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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS , THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OP NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOOTU VOL. XLV—NO. 277 Blytheville Dullr Ne Blythevlll* Courier Blythevme Herald Mississippi Valley Leader BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS, MONDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 1950 BIGHT PAGES SINGLE COPIES FIVE CENTS Angry Miners Ignore Order to Work )ixie Producers Accept Lewis' Bargaining Bid Renewed Contract Talks Are Scheduled To Be Held Wednesday —Courier News Photo I.AKK STRKKT CHUKCI1 REMODELED—The corner stone for a $300,01)0 remodeled Lake Strce Methodist Chinch was put in place yesterday morning at special service. The Hev. E. a. Williams, (second from right) district superintendent for the Jonesboro District of the Methodist Church, presided. Those participating in the ceremonies were: (from left to light) George Stilwell, Charles McDanicl and H. <3 McHaffey, building' committee members; Dave Anderson, mason, the Rev. Mr. Williams, and tile Rev. Linza Harrison, pastor. Mr. McHaffey was chairman of the building committee, which has been conducting th project for more than & year. OddsCalledGood for H-Bomb Construction Despite Rumors Security System Is Discussed WASHINGTON', Feb. 13. Assistant Secretary of State John II. Ilickcrson said today the United Stales Is ready "at any time to sit down and talk" witli Russia on lite control of atomic energy. WASHINGTON. Feb. 13. fAP) — Some lawmakers said today there Is a better than even chance that U.S.- scientists will produce an effective H-bomb, despite recent reports that the outlook is doubtful. Although President Truman has ordered the Atomic Energy Commission to go ahead. Members of Congress have been collecting testimony at various hearings that suc- cws of the project still is a gam- fckV>nator Connally fD-Tex), merh- ••^R-'of the Senate-House Atomic Committee, told B reporter "there Is no assurance that we/or anybody.I else can make such a bomb." However. Senator Edwin C. Johnson (D-Colo), another member : of the committee, said he thinks chance. 1 ! of sttccess are 'proUy good." Other senators talked similarly. Housing Ts Difficult . Some scientists have told lawmakers the housing for nn H-bomb presents great difficulties. Others have said weight of the bomb mechanism may be such as to require much Irager planes than most current military models. It TVBS also disclosed that a race between the United States and Russia to build the first atomic- powered submarine may complicate work on the H-bomb, The Senate-House Atomic Committee ts said to be generally in favor of giving high priority to developments by the Atomic Energy Commission toward construction of a land-based model ol an atomic pile suitable for ship propulsion. Lawmakers said a nuclear-engine submarine would have obvious ad« *"\ntages in range and speed over esent conventional types. I 1 lib lie Opinion Mounts Meanwhile, public testimony piled up on the probable' terrible ness ol the 11-bomb. Albert Einstein, noted scientist, said at New York that if the bomb 4.8-tnch. Rain Soaks City Over Wee/cend Leaden'skies over Blytheville during the weekend poured 4.8 incites of ram during the 48 hours ending at 7 a.m. today. This brought the total prccipita-4— tion tor the city to better than 20 inches for 1950, or just short of half the rainfall Blytheville nor- niany gets in an entire year. Meanwhile, the weekend brought killing tornadoes crashing through Louisiana, Tennessee, Texas and South Arkansas. Thq heavy, four- incn plus rains were general throughout Arkansas and revived flood threats both in that state and Southeast Missouri. p'Jiq^ jjggjjijfrn. Drainage District, He said about the sam€"amount of rainfall was recorded-' north of Big Lake and slated that by nightfall .water is : expected to again cover that portion of Highway 18 Inside the levee and east of the bridge. Many Homes Surrounded Many home owners in Blytheville awoke yesterday morning to fine their houses surrounded by scvera inches of water. The rain brought added trouble: in the form of flooded-out floors furnaces and backeri-up toilets a: the city's sanitary storm sewer: again proved Inadequate to handl< the excessive rainfall. Water stood in many of the city' streets yesterday nnd today. At leas two streets—LaClede and Del mar— were reported Impassable due to th standing water and many other were virtually closed. Some Negroes residing in the arc; south of Dougjin Street betweei Franklin and Lilly were reportd moving furniture frotn their houses. R. Pi. Blaylock, secretary of Mississippi County Fair Association, said the pond in Walker Park has overflowed its banks and that the floors in the hog and main exhibit j buildings have water standing on j them ! However, he pointed out. ;io damage is expected to result from the temporary flooding. • The Arkansas weather forecast indicates that this area will get 'mpeachment Of Nationalist Leader Asked WASHINGTON, Feb. 13, (AP)—Southern Coal Prortuc ei-s today accepted John L Lewis' invitation lo rcsum contract bargaining on Wed ncsday. Lewis Issued the invitation Saturday as purt, of his compliance with court orders obtained by- the government under thcTaft-Hartley Act. By the words of his orders to miners, Lewis lias brought himself into cotnnliance with that court ordcv and another Hint directs a return to full coal production. But out In the coal fields the diggers sat on their hands today, refusing to go back to'work despite -he courts and the instructions Lewis has put out. \Vhal action the government might take under the circumstances was not clear. Justice Department officials, who have [he job of enforcing court or- (tevs, did not want to talk about it One official indicated, however that the policy for tile moment al least was to take no action thai might inflame an already heatec situation, Slay Still Act That was not to say it would not move if the coal strike drags on de- spilt the "stop strike" order issuct last Saturday. Joseph Moody, president of th Southern Con! Producers Associa tion, tohi reporters the group ha sent Lewis a message saying that I had "no objections" lo meeting with the union at 11 n.m. (EST) Wednesday at the Statler Hotel ere. Capsule Review of Coal Strike PITTSBURGH, Feb. 13. (/IV-The coal strike at a gUtnre: IDI.tC —First mine shifts failed to report today, UulleiiUtig Uie nation's 374^000 soft coal strikers will Ignore buck lo work orders of a federal rourl and John %/. Lewis 1BSUK—Kiglii-month-long contract dispute*. Scattered diggers began a "no con Ira ci no work" strike seven weeks ago. 11 erupted Into a nationwide walkout lust week. KFFKCTS—Nation's coul stockpiles ut lowest level in history; 35,000 filed and railroad workers laid off; coal rationing In some cities; railroads cut coal burning passeiififr ami freight suri-ice. WHAT'S BKJNG DONK—Fcilcntl court fesiu-i] 10-il:iy back lo work order, declared four UMW contract demands Illegal. Hearing is set for Keb. 20 on an 80-tliiy injunction under T:ift~!l;irttay Act, Lewis and the operators resume contract t LI Iks Wednesday under court orders. WHAT THK UMW WANTS—An increase in Ui elxisic dally wii&e rate from §1-1.05 to $15 a ilay. Also hi crease from 20 to 35 ceuls per ton royally for UMW pension and welfare fund. 372,000 Men Balk At Returning Until Contract Is Signed Critics Want Brannan Plan Applied to Spuds . j Congressional Opponents Feet Move Probably Would 'Backfire' and Blow Idea 'to Pieces' WASHINGTON, Feb. 13. {/Pj—Congressional critics of the Bnimirm 'arm plan said today they arc considering applying 11 to the surplus po- PITTSBURGH, Feb. 13. (A L')—Angry soft coal miners continued their nationwide "HO contract no work" strike full blast today. They ignored both John L. Lewis' work order and a federal court injunction, In some amis, lack of official notification Is delaying a decision by United Mine Workers locals on obeying their chieftain's order to | return to tno nits "forthwith." No mines are operating in the Jiirfjc bituminous {soft coal) producing areas except uuovgtmlzcfl or independent, union pits nnd those covered by new contracts with the UMW. Pennsylvania, West Virginia, In (liana, lUlnols, Alabama, Ohio anc oilier important- coal states all re |x>rt the strike Is as strong Thl week as last, Determined strikers vow they'! out until they get a contract TAIPEI", Formosa, Feb. 13—OT>)— Fifty-one members of the Control Yuan of Nationalist China have iigned a resolution to impeach acting .President U Tsung-Jen. LI is in the United States recovering from a surgical ojjeration. The Control Yuan has the power to Lm- pench Nationalist officers. The resolution will be submitted to the Moody said he was nd vised ,that other coal operator groups also will accept the Lewis bid for resumption of bargaining. .; Federal Judge Richmond B. Kcech, alpj\g with ordering an cud to the coal strike, directed,:the -operators and union to enter "good frith", bargaining immediately. , ' Moody had no'comment on the continued walkout in the coal fields" toclayl : Also in compliance with the court order, Lewis asked coal operators to next'plenary-meeting of-the Yuan. A date for the meting has not been fi.xed. tato issue. + "Economists tell us It probably would backfire and east about $400,000,000 this jciir," said one lawmaker, who would not permit use or his name. "That ought to blow the Brannan plan to pieces tor ever— but it might bo worth It." Secretary of Agriculture Brannan touched off a political explosion rccc n tl y by aski ng Sen a tors \vh » t should be done with some 50,000,000 bushels 1 of surplus potatoes taxpayers paid for under the present price- support program. Later, Brannan announced that a good part of them probably will be dyed blue—to keep them off the market for human consumption— and resold to farmers for livestock feed or use as fertilizer He explained, it might cost $15.000,000 just to move tHc spuds to places' where they could be given away to hungry people or used for industrial purposes, such as making alcohol. Brannan ••-oppose- 1 ; the presun farm , program, under whlcUt* the surplus potatoes accumulated. Wants Subsidies Last year, he suggested that per- shable foods, such RS potatoes, be allowed to find their own market >rlc e levels w I thou t govern in cut irice supports. He said farmers would Ret "production payments" if market re- .ums failed lo provide a fair Income, addmg that consumers would benefit from lower food price.*;. Congressional critics protested Lhat tills was nn attempt to subsidize consumers' grocery bills—as well as limners—from the Treasury. Both the KOILSC and the Senate rejected even trial runs on the Brannan plan, agreeing Instead on a new farm price-support program. Under this program, Brannan has announced he will again support potato prices at an average of Si.01 a hundred pounds this yenr, or about 9 cents below the average for the last crop which Included the much-publicized surplus. .It cost $225,000,000 to support potato prices from the IG4fl crop ami the 1949 cost is estimated to he about 5100,000,000. Over the weekend, Lewis bowet to the court order fuid directed hi 372,000 striking miners back I work. Hut with telegraph office closed on Sundays In many sma mining communities, severnl locals were late In receiving the official word. Some idle miners said they aren't working because this is the day they're celebrating Lewis' 70th birthday. The UMW president's 'Strike'May Cost Democrats Votes Delay in Coal Action To Be Costly in Fall, Senator Ellendcr Says By Marvin L, Arrnw.smUh WASHINGTON, Feb. 13. (/p) — Senator Ellcricler (D-La) contended, today that President , Tnimnn'a h ;m<lHng of the coal.strike will cost the Democrats thousands of votes in the Congressional elections next fall. •• Senator Humphrey (D-Mlnn> commented: "I doubt it, but .the Important Issue hi the welfare of the American people — not votes. resume bargaining with him next Wednesday. The operators said they would wait to sec if the men re- r . . , turned to the pits before answer- IE the resolution Is aaoptecl it m <r MII<= hid must be endorsed by the National * by Assembly before Li may be removed from oCCtce. Aquorutn of the widely scattered assembly would be difficult to raise. Some members are on the Communist China mainland, other «re in British Hong Kong and Portu g ues e M acao- Under the constitution the chief of staff cannot be absent from his duties for more than three months. Li may avoid impeachment if he signifies his intention to return soon. The Control Yuan also charged minister - without - portfolio Liu Huang-Shcn with misappropriating [Nationalist funds during his tenure of office as minister of economic affairs. LI developed, annihilation of any: even more water. lite on earth would be within the [ The prediction for this area holds that cooler and cloudy weather with occasional rain U In store. range of technical possibilities by: radio-active poisoning of the at- mo.-phere. William I,. Laurance, New York Times science xvriter, said at BaHi- .more that the bomb could be several million times more powerful than New Flood Threats LITTLE ROCK. frt?b. 13—MV- New flood threats harassed Arfe- -.ansas today after a weekend belt- the A-bomb. He said cities bc-mfced \ ing of heavy rains, thunderstorms. by it would be "uninhabitable for j and R small" tornado. possibly thousands of }c:trs;" j The heavy downpour has sent On another phase, some Iswmak- j many smiill streams on a rampage ers are discussing the possibilitv of throuzhout most sections of the a standard United - - - - Canadian atomic security system. vhat can be done if the minors refuse to work may shape Into a classic case for the courts. Responsible for Agents The law says individuals can work or quit without permission. But the law also says a union Is responsible for the acts of Its '"agents", and it might be punished because its members quit In a group. If Lewis and the con! operators get anywhere in the prospective renewed bargaining sessions, the legal questions won't matter. Coal production to end the fuel' shortage Is Republicans Press Attacks On Infiltration by Communists WASHINGTON, Feb. 13. (/T;—Republicans today pressed new 'attacks on what they called Communist infiltration into the government. In the forefront of this drive were* • Senators Martin (R-Pa) and Mc- was mentioned several during the discussion of the charge ] against Liu. Liu was charged with having given Li a sum equivalent to 530,000 as a "special' confidenttnl fund." He also was accused of Such a system, H was understood. would be a prerequisite to any j agreement for further sharing of i Sec ATOM on PafC 8 I state. The Onacliita River rolled over its banks at- several points today. In Eust Arkansas, return of flood victims to their home.s was slowed See RAINFALL on Page 8 having, at Li's request, given, him S63.000 to found nn organization known as the "modern nation society." There was no further explanation of the nature of trie society. News dispatches from Hainan Island, off the south China coast. said today a number of heavy bombers had been transferred there from Formosa to strengthen defenses of the Nationalist held island. Pianos for Hainan have been pounding Red invasion craft assembling on the Chinese main: ipposite Hainan. the government's main interest. Government lawyers wailed to see how many miners start swinging their picks again. It was even indicated they may wait to see how times thc bargaining talks come out be] fore moving for any contempt of ' the back-to-work Injunction, should the strike continue. Lewis—fined with his union a lo- tat of $2.130,000 for violating somewhat similar court orders in 1946 and 1948—told his union aides he was abandoning these demands. Kcech had ruled them probably illegal under the Taft-Hartley law. Store Owner and Would-Be Robber, ^Battle over Money with Toy Pistols A masked Negro would-be robber tried to hold up a grocery store here Saturday night with a toy pWol but was chased away by the scrappy Chinese owner, who also was armed with a toy pistol. That was the sto'r.v related this morning by Chief of Police John Fo«tcr and Deputy Sheriff Hollands Alken. They gave this account: The masked Negro entered x the store of John Chew on South Franklin street Just as Chew was closing Ms store for the wetk-end. ''e nulled n toy pistol and ordered O':<«w to He down on the floor. Chew did The Negro went to the cash register but found nothing. Then he went, into the Chinaman's living 0.- filers In the rear of Ihe store nhd obtained n cigar box In which Chew bad plt-td his <Uy'» receipts. When the Negro returned to the store. Chew spotted a loy pistol lying xmder a counter. He grabried It and ordered the Negro to give him the bos. The Negro refused and Chew attacked him. And as the two men scuffled the money box fell to the floor, spilling the change. The Negro then grabbed a meal cleaver but that failed lo stop the Chinaman and the Negro was forced to flee without loot Chew told the officers that he wasn't sure the gin the Negro was carrying was a toy one but said must have been because he never tried to use St. Chew told officers that dtirtn? the scuffle he attrnr?t"d tn p-il the mask- off the N'egro but th Negro bit h!3 thumb. Weather Arkansas forrcast: Occasional ain and colder tonight except few now flurries northwest and ex- -reme north tonight. Lowest temperatures 26-32 northwest and extreme north portions tonight. Tuesday, partly cloudy and cool. Missouri forecast: Cloudy tonight, clearing Tuesday. Light rain southeast and snow flurries or light freezing rain north portion early tonight. Colder tonight and southeast Tvcs- day. Low tonight. 25-32 east: high Tuesday, 35-40 south. Minimum this morning- 54. Maximum yesterday—6b. Minimum Sun. morning— 35. Maximum Saturday—58. Sunset today—5:41. Sunrise tomorrow—6:47. Preciplfation 48 hours to 7 today—4.60. Total since Jan. 1—20.04. Mean temperature <midway between high and low—57. Normal mean for February—43.4 * This Bale I.a*l Vt»i Minimum tMs morning—50. Maximum vest t ?rday--S6. Precipitation Jan. 1 lo this date —9.02. National Lecion Official to Speak At Meeting Here Leonard w. Moody, national vice • is " j commander of the American Legion and rom Marianna. Ark, will be fea- urcd speaker when Dud Cason Pos }f the Legion holds its Victory Din ncr at the Hut tomorrow- night. Mr. Moody is expected to com nent on the Legion's stand on Hoo 'er Commission recommendations The Blytheville po.it wil! be ccle brating passing the 1.000 mark i 'its 1950 membership drive. FxKd and refreshment.'; will be served at the meeting and admittance will be on made on presentation of 1950 membership cards. Following the program, a regular business session will be conducted. The meeting will gel under way at a p.m. and Carthy (R-Wis). They demanded investigation of charges thai the Truman administration is "riddled with Communists" and that the State Department has 57 card-carrying party members on Us rolls. McCarthy, who made the latter charge, wrote President Trumun over the weekend demanding that the 57 be fired. "Failure on your part (to act) will label the Democratic Party as being tiie bed-fellow of international Communism," McCarthy told the President. The Wisconsin senator noted that the charge he first made En a Lincoln Day talk at Wheeling, W. Va., had been denied by a state Department official. The 'official said it there were any Communists cm-; iloyed l)ic'department would like o know them and get rid of them. McCarthy charged that about 300 ersons had been certified to the sec- clary of state by a loyalty review >oard lor discharge but only 80 had been' fired. He said this action was aken "after a lengthy consultation with Algcr Kiss." Hiss, who has net been a Slate Department official for several years, st issue. In California speeches. Wherry pledged that if the Republicans get control Ihey will "f.cc to It that no Communist Is on the payroll of the federal government. Youth Faces Theft Chargs After Wreck Preliminary hearing for Jamc-sLee Gee, 19-year-oItl Portngcville, Mo. youth, on a charge of grand larceny wns continued until Wednesday In Municipal Court, this morning. Gee Is being held in the county jnil here on the suspicion of the theft of a 1941 model B"fck which he wrecked on an East Highway 18 curve near midnight Saturday night. He Is believed by officers to have stolen the car from Its pnrklrm pi nee In front of the Silver Slipper j nlzht club on East Main Street. Deputy Sheriff Charles Short, who Investigated the accident and s under conviction for iwrjury on arrested the youth, said the car evi- a charge he lied about passing sc-Miently was going too fast to make crel department papers to a Com- trie curve. The car left the anniversary ncUmlly was yesterday, Dave Fowler, president of UMW District 21 In Oklahoma and Ark- nnsns, looks for a continuation of the strike despite Lewis and the court. He said: "Some of the miners feel Hie government Is trying lo make convicts out of them. The miners fought for 50 years to get their union. They iton't want It stolen awny from them and lie reduced to slaves." "Apparently An^ry" in Indiana, where all 8.500 UMW diggers urc idle, President Louis Austin of UMW District il _ "Apparently the miners are "angry because they have no contract." In West Virginia, the Norfolk nml Western nnd Virginian said no mines are reported, working along their lines. About 14,000 miners are idle In Logan County, West Virginia. No mines are operating nca Harlan, Ky. Comment from rank and fit diggers showed their attitude t< be one of grim determination. "The injunction won't mine coa and we know it," said a miner a he flussellton. Pa., Mine No. Twi of Republic Steel Corporatlcn. Hi added: "Thnt Taft-Harllcy business s foolish. No contract no work." The government indicated It wf not seek contempt of court citation f all the diggers fail to report mediately. An official explained thl Is because of the time required the back-to-work orders to th fields. An Indication of sentiment cam as overnight crews failed to report at six mines In West Virginia and two In Pennsylvania. The mines employ 6,190 diggers. While the soft coal strike continued. some 80.000 nnthracltc fhard coall miners continued to work In Eastern Pennsylvania under the three-day work week Imposed by Ixjwls on the Industry at ar^e. And about 30.000 miners covered by new contracts secured by The President has trlctl to protect that welfare by every means at hla. command." . ' Ellender, who helped draft the Tatt-Harlley 4 law In 1017. told a cporter It was Inexcusable for Mr, 'rumnn to hove waited as long aa e did Lo act In the mine dispute. l.uw Invoked I.a.st Week The President set the law In moon a week ago after John L. Lewis, hlcf of the United Mine. Workers, ejected his proposal to name a, act-finding boord nnd arrange a TO-day truce-, without resorting to lie Tart-Hartley measure. Mr. Truman said there WKS no latlonnl emergency prior >to Jhe ... Irr.c i)e fcivoked the Jrtwv ariii therei^.' 'ore he had no Uuthorlty to 'lise It earlier. The President wants the Taft- Hartley law repealed, but said rc- icatedly he would use it when conditions warranted. "Waited Kar Tno f.ong" Ellcndcr said Mr. Truman "walled far too long and there are thousands and thousands of people wro think so." He added; "The Democratic Party Is linked with the efforts of the President to gel rid of the Taft-flarlley law, and his handling of the coal strike Is going to cost the Democrats thousands of votefl in the congressional elections next fall." Ellcndcr said even If the law should fail to restore coal production, most people are going to feel It should have been used sooner, Therefore, Ellender declared, the Democratic candidates "are going to feel the resentment of the public." The Taft-Hartlcy law, Humphrey lid, will be an issue just as it was the 19-18 Presidential and Con- rc'slonal elections. But he said icre is no reason to believe that lie coal case In particular would gure In the outcome. Traffic Remains Normal in Eerlin munist courier. Deny Seriousness Secretary of State Acheson has said he will not turn his back on Hiss, despite the conviction. Martin said in a weekend radio talk to Pennsylvania voters that the Truman administration has been "riddled with Communists." Fie added that those "at the very top'' had scoffed at protests and had denied that Communist Infiltration was a dangerous matter. Martin said the disclosure o; the Hiss case and "the more recent revelation that atomic secrets have been betrayed to Russia" should put the country on guard. He said he doesn't think Acheson is a Communist but he contended the cabinet member "made a bad and indecent blunder" in .saying he would not turn his back on Hiss, Senator Wherry of Nebraska, the OOP floor leader, and Senator. 1 ; Bricker (R-Ohlo) and Hendrlckson <R-NJ> Joined In the Republican chorus of criticism on the Commun- wny on the curve antl crashed into n telephone pole, snapping it in two. The car then jtimned a roadside ditch, corning to n halt a shr>rt distance from Ihe pole. Gcc walked av;ay from the accident uninjured J Deputy Short stated that >x>Eh j the city and county police received a report that a cor fitting the description of the one wrecked by Gee was stolen from In front of the night club, but thai the person re- Sporting the thcK neglected to leave iis name. Officers were attempting 3 locate the man this mornln?. Gee denied having stolen the car, Deputy Short said. BTRLIN, Feb. 13. (AP>— Berlin's highway traffic across the Ruwlan Zone frontlet was treated normally during the welcend, British authorities reported today. They said there was no indication of a revival of the "little blockade" bj the Soviet-controlled east German police that crippled trucking early 1 lhi= month. Armorel High to Accept Bids for Hew Building Bids for the construction o! combination gymnasium and cafeteria at Armorcl Hizh Sch/xjl to cosl approximately WO.COO are to be accepted tomorrow In the office of Armoret school superintendent. The building la lo be constructed of brick and tile on the There were no backlogs ol trucks t campus. The school at present has 1 at the frontier thk mornlnj. ' neither gym nor cafeteria. I-ewls with minor soft coal operators also were ready to dig. Has I.Ullc Kffccl The government's double-barrel- led legal action during the week end didn't have much effect on the striking miners. Neither did Lewis demand that they return to wort forthwith. In rapid-fire order there were these developments: 1. President Truman's fact-find In? board told him It was "Impera live" to protect tbe national r.eaKh and safety by getting coal produc tion resumed. 1 Mr. Trumsn asked for an in junction ordering the diggers back to work. 3. Federal District Judge Rich m >nd B. Kcech issued a 10-da temporary order for Lewis and hi miners to end their strike. He als set a hearing for February '20 \r dfttcimine whether the dlrectl'. should be continued for the full davs provided by the Talt-Hsrtle Act 3 'Y' Directors To Be Selected Three directors were scheduled to >c selected at the meeting ol the Blytheville "V" directors this afternoon In the "Y" nans at the City Hall. wo of the director posts arc appointive, and the third U to replace J. L. Verhoeff. who resigned recently, H was also expected tliat the group would approve the appointment of a representative ol the Blvthevllie .Ministerial Alliance at the meeting, also. Alonir with Ihe selection ol directors, three delegates wera to be named to the southwest area council meting at Wichita Falls, Tex., to be conducted next month. Two dczelatcs and the secretary ol the "Y", J. P. Garrott, arc eligible to attend. Standing committees were to be named and play ground directors for the summer playground Echedule were to rx; discussed. M'Arthur Gets Joint Power in Pacific WASHINGTON, Feb. 13. (/TV-The military high command announced today R has given Gen. Douglas MacArthur authority to assume control of American naval forces In Japrim'sc waters In event of emergency. Tills unification move was made known at a news conference held by the Joint chiefs of staff who have Just returned from a 10-day tour of Pacific bases. H was also announced that they have submitted R "lop secret paper" to President Truman on the effects on American security of the Communist advance In Asia. Ocn. Omar Brndley, chairman ot the Joint chiefs, WM isk«d whether Communism could be stopped al the borders of China with American aid. He replied this was primarily ft State Department decision and then volunteered Ihe statement that the top secret report has been submitted. Admiral Forest P. Sherman, the chief of naval operation.', said there 1.1 no evidence that Russia since the war has Increased the percentage of Its naval forces which are maintained In the Pacific. "It ts our plan to keep the Pacific Fleet as strong as we can within the total forces we have," Sherman said. "As you know, we have made minor adjustments In that direction." In respouw to quest lorn, Sherman also said he bcl!wc» that American naval forces In the Western Pacific are equipped and deployed to copo with any threat from Soviet Russian submarine strength. Before the news conference. Secretary of Defenj-e Johnson told reporters the chiefs had a "grand slo- ry of unification" in lha Pacific He also said he believed they had accomplished, savings of 16,000.000 to $10.000,000 by on-the-spot consolidations of military activities, Shermnn related that while they were at Tokyo the Joint chiefs ordered a change in Ihe Pacific.com- mand slruclure to "rtoffirrrj-! »n<J clarify" relations between**;.:Ways! • IOTCCS and General ' occupation beadtruariers.

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