The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on May 14, 1948 · Page 7
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Friday, May 14, 1948
Page 7
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FRIDAY, MAY 14, 1948 BLYTHEVILLB (ARK.)' COURIER NEWS Agri State Senators Pressing For Congressional Action This Year on Long-Range Farm Plan yf By Baj'fon Moore U'lileii frcss Staff Correspondent WASHINGTON, May 14. (U.P.)—Farm slate Senators were pressing today for Congressional action this year oil a long-range farm program. Tlioy hoped Senate approval of a farm 1)111 would prod the House Into action. Chairman Clifford n. Hope, R., Kans., of the House Agriculture Committee indicated that hie committee was ready to go ahead It the Senate passed a bill. Hope expressed confidence that House Republican leaders would then give a long-range program a go-ahead. To be safe, the committee has approved a modified extension of the present, wartime program, now due to expire next, Dec 31. The Senate Arglculture Committee voled 8 to 0 yesterday to approve Its long range bill, including a new system of price supports. Sen. George D. Aiken, R.. Vt., chairman of the subcommittee which drafted the bill, said senate Republican lenders have promised it will be put to a vote this year. Meanwhile, President Truman disclosed that he expects to send a message on a farm program to Con« s today. The committee ap-l •ed the bill without waiting for his recommendations. Mr. Truman also revealed he $s not yet ready to announce who he will appoint to succeed Clinton r. Anderson who has resigned as Secretary of Agriculture. The Senate bil tvonld require the government to support prices at 60 to 90 per cent at parity for the so- called basic crops—wheat, corn, cotton, tobacco, rice ana peanuts. The support price for other crops would range from nothing to 90 per cent. Will Change Parity Formula It also would rewrite the formula for parity prices. Under the present law, the support price for cotton is 92.5 per cent of parity and 90 per cent for all other crops. The pre-war law set support prices at 52 to 75 per cent of parity. The government supports farm prices through loans and government purchases if and when prices fall below the support leevl. Aiken said the Senate bill sought to insure a support price for all crops at about la per cent of parity. The support price would fall as the supply of a crop rose above normal and increase as the supply declined. WASHINGTON, May 14. <UP> — Here is a comparison of parity prices now and as proposed In the Senate bill: Senate Now Bin Wheat (bushel) .... $2.18 $1.70 Corn (bushel) 1.59 Cotton (pound) 306 Hurley Tobacco (lb) .406 r<ice (bushel) 2.01 Peanuts <lb.) Apples (bushel) Hogs (100 Ibs.) Beer Cattle. 100 Milk (100 Ibs.) Chickens (pound) Turkeys (pound) Eges (dozen) ... Potatoes bushel) lb,. .119 2.37 18.00 1340 3.95 .. .282 ,356 .531 1.84 High Court Asked To Decide Status Of Pulaski Judge LITTLE ROCK, Ark., May 14. 'UP)— The Arkansas Supreme Court will ba asked Monday to advance the c.isc o^ Little Rock's divorce court, and to decide at the earliest date whether the divorce courc c-hanceilor is a Pulaski County or First Chancery District officer. The decision of the high tribunal will affect tlie coming election since the two candidates for the office are on opposite sides ot the question. Alt. Gen. Guy Williams contends that the divorce court is a division of the First Chancery District anrt t.e has tiled as a candidate in all the counties of the district — White, Ixmoke. Prairie and Pulaski. Mrs. Ruth Hale, former special divorce chancellor, court suit in Baby's 'New Look' French influence on baby's Sprin PACK nv» More than 100 different minerals are iinown to contain uranium, .source of atomic power. J<» Jicluon had a .40* average rla lint ye*r a* a player In the major lea«ua*. the divorce — a lower which she contended court is a Pulaski County court. She won an injun;- tion to pievent Democratic Party „ • .-—' officers from certifying Williams' Secretary of Arglculture could candidacy outside Pulaski County rtso support prices above the 90 Ter cent ceiling of a national cemr- gency requiring a sudden expansion of farm production. During the transition period after the law goes on the books, the Secretary of Agriculture could cut parity prices on specific products no more than five per cent a year. Since the proposed support price for wheat is 15 per cent below the present figure, it would take three years to adjust it. In its parity formula, the Senate committee agreed on a uniform system for all crops to replace one which Aiken said Involved the use of 30 to 40 base periods. Parity prices are set to preserve a fair relationship between farm prices and the prices paid by farmers for the things they buy. 13. Ricks Eyes Re-Election HOT SPRINGS, Ark.. May io (UP)—Mayor Earl Ricks was on record today ready to seek a second term in the 1949 city election. He told a group of Kiwanians it Arkansas Postmasters Open 2-Day Convention LITTLE ROCK. Ark., May 14.— (UP)—S. R. Young, executive assistant to Postmaster General Jesse M. Donaldson will be the principal speaker at the opening today of a two-day convention of the Ex-Colonel Claims Irregularities in His Court Martial ATLANTA, Ga.. May 14. (UP) — i Ex-Col. Jscjt Durnnt maintained today I hat an "official" Army radio 'station reported that he and his wife were guilty and would "pay I deeply" for the Hesse crown jewel theft, even before they were tried. Durant, serving a 14-year prison sentence here, is seeking his free- Jon-, through a writ of habeas corpus. He testified at a hearing in U.S. District Court yesterday. His attorneys listed alleged irregularities in Durant's conviction by court marital, which they contend entitle him to freedom. Durant's wife, former WAC Oapt. Kathleen N&sli Durant. was released from her prison sentence for the Sl.SOO.OOO theft on a habeas cor- pn.s writ, but an appeals court overruled the decision. s:ie is still free pending appeil und is attending her husband's habeas corpus hearings here. Arkansas Chapter of the National Association of Postmasters. Young said upon arrival ywter- rtny that the Post Office Department is asking Congress for a general increase in pay for all postal employes. He predicted that the department will handle 40 billion pieces of mail weighing 4V- million tons this year. . . Lady Cops Get Hew Look NEW YORK, May. 14. —(UP)— The New York City Police Department bowed to the new look yesterday. A new uniform for policewomen, with a longer, fuller skirt. will take another two years for him | a perky new hat nnd a pleated to carry out the civic program he I overcoat, was approved by the de- hutiated. | p artme nt. Probe of Caretaker's Death Still Under Way MOUNTAIN HOME. Ark., May 14. (UP)—Police continued an investigation toclny into the death of Granville Mcars. 32-year-old care- I laker of the houseboat owned and used by Lt. Gov. Nathan Gordon lor fishing trips on Lake Norfork. Mears' charred body wns found aboard the boat after a fire had made it a burhed-cjut hulk. A cor- mer's jury recommended the investigation after reporting Mears died from unknown causes. Officers revealed that a small rowboat, which was customarily l.ied alongside the houseboat, was foini'i tied up and untouched by the llames, 40 feet from the houseboat. J. L. McGhee told police he had been vith Mears until shortly utter 11 p.m. Wednesday and that they had made plans to go fishing yesterday. Southwestern Arkansas Stakes Future on Wilt- Resistant Watermelons HOPE, Ark.. May 14. (UP) Southwestern Arkansas was gambling today that a wilt-resistant variety of watermelon would save its reputation as the "watermelon center of the world." If it fails .said Supt. Cecil AT. Bittle of tlic University Fruit and Truck Experiment Station her.?, "the avea is on Its way out." Bitlk suid that Oscar D. Middlebrook and 32 other farmers are testing the new station-developed vn- ricty this year. Middlebrook, who grew the 195-pound world chtim- .'ion melon in 1935, failed to produce melons on his farm last year. Station officials snid that after land becomes Infested with will, a baclcrii'.I disease, it will not produce melons for ten years. Bitlle displayed the new variety at the station yesterday when 1,600 on-the-job farm trainees visited the experimental area. He snid the new melon would have a tougher rind and a higher sugar content. The new rind, he said, may solve the problem of breaking melons in shipping. The station and truck growers also are testing a new strain of tomato developed to ripen four to Jix days earlier than the popular Rutgers now in use. Negro Claims Confession Was Forced by Beatings LITTLE ROCK. Ark.. May 13. (UP)-Attorjiey Griffin Smith. Jr., prepared today to appeal the conviction of Mlzell Pnlmer, Pulaski County Negro, for rape of a wnito woman, on the grounds Hint ."tumor was "coerced" into slgnln;; a confession. Palmers conviction carried a punislmien of death In the tz chair. A jury of 11 while men and one Nt',iro deliberated 12 mlnu'es. The confession wns admitted ns evidence. The Negro testified It was wrung Irani Him by deputy sheriffs using a rubber hose. Another Negro accused of the same crimt, Charles Htunm. was granted a separate trial but no clutr was set. a shotgun and the weapon discharged accidentally. State Lumber Dealers Elect El Dorado Man Attention Graduates! Here's Our Special Offer to you: PORTRAITS 1 Ce&aTcnc \Anrn GIVES THRILLING NEW BROADCAST STUDIO TOME TO YOUR RECORDS HEW m HADIO MONOGRAPH Hearing Set in Death Of Man Killed by Gun ENGLAND. Ark., May 14. <up>— A hearing will be held Monday to ISf'™ 1 " 6 lf the shotgun death 'Wednesday of 42- year-old Roy aBtes of Toltcc was accidental or • murder. . Lonoke County Sheriff Earl Jackson said Mrs. Pcarley Bates has been charged with first degree murder. However, he quoted her and her daughter, Evelyn, as saying Bates was killed when the couple was scuffling over possession of | LITTLE ROCK, Mny 13. <U!>>| J. R. llnrtsell of El Dorado look i over today from On uric Roach of [ Jonoslioro ns president of the Ar- I kansns Assoclnllou of Lumber Dealers. HnrlAGll was elcclcd during the closing session of the Association's I nrmiinl convention here, during which the lumbermen went on record In opposition to any more government controls on their In- d'.islry. Other new officers are: J. n. Grobmcyer of Litllo Rock, lirst vice-president; J. c. Gni\l- ncr of Wymie. second vice-president; George Packard of Port i Smith, third vice-president; A. C.! 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