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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS DOUQ4ANT VOL. XLV—NO. 268 Daflj BlyibcTill* Coiurtaf feljthe*ille Herald Mississippi Valley trader AMD BOCTHKABT MISSOURI BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 1950 Truman Says U.S. «Demand for Arms Inspection Stands * WASHINGTON, *>b. 2, W>-Stnal« MoMafaon (D-Cona),. to- AJJ prop«Md Uui the United SUU-s BnderUJn: a bold, new fi»,- peace offensive to end the world's "tr«Iy tetrifclc am* WASHINGTON, Feb. 2. (AP) — President Truman nu\de plain today the, U. S. stands by its demand for tight international control inspections before outlawing atomic weapons, including- the projected new hydrogen bomb. . Mr. Truman a!so told a news* : conference he sees no reason' for formal notification to the United Nations oij his order for Ihe Atomic Energy Commission lo continue its work on atomic weapons, including the hydrogen bomb. Senator Vanclenberg (R-Mich), the Republican foreign policy jead-' er. has suggested that the President lei the world know this country is ready to stop work on the H- bomb If all such weapons can be outlawed definitely. Vandenberg said the President could act through the United Nations. A reported asked Mr. Truman about that suggestion. Mr. Truman said he does not. believe a separate notification to the U.N. is necessary. ^ Also, he said, he does not propose to use the hydrogen bomb order as a basis for a new move on the international control front. The President said this government has repeatedly and continuously marie its position clear to the TJntted Nations, that it favors international controls with rigid inspections. Keds Sa.r "Bip Bluff" LONDON, Feb. 2. UP)—The British press expressed hope today the hydrogen bomb may shock the world into atomic disarmament. In Ber* 1 in a So viet-li censed newspa per called the H-bomb a "big bluff" and said the U.S. will have no monopoly over it, Newspapers of all political leanings in Britain agreed that the threat of the new horror weapon . must new .soul searching in capitals of both the free West an: Communist East. : Said the independent London Times: "It Is the inescapable dutj of the western powers at least to seek csree'ment with Souet Russia on awnrfc jatatrqft; bowevfr rtmtft* U.S. Will Reject Trial lor Hirohito Soviets Want Jap Emperor Tried on Germ Warfare Charge WASHINGTON, Feb. 2. (A'J — A surprise Soviet proposal to try the Japanese emperor on crimlria charges Involving the use of germ warfare will be flatly rejected by the United States, officials said today. The exact response has to be worked oat by the State Depart ment alter study of> the charge. filed late yesterday against Him hito and four other Japanese. Pre sumably the other wartime Pacifli allies will be consulted. ' But diplomatic authorities sal< there is little doubt that this coun try's answer will be an emphatli "no." They look for most of th other former foes of Japan to lol low suit. To accept the Russian propose would mean (1) reversing a 194 decision by the 13-nation Far East ern Commission to wind up all th war crimps trials and (2) upsettln the American policy of controllin Japan during the occupation through the emperor. Responsible officials made plali they suspect a Moscow propagand maneuver. The U.S. has been press ing Russia to return 376.000 wa prisoners the Japanese-contend an still being held by the Soviets. Tokyo Reaction S.1 me Tokyo wac unic for crecy makes It almost for any democratic. goveriiment?to resist pressure for moie powerful weapons. . . only a system of international control could put an end to tills fearful competition." The conservative Dally Telegraph saw a chance there will be a change ot heart on the part of the Kremlin before It is too late. /The Communist London Daily Worker headed Its editorial with the words "it (the H-bomb) must be banned" and plumped for the Soviet plan for atomic contrors which the West, has rejected on the basis it does not provide for fool-proof intimation Inspection. Two Overcome By Gas Fumes From Furnace The conditions of Mrs. Hnttie risher and Grady Fairbanks were reported as "fair" today by Dr. O. 8. Alkinson after they were monoxide gas floor overcome b y carbon fumes from A propane furnace at the home of Mrs. Fisher. 101 East Kentucky, this morning. Both Mrs Fisher and Mr. Fairbanks were found in semi-consious conditions bv Mrs. Fisher's son, H. E. (Bud) Fisher. Mrs. Fisher was lying on a couch in the living room of her home and Mr. Fairbanks, who resides with the Fishers, was found silting on a stool In the kitchen of the home. Dr. Atkinson snid Mrs. Fisher was 1n the kitchen when first hit by the fumes and apparently made her. way Into the living room after becoming dizzy. Dr. Atkinson said it generally takes .several days for a person to cast off ;he full effects of carbon monoxide fumes after being stricken. Mrs. Fisher and Mr. Fairbanks have been confined to the home mirier a nurse's care, Dr. Atkinson said. Dr. Atkinson stated that a safety valve on the furnace Is believed '» have become stuck, causing an excess amount of gns pressure on the furnace. Gas heaters in other rooms of the house were burning at the time, he said. N. 0. Cotton Open High Low Mar 3131 3132 3117 M *y 3136 3136 3116 J uiy 3073 3073 3056 °-l 2885 28S5 2869 D " 2889 3870 2860 1:39 3121 3124 3064 2876 2864 New York Cotton Mar. May , July , Oct. , Dec. , Open . 3117 . 3124 . 30«D . 2872 High Low 3118 3100 3124 3106 3061 3044 2*73. 285* 1:30 3104 3111 304* SIXTEEN PAGES SINGLE COPIES FIVE CENTS Operators Accept Coal Truce Southeast Missouri Is Hard Hit By Ice, Sleet; Many P/iones Out PARACHUTE. KFhCtjE 1>AM -A pira-docloi rescue map of Yukon wilderness before going from Great Pills, Mont., in search of missing U. S. plane with 44 aboard. Left to right are: Lt. Wallace Boyd, parachuting physician, and Maj. J. c. Smith, chief of rescue operations at Great Falls. Both are of Air Force 4lh rescue squadron, McChord Field, Wash. (AP Wirephoto). Approval of Electoral v. Change in Month Seen WASHINGTON, Feb. 2. W>>—One of its hackers predicted today that a Senate-passed proposal to change the system of electing presidents will be approved by the House and sent to the slates within a Southeast Missouri was recovering today from an ice and sleet .storm which all but paralyzed that section yesterday and extended into Mississippi County in the area west, of Manila. Several towns In Southeast Missouri were still without telephone service today. The Arkansas-Missouri Power Company In Blythcvllle today reported some ice damage to lines In west Mississippi County but said the storm hit hardest lu the Hector and Kennett, Mo., vicinity. Some line damage also was caused in the Leachvillc, Monettc, Corning, Walnut Ridge and Pocahonlas areas, the company said. '• Damafe Isolated The ice affected distribution lines and damage was isolated, the company said. Most of the lines were back in service, and crews were brought to the affected areas froni surrounding points. Rain in Blytheville yesterday and last night 'brought another two- tenths of an inch of rainfall, boosting the total since Jan. I to 15,06 Inches. The temperature In Blytheville dropped to the freezing point again lust night. An Associated Press dispatch from Popular Bluff this morning eaid all .schools there were operating but the children were warned to avoid fnllen electric light wires which continue to break under the heavy weight of ice. Telephone service lo Dexter, Sike.slon, Maiden, Kennetl, Ca- ruthcrsville and other Southeast Missouri points, broken by the storm, has not ben restored. Telephone i company spokesmen here snid the only tines from Poplar Bluff in operation are to St. Louis. 6,350 Phones Out In Cape Glrnrdcnu, President C. W. Boutin of the Southeast Missouri Telephone Co. reported that B.350 phones In this area are out of order. He snid 1,400 of these are in Cnpe Gfrnrclenii, 1,000 in Kennett and 900 in Slkcston. Also affected are New Madrid, Portageville, Dexler, Senalh, Maiden mid points between. Boutin termed It Hie worse Icing situation In the history of his company. He said construction is stronger tliun ever before and that yet damage Is greater. The toll line hetwcne Dexter and Senalh, running through Kennett, will have to be completely rebuilt, he added. Most highways are open to traffic and are in fair condition, the highway patrol said. Highway crews lave worked around the clock since the Ice storm started to keep traffic moving. More Are HamHeSH LITI'LK ROCK, Feb. 2. <AP> — The number of persons mude homeless by Arkansas floods this year neared 20,000 today us continued, rain pushed streams to higher levels. The lied Cross reported lost night Hint 19,570 had been evacuated from flooded areas, principally along the St. Francis River In East Arkansas, And there was little change overnight in the Ice storm gripping the northern half of the state. The ice has hit primarily at pow er and communication lines and trees. Most areas reported no ice at ground level, and the state highway department said no roads were closed because of Ice. About a dozen roads In East Arkansas were blocked by floodwaters, lM>wever, lefal Rumfem dnmnd certainly will be turned down." Officials in Washington speculated the.move was designed to serve •wo Communist propaganda purroses: to distract attention In Japan rom the war prisoner dispute and o lay the basis for further at- acks on U.S. policy In Communist China and elsewhere. - . Ambassador Alexander S. Pan- Kiishkin filed the expected trial demand in a 22-page note which he landed to Secretary of State Acheson. It was understood similar notes went to other nations represented the Far Eastern Commission, tile agency set up after V-J day to fix policies for the Japanese occupation. The note called for Hlro- hilo's trial by an international court. Groundhog in Arkansas Had Little Chance to See Shadow Anywhere in State LITTLE ROCK, Feb. 2— (/F)— It wasn't likely Mr. Groundhog saw his shadow In Arkansas today, if he did stick his head out on this traditional day of testing weather conditions, he probably would have gotten it wet. According to tradition, the groundhog ventures from his hibernation to see if he can see his shadow on Feb. 2 If he does, he returns to six-more weeks of slumber because there will be just lhat much more winler. If he doesn't see his shadow, II is supposed to mean that winter is just about over. Professional weather forecasters take no olficial stock in the whims of the groundhog. month. By a three-vote margin, the Senate yesterday stamped its okay on a suggested constitutional amendment to overhaul the nation's 163- year-olci president election machinery. With a two-thirds majority required, the vote was 64 to 27. The proposed amendment must summon the same margin in the House, then get the approval of tl ree-rourths of the state legislatures, before it becomes the law of the land. Tile amendment, sponsored In the Senate by Senator Lodge (R- Mass), would give each presidential candidate 'electoral votes in proportion to the number of popular lotes he gets to a state. Thus, if candidate get two-thirds of a state's popular vole, he would get two thirds of its electoral vote as well. \ . At present, the 'candidate getting the most popular votes generally gets all the electoral votes in a stole. . Called Prospccls "Fair" Rep. priest (D-Temi). assistant Democratic floor leader in the House, told a reporter who asked about Ihe amendment's chances there: "I would say the prospects were fair for a two-thirds vote." Rep. Gossett (D-Tex) was more optimistic. He said he thought the House would Approve the Lodge amendment before tire end of the month. Before adopting Lodge's proposal yesterday, the Senate approved an amendment offerd by Senate Democratic Lader Lucas (111). H would require that a winning presidential candidate get at least 40 per cent—or a total of 212.4— of all of the nation's 531 electoral votes. Each state now has an electoral vote equal to the total of its U.S. Senators and and Representatives, That wouid not be changed by the Lodge amendment- If no candidate got 40 per cent of the states' electoral votes, the under the Lucas provision the 531 members of the Senate and House, voting as Individuals, would elect the two highest candidates by majority vote. Soybeans Open High LOT Mar 2297s 230',1 227 May 227*4 22B 7.?A'i July 221"i 226'i 226U Close 228'.'. 226'.', 220 ',= TB Association Goal Is 70 Per Cent X-Ray Coverage Here and Osceola The Mississippi County Tuberculosis Association and the Stale Health Department are aiming at reaching 70 per cent of the population «t Osceola and Blytheville with free x-rays during mass surveys to be conducted Feb. 23 to March 9. Plans for the schedules of the clinics are being completed and the towns are being divided into zones, with block chairmen to be named soon. At a planning meeting In Osceola yesterday, Mrs. joe Hughes was named chairman of the residential survey, and she is scheduled to name block chairmen soon to n-ork with her in getting 100 per cent participation from residents. The business section registration for the mass: survey is being managed by the KIwanis club at Osceola. Harold Fergus Is chairman ol the Klwanis committee, and is working with Roland Anders and Hyinan Weinberg, Other committeemen named yesterday were: the Rev. u R. SII1I, pastor of the First Christian Church, to contact church congregations to get them to participate; ornur Stevens Mid Herbert Smith, school students over H years of age; Mrs. Ted Wood, radio publicity; Sam Hodges, newspaper publicity; Chester Danchower and Steve Ralph, sound truck and newspaper advertising. J. ],. Douglass and Janet Gooch will be in charge of distribution of schedules among the Negro residents. Mrs. C. G. Redman, executive secretory of the Mississippi Counts Tuberculosis Association, which sponsors the clinics In cooperation with the State Health Department and county health units, said that two mobile units were to be In the county for the schedule and thnl a total of 13 survey days were planned for Blytheville with five to be conducted at Osceola. Mrs. Redman said that the paid Christmas Seal list would be nssd for personal invitation to have the free chest x-rays made, and that it was hoped that a greater percentage of the county's population over 25 Seek Farm Disaster Loans Missco Farmers Apply for Amounts From $500 to $40,000 Loans ranging from $500 to $40.000 are being, sought by Mississippi County farmers through the new disaster', loan-program set up about two weeks ago by the Farmers Home Administration. David C. Ncal, supervisor of the county F.H.A. program, said today that already 25 applications for the disaster loans have been received at his office. He said not all of those seeking loans were eligible under the new plan and that all applications had not been placed before the county committee for approval, so the amount to be loar.erl under the program was not determined. The disaster loan program was set up in Mississippi County because of excessive rains and in several other counties in Arkansas because of pest infestation and excessive rain. It offers a longer paying period and larger lonns than the ordinary F. H. A. loans for landowners and renters. ; Mr. Neal said that the 1049 program for the F. H. A. In Mississippi County had been one of the most successful on record, since 83 per cent of all operating loans and 1940 obligations have been met without liquidations, and an estimated S5 per cent will be met before the end of the fiscal year. In connection with the real estate loans, he said there has been 107 per cent of collections, with only one borrower in the county not having met his payments 100 per cent or more. He said an estimated 75 per cent of the borrowers in Mississippi county were veterans, starting in farm operations for the first time on family type operations, and that payments on operating equipment and the cost of operations on farms i" 1949 were heavy In many cases. Economy Move Afiects 18 Military Hospitals WASHINGTON. Feb. 2. (,T*» — Eighteen U.S. military hospitals will x closen or changed in status during the next five months. In ordering the move yesterday, Secretary of Defense Johnson estimated it will save 425,000,000 a year. It would not interfere with medical care of patients, he said. Johnson said some of the hospitals to be closed can be used for Veterans Administration patients and that he has authorized department medical officials to discuss the situation with the VA a^id the bu.-eau of the budget. Missco Farmers Hear Experts Discuss Use Of Land Withdrawn from Cotton Production More than 250 Mississippi County farmers were'on hand at the Court House here this morning to hear four experts from the University of Arkansas Extension Seryice discuss use of ;,1ftnd exit from cotton production by 1950 controls. The lour men, all of Little Rock, representing the extension service were J- M. Thomi\son f district extension agent; O. B, Brown, farm mnungemenb expert; J. Ritchie Smith, Kotton speltnHst; and Wheeler R. Perkins, agronomist. Three of the speakers warned farmers against relying too heavily on soybeans to replace 1949 cotton acreage. Plans Laid for Relief Program For Needy in Blytheville Area "The Biytheville Work Relief Pro-' gram, which .will provide work for needy unemployed, ntis organized 'today at a meeting in the oflice of County .fudge Roland Green, when representatives of church, wellarc agencies, and businessmen met lo discuss the unemployment situation. To be modeled after ft plan set 14 years of this 5'ear. age could be reached She explained that an effort to have a better coverage of ;urnl areas adjoining Blytheville and Osceola would be made this year. Similar planning meeting for the naming of clinic committees Ir Blytheville will be conducted sson Farm Bureau Makes First Drive Report Initial reports from 10 of the 13 communities in North Mississippi County show that 1,471 have been enrolled to date In the Farm Bureau for 1950. *. A goal xvn.s set up about two weeks ago for the communities, totaling 2,350. Two communities, Yarbro and Number Nine, both with quotas of 75, have reported goals already reached and at Blytheville, where a membership quota of 700 was set up, 611 members have been enlisted. Other reports Included: Leachville, 200 of a 400 goal; Manila, 200 of a 350 goal; Dell, 5 of a 200 goal; Half Moon, 20 of B 30 goal; Huffman, 35 of a 75 goal; Clear Lake, 50 ot a 75 goal; New Liberty, 150 of a 200 goal. No reports were made from Lost Cane, Armore) and Gos- ncll. The quota for the entire county has been set at 4,000. A report meeting was scheduled to be conducted at Osceola this afternoon, when farmers in that end of the county were in session for a soils use meeting with extension specialists. New York Stocks 1:30 p.m. Quotations: A T & T 149 |.g Amer Tobacco 753-8 Anaconda Copper 29 5-8 Beth Steel 33 3-8 Chrysler 653-4 Gen Electric 413-4 Gen Motors 745-8 Monlgomcry Ward 58 1-4 N Y Central 12 1-2 Int Harvester 277-8 National Distillers 23 Republic Steel 253-4 Radio u .1-g Socony Vacuum 16 3-8 Studebakcr 27 3-4 Standard of N J 69 1-8 Texas Ccrp 60,5-8 J C Penney 52 1-2 U S Steel 297-8 Sears .. 42 1-8 U.S. Considering Retaliation for Soviet Blockade WASHINGTON, Feb. 2— (IP,- The United States Is considering "counter measures" against new Russian transport restrictions between western Germany and Berlin, thn State Department said today. A department spokesman accused the Ru.wlans of violating the Paris agreement of last June which ended the Berlin blockade of last year. The Paris agreement restored an uninterrupted flow ot rail and motor traffic between Berlin and the Western zones. Michael McDermotl, State Department press officer, declined to discuss what counter measures might be taken. He would say only that all possibilities are being Investigated. During the previous blockade, the Western powers retaliated by putting an economic squeeze on the Soviet Zone of Germany. up recently at Dell," the plan will provide work with payment'for services lo be made by food for unemployed in Blythevlllfi and reaching first to the communities of the airbase and Gosnell. If additional assistance U available. It will be granted to others requesting food in payment for work. The Rev. Roy I. Bngley, pnslor of the First Methodist Church am president of the Blylhcvltle Minls- tfirinl Alliance, was nrcmed chnlr- mrm of the project, which will provide work until March 1 for those eligible. R. A. Porter was niuned secretary-treasurer, and C. G. Red man, Worth D. Holder, Judge Green, and R. B. Crawford, originator of the plan at the Dell Klwnnt. Club, will serve on the advisor; committee. Organization of the program was started at a meeting yesterday will representatives of the Red Cross Public Welfare, civic clubs, chnin her of commerce, ministers and businessmen, and completed at similar meeting tcdny. A committee will be. set up lo con tnct local businessmen, farmers, and others In H position to provide labor, and a work chairman will be assigned lo map OL.I the Indlvfdunl work. The work chairman will be centrally located so that those desiring assistance may contact him ns well ns those willing to provide work. The wage scaln will be about 40 cents an hour, and In addition the committee will contact local grocers In an effort to obtain a discount un the food to go to the workers In payment. The program stemmed from the unemployment situation and numerous requests for assistance received hy the public welfare office and the Red Cross office. Inasmuch as neither agency Is allowed lo give assistance tor those unemployed, other means ot providing for the hungry were sought. Mrs. Floyd Haralson, executive secretary of the Chlckssawba District o! the American Red Cross, said that an average of between 10 and 15 requests for aid an received there each day. It was pointed out that corn growers also are considering put- ing beans on land on which con- rols prohibit corn growing this 'ear. "If everyone In tho United States vho now Intends lo plant more ; follows . Uirougli with those ntenllons, we'll be here next year wondering what to do with lane prohibited to soybean production,' Mr. Perkins stated. Each of^! lowering production costs on all crops and exercising care that .sot! s not'robbed of elements necessary for Wrge yields v T Mr. Thomason pointed out-that "during the war and 1n the years just after It, we've been using ou land pretty fast.,Now Is the time we should aim for- 1 maximum pro ductlon and soil renewal." A number of factors the farme should keep his eye.on In 1950 were listed by Mr. Brown. He told th farmers: 1. Don't convert all excess acre Driver Forfeits Bond Thomas Jolly forfeited a $3535 cash bond in Municipal Court this -- - morning' on a charge of driving Southern Pacific ;... 52 1-4 while under the influence of liquor age to soybeans. 2. Try for reduction In produc tion costs. 3- Cut those costs whteh don' mean an Increase in profit. 4. This \K not a good time to bn, lund—generally speaking. Mr. Smith, confining his remark to cotton, finld efficiency Is key noting the thinking of competen farmers this year. He predicted that more carefii planting and production technique v.ill bring a per-ncre Increase l< most farms. l The Mississippi County farme may benefit from an Increased dc mand for various grasses, Mr. Per kins staled. He said many southern states ar encouraging "grass economy an this fact may make seed* scare Most of the seeds can be grow In Mississippi County." He also urged a crop rotatio program for every farm and tol farmers to arrange thel otatlon pro grains to support thel main ens crop. Each r.pcater was greeted wit questions at the conclusion of h address and a panel discussion all farm problems was slated follow the opening statements. Also scheduled to report on var tons farming practices were E Mulltns, H. C. Knappcnbergcr, Jl Smolherman, H. L. Salscll, Joh Stevens. Roy Davis, Vance Dlxo Oral Huncycutl, Stanley Fradcn berg, L. V- Wnrldel), Stanton Pep per, E. A. Stacy and G. L White. Keith Bllbrcy, county agent fi_ North Mississippi County, preside over the meeting. A similar meeting -was held 1:30 this afternoon In Osccola. Plan Approved After Collapse Of Negotiations Lewis to Give His Answer by Saturday; T-H Law Still Threat WASHINGTON, Feb. 2.— AP)—Northern and Western ial pt>erators today accepted resident Truman's proposal r a 70-day strike truce while act-i'inders investigate the oal dispute. They ad vised the White House of lelr acceptance shortly after col- pse of direct negotiations—begun Hy yesterday—with John L. Lewis. Lewis, chief of the mine work's, told reporters he would reply ) Mr. Truman by Saturday. He Id not say what his reply would Mr. Truman asked tor replies by p.m. (EST) Saturday and for-re- imption of full coal production on rtonday. r . . > In a statement, the northern and •estem operators promised their ooperation with the fact-finding ward "in the hope that It may find ust grounds for a fair and equl- able settlement of the current dls- ute." .. I . They said Ihelr.mines would b« eady for operations on Monday. Lewis blamed the operators for Elapse of direct negotiations. He aid they wanted government ta- erventlon. Less than »n hour after their econd session began, George Love, hlef negotiator for northern mino wners,'walked from the conference, com with this announcement: "Negotiations with the miner! ' lave been terminated.-" , , ••_. . He said the operators would hav« "full statement" later. Nlidin Both Sides Shortly after the crack-up of the negotiations, President Truman had ' nudged both sides, In effeol,,to get n toward an agreement. 'or^Iook.'-.' : to the White House to make" every possible move lo get full coal 'production. . '' •'•••; r He said his request for"a TO-day itrlke truce, did - not rule out pos-, ilble action under the Taft-Hartley ' aw. ; -. He would use the Taft-Hartley aw whenever ah emergency deve- pped,- Mr. Truman told a news conference. He could nsk a court for an 80- day "no strike" order by Invoking emergency provisions of that law. The union-operator negotiation* were resumed only yesterday atter- -loon, after a long lapse in efforts it settling the eight-month old coal dispute. After Love's first announcement, Harvey Cartwrlght, chairman of ;he Joint northern and western operators' conference, told reporters that the operators had broken off the talks. Cartwright said the operators would have a statement discussing not only what happened In the bargaining session, but giving also tb.8 operators' reply to President Truman's proposal for a 70-day truce. John L. Lewis told reporters thB operators broke off negotiations because they want government Intervention. Ho said the operators are "filled with enthusiasm with the prospect that this government may now move in through the courts, or through the Taft-Hartlcy slave statute, to do the Job on the mine workers which the operators failed to clo^ namely to reduce the mine workers to a position of servility.", Blames "Conditions" Lewis said the operators walked out when union representatives offered a motion saying lV»at the bargaining should proceed without advance conditions or qualification*. He sMd that at yesterday's opening meeting the operators sought to See TRUCE on Pago 5 Plans to Rebuild Gym at Shawnee Await Board of Education Meeting No platw for rebuilding the Shawnee Gymnasium, destroyed early yesterday by fire, will be made for several days. Grant Collar, superintendent, said today. Mr. Collar said that the board of education had not met and that no plans would be discussed until they could meet. In the meantime he Indicated that the athletic teams would schedule practices at neighboring gymnasiums. Mr. Collar said that school administrators from several surrounding schools had offered loans of their gymnasiums, and that even though It was not planned to work out any definite practice schedules II was hoped that the teams could get adequate practice so no games would have to be cancelled. In connection with athletic contests planned for the remainder of this season, Mr. collar said home games would be played on the courts of those scheduled M visitors. The first such game will be with Tiirrell, Friday night. Th game wa's originally scheduled f Joiner, but will be at Turrcll. Mr. Collar said that Insuran adjusters still had not determlm the exact loss, which was estlma ed at between J40.000 and tSO.OO He said that none of the clearir of debris of the fire could beg until the adjustments were con pieted. The fire, which was the fifl major fire at Joiner In the pa three years, broke out on the Inte lor sometime after Coach W. Rook left the gymnasium at II: pm. after a ball game and 12:. am. Flames In the building we out of control before discovered. Coach Rook said an estlmat $3.000 was lost In athletic tqulp ment. In 1947, the main school bulldfn was destroyed, earning a loss of »p^ proxlmately »150,000, »nd other fires have been at the superintendents home and at the library. Weather . Arkansas forecast: Mostly cloudy tonight and ?'riday. Occasional rain In south ana rast tonight and Friday, except freezing rain extreme northeast portion tonight and Friday. Colder northwest tonight and in southeast portion tonight and Friday. Lowest temperatures tonight. 15 extreme northwest to 40 exlrcme southeast portion. . .Missouri forecast: Fair tonight and Friday except mostly cloudy southeast and extreme south portions this afternoon. Clearing tonight, somewhat colder east and south portions tonight. A litllc warmer Friday. Low tonight, tO-20 south portion high; Friday, 25-35 south portions. Minimum this morning—32. Maximum yesterday—35. Sunset today—5:30. Sunrise tomorrow—6:57. Precipitation 24 hours to today—.20. Total since Jan, 1—15.06. Mean temperature (midway tween high and low)—33.5. Normal mean for February—43.4. Tlih n»te taut Ve»r Minimum this morning—17. Maximum yesterday—W. PrectplUttc* Jan. 1 to this date -S.17. 7 ».m. b*-

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