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, * I I i -® Our Daily Bread Sliced Thin by The Editor Alex. H. Washburn APO New York Missing and No Rcgrcfs The- club, "APO Now York" has been fiimiliar lo newspaper mailing rooms throughout all the years M war—and once carried more Hum HK) subscriptions for The Star to loeal boys. But "APO New York" fell on slim days iiftor Germany surrendered and deployment of troops to the Far East began. It was down lo three subscriptions in December—and today the score is zero. We threw away the slug. With no regrets. For the passing of "APO New York" spells happier days for all of js. Not all the men are home. Every mall brings every newspaper a juelugc of complaints from those still overseas. Many of these letters are mimeographed, giving evidence that the boys arc being organized. We must handle this problem by some fair and impartial scale- length of total service, length of service overseas, with the idea of rotating the unpleasant task of occupation which has fallen upon our nation and its people. Meanwhile, let none of us forget that one of Hie greatest means of helping the men now overseas get (jf jrnc is to demand conscription so that all citizens shall bear equrlly the hardship and hazard which is entailed by military life. * + * By JAMES THRASHER Not Tuneful, taut Significant One account of Hie Army's radar contract with the moon said that a loud speaker connected with the system picked up the echo as a sound—"not a very tuneful sound, but an echo from the moon." ^ Well, the cry of a newborn child fli not a very tuneful sound; either, but it is significant. Likewise the audible echo from the moon was an unbeautiful notice of arrival and of future promise. It was the latest starling reminder Hint man is pushing back the forces of friction and graviatlon which bind lv..''.te '•••Hi. It proclaimed a atn- 'V ou Sli the cold, airless :-..iic space, with another bouy of matter in our own small corner of the universe. This is surely a beginning, not ,^11 isolated phenomenon. Some day •fncn will receive an untuncful echo from Mars and the more distant planets. Pulsating waves of electronic energy, indifferent to all obstacles, will speed ever farther to open unimaglncd horizons to human view. They will present fields for pioneering of a sort which now is thought of as impossibly fantastic, if it can be thought of at all. Hope 47TH YEAR: VOL. 47— NO. 93 Star WEATHER FORECAST Arkansas: Fair and warmer this afternoon and tonight, Saturday partly cloudy, colder in north and central portions in afternoon. Star of Hooe. 1899; Press. 1927. Consolidated January 18. 1929. HOPE, ARKANSAS, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 1946 Legion Asks Crackdown on Vets' Bureau Washinglo n, Feb. 1 — (/P)~ The American Legion called on Congress today for an Immediate investigation of a "tragic breakdown" in the Veterans Administration under Gen. Omar N. Bradley, who took over as chief less than six months ago. John Stecle, the Legion's national commander, made the "demand" for action in letters to all members of Congress and said the lawmakers should sec that their "mandates are no longer ignored by the Veterans Asministration." VA officials reserved comment on the letter, but Sleclc's aides said its release was preceded by an acrimonious telephone battle between Stelle and Bradley over major V policies. Later, officials of the administration announced that Bradley would give a report at a late afternoon news conference on his six months as administrator. Stelle's letter lo Congress claimed an inquiry was warranted because: 1. Between 300,000 and 500,000 disability cases cannot receive proper compensation without undergoing physical examinations because of. VA's failure lo secure adequate medical records from the a r in y and navy. 2. The hospitalizalion applications of more than 7,000 needy veterans await processing. 3. Thousands of army Hospital beds are not being utilized at a time VA hospitals are badly congested. 4 .Unprocessed applications fur education and training under the Gl Bill of Rights total 1012,839, in addition to 20,411 pending claims for insurance premium wa ivcrs, and 287,000 unanswered letters from veterans seeking information on various topics. 5. VA's "apparent failure" to procure enough competent personnel, and the continued use of incompetent and inexperienced employes. Stecle asserted the figures he cited were "absolute minimum figures reflecting the extent of the neglect " Referring to Bradley's appointment as administrator last August, Slellc said servicemen believed it meant "the antiquated and inefficient methods of the VA would be changed. 'AP)—Means Associated Press (NEA)—Means Newsoaoer Enterprise Ass'n. PRICE 5c COPY ps Couldn't Have Hit Fleet Based in California Instead of Hawaii, Says Adm. Smith By JOHN L. CUTTER Washington, Feb. 1—(UP)—Vice Adm .W. W. Smith, former chief of staff of the Pacific fleet, said today 10 believed Japan would not have attacked the fleet on the wdsl coast as it did at Pearl Harbor Smith gave his opinion to Ihe Congressional Pearl Harbor Com- mitlee as an "amateur strategist." Ho said he had no quarrel with Ihc fact thai Hie fleet was based at Pearl Harbor, however. He said the fleel received excellent training under the system carried out there. Rep. Bcrlrand W. Goat-hart, R, alif., asked Smith for his opinion as to what would have happened if the fieel hadn't been in Pearl Harbor. "Had the fleet been on the Pacific coast J do not believe Japan would have attacked in the manner thai she did at Pearl Harbor,' Smith replied. "It is ridiculous to believe that such a force could have approached San Pedro without detec- lion. There is a lol of merchant shipping in that area. Some one would have dclcclcd it. "They would iiave had to refuel three times on the way over and the same number nf times «n the way back. "I do not believe any intelligent enemy would attack the fleel on Ihc wcsl coast and leave Hawaii as a place from which it could be hit on the way back. "1 believe Japan would have lak- en Oahu or one of Ihc other islands in an amphibiuos operation and it is my belief they could have done Ho said it would have been comparatively easy for Japan lo have taken one of Ihe Icss-populalcd islands of Ihc Hawaiian group and attacked Pearl Harbor from there. He added the opinion thai Japan would have infliclcd more damage on Ihc United Stales in the Pearl Harbor raid if the allacking planes had knocked out oil supplies and ma'rihinc shops at the base. ' Rep. JoJhn W. Murphy, D., Pa., criticized the fact that "none of. the top airmen" in the Pacific fleet was consulted by Adm. Husband K. Kimmel, fleet commander, on war warnings received from Washington. Smith said he believed Cmdr. Arthur C. Davis, fleel aviation officer, was consulte don all aviation maters. Murphy read him testimony before one of Hie previous investigations in which it was asserted thai Daivs was nol consulted on the Nov. 27 war warning. Smith's testimony also brought out that he didn't feel army ra on Oahu could be depended upon lo give warning of allacking planes although Kimmel had expected al leasl 100-mile coverage. Smith rejected Murphy's suggestion thai Kimmel stressed offensive training at the expense of defense arrangements. "I believe that is something for you (the Congressional committee) lo decide," Smith said. It is all wonderful and frighten- "However," he declared, "thai ing. But just what do we do about (has not been the case.' it—we, the oycrhwelming majority The sharp telephone clash be- of non-scientific, uncomprehending .tween Stcllc and Bradley yesterday jjeople? Dp we continue to follow reportedly centered about hospita- thc scientists blindly as, with at leasj. JijjrtiaJ ,YJsipAV4bftY. : . open• endless doors upon endless mysteries? Do we continue lo convert their discoveries haphazardly lo our material and spiritual benefit or to our destruction'.' Do we entrust to them a major part in our world governments? Perhaps there is a hint of the solulion in the recent establishment of the United Nations' .al- omlic energy commission. If the world's governments have found _#l necessary lo pool their strength and wisdom thus out of fear, il may come about in time that they will also feel a compulsion lo ensure a fair and equal use of future discoveries which can to the common good. contribute The employment of atomic energy plumped the scientist into the midst of politics and of the everyday world. He will find il hard to get out. And thai promises to be a good thing for the scientists, the politicians and Ihe public. There may come a day—and we soon—when what nation's research i'iopc it goes on comes in the laboratories may claim some of the popular attention now reserved for what goes on in the nation's bii; league baseball parks and in Hollywood's studios. "~~~ O ~™ ————— Nurse Plans to Confront Wermuth Manila, Feb. 1 — (/I')— Olivia Josephine Oswald intends to go to the United Stales to see Maj. Arthur Wrmulh, hero of Balaan. She says they were married; he says they weren't. "1 intend to go lo America," she told interviewers today. "Maybe if he sees me in person he will know who 1 a in — his wife!" Her annulment suit, now pond- ifcng in Ihe Manila courts, states that they were married in Manila Hie night before the Pearl Harbor attack, and lived together as man and wife in the Iragic setting of Bataan, where Wcrmulh ruse to fame as Hie "one-man army" of the dying defense garrison. Wcrmuth, married tu an American wife since 1935, said in Chicago lization policy, a question which has VA temporarily at (bo. ^ odds. Bradley has said that the current influx of veterans with service-connected disabilities soon might reach the point where VA hospitals would be unable to handle cases with non- service disabilities. This runs counter lo Legion policy lhal care should be provided for some veterans with non-service disabilities, particularly Ihe needy. VA estimates are thai approximately 70 per cent of Ihc 03,000 veterans in its hospitals now have non-service disabilities. In a reference to this issue, Slellc wrote in his letler that "unless an adequate numbcrof beds is provided thousands of these (non-service disability) men would be thrown into limited resources of home communities or put into Ihe hands of charitable groups." The Legion commander told congressmen thai "measures for emergency hospilalizaliun should be adoplecl al once, Ihc authorized program for hospital construction launched immediately and the unjustifiable and unwarranted delay in processing claims for benefits eliminated." O — --• I—— New Suspect Quizzed in Degnan Case Poisoner Awaits Sentence By GEORGE ZARRY Grand Rapids, Mich, Fcb 1 — (UP)— The Rev Frank E Siple, stern-visagcd, 53-year-old minister, found solace in his Bible today as he awaited sentence for the poison- murder of his prclly 17-year-old daughter six and one-half years ago "He showed absolutely no signs of remorse," attendants at the jail reported They said he slept soundly, ate his meals regularly and continually read passages from his Siple pleaded guilty late" yesterday lo what he said was the mercy killing of his daughter, Dorothy Ann, in July, 1939, Judge Lcinard D Vcrdicr remanded him lo jail for sentencing after Siplc's attorney asked for a sanity examination The Church of God pastor, who once was forced to resign his position "for being overly atlcnlivc to women members of his congregation," told in a confession to the slaying lhal he feared his daughter was mentally incompetent 'I couldn't bear to see my daughter go to an asylum for the rest of her life I poisoned her," he said "It was the humane and kind thing to do lo relieve my daughter's suffering'.' Siple told Judge Vcrdicr that he Chicago, Feb. (UP) — A new suspeel, idenlified by police only as a man named Smith, and described by a former North Side waitress as one she heard talking about a $20,000 job," was questioned today in the kidnap-siaying of six-year-old Suzanne Degnan. A ransom nole left by the person who kidnaped Suzanne from her bedroom asked $20,000. Smith, a handyman, was seized after Gloria Williams, 23, alias Patricia Gordon, told officers in She- bo.vgan, Wis., thai she had overheard "Smitly" tell a tavern companion that "the job ought to be worth at least $20,000." Police said a photograph of the man in custody would ge sent lo Sheboygcn, where Ihc waitress now i,s serving a 30-day sentence on u vagrancy charge. If she idcu- iasl night lhal "fiilso" reports of i lifics the photograph, they said, ,i ii.. „._._) i\ JT _. . • i _ •. i-i i_-lirt iin 11 lid Ill-nil ltl~\t Iwii'/i in f'lncA the alleged Manila marriage would not change his plans to enter politics. Democratic parly leaders at his ' liome, Traverse Cily, Mich., earlier hud reported he would seek the nomination to oppose U. S. Senator Arthur E. Vandenberg. BURNS FATAL TO CHILD Litlle Rock, Fcb. 1 —(/!>) —Harold Dean Loftis, three year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Lulhcr Loflis of near England, Lonoke county, died at Baptist hospital loday from burns suffered ycslerday when Ihe family's three room house was destroyed by fire. t, Mrs. Loflis, who was working a ^lew hundred yards from the house when Ihc fire broke out, rescued the youngster's twin brother ans an older child. Little Hock. Feb. \—(K'\— Governor Laney loday pardoned Martin Hughes, senlenced lo 18 months from Clav coiinly for seduction. Hughes was given an indefinite furlough May 7, 1929 and has led mi exemplary life since,' the pro- clinalion said, she the man. Police said be brought here lo face that Smith is employed in the neighborhood where Suzanne was kidnaped from her home lust Jan 7. . Police picked up Desere Smet, 35, a janitor who previously had been questioned in Ihc case, aflcr Miss Williams firsl made her Klalement lo Sheboygan police Iwo weeks ago. lie was released, however, when she was unable lo identify him. Suzanne, blue-eyed daughter of an Office of Price Administration executive, was abducted Jan.. 7 Parts of her budy were found in sewer catch basins near her home. Little Rock. Feb. ]— (/I 1 )— Dave Ward, Conway, lias been appointed to a seven year term on the board of trustees for the A. and M. college al Pine Bluff by Governor Lancy. He succeeds himself. r Nearly GO percent of all teachers in rural elementary schools having one or two teachers have had less than two years of education beyond high school. didn't want trial, because lie tncw lhal what he did was wrong ^n Ihc eyes of Ihc law and olhei people. "in the eyes of God, il was right," he declared. Siple's belief that his daughtei was of unsound mind was not' supported by the statements of townspeople who knew her. Charles Saur. superintendent of the Godwin Heights high school, said he remembered her as a "good pupil" who look part in many oulsidc ac- eldor of Siplc's livities. Lyle Doan, Vets Not Required to Pay Sales Tax on Used Autos Little Rock, Feb. 1—(/I 1 )—The at- lorney general has held thai veterans arc not required to pay stale sales tax when they purchase used vehicles from Ihe government. The opinion went lo Deputy Prosecutor \1. H. Dean of Morrillon. o- Truman Calls jn Leaders of Steel Strike By WILLIAM NEEDHAM Washington, Feb. 1 —I/I';— Presi- enl Truman loday summoned the tecl fact finding board and Price Administrator Chester Bowles to he White House amid reports that he administration is ready with a lew proposition for settling the teel strike. The White House announced that ho fact finding board had been called lo a 4 p. m. (EST )conference wilh Mr. Truman. An OPA official said Bowles had seen asked lo cul short a vacation n South Carolina and return to the capital immediately He was expected laic lonighl or early tomorrow. Bov/les, who reportedly favors a 12.50 ton increase in slecl prices, lad intended lo slay in Soulh Carolina unlil Sunday or Monday. The new plan for ending Hie 12- lay-old slecl walkoul was reported ri the hands of lop level While -louse advisors, bul federal seizure of the industry was said nol lo be 'nvolved as ycl. By SPENCER MOOSA Chungking, Feb. 1 — (/P)— The mergence of China's millions om civil slrife inlo a day of full •ccdom for all polilical parlies as viewed today by Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek as possibly oreshadowing an end to his lead- rship. The man whose one-parly rule as continued for 1C xears said •ankly thai from now on the heavy ask of rebuilding Ihe nalion rested ot alone on Ihe Kuominlang (Na- onaiisl party) "much less on me church, said he knew the girl well, and that "she always appeared normal tu me." Doan was one of Ihc principa' figures in the drama which culminated in Siplc's confession to the six and a half year-old slaying. The elder accused Siplc of slugging him over the head with lead pipe while the two were in ear Now Year's Eve. Police said Siplc then attempted to commit .suicide. II was Doan's subsequent story to police thai he had been given poisoned candy at previous times by the minister lhal aroused suspicions regarding Dorothy Ann's death, which nad been listed as due to natural causes. Siplc, in jail awaiting trial on charges of attempting to murder iJoaii, was confronted vcstcrdayy with reports thai the body uf his daughter had been exhumed and that traces of poison had been found by chemical analysis Quietly and calmly, with no show of emotion, the father of five other daughters confessed. He told Prosecutor Menso R. Bolt of administering a dose of potassium cyanide to his daughter in the form of an enema early Sunday, July 30, 1939. Then, while rus daughter was suffering, he went to his church and preached a sermon. Thai night. Siple said, he gave the girl a capsule containing a lalal dose of the poison. She died shortly after midnight. A physi- ccrlificalc Brother of Missing Man Also Vanishes Jonesboro, Fcb 1 —(UP)— The disappearance of Marion Langslon 19, today added a new air of mys lery to the baffling saga of Arkan sas' ghosl marine" ••Mariori,-brblher of William \ Langslon, veteran marine reporld killed on Iwo Jima, has beei missing two weeks, his mother, Mrs. Naomi Hendricks, reported. Authorities pondered the possibil- ily that the younger Langslon might provide a clue lo Ihc mystery of the man who appeared on Ihe slrcels of Newport, Ark, 11 days ago and convinced several residents thai he was William Langslon the youth Ihcy had known len years ago Mrs Hendricks said her efforts to contact Marion had resulted in learning that he had not been seen since he left Ihc home of friends in Scallle, Wash, on Jan 6 — Iwo weeks before the mysterious stranger appeared on the slrcels of Newport Adding to the mystery was the similarity between Marion Lang- slon and the man who claimed lo be his marine brother Marion had a back injury and broke his leg two months ago, Mrs Hendricks said He looked older than his 19 years The stranger walked with a limp and his hair was sprinkled with gray Mrs Hendricks said Marion Langslon wenl to the Wcsl Coasl four years ago and had nol re- lurned to Arkansas since Authorities hinted at a possible early solulion to the mystery Meanwhile, relatives poined out that the man who claimed lo be William Langston was well- acquaintcd with Newport and the Langston family They said he brought the first news that Langston'.s wife—or widow—Mrs Linda Langston Ossignac ,had remarried recently Mrs. Ossignac came lo Arkansas lo investigate stories uf her husband's "resurrection" but returned to St. Joseph, Mich., apparently convinced that the man who claimed to be her husband was an impostor. ot slecl planls Ihe present b; Washington, Feb. 1 — (/I 1 )— Top cvcl White House advisers were •cported ready loday wilh a new slim for ending Ihc slcel slrikc, federal seizure of the industry still is out of the picture. Some form of showdown action s: embodied in the new proposal, according lo an official who with- neld his name, and it will be submitted to President Truman once Is details arc reviewed. Mounting urgency spurred work on the new formula, for govern- ncnl aides arc frankly concerned about the strangling effect of the slcel shutdown on other industries At the same lime, a high Laboi Department official indicated the government's latcsl move in the General Motors strike appeared to have missed, fire — temporarily at least. Chances for an early end in tha 73-day old walkoul once more were ruled slim. Federal seizure was ruled oul for Mr. Truman yesterday " when hi lold his news conference thai sue] a slcp was nol now conlemplaled The chief cxeculivc declined i predict a "break" in the stee stalemate, although he did say ii response to a request for common thai lie believes Ihe general labo situation is improving all thn time There was no indication wha fresh steps government adviser were considering in the slecl silua lioj). but persons close to .policy makers explained that prices "ob viously arc the principal obstacle to 'a sleel wage agreement. The U. S. Steel Corporalion, i a statcmcn Iwhich caught govcrr menl officials by surprise, declare Wednesday a slcel price incrcas "greatly in excess" of $6.25 a to would be needed before the indu Iry could afford Ihc 18 1-2 con hourly wage increase proposed b Mr. Truman. OPA, in a new sleel price stud prepared al Ihe president's re quest, still contends thai $2.50 Ion is all il will approve. Othe government agencies have dis cussed a figure of around $4. Any government price incrcas for steel at the present time woul be offered lo compensate for cm rent and past operating losses an not lo balance wage raises, off cials explained. An increase fo this purpose would come only aftc subsequent review of the industry' position. clan's death physi said she . . --- —' ..^.v.fc.i.%, .acnu anu had died of coronary thrombosis, but added that treatment had been given for "nervous vomiting " 1 hough some suspicion was aroused at the time, il died do Boll said. The death of the girl was forgotten until Siple made the alleged attack on Doan. Elizabeth commemorated the de- medal inscribed, "The Lord sent feat of Ihe Spanish armada with a his wind and scatlercd them." The geneva version of the Bible often kjjiown as the Breeches Bible, is so Called because in it Adam and E&e made breeches of fig leuvosr Loss years ago, New Hampshire prohibited the sale of make-up preparations. Chiang Foresees End of His Regime as All China Unites to Form Democratic Nation ©•— of about three-fourths of its army, lie added that the military com- millee of three dealing with reorganization of China's army would settle down lo serious business soon. President Truman's special s an individual.' Whether in the governmnnl or ul of it," lie told lasl night's clos ig session of the historic politic onsultalion conference, he would inccrcly work for peace and solid- rity. He pledged thai all the far-rcach- ig decisions of the unity confer- nce would be carried out. These icluded: Free and open activities y all political parties, nalionaliza- 'on of the army; nationwide com- ulsory-education; and economic econslruclion. Chou En-Lai, No. 2 Communist vho helped reach the unity confer- nce accord, today expressed full onfidencc that there will be no norc civil strife in China. He said lat apart from minor clashes in shanking and the cast river dis- ricl of Kwanlung, near Canton, :>eacc prevails throughoul the ounlry. He affirmed that the Communist tarty is prepared lo carry out fully ill agreements reached at the con- envoy, General member of the Marshall, commitlee is which also includes government and Communist representatives. Restoration of Spanish Throne Looms By FRANK BREE8E London, Feb 1 — (UP)— Doi» Juan, eldest surviving son of the late King Alfonso XIII of Spain, arrived from Switzerland today en- route to Portugal for a reported - „ - ---. , .. meeting with Gen Franciseo Fran- P ersona lly regarded the/ co to discuss restoration"'of the s affording "a most fit- nanish monarchy. ercncc. Chou said Communist forces vould bo reduced to 20 divisions, program as „ „.. ling bridge lo the period of con- slilulionalism." The generalissimo slresscd two points: 1. The repeal or amendment of all existing wartime laws conflicting with freedoms of the people. 2. Guarantee of freedom of learning, wilh religious beliefs and po- lilical ideologies nol allowed lo interfere with school and college administration. Government and Chinese Communist representatives. whose armed forces had been fighting for control, particularly in north China, heard Chiang say: "Our immediate'task is to make all troops in the country of whatever party and in whatever region obey the government and its command." Assuring the unity delegates he wished lo release "some of Ihc thoughts which have been in my mind for many years and which I've never expressed before," Chiang confided: "Ever since boyhood I've taken no interest in politics. My lifelong ambition and work have been to devote myself to the cause of the national revolution with the object vhich would entail demobilization of saving" Ihc nalion and people." to Stee! Strike Detroit, Feb. 1 — (IP)— The Ford VIolor Co. which ycslerday assembled 3,206 passenger cars and .rucks announced today all vehicle production will cease by the end of icxt week because of shorlages re- sulling from the sleel slriko. Approximalcly 18.000 assembly lino workers have been laid off at the Ford Rouge planl in nearby Dearborn. Another 11,300 will be made idle with the closing tonight of assemby lines at Ihe Ford planls in Buffalo, Cheslcr, Pa., Chicago, Edgewalcr, N. J., Louisville, Ky., St Paul.and Kansas City. An additional 5,080 workers will be affected by the hailing ot assembly lines in five olher planls nexl week. These plants are al Memphis, lo close Monday; Somerville, Mass, closing Tuesday; Dallas, Texas, closing Wednesday, and al Richmond and Long Beach, Calif., closing Friday, o- Bitter Debate Over Proposal to Ban Strike 26,300 Troops to Land Today From Ships on 2 Coasts By The Associated Press Twenty ships, carrying m o r e than 19,500 returnees, are • scheduled lo arrive today at four West Coast ports while more than G.ilOO passengers are due lo debark from 10 vessels al Iwo East Coast ports. Arriving at New York arc seven transports wilh 6,704. Three vessels with 38 troops arc expected at Nor- flok, Va. West Coast arrivals include: San Francisco, 11 vessels with (1,068; Los Angeles; three ships with 3,527; San Diego, Calif., five transports with (i,(i74; Seattle, Wash., one ship with 1,280. Washington, Fcb. 1 — (A 1 )— The House, dcbaling hcaledly loday over sweeping new slrikc conlro" heard praise and criticism from national farm bor leaders. AFL LPrcsidenl William Green, in by defeat of the Communist Propaganda World Threat By JOHN M. HIGHTOWER London, Feb. 1 —(/P)— Foreign Secretary Beyin told the Unitec Nations security council today tha 'Moscow and Communist party propaganda" endangered worlc peace. This, he said, was "the real dan gcr" to peace. Beyin made this statement in blasting back at Russian charge that Britain imperiled world se curity by maintaining troop which, the Soviet said, supportec Fascist and pro-monarchist elements in Greece. ,\ s , ...•' Bevin demanded a 'straight ye or no verdict from the council or the Russian charge. Countering the charges of Sovie Vice Commissar Andrei Vishinskj that a "white terror" exists in Greece, Bevin said British troop had supported the right of all fac tions to a voice in Greek affair and had refrained from imposin on the counlry a minority agree mcnt. "We could have done what Mr Vishinsky did in Romania," h said. "We could have put a minor ity government in — we had th panish monarchy. Simultaneously, a United Press ispatch from Madrid said the ranco government was expected o adopt increasingly severe mea- ures against armed opposition in pain A Spanish army communi- ue conceded that a force of "ban- its" was operating in the Gijon rea on the Bay of Biscay coast. A Lisbon report quoted Royalist ources as confirming that Don uan and Franco will meet on .the ipanish-Portuguese frontier. The 32-year-old pretender to the iirone was accompanied on his light from Swizeriand by his wife, Dona Maria, his political advisor Sugenio Vegas, and Vuscount Juan Uis Rocamora Don Juan will stay in London a ew days, only long enough to arrange air passage to Lisbon. He was. travel ing on a British transit /isa and was not .expected to do iny political negotiating here. Lisbon monarchist sources said Don Juan was clining to his previously announced stand that he would ascend the throne only if assured that any invitation from Tranco to do so had no strings attached. Spanish informants in London said Franco was adamant against stepping down unless assured of a :ood position in a monarchic regime. Don Juan's full name is Juan iarlos Teresa Silverier Alfonso de Bourbon, third son of King Alfonso XIII, who abdicated the Spanish throne in 1931 and died in Rome 10 years later Don Juan is a grea grandson of Queen Victoria of Britian. A United Press dispatch from Madrid said that well informed sources took a serious view of a small raid made on the Spanish joast near Gijon early this week rom France by men whom a dits." o Reds' Greek Charge New UMO Threat^ By JOHN M, HIGHTOWER London, Feb. 1 — (/P)— A dispute between Russia and Great Britain over British army activities in Greece presented the United Nations security council today the second major test of its ability to handle in open debate critical issues involving the big powers. Despite Wednesday's compromise of the first test, the Russian- Iranian case, there were no preliminary indications that Andrei Vishinsky, Soviet vice commissar i today jish forces were "contributing and la- disorder" in Greece. He saic The Coast Guard was the only established military service in Alaska before World War II. For oul- slanding service to lhal territory, it earned the nickname "Godfather of Alaska." Chester Bennett Bids Goodby to Wife and Unborn Child as Jap Executioner Approaches (This is Ihc sixth of seven columns on Chester Bennett, American hero of Hong Kong) © was sending out information to Brilish secret agents — lhal he was lo die. By HAL BOYLE Hong Kong, Fcb 1 Bennett was a large-bodied man who had lived adventurously and (/I 1 )—Autumn ; with zest. Yet, his Ihuughts turned comes wilh cool bcncdiclion in .less on himself in those lasl hours Hong Kong after the long, hoi, dry j than on his wife of a year. He had summer. I just learned she was lo become a From his cell in Stanley prison mother and bear him a child that Chester Bennett saw the morning! he would never sec. of Ocl 29, 1943, dawn clear and j Before Ihe guards came lo lake beautiful. It was his last half-day i him away he sal down and wrole on earth. jhis pretty, red-haired wife a short Jn a lew hours this American 'farewell note: "hero of Hong Kong" and 32 other "I love you with all my heart and prisoners were lo be pul lo death soul. Goodbye, Chester Bennett." on charges of espionage and "con spiring against the imperial Japanese government." . _... _ Word of their fate had tillered I baby. If so please raise il in the Then lie turned the small sheet over and wrote on its back: "1 am told u re through lo some 3.000 internees in Stanley Camp. They felt particularly sorry ior the cheerful, big faith of your father and umthcr as 1 now believe in your faith. My darling, 1 am sorry things turned shouldered American who had | out Ihis way, bul' believe me, I smuggled money in to them so that | love you and my last thoughts will they could buy food. It was for | be of 'you. With all my love, Ches- this crime — Japanese "thought po- ter." lice" hadn't been able to prove he Continued on Page Twc telegram read to members Rep. Bailey (D-WVa), urged introduced by Rep. Case (R-SD). Green said the measure would bring "chaos, confusion and injustice' and would "disrupl industrial relations." Edward A. O'Neal, president of the American Farm Fedcralion, took Hie opposile view, however. He wrole all representatives advising passage of the Case plan. He said it would protect the public and this is necessary because of "the apparent disregard for the public interest on Ihe part of both disputants." As debate progressed, a split developed among Republicans concerning how lough the legislation .should be. There was cold comfort for the administration in that, for consideration of the bill represented a sharp setback. The house took it up in preference to an anemic version of thr; fact finding measure asked by President Truman. Sunic of Ihe House GOP contingent said privately they believe Hie pending proposal of Rep. Case (R- SD> should be modified considerably, but other party members thought it would go through without much writing. Republicans lined up almost solidly when the House voted 258 to 114 yesterday to give the Case measure immediate right of way. Only 15 Republicans were recorded against the move. Later, however, several influential minority members announced thai they had supported the Case proposal only to insure speedy action to curb and help settle industrial strife. Backers of the bill remained confident of success, however, and House leaders speaking privately to newsmen backed them up. The lenders made it clear that some modifications arc likely, but said they expected few basic changes in the final version. January Sales Tax Collection Sets Arkansas Record Little Rock. Feb. 1 — (.1'i— State Revenue Commissioner Otho A. Cook has reported a record monthly tax collection for January. The total w.is $G,li40.462, about $1,500,- nower. Bul we did not. We let th Greeks. We believe that democracy ment. We believe that democracy must come from the bottom, up, not from the top." Russia, through Vice Commissar Andrei Vishinsky, argued for an hour before the council that Britto said a "while terror" existed in lhal counlry, and said Ihe Soviel Union demanded quick and unconditional withdrawal of the troops. Bevin responded that the real "danger to the peace of the world" loday was Ihe "incessant propaganda from Moscow with no sign of friendship." "This incessant suspicion is the danger," Bevin asserled. "I ask for a straight verdict — have we been endangering the peace?" Pounding the table emphasize an otherwise calmly delivered speech, Bevin said he wanted from Ihc security council a "direct declaration, not a compromise" on the question: "Is the Brilish government endangering the peace of the world?" American officials said the council by adjournment would pass the issue over to another meeting Monday. Vishinsky disclosed thai the Russian complaint was not the firsl lime it had been made. He said the question had been brought up at meetings of the powers al Berlin, London and Moscow last year. 2 PleodNot Guilty in Mena Slaying Mena, Feb. 1 — (/Pi— Eldo« Chitwood, 22, of Fort Smith, former convict and E. J. Minor, 17, of Shawncc, Okla., both pleaded innocent today when arraigned before Circuit Judge E. K. Edwards on charges of murder in the January 24 slaying of Raymond Morris, 40 year old Mena druggist. Chitwood's attorneys based his plea on grounds of insanity and Judge Edwards ordered him sent lo the slate hospital al Lillle Rock for menial examination. The court fixed a 10 day period for the observation and directed that Chit wood be brought to trial February 19 if found sane. Minor's trial was fixed tentatively for February 20. Morris, a Mena alderman, was shot while working late at night in his drugstore. Chitwood and Minor were arrested January 25 aflcr a manhunt by civilian' and military police investigaling a series of robberies and kidnappings. , 000 greater than preceding month, he said. of any There are 5,000,000 books and pamphlets in the Library of Con- I gress. of foreign affairs, intended pulling any punches in arguing his government's charges before the council. Opening the council's consideration of Russia's demand for action on the Greek situation, Soviet Vice-Commissar Andrei Vishinsky declared: "The horrors perpetrated today in Greece, the White Terror, are widely known to everyone. It is not necessary to prove them here." Vishinsky outlined four main contentions in Russia's case: 1. "A very tense situation in Greece" is engangering international peace and security. 2. The presence of British troops is unnecessary, 3. The presence of British troops has become a means of political pressure on the country. 4. The troops serve as a means of support for reactionary elements. He said he had received a telegram from Athens today reporting "a new outbreak of Fascist terror in Athens and on the plains outside the city during the last few days." The telegram reported, he said, that bands of bandits broke up workers' meetings and were helped by police henchmen of the Xilos (a Monarchist group) with the use of machineguns. Many persons were said to have been wounded and hundreds injured. The Russian case already had been set forth briefly in a letter to the council, charging that British forces in war-wrecked Greece were threatening "the maintenance of peace and security" through interference in Greek internal affairs. British Foreign Secretary Ernest Bevin, haying expressly welcomed an investigation of the Russian charges because he was so "tired" of hearing them in private, was thoroughly briefed by the foreign office to make whatever reply was required by Vishinsky's arguments, officials said. The British also were counting on slrong Greek government support to develop the line that British troops are in Greece because the Athens government wants them there. Behind Ihe specific charges made to the council was the fact that Greece is one of the long-time sore spots between Britain and Russia. It is borderland between eastern and western Europe, a flanking position for Britain's Mediterranean life line and (.... . ..10 J.ey control points of u.<- • u: ; ;cn'. Mediterranean. The military staff committee, charted with working out peace enforcement agreements under the security council, was summoned to meet Monday, following the arrival of Ihc Russi.au military delgation. A recent report of the Civil Aeronautics Authority shows that passenger fatalities per 100,000,000 passenger miles flown by commercial airlines have decreased from 11.2 in 193C to 2.1 in 1944.

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