The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on January 5, 1934 · Page 1
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Friday, January 5, 1934
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Served by the United Press KYTHEVILLE COIMEK NEWS THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OP NORTHKA tfr ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI VOL. XXX—NO. 249 lilythevill? Daily News Blythovllle Crurii'r M'|)i>l Valley LoiKlr-r I'.iyllU'vilie Hcrnjil_ ARKANSAS, FRIDAY, JANUAUY !>. 1!W SINGLE COPIES''FIVE\CRNT8 . •} PASTOR MARKED FOR DEATH Work Rushed on Wheeler Dam McMurdo Had Bored Gun Holes in Walls of Jonesboro Church. PIGGOTT, Ark.. Jan. 5. (UP) — Defense witnesses in llie trial of the Rev. Dale S. Crowley, pastor of Jauesuoro Baptist Tabernacl?. today offered testimony purporting lo show the pastor was marked lor deaih in his pulpit. Tiiecilore Chamness, suoportcr o! Crowley's opixmcnt for t.Y pulpit, testified that J. W. McMurdo. slain ty Crowley. demonstrated u few days before the slaying how could poke a revolver through hole in the tabernacle wall and assassinate tr.t- youthful minister. Rev. Crowley.' claiming self-defense, Is on trial here for the murder of McMurdo. 08-year-old night watchman al the tabernacle. Chamness said the holes had been bored in the wall to "gel Crowley." Displayed Pistols Udell Miller, 18, who at one time lived with McMurdo. said the jani- lor had remarked to him that he could "get Crowley when I want to." Miller testified thai in a conversation wit.i McMurdo a few days before the slaying the latter showed him two pistols. "If you think I'll quit." he quoted McMurdo as saying, "you waich my smoke." The witness asserted that "Piggie" Montague had taken a pistol lo the night watchman. He saici "switches" were scattered in the choir and that an iron pipe was taken to McMurdo. whom he said had orally abused the pastor. Both,.Chamness and Miller said they were members of the faction "cf !>,c Rev.' Joe 'JefTersT"'• -»---'•'•: "Fattl" Hen?on. another JefTerite, "Ftty" Henson. another Jetlerlte. quoted McMurdo as saying he could "kill Ciowley any time." He said he had not seen t.'-.e holes in the tabernacle wall. The Jeffers faction. Henson testified, agreed to take up a collection to pay any court fines incurred if he would "whip" Rev. Crowley and Dale Alexander. He said he and Ihree more persons administered a "beating"' lo Alexander. Alexander weighs 140 pounds while Henson's weight approximates 350 pounds. The witness said (he "Jefferilcs" later "double-crossed" him and he went to work on a farm. Got "Loan" for Testimony On cress-examination Henson said that he was the - oflicial • l bouncer" and "muscle man" for the Jeffers congregation. "I belong to a fighting religion," he added. After the "double cross" Henson said he went to an attorney and asked him how much It would cosl to give the Jeffers congregation "wtiolssale whipping." 'Are Feedinp Illicit Whisky Into Legitimate Channels, U. S. Learns. CHICAGO. Jan. 5 lUPI— Secret orders from Washington today launched u trl-state investigation by Internal revenue iiyciils of re- porls that remnants of the Curxmt. and other notorious Chicago gangb are flooding the mid-west with cheail bootleg liquor. .Revenue agents salil they had Information indicating several mil- oil gallons of bootleg and cut whisky had been. fed Into legiti- mte liquor channels by gangsters nd bootleggers of the prohibition ru. Widespread arrests hi tlie con- piracy were understood to be imminent. The United Press learned that a prominent former Chicago official vas involved In the conspiracy. Assistant U. S. District Attorney Jugene Tappy was understood to )e investigating information that he official was' heading nn Illegal iquor syndicate. According to information obtained by government agents the bootleg distributors have been active in Illinois. Indiana, und Wisconsin. cofferdam, of ed. H is bein: Joe Wheeler dsm projcci, 15 miles up tn lusclc Shoals, is shown by this view of th which about one-fifth. 12CO feei. has been construct built at the head of water backed up by Wilson dan Liiiul Owners of District ( J and Sub-District 3 . Granted to February I. . Taxpayers of Gi.issy Uike tiiul Tyri'iwa Uiatmiyc District No. ! mm Sut-Distrlct 3 have been Banned an aildilloij-.O 30 days li vhii-li lo lake ac'vatiiai;i- of HI olli-r under which they can krci Ihi-ir lauds free from sale for dn lini|i.;:il taxes by paying 50 pel "'in ol Hie tax lor which tin nn! '.M S S :;oUl for c'clhiqucnt taxe , if the b.n-.l has not Uei-n sold 1 paying 00 per cant of the taxe r llie earliest y?ar for whici xes are delinquent. Announcement of the extenslo: n.s made by J. T. Co-ston o Oscwila, attorney Inr District No -. ulio wild that Judge J. E Martincau had ordered It. Mum 1 large land owners in th CMrict have already taken ad \ant!t;!c ot the olfcr. which ha '.he eilect of pos'.ixming all ef lort lu force payment of the rt, training ilMlnqiirn*. tuxes nnt HtvuiilM-r 1, 1934, when, il Is hoi ed land owners nil] be beltc i-btc lo pay. Five Enumerators Named to Take Business Census I Bar Urges Gautney Five enumerators, apiwinted by Edwin J. Mason of Joncsboro, district supervisor of the federal business census, were to begin work today inking a census o[ all business concerns in Mississippi county for the year 1933. The census will be in the nature of a confidential government report, and thi cooperation, of nil owners of bus! nesses has been asked In order tha the reports may be complete and accurate. fnr'Il S .. JlldffshlD 1" ,'" Blytheville the census »«I V. U. r»~« ~f"P . J1 - . ',•,,• >„• •„ Wn^lHlIm Makes Announcement Candidacy for Office County Assessor. G. C. (Ike) Hudson of Wilsc today authorized the Courier News| to make formal announcement of fc candidacy for county nsse.ssor, ' Skaters Cnpilnl-izc on I lie Col»l Spell OFFERS BILL 10 With many sections of tlie country "ripped by zero weather, It wo. only fitting for the nation's capital lo put on its wintry mantle, too. Here is the striking view lak.en from the Washington monument showing skaters gliding over, the Lincoln Memorial |.ool. mbiect lo next August's ' Demo 1 A petition has been among attorney here for Ihu Uursement of Chancellor J. P. Gunlncy of Jonesboro for Ihe federal bench in the event an antici- 66 Per Cent of Maternity pated vacancy occurs. I lokeh. by Miss' Carey Woodbur ami L. N. Mntliis. Other enumerr ' cratic primary. • • 1,, jntors appointed for this county I A resident of Mississippi county aie: Mrs. Eva Dillahunty of Oscc- 1 for 23 years, most of the time tvt ola. for the southern half of the i Marie and Wilson. Mr. Hudson has county. Mrs. Louis Mcllenry of I never before sought public office. Luxora. for • Luxora and Osceola. He has been employed by Lee Wil- Deaths Are Preventable. Declared: NEW YORK. Jan. previously published and harshly] criticized report, charging the med- lie said i,e called Rev. Crowley [ ' 1roffssio »- ical profession with responsibility for the majority of childbirth deaths in the metropolitan area, tile unanimous approval today Hie council oi the Academy of Medicine. Tile report, published last November by a sub-committee of the committee en public health relations of tlie academy, found that] approximately fiG per cent cf t!".e I deaths resulting from child births could have been avoided ihrough application of medical knowledge. The piper furtlicr charged t'nat fil Per ceni of these drallis were di- rcclly attributable to the medical It is understood lhai the petition lias been signed by all members of Ihe Blytheville Bar association. Should Judge Gautney be elevated i to a federal judgeship it would o. (UP) -A I | eavc | ljs C h anC (.ry bench vacant. Mississippi county is in [he chancery district over which Guutney presides. and Ralph Gibbons of Leachville for llie northern half of the conn- son and Company for many years, and at present hardware manager at tlie Lee Wilson store in Wilson. ty, exclusive of Blytheville. Employment data, operating pcnses, net sales or lotal operating] lance, .particularly in the south- receipts, slocks on hand and other i ern part of the county, and holds ex- Mr. Hudson has a wide acquain information will be asked. ! the respect and confidence of all 129 Disaster Victims Sealed in Mine Galleries Cotton Plan Explained who know him. In asking Ihe consideration ol Freak Tornadd Wrecks Homes at Pensacola Pla., Jan. 5. (UP) side of Pensacola PENSACOLA, —The western began clearing Its < debris and rebuilding after a freak tornado 'wrecked 20 or more homes nud Injured more than a score shortly after neon yeslcrday. The infant chiid of Deputy Sher-. iff . Rigby was believed fatally Injured. The officer himself suffered three broken ribs and other Injuries. [Democratic voters for inc. office of . ; assessor. Mr. Hudson stands upon i „ _ c J to Local Committeemen! his recor-j ami ability as a business I beorge uuncan found man and his pledge to make lion-1 [fit SEEK CLEiSHIP Osceola Deputy Announces His Candidacy for Circuit Court Post. PRAGUE. Czccho-SIovakia. Jan ; 5 (UP)—Government investigation ol the 'Osscg mir.e disaster began today while IX) men, given up for dead, were sealed in the deep galleries through which raged fierce Twenty-two bodies were rccovcr- ed altogether before it became i necessary last night to seal the i mine entrance because there seemed no ho[h. L for the buried men anc! NEW YORK, Jan. 5 (UP) — aside at l-^e tabernacle later and \\ithin earshot remarked lo a by- star.iler. "By Oo;l I nrcd S5 and I've got a place tc get it." Henson declared that the Crowley (action made him a "loan" of $20 after he agreed to testify at the trial. He said he went to Prosecutor Denver U Dudley last night and signed a statement revealing t-baL he had received the "lean." Craigheaci county officers, acting I on reports that Calvin Spann. who .Is said to be Rev. Crowley's bodyguard, was armed, slapped his pockets at Ihe trial but failed to find n weapon. Lloyd Slicok. a defense witness. Icstific-d that TJcMurdo tested hi? gun the nif.^l before Hie slayiny "to see if it would fire." Frequcnlly Judge Neil Killough reprimanded the audience for boisterous laughter. Two of the Crowley ct.ildren. BDbby. 4. nncl D.ilc Jr.. 5. Joined Rev. and Mrs. Crowley in the cDuitroom today. Tell of Throats Approval of tin- report was ;lli-; the fires were endangering nearby j ff!licn IQ Township committeemen for the j est nnd cquRable assessments of Chickasawba district of Mississippi j a "property- county met at the city hall tore ~ 7~j-, ., todsy to receive instructions for J\eW I OTK COllOfl carrying out their part of the federal government's cotton control program for 1D34. Meeting with the committeemen were J. E. Critz and S. U. Carpenter, county agricultural agents, 0:1 \vhom much of the responsibility | ...^ lor t>e program In the county rests. I July Tlie coniinitteemen were to hear ! Qd ' methods of arriving at averages on' I Collon closed steady. March open 1047 1059 1071 1002 110!) closed by Dr. Bcrnnrd Sad :is. presi-' pits. Altogether there in Ihe mine when the explosion dent of the academy, al its annual meeting last night. He charged it was the duty of the profession "to came Wednesday. Four escaped. remedy, if possible, any evils for which the medical nnd obstetrical practitioners might be responsible." government rentals! of: high low close 1047 1035 !060 1C-1R 107G IOC3 1032 1077 1110 1008 1124 :^» 1035 1049 10(55 10SO 1099 111-1 George Duncan was confined lo his bed at the Blytheville hospital oday suffering from a fractured ib and a cut on the head. Duncan was picked up last night on Highway 81, about tlirec miles ibove the' Arkansas-Missouri slate ine, by members of a farm fain- were 150 men ? h c °"?! 1 laild nlld ° !hor lle .1 ..I-,.:.,, the cotton program. Spots closed stcach at 1055, off 10. Highway Would Cut Democratic Women Will Meet Tuesday Democratic women of MissLssip- . »1 L' • emocrac won to Memphis ' pi county will nnve a nicrting at , the Hotel Noble Ttiesdny morning. KT J r i/Veio Orleans Cotton Fog Keeps Mail Pilot Aloft for Four Hours Jan (UP)—[March Trans- : May continental and Western Airlines | July mail plane at the Newark airport' oct early today after being marooned , Dec NEW ORLEANS Jan. 5 (Ul'> — Cotton closed steady high low close 1035b NEWARK, N. J.. Jan. 5 Dean Burford landed his ooen 1043 1052 1073 10S9 1104 1115 1055 1073 1039 1!04 1115 1044 1060 1073 1092 1109 1045 1062 1077 1093 HOSb Chicago Wheat •>iv l>r-in» pushed in Ciillendcn county. Under llir pronos-il Highway 61 At the district meeting. Mrs. Jnme.s B. Clark, of (his city who is district chairman, will preside. , A number, of state officers and 0|>en 8-1 3-4 83 1-4 85 I-'! 83 3-i low 83 3-4 close 84 ary Besides rediicinsr i norlheast Arkansas concerning the distance to ! 5t»te and national affairs, Nicholas Wright and M. B. Me- Mf-niplih the new hiohwav would! Mrs. Clark, who was appointed Clciuton of camdeii. where Me-1'"*™ Irallic conerstion 'on the 1 last summer to tilt the nnexplrecl In the air by fog for more than [ Spots closed stead; at 1040. otl 10 four hours. Carrying n valuable cargo of mail, Burford look off from the line airport- last night for Pitt-s- urgh. Three-quarters of an hour] ter he reported by radio that he'May as in the midst of a sleet storm j July nd that ice wss forming on t»'.-: ings of his plane. He considered . t advisable to return. i Shortly afterwards Burford flew ver the airport but was unable to, and for four hours because of a ow ceiling. An Hiohurau fil OH Highway 01 ily. He was lying on the iroaning when they found road and carried to their home. Hugh Craig of Osceola today made announcement of his candidacy for clerk of the circuit and chancery courts, subject to ti".« Democratic primary in August. A life long rtWdcnt of Mississippi county. Mr. Craig was.born at Bas- selt and has lived chiefly at Wilson and Osceola. For the past four years he has been chief deputy in charge of the circuit and chancery clerk's office at osccoln, serving under Billy Galnes. He had previously occupied the same post under other circuit clerks. In announcing his candidacy Mr. State Would Exercise Supervision and Collect Tax Revenues. LITTLE HOCK, Jan. G .(UP) — fti'liri-sentntlvc Stmilleld of Car- liunl county loday Introduceil n bill providing ?jr a referendum jn lltiuor control by comuk-s in Arkansas. The bill provides for legall?.a- llon of liquor nnd control of liquor sales; and /or elections In which voters may cast their bal- 'ols for or agalns 1 . legalization ol "Amor In each county. A state board would have supervision of the liqiKr system tinder trriiis of the bill. The bill provide* that revenue btuined from liquor taxation would e used In operation of the slate 'enal system, whlr-V. Is In need of cfinanclng, and -'(r olher lawful lalms of the Kta'.c. especially re- inidtng. with ano'.her portion B"- nx lo common schools. The house adopted nn unolliclal resolution by Representative Carter confiscation of 50 gallons cf wine held by Die revenue- department, lo be brought to llie house uf representatives to be Extend Rrdemiitum Period The house today passed the senate bill which extends time for redemption of tux delinquent lands sold to the state until April 10. The vote was 91 to 1. Representative Berry of "Marlon county voted against the bill. As Governor J. M. Futrell pressed passage of this bill in his message to the legislature it Is expected he will sign, it immediately. ''•'•' A resolution signed,by. 200.fa.rm- llmt tlie legislature not repefil tlie ocl whtch provides 'far refunding of taxes on gasoline used In tractors and farm implements., , . "The rice and dry farming of ' the Grnnd Prairie rice belt anil n ; large part.of.the irrigation ol rice is done with power which uses gas and low grade fuel for our- tractors," the resolution read. "We re- . quest that the present tax free., revenue law'on these, fuels be not repealed." . ' Should this be done, Ihe rpsolu- llon said, "It would mean confiscation to numerous farmers, of the section and n possible ruin of the industry." Senate Takes Up.Refunding '.-'-• The senate got down to' the Craig said he solicited the support of all Democratic voters on A Cobb ambulance was called and-, i : js record as u citizen and public brought Duncan lo the hospital here. Old-Fashioned Runaway Thrills Caruthersville official, coiirleous and efficient ! service have made him popular ; among those who have had occa- 1 sion to make use of the clerk's office at Osceola. and his wide ac- quainlanceiliip and numerous fricnd.'J^iiK among Ihe people of the county, dating back in many Instances to childhood, assure him Nfurdo lived before moving to Joucsboro. slid the night watchman had a "bad reputation." John Cooper of Jonesboi-o said presence McMurdo that ill his pointed lo Crowley and said. ••There goes the man I want. I aim to kill him." He said the minister Ignored the threat. Hurry Clay, an Interior decorator, testified he had henrd McMurdo ulter threats against the minister's life and "pat" his gim. saving, "and here's what I'll do it with." Prosecutor Dudley then sought to establish that Clay lived nt a "notorious bootleg dive in l»ro." O. R. Findley, O. D. Patterson short. stretch of highway ;(, be- term of Mrs. S. L. Oladish. Osce- !.wriT. Wi'sl Memphis and the' ola. who resigned, wns recently re- vi.iriuct. i appointed chaitman by Mrs. Laura Davis Fit7iigl>. president of the n."r.ocratic Women's club o[ Arkansas. Lawvers Meet Today to Set Civil Court Deckel f. I,. Foils. Mo»-s Heyman. and f. II Gr.iy. all toslinrd that they had he.ird McMnnio threaten the minister's life. Jim Cook, n farmer who lives near Joncsboro. said holm] heord ^ L ^,.,., -McMurdo say he would "got Crow-' icy if he or J. Frank Morris ever , tried to preach." | As the defense nearcd Ihe end of Its :ase the defendant's Iron ntl m. to set the docket for the clvl nerve, so conspicuous throughout term of circuit court opening her the first day, began to weaken. He January 15. """ ' ' ' I It ^'possible lhat an election o the officers will be held at the sum Members of the Ulythevillc Ba association will meet this afternooi in the offices of Holland and Bar was obviously nervous. The audience remained in ....,_crowded courtroom during the long;time. V. G. Holland is the presl Intermission for lunch. dent nf the ns.v>el:itinii, CARUTHERSVILLE. Mo. -for Ihe Brsftime in a number of years, i .... Caruthersville was treated lo an | strong support ill his campaign, old-fashioned runaway Wednesday 1 _ morning about nine o'clock. Bandit Admits Killing A pair of large horses. o-.uicd by the George Garrctt Transfer company, became frightened when an auto CUV sharply in fronl of them. Tlyjy ran a block and a half before they stopped. The negro driver clung to the lines, ba: was unable to pull the horses to a stop. K 3-8 Chicayo Corn May July open 51 3-4 53 3-4 high 52 1-4 53 7-3 tow 51 1-1 52 7-8 close 51 3-8 52 7-il Four Cases of Meningitis | (;i os i nf} stncff price* at Tucker Prison Farm PINE BLUFF. Ark , Jan. 5—Three j lirisoners at Tucker prison farm] contracted spinal meningitis yesterday, making four now III from the dread disease. Five convicti have died from the disease in the last two weeks. All now ill have been isolated and precautions aro being taken to prevent spread of Ire disease among the 350 prison- j •?rs at the two camps. | Andrew Jewell of Mississippi county, »-h'o conlracled the disease several days KZo. is believed recovering. Those stricken yesterday were Mira Hoots of Batesvllle, John Avcry of Prairie county and Charles Hoffsletter of Jonesboro. Oil Station Attendant POPLAR BLUFF. Mo.. Jan. 5.— Two men have confessed, officers announced, to participating in the hold-up of a service stallon at New Madrid on December 24 when Ar- Two automobiles were struck by.thur Casliion. 28. attendant, wa: the heavy wagon lo which the team I shot to death. was harnessc;!. The first was sideswiped, and only a front fender was dented. Tlie second, however. In the direct path of Ihe runaway team, was damaged considerably. Eldon Hamilton, held in jail at New Madrid, told Sheriff San Harris that he fired at Cashion when the attendant resisted thi hold-up. mory business of the special ECS-. Eion today when * resolution by Senator Bailey ot Russellvtlle was Ldopted providing ihut tho refunding bill be considered by sec-.' tions. The first of ma-.iy amendments of the bill to be considered by the teimte was adoptcrl, providing that u committee" tic appointed to administer the refunding act, to be competed of the governor, slats; treasurer, secretary of state, state, auditor, lieutenant governor and • attorney general. Senator Bailey's lesoluiion came - ifier the senate had gone on ecord; as farorlr.i; a resolution vhich requested tl-at all senators lave their photogi-aplis nude to place negatives destroyed by fire, and a house resolution ask- i:p contiuuallon and exlension of state health projects. Want Gas Tax Kefund Farmers from 21 counties called ou Gov. J. M. Putrell today to protest against tlie refunding bill in its present form, especially its provisions for repeal of the tax refund on gasoline used in farm machinery. The governor said he was glad to see the delegation "because It s^ows the people of Arkansas are beginning to take an interest In state affairs." He said the burden ol raising additional revenue to refund Arkansas obligations rests with the legislature. The tongue of the wagon struck j Dave Eddy, held in jail here and j Jolln Bronner- p r ji r i c county A. T. and.T 103 Anaconda Cop]w: 14 E-: thlpticm Sleel 35 1-8 Chrysler 55 1-4 Cities Service 2 1-8, Coca Cola 96 General American Tank 34 General Etrctric 187-8 General Motors 34 1-2 International Harvester 38 1-2 Montgomery Ward 213-4 New York Cenlrn; 313-4 Packard 4 Phillips Petroleum 15 5-8 Radio' Corp 65-3 Simmons Peels 173-8 tre hood of the car. was deflected, and thrust through the windshield. One of the horses was thrown up on the fender of the car. No one was in either automobile, as both w«re parked. Both are the proporty of Arl J. Dillmnn and Son parade. Neither of the horses nor Ihe wagon was hurt. Standard of N. J. Texas do U. S. Steel 44 5-8 30 5-8 4fi i-a WEATHER ARKANSAS — Fair, warmer in west and south portions tonight. Saturday partly cloud suffering from two bullet wounds, j admitted to Sheriff Lester Mas-' singham that he killed Cashion alter the-oil station man had shot him twice. He (oM cf several other ho'.d-iips and involved Hamilton, it Is understood. Dam Breaks, Releasing Flood on French Valley COLMAR, France, Jnn. 5 <UP> I—A disastrous flood threatened the the today a: of a d waters of farmer, said: "This organization of farmers believes tlie road improvement district bonds should be paid first." He protested the federal loan to the University of Arkansas for building new buildings, saying t'nat •it is dangerous to borrow just because it Is easy, and this should net ke clone. Feeders of the university—the common sclioots—are practically inoperative and although Hie farmers believe In tha university t-'.:ey are for the common, schools first." an artificial The maximum temperature herel Nine persons were drowned when yeste»5ay was 55, minimum 40,1(110 torrent destroyed nn almost cloudy, with a trace of rainfall, completed hydro-electric plant at according to Samuel F. Norrls, of- tHe hasp of a 50-foot cllft below ficlal weather observer. the l?Jte', Still Pl»ys Fiddle PLYMPTON, Mass. ( U P) — Thomas E. Flynn, 76. who once defeated the famous Mellte Dunham In a fiddling contest, still plays his violin at dances around the towns of Cape Cod,

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