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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS ' il!3 »°M1NANT NEWSPAPKIl O*' NORTHEA SI ARKANSAS ANIl snilTHKAR-r Miaar,,,.,, "^"^ ¥ * *—' TOL. XLIV—NO. »5fl BIytheville Courier Biythevllli Daily Newi Mississippi Valley Leader BJytheviU* Herald SI ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAS'I MISSOURI Osceola Pushes Housing Project To Aid Veterans Businessmen Bock Proposal to Raise Fund of $20,000 Steps leading to construction of a «250,000 housing project of 40 units In Osceola were agreed on last nigh* by a group of appriximately 30 businessmen who met in the library o the high school there. Nearly half of the first step Ir the housing program was accomplished last night when pledges o $500 each were received from six more Oseeolans, bringing to IB the list of 40 backers sought to form a 150,000 non-profit trusteeship or corporation to launch the project The- first step will be completed when 40 backers supply $500 each according to present plans, Steve Halph, member of the three-mai Chamber of Commerce Housing Committee now handling the pro posed project, said today. The remaining $30,000 will be sought from the Federal Housing Administration Non-Profit Project According to (lie plan suggestec last night, the succeeding steps In elude selection of the project site obtaining an option on it and ac quiring approval from FHA Lead quarters in Little Rock. Announcement of the project tc consist of 20 duplexes, was made by the Chamber of Commerce Friday " It is planned to use the housing units primarly for rental to veterans The veterans also will be given ai opportunity to purchase the uniu, and a number already have offeree to pledge $500 to the project as dowr payments on them, Mr. Ralph said The units will be sold at a proii limited to $250 each, he said. Thi <-lll defray title costs -id the ex penses of disbanding tin, corpora tion when all the units are sold he explained. ' 'T. Ralph said the housing com- ice was seeking the support o public opinion as well as financia. support of investors. Two Slles Considered Two sites for the units have beei offered to date, he said, but the location will not be chosen until the financial backing has been secured It was suggested last night tha- a board be .named to direct thi .trusteeship ol corporation formed tr andle TOistruc.„.„ 0 , tne project >r-*-r——•*••-•• tbr.ft^':CT|Sft>.-^'' t V*&. c * .'to-wMJttnrto Mr.*RaIpiir6Wer Chamber directors on trie Oscola Chamber's Housing Committee are Faber A. While, chairman, and J c Buchannan. G. B. Segraves presidci at the meeting last night in the ah. *ence of Mr. White, who was out o town. Two Men Hurt In Accident South of City Prank Greer of BIytheville, salesman for the Huddleston and Corn- Pany and William Gillols of Caruthersville, salesman for the Carli- thersville Baking Company, are In •he BIytheville Hospital today recovering from injuries received yesterday afternoon in a truck-car collision on the Whistleville Road "ve miles South of BIytheville f» [' t i r " r 1s 5 " (fcrl "S from a la.ctured pelvis bone and slight shock received in the accident an, Mr. Gillois is suffering from sligh head injuries, none of which ar, considered serious. Details of the accident could not . . - "• •"" itccinenc. couln no jw learned today but it was reporteu 'hat the Plymouth car driven bv Mr. Oreer collided witli the bread irucK driven by Mr. Gillois and then carreenetl from (he road striking & telephone pole. Both men were reported by ho Pital attendants as "resting well" • noon today. $900 Judgment Awarded Involving Auto Accident Damages totaling S9CO each were awardco T. L. Lewis and Mrs. Ada Lewis by a Circuit Court jury her- yesterday In a suit brought against Raymond Wright following an auto accident late in 1946. In other court action yesterday "itornoon and this-morning, the following cases were disposed of- Leon Croom vs. Ersley Robin, ap- Wal from Common Pleas Court- Judgment ol {241 for plainiiff, mo-' 'ion for new trial filed today. M !< yme Guilm vs - Minnie Lu!a Mcador. to collect real estate com- nnssion Judgment of J100 for plain- ,.^L le ! " arri s vs. R A. Anderson, consent Jungment for possession of Property and $10 damages. Jose Gonzalez vs. Leland Hollis, appeal from Municipal Court dis- peMant ° n motion of Pontiff ap- Gcorge C. Wilkcrson vs. E C Burnett, conversion of car owiicr- nVent C nucd f ° r t*rm by agree- H. c. Campbell v.s. Mrs T A Crockett, et «,, appeai from M ' ' cipal Court continued for lerm on motion of defendants. Heads ^otton~I*change LITTLE ROCK, Jan. 28 (tjp>_ Ernest T. Owen today heads th« Uttlc Po-k Cotton Exchange jo! BLVTHKVJLLB, ARKANSAS, WKONESDAV, JANUARY 28, 1948 FOURTICKN FACES Farm Labor Outlook Good For Missco Mississippi County Agent Keith Bilbrey of Blylheville spoke opto- mislically ye.slerday about the agricultural outlook for the coming year in this section and predicted that farm labor would pose no problem. Speaking at the weekly meeting of the Rotary club yesterday noon In the Hotel Noble, Mr. Bilbrey termed the 1048 outlook in agriculture here "very good." New developments In farming and mechanization will release labor and make it more plentiful, he said. Mr. Bilbrey urged more Industrialization In this urea to absorb workers displaced by farm mechanization. He also discussed new chemicals developed for agricultural use. Of (lie weed killer 2. 4-D, he said it should not be used on cotton or soybeans as it is harmful to broad- leafed plants. John McDowell of Blylheville was a guest at the meeting. Schuman Irked By Policy Rebuffs Cabinet May Resign If Devaluation of French Franc Fails PARIS, Jan. 28 . (UPJ-Tbe Socialist Parly decided tonight to abstain In I he critical assembly v«te on devaluation measures thus apparently averting (he threatened overthrow of premier Robert Sclmman's government. PARIS, Jan. 28. (UP)—Premier Robert Schumaii's Government threatened after R cabinet meeting today to resign If parliament persisted In rebuffs to the devaluation program. "The position of the government would become untenable it the very substance of it., financial project was questioned," a spokesman .said. The cabinet met to map its course in the squabble with the National Assembly over sections ol the devaluation program aimed at setting up 3 free market in money and gold. Observers gave Schuman the upper hand over a dissident assembly after he rallied from an earlier dc- ^Tn* "premier; woni .'«' demand for *^embly -debate on the-bin-373 to 184 in a midnight session after he warned, "to refuse discussion would make impossible the existence of this government." Socialists Reverse Position Only the Communists opposed urgent debate. Socialists joined with Schuman In the assembly reversing an earlier stand when they teamed with Communists in the finance committee to reject the The assembly was scheduled to meet late today. The measure is a vital plank in Schuman's program to devalue the franc. It provides for a free money market, where the franc may seck its own Jeve! on a par with (he black market rate of 330 to si. The second provision calLs for legislation of hidden foreign assets now held by Frenchmen Through these two provisions the government hopes to obtain hoarded gold and hidden foreign assets to strengthen its financial position Socialists objected to the provision for legalizing hidden foreign assets and voted against the bill in the finance commission. Tlielr opposition in the assembly would mean almost certain defeat. To appease the Socialists the government introduced three additional articles or a highly technical nature designed to meet their objections. | Schuman called an emergency cabinet meeting after the Socialist opposition developed, but the cabinet did not authorize him to make the issue a vole of confidence. U.S. Considers Policy Change On Reparations Marshall Suggests Abandonment of Potsdam Formula "IV, 1 !^ 1 l>rcss S '" f ' Correspondent WASHINGTON, Jan. 28. IUP)- Ilie United States i s complete!) reviewing it., p Q ii cy 011 Oernln ' n reparations and a high level decision on future policy is expected soon, it was learned authoritatively today. Secretary of State George u Marshall went on record at the recent unsuccessful m e Four meeting x jii London as opposed to any further deliveries of German plants from the Western zones as repara- ions to Poland and Russia. An< his policy—nbandonment of the rutauiun ioiiiiiila—is expected to be upheld 1 . The state Department, meanwhile, i.s preparing to relieve the army O f the Job of running the military government In Ihc American zone of Germany. The Army which lus been trying lo shake tlie administrative Job for 2',i years announced yesterday that the stall iJcpartinent would take over arounc The shift will affect only n d- mlmstiativc functions In Germany Army troops will remain there to carry out police functions. Face Delicate Problem The German reparations problem is one of the most delicate and difficult foreign policy issues unde discussion in Washington todav The review of policy was necessitated by: 1. Collapse of Big Four negotiations on Germany last Dcccmbei which, (n effect, tossed Ihe Pols- dam reparations plan into the ashcnn. 2- Intense and insistent congressional demands—many inspired by former President Herbert Hoove —that the united states stop al German plant removals for reparations, even those destined for Western European countries 3. British desire to continue the Potsdam formula on reparations Including Its provision that Russia and Poland get M per cent of the Plant removals from Western Germany but, pay with rav materials from Eastern Germany in amount equivalent In value to 15 of th 25 per cent. 4. The basic assumption by (he American formulators of-the Mar shall plan.. Ihat Germati pla-ils- especinliy slccl plants—would continue to be delivered as reparations to tile Western European countries 5. Refusal of the 16 Marshal Plan European countries, however to include the prospect of furthc German reparations plants in Iheir economic aid estimates because of uncertainly about u. S. Policy- Policy Makers Busy The cumulative effect has bee intensive negotiations and talk, within the administration and b\ the administration with Congress with the British, and with " other Marshall pin,, country The major tip on th e kind o policy the United States will finally end up with came in the state DC partment's reply this week to i House demand for answers to several questions on German rcpara lions. Th e department said in part It is the U. S. position that m further deliveries to Russia should be made from the u. S. zone until and unless agreement can be reached on other economic issues." There is no prospect of agreement with Russia on "oilier economic issues" in Germany. Although the Slate Deparlrncnt statement did nol say so specifically, it indicated that the U, S in any event would continue dismantling plants on the reparatins 'list and allocate them to the Western European countries, 'mat would be in accordance with the 1846 Paris agreement on reparations to all the allies except Ru'- sia and Poland. Mrs. C.C.Langston Dies in Memphis; Rites Tomorrow Mrs. C. C. Langs ton of Memphis and formerly of BIytheville'. died 'his morning 6:50 o'clock at the Baptist Hospital in Memphis fol- lowm.i several weeks' illness she was 36. Funeral services will be conducted .omorrow at 4 p.m.. by Dr. H. c. Walto:i, pastor of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, at the Na- ional Funeral Home in Memphis Burial will be at Memorial Park She is survived by her husband, hrce daughterj. Vonnclle, 12 Bel- V Gail. 8. and Mary Ellen 6 months, her [alher and mother Mr and Mrs. J. A. Corbctt of Black *ock. Ark., and five, brothers Laser Corbetl of Joncsboro, Clyde Corbelt of Akron, Ohio, Myers Cor- ostl of Nettieton. J. B. Corbelt of Soticcoy. Calif., and Andrew Corbett of Memphis. Mr. Langston has been joined in Memphis by his daughters. Mrs C R. Wroten and Mrs G. O. Pociz nd Mr. Poetz and his son, Charles -angstc'ii Jr. and Mrs. Langslon. Soybeans Prices f. o. b. Chicago 1:30 open high low p.m. Ma 7 406 407 403 «S Fertilizer Use Conference To Open Tonight The first in a scries of four discussions on fertilizers and soils mnit- aKcmcnt in Mississippi County by Dr. R. p. Bartholomew, associate director in charge of research at the University of Arkansas' Collec" of Agriculture, will be held at 7-30 tonight in the auditorium of the Leachvllle High School. Similar discussions will be held tomorrow in the Manila High School at 10 a.m.; the Legion Hut in Blythc ville at 2 p.m.; and Ihc Court House In Osceola at-7:30 p.m. County Agcnl Keith Bilbrcy staled this morning that he had received word from Dr. Bartholomew that (he meetings would be held regardless of the weather, j. M. Thomasson of Little Rock, district extension agent, will acompany Dr. Bartholomew to Mississippi County for the discussions. The meetings will be open lo the public and all farmers of this area who are using or plan to use fertilizers are urged lo at ( --id, Mr. Bilbrey said. Ten Die in Crash FRESNO. Cal.. Jan. 28. lUPl — Tlie sheriffs office reported today an American transport company Plane crashed at 10:30 a.m. today nnd lo bodies have been recovered so far. DOPIM mn CENT* i Oil Plant Burhs As if supported by billowing' clouds'," two''firemen nppeuv In B, of smoke rising from burning oil nt an Oklahoma city processlm plant. The blaze and explosions caused $100.000 dninngc beloro flicmci, hampered by near-zero weather, brought thnu under control. (NBA Telepholo.) Stalin Draws Iron Curtain Tighter And Silences All Russian Officials By WAI/IKK CRONKITE United Pre.su Stuff Corrrsixmilcnl MOSCOW. Jan. 20. (U.P.)-The Soviet government prohibit Russian officials and slate employees rrom talking to foreigners today and designated Foreign Minister V. M. Molotov, foreign otfic, M the sole clearing house for contact with the outside world. The only exemptions to the blnn- kel decree were the ministry of foreign trade, which may handle foreign contacts with permission ot llic foreign olflce, and such working people as clerks, waiters and tickr sellers. The clerks and wallers, however, were warned they must restrict their conversations with foreigners to the "limits of thoir usual functions" on penalty of under the criminal mcnt was not specified. °^ Any Soviet official otfeS tl fha'c In the foreign ministry fcp- l>ro:ichcd personally by a foreign diplomat must not discuss the question asked. Answers must be limited lo an explanation that the inquiry must be directed to the ministry of foreign a/fails. The decree was passed Dec. 16 by order of the supreme Sovicl to lifihlen slalc sccurily. It was published yesterday in the official gazette. The decree provides that all rcp- ic.scnlations made by lotcign nations or Individuals, regardless of their nr.lurc, must be handled only by tlie ministry of foreign affairs. In the case of certain economic mrvttcr.s. representations may be handled by the ministry of foreign trade wilh Ihe approval of the ministry of foreign affairs. Any written communications received by Soviet officials from foreigners must be forwarded immediately to one of the Iwo ministries, which will answer tlie correspondent directly Army Transport Long Overdue at Airport in Italy LaFollette Raps Army's Bungling Committee Hears X Success Euopeans ISTRES. France. Jan. 28. 'UP) — U.S. Air Force officials today announced the disappearance of one of Ihcir transports which lefl here I l!tr 8 ct 'f thi for Uciinc. Italy, wilh six children : omm ciiclatloti and three adult passengers aboard. The transport look off from this air center near Marseille yesterday for Die 425-mile flight to Uciinc, in ! Norheastern Ilaly near Trieste, j Nothing had been heard of it since ' then. I Search planes shuttled over the I flight route throughout the day today, but found no trace of the ! vanished transport. I LaFollctte's criticism of army ad- Amor.R the search planes was a ! ni| nistration In Germany came only Plying Fortress which carried a life- i 24 llol "' s aftcr Army Secretary Ken- boat. The first teg of the Might ncl11 c R °ya" announced thai the WASHTOGTON, Jan. M. (UP) — Former Sen. Robert M. I.aFollcltc Jr.. said today the Army liai bungled Its administration In Germany and Us "in conceived" policies threatened success of the European -recovery program. LaFoltetle, the former Wisconsin Progressive, said the army failed in Its Job in Germany by not launching currency re/ormj b. block inflation. These reforms, he told the Senate Foreign Relations commitlce had been postponed In nn effort to placate llus.s!a. LaFollette one* served on tin. Foreign Relations Committee. He i« one of tiie authors of the Hnrriman committee's study of Ihe recovery program. He endorsed European recovery program (ERP) as the alternative to Communism in Europe. He said [allure lo approve it would result in a strong threat to "our own effective Independence. Bin LaFollette said thai the four- yenr plan, which may cost $17,000,000.000 will Increase inflationary pressures in this country. Those nrgui»2 otherwise are guilty of "sheer nonsense." he said. LaFolletle lestilicd as Republican "revisionists" in the Senate called a strategy huddle for Friday to decide how far they will go in Ihcir opposition to the projwsed Marshall plan spending. Their immediate administration rector a $6,800,000.000 clo'ivn payment lo finance the first 15 mouths of the program. LaFollctlc said the program Is a cliallejige to the 16 Western European nations il would aid. "It l.s only tlie Europeans who can save Europe," he said, adding tlml "nothing the United Stales can do will be effective unless the Euro- do much more." army would turn over the admin- isUativo task to the State Department about July 1. night have carried the plane out over the Ligurian Sea off Northwest Italy. A thin possibility was .seen that I the plaiie had landed .safely at a I kin.., Y rt -Lr place trom which the crew was mi- I '~*-~ • V»l IV ible to communicate immediately i with authorities. '/emier of Iraq Flees During Baghdad Rioting BAGHDAD. Jan. 28. (UPl — The resigned Premier Salch Jabr fled Iraq by plane today in Ihe wake of rioi.:ng in which Offikco reports istcd many persons killed or woundcci. Mar. Mi-y July Oct. Dec. open . 3459 . 3470 . 3420 . .1105 . 3131 1:30 high low p.m. 3464 3430 3459 3477 3444 3471 3426 3397 3420 3165 3137 3156 3131 3104 3122 New York Stocks Weather 2 p.m. Slocks A T and T 15n 7-S Amcr Tobacco 65 1-2 Anaconda Copper 33 1-4 Beth Steel 33 3.4 Cliry.sler . *ia 1 4 Arkansas forecast: partly cloudy Coca Cola 170 ml continued cold tonight. Thur.s-, Oen Mcclric , 34 | g lay parlly cloudy, not quite so cold ' Gen Motors 54 1 4 n the afternoon. Montgomery \Vaid'.'.'.'.'.'.'.'. 51 Minimum this mornliiR-4. Hit Harvester Maximum ycstcrday-25. North Am Aviation .... Sunset today-5:34 j Radio Sunrise tomorrow—i:og. | Socony Vacuum Precipitation, 24 hours la 1 ».m. I Studubaker oday-none. | Texas Corp Total «lnce Jan. 1—S,U. | Packard . . 8B 3-4 10 1-4 8 3-4 15 5-8 19 1-8 4 J-4 Four-Degree Low Causes Suffering in BIytheville Homes Short on Fuel Oil Showdown Near On Knulson Bill House Democrats Fear Endangering Nation's Economy WASHINGTON. Jim. '->». iUl>> — Demon-ills on the House Wuys and Means Committee lodny licensed thu Warmer Weather is Only Hope For Full Measure of Relief Here BlyUiav-illo niid other North Arkansas areas wer« bullors lor Arkansas last night as the coldest weather of the year rolled into tlw state on the heels of a brisk north .wiu nnd son the Ihormomctors to their lowest reading. ol the your. HlyllieviUc this morninp; lias a low of four de- TJjp lilUcr uolii found .tome finnl- epublicans of I'lidaiiKerliiK the na- ion's economy nntl Jconu.-olKlnj; mltonn] srcuvily by proposing nn Income lux cut of about $0,000000,- OflO. Tlie Demon-lit Ic views on thu lax Ik'.s in HID i-ny suffcrliiK for \ M k al luel unci somo ol thu fuel oil dealers WITH pessimistic. Three Indl- palttt they were no longer fthlc to take cure ol all nf ih t .[ r rcgnlnr customers nnd one BiiuBcsted thut only wimiicr weather can bring a full measure o( relief. In the nicanlliuo nil users of fuel lllltl '"'iKiic were urged to be ns consolation. The Weiithev Bureau m Lilllc Hock hus u record of nine below zero for Blylbcvlllo In January of iim, nnd another loading muni In the American slamlaid of living." "These (vvai'llmc) rnti'.s . . . con tdilutc a .serious obstacle to the in- I J '" •-•-> ••••" "j,wim.i ivum creiusc In production needed to ro- • "' ''' BnL lwlow 'or this city back m Hove current Inflationary pressure," J "';"»O 1 "' '930. the Republicans said. ' ' "sK'i'diiy's maximum of 25 de- The GOP report contended 11 ml i ""'''•''• llu ' ""cowl lime the ther- Llie lux cut could lie made and suf- I | m| incl<T llils year lias stayed so " of the Ihvec inches of lell Monday night on HID wound except for -tha drlft- I»K caused by the sharp wind out of the North. Plumber* received another flood of calls today from householders wlio.su water pipes were frozen, and I ml i « m " l|( . [ mmnclcr II (iclcnt funds left over to provide low ' '"'I 11 " n debt reduction from »10,005.000,- " tu)w ""'cli 000 to $11,000,000.000 in the Ill-IB and J040 fiscal yeurs. The Dcmocvats, however, con- lenclcd that, the Knul.son proposal threatens to create n deficit of »'i,100,000.000 In the 1040 fiscal year. Triiniaii Finn The Republican report criticized President Truman's $40-for-cvery- bcxly lax cut lo be made up by u 1ft per cent excess profits lax. Tlie GOP report salt! the President's program is "Inflationary" and the excess profits lux would not—as claimed by Ihn President—produce sufficient, revenue to oifsel the loss through Uie $40 cut. Tile Republicans contended: the treasury had under* receipts for'the 194fl and 1! years because of nn increase «?&?»•? llonal Income. Figuring that thft Republican majority in Congress will whittle 1'ie.sidiml Truman's expenditures for llscnil ,194!) by SV 000.000.000 or more, the GOP report said that there would be a surplus after tux reduction of $2,500,000.- GOO or more. Tile conflicting views of tlie Republicans and nemocLal.s will Ki-'L n further airing al closed meetings later today. In addition (o the general fJcmocrallc: and Republican meetings, the House. Rules Commitlcc arranged lo incL-t thl.s morning to de- the procedure muter which the , lucls were experiencing some illiflciill.}' In keeping oil and ga.s llni's open because of Uie cold weather. Tim uiallt.-r forecast for Ar- kuiiMi.% mils fii,. cunllmicd cold lonlnhl with tlin nkli-s partly cloudy. llii]po Is hi 1,1 for tome relief TliurMluy vrllh K prediction thai It will nut be qultr no onld 111 the :iftrrniHm. _., all schools In Mississippi I J-'Were operating todny ' <;J,Jio wcalhcr, but at Manila -•^r ^**°'-' < were closed becauwi of in Mudcqualc fti'pl supply and the dangerous couclllton of roiuls over which buses must, operate. The Ma- nllii .scliools, It was staled moinlni;, will remain closed the wculher moderates. Thu F'lul Lake school In tlie BIy- theville district was closed today and an empty bus v;«s reported stranded at tlie school.' Yai-bro school, which die! nol operate yesterday, resumed classes loday. Etacvvhuro in thn Mldriin We.st Uie outlook was some brighter with warmer wenlher in sight and wc.itlier okv.Tvi'rs .said that a dc- llnlle break in Ihe .sub-zero wealh- can be expected. The nation lias schedule. IJUl night's pernluras kept sub-freezing tlie state's Knutson bill will be- considered on | . the House floor beginning tomor- I ?""'" lh ? l ir " cs of a coltl wav « row. The final vote will be delayed fo ,, t1 ' 8 P nst H . tln y s - , " lns9 of w " rl " nlr moving until 'J'iie meiLsm-e Is scheduled to be considered under a procedure barring amendment. That l.s the nor- niLiI way in which the House undertakes to pass on a tax bill. The Democrdla, however, arc lo be granted one motion lo f-end Ihc bill back lo the Ways and Menus Committee for revision. That will bring the big test. Nn Ainciidmi-nls Kxjioclrd Since House Republicans are lined up almost solidly for the Knutson bill, the recommital motion Is foredoomed to failure. Democratic Leader Sam Rayburn .,,,i,~] the only pur[M>se of lhi.s afternoon's meeting was lo give Democratic members of the Ways and Means Committee an opportunity to explain "how bad" the Knut.son hill is. No effort will IK' made lo rally the Democrats behind a substitute. House Republicans arranged to have Ihelr meeting immediately after Ihe Democrats vacate Hie Ho vise chamber. The coolness with which Dtfnio- crals have received President Truman's tax revision plan was drm- itcd by a vote trf the Ways and Means comini'.ten yesterday. Mr. Truman asked Congress to grant a $40 lax credit lo each taxpayer and dependent, tiie lass 'A revenue to be miuie up through a 75 per cent excess profits tax on corporations. When Rep. John D. Dingell. n., Mich., proposed to substitute Mr. Truman's proposal for the Knul.son bill the committee rejected the novc by a 10 to 5 vote. Four Dctn- Volcd wild 15 Republicans II. Louis/anon Gets Post Vith River Commission WASHINGTON. Jan. 28 tUPi - Dwilt L. Pyburn. director f -'^eastward out of Canada was , '. '""'• rb ''' 1 » k|11 " »>c ornzy quilt 1 ^ Ul ' 1 " ° , "J," '" 1 . r .^ llc " , 51 ' w utl ' W tO1 "' '>'•<•'"-'•!>"" I'ate 4 Fuel Shortage Serious Over Much of Nation WASHINGTON, Jan. 28. (UP) — Homeowners who use oil heat faced the prospect lodny of reducing their oil consumption even more llian the requested 15 per cent If the severe cold spell continues • S'.'n. Charles w. Tobcy, R., N. H., chairman of tiie Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Oil, said Industry sources have advised his group that the cutback urged by Interior Secretary J. A. Krug may not be enough. Tobcy said tlie prolonged cold wave over many sections of the country ha.s imposed a heavy drain on licuting oil supplies which al- reudy were scarce. The New Hampshire senator said Industry representatives told his subcommittee al a closed meeting yesterday that gasoline shortage is in prospect for this Spring and may continue through the Summer months. Next Winter, he said, prom- , Louisiana Department of f the Publl emu exports be halted mounted in C d that CongrCif, de.spile an administration | without warning ihal ihls country may lose I yesterday' more than it gains if an embargo Is " ' placed on overseas sales. The House Commerce Committee rejectee! as unsatisfactory an (•spoliation by William C. Foster, undersecretary or commerce, that Hope and fo? a uomsiana ucparimeni ol I'urjnc . . : J • ~ ^vw, UI Lnv Works, was nominated todav by Amenca imports more oil than it «v~»i. He s-,1,) j m poru might be , •resident, Truman to fill a vacancy n the Mississippi Uivrr Commission. Pybnrn was named to the vacancy atisnd by the death of Harry N. 'harr. He Is the first member of Ihe ommission appointed from Louis- aiia since 1909. He hns been dircc- blocked m retaliation. Osceola Construction Bids Low on Big Job LITTLf: ROCK, Alk., Jan, 28.— <HP) — The Mears Construction . The commission consists of three icmbers from the Army Engineer Corps, one from the Coast, and Qeo- iff. , , Survey and three from clvtl apparent low bidder for construction of lot two of the Garden Bottom Levee District in Yell County. Bids, including one of 1139,894 by None of Hie state's highways have been closed officially, but Baker said travel will be unsafe until [he ice melts. Bus passengers were not entirely marooned. Orown coaches planned to keep to U* schedule from Little R<x* to Port Smith by way of Booneville. aanta pe. maintained Its trips from Harrison to Joplin, Mo., and Intercity Bus Lines kept to iUs Camden-Morrllton booking. Greyhound operated between Little Rock, Memphis and BIythe- ville, and Little Rock to Port Smith. The firm also continued it* Memphis to Dallas, Tex., trip by way of Pine Bluff and Texarkana, Missouri Pacific Tr»llw»ys cancelled al] Its morning trips but ..... - ..... B •"•" "* W^.U^T wj c a s mornng rps u ., --.. Messrs firm, wer e opened by: hoped to r* back on schedule later 1 the U. S. EnRine«n yesterday. J in thi day. Arkansas Snow Hampers Traffic Reports Indicate Situation Worse In Southern Half i By United frets Cold-fatigued Arkansas braced Iself for another day and nicht of sub-freezing temperatures (hat already have virtually halted highway traffic and Isolated many sections In the southern part or ,th« sltile with crippling communications and power tlcupi. The u. 5. Weather Bureau In Little Rock predicted the mercury would lurk between zero and 12 degrees In the north portion and 12 to so degrees In the south portion tonight. The mercury plummeted to on« dcBree below 7-ero last night at Ollbcrl and Harrison and four above at BIytheville where three Inches oj snow still are on thi ground. While North Arkansu uppran In li»ve born* the brant ol th* low lcmpM«lure. |h e wulhera li»lf of the sUle experienced fir •rreatcr ( Um»Be »nd Interruption In transportation and cornmunl- cutlon. service* u a mult at Hie nnuw. Despite the Icy tilghways, a num. ber of bus companies operated on schedule today, with a lew exceptions. Braking conditions al Little Hock Municipal Airport wen .uood, and the three major commercial nlrllne« serving ArkansM planned to keep tlielr flight* on nrhpHnl* ^ tcm- high- this i wnys dangerously glazed with • tht •••"• sleet and anow that fell over lh« week-end and Monday. Highway Department employes continued to sand down the most important slrclchrj and the most dangerotu hills and bridges, but officials admitted that the work did little to reduce the hazardous driving conditions. Highway Director J. o, Baker repeated his warning to motorists to travel only In cases of extreme emergency. Many Schools Close Many of Ihe schools In Arkansas, especially rural schools, were closed Indefinitely until roads becomr passable. In Southern Arxansas, communications lines were down today between pitio Bluff and McGehee Pine Bluff and Camden and between •aurilon and El Dorado. Telephone wires were not operating to Camden, El Paso. Warren, McOehce, Montlcello, MagnollR, Nashville and other smaller towns. Emergency contact was maintained between Little Rock and Camden by the radio office o« th« Little Rock Naval Reserve Battalion. Lieut. Commdr. w. E. Delong, commanding officer of th« battnllon, said he relayed a message yesterday requesting four assistants for an emergency telephone crew »t Camden. The offlc* accepted emergency messages today. Fifty breaks In telegraph wires between Pine Bluff and McQehee were reported, and an emergency crew from Dallas, Tex., was working on them today. Railroad tracks were covered with Ice, slowing inspection and repairs of a Cotton Belt crew dispatched to the Pine Bluff-Camden area from Tyler, Tex. Communications officials expected additional breaks during the day nnd more serious delays in repairs If the temperature remained at tlie below-freezing level. Power Lines Broken Power lines in the stricken southern part of the state wer«

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