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BLYTHEMLEE COURIER NEWS THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OF NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST'MISSOURI VOL. XLIV—NO. tl» Blythevill* Courier Bljrth»TiH» Dally Newt Mississippi Vallov leader Blythevllli Herald BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 11, 1<M7 TWENTY PACKS SINGLE COPIES FWB CENT! Fresh Violence Jn Palestine Brings 11 Deaths Ten Arabs Killed, Five of Them When Bomb Hurled at Bus JERUSALEM, Dec. 11. (UP) A fresh outbreak of violence Palestine today killed 11 persons five of them In a bus which was bombed at Haifa. The new casualties included 10 Arabs and one Jew killed. A bomb hurled at a bus In Haifa killed five Arabs and wounded 30 others. Another bus loaded with Arabs was fired on after It entered Jeru- £alem on a trip from Jericho. Bullets killed one A.'ab outright, and •when an Arab mother and son tried to aid the casualty, they, too, were shot to death. Two other Arabs died in Haifa, as Jews began to show more and more offensive combat. The lone Jewish victim was killed by a, sentry at the Lydda Airport after he failed to stop when challenged. Police raced into Jerusalem's Jewish quarter when sporadic rifle fire resumed after nightlong sniping that wounded several persons. As soon as police appeared, the combatants melted away and the shooting ended. A grenade hurled from a truck .load of Jews killed one Aral) and •K'ounded four others in Haifa. An- "ther Arab was shot to death by a military sentry when the Arab tried to scale a wall at a British detention camp at Latrun. Two Jews dressed as Arabs sneaked up on an Arab bus company In Haifa and lossed in a bomb, starting a fire that des- trnved four buses. Nobody was hurt. A British ammunition dump blew up on the outskirts of Haifa, but the British blamed the Incident on a fire which started In a cook house. They said there were no Black Markets Running Wild, Lawmaker Says WASHINGTON, Dec. 11 (UP) — The House Public Works Committee today asked prompt House approval of a plan to investigate a "rampant" black market In building materials. The committee requested $25,000 for an Inquiry into "exorbitant prices" of steel, case iron, soil pipe, nails, and other scarce items. The proposed Investigation would start at once. Chairman George A- Dondero, R., Mich,, said black market operations not only are boosting the cost of public works but in some cases are actually blocking construction. "You can buy anything these days if you have the money," said Dondero. "The black market is running rampant." Communist Salute County Receives School Bus Funds Education Department Allocates $109,381 ; Makes First Payment An allocation of $48,364 has been made by the State Department of Education to 21 Mississippi County School districts for credit to the districts' transportation fund, it was disclosed today. The funds have been received here by Miss Delia Purtle, Mississippi County treasurer, and include both the Chickasavba and psceola districts of the county. The allocations, part- of $3,063,443 distributed by the state agency to the counties, represent funds for equalizing transportation aid to the various districts during the current school year. The amount represents only half of the totals allocated for distribution, It was indicated by Education Commissioner Ralph Jones in Little Rock. Luxora Tops List House Members Hearing Vote On Foreign Aid Bill Republican Leader , Voices Criticism Of New Deal Policy WASHINOTON, Due. 11 Illr) —The '. llmixe (mlay tentatively wrnta Inln the 8590,000,000 foreign »\A bill a provision (o require the admlnUtralfon lo hold 1:0,000,000 bushels' of wheat In thin country as Insurance against crop failure next year. Uniformed Italian partisans carry the casket of a Communist, killed in a brawl with police, an comrades attending the National Partisan Congress give him a tlmil Communist salute. Ten tliousand marched quietly at the funeral. (NEA Radio-Telephoto by Julius Huml.) casualties *nd no suspicion of sa- The i argest O j fhe allocations to botage. - - . . A woman was killed in the Jaffa- Tel Aviv area during the night, but the twin cities were otherwise quiet, raising hopes that financial interests had succeeded In persuading the two sides to maintain a • truce there to permit handling of the citrus crop. ' Palestine High Commissioner Sir ' Alan Cunningham had threatened both Jews and Arabs with "severe measures" if the fighting did not stop. Mflyor -Sulflman' Bey Tuqan of the Arab 'town of. Nablus said __ the government' had advised him te British police would' be withdrawn " " Mississippi County districts was made to Luxora, where school offi- from Nablus "very. 'Soon." He said the government had told him British police would be evacuated from other' Arab towns soon, leaving Arab police In patrol. There were earlier.' reports that British police would be withdrawn from Jewish towns. The seven-nation Arab League in Cairo was believed to be discussing the problem of equipment and training lor a holy war against the Zionists. The league had stopped issuing communiques on its meet- Ings. Arab league sources said If American troops were sent to enforce the partition, United States oil concessions In Saudi Arabia would be ended. cials in that large consolidated dis-, trict received $8,335, which is half of a total payment of $10,670 approved for this unit by the stale department officials. The next largest amount paid was $5,576 for Burdette. An allocation of $12,661 was made for Reiser for the school year, but no payment was made in the current apportionment to this district. The Blytheville special district received $ljr41, which is half of tlie total amount approved for ,.trie school year. Comparatively few of the pupils in the Blytlieville district are transported to and from school in buses. The allocations by districts for the county follows: IThe first -column of figures shows the total amount approved by state department officials for the school year, and the second column represents the amount of the first payment.) District Blytheville Armorel Burdette Dell Dyess Reiser Leachville Russian-French Relations Suffer Repatriation Leader In Moscow May Face Paris Court Martial PARIS, Dec. 11. (U.P.)—Govern- ment sources today denounced as Communist and promised firm action against Lt. Col. Raymond Marquie, head of the 'French Repatriation Mission to Moscow who charged France with bad faith In the friction between the countries. Relations between France and Russia continued on the downgrade. Some official quarers expected' the Soviets to renounce their treaty of military alliance with France as the next step in the diplomatic slugfest. Tlie. Foreign Office said Mar- quic's criticism of France in a Moscow press conference last night was made without official authorization, represented merely his personal . opinion, and would draw strong disciplinary action against him. -"He ^ a Commiinlst," a spokesman for the Ministry of Veterans GOP's Anti-Inflation Measure Ignored by President Truman WASHINGTON, Dec. 11. (UP)—President Trinnnn took sharp exception today to the Republican proposal to combat inflation by granting industry exemption from the anti-trust Inw to help spread supplies of scarce materials. At the same time he told Officers in Rome Disperse Mobs As Strikes Spread ROME, Dec, 11. (U.P.)—Police charged a mob of 1,000 . icrsoiis with jeeps; arrested 40 agitators in one place and Lustily swuntc their <;lul>» in perhaps 20 other cases today as the Communists paralyzed Rome and 109 other citiei a news conference Ihnt price rmd wixgc control legislation would be ottered lo Contjie.ss by the administration within [i couple of dnysi * - ------The President called agnln for enactment of his entire 10-|X>int I Confessions Reported in Theft of Meat A third Negro, Jesse Lee Bolden, 16, of Blytheville was arrested by City Police last night in connection with the theft of approximately 175 pounds of meat from a boxcar sidetracked near the Frisco Freight j here Sunday night. Two other Negroes, Robert Spike ot Osceola and Cage Featherson of Blytheville were arrested yesterday in connection with the thett and are reported to have implicated Bolden as an accomplice in a signed confession. The meat, which included "55 pounds ol beef, several boxes of chili, hamburger and bologna, was owned by the St..Louis Independent Packing Companp of St. Louis and was shipped to Vernon Thomasson, their salesman here. Entrance 10 the car was gained by breaking the seal on the door. Frisco Railroad authorities who are aiding city and count; officers with the investigation of the theft stated this morning that all three of the Negioes had signed confessions admitting the charges but that only n small portion of the meat had been recovered. Officials charges of grand larceny arc expected to be filed today. Luxora Manila Miss. Co. High Osceola Shawnee Wilson Gosnell Milligan Boy n ton Promised Land Brown Lost Cane Black water Total Approved $3,282 1,012 11,152 7,092 8,474 12,661 9,201 Ifi.670 7,745 4,624 1,043 7,209 8,499 3.753 928 969 850 1,262 758 1,190 Received f 1,041 506 5,576 3,546 4,237 4,80!. 8,335 3,873 .2,312 525 3,605 4.750 lySIT 464 485 425 631 360 595 Truman Plans Reorganization President to Offer Details to Congress Early in January tlon in the nenr future. So fur. in getting down to cases, the administration was offered only a bill to give the' government new allocation "and rationing powers. Asked aboufi" publican substiti said he had given no thought to a tne miir-point Re- tutc," the,'President mpen- " 1 niunist minister fairs. The weekly Samedi Soir said' special session, and he said that al| five members of the Re-; wanted -it] to the letter.. . . . $109,381 patriatiin Commission in Moscow [ were Communist. The members! were ordered - out by Soviet gov- j ernment and were scheduled to; leave tomorrow Sor Paris. j The Veterans Ministry said I Marquie probably would be court martfalcd upon his return. "Some of the points Marquie mentioned are purely political," a Foreign Office spokesman said. "They do not concern a government representative in a foreign country." The spokesman termed his ac- iin "amazing." The Russians still had not re j sponded to the most recent French rebuff—the refusal even to consider a Soviet note which broke off trade negotiations' ancf ordered French repatriation mission home. It wluld have been less a rebuke if France had rejecled the lole. The note—which radio Husband to Take Stand in Trial of Paragould Doctor PARAGOULD, Ark., — Prosecuting Dec. II. Altorney New York Stocks -4 150 1-8 66 33 1 97 5-8 61 1-4 172 J 34 1-2 357-8 2 p.m. slocks: A T and T Amer Tobacco . .. Anaconda Copper . Jieth Steel JjjMryslcr Coca Cola Gen Electric Gc:i Motors . •''.... Montgomery Ward . N Y Central Int Tarvester . ... North Am Aviation Republic Steel 253-4 Radio 97-8 Socony Vacuum 16 3-8 Studebaker ,'. 19 7-8 Standard of N J 753-4 Texas Corp 56 7-8 Packard . 45-8 U a Steel W James C. Hale said he will call 24-year old Donald Janes, former husband of Allene Janes, today to testify against the man who is accused of her murder. Dr. G. R. McClure is accused of performing an illegal operation on Mrs. Janes last May at Little Rock, which allegedly resulted in her death. Mrs. Janes' father and sister appeared on the stand yesterday to accuse Dr. McClure directly of arranging the operation. John Shultz, 65, nnd William Shultz, 21, said Dr. McClure told them to take Mrs. Janes to a Blytheville physician and that he, McClure, would "finish It up " In addition to the murder charge Dr. McClure faces charges of manslaughter and performing an operation while under the influence of liquor. The testimony of the elderly Shultz and his daughter opened the prosecution case against the Paragould physician. The start o: testimony was delayed when il took six hours to select a jury of eleven men and one woman. 13 1-8 86 7-8 8 3-8 Malrern Banker. Diet MALVERN, Art:., Dec 11. (UP) — Funeral services will be held here tomorrow tor Andrew J. Right, 79 president of the Malvern Natlona Bank who died in Hot Spring: hospital yesterday. He Is survived by three sons an-: on* daughter. anti-inflation program, saying that j any thing short of that would be Inadequate to do, the Job. He declined to' comment directly on the whole four-point program submitted by I cpubllcan leaders in Congress yesterday, but expressed himself bluntly on any attempt to relax the anti-trust laws. He said these laws would be enforced to the limit'-as long ns h« is President, . The President *ald..that .all 10 points of his anti-inflation program would be submitted to tlie Congress In the form of leglsla- I that he will submit an extensive government reorganization plan to Congress in January. !| One pbtn.t In • the plan, he v sald, will be the permanent placing of the United States Employment Service and the/UnempJoymer sation : Division .>lri the partment:* • The U. S. employment service wns put under' the tabor Department by executive order durlni, the war. It Is still in the Labor Department under this temporary arrangement which can continue only lor six months after the formal end of the wnr which has not yet been proclaimed. The Unemployment Compensation Division likewise has a temporary status under a wartime executive order. Mr. Truman's discussion of the reorganization plan at his news 'conference was limited to these two pro[xi.snls. He said he could not give any additional details now. The President snld the program will involve principally transfers inside departments. He snld it will not conflict with the reorganization of the executive branch now being studied by a commission under former President Herbert Hoover. said when questioned ablut'the at- Republican substitute; that, ns a fair.. Tlie . Foreign office observed | matter of Tact, he-had not seen it. that he was appointed to thd' Then, speaking firmly, the Presl- commission by [he former com-', dent said what lie wauls is the ot veterans af-'progrnm he submitted to .congress ' in his message which opened the he The Republican pi'fiftnim was scheduled for discussion at a Senate OOF Policy Committee meelmjj today. Tlie House Bnllk- mjf Committee also met lo consider the program ami was expected to approve II today or tomorrow- Tile lour-point republican plan calls for extension of controls over exports and railway transportation facilities; a provision nilcnded to encourage voluntary allocation of scarce materials, nnd an increase in ' federal reserve bank gold requirements in an effort tocheck bank credit. It is in collection with the vol- unlary allocation plan that exemption of the anti-trust law would come into play. Reporters told the President there is some feeling In oil-short New England tbnt relaxation of the anti-trust laws might permit oil companies to pool their resources broadcast before it was handed to =Vance—said the ejection of 19 Russians from France for fomcnt- ng disorders and the closing of a Moscow, ant i | n [onnati<m in a. general attack on the shortage. The President shook his head vigorously and said there would b-2 no relaxation of the anti-trust lav:s Russian repatriation camp wns| as | ong as he. is President If hi: 'hostile and contrary" to the spirit' - - - ol tile treaty. Expcr.1 Renunciation of 1'act col iid it.. . When the President said a price Therefore, high French officials believed Russia would soon re- , nour.ce the pact, signed in Mos-' cently likened OPA price controls cow in 1944 by Gen. Charles do; and rationing to police stale mclli- Gaulle, whom the Oommunisls of ods. France now thoroughly hate. But these same officials said' they doubted Russia would go so lice state methods when Ihcy are far at this stage as breaking off carried out by a dictator. But, he diplomatic relations, the most; added, If a President of the United Congress that Is given up hope of ever bringing! a free government approach to along in a couple of days, a reporter reminded him that he re- There's a Difference The President said they are po- WASHINGTON, Dec. 11. (UP) — Republican Lender Charles A Halleck told the House today thai the constr.nl demands for foreigi: aid and present-tiny high price, are Hie result ol "terribly nilsmnn aged forolRii affairs by the New Deal Democratic administration." The Indiana GOP leader made the chlirge during the closing hour of debute on (lie $590,000.000 forelui aid bill. Supporters predicted the bill would be piissed loduy nllcr a last cflorl to increase the totnl. Hnllcck snld that when he nnd nlher Republican lenders were called to the While House several weeks ago to discuss the foreign aid program, lie told tlie President Hint it should be remembered Hint It would have Ihe cflect of raising prices still higher. "The administration, from Ihe President on down. |»oh-ixx>)icd the whole Idea dhnl these foreign programs had any effect on prices," Halleck went on. But Inter, ho said, the White House placed Us clilcl cmphnsls on prices. "H bennn lo look lo me that Hit admliilslrnllon was playing politics," he snld. Halleck Critical til Truman Then, reiterating his contention that the administration had lulled to make full and proper use of 118 export control powers, Hnllcck said: "I charge that the Truman administration Is at fault for our high prices." Supporters ol Ilia bill predicted, meanwhile, Hint Lt would pnss with all Us provisions intact. "I feel that the bill Is now over the hump," said Rep. John M. WASHINGTON, Dec. 11 (UP)— I Vorys, R., Ohio, who Is serving as President Truman disclosed today [floor manager of the bill's supporters. He wns particularly pleased that Hie House hod resisted three efforts to trim or ,bO5l the authorization. Hpwevcr, Rep. Pole Jarmnn, D.. Ala., who has staunchly supported Uie.blU..to dale, announced^ hc.wftu*" rjiiike. n taisVClry to bon.%t,.the sutlir riznllon'lo a'"figure closel'^W thi .sought by the administration, doubted he would have much luck. President Truman had - asked $597,000,000 for relief Italy and Austria nnd the Senate approved it b\ll to provide just that. But the House Foreign Affairs Committee sent to the floor a bill to authorize $590,000,000 for use in those three countries nnd in China. Although no special amount was specillcnlly nllocnlcd for China, it wns understood thnl 000 wns Intended for lit'r. The stop-gup hid Is a prelude to lie lonK-range Marshall plan for European iccovcry. Truman Plans Message Mr. Truman lold a news conference today he expected lo send Congress a message on the long- •ange plan shortly—but not this week. He snld the message would je too long to deliver In person, iccnusc ornl delivery might lake as mich as two hours. Jnrmnn said he lirst would tecfc j delcle China [rom the main authorizing provision of the bill, riien he will try to ndd n provision indcr which China would get $63,000,000 more under tlie posl- UNRRA relief program... The eilccV of his moves, Jnrnuui •=aid, would be to leave nil of the $500,000,000 in the bill only for France. Italy and Austria. The House yesterday rejected amendments to trim the bill to KOO.OOO.OOQ nnd lo $500,000.000. ft also shipped down a proposal to loost the figure lo $061,000,000 a factor which has a bearing on Jarman's donbls about his proposal. mid towns in Rome province with a general strike. *' The Interior ministry announced iat 100 persons had been incited urlng a score of clashes with Communist squads trying to keep work- rs from the Jobs. '...-. In the N»lloiuU tUttuMj, Communist deputies (creaming "in»r- cUrer" rushed Minuter of Interior Mario Scellw, who 1» charted with keepInK order In Italy. Other dep- • utles Intervened and tb,« KuttU •.uk'kly ended. This minister of Interior an. louuced a policy of guaranteeing )i« "right to work" and heavily Showdown Stage Near for Soviets Marshall in Big Four Conference Places Molotov on Spot Hy R. II. Slmekford (Unllril 1'ri-sj Staff Correspondent) LONDON, Dec. 11 (UP)—HUK- •ila's Vlncheslnv M. Molotov, challenged by the U. S. to renounce his $10,000.000.000 reparaltons claim dRnlnst Ocrmnny and to stop current Illegal reparations collections nmy be forced today Into giving MB loiiK-nwallcd answer to the foreign ministers council on this iruclal Issue. The second Item on today's agenda Is reparations— Hie British propo sal Hint the nig four "confirm gen urn I principles of the Potsdam agree nicnl on reparations." Folsdam limited reparations to plant remov als nml, according to the West, s» penciled tile Yalta imdcrstandlni for use of current production us re partitions. Concurrently, propo of In Trench sal lor "fresh examlnltlon" old reparations plan will be dis cussed. • Mololov Dodges IHUC So far. Molotov has ndroltl avoided discussing reparations, ox-1 ccpt In the most general way. Other I flesh" armed police enforced It. Pollen drove nine jeeps at breakneck speed' nto a mob ot 1,000 In downtown [tome, seriously injured at least two persons with their clubs and arrested 12. ../..' Forty members of strike squads' wearing armbands that said "civil j>ollce" were arrested en masse In front of*the labor ministry and. rushed off to jail. , ....„'' Women pickets at the Ministry ' of education were driven off. In three main squares, police dispersed strikers trying to prevent trucks from being used as makeshift public transportation. There were at least a BCO« of other cases In which police bad Intervened, swinging tlieir sticks wltli abandon. 500,00* Workers Strike An estimated 500,000 workers wer« on strike. Communist leaders' of thft Rome Chamber of Labor ordered them out even though the government, hud offered even more than, was originally demanded as the price of peace. The fast and decisive police ac- ivnirprio >.i= ", ",,,,H I tf(m Indicated that th* government J atMn rnwTu v, » ' ""«"led to use force where It w«.v- e at Moscow this year cft , Icd for tne method th( . .^^ government had used successfully to stop a Communist campaign that nearly ended In clvll^war. The mob gathered In front of a block of ( buildings on the Cored Umbcrto that houses many Rightist newspapers and city headquar-- terc of trie government Christian Democrat''Party. In scores of other Italian cities, the Communists had has been missing. He, may be able to postpone n showdown on the reparations Iriue agnln today. Bdt some delegates are brnclng themselves for a possible Molotov surprise answer. American delegates see «t least three possible ways Molotov can meet the reparations Issue, He can propose a moratorium on the repar- atlons issue, except for completion sacked such newspapers and party Fiance, Leachville Woman Fined $750 on Traffic Charge Mrs. Llla Staudcnmeycr of I^ench- villc was fined $150 yesterday by Justice of the Peace Jnck Tipton of Manila on traffic charges involving drunken driving nnd speeding which followed a 90-mite-nn-hour chase that ended when the car she was driving overturned nenr Leachville. State Policeman Tom E. Slialley and City Marshall Lee Baker of Manila said they pursued Mrs. and wage control bill would come | staudcnmeycr Tuesday night fron :erious step it could take short of i States Is authorized by Congi var. They believed Russia had to enforce such controls, that Manila to the curve Just outside of Lcnchville, when the car overturned. No one was hurt. Her daughter and two other relatives also were in the car. During the cliase. she slowed a number of times and when the Slate Police car pulled abrenst of her car, Marshall Baker fired several shots over her head. Mrs. Sti enmcyer, howc'vcr, refused :. StU*d- to slop. France into its camp by normal diplomatic means. At the same time, France was expected to line up its foreign man Jesse P- Wolcott. R.. Mich., the problem. The Republican program Is em-1 bodied in n bill drawn up by Chair- I Weather policy solidly with that of the United ,States and Britain. French attempts to be a mediator between the East and West for two-and-a- half years appeared to be finished. The government hurried ahead wilh its program to raise the buy- Ing power of workers, feed the nation better and thus deprive the Communists of a "cause" for their agilation. Reliable reports said the givern- ment was ready to open a' drive to import food on a mass basis. to drive down prices and stabilize the buying power .of workers Premier Robert Schuman, 'who broke the Communist strike campaign, promised the nation last night that he would act quickly to raise the standard or living. He told them that a month of strike had cost the nation dearly and that only liirough sacraiice could they establish n balance between wages and spiraling prices. "With American aid we can hops for progressive amelioration of our living standard," h« said. of the House Banking Committee. Aside from, the first three points. Sec <iOP on Page 20 ARKANSAS—Cloudy and continued cold tonight nnd Friday. Oc- cnsionnl rnln in extreme Soulh portion tonight and hi East and Soutl portions Friday. Choir of 104 Voices to Present Christmas Music Program Sunday "The Messiah" by Handel will bcjAnn Trlcschmnnn, 'Carroll Evans presented Sunday afternoon at the First Baptist Church at 4 o'clock under the direction of Mrs. J. Wilson Henry, ncompanlcd by Mrs. C. M. Smart, organist. The ensemble will be made up of 104 members of church choirs nno. the High School Glee Club combined. This is the first year that this large a group has participated In giving Hits great piece of music. Dallon C. Fowlston and O. E Knudsen. Six choruses from the Messia! will be presented, including "The Glory of the Lord," "O Thou Tha Tcllest Good Tidings to Zion,' "Qlory to God In the Highest," "Lif Op Ye Heads Oh Ye Gates," and "Behold the I.amb of God," concluding with the "Hallelujah Chorus." The Invocation will be given by the "first charge." Marshall Galni Position He could sensationally renounce any future claims for reparations If Ihe others would do Ihe same. This could Ije based on a Soviet theory that the Ilusslann have'suf- ficient control of German Industry in their zone of tlie Reich. Or, lie could agree lo a French proposal for setting up a special committee lo rcxamlne Ihe whole reparations problem. Secretary of Stnte George O. Marshall left it more or less up to Molotov to renounce his reparations Demand or prepare to see Hits conference end In Failure. Molotov has Indicated ha does not want to dl either. To date, Marshall has been willing to be patient and slowly maneuver Molotov Jn an embn'rraslng nnd tight spot, such as the one last v.'eek-end, when Molotov will b« forced to discuss three Isues which are most dlslaslefiil to the Germans and which will put Russia In an unfavorable light with them. The first of Ihcsc is Russia's renewed demand for $10,000,000,000 tn reparations In 20 years—mostly from current production. Barber Is Victim Of Heart Attack, D ' CS '" El)b Sprndlcy, owner and opera- \rtliur Jennings Williams, age 47, lor ot tllc Imperial Barber Shop, d yesterday afternoon at Walls was follml <lcnd ot s heart attack, ert. The mob dispersed in fly* min- ules. ' . - ^ The first workeu to qiilf-wer? bus and 'streetcar operators. They' returned to streetcar barns and bUJ depots with their vehicles shortly after midnight, since the Chamber of Labor had ordered the strike to begin at "the start of the working day," other workers failed to report lo tnelr jobs. From Home, a city of nearly 2,000,000 people, Ihe strike paralysis radiated nut to the 10* other cities and towns of thv province. Neighborhood markets, usually bustlinj at 7:30 a.m. were dcsertnd. TJie streets of Rome .were bare. Tlie only vehicles out were a few private automobiles. In the downtown section of the city, crowds gathered outside offices and stores. They apparently went to work on foot, hoping that the strike' had been postponed. ,; II Popolo, the newspaper of Preini. ler Alcide d« Qasperl's Christian Democrats, printed what evidently was a warning to the Communists. H was a two-column picture of Premier Robert Schuman of France, who broke a month of Communist strikes In his country. The caption of the picture said: See ITALIAN STRIKE on Page 24 Arthur J. Williams Dies Following Week's Illness Ar died Hospital. He had been 111 one week. Mr. Williams was conneclcd with the Hogan Conslrurtlon Co., which Is working on Highway 61. He wns a veteran of World Wnr 1. nnd liai followed construction work most of his life. Funeral services will be conducted Sunday afternoon at Holt Funeral Home Chapel by the Rev. E. C. Brown, pastor of First Baptist Church. Burial will be at Memorial Park. He Is survived by three brothers, Fred. John nnd Homer Williams all of Martinez, Calif., who are now en route here. The Methodist Church choir as- the Rev. H. Scoll Baird and the sistcd by those who wished to help, has presented it In the two previous years'. Soloists will be Mrs. George M. Lee, MlM Jans McAdams, Miss Jo Kcv. E. C, Brown will give the benediction. The overture will begin at 3:55 p.m. and no one will be seated after the music has started. Missco Superintendents Discuss Lunch Program J. L. Edison, director of school lunchroom financing of the Stale Department of Education, was principal speaker at the monthly meeting of (he Mississippi County Superintendents and Principals Association last night at the Dell Cafeteria, Mr. Edison spoke on the financing of school lunchrooms and problems relative to their operation. Following his talk, the Association member.i conducted a round-table discussion on Ihe subject. The next meeting of the Association will b« held in Blytheville Jan. 31. at [lie shop by his son, Hays Sprad- Icy, around 6 o'clock this morning. He wns 49. Born In Dyersburg, Tenn.. Mr. Spradley served In the Arrriy during the First World War, and came to Blytheville In 1919. Fnncrnl services will be canducted by the Rev. Harvey Kidd., pastor of First Presbyterian Church, at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Cobb Funeral Home Chapel He Is survived by his wife, Mrs. Nora Spradley, his son, Hays Spradley, two sisters, Mrs. W. E. Holland of Ripley, Tenn.. and Mrs. Sally Freeman of Dell and a brother, Jack Spradley of Memphis. Pallbearers will be Tom Martin, Jimmy Stevenson, F. Simon, Elmer Prultt, Q. O. Poelz and J. A. Bryant. New York Cotton Mar. May July Oct. Dec. open high low 1:30 .1650 3652 3621 3625 3610 3612 3581 3584 3412 3479 3453 3458 3170 3176 3660 3663 3152 3635 3152 S.J35 Soybeans Mar Maj (Prices f.o.b. Chicago 388 391 1-2 388 390-389 Manila Officials To Let Contract For Improvements A contract for Improvements and extension of water works systems In Leachville Is expected to be awarded tomorrow after taking of bids closes at 10 a.m. at the office of Mayor John Hannl. The work has been divided Into two parts'and bids are being taken on one or both. One portion of the job Involves addition ol two filters to the town's Iron removal plant and an addition to the building housing it The other involves extensions of the waterworks distributions system to Include territory South ot Leachville which is expected to be annexed to the town. Mayor Hannl said today that all contemplated Improvement* will amount to a $20.000 to £25,000 project but that the contract let tomorrow w 111 be for wtork totaling no more than about $10,000 and probably less. Temperature Here Fails To Go Above 43 Degrees Yesterday became" the coldest day her so Isr this season as the mercury stopped Its climb after reaching only the 43rdegree level. Previous coldest day was Nov. 18. when the highest tempcralur* recorded here was 44 degrees. Lowest temperature during la.it night was 33 degrees, according :o Robert E. Blayloek, official weather observer.