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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OT NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI VOL. L—NO. 234 BlythevlUe Courier Blytheville Dally Newi Mississippi Valley Leader BlythevlUe Herald BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 30, 1954 TEN PAGES Published Dally Except Sunday SINGLE COPY FIVE CENT» Year's Coldest Weather Hits Most of U. S. Strong Winds, Storms Blast Mid-West, Rocky Mountains By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS A blast of artic air, fanned by brisk winds, spread across storm-swept sections of the Mid-west and snow-covered areas of the Rockies today. Arkansas Gets Relief From Cold By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS A warming sun and clear skies in Arkansas today swept most of the ice and snow from bridges and highways in Northwest Arkansas and brought warmth to other sections of the state caught in winter's grasp. The State Highway Department at Little Rock* said there were no fatalities reeported during the night and roads were clear for traffic. Fayetteville reported a low temperature reading of 12 degrees. Other low readings were Flippin 19, Gilbert 15, Mountain Home 19, El Dorado 22, Texar- fcana 25, Walnut Ridge 26, Pine Bluff 25, Little Rock 26, and Fort Smith, 23. The U. S. Weather Bureau at Little Rock said today the weather would remain fair this afternoon and tonight with possible cloudiness and higher temperatures tomorrow. The coldest weather of the winter season appeared in prospect for most of the areas. It wa-below zero in parts of Montana and the Dakotas. Stormy and cold weather also was the outlook for many other parts of the nation. Sleet, rain and snow pelted Northeastern sections. Colder air dipped along the East Coast to northern Florida and into the lower Mississippi Valley. Fruit Threatened Freezing temperatures continued to plague southern Calif oi'nia, threatening citrus orchards. The intense storm center which yesterday dumped snow, sleet and freezing rain over wide areas of the mid-continent, paralyzing travel in many areas, was centered in southeastern Lower Michigan today. The death toll from the icy, wet weather in the mid-continent mounted to at least 19. Fresh falls of snow blanketed much of the central Mississippi Valley and the central Great Lakes region. New snow measured nearly a foot in some areas. But as the frigid air from Montana moved into the Midwest, snow ended in the hard-hit Southwest region. However, the job of digging out of the season's biggest snowstorm continued In parts of Kansas, Texas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Snowfalls in the Southwest, a ]oon to wheat farmers who called .he falls a "million-dollar snow," ranged from 26 inches in Fort Scott, Kan., to 9 inches in northern Texas. Seven Deaths The storm was blamed for at least seven deaths in Oklahoma. Four deaths attributed to the snow and sleet were reported in Michigan and four in Illinois, while one death was reported i n Kansas, Texas, Indiana and Towa. Early today sleet and freezing rain hit in a belt around 150 miles wide through northeastern New York and central New England. Light snow fell in northern areas. The colder Canadian air moved eastward to the south of the slonn center in Michigan. The leading edge extended southward from northeastern Ohio and southwestern Pennsylvania through western North Carolina and northwest Florida. PARIS (fl'i — Some 52 million dollars loaned to France by the United States and Canada sincft World War II will be repaid at the end of the year, the Finance Ministry announced. C. of C. Releases 1955 Committees Groups Were Okayed By Directors in Earlier Session Chamber of Commerce committee appointments for 1955 were announced today by B. M. Logan, Chamber president. The committees were approved earlier this week by the Chamber's board of directors which also outlined a program of work, for tho Chamber for the coming year. In announcing the committee appointments, Mr. Logan stated the list does not include all committees. Some committees will be add- i France Pays Debts ed later, he said, and others will i be enlarged. The 1955 committees are: AGRICULTURE —Charles Brogdon, 'Russell H. Parr, W. H. Wyatt, Bob Lee Smith, L. G. Nash, Jack Robinson, Utho Bnrnes, Foy Etchieson, Paul Hughes, Keith Bilbrey, advisor. AVIATION—Harold Sudbury, Bill Hutson, Harold B. Wright, Russell Hays, W. O. Reeves. BUDGET & FINANCE—R. L. Wade, Jr., J. W. Adams, John Lcnti. CIVIC AFFAIRS-E. M. Terry, H. C. Bush, W. M. Burns, Jack Wafinon, J. S. Cherry. EDUCATION—W. P. Pryor, Harry Bradley, W. B. Nicholson. FIRE PREVENTION—Billy Williams, George Ford, Jr., Dr. Carl H. NIPS, Harvey MOITLS, Jack Owen. Roy Head, W. S. Johnston. HEALTH & SAFETY—Dr. W. T. Rainwater, Jimmie Sanders, Bob Bennett, Dr. J. C. Guard, Dr. P. Don Smith, J. E. Dicks. INDUSTRIAL — E. B. Thomas, Jesse Taylor. Alvin Huffman, Jr., J. W. Adams, KeJley Welch, R. A. Geitle TRANSPbRTATION-^Jerry Cohen, Eddie B. David, Glenn O Ladd, Ray Hall. WELCOME—Russell H. Farr, J. L. Cherry, B. L. Smythe, Oliver Richardson, Mrs. Joe Cagle, Mrs. Joseph Rollison. INDUSTRIAL SERVICE—W. D. Chamblin, Clyde W. Kapp, Kenneth Richardson, W. I. Malin. BETTER BUSINESS — O. E. Knudsen, Walter Day, G. G. Hubbard, LeRoy Huddleston. AID FOR NEEDY — H. H. Bratcher prepares to load another truck of food and clothing for the needy widow and her six children of the Double Bridges area. It is believed enough clothing and food are on hand in the small house to see the family through the winter. Three loads of these proportions were sent out of the Courier News office yesterday. More was delivered privately. (Courier News Photo) Nationalist China Faces Major Tests Next Year TAIPEH, Formosa (AP) — Dangers both political and military face Nationalist China in 1955. Politically, the Soviet bloc is expected to fire its big guns in an effort to give the Chinese Reds the United J tions seat now held by the Nationalists. Militarily, the Chinese Reds probably will keep the vest-pocket war alive and may try to expand t, even at the risk of an all-out war with the United States. Loss of its U. N. seat would be a severe blow to President Chiang Kai-shek's government, weakening seriously its international prestige. Anything that enhances the Red regime is a blow to the Nationalists. That's the big reason for the dismay felt here over the impending mission to Peiping of Dug Hammarskjold, U. N. secretary general. Hnmmarskjold's trip, an effort to secure the release of 11 American airmen convicted as spies, is depicted here as a shameful pilgrimage that will give Red China U. S. protection. 3. Red hit-and-run air attacks on Formosa. * 4. Red invasion of Formosa, even at the risk of an nil-out shooting war with the United States. No. 2 seems the likliest. The Reds aren't apt to try vading Formosa unless they have the full support of Russia, and unless both Moscow and Peiping are ready to risk World War III, BAFB Contract Is Awarded LITTLE ROCK— W. A. Gray Construction Company, Shreveporl, La., has boon awarded a contract in the nmuunt of $177,750.50 for construction of nn operations building and control tower al Blytheville Air Force Base, Blytheville, Ark.. HC- cnrding to Col. StaunUm Browi allrimportant face. • And the Nationalists don't like the increasing talk abroad of two Chinas. They want this government to be recognized us the legal I Little Rock District "Engineer." Corps Bovei-nmcnt for all of China. [of Engineers. Bids wore Deceived On the military side, there appear to be four possibilities: 1. The Reds will be content to continue sporadic fighting and occasional hit-and-run raids in and bout the offshore islands. December 21 for the job. The operations building v/ill be a two-story, wood frame building with approximately 10,000 square lent, of floor space. The control tower will bo n steel frame struct. French Assembly Okays West German Arms Plan WEU Approved More Witnesses Appear to Claim Fuller Suspect Was at Memphis BRINKLEY, Ark. (AP) — More witnesses who say they saw the 19-year-old youth, charged in the murder of a young Brinkley mother, ' in other places continued to turn up yesterday, as the Brinklcj mayor called on Arkansa Slate Police to "take charge' of the investigation. John P. Gibson, littornej for Billy Rny Wllllnglmin ngiiins whom first degree murder charges have been filed, said he hart talked with a Mem phis service stutioi attendant who .saw \villlngh:im ttu day Mrs. Mill on Fuller, 25, was totally clubbed. Tiie Dermott, Ark., attorney al- reiiriy had turned up witnesses who said they .saw the accused you 11 n a Memphis Hotel the morning Mrs .Puller was fatally clubbed. At Tupelo. Miss., 80 miles soutl of Memphis, nine persons tok lews men they siiw a man they dentify r\s Willingham — seven ol hem said they saw the youth the day the woman died. The other wo snid they saw the youth the day after. Brinkley Mayor Jack Cox called on the state police to take ovci he investigation which he said hns }ecome complicated with "conflict- ng statements of additional wit- State Police Inspector- J. Earl ScrORgln at Little Rock, said his lep.irtment could not afford to ssume the responsibility for the investigation, but, he snicl a slate \olice investigator would be sent » assist local officers, Mrs. Puller was found uncons- ious the morning of Dec, 12 by cr husband. She had been clubbed ith a piece of wood which crushed er skull. She died without rcgnln- if> cosciousness. A week Idler, WiUingham Void fficers and newsmen that he wlclcl- d the fatal club. Then, he denied to a reporter but, later, officers id he .signed a statement again rimilling lie ki'led the woman. Mrs. Puller's death was fixed by filters us between -1:30 a.m. and a.m. H.F. Brown, Memphis service ation employe, told private delea- ves and newsmen that Wllliiifjliam at his station about 0:30 a.m. ec. 12. W. L. Hall, DcSoto Hotel clerk IK! .Max Stone 1 , porter, said that /illingharn had asked directions Highway 78 tho day nf the mur- cr. Tupelo, Mi::: 2 .Red invasion of the offshore: right stories high. Construction Burniii Edward:; nnd Mrs. Helm Mr.nds, but hands off Formos'a and [ time for the job will be 210 calcn- j Siauuhifr fold nrv/Miirn they s!»w I the Pescadores, which are under dar days. Iwillmgham at Hotel Jeff "Davis about 1 p.m. 0 il. Cientry and P. Evans said the youth was at a taxi station abou 3 p.m. on the 12th. Taxi driver Rudolph Russell said Willin- Khnm rode in his cab. J.C. Gray. » Tupelo cafe owner, Willingham stayed in.the cafe about an half-hour nnri quoted the youth as saying he wa.s hitchhiking from Brinkley to Alabama. A waitress. Mrs. June Wagner, also said she .saw Willingham, A service -station attendant, Jim Tucker, and a waitress at another cafe, Mrs, J.C. SloiH!. said they both saw Wllliiiglmm Dec. 13th. In asking for state aid in the case. Mayor Cox said the request was made with the knowledge and consent of Brinkley Police Chief Frank Henderson and Monroe County Sheriff H.K. McKcnzie. Henderson, who has been charged with "bungling" the by it group of Brinkley residents, and McKenzie have taken a prominent part in tho investigation. Cox said both officers agreed with him that "the time has come when highly technical personnel and the latest in crime detection equipment is needed." Willingham \vn.s being held In Jail at Clarendon, Ark., pending grand jury action. Glbsou said lie would not mnke any official use of his. Information until after Uie first of the year. Officers have nlven no indication Hint they have changed their opinions In the case. $3 Billion Foreign Aid Said Goal of Ike WASHINGTON (AP) — The Eisenhower administration was said today to be nearly ready with a request to Congress for at. least three billion dollars to continue, economic and military aid to friendly nations abroad. Local Business Leaders See Bright Future; Babson Predicts Steady First Six Months Consumption Increase Seen In First Half suffering- from a decline In demand, but should now improve. Government - sponsored planting j curtailment and crop loans have re-' duced free supplies, and may make for higher agricultural prices later in lfl55. 8. ARMAMENT INDUSTRY — "'''' " ' For First Time in Years, Glow Of Optimism May be Seen in City Such an amount would be slight ly morn than the $2,800,000,000 Congress provided this year foi grants, loans and arms .shipments Lo more than 40 friendly governments. President Elsenhower prohablj will unveil the new program it: ills budget message Jan. 17. Informed officials reported government agencies have decided Congress should be iisked to appropriate between 3 and 3'/ 2 billion dollars. The State, Treasury and Defense departments and the Foreign Operations Administration arc expected to agree within the next week on a firm figure and also decide on whore the money should )e allocated by regions. Any request for three billion dol- ar.s or more would certainly face :ritlcal .scrutiny in Congress. For- aid p rag r a HIM have been rimmed considerably In recent ycar.s, and several key Congress nombnrs have said they will op)():>€! any now funds for strictly economic aid. to Kiit I'l.'iNl Officials helping to draft the new roijTiim -said It would seek to hiinnel most, of the U.K. dollar.'; ) the I-'ar but Hint it dm rjt conLcinpliHc any inn.s.sivn nwil. mcf .similar In Ihi' postwar VhirshnJI PI cm lor Western Europe. A modest Inrn-n.v in AMim r.onoinic aid, however, will be .sought, official. 1 ; said, on the theory that it is urgent to improve living is* and arris if thR peoples there are to resist communism. Some $1,478,00.000 worth of for- rign aid was allocated to the Far East and Pacific nations last year but lens than OIK; third of this went fnr economic and technical aid. The rest was spunt for military assistance to Formosa, Indochina, By KOGKR W. BABSON 1. GENERAL BUSINESS — De- : be one of the main floors beneath sijitc wiiils irom .some quarters, • the economy. The electrical and 1954 saw a drop in the average chemica! industries will move at Physical Volume of Business of on-! a rate close to tnat of 1954 - ly 5% from the record year 1953 ! 9 - °™ER INDUSTRIES - I am 1955 could see a rise of about the: somewhat optimistic on clothing Benson Orders Referendum On Rice Quotas MEMBERSHIP— Max Logan, Ed Tune, H. C. Blanken.ship, R. L. Wade, Jr., Alvin Hardy, Russell Hays, Johnny Marr, C. M. Smart, O. E. Knudsen, Joe B. Evans, R. A. Porter. NATIONAL AFFAIRS^!. A. Bryant, John Caudill, Max B. Reid, Joe T. Hughes, P. E. Cooley. PUBLICITY— H. A. Halnes, H. C. Bush, Harold Sudbury, James Nebhut. RECREATION Roland Bishop, P. D. Foster, Harmon Taylor, Fred S. Sallba, Ted Wahl, George Clark. SEWER --James Terry, James Hill, Jr., Dale S. Briggs, Toler B. Buchanan, W. M. Burns, Dr. Carl H. Nies, Harold Wright, Bill Williams, Jr., Harvey Morris, Jimmie Sanders, K. B. Barker. TRAFFIC ilk PARKING— Toler Buchanan, W. M. Jontz, Utho Barnes, T. H. Chapman, W. H. Stovall, M. N. Nunn, Jr., Rupert Crafton, H. B. Richardson. same amount. Certainly, the direction of business until mid-1955 will be upward. 2. BUSINESSMEN WILL WAKE UP — During 1954 many businessmen rediscovered the meaning of the word "competition." Sales will continue to be made only with real effort in most, lines. 3. CONSUMPTION OUTLOOK — Consumption in a number of lines aircraft manufacturing, air-line i By GtiOROK A.VDERSO.V Courier News Staff Writer Blylheville's business picture, which looked rather bleak during the spring and summer months this year, has now taken on a glow of optimism not seen here for many years. Belief that 1955 will show considerable improvement ; "ishcd for the 1955 crop, over recent years was expressed unanimously by merchants! Benson set a national rire. allot- Korea and other nations. Foreign aid to Western Europe, which dropped to about 26 per cent of all funds In the liusl program approved by Congress, i.s expected to remain at about the same level under present planning. Authorities said most of 'this money yoes for special programs in Spain. Turkey, Greece and Yugoslavia. The rest of Western Europe, while .scheduled to get virtually none of the new money to bo sought, will continue to receive military shipments and Home economic help from money previously appropriated by Congress, officials said. New Trial Sought For Dr. Sam CLEVELAND Mt-Judgr Mwurd Ulythin today took under ; moUoii for a new Inn] fov Dr. SiiinuH Kheppiinl, convicted n! ontl (ifiin-o i mi nit T lust week the ./nly •} bludgeoning of his pregnant, wife, Marilyn. Tho motion cited 41 error.s which* atlorneys said were marie durimr ihfi trial of the Bay Village o.'iteop.-ith. Another part of Lhe same motion wa.s filed today, a week aftc'i the original petition. In the new re- •jucst, Shoppard'.s attorneys said they hiivo "newly disci deuce now known and iblc to the defendant at the time of hi.s trial." JudffC I3lyt,hin said he would hold i separate hc;iririK Jan. B on that mrt of l.h(; motion. The attorneys lid not specify what new evidence A'rts discovered. Shcppard ha.s been sentenced to Iff: in prison. Unless the jury ver- WASHJNOTON W — -Secretary nf | diet is upset, it will hn 10 years In Close Vote, 287 to 260 PARIS (AP) — The French National Assembly tonight reluctantly and narrowly approved West German rearmament. The vote was 287-260. It ratified the treaty establishing a Western European Union (WEU) as the coalition In which 12 West German divisions will join British. French. Belgian, Dutch, Luxembourg und Italian troops In defense of Europe. Key Point This was the key point of the recent London-Paris accords. Deputies already hud approved oher portions of te accords. Tonight's vote also kept Premier Pierre Mendes-France In office. He had made adoption of WEU a mutter of confidence in his cabinet. The vote completed action in the lower house on the various treaties signed here last October. In effect, It xvas a vote on the whole network of treaties. Under a "single package" proviso, If WEU had been rejected- none of the other accords would have been considered ratified. Tonight's vote reversed nn assembly decision the day before Christmas against WEU, 280-259, when It wns not a confidence Issue. Now to Sei.iite All the treaties now go to tho council of the Republic, or Senate, where debate is tentatively scheduled for February. Under a new constitutional amendment, the senate can delay final French ratification simply by making .slight changes in the various bills nnd sending them back to the Assembly. This could bring final passage close to the mid-May e which Mendes-France has suggested for a BlR Four meeting with Soviet Russia on the German Today In tho assembly the communist;; made a last minute attempt lo. draff out the is-sue. Tin; Asf'Cmbly went along immediately Into lhe vote on trio op- live clause uf thn recent London-Paris accords when Assembly President Andre lo Troquor called tho mutter up shortly after 5 p.m. in n. m. CST). Normally it tfikos about an hour to dr term inn the outcome of an a.sscmbly vole. The Assembly already had rnti- fi'-(l the thrtit; other major sections r>! Hie London-Puns accords. Early indnv the weary deputies re.if- tinned 2H'l-'ft(i l i 'nuire',s nccrjiUmec, of CifTinnnv as a partner tn 'he North Allnntic Treaty Or- cnnuation. On Monday (he dep- iitii 1 .*; iipprove.rl the I wo separate nri.irles of the NATO measure 239- 2ft 1; loriay Uie margin was cut by seven votes. The other agreements, ending the Allied occupation of West Ger- nniny and putting the disputed Saur Valley under international n-d cvl- i control, wrrc ratified quickly last not avail-1 Friday after the Assembly first voted down the German rcarma- Sc« FKISNCM on I'ajfe 10 Agriculture Benson today ordered I before ho is eligible for parole, a referendum among rlne produc-j Kheppard appeared shccpy but ers Jan. 28 to determine whether marketing quotas shall be estnb- confident as he Was led Into the '< courtroom, handcuffed to a deputy i sheriff. . , °' encouraging, at least through the: first half of 1955. 12. PROFITS - Stiffening com- way at the Return on Invested capital Is in a long-term downtrend. The first few years after World War II were the golden years for .the novice In business has been proceeding at a more rapid rate than has production. I forecast a better record in early 1955 for both steel and, automobiles 4. TEXTILE INDUSTRY — Textile industry operated at extremely low levels throughout most of _ 1954, Coal and railroad equipment; ne'titioVTT chTpping^a also exerted a strong downpull. I! profit margin forecast that the textile and coal • - ' Industries will be In a recovery phase after their long stay In lhe doldrums. 5. PRIVATE CONSTRUCTION — I forecast that home building and general construction will be somewhat lower In 1955 than in 1954, but this Important industry should still operate at high levels next year. 6. PUBLIC CONSTRUCTION — I forecast that public construction will increase during 1955. This should mean a rise In the output of cement. | 7. AGRICULTURAL EQUIP-: MENT — This industry has been. transportation, office equipment i and business leaders contacted m a survey conducted by ' mftnt of 1 - 85!) - OI)ln acrcs - 24 7 ,^ r - - ' j this writer cnnt If ' s;; thnn Lhe f - Htlmi ' t(;d 1054 o jinib WIILLI. .,.. (plantings ^ 2,4*17,000 acres and 11 11 Though the past year could hard- impression he had received from i L r ccnt ne | OW the flvr year avcr- r, I ly be considered a banner one for talking with numerous merchants i!,,, ( . plantings "-business here, recovery during the WHS that fall sales exceeded 1953,1' Distribution' of the acreage fall months from an unusually slow but were not quite enough to bring i among producers in Arkansas / spring and summer wn.s sufficient the year's total up to par. | xomii California. Florida, Illinois, Our oUv.-rvation, after contacting Louisiana, Missouri, Mississippi, a representative group In most, re-. South Carolina, Tennessee and tail lines., would be. that gross vol- j Texas will be announced soon September and continued .strong ume for the year may have been ; ————._--..... electricity output, petroleum production, natural gas, end shoes. I am also fairly bullish on rubbe paper, electrical equipment, cer-1 business here tain types of building, and nonfer-jfall months fi rous metals. 10. WEATHER CONDITIONS It is foolish for me to attemp lo forecast rains, drought, frost, etc., for any special section. However, in most cases to briny sales volume up to the level of 1953. The seasonal began look for better weather In 1955°' i tnrou 6 n tne ' a 'l a"' 1 during the off slightly, but that net profits are 11 RETAIL SALES — I forecast ' Cnristmas season, despite damage equal to 11)53 or slightly above. that' the outlook for retail sales'is I tlone to crops by lhls i "' ca ' s thil ' d " ...... "" ....... "" --------------' and for the inefficient. Those days are gone for awhile. 13. SELECTIVITY — Higher labor and other costs, plus intensified competition, will continue during 1055. I forecast a high degree of selectivity in the effect of this trend on individual activities and companies. Victory will be for the nimble and for the strong! 14. DIVIDENDS - Recent high expenditures 'for new plant and S«« BAUSON on P*f« 1 of drought. The situation differed considerably between various lines of merchandise and firms, but for At any rate, as Mr. Holder pointed out, the Ujtal sales for the year will not vary more than live per cent above or below and probably! Weather AKKA.VSAS — Fair and warmer among individual the majority, fall will run very close to 1953. Real estate appears to have mjidi! the best gains during the year with business brought either net profit the markct showlng mora t radc vo] . or gross sales for the year as a | |, me than nny s | ncc lne b | g post . whole at least to the level of 1053, with some lines showing increases up to 25 per cent. war boom year of 1949. Demand was best for new construction causing a drop in value Whether total sal»s in Blytheville j O f somc O id cr houses on the mark- reached the level of 1953 cannot, be determined definitely. The survey conducted hore necessarily was limited only, to a cross-section of the city's businesses and many of the replies to questions were estimates of comparison only since year-end Inventories have not been completed. Worth Holder, secretary of the Chamber of Commerw, »ld Utt et. Though value of farm land fell from the peak of 1953, demand for land was greater during the past year and from all Indication/!, this will continue next year. In retmll sales, heavier mcrchan- chandise, such aa furniture, television, radio, and appliances, apparent- Sw BUSINESS on raft It ! this afternoon and west and central tonight; lowest 26-35 tonight; Friday mostly cloudy and a lltllc warmer. MISSOURI — Generally fair this afternoon, tonight and Friday; warmer west and north this afternoon and over lhe southwest tonight and Friday. Minimum Uiln morning — 29 Maximum yratftrdny — 43 Sunrlfic tomorrow — 7:07 .Sunset today -- 4:59 Mpan tempnriLturc — 3fl Precipitation Iftnt 24 hour* to 7 ft. m. — nonu I'rcclpltntlon Jim. 1 to thin date — 35.08 Tills IMU Uit Vc.r Maximum ymttirday — M Minimum thin morning ~ 32 I'rcclpHfttlon January \ to flMt — State Licenses To Be Sold West of Lake People living west of nip Lnke do not have to Journey into Blytheville to purchase nutomobile tfigs as they Will he available at Manila and Leachville on certain days, U. W. Mulllns, BlythevlUe revenue Inspector, said this morning. A special representative of the state revenue department will be at the Nynl Drug Store In Leachville Jan. 4 through 15 to sell the 1055 nutomobile license plfites. He will be at the Manila City Hall Jan. 10 through 31. •y taking advantage of these two sub offices, Mr, Mullins said, much congestion and time may be saved. Trotsky Killer to Be Freed MEXICO CITY (fP) — Official/, .say JncQUCB Mornard, convicted of assassinating the Russian revolutionary Leon lYotfiky In 1940, will be released from prison next month. Mornard, scntA;..ce<l to 20 years, was eligible for parole after i serving two third* of hU term. , Most of City Takes Holiday Downtown Stores Plan To Close on Saturday Most Blytheville residents will get at least a one-day holiday to welcome. ,ln the New Year, a survey of downtown offices and business firms revoaled today. Most downtown stores will close Saturday in observance of the New Year as will practically all federal, state, cmmty and city offices. Only one office in the City Hall will be open Saturday. City Clerk W. I. Malin said that his office will keep regular hours Saturday, remaining open until noon. Offices of the Arkansas Revenue Department will observe both Friday and Saturday as holidays while the draft board offices will close Friday at noon and remain closed until Monday. County Judge Phillip Deer said the Court House will be closed all day Saturday but that offices in the court house will be open tomorrow. The Chamber of Commerce offices located In Ciiy Hnll will be closed all day Saturday, Worth Holder, Chamber manager, said. Downtown grocery stores are advertising they will be open until 8 p.m. Friday but will be closed all day Saturday. Both banks will close all day Saturday and there will be no mall delivery. Postmaster Ross Stevens said this morning windows In the P«st Office will be closed nnd there will 30 no city or rural mall delivery that mail will be put In boxes and special delivery packages and letters wilt b« delivered M usual.

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