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TKE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OF NORTHEAST Al^.*,o. „,„.. „_ ^ A. ^ ,«-J W? fcj VOL. XLII1—NO. 281 Blanket of Snow Covers Much of t North Arkansas Temperature Here Drops to Low of 24 As Cold Wind Blows Okl Man Winter sneaked hack to Blytheville In a surprise return visit last, night that shattered dreams of more of last week's spring-like weatlier. Rain, freezing rain ami snow fell In rapid succession last night, leaving & three-inch blanket ol snow on the ground this morning. The mercury kept pace with the sudden change and dropped to a low of 24 degrees, acc'.irdina to Robert E. Blaylock, offiunl wrath- er observer, Tile snow was the second this year in this area. In Little Reck today the weather bureau officials issued warnings to motorists to proceed witti caution on highways, vmicu in some instances were blanketed with the heaviest snow o£ the season. Highway 61, while still wet, is free of snow and ice from Blytheville to the south end of the county, it was reported early this afternoon by State Policeman Otto Griffin. While Northeastern Arkansas bore the brunt, of the snow, ram fell generally over the state and froze as it struck the ground. The icy glaze was held on the highways by sub-frce£iiv; temperatures in most of the state. Tile snow reached a maximum of 4 1-2 inches at Bradford between Seavcy and Newport, ar.d four inches at Pleasant plains, 15 miles south of Batesvil:;. Motorists were advised lo tiavcl with caution on the highway? !n the northeastern section which were still covered with mow today. Roads remain:;;! op™, however, and bus schedules were maintained. EiythevlUe Dally New? Blytheville Courier Ulythevllle Herald ' Mississippi Valley Leader All Americans May Be 'Slaves Of Government MEMPHIS. Ten,)., Fcb 19 (UP)—Dr. A .M. Harding, recently retired president «f the Uni- vcisity of Arkansas, called on (lie nation today to preserve its traditions and hlstoiy in the current drift toward "communism ana economic slavery." In a speech delivered last iiIcM, Dr. Harding said that the people Here "rapidly passing into slavery to the federal government." Warning (hat the country lias changed greatly Irom the iilcals of the founding fathers. Dr. Harding said that many servicemen hail fought' to "preserve nur freedom, or liberty," only lo find that "many of our personal liberties have been lakcJi away." MINANT NEWSPAPER OF NORTHEAST ARKANSAS ANU SOUTHEAST MISSOURI lil.VTilKVlU.K, ARKANSAS, WEDNESDAY, KEHRUAKY 19, 1047 Death Toll GrOWS Anti-Closed Shop Amendment Faces Court Test in Nebraska Hospital Probers Study Testimony Charge of Brutality Hurled at Head of Unit Near Benton BY JOHN HASLAM (United Press Staff CorresponBentl LITTLE ROCK, Ark., Fib. ,19.— A Joint House and Senate Committee last night completed its session- long hearings into affairs at the State Hospital and today began a study of its voluminous testimony. La.st night's hearing aired a feud of long standing between two doctors tnd charges of brutality to patients at the Benton unit. Dr. C .C. Purtle told why he woiked for more than two years at thc Benton unit without spoak- ing to Superintendent Asa C. Watson. Th e trouble arose, Dr. Purtle sain, over Dr. Watson's asking mm to make a complaint against Mrs. Darcithy Page, the dietician. '"He threatened t o get me :ireu II I didn't make the complaint," Dr. Purtle testified. "What did you do?" he was asked. "I told him that it he wanted to stoop that low he could take my jcb and go to hell with it," Dr. Pnrtle answered. To another question, the witness said Dr. Watson wanted Mrs. Page Tired for "personal" rather than "legitimate" reasons. "We staff members ate well," Dr. Purtle declared, "but the patients didn't. 'Ail types of cases ate tnc same kind of food just like you latten a bunch of hogs. But it certainly wasn't Mrs. Page's fault." Condoned Brutality A few minutes later, Dr. Punic said that the patients "caught the devil" with food and 1 "other ways." "What do you mean iby 'other ways'"? he was asked. Then the witness said that on one occasion he was called to treat a Negro patient who had b3en beaten, apparently with a strap. By thc night crew. He said thc Negro's tack and legs showed evidences cl having been whipped. -A day attendant told the doctor the night crew did it. "I told Dr. Watson about it," Dr. Purtle testified, "and he tossed it of with 'Aw, well, they've got to beat hell out of them anyway'.' He said Dr. Watson questioned a few employes, but "nothing was ever done r.<bout it." Dr. Purtle charged the Benton superintendent with "dirty, Jow- down tricks,' 1 and with discrediting his Ireattnent among the patients. Another witness. Dr. R. H. Harfl- in, a former dentist at the Benton unit, said Dr. Watson did "discourteous things behind my bad:," and that the superintendent thought he should be in full charge ol the Sr.!in c County unit. Refrigerator Motor Causes Fire Alarm An overheated refrigerator motor disbursing n large amount of smoke brought firemen to the grocery store operated by Billy Reid at 501 South Franklin at 2:30 thl s morn-, ing. The overheated motor filled the store with smoke, which spread to the Reids' living quarters in 'the rear an t | caused Mr. Reid to notify the Fire Department. The motor was burned nut but nr> other dam- riRC resulted. Cotton Growers Plan Meetings Industry Acts to Meet Competition From Other Fibers Plans for conducting cotlin ertii- growers hi cation programs for Arkansas and Missouri were announced yesterday by Oscar Johnston, president of the National Cotton Council, which is co-opsra- tlng in a series which will covel nine states 'Many of the producers in Northeastern Arkansas arc expected lo attend the Missouri meeting which is to b? he!<l at Meiv Madrid on Miirch 25. A similar meeting will be held in Little- Rock the next day and some ajtton growers Iron this area also arc expected to attend the Little Rock conference. Mr. Johnston described the unit sessions as designed to bring together lenders in all branches.ot the cotton industry. Plans for the program were outlined at the January meeting of the council in Uai- veston, Tex. Mr. Johnston advised that the objectives of the programs were to keep cotton competitive with other fibers, and "to create a .greater awareness on the part of th!_ mcmbers of the industry .of the serious problems which confront cotton and the action which must be taken to reach satisfactory solutions." ' •- . Lilienthal Gets Support of Industrialist WASHINGTON, F eb. 19. _ A n atomic industrialist today scoffed at charges that David E. Lilfnthal has Communist leanings. He said the chairman-designate of thc Atomic Energy Commission believes industry, science and the government should "work together as a three-horse team." But a u. s. Marshnl from Tennessee testified that TVA officials during Lilie.iilial' K regime there refused to permit his deputies to serve siibpeiias on its wanted for a Dies vcstigatlon. Charles A. Thomas, vice-president of the Monsanto ' chemical Co. which played a big part In wartime development of the atomic bomb, told Senate members of the congressional atomic energy committee he had worked with Lllicn- thal for three months in the preparation of the Lilienthal-Acheson atomic energy report. Thomas said that, \\orking closely with Lilienthal all day and into tne night, he saw "nothing nt all of any communistic views or leanings." in Rail Tragedy In Pennsylvania 22 Known Dead; Total Of 124 in Hospitals And 20 May Not Live ALTCGNA. Pa., Feb. 19 (UP) —The death toll lu the crackup of the Pennsylvania Ruin-miffs •lied Arrow flyer, whic'.i pinnae. i over an embankment, near picturesque Horseshoe Curve, was fixeti ai- 23 loilny with 124 persons injured. The Red Cross reported 23 dead but was able to identify only '1C At lenst 20 of the injiucil were in critical condition In Altoona Iiosmuis as n triple Investigation beenn lu fix I he blnmo for the ;v:rok. One of the injured WAS Larry English, 20. Midland, Mich., who wan en route to New York on his honeymoon, ffe bride, Dorovhy. whom he married In MJdlmvl Saturday, was killed. English wns in AUoona Hospital with shoulder lacerations and multiple abruslmi:,. Thc railroad fixed the dcaih tool at 22, all identilicd iu local morgues, but Coroner Daniel M. Rcploglc said he counted 23 bodies taken from the wreckage. The cJeiui included 13 passengers. sl:< mail clerks and three crew members ot thc two locomotives. Twenty-one persons were killed instantly in the wrcot nnd tho 22nd victim. George c. Bowman, 47, Tyrone, Pa., a mall clerk, clleci last night. Cowman was pinned in the wreckage for hours bcf-ms icunic workers extricated him by cuuins through the steel mall cave with acetylene torches. Allliouyu badly Injured, he wrote out a will 01: a soiled paper and hamlet! it to one of his rescuers to witness. "I always wanted to piaki out a will." lie explained, "but I never Kot around to it/' The investigation Into the. crash was conducted by Hie railroad, the Interstate Commerce Commission and the Pennsylvania Public Utilities Commission. Thc Detroit-to-Ncw YorK. flyer LINCOLN', NYb. Fcb. 19. (UJ')- ; Tin. 1 American Federation of Lauo^ tiled suit today iiB.iinsl tlic North- wcjlorn iron and Metal Co., Ill tho lirst tf-st case ol Nebraska's nntl - closed shop ronsliUHlonal iiinendinciil. f Labor leaders hoped thc suit would furnish a national test. 'Her? 1111 rd S. Qrarlivohl, AFL attorney', said Nebraska's amendment is more definite, specific and extreme thai) that of any other state. In Arkansas the slntc lejjlsHr.ure this week completed -union on a bill banning the closed shop and -sent it to the governor for his signature. Arkansas' measure is in the form ot an enabling act to a "Freedom lo Work" amendment to thc stale constitution which was adopted by the voters In the 1844 general election. The Nrbraska null-closed shop rmcndment, sdc-'Hed Nov. 5 by n 2VIAH to 142.702 vote, prohibits, the denial of employment lo any person because of membership or non-membership in a labor organization, nml forbids any coiuruci 1 so specifying. I The case hinges on the company's refusal lo fire Uan GloDcl- liousc, Hit-truck operator. Under a contract signed by •Northwestern with tho Lincoln Federal L:ib:ir Union No. 19129 tAFL), the company agreed to dismiss any employe not In good standing with the union. Thc suit charged the amendment violates the federal constitutional Provision that no state shull make laws Impairing (tie obligations ol contracts. It also charged that thc amendment prevents collective tiur- Biilnlns provided by the National Labor Relations Act. nuri vlohlivi Ihc U. S. code respecting interstate commerce. The amendment discriminates ngulnst u.olons anil their menm.-rs, nnd constitutes class Ihe AFL charged. legislation, hPhTTr" h °" r behind time, was speeding down the mountainside when the two New Hostilities In Jerusalem British Army Truck Hits Land Mine; Four Soldiers Hurt JERUSALEM. Feb. 19 _ (UP) — Threat of iiiiirtlai law Increased today with resumption O f hostilities by Jewish Underground groups apparently striking in reply to Brlt- nIll's decision to Icl the Unlled Nations solve the Palestine problem. The mining Insl night of a British army truck i,, northern suburb of Jerusalem ended a three-week lull in underground violence. Four British soldiers were injured, one seriously, in the explosion believed to he the work of the Stern Gang. Jewish circles regarded the Incident as thc underground's answer to British Foreign Secretary Ernest Bcvin, who in informing the House of Commons yesterday Hint Britain would lurn the Palestine lane over locomotives jumped the trucks on Bcnnington Curve, nine miles west of Altoona, and plunged down the 90-foot embankment.- .- Five cars, including three Pullmans, followed the engines into the ravine. Two other cars o/':r- turned and sprawled across the right-of-way nnd four I'lillniaib jumped the tracks but riinnlncii upright. Only four cars <if the K- car train remained on tha tracks. Many Veterans Use VA Office In Blytheville A total ol 955 veterans and members of their families sought information and assistance in obtaining government benefits during live nnnul-.r to the United Nations, said hg „„,„. ed Hint there would he no untoward incidents before the UN took Mother of Blytheville Woman Dies in Helena Funeral serrtces will be helrf tomorrov; afternoon in Helena lor Mrs. Herman Carvill of Helena, mother of -Mrs. J. Louis Cherry, who often visited here. Mrs. Carvill died this morning at the home of her daughter, Mrs. T. H. Jackson, in Helena. She was 80. She is survived by three other daughters, Mrs. W. P. Fitzhuph ol Fitzhugh, Mrs. E. P. Douglas ol Cotton Plant and Mrs. Milton (Javen of Little Rock. Mrs. Cherry has been in Helena since her mother became critically ill and Mr. Cherry will loin her there tonight. January at the Veterans Adminis- cmploycs tratioii office here, it was announc- committee in- ed today by W. H. Pope, In charge of the office. Mr. Pope said this figure represented an increase of 429 over thc 526 who sought aid from the VA office In December. The office handled an additional ]25 interviews by telephone last month and assisted in preparing 177 applications for veterans' benefits. Pointing out that National Service Lite Insurance has undergone several changes during past months, he urged veterans to visit the VA office for information and assistance with their insurance problems. During the past six years the VA has written about 19,000,000 policies having a total face value of nearly 150 billion dollars. Approximately 3.00,000 veterans continued to keep their Insurance in force after their discharge but more than 10,000,000 of them let it lapse. Veterans who have let their Insurance lapse may reinstate their policies by paying two monthly premiums and meeting health requirements. Necessary application lotms for reinstatement may be obtained from the VA office, Mr. Pope said. Savings bonds received for terminal leave pay may be used by veterans for the payment of prem- N. Y. Stocks 2:00 P.M. Quotations A T fc T Amcr Tobacco \ ] ° Anaconda Copper . Beth steel ''' Chrysler Coca Cola Gen Electric Gen Motors Montgomery Ward .! N Y Central Int Harvester ' North Am Aviation io 3- u Republic Steel 293-4 Radio 10 7-8 Studebaker 23 !-•> Standard of N J ... es Texas Corp 59 Packard i i K U S Steel '..'.'.'.'.'.'.'.'.'. TO 171 3-4 7B 5-8 40 3-8 95 1-2 102 164 38 3-3 62 1-4 61 1-8 20 1-1 78 3-4 iums on all loriivs of life insurance. government Truck is Wrecked Near Osceola; Driver Injured OSCECLA, Ark., Feb. 19.-Although his truck was demolished, J. C. Duff of Portagcvillc, Mo.. escaped with minor injuries when Ihe seed-truck he was driving struck an iron bridge railing at Young's Ditch near Driver yesterday afternoon, Dr. Duff was brought to Blytheville hospital where he was treated tor lacerations of the head fcntt br.ck. V.F.W. Meets Tonight Hunt Lloyd Post 2276 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars will hoirt Its weekly nicotine Innljht at 7:'JD at, iho Wnlnnknnip Cotton Co. (ufiee. the matter up In September. British authorities took Immetli-, ate action after the truck was blown up at San' Herirla.' Trbb'ps-„ . manned sandbagged strong points i connected" In'mi. "ccbb''catlmatc'rr REA Builds Many Lines During '46 Arkansas Network of Lines Now Extends Over 15,873 Miles LITTLE KOCK, Ark., r-'cb. IU. I U1 5 > —Construction ol rural elcc trie lines and mtdllton of rural electric customers reached nn all lime pcnk In 1040. the Arkansas Pi.'blic Service Coir.misslon \v«s told today. 'According lo the annual report submitted to the commission by Us chief engineer. W. H. CijUS. construction In 1947 will break all previous records. A total of 4322 miles ol rural Hues was built lost year, compared with an overall total ol I5,B'I3 nu!es prior Id Hint time. iAn estimated D.835 miles will be built this year. Tlic report revealed that 83.4 por cent ot the entire stale has bjen allocated for rural electric development. Some 01 per cent of thai llgure has baen assigned lo runi co-operatives, 37 per cent to private power companies, and less than one per cent to munlclpnlly- owned power systems. Tlic report also showed : J}C.w customers In Hie .sto.te last with" 39,297" ! expected to and slooil guard at all strategic intersections. Unauthorized movements within Jerusalem's security zones were prohibited and British detachments were ordered to "ready" positions. High Commissioner sir Alan Ciinninghnm nnfl Maj. Gen a. H. A. MacMiltln, the new British Palestine commander, held an emergency conference. It wn s believed they discussed the advisability of immediate imposition of statutory martial law. of 41 Osceola Men's Names to -Appear On Roll of Honor OSCEOLA, Ark.. Feb. IS.—The names of 41 Osceola men will be engraved on an honor roll In the famed George Washington Chapel of Valley Forge, Pa. Under auspices of the Daughters the American Revolution, the project has been carried out by an Osceola Valley Forge Bell Tower Committee, of which Mrs. John W Edrlngton is chairman. In order lo have the names of these men placed in thc Valley Forge Dell Tower, Osceola citizens contributed $1,090. In addition to the names of men who served during the recent war will be names of four native sons of thc town ami surrounding territory who have been outstanding citizens. They arc William J. Driver. Oov. Btyi T. Lnncy, the Into William Bard Edrlngton and the late R E Lee Wilson. Mr. Driver served 18 years as a congressman, the longest term ever held by any Arkansas congressman, and for eight years served as judge ol circuit court. He now Is president of the Planters Bank In Osceola. Governor Lnney, who hns been outstanding In educational work, is now serving his second term as governor of Arkansas. Mr. Edrington founded Osceota in 1835 when he bartered Kith Indians for the town site, then an Indian village. In 1938, the town was incorporated as Plum Point. R. E. Lee Wilson was the founder of nearby Wilson Plantation, among the largest plantations in thc United Stales. Charles T. Coleman Talks At Osceola Rotary Session OSCEOLA. Ark.. Feb. 19.--The meaning of Farm Bureau activities to the businessman as well us the farmer was- tho topic of au address by Charles T. Colcman, retired attorney, to the Rotary Club at a dinncr-meeeting yesterday in the L?gion Hut here. Jerry Poc and Max Ornber ol the Blytheville Joe Gentry, Max Rotary Club Donald Wcrty and and John Bin ford White of the Luxora club attended the meeting. The dinner was served by women of Ilic Episcopal Church. that 130,948 rural customers would ! bi receiving service by the end ot J947. That would bo 69.1 per cent ol the patentlal consumers In thc state. GOP Faces Split Over Budget Cut House Members Still Insist on Big Slash After Senate Weakens WASHINGTON, Feb. IB. (UP) — House Republicans stood firm today on demands for a 56.000.000,000 slash In President Truman's now budget despite a 22-19 vote by GOP senators to cut only $4,500,000.000. Chairman John Tnber, R., N. Y., of the House Appropriations Committee bluntly served notice that GOP representatives had never considered the possibility of compromise—"and we're in no mood [or it now." Taber's statement came as the Senate prepared to vote on a recommendation by thc Joint congressional budget committee lor a S3I.- 500,000,000 ceiling on spending In thc 1918 government fiscal year. Mr. Truman's budget estimates were for $37,500,000.000. The Senate Republican conference voted 22-19 late yesterday to seek a less drastic cut of $4,500,000,000. While the vole was not binding, It assured defeat of thc JS.000,000,000 figure slnrc most Democrats also Were opposed to It. Nevertheless thc House appeared determined to support thc higher reduction when it considers thc Is- rule sue tomorrow under n closed Hint excludes amendments. Opponents of the $3.000,000 000 slash argued thai it would jeop- ardi/c national defense and severely weaken the position of the Unil- ed Stales in Intcinatlonnl affairs. Rep. Albert J. Engcl, II., Mtch scoffed al such arguments. He said a careful study convinced him that a $1.000,000,000 reduction in the Army's budget would not endanger its essential military functions. Engel is chairman of the House Appriprlatlons Subcommittee for Ihe War Department. Thc budget flgjit produced a wide breach In GOP Senate ranks. SenaforsApprove Large Sum for State Hospital $2,000,000 Voted For Now Buildings in Little Rock and Benton BY IKlli BIIOWN UllHo.l ivc» Staff rorrrsiiomknt UTTLE HOCK, Ark,, Feb. 11). — i UP)—A ROOO.OOO construction appropriation for Iho state Hospltu) for Nervous Diseases received unanimous Senate approval today and was sent lo thc House 1 . The final vole cnmo after Hen. J. Wcems Trussoll ot Fordyce al- tempted unsuccessfully to delay a<;- lloii until after thc final report of the Joint IIOUKC and Senalo Hospital investigating Committee. The appropriation specified that an Infirmary, one new mm, a laundry and n cold storage plnnl be creeled H i Demon, and a lami- <lry and cold storage plant ut Llllle Hock. It. provided also for n juljfi'ciilar building, but following amendment Ihc; bin did not specify the location. As originally Introduced by Bon. Ernesl Mane,- O f Hot Springs, thn 1)111 would havo located the bullit- li>K at Dcnton. lancy Sljiis Ijibor lllll Meanwhile. Clov, Den Lnni>y K|«U- ed 1C bills Including the enuMhiK act to HID slate's null-closed shop amendment which the House passed yesterday. Two other bills signed by the governor would prevent abandonment of the strikebound M. nnd A, liailrond, AS Inlroduci'd by Ken. Ernral Nlcholiion of Harrison, the bills wnulcl allow a (Jhnncery C*»irt to mini? a receiver lor any i-nllimid abandoned and would force «Oi ol stock by thc owners. Thc Senate also ji-.is.scd a House 1)11! settinj; up a War Mcmcrui Slartium Commission. In line with an amciufment adopted by the Senate yesterday, the legislature must specifically iipprovi; any ap- prcprlatlou for the stadium. In other action, tho Senalc defeated 15 to 12 a bill raising the llceji.se fee on nice trucks In Arkansas from $500 to $1,000 a day. Miincr cpposcd the bill on the grounds lhat the Oaklawn Park •'•• Hot Springs has been paying mole l<ix: s than any other enterprise in the stale. law Libraries Proposer! In Ihe "House, a olli' allowing counties to create u fmul to cs- .abllsh county law libraries was approved and sent to tli c Semite. Tlic measure would allow county 'oar associations to petition county officials to set up thc library, it also provides that no morn than 50 cents may be mfded to the riling ce of an chancery and court cases lor the support Circuit or the institution. The house received n till wlilcli would appropriate 51,500 a year to Improve thc Herman Davis Memorial I'.irlt at AInnlln. TIic measure was IntrnihTced by Itrp. E. C. Fleeman of Mississippi County. The purk is Ihc burial place of Private llcnii.-in Davis,a hero of First World War. Closed Shop Han (o Laiioy Virtual outlawing of the closed sboji In Arknn.sns resulted from a House vote yesterday afrtrmlnr< 75 Sec LEGISLATURE on rage z Power Company Cashiers Attend St. Louis Meeting A group of Ark-Mo Power Co. employes returned last night from Make Crash Landing at Sea NEW YOnK, Fcb. 19.—(UP) -An Alt Trance Constellation airliner, in distress, was circling above two steamship., In the Atlantic today, ami It, aiipeared that It might have to make a crash landing In the water. A terse message received by the Coast Guard nnd thc Army Air Forces hero indicated the crippled plane had Jettisoned all possible cargo, but slin was aloft, and was circling nn area about 340 inlles Southwest of Llslwn, Portugal, In which two steamships, thc American ss Robert pulton ami the Norwegian Vessel Eslrella were stand- Ing by, , Nature ot tho trouble aboard the bin lour-cnglned Inndplaiie vug HOC known, it was en route from Bermuda io Cnsaljltinca, French Mo- rocco,-niid had previously landed at ' 'iftens field la the Azores. The distress messaRc from thc big plane was received by the Coast Cluard hcr u at 12:10 p.m. E8T. Ad- Fntncc headquarters In New York snld six passengers and eleven crew members were aboaril the bin -jlane. : i OPA Fears Quick Death, Chief Says Belligerent House Members Demand Big Refund From Agency WASHINGTON, Feb. 10. (UP) — PowBi-ftil support developed In Con- isrcss tiidav for abolishing OPA s oiice and for nil and transferring IU rc- innliiltijT controls—over rents, sugar and i Ice—lo other government nsen- clqs. OPA's most Immediate thrail Mine In a decision by the House to demand a refund ol nearly $0 000,000 in Its operating funds Price Chief Max McCullough said that If the Senate concurred, OPA would have to shut down by Friday. In the Senate, chairman Styles Bridges told n reporter that his appropriations committee probably would give thc House decision swift approval. And, he added, there Is a move afoot to transfer rice, sugar nnd rent controls to other federal iiBeuclea "with the probable intention of ending pPA.'> , Bridge^ suM ,rlr-tt H&r] trols could bd asslfcrictl to culture Department. On rent control, soundings disclosed that tlv Senate Banking Subcommittee on vent legislation Is split 3-2 In favor of abolishing OPA and enforcing rent ceilings through court aclion, Tlic cubcommittee heard Senate Republican Whip Kenneth s. Wherry, Neb., demand that Congress kill OPA Immediately. He said that OPA must go" and Its 6000 em- ployes must be fired. Thc OPA had asked Congress for an additional $5,000,000 needed to stny In business through June 30 Thc House not only turned down the request but voted to rescind $9 000 000 OPA nlready tins. ' ' a two-rtny cashiers meeting In St. Louis held Monday for the and yestcrdny discussion of problem related to cashiers' work and customer service. Allonrtln.'j the nnnunl mceltna S, MIss Jn " c McAclmns, Mrs. William McCniighey, Miss Lurcnc Cldham. Pat Chit mo n. Miss Mnrjorle Robertson, Miss Katli- crine Cleveland and Miss Mary Morgan. They were accompanied by department heads and Ark-Mo President and Mrs. Jamas Hill Jr. Approximately 25 ( ,the r cashiers from thc territory served by the Blytheville company attended thc meeting. Miss Hilda Plumley of Stcelc, MP., served as toastmislress nt a banquet held Monday night. Action by Truman Urged To Head Off Coal Strike WASHINGTON. Feb. in. HJ P ) —cp. Gerald W. Landis. R., ind. said today that the nation m iisi expect "a big conl strike tr. April' unless President Truman acts swiftly to briiif; the mine owners Truman to Place Wreath WASHINGTON-. FcS. 19. (UP) — President Truman will lay a wreath at the tomb of George Washington at Ml. Vernon at noon, Feb. 22. tne| anniversary of WsshhigV'H's anil). | uminoiif the White House announced today. Mr. Truman will not make an address. Rate Request Refused WASHINGTON, Fob. 19. (UP) — Thc Interstate Commerce Cuin.nis- sion disclosed today It had turned down the Department of Agriculture's request for a general investigation of motor carrier Iveisnt rates. and tlie united Mine WorKe (AFT.) together. He said In a speech 'ircpurod tor House delivery that "we cannot afford to wail on Supreme Court decisions because the court has had loo much recesses In the past." He referred to Supreme Court con si tie rail on of nn appeal from the contempt conviction ot John u Lewis and the UMW. Lewis' strike truce In the bit- mines expires M.m-li 31. Weather S — Cloudy, occasional rain or snow in South and E.ist and colder in South ]x>rtion today. Slightly co'.der tonight with low temperatures 25 extreme North to 32 degrees extreme South portion. Occasional rain extreme Southeast tonight. Thursday partly cloudy nnd not quite so cold in afternoon. Search Bares Hoarding in Chinese City NANKING. Feb. IB—(UP)_ Reports from Polplng today said 2 000 persons were arrested and l.OSO cases of hoarding and profiteering discovered there durln K a 1 a.m. to (i n.m. city-wide search yesterday. Police Commissioner Yang Yung- llslcn was said to have reported that Pelplng authorities will continue their investigations. Explaining thc searches. the commissioner snld many u. 3. Marines had been attacked and robbed In Pelplng streets recently nnd the police were looking for evidence. He said some attacks were purely of n criminal nature but others appeared lo have political motives. Yang also pointed out that a recent communist hit-run attack on Tunghsicn was made possible by the induration of the Reds' fifth column into the city. Most of those arrested yesterday were suspected Communists. SINGLE COPIES FIVlB "CENTS President Authority to Arm Merchant Ships Extension of Power Hold Under War-time Controls is Advocated •} WASHINGTON, F.ij 19, <rjpj— j President Truinan today asked Con-j Kress for continued Authority rrm U. 3, merchant ships li/ e future emergency. ' This authority new wou'd expire- when the President declares an cnri to the national emergency* thRl began in IHI Mr. Truman notified Congress that lie wants to terminate tr>4 emergency "as soon as conctltloh's i.'cir.iit,." In pvcpnrntlon for that r.c-Uc-n, he submitted to Congress long lists of emergency \a\s tth':l should bo permitted to Hpse of should ho continued The snp- u. in lu<r authority WHS a main point In the laws he wants continued Oilier connresMd lal devclcu- n.enla. L b.T— CIO President Philip Mill-' :sy said there Is no "moral ju t[- : .lion" lor J urls diction al dbputes that throw men out of ^orl' H3 .kit' tho Senate Libor Committee to help him .ami AIL Presi-e'it, Willinm Green woik out an agreement for settling such disputes Murray also said Congress \\otiltt shove the nation toward t-onomic "cntnslropho" If It sot out to -weaken unions Instead of hlttlii' at business monopoly Conl Strike--Hop Genld W Limlis, n,. Ind,, warned ttvj nation to expect "a big coil -inks in Apili" unless Pn.sldc.ht, Iruti n brings mine owners and 'ho inine union touether quickly. He said he !s certain that Noi thorn operators and miners are alillng to m-H Limits predicted tint they would reach an agreement It tries hnmcdr.'.lcly. Avhtlon-The House InUisfUe Commerce committee said the a»- loy In applying wartime nlr batety developments to peacetime tlylrg has been caused by rtiffc'encui between air linos and governmen agencies. It also crltle'zcd Corgies t s for voting msutflclent fundj lor research. Veterans— The American. legion congress.. to aoQllsh presen .Veteran* on- ceilings . . idley moving the ceilings Excise Taxcs-ChaJrman Harold Knutson said 'his House Ways and Means coftimlttce will consider re- - vising the whole excise tax structure later during the present session of Congress He said however, Hint no action «lli be taken until the Mouse has passed an Income In* reduction bill A bill to continue wartime ex Ise tax Indefinitely Is now In conference between the Housq and Senate Budg<*-«ep. Thomas L Osetu R., II., accused Republican senators of a "cowaroly act in net going along with a House Rcpub- £ ''f,i lincl f0r tt >~ 6 «WCOO cut In President Truman s $375COOIO- COO b-.ulcet for fiscal 19'8 A majority O f GOP senators want the slash lo bo nearer S1509COOU Sen. Styles Bridges, R N. H 'cp- cncd Senate debate on the aud E »c by urging the bigger out London Industrial Area To Get More Electricity •LONDON, Feb. 19. (UP)—Electricity will b2 restored next Monday to Britain's great industrial Midlands, ending the paralysis caused by a fuel crisis, Prime Minister Clement Altlec announced In Commons today. Power will be restored only lo consm.-.ers. Attlee said, on use O f electricity rrk industrial The ban domestic purposes In the Midlands will continue, like the remainder ot the country, with a dtmout of live hours a day. Attlee said he was not in position to give the dates for thc- rcsuniption of power service, either to Industrial or domestic consumers, in the rest of the country. N. Y. Cotton 'Mar. •May. July. Oct. open 3393 32SS 3U3 2828 2733 high low 3411 3393 3331 3293 3U5 3112 2850 2824 2753 2733 1:3U 33DS 3300 312-J •£i\SI •2752 $7,000 Bond Required In False Pretense Cose A. V. McDanicl was ordeied heldl for circuit Court jctiw on a charge of obtaining rao ,,,. y unds r\ false pretense and an irrest wa--- ranl was issued for Mrs. Kc Mika, naming her an accessory after the fact on thc same charge yosterctay iu Municipal Court. Bond for McDanicl was set' ac J $HCD and a hearing for Mrs. Mika I was scheduled for tomorrow. According to testimony given yester'-' day during McDani»l'^ hearing. II. was established that the title to-a car on which Mrs. Mika was stUI making payments v.as tunic;! over by her to McDaniel. After borrowing money on the car from a finance company Mttmn'"! is sain to have sold the car to a local dealer an-1 whne lw'disclosed, the Hen held bv tnc rin;inc3 company, made no menfton of a rjrevi unpaid mort?a,M acquired by Mrs. Mika when tnc car was I;» her name. , . Livestock ST. LOUIS NATIONAL STOCKYARDS. Feb. 19.—(TJP)^- (OSDA) —Livestock: '.. Hogs 5,200, salable-3,500; active, mostly 50 to T5c higher than Tuesday's average; some 150 Its'do.ain $1 higher; bulk good and choice 170 lo 270 Ibs 26.50 to 27; top 27, high cs', since October 16. Few sales 2701 to 325 Ibs 26 to 26.50; 130 to 153' Ibs 23.50 to 25; 100 to 420 Ibs to 22.50. ... Cattle 4,400 f , salable 2,700; calves 1,000, all salable: about 20 toads df steers offered with cows making up relatively liberal portion of supplies I nt around 35 per cent of the total I receipts. Little dpne oh steers. I Couple loads top medium to' aver- I age good offered about steady at I 2250 to 22.75; heifers »nd mixed I yearlings moderately active, steady. I A few good 20 to 22.25; medium to f low good 15.50 to, 19. At the end of IMS the British I airplane industry had 30 types of I civilian planes In production^

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