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M-YTHOTLLl (AKK.T COURIBB KIWI TUESDAY, JUNE », Quentin Reynolds Gets $175,000 Settlement Against Columnist NEW YORK (AP) — Author Quentin Reynolds today won a $175,000 cash award and a token moral victory in a federal libel action against newspaper columnist Westbrook Pegler. An award of $175,000 levied Against Pegler, the Hearst Corp. and Hearst Consolidated Publications, Inc., was believed to be one of the largest, if not the largest libel award ever made in a U.S. •ourt. But tie jury also awarded Rey- Commodity And Stock" Markets- New York Cotton (11:* inotaftUM) July .. 3340 3350 3339 Oct ;. 3386 3387 3381 Dec ........ 3399 3400 3392 ....... 3417 3420 3413 Ntw Orleans Cetten 3352 3339 3386' 3380 3400 3392 3421 34ia 3344 3385 3396 3418 3352 AMA HEAD - Dr. Walter B. Martin, of Norfolk, Va.. is the new president of the American Medical Association. A practicing physician for 35 years, he believes & doctor should bt» interested in and responsible for the health of his community. 339? 3421 Chicago Soybeans July .' Sept Nov Jan . 374 278^ 258& 362 376% 2791/2 260 ft 263y 2 368 Vi 369 276% 278& 258 25^ 26iy 4 Sept .; 190% 193% malice . . . ill-will, spite, hatred, intent to injure" and was also designed to prevent repetition of the offense and serve as a warning to others. For Pegler it was the end of a carefully cherished claim that he has never been successfully sued for libel. Previous libel cases have, been settled out of court with Pegler claiming he has never been assessed a penny in settlements. The jury divided its $175,000 levy among the three defendants: $100,A T and T '.. 167 3-8 j °° 0 against Pegler; $50.000 the Amer Tobacco /. 55 7-8 i Hearst Corp.. which distributes Sept Wheat .190^ 193% . 194ft~ 197ft Cern 158 159ft 154ft 155 157V 8 154ft 262ft 193% 196% 159ft 155 nolds only one single dollar to compensate him for loss of earnings, damage to his reputation and mental anguish suffered over the past four years from a defamatory Pegler column on which the $500,000 suit was based. "I'm happy about the award, but I can't figure out how they arrived at that dollar," Reynolds said after the weary jury announced its verdict shortly before 1 a.m. Pegler was not in court and the Pegler- Hearst lawyer declined to comment. Claimed Fortune Lost Reynolds in the course of the seven-week case had claimed he lost a fortune in the magazine arid entertainment fields because ol th« Pegler column. Federal Judge Edward Weinfeld in charging the jury, declared the column, published in 1949, was de famatory and libelous in itself as a matter of law. He urged them to "use your com mon sense" in determining what compensation was due Reynolds for his principal claims of injury. In effect, the jury, which had been deliberating since noon yesterday, decided he was not injured gravely at all. The $175,000 was awarded as punitive damages, which the judge had explained took in "actual ftnakers of'the CIO United Steel- New Yerk Stocks Ot:4t Anaconda Copper ." 38 3-8 Beth Steel 70 1-4 papers: and $25,000 against Hearst Chrysler 66 1-4 Consolidated Publications, which •-Coca-Cola 117 7-8! publishes the local Pegler outlet, the Pegler columns to 186 news- the New York Journal-American. Pegler Protected Actually, becau.se of a protective in Pegler's contract, the interests and not Pegler the $100,000 Gen Electric 475-8 Gen .Motors 72 3-4 Montgomery aWrd 66 1-4 N Y Central 21 3-8 j clause Int Harvester 32 1-4 j Hearst Republic Steel 58 3-4 j will have to pay Radio- 301-4 levied against him. Socony Vacuum 43 1-4 Neither will he have to pay any Studebaker 19 1-8! par t of the $1 which was allocated to all three dependants. There was an immediate motion, however, by PegJer's lawyer to set aside the verdict on the grounds of .excessive damages being granted. Judge Weinfeld, who will hear the motion Friday, mean- Ill, j while granted a 20-day stay in the award. Standard of N J 86 7-8 Texas Corp 66 3-4 Sears 64 3-4 U S Steel 48 5-8 Sou Pac 42 3-4 Livestock NATIONAL STOCKYARDS, .-•tfv— (USDA) — Hogs 7,500: trade moderately active; barrows and gilts 25-35 higher; spots more: sows steady to 25 higher; bulk 180220 Ib all grades 24.75-25.00: top 25.00: 230-240 Ib largely 24.50-75; 240-260 Ib 24.00-50; 260-270 Ib 23.7524.00: heavier weights scarce: scattering 280-300 Ib 22.00-23.00: 150-170 Ib 23.00-24.25. very spotted on these and few lighter weights; scattering 120-140 Ib 20.75-22.50: sows 400 Ib down mostly 18.5020.00; occasionally up to 20.25 on sows under 350 Ib; over 400 Ib largely 15.50-17.75; boars 10.5016.50. • Cattle 5,500, calves 1,500; opening slow in all classes; a few initial deals near steady at yesterday's decline on good and choice steers and butcher yearlings at 19.0022.50; very little done on cows: a few utility and commercial fairly steady at 10.50-13.00; bulls steady; utility and commercial 13.00-14.50; canner and cutter bulls 9.00-12.00: vealers 1.00 higher, a few prime 21.00 with good and choice 15.00-20.00; commercial and low good 11.00-14.00. The jury also announced it was deadlocked in a counterclaim filed by. Pegler which alleged Reynolds had libeled him in a book review published in the New York Herald Tribune nine days before Pegler wrote his Nov. 29, 1949 column. In Pegler's column, Reynolds said he was depicted as a pro- Communist, a nudist and a man so unfeeling 1 he would propose to a widow on the way to bury her husband. He said Pegler attacked his World War II career as a foreign correspondent for Collier's Magazine, called him "yellow" and "an absentee war correspond- New Labor Pact Said Reached By CIO. U.S. Steel Negotiations Go On; Neither Will Admit Contract Agreed To PITTSBURGH Cfl — Top policy That column. Reynolds testified, ended his 17-year association with Collier's and cost him $25,000 a year, made him "dead" in radio ai>:l television work (he estimated this loss at $52,000 a year'i and was responsible for his being cold- shouldered in Hollywood, where he once earned $100,000 a year. — ! Lads Check Scorecard OSCEOLA. Towa (#>)-—Iowa Highway Patrol cars carry signs across ! their backs, showing the urrent traffic fatality toll in the >tate for the year — "184 killed in "54." The other day when a patrolman stopped his car for a stop sign here, two small boys walked toward the rear of the car. One said, "Let's see how many this one's killed." workers gathered for meeting;? today amid reports a new contract agreement has been reached with U. S. Steel Corp., which usually sets the bargaining: pace for the entire basic steel industry. While the negotiators didn't end a marathon negotiating session until 2 a.m. (EDT) today, the union's Executive Board got ready to meet at 10 a.m. (EDT). At 2 p.m. (EDT) the USW's 170-man Wage Policy Committee was scheduled to act on the board's recommendation. Athough neither Big Steel nor the union would comment on reports of a settlement, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette said an agreement had been reached. The newspaper predicted quick ratification and said the other major steel companies, facing the same con- ract expiration deadline of raid- night tomorrow, will fall into line. Increase Reported A source close to the union was quoted as saying the reported agreement provided a package increase totaling about 12Y 2 cents an hour. However, industry sources were reported to have set the figure at about 8 cents an hour. The 600.000 USW members employed in the basic steel industry lave been averaging from $2.14 o $2.24 an hour. Last week the union's Wage Pol- cy Committee turned down a U. S. teel offer reported to call for a Vjrcent hourly wage increase and improvements in the pension and nsurance plans, the whole pack- ge amounting to less than five ents an hour. When the negotiations opened in mid-May. USW President David J McDonald didn't specify the amount of a pay boost he wanted. However, the union said it generally wanted a better pension and hospitalization program and a guaranteed annual Wage. The guaranteed annual wage is believed to be a comparatively long-range objective. There is speculation the steel companies might agree to study the matter at this time—nothing more. Last year, which was one of the best in history for the steel industry, the union received an' BVz cent an hour wage boost. The steel industry has ben operating at far less than its rated capacity this year. Many thousands of steeworkers are not getting in full time and others are furloughed. J. L- Thompson, Jr., 211 N. Broadway, this week became one of 12 American United Life Insurance ; agents to complete a course of .train- ! ing in Indianapolis. Ind. ! Fire is known to cause one out j of every 200 business failures. i MIGHT THME-Mothtr Robin 4oMQ*t hav* to nlfroa h«r juiapmr •ppttit* to t»u to wlMa mttltfm* ii approaching. Living atop a timt clock in Augsburg, Germany, »h« il- wajv katt* UM right tim* for the COURIER NEWS in Osceola, call BILLY BEALL, 567-J Obituary Mrs. Ida Burks Dies; Rites Are Incomplete Mrs. Ida Burks, 75, widow of the late R. H. T. Burks of Blytheville, died on arrival at Chicaksawba Hospital early today after suffering a stroke Last night at the home of her daughter, Mrs. W. D. Godwin, at Bioomfield, Mo. Since the death of her husbond in 1947, Mrs. Burks had made her home with Mr. and Mrs. Godwin and with another daughter, Mrs. Ira Dickson of Number Nine. She is also survived by two other sisters, Mrs. R. L. Ashby of Torrence, Calif., Mrs. J. C. Dungan of Charleston, Miss ; two sons, Ed "R'lrk* of Scooba, Miss.. Albert Burks, of BJytheville; a sister, Mrs. Linnie Cannon of Blytheville: and two brothers, Sam and Jim Ashmore, both of Ripley, Tenn. Funeral arrangements are incomplete pending arrival of relatives. Holt Funeral Home is in charge. Funeral services for Elmer Ward will be conducted at 2 p. m. tomorrow at Cobb uneral Home chapel by the Rev. Mitchell Houston and WHAT A BREAK—Painter Salvador Dali displays one of his many creations, called "Soft Self Portrait." The" Spanish-born artist held a press conference in Rome, Italy, to announce his "rebirth" as a cubist painter. he Rev. Roy Bunch. Burial is to be n Dogwood Cemetary. Pallbearers include Billy Gean Scarbrough. Rellen Scarbrough, Oadey Eddingtpn, Chester Rowle, Pete Blaylock and Jackie Blaylock. COMMON PLEAS— F Simon vs. George R. Lamb and State Commission of Revenue, at- GUATEMALA (Continued from Pagt D The rebels' surrender ultimatum was laid down in a manifesto broadcast last night by the "Liberation Radio." It declared: "We will accept nothing short of unconditional surrender despite the changes." The rebel radio labeled the change-over in Guatemala; City a "desperate maneuver" made "on orders from the Kremlin." It charged the "simulated outlawing" of the Communist party was decided upon in conferences between leaders of the junta and top Guatemalan Ileds. Diaz himself had attended a Communist school in Prague, the radio charged, and his closest colleagues are "fellow travelers." The broadcast reported that military action was at a standstill throughout yesterday. Earlier, however, authoritative sources in Tegucigalpa had reported there had been no letup in fighting around the east Guatemalan rail center of Zacapa, but detailed results were not known. The rebels previously had claimed a victory in the region. Monitors in Honduras gave conflicting reports on the Guatemalan government accounts of yesterday's air raid on the capital. Some listeners said 12 planes bombed and machine-gunned the city, but others understood only one or two attacked. Previous rebel strikes had involved no more than three planes at a time. The Guatemalan radio, heard last night in Mexico, declared that C/iar/tf Ptnn, Jr., Win$ Photo Contest Charles Penn, Jr., of Blythevillt, has been named a winner in the Memphis Commercial Appeal's biweekly amateur photographers contest. Young Penn, a high school student, entered a picture he took of boys singing. The picture was mad« at Boys Stale in Little Eock. His winning entry will be eligible for a larger contest. The winning effort of last week was good for $5 in prize money. Stevens Pro/ses Aid** LEACHVTT.T.B, Kan.' (&)— Secretary of the eArmy Robert T, Stevens told a nationwide gathering of his civilian aides yesterday they were "making a major contribution to greater public understanding of Army activities.' The secretary has civilian advisers in each state. Forty-six were present at the meeting at Ft. 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