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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OP NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI VOL. XLIX-NO. 227 BIythevillK Courier Blytheville Daily News Mississippi Valley Leader Blytheville Herald BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS, WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER, 16, 1053 TWELVE PAGES SINGLE COPIES FIVE CENTS County Okays Cotton Quota Less Than 30 Farmers Mark Their Ballots Against Plan Mississippi County farmers overwhelmingly endorsed cotton marketing quotas when they went to the polls yesterday as they gave the measure a whopping 3,075-27 margin of victory. where 13 voted if * * nlv one AFB Eyes Sale of Agri Surpluses Joiner's box, against the quotas, was the only one in the county which showed more than two negative votes with the exception of Leachville which had three. [ Greatest majority of the boxes I showed no votes being cast against j the quotas, which assure continued j 90 per cent of parity as a loan support price. Peanuts, Too State Agriculture Stabilization and conservation offices in Little Rock reported today the measure carried in 72 eligible counties by a 33,153-1.055 margin. State headquarters of ASC (formerly PMA) also reported on the peanut marketing quota vote: Ninety-one to four in favor of the marketing plan. Here's a box-by-box summary of county voting ("for" votes listed first) as released by ASC: Armorel 72-0 Blytheville 144-1 Clear Lake 120-1 Dell 77-2 Huffman 124-2 Half Moon 5,9-2 Lost Cane 50-1 Manila 142-0 Pawheen 55-0 Whisp 47-0 Leachville 122-3 Yarbro 144-0 Bowen 74-0 Bassett 62-0 Burdette 123-0 Carson Lake 195-0 Dyess 168-0 Etowah 80-0 Hatcher 162-0 Joiner 237-13 Keiser 110-0 Milligan Ridge 65-1 Osceola 205-0 Whltton 117-0 Wilson 214-0 • By GORDON BROWN WASHINGTON lift — Cotton and peanut farmers left no doubt today that they want marketing, -controls —and continued high support prices —for those crops. They voted overwhelmingly yesterday to approve the marketin quota proposals advanced by Secretary of Agriculture Benson. In this they followed the lead of the wheat farmers who voted last August for controls by a 7-1 margin. Cotton farmers in 20 states turned out about 500,000 strong and voted 16 to 1 in favor of marketing control lor the 1954 cotton crops. The percentage of "yes" votes was about 94 per cent—a new record— compared with 89.4 per cent in December, 1949, the last time cotton controls were voted in a referendum. The unofficial vote was 447.000 yes to 2,000 no. Peanut growers in 13 states voted 17 to 1 for controls on peanut mar- ' keting for the next three years. The unofficial vote showed 61,000 farmers voted for peanut controls to 3,600 against. Controls must be approved by a two-thirds majority of those voting to become effective. By approving controls, growers are assured that the government next year will continue to support cotton and peanut crops at 90 per cent of parity. Had the farmers rejected controls, the support price would have dropped to 50 per cent of parity. At present the government sul- j port price on cotton is 31 cents | a pound: on peanuts S237.60 a ton. : 'Vigorous 7 Disposal Plan To Be Asked CHICAGO (AP) — The American Farm Bureau Federation may call upon Uncle Sam to put on a "vigorously prosecuted" sales and disposal campaign to get rid of the bulk of his four-billion-dollar farm surplus. The Agriculture Department, which holds these surpluses under farm price support programs, may be asked to enlist the aid of private traders throughout the world. This request is being embodied in resolutions being drafted for approval of the farm organization's annual convention being held here this week. Officials said they foresaw no opposition to it. Secretary of Agriculture Benson hinted a such a possible change in the farm program when he told farm leaders here high jovern- ment price supports and other "well-meaning laws did not stop farm prices from going down." In a speech prepared for the convention, Benson again expressed doubt about the fixed high-level farm price supports prog-ram, enforced through planting and marketing controls, used by Democratic administrations for the past 20 years. It has not established farm income, he said. Farm Bureau policy drafters said it would be impossible for any kind of federal farm-aid program to work satisfactorily as long as present surpluses of wheat, cotton, corn, dairy products, flaxseed and other commodities overhang farm markets to depress prices. "Guide Posts" Due Whether the farm organization will outline ways and means of unloading the surpluses was a matter which only the final draft of resolutions would determine. But spokesmen said the farm organization probably would list a number of guide posts for such an operation. Such sales, leaders said, should not disrupt domestic markets for current production or risk destroying the possibility of maintaining and expanding foreign markets. The resolutions, which will be submitted to the convention tomorrow for adoption, are expected to devote much attention to labor problems. Members of the committee, who declare that the Farm Bureau is See FARM BUREAU on Pafre 2 ENVOY LEAVES P.4NDIUNJOM — Ambassador Arthur Dean (right), D. S. envoy who broke off talks with the Communists aftei prolonged efforts to set up a Korean peace conference, shakes hands and says farewell to Lieut. Gen. K. S. Thimayya, Indian chairman of the Neutral Nations Repatriation Commission, at Panmunjom on the eve of Dean's departure for the United States. (Ar Wircpholo) Dean Heads HomeStilt Hopeful of Conference TOKYO (AP) — U. S. envoy Arthur H. Dean headed for Washington today, hopeful that a Korean peace conference will be called despite seven weeks of no progress preliminary negotiations. As he boarded a Pan American airliner for a nonstop flight to Honolulu, Dean told newsmen it "distinctly possible" that talks set up a peace conference will be resumed although it might take ;ome time. Dean, spokesman for 17 Allied nations which fought in Korea , broke off the talks Saturday and demanded that the Communists apologize for accusing the United States ot conniving with South Ko•ea to release 27,000 anti-Red prisoners last June. The Reds have not apologized and today Peiping radio repeated the charge and accused Dean of wrecking plans for n peace conference. Moscow iii. •> )?£-..;. declared that , gotiations was part of "the long- term maneuvers of the United States for wrecking the armistice in Korea." Dean will make a full report to the State Department on his return to Washington, where he is due tomorrow. The U.S. envoy's chief adviser, Kenneth Young, returns to Korea tomorrow to await possible Communist retraction of the perfidy charge against the United States. Although the outlook for a Korean peace conference was doubtful, South Korea's President. Syng- man Rhee told a news conference in Seoul that he would give the conference 90 days to make progress toward unification of his country . One Short Wait Rhee stressed, however, that he would wait only a "certain time" for the conference to get underway. In the past Rhee and other South Korean government leaders have threatened to drive northward against the Communists unless the war-torn peninsula were unified by laie January — 90 days after the j conference was scheduled to open under terms of the armistice. lapsed today and an Indian spokesman said 22 Americans and 1 Briton who chose communism nre fully aware thnt time is running cut. Two POW leaders who conferred yesterday with Inclinn Lt. Gen. K. S. Thimayya said it marie no expires difference to them that thi period for interviews one week— Dec. 23. There appeared to be virtually no chance (hat the Americans and Briton would agree to attend inte Council Cuts Pay Of Mayor Jackson Makes Good on First Campaign Vow At the request of Mayor- Elect E. R. Jackson, the City Council last night returned the job of the city's chief executive to a part-time status anc cut the pay in half. In passing its last ordinance, the Council, which will leave office Jan. 1, placed the mayor's office back in the status it held prior to the inaugura tion of retiring Mayor Dan Blodgett Jan. 1, 1952. In requesting the Council to lake this action. Mr. Jackson carriet out one of the promises that figured prominently in his campaign Speaking in behalf of this action. Mr. Jackson referred to the perennially low ebb of municipal finances when he said: "I think that conditions are such that we can stand the cut in salary. He also said "I have other terests to look after and I think I can handle the mayor's job a half-time basis." As Before The ordinance specifies that the job shall be a part-time one and sets the salary at S2.400 a year. The office also was a part-time affair at this same salary when it was held by Mr. Jackson from 1942 until 1950. Addressing the mayor and Council, he added that "we have a big job but 1 know we can do it if we work together." He said he had talked to numerous persons, both his political friends and enemies, and "I feel I will have cooperation of Tie city," He told the Council and mayor bat "I will need your help even though you are leaving office" and received their assurances of co-operation. •Mr. Jackson frankly admitted .hat politics is a "funny" business— 'you all know that" — but promised that "we will have good, honest people in the city government." Political Arithmetic lightejr vein, )>s commented I never knew there were many people needing jobs. I got about 1.500 votes and about 2,500 people have asked me for jobs." Mayor Dan Blodgett announced that Mr. Jackson and the four aldermen elected last month will take their oathes of office in a brief Allied Campaign Win Beck PWs Collapsing AM 22 Americans And Cne Briton Know Time Running Out ?.y "TAN CARTER • 4S^K^^W^iK prisoners appeared to have col- that "I neVer knew there were (observers pointed out he said noth- Ike Will Keep Working For A-Energy Control President Says Red Rejection Of Proposal Won't Deter Him WASHINGTON (AP) — President Eisenhower said today he will keep right on working for international control of atomic energy even if the Russians turn down his recent share-the-atom proposal. The President marie the state- limited program of atomic re- ment at a news conference at which he also said he does not intend to ask any change in the atomic energy act which would lead to this country's sharing scientific processes or techniques for building atomic weapons. Eisenhower said he is by no means giving up hope the Russians will decide to accept the proposal he recently made in a speech to the United Nations—that all the atomic powers join In a search, with emphasis on peacetime power development. But even a rejection of this offer by the Soviets, Eisenhower said, would not stop him from trying to meet the problem of international control in another way. A reporter asked the President about Secretary of Defense Wilson's statement to the North Atlantic Council in Paris yesterday that Congress would be asked soon to permit the sharing of informa- Atomic Share Plan Cheers U. S. Allies By TOM MASTERSON PARIS (AP) — The North Atlantic Council of Ministers went into the closing sessions of its 12th meeting today considerably cheered by the Eisenhower administration's pledge to work for a sharing of atomic tactics with America's 13 NATO allies. The prospects of limited atomic cooperation, raised yesterday by U.S. Defense Secretary Charles E. Wilson, helped ease some of the sting left by Secretary of State Dulles' threat the day before that American aid to Europe may be cut If the European army isn't, approved soon. Wilson promised only that Con- •css would be asked to approve citing the NATO nations have 'pertinent information" on how to ise the atomic weapons America s building. He did not say the Ulics might be told how to build hem themselves. Nor did he offer to share U.S. tomin weapons with..anyone, but 90-day ceremony at 9:30 a, m. Jan. 1 in Hie Municipal Hall. In other notion final meeting of the present administration, the Council — views before the deadline. And the ! 1» Agreed to "t;ib)e" Lhe pro- V.N. Command considered other ! rosed increase in Blytheville Wat- \vays of reaching the prisoners— ei ' Company's franchise payment including Christmas carols broadcast over (he compound public address system. The music would he interspersed with appeals to abandon communism and return home, a spokesman said. ing to lhe meeting of Allied foreign, defense and finance ministers which would exclude the possibility of shipping atomic weapons to Europe, where the United States already has six atomic cannon. Bars Sharing The McMnhon atomic energy pal Courtroom in City , aw !lt p ,. esent bars llw shaving One officer said "a number of things" are under consideration. including a request to the command for permission to and let the new administration complete action on it. The increase, which has passed first and second readings, is due for final action. It will raise the utility's annual payment to the city from SG50 to $8,000. Opposes Bell Request 2) Went on record as opposed Indian j to the $30,000 a year rate increase :> send I being sought by Southwestern Bell [of U.S. atomic secrets with foreign at last nights | p ow ers. Wilson said Eisenhower is prepared to ask Congress to amend the law. The NATO ministers quickly approved these goals for their 1954 campaign to forge a stronger West Allied diplomats Rhee's' statement as here viewed j a major pol- \ explainers right, into the coin- [Telephone Co. The increase, which pound. i will affect primarily long distance As hone faded for interviewing i rates and business phones, is ask- the unrepatrialod Americans, U.S. ' c & by Bell to compensate for ex- envoy Arthur H. Dean left Tokyo i tra wage expenses brought on by for Washington. He told newsmen i tnc recent strike. Alderman Ruhe was still hopeful that a Korean i P ert Crafton led the opposition j peace conference can be arranged \ even though nothing was accom- ' BHS to Present Yule Program Performance Is Tomorrow Night War on Pests Called Key to Cotton Profits icy shift, which goes a long way | pli.shcd in seven weeks of prelimi- I toward casing the danger of a new nary negotiations «.,.u- M i. ~r ...„..!-„_ ;„ tr ' J(?fL ^ chief ^j^,,, _ I vote ' saying a precedent would be * or recov cring wage increases brou & ht °y strikes and would fost- MEMPHIS. Dec. 16 I/PI — Cotton The Blvtheville High School choir | farmers were urged today to keep in I profits up despite 1954's acreage reduction by paying more attention under the direction of Mrs. Wilso: Henry will present its annual Christmas program Thursday night at 7:30 .in the High School Auditor- to fighting insect pests. M. D. Farrar, dean and director outbreak of warfare in Korea. TB Seal Sales Bring $1,025 Dean left. his chief , Kenneth Young, to continue the ne- otiations if (he Communists apolo- other strikes. Alderman White and John Caudill against the Council's stand. During European defense wall against Soviet aggression: 1. A 25 per cent hike in air power to give NATO close to 5,700 planes by the end of 1954, A high American official had said earlier the United States would contribute at least half the total increase, 2. A 5 per cent increase in ground forces to give NATO 103 front-line and reserve divisions. 3. A 15 per cent boost in naval craft, for a total of about 1,900 by the end of next year. Wilson promised NATO allies the United States would keep up its supply to them of modern weapons and munitions. He .called on West Europe's'military leaders to Kerry on with the job of devising procedures for using the weapons to best advantage. tion on atomic weapons with Its NATO allies. Some Changes Needed Eisenhower replied that some changes in the law will be necessary before this country can realize the fullest advantages ot atomic progress. But no changes are contemplated, he went on, which have anything to do with the scientific processes involved in developing atomic energy or with the building of atomic weapons. This appeared to mean that what the administration does contemplate, if Congress approves, is .sharing information about the use of atomic weapons and perhaps sharing the weapons themselves with America's allies. Along that line Eisenhower said it would depend on circumstances, meaning military circumstances, whether this country turned over atomic weapons to its ailes. He said if war comes America should use its atomic weapons in whatever way would be to the best advantage of the United States. Quite possibly, he said, it would be best to let an ally use American weapons under certain circumstances. The President said the administration has received no official Soviet reaction to the plan he outlined to the United Nations General Assembly. Seek "Meeting of Minds" At the news conference, the President also: 1. Stated that the general objective of the series of conferences with GOP legislative leaders which he will begin tomorrow is to secure meeting of minds. 2. Commended Vice President Nixon on the accomplishments of the world tour he completed this week. 3. Declared In. effect that he agrees with Secretary of State Dulles' remarks prodding France to ratify the European defense army project. Solons Praise Public Housing Aid Proposals WASHINGTON (AP) — An advisory committee's recommendation that the government continue public housing aids and liberalize other federal housing programs won praise from some members of Congress * today. Chamber of Commerce Names 12 New Members to Its Twelve new members to Blytheville Chamber of Commerce board of directors are to be installed tomorrow when the board meets at 2:30. Elected yesterday were J. W.* - • — • — - - - - - Adams, John CaurilH, J. L. Cherry, Russell Hays, Alvin Huffman, Jr., W. S. Johnston, R. M. Logan, Jack Owen, .Jess Taylor, James Terry, E. B. Thomas and Kelley Welch, This group, along with 12 hold- School Holidays Are Announced over members, will elect new offi- Hall, tomorrow president. succeeding Ray E. B. David and Jesse R - ^- Watson, vice presidents, and Christmas Blytheville's holiday dates for school district were ! And Emanuel M. Spiegel, president, of Lhe National Association of Home Builders, hailed the Committee's 2-point program as "bold, progressive, visionary, practical." The committee's report was handed to President Eisenhower yesterday by hi?, housing administrator, Albert M. Cole, who told ^reporters he personally etsaarrees with 1 some of the recommendations. The committee was formed to guide the President in formulating a housing policy he is due to send to Congress after the first of the The report pointed up the theme named today, by ^Superintendent of j that the government should spur Schools W. B. Nicholson. the discussion before r - n ;;sr^r^r= ^^rjss % prisoners last June. Dean broke off the talks m , ,. ., . ..result of the Communist accusa-i The first report on mail sales of ] tjon j Christmas seals in Blytheville by i South Korea - s Presidcnt Syng . man Rhee told newsmen he would give a peace conference a full 90 voled' Ml!i ' vin Nunn, 'treasurer, i Hcl . e js lne !ist re i ease< i by Mr. Holdover hoard members include j Nicholson's office today (all dates Kendall Berry, Rosco Crafton, Mr. David, Jimmie Edwards, Jack Horner, R. A. Nelson, J. V. Gates, do with the Public Service j Russell Phillips, W. J. Pollard, W. 'Commission in Little Rock getting paid by the utility people." 3) Approved installation of park- meters on the west side of P. Pryor, J. and Mr. Hall. L. Westbrook, Jr., ium. No admission will be charged, j os 'he Division of Agriculture of | Divided into five parts the pro-1 Clemson College, told the Cotton gram will include numbers by the! Insect Control Conference's open- ninth gi-ade chorus; seventh and I mg session that: eighth grade boys' Glee club: sev- "The only answer to the problem enth grade girl's glee club; sev- of cotton income is increased pro- enth, eighth and ninth grade girls; and special numbers by students. Seven dancers from Rockie Smith's Studio aiding in the presentation of one of the numbers are. June Horner, Linda Bean, Gail . Brogdon, Donna King, Martha Huddleston and Rena Hays. Students who win present specialties are, Jim Buffington, Frances Slayton, Kelly Jones, Evelyn Bowen, Mary Kay Crafton, Betty Garrott, Linda Taylor, Nancy Hamby, Ronnie Bagley, Jerry Nail, and Jim Thompkins. There arc 89 students in the High School Choir and H3 in the seventh, eighth and ninth grade choirs Accompanying the the choir will be Miss Emily Damon, Mrs. John Caudill, and Mrs. R. E. Jayroe. /fee Can Fire 'Em WASHINGTON m —U. S. District Judge Richmond Keech ruled today the president has power to remove government workers from duction per acre. And without Insect control, losses of 10 to 70 per cent of the crop are certain." He listed seven fundamental scientific steps for cotton planters to follow to increase production: 1. Grow only a wilt-resistant variety; 2. Use your best land; 3. Fertilize with the recommended grade and amount of fertllzer; 4. Plant to a full stand and maintain it; 5. Keep the crop clean; 6. Harvest and gin to produce high grade lint cotton; 7. Keep after pests and disease. Boll Weevils have taken a yearly average of 17 per cent of South Carolina cotton, Farrar said, and records show that only about one- third of the state's cotton farmers follow an adequate spray program. The, conference, with about 500 entomologists, chemists, equipment manufacturers, cotton specialists and planters attending. Civil Service prelection and sum-;opened this morning. It lasts two nmrily lire them. I days, the Mississippi County Association shows that a total of 51,026 has been received to date, Mrs. Frances Gammill, executive secretary, said today. This leaves the campaign still about S1.5CO short of its goal, she said. I days to make progress toward unifying Korea before taking independent action. But Rhee emphasized that he would wait only a "certain time" for the conference to get under way. Broadway In front of the new of- j Country Club Meeting fice building being converted by' c * t -r n* * , y Set for Tomorrow Night Langston-McWatcrs Snick Co. Broadway and Chickasawba. 4) Parking of cars across sidewalk areas in front of automobile Blytheville Country Club will hold its annual stockholders mcet- ngcncies and service stations here i ing at the club tomorrow night, was discussed but no action was] The meeting is scheduled to get See COUNCIL on PaRe 2 underway at 7:30 are inclusive): Dec. 19-Jan. 3 — All Blytheville white schools and Yarbro. Dec. 19-Dec. 27 — All city Negro schools and Number Nine white school. Dec. 24-Dec. 29 — All rural schols, Yarbro and Number Nine white schools. private industry to supply housing for low-income and minority groups, eventually eliminating the need for direct federal housing subsidies. One recommendation aimed this direction calls for liberaliza- Song and Sermon to Reiterate Nativity Story Here tion of Federal Housing Adminis. . , tration mortgage insurance so low- white and Negro, except income Americans can buy mod . estly-priced homes with practically no . down payment, financing them with 40-year mortgages. Along this same line, the 23- mejuber committee proposed lease and purchase plan under which tenants could buy their homes when their incomes rose sufficiently to swing it. Speeding Bond Forfeited Julius Petty forfeited a bond of 519.75 in Municipal Court this morning on a charge of speeding. The story of the birth of Christ is to be depicted in song, sermon and pageant, at churches in Blytheville during the next 10 days. Musical programs and mid-night services will be held at several churches. The First Methodist Church will present their annual Christmas music program Sunday at 5:30 p. m., with Mrs. Wilson Henry directing the choir. They will present selections from Handel's "Messiah" as well as other familiar Christmas music Interspersed with scripture. Organist Is to be Mrs. R. R. Jayroe. Soloists will include Mlf.i Jo Ann Trieschmann. soprano, and Mrs. George M. Lee, contralto. "The. Light That Will Never Go Out", is the sermon subject to bo used by the Rev. Roy T. Bagley at the morning service Sunday. On Dec. 21 at. the church, college students will be honored at Student, Recognition Night. This Service will be preceded by a snack supper for the students. Presenting an annual cantata Sunday niRht will be the First Baptist Church, with Mrs. Harold A: Davis choir director and Mrs. Murray Smart as organist. The cantata is "The coming Of Christ," by Ira B. Wilson. Soloist Include Walter Marble, Mr, and Mrs. Worth Holder, Miss Prances Slayton, Miss Betty Ann Mulllns, Miss Pnt Mullins, Mrs. Russell C. Farr and Harry Carter Fn rr. The church's ensemble, composed of Mrs. Fnrr, Mrs. Holder, MI-.S Billie Rodfiers, Miss Slayton, Misses Ann and Pat Muiyns, Mrs, Hoyt Brown and Miss Martha Foster. This service begins at 7:30 p.m. Sunday morning, the church will observe their annual White Christmas, when they bring gifts for the needy. The pastor, the Rev. E. C. Brown will speak. On Dec. 27, students night at lhe church will be observed during the evening worship, wliich also begins at 7:30 p. m. On Dec. IS at 7 p. m., a children's program dramatizing the birth of Christ will be presented at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church. The Rev. W. J. Fitzhugh, priest in charge will conduct midnight services beginning Hi 11:30 Christ- Eve, During the yulcllde season, Christmas music will be presented by the choir. C. C. McClne is choir director nnd Miss Emily Sue Damon Is org&nt&U AT THE First Presbyterian Church, the Rev. Harvey T. Ktdd will present their regular Christmas service on Sunday morning. At 5 p. m. that day, a program of music will be presented by the combined Great and Junior Choirs which is composed of 30 members. Mrs. B. C. Bailey serves as director and Mrs. Jess Horner, as accompanist. Anthems will comprise most of the program. Soloists will be Molly Jo Beasley, Billy Hallman and Donna Day. Featured In ducts will be Martha White, Molly Beasley, Jenny Wren McCalla, Ann Bailey, Billy Hallman, Johanna Wilson, Donna Day, Jack Thompson. John Taylor Susan Huffman and Martha Manley. Decoration chairman Is Mrs, Johnny Marr. At 6 o'clock that evening, the Sunday-School party will be held. Sunday night at the First Christian Church, the Rev. James Rainwater announced will be their annual Christmas party. On Dec. 23, the cherub, Junior and intermediate choirs will be caroling at the homes of shut-ins Preceding the music, dinner will be served for the group at 6 p. m. at the church. The churoh choir presented its" annual Christmas Carol candlelight service, with Mrs. Daltou C. Fowlston serving LS organist and choir director.. THE MUSIC, which was woven together with scripture, depicted the birth of Christ, and represented carols of nil nations. Soloists were Mrs. W. D. Cobb, Mrs. James Terry, W. S. Rader. and Danny nnd Davis Cobb. A trio See BLVTHEVIU.K on I'agc 2 Weatk wer ARKANSAS — Near cold wave north and east tonight with lowest 14-20 north and 20-28 south; mostly cloudy and turning considerably colder this afternoon and tonight; with a few snow flumes in north, Thursday mostly cloudy and cold- MISSOURI— Clear and colder tonight; Thursday fair and continued cold; low tonight zero to 5 above northeast to 15-20 southwest: high, Thursday generally in the 20s. Maximum yesterday— 48. Minimum yesterday—29. Sunrise tomorrow—7:00. Sunset toclfty—4:51. ProcliiitaUcm last 24 hours ** 7:W> a. m. todiiy—none. Mean tomneraturc (mMway between high nnd low)—38.5. Precipitation J»n. 1 to date—39.14. This Dale l..ut Y«H Maximum ycstcrdny—12. Minimum yostcrdny—37. PrccvpUaUori January 1 to 4&l«— 42.19,

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