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VOL. XLIV—NO. 18J Blythevllle Courier Blytheville Dally New« i I™* "° M1N * N T NKWBPAPKK OP NORTHEAST AUKANSAS AND SOUTHKA8T MISSOURI "^ Blythevllle Herald Mississippi Valley Leader East Arkansas Pushes Effort jo Obtain Gas Consumers' Group Holds Conference In West Memphis WEST MEMPHIS. Ark., Oct. 24.— Blythevllle and Leachville in North Mississippi County today became Paid-up members of the East Arkansas Natural Gas Consumers Association as directors oTttie organ- isation met here at the West Memphis Country Club to discuss plans lor bringing natural gas to more than 20 cities and towns. Checks for dues for the two towns were delivered by B. A. Lynch, president of the Farmers Bank & Trust Company of Blytheville, to James Lanagan of Forrest City, secretary and treasurer for the organization. John Lynch, secretary of the West Memphis Chamber of Commerce, is president of the association Mayor Ben Butler, Sr., of Osceola is vice president of the consumers' group. To Pool Franchises It is proposed to have cities and towns in the area, which now does tjpt have natural gas, to adopt a Uniform franchise for the distribution of gas and then permit a five- member committee representing the association to submit all franchises in a block to distributors of natural gas and select one reputable company to handle distribution in all of the cities and towns which pool their franchises to provide an attractive arrangement for the successful bidder among the distributors. It has been pointed out that if most of the 22 cities and towns, including Blytheville, Manila, Leachville and Osceola in Mississippi County, Join in the proposal the number of potential customers in the area would be greater than in a city the size of Little Rock where a gas francise has great value for the distributor. To bring natural gas into Eastern Arkansas will require a\heavy Investment on the part of the distributor since distribution lines must be provided in each of the cities granting franchises, and the company holding the franchise also must provide a pipeline from the souce of supply into the area with branches to each of the cities to be served. • Missouri Firm Active Blytheville and North Mississippi "County towns face the possibility of obtaining a supply of gas from the ftorth sincsyteps .now' are under way by the Missouri Western ..-•:• Gas Company to bring lines into .'Southeastern Missouri to serve . Caruthersville, Haytl and Kcnnett, It was suggested that the North Arkansas towns which might be ^served by the Missouri Western ^rhould not be bound to wait indefinitely for gas through' the East Arkansas pool if it appears thai service can be obtained sooner from some other source. "We would not want to force West Memphis to wait until it had an opportunity to get a supply of gas from Memphis," one director said, "and by the same reasoning we would not want to be delayed if we have an opportunity to ?et gas Irom some other source than the proposed pool." Arkansas Western Gas Company, which serves several cities and towns in Northwestern Arkansas, has expressed interest in entering this area as a distributor and more than a year ago asked for franchi- , ses. Some were obtained and the application for a Blytheville is pencl- Ing before the City Council. Officials of the Eo-st- Arkans-'is consumers group have been cautioned that it will take time to obtain pipe for the lines to serve the arta and to build the distribution sys- g>tems in the different towns because "•pipe is extremely hard to get at this time. Four Towns Get Service On the other hand the Arkansas Western has been able to build lines this year in Northwestern Arkansas to serve Eureka Springs, Berryvillc, Green Forest and Harrison which lends encouragement for those seeking natural gas in Eastern Arkansas. Chamber of Commerce leaders and municipal officials in general are agreed that natural gas is the No. 1 need to speed industrial development of this area. The meeting of the directors of the consumers' association today was the second since the group was organized Aug. 22 in Forrest City. The directors met with members of the Arkansas Public Service Commission In Little Rock about a month ago. Since that meeting the members have been studying a proposed uniform gas franchise and definite action may be taken before »,oday's meeting ends on whether to Tsubmit .this franchise to the city officials in the various cities lor adoption. Also scheduled for discussion today was the naming ot a commission of five trustees who wuulct have authority to negotiate a contract with some utility firm ioi- furnishing the gas to all of the cities adopting the uniform franchise ordinance. B1ATHKV1LLK, ARKANSAS, FRIDAY, OCTOBER 24, 1947 30 Persons Killed Today in London Wreck LONDON, Oct. 24, (UP)—Twentynine persons were killed today and some 150 injured when a Southern Railway commuters' train, seeding through a dense Jog on London's outskirts, crashed Into the rear of another, stalled passenger train and crushed two"coaches. Sixty of the Injured were taken to hospitals. The others weie able to go home after first aid treatment by physicians and nurses summoned from hospitals In and around South Croydon. It was at South Croydon Station on the southern edge of London occurred. that the wreck SINGLB POPTM Some of the passengers aboard the commuters' train were schoolchildren and they were among the dead and injured. One of the first injured to be brought out of the wreckage was a girl In school uniform, clutching part of a broken hockey stick In one hand. Railroad men who were working only a few yards from the scene of the wreck said they did not see the cummuters' train until it was nearly upon the other train. Then it was too late. They said there was a loud crash and a "great flash" as the locomotive ripped through the two rear ears of the stalled train. Passengers were killed In both trains. The last two coaches of the rear train were thrown ofT the rails and tilted at a 45 degree angle but they did not turn over. An electric motor from one train was flung 50 yards from the wreck. Police and volunteers worked In corridors slippery with blood bringing out the dead and injured Residents of nearby homes stripped the sheets oft their beds and tore them into bandages for use in emergency first aid stations set up in the waiting rooms of the south Croydon station. Scores of doctors and nurs-j worked more than two hours sorting out the wounded,. sending the more seriously Injured to hospitals and treating those slightly hurt on the scene. Railway men said the stalled train was stopped by signals just outside the station. Both it and the commuters train were electric People living on nearby Sus<*x Road said bodies were thrown • VaI ? S f r °.u l the train and ^"at several of them were "terribly man- nf'"^ hCn I recovercd f rom the shock of the crash, I looked out of my window on the terrible scene oZ kin^ y "^ r' a> ''" Mrs Saran Wilkinson who liyes nearby, said "The dZ r n and dying lay ^whin an directions. Their moans and cries for help were terrible • A number of school children on £?,': *** <? Cr °>' d °" «« in the Congress Willing To Tackle Prices Without Controls Allocation Program May Be Method Used At Special Session By RAYMOND IA11K United Presm Staff Correspondent WASHINGTON. Oct. 24. (U.P.) — Congress greeted President Truman's call for a special session today with signs of willingness to tackle the problem of high prices but without reviving price c< trols and rationing. Prom both the White House and Congress came Indications that serious consideration would be given to attacking the price problem through an allocation program—a quota system for buyers of steel, grain and other scarce goods. The aim would be to prevent big buyers from bidding freely against each ithcr and thereto forcing prices up. Despite the great Interest ... prices, there was no evidence that Clngress would shy nwtiy from the accompanying foreign reli-f problem, although the Republican majority demand a detatlpo but • pro- alloca- case to support requests for emcr gency aid. it was understood th.it the administration may ask for about 51,000,000,000, Including W42.000.000 tb help carry Franc and Italy through the winter. Congressmen interested Congressional leaders who attended the President's pre-an- nounccment conference at the White House yesterday came aw'a\ with the impression that he hac no Intention of asking for rationing and price controls posed to recommend u,. t! °" Program to deal with „.,,.„, The situation shaped up this 1. While the Initial congressiona reaction was one of guarded cooperation with the President Republican spokesmen treated the congressional call with reserve while they awaited more detail o administration proposals. 2. Government sources Indicated that Mr. Truman would ask authority to allocate grains, steel coal, nitrogen fertilizer, scare ma chinery and certain other commodities among foreign and mcslic users. The plan would .„ on hopes .that prices' would fall i buyers were limited to their quota* and not, allowed to bid,against oiv anolHer for'scarce goo'ito:**,- *" To Consult "Experts" 7 3. Sen. .Ralph E. "Flanders, Lyman Hensen, Armorel Youth, Wins State 4-H Crop Honors Lyman Henson, 17-year-oM Armorel schoolboy and president, of the Aimorel 4-H Club, was named staU 4-H Uub > icld Crops champion in statewide competition held in Little Rock last week, it was announced today bv Keith Bilbrey, county agent for North Mississippi Coimt/ Lyinan Hunson E, J.Browne Dies, Pioneer Resident Founded City's First Light Plant; To Hold ' Services Sunday Edgar Jerome Browne, who built Blylhcville's first light system, died at 2:30 this morning at his home at 810 West Ash of a cerebral hemorrhage which followed a week's lllincss. Hc was Henson, who iilso won top honor* In the corn variety yield contest at the Northeast Arkansas District Fair held here Inle last month, wai chosen from hundreds of oilier entries throughout the state by a Judging committee from the University of Arkansas Colle Re of Agriculture. As a reward tor winning thU honor, Henson will receive an Bll- expcns* trip to the National 4-H Club Congress which will be held in Chicago In December, and the resulls of his various crop demonstrations that, won him this honor will be exhibited at 4-H Club meetings throughout the stale. From his corn variety demonstration, which won him much praise at the District Fair, Hcnson produced an average of 102.2 bushels of Hybrid corn compared with 41.4 bushels per acre of open pollinated. R. S. Ayers of Little Rock, who acted as official judge of the corn variety contest at the District Fair, staled that Henson's demonstration was one of the best that he hart ever seen. He WHS so Impressed that he took photographs of his corn field which he plans to use In his annual corn publication A senior at Armorel High School Henson has been nctive In 4-H Club work for the past seven years He wns elected president of the 40 and 8 club when he wns only 12 years of age. He was elected president of the Armorel club last year. In addition to his prize-winning corn variety demonstration, x °U"g Henson conducted demonstrations In cotton and soybeans. He has also worked up a soil conservation demonstration which he plans to ex- Turkey Charges Russia Guilty of Warmongering Accuse Soviet Press, Radio Of "Psychological Aggression" LAKK SUCCESS, N. Y., Oct M (UP) _ Turkey charged Russia today wllh "criminal" warmongering an appealed lo the unilcil Nations to make the Soviet picas and radio halt Its campaign of "psychological aggression" against Tur- 04. Services be conducted at hls home 2 p.m. Sunday with the Rev. Allen D. Stewart, pastor of the First Methodist church here, and the Rev. R. E. L. Bearden of Lcachville officiating. Burial will be In Maple Grove Cemetery. • Born in Tennessee, Mr. Browne had made his home here for the past 41 years. At the time ot his death, .he was connected with Corpora- several club m «'i»gs Fall Young Henson is the fourth North Mississippi County club member that has won state honors In the past three years. Gerald Cassidv and Perry Lce.Adkls.5on, who were nlso members of the Armorel clnu won state honors in leadership and achievement and tractor maintenance last year. Bar Harbor Fire 10 Lives; $10 Million Loss • . "ARBOR, Me., Oct. 24. (U. P.) -Btdiyed, wot- jrnmcd fire fighters appeared today to b« winning their battle against walls of flams which leveled two-third* ot this .summer playground of the rich, forced evacuation ot ' !}/)00 residents and caused over .$10,000,000 loss. Fires Over U.S. Destroy Meat, Wheat, Timber key. Throwing charges of war-Inciting right buck at Moscow, Dr. Scllm Sarpcr of Turkey complained that the Soviet Information media are campaigning methodically | 0 incite the Turkish people against Ihclr government and to array the rest of the peoples of the Middle East against, the Turks. "I also complain," Sarper told (he UN General Assembly In the political committee, "that the Soviet press and radio is trying to Incite the Russian people themselves against the people of Turkey." The counter charges were Turkey's reply to the claim of Soviet Deputy Foreign Minister Andrei Y Vishlnsky that Turkey is one ol the three leading "warmongering." nations of the world. The other two, Vishlnsky claims. »r« the United States and Greece. American officials announced that they had decided lo "campaign actively" In the UN corridors and caucus rooms for the completo rejection of all the Soviet warmongering charges. At a delegation meeting led by Sccrelary of stiilo George O. Marshall, the Americans decided once- mid-for-all agaln.it trying to amend or water down the Soviet proposals, according to a spokesman. The proposal to muksle warmongers and provided control* on press and radio, the spokesman said, must be rejected instead of modified. r- Trie decision was taken In the face of « strong small-nation campaign to approve some sort of resolution condemning war proixi- ganda. India's Mrs. Vljaya Lakshml Paii- dlt itrengtHcned the small-country campaign by Canada condemning propaganda designed to promote civil strife and calling on UN gov- am supnjles continued :to biirnHh Explosion Wrecks Four-Story Laboratory PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 24 (UP) An explosion wrecked a four story DeC,r p' CaI Iat ° rat0rj ' a '°"e «>e Delaware River today. Several em- Ployes were believed buried to de- corner out of . of Flames broke out in ti, e wreck age after .the explosion St. Mary's Hospital, th e neircst -£S1^--^ eh " Police headquarters said an "mi Weather ARKANSAS—Partly cloudy today, tonight and Saturday. Scattered daytime showers in North and East portions. Not much change in temperature. Temperatures here yesterday rose to a high of »5 degrees as .02 of an inch of rain fell during last night, according to Robert E. Blaylock, official weather observer. Low during the night wat 69 degrees. firemen reached the wreckage!" Soybeans Nov. .M»r. open high low close -. 347 348 347 ' 3« 344 342 347A 342A On the foreign aid front, responsible administration officials said Congress would be asked to provide at least $357,000.000 in new- money for France nils winter $389000,000 for Italy, $20,000,000 lo S30,COO,ooo for Austria and that it may be asked to provide v $400 000000 for additional occupation costs in the Pacific and Germany. 5. There appeared only a small minority In Congress that would support a move to resurrect price controls and rationing. - The CIO Political Action committee and Americans for Democratic Action issued statements demanding 5U ch action as the only real solution to high prices. G. Labor spokesmen said a substantial cut In living costs resulting from Congressional probably would result in action indefinitely delaying demands for , "third round" of wage increases. 7. Republican leaders left the door open lo bringing up their $4.000,000.000 personal income lax reduction bill during the special session b ut indicated it would rank in priority behind foreign aid and high prices. Taft Announces Candidacy For Presidential Nomination and .. - — years old and H;-,. so" o' » former president, William Howard Taft. 1909-13. Taft.keyed his announcement to a cautious campaign of avoiding pve-conventlon primary contests with other Republican aspirants. randlda t<> His announcement came in the 5ar "' face of -determined insistance by The on| y other avowed candl- many influential republicans that: dale •* former GOV. Harold F Taft would b e a weak candidate.' 0 ' His supporters respond sharply that principles next year. ,• T i\ Us I?.™ 8 wi " be entered only '" hc Ohio Presidential Primary. Iikcl >' "'at any other will invade his back- en of Minnesota. But Gov. T ,t v j • •"' -1 n, lns E 'i_ °«wcy of New York is Taft already I 5 the most influen- j tnc nian they all have to beat a t al man In his party. Thfey in- j [, ncl wh lch is generally conceded slst that the 1948 G.O.P. platform despite the Governor's coy refu- must be largely a Taft platform be- • 5al ^ acknowledge his own presi- cause he was so effective In shap- dcntlal candidacy, ng the party's legislation during Taft and Dewey knocked the post session of Congress. other out in - ...-.,... — — . operated the Brown D Ice Co. here. todftV - . . -nnv Mr.- Browne is survived by his ! Partly relieved by showers in some wife. Mrs. Esther Browne. . two i sections of the Mid-West sons, Dent Browne and Bill Browne, ! Forest fires raging in 10 North both of Blythevllle; and two sis- crn states have burned off more tors, Mrs. Lula Browne and Mrs. tha « 100,000 acres of tlmberiand Leland Mitchell, both ol Memphis. ' made 5,500 homeless and caused Red Disappears From Hollywood Broke With Commies, Testimony in Hearing Shows at Fifth Session WASHINGTON, Oct 34. (UP) — Oliver Carlson, propaganda analyst, testified today tlmt a Communist Party member Mn t to Hollywood to "run" the film colony broke wllh the rtcrls and liter "disappeared." Carlson told the House UnAinerl- cnn Activities committee that"I don't know to this day whether he Is dead or alive." Carlson, second witness «l the fifth session of the committee's Cominmitani-lii-Hollyicood Investigation, Identified the missing Red as Ely Jncobsou, former director of "The workers' school in New Carlson said JncoUson was sent lo Hollywood by New York Communist headquarters to tench propaganda techniques lo filmland Reds. Jacobson called Carlson some time In 1938-39 and asked for an Interview, the witness said. "He lolrl me he had decided to break wllh the Communist Party. 1 ' Carlson Usstlfted. "H c WM terribly agitated and was afraid he was going to be killed. "Later he disappeared from Lou Angeles and I don't know to Ihls day whether he Is dead or nllve." Cnrlsoti followed Mrs Lela Rogers, mother of movie star Ginger Rogers, before Ihe committee,, •Mrs. nogcrs lesllfled that Hollywood Reds — she said playwright Clifford odeU was one !— tried to of talk. . An original Russian resolution to censor and w>r propngnnrilst* had no chance of passing Great British, » s well as the'smnl- ler countries, looked favorably on substitute resolutions Introduced by Australia and Canacin. Holt Funeral Home Is in chan;... Pallbearers will be W. H. Minyard, Henry Humphreys, E. D. Ferguson, P. E. Cooley, E. B. Woodson and Wade Reeves. LuckmanSays Poultryless Thursdays Stay By GRANT DII.1.MAN United Press Staff Correspondent WASHINGTON, Oct. 24. (U.P.I —President Truman's Food Committee today refused to drop poui- tryless Thursdays from its grain conservation campaign and Im-. „- , ^, mediately bumped Into a new nnd tnere were 130 other forest challenge from the nations turkey " rcs raging In Massachusetts. Con- Eroweis. —"- -Brushing aside the objections of the uoultry industry. Committee property damage well over »20fH)0- 000. Nine persons died as a result of the flies In the last 24 hour's Rains fell yesterday and today in Iowa, Southwestern AllnnesoU Eastern Kansas and Western Missouri. However, none was considered heavy enough to benefit Ihe soil. The freak warm weather accompanying the long dry spell was broken by a cold wave from Canada that tumbled temperatures 35 degrees In 12 hours. On the West coast, a storm of lnn..:ano intensity with winds over 100 miles an hour was reported moving toward the mainland of Alaska and British Columbia. New Hampshire reported loo homes destroyed In the' Rochester area with damage near Jl.000.000. Arkansas Plants Razed B * fir j$fafe rda * PRESS anls were razed yeslerdny with a led at $80.000. Handle Co, plant at a loss estimated The fire Is believed to a used by defective wlr- •ycd In 'addition lo the a freight carload nnd of finished handles. mg-Vlnlng Cotton Gin City, eight miles west of Juclora, was destroyed wllh loss estimated nt $20,000. Foreman C. B. Aclcln salci the blavx; may have started from K spark that had smouldered alter lh c gin had been closed, the day before nectlcut, Vermont and Rhode U- has had 700 forest land. Minnesota Chairman Charles Luckman said i r ' res during the drouth with 40,- thcre is evidence that poullrylcss. 00 ° acres burned. Michigan report- Thursdays nre saving grain for C(i '.33D fires thus far this year Europe. He said there was no proof j ha d destroyed 16,790 acr«.s. Three the industry's substitute plan firefighters were killed there yesterday. A few fires continued to . ._ _ „ ° urn ln Wisconsin's woodlands. consumption by poultry," he said. At Stony Point, N. Y., a fire would save as much. "The only way to save prain ..-, to reduce the production andi whlcl> threatened this town ot 1- raising of birds. Poultryless Thurs- j 5M within sight of New York City day has been having precisely this' wns brought under control last each an im- oppose him. . ., •* -—•- ~* «*•• 'ni- wi'i*i>.ji, mtii. speakable tory. To many of his Taft hopes to make next vcir'* l!l!° w . cHlzel . ls Ta . ft .»«*" "ke ihe convention contest a real hc^e race — and that Is what it probably will be. The dark horse now his Is Gen. nwfght D. Eisenhower who legislator in the lace — and united States Congress. Taft's greatest weakness or greatest strength may prove t. the L»bor control Bill whlcr wowdi com™ n, of°? ccTntlS, effect, He said the President's Cabinet Food Committee was in "full accord" with his decision. Hc released copies of two letters from Secretary of Agriculture Clinton P. Anderson backing him,up on the controversial Issue. Anderson said the proposal submitted by the National Poultry Producers' Federation provide for "business as usual." He said they should reduce their poultry flocks even more than they had proposed. R. E. James of Austin. Tex., representing the National Turkey Federation, said Luckman's analysis may be all right for the chicken Industry. But hc said the nation's 300,000 turkey producers have an entirely different problem. Unless turkey Is removed from the Thursday ban. he said, the Agriculture Department will be forced to 80 into the market to support lurkey prices. Hc said this would be costly to bolh the growers and the taxpayers. James said hp expected to file a brief with the Food Comnr tee today requesting that turkeys be exempted. Meanwhile, the committee went ahead with its plans for a 60-day shutdown of the liquor Industry at midnight tomorrow despite the threat of on AFL Disll/ ry Union to start court action to halt It. Luckman also disclosed that he had turned down Ihe pleas ot H distillers to be excluded from the shutdown on hardship grounds. He night by a force of 500 firefighters. Move to Schedule 'Freedom Train' Visit Here Aided A reply to the letter sent by thi Chamber of Commerce to Rep. E. C. (Took) Gatherings of West Memphis asking his aid In scheduling a stop of the "Freedom Train" here has been received, it via announced loday. In his reply, Representative Oath- ings said he has written Thomas D'A. Brophy, president of the American Heritage Foundation, sponsor of the Freedom Train. He urged Mr. Brophy to place Blytheville on the train's itinerary. Rep. Gainings' letter to Mr. Brophy read, in part: "Blythevllle In recent years has gained nationwide attention for its annual cotton picking contest. Blytheville is Ihe county seat of the largest cotton- growing county In the country and Is an outstanding city in East Arkansas. Because of its meritorious contribution lo the progress of the Mid-South, it Is certainly deserving of the honor of a visit by the Freedom Train. "I earnestly urge that this matter be given your careful consider atlon." The sheriff of Prince George county, Md., is named Sheriff. N. Y. Cotton Mnr. May July Oct. open high . 3320 33HB . .1315 3327 3200 2958' 3311 low 1:3» 3271 3284 32C2 .1274 3240 3240 2SB1 2!) 50 3322 3255 3178 20C5 She said Communism should be outlawed ark) the Bill ot Rl*h.t» ."presented for (nose.,for •'ffiionv..'^ was Intended—not for sabpteurs and enemies of our country." "Some of our executives' 1 have b«n deceived by ihe - parly line. But our executive.'! hnv« been no •+ They appeared to h»v« halted th« advance of a 10-mile 'frontier ot lire than ringed Iffcuat Desert Is-, land and mad* Bar Harbor a hell on earlh for more than 13 hour*. Vataable Rmrd* Lo«t Only another advert* ahift tat Ihe wind, authorltl** iald, could bring new disasters to the hard- pressed firemen and volunteers who battled the blaze with dynamlt*. bulldozers and mobile lire pump* flown her* from Seattle, Waah. At least 10 deattu had been recorded as New Englanders fought an unprecedented series of forest fires from Northern Maine to Connecticut. Damage, mounting hour- ' ly, was estimated to have pasted the 420.000,000 mark by mid-day. < Some of the damage could not be measured by dollars. For instance, records of 36 years of cancer research were lost when the fire destroyed the Roscoe B. Jackson Memorial Laboratory In Bar Harbor. A large number of swank eg- tales, Including those of former under Secretary of State Sumner Welles, the late Sir Harry bakes, and symphony, conductor Walter Damrosch, went up In flames M Bar Harbor was «ngulfed by fire Th* evacuation of Bar Harbor flr» victims was, to have been dupli- caled today at nearby Northeast Harbor and Seal Harbor. -But by the time Coast Guards arrived at thow resorts, they found that th* 111, the aged, and women and children already had been evacuated overland by bus. truck and automobile. , ' ' Town manager Herbert A. Thomas of Northeast Harbor remained behind to direct Tire lighting operations, , Swank Eitalei Barn In these, two resorts, condition* were reported improving, too. Tho^' mas believed that trie blazes would be kept under control barring an unexpected shift of wind. The fire hopped around unpre- dlctabiy, burning some huge CBtates and leaving next ,door neighbor* unscratched. Ot the - , X-AJfW>L : -were -destVpyi others, inciUdlrig th« were not damaged. Charred threes and power poles blocked roads. Soldiers from Don S®.«!?}}">' .tall,- two _wi more asleep than our people" our I f cld P ttrolled 'he nearly deserted government and the' world ' i tavnf to Preyent looting of Bwank "I think that once our executives sum /ne r homes < and stores, see this, they will uo mo.M. happy „ e n » m «« skipped most of th» ta clean them (ihe Reds) out of pictures." UrjM Outlawing ,if Hcri* Under questioning by Committee Counsel Robert E. Stripling', sha said the Communist Party ought to Ije outlawed mi "an agency of a foreign government,." Mrs. flowers, as assistant to the Into RKO President Charles Koerner, snld she objected to employment of Odcts to write a script for actor Gary Grant based on the book "None but the Lonely He.irl" by Iloqvnrd IJewelyn. But RKO overrode her objections, and Odcts did the picture, which "was not a box office success, " She said her daughter, Ginger Rogers had frequently rcpccted movie lines she did not like. Mrs. Rogers believe:! less than one per cent of Hollywood actors were Communists. Most of Ihe others "would not recognize a Communist line," she said. Asked about 3265 See HOLLYWOOD on Page 14 War II Fumbling Cost Billions Of Dollars, Thousands of Liyes WASHINGTON, Oct. 24. (UP) — Elder Statesman Bernard M. Baruch declared today that "foot- dragging and Tumbling" In World War U cast the United States thousands of lives and billions of dollars. Testifying before the Senate W«r Investigating Committee, the 77- year-old adviser of Presidents proposed a 17-poinl "minimum program" for preparedness which he said should be placed .on the statute books Immediately, ready to function in the event of -mother emergency. The program urged adoption of Universal Military Training, and wartime mobilization of all citizens on a work-or-fight, Jjasls. "Although the shooting war is over," he said, "we are In the midst of a cold war which is getting warier." However, Baruch said that despite the critical international situation he did not believe that "we are going to use guns or lhat we are going to war." The senate investigating committee is trying lo find out why the industrial mobilization plan, which Baruch helped lo prepare before the war, was apparently discarded after Pearl Harbor. The plan was revised and brought up to date In 1939 under direction of former Assistant Secretary of War Louis C. Johnson. Deploring Ihe regularity with which earlier mistakes were repeated In World War II, Barucli said: , "Faltering step by faltering step he moved toward controls, but those controls were never sufficient and far-reaching enough. If they had been applied Immediately, many lives would have been saved, our casualties lowered and billions of dollars saved." Baruch estimated the cost of un- preparedness at "thousands of lives, extra billions of dollars and months of time." He blamed "piecemeal price control" for the nation's current in r flationary troubles which, ho said, "next to human slaughter... (are) the worst consequences of war." Bnnieh also was critical of the nation's demobilization. "We have not demobilized," he said. "We have scuttled and run- militarily, economically anrt spirit" ually." Highlighting Baruch's n-point preparedness program was a plea. for Universal Military Training. However, the elder statesmen stressed that "only If combined with a sound and comprehensive program for our national security c«n it be really clfcctive." The Baruch program also recommended: Wartime mobilization of Ell men and women on a work-or-fight basis to assure "a pool of all our manpower— brains and brawn— ready to be capped at any moment for war purposes." An over-all industrial plan to control production, distribution and prices, with the power of »P.oc*tion and priority. A price-regulation, tax and savings program for "talcing unfdir profits out of war and preventing inflation." ' Intenslfled'sclentific research and enlarged Intelligence service. Bar Harbor business district and • as the flames died down it was"' estimated that nearly go per cent of the year-round residents of thin resort town would find their 1 home* untouched. The fire, now confined to a three- square mile area, centered on the Eagle Lake road to Southwest Har- ; bor and Somervllle. A pall of smoke hung over 'Cad- lllac Mountain and the flames still raged on the north side while thousands of acres of Acadia National park were a tangled muss of blackened timber. A survey of Bar Harbor showed that about 60 large estates had been destroyed as well M the Obi at* Fathers Seminary ,the Bar - Harbor golf club and the building ot arts, n 1500,000 concert hall. Most serious damage was In th« Bar Harbor and Hull's Cove area. The wind remained northeast, but It was believed other towns and hamlets on the Island were In no immediate danger. The Ford and Rockefeller estate! were unharmed by flames as was the E. T. Stotesbury 12,500,000 cottage which previously was reported destroyed. Driven to the rock-bound waterfront when this town was ringed by a curtain of flames, the Tillage™ spent five terror-filled .hours before they escaped, by sea or overland on a route hacked througn the fiery trap. " With half their town demolished, most of the frightened refugees were led to safety by * heroic band of soldiers from Dow Field who rode their bucking bulldozers through th* ever-tightening ring of flames, cutting a lane to lately over the Hull's Cove road. Others had been taken off the island by Navy, Coist Guard or fishing boats. *i*« for C. C. Nicholas, Stee/e, HeW Tomorrow Services for Charles B. Nicholas, who died ;ast night »t his home near Steele, Mo.,'-following a short mines*, will be conducted at 10:30 tomorrow morning »t the Church of Christ at Steele. He wu «. Burial will be In Mount Zion Cemetery there, with the Rev. H. F. Sharp, pastor of the Church off Christ, officiating. A retired farmer. Mr. Nichols» was bom in Rlpley, Tenn., and moved to Steele nine years ago. He t& survived by his wife,- tin. Jesse Nicholas; five wns, Ira. w. Nicholas of Blythevtlle, O. F. Nicholas ot Detroit, Mich., Norman Nicholas of Albuquerque, N. tttx., and 1 Robert Nicholas and ,81117 Nicholas, both of Steel*; and four daughters, Mrs. Ina Drtnortj of Detroit and Miss Lena NtehoUa, Miss Jo Alice Nicholas and Mi«s Louise Nicholas, all of Stwi*. Hk also leave* nine grandchtlOwo. German rjnderUiln» Cu. «t M*el* K in char#«.