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BLYTHEVILEE COURIER NEWS I THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OF NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI VOL. XLIV—NO. aiytheville Courier Blythevllle Daily Newi Mississippi Valley Leader Blythevllle Herald BLYTI1KVIU-K, ARKANSAS. WKDNKSDAY, NOVJ3MBKK 19, 1947 EIGHTKKN PAGES SINGLfl COPIES FIVB CENTS I 'Rep. Jeoe f. Wfltertt, Truman Request For New Power Sidetracked Committee Decidei To Let Rationing, Price Controls Wait WASHINGTON, Nov. 59 (UP)— Tlie Joint Congressional Economic Committee today sidetracked Pres- Iden Truman's request for price control »nd rationing power. It decided to give first consideration to other proposals In his antl-infli- tion program. The committee's action was a new Indication that Mr. Truman's request for emergency power to Impose .selective price control and rationing faced almost certain defeat In the hostile Republican controlled Congress. "I think that. If we're going to get anything out at the special session, we will have to let Points 9 and 10 (the rationing and price control phases of the administration program) go over to the regular session," said committee chairman Robert A. Taft of Ohio. Taft announced that the commit- would consider these points at the special session: 1. Restoring controls of Installment buying and restricting bank credit. 2. Regulating commodity exchanges. 3. Extension and. strengthening of export controls. 4. Promoting the sale of livestock and poultry at weights and grades representing the most effective use of grain. 5. Enabling the Agriculture Department to expand its conservation program and authorizing measures to Increase foreign food production. Might Control Steel Taft said the committee also muy consider the Truman proposal to authorize allocation and inventory control of scarce basic materials like steel. He added that extension of controls on transporation and rents would be left to regular legislative committees. Because Secretary of Agriculture Clinton P.- Anderson Is unable to be present tomorrow, the committee postponed Us first hearings . from Thursday to Friday. Anderson will testify then. - .„.- ..... . „ and price troven : t j iloni- How eVer, R.. Mich., vice chairrimT of the joint committee and chairman of the House Banking Committee, told reporters his House group would ^ : open hearings next Tuesday on the \ President's entire program. Taft said the joint committee also will investigate administration handling of existing export controls, even though it Is considered ] one of the "less controversial" items of Mr. Truman's 10-point program. In advance of today's committee session for hearings In Mr. Truman's program. Taft expressed uncertainty as to what the president wanted In asking for "strengthened" export controls. "It seems to me that they have complete powers already," Taft told reporters. To Hear Anderson He has repeatedly charged the administration with failure to make effective use of export controls nnd thus to check the inflationary effect of foreign buying on domestic prices. In a speech Monday night, Taft said 60 per cent of American exports were going to countries other than the 16 Marshall plan nations of Western Europe. That 60 per I* cent amounted to $12,000.000,000 r» worth of foreign buying this year, he said. Taft said the joint committee was tentatively scheduled to hear Secretary of Agriculture Clinton P. Anderson tomorrow and Friday on ways of promoting the sale of livestock at lower weight, regulation of commodity markets and perhaps allocation of grain to users. Marriner s. Ecclcs, chairman of the Federal Reserve Board, will be asked to testify Monday on Mr. Truman's proposal to restore controls on installment buying and to restrict bank credit. Taft said he expected the committee would be able to report on the "less controversial" proposals in the administration program In two three weeks. Among those, he listed controls on exports, rents and Installment buying. He did not include price control and rationing. Jury Panel 'Called for Trial Of Mclaughlin MT. IDA, Ark., Nov. 19 (UP) — The actual trial of ex-Hot Springs Mayor Leo P. McLaughlin was scheduled to get underway here today following two days of Icgnl skirmishing which resulted yesterday In the selection of an entirely new Jury panel. The new panel was named by Montgomery Sheriff William E Black after Circuit Judge Maiipin Cummings discharged the original group to Insure "a fair and impartial trial." McLaughlin faces the first o 16 separate charges of misconduc In office. The trial was moved to this mountain hamlet after the ex-Spa mayor contended that he would not get a fair trial In Hot Springs, •where hi served as mayor for 20 r**n.. Baptists Elect Rev. E. C. Brown State President Strike Violence In Italy Spreads Over New Areas Mochinegunsand Hand Grenades Used in Battie With Police Marshall Brutally Frank About Soviets on Eye of London Parley By IAI.K C. WILSON United Preu SUM Cormpandent WASHINGTON, Nov. 19. (U.P.)—Secretary of Slate Marshall's brutally frank Chicago speech was a warning to the Kremlin that the for a showdown on allied pblicy George C. recognized today as United States is ready toward Germany. * It will come at the London For-1 ready eign Ministers Conference which The Rev. E. LITTLE BOCK, Ark., Nov. 19. (UP) — The Rev. E. C. Brown, pastor of the First Baptist Church at Blytheville, has been elected president of .the Arkansas Bnptist State Convention, succeeding the Rev. W. J. Kinsley of Hot Springs. The Rev. Mr. Brown has served as chairman of the board the past year. Other officers named today included: The Rev. T. K. Rucker of Malvern, first vice president. The Rev. Irving M. Prince, Paragould, 2nd vice president. The Rev. Taylor Stanfill, North Little Rock, re-elected secretary. Dr. B. L. Bridges, Little Rock, re-elected treasurer. 8 Chest Teams Complete Lists Twenty-Nine Others Still Must Finish Drive for $26,780 Eight of the 37 solicitation teams seeking contributions to meet 1947-48 Community to Chest budget ROME. Nov. IS—((UP)—An estimated 200,000 peasants started general strike in "bloody Puglla Providence, today, following up last night's machincgim and hand (jrc- nade battle In Corato between a Communist-led mob of 5,000 and police. The peasants said they struck against the "Fascism of the Agrarians." Their strike covered the whole province of Puglia, In the South of Italy. Dispatches today told oi new violence ill at least 20 cities and towns. The nine-hour buttle of Cornlo was the worst since the "wnr of the public squares" started 15 days ago nncl officials feared it might murk a new and more vicious phase in the Communist offensive. Two wore killed in Coruto. The dead n»id two of the wounded were civilians. A battalion ot infnntry iuvl n battalion oi mobile police »nd armored troops Imd to restore order in Corato. The two killed there, plus the shooting of Sllvestro Zuppini. n member of the Uomo Qualunquc Party, yesterday in Lomclllnn, raised the total of dead in 15 days to 15. The injured ran into hundreds. Thousands oi terror-stricken inhabitants oi Corato—a city of 45,000 population 2q miles North of Bari— lied into the oi)cn fields where they spent the night. Land communications were cut and the only contact with Rome was by radio. RIOTERS HEAVILY ARMED The Corato mob did not attack rightist parties' headquarters anc newspaper offices, which had beer a feature oi the riots in more than ICO other cities and towns. Armed with pistols, rifles and machine- guns, the rioters attacked central police headquarters. Police had been set to patrolling the streets because of some previous trouble. Yesterday, according to radioed reports, the patrols were withdrawn because it looked so peaceful. Suddenly, a mob attacked two meets Nov. 25. Marshall leaves for London tomorrow. If Marshall sticks to his hard- fisted position the conference scarcely can be an utter failure although Russia may continue to irevent the milking of » |>eace reaty with Germany. The con- 'ercnce looks like the lust allied grasp at i>ostwar unity — and there sn't much chance'of getting that. The prime conference objective Is :i CiiTinan jieace treaty which will hasten the ]M>lltie:il and industrial unification and revival of tliat stricken cnimtry. Kurope'* recovery anil, ultimately, Ihe future wfll-lirhiK ot the United SUitcs hung on the re*u)U of their efforts. Marshall bluntly si\ld Ihe United States would not be bluffed or dissuaded by Russian propaganda from the iiolkics ot European nnd world recovery n|xm which we al- havi spent huge sums, H« accused the Russians of lying •- tenquet Planned \s Climax for Soybean Contest Joycees to Present Ed Critz Trophy For Greatest Yield bout us (or propaganda purposes. "Tlui people of IliU country are God (earing people," Marshal sold In an address last night before the Chicago Council o( Foreign Relations and Chamber of Commerce "They hnvo been very patient h their attitude towards mUrera'e sentHtlon o( their action* wid mo lives. Today our people vlrtuall; have been driven Into a state o active resentment nnti, having bcei t'oadecl to this point, they arc nc cuscd of having lighted E\nd Btokci this xrcat fire of public resent mem. "This last 1* propaganda, yes of the most brazen and conlcmp tuoiiK character. It Is time to call I a halt lo such Inflationary prac- tises. "We are aware of the seriousness nnd extent of the campaign which Is being directed nitnliut us as See MAKSHAU, on I'm! Id. The Ed Grit*. Trophy and a $100 cash twarri will b« presented to he first pl«c« winner of the Mississippi County soybean yield content at banquet al 1 p.m. Dec. 11 nt the First Methodist Church here, I was announced today by Oscn Ha/clbalcer, chairman of Hie Anil culture Committee of the Junio Chamber of Cotnmerct, sponsor of the contest. Entrants are completing harvest Ing operations on Ihe flve-ncr plol-s cnch hn» entered and Ihrc winners will be picked from field of approximately 20 contest mils. A second place nwnrd of 476 and • third place prize of $25 also will be awarded. The contest, the first held here, got underway June 1 nnd nil harvesting U to bo completed by Dec. Leou Blum Slated To Take Helm in Troubled France PARIS, Nov. 19, (U.P.)—Leon Blum, veteran Socialist lender, was reported today to have accepted a bid to head R now government to replace that of Paul Ramadier, which, loitered on the brink of collapse under a Communist threat of n general strike throughout France. To Present Award \ Bank Employe Gets Promotion Jack Owens, Teller At First National, Is Elected Cashier Slash in Tariff Brings Protest Farmer and Laborer To Find Standard of Living Endangered of $26,780 have completed their work and submitted final _ reports, Worth D. Holder, secretary of the Chest Board, said yesterday. £ These teams are, tho^e which MMiBied some of the smaller _. Rt$ B> collect and none of the groups seeking larger sums has completed;the solicitations yet, he Captains of the eight teams and the amounts reported by them follow: Mrs. W. J. Rodgers, $11; R. G. Cash, $322.25; Jinimie Edwards. S2BB; Harvey Morris, S242; Russell Baugh, $385; Oscar Fendler, S35G; D. Hammock, $435; and Jim Parks, $81. of contributors, bring the Chest was released following I whose donations drive fund to esterdny: rtie's Beauty Shop Blytheville Gin iuffington Grocery Broadway Bargins I. H. Brooks viiss Elizabeth Blythe Mrs. Norman Bunch •liss Eunice Brogdon Villiam Berryman Keith Bilbrey Russell Baugh 'aul Byrum B'ville Curb Market ialdwcll's Beauty Shop . E. Cooley oca-Cola Bottling Co. E. F. Cockran Jack Crump lurve Inn Grocery Cagle- Copeland harlcy's Electric Shop }elta Lumber Company Dixie Lunch D & P Bargain Store :llis Implement Company Roland Green - eraldine Greene Kugh Gentry 3. E. Robinson Still-Young Motor Co. lene Still loleman Stevens 3. A. Smith Grocery Starnes Furniture Co. Jack Thro Tom's Bargain Center •2100" Cafe U-DO-IT Laundry Mr. & Mrs. S. E. Webb W. L. Whittaker Wicker Machine Shop Bud Wilson Auto Sales Dr. Milton Webb D. Hammock Hall's Garage Harrison's IrnpH. & Autt. Mrs. Julia Haralson Miss Reginn Hngan Lcona Harber Gordon Harris Ervin Jones Miss Butonne Jaggcrs L. G. Kenwright Ira Lewis Willie C. Ling Lewis' Cafe John Lum's Grocery Wm. R. Lavvshe Missco Implement Co. Mldsouth Distributing Harvey Morris Nu-Wa Cleaners Jodie Nabers Miss Delia Purtle Max Parks Park's Cleaners J. C. Penney Co., Inc. W. p. Pry or Dr. J. F. Rowland Golda Rinks Rice-Stlx Mrs. R. L. Reeder C. S. Lemons C. M. Smart Miss Polly Wilson Ernest Walker Cliff!* Webb S10.00 20.00 15.00 10.00 10.00 17.50 2.00 5.00 10.00 12.00 •20.00 50.00 15.0D 10.00 70.00 300.00 3.00 2.50 10.00 37.50 25.00 25.00 10.00 10.00 10.00 60.00 2.50 5.00 5.00 100.00 2500 10.00 10.00 50.00 25.00 4.00 5.00 10.00 20.00 10.00 10.00 25.00 10.00 1 10.00 5.00 25.00 5.00 5.00 2.00 18.00 5.00 3.00 5.00 5.00 40.00 3.00 10.00 15.00 100.00 25.00 20.00 25.00 20.00 10.00 5.00 5.00 150.00 25.00 25.00 10.00 300.00 5.00 150.00 75.00 6.00 5.00 (.00 men left on guard in front of police headquarters and barracks. The police fired into the air and ordered the mob members to- go home. But members of the mob started'shooting and tried to rush the headquarters. As. , t . JsfghUng spread over, the city, people""slartV ed an exodus for the fields. - : Just before the mob destroyed the telephone and telegraph offices and barricaded all roads, pt.licn succeeded in getting through a call to Tbari for hell). Light lanks, armored cars, a batnlion of the ninth infantry and a battalion of mobile police were rushed up. The Communist-dominated labor unions ordered a strike in ail towns of Bari Province beginning last midnight. It extended even to public utilities. Belore the fighting started in Corato, strikes had crippled 21 of the 57 communes (districts) in Bari Province. Some officials ill Rome believed that the battle \vas the Communists' answer to Premier Alcidc de Gaspcri's attack upon them in a speech Monday night in Naples. He called upon them to ilispel the "specter of civil war" and accused them of serving Russia. It wns the first time that a Communist-led mob had made an armed attack upon a police station. Two police stations in the North had been rushed by the Communists, but in those two cases they weic unarmed except for clubs and stones. There were attacks in nine oilier cities and towns yesterday and in two case.s. mob violence was turned against private homes. At Crezza a mob attacked the home oi Snlva- tore Invcnizzi. an industrialist, and at Legnano a hand grenade was thrown at the home of Ubaldo Ranzj, another industrialist. The Uomo Qualunquc Party of- lice at Ponuzia was burned, the first time the Columnist had put Ihe torch to a ouilrting. Many house-s in Milan wore piaslercd with signs, such as "here lives a Fas- ctst" or "monarchist" or "uomo Quatunqu'St." Against this mounting background of violence. Premier De Gasperi consulted leaders of the Republican nnd RighUving Socialist parties, to bring them into his cabinet. HU conferences yesterday were at Naples. He will carry on his conferences today at Rome and Republicans and Riyhtwing Socialists may be in the cabinet by the end of the week. Jack Owens • • • Jack Owens, teller at the First Nfitionnl Bank here, yesterduy was named cashier by the bank's Board of Directors at Its monthly meeting. He succeeds Hermon Carl ton, who resigned Saturday to accept a position with the Blytheville Canning Co. Mr. Owens, who wos graduated from Blytheville High School In 1038, first became connected with the First National Bank Oct. 15, 19*1. After graduation from high school, Mr. Owens attended Draughon's Business College in Memphis before joining the bank slaff. He began as a bookccper nnd since then has occupied nearly every position ill ihc bank, Including thai of assistant cashier. Sam H. Williams, president of the bank, said yesterday "we are happy to have Mr. Owens as cashier because of his long period of service. We feel his advancement will benefit the bank and meet with the approval of the community." Mr. Carlton, the former cashier, WASHINGTON. Nov. IS (UP) — Chairman Harold- Knutson of the House Ways and Means Committee charged today that "do-gooders" who negotiated the new U. S. trade nnd tariff culs traded otf American workers for "very dubious" trade! concessions which may never be realized. The Minnesota Republican said the American farmer and laborer "knows that his high living standards ade deflnetly threatened when we throw our marxelj wide open to the products made by workers whose wage scale per day la little more than the »mouni paid per hour to American workmen." Knutson's position was virtually linrles W. Holrhan, sec- National Cooperative i Federation, H«-i»|d ! cub harj ..*iho«kM j from und*r""jfemerlCBn by throwing open domestic markets to /'cut-throi>t" foreign price competition. Knutson said that Agriculture, mining, lumber and many manufacturing Industries will BOW find competitive Imports arriving In ever Increasing volume. "For example," Knutson said, "England, anticipating the reductions In the U. S. tariffs, has embarked on a program on enlarging nnd modernizing her textile Industry with a piirticulnr eye on the American markets. Under the new agreements, there were some cuts of UK high as 50 per cent in tariff duties. The trophy will be presented the first plnce winner by Mi'. Crli«, who Is now district suiwvl.sor for tho Soil conservation Service nt Fny- eltcvllle. He wns county agent, for Noi.th Mississippi County from 1927 through 1935. Because Mi 1 . Crllvs Is credited with pioneering the raising of soybeans In Mississippi County, the flrst-plnce trophy was iinmcrt In his honor- He will be Inti-cduced by Jim Smothermnn of Blytheville. low-art to Speak Principal siicakcr nt Ilic award banquet will be George M. Strnyer of Hudson, In., secretary of the American Soybean Association and editor of the Soybean Digest. Mr. Strnyer nlso was chalrmnn of the Agriculture committee of the United Stales Junior chamber of Commerce for three years. George Hnl c of Burdcltc, chairman of the Soybean Planning Committee, Is scheduled lo explain the function of the planning group and their Interest In the soybean ylekl contest. It was from findings of the Planning committee at a meeting here In Jnmmry that Ihe Idea of conducting a yield contest evolved- Plans and rules for the contest were completed at a Joint meeting of the Planning Committee anrt the Jnycoe Agriculture Committee here In March. County Agent Kcilh J. Bllbrcy ot Blytheville will make a brief talk and second and third place nwnrrls will be presented by Mr. Hazclba- ker, who Li usalstnnl county agent here. MVf To Serve Banquet The banquet will be served by members of the Mctliocllst Youth Crlli Dud Cason Post Second Largest In All Arkansas Blythevlllc's Dud Cason Post 24 of the American Legion retained its position as the state's second large-st in membership. It was announced by Ed Rice, a member of the post's membership committee nt weekly meeting of the post In the Legion Hut last night. Second only to the M. M. Ebcrl.1 Post of Little Rock, the Dud Cnson Post now hns a total of 876 members, Mr. Rice reported. Tills figure Indicates that the. Past is 256 members short, of the" 1132 obtained hnd been connected with the bank I Curing last year's drive. for the past 10 years. He is now offi- In other action last night mcm- manager for the Blytheville Canning Co. "We regret to sec him go," Mr. Williams said of Mr. Carllon. Other First National Bank otfi- cers.in addition to Mr. Williams nnd Mr. Owens, are E. M. Regcnolcl, vice president, and D. C. Pafford, asslsl- Fellowshlp under the direction of Miss Mamie L. Adams, director of Christian education for the church. Between 100 aiKl las tickets for the award bnmiuct will be placed on sale at a date to be announced Inter. Mr. Haralbakcr snld. Proceeds will be used by the Melho- dlsl Youth Fellowship- to send a delegation to a Youth Fellowship Conference at Cleveland, O-, late next month as well as to defray contest expenses. It was decided at the Mnrch meeting of the Planning committee and the Jaycee group that the yield contest will be held yearly. Any farmer In Mississippi County Is eligible to enter the yield contest. Awards are bnscd on the average yield per ncre of a continuous, rectangular plot of at least live acres. The five objectives of the yield contest arc to (I) find what contributes to good yields, (2) keep farmers better posted'on top yielding varieties, (3) get n still larger percentage or formers to use soybeans In rotation, (4) Increase total soybean production and money value of the county and <5< help the county gain national recognition. Meyers' Kinsman On Payroll, Too Witness Telts Senate Committee of $1,000 Paid to Wife's Father WASHINGTON, NOV. 19. (UP)— A Senate witness Icstlllcd today that MaJ. Oen. Bennett Ei Meyers gave his inluro rathcr-ln-l»w, a bus jdrlver, x »l,000-»-month 'Job ns (deduction vice-president of'Av- iation Electriff Corp. B. H. Lamnrre, who said he "fronted" lor Meyers as president of the highly profitable subcontracting (Inn, gave tlie testimony bc- war Investigating fore a 'Scant* committee. Meyers, a wartime Air Force buying office, las been charged by witnesses with being the secret owner of the company. He allegedly drew ant vice president. The High and the Low In Temperatures Trying Hard to Get Together here A new seasonal record for the ' "coldest day" was set here yesterday when the mercury stopped its dally climb as a high of only 44 degrees. This reading relegates Monday, with Us high of 50 degrees, to the status of the season's chilliest day. Lowest temperature recorded here during last night was 39 degrees. The variation between high and low of only five degrees during the past 24 hours is exceeded only by a three-degree change in temperature extremes over a 36-hour period between Nov. 1 and 3. The U. S. Wcathr Bureau in Little Rock said this morning lhat a Southerly flow of mild, moist air from the Gulf resulted in little change in temperatures and kept readings throughout the state at ilmllir ltv€U. $20,000 Spent On Remodeling Of Drug Store Kirby'.s Highway Drug Store at Mam and Division formally reopened today following completion of over-all remodeling during xvlncJi more than $20,000 in new" equipment and fixtures were installed. In a remodeling program carried out- by the Walgreen Co., a now fountain and luncheonette equip- 1 menl. were installed and the prescription department, cosmetic section and display counters were remodeled. The store has been air-conditioned and a new pharmacist has been added to the staff. This drug store has been operated hy Kirby Brothers for the past 10 years. They also operate drug stores at Second and Main and Main and Broadway. bers of the post heard a report form Oscar Fcndlcr, chalmmn of the post's bunding committee In reference to the construction of the War .\;emorinl Auditorium. After hearing a recom en elation by Mr. Fendler, members of the Post voted to move the house which is located on the proposed site of the audTtorium to the rear of the hut so that construction of the auditorium can begin. Mr. Fendler said today that mortgage bonds on the properly adjacent, to the Hut would be Issued in order lo raise the *3G,OCO ncces- sary for the construction of the memorial. Sale of the bonds will begin next week, he said. Tn the absence of Commander FL. B Stout vice-commander Wade Jeffcvlcs presided over last night's meeting, New York Stocks County Judges to Meet County Judge Roland Green of Blytheville will leave tomorrow for Pine Bluff to attend a meeting of the Arkansas Association of County Judge*. 2 p. M. Stocks: A T & T .................. 152 3J4 Amer Tobacco .. .......... 71 Anaconda Copper ..,> ...... 353.8 Beth Steel ......... .' ...... 99 1[4 Chrysler .................. 63 Coca Cola ................ 189 Gen Electric .............. 353,8 Gen Motors .............. 5B1,8 Montgomery Ward ........ 5G N Y Central .............. 13 1:2 Int Harvester . ............ 88 North Am Aviation ........ 85,8 Republic Steel ............ 28 Hadio .................... 9518 Socony Vacuum .......... 167 ; 8 j Studeb;.kcr .............. 201;2 Standard of N J .......... 15314 'Texas Corp ............... 58 1 ! 2 Packard ............. ..... 5 I U A Steel ................ ~<t Mrs. Robt. Owen, Church Leader Of Luxora, Dies LUXORA. Ark.. Nov. 19—Funeral arrangements were Incomplete today for Mrs. Annie I.conn Cridcr Owen, life-long resident of Luxorn. who died yesterday morning at her home following a week's Illness. She was the wife of Robert Owen, retired farmer and lumber man. Mrs. Owen, who was born here Feb. 3, 1878. was married to Mr. Owen on Sept. 19, 1897, and the couple celebrated Ihclr 50th wedding anniversary this fall. A member of the Luxora Methodist Church during her entire life, Mrs. Owen was active In church activities, having served as president of the "Womcns Society of Christian Service of that church. Survivors In addition to her husband arc three sons. Raymond H. Owen of Osccola, Ed A. Owen of Memphis, and L. Roy Owen of Luxora; two daughters, Mrs. R. D. Green of Flint, Mich., and Mrs. A. E. Anderson of Coral Gables, Fla.: two sisters, Mrs. C. H. Turner of Ualcs- vlllc, and Mrs. J. W. Roberts of Memphis; one brother. John Cridcr of Monroe, La.; seven grandchildren and five great grandchildren. National Funeral Home of Memphis Is In charge. Out-of-town relatives who have arrived to Join members of the family here include: Mr. and Mrs. C. H. Turner and Mr. and Mis. Wayne Jones, all of Bntesvllle, Mr. and Mrs. Howard Edwards of Searcy, Mr. nnd Mrs. J. W. Roberts, Mr. and Mrs. Harold Owen, Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Owen Jr., and Mr. and Mrs. Ed Owen, all of Memphis, Mr. anrt Mrs. Woodrow Turner of St. Louis, Mo., nnd Mr. and Mrs. Bob Gre«n of Flint, Mich. more than $100,000 from the coin- pnny In 1M1 and 1942, and continued to profit from It until it was dlsolved In 194S. Litinnrre said that Meyers represented H. A. Cuinutt, his future fnthcr-ln-lnw, as being a business man with wide experience In railroading. He said that Curnutt, few months after he went on the company payroll for »1,000 a month, confessed lo him that he previously hnd been a bus driver for a line operated by a railroad, Curnutt went to work for Avlu- tlon Electric late in' 1942. A few weeks laltr Meyers married hi« daughter, blonde actress Ila-Rae Curnutt. Lamnrre resumed his account of Meyers' hidden connection with the company at a subcommittee hearing highlighted by there other developments: 1. T. E. Readnower, a nominal vice-president of Aviation Electric, testified that Meyers continued to draw money from the company until it wns dissolved late In 1945. Readnower said he continued to draw $25 a week himself even after he was drafted In the Army In 1042, and an additional tl5-009-K- year "executive salary" which was kicked back to Meyers. 2. Ma). Gen. Junlus P. Jones, air force Inspector, said an anonymous letter accusing Meyers of wartime profiteering was placed In a file classified "secret." He said he considered the letter to be the "self- discrediting" work of a crackpot reformer, and for that reason It was pigeonholed. "Blum already has been asked to lead * new government and ha* accepted," Quy Moltet, secretary general of the Socialist Party, Mid. Mollet predicted that Blum would « named "probably within 48 hours" o lead a new middle-of-the-road ovcrument. The report of tlie government urnovcr came u the Communist eadcrshlp of French labor started agitation for a general strike. Already n wave of crippling strlke« md boosted the number of Idle above 350,000. Speculation hail been rampant for days that Ramadler's cabinet could not endure the mounting pressure of the industrial crisis. Mollct's statement at a luncheon of the Anglo-American Press Association was the first semi-official confirmation of the Impending shnkeup, Mollet said tlie proposed government would strive to avoid a serloui cliuh between Communists and th« Anti-Communist forces of Gen. '• Charles de Gaulle. All parties except the Communists and De Gal- llsls already were In agreement an. the necessity for a so-called "third loroe" between the two extremes to govern France, he added. Communist directors of the General Confederation of Labor «er» reported to have passed the word to j locnl units to close the ranks In the nationwide walkouts and partly** the nation's entire industry, Coal production was cut to ft trickle by a strike of about 150,000 workers In Ihe mines oi Northern France. A majority of th« W.OOO workers In the metallurgical industry of the Paris area we're out In response to a call of the Communist leadership of the labor confederation (CGT). The toterlng government of Premier Ramadier met lo dlscms th» critical strike situation. Bamadler and President Vincent Anriol conferred with political -lea ~ their search for a cabinet j nation strong enough to wr the Communlj^ campaign. I Refe Seek: (Mtoenl W* Paris newspapers bannered reports of the strike spread, and suggested that a.general strike was Ihe goal of tlie Communist .lead- . ers, The cabinet heard Interior Minister Gdouard Depreux report on the strike wave, and discussed the ixisslblllty .of a nationwide cost of living allowance for all workers. But It reached no decision. The only concrete measure taken by the cabinet was approval of * bill for rcorgnnl?.at!on of France'* See FRANCE on Pate IS Price of Food Leveling Off, BLS Reports WASHINGTON, Nov. 19— (UP) — A Labor Department report IndU cated today that some food price* may be leveling off. On the basis of a survey In 5* cities, the department's Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that average retail food prices Increased 3.6 per cent between mid-August and mid-September to set a new high for the fourth straight month. The bureau said higher prices for meats, dairy products and eg« led the rise for the 30-day period ended Sept. 15. Its food Index on Sept. 15 stood at 303.5 per cent of the i935-39 average. The bureau said this was 40 per cent higher than in June oi 194« and 10 per cent above the June, 1920 peak after World War I. The report s»id all the cltiet felt tl>e average price rise in the period ended Sept. 15. The increases ranged from 0.7 per cenh In Peoris, III., to 5.9 per cent in Wichita, Kan. Batesville Creamery Hit by $90,000 Fire BATESVfLLE, Ark.. Nov. 19. <UP) —The large one-story building occupied by the Sugar Creek Cream- cry Company In West Batesville was destroyed by fire *arly today. Cause of the blaze—Batcsvlllcs largest In three years—was undetermined. The building and expensive machinery were a total loss. The bliizc spread to adjacent wires Luxora Businessman Hurt in Auto Accident I.UXOHA, Nov. 19—C. B. Wood Sr., of Luxora, owner of the C. B, Wood Motor Company In Osceola received a fractured shoulder blade, a dislocated right shoulder and H deep cut to the head as the results of an accident Involving his car and a truck on Highway 61 near Frenchman's Bayou last night. According to reports of the accident Mr. Woods was traveling North following a truck driven by a Mr. and disrupted telephones and power | Grist of Frenchman's Bayou at the service for several hours. t | me o [ u, e accident. Lights from an approaching Damage was estimated at between $80.000 nnd $90,000. New York Cotton Mar. May July Oct. Dec. open . 3423 3415 . 3304 . 3059 . 3402 high 3454 3437 3331 3015 3430 low close 3419 3419 3403 3403 3298 3035 3398 3399 3035 3400. Soybeans (Price* f.o.b. Chicago) open high low Nov 369 375 3«9 Mar. .... *67-l|3 373 M» close 3750 JT3B car are reported to have blinded the driver ot the truck forcing him to slow down causing Mr. Wood's car to crash into the rear of the truck. Mr. Wood was brought- to Ihe Blodgelt Clinic here where emergency first aid treatment was given and he was later taken to Campbells' Clinic in Memphis. Weather ARKANSAS—Mo«tly cloudy , uid continued cool today tonight »nd Thursday. Scattered «ho»ers west portion Thursdiy. ,

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