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VOL. XLIV—NO. 236 Blj'thcville Courier Blythevllle Daily New« BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS "U* ">*»"*<«• NEWSPAPER OK NORTHEAST AHKAN8A. AND SOUTHEAST ui»m,iB, ' "^*^ * * ^^ Mississippi Valley Leader Blytlieville Herald BLYTHKVILLK, AUKANSAS, THURSDAY, JANUARY 1, TWELVE PAGES BINOLH OOPIM FIV1 Merchants Look With Optimism At the New Year 1948 Due to Bring Price Stabilization, C. of C. Leader Says Blytlieville greeted the new year with mingled feelings that ran the gamut from optimism to pessimism concerning the outlook for the next 3GG days of buying and selling. Merchants, from their standpoint as sellers, saw another good year—making, of cour.se, the annual pre-supposition of a good crop. They looked at the year gone by as a "good year," In regard to volume of trade. Misslsippi County's 10,000 farm- i ers also looked back nnd viewed 1947 as a "good year." They reaped a S49.000.000 harvest In that year. King Cotton brought them $35,000,000 ol the total while com, soybeans, alfalfa and other crops accounted for tile remainder. Cotton Pickers Prosper And cotton pickers, many of them transients who anually visit tills country in the Fall, also found 1947 a "good year." They pocketed nearly $8.000.000 in cotton picking wages. These people—the merchants, the farmers, the farm workers—gave a final, approving nod to the "good year" 1947 and looked forward to another favorable year in 1948. There were others, however, who from a buyers standpoint, were only mildly content with 1941 nnd who looked to 1948 .with vague misgivings. And with one hand on a deflated pocketbook filled with inflated money. These were chiefly -the 'white- collar. 1 worki men' spiral of'prices but Without the ad-' ded profits of- management or Increased wages of labor. C. of C. President Optimistic But C. Murray Smart, president Retail Sales In Missco Top $34,000,000 With retail wiles of more than $34,000,000, which were based on State Revenue Department statistics. Mississippi County last year ranked eleventh in per capita sales among the Arkansas counties with an average of S394.50. The figures were based on a population estimate of 87.100 and the sales tax was collected through 1,127 retail outlets, an average one store lor each 77 inhabitants. Tiic retail sales for the state as a whole, which covered the state's fiscal year (July 1, 1946. through June 30. 1947J and exclusive of gasoline, liquor, beer nnd cigarette sales, which are taxed separately, amounted to $813,500,000. Eight Schools Consolidated In Single Year Number of Districts In County Reduced From 36 to 28 in 1947 Folowing recommendations by both state and county school ofi- clals the number of school distracts In Mississippi County were reduced from 36 to 28 during 1947. Reduction In the number of school districts 1ms long been recommended by educators as ft means of I reducing the costs of education Top position in per capita retail l^L* ™!! md .? ( improving the sales went, to Garland County with an average of S699.50 per person. Next was Sebastian with JC55.50 and Puhlski was third with $645.50. Washington and Bcnton counties were in the $600 bracket with averages of $605 and $600, respectively. Otlier lop counties and their ratings included: Union, sixth. $528; Arkansas, seventh, $517.50; Boonc, eighth, $507; Miller, ninth, $456.25; Polk, tenth, J<H7.50 and Mississippi, eleventh, $394.50. 4 Tracts Annexed To City in 1947 Further Extension of Municipal Boundary Planned for 1948 Three additions, a sub-division and a 25-acre residential tract were annexed to the city by court orders and the city council accepted their incorporation Into the city limits during 1947. Ordinances dedicating streets and alleys In 'the sub-division and iy Council.' 7 •" J . This expansion added at least 100 residents to te city's official population and nearly as many acres to its size. The editions annexed were Braw- of the Blytheville Retail Merchants [ ley. Cook and Wilson Second All Asociation and newly-elected prcsi-i are adjoining tracts and form an dent of the Chamber of Commerce, | area bounded on the North by the Swift Oil Mill Co.. property, on the East by Highway 61, on the West by IGth Street, and on the South by the drainage ditch South Highway 61. New Development Planned The Simon Addition, a restricted operation of the districts. The consolidation of six districts within the county was brought about voters of the districts to be merged by petitions signed by qualified and the other two were brought about by special elections. Decisions of the Mississippi County Board of Education to consolidate the Milligan Ritige School District No. 8 and the. Brown School District No, 50 with the Manila School District were appealed to the Circuit Court by remonstrants of the Brown and Milligan Ridge (ti.-.tricts. The two appeals probably will he heard In the civil division of the Circuit, Court this month. Other school district merged last Summer follow: , Recce District No. 23, Plat Lake District No. 33 and Clear Lake District No. 4 with Blythcville District No. 5; Whltton District No. 9 with Wilson District No. 25; Box Elder District No. 22 and Fawhccn District- No. 45 with Lcachville District No. 40. Greeks Battle Communists BULGARIA 7 Tornado Hits Two States Killing 19 Persons With Louisiana Oil Town Razed injected an encouraging note into the outlook for 1948 when he foresaw added stabilization of prices after the first six months of the new year. He emphasized that this leveling off would not come about during the first half of the year. Mr. Smart predicted there would be no decrea- Bank Deposits Show Big Gain Total Biyinetllle County wos borne out ,prosperous year »nd Mississippi" Greek government forces attacked guerrillas !« smash Communist attempls to establish » separate Greek slnl. 1,, Northern Orece«. Heav- :est fighting is reported around Konltsa (i). possible capllal „( the new state, where government troops from Mt. Orammos ta> .lucked Important guerrilla lines from KonlUa to Kalpnkl (3 , R ,, ri (rom Kalpaki to Boiii- n «,nl ,«,. Fighting 1, » ]5O reported between Mttsovon (5) and Kalabaka. (6). NEA Telephoto.) Dawn of New Year Finds Loose Ends In CityProjects to Be Tied in '48 As the new year wa» ushered In* at midnight last night, the passing year of 1947 willed It at least eight events which had their beginnings Hi the past 3CS days and which may reach competition In 1U48. Here are the "loose ends" of 1947 which may be lied up in 1948 and tilings Blythcville residents may look for In the coming year: today by report of deposits in Blytheville's two biinks al the end of the Total deposits at (he wo banks Expansion of Blythcvillc's city limits to ncludc territory now in year, i eluded in "Greater Blytlieville" but increased over 194G from $18,4fi9,- '• ""' "'"''" th " cor P°™ tc ""> ll »gain of up- . Installation of parking meters In ! downtown Blythevillc, possibly as 1 a result or voting on such a proposition in this year's municipal election. I Conversion of Ihe old cemetery on chlckiunwbR into a memorial I park Installation of stop lights at 22 real estate development, contains 1948 was seen by Mr. Smart as another good year for sales voluma and he termed 1947 a "very good" year. It was felt in some quarters that increased production this year was assured but that It would be offset by heavy shipments of food and commodities to Europe and China. It was noted, however, that acceptance or rejection of the Marshal! Plan would affect this prediction. But all indications pointed to the encouraging prediction that there would definitely be no decrease in demand for Mississippi County's economic mainstay—its agricultural product's. Postal Receipts Set Record for 3-Month Period Postal receipt,, in Blythcville tlie fourth quarter O f 1947 broke previous records for any three- nioiUh period and (he total receipts for the year was the tliirri highest in the post office's history, if was announced today by ROSS S Stevens, postmaster. Total receipts for the post office during the Fall months last year was S32.798.74 which Is $991.80 In excess of tlie previous all-time high -wt in the final three months of 1944 when the man-power strength of the Blythcville Army Air Field exceeded 6.00)1. Mr. Stevens said. Receipts for that, quarter were S31,- 806.94. Tlie total receipts for last year Laclcde Streets. Also annexed was the 28-lot subdivision being developed by the Holly Development Corp. It includes n two-block strip on both sides of Holly Street from Cemetery Road West to the cotton Belt right-of- way. It extends from the alley North,of Holly to the alley South ot Holly. The year's last annexation, accomplished by county court order In October, brought into the citv limits 052 o 518.805,000 for proximately $350.000. The present tola! shatters the all-time high for this city which was^cstablished in 1946 and neighboring banks In the county have, crossing i shown corresponding Increases despite the drop in the county's cotton and soybean production last year. ' Farmers and merchants alike are "busy Intersections throuahoui the ye* 1 "!, '£4? tor'V" C ,'P" y 8MX ! ' dty ' •""> ra " lc ^8"als Se "rde d jeai in 1948 for It is the general I In October. belief of mast business men of the n^-nti,,,, county that they both are in bet- ! Dcvntlon ter financial condition and have a greater part of their capital debts paid. of tiic Building at Walkc entire Exhibit Park to com! mcrcial exhibits at the 1048 North- Nurse, Husband Killed in Storm, Remains on Duty COTTON VALLEY, La., Jan 1. IUP) _ Chief Nurse Valras Yates gi to cover more of the downtown business district. C. of C. Makes Survey A survey conducted by the Chamber of Commerce in August showed that while the population of Blytheville proper was about 14.000. inclusion of the densely populated areas just outride the corjxirate limits would boost that figure to approxi- Violent Death Toll is High During 1947 'jjpT.ty-lwo Mississippi County res- **B>ls met vlqJrnt,. dentils (Juvlrig WIT and all biit four of them were Itffled within the county. ' Of the four meeting death outside of the county,' three were killed In an automobile accident near New Madrid, Mo., and the fourth was electrocuted while working on k power-line-near Steele, Mo. Five of the fatalities occurred in Blytlieville. Traffic acldenls again led the list of causes of violent deaths with a total of IS residents of the county reported killed In automobile mishaps. Thirteen persons, including one out-of-slate victim, met death In traffic accidents on Mississippi County roads during 1947, a ,( c . crease of three over 1846 traffic fatalities. Terrific Wind in Seven Minutes Reduces Busy Town to Shambles Flliichlm C»rjrr»imiii|riit) Hy J.unrn (Ihllli'il I'rr.is Sin COTTON VAU.KY. !,«.. Jan, 1. <UI>|-This Is the ,lay lo say "Hapnv r^n!, .SilV^ay! "" Ull> " C ""' 0 "' l "" «""»"" *"'*" ™ Most ol their homes are In shambles or tornado Unit struck willioiit wn are badly damaged from * loriiaoo unit struck without WIUII|II K on New Year's F've Just a few ll" UI 'alneHn"- ln "" V '""' "'"'" U '' <l lo wcl «""« '" !»« »t parties' or lam- Tire was second on the list causes of these deaths with 10 per- ot cast Arkansas District fair and ! 5ons '"'ally burned In the county erection o[ a women's exhibit build- i lnst y car - Qne Blytlieville child ing. i was scalded to death at his home A decision from the Civil Aero- ' llcrc Bnrt olle y° uth was fatally In- nautics Board determining whether j ^' ca wh '^J driving a midget racer Parks Air Transport Co., an Illi- Thanksgiving Day ** r " Ce tnu * Possible acquisition by Ihc city of the entire air base property. Dr. J. M. Garrett's clinic was es- ' Thc ncw tnlck was ordered lost tablished quickly as the disaster I S " mmer ' message center. Among the first of ' many telegrams which arrived as •cd as across • news of thu storm spread the nation was one Mrs. H. B. Robinson. Mrs. Robinson was sixth on Ihe death list. Plane's Landing Gear addressed to Buckles; No One Injured ATLANTA. Ga.. Jan. 1 f0p> — An Eastern Airlines plane narrowly averted disaster today when its :hed compared with S84,- were 556,434 722.70 in 1946 an Increase of $11.71110. This figure was exceeded only in 1044 which was the post offices peak year with a total of S103.403.01 and In 1945 when the total receipts was SIOO.587.17. s , M . r ,' stcvens expressed his thanks ',0 the patrons of the post office for their cooperation during Ihe Christmas rush stating that "through the fine cooperation of the patrons this office was able to give two city deliveries daily during the holiday season for the first Mine In history." Weather ARKANSAS — Partly cloudy much colder tonight with low temperatures 14 to 18 in extreme North and 18 to 24 In South and central portion. Continued cold Friday. the city limits In at least one direction. The site selected last year for a new school is so situated that the main building will be located outside the city limits, and thus left without fire protection. About half of the land of the school site, including the portion outside the limit.'!, has been purchased. Youth Conference Has Watch Night Service CLEVELAND, Jan. i. (UP)—Ten thousand delegates to the Methodist Youth Conference ushered in the new year by partaking of holy communion. The ceremony, held in Cleveland Public Halt, was believed to be the largest watch night service in the nation. Nearly 200 clergymen took part/ In serving the communion elements Earlier In the evening the yflnng Methodists witnessed a. pageant, on the theme of Christian brotherhood. Ten delegates from Blythevillc and Miss Mamie Adams, director of Christian education of the 'first Methodist Church are attending the conference. * were listed on city and county po lice dockets as cither murder or manslaughter with the victims—all Negroes—having been stabbed or shot. Two county residents were accld- ently shot during the year and one, a Negro, was crushed beneath 500 tons of soybeans at Wilson. Two former Mississippi County residents were killed In n plane crash In Arizona and the 18-month- old son of Mr. and Mrs, Connie Mc- Catg of Bassett was killer by a freight train after he had crawled onto the tracks. Small Ships Warned MIAMI, Pla., Jan. i (UP) — The Weather Bureau ordered up small cratl warnings on sections of the Atlantic and Gulf coasts ol Florida today In n bulletin predicted moderately strong winds Ute this afternoon and scattered storms over the areas by tomorrow. Al Icust 13 ot llii'ir relatives or friends are dead ami hundreds lire Injured and homeless instead of watch parties, thn townspeople received the New Yu.ir walking among the cots of an emergency clinic scnrchliiK for loral ones or poking in Hie Kpllntcvod ruins of hillen houses lor missing persons. The best estimates (lined the tornado's siny in this section al seven 1111111110.5. But Ihe wind undid a lifetime ol work tor many n (uiiilly. Wind nl high sjiced pulls peculiar trleks, and almost everyone Ims an odd or miraculous story lo tell hero today. R. E. Fisher, member ol tho crew of R freight train which arrived in Collon Valley Just before the tornado struck, said he wn.s talking to *. innn ami a little girl out.slde hln car. Then tho wind came and before his eyes the couple simply disappeared. The storm caught one unidentified automobile driver on the highway. His car was picked up and smashed back to earth like a toy. The driver stepped from the wreckage unscathed and walked away. The business district of Cotton Valley with Us two main streets and Us rows of buildings stretched alom(si(itt • trie *iMilroael 'trucks I* n. shamble of grotesque lumber piles. But near the center of destruction Is a hall-completed church. It's steeple didn't lose a shingle to the wind. A farmer was driving toward town when the storm lashed his cur. On one side the paint was peeled off like it luul been scruple! with a rnzoV blade and all the windows en tlial side were smashed. The other side escaped damage. By Robert Wtddl. Fire Damages Dyess Theater Blaze is Discovered Soon After Closing At 11:30 Last Might OSCEOLA, Jnn. I.—A lire of undetermined origin gutted the ncwly- costructcd Dyess Theater at Dycss lute last night, ciuistng damage cstl- 1 t'lglno mated by firefighters as upwards of "' $10,000. According to reports received here this morning the blaze was believed to have started shortly after the theater hud closed at 11:30. Tht flee was discovered by a passer-by. The Interior and fixtures of the newly-constructed building, which opened only two months ar«i, were completely destroyed. The building was constructed of concrete and steel. Flic-fighters from nearby Wilson and l.epanto were called to aid Dycss cltl/ais in extinguishing the blaze but it had made considerable headway before they arrived. The theater was owner) by Arthur Lee nf Dycss and was said to be only partially .covered by Insurance. Nature and Courts Vie for Top Honors in Missco Events During Year Which Saw Wide Variety " By. A. A. Frcdrfckson (Courier News Staff Wrltcc) Like the changing patterns seen In a Kaleidoscope, the lop news events of 1947 In Mississippi County presented pictures difficult to classify or rate according to orders of importance or timeliness. Hence, presented here is a review of the most important news stories of the past year—grouped according to the nature of the events — a.s gleaned from the files of the Courier News. Top news event-; in Mississippi County in 1941 followed a pattern similar to that of national news in that many stories were of the. "continuing" type, covering events which were drawn out over a long period rather than isolated incidents disposed of by a single writing. Examples of this type of story were these evcnU which, after mak- ing headlines for several months, linally culminated in important court rulings during 1947. After hearings which lasted a year and a half, Ihe move by heirs ot the. R. E. Lee Wilson estate to oust James H. Crain of Wilson as a trustee and manager of the estate and ll.s )n- tcrests slowed after the case's second dismissal in Federal Court In Little Rock. But the defendants indicated they would continue their eflorl.s to oust Mr. Crain for alleged mismanagcmcnl of the estate. Election Contest. Heard The election contest brought by Jack Pinlcy Robinson against Sheriff William Berryman alter the Democratic primary In the Summer of 1946 was settled March 11 when it was found that ballots necessary as evidence In the suit had been burned. BJythevillc's garbage Iff ordinance was upheld early in Novcm- New Year Starts With Downpour And Brisk Wind Heavy rains drenched Blythcville last night and early this morning, | bringing nearly three and one-third Circuit Court Judge Z .l B. ' b^nd"!^ 'Uried 'Sure MI aftn»- tl l, n ,l *,«„. 1^.1 I U1 ' vmmn ui.lt, svsiriCU » TmXUllR Death Toll Heavy As Trains Collide Ten Possengtr* Die At One Streamliner Rams Into Another aiTERVILLE. Mo.. Jan. 1. (OP) —At least 10 persons were killed today In ihc collision of two Missouri Pacific streamliner* near lien;, state highway patrol officer. r«- porliid. Missouri Pacific aiithorltlei e.ill- mnlcil the number of dcud »t "10 or 11." Anson Plminll, chief of polka at nearby Sedalla. Mo., said ho understood 18 persons were killed when thu first section of the Missouri Pnclllu's .westbound "Eagle," running through a snowstorm on Icc- glapcd rails, crashed Into Ilie rear ol, » preceding train 10 mile* «wt cohere;' ili.,/> 10 a.m., two hours after the crash, rescue workers still were iit- tMiiiitlng'to free occupants of th« telescoped rear sleeper of Ilia first section of the Westbound Eagle. Highway patrol otflclalj In Jefferson City said they understood that "everyone aboard the rear car of the flr.it train Ij either dead or Injured." All available ambulances were sent from Scdo.Ha and Jefferson City, battling treacherous highways to reach the scene. Attendants at Bolhwcll Hospital at Sedalla reported that R. a. Gcnrlmrl, address unknown, had died there shortly alter arrival. Tlircc other persons were admitted for treatment of minor Injuries. Physicians said they understood that persons received there thus far had occupied that second car from the rear and that rescue workers had not yet been able to reach occupants ol the la-st car, which was described as "demolished." Hospital attendant* also said It was retried tlial all aboard the Tear car were either dead or injured. No Information wax Immediately available regarding the fate of the engine crew whose locomotive plowed Into the other train. Virtually no one remained In Ihis village to relay reports from th« accident scene. "Everybody poured out of town when It happened," the telephone operator said. Officials of the Missouri Pacific railroad lacked details of the crash. They said their information Indicated that the second section of Number 9, crashed Inlo the first section of the same train some 10 miles East ol Otlcrville. All available ambulances were (lupalchcd Irom Jefferson City, Scdalla, and Warrensburg. State Highway Patrol hcadqimr- ters at Jefferson City ordered ill patrol cars in the area to the scene. Rescue workers and those seeking to reach the scene were handicapped by continuing snow lall and roads no hazardous Ihey were all but impassable. Hospital attendant! at Scdalia were advised it might be "some time" before the seriously injured in the lear pullman of the first train could be removed. Acetylene torches were being used to cut through the Jumbled wreckage. i" April by Burl Davidson, who was lined In Municipal Court lor nonpayment ol the assessment. A suit filed Feb. 4 by n laxicab operators and attacking a city ordinance passed in late 1946 which Increased annual privilege license Ices was dismissed by Chancellor Francis Cherry of .Jone.iboro Dec. 17 and this decision wax appealed by the dependents. Trial Examiner Max Goldman of the National Labor Relations Board ruled In Washington, D. C., in November thai the-Rice-Slix garment factory here was guilty of unfair labor practices. The ruling resulted from an NLRB hearing which began In late 1048 r.;-.i! was brought about by labor activity that started in 19+3. Thrrr mammoth land deals ftR- Se« NEWS REVIEW on Fa»« i. $137 Received On Community Chest Budget The 1947-48 Community drive began the Now Year _. . , , lvl lh contributions of $18,8»8.11 on This rainfall exceeded the heav-|hand, leaving approximately »7.800 lest o! 1S47 by nearly hair an inch, j to be collected before Ihe goal of * ot rain and snow across the city today. Thc 3.10-inch rain that ushered In B wet new year may be the heaviest amount of rainta'll recorded here in so short a time during Ihe coming year. It fell in a period of less than 12 hours. Chest today II was 1.39 inches more tha I greatest amount that fell In hour period last year. | Ine highest temperature j yesterday was 65 degrees but today's wind-raln-snow mixture started 1948 on a cold note. Lowe-st temperature during last night was 40 de- grces, according to Robert E. Blay- lork. official weather observer. The Little Rock Weather Bureau this morning predicted temperatures tor North Arkansas as low as 14 degrees tomorrow. the j 526,180 budget Is reached. . 12- | Additional contributions of *137 ; were reported today. The contrlbu- herc tors fallow: Blytheville Sales Company |15 D. & H. Cafe 5 Mr. and Mrs. C. M. Gray 5 Meharg's Curb Market Jack F. Robinson Mrs. S. S. Stcrnbcrg The Swap Shop (Elbert Huffman) Smith Pontiac Company Jesse Snydcr ... ................ 10, Into tree tO(M. Throughout . (li'i night - doctors worked without, rest, the sleeves ot their hospital jackets red with blood 50 1 and grime. At least 25 doctors, 10. most of them Internes from Shreve-' j port hospitals, were on duty 10 1 Two companies of Louisiana N»- tionul Guard were moved Into Cot- , Jan. I. (U P) —Disaster work? Hcarchino; throuo-h. th« rubble loft by a devastating tornado that tore through Northwestern Louisiana on Now Year's eve recovered four more bodies here today. Bringing the list of known dead to 19. m 11 i!f» e1fr M tI ° '^""lo WiPPed into »l least U ree Arkansas counties Irai'liiB In IU wake one man dead and considerable properly damage. Ol» ArX»ii, M F»t«llly Crossing the slaUllne Into Columbia County, the twister struck village. Ark., and kilted 35-year-old HlRIi School Superintendent Toby laynes He died en route to a hos- l>l «1 after being trapped In th« school • gymnasium Just vacated by IS young basketball players The rural urea wa» left In dark- "f '» 'he high velocity wlnd , lipped electric lines. Tlie toniado blew down » oil derricks hi tho Kerlynn »nri Village oil fields and damaged many homes. The hamlet of Village. Ark te U miles East or Magnolia. Apparently breaking Into two twisters. Hie tornado whipped Into Sevlcr county North and West of Columbia County and caiised som» damnge and thon Into Lee County uorlh and east of Columbia County Tlie North-wot, leg of the blow struck olllham, II miles North of DeQucen In Sevier County and damaged 25 or more houses. No fatalities were reported. In Lev County to thn Nerth and UI* pal >». reported MV>- r.l pmi,ni Injured it IKe UttU town of f-'ckeji, If mll« Northeast al ;t «nn«, and many hon. MJ »iid gulhoiu« leveled. Mnrlannn' Itself escaped heavy damage, with only limb* .from treer blown down. However, aeyerat houses at or near the nearby agricultural experiment ntatlon were damaged. Between 25 and 30 persons front outlying sections were hustled. Into Marlmma In ambulance*, but non« was seriously Injured The 'storm sriuck a' 15-mile path In Lee County Inflicting damage In the Skldmore Ridge aud Park Place communities in addition to Brlck- eys. Chief of Police H, J. Wilson of Cotton Valley said he believed that the list of dead would mount considerably for the Louisiana area. Bodies identified today were thosa of Mrs. Ocrand Collins, Alvin Shaw, 65, and Mrs. W. D. Perkins, 34. Th» body of an unidentified Negro boy also was found In the ruins of thui Red River Valley oil town. Mrs. Perkins' young son, Charles, was among the dead Identified early thl! morning. Wilson uld about 10* perjnni had been tuMpiUlbed. He tailed an appeal for rood, clothing anil donations For hundred! of home- lesii people. The police chief estimated that 80 per cent, of Cotton Valley's 3,500 population were homeless. H« said • 100 houses were leveled completely by Ihe furious winds and that 60 business places were battered Into piles ot brick and lumber. The Premium Oil Co. clubhouse here wsu being converted into a temporary shelter for 200 persons tonight. The American Red Crass from New Orleans moved in and set up an emergency headquarters ,and Salvation Army workers Joined th« crews searching for more bodies. Cotton Valley, a typical oil production and refinery town, took th« brunt of the storm. It was her* that 14 of the dead were counted. Tlie tornado blasted through an area of Northwest Louisiana and Southern Arkansas 100 mite* lon^ and SO miles wide, knocking down houses, barns, nheds and other building* like they were flimsy Christmas (o>s. There were two known dead at Haynesville, La., and one at Village, Ark. Authorities al Haynesville Bald that Mrs. Emma McCuen, who died in a hospital there, was a resident of nearby Dykcsville. The temperature dropped to 11 degrees and the weather bureau at Shreveport said the mercury would fall lo 26 before nightfall. Survivors Search Wreckk(« W. P. Tanner, an Investigator of the Louisiana state Police, reported at dawn that "they are still digging Ihem out of the wreckage." He spoke of th« "pitiful sight of youngsters poking among the ruins of homes for their loved ones" at Cotton Valley. Some of the frame dwellings had been lifted ttpm -their foundations aud flung precariously «.'•>,-. ; -;:- ,-i-fi:iy'. Se« STOKM *n Fa(e 4.