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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE OO\f fWAM1 1 XJf tl/C-r»* ntm ,/-\u «*Ar*m, . _ . _ VOL. XLV—NO. 234 BlytlievlUe Dally New* Blytheville Herald Blythevllle Courier Mississippi Valley Leader THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OK NORT1IEA ST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI LB. ARKANSAS, FRIDAY, DECEMBER 23, Victim of Attack Near Stale Line TWENTY PAGES Pope Asks Unity Against Atheism Pontiff Urges World To Unite in Solid Front Under Catholic Church VATICAN CITY, Dec. 23—M>)— Pope Pius XII appealed today to all who believe In Jesus Christ to unit under the Roman Catholic Church in a solid front against militant advances of atheism. The Pope's address, his annual Christmas message, was addressed to the whole world on the eve of the 195n Holy Year. There seemed little doubt that the address was an invitation to all those pro- lVusIng Protestant faiths U> join "- with the Cnurch of Rome. This coming Holy Year, the pontiff said, "must he decisive, especially for the longed-for religious renewal of the modern world." "On that this Holy Year could welcome also to the great return to the one true church, awaited over the centuries, of so many who. though believing in Jesus Christ, are for various reasons separated from her." he said. "With unspeakable groanings, the spirit, who is in the hearts of good people today cries out imploringly the same prayer of our Lord: that they may be one. Old Question Voiced Amen ' "With good reason men are.'ah*-" lous about the effontcry with'yhich the united front of militant atheism advances •|,r.ife."r-V-: > - ^ifirUffiOn' : iS' now voiced aloud: why are there still separations? why are there till schism? When win all the forces, of Ihe spirit am be harmoniously united? "If. on other occasions, an in- vitalioii. to unity has been seni •gforth from • this Apostolic See, on "rnis occa-Miyi we .repent it more warmly andfiatermilly; we fell that we are urged by, the pleadings and prayers of numerous believers scattered over the. .v r -hole eareh, who after suffering tragic ,,nd painful events, [urn their eyes toward this Apostolic See as"towards an anchor of^ salvation for the whole v;orld. '•For all those who adore Christ— not excluding those who sincerely but vainly await his coming and adore him as the one promised by the prophets and still to come—do we open the Holy uoor and at the same time we extend a welcome from the heart of a father whose fatherhood in the inscrutable des- in gof God lias come to us from Jesus the Redeemer." The Pope also expressed hope that those who have been members of the Roman Catholic Church and have strnyed away would return to the fold like the prodigal sou. 1 —Courier News Photo TIIKV HKING TIIEIK GUTS FOIl NKKDV CHILDllEN—Bobby and Billy Carter, sous of Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Carter of Blythevllle, are shown nere adding their gifts to others to be distributed tomorrow by the Jaycccs and the Kiwauis Club to needy children. Receiving the gilts are J. D. Fisher, (left) manager of the Ritz Theatre, and O. W. Mc- Cutclicn, owner of the theatre, which held a benefit party this morning to provide supplies to be dstributed by the two clubs tomorrow. Kiwanis Club, Jaycees Invite 100 Needy Children to Yule Party Blytheville Jaycees and Kiwanians were busy today making final preparations for their, anmia! Christmas party for the underprivileged children of Blythevilie and vicinity at the Junior Chamber of Commerce club house on North Second Street tomorrow. The parly, whicil Is scheduled for* 10 ajn. tomorrow, is expected to he attended by more than 100 needy children of this area. The children, who otherwise probably would spend an unhappy Chrtilmas. will be feted with a Christmas tree with all the trimmings, toys, candy and fruits for all, a visit by Santa Claus, topped off with a free turkey dinner at the Ra?.orback Drive-In. The party and dinner were made posible by the joint efforts of the two civic clubs and Sam Johns, owner of tlie Razorback'. While the Jaycees and Kiwanians will be hosts at the Christmas party, Mr. Johns is footing the expense of the llir- key dinner. And Blytheville taxicab owners and drivers and the management of the Ritz and Mox Theatres, also have, or will, make large contribu- .tto?^ toward the success of the par- .tJi;:Ta«iJ owners have ..offered . the - WASHINGTON, Dec. 23— <ir>— President Truman told Pope Pius XII in a Christmas message that the united States "gladly re-dedicates its efforts to the creation of a peaceful and advancing world order " s—.-nOs?. °f cfcarfWY -. , .. . ., ..ii^/^ldren to ai'ib" from the party and owners of "the Ritfc and Mox Theatres sponsored benefit . theatre parlies yesterday ot love j and today lo solicit toys and olher j gifis lor the annual Chrismas tree. i Many Toys Assembled The Jayceei and Kiwanians have been soliciting toys ol all kinds for the post month for the party. The toys v.-ere gathered by volunteer workers and token to Blytheville High School where Ihey were repaired, painted and made, like new for tlie event by members ol Ihe Home Economics Department and Future Farmers of America Chapter of Blytheville High School. The toys and candy arc to be packaged lor distribution tonight and Freeman Robinson, over-all chairman of the committee in charge of plans for the event, urged that all members of the Jaycees and Kiwanis Club who can assist with the preparing of the packages to report to Hie Agricultural Building at Blytheville High School tonight. Invitations to the parly have been mailed to more than Too children and only those children bearing invitations wiil be admitted to take part in the gift receiving, Christmas tree celebrations and dinner. However, the party will be open to the public. ..... _____ ' 1C Schedules New Tariff Arrangement MEMPHIS. Twin . Dec. 23. <AP>— A new and expanded tariff arrangement for cotton shipment will go into effect on the Illinois Central Railroad system Jan. 10 The new tariff will insure the producer carload rales regardless of the amount shipped, according to J. K. MacLeod, frcislit trallic nian- aacr here, who made the announcement yesterday. Needy Families To Receive Gilts Food-Filled Baskets To Be Distributed At Legion Auditorium Tile Goodfellows of the American Legion's Dud Cason Post 24 will make their annual distribution of Christmas baskets to needy families of Blytheville and surrounding territory Saturday morning, il was announced today. Ed A. Rice, chairman ol the Oood- (cllows, said this morning that ap- proxiinalely ISO baskets of foodstuff have been prepared and will be dis- ik.felSfflfrJifc'Oi'V-JfSioiv's. Memorial _Aud;ior!miBr : Sati«xJBy- moraine beginning at 9:30. ''Mr. Rice 'stated that cards have been mailed to more than 150 families of this area advising them how to obtain the baskets and he added that the cards must be presented at the time the baskets are received. Funds for the Goodfellows' Christmas contribution to the "needy as allocated annually through the Community Chest. Between $800 and 5850 was alloted this year, Mr. Rice said, for the purchase of the food- slulf lo nil Ihe baskets. However, several donations were received from Blytheville residents, including a truck load of groceries from Allen Pickard, Blytheville groccryman To Fill Haskcls Tnilay Tlie baskets were to be prepared today. Mr. Rice said, by members of the Ooodfellows Committee Members of the committee will also handle the distribution of the baskets Serving on the committee with Mr. RICO are Rosco Crafton, A. c. nny" Duclos, Join New York Cotton Mar. May July Oct. Dec. Open HiEh . 30S5 3065 . 3041 3042 . 2978 29TO . 2834 5835 . 2821 2823 Low 3038 3035 25)74 2830 281!) 1:30 30<>3 3039 2975 2835 2323 N. O. Cotton Mar. May- July Oct.. Dec. Open High LOT- 1:30 .... 3058 3058 3052 3057 ,... 353o 3036 3032 3U34 ....29GB 2SB9 20&! 2069 .... 282G 2826 2823 M26 \iiiv ... 2313 2815 2812 2S1.5 I July Ah . Bill s'islc land Moody, Paul Mnhon, Lonnie Pulgham and Waller Anders The Christmas baskets are to be made up O r f mc | stu fr s . rniiL5 nllrf Mr. Rice said, and each will contain the following: Ten pounds of flour, ten pounds or meal, two cans each of hominy, cut beans, pork and beans, and corn- 10 pounds of potatoes: two pounds of meat,-one dozen oranges one do/en apples, two pounds of rnixeci nuts; one package nf dried peaches one package of prunes, one pound rice, two cans of milk and one pound f candy. Lane Nowcll. owner of the ABC Taxi Company, stated that his cabs would be available to furnish free transportation for the families receiving the packages from Ihe auditorium to their homes Two Suspects Turned Over to Officers In Dunklin County The sheriffs office said today that two Greenville, Miss., Negroes have been turned over to Dunkltn Coun- tp Missouri authorities for prosecution in connection with the assault Tuesday night on Guy Geans, former Blylh-viiic merchant who now operates a grocery slore just over tile Missouri line near Calumet, The Negroes were identified as Robert Lea Leday Jr., 26, and Roosevelt Lewis, 30. They were arrested yesterday by sheriffs deputies Holland Aiken and Charles Short in a vacant house near the Half Moon coinmuniiy. Immediately following their arrest, Ihe two Negroes were taken to Walls Hospital where they were definitely Identified by Mr. Geans. And according to W. C. Harbour county Jailer, they admitled the attack on Mr. Geans, Lctlny was Idntified oy Mr. Geans as being the one who struck him with an Iron bar and Lewis was identified as the Negro that wielded a .22 caliber rifle, and the sheriff's office reported. The attack occurred around 8 o'clock Tuesday night, in Mr. Qeaus store. The two Negroes were believed to have scared off by Mrs. Geans who escaped them through a rear door. Sheriff jack E. Barnes of Kenncll Mo., came to Blythevllle yesterday afternoon and returned the Negroes to Kennetl. Charges of assault with intent to rob wer filed against them there this morning. The condition of Mr. Qcans was reported as ".somewhat improved" by .relatives Ihis morning. He is .suffering from a slighl skull fracture. 3-Day Holiday Arranged for Some Offices .eve 1 Blyihcvlllc business houses are scheduled 'to have locked doors tomorrow, and employees awarded extra thin off for the Christmas holidays.' •'•' Inj.llie shopping districl, however, as children keep vigil in their homes for S.inla's arrival, clerks and store managers have had extra hours added to their workday. More than 10 stores will l)c open until 9 p.m. on Christmas Eve to aid the late shoppers. Retail stores almost without exception will be closed on Monday. Ross Stevens, postmaster, said that all parcel post would be delivered on Christmas Day, but that there would be no carrier service. On Monday there will be regular carrier service as well as parcel post deliveries, but post office windows will be closed. The lobby will be open as usual for box service. Perishables and special delivery mail will be delivered every day The Court House will be closed all day tomorrow and Monday to give county employees a three-day ".-lulny. The stock and commodity maikcls will be closed both Satur- commcrcial lending agencies, several • • , era Ira Kocmcc ' Gar - S ' atC ofTiccs and some ofllccs of pro t M.,1.,,.. T- ; f nrr ; n .. n i 1 lu fessional me-.. The Farmers Dank ,t Trust Company and Ihe First National Bank and offices in the City Hall, with the exception of the Police Dcnart- menl, will be closed Monday New York Stocks Soybeans Men Open High Low Close . 2.30'i 23P, 223'., 231'i . 228'.; 228»i 227 228',S . 224!S 225'.4 223?; 225 j ! Killed As B-50 Crashes into Marsh SAVANNAH. Oa.. Dec. 23. .AI>) —A flaming Air Force B-50 bomber crashed in a dreary river mnKh last night, killing all 11 airmen aboard and scattering -, and burying bodies and wreckage in the muck. The big bomber hat] just taken oil from Chatham Air Force base here when it went down on the oank of a branch ol the muddy Savannah River. The crash was only seven miles above the city bin it was so luaccesible it look boat" 0 hows to rcacn " b >' The first persoa? to reach the scene were forced back by flam- Ing gasoline, floaling O n the water. The flames were visible for n-iles. Col. Frederic E. Glantsbcrg i-nmmanding officer of Chatham Field, identified the p'ane. He said il look off at 9:12 p.m (EST) on ' a training flight to E | Pi , 6O , T( , x . 3.5. It crashed about sjve minulcs later . The plane had been In service al Chatham for a year or a year and a half. The B-50's an Improved version of Ihc B-29 Supcrfor- Ircss. Reached Only bj Boals Tlie crash site was less than Iwo miles from VS. Highway 17, which crosses the river Just above Savannah. But it could only be reached by small boats guided by boatmen who knew the river. The crash was only a few miles from the spot where a chartered airliner crashed Jan. 7, 1048. killing 18 nnd injuring 18 Puerto Ricans on a Might from Newark, N.J., to their home. The Air Force waited until dawn to send a large crash bout with a score or more men. armed with shovels and ropes, to try to remove the bodies. They had In transfer to En iall Ilat-boltomcd swamp boats lo get to the wreckage. Sam Rahal, chairman ol the Savannah Red Cross Disaster Committee, said the first search parties could not find a single large piece ot wreckage, and that apparently even the engines were under water. Rahal said there wns no way of knowing how deep the wreckage was burled In the mud. He said he believed some of the bodies may never be recovered. Air base officials said the bomber probably carried between 7.000 and 8,000 gallons of gasoline when it took off. 1:30 p.m. Quotations' A T & T .. Amer Tobacco ... Beth steci \\ Chrysler Gen Klectric Gen Motors .'' ] Montgomery Ward N V Central lut Harvester National Distillers Republic Steel Radio . ' Socony Vacuum Studebaker ....'." •standard of N J Texas Corp • .....'.. J C Penney U S steel ..'.'.'.'.'.'. Sears ... 145 1... 75 3... 31 3.. . G5 7-i ... 41 1... 70 1... 5-1 ... 10 3 ... 28 1 ... 22 ... 23 1 ... 12 I ... 17 ... 26 :< .. 67 5 .. fil 7 .. 5fl .-. 26 .. 433 Weather night. Im- )Udy Colder ith Arkansas forecast: Fair and so cold this afternoon and Ion Saturday, partly cloudy with no portant temperature changes Missouri forecast: p art iy clo anight and Saturday with .,no flurries m north portion Saturday. Low tonight, 15-25 -der; nigh Saturday. 23-30 south Minimum Ihis morning—24 Maximum yesterday—36 ' Sunset today—4:54. Sunrise tomorrow—7-05 Precipitation 24 hours'to 7 am today—none. Total since Jan. 1—54.54 Mean temperature (midway between high and low—30. Normal mean for December—419 This Dale List Year Minimum this morning—34 Maximum yesterday—49 Prcclpliallon Jan. 1 to' this date ~OU.14. ', * /< " /*/'*?*> * "'*• SINGLE COPIES FIVE CENTS ongress Faces Hot Argument on Farm Legislation Votes of Formers, Consumers in '50 Elections at Stake By Edwin 11. llaaklnson WASHINGTON, Deo. 23-WY-A. roaring, ear-splitting argument about farm legislation appeared ccr- L —Courier News I'hoto HEI.1,01 THAT V01J, SANTA?-Tci-ry Rainwater, 5. daughter of o r . and Mrs. W. T. lialnwaler. Im- talked with Santa over the phone. A friend told her to duil the number, 543. she did, and B uro enough Santa Clans answered. Santa, With Unlisted BlylhevilleTelephone, GetsHundredsofCallsfrom Boys and Girls By Harry A. llalnrs Courier News Staff Writer Two weeks ago, some child, somewhere, picked up a telephone and began aimlessly dialing numbers. Finally someone answered and the child hardly could believe what he heard. "This Is the North Pole. Srinla Clans speaking," the voice at the other end said. Not one to pass up a crack at a sure enough miracle, the child quickly related to Santa what he desired for Christmas. Then he tried to remember wlmt number he'd dialed. . . and evidently did. for Santa has been getlmr close to 100 calls daily since and it's therefore obvious that the word got around. J. Stanley' Grcsly, Hotel Noble manager, has an explanation lor the ease with which Dlythevillc children have been contacting the rotund saint In his frigid quarters at the North Pole. .The hotel has three telephone numbers-Ml. 5-12. S43 - o( whH, only one, 541, is listed In the directory. Clerks Leon Kthridse Buddy Easley am! E. R. Lewis know through experience that 542 and 5-13 ring only when 511 is busy When the first cull-came In S<!1 was not busy and 543-rang Also by experience Mr Ensley. who was OM duty al Ihe time, knew llu.l someone had a wrong number. He figured it might be a child and therefore his assi'rancc to the parly phoning tint lie wns speaking to Santa Claus. Word spread like a tad case of poison ivy that 5-13 would put one in touch with Santa himself So it was pretty easy for the clerks to tell when someone wanted to speak with tlie bewniskcred gem. — 513 would ring. At first It was Just a few calls each day. but as the number soared the harried clerks were a litr.ie worried. Should they continue to put the children In [ouch with Santa Clnus, (hey asked Mr. Ores- ley, and pointed out Hint aimvcrhu; calls would take some of their timi- By all means, the manm;cr assured them, keep on answering tlie calls and tell the youngsters that Santa himself v:il[ be here In our lo'nhy Saturday afternoon and tluit they can see and lalk with him Sec SANTA on J:<KK Z Toys Given to Leukemia Victim To Be Re-distributed by Parents Ily Wilma Duuglas (Courier News stntf Writer) The loneliest Christmas Tree In Blytheville will be full of cheer and the Joy of eivln ( ; Saturday ntght. The tree is at 2232 Kenwood Drive and WM the pride ami Joy or little Douglas Thomas, who had an early Christmas about a month ago when physicians realized tie would not live to see the December 2' appearance of Santa Clans. Toys showered on Douglas by his friends, and by sympathetic people who read of his fight against incurable leukemia, will be distributed to other little boys and girls on Christmas Eve to that they might have a very Merry X-lirislmas. Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Thomas, his parents, wan't be in SnnUi Claus garb, hut they will carry the paek from which the gifts will be taken. A IJUSinrssmaii friend of the Thomas' is busy rnmiiiliiiE .1 list "f the recipients with only one rule fur the distribution hi,| dnwn \iy the Thnnias family. "lh:it they ICH-C Mu:ir children lilu: we loved our little Injy," Toys .sent to IJouglns have been carefully stored l>y Mr. and Mrs. Thomas, along with toys Ihe boy had collected Iwlore the general public befriended (he family will] Kifls and cash donations for llus child. Some are toys that won't Im given nn-ay—tays 'worn l>y hours of earnest and vigorous play—favorites of the little hlmid buy. Among the toys to IK; retained is a vciy small triipTlc, mi whic-h llouclas pedaled Ins way to vi.-it Ills constant companion "Dusty" ral:;o mimed Final Holiday Buying May Aid Sales Record WASH^ y GTON, Deo. 22 (AP) — Christmas shopping showed sign. 1 today of taking a late spurt thai might carry 11 to a close finish will last year's record winner. It seemed to be in harmony will the optimism over the nation's bus iness outlook which was cxpresset by President Truman at his new. conference yesterday. Mr. Trumal didn't elaborate. The Federal Reserve board re irated that a surge ol nuylng at th mid-December point, shot depart inent store sales ahead at the same part of boomlime 1948 for the firs time in months. And 1040. striving at being UK I2tli consecutive year to hang up ft new Ohirstmiis sates high, packc one big advantage :lt has an extr Douglas) who liv'rd a few doors i ",' ir: " n(lvi " ll!1 8 c :11 ! '™ =>" extr away, a l, : ,by dull with eyes that'??"""" 5 " ily ovcr l;Lsl >' cnr ' slrlc closed thai always induced Dour-- i Christmas falls on Sunda las to "sleep, loo"', his telephone toy svllc '' ras "t came on Saturday 1. musicii Ionian grinder, and the lit- tie Spit?, (log that won the boy's heart at the rust of his .scrinti.s ill- tle.ss. Mr. and Mrs Thumas s:iiit ycs- lrr<hij 11,;,( l,y ||,,. re-ilislriliil'linn f the tnys they I,,,,,,•,I to shon Ihcir di-r|) Dunks 1,, Uio.sc wh< liclpril to rmilic: Ihi-ir cliilil l,:i|ip> hy pussirie lhat hapjimrvi ,m ici Sl-c TOYS on I'.IKC 2 1918. The Reserve Hoard, compiling re ports from all over the country, an nounccd department slore sales las week forged one per cent ahead o the same week of 1B!8. 'Ihat v,-jis a sharp Improvemem uver the department store recorc ol a six per cent lag behind lasl year for the period from Jan. t u nild-Dccemhcr. —Courier News I'hoto "... AND ONE OF THOSE. ANT) O Ni: OF rilOSF. . . ." -Parents nrc getting anothe, verse of a chorus long ago made familiar as children's Chnstma-s lists gr-v, and grow. Jimmy Dale Perkins son ol Mr and Mrs. Travis Perkins, Rt. I. Luxora. tell, his mother of the new toys he'd like to sec under the tree come dawn, Dec. 25. The window Is that ol the Toyiand Store on West Main. Co iln today at the next session of ongrcss, Congress comes back Jan. 3 and inn - minded lawmakers already lave started the verbal sharp- looting. At stake are voles of ii'incrs and consumers in the 1950 lections. The main prize Is political c on- rol of Congress with all 435 Hoii'o nd 30 of the 00 Senate seals at slake. Bolh Republicans and Democrats ;xpect President Truman, who Jften has called himself a Missouri farm hoy, to increase ag- -icultural discussion next month in his state of the union message to Congress. He Is expected once more to urge Congress to pass the controversial farm subsidy plan proposed by Secretary of Agriculture Brnnnan. This same Congress, imiicr Democratic control, flady rejected tha nrannan plan earlier this year. Instead 11 ground out a complicated farm price-support program Intended to continue Ihrough Ihe vital 1050 election ycur Ihe relatively high-level wartime price props. But all. congressmen remember the bitter and successful 1S4B campaign In the farm belt staged by Candidate Truman and Secretary Drannnn ngafnst Ihc farm act ot Ihe eoih Rcpublicaii-conlrolled Congress. Mr. Truman charged tint the Republicans "have alieidy stittk a pitchfork in the farmer^ backhand arc now ready lo let the bottom drop out of farm pi Ices* i Sees Improvement «< l Since then the prc&deo* signed Ihc compromise farm j port plan lhal emerged from 11 Democratic 81st Cong^rw. nn termed It an Improvement over the' I94B OOP program. . Hul actions of both the While House- and Secrclary Brarmmn point to an effort to sell tliB^Bannan Plan,. U>..<farmcrs, .conaomerj^ and other voters duriiiR tlieT£jHinz v£iv , yfl" *" * yeal - ! ^i^i Even Its sharpest cillcis admit ho Brannan proposals have political appeal. Instead of taking major footl products that are perishable off the market with gov- ernme'nt funds In order lo keep prices up. Hrannan suggested consumers benefit from lower prices for milk, meats and similar farm products If this should reduce farm Incomes below pro-chtermincd "fair- levels, I.irnunan said farmers should Kcl cash subsidies called "production payments " Two key Republican Senalors. lall of Ohio and wherry of Nebraska, already are guessing that the Brannan plan in-Ill be a major issue next session and arc sniping at it In almost every speech. Tafl. running lull -"peed for rc- clccllon in Ohio next year, has termed the Brannan plnn "obviously fraudulent." Wherry, in a round of speeches lhal may Indicate presidential ambitions, has called It "a swindle- ami a "monstrous political scheme" to bait the "votes of consumers, whose grocery purchases would be subsidized with money extracted from the laxpayers." Execution Date For Elytheville Man Is Changed LtTTLK HOCK. Dec. 33. iVT'i— The execution date for Hohls Ed- v-ard Ncedham. 26-year-old Blythe- vlllc taxi driver, today was changed to March 17. Ncedham, convicted of rapins; an eight-year-old girl, was sentenced to die in the Arkansas elcctrie chair January 6. Governor McMath reset Ihe date at Ihc request ol Necdham's atlor- ney who said an appeal would be taken lo Ihe United States Supreme 3ourt. Tlie Arkansas Supreme Court has upheld Necdham's conviction. Engineer's Accident Injuries Prove Fatal MEMPHIS. Dec. 23. (API - One of Ihe two Missouri-Pacific Railroad men burned in yesterday's triln wieck here died early today. The victim. James W. Hagard of Wynne. Ark., train engineer, was sevcraly scsMed by steam when his engine rammed a line of standing boxcars. J. P. Glover, 56, fireman, of North -ittlc RocSt. was still In serious condition this morning. He also sufler- cd bad burns. •ire Destroys Plane SANTA MAfllA, The Azores. Dec. 3. (AP)—An Italian airliner en -oute from Natal to Dakar was de- troyed by fire today In landing at he Dakar Airport, according to word received here. There were 110 nsualties, the messag* cakt.