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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS VOL. XLIX—NO. 246 Blythevllle Courier Blytheville Daily New« Mississippi Valley Leader Blythevllle Herald THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OF NORTHEAST 'ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS, FRIDAY, JANUARY 8, 1953 TEN. PAGES Korean Problem Is Critical Repatriation » Commission Is in Middle SEOUL (AP) — The Korean Repatriation Commission, caught in the middle of an Allied-Red brawl, today faced what may be the most critical problem of' its existence: What to do with some 22,000 unrepatriated w a r prisoners Jan. 23. The commission has two weeks until that day of decision when the allies insist the POWs be released under armislice ierms. No mailer which course it chooses—freedom or further captivity for the prisoners—the answer means protests and possible violence. The Reds insist thai the prisoners be kept in their neutral zone compounds until a Korean peace conference talks over their fate for 30 days. The conference is far from a beginning; even talks to set it up are bogged down. Both Allies and Reds cite the Iruce documenl as support—bul but Iheir interpretations vary. The repatriation commission can- t celled a meeting set for Friday f .afternoon to consider Allied and Red answers to a request for guidance. Neither Giving The answers showed that neither side was giving an inch. The Reds demanded Thursday, that the prisoners be kept in custody under Indian troops until the conerefnce meets and also that explanations to woo POWs home be extended until it has completed 90 actual days of interviews. The 90- day period set by the armistice ended Dec. 23. The Reds conducted interviews on 10 of the SO days. Gen. John E. Hull, U. N. commander, Friday revealed a secret note he sent the commission declaring the Allied command is "firm" in its demands for release. His letter, dated Jan. 6, was in answer to a secret memorandum sent to both sides Jan. 2 by Indian Li. Gen. K. S. Thimayya, commission chairman. Hull said: 1. The U. N. command cannol consider "a reopening or continuance" of explanations. 2. The atlilude of Communisl diplomats at Panmunjom "made it extremely improbable" that a Korean peace conference will convene before Jan. 22. 3. Convening of the peace parley —as mentioned in the armistice— was "only a recommendation" of the Allied and Red military commanders and "has no determining relationship" to the POW question. The Allies see "no justification" for discussing the disposition of these prisoners "with any agency." Responsibility Ends 4. Responsibility of the Indian forces for holding the prisoners ends at one minule afler midnighl, Jan. 23. The prisoners then become civilians. After Feb. 21, the repatriation commission "will be dissolved and presence of Indian troops in the demilitarized zone will no longer be authorized or required," The armistice terms set 90 days for interviews to be followed by 30 for the political conference to discuss Ihe prisoners' tale. If ti reached no decision, the remaining prisoners were to be freed as civilians. Meanwhile, in the wind-swept stockades, anti-Bed prisoners refused to come out for a man-by- man headcount by Indian troops. An Indian spokesman said only force could have brought them out. A headcount Dec. 31 resulted in 135 Chinese returning to Red rule and blew up a major dispute between the Indians, Communists, Allies and South Koreans. The Reds and the Soulh Koreans opposed il and Ihe South Korean opposition was so hot the 8lh Army commander, Gen. Maxwell Taylor, warned Ihe TOK government not to interfere. Truman Denies Calling Hiss Case 'Red Herring;' Transcript Differs By HERB ALTSCHULL WASHINGTON (AP) — Former President Harry Truman, defending his efforts t combat Communist subversion, said today he never used the words, "red herring " to de scribe Congressional spy hunts. Truman's statement was made in a film for television showing, an interview Drew Pearson, the Washington columnist Truman once called an "S. 0. B." di SINGLE COPY FIVE CENT* The "red herring" incident occurred at a Truman news conference on Aug. 5, 1948. It was on that day that Alger Hiss, a former State Department official, swore before the House Un-American. Activities Committee that he had never been a member of the Communist party,. Hiss was convicted later on charges of falsely swearing that he had nevar given secret information to the Reds. He is now serving a five-year prison sentence. "The Facts" Pearson asked Truman in the interview: "There has been a lot of talk about you saying that the Alger Hiss indictment was a red herring. What is the fact on that?" Truman replied: "The facts in the case are that in a press conference one morning, some young man who had never been at a press conference before, during the session of the 80th Congress, asked me if the action of the Un-American Activities Committee was not in the form of a red hen-ing to cover up what the Republican administration, in the 80th Congress had not done, and I said it might be. "And that's where it started. I never made any stalemenl lhat there was a red herring although the Republicans when they are in power always try to cover up their mistakes by attacking somebody or some institution." Pearson interposed: "So you never even used the word, 'red herring.' That was the word used by the reporter and you said that it might be that Congress was trying to cover up something." Unofficial Transcript Truman replied: "That's right. That's correct. The press conference itself will show that." An unofficial transcript of the news conference shows that this question was put to Truman: "Mr. President, do you think the Capitol Hill spy hearings are a good thing or do you think they are a red herring to divert attention from the tnti : infiaiion program?" Truman replied that he agreed with tlie latter view. Afterwards, Truman was asked whether he might be quoled rectly. The unofficial transcript give this as Truman's reply: "Yes, yoi can quote me ... They are using this as a red herring to keep frorr doing what they ought to do." Veteran Washington reporter; said the "red herring" question was put to Truman in 1948 bj Harold tacy, a reporter for the Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch. The; said they could not recall tha Stacy ever asked any other ques tions at a news conference. Loyalty Program Questioned by Pearson about the loyalty program under his admin istration, Truman said 480 persons were dismissed on loyalty grounds and some 6,400 were separated m resigned or were denied employment "because they were security risks." President Eisenhower said in his state of the union message yesterday that 2,200 persons have been discharged under his adminislra lion's security program. McCarthy Asking For More Money WASHINGTON (AP) — Members of the Senate investigations subcommittee said today Chairman McCarthy (R-Wis) is angling for a $300,000 appropriation to finance its work this year. The senatorial informants, insisting on anonymity, said the figure proposed by McCarthy is subject Science Finds Answer to TV Squabbles ,NEW YORK Iffl — Science has come up with, a new type television receiver intended to halt family arguments by presenting two programs at the same time on the same screen. Dad can watch, a boxing bout while mother enjoys a play, or, both can watch an adult program while the children are absorbed, with Howdy Doody. This is accomplished with the use of polarized eyeglasses or polarized glass panels in front of the TV. screen. Known as a "duoscopic" and produced by the Allen B. Du Mont Laboratories, it is essentially two sets in one. You tune in on any two programs. To the unaided eye, ley appear superimposed on the screen. But use of the glasses eliminates one of the pictures. Reverse the glasses and you eliminate the other, Each set is equipped with eight earphones to give the viewers the sound to go with the program they prefer. The receiver also can be put to traditional use by pressing a button. to change before it is presented to ho tp?., =,„, '^T.'f'^ Etsen Ihe Senate. Thev snote in spna,-,*,. hower s slate - of the Onion mes- West Approves Ike's Speech Wide Applause Given Trade and A-Secrets Share Proposals LONDON wi— President Eisen- Charles Belknap To Be Ordained Baptist Minister Charley William Belknap will be ordained a minister at First Bap- tlat Church Sunday at 2:30 p.m., with ordination services under the direction of the Rev. E. C. Brown, pastor. Mr. Belknap, who is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond O. Belknap of Blytheville, was graduated from Blytheville High School in 1951 and is a sludent at Oua- chlta College, Arkadelphla. Partlclpaling in Ihe ordinallon •will be the Rev. Vernon Dean, invocation; organization of the ordination council, which will be composed of Baptist ministers and deacons of the county; the Rev D. B. Bledsoe, Wilson, ordination sermon; presentalion of a Bible on behalf of the host church by the Rev. John D, Gearing, and ordinnlion prayer by the Rev. P. F. Herring, Osceola. ^?i!2 ^ Fr " nces Slayton, accompanied by Mrs. c. M. Smart al the organ will sing, ..j W ou\4 Be True," preceding the sermon. , Inside Today's Courier News . . . Chicks Topple Smooth Leachville Cagcrs . . . 81-75 . . . Blytheville Amateur Boxers in First Appearance Against Senath at Auditorium Tonight , , . Sports . . . Pajjcs 6 and 7 ... . . . Farm Ne\vs . . . Page 3 ... . . . Japs Must Court Ex-Foes to Build Up Commerce . . . Editorials . . . Papo 4 ... . . . Society News . . . Page the Senate. They spoke in separate interviews. A $300,000 figure would be 50 per cent greater than the subcommittee's 1953 budget, which was twice large as its appropriation in 1952. McCarthy said he gave the subcommittee a preview of the proposed budget yesterdaj', but he declined to talk for publication about the lota! except to say it would provide enough money to 'hire 10 more investigators and lawyers. The budget request requires approval of ..his nlJ-;T?crnihMc:'.n Fub committee befdr'e :he ' presents it to the Senate. Analysis Sought One subcommittee member. Sen. Mundt" (R-SD), confirmed reports thai he had called for "a job analysis" reporl on all present em- ployes before deciding whether lo go along with any request for n bigger fund. He declined to discuss the dollar total for publication. McCarlhy said he expects any request for funds the subcommittee makes will meet opposition when it finally reaches the Senate floor. "I win ask for a record roll- call vole on any motion to cut it down," he said. He added that he will base the demand on a contention thai Ihe vole would ehow "who is in favor of digging oul Communists." Sen. Jenner (R-Indl introduced a resolution in the Senate yesterday asking for a bigger appropriation for his Senate internal security subcommittee, which has shaied headlines with McCarthy's ;roup in investigating Communism. Present spending authority for both subcommiltees expires Jan 31. McCarthy Wants Demos Jenner's resolution asked for $170,000 of new funds for his sub- commillee's work Ihis year, plus .he right to spend an unexpended balance now totaling nearly $60,000. Its 1053 budget provided $150,100 of new money, and the right to spend a carryover balance of 860,000. McCarthy said he is willing to "lean over backward" to work out some agreement to woo back Dem- ocrnls who resigned from the group ' See "uCARTHY on Page 10 Horse Wins Fight to Carry Mail; Better Than Horseless Carriage PHILADELPHIA UK— The Post Office Department, after an exhaustive survey of the comparative merits of the horse and wagon versus mechanized transportation for center city mail delivery has ruled in favor of old Dobbin. Attempts to supplant the horse-drawn mail wagons in the Quaker City are as common as jokes about the horrid taste of ". • water. About every four years, efficiency experts, armed wilh charts, time-pieces and other modern paraphernalia set oul lo prove lhal Ihe horseless buggy Is for superior lo Ihe percheron for Iransporlatlon. Each lime they've been given the horse laugh and gone away beaten men, their faith in proc!- ,ress and modern science badly shaken. Washington set out last year on another survey. The Posl Office Department's bureau of facilities made time and motion studies in Ihe cenlml oily area. II limed the home-drawn w:ig- It compared these statistics with past experiments. There were lots of comparative statistics because this thing has been going on for 30 years. Their decision made the hardiest of them weep: There's just no better way to get the mail through central city traffic snarls than by horse and wagon. It takes a horse and wagon to get through narrow back streets to the rear entrances of business establishments. What's more — and here's the beauty of it all .— no worry about parking problems. The driver merely drops off the deliveryman and then c.op clops on to the next rendezvous. The steely-eye efficiency experts even learned operating 29 teams leased from teamsters was ICE- costly In the long run than buying mechanised imp- ent. Depro-'aiion and maintenance 'there would be on the government, . The final conclusion: T'fre sage won Wide approval throughout the free world today. Especially applauded were his call for freer trade and proposals that the United States share atomic secrets with its allies. Japanese political leaders and .newspapers, howevx,', expressed disappointment at the President's statement that the United States would "maintain indefinitely" bases on Okinawa. The Japanese have long hoped for restoration of their so\eielgnt\ over the island All' Trkyo newspapers carried editor! ' S?*»UHfLi 03 •.nce ministers of nine Brills Commonwealth nalions, meeling i Sydney, Australia lo discuss eel nomic and development problem; hailed the bid for a freer systei of trade nnd payments as the kej note of their own talks. Reds Denounce Speech In Europe, only the Communis press denounced Ihe speech. Bu there was no reaction—yet—froi Moscow. There was no official reaetio but newspapers of various politica convictions praised the President' remarks—for different reasons. Britain liked especially his mov to share atomic secrets; West Gei many was heartened by his pledg to maintain a "policy of strength in dealing with Communisls; Ih rest were encouraged by his free Irade stand. Chancellor konrad Adenauer' Christian Democralic parly wel corned the speech and said: "It not only renewed the detei miriation of Ihe democrallc nation to work together to defend th»m selves against every Communis aggression but also showed read] ness to discuss importanl problem with the Soviet Union." Demos Hold Key to Ike's Plan- Storm Brewing on Farm Front Proposals Due To Receive Opposition To Flexible Supports Firm '- -•••-" -y "~-..-,..,.„„ ,, ll& AUK jjiuu conclusion* T^c-re .* on* against track delivery in the nothing like the horse for ccon center city area. . om y and c/flcicn • Partlow Seeks Judicial Post Prosecutor Candidate For Circuit Judge Prosecuting Attorney H. G (Charlie) Partlow announced hi candidacy for circuit Judge of the Second Judicial District, to replace retiring Judge Zal B. Harrison yesterday afternoon when he mailed his pledge to the Arkansas secretary of state. A resident iBlytheville for 28 year s, he has [pracliced law for 11 years. Having (lived in Para- gouiu unlil h e [moved here, he is 146 years old. He is now serv ing his sixlh year as prosecut Ing attorney of the Second Ju- "•^."-^fn'^'pair'he has served in public office in various capacities. These offices Include grand jury reporter, court reporter and deputy prosecuting attorney. He served in the Navy during World War II, is married and has three children. 75 Jailed in Red Plot TEHRAN, Iran im — Gen. Reza AfkhamI, dlreclor of Irnnlnn railways, said loday lu men have been Jailed so far In connect^- wllh a Communisl plol to blow ihe vllal rail line between Ter 'in and Ihe major port of Abndan. WASHINGTON (AP) — Dark storm clouds massed on the Capitol Hill horizon today for a major feature of the new farm program President Eisenhower will present to Congress on Monday. The President said in his message on the slate of the union veslerday thai he would propose that future farm program be built on the principle of flexible price guarantees. Of more lhan 50 Congress mem- )ers who commented, only two senators gave Ihe flexible price dea warm verbal support. Some were noncommittal; more voiced opposition. Sen. Aiken (R-VO, chairman of he Senate Agriculture Committee, said Eisenhower wants "lo get n arm program on a sound, long 'ange basis and away from emergency trealment." That was a •eference to the wartime origin of he present fixed level price props or major commodities. Approval Predicted Aiken predicted eventual approv- I of the administralion program. Sen. Clinlon Anderson (D-NM), ormer secretary of agriculture, aid in a separate interview that nost farmers want lo gel away rom rigid pi-ice supporls and the igid conlrols which accompany lem. On the other hand, Sen. East- and (D-MIss) said Ihe flexible rice support proposal already is 3 "dead as a doornail." Sen. lemenls (D-KY) predicted it "will ncounter very rough weather." Sen. Russell (D-Oa) will put il lis way: "I do nol agree wilh the Presl- ent's apparent support of the so""" 1 sliding scale farm program. . iy. opinion this program will I Sot^chieve the much-to-be-desircd NEW HOUSE MEMBERS TAKE OATH - Pour new members, hands upraised, take the oath of. office on the floor of the House of Representatives in Washington after the 83rd Congress reconvened. Lefl to right with hands upraised. Reps. Glenard P. Liscomb (R- Calif), Harrison A. Williams, Jr. (D-NJ), Lester Johnson (D-Wis), William H. Natcher (D-Ky). Standing wilh Ihem are Ihe sponsors^ leit to right, Reps. Carl Hinshaw (R-Calif),', Edward J. Hart (D- NJ), Brent Spence (D-Kyj, Clement Zablocki "(R-wis). (AP Wire- photo) Proposal for Tax Cats Doesn't Satisfy Soions WASHINGTON (AP) — President Eisenhower's tax program fell far. short today of satisfying strong appetites on Capitol Hill for tax cuts in this Congressional election year. Almosl to a man, both Republl- budgel message later—but Con Jans and Democrals on Ihe House Ways and Means Committee where Til lax bills must start, called for objectives he set forth." . Rep. Albert (D-Okla), a me, ... . . . her of the House Agricuilure Com- "'One influenllal Republican, Rep. millee, said' Ihe Eisenhower pro ~ , more or bigger reductions than the '"esident proposed. . said' Ihe Eisenhower posals "won'l gel anywhere." Passed In 1948 First wrillen Into law in 1948, flexible supports had the backing of farm leaders of both major parties. Both parties wrote endorsements into their 1948 national platforms. But since that time, they have become a subject of sharp controversy, largely because the Truman administralion descried Ihem in 1S49 when ihe then secretary ol agriculture, Charles F. Brannan, outlined a new program of high supporls and production payments. Under the flexible system, government price guarantees would be high in times when supplies of a crop were short or normal, so as lo maintain or encourage increased produclion. They would be low in times of surpluses to encourage greater consumption and to discourage over-production. In the beginning the flexible supports—ranging from 75 to 90 per cent of parity—were sel to go into effect in 1952, replacing war-born mandatory supports at 90 per cent of parity. Parity is a standard for measuring farm prices, declared by law lo be fair lo farmers in relation to prices they pay. Critics Have Gained But Truman administralion espousal of permanent high level upports in 1952 led many Repub- icans lo join Democrats in ex- ending the high supporls through .he 1954 crop year. In the meantime, crilics of Ihe lexible system have had a degree f success In gelling across to far-' See FARM on Page 10 Richard M. Simpson (Pa), said today he would favor a sweeping slash of all excise taxes—excepl on liquor and tobacco—down to 10 per cent. Rates on many items now run from 15 to 25 per cent. Eisenhower, in his stale of Ihe union address yesterday, declared "further reductions in laxes can and will be made . . , as additional reductions in expenditures nre brought gradually but surely inlo sight." Wants Cuts Canceled Bul the President didn't hint when, or where, new cuts rnigiil come. And he renewed a plea for Congress to cancel three billion dollars in annual tax reductions now sel automatically for April 1, Thest cuts would apply lo corporalion incomes and excises on liquor, aulo- mobiics, gasoline, cigarelles, beer, wine and sporting goods. House Speaker Joseph W. Martin Jr. (R-Mass) conceded the tax program probably would be the toughest to enact among Eisenhower's many proposals. "I ralher expecl .hal is where we will have our biggesl difficully," he told re- )orlers. Oul of 13 of Ihe 25 Ways and Means members reached for com- ncnt, only one — Rep. Goodwin R-Mass)—did not call for some ax cuts now. The emphasis was icavy on cuts in excise or sales ixes, indicating that is the field where the big bailies may come. Eiscnhowej' did not mention excise laxes olher lhan Ihose sched- lied lo decline April I. This could eave Ihe door open for him to propose cuts in a detailed tax and gressmen generally expected' th administration to try to hold excis revenues to., present levels. • ... The President did not renew h 1853 request for Congress to canct the jump from 1 '/ 2 to 2 per cent 1 the social security tax whic look effecl Jan. 1. Adminislralio sources said 11 was dropped be cause of a forlhcoming program o higher benefits. Ways and Means Chairman Dai: iel A. Reed (R-NY), who waged Sec TAXES on Page 10 Church Elects Executive Committee Three new members were electe and two re-elected to the Execu live Com: ..tee of St. Stephen' Episcopal Church here at a con gregalional business m c e t i n Wednesday night. They are J. Leroy Huddleston an Fred S. Salibn, who were re-electee and J. M. Williams, Sr., John Me Dowell and E. R. Mason. Mr. Mason has previously served on the com mittee. Mr. Saliba was elected St. Steph en's delegate to the annual diocesan convention lo be held In Helena Jan 26-28 and Carson Alley was narnei allernale delegale. Reporls of church activities dur ing 1953 were presented at the an nual meeting. A warden, the church's presiding ay official, will be named later bj .he bishop of the Arkansas diocese Mr. Huddleslon has served as war den since Ihis summer when In succeeded or. Louis F. Hubcner who moved lo Ballimore. Teen-Age Immorality Brought Into Issue Over Nudist Colony FORT SMITH 1*1 — A Baplisl adio preacher's campaign against Northwest Arkansas nudist col- ny has been expanded lo include eport« of leen-age Immorallly nd, at the same time, has drawn re of olher ministers in his de- omination. The Executive Board of the Conord Baptist Association yesterday dopted «. resolution pulling il on ecord as "opposed lo nudism as a rm of sin" but "owning on "any ampaign or money donallon now galnsl nudism as coming al an nsultablc time." No Law Now Instead, the board said, efforls lould be made next year to get e Legislature to enact a law •ohlbillng nudism In Arkansas. Ticre is no such law now. The Rev. Braxton B. Sawyer, ho h»s been waging war ngalasl nudist colony opemllon nt Dunn >rlngs In neighboring Washing- n County,' said he considered e resolution "a slap In my face." "Th»t w*s against me," he told a reporter last night. "I went to the board's meeting to ask the other ministers to help me fight nudism. Tape Recording "I carried with me tape recordings of girls confessions of- boys and to their Immoral conduct, including sexual Intercourse, at the nudist meetings. These recordings were played before 1,300 persons at the Central Baplisl Church lost Sunday night and really slirred up the people of Fort Smilh. "The preachers refused to hear Ihe recordings. When t slnrted to walk out of the meeting, one of the brothers Jumped up and offered the resolution as an answer lo me. "What Ihoy're afraid of is that some of their church .members are jolng to send me money." Sawyer, a former pastor of Ihe , Immanuel who now Baptist Church here has no pastorate but ' preaches on a dally radlo'progrnm, charged last fall that "some ol the biggesl names in Forl Smilh' were on Ihe rolls of the Washington County nudisl colony. He has been appealing for "volunlary contributions lo help me fighl nudism" and says "Ihe fighl has Just started." No Violation Washington County Prosecutor Ted Coxsey followed up Sawyer's charges by conducling a hearing several weeks ago. Al that time, Prcslon Dunn, Port Smith auto mechanic and part-time post office employe, teslified he was head of Ihe colony. Coxsey found no violallon of law. Sawyer said last night thai, since Ihe prosecutor's hearing. "Dunn has been converted ,to religion, hns renounced nudism nnd has gone on the fiir with me to fighl nudism, nnd other nudists have really been pulling on Ihe pressure." The Concord Bnpllst Association made up of 37 churches In. Sebastian, Logan and South Franklin | counties. i Careful Study By JACK BELL WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic leader Lyndon B. Johnson of Texas said today Senate Democrats — who outnumber Republicans by one — will exercise a "veto" power on individual items of President Eisenhower's over-all legislative program. • "The Democrats will give his program careful study, item by item," Johnson said after listening to the lengthy State of the Union message. He did not, however, spell out any plan of aclion he may have in mind. Bul Sen. Byrd (D-Va), who gave indirect support lo the President in Ihe .1052 polilical campaign, said he will Iry to slamp the firsl Congressional velo on. Eisenhower's request for an increase in the 275 billion dollar debt limit. The President renewed it when he outlined his program yesterday to Congress. While Republican leader Knowland of California was urging bipartisan support for what he called Ihe Presidents "sound and forward - looking program," Democrats were gathering- their ammu-' nition for a blast at the adminis- Iralion's new farm proposals—due Monday, As reacllon rolled in on the President's 7,000 word slate of the union message—which he delivered in 54 minutes yesterday in a House chamber so jammed that some Senators complained they had to stand—controversies flared up over several issues. Other Protests Beside the farm and debt limit proposals, lawmakers voiced sharp differences of opinion over tax revisions, heavier, reliance on atomic weapons, a plan to take citizenship away from .those convicted of conspiring hereafter to overthrow Ihe governmenl by force, and a proposed Constilulional amend- menl lo permit 18-year-olds to vote. • This added up to a major segment of a program that some Democrats took delight in describing s "New Dealish." One of these, Sen. Lehman (D- Lib-NY) said in a statement he was "gratified indeed to nole lhat the President has accepted and endorsed the basic objectives of both the New Deal and the rair Deal, namely, ihe responsibilities of government for Ihe prosperity md welfare of the individual citizen." This was an allusion to Elsen- hower's proposals for expanding social security coverage, advance See CONG...3SS on Page 10 Blaze Destroys Gym, Ciassrooms At Bragg City KENNETT, Mo.—Fire which destroyed the gymnasium and a new classroom annex of Bragg City High School yesterday caused an estimated $250,000 worth of damage, according to L, L. Teaster, superintendent of the school. Fire departments of Kennett, Peering and Hayti fought the blaze "or about five hours after the ilarm was sounded about 1 a.m. The classroom annex which was destroyed had been in use only eight weeks while the gymnasium wfis three years old. Firemen held lamage to the older part of the 'wilding *o a minimum. Mr. Teaser said clnsses for the 250 students would resume ' Monday morning. Witnesses at the scene of the ire shortly after 'it started said t seemed to have begun in the lortheast corner of the gymnasl- m which housed the girls' dress- ng room. Weather ARKANSAS — Increasing cloudi- less and mild this afternoon. Most- V cloudy with widely scattered bowers and thundershowers late onlght or Saturday. Colder Satur- ay afternoon. MISSOURI — increasing cloudless and mild this afternoon with trong southerly winds; cloudy to- Ight and Saturday with occa- onal rain southeast and extreme outh and scattered rain or *now orlh. Maximum yesterday—58. Minimum thlj morning—44. Sunrise tomorrow—7:07. Suiuiot todsy—308. Precipitation lost 24 hour* to 7:00 m. today—none. wean temperature (midway betwMa :h find lo,v)—51, Tcclpltntlon Jan. I to date—nont. This Date Last Year rfajtlmum yesterday—M. Minimum, yesterday—37. Precipitation January 1 to tfatt— l.tlt

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