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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Wednesday, September 12, 1951
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OP NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI -i. VOL. XLVII—NO. 149 Blytheville Daily Newm Blythevllle Courier Mississippi Valley Leader Blytheville Herald BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS, WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12 ,1951 FOURTEEN PAGES SINGLE COPIES FIVE CENTS Rejection of UN "Apology Seen TOKYO, Thursday, Sept. 13. (AP)—The Peiping radio hinted today the Communists might reject an Allied apology for the accidental strafing of the Kaesong neutral zone Monday. Backyard Is Birthplace of Odd 1 'Scooter' Built in Leachville It carried a dispatch from al Communist correspondent at Kae- *ong saying the Allied "claim" that the strafing was a mistake "is ab- Aurd." While this was no official statement, the dispaWhes of Communist correspondents frequently fore- shadow the 'line official reaction will take. The hope of peace for Korea balanced gingerly on the Red reaction to the apology. There had been considerable optimism here that the Reds would accept the apology and get back to the negotiation table. Lovett Homed Successor— Marshall Quits Defense Post WASHINGTON, Sept. 12. (AP)—George C. Marshall wjfesigned today as secretary of defense. He will be succeeded riy the. present deputy secretary, Robert A. Lovett. $100.000 Street Bond Issue May Be Asked Marshall, 10, was appointed de- Jense secretary one year ago today. He is quitting "lor very personal reasons." The soldier-statesman, a flve- itar general, was Army chief of staff in 'World War II and laUr was secretary of state. He sponsored the European Recovery Program which became known throughout world as the Marshall Plan. the Upon the resignation of Defense Secretary I>ouis Johnson a year ago; Marshall came out ol retirement to become the first professional military man to hend a U.S. military department since 1916. Marshall hfmsell announced his resignation today t o Pentagon newsmen but forbade publication of the news until the White House announced it. Acceptance Is Reluctant President Trurrian accepted Mar- •hall'R resignation '.'with great reluctance" and effective immediate¥< #« named WiUiam C. Foster, •MHomic cooperation administra-' torito Buccwd Lovett as deputy sec- reta*y'<»rui Richard M. Bissell, Jr., ' ' ' • —Courier News Vhoto HOMEMADE SCOOTER—It does 32 miles per hour and Is all homemade by E. L. steed, Leachville bricklayer, who built 'the odd-looking vehicle in his home workshop. It's constructed entirely of odds and ends and cast about $150. Parts Range from Alarm. Clock to Bridge Railings House announcement, Marshal summoned Pentagon reporters to his office and told them: "My resignation AS secretary "o; defense takes effect at 11 (EDT; this morning." He said he was "resigning for very personal reasons." An aide said later this did not mean his health was a determining factor. He said of his term &K defense secretary: By CLAUDE E. SPARKS (Courier News Staff Writer) '•That'll scare the rabbits out of the bean patch, won't it?" This is how E- L. Steed, 66-year- old Leachville bricklayer regards the strange-looking "automobile" he has built from junkyard parts ranging from an alarm clock to parts of steel bridge railings. Mr. Steed's four-wheeled vehicle, which he calls "The Scooter,'' is powered by a Delco light plant engine, gets 30 to 35 miles per gallon of gas and will travel at a | speed of 32 miles per hour. . When I took this job it was my j "x don't generally go that fast in understanding I would remain only until June 30." He Was Asked to Remain He then added that because of important military legislation before Congress he was asked to re- See MARSHALL on Page M it though," the owner say, 1 ; of his homemade contraption, "as I average about 15 m.p.h." For a reporter, Mr. Steed obligingly started the machine by giving the motor a good old-fashioned hand cranking—a gesture which "T h e Scooter" recognized b y promptly starting, yanking the crank from its owner's hand and Burling it into a petunia bed 30 feet away. "It doesn't do that very often, 1 ' :he owner said, "but when it does, you better look out for that crank." "The Scooter," which cost about $150 to build in the home workshop of Mr. Steed, develops from five to nine horsepower, carries its tier to and from work and provides great fun for his friends, he says. Boys Like The Vehicle "I can get a gang of boys around it anytime just by parking it," he said. Mr. Steed decided to butld such a ve chile after reading plans in a mechanics magazine. He also took a look at a similar vehicle made by John D. Wells of Leachvllte which Is powered bj a motorcycle engine and boasts n ,op speed of 60 miles per hour "He's got the speed on me," Mr. fcteed grins, "but I've got one ;hing oti him. When he's walking f'ni riding for my machine has a reverse gear and his doesn't." "The Scooter" sits on pneumatic wheelbarrow wheels and has n rad- j u rod clearance of four and one- nnlf inches with the battery also setting about four Inches from the ground. A machine that low would clip even a young kitten if I ran over it, wouldn't it?" He inquired and aiiswered. Transmission From Austin The transmission From Mr Steed's unusual machine was taken from a baby Austin and the gears reduced back to the vehicle's chain drive. It's driving nower is Tpplicd lo SM SCOOTER on Page 9 Council to Consider Move September 25 Blytheville voters nwy be asked in November to decide on a $100,000 revenue bond issue for the paving and development of city streets. The City Council at its monthly meeting last night instructed City Attorney Percy Wright to draw up such an n-dinance and present it at a special meeting of the Council Sept. 25 on the motion of Alderman Jesse While. If approved by the Council, it will da. as the Council did valsc a quor- then be referred to the people as prescribed by state law which says a cily cajinot borrow money on which interest, must be paid except through u Iwnd issue which must be approved by a i>opulnr vote. Winding up a two-mouths ugen- Wright WilLA* Mexican Quarter Sanitary Check Inspection by County Sanitary Engineer Requisite for Action Cily Attorney Percy Wright said last night he would ask Count; Sanitary Engineer William A. Mitchell today to investigate reports of unsanitary conditions at Mexlcai housing quarters at the west eni Ex-Secretory and Successor .»r!mIiiLstrR to head the* jjivetti 56, a close friend of Marshall, • Joined the Defense Department Sept. 36, 1950, succeeding the late Stephen T. Early. He had served under Marshall previously as undersecretary ol itate. Lovett formerly was. associated with "the investment banking firm of Brown Brothers, Harriman • rid Co. in New York. Marshall Calls Reporters Shortly before today's White New York Stocks A T and T Amer Tobacco Anaconda Copper . B-t':i Steel Chrysler Coca-Cola Gen Electric Gen Motors Montgomery Ward N Y Central int Harvester j. C. Penney Republic Steel . ... Radio Socony Vacuum . . Studebakcr Standard of N J ... Texas Corp Krutz Bridge Work To Start in 3 162 1 64 1-2} 49 5-8 55 3-4 71 1-4 110 1-2 62 51 1-8 . 13 . 18 5-8 . 35 . 70 Dew Wins Leachville Mayor's Race 133-92 LEACHVILLE, Sept. 12.—W..A. (Bill) Dew was elected mayor n a special municipal election held here yesterday to name a complete 44 1-4 j new slate of city officials. Mr. Dew defeated his. only opponent. Gen 22 3-4j Higginbotham, 133 votes Lo 92. 28 5-Bi Tne ballots, were certified this 1 59 I morning by the Mississippi County 5S Work on a new Krutx Bridge is to start in about three weeks, according' to A. E. Johnson, chief engineer of the Arkansas Highway Department. A telegram received yesterday al- of Hcarn Street. Mr. Wright, who was tmtructei by the City Council hi July to in vcstigatc reports of immorality ani insanitatlon, said such action wa necessary before the quarters ca be termed a- public nuisance be caus*e_ thus far the State Health De pn r t men t has made no r epo'r t the situation and . the Blythevill Police Department has t received,«,n cSlls* in 4 e gard' to alleged 'immoral itv there,-"/. • »The reports were made'to thd'Cfty Council in July when/32 residents in that area presented a petition asking that existing immoral and unsanitary conditions be corrected. .ernoon by the Blytheville Chamber of Commerce's highway and tral- fjc committee said "Krutz Bridge steel promised within three weeks. Bridge crew assembling equipment and personnel 1 to start work." The telegram was signed by' Mr. Johnson. ' Replacement of Krutz Bridge, a tiny wooden structure built in the middle of a curve about one mile north of Blytheville on Highway 61, has been the object of a long campaign by Blytheville civic clubs. Several serious accidents prompted the campaign for replacement a,s a safety measure. When the new bridge is completed the curve in the highway will bt, less severe and to the south of the bridge instead of on it, Mr Johnson said. Instead of a wooden span, the new bridge 'A'ill be of steel construction with a concrete deck. The old bridge will remain open for the heavy Highway 61 traffic while the new structure is being built, west o! the Johnson. In July, Mr. Johnson said the Highway Department had rejected all bids on the bridge as being too high and had decided to- do the work with department labor. It was thought at that time that steel would not be available until early next spring nnd work wns scheduled to start then, Mr. John- .on hod said. However, the Highway Department had planned to stari work as soon as steel was available and when the delivery date was moved up, the construction date also was changed, Mr. Johnson explained. The steel wan requisitioned when bids were called for the first time last April. The Highway Department took bids three times and each time rejected them as being too high. The BIytheviile Chamber of Commerce has been following up t'ucir campaign since Mr. Johnson's announcement that the department would do the work, Toler Buchanan. chairman of the Highway and Tral- Nectl Signers'^ Cooperation "However," Mr.' Wright sfiid, "we can not act until FI report is mode by the State Health Department and we can enlist the 100 per,cent co-operiUtori of those persons sign- ig the complaining petition." This, he explained. Is due to R le- gnl technicality based on the case of "The City of Fort Smith vs. Bonner et. al., July 12, 1931." when .he Arkansas Supreme Court ruled that a similar case involved a "private" rather than a "public" nuisance because all of the parties objecting to the condition did not back their original contention that the case involved a nuisance. "As soon as the necessary support is obtained and the Health Department's report made, we will take some action in regard to the Mexican housing quarters," Mr. Wright Kfiid. Mr. Wright did. not report to the Council lasb night but made the statements afterward to a reporter. present bridge, according to Mr. fie Committee said. U S Steel . ^ Sou. Pac 6-13-8 Weather Arkansas To recast: Mostly cloudy with scattered thimdershowers this Board of Election Commissioners Ir 55 5-8 ' Blytheville. 44 7-8 ' * n t nc race f° r recorder, Donald Wheeler won re-election 144 to 84 ever Mrs. Zelma-Bearden. H. G, Shibley was elected city marshal by a three-vole margin over his nearest opponent. Carmic Kennedy received 81 votes in this race and Clayton Wilson polled 46. There were two aldermanic races, with two candidates elected from each Ward. C. \V. Keith won the Td Two post, polling 165 votes •;. L. Lovelady received 159 votes tor CLOUDY nftirnoon and tonight and in south'- east portion Thursday. Cooicr In Extreme northwest tonight and in nbrth and west portions Thursday. Missouri forecast: Clearing northwest and extreme west and cloudy remainder of state tonight; with chowers southeast and extreme east, cooler west and north, Thursday generally fair; much cooler south and east, low tonight 50-:i5 northwest to 65-70 southeast; high Thursday 70-75. Minimum this morning—64. Maximum yesterday—&3. Sunset today—6:13. Sunrise tomorrow—5:40. Precipitation 24 hours to 7 a.m. —none. Total Alnce Jan. 1—32.77. Mean temperature • mid way between high and lowi--78.5. Noimxl mean rempoiauut lot September—74.2. This I*Ue I^JSt Year Minimum thic :r.=r.:lr.«-"35 Maximum yesterday—89, Precipitation January I to this his post and 103. Federal and County Officers Destroy a Still In Daylight Raid on Island; 2 Are Arrested in last month, the aldermen also: 1. Approved a routine resolution fixing the tax rntc for Blytheville during the coming year. 2. Referred to the Finance Com- nittee a request for raising wages of city sanitation and street em- ployes. Tabled for 30 days nn insurance company's proposal to double life insurance coverage for city employes and provide employe- participation hospital benefits. 4. Referred to finance and Purchasing Committees a move lo purchase .a new street "flusher." 5. Approved Installation of three parking meters on the west side of Fifth Street between an alley and Ash Streets. 6. Voted to seek State Health Department and Civil Aeronautics Administration approval for transfer of hogs from the old city dump to the new one at the air base. In presenting the bond proposal Alderman White recalled that the "street department is about $32,000 in the hole now and we have a lo of work that remains to be done." Examples Cited He cited street work which will b required soon in the vicinity of th new high school on Tenth Street and a congested area on North Second Street near the American Legion buildings, the Junior Chamber of Commerce and Moose Club buildings. • Alderman Jimmie Sanders reported he had received a letter from the American Legion ';Post asking .tjjgat the latter sltuaUon\beVfcixcd Tjp-by widening''that part of Jflprf" Second '.Street. ''"•'.• •-' ''' ,..-—-'*-~ '-•' Mr. Wh'ite explained that the $32.000 was that borrowed by *,he city from a future county tax turn- back last month after the cost of current street widening projects was boosted by $18,000 due to replacement of sidewalks, driveways and improvement of storm sewers. Street Fund Depleted The street fund svas depleted in July. Allies Attack In East Korea Van Fleet Hopes Reds to Gamble On Offensive U. S. EIGHTH ARMY HEADQUARTERS, Korea, Sept. 12. (AP)—United Nations divisions attacked norths vard today across the motin- aineous eastern half of the Korean fighting front. The western halt was quiet. Alicd Infantrymen there waited behind powerful defenses to see whether the Reds would gamble on a new break-through try. Gen. James A, Van Fleet/'com- mamler of the Eighth Army, said that despite the Communist buildup since the start of the now suspended cease-fire talks there wer« no Indications that the Reds were ready to launch an offensive. General Wants Attack "I want them to attack," Van Fleet said in an interview. "It's our best opportunity to defeat them." He said the Reds were capable of launching an offensive but that there were "no Indications at this time' that they will. "Most indications are of a defensive nature on his (the enemy's) part," the general said. 2 School Election Filings Rejected Election. Cofnmission »i^!«?^CMt^4^bJ3JM>»S: Gosncll Petitions Two petitions filed by prospective candidates In the Sept. 35 school election at Gosncll were rejected by (he Mississippi County Board of Election Commissioners at.a meeting In the Oourt House here this "We have to have some money in the street fund," Mr. White said, 'find I want the people to decide if we should borrow on future meter revenues so we can go ahead with our street program. "I would suggest we borrow from $100,000 to S150.000 and obligate one-hall of future parking meter revenues for retirement of this debt." N. O, Cotton morning. Petitions filed by w. E. Lott and George Williams were ruled out because they had been made "ambiguous" by the interchanging of names, Jesse Taylor, Election commission chairman, said. He said that on the petition originally drawn up for Mr. Lott, tl.e candidate's name had been removed and that of Mr. Williams substituted. The same thing had occurred In the case of petition origin- Parking meter revenues original-1 ally prepared for Mr. Williams, he ly were designed to use in street!said, improvement. Mr. White explained that Para- gonld is blacktopping all its streets by a similar method. City Attorney Wright said the ordinance, once approved by the Council, must be advertised for 30 days before the election. He said he would present a proposed ordinance to that effect to a special Council meeting Sent, See COUNCIL on Cage 3 E. R. Shannon got WetnberR Win* Polling 163 votes. Louis Wcinberg was named alderman to represent Ward Three. In this race, Delmar Wilson polled 149 vot*s and Hershel Johnson 107. Vernon Lucas, with 194 votes, and Ben. Reid, with 192 were unopposed in seeking the Ward One By GF.ORGF. CI.ARK (Courier News Staff Writer) WILSON. Sept. 12—Federal and county officers from Tennessee and Arkansas In a daylight raid on a Mississippi River Island near here yesterday destroyed a crude 150- gallon whiskey still, arrested its two operators and confiscated five and one-half gallons of "moonshine" liquor. The raid, which has been planned for many months, was pulled at 5 p.m. yesterday after the officers had helplessly watc-h two Negro men operate the still for approximately rive hours. Arrested and taken to jail at Memphis were Peter Hunt, 39. and Jimmy Hemphill. 35. both of Ful- Oct Dec Mar May Jul . * Open High Low Close . 3443 3467 3448 3450 . 3451 3171 3451 3457 . 3418 3402 3475 3478 . 3474 3493 3414 3470 . 3432 3452 3432 3431 altermanic post. w. D. Cruse rccelv- ] ton. Tenn.. which Is located across ' L ~ " ' " ed one write-in vote in this ward. Mayor Dew replaces Earl Fields. Yesterday's special election was called after it requested by adoption B resolution by the LeachvlHe Chamber of Commerce. The resolution also asked employment of legal counsel to draw up ordinances the Chamber of Commerce said were needed to prevent retarding of wv- eral projects lt« planned. Soybeans Jan Mar Mav High 300 273'« 376', 278H 280\ 1*2 U 293' 270>513 '.-, 275 U 277' 3M 271'i 274 «; 277'i 279'. MOW the Mississippi River from Wilson. Officers Win Boat Race In a scene reminiscent of the prohibition era. si* of the nine officers In on the raid, swooped down on the still shortly after the two Negro "moonshiners" had been arrested after a short but speedy motor boat race with officers on th« river. The officers qiiittty destroyed th« still, confiscated the five and one- half gallon "batch" that had just been run off while three other officers watched from the shore. The still «».s lolled on an Is- Ml( , twu ftl!tt , [; land known as Sunrise Twheud. Rogers Brothers Circus to Appear Here Tomorrow Rogers prothers Circus will present two performances here at Walker Park Fairgrounds tomorrow under the auspices of the Junior Chamber of Commerce. The matinee performance will begin al 3 o'clock and the evening show will start al 8. The four-ring circus will present | Some signatures on the petitions had been marked out, Mr. Tayor said. The result, he explained was that it was not clear as to which candidate the signatures were intended for. Leaves Two Candidates Mr. Lott said he did not know v;ho made the changes. Mr. Williams was not present this morning. Removal of these petitions leaves only two men seeking two positions the Oosnell School Board. The lemainlng candidates are Andy Bevill and J. C. Bright. In other action, the commission certified the remaining candidates for school board posts in Mississippi County school districts. Oscar Fenaier. wno serves as commission secretary, snirt Alvin Huffman. Jr., of Dlythcville had submitted a written request that his name be \vithdraun as a candidate and this was done. This leaves C. M. Smart and mifspll Hays unopposed for board positions in the Blytheville district. The third member of the com- misMon. D. Fred Taylor, was not present this morntn?. The commission plans a meeting in t!ir nrar futuic to name jinKc.- R ::i rlcrks 37 acts, Including Felix Moraiis and his "Head Slide," the Archis Troupe from Madrid, Spain, contortionists, tumblers, tccterboard performances, j for the school elections. Happy Davis and his trampoline -— act and "Shirley Temple" the per-! forming elephant, | Inrliicf-rv Featured will be Capt, Jack nog- iiiu«3tl J crs and his performing tigers and. X/aafjMfi j- n Sfrfsrf lions. A free menagerie accompan- j iVkCfc I § ntjj IU JIUI1 les the circus. Advance ticket are being sold by Jaycccs. Pakistan Accepts Plan KARACHI. Pakistan. Sepl. 12. i.-Pi —Pakistan's minister lor Kashmir affairs said today Pakistan has accepted Kashmir demilitarization proposals put forward hy United Here Tomorrow Registraiion for an Industry Lend- eis Conference to begin here tomorrow will begin at 9:-J5 in the m"rn- in? at the Hotel Noble. Chamber of ConmKTCC Manager.Worth D holder said today. The two-day meeting is to "give community leaders reliable Information in support of the free enter- —Courier Nc«s rtioto MOONSHTNKRS X ABrtl:D— Arkansas and Tennrs^e peace officers and revenue agenl.s je.sterday arn'.sted Tenn.. Negrws at right. Jimmy lieinuhill (Iffl'i and IV!t*r Hunt, In K laid uu SuuriM 1 Tot-hrait which is approximately 10 miles east Isla '- <l " f ' r Wilson. Shown with the captured moonshiners are ilctt to right) Shorllf William Ucrryman, and slightly north of Wilson. Lawrence Stewart, Tennessee revenue agent: Deputy Herman Oden ol Joiner, Deputy Charles Short ol Blythe- In on the raid were two federal ville, Deputy J. T. Wigley of Wilson and Arkansas Revenue Agent O. B. Moore of Helena. Also In on the raid revenue agents from Memphis, two from Helena and live Mfesir-ip Set OFF7CEM WIN on tuft U but not present when picture was made were Deputy Sheriff Dave Young of Osceola, and Revenue Agents ^ • Jams. T. Jakes of Memphis and Harold Sherman ol Helena. I Jul . Nations Mediator Frank p. Graham. J or js c SV stcm." the National Associa- 1 lion of Manufacturers, one of the I sponsoring institutions, said. New Yftrk Cnft-On other ; P"" sors »»' Uu * Chamber I^CW I UFK V^CMTUn i |f (;(1 . llnu . K( , ;im] tll( . Association Industries of Arkanxi*. Open Hisli Low Close i Dr. Neal Bowman and Stanley U Oct 3400 3474 3154 3456 i phraner, both of the NAM, will be Dec 3465 3480 3460 3463 j the featured speakers and James Mar 3180 3403 3477 3483 j Terry. Alvin Huffman. Jr.. and N"o- 3482 34'.'S 3476 :I43I i He Gill are lo participate on th* 3440 3455 3437 34WI program.

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