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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER VOL. XLV— NO. 235 filythevllle Daily New» Blj'thevlUe Courier filytheviile Herald Mississippi Valley Leader THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OF NORTITEA ST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI Woman Killed, Girl Is Injured At Porfageville Ji Two Bus Passengers Leaving One Vehicle Are Hit by Another A woman, identified as Mrs. Gladys Wonmck, 48, of Rt. 2 Port- ageiille, was killed last night when she stepped into the path of a bus on U. S. Highway 61 one mile south of Portageville. Her five year-old daughter, who was with Mrs. Womack when she was struck, is in Delta Community Hospital, sikcston, in serious condition. Joe DC Lisle, of the De Lisle Funeral Home in Portageville, arrived at the scone of the accident within H few minutes after it occurred and reported that Mrs. Womack was returning from a church party in Ma.vwavd, Mo. He said the bus which struck her travelling south around U:15 p.m. last ni<;ht. Tlie bus Mrs. Womack was riding had pulled off the road to discharge passengers. Warning Snumlfcl Mr. De Lisle said lie was told that the driver of the bus carrying Airs. Womack said he heard the apuroch- i"B bus sound its horn and that both he (Ihe driver) and another passenger warned Mrs. Womack. Apparently, Mr. De Lisle stated, Mrs. Womack grabbed her daughter by the hand and darted across fhe highway in an attempt to make it ^lo the other side before the bus Amassed. •* She suffered a skull fracture, broken leg and other injuries. The mother of seevral other children, she was the wife of Harry Wo- muck, who survives her, It was reported that the driver of the bus which hit Mrs. Womack was released after questioning by siqte highway patrolmen. Too Much Yule Spirit(s) : LOS ANGELES. Dec. 24. (AP) _ Pre-Christmas partying landed more than 200 motorists in jail on drunk driving charges in (he Los Angeles area last night and today. Children Will Use Award Money to Aid Polio Victims Harding Edwin and Josephine Cure were the winners of $15 in the home lighting contest, and the money will lie spent by the National Infantile. Paralysis Foundation to help children suffering from polio. After being told they had won the children, whose ages range from nine to three, were quick to tell that they didn't plan to keep it. Harding, seven, was treated tor more than a week at the isolation ward at John Oaston Hospital in Memphis for polio in November, 1948. It left no crippling effects, but in realizing that all children do not escape so easily the contribution was made. Cure Home Rated 'Best-Decorated' Garden Club Judges Announce Winners In Yuletide Contest (Photograph on Page 4) Three mammoth stockings shouting the names of their youthful owners, and a background of a Christmas-morning scene, was the theme that today was proclaimed winner o! the tirst prize in the Oar- den Club's home lighting contest. Edwin Cure, nine, and a small sister, three-year old Josephine, and brother, seven-year old Harding, dutifully placed their red oil cloth stockings outside to save Santa the wear and tear on his trousers in sliding down the chimney, and surrounded them with plenty of bright lights so they could not be missed. The window of the E. J. Cure home, 818 Chickasawba, is draped In transparent red plastic that reflects red lights surrounding it, and the Christinas tree bedecked with packages from inside the home. Mrs. Louis A. Berry, Jr., 409 North Second Street, won the second place honors and Mrs. W.- P. Pryor, 1129 West Chickasawba, won the third Blytheville Civic Clubs Bring Yule Cheer to Needy Nearly 400 Persons Helped by Kiwanis, Jaycees, Goodfellows Three Blytheville civic orgam?i- lions, working on annual projicts, spread holiday cheer nmong SOIUB 400 persons this morning—persons that otherwise might have spent a blue Christmas. The three groups, the Goodrel- lows of the American Legion, the Kiwanis Club and the Junior Chamber of Commerce, held thoir partti s for the underprivileged and needy scarcely 100 yards apart and the expression of thanks were visible on the faces of those who received. The Jaycees and Kiwanians combined their projects in the form of their annual Christmas party for jnTiYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS, SATURDAY, DJSC18MBEK 24, 1949 TWELVE PAGES" SINGLE COPIES FIVE CENTS MAVOlt SUI1S FOR SANTA-Mayor Doyle Henderson present., „ sock of Ind'toys lo Memorial Auditorium, the Good- fellows were spreading joy among the adults' with their annual sacks of food. The Goodfellows prepared sacks of foodstuffs for more than 200 persons. The sacks, of the 100-pound variety, contained all types of food plus candy, and mils to grace the tables of the needy tomorrow.: The Kiwanians and Jaycees took care of the kiddies, preparing the same number of sacks of toys, candy and fruits. These gifts were solicited by the two organizations from Blytheville residents and businessmen in a campaign conducted throughout most of November and December, But toys and candy weren't all the kiddies received. Following the party, the children were herded into Blytheville Coach Line buses and taken to the Rnzorback Drive- In where they were guests at a turkey dinner given by Sain Johns, owner of the cafe. The dinner and bus services were given the children free. Food for the Gcodfellows' sacks was purchased for the most part through an allocation from the ^s 'Chum' Contracts of Profit )N, Dec. 24. (API— 'aid said today "a •yhood chum" of nan had offered ntracts of the Se- 'air here for a "10 profits." I article said Paul , —in Mr, Truman's home town of Independence, Mo., had made the proposal to George M. Parker, a contractor of Derwood, Md. The paper said Parker turned down the offer. Alexander, the Times-Herald added, Ls a stockholder in the National Capital Sesquicentciinlat Leasing Coropration, which holds exclusive losing rights on exhibit space in the Freedom Pair—a sc- .squicentenninl feature. Mrs. A. M. Butt, Pioneer, Dies Funeral Services Will Be Conducted At 10 a.m. Monday Mrs. Knthcrlne Blackwell Butt widow of Arthur D. Butt, pioneer Dlythcvllle banker and businessman, died this morning in her home 911 West Main Street following ! long illness. Her hnslmnd died li May. Ifl31. Mrs. Butt, who was 75, wns i. native or Tennessee, but had spcni most of her life here. She was n member of the Firsl Methodist Church and of the Elliott chapter of the United Daughters or the Confederacy. Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Monday In the Gobi Funeral Home Chanel, but arrangements had not been completed till: morning, nurlal will be In tin Maple Grove Cemetery. Survivors Include three daugh lers, Mrs. Farnsworth E. Black o Blytheville; Mrs. Roy Harper ant Mrs. William M. Robinson, boll of St. Louts. Mo.; a half-brother Cozinnc Blackwell; a stcp-daugh tor. Mrs. George W. Pylcs; two stepsons, Herman and George Cross niul a half sUtcr, Mrs. W. J. Pol lard, all of Blytheville. Mrs. null had been in falllni health for several years, and he condition had been serious tine August of this year. She critically 111 several days ago. Telephone Strike Averted Till after Holiday Period Governors of Six Affected States Plan To Meet Thursday ST. LOUIS, Dec. 24. W—With A crippling six-state telephone company strike averted at least until after the holiday period, governors of the affected states will meet here Thursday In an effort to settle tho dispute. The threatened strike by 50,000 employes of the Southwestern Hell Telephone Company was put off for at lensl ten days under a truce arranged yesterday by Gov. Porrest Smith of Missouri. If no settlement has been reached before then, tiie truce will end Jan. 1. Smith received word that governors of their representatives from the five other states served by Southwestern Hell will attend the peace conference. It was good news to telephone users who feared they might be without phone service during the Christmas holidays. A Union official said late yesterday after the meeting with Gov Smith In Jefferson City: "it Is no secret now that there would have been a strike tomorrow, or perhaps tonight—and n rough one." The Jcfrerson City meeting was requested by leaders of Southwestern Division 20, CIO Communications Workers—the union Involved in the contract dispute with the utility. Seta Settlement Confidence that next week's governors' conference will produce a fair formula for a settlement was expressed by James A. Davis, secretary or the state CIO council, and Everett E. Cotter, general counsel for the telephone workers union. They said yesterday's meeting wai satisfactory to all concerned. The conference Thursday apparently will follow the pattern used in a similar meeting here that led to a settlement in the Missouri Pacific Railroad strike this year. That meeting, too, was called by Qov Smith. Davis said Smith "talked pretty rough to us." , Page 4 S PC NFITlV n,, p - Boosts Sales To New Mark By (he Associated Press Cash registers in the nation's department and other retail stores played a Merry Christmas tune during the holiday shopping season, indicating record sales botli in unit and dollar volume. This week's last minute shoppers swarned the country's stores for purchases and sales in many cities soared above iast year's record business. The big push to the store counters for Christinas buying, reports indicated, was in the last few weeks. . November sales of chain stores and mail order houses were about two per cent below November, 1948, anil U. S. Department of Commerce said. But the Federal Reserve Board reported department store sales jumped to a new record high in the week ended Dec. n. A spot survey of major stores in cities across the country showed Vpnly one city reporting a drop in f Christmas buying compared lo last year. The Retail Merchants Association in Detroit said Christmas sales were about 10 per cent less than in 1348. There was less demand for household appliances and liquor in the motor city, the Associalion said But no such falling off in Christmas buying was reported in stores in New York, Chicago, Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco. Kansas City, Atlanta. Minneapolis, Richmond, V.i., Dallas and Seattle. In New York, most stores reported business "highly satisfactory." One group of stores selling high-priced lines in men's and women's clothing said dollar volume was four per cent ahead of last Christmas and unit volume about 20 per cent better. A large independent store reported ready-to-wear clothes and finer home furnishings "took a beating," but said moderate priced Christmas merchandise "went great guns." This week's buying in Chicago, a. f.trade source said, was expected to send the month of December up to the level of 1043 after trailing about one per cent or so week by week until the first of December. Bo^ Found Dead BAKERSFIELD, Calif.. Dec. 24. HV-A six-day search for a IS-year° ld . " ( °y **>". his ended tragically with the finding of his frozen body In a mountain canyon. James Camp, missing since Sunday when he went on a snow frolic with six friends, was found dead yesterday only two miles from Wcl- don Ranch, headquarters for 25 searchers who had been combine the Tehachapi Mountain area Mar Pilgrimage To Bethlehem BETHLEHEM, Dec. M—(£•>— Rain, mud and grim reminders of a recent war today marred the traditional Christmas Eve Pilgiin- age to Bethlehem, birthplace of the Prince of Peace. There were two roads this lime —and two processions. Only a few would make the trip, In comparison with the thousands who used to go in other times. Clergymen and pilgrims living in the Arab-held old city of Jerusalem were forced to follow the mired northern route to the ancient city. Delegates or the U S. diplomats and a few other pilgrims traveled rrom the new part ot Jerusalem, held by the Jews, over the souther Rome Road. The dull sound of explosions could be heard as Jewish soldiers cleared wartime mines from their route. The road travels for a few miles through Jewish-held territory to the Arab-Jewish dcmark- ation line set up by the armistice winch stopped the war between them. Heavlly-armcdi soldiers of both sides face each other there, and the pilgrims will be permitted to pass and return only at certain hours. Monday Mail Delivery Plans Are Cancelled Postmaster Ross S. Stevens said this morning that a ruling received today from the comptroller general in Washington necessitates a change of plans in the holiday mall delivery schedule In BlytheviUc. Mr. Stevens stated that there will be no mall delivery Monday as previously announced. It was planned earlier to have a mail delivery the day following Christmas, he said, but the comptroller general's ruling has nullified there plans. However, parcel post, perishables and special delivery items will be delivered today and tomorrow, Mr. Stevens said. There will be no carrier delivery Christmas Day. Seek to Save Lryes CINCINATI, Dec. 24. (AP)-Cin- cmnali's tipplers, if they're smart, will take advantage of the Police Department's holiday service. To wit: Anyone who feels he's had too much to drink may call the police, turn hh car over to them and be sent home in a taxi. For free and not arrest. The Idea? To keep Clncinnatians alive. Pope Opens 7950 Holy Year Despite Reds' /**-«,„*, to Interrupt Inauguration Rites 0 mi:,rtorc ... By Frank Bruito q VATICAN CITY, Dec. 2-i. U'j — Pope Pius XII opened the 1950 Holy Year of the Roman Catholic Church today amid the joyous ringing of Church bells and Ihe angry clatter of Communist-led disorders. Scarcely had the pontiff unsealed the Holy Door at St. Peter's Basilica with three symbolic strokes of a silver hammer, when Communists ordered and then cancelled a general strike in Rome province. And in the heart of ancient Rome, ns the 25t!i jubilee year of the Catholic church began a Communist-led crowd stoned the Spanish embassy, crying "Death to Franco." Tens of thousands thronged Ihe Vatican Basilica for the solemn pageantry of the opening. Hundreds look part in the Cnnimunist demonstrations. The short - lived strike was called lo protest strong police precautions against possible incidents between pilgrims and Communisis meeting near the Bu- sihca of Santa Maria Maggiore where a cardinal opened anolher holy door. Riot squads dispersed the anti- Fianco demonstrators who were protesting the presence in Rome of Spanish Foreign Minister Martin Artajo, here fore the Holy Door ceremony, in the disorders, an automobile owned by a U.S. Embassy official was overturned near the Spanish embassy. Tiiies Not Interrupt nl But the incidents failed to inlcr- rupt the Holy Year inauguration ceremonies at St. Peters. A crowd of 50.000 nnrsrms inside the Basilica cheered as the pontilf strode alone through the door into the hast ,-hurch. se.it of the religion of 400.000.000 persons of which the Pope :s the temporal head. Outside 300,000 more gathered in St. Peter's square heard the great bronze bells of the Basilica ring the tidings that 'he jubilee year had begun. But the struggle In which the church is now locked with Communism was symbolized at the very hour of the holy ceremonial hy a call from the Communist-led chamber of labor for a general strike in Rome. The labor group called the strike i protest police measures against a peasants,' meeting the union scheduled to coincide with the :nurch ceremonies. The labor icad- :rs cancelled the strike 90 minutes iftnr calling it when Interior Minster Mario Scelb.-i promised to re- ease peasants who had been ar- erttd and remove police guards Iroin the Chamber of Labor hcatl- uarters. As the pope opened the Holy Door at St Peters, similar ceremonies .were Cardinals at being held in Rome by the three other pat- riarchal Basilicas—St. Paul':; outside the walls. St. John Lutcrnn and St. Mary Major. In the square outside St. Mary Sco HOLY YEAH un l\ign 7 Courier News Staff To Observe Holiday Courier News employees will observe Ihe Christmas holiday Monday ,-iloni; with the employees of other business firms j n the city, and the next issue of the Courier News will appear Tuesday. Merry Christmas to all. Three Kings came riding from far away, Melchior and Caspar and Balthasar; Three Wise Men out of the East were they, And they traveled by night and they slept by dn^ For their guide was a beautiful, wonderful star. HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW ICC Order Gives Railroads First Chance at Coal WASHINGTON. Dec. 24. (l\^~ An emergency order gave the nation's fuel-hungry railroads rirst crack today at coal produced in mines from which they normally get their supplies. The Interstate Commerce Commission announced the action yesterday to keep the nation's rail transportation from breaking down In the busy holiday travel season rind in the wintry weeks which follow. Tiie order became effective at the mines at a minute after midnight and will continue In effect until midnight February 25. Dwindling coal stocks, the result of a production curb clamped down by mine leader John L Lewis, had cut Into railroad supplies so sharply that one line— the Chesapeake and Ohio—had already taken for Its own use some of the coal It was carrying as Surgery Enables Blytheville Boy To Wear Gloves Robert (Pee Wee) white com. home to Blytheville yesterday ready to spend a happy Christmas. And It will be a happy Christmas thanks to Johnny Long, Memphis orchestra leader and a number of other friends of Robert's, ror now he can wear gloves like other boys. Until last week Robert couldn't wear gloves. The stub of a sixth finger on his left hand prevented l>lm rrom wearing them. But now, that stub has been removed and his hand will fit perfectly into a glove. Robert, a third grade student at Sudbnry Grammar School, was horn with the extra finger on his loft hand. Mr. Long, who Is a friend or the child's parents Mr and Mrs. H. L. white, 501 Rose Street, took Pee Wee to Memphis, had doctors look at the hand, found what could be done and then enlisted the aid of other friends to finance an operation. Young Robert was admitted to John Gaston Hospital In Memphis and the operation was performed. It was successful. Doctor's say Robert will have to carry his arm In a sling for a few days, yet nut you can bet his will be a happy Christmas. Three Wilson Liquor Theft * Suspects Held Deputy Sheriff Dave Young O f Osceola was In Jackson, Miss, today In an effort to obtain custody from Corinth, Miss., officers of three men wanted in this county In connection with a Ilnuor store burglary In Wilson on November 9. In custody In Corinth arc Rufu.i and O'Neal Tnman, brothers, and Hubert Wages, all of near Marie They are charged with both burglary and grand larceny, Officers said liquor valued at more than $800 wa-s obtained rrom the Grain Brother Store by thelves. Sheriff William Berryman said this morning that requisition papers for the return of the three suspects were obtained yesterday from Ciov. Sidney McMath In Little Rock by Deputy Sheriff Charles Short and that Deputy Sheriff Young would present the requisition to the Mississippi governor in Jackson this morning. Sheriff Kerryman and another deputy from South Mississippi County plan 'to meet Mr. Young In Corinth to take custody ot the prisoners after the Mississippi governor grants the requisition. Clever Music Teacher Plays Christmas Carols On Big Steam Whistle YORK, Pa.. Dec. 24. liT'l — If Christmas eve Is okay for sound, people for miles in all directions are bound to hear Carl Smyser's caroling. A music teacher long on ingenuity and keen on volume, Smyser will set off a midnight concert on a powerful, steam-operated factor? whistle. The principle of it Is described as simple—like that of a trombone. Smyser works the steam pressure with one hand and a slide with the other. What comes out is like calliope tunes. "All you need," says Smyser, "Li a strong right arm. a full head ot steam and an ear for music. Tho right, kind or weather gives you distance. On clear, crisp nights peopla as far away as ten miles hear my carols." White Yule — In Spots WASHINGTON, Dcf. 24. (dV-The Weather Bureau predicts a white Christmas for the central part of the nation, and a nighty cold one for most other sections. "Typical winter weather will prevail over most of the nation Christmas Day," the bureau reported.