The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on December 16, 1947 · Page 5
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TUESDAY, DECEMBER 16, 1947 GI Life Insurance ExtensionOkayed House Committee Approves Bill for NSLI Reinstatement i WASHINGTON, Dec. 1U. lUP) — fcTlie House Veterans Committee S'cs- •iprday unanimously approved a bill that would extend until Dec. 31, IMS, permission for ex-servicemen lo reinstate GI term insurance without physical examination. The privilege is scheduled to expire Jan. 1. Chrnrtiian Edith Noursc Rogers, R., Mass., asked Republican leaders to briiiK the measure up for passage at the current cmergencp session of Congress. i She said tlie bill was drafted bo- cause Gen. Omar N. Bradley, former veterans administrator, declined to extend the reinstatement right fur- Iher. It had been extended once by i emulation. At present, a veteran applying for reinstatement of his term policy need only pay two monthly premiums and state that his health is as - good as when his policy lapsed. Policies converted to permanent form are not aifccted. Tlie committee acted after Harold W. Breining Veterans Administration insurance chief, said handling the GI insurance should be on a "reasonably current" basis within 30 to 60 days. By "reasonably current," Breining •aid he meant a condition in which no backlogs of more than a wceVs work would exist in any office. Sites Labor Competition He said his prediction could be upset by any new "labor difficul- . ties" or other unforeseen handicaps. He said the veterans agency compete* for skilled labor with private insurance firms "that pay very tligh wages." •1JF At an earlier hearing Brcining was subjected to sharp questioning oy ••Republican committee members who said veterans are getting inadequate service, and sometimes none at all, on their GI insurance policies. "We have before given the best possible service on (World War I) government life insurance," Brcin- ing said. "And we intend to give the best possible service on (World War II) National Service Life Insurance." Ol an existing backlog of 150,000 unanswered lottos, Breining said "this sounds bis, but actually it i Just two weeks work." He said the insurance division sent out, 5,000,000 letters last week. BLYTHEVILLE (AnK.) COURIER NEWS Bigamist, Boasting of His 55 Wives, Takes Poison During Swindle Trial PAGE FIV» ST. PAUL, Minn., Dec. 16. (UP)» —A pilddle-agfd "love merchant," who boasts he hs» 55 wives, was In serious condition today after taking poison during his Irlal for swindling $9,000 from » St. Paul matron. • John Hurley, 44-year-old Cliiea- goan, who allegedly traded his charms for the life savlngj of at least seven women, tried to commit suicide yesterday In a bull pen outside Federal District Court. Police said he had concealed the Poison, believed to have been bt- • chloride of mercury, In the heel of his she*." He swallowed it during a recess In Ihe trial. The suicide attempt cam e shortly after Mrs. Ruth Vick of Philadelphia, told (he jury of 10 men and two women that Hurley had wooed her, won her. married her, i taken her money and disappeared. "He left me on a street corner last February," she said. "He said he was going to Ihe barber shop for a haircut. That was the last time I saw him until today." Hurley ha.s been accused of marrying several women for their money, but none of the official estimates even approached his own boast, made shortly before the suicide attempt yesterday. TJ. 8. Marshal Charles R Morrison said he swallodort the tablet which h e had slipped from Ills shoe. Then h« screamed, clutched Ills stomach In pain, anrt cnHcd to the deputies to help him. He was rushed lo a haspltiil where attendants said his condition Is serious but Unit he nrolj- ably will recover. Judge Donovan adjourned the trial until Hurley able lo return to the courtroom. Mrs. Vlck, the first of the government witnesses, said Hint Hurley answered an advertisement she ran for boarders for her rooming house. He lokl her his name was Roy La Mar. that he lived in San Franctstsn and that he \vas an official of au Alaskan mining concern. She said lie proiwsed U> her after a short courtship and Hint they were married In Virginia. She suid she cashed checks nnd siu'lngs bonds to finance a. honeymoon after he told her he wn.s short of funds. She said she raised $1,025 which she gave lo Hurley. On February 26, she sairt Hurley accompanied her downtown and said he was Bol'ifc' to the barber shop while slip visited a beauty par-' ..,,,, „ -, .-, •• * i lor. He disappeared, she said ami them" 5 shc rtltl no ' sce llfm •"•'" Federal authorities paid little attention to the boast. Some of them said they felt certain lhat Hurley probably Is a bigamist, but doubted it Ihe total ran as high M 55 women. Linus J. Hammond, assistant U. S. Attorney, said "we are trying liltn only on one charge and can say Laney Advocates Better Highways Governor Warns New Construction Will Cost Money LI'JTLK HOCK, Alk., Dee. 18 (UP) — Gov. Hen Lnncy seln todny (hut It he runs for a third (erm, one of Ills major campnlKir planks aualn will be better roads for Arkansas, Ho said emphatically that im improved highway system Is not uos- .siblo without uddlltonnl lax money. into roads nnd park« which would add Imiiicnsurauiy 10 the wealth af .he stale. Thegovernoi 1 snld he knew of no >lim for higher taxe,s nt this lime, md he warned tho delagiillon iBHlnst bucking bond Issues for highway construction. "We Mill ow« $\2l,000.000 on our last bond IMUO. half of Ihe money being spent by'the highway department BUI'S for interest, attorneys and oilier fees lo prevent, us from defaulting on our obligations," Heud CunrkT News Want Ads. Manila Newt Miss ncltv Jane MMilgan, daughter of Mr. nnd MM. Clyde Mllll- Kim of Mniilla xmduiitcrt from the Memphis division of Ihe university of Tennessee, School of Nursing, lii.il nlghl nt. commencement txtr- elie* held it University Oent«r. , Two of the president* of the United States engaged In th« .whiskey buslnm. George Washington <U»- tDled It, and Abraham Lincoln 1*1 tailed It. French Economy Faces Big Deficit in 1948 PARIS, Dec. 16. (UP)—A government economic survey showed today that French, economy faces a deficit oi approximately ?4.494.000,00o in 1948. The government commission. which completed the survey In two months, said the figure represented the difference between France's ab |f!;o!ute needs and its production pos sibilitics. Jean Monet, who headed the commission, said the recent wave of •Communist-led strikes had added $1,428,000,000 to the commission's original estimate of $3,066,000,000., The commission found that prices in France had risen 55 per cent since January of this year and that they were three times higher than at, the time of the liberation in 1914. : The sin vey was based on information supplied by employers, labor unions, small businesses x and baiiks. Maritime Unemployment Benefits Discontinued Payments of maritime unemployment benefits were discontinued : temporarily Dec. 13, because of in- siilficient funds in the title XIII appropriation out of which payments are made, Purifoy Gill, slate administrator of the Arkansas Em" ployment. Security Division was advised today from Washington. Mr. Gill slated that the message to him said that continued claims, however, will be taken with the explanation to claimants that pay- menu will be delayed pending deficiency appropriation by Congress. Ads , . or long- life TMtccric*. l[«s arnazinj: power anil lic-nity of tone. "It"* the li^lucst 3-way radio «c'ic c\cr soki—nnly 5l/ 2 ]hs. llniv-l-nnic ami Murcly metal case in .era;' or blue-yrccn h.< ni met tune. Mn<[cl "t^T * HO. Only . . . *•"• Hubbard & Hoke Appliance Co. nothing nliout oilier accusations against him." Woman I.ose.s $9,000 The charge against him In Ilic current trial is violation of the Stolon Property Act. The government accused htm or swindling Mrs. Barbara Kishler of about M.OOO In cash and property. Hurley was about to be taken back to Judge Dennis M. Donovan's courtroom for the afternoon session when he took the poison. Speaking to a delegation from Huntsville ami O/.arn. seeking' a blacktopiu'd road from Ozark North to Kurekn Springs, (he governor said : "The people of Arkansas must place tlie mmiey on the line if they 'expect us to maintain roads or build new ones. Tlie highway problem In Ihls slate never will be solved until (he people .wnke up 10 Ihe need for additional money for highway construction." After the meeting, Laney told the United Press (hat "If I decido to run KRiiln, I'll try (o have R constructive program for better highways in the slate. , He said he dropped 1 his plan during: the Inst legislature because he felt "Ihe people were not ready for It. t still don't have a plan which will work and not cost money." Lancy Rave the Madison County group little encouragement after explaining (hat pralically all highway funds for the next two years have been allocated. He urged them. however, to return' to (heir areas The veterans will sponsor a "Free- I nnd "gel behind and demand a condom Parade" through downtown j structivc prog rum on (he roads of he appeared In court yesterday. Nashville Veterans To Stage Big Parade NASHVILLE. 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