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WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 14, 1948 m.YTHEVIU.F; (ARK.) COUUIKU NKWS Communists Forced Abdication Of Romanian King to Speed Guerrilla Campaign in Greece VIENNA, Jan. U. IU.P.5— Pormer King Michael's abdication was engineered by Romanian Foreign Minister Ajia Pauker as part of » widespread Communist plot linked to Marshal Tito and aid for Greek > fleeing member of the royal family said today. P Mrs. Pauker, known In Bucharest-^— a, the only Romanian Communist (hc govcl , mlenl was n&Ay to r -_ -.._ „...., Romanian Communist who can get Josef Stalin on the . telephone at any time, was one of 1 the two Roruanlan delegates wlxo helped establLsh the nine-nation comlnform In Warssw last September. Slie recently was named foreign minister and on« of her first acts was to purge the Romanian diplo- i malic list throughout (he world, j Mri. Pauker put Michael on the i purge list »o the Communists could I go ahead with their projected Bal- i ken federation of Romania, Bulgaria, Albania and Yugoslavia under the leadership of Marshal Tito, the Informant said. Federation Warn Rushed "The Balkan federation will be set up in the very near future with the aim of recognizing collectively the Greek guerrilla government of Gen. Markos Vafiades • nd extending armed and morale assistance to Greek CommunLsts," the Informant said. The suorce. who requested anonymity, was one of the persons in the first Romanian royal party to go Into exile after Michael. The party Included Princess Ileana, her husband, Archduke Anton of Habsburg, their six children, Princess Elizabeth, the former Queen of Greece and 19 others. Adding weight to the prediction that formation of a Balkan federation Including Romania was Imminent were press dispatcher from Bulgaria saying that Communist premier Georgl Dimltrov tV "-* left by train for Bucharest, ,, npanied by a large government delegation. These reports said the purpose of Dimitrov's visit was to "consolidate the great front agaliwt Anglo- American imperialism." Sign Mutual Aid Pact* Dispatches from Budapest said that Hungary, which already has signed a mutual aid pact with Yugoslavia, would sign a similar treaty with Romania next week and one with Bulgaria in February. Another Spokesman said that Mrs. Pauker and one unknown Soviet official wer c key figures In bring Romania under the Communist "yoke of terror." This source said that Mrs. Pauker plotted Michael's abdication three (lays before it happened an* then ordered him to come to Bucharest on Dec. 12. "Michael expected to find that Wet Legislator Heads Committee On Temperance 1 JACKSON, Miss., Jan. 14. (UP) — The general confusion over Mississippi's prohibition laws and contradictory black market liquor tax was heightened today when a wet was named to 'head the House Temperance Committee. Mrs. Zerrm Price. Washington County representative nnd outspoken advocate of repeal of the state's dry laws, was appointed chairman of the House Temperance Committee by Speaker Walter Sillers of Rosedale. Earlier Sillers had said he would name only persons with "open minds 1 ' to the committee, but that was before Lt. Gov.-Elect Snm Lumpkln announced he would pack the Senate Temperance committee with drys. Liimpkln. like Oov. Fielding L Wright, favors retaining the stag's dry laws. Sillers advocates repeal. Mrs, Price said she would work toward repeal ot prohibition laws • nd the state's ten per cent black market liquor tax l»w. (The latter permits collection of taxes on the «ale of an article which cannot legally be sold.) Must B« Popular SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (UP)—One of the nation's busiest traffic cops Is Christopher Aspall, who has ahanded out more than 30,000 park- Bug tickets during 1947. approve his projected marriage to Princess Anne," this source said. "However, he was met in the palace by the enllr* government, assembled In Ills office, and told straight out that '(he Intemallnmil situation requires your Immediate abdication.'" High Masonic Officials Visit Blytheville Units Officers of the Grand Command- cry of (he Knluhls Templar anil Royal Arch Masons of Arkansas will' pay an official visit at u meeting' here tonight, when the Temple de- . if . • . gree will be conferred, It was an-, With tllO noiinccd today by Holland R. Alken, """ ' "** local commander. The meeting will bi> prececdi'd by a dinner at the Rustic inn at 6:45. Slate officers who will attend are George M. Ciosley of El Dorado, grand commander of Knights Templar of Arkansas; Paul E. nvitler of El Dorado, grand Royal Arch Captain of Arkansas: Lehman Williams 'of Osccola, grand senior wardei\ of the grand commnndery of Arkansas; E. n. liognn of Oseeolu. junior den- con of the Qrnncl Council of Arkansas; Jnkc Throlkill of Osceola, Brand principal sojourntr of the Koynl Aich Masons of Arkansas; C. A. Cunningham of Blylheville, past grand commander of Knights Tcinriliir of Arkansas; mid Robert E. Dliiylui'k, grand scribe of the uriiiul coimiinndrry of Arkansas. PAGE NINE Chancery Bctlha Anderson v«. Anron Anderson, suit for divorce. Circuit Charles Hrlght vs. H. B. Perkins mid Krnrst Wilson, suit claiming unlawful detainer. J^fA Read Courier Ne»'» Want Adi. To BETTER SERVICE BRING YOUR CAR TO Full, Departmentalized Service! SHELTCN MOTOR CO. 119 West Ash Street Phone 4438 Steel Oil Barrel Racks Any Sl« T. L. MABRY 423 MISSOURI ST. PH. KVt t'KKCKLKg A HIS FRIENDS By MERRILL BLOSSEB Cvm. ix. rt m<. ttnvKi. »K. T, « «ro, u. », »>T. cm, I~IS "When we talked it over and decided to come down her* on our honeymoon, it slipped my mind how craiy he wa» about golf!" I'KISCILLA'S POP That's because Ms sewed 'em up. She setvs up d/l ou pockets. /// Jjy nils for you. Letter. / never see you -^ Ivilh your > 7 liands OT your ;\\. pockets! He PLAYCO A DIRTV TRKK OH US, FAINTING UKT ! NOW THOSE COPS Axe SURE, we SCRAPED HIM ' < YOU i OXH.O SWEAR c SAW HW OftH HIS EYES/ _ GOT A NI£E SHARP vow; t STABBED.' I Hare fox. voue OAkC YOU RCAUY ARE , UNCONSCIOUS LARDSY/ THEN YOU WONT WHO WHAT IM A60UT 1O DO K> WO ' 1 <:INO OF THINK HE GOT rue POINT' \L VERMEER your brother has his hands in his pockets. ""Well, that was a mistake. Ma forgot to take 'em out before she sewed his pockets. XXIX I keen glances nt my face and say- J WAS only guessing—there were ing curtly, "Yes, it could have gaps, of course, in ttie pattern as I saw it then. Only the police could check and question and find the whole truth. But I was sure •I was right. 1 had to be right! If 1 wasn't, this weapon which 1 had found would only be one more link in the chain of ghastly evidence linking me to the crimes for it, too, could be traced to me. I—or one other person—could have turned this harmless thing into the lethal weapon it was. That W2S the final ironic part of .it. If I wasn't right—I was 'doomed! It was only when I had exhausted my own powers of thinking that I went outside and called the policeman in. En any other predicament, I'd have enjoyed the expression on Patrolman Rader's face as he stood there looking down at the body of Marie Maloney. There was high comedy in his horror: In the belief and unbelief that chased each other like a dog after its own tail across his broad phlegmatic face. Then he raised his eyes to stare at me. You would have thought I was a female Boris Karloft. After awhile he found his voice. "How did you do it?" he croaked. I said. "Phone your boss." I wailed until Bob Leiphan arrived. I wailed and somehow 1 maintained the appearance of calm. I waited until lie had looked at the body and adjusted Yes, it could be. his mind to this new fact and th I took him upstairs and showed him the weapon. "Judts—" he said, again. "Judas." And finally. "Of course, we'll have to have it analyzed before we can be sure." I nodded. And then I told him all tnat I had guessed and put together. been that way. We'll check." And then I snid, "But, even it all this proves to be true, you'll have no real proof. Do you see?" "We have ways and means," he said confidently. "We'll make her talk." I shook my head. "I don't think so. Anyone so mad with ambition —for she really must be rnad— will never break down and confess except in the face of real proof. You — you don't know women. Lieutenant." His eyes met mine. He said slowly. "Maybe that is true, Holly. I've never known any woman very well. And there is only one woman . . Holly . ." Tears burned the edges of my eyes. "Don't—don't say it, now." 1 pleaded. "Why not, Holly?" Both of us had forgotten the issue at stake. Both of us were aware only of this pulsing, leaping emotion between us. He was contrite. He was desperate for my forgiveness: he wanted absolution for having doubted me—for having believed for even a little time the evidence ol nil reason rather than the truth in his .icart. And I wanted to hear him say it I wanted to hear it more than 1 had ever wanted to hear anything in my life. But I dared not listen to him. yet. 1 could not have happiness offered to me again, and again have it snatched away. "Because—b e c a u s e—" 1 (altered. "i( I'm not right, this and then, ^weapon will only be more evidence against me. If I'm not right, you'll have to arrest me." (~)F course, he didn't understand. ^ He started to protest. I stopped him. 1 told him in words and * * * (phrases lhat were jumbled, that T_TE kept nodding his head as he Iran giddily together, now the A listened and darting bright, weapon itself could b* further evidence against me, ending wildly, "It would only be my word against hers, don't you see? And with all this other evidence against me—the evidence you have . . ." He said violently, "I'll gel th« truth out of her. I'll choke it out of her." "No—no. Bob. Not that way. You hove to light lire with lire, cunning with trickery . . ." And then 1 told him of the plan I had worked out, the plan (or trapping the real murderer and for clearing myself. He came close to me then. He put his arms around me and h» held me warm and close in his arms until 1 stopped trembling. But he didn't kiss me. lie released me and tie said, "Yes—we'll try it. ll won't do any harm—and it may work." There werc a lot of details to be worked out. The plan as 1 had presented it to Bob was little more Ihnn a bare outline. Verification of what 1 had guessed and invented and surmised had to be made first, and then—if I wai right—a lot of people would have ' to be coached in what they were to do without knowing why they were to do it. And there was the timing of the trap. That had to be worked out to the split second. Otherwise everything would fall flat. ' We discussed it excitedly for an hour—silling there in the room lhat had been Marie's for so short a while—and then Bob stood up and said decisively: "I've got to be going—there are a hundred angles to he checked . " lie sl.-irtcd to go but suddenly he stopped and turned back to me. "Gel your hat and coal," he said abruptly. "Why?" "You can't stay here alone. If we're right in what we're thinking, she's going to be desperate when she learns that there has .been another death—an accidental one. Desperate enough to try anything cither to get the weapon back and destroy it. or to get rid ot you—the one person who can connect her with these crimes. Gel your things. You're going to slay at rny place." (To Be Continued) OUT OUR WAY By J. R. WilliamsjOur Boarding House with Maj. Hoople STOP VAPPIKJS AND USE YOUR HEAD SOME TIME.' PUT YOU Vv)ER& A LIME •SOLDIER IM THE 6O6R MfV3OP3 ~ MOT MO, AMD DOSi'T KACK.'; DKATTHrSV UNWIND TH/VT .' — MJVJ& & WORMOLST SPOOL L RELATED rtO\M T. V-J/XS V1OUMDBD /-I CANi MOOR OLT2 RETREPCV BULLER'S FORCES W ww? AMD GO TO He DEDICATES POP'S IhiG THE f?oev VIC FLINT One "Special" Down inya ordered me a drink with enough of a Mickey in it to put WHAT AM I GONNA DO WITH THIS? I'VE GOT TO P1AY AtONG WITH HER, BUT IF I DRINK IT I'M A GONfcR/ By MICHAEL O'MALLKY find RALPH LANK It thanked rnv staTs that my neighbors feet were too big for his 5hoes. WASH TUBUS A Striking KMimnlc lly LK.SLIK TURNER WIN? 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