The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on September 30, 1947 · Page 7
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 7

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Tuesday, September 30, 1947
Page 7
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'TUESDAY, SEI'TKMBEll ^0, 19-17 BLYTHEVILLE (AKK.):COUK1EK NEWS ftrk-MotoMove General Offices Power Firm Leases Space in Building At Fifth and Main Attempted Suicide is Blamed On Absconding Fortune Teller CHICAGO, Sept. 30. <UP)— Mrs. slic would take the curse oft us so Nellie Vullo slept fitfully in Mercy that we will be happy. She told i AH lilytheville business offices of jhe Arkansas-Missouri Power Co. >vlU bo moved from their present jocations to the building now under construction y Tom A. Little Sr. at Fifth and Miin streets, it was an- rounced today by Ark-Mo President James Hill Jr. The transfer of Ark-Mo offices yill take place tlic first oi next year, vhen the new building is. expected ,o be completed. J From it.s present location over tlic Farmers Bank and Trust. Co., the utility's general offii'e will he moved to the second floor of the fte-,v building. ! The local and district offices and merchandise display rooms will occupy 4.CCO square feet of Iloor spac <jn the West side of the fiist floor. This • \vill represent a 15 per cent bid-ease in floor space .over tnu present location. Mr. Hill .said. 'i All of the 1.503 ' square feet o: floor spare on the second 'door will Se occupied by the general office, ^-presenting a 25 per cent increase til office space, lie pointed out. j Display on First Floor .• Local and district offices and display rooms are located at present, Oi the Hubbnrd Building, 405 West ', Moving of the general office is fteing done to provide additional forking .space to accomodate the increase in personnel which has oc- liurrcd since present quarters were first occupied nearly 23 years ago. Mr. Hill explained. j The company's increased business, yost-war expansion and service improvement program were also given as reasons for moving. All, he said, require additional personnel and qtficc space. There are about 121) . tjill-lime Ark-Mo employees in Bijv >>i.)ieville, he said. ', Transfer 01 local and district of- ijccs and display rooms will result ip quicker handling of trouble ?a!l:j, tiill payments and customer complaints as well us provide room for displaying more electrical equipment, :jlr. Hill said. I The new building is being con- .s^ructed of brick and stcc] at an est^mated cost of apnroxitnately SfiO,- 003, Mr. Uitile said. Office" space occupied by Ark-Mo personnel will be air-conditioned, he pointed out. \ Ark-Mo headquarters have been Ipcated in Blytheville since 1023, ^yhi'il they were moved here from . St. Louis. The company has o^cu- llieri the second floor of the Farm- o'rs Bank and-Trust Co. since then. Hospital today, sulferlng from n self-inllictfd bullet wound and th2 lashing of her consclenc-e. The attractive 23-year-olii moth- L'r of three children WHS duped by ;i fortune teller who walked nway witli $G'J of her household money Saturday alterjioon. AIis. Vullo was so ashamed of herself .she wanted to die. She brooded about it for the rest of the day. Then she wrote a note. Wljcn she saw her husband, Victor. 23. :i laundry linn employe, enter the yard and saw the children run to greet him she rushed to the kitchen and shot herself below the heart. Vullo and the three children heard the shot us they started toward the house, They rushed into the kitchen and found Mrs. Vullo sprawled on the floor. The note was on the table beside her. "I have clone the worst thing in the world." it said, "and 1 hope you can find it in your heart to forgive me. I love you with all my heart. "An ok) lady c:\me here today who wanted to read my palm. She sail to get all the money in the house id the Bible and one of your .socks id one of mine. She would wa)X i tlic corner and pray as she A-CHH, nd she would come back . . . bin ic didn't conic back." Vullo said he and his family had een happy and that lie did not low what the "curse" \vas sup- osed to be. Hospitul attendants said Mrs. ullo's condition was "fair," but :wt she was not yet out of dan- cr. Negro Principal Suspended After Student Is Shot MEMPHIS. Tenn., Sept. 30. (U.P. — The Board of Education mctc out a 30 day suspension today t Prof. A. J. Hayes, principal of Negro high school for the acci dental shooting of a student i the school building. Hayes said he fired his .25 eali ber pistol into a stair landln tloor to frighten student prowlei in a classroom. The prowlers es caped but tiic bullet slightly wcntnc ed a Negro student bystander. The suspension was handed dow because Hayes fired the pistol c school property. "It should be pointed out." the board said, "that the principals and teachers or schools are not authorized to have or to carry guns around school property. "Such practice is not conducive to good discipline and sound, sane public policy. It should not be tolerated under any condition. If and when protection is needed, the Police Department should be called." \Alleged Forgtr otWiH | To Go to Trial Tuesday LITTLE HOCK. Sept. 33. CUP) — W. i'. Dodds will go on iris; in Pulaski Circuit Court here next Tuesday, on charges of forgery. Judge W. J. Waggoner of Louoke agreed yesterday to separate the (rials of Douds and three other defendants, Jewel Pulerbaugh, I). H. Dodson and J. fl. Alley, or. criminal clunges in connection with the alleged forging of a will and u deed. Judge Waggoner exchanged benches with Judge Gus Fulk. Trials Of the three other men probably will come up sometime next week. Ripe old uge nas never been attained by careless youth. Memphis Milk Price Increases One Cent MEMPHIS, Turn.. Sept. at), (UPl — The pi-la- or milk will l>» hiked one cent a quart etfecllve tomorrow m 11 king the price 18 eculs a uoltle. The Mldsouth Milk Producers Association said that "abnormal Increases" In production costs caused the penny price Increase. Under llur new schedule. Him 1 - Ichtlis o( the Increase toes to producers. Dairy dinners now will get $5.7 ].vi 100 pounds of milk un Increase of 40 cents a hundred McKellar Plans Return To Home in Memphis WASHINGTON. Sept. 30. tOl 1 ) — Sen. Kenneth IX McKeUor, D-,! Tcnn., .said today lie planned, to U'live as soon ns possible for Ills Memphis, Tcivn, liouie—probably by Thmsdny. McKdlar remained In Washington lo nwalt the outcome of yc.s- lerdny's meeting between President Truman and Congre.sslonnl and cabinet lenders. In n sltilciiicnl Indorsing Rtn J. Howard McCIrnlli, D., R. I,, :is new Democratic Nallonnl Committee diulrmuu, McKellur sulil Robert K. Hurmciiiin's successor was "active, wide awake und will nuike un excellent chiilriunn." Oklahoma ranks first amoiiK the .slates In Indian population with G3.1'J5. Air/.onn Is second with 55,070. Trucks Move Sugar After Violent Fight VEKDUN, Fimioc, Slept. 30. (Uf) Police cleared 300 Communists off Hie road loUity in g brief but violent fljjht and 142 FYejich Affiny U'Mcks loaded with American sugar rolled off toward Ocrmiuiy. U. S. Military government In Ocrinimy said Die augar was for American lroop« mid luid been refined In Fruncc, Premier Paul Ramadlur's office In pirls naid the su«[ir hull been bought- in ilie U. s. with dolliir credits niul was ci**»ns In ranch ' holOaf |t *•') about It bavlac I __ in the ra* atate. f*» Cam-' t« had rHtii;»«K tkat Bw!' reHMd KMT hil m* *'**&. mrnt the Mam* and had barm hole il day*. ' For a aktfa*, tbtr ha« ^x-lfairiMki Haprt Ph^ajpa Umoos vorti: ' "Ther flhaB Wot. Paw, 1 ' The Meond aland , s* '; boweytf, luted only a. few and the OoottunfcU took ovt their ntt In tech M the irurka' rolled off toward Parts *r? rout*,to Germany. 41-Year Old Dispute 11 Over Boone's 27 Acres Reaches Courts Again \\ -LITTLE--ROCK. Ark., Sept. 30. ' (,\IPI — Pulaski Chancery Court in approximately two weeks, will \i<: the scene of the next and per- iiaps final round in the -U-'/iar old, dispute about who owns" ijoone's 27 acres." j In 1906 the land was deeded in Ijis will by Bmanuel Boone to the city which was closest to it at the time of his wife's death. Boone specified that the land, just be-! ypnd the old city limits of North little Rock should be used. as a park. ] Upon the death of Mrs. Boone, the city or North Little Rock assumed it hart undisputed title to tpe property. However, the Boone relatives popped uy, and a court light iiecan which is still going on. At times fine points of the case Have reached tlic supreme court, and at times it seemed as though i$ was forgotten. ; But every time one party or the other claimed the land, another party rose to make a counter-claim. Yesterday North Little Hock made another try. in Pulaski Chancery. Oscar Winn, a Little Hock attorney who had purchased the pro- IJerty rights from the Boone heirs, filed a motion to dismiss the city's sfiit. Chancellor Prank Dodge overruled Winn's motion and set f. h'carin; for "not less than twu w'ccks," from yesterday. Clark Urges Rebuilding Of U.S. Military Might MEMPHIS/'Tenn.; Sept. 30. (UP) Gen. Mark W. Clark, one of the Army's tcp wartime commanders, today has called on the United States to 'rebu'jM its military strength during this constant peril and conflict', between East and West." -.-i-. . . . The former American high com- 'mi££ioner for Austria said that our difficulty in getting along with Russia "is the same old story of Communism vei^us Democracy." Clark made the statement on his j arrival here to address the Rotary j Club today. He endorsed Universal iMilltary Training "to give the world notice that we are going to stay strong to preserve the freedom we fought to insure." •Read Courier News Want Ads Dixie Greyhound Seeks New Bus Route in State LITTLE ROCK. Ark., Sept. 30. (UP) — Two Arkansas transportation lines have been given a period of from ten days to two weeks to prepare testimony supporting their protest of an application for extension of its routes by the DWie Greyhound Lines. ' At a hc..rlng before the Arkansas Public Service Commission yesterday Dixie Greyhound requested permission to operate busses between Jonesboro and the Missouri border on Highway 63. a distance o' 90 miles. This is part of a projected plan to give through service from Kansas City to Memphis by way of East Arkansas. j The protesting lines are the ' American Bus Lines and the Frisco ' Railroad. And He's All Mine King of Ilio Plains doesn'l quilc know what to make of it as 11- year-old Barbara Ryan clings lo her dream gifl al Elmhurst, 111. King of the Plains was one of a siring of saddle horses given away by Maynard Dowell. He received 17,000 replies to an advertisement requesting homes tor the steects, gave them to persons able lo take cave of them, including some physically-handicapped people whose rehabilitation would be assisted. • Why new telephone are necessary in Arkansas Greatly increased costs of furnishing telephone service have made it necessary for the telephone company to the Public Service Commission for permission to put new telephone rates into ch'ect in Arkansas. The request covers changes in rates for local sen/ice and for long distance cnlls within the stat;. Earnings critically low While the demand for telephone service has been tremendous, earnings of the. telephone company in Arkansas are critically . low, (or expenses have gone up rr.uGh faster than revenues. Since 1940, expense-shave gone up 160 per cent! That's more than double. While revenues have increased 123 per cent! 160% Higher No Basic Increase in 5 Years There has been no incrense in basic rates for telephone service in Blytheville since 1942. Yet the cost of furnishing service and the value of that service to the subscriber have increased several fold. The number of telephones here has 'grown from 1,911 in 1942 to 3,154 today. Any way you. look at it the telephone user is getting more for his money. y Higher 194O Todoy ? Since 1940, we have had to add- more than $11,600,000 in telephone equipment to serve the people of Arkansas. The combination of higher expenses, lagging revenues, and increased investment has dropped our rate of return in Arkansas lower than it has been in 25 years. How costs have gone up The cost of almost everything that goes into telephone service has gone up since 1940. More than half the total expense of furnishing service is payroll. Wage rates today are much higher than in 1940. These wages, paid to more employees than we had in 1940, have more than trebled our payroll. It is now 7 million dollars a year. And taxes are higher— 1 A of a million dollars higher since 1940. Building costs are 100 per cent higher. Copper is up 80 per cent. The cost of telephone poles has • gone up 135 per cent. For example, a 35-foot pine pole that cost $6.30 in 1940 now costs $14.99. Trucks cost half again as much. A construction truck that cost us $2,656 in 1940 now costs $4,054. $22 million construction program • 'In the face of these high costs, we are of necessity in the midst of the largest telephone expansion and improvement program ever undertaken in Arkansas. About 17,500 people are waiting for telephones. Many thousands of our present customers SOUTHWESTERN BELL TELEPHONE COMPANY would like to have a higher grade of service. There are still delays on long distance calls. All this because of the war, during which we were unable to expand the telephone system to meet the demands for service. As telephone factories.converted to peacetime manufacture, we started the largest construction program in our history. It will cost $22,000,000 gross in Arkansas. The program has been under way for two years, and will take three or four more to finish. But we are going ahead just as fast as we can get the equipment from the factories, which arc producing more than ever before. Adequate earnings are essential We'll need millions of dollars to see this program through. That's investment money, separate from the money the company takes in from customers to keep telephone service going. The telephone company is not asking the public to pay the cost of the expansion program. It is asking the public for rates that will put the earnings of the telephone company on a sound basis so that investors will be willing to put their money . into a business that offers a safe place for their savings. To attract the investment money we need for new telephone plant, we have to • compete with other industries. People invest their savings in industries whose earnings are adequate. That is an important reason why it is necessary to bring up our low earnings by asking for rate relief. Present rotes long in effect Rates for local telephone service in Arkansas, for the most part, have been in effect for 20 years or more. These prewar rates are not bringing in sufficient revenue to meet mounting' postwar costs. Telephone service has been enlarged and improved greatly in the past 20 years. The service today is more valuable. The telephones h? Arkansas have nearly doubled—increasing from 72,000 to 138,000. Information calls are handled ttro- thirds faster. A telephone formerly was in trouble about twice • year; now it ia out of order on t|ie avfr- age only once every two yea£»( OS per cent of trouble casis are cleared the same day they occur. Not only can you hear more dearly op long distance, but the time necessary io handle a call has been reduced from 15 minutes in 1920 to an average of 3 % minutes today. And, about eight out of ten calls are completed while you hold the line. In some exchanges, service may, be~* slower than these averages, particularly during peak periods. The construction program now under way it designed to. restore service throughput the state to prewar standards and even b*tter. We or* forced to seek increases We ask an increase in rates only because rising costs have finally forced'us to. We are seeking only enough new revenue'to cover all the costs of furnishing service. Our efforts are guided by responsibilities to three groups of people: To provide good telephone service to telephone users. To pay fair wages.and provide good working conditions to telephone workers. To safeguard'the saving* of the people who made the business possible and provide them a return which will keep them satisfied with their investment and make them willing to invest more money'in the business. Only with rates that will produce adequate earnings will it be possible for us to meet these obligations. PROPOSED RATES FOR BLYTHIVILLf Present telephone rat«« in Blytheville were established in 19«. The new schedule of proposed rates is given below. Federal and state taxes which apply are not included. •,- n/ Sfrrice «•«« ff *••«* •USINESS RESIDENCE Individual-lint. Two-party Four-party „ RURAL Business Residence ..tut .. *.§• Long Distance Rtrtn WMfcfc MM *«•*• The increases requested rang* from 5e to SOc for the initial period on calls b«yond 42 miles, depending on the distance and the type of c«U. Where the initial period on Mils .ow 18e is I minutes, it would be reduced to 3 minute*.

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