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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OP NORTHJSAST AI^AMSAQ Asm 0™,™=,*™ .««, *** **"* ? ? ^^ VOLUME XXXVII—NO. 274. Blytheville Daily News BJytheville Courier i'AST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI Blytheville Herald Mississippi Valley Loader Stepfather Who Enslaved Young Mother Will Now Pay The Price BLYTHEVlLlVtf, ARKANSAS, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY <! 19-1 i..-. ... i - , ---------- -v.on.v-.m a tan price TOY kidnaping IKS stepdaujrjitei- from her husband and making her a slave m. the iexas cotton /ieids A iCHleral jury deliberated 42*. '™ n hlm • . Wlu e " ed ' lnd " put her to work in a cotton He Uiought she should pick t 250 pounds 01" cotton a day,' and when, .she didn't, ho beat her with SINGLE COPIES'FIVE CENTS him fn, , a i One witness said that the Mesh naiiy of death, bin was "heal or stomped" off her reel Harry J. Lemley and until the bone was visible •m-n/ii \ r o»* <•. j-r.i n.« .> ilsiit i •» f .__ * mat j Mrs. Garner picked cotton and his-chopped wood for the Millers six ordered ( months before she escaped, imcl icing today. j s | le swore that they beat her an on the same j average ol five times a week. She instruct-. .said C } iey Carved her and her her not guilty. ; baby, and that she lost 63 pounds, snowed thai, They made her wear eastoffs rags, done to her s ) m . sa id, and forced her to write lo i. i . *»**> J -i L. -••*-"«, •t.ni^.A.uj. ^v-V.L ilV.J, t\J W 1 1 1C v\s :J.?.± le *"*"* "' M "- ! 1W " usba '>" <" al d» «™»t «»i- ler's intimidation. Miller was convicted ol Uu-mg | another man. back to him; she had found MJS. Dorothy Gamer from her H", AU8 M * Millers- ""* S;d out - '» OT <« HIT BT SIfllKES Advance and Show'Your Photograph ^^aMatMittaifviy'^— r—i i mi *-' ' peaker Here Talk To Osceola Rotarians Concludes Series Of Four Addresses If the University of Arkansas needs a good will emissary foi Mississippi county, four varied groups agreed today that none would be more suitable than Dr. J. W. Pulbright. 35-year-old university president who commanded attention at four meetings here and at Osceola Monday and today. . • " -•Dr. . 'Pulbright addressed the monthly;.meeting ol the Mississippi' county Electric Co-operative, Inc., here yesterday afternoon, with more Mian 250 persons present, attended a dinner in cnnection with the 'Mississippi County Farm Bureau's annual meeting at the Legion Hut last night, was guest speaker'at a high school assembly here, this morning and spoke before a .Rotary club .meeting • at Osceola at noon. , Enrollment Has Increased Reserved and quiet-spoken, the yputhiul school head .-commented at' the. Farm Bureau -dinner that '/Mississippi county's enrollment a: the university has increased more than 100 per cent during the past several.years." Dr. Pulbright many highlights touched upon of the school's origin and growth, of its achievements in .spending most of its comparatively small—for a land- grant college—income upon agricultural extension service and 'research, and of its development of the arts and sciences college. Dr. FulDright reminded the 115 listeners around ihe Hut banquet room that a livestock program is being "pushed" ai the scnool because it Ls felt that such an Industry Is the ideal one to augment the state's agricultural industry. He pointed out that "since 1887, there nas been no scandal on tne campus in regard to school heads and authorities—that there has been only one removal oi' a trustee in 53 years." Three men were added to tne trustees" board. High Academic Standards "There are bo men in Arkansas University with doctor's degrees, many of them engaged in research vvorK." Dr. Fulbngat said, "attesting to tne hign academic .standing oi the institution." Without touching upon controversial mailers. L)r. fuioriglu expressed the opinion that "Tne state suffers from the lact thai- only aoout 15 per cent.of salutatorians and valedictorians in hign school senior cl;asses are abie to attend any kind of college or university., '"D'nfortunalely, Arkansas 'University has little money for scholarship funds," he commented. "But it is my idea that the effective approach in education—from a moral point of view—is to afford higher education to those who are capable and deserving, to offer a preventive j against need for social legislation by giving youth a chance at fit- ling itself for life through educa- Says Wage-Hour Law Will Affect Salaries Of L Wage Workers ow WASHINGTON, Feb. t.(UP)- The Supreme Court's decision upholding the constitutionality of the wage-hour law was hailed today gy Wage-Hour Administrator Philip B. Fleming as a "go ahead" to plans for increasing the wages of thousands of workers. The court's unanimous opinion, he said, also preserves wage increases already effecting amounting to $100,000.000 annually. The wage-hour act now calls for a 30-cent minimum hourly wage and a 40-hour week for firms operating in interstate commerce. In addition, the court sustained validity of a 32 & cent wage minimum lor the cotton textile industry established by special procedure set up in the act. "We estimate that the 30 cent minimum hourly wage has increased pay envelopes about $65.- COO.OOO." Fleming said. "Our wage orders, setting minimums of 32^ lo 40 cents an hour, account for an additional $35.000,000. "These wage orders cover the making of cloth and clothes, including shoes, paper and leather. A $7,000.000 increase for low wage railroad workers is to go into effect March 1." Fleming said economic studies have been made and work is under way "for eventual establishment of minimum wage rates above 30 cents an hour in every interstate industry employing a considerable number of low wage workers—that is, workers getting less than 40 cents an hour committees . ." Special industry to ' bring about these increases will be appointed "as fast as possible." Thousands Of Workers Idle. As Negotiations Are Deadlocked By United Strikes were in progress at, six plants engaged in national defense production today with federal mediators still striving for settlements. Negotiations in the two largest Strikes remained deadlocked with more than 13,000 workers idle and production delayed on government contracts totaling $50.000.000. One new strike was threatened. However, throughout the nation hundreds of plants were producing the normal output of defense materials. Would Affect Economy Tom Girdler, chairman of Re- miblic Steel Corp. said at Pittsburgh that pay raises in the steel industry would "touch oft" a vicious spiral ef inflation throughout the whole structure of our economy" and that "in the end that could lead only to far-reaching disaster." The Steel Workers' Organizing Committee (CIO) has been conferring with officials of U. S. Steel Corp.. pace-setter of the steel industry, on readjustment of wage contracts. The labor situation In brief: Milwaukee. Wis.: Report of federal conciliators who returned to Washington awaited in strike of 7.800 United Automobile Workers (CIO) members against AHis- Chalmers Manufacturing Co. tm- ion officials announced mass meeting- of workers endorsed demand for all-union shop. Chicago: International Harvester Co. officials • and leaders of Farm Equipment Workers' Organizing Committee (CIO) agree on .joint conference, federal mediator announces. Strikers renew demands for bargaining and higher wages at mass meeting. Jackson, Mich.: Three thousand CIO electrical workers threaten strike in 30 days to enforce demands for wage increases and closed shop at. Consumers .Power Co.. which serves lower Michigan. Rock Falls, 111.: Leaders of two unions agree to confer before taking further action in strike against Harvester' Co. plant. Independent union has voted to return to work, but PEWOC pickets' prevented ac- Cleveland, O.: Demands of 600 strikers at Standard Tool Co. for higher wages" and union contract still in negotiation under direction of federal conciliator. Bridgevllle, Pa.: Walkout of 1,100 Universal Cyclops Steel Corp. workers holds up production on orders for steel rods and ammunition components, Parkersburg, W. Va.: SWOC strike keeps Mountain Steel foundry normally employing 200 closed and delays defense order production. Union seeks recognition for bargaining. Stock Prices A. T. & T Am. Tobacco ... Anaconda Copper Chrysler Cities Service .. Coca-Cola . General Electric Genera! Motors Int'l. Harvester . Mont. Ward 160 1-8 70 5-3 23 5-8 82 63 7-8 4 1-2 99 3-4 32 5-8 48 35 3-4 N. Y. Central 12 7-f North Am. Aviation ... 14 3-4 Packard . 3 Phillips '.".'..'..' 36 3-8 Radio 41-4 Republic Steel 187-8 Socony Vacuum 81-2 Studebaker 7 Sfd of N. j. ..'.'.'.['.'.','.[] 34 3-8 Texas Cor 37 1-8 Chicago Wheat Driver Is Formally Exonerated In Wreck Golda Ayers, Hayti, Mo., driver of a pick-up truck involved in an automobile-truck collision which ™- V ^ „ . ki]led fivo occupants of the auto- Officcrs lo herve As Board mobile early Sunday near Marion, Ihe Farm Bureau meeting, at Ark., was exonerated of blame be- .vhich President F. E. Tor> inV '' Mc f — o-...-~- , _ . _ . Osceola, presided, resulted May Sept. Open 61 3-8 611-2 Mar. May Low . Close I July 611-4 617-8 Even Secretary of the Navy,Prank Knox has to show his IdentUUmion photo before he can enter'the Navy Building. The War Department i l'L.4. D «•***.»» C.H -L>^JJtl L LillTjl III has tightened regulations to prevent sabotage actlvity-HEA tclepliow. China Prepared to Fight On: Italians . CAIRO, Feb. 4. (UP)— Italian forces have abandoned their entire first line of defense on the Agordat-Ba- rentu line in Eritrea and are in full retreat, it was reported today. One British force; was pursuing Italians'from Agordat 'toward Asmara. • Eritrean capital, while another picked its way through difficult mountain passes toward the Italians fleeing from Barentu. The Italians retreating from Ba- rentu appeared to be in a hopeless position. They were fleeing down a mountain trail toward the Asmara-Addis Ababa road, presumably intending to take the mam read at a poini 40 miles south of Asmara. Their line of retreat was a most difficult, one, military authorities said, but presumably they had no other. However, pursuit was also difficult. The mountainous country is gashed by many gorges and r avines and covered with high brush. British empire forces were reported making satisfactory progress in Ethiopia despite Italian attempts to delay them by blocking gullies which provide th" only- passable routes. In the Dukana ?cnc. 90 miles east of Lake Rudolf In Southern Eritrea British empire patrols were reported yarning control of one water hole after 1 another. v The Royal Air Force announced lly JOHN R. MOU1US United Press Stan' Ciu-respondcnt HONGKONG, Fob. 4 (UP) —China is prepared to carry on her war against Japan indefinitely and to take the offensive if American aid is provided in sufficient quantities. The Chinese are suffering from Internal difficulties—some of them serious—as a result of four years of devastating warfare but they feel that their strength now Ls increasing relative to that of Japan. China's leaders have assured' me that- they do not fear a break with Russia which would cut off Soviet aid. Nor do they believe a fundamental Russo-Japunc.se rapprochement is likely. Other evidence seems to support their view of the situation despite current difficulties between the Kuomintaiuf and the Cliinese Communists. My tour made plain that China is beset with internal problems— mostly of an economic' character but some of a political nature. The same, however, can be .said of Japan, particularly in view of the : sweeping Japnne.se aspirations In! tile South Pacific at a Lime when the war with China Ls still going! on. ] Japan'.s problems aild ro.sponsi- 1 in her self-imposed task of i reorganizing Asia and the Pacific; under the ting of the rising sun! daily uppear more burdensome and ' Lending off house debate, Ills stand on Former "Isolationist" Reverses Stand And Urge. Bill's Passage WASHINGTON, Feb. -I. (UP)— Repmsenlnlivi! James 1 J . Richards, Democrat, Soul!) Carolina, — re- JiouiH-iiH', whul, he described as his former "Isolationist" .stand on i'or- Uyn policies - told tho house lodny thru- it .should pass the British aid bill no matter how much the axis powers may dislike It. He .said congress would bo "craven and cowardly" to defeat the bill because of a fear that It would make the dictators "mnd." the second day's Richards recalled foreign a Hull's in previous years and siiid he could not bo accused of being pro-British. He said that the lack of British appreciation for what tho United Stales hius done for Britain Is "one 3f the darkest pages of United Stntc.s-Britl.s5i relations." "But i don't want it said," he declared, "that Richards, because of his dislike for Great Britain, should cut on' his nose to spite his face— or cut off the noses of 130,000,000 people to splta their laces. The issue Is whether it is best for us to help Britain." he said. Representative Hamilton Fish. Republican, New York, opponent of the measure, predicted that the temper of the chamber was such that it would adopt amendments to limit the amount of money which could be spent for British aid and "to retain the war-mukhuj lowers in the congress where they belong." , ; . ; - ; , ••• ^ '<}:;. r .>~-y^-; R UPRISIN President Misses Death In Revolt; , - ..•.•''' ^ -.eaders Are Jailed ;b.ui v n% *tofecastr t'hab -ifhe-s bill'- would have a majority of 125 votes "must have been fnsod on the fact that ths majority expected vital amendments." He said that if the amendments he proposed were not accepted. "I doubt very much whether the bill will have more than f>6 voies majority"— an apparent admission of defeat. Representative .). Pnmell Thomas, Republican, New Jersey, frequent critic of the , administration, said he would support the bill provided "It Is amended to place a HAVANA, Feb. 4. -(UPJ-Tranquility of the western ttmispheve was disturbed today by an attempted Itvoll liomiry euup in (n.-.-acentral link in the dPfmV^ ft vW.*m 27 Injured By Engine Explosion DENVER, Feb. 4. (UP)-A ra'll- rond locomotive boilcj; exploded In downtown Denver today, Injuring '21 persons. • The 1% boiler was blown to bits and the pieces scattered"'.'• over an area of. hundreds'of feel.' Many of the Injured were occupants of un automobile parked at a grade crossing waiting 1 "for the engine-to pass. The bhust occurred just as the locomotive reached • the -crossing. It was a Denver and Rio Grande Western engine used for switching and In the cab was a hostler who had just picked up ten empty passenger cars at Union Station and link iii the defense system *of the Americas. President Pulgenclo Batista narrowly missed death in an assassination plot nnd suppressed an incipient revolt by swift stern action during the night which included the arrest of his chiefs of the army and mwy and the suspension of civil liberty, guarantees, it was reported. Assuming personal command of the armed -forces, Batista established headquarters at Camp Co- jlumliln, the Havana, and wns taking: The, • hostler injuries. Sixteen them to the 'escaped--., with yards. minor of the "Injured wore taken to Denver General Hospital where attendants- said they were, hurt only suporficlnlly. '' army base outside arranged to broad- Heads Of Committees For Reel Cross Named By Kendall Berry Chairmen of the various Red Cross committees were announced last night by Kendall Berry, local chairman, at a meeting of the board of the Chickasnwba district at tho local Red Cross office. Members of the budget commit-' .. ., ,. - tee of which Sam'H. Williams is limitation on the president's pow-j chairman are Rabbi Herman pol- ers." He sale! that failure to pass lack, Miss Clara Ruble and E B. tho bill would "encourage the alms Estes of wor-crazed dictators." othcr commillCR clmh . mea Q , Q as follows: Miss Ruth Butt, civilian home service; Mrs. T. R. Ivy, farm and home accident, prevention; Mitchell Best, first aid; Mrs. cast to the nation. He called congress to meet at the end of a 15 " day period during which, constitutional guarantees of civil Holies have been suspended and will ask. congress to approve his action. ; Heavy guards were thrown around the presidential palace. ' • Colonel Jose E. Pc-draza, chief of the army, and Coionel Aurelio Consoles,'chief "of the navy, were arrested a few hours alter announcement that they and Bernardo Garcia, chief of the national police, had resigned. It was announced also that Lieutenant Colonel Gutierrez Va- lesqiieis, commander of the First Army Regiment.at Santiago at the eastern end of the Island, had resigned and had been replaced by. Cnicf Inspector Oscar Diaz who telephoned Batista that everything there wns normal. It was understood that, Batista, surrounded by his aides at Camp Columbia, was busy dismissing some high army and-navy officers and >,omottng ; ; >qth£rsj j^noso -/loyalty .'nncl', dlsciplinoVwas ^unquestionable,, and "generally reorganizing. th~e : '~ r '| whole high command. The Cuba and Patria, -American" built escort vessels which are the" principal units,of the Cuban navy, rode at anchor; In the bay' ready for action. Army and navy leavas were suspended. On the uiiUuvry side ow holding her own against Ja- (hat bombing lanes made a .sue- morc dangerous. ccssful and_. heavy raid on Castel Benito, the big Italian airplane base ten miles south of Tripoli,! P au - The Japanese h:;ve made no yesterday. At least seven grounded; territorial yains In China in re- Italian planes were reported de-; cent monies and luive withdrawn stroyed. their forces In some area.s. . ------ _. , China, however, can not expect , r ~ f r* is. lo la!<;R lhc offensive without far l\eW Orleans COltGn .greater aid from the United Slates _ : than she lias yet obtained or been Next President? Does He Mean Willkie Or Hopkins? LONDON, Feb. 4. (UP)—Political circles reported today that Lore! Bcuvorbruok. minister of all-craft production, h»d told friends sifter recently having lunch with Wendell L. Willkie, that "1 have dined with the next president of the United Statc-.s this week." When asked if he meant Willie, • Beaverbrcok pointed out that he also had had lunch with Hairy E. R. Mason, foreign production; MJSS Anabel Bryant, volunteer service; Mrs. B. A. Lunch, junior red cross; Mrs. Samuel F. Norris, public information: Mrs. B. A. Bugg, home hygiene and care of the sick; E. B. Estes, disaster and relief; Miss Claru Ruble, program planning; Dixie Crawford, by-laws; Mrs. Bob G\vyn, homo service. Christy Malhewson, baseball L. Hopkins. President Roosevelt's i pitcher, often was referred to as personal representative. "Big Six." Services For Father Of Henry Humphreys S. T. Humphries, 78-year-old prominent Gates; Tenn., lumber dealer and father of Henry Humphreys of Blythevilie, died at his home at 11:15 p.m. last night. Funeral services will be held at Gates, where Mr. Humphreys had lived ail his life, at. 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. The Blytheville son was at his father's bedside when.;he passed away. Mrs. Humphreys left. here chLs morning to attend the funaral. New York Cotton WEATHER Open Hish Low CIo.se Close < But China has been encouraged 1037 1038 1036 103G 1039j greatly by American aid. AU 611-4 61 3-4 which President F. E. Tompkins, f ore Squire Mack Reives at Marion in yesterday. protest by one member when | A yers and C. H DeWeese Haytl Charles R. Coleman, Keiser, moved j grocery store owner and owner of that the group go on record as fa- the truck, told police that the truck vormg a plan to allow officers of was driven off the highway on to the Farm Bureau to act as an;the shoulder of the highway in an executive committee. The group effort to prevent an accident adopted the plan unanimously after the protestant was argued down. The plan gives the officers power WB P*ge 3^ The other machine sldeswiped the truck, however, killing all its occupants. The Haytl men were un- i injured. No Fire Alarms For City In Five Days For the third time this year the city of Blytheville is enjoy- mg an extended period without a fire. At 10 o'clock last night the lutn straight 24-hour period without a fire began. The fire alarm still hadn't sounded at the fire station at mid-afternoon today. A fire last Thursday night ended a 10-day fireless period.- Get. Dec. 1038 1028 978 974 970 1040 1036 1028 1025 976 975 973 963 972 965 Livestock EAST ST. LOUIS, 111., Feb. 4 t UP)—Hogs. 14,500-14.000 salable. Top. 8.00 170-230 Ibs., 7.85-8.00 140-160 Ibs., 7.10-7.65 Bulk sows. 6.65-7.25 Cattle, 4000 Steers, 8.50-9.75 Slaughter steers, 7.50-14.25 Butcher yearlings, 8.00-10.00 Slaughter heifers, 6.75-12.25 Beef cows, 5.75-6.75 Cutters and low cutters, 4.25-5.50 1036 1040 classes of Chinese with whom Z 102o 1030 talked lelt thai the United States 97-5 980 held the real key to the Far East- 969 376 ern situation. Some suggested that. 965 974 with the co-operation of the Brit_ ish. there exists a chance for achievement of an equitable peace in the next few years. T found no sign that the Chinese have been dismayed by the military odds against them nor by economic difficulties which admittedly are causing great hardship to the Chinese people. Confidence in increasing U. S. aid has been 'an Im- Mar. May July Oft, Dec. Jan. Prev.j Arkansas — Fair and slightly Open High Low Close Close : warmer in north portion tonight. 1034 1034 1024 975 972 964 1036 1037 1023 .073 970 967 1032 1032 1021 972 966 960 1032 1031); Wednesday fair with rising tom- 1032 1035 peratures. Memphis and vicinity— 1021 1024 tair and not so cold tonight. Low- 970 97i> est temperature 30. Wednesday, 966 973 partly cloudy with rising temper- 960 965 ature. Highest 52. Hope Abandoned For Seven Men Lost With Army Bomber MORTON. Wash., Feb. 4. (UP), for the scene. They carried a —An army searching party today! portable shortwave radio transmit- ?ccs to the wreckage of a twin- j ter to report to the main search- motored bomber, missing since Jan.! ing party, which left at dawn. 16. with seven men. There was no I Aboard the Douglas B-18—a light hop^ that any survived. j bomber—when it took off from McHarry studhaltcr, 32. and Tom j chord Field. Tacoma, Wash., to Harper. 30, woodsmen, said they; practice bombing over Muroc dry sighted the wreckage on Huckle-'. lake, in southern California wsre: berry mountain, in the foothills of j First Lieut. R. M. Krummes. Ml. Rainier, through binoculars.) pilot. Boise, Idaho; Second Lisur,. Vultwfs were circling the wreck.! c. T. Neilsen, co-pilot, Eau Claire, fragments of which were scattered Wis.: Second Lieut, J. p. Geis, over a wide area, they said. They navigator. Seattle; First Lieut. L. believed all aboard were dead. i c. MacKay, passenger, Lincoln. The army would not acknowledge officially that the bomber had portant factor in maintaining Chi- U1 , a "- v T , U1 * " UB1 , oei n*c« „,/«.-,>* crashed, and refused to let Neb.; Sgt. H. A. Davis, technical engineer. Tacoma; L. H. Nettling. morale. England's national water supply Is catered for by 358 different authorities. Chicago Corn Open High Low Close May . 811-2 817-8 805-8 815-8 Sept. . 751-2 761-2 751-4 761-4 one go near It in advance of the searching party, possibly because the plane was equipped with a Norden bomb sight, a guarded military secret. Two state policemen and an any-! radio operator, Scio, Ore., and P. L. Maas, bombardier, Quincy. 111. Had they survived the crash, observers said, they could have walked to civilization. If they were injured, they would have died of Nineteen Notified To Report For Army Duty Nineteen Mississippi county men were notified today- that "they" have been drafted for a "year's military training under the Selective Service act. The men, nil white, will report to local Draft Board B here at the City Hall on Feb. 10, from where they will be sent to Camp Robinson at Little Rock. ;They include Kenneth Lee White. Jiles Cleveland Oliver and. Jack Clark, all of Route 3, Blytheville';W. C. Hollis Stutts', Dennis Earl Christie. Elvis Demetrius Lawson, Levi Tom Bunch, Harle William Ross and William Ray Lawrence, all of Manila. .,. Robert Dundy Eberdt, Burdetts;.' Jack Lowman, Virgil Lee O;ar£. Kenneth Langston, Patton Leoii- ard James. Orvai Elmer Moore and Willard Stanley Fender Lester, all of Leachville; Melvin Isbell, West Ridge; Floyd D. Sweet Dell, and James Harvey Scott, Etowah. army officer, led by Studhalter, exposure in the frigid mountain left Morton shortly after midnight i weather. Farm Bureau To Meet At Osceola Tomorrow A meeting of the Mississippi County Farm Bureau will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday at Osceola, .with .committee meetings to be the principal business. The meeting will be held at the courthouse, President F. E. Tompkins, Osceola, announced today. Other officials of the Farm Bureau, which held its annual dinner meeting here Monday night with 115 persons attending at the Legion Hut, are W. F. Wilson of Wilson. vice president' for South Mississippi County; R. C. Rose, Roseland, vice president .North district, and H. C. itnappenberger, Blytiaeville, secretary- treasurer, .

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