The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on August 16, 1949 · Page 1
Get access to this page with a Free Trial

The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 1

Blytheville, Arkansas
Issue Date:
Tuesday, August 16, 1949
Page 1
Start Free Trial

BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OP NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI VOL. XLV—NO. 123 Blythevtllc Daily KtTt Blytheviito Courier Blrth*viU» Herald MiaJsslppi Valley LMd*r BLYTHEVILLE, ABKANSAS, TUESDAY, AUGUST 16, 1949 FOURTEEN PAGES SINGLE COPIES FIVE CENTS Senators Reverse Decision, Order Hearings Reopened on Foreign Arms Aid Program Waitt Admits Writing Memo on Job Rivals WASHINGTON, Aug. 16. (/I'j—MnJ. acn. AIcio)i H. WalU said today that Maj. Gen. Harry H. Vaugluin asked him to prepare a memorandum on eight officers eligible for Want's Job as chief of the Army Chemical 'Wallace, Thomas To Be Witnesses At Closed Session State Gaining in Economic Stability, Governor Asserts Cottonseed Loan Plan May Give Little Relief Cotton growers in Arkansas and Missouri, after studying the provisions of the United States Department of Agriculture's cottonseed price support program, have voiced the belief that the plan will not be workable and that it will provide little Several days ago, a support price* of S49.50 per ton on cottonseed ' was announced in the form of provision lor 90 per cent parity loans through the Corfimodity Credit Corporation. R. F. Grecnwell, secretary-manager of the Missouri Cotlon Producers Association, who lives in Portageville, has written to Hilton L. Bracey, chairman of the Missouri PMA Committee, of Columbia. Mo., expressing approval of the idea lor *j-ff^K>rt prices for ro'.iovseecJ anti "at the same time expressing the View of 90 per cent of-the cotton growers hi Missouri who doubt that the plan will be workable, Claim Plan Not. Workable Three reasons why the-play may not be workable were offered. They are: (1) A si-eat majority, or the cotton producers rto not have storage facilities and will not have time to provide storage facilities for the harvest of the 1949 crop. "* v Cottonseed .seldom. If ever, -ms as little as 10 per cent moisture content during the harvest season (3) The cotton harvest moves so rapidly that it will be absolutely impossible for the Department of Agriculture to fnrnlsn enough men (o examine the cottonseed as rapidly as it is harvested, and ther is no way whatsoever to store cottonseed around trie gtn. Ui sufficient quantities its to allow for the delay it would take to have each farmer's seed examined and tested for the loan. In his letter to Mr. Bracey, Mr. Grecnwell also said: "We think it weil to .leave the opportunity of «. loan to the producer, which would give him a choice of storing his seed if he has facilities, or selling See COTTONSEED on Page 14 or no relief. —Courier News Phot* AT MISSCO'S ELECTRIC CO-OP MEETING—An estimated 3,500 people heard Governor Sidney McMath at Walker Park here yesterday at the ninth annual meeting of the Mississippi County Electric Cooperative, Inc. McMath told co-op members their organization had played a major role In elevating Die Arkansas fanner's standard of living. Shown shaking hands with the Governor In tUe left photo Is p. A. Rogers, president of the Mississippi County group, and H. C. Knappenberger, co-op manager. In center picture Is Harry Oswald, Little Reck man who is head of the state's REA. Governor McMath mingled with the crowd prior to his address. He Is shown (right photo) shaking hands with Ernest Powell, of the New Liberty community. ' 'McMath Talks To Members Of Co-Op Here\Authoress Margaret Mitchell, Hit by Auto, Dies of Injuries ATLANTA, Aug. 16. W—Margaret Mitchell, the author of "Gon Governor Sidney JIcMatli told members of the Mississippi County Electric Cooperative, Inc., yesterday that With The Wind," died today. She was struck down by a speeding auto Second Faculty Member Kills * SelfatOuachita ARKADELPHIA. Ark., Aug. 16 — (f, _ physical Education Director Robert Cov;an, 50, killed himself here yp.stcrday, the second OuacWta Baptist College faculty me\nber to commit suicide within four days. J- C. -Stewart, psychology professor at the college, shot himself the First Baptist Church here lasl Friday. Clark County Coroner Alva C Hat ris, who ruled Cowan's death suicide, said Cowan had shot himself in his room at his home near the college campus, with a shotgun His mother-in-law. Mrs. Sally Gullett, hcirrd the shot and screamed for help. Mrs. Cowan was away en a shopping trip at the time. Cowan, a 1921 graduate of Qua- chita. coached at Fordyce, DcWit and North Little Rock, Ark., higl schools before coming here in 1943 In 1945 and 1946. he served as haet football coach at Ouachita. He Is survived two arrangements have not been completed. Missco's Polio Cases Total 139 Two New Cases Listed; Two Victims Moved to Convalescent 'Center Two Mississippi County children were' hospitalized yesterday because of poliomyelitis. With 139 cases reported in this county this year, a slackened pace in the numbers stricken has been! noted during the. past two or three weeks, but additional victims still are being reported. Yesterday's victims were John Lewis Spencer, two year old Negro child, the son of Robert Spencer of Promised Land, who who was taken to the University Hospital In Little Rork for treatment, and Mary. Usrey, 18, daughter of Mr, and Mrs. E. R. Usrey of Roseland. Two children were returned to their homes from thq Children's Convalescent Center of Arkansas at Jacksonville last week, and two others were transferred from hospitals to the center for physical therapy. Two Leave Convalescent Center The two to be returned are: J. W. Amos, Jr., 5, of Keiser, who left with temporary crutches, and Ruth- Brooks, a Negro child, who was e to walk unaided following post-polio treatments. The two who took their places at :he center are Alice Fay Summers, seven, daughter of Kills Summers, and Dork G. McMllIen, three, daughter of Albert Lee McMillen, both stricken at Wilson the last week in July. The Center at Jacksonville is being expanded by oiiening the playroom, and It is estimated that 159 can receive post-polio treatments there at one time. Attendants at the Center have warned parents of removing children from the Center before the es- mobile on Peachtree Street last Thursday night. "Arkansas is no longer a state to be laughed at. It is making progress in many ways and it is a state of which you can be proud." Governor McMath addressed the group at Walker Park where the ninth annual meeting of the cooperative was held with approximately 3500 members in attendance. In emphasizing the economic stability of the state, trie Governor said, "I 'have found that the unemployment and so-called recession in business you read and hear about do not exist in Arkansas. I.Ivinc Standard Lifted "By comparasion, Arkansas has less unemployment per capita than any state in the nation. Our standard of living is up and the average Income has Increased 300 per cent. Crops about the state generally appear good and we have one of the greatest natural resource potentials of any state.," he said. These factors, he said, do not indicate that Arkansas is headed for anything like a depression. However the Governor warned that citizens must feel the responsibility that goes with such "If we are lo became the heart if, , , - . . -. . _ of this nations' new cultural, in- «-'uo S Annual fish fry mistrial and agricultural center, and j City and county ollicials wer Vl I think we are, we must take nmong the nearly 40 guests of the I °n advantage of our opportunities. I Blytheville Junior Chamber of "Some benefit must be realized ] Commerce last night at the club's through a collective effort . . . that. I.annual fish fry in the new Jaycee is. at the state level. One of the j clubhouse on North Second Street, first projects this state must see ' Herbert Shippen of Osceola, Mis- through to a successful conclusion sissippi County assessor, and Mayor Doyle Henderson of Blytheville addressed the club and guests. Mr. Shippen explained the pro- Prisoner, Who Fled Pemiscoi Jail, Captured William Grant Summner, 41, of West Frankfort, 111., one of the two men who fled the Pemlscot County jail June 17, is back in the Caruthersville jail today following his capture yesterday near Harrisburg, ill. The sheriff's office in Caruthersville said this morning that Sumner was arrested by Illinois authorities yesterday. He was returned to Caruthersville later yesterday. Sumner escaped the Pemlscot County jail at Caruthersville along v:ith Kenuelh Young of Blythcville, in an early morning break June 16. Young was captured at a tourist court here July 16. At the time of the break Sumner was being held on a safccracking charge and Young on a charge 01 burglary. -+ Miss Mitchell died at 11:59 a.m. (Eastern Standard Time) In Henry Grady Memorial Hospital. Doctors said she had a fractured skull, ractures of the pelvis, and other njurles. • *. _ . /*•Jaycees Host to City, County Officials at ' orps. Waitt told the Senate Invesllga- ons Committee that he thon^ht Vauglmn, who is President Tnt- lan's Army aide, asked him to do so at some social gathering—"per- aps a cocktail party." He said he could not recall the ate, but said he thought Vaughan sked him to "give my estate—my opinion"—of officers most ikely to be considered for the ixist. Further, Wnltt acknowledged to he committee, looking Into activl- les of so-called five percenters, thai/ e dictated the memorandum lo the secretary of James V. Hunt, Wiish- nglon management counselor. Hunt las been a prime f^ure in the in- f iry. ' , Senator Mundt (R-SD) said when :he memorandum was placed In evidence Inst week that Waltt hud • cut the throats" of his brother of- , Ilci'rs who might succeed him as the Army's chemical chief. Waltt also acknowledged writing another memorandum which 1,'ave a 'ilghly flattering report on himself. It was written In the third person and he testified it was prepared for Vaughan to hand to President Truman as Vaiujhan's evaluation of Waitt, Calls Himself an KxjK-rl Senator McCarthy IR-Wls) noted that Wnilt, in the report, described himself as one of the world's leading experts on toxicologlcal Muj. Gen W»ltt The hospital listed her age as 43, The quirt author of the famous ivil war novel was hit by « car is she and her husband, John R. Marsh, «n advertising eitecu- Ive, crossed the street white walk- nff. to a movie near her home. Polide charged the driver of the car, Hugh D. Gravltt, 28, with sus- Jlclon of manslaughter. Gravltt, a taxi driver, was off duty at the time and In his private car. Police records show he has had 23 traffic warfare. Waitt laughed nervously and then said: "That is most embarrassing. But it happens to be true." Wailt, souirmlng In his chair and still laughing, said: "Pavda (Soviet newspaper) Se« WAITT on Pane 14 has is the road building program. Discuss Read Program '"Our roads have not kept abreast grain now underway to equalize tax our economic development., In fact, assessments and Mayor Henderson lack of roads in some instances described functions of the new cot- has definitely held back our growth. | ton classing office being set up "After only three and i half here. months of work, our State Highway I Two new members were inducted! Oeor g'a Power Company, and a Department now has 80 projects last night. They are Dick Mills and ! - vear lalcr Ieft thc newspaper field violations previously against him. The speeding cnr slammed her (o the pavement and dragged her 15 feet. Marsh, a semi-Invalid as a result of a heart attack, held his wife in his arms until police and an ambulance arrived. She was carried to the hospital, and specialists were called. Margaret Mitchell turned the civil war tales she heard as a child Into "Gone With 'Hie Wind," » book outsold oiily by the Bible. But, she scoffed at any Idea It was an easy job. Began Writing at Six "Actually, I began writing at the age of six years. I worked 12 ; With The Wind' lot of novels I had written before that." she once said. Miss Mitchell began her career as a newspaper feature writer. Fresh from Smith College and debut as one ol Atlanta's social set, she joined the staff of the Journal In 1922. 'Hie next four years many stories In the Atlanta newspaper were bylined "Peggy Mitchell." In 1925 she married John R Marsh, advertising manager of the DDT Spray Crews Complete First Rounds for 1949 About 9.000 Mississippi County Klnve.s have, been sprayed with DOT Incc the malaria control division of the State Health Department opened Its spray operations in darch. W. O Stinnett, director ol the county work In malaria control, said that eight or nine crew.s had been at work, and had just, completed the first spi ay. He indicated that those who still wanted premises sprayed could do so for a $2 fee, if notification was given at the North Mississippi County Health Unit. sential muscle therapy is complete, since complete recovery requires time and treatment that requires experienced hands. under contract. Of course, our four- Dr. Jack Webb. year road building program still won't give us the roads we would like to .have. But if the nioney is wisely spent. It will lead to the development of a highway system which will be second to no other state." How will the annual $20,000,000 See McMATH on Pajt 4 Everybody Thinks Ethel Barry more Is Wonderful—Except Brother Lionel Street Widening Crews Now Working on W. Ash Work on Blytheville's street widening program swung Into its second phase yesterday »s workmen began ripping up curbing on Ash Street. Ash. now 21 feet in width, will be enlarged by 18 feet between P^fth and Seventh streets and 12 feet between Seventh »nd Division. Mayor Doyle Henderson said the work on Ash Street is expected lo bt completed within Uin* week*. HOLLYWOOD, Aug. 16. W)—The' President of the United States, the only living former president, and a former prime minister of England think Ethel Barrymore Is pretty wonderful—but her brother Lionel is not impressed. Miss Barrymore, distaff mler of America's royal family of the theater, was 70 years old yesterday. In honor of the occasion, a nationwide broadcast last night carried . ... , tribut.j from President Tniman. by his wife, his Herbert Hoover> Mrs Eleanor Roosevelt, Winston Churchill and scores of other great personalities. But at a luncheon yesterday. Lionel Barrymore could think of nothing more to s»y than: "Well, Ethel, I'm nwfiilly happy you are with us and I wish you many happy returns." Studio head Louis B. Mayer, who gave the luncheon for Miss Barrymore, Mid: "Gosh, that's •• heck of a speech. You can s*y more than that." "I'm sorry," replied Lionel, "but my writer has gone lo S»n Francisco." In contrast, were President Truman's remarks, recorded for the broad cMt; "I am here to pay tribute for myself and for countless of my fellow countrymen to a great lady and a great artist." Mr. Truman said. "I have seen her In most of [ her roles, and I am eternally Indebted to her for the pleasure she ! has given me. To Ethel Barrymore —first lady of the American stage —many happy returns of the day." Miss Barrymore responded: "I am afraid there Is not time enough left in my life for me to thank you enough for this overwhelming tribute. It's far more than I deserve, but believe me. It's not more than T can take to my heart." Herbert Hoover called MLss Barrymore "an expression of the very greatest In American womanhood." And from Strasbourg, Germany, Winston Churchill—an old beau o{ the aclrtss: "F.very good wish my dear Ethel and many hap py returns of thr day—Winston. Keynote of the tributes was 1 sounded at the Mayer ..luncheon by ' Blllie Burke: "We are paying homage to the Farm Leaders Confer On Outlook for Labor Four Mississippi County farm leaders were at Bear Creek Lake, near Marianna, today, to attend a conference on the procurement of farm labor. Those attending were: f. A. Rogers, James Rogers, 'Johnson Blackwell, and Keith J. Bllbrey, North Mississippi County agent. Auto Causes Fire Alarm A fire In the motor of a car owned by I. H. Nichols caused slight damage this morning, Fire Chief Hoy Head reported today. rhe car was parked on South [ Fiist Street when the flames broke out. to become a full-time housewife. Then, "Oone with The Wind" begnn to take shape. But the volume wasn't published until 1936. The (lay after It hit bookstands, l copies of the first edition were sold. It made trie best seller list Immediately and turned the bright light of publicity on the quiet little Atlanta author. Since then the book has sold some 8,000.000 copies In 40 countries and 30 different languages. Today GWTW, as It Is shortened In book circles, still sells 60,000 copies yearly In the United States and probablj that many overseas. Seven Missco /v/otion Enthusiasts to Attend Flying Farmers' Meeting Seven Mississippi County men are scheduled to leave Thursday for Little Rock where they will attend the nnnunl convention of the Arkansas B'lying Farmers Association. Those who will make the trip Include Ernest Halsell, Chnrlcs Hose, Marshall Hlncknrd. One Flccman, Gnrvln Butler, Sam Fintchcr and Earl Wildy. The convention v/ii] 1)C held at Adams Field in I.itttc Rock. Mr. Rose Is a pa.Ht president of the Arkansas group and also Is president of the national organUation of flying farmers. , 50 Bean Growers Enter '49 Contest Joycces Close List For Competition in Third Annual Event Tlie third annual Soybean Yield Contest Is destined to be x 'MI one. since 50 fr.Jrr.'icrs in KJir.iliislifrl County have'ehtereii five-acre plots In the contest. The deadline for entering was yesterday, and Johnson Blackwell, chairman of the entry drive, said that no more entries would Lie accepted. During the two previous years when the Blytheville junior Chamber of Commerce has s]H>nsored the contest there were about 25 .entrants In the contest. Mr. Blackwell Indicated thai the Jaycee.s had set a goal of 50 entries, and felt that more entries than that could not be adequately Judged, the ground measured, and con- tost details otherwise handled by the Jaycces. Measuring of the plots will consume most of the next few weeks. Tiic winner o[ the contest will not be announced until early December, when the banquet honors the winner. Prizes of $100, $75 and $50 are \warctcd then and the first place A'lnner receives the Ed Crltx trophy. The three entries not previously •cportcd are: H. C. Knappenlierger of Blylheville, T. B. O'Kcefe of Blythcville, and H. I,. Halsell of Promised Land. WASHINGTON, Aug. 16, (AP) — -Senators reversed themselves in a stormy session today anil ordered hearings reopened on the adinin- strnlion's 1,'tSO,000,000 foreign firms program. Chairman Connally (D-Tax) of he combined Senate Foreign Rcla- ion.s and Arms Services Commit- ce announced after a closed session lhat the groups will hear a half iozen v.ltiicKies. They will Include Henry A. Wallace and Norman J'honiHs, both former minority par- y presk'onilnl candidates. Coimnlly said' the additional icnrlngs, starling tomorrow, will take about two dnys. He said he doubts now that the Senate group can vote this week on the bill, which was approved for the full nmo'inl yesterday by the House ~~ >re(sn AHairs Committee. Senators scheduled • an afternoon closed session to talk over with Secretary of Defense Johnson a report from Gen. Douglas MacArthur covering the strategic situation In the Japan-Korea area. Johnson announced that, MacArthur has declined nn Invitation, voted 13 lo 12 by Ihe Senate groups lasl Friday, lo return home to testify on thn arms plan. Acceptance Forecast : • Administration acceptance had been forecast earlier for some of * series or amendments offered by' SenjUor.5 Vandenberg (R-Mlch) and Dulles (R-NYI to Ihe foreign atriu program. Before the combined Senate Foreign Relations and Armed Services Committee met, an administration spokesman told a. reporter he thinks some compromises will have to be made. In order to get f/ibill oul N. O. Cotton NEW ORLEANS. Aug. 1C. <AP>- Cloaing cotton quotations: J71<;h tow Close Oct. 2997 2934 2086-87 Dec 2391 2716 2879 Mch 2!)M 2974 2977B j.tfay 2979 2963 206SI1 IJIy 2911 28D5 2808B Weather Ark:in<uis forecast: Partly cloudy Llils afternoon, tonight and Wednesday with a few scattered or early thundershowcrs. Not much change in temperatures. Missouri forecast: Generally fnlr Wrdiio.sdny, except scattered thun- clcrshmvrrs Vhis Mlcrnoon or to- tilsht ir: southeast. Continued warm nnd humid. Minimum this morning—73. Maximum yesterday—93. Sunset today—6:47. Sunrise tomorrow—5:22. Precipitation 24 hours to 7 o in. today—none. Total since Jan. 1—37.41 Mean temperature (midway between high and low)~83. Normal mean for August—80.2. This Unit Last Ye»r Minimum this morning—61. Maximum yesterday—88. Precipitation Jan. I lo this date —32.19. New York Stocks Closing quotations: AT&T Amer Tobacco Anaconda Coupcr .. Beth Steel Chrysler Coca cola Gen Electric Gen Motors Montgomery Ward .. N Y Central Int Harvester National Distillers .. Republic Steel Radio Eocony Vacuum .... Stuclebaker Standard of N J.,.. Texas Corp Rail Center Near Canton Losi By Spencer .MOOM CANTON, Aug. 16—'/!'/—R a d I 0 contact was lost today with the defenders of Kanshlen about 200 miles northeast of this Nationalist provisional capital. An army spokesman virtually admitted ' oss °f ^ ne Important rail to advancing Communist 145 1-2 71 29 27 1-8 51 3-8, center 140 3-4 troops. 37 1-4 Many foreigners fled Canton »61 5-8 board the British steamer Wuseh 53 ' as private reports placed Commun- 10 5-8 ist troops only 155 miles northeast 26 3-S of Canton. The Wiisoh sailed for 20 5-8 Hong Kong tonight loaded with 19 3-4 10 3-4 15 3-4 most beautiful woman and the fln-lj C Penney est actrcs< of our day. You dnn't 11) S Steel Jvsl love anrt admire Fthcl Barry-! Southern Pacific" more; you worship her." foreign residents getting away from here. At Ihe same time authorities _j 3-4 here said American Naval planes 67 would evacuate Americans from this 57 1-2 National provisional capital If other 50 3-8 facilities proved Inadequate to get 22 1-2 them out ahead of the Reds. 39 7-8 These arc about. 73 Americans I Sears, Roebuck 41 3-8 i here. Thy Include Li in Ul« Embasty, 19 In the Consulate General and most of the others In the joint Commission on Rural Reconstruction. The 44-acrc Shameen Inland, which shelters most foreign firms, was a scene of grea! activity during the day. Everywhere people were packing their belongings. Private reports said the Reds were threatening Tayu. near the Kwangtung border 170 miles northeast of Canton. If these reports proved correct, they would cast some, doubt on a Nationalist Army spokesman's claim of a successful Nationalist counterattack further to the northeast. Canon-Hankow ration has withdraw railway admlnls- illway .n all personnel north of Hengyang rail junction 265 miles from Canton. The man operational base of retired American Maj. Gen Claire Clunnault's tlrUa* h** btco transferred from Canton to Kungmlng. Management presonnel of the airline remain In Canton. The U.S. Consulate General In Canlon has been ordered to close down before Chinese Communists take the Nationalist capital. Authorities confirmed (he order today but refused further comment. Already big American and British oil companies and other foreign firms were pulling out of the South China coslal city. The closing date for the consulate would depend on the progress of the Reds' southward march. The decision marks a change in American policy. The obvious conclusion is the State Department by now is fully convinced the Reds will not allow any consulate to perform Its normal functions unless diplomatic recognition first has been extended to the Reds. . jf . . .. . Cr«i? Conrial.'iTi' ip-Tex) ol the foreign relations group talked the Vn.ndenberj;-i>ulle.- proposnli over with State Department officials In a two-hour conference but declined any comment. By a vote of 14 to 5. the Hous« Foreign Affairs Committee lasl niRhl- approved » bill carrying tht full total, although split between cash and contract authority. This measure contains an *'antl- pcrcenler" provision which would anyone who has been • government employe during the lasl two years for accepting a gilt ol payment In connection with foreign arwis procurement. A Mouse drive to cut the outlay U expected. MacArthur Wont Testify On Far East SVASHINCiTON. Aug. 16. tffi Gen. Douglas MacArthur has formally declined an Invitation to return to the United Stales lo Rlvi Congress a report on the Far Eastern situation. The Senate Foreign Relation! and Armed Services Committee: had voted 13 to 12 to i>sk MacArthur to come hnme from Tokv< to testify in connccilon with thi administration's $1.450,000.000 foreign arms aid bill. Secretary of Defence Louis Johnson today made public the text o! a reply from MacArthur In which the troncra! said: "For the best reasons set lortV In my public statement of An? IHh, I believe I can lre.-t servi the national interest by rciralnlnj at my post of duty here." Johnson had forwarded the re- orcst of the Senate committees tf Mar-Arthur and Vice Admiral Oscal D. Badger, also wanted for testimony on the Far Eastern sit'n'ion Johnson did not order either tc return. MacArthur In his reply to Jfhn- snn c ald his statement of A>^, II wa.« fl.s follows: "I could not help but be rlecplj appreciative of the honor reflected In the desire exiirewed by certair dl.-tinp'.iished members of the U.S Senate that r proceed to Washington to give mv views for consideration by Ihe Consre.w on the IKSUI of United State= arms aid to thi government of China." No replv has been received trort Admiral Badger. McMath Orders Probe Of Girts' Training School LITTLE ROCK. Aug. 16. fAPl Governor McMath today ordered an tnve,stl!;ition of the Arkansas Girls' Trafninz School to start tomorrow. Soybeans CHICAGO, Aug. 16. W—Soybean quotations: High Low Close Nov 238*1 2.38 236K Dec 338 235 235'4 Mar 236'i 234 234 May 2J3S 2.S1 331

What members have found on this page

Get access to

  • The largest online newspaper archive
  • 11,100+ newspapers from the 1700s–2000s
  • Millions of additional pages added every month

Try it free