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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE DOMINANT NTTWRPimm nm unnvn.. . ^^ • i««"" W » ^r^ VOL. XLIV—NO. 291 BlythevUle D»ily Newa Blythevllle Courier Blythevllle Herald Uluitclppl Valley THE DQMIKAKT NEWSPAPER Or NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHIAST MIBBOUW |6Bill$Approved iHalf-Hour after |0-MinuleDebate State Senate Argues Issue of Free Passes To Memorial Stadium [LITTLE ROCK, March 7. {#>— |ie Arkansas Senate argued bilter- for an hour today over a bill i give free passes to the War Me- Ijrial Stadium to disabled war vet- lans. The bill failed by two votes. |In the next 30 minutes, the Sen- approved le bills which call (he expenditure of more than 1.000.000 In state funds during the Joel two years. • The heated debate over the sta- liim bill came when opponents l.arged It would affect games |ayed in the stadium by making impossible to estimate proceeds advance. The proposal, sponsored • Sens. Guy Jones of Con way and |>b Bailey, jr., Russellville, would live required the stadium com- lission to give one free ticket to Icn stadium event to every vete- tJi with 50 per cent disability. i. Jerry Screcton of Hazen t (he bill "reckless." J Senator Jones shouted back: |"It may be reckless. Senator, but Ts also reckless when a man Is I'M to walk Into a machine gun list." I Sen. w. H. Abinglon ot Beebe lulled the stadium "an empty hon- to the state's veterans." He irged that the name of the vet- I'ans "has been used to get money the project." Fund Bills Not Arjued J The appropriation bills, which tiled through almost without dis- lission. included one setting up |!.500.0CO annually to pay refunds gasoline used for agricultural •urposes. 1 Also included in the list were liQO.OOO to start construction of a list medical center near the state •nspltal; surplus funds for Magnolia and Monticello A. &, M. Col- |gss; $34.000 to finance Issuance : new highway construction bonds; •165,000 for construction at state, listrict and county livestock, shows, Ind $600,000 lor the State Depart- |ient of Education. HOUK OVayi Uiiuor Bill I'The Arkansas House today passed Ind sent to the Senate a bill which lould require the revenue commls- loner to grant a wholesale liquor Itrmlt lo 'any quaIU^.1- applicant J The-bill, by Rep. Prank Snell- Irove of Cralghead County, also lould require distilleries to sell any If their products to any person |olding a wholesale permit. Action was deferred on a bill to live county boards of education au- jnority to exempt any district from Irovision of the initiated school re- |rganizatioti act. Tlie bill was Introduced by Rep. :,. H. Autry of Mississippi Counts', Imo said it was designed specifically la apply to the Stillman-Prazicr |>istrict in his county. J He said the district is in good •nape financially and has excellent Ichool facilities but has only 315 Itudents, which under Initialed Act llo. 1 would throw It into a countv- |nde district. The House was moved to furious llebate by a motion to send to com- Inittee a Senate bill to require mer- Ihants to pay the state all money Collected In sales tax. Hep. w F Jlector of Pulaski County asked that It be referred to committee for a liublic hearing tonight but the mo- lion was rejected and the bill was |cft on the House calendar. Tax Amendment Fails Pcfore the noon aojoiirnment the .use rejected a proposed amend- Incut to the bill placing an addl- lion.il 25 cents a gallon tax on |vhlskey. The amendment was offered by *cp. Lloyd Darnell of Garland pounty, who said he objected to liecond reading of the bill Friday in lirdcr that, he could present his |>roposeci amendments The bill, by Sen. F. c. Crow of Hope, would place an additional tax f>{ 23 cents a gallon on liquor and liive the money to the state, district and county livestock shows for •xniMriiction. The first of Darnell's fcight amendments would have re- Tluced the amount of the tax from p cents a gallon to five cents a gallon. Americans Fired As Security Risks Working for UN WASHINGTON, March 7. VP) — Senator Mundt (R-SD) said today the United Nations has lured some people who were fired by the State Department as security risks. Name* of several such persons, Mundt said, are In the files of the House Un . American Activities Committee. The Senator is a former member of the committee. For some time, the committee has had Investigators trying to find out whether foreign governments have been using the United Nations as a, shield for spying on this country. -I believe," Mundt told reporters, "we should take up with Uie United Nations the question of Americans who are employed by It and get an agreement that when Americans are hired, they will be screened by the State Department." [Move to Dismiss JTriolof 11 U.S. (Reds Is Rejected N'EW YORK, March 7. «>,—T,'ie •defense sought dl.Miii.ssAl of a con- Ispirncy indictment against 11 hign |Communist.s today en the ground • tha t President Truman's character- isation of two Communist leaders as I •, ? ^S" macle a [ilir t" al impos- •sible. The motion was promptly di|n]en. The motion referred to a recent ark by President Truman when d to comment on a statement I Issued by the two top member of llhe American Communist Party, I Eugene Dennis and William Z. Fos- Iter, Dennis, General secretary of Itbe party, is one or the 11 defend?"«• Poster is national chairman but his trial has been delayed because of poor health. In another motion for dismissal, also itemed, the defense contended that selection of an Impartial Jury was unposible because of recent statements by Francis Cardinal 8pellman, Roman Catholic arch-1 bishop of New York, and Bishop .Tames P. DeWolf of the Episcopal Diocese of New Soviet Shake-Up Remains Puzzle Western Countries Bolster Anti-Red Front after Switch By John M. Hightower WASHINGTON, March 7. <fl>,_ Western governments still puzzling over the Moscow Foreign Ministry shakeup are acting speedily to bolster their "frontier" against Communism. The main conviction in Washington, London and Paris is summed med up by diplomats this way Whether Moscow's diplomacy tol ward the West gets tougher, softer or continues unchanged the primary responsibility of the Western powers now Is to be prepared to meet any contingency. Actually many responsible authorities here believe that the removal of V. M. Molotov from the Foreign Ministry and his replacement by Andrei Vishinsky, a man of lesser standing in Russia, means that the Soviets are about to Intensify their Internal programs and let up on communist expansion temporarily. This may mean a new period of extreme Russian isolationism. ^ It may also mean further Communist crackdowns on the aatel- ! lite countries of Eastern Europe to ' secure absolute control over the governments and peoples of the region. See Showdown In addition, a few highly placed informants privately believe that Premier Stalin and his associates in the Politburo may be preparing for a spring showdown with Marshal Tito over control of Yugoslavia. American officials say they would not be surprised If Russia and some of Its completely controlled states neighboring Yugoslavia should move openly to crush Tito. The hardening Communist line in the world this side of the iron curtain—the steady line of party leaders who say they would side with Moscow in case of war—it considered by some experts on Soviet Communism to be evidence of a toughening up of the parly. Western officials frankly did not know over the week-end whether the Molotov-Vlshlnskv switch meant a toughening or softening of Russia's attitudes toward, the west. American experts on Russia and Western European diplomats here were generally agreed that no basic change in Russia's goals of world Communism could be expected.. It is to meet this ultimate challenge as well as to strengthen the west against possible Soviet aggression that State Department authorities expected to move forward on several fronts this week. Truck Driver Fined $150 on Traffic Charge Four persons forfeited cash bonds in Municipal Court this morning and a fifth was fined *I50 and costs on charges of driving while under the Influence of liquor. Forfeiting bonds were Russell Oil! B. E. Hawkins, and C. W. Noll, S45.25 each and Herman Larue, $46.25. Pied sproul of Half Moon, was fined 5150 and costs. Mr. Sproul was arrested Saturday ntgnt following an accident at the intersection of Chjckasawba and 21st Streets involving his truck and a car driven by Bill Avis of Stcele, Mo Jame.s Cathcy of Hall Moon, who wa.s a passenger in the Sproul truck Is In Walls Hospital suffering from cuts and bruises received in the accident. His condition is not believed to be serious. According to invc.stijating officers. Mr. Sproul was driving his truck cast on Chickasawba a.nd Mr. Avis' car was moving west on the same street. Upon reaching the 2lst Street intersection, Mr. Sproul attempted to make a lelt turn directly Into the path of the Avis car. PKiScngers In the Avis car escaped injury. In other action In couit Ihis morning j. w . Woods forfeited a »15 cash bond when he failed to appear io »ns»-cr a charge of H««Ung. BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS, MONDAY. MARCH 7, 1949 Inspect Home From a Boat TWELVE PAGES SINGLE COPIES FIVE CENTS Paul MyJcr (at left in boat) looks into his home at Missouri Valley, la., through a window from a rowbout after water from the Boyer River flowed intt, the low-lying residential section of the western Iowa town. Thawing weather and ice jams caused local flooding on many Iowa and Nebraska streams. Others Iti boat ave Carl Stichler (center) mid Kenneth Bonhnm. (AP Wire- photo) Fertilizer Plant To Be Discussed Mississippi County Farmers to Meet in Manila Thursday Walter May. vice-president of the Arkansas Fiirni Bureau, will explain a proposed Mate-wide farmer owned fertilizer plant to Mississippi County fminers at a meeting In the Manila High School, at 7:30 Thursday night. H. p. Ohlendorf, president of tho Mississippi County Farm Bnra- /, said that during the lust two years various groups of farmers had done considerable planning and work toward the establishment of a farmer-owned plant, and that Thursday's meeting was being conducted to acquaint farmers in this area with the movement, and to determine the extent of their interest. He explained that the Farm Bureau of Arkansas and the Mississippi County Farm Bureau were not sponsoring the movement, and could not put funds into the establishment of such a plant, bin, that since it was of farmer interest felt that leaders should be familiar with all phases of the plant under consideration. One Dead, 2 Missing as Flood Waters Hit /owo and Nebraska By The Associated Presi One man was dead and two university students were missing today as floods Inundated or threatened Hundreds of homes In western Iowa and Nebraska. ^ New Limit of 21 Months Is Set on Payment for Cars WASHINGTON, March 7. w>_ Vou can go out and b-- an automobile on 21 months c ...it today Hefrlgerntors, radios and television sets, also had their installment buying limits raised to nearlv two years. The Federal Reserve Board besieged by complaints of shopkeepers and car dealers, and aficr the nations ume buying fell off in January for the first time in three years, decided to relax the controls At ' Missouri Valley, Iowa, more thnn 1,000 persons were homeless and disaster threatened some towns along the 'Missouri and Big Jiluc Rivers in Neb ,xskn. Tlie dead man WHS George W. Johnson, about 71, who drowned in his Hooted Missouri Valley. la., home. The missing are Thomas M. Nolan, 22, and Charles Werinuth, 20, students at Crelghton University, Omaha, missing since yesterday Ju the flooded area near LiLiiona Bench, southwest ol Otnalin. They were on a hunting trip when they disappeared. At Missouri Valley, liarde.it hit town in the Hood area.;, the town was without KIIS. hcut and water and authorities said r.one was in prospect for several days. All the town's inhabitants were to be Inoculated today against typhoid. Water still stood from three to .three and one-lmlf feet deep, in more than 300 homes but il w «s> receding. Red Cross .disaster relief headquarters Mid it h»«*'-»p«nt MJOO.to buy sh.qi.ynr' - - • the town, *iJM Kirlin has asked Rep. Jensen Iowa) to apply for federal rcliel funds. Nebraska Rivers Rise The trouble spots In Nebraska, appeared to be the towns ot Crete and Seward, in the Elkhorn -Valley. Volunteer crews worked throughout the night to protect the town ot Ashland from the rising Platte and Elkhorn Rivers and Walioo and Salt Creeks. Nebraska City escaped a flood crest ol the Missouri River yesterday but hundreds ol acres of nearby lowlands were inundated. With the north part of Crete flooded. Mayor Thomas J. Aron described the condition there as the most severe in history." Some slight relief was promised toduy in the form of rising temperatures from the area, but colder weather and snow /lurries were forecast for tomorrow. Tlie weather generally was fair over the nation today except areas of light snow in the Appalachians and rain along the Virginia coast. Also excepting the Atlantic and Gulf states, the eastern half of the country lir:d slightly colder weather todtij'. pay off months; Previously you had credit over $1,000 in under, in 15 months. Down payments were also reduced by the board to 15 per cent •previously it was W). Cars are an exception, however Vou will still have to pay () , s h for one third of the total price. New York Cotton Mar. 7.-l:30 p.m NEW YORK, quotations: Open High Low Last Mar ........ 3254 3257 3252 3256 M«J- ....... 3235 3239 3235 3236 July ....... 3123 3128 3123 3125 °cl ........ 2:28 2330 2825 2827 Dec ........ 2SC8 2S08 2808 2S06 Woman Admits Mate Farmer Living Near Leachville Sent to Paragould Hospital Mrs. Mildred IllBginbottom, 42- ycur-olct fnrin wile or near Lcach- villc, is being held In the county jail here todny on an open chargo pending the outcome of her husband, O. C. Hlgglnbattom, 54, who wa.s shot during a family argument Saturday midnight. Mr. Higginboltom Is 1 In the Dlxon Memorial Hospital In Paragoulcl suHering Irom wounds In hLi right hip and the lower part of his stomach. His condition was listed by hospital attendants as '"fair" tilts morning. According (o Deputy Sheriff J. W. McHnncy of Leachvllle who lu- v&stignted the slxwtlug, Mr s Hlg- ginbottora sliot her husband with a 12-jauge shot gun on the front porch of their home three miles southwest ol LcachvillE near the Caimi community. Deputy McHnney quoted Mrs. Higglubottom as saying that 'she shot lioi husuand as. he attempted to enter the house after the two- had quarrelled. She told otllccrs that when she leveled the gun to shoot her husband, her daughter grabbed at tlic weapon In an effort to protect her father. Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Arthur S. Harrison, said Uilsmornln? that charges against the woman would not be riled until the outcome of Mr. Hlgglnbottom's condition has been deteiTnined. Truman's Confidants Expect Army Secretary Royall to Resign Post KEY WEST, Fla., March 7. (IP, Presidential confidants disclosed today that Secretary ot the Army Kenneth C. Royall u> the next hl ranking administration ofllclal to BO- Tlio.se reputable but unquotable- by-nume officials said Hoynll will .•;tep out n-lthln ten to twenty days His successor )>a.s not yet been decided upon, they reported. Meanwhile, the President settled clown to the enjoyment of a fortnight's vacation at this naval submarine bn.se—his sixth trip to Florida. He flew In yesterday, landing at tlic Boca Chlca Airport, eight and a half miles from here. Globe-Girdling Bill Odom Begins Second Try At Setting World LightPlane Distance Mark SAN FRANCISCO, March 7. Stance flier Bill Odom. riding f. strong taiiwind on his record-seeking non-stop flight from Honolulu lo Nesv Jersey, WMS reported only 150 (statute) miles off the California coast at 11:30 a.m. IESTJ today, "away ahead of schedule." Tlie late report tame from Radio Station KGO, whose beam Odom is following Into San Francisco. He is being pushed along by a 23-mile an hour taiiwind and luckily has avoided stormy weather north of hLs course, which might have hindered his flight. Last January 13. wtien he was forced down far short of hi s goa i on his first light plane record attempt. Odom ran Into unexpected headwinds about 1.000 miles olf the coast, with the result that his gasoline supply was consumed and he landed at Oakland. This lime, carying more gasoline and, thus far, getting far better mileage from It, prospects of his leaching his objective at Tetcrboro, N.J... appear far better. A Coast Guard PBY took oil from Alameda Air Station this morning to escort Odom in and is expected to meet him at 1:15 p.m. (EST). An escorting B-17 turned back to Hawaii at the 1,000 mile mark alter eporting Odom was at 7,500 feet and finding the weather much better than I t was In his last attempt to set a new small plane distance record. The balding, 29-ye r old flf er eased his gasoline-heavy Beech- craft off the runway at 1:05 l as t nluht <I2:05 a.m. EST today). As- surrcd favorable tailwlnds most of Ihe way, he expected to be over San Francisco In 17 hours, on the ground at Teterboro In 32. The single-engine craft made a perfect takeoff—skillfully nursed by the man who flew solo around the world In the record time of 73 hours five minutes, n seconds In 1917. "This Is it," said Odom. His previous attempt to make the Honolulu-Teterboro hop elided at Oakland, Calif., last January 13 after he ran Into bad weather over the Sierra Nevada and turned back. "We're going to make It this time." With that, Odom's homburg- trjpped head disappeared inside the cabin of the "Walkikl Beech" and he wus away. Matching his new (Tray hat was his gray plaid suit— his lucky suit, the one he wore on his world-circling jaunt. Carries Extr* Gu Odom opened the throttle. The 185-horsepower engine pulling the 3,779-pound load Into the »tr far: short of the end of the runway The plane carried 288 gallons of gasoline — 28 more than on the earlier flight. The lotdl load was well under the 3,662 pounds allowed for the light plane class. One minute after Odom took off. a big B-17 air-sea rescue plane of the Hawaiian Sea Frontier followed. With the rosy tints of sunset fading In the west, the Bcechcratt and the "mother" B-n roared around Diamond Head Into the dark eastern sky. The big plane was to escort Odom for the first 1,000 miles. Odom's final weather report was for an etght-mlle-an-hour taiiwind over the ocean and boosts ol 25 miles and better over the mainland. Across the United Stales he planned to follow the commercial alrlnne eastward from San fYan- clsco over Salt Lake city, Cheyenne, Wyo., Omahs and Chicago. Gets 1*1 and Dollar A Red Cross worker gave him a Mower lei and an 1883 Hawaii silver dollar with Hawaii's coat of arms on one side and King Kala- kuaua on the other. The dollar was for the New York City Red Cross chapter's annual fund-raising drive. Odom asked that his luggage be r-expr'wed to New Yr*J's La- Guardlt Field. , Hoover Group Asks Control Of All Transportation in U. S. For Commerce Department McMathfoName State Highway Commissioners J. H, Grain of Wilson May Bo Selected as Mcmber-at-Large J. H. Cniln, malinger unil C o- tni/jtee for tho Loe Wilson & Company InlciTsl.i, today W n S slated lor appolmmoiii l,y Oov. Sidney McMiith to ono of Die two pas {. turns us uiDmucrK-nt-lnrBc on tho Qtntc Highway Commission, which recently was cnlm-gitf by action ol the cicnenil Assembly. An Associated press news Item from r.Hllc Hock this morning In- rtlcntffd (Imt nonilnntlons for (ho 12-;neii!bcr- hlgliwuy- ccimmisslon probably would be sent to the Scti- nte todny for conflrmnUon. Slated for chulrmunslit)> of tho commlMlon. ucconllng to the Associated Press, in another EiMit Arkansas man, j. u. Lnmlicit of Hcl- enn. Tlic npiMlnlincut of Mr. Criitn of Wilson to tho commission will niiirlt the first tlmo In scs'ernl ycnrs that Mlsslssl|)pi County linx hnd Tcpreaentallon on this most Important of tho suite's honorary commissions nml bonrds. Mr. crntn was chntrman of the hlKhwuy commlKMou when Homer M. Miklns wtis governor. Another Mississippi county man, J. L»n Wllllnnw of Osccoln. who illcd In 1048. «-ns n member of the commission when Curl B. Btilley wns governor. HlK>lwny 18 Mu>- lie Willencd Mississippi County ndvocnt™ of betlcr highways are hoping thai cnrly attention will Ixs given to Im provt icnts on State Highway IB west icsm Blythevllle and tlmt the narrow concrete pavement can be widened RII ( | n new bridge erected ot Big Lnke to replace a dilapidated narrow wooden strtietiire. Preliminary surveys nhcndy lmv« been mndc by Arknusas engineers for tile State IJIghwny Deportment and when the Improvements arc authorized the project in expected to Include some typo ot pnvemciit for a cutoff west Iroui Manila to shorten the distance between hero mid Moncttc anil Joncsboro by a- boul six miles. Tlie piivetncnt over -Slate Highway 18 now links Mnnlld and Leachvllle, The dlstnncc to I^cach- vllle would bo the same over the present and the proiwscil ; «w roule, which alrenrty hnd stale'highway department designation as an alternate route. DMrlct Members to He Named Fred Carter of Lake City, Craighead County, was mentioned as the probable appointee for District 10 of the State Highway Department. Mississippi County Is In this tlislrlct and Mr. Cnrter Is a brother of Lcroy Carter of Lenchvlllc. Others an Associated press survey Indicated would be nominated were: District No. I—Charley Adams of Hugliesl District No. 2—R. S. narnclt of Allhelmer or Stanley McNulty of Pino Bluff. District No. 3—Lloyd Spencer of Hope or L. C. Honcycutl or Nashville. District No. 4_R. K. RodRcrs or Tom Harper, both of Port Smith. District No. S—Truman Baker of Scarcy or E. C. Rlrtcr of Batcs- ville. District No. 6-Wlllinm I,. Hum- Sec COMMISSION o riPiign 12 Closely-Guarded U.S. Intelligence Bill Goes to House WASHINGTON, March 7. I/Pi— A carefully-guarded b ]|i (o . s) , )plc| u s Intelligence agents nnd give them some new powers abroad went be- torc the House today In almost complete secrecy. House leaders said It had to be that way. They arranged for strict llmit.5 on debate, with no opportunity to nmcnd the bill on the floor and little time to Inquire Into Its details. Chairman Vlnson (D-Gai of the House Armed Services Committee said no details will be explained to Congress. The committee held brief secret hearings on the measure, but Appointment Due Filibusters May Kill Rent Control Ceiling Law Will Die If Senators Prolong Rule Changes Debate WASHINGTON. March 7. (fl>) Two Southern Scimlovs suggested Uxluy tlnil, r«nl controls may die If Hie oilmliibitrntlan p|-c«cs alicad much longer wllli Its fl B lit for an nnu-llllbimlcr change In Senate niles. One of them, Senator S|wrknmn (D-Ala), predicted, too. that It con- troli do clln they will never be revived except In ease of war. Sparknum and Senator Muyttank ID-SOJ moiitloncit tho Illlbuater nghl nt hcHrlnga by a Senate Bnrft- Ing Subcommittee on legislation to continue rent controls. The sltimtlon on rent controls 1« this: Tho present luw runs out March 31. Hiait controh will end then unices Congrca acte to con- timie them. Tho House HiinXInif Committee hua approved a bill to continue Hie controls for 16 more months. Tlie House is due to act on Uio 1)111 Thursday, but both House and Sennlc must ptas a bill to keep the controls In force. In a foimal report to the House, thai, chamber's Bunking Committee told It toclav; "In Hie opinion ot tlw committee, termination of federal rent controls at this time would result In a sharp Increase In the level of rent payments tlmt would have an adverse effect on the entire cco- noinlo structure of the country. Would Hurt Renters "It would nlso force millions to Increase their rent payments at the expense of diets, mcclicnl care, clothing, and necessities of life." Housing Expediter Tlghe Woods wns testifying before the Senate Dnnklng Subcommittee when May- bunk and Spnrkmaii brought up Ihc filibuster fight. Woods said hla agency Is virtually "broke" and will have to "sciaiw tho bottom of the barrel" to meet Its next paycheck. Ho noted that a bill pending before the Senate Appropriations Committee would give the agency J4.800.000 to carry it through until the last of May. Maybank commented thnt no iic- tlon cnn bo taken on the appropriation by the Senate as long as the filibuster-killing rules change Is being debated. Ho and Sparkman said the debate on the rules change will lust throughout March If the Democratic leadership continues Us announced Intention to prc.ss for a showdown. Weather stenographic record of kept no them. The bill was cleared last Friday Jy the House Rules Committee after Rep. Short (R-Mo) assured It "the subject matter Is highly secret and deals with our national security." H would give the Central Inlcll- gcnce Agency permanent statutory authority for the things It docs low under executive orders and emergency powers of the President. The agency, highly secret nerve center for tho nation's Intflllernce operations around the world, would be allowed to hide ils annual budget in the budgets of other government departments, «i it docs now. It also would be excused from publishing its payrolls and expenditures, as other departments are required to do. Arkansas forecast: Fair this afternoon and tonight. Tuesday, Increasing cloudiness and farmer. Missouri forecast: P.ilr this afternoon and tonight, much wnrmnr tonight. Tuesday partly cloudy and mild; warmer southeast. Partly cloudy and much colder Tuesday night. Low tonight 35-45 Southeast; high Tuesday In GO'S. Minium this morning—30 Maximum yesterday—58 Minulm Sunday morning—46 Maximum Saturday—78 Sunset today—6:01 Sunrise today—8:29. ' Precipitation 48 hours to 7 a m today—none. Total since Jan. 1—12.62. Mean temperature (midway between high and low)—44. Normal mean for March—51.3. ' Soybeans (P.O.B. Chicago) Open High Low <^IA<» May .. 223!* 224% 223',4 224-224V, July .. 218?i 219'1 218'i 219-218H Mar. .. J33-4 2343i 233Vi 334»i-!i Plan Merges Eight Agencies By Stcrlin*- f. O ran WASHINGTON, March 7. (AP)—The Hoover Commission todny recommended handing nil the government's controls over the nation's transportation — railroads, highways, planes and ships— to the Commerce Department. In perhaps the most sweeping re- niotlellng plan of tho 10 it has thus far sent to Congrcs,, the commission urged moving Into that ons department all or part of eight other government agencies—Inchid. Ing the coast auard and the busl- now activities of tho Martlme Coin- mission. Ths 12-m<:mber group on govern, ment reorganization headed by former president Herbert Hoover explained its proposal this way "It was tho original intent at Congress, In creating tha Department ot Commerce, that It should embrace the government'* Interest In the development and safeguarding of transportation. "Our recommendations are directed toward accomplishing tills end." Would Eliminate OrerUpplng Its suggestion tlmt the tecretary of commerce "be assigned the duty of iiniklng over-all route program* for riir, land nnd water transportation," the commission snld, would eliminate existing "waste and over.' lap." It would center on one official tru responsibility for planning th« pcuccLimp growth and the- Wftrtunt mobilization of Hie country 1 * transportation. That broad authority would «trlp executive powers from, several major agencies, but would Mlect only Indirectly tliclr power to grant routes and fix rates. -How»ver, the /commission uld. undo* the new setup a, propO8&$'«lr. line would be weighed not only agaliuf other airlinea but against truck, railroad and shipping line* with which it might comjwtfl The report was sprinkled with dissents. But Hoover, who was secretary of commerce under Presidents Karelins nnd Coolldgo, was oa 8e« COMMERCE on P»f« 1» Grand Jurors Get Evidence In Spy Arrests NEW YORK, March 7. W-Oov- ernment attorneys marshalled today for presentation to a federal grand Jury evidence upon which 1 Russian engineer and a woman em- Ploye of the Justice Department are being held under suspicion ol espionage. . Attorney Ocnernl Tom Clark announced in Wa-hlngton last night that the case would bo presented to the Jury here at 11 a.m. The two defendants. Miss Judith Coplon, 27, and Valentine A. Qublt- chev. 32, who has been suspended from the [railed Nations staff, have been served with subpoenas to appear before the grand Jury. Unable to raise ball, they have remained In Jail since Rielr arrest Friday night. Bail for the Russian was set at $100,000 and for the woman at »20.000. They are charged with conspiracy to commit espionage to remove government documents relating to national defense. The woman ivns accused of attempting to turn over to the Russian typed extracts of government papers she allegedly hnd taken from Justice Department files. The Ncvf York Herald Tribune reporlcd today — without oificial confirmation—that more suspects In the alleged theft of u. S. security documents are expected to b« rounded up shortly. The Russian government Is expected to Insist thnt Oubltchev has diplomatic status nnd therefore is Immune from prosecution. In Washington, the Justice Department said Soviet representatives had told the engineer In an Interview Saturday midnight that he Is protected fully h.v diplomatic Immunity. New York Stocks (1:30 P.M. Quotations) Am. T & T 147 5-8 Am. Tobacco gs 1-4 Anaconda 32 1-4 Beth Steel 315-8 Chrysler 53 7-8 John Deere 333-8 Gen. Electric 35 7-8 Gen. Motors 59 Int. Harvester 24 Montgomery Ward 54 5-8 ILockheed 19 1-8 National Distiller 18 J. c. Penney Co 45 Radio 12 1-3 Republic Steel 24 7-8 Socony-Vacuum 153-4 Standard oil N. J 68 7-3 Sears Roebuck 35 3.3' Toxas Co , 52 U. S. Steel 72 3-« Southeia Pacific 423-1