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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS VOL. XL1V—NO. 287 ——— • Independence )eclaration r by House Rejected Statement Admits Lack of Authority; Administrition Hit LITTLE ROCK, March 2. Willie Arkansas House today refuse lo issue its own Declaration of In Impendence. I After debate In which Governo 1/IcMath's administration was cri 1 :ized, the House rejected, 14 to 3 , resolution stating that: "We now Issue a new Declara I ion of Independence and declar I -n our honor that we will not fu 1 her surrender our prerogatives an< 1 iglits to represent our people wl 1 -lecled us, who pay us, and wl I rust us with their most preclo ]iossess!on, their government." The resolution was Introduced I Icp. R. C. Wills of Arkansas Cou I y who declared that "I feel li [his legislature has lost all nulhor- I ly." 1 The resolution declared that the legislature "has almost completely l^irrendered the functions of the | egislaltve department to the execu- I ive department." It would have liut the House on record ns "ad- inilting our Impotence and de- glaring that we have had bul very little authority over, or part in, 1 ormulatlng the Important legisla- | ion" which has gone before the I eglslature. Sarn Its Inherited The resolution also stated that I We do not in any way place any |ilame or dishonor on our governor, • speaker, nor any officer of this I tate, but do declare that it is a J ondition Inherited from our pre- I lecessors." 1 Speaking for his resolution, Wills I aid the delegation of authority to 1 he executive branch of government (•culminated two years ago when gave the executive power to ap- liolnt U members of the Leglsla- I ive Council." He declared that "a $10.000,000 |>rogram was hidden from us unti he road bond program passed." Wills said that when Governo Laney asked for new taxes two year j:go "The neVspapers Jumped, on him and said his was the most ex (tivagant administration Arkansas jiad ever seen, but beside the program coming up Governor Laney ras a piker." Driving Penalties SUfftM* |les for drunfen driving $1[i&!FtfpJ 'Oii-i .provides, mandatory penal- lies up to a minimum of $100, 30 llays to a year m jail and revoca- I Ion of drivers license for one year lipon third conviction for drunken llriving. A Senate bill, It now goes ] o the governor. The other, a House bill by Rep. |r. Amhulsey of Hempstead County, provides that courts may suspend I1 driver's license [or six to 12 Inontlis upon second conviction for llrunken driving. Legislative action was completed lin the administration bill increasing membership on the Highway pommlsslon by providing for appointment of one commissioner I'rom each hichway district and two |lt large. Also passed and sent to the gov- hrnor was a bill authorizing five- Inember Civil Service Commissions In cities of the first class to.serve |:erms of six years each. A bill to permit the state and Biny of Its subdivsions to provide (social Security benefits for em- ployes was passed and sent to the ,enate. It permits the state or any r its subdivisions to enter Into ^compact with the Federal Social liecurity Administration in the Isvent the Federal Social Security |Act is amended to Include public See HOUSE on Page 12 Blythtville Daily Newi Blytheville Courier _—^———————Committee Picks Amendments to Stote Constitution Blythevtlle Herald Mississippi Valley Leader THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OP NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND'SOUTHEAST MISSOURI BLYTHBVILLE, ARKANSAS, WEDNESDAY, MARCH 2, 1949 TWELVE PAGES SINGLE COPIES FIVE CENTS LITTLE ROCK, March t. I the Arkansas Legislature follows recommendation of a Joint Sente-House committee, the three pro- osed constitutional amendments to e submitted at the 1950 general lection would: Remove the present constitutional equlrement that one must pay a joll tax before he may vote. (An amendment adopted at the 1948 ;encral election permits the legls- ature to set up n system of voter registration, but does not repeal the )oll tax requirement.) Provide optional "home rule" for municipalities. Provide four-year terms for certain state, county and district officers. These three proposals—only three may be submitted by the legislature nt any general election—were selected last night by the Joint Committee on Constitutional Amendments from a list of 16 considered. As second choices, the Joint committee suggested a proposal that tax levies not become effective until after approval by the voters and that the state budget be prepared under direction of the governor. HP's Isolate Red Mission Refusing To Leave Berlin Soviet Group Stays After Deadline Set For Return to USSR Liquor Vote Bill 5eaten in Senate Measure Set Local Option Balloting on General Election Date [Soils Management [Planning Session |To Be Conducted A soils management planning Imeeting was scheduled to be con- Iflu^ted here this afternoon in the • office of Keith Bilbrey, North Mis- Isissippi County »?..nt. C. F. Lund, state soil director |svai to conduct the conference which planned especially to acquaint •vocational and veterans' teacher;, |with the work of the state soi analysis iinri laboratory work. Mr. Bitbrey said that since vet leran end vocational teachers and •county agents would submit 90 Icent of so:! samples to the labora Itory for testing, technical advice to =ubmittins the .samples would be |oiscus.5cd by Mr. Lund. The discussion will ako include Ireview of the testing work of th Jniversity of Arkansas to date, gen oral fertilizer recommendation sed on the University's testin |vork, and othe related topics. LITTLE ROCK, March 2. <lPi — The Arkansas Senate today rejected a bill which would have permitted local option liquor elections to be held only at biennial general elections. The effect of the bill, which was introduced by Sen. Ellis Fagan of Little Rock, was identical to that of an Initiated act defeated at the polls last November. The vote was 19-9 against the bill. Fagan charged that local option elections, as now conducted, represent the opinions of "smnll pressure groups rather than the people." He said to restrict such elections to the dates of the biennial general elections would bring about a more representative vote. Ofcay Election Bills The Senate approved, one of six was" the bin 1 ' wtriwr^iiniBtfr .only a blood relative to purchase or pay the poll tax for another" person. A bill by Sen. Ernest Nicholson of Harrison, proposing a retirement system for employes of. the State Highway Department also was approved. It calls for employes to contribute four per cent of their total wages and the state to put up three per cent. Employes with 10 years service would be eligible for retirement at age 65; those with 20 years at age 60. and those with 35 years at any age. Sen. Ernest Maner of Benton pu( throng] R bill to give city clerks four-year terms effective at the time of the next municipal elections. Sen. Clyde Byrd, El Dorado, won passage for his bill Increasing evap- •ation allowances on gasoline ealers would be permitted to de uct two per cent of the first 200.- M) gallons received each month an per cent of all ad.Htional fue re paying taxes. The presen ate is one per cent. These bills now go to the House. Wipes Out Tax Credit The Arkansas Legislature yes'ter ay completed Its removal of an oncession in payment of state in •ome taxes for similar taxes pai o the federal government. The Senate voted to eliminate irovision of the law which allows axpaycr to credit himself in r niiting state income taxes for 5 icr cent of the amount he has pai n federal,Income taxes. Lt. Gov. Nathan Gordon, thoug admitting a "serious doubt,'- fo: FRANKFURT, Germany, March 2— (JTi— Armed military police todny blockaded n Russian mission which refused American orders to leave the U. S. Zone of Germany. Supplies of water, gas and electricity were cut off and telephones disconnected In the bloodless siege the Russian repatriation mission here. Food wns shut off by orders to M-P's to arrest anyone trying to enter the building or leave it. Four officers and four soldiers and their families nre in the mission. No one knew how much fooc they had. A Russian officer, aparently from the Soviet military mission, tried to enter the house, but wns turned away by an MP. The mission handled the return of displaced persons to Russia. Gen. Lucius D. Clay, American military governor, on Feb. 16 asked the mission to leave by March 1 because the number of DP's now agreeing to return to Russia Is negligible. He said the regular Russian military mission could handle the work, and lifted the credentials of the repatriation mission. The Russians protested vehe nicntly and denounced the order as a violation of the Yalta and Potsdam agreements. No Force Planned The U. S. Army set a deadline of last midnight for the Russians to leave. But forceful measures were not planned. Gen. Clny said "as long as they don't want'to get out of the house we are in no hurry about getting ihem out." The Russians remained In the house ana at mldnli-ht the big yel low building wns a blaze of light At about 8 ajn. this morning < a.m., CST) a platoon of America Military police headed by Col. Ster ling Wood, Frankfurt provost mar shal, left American Military Pos headqunrlers and went to the mis on. located in the heart ot Frank urt's American community. When they arrived at the build g. Wood pounded on the fron oor and then the roar gates. H is ignored. After he had ordered his men urronnd the building and afler th as had been turned off. he wa dmitted. He emerged from a conferen ith Col. Vastly L. Argoonov, t hief of the Russian mission, wit few minutes and announcer: B-50 Flies Non-Stop Around World Plane Refuels in Air Four Times During Flight of 94 Hours Red Cross Seeks Funds for 1949 lew York Cotton NEW YORK, quotations: Mnr. 2—1:30 p.r [Mar. |May lluly . cl. , •Dec. Open High Low Las mally rulnd the measure passed I See SENATE on Page VI North Missco Drive To Open Tomorrow; Goal is $13,743 The drive for the collection of funds for the Chicknsawba District Chapter of the American Red Cross will open here tomorrow, and Jack Finley Robinson, fund campaign chairman, snld todny that ndvnnce contributions totaled Mr. Robinson will direct the fund campaign for the chapter this year and the goal has been set nt $13,743 He will be assisted by W. P. Pryor chairman for the Blytheville campaign, and William Wyatt. chair man for solicitation In outlying communities. A $8,143 quota has been set for Blytheville and Ihe remaining $5,GOO Is to be solicited In the oully- ing communille.s. Of thu total collected 71.5 per cent will be retained the Chickasawbn District office malntalncncc ol Red Cross work re, and the remainder will be sent national headquarters for dls- tcr relief. The national cam- Ign opened Tuesday. Community Leaders Named Mr. Wyatt said today that the t of community chairmen had en completed nnd announced the Mowing additional names: R. L. Gaiues of Promised Land, Icn Mctheny of Pawhceu, Mrs. H Buck ol Half Moon, the Rev. M Griffin of Dell, L. V. Wnddcll of Inckwater, C. E. Cagle of Boyn- n. Mrs. Essie Davis of Flat Lake . W. Nichols ol Armorel, Taylor 'Yeeman ol Calumet, J. C. Ellis, Jr I Barfield, Norman Bailey locky. F. A. Rogers and J. A aynes of Clear Luke, V. R. Jollil f Brown Spur, C. E. Buck of Box Elder, Herschel V. Mltchnsson Tomato, nnd Hulcn Faulkncr Wligan Ridge. The advance contributions xirted included $«0 from the are rom Railroad to Second Streets, b Chairmen R. J. Morris nnd C. Rambo; $50 from Ward Three, re xirtcd by Mrs. Wade Jeifric chairman; and $50 Irom Sixt Street to Broadway Street, reportc by Chairman G. G. Hubbard, Shown above is a flight of three B-20'a, which are virtually st.slor- shlps of the B-50 that ended • globu-itirdltng non-stop flight todny. Chief differences are more powerful engines nnd Increased gas supply lo handle trie greater range. Differences in appearance nre slight. (NKA Photo.) Record Sum Remitted by Sheriff To County Out of Emoluments "They refuse to move at t present time. They say they ha eceived no orders to do so." Wood said he hud offered to fu ish the Russians with an esco o the Soviet Zone border but was refused at this time." Politics Charged In Arguments on Mew Labor Law Fees colccted through the oflico of Sheriff William Bcrrymim for Mississippi County during the past ILscul yenr show a total of $41,435.8- to mark n new high, It was disclosed yesterday by P. E, Cooley, county auditor. At the same time the excuses of e office were only $31.089.52 nl- wlng a net profit to the counly of ,148.30, which Mr. Cooley snldwus ic highest amount turned back by ly sheriff. Pines collected also set a record Other contributions were report from the Negro residential area b Negro Chairman W. H.,Moss, B by the Rev. Mr. ariffen,;ahd Ward Four by Mrs. A. C. Haley. WASHINGTON, March 2. {/Pi — Secretary of Labor Tobin's renewed opposition to amending the Truman labor bill was termed "pure politics" today by Senator Morse IR-Ore). The labor leaders and Mr. T'obin must know that many Democratic Senators are saying privately that they fully expect and hope the bill will be amended ,and it certainly will be," Morse said. Tobin discussed his position last night after another conference with Senator Elbert D. Thomas, chairman of the Senate Labor Committee. "I want, the bill exactly as it is," Thomas tola reporters. The measure would repeal the Taft-Hartley law and replace it with a modified Wagner Act. Thomas also reaffirmed his op- poslton to amending the bill, which he is sponsoring. He repeated that changes would be "bad strategy." Move to Repeal State Poll Tax Law Is Stopped LITTLE ROCK, March 2. (/P>—A move to repeal Arkansas' poll tax law was stopped dead in its tracks in the State Senate today. The Senate voted to defer Indefinitely consideration of n resolution proposing a constitutional amendment to abolish the poll tax as a requirement for voting. Sen. Ohmer Burnside of Lake Village charged that passage of the resolution would "be a slap in the faces of our Southern Senators who right now have their backs lo the wall in Washington fighting such legislation." Sen. W. H. Abinglon of Be«be said the proposal was "part of Harry s. Truman's program and I am against it." Sen. Jerry Screeton of Hazen said "legislation sucn as this proposes concessions to people who have no sympathy for Southern traditions. 1 ' Sen. F. C. Crow of Hope, sponsor ol the resolution, moved to defer action on the matter momentarily. But Abington offered a substitute motion to defer consideration of the iroposnl "indefinitely." His suhstl- ,ute motion was adopted on a ringing voice vote. Rankin Asks Vote )n Pension Bill Plan to Aid Veterans Would Eventually Cost Taxpayers $190 Billion WASHINGTON, March • 2-M't— Rep. Rankin ID-Miss.) asked loilny that the House be allowed to vote on his plan tor pensions for all veterans and gave this estimate of Its cost over the years: $100,000.000,000. That was the (inure Rankin giu'c the House Rules Committee as he asked to send the bill to the House floor for debate, preferably under procedure preventing amendments. But the Mtsslsslpplan wild he would not Insist In a non-amendment program after rule* committee members Indicated their r"s- satlsfaction with the bill as i.ow drawn. The Rules Committee has the job of deciding what bills are lo lie taken up hi the House and under what procedure. Rankln's bill 1ms been approved by the House Veterans committee of ' which he is chairman. House leaders and the Truman administration are opposed to the bill because or the prospective cost. Won't Block Debate While hostile, House lenders stuck by their announced plans not to try to block debate on the bill. Chairman Snbath (D-I11.) repealed he was ready to permit Rankin to take the pension Issue Into the House for a show-down. Rankln's bill provides for payment of $90 a month to all 18,800,000 veterans of World Wars 1 and 1 at age 65, and $120 a month Tor all veterans so completely helpless Irom physical or mental disabilities that they require an attendant. Rankin estimates the cost of pensions at $62.000,000 the first year. Other estimates llgurc the total cost of the bill at $150,000,000000. By this time the greatest possible number of veterans become eligible for Its benefits. The Misslsslppian asked for a limit debate In the House (o two hours and restrict amendments to those offered by his own committee members. high o! $10,280.85. It was disclosed, nnd Ihls sum, less $1.000 which was puld lo the Mississippi County l*o- l!ce Commission wns remllU-tl 10 the counly treasurer to innku tlie otal ml revenue produced by Ihe hurifl'B office for Ihu year $25.030.11. ' The statement of 11M8 lees ami xpei»i«s of thu office was sulmill- cd to Circuit Judge Znl B. Harrison nnd appioved by tho court. Commission!; to Ihe sheriff as ex- clllclo collector of nil valorem taxi's mounted to $20,709,Ii2. Fees amounted to $4.522,35; profits from operation of tho Jnll, $4,111.65; mil mllciiiic chnrge.s In the serving o warrants and other legal pnpurs J0.02G30 foi a. total of $41,435.82. Listed under Items of cxpens were $17,080.02 tor salaries, $754,8 for the cost of official bonds; $li,055.48 for automobile expenses phis $1,700 for depreciation on automobiles operated by the sheriff's de- partmcnl; $1,388.30 lor travelling expenses; WOO for attorney lec.s; $332 for special deputies; $002,60 for Identification expenses, nnd oUicr miscellaneous Items to bring tho total operating costs ot the Inw enforcement and tax collection divisions of tho office to $31.080.52. Principal items in the sheriff's FOKT WOKTH, Tex., Mnvcli 2. (AP)—An Air Fore* bomber today completed tho first non-stop flight around tha world. Tho B-50 Superfort "Lucky Lady II," carrying a crew of 14. arrived over Cnrswcll Air Force Base at 8:21:40 ». m., Central Standard Time, IMS than four days after It lelt the same Held. It refueled lour tlmei In Us historic eastward Might. Thrj plane landed nl 9:30:55 n. m,, CST. Unofficial elapsed tlmo for tho world-girdling trip wai 94 hour*, one minute; an uvoroKO speed of 230 miles per hour. II wns unofficially estimated that Ihe Lucky Lady n flew 23,452 tnlulc! miles from Its tukeoft In Fort Worth nround the world non-atop nd returning to Cnrswcll Air I^rce Bnso. The world-gtrdllng bomber ook off from Cixrswell Hnso nt 11:31 a. m. CST., Feb. 28. snlm-jr account were: $4.008.02 to thu sheriff; $3,000 lor his chief deputy lixw enforcement, officer, $2,400 to Ihe chief deputy In the tax collection division; nnd snlurle.i lo six other deputies to make the total for both the Dlythcvlllc offices $17,009.92. and Osceola. GOP Backs Own Tax-Cutting Plan Excise Levy Slash Asked to Offset Hike Asked by President WASHINGTON, Mnrch 2. (/P>— House Uepublicftns lined up tocli bchlml their own plnn to cut tux ns ii cmmtor proposul to President Tninmn's request for $4.000,000.000 In HcJclltloiml revenue. Wllliout tnkhiR R definite fitnnd on Rencrnl IEIXCS such ns those on Incomes, thu OOP leiulcrshlp ciunu out strongly for cuts in excise ttiNC.s, »rc Imposed on trutn fares, clc-phono tolls, movie tickets, etc. The Republicans proposed thu reduction ns "the first order oT busl- IP.SS" for (he 81st Congress. The GOl* decision wii.s imnaimcet] yesterday by Republican Leader M in tin of MnssaclHisetts after the first meeting of the new Rcpubllcni Policy Committee. This committee of 2l! members wns set up lust moi.U Reds 7e// Germans to Support Russian Army in Case of War By Donald Doane German labor by the Russians for BERLIN. March 2-W) Berlin's I work In the uranium mines near Communist press told the Germans under banner headlines today to support the Soviet Arjiy "in case of any aggression" by the Western powers. Every Russian - licensed newspaper featured on page one a statement issued by the Politburo of East Germany's Communist-dominated Socialist Unity party (SED). The statement accused the Western powers of "war mongering and direct war preparations against the Soviet Union," warning the Germans such n war would be fought on their soil, and declared: "In case of any aggression, the German people must light against shlce the aggressors and support the the Czech border. From the city of Erfurt alone, three transports of 140 to 180 conscripted workers are shipped out every week for the mines where the raw material for atom bombs Is pro duced. Der Tag, organ of the Christian Democratic Party said. Western sources said the circulation or the Tagllche Rundschau oflicial organ of the Soviet Army had sunk to 45,000 dally. The Russians are said to be so dissatisfied they ordered strict economies. The newspaper has been the outlet for all official pronouncements of the Soviet military government "otton Carnival Tour To Be Here April IB MEMPHIS, March 2. (IP) — The Bumpers Club of the Memphis Cotton Carnival is getting ready to boom the cotton shindig again. Us chairman, Al Whitman, announced yesterday dates for the annual promotions tours Into Arkansas, Missouri, Mississippi and other towns in West Tennejcc. The tour into Arkansas and Missouri will be made April 18. The good-will party will stop at West Memphis, Marion, Marked Tree. Tnnnann, Jonesboro, Paragould, Blythcvillo and Osceola, Ark., and S<*na;h, Kcnnett. Hnytl and Steele Mo. New York Stocks . 3233 . 3214 31CO , 2807 . 2784 3240 3222 3109 2817 2795 3232 32C9 3094 2804 2783 Soybeans l.\tay llu'y |Mar. (F.O.R. Chicago) Open Higli Low 225 225}i 223'i "AS 220 218 1 ; MS 235?* 233'.3 324rj i Soviet Army in Its efforts to create 3222 I Peace." 3l(y I With unanimity clearly revealing 2815 i an official Communist propaganda 2795 campaign, the newspapers followed with editorials against "Imperialist war mongering" and praising the "Soviet fight for peace." All cited Ihe recent similar statements by Communist lenders in France, Italy nnd England pleading aid against Russia's foes. i Berlin's anti-Communist press re- Close 225-224% 219'i 234»i-!i Berliners sec it as much of a propaganda sheet than other papers here. The official American newspaper, Dlqtfteuc Zcltung, sells more than 90.000 copies daily. Die Welt, official British organ, has a Berlin circulation of 150,000. The Rundschau recently fired 200 of Its German employes, citing a "newsprint shortage" as the reason. But it still publishes the largest paper in the city and uses up considerably more paper than any of (1:30 P.M. Quotations) Am. T & T H7 1-2 Am. Tobacco 651-2 Anaconda - 323-4 Beth Steel 30 7-8 Chrysler 533-8 Gen. Electric 36 1-8 Gen. Motors 573-4 Int. Harvester 24 Montgomery Ward 553-4 N. Y. Central H Lockheed Corp '8 National Distillers 273-4 Radio " s - 8 Socony-Vacuuni 153-8 Standard Oil N. J 67 1-8 Scars Roebuck 30 1-8 Texas Co. 501-8 U. S. Bttel 71 1-2 J, C. Penny Co 443-4 4-H Recreational Leaders to Meet Here Saturday Recreational leaders of 4-H clubs In North Mississippi County will meet in the county agent's office at 10 a.m. Saturday to plan the 4-H recreational program. According to Keith J. Bilbrey. extension 4-H director, the leaders will determine whether or not the clubs will conduct their annual 4-H Basketball tournament. The tournament has been one of the chief recreational projects ol the clubs In Norlh Mississippi County for the past 10 or 12 years, and usually are conducted In Ma,-ch. Tne presidents, secretaries, teachers, and sixmsors of all clubs in the county have been asked to attend the meeting. More than 30 games were played in the tournament at Gosncll, last year. Missco to Get Large Gas Tax Allocation Move to Obtain Air Squadron Gains Support The Mississippi County unit of the Organized Reserve Corps last night endorsed the movement of vnrloua orgnntKittons .seeking to have n Nntlonnl Qunnl air unit located at Iho lilytlievlllo Municipal Airport. Notice of their endorsement nnd a copy of the resolution passed were to be sent to stain and aeronautics authorities today. The resolution, signed by L. a. Thompson. Jr., president of the Reserve Officers Assnclftllon. pointed out thnt there were many nlr reservists In Mississippi County, and that the airport he-re was one of the largest and best equipped In the state, and that hangar space wns adequate to accomodntc Ihe proposed new Arkansas nlr unit. The Hctlon was tnken last night at the meeting in the Jaycce clubroom. The Reserves recently were activated by the Army and arc now meeting the first three Tuesday's In each month for organized structlon, Mr. Thompson snlrt. He Indicated that n fourth unit would be formed, but Hint It luul not beer determined what Ihe unit would be. At present three units receiving organized Instruction. These three units Include flelt artillery, an Infantry company and n military police company. Mr Thompson is leader of the artillery unit, W. D. Tommcy of the Infantry nnd Clarence Webb of the M. unit. The action fnvnrlng the basing nf the new National Qimrd uni ere followed by similar action ic Blythevllle Private Fliers Assoc atlon, the Junior Chamber of Com icrcc. the Chamber of Commerce nd various other civic groups. to sper»k for GOP House member on issues coming before Congress. Its unanimous endorsement of th excise lux jnld tho need IB "ln!!le- dlata and imperative." ' r The new tax schedule bucked by the Republicans Is embraced in a bill nlrcndy introduced by Mnrtln, who Raid nftcr tha meeting he bc- HI^TS the Ways nnd Menns Com- mitcce will approve It or a sub- slllute. No Liquor Tux ClmnKe The Republican bill would not disturb the present $0-per-proof- gnllon lux on liquor. It would restore oilier excise rates to prewar levels. Rales on Jewelry, furs and admissions would bo cut from 20 per cent to 10 per cent; electric lights anr" nibs, from 'id to B; bowling alleys ml billiard tables from $20 to $10 year; cubic, radio and leused wire .icssages. telephone tolls' and cam- rus, from 20 to 10; films and pho- OKrnphlc plates, from 15 to 10 rniisportatlon, 15 to 5; local tele- >honc bills, 15 to 6; luggage, from :0 per cent on rctnll sales to 1C )er cent on manufacturers; tolle joods, from 10 per cent on retnl soles lo II per cent on manufac urcrs. The tax would be removed sales of Jewelry items retailing icss than $25, ported Increased conscription of I the other newspapers in Germany. Southern Pacific 41 1-8 LITTLE HOCK. March 1. >ff Vouchers allocating Arkansas' counties $2.000,000 of slate gasolin tax money for construction an maintenance ol school bus and mra mall roads In 1949 will be dlstrlbu' ed this wrek. State Treasurer 1 Vance Clayton announced today. The county to receive the Urges allocation ir, Missteslppl with $43 SOS .70. H headed eastward, Its first re- ucllng point at tho Azores Islands bout 3,800 miles away. Tlie next flying gns station was Dluihrnn, Suiidl Arabia, 6,200 miles rom the Azores. The third refueling point va« ibove the Philippines ,a 4,900-mlle trip. Longest flight between tanker planes was from the Philippines to Hawaii, about 5,300 miles. The last fill-up camu over Hawaii. From there to the Fort Worth horn* field was a little more than 3,700 miles. The Boeing B-50 Is the postwar successor of the wartime B-29 Su- perfortress. Closely resembling the B-29 In xlcrlor appearance, the B-80 has onsldernbly more speed, rat* of limb, range and bomb-carrying ability. Powered with four Pratt and Whitney 3,600 horsepower engines, he B-SO lins a top speed of about 400 mlle.i an hour, a cruising speed around 300 and can climb to 40.000 !cet. Its bomb capacity Is stated «t' 10 tons, Its maximum riimje (without In-night refueling) at 0,000 miles. Its wing span Is m'feet,' it» fuselage length 99 feet. The weight of the plane for normal takeoff Is about 120,000 pounds. Normal crow Is. made up ot 13 men and officers. Deliveries Recent . v Production'of the B-^0 was" »t»H- d in 1944, but only within the last ar have deliveries Increased to th* oint where operational outfit* bean receiving the bomber. Air Secretary Symington disclosed mm » year ago for equipping th« ratcglc ntr command with "tank- r" planes. He said then name unit* ould be outfitted by early 1949. Later, It was reported the Air orce contemplated equipping six roups of B-20s or B-SOs for thi» Urn-long range type of operation, group normally consists of 30 lanes of those types, now classed y the Air Force as medium bomb- rs. The heavyweight class now li or such glanls as the six-engine B-38. Symington, In revealing the In- flight refueling project to the Sen- Drainage Bill Passed By Arkansas House LITTLE ROCK. March Legislative action on the contn vcrslal East Arkansas drainage bl wns completed quietly* by the Ar] nnsas House today. Tho proposal by Sen. Lanmr Roc Kcrs of West Memphis, whlc proved highly controversial In tl Senate, was passed by the Hous 76-1. nnd now goes to the governo Rep. Charles Smith of Crlttenden County explained that Ihe all differences on the measure had been Ironed out by an amendment providing for an election on any action proposed under authority of the bill. The House passed It without further discussion. te Armed Services Committee, said hat by utilizing the "most modem development" of the old airborne refueling method, bombers could . trlke nt any part of Russia from bases In Lnbrndor or Alaska. This would be a two-way mission, not a "suicide" flight, with the bombers returning to bases In the United States or In territory controlled by See PLANE on Page 12 State Suddenly Ends Its Case Against J5 Protestant Pastors SOFIA, Bulgaria. March 2 -or,— The prosecution In Bulgaria's trial if 15 Protestant pastors accused of ipylng for the United States and Jrltnln today suddenly cancelled he scheduled appearance of 42 of Is witnesses. The prosecution srvid "The evidence Is abundant and clear. We nred not hear nny more." The government had intended to present 53 witnesses against the defendants, all of whom signed confessions while they were held secretly for three months by the Communist security police. The cancellation of the remaining tesllmony came after the court had beard a dragging parade of witnesses who sought lo prove that the pastors were spying for the U. S. and Britain: The IcsllMiny hammered nt the United States nnd American church missions. Appcnrently the government intended to Incriminate any | Bulgarian sect which had ties with Western church headquarters nnd to sever those tics. The prosecution appeared to be trying to show that funds sent by American missions lo Bulgarian churches were not church aid but pay for espionage The defendants also are accused of black market money transactions The culling of Bulgarian church relations with tho West Is the prim ary objective of a new church law now before parliament. The prosecution witnesses accus ed the pastors not only of spyin and black marketing, but of fight Ing the Communist government One slar witness, Chrlsto Stratei former general secretary of th Agrarian Union, was brought fron Jail to testify. He is under arres for his activities In the Agrarla Party, whose leader .as execute in 1947. Slrntc* assailed the pnstor throughout his testimony, chnrgln they were dominated by America masters. ' Secretary Is Selected; Begins Work Mrs. Charles Springsteen has been named secretary for women nnd girls' work at the Blytheville "Y", J. P. Garrott, director, announced todny. Mrs. Springsteen ,the former Miss rtnry Olive Simms ol Manila, as- umeri her duties March 1, and ha» :arted organizing Gra-Y groups at «inge, Central and Sudbury Ele- nentary Schools. Mrs. Springsteen will organize ;irLs groups to correspond to the Boys Hi "Y", Junior HI "Y". A Junor-Trl "Y", a girls organization still In existence here, but has had imited activities for the past year, Mr. Garrott said, and will be reac- ivatcd, nnd a Tri-Hi "Y" will also be formed. Mrs. Spiingsteen Is a graduate ot Manila High School, attended Syracuse University, and for the past 13 years has made her home at Mohawk, .N Y. Mr. and Mrs. Springsteen are living East of Blytheville on Barfield Road. Scattered Snow Flurries Reported in Arkansas By the Associated Press Scattered snow flurries were reported in Arkansas last night. And, the US. Weather Bureau at Little Rock says, extreme northwest portions of the state may expect more snow either Wednesday afternoon or night. The town of Gilbert was covered with an Inch of snow early today. There also was snow at Payettevllle and Rogeis. Traces of snow were reiwrtcd late yesterday In Little Kock, Arkadelphla and Nimrod Dam. However, the weather was not extremely cold.

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