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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS TOL. XLVT—NO. 92 BlythevUle Daily Nem ' Mississippi Viilejr Blytheville Courier BlythevUle Herald DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OF HOHTBEABT ARKANSAS AMI SOUTHEAST MISSOURI BLYTHKVILLK, ARKANSAS, FRIDAY, JULY 7, 1950 TWELVE PAGES SINGLE COPIES FIVE CENTS Reds Drive Toward Kum River- Truman Asks Atomic Bomb Funds —Courier News Photo RIVER TRAFFIC PROBLEM—The Mississippi River Caruthersville fern,', foreground, was held up on one of its regular runs yesterday afternoon while a giant Mississippi Valley Barge Line River Boat negotiated an Intricate turn, blocking the ferry's exit route. The MVBL boat is reputed to be one of the largest • nd most modern on the river. ; Arkansas Prohibition Vote Tangled in Deadline Issue LITTLE HOCK, July 7. (IV)— A court suit, which, if successful, would keep one and perhaps two highly controversial issues off the November general' .election ballot was reported a possibility today. ; The two-measures involved would ,« proposed return to statewide prohibition and repeal of the so-called n,shpp" ON "-freedom ^i t'ndment. to. the A ' itiiutlon. The. law ,»ays referenda must be -filed four months before date, of the general election, '-'which "this year U Nov. 7. Attorney General Ike Murry ruled that means by midnight tonight. But, the Arkansas Gazette said today,.some other lawyers have advised ; groups sponsoring referenda that the deadline was midnight last night. Court Action The Gazette said court action was being contemplated to keep off the ballot all referenda which had not been filed by last midnight. . The proposed prohibition law hadn't been filed then, but was expected today. Proposed repealer of the' "freedom-to-work" amendment was filed yesterday but with an insufficient number of signatures. Labor organizations sponsoring the re- pealer told Secretary of state C. G. Hall they'd file additional petitions today to qualify the measure for a. place on the ballot. Prohibition Issue If the predicted suit should be filed and should be successful, it apparently would knock out a vote on the prohibition Issue. And perhaps also on the partly-qualified labor amendment. The Gazette mentioned no names. Three proposed amendments and one proposed Initialed act—all ap- paiently with enough signatures— ^ave been filed with the secretary ð state. The Arkansas Municipal League yesterday brought in its proposed amendment to provide "home rule" for cities. Sponsors said the accompanying petitions contained 27,735 signatures. . ; Other Petition* The American Association of University women filed |)etitions for an amendment providing terms of four, instead of two, years for state, district and county officials. .The petitions contained a reported 29,784 signatures. Previously ield was a proposed amendment to give public schpols first claim oh all general revenues, setting aside $6 per month for each child enrolled in school. ,,--,.----. A proposed Initiated act had been ^rkansaJC*Con-.l_f!led_ to..prohibit.'bwiiers^ from al.- -"''-"-• lowin'g ! h'vesiock-'to run'ai" I'arge. i The proposed labor amendment, when presented yesterday, contained 19,950 signatures. Hall said. Proposed amendments must bear 24,930 signatures — representing 10 per cent of the total vote cast ii the last election for governor (the 1948 general election.) Proposed initiated acts— such the proposed prohibition law— re- uire 13,945' signatures—eight pe. ' " ' quir gb'n i ot the 1048 "vote. ' AAercha nis Oppose Meter Ads Petitions from Blytheville merchants opposing a proposal to affix advertising signs to parking meters here were presented today to Cits Clerk W. I. Malin. Addressed derson and Weather Arkansas forecast: Partly cloudy this' afternoon, tonight and Sat- PARTI.V CLOUDY urday. Not much change In temperature. Mlvxwri forecast: Generally fair tonight and Saturday; warmer west central and extreme north north tonight; warmer Saturday; low tonight 62-65; high Saturday 88-D2. Minimum this morning—66. Meximnm yesterday—89. Sunset today—7:16. Sunrise tomorrow—4 : 54, Precipitation 24 hours to 7 a m today—none. Total since Jan, 1—33.98. Mean temperature (midway be- high and low)—77.5. me»n temperature for 61.5, . Thta D*fc IK* Y«r Minimum this morning—75, MkxtoiUm yesterday— ft. Predpttntion J»n.' I u> this date ~-3l.lt. t , to Mayor Doyle Hen- members of the City Council, the petitions bore the signatures of more than 130 Blythc- ville merchants. Chamber of Commerce Manager Worth D. Holder said today that one group of petitions bore 131 names and that there were others that had not yet been turned in to him. . The petitions were circulated by the Retail Merchants Division of the Chamber of Commerce. A proposal to attach advertising signs to parking meters came before the City Council at its meeting June 13 when W. Leon Smith, attorney representing H. E. Fisher or Blytheville, presented the )lan. It was at least the second .ime such a proposal has come before the Council. The plan involves placing three- sided signs on each parking meter. They would be about six inches wide and eight incher long, according to the proposal. Asked Trial Period Mr. Smith said Mr. Fisher was contemplating manufacturing these signs In Blytheville and that the city would receive 20 per cent of the gross revenue from this advertising. He asked the Council lo permit installation of these signs for a six-months trial period. The Council agreed to postpone a decision until its next regular meeting Tuesday night. In their petition, Ihe merchants declared "the said advertising signs would not only be a nuisance and mar the beauty of our Main Street, but would also bring undue pressure to bear on the merchants to force them to participate In this advertising scheme ..." The merchants requested the City Council to "deny this request and take a stand opposing any such advertising program, which would prove unfair to all merchants In the city." Police Alerted For County Farm Escapee Mississippi County Prison Far officials today, sounded a three county alarm for the apprehensio of an inmate who walked away fron a work detail near Paragould yes terday. The escapee . was Identified •< Harold Swop, about 33, of Manila. He was working on a gravel-hauling detail, hauling gravel from a pit near Paragould to the County Farm at Lnxora. Swop was described as being about six feel tall, weighing approximately 175 pounds. At the time he walked away from the detail, he was wearing khaki shirt and troupers, a straw hat and work shoes. Congress Sought For $260 Million To Speed Project Money Would Build Added Plants; Push Hydrogen Experiments WASHINGTON, July 7. — AP)—President Truman lo- ay asked Congress for $260,00,000 to speed development f atomic bombs and push experiments on the hydrogen x>mb. Mr. Truman said the money ould be used to enable the Atomic Energy Commission to build additional and more efficient plants" to carry out lis directive of Jan. 31 order- ng work on the H-bomb. The President said the fundamen- al objective is to use atomic energy or peace, but. he added: "Until this objective is achieved lowcver, we must strengthen our iwn defenses by providing the nec- issary atomic energy capacity." He pointed out in a statement hat his January directive called on ,he AEC "to continue its work on all forms of atomic weapons, including the hydrogen or fusion bomb." Pike Not Mentioned Mr. Truman did not mention Simmer T. Pike, who has been act- ng chairman of the AEC by: name; but he had these words to'-Vay in connection with his confidence in the commission: "In this new undertaking (speeding the progress of the atomic energy program) the Atomic Energy Commission has my complete, con- fidem-e, based upon the 'able L afld vigorous leadership it has' given' to the atomic energy program In the past.' 1 Concerning the new money'ask- ed, Mr. Truman, said the plants to be built would be "or advanced de'- sign" and their operation will "provide new knowledge that will speed the progress ot the atomic energy program." "The expansion in th,e scope' of our atomic energy program gives added emphasis to the .'act that atomic energy has great potentialities both for destruction and for Ihe benefit of mankind," Mr. Truman said. ' J The request reportedly was drafted before the United States intervened in the Korean war but was held up by the State Department 'for "psychological reasons." Four Divisions Push To Next Big Battle; U. S. Tells of Move AMERICANS START BACK—Field dispatches train Korea today reported that at least one U. S. combat unit has moved about 10 miles north into the Red sector against meager opposition. (Blnck area is the approximate area to which the Reds have penetrated.) Points A. B, and C show drives by North Korean troops with a new enveloping movement centering around Pyongtaek and Clionan. (Black arrow at left). The solid black line marks the SojoiiK-Chcchon defense line penetrated by Hed armored columns and the dotted portion indicates the Southern defense line. Dispatches today indicated that the next big battle may develop along the Kum River line. (Hart of Kum River .shown above below "A"). The Reds appear to be alining an enveloping move at Taejmi <belcw white arrow at left). (AP VVirephoto, Map). BUIXKT1N TOKYO, Saturday, July 8. M—A headquarters spoke.nwn U>rtay American tanks have arrived In Kore "be Blven lank'support." «nd lh» troop* would By The Associated Prew i . pjmnHinisl divisions thrust forward today in what looked like a preliminary to the next big battle in Southern Korea—an assault by possibly 90,000 North Koreans on the Kum River line defended by out-numbered American and South Korean troops. ,., 't 'f h0 f £ ity ., of ,7 aCJ011 ' w!l ' ch llas been the temporarv capital of South Korea, seemed to be the objective of th'a enveloping move by the Reds. It is about 90 miles south oi the fallen capital of Seoul. There was an encouraging note In a fresh field dispatch from AP Correspondent Tom Lambert, who reported a I0-mllr. advance on the South Korean front by an American combat pulrol against meager opposition. Lambert »ld (he only planes In Hie skies wire American. The sector in which the advance was ftcored was nut Riven. Two R«l Divisions A communique from Oen. MacAr- tluir's headquarters Bald two Red divisions were pressing down from the area of Pyongtaek, 23 miles Russia Warns U.S. on Korea Morris to Head Methodist Board For 12th Year Harvey Morris was re-elected to his twelfth year as chairman of the Board of Stewards of the First Methodist at the monthly meeting last night at the church. M. C. Webb was elected to his first term as vice-chairman of the board. John Caudlll and Jack Owens were re-elected as secretary and treasurer, respectively. Routine business matters were discussed at the meeting, Mr. Morris said. Soybeans July Nov Jan Mar High Low Close 3l4',i 306',i 31114 240 234 !i 23D% 242'1 236',i 241-74 244 ?! 239 244>/, Ai/ssco Averages 443 Pounds Ot Cotton Per Acre in 1949-50 Mississippi, County's average yield of cotton lint per planted acre for the 1949-50 crop season was 443 pounds, according to official figures released this morning by Milesj McPeelc, state agricultural statistician. A total flf 369,750 bales were ginned from the 292,000 acres planted to rotton In the county year, Mr. McPcclc's report said. The county's average yield per acre last year was 59 pounds less than In the 1948-49 season. A total of 296,500 bales were ginned from Ihe 1948-49 crop, which consisted of 283,000 planted acres. The state's average yield per acre last year was 407 pounds, with a total of 1,982.000 bales Sinned from 2,335,000 acres, the report said. MOSCOW, July 7. HP,— Russia :otlay accused the United States of committing a "new act of aggression" in blockading Korea and warned she would hold the U. S. responsible for any damage to So- •ict interests. The Russian position, voiced In i note sent 'to the American cm- jassy, was in reply to one sent the U. S. on July 4. informing the Russians that America had set up the blockade In keeping with the United Nations Security Council's request for support.of south Korea. The Russian answer repealed the Soviet stand that the security council resolution of June 27 was Illegal The Russians have based this contention on the grounds that the Soviet Union and the Chinese Peoples (Communist) Republic were not present at the meeting. No Left*' Basi* The Soviet note said the security council resolution could not "serve as a legal basis for taking any measure.? whatsoever with regard lo Korea. Including a naval blockade of Korea." The Russian reply said in part: "The blockade of Korea constitutes & new act of aggression. This blockade Is Just as Incompatible with United Nations principles K. Is the entire armed Intervention o, the United States In Korea. U.S. Is Responsible "Owing to the aforesaid, the So viet government will consider the government of the United States o America responsible for all conse quenccs of this act and for all dam age to Interests of the Soviet Union which may be caused In connection with the carrying out of the afore mentioned blockade." Laney Assails 'Adkins T|rm 4' McMofh Derides ^ Opponent's Prowess "As Big Game Hunfer : LITTLE ROCK. July 7. (If)— Horner Adklns' name Isn't on the ballot In this year's Democratic primary, but Ben Laney says he's out to beat him for governor. Laney coupled his predecessor in the governor's office with his sue cessor last night and declared that If, Governor McMalh is re-elected i "would be a fourth term for Horn r Adklns." .•Laney, seeking to return to the fflce from which he voluntarily etlred two years ago. said that "if (Adkins) is entitled to a fourth erm, there's no doubt about my Deing entitled to n third term." "Adkins Is Dictator" He declared that Adkins. until ecently employment security divi- iion director in the McMath administration, "has been right in here in the present administration dictating policies just as before." While Laney was at Conway vor>ally lambasting McMath. Adkins and Education Commissioner A. B Jonds, McMath was at Hope dcrid- ng the Laney prowess as a hunter recounting what he said were some .aney misses and declaring that his opponent was due for some more. "Big (;:imc Hunter" "My opponent says he Is a big game hunter and that I am the quarry," McMath said. "I recall his goat hunt In Mon- ana (when Laney was governor) when he missed all his shots. The Indians rewarded him by taking lim into the tribe as a squnw. If ils aim has not improved, I don't think I have cause for great concern." McMath said Laney had "missed another shot" In criticism of the Arkansas Tax Commission. The commission performs as a separate unit functions which formerly were iwrformcd by the Arkansas Public Service Commission and predccess or bodies dating back to 1927, McMath said. Counter ftalance In Counter-balance to his opponent's remarks about Adklns and Bonds, McMath also criticized some Laney supporters. He didn't say who they were but he put 16 of them In the traditional "Smokc- filied room" this one at Little Rock's capitol hotel, where Laney has his headquarters. "My opponent's campaign manager made the statement then that 'this group of men could elect any man/ Arkansas is past the stage where IS men In a smoke- filled room can elect A governor." 771 •south of Suwon. Still another division was probing south and west from Wonju. * town about 42 miles east of Suwon. Tliis looked like a pincers move against South Korean forces In the Pyongtaek area. A South Korean colonel raid combined American and South Korean torcej had recaptured Py- ongtaek Itself and Chungju, a highway junction 40 miles east of Py- ongtaek, In a "big fight." But th. Reds claimed capture of Ansonir • road village 10 miles east of Pyong- taek en route to Chungju.' The com- munique noted enemy movement* south from Ansong'and Kumvana- Jang, still farther east Four Other Group. CAPTURKI) NORTH KORKANS—Soldiers of the Communist North Koreans army sit with bowed heads In front of railroad station at Suwon, South Korea, under guard of Suwon policemen. (AP VVirephoto). Contracts Let for New Manila Sewer System Work on Installation of a complete sanitary sewer system for Manila is expected to begin within 15 days. Manila's Mayor I. D. Shcdd said low bids were reviewed by the City Council last night and contracts were let. New York Cotton Open Klgh Low Close J«'y 3370 33«0 3370 3MO Oct. . 3331 3341 332» 3335 °cc ...3328 3338 3323 J334 Mar 332* 3339 332S 3333 "»y .1324 3337 3331 3333 Kail Strike Ended CHICAGO. July 7. (AP) — AFL switchmen have called o[f theii 12- day strike against four or five big Midwest and western railroads. They acted yesterday after I'.-psi- dent Truman called the strike unjustified and threatened drast'ic action. The strike against the Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific continues. The other lines — the Chicago Great Western, the Great Northern the Denver and Rio Grande Western, and the Western Pacific—bent all effort* today to get rolling again Worth James Construction Co.* of Little Rock submitted an apparent low bid of 588,874.47 for construction of the sewer sysmtc. Lane-Arkansas Co. of Stuttgart was apparent low bidder on a water Iron-removal (filter) plant. The bid was $8,047. It is hoped that the sewer system will be completed within 120 days after construction begins. Mayor Shedd pointed out that no special levy will be necessary to retire the $124,000 utility bond Issue of the city last April. The bonds, he said, will be re- Ured on a revenue basis. Plans for the projects were mapped by Dickinson ana White, engineering firm of Little Hock. W. D. Dickinson, Jr., associate of that firm, met with Manila's council last night. Remainder of the $124.000 bond issue, city officials pointed out, went for engineer's fees and some S1G,- 000 for retirement of a. previous bond issue. New York Stocks Closing Quotations: AT&T Amer Tobncco Anaconda Copper Beth Steel Chrysler Coca Cola Gen Gen Electric Motors Montgomery Ward N Y Central Int Harvester J C Penney Republic Stcci Radio Socony Vacuum Studcbaker Standard of N J Scars Packard U S Steel Soulhcru Pacific 151 05 29 1-2 3G 170 1-4 135 44 3-4 86 1-8 52 5-8 11 7-8 26 358 1-2 35 17 5-8 20 , 29 1-4 73 1-8 45 1-2 . 3 1-2 36 3-4 . 52 1-2 rmed field dispatches of 24 houri earlier Tokyo headquarters matter has been running consistently later d. reports a fact which lends credence to field ne»s of an American comeback.) MacArthur's communique also reported widespread American air blows, ranging from close front support for the troops to a B-29 raid on an oil refinery at Wonsan. 70 mile» Inside North Korea. It added that nnval patrols bombarded enemy oil tanks, brldgei and shipping along the east coast at undisclosed places. Guerrilla activity was reported on the east coast near Yongdok 100 miles south of the 38th parallel the communique said. Earlier in Korea, a South Korean source had reported the recapture of Pyongtaek and Chtmgjn from the F{cds In an apparent counter move by the American and South Korean forces. Recapture Reported A South Korean colonel, considered reliable, said the report of the recapture of the two towns from North Korean Reds was made to the South Korean army. American headquarters in Korea had not reported recapture of the towns. Both were taken by the Communists yesterday An unconfirmed South Korean report said a Hed column headed by two tanks and two armored cars threatened the southeastern Pusnn area. The cast coast force was reported 80 miles north of the Important port and supply base where the first American seaborne troops were landed In Korea. "A Bl;; FIRM" The Korean colonel said "it look a big light" to wrest Chungju from the Reds. U. S. troops have been fighting alongside South Koreaa? around both towns. The Red radio it] Pyongyang, northern capital, said tonight Communist troops had captured Ansong. It is a road village 10 miles east of Pyongtaek and on the highway to Chungju. The Red radio also said the Americans and South Koreans had suffered heavy defeat and were fleeing in disorder. N. 0. Cotton Open High Low Close July .' 3339 3351 3339 3348 Oct 3324 3332 3317 3328 Dec 3317 3329 3311 3325 Mar 3319 3329 3318 3324b May 3317 3327 3311 3323 July 27-29 to Be 'Bargain Days' Here A three-day mid-summer trade promotion will be held here July 27-29. it was announced today by the Retail Merchants Division of the Blylhcvlllc Chamber of Commerce. Plans for "Blylhevllle Bargain Days" were made yesterday nt a meeting of the Merchants Division's Board of Directors In the Chamber of Commerce office. Harry Levltch was named ch»lr- man of the sales promotion event. Serving with Mr, Ltvltch oil UvK commillce will be Barrel! Swaner, Bob Bay, Paul Hurd and W. P. Pryor. Details of the promotion event are to be worked out and contacting of all merchants Is to start soon, Worth D, Holder, manager of the Chamber of Commerce said today.' Banners «cros* the entrances lo the city will announce the "Bargain Days." Plans also were made yesterday for i ChrUtmu trade promotion event and Barney Cockrell was named chairman for this program. The Christmas promotion committee members will be named in about two weeks. Mr. Holder said. i;r"atlon of a Better Business Committee also is planned by the Merchants Division »nd chairman for this group Is to be named. aotXL "King Cotton D»ys," now »n annual trade promotion ewnt, will be held again this year during the National Cotton Plckinn Contest, It was announced by the Merchant* Division.

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