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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS VOL. XLV—NO. 233 BlythevUIe Dally t BlythevUle Courier THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OF NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI Mississippi Valley Leader BIATI1EV1LLE, AKKANSAS, THURSDAY, DEC15MBEK 22, 19.19 SIXTEEN PAGES $300,OOORefund Will Be Made by Power Company Ark-Mo to Divide 1949 Profits With j^ Users of Electricity Payment of a ?300,000 refund to customers of the Arkansas-Missouri Power Company was authorized today by the Arkansas Public Service Commission in l.iltle Rock, it was disclosed by James Hill, Jr., company president. The refund will be the first to be made by the company since a rate reduction was made in April of 1946 which saved customers about 4175,000 annually. The company at that time had 23,265 customers and the. number has increased to around 35.000 who will share In the refund. The refund will be based on electricity used during 1949 and tiie refunds, according to company officials, will range from a few cents lo customers with minimum bills to a figure in some instances which will amount to about one month's normal usage of electricity. About G.OOO customers in Blylhe- ville will share in the distribution of funds, and the refunds will be made on bills which will be payable in February of next year, it was stated. Plan Set Up In 194C Chairman c. c. wine of the PSC in Little Eiock today stated thai the refund is to be made in accordance with the rebate program set up following a rate investigation ^.by the state agency about three •Jfyears ago under which the company shares'with Its customers Its earnings above a fixed reasonable rate of return on the company's investment. Mr. Wine said that It was found that the company has accumulated approximately $415.000 in the -"rebate" fund and tluil the refund of *:«W,000 was authorized to be distributed as early as possible. The company's earnings in excess of siXjper cent on its fixed investment,'as determined by the state commission, go Into this fund. The refunds are based on the total usage by each customer of electricity for the current year, but that where the bills run around the minimum the refund will be proportionately smaller than for customers with larger bills. The earnings fn -.e per cent are divided , lwr«n Ihr. ,»c,f I'an 1 5- fomers up to (he first so-caller! excess profits, 'arid after Ihc 575,000 figure is reached the customers receive 75 per cent of the revenue, anil the company's share is reduced lo 25 per cent. At the company headquarters here was stated that all customers receiving service when the electric flieters were read in November, with a few exceptions ordered by the commissiori, will participate in the refund. * The Arkansas PSC order did not draw a .distinction between the company's customers in Arkansas and Missouri and Ark-Mo officials here today disclosed that a similar application had been filed with the Missouri public Service Commission and approved. According to the company officials, increased earnings during the past three years resulted from "a steady increase In the number of customers, wider use of electricity by all classes of customers, the skill and experience of the employees of the company and the efficient business management under which the company h'as operated." President Places New Emphasis on Defense Planning WASHINGTON, Dec. 22. f/P) — President Truman says this eoun- ^ry must stand ready in self-defense 1 so long as some in the world respond to our hand of friendship with a mailed fist. Speaking at an Arlington Ceme- iery ceremony yesterday afternoon. Mr. Trntnan pictured the world as deeply divided between free and captive peoples. "Tl-cre is no appeal to the brotherhood of men who live in daily fear ot the concentration camp. Until the captive people of the world emerge from darkness, they cannot see the hand we hold out in friendship. "While they arc made to respond to our handclasp with a mailed fist, we have no choirc but to stand ready in self-defense." Mr Truman accepted for tile government an electric carillon given by the American veterans of World war ii as a memorial to the dead of that conflict. Many foreign diplomats, members •if '.he cabinet, the Supreme Court fcatirt high Army. Navy and Air Force 'officials attended the solemn ccre- tn^ny. But the ambassadors of Russia and Poland failed to show up. Child Gives Santa And Harried Shopper Cause /or Cheer Santa caller! on a Blyiheville shopper Tuesday, in the 'form of an honest child. Twelve-year old Julia McCall. daughter of Mr. and Mrs. K. M. McCall, found a real Christmas gift on the counter of Kress' five and ten. In an envelope on the counter was ?75 in currency and bills, left, doubtlessly, by a liar- I'icd Christinas shopper. After a hurried glance at the contents, the child forgot the Christmas that money could buy, and found the Christmas of pence of mind, She summoned a clerk and turned her flud over to the store manager. A few minutes later the owner of the money returned, near despair, not even hoping that she could continue her Christmas shopping. Her money was returned. Thanks to an honest child, there will be Christmas in the shopper's home, and thanks to her own childlike honesty, there will be Christmas in Julia's heart, where Peace on Earth, Good Will to Man finds meaning. Julia is the sister of "Miss Arkansas of 1346," Becky McCall who now is Mrs. Alien' Stacy of Crenshaw, Miss. #* Tit School Building Plans Discussed Blytheville Project Presented to State Department Officials The outline of basic principles governing the plans for a propose! new high school building for Blytheville, was approved yesterda* by representatives of the State Department of Education, in conference in Little Rock with W. B Nicholson, superintendent <_• Blytheville Schools and U. S. Branson, architect. Mr. Nicholson pointed out todaj that although no plan for the new building has been adopted by the Blytheville Board of Education, i Bet ol principles to govern the plan ning had been set up. Mr. Nicholson and Mr.' iiransoi met first with J. L. Taylor, super visor of the Division of School Ad ministration, and his ' associate John Hill, architect for the Depart ment .of Education, in charge - Dr ,-ifkttfKir ol the Division Of MstfrtcHoTirattci'A' B Bond, itnte commissioner of education Hi-lateral Ligrhfinfr Favored The department heads made vari ous suggestions for the proposei building Including the provision o adequate storage spaces for sclenc and laboratory equipment. They ap proved the contiguous study hal and library plans, and the bi-'latera fixtures to be Installed in clas. rooms when possible. The conference also resulted In obtaining the approval of the fig ures on estimated sizes and stii dent capacity as planned by loca authorities. Mr. Nicholson said today that th state department officials exprcsse appreciation at being consulted in the planning, and pointed out tha never before had any local schoo officials sought constructive advls before drawing up final plans fo building programs. All school buildings must he ap proved by the department befor construction begins, however. According to Mr. Nicholson, mas of the suggestions made ycstcrdn dealt with increasing the functions efficiency of new school building. Trainmen Injured In Memphis Accident MEMPHIS. Term.. Dec 22, lift—.. M'oiovr Pacific switch train banged ••Ho a string of ooxcurs here today r-nri two trainmen were seriously The Injured were Irlenlificd as J W. Haggard. 59, of Wynne. Ark.. eiiBMlcer. and ,1. F. Glover, 56, 11 North Little Rock. Ark., fireman. Their steam locomotive derailed Two boxcars overturned. SINGLE COPIES FIVE CENTS U.S. Highway 61 Bridge Repairs Near Completion W. M. O'Guinn. district mechanic of the Arkansas Highway Depart- ncnt district office in Parngould. said this morning that work on replacement of the washed-out, bridge on Highway 61 nine miles south of Blytlicvllle was expected to be completed late today. It will be opened to traffic tomorrow "for sure." he said, and it was believed that it could be op- •ncd late today. The bridge, which spans a drainage ditch, caved in Dec. 11 following heavy rains. Highway Department crews began replacement work immediately following the cave-in. To put the bridge back in place, it was jacked up and new pilings were installed under it. Mr. O'Guinn said. He said figures on the cosl of the repiir had not been compiled but that it "cost Quite a bit." New York Cotton : arm Problems Minimized (or feco Tenants Few Displacements Will Result- from 1950 Acreage Controls FOR THE UN'Dl-KI'lUVll.KGi:!)— Braij —Courier N'cws Pholo G out tlic "Give a Gift, for the Undcrpi-lvilcecd" tiieine, Troj Lynn Hodge, dnughter cf Mr. and Mrs. Troy HoU B e. 2200 Chickasawba, i.s shown handing her gill of frill to Charles Moore, of the Jaycccs, which pain her admission to the benefit theatre party at the Mo« rhenh-e this morning. Troy Lynn was one ol the hundreds of youngsters who brought gills ot trim caml' and toys for use as gift s . n t the undcrprlvlleseH children's Christmas party to be held at the Jayc-ees' club' room on North Second Street Saturday morning. Looking on are Roland Bishop <lett), president of th, Jaycces, and George Clark of the Kiwanis Cluli. The party is the Jayeees. A similar party will be held tomorrow co-sponsored annually by the Kiwanis and morning at 0:30 at the Bite Theatre. Safely Coynei Issues Warnirra *j Holiday Death Toll On Streets, Highways May Go Above 400 CHICAGO. Dec: 22. lil'i— The na- I'on's death toll in traffic accidents over r.hc ihrec-day Christmas holiday may reach 435. the National Safety Council rays. The pre-holiday estimate is the lai-gcst ever made for any holiday by the council. It said the" estimate covers only immediate traffic deaths ..... persons killed between 6 p.m. Friday and midnight Monday. Ned H. Dearborn, council president. said: "We are forced to 'irrtke this estimate by mathematics. It certainly is a terrible thought lor the Christmas season. But our hearts tell us the toll will be lo.ver — thai, the American people will not permit such a tragedy. I hope our Pace Outlook for 1950 Better for Consumers some signs today ol money more plcntilii the easiest Inslnllmen mathematics Is wrong, hearts lire right." WASHINGTON. Dec. 22. M',—There were happy New Year ahead for consumers—with a drop expected in pork and egg prices, and terms since the war. Tho goal news for those who'like ham and eggs came ye.stcrda from the Department of Agriculture. It rc|iorted prospects of a record breaking peacetime pork supply in 1950. aim,,; with a possible eight ten-cent-a-dOKcn drop in the cost of eggs. The Federal Reserve Hoard fol--i lowed that up today with a report t that: i will mean a drop of eight to ten | 1. "The tendency seems to be Cl '" ts n *''«•" in the average cost toward progressively easier terms for I tn colls umer.s. all borrowers" who are buying goods I '" " lc slCL '' picture, the S4-pcr- on the installment plan. j ton toost recently announced by 2. » rapccts an expanding mon-'^.Jj.. 51 .^',^ 1 / 1 '': V if s ff" 1 "!! ey supply next year. This includes T , r i * l ''™ g , , > "'"«»"•* bank deposits (both checking and • S expected to pass It on to savings) and currency in circulation. It will Ire swelled by large public outlays by federal, state and of collon ls probably won't mean lisplaconuml of large nitni- JCTS of tenants on Mississippi 'ounly farms. That's the opinion of farmers and comity agents. Yesterday nproxlmntcly 200 fnr- iirr.s met In Siko.sLon, Mo., to pro- c.st iirriratit! iiltotmcnts. Ono bxsl.s 'I l)u?lr argument \vn,s that, controls .s sot. up \vtnild menu tho cot urn -f (UspliKied tctuinls who JlMi>d h!j«h- vny.s iti southeast Missouri in the nto IMOVi. Keith J. Itilbrey, county n^onl for Vorlh Mississippi County, llsloci eveiiil factors which Indk'iilc ilint ho acreage cut won't 1110:111 tlis- riacomcnl of large numbers of tenants who depend on cotton fnnnlng ' a living. The net reduction," he explained. 'that this county will liuve in it.s nttnn acreage really amounts to i found 19 per cenl. "In oilier wurils ;m rslimaictl Cfi per cent of our cultivated land was in en It mi lust year. In 1050, •17 per cent stilt will l>c In tnUnn. 'I'lits reduction is nut so revert; LIS la cause concern in regard to Hie lenanl situation. "Certainly sonic tenants In the county will have to move because ol .ho reduced acreage. However, generally speaking, many fcirrn.s have not had sufficient labor .since lit fore the- war. So some of Lluv& families will ]jc absorbed immediately. "Farmers I have talked with do- ii'l think a county- wide problem will be created by displaced tenants. Of course?, this doesn't ea.se the pain of those few families who will have to relocate," lie stated. William Watson, assistant comity agent (or South Mississippi County, held similar views on the situation. "I don't think there Is n possibility that the number of displaced tenants will be so large n.s to cause major concern in the county," bn commented, Difference between the situation Ui thlr, county and those ^of southeast Missouri, which comprise the northernmost frhige of the Mississippi valley eolUm area seems to lie hi differences in allotments, It was pointed out at the Sikes- lon meeting yesterday tnat cuts in cotton acreage in .some instances have ranged so high as 00 per cent in Scott, Mississippi, Sloddard and Butler counties In Missouri. Allotments were based on plant- IiiR in lEHG-47-'iH. Other southeast, Missouri cotton Browing counties, notably Pemlscot and Dunklln, received about the .same allotment as did Mississippi County In Arkansas. Phone Strike Seems Near In Southwest CIO Communications Workers In Six States Ready to Go Out ST. T.OUIS, Dec. 22. (AP) — A leader of tlio CIO communication!* workers .says a strike against the Southwestern Bell Telephone Company may bcjjin nt any time. "We're ready, but we're not Koititf to reveal the time," said Frank P. l.ondcrj;an, vice president of Southwestern -+Division 20 of tliu union. ^ rtl There w a R one IncHc-ation Governor Okays Rent Decontrols and o.irllocnl governments—made with tbe .steel users and thence to tin | stmier. Steel men said one reason for the was the strike-ending pcn- boosl Mar. . May . July . Oct. . Dec. . Open High trtw 1:30 3058 3059 3053 3058 3037 3037 3032 3035 2973 2Q73 2S67 2871 2830 2830 2825 2KS 2819 2610 2815 2819 Chief Issues \Varninjr Chief of Police John Foster today appealed to Hlythcville motorists to "lake it easy" while driving 'n the shopping districts during the filial shopping days of the Christmas season. "During the pnst week, down town rHytheville has been flooded with late shoppers nnri there have been several near accidents at street crossings." Chief Foster said. "Motorists must realise, thru pedestrians have rights the same as they." he said, "and should keep a shnrp lookout at. all street intersections. At street crossings pedestrians have the right of way provided they arc crossing the street with the traffic light." Traffic cnlerins an inter^x'ion on the proper signal must- wait on pedestrian traffic, he said. use of hank loans since tax income . ?-!° -""" '' lsur "" cc '"'"' "WUatcd Soybeans Mar May Open High Low Close 223-"; 230 :1 L 2iT,i 230'i 225 Ti '223 225 '.i 228 222'.i 22-I-71 222 22-n New York Stocks N. 0. Cotton Open High Low 1:30 Mar 3052 3053 3048 3053 May 3029 3031 M26 3031 July 2<)S3 2BS3 2959 2962 Oct 2SI9 2823 2817 2820 Dec. : 2806 MIO K06 28',0 1:30 p.m Quotations: AT&T Amer Tobacco Anaconda Copper Beth Steel ' [ Gen Electric ".. I Gen Motors ' Montgomery Ward N Y Central Int Harvester National Distillers Republic Steel Hadlo , .'.'...'.".'. Socony Vacuum '. Sturteb.iktr Standard of N j .'.'.'.'.'.". J C Penney U S Steel .. ] Sears ]\ Southern Pacific ".'.'.'.'.'.'. 144 1-2 74 1-2 27 7-8 31 1-4 41 !-2 70 5! 10 J-8 27 3-4 22 1-4 22 3-1 12 5-8 16 7-8 27 CB 3-8 54 1-2 26 « 3-8 49 3-8 doesn't cover Ihc cost. It is probable (hat consumers will continue lo pay the same rale of income taxes ami also Ihc cost nf slcrl products am] coal is expected to rise. Hmvevcr, Ihcsc increases may lie offset in part Ijy Ihc mnunltnic rfinjjrc.s- SMinaf ilrlve for a ctil 5n the (axes levied nn so-rallril "luxury Hems." That would brinf: somewhat lower telephone- bills, cheaper transportation, and a savim: on such other things as electric liijIH bulbs, cosmetics, leather i!'>ods and Jewelry. The licseivc! Hoard said in iLs monthly bullflin that Installment terms already have ea.setl considerably since government, credit con- tinl.s ended last June 30 must notably in the cases or new automobiles and refrigerators. The one tliint; which would keep the supply of money from expanding, the hoard study commented, would be a "marked decline in over- nil credit demands of businesses, farmers, real estate owners and consumers." The money Mipply. it noted, fell off in 1949 for the third year in a row "The total amount of currency outride banks at the end of November. 1 ' the board .said, "was S800,- 000,000 less than a year earlier and SI,500.000.030 below November, 1910." l.'kc money, pigs were, expected lo be pTcntiTuI in I950. The Agriculture Department saM llic fall crop this yrar is Icn per cent higher than lasl year's, while ne.xt spring's crop is due to be six per cenl hicRcr (ban in Ihc of 1915. by Philip Murray's CIO steclworkers. | Labor also was involved in the | possibility of a boost in coal prices. j Mine owners have said that any worker benefits which raise the cost , of ilisKlng coal will mean a rise in the retail price. Cleveland Traffic as Transit Workers Walkout CLEVELAND. Dec. 22. (/!',—An unexpected transit strike caught the city flatfouted today, -stranding thousands of persons and causing major traffic snarls. The walkout was approved shortly before midnight by a -IDC to 287 vote by members of Die Cleveland Transit Syslem. The system has some 4.000 workers hi the striking AKL Transit Union, but only a small percentaRe attended the mcelinj;. In making their decision, the unionist-'i ignored: 1 A plea by their local president, Thomas p. Meaney. to hold tip the walkout until .Ian. IK and, 2. The Ferguson act. a state law which prohibits striken by public employes. The transit workers arc .seeking continuance of the company's policy of 96 hours pay for two-week vacations. Under a new formula, proposed, they claim, this would be in Osceola Moves to reduced. Arsenal Fire Fumes Sicken Fifty Firemen PHILADELPHIA. Ore. 22. (il r } Fifty firemen v.-c*ro sickened today as they sh I'jiRlcd through smoke and acrid fumes to extinguish n fire in a cowpnrtmcntod experimental building at (lip Frankford nrscnn].! A clonk of secrecy was tbrown ' o round tho windowings, throe-story .stTLicLurn by arscnn! guards nnd Federal Bur can of Investigation agents. City fireman wore snmmrmcd shortly before mldnlirht to nit) the ennTs n\vn fircfiwhters. Four hours later.' authorities snid thn hla/.c w.ns cxllnijiiishw] nnd the lklftiK rli-art-d of funu-s. ') details ol thfr tan.sc or damage wen: tflvcn, however. Firemen were 1 hampered in tlieir efforts by the fact thru the building inlnrior consists nf a number of vault-like compartments. nl least -some or which art; lined with heavy armor plating. Workers using air hammers (irill- ccl several holes in tin: concrete roof of tbe building to release smoke and fumes. The (hitmen, despite [ho me o. r Rfif> mafiks. v;rrn nhle to rnuiiln in the fltructurc for only ;i mnttor of inlnulo.s at- a time. Many hec.iine til m t)]py emerged lor air. All tbe victims v.ein treated nl the .scene or at the arsenal Inlirm- Blythcvillc Council's Action is Ratified By Arkansas Official Gov. Sid McMath approved . Monday the Blytlicville City Cmui- cll's ucMon In lifting rent controls nnd (teconlrol became effective of that date, according lc a letter from the governor received yesterday by city officials. The ono-paniRraph k-tler, dated Momlny and signed by Governor MeMath, said lie had received the decontrol resoulllon adopted Dec. 13 by the City Council nnd had approved it. Governor MeMath also said It his letter that lie was forwarding the approved resolution to the Office of the Housing Expediter i Washington. Subml.s.'iEon of the resolution t< Housing Expediter 'Ughc Woods I merely a formality, it was explained, nnd decontrol became effective with the governor's approval, The governor's approval was ex peeled because of his known .stanc on leaving rent control Issues uj lo tofnl governments. The lllytlicvLIlR I>efrn.ift Area Kt-nliil lUi.ird office Is srhcilulcd in remit In open until a closing order I.s recclvc[I frnni the Off left of tin: Housing Kxiinlltcr. Formal approval by the govcrno wiped oat rent controls in North ca.sb Arkansas, for Blytheville. wru the last city in the nrca to be decontrolled. ' The City Council adopted the dc control resolution by a 4 to vote at. Its Dec. 12 meeting am with this move ended an issu that had been pending for months. Decontrol Is now final and Irre vocable in niylhcville, and can not be rclmposed regardless of It effects. Only when controls ar lifted by the housing expediter ca they he reimposcd. The petition for decontrol wa filed In June by the Blythcvlll Heal Estate Hoard which was re |x>rtcd by Prank C- Douglas. Bly thcvilte attorney. It brought a for m»l protest from Dud Gason 24 of the American f.egIon. Th pros and cons of decontrol In Bly thcvilte were debated fit three pub lie hearings. In formed of the governor's ac tlon yesterday, Mr. Donglas relter :Ued his opinion that rents In Bly theville would not Increase exces: vely. Tin said he did not expcc increase to exceed 15 per cent. there was .•Uorcd in the ary. Ar.scnal offirlnls some ammunition building, but declinrd to stntc the amount or type. Nor wonlri any *T>okc:sman say wli^t r.nrt of experiments arc carried out there. State Revenue Office -spring Those two crops will make up the bulk of the 1950 pork supply, and the Increase probably will be re- Itcctcd in lower prices paid by the consumer. In a .second announcement the department said it will support egg prices at a level Intended to assure farmers across the nation of an average income of 37 cents a dozen—compared with 45 cents this year. That, policy, officials predicted., F4U Fighter Plane, Army Transport Collide KOENTON, N. C., Dec. 22—W— A Navy F4U [hjhter plane and an Army c-17 transport colltdcd in flight today five miles north of here. The lighter crashed. The damaged transport landed al the Marine Air Base here. It had a damaged tall. The fate of the lighter pilot was not Immediately known. First reports said the transport crew members were not, Injured. Former Bonk Building Tin? Ohccola oilier of the: Arkansas Revenue Department hns moved from l\\c Court House to tlii- huilci- ing formerly occupied bv thf? old Brink of O.sceola in the 300 block on East Hale Avrmue, It was announced tod»y by Billy A. Ste^d of Lcach- villc, district .supcrvi.sor. Tito ofTice v/ns moved ynslcrday from (Us former location on the third floor of the Court Hnu?e. Arkansas license plnfrs for 1930 are now being sold at the revenue department office. Office hours arc from 8:30 a.m. until noon and from L p.m. until 4:30. Bank Clearings In United States Hit 20-Year High NEW YORK. Dec, 22—M 1 ) —Ban clenrings in 25 tending citk-.s the week ended yesterday ctunbc to a 20-year hfffh. Dun fe Hmc street rejxnLed today. Clearings In the 25 cities tolnle $17,253,000,000, holiest since $20 725,000,000 was clcnretl In the per tod ended Oct 31, 1029, week the stork market collapse. The 1 figure tvns for 22 cities. Financial circle* aUribii'hrl l\ hri.sk rlso in clearings lo a hlj»hc level of stock market activity 1 the latest week and to the fa> that federal corporation and It come tax checks were hc-ln? cleared in grent volume (hiring that period. Christmas buying and an unusually heavy flow of dividend checks also contributed to the rl.se. Bank clearings represent the homing procr.ss of checks from recipient banks through central clearing houses to the banks on winch they were diawn. iilkoul will be called before lu- orrow. The union has requested conference with Gov Forrest :nith in Jefferson City ut !0 a.m.' irnoirow. The Si. Louis rifet-Dtapalch said it tt'uriicd the, strike probably will be called tomorrow nl«hl >r early Saturday unless CJuv. The governor xnM he does not now \vhnt tho union wants to dis- uss. He nddcd he hnd no plans step in ns a mediator at thi.s nlnt ntid saw no reason t-o call conference of the governors from he company's six-state area. South western Hell officials havo ecelved no invitation to nllcnd tho ueeUnK but arc planning to go to leffcr.son City on the assumption hfiy will be askert, a .spokesman Loncrgan said the 50,000 Southwestern Bell employes who aro of his union have author- zed a strike by u margin of nbotit our to one. No final tabulation if the voting was available, hut iiost of the ballots have been counted, he .said. "All |i ropa ra I i i) n s Tor a walk- nut have lien completed and we cnn act within a few minutes," f.nncrgan .siiid. The union official asserted tho communications workers were 'having trouble" keeping members in their jobs In certain Missouri uul Texas cities. He would not mine the cities. The company also operates In Arknn.su. 1 >, Kansas, Oklahoma and smuU nrca of Illinois near St. Negotiations on a new contract were broken off Monday, The U. S. Mediation nnd Conciliation"" Service stepped in in nn effort to avert a strike, but "rfos rcpoHod. that neither side will taictac. The union wants a wage fncrea.so of 35 ccnLs an hour and an up- wiini revision of Job classifications in certain cities. The company contends the union has shown no Jmt I fieri lion for a chnnge in the contract. Gangsters' Pal Is Questioned In Joneshoro JONKSBORO, Ark., Dec. 22. W)— Alillioritip.s are chocking a young man's story Unit Chicago "gangsters'' lormed him an automobile in which was found a hcdshett. sonkccl with human blood. Arrcsfcd two days ago when of- ricer.s noticed license plates on the car he wns driving around Joncsboro had been switched, tile man. Identified as .Jiuncs A. Sterns, 22, Is bc- iriK held without charge. Police Chief Holman Mabry said Stems told this story: He hart lived In SI. Piuil, Minn., about a month ago. He met three men he described as "gangsters" and began monitoring short wave broadcasts to keep [Item posted while they were rnil!- IIIK "Jobs." He saw the men divine "loot" on two occasions. $1.200 once and "between $8,000 aiid $10,000" the other time. The men loaned him (lie car to drive to his hometown, Egypt. Ark., near Jonesfooro, to vi.sit relatives. Sterns said he did not know the blood-stained sheet was in the car until police .'ounel it. Chief Mabrv said sterns named the "Rancstrrs." The officer, however, declined to disclose tho names pending further Investifiation. In which the FJH and Chicago police am participating. New Deputy Prosecutor For Qscaola District Takes Oath of Office Robert lj. Nnilling of Osceola was sworn in yeslerdny as deputy prosecuting attorney for South Mississippi County. Mr. Nailllng, *-lu> was appointed by Prosecuttn^ Attorney H. G. Partlow of Illythcvillc to serve temporarily In the office vacated by the death of his brother. Myron T. N'ail- ling, WHS administered the oath by Miss Gvraldlnc Mston. deputy circuit court clerk for the Osceola District. Until his appointment this week, Mr. Nallling was connected with the Osceola Post Office. He also served as a deputy prosecuting attorney In Crlttcndcn County In 1031-1932 under then Prosecutor S. L. Clladish. Before Joining tho Post Office staff, Mr. Naming practiced law for 10 years. He Ii 50. Weather Arknns^i I'orrrast: Clc.iring and much colder except 11 few snow flurries in extreme northeast, portion this afternoon. Partly cloudy nnd colder. Temperatures near 20 in extreme northwest and near 26 in cxircme southeast tonleht, Fridny fair and not so cold in northwest in afternoon. Missnuri Forecast: Partly clo'lciy tonight with light flurries "of snow most of state, clearing and colder late tonight: low near zero north border. 15-20 south border: Friday partly cloudy, occasional light snow likely along nothern border, a little warmer nortluve.st portion; hish temperatures 30-35 west border to 25 erst border. Minimum this morning—38. Maximum yesterday—72. Sunset Unlay—4:53. Sunrise tomorrow--7:04. Precipitation 2-1 hours to 7 a.m. today—.67. Totnl since Jan. 1—54.54. Mean temperature (midway between high and low—54. Normal mean for Owrmbcr—41.0. Tills Date Lust Year Minimum this mornlns—36. Maximum yesterday—60. PrcclpiUUiou Jan. t to this date —50.14.

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