved by them, through sound government policies, greater productivity, sensible trade relations among themselves and realistic exchange of their own currencies." 18 Survivors Tell Of B-29's Crash Airmen Are Rescued After Ditching Big Bomber; 2 Are Lost By JaniM Sfrehlir HAMILTON, Bermuda, Nov. 21.— IP)— Beefsteak, families. Insurance and "move over and give me a little room"—' That's what survivors of the ditched B-29 said they thought about during 79 "miserable" hours on two six-man life raits in heavy Atlantic swells north of Bermuda. The IB survivors—four of them on stretchers—arrived here yesterday afternoon aboard the Canadian destroyer Halda. The chip picked them up Saturday afternoon after a U. S. Air Force B-17 sighted them about 400 miles northeast of Bermuda. Two of the 20-man crew drowned before they-could get through the heavy swells to the two life rafta. One of the 18 survivors was suffering considerably from shock. But 14 of the bruised and salt- caked airmen walked unaided from the crashboats that brought them to the shore from the destroyer They grinned at the wildly cheering hundreds who watched them trann- fer to ambulances that took them to the Ktndley Air Base Hospital here. . r, - ; Most Seem Fit Most of the men were considered In good condition. Some had suffered sprains. Some had salt water sores. But the majority seemed fairly fit. . ;• The plane's commander and pilot, Lt. Col. John Grable of March Field Air Base, Calif., said the church was to'be a first stop" ashore for most of the rescued airmen. : '....." i.'.'Then maybe we will celebrate a bit,'.! Grable said." ' . ; .:.;... •arable said ."no one turned evangelist" during .the long, wet- ; watt; "but.we all thought, a'lot and"prayed we would be picked up." The pilot said after'the plane's radio navigation equipment failed Wednesday morning, "we hunted for the-Island' f-Bermuda) under every cloud we saw, but had no luck It was pretty overcast." With their fuel almost out "we jettisoned everything we could and prepared for ditching." •'>•• When the big bomber hit the water, the tall broke off, taking one of the three life rafts aboard down with It. The fuselage turned nose down In less than a minute. The two men lost were Cpl. Rfij- mond Brelt, 32, Arlington, Calif., who received a severe head injury from the wrecked plane's girders and Pvt. Robert Dobson, 19, Decatur, HI., who was unable to swim through the swells. Lt. Co! Grable said the heavy seas prevented the- other survivors from rcac'.lng them. Arkansas farm Bureau Opens Annual Convention LITTLE ROCK, Nov. 21. (AP) — An egg labeling law will be proposed to the Arkansas Fnrm Bureau Federation convention here. : Introduced by Walter D. May, Jr., vice-president and chairman of the Resolutions Committee, it recommends sponsorship of a law to require eggs sold consumers In the state to be labeled "VS. Graded" or "Ungraded." 'flie resolution Is one of several to be presented to the federation at the 15th annual convention which opened here today. Another reported out by the committee would recommend election of the United States president and vice-president by popular vote Instead of by the Electoral College. The resolutions are to be acted on tomorrow. Weather Arkansas forecast: Fair and colder tonight. Lowest temperatures 2634 tonight. Tuesday, fair and cool. Missouri forecast: Fair south Partly cloudy north. Light snow flurries northeast tonight. Colder tonight. Lo w tonight, near 20 south Tuesday, fair and warmer west and north. Highs, 40-45. Minimum this morning—37. Maximum yesterday—17. Minimum Sun. morning—36. Maximum Saturday— 69. Sunset today—f:52. • Sunrise tomorrow—6:40. Precipitation 24 hours to 7 a.m. today—-none. Total since Jan. I—S0.64. Mean temperature (midway be_., . _ »..*..ii* ii.iiijrv.-k lltlllc VI1IH 26 1-8 tween high and Iow)-o7. 68 5-8 62 1-2 . ........ Penney .*',....,- ..... i. 53 i-a U S Steel Industry,. announced"Tl^ar<f A Soulhen, Pacific".;.'.'.'.'.'.'.'.' 46 1-3 l-.^ 1111 " 1 " 0 " Jan ' X to this datc 25 42 1-4 . Normal mean for November—50.2. This Date Last Year Minimum this morning—40. Maximum yesterday-'-60. Ginnings ot 1949 Crop Below Figure for 1948 WASHINGTON, Nov. 21-— The Census Bureau reported today that 11,693,204 bales of 1949-crop cotton had been ginned to November 15 this year. Ginnings to the same date last year totaled 11,618.631 bales. Included were 2,063 bales of American - Egyptian compared with 2,304 bales last year. Ginnings to November 15 this year and last, respectively, by states included Arkansas 1,282,002 and 1 433,018; Missouri 347,215 and 349,- Austrian Government Devalues the Schilling VIENNA, Nov. 21. (AP)-Austrla devalued the schilling today. The government announced three new rates In relation to the UiUted States dollar. The new rates become effective at midnight tonight (6 p.m., EST), The new value of the schilling will be as follows: Tourist rate, 26 to the dollar. Commercial rate, 21 36 to the dollar. Basic rate for Import of most ! Marshall Plan goods. 14 A to the dollar. The previous rate was about 10 to the dollar,

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