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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS VOL. XLV—NO. 242 BlythevlUe Dally Ne Blythevllle Courier Blythertlle Herald Mississippi Valley Leader TUB DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OF NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS, TUESDAY, JANUARY 3,1950 FOURTEEN PAGES SINGLE COPIES FIVE CENTS '•'/ — Courier News Photo I-UCKV LINDA— The baby-lugging bird finally stopped at Blythe- villc, after IcUhig utmost two full days of the new year go by belore ne decided (o increase the population by even one. At 5:07 p.m. yesterday Linda' Melton, sixth child of Mr, and Mrs. Floyd Mellon ol Roscland, was born at Walts Hospital. Three hours-later he brought the various other items, -for the first first baby boy' t ;-the son of Mr. and arrival n.1 n city hospital. ' ' Red Statesman Certain That U.S. And Russia Must Eventually Fight Danger of War Is Very Real One, Smith Says The Melton children' ninge from 12 to four years, nnd Linda has two Mrs. Fred Ellis, 'Jr., also at Walls Hospital. ". Blytheville mticliants have' of- sisters and three brothers. fered prizes valued at about S65, The baby weighed eight pounds consisting of everything from the and 10 ounces at birth. silver spoon to the food to put into Mr. and Mrs. Melton are pictured lt, maUress, coverlets, shoes find with their child. , Jaycees Advocate Curbs on Spending Bringing tlie Hoover Commission's program for improved government lo the local level, the Blytheville Junior Chamber of Commerce last night formally launched its part in a nationwide "Operation Economy." Sponsored by the United States}. Junior Chamber of -'.Commerce,' "Operation Economy" Is being conducted through its 1,8110 local Jaycee clubs throughout trie country. Hoover Commission proposals. • Thc.-jC -..roposals me jimed at obtainif.j economy in .'.ne federal goverrcneiii, through such moves as reduction of the number of un- aieyessary and overlapping bureaus, cutting of "red tape" snarls, dis- ^riiKssing unnecded personnel from jByer-staffed offices and use of move. buf,me.?.s-liUe and less wasteful purchr<siiic practices, "Following more than a year's] study, the commission, headed by former Pie.sitlent Herbert Hoover, returned 18 proposals totaling more than 2,000.000 words. Is .laycee Project "Operation Economy" has been designated the Number One project of the j-ear by the U. S. Junior Chamber, and it may continue through 1931 and 1052. Education of the public lo obtain support for proposals is the goal of this project. Jimmie Edwards a past president of the Blytheville club, has been named Arkansas chairman for "Oi>eration Economy" and James Roy, as chairman of the Jaycees' Civic Affairs Committee, is heading the project here. Commitlcemen serving with Mr. Roy are William II. Wyatt, James Gnrrijier. Arthur S. Harrison, James Ncbhut, Jimmie Sanders and Foy Etchieson, The Junior chamber voted at its meeting last night to formally go on .ecord in support of the Hoover proposals. •, Mr. Edwards addressed thc club ^ night and explained the "Operation Economy" project. To Select Man-Of-The-Vrar In other action last night, piaiis for Jnycce Week. Jan. 14-21. were outlined by William Wyatt. chairman of Jaycee Week activities. Climaxing Jnycee Week will be presentation of the annual Distinguished Service Award to the "Outstanding young Man ol the Year." The award is presented each year to thc Blytlieviite man 36 years old or younger who is selected by a secret conimillee as having rendered (he most community service during" the preceding year. Winner of this award docs not have to be a member of the Junior Chamber. Mr, Wyntt. said nominations for Telephone Strike ....-•: •.' . * " •••(: •: . .:', - 1: Still Hangs Fire Trute Expires on Night ofJan. 15; Negotibtors Meet ST. LOUIS. Jan. 3. W>|—Negotia- '"«ta the S 0 »U,w Cs lcrn Bell Tclc- met again hoping to break a stalemate in contract talks before a truce expire at midnight Jan. 15. Union leaders have announce'.] thai, at the request of Gov. Forrcsl Smith of Missouri, they will postpone until that lime any strike action by 50,000 employes of the NEW YORK. Jan. 3. l/Vj—Mosl communist diplomats and slates- men east of the iron curtain seem convinced that Ihe Unilcd Slates thc Soviet Union eveiilually will so lo war. says LI. Gen. Walter Dedell smilii. former U.S. Ambassador to Moscow. It woula be "foolish to disregard the dimmer of \vnr" that is inherent in the current situation. Smith says in his book, "My Three Years in Moscow," published lomorrow. Tints, he warns, it is important to remember that the United States will be forced to. continue a cold war struggle "tluil may extend over a period of many years." "We dare not allow ourselves any false Epnse of security," Smith writes. "We must anticipate that the Soviet tactic will lie lo allcmpt to wear us down, to e.xaspemte us. to keep pi-oblng for weak spol.s, am] we must cultivate firmness and patience to n decree which we have never before required." I'enelratcs Curtain Smith's book hacks a sizeable chink In the iron curtain for a revealing look at what goes on beyom it. Tile book covers the critical period in U.S.-Soviet relations fron March. 19JC when he arrived it Moscov amid gradually rising tension, unlil the end of 1948, wlicl the cold war was raging. "The Kremlin." says Smith, "has embarked on an aggressive line o iction vl^ch carries with it th< possibility of war. That danger i; enlian^ed by the communist belie in the inevitability of such a con flict However. Ihe Kremlin's tes of the desirability of any polic: presunMl-ly Is whether it will yicli substantial gain in achieving th ultimate objeclive of world com niunism under the bolshevik dicta loryhip w'ithjut great risk." Tims, he says, Stalin may Ihin Russia better prepared after 10 more years of peace, with the popu lation refreshed and more five year plans behind the Soviet, Un ion. Smith does not say so. bul tl: possibility of Stalin's death—he now- 70—cannot be overlooked i such a line of reasoning. One wa or annther it would have a pro found effect on the course of his lory. Hints' of Trimble "At" present," writes Smith, yond question there appears to ist n war psycnosis among Sovie leaders. The fenr of Imminent war has been deliberately fostered for ' the past, three years by thc Soviet government nnd iLs propaganda agencies in order to impede Ihe economic recovery of the west, to spur the Soviet people to grenler industrial effort and lo hide present Soviet weaknesses. "Tlie resurrection of Ihe Comin- tern in Us new 'CommtornV cloak, the ni-gressive attitude of tlic Soviet delegations at international conferences, and the violent anti- wetter n propaganda cammign in inn thai company. Today's meeting between repre- Maragon Is Indicted On Charges of Lying WASHINGTON, Jan. 3. IAP)_ John Maragon, former bootblack who later had n pass to the White House, was indicted today on four charges of lying to Senate invcs- llpuors. If convicted by a jury on the charges. Manigon would be liable to possible penalties of 40 years imprisonment—two to ten years on each count. The date for a trial will he set later. A federal grand jury accused Maragon of perjury in: 1. Saying his only bank account in IBIS nnd 1940 was In the Union Trust Company in Washington. 2. Testifying Hint from 19« 1111- til July 1949, "he did not negotiate any government easiness and did not receive any money for negotiations; government business or for any work done by him In connection with tile government.." 3. Stating he was not employed by anyone else when he took n job wUh the State Department on n mission to Greece. 4. Saying he borrowed $5.000 from his mother-in-law in 1919. The charges are all based on testimony that Maragon gave hist July 28 to a Senate committee. The committee was looking into activities o! men who offered, for a fee that frequently wn.s five per cent, to land government contracts for business men. Too Much Rain Fell During 1949 And At Wrong Time for Farmers niyllicvlllc was the tiphnppy recipient of more Uian a foot nf CXCT rainfall Uurini; 1049 most of a cnine when It wasn't wniilcd. survey of last year's weather statistics showed today. sentativcs of the utility and tlv CIO communications workers' division 20 was held in the offices of the U.S Conciliation and Mediation service. Previous negotiating sessions have resulted invirtually no progress. Before today's conference, union vice president Frank P. Lonergaii said "It is evident Ihe company, by Us attitude, is rapidly exhausting Ihe patience of the governors am the public, and most certainly, the patience of the union. "We have stated before that the management has marie no serious endeavor in past weeks (o negotiate It remains to be seen if it will utilize the grace period arranged by Gov. Smith for negotiations or whether it will resort to the old tactics." The 15-day truce, arranged on the eve of a threatened strike In Missouri. Arkansas, Kansas. Oklahoma. Texas and a small Illinois aren close to St. Louis, was recommended nt a governors' conference Thursday. Tlie governors also suggested Ihe dispute be submitted to arbitration if no settlement is reached in that time. The union agreed, but the company has not commuted it.sclf on arbitration. Formosa May Gel Aid from America Report Has It That Arms, Money Due if Island Holds Reds Edilnr.s nole: Stunway ChciiR, veteran correspondent in China was dnsc connections In the Nationalist Kdvcrnment. The following clK]>:itrl] from him In Formosa \\:»s oblained from sourrrs considerctl reliable In Taipei], cnpilal of Nalloiialisl China and iieadiiuarl-rs of GeneralissiniD Chlans Kai-slu-k). Ily Staiiway Clien^ TATPEII, Rmnosa, Jail. 3. (AP) —Well informed sources said today,' U.S.'military and economic did will come' to Formosa if the N.itionnl- isls can holtl the Island from. Hed Cliinese for auotlicr six to 'eiyht week's. sources said economic aid will come from the 584.000,000 'unused portion of Economic. Aid Administration funds alloted to China and will precede military Rid. Military nld, they said, will mainly be centered in tlie 475,000,000 military assistance program voted by the American congress. This same source revealed both American economic nnd military assistance will be closely supervised by US. advisors whose status may not be a.s United States government representatives but as private individuals invited here by the Nationalist, government. Chiang Has Joh When Generalissimo Chiang Kai- iest conclusions were it not for "the i Shck a «''vcs from interior Ponno- Rumors of New Coal Strike Are As All But 7,000 Workers i Are Back at Work Following the Soviet orbit all confi despite soothing statements to the contrary the Kremlin has not «iven up its basic aim. the defeat of capitalism and Ihe conquest of as much of the world ns possible." All this would justify the frloo Total rainfall for last year was 58.74 inches, 12.74 more than average mean rainfall for Illythc- vllle as compitled by the U.S Wcalher Bureau. The heaviest monthly rainl'iill was 8.8 InchiMi | n Octnbcr, when larmers were iirayiug fur a dry spell tn allow them lo get Into Uie coltou fields. However, Ihc weather appeared o have tried to make amends for this, for the month wn.s November. Only .73 of an Inch of rain fell then and farmers were glad of it. Tliis year's rainfall was nearly six inches heavier than 19-18 precipitation, which measured 52.87 inches. Second \ month last year was March, during which 8.52 inches fell. Rainiest month from the .standpoint of days of precipitation wa.s January, when rain fell on 14 dnys nnd snow on one. Only snowfall was ia ; ,Ianuary, when two inrl-"s v?(!rn iiiusurcd in four days. On the last tiree days of snow, however, the all was loo light to measure. 10 Degrees IxiWf-st for 111 19 Lowest terii|wraturc of 1949 was ecordcd in January ,a mimcmim oC 0 degrees. The mercury last .summer never did hit the century mark til temperatures of 99 were rccord- d twice—once in July and ngnln n August. So fnr this winter. Die owest reading has been Vt2 degrees, •ecorded in November. Tlie mean temperature here for ast year was 61.3 degree. 1 ;, only htee-tentlis of a degree below Ihe .nnunl menu computed by Ihe veather bureau. The annual mean arrived at hy averaging nieati emperalltres for an area over n period ol years. The average daily maximum tcm- lerature during last year was 73 legrees and tlic average daily low tvdS 50.2 degrees. fact that the United States still is I stronger than Russia Ri-ssia tliis award must Friday. submitted by "Key Men" of the past year, elected by the Jaycces from within the club membership, also will be presented awards at the Jaycec Week Banquet Jan. 20 For the second year, a "Doss of the Year" also will be honored at the banquet. Arkansas Attorney General Ike Murry of Little Rock will be principal speaker at the award banquet. Pour new members were inducted last niRht, They are Robert A. Warren. Frank Ashby, Joe Warren and Benny Joe VanCleve. Soyb Mar Mnv July eons Open Hiah tax close 229'. 330'. 2271; 228' i 221 « a^ili 224'.i 2«'i 226 McGefice Resident Dies MEMPHIS. Jan. 3. <AP> - Mrs. Ida L. Jai«on. 63. a longtime resi- denlof McGehcc. Ark, has died here. Mr.s. Jnnson wa-s born In Cabol. Ark., but lived in McOchec for many years before moving here in 1940. She died at her home yesterday. New York Stocks 1:30 p.m. Quotations: AT&T Amet Tobacco ,.'.'..'.., Anaconda Copper Beth Steel '","., Chryslci . Gen Electric .....'.'.'.'.'.'.', Gen Motors ".... Montgomery Wnrd N Y CcnttHl tn' Harvester National Distillers .'. Republic Steel Radio '.'.'.'.... Hocony Vacuum Studcbnker Standard of N ,1 Texas Corp >> C Penney H6 1.4 -,\ 28 1-4 31 3-4 66 415-8 70 5-8 54 1-8 11 7-8 273-8 227-8 23 S- 8 121-4 16 1-2 271-4 66 1-8 CO 1-8 sa he will have his hands streamlining the p'ormosa defense and civil administration for the anticipated arrival of U.S. aid. Chiang is expected back from the Sun and Moon Lake tomorrow. Governor K. C. Wu's adminislra- lion, although only lo days old, already has scored two successes in Formosa. First was an amicable .settlement ol tlic dispute among Por- mosnn political factions who fought for power and widened provincial government representation. The second was the American educated Wu's new year's eve nn- from tlie communists.! nonnccmcnt ol overall economic Smith reports. The best nssurnnce of pence, he j lo hold Formosa's economy for at not. likely lo overtake the Americans for the next 1C years. Smith says. To meet the threat of eventual conflict. Smith says, thc United States must "use its own" strength to shield thc free nations of Europe from aggression white they rebuild their own defenses, just as we them our material resources to help revive their economies." A strong western Europe, no Itmser economically dependent 0:1 the U.S.. would be able effectively to resist jvtion to "support our convict'n Weather Arkansas forecast: Cloudy, rain this afternoon, l-oni.jht and Wed- ,„, nesday, except rain turning to snow i i n , MOM lion - i , i loniRht nnd no '! iuvcs i north nnd f' r - ' adds. -Is the slrcn-jth ami dclermhi- | 'cast six weeks. The program features the unlimited sale of commodities such a.s cotton, yarn, cloth rice, gold and medicines. Corruption Exisls However, the governor needs better cooperaitoii from the armec forces In order lo achieve more of his economic reform. This calls for ie stamping out of smuggling which is being carried out Inrg by the navy under the oi giving welfare benefits to naval services. Another badly needed reform is the stamping out of corruplion amon? certain army unil-s including the elimination of "paper soldiers' —names of non-extslant soldiers carried on the army payroll to enrich high ranking oflicers. These musl be righted, observers tay, if the morale of the Nationalis fighting forces ts to be heighten** and the over.strnlncd Nalionalls' financial crisis averted. 653-41—J5. central portions Wednesday. Colder elsewhere Wednesday. I.ovrcst temperature tonight 15 to 25 northwest portion. Missntiri forecast: Cold wave west and north this afternoon, spreading into central portion InniRhl and over remainder of stale Wednesday. Snow northwest lonighl and in southeast portion Wednesday evening: high today near 10 above northwest. 65-70 southeast.: low tonight zero to 5 above northwest, near 50 extreme hi?h Wednesday 5-10 above north. 30-35 extreme southeast: considerable g'azing. preceding change to snow over most of slate Minimum this morning—55. Maxtmi.m yesterday—C5. Sunset today—5:02. Sunri.5" tomorrow—7:08. Precipitation 24 hours to 7 a.m today—1.23. Tolal since Jan. 1—3.06. Mean temperature 'midway between ),i c h and low- r,o. Normal mean for January—39-0. This Date Last Year Minimum this ruorninK--30, Maximum yesterday—55 Precipitation Jan. 1 lo this dale New York Cotton N'.ar May July Oct Dec Open Hl?h Low 1:30 3033 3069 3007 2835 2828 3C83 3069 3007 2641 2828 3072 3066 2999 2835 2824 3072 3057 29W 2333 2828 N. O. Cotton Open Hish t/>vi- l:3o Mar 3076 3077 3Cfi4 3C6 May 3060 3061 3018 304 •'uly 2M6 2M7 20R7 208 0« 282S 2814 2825 5827 Ucc 2818 2820 281S 282C One More Killed; Search Continues Crippled Recluse Dies after Exchange Of Shots with Officers UTTI E ROCK, Al'k., Jnn. 3-M —Two mate f.iisuaUUis luive occurred in A rk a lisas' ^ reii t mn u- liunt for fiijrltivc convicts. The search seemingly cooled toilny after one of the felons meekly surrendered. A crippled recluse. clcsiTilx'd bj iieiRhIjr>rs us eccentric, wa.s wounded fatally last ni^ht in mi exchange of shots with 1111'inhc-r.s of a posse In a North Little I lock snlmr^. A stnle official, working witli thc of- ficer.s, was wounded. This happened sovernl luurs aftci 20-year old Ochi-s En ton of SUIwcll Okla,, — barefoot, disheveled anc hungry — wns cuplurocl wltlioul resistance nl nearby Scott. Ark. He wns returned to Tucker prison farm and placed In the death house for safe-keeping. It was from Tucker that Real on and three conipiinioRs broke out e a rl y Saturday, killing a Irustj Simrd us they fled nml touching off one of the -slate's greatest man- hnnt.s. It was not known whether Ihroc convicts still at lurgc; were together or hnd separated; whether tliey hiul eluded I lie posisc.s nnd bloodhounds or hnd taken rcfuiic, waiting for an chimcc to break through the cordon ol" officers. Oldster Killed Lee, fil, who lived alone in a small hoi me W:IK wounded fnt- ally and deputy .state fire marshal Walter L. McLavey, about 40. was wounded in night's .shooting. Members of tbe posse finiil that us they approached Burgess' house, someone opened fire, and McLavcy fell. 'Officers riddled thc house with bulk'Ls, and Hinges.s WHS found badly wounded. He died shortly nfler arrival at a hospital. [jjwe-y was n former deputy sheriff at Hot Springs nnd a close \ or uov. SUl McMatti. Thc Governor visited him at the hos- >llHl lust nlHht. McLavey's con<lt- ion was described as satisfactory, lie. wa.s wounded ui the mm, chest PITTSBURGH, Jan. 3. <AP) — Some 7,000 Illinois coal •iniiGrs today balkctl at going hack to work hut the rest of the country's '180,000 diggers dispelled strike rumors hy rcentering the pits. Over thc long holiday week, rumors circulated iliat John L. Lewis' United Mine Workers mi#ht stop work again to support their loaders' Ktmgglo for a new contract. •*• There was no annoiinrctl rc-nson the IdtcncM in the llllnnh urea Plans for 1950 C. of C. Banquet To Be Outlined Plans lor the annual Chamber of Cu : nmcrt,u banquet will be ont- ihml nt 10 a.m. Friday, u'licn the banquet committee meets at thc Chamber of Commerce Office. Last- year, more thnn 200 Chamber of Commerce mrmlwis ivtU^mlcd thc banquet when Frnnk Al^hren. editor of thc Cominrrclr»1 Appenl was the principal speaker. E. Tl. Trxomns Is head of the banquet, committee. Other members arc Graham Smlbury. Max H. \lc\t\. C M. Smart and J. Stanley Grcsley. One of the hichlights of (lie banquets Is the review ol thc year'? work by thc outgoing president nnrl project plans discussed by the new president. J. L. Gunn Is the retiring president and Alvin Huffman, Jr., current president. The banquet will probably be h sometime next month. Circuit Court Convenes To Hear Civil Lawsuits The first trial in the civil division of thc Osceoln District of Mississippi County Circuit Court that opened in O.sceola today wa.s scheduled to be heard at 1 o'clock this afternoon, Tbe morning session was occupied with empaneling of jurors and selection of 12 lo hear tbe damage suit brought by Mrs. Gwendolyn Hollifield against the Frisco Flail- road as the result of an auto- tratn collision in 1946 Judge Zal B. Harrison of Blythc- villc Is presiding. nd nbtiornen. Authorities have not yet given a -statement on Inn shooting, but n niL'mbcr of Uie posse snltl Hur- gcss told him bnforc he died Una "people out here hiivc been mean to inc." Four Casualties This raised tbe casualty lull In thc break :incl hunt U> two dead ant] two wounded. Town marshal Kcnnetj) I3ranttcy of I.onoke. Ark., was wounded slightly In a brief B'm battlR with the fugitives Sunday ni(;ht :is they evaded u rorul block. The dead guard was Hill Bohannon, Eaton, M-] ving time lor a rob- bery-kidnaping conviction, w u s found at n cabin near a rural store. A Nei-jro, noting that "Arkansas" hr«l been painted on tbe trousers seal of a barefoot rn:m who asked him for food, ant if tad the .storekeeper, W, A. Ner!y, who tn turn called authorities. Still beliiK btmtfd an; .James Terry WilJiaiii.s, M. Sheridan. Ark.. David Dyer. 2B, Oklahoma City nnd Jumr.s Itlieuai k, 22. -Sapulpa, Okla. Williams had been named the riiiB-1 trader of the break and tbe slayer of the guarct. Penitentiary Supt, Lc<: nansTcc has predicted that (lie men never would give up withnut, a H^nl. He said Kalon told him tlie four planned to try to n-ach Michigan, but he didn't explain why. Eaton f i Iso v;as tn lot n tl as say: that ho quit hf.s companions at England; because he didn't want to KCt mixed np in thnfr plans to steal an auioinolnto. HrnsJce ?mid lie didn't believe it. At Tucker, prison officials r|ii tioned the returned convict length nnd fed him. Although HrjtifiJpf expressed belief thai Williams, mir.uark and Dyer were Ktill In (his area, the manhunt bad broiKlemtf inVo While County. The prif/m chief Kuc.ssed that Uliotmrk mii;ht IK: headed for Kansas; Dyer for Oklahoma. The weather lust. iuKh.1 wasn't as severe as tbe two previous nJght.s, when It rained. However, track hounds could work tetter on dry ground. Jury Considering Hercy Slaying New Hampshire Doctor Accused of Taking Cancer Victim's Life MANCIIKSTEI!, N. H., .Jan. 3. (fl'i —A Brand Jury of 31 middle-mice! men convened today lo consider nmoiiK other ca.scs the question of ImUctlilK a. wlld-mannercd country doctor for murder in tlie "mercy" death of nu Incurable woman con- ccr piitlcnt. Dr. Herman N. Sander, 40. n former Dartmouth College ski captain, is accused of Injecting air Into thc veins of Mrs. Alibie llurrnto, 59, as she Iny on u hospital death bed n month njjo. In Instructing Uic f;rnnd Juror.s, Superior Court Justice. Harold E. Wc.scott Inquired If nny had signed widely eh-culMed petitions supporting (he accused physician. None xuld he had. Judge Wcscoll explained to the Jurors tlwl at, least, 12 of Ihcir incmlwrs must believe Dr. Sander BHllty In order to indict.. Court, attaches said more tlnui n do/.en cnscs would be presented -to [he Brand Jury nnd tluit ib was not coihiin when Dr. Sander's ctiso would lie offered for the Jury's consideration. All tlic cases will be considered before nny report is returned. The stnte charges thc Injection tt'ns designed to hasten Ihe death of Mrs. Horrolo by blocking thc passage of blood throli(;h her heart. She had been ill for several months uui, according to Dr. Sander, dltl lot have long to live. Has \YiitG -I'r.-icUce . Tlic physician, who has offices 111 his city, has n wide rural practice. He 1ms continued lo minister to his latlents since his release in $25,000 ball last. Friday. The specific charge against Dr. Sander Is thai he injected 10 cubic centimeters of air Into Mrs. lior- roto's veins. Medical experts rc- irlcd Unit a lOcc air Injection would not kill a normal piu Prosecutors .said, however, that lospital notations showed four such injections were given In succession Encouraged by n vole of confidence from most of his InwnfalkF In Candln. thc physician told reporters he still feels he was not legally or morally wrong and ns- serlcd the belief that "ultimately my position will be vindicated." Meanwhile, ciithanasl.sts made plans lo use thc Sander case ns :n hi seeking adoption of "mercy death law." Mrs. Robertson .Jones of New York City, vice president of the Knlhannsla Society of America, snld she had found public opinion In nnd around Man Chester receptive to n suggestion tha New Hampshire become the first .slate In the, nation lo legnliv.e "rc- Safe City, Joncsboro JOMTSnORO. Jan. 3 rAP) — Joncsboro has completed U* second consecutive year without a traffic fatality. Chief of Police Holman Mabry announced loday. Tlic last tataMVy on Uic. ,To«e.<;- boro streets occurred Feb. 13, 1917, he added. West Frankfort, T'lylorville, Springfield and cotilon. One miner said: "All f know Is that they (miners) just didn't show up." About, -1.000 UMW ill'jRors in (he Tuylorville-Kpritiiitk'ld area re- nmiiied idle. Koine of the miners reported for work at Taylorville but left before the shift began. At West Frankfort, 111., another 1,500 miners stayed home. Also nlCected was a strip mining area ' near Canton. II). Ten slrlp (surface) mines were elo.^td tbt-re by the refusal to work of about 1,500 miners. Kome reported but Immediately returned home. Illinois has u total of. about 2'.!,00(l UMW miners. West Virginia nnd Pennsylvania, he two largest coal producing tales with more than 2f)O.QOE) miners, led the return to work. Many roal Industry observers thought mi- 'air labor practices, lodged by on- •rntors against UMW President John fj. Lewis, had prevented major valkouts. Lewis linn had all -IRO.OOO minera )t] a three day week shu-e December B In one ot his contract mn- iciivcrs. For the past twr> holiday weeks, tlip diggers have worked only two dnys each week -oti Tuesdays and "Wednesdays. Cnrrrlnii Charsnl Tho operators (olrl the NI.HfJ tha short work week anmnnU to coercion on them to accept Lewis' contract leritis. While the miners \vern getting out their lunch buckets, tile Interstate Commerce Commission In Washington was sharpening Its pencils. It scheduled n mooting loday lo survey Ihc coal picture. Unless n-nre coal Is produced soon. th?.re may he a cut ordered for the mi- tlon's railroads which steam engines. Consumers will not bn ntfccted, ndcr current conditiims lor possibly a nlfmtli. ' Hut on every'hf>nd there arc In- dlcation.s this month will be a crltl- c'iil one f«r Lewis and tlie coal op- ernlors. Lewis claims to have signed contracts with numeroiis srnail operators, calling for n 05 cent per day pay Ijixisl in the miners' basin' Wngcs nnd a 15-cml per ton Increase In the royalty payment 1 : (o the UMW's health nnd welfare, fund. Under thc old contract, tlie b;isio dally wage was $1-1.05 and the royalty payments 20 cents a ton. The hig coal operators say they can't pay any more, because tliuy an! meeting stlffcr competition from oil and natural gns. Absence Unexplained SPniNOPIEMJ. I)!.. Jan. 3. MV- Most of the Illinois United Mine Workers stayed away from their Jobs today but union officials gave no reason for the action. UMW President John L. Lewis, visiting his atlini mother In Springfield, declined to comment. Hili!h While. Illinois UMW president, salrl lie had tint is ucd any instructions U> Ihe miners. "I don't know why Ihev're tint svorking," While <,:,id before ron- v.ilh lewis In his hold lief for incurable suflcrers." "This Is absolutely the best cnsc. yet lor our cause." Mrs. Jones s:ild.l fl "It Is good because of the doctor's! 1 ' 1 Integrity and because he didn't hide I While said Ibal n what he did." Mrs. Jones found an ally In slate Rep. liny .S. Sawyer Hl-Mancllcs- tcr). He .snld he felt "something should be done" about localizing mercy deaths and suggested that physicians draw up such a hill." •I ->f tlie Illinois mines have hrc-n working three days- n v. ( -,.k without a contract \vore Itllc-. Hi: indicated [lint 'livldnnl rontrartr; v.lllt operators were working. Most of there are small mines. Knrly report-; Indicated few of UMW members in '.day. NVrirly Thief Obtains Monument,,,, p. _ . i llunni'i were v.-orklliir Designs, Granite Samples \ -t.non were wie :>t i In Theft from Parked CarliJ,,^,,^^'^;;-^^"',,,^^ Theft two brief cases con- i , '" ""' Ca "'"" '"'<••'< d 7949 Postal Receipts Here Set Nor Record r r\vo ncv/ reconl.s uric olnl>!b]><:(l by Ihc lilythcvillo Post Ollicc year. Thc gross receipt';, lotnlinf! $137,- 843X8, Jumped $24,243 13 l/,cr 11)0 1948 rccnrd yrnr. when receipts totaled Sl!3.GOfl.7,i, Tlie monthly Rro^s receipts i" December set a llirce-viay record, (or thc month, quarter and entire year, In December the yross receipts were $48,028.23, over the J:i5.9:m Cfi of Inst year. This 30 per cent iturrnsos- for the month ol December was a ptirt of thc 21 per cent mcre.ifc for thc total receipts for the year. lainlrif; immmncnt de.siijns and samples of Kriinltc \vere stolen from nn automobile parked on Walnut Street. nlKht. It was disclosed l/Klny hy Robert G. Mcllaney. 1021 Wcsl Walnut, who k associated with his father In n'monument busmen on South !Ii«)iway 61. The monument designs nnd samples were valued at SMI), bub H wns suggested they voiild have no v.-ilue Ir, anyone not In the monnmrut i "' u ' '"' business. Mr. Mclfancy was viMlini't" at the .IncV; OliamMfn home. 11119! West Walnut, and mls.scd thc brief cases when he returned to his car. 1.500 at the Ne,v Orient and Orient Ni... I mines In Wi-t Frmkfort. At .'Jnnville. an off-rinf of UM\V Mill-district three sni'l r>50 of TOO miners were frllf> in .iroa. He ?aii! tv.-o small shafts In Catlin and IViris which had ^tirned Individual contracts with operator- were -.cork- in,'. The two shafts employ a total of SO men. nf thc UMW mines in fllin- 'T):'Vu!!li!T I hire- days •i c.,!it:-.i,'r. Horvcy Couch Named Director of Bank I.ITTLK ROCK. .Jan. 3. OVi--llar- vcy C. Courli. Little Hock banker. has been apiwinted a director of the Little Rock branch of the Federal Reserve Dank of St. Ixniis. Conch. \vho is executive vice- president of Ihe Union National Bank, I.ittlc Hock, and chairman of thc hoard of thc First National Hank, Conway. succeeds Emmet Morris. Little liock, whose second term is expiring. The board of governors of the Federal Reserve .System also have elected Stonewall J. Hcauchnmp, Little Hock, as director on the branch board. He succeeds Ralph renter . _ itimta.s. E. I'lnnkett. Little Hock, wholesale I The fmul Seal Sale Drive Passes Half-Way Mark in Missco Mrs. C. G l!f:dnt;m. ewriitivc sr-iT.'tary fur tlie Mis-i,~. i|,iii Onin- fv nriH'rrlilr.sK As-:ci:it!oi'.. r-nlfi today that a t.rtiii 1,1 ST.797.4:1 i, ;u l been collec-teri iliirln?; the recent Christmas Seal s.lle. The count; cji; i': SI. i.OOO. pliced at Mrs Rctiman ?n:d that returns still were received sinil that rcport.s are due from several of tbe community cnairmcn. Blytheville has reached $1.700,5<l of a SUM cfiiola and O.H-eola has reached S8I9 of a $2,01)0 quota. Tlic qitolas of llie.w two lov.ns Kioccr. who has been elected a ell- j berculo rcctcr of the parent organization, [conaty. than other comnumlty collected finance tu- control work in this

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