Blytheville Courier News (Newspaper) - May 29, 1946, Blytheville, Arkansas BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OP NOK'rHRAST ARKANSAS ANO SOUTHEAST MISSOURI VO!,. XLU I—NO. 58 Blytheville Dally New* Blytheville Courier Blytheville Herald Mississippi Valley leader KI.YTIIKVll.t.K, AUKANSAS, WKUNKSDAV, MAY 'JU. I!)IG 8INGI.K COPIES KIVR CENTS COAL STRIKE SETTLEMENT BELIEVED NEAR | Senate Due to Kill Draft Provision in Strike Control Bill \V AStIIN(i I ON, May ‘JO. (I . l\)-~ Tho Si'iwitcwHs poised today to kill President Truman's request for authority to drat! workers who strike iii government-seized industries. Members agreed to vote on the “work or draft” vision no later than 5 p. nu, KST, today The Home meantime moved to-.------------- ward a vote on accepting Senate 1 amendments to the Case bill, which would place permanent curbs on strikes In private Industry. The pro- , visions of this bill are considered) "tough,” but not nearly as tough as Mr. Truman’s proposed emergency bill. The Truman bill would apply j only to government-seized facile lev | House supporters of the Case bdl I won the day's first test by adop 4 -J lug, 235 to 96. a motion to suspend the rules to get the Senate amendments before the House immediately. White House Mr. Truman Congress to pass his emergency oil despite some Democratic overtures that lie should withdraw it. However. the draft provision seemed plainly doomed in tho Senate. Sen. Robert A Taft. R , O., chairman of the Republican Steering Committee, "marked the drive to kill the draft section. He predicted that the strong OOP-Democratic bloc would "pass overwhelmingly” an amendment to strike the provision 1 which administration leaders termed 1 "Hie guts” of Mr. Truman’s bill. Wagner Offers Amendment Sen. Robert P. Wagner, D„ N. Y.. father of the Wagner act and “grand j old man of labor,” presented an amendment to kill the draft .section and said he would vote against the President’s measure unless it is amended drastically. Sen. Arthur H Vandenberg. It., Midi., assailed a labor-draft as "repugnant to every principle of free const itutional democracy. ” "Nothing short of utter and urgent necessity could justify such impressment now,” he said. "And there is nothing in the present situation to warrant the belief that we are yet driven to any such totalitarian extreme.” Vandenberg told the Senate the President’s bill. stripped of its 1.-bor-draft provision, still would contain sanctions amounting to “a complete guarantee that government-seized industries will resume operation.” "Even if they were curtailed further," he added, “I would still say that it is perfectly clear to me that adequate sanctions exist without pushing to the climax of involuntary servitude.” Drafting of workers, he said, would create an “army of rebels" with trio result that “we may create a problem greater than the one we solve. ‘‘An army of rebels is not calculated to be reliable or productive,” lie said. (’asp Bill Before House A coalition of Republicans and southern Democrats today won the first round in their fight for immediate House consideration of the Senate-amended Case bill for permanent strike control by forcing a suspension of House rules. This permitted them to bring up for immc-diatc consideration a rule to permit the House to decide whether to ac- Three to Get Honorary Degrees House Approves Case Labor Bill Legislation to End Labor Racketeering Rushed to Truman. ,, WASHINGTON, Mav 29. (UP) Tm J, 31, » -TIM- t-lav approved lh. Mp.noly aaa! ai j I-almr bill. establishing new and permanent con (rob, on strikes in private industry aud outlawing "labor racketeering.*’ The house vote completed congressional action on the bill. The final house vote was 230 to I (Hi. President Truman fared a major derision on whether to sign it or veto it. The ( ase Bill is distinct from Mr. Truman's emergency hill. The Truman hill, passe" 'ny the house last Saturday, would apply only to industries seized by the government. Union-Government Negotiations Expected to Put 400,000 Men Back in Mines by End of Week Judge Lcmley tx federal judge <<s m r.ii Wood Br. Hendricks I hire nun, a federal Judge, a im. im /2nd annual commencement program ileft to right.) Judge Harry J I.emley general and a at Ila* Univei cl the United a lt ut In!, will icceivr honorary 1.1 D degrees at the tty o| Alkali* a hi I* ay et teville, June J They ale states District emir! for the Ka; tern and Western dk'dricts of Arkansas; (ion. John shirley Wood, com,ii. lulu <»! flu fourth Armored Division In its his- 1 oiIc drive across Prance into Germany; and lh sterling B Hendricks, principal chemist in charge ol work in physic*, and biochemistry in the soils and left liner division of the u. 8. Depertinent of Agriculture. Both Dr. Hendricks and Genet a1 Wood are graduates <>| n,,. University cf Arkansas Anti-Petrillo Law Public Urged to Take Good Look At Troublesome Labor Picture Lions Club Eleds J.Terry President Attendance Awards Presented at Luncheon By Retiring Officer. WASHINGTON, Mav 20. (ILL Mounded Dint •lohn I.. Lewis and King would con IV I* with President, today. .) rho White House art-C’oal Administrator -I. A. Truman at I p. rn. (KST) A lew minutes earlier the Waite policy committee of the I idled .Mine Workers (AKL) concluded a 2.5 hour meeting hut made no comment of results. Karlicr Sen. Scott W. Lucas had indicated announcement of the coal strike settlement possibly would he made late today. Highway Safety To Get Emphasis Automobile Dealers Arrange Parade to Feature Old Vehicles. copt or reject Senate* amendments I the city, county and state to the Case bill. A two-thirds vote of those present was needed to cai-ry the motion to suspend. If the House accepts the amendments. the bill then goes to tho White House. If the rule is defeated only a majority vote is needed for passage the bill probably will be sent to a Senate-House conference for adjustment of differences. Safe driving is to be emphasized in Blytheville Saturday afternoon when a parade will be staged in celebration of the Golden Jubilee of the automotive industry. The parade wiLl feature safety with a novel note injected in the "old car” contest, In addition to displaying various types of vehicles used for safety precautions, oldest automobiles in t la is .section are expected to participate, it was announced today by Russell Phillips, president oi the Blytheville Automobile Dealers Association. The parade, to be staged at 3 o’clock, will begin at the corner ot Sixth and Main streets and proceed east to North Franklin street, where it will turn to Walnut and go west to Seventh street, where it is to disperse. School Band Invited The school band will play, if the students can be assembled in the vacation period, it was announced. It will not be a parade of new automobiles but a parade of safety with school buses, cars used by police and To Get Court Test Government Accepts Challenge Hurled by Union Musicians' Boss. WASHINGTON. May 29 DD Justice Department officials today accepted the challenge of President James Caesar Petrillo of the American Federation of Musicians <AFL* to test the constitutionality of the antl-Petrillo law. Petrillo ordered a strike yesterday at WA AF, a Chicago radio station, when it refused his request to double the number of its musicians. Tile recently-approved antl-Petrillo law makes it a felony to require, or attempt to require, a broadcasting station to hire more persons than it needs, In calling the strike. Petrillo expressed the "sincere belief" that the federal law directed at him is unconstitutional. Some Justice Department attorneys believed the antl-Petrillo law would be held constitutional by the Supreme Court if It Is called upon for a ruling. Some conservative lawyers in the department, however, doubted the law would be upheld by the high court. Rep. Alfred L. Bulwinkle, IF, N C , a member of the House Interstate Commerce Committee which drafted tho law, said the WAAF-Petrillo case "undoubtedly would rn to the Supreme Court and I believe the law will bo upheld.” Investigation Started Justice Department officials said they planned to order a federal grand jury investigation ot Petnlln’s strike call to determine whether the law had been violated. U. S. A>-torney J. Albert Wohl of tho northern Illinois district already has begun an Inquiry. AT LA NT A, May 2D. it MV) Jackson, of I ho I'. S. Chamber of ( • lay that it was time the general troublesome labor picture. Jackson, who came to Atlanta from Jacksonville to make a Chamber address, said that todays labor problems were no longer a question of only labor and management. "Labor is so strong today that when it makes a demand, not just management, hut the entire nation’s welfare may be involved, he declared. Ile said lack of a definite labor policy was making the U. S look ol other colin- foolish In the eye; tries of the world Calling for "some sort OI labor legislation." Jackson said "Bo I »r as I'm personally concerned. I think the Sherman Anti-Trust I aw should be applied to labor unions, Just as it is to other businesses.” Jackson, a former Denver, Trim., lawyer, also advocated abolition ot the OPA. Civil Engineer To Have Office In Blytheville Infantile Paralysis Victim Seeks Relief In St. Louis Hospital Bobby Joe Thompson, nine-yc I old son of Mr. and Mrs. Orvin Thompson, will leave Blytheville early Friday morning with his fingers crossed and a prayer in his heart. He wall be going to the Skinners Hospital in St Louis for treatment of his right leg. Crippled since stricken with infantile paralysis when eight and a half months old, Bobby has to wear a brace which he hopes he ran discard when home from the hospital. P’or the past five years, he has been under care of the hospital but has never pone for an indefinite length of time for direct treat-merit. The treatments will be an effort to make the leg grow normally. Bobby, who will be in the fourth grade at Sudbury School next Fall. will leave on the 12.46 o’clock train Friday morning. He resides at 309 Lilly. ambulances departments, wreckers. Various dealers plan to rig up their tow cars with wrecked automobiles, to emphasize tin* need for safety on the highways. Dealers are offering prizes for the oldest cars and oldest drivers, with these to be checked earlier at the various places of business. The Blytheville Automobile Dealers Association has offered to the police department here til" all-out-cooperation of dealers in tile traffic safety check program, it was announced today by Mr. Phillips. Safety Checks Made Purpose of the police traffic safety chock is to encourage all motorists to put their vehicles in safe operating condition and drive them carefully, so that the toll of traffic accidents . can be duccd. Tho 50th anniversary of automobile business should celebrated with a movement safety in driving, according Mr. Phillips, who said ‘‘We that traffic safety activities. re- the be as to feel such Julian E. Beths, whose engineering work with the Army in World War II was cited as outstanding, has established a civil engineering firm here following his return. To be known as Julian E. Betts, Engineering, he will practice civil engineering such as drainage, .subdivisions. ditches, sewerage, bridges and building engineering. An office has been established in the First National Bank building. Coming to Blytheville in 1930 with the U. S. Engineers. Mr. Betts entered service almost four years ago with the ronk of captain. When discharged he was a major. During the 21 months spent in, foreign service, Mr. Betts was with three different groups of Army Engineers, during which time he served at Leyte, Okinawa and other Pacific scenes of action. When he established his own firm it was another step in a business carcer started 24 years ago, following his graduation in Civil Engineering at Alabama Polytechnic Institute, Auburn, Ala His home is at, Tuscumbia, Ala. Mr. and Mrs. Betts, the former Miss Jane Buck, reside at 1611 Hearn. Two Win Honors Af Boys' State James Stafford and Freeman Jcrnigan Arc Elected to Offices. LITTLE ROCK, May 29 (UP) — Charles Rhyne o| Fort, Smith was .^wdi'n in today as governor ol the sixth annual Arkansas Boys' .State, sjjonsored bv the Arkansas Department of the American legion. Rhyne was elected last night as the Federalist Party’s candidate over Harry Caw;hon of El Dorado, Nationalist Party Candidate. Other oft leers elected were: Lieutenant governor, Donald Smith; Secretary of State, Charles Perry of Helena; Treasurer, James Gti( f ford of Blytheville!; Auditor, James Sloan <'1 Jonesboro; Attorney General, Freeman Jcrnigan of Blytheville; Land Coming loner, Victor Hvdc of Helena; Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. Ernest Tims, of Harrison; Associate' Justices, Bobby Dunn ot Booneville, Ronnie Simms of Fort Smith, John Hcsterly of Prescott, Donald Mathis of Hot Spring . J. R. Havgood of Hazen and Her.,bel McClurkin of Mulberry. Others attending Buys State Blytheville include Jim Oates Lee Wixson, Roseo Crafton Don Wright. Head of Bankers Raps UMW Boss State Convention to Elect Officers Today In Hot Springs. I rom Hill and HOT SPRINGS. Ark.. May 29. (UP) The 66th annual convention of the Arkansas Bankera Asportation moved to a close here today, and delegates were ready to discuss GI loans and to ♦*l«*ft of firers. The group’s president, R. II. Dick-enhorst of Morrilton, addressed ttie bankers yesterday. He lashed out at strikes in general, and John L. Lewis in particular. M. P. Moore of Senatobia, Mis;., one °f 'hr lending agriculturists and cattle breeders in the south, discussed the soil conservation program at a late afternoon session yesterday. Moore assured the delegates that 1 the time was not far off when "the j people will be more willing to pay I for a good agricultural program | than a large indite force.” He pointed out that about a third of the nation's acres are Idle because of lack of cultivation, loss of top soil or bren use the soil shows signs of erosion. James Terry was Heeled president <>t (lie Lions Club yesterday at (lie HUK benn meeting ut Hotel Noble. He will .succeed Paul Pryor Other officers elected were W L. I Horner, first vice president, J P l Friend. second vice pr Jdeiit; , Murray .stnan. secretary and treasurer and Farris McCulln, lion tamer. Directors will la* Samuel F Norris and Robert Grimes and trustees named wet,. Edgar Horton, Murray > Smart and W J Pollard Mi Terry, a former pre Wien! ol tin* Chamber of Commerce, is a veteran ,»! Navy service in World I War II, having held tin* rank of lieutenant at the time of his discharge. He I* an owner and manager of Terry Abstract and Realty Company. It was decided yesterday to enter a contestant In (tie Cotton States Jubilee, sponsorial by the National Cotton Council. A queen will tie chosen from each of the IR cotton producing states by photographs, with (tie national queen to !>♦’ selected at the International Convention in July In Philadelphia. The Blytheville Lions Club entry will be announced later. Those with perfect, attendance re-I fords jpv the 32 weeks from September to April were awarded emblems. Those wit ti perfect records were Fail Buckley, Chester Caldwell, Fred Child, Farmer England, Russell Farr, J. p. Friend, Robert Grimes, L. 8 Hartzog, Russell Hays, E M. Holt, W. I,. Horner, Guy Lehi), John C MeHaney, Paul Pryor, Max B. Reid, Charles Rose, Murray Smart, Raleigh Sylvester, Jesse Taylor, Chris Tompkins, Frank Whitworth, Marion Williams. W J. Wunderlich. Fsuris MeCalla, W. J. Pollard and .Uplifts Terry. Mr MeCalla, Mr. Pollard an I Mr. Terry were presented the ti wards for perfect attendance since their discharge from service rn World Wilt II having been curried on records as perfect attendants while iii service. A guest attending the meeting Was William M. Wilson. Elected by Lions .lames Terry Bayou Water Level is Raised Fishing Paradise Restored by Game And Fish Commission. Chicago Wheat N. O. Cotton Mar. ...... 2872 2875 2858 2H5H May ...... 2875 2877 2860 2860 July ...... 2808 2812 2797 2797 Ort. ...... 2839 2841 2823 2825 Dec. ...... 2853 281i 28 rq 28rr Soviet Espionage Tactics Bared By Conspiracy Trial Witness Chicago Rye July . 148 1 1- 14B 1 • 148'- 148 1 1-SPPI .14* *’ . * .IUj as the police program, represent one of the best ways possible to help celebrate the 50th birthday ol the automotive industry. The Golden Jubilee is a salute to Hie past and tribute to the tremendous contributions made to American lite by the motor vehicle. But it is also keyed to problems of the future, one of which is highway safoty. The police traffic safety check is being conducted simultaneously by city and state enforcement agancies throughout the United Hon of the International Association if the International Association of Chief;, oi Be Lf .. Markets to Be Closed For Memorial Day All leading security and cbmmodity markets will be closed Thursday, Memorial Day, but dealings will be transacted as usual on Friday. May 31. On Saturday, June I. such markets will initiate the Summer Saturday closing schedule which will be in effect through Sept. 28, the final Saturday in September. Canadian and London markets will operate normally Thursday and Friday, closing as usual on Sui a.. I . MONTREAL, May 29. (UP) Soviet Russia sent trained secret agents abroad under thr guise of Tass News Agency corre.sp indents, diplomats and motion picture representatives, it was testified todav at the espionage-conspiracy trial of Fred Rose, Communist member of parliament. Igor Gouzenko, former code ex-nort for the Russian embassy in Canada, testified the agents worked under supervision of a Red Army secret code school in Moscow and their relatives were checked for loyalty bv the secret jxdice. Gouzenko said he himself had been trained at the school. Gouzenko, who smuggled espionage documents out of the embassy at Ottawa and tipped off the Canadian government to activities of the alleged Russian soy ring. was brought here today from Ottawa under Royal Canadian Mounted Police protection as a star crown witness. He lins said that his lite has been threatened sine he first made the disclosures. Gouzenko told the court that Russian military attache of the Soviet embassy were serving “ os ~ tensibly” as diplomats on "official duty,” but that actually the\ were 1 11 n t cl >. iii' piv >s ut (.aclu v« said, was “chief of Russian spics in Canada.” The 27-year-old clerk said he was born and educated in Russi i. Part of his training for military Intelligence, he said, was at the Red Army school were men were qualified as code experts for work abroad. All students at the school and their relatives were checked by the Russian secret police before being accepted, lie said. "This headquarters was a renter where the work of agents abroad was administered,” Gouzenko said. "What w ere t hese agents abroad? 1 ’ he wacs asked. "They included not only undercover agents, but members of the diplomatic corps, Tass News Agency, and even motion picture representatives." Gou/‘ nko replied. Gouzenko said lie arrived in Ottawa i» June, 1943, with Col. N. Zabotin, military attache to the embassy, and a Lt. Ramanov, Za-botin’s secretary. Gouzenko said he was assigned to work in a secret cipher room in the military attache’s headquarters in Ottawa. He said the room had double steel doors, steel bars and shutter, on the windows, and the outside window glass was painted so that the bars eon lei .1.4 be Big Lake Flood Outlook Shows Improvement The high water at Big Like 1 ‘looking b r *t t cr ” today with th** (ii t. now expected to be It... than the 15 feet predicted Monday. With rise of (I loot during tie* past 24 hours, the gauge at the Big Lak’* midge, 12 nullo west ut Blytheville, stood at 13 I feet and it was predicted the crest might not exceed 14 feet. The favorable weather both here and in Southeast Missouri, from where Big I ake received much ol its water, is of great help and it there is no more rain soon. first and will be reached by Friday, it was announced Because Hie I ike Is not recelvi ^ as much water as expected, it may he 1 kiss it/Ie for the several hundred 1 ores of inundated cultivated farm land inside the levee to tic replanted In late* crops, It was I jointed out. It will require approximately from a week or IO days for the water to leave the flooded areas where crops already wore up when the water started rising several days ago. Although flood stage at Big I ake is IO lect. water does not reach the lowest part of Highway 18 inside the levee until above 15 feet. Ifs fun again to fish at Mills Bayou, two and a half mites east ol Luxora, once a fishing paradise. A dam has been constructed there which will raise tin* water level four feet, with the earth clam having ti concrete spillway on the soul,Ii end of the bayou, which Ii'; northeast of the Mis-1 Sippi River on the Ashport road. The new dam will keep the water level higher and will give a place for lls!) to live there the year around, it has been poinicer out by Joe Wliitley, county fish ti Mr! game warden. It will not be necessary to stock Hie bayou as fish come there constantly from gild the earth year. already had Improved the situation, overt low water, however, gradually was washing the earth dam to make the concrete spillway Here sury. Joe Burlingame, engineer of the Alkali,sas I-l h and Game Commission, supervised the work, recently completed. There is a gravel road to the I av on, leading from I uxora to the bayou, two and a half miles long, where lishermen may be seen daily when weather permits. This fishing place is the second spot recently improved so that tins sport would he available to Hie public In this arca, It has been pointed out by O. K. Keek, chairman ol the Arkansas Fish and Game Commission. The meeting was called hurriedly, simultaneously with a union ^announcement at Columbus, ()., that an agreement has been reached. The contract would send the nation’s 400,000 bituminous miners back to work for the government In the federally-operated pits. Some miners worked during the two-week truce which expired last Haturday night, Most have refused to work since then without a contract, even for the government. There was no official word here that an agreement already had been worked out, But coal Administrator J. A. King and UMW President John L. Lewis neared an accord on details of a government wage contract necessary to start. Hie flow of coal from strikebound mines. Tht" White House was reported to be expecting completion of the contract today. In line with these reports was the announcement from UMW‘s District Mix headquarters, Columbus, that an agreement has boon reached and that details now are being worked out, UMW officials held an unscheduled conference at UMW headquarters here. One official indicated that the conferees were members of the union’s 250-man poll< y committee, whose meetings usually herald important decisions. Krug Issues Mine Order Meanwhile, King directed operators of all Idle mines east of the Mississippi, except Michigan, to hold all loaded cars at the mines to provide an emergency supply for essential purposes. If work stops at ot her mines, cars may not be moved from mine tracks after the cessation of mining without Krug's permission. With coal stocks already low because of the recent six-week mine walkout, the new strike has cut coal production to about IO per cent of normal. One government source said completion of the contract was bein ; delayed by technical problems in connection wilh the wage provision. He did not believe any serious hitch had developed. Lewis and the UMW Negotiating Committee spent three hours with King yesterday afternoon, beginning their second week of conferences since President Truman on May 21 seized the bituminous mine Another 50-minutc conference was held last night. Even before the second session be- Livestock Few Business Concerns To Close for Holiday Memorial Day apparently will not be observed In Blytheville with special services but many citizens an? expected to pause for remember-ance of those who have passed away. Businesses announced to be closed tomorrow are the postoffice, the court house, such federal offices 'is the employment service, and both banks gun, a spokesman for Krug anlia' river overflow 1 pounced there was no possibility of dam, put there last | finishing an agreement last night and that the negotiations would continue today. Between the two sessions, Krug and Lewis went to the White House to give what was described as a progress report in a 30-minute conference with Mr. Truman. Operators Impatient While the negotiations continued, mine operators waited impatiently for announcement of the government contract, which was certain to provoke angry protests from some segments of the coal industry. It was understood that the contract would provide for a five cent assessment on each ton of coal mined to raise an estimated $25,000,000 a year for an employe welfare fund. The operators long have fought against a "royalty” or a payroll assessment to finance Lewis’ welfare fund proposal. Some operators reportedly told government officials. however, that the tonnage royalty was the best method of financing the fund if one should be established. The operators have given no indication whether or how they would combat acceptance of the government contract. There was no doubt, however, that the welfare fund would meet resistance, particularly from southern Appalachian producers. CHICAGO, May 29. IUD—Livestock ; Hogs: 5,500. Active, steady; good and choice barrows and gilts $14.85 the ceiling; sows at $14.10 ceiling; complete early clearance. Cattle: 8,000. Calves: 500. Feed steers and yearlings active, strong to 15 cents higher; medium and good grade up most; all fat cattle at new* high on crop, quality considered: approximately 18 loads 1.187-1.300 lbs. choice steers $18.00, the ceiling; long yearlings $17.90; heifers $17.85; bulk steers $16.25-17.65; most heifers $15.75-17.25; very era tic hit and miss market on comparative handful cows, bulls and vealers; demand exceeding available supply; stock cattle very scarce. Flag Day Designated WASHINGTON, President Trion; na tee iii; May 29. .11 today ’ ty Day. (UP.) desig- Weather ARKANSAS — Mostly cloudy, thundershowers, tonight and in west and north portions today. Thursday, mostly cloudy, thundershowers east port Id 1. Funeral Conducted For Manila Infant Monroe Knowlton, son of Mr. and Mrs. Cleo Knowlton, died this morning at Walls Hospital. Death of the baby, at 6 o’clock, folldwed his birth three days ago. Condition of the mother today was , believed satisfactory. Funeral services wer P to be held I this afternoon, 3 o’clock, at Manila ’ Cemetery with Cobb Funeral Home I in charge. The baby was the only child of i Mr. and Mrs. Knowlton, who live I six miles south of Manila.