The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on September 3, 1951 · Page 1
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Monday, September 3, 1951
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OF NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI VOL. XLV1I—NO. 142 Blylheville Dally Newt BlytheviUe Courier Mississippi Valley Leader BJythevlll* Herald BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS, MONDAY, SEPTEMBER S, 1951 TEN PAGES SINGLE COPIES FIVE CENT* Area's Holiday Death Toll: 3 Charles E. Abbott Dies in Car-Truck Crash near Steele Mississippi County's Labor Day weekend traffic death toll | remained at one at noon today but fatalities in this area increased to throe by the deaths of a Blytheville planter near Steele, Mo., and an eiglit-year- —Courier NMTB Photo A HOLE FOR DEATH—This li the vehicle in which Chailes B. |old boy at Carilthersville, Mo Abbott, Sr. ! , died Saturday night whej> his car smacked into a truck near Steele. The entire right side of the automobile was ripped out in the crash. Toll Now Stands at 336 Holiday Death .Forecast: 500 ^ By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The National Safety Council Monday predicted an all- time high Labor Day traffic death toll of more than 500. It based its prediction on the fact that the total already had surpassed the 300 mark early Monday, with the big homeward bound movement yet to come. Fatalities between 6 p.m. local* time Friday and 10 a.m. local time Monday totaled 336- There also were 75 deaths from drowning and 60 from miscellaneous causes, for a grand total of 411. "It looks now as though the traffic death toll over the Labor holiday will pass 500 and set a new all- time record," Ned H, Dearborn, president of the Safety Council, said In a statement. The all-time traffic high is 410, set Labor Day. 1049. —Courier News IMiolo IfOXKVMOOKL'KS ESCAPE DEATH—Mr. and Mrs. Joseph M Bick- uell of Memphis, emerged injured but alive from the wreckage above Saturday night after colliding with a truck south of Blythcville The couple was returning from their honeymoon when the wreck occurred A Negro girl died in the wreck. Cool Breeze Puts Stop to Record Heat After an attempt to regain Its record heights of Friday, the mercury i/i Bh'thevjHe Saturday reached 105,5 degrees but plummeted when a, dust-blowing cold front passed in mid-afternoon. Between the pas-sage of the cold front and the early morning hours Sundny. the mercury dropped some 3G dcgL'ees—to a low of 69. Yesterday's maximum temperature of 96 degrees seemed cool by comparison to (he 100-pUis. readings of last week. The tempera* tare hit a record 10G degrees Friday. This morning's minimum was a cool 66 degrees. Relief from IQO-plus temperatures seems to be in store. The Weather Bureau in Little Rock today forecast widely scattered llnmdershoweis for tonight and toiiion-ou- with "no important temperature changes-" It was still hot in some pails of Arkansas yesterday, however, Te.xarkana recorded a high of 103 degrees. "This, is pay for a high price little holiday Indeed to fun, even in these times," Dearborn added. "It is a. tragic and intolerable price when you remember that these lives of Americari'Citizens are being wasted needlessly '-and brutally because oif Veliis'hness and carelessness." ':'Prior to the holiday, .the National Safety Council had estimated there 9-v*:ld b*-390; 'tra#,i n -.jleatb?, ; j q:, 78 hour period *iartlng* at 6:00 p.iii afctocnl time Friday and ending at •InioJ i^ght Monday, local time. • ,91 fc'vcry 21 .Hours For the first seven morierjs.^ of -..Ifljl there ivere 19,470 traffic deaths, or'91 every,-24 hours. Projected over Pupils' Holidays End Tomorrow a 18 hour,.period this \vould give a total of',295 .deaths. However, this figure includes those who died weeks " 'or months after receiving injuries in traffic accidents. Dead thus far in the three-day holiday weekend are— CHARLES E. ABBOTT, SR.. 28- year-Old Blythcville planter a n d the son of Mr. and Mrs- C. M. Abbott. CLIFTON BAGGETT, eight-year- old Ben ton Harbor, Mich., boy who was killed in Caruthersville. Mo, MARY LOU BURTON, 19. Blytheville Negro who was killed in a car-truck collision near New Liberty. Memphis Couple Hurt Injured in the New Liberty crash were a Memphis couple en route home from their honeymoon st Rcckaway Beach in Missouri. They are Joseph M. Bickneli, 21, and his wife, Charlotte Lee, 19, of 1988 Nelson Ave., Memphis. * Mr. Bicknell was held today on a charge of involuntary manslaughter and a hearing was set for Sept 11. Bond was set at $1.000 in Municipal Court this morning. The Bick- nelts. who suffered cuts and bruises, were dismissed from Walls Hospital today. The crash In which Charles E. Abbott, was killed instantly occurred about 7:15 p.m. Saturday at Akin's Corner, a sharp curve in Highway 61 one and one-half miles east of Steele. A report, filed at Missouri State Police Headquarters by Highway Patrolman J. M. Hickman said the Lincoln . Mr. Abbott was driving skidded into ( the path of a trailer- truck driven by George William Royal. 28, of Miami. Fla. Wheels Left Road A -brother-in-law of Mr. Abbott, B, H. Geary of Blytheville, who went to the . scene of the wreck soon after it occurred, said Mr. . "" „ Abbo't was enroute to Caruthers- , - • -Courier New* Photo ville while the truck was south-1 NOT sc> LUCKY—A 19,-year-old Blylheville Negro girl was killed Saturday night in this truck In a bound. - The- right wheels" of Mr. jcoUision^wilh a^hqiieyrnoon ccmple's^ca.r.^soiith of, the .city:'* Mary Lqu., Burton wois killed h^tivnlly. Note the Classes in Blytheville Schools Scheduled To Begin at- 8:30 a.m. Blytheville students were having their last fling at vacation activities (oday us they prepared to return to the classrooms tomorrow. Registration of students at five white and three Negro schools is scheduled to begin at a:3o a.m. tomorrow. Students will register then at Junior, High School, Lange, Sud- X'«r-3,T-L^WHl---a«ia---Y^ffi--SCh6oIv , lu _ 0 _. «. 1U ,. 1V ,, lsll ,, aj and tu Harmon, Robinson and Elm I Geary said, and he apparently lest Street Negro Schools. Classroom activity a t these schooU-and the Senior-High School will gel underway; at 8:30 a.m. tomorrow. Superintendent W, B. Nicholson said. ' • Red Truce Stall Called Attempt At Blackmail UN Negotiators Fly To Tokyo for Meet TOKYO, Sept. 3. (A P)—Three United Nations armistice negotiators flew from Korea to Tokyo today as Allied headquarters said Reds "may he deliberately" delaying Korean War truce talks "to blackmail the rest of the world" at (he Japanese Peace Conference in San Francisco. led Fighters Attack Allies . Abb&tt's car " Icft'lnTliigfTway, M r. Senior High School students wound up a week ol resgistration Friday. . Teaches; meetings were being Last year there were 383 traffic! h . eld . today ,. and . rural schooL ' 1 wcre <-- - - . - - --'closed so those teachers could attend. Rural school class work will deaths. 80 Train drowning find 05 from miscellaneous causes over the Labor Day Holiday. This made an all-time high of 559- In 1949 the traffic deaths amounted to 410, although the total from all causes was "lower than in ]95Q, Eight members of a Port Worth Ne^ro family were killed and three others injured Sunday night when their auto collided with a truck south of Fort Worth. Seven Die In Car At Aitkin, Minn., seven members of a family lost their Uves after their car overturned in plunging into an eight foot deep water-filled bt resumed tomorrow. Three Are Given Prison Sentences In Circuit Court -liy the impict," " Two men were given penitentiary sentences and a woman was given a suspended sentence by Circuit Court here this morning, Floyd Moefield. 20. of Joiner was sentenced to three years in the „ .... target single accident dur- ^ Denw . on hfis plea of 8U m y to 'ing the holiday was a fishing boat! i<*bery. His wife. Dorothy May, 19. disaster off the eastern tip of Long i ua ' s . siven » three year suspended Island Saturday. (See story on this page.) ' , There were traffic fatalities in all but five -states. Texas had 30 deaths reported. Ohio 23, New York 22 and Pennsylvania 18. The states w ith no deaths were Montana, .Nevada, North Dakota, Rhode Island and Wyoming. The Associated Press survey ol deaths be^nn ot 6 p n' Friday i loc. S«e HOLIDAY TOLL on Page 10 sentence on the same charge. The couple was charged with robbing J. T. Clowlers of Leachville of his billfold containing $15 June 9. Fred McGruder, 22, Osceola Negro was sentenced to a year in the slate penitentiary on his plea of guilty to a charge of grand larceny. He was charged with the theft of a car belonging to Claude j Wheeler, here Aug. 6. control while attempting to regain the highway, swerving, into the path of the truck. '.' The entire right side of Mr. Abbott's car was ripped away by the impact, Mr. Royal and a relief driver were uninjured. Mr. Abbott wns atone in his car at the time of the wreck. The truck was owned by Beiford Trucking Company and was loaded with 24,039; pounds of meat under refrigeration. The cargo was transferred to another truck. The truck was heavily damaged. No arrests were made and Pemiscot County Coroner Jimmy Osburn of Wardell said'the accident Mas unavoidable, Mr. Royal said the accident marred a 12-year record of driving trucks without being involved in a wreck. A gunner in the Royal Air Force during '-World War II, Mr- Royal brought his wife and two children to the United States from Britain about two years ago. He said he had driven trucks in England and in Tunis and Capetown in Africa, In the New Liberty crash. Joe Burton, husband of the dead woman, and Wardell Griffin, 30, Negro, driver of the truck, escaped Injury. Burton was riding in the bach of See WRECKS on Tagr 10 U.S. Sfeeks Support for Tough Rules to Block Soviet Debate SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 3. (AP)—The United States sought firm support from 48 nations today for a set o£ tough rules designed to prevent Russia from blocking the signing of a Japanese peace treaty. The rules would limit debate and prevent treaty amendments. Weather 1 forecast: Partly cloudy this afternoon, tonight and Tues- PARTLV CLOUDY Board of Trade Closed Their adoption is the key to j problems. .Washington by plane at 3:30 p m American strategy lor assuring sue-i informed diplomats said Young-!'5:30 p.m. E.S.T.) today. •• nmy urge Achcson to agree that i He is to deliver a five-minute "reasonable" debate on the rules j treasury oond rally speech at 7:55 must be permitted to prevent any ! p.m. (9:55 p.m. E.S.T.) tonight, appearance of Anglo - American other developments- steamrollering- I Truman Due »t 3:30 | l ' Aclie5 <"'- Ambassador _ J o h r President, Tjunian was due from Sec TKKATY TO HE on Page 10 cess of the treaty conference, open ing here tomorrow night with an address by President Truman. Red bloc countries are expected to protest the rules violently, The Soviet deputy foreign minister, Andrei Grcmyko, isolated himself in a suburban mansion with his 38-inember mission and said nothing. Western diplomats had no clues to his strategy or intentions. Debate will begin Wednesday. The main problem will be how to shut off debate and bring the delegates to an expt'ted favorable vote if the Russian, Polish and Czech delegations attempt a filibuslcr. The signing was scheduled for Saturday, Secretary ol State Dean Aciie- snn was to confer today with Ken- The Blythcville Board of Trade i neth Younger. British minister ol was closed today for the Labor-Day > slate and delegation leader, and holiday. ' other delegates, on this and related Vice Adm. C. Turner Joy, senior U.N. representative, and two other! members of the five-man Allied cnsc-fire learn — l>t. Gen, L. C. Craigie find Hear Adm, ArtcLgh Burke — arrived by plane at 1:30 a-m. (4:30 a.m. EST). Presumably they will confer with the United, Nations commander, Gen. Matthew B. Ridgway, on the stalled negotiations at Kaesong, Korea. A source clase to Joy said the admiral went immediately to his home here. The source added: "Usually Joy goes right into conference with Ridgway but he didn't do It tonight. He went straight home." It was the second time Joy has come to Tokyo since the Reds pended the talks Aug. 23. The source close to the top Allied negotiator said he didn't know how long the admiral would be In Tokyo "and I doubt thnt he knows himself," "Reds Will Settle"—Van Fleet At Eighth Army headquarters in Korea, Gen. James A. Van Fleet United Nations ground commander said he believed t lhe Reds will settle for the present battleJine as the cease-fire zone 1C the truce talks are resumed. He did not amplify. Red and Allied ncEoti.Vtors were stalemated on the location of a, buf- 7-ant* when the tnlks were -sus- icndcd by the Communist.';, The Al- ,ies want -1 Vie zone to follow Ihi present battle 'line, v.'htch eitteuri: ^5 to 30 mUps 'i^:;??WjWFr?IE*g^'J» .he east. TJie RMS want"lh<rilno" it follow the 38Lh parallel, old polttl cal boundary between North am South Korea. Keds Uulld Forces Van Fleet said on his return fron frontline tour that they have been building up their forces since th start of truce talks July 10 anil tha they now could hurl about 800,00 men Into battle. lie said half that force was the front and half held in reserv in North Korea. The Reds mossed 1.250,000 men fo their thwarted drives Ittst spring. The Eighth 'Army commander re iterated a statement he made ITU week that if the Reds do striki the Allies will crush their olfcnsiv- • But he ventured that the Comm'.i nists would not attack unless goar cd by political motives. Hc did no detail these. SnspcnOcr 1 armistice negotiation See CEASE-FIRE on Ta S c 10 Hope Fades for 18 Missing in Atlantic Tragedy MONTAUK, N.Y.. Sept- 3. i/V>— Trie Coast Guard and sttitc police held little hope today of finding matiy of the 18 persons still missing and presumed dead after their party fishing boat capsized Saturday with a lo.=.s of 31 lives. both the Coast Guard and the suffoll: County district attorney push- I cd separate investigations into one of the worst sea disasters in this area. Tlu i fkihmg boat, the Pelican, Hit, Run Blows Launched in 6 Korean Areas U. 8. EIGHTH ARMY HEADQUARTERS, Korea, Sept. 3. (AP)— Communist fighter planes today nde six bombing and straling at- acks on United Nations ground orces on the east central lighting rout. ' One of the planes was identified r a Russian-type YAK-9 tighter, The others were identified only a» ncmy aircraft. The Red planes made their hit- and-run attacks through clouds be- wccn 6 and 6:40 a.m. Monday (3 antl 3:40 p.m. Sunday BST). They flew north Immediately after ths attacks. Some dropped single bombs. Th^ one identified as a YAK-9 fired a rocket aL Allied ground troops. There was no report 'of results. The attacks were made' between Ktimhwa and Hwachon, north of th« for a day of deep-sea fishing Sal Lirday morning, using the La IK Day weekend for one last siirnirn outing. Each fisherman paid $4.50 passage. ' Only 19 came back alive- And Searchers continued, however, to • keeled over in the sUriiiy Atlantic j the concrete door of a lobster tnar- scan Long Island beaches and the • about 500 yards ofl the eastern lip ket shed were placed the 19 bodies Atlantic in their htit for the miss- ' of Long Island, 125 miles from New recovered from the sea and the ing. The Coast Guard was iislng < York City. A boiling riptide caught i wrecked cabin of the Peltran. planes, cutters and small patrol the 48-foot craft with one of its j The Coast Guard, which express- heats State police combed the two engine.* dead, ed doubt that nny of the missing shores on foot. j Fifty - four amateur Fishermen were still alive, said many of the While this grim .search went on, i ami a crew of two had put out gaily I bodies may never be found. .. An -Ante (i'-'ofllttt- toiii rr londent George A. McArlfiur on tile cast central front that it was faintly possible all the strafing rims were marie by a single plane. But] the officer said this was un- Ikeiy In view of the distance and time involved. Kumhwa line Attacked One attack was against a front line unit near Kumhwa. The other's were directed at Allied troops jusb to the rear of the front line. Al Eigllth Army headquarters, LI. Gen. James A. Van Fleet, United Nations ground commander in Korea. said the Reds have built a striking force of about 800.000 men, some of them Caucasian, since th« start of now-stalled cease-fire talks at Kacsong July 10. Van fleet said he doubted ths Reds would attack unless goaded by political motives. If they do. he added, the Allies are ready to crush them. The Eighth Army commander estimated Red forces facing him at 400.000 on the front and 400.000 reserve. not in immediate attack positions. Estimate Is Conservative His estimate was conservativs compared with figures the Eighth Army used before the Red spring offensives. In April and May their strength was estimated as high, as 1,250.000 men in North Korea with ncnrk- haif that number on the battleline. In crowds on the east central front. McArthur reported attacking Allied troops swarmed up two vital heights north of Injc Monday nnd routed Reds from their last -strongl'old on the line north of the See WAK on Pase 10 iBiay with wioely scattered tliunder- showers. No important, temperature ch.'.nses Missouri forecast: Mostly cloudy today, tonight and Tuesday with scattered tnmdershowers west and .south, little temperature change; high today 70-15 north to 75-80 south, low tonight in SOs. Minimum this morning--66. Maximum yesterday—96. Minimum Sunday morn:r.g-69. Maximum Saturday—1055. Sunset today—«:2*. Sunrise tomorrow—5:35. Precipitation 24 hours to 7 a.m. —none. Total since ,lan. 1—3227. Mean temperature (midway between high nnd low)—81. Normal mean temperature lor September—74 2. This Date Last Vcar Minimum this morning—68- Maximum yesterday—SO. Precipitation January I to this, date, last- year—51.18. • AWOL Soldier Not Held On Drunkenness Charge Chierot Police John Poster said this morning that Sgl. John C. Beckman of Dell, who was turned over to military authorities Saturday for being absent without official leave, was not arrested originally on a drnnkeness charge. Chief Foster said that military authorities contacted his office and lequestcd that Beckman be picked Up and held for them and that officers went to a Blytheville firm where he was employed and arrested him. An earlier teport by officers «aid that Becfcman was arrested in Bly- thevilte on an Intoxication charge. Beckman was taken to Camp Chaffee Saturday. I Car Stolen Here Found ! Burned Near Steele I The charred ruins of a 1950 model I Nash belonging to Billy Boone. Blytheville cleaning lirm operator, was found Saturday on a grave! road near Steele, Mo., according to Arthur S. Harrison, deputy prosecuting attorney for North Mississippi County. The car was stolen from its parking place in Blytheville Friday night. Mr. Harrison said the car apparently had been set fire after it was abandoned. It's Labor's Party Day- Fried chicken, speeches and a parade mark a I«ibor L)«\v celebration held at Watker Park today by the Northeast Arkansas Council of Labor. In piclure^one, Mayor Doyle Henderson i right) shakes hands with B. S. Shelton, president of the Northeast Arkansas Council, be- forn a sprie. 1 - of sprrelics began at the park at \\ o'clock this niornmp. Mi-s l>anna .Mck^nti nnd U. B. Htymit fpirlme '2> get a prfview of the fried thicken ai;t! catfish to br strvcd ttic RIOUJJ. MI.VS JarUon is a member of !hr .lovir.-.boro High School band that led a parade down Main Street ihLi mo::i!!:?. Mr. Bryant Is business manrgor of the carpenter? union In this district. The Rtcc-SUx float (picture 3> is one of several in a Lhtec-block long parade members of the uniom held —A Courier News Photo-Feature this mornlnp On the p»oijn>m at Walkfr Cark were- ^pcechcs by Mayor HencU-Kson, the Krv. P, H. Jt un^an. ShtiiM William Beirjiuan, Judge Graham 5udbu:y, Chic! o! Police John Foster, Judge Zal B. Harrison, former Mayor E; R, Jackson, Harold Vcazey of the U. S, Department of Labor, Claude Cooper. Charles Mendenhall, and Percy Wright, T, P. iDocj Dean was master oE ceremonies-

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