Hope Star from Hope, Arkansas on March 19, 1954 · Page 1
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Our Daily Bread Sliced Thin by The Editor Alex. H. Washburn A Rainy Night Doesn't End Drouth; We've Still Got to Plan for Water As I am writing this on Thurs- « ay night Hope's streets are flooded ith a torrential downpoUr which is the best news this drouth- threatened area has had alH winter. Arkansas hasn't yet been mentioned in the growing list of states With a water shortage ,.' and a veteran Kansas City newspaper man who was my week-end guest here, Brown Turner, told me Missouri is "powder dry" compared to our section. Nevertheless all of us have been worried by ijfee driest winter in years, following two consecutive dry summers; It is pretty evident by this time that the interior of our country is in a dry cycle. West of us are states which have had abnormally small rainfall for the last four or five years. We have had two bad grow- '-M i,.*tfW Arkansas , _ er tofitghti High thi 9 loW tbfllght Experimen Friday: High tatioft 1.45. 55TH YEAR: VOL. 55 — NO. 130 RW \. H6r% ARKANSAS, HUDftf, MARCH 19. 19S4 Mtmbtr: tM Att6tlaM4 Pr»n I Audit A*. N*t PaM Clret « Mft*. Indtofl S*»t. »», »| M4* Stevens Lashes Irresponsible Criticism CHARLESTON, S.. C. ' (UP) • — Army Secretary Robert T. Stevens struck out at "irresponsible Criticism" of the Army today and aid he intends to defend the service's "prestige and integrity." Stevens appeared to Its referring to the Army's agnry fight with Sen. Joseph R. McCartiy'.in his speech at Gen. Mark Clark's in-' ing seasons in a row in Arkansas, | auguration as a president of The and the frcakishness of the weather Citadel. It was Stevens' first major .is illustrated by the current winter address <-i'ncc the row broke out — in which the interior had very rttle rain while the Atlantic Coast 'slates had too much. As The Star likes to point out, our situation in Arkansas doesn't make much sense — we have more .miles of navigable rivers than any state, yet our farms and cities are now living under the constant threat of a water shortage. , Our situation is the story of the householder with a leaky roof, in reverse — when we have a wet •season we don't need to think about prater resources, and when we have ''a-'dry season it is too late to do anything. When the Corps of Engineers brought in their Millwood dam final verdict for we thought it opportune for Hope and the other of southwest Arkansas to representations to the gov- cities make ernment to have regional water rights established in the proposed Hood-control reservoir. We had to Bobcats Defeated in State Quarterfinals Play up promptly, because such *Si reservation requires an additional foot on'ithe total height of the dam, and due consideration has to be given the -matter by the Corps of Engineers ^bef'ore making the final draft of thgir plans. Present plans for Millwood dam .now recognize the request for municipal, agricultural, and industrial water rights in the proposed conservationVpool (minimum level •of the projected reservoir). JjtJThe Red River'.--,Valley 'a'ssocia- ™ion went down- the -line 'lor Mill-' •-wood at the Senate Sub-Committee hearing* iri'^VV'ashirtgton • March 2, asking $250,000 of. federal funds for. a project report —- that is, .final plans and blueprints. We'won't know how'" this comes out for several weeks; but if congress authorizes the, project report in the coming fiscal year Millwood will be "on its way," the next step; .being a request for construction JEfiinds in the following year. The water problem is vast, complicated, and expensive, in 'any state. For instance, if Millwood is actually built and we get our requested water r|ghts in the reservoir there remains the, future problem of how to transport and distribute the water thus made available. But objections as to size or cost of the undertaking are academic. jiYou pay for water, whatever it "costs you. The Far West has been doing that for two generations. And when you spread the cost over a century or two any average section i of America can pay the price — it has paid the price, as witness the Western desert country, which risked incredible odds and yet made the gamble pay off. In connection with the water distribuion problem I note that Senator J. W. Fulbright now reports Hthq Republicans have stolen a water bill that he has been trying to pass through the congress for a year. Fulbright's bill proposed to amend Agriculture Depart- facilities .program, last month, but he made no direct mention ot the Wisconsin Republican. He described the Army today a& "hard-muscled, ^ough-minded. . . well trained and superbl y led." With an "unbelievable : variety" of both atomic and conventional weapons, he said, the Army is at' taining a punch which 'Seemed "beyond achievement" a few years back. / >' He outlined the role"flayed by the Army throughout American history, in both peace and war. Then he said: "In the light of this record,, and the outstanding character • of our professional' military men, it is delporable that the Army as a whole—more particularly Us.,officer cer corps and especially its, senior officers—should too often be ,he target for irresponsible criticism." At another point, Stevens said I .reaffirm to all America- today v/Jiat n wonderful United States Army we have!" He did not mention the, sub- versivp.'.'-in-the-serviee issue' which sparked the row with McCarthy. Nor' w£>s there any direct reference to McCarthy's treatment of Brig. Gen. Ralph W. Zwicker, Camp Kilmer,' N. J.. commander, ,vho v.-oa questioned in the cajso of \jrmer Maj.•; Irv.'n? Peress,' 1 described by "the.'senator as ,a '.-"Fifth ifrir»nrirrifiht"f"'rVrYiV'iMi^Mef"'** '^kyi ^*t to 17 arid Western the present ment's water now limited states, so that all 48 states could benefit, The program makes long-term loans to farmers, dairymen, and stockmen, to create storage or istribution facilities for water. Now, says Fulbright, the Republl cans have stolen his bill and introduced it as their own. Nevertheless he hopes it passes — prayer which will be echoed all over the state for which he is senator, . Hope's'Bobcats were upset last night by Sheridan, 59 to 49 in the quslHerfinals of the Arkansas Class A basketball 'playoff.' The Bobcats closed the season with an overall record of 27 victories and three losses. . \ Left to right; front row: Jimmy Bruoe, Spanky Mitchell, Co-captains: Sonny Griffin and Garnle Hatch, Bruce Duke and Ray Ferguson, student manager; Second row: Dor) Buggies, student manager, Don Holds, Billy Russell Paul Huddleston, Sonny Stanley, and Eldon Mangum. Back Row: Charles Halbert, Charles Bright and Coach Byron Thompson. ^ Cbrnmunlsfc : But Stevens quo'e-t President Eisenhower's statement* of last year In connection with Defense Department rqorganiza'dbn, that professional military leader? "must not bo : thrust 'into the political arena to becoif.e the prev of partisan pol- iticsr" ' Canadians Say Red Captors Violated Rule By FRANK MORRISSEY , . for his arch foes— Italy'.s Communist party. .He,pledg£d,,tn_.effecj; millions of dollars' in.^finaneial support they get from Moscow. His new government issued a bluntly worded declaration of war last night after a long secret Cabinet meeting. It said the Cabinet had approved a 'program to 'defend democratic institutions against the action of , totalitarian political forces proved to be under the control of foreign, .countries/' The Cabinet was in full agreement, it said, "on the necessity that in all sectors of the national life, within the limits of the lav;, here must be adopted measures to eliminate abuses on the. part of organizations V which operate against the democratic regime." CANDAIAN 1 (UP), — Two said today a BRIGADE, Korea, Canadian' soldiers Commiinist : patrol crossed the truce line, captured them and held them prisoner for 29 hours. The two Canadians said they had expected they would be shot. But instead they faced a battery of questions about movies, life at home and books. The Canadians, Pvt. James Andrew Piercey, 23, of Toronto, Ontario, and Pvt. Douglas Grant Phillips of Kitchener, Ontario, said they were seized by a Red Patrol near the truce line on Wednesday. They told army officers today they werer questioned by English speaking Chinese soldiers who spoke "better English than the average Chinese encountered Canada." They said the Reds discussed movies —not politics or military secrets. . The men were held in a bunker and given "normal" treatment by the Red Patro 1 that ambushed them on the U. N. side of the Truce line. Italy Premier tq Get Tough With Reds By JAMES M. LONG .ROME (/H—Premie Mario, Seel- ba promised es .today Democrats Take Tax to Senate By RAYMOND LAHR WASHINGTON, (UP) -- Democrats carried their fight for income :RX ri.-Ss into the.senate today b, ut very dim in vien of their defeat in the house. • The Democrat move for a general increase in exemptions was offered as a substitute for the dividend provision, ' Among the Republicans boiling party lines to' back the higher exemptions were Reps. Homer D- Angell (Ore.), and Usher L, Burdick (N.D.). .•".' Among the Democrats suport- ing the President were Reps. John J. Dempsey (N.M.)f Martin Dies (Tex.), E. C,' Gathings (Ark.), Brady Gentry (Ts^V) J. Frank Wilson (Tex.) and O, C. Fisher (Tex,). Local Homemqkers to Attend State Convention Twenty one members, of the Hope High School chapter" of Future homemalcersl o£", America, along with Mrs. Hamilton. Hanegan and the two 'pra'ctice teachers, will (attend the annual" convention in Little Rock Satu'rday. The Hope girls will attend the third session which will be from, is>0(hto.3:!QQ. Saturday, aft'ernoon. 'The theme of the convention will be 'FHA's Challenge — Family Happiness." Also featured on the program will' be Bill and Pat Medly, duet plain- ists from Arkansas Tech at Bus-' selville and the Mountain Home High School Orchestra. Comedy- acts will be presented by J. R. Joyce of Alma and Rosemary Lawrence of Green brier. Vera Block, student at St. Scholastica Academy at "Fort Smith will give a reading "I Am America" at the opening of each session. : During the convention degrees of achievement will be conferred on more than 200 Arkansas girls.The convention will be attended by the national president, Elizabeth Cerny of Punta Gordo, Fla., who will discuss "Families Together." Those attending from Hope are Berlie Allen, Jane Burroughs, Nellie Byers, Edna Earl England, Joyce Hampton, Floye Ha'rtsfield, Elizabeth Lauterback, Joyce McBay Wanzell Nix, Betty Owen, Joann Ratliff, Gladys Roberts, Melba Sin- ,clair,' Shirley Sinclair. Carol Stewart, Carolyn West, Marjorie Whatley, Jo Ann White, June Willett, Mary Willis, Alice Yocum, Mrs. Tackett Not * to Be in Race for Governor TEXARKANA Wl — Fprmer Congressman Boyd Tackett,/who said yesterday that he would "consider" running for governor of Arkansas this year, announced today that he would not be a candidate for any 'fice in next summer's Democratic primaries. Tackett said in a statement that he would not "contest the second term tradition" by running against Gov. Cherry. Cherry, who has announced that he will seek s, second term, defeated Tackett and fouy others in 1053 for the gubernatorial phair, yesterday, Tac|$tt told a report' er jn g |elephp.n,e, interview that ' ' ' •"• Jo} Ah, the Old Foot Organ Days When Hiram Pumped, She Played, Then He Really Paid By HAL BOYLE NEW YORK Iff! — In the dim days before the juke box, America's favorite musical instrument was the old-fashioned foot-pumped reed organ- Its quavering notes sounded in nearly every rural chijvch and most prosperious farm ho$l es - * n great grandmother's heyday, many a girl turned the heart of her beau to quivering jelly by her masterly rendition of "Annie Laurie" on the old parlor organ. "You pump, Hiram," she said, tenderly, "and I'll play." And the next thing dazed Hiram knew he had signed up to buy her work chops for the rest «1 h|s }ife. Then the piano came into high fashion and swept the organ, ' p| favor-. Put the organ #*« growing rapidly. "In ten years the electronic organ will be America's most popular home musical instrument," predicted Burton Mjnshall, 46, one of the leading manufacturing in the field . ' "By that time it will sound like a one-man symphony. We've learned a great deal just in the last three years about the electronic reproduction of sound. In Jab we as drum, Hamilton Hanegan, sponsor, the practice teachers Mai-y McKee and Bettie Davis. and Dell Spa Gambling Houses Close Suddenly BOT-'fsPRINGS 1/T) This resort city',sj gambling casinos, which tiave|been doing a rushing business 'since Oaklawn Park opened its,,Annual horse racing season, closejj' down yesterday on orders mysterious source., ambling houses, including thevswank Southern Club, the Pines Supper Club, Belvedere Club and the Reno Club, turned;, away customers lasjt night for the first time this season. Law enforcement officers rs- fused to talk about the closing order, and 'the gamblers themselves appeared to be stunned by the action. There was speculation that Gov. Other Charges Heard in Bank Embezzlement iTEXARRANA, I/P) — The second trial of Mrs. Opal Simington on two federal charges growing out of a $185,000 shortage at the Bank ol Dierks was recessed this morning when a government witness failed to appear. The trial will resume 'this afternoon. Meanwhile, another fedeul jury continued to deliberate . a charge of embezzlement against the woman and M. C. Seals, 04- year-old Umpire, Ark., farmer. The jury got the case yesterday at 10 a.m.; and was sent home after deliberating for'six hours. It reconvened at 9:15 this morning. Mrs. Slmlngton, former assistant cashier of the bank, and 'Seals were charged in the cashing of a $4,356.80 check by Seals. The, government contends' that both\ of them > knew that Seals ,•, ,had only 4.49 on deposit at, the-time. Mrs) Simington testified that', she became! .Convinced' that -the'.check was good after Thomas F. * Westbrook former bank vice .president approved it, Seals said that the woman assured * him that his < account would cover the amount of the check. ' Whe n the jury took the case yes- terdayf another jury was called and the government put Mrs. Simington on trial alone'* on charges of forgery and embezzlement. The prosecution presented three witnesses yesterday, including \y. L. Peek, former .DeQueen lumberman who ng\y lives at Dierks. 1 'Today, Peek* failed to appear when the trial was to begin./VCourt attendants said the man apparently thought he completed his testimony yesterday.. The trail vwill rsiume -this'afterr noon. , i '.• Mrs. Simlngton v is chargedr , -by .he government with embezzling $1,400 frpm' the -bank, b.y writing a personal check to Peek to' pay School Incident Purzles Police A strange incident which has oflcfcrs puzzled officers wan u1Vew igated yesterday at Paisley sch66l, A burned placed Was discovered on the east side ot the lunchroom building, City officers said it looked as if someone had held a torch against the wall as if to set it afire. A place from six to eight inches was burned on the near the bottom of the building. Asks Army for All Details in McCarthy Fight By HERBERT FiO'STER i ' WASHINGTON (UP)—(UP) — Sen. Stuart Symihgton today pushed for full public disclosure of all the Army's information in, its battle with Sen. Joseph R. McCarthy including i texts of "MattJ- tored "telephone connections '? The Missou irDcmocrat said he would ask that the information be turned' over to the Seriate Permanent Investigating subcommittee which will inquire Into the dispute. * i - "My whole point is to. get ^this out in the open and let .the public know what's going on," Symington told newsmen. , /, t He indicated he would, insist on the full ."original" Army .report on the dispute, rather 'than, the edited version, released las,t t 'Week. Defense. Secretary- Charles, ;,-E.. wilson • ^promised ' yesterday V{ ,that all, facts.,would' be available: 1 ", He said, the Army has -Vmlscelaneous Jtems<.f;that Cren'tj authenticated,", ' * Symington asked particularly;^? texts of telephone calls. "-*' &•% Pentagon , officials' seemed, »? t w11 clOs,'- con- Francis Cherry ordered the ing, but this couldn't be firmed. t .Reached at .the home of Herbert McAdams in ' J o n esboro, Gov. Cherry told the Associated Press, "I have no comment to make." Asked if he was denying that he issued the -order, the governor rer plied curtly, "I told you I have no comment." He refused to say anything else about, the matter. U. S. Cool to Buying Peace in Indochina By JOHN M. HIGHTOWFR WASHINGTON, W — ^French hopes that the United States will try to buy peace in Indochina by making concessions to the Chinese Communists seem destined to end in disappointment- A check of official opinion indi- pated today that this country has no intention of holding out to Red China at the forth coming Geneva conference on Far East peace of recognition or the lure of trade as payments for peace. There have been news reports from Paris, that at least some responsible French leaders believe only such American inducements can offer any real hopa of an end to . the Indochina fighting U. S. officials do not necessarily agree with this point of view. There js no indication that the Redsi at Peiping cave -about American recognition nor are enough interested in trade with the United States to give up their bid for In* dochina. The real difficulty between Washington and Pads on the prob- PigglyWiggly Store in Hope SoldbySunkel Four Piggly Wiggly stores at Texarkana, Hope and DeQueen have been purchased from George F. Sunke'l and his daughter, Mrs. Marion Frank by Childs Food Scores, Inc. of Jacksonville, Texas, it was learned today. Childs operates several Piggly Wiggly stores in Texas and Louis iana arid will continue to operate the Hope store under that name and with the sa,me personnel and operation policies. Employes will be entitled to all benefits .including Child's retirement plan and a four-week annual vacation with pay. With the new stores the Childs organization's total wholesale and retali sales will be in excess of forty million dollars, Alvin Childs, president of the organization, announced that R. J. Cooper, with the firm for 20 years, will be general manager of the stores operating out of Texarkana. Possible Atom Blast Error Probed By RUSSEUU BRINES WASHINGTON, W — Rep. Sterling Cple (R-NY) said today a congressional investigation is under way to deterrpine whether avojdabje errors were made during the monster hydrogen blast in the Pacific March 1. The Senate-Bouse Atomic Ener [pr .irnproyments/oiii.her• M ...».™,. ;ujjtj5eeKv;i6peciat ireairaww="wr(»-»ufi One witness' t6sttfMd' ! on;thfe second 1 f r i en d''and former mCarihy aids i «,„ *„«,„ _ pvt G - D Jd $, b & e < who was'drafted Into the" Army. 1 ''V, fit charge that she, forged" the name of Mrs. Emma -Kestersonj, to a check for $3,300. '.- ,• t Peek said.he received the check and deposited in a Texarkana bank. • ' An FDIC bankv examiner, Alonzo Kennedy, testified that, the 1 bank records didn't indicate that - the check was charged against- Mrs. Simington' s accounts but that an identical sum was charged against the deposit of the Dierks Lumber & Coal Co. Officials of that firm testified that no check in that amount was issued at the<'time. However, Owen Mitchell of Kansas City, said .under cross examination that the bank statements "always tallied with our books,' Arkansas Revenue Commissioner Vance Scwlock, a' former FBI agent, told the jury that —in ; Investigating the shortage— he found a check signed by Mrs. KeSterson at Mrs. Simington's home. He said Mrs, Simington told him she wrote the check and signed Mrs. Kester son's name in. order to make up for a shortage in another account, Mrs. Simington previously 'has been cleared of the forgery charge by a state court. She and West, brook still face trial on about 40 other state charges, W. lenj, hp^'ever, is their different ap- pr64ch'e,ii • $' the problem ct Indo- chttja pe#?e; Th,e Fffic' ment undoubtedly feejs J pressure to get peace a,t »«me prtpe, Bljt, gy Committee, which he heads, has begun questioning Atomic Energy Commission officials in closed ses sions he sadi. Tsvo committee member, 1 i! - Ice 03-111) and Masons to Confer Degree Tonight Whitfleld Masonic Lodge No, 239 will confer a Fellowcraft der gree tonight at 7; 30 at the Lodge Hall. AU members are urged to be present. ate Finance proved 'a $i'iOOO, reductidn bill ,af list ot chtttigW ed versloh; _| The ( principal c mote tickets to' \ tic events* _ ir - - cohiplete; e&'empfi] 000,1 nters. the V< taxes- than some t not , K,'somfe Seria Jiam.3 house ' ' said ' Cphn, used' th'reVts" and r ,pife\s'«i; \t' . . _.".!*•>. >t »Ji ., :.t,-4-. i was'drafted into ,tfie Army,y-An-'Investigation of .the A charges, 1 and -thei denials "blackmail" countercharge <f* py Cohn-'arid McCarthy is being cojj- ducted by McCarthy's own pert] anent, investigating subcommittee^ McCarthy has stepped' down<|$8 chairman during the inquiry,i,'i'j% Symington, ''a (member of x vjhj» subcommittee and the • S'e it A -' Armed Services committee,', lished.at a hearing^pf the^, services group yesterday;! thatXt Defense Department ,.has'/records; of. some of the telephone ,'calls -on which.the Army ' "'-"-• *---'-'*<"•charges. partially basqd'it^ " I * * ' ! "/;*V Saturday First Day of Spring NEW YORK — Spring arrives Saturday night, ^ • ' \ , The vernal equinox will oc cur at 10:54 p, m. EST(9;4S4 p. m. CST). With the erid" ; of- winter the axis of the earth will be at right angles to the<di-; rectlon of the' sun. Day' and night are equal the world pyer. at the equinox.' - ,' C ;„ V Arkansas Weather For'March 19-23: * \< ' T , *< Arkansas. — Temperatures - wi average 3-9 degrees below normal* Norma.1 minima -40r50. .Normal maxima.' 65-73, -Col^l Saturday, Rising trend Sunday and Monday. Colder Tuesday and Wpdnestjay. Precipitation moderate to, he Thundershowers late Monday Tuesday, ' ' • All Around the Town By THt ftor •tuff , Bob Shivers and his big rnovvth . . , esfrly this morning he wonder, ed where the dust was that haa peentfollowing rains in this area and it wasn't 30 minutes before it 9tar T ted moving in , , . now he wonder* why a wall can't be built around Texas to keep out the dust 'wind". and pletion as Weaver today received Attesting hi? recent Security Life Ins. Co, the p9ur$f,was taken at LitHj years , Garnie Hatch Ha.S while GJen Kose of vevsity Jikes Hatch bert, Sonny Griflia and Mitchell , , , Jpn,esb,prp,'jis record 'atendamfe'-ftj; whJle PJass B mwt ?h,oW4 ' pjete shame , of the ptat. tractions J^ft tftat '" eve ever? b|ol< |iani nef' whot' yoipe "lt> of thj clinicE •wlA istio2 It prod °»l gresf, lif *^ Jy t PWJS weUafo ject,/^ W ^ . , , Hp^ner T. Jones is nq time 9 m w

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