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, by the United Press ™ D ° M1N ^ T N ^8P APE R OF NOHTHBAST AHKANSAS AND ^^i^JJ- VOL. XXVI—No. 288 Blythevllle Courier, Blytlievilte Dally News, ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI , _, - — — __ ...-.— Mtolsslppl v a iiey leader, BLYTHBWLLg. ARKANSAS, WEDNESDAY. MAKCH B, 1930 TRAPPEDAS FRENCH DAMlE mmm J :le John Cruse, Oldest Reside ill Active udge Barham Finds Less Than Third of People Here Reached by Churches. That Blytheille, if church membership and participation in church activities are to be accepted as criteria, is In large measure an irreligious community. Is the conclusion drawn , by County Judge George W. Barham from a survey of church membership nnd attendance which he has just completed. The same Is true, he declares, of Osceola, it is indicated by partial returns trom a survey he is making ot the churches of that city. In the belief that strong church organisations and general participation In church affairs is essential to the welfare of any om- munlty, the Judge is planning a personal effort in behalf of' greater interest in religious activities in Blythevllle and throughout the county. He is planning a radio address on the subject to be delivered within a few days. Membership Is 2,230 The judge's survey, which covered only Ihe six larger protestant churches of the city, revealed a total resident membership of 2,230, with an average weekly attendance of 1,175. Not more than 400 persons -are affiliated with the other Mississippi county's oldest citi- ". a while-haired negro. Uncle John Cruse, who as he expresses it, "will be 111 years old this summer," visited .(Ire coiinty courthouse here this morning to pay taxes on his 17-acre homesite at Although he iwas born In a "norlhern" state, at Hannibal. Mo., (o be exact. Uncle John explains that he "jest naturally" acquired his name from the planter his family worked for many years. The aged negro walks without assistance, does not use a cane and has never worn spectacles and manages to do some work every day. To incredulous clerks In the collector's office the aged negro, whose face is almost hidden -behind a flowing white beard, told the history of his life, explaining as if by way ol proving his age. that a ne- gro man who accompanied him U his "baby boy." The "baby" is « year* old. Uncle Johnny moved to Arkansas in 186S after serving in the Civil War with the federal army and has lived; In this slate ever since, with many years of his life being spent at Huffman. He receives a government, pension for his serr-' r . r . ._ Ices in the war between the states.!Lite hconomiC Benefits and The grizzled old centenarian, who P J' , I • rr rredict Increasing El- ' llie » , remembers when this section was a vast and dangerous wilderness, has watched many changes in the customs of" his people, but does not wish to bring back the "old days." With uncomplaining fortitude he watches civilization encroaching even upon his remote liome site, still glad to be' "living and learning." Uncle Jolinny's visit here this morning was the first in more than a year. Only last week the aged negro was ill and his family thought the end was near — but John Cruse, with a lively twinkle in his eyes, assures you that ttie end is still far away. fect iveness. WASHINGTON. March 5 (UP) —Henry Fon! nnd Thomas A. Edison were summoned to the--defense of prohibition today ' as Ihe dm opened their case at the house Judiciary committee's hearing on proposals to repeal or modify the U amendment. Both the automobile magnate and the electrical wizard halleJ the dry law ax a great force for comfort and prosperity In telegrams read before the committee today. church organizations vllle, to ' bis .opinion: of Blythe- Tr.e survey -was also extended to church U .pi Jbe six . , ealedV-a "'total membership ofc, 1.785,-'with an average attendance of 1.156. On the basis oi these figures Judge Barham has reached the con- clurion that less than one-third W the white residents of this city .nnd the . immediate vicinity served by Blythevllle churches are affiliated with any local church, and that less than one-sixth participate i.i rdlrjfrus activities on an average Sunday. The six churches covered In the survey were the First and Second Baptist churches, the First and Lake Street Methodist churches ine Pirft Presbyterian church and Ihe Fiisl Christian church. Tew Cartj- Financial Load On the financial side the situ. ation is ICES discouraging than from the standpoint of membership and attendance, in the judge's opinion The six churches reported a total of real and other property totaling $277.500. with a combined debt of $56,400. "It is evident," however, "the judge declared, that the burden of maintaining our churches and carrying on their work-work essential to the very life of our community-Is being shared by a relatively small part of our population I beii ev . e that s ££ churches ana a strong interest in church work Is essential to the material as well as to the spiritual welfare of our people, and hope to be able to arouse residents of this city and other communities in the county to a realization that they are suffering through their neglect of an important obligation" Will Put Local Methodist Church Services on Air Chosen to Succeed /B. A. Lynch at Meetinp of Committee Last Night. The committee in charge of'the campaign to obtain subscriptions to $20,000 in stock oi the Mississippi County Fair corporation was reorganittd at a meeting last night ^•.v^hjeh / Zal. B. Harrison was chosen permapent chairman to succeed' B.' "A.- LyncV who had previ-' cuslv submitted his resignation to E. D. Ferguson, president of the Chamber of Commerce. Chairmen were also named for fou r committees to conduct the stock sales campaign, and the latter, at a meeting this morning, chose their committees. Sale of stock, discontinued about a week ago after subscriptions to the amount of about $6.000 had been obtained, will be renewed tomor- rov. Following are the stock sale committees: • W. M. Burns, chairman, c R Babccck, J. R. Leech, j. j Daly^ C. G. Smith, chairman, Bob Blaylock. Jesse Taylor, Jeff Rowland Fred SaJiba.. Frank c. Douglas, chairman, U. S. Branson, Roland Green, Oscar Alexander, Jim Guard. A. G. Little, chairman, Joe Isaacs, Leon Smith, E. D. Ferguson, E. B. Lyman. Taft Improved Today, I still feel that prohibition I 'he greatest experiment made to -benefit man," Edlsort said in nis J message. "My observation Is that I Us enforcemenl generally Is at le; __ m __ - i .,.*.-,+ ^..uk.1 uitj ia jn. jcaij HlS Doctors Announce 6 ° J* r cem and ls earning notwithstanding the Impression turn false propaganda that It is a lowei WASHINGTON. March 5 (UP) --Further Improvement In the condition of William Howard Taft was noted In a bulletin issued by his physicians at noon today. The statement signed by Drs. Thomas Claytor ajd Francis Hagner read: "The former chief justice has spent a good night. His condition is slightly improved in the past 24 hours." Taft was able to recognize the family housekeeper today trailed wanly as he wished "good morning," and her The Sunday morn'ng services of the First Meth"rtist church FflCTf HERE riant Employing Between f5 and 20 Women to Start Operations Soon. Blytheville's newest industry, the Good Kloth Garment company manufacturers of popular price * sI dresses - k *<> besln operations will • ...U*. 1_liut l,f I l>411 fit broad S a5t as a regular weekly feature ol Station KLCN. C. L. Lintzenlcli, owner of the station, announced today. * r ', an r scnlcnts have been corn- El , for lh « broadcast which will bo conducted by remote control di„%, "™\ tne church by special ,'"' , ™s Wl be the first time that the broadcast of church ser- Mces will be included in the regular -schedule of the station, although a number of services were broadcast trom varloi ch, in the city several years ago. of the First Methodist church.' Two Guard Captain* . Granted Majorities LITTLE ROCK. March 5-Two promotions from captain to malor was announced by Brlg.-Gcn E L Compere, Arkansas National Guard today. Capt. Lee V. Casey was promoted lo major, quartermaster com- and Capt Robert B. Corney stats surgeon, wos promoted to major medical corps. within a week. Workmen are busy this week remodeling and redecorating the plant space in the Cotton Exchange building on Broadway, where the factory will be located. Between 15 and 20 women all local people, will be employed by the new company according to Mrs. Alice A. Toole, manager ot the firm, who formerly lived at Armorel. Mrs. To^le has had many years' experience in the dressmaking business and was formerly manager of a similar factory employing more than 300 people at Forrest City. Mrs. Toole will be associated with Walter Hill, well known local man, In the ffew flrm. The factory will have all electric machinery which has arrived here from Alken, South Carolina, where the plant was formerly located. Between 12 and 15 machines will be operated In the new plant. One of the modern pieces of equipment for the factory Is an electric cutter that properly guided, will cut a large number of dresses In one operation. The products of the factory will be sold throughout northeast Arkansas and southeast Missouri, according to Mrs. Toole. Wage Battle in Temple of Voodoo Cult NEWARK, ,N. J., March B. (UP) —A score of converts to the ancient black magic of Africa and a raiding squad of Newark police battled In a temple' of voodooism on Barclay street at dawn today, leavin? the third floor of the building cluttered with dead and wounded. A policeman and a negro gunman were killed, one otuer patrolman and at least one member of the cult were wounded. Sgt. John Anderson, who led. the raiders up the creaking stairs to the third floor where the weird ritual was being conducted, was shot to death five minutes after he broke into the Inner room. A negro.member of the voodoo band known as "Cokey Joe" was per cent. It is strange to me that some men of great ability and standing do not help to remove the curse of alcohol." Ford wired the committee .von' Florida that the 18th amendment "is the greatest force for the comfort and prosiwrity of the Unitert States" and that the "same people will never see it repealed or any dangerous modification." The telegrams were presented by Samuel Crowther, an economic writer, who was the first witness summoned by the drys. Crowther delivered a lengthy argument in support of his contention that "Ma- bortag men are purchasing -more comforts n-Ith money they'former-' ly spent In the saloons." The' large committee room was crowded when Crowther started to testify. Crowther said he had collected statistics showing working men are not buying the high priced bootleg liquor. This means, he said, >lm'. there has been a diverting of money away from liquor. The production of'-the country has increased within ten years oy between 25 and 30 per cent instead of at the normal rate of about 15 per cent, Jie said. "We have a clear gain of between 10 and 15 per cent which I attribute fo prohibition." Crowther was followed by Edward Keating, prominent labor editor and former representative trom Colorado. Keating gave only his personal views. lie said, in his attacks upon the wets as rebellious zealots. Georj-e Bockwitli Suffers Fale Accorded His Predecessor Lust December. William R. Howcll, 51, Mlchigai goal-bye to his father, W. II. Howell. 05. a-m'cncecf to "die in th, electric clmir at Little Itock. Ark., for munler. Young Howell wa: granled a two-week furlough by [ho ucnltenUary officials al Jackson Mich., and fellow convicts donated his railroad fare This plcluru was laken Die day the father was (o have been executed but the Arkansas governor granted n temporary stay lo toiulder a petition for a sanity iienrlng. The son Is savins a five-year sentence for carrying concealed weapons. Remodeled Glencoe Grill | Opened by New Operators The Hotel Glencoe grill i, os Qe en remodeled and Is now open under — ' tne management of Mr and Mrs W ?,1 t £r'V naCOrnerstlllbaUlin <5 R ' J - A1 <*>n. *ho recently nur with his fists. He was alive when chased Ihe Glencoe hold from ho aken to Newark city hospital but E. L. Singleton estate Blllups, another member ol the band, who was roused to a fanatical pitch by the voodoo chant took nine bullets in his body an:i is not given a chance of recovery. Before he collapsed' Billups' hand still was steady enough to wound Marion Phlgpen, the only negro patrolman on the Newark force, who had followed sairs. Anderson up the city, me: An addition to the old grill roon has been made nnd tooths an-.; If LEE Sfevere Decline-Toda^ Carries Price to Lowest Point in Three Years. NEW ORLEANS, March' 5. (UPi —Cotton lost almost $2 a bale- here oday alter the market slumped ol- owing a holiday yesterday. The slump in the .market sent cotton to the lowest level since May, 1027. There was a slight rally sifter he market opened, then it dropped a dollar n bale, then iiftv cents, and recovered n slight portion of Ihe loss on Inter trading. Mountain View Editor Seeks Seat in Senate MOUNTAIN VIEW, Ark,, March 5.—Bryan Lancaster, editor and publisher of Ihe Stone County Record, a weekly publication of this . y, has made definite onnounce- mt of his candidacy for state senator from Sixth Senatorial District composed of stone and independence counties. This Is Stone county's time lo choose the senator to succeed Senator J. H. Jimerson of Independence county, whose term will expire this year. Cleveland, Miss., and Winnsboro. La., before coming here. Urge New Check for Exchanges WASHINGTON, March 5. (UP) — Drastic revision of the cotton futures act was recommended to in-; senate today by Its agricultural committee fallowing a long Investigation by a sub-committee into Ihe causes of the depressed price ol cotton. 'Ihe committee recommended revision of the law to provide for designation of cotton futures exchanges as "contract markets" and crea- maintained I with authority- to suspend or de- It also urged broadening of the penal statutes to provide fine nnd Imprisonment for violation. The commission would hs composed of the secretaries of ngrlcul- ture and commerce and the attorney general. The committee also recommended the following change's in tha cotton futures act. "Th»t non-members of n cotton luUV rtT °^" S " nd P'*" ! vote such designator: lunches and in addition to this a fully equipped kitchen will be op- crated In connection. Mr. and Mrs. Alston were en- i gaged in the hotel business a'. I Recover Three Bodies in , California Plane Wreck 8AWTELLE, Cal.. March 5. tup —The bodies oi three men were •found today in the wreckage of an airplane which was smashed when It crashed Into the side of a kmall hill on the extensive ranch owned • by Will Rogers, noUd humorist i actor. • '. -. *f. -. • ' ... The men werev believed.-.to be Morey Johnson, Los Angeles,-owner of the plane, and W. G. Hogse ana Jenn Lu' Vole, both young Los Angeles flyers. Ti State Tax Commission Directs Action Against Crittenden Officer. Report $140,OCO Loss in Atlanta Air Field Fire ATLANTA, Ga., March 5. (UP)— Fire swept the Candler Field avia- I'on hangar here last night, reducing It to a mass ol ashes and molten metal and causing loss estimated at $140,000. There were be- •ween 15 and 20 planes In the structure at the time. No Insurance was carried. Cause of the fir« was unexplained. It was discovered by county authorities who called a nearby tire department which was powerless lo cope with the blaze because ol Inadequate waler supply. Plan Service! Tomorrow for Mr^J. C. White Services will be held at Elmworxl i cemetery tomorrow afternoon at 3!-- .« .. o clock for Mrs. J. c. Winte. who | applicable to members j futures exchange who file for execution orders for purchase or sale sha " comply with the requirement at Elmwood cemetery. — . "That contracts for lutur ,ri I eries traded in on any e, ily 1 1 spot market or markets J those designated for the The date of the services will be I amon; purpose Hold Services For C. F. Armstrong Thursday Funeral services will be held tomorrow afternoon at 2 o'clock, for Charles F. Armstrong, prominent planter, at the family home at De! with the Rev. K. K LatIn er offlc f 7 M /' ^^ * M meh '^ ating. Burner omct- | oca] endorsement. The Indepji Jonesboro Man to Seek 100-WattJRadio License JONESBORO, Ark.—Lowell Sowlo of this city Is expected soon to file an application with the federal radio commission at Washington fo/ a 100-watt broadcast station. The radio station recently open- en by Mr. Sowle has received much •nrteni 1 Grocers have gone on record (is en- man and M. F. Brownlee. who Is a world war veteran, In getting a permit. LITTLE ROCK. Ark—The Arkansas .Tax Commission Tuesday Issued an order directing s. il Glatllsh. of Osceola, prosecuting nt- torney, to ille suit against John H. Nance, former clerk of Crlttcndc-n county, to recover $5,524.05 far the state and Crltlcndcn county, representing an alleged pvvcrchnrge 01 that amount for making tax books from 1D2S to 1928. The alleged overcharge was revealed by an audit of Crittenden county records by the state comptroller's office. The audit revealed shortages and discrepancies In various accounts totaling approximately $68,000, exclusive of $103 000 of county founds lost througii & bank failure In 1925. The ciimmlsslon's order n.is Issued after State Comptroller Howard had certified to the commis- . N. Y.. Mure],- 5 (UP) -r-EiIwiml M. Beckwlth, recently •nWmliHed principal keeper at Ai,- tmrn prison, wus stubbed fatally today by a convict. The assnllnm, iiccordlng in prison oniclals. was Anthony Morlclll- to, who wns serving a ccntencc ot ill years lo life from Wcstchester county. He hud been In Auburn prison since lim, Imlng ijccn transferred from sing sing a few days afld- sentence. Beckwlth was stfibbed four times In the abdomen The murder camo with dramatic suddenness during the Irlnl In nn Auburn city courtroom ol Max Becker, n convict who Is charged fflth killing Ocorgc Dunford, Ucck- wlth's predecessor ns prindin! keeper, In the December riot Caruthersville Attorneys Charge Outside Concerns . Menace Communities. JW/heyllle citizens' were 'itU-fen »' trade with "Mic 'men who nav-^ maOc your'city and its institutions possible" by two Carulhersviilc Attorneys, Elmer Peal and o E Hooker, In addresses at Ihe • cltj hall auditorium last night. The two men, who spoke under tlte auspices of the local Independent Business Men's association were Introduced by o. c. Barnes president of the organization. • Mr. Peal, the first speaker, appealed to the Independent merchants' to "educate the people to trade at home," The movement organized by independent merchants, who were the first to recognize the encroachments of'mail order houses and chain stores, looks toward the success of the community, he said, and predicted that the citizenship of the community when It fully realizes the Import of the movement, will stand solidly back of the people who have made th- city and Its Institutions possible. The attorney told of methods which he charges clmln stores are using to cscaix; their proper burden of taxes. He related one incident In Pemlscot county, Mo., (.'here, Mr. Peal said he had been Informed, one chain store let its itock run down far below normal on the day the county (ax assessment was made on Us slock and '.he next day filled its shelves when i big freight truck was backet! up o Its doors. One good lesson has been given he Independent merchants by the 1 rhain stores, Mr. Hooker averred. In hat they have taitgnt the Independent grocer ;o clean up his stort 150 Bodies Recovered; Impossible lo Estimate the Number of Dead. PARIS, March 5. (UP)—The prefecture of police at Momnulmn 01- nclaliy reported lodny tli» dentas of 150 persons at Molssac as the result of Ihe breaking of the Ttinie dam. Three thousand residents of the town arc homeless, the police-'report added. Information obtained from the llce «t Montitubaii,.17 miles from Molssac, told ot the finding oi 150 bodies In the mills of the town and on nearby fainm, with the'probabil- ity that ninny more would be recovered. The spreading waters. tortay formed a vast continuous lake several hundred miles long under which lie six of the richest agn- cultiirnl departments In (lie vnl- leys of the Tarnc.aml Garonne with their tributaries. Relief trains were pouring toward the stricken towns but their progress wns Interrupted by wasn- uuis and nt .some points the tncKs were under deep water. Communication with most ot the Inundated territory is suspended ami not even the government has been given any adequate picture ot - llic loss of life nnrt property. : ; nnd present an attractive display to slon the amount of overcharges for i the public each of the four years, as revcnle-1 I ~ by the audit. He said that this a I- , Evcr S'<Mn& will b= chained If the legcd Irregularity is the only on- chain stores succeed. Mr. Hooker brought to light by the auditing }P' d . , h ' 5 faience. ar j J which the stale has a direct Intr>r'. tllat the e'"zens of the which the stale has a direct Interest which would authorize state authorities to take ncllon to recover funds. The state paid a part of the cost of making the (as books and the payment was made after the tux commission 'had certified to the state auditor the amount due lh» clerk. The comptroller's certificate i said the amount due the slate be- [ cause of the alleged overpayment I Is $1.381.16, and that due Critten-1 den county is 54,143.49. The clerk Is allowed 10 cents per hundred words for making out the tax books. The m:dlt showed tlml the clerk of Criltenden county was paid for approximately four times the actual num&er of words in the book for eacn of the four years he was In office. and declared -- -he community must band together to fight tnc encroachments of a monopolistic syslem behind which danger lurks. A small crowd turned out for I;meeting. Singing Convention Will Meet at Del! Next Sunday The quarterly meeting, of the Singing Convention will be held at the Dell Baptist church Sunday afternoon, March B, it Is announced by 0. H. Morgan, .the president. The meeting had originally b<- 'conditions ,- 0 liotil It Ilicre and Idc Dell church agreed ' to iciitertolri the :meeting instead. The public Is • Invited lo attend. - = : - • -. MEMPHIS, Tcnn;,' MnVch 5 (UP) —Fire started by explosion of an' oil slove swepl the-warehouse of the Louisiana Oil Refining cbrpo- rallon hero today. Dnmajje was'es- timated ut ?«,000. No one - was Injured. WEATHER ARKANSAS--Fair tonight and Thursday, fair nnd wanner In :iorth west |»rlion. ' '. ' According to the official weather observer, Brnx Smith, the minimum temperature here yesterday was 30 degrees and the maximum 59 de-' jrees; clear with south winds.-Oti the same dny a "year ago the minimum temperature was 49 degrees and the maximum, 55 degrees- cloudy with north winds and .51 Inches of rain. Vice President at.TaftHoine Resigns Telephone Post Because of III Health Mrs. Frank Henley, cashier of the Southwestern Bell Telephone ccmpany here for eight years, ha> resigned because of 111 health, and Miss Anne Fisher is assuming that position today. Nfte Fisher, daughter of Mr. nnd Mrs. E. A. Fisher, has been employed tlwre for special work In Hie past year. Federal Jury Returns 154 Liquor Indictments LITTLE ROCK, March 5. (UP) — The federal grand Jury for the eastern district of Arkansas today continued its Investigation inti wholesale violation -of liquor laws after having relumed indictmenl? against 154 alleged violators. The grand jury convened Monday and Its report Icite Tuesday in- eluded what Is believed to have, been a record number of prohlbi- llon law indictments. Twenly of those Indicted were women. Charges agalnsi approximately 100 additional persons are said lo be pending before the grand jury. The greatest wholesale cleanup was made in Hot Springs, the residence of CO of the 154 Indicted. The federal district ot eastern Arkan- rests recently. Leading a group of prominent public officials who called at the home Howard Taft to in- of the sas does not Include Fort Smith, former Chief Justice, Vice President Toxarkana, Hope nnd other cities Curtis is pictured above as he left In that section where numerous the Tntt residence. Taft and th° raids have resulted in many or- Vice President have been close personal friends.