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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE DOMINANT NEWSPAI'KR OF NOKTHEAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI VOL. XMV—NO. 235 Blythcville Courier Blytbevllle Dally Newi Mississippi Valley Leader Blytheville Herald BLYTHKVII-LK, AUKANSAS, WEDNESDAY, DKCBMBER 81, 11)47 TWKLVK PACKS COPIES mm Greeks Rushing .Reinforcements To Konitsa Area Mountain Fortress Still Under Siege By Guerrilla Forces ATHENS, Dee. SI (UP)- Greek relief columns driving through guerrilla siege lines to relieve Kon- itsa today speared across tile Votdo- matl River, three and a half miles from the mountain fortress of Northwest Greece. Messages to military authorities for lhe front said the army expected Ui relieve Jotiitsa and reinforce Its beleaguered garrison before nightfall. Another column was reported nearing the key bridge at Bouraxa- nl, whicli controls transport westward from ran into strong guerrilla concentrations between Vasillkon and Bournxani. The guerilla force which clamped a »icg« ring around Konilsa, made a full scale attempt to overwhelm its defenses early today, but field reports said the garrison held foss. Military dispatches Indicated that the government forces were pushing the guerrillas slowly but steadily back on an arc below Konitsa, and were confident of crashing through to the town In short order. Guerrillas Hold Bridge Press dispatches said lhe gover.'. 1 .- ji;ment troops controlled strategic lr heights Southwest and West of Kon- ttsa, giving them command of the battlefield, but that some guerrillas still were holding out In hills overlooglng the Bourazani-Konitsa road. The government drive has knifed to within little more than a mile of the strategic Bourazani Bridge controlling the Konitsa road, dispatches reported, the bridge sWl was inlact but It was Ihought the guerrillas might attempt to blow It up before abandoning their positions. Front reports said large numbers of guerrillas were fleeing over the Merdjani bridge West of Bourazani on the Albanian frontier and over ..the Skordili bridge to the North. However, others still controlled heights overlooking the single road Into besieged Konitsa, which is little more than mule path that ends In the besieged town, and they may delay the 'government advance Peace Possible During 1948, Truman Says WASHINGTON, Or:. 31. (UP) — President Truman lay looked ahead to 1948 with R iorecast that worldwide peace within the framc- work of the United Nations is sllll dlslincUy possilble. In his final news conference of Ihis year, tiie President said he has "every faith" in the "final work- Ing o( the United Nallons »s » means of general world peace." "We can't afford anything else," he continued, saying that world peace would benefit "the selfish Interests" not only of this country but of every other nation. The President's dissertation on the prospects for world peace began with a New Year's greeting to re porters and wound up as a bell- ringing plea for United Nations solidarity. The President said that 1947 had been a good year but not as good as everyone wonlo^ have liked it. Babson Predicts Bus/ness to Be Good During '48 But Sees Possibility of Change After Big Election By KOGKR W. BABSON 1948 will be, move ov less, of » duplicate of 1947. Certainly there will be no "depression" as so many pessimists are talking about, but fundamental condition! will become increasingly less favorable. Watch out after November 2, 19<18. Then he said he is still "confidently" looking forward to a world peace on which all nations can agree. He said he looked forward, too, to effective Implementation of the United Nations. The President recalled the 'Internal difficulties which plagued the United States In its formative days and said the troubles in this country and Europe ill the start of the 19th century were much like those the world faces today. Mr. Truman said he did not think current stumbling blocks along the road to pence should discourage this nation in its peace efforts. The above paragraph applies* mostly lo gross business, certain industries will show smaller net profits. This means that, in some cases, dividends ma v be less In 1948. Remember som e things may be allocated or rationed again In 1948. The reconversion from war to peace has been entirely completed; war surpluses are pretty well disposed of; and 1948 will even show a resumption of military purchases. Inventories, quoted both at their price values and their volume*, will increase during 1048. Both raw material piles goods will be during 1048. Commodity Price* Notwithstanding lhe above para- raph. some allocations or priori- tics may be reinstated In 1948. The public is sk-k oi high prices anrt will make demands for some price and miuuitaclftied In greater supply t i utter I \1948inaHutshtll \ BUSINESS:—Watch out November 3, 1948. ! ; COMMODITIES: — whoitmie ! , price peak In sight. ' i TAXES:—Personal income tuxes j will be somewhat lower. I LAHOR*—Wageworkers to use! Taft-Hartlcy Bill an eheck on i labor leaders. • i REAL ESTATE:—Increased «ub- i * urban building. • j POLITICS:—Election year prop- J • Uganda, i ! STOCKS:—A year for switching. J i BONDS: — Low-coupon rule, i [ long-term bonds will be lower. controls In the case of certain products in short supply. The retail price of some goods, other thin food product, will be Uglier during 1048 u the final turn has not yet been reached for all type of goods. We expecl to ttt Ui t peak In wholesale commodity prtcf« vxnt- tlme during 1948. We, therefore, dvlse going easy on Inventories, si^ectally on borrowed money. Retail price changes will lag after wholesale price changes. This explain* why »'« expecl retail prices on good quality merchandise to hold up for awhile after *holo- sale prices begin to decline. But 1948 will be n year of war reparation!. Farm Oullwk The total farm income for 194; should approximately eqiml tha of 1947; but we forecast lower prl ces for wheat, corn, and cerlaln SK BAUSON «n I'afe 8. Mississippi County Crops Harvested During 1947 Valued at $49,000,000 Explains Big Four Failure American 'Imperialism' Responsible, Soviet Leader Say* Belatedly Goin to sitions**hi!e mecha ed up. Front reports said a Uniled Nations observation team, part of the special committee on the Balkans, climbed a mountain height] North of Kalibaki, 12 miles Southwest of Konitsa, to observe the fighting. The team, including an American, Col. A. c. Miller, arrived yesterday from Salonika.- Guerrilla losses in the past two days were described as heavy, witn Iroops finding more than 150 bodies. Some press reports siiid many guer- irllas were wearing Albanian partisan uniforms, but there was nn official confirmation, one dead guerrilla reportedly carried Yugoslav money in his pocket. King Paul issued a proclamation paying tribute to the government fighters. "Our motherland is called to continue its great tradition and play the main role of the bastion of humanity and civilization," the proclamation said. Snipers Active In Jerusalem Arabs Loot Trains And Jews Threaten With Postal Strike JERUSALEM, Dec. 31— IUB)— Arab sniping and stabbing killed three Jews and wounded eight In Jerusalem today. Snipers fired on a group of Jews loading furniture into trucks in the Katamon Distrct of Jerusalem, killing one and wounding another. In the Talpioth suburb a bus was riddled with bullels which killed one Jew and woumied six others. 'ther Jew was stabbed in the ': •Arabic Sfiuikh Ja- ICC Sanctions Rate Increase +For Railroads WASHINGTON. Dec. 31. (UP) — Tlie nation's railroads will go into 1948 with permission to raise current freight rates another W per cent. Tlie Interstate Commerce Commission authorized the increase yesterday. President William T. Pai'ricy of tne association of American railroads, hailing the action as the "best railroad news of the year," said the boosts probably would go into effect next week. Technically, the commission's authorization was for a 20 per cent increase. But since it includes 10 per cent emergency increase approved last October, the net effect Is lo raise present freight rates by 10 per cent. Colder Weather Due * Cloudy skies and occasional light ra.,i today promised to put an cm to two days of unseasonally mild weather. The mercury climcd to a high of 68 degrees yesterday and the low of 52 degrees during 'lasl night mar ked one of lhe warmest nights since i 0 4-30 nm late October, according to Robert ' ' E. Blaylock, official weather ob- -,, .» ,„__. .utfibutbr of (he Pales- fisa; Post was shot to death on Ma niiiTah Street while -he was delivering his papers. Still another Jew was slain Tel Avjv. His body, stripped of all identification, was found in tlie leart- of the Hadassah Garden area. here. Police blamed the killing on he Jewish underground. For the second time in "(2 hours Arab bands looted mail trains in farious parts of Palestine. Three thousand terrified Jewisn worker* at the Consolidated Refineries in Hiiif:t refused to BO back lo the pmnl where yesterday 41 Jews were miissucrcu in reprisal for an Irgunist bomb attack which killed six Arabs. KcKHl Shortage Looms A food shortage was beginning to be felc in Jerusalem. The city is largely dependent on Arab farmers for vegetables and poultry. Tlie Hagana Defense Army issued a statement condemning the atlack on Arab refinery workers at, Haila as "madness," and crediting it to 'Jewish dissidents." The attack touched off the most murderous battling yet seen in the Holy Land's month-old war, with 41 Jews slain for tne death of six Arabs killed by barrel bombs dumped Irom a speeding ia>:i. Fear oi similar outbreaks caused a strike by 500 Arab and Jewisn workers in the Jerusalem general post office, shutting off all telephone and telegraph communications with the outside world. Government and prc.'is messages, however, were transmitted by the British Army radio-cable system. Auto Licenses For 1948 Go on Sale Tomorrow LITTLK HOCK, Dec. 31, (UP) — Director Frank Clancy of the license division of the Slnlc Revenue Department has announced that some 400,000 truck and nnto license plates will go on sale New Year's Day. Clancy said licenses will be sole by regular Revenue Department employes in each county, in addition to members of (he state audi- torial stair and investigators in the gasoline division. In all. there wil be about 100 outlets for the 1948 tags. dlate reduction in the price erf cars aond trucks. A spokesman for the electrical workers union commented that the OE price cut ''might be a step in th e right direction." Hqwe; cr, lie Indicated that lhe electrical workers still-would seek raises. At the same time the Genera Elecrlc Company reduced the prices of $1,000,000,000 worth of consumers items, it also cut the prices other industries prior to making the announcement, but he hoped others would take similar action at once. Electric Appliance Prices Reduced Up to Ten Per Cent by Manufacturer NEW YORK. Dec. 31. (U.P.)—Price cuts up lo 10 per cent on electrical appliances effective tomorrow—meaning a $50,000,000 yearly saving to consumers—were announced today by the General Electrlo Company. However, spokesmen in other Industries were doubtful Unit the move would slarl a general pile* decline. Charles E. Wilson, president of*. GE. said the reductions, averaging five per cent on about. 40 per cent of the total production of the company, were made in the hope of reversing the Inllntlonary spiral. He said he hoped other Industries would follow suit. Wilson warned, however, that retention of the price cula depended on whether the company was forced to pay higher labor or production costs. The United Electric Workers (CIO) already has announced It will seek wage Increases adcr tlie first of the year. In Detroit, siwkcsmen for the automobile industry predicted the motor makers would be unable to follow the electric equipment company's lead on price cutting. Ford, General, Motors and Chrysler officials agreed that high steel anct raw material prices, plus wage boosts, would forestall any Imme- Colorado Felons Flee State Prison Two of 12 Desperate Men Slain After Terrorizing Ranchers CANON CITY, Colo,. Dec. 30— (UP)—A posse of National Guardsmen and peace officers today killed one convict and wounded another who had joined 10 other criminals in a wild break for freedom from the Colombo State Penitentiary last night. The slaying of [he fugitive raised lo two the number killed in the manhunt. In all, six were captured after gun battles, and three of them were wounded. Pour of the 12 who participated in the break still were at large. The man killed today wns identified by Warden Roy Best as Orville Turplcy, 54, convicted of murdering a-deputy theriff. Frank Heilman, 26, a kidnaper, was wounded. One escapee, John Klinger, 43, was killed several hours after the break. Five others \vere recaptured, one through the courage-of Mrs. Lawrence Oliver, a rancher's wife, who bashed him on the head with a hammer. * One group' of prisoners was holding a 17-year-old farm boy as a hostage. Two of lhe recaptured prisoners were wounded while resisting prison guards. A guard and a rancher were wounded by the convicts who •.erromcd two larm homes during fractional horse-power motors, llm- he night. Ci . s nm | ballasts for flouresccnt Bliizard Aids Felons I lighting. R. U Freeman, 23-year-old rob- Wilson said he hart contacted no bcr from Pueblo, Colo., wns shot in lie leg and captured South of here early today by a posse which tracke-1 :iim through dceji -soinv. A rngiug mountain bliy.v.iirci aided .lie convicts when they made their break last night. The prissoners made their break for freedom just after the supper nour at about 6 p.m., according to Warden Roy E. Best. They overpowered five guards and used them as shields against possible gunfire during their escape. All of the guards were released or fought themselves ffce of the convicts during the night. Best said the prisoners were long- term convicts who were kept in special-security section of the penitentiary known at "Little Siberia." Ohioan Skeptical Of Marshall Plan State Department Charged With Big Propaganda Drive They had just been returned to their cells, he said, when the break occurred as guards made the routine cell-count. Woman Hammers Pesparado The men moved toward the North gate, overpowering the guards as they ran and crawled through the prison yard. A tower guard withheld his fire for fear of hitting the nrds who were held as shields. He set of the prison alarm system. The group held up Mrs. Oliver and her husband In their farm home. They demanded the keys to the family car. The Olivers refused and were beaten into unconsciousness by the convicts. Then the convicts left one of the desparadocs, Werner C. Sch- wartv.mlller, to guard them while the others searched for the keys and guns. Mrs. Oliver recovered sutiicienlly to grab a hammer laying nearby and smash Schwartzmiller on the head. The blow knocked him unconscious. The other convicts heard Prowler Slain By Babysitter In Florida City MIAMI, Fla.. Dec. 31. (UP)—A 16-year-old boy shot and killed a prowler here last night while acting as a baby sitter for his two- year-old brother. Police flund the body of Everett Lee Tucker. 33, of Crossvllle, Tenn.. on a street corner this morning. He had died from one shot through the neck which severed his Jugular vein. ^ A weaving trail of blood led officers to the home of Mr. and Harry A. Stroma where their Richard Strome, told this Mrs son, story: His parents away and his younger brother asleep, Richard said, he heard a noise and saw a masked man looking Into a window of the house next door. He said he got his .22 caliber rifle, loaded II, opened the back door and tired once at the man. Mrs. Frank NoviWti of Memphis. Tenn.. a house guest next door, said she heard the shot, and with a flashlight, she and (he boy found blood beneath her window. Homicide Officer c. C. Papy said i handkerchief In with lhe corners ST. LOUIS, Dec. Jt. (U.P.>— Sen. Robert A. Taft, aspirant for the Republican presidential nomination, charged last night tha the state Department was "putting on a tremendous propaganda drive" to win American favor tor the Marshall plan for Europeai recovery. The Ohio senator told a group of GOP leaders at the .John Mar shall club that the plan, M now proposed, would Inevitably mist domestic prices and further in crease Inflation Taft said the government "shouU set up a new authority to dca with tlie whole problem of ports and aid to Europe." He said he doubted whether th plan actually would aid European "If we want the Marshall pla in lhe form proposed," he salt "we might as well admit loila that it necessarily mean> hlglit prices." He said at »n earlier press con ference, however, that "1 hav closed my mind" lo giving Hie ministration authority to contrc prices and. ration commodities. Many Factor* Uncertain Taft said he questioned "th whole method of fixing th amount of aid" to be given Bu ropean nations. He said the Mar shall plan actually gave fcirop $20.000,000,000 .rather than 000.000,000. He said the reclplci nations would receive (8,000,000 000 the first year besides an add tional $500,000,000 from the Into national MoneUiry Fund. "My doubts about our ability ship this huge amount of goods c credit are equalled by my iloul whether It will really do the goo In Europe which It Is claimed" h said. "1 do not believe a calculi tion of this kind (of the aid need cd by Europe) Is worth the papc it Is written on because lliere a so many uncertain factors dcpenc inp on what happens In the var oils countries concerned." He said that "unbalanced bud gets, socialist planning, burcaucra ic controls and the malrvtenaiv of false currency values all he to prevent the recovery" of Ei rope. that he found Tucker's pocket tied together like It had been used for a mask. The boy was questioned her as she telephoned for help. They I by Juvenile authorities, bul I'apy fled from the house. . I said no charge would be made be- Four of Hie convicts forced their way into the ranch home of A. M. ' Smith whom they shot In the arm Licenses will be sold throughout the month of January, and purchasing places will be open every day except Sunday, irom 8.00 a.m. cause it was a "plain case of prowl- In?." The brief Spring-like weather began Monday when the high waj 72 degrees and the low was 51. New York Cotton NEW YORK, Dec. 31. (Up)— Colton close barely steadv: open high 'low Mar 3624 3629 3607 May 3608 3C13 3592 July 3490 3495 3480 Oct 3200 3200 3178 Dec 3150 3150 3139 Spot* clos» 3692 down IS, close 3610 3592 3460 3178 3140 Two Cors of Fat Steeri Sell at New Record High "CHICAGO, Dec. 31. (UP)—Cattle hit another new all-time high on the Chicago livestock market today when two carloads of fat steers sold at S4I a hundredweight. The sleers averaged 1,275 pounds each. Food Prices Up Again NEW YORK, Dec. 31—(UP) — Wholesale food prices finished 1347 at peak level-, as the Index oi Dun and Bradstreet, Inc., Jumped to another all-lime high of Vf.24 in th< week ended Deo. SO. when he defied their orders. Liquor Permits Issued To Three in Missco LITTLE ROCK, Ark., Dec. 31. (UP)—Revenue Commissioner Otho A. Cook announced today he has issued 14 new liquor permits in Arkansas, bringing lhe stale's total outlets to 555. Cook said he rcjecleci 27 other applications because they were filed in congested areas. The licenses were issued siir.ui- taneonMy under a policy recently adopled by the department of granting permits only twice each year—on Jan. 1 and July 1. New licenses in Mississippi County were issued to City Drug Company and Harold T. Lewis, both -jf Blyiheville, and R, W. Bisholf of i LeachviH*. New York Stocks Occupation Tax, Utility Issues On Election Ballo JONESBORO, Ark., Dec. 31, (UP —When voters of Jonesboro go the polls next April B they will asked to approve or disapprove tw ordinances recently passed by th City Council. The first, which received counc approval over protests of five a dcrmen, seeks to place administration of the City Water and Light Plant under City Council control. The second is an occupation tax measure which goes Into effect lo- morrow. Weather Reduces Yield, But Better Prices Obtained. ! Mississippi County'* 10,000 farmer* today closed thd bookH on another successful' year, a year which netted them t ffros« incomn of approximutely J49.000.000, according ta estimates made by County Ajrent Keith Bilbrey. • ——* In estimating th* total MOSCOW, Uoc.. 31 (Ul't— V'orclKll Minister V. M. Molotov charged today that tlu- United Stales is it's. pon.slhlc for failure of the H!K V'our aKrce upon a pence for Cii'rnnxuy 'cause It wl.shns to turn Uin Helch lo "a brtdKehiMul cif Afu'i iperhuism." * Molo(ov Issued a 4,000-word slnte- ent tu (he Soviet Press, aimly/.lnx \e failure of the l^jiHlon conference foreign uiinl.ster.s. He si\UI Ihe cnnfi-renco broke up •cnnse lhe 1 Unlli'il SUilrs soiiuhl i dlctiile lerin.s for LI Omnium pence id aciuiiily iliil not desire an aKi't'C- icnt in order lo prcseive complete 'cdoin of ncllon, His sinlr-incnl, hu .M\id, was nee- ssnry In order lo answer the cx- lanaUon made by Secretary of (ate Gcoine C. Marshall and for- gn Secretary nevln rcpard- ig the. failure of the Hlg Pour giv- icrlng. "Nolhlng hap conic oul of (he lany attempts to place responsliii- ty for lhe fallnro on I lie U.S. S, R,," snld. "The responsibility for lhe allure falls on the ruling slides of he United States. In this Mr. Oovln nd also Foreign Minister Gcorgc.s Blrinult followed Mr. Mnrnlinll.' Mololov charger! IVuxl American wllcy had already led to tint "vlr- ual splitting up of Germany" and rcdlctcd the policy would fall. Truman on Spot On Grain Deals President Refuses To Criticize Trading By Personal Physician WASHINCITON, Dec. 31. (UP) — 'resident Tnmuin siilcl loilny he illil ml consider (liat his personal phy- Iclan. Brig. Cicn. Wallace H. Cira- iiim, did wrong by npeculatlng In Leave* Door Opim LONDON, Dec. 31 (UP)—Soviet Foreign Minister Molotov declare! oday thrU an agreement on Oer- any is possible and Indicated thai Russia would be Interested In H ncu icctlng of the Dig Pour council of orelgn inlnlslor.1, He qunllflcd hjs Indirect InvSUvlloi 'or a new meeting, however, b; ndlcatlng that' Russia was wllilni o resume discilsslona of German; only on what amounts to Ilu.ssiai .erms. "General agreement will be itch ieved on the German Issue despll existing differences" If the Unilci Stales and Britain adhere lo th Yullu am! PrAsilnin niKCr-lncnls, he said In a 3.500-word slalenicnt. jroadcnst, by Radio Moscow. Moscow identified the sUiLemcnt. as an account of Mololov's dcpltcs to Russian newspaper interviews on the London conference, which broke up Dec. 15 over Ru.s.sia'.s demands for ilO.ono.OOII.UOO in reparations from Oernniny. Th«se demands WLM-C nifu.seil by U. S. Secretary of State Ocorgc C, Marshall on grounds [lint, In cfcct, the Western nations would have to pay the reparations because Germany needed help lo regain her eel and become self-sufficient. Clrithiun was shown on the agriculture department, list to luivo speculated In BO.OOO bushels Inst September, Giuhnin said that after he President denounced gambling n grain on Oct. 5. he nskcd his bro- cer If he liad any grain holdings !e told Ills broker to sell him out If he did. Rciwrtcra wanted lo know lortay low the President drew a lino be- Lwcen what he hart denounced afl {reedy, Inflationary speculation mu legitimate Uudlng In grain futures Mr Truman said It wiu easy for lilm to dnuv such H line, but thai it was a lengthy process and thai he would be giad to write an essay for the questioning reportc! iwmctlmc in lh e future. Reporters wanted to know whn tiler any other member ot his of [Iclal family had been trading In commodity futures. Thn President said not that h knew of. Graham' Inform* Truman He said he had not known aboil Clralmin'.i grain operations iml Dec. 18 when tlie president order ed lhal all names of grain spccu liUors l)e made public. Then Ora ham came to the President and told him of his grain dealings. The President also said that he had not, known about the commodity market dealings of Edwin W. I'aulcy. special assistant lo lhe secretary of Army, until Pauley tcsl- •i| Iwlore A congressional committee. Tlie grain speculation WHS touched off by Harold E. Hla.iscn, Repub- Pope Pius Tells World Diplomats Of Dangers Ahead VATICAN CITY. Dec. 31. (UP) — Pope plus Xll iolil DS diplomats accredited to the Holy See today that 1948 would be a year of grave resolutions when the uoilit "will lind itself at Ihe cro«ro:icls." The pontiff received .tlie diplomats In his annual year-end audience. He addressed them in French for Ihrce minutes, restating his hope Dint tlie coming year will bring peace lo the world. The apparent dlllicuitles, he snld, will not, diminish Jits prayers and hopes. The pope, spoke to 13 umbtissa' dors, 10 ministers plenipotentiary, lican presidential candidate, v Piiulcy'n name was on the first list of traders disclosed liy the Agriculture i>:parlmenl. The nitme HI Giuliani, n former Knnsns City physlclal, appeared- on tin- llilrd list Issued by Secretary of Agriculture Clinton P. Andersln. The president was asked about his conference yesterday wl'.i Henry Morgcnthau, Jr., former secretary of treasury, A reporter wanted to know whether Morgcnthau told lhe President lliat he wns In the grain market. The President said quickly tlmt this had not been discussed. New I.lsl Released Agriculture Department officials, who have already disclosed the names of 09 federal, state and local government employes who have speculated In wheat, say they won't be able to give congressional Investigators a complete list for nt least two weeks. They said It would take that long for the nation's 600 broker* to send in the names of the federal, slate anrt local government officials who have been Ihtlr custo- mcra during the past two years. Meanwhile, officials said. Agriculture Secrclary Anderson will give the congressional Invcsllga- \ lors thq names he has In his flics. Most of these won't- h "lp much in Premier Marshal Tito was cxcom- cluirch as a result of the trial and municalul lly the Roman Catholic sentencing of Archbishop Alios Slepmac in 19«. 2 p.m. Stocks: A T anc) T 1SI 1-8 Amnr Tobacco 68 1-2 Anaconda Copper 33 3-4 Beth steel 103 3-4 , Chrysler 63 3-4 Coca Cola 182 Gen Electric .151-4 I Gen Motors 58 I-B I Montgomery Ward 53 1-2 L' N Y Central 14 5-8 ~ lint Harvester 891-4 I North Am A vial ion 81-8 ! Republic Steel 27 1 Radio ' 93-8 Socony Vacuum 17 1-4 Sludebakcr 21 1-8 Standard of N J 79 1-4 Texas Corp 60 Packard 43-4 >U S Soldiers Must Purchase Postage Stamps in Future I WASHINGTON. Dec. 31—(UP) — f The free mail privilege enjoyed since. | March, 1042. by soldiers, sailors and 1 marines expires at, midnight to- nighl. Hereafter they must buy stamps. Weather ARKANSAS—Cloudy and colder tonight with occasional rains extreme South loday and snow flurries In Northeast portion tonighl and early Thursday, Continued cold Bono Teacher Dies SOUTH BE:ND, ind.. Dec. 31.— "specula-tors." Most of these were minor operators. Two government officials who were on lhe latest list were George A. Garrctl, U. S. minister to Hre since last July, and Paul F. Mc- Gulre. associate division chief of the Office o( Financial and De<UP)— Miss Mary Lcc Gibson. 47- vclopment Policy of the State Dt year-old Bono, Ark., school flich- partment. er, died here last night. She was struck by a car Saturday while _ _. ., ... »j spending the holidays in south Former BiytneYille fnon Bend. ..... '[•he body will be returnee! lo Jonesboro for burial, She had taught school in Craighead County for 20 years. Another Grass Fire The JJlylhevllle Fire. Department, wns called to the 300 block on South Division St yesterday afternoon to extinguish a grass fire. No damage rcsullcd from the blaze, Tire Chief Roy Head stated. Soybeans CHICAGO, Dec. 31 (UP)—Soy- Thuvsrlay. Low temperatures lo-) Mar. night 24 lo 2S In norlh and 28 lo 32. May 18 l-S I In soulh portion. 'July bean quotations: 4028 405 403 404 399 391B Dies in Mobile, Alabama t.-. i Theodore W. Baxter of Mobi e, Ala., and formerly of Blythevllle. died Ihls morning In the U. 8. Ma- rlne Hospital in Mobile following several months illness. He was 57. A veteran M World War I, Mr. Baxlcr resided in Blythcville prior lo moving to Mobile approximately 15 years ago. At the time of his dcalh he was employed by the U. S. Engineers. He was a brother of C. M. Baxter of Blythevllle. Besides his brother, lie is survived by a daughter, Miss Carroll Baxter of Tampa, Fla. The body will be returned to Blythtville for burial. Funeral arrangements «re Incomplete but arc in charge of the Cobb Funeral Home, from straight beans was estimated at 16 bushels while an estimated average of 11 bushels per acre wax harvested from the corn and beans, he said, making the overall average approximately 13.5 bushels per acre. The overall average for 194S wai between 24 and 25 bushels, he said. The soybean price average during 1947 wai approximately Jt higher than In 1*46, h* laM, with the IM7 crop bringing Minhslppl County farmer* an aTerag* »f »3.4« ptr bujhel. The county's 1941 alfalfa crop was one of the shortest on record. The estlmalcd 40,000 acres in alfalfa this year produced a crop valued at (4.000.000. The hectic alfalfa season forced several alfalfa mills in the county to close during the early part of the harvest season due to a serious break in the market price of alfalfa meal but last Summer's extended drouth forced the price back up and tht mills re-opened in September. Corn was the worst crop lailur* the county had this year, Mr. Bilbrey stated. The county's corn acreage was greatly reduced because of the continual decrease of work stock on farms and lhe large decrease of hogs and cows on Mississippi County farms. Com Hard Hit hj Drouth Corn wan more affected by last Summeri drouth than wa» cotton, soybeans or alfalfa, Mr. Bilbrey said, and some com wilted under the arid weather condition* betor* It was even tasseted. Mr. Bilbrey estimated the county's corn crop at approximately bushels and valued It Hi See FARMERS <m Face 7 valUM on of the 1947 crops, Mr. Bllbref olnted to the Increase In prlc« f farm commodities, three montha ideal harvest weather and an dcquate" supply of harvest labor a« :ie main reasons for the above th* vcrnge income, In Ills outlook for 1948 Mr. Bllbrey ircdlcted at least a 10 p«r cent In- reasu In colton acreage through* ut the county with an expected rop In corn and alfalfa acreage. From a statistical standpoint, th« jullook for cotton Is good," he sold, wllli little or no change expected n soybean production." Despite the fact that the estl- imled gross Income of last yeflr'« ^rop.i Is less limn Unit received from he 1948 crops, Mississippi County .1 expected to retain its position a» he Mth lending county of the na- lon In total farm Income. Lower cotton yields per acre on nn acreage that was estimated •• 20 per cent greater thttn In 1946 wai given as the cause for last yenr'i smaller Income. Cotton .accounted for ilucc-fourthi of the total mcomn with the lotal production fsjr the county estimated at 200,000 balei and valued at approximately |35.000,000, he raid. Colton production last year wa» the lowest since 1943, .he pointed out. The 1941 crop was estimated, •s being 20,000 bales nhorter than the 1048 crop despite the fact that the total acreage for 1947 exceeded that of 1948 by approximately 40,000 acres. Tlie average yield per acre for the 1941 crop wag estimated at 41S pounds a* compared with 530 pound* in 1846, he said. The county'i greatest yield per acre was 61& pounds in 194! «nd the lowest.on • le here was 209 pounds In 1930, Tills yenr'« cotton'crop WM Harvested slightly cheaper than In 194«, Mr. Bllbrey stated, *nd a greataf, " pe'r cent of the 1947 crop was harvested before bad weather set In. The average grade was higher and because of that the price wu.high- er, he snld, '•'."' The nine weekn of dry weather last Summer hurt the 1947 crop considerably, lie pointed out, causing It lo open prematurely. Tlie gin turnout was especially good and ths cost of planting was about average. The price of cotton seed In 1947 remained on about a level with the lfM6 price. h« said, with seed bringing on an average of belweexx (AC and $90 per ton. 54,000,1)90 from Soybeam Income from soybeans WHS placed at approximately $4,000,000 b5 Mr. Bilbrey. Soybean acreage In th* county was cut almost 20 per cent this year, he said, and lack of moisture during the Summer was given as the main cause of the small crop. An estimated 1,400,000 bushel* were harvested from a total of 72.000 acres of soybeans and an additional 42,000 acres In corn and beans. The average yield per a«re Dud Cown Pott R«portt 7,000 Mimbtrshipt in Campaign to Get 1,300 R«flecing activity in the current American Legion membership drive, more than 1,000 1948 memberships have already been obtained toward the coming year's go«d of Vipcox- imately ! ,300, It wu reported U* night «t tli« weekly meeting of Dui Ca*n Port M IB the L»»tod Hut.

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