The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on April 13, 1951 · Page 1
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Friday, April 13, 1951
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J BLYTHEVILLE COURIER THE DOMINANT NFWRP4PFD r.» «„„.,...,. VOL. XLV1I—NO. 21 BlythevUle Courier Mississippi Valley Blytheville Herald THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OF NORTHED i AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI BI.YTHBVIUJi, ARKANSAS, FRIDAY, APRIL 13, 1951 lions^wh'JsTso J W*rTare'batUir° VER K ° KEAX DEAD -° nited «a«oj« banner (right) and flags of 15 na- Piesslve ceremonies dcdicaled the final"resting place for^iw soldie'rs' "ka^^Ko^lAP ''wJephrto)]™' Owner Says Water 'Utility Not for Sale new sewer Mr. Johnston's answer was contained in a letter made public this morning by Mayor Henderson, it was in reply to a letter written by fne mayor March 31, in which i i Johnston was asked to set a "fair and reasonable purchase price of the system." The negative reply was not unexpected here. Mayor Henderson .said March 30, after the City 1 Council voted to ask Mr. Johnston to set a price, that the query would be "a waste of time." That feeling was shared privately by several aldermen and it was pointed out tli'at 4 \Ir. Johnston probably wduld not be interested in parting with his investment in the water company. This was the tlieinc of Mr. Johnston's explanation as to why he did not. want to sell. "^last complelcd all ihls •,S<*n^tfijclioh—and I have gotten „ quite a kick out of developing the mi; plants! do not want to sell it." "'.Mr..Johnston wrote Mayor Heiider- ' son..'';•*:- —.- -- ^^---:^- - ••'- ~- ;•.-. . Purchase Not Ruled Oul'' However,. Mr. Johnston's answer >cioesi not necessarily'rule out.'pin'-' • chase:.of the water ^company as. a means of financing a new sewer system. Acquisition of the utility .by*the city has been recommended so that income from it could be used to retire debts Incurred both in purchasing the waterworks and constructing the sewer system. " ! Act 324 of 1935 provides that when a utility accepts a franchise from a municipality,, it automatically consents to future purchase by that city. There are two methods by which the city could acquire the water company, both of which have been explained previously. One method involves an election to ratify or reject a vote of the city council to buj the. utility. This vote by the council must be preceded by a public hearing. Following ratification oy the voters, the Public Service Cocn- ||. mission resolves any disagreement on the price and fixes the cost and any damages. The second method involves „ condemnation suit filed In circuit court. A jury then determines the amount of damages to be paid by the city to acquire (he utility. The city council then passes an ordinance providing for a revenue bond Issue sufficient to pay these cosU and damages. Acfion Expected Tuesday The Arkansas Supreme Court in 1945 held that the acts containing these two methods represent cumulative authority for purchasing n waterworks and provide alternate ways of doing so. After more than a year of discussion and survey, the City Coun- See UTILITY on 1'agc 12 Weather Arkansas forecast: Generally fair this afternoon, tonight and Satur- system is not for sale. Mrs. McCormick Denies Getting Company Funds By HAKOLD NANCE (Courier News Staff Writer) Airs. Willie Floy McCormick tool; the stand to testify m her own behalf this morning as the defense began to wind up its part of her trial on a charge of embezzling more than !><l,lOO from Blytheville Propane Company The trial began Monday mornin<>+ in Circuit Court here- with Judge Charles W. Light of Faragould presiding. day. A little warmer Saturday and !i" [ remc so «t>™*st. portion to- Missouri H art | y d(n|clv tonight, becoming cloudy again Saturday with occasional rain by Saturday night; slightly wanner Saturday; low tonight 1 in 30's; hl°h Saturday 4J northeast to 55 southwest Minimum this morning—.(i. Maximum yesterday—48 Sunset today—6:30! Sunrise tomorrow—5:28. Precipitation 24 hours to 7 am today—none.. Total since Jan. 1—17.32. Mean Icmpcrature (midway between high and low)—44.5. Normal mean temperature for April—61. This Dale l.ast Vcar Minimum this morning—32, Maximum yesterday—63. Precipitation January i to this date— J7.1J. Mrs. McCormick's name has appeared as Willie Plo jn all-.of tlie records of the state, but she made a point of spelling out Ihe middle iia.nie.Khep she first took the stand at. 10 Ihls morning. She pronounced it as though it were spelled Flo however. •She was still on'the stand when court recessed for noon. . Mrs. McCormick did most or the talking, with her attorney, Claude Cooper, asking few 'questions She insisted that she had handled certain accounts differently than others on the instructions and orders of A: R. Olsen, general manager of the firm. , Says She Didn't Gel Money She said that she did not get any money from Ihe company that did .not belong to her and that she brought money from the Meyers Bakery account to Mr. Olsen and that it did not get In the reports "I don't know what Mr. Olsen did with the money," she testified. In answer lo Mr. Cooper's questioning, she said she did not get a list of her duties, but believes that about "everything" was .her duty She was in charge of the bookkeeping, she said. When asked aboul Mr. Olsen's duties, she said he tildn't say when she first went lo work there but that she assumed he was in full charge "Did he ever give you to understand that he was boss?" Mr. Cooper jiskccl. "He did," tlie defendant replied "Once I nskcd a customer about his account and he said it was paid to Mr. Olsen. t asked Mr. Olsen about it. to keep rny books straight, and he said 'I am boss here and I will do as I please. If yon want to do as you are told, you can be cm- ployed here.'" Cites Instructions In her statement, Mrs. McCormick said thnt the Ulytheville Propane Company had loaned 51.375 to the Arkansas Ice and Storage Company (which has about the same stockholders! to pay that company's propane account. "Just before r was no long«r employed there." the defendant said. "I got a letter from Mr. Hill (Alexander liill. principal stockholder in both companies! to drop that amount from my books" "You can't just drop a large sum from your books," Mrs. McCormick continued. "That's no way lo run a business." The defendant IcU the sland to show some of Ihe records to the Jury and continued to stand close to the jury box for some time, H. O. Parl- low. the prosecuting attorney ob- jecled to."Ihe witness staying out of the witness stand and crawling in the fury box to argue." Mr. Cooper Insisted thai the dc- thc jury Judge Light Instructed the witness to lake the stand cx- 7th Fleet Can Sail Where it Damn Well Pleases, Admiral Says 'rAIPEI. Formosa, April 13. ia>) -^Vicc Arlm. Harold M. Martin today reaffirmed U.S. determination to protect Formosa from Communist invasion. And 140 American carrier planes roaring low over this Chinese Nationalist island added emplm-sls to his words. The U.a. Seventh Fleet commander lold a news conference. , "I hope Hie Chinese Communists interpret our movements exactly as we mean them—that the Seventh Fleet can exercise the influence of seanower anywhere we damn well-please. ..." cept when she was actually pointing out the records. In answer lo previous testimony that Mrs. McCormick had suggested discontinuing the practice of listing all checks on the deposit slips, she said she marie Ihe suggestion because the checks were listed In several other places and she did not see why all that work should be repeated. Denies Typing Ki']inrls Also in answer to previous testl mony that Mrs. McCormick hat, prepared all the reports, she said she had not lypcd them, that they were too long for one person to type in the lime she had. In regard to the Meyers Bakery account, which Is the one that had been altered on the records, Mrs McCormick testified "If Mr. Hill would produce his records that T sent lo Little Rock, we would find thni Ihe Meyers Bakery account and checks had been on the first reports and hnd not, disappeared from Ihc reports until I was told to re-type them am) fake the Meyers Bakery account off." Tells of Kcmnviiig Account "Vou were told lo take the Meyers Bakery account off the reports?" Mr. Cooper nskcd. "Yes sir, I was." "Who told you to take them off?" "Why, Mr. Olson. No one else could have given me such Instructions," the defendant said. "On Ihc Meyers Bakery account it was handled as If it was never :hcre—as if it never happened." Mrs. McCojmick testified. "The tickets were lislei! on the report for Mr. Hill's sake, Mr. Olsen said." according lo Mrs. McCormick's testimony. "Mr. Olsen said Mr. Hill knew all about it," she continued. "1 was aware of the fact that I ers Bakery account. Mr. Olsen was See TH1A1, on Pace 12 Cooter Lions Club Provides Exams For Children with Visual Defects Five needy Cooler. Mo., school :hildren with visual detects were ^xamlned here yesterday by a Blytlicviile eye. ear, nose and throat specialist—courtesy of the Cooler Lions Club. Dr. Jack Webb said he examined the five yesterday and that 15 more vcre scheduled to be senl here by the Cooter Lions for examinations. The children arc those found to have visual defects in sight checks given Cooler pupils by the Lions Club. The examinations here arc lo determine (he type of eye trouble and recommend treatment. If glasses are needed, they arc provided for the needy youngsters by the Cooter Lions. Chris Wentzcll is president of the Cooter civic club Heavy Enemy Air Assaults Expected 5 B-29's Lost; Reds Are Withdrawing A I I • I • • . _ *^ Allied Units Progress Near Reservoir Area; Pull-Back Is General have been shot down in Korea. '" le «n"ouncemcnt was made after an Air Force briefing olhcer discoscd the loss of two of the big bombers in an air battle with Red jets near the Yalu River lost lo enemy air action in prior engagements, it was announced None of the tiiree earlier losses the Air Force said, was from ground fire. No dates were given, but iire- -umably they were recent losses. Red Chinese withdrawals in North Korea Friday coincided with paring Ihe way for heavy air strikes t Ihe advancing Allied ground On the ground, Allied troops supported by heavy artillery fire, gained a key ridge south of Hwa- chon Reservoir on the central front. Remnants of the North Korean division still were entrenched on the reverse side of the ridge, but the main body of Ihe Red division had withdrawn northward, leaving their well-entrenched positions. Artillery p ajs Off Hard-hitting artillery paid dividends all along the east-central fronl, and the Reds began to pull back slowly before all Allied units in this area. Other Allied troops operating south and southeast of the reservoir pushed forward Friday against light resistance. U. N. forces lunged up one slope so rapidly they overran a completely equipped Communist aid station. The withdrawing Reds were setting up a main defense line anchored to the reservoir, a major source of pre-war power for Seoul and Soulh Korea. Withdrawal Ii General The Red withdrawal; appeared to Bids Are Sought For Postal Job Cierk-in-Charge Position at Air Base Branch Open Postmaster Ross S.. Stevens loday announced that bids for the position of clerk-fn-charge at the Rir base branch of the Blytheville Post Office will be accepted until 2 p.m April 22. The contract will be for a two- year term and the clerk-tn-charge will operate the branch post office within the Veterans Housing Quarters area. Holder of Ibi.s contract will be required lo furnish, in addilion to adequate space, all necessary equipment for postal service, including money order, registry and parcel post (ordinary, Insured and registered) service and sale of all postal supplies. The postmaster also said the contractor must transport mall to and from the main pos^office here and maintain a general delivery section for housing area residents, other facilities the contractor must provide include a sign. safe, heat, light ami all clerical service required of a postal unit. Mr. Stevens said. A persona] bond also must be made. Mr. Stevens pointed out that the contractor should have access to a large truck or trailer, since transporting Ihe mail will hfclude all samples of cotton addressed to the Production and Marketing Admin- islratlon's cotton classing office at the air base. Single loads often amount to 200 or more sacks of sample cotton, he said. Tbc contract will extend from July 1. 1!)51, lo June 30. 1052. Mrs Molly F. Rolcson Is the present clerk-in-charge. New York Stocks 1:30 p.m. Stocks: A T& T : 152 U2 Amer Tobacco 63 3-4 Anaconda Copper '..'.'. 41 5-g Beth Steel si; |_2 Chrysler *. 51 Coca Cola in Gen Electric :....'.'.'.'. 55 5-8 Gen Motors 53 1-4 Mmiteomery Ward 71 1-4 Y Central 20 1-2 t Harvester 34 J C Penney g? Republic Slccl 433-4 Radio 20 1-4 Socony Vacuum 281-4 Studebaker .. 33 i-g Standard of N J 1093-8 Texas Corp 947-8 Bears U S Steel Southern Pacific '-'• 66 3-4 N.'O. Cotton Open High Low 1:30 May --July Del. in progress all across the central front. On the west-central from. Allied forces were engaged with 300 Reds A lank-infantry patrol entered Yonchon. seven miles inside North Korea, but found no Reds and withdrew. U. N. forces on the western front = B " ' " the new mander, Meet. , b( "' wi U. S. Eighth Army com- Lt. Gen. James A, Van NEW 8TH AHJIV COMMAND- KK—Lt. Gen. James A. Van Fleet left Honolulu late yesterday for the Korean War front and his' new command as head of the U. S, Eighth Army. Ho was expected to arrive In Tokyo today. (AP Photo) Senate Croup Asks for Facts- Mac Arthur Invited To Talk on Policy WASHINGTON, April 13. (AP)—Gen. Douglas M«c- Ai-tnur today was invited, to appear before the Semite Services Committee to''discuss American'nolides East •-••-• •-"-• •' '•• .Chairman. fi,ussell- (D-G>,); announced Ihe invitation In a statement saying: "The American people are Entitled to know all of the facts' 1 !!!^ volved—except those which not be released for reasons-of security—about the clash- in policies advocated by President Truman and-Mac Arthur in Asia. House Republican leader Martin <Mass) said loday that if General MacArtlmr doesn't address Congress next Wednesday or Thursday, he will moke Ills first public speech in New York. MacArthur, relieved of his Pacific commands by the president. Is ready to fly lo the United States, and is expected early next week. He has indicated through an aide his willingness to appear before congressional groups. LImilert Forum Assured The move by the Armed Services Committee assured that the general will have-at least a limited congressional forum for his views. Republican leaders in Congress have been Insisted that MacArthur should be asked to address a Joint Senate-House session. Meantime dcnt sentiment was reportedly being renewed and the president of Remington-Rand, Inc., confirmed Bel! Telephone Co. Offers Pay Raises ST. LOUIS, April 13. IIP, — The Southwestern Bell Telephone Co. has offered its 50.000 employes pay raises ranging from .« to $0 a week But officials oJ the CfO commun-' nations workers say that 11 other proposals tied in with the wage offer "would take away working conditions the union has had for many >y.^rs." reports that the" o'uitcd „... ,„,. become an executive with his firm: Senator McParland of Arizona, the Democratic leader, said no final decision on giving MacArthur a congressional hearing has been made. He said he had talked lo House' Sneaker Rayburn of Texas about the matter and fer with him again. would con- Stratemeyer Warns Foe Ready to Strike UN from Manchuria By RIISSKI.I, BRINKS TOKYO, April 13. (AL')-Ll. Gen. O J lie U. S. Par Kast Air Koi-cc.s, cliief said the Commun- ' t A " icd gl '° 1 " 1 lro °l» n ™ "n- course is to blunt the attack once it Is launched ... we must be constantly alert." His warning came in an interview after history's biggest jet buttle, American \vnrplane.s shot down or damaged 33 Russian-type Mig- War in Korea At-a-Glance Hy T1IK AKSOCIATKI) I'RESS TOKYO—Deposed Gen. MacArthur will fly lo U. S. Monday reportedly In fighting mood to challenge President Trimum who fired him. Spokesman spys MacArthur wants to expound Ills views before Congress; denies MncArthur's policies would extend Korean War as President Truman charged. KOHKAN 'FRONT—New Supreme Commander U. Gen. Matthew B HJdgivay at front after conferring with MacArthur. Allied troops advance cautiously into North Korea. Troops wielding fininc-Uirowcrs drive stubborn Reds from pillboxes on western fronl. Chinese continue »*r«n*e new tactic of hidc-iivd-JeW, ^^PP^.^^ng ill' one sectnr, '.'toiuv- Ing;tip IiiVanbtlier. Red "resistance falls oft In Uwachon Reservoir sector. WASHINGTON' — Admlnlstratlor leaders reported willing to go along with limited invitation for MacArthur to, give his version of Par Eastern controversy. Republicans press for two-house liearlng. Furore steps up MacArtluir-for-Prcsldent boom. M'Arthur to Fly Home Monday TOKYO, April 13. In'/— General MacArthur will fly to the United Stale* Monday In a fighting mood to challenge the President who fired him over war policy. This became clear today when his spokesman said MacArthur wants to minimize war, not expand It. MaJ. Gen., Courtney B. Whitney's statement, undoubtedly approved by Mac-Arthur, carried an implied challenge . to President Truman on an issue boiling throughout the United Stales and world capitals. The issue: whether to limit the war to Korea and hope the Chi- -nesc Reds eventually agree to a peace or to carry the war to Heil China by, bombing its Manchurian bases and opening a second fronl with Chiang Kai-shek's Nationalist troops. The President advocates the former. MacArthur the latter. Gcrt. M'Arthur to Join Typewriter Firm, Says Remington Rand Official FORT MEYKRS, Fin., April 13. ta>>— The president of Remington- Rand, Inc.. says General MacArthur will become an official of the typewriter and business equipment firm within 00 days. fn a statement last night James U. Rand said the ousted five-star general would become a member of the board and take an active part In the firm's affairs. "MacArthur will be as great an a«et to this country In peace as he has in «a,.".Rand's statement observed. "The officers of Rern- luplon-Rnnd wil] be proud to have him as a working associate." Red Cross Still $6,950 Short Of 1951 Quota The Chickasawba District chapter of the American Red Crass lacks $0,350 In Ihelr ]Mi fund campaign, according to J. L . Gunn, campaign chairman. To date the drive stands at $11.604 80. according to E. p. still, luntl chah-man. The chapter's quota la 518.500. Mr. still announced that the fol- owms Icams have reported contributions during the past 5evcra | *cc ItKI) CROSS on l'j«c 12 ' 5S "°rth«esl Korea in that llian 225 fighters and bombers took part in the 20-minute battle. PEAP, revising enemy losses upward, said the American planes destroyed eight Migs, probably destroyed seven more, and damaged 18. All American planes were reported safe. Two damaged superfortj landed In Korea. .100 Tons of Bombs During the fight the siiperforli dropped 300 Inns'of bombs on their target, it was the biggest single bombing of a bridge by stlpcrforU In this war. Stratcmeyer said the Reds are hastily building and improving A scries of airfields as stepping stone* between Manchuria 'and Allied front lines. ; Some Red plaiies may penetrate the Allied fighter screen and 'hit United Nations ground, troops, he said. ,' : "We must be prepared for it. "There Is unmistakable evidence that the Communist, : a!r force is contemplating a marked Intensification of Iheir operalloas In and over Korea.',' , :. . ; Indications Listed These arc major indications of' the buildup: : ' 1. Exlslliig!.itlr.tle|<}s. between the • Xatu River ,:ihd;AlHcil •frdui''.tuiea mcnts ami', camouflage being'con- slruclcd." : 2. Six or more new airstrips, "capable of supporting limited staging operations for Red fighters arc in the process of being scraped out of the rice paddles" in North Korea. 3. An Increasing number of Reel Mig-15s have been'sighted on the strategic Antung airfield. Stratemeyer said the newly-built mid reconditioned Red airfields In North Korea were a throat even before aircraft are sighted on them: "If the gasoline and ammunition arc there. Red fighters can fly from home bases beyond the Yalu, quickly refuel and rearm at their advanced North Korean strips and then hit almost without warning at our ground force positions." Washington Roundup— By The Associated Press WASHINGTON — The United Slates today turned down a proposal by Britain to bring Chinese Communists Into the preparations for a Japanese peace treaty. WASHINGTON — Srcrrlnry of Kcfcmr Marshall .said iod.iy lie "strongly recommends against" a proposal (o double tbc nullioriicil strength of the Marinr Corps. WASHINGTON — The government lias ordered Into service a materials control plan similar to one used during World War fl. Effective July 1. it will channel scarce steel, copper and aluminum to defense and essential civilian industries. 3rd Legislature Meet Hinted .osslbllity of another special scs- McMnlli.^wou'ld ^n "t \^-am^r°h SUte sa ' C5 tax for ttle P" hlic schools sloi, of (he Arkansas ij>0i<iinti!.-n •>»..•!.: ' *..- .... . ' tujn piisn 'i-t-.i. j- .; ft . ;n Arkansas Legislature appeared today. Sen. F. C. Crow of Hope hinted at the possible special session In Senate debate >vcr the school financial problems. Crow predicted that this extra- Crude 'Altering' Said Deliberate x I ' ITn ' E ROCK, April 13. MV-r.n Arknlls;ls House commitee ycstcr- •,* day he;ir<1 a House officer say he 7-8 believed alteration of a House rc- - cord had been done In hopes that the tampering would be discovered Chief Clerk Ted McCastlaln said doctoring of Ihe House Journal to show an emergency clause on the liberalized" slate purchasing law had been approved when actually 3947 •M85 It !iad 595» job. • rejected wa s , "crude - not , anything for (lie schools. "I suspect we will be back here in" ailcicd Crow. Crow was speaking againsl a resolution criticising McMath for the governor's promise that the Legislature would provide an additional ss.iOO.COO for the schools. The re^olulinu *as introduced by Sen. Max llo-xcll of Little Rock Howcll taid tlie governor's promise had caused some schools to over spend in hopes Ihe legislature would help them out. Governor McMath called, the lawmakers Into special session last Monday to provide more money for schools. He asked tor an additional $24,000,000 during the 1D51-53 blcn- nlnm and about 50,100,000 between now and June .10. Without the money, .said the governor, many schorl will close early this year. The Senate ha* approved a proposed one cent increase In the state sales tax for the public schools This is the bill education leaders hope will be adopted at the special sCMioii. They figure the proposed Increase of Ihc s ata> tax from two to three per cent will" jive the schools aboul S12,000,000 a year. However, the sales lax bill lias a rough road ahead, in Ihc House The House virtually has cd Its own sales lax "increase proposal through adoption of several amendments. •A vote on Ihe Senate bill has ocen set for Tuesday. WASHINGTON _ The House may rrarh a final vole loiiay on the liittcrly i..., K l,| b||| to II-HIT the ilrafl aj;c, extend the Icnstli of military service ami provide for a security training corps. W ASI 11 NGTON—President Tru man's hotly disputed plan to sub- jm ttie fieconstruction Finance Corporation to a drastic manage- •ncnt shakenr. healed for a showdown Senate vote today. WASHINGTON - Tlu- House (jii-.Vmcrican Activities rnmmit- ICv. totlaj' called screen writer Paul ./.irrlni for questioning aboul an .illc?ci! attempl lo prevent anolli- rr witness from informing on fellow Communists in Hollywood. Ricks' Record Sought LITTLE ROCK, April 1:1. <.1\~ The military record of BriR. Gen. Earl Hicks, deputy chic! of Die National Guard Bureau, was requested today by an Arkansas Senate , .—., Committee investigating Hie slate I July civil defense and military depart-[Oct. Soybeans July SCP Nov .......... 33.1 .......... 3J3 .......... 325 . .......... 300'- 333 33.1 32,V New York Cotton menls. Dec Open High Low 1:30 4539 4539 4539 4539 4484 4490. 4480 44S9 39S2 3393 3956 3969 3SW 3900 3889 3901

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