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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE DOMINANT NEW8PARB Of NORTHEAST APw«m»»«« AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI VOL. XLV—NO. 282 BlythevUte Daily BlyUierille Oourtd BlythevIUe Herald Mississippi V*lle* BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS, SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 1950 TEN PAGES SINGLE COPIES FIVE CENTS 28 KILLED, 100 INJURED IN TRAIN WRECK Coal Settlement This Weekend 'Doubtful Truman Plans No* New Action Till At Least Monday Decision Is Based On Hope Many Miners Will Return to Pits WASHINGTON, Feb. 18.— (AL J ) — President Truman's t'act-1'iiKlei's vcixirled today thai u sot'l coal settlement this week-end is "very doubtful" but tlie White House de- :icled against any further action at least until Monday. ••tries G- Koss told reporters, after the presidential board had seen Mr. Truman, that the chief executive will make no move over the week-end. Th decision apparently stemmed, at least in part, from strong hope on Hie part of David L. Cole, chairman of the three-man board, that the miners will go back to the pits In that time. "AH in nil," Cole told newsmen, "the general atmosphere leads us to believe that a great many miners . win go back to work Monday." Cole based that optimism princl- panly on the language of a new back-to-work plea addressed to the United Mine Workers last night by John L. Lewis. Used Different Language. Lewis told -the men to go back "forthwith" and Cole said the cal •was "couched in different language' from a previous, one which 370,(KM miners have disregarded. The board chairman said one reason -why he thinks' the miners wil go back to work is that they now believe their , local leadens reall; want them to do so. V -. Miners Likely To Reject New Order to Work PITTSBURGH, Feb. 18. (IP>— The first two United Mine Workers locals to consider officially John L. Lewis' new stop-strike command heard his order read today and Ihen stalked out of their meetings without voting on returning to work. Local officials said the action meant "the men will not go back to the pits on Monday." The meetings were held by the 500- member Ehrcnfeld and 800-member Cohcr locals near Johnstown, Pa. Lewis' lieutenants carried his back-to-work order into the soft coal fields but many of them said they doubt the miners will go back without a contract. Balanced Budget Not Impossible, Senator Claims Democrat Disagrees With Truman's Claim On Federal Spending Voge/er Enters Plea of 'Guilty To Hungarian Spying Charges , reporters afteV the 'fact-fir: r. Truman' office,.said the chief executive still has no intention of asking for power to seize the mines. Mr. Truman's position has not/ changed since last week's, news conference, Ross said. At; that time the President said he dirt riot' have selzuie powers' and did .not 7:ant them. , ,Ross .-.*,i Mr. Truman simply listened to '-he \vorld r s verbal report tcday, and the fact-finders then made a more extensive report to Dr. John R. Stcelman, the President's labor aide. Cole told reporters that Mr. Truman did not ask the board for recommendations on cither mine seizure on contempt action for violation cf the current 10-day court order against the strike. And the ftvct- finders volunteered no suggestions, their chairman said. Negotiations Resumed Cole's talk about a back-to-work m ovcmen t was wholly volu n t a ry Previously he had refused to mate predictions on the miners' probable behavior but after reporters ran cut of questions today he called (hem back and made his observation about the pro.specU. AVhite the White House confercn- •J went on, the negotiations be- twren mine operators and the United Mine Workers resumed at a hotel here. Lewis was not in on the start but he joined them later. Cole said the presidential board will try to keep the n eg din tors going as steadily us possible but will leave Ihe question of Sunday scs- sion.s up to them. The president in I bnurd reported that ''quite a gap" still separates Lewis and the mine owners. In that, as well as his talk about back-to- work hopes. Cole saicl Ue spoke for himself, stcdman, :md Federal Conciliation Chicr Cyrus S. Ching. Phone Workers Plan 'Walk-Out' Company Must Act To Avert Friday's Strike, CIO Says WASHINGTON, Feb. Ift— (A 3 )— CIO telephone workers said they will strike as scheduled next Friday unless their new 15-cent-an hour wage demand prompts company negotiators to "get down to business;" Company officials looked over the new proposal nnd, said: "We don't see how they justify it." Joseph E. Beirne, president of the Communications Workers of America, said last night ,that orders before By Jack Bell WASHINGTON, Feb. 18. I/I') — Some Democrats disagreed today with president Truman's claim that it Is impossible to cut federal spend- in-; enough to balance the budget. Chairman George' D-Oa) of the Senate Finance committee told a reporter he thinks that if Congress wanted to balance income and outgo It could get the job done. "The most distressing part of the present federal economic situation is the unwillingness to face facts and bring about a reduction in federal expenditures." George said. "I not only think we could balance tl\c budget but that we must balance it." Mr. Truman saicl in his Jefferson- Jackson speech Thursday night that it is "out of the question" to make revenues meet expenses ferely' by slicing the S4'2,«9,OQO,OQO outlays he recommended for the year beginning July 1. The President added that any BUDAPEST, Hungary, Feb. 18. — (ff 1 ) —American businessman Robert A. Voj-elcr pleaded guilty to spy charges today and said that as HII American agent he had been instructed to help atom, physicists esca|)e from Hungary. Calmly confessing to all charges in the indictment against him, the 38-year-old telephone company executive asked a Hungarian peoples court for "a mild sentence." He said he used his position as assistant vice president of the International Telephone and Telegraph Company as a "cover for my espionage work." Trial in Second Day Vogeler's unemotional plea oi guilty opened the second day of the trial in which he'and six others are accused of espionage and sabotage. The last three Hungarian defendants followed Cogelerand entered pleas of guilty. They were "Baroness" Edna Doery, a barmaid. Kele- meri Domokos, a chief accountarr for. the Standard company, and Dr 'Eeleplwn'e management .'. haOV be«a sent to all 25 of^the"union'si.'riegd- ;iaUrig divisions. - r V " "The next move is up to the company," Beirne's. statement said adding: "If company negotiators will get down to business, we yet be able to reach mutually satisfactory agreement and avert the strike! ; :v "If they don't there'll be a strilte for sure/' Bell System managers thus fa avfi_ refused, to -agree to CWA' demands for more pay, shorle hours and other concessions. Beirne said the 15 cent wag proposal was presented on a "pack age basis'" for settlement of th money items. He did not go into other union demands. In New York a spokesman for the American Telephone & Telegraph Company termed the proposal "hit and run bargaining" and said: "This is a strange way to do business. On Wednesday the union walked out on bargaining sessions and left town without ever having disclosed the amount of its demands." stvan Justh, a Roman Catholic iriest. Vogeler's British assistant, Edgar landers, and two other Hungarian defendants pleaded guilty yester- dady. Vogeler, who has been I. T. & T. •epresentative in Europe since 1945, declared he hud been a U. S. Army ntelllgence officer since 1942. As an electrical -and mechanical engineer, he said, "espionage in the technical field is my specialty." He testified that he had been Instructed by U. S. Army intelligence officers In Vienna to dig up special information about radar production, rockets, uranium and oil deposits in Hungary and to contact atom physicists and help them esca|>e. He was on the stand for two hours during the morning when he answered questions readily and witl no signs of weariness nor emotion Recalled to the stand in the afternoon, he declared: Mild Sentence Asked "I am sorry for the detriments deeds I committed against this couit ry mui I ask (or a mild sentence The court .said It would consLd Vogelers leniency pica. It could n be learned immediately what ible penalty Vogeler faces. Vogeler stikl he had been Instructed to commit sabotage by buying .iselcss material and stocks for the Standard Klcclric Company, an L r. &, T. subsidiary In Hungary, and to sabotage deliveries for the Soviet Union and other eastern European countries. He admitted giving the u. S. Army information on Hungarian military and industrial matters: and .said he had sent a nmp oi Hungary's telephone and telegraph system out of the country. (In Vienna, Vogeler's Belgium- born wife yesterday termed the charges "utterly ridiculous and faty- taslic." She asserted her husband was employed by the Kelloge Switchboard and Supply Company in La Grunge, III., in 1942—when he said in his testimony he first became an American agent—and tiki not go to Europe until 1945.) Collision Termed Worst in New York Railroading History ROCKVILLE CENTRE, N. Y., Feb. 18. (AP)—A crowded Long Island Railroad commuter train sped through a stop signal last night and ripped headon into another passenger train, killing 28 persons and injuring 100. Many of the injured were in critical condition. ~ ' * It wns metropolitan New York's worst railroad disaster, and the wrost in the nation in Jour years. The accident occurred on a makeshift siding, a single track handling two-way traffic. Jacob Kiofer, 65, of Baldwin, N- Y., motorman of the eastbound train, was arrested and charged with second degree manslaughter. "He ran past the signal," Nassau County District Attorney Frank Gulott said. Motorman T, w. Markln of the Red Cross Drive Opening Planned Campaign Leaders Map Program for Initial Gifts Phase alk about general tax cuts is just rank political hypocrisy." George, whose committee handles ax bills, said so far as he knows lobody is tidvocating a general tax eduction. But he added: "We have some road blocks in onr ax laws that ought to come out- If these can be removed we will strengthen the economy and the .reasury should gain, rather UYan ose, revenue." Senator Byrd, (D-Va-K a longtime ec/mcroy-advocate, Sxjed with George in declaring that the budget could ae balanced if Congress was willing to take off its coat and do the job. Every year a number of lawmakers make know their intention of doing that, but this promise seldom bears frntt when the voting starts on annual money bills. In a statement yesterday, Byrd attacked what he called the President's "embrace of chronic deficit spending." The Virginia senator went further to assert that what Mr. Truman has labeled his "Fair neaV program threatens to put the country on "a nonstop, highspeed highway to socialism," He named "socialized medicine. socialized agriculture and extension of socialised housing' as three distinct threats in this direction. Another Democrat, Senator Mc- Carrnn of Nevada, yesterday proposed a cut of £1.009.000,000 in next year's European Recovery Program. Production of Cleaner Soybeans, Creation Of Storage Facilities Are Urged for Missco A need for producing cleaner soybeans and providing .soybean etar- age in Mississippi County was brought to the forefront yesterday, when a 20-man committee representing joint Farm Bureau and Extension Service efforts met at the court house .to determine supplemental crop needs and set up a program for meeting the requirements. . . • •. The^ suggestions of the committee are to be coordinated with other farm- committees on agricultural planning and included in a booklet to be published by the Farm Bureau for Mississippi County farmers. Along with the soybean situation the funnel's discussed seed and corn production. The soybean situation for 1950 points to an increase in production, and Paul Hughes, field service director for the National SoVbean Association who met with the Mississippi Comity group, pointed out that if the South is to hold its own with.th" North in the export ^market, the means must be cleaner. * rjiscussion yesterday indicated Flood Dangers Grow Worse in South As Blizzard Whips Midwest States Osceo/o Girls to Play Keiser in Cage Finals; Leochville Boys Win Osccola and Reiser will decide the county junior girls' championship tonight at Haley Field gymnasium. In panics today. Osceola defeated Dycss 31-21 while Reiser hung a 2515 loss on shawnee. Lcachvillc defeated Osccola 32-10 and will meet the winner of the Blytheville-Manila game for the junior boys' crown tonight. E'even Methodist Churches To Hold Evangelistic Advance Eleven Methodist churches in this area will cooperate in an Evangelistic Advance beginning tomorrow and extending through Friday night. Visiting ministers from the North Arkansas Conference are scheduled Afoudvict services each evening at gPJF various churches participating in f he cva ngelislic effort, and breakfast conferences at the Lake Street Methodist Church will precede 10 o'clock services. The morning services arc to be joint services for the participating churches but Ihe 7:30 p.m. services will be at the individual churches, and set up under the direction of ihe host pastor. The Rev. E. B, Williams, superintendent of the Jonesboro District of the Methodist Church, wiH lead the breakfast conference nnd the Rev. Cecil Culver, superintendent of ihe Fort Smith District, will conduct the moYttlng services. The Rev. Mr. Culver will be at ttter-'First Methodist Church in Blytheville each evening. The Rev. Roy 1. Bettey, coftfer- ~tnce director of e\BngHtem, *nn I the preaching schedule*. Lake Street Methodist 'tiburcfa. Crest at Rig Lcke May Be Tonitrht A crest is expected at Big Lake 'tonight or in the morning," C. G. Redman, secretary of Drainage District 17. reported today. Mr. Redman said water at Kennett fell nine-tenths of a foot last night while the reading at Big Lake showed an increase of .32 foot. The reading nt the lake Is i 18.24 feel and Highway IB closed to traffic. is now is still Stalin Announces Soviet Candidacy MOSCOW. Feb. 18—Wl—Prime Minister suilln has announced he Mill run for re-election to the Supreme Soviet (Parliament! ncxl month in the Stalin district of Moscow. Dozens of Soviet districts had asked Stalin to be their candidate. New York Cotton with the Rev. Linzn Harrison, host )astor, will have the Rev. J. H. fioggard as visiting preacher, and the Rev. John Bayliss, di.-cctor of visitation. Wesley Memorial with (he Rev. W. B. Young Viosl pastor, will Viave the Rev. O. M. Campbell, visiting preacher, nnd the Rev. E. H. Hall as director of visitation At the First Methodist CTiurch, with the Rev. Mr. Baglcy, host pastor, will have the Rev. Mr. Culver visiting pastor, and the Rev. Horace M. Lewis, director of visitation. At the Dycss-Whitton church where the Kev. W. U Douglas is pastor, the Rev. Thurston Masters will be the visiting minister. At Joiner, the Rev. Ray McLcs- ter, host pastor, will be assisted by the Rev. W. Henry W. Goodloe as visiting minister and the Rev. O. C. •Johnston, director of visitation. The $ev. Lee Anderson, pastor of the OOMteU Methodist Church, will be «ssisted by the Rev. George Stew- *rt, Tlritlng pre»cher, and Ihe Rev. BUly Odom, director of visitation. The Rev. H.-L, Robl«m at I.u Sw CHllBCBtt •• PMC It Mch May July High Low 3233 3224 3257 3242 3209 3100 Oct J916 -363 Dec Mch 2055 2951 2346 2940 Close 3233 3253-54 32(M-05 2973 2953 2947N By The Associated Prtss ^ Flood dangers appeared growing more serious in llie south and a blizzard whipped across some mid- west, states today. The re.st of the country had fair weather, with many areas reporting mild temperatures. Rising floodwaters in three states threatened further evacuation of families to join -the 35,000 persons already made homeless in the flood ircas. East central Louisiana, southwestern Mississippi ;md Arkansas are the hardest hit by the floodwaters which have spilled out over millions of acres of land. An estimated 23.000 are homeless in Arkansas. Other hundreds long the lower St. Francis river are in danger of the overflows. The backwaters of a half dozen streams, tributaries of the Mississippi, have forced some 8.0W) to flee their homes in 12 parishes (counties) in Louisiana and five counties in Mississippi. The Red Cross estimated that from 8.0CO to 8,000 more may be driven from the lowlands by March 1. The 2,000 residents of Mnrksville La., were warned that they may he isolated completely in a few days. Floodwalcrs also crept toward the outskirts oi nearby Ferrtday which has a population of 3.500. Rising waters of .strer.nis in Miss ouri have made 3,000 homeless anc about 80 have been evacuated in Kentucky. Flood conditions In these wo states have cased. A blast of Icy air from Canad: vas pushing southward into th north central part of the country t spread over eastern Montana, he Dakotas and Montana last night and was moving into Neb- aska, Iowa and Wisconsin today. Blizzard conditions were reported n some parts of northern South Dakota and in North Dakota. Temperatures were near zero and high winds swirled snow into drifts, blocking many roads. Emergency Act May Be Used n Rail Strike Middling spot: 33.16N, up 13. New York Stocks Closing Quotations: AT&T . 149 5-8 Amcr Tobacco 725-8 Anaconda Copper 29 3-4 Beth steel 33 3-4 Chrysler 64 3-4 Gen Electric 46 Gen Motors ... 76 1-8 Montgomery Ward 573-8 N Y Central 13 Int Harvester . , 28 National Distillers 23 Republic Steel 203-8 Radio 15 3-8 Socony Vncurm 16 Studebakcr 28 5-a Standard of N J 67 1-* Texas Corp 61 J C Penney 60 U' S Steel 30 3- Sears 42 1-2' .Southern Pacific S3 3-4*—12.0*. WASHINGTON, reb. IB Wl—Pres- dent, Truman Ls expected to create an emergency board next week to avert n threatened nationwide strike of railroad trainmen anJ conductors. The National (Railway) Mediation Board advised the White House yesterday that the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen and the Order of Railway Conductors have called a strike for Feb. 77. Under the Railway Labor Act, the President can appoint a fact-finciinK board to investigate and rcoprl back within 30 days. The act also forbids a strike for another 30 day." after the board reports. White House aides indicated the President would set this emergency machinery in motion. he trainmen and conductors are at odds with the railroads over demands for a 40-hour week without pay reductions ' for some 83,000 yfiruniCii. They also are a.sking contract improvements for road men and dining car stewards. hat a grade system, offering a better price for cleaner beans, was at work in the North but that since soybean production in the South sprang up during the war—when any and every kind of soyljeans were marketable—it wns producing dirtier beans. Plans were outlined yesterday for soybean adjustment school this summer to help farmers get better combine assistance. Other plans call a 1 'meeting 'of : 'those who "buy soybeans to encourage cleaner beans, and n p'roiwsed grade pay scale In this area. Fear of losing the cxjiort market was the chief reason for heed of olcajicr beans, but it was also pointed out that at least one Mis- issippi County area hail been boy- ottetl by a large consumer because of the quality of beans put on the market from there. Soybean storage In Mississippi County, which provide* facilities or nbout 75,000 bushels, was found o be far short In the opinions of the farmer committee yesterday. Mr. Hughes said that In the face of proposed controls the storage was needed more than ever. He Campaign directors for the 1050 financial drive for the Chlckasawba District Chapter of the American Rrd Cross were completing plans today for the o;>enlng of the Initial- Kills phase of the drive. That phase will open Monday with n klckoff breakfast at the Hotel Noble at 7:15 a.m. R. A. Porter and O. E. Knudscn, directing the campaign in Ulythevlllc. have been selected group chairmen, and three member:: have been named for each of the five groups. They will meet with Noble Gil], chapler chairman; B. G. West, chapter campaign director; U G. Nash anrt J. L. Gunn, chairmen for collections In outlying districts; and Mrs. Floyd Hnralson. executive secretary for the chapter, to complete the plans and assignments. Eleven Chairmen Mrel community chnlr.men for outlying districts met for » luncheon meeting at the Rustic Inn yesterday to allocate community mjo- tas and assignments for beginning westbound train was to dazed to be questioned. He was sent home suffering from shock. The head cars of both electric trains were lorn apart by the col- lisslon, which, occurred at 10:35 p.m. (EST). The forward, car of the castbound train, loaded with early home-going theater crowds . from Manhattan, was sheared down the middle. It toppcled over spewing mangled hodEcs and wreckage along the siding. Piled Kirr De«p The dead, dying and Injured were piled five deep .atop one another. They sprawled grotesquely amid the twisted steel of the cars, the shattered glass and crushed seats. The one-track siding was being used temporarily because oj work on a • grattc-crosslng project. Police said that the enstbounrl traiti ran through a red stop signal as it entered the siding. The first car., had almost cleared the single track when the westbound train, coming down double tracks the campaign Blylhevllle. in areas outside ol said a surphLs condition that would make it necessary for the larmcr Lo have beans in storage hi order to be eligible for government loan or support, he Commodity Credit Corporation requires that beans be iivstorage to be eligible for a loan. Fielder Pecry, a member of the committee who Is presently inspect- Cose Continued Charges of driving while under the influence of liquor against Aurcvcll alley, Negro, were continued until [onday In Municipal Court this .orning. Bond was fixed at $150. Weather Arkansas forecasi: Partly cloudy .his afternoon. Fair and colder tonight and Sunday. Lowest temperatures 24 to 32 in the northwest and extreme north portion. Missouri forecast: Fair and colder tonight. Sunday fair, wanner west and north in afternoon. Low tonight, 20 to 25 south; high Sunday 40s southwest. Minimum this morning—29. Maximum yesterday—58. Sunset today—5:46. Sunrise tomorrow—6:42. Precipitation 24 hours to ^ a.rn today—none. Total since Jan. 1—20.06. Mean temperature (midway be tween high and low—43.5. Normal mean for February—43.4. This Dale 1.ut Yea r Minimum this morning—31. Maximum yesterday—53. Precipitation Jan. .1 to this d"at ing storage [or the Production and Marketing Administration, said that all beans stored here were in good condition, others pointed out that the beans stored at the peak of the harvest season when beans were 'selling for $1.75 were now receiving $2.20 for Ihe beans. and In cases where the beans were .sold for seed as much as S3 is being received. In this connection, 't wns pointed out that during one season the amount of profit from use of storage would more than pay the construction cost of storage bins. It also was pointed out that Arkansas soybean producers put only one bushel of soybeans in storage for each 1 1 produced, while in Illinois one out of four Is placed In storage. In Missouri, one out of nine bushel of beans Ls stored. The committee yesterday also voted to recommend that the Bly- thevillc Junior chamber of Corn- See SOVBEANS on rage 10 Team chairmen for Blylhevllle, to meet 'Monday^,, will include. Jbjsrv Caudln, Jlmniie Edwards, p?dfge Hubljord, Jr., E. R. Mason, and Rll- ey Jones. .- ; • Mr. Caudlll will head the learn composed of C. W. Kapp,.Loy Welch anrt W. H. Hutson. Mr. Edwards' team Includes L. E. Old, Frank Nelson, and Paul Foster. Mr. Hubbard's team Is Hermon carlton, Ross Hi-ghes, Jr., and Dick J. White. Selgbcrt Jicdel. J. Wilson Henry and B. J. Cure will compose Mr. Mason's team, and Chester Caldwell, W. J. Wimderlich, and Harvey Morris will complete the team of Mr. Jones. "Ilils phase of the campaign will be completed before the general membership campaign OIKMIS March 1. A total goal of $15,000 has been set up for Ihe chapter, with $6,000 to bo collected by outlying districts, and $9,000 In the area of Hlythevlllo. The breakfast and Die luncheon were given for the workers by the director, B. G. West. Quotas Assigned At the dinner, where Mr. Nnsh and Mr. Gunn acted as hosts, quotas were assigned to the following: R. W. Nichols at Armorcl, $300; W. E. Hagan at Huffman, $100; Hays Sullivan at Burdcttc. $100; F. A. Rogers at Clear Lake, $115: BUI Young at New Liberty, $175; William Wyntt at Yarbro, $200: George Hamilton at Gosncll. $120: Harvey Hart at Calumet, $15; Otto Scrape on the other crashed angle. siding, degree approach to the Into It at a 15 s The two trains carried some 1,000 passengers.^many: of vwhom' had crowded •in to the : torward" 'eft's. '-AlV T ' the dead and Injured 'were from the metropolitan area. Klefer was Injured—but not crit- Ictally—and a police guard was placed at his home until he could, be moved to the county jail for arraignment. Later, a doctor said Klefer suffered a possible brain concussion and could not be questioned for nt least 72 hours. Screaming victims were mashed lKiiciil.il Ions of twisted metal as the trains came together with a crash heard for half a mile. Doctors hacked nnd sawed oft arms and legs to free some of the injured, "An enstbound passenger train ran by a stop signal," was the official explanation of the Long Island Railroad for what was believed to be the worst accident in its llfl^'ears. 50 Doctors on Sctne Thousands of awed but curious spectators flocked to the scene while the desparatc cries of trapped victims still echoed on the night air. Every available doctor In the area was called to the scene. More than 50 responded and relayed the Injured into nearly i score of ambulances for transfer to hospitals in and around Rockville Centre. One doctor cut off a man's man- nt Dogwood Ridge, 580; Gene Flee-18 lctt Rr m to Bet him out of the man at Manila, $1.000; and H. D. Jncksno at. Recce. $60. Mr. Young at New Liberty will he assisted by James Mlddleton; Mr. Rogers at Clear Lake will be assisted by J. A. Hayncs, and Mrs. Margaret Haynes will be chairman of the campaign nt Yarbro. but was represented at the luncheon by Mr. Wyatt. Quotas and chairmen were announced for eight other communities. They are: Dell, the Rev. E. H. Hall. $600; Lost Cane, Ben Eoff and Garflcld Lewis. $300; Blackwater, L V. Wadrtcll. $100; Fl.it See KK.O CROSS on Page 19 debris. Another sawed off both legs of trapped Negro passenger. Many lay dead, 'wlslcd like rag dolls, their bodies broken In the split-second Impact of grinding of steel. "Kill me, please kill me," one man pleaded to rescuers. Another woman, tons of metal crushing her chest, screamed: "Get the weight off me." A white-laced, heart-sick rescue worker looked up 'at newsmen and gritted through clenched teeth: "We're not taking out bodies, we're taking out parts of bodies." Flood Relief Program in Southeast Missouri Shows Signs of Becoming General 'Give-Away Br Max Strum HAYTI. Mo., Feb. 18—(Special to Courier News)— What began as a •ellef program for Southeast Missouri flood victims under federal >Ian to give away surplus food commodities purchased under farm >rice supports, this week appeared to have become a general relief program, and was creating alarm among Ihe officials charged with Its administration. Hilton Braccy, Missouri stale chairman of the Production and Marketing Admlnlstralion, the agency through which the give-away program Is being conducted, saicl in Caruthersvllle last week. "It wasn't the Intent of the program to get Into general relief. The original plan was to issue the surplus foodstuffs to flood victims in the Southeast Missouri area' According to » ttvvty made at tb* start of the program several weeks ago, 11 appeared that a basis of 40,000 people could be used to ship in and tssue the free surplus foods Mr. Braccy pointed out that last week considerably more than that number In the eight-county Hoot- heel area received the foods, with the number headed toward additional Increases as more families learned the government was giving the commodities away. The counties and original base number of persons lo receive the foods 8,000; arc as Uunklln, follows: Pcmlscot, 8,000; Mississippi, 7,000; New Madrid, 7,000; Butler, 4,000; Scott, 3,000; Stoddard, 2,000; Riplcy, 1,000. Using pemlscot County «s an example, Mr. Bracey pointed out that while the original number of persons lo receive free food «as ncelved orders last week. His expressions resulted In Pemlscot County administrators and local committeemen scaling their needs for the remainder of the program down to 10.000 people. Still Flood Vlctlmi Several commlltecmcn declared that, In their thinking, a flood victim is slili a flood victim, whether he Is forced from his home because of the rising Mississippi and St. Francis Rivers or had been rained out of employment. During January, there was a new record set in continuous rainfall in the area. Only three or four clear days were noted during the month. This from kept thousands of the fields, causing workers distress among considerably more families than among those directly effected by,' flooded rivers. uott (arm families would have had at least one wage earner working as farmers conducted building, repair and drainage programs ns well as early plowing and customary "betwcen-scasons" work. But al! this has been rained out rciJcatcdly. On numerous farms, there still Is some cotton from the 1549 crop in the fields to harvest and this has been left standing. A large number of farm families expect to "get by" each January by snapping cotton. The federal give-away nf surplus commodities in southeast Missouri Is being conducted by the Stale Production nnd Marketing Administration, Food Distribution Branch, through county Production and Marketing Administration committeemen, the same federal organization set up for administering the See GIVE-AWAY n T»fe M ^•^^

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