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VOI* XLIV—NO. 238 Blytheville Courier Blythevllle Dally News -__ ™ t: "OM'NAN'l NKWBPAPKK OP NORTHEAST ARKANSAS ANU BOI.TII«A«T «,.»„„„ ^ ' ^~^ * » ^ Mississippi valley Leader Blytheville Herald ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI BIA'THKVJLU:, ARKANSAS, SATURDAY, JANUARY ». Commodity Deals ^Traced to Six Revenue Agents Treasurer Snyder Furnishes Names To Senate Committee By f'RKl) MUU.EN- United Press Staff Corrfsiwident WASHINGTON, Jan. 3 (UP—Thc Senate Appropriations committee revealed today that six Internal revenue filed employees, including agents in charge of New York and Oklahoma offices, have been speculating In commodity markets. The six names were furnished the committee by Treasury Secretary John W. Snyder after a survey was made of all field employees requested by committee members. The latest disclosures were made as Senate Investigations subpcnaed brokerage records of the grain a commodity speculations on Brig Gen. Wallace H. Grahnm. persona physician to President Thuman. Sen. William F. Knowland, R Cal.. member of the Senate Ap' proprlations Subcommittee speculation, said he lias been as sured by the brokerage firm o Bache & Co., New York, that th records will be here for the in vestlgators Monday. The Justice Department's antl trust division also was studyln: ^prahain's brokerage account fo • undisclosed reasons. The depart ment merely said that it obtaine the Graham records in connection with its investigation of the effect of speculation on grain prices. An FBI agent got copies of the Gra ham account from Bache St. Co on Dec. 24 at the request of As Bistant Attorney General John F Sonnett, anti-trust division chief. Knowland attempted to read Sonnett by telephone yesterday He said he was told by the trust buster's secretary that he wa talking on another telephone and would call right back. Two hours later, Knowland said he agajn called and was internet that Sonnett had "just left lowi for two weeks." He said he wa: told Sonnett had been "very busy' and had to rush off to catch i train. The call to Sonnett had been placed after Edward A. Tarnm. sistant to FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover, had informed Knowland that the records obtained bv their over to Planned for Blytheville Plans for the formation of a plots slub in this area for thc purpose of creating more interest in aviation were made at a meeting of a group of Blytheville airmen in the Fly-Inn Cafe last night. Twelve licensed pilots of this area attended last night's meeting and discussed the possibilities of the formation of a club and affilintio with the Arkansas Private Flyers Association. W. H. Yarbrough, a member of a committee appointed to draw up organizational plans, stated that membership to the club would be open to all licensed pilots of this area with the possibilities of some student pilots being accepted. An organizational meeting of all pilots in this area will be called as soon as pians are made and a constitution is drawn up, he said. Serving on the organizational committee with Mr. Yarbrough are Harold Sudbury, Ernest Halscll, Farmer England and Percy Wright. Others who attended last night's ^meeting include Arthur Weaver. pwa<e Reeves. Oliver Keener. Hank Dodds, Mike Yates, A. U Richardson, and W. I. Osborne Jr. Christmas Week Store Sales Show Big Gain Over Totals for 1946 WASHINGTON. Jan . 3 fUPl- Inr Federal Reserve Board reported today that Christmas week department store sales were 257 per cent higher than the 1935.39 average. Last years sales were 181 per cent higher. Part of (he difference. H was said, was caused by the fact trial last year Christmas fell on Wednesday. leaving only two days for late shoppers. With Christmas on Thursday this year, there were three heavy buying days. Sales during the week ended Dec 2 1 were 27 per cent higher than last year at the same period. The Atlanta Federal Reserve District had the biggest gair- »ver last year In the week ended Dec ii, a rsc of 42 per cent. The Dallas District wa s next with 36 per cent, Freakish weatlie Mrs. W. Mil. Th the llttli Fewer Marriage Licenses Issued in North Missco, Survey of Records Shows Marriage Licenses Usued during 1947 in the office of Miss Elizabeth Blylhe. count}' clerk, for the north half of Mississippi county showed a sharp decline from thc 1046 total, it was disclosed loday. Ony 925 licenses were issued In uie Chickasawba District office here which compared with 1.223 licenses for the district during 194«. ivil Court Term To Open Monday Cases Scheduled for Trial Here and in Osceola District First circuit court terms ol 1943 will be held in Mississippi County this month when a civil term opens in the Osceola District in Osceola Monday and convenes in Blytheville in the Chickasawba District Jan 19. Judge Zal B. Harrison of Blytheville will preside at both sessions. Ten cases have been set for trial in the Osceola District and ten more are on call and may be heard during the term. A total of 52 civil suits was listed on tha docket for the session beginning here Jan. 19. Thirty-six were xel for hearing at pre-trial conferences yesterday and 16 others are on call. Of the 52 cases, 20 'are old suits carried over from the last term Some of these suits have been bypassed for two or more terms and originated several years ago Fire Brings IJtlgation Among the current suits are three filed against the Magnolia Petroleum Co. here as a result of the Langston-Wroten Co. fire last Summer. They seek a total of more than 517,000 and allege the fuel firm filled a kerosene tank with gasoline instead and that the tank exploded, causing the blaze. The suite were filed by Mrs. Bonita Wroten owner of the garage firm; A. C. Huddleston Co., whose trucks were damaged in the fire; and Farm»r S. England, whose car was destroyed. The last two suits name the Langston-Wroten Co. as a co-defendant. Hearing of these suits has been set for Jan. 28. Other current suits include: J. Conway Hail, et al, vs. Harry wreck- when namiT'r' "" ^^^ ln dcbls an! > «« Mtemri naming four insurance'•companies w*^';";''-^''"-• --™ fz »«> J •*'<>«. . on West Main was destroyed by lire m March. This suit is on call. Explosion Case on Docket Mary Ellen Slnbli.s vs Weis Butane Co., for slO.OCo damages re- •sultuiK from a gas stove explosion at a drug store here in which she wa.s burned about three years a"o The complaint charges the butane distributor with negligence in failing to give warning before shuttill" off the drug store's fuel supply for repairs in an adjoining buildiiu. Hearing is set lor Jan. 23. Archie Harper vs. Lane Novell. for $5,000 damages resulting from an accident in which Harper was struck by a taxicab at Walker Park in September. The defendant claims permanent injuries as a result of the accident. Hearing is set for Jan. 23. On call arc two appeals from decisions by the Mississippi County Board of Education filed by residents of Milligan Ridge and Brown School Districts who seek to nuli- fy the Board's approval of petitions merging their districts with the Mania district. Tornado Levels Louisiana Town started the New Year out with a bang in parts of Loulslan. nonipson stand among the rubble that was once their home' In m suffered serious lacerations on her head its > result. n < th. »„,., and Alkumos. Mr. Cotton Vullcy, U>ul! "do which ripped I hi Giant Ice-Cap Adds to Woes Over Large Area Where Snow Snarled Traffic and Killed 28 By United Presn It was estimated conservatively*—— that the big storm which whipped i of getting ,000 across th e 16-statc section had cost the nation's utilities, railroads and communications companies upwards of $50,000,000. The loss to private citizens in property and personal damages was so great it could not be estimated. At least 2S persons were dead as result of the storm—nine In Massachusetts, four each in Connecticut and New York, five in Michigan, and two in Missouri. That did not high wire poles. Into the _ oil and coal city over its blocked street*. Thc storm was passing on Into the Atlantic Ocean today and the weather Bureau predicted that temperatures would rise slightly this afternoon—but not enough to melt the vast Ice cap. "The fact is, that we're a little afraid of whatever melting will occur," a forecaster at Chicago said. "If the little snow lying over the ice in spots melts only u little tall, include- the 25 or jit will freeze ai;ain tonight. That more dead In tornadoes which broke i would give out or passed the week us one or the Kansas City Dis- (handled by the post office department) with the rest of the world. Bonk Deposits Increase ... . TT, LITTIjE HOCK ' Jan - 3 - <upi- Hiahway Fatality Results '» no - e banks '" Littlfi Rock cUd in Suit for $15,000 U " S "* b ' followed by the trict with 34 per cent. New York had a 15 per cent gain, n nd the Chlcaco and St. Louis Districts, 30 per cent. Bitter Cold Slows Conflict Between Jews and Arabs JERUSALEM, Jan. 3 (UP)—Bitter cold and high winds kept most Arabs and Jews inside today, and heir war/are subsided. Only one new death \vas reported officially. The body of a Jewish voman was found in Haifa. "aggressive defciis"' vas reduced to two retalitory attacks before dawn in Jerusalem and al Arab settlements near the Syrian oorcier. No serious casualties "were cported in cither attack. Just after midnight. Haganah for- es attacked two villages near Safad ncl. according to police, blew three small houses. Officials lifted the ban on Jewish taxis, clamped down earlier this week because they were used In attacks on Arabs, and about 500 worn- ers at the Jerusalem post office voted to return after a four-day strike. Jewish employes at Ihe post office walked out because police declined to furnish them armed prolcctton lo and from work. Arabs followed cutting off public telephone telegraph communications the same storm when it I conditions possible" Ice "on snow over Louisiana earlier in ] which is Itself laying over lee" . i , ,, H ^ I '?' 1 , in a traln Policc wcre kcnt on 2«-Wir alert wrec-k when the sleet knocked out in most cities." Thousands of traf- "'" "'•—-"-• Pacific block signal lie accidents wcre reported as mo- sys en, near Olterville Mo. ,; torlsU, ventered out on slick pnve- mflnrT'f 5 ", t ."" r> . t £ d !•"?' more N". 1 ' . m «nls d <*P'e warningvJo keep their 30.000 families throughout the area i automobiles in the garages were left without electricity or telr | Southwestern Bell Hard' Hit ephone service for varying periods; A brief new snow slorm hit New i York city last night, spreading a hou- .4-inch fall over the layer of slcel- fonned week'f icp which cfiistecl over last 25.B inches of snow. during the storm. A luel shortage kepi many ses coltl in the New York area today and officials .sought means Return to Meat Rationing Seen Agri Secretary Sees Quotas Set by Spring; Sugar to Be Plentiful By Grant Dillman "«!',"« r^™""' Co "«I»'"l«"t . . - -.„ ._.,„. „„„„,, WASHINGTON. Jan. 3. (UP) _ 2.500 calls daily for help in getting Secretary ol Agriculture Clinton p. I fuel since the record snowfall insl The snow ilso was rcrwrtcd over most of New York state, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Northern Virginia and Northern Maryland. Snow depths In New England ranged from about three Inches or slush at Bosson to 10 inches of dry powdery snow at Mlddlebury. vt Buses running into Boston were delayed up to two hours but trains there were running on schedule. Most trains were running late Into Chicago. A large pro|>ortlou of the Chicago and Northwestern Railroad's power poles between Chicago and Madison, WIs., were down, some throw/) hundreds of feet from thejr stumps by the high winds. The block signal systems on the section were out of order and trains cautiously under The Southwestern Bell Telephone Co., serving Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Tc.vns reported that its installations had suffered $225.000 damage even though It wus only on Uie fringe of tli e slorni urea. were proceeding train orders. Drastic Steps Planned in New York To Head Off Black Market in Fuels NEW YORK, Jan. 3. (U.P.)-Thmisanns of homes In the mcl">- politan area were without heat, light and telephone service today, and Mayor William O'Dwycr threatened to take over fuel oil deliveries If a rumored black market develops. More than 28,000 homes were* 31,200 were without telephone scrv- heat could not be estimated, but O'Dwyer said thc city received about ;""!. «'id conditions , Airport, where 201 at LaChmrdln were r» Anderson today promised hous»- week, wives plenty of sutfar at fair prices this year, and predicted an early return to meat rationing. Anderson said he had set national sugar consumption quotas tor 1498 which should keep sugar prices i I lilrt °* Hie state to shelter those at about their present wholesale I without heat or light in their home,'. New Jersey Suffers. Too Oov. Alfred E. Drlscoll proclaimed a state emergency In New Jersey ana opened 18 armories In the Northcn: level of $8.40 per 100 pounds unless The Bell Telephone company said 25,000 telephones were out in New Jersey. i There were three deaths itj (lie ;city attributed to the storm, police -said. About an Inch of snow fell up suit, and A damage suit for $15,000 brought. by Mr. and Mrs. Dewey Crum of Dell against E. L. Powell of Blytheville was on file today in the office Circuit Court Cterk Harvey Mor- Ilie suit arose from the death of their son, A. D. Crum, 16, in a car week Aug. 28 on West Highway 18 Mr. Powell was the driver of a truck which collided with the car M which th« Crum youth wa* riding. ' he Statements Issued yestcrdav revealed deposits for the half-year period were about $12,000,000 above the previous six-month period Total deposits as -n . 3»0,297 last June 30. SI62.789.C20 on with $150,- thcrc is an lir.expected change in the economic picture. Sugar is retailing in the District of Columbia area at about 10 cents pound. Prices vary somewhat in other areas because of differences in transportation costs. Anderson estimated the nation's 1948 sugar requirements at 7.803,OCO short tons of raw suaar. With siiirjjlies nt this level, lie said, there ! should be no need for higher prices. ' """"" The estimate allows for about 105 | A ' orcc of 18,2G:i men and .3,169 pounds of sugar per person this ' P'cccs of equipment still were at yrar. During rationing, individual ' " nrk clearing the streets. O'Dwyc* allotments ' ' — ..-rj .,--. I Nassau County last night nurl some fell in the city, but it did not affect transportation. The forecast today is partly cloudy weather a highest temperature in the for mal." Cily May Distribute Furl O'Dwycr's threat to take over furl deliveries cnme after the board of transportation revealed that It had paid $6.20 a barrel—about twice the normal price—for 5.000 barrels of heavy fuel oil last week lo keen one of Its subway power stations In operation. While not mentioning the chase. O'Dwyer told 100 coal pur- and oil distributors at a meeting late yesterday that "at the first sign of a black market In fuel oil "the city" will distribute the fuel itself If necessary." Another threat to the fuel oil situation disappeared when 1.000 barge workers and barge operators agreed to meet in continuous scslons bc- loday until their r t i i h I * I *' , n ° 0 " GOP Leader Says 'Saving' Europe To Be Expensive HOUM Member feon Expenditures Might Reach 200 Billions ,., ,*•." ««or«-«i E. Rerdy, Jr. (l-'nltrd Prnw SlufC t:<>rr«pomU«l) ' 3. (Ul')- imUllci plan Unllcil Slnlc run lor 20 WASHINGTON. Jllll. A hlRh-t'Aiikliiir Home .„ suld today the Marshall "foredoomed to failure." ,,, 1(l i ie predicted It would eventually cost the U. S. nbmit 10 limes as much as President Tiuivmn ha* cstlmat- Clmtriium i.eo B. Allen, n., m of tlu! House Jim,.., eojiimiitco said' It is folly "to think we. cm, chiuiM Russian Intentions by spending money In Kurorto for five yeur.i." '"I'lie Mjir.vlmll plnii," ho S n| ( ( "I.S the bciilllllinK Of ll imurrnni which will cost $•-•00,000.000,000 years." Tim administration has 'asked Congress to aimrovo R $17.000,000.000 procmm of IniiK-niiiRn nfd lo Ilu- AHen stressed tfcnt his "total op- mluc-s the priority of House consideration of bills, predicted that Con- urcss would refuse to enact the Marshall program In ||s present, form. Al most, he .-mid. It. approve a limited one-year relief program. OOP Move* Cautiously "I httvi. enough commence In Congress lo believe lhat It will not commit lb| s nation Ui n proKnun running more than a ycnr." he said. ' When Ihe administration talks aliout n four or five-year pro- grnm. U I* not reckoning with Congress. Allen stressed that his "olal opposition" to the Marshall plan dltl not nece.«irll v reflect thc views of other Republican leaders. Neither House Speaker Joseph W. Martin. Jr., of Massachusetts, nor Floor Leader Charles A. Halleck of Indiana has made B ny drlliiUp commitment. Martin, however, has Indicated (lint lie vntiln to tncklc the problem of ndnilnlMcrliiK foreign aid before beginning; consideration of the Marshall plan proper. He nrcils- cd « proixttnl by Rep. Christian A. Herier, R., Mass. • The Herier bill would set up a foreign old corporation Independent or the stntc called this a Department. Mtirtln "gcinilue, bt-partlsan approach that. Is essential to Rive people assurances that their money Is properly expended. " Who Will Hold 1'nr.sr Htrln R , 'Ilie i;urstlon of whether Sccre- Inry of stnte Ocoi'i-c c. Mnrslmll or an "Independent" linslne.s.siiinii should hold the ]>urse strings shaped up as the opening round in the congressional battle over the Marshall plan. President Truman hns asked Congress to vest responsibility for the European recovery program in an administrator "subject to the direction and control" of Marshall. But both Martin and Sen. lioh- ert A. Tatt. R.. o, me opposed to Hits. Taft (old reporters (hat It would make a new foreign spending agency "practically a bureau of the state Department. Chnlrmnn Arthur If. Vandenberg of the Senate Foreign Relations cmomlttce hns not stated his views piiljliely on this issue. Hut ht 5 associates believe he favors granting chief responsibility for the Marshall plan to an experienced bus- ness executive free from State Department control In his dny-to- day operations. Noting a "wide divergence of opinion" In Congress over Uie question of who should ran I c orograin. Vandenberg hns asked inn independent Brooking* Institute for a special study of the administrative problem. New Congress To Look First U.S. Budget WASHINGTON, Jan. J.<UP)_ Budget question. Ihreatenert today S.rt ? ' '" rtnr " ln ?hls y f °r The chief unknown factor In th* pclur* I* II,, ,i ze of the for. gn aid prom-am to be authorized under lh« Marshall plan. p rM i dellt .-„,. mn» hail asked Congress to aphrc- l>rl« e $6,800,000,000 for thilj months beginning April 1. ' , ,«"• «Tort« to worlc out l ' 8lslE " v « Unlil plan «mount of Marshall n spending can be gauged fairly "lately, Republican leadera will .»"'« Ironbl* reaching firm decisions on tax reduction and apend- hiK program, to be undertaken under other proposals. Ohahumn liobcrt A, Taft, H,, o., of the Semite Republican Pollov Committee t o ] rt reporter, yesterday lhat It may tx, advisable for Con- Ri-ess to set tack two deadlines fixed tlon uct. CCn8r<wsl0 " 01 "orgnMlM- Undcr 0110 provision. Congress Is supposed to set H celling on tovwn- inont spending for the next nscnl year by Feb. 15. Another provl- Bl<m vcnulrcs the House-Scimlc Economic Committee In report by Fel) I on recommendations in the presi- dent.s annual economic report. French Assembly Balks'Red'Move Communists Rebuked For Trying to Force Debate on U.S. Aid . Un ,. «,.,..,_.„,„ tlim«| Assembly ttxli iy ap Na" 1vol *,°' «< '» *« thV ,, n i IMr al rremler Robert Schum ed by merca,, .,toj)-jjn)> „(,; lo j n , fore, !,„„„,. (> r llle M™,,^™^' i he Communist, maneuver was alined at delaying debate on PrT ti ! | n ,| H H bm *"»»"»•• rtnSto an-' "-inflation program. which government leader, have vowed to r.m the reluctant N Kombly within u, B 110 . n al A, or 10 night but heeded the mayor's appeal not lo walk out. A food shortage threatened, hoiv- meat rationing on Mutual's mcct- the-press broadcast. Forecasting a me „ this country. Anderson said he be- i lievcs (he people will demand ra- i tionine by Spring. However, M cautioned that such a program must I LITTLE ROCK, Ark.. Jan. 3 (UPi was \M 051 261 Citizens Parted With a Lot of Cash -Arkansas total of income taxes, for R record breaking increase of more than $3,000.000 will not! over the previous high of $3,370,014 general voluntary acceptance" (o be successful. "Rationing of meat," he said, "will have a strong effect on other food commodities, and it be necessary to have other'coii-Uel In 19«. trols. ] Under Ihe new sugar act passed ' by Congress last session, Anderson is required to set sugar quotas which will reflect the same relationship between sugar prices and .„„,,„, living costs that existed during the f ral ,f l first 10 months of 1947 i " x llc ™s. n: This was the period'when sugar 1 "™ rccords ' bread winners paid In However, Commissioner Cook prc " " In 1947 state diets that bolh these years will be surpassed by collections in 1943 . Next year's collections will be above 470.000.000 says Cook, largely as a result of an ever-Increasing vol- A gross tax collections report forl" me "' bl 'stness and the depart"" ' . - - .„».,!•- crac^own on delinquent to the Income and 1917, released yesterday by Commissioner otho A. Cook of the State Revenue Department, revealed that state Income taxes showed the of any of Ihe of wn)cn , ct a 42 Weather ARKANSAS - Partly cloudy tonight and Sunday. Warmer today. still was under price control Anderson expressed hope that his estimates were high enough lo prevent any increase in consumer sugar prices. He pointed out that there was a "pretty fancy rise" in retail sugar prices after World War "We don't intend to let that happen again," he said. "There arc not E OI »? lo be any runaway sugar Thc second largest increase came from consumers, through state sali-,% taxes. This source grossed the state S18.«>0,911 in 1947. This Is an Increase of $2,998,039 over the $15 402.911 taken in In 1940. men t's taxes. In addition sales taxes, gasoline and severance taxes each showed record shatter- Ing increase over a million dollars. The gas levy grosed $18,373,0fi< an Increase of $1,645,006 over the ]!)46 total of S1S.7M.058. And the severance tax Wrought in $2,364541 a hike of $1,185,637 over the $1,178,903 collected In the preceding ye.tr. Other Retired Farmer Dies; Funeral Rifes Tomorrow Funeinl services for I!rn);.niin Franklin Wilson, age 77. who died at his home last night will be conducted tomorrow afternoon at 3:30 p.m al the Assembly ol God Church. The liov, L. C. Ramsey piislor, assisted by Hev. W. C. Vn.nnib.bcr will officiate and burial will be in Dodwood Hidge cemetery. Mr. Wilson was born in Covington, Tcnn., and had been a rcsidcn; of Blylhcvillc for many years. He was a retired farmer. Besides hi.5 widow. Mr?. Alllo Mae Wilson he Is survived by two sons, Ardcn Wilson of Blytheville and Raymond Wilson of New Mexico; seven daughters. Miss Clars Wilson. Miss Norma Wilson, Miss Bobble Jean Wilson, Mrs. Myrtle Mc- Gauglley, .Mrs. Mnrjorlc Ashmore, Mrs. Arable Peterson all of lllythc- vllle. and Mrs. Kred WaAsdrop of Olendale, Calif.; two brothers, W. A. Wilson of Memphis and Eane Wilson of Hornersville. Mo.; and one sister, Mrs. Ida Dickcrson of Memphis. Cobb Funeral Home Is in charge. Temperature Down to 28 Highest temperature recorded here yesterday was 40 degrees, according to Robert E. Blaylock, official weather observer. The low early this morning was 28 degrees. Forfeits $35.25 Bond Calvin Robinson forfeited a bond of $35.25 In Municipal Court this mcmh. "'«'»«[.» and other ctl J^'h" n «««nibly have voted with ths Commmilsln "'•Humans tax measures, every , ,"r™i"ii """'"'''y J° Illc 'l loday Cou Communist m.uieii dos demanded publlcatlon'"or "tl'i'e juneemcjit text, signed last night KC., Bldau'lt^'M^AmbT MKlor Jefferson Gaffcry, and Itv mediate debate thereon. '"''his agreement amounts to ?'ab by American cnpHnlMin at, Prance's expense, which th« French xiople cannot accept," Duclos .aid He was voted down. Schumnn himself K mlly rebuked the Communist leader. "It Is lamcntrible to hear criticism In Inadmlssablc terms or this American act of generosity to us '• he said. ' Cahlnn Support, Schuman He said KIP text of the agreement would ),e published and then cnllcd upon the National Assem- ply to return to consideration of his antl-lnflntlon bill, on which he has staked the life of his govern- 'riie finance committee announced thnt It had decided to reject a I amendments to thc government plan In an effort to speed Its passage by the assembly. The French cabinet authorized .Schum.in lo demand a vote of confidence on th c anti-Inflation measures as often as he saw fit, and It was believed he would do so on at least four or f| ve O f the bills nine articles. GOP Prepares For New Clash On Tax Policies Early Reduction To Be Sought on Levy on income* By E«. Chmncr President Truman and the'Republ!- to be headed for anothw taM5™ dUC "° n "' p " sora ' 1 to " Mr. Truman twice vetoed tax re« tlon of the 80th Congress' The nl- EHoT? fa" X ftr^onc/5- slon beginning Tuesday. "*" The OOP Intentions of passing » tax reduction bill and doing it quickly were made clear by Hous. Speaker Joseph W. Martin Jrot erTt'h 0 !"^"^ MRrtln told "Porters that Mr. Truman will be awar* Mil" month that a tax bill I, on 1U "Republican,. In the House heliev* t to bn absolutely essential to havi lax reduction this y e , r ," Mllrtln said. "Tux reduction Ic necess Increase the take-home workers, necessary to give the Incentive to expand for g. production and thus reduce the cost of living, and necessary t duce the wartime tax burden Mr. Truman's attitude to reduction this year U not c Known. However, Democratic) sources on capitol hill arc doubtful whether the President will recommend a tax cut of any size when h. sends his traditional message to Congress during the first day. of Ihe new aesslon. Mr. Truman haa said eategor! tally on several occasions that hi "iocs not believe this Is the tlm« for lax reduction. In his most r«. ?h'. lt H C ™™ nt \ hoM r er ' h « h" I«rt Marines Soon To See Service In Middle East WASHINGTON, Jan. The dispatch of U. the new franc passed Its first n,'' 000.000) program test in the assembly finance com- mittce. which approved It without important modification, 22 to 19 The bill also provides for the econ- 1946 when the stat« gros» Income | only), (650,46*. XM V; H w " a ''V : Mer tax ' *M27,668: morning when he failed to appear .fL^i^/^L 1 :!.^ <flom Parl-mutuel'to answer a charge, or driving while under th« Influence of ' omy dismissal of vants. 150,000 civil 'Hie pressing speed needed to save France from the disaster of Inflation was underlined by a Bank of FYcncc statement disclosing that banknote circulation jumped 184000.000.000 francs In 1947. This brought banknotes In circulation to a record 906.143.000,000 francs. Would Tai Fantl Profits , .P 1 , 6 chief purpose of the new bill is to Impose a 20 to 80 per cent supertax on all businessmen professional men and fanners making mor c than «0,000 francs ($3 180) annually. The tax would not affect salaried workers, civil servants or pensioners. The tax will be from 20 lo 80 per cent of excess profits for businessmen and shopkeepers. For farmers It rises from 50 to 60 per cent of excess profits. Professional men will be taxed 25 per cent. Under the Interim aid program signed yesterday, France will receive or already has received some $200.000.000 worth of coal, wheat, oil. and similar raw materials for the first three months In 19«. The Interim aid Is a gift from the United States, but It carries certain financial airings, one of these, significant In the light of In- flaton problems. Is an agreement ,1, . _—— -• "* w 'iii-iittiy.sit- uation in Greece, Interpreted th* move as a psychological stroke to meet emergency condition. At the same time, military sources estimated unofficially that between goo and 1,000 leatherneck, will be in tl, e contingent that embarks Tuesday from Morehead City N. O. They will be assigned to the carrier Midway and three light «-u .«r» In four Greek and Italian ports, and will g| ve the warship* an unpreccdcntedly heavy proportion of Marines. Tha Navy cjassffled .„ "top »- crct the exact number of Marines going overseas. But last night'* official announcement said the Increase "will restore the total per. sonnel on board to approximately the normal overall complement of the ships" In order to "augment shipboard training of Marines " Naval officers said the Mediterranean Fleet lj from 15 to So per cent undermanned. Normal complement of the 4S.OOC-ton carrier U 2,200 men, while light cruisers carry about 1,000 men. Naval officials said the Marhw reinforcements would make th» difference between whether ths the ships could man their guns In an emergency or be forced to turn tall «nd run. Some high military official* believe guerrilla warfare will not b« cleaned up In Greece until American combat troops actually go' ashore there. This, however, would take an act of congress. Boosting the Navy to Its full complement with Marine fighting and landing forces was the only step that could be taken at this time, It wa* said. Coos* Guard Plane Crashes in Tennessee CHATTANOOGA. Tenn., Jan. •. . 'UP)—Naval authorities today investigated the crash of a Coask Guard amphibious plane near her« last night In which two Coast Guardsmen lost their lives. Highway patrolmen recovered two charred bodies from the wreckag* on signal Mountain where the twin- engined amphibious plane crashed and burned. The plane, based at San Diezo. Calif. Fewer Traffic Deaths LITTLE ROOK, Jan. 3. <TIP) — Arkansas highways gave up 51 fewer fatalities In 1M7 than they did in 1346. The toll was 340 persons last year, as compared wilh 395 In 1946. Fatalities In tltll e Rock decreased from ten In 1M« to seven lart year. imcfcr whcih Franco will set aside ft sum of francs equivalent to the dollar value of raw material deliveries. These francs *lil be withdrawn from bills in circulation or will be used to pay off the national debt, The entire $200,000,000 unounU to 23.100,000,000 tranc*. Strikers Delay Foods Shipped to Aid Italy GENOA, Jan. 3. (UP)—A shipload of friendship food for Italy docked her e lale last night »»ter standing in the outer harbor throughout the day because of a strike of tugboat crews. Tutfbo«U finally brought in the ship »ft« the strikers agreed to mate it an exception to th* order against handling; u»Iflo.

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