The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on July 13, 1949 · Page 14
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 14

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Wednesday, July 13, 1949
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WEDNESDAY, JULY IS, 1949 BLYTHEVILLE (ARK.) COURIER NEWS PAGE TWELVE OfficialsDisagree On Crash Cause Fight Aboard Big Airliner Gives Rite to Argument LOB ANGHJ5S, July 13—(/P)—Official source* differed today whether > fight aboard an airliner caused it to crash and explode 30 miles north ot here with » loss of 35 HVM and Injuries to 14. A C-46 transport operated by Standard Airlines snagged a wingtip yesterday In the Santa Susana mountains in a fog and exploded on a steep canyonslde in what Civil Aeronautics Board Inspectors *atd was the »t>rst non-scheduled night accident in the nation's history. James N. Peyton, regional CAB chief, said that a brief fight between two men passengers apparently did not cause the crash, ire made this statement after talking to survivors. Peyton said the crash occurred an hour and a half after the scrap. However. Capt. I,, n. Powell, chief pilot for Standard, said his Investigation convinced him the battle caused the tragedy. Hf! described the pilot of the twin-engine craft. Roy G. White, as highly skilled and careful.'White was killed. Stanley Weiss, airline president. expressed belief that the fight "may have contributed to the crash." Standard Airlines previously hnc been ordered by the CAB to discontinue (light operations next week for violating regulations. A half hour before ' the crash Pilot White had radioed Lockheed Airport at Bnrbank that he wante< police to stnnrt by to arresi one ol the two men passengers who hue been fighting aboard. He said one Obituaries Brother of Blythevillt Man Dies in Jonesboro G. W.. <Bill) Morse, brother of Byron Morse of Blytheville, died yesterday In Jonesboro several hours after suffering a stroke. The brother of the BlylhevlUe man was a native of Jonesboro and had lived there all his life. He was 59. He was owner of the Morse Thrift Laundry in Jonesboro and a member of First Baptist Church. In addition to his brother, survivors Include his wife, Mrs. Mabel Morse; a son, Bill Morse. Jr.; of Texas; two sisters, Mrs. Hal Holt Peel, Memphis, and Mrs. V. B. Scott, Kittle Rock; and another brother, Dell Morse, Pontlac, Mich. James K. Rhyne, Former Highway Director, Dies LITTLE ROCK, July 13. (AP) — James R, Rliyue. t>8, former Arkansas highway director, died at his home here yesterday after an Illness of .several rnontiis. He served in the administrations of former Gov. J.M. Futrell and the laic Gov. Carl E. Bailey. Survivors Include his widow a snn, Dr. James T. Rhyne of Pine Bluff; a daughter, a brother and Tom 1 sisters, including Mrs. A. D. Whllehcad of Helena, Ark. Final Rites Conducted For Edward A. Hale Rites for. Edward A. Hale, 83. were conducted this afternoon at (he Cobb funeral Chapel by the Rev. Harvey T. Kidcl. pastor of the First Presbyterian Church, assisted by inn Rev. Graver Johnson of Memphis. Mr. Hale died at a Veterans Has- Bodies of U. S. Newsmen Found Hundreds of Police Slog Through Rain Continuing Search BOMBAY, tndia, July 13. VP>— The rain-soaked underbrush on Khntko|>ar Hill today yielded the bodies of 40 of the 45 persons killed yesterday In the flaming crash of a Royal Uutc-h (KLM) airliner on Bombay Island. Thirteen of the dead were American news correspondents. The bodies of all but one of the corrcs- pondcnts—Kred Colvlg of the Denver Past—have been identified. Hundreds of police slogging through monsoon rains continued the search for the five missing bodies. Luggage aboard the ill-fated plane has been recovered. A coroner's inriut'st was delayed until evening at Ihe request of j. A. Koks, commercial counsellor of the Dutch Embassy in New Delhi, He said the embassy was sending representatives to the crash scene, possibly to aid in the (ask of identifying the victims. The plane, a Constellation, crashed on the 800-foot high hill white preparing to land at an airfield 15 miles north of Uoinbay. Controller of airdromes Shumshere Jung said the field was "perfectly okay" at the time of the crash and that other aircraft had made takeoffs time before. Committees Selected for Red Cross Unit Committee's for the new Iibc»l year of the Chickasiiwba District Chapter of the American Red Croat were named last night by Noble Gill, cnnpier chairman, at the meeting ol the board in the chap- man was badly beaten. The plane | P Ual in Little nock, Monday, tol- was inbound from New York. low i ng ., lo]1K nlnp . w . Hp , iv! , d A passenger, Mrs. Mary Betlis of Long Beach. Calif., said she saw the fight. She said she saw a man hit the man next to him just, once. Stewardess Vicky Zelsdorf stilcl in a Long Beach hospital that she owed her life to the tussle. Slip said she gave up her seat la (lie man who v/as struck. The man in that seat was killed. She fald thn two men had betn fighting the dny before also. When Mrs. Zelsdoi f saw they were goinjr to crash she threw a blanket across her knees and abdomen. Doclors said this was her maternal instinct to save her unborn child, which they hoprei to save. The stewardess was seriously Injured. CAB Chief peylon arrived on the scene fto minutes after the crash. He said the plane was making a normal approach for a landing at Lockheed and was on course, cx- Blj'thcvilie, where he was a build- Ins contractor until his health caused him to retire in 1945. He lias since been in Marion, where his widow is living now. The pallbearers included: Circuit Judge Znl B. Harrison, Raymond Schmllck. Wilson Henry. Prosecuting Attorney Charles Partlow, City Attorney Percy Wright. Lex Chamblln, John Fogteman and Cecil Goodwin. Burial was in the Maple Glove cemetery. a short Private funeral services for the Americans will Ije this evening in the coroner's court. American residents of Bombay and U. S. Ambassador Loy Henderson will attend. The main service for all 45 victims will be held tomorrow In Bombay's town hall. Osceolo Council To Heor Drainage Survey Report tei 1 office. Last night's mooting marked the opening of the fiscal year lor the chapter, and it was the first meeting for Mr. Gill Lo assume his ditties as chairman, aiut to meet with Ihe new bourd members. Organization for the now year's work, a review ot the movement to federate fuuci raising of various \velf ;i re sigeneie.s, and reports of Junior Red Cross camp activities were followed by financial and reports by Mr.s, Floyd I* Haral.son, executive seen 1 lay. The recent move Lo have the fund, raising ol welfare groups fetl- itcd hii.s lx*en opposed by the Red. •oss. and the organization set forth the basis for the opposition publication, "The Case for iti in Welfare Fund Raising," which \\!(s reviewed last night by Mis, J. L. Verhoeff. Oimrmtlees Srlroletl The committee named last night by Mr. Gill included: Budget com- mittee—Gooigc M. Lee, chairman, E. El Mason, »nd J. Wilson Henry. Finance find fund raising—J. L. Gnnn, chah titan. H. A- Porter, Henry Hoyt I,. E Old, Jr., and Sieg- nert J i c a c I. Recommendations Commit!-e < for selection of chairmen and members of Water Sufety, Home Service said Junior Red Cross Activities)—Mr.s, Cornelius Mnclin- fccr Mr. MHSOU and Mrs. VerhoefC. Mr.s. H;vul.son will serve in nn ex-oi(u:in capacity, on all committees. Nancy Damon and Charles Kin- ninsham, delegates from the chapter to the annual .summer camp at i Petit Jean near Momlton, reported. ! to the. board about the activities of Ihe camp. June 7-17. The Johnson Defense Surprises Court- By Resting Case MEMPHIS, July 13. (AP) — The defense rested its case In Ihe bank robbery trial of Clyde Milton JoJin- •>on today without, calling a wit- ass. The surprise move came about five mlnute.s after the morning session of (he federal court trial began. Neither Johnson nor his former mistress, Billie Frances Hayes, took the stand. Attorneys began preparing their closing arguments to the jury as Judge Marion S. Boyd called a short recess. The deleiLse move came after a conference of Johnson, the court- appoinltd defense attorney, Don Owens, and Mrs. Hayes. Johnson, 30. Is accused of robbing a Memphis bank of some $43,000 last Feb. 8. He also Is on trial on charges of transporting stolen money across -state lines. Yestciday. two FBI agents testified lor the prosecution. They said Johnson gave (hem complete, details of the holdup after he was seriously wounded in a running gun- battle across Monument Circle in crowded downtown Indianapolis. Earlier. Johnson listened with !x>red attention as a former sweetheart. Mr.s. Mablc Scroggins of Memphis, testified for the prosecution. Johnson was arrested—along with Mr.s. Scroggins and Mr, and Mr.s. John E. Anderson of St. Louis—in a Miami bar about a month after Dr. JtoJnwoter It Dud Co ton Pott Surgeon Dr. W. T. Rainwater defeated Dr. W. A. Grimmett for the office of post surgeon of Dud Carson Post 24 of the American Legion in the only contested race at the Legion's annual election of oMlcers last night. Dr. Rainwater received almost • three to one margin over his opponent In •'» very light voting. He will replace Dr. J, E. Beasley who was not nominated for reelection. Un-opposed candidates for six other Legion poots who were officially elected last night were E. N. Shlvley, post commander; Louis Green, first vice commander; Ed Burks. ;cond vice commander: the Rev. Roy I. Bagley, chaplain; C. A. Cunningham, historian (re-elected); and Joe Travis, sergejint-at- arms. The new officers will be Installed at the regular meeting of the past August 2. Retiring officers of the post are: James I'lerstelmer. commander; Ed A. Rice, first vice-tommandcr; 8p«k McOrtfor, Meottd rice-commander: Roicoe Crafton, ch»plain; and BIU Tegethoff; sergeant-at- William O'Dwyer Is New York's hundredth mayor since 166S. Large ReUnM When Uie royal family of England travels on trains, about W men accompany it. These include; 10 mechankal and technical *x-' perts, who are ready to repair th»;, train If it break* down. the Memphis robbery. A few dayjs later, the balding ex- convict "walked out" of Miami's "escape proof" skyscraper jai! and led the FBI on a nationwide manhunt until he was shot down In Indiana. "Butcher - Knife Billie" was arrested at the same time. In Miami last Friday, Billie pleaded guilty Lo helping Johnson escape and was sentenced to two years, nine months in prison anil fined $1,000. "there was no apparent malfunctions of the engines, or structural failure of the aircraft." lie recommended ft formal hcuring and said investigation at the scene will continue several days. "I believe we know what caused w .Thc Ojccoln City Council tonight , JontmeUd' to'promcte ?caSiip or drainage system needs there. i ers ' The council also will hear Mimic- ! Liwi Judge Graham Siicibury <>n Lions Name Defegafe Blytheville speak on the operations '. or a municipal court. j To National Convention Since a special census showed i thnl o.scenln's population made it ' M^" 1 ^™ "f the Blytheville Lions eligible to become a city of the ' CUlb - vciitc|1<ln y appointed Dr. J. E. first claw, steps are being Inkcn 1 " easl 9' aR (f!in chib's delegate to to create a municipal touvl. i lhe u "" s iHlci'national convention in New York next month. As the program for their weekly luncheon meeting at Hotel Noble at noon yesterday, members of the Mayor Ben Butler, Sr.. AH Ed today thnt t^c municipal court is expected to dnys. (he crash," he ,snld, adding that the Information would come out cept that it was too low. He said I at tn e lieariug. Ke declined to dis- | city hws been under way to provide the altimeter was working and the reason before then. telief in carrying off heavy rains. be set up In about . 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