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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS 1 THEJJOM.NANT NEWSPAPER oq NOBTH«*aT ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI VOL. XLIV—NO. 129 Blythevllle Daily News Blylhevllle Courier Blythcvillc Herald Mississippi Valley Leader Union Members Aided by New Act Taft-HorMey Measure To Win Support of Workers Over U.S. Juyer Resistance To Soaring Prices WASHINGTON. Aug. 23, (Ul'l — Sen, John J. sparkman, D., Ala,, xprcsscd hope today that Congress' 25.CCO cross-country Investigation high prices will Increase buyer esistance. He said one of the chief alms if the forthcoming inquiry should * to instruct housewives to delay ill but essential purchases until irlces come down. A joint Senate-House economic lommlttee will launch three sl- miltaneous investigations next nonth—In the East. MldWcst and Pur West. .Sparkman will travel with the MldWcst group. The Alabama senator said he nought the committee should look nlo charges Unit widespread piice- ixing may be partly responsible or present conditions. He cited .what he termed recent 'prodding" from manufacturers and vholesalers which encouraged re- ail distributors to increase their irices. He said the suggestions came in the form of written assurances to retailers that increases ~!" . S ,°, me _F", scs u ". <° " Percent Only Peru. Bolivia, Paraguay and Venezuela were ready to support the Argentine stand for omitting sanctions against American aggressors. The United States with Sen. Arthur 'Vandenberg as spokesman took the lead in vigorous opposition to the Argentine proposal. Vandenberg feared it would be Interpreted in the Kremlin as an anti-Communist pact. Ironically Vandenberg is the man who for more than a year was •pressuring the State Department to end its feud with Argentina. The Argentine proposal frankly startled the United States. Some of its top experts, although aware that Argentina was favoring such a plan, predicted freely that the Argentines would never make a formal move in face of certain defeat. Probably the Unified States will fight hard against any watered-' dowil compromise. Its major objective will be trying to persuade Argentina to withdraw her plan as a move to avoid public display of hemispheric dissension. The issue was buried deeply within the secret conclaves of the conference. Commission Two,,handling the question,-set up a a*-natjon subcommittee to seek a solution. The subcommittee debated three hours yesterday, then'appointed a seven-nation sub-committee. • The small group was to seek today a definition of continental and ctlra-continental aggression, also an interpretation of Article 51 of the , United Nations Charter. The article guarantees the right of individual or collective .self-defense outside the United Nations against "armed attack." Two Canadian Bank Bandits Take $40,000 WINDSOR. Ont., Aug. 23 (UP) — Police made a house-to-house search today for two bandits who threatened customers and employes of a Royal Bank of Canada, with a pistol and sub-machinegun 'and cs- caped with $40,000. man, and U.'ysscs Lauzon, 25, Windsor, who escaped recently from the Kingston penitentiary. Their getaway car was found abandoned an hour after the holdup on Windsor's East side. All roacis were blocked in this area by provincial police while the housc-to-liotise search was made throughout the section near the street where the bandit car, with a sawed-off .shotgun inside, was found. . • WASHINGTON, Aug. 23. '<UP> — Chairman Fred A. Hartley, Jr., the House Labor Committee predicted today that a rank-and-filc revolt will force reluctant union leaders to fall in line with the Taft-Hartlcy act. "When union members understand what this law means to them, there will be a revulsioi against the leadership." said the New Jersey Republican v/ho is CD author of the new labor legisla tion. "The leaders will then bf looking for every excuse under tin sun to conform to its terms." Hartley described as "brazen ef frontery" -the threats of certaii AFI, and CIO unionf. to ignore tin law which became fully effectivi this week. He recalled similar at tempts made by some industrial ists to by-pass tho Wasncr Ac when it was first enacted. "These employers discovered the: had made' a bad mistake becaus they were depriving themselves certain privileges," Hartley said "The same tiling is going lo hap psn to a lot of unions in the pre sent situation." Several unions have expressed de- termination'to avoid the responsibilities imposed by' the Taft-Hartley act by by galling with employers mdependenlly;,';of the Nationa Labor Relations Board.' Ha'itle) pointed but that'these unions wll have no standing under the 1 law. Union leaders so far have kep mum on their long-range plans un der the law. CIO's nine vice prcsi dents meet with President Philip Murray on Sept. 4. and AFL's 13 vice presidents gel together with President William Green on Sept 8. Definite policy statements may come out of these sessions, it was said. High on the agenda for the meetings probably will be the NLRB'.s plans for settling union jurisdictional disputes and secondary boycotts. Jiirisdictianal disputes are those between unions, in which management is not involved. The board laid down rules last night aimed at "fair and fast" procedure in handling such cases. An NLiRB spokesman said a start could be made within 10 days toward settlement of the 10-month- old jiirisdictional controversy in Hollywood movie studios and similar disputes elsewhere. IJ,S. Wins Victory Over Argentina In Brazil Parley PETROPOLIS, Brazil, Aug. 23. (UP)—Argentine Bele- Uate Pascual la Rosa admitted today tlie United States had Won a tentative victory in closed subcommittee debate on Argentina's proposal to differentiate between agression from within and without the Western Hemisphere. La Rosa made his statement after a subcommittee meeting at which he said a "compromise" between thc conflicting American and Argentine viewpoints was being'drafted However, he admitted that the* — '. United Slates view—limiting thc definition of aggression to that threatened within thc hemisphere —had won out. The compromise may take tlic form of specifyii'.? some procedure for arbitration and consultation in advance of sanctions in event of intraAmerican aggression. Informal polls indicated that the United States will be the certain winner if the issue 'reaches a formal decision. The vote-'if. taken now probably would be 14 to 6. Brazil, the -uncommitted 20th conference member, was trying backstage to find a compromise. Vandenbe'rc Leads Fight NEWSPAPER oq NOBTMUUrr ARKANSASAND SOUTHEAST H1,YTHEVIL1,E, ARKANSAS, SATURDAY, AUGUST 23, I'M? —would not be in vlolatlon'or antl trust laws. Sparkman identified the general ields of cosmetics and ;hos c in which such had been made. • •drugs Party Squabble I Brings Grave Crisis to Greece Cabinet Members , Resign in Huff; King Calls Conferences - r_ . SINGLE COPIES FIVE ATHENS, government Aug. 22. (UP)—The of . Premier Maxima* East Arkansas Organizes To Get Natural Gas for Fuel in 22 Cities, Demctrlos resigned civ bloc . today alter an inter-party squabble hud touched Qft demands tor « reshuffl* of the cabinet. Party leaders miilntalned at a meeting Hint at least partial re,organization of the government, wrt in order to enhance Grrek presto* abroad and provide the machinery. for facilitating the handling ol'ln- ternttl problems. ."*= The import of the cabinet reslg-ii nation and the Intents whlchl prompted it wore not clear imme-i; dlatcly. But It was known that the; government long had been more or less disturbed by dissident elements' within its ranks, the complaints of' British Leaders Bargain With Eastern Europe to Solve Economic Crisis LONDOM, lAug. 23. (UP)—Britain was reported today to be considering sharp cuts in her armed forces and new trade pacts with Eastern niiropean nations, including Russia as a means of easing the economic crisis. It was reported thatiBritain might offer Russia new credit concessions in return for a trade agreement The Evening Standard said the Cabinet would decide on this point Monday. A board of trade revealed that ail tradu relations with nations in the Soviet sphere arc being rc-surveycd and new agreements will soon be sought in many instances. ••New developments on the American loan," a spokesman said, "have altered our entire economic setup. previously looked like a bad bargain in some cases now has begun to look like a good bargain to us." British Plane Designerr, 3 Others Die in Crash LONDON, Aug. 23. (UP) — Roy Chadwick, chief designer and director of Avro and Company, was killed today in a test flight crash of a new Til dor II, a British commercial plane, nt iWcodford Airdrome, Cheshire. Three others were killed. Motorist Chases Driver, Who Failed to Stop After Accident, to State Line John Abbott of Dnnklin Co.. Mo., today reported lo stuto Police here that a partially identified driver's car collided with his this morning on Ash street and then fled across the Arkansas-Missouri state line near Caliimel with Mr. Abbott in pursuit. The left headlight and front fender on Mr. Abbott's 15)47 Mercury were crumpled antl the other car was said to be .similarly damaged. When the driver failed lo slop after the collision. Mr. Abbctt followed him after leaving word at two places lo notify State Police. Because of faulty information given officers here, state Police were delayed in contacting Mr. Abbott. Hearing is Postponed In Seizure of Liquor .Preliminary hearing of Jake Hal- slead. of Phoenix, Ariz., and formerly of 'Blythcville. who was arrested 'Aug. 15 and charged with the illegal transporting of alcoholic iiquors in 'Arkansas without a permit, was continued until Aug. 30 in Municipal Court this morning. Halslcad was arrested by Stale Patrolmen A. E. Chronister and C. K. Montgomery near Ihc Arkansas- Missouri stale line after they had stor-pcd his car to question him for driving an automobile with improper lights. At the lime of the arrest, the olficers found 22 cases of un-taxed whiskey slacked in the back of the car. Halstead is free under a $1000 bond. Temperature Here Hits 100; Low,of 73 Today The temperature In returned to the upper bracket again yesterday with a high of 100 degrees reported by Robert E Blaylock, official weather observer. Last night's low was 73 degrees. Midnight Blast Kills 19 Miners Tragedy in England Second for Week; Five Men Injured Af ?, t ?£! ELD PLAIN ' England, Aug i. (FTPl A - *v*r.j n i_i.i . . °' 23. (UP) — A. midnight explosion deep underground Uri trie Morrison North mine killed 19 coal miners today and raised to 123 tl lc one week death toll in th«-North England coalfields. Five men were Injured seriously. -. . •The victims were members of a work party preparing the diggings for Monday's operations. The nationalized British mines .operate on a five-day week, and phly s'rela- tive handful of men ,were Aihder- haven, of about 85 'miles' Southwest • '••••- - ••• which did not make for tratiqulllty at cabinet nicotines. The eruption of the lntra-cablne( suggestions differences into n government crisis! came at 'a time when thc American; Aid Mission headed by Dwlght Orls- wold was getting set for' Its first: substantial operations In Greece. •] It also coincided with guerrilla' warfare in the Northern border re-] giohs on a perceptibly mounting' scale: Gen. Markos Vaflades, the former tobacco worker who became guerrilla leader, recently proclaimed quasi-state in thc guerrilla regions, but II appeared that the guerrillas still lacked control of enough territory to make any such declaration stick. Maximos visited Ihe King lo submit the resignation of his cabinet: Leaving the palace after a 20-minute talk:with the King, he said the resignation had been'accepted. L lii line with the constitution; Maximos advised the King to 1 begin consultations at once to settle the crisis. The King asked the speaker of Parliament, Jot>n Tehptoklv and Tcmistocles Sophoulls of the liberal opposition to visit him this lafte'r- noon.' "' : .'•••' !;'>' Foreign Minister ConstanUn Tsaldaris opposed the shuffle dV manded by George Pa.pandrebu, in-: teriqir'lrnlnlster. PaiuyotU' from the mi$i' shaft in a .tunnel paralleling sealcd-off .workings in which an underground fire has been blazing since J9Z6. . Youthful couples in evening dress who had been attending a dance mingled around the pithead with the poorly garbed miners 1 families while search parties brought the todies to the'surface on stretchers The Morrison North mine is one of the oldest, and largest workings in the Durham coal field. The 21-year-old fire in the Morrison mine flared up in 1943 and again three months ago, when new barriers were being erected to enable resumed production in parts of the long-sealed workings. The explosion occurred shortly after midnight 600 yards from the main shaft, in an aren parallelling the workings reclaimed from the fire zone- 'Watchdogs' Urged to Aid U.S. Taxpayer WASHINGTON, Aug. 23. <UP>Chairman Eugene D. Millikin of thc Senate Finance Committee proposed today that Congress put 200 to 303 "watchdogs" in the various government departments and agencies to check on how they spend the taxpayers' money. The Colorado Republican said he believed this was the only way Congress would be able to yet Hit information it needed to appropriate money wisely. Without llic ilata that could, be gathered by such a check, he sau it was Impossible for Congress to he sure that it was handing out the right amounts. He said that under the present system Congress has lo act in the dark for the most part and depend too much on adminislration recommendations. The "watchdogs" could find out whether government offices were overstaffed by using a •'business yardstick", to measure the volumes of mall handled and work dohc he said. Arkansas Strawberries Sell for $4,337,680 FAYETTEVILLE. Alk.. Aug. 23. (UPI—Arkansas's 1947 strawberry crop brought the highest return on record to stale strawberry growers, according to Ihc University of Arkansas Bureau of Research. The gross return was $4.337.680 surpassing by more than a quarter million dollars the previous high of «,035.0CO set last year. The White County alca—which Indues White. Independence, Jackson. Woodruff, and Lonokc counties—accounted for more than half of Ihc cash income—2,735,860. Weather ARKANSAS—Partly cloudy loday tonight and Sunday with little change in temperature. Final Tribute Paid to Bilbo By Admirers PCPLARVILLE, Miss., Aug.' 23. (UP)—The admirers of Sen. Theodore G. Bilbo paid final tribute today to the fiery Southern political leader whose white supremacy theme kept him from his seat in Congress. Hundreds of the faithful flocked past Bilbo's casket for a momentary glimpse. In death, as In life on the senate floor Bilbo wore a diamond horseshoe stickpin at'ifl a gleaming red tie. The RCV..J. M. Nix of Bogalusa. La., will conduct final riles from the Juniper Grove Baptist church which Bilbo helped build. Bilbo's favorite song "The church in Ihe Wildwood" will be sung. Bilbo's hotly will be placed in a temporary vault. His family plans to build ;i mausoleum on the sloping hill to the rear of the church as ft lasting memorial. Bilbo's body wa.s brought here yesterday from New Orleans where he died nt a hospital from cancer complications. A detachment of 1G National Guardsmen joined the procession ill . tlie outskirts of town. - > . '' f Eipht honor guardsmen carried the flag-draped bronze aiid steel cnskctj-rom the hearse into Bilbo's famous $74.000 "Ciream Housef across the road from the church, final rites are scheduled for 2 p.m.. when th c Rev. n. Wade .Smith, pnstor of tho church will say a prayer and offer a scrip- lire reading from thc Third Chapter of St. Matthew. Tltf Rev. Mr. Nix has chosen he seventh and eighth verses of the fourth chapter from the Second Book of Timothy as th e subject his sermon. Missco Gets Vice President, Director, Too Mississippi County will be represented in the East Arkansas Natural ons Consumers Association, which was organized yesterday In TOrrcst City* by two directors, otic of whom was elected vice president of the organization. B. A. Lynch, president of thc Farmers Bank and Trust Company of Blythevllle, and Mayor Ben Butler of Osceola were cleclrd to thc 'organization's' board of directors, and Mayor Butler also was named vice president of the association. * The president Is John Lynch, secretory of the west Memphis Chamber of Commerce, who Is nol related to thc Blythcvillc director, and the secretary and treasurer Is James Lanahau, secretary of the Forrest city Chamber of Commerce. Mayor E R. Jackson of Blythe- vllle, and Mayor Butler of Osccola were Mississippi countiniis who served on the important resolutions committee which was appointed when thc formation of association was In Its early stages. Farmer Etigland. president of thc Blythevllle Chamber of commerce, served on thc committee which submitted nominations for directors, and later served In the ub- sence .of Mr, Lynch, who was unable to attend the Forrest City meeting, when the directors sub- •mitted their nominations for officers of the new association which will; correlate the efforts of 22 Ea.1t Arkansas cities and towns In an effort to obtain natural gas for the whole area. Elected directors were: Tap Horner of Helena; Harold Falls of Ij of West Mcm- Burkc of Mariauna; of Osceola; Wt W kley; Mr. Lynch of 'ohn Bowen of por- •f- H. McPhcrson of R. Brown bf Elected B. A. l,YNf!Il (l)irc(tnr Knst ArklinuiH Natural tins t'< • isumtrs A"si>< lalion) nfl ' -<T Jl,r: ~ " lowns Uniform Franchises Sought For Placement by Trustees. »<> ic * * , Y ',., Alk< Autf 23—Representatives of ^^ I'.iisl ArkutWH cities yenteiday met here and' duickly ' or K iimzed the Eaat Arkansas Natural Gas Consumers As-' Bocmtion which ]„ intended to free upwards of a h«K million people from the bonds of economic slavery 'in which th ^?/«.»™ ***"* the •«• ^.beent n»t«r«l to the mduHlrllRzatiou of any uiea Before Hie infant organization* barely had lime to open ltd eyes tho oiKaiilKers h R d dumped a powerful chunk of authority flnto the linnets ol live trustees who will have a fuel* ery ' the grave responsibility of placing the cities' gas distribution franchises into the lintidK of some distributor of natural K ns who will agree to serve the cities In this area 'iho trustees, us jet unnamed, wore Klvcn this authority In a resolution adopted by the association as lt.s first business after a nioiion to set up the organization had been approved, I'tS Attend Meeting Approximately 125 representatives of 22 e-ltlrs in 13 counties attended the meeting, of Three Girls Injured In Yarbro Accident °" c Blythevllle and two Yarbro pills, all about 13 year ,, '"Jiu-cd slightly yesterday iiHel- ncon when the motor scooter ll"v .«" Yarbri CO "' <1C<I WU " a "" They were Mildred Williams, daughter of Mr. an Mrs. John Williams of Yaibro, Shirley Ab'ootL daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clinlon Abbott of Yarbro, and Sarah Har- rissn, danglilcr of Mr. aivl Mrs Ghn Harrison of Blythcvillc. All three were on thc scooter when It collided about 4:30 p.m. with a car driven by Billy Koonce of Blythcvillc on thc North-South road leading from Highway 61 to Yarbro. a relative of one of tlic girls said. They were taken to Walls Hosiii- lal for treatment and a physician said thc Abbctt girl suffered a dislocated shoulder, ehe appeared to be the most seriously Injured. 'Hie others suffered cnU and brvlscs and their conditions were given as not serious. rest C(ty; Paragonld; Arc; arid W. S. Taylor of Harrisburg. ; ., Other .icitles represented at the meeting included: Marion, Tyronza, Earle, Marlanna, West Helena, Clarendon, Wheatlcy, Manila, DO- •WHt, Dumas and Augusta. At the suggestion of Mr. England Mississippi county, because of its large. area and two county sites was given two representatives on thc association's board of directors, while thc other comities were limited to one each Others from mythcvillc altcnd- |"j? the meeting were: Alderman Rupert Crafton and E. B. Thomas, assistant to James Hill. Jr.. president of the Arka Power .Company. Manila was represented by Mayor I. D. Shedd. Bill Ballard ami Alvln Tipton. The osccola mayor was accompanied 1 0 the me. nf A rthllr Rogers, vice preside. °l the Chamber of Commerce that city; the new C. of H " r D ' Pft " lus ' MAYOR BEN BUTLER (Vice President Cast Arkansas Natural Gas Consumers Aunciatlon) lisas Missouri Truck Theft Credited to Fleeing Felon riayor' ;A Negro prisoner who cscap' , t (j from Cummins Prison "Farm ne irt , | Pine Bluff 'Wednesday was believi KlCllli .... , ,„_„„ II.I,. ...,._..!. _fl 1 In c scc- Tim tilc Oscc ' jla Railroads Agree To Move Cotton Without Delays Tcnn.. AIIB. -a. (Uf) Cr °" wi|i >"<> n u ,. ficl " lo ">»' <»' lime, cotton leaders were reassured today by spokesmen for than a score of railroads '"S Hi the Mid South. The assurance more opcral- i , all wa.s given at a the tho or ion committee Memphis Cotton Excha the representatives for thc carriers. '"c session was called by Fx- change President Tliomas J. wile of thc dangers involved current boxcar .shortage crop and the scarcity O f escaped • car ived still at large LhLs niarnlng after he gained an hour and a hiilf head start on State Police last night by stealing n large gtts [ruck here and abandoning it in Osccola. He is Carson I/ong. who formerly lived here and mother still resides on Route Three, Bly- thovi;ie. Jjons was serving a five- year term for burylaiy and gland Inrceny. State Police had hern alerted tu watch Icr Lont; hi this vlrinily but he fled to Osccola in a two-ion izas truck which he stole from Ihc Standard Oil Coinpnny'.s bulk plant on Wor.t Highway IB. Slate Policeman iA. K. Chronister raid today. I.OIIR abandoned thc liuck fit the Highway 01 top light in Osccola nnd hitch-hiked from there in the direction of West Memphis, thc officer reported. •By th(: time thr truck was Ini"- cd la Csccola, LOIIK had a:'tiuircd an hour and 'i l::ilf head start and apparently had !;ood luck (jetting rides. 'n_ thc the late Optometrists ' Elect Two Men From' Blytheville °' Gllarri of Arkansas of Ihe Optomclrlc SOH..I i ,, pom Society at the meeting held Th day In west Memphis at Ihc office of Dr. Marie Baddoiir. Dr. Milton Webb, also of Blylhc- v " c - * a « elected Kccretary-treasurcr u Rllflls Hayncs of Pnra- gould was named \1cc president. The next meeting of thc Opto- metrlo society will be held In Bly- tlieville at Hotel Nobel on Thursday, September IS. Short Circuit Causes Fire Fire caused by a short, circuit in Wiring resulted In .slight damage to a car owned by Theodore Akcrs this morning In the 300 block on North SISth street, Fire Chief Roy Head Termite Control Case Taken Under Advisement H. C. Blatikcnship. operator of thc Superior Termite Co. here, who was charged In May with violation of a state law requiring licenses for pest control operators, appeared in Municipal Court today and following n hearing. Judge Graham Sudbury took under advisement thc case against him. Ml', lilankcnsliip entered a pica of not gullly. The charge of operating a pesl control firm without a license was brought by the State Plant Board in May. Thc Plant Board recently denied him a permit to operate after investigation of his work. „ . ... T ot * co-operative gas distribution Itnfc which couW Serve all of Eastern Arkansas ' One Forrest City resident was Interrupted In the middle of a question to Mr, Fitzhugh and*told Ihat the hour »as getting tale arid that plans for perfecting the organization must proceed In rapid-fire order ' th« 'group adopted a motion placing thi'meeP lug on record In favor of perfecting the organization Then, R B" McCullough of Forrest city,- member of the Arkansai Public 4 Service Commission, who earlier hail addressed the group as the eommls- HiK which was air-in.;* n "P""*™* 11 "! attending-the !"H. wmcn was airangen meeting, suggested ' thi apbolnt- ."r™-,.,.. 0 "* Chamber of niont of a resolutions committee*"" Thh committee wu named by the Uiniiman of the meeting and was composed largely of mayors from the larger clllcs Iri the aria aloft* with ,Mr McCullough This committee met briefly on Ui«' West steps of the First B«ptl«t"Church, where the meeting was held,' and within a few minutes brought in a tjped resolution'cmlltiur for the powerful committee of-five'trustees to carry on the all-Important negotiations for the placing, of the franchise? for gas distribution which are to be sought-from the Commerce working In co-operatic.. I with the other chambers of com| merce and municipal officials-111 the j whole aren. • i' Tho organizational '.procedure' moved swlttly nfttr a handful of speakers had pointed to the need for natural gas as a cheaper- cleaner fuel for the homes and factories lii, the cities of the already rich agricultural area which needs more industries lo take fullest advantage of economic opportunities as the large Industries of the North and East, are looking'to the. South — - — nnd Southwest for fields* In which I cities seeking to operate smaller unit* i g«k tUKftnn FruMUx. Klresj was-placed on tl)e great- The construct the pipelines wljo will place them In, the,hands < ...... • necessary association s tru«t«es-- to be to bring the natural gas Intq JCast M the trustees «Tfll ' Arkansas, and ,who also will pro- This resolution vide distribution systems for the —•• • "^l 0110 " Individual oitles and maintain both the pipelines and the distribution systems. ' ' Cunts to Run High Little was said about possible costs for the overall project but figures ranging between f6,qoo,000 nnd $7,500,000 were mentioned In the event It Is necessary to build n new line from the gas field* Into this area. Doubt was expressed that the gas cnn be obtained from thc logical sources, the Big-Inch and the Little Inch lines, which were constructed across Arkansas as a wartime project financed by tlie government to carry, fuel to the Eastern .seaboard, or from the Mississippi River Fuel Corporation which serves St t/njls and points North, or from tho Memphis Natural Gas CompFiny, which by-pusses Arkansas to serve point* East of tile Mississippi River. Speakers at yesterday's meeting here placed emphasis on .the desirability of reaching their goal through aii arrangement with existing distributors, a deal which would follow thc free-enterprise theory of business. The Arkansas. Power and Light Company, willed distributes gas In Jonesboro, tho Arkansas J-oiilsiana Gas Company, which serves Little Rock, and the Arkansas Western Gas Company, which serves a large area of .Northwestern Arkansas with iins. had representatives at jester- days meeting. .Somr Franchises Granted Thc Arkansas Western has obtained franchises in some East Arkansas cities and has applications for franchises pending In others, including Blythcvillc. Arkansas Western at Ihls time is laying lines to serve new lowns In Northwestern Arkansas and a related company recently obtained frachlscs to distribute gas In Cariithcrsvillc, Hayli and Kcnnell in 'Missouri. Scant consideration was given to a proposal by Thomas B. Fitzhugh, Little Rock and Augusta attorney, and former member of the Arkansas Utilities Com,mjs5ton, who suggested that formation of n co-op- cralive. association by the 23 cities mlghl bo the solution of the great problem, in thc event success could not be achieved through negotiations with prlvatcly-owncd distributors who already have thc sourcte ol supply In the Clarksvillc area of Arkansas, or in thc Texas and Louisiana gas fields. Speaker Interrupted Mv. Filzluigh, who now is attorney for thc Rural Slectrio Co-Operatives in Arkansas, suggested that the co-operative Wei might be applied to the field of natural gas distribution in the event private interests arc unwilling to bring In this much-needed fuel. . He spoke as Augusta's represent- Theodore A. -Lucy pleaded guilty I BUVC to the 22-city meeting, to a charge of rocklcss driving' i n the haste U> set up the organization yesterday the presiding of- Traffic Fine Suspended in Municipal Court this morning and a fine of $25 and costs was suspended iwnding good behavior. pis resolution w«»,: wtepted without a dUsentlng vote, and tw~o other*-approved. In, m^d-fl»-«- der thanking the BApUsb ol Ftor- rest City for use of Oseir churoh, and the press for Its co-operation in carrying the news of the, organization plans to . resident* of Eaat Arkansas. . • • • •','/' . ;•. Next came the:nominalibri;of dU rectors, one from each'. of the counties represented. At- the, suggestion of Mr. McCullbuigh'-a committee was named by. th'e'lchKfrn^n to make the nominations -arid this was done,after each.county delegation had been extended an ; opportunity to submit recommendations for their respec'Uvie^counties. Next came the e|«Uoiy of'-'officers and ~the newly• : -ei.eBw8"'direc- tors, at the suggestion'of'iiresiding officer, served as a ."cOi&miUee, to make the nomlnatlo«&.th«^ribml- nated John Lynch, «ecr*Ury of the West Memphis ChimoeTVh'f Coih- mcrce, for -presientii " Butler of Osceola as'VYi. and James Lanagan, iecretary; of the Forrest City Chamber of;Commerce as secretary arid.treasurer." The hominallO]u-were.,ticc«pted by thc representatives of-,.Che -ill East -Arkansas cities' •'.- and . Interested 111 obtaining "natural and the meeting adjoumedj A cqnr stitution -mid by-Uws lor <the. organization will-be drafted at a later date. ••'" ' . 1: . . •' Membership, In ttie..orgafiralioa will cities in.tlie area, it was Indicated. . Tells of .HaadicainiL .'., Cone Baker, president of tho Forrest oily Chamber or Cotnmef&, early' In the mee'tlrig' : "toiSihe group that "we (East Arkansas) Imve- be«n kicked around and left,'In the.dark too long In our efforts to .obtain natural gas. With natural gas'we can hope to obtain new Industries and secure a balanced economy; With the kind of organliation we arc proposing, we will be in a po^ sltton to demand that to whichIwc arc e»titled, and now Is. the-time to move forward along a united front." ' • • ; -•/••; Mr. Lynch of the West Memphis Chamber of Commerce tow hw handicapped, that'city. Is because' rt docs not have natural- gas."to use as an inducement to get new Industries to locate within Hs borders. Rep. E. ,C. Gainings ofv'West Memphis, representing, the VFirst Arkansas district in Cpiigtess, attended the meeting nnd pISdged his support to the movement Nearly all of the counties In, the are* seeking natural gas arc in his district. W, H Cobb, chief engineer for the sUte's Public Strric* Commission, exhibited a map ihaviat UK existing pipeline* in the KM Arkansas are* which carty n«ttfr»J He' also explained tb*i any cflort to build new Main* tote Ute an*. or lo build dixtrtbuUed vttate wfU be a slow process McMtt "or We acute shortage of ptpt./ 86aw pip* manufacturers, he said, will ficer abruptly cut short the Inter-! accept onjen for Mrray of pm rogation of Mr, FiUhugh about thc earlier than the end bf .W^'', ,'J, •

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