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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OF KORTHEA8T ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI VOX,. XLV—NO. 220 Blytheville Courier Mississippi vmiey leader BIA'THEVILLK, ARKANSAS, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 8, 10-19 MammofhParade To Move on Main Tomorrow Night Down-town Parking t To Be Restricted For the Occasion Blythcvillc's first annual Christmas Parade, a part of Blytheville merchant's holiday promotion project, will be staged tomorrow night. Down-town parking will be restricted: to allow the parade ample passage .space, John Foster, chief of police, announced today. Chief Foster said that no cars would be permitted to leave the parade area after 7:30 p.m. until alter the parade bad passed; and that during the hours designated for the parade there would he no parking permitted on Filth and Walnut Streets. Twenty-eight floats are to lie the feature of the parade, which has met with unexpected enthusiasm from ISlytlievillc residents, and Mayor Dn.vle Henderson will present about $300 hi cash awards at the Cmul House Lawn, immediately after the. parade. Joining in the giving-away grime will be Santa CJaits. scheduled to i arrive In Blytheville just before parade time tomorrow. He will distribute 10,000 bags of candy, courtesy of the Blytlieville merchants. The lights for down-town areas were on last night, and trie first program oi Christmas nuusic was m also presented. : The merchants this year launched a Christmas promotion program that included lighting the downtown area, extension of lights both to the East and West Ends of Blytheville; music program, the parade, and allocation of funds for a home- lighting contest, results of which will not be announced until Christmas eve. Pararlc to Take Hour The^parade is scheduled to take more than an hour to be viewed, and the Judging is to be completed from, the crowds rather than from a judging stand in order that children and pets in the Pet Division •would not be alarmed because the judging. Separate judging panels will Judge the >8 floats -mdVfce Pet and t c r divisions Hv TI<VJ v*i_ LIJ l»*-J K- j — ^^ _ _. _-«»-«™ in tha pet dhi£fon'"had t !*en* officially received. Jimmie Edwards, chairman of the merchants committee, said.that only one Negro entry iiad been announced and that there \ three prizes scheduled for that 'category. In. the Float Division seven Negro floats, including three decorated oars, ejitcred. by - the/Negro Youth Club, will be in the special Negro division, and are also eligible for cash awards in the open division. Sanla to Kiclc in Parade Tt *: only other entry rcceivec since yesterday's contestant floats were announced was that of HolH- son Lumber Company. The parade is to assemble at East Main and Laclede Streets, and an order of appearance is to be announced tomorrow to avoid confusing in assembling the parade. The Blytheville High School band is scheduled to start the trek down Main Street, west to Fifth Street promptly at 7:30. The band will be followed by the white floats, then the pet division, for white children then the Negro floats and the Negro pet division. Police escorts from the city am state and a motorcycle escort wil precede the parade, Santa Glaus, riding his sleigh drawn by the faithful reindeer, wil be the last vehicle in the parade His float, to be provided by the i Chamber of Commerce, will carr: • him through the streets of Blytheville r since lack of snow-fall made it impossible for him to be drawn in his own sleigh. Automobile Title Registration Act To Be Explained Arkansas Revenue Department Inspectors lor Mississippi County and their assistants and clerks will meet with District Supervisor Billy Steed of Leachvllle at 9 tun. Friday in the department's Blytheville office In City Hall to receive instructions on carrying out provisions of the Certlftcate of Title ami Passenger Car Registration Act which goes into effect next yew. Because of the day-long meeting, the Revenue Department office in Blythcvllle will be closed Friday. Inspectors who will attend nre Oscar Alexander oi Blytheville, Mrs. Mary Clay Hughey of Osceola and Milton Yarbro. who is In charge of the Permit Station near the state line. The title registration law, passed this year by the General Assembly, requires all vehicles be registered and their certificates of title placed on file with the Arkansas Revenue Department. An explanation of the law and Its provisions will be made public and instructions for complying with its provisions will be announced Ihls, weekend, Mr. Alexander said. Arkansas Cities Oppose Rate Hike Funds are Sogght To Fight Increase in Telephone Charges By The Associated Press Arkansas cities served by the Southwestern Bell Telephone Company have a $1,500 start in their organized opposition to a proposec elcphone rate increase. Seventy-eight municipalities have Specialist Refutes Idea of Starvinq Due to Lost Soil LITTLE ROCK, Dec. 8-W—A soils specialist today ridiculed the Idea that future generations maj starve because of soil depiction. Dr. Charles Kellogg, chief of thi V. S- Department of Agricultun Soils Survey Division, Beltsvillc Md., today the annual conference of the Arkansas Extension Service today that "the world has by m means nearly reached the end o Its farm potentialities." He told about 200 agents that thi recent outpouring of emotlona books saying the world food pic ture Is hopless," docs not take Into account the fact that food outpu per acre and per manhour of labor has shot up apperciably in recen years. i Recent research, he'added, indicates that "soil is renewable re. source." Gunfire Kills Seven MANILA, Dec. s—(ff)—Seven per sons, including four children, wen. killed last night In a burst of gunfire that struck a bus near Lipa City in Batangas province. Responsibility for the shooting has no been fixed. to give financial a proposed plan expert economist leeu asked aistance to employ a n laudle the cities' case before th Arkansas public Service coim»is sion. The company has asked for i $2,2011,000 annual increase in Ark telephone rates. It is noD under a temporary rate increasi granted by the commission las year. Virtually all incorporated munic ipalities a'ffected filed protests with :he PSC. At a hearing last month the commission took company testi mony in support of the propose increase and ''• recessed until th TWENTY PAGES SINGLE COPIES FIVE CENTS Jginated XrfeSKSS Municipal 1 : i.eague convention. Executive Secretary Glenn zimtner-- man, North Little Rock; said the league took no action • because a majority qf its member cities are' not servefl by Southwestern Belli However, league members affected, .Iftcnched. the campaign to employ expert representation. Little ROCK city Attorney J. T. Gentry was named chairman of a steering committee .which asked contributions • from the 78 municipalities. To date, North Little Rock and Pine Bluff cily councils have appropriated $500 each, Fsyeltcvile S250, Jonesboro $200 and Paragould has agreed to contribute $100 If needed. Little Rock's city council promised to pay its pro-rata share of the cost. The El Dorado city council it to consider the matter Thursday night, and the Blytheville council Tuesday. Blytheville City Attorney Percy Wright, a member of the steering committee, said that as yet no expert has been retained to represent the cities. Burglars Obtain :iquor, $600 in ihree Break-Ins Sheriff Investigates Operations in Joiner, Leachville, Monette Peace officers In two counties and late Police today were jnvestlgnt- ng three burglaries, one in South Mississippi County, another at jeachville and a third in Craig- icad County at Monette. The loot includes approximately BOO in cash and about 20 cases of Iquor. Joe Terror, former Joiner mayor, reported to Sheriff William Berry- nan tins morning that his liquor itore at Joiner was entered early his morning and approximately 20 cases ot liquor and §15 in cash taken. Mr. Terror estimated the time ot he rohbery as sometime between 12:30 a.m. and 7 a.m. today. Tlie robbery was discovered at 7 u.m when the store was re-opened for iiusiness. Entrance to the store, which Is located in the heart of Joiner's business district, was gained by the use of an Instrument to pry opei: the front door. Mr. Terror told olficers thai around $15 which he had left in tile cash register for use as change was taken by the burglars. South Mississippi County sherilf's deputies are investigating. Two Schools Entered Tlie officers also were investigating burglaries at the high schools ii Leachville and Motictlc, Craigheac County, Tuesday night. Sheriff William Berryman sail this morning that between 5500 n; 5580 was reported taken from a small safe at Leachville High Schoo Tuesday night and approximately $50 was reported taken from a safe at tile high school in Monette vyhicl is only a few miles from Lcachvilli Just across the Mississippi-Craig head County line. The two safes were entered In a similar manner, Sheriff Berrymar said, leading officers to believe tha the two robberies possibly were com milled by the same party. Locks on the safes, were "jimmied," officer said. Entrance to the schools wa gained through ground floor doors The safe entered at Leachvill High School was located in the of flee of the superintendent, Sheriff Berryman said, and the mono takeii represented funds from 111 lunch .room. •U/game was played High School Tuesda _.-_.._ ..officers believe thai, th school was entered after the gam wa.s over. Theater Parties Scheduled to Aid Underprivileged Jimmy Sanders, co-chairman of the jaycees' Underprivileged Childrens' Christmas Party Committee, today announced the dates for the two children's benefit theater parties that are held each year to obtain gifts for the parly. The parties will be held this year at the Mox anrl Ritz Theaters, Mr. Sanders said. The Mox Theater will hold its party at 9 a.m. Dec. 22 and the Ritz w m give its party at 9 a.m. the following day. The purpose of the parlies, Mr. Sanders explained, is to colect toys, candy and other gift Kcms for the underprivileged children's Christmas party. Admission price for the theater parties will he articles of fruit, candy, nuts, toys or canned goods, he said. The theater parties will be open fo all children. Mr. Sanders stated that JVfox Theater has scheduled a regular kiddle feature picture for Its party and that the Ritz will show a series of cartoon films. The Christmas party Is co-spon- scored annually by the Jaycees and the Blytheville Klwanls club Hcbcr Springs Man Shot To Death; Wife Confesses HEBERSPRINGS, Ark., Dec. 8- j/P)—Maynard Atkins, 53, was shot to death at his home near here early today. His daughter, Mrs. Joyce Ferguson, 19, surrendered to Sheriff Alton Brittle who said she claimed she shot her father in self-defense. The sheriff said Mrs. Ferguson AMAVotes$25 Dues to Fight Socialization WASHINGTON, Dec. 8— (/!>)— The American Medical Assoclatio today voted S25-a-year compulsor dues for Its members. The fund from the dues wl finance the AMA's campaign ainst "socialized medicine" as we s provide financing for other AM ctivitles. Dr. George Lull, general manage of the AMA, told reporters th assessment would probably apply t about 85 per cent of the organiza tion's total membership of 142,000 On that basis, it -would Provic annual funds of about $3,000,00 Lull said retired physicians honorary an dassociate members o AMA's state medical societies prob ably would be exempt. Exemptioi will be determined by the slat societies themselves. Officials said the AMA had neve before had compulsory dues a though its constitution permf them. Kostov Repudiates Confession in Sofia By The Associated Press Another former Bulgarian Com- unist leader pleaded guilty today anti-state activities before &< eopie's Court in Sofia. But the ial Is not running true to form. Yesterday the former No. 2 Bul- •xrian communist, Trniclio Kostov, pudiated his earlier confession lat he spied for British Intelli- ence, worked for Premier Marshal ito of Yugoslavia and betrayed the ommunists. The retraction of Kostov, a for- icr deputy premier, reportedly locked the court. It looked like first time in history anyone ever tlnred to change their omission into a denial la a Soviet itellHe spy trial. The Kostov repudiation was re- •nlcd by Peter Burchett, corres- ondent ot the London Daily Ex- ress and Tass, the official Russian e'.vs agency. Soviets Preparing "Case" The latest guilty plea was uttered y Nikola Nachev, a former deputy construction minister. Altogether, II former leaders are on trial. All are charged with treason and spying. Former Finance Minister Ivan Stefanov yesterday pleaded guilty. The trial cent.!y held Is similar to one rein Hungary, another Soviet satellite nation. There the defendants were accused of plotting to overthrow Hungary's Red regime and put the nation under the domination of Tito. These treason trials are aimed at ridding eastern Communist countries of Tltolsm, the modern Communist heresy. A Yugoslav regime spokesman said recently the trials are a Soviet attempt to build a case against the Tito government as n forerunner of aggression. The spokesman said the Bulgarian trials had been postponed for nwhile because Kostov was not quite sure of his lines of confession for the trial about to be "staged." China Government Moves The Itinerant Nationalist govern- See SUHFKISE on l'ag« B Sobers Seek Additional Data On Atomic Shipments to Reds WASHINGTON, Dec. 8. W)-House probers are on the trait ol more wartime atomic shipments to Russia-shipments Numbers 4 and 5. They have reason to believe perhaps 500 pounds of uranium com- lound reached the Reds around July of 1944. And they think they may be able to spot, proof that the Russians got 1,000 grams of heavy water. First Christmas Seal Mail Sale Report Is $576 The first reports for BlyUicvUlc mail sates of the Christmas sea were announced today by Mrs. p. Foster, chairman of Blytheville : llcitation. Mrs. Foster sntd Hint by Insl night So76 in mail sales had been reported, in addition to the 81,708.25 contributed through personal solicitation work. Mrs. Foster pointed out that Blytheville was still short of a $5,700 goal, and that residents were being urged to return the letters so the drive can be completed before Christmas. An estimated 100 volunteer workers are expected to be on the streets Saturday with the Christmas bangles to add funds to the drive. Mrs. C. A. Cunningham is directing the bangle drive. Mrs. c. G. Redman, executive secretary for the Mississippi County Tuberculosis Association, said that reports were bcinj received from outside communities, but that no T he U n - American Activities*-' iommittec also Is trying to find out ust what former Icnd-lease offic- nls William O. Moore and James '. Hoopes had to do with shlp- nent number 2 back in the siirlntr if IS-W. It wants to know why Lt. Gen. jL'slie H. Groves, boss of the nlom jnmb project, was reported to have approved the shipment when roves said he didn't. The committee is exploring, too, n idea that the Soviets might inve side-stepped the lend-leiue administration to get some atomic materials elsewhere- But except for some checking on terns like these by the committee staff, the latest atomic explosion on TJapitol Hill apparently has just about subsided until Dec. 19. Moore. Hoopes, and former Vice President Henry A. Wallace may be witnesses then. Wallace Barer to Testify Wallace will get a chance to deny under oath what Groves has already dented for him— tlmtrWallAce on pressure and bverulled Groves to get atomic 1 materials lor the Soviets. Wallace has termed this "sheerest fabrication." It was a radio commentator, Fulton Lewis, Jr., who said Wallace was the source of pressure. Wallace telegraphed the committee that "I would like to meet my trnrincer.s face-to-face before your committee at the earliest possible moment." Groves, now retired, told the committee yesterday that the late Harry L. Hopkins, White House adviser and Ifind-Iease expediter, didn't apply pressure on him either. As for Wallace, Groves said that lo his knowledge the former vice president saw only one of the reports on the wartime atomic project written by Groves in 1943. He explained the secret reports were made available to the President, certain high military leaders and scientists, and on one occasion, to Wallace. Some Shipments Go Through Groves said he personally took the report to Wallace's office and was kept waiting for some time by other visitors "who did not seem to me very Important to the war effort. What's more, he added. Wallace "practically divorced himself from the atomic project." So far, the committee says II actually knows of only three atomic shipments to the Russians, all In 1943. The first was 420 pounds of uranium oxide and nitrate, the second 1,000 pounds of the same The third was a sample of n\>o\l1 two pounds of uranium metal thai wouldn't have done the Soviet, much good. But committee members say thorough check of some old lend- lease records indicates there may have been a 500-pound shipment o compounds In mid-19^4. And the: think these records may estabilsl definitely that Russia got the heavy water, for which an export lEcens was issued in November, 1943 Heavy water is useful in atoml experiments. And this Is why th' committee is digging Into the sec ond 1,000-pound shipment. Groves testified yesterday thai according to lend-lease records, h approved it. But he. said, "I be lieve you will find it was not ap proved." tabulation has been started, county has a $15,000 quota. The Soybeans Dec told him she shot her father when t Mar he came home drunk and threat- May coed the family. ' j u | y Open High Low Close 234',i 234=1 231 231 235 S S 2SG 232'.i 232% 23314 233X 231 231U 23014 23014 228« 228% Lewis Presses Contract Demand Some .of Smaller Operators Agree to Contracts With UMW By Harold W. Ward WASHINGTON, Dec. 8. (AP) — rtth mines producing 7,340,000 tons f coal a year under contract, John . Lewis awaited fresh signers to- ay as most of his miners took their rst day off under the new three- ay work week. The United Mine Workers' leader trying to use the short work per- od as a lever against operators still oldlng fast against his contract emands. The small soft coal companies In he Midwest nnd South which have ccepted his terms since Tuesday ave returned lo a full five-day r eek, and Lewis said yesterday that additional tonnage will sign." But major coal operators, protiuc- ng nearly all the 550,000,000 tons lined In a year, still held fast. Lewis would have to crack their sol- il front before lie could claim nny mportant, major gain In the nonths-old dispute. Lewis and his UMW policy com- ulttec decided a week ago on the imited work week In prelercnce to i full-fledged strike. This gave Lewis time to try to make the hard .nd soft coal operators yield to him lew contract terms. The old con- racts expired last July. The mines are now operating only m Monday,' Tuesday and Wednesday. During the rest of the week Is allowing only the "irreduc- ble minimum" of maintenance men o enter the pits. Some Operators Sign Otherwise, terms and working conditions of the old contracts arc jelng continued Indefinitely. The agreements Lewis signed Tuesday and Wednesday with companies In Kentucky, Indiana, llli- lols and Ohio call for a 15 cent Increase In the welfare royalty, boost- ng It to 35 cents on every ton of cial produced, and a 95-ccnt a day pay Increase which gives the miner a basic dally wage of $15.00. The welfare fund finances pensions, disability payments and the ,lkp. for UMW members. Lewis' demand for a boost In the rayalty which operators pay Into the fund has been one of the main stumbling blocks lo any agreement with owners of big mines. Negotiations between the union and hard coal operators employing 80,000 miners in Eastern Pennsylvania resumed In New York thts week, but with little progress to date. Anthracite, itfed almost exclusively for domestic heating, Is at the peak marketing season and hard coal operators would like to work their mines at high speed. The short work week hurts them especially at thti'tlme of year. Sudhury Students Quick To 'Claim' Classmate Robert "Pcewee" White, who Is tc have a normal left hand a.. Christmas present from Orchcstr Leader Johnny White of Memphl after surgeons remove his sixth fin ger. was greeted enthusiastically b his classmates at Sudbury schoo this morning. Pcewee will continue school th 1 week hut will be admitted to th John Oaston hospital on Monda and will probably be out o! schcx tml.ll after Christmas. His third-grade classmates , Sudbury were Irate when the Cour Icr News yesterday stated that Rob ert was a student Rt Lange, rath' than Sudbury. Jobless Benefits Exhausted for Many Workmen Labor Department Survey Points to Bleak Christmas Ily Norman Walker WASHINGTON. Dec. 8. (/I 1 ) — A rise in the number ot unemployed workers exhausting Jobless benefits rights in causing growing concern among government officials. Latest figures compiled by the Labor Department's Bureau of Employment Security show about 500,000 persons ran out of their riRhls to further employment compensation payments during ihe July- Septombcr quarterly period. These arc persons who still didn't have jobs after running through all the unemployment insurance payments they were entitled to. The number of weeks of benefits varies from state to state. These exhaustions came at a time of high employment, and give an idea of Iho problem that would arise in n limn of serious unemployment. Employment has been Raining lately, and unemployment h:«s been decreasing, so some of Ihe people out of work In the July-seplcmbct period may now have found Jobs, However, unemployment in November was estimated by Ihe Census Bureau to bn 3/100,000 a.s compared with 1.831.000 In November. 11118. The November, 194!], employment figure was 50,618,000. The exhaustion figures have risen raplilly this year. In 1018 they ran between 200.000 and 250.000 each quarter for the nation. Tills year they Jumped to 3fin,000 for the January-March quarter, 423,000 for April-June, and now to 500,000 for the most recent quarter. That SOtJ.OOO figure Is more than double the 216.000 exhaustions of the July-September quarter a year ago. Tlie MS question Is this: what happens to \vorhcrs once they run through all tliclr jobless Insurance benefits? The Iturcau nf Employment Security lias nskcd state employment offices lo try to find out. One thing Is fairly certain, however. To the extent these workers were receiving unemployment aid, purchasing power-Is cut when their payments come to an end. " 1949 Cotton Yield Estimate Points to 16,034,000 Bales WASHINGTON, Dec. 8. (AP)—TliB Agriculture Department, in its final report of the year, today estimated Die 19'19 cotton crop nt 16,034,000 bales o£ 500 pounds gross weight. This csliirmtc is 510,000 bnles more than the 15,52-1,000 bales forecast a monlli ago. H compares also with 14,877,000 produced last year and with a ten-year (1938-47) average Officiuls believe great many such workers go on direct, relief. A substantial number go to live with relatives or friends. The real solution for such idle workers, of course, would be to find a Job and go fp, work. liut since state employment agencies were try- Ing lo find them Jobs all the llrnc they were receiving Jobless benefits, their chances of finding Jous once the benefits cease are not too bright. Duration of unemployment compensation payments vnry amons the states. In some states a worker exhausting his maximum benefits in one year may be eligible fnr more benefits once a new benefit year slarts. But on the average the SOO.OOO workers having exhausted benefits In July-September won't be eligible for any more slate Jobless benefits for at least three months. That means n bleak Christmas for many of them. This spurt in exhaustions Is likely to be an arguing point the Labor Department will use In carrying out Its announced Intention of asking Congress to pass a tow next year to rco,ulrc states to htvve minimum standards in amount anrl duration of benefits. States with their exhaustions for the July-September quarterly period listed first, following by the figure for the same period a year ago include: 191B I!)49 Missouri 9.8M 6,'!!)9 Arkansas 4,60 2,140 Danger Is Seen In Credit Policies Reserve Bank Head Sees Excessive Refinancing Practices LITTLE HOCK, Dec. 7—Ml—Tlie St. Louis Federal Reserve Hank president thinks too many business are extending Installment ix>licles over greater and greater periods. 1 don't think we should use the word 'disturbing,' " Cher^cr C Davis said' here today. "But too many businesses are extending payments the full 24 mouths, with one lump sum to be paid at the em ot that time. "Of, the real understanding Is that tills lump sum will the! be divided Into more time payments. If In the future, national Income docs drop off, we have nothing to fall hack on because we have already mortgaged the future." l>avis was ciuillousVy oplimlKllc, liLvvcvcr, almiit business for 1950. "The recovery bc^an In midyear may well be expected to continue into 1950," lie said. Here to attend a meeting of MIL reserve bank board, <thc president's rcjxirt said the Impact of steel aiu coal strikes actually was less tllan statistics might have indicated. He nlso reported that cotton consumption in Octolier was greatc than in any month since June 1010, p.nd that the How of uud Into new construction has rcmaincc relatively large. Following their business meeting the directors had lunch with Ark ansas bankers and other buslncs men here and were to leave thi afternoon for Stuttgart to inspc< rice mills. They will be guests a a duck dinner In Stuttgart tonlfht New York Stocks 1:30 p.m. Quotations: Amer Tobacco 73 1-2 Anaconda Copper Beth Steel 32 1-8 Chrysler 615/0 Coca Cola 1613-4 Gen Electric 40 3-4 Oert Motors 693-8 Montgomery Ward 543-8 N Y Central 10 3-8 Int, Harvester 28 National Distillers 221-4 Republic Steel 241-8 Radio 13 1-8 Socony Vacuum 163-8 Studebaker 24 1-B Standard of N J 69 Teyas Corp 61 7-8 J C Penney Co 51 3-4 U S Steel 26 1-4 Scars . .. 43 Frigid Air Hits Midwest; More Cold for State A cold wave from Canada thre- an tcy chill Into parts of the mid ww-l today. Little relic! is likely un 111 Friday or later. The center of the frigid nlr was in North Dakota this mornlnp Minot reported 16 below zero. Th center war, expected to move ne;i DCS Molnc.s r la., by nightfall. South central stales also felt tli chill. The outer cdge.s of the col air front dipped Into Texas and Mis SlRSlppi. Snow flu trie.? and general cloud! ness extended eastward from tli Great Lakes to Pennsylvania an New York. Rain or .snow moving up Into Ih midwest out. of the southwest ma arrive Friday, relieving the pine oi cold. Low temperatures early Thur.stl; Included 15 atx>vc at Chicago, 32 n Louisville. 33 at Memphis, 10 at Ml waukce, 8 at De.s Mt>ine.s, 22 at Kf» sa-s City, 29 at Oklahoma City fit Omaha, 25 at Amnrllio, 40 r Vlckshurg, GI at New Orleans, ai >0 sit Tampa. Refunds on Farm Gas Tax Seen by Next February LITT7.E ROCK, Dec. B. dVl — S!at« Treasurer 3. Vance Clayton sMil to;iay tho state probably can begin making farm gasoline tax refunds In February.' Thai Is about two months earlier th^n It had been anticipated rc- fnmts could be made when the 1919 legislature pns.sed an act taxing gasoline used In farm opornllons at two cents n gallon. It appropriated 52.500,000 for paying refunds. Clayton said today that on Dec. 1, only S4.37B.208 more In highway revenue collections was needed before the farm gasoline tax refunds could begin. Highway revenues normally are about $1,800,000 n month and collections of motor vehicle license fees 28 1-4 beRln Jan. Southern Pacific 48 7-8 The refund act require?; that farmers apply for funds on gusollne used solely for farm operations. To date, only 1,180 have applied for refunds amounting to $39,8*1 and only 2,418 farmers have applied tor permits to qualify for. refunds. N. O. Cotton Open Jllxh Low 1:30 Dec 3036 3030 3020 3035 Mar 3035 3039 3018 3024 May 3021 3025 3005 3012 July 20G6 7068 294T M54 Oct 2815 2817 27&S 2801 More Cold for Arkiin.sns rn.K HOCK, Dec. B. w>—TI Weather Unreal* f" Little Rock t day forecast cloudy skle.s and coi tinned cold for Arkansas to<Iay. Residents in Harrison ami Gilbe shivered under 19 degree tempera. ture, 1 ?, the state's "low" early today The Weatticr Bucrau sairl no ,sno was reported In the state last nty: and no rain. Fort Smith reix>rtcc! 31 ilcgn wcahcr. TjlLtle Rock, 3-1 f and Dorado 40. Weather of 11,306,000. This year's crop has produced a urplus supply above market needs lid a reserve deemed by law lo « ample. As a consequence, Src- elnry Bramiau has set planting illcilmcnts calllnir for a 20 per fill reduction in 1950. liraiman also has proposed rigid larkcting quotas on the, 1950 crop, uolns will be submitted to growers a referendum Dec. 15. They must c appiovetl ijy at least two-thlrrts the growers voting before they in be put into effect. Under the quota program, excess ilcs wnuUl he subject to a stilt cnalty tax. In a report accompanying this rop estimate, the Census Bureau rlrt 13,5115.920 bales of this year's rop hud been ginned prior to Dec. . This compared -with 12.7m,152 inncil to the snme dale last year Ml 10.04(5,013 to the same dale two 'ears ago. Yield I'cr Acre Drops The yield of cotton was esll- nated at 285.8 pounds to the acre omparcd with 312.0 pounds last car mid 25-1 pounds for the ten- ear average. The acreage harvested was put at i.MB.OOO acres compared with 23,21,000 last year and 21,300.000 for lie ten-year average. The acreage harvested, the yield :i acre and the production, rc- pccllvcly, by states included: Missouri 5R3.000 acres harvested; 77 pounds per acre mid production 00,000 hales; Arkansas 2,450000!25 and 1,000.000. The ginnlriBs to Dec. 1 this year nnd last, respectively, by stales In:luded: Arkansas 1.010,724 and 1,433,018; .lissoilri 420,403 and 349,201. Arkansas Kstlmaln Up Ll'ITLK HOCK, Dec. 3—f/l'J—Tho agriculture department's final re- lort today Indicates a 30.000-bal« ncrcnse In the estimated Arkansas cotfon.-crop. during the test month. •The report estlmatcfl "the state's jroductlon this year'to be 1,600,000' i.ile.s-. The report last month cstl- ualed only 1,030,000 hales. Miles McPcek, Agriculture Department statistician, said that tho crop In the southwestern and ccn- .ral counties turned up slightly jetlcr than anticipated in the November rciwrt to account for the ncrease. The state thus maintained Its position as the second largest cotton iroducer In the nation. Texas leads with 5,500.000 bales and Mississippi is third with 1,490.000. McPeefc said, Arkansas hag been second once before—In 1DI6—and usually ranks third. Itecord Amount Ginned In contrast to October, which wa.s the second wettest month on record, the statistician said November was the driest since 1910, accounting for part of the crop increase. There also was no freeze damage in November as v:as thft case In some counties last year. He also reported that It resulted In a record of about a linlf million hales ginned during the month. McPeek said tills year's estimated production of 1,600,000 bales Is only 84 per cent .of the 1,928.000-baIe 1948 crop. Income, however, will be only about 75 per cent of last year. Preliminary estimates, the statistician said, show Income this year will be about $225,000.000 from lint anrl seed In Arkansas, as compared with $311.000.000 In ]!1!8. Planted acreage Ihis year is up 13 per cent, but because of heavy abandonment caused largely by wet weather, harvested acreage is only ten per cent above I!M8. Arkansas forcrast: Partly clou and colder In south and centr portions tonight. Tcmpcralur near 20 In extreme north and nc 32 In central portion tonight. Frlda Increasing cloudiness with occ sional rain In .south portion and west portion. Continued cold. Missouri forecast: Increasing clo dlncss, lltght snow beginning nort: west and light snow or sleet southwest i>orlion late tonight, spread- Ing eastward over stale Froday; possibly turning to freezing rain In the south and sleet or freezing rain south Friday; slowly rising temperatures; low tonight 20-25 north, 25-28 south; high Friday 20-32 north, 32-3S south. Minimum this morning—31. Maximum yesterday—G4. Sunset today—1:49. tomorrow—6:55. Precipitation 24 hours to 7 n.m. today—none. Total since Jan. 1—50.12. Mean temperature (midway between high and low)—47.5. Normal mean December—119. Girl Scoi't To Give Favors to Hospital Patients Girl .Scouts and Brownies In Blythcvillc Troops will present Christmas favors to patients in Htylheville hospitals and to the children in tho Crippled Children's Convalescent Center in T.'ttlc Uock as a part of their Chiistmas projects. The favors will be small evergreen trees topped with stars for food trays. Activities will Include a party for the Brownie.- nt the Girl Scout LH- tlo House on December 15 at 4 p.m.; Central Troop party at the Little House on December 1(5; and party a supper for Troop IV, the Junior High Troop at the Little House at 4 p.m. Tuesday. • Tlie Scouts will also collect toys and gifts for the annual party given for underprivileged children uy the Kuvants Club and Junior Chamber of Commerce. New York Cotton Open High Low 1:30 Dec 3011 3017 3023 3033 Mnr 3039 3043 3019 3029 Vay 3029 3029 3007 3017 July . .. 2870 2!176 2954 2061 Oct 2621 2824 2S03 2314

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