The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on September 30, 1952 · Page 3
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 3

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Tuesday, September 30, 1952
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WWBAY, SEPT. W, >Wt (ART,) OOVHTEX PAGE THREW Invalid Signatures May Halt Vote on Referral of Act 242 By LEON HATCH LITTLE ROCK (^—Commissioner Wayne Upton told the Arkansas Supreme Court yesterday that petitions for referral of Act 242 1951. the new state purchasing law, apparently contain enough invalid Bienatures to prevent a vote on the law at, the Nov. 4 general election. But Upton said the evidence on invalidity of the signatures was of such nature that It might be explained or overcome by rebuttal testimony. So far Upton has heard only testimony tending to show the petitions invalid. The Court must now decide whether to approve Upton's report. If it does, sponsors of the petitions, if they wish, may present testimony to try to refute that of the plaintiffs—those who sought to set aside the petitions. If the Court eventually decides that the petitions have been Invalidated, that'll mean the act will not be voted on at the approaching election. The act. of course, would be effective without a vote. In that case, h f s likelv that an effort will be niflde to rr-pea! the \n\v in the 1051 General Assemblv. Oov.-nominate Francis Cherry, during his cam- palpin, called it a "bad law" and snici he would seek repeal if it become effective. Sponsored By McMalh Act 242 was sponsored in the 1951 Legislature by the administration of Gov. McMRth. It aroused bitter controversy. Proponents claimed 11 was an act for more effective stale purchasing. Opponents said it was £ designed to legalize Illegal practices The act would have become effective last year had not petitions for its referral to a vote at the approaching election been filed Thus, it was held In abeyance. H. H. Ellis and W. E. "Davidson Pulaskl County taxpayers, filed nr original action in the Supremi Court to invalidate the petition snd thus prevent H vote. With thi backing of the McMatVt administr* tion. their suit alleced that the ne tiiions were? void because of numer ous forgeries and other irregular! ties. The Court appointed Upton, Lit tie Rock lawyer, as special commis eioner in the case, and he held nu rnerouR hearings earlier this year His report, made public by th Court yesterday, the first day of new term, was on his findings. i Upton said that in his opinion : the plaintiffs—Ellis and Davidson— "have prima facie established" the Invalidity of 8,430 names ss compared to the 7,005 which, would have been required to reduce the legal rvimber below the required minimum. May Re Overcome Law dictionaries define "prima f~c : .c" as "at first sight; on the first L" appearance: on the face of .so * fpr as can he judged from the finst disclosure; presumably." Upton continued that the "prima facie case . . . may very well be overcome by the defendant, in the i course of the presentation of the iefendant's proof, which by its very nature, would involve numerous additional hearings in which countless witnesses would be required to testify." Upton classified the 8,430 signatures he called, apparently Invalid thus: Forgeries by direct evidence 1976 names; not signed in presence of the circulator 990; forgeries according to handsvritlng expert 1171; non-qualified signers 4293, days to examine Uptons' report and indicated it probably would have a decision approving or rejecting next Monday. Secretary of Slate C, G. Hall Is the nominal defendant in the case, and the plaintiffs asked that he be restrained from certifying the act for a vote. As a state official, Hall is represented by the attorney general's staff. Actually the parties mor.t concerned are members of the Me Math administration and John F. Wells, | Little Rock, publisher, who led the London Chooses New Lord Mayor Two Bank Robbers B '» Pum p kin s *°' e/I Sentenced to Die LONDON 1*1— Wealthy Sir Rupert de la Bere is London's new lord mayor, regarded by many AS (he most stately municipal office Sir Ruperl. 89. <*«s elected by the County Council yesterday for a one- year term. HA ~n~ranrU el* Leslie Boyce. The new mayor Is a Conservative member of Parliament and has the curious reputation of having the loudest voice In the House TORONTO. Ont. (A'l— A Toronto Jury last night found bank robbers Steve Suchan and Leonard Jackson guilty of the murder of a loi'al detective. They were sentenced to be lianged on Dec. 16. The pair, alone with Uir-lr pnlsj Alonzo Boyd and William Jackson, broke out of the Uon Prison death house Sept."8 and wen* recaptured in a haystack elsht days later. Bnyd AKRON, O. W)—It wouldn't have been so bad If thieves Just took the ordinary pumpkins but Ihey took Die king-size one as well. Investigation of tracks on the property of A. P. Delbel disclosed that it was so big It had to be rolled iiway. A sheriff's deputy said it was 69 inches In circumference, Read Courier News Clnsslflod, Ads and William Jackson still face bank robbery charges. Viscount Astor Dies in England CLIVEDEN, England (/!>) — Viscount As'.or, prominent. British publisher and .sportsman and husband of VlrRlnla-born Lady Nancy Astor, died Imluy, He was 73, Deadline Tonight On Rent Controls WASHINGTON Wi _ Cities an< towns across the nation have until I midnight to ask that federal rent i control be continued for another j seven months. . , i The Office of Rent Stabilization Lord AC.IO,.. who was born In New I ,„,,, rnore |nlm hM 0[ tne 3 WJ York City, long had been a leader I cliRible cotnnu , nUlcs have Iormall y in British social and political life,, raovM| to keep rent control , llva atone <,viin his wife. | i )ey ond the deadline set by Con- His death followed a long illness.: uress. The Court allowed each side three movement fer referral. French Base Repairs Due On Schedule' PARIS f/Py—French officials .say nat repairs will be made on sched- ,le, or with "very slight" delays, to lefectivc runways on three air bases n France assigned to the U. S. Air Force. American officials said Saturdas hat U. S. Jet planes had been unable to use the fields because the umvays were soft, crumbling or badly cracked. The fields are at Chaumont and Toul-Rosiere in Eastern France, and at bnon-Cou- vron In Northeast France. A communique from NATO's supreme headquarters near here said responsibility for NATO airfields rests with the nation in which the field is located. STOP ACID INPttSESTION! wry Till aact fi At DREIFUS—Wednesday - Thursday - Friday! IBM* TOR TM* 1 L T. Barringer &Co. COTTON MEMPHIS TENN. CREDIT is FREE Dreifus l-Pc. Set of Regular 13 95 STAINLESS STEEL TABLE WARE Register here Wed.-Thurs.-Fri. for Drawing! ONE STOP SHOE SERVICE Repairing - Cleaning • Dyeing 621 W. 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