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Served by the United Press BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OF NORTHEA' ST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI HOME EDITION VOL. XXVin—NO. 7 Blythevllle Courier, BlythevlUe Herald. Bl7tn«vlU« Daily Newt, MlalMlppI Valley Leader. BLYTHEVIUJO, ARKANSAS, THURSDAY, 'MARCH 26, 1931 SINGLE COPIES FIVE CENTS "^ FRED BURKE, ACE OF GUNMEN, SE Before Grim End of Romance School Girl Heroine of Play Shot Angry Mob Surrounds Alabama Jail But Makes No Attempt to Seize Men. SCOTTSBORO, Ala.. Mnreli 2G. (UP) -A crowd estimated at. 1.500 men milled about the Jackson county jail here today as three companies of national guardsmen protected nine negroes held on charges of assaulting t\vo white girls aboard a moving freight train late Wednesday. Officers believed no trouble would be experienced since Judge J. A. Hawkins promised immediate grant! Jury action and a swift trial for the men. most, ol whom confessed. SCOTTSBORO, Ala.. March 25. (UP)—National guardsmen palroled the vicinity of Jackson county jail Vtere, averting threatened lynchin- o[ nine negroes held for assaulting two white girls late yesterday. "The situation is in check." Sheriff M. L. Wanu said. A mob of 50 Eingry men. armed but Ipaderless. gathered at the Jail last night and for a time created a situation that led authorities to fear a multiple lynching. "All we need is a leader." one o! them said, but no leader appeared and shortly before midnight the crowd dispersed. Te attack occurred In a box car attached to a moving freight train after a group ol twelve negroe' threw six of seven white men off the train at Stevenson, Ala. Lester Carter. 19, Houston youth, was left aboard the car and reported to authorities he was forced to witness the incident. Nine of the twelve H egroes were captured at Pain 1 ock, Ala., near here. -.. "Swiff grand Jury action for the accused negroes, six of-; whom hav confessed, will be Mrm today,'iHti trial of all by tornorrow, Sheriff Wann told'United Press. The two girls had caught tin freight train at Chattanooga wher- they had gone from HuntsviUc, Ala. their home, in a futile search fo work, they said. . The seven white youths entered the car as the train pulled out o Chattanooga. They had not been molested, by any of the white men the girls toM officers. MEMPHIS, March 2G (UP) '.— Jiisl before the curtain rose; on "13 Plus 1 .' a high school-play ot Trimble,' Telia.. Ann Sehoffner, 17, was shot with an "unloaded" pls- lol. She was In a critical condition at a hospital Here today. Elizabeth Garner,'17, a. member of the cast, picked tip the pistol used in the play, pointed' 11 at the leading lady's head and pulled the trigger. The • bullet which lodged In Ann's neck brought; to an end the performance of "13 Plus", the plot ol which w»s woven about "numerous unlucky 'Incidents." Scorns Royalty For Her This picture of Mr. and Mrs. Fred G. Nixon-Nirdlinger. taken recently at St. Moritz, is the last one showlsg the coiiple together. The former beauty contest winner now Is held at Nice, France, charged with the slaying of her 54-year-old husband, a wealthy Philadelphia theate owner. While witnesses were summoned trom all perls of Europe and even from the Osited States to tell of tha Nixou-Hlrdllnger? marital disputes and his reported jealousy, the widow Insisted tha she had shot In self-defense. Train Hits Street Car at Carolina Crossing CHARLOTTE, N. C., March 26. (UP)—A Southern railroad train entering Charlotte frm Richmond this morning crashed into a city street car at a crossing. Thirty-two persons were injured, none probably seriously. Twenty-four of the passengers were negroes. Joseph Faulkner, white, susptained the loss of a foot and his recovery was cn- strlercd doubtful. The terrific impact hurled th r street car from the track, turning it over and partially demolishing it. Southern railway officials immediately began an investigation but refused to Issue a statement. IJIW lElJI, ' ;_ .- ( / ' • . • Three Face Prison Sentences for I. G: A. Store Burglary Last Fall. OSCEOLA, Ark., March 26—D. A. Brumley. represented by attorney Mike Na'illtni. "and Harry Kinney, represented by Bruce!Ivy, yesterday entered pleas • of guilty io charges of burglary and grand larceny growing oat o£ the theft of an Iron safe from the I. G. A. Store at Joiner last . fall. Jim Bowman, Indicted Jointly with Brumleyand Kinney, pleaded guilty when arraigned last week, the other two ' reserving their pleas Sentence, which may be fixed bt from 1 to 5 years for grand larceny and 2 to 7 years for burglary has; not been passed by Circuit Judge Killough. presiding over Circuit Court here this week. Henry Crawford, negro on the Dudlev Bowen farm near Lux"ora. charged with the murder of Ora Allison, negress. with a shot gun Lookouts to Sign Girl Pitching Star CHATTANOOGA. Term., Mar. SB. CUP)-Jack Mitchell. 17. Chattanooga' girl,, faced the prospect 'today of being the first woman hi history of organized baseball to:join a regular going club. ' ".'•.•• :-•• •;• _ • : . He' first .assignment, Uic'tden- tully,' wlllbe to pltch"to none other than George Herman "Babe" Ruth of the : New York Yankees .when the- Chattanooga Lookouts playithe. Gotham team here next week. " ' " Mss Mitchell • ts a southpaw who attended the famous Kid Elberfeld baseball school at Atlanta • this' spring. The Lookouts will offer her a .contract and she.will start practice here In a few days, management or the club announced. LEflSMFOB: Klip 3atesville Farmhand Removed to Penitentiary Following Confession. LITTLE ROCK, March 26. : (UP) —When Ole Oreenhaw, 47, farm nand living near Batesvllle, volunteered to lead a posse, hunting lor O. J. Wright, 64, wealthy bachtlor fanner who had been missing several days, he never thought officers would turn the tables on him. "• But they did, and today Qreert- haw was -In the state penitentiary here after being brought here hurriedly from Batesville after citizens there became enraged to'learn he hod murdered the hum'. wtajro he had sought. • ; • In addition'to leading, the party hunting.. Wright,'. Qreenriaw aljled In digging Wrifht's grave and was a member of the /corpner'i Jury that Invettlgated the .murder. He confessed tbe- murder after being arrested by .the "sheriff. Parts of tha confession old-that 17 years ..'ago Green haw was convicted of second degree .murder. in'.AIabajna;.' He ev> caped from 'the.'Alabama 'penitentiary .In -1924: He 'killed '.Wright, ijie confession .jjaid, , after .•'jttempt.ing'.to rob. the aged -fanner: -•.,-.- • Says County Cannot Hope for Justice From Legislature as Now Constituted. V A warning _that Mississippi and other thickly iwpulatcd and heavy revenue producing counties ol Arkansas need not expect Justice in Ihe distribution of highway funds or'other state money at ttie hrmds of a legislature dominated by the representatives of .the smaller and poorer counties of the stale was jlven the Rotary'club at the Hotel Noble today by Senator R. A.-Ncl- ap«. who declared a reapporlion- raent of the general assembly membership before the next session of tliV legislature to be Imperative if counties such as this arc to en- Joy i<.''..*->»nefu's of Uie taxes which they • '.-. Act Before 1932 • WheS the next legislature meets parity under the Martln'eau hlgh- ,»-ay law will have .been attained. Senator Nelson said .and there will be a,scramble for that part of the gasoline tax and auto license rcve- jiues not required to meet state bond maturities. As the legislature Is.now constituted, he said, the imall counties of the state, which jnxjuce little-of this revenue, will be In a position to take It for themselves, • "Do riot imagine," he said, "that any;considerations- of Justice .will deter them from appropriating to thel rown use the money which our taxpayers provide." '.The senator, .who 'holds the distinction of representing more.per- sons than-any .other member, of the Arkansas legislature,. appealed to-members 9! the'olub and all other citizens of the count? to give ac- tlre support to a nibvement.'to obtain representation in the legislature la -proportlcii , to population pttier counties, - victims of.. unfalr- nces alinllar. to that : under ' whlcl Mississippi, county -labors, are alive tP.ythe;.aUuitIpri; •be.'sald.'He sug- gesfecV'that tti»: first .-elTort be made . poltjtltuflphal convention, 1101,000 In Rewards Offered for Outlaw Wanted in Eighteen Stales. ST. JOSEPH. Mo.. Mnrc'p 25. (UI 1 )—Trapped its !'.» slept "in a Missouri fnrmhouse. Fred R. Burto, I fugitive Ohluago gunman, was' captured today. Burke wns taken i\t the home of his wife's parents. Mr. and Mrs. Barney Spoiier, living on a farm In SiilHAiii county between the villages of Mllnn nnd Green City. The captive was brought to St. Joseph while authorities In Chicago .we.rc notified Mid steps Tor his return . started. Four SI. Joseph officers, aided by Sheriff L. C. Hoover. Sullivan county, seized the Kunnmi wanted 'or the St. Valentino Day massacre In Chicago unit other major crimes n the middle west. The officers en- ' tered the hcuse white Burke was still asleep nnd entered Ills bedroom. He awakened suddenly and attempted to reach his .33 calibvc revolver but Olivers overpowered, and sulxluscl him without a shot being fired. 'holographed together for the flrtt tune, Prince Lchnart of Sweden and Mile. Karln Nlssvahdt, to marry whom lie will renounce his royal ilrthrlght, are Shown hero In an exclusive Courier. News-NBA Service' picture taken after their engagement was announced. Foi ove of Mile. Nlssvandt, daughter of (i wealthy Stockholm industrial- st, the. youthful prince has agreed to give up oil rights of possible- succession to the Swedish throne, and because lie U marrying a com- honer he will enjoy no royal title. $3.Loan of 38 Years ;Ago Paid Bade ManY :: - '• • ••• on January, 13th. pleaded guilty Collision With Tanker at Sea NEW YORK, March 26. (UP)— The freighter Pacific Sealer reached port today somewhat damaged in a collision with a tanker oft Barnegat. N. J.. during the night. The freighter put into a Brooklyn dry- dock for inspection, reporting no one injured. The tanker reported to be the Raritan Son, had not advised shore officials of Its plight and had no: sent up any distress signals as far as Commander Edward Osborn of the coast guard could ascertain. It was said the tanker was only slightly damaged. The crash occurred In a heavy fog and rough to second degree murder and was, HathaWay Surrenders, Pleads Not Guilty in sentenced to 21 years In the penitentiary, j Earl Starr, 26, and Frank (Curly) Hammond, 2D, who told Tcxarkana; officers they were on their wayi Gandhi Firm in Opposing Demands of Extremists KARACHI, India, March 26. (UP) —The Mahatma M. K. Gandhi prepared to defend his creed ol non-violence against the attacks of extremists, announced today he would retire from politics temporarily at least II the all-India nationalist congress meeting tonight rejects his peace truce with the Death of Nurse, 20. Bonding -Co.---Fights to Avoid $10,000. Payment to Improvement Districts LITTLE ROCK, Ark.—The Fidelity and Deposit cornpany of Maryland filed an appeal In the Arkansas supreme court yesterday from a decree of the Mississippi county chancery court, directing that the $10.000 surety bond of John J. Cowan, former circuit and chancery clerk, written by the appellant company, be distributed among a half rozen road, levee and drainage districts to partially cover funds such districts lost through failure of the former official to settle in full for money due the districts. — ,—— - -— f* t "" 'ft«t4AX UKK ' > - *£' M*** 1UI13 th« ; alternative will .be ; an Inltuijed act."Nlnet«eii-counties which wiuld benefit, by a 'reapportionment on a aopulation. - basis have more than lialf of the state's population; he said,, thus-indicating that an in- lifted act could-be carried. ' " . ' ;"Wh«l' Chair Vfto" Senator'Nelson said that he had done everything he couk! to ee'm the people 6 fthis county and his district. "My record. Is on open book, 1 ' he saw, "and I have no regrets and nothing to conceal." His efforts to save the taxpayers of the county $20.000 a year through ft salary act, and to provide a fair division of highway turnback money between the two districts of the county, he described as having received a "wheel chair veto" in the house of representatives. OHlOAdO, 'March 26. (UP)—In 1693 Louis/Fins, 'Baltimore, ni'tend- id Use world's fair here. When ; it vas over- he lacked three dollars of enough mp'riey to get home so his !rltnd Joseph Block lent It to -him. I Bloolc never heard of Fine again imtU' yesterday. Then he received a letter with a check,for MM enclosed. Fine explained he would haye-pald the debt sooner but did not know where Block had moved. During the 38 years he said he spent much more than the $3 try- Ing to learn Block's address, finally getting it from 'a.-mutual friend. "I haven't floured up the interest, but I hope the JIM will do you a lot of good," wrote Pine who now lives at the'Billmore hotel In Hollywood. "It will," commented Block. -o the Texas oil fields to go into. NEWPORT. R. I., March 26 (UP) The districts, including Drain- buslnrss, when the border town' —EiHotl R. Hathaway pleaded not | O ge Districts 16 and 17. Grassy police apprehended them with an; automobile tonneau full or mer- chandlse. pleaded guilty to charges of burglary and grand larceny and were sentenced to three years each in the state penitentiary. Blind Man Is Charged With Rum Law Violation A blind man. Sam Barnes, was arrested by sheriff's deputies today on a charge of illegal possession cf intoxicating liquor when a five gallon can of liquor was uncovered In a raid on his house In the Robinson addition. Barnes' arrest followed complaints from several residents in his neithborhood, officers said. The blind ma.i will probably be arraigned In court tomorrow. when arraigned • in district court this afternoon on charges of first degree murder of his girl 'riend. Verna Russell. Judge Max Levy ordered the youth held without ball. At the request of Assistant Attorney Genera! Sigmund W. 'Fischer, Hathaway was committed to the county lall at Providence instead of the Bars Confession of Girl in Frank Trial SALT LAKE CITY, Utah. March 26. (UP)—Judge James Wolfe today barred the admission of Verna Jean Dale's asserted confession that Lake and Tyronza Drainage District, St, Francis Levee board, and Blytheville, Manila and Leachville Road Improvement District, brought suits against Cowan and the surety company for' a total ol J14.182, and obtained Judgment for that amount. Cowan, In an Intervention, asked for Judgment against H. E. Mon- Thompson Fined $50 on Possession Charge Tull Thompson entered a plea of guilty to a charge of illegal possession ot liquor before Judge W. D. Gravette in police court this mor- Evicted on N'ewport county Jail as had been; tague. his deputy, for the amount expected. PROVIDENCE, R. I., March 26 (UP)—Elliott R. "PInVy" Hathaway. 28. widely sought son of a Massachusetts legislator, surrendered to authorities here today to answer a charge that he murdered Verna Elotse Russell, 20, nurse. The tall, square shouldered youth who had successfully eluded police o! a half a dozen states since the girl's body was found beside a lonely lane at Llverton, R. I., ear- j of tha shortage and was given | Judgment against Montague for tll.800.' The surety company also was given judgment against Cowan and Montague for the amounts of their bonds, 110,000 and »5,000 respectively, Three Blvtheville Churches Will Participate in Evangelistic Effort. Plans are completed for a week of evangelistic services to be held at least three protestant churches! _—_ ...„ ..u....vi«.w wi* n . r ' IHU1I1UJUUI tlCCUUIl tt a3 WIU^U ttilu charge of petit larceny and was! th j; f w f k ^tare Easter, beginning j , candidates certified by fined »10. She was alleged to have stolen a small quantity of butter Irom Bennett's Dairy. Two men wore fined »15 each on charges of public drunkenness- Judges and Clerks for Mu- nicipal.Elections Appointed; Candidates Certified. OSOEOLA, Ark., March 20-Mls- slsslppl opunty election commissioners, Tom Martin of Dell, D. P. Taylor and Miss Emma Cox o 1 Oscrola, at a meeting here yesterday named judges and clerks to. serve at, the city elections on April 7th, In Blytheville, Leachville and Manila. Proposed lists of election officials. Incomplete when the committee met yesterdav. for the towns ol Luxora and Dell, will be approved tomorrow it ly understood. Blytheville officials were named as follows: First ward: Judges Louis Cherry, H. H. Reeves, J. E Parkhurst. Clerks, Addison Smith B, S. Allen. Second ward: Judges, Jak™ Ungar, M. A. Isaacs. G. O. Caudill clerks. Steve Moore, E M. McCalt. Third ward: Judges,' W.' M. Me Kenzie, Rufus Sevler, Arthur Halo Clerks, Jack Homer, U. W. Mul llns. LEACHVILLE Judges, W. R. Johnson. W. R. Willis, Llr.dsey Taber: Clerks, D. B. Cook, W. G Thomason. Manila 'judges. Cecil Reynolds W. R. Owen, Raydio Ray; Clerk' Miss Saliie Bunch, Mrs. O. O. Stewart. The ticket for the Blythevlllr was closed and 5101,000 in" Rewards CHICAGO, March 2G — Fro'd Burke, for whose capture reward; J-totaling $101,OCO have hceiv of- t-reil. Is wanted on serious charges by, 18 states and the federal government, pollco records disclosed today. Twenty killings aro listed against. him. An incomplete list of charges. against Burke follows: -Killing of a St. Joseph, Mich., policeman, the. machine gu" slaying of two men.. In Detroit, robbery of. the Mtr-. ^ chants Trust company t>t Patter- '{ •son, N, J.,--slaving of a policeman at Toledo, jo.^'the .shcolng of a cashier .in Ja Liuttv^R. Xy..| .bank . 5 huMyjt, .'V|>Tonsln' k CTK:->i f iVi.'iari?»f "i* in which n total'o! $350,000 "was -| taken, bank robberies nt Peru, Ind.,. Cadillac, Mich., and Hamilton, O., the St. Valentino Day massacre of Moran gangst;rs, . Jewelry, robberies Is Los Angeles, the slay- Ing of n woman at Columbia City. Ind., bank robberies In 1920 and wounding of another woman and sheriff. Of rewords offered for Burke $41,500 was posted here in ccnnec- wilh the killinss. Valetnlne. Day next Sunday. SALEM. Ore.. (UP) — Radio broadcasting In Oregon has been made subject to the same libel laws that now govern newspapers and uther publications. Cooter People Appeal for Continuance oi Aid New Orleans Cotton COOTER, Mo., Jtfarch 26—The; Jan ' "" ' "'" dence county totney General Benjamin M. Mcly- mon, who had assumed personal charge of thq Investigation. NE WORLEANS, March 26. (UP) —Cotton closed steady. Open High Low Close May .... 1084 1092 1019 1082 July .... 1108 1116 1103 1106 Oct 1139 1148 1134 1136 Dec 1157 1166 1153 1155 > 1153D Spots closed steady and unchanged at 1059. Illness of several ot the pas- reported, tors caused a change In the plans „. : the election commlwio nMiss Co: 1. J. Cohen Company Gets $70,000 Contract LITTLE ROCK, Ark.—The state highway commission yesterday, awarded contracts on nine road and bridge construction projects, Involving work in II counties and a totnl outlay of approximately $557,000. S. J. Cohen antl company, Blytr.c- vllle firm, was awarded the contract to erect- bridges over t!i5,Sa : line river nnd bottoms on the S.i-. line niver-Fordyce roai, state high??. '-10. 1C7 In Grant nnd.tjal'- las cc ...os. The contract i\v, - aul2d the Blytheville- firm was for S70, 71-1. The contract calls for approximately 1,228 feet of structural steel and concrete bridge construction Including four brie'rcs varying in length from 166 to • '8 feet. All contracts were awarded to low bidders, the highway d^jnrlmsnt announced. A total of 95 bids was received, representing a score or more contractors. M,, rn Methodist, the two Baptist, the Christian and Presbyterian ches taking part In a ticket Is as . Reed, A. B. Fab-field and W. C. ,,. ! Lawlcr. Police Judge, W. D. Grav-1 ji i ' " tc - City Treasurer, Ross Beavers v..« .=»,,.» v « i •" » ..u-uKc . u Treasurer, Ross Beavers revival but the First Methodist, j A!clerman , firsl ward> „. D . Hughes, the First Baptist and the First 3d ward nMcrnan Tcm5 w Presbyterian church will have ser- j k ^ H w ' elc , th , r{ vices. The pastors are to conduct the services at their churches with special music as a feature. They are being preceded with co'.tage prayer meetings this week. Aged Memphis Couple ward alderman. J. E. Lunsford and J. Hammock she murdered Sam Frank, 65, Mem- British government. The independence leader, who was the object of hostile demon- j phis Jewelry auctioneer, strations by "red shirts" through-1 The court ruling was a decisive out last night, told newspapermen | victory for the 21-year-old cabaret the execution of nationalist extremists at Lahore had not affected his iwsitlon toward the iwace settlement. singer in her fight for lite and left the state with only a circumstantial case on which to base Its hopss I for conviction, local chapter of the American Red t Cross discontinued issuing food orders to unemployed here yesterday. Over 100 families representing more than 600 persons were being cared for. A delega-: lion composed of unemployed are] NEW YORK, March 28, (UP)— | going to county headquarters at!Cotton closed steady. •• OaruthersvUle today to appeal forj New York Cotton Yarbro Man Loses Finger Chopping Wood l, d . Jt ls reported that represcn- May Jewels Wise, 20, chopped off the; tatlves of 75 families are writing' July first finger from his left hand last Vilght while chopping wood at his home near Yarbro. He was able to leave tho Blytheville hospltfl this afternoon. Open High Low Close 1087 1092 1077 1081 1103 1116 1101 1105 1135 1147 1133 1137 1155 1166 1152 1154 1163 1175 1160 1161 will not be able to get.work until! Spots closed quiet and unchanged to state headquarters at St. Louis .Oct. today asldng for more aid. Hun- Dec. drcds of persons In this section Jan. . the crops are well under way. I at 1080. Sbve Explosion Fatal to Stuttgart Farmer STUTTGART. Ark., March 23 n I~T» T i n i- I (UP)—Jos George, 40, firmer ne.i round Deatt by Police here, died In a local hospital today , trom bums received Tuesday v.-he MEMPHIS, March 26 (UP)—A a stove on which he was prepar- customer who called at the little Ing breakfast exploded. His bad. sewing machine, shop operated by was badly seared and the fir. Mr. and Mrs. J. P. Wllllsk, middle I which followed the explosion par- a»cd couple, here today became I (tally destroyed his home. George, worried when no one. answered [who lived alone, never fully regain- Parnsl! Signs $168,000 Highway Audit Measure LITTLE ROCK, Mcrch 2G. (UP)— Governor Parnel signed nine bills late yesterday previously passed by the legislature, the most Important being the Whaley-Mitchell iilghwny audit bill. The measure appropriates S1CO.OOO .0 pay for the audit. A bill which appropriates S110.- 000 for the two year period to pay the salirles of count; superintendents was ajiion;? the measures which received the governor's approval. the knock and called police who found the couple dead. The woman's body was on a bed and that of the man on the floor. His head WES propped against the sldn of the bed. Po- cd his senses. Masons to Meet Friday The" local Masonic chapter F. and lied Investigating said Indications!A. M. will have stated communl- polntcd toward a double suicide, cation at the meeting Friday nt^ht The gas Jet on a heater stove was 7:30 o'clock, to which all vlsitlns on full force.. | brothers arc invited. WEATtiail Arkansas— Thunderstorms, colder tonight; Friday cloudy, showers In east portion, cold wave with, hard freeze probable Friday night. According to ths official weather obscerver, Charles Phillips, the minimum temperatura hero yesterday was 52 degrees end the maximum, G8 degrees, clear. On the same diy a year ago the minimum temperature was 33 (. grccs and the aximum, 55 degrees, cloucy.

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