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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER Or NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI VOL. XLV—N'O. 2'H BlythevlUe Dally New* Blythevllle Courier BlythevlUe Herald Mississippi Valley Leader BLYTHKV1LLE, ARKANSAS,.MONDAY, JANUARY 2, 1950 EIGHT PAGES SINGLE COPIES FIVE CENTS Cost of Living in 1950 Is Expected To Change Little From 1949 Levels By Sam ItoWkon NEW YORK, Jan. 2. (AP)— Just about as much money is 60- ing to chain out ol Dad's pocketbook in 1950 as in the year just ,past to feeep the family living well. &> y lt coat Had perhaps U«> per ^ent le.%s money at the end of IBM than it did at the start. Few tiiiiik lic'll get. much more ot s break than that in 1950: and man think it'll cost him just as tuucli, all told—some tilings going up, sotne do\vn a little. Mollifies likely lo save a little on the weekly f«oil bills, particularly if she's a sniiirl shopper. Big supplies, and low prices, are likely on sonic UVHIRS like pork, rtiiullr)- and eges. Others, like coffee, are apt to slay high, anr! some funds may go hi&lu-r us crop vvcalher and the seasons dictate. fhe may be able to clothe the family a litile cheaper, but very Mule." She has already had her break thore, prices being 7 1-2 per cent below the October, 1948, peak. Cotton surpluses and the competition with synthetic yarns may hold dawn some fabric prices. Bui the price of fine wool lor suits isn't expected to drop much, if any. And labor costs \vill stay high. I)ait can buy or build a house * Hllle cheaper than he could last ye»r. But if he cents he's likely 10 pay more ralher than less, especially If conlrols peter out in June. Makers of furniture and furnishings think their prices have touched bottom and will be a little higher, if anything, in 1950. If you heat with coal, your fuel bills will be higher. If you heat with oil or gas, you just might get, a break. The price of crude oil is still near the peak. But growing competition from natural gas, plus the threat of cheap foreign 011 imports makes the whole petroleum price structure a little shaky, from crude oil right on through to fuel oil and gasoline. Public transportation to and from work costs more in cities. If Dad is a commuter, he may find the increased rates quite an item each month. What are the forces keeping prices up. or tending to push them higher? Slecl has just gout- up, alimil S* a ton. II is a basic material in countless gadgets you use, or thai others use in supplying you \vith lUc. necessities of life. Freight rates have gone up. The price of everything that moves on rails lo your door Is af- feclcd. Labor costs continue to raiie, and there'll be pressure in 1050 to raise them higher. They could be offset by greater productivity, but that Isn't a sure thing yet. Taxes add to the cast of Ihc essentials you buy. The pressure Ls to raise taxes further—at federal, state and local levels. Finally there Ls the force of inflation—the easy money, easy credit terms, lull pocektuooks that induce more buying and thus keep prices bolstered. What are the forces holding prices down, striving to push them lower? Great surpluses of u'lieal, com, potatoes, cotton, all liatift over storage bins bursting uitli corn entice farmers lo srinv mor<> pigs, more cattle, more poultry. Ami i" lime, you find a fe\v pennies shaved off your meat, ci;g ami milk bills. The growing pressure of competition leads producers, merchants and dealers to cut prices, offer bargains to move backcd-up stocks. Truman Reported as Opposed Long New Year's 10 Defense or Formosa by U.S. .... . _ ., Weekend Death Toll Reaches 308 WASHINGTON, Jan. 2. (fl'j—President Trunitm is reported standlns pal against any use ot American uoops to Iry lo blcwk Communists ~~ 4 from the island o[ Formosa. It Is understood, however, that such a decision would not nrccludu continued economic help and political support, as well as advisory assistance, to Generalissimo Chiung Kai-Shek in his fight, ngainsi expected Communist attempts to dike over the island stronghold ot the Chinese Nationalists. Mr. Tt Lmiun's rcaffirmatioji of Ins stimd against the use of American troops in Formosa is said to have been made during a meeting of DID National Security Council Thursday. Mr. Truman presided over the meeting at the Whilt! louse. Responsible Informants said the council made no change in the American nttiliulo toward Formosa despite many demands from members of Congress that, the United Business Outlook For '50 Is Bright Strong first Half Seen with Gradual Decline Rest of Year Large - scale Manhunt For Escapees Moves Jo Central Arkansas By Harlcy Pcrslilng LHTLE ROCK, Ark., Jan. 2, (/I 1 )—Armed posseincn—sonic ol them red-eyed from lack of sleep, some of them fresh—carried a large-scale manhunt for four armed felons in central Arkansas into its third day today, + Their quarry, with the aid oi \ _ .. m . -^ . Fulbnght Pushes RFC Investigation Arkansas Lawmaker P«?vip«'«.<7.r«tisism Of Koiser-Frazer Loan %s Emma Cox )f Osceola Dies Business Houses To Close During Funeral Services darkness and dreary weather, twice slipped from their grasp durim; a night filled with last-moving developments. Lee Henslce, superintendent of the Arkansas penitentiary system who is directing the search, predicted that they fugitives would be caught—but not- belore a gun battle . ^ . .... ,,. . . "They'll rfever be token alive, he said. "They are desperate men. They have everything to lose." Henslce, who has had only three hours ot sleep since four convicts broke away from Tucker Prison Farm early Saturday after killing n trusty-guard, expressed belief that the hunted men had split up. This added to the manhunters ~^ He said there was no doubt that the three men who terrorized two families at England, Ark., and shot, s. town marshal near Lonoke. Ark., during the niglil were three of the four escaped prisoners. Although the three men were reported to avc claimed they had killed oue of their pals, Henslce doesn't think so. Flee Car Wreck Two officers had a sk'mntsh witli three men in a speeding car near Lonoke. A few minutes later, the car was wrecked near a niral store several miles east of North Little Rock west of Lonoke, on U.S. Highway 70. One man was seen to and flee as police bullets whizzed around him. The fire wasn't returned. The bullet-shattered car was identified as having been stolen In England last night. The fact that only sue man was spotted alter the wreck led to speculation that his two companions had left the machine shortly be'ore the wreck and after the skirmish at Lonoke. However, llenslee said he believed that ihre men were in the car when II was wrecked. Tliis is the la.<t that any of the (4| suspected fugitives have been sighted. A prison jacket was found nearby fiel dand tired dogs picked up a trial northward, toward U.S. Highway 67, that leads to St. Louis. It ended among a herd of cows. Scores ol heavily armed—ami weary—officers and trusty guards, aided by private citizens and bloodhounds, cmicMy converged on the scene and begun scouring the area —a section comprising cotton fields, swamps, a lake and wooded land. Marshal Sliol They spread out, investigating tenant houses that dot the area, combing thickets and advising residents to be on the lookout for dangerous men. Night City Marshal Kenneth Brantlcy about 25. of Lonoke, was -shot and wounded in the right hand In an exchange of shots with three men at a road block near Lonokc. This was shortly after Vernon Woods was abducted at England, 15 miles south of Lonoke. and a neighbor's family tide up by three men, who lied In the neighbor's car. Woods was left tied at the home of V. A. Dean. Dean and his two daughters also were bound Tliey were not harmed. Woods managed to break loose ami notify police. The four fugitives were Identified as: James Perry Williams. 29, shcrl- ctan, Aik.; James Rhcuark, 22, .Sapulpa. O'sla.; Odus Eaton, 25, attlwcll, Okla., and David Dyer, 23, Oklahoma City. Warren Hremcr of the prison fci'in named Williams a; Ihe ring- UM'ler of the killer ol trusty-guard Bill Boharmon, 36. WASHINGTON, Jan. 2. (AP) — Senator Fulbright (D-Ark> appar ently is going through with hi plans for an investigation of th Reconstruction Finance Corpora lion's lending policies. He said yesterday he wants Con Kress to look into the situation soo after it reconvenes tomorrow. H also made it clear that he will as' a Senate subcommittee which he! heads to study policies of the RFC. Fulbright reviewed Its criticism of a s-M.OOfl.OOO RFC loan to the Kaiser-Frazer Automobile Company. He said the matter wasn't n question of the company's soundness. "The. big question Is whether the RFC should be permitted to go out and make a loan of that kind and that size," he said and added: "I frankly say it should not. It is not in the public interest. H is not a loan to small business and It is not a loan that contributes to employment." Loan Approved • When the RFC announced last fail it was considering a loan to the company, Fulbright asked that a decision be withheld until the matter could be investigated. The agency, however, approved the loan. RFC Director Harvey J. GunOcr- ion had different view In his testimony before a Senate-House subcommittee studying fiscal and monetary policies recently. He said the RFC considered the K-F loan a sound one and described the anlo company as a small en- Funeral Mass for Miss Emma Cox, 63. theater owner of Osceoln, will be said at 9 a.m. tomorrow at tile Gem Theater in Osceola by the Rev. William M. Beck, prie.st at the Immaculate Conception Church in Ulylhc- ville. Miss Cox, known In Osceola, Mississippi County and Arkansas for her business, civic and benevolent activities, died at the Baptist Hospital at Memphis at 10:50 a.m. yesterday. She had been a patient there since Tuesday, and her condition had been critical since "Friday. Through ..special dispensation of the church, the Mass is. to be at the Gem Theater, one of the two theaters managed by Miss Cox, and all places of business in Osccoia will be closed from 9 a.m. lo !0 a.m. tomorrow for the rites. Miss Cox. the daughter of the late Mary Fccly and Hiram Cox of Osccola, was born in Aurora, Ind., November 23, 18£«. and moved to Osceola in 1900. She attended school at Lafayette, Ind. Prior to taking over the maiiRge- ent of the Gem Theater in 1931, liy Harry T. Montgomery N'SW YORK. Jan. 2—</Tj—American business, taking heart from the way it, rode out the mild recession of 1049, enters 1850 on the greatest surge of confidence in ten years. Economists for industry and government alike, with a rare harmony of agreement, predict a strong first six months for the new year, with most forecasting a slight and gradual decline for the second half. They add it all up to a year of cintinued boom at levels equal lo or only slighty beow prosperous 1949. Business and government leaders generally echo publicly these views of their economic specialists. Not since before the war have they regarded a drawing year with sucl optimism. Even at the beginning 1948, which brought the peak o the postwar boom, forecasts wer clouded with fears. Now warnings of possible trouble ahead are barely audible amid the cheer. They point mainly to dangers of further inflation, and usually are coupled with criticism of the federal government's spending and deficit financing programs. Hut even here, the omens arc seen a number of first which were taken Japanese. Militarj States should In effect place the Island under the protection ol American forces. Formosa has class air fields over from the experts says planes from these fields could destroy Clark Air Forte Hasc in the Philippines as the Japanese (lid in 1941- Formosa based aircraft also could bomb U. S. air installations on Okinawa. A re|x>rt from Tokyo today said that Genera top military MacArthur and his planners believe the United States should make every practicable effort lo prevent the :rom captur- Chinese Communists ing Formosa. However, the reiwrl did not say MacAiilvur has even talked about direct involvement of American forces. Port Still MOSCOW, Jan. terpri.se as compared to other auto firms. In commenting on Gunderson's statement,'Fuib.ight told reporters: "I don't think Die average citizen feels that Congress had companies like Kaiscr-Prazcr in mind when it said RFC should aid small business." One of the Arkansas Senator's suggestions for future policies o! the lending agency was a $500,000 celling on loans. The ceiling couli he lifted only by special authoirty Fulbright said. Weather Arkansas forecast: Cloudy, occasional rain tonight and Tuesday Colder In northwest portion Tuesday afternoon. Missouri forecast: Cloudy with occasional rain or drizzle and con tiiiucd mild today and tonight Tuesday, rain southeast changinj to snow and becoming much cold er Rest and north. High today nea 60. low tonight In 50's. Minimum this morning—55. Maximum yestcrday-60 Minimum Sun. morning—47. Maximum Saturday—6). Sunset today—5:01. Sunrise tomorrow—7:07. Precipitation 48 hours to 7 a.rr today—1.83. Total since Jan. 1—1.63. Mean temperature (midway be U-oen high and low)—57.5. Normal mean [or January—30.9 This Dale Last Ycir Minimum this morning—28 Maximum yesterday -40. Precipitation Jan. 1 lo this dat —.18. not likely to become reality until sometime after 1050. Kp;\ili\istilienl Over The tl c w y car confidence is based not only on large order backlogs in many hulu.stries nnd continuing strong consumer demand, but, nLso upon the conviction that we had our long-Ieareti nnd long planned- for postwar readjustment In the mild recession of 1919. Until n o w postwar forecasting has been sobered with the realization that an adjustment was necessary and bound to come, and tha.1 it might be severe. The history of 1920-21. tlic period of sharp readjustment from the first world war, was expected by many to be repeated. Many experts now feel that no further shakedown beyond that of 1949 is necessary, and tl.at we can move along at a busy clip for an indefinite time. Tile good business forecast for 1950 should bring continued good times for the average cittzeft. There will be. as there were in 1849, variations by both industries and regions inirlhiB some people more than others. A fumily head with- in Force •2 _(,!>)_ Com- miinlst China's Mi:o Tzc-Tnng revealed today that the Chinese- Soviet friendship alliance of 1945 still is in force. Answering a question from a correspondent of the Russian news agency Tabs, (he head of Communist China's government said one of the main reasons he presently Is visiting Moscow is the "existing treaty of friendship and alliance between China and Hie U.S.S.R.." Traffic Accidents Claim 203 Despite Estimate of 330 Dead My The AssnetaU'i! I'rcss The nation apparently touk to heart advice (hat caution and earn would ijc rewarded in the new year Americans hid 1949 farewell and said hello lo 1950 by dodging UK. violence which wa* to take an estimated 330 lives In traffic slailghtei atone. The extended new year liolidaj was not without tragedy — deal] still reigned on the highway ant fire and violence took a wicked toll But the holiday weekend moved tc a close with accidental deaths run ning considerably lower than expected. The National Safely Cmincl whose figures usually lire nil »i cLirnlc forecast, predicted 330 per sons would die between c p.m., Fit day and midnight Monday, (loci time) In traffic; mishaps. The conn cil set no fiKiire for other dcuths. However, (ho final day of tl extended holiday moved near a end with 203 dead hi Irafflc ncc dents an there seemed little like! hood this figure would zoom to 31 Fires claimed 40 lives, and (ffi die in miscellaneous accidents, for lotal of 30H. During last week's llirce-d; Christmas holiday, the council sa 435 would die in traffic IriiKcdio The toll, based on an Assodat, I'rcss survey, came to 113, with ai other I(i7 dying In other accldell In last year's two-day New Ye celebration, there were ;iOD violc ted Cross Names )iredor of Drive deaths. 207 attributed to traffic a citlcnls. During the six innjor holidays ol 1949. 2.717 persons died in violent accidents. The toll in traffic accidents for the first H munUis of 19W came to 2fU50—about B5 every 24 hours—but tills figure Includes deaths occi'rriiiR months after Ihc accidents. The holiday toll covers only Immediate deaths. Miss Emma." as she was called by ' out n job or a businessman closing lends and business associates, was ashier of the Bank of Osceola. Served in Bank 24 Years She was a member of the board ot irectors and cashier for the banfc or 24 years before it was lirtnidatcit 1931. She then too): over opera- .on of the Gem Theater and later he Joy Theater there. At the lime f her death, she was a member f the board of directors of the •Kansas Theater Owners of Amerca, and a member of the St. Mathews Catholic Clurrch In Osceola. Her only survivors are an aunt. Irs. Jolin Evans of Lafayette, who la.s spent a groal deal of time with Miss Kmma" during her illness, ind two nieces, Mi-ss Mary Lorene ;ox of Hot Springs, and Mrs. Emna DiilahuiUy of Oiceola, named or her aunt. Hosary Mass was conducted al he home in O.;ceola last night, and . up shop \vas hard times no matter how prosperous the country as a whole may be. Total employment is climbing al year-cm!, hugging around the CO,000,000 mark and just where It was a year ago. As our labor force grows \vith the population, the area for unemployment Increases, however, and there are some predictions that the jobless total may reach 5,000,000 in 1950. tt whole million more than the postwar high reached in July of 1943. Banks and Offices Observe Holiday; Schools Re-open Tile holiday season ended today for pu.iils in the Blytheville and burial will be in the Ermeri Ceme- ] Dtncr Iv5 ississippi schools but several erv. under the direction of the ] l" lollc offices and some business Swift Funeral Home. , firms, including the banks, had Approximately 50 of her business associates and friends have been designated as honorary pallbearers, and the following will be active pnllbcarcrs: William Kroscr, of Portageville. Mo., A. B. Ward, Max Ste-! County, and about -1000 of wart. E. H. Rilcy, Tal Tongatc and J. W. Taylor. Finns Await Red Charge of Aiding 'War Criminals' HELSINKI. Finland, Jan. 2. rAP) —The Finnish government awaited j delivery mail, today the text of a Russian rote accusing this little Baltic, nation of harboring more than SO alleged Soviet war criminals in violation of the 1944 Russo-linnish pracc treaty. Details ot the note were not revealed, but announcement of the accusations In Moscow Saturday night was gravely received in this tiny Scandinavian country on the Soviet border. Shortly attcr the Finnish people heard news of the Soviet charges, President Julio Paasifcivi told them In a New Year's messaue: "There must be no enc'nies of the .Soviet Union in Finland, only friends.' Paasikivi did not refer to the Russian accusation, but In view of the Soviet charge his remarks took on unusual signilicance. The Soviet protest, said to have handed to Finland's minister in Moscow by Soviet Deputy Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko, demanded to know why Finland had not handed over the "war criminals 1 ' which Russia says Finland is harbor ing. extra holiday since New Year's, like Cliristmns. arrived on Sunday. But for others it was just another Monday with work to be done More than 20.000 school students reported for classes in Mississipp those are sU'dents In the 16 units of the Blytheville System, who have beer free of home-work, and school activities since December 16. County offices, state offices banks, the Board of Trade office and the Arkansas-Missouri Powc Company and several smaller offices were closed, and there was oniv- officc Outside Help Allotment Fight WASHINGTON, Jan. 1. (jV) — Ken. W. J. Fulbrlpht nnd Rep. Orcn KurriR, both ol Arkansas, linve asked for outside help in Ihclr fight to cbtuiRe the cotton acreage allotment law. Harris has appealed to 'several Arkansas organiv.ntlons to join him in seeking n revision of measure, Fullbright u'tl) nppcnl to the Senate Agriculture Committee to lake action. He said the House Agriculture Committee is prepared to net on legislation to empower the Agriculture Department to reallocate acreage which would nr>L be used by farmers to whom It wns nl- otteil. He told newsmen Saturday that ie understands the proposed Iciris- nfion also would set a limit below which an tnriwidunl cotton farmer's acreage could not be set. Fulbri&ht said he wants the Senate committee to consider similnr oropnsEils "to mnke sure (here will be no delny" after the House acts. Represent alive Harris predicted early passage of the amendment after Congress reconvenes tomorrow. Tn a letter to several Arkansas farm yeadcrs, Harris nskcd them to appea before congressional committees "to join us" In bringing about an end to the sitratmn. The letter went to R, E. Short of Brinkley, Ark,, vice nrcMdent, of the American Farm Bureau Federation; Harvey Adnms of West Memphis, Ark., secretary of thn Arkansas Agricultural CntincV). and Joe Ifartlin. Grady. Ark,, president of the Arkansas Farm Bureau. Arkansas Has I.one |)i-;iU Tn Arkansas, the New Year weekend had fewer violent deaths than did the Christmas weekend hi Aik- Rnsns.. ., .., . ^60 far only,.one fatal accident has ibeeii. reported In 1<)50. There were eight violent deaths during the Chris* inns weekend. The first victim of Ihc new yenr wns Hat tie May Bcbslnti, Ncjjro who was killed Ejy a hit-and-run driver in Little Hock nt 12:30 n,m road Expansion Of Social Security SAay Be Approved Hy Jack licit WASHINGTON, ,hui. 2. (AL>)—A broad expansion of Social Security benefits nniy he tho chief contribution to 'resident Trnmsm's "F;iir Deal" program from the session f Congress opening tomorrow. + Mr. Truman goes 'o Capitol Kill in person Wednesday to outline his mid-century year's program, with strong indications lie won't get action on .several of the nmjnr proposals lie will lay before the law- mnkerfl. Those nppnrently marked (or tiie shelf Include his expected recommendations [or compulsory health insurance, Taft-Hartley Act repeal, the Brannan plan ol farm subsidy payments and any tax increases ho inny suggest. Ill fact, Congress seems set ti) wipe out some wartime excise levies on such things as transportation, luggage and cosmetics, whether ov not the Picsident suggests such action, There arc battles In the offing on some ixniions of the President's refurbished "Fair Deal" program, such as n proposed middle-income housing plan, civil rights legi.slu- tlon, aid to education, continun- tlon of rent controls fttul any river valley development authorities he may suggest. Republicans May Help Even Republican,"; seem likely U> go along, however. In pushing through Die Senate a House-approved bill adding 11,000,000 persons to the Social Security rolls and increasing pension and death benefits. Representing a viewpoint of ono who Is often opposed to administration proposals. Senator Martin (Il-Pa) said ho will work (or the broadening of social security. Chnlrinnn George (IJ-o.a) has Kivcn the measure priority before the Senate Finance Committee. Democratic Leader i>ucas ot Illinois has predicted its speedy passage. Lucas called the Democratic Pol- Icy CommlUco together today (12:30 p.m., 1WT) for the first of Sunday. Stale police later found the car, abandoned, but hadn't plckr.il up the owner. Tor 1!)«1!>. Ibere was nn unofflcla total of 1.07-1 violent deaths. O these. 347 resulted from traffu mishaps. There were 204 homicides The last, homicides of last yea apparently were those of Vest,' Williams, 1!), and Sears McCoy. 25 Negroes of Drew Comity. Hhcrlf Jack Towlcr of Monliccllo sale llamp Williams, 05, surrenderc and admitted lie killed his es trnnged wife and McCoy late Sat inday night near WHmnr. Storms killed BO persons in Ark ansas last year. RiRhiy-scve drowned, 02 perished in fires an 14 were killed in aviation accident Weekend Rains In BfytheviHe Total 1.83 Inches T he DC v." year in HiyLhcvi floated in on rains Oml bey early Ne- A - Year's Kvc u nd by n in. today mca.surcd 1.83 IncJic Of this totiU. half ;ui inch fell late Saturday and the remainder tell yesterday. , G. \Vesl —Courier fs'nws Pholn H. G .West. BlyUiL-vtllc cotton rokcr, will direct the finul cnm~ aiyn comiitcled minimlly by tlic akuMiivlja District of the Am- ricnn Red Cross, it WHS announced odiiy by Noble Gil!, chapter chalr- uui, Mr. West, formerly n member ol be executive board, pt the tied ss Chapter, "will ninne (jroup rminnen and n-'city clinlrmnn Tor itylhevHlc before the campaign ipcns in March. The ijiiuta lo be reached Uiis ear has not been set up, but prob- bly will he approved by lied Cross lirt'.clors in Tcbvuury. Last ycnr a quota of $13,743 was set for the hnpfer- Funds to be collected cUiring Uic sccdulcd campaigns In Marcli will inancc the aKcncy'.s activities from July 1, 19;iO through .June 31, 1951. Jack Pintoy Robinson was direcl- ir of last year's campaign. It is ex- iccted lliat the campaign will be conducted hi much the usual manner this year, with varlnn.-; volunteer workers for group chairman conducting the solicitation. preliminary niovccs to get Congress underway tomorrow. He, vice President Barklcy f HDUKQ Speaker Rayburn of Texas ami House Majority Leitdor McConnncfc of Massnchusetts will get'.a Whito House message* s LUCKS already has outlined a program that will put the Senate to work Wednesday on n House-approved bill to repeal the oleomarg- GOP /s Urged To Return to 1943 Platform WASHINGTON, Jan. 2. (/Tj—Senator Morse (ft-Orc.) today urged his GOT* coHcNutuc.s to turn back to the 1918 Republican platform In their .search fur a statement, of party pr In triples, of the cloudy a skeleton staff at the post to provide Ixix service and delivery of perishables and special French Scientist Freed From Prison in Paris PARTS. Jan. 1. ifi — Onnrf>cs Claude. 77. famed French scientist. generally crc.dllr.cl a-ilh being the inventor of neon liKliU. has been released from jail where he W.TS serving a term for Nnzi collaboration. Clnutlc, also well known for his \vork in liquifying Mr, v/as arrcsled v/a.s the In Ifl'H and Riven collaboration life lenn. I^ler the Nearly a]l the rest tton nlso was having wet v.c-i\lher *ot!ay. Where it wasn't cloudy, it "Act. A ROKKV belt strapped country irom the Great I*akc.s atul Upper Mississippi Valley to Southern New England. There wasn't much of n heavy raiti fall alon« thi.s heJt—in most sj«l.s it was a | light ruin or dmzie, whlrli is nx- \ pcctcd to last through the d.iy. There was rain, too, in south- central parls of the country. The only wintry weather on the scene was in Montann, Northern Wyoming and Jdnhn where snow covered the ground and was expected lo full all day in the northern Hockics. sentence ivas cut to 10 years and Friday he was paroled, 1949 Biggest Auto Year DETROIT. Jan. 2, fffV-The aulo industry wound up Its biggest year •Saturday with an indicated output, in round figures, ot 6,200,000 vehicle. 5 ;. What It will do production-wise in 1950, of course, depends on Ihc nation's buying power. The auto makers know demand hasn't been satisfied. But they know, too, a more selective tendency has developed among car buyers. Knowing this, the car makers have been cutting price corners wherever possible. None of the reduction^ so far announced have been of major proportions, excepting as they affected so-called luxury models, like station wagons and convertibles. But even the smaller cuts on move popular models have Indicated the thinking among ear manufacturer*. Their busUiew ta becoming more competitive. Where they haven't been able to substantially cut list pricr.s .some innmifarUirers have red uteri the charge for optional equipment like radios, heaters, clocks and such Items, In one recent instance, as' mucli as $12 was lopped from the price of the radio alone. And such Itetus have become more truly op- Monal with the car buyers. Automotive circles hear considerable talk about 1950 production equally that of 1<M9. However, every make of automobile Is being given more promotion right now than at any time since the war. Some isdustry sources say the auto plants will build an average of 600,000 vehicles fl month at least from January through April of the new year. That means a sizable stock of cars will be In dealers* hanrfs when the spring selling season B«U under w*y In March. Missing Plane with Two Men Aboard Is Hunted MOUNT POCONA. Pa., .Fan. 2, .7T*< — SUito Pollen and volunteers searched the nig^d Pocono Mountain area of Eastern Pennsylvania today for any trace of a pla^R missing, MIICC Doc. 22 on a IHyht from Georgia to New York .slfUr,. The light plane, wirh Uo men aboard, has not been repurf.fd since it left linttimnrc, M<l.. lice. 22. Those aboard were James J. Hog- crs. Jr., Schenrr;tady, N Y • nnr| Colin Cousins, .smiths Basin, N.Y. Two Motorists Fined; Third Forfeits Bond Two mon were fined 550 and costs in Municipal Court this morning on their pleas of guilty to charges of driving while under the Influence of liquor and a third forfeited tomorrow, will dl-sums a move by OOP National Chairman Guy O. GubrtcKon to fte.t such H stnUtnrnt drafted for usrc In this year's Con- «]'[?.•<sional campaign. Senator MitHkin of Colorado, who hracJs the Senate Republican group, said lie had no objection to Hie plan. Senator Taft of Ohio, clialr- ninn of the GOP -Senate Policy Committee, V/ILS expected to voice hi.s views at a news conference late this afternoon. M in-:sc, often a Ixilky horse in the (.'publican camp, told a rc|x*rter 5ic- thinks any statement ol principles in which his party takes a sprdlic Aland on .sfwcilic issues "is bound lo be a step forward." 'At the present time," lie said, "thore Is n*i tjfficial Republican pro- tX'cmv.ic so uiiuiy Republicans In ConKK'.v'i have by their actions repudiated Ihc fine |roi?riirn that WP.S ofTered in the 1318 ncuubllf.ui platform. "We could £ft tiie jump on thi^ Democrats in tins campaign If wr would convene the policy group uncl rc<iETinn at least the major portions of [he 194ft platform, "I have always been at a 1o^ to understand v, hy the Republicans haven't b.urkcii up tlmt jjlattOrnj by uniting brlnnd such measures os the Toft IifJiiMni; bill, the Taft aid In nrliicallun hill and &omc of the other , .. ^ Tnlt profio?,tiln based on Ihc sound here in I9.M). princlpiil of federal aid to the stales." nrlno lax- Invllinp I-'iltljustcr The mca-sm-c invites a filibuster from butter stale Senators. Since it i.s a revenue hill, an excUte tax repealer already approved by the fiuuncc committee cauki lie offered as an amendment, Hacked up behind this on tho Senate's work sheet t> a compromise version of the busing point bill, a measure allowing business firms to fix their prices based, on a certain shipping point so Jong as there no colht.skin. Opponents have threatened lengthy debate on tills, Behind it will be a Jlon.se-approv- I displace*! persons amendment. The Senate has otdmed sent lo It by January us by its Judiciary Committee. With the row-provoking Issues pending. Miens lui^ .naflc it clcur that the administration will forCf 1 ,. a sho-A'(lr>v;n vote on v:hat, to the Southern IJpmorrrUs Is the most nh- jecltonalbe ctf tho Pie;.idfnt'<i civil rights inc^.snn'ft—the lair en:p!oy- ment propasal. All this adds up to plenty of .K I scrapping nu domestic qneMimi?., Uinl i.s likely to be paral- lelled in fiphlK over some foreign policy questions. OjJ|M)sr.s Excise Tax Oil WASHINGTON, J a n. J— ',TV— Senator Byrd fD-Viu nought today to .slap the br;4:ii;> on the 1 expectrcl drive in Conjfre.'v; for a quick cut In cxcl.sc taxes. The Virgin!MI, n leader ol the Capitol HEI! economy forces, .said he would like; to .sec ;i reduction of the wartime I'xeine.s~~1cvkv, on surh Items as telephone bilK transportation tickets, furs, Jev.t'lry. Ullage and co-niK'ticsr He ntkl"d that a decision oiiRht to be- put. off ur.lil Vp'Oll into the nev, > ess ion of Con- !?rt:i:> which brt;in.s tomorrow. Stork Apparently OH On Vacation; No 'First Baby 1 of 1950 as Yet The ?tork i.s fippurently one of the lncriy birds that took o Ions \vecK- eml to celebrnte the arrival of 1950. .By i:oon Uxlay, tho long-legged bird still h;id not been seen hover- in.? about ei'hor nt the two hospl- i:U< In Blytheville. Ton merchants plan to prce-t, the first a nival in Blythcvllln in 1950 with some 565 in Tiirrchanrti:-?. to .'red and clothe the flrM baby born House Prowler Suspect Caught Following Chase Sidney Robinson, Missouri KGEtro. was turned over to ML&saurt authorities yesterday following his driest earlier near Number Nine. The Negro is alleged to have entered two re.slrtencrs in Missouri Inventor and Educator Dies in Buenos A/res 1IUENOS AIRES. Jnn. 2. f..p» — Marqtns Octave lie Roche torV- Lucay, 88. engineer, university pro- tessor nnd Inventor, died here Saturday and, was buried yesterday. Ho was a son of Henri rto Rodic- fort who once wns Jailed In Tails for his opposition to Napoleon III, The ninrqnis hnd lived In Argen- M5.25.cash bond on a similar charge, H a few miles north of Number Nine I thu since 1912 and had been i He was surjirised In one of the' mathematics nnd phj^lcv; profe.vor Fined, were H. L. Weaver and C. homes biul chased to Number Nine at several universities. His Inven- S. King. B\>rfcitinB bond was Dancy where he was caught and held im-j lions had tn do with developments Craig, (til officers arrived, un radio and x-ray,

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