BLYTHBVTLLE (ARK.) OOURIE* NEWS Laval's Memoirs Are Published Nazi Demand That French Wag« War on H«r Allies is Bared PARIS, Nov. 20. tUP)—Pierre Laval claimed in Ills memoirs, made public today, (hat tye twice refused Nan demands for '» Vichy French declaration of war on the United State and Britain, He also said that when the allied armies were storming toward Paris In August, 1944, he tried to stay »nd h»nd over power to Gen. Charles de Gtutle or another properly con- •tituted French government, but the Naxis »rrest*d him and took him »»ay., Laval's memoirs, which actually were the defense he decided not to deliver at his treason trial, wilt be published In February under the title, "I*v»l speaks." The weekly newspaper France Dlmnnchc Is printing them serially. The first in- «tallment-appeared today. A Ilring squad executed Laval, the former Vichy premier, on October 19, 1SHS. He swallowed poison, but he had carried It about so long II. was too weak to kill him. Adolph Hltltr, he wrote, dcm*"ri- ed through his minister to Vichy on Nov. 8, 1912—after the American landings In Africa—that he declare war on the U. S. and Britain. Laval Mid he went to Munich and flatly refused. Another demand \v&s presented to him on Nov. 17_ this time with the ultimatum that if he did not accept, Fr»nce would be treated like a "conquered land," He said he refused • gain and the occupation ot all France followed. He said he thought that by remaining at the head of the French government, he could keep thc..Ger- mans from committing greater excesses against France and save thousands from the firing squad nntl deportation to force labor camps. Price of Homes Due to Decline Within a Year WASHINGTON. Nov. 20 I UP) — A construction industry spokesman Bald yesterday there is "reasonable expectancy" thai the price of homes irill drop within a year or so. Robert W. McChcsney. chairman of the construction industry advisory council's policy committee, Raid "there is abundant, evidence that It at least current conditions prevail, the cost of construction will become stabilized." "The price of houses seems to have reached a plateau." he .said, "and there ,1s reasonable expectancy that the price will decline. Taklnsr the 19+0 cost as $100, the cost ol a house rose to 141 during the w»r, itandtng\ at 141 on: V-J day. In the year following when controls w«nfc off, the cost moved up to v '181. In tin past year the index^has moved to 187. This Indicates^ plateau. Big Top May Return To Scene of Disaster MIAMI, Fla., Nov. 20. (UP) — John RJngling North, president of the Singling Bmthers, Harmim and Bailey Circus, indicated that tile big top mav return to the scene of its greatest disaster. North said that the circus plnns to play the New England circuit again next year, and "as far as I am concerned" it will again i;o to Hartford, Conn. In Hartford three years ngo, the circus lent burned wltli a loss of 109 lives. Most of/the damago claims from the fire have been paid off, North reported, and the Rlngllng office there li 1*1 lie i'U»ed. since the ffre, nearly all circus profit has gone to survivors of those killed. Cowboy Stor Will Marry His Supporting Actress HOLLYWOOD, Nov. 20, (UP) — Cowboy star Roy Rogers, who played with actress Dale Evans 111 28 pictures and never once kissed her, yesterday sfitd he was ROlng to marry the fih'I. In the movies. Miss Kv:ms :il- way.s was left behind while Itogrr.s rode off into (he sunset, hugclng his horse. In real life, Rogers said, they'll Illicit up New Year's Five. THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 1947 'Ike' to Enter Hospital WASHINGTON, Nov. 20 IUI>)- Ccji. Dwight D. Eisenhower, Army chief of .itaff, entered Walter Reed Hospital today for what his office described as a "routine physlclal examination." 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