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Tt City Siibteribtrft: Star telephone 7-3431 by •?• £', m - dfld *» SP*"* 1 carrier will deliver your paper. 62ND YEAR: VOL. 62- NO. 214 OU* DAILY MUD ttf Thin by The trfifer Abx. H. Wcihburn Star For Weather Report See Column at Bottom of This Page HOH, ARKANSAS, THURSDAY, JUNE 22, 1961 Its Name Is "Bond Issue," But It'll Be * 4% Sales Tax Unless You Kill It June 27 Prophecy is not a gift, believe me. All I got out of two state-wide petitions and four years of tederal tax litigation was a nod from the highest court in the land as a true prophet — and it cost me $18,000. ... ^ket No. 686, in the Supreme Court of the United States, October Term, 1960, yours truly vs. Commissioner of Internal Revenue page 3 of the , -decision against me: "The taxpayer felt that, if the exemption of livestock and poultry feeds from the 2% sales tax should continue, an increase in the general sales tax rate would ultimately result . . . The sales tax rate in Arkansas was later increased." The year of my warning was 1955. The year the sales tax was increased from 2 to 3 per cent was * This. is 1961. . Next Tuesday, June 27, you will go to the polls in a special election to vote for or .against a 60-million-dollar bond issue to which is pledged the full fqith and credit of the State of Arkansas. .There is nothing to support that bond issue tout thin air, as far as present taxes are concerned. My prophecy is this: If you vote for the Bond luue on June 27 you guarantee yourself a 4% •ales tax. Here are the financial facts: .... Wnile the original bond issue would be 60 million there is an estimated 30 million additional tor interest and fees — making a total of 90 million to be amortized. The Arkansas Education Association estimates the annual .amortization charge would be 4Y 2 millions. The specific taxes pledged for this are (1) , excess fees from the extension of 'Oaklawn Jockey Clubs racing season at Hot Springs, and, (2) The use tax as amended by the 1961 legislature. The * combined revenue of these two is not more than J million. Where will the balance of 3M> million a . year come from? I* will come from the State General Revenue r-und, the same fund that supports state aid for the public schools. Either the public school system will be cut back — or you will' be confronted by a nZTn""* 9 n ru QX 'n !' VG given V° u ™V educated guess as to which will happen — and you ought to BUT 'DO VOTE? »«»« * e 7 ie ™ ber ' this is a special election, with a potential of perhaps only 100,000 votes, unless the P ?f" d - u thousands - Officialdom is against ° ffl . aaldom can cor *rol o special election nro nl V* 9 . r ?. Qt PUb ''' C OUtCr ^ Controlling a general election, with upwards of 300 000 votes is a ' ~ th0t ' S Why th!s WQS Cal ' led « Yesterday I telephoned Joshua K. Shepherd, chairman of the Arkansas Committee for the Public itlnn / e Rock ' and offered him an idea and a $500 check to back it up. Last night his advertising agency called me back and said the deal was accepted. It's merely this: Cover the state Monday afternoon and early Tuesday morning with radio spots urging the people to turn out Tuesday and VOTE. You know how it is with special elections — sort of like local school elections — mom's busy with the household, pop's off on a fishing trip — and only a corporal's guard shows up at the polls. But if you don't rote you'll let THE ONES WHO DO put this debt upon your back — and a 4% sales tax to pay for a dead horse. vu 7n he .u st of organizations that hove endorsed the 60-million-dollar bond issue tells you clearly who is against you and where you ought to stand Mere are the endorsers as published in the press- Arkansas Bankers Association. But the announcement drew sharp criticism from individual bankers as "a rigged deal." They said Dick Simpson of Eureka Springs, state banking commissioner, was very active in the state association, and state- chartered banks controlled the group. Bear in mind ov^nf^ h l Stat l 9 T r nmenf has a hand V d"b ovar all banks — the allocation of interest-free state vSTS h' f e9ardless of tha '« ' don't believe individual bankers are going to vote for a public propo- ..ion which , .f presented as a request for a private ., * ould be pitched out the door r n,°?i! ql Mu ? icip , 01 Le ° 9UC> This is offi cia'- 1ft 6 P L°P'!' nvolved a 'so are the county although I don't know that they have gone on public record. Both city and county governments m ° nc y fro ™ fi9Ures nnnnn county got $36,000 a year and the City of Hope $24 000 offlcla m nr ' " F** 8r ° CeS ° f dom or their water might be cut off nv, * rl £" tflS FL °T, Bureou - I hove no explanation except the probability that large landowners are tax . ,. x than putting the bite on themselves. But land is the most visible of all assets, and a prudent operator woud do well before committing his state tc , a 90-miH.oivdollor debt not knowing for whjcrv wpy the tax winds,mi 3 ht blow sue Th p l. They, of your misfortune. BONDS°' /em * C «"*"««on Trades course, hope to make money out ",un<-y OUT Tuesdoy ond votG AGAINST ( '' vou want to help beat this fhinn the help it can f your chock SuitAgainst Gas Merger Is Filed LITLE ROCK (AP)-No hear- ii\K date was set immediately on a stockholders' suit to halt the proposed merger of Arkansas L*iisiana Gas Co. and MidSouth Gas Co. The suit was filed in Pulaski Chancery Court Wednesday by a group of MidSouth stockholders who opposed the planned merger at the June 8 meeting when a majority of MidSouth stockholders voted in favor of the plan. Defendants in the suit are Mid- v-Ui; C. E. Cloud, its president, i*j several other officers and directors of the fjrip. The suit charges that the May 3 agreement in which the defendant officials agred to the merger was byond their limits of authority. It maintained that stockholders were not given valid notice of the | June 8 meeting and that the ma,| jority of proxy votes favoring mer- I ger were allegedly solicited by the :f -JV 'ndant officers and directors. a ^The suit further maintained that tfthcre is no valid legal authority tumler state laws for the merger |«f corporations. I Also protested was the stock ex- Ithange under which two shares of pfidSouth would be swapped for >onc share of Arkla stock. The suit Itaid a share of MidSouth stock far more value than half a of Arkla stock. Weather Experiment Station report for 24-hours ending ut 7 a. m. Thursday, High 7U Low 56; Total 11)61 precipitation through May, 21.2(5 inches; during the same period a year ago 16.37 inches. Ak«n*«s Regional F«rec»M .. •y THE ASSOCIATED PRESS i Central and southeast Arkansas: ! Clear to partly cloudy through j Friday with chance of widely ; scattered thundcrshowers' tonight. ||ligh today low to mid Bos ccn- Presbyterians to Have Five Visitors Sun. There will be five visitors from the Oklahoma Presbyterian College in Durant, Okla., at the First Presbyterian Church here Sunday, June 25. They will be guests of Mrs. Dorsey Meltac', Sr., who met two of the young ladies when s-he was a member of a caravan that visited Presbyterian Indian Schools in Oklahoma and Texas and a Chinese Church in New Orleans, La. last year. Miss Amy Robinson, President of 0. P. C., wants the Women of the Church to sec the results of the birthday offering which gives scholarships to young people in many parts of the world. The visitors will include Miss Tommie Marie Cousins, Anglo- American; Miss Adeline Frazicr, Indian-American; Miss Kam-Har Law, Chinese of British Hong Kong; Miss Teresa Sanchez, Latin American; Miss Marietta Yarnell, director of public relations for 0. P. C. Local Presbyterian young people will have the group as guests Sunday night, and afterwards members of the W. O. C. are invited to meet them in the chapel. Bulletin Focc* Charge FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) Twenty-four-year-old Robert Walker will be turned over to Kansas City authorities for return there to face robbery charges. Walker waived extradition after his arrest here Wednesday. NEW YORK (AP) - The New York World-Telegram and Sun reported today that a group of extremists plotted to kill United Nations Ambassador Adlai Stevenson on his recent visit to Buenos Aires. The newspaper also reported that a U.S. security guard, who had conferred with Argentine police about the alleged assassination attempt, was shot and critically wounded by gunmen four days after Stevenson left. WASHINGTON (AP) - The House refused today to discard President Kennedy's mulUbillion- doliar housing bill in favor of a smaller, short-range Republican version. The vote was 197-1(54 against adopting the Republican substitute. Its sponsors said this would cost only $1.1 billion against at least $0 billion for the Democratic version—which the Democrats themselves price at $4.9 billion. WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate passage today sent to President Kennedy the bill extending present corporation income and major excise tax rates to preserve $3.7 billion of annual revenue. Washington Plans Annual Celebration Thurston Hulsey, contestant chairman of the Hcmpstead County Forestry Queen contest, to be held in connection with the Pioneer Washington July Fourth celebration, urges contestants to mail their entries to him prompt- According to rules of the Arkansas Forestry Queen Program, candidates must be 17 years of age, not over 24 by September 2, and a high school graduate. Beauty, poise, personality and speech will be the basis for judge- ing. Special talents are not necessary to enter. Candidates will be judged in street dress only. 300 Club Boys, Girls Visit Hope Station "Pound for pound, pickles use more labor for processing than any olhcr fruit or vegetable crop in Arkansas. Al the same time, they rank second or third in financial returns per acre it properly handled." This statement, was made at a Youth Visiting Day program at the University of Arkansas' Southwest Branch Experiment Station at Hope by Earl J. Allen, Extension horticulturist for the uni versity. Approximately 300 411 club mem hers and leaders from 17 counties in (he southwest district of Arkansas heard Allen's discussion of "Problems of Cucumber Prodti- llon" as part of the day's activities. Allen explained the procedure necessary to obtain pickles of high grade and quality in order to get high income returns, lie said that farmers could make as much as $«00 per acre for a pickle crop. An exhibit of the various types of pickle packs and the quality icccssary for a good fancy pack of pickles was shown with the alk. Other activities during the day included a hayride tour of the station by county groups as they arrived. Besides the discussion and ex- libil on cucumbers, ('here were exhibits and demonstrations on •starting chicks properly, and voocl products. •'ollowing luncheon, Cecil M. Jillle, assistant. director in charge of the station, welcomed he visitors. Miss Dorothy Price, wulhwesl district home demonstration agent, also spoke brief- y to the group. Master of ceremonies was Jimny Connor of Arkadolphia, prcsi- icnl State 4- Club ouncil. Earl Hooker of DcQuccn, presi- lent of the staef <l-ll club leader's ouncil, spoke on "Opportunities i 4-H." Four ll-boys and girls vho take advantage of the m.'iny •pporlunilics reap important raining and experience in cili- enship work and leadership acti- ities. This is good for the boy or irl whatever his of her future rofession might be. Talent numbers for the program rcrc conducted by Miss Judy uslin, vice-president, south- /esl district 4-H Club Council, ike county. Laney Says State Can't Afford Bonds LITTLE ROCK (APt _ Former ov. Ben Laney declared today lat those least able to pay would have to share in the cost of retiring Gov. Orval E. Faubus' proposed $CO million bond issue, He spoke his views al a news conference some hours before Faubus was scheduled to make a third statewide radio - television speech in behalf of the bonds tonight. For the pro-bond side, Education Commissioner Arch Ford started mailing out letters to the state's 15,000 school teachers urg- ClKuMI.nl «mHn« March II, Ittl — 1,511 PRICE 5c COPY Tempe ratu res Cool in State By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Cool temperatures and wide spread showers prevailed ovc most of the eastern half of Hit nation today, with fair skies else where. Rains spread from the. Caro linns northward through Ne\ England. In a six-hour span boll Scranton, Pa., and Elizabeth City N.C., reported 127 inches. Showers and thundershowei also fell on Iowa, Minnesota northern Illinois, Wisconsin, ii northeast Kansas and uppc Michigan with the heaviest fall o about one-third of an inch in Wis cousin. Some fog and low cloud.-lingered along the Southern Cal ifornia coast. The county winner will enter district and stale-wide competition for Arkansas Forest Queen, U. S. Told Not to Misjudge Japanese By SPENCER DAVIS WASHINGTON (AP) -Japan'.' Prime Minister llayalo Ikeda suit today il. would be a "gross mis? judgement" to think democratic government cannot grow in Japan or that Japan may (urn Communist. In a speech for n National Press 'lull luncheon, Ikeda said democratic principles have so deeply penetrated lh c Japanese poplc Ihat "(heir devotion to these principles can never be weakened." The Japanese leader said he had no intention of making any apologies for democratic government in Japan. U was the rioting over the security pact that caused former President Dwighl. I). Elsenhower to cancel his visit to Japan. Ikeda appeared at the press club after concluding a scries to talks with President Kennedy. "We had a most candid and profitable exchange of views he said. Ikeda called for more positive and concerted efforts to create conditions of progress in the less advanced areas. But il would be folly to think, he said, that "Communist infiltration can be checked merely by solving the problems of poverty and disease." Even among employed persons assured of three meals a day there can b unrest and discontent if there is no hope for a better future for themselves and their community, he added. Ikeda has suggested that Japan act as a middle-man for U.S. economic development programs in Southeast Asia. Weight Ruling Is Changed LITTLE ROCK (AP) -Trucks with a gross weight of 30,000 pounds or more will be limited Five Indictments Are Returned by the Grand Jury Mil... t I i. i ^* i ,-. . ^^ The Hempslead County Grand Jury, in session hero for several weeks, relumed five indictments against thro persons following an investigation of activities of former Judge U. G. Garretl and other county offices. The jury had warrants issued for the following; Mrs. Wanda Grimmell, secretary to Judge Garrctt during his tenure in office, was charged with embezzlement and, or, grand larceny by bailee;; President III With a Virus Infection ' WASHINGTON (AP)-Prosldont Kennedy was stricken will) u mllii I, E. Polcet, local Magnolia S'?, .^f""" (iu . 1 ' i1MB1 lh . c . ']'«'* Petroleum Co. distributor was , '' s;ml to<lfiy ltis lom ' charged in two indictments, one I'!!?'V' c h !! s ™l"™tl to .normal indictments, one for obtaining money under false pretense; and a second for forgery; Former Judge U. G. Garrelt was also charged on two counts, for allowance of claims in vio- 'ntion of Sect. 4IM20-24 Inc. and converting the proceeds to his own use; and for failure lo pay over public funds. Warrants for the arrest, of a hree were drawn up and ^ to a maximum speed of 35 miles an hour on a 4(l-mile stretch of state Highway 2!) south of Hope to the Louisiana state line. The Slate Highway Department set the limit Wednesday in a regulation superseding an earlier department order limiting trucks traveling the seel ion of highway to a (jross weight of 40,000 pounds. Engineer to Speok HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) ~ Ing support of (he program. He Col. A. M. Jaco'by, Little Hock disclosed Wednesday he was writ- , who will reign for one year, and will be required to make appearances, both in and the state, before all types groups and organizations. ing the letters. Laney said Arkansas was already bonded "to the hill" with ! c j highway bonds school bonds and r'" d fiivorcd a Ilompslead County candidates should submit their entries to Thurston Hulsey, Washington, Arkansas this week. The contest °'j increase, if necessary, [than more bonds. rather The Senate acted by voice vote will be held on the afternoon of after only brief debate. The House i July 4 as a feature of the Fourth passed the measure earlier. ; annual Pioneer Washington Independence Day celebration. The ; Magnolia Garden Club of Washington is sponsor of the contest. Bids Received LITTLE ROCK (API —Sehwag- cr-Wod Co. Policeman Dies in Accident HAZEN, Ark., (AP) —Luther Elmer Johnson, 48, a Little Hock >olicc officer, was killed instantly Wednesday night when his car and a transport truck collided head-on about three miles east of here on U.S. Highway 70. President of Katanga Freed LEOPOLDVILLE, (he Congo (AP)—President Moise Tshombe of Katanga was freed today after being held a prisoner of the Con- Mrs. Edith Oils, 28, of north « oleMi central government for the He said the proposed bonds weren't adequately financed and that eventually the taxpayer would have to pay. Both sides issued a flurry of statements Wednesday and former Gov. Sid McMath announced he would .speak against the proposal on television next Monday night, a few hours before election day. In his letter, which lie described as a personal appeal to the teachers, Ford saitl (he approaching election was "a choice between progress and stagnation in significant government areas." "The future leadership of Arkansas is wrapped up in the quality of its institutions of higher learning," he wrote. His announcement brought , , of Portland, Ore., Little Rock a passenger in (he ' )asl two months. was apparent low bidder Wednes-iJohnson car, was injured. She Smiling broadly and in apparent ! slaU ' mcnl Irom t; - J0 - Castleberry day on a contract to provide dis-Jwas listed in fair condition at a good health. Tshombe drove up tO:° f Ncw l )01 't. president of the anli- 'remier Joseph i -' J . OIK ' Arl< an.sas Education Assoeia- connecting switches and insulators,Stuttgart hospital, for two power units at Bull Shoals Dam. The Little Rock Engoncer office said the firm bid $17,720. Only other bid received was from Hie residence of I ral, mid to high 80s southeast; U.S.C.O Power Kquipmnel Corp )\v tonight mid to high 50s cen- of Birmineham. wiih .-, nmnn^i Continued on Page Two Birmingham, with a proposal of $24,732 The truck driver, Fred Brooks Jleo of tllc Leopolclvilie govern- tion - t . hal For(1 is "Ting throu 0 .. ment to hold a news conference. al hc |pl ' lm ' (l "n distortion of 47, of Jdcr, Ala., was not hurt. Johnson was a JU-year veteran with the Liille Rock Police Department. He would have been Mobutu, eligible for retirement next Dec. 1 "He is free," Mobutu told news- lfa ' they entered the house. District Army Engineer, will speak to delegates to the Arkan- sas-While-Rcd Rivers Basin interagency committee at their final session today. The committee is composed of representatives of the governors of eight states and seven federal agencis concerned his morning by Sheriff Jimini Griffin. All three posted $1000.0 jonds and were released. A complete report of the jur las not been released. After if. suing the indictments the jur. adjourned until September 25. The jury was called into sessio. on May 11 "to inspect the count) Property and to determine i .here has been any wilful and cot •upl. misconduct in office o niblic officers." Prior to the jury session threi axpayers' suits were fjlei igalnst former Judge Garrctt he first on March 13 and the ot'h ers shortly after. Two suits were iled by B. W. Edwards, retiree contractor, and the third by Mon •oc Kent, farmer. The latter sui lamed William'Duckctt, Sr., anc Duckctt Equipment Co., as a co defendant. Fourth suit was filed agains he former county judge on Juno 5 and named L. E. Potcel as co defendant. This suit was also fil id by Edwards. All Ihc civil suits were filed l< ccover money and properly vhich the plaintiffs contend be- ongs to the county. At the lime of the first suit tin 'Association for Better Govern- ncnt in Hempstead County" was rganizcd and this group paid or a special audit of county records which was made available to the grand jury for study. Yesterday James H. Pilkintoii, attorney for the Citizens Committee, said that whatever the action of the grand jury it would have no effect on the civil suits. The Citizens Committee recent* iy incorporated as a non-profit group interested in future as well as past events and is solely for the purpose of promoting belter government in this county. The group's bylaws forbid il taking part in any county politics or sponsoring any candidate. One Perishes BLYTHEV1LLE, Ark. (AIM Thirteen-year-old L. A. McKoiv/.i. a Negro burned to death but his Lwo younger brothers escaped un- luirmed when fire destroyed their home here Wednesday. Authorities said the three youths were the only persons in the house when the fire, of undetermined origin, with water resource development'destroyed the structure. All Around Town •y Tto St«r Sloff and the ailment should run its' course within I wo days. Dr. Janet Travel!, the Wljitc House physician, described the illness as "probably a mixed bacteria and viial infection." 1'r. Travel! reported on the President's condilion at a specially-called news conference. It w»9 I he first lime newsmen have been permitted to interview the White House physician. They had'sought news conferences with her several times since the President developed a back ailment several weeks ago. Kennedy advanced during thu night feeling ill and Dr. Travcll was called lo his bedside at l;'M a.m. She had examined Urn President again this morning with Dr. Pros-' ton Wade, New York orthopedic specialist whom she summoned lo Washington for consultation. Wade was called to help determine, if I he infection had any ef- fecl on Hie back strain which put Kennedy on crutches for 12 days. The President's temperature hit Kll.li degrees at one time. The School of Banking of the i vices will be held al 11 a. m. and boulh is completing its 12th year this month and the graduates include Cecil J. O'Sleen, it was announced by Louisiana State University. There will be an annual picnic- on July 4 at Fair park for per- singing during the afternoon. Calling all girls — interested playing soft ball . . . conic out Adlai on Latins Is Gloomy By MAX HARRELSON BOGOTA, Colombia (AP)—Am- >as.sador Adlai E. Stevenson left or Wasliinglon today, reportedly liloomy about South America but feeling most of the continent's governments are under good leadership and working toward itn« irovement. Stevenson spent III days touring 0 nations lo discuss President uninedy's plans for development n South America. Stevenson's U.S. military plane eft heavily guarded Techo mill- ary airport at G:0!i a.m. Appar- ntly trying to forestall hostile lemonstrations, officials had an- lounced he would leave al 10 u.m. In a brief statement, Stevenson aid his two days of discussions nib Colombian officials were 'most gratifying." Informed quarters said Steven- on would tell Kennedy Friday -ondilions deteriorated in South America in the last year, but that :e feels governments are more 1 ware of the danger posed by Communist subversion and cco» .omie ills. He also was understood to feel hat anti-American sentiment rose harply after the April invasion f Cuba but that it is subsiding •ilh time. Associates said Stevenson feels ie United Slates must grant sub- lanlial funds for Kennedy's alii- ncc-for-progress plan to work. On the brighter side, Stevenson cpoiicdly lound greater goven- '• PC-occupation with the dan- er in present economic condi* lions and greater efforts to bring reforms in tax systems, land use, housing, education and administration. Special Speaker at 1 Tabernacle Evangelist. Hon Prinzing, EiJ. gene. Ore., is conducting a series of meetings at Hope Gospel Tuber every Tuesday and Friday al g|nacle from Tuesday, June a. m. and join 27 others in the)"'rough- Sunday, July y. 27 sons who attended the Hinlon and; Mr. ;im | Mrs Clcai latmos schools and the CranKc! received :m Ivm,,,. meetings will be held at 7:30 each, i night except Saturday. The Linda Pettit Hall, daughter of is invited. Hull school . to bring a lunch. d Pcltit of Hope Grange| received an honor diploma from everyone is asked (Arkansas High at Texarkana on With him was the Congolese commander hi chief, Gen. Joseph Vci TU,,I.,,!.. ' ilJVJol the facts" to get teachers to vote contrary to their "This is (he first time in my experience that a commissioner of Continued on Page Two Edward Lester, Little Rock, a native of Hope, has been appointed a member O f the Arkansas Stale Advisory Committee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights. Homecoming services will be May 30 ... only 40 of 2:M nates received Ihis award . , . . Linda attended Hope schools fur 11 years and plans to enter Centenary College at Shrcvcport. According to Arkansas State Police Hcmpstead county had l-i highway accidents during M;* with no fatalities , llum ,,, . . . lMin - nitf held ut Rocky Mmmd Sunday ac- had two, Howard two and Nevada cording to N. C. Purlle ser-'county three with no fatalities. v.,. IL -'JMiij II When Hie grass is greener OH the other side of ihe fence thau ESSk takfl Nner w **

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