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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OF NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI YOL. L—NO. 229 Blytheville Courier Blythevilte Daily Newi Mississippi Valley Leader BlythevMe Herald BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 23, 1954 FOURTEEN PAGES Published Dally Except Sunday SINGLB COPY FIVE CENTS At 90, Dr. Smith. Reviews Some Fine Years, Authors a Yule Message Proposed Firing Stirs Capital Benson Labels Russian Not Fit For Clearance By RUSSELL BRINES WASHINGTON (AP)—Wolf Ladejinsky fought today to retain his foreign attache post under the Agriculture Department, despite indications the State Department was willing to keep him on its own payroll in a different job. It was understood that Ladejinsky supporters were preparing to carry the unusual case to President Eisenhower himself. Secretary of Agriculture Benson has ruled that Ladejinsky, a Russian born American citizen, is not qualified, technically and security- wise, to continue in the $11,000- a-year post which is being transferred from State to Agriculture Department jurisdiction. Asks Airing But Sen. Humphrey (D-Minn), calling for a "frank and open airing" of the incident, questioned whether it wasn't more a matter of giving the job to a "person of more obvious political persuasion." Rep. Judd (R-Minn) criticized the method of Ladejinaky's ouster and said in a statement the at- tache's abilities in land reform measures were needed to help save free Viet Nam. Judd expressed hope the government would continue to use Ladcjinsky's services. Ladejinsky. 55, naluvaliaed in 1928, was Gen. Douglas Mac Arthur's chief land reform official in occupied Japan and has served as an agricultural attache under the State Department there for the last four years. Highest Loyalty A U. S. Embassy official, Dr. William K. Bunce, said he possesses the "highest loyalty to the U. S. government and the objectives for which it stands." The Agriculture Department an nounced. late yesterday that a review of Ladejinsky's records had raised questions concerning his fitness under security rules. In addition, it said it wanted a man with more American agricultural experience. State Department officials, obviously irked, said they intended to keep Ladejinsky on the payroll unless new evidence is discovered showing him to be a security risk. The department, however, withheld formal comment. Ladejinsky himself called some portions of the Agriculture Department's summary of charges untrue. He said most of the points had been raised last spring when he was cleared by the State Department. Statement The Agriculture Department informed Ladejinsky of its decision last Thursday and made its first public statement on these charges yesterday: 1. "Mr. Ladejinsky was employed as an economist investiga-1 tor and assistant to the chief of the Bureau of Transportation of; the Soviet railroad, later known | Arntorg Trading Corp., during I Hearing Today On Brinkley Suspect BRINKLEY, Ark. ifl—A preliminary court hearing Was scheduled today to decide whether Billy Ray Willineiham should be bound over to a grand jury on a charge of first degree murder, or released. The 19-year-old Florence,' Ala., youth is charged in the fatal clubbing of Mrs. Milton Puller, 25- year-old wife of a Brinkley automobile dealer and mother of two young girls. The hearing, originally scheduled it 2 p.m. yesterday, was postponed 24 hours to give police lime to check a report that Willingham 1931 - , , !was seen in Forrest City — 21 "According lo testimony of for- j mi]( , s east of hcre _ eilrly on tne mer Communists, to have been [ morning o( Dc c. 12 at about the employed in any capacity by Am- torg Trading Corp. required clearance from the Communist party." Ladejinsky said in an interview that the job.was only that of an See BENSON on Page 5 He Knew Men of Note, Bui- Speaks of Basic Christianity By GEORGE ANDERSON Courier News Staff Writer "I think we will all agree that of all the holidays of the year, Christmas is the happiest aadthe best. The day when we celebrate the birth of our LoroHmd Master, the Prince of Peace, the Saviour of mankind. "The Home Coming day, when children and grandchildren travel miles and miles, to get back to the dear old home, where graying grandparents dwell, there to rejoice and be glad, to give and receive presents, remembering that Jesus said, 'It is better to give than to receive'." — » Those words of greeting are part of a Christmas message written by the last remaining, of a group of outstanding; and widely- known ministers who filled the pulpits of some of the larger Congregational Churches in the nation during the early decades of this century. They were written at the request McCarran Law Upheld by Court But Reds' Lawyers Plan to Take It To Higher Tribunal WASHINGTON ifl — The U. S. Court of Appeals in a 2-1 decision today upheld validity of the 1350 Internal Security Act which requires the Communist party to register as Russian-dominated. The law is known as the McCarran Act after its author, the late Sen. Pat McCarran (D-Nev). The split appellate court decision was the first ruling on constitutionality ot the law. Under it, the Communist party must list its officers and members with the Justice Department and account for its contributions and expenditures. The law also requires registration of "Communist- action" and "Communist-front" groups. To Supreme Court Today's ruling paves the Way for the Communist party to carry the case to the Supreme Court. Lawyers for the party said in advance that this would be done if the ap- isllate court ruled against it. Judge E. Barrett Prettyman, who wrote the majority opinion, held that the law and an order of the Subversive Activities Control Board directing the party to comply wiih its provisions "are valid s matters of law." He said a preponderance of the evidence " supports the Board's findings that the Communist party Is substantially directed, domi- ..ated and controlled by the Soviet Union, which controls the world Communist movement." Judge John A. Danaher Joined Judge Prettymnn in the majority opinion, but Judge David Bazelon dissented, saying he would void the law on the grounds of Fifth Amendment. This amendment provides that no person shall be required to give incriminating evidence against himself. of the Courier News by Dr. Prank Smith, presently visiting his daughter. Mrs. R. K. Kirshner, of North Highway 61. Here is the remainder of his inspiring Christmas message for 1954: • * » "PERHAPS SOME of you will be surprised when I tell you Unit I was born on Christmas in Ihe year 1864, when Abraham Lincoln was still President of these United States; so when Christmas comes this year I will celebrate my 90th birthday, and I want to assure you that on that day I will breathe devout and earnest prayer that we all may walk in the way that our Master wants us to walk and do the things He wants us to do, so that when the journey is done and we have done .all of the good that we can and as little of the harm, He will gather us all home, to dwell forever with our Heavenly Father and with those loved ones we have lost for a little time. So may we all highly resolve to keep close to our Heavenly Father that we may be borne up by His abundant strength, ;uided by his infinite wisdom and made pure and. happy and helpful by his overbrooding love. This is my Christmas greeting and prayer for all of us." After spending a pleasant hour with the stately old gentleman, we realized how typical of him those words are. In capsule, they may well reflect the story of his life. DR. SMITH, AT 90, has been in the ministry of the Congregational Church for 62 years. Since his retirement in 1937 he has remained partially active at pastor emeritus of First Central Congregational Church of Omaha, Neb. Prior to his retirement, he had been pastor of the church since 1918. During his long and active ministry, Dr. Smith held seven pastorates and was n member of the Illinois House of Representatives for two years. He was listed in Who's Who in America for several years. The 1942-43 edition devotes 13 lines to nls biography. He was and still is in great demand as a speaker and often shar- id the pla tform with such noted orators as his friend. William Jennings Bryan. He was on intimate terms with many other famous men of the cloth and the literary world. Perhaps the most famed of his close friends was one of the outstanding authors of our time, Lloyd C. Douglas, who wrote among other things, "Magnificent Obsession," "The Robe," and "The ... Dr. Frank G. Smith ... All the good . . . Sheppard Broods In His Lonely Cell CLEVELAND (AP) — Shorn of comfort and prestige, a shocked and bitter young man sits alone today in his tiny county jail cell. Society has branded him a wife-killer. He has been sentenced to life. When judgment w a s passed * ; Tuesday on osteopath Samuel Sheppnrd, his mortal life was spared. But the real dny-by-day life of the once prosperous, athletic and socially prominent neurosurgeon may be ended, unless his lawyers find a way to undo the product of his grueling two-mOnth- lang murder U'liO. Still Hitter His cRurch pastor, the Rev. Alfred C. Kreke ,.says the handsome prisoner, who will be 31 next Wednesday, is still "bitter" over the findings of the jury, took 102 hours to decide he guilty of second-degree murder. The Rev. Mr. Krcke, who visited the osteopath ye.slerday, said Sheppard is "just ama/cd at the verdict." lie said Sheppsird .still wonders how the jury could have arrived, nt its'verdict. "His social conduct \vi\s n very grave error," the Rev. Mr. Kreke said, referring to Sheppard'.s admitted extra marital affair with Susan Hayes, 24-year-old medical technician who once worked at the Sheppard family's Bay View osteopath hospital. Motive During the' trial, the state presented the affair as a motive for the murder of Marilyn Sheppard, whose head was crushed by some 35 blows last July 4. Sheppard, while maintaining res- Accident Fatal To West R?cfge Youth; 3 Hurt LEPANTO — Billy Joe Parrcll, 10-year-old West Ridge youth, was killed and three other tcen-n^c boys were injured, two critically, last niR'ht when the cur in which they were riding overturned on HiR'hway 40 three and a half miles north of here. Reported in a critical condition at Rtmtist Hospital in Memphis are J:tmes K. Polk. lit, driver of the car nnd hi.s brother Charles, 14, Bobby RuTi'll, H. brother of the dead \youlh, was also injured bnl not .seriously. According to State Trooper Airliner with 28 Gl's Crashes in Icy River PITTSBURGH (AP) — An airliner carrying 28 men — 23 of them GIs homeward bound for Christmas — crash landed in the icy Monogahela River last night. This morning wore still missing. Eighteen — four of them crewmen — were saved, some rescued by a human chain. The plane's wreckage was hoisted by a crane and towed to a sandbar. There were no bodies in it. Walter Ketuhel. .superintendent of * • ' Allegheny. (Pittsburgh) county po- _ Smaller, Stronger Military Predicted Uce said both escape hatches of the plane were open but the main exit was locked, The twin-engined DC3 chjirtcrecl airliner was en route from the Newark (N.J.) airport to :i Colo| muo IUK! two West Coast forls. It pfin'j'*ked Into Ihe river 15 miles south of here shortly before midnight. Out of Gas A tower operator nt Allegheny Cciiii'.y Airport — some two miles from l he crash scene — said the pilot reported he was out of fltis and was "soing to ditch." Pilot Harold Poe, 33. of Scuttle, Wash,, one of the missing, .skillfully Muidpci the bit; ship to a crush hmdim; uoiir the shore. It floated for .some 15 minutes, while the men scrambled lo the winqs. Some went back into the ship for their ye:) r. Then (he plane slipped back into midstream — some 300 feet from shore. It was an icy swim to shore in the 18 degree chill and some of Ihe men nppnrcnUy couldn't make it. Sinks in 12 Feet Wutcr The liner sank In about 12 feet of oily water. Help came fast from shore. Rescuers formed human chains to pull the oil-soaked men \ip the slippery river banks. Motorists on the river bank turned their lights on the scene, spotlighting, the way for the chilled- lo-the-bone men. All 18 were rushed lo the Me Kwsport Hospital. There wasn't t\ broken bone amony them and the, hospital said the chief ailment was exposure to the cold. Many of the .soldiers were sleeping when the piano crash-landed within two miles of Allegheny County Airport. A few miles tuvny t the Greater Pittsburgh Airport reported I he pilot radioed that he wfis running out of BOS. Seconds later the ship pancaked Into the water, almost a.s softly as ft fniither, sultl some of those aboard. It didn't sink for about 15 minutes. Pilot Missing Among those reported missing was the pilot, 33-yenr-olri Harold Poo, Seattle,, a veteran of the Chinii-Burmn-Imlia theater during World War II. Cap!, Robert Wnlkcr. 35, also of Seattle and a civilian pilot cm- ployed Service the Johnson Flying Mls.soula, Mont., was one of the five crewmen aboard. Brushing off his own heroics, he praised Poe for hi.s "beautiful handling of the .ship." Walker, one of 1(1 persons rushed. ^ _ to the McK(!t:sport Hospital, told C. Fleminf", .the four youths were j The A.«;st)d«tod Prnsx the -ship was enronte from West Ridtfp lo Ln-! waking Us fliml approach to the panto to attend a movie when the accident occurred. Troonff Fleming stated that Lho red, ]f)'ll model Ford overturned several times in the renter of (he h in h \v-iy .incl skidded 1!20 feet. Allegheny County Airport "when j we heard some 'birds' in an eit- sginn." He said: j "Someone hollered 'Brace your- ; self.' There , was no panic — no excitement. We were buckled down. Following the accident, the youllis 1 The pilot made a beautiful landing, brought to the Lcpnnto Clin- : She Uhe plane) settled flown Just ic bill Billy Joe Farrell was pro- Nike on an airfield. olutely that lie loved his wife, told of rendezvous with Miss Hayes in parked cars, in a suburban apartment near CIc vein rid, and for a week in California. "He Is the first to sny he re- Fisherman." More of this later. Here is how Dr. Smith is listed n Who's Who: "Smith, Frank, G., b. Gibson, Krtox County, III., Dec. 25, 18G4: s. Oscar F. and E.ther A. (Lynn) i ffrcts that," the minister said aftSmith: B. S. Northwestern Normal CI . tnc visU _ .., Jc thinks (hat and other things gave a to UK- whole picture and marie thin^ But, the Rev. Mr, Krek and Scientific Coll., Geneseo, 111., 1885; D. D,, Grinnell daj Coll., 1904. married Alma E. Palmer, Aug. 19, 1886 (dcc.i children Mrs. Ldi" nntmcorl dead on nrrivitl. Afi^r j ! rerr-iviii': ptiifrffncy first aid | j trnntmrnt., the Polk iirothr-rs were I takfn to Hie Memphis hospital. 1 I Young F'UTcll is the son of Mr. ; ai"l Mrs. Willis Famrll of West [ Funorfil services were incom- i ploU: this morning but Murphy I Funrral Home of Lepanto Is in ,ChlM-KC. Winter Storms Lash at Europe At Least 26 Are Listed as Dead Or Missing BY NATE TOLOWETZKY LONDON W — Furious .winter storms lashed Western Europe today for the third day, bringing dentil nnd anguish In the midst of planning for Joyous Christmas festivities. At least 2(1 persons were dead or missing In the wind, sleet nnd snow which extended from Denmark to northern Italy, from Scotland to fnr inland l n Germany nnd France. More Predicted Final Goodfellow Contributions A few final contributions to the Goodfellow Christmas fund were received today. C. P. Tucker sent $10, Max Lo- •gan gave $5 fn memory of the Rev. Billy Cooley, and $1 came anonymously. E. A. Rice, Legion chairman of the event, said unless crowds show up in unforeseen numbers, this should give the Goodfellows enough to take care of those who will call for baskets tomorrow morning. time the murder was committed. Police Chief Frank Henderson said that Willingham has signed a statement admitting his guilt. Milton Puller lias told police that he was asleep on his living room couch at about the time his wife was struck a single powerful blow in the bedroom. tinned: "He couldn't .see ho " iMetnohis Cops „ c con- l i Get Suspects iw the inry j * Clark Election Scored ' ARKADELPHlA, Ark. I^Pl — A Clark County grand jury has criticized the handling and counting of ballots in last summer's Democrat- is primary. The grand jury did not return any indictments, but said that it felt that "no indictments should be returned at this time because of Che insufficiency and the lack of legal evidence that would warrant convictions ..." Blytheville Boys Turn Cops And Retrieve Stolen Bicycles Three Blytheville teen-agers turned cops last night and recov^ ered two stolen bicycles but they didn't get their men. Danny Morris, 13, Wayne Webster, 14, nnd Jimmy Peng, 13, were playing checkers in the grocery store of the Kong boy's father on East Main St., when they suw two other boys ride off on bicycles belonging to the Webster •nd Morris youths. After checking to sec which way the culprits went, the boys notified police But then they decided to do a little sleuthing of their own. All three took off afoot after the two boys on the stolen biltes and chased them. all the way to Ash and Division. There-they encountered the two youths removing parts from the bikes. The two boys who rode off 'on the bicycles, set sail but Danny, Wayne and Jimmy, satisfied with recovering the bikes, happily returned to their homes. Smith Kirshner, Tenophon Palmer, Ordained Congl. minestry, 1892; pastor Neponset, Abingdon and Peoria, 111., until 1900, Dubuque, la,, 1(100-03 j could have reached their oom.-lu-1 MEMPHIS (/!• Warren Av. Church, Chicago, 111., 1903-12, 1st Church, C Kansas City, Mo.. 1913-18, 1st Central Congl. Ch., | was a calm .unemotional wiMicss \ :\ Litlli Omaha, Neb., 1918-37. Mem. See DR. SMITH on Page 5 she was xlnkinK off Holland nnd linn bin to launch lifeboats in the -We all got out, on the win K , We mniintninoiis seas. were wet and cold. KOI,,P of Ihe Pour deaths were reported from uys insisted on K otn R bark for Scotland's mountainous areas. Two j their wear. The plane then wasn't <loi.lhs wore ^ported In England : vf-rv far Irorn short* tint she drilled und om ' ln Germany, back into midstream. | Hurricane .strength winds hit "It WH.S H Inn,;, mlrl swim to | Frankfurt. Germany, shattering shore. I iK'Ipetl pull ;i couple of «uys ashore wUh some other fellows. Thn people on .short- were terrific. Thoy helped a lot." The public information officer at Camp Kilmer MI id the plane WHS bound for Fl.Ciirson, Colo., Ft.Ord. Calif.; and Ft. Lewis, Wash. By EDWIN B. HAAKINSON WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Hickenlooper (R-Iowa) says he is confident the administration can justify to Congress projected cuts in the nation's armed manpower "unless the Democrats want to play politics with our national defense." — + Tlic lowan, whose position as vice chairman of the Semite-House Atomic Energy Committee gives him access to nuclear secrets, said in nn interview: "I'm accepting the thesis that our fundamental military strength Is being maintained. In fact, we are growing stronger with new and more efficient weapons." Questioned Several Senate Democrats have questioned the wisdom of the decision announced this week by Secretary of Defense Wilson, who said It hud the approval of President Elsenhower, to cut 403,000 men from the armed services In the next 18 months. They now number about 3,218,000. Rep. Vinson (D-Ga), slated to head the House Armed Services Committee In the new Democratic- controlled Congress, said Wilson will be asked to make a full explanation before that group shortly after Congress meets On Jan. 5. Wilson, In announcing the projected cute, said they were possible because of increased opportunities for pence. Secretary of State Dulles said they were possible because this country lias "other ways to cope with the danger." The State Department said It saw no conflict between this and what Wilson had said. Weapons Help Hickenlooper indicated he feels, like Dulles, that new weapons will offset any reduction In the size of the armed forces. "I'm convinced that personnel can be reasonably reduced without affecting our strength or threatening our national security,".he said. "We have far greater striking forces now than we had two or three years ago. That will be further Increased In the future even with less military manpower." On the other hand, Sen. Mansfield (D-Mont), a member of the Armed Services Committee, said he fears the cuts would "sacrifice vital .strength in the name of economy." Mansfield added that he had opposed previous reductions in the- size of the Army, and he declared: "With this additional cut I don't know where we are going to get the power we need if an emergency arises. If we are goinp to coexist with Communists, we better coexist with a position of strength—if we want to survive." And more storms arc predicted. Telephone poles, trees, masonry and even some buildings crumpled before the onslaught of thn hurricane force winds. Scores of ships were In distress along: the British, Belgian, Dutch and German coasts. But there wa.s hope that most of them would come safely through the battering. The 1,317-ton Swedish freighter Petra, feared lost off the Netherlands yesterday, was located lust night with her 21-nian crew safe. Rescue tugs went out to help the vessel, repot 1 ted helpless l lenk- The British army deferred the Christmas leave of about 3,000 soldiers and placed them on duty along Britain's low .lying east coast to guard against any breaks in sen defenses. Holding Generally, though, the seawalls In Britain, Holland, Germany and Belgium were holding n gains I, the raging seas nnd there seemed little imminent danger of a repetition of last year's disastrous floods which took thousands of lives. Hope wn.s virtually abandoned for the 1,352-ton Belgian freighter Henri Dcweert and all 19 crewmen ;i board. No word had been heard Ktm:o the ship reported yesterday sion on the basis of the evidence." J from Ln.i For the most part. Slv:ppard Chamber Budget, Work Program To Be Fixed The Chamber of Commerce's budget ' and program of work for the coming year will be drawn up at two meetings next week, Worth Holder, Chamber manager, said this morning. The 1955 budget will, be drawn up a't a meeting of the budget committee in Chamber offices at 2:30 p.m. Monday. At the same hour Tuesday, the board of directors will meet to program the Chamber's work and appoint various committees, Mr, Holder said, Mr. Holder also stated Chamber of Commerce offices will be closed all day Saturday In observance of Christmas. hK'h-pHcher! <?vfn prisoner, he displays who spoke tones. As a like control. "I was quite surprised lie was making an adjustment as quickly a- that." the minis'.?!* said. 10' Fears to Parole According to the sentence imposed, in 10 years from the time he leaves the county jail to enter - Two brother.! R(,t'ir. u';nH;>rl for rjues- i thr- \'\::ti of $4 CO'J from Rock fwelrv .stun;, have .sii'fj by Mf:in;>h ( s police. Detective Chief M. A. Ki.-ds stud the men wore Lex Sand'.-r.son. 27. and Wr.slcy Jacksnn Sanderson, .'{5. l/.-x Henderson w;:'; arre.stfd when he attempted to pswn \2 nm-.s valued at $2.0fjQ, Kinds said. Hi.s brother was arrested later in ?,. d'i\vai/]-,vn cafe, Lex HtndfTSOM waivod cxtnidi- It was on the- fir:-:I, lo« of itn trip. An operation officer .said the flight wa.s a Civil Air Movement, a service employed by the Army to move troops. Pope Resting We// hundred;- of window panes, lifting roofs off dozens of houses and blowing down trees nnd power wires. The U. S. Army warned parents to keep their children off the streets. Hoofing Ripped One hundred feet of tile roofing was ripped off- an American elementary school in Frankfurt but no OUR was injured. The roof of a big apartment building in the U. S. High Contmi.sslon housing development wa.s also blown off. The sea plunged over dikes at VATICAN CITY sources said today Pope Pius XII rested well last night and his condition continues to improve. Dr. Rlccardo Galeazlz-Iisl, the 78-year-old pontiff* private physician, reported that treatment to the Ohio penitentiary. Sbepnard j lion and has br_:en returned to Little j rebuild the Pope's strength Is "go- Sec SHEPPARD on for 'Ing well," Suspect Nabbed LAREDO, Tex. Iff) — Officers said they had arrested a 25-year- old man wanted In connection with a $123,000 armed robbery of a Baltimore bank lats Aug. 18. They identified him o« Earl (Kill) Smith, * Negro. Armless Child, 2, Well on Her Way Toward Healthy, Normal Christmas DALLAS, Tex. M'j — It doesn't j another child would fingers, take two arms and tow an inquisitive youngster to find out what suprises Santa Clans has in store. Louise, the Wajcahatchic, Tex., baby born without arms and abandoned by her real parents, is doing all right with ID nimble toe.s. Tons as Finpcrs Hardly had she finished with her >H 1,1 iii;uuii;r LIUJU wuuiu juiKfih. i Louise Is the legal owner of 200 f or | Before Mrs. Capps knew what \ healthy hens, whose eggs will pro! was happening, had found' duce an estimated $1,000 in cash for 'her No. l Christmas present—a big j by the time she is 10. doll with dark hair and black cypfli Louise has many friends through- like Louise. Since then doll nnd h girl can't be separated. The other night ttv- Capps heard One friend, Col. Wcslny W,. Price, of a crash in the living room, Louise | Astoria, Ore., has been writing to had climbed on top of the tllvan^™- Capps about Louise since he and toppled the gllttorint* Christmas tree with her Inquisitive toe.s big birthday party-she was .2 lust The tree has been righted but it Friday—than she began exploring' leans slightly for the gift-wrapped packages hidden In the home ol her adopted parents, Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Capps, of Seagonvllle, near here. She ua- ei her nimble, sensitive toe* as Scrutiny Though Louise befian life with a dark future, she now has loving parents and security. The Caps own a prosperous chicken {arm. i-caci a newspaper story August. The retired Army officer sent a that play.s Christmas musical rocking chair Baby" as a "Rock a by gift. But Louise found that too. Now she spends much of her time rocking her Christmas doll In her | chriatmas rocker. Oostende, Belgium, nnd swept into i the streets of the city, flooding '•• j,ou isald. Wreck Victim Is Improving Osccola Woman Hurt In Accident- Here Miss PeRgy Koonce of Osceola w»s reported improving, today, according to Osceola Memorial Hospital officials, following a head- on collision at 1025 Chickasawba early yesterday horning. The car driven by Miss Koonce crashed into the Courier toews automobile parked nt the curb in front of the H. W. Haines residence about 3 a.m. Lights from a transport truck blinded her, she told citv police. parked car was knocked a- 30 feet, the police report Heavy snowfalls, continuing fiftei j Several teeth were broken and 30 hours In the northern Italian j MJ S Alps, Impeded traffic. The -snow closed some mountain passes in the Dolomites. Despite the weather, however, Britoas thronged railway .stations iirid bus terminals in the annual Christinas rush out of London. Koonce underwent dental surgery after arriving at the hos- Weather ARKANSAS — Pair this afternoon, tonight and Friday turning p. little colder Friday. MISSOURI—Mostly fair through Friday; a little cooler tonight and Friday; low tonight 25-32; high Friday 40 northeast to 50 southwest. Minimum this morning — 30. Maximum yesterday — M. tomorrow — 7;05. Sunnsct todny — 4:54. Mean tcmpcrnture — 42. Precipitation Iftfit 24 hours to 7 n. m. — none. , PrnclpltRtlon Jim. 1 to thin date — 32.34. This Dal* Last Year Maximum yesterday — 40. Minimum this morning — 13. Precipitation januiiry 1 to date — Front ends of both cars were .smashed in causing an estimated $240 damfiKe to the Courier car mid some $300 damage to the car driven by Miss Koonce. In .another accident Tuesday afternoon. J. M. Ross and James C. Hcflin wre involved in a collision at Sixteenth and Walnut causing some damage lo the front of the Ross car and a complete loss to the Heflin vehicle, according to police reports. Mr. and Mrs. Heflin received bruises but no serious Injuries. Fire at Walnut Ridg* WALNUT RIDGE, Ark. (fl—The Lawrence County Implement Co. was described as a "total loss" by the owner after a fire swept through the Installation yesterd y. Owner Henry Baltz estimated the damage at $200,000. He said the fire apparently started with an explosion In the firm's repair shop nnd quickly spread to the remain* tier ot the building.

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