The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on March 10, 1952 · Page 2
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Monday, March 10, 1952
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TWO Highway Audit Commission Reports On Hearings-Attacks Administration BLYTKEVIU.E (ARK,) COURIER NEWS WONDAT, MARCH 10, 1952 By Th< Associated PrfM Exerpte of the Highway Audit Commission's report on its Investigation of highway department operations for the period, July 1, 1947 to June 30, 1051, released yesterday follow: Record of Investigation "The Highway Audit Commission was created only to investigate nnd determine facts and to make B report thereon. We were jriven no power to conduct trials or to Indict, . . "We received no cooperation from those lo the highway department close lo the administration and subject to its Influence, . . "Thc HAC was repeatedly liandl- capperi 'in its public bearinps (this yeari by evasive and antagonistic tactics on the part of certain witnesses. . . The testimony ot the purchasing aeent in particular was a fnrce\\vlth facts, in our opinion, being i knowingly and purposely withheld" Recommend a tlrm is 1 "We find that the highway department has been operated inef- t '"cnilv. rxtvnvaq?.ntlv and v.'lth preal waste of the his;hwav reve- rwes, . . that some abuses h"d been Efivctlonrd in the years pnist. . . ". . . While we put most blame upon sn umounrl political svstem nnd p>ilo?onhy of povernmrnt ahirh h«s grown no In the Mate, nnd usually require men of ability . . . yet, the greatest criterion for the employment of personnel In the highway department, with'the exception of the engineering department, has been a question of political value to the Rovernor. "The HAC has not, nnd does not now, contend Ihcrc Is any violation of mnral principle.* in l^e reasonable exercise of patronage when bestowal of patronage remains consistent with honesty of action and efficiency of administration. But, like so many other practices carried out by the present aflrninlstrn- tron, the system of patronage has been abused to a shocking extent. Not. only Ls thc department required to hire those men recommended by (he governor. It Ls forbidden to discharge them — regardless of .sufficiency of reason — except by ultimate permission of the governor or his office. . , "We found that salaries were so low as compared with those paid in private employment that the department did not attract ns able men AS It needed . . . that thc majority of i he employes were eon• corned with retaining the incum- i Jjent K'Jvernor rather than di.s- j chni-Blnc the duties of thi'Lr ! ploymrnt. . . "We further found that ihe department was not attracting younger men into its technical operations, s-ith thc consequence ihnt the state can be diminished." (Tomorrow — The Commission's report on purchasing, slMe force work, experiences of ollirr stales, recommendations undrr present laws, anil (be responsibility of tin- Crnfrnl Assembly.) Obituaries Edward Condrey Dies; Services To Be Tomorrow Services for Edward Prank Condrey, father of Mrs. Jrw T. Hughes of Blythcville. will be conducted at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Holt. Funeral Home by die rtcv. wilJinm ,J. rit«- luiEli. priest In chnicn of St. Stephen's Episcopal Church. Mr. Condrey, who was fi9. died at lilythci'llle Hospital nt 4 a.m. today, lie had been ill for thr p;^t yp r mid suffered u stroke Friday. Mr. Condrey h:>d resided with his cm- [Uuchter here for the past year. A jcshlrnt of fllythe.vJHe for nc.irJy elKhl years, he retired about a vear afio ftftcr ha vine; hern associated with ate;-en.s Gin Co. at Dell for COUNTER-BLOW—If you think Mrs. lone Counter, Minneapolis. VVJs., (omato packer, looks sa<lly pensh'e, you're right. She lost her diamond ring while packing tomatoes and figures it's in one of Ihe 20,000 packages of them showing up in retail stores. Since the news got out, there was a boom in tomato sales. Secret Reports Say North Korean, Red Chinese Equipment Is Russian while we call attention !o the ?.-' there U a dearth of capable J n b^pes which nriinlnistj-ntion after minds available. ndmlnistrPtton has pernclimtrd uu- "The department within the last rt«r that system, wo realize Hint Jn [ C w wars installed n retirement 'b" final analysis it is the administration which Is solely responsible, for conditions as they exist at present. . . "The administration hart ample opportunity to correct the Iniquitous situation (HAC was referring to Us Interim report of August. IBM, in which hlphway departm-nt operations wnrc criticised*. It was not done. This Is a sorry record, and It !s unfortunate there Is no indication whatever that the present administration was even remotely interested in pnt honesty and Integrity back into the operation nf onr htehwnv department." The Highway Comml!wlr>n "The various acU (statutes) foil to make clenr whether the highway director Is responsible to the governor (who appoint. 1 ; him) or the highway commission, but the oath of office which Is required by the legislature of the highway commissioners Ls such that plainly their responsibility was to the state as the whole rather than to'the govern- "The fact that the great bulk t-f ihe highway commissioners was appointed from comparatively small .geographical areas results in evil \ convenience to the state (One commissioner is appointed b,v the governor from ench nt the ten high- \vny mntntenance districts and t\vn rtt larpel. . . Tt was almost ns If there were ten separate highway districts. . . "There was a local and short- sI'Thted point, of view and obligation rather thn n an attempt lo pn*sp anti meet the problems of the state as a whole. The wishes of thc commissioners were frequently dictated by the local political con- sMerations and pressures and political commitments of the governor. "The commissioners are usually new with each Rdministration. . . There is always a necessary period of time rf-nn'rert for Ihe cnmmis- Etoilers to learn thc practical problems o! ro^-ri building ... as a ron- sc'uence, there 1 has bren only a fitful and erratic program, . . **B?m^ appointed by a successful i gi:b?rnatorla1 candidate they fre- I ,* en qucntly view their appointment a re«-ard. system. This Is a step In the right direction. . . "We further fount! the morale of the department was low. in addition lo uncertainty of employment, the inadequacies ol salaries and Insecurity and the system of political patronage as practiced, seriously interfered with efficiency. . . 'We were told and we believe that the number or employes can be diminished, that the salaries of the remaining employes can be rni.sed and that the overall cost to Commodity And Stock Markets— New York Cotton Council atrml 1020 whpn he v^s n^ociatecj with the Pliocnlx Cotton Oil Co. IIIMC ami h'.tcr moved to Little Reck. He wa s born In Kentucky iicnrt. Ky. Burial will be in Memorial Cem- j otcry. I'.illbearnrs will be Cob ' Owyn, CliJf Bevill. Sicsbcrt Jicclcl. Cobe Bowel's. Jimmy rorry, W. D. Hownrcl nnd Herb Cbilcl.s. Max Hill Is Elected 1952-53 President- In Balloting at BHS Mrs. Hazel Ellis Dies; Rites Held At Clear Lake Max Hill, son of Mr. and Mrs. Virrl! Hill, was elector! president of lilytheville High School student Cmi'idl In student election Friday, Albir' F.iirfiold. retiring president, announced today. Other now Student Council officers nre l!ob Children, rlent: Sandra Lonir. secretary, and I/'rna Hotner, trensmrr. The new SUidesit Council rtrnt holds membership in several j j other hl"-h school organizations. In- I ' Marilyn Dougherty. Fruma Borow- 1 .TOKYO <»!>i — How neutral is Rus- equipped with Soviet material," the la in tile Korean War? intelligence report said. -A hitherto secret report in Gen. "Recent reports nave snown that Matthew B Ridgway's headquar- the main source of supply for pias- ters awerts: C nt Chinese Communist forces •The main source of supply for present Communist icrces . . . in Korea ... is from Soviet ftirnLshecl material." Red staff officers drafting Uiwe supervision terms have nominated Russia a.s a neutral observer. AHhoua'i the United Nations Command never has aiinnunccd the ciipti]i'e of a Russian .soldier practically all ol the equipment now in by the North Korean Army and the Communist Forces is Russian-made. So too Is the swift jet interceptor plane, the MIG-15. which patrols I Northwest Korea from Mancmirian j bases. A .staff officer at Gen. Rid^^ay's headquarters today made available to the Associated Press a rei»rt containing a list of captured guns, vehk-les and other war machinery ivhich the Soviets have turned over to the North Korean and Chinese Communist armies. "VVilli the exception of a small tK/unt of Japanese material Lett equipping and, or. re-equipping of units in Korea, or earmarked for Korea, Is from Soviet furnished material, over from the Japanese occupation r.e ar,, , . ...... ! Korea, the North Korean army has Read Courier News Classified Ads. ' been entirely equipped and. or. re- A TIRE'S BEST FRIEND—Using an electronic nail detector he developed, Heinz Freund, 50. I3erlin engineer, checks a lire for any imbedded nails. The device consists of two spools, one of which generates an oscillating current. This is picked up by the second spool, is amplified, and registers ->n the meter. When metal particle intrudes on electrical field the oscillation is reduced, and meter show's point where located. Services for Mrs. !la?cl Ellis 'W i c Open High Low . . 4035 4055 4033 .. 3955 39M 39S5 .. 38150 3896 3B60 . . 3588 3030 3588 New Orleans Cotton Mar. Mtiv July Oct. . Open High Low . 4021 4055 4024 . OT50 3389 ,1fl50 3(159 3892 3859 3588 3625 358D 1:30 4051 3981 3891 3C10 1:30 4055 (line the Beta Club, Red Rawio of Clear. Lake, were conducted at I c '" h ' a ' Kl " 1C Kc >' clul) ' ot which 2 p.m. today in Clear f.ilkc [ hn ls President. Church by the Rev. H. W. Woolen | In addition, he Is president of-.his assisted by the Rev. J. E, Cox. Bur- I junior homeroom, vice-prcsicle.nt of ia] was It) Elmwood Cemetery with 1 the Junior Cbss. and a charter Cobh Funeral Home in charge. j member of BKS's Newcomer's Cllllj. I Mrs. Ellis died at niythcvlllc Ilos-j Son of Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Chil't- I pital Friday following a year's ill- [ ress. the incnmi 11 '" viro-ni-esid"nt is 1 i a member of t>ic Flrtx Kev and "B" norn In Blythcvlllt* Mrs. Ellis h::ci ciubs. plays first strii's: basketbsll lived In this vicinity all her life. j and football, and is vice-presidentt She Is survived by her husband. Travis Ellis; one son. Harmon Ell'';; one daughter. I.lndn Kay Ellis; her mother, Mrs. Mable Harmon: one brother, J. P. Harmon: and one sister, Mrs. Christine Pierce, all of Blytheville. HURRY'ji: -*—--^. . i."-~Nir^ 3891 3020 Soybeans Mch, . May . . July . . Sep. . . High ... 3CO ... 595'i .. . 290',i Low 297'i 202H 288 280 '.i Close 2fl!)'i 295'i 290', 283', New York Stocks A T anil T ................ 15fi 1-8 of the Sophomore CHss. He also is an honor roll student. The new sccretarv served this yar as secretary of the Junior Cl:tss :mct secretary of her junior homeroom. Daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Toby LOHET, she holds membership in the Red Pepper Club. Bet? Club, and the hi";h school choir. Srr also Is a cheerleader pnci an hono: j student. Trcnsurcr Lornn Homer, daucl 1 .! ter of Mr. and Mrs. Jess Homer I I* pecrcinry of the choir, a Brtr t Club member, and an oruanizer of | the Newcomer's Club. She also is j an honor studcnl. ) Other c-nididatM for thc student uncil rffices included: prosiden' Pallbearers were C. I*. Thaxton. Wilbur Kelly. ' Frert, Jim Allen Haynes. Wesley Stallings and Johnny Gamble. Rites Tomorrow For Fate Wallace . Servirps-^fra-j-Fntc Wallace, R4, of _. GosnpU wlUrlie.conducted nt 2 p.m. JTomm'v Hnrrisnn, Calvin Czp^rhi; tomorimv in Calvory i jnn Rr\yd Amer Tomncco Anaconda Copper Beth Steel Chrysler Gen Elettric Motors j M:nt'4mnery Ward j N' Y Central "in the early dVy.s n( our invcs-1 Inl - Harv M»- cr j C Penney Republic Steel , Radio £o:ony Vacuum Sludrb.iker Standard of N J Texas Corp Sears .............. ...... 53 5-8 Ll S Strel ................ 38 7-8 Sou Pac .................. 63 7-8 57 5-8 473-4 40 1-4 70 56 51 7-8 61 1-4 1!) 3-4 34 1-8 68 41 3-8 28 1-S 38 1-4 337-8 76 3-4 55 1-2 Church by t'm Rev. Marcus Wil- klll.'Oll, assisted hy the Hev. Arnold Clayton. Burial will be in Maple Orove Cemetery with Cobb Funeral Home in rhnrRp. Mr. Wallace died last nlqhl at Walls Hospital foliowinc FI thrcp- ucrk illness. Born in Alabama, he had lli-cri in the Gosnell-Blytheville virc-president— Frcd- ,| V omc. Bobby Lee Hill, johr Krut^.: srcretarv~-Jo Alice MeGuir" (Hphln. Miss.; nno sister. MIR. d!n Bryan of WaJnnt Grove, f Ifi Rrnnd children and three z Cecil Brake, \vlU hf? Eugene Roy tigr.tion. \vc \vcre led to believe that Hie highway comuiiF.sion dc- vcted its inn i or re.jponsihiliLy to ccntvarts lor the construct ion of rends, contracts being let only nft- or competitive bids; and Dm ex- prndiUirfs tor earh work were sup- ervisee! by tho director, who in turn was rpppou?ibl«? to the povornor ra- tlicr than to the. highway coiumi.s- £ion. "Sub.-cqiienL testimony revt\\lcd. Livestock hivvcvor. thnt while thi* has bren true for rrnnin iianmlwrs of Ihe NATIONVM* STOCKYARDS. Ill co:nmij-=ion. and we tctiovc it was. | ul^ — lU.SOA '— Hnss 10.SOO: fairly other members participated in ! arUvc: wei«h(s 180 lh=; up 25 to carryiiis; out the program of the I 40 lower than Fnrtny's nvcrnt;^; prMcnior in disregard of the laws i li"'i(rr wplshts or tljp state and the rulr- azu3 reiru- sows \vrr.k IpVtOns of the highway coinmis- N'* 1 - 1. 2 nnd 3 510:1, and through the cooperation ~^~- latter price of reqinrins? financial contribution!) in connection with awards of ftate purciia.'-e contracts, they innric nln^,n^ae^in^m^ hlS l----«'• *™* «™ W lo ri an, Surviving art? one .son, Alvin Wallace of nivthcvitle; Ihrco rinu^h- IcrK, Mrs. Jnvinftn Davis. Mrs. Ul- lEnu William^, nnd Mrs. Lillilh Flil- \\f. all of Tilythcvillo; one brother, I Mon Wnllnco of Blythevillr; four -sisters. Mrs.> Powell nnd Ntr. 1 ;. M;unie Moo-Jv *T Rivthnvilln and Mrs. Minnie Haker nnd Mrs. Corn .Inrrctt of Thrrr Rivers. Mich. Pallbrarcrs will lu* Satu Oliiss. F>rl Moody. Charlfy Stroinlro, Charley Grurirp. Roy Crawford nnd Robert Wiliintns. nin-'-ily SO lower: invv^r; bulk choice VKG-?:tQ Ibs 17,00-i n^n-tlv for choice scvrvnl mockery of efficiency and in administration. . . "It Is inconceivable (o us that sound reform can be expected through the efforts of those commissioners who have, contributed to such lax, inefficient and dishonest administration of highway atfnirs. "Testimony of hiehwny department officials and other employes, as \vf\\ as public\ten:ent.s by the governor, establish beyond doubt (hat the highway department is controlled by the day to day wishes of the governor." 'Personnel' "Kteh on the list of major defects in the department, has been the manner of employment and the retention of personnel. The func- titmB of the highway department 2 under 22i 15(1-170 Mis la.5n-n.flG: 120-HO Ibs' honesty I 13.25-15.CO; 100-UO Iks. 1 \.15- 12.75: : ! sows -500 Ibs down HT.S-lfi.nC): hcnv- icr sows mostly 13.00-14.50: slugs 11.50-13.fiO: boars 9,00-11.00. Cattle 4.500: calves 500: opening slow: few steers ami heifers about steady to locnl interests but undertone unevenly lower: cows n!*o opening biirely steady; big packers bidding sharply lower; bulls nnd vealers steady: few Rood and choice steers ^2-50-33.75: commorcial steers 28 50: small lots sood to choice quality feeder sterrs 31.15-32 50". utility and commercial cows 22.0024.50: carmers and cotters 17.5021.50, Ada H. Johnston Rites Tomorrow Services for Mrs. Ada Johnston 70, will be (V'nchu:lrd at '2 pm. f/i- morrmv in the First Knnhst Church bv the R'-'v. K, C. Brown, pastor, i Hi i rin. I will be in Elmwoor] Ccme- ! t^rv with Holt. Fuurrnl Hntne in Mrs. Johnsl yr.slerdiiy m dnn<;htor. 2121 Beslrirs hrr n riird ftt 1:30 am. the hnme of her West nnse. dauphter she is snr- E. vivert by her husb^nri. Noel Johnston of niythevillo: three oli^rr 5 dnnchtcrs, Mrs, E. Brake of PopKir ! muff. Mo.. Mrs. C. E. Crawford of; AJlon. 111., nntJ Miss Tholma John-| ston of HU'ihcville: two fon«i, Miich- '• ell E. Johnston of Alton, 111 , and [ . C.i 5ov -Johns! on of Amarillo. Tex.: i lone brother. \V. R. Usrcy of PhiJa- ' EGYPT'S PREMIER—Ahmccl Nfiguis HiKiIy Pasha, Egypt's new premier, has suspended Parliament for a month in or- dcr to be able lo denl more firmly in the current Anglo* Ecvotian crisis. When the plraffce-like okapi was discovered in !£iQO. It was called "Africa's unknown mammal 1 '- COMING SOON! Big News In Feeds- Watch For Announcement This Thursday I jij [:• Delinting&TreatingService \Ve »re now operating our NEW Orvcr Delint- ing Jtnd Treating Plant. All new equipment including latest model Slurry (liquid) treater. AH sucks electrically nrrrtd . . . » e juar»ntee you qiiii'k. eficient and satisfactory service. Seed accepted in (ruck or carload lots, .discount on all lols of 5 tons or more. Insure a better stand and less rust damage hy treating your seed. lirinj your seed KAK1.Y and avoid the rush. WARD GIN COMPANY No. Highway fil — Tilvtbeville _ Phone STSfi DOWN TO JIMMIE EDWARDS FOR THIS MONEY-SAVING asher Special! GENERAL ELECTRIC $149.95 G-E Wringer Washer 19.95 Set of Twin Tubs 7.20 Year's Supply of Soap ALL 3 FOR THE PRICE OF THE WASHER ALONE! 95 ONLY $8.25 PER MOUTH AFTER DOWN PAYMENT That's rij-ht! For a limited lime only Jimmie Ivhvards offers you a set of twin tubs and a year's supply of washing powder at no additional cost when you buy this famous G-E W.islicr! And what a washer! Its hijf tub will handle 8 pounds of dry clothes al one lime. The aluminum activator Rives TRIPLE washing action — soaking, flexing, rubbing — which cleans all typos of clothes gently, but thoroughly, The ml.ju.stnblo wringer can be fined in 8 different positions. And the powerful pufp empties thc tub in about 2 minutes! Come — see this beautiful white porcelain washer now and save! . Hurry — See This Washer Tomorrow! irnmie Edwards FURNITURE COMPANY 301 East Main - - "See Jimmie First" - - Phone 2487

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