The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on June 30, 1954 · Page 16
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 16

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Wednesday, June 30, 1954
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BLYTHEYILLH (ARK.) One-Time Top Tax Collector Found Guilty of Evasion NEW YORK (AP) — Joseph D. Nunan Jr., once the nation's top tax collector, has been found guilty of income tax evasion. A Brooklyn federal court jury •oavicted the former commissioner at internal revenue yesterday on afi five counts of an indictment charging him with evading payment of *91.086 for the years 1946 through 1950. The 56-year-old Nunan faces a possible total sentence of 25 years in jail and a $50,000 fine. He was continued in $1.500 bail pending •entencing July 22. Verdict "Justified" Federal Judge Walter Bruchhausen told the jury of seven wom- *n and five men the verdict was "justified by the evidence." Nunan, an appointee of the late President Franklin D. Roosevelt, served as the nation's No. 1 tax collector from 1944 to 1947, when h* resigned to return to the private practice of law. The indictment charged him with r*porting income of $416.144 for 1946-1950, when it actually was $$43,396. He thus x paid taxes of $200,437, when be should have paid j $391,523, the government said. I The defense contended the money j on which he was accused of failing j to pay taxes was inherited by his j wife and was not subject to tax. ' Nunan claimed he withdrew his •asets of $170,000 from the bank In 1933 and kept the money in a tin box, banking it again in 1940. Testifying in his own behalf in the trial, he said he became tax collector-for the Brooklyn district "through the fortunes of politics." "As collector I was primarily an administrator, not particularly an expert on tax laws," he said. "Washington liked the way I ran my office and made me TJ. S. commissioner." The 16-day trial was highlighted by the testimony of gambler Frank Erickson and James P. Finnegan. former tax collector at St. Louis »nd a, pal of former President Harry S. Truman. Finnegan is now serving a sentence for mis- conduct in office. Losses Balanced Erickson testified he lost a $1,800 bet to Nunan that Truman would not be re-eiected President in 1948. He said he gave Nunan, who was backing Truman, odds of 9 to 1. Nunan claimed he did not report the winning on. his tax return because other gambling losses during the year balanced it off. Finnegan, who testified Nunan once gave him $1,000 in cash for a new station wagon and paid the balance of $408.23 by check, said of himself and Nunan, "We were close friends." Nunan was indicted on ,the tax evasion charge Dec. 2. 1952, and a week later pleaded not guilty. The indictment stemmed from an investigation by a special federal grand jury. A charge of perjury, which resulted from the grand jury inquiry, is still pending against Nunan. Paper Protests Thefts ANGOLA, La. (ffl — The Angolite, weekly newspaper published by inmates of the Louisiana Penitentiary, complained editorially today about thefts by its readers. "The Angolite leaves 100 papers on sale and sells 54." the editorial said. "Who swipes the other 46?" DYESS NEWS Mr*. J. E. JACOBS 847's at Honolulu HONOLULU !/P)-~Three B47 atomic bombers which flew non-stop from California to Japan last week landed tonight at Hickam Air Force Base. A spokesman said the planes would remain here for several days. China Test An accurate test of china is that of applying red ink under the glaze. If the ink is absorbed, the ware is not china, according to the Ecyclopedia Britanica. Quite a number of out of town friends attended the funeral Thursday of Ray D. Johnston at Dyess Methodist Church at 10 a.m. and at Batesville at 2 p-m. Mr. and Mrs. Bob Tale and baby of Michigan City, Ind., were in Dy- j ess Monday. j Mrs. Elmer Rogers and son, Pete j returned home Friday night ironij Pontiac, Mich. Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Langdon and son, Wayne, Tommy McArthur and. j Mrs. Bush, returned Saturday from Clarksvilie, Ark., and came through Dyess on their way home U> Kankakee. 111. The Baptist Brotherhood plan a fish fry for July 6 at the church. • Mrs. Hazel Noblin and children returned to their home at Nettleton Wednesday after spending several days here with her parents, Mr- and Mrs. J. S. Barnes. Mr. and Mrs. S. O. Davis and son and mother. Mrs. Dolly Davis, spent Wednesday in the home of Otis Rice. Mr. and Mrs. N. K. Tyler of Fort Worth. Texas, arrived Sunday for their vacation here with relatives. Mr- and Mrs. J. H- Balch and children leave this Wednesday for a short vacation in Little Rock. Miss Jo Ann Cash and brother Tommy spent last week in Memphis as guests of their sister, Mrs. Louise Garrett. and brother, Roy Cash, and families. Mr_ and Mrs. J. B. Eanes and baby" of Memphis spent Sunday with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Balch. J. R. Cash will arrive in Memphis, Wednesday, by plane. He has been overseas for the past two years. Mr. and Mrs. M. L. Fussell and son. Marvin, cf Memphis spent the week end here as guests of Mr. and Mrs. Coley Johnson, Mr. and Mrs. Ray Sexton of Memphis, were guests of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Shelton, Sunday. Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Nixon of Sanj Antonio, Texas, were visiting in Dyess the first part of last week. "Miss Jo Ann Burch of Marked Tree spent last night with Mrs. Richard Shelton. Raymond Henard has returned from Pontiac, Mich. Mrs Homer Williams and daughter from St. Louis arrived Saturday for a visit with her brother, Lonzo Mann, and family. Mr. and Mrs- G. A. Higgonbotham were shopping in Joiner Saturday. Mr and Mrs. Ray Cash came home Thursday, from a visit to Fordyce and Hot Springs. His brother, John Cash, returned with them for a visit. Marvin Richards had an appendectomy Friday at Osceola Memorial Hospital. He returned home Sunday. Mrs. Eloise Daniels of Maiden, Mo., was guest of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Shelter, over the week end. Her children, Betty. Joyce and Leon, returned home with her after a two-week visit with Mr. and Mrs. Richard Shelton. Mrs. Dorothy Johnston CoUar. Jr., sophomore at the University ol Arkansas College of Business administration at FayetteviLle has made the honorable mention list on her grades. Jerry stransbury was in Memphis Friday. Pfc. and Mrs. A. J. Appling and daughter, Marcia Jo Anne, of Fort Campbell, Ky., were week end guests of their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Richard Shelton and Rev. and Mrs. Carl Appling. Jerry Chappie spent last week in Marked Tree as guest of his uncle and aunt, Mr. and Mrs. Roy Chappie. Mrs. Leroy Cannon and daughter. Jeanie, spent last week in Dallas. Texas with her parents, Mr- and Mrs. Dale Cunningham. Mrs. Geneva Lucian and children. Marilyn and Carolyn, of Beloit, Wis., are here visiting her parents. Mr. and Mrs. W. T. Frisby. Mrs. Mary Mitchell and son Ralph, and Mr. and Mrs. Travis ward and children left Saturday for Searcy to visit relatives. Mr."and Mrs. L. J. Hall and A. T. Edwards returned Thursday from Pontiac, Mich,, where they were visiting Mr. and Mrs. Barney Nutt. Jack Hollingsworth is home with his parents after a visit with his sister. Mrs. Johnny Anthony, at Bearden. Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Faircloth of Memphis spent the week end here with Mr. and Mrs. Jim Johnson. Mr. and Mrs. Earnest Daniels and daughter, Linda, of Tulsa. Okla., spent Tuesday night with Mr. and Mrs. Delbert Prentice. Mr. and Mrs. George -Prentice of Caruthersville. Mo., and Mr. and Mrs. E. H. Stover of Wilson made a visit in the home of their brother, Delbert Prentice, and Mrs. Prentice Tuesday night. ! Mr. and Mrs. Dalton Rogers and daughter of Hayti. Mo., and C. E. Tarpley of St. Louis spent the week Most of Laredoans Shrug Off Flood-And Sleep By DAVE CHEAVENS LAREDO, Tex. OP)—Most of Laredo's 60,000 residents shrugged off the worst flood threat in history and slept soundly last night with the hungry Rio Grande gurgling at their doorsteps. At 11:30 p.m. radio station KVOZ relayed official advice to the effect that the muddy, debris-choked river, gorged from upstream cloudbursts, had reached 58 feet j»nd was not expected to exceed 60 feet in the next few hours. No Fear The nonchalent Laredoans could go on to bed and to sleep. Most of them did. On a drive around the residential area this reporter saw only darkened homes and no signs of panic or even mild fear. "It's the calmest^ place I ever Camera Gives Clue to Robbery TOKYO l^)—Police are looking for a high schol student with a small bald spot. They have a picture of the lad with his hand in the till of a camera sTiop. He's wearing a high school student's uniform. Proprietors, or the shop, which had been robbed three times, focused a camera set to take a flash picture when the cash box was opened. Water Thwarts Robber BALTIMORE (# — George Fran- turn, a service station attendant, told police he was washing a car yesterday when a man approached him from behind and said, "Gimme your money." Frantum said he whirled around and squirted water in the man's face. The would-be holdup man gave a yell and fled. end in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Aubrey Geater. Mr. and Mrs. Delbert Prentice and Mr. and Mrs. Earnest Daniels and daughter, Linda, were in Memphis Tuesday afternoon. Mr. and Mrs- Donzel Hodnett of Memphis visited his mother, Mrs. Delbert Prentice .and Mr. Prentice Sunday afternoon. Mr. and Mrs. H. L. Modesitt received word from their son. Airman Orville Lee Modesitt that, he arrived in Greenland last Tuesday. saw," said Highway Patrol Sgt. W. S. Butler, state disaster liaison officer. "There's been no exodus, no panic. Everybody seems to be taking it in stride." There was little sandbagging or moving of goods from downtown business houses because most of the store owners were gambling that the river would not rise the five or six feet it would take to put muddy water in the downtown streets. But for 1,000 persons in the 400 families vho have been evacuated from homes near the river, trouble was piling up. They were housed and fed in four schools thrown open for refugees. Many of them were like 14-year- old Benigno Layton, who lived with his father and mother, seven Hollywood (Continued from Page 8) son of the late Leslie Howard, will "frighten" TV audiences this fall, predicts Sheldon Reynolds, with his amazing resemblance to the famous star. Howard failed to impress movie studios with his acting talents a couple of years ago and returned to Hollywood, where he's now playing Sherlock Holmes in a telefilm series produced in London by Reynolds. About Howard, Reynolds says: '•No one ever believed he could do anything. They always imagined he was imitating his father. But he's great at comedy—and that's the way we're playing Holmes this time." Until he was signed for the TV role, Howard, married and the father of three children, played "Anyone for tennis?" bits on the London stage. Short Takes: Steve Cochran, none to rhapsodic about scripts offered him, will star in "Come Next Spring" for his own independent company . . . Film production is booming in Cuba, of all places, with some of Mexico's top stars treading the sound stages near Havana . . . Jane Russell is looking glum. She had her heart set on playing a role in "The Ten Commandments." but Anne Baxter tied it up for herself. brothers and a sister on San Leonardo Street, less than a stone's throw from the roaring river. One Auto Link They moved to a basement room in downtown Central School yesterday, bringing only some of their furniture. Benigno works in a tortilla factory, his father is jobless, and their adobe (mud brick) home has been devoured by the river. Benigno said it was pretty tough but his family had corrie through other floods. Mrs. Ray Stubbs, cochairman of the Webb County Red Cross relief committee, with Mrs. Harold Pugh put him to work setting up cots and running errands, Ready — but Late KNOXVILLE, Term. (IP)— Asked how he pleaded to a gaming charge, the defendant replied: "Not Guilty I was just getting ready to join the game, but the police arrived before I did." City Judge Charles Kelly dismissed the case. So Near Yet So Far The Duke.of Wellington and Napoleon are said never to have met personally, although they once were within a quarter of a mile of each other during the battle of Waterloo. and he was still on the Job si S a.m. while his family slept. Out on State Highway 202, th« last remaining auto link between Laredo and the outside world, via. Freer and Duval County, a few Latin-American families were camping. One, father, mother and two children slept in their blankets by the roadside. Here in Laredo, the long advance warning of the flood made it possible for most evacuees to find shelter with relatives or friends. While most of Laredo slept, a smooth-working combination of local officials, state police, the military and state defense workers stayed on guard all night. One of a Series ST. Louis (#>)—When Patrolman Martin J. McDonough put a parking violation ticket on a car he found nine more parking tickets inside it. The owner paid 10 fines totaling $16 and towing charges of $6.68. Bug* Coins On the island of Yap, round, flat stones, the height of a man in diameter, are used for "money." The "coins" are carried by thrusting a pole through a hole in the center of the stone. 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