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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OP NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI VOL. XL1V—NO. 289 Blythevllle Courier Mississippi Vanes' Leader BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS, FRIDAY', MARCH 4, 1949 FOURTEEN PAGES SINGLE COPIES FIVE CENTS [Bill Cutting Gas Jax for Farmers GoesfoMcMath Measure Will Reduce Levy to Two Cents a Gallon for Agri Use LITTLE ROCK, March 4. W>|— Partial exemption of gasoline used in agricultural operations from the state tax once again needs only the governor's signature to become a I law. This time Governor McMath Is I expected to sign Into law the bill to charge farmers only two cents a gallon tax on gasoline uscfl for I farm work. Legislative action on a bill to refund all but two cents a gallon of the tax paid on such gasoline was completed by the Arkansas House I today. The bill previously had been passed by the Senate. Under the bill, farmers will I' 3 ? I the full amount of the tax when purchasing gasoline, but will be re- I funded the amount of the tax in I excess of two cents a gallon. The fixes $4.00 as the refund and fmakes available a total of S2.500.000 annually for paying the refunds. The bill sets up a number of I regulations Including one requiring I gasoline to be used in farm opcra- 1 tlons and on which a refund will be claimed to be kept In a separate [ container which must be plainly [ marked "refund motor fuel." The House, which had previously I defeated a similar Senate Bill, 1 passed a House bill to change the [date of municipal general elections | from April Jo November. Okays Public Affairs Board Another bill dealing with munici- I pal alfairs Introduced by Rep. Frank Snellgrove of Craighead County and Glenn Walter ot Pu- Jaski County was approved. It would create a board of public affairs in cities of the first class to be composed of three. members of the city council with the mayor as an ex-officio member. The House also passed a third municipal bill to give cities of the second class the same 7-oning authority now possessed by cities of the first class. All three bills now go to the .fienate for consideration. The House also completed legis- tiv£ action on a bill to permit em- Iployment of professional appraisers Ito make a re-assessment of all real land personal property within any I county, municipality or school dis- Itrict. Cuts Legislative Council The House wants to continue the | Arkansas Legislative Council but Jn different form—and with money |this time. The House late yesterday passed land sent to Governor McMath a bill Ito set up a 23-member council com- I posed entirely of legislators to re- 1 view and suggest legislative propos- I als between sessions of the General I Assembly. The present council is 1 composed of 31 members, not all of | whom are legislators. The House also passed and sent I to the Senate a bill to appropriate I $41.000 to finance council operations. Under the present bill, the House I would be represented on the coun- 1 cil by its speaker and 13 other mem- I hers, two from each of the seven I Congressional districts; the Senate I by seven members, one from each (district, and by the lieutenant go\v lernor. The twenty-third member [would be appointed by the governor, I but he too would be a member of the | legislature. The present council, authorized In 11947, has never functioned as plan- I ned because a bill which would have [appropriated funds for its operation (•as not adopted. Working until nearly 6 p.m.. the [House thought better of its previous [ plan for a night session and ad- |jonrned until 8:30 a.m. today. Passes Use Tax It also passed a bill enacting a I use tax to supplement the sales tax land a measure setting up fair prac- It-iccs standards for the insurance | business. A $70,400 annual appropriation for Ithe State Labor Department failed I by one vote. Notice was given that |r€consideration would be asked. Bills were introduced to: Appropriate S65.000 for the sub- Isidies voted this session for medical • students who practice in rural com• niunities for an agreed time after I graduation from the University of (Arkansas School of Medicine. Increase the amount of liability I Insurance which must be carried by |taxicabs. Appropriate $5.000 for the Arkan- |sas Symphony Orchestra Society. Require that disabled war veter- • ans. their wives and widows get 1 free admission to events at War Me- |morial Stadium. Appropriate S225.000 from the gen- Icral revenue fund for countv llve- Istock shows. Statehood for Alaska Okayed by Territories Subcommittee of House WASHINGTON, March 4. (a-)— Statehood for Alaska was approved today by the Territories Subcommittee of the House of Public Lands Committee. A similar measure for Hawaii got the committee's favorable vote yesterday. Chairman Redden tl>—N.C.) said the vote on Alaska was unanimous. He said the bills will go before the full committee next Tuesday. He added that he is sure both will be approved in committee and will pass when the House gets to them. The committee heard short oral li-stimony in favor of statehood for Alaska before going Into executive session to vote. J. S. Sailor, Missing for 19 Months, Charges •rench Foreign Legion 'Shanghaied 1 Him CANTON, March 4. (/P)—James atrick Ryan, 34, TJ. S. Navy sailor nlsslng for 19 months from his hip In the Mediterranean, today charged he was shanghaied Into he French Foreign Legion. Ryan, who gave his address as -iiintington, Pa., said he was brought lalfway around the world to fight he Viet-Namose In Indochina before he managed to escape. He said t took him five months on foot and by river boat to reach Canton. !le was being treated at a hospital for malnutrition and Jungle ulcers on orders from the American con- iUl. Tlie American charged In an Interview that he was one of several Truck Licensing Bill Is Approved Arkansas Senate Passes Measure With No Amendments LITTLE ROCK, March 4. UPt— The administration's $3.000,00 truck licensing bill — with n amendments—passed the Arkansas Senate today without debate. The vote was 32-0. The bill now goes to the governor.' Late yesterday, a Senate Version of the bill, which Increases truck licenses sharply, was called up for amendment in the upper house. A group of Senators, headed by Sen. Guy Jones of Conway, was successful In lacking on an amendment which would have trimmed $300,000 in revenues from the bill. The move was interpreted as' a trial balloon to determine sentiment of the Senate. Governor McMath admitted today that following passage o[ the amendment, he had talked to a number of senators and had asked that they pass the bill without "Amendments. Today, a House version of the bill, which already had been approved in the lower chambe.r was called up. Attached to it lor consideration were the same amendments which Jones had added to the Senate bill yesterday. Jones promptly asked that he be permitted to withdraw the amendments. He told newsmen he hac Americans being held against their 1 mcnt papers, will in the French Foreign Legion. Ryan said he was a seaman aboard the u. S. Dlckson. He missed the ship nt San nemo, Italy, on July 2, 1917, he said. The sailor said he hoped to catch it at Nice, France, and rushed there only to be picked up by French Foreign Legion Military police and questioned. "I spoke no French and they no English," he said. "So we talked In German which I picked up during the war. "That was my mistake," Ryan he said. Two weeks late, he went on, he was laken to the Foreign Legion replacement depot at Marseilles und kept In Irons. He asserted that when he refused to sign enlistment papers he wns sent to Fort Nicholas Prison. There, he said, his Navy uniform was taken, his head via shaved and he was issued Legion clothing. Then, he said, he was sent to North Africa] At Sidi Bell Abbes, the main lf,- glon replacement center In North Africa, Ryan said, he was accused by French Secret Service men of being cither a German or n foreign agent. He said the French ngnln tried to force him to sign enli-st- contlnued. "They refused to believe I was nil American and threw me in a military Jail." The American said he wrote sev- ral letters to the U. S. Ambassador Paris but received no replies. "I was guarded 24 hours a day," "They put me In n cell with about two dozen other fellows to think It over," Ryan related. "Condlltons were terrible. The men with me were of all nationalities, caught Just like me." He .said once he mannRed to contact the American legation in Ti(n- glers by mail from a Legion |x»t (n Morocco. The legation, he said told him by letler thnt he would be released In about two weeks. Uut before his release could be effected Ryan said, the French shipped him off to a post deep in the Sahara where he trained as a paratrooper "There was no chance of escape,' Ryan said. "After a week in the desert you would be done for. I the heat didn't get you the Arabs would. They got J5 and a new over- coat for handing you over 1« th* French." After training, Ryan said he was hipped to Slngn|K>rc and saw one of his own .ships as he passed hrougli (he Suez Canal on the way. He snld he was beaten several lines for trying to smuggle letters out. Ryan said he was sent to Indochina at a post near the Chinese border. "We were attacked every night by the Viet Namese," Ryan said. "Seven of us planned to escape. "Finally on Oct. 10, 1948, I WHS put on night guard. Four of my friends backed out of the escape plan. They knew If they were caught by either side It meant they would be beheaded." Ryan said he nnd two others, R Cv.ech nnd n German (both now In n canton jail) made n dnsh through the Jungle for'the Chinese border. After narrow escapes nn'd getting lost they finally made their way Into Chinn. Chinese customs men picked them up. Ryan said, and told theni "You are very lucky, only one man got out before you In the pnst year." Upon their arrival here the Czech and German were Jailed pending further Inquiry Into tholr strange tulc. U, S. Nnvnl nuthorltles here hnve Issued Instructions that Ryan be turned over to the commander of the U. S. Navy In the Philippines as soon as practicable. The Navy has Ryan listed as a deserter. New York Stocks (1:30 •naconda Belli Steel ..'.'.'.'." Ichrysler 1 John Deere .... . |Gen. Electric .... •den. Motors ...'." lln:. Harvester 1 Montgomery Ward |N. Y. Central .tional Distillers |R.idio iRf public Steel ,'.'.'. |Socony-Vacuum rtard Oil N. J. Scars Roebuck Texas Co |U. R. Rtcel • Souilitru Pacilic . Quotalions) 147 3-8 31 1-2 30 3-4 53 3'2 7-8 35 1-8 58 21 51 3-8 10 7-8 17 7-8 U 3-4 24 15 1-8 67 1-2 36 1-8 SO 1-1 1\ t-2 checked with members of the House and had been told that to pass an amended bill woud defeat the legislation because of the short time remaining In the legislative session He added that he had no desire to kill the bill. Election Bill Nullified At yesterday's session, the Senat' nullified the effect of a bill to require that chairman of county political party committees be electee from membership of the com mittees. It approved an amendmen by Sen. John Cloer of Sprlngdnli to exempt Washington and Mad ison Counties. Apparently this madi the legislation purely local and therefore unconstitutional. The Senate approved bills to provide for "positive" voting and embody present laws pertaining to absentee voting into one act. In "positive" voting, the voter will Indicate candidates he is for rather than scratching the names of those he is against. Eleven budget measures to appropriate more than $3,000.000 were approved. Included was the $850,000 Game and Fish Commission appropriation, which once turned down in the Senate, and bills to nllot money for new buildings for the Welfare Department nnd Employment Security Division. Also adopted wns the revised revenue stabilization bill to nllot revenue up to $60,000.000 annually. Increases Tax Collections A bill was passed to require retailers to remit the actual amount they collect in sales tax payments rather than a fixed two per cent as at present. Sponsors predicted the state would gain "thousands of dollars." The Senate also pased bills to: Allow retirement systems forstatG employes and to permit employes and the slate to participate m group insurance plnns. Plnce collections of a local improvement district taxes in hands of county collectors. The Senate reversed Itself twice on resolutions calling tor proposed constitutional amendments to be submitted to popular vote nt the 1950 general election. And when the final score was tallied up. it had approved submission or four amendments although the legislature may actually prefer only three. The House or Governor McMnth must eliminate one of the four. The four would: fix terms of stnte. district and township officers nt four years (once rejected and then reconsidered^: have the state's executive branch prepare budgets •a section to submit all lax increases to popular vote was eliminated in switching); provide "home rule" for municipalities, and Include kindergartens In the state educational system. lickman Youth Fatally Burned Billy Daniel, Aged 14, Alone in Farm Home • When Fire Started Billy Daniel, 14-year old son of W. M. Daniel, died at the Blythe- rtlle Hospital yesterday, from third degree burns received 3 f hen their home on the H. W. Wylie Plantation nt, Hlckman, burned Wednesday. The youhl was taken to the hospital for treatment about 1 p. m. Wednesday. Billy wns the only one in the house at the time the fire started. He is said to have been preparing dinner for his father nnd brother, who were working in the field. Relatives expressed te*f; youth may have used kerosene in starting the He suffered third degree burns over his entire body. .: The boy's body was taken >x> Alamo, Tenn., today for burial. Only the father and one brother survive. The Daniel family had been working on the H. W. Wylle Plantation for little more than a month. New Defense Secretary May Have Greater Power Than Predecessor WASHINGTON, March 4. Wi-Louls A. Johnson, picked to head the quarrelsome military establishment, may be handed more authority than Hold-Over Board To Conduct City Elections April 5 Attorney General Says Commission Set Up By New Act Not Ready The general city elections, m-he- (lulcit for April 5 In niylliiivllli- and other class cities and ini'or- iwraled town» over the slutp, will be conducted by the old county election boards rathor than Ilia new l»nr<l.i partially created by an act Initialed by the voters In the r.i'iiu- ral .stale election last November, It was disclosed todny. Attorney General Ike Murry disclosed tiulny that lio had lu'-lil In an opinion to officials In Arkiulrl- phla Hint tiie old county clorllnn board UiroiiKhout tho stnto .slimild continue to function until UK- third member for each of the 15 proposed new county boards is designated juid the new boards meet and organl/.e. Members of the present Mississippi County election bourd ure: R. 1!. Orecii of Huffman, chiitr- 1111111; l.eroy Cnrtfr of l.rnclu-lllc, secretary, and Oliver Clark of Frenchman's Bnyou. The proposed new bonrd In this county will have as members Jesse Tnylor, clmlrmnii of Iho County Democratic Central Committee, n. Fred Taylor of Oscroln, who Is chairman of the Republican county organization, and n third member to be designated by the State Election commission set up by the recently Initiated law. The Tny- lors are not related. Tlrkrt In Clwi* Mnrrh 21 The state election txrard Is com- Truman Labor Bill Given Approval by Senate Committee WASHINGTON, March 4. (AP)-The Senate Labor CoinmiUce today approved the Truman Labor Bill without cliaiijtc by n vote of 8 to 5. Tho bill would repeal Iho Tuft-Hartley law and substl- Uite the old Wagnoi- Labor Relations Act with modifications. All tliB votes for the bill were cast his predecessor had. President Truman, who announced yesterday that Johnson will replace Secretary of Defense Forrestal at the end of this month, is expected to ask Congress to give more power to the new defense chief. . • Johnson, 58-year old West Virginian, has served in the past as assistant secretary of war. His career Includes a term as national commander of the American Legion, years of practicing law, and experience as a money-raiser In Mr. Truman's election campaign last year. A more powerful secret ary of defense was the main theme of the Hoover Commission's recent report "*'-'*'--^'--~~,lion... of the ~ ' ' fcnse, Forrestal prbpSsals in' (he r. Truman told his riews ler'once ytsteirday he thought the recommendations offered Unemployment Total Reaches Postwar Peak WASHINGTON. March 4. I!P] — The number of Jobless Americans shot up another 550.000 in February to 3.200,000, the highest unemployment since tile war. The Census Bureau, reporting the figure today, attributed the rise partly to bad weather in some parts of the country and partly to "non-seasonal layoffs" in Industry. The new increase in unemployment, on top of a 100,000 rise in January, makes the total increase in Joblessness 1,250.000 for the first two months of 1949. Not since March. 1942, had many Americans who wanted jobs failed to find them. In thai early part of the war, unemployment totaled 3,580.000. The new February total was 600,000 higher than that in February 1948. Employment in February declined about 260,000 from January to total of 57,168.000 last month. The Census Bureau, following the patter^ of ndministrtion statements from the president on down, found some grounds for holding that this second consecutive monthly jump In unemployment was nothing to get alarmed about. Armed Services Ask Secret Testing Area he commission—which Is headed iy former President Herbert Koof er—were very good. The President named no specific points, but he did say he planned .0 let Congress know his Ideas on .lie matter !n a few days. Senators who must confirm Johnson's nomination expressed regret at the retirement of Forrestnl, but ;ave no indication of any opposl- :ion to his successor. Democrnts \ generally applauded the appointment. Forrestnl's retirement has long 3een expected. Mr. Truman said he Anally agreed to it, wlih reluctance. ?\)rrestal was the last holdover from the Franklin D. Roosevelt cabinet. Backs Lon£-Kanjce Rombere Johnson, who saw action as an Infantry officer in World War I, worked on close terms with the Army, but at the same time fought for building up a long range bomber force. And he was a close friend .of his opposite in the Navy. Assistant Secretary Charles Edison, with whom he conferred often. Johnson was in charge of procurement as the stage was set for war In Europe and as the conflict there began. He was instrumental in pushing through Congress the first $13,000.000 in ••educational orders" to manufacturers to help build up defense preparedness. Fie urged expanded manufacture of the ma- clilne tools needed for armament making. His associates recall him as a zealot for preparedness, who toured every Mate In the union making speeches toward that end. Weather Unification Law Revisions Asked Eisenhower Asserts Military Bureaucracy Opposes True Unity NEW YORK, MARCH 4. (/P)— Gen. Dwlght D. Eisenhower has called for a revision of the Armed Forces Unification Act to give the ^ecretary of defense more authority Army, ians for an efteelfve~ffrinia a Wrri«l forces Ic.w have been opposed by "an In- henched bureaucracy who felt Hint if a civilian watched over their activities they would lose those vested riprls that were ao precious to then, '' Eisenhower Is on leave as president- of Columbia University to head talks of the Joint chiefs of staff. Speaking before the New York City Bar Association, he said the present unification law wns couched in "wishy-washy" terms. While It does not make unification impossible , he snld, It "certainly lonkes It difficult." "The civilian in charge of the unified services," he said, "was not given full authority to accomplish what he wished to be done, nnd even sound technical advice WHS denied him." The resignation of James V. For- rcstal, the first secretary for defense, wns accepted yesterday by President Truman. Elsenhower said he thinks a $15,000.000.000 military budget is not rxccsslve under present world conditions. But he critlzed what he termed a tendency to view the In- ternn'Ionfil situation ;wlth "doubt, fear and even hysteria." "Let us look on our problems like a man who knows he is strong no matter how humble he may be," I.c said. posed of the governor, nllorncy Bcnefnl. .secretary of stnle. nnd the chalnncn of Ihe state Democratic nnd Republican organisations, tlm two largest political parties In Ar- Mr. Muiry said [ills morning that no meeting or the new slate bonrd hnd been called and Hint he did not anticipate nn early will for the group lo meet. Tlie old county election boards, he snld, would continue to function until such tlmo ns the new county boards can meet and organize. There nlso appeared to^vte lomc confusion here conccrnlnK>^M tfntc for the comity bonrd to t.lckct for tho municipal The general belief Is thnt'] ets for the vnrlotiy lions must be clojefi 16 d to the election, which wol! the deadline March 2). wns circulated Hint Itie clc: should be 30 dnys before tl tlon rather thnn Ifj dnys, but this apparently wns without foundation. It was indicated Hint the stnlc law governing nnmlcliinl elections requires that the nominating pn- tllions shnll be filed will! n member of the county cleclion commission, nnd thnt liic filing fees sluill be paid to the city treasurer, or tho city collector, nnd a receipt for the fee turned over to the county election board with the nominating petition. niylhi-vllln lo Klcct Mayor .Elections in cities of the first class arc conducted annually, but only a part of the officlnls are elected this year, niylhevllle is (he only city of the first class in Mlssisslp- See ELECTION on rag* 14 Death Demanded For Four Clerics Red Prosecutor Asks Highest Penalty in Bulgarian Spy Trial SOFIA, Hulsnrln, Murch 1. (fl'j— The Communist prctectttor todny demanded the death penalty tor tho tup four of IB Protestant churchmen who uro chm-Kcd with spying and (reason nKnlnst nulgnrln. In a two-hour summation, Moscow-trained Dlmltei' Ctcorulcv accused the defendants not only of spying but tryhiK to promote u revolt nirnlnst Hulgnrla's Communist- dominated government which ho said was to Imvo brought intervention by tho United States and Britain. The prosecutor said names of prominent Americans and Englishmen were mixed "in the spy network, of evangelical lenders" as well us Die mimes of various Aiuorlcnn church boards ami the World Council of Churches. "TimI Is why this trial Is significant not only here but abroad," ho declared. The four for whom the prosecutor demanded Hie death penalty arc Vassll Cleorglcv Xlnpkov, n Con- gi'SBUtionnrist; Yimko Nlkolov Ivu- nov, a Mottiodlsl; Nlkols Mlhailov Naumov, a Baptist, nnd Ocorgl Nlkolov Chcrnev of the Pentecost Church. He asserted the real masterH of the four were lirltlsti nnd A'merl- cnn "Imperialists" nnd American church mission boards. The Moscow-trained professor an- scrtcd all the defendants had made long public confessions in court nnd that these tlalW fcy the t witnesses. Clmrffm Deception Tn denouncing the top four ho (mid "with weeping and repenting they tried to fool tht! court." This wns n reference to the sobbing «ml crying of Zlnpkov nnd Nnumov when they recited their long public confessions. Ho nlso charged the mnln defen- dnnt.s "bi'torc the war served for German Hitlerite fascist Intelligence Soybeans (K.O.B. Chicago) Open High Low Close May ... 221 22>}i 220',= 222',i July ... 216 217'.4 215!i 21T.-1-M Mar. ... 23115 232}I 230}! 232!i-',i Blockade Routs Red Mission; U. S. Unit Ordered Out of Russian Zone WASHINGTON. March 4. i/P> The armed services have asked for an area off the east coast of Flor-. Ida in the vicinity of Banana River for secret air research. No details were released, but an Air Force otllcial said the three .sen-ices "plan a research program requiring aerial activity." He said no experiments Involving atomic energy are plt.nn^d. but [ Oct" »0 7-8 Mid the Ijpe of tc-siing is secret. D>^ Arkansas forecast: Partly cloudy this afternoon, tonight and Saturday. Warmer this afternoon and tonight. Missouri forecast: Generally faj and warmer today and tonight Saturday, partly cloudy and mild. Lows tonight, 35 north, 45 south. Minimum this morning—34. Maximum yesterday—60. Sunset today—5:57. Sunrise today—6:26. Precipitation 24 hours to 7 a.m. today—none. Total since Jan. 1—12.52. Mean temperature (midway between high and low)— VI. Normal mean for March—51.2. This Date Last Year Minimum this morning—31. Maximum yesterday—SS. Precipitation Jan. 1 to this date— 13:01. New York Cotton NEW YORK, March *—1:30 p.m. quotations: Open High Low Last Mar 3236 3238 3226 3238 May 3220 3222 3212 3220 July . ...... 3105 3103 3098 3106 2809 2815 28C« 2814 2787 2792 2783 2192 FRANKFURT. Germany, March 4—f/Tj—Eight angry Russian soldiers ran down the Red flag over the Russian repatriation mlyslon headquarters today and roared off to the Soviet Zone of Germany in a motor convoy. The Russians were grim-faced as they left the building In which they had been blockaded for two days by American Military Police. One Russian truck driver spat at an American girl bystander 05 he left the mission grounds. The siege of the big yellow house finally forced Russian headquarters In Berlin to order the mission to comply with American orders to leave the U. S. Occupation 2one. But Russian authorities struck back quickly. They ordered U. S. Graves registration men to leave the Soviet Zone at once. A grave search unit of four U. S. soldiers arrived In Berlin from the Soviet Eone last night under escort of Russian officer. Two other Americans were In Berlin voluntarily on R holiday when the Russian order was Issued. The Grave Registration Unit, which has Its headquarters In Berlin, numbers two officers, il enlist- ed men, two American civilians and several interpreters. The Russian repatriation mission left Frankfurt in three automobiles and two trucks piled high with their belongings. They were escorted by members of the Soviet military mission here. The eight men had geen sealed in their quarters for two days by a "little blockade" Imposed by the U. S. Army after they failed to heed an order from Gen. Lucius D. Clay to leave the American Zone by March 1. Clay said they had no reason to remain as the return of displaced persons to Russia had dwindled to almost nothing. The Russians protested thnt the order to leave was a violation of the YnlU and Teheran agreements but their protest was rejected by the U. S. SUlc Dcparment. The trucks which were in the Russian convoy were crammed with worn-out spare tires, battered gasoline drums and trunks. Alter they left, reporters found the mtsston building In a slate of titter disorder. Overloaded ash trays had spilled oni/j tables and floors Several chess boards h«d been overturned, scattering the figures about the floor. Manila Reports $600 in Cash For Red Cross Only one community. Mnnlln. hntl made a report on the first day of solicitation for the Hcd Cross fund campaign, which not underway yesterday in the Cliicka- sawba District. Manila's solicitation chairman. C. W. Tlplon, said Hint SCOO was collecled there yestcrdny. He wns assisted In the Initial solicitation!! by Mrs. W. R. Drown. Jack Ftnley Robinson, fund campaign chairman for the entire chapter, said that It probably would bu two or three days before reports from most communities would be turned In to Ihc Red Cross Office. W. P. Pryor, chnlrmnn for solicitation In Blytheville. snld that workers hero started tlicir work, but Ihnt no results 1m! born compiled, chairmen hrtvc hern nnrncd to contact individuals in cncli section of the town. Advanced solicitations to\v;ud the $13,743 quota had been announced to total $103. Measure to Prohibit Possession of Artillery Shells Okayed in House LITTLE ROCK, March 4. I/!') — The Arkansas House voted today to prohibit possession of artillery shells wl.ich might contain an explosive charge. The house passed and .sent to the governor a bill by Sen. F. C. Crow of Hope which makes it unlawful to possess without state or federal authority "any military missile or portion thereof which might con- Uiln nn explosive charge." Rep. T. A. Hulsey of Hemixstcad County, who called the bill up in the House, said It wns designed specifically to prevent unauthorized persons from removing shells fro;n the former Southwest Proving Ground area near Hope. He said that about the time tha legislature convened five people were killed near Hope by explosion of a shell which had been removed Irom the proving ground area. Tnul after tho Impcrlnllsm." The prosecutor nlso clnlmed there hnd been "no restraints on the' defendants." nil of whom confessed publicly. He said the trial wna "curried out with complete publicity In the presence of foreigners." He accused nil four o( Bulgaria's Proleslnnt churches of spreading nntl-Russlnn rumors., he said, included stories about starvation In Russia nnd 15,000,000 people In slave Inbor there. Attempting to paint a picture of the Soviet Union ns a leading progressive nntltin, the prosecutor quoted from the writings of George Bernard Shaw nnd American authors Howard Fast nnd Upton Sinclair. After the chief prosecutor, the nsslstnnt prosecutor wns to make his firm! speech nixl then Ihe defense lawyers are scheduled to take over. The sentencing of the defendants Is expected Monday or Tuesday. Four Firms File Bids Seeking to Erect Memorial Four firms have submitted sealer; bids to the directors of Mississippi County Memorials, Inc., seeking the contract to construct a memorial mnrklng the grave of Lt. Edgar II Lloyd, who is the county's only war hero to have been awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. C. J. Little, president of the association, said that the bids would be opened at a mooting of the or-'s bonrd of directors in the American Legion Hut at 8 o'clock tonight, and the contract awarded. W. J. Pollard Is secretary and treasurer of the association.' The marker will be erected over Lieutenant Lloyd's grave and will be n memorial to him and to nil other Mississippi County men who lost their lives in World Wars I and TI. Bids, which had been received this morning were from the following firms: John C. McIIaney & Sons of Blytheville; Raymond Ranch Co.. of Little Rock; Art Studios of Memphis, and Columbia Mnrblc Works, Columbia, Miss. Rcburinl rites for Lieutenant Lloyd were conducted here January 23. He was killed In battle near Pompey In France on September H. 1944, within two months by Democrats, All Republicans on tho committee voted against It. The vote nt this Urns was taken over bitter Republican protests that further study should be given tilt measure-. Senator Toft (R-Ohlo) tho rank. Ing minority member, declared the iorccd vole wns the "most hlgh- hiindcd" procedure lie has seen since ho has been In tho Senate, Tuft <mld Ihe Democrats refused to consider at nil any ol tho amendments to the bill proposed by the Republicans. Taft told a news conference that he attempted to olfcr nn amend' mont which would retain Iho Taft- Hnrlley Inw provision which r'e- qulres union officers to sign non- Communist affidavits. He saltl Senator Elbcrt D. Thom- 11.1 (D-Utnh), tho committee chairman, ruled him out of order. Senator Morse (R-Ore) said he attempted to offer an nniciidmeiit, dealing with tho handling of critical strikes and was likewise ruled out of order. Called "High-Handed" "In my opinion," snld Taft, "this was tho most high-handed procedure In any committee since I hav* been n member of the Senate." The committee procedure also was denounced by Senators Alken CVt), Donncll (Mo), nnd SmlUi (NJ), Republicans. It wiu defended by Tliomos and Senator Pepper (D* Kin). Thomas sum mat If tho procedure wns highhanded, it wns "necessarily ao." Ha si'ld Hie country Is "wait- Ing for action" on the bill to get rid of the Taft-Hnrtley law. Pepper previously luid asserted in the Senate thai the country would see by Friday—today — that tlm Democrats WCIB beginning to redeem their campaign pledges. Pepper wns reix>rted to have urged the committee into action ,on tiil.s .score, t-. < ITMliler.t Truman prom'Ued, re? p«d «f tbr TnU-Hartiey Act ill hi* rt«|tk^«mpalgn. "i, , : ..v •.' ?:, Early Action Not Likely ,'; ^'* Despite tho burst of sixied by'tlia committee Democrats, early Sen* iile action on the bill Is not likely. The senate now Is tied up by a filibuster over the proposal to change Its rules. Several other 1m- IHirlnnt legislative measures aio backed up behind the log Jam. The eight Democrats who voted lo report, the measure to the Sen- war for American | ate for ncllon there were: Sena-' tors Thomas of Utah, Murray of Montnnn, Pepper of Florida, Hill of Alnbamn, Necly of West Virginia, Douglas of Illinois, Humphrey of Minnesota and Withers of Kentucky. Republicans who opposed the move were: Senators Tatt ol Ohio, Alken of Vermont, Smith of New'- Jersey, Morse of Oregon, and Don-'- nell of Missouri. ' i-' Republicans had figured all along -1£| thai, they hnd little chance to get many changes In the administration measure In the committee. They are more optimistic about their chances In the Senate Itself.. They nre counting on some help there from Southern Democrats. Five Firemen Killed, 9 Hurt In Store Blaze CHARLESTON, W. Vn., March 4. (/T'(—Five firemen were trapped and kilted today wljen flames swept through two stores in the heart of the business district. All the city's fire companies still were battling at mid-morning to bring the $500.000 blaze under control. Nine firemen were hospital- i?ed for burns and injuries. The flames were discovered in Ihe Woolworth Store about ^ a.m. Five hours later they spread to the adjoining Kresge building and part of It collapsed. The men killed were trapped in the basement when the first floor of the Woolworth store fell. George Contcs, a Negro fireman, was missing and comrades reported he was last seen going into the building after the trapped men. after he had led a platoon Into n Oermnn machine gun nest and routed an enemy force of more than 200 men. Lieutenant Lloyd was credited with knocking out five of the 12 machlneguns In the Nazi stronghoSd and killing many of the 100 enemy casualties who fell during the attack. Norway Officially Joins Discussion On Atlantic Pact WASHINGTON, March f. (&>— Disregarding a Russian warning, Norway officially Joined the negotiations for a North Atlantic defense alliance today. Ambassador wllhelm Miinthe d« Morgenstlerne came to the State Department to represent the Nor-' wegtan government at the discussions of an alliance against Com-- rminlst expansion. Morgenstlerne showed up at 12:39 p.m. (EST) In response to a telephoned invitation from the representatives of the original sponsors of the pact—the trntfed States, Canada. Britain, France, Belgium, tlie Netherlands and Luxembourg.

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