The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on April 2, 1948 · Page 1
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE DOU1NANT NEWSPAPER OF J4ORTHEA ST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI' rou XLr—NO. » BlytheviU* Courier BlSthevllle Dally New* Mississippi Vail;? Leader Blytheville Herald BLYTHEVILLE. ARKANSAS, FRIDAY, APRIL 2, 1948 TWRLVR PAGES SINGLE COPIES FIV» CXMTft Voters Consider Aspects of City Limits Expansion Proposal to Extend Boundaries Witt B« On Ballot Tuesday Many resident!! of Blytheville this week are weighing the arguments for and against doubling the area of tlie city by annexing the more densely populated areas adjacent to the present boundaries and reaching out to include the air base which i* under municipal management. Whether the areas will be annexed will be before Blytheville electors In Tuesday's general city election. It Is one of three legislative proposals on the ballot. The voters also will uprove or reject a one-mill library lw«, and decide if parking meters j are to be installed on Main Street ' in the business district. Persons living in the areas to be annexed ulll riot have a voice at the poll! Tuesday but this dam not mean that their property will be brought Into the city without their haTing an opportunity to be heard either for, or against, the proposal. Percy A. Wright, city attorney. explained today that approval of the annexation proposal at the polls Tuesday is not the final step in the annexation program. The matter then must KO to the ^ Mississippi County Court where the residents of the outlying areas will have an opportunity to he heard before the court passes en the issue. Then there Is the right of appeal to Circuit Court U all parties concerned are not satisfied with the decision ana legal clause can be siiown why the annexation order should be rescinded, whether it be . an order extending the city limits, or an order denying the proposal which was launched originally in the City Council. Considerable interest is being iwn in the annexation proposal, ich was approved by the City Council with a provision that it be subject to ratification by citizens who are enough interested to go la the polls Tuesday. A brief survey this week points to a general desire that Blytheville get full credit for iu stature as a city when the federal census takers make their rounds. Areas outside the corporate limits do not count when the population count is inUdt each d-?:ic"e. Tv:c men were thinking along the same line. One said: "We want Blytheville to make a good showing; we want to be a progressive town and get away from the 'village status' I'm for the annexation proposal." ' Should Share Costs The other went a step further Set ANNEXATION on Pare 9 freek Diplomat Soyj Guerrillas Resort to Kidnaping of Children NEW CONCORD, O., April 2.— (UP)—A Greek diplomat charged .odiiy that Communist-led guerrillas In his country ate abducting young children and carrying them .0 Albania and other satellite coun- ,rles. Speaking at Musklngum College here, Alexis S, Llatis, first secretary of the 'Greek embassy In Washington assailed the guerrillas as an "insidious, cruel and utterly Inhuman enemy." He said they had brought Greece a reign of "systematic and relentless terror." He said the latest of their "hideous tactics" was the abduction of "young children forcibly taken away from their homes and carried Into the satellite countries." B/yt/ievi/fe Banker Endorses Marshall Plan As 'Best Insurance ior Growers of Cotton "The Marshall Plan is the best possible insurance for the cotton fnrmcr over HID next several years," B. A. Lynch, president of tlie farmers Rntik and Trust Company, told members of the Rotary Club at their-luncheon meeting at the Noble.Hotel yesterday. Final Okay Hears OnGlobalAidBill Quick Approval Seen In House and Senate; Conferees in Accord Mr. Lynch termed the Marshall + Plan is "a great co-operative effort to save Western civilization" and pointed out that the South, so dependent on Europe as a principal outlet for the surplus production ol cotton, must examine the plan selfishly to determine realistically the cost of the European Recovery Plan. "For the first year ERP would ship nbout 2.500,000 bales of cotton from the United States. For the laot three years (the plan is based on a four-year period) the amount would be slightly higher," Mr. Lynch snid. If (he Marshall plan Is not used. Mr. Lynch expressed the belief that bankrupt Europe would take only a very small fraction of the cotton available for exportation, and tlmt if other special programs were mil operating, our cotton exports wou'.d doubtless drop to nn hisigniflciuil ' level. Shuns Production Controls "Such a cessation of our exports of cotton." Mr. Lynch continued, "would lead to the accumulation of millions of bales of cotton annually lu Shis country, » surplus which would depress prices, even though he world remained naked." He went on to say that if the government loan programs »re contln- led we will have another Impounding of millions of bales or govern- nint stocks hanging over the market. "We would have the government back in the cotton business." lie advised, "and in a few years we would be forced to return lo pro- duclion controls, allocation r.l acreage, regulations, penalties, etc." The Marshall Plan will provide an outlet lor all Ihe surplus cotton we'll produce in the next .several years, according to Mr. Lyncn, and without a surplus there would be no need of the government controls, which are so dreaded by the Southern farmers. Mr. Lynch also expressed the belief that by cutting the $5,300.000.050 set up in the Vandenljerg Bill, "we would be reducing the amount if recovery materials, which will be the first to be trimmed from the re- lief'goods .and cotton Is an Import ant recovery material. To slash the program Is to make a WPA dole nf It," he snld. "To slash Ihe amount recommended is to bile heavily into cotton commitments." Idea Oppofted by Coitimunl»U "Serious dcure-sslotx in basic com modlttes might well preclpllale drop In national income," Mr. Lynch said, "and cast many times more than the estimated cost ol the recovery program." Mr. Lynch concluded by saying "the best argument I ran elve In favor ol the European Recovery Plan and Ihe Vnndenberg Dill t.s that Russia, the Communists, aiu Henry A. Wallace oppose U." Guests of the Rotarlnns were Circuit Judge Charles W. Light, Par- agoulcl, James C, Hale and Te Combs. Marion, Andy Ponder. Jonesboro, James Hyatt. Osceoln, Enrl Majers, Dell. Hays Sullivan, Bllrdctte. Prentis Holder and Lloyd Koonlv.. Blylheville, and Joe Martin, O.sccola. WASHINGTON, April 2. CUP) — Congress will stamp a final okayl on the »S,09a.OOO,ooo global aid bill 1 today and President Truman Ls expected to throw the vast program in gear by the weekend. Quick House and Senate approval, in that order, was slated for the "single package" measure which includes the European recovery program and anti-Communist aid for Greece. Turkey and China. President Truman is expected to sign the bill tomorrow. His aides already were drafting temporary orders for the state Department to start spending. The first ship- . n inents may move out of American I ed on all free nations to act swiftly ports by sundown tomorrow. I together to halt the "appaling mcn- The final version of the bill was ace" of Russian expansion, worked out last night by a 10-man I The Canadian premier spoke at Senate-House conference commit- | Canadian-American Day ceremonies tee. They beat a midnight deadline i in his honor at historic Willintn and by minutes in compromising nif- I Mary College here. He did not iden- fcrences between the bills previous- ! tify Russia by name, but his words Canadian Warns Of 'Red' Menace Free Nations Urged To Act Swiftly to Stop the Russians WILLIAMSBURO, Va., April 2. (U.P.IPrime Minister W. L. Mac- Kcnzie King of Canada today call- Latin American Solidarity Urged Bogota Conference Gets Chile's Plea For Curbing "Reds" BOGOTA, Colombia. April 2.— (UP)—The 21 American nations veve asked today to approve a resolution which w'ould create In the Western Hemisphere a strong antl- The "colton"w°as"sor<r~to A. H. Communist bloc to support Ihe Un ly approved by the House and Senate. Driving through the day and far Barfield Planter Sells 2,201 Bales In Single Sale What Is believed to be the largest snle of cotton ever transacted in tills area was consumated here yesterday when j. C. Ellis. Barfield planter, sold a portion of his 1947 crop for approximately $450,000. A total of 2,201 bales was involved In the sale. The cotton was strict low middling and of better grades of one and one-sixteenth lo one and one-eighth Inch staple. It was town from pedigreed seed. Wctenkamp and Co., Blytheville cotton buying firm, for the account of Cook and Co. of Memphis. B. G. West Cotton Co. of Blytheville represented Mr. Ellis in the sale. Jig Planes Move Pood Into Berlin Despite Blockade Russian* Object To U.S. Movement of Goods Out of City BEHUN, April 2. (UP)—A swlrt- ly-organlised nlr shuttle service fed Ainedcniis In Berlin today us Soviet authorities Ihrcnldied (o maintain and even to tighten their blockade against rail transport to Hie German capital. tUisstnn authorities charged that Ihe blockntle system they Imd set tip was tiece.ssury to keep out "Western spies" who have used Tlerlln ns a gateway to tlie Soviet zone ol Germany. They also asserted II would prevent "further plundering" of Berlin by the powers. Twenty-three U. S. Air vorcc C- 47'x dro[)pecl liidr wheels on TPIII- plchof Airdrome, In tlie Amcrlcnn- helit zone of ncrlin, to<tay. Six or even more were expected later. Mncricnn authorities nl Fnuikf.m't nd said 30 planes were available or the service. Tlie Russians made- no ntlempl o interfere wllh the plane movc- iicnls. Reports Russian fighters had buzzed" .some allied planes were nuglied off. American pilots said ucy saw no Russian planes nl sill- An official announcement said Representatives Pass Tax Bill Over President's Veto WASHINGTON, April 2, tU.P. — The HOUR* today pu». ed 81J to 88 the lux cut bill over President Truman's veto. II approved tlie f4,800,000,000 reduction bill despite th« President's tlecliinilion tliKt tax reduction now would weaken the U. S. in a time of iiitcniHlionftl peril, The bill wont promptly to the Senate which w»» scheduled to ratify the House action later today and thug *n»ct the first, mwjor tax reduction in nearly 20 years. Doth Houses hnd to approvi the* —^ bill by two-thirds majorities to make It a law over the President's objection. It appeared certain that the new lower Income lax rates would be on he statute hoots before nightfall. 1'lic measure will tnke 7,400,000 ]>ev- were unmistakable. President Truman. Viscount Alexander, Governor General of Can- Into the night the conferees, head- r a da, and Gov. W. M. Tuck of Vired by Senate President Arthur H.' gjnia shared the platform with King. Vandenberg, acted with almost un precedented speed in an atmosphere made tense by new Russian pressure in Berlin and the critical nature of the approaching Italian ; The President spoke briefly and informally in accepting an honorary degree during the ceremony. But King took the occasion to say that "the menace to freedom has "That menace/ arises no longer Dell Launches Community Health Project A total of 440 immunizations was given to the citizens of the Dell Community, when the newly-organized Community Health Organization, assisted by the Communicable Disease Control Service, of the Ar- liansas State Board of Health, conflicted it's first clinic in Dell yesterday. This health organization stemmed from a house to house survey conducted by the Communicable Disease Control and other interested person last January which indicated that, the outstanding problems of the community were the lack o! immunizations, and general sanitation is so far as drainage, sewerage and garbage disposal were concerned. On March 23. a group of interested persons met to discuss the health problems, and Curtis Downs, mayor ol Dell, presided. At this meeting Mrs. D. W. Cranford. chairman, appointed a committee for arranging time, place and date of first immunization program. Clinics will be conducted each Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon; and on April 26, the Mobile X-vay clinic for chest examinations will be conducted, and members of the Community Health Organization are urging that everyone over the age of 14 attend. At the clinic held yesterday 250 typhoid shots were given. 5« diphtheria, and 134 smallpox vaccinations were given, by Annabel B. Fill, comity health nurse, who was assisted by Mrs. Irma Bunch, clerk and W. O. Stinnett, director of the Malaria Control Der:>r;ment. This is the first community health plan lo be tried in the state of Arkansas, and it has been tried only a very few times In the United elections. i never been graver or more insidious Final Provisions Outlined thal , it has become within the last Here is v.-hat America's greatest ti lree years." postwar foreign commitment ''carried :-..-. 1. European recovery program—[ eti at territorial expansion," he A self-help program of 51-months saic j for 16 Western European nations. -while this Is an ever-present The bill authorizes a first year ex- I danger, the menace to freedom penditure of $5,300,000.000. Products '. comes Bs wel , frDm 5 j n j ste r plans to from rice to steam shovels will be j unc i erm i n e the structure of free sent Europe on the pledge of mu- I government within the border of in- tual cooperation for common recov- d i vi( (uai nations," he said, cry. The conferees dropped a House j lie saM f ,. eedom is threatened not provision to Include Franco Spam. , only by miu t ar y f orce but by an organized conspiracy to "establish a tyronny over the human mind." "If against such an appalling menace, freedom—physical, mental, moral and spiritual freedom—is to be reserved, a way must be found, nnd that right speedily, to ensure that nations which are still free will not be suborned, defeated or destroyed one by one," he said. County Funds Available for Tax Surveys ited States In the "Cold War" with Russia. The text of a by Chile to be .1 sons off the lax rolls and cut the levies against those left on. The first effccl.s of ihu cut will be felt Mny 1 when withholding taxes en wages anil snhirles arc cut. President Truman told Congress in l\ls veto message that the tax cut "would materially wenken this na- Mon's efforts to maintain peace abroad and prosperity at home." Hut the grunt majority of congressmen rejected his arguments House Republican Leader Charles A llnllcck culled the President's veto i "un extension of his stubborn op- lie first 17 food plnne.s to reach i position to much-needed tax rellel 2. Greece and Turkey—A second installment of $275,000,000 on the "(luarantine communism" program. The two countries will get Ameri- i can guns, ammunition and military advice. 3. China—A one-year plan to send ; $463,000,000 In assistance lo the. Nationalist Government of Chiang i Kai-shek. It includes 4125,000.000 that may be used, for military aid T ,- cercmon y at wlllch KlllR to bolster Chiang's forces against Prcsl(icnt ,.,.„„*„„ and vlscou ^ Communist troops already control- AlexamJ( , r rcccived lhl , non0 rary de- ling about 25 per cent of China. I hc]d nt (h( . r|( . chris . 4. Children—A $60,000,000 American authorization for the care and I feeding of children in war-ravaged Europe. The aid is'to be administered by the United Nations' inter- , picturesque city which, national children's emergency or- ,| throl ,| h the £,,,„ of ? he Ro ^ ctell ^ gamzation. | family, has been restored to all of topher Wren Building on the campus of William and Mary, one of the oldest colleges in the United States. Thousands of visitors swarmed Tlie bill simply authori?-es the various spending programs- Not a nickel of hard cash is provided; this must come later in congressional appropriations. But as a. token of American good faith, the Reconstruction Finance Corp. offered to advance funds for China, Greece and Turkey. Jaycees Urge Exercise of Right to Vote its early colonial charm. House Vote Looms On O/eo Tax Repeal WASHINGTON. April 2 (UP) — Rep. L. Mendel Rivers. D.. S C. said today he expects to get before nightfall enough signatures force a House vote on repeal of federal oleomargarine taxes. Rivers, a leader in the olco ta> repeal bloc, said a petilition to prj the legislature out of the house agriculture committee had 159 sig natures this morning. "We are confident we wil get tin other 19 signatures before nightfall, he told reporters. The petition requires 318 names & majority of the House. It still would be l\vo to four week >forc the House could act on th LITTLE ROCK. Ark., April 1. (UP)—Arkansas' county judges wove Abld yesterday that .they. have., llw authority to employ an eiiglnecrin t nppralsal firm to make a complete, tax and assessment surrey of all ren! estate in their counties. In an opinion which was seen as a partial solution to Arkansas' low property assessment, attorney gen- al Guy E. Williams said that liner the constitution "county tax« id internal improvement" in each ounty "belongs to .the exclusive irisdiction of the county court." "We believe," Williams conlin- ed. "it is an implied constitutional uri statutory authority for the ourt to engage any proper person, crsons, company or corporaion to lake such investigation to assist ic court in exercising its roigiiiLii urisdicti&n over such matters. The opinion was written for Jef- crson County Judge Wiley C". .ountvee. He had asked (or it tol- owinjj several meetings in Pino lluff in an elfort to raise tax as- essmcnts. Williams also told Rountree that e had the authority to pay for the ppraisal out of the comity general und if there was an unexpended alance. Otherwise, ho said, i'. would ake an apropriation by the quorum ourt. To stimulate voters' interest In public affairs and city government, the Blythevil.e Junior Chamber o, \ Commerce will continue its "Get Out the Vote" drive In the mimic!-1 pal election Tuesday, it was announced today. Efforts to bring more voters to] MADRID, April 2. (UP)—Myron the polls here will be continued at I Taylor. President Truman's person New York Stocks 2. p.m. Slocks: Anaconda Copper . Esth Sled Chrysler O ;i Elccli-ic . O -n Motors;omcry Ward N Y Central Int Harvcoier . North Am Aviation Republic Slccl . .. Rr.dio Socony Vacuum . .. Studebaker Standard of N J ... Pr.c'.ar;! 35 1-3 3-8 1 Confers With Franco 4 1-2 j ton U s Steel 74 ' the Democratic primaries July 27 and Aug, 10 and the slate and national elections Nov. 5. the Jaycce Public Affairs Committee said. The Jaycees will provide transportation to and from the polls Tuesday for voters who have no means of getting to them. The committee stressed that this indicates no po-1 lllical interest on the part of the ' Junior Chamber of Commerce and ; that the club's sole interest Is a larger turn-out of voters at Ihe polls. A telephone number for voters without transportation lo call will be announced tomorrow or Mon- 59 1-2 j day, the committee said. H Is plan- 36 1-2 ned to have Jnycees who live out- 55 [side the city limits drive the cars 54 3-4 providing transportation. This is bc- 14 V-8 1 Ing done, the committee said, to 89 1-1 | preclude charges of political inter- 11 1-1 ' est as persons living outside the 26'3-S city limits are not eligible lo vole In Tuesday's election. Members of the newly-formed Jaycee Public Affairs Committee are John McDowell, chairman, Stewart Frelman. W. O. Guerin Jr.. Dr. Mil- Webb. A. A. Fredrlckson and Joe Evrard.. al envoy to the Vatican, confcrre for 75 minutes last night with Gen eralissimo Francisco Franco. New York Cotton high 9 7-3 16 1-8 18 1-8 15 5-8 3-8 May . July . Oc(. . Dt-c. . Mar. . open 3534 3592 3220 3150 3117 3522 3226 3159 3127 low 3567 3500 3203 3128 3100 resolution draftee presented to tlv Intcr-Americnn Conference calls 01 each nation to adopt Internal mea sures "to suppress subversive act! vltles which national or forclgi Individuals'might attempt to favo the political.Interests of extra-continental slates." Chile was the nation which charged Russia before the UN Security Council with engineering the Communist coup in Czechoslovakia. The draft text of the resolution also called for a united front of the American nations against Communism, with exchange of Information among them "On -measures adopted to suppress it. ' ' '' Chile, assisted by the United States, was Iryillf li> obtain unanimous approval nf the resolution before taking It to tht conference, but was meeting some opposition to passage of any resolution. Argentina, Guatemala, Ecuador and Peru have been expected to oppose any strong anti-Communist resolution. Some other natlon.5 would like to go to the other extreme and adopt a resolution calling for breaking relations with Russia. The United States wants a strong resolution. Tlie preamble of Chile's long resolution states flatly that agents of communism are agents' of a foreign power, but does not mention Russia. Tha resolution would have the conference make three recommendations: 1. Ask the American republics to adopt measures to strengthen the democratic system "sn as lo prevent from prospering within that totalitarian organizations aiming to | disturb the exercise of freedom and to procure destruction of the econ- See SOLIDARITY on PaRe 4 Jerlln brought 26 tons o[ food. Official* said Ihe average food consumption of the estimated 10.000 Americans here Is 1,000 totis a mouth, or some 33 tous a day. British food trains carrying supplies for both German residents of Ihe British zone of the city and j the 10.000 British troops and civilians here passed Into tlie city without difficulty. Tim Russian* invert notice that tlie blfirknrie would not he rrninv- rri. nnd In fact mi|;ht be Intensified. In an Impassioned speech lit Halle. 60 miles South of Berlin, the Soviet Propaganda Chief Col. Serge Tulpanov asserted thnl the measures were neccssnrv to keep Western spies from using Berlin as a gateway Into the Russian occupation zone. "Many spies have been sent to Berlin and from there Into the Soviet zone to carry out espionage orders," lie charged, Getting closer to what many here believed was the real point of the Russian blockade, 'Tlilpauov also charged-- that- the Americans Hid; British linve "plundered" Berlin by moving large quantities of machines and equipment to the West, nnd have thus created a serious unemployment situation. Seek to t'urlt Kxpor'" The united states had hoped to obtain $2.300,000 In exports from Berlin In 1048. The Hussion blockade appeared » possible bid to cut off these exports. British authorities announced that Incoming food trains from the West were passed by the Russian checkpoint at Marlcnborn todny with only a routine examination of documents. and 'equalization." Referring to Mr. Tinman's actlor In twice vetoing tax cuts In the Insl session, and making them stick Uullcck said: "Tills Is the thin lime he has sought to thwart 111 will of Ihe elected representative: of the people who have the firs responsibility In (his mutter.". The house vote was taken soon us a clerk finished the vet message. There wns no debiUe. The President's 1,700-word veil message wiia sent lo the Hoiis wlille'he wns attending Canadian American Dny ceremonies at Wll llanisbiirg. Vn. It listed these majo for disapproving any li cut now: 1. The bill would "undermine Hi soundness of our government finances at a time when world peace depends upon the strength of the United Stales." 2. It would produce a deficit In Ilscal 19*9 nnd "greatly increase the danger of further Inflation." 3. For the average family the tax cut "U'ould be an evil In dl ' because It would help to "drl a Ml of 'living atitt .'bigtiet?-^.' 4. Tni! bill "Is Inequitable i untimely." Forty per cem' the reduction would BO to "less than five per cent of all taxpayers." Nearly all of the »250,000.00(1 annual reduction In estate and gift taxes "would go to only about 12,000 >>I the most wealthy families." 5. If tnx cuts prevent slicable reductions In the 5253.000,000,000 national debt In a prosperous period, there Is little prospect that the debt "will ever be materially reduced." • Says Congress Hasty Mr. Trumnn snld It would uc shortsighted to cut tnxcs "at the very time when 'our obligations are Leachville Man Held in Slaying Two Others Sought' In Connection With Crime Near Caraway Sheriff William Berrym»n an- ounccd today that Cralghen* Coimly officers are holding a 21- ear-old Lenchvllle Navy veteran iclleved connected with the brutal orch slaying Wednesday night of Fred Holder, 83-year-old Caraway Jinn lor. Sheriff Berryman slated that tha nan, docketed »t the Cralgheart County jail In Jonesboro as Floytt P. M. Blocker, was arrested • In -.cuchvlllc late yesterday by members of his office and State Policemen Ad Schug and Wyatt Patrick of Jonesboro. Following his arresl he was' taken lo Ihe Jonesboro Jail where he u being held for miesttonlng. Sheriff Bervymtm said peace officers In Cralghoad and Mississippi Counties are searching for another man and woman who »re believed vo have done the actual killing. Truck Recofntud .He said Blocker was arrested following ihe receipt of Information from persons residing near tha scone of (he murder that a ton and » half truck similar to the one owned by Blocker was seen In the vl. several times Wednesdar Yesterday the Russians demanded ! increasing." He referred to foreign Panther Hunters on the Loose; Two Beasts Seen Near Burdette A small posse of Burdette residents, armed with shotguns and rifles, combed the banks of the Sandy Ridge Ditch near Durdcttc with no success yesterday in search for a pair of panthers reported seen In thai vicinity during the past week. Tlie heavily-armed group of farmers hunted the cane' breaks and small wooded sections nlong the ditch bank for hours after numerous reports had been received that the panthers had beon seen near the Highway 61 bridge apaning the ditch. According to Bill Wixson. a mem-+ bcr of the posse, the cats were first jbut a. member of the posse answer- icportcd seen by a Negro farm hand | ed the suggestion with "then they to board the trains and inspect both freight and pnsscnuers, but were refused by both British and Americans. The British said the Russians made no attempt to board today's trains, which were carrying food supplies for both the German residents of the British sector and for the 10.000 British nationals there. However, American trains still not running. Gen Lucius IJ. Clay ordered rail service lo ncrlin suspended shortly before noon yesterday when the Russian;; refused to pass trains without boarding them. Although the Russians cased their 1:3 3567 3500 3203 3131 3100 Weather Arkansas forecast: Fair lonight and Saturday. Warmer Saturday. Minimum this morning—38. Maximum yesterday—60. Sunset today—6:22. Sunrise tomorrow—5:45. Precipitation, 24 hours to 7 a.m. today—none. Total since Jan. 1—18.25. Mean temperature (midway between high and low—49. • Normal mean for April—61. This:Date Usl Year Minimum this morning—53. Maximum yesterday—S3. Precipitation, Jan. —4.83. early tills week. Since thai time, he said, several other persons residing in and near Burdette have rcpor'.- ed having seen or heard beasts prowling in that area. Tne latest reports on the sighting ot the cats were received yesterday morning from a power lineman working in the vicinity of the Sandy Ridge Ditch bridge. Wixson quoted the lineman, whose name was not learned, as saying he saw the two panthers, one black and one a grayish color, on opix>s!tc sides of the ditch. He slated that the panthers did not appear nervous at his presence and trotted off only when he became inquisitive and moved closer for a belter look. The lact '.hat panthers, or somi other animals, were in the vicinny of the bridge recently, was borne out by the finding of fresh tracks aid and military preparedness. 'He said solemnly that "the world situation is one of uncertainly and, indeed, of danger." The United Slntes, he said, must be strong lo net cfleclivrfly "ngninsl the forces of dissension and chaos." Tlie House received the veto first. Republican leaders were set to act immediately and send It on lo the Senate. Mr. Trumnn sMd tlwf the bill "would not strengthen, but Instead would weaken the United Stales." He said this would happen at lime when responsible conduct ol the nation's financial affairs requires a substantial surplus to reduce the (urge public debt (uid to be reasonably prepared against contingencies. Al the same time. Mr. Trnmar said, it would "greatly Increase the danger of further inllntlon hy add ing billions of dollars of purchasing power" to live amount thai poopli can spend. He ,-iaid there Will be "several 1m portant increases in expenditure above the January estimates." These Included legislation enact cd Increasing payments lo veter ims. lurgcr amounts necessary (o foreign aid and salary Increases o federa'. employes now under con S« TAX HIM. VKTO on Face certainly took a lot of pains. There's tracks all up and down the dilch bank." Oddly enough, the descriptions : given by those who claim lo have seen ihe cats, vary only slightly. The animals were described as being larger than a dog. with short slick hair and a lail measuring three-feet in length. Tlie only variation wns in color, some say one was black and the other gray while others claim one to be black an"l the other brown. Some oldlimcrs in Blythcvilic icoffed at the stories whl)c others staled Ihat it was highly possible. Some related stories dating back to 1012 and 191< when Delta country' was "full of panthers." The most logical explanation for the presence of panthers In this area, if true, came from a Blytheville resident who helped clear the mud near the bridge. An Hand for the settlement of the area inquisitive nnd doubting reporter which is now known as Boynton in the Western pail of the county. Hi! explained that the felines could have been driven .from their home somewhere along the banks of the Mississippi River by high water, aiirl are in this vicinity hunting food. Panthers -or no panthers, the freight control inspection on foort trains entering Berlin, where food s vitally necessary to feed the 2,- GOQOOCI Germans supplied by the western allies. Ihey still kept a tight rein on oulgolng freight. North Missco Ncars Goal in Red Cross Drive The Rocky community, led by Chairman Norninn Bailey, went over a $100 quota by $11 today, according to reports received In the Mississippi County Red Cross office, bringing Ihe district's total to $9,- 084/I6' by only S1.CW.72. Other funds received were $2.35 from Die Boynton Community, whose chairman Is J. B. Mehorge; and $12.96 from the Pawhccn Comnuui- ,ty, whose chairman Is Miss Juanlla William. ,. The drive will continue until all today by Wclby Young, president communities have completed their I of the Osceola club, drives, and It is expected that the! Members of Ihe Joiner and Lux- quota will be reached In Ihe near ora Rolary Clubs are being invited future I lo Ibe inter-city meeting. Mr. Young raid. It was not known today what Governor Laney's subject will be. Governor Laney will speak following a dinner tentatively scheduled Ior 6:30 at the Community House. Mr. Young said it was expected that aproxiniatcly 120 members of the three Rotary Clubs will atlend. who tabbed the panther stories as optical illusions, WRS shown the tracks as proof. The tracks were almost oval In shape, like those of a cat, except much larger. The imprints of four toes and claws were plainly visible in each footprint. Still \ bit doubtful, the reporter suggested thai, the tracks could I to this date (have been made by some prankster trying la play an April Fool joke, stories are spreading like wild fire in the Burdetlv. community and owners of good dogs are rather re- Laney to Speak Before South Missco Rotations Gov, Ben Uincy will address an inter-city meeting of three South Mississippi County Rotary Clubs In Osccola April 27, it was announced clnily night. H is believed that Stacker's truck was used to haul the murderer or murderers to the scene,-he said. Pirlor Leachvllle 'beer i-*officer* tlvy'' erest m ton and .?.**.il<*»lffcHar to the:one' seen near the murder scene on ' the night of the cilme, It wai ' learned. Cralghead county official* stated they would continue quei- oning of Blocker in hopea of ob- alnlng some sort of * lead. Holder was killed late Wednes«y .night after * stranger ha* wakened him at his home' bn« nd one-half miles North of Cara- ay and said his car wa» out of asollne. Holder left with'the man nd a can of gas In a small truck. The murderer beat him over the end and shot him Ih the abdomen efore splashing him and the truck, pith gasoline and setting them .fire. Holder was not killed Instantly nit managed to get out of the car. "ii.ising motorists put him In,their :ar, but he died, before reaching i Cnrawny clinic^ Doctors said lie died of the gunshot wound. The bullet had pierced n billfold n his overalls pocket containing nore than $200. . ' State Constructs New Buildings On Prison Farms CUMMINS PRISON FARM. Ark., April 2. <UP>— A 1400,000 construction program lo provide fireproof and escape-proof buildings In Arkansas' slate penitentiaries wa» underway today. The program was launched by Gov. Ben Laney, who broke the first section of ground here yesterday with a gold-plated spade. The program was the first step In a master penitentiary plan approved by the 1947 legislature. The master plan envisions an expenditure of •1800,000 during the next several years, all of which, would come from penitentiary profits rather than tax sources. The present program will provide fireproof buildings of concrete and steel to house the penitentiary office and to serve as barracks for as many AS 2,000 prisoners. Light Frost Reported As Temperature Drops To 38 in Bfytrieri/'e Warmer weather was predicted for tomorrow by the Weather Bureau today after Ihe tcmpcralure here dropped during last night to an un-Apr!l-llke level and brought a light frosl. The minimum temperature here this morning was 38 degrees, Robert E. Blaylock, official weather observer. Bald. The low was 63 degrees » year ago this morning. Highest temperature yesterday luctant at letting tiiclr pels be used | *As 60 degrees, compared to 63 a u> track th« animals. jear ago. 23 Win Cltmency LITTLE ROCK, Ark.. April 2.— (UP)—A total of 23 Arkansas prisoners were looking forward (o frectlom today, following action of the State Parole Board yesterday. The board approved 23 ot 57 applications for parole. No furloughs were granted and only one commutation of senience »•*> recommended, lo Qov. BerrL»ney, Burglars EnfeY Three Homes at Caruthersvilte CARUTHERSVILLE, Mo., April X —Three farm homes In Ihe Stubtown community were burglarized early Wednesday morning, mccord- ing to the sheriff's office here y»s- Icrday. They were the home* of Jess Speight, where a watch wu taken; L*. L, Lunceford, who lost a pocketbook and the money It contained; and D. D. Cobb, where nothing Apparently was taken. On the same night, the 1947 Chevrolet coach belonging to Frankic Nelson of this city was taken from In front of his home. Footprints around the car Indicated H was pushed > short distance before being driven off. Mrs. Nelson was unable to find her keys Wednesday morning, and it Is believed that she might, have left them In the car after returning Jal« Tuesday from the grocery. Soybeans (FTfen f. •• V CWtM*) • open high low 1:» May ...... 374 374 J74 374 July low J74 Mt M* M

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