BLYTHEVILLE (ARK.) COUBIER NEWS MONDAY, SEPTEMBER W, 1954 ••—ii""^ Brownell Orders Special Grand Jury To Investigate FHA WASHINGTON (AP) — Atty. Gen. Brownell today ordered a special grand jury convened here to investigate "possible bribery and other criminal conduct" in the fed- aral housing program. Brownell directed specifically that U.S. Atty. Leo A. Rover "present evidence of the activities Of Clyde L. Powell," who resigned &s assistant commissioner of the Federal Housing Administration last April 13 during congressional investigations of alleged irregularities in the agency. Brownell announced also U.S. attorneys in all other districts across the country are being directed "to present to grand juries as soon as material is available full testimony concerning criminal conduct uncovered by the administration's FHA investigations in flheir districts." He said Warren Olney m. assistant attorney general for criminal prosecutions, was sending out these instructions. . Congressional investigators have asserted that numerous builders in various parts of the country made millions of dollars in "windfall profits" by getting FHA-insured loans on apartment projects which exceeded the actual cost of the projects. . . BrownelTs announcement made Commodity And Stock Markets- New York Cotton (12:30 quotations) Oct : 3483 3483 3478 3480 Dec .......-. 3516 3518 3511 3515 Mch ... 3530 3536 3530 3533 May ....... 3542 3553 3542 3552 Oct 3481 3481 3478 3481 Dec 3515 3517 3511 3514 Mch ........ 3531 3535 3530 3535 May ....... 3546 3550 3545 3550 Chicago Soybeans Sept ... 277 284% 275 284 Nov ... 264'% 267% 264 264 Jan ... 267y» 270% 267%- 269 Mch ... 269 272% 269 271% Chicago Corn Sept .'.. 1617 S '162% 159% 160% Dec ... 153% 153y 4 i 52 y 8 152% Chicago Wheat Sept ... 215% 216/8 215% 216y 8 Dec ... 219% 219% 218% 219% New York Stocks (12:45 quotations) A T and T Amer Tobacco Anaconda Copper Beth Steel Chrysler Coca-Cola Gen Electric Gen Motors Montgomery Ward 1ST Y Central Int Harvester Republic Steel Radio Socony Vacuum Studebaker Standard of N J Texas Corp Sears U S Steel Sou Pac 171 1-4 60 5-8 41 1-4 77 3-4 64 114 44 84 1-2 72 1-4 20 32 3-8 63 1-4 33 1-2 48 5-8 17 7-8 99 3-8 76 7-8 70 55 7-8 44 7-8 Livestock NATIONAL STOCKYARDS, 111. W) — (USDA)—Hogs 15,500; run largest since Jan. 4; fairly active; barrows and gilts 180 Ib'up 50-65 lower; lighter weights 25 to mostly 50 lower; sows 25-50 off; choice 200-260 Ib 19.60-85, mostly 19.75 down; lowest since Feb. 1953; 170190 Ib 19.25-65; 150-170 Ib- 18.2519.50; 120-140 Ib 16.75-18.00; sows 400 Ib down 17.25-19.00; choice light weights 19.25; heavier sows 14.75-16.75; boars 12.50-16.50; few 17.00. Cattle 6,500, calves 1,500; opening about steady on steers and heifers With average and high choice yearling steers 25.50; few low choice 23.00-50; 25 per cent of receipts cows, opening steady; utility and commercial 9.00-12.00, few 12.50; canners and cutters 6.00-9.00; bulls steady; utility and commercial 12.00-13.50; canner and cutter bulls 8.00-11.00; vealers steady; few nigh choice and prime 20.00-21.00; good and choice 15.00-19.00; commercial and low good 11.00-15.00; moderate demand for choice slaughter calves, others very slow. reference to this in relation to Powell. It said: "While assistant commissioner, Powell had charge of the rental housing program which operated from 1946 to 1950. This program resulted in windfalls to speculators exceeding 51 million dollars alone in the 285 cases reviewed by the special investigations office set up by the present administration in FHA." . The department, announcement also asserted: "Powell, who entered FHA in 1938 rose to assistant commissioner despite knowledge of (sic) the former administration of an arrest record, including conviction for jewel theft." Powell, when called before the Senate Banking Committee during its investigation of FHA, declined to answer questions. He pleaded the Fifth Amendment to the Constitution which provides that a man may not be forced to give evidence against himself. The Banking Committee put into its record a statement that Powell had a criminal record. , Powell's attorney, Daniel B. Maher of Washington, later filed a formal statement denying that the committee's statement of his record was correct. - The justice department declined to say exactly when the grand jury will convene here. However, it was learned that Powell was served with a subpoena last Friday for a grand jury appearance Oct 6.. The FHA has undergone a sweeping reorganization in recent months. Reputed irregularities in its operations have been under FBI investigation since last year. In a recent summary of results, the Justice Department said that during 1953 and thus far in 1954, the government has invoked foreclosure proceedings on 39 housing projects on which loans for more than 32 million dollars were defaulted. On the criminal side, 74 indictments involving 136 persons were returned in the same period, with 67 convictions resulting. The department said most of the criminal cases involved falsified loan documents in the home improvement program, but also included cases of corruption of government officials, -mail fraud and violation of the banking laws. Brownell said that a recent-report by the Housing and Home Finance Agency showed that the housing program "became riddled with corruption under the prior administration." He added: "The preliminary work done by congressional committees and by the HHFA (Housing and Home Finance Agency) has furnished a vast amount of material indicating maladministration of these laws. The Justice Department has and will vigorously prosecute all offenders. "While the majority of the em- ployes were loyal and faithful, there was disintegration of personal integrity among others in the housing program." The Housing Administration said- recently that in addition to the foreclosures on defaulting housing projects being handled by the Justice Department, it will seek some means of recovering the huge windfall profits brought to light by the congressional and FHA investigations. Gilbert Mastin Of Osceola Dies; Services Today OSCEOLA — Services for Gilbert Edward Mastin, who died Saturday at his home here, were conducted at 2:30 prn.. today at Swift Funeral Home by the Rev. Percy Herring. Burial was in Ermen Cemetery. Mr. Mastin, who was 65, was an employe of the Corps of Engineers. He was a Baptist. Survivors include his wife; two daughters, Mrs. John Alberson of Ellenwood, Nebr., and Mrs. Robert Richardson of Osceola; a brother, Steve Mastin of Jersey City, N. J.; two sisters, Mrs. Laura Rodgers and Mrs. Zodie McGee, both of Osceola; two half- brothers, James Feezar of Carbondale, HI., and Charles Feezar of Odessa, Texas; and a half-sister, Mrs. Minnie Hopper of Texas. Rites Conducted For James Gray Services for James Richard Gray of Yarbro were conducted at 2 p. m. today at Holly Springs Cemetery near Harrisburg, Ark., by the Rev. Reece Dixon. Mr. Gray, 46, died Saturday at Kennedy Veterans Hospital after a short illness. He has lived at Yarbro for 11 years. He is survived by his wife, two daughters, Anna Belle and Louetta Gray, two sons, Delma and Calvin Gray all of Yarbro; a brother, Grady Gray of Harrisburg; three sisters, Mattie Butler of Birmingham, Ala., Mrs. Sallie Reed -of Thayer, Mo., and Mrs. Vaudie Bailey of Parma, Mo. Cobb Funeral Home was in charge. Rites Held tor Infant Services were conducted yesterday afternoon for Linda Fay Johnson, ll-day-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ullies Johnson of Blytheville. at the Calumet Penti- costal Church. Burial was in Cooter, Mo.., Cemetery with Cobb Funeral Home in charge. Besides her parents, she is survived by four sisters, Mur- n'a, Juanita, Mary and Annie Johnson; and a brother, Junior Johnson, .all of Blytheville. Gurno Infant Dies Services for the infant daughter of Mr: and Mrs. Oliver Gurno of Blytheville were conducted at 2 p.m. today at Cobb Funeral Home Chapel by the Rev. James Rainwater. Burial was in Elmwood Cemetery. The infant died soon after birth at Chickasawba Hospital yesterday morning. Survivors include the parents, three sisters, Patsy Carolyn and Betty Gurno; and a brother, David Lynn Gurno. York Infant Dies Services for the infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur York of Huffman who died yesterday morning at the parents' home were conducted yesterday afternoon at Number Nine Cemetery. Other than the parents, survivors include three brothers. Thomas. Willam and Rodney York; and a sister, Patricia York. Cobb Funeral Home was in charge. Two Gl's Arrested By Czechs HEIDELBERG, Germany (fl>) — The U.S. Army today identified two American soldiers arrested by th'? Czech Communists and said the State Department is negotiating for their release. The men were listed as 1st Lt. Richard H. Dries and Pfc. George Pisk. Their home addresses were not immediately available. They were scooped up by a Czech border patrol near Eslarn, on the German-Czech border last Friday. Czechoslovakia's Red government in a protest note to the U.S. Embassy in Prague admitted last night it was holding them and claimed they were arrested on Czech territory "while photographing military installations and carrying out observations with field glasses." The Army previously said the men were cruising along the border in an official capacity "to see what they could see," but that they xvere on West German territory when picked up. A third soldier accompanying) Dries and Pisk was same distance 'away when the Czech soldiers and their snarling guard dogs swopped down. The other American escaped and reported the incident. The Army said Dries was in civilian clothes at the time because he •was an interrogator who interviewed persons in the border area. Pisk was in uniform. Coruthersville News By SONNY SANDERS The Caruthersville DeMolay Chapter will hold a regular communication at 8 tonight at the Masonic Temple. Tony Luckenbach has been reelected county chairman of the American Red Cross. Perry Cooperman has been re-elected treasurer and Blair Buckley will serve as vice-chairman. Several recent graduate? ^ Caruthersville High School have entered colleges. Among them are Tom Moodie, Cynthia James, Anne Elise Berry, and Jack Downing. Entered in Park College at Parkville, Mo., are Tom Moodie and Cynthia James. Anne Elise Berry has entered Alabama College at Montevallo, Ala., Jack Downing has entered the University of Colorado at Boulder, Colo, where his sister, Nadine, is already a student. morning, were to be conducted at 4 p.m. today by the Rev. M. B, Mabry at Cobb Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was to be in Maple Grove Cemetery. Survivors include the parents, a brother, Charles Reese; and two sisters, Mary and Linda Reese. HANDS OFF — If you think the top man on the ladder is going to tap the tip of the Obelisk in Paris' Place de la Concorde, you .are wrong. It's just an optical illusion caused by the perspective. He is just surveying the area before erecting a platform. (Continued from Page 1) valid legal report when less than half of its members have heard the evidence?" "I would think so," replied the parliamentarian. The charge that McCarthy showed contempt for the elections subcommittee was among five main groups of charges on which the special committee held public hearings, concluded just a week ago. The committee now is working on its report to the Senate, and Sen. Case (R-SD), one of the members, said it might be ready in time for the Senate to be called into session a week from today to consider the censure resolution. The resolution asking the Senate to condemn McCarthy's conduct was introduced by Sen. Flanders (R-Vt), who contended the Eis- consin senator had tended to bring the Senate into disrepute. In a new letter to the study committee, made public last night, Flanders said McCarthy's tactics "appear to parallel those of the Communists." There was no comment from McCarthy. Condition of Osceola Attorney Improved Basil Segraves. Sr., Osceola attorney, is expected to return home FRENCH Continued from Page 1 Canada. 4. The new European alliance would not be a supranational organization like the European Defense Community which the French Assembly torpedoed. But decisions would be taken for the group by a council of representatives, on which no one nation would have a veto. Reports from Washington said Mendes-France was ready to join the British and the Americans in bringing West Germany into the North Atlantic alliance provided Britain and the United States maintain troops on the continent for a long period and as long as satisfactory controls are put on German rearmament. Mendes-France sent his proposals over the weekend to the six other prospective European allies as well as to the United States and Canada. The foreign ministers of all nine nations will meet in London Sept. 27 in a determined try at finding some defense arrangement to substitute for EDC. Uttle New Hop* In Washington, the State Department had no immediate comment on the French proposals but the sentiment seemed to be that they offered little if any new hope for the early development of the "acceptable solution" U.S. Secretary of State Dulles had called for. Sources here said it might be difficult, if not impossible, to get the French Assembly to approve German membership in NATO. Mendes-France was reported anxious not to make the attempt until a European defense organization is set up. However, he was expected to face determined pressure at the London conference to sped eup Frnch action. Mendes-France arrived in Strasbourg last night after a speech at Nevers, France, in which he emphasized what he called the necessity of British participation in any European defense organization. Without close British association, the French feel the Germans will quickly reach the dominant position in any European alliance. The French Premier warned his audience at Nevers and the Western world that no "useful" plan for West Germany and Western Europe can be set up without France. There have been unconfirmed reports that the United States and Britain are ready to go ahead alone with the rearmament of West Germany if they can not get the French agreement soon. Sweden Coalition Retains Power In Elections STOCKHOLM (/P)—Sweden's governing coalition of Socialists and Agrarians remained solidly entrenched today following weekend local elections but both the government parties lost some ground. The Conservatives, the country's third largest party, scored the largest gains. The Communists held steady, in last place with only 4.9 per cent of the 3,701,541 ballots cast. Prime Ministe^ Tage Erlander in a statement said the outcome in the voting yesterday would "bring no change in the policy of the Swedish government." Wilson Library Gets New Books WILSON —- Fifteen new books have been received by the Wilson Public Library, it was announced today by Mrs. Eisner D, Beall, librarian. These include: "The Sorceress" by Weinreb, "The Ambassador's Report" by Bowles, "Curtain Call" by De Leeuw, "Little Miss Atlas" by Lamber, "County Pair" by Emery, "Sue Morris, Sky Nurse" by Deming, "Victory for Jill" by Walden. ''Seventeen'' by Tarkington, "The Conquistadors" by Garst, "Do It Yourself" by Carlson, "Let's Fish" by Zarcy, "Johnny Texas", by Hoff, "The Green Turtle Mystery" by Queen, "The Black Dog" Mystery" by Queen, "The Mystery of the Old Merchant's House" by Evatt. DEMOCRATS Continued from Page I time are Oscar Chapman, former secretary of the interior; Michael V. DiSalle, former price administrator, and James Finnegan of Philadelphia, who is regarded as somewhat of an independent. Who will win this test of strength evidently depends largely on how the Democrats fare in their battle with the Republicans for control of Congress. If Stevenson and Mitchell can hit that particular jackpot in November, their National Committee influence is likely to be overpowering. Stevenson is not leaving many unturned stones in that direction. He has a full schedule which calls for appearances at Bloomington, HI., tomorrow, in Evanston, HI., Sept. 24; Minneapolis, Sept. 25; Rockford, HI., Oct. 1; Detroit, Oct. 2; Wichita, Kan. r Oct. 7; Los Angeles, Oct. 9; Albuquerque, N.M., Oct. 15; and San Francisco, Oct. 16. After that he expects to campaign in Wisconsin, New York, New Jersey and Delaware, with some more speeches in Illinois. soon after observation and treatment at the Memphis Methodist Hospital of a cerebral disturbance, his wife said this morning. He was taken to the hospital Saturday morning after being stricken Friday night. His condition is improving and he will remain in the hospital for a few days under observation be- I fore returning to Osceola, Mrs. Segraves said. A. L. Ducklns Services for A. L. Duckins, 35, who was stabbed fatally Friday night at Armorel were conducted at 1 pjn. today at McCrory, Ark., at the Morning View Baptist Church. Burial will be in Morning View Cemetery at McCrory. Survivors include his mother, Ophelia White of McCrory; a son, R. L. Duckins; seven sisters, Ozella Sikes of Tupelo, Ark., Georgiana Tucker of Auvergne, Ark., Alberta Holloway of Fitzhugh, Ark., Lillie Mae Dockery and Ruth Jones, both of Blytheville and Lila Bedenfield and Irene Knight, both of Chicago. Home Funeral Home was in charge. CASTELGANDOLFO, Italy Pope Pius XH, suffering from fatigue, canceled a speech yesterday to the hundreds of pilgrims who flocked to his summer residence for the Pontiff's regular Sunday audience. He appeared only briefly on the balcony to bless the cheering throng. The Vatican announced he did not speak, as is his custom, "because of a slight indisposition." Pankey to Take Radio Course CARUTHERSVILLE, Mo.—Winfield Pankey, who has been chief radio dispatcher at the sheriff's office here for the past -two years, left with his wife today for Milwaukee, Wis., where he jeill attend a two-year radio technician's course there. Junior Upchurch has moved up to the position held by Mr. Pankey while Bill Pack, a former operator in the office, has taken Mr. Up church's shift. Reese Infant Rites Held Services for the infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lonnie Reese of Blytheville, who died soon after birth at Blytheville hospital this DO —What is the first name and middle initial of Mr. Mai- lory, bookkeeper for HUFFMAN BROS. LUMBER CO. located on N. Highway 61? The more folks with whom you "get acquainted"—the more enjoyment of life will be yours. In business and in social contacts "knowing the persons BY THEIR NAMES" is most important. "LET'S GET ACQUAINTED" . . . will feature PEOPLE, those friends of yours at our places of business who serve your daily needs ! ! ! CHANCERY— In reference: Dissolution of Gra- pette Bottling Co. of Blytheville. Attle* on Way Home HONOLULU (/P) — Clement Attlee,,former British prime minister, left last night on the way home after a visit to Bed China. His plane was due in San Francisco at 7:45 a.m. Tb* In A«i*t Kqvlpacnt to or Hqild. W« deltT- AIM tarnish loadinff t f*r Mq«M. OTTO SCRAPE Myth**** PV i-IlM FALL PLANTING SEEDS WHEAT—Chancellor ........ . per bu. $2.75 BARLEY—Cert. B-400 ...... per bu. $1.95 HAIRY VETCH per Ib. .15 RYE GRASS : per Ib. .12 BALBOA RYE per bu. $1.95 ALFALFA—Okla. Approved per Ib. .36 Certified ARKWIN Seed Oats per bu. $1.35 Ky. 31 FESCUE CERT per Ib. .35 Other Fall Planting Seed Available WE BUY SOYBEANS AT TOP PRICES Both Seed and Commercial Soybean* Blytheville Soybean Corp. Pti. PC 3-6856 or 3-6857 1800 W. Main St. Blytheville, Ark. ACCEPTANCE Twenty-Eight months of sobriety: Depending on a higher power was not an easy thing for me to do. . . so to stay sober, I started one morning by asking God (Whom I came to believe to be the Higher Power) to help me through that day without any alcohol of any kind—it worked! Day by day I made that morning contract until January 1, one year ago. That night, I found myself in a hotel room with two drinks already under my belt and two full bottles on the table. On looking Jh the mirror, I saw my entire past as a drunkard, my whole life was in that mirror before my eyes. I knew I could not stop drinking from past experiences. I then remembered our third step in the A A Program—"make a decision to turn our lives over to the care of £od as we understand him. THAT, I did! The glass was put on the dresser after the third drink and from that time until this writing I have not wanted another, I realize what I had to do. I reajlly wanted sobriety. Every moment from that day to this. I have made my contract with the higher power—I have enjoyed 21 months of happiness. It was slow, and I am truly thankful to AA and the men and women who never gave up on me—or else I would never have found this wonderful way of life. I have found that by helping others find their way to sobriety I can stay sober myself. It is a daily thing in my life. The Story of another Man begins next week. ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS Box 873 — Blytheville, Arkansas Anyone Interested Invited to Our Meetings Open Meetings 8-00 p. m. Every Friday Night Closed Meetings 8:00 p. m. Every Tuesday Night Club Room over Hardy Furniture Co. E. Main Street — Blytheville, Ark* Box 281 — OSCEOLA, Arkansas Mttts Thursdays — 8 P.M. Room 204, Over City Hall Phones 933 or 889W Try Lowe's Take-Home Pac 75 Large 2 Lb. Fryer — Barbecued With Potato Salad— 6 Delicious Rolls— Eddie's Barbecue Sauce — Hot Wrapped to Go — Enough for 4 people. CECIL LOWE GROCERY & MKT. 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