BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS VOL. XLV—NO. 230 Blytheville Daily New* Blythevllle Courier Blytheville Herald Mississippi Valley Leader •HIE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OP NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI Five-Day Mine Week Problem For Capitol Hill Truman and Congress May Have to Face J| Issue Next Month PITTSBURGH, Dec. 19- -Wy— President Truman and Congress may have to face a problem next month—how to get John O. Lewis' United Mine Workers back on a five-day work week. Pressure is increasing in some quarters for the President Lo invoke the TaR-Hartlcy Act. industry leaders say Lewis has created a national emergency through the four full scale ivalk- ouis he's (;al]ed tills year and the three-clay week which he has ordered indefinitely for his 480,000 United Mine Workers. There's enough coal on hand for about three months unless unusually cold weather prevails. But retailers and steel companies are WEItdiing their dwindling stockpiles and are worried. 'Die steel companies are storting to eat up their reserves. They're trying t o catch up with Ihe production they lost during the recent •12-rtay old strike of the CIO United Steclworkers. It all adds up to increasing pressure on the industry and Lewis to get together on a contract to extend the one which expired last June 30. Lewis isn't saying-anything. But, he's keeping a close watch on efforts of his lieutenants to get independent coal operators to sign contracts and break away from the solid front maintained by the Sn- JK dustry's leaders. Meanwhile, nego- $# nations are continuing with the anthracite operators who employ about 80,000 miners. Disagree on Signers UAIW officers say some contracts have been signed to cover a few of the 400,000 soft coal miners. They haven't said how many but indicate they have signed operators who produce about 10 per cent of the national tonnage. Top coal spokesman scoff at the figures. Meanwhile, industry leaders want the Taft-HarUey Act used to get all diggers back into pits on a five- Representative Fred day week. Former Hartley, co-author of the labor law. also is plumping for such action- In a speech at Atlantic pity, N. J., yesterday, Hartley declared Lewis is "the nation's number one oil- burner salesman.*' He " referred to companies suid ; ,homes which have switched from coal to oil for fuel. In Jittsbiirgh, J. Don Horner, president of (he steel city's Retail Coal Merchants Association, said he Is sending a telegram to President Truman telling him coal supplies f^ln Western Pennsylvania are ''rap**> Idly approaching a critical stage/' In the contacts tvhtoh I.ewis has signed so far, he's gotten a 95-cent Increase to bring the miners' daily wage to $15 a day. ami a 15-cnnt Increase in royalty payments to the ifMWs health and welfare fund. Payments under the old contracts are 20 cents a ton. T-H Law's Union Vote for Builders May Be Skipped WASHINGTON, Dec. 19. (jP>—The Taft-HarUey Law's top enforcement officer. Robert N. Denham. was reported com'inced today that he should by-pass the law's union shop election requirement in the giant building industry. This came out in advance of Denham's appearance today at a Nnt- ional tjfilwr Relations Bonrd hearing. The* industry and API. unions have appealed for a bo.trd order exempting them from key provisions of the law. Denham Is the board's general rounpel. Ho was reliably reported .,as doe to a tin ounce that from now Vrtii IIP. will keep his official eyes shut when n case of n union shop agreement in the industry—claimed to be illegal for lack of a prior NLRK election—is brought to his attention. Under the law Dcnhtim has final say on any unfair labor practices ease.s. Ho can either accept them °r reject them, and In this manner he controls what "unfair" charges Set to the board itself for a hearine. Ecnhain also was expected to ask the NLRB to join him in his views on Dn.inu the law's application on The building and construction industry. Dcnharn and the NLRB have run into serious obstacles on applying parts of the law to the industry. Clearing House Official Admits Lottery Charges NEW YORK. Dec. ID lift— William Dennisoii Dublc, former secretary- manager of the Cincinnati Clearing KOMSC Association, today pleaded guilty to two counts of an indictment charging oonjplracy to contrive a lottery. Duble previously had pleaded Innocent to 3 H-count indictment, He changed his plea before General Sessions Judge Jorn A. Mullen on the twi counts. Uiibtc was alleged lo have used his former clearing house position to falsify daily published figures of that city's bank clearings, on which an alleged S50.000.000 numbers rackft hing oaid off. police said nuble heceivcd $33.000 from the hmg in the last few years. Judge .Mullen set Jan. is for sentencing Duble. Pofio Foundation Funds Low; Goal For 1950 Doubled NEW YORK, Dec. J3_(,T|._ The National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis Is In the worst financial condition in its history, President Basil O'Connor says, and It will double Its March of Dimes goal. He said yesterday that the foundation must raise more than $50,000,000 in January ill its annual March of Dimes campaign —tiwce, the amount raised in the 1949 drive. The crisis was caused, he said, my "Ihc largest, number of cases of Infantile paralysis in any one one country in any year in the world's history." O'Connor said 41.4C1 cases have been reported thus far this year. Willing to the foundation's 2,800 local chapters, he said the national headquarters on Dec. 1 hart o?ily $1,638,000 on hand to meet emergency requests for the next six months. New Kroger Unit Opens Tomorrow Grocery to Occupy Modern Building on North First Street The doors of Blytheville's newest grocery store will be thrown open at 9 o'clock tomorrow morning when local housewives get their first peek inside the new Kroger store on North First Street. One of the most modern In the state, the new store features all new equipment designed to make shopping easier. Well-lighted produce display racks are refrigerated to assure frishnesj of fruit and vegetables made available by air freight and refrigerated truck service. Open refrigerated boxes containing pre-packaged smoked meals will facilitate self-service in that department. Frozen foods will be displayed similarly. W. B. McMuiltn will manage the enlarged meat department. Off-Street I'arkin s Provide* Four check-out stands have been designed to prevent long waiting lines and to keep traffic moving rapidly through tlie store. Hardy Aston, who will continue to manage the Kroger store here, explained thai the additional floor space and new equipment will offer a greater selection for customers. Off-street narkirc .in the fonr of a large •LG.'l.Tite area" ao'^aee: I to. the store, will be available for Kroger customers. Sale of Seals Yields $3,362 In Blytheville LC.W than half the letters for man sale of Christmas Seals, sponsored by the Mississippi;County Tuberculosis Association, have been returned, Mrs. P. D. Paster, city chairman, announced today. , Mrs. Foster explained that reminder cards were to be mailed out early the week in an effort to get the letters answered before Christmas. She said that funcis from the letters returned to the office to date totaled about $925. The Blytheville quota is $5.700 and collection Include J923.50 on mall sales, S400.S4 on bangle sales, and $2,038.75 from per.sonal solicitation. The county has a quota ol 515.000, and Chester Danehower of Osceola Ls chairman. Scout Troop Sponsored By B/ythevi//e Joycees Will Get Charter Tonight Boy Scout Troop No. 22 will receive its Charter tonight In ceremonies at the Junior chamber of Commerce meeting at 7:30. The troop Is to be sponsored by the Jaycees, and the charter will be presented by Worth D. Holder, commission for the North Mississippi County District of the Eastern Arkansas Area Council of the Boy Scnuts of America. Roland Bishop, president of the Junior Chamber Commerce, will receive the charter as head of the sponsoring (nstilution. Each of the adult leaders will be given commissions tonight, also. Lioj'd H. Wise will be recognized as institutional representative, and Owen Harris is to be scoutmaster for the new troop. Troop commlteemen to receive commissions will Include: James M. Gardner, William A. Carter, Charles R. Moore, Tom Taylor and Marshall DIackard. Reds Win by Landslide In Bulgarian 'Election' SOFIA, Bulgaria, Dec. 19. (API- Official election returns today showed that almost 99 per cent of the voters in Bulgaria's capita! here cost ballots yesterday for the parliament candidates on the only ticket offered them—that of the government's Communist-dominated fatherland front. Over the country, scatercd returns from yesterday's parliamentary flection Indicated a vote of 97 to !00 per cent for the Red-sponsored slate. Russia Reported To Be Increasing Strength of Navy Rocket-Firing Battle Wagons, Long-Range Submarines Are Goals fly Jrhn I 1 . Ktiilcrlrk LONDON, Dec. 19. i/p, _ While Britain and the United states arc scrapping or mothballing many of :hcir warships, Soviet Russia Ls reported to building up lier naval strength with rockct-fii-int; baltlc- WIK arid long-range submarines. Jane's fighting ships, the authoritative Naval publication, said Loclay the Russians are believed building three ultra-modern, 35,000- ton battleships, equipped with radio-controlled aerial torpedoes and rockets. Two others were said to be in the blueprint stage, and possibly in thn shipyard stocks. Russia already is known to possess two battleships. The Suviel Uniun also cnvis ages, as |iart of Us five-year naval building program, a fleet nf from 150 in 1.000 loiiB-ranKe submarines hy 1951, Jane's said. Shipyards tbruughcmt the U.S.S.R. and in the Soviet Zone of Germany were reported working day and night in three shifts turning out smaller war vessels such as motor HLYTHIJVJL1,E, ARKANSAS, MONDAY. DECEMBER 10, 19,13 Britain, U.S. and Canada Plan Standardization of Defenses LONDON. Dec. 19. (/Pj-Brllnln, the United States and Canada announced todny a plan for standardizing their arnis and military training "Three arrangements will insure* - SIXTEEN PAGES torpedo boats and n nine sweepers. Jane's, regarded us the last word on the world's navies, emphasized that Its information on Russia was presented "with all due reserve." Moscow does not publish details of its defense program. The new figures were included In Jane's 1949-50 cdltlos which appeared today. The publication is unofficial but authoritative. Jane's said II t |i[l nn ( belie,.,. Hie Reds Jmrl cither the shipyards nr llir Icclmioians to arliicve Ilinir *„,,] o f 1,000 salts by flic end of 1951. Submarine construction. 11 said, had been given special priority. A large number of new submarines ;l the German type—with high submerged speeds and long ranges — were scheduled for delivery durins 1948-49. Jane's estimated that Russia now hns some 360 submarines of various types, including former German ones. Under the completed program, 400 would be stationed in the far cast 300 in the Baltic and the rest hi the Black and the White Seas. The three new battleships were said to be the Sovletski Soyuz (for- mcrly f-'di ."v-i/s SINGLE COPIES FIVE CENTS mat in time of necessity there will be no material or technical obstacles to lull cooperation among tlie armed forces mid effort will be obtained," the Ministry of Defense said. It added that "no trcatj-, executive agreement of contractual obligation has been entered into by tlie participating nations." The three nations have been examining the standardization problem since 1947, Missions have now been exchanged between the three nations on a technical level. Hero the u. S. mission was generally called "nuts and bolts"— and apt title for its mission of studying standardization of minor but vlUtl parts in the Western powers defense machinery. The defense ministry said "our arrangements were decentralized (down) to the working level agencies of the untied forces of the three nations for study In various fields of military equipment and operational procedures. "Tho studies arc aimed at Die gradual development of common designs and standards In aims, equipment, and training methods. "Cooperative arrangements for this purjwse do not impair the control of any country concerned over any of the activities in its territory." Stores to Be Open Nights This Week 40 Merchants Agree To 9 p.m. Closing During Holiday Rush Although no official action was taken by the Merchants' Division of the'Chamber of Commerce most Blytheville stores will remain open at night the last four days of tliis week. Approximately 40 downtown merchants have agreed to stay open until 9 p. m. on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Chamber Manager Worth D. Hilder Ea id today that members of the Merchants' Division have agreed to observe Dec. 2(1 as a holi- ray and will not open their places of business on that day. Two-Day Holiday for Some County Judge Roland Green said today that tlie court house personnel would lie allowed a two-day Christmas holiday in addition to Christmas day. The court house will be closed on the day preceding and the day following Christmas, since Christmas falls on Sunday. At the City Hall only the police department will be open. A minimum staff will probably be on duty there. Postal services to be offered on Christmas will be limited, and Ross Stevens, postmaster, said that several deliveries would be made daily this week to allow as many of the postal employees Christmas day vacations as possible. ' Common School Funds Allocated Mississippi County Districts Receive $66,435 from State A total of $60,435.18 has been received for distribution to the 10 school districts In Mississippi County from the common school fund, Prank whitworth, county treasurer announced today. The funds, to be distributed on a basis of enumeration, will be used jointly for operation a n tl maintenance and for teacher salary. Tlie total enumeration for the 16 districts was 22,597. The largest single enumeration was in the Blytheville School District No. 5. The enumeration there was 4,323 and the district is scheduled to receive $12,709.62. Other allocations and enumerations include: District Enumeration Amount No. No. 9 Osceola Luxora Gosucll Armorel 2,390 $7,02G.GO No. 10 Sliawncc No. 15 Manila No. 23 Dell No. 25 Wilson No. 31 Keiscr No. 35 Burdette No. 36 ElmvaJl No. 40 Lcachvllle No. 52 Brinklcy No. 55 Missco No. 58 Dyess . . 2,210 681 965 1,379 4,05'1.2li 0,497.40 1,913.94 2.837.10 1,776 852 1.749 1.510 902 775 1.460 361 291 034 5,221.44 2,50-1.88 5.142.0G 4.615.80 2,651.H8 2,278.50 4,292.40 1,070.16 073.18 2,744.06 Straria Sovietin-. ihc The fourth, the Stallnskaya Kori- stilnteia of the same class, was reported laid down at Nikola lev. but Jane's said it was definitely destroyed on the stacks. First reports said that each of Workers Join Reporters In Strike against Little Rock Paper the three new battleships was I American Newspaper Guild (CIO) -_.., ... ..,_.. today joined the strike of more than 20 editorial department employes of the paper. The paper published Its usual Monday morning editions, but distribution in the greater Little Hock area was disrupted. Gazette editorial department workers walked out Saturday morning in a dispute over contract provisions. The guild executive committee ^LITTLE: ROCK. Ark.. Dee. 19. OT id in a statcm(ml Hlls mornlng that Circulation Department work- liP> — Arkansas Gazette circulation workers who are members of the equipped with nine 16-inch guns in three triple turrets, tv.'O forward nnd one aft. A Swedish rc|wrCs»!<7 tile new ships «ere cQiiippcil with two catapult towers for firing railio- controlled aerial torpcdors. A third report to Janc'-s said the Sovietski Soyuz is already in commission as flagship of the fleet commander-in-chief. and carries twelve 17.7-incli guns, with a secondary armament of eight 7 or «inch guns. Displacement was listed as 37.000 tons. Jane's observed that though the U.S. Navy has suffered further reductions, "it still is a colossal fleet of 2.600 warships." These included 15 battleships. 103 aircraft carriers and 109 submarines Only one battleship, the Missouri, is still In active commission. The publication said the U. S. Navy would maintain a -109-ship fleet in the Atlantic and 285 vessels In the Pacific in line with its postwar shift in strategy from Enst to West, It sniil Iliaf pending n.r 7 completion r>f ilrsi.5n5 for warships of Ihc future, basrcl on llir Irssmis of the last war, UIR world's srralrst navlrs wern rollovitii: a policy of "make -ilo-anrl-m mil." "Bui (here arc signs tint new flecls arc in the making." it added. "In the next few years, we arc HKcly lo see several categories of warships of revolutionary tvj» among them the atomic" bomber carrier, the guided missile control vessel, the task force command ship, the anti-submarine cruiser. Docket destroyers, fast low-lying frigates, and gas-turbine ships." The British Navy, it said, now has five battleships, compared with Us prewar 15 battleships and Intllc- cruisers. None of these is In active commission. Jane's also noted that Britain has discarded large numbers of crHirers fleet destroyers, .-iiirl submarines. Mexican Plans Missing Near Airliner Crash MEXICO CITY, Dec. 19. (API — A Pemex (Mexican Oil \fonopoly) plane with six or eight persons u»ard is reported niLvlng today. It last was heard from Saturday —orning. Pemcx said the plane was taking to Jalapa several relative.? of passengers among the 17 kilted Friday n a CMA (Compana Mcxicana dc Aviation) plane lhat crashed near Jalapa. Authorities fear the Pemcx plane lay have run into the fog and bad realncr that situ existed around Cerro Del Borrcgo, the mountain against which the CMA plane struck., tumbling 1,300 feet into a ravine; Masons Elect Officers for Three Groups Olficcrs of the Chickasnwbn Lodge , PrCD and Accepted Masons. will bn installed December r, and the jiislaljntfon w!31 complete the selection ot officers for the sev- crnl mn.vmic bodies In Blytheville. The Blytheville Chanter 117 of the (ioyal Arch Masons installed E<l B Cook us HiRli Prie.st of thai order on December 7; and on December 14, Victor Rtilwcll was named commander of the Olivet Commanrlry No. 20. Officers slated for Insinuation nf Lodpe I[i4 include Pnul T. King worthy master: W. C. Colcston. senior warden: Curtis Bennett, junior warden; Mnx Logan, treasurer; Robert K. Blaylock. secretary; E. M. Holt, senior deacon: ^fa^lrtce Sanders, junior deacon; and Haleigh Sylvester, trustee. Officers of the Royal Arch Marons are: Mr. Cook, high priest- George striven. kine:-W. L. Walker. scribe: Roland Green treasurer; Robert E. Blaylock. secretary; Clarence Dowdy, captain of the hosts; Lester Goodwin, principal sojourner: Alton Hardy, Hoyal Arch captain; AJvtn H.irrJy. third vnil; Maurice Sanders, second vail; Lloyd Kolwick. first vail, nnd Shields Edwards, sentinel. The eommandry officers Include Mr. Sdlwell. eminent commander; E. B. Cook, generalissimo; otho Stanflcld, captain of the guard; Ivy W. Crawford, prelate; Roland Green, treasurer; Robert E. Blaylock, rocordc: Dave Anrieson, senior warden: Clarence Dowdy, junior warden; Shields Edwards, standard bearer; Alton Hardy, sword bearer- and Alvln Hardy, sentinel. N, O. Cotton Open High Low 1:30 M " r 305)5 3CS8 3050 3052 Ma .v L 3035 3038 3030 3032 •"'')• »72 2975 2M5 2967 Oc ' 2827 2827 2818 2820 Dee 2815 2816 280« 2808 Bra who are guild members Joined the walkout nf newsmen and photographers after a strike vote. It reported that circulation em- ployes who carry the bulk quantities of papers to carriers did not appear to pick up papers for greater Little Rock this morning. "Apparently." is added, "most carriers respected picket lines and did not draw their papers nftcr they were delivered by executives and other non-guild workers to distribution points." The union statement said circulation workers voted to join the guild two weeks ago but lhat "management declined to recognize them (us members of the guild's barirainlnK unit." * Qazette Publisher Hugh Patterson said the possibility of a walkout of circulation workers had been an tlcipalcd. hut that greater Little Rock was affected. "Many of the Independent carriers did observe picket lines or failed to show up" he saitl, "but «- c arc taking steps to meet the situation. We have cov crcd a good part of the city and arc putting out papers at neighborhood stores and news stands for the convenience of subscribers. 1 A skeleton staff of supervisory employe*, editorial writers and three reporters arc getting out the paper. The Gazette employs 30 on its news and photographic staff. Plan lo Keep Publishing ii Pll . b '' 5ncr Ku Bh B. Patterson said the 131-year oW Gazette will continue its dally morning editions "as long as we arc physically able- we beheve that win be nulle n while." front of C0 " '' th<;lr Walk in The -•-•--• •• " ltllrl K todav. Strikers are members of the American Newspaper O ulld (CfOl Arkansas Labor Commissioner c K Call said he had attempted to' effect a reconciliation between the no"ro < gr i e'ss dUlCBll " db " thlldmadc Federal Conciliator Charles A Wheeler of Little Rock plans to resume meetings with both sides this week. He said the strike Is B knotty problem: neither side wants to make any concessions." Chief Issue Is the guild's demand tnat It have a voice In dismissal <-f employes. Management says should have the final say. Warn are not Involved. New York Cotton Open High Low 1:30 Mar 30CO 3«M 3053 3057 May 3043 3043 3032 3C35 July 2081 29SJ 2D73 2!K8 Oct 2f«i 2S36 2824 2828 Dec 2824 2824 2315 2816 Manila Resident Fatally Injured On Hunting Trip Companions Rush Victim to Hospital Following Accident MANILA. Ark., Dee. 10—Junior Hilton, 20, died al Ihc nation Clinic In Manila at. 1:30 a.m. today as a result or a gun-shot wound In his left shoulder received In a hunting accident last night. Hilton was brought here by Dave 1/ownmii and Doyd Adkln.t, who reported the three men were In a motorboal on Big Luke early last night. Illllon was said to have been standing In the front of the boat when the shot gun, which had been placed In the boat was discharged accidentally. Hilton and his companions all were employed on the Sam C. Finch cr farm near Manila. Ix>wman was operating Uie lioat. and Adkins was seated In the middle when the weapon was discharged, they said. Doctor Ik-srrllkt-s Wound Dr. n. iv. nation, operator of l!i clinic, said that (he charge from a shotgun (ore into Hilton's right shoulder an<| pierced both his lungs and his heart. He took several stitches in the man's heart in nn effort to close tin- wound. Officers in Mnni'a were notified of the accident, Dr. nation said. Lawman nml Adklns were able to get the accident victim to the clinic In less than all hour after Hilton was wounded, the doctor said this morning, and In their haste the boat took a nosedive as they approached a landing. Hilton and Arlktiu were thrown into water about five feet deep. It was necessary to go about half- mile by boat to reach a landing and a car in which to lake the wounded man to the clinic. Hilton reached the clinic aboul 10:30 p.m. nml died about three hours later, lie was the son of UTr. and Mrs. Mart Hilton, who moved to Manila several year* ago from Horncrsvllle, Mo. His wife, Mrs. Hazel Hilton; a son, Marvin; and two daughter, Geraldlne and Phyllis also survive, along with a sister, Mrs. Joe Faster of Manila. Funeral arrangements were incomplete at noon today, but are to be under the direction, of Ihe Howard Funeral Home of Manila Union Heads Fail to Appear At CIO Hearing WASHING'TON. Dec. 10. (AP)"— Officer.? of Hie California state CIO Council and the United Office mill I'rolej.sional Workers, accused of adhering to Communist program* rather than CIO policy, failed to appear today for hearings, on then ouster from the union. Two special committees met anyway to take the charges and consider the recommendations they.would make. The office workers union headed by James Durkin of New York City, faces expulsion if the charges are upheld. The California State Industrial Union Council leadership is under fire of locals seeking reorganization and a new charter. Today's hearing behind closed doors at CIO headquarters was called before Presidents. Rail Ricvc of the CTO Textile Workers, Martin Wagner of the CIO Chemical Workers, and Harry Sayro of the Paper Workers. The office workers applied in federal court in Philadelphia last week for an Injunction to block today's hearing. CIO officials said they had no word of any ruling of the court so were going ahead. After tile office workers, Communist-line charges against the CIO Mine, Mill and Srnellcr Workers and oji Jan. 0 on charges against the CIO Pood, Tobacco and Agricultural workers. Two St. Louis Youths Captured after Escape LITTLE HOCK. Dec. 19 (At') Two St. Louts youths .who escaped from the Pulasicf County detention home last week, have been captured. Little Hock pur Asnnt Edwin J. Foltz said Joseph Franklin Utley. 15. and Marshall Groves, 1G, were arrested by Arkansas State Patrolman Harold Hell in I/Jcksburg. They are to be returned here from Tcx- arknna today. The two arc charged with stealing a truck In St. I/mis and driving it to E'ocahonta.;, Ark. New York Stocks 1:30 p.m. Quotations: AT&T.. 116 5-8 Amer Tobacco 74 3-8 Anaconda Copper 283-4 Reth steel 31 7-B Chrysler r,5 Coca Cola ]B8 Gen Electric 41 1-2 Gen Motors 6D 3-8 Montgomery Ward 54 1-2 N Y Central 105-8 rnt Harvester 28 7-8 National Distillers 223-8 Republic Steel 23 3-fl Radio 12 5-8 fiocony Vacuum 17 1-8 Sturtcbakcr 24 5-8 Standard of N J 61) 1-4 Texas Corp 61 7-8 J C Penney 553-4 Kunming Retaken By Nationalist's; Communists Flee TAIPEII, Formosa, Dec. 10 (/P) Kunming, important World War II U. S. base, was recaptured today by Chinese Nationalists, tlie fugitive Nationalist government announced here. The government said Its 2<3tli Army seized the large South China city from defending Provincial troops who took It over at Ihe Nationalist government lied here from Chengtu. LI Mi, Nationalist commander nt Kunming, was released at the nirport. He had been held there by soldiers of turncoat Qen. Lu linn, governor o[ Yuiimmn Province. Lu and his troops hurriedly fled westward along the Burma Road Nationalist planes strafed them Inflicting heavy casualties, the government said. Night Club Burns West of Luxora Truck Driver Finds Structure on Fire, And Notifies Officers Fire of an undetermined origin, destroyed the Spot, a. night club tocated a mile southwest of Luxora on Highway 01 at 2:30 this morning, according to Deputy Sheriff Cliff Cannon of Osceola. Deputy Cannon staled that til lire apparently broke out in the living Quarters in the rear of Ihe one-story building. No one was In the building at the time, lie said. Deputy Cannon stated that ho was cruising nearby when a truck driver stopped him rvnd notified him of the fire. He said that he went to the scene .but found no one around and then went to Osceola to notify Hilly Ilowon, operator of the club and to summon tlie Osceola Firo Department. However, on arriving at O.sceola, Deputy Cannon said that he was informed that Mr. liowcn was In St Louis attending the re-burial services of his brother, TjSgt Carles C. Bmven, and he was unable to locate w. VV. Presvltt, chief of Osceola's volunteer lire departiuenl so returned to Ihc scene of the fire "By the time I got back the building was too far gone, he sidd Deputy Cannon sUted that he stayed on the scene'until 3:30 at hy that time . the building had bec;i practically leveled. ' Chicks' Fullback Gets Mention on All-South Squad UolMrt Reid. Blylheville High School's hard-driving, 100-pound fullback, received additional gridiron honors last week-end when tie received honorable mention on the All-Southern high school foothai: team. Reid, a Junior at fJtylheville 111^1 School, received a |»sitlrjn on the official Double A All-Slato learn earlier this month. He was the onl, Dlytheviile player to receive mention on either the all-state or all southern (cam. The All-Southern team Is com posed of CO high school player, from a 12-state area picked by a panel of 132 coaciics and sports writers. Five from Arkansas were picket for the first team All-Southern with six receiving honorable men tion. Picked on the lenm were K>r Carter of Little nock. Floyd Sapcly of Van IJurcn. Billy I'lckens of Dc- Qucen and Lamar McHan of I.aki Village, backs: and Tom Gar]lnp. Ion, tackle, of El Dnratlo South's Protests Widen Split Over Acreage Quotas Brannan-Anderson Row May Intensify Duo to Complaints Ily Edwin n. Haaklnsnn WASHINGTON, Dec. 19—(,V5_ Protests from the cotton belt hreatencd today to intensify public llsngrecmcnt between Secretary of Agriculture Brannan and Senator Anderson (D-NM), Sharp differences between these key Democratic spokesmen on farm programs and policies may corn- >11cate next year's political cam- lalgn. The current flare-up results from :lrastlc reductions in plantings and incomes faced by cotton farmer.,, wlnclpally those In the older cotton belt. Anderson, who preceded Bran- lan as President Truman's secrct- iry of agriculture, sponsored a new co ton acreage reduction law earlier this year. Last Friday. Brannan s,,| ( | the blame for the present situation rested on "mistakes" In the law, which lie s! ,ld his department resisted unsuccessfully at the time. One of the few cotton belt Congressmen now In wnsliliiKton Senator Sparkman (D-Ala), told a reporter that the next session of Congress will be forced "t o take immediate action on this." Wants Flexibility Carefully sido-stepping the An,°« 1 ~ Bra ! > , n "" row ' s P"rkman id the cotton control law must be iuiBcd "to give morn flexibility to the secretory, the state farmer comm tecs and the local county committees In making allomens " In general the colton control law "is at culling back cotton production to avoid piling U p p ; icc . depressing surpluses. Next year tho acreage is to be about 21,000000 instead of about 27,000,000 last year. Sparkman explained an "extreme example" of complaints this way- Alabama cotton growers K el on allotment of about 32 per cent of previous crop lands. A man with 1,000 acres of farm who. formerly planted Boo acres to cotton, now gels an allotment of 310 acres His neighbor with 1,000 acres who planted little or no colton gets the same allotment. •Desfttc the ..storm of complains about acreage reductions, cotton growers voted overwhelmingly for rigid planting and marketing controls for next year. The majority was 80 per cent with only two thirds required. "Lots of people who squeaked about allotments voted for controls," Sprirkrnnn said. "They believe the complaints will be worked out and my gues-s is they aro right." Plans to Alleviate New York Water Crisis Discussed ALBANY. N. y., Dec. 19-^'j aov. Thomas E. Dewey summone the state's top water supply officials and their engineering aides New to a conference today York city's water crisis. There wa.s no announcement in advance of the late afternoon meeting what steps. If any, the state would take. However, Dewey's sudden call indicated that some plan of aid for the city's 800000 residents might be forthcoming. New York city officials said the municipal reservoirs upstate were at 148 per cent of capacity as of yesterday. They reported the siip- Pl.v 111 the Croton and Catekill dents might forthcoming. storage systems at 88 billion gallons. The Weather Bureau predicted only occasional, light rains during the day for the 1,000-squarc mill watershed. A month's rain Is needed to bring the aatcr supply back to normal in the city's two reservoir systems. Stephen J. Carney, city commissioner of water supply, gas and electricity, raised the possibility of water rationing, ff rains don't come, he said, "drastic action- might be necessary. Soybeans Open High Low clo.\e Dec 2.12 !J 232'i 220i; 230", Mar 233 »& 234 Ml'l 2M M! >V 231U 232'J 230 230 July 228 228?1 227 227 Revenue Office Begins Issuing '50 Auto Tags Issuance of automobile title certificates ami 1050 state licenses was started this wording in the office of Oscar Alexander, .state revenue officer for Nortn Mississippi county. This Is the first year that Arkansas has rcmiircd automobile ownon: to obtain certificates of title for their cars. More than 25 certificates were Issued (his morning and by noon a line had been formed by car owners turning out the first (lay to meet the requirements of an act of the 10-19 legislature. Mr. Alexander said that In nearly every Instance Ihe auto owners brought with them the information required by the revenue office before the certificates of title can be Issued. This Information includes serial numbers on the mc- tor.i. and data concerning the a- moiint unpaid where cars have been purchased on the installment payment plan, lie said. German War Criminals To Be Freed on Parole FRANKFURT. Germany, Dec. 19. fAP)—Thi.' U.S. Army announced today that 60 convicted German v;ar criminals will be released on parole this week. Twenty-seven will go free tomorrow, 33 the- next day. A LandsbiTB Prison official said the sentence.-; of the men to ue paroled normally would have expired bciwcc-n now and next June 30. Weather Arkansas forccasl: Partly cloudy nnd mild tonight ami Tue'sriay. Missouri furi-nist: Portly clou.iy tonight, Incrcasine clnurlinc'ss Tuesday. Warmer northwest and north central tonight. Warmer Tuesday. high Low tonk-lit. 45-50 south; Tuesday, t',7-70 sotlth. Minimum this mornim; 43. Maximum yoMerd;iy--57. J Minimum Sun. morning 10. Maximum Saturday—SO. Sunset today—4:52. Sunrise tomorrow—7:02. Precipitation 48 hours to 7 a.m. today—84- Tom) since Jan. !—53.87. Mean temperature (midway between high and low—50. Normal mean for December--II 9 This Date L.1S1 Vp.ir Minimum this morning—48. Maximum yesterday—fis" Precipitation Jon. i to this dale -50.14.
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