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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Tuesday, April 7, 1931
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Served by the United Press BDiTHEVILXE COCKIER NEWS HOME EDITION THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OF NORTHEA BT ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST,MISSOURI m VOL. XXVIII—NO. 1? Blythertlls Courier, Blythevllle Herald. DHJj New*, Valley Leader. ' BLYTHEVII.LE, ARKANSAS, TUESDAY, APRIL 7, 1931 SINGLfS COPIES FIVE CENTS Here's Plan to Make Liquor Traffic Cure Evils of Booze .n<2 become? concern 9«cotuL person Police Rifles Vie With Army's Paul H. Vernon Acquires Memphis Group, Sold at Auction This Morning. MEMPHIS, April 7. IW)— Public auction of the Clarence Saunders Slurps, Inc., a grocery chain which controlled upwards ol 100 stores In the south and southwest was begun shortly before noon today. The stores, having estimated assets of $1,600,000 Including accounts receivable, were auctioned off tn units which Included all stores in cities or counties where the firm did business. Attempts of a syndicate of eastern bankers to buy the chain had apparently failed and individual Would Make Seller Responsible For Damage Done By Drinker Vernon Former Head of Piggly Wiggly Group What interests are represented by Paul Vernon, successful bidder on the Clarence Saunders stores proup which Includes the Blythcvllle unit, is • unknown here. Vernon. formerly nresident of the Plesly ' Wiggly-Erwin' company, which some time ago was sold to the Kroger Grocery and Baking comnany. has recently been associated with the Silver Savers stores, Memphis grocery chain. merchants and business men appeared to be the principal bidders. Clarence Saunders, until last fall ead of the company which he had I they may be/held -legally responsible in civil-suits 'and for all the CLEVELAND, o.—"Make the liq- damage, direct and indirect, that BY BERYL MILLER NF.A Service Writer uor' traffic pay its own way. Then it .will police itself, and solve its owu problem. -" Tha Vis the essence of a remark- •able-plak-of.liquor control.advanc-. -ed by Robert C. Binkley, professor of history at Western Reserve University here, with hopes for approval by both wets and drys. He calls his -plan "Responsible Drinking," and believes it contains • the seed of "a living system of liquor law which could grow from modest beginnings, adjust Itself to changing conditions, and gradually retire the liquor question from politics, where it does not belong and never has belonged." "It is a great shame," says Professor Binkley. "that the liquor question should continue to absorb so much of our national thought and energy, when both are so desperately, needed for solving realls important problems, such as bring- in? order out of our economic chaos^ and genuine stability to our in ternational relations. The sooner w« put the liquor problem on a sen sible. workable basis and turn ou attention to more important things thebettcr." Professor Binkley believes, firs! that no plan of liquor control ha si ghost of a chance to be cnactec into law until a conclusive major Ity can be lined im behind it Agreement Is Needed The first task, he says. Is to fin fi common groimd on which a grea i majority, not 51 per cent, but a overwhelming majority of the peo pie. can meet. Some extreme-drys believe it Is crime to take a drink, anywher any time, under any circumstanci e drinker does. "This would make it to the deal s interest to see that he sells on •to. customers who do no harm ,d thlis the dealer .ulll develop :hnlrrue for seeing that only such ustomers get it." Speakeasies today, Professo nkley notes, have already devel icd for themselves the beginning such a technique. 'The mutual relations devclope rganteed and operated, did not at- end the sale. lie Is in California where he is operating his Pacific oast chain. VVrnon Pays 5106,000 The sale opened with the toning of the Memphis unit, which ncludes 26 stores, part interest- in a b.ikerv and one store at Blytheville. Ark., and one at Helena, Ark. Paul H. Vernon, Memphis vrare- nouse man, was the successful bidder. He payed $100.000 for the stores, the aporaised value of the unit-beta' $188,000." : - •' ,"'<'-— -, D. A. Sachs Jr., TxralsHlle, Ky., outbid Louis Shepherd, manager of 15 stores in Louisville, buving the second'unit'for $51,750. The sale included one warehouse in the Kentucky city, and was at the apprals- Preceded Fatal Stabbing Described by Witnesses. Unless the trial of Doll Wldner, 18-year-old Gosnell youth, indicted for Ihe murder of Page Boyd, young national- guardsman, is completed this afternoon, a night session of court will probably be held. After consuming practically the entire session of court Monday afternoon In the selection of a- jury io hear the cose, the trial finally was under way this morning. Before a Jury was completed, however, Ihc entire regular panel of 24 Jurors was exlmuslcd and 21 ve- nlrcmen qucslloned by lawyers. Bolli the state and defense had exhausted a number of their challenges when the Jury was Impaneled. Courtroom Crowded I I While the election held the interest of Blylheville citizens the courtroom was packed with fann- ers of the Gosnell and Yarbro com- munllles. Young Wldner and his family are residents- of the Gosnell community while Page Boyd, victim of the fatal stabbing near a Gosnell church, lived northeast of Gosnell toward Yarbro. After opening statements were concluded this morning the state moved swiftly Inlo the presentation of its case and lost little motion in submitting its evidence. After plac- ng a succession ol witnesses'on the s'tand In an effort to show that Wldn'cr not only slabbed Boyd but was Ihe aggressor in the quarrel that proceeded the stabbing, the state rented at 11:30 o'clock. Say Boytl Was Assrtssor Defense counsel placed one wlt- New York's Fifth Avenue resounded to tho martial tread greater body of the military than has marched there thin at any time since the Yanks came homo froi France, 12 years ngo. Yel even the smart regulars swung by no more Impressively than this rinic reg meiit of the New York police department, made up of war veterans, and smurtly uniformed with stec helmets, and white leggmss, carrying Times and fixed bayonets. Mississipoi County Will Get Line ' from Memphis if : Results Are Satisfactory OSCFOLA, Ark..' Aoril 7.—Rep palliatives of the Memphis Kat| ural Oas compftnv. vesterdru* began _ I K rirelimlnBTv survcv of Osceola to ness on the stand before noon and determine the nrobahle numlvir of by 2 o'clock this afternoon had pa- nersori'i and firms who .would use raded a group of young people who [neural PIS if available here, were with Wldner the night Boyd if similar surveys also belnc was killed. They testified that Boyd rnade in HlvMievllle and Luxora In- was the aggressor in the quarrel dicatss a sufficient number to war- that broke out after the young peo-1 rant the investment, the company pie hkrt sltcnded a church session will neVntlat" 'for franchises in at a tabernacle near Gosnell. Evl- •BMheville. Osceola and Luxora, Jence of the state and defense rith a view to extending their clashed, with the delense contend- lines .across t>« river from KMey, inc that; Wldner was trying to avoid Tenn. - " slabbed Boyd'—"" and distributing »BS thru- seetl.op of the state- CHICAGO, April 7. (UP)—Eric Farrar wore his "working clothes' when he went for a walk at lilght and as a result was kidnaped and robbed. Farrar, a butler, wore his uniform when he and his wife, a maid, went walking last night In one of the city's most fashionable sections Three bandits mistook them for one of the wealthy couples of the neighborhood. They took. Mrs. ;Farrar's $250 fur coat and left her. forcing Farrar to accompany, them In their car. Farrar pleaded h« was a but ler, not a millionaire. The tandlts laughed. He pleaded some more Half convinced, they searched him found 20 cents. 'Sorry." they said as they freec 1 him miles from home. "We though you were a high hat." . would prove that a blackjack or bsing_ weapon of similar, type was found lev. Tenn., and which will serve etween bootlegger and customer, nder prohibition conditions, give hint of how this would develop," dds Professor Binkley.'."The cus- imer trusts the bootlegger not to oison him. The bootlegger trusts Tenn.. o le customer not- to betray him." $25,000. This relationship would be ex- nndcd and standardized under his Responsible Drinking" plan. Every lan who wanted liquor would have ib establish credit at a liquor store ust os he does at his bank. In his neighborhood, the legalized dealer •ouid know his customer's charac- er and responsibility, or he would lave to investigate it. Dealers then, ccordlng to the theory, would de- •elop a system of mutual informa- ion like a credit system, and exchange "blacklist" information on iquor buyers who were poor risks. Fund for "Mystery Cases'* In cases where It proved impossible to find the actual seller of trouble-causing liquor, recourse could be had to a fund which the liquor industry In general would be compelled to maintain for Just such purposes. The industry would thus exert automatic pressure on dealers to avoid damage suits. "This plan would not completely stamp out the bootlegger," Profes- but they are a very small minority, ] sor Binkley admits. ''But neither he says. will anv other. It would, however, Some ed value of the property. Henry Fulghum, Memphis manager of the Kroger Grocery and Baiting company, bought unit three which included ten stores and a warehouse, one store at Columbia, Tenn.. one at Clarksdale, Miss., for Maurey Is Bayer Unit four included tour stores In ChaURTiooea and was appraised at $32,200 but sold for $13.500 to J. E. in February, Maurey, who refused to say who he represented. The same buyer outbid others for unit five -which in-1 eluded three stores at Hoanoke, Va., the sale price being $7,300. Ben Goodman, another buyer who refused to name for whom he was acting, bought unit six which in-j eluded five stores and a warehouse! at Birmingham, one in Endleys, one ? bta »™B "w. Leon Smith Is assisting Pros- wlU^ be ji ecutor S. L. Oladish as special prosecutor. Alexander and Cooper represent the defense. . Hodte Trial. Tomorrow After two continuances at regular terms of court Raymond Hodge and Fred Ellis, former Half Moon[ deputy constables, are to face trial tomorrow on charges of robbery. The two men were indicted for the robbery of two Tennessee truck-] sters on Highway 61 near this city If the distribution in this countr warrants, according to representatives'.of the company. Polly B'olie Her Nose m Tumble Down Steps HOLLYWOOD, 1930. The committed, the the April 7. <.UP>'n a to- stables' badges. It the other'. Injuries . suffcret fell down n flight of stairs L in Annbton. one in Gadston and i. Bond lected $200 from two false } have school Sunday. I had gone to an early mass,' MIfS Moran wns quoted as savins "The church'was crowded and I hat lo sland throughout the services. * (jis- I was very tired. My mother, mv son three In Montgomery. The unit was I =«w «"V '7™ £ 5^0" "e and I walked home. As we were dc apprised at $66,175 but sold for nets In the county Shads^«« L md!nl( thc fl!aht „, stone. step $23,500. California Sale Off SAN FRANCISCO, April 7. (UP) —Clarence Saunders, chain store magnate, said today the sale of his and Back Water, alter represent- """",' . : _,, ,,„„„ T h ..i Ing to directors of the district that from '"<• ™ d V^y !«! t «"™°™ r ornia. had been "practically called] B." ivcls believe that "personal liberty" entitles them to drink anything, nny time, anywhere, but they, too. are a very small minority, he adds. The ground on which Professor Binkley sees n chance for unity is everyone will agree that this: Nearly drinking becomes a public concern when a second person is injured by a drinker—when the drinker smashes into another man's RU- to, injuring people or damaging property, when children go shoeless or wives are beaten or aViused because of excessive drinking, when the breadwinner of a family loses his Job through drink. To Fix Responsibility The way to remedy such conditions is to make the drinker responsible for all damage, direct and Indirect, that he does through the use of liquor, Professor Blnklci says. But it Is agreed that in most cases the drinker is not financially re spmstble. That is where ProfcssD cut the 'big-money' trade out from under them, and ally bath public opinion and the liquor industry itself against them. Then there would be some chance of curbing them by ordinary police methods. "Put the liquor problem back where it belongs, as a civil, not a criminal problem, a social, not a political problem, and resume th :oiirse we formerly were stecrinz oward—a sober and temperat America. I am confident that w will find leadership for this pro gram that will Insure success." Binkley's P' al > for Drinking" comes In. "Make the seller 'Responslbl responsible. says Professor IBnkley. "Establish the same sort of recourse that an injured employe has under the workmen's compensation laws. Allow liquor to bs sold, by heavily- bonded dealers with the definite understanding that when one of their customers commits an offense School Directors Will Meet Here Tomorrow The 125 directors of schools 1 tho chlckasawba district of Ml slsslppi county are expected to a tend the meeting here Wednesda afternoon, 2:30 o'clock, at the cit hall when Ihc new school law will be studied. A slmlllar meeting has bee called by Zal B. Harrison, pre dent of the county board of ed cation, and Miss Wfllie A. Lawso county superintendent of schoo for the southern end of the coun to be held at Osceola Thursd afternoon, 2 o'clock, at the court house. IMty directors arc expected to attend this meeting. Drastic changes have been made in the school code, tto and hlukes on her arms diouWers. Her nose was broken was employed in some capaclly nround the courlhouse here a num- . . f, , r«,.*« IUa her of years ago. Thc audits in AUtO Lrash U)StS UIC question, however, were supposed to j have been made in May, 1930. VOTERS FLOOPOU nclicalioris Are That Total In City Election Will Not Exceed 1,000. -.:... A total of 58? votfs cast In tha jiunlclpal election at 2:15 o'clock his afternoon Indicated that.ths mayoralty we, with three caadU dates, might boost live total number of ballets cast in.the election well over the estimates _of about. 600 ballots generally predicted. Over approximately i similar per- , iod in tlia municipal, election In 1629, tho last time the mayor's office was at stake, a total of approximately 600 votes had been 11 Co Broadcast Returns . of Election Tonight Over 1,250,000 Ballots Indicated in Thompson- Cermak Contest. CHICAGO, April 7. (DP)—6po- adlc fist fights•»n<J the arrest of an entire election staff in one precinct accompanied heavy balloting oday as forces behind the mayoralty campaigns of William Hale Thompson and Anton J. CermnV settled their differences,. at the polls. Bitterness palgn of th politics 'was. Ing which too! Election returns will be broadcast over KLCN, radio station of the Radio Sales company, to- ilght through the courtesy of the owners of the station and the Courier News. Due to the short ballot and few the election, it is believed that final results will be announced about 9 o'clock. The results, at each voting booth will be announced as received until the total vote Is.tabulated. Returns of the.election may also bo obtained by telephoning' the Courier News office phones 300 and 307. cast' 'The final vote' of the 1K9 election totalled slightly : more thirl . 1100 votes. As a result estimates of trie number of votes In the elecV . tlon today; which were generally . around 600 yesterday were boosted o from MO to a '1000 votes by those who .cared haurdA predictions , this afternoon. . the e»m- of • Chicago tfi» vot- iace .under surveillance of thousands of:guard« and -p»rl!3Rn w»Uh«*. Judge Edmund K. Jatckl; head of ttit. A. perfect day' for the' election, clear, fair »nd not too' irirrn, helped to bring -the voters--out' ;aU.; thowifr'Viirbrous e»mpiu>M .by <£«>, two prhwlpal candidates for/mayor,.;.? HelU-.Rt*a. •'-"— —* A,,B.^i " "" "iVJfi »-*.\ iandhi Will Come to U. S. Following London Conference Next June. NEW DELHI. India, Anrll 7. (UP) —The Mahatma M. K. Gandhi, ca'der of millions, of Indians in heir independence movement, was nderstood to have decided lo visit he United SUtes after conclusion f the second London round table onference. Gandhi .wlss proceed to the Lonon conference in mid-June as the ole delegate of the Indlnn nntlon- illscs who will take part In the discussion of a new constitution and India's political future. turhancfs. He foresaw no major outbreak, he said, ... " .Three women arid two men comprising the staff of election officials of. the ieth precinct, in the 27th ward were arrested and replaced by the .judge .for Investigation for failure to file suspect notices after the primary of lost month. ' '-.''.. Republicans: who deserted Mayr Thompson after he was nominated by his parly for « fourth term were renortcd carrying.a heavy vote over to, Cermak. the Demo- ratio candidate. Thompson's sup- poiiers at the same time announced a.number of Democratic voters were flocking to their side and )redlcted. Mayor Thompson wmild be : re-eleeted by vtpwards of 100,000 votes. Cermak's prediction of his own majority was raised at the last minute from 300.000 to half ft million votes. Judge JnrecM said voters Ask Death for Slayer of Fort Smith Office* )hio Squatter and Family University Student O7ARK, Ark.. April 7. (UP) — Kenneth McManus. 20. Pine Bluff, .student at the University of Ar- Who Resisted Arrest U»nsss, was killed last night when the car he was drivin? plunged in,_ to an embankment near here. Deputies Kill Negro OALLIPOLTSO April 7. CUP, one of the deputies, L. J. Ack-James White, 53, a squatter, and 1 in, was severely cut and bruised in smn of his eight children, were a hand-to-hand ttght with the ne- burned to death today when fire gro. Deputy Sheriff Buck Cham- «msis. swept their log cabin at Swanlbers, who had accompanied Acklln, ;reek 10 miles south of here. said he liclieved the negro was eith- The dead, in addition to White, er demented or crazed by liquor. arc Mary 20, James 18, John 14, The negro drew a knife and slash- Ira 9 May 5, and twin 'girls, Nora led Acklin's head when they at- lost control of Ihe auto> * «* ™ m«lne mo- passing mo Dr. William S. Baer Succumbs to Paralysis and Dora. 3. The eighth child, George, 12, was | burned so seriously he may die. George, although semi-conscious | from burns, escaped from the cabin and staggered and crawled to the home of Gilbert Lane, n quarter of tempted to arrest him. Lynch Attending Bank Meeting at Springdal* BALTIMORE, Md., April 7. (UP) -Dr. William S. Baer, world fa mous orthopedic specialist, died « hospital here today of paralysis Dr. B&er had been unconsciou since yesterday and no hope for his a mile away, for help. The cabin B. A. Lynch, acting president of | recovery had been entertained. was In ruins when L™ and other I the Arkansas Bankers association j _ t neighbors arrived. and president of the Farmers Bank j Colombia IS righting The family moved lo the cabin [and Trust company, Is in Sprint-1 - „ - last Friday after being ordered to leave Galllpolis. They were extremely poor. An English chemist has perfected a paint which is so affected by the sun's rays that it appears black in the daytime and white at night, dale, Ark., today for a meeting of Group 3 of the state group. This Is the final group meeting BOQATA, Colombia. April before the annual stale melting |(UP)—Health officials were fightin In Little Rock April 18 and 19. nation-wide influenza epldem Mr. Lynch has attended all tho) today, group meetings as head of the or-1 Moro Uian 10,000 cases were ri ganlzatton, I ported in Bogata alone, still held hones of winning whll« <! the two -"big"; candidttea .fought , v among ; themselves. His ,ch»iice» . were generally: regarded as slight, however. . . ... ' '• i- .. ' One women's oreanlzatlon took advantage of the day .to stage a tag day drive while two women's trroups of local churches, served luncheons -In up town buildings/-. Entrances to the polls were cloas: Iv guarded by. representatives, of the various candidates armed with van-colored cards of their choices, which they presented, to .prospecr . Ive voters. . No Trouble Reported No disturbances .of. any consequence, had been reported .early his afternoon . to mar tha. order- in ess of the billotm* and reports on every hand were that the elecr Ion. was proceeding In a quiet fash= .on At b; were costing ballots at a rate which Indicated 1,274,000 would have been cast by 4 p. m., when the polls close. In 1927 when Thompson dcfeat- FORT SMITH. Ark.. April 7. (UP —The death penalty was demand ed today by Prosecutor Chester Hoi land for William T. GlJes, Boyce La., on trial here for the slayin of City Djtcctlvc Sam Booth thre weeks ago. The cose Is expected to reach th ry Wednesday. Booth was shot to eath when he allempled lo ar- st two youths charged with speed- g March 21. Giles ami T. A. Moore Poteau, Okla.. were taken into istody the following day. Moore wilt face charges of first degree lurder tomorrow under a separate indictment. ed William E. Deever more 1, 100,000 votes were cast. than 2:15 ... .... o'clock.this afternoon allots cast at the five polls totalled 89 votes as follows: First W.ard. citv hall, VTJ votes: Chevrolet building, 60; Second Ward, Ford' building,-1B8; Farmers Bank building, 6n: Third Ward, Ark-Mo Lumber office. 109. [ing Suffering from Sub-Acute Bronchitis WINDSOR, England. April 7. UP)—King George is suffering rom sub-acute bronchitis, an official statement issued at Windsor :astle said today. The statement laid he is progressing slowly but ;otisfaclorlly. The. first official statement Issued during the king's present illness said: "His majesty llw king is s-.iffer- _ng from an attack of sub-acute bronchitis which Is nuking slow- but satisfactory progress." Quake Survivors Are Brought to Canal Zone BALBOA, Canal Zone, April 7. (UP)— The transport Chaumont carrying most of the group of about 200 women and children removed Judee Dismisses Lea's Suit Against Newspaper MADISONVILLE. Tenn.. April . (HP)—A U year old carrier boy, Onmon Mason, today remained the sole 'defendant In Colonel Luke Lea's $100.000 libel suit. Judge Pat Qulnn has dismissed the suit aeainst the Chattanooga Times and Judge W. R. Swaney, Chatta- noofra- Nlvens of Athens, Lea's attorney, said he will either appeal to the supreme court 1 or file a new suit in Hammond county. Pilot Rifled in Leap From Low Altitude KANSAS CITY. Mo., April 7. (tTP —Bert Thomas, pilot, for the In- nd'Aviation company, was killed hen he leaned from a new plane hlch was fftlllns late .yesterday. His altitude 'was Insufficient 'to permit the parachute he carried to pen. ' ' Pennsylvania Coal Miners Vote to Continue Strike WILKES BARRE, (UP)—Delegates of Pa., April 7 the striking miners of the Glennldcn Coal com pany in Wyoming valley voted today to continue the walkout inde finitely. The 125 representatives o the 20.000 idle miners who hav protested against working condl lions voted almost unanimously t continue the strike. Janet MacDonald Will Wed New York Broke lircns Performer Falls " When Mouthpiece Breaks HOLLYWOOD. April 7 (UP) — Aurora Acerzo, 30. was in a critir cal condition today after her mouthpiece broke as she swung by her teeth and wns hurled 50 feet :o the ground. The accident oc^ curred during the performance of ;he Al G. Barnes circus. The show went on. Five religious foundations in Austria have been established to provide suitable homes for Impoverished ladles of such noble families as have rendered distinguished service to the Imperial Family or to the state. HOLLYWOOD, April 7. (DP)— Jeanette MacDormtd, musical con edy and film actress, will be married early In June to Robert G. Ritchie, New York broker, she announced today. £W Women IUIU V;IIILIULII icinurtii jivru,iv,i.\4 tvuuj. from Managua debarked Ks passen- They will be married at HoUy- gers hero today after a quick trip wood, MUs MacDonald said, after front Corinth lW>« tooiplelM » ht* pWnrti WEATHER Arkansas—Fair, somewhat warmer tonight; Wednesday fair. According to the official weather observer, Charles PhilllpJ Jr., tha minimum temperature here yesterday was 44 degrees and the maximum 65 degrees; clear. On the same day a year ago the minimum temperature was 51 degress and. the maximum H degteisj clear,

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