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Blytheville, Arkansas
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS VOL. XLV—NO. 216 Hlylhevllle Dally News Blythevllle Courier Blylhcvllle Herald Mississippi Valley Leader TUB DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OF NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI Missco Tax Bill Tops$1 ,000,000, SettlementsShow Collection for School . Districts Represent Third of Total Revenue Gross tax collections m;<de this year by Sheriff William Berryman exceeded $1,000.000 mark, it was disclosed yesterday by P. E. Cooley, counly auditor, on Hie basis of settlements which have been made. Total collections for Hie county and municipal governments and the 16 school districts in the county were .'5828,543.46, which Is slightly in excess of the corresponding figures for last year.- Taxes collected for benefit of special levee and drainage districts will more than bring Hie total above the $1,000,000 mark. Mr Cooley said, but the liual figures for the special lax collections have not been compiled for the current year. No taxes on real estate and personal property were collected for the state this year, because of discontinuance of the levy ot 6 5 mills for state purposes by the 1041 legislature. The state lost year received about $100,000 from this source i Mississippi County. A five-mill levy for the bencllt of the county's general revenue fund brought a return of $86,636.75 net to the county after collection costs had been deducted .The road tax, including a. three-mill voluntary levy brought in $78,271.19 net to the county. Cities Receive SC8.0S8 Taxes collected for the eight mu- , illegalities in the county amounted £j to $68,088.06 Before th( , county's collection costs were deducted from the totals. Blytheville received a total ol $37,446.26 from a il.l-mill nnmicipa levy, and approximately $15,000 additional as the city's share of 'tin county road levies. The road tas revenue is from a three-mill lev: authorized by the voters, plus i three-mill voluntary tax recom mended Court. hy the county's Quorum BIATIIEVILLE, ARKANSAS, SATURDAY, DECEMJ3KK 8, 19.19 EIGHT PAGES US Labor Official Says Employment Picture Is 'Good' WASHINGTON, Dec. 3. (/Pi- Swan Clague, commissioner of la- x>r statistics, said loday the na- ion's employment situation looks setter Io him than at any time in the past year. Clague said in an address prepared for the American Welfare Association: "The general picture seems to be one of a gradual strengthening of employment In most manufacturing industry. But while the employment picture looks good, he said, unemployment may go up too. He said this is normal right after Christmas, Clague said one thing that may boost unemployment next year is that a 1,000.000 more persons will enter the labor force. He said there always are about 750.000 new workers every year, hut in 1050 an additional quarter of a million veterans will finish training courses and start looking for jobs. Qsceola received $4,724.51 from the Jive-mill general tax levy plus slightly more than $4,0€0 from the two road tax sources. Other municipalities received the following amounts from the' five- mill general levy: Dell, $235.50; Lcachville. $1,253.57; Manila, $972.73; Luxora, $1,03337; Jpmcr. $600.02; and Kelser, $428.01. •Each>\of these, towns received its ' proper/'^ats,,amount of, . tha..rjOo.d , tax ftfWmilori; which are divided ' "flliaSy between the cities, -and'the ix>.>iity on the basis of the.assessed valuations 'in each : municipality. ^ Schools Gel $333.197 •^ Gross tax collections made by the county for the benefit of the school districts amounted . to S333,197,23, with a net of {315,172.14 distributed to the districts after cost of collection had been deducted. The allocations by district follow: No. 1 Osceola .... No. 2 Luxora .-... No. 5 Blytheville No. 6 Gosnell ... No. 9 Artnorel ... No. 10 Shav/nee .. No. 15 Manila ... No. 23 Dell No. 25 Wilson ... No. 31 Keiser No. 35 Burriette . No. 36 Etowah .. No. 40 Leachville No. 52 Brinklcy . No. 55 Stillman . No. 56 DyeoS 87.560.S4 5,565.34 10.398.6-1 21524.63 13.078.12 13.434.02 32063.27 1T.OVT.16 Total 691858 . 20.607.75 . ' 2,937.34 2.974.48 . 5,6M.89 8315,172.14 Housing Project Here ^sot Affected By New FHA Rule , Tile Federal Housing Adminlstra- ^|:on's decision to halt loans for dwellings where tenants are barred because of race or color has drawn Tire in many quarters in Arkansas, but apparently the ruling will not have any bearing on Blytheville's housing project, it was . indicated here today. The 80-unlt project on which bids have been received is for while persons, but It was stated that no racial restrictions have been written into the plans for the project. And, a second project for Blytheville has been approved by the Public Housing Administration which would be used by Ncgioes. J. Mell Brooks, secretary for Ihe Blytheville Authority, and Jesse Taylor, project attorney, said they did not anticipate complications as a result of the FHA action in Washington yesterday where it was stated thdPHA would refuse loans on new construction where racial restrictions are exercised. Some real estate men said the JfHA rule might cause some com- Tillcations in the future. Some of the new development areas have been restricted, but it has been explained that the fHA rule does not apply to loans made prior to the eflectiv dale of the rule. School Building Plans Discussed Blytheville Board Meets With C. of C. And P.T.A. Committees A scant 20 persons showed up In the Blytheville High School library last night to hear the Blytheville School Board outline the plans. which are under consideration for the new high school building. Most of those present represented the Chamber of Commerce's Education Committee and Parent-Teacher Association groups. At the invitation of- Max B. Reid, school board president, Oscar Fendler. who heads the Chamber's Education Committee, reported on observations of the committee in regard to erection of the high school building. Mr. Fendler suggested that the School board consider mapping a long range plan which would outline future school needs within the city, before proceeding with plans for the high school. He also suggested that the Board consider the possibility of acquir- the assistance of cither the State Department of Education, or W. D. McClurkin, of George Peabody College, Nashville, Tcnn., in drawing up the plan. Suggestions Welcomed (Mr. McCUlrkin. former superintendent of Hlytheville schools, two ~:t?sr5 f"«"i made a survey here^tp help in selection of a sile for the ncv: high school.} Mr. Reid said Ihe Board would be happy to have the knowledge such a survey would furnish but that recommendations wouldn't mean much in view of limits imposed by the School District's finances. In discussing suggestions submitted by the Chamber of Commerce committee and the city's PTA's, Mr. Reid pointed out that many of them nave long been under the consideration of the Board, but thanked both groups for their interest. What most of those present found most iftpresting was architect U. B> report on one and two- story types of school construction. Mr. Branson, who answered many questions regarding the two types of construction, quoted from numerous books and publications regarding opinions of both educators and other architects on the construction of schools. One-Storey Units Favored He pointed out that both educators and architects are encouraging one-story buildings for schools wherever space permits. He said these experts have repeatedly emphasized advantages of one-story type construction. Among the advantages, he listed: !). Economy in regard to construction costs. 2). Flexibility in regard to possible additions to the building, which can be made more readily and at less cost when working with a one- story structure. 3), Additional daylight in classrooms and improved ventilation. 4). Facilitation of absolute fireproofing at no additional cost (this pi'nt tvns made with reference to the practically flat roof which Is being considered for the new school by the Board). Safely Factor Stressed 5). Additional safety to students. Mr. Branson pointed out that traditional beauty usually associated with school buildings is sacrificed somewhat by this type ot construction btit said that in the opinion of men who have, made a study ol school construction, the advantages more than outweighed this disadvantage. He cited several Instances where state departments of education are insisting on the one-story building wherever such conslrucllon is al all leasable. At the conclusion of Mr. Branson's discussion, the board agreed to defer adoption of a specific plan until a later meeting. Reds Advancing On Nationalists' Fifth Capital City Speculation Continues On Relations Between Li and Chiang Kai-shek Hy Spencer Moosa CHENGTU, China, Decll 3. (/]'>— Chinese Nationalist leaders watched the Inevitable Red shadow spread into their last major mainland haven of Western China today. The Nationalists tried to get their government going again in this hopelessly overcrowded new refugee capital. But the Communists may not let them stay here every long. The Reds, plunging deep into Western China, cut (he highway between Chengtu and Kunming, 390 miles to the south. This official report followed information that the Ccommunists also had cut the route between here and Chungking, 170 miles southeast. Chungking fell to the Reds Wednesday. The government acknowledged the Reds had pushed Into Siiynng, 180 miles south of Chengtu and on one of the three highways linking Chongtu with Kunming. Speculations continued on relations between Acting President Li Tsung-jcn, In Hong Kong, and Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek. Chiang who "retired" In Li's favor last January, has taken over command of defense operations. He is expected to resume the presidency. Li Heads for U. S. (LI, who refused Chiang's bid to go to Chengtu. will leave by plane Monday for the United States, it was announced in Hong Kong. He has been in a hospital in the British crown colony for treatment of a stomach ailment. Aides have said only that he had private reas New York Cotton NEW YORK, Dec. 3—(/P)—Closing colon quotations: High Low Close ", ci r Mch 302: 3010 3014-17 3022 3021 301417 M a»' .......... 3011 3000 3008 Ju| y .......... 2873 2965 2966 °ct .......... 2824 2818 2820 Dec .......... 2814 2810 2812 Mia'dling spot — 308 up. W SINGLE COPIES FIVE CENTS Three Students Die In Dormitory Blaze At U.of Oklahoma NORMAN, Okla., Dec. 3. (AP)—Fire whipped through wooden dormitory on the University of Oklahoma campus arly today, burning to death tit least three students. I'i.O(>ni<:n CHEEK SANDllAGOUD—A sandbag crew works desperately to halt the rising flood waters of rampaging Seymour Creek at Vancouver, B. C. Rain-swollen creek threated homes such as those ut leu. A bridge along the waterway was swept from Its foundations, Some 400 civilians and soldiers engaged In the sandbagging operations but halted their work yesterday when (he water level dropped three and a half lee in five hours. (AP Wirephoto). New FHA Rule on Restricted Property Means Little Change in Present Bans on Minorities C. of C. and Garden Club Develop Plans for City's Yuletime Decorations Blylheville is due to be the city of Bells after next week, as the Merchants Division of the Chamber of Commerce and the Garden Club round out plans for Yuletidc decorations, home lighting contest, and the parade scheduled for next Friday night. The Garden Club announced to-*day that in keeping with the Mer- or nis trip to Washington.) It was not known yet whether Iji lad signed a suggested statement snyillg he was going -to the United States in a private capacity uncl recommending that Chiang become president again. The two have split over conduct of the civil war. Chiang, meanwhile, assumed vir- ,ua! charge o[ Nationalist civil avia- ion. No one may leave CheiiKlu by air without his personal okay. Thousands of refugees ponrctl In- .0 Chengtu, including many who fled by highway from Chungking. This city of 750,000 population is JUlging. Hotels arc filled to capacity. Many government employe sare sleeping on the floor- sometimes ten or more in one room. Othcs refugees are living in trucks. Some are camping out. Pemiscor County i i . . ^ p ^ * Magistrate Court Judge Appointed Appointment of Sam .1. Corlicll. of Caruthersville, Mo., former presenting attorney for Pcmiscot Cmm- -y, as judge of the county magis- -rate court was announced yesterday. The new magistrate took the oath of office from Circuit clerk E. A. uong in Caruthersville and succeet s the late G. W. Gates of Haytl. He will serve the remainder of the term :o which Judge Yates was elected. The term will expire at the end 3f 1050. Judge Corbclt is a native of Georgia but has lived In Missouri since 1893 and has practiced law in Pemiscot County for a half century. John Bay, Jr., clerk of the court under Judge Vales, has been reappointed to the post by the uew chant's slogan, "City of Hells," the contest for liomc lighting would center [ilxmt the theme of "n Christmas Bell for Every Home." Complete plans for the Garden Club's home lighting contest were announced tflday by Mrs. Jim Crafton, chairman of that division of the Blytheville Woman's Club . Cuntcsl for Home Decorations Mrs. Crnfton explained that judging would be based on (1) the Christmas theme developed; (2) overall appearance from the street; and <3) originality. The home decorated most effectively to meet the three rules will receive a $15 casli award, and the second and third prizes will be for $10 and 55, respectively. • Entries cpntcst, as vrell as for floats ami pets In the two" divisions of contests sponsored by the merchants in connection with their parade, are being received. A one-dollar cniry fee is required to enter a home-lighting scene. The entries can be mailed to Mrs. W. S. Johnston, 101Q West Walnut, or by contacting Mrs. Crafton or Mrs. Johnston. Dec. 10 Deadline for Entries Mrs. Crafton explained that entries for the contest would not bo received after December 10, and that the judging would he nt an undisclosed time between December 13 and 23. Tile whmrs are to be announced in the Blytheville Courier News on December 24, based on the decision of a secret judging panel. The Garden Club division, organized this fall, plans to make the home-lighting project, aimed nt beautifying Blytheville homes for the Christmas season, an annual affair. This is the first time any group has sponsored a contest of this sort magistrate. f or uiyuicville homes. f\ v \J Y F N Prc the to n J $401 T cas lor. S in do i DC the occ pro to sai are col " \\n\ wl) EJrn DJlC nl?,< gei of am fc am cd De 1 ter to spr l:Cb in the Oa 'Veep' Predicts Victory in 1952 For Democrats NEW YORK, Dec. 3. <>!>-Vice President Albcn W. Bnrkley started the Democratic Part} 1 down the road to the 1050 elections last night til n Jefferson Day dinner that raised $400,000 for the pnrty war chest. The newly-wedded "Veep" fore- ist a Democratic presidential victory In 1852. Speaking la 2,000 party leaders in the grand ballroom of the Waldorf-Astoria, Barkley extolled the Democrats'- program nntl- taunted the Republicnns. "We arc now told by'those who :cupy the position, o/ tree-Hi tiers and hi tell Ing-post devotees, that this program is leading us down the road to the .so-called welfare state," he said. "We arc being told that we are now on the last mile toward collectivism in America. "These prophets of pessimism have not told tho American people what part of the Democratic pio r gram is to be repealed. "They have not told us how far back we must f>o in order to recojj- nlzc Uncle Sam as a complacent old gentleman sitting astride the dome of the capito), drawing his salary and doing nothing." Six cabinet members, H governors and nearly a dozen Senators attended the fund-raising dinner of the Democratic National Committee. The 72-year-old bridegroom interrupted Ms Georgia honeymoon to deliver the major party policy speech. His bride of two weeks .sat l;eside him throughout and shared in the ovation Trom the crowd RE they entered. She Is former Mrs * " i S. Hadlcy of St. Louis. Pensions for All Seem 'Sure Bet' Eruption of Volcano Threat to Sifician Town CATANIA, Sicily, Dec. 3— {f^— Kiery lava from erupting Mt- Etna today threatened the litte Sicilian town of Maletto but an official source at noon (6 a.m. ESTj said the burning flow had "slowed down" considerably several kilometers from the town or 3,600 inhabitants. WASHINGTON, Dec. 3, government's labor statistics chief said today that pensions for everybody seem a. sure bet with "the old and the near-old" making up half the nation's voting population. Ewan CIcigue, commissioner of labor statistics, said many workers between 50 nnd 60 are "very properly concerned about their bleuk economic future once they become branded as 'too old to work.* "And these two groups—the old and the near-old—are a very potent force In our society today," Clague said In a speech prepared for the Machinery and Allied Products Institute. "Between them they now account for half the population of voting age and their relative strength is growing each year. "Because of their mature years and experience they exert moreover a greater than proportionate influence in community affairs and in the councils of labor." Clague said medical science has boosted the life expectancy of a white male from 48 years In 1000 to about 66 today. There are now about 11,000,000 men and women agcil 65 or over, or one out of nvery 1,1 persons, Clague said. He calculated that 50 years from now, in the year 2000, the number will have increased to 21,500,000, or more than one out of every eight persons. Tlie problem, he said, has become acute with the rise of the mass production—when we had n largely rural economy, older people simply tapered off activities on the farm; now "much more exacting" job requirements vtvn to pletc break from regular vocations. Clague said the steady growth in number of aged persons seems to leave no question of the need for a pension system. Rather, he said, the question is "how best to meet this need." His personal choice: expanding the present Social Security program, which Is financed on an Insurance basis by employers and workers. He said Industry pension plans can not do the job alone, but can properly supplement Social Security. Fleet-Footed Football Player Tired Officers a Bit of Assistance Gives Mel Hay, Blylhevltlc High School's yesterday that he is just as rnvgcd off a football field n.s he Is on when he won a footrace with a Negro fugitive that Blythevillc officers had chased for two hours through miles of cotton rows. | Hay collared Willie Washington, | about 25, Btythevllle Negro in a cot- 1 sldcroads and cotton patch lanes to patches afoot, but Washington was too fast. As the comimied, cotton pEckcns left the fields to offer assistance to the officers and Joined the chase as did some boys who were hunting rabbits In one field. , who was rabbit hunUng ton field near Harris' Park south [ ncar ^Bwood Ridge, Joined in the of. Biytheville to end a two-hour chase for Ihe officers. Washington was wanted for questioning about the theft of $no from another Negro, Dee Johnson, yesterday afternoon. Chief of Police John Foster told this story: Blytheville police were called to a Negro cafe on South Sixteenth Street yesterday by Johnson who claimed that Washington stole his billfold containing about $90 and that he wa.s holding the man until officers arrived. Suspccl Takes Off When chief Foster and Officers Phil spalaro and Fred Hodge reached the cafe, Washington had doffed his coat, kicked off hi-, shoes and wax away, afoot. The officers took I fun. Chased Through Fields He spied the Negro in a cotton Meld and took out alter him. He chafed him for approximately a mile and Just as he got in arms length the Negro turned and shoved a burly fist into Hay's face. The race was over then. For Hay returned the punch and when Chief Foster and the officers arrived, the Negro was lying in a cotton row with Hay sitting on top of him. Washington, the fight all gone from him, was hauled to a waiting police car and returned to Blytheville. He was Immediately turned over to county officials for prosecution. Johnson, however, is still out his + § WASHINGTON, Dfc. 3. (AD—A key of/lcUil said today that n new government move to curb racial am religious discrimination in future housing means little cham;c in present bnn.s against minorities. Franklin D, Richards, comrnKsloi of the Federal Housing Administration, .said the phm to deny federa eiuirantcc.s on home mortcage. where new restrictive covennnls arc on record will apply only hi "exceptional ease,*/' "The ruling will huvc no effect on any property which hud racial covenants In the piLst," hn said. The new iM>licy—to become effcc live at some future date—was an nounccd yesterday by Solicitor Gen eral Philip B. I'crltnnn, with Presl dent Truman's backing. Perlman told a New York urnll ence that the "Federal Ilousln Administration is amending its rule so as to refuse to aid the financin of any properties the occupancy o use of which Is restricted on th brusis of race or creed or color." While he milled that tho rcstric lions must be "recorded" after th effective date of the new rule he fore the ban would apply, there w:i Immcdmla speculation that, sweep injs changes were In store In th government's policy of helping fl nance home purchases and con st rue lion. lint Hlchiinls, who heads th agency which handles govcrnmcn financing for home const ruction an purchases, said later that such ! not the Most of the nation's dwelling still will be eligible for FHA flnmi cial nid. lie told a reporter, eve after the effective date of the ncv policy. "It will be an exceptional c; he -sid, "where a property cnnno receive federal mortgage help," The FHA chieftain said tho pol icy was mapped during several cor fercnces with Mr. Truman an other high-ranking government oF fie la Is. Carl Gray, veterans' admlnlstra tor, said that iie is Inking action t change G.I. loan regulations to cove the same provisions :is FHA. Nathaniel S. Keith, director slum clearance for the public Homing Authority, said federal projcn to aid slum clearance arid low-in come dwellings will arlnpl Ihc |x>llcy, PI5A officials said, hoiv«:vc thai no specific plans have yet bee mapped. In the South, the changes wei viewed with calm, Senator George .D-Cla) suit! he been expecting the move for som time find added: "I think thai hereafter fill fed eral siproprlallons will be based o the same principle." ' Plans More "Civil lights" KEY WEST, Fla., Dec. 3. <AP) President Truman moved ahead tc day with plans to ask Con^res f< a strong civil right* program whl this country speculated on tl range ol his new anli-dlscriinln: tltin policy in federal housing. Meanwhile, the President rcsnn cd work on the "slate of tho unlo; mtF.saf$e he will deliver to Com in January in which he will rene his demands for: 1. A federal anti-lynchlng law. 2. Repeal of the jx>ll tax ;is a n qulrcmenl for voting Tor federal o ficers. 3. A whole series of other lav designed to ban di.scritninaUr. against Neyroc-s and other minor ty groups. i This same message: ,to be dclivei c(J in person, also will call for n peal of the Taft-Hartley Act at' the passage of incasure-s Mr. Tn man advocated in his 19-18 electlo campaign. out m pursuit. In patrol cars they 90 bucks for only his empty billfold ran the Negro to the Dogwood Ridge .was taken from Washington, olfl- oommunlty, leaving their caw at ccrs said. Double-Barred Cross Heralds Sale of Seals The double-barred cross, emblc. of the tuberculosis association, hr been installed at the Inte-rsrcllon Main and liroadsvay Slrcels by tl Arkansas-Missouri Power Compan The cross, erected annually du Ing the Christmas season. Is a pa of the Mississippi County As^ocla lion's Christmas Heal Cumpalg through which funds for Ihe pr gram of control and prevcnlion tuberculosis are secured. The county has a $15.000 quo this year, o/ which $5,700 is to collected in BlythcvUle. Marketing Quota Meetings Called First in Scries for Mississippi County To Bo Held Tuesday Whether cotton producers will rc- elvo a 50 per cent, or a 90 per cent il()|lort price or perhaps none at a] nr cotton produced In 1050 depends nllrely on how the growers vole :i Ihe marketing referendum Io hi* onduclcd December 15, It was dc- lared loday by one Arkansas agrl- illural leader. The .statement was made by Harey Adams of West Memphis, secre- ary-managcr of tin; Agricultural Council of Arkansas. He WHS a icmbcr of tho Mid-South Icglsln- Ive steering committee which rote the 1949 amendments to the inrkctlng miola provisions of the Agricultural Act of 1033. Fanners and other Mississippi fouuly residents Interested In tho 950 faun program are being askci o attend a scries of discussion ncellngs prior to this referendum 'ote. A scries or meetings has beei chcdulcd for niythcvlllc, Leach- 'ille, Manila and Dell, during wlilcl he size of allotments fo rlhc var- ous farmers In Ihe county will be lIsciL-wett. All farm bureau members have jccn asked, and farm agencies are vorklug logclhcr on Ihe meetings n an effort to let the farm popu- allon be Informed on the situation wlor to Ihe referendum. IHylliMllle Session Tuesday The first meeting Is to be con iucled at 2 p.m. In the Court roon at the Court House In lilylhcvlllc next Tuesday. This meeting wll je followed by three on Saturday A meeting will be at the Lcnchvlll High School Auditorium at 9 a.m Saturday; at I ll o Manila Iflgl School at H a.m., and at the Del High School auditorium at 1:3 Farmers may attend the meet ing most convenient.' Vocallona and veteran teachers, the Produc lion Marketing Administration, th' Extension Service, and Iho Parn Bureau arc the agencies eoopcrat Ing on the meeting. •Similar meetings are to he con ducted for South Mlslsslppl Count fai mcrs. A i]uola of 228,007 acres for cot Ion tn Mississippi County was on nounccd yesterday by the stal PMA office In l,lltlc Rock. Parn quotas arc to be released next week Mr. Adams said (hat It should b stinctly understood by cotto growers that the referendum on De ccmber 15 is for Ihe purpose of per milting farmers who were engage In the production of qntlon durin the calendar year of 1048 to deter mini; by secret ballot whether the arc In favor of or opposed to col Ion marketing quotas as proclalmc by the secretary of agriculture. Control Law Cited The law provides: "Whenever dur Ing any calendar year the ficcrctarj determines that the tolal supply < cotton for Ihe marketing year be ginning in such calendar year sha exceed the normal supply for sue marketing year, the Secretary sha.. proclaim such fact and a. national marketing quota shall be In clfcct for the crop of colton produced In tho next calendar year. . . . But, if more thnn one-third of the farmers voting In the referendum oppose the national marketing quota, such quota shall become Ineffective upon proclamation of the results of the referendum. "Even though marketing quotas are disapproved, acreage nllotmenls can, and we are Informed will, be in effect. The Agricultural Act of 1040 which provides for price supports for agricultural commodities states: 'Except as otherwise provided In this net, the amounts, terms and conditions of price support operations and the extent to which such operations are carried out, shall be determined or approved by tho Secretary. And . . . compliance by Ihe producer with acreage allotments, production goals and mar- Sec QUOTA on I'asc 8 More than thro hundred escaped ie burning former Navy barracks ut 10 were Injured, two critically. The three bodies were removed •om tho ruins but were unldentt- ed. An official In the office of Dr. jeorgo cross, university president, stiinalcd Ihe damage from Ihe loss f the building and equipment at pproxlmalely $500.000. The building was a two-story 'ooden structure, built by the Navy i 1911 at a cost of $412,000 and sed us a Navy barracks during the var. Injured students listed as critical .' Ihe president's office were David U. Clary, Uuckner, Ark., and John T. Sorenscn, Brooklyn, N. Y. Starling about 2:30 a.m. (CST) he fire spread quickly through he sprawling wooden building. The Indents, aroused from sleep, mafle heir way to the exits or Jumped From first and second floor win- Iowa. Many former GI's, unable to take ho time lodrcxs or gather up JClongings jumped to the ground vearing only their GI shorts but clutching their first-of-tbe-month GI subsistence checks, received only yesterday. Fourth Fire in Three Days It was the fourth destructive fire n this state in three days and .he second at the University of Oklahoma in Iwo years. Another former Navy barracks, iscd as a classroom and laljoratry by the university's School of Geology, burned here on Thanksgiving Oay, 1047, with heavy loss In equip- ncnt but no Injuries. At Sapulpa, In Northeaster Oklahoma, fire destroyed a quarter of a city block early yesterday, doing an estimated $500,000 worth of damage. Among tho buildings destroyed at Sapulpa was a 70-room hotel. There sllll is no accurate check of whether any lives wcro lost. A downtown building In Chickasha, housing four businesses burned Thursday, A one-story business building and a wooden dwelling were destroyed by fire In Wisler early today. The dormitory here was among several built at the .start of the war when 'the" Navy established ' a. ' large Air Technical Training Base- adjoining the campus. The establishment was taken 1 over by the university after the'war. The dormitory normally houses 400 men. The president's office said about 310 were In the building. Origin of the fire Is not known, ft was believed to have started In the middle of the the building, which has five wings. No Panic Alvln Irvine, Oklahoma City, who was sleeping In the dormitory (it Ihe lime, said that there was some confusion but no one was panlcy. "The first we knew of the lira was when guys ran down the hall yelling 'Fire, Fire.' We thought It was a gag but I got up and opened tho door," Lcvinc said. New York Stocks Closing Quotations: A T & T Amer Tobacco Anaconda Copper FJuth Steel Chrysler Ocn Electric Oen Motors Montgomery Ward N Y Central Int Harvester National Distillers Republic Steel Radio '.'.'...'. Socony Vacuum Studebaker Mamtard ol N J Texas Corp J C Penney 'J S Steel Sears Southern Pacific ... 174 3-1 ... 74 3-4 ... 29 1-4 ... 31 1-4 ... 60 7-8 ... 40 7-8 48 54 1-2 10 7-8 28 22 3-8 23 3-8 12 3-4 16 1-2 24 3-4 69 62 3-8 54 25 3-3 43 48 7-3 City Gets $48,871 In Tax Settlement By County Official City clerk w. I. Malin loday received MB.871.18 from Sheriff Willlam Bcrryman as the city govern- mcn's siiarc of the taxes collected this year by the county official. Mr. Malin announced the allocation of the money to the following municipal funds: To be allocated: City Hall Hond Fund Hospital Bond Fund City I'ark Uond Fund Fireman Pcn.slon and Relief Fund $313.63 Library Fund $3,1.13.17 Street Fund $14,004.4! General Fund $15,663.93 Sfi.380.01 $5.630.81 $3,133.18 Fire Victim Found SAPUI.PA. Okla.. Dec. 3. W)— Searchers today recovered the body of Ixjuls C. Vincent, 70-year-old Oklahoma City refrigeration company salesman, who perished in an early morning hotel fire here yesterday. The bla/c destroyed a quarter of a city block here. Including the 70- room Loralne Hotel. Weather Arkansas forecast: Partly cloudy liils afternoon. Cloudy and warmer with showers tonight. Sunday showers. Cooler in northwest portion. Missouri forecast: Partly cloudy, windy and warmer this afternoon with light showers southeast and extreme east portion. Partly cloudy and cooler tonight, except little change In temperatures extreme south portion. Sunday, fair and much colder. Low tonight. 30-35 south portion; high Sunday, In 40's. Minimum this morning—30. Maximum yesterday—57. Sunset today—4:4!). Sunrise tomorrow—6:51. Precipitation 24 hours to 7 a.m. today—none. Total since Jan. 1—50.64. Mean temperature (midway between high and low—43.5. Normal mean December—41.9.

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