The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on January 23, 1953 · Page 1
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VOL. XLVIII—NO. 255 BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS • , _ ^^ THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OP NORTHEAST ARKANSAS /rnr, «,«,,^«.«™ ' ^^ THE DOMINANT KEW8PAPEKOFN ORT HEAeT ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI Wilson Changes Mind About Stock; Approval Expected By JACK BKLL WASHINGTON <AP) _ Charles E. Wilson went before the Scnatfe Armed Services Committee again today his way now tased for Senate confirmation as secretary of' defense. The White House announced last night that Wilson had volunteered to dispose of his 2Ji million dollars worth of stock in General Motors the (inn he headed before President Eisenhower picked him for defense secretary. That decision, called for by key senators who cited a law forbidding H government official lo have an interest in a firm doing business with the government, apparently removed the big barrier to confirmation. Wilson's" formal nomination went up only last night, and Chairman Saltonsttill (H-Mass) called (he. Armed Services Committee In to a closect-dtAr session this morning Of Words,' Posl Editor Claims Paper Quotes Portions . Of Secret Questioning Of Defense Secretary ton WASHINGTON Ut-The WashiilB- ->n Post said today Charles E. Wilson has been a "vlcifin of words" ill reports leaking out of a hearing: by the Senate Armed Services. Committee. ' Managing Editor J. it. Wiggins wrote that the secretary of defense designate "is the victim of secret proceedings, the treacherous am\ biguity of the English language a tendency to garrulity and the inaccuracy of the first senatorial reports of his statements." He was referring to reports of what went on behind closed doors when the committee questioned Wilson last week as part of its Inquiry into President Eisenhower's delayed nomination of the former General Motors president to be sec retary of defense. ' Wiggins said that'while the Iran- script of the testimony is not yet available, the questions and answers which he cites in his article "are in the language recalled by many who have seen the testimony and some who have heard it." The article then goes on to say: "Wilson has been much quoted as saying that what was good lor General Motors was good for the as this :did appear in a, context, that does'not suggest an arrogant witness or; a witness 7ii a state; • of confusion is to pm ate* public interests. ; Holds G. SI. Stock "Sen. Robert C. Hendrickson (R- NJ) asked: T am interested in knowing whether if a situation dirt arise where you had to make a decision which was adverse to the interests of General Motors Corp., and in the Interests of the .United States government,'could you make that decision'? "Wilson: 'Yes, sir, I could. I cannot conceive of one because-for years I thought what was good for Ihc country was good for General Motors and vice versa. The difference did not exist."' . Republicans and Democrats have balked at confirming Wilson for the defense post since'he holds 2& million dollars worth of General Motors stock. Law forbids any public, office holder to Iransact business with a firm in which he holds any financial interest. General Motors is the largest defense contractor in the country. The White House announced yesterday that Wilson would dispose of his stock in the company. . Here are some of the other questions and ' answers the Post article cites. , "Sen. John Sherman Cooper tR- KY): 'Is there any matter at all that would come before you as secretary of defense that you would feel you were not entirely free to delermine?' "Wilson: 'I don't know what il lo consider it. Saltonstall said he expected the comipittee to give its approval today. , , Wilson's retention of a financial interest in the company had aroused strong Senate. As a~ would he. If 1 thought it was See POST on I'agclZ Weather Arkansas Forecast — Cloudy and colder; occasional rain In north portion'thls afternoon, and extreme north cast tonight. Lowest 24 to 30 northwest, and 30 to 36 southeast lomght. Saturday generally fair; warmer in west and north portions. Missouri Forecast—Snow west, rain cast this afternoon and tonight with rain changing to snow northeast tonight; Saturday partly cloudy west, cloudy east with snow northeast portion ending during the clay. Minimum this morning—50 Maximum j-eslerday—54. Sunrise lomorrow—7:05. Sunset today—5:21, . Precipitation 24 hours to 7 a.m.' —.62.. ', Total precipitation since January ' 1--3.37. ; * j Mean temperature (midway be-1 . tw;cn high and low)—52. . | Normal mean temperature for January—39.9. This Dale f.ast Tear Minimum this morning—23. Maximum yesterday—54. Precipitation January 1 to this date—5.14. opposition in (lie -- - - resull, Eisenhower lefl out ilie defense secretaryship when he submitted the names of his other Cabinet choices on Tues- In the defense post, Wilson would be in position to deal with GM, the department's b i g g est private contrac- ,, „ 'or And a fcder- Vllson a! law long on thc statute books bars any federal official from transacting business with a iirm in which he holds even an indirect financial interest. Chairman Snltonslall '(R-Mass) summoned Wilson, to a closed session of Ihe Senate Armed Serv- said (he Cabinet designee would itock and would deal, as secretary, Jilh the firm he once headed ^ Should Clear Committee, 'aokinbiall told a renoifer ne be lev ea this anticipated s« t(ch m Wilsons stand \\.11 win him ap- pro\ al by the committee Senators Bsrrl iDVa) v,Lo first cited tht legal ban and Russell (D Ga) agieed I hope the Senate will follow the recommendation of the armed services committee," Saltonstall said. Most senators who could. b( reached set-med to think ' that II would, although a few expressei some reservations. In any event considerable debate appeared like ly if and when the appointrnen goes to the Senate floor. That prob ably will not be until sometime next week. Eisenhower's formal nominatio- of Wilson, announced at 1:25 las night, at least brought to a hea the controversy which has co: fronted the new Republican See WILSON on Page 12 BLYTHEVILLE. ARKANSAS, FRIDAY, JANUARY 23, 1953 TWELVE PAGES SINGLE COPIES FIVE CENTS Gov. Cherry's Fiscal Code Gets Little Support in Senate JA\ltl AWARD WINNrnS -The Distinguished Sen-ice A*aid, given each year by the Junto/ Chamber of Commerce to Blytheville's outstanding young man. went to Charles n. Moore for his contribution to the community during the past year. Above, John Caudill (left) chairman of the selection committee, is shown presenting the award to Mr Moore. At right: Five key man awards were given to outstanding Jaycees at last night's banquet. They are (left to right) Bill stovall jr Emery Francis,.Louis Lyncli ajid .Prank Harshman. The fifth key man, J. L. Wcstbrook, Jr., was not present, (Courier News Photos) .*.** * * * ' Ckartes Moore Named 'Young Man of Year Charles R. Moore, president of the Arkansas Junior Chamber of Commerce, was named Blytheville's Outstanding Young Man o( 1052 at the Jaycees' annual distinguished Service award banquet held at Rustic Inn last night ** John Caudlll, chairman of the se- fc««on committee who presented thc ? ward ' notctl the work done by A poll of senators showed thai the upper chamber Is of no mind to give the C2-pago fiscal code bill a blue ribbon without a little blue penciling. Sen. Ellis Pagan of Little Rock, a powerful figure on the Senate floor, told Cherry at a hearing on the bill yesterday that ho intends to attempt to amend the bill. Several of Pagan's colleagues Indicated that they, too, would like to see some changes. The House yesterday passed the bill by an overwhelming 87-0 vote, with six members voting "present"' Seller Jan. 29 Benefit Cord Party, • —--*—— - ^I'yf^w^ fi f**K*-l IIM March "of Dimes ^Drive The Mothers \Iaich to o >tmn fund.-, for the current March of Dimes polio fund campaign will be staged here from 7 to 8 p.m. Jan. 29, it was announced today by County Chairman Elbert Johnson of Blytheville. Mrs. Buforci Young has been named chairman of the Mothers' March here, Mr. Johnson said. The Mothers' March, a house-to- house canvass, will be thc wind-up solicitation event of the month-lone drive. Two benefit activities to raise funds for the March of Dimes also were announced today; - • The Blytheville Duplicate Bridge ;t League will sponsor a card party •' at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 29 at the Hotel No« -,„ . -„„ |,..n, vuii. ^j nij me IIUI^J ivO- -i- ble. All types of card games will be id- played, with rook and canasta play- Sec MOTHERS' on Page 12 50 in tasks of importance to Die entire community. Five key awards were made to Jaycees selected by the club " for work done in the organization during the past : year. The key.inen were Prank-Harshman. Bill stovall, jr.; j. I,'.'West- .brook, Jr., Louis Lynch and Eirieri Francis. " •- • : James Gardner, acting as master of ceremonies, announced the presentation of the Good Government Award to former Circuit Clerk Harvey Morris, "in recognition and appreciation of his out-standing contributions to the^community during his period in public office."" Selection' of Die Oood Government Award winner was made by Robert Pete Thompson. Riley Jones and Jesse Taylor. Mr. Morris was unable to attend because of flu. Serving on the D.S.A. selection committee with .Chairman John Caudil! were Ray Hall, Dr. Alfred Vise and Earl Thomas. Pastor Speaks Principal speaker for the evening Ike, Cabinet in First Formal Session Today WASHINGTON (AP) - President Eisenhower and'most of the new Cabinet sat down in the White House today for their IJwl formal session. -'•- ' - - - O. I,. Hargis, pastor Christian Church was the Rev. of the First Joncsboro. The Rev. Flargis, introduced by See IUOOKK on Page. 12 LocusJ-^ Borer Hits Missco Trees ,"^ ' T ~ j The 'Must borer is threatening i|^%»-*&lKf/>,. ] blnck !ocust lre es, useful as wind- ryT-'l&W' *'•$»> b 'c">ks in West Mississippi Coun- WtZ' V"**j£<iV*f''',} l> and lniix force farmers to :*fi^**i jtf^-. l**** 1 * *~f*\ * i f\ tlti n TXr-n.' I'a vioKt nt 1*,.,. r find a new variety of tree windbreak purposes. That's the opinion of County Aeent Keith Bilbrey, who said today that the University of Arkansas Extension forestry service is studying the plight of the trees In the Leachvllle-Manlla area. Planting of the relatively fast- growing trees began on a large snle around 1937. The black locusts have become an .important part of soil conservation programs west of BlK Lake. The dry .hot weather of 1952 may have been a factor in making the borer more active, Mr, Bilbrey pointed out. However, he said, farmers in certain hill areas had to quit Blowing black locusts several years' ago because of thc borer From 50.000 to 75,000 seedlings are usually planted each year In the western portion of the county, Mr. Bilbrey stated. tt ORK OF LOCUST BORER - Threatening the black locust trees of the Lenchvllie-Manlla area Is the locust borer which wreaks the sort of destruction pictured above. (Courier N'c«S I>hofo) Seven Men Sent To State Pen seven men were sent from the County -Jail here today to begin serving prison term* at the St.ite Penitentiary at Gould, Ark. Six of the men were sentenced uy Judge Zal B. Harrison In Circuit Court last week. They were Buster Johnson. 15 years; J. T. Knollon, three years; Ray Swlney, one year; Rny Ashmore. one year- John Bc- shears, five years; and Dale F Wade, one year. The seventh was Willie Reed convicted at Osceola, Elsenhower himself got to the of-*- fice at, 8:27 a. in. and Cabinet members began: arriving around 9:45 for s )heir 10 o!clock' meeting. Members stood around and chatted for n few moments, waiting for the last arrivals, then shut the door and got down lo business/ With Charles E. Wilson not yet cleared into the official family, the Defense Department was represented by w. J. McNeil. McNeil, an assistant secretary of defense in the Truman administration, Is now the department's' ranking olficinl and acting secretary. The first big problem lo confront Die new Republican regime may have been solved last night when Wilson, at a White House meeting wilh Eisenhower, agreed to dispose of his 2</ 2 million dollars worth of General Motors stock. The President then formally nominated him to be secretary of defense. Wilson's decision to gel rid of Ihe stock to clear an apparent legal barrier to his winning Senate approval brought predictions from some influential senators that he would be confirmed. Other Interests But there wore indications from other quarters that a question would be raised as to whether the former GM president has other financial interests which might still itand in the way. Tile men Eisenhower selected for the eight other Cabinet posts already have been confirmed by thc Semite and have been sworn into office. They and five other top officials of the new administration were scheduled to meet with the President lo discuss a wide range of foreign and domestic problems. In announcing the session, the White House said it did not know whether '.viison would sit in. if he did, he probably would arrive la!e because the Senate armed Services Commlltce booked a meeting at the same hour to question him Besides the Cabinet, Elsenhower Invited to the White House conference: Vice President Nixon Mrs Ovc- ta Culp Hobby, federal security admlnistralor; Joseph M. Dodge budget director; Harold E. stas- sen. chosen lo head the Mutual Security Agency: Henry Cabot Lodge Jr,, who will be ambassador to the United Nations; and Sherman Adams, lop assistant to Eisenhower. All six have been asked to at- lend all Cabinet meetings. Today's discussion of domestic and foreign issues probably will be related to the stale of the Union message Eisenhower will deliver lo Congress soon, possibly next week. The Cabinet members and other key olficlals met Informally with Eisenhower In New York on Jan 5 and 6, and reviewed a prcliml- lary draft of the address. Those present suggested some changes and thc message has been °rc- 'ised. Thc message will set forth the new President's legislative program in general terms. Another conference Eisenhower arranged tor today appeared likely to deal specifically with Ihc labor aspects of the forthcoming See EISENHOWER on Pase 12 By KAY STEPHENS ' LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Arkansas senators indicated today that they were Jar.from satisfied witli Gov. Francis Cherry s complex plan to remodel the stnte's financial set up. when their names were called. Wllhin a period of three hours, the House had heard the bill explained, and had voted to accept it unaltered. In striking contrast, the Senate spent two and a half hours In a Committee of the Whole lo hear Cherry, State Comptroller Prank Storey, Assl, Comptroller Julian Hogan and E. A. Walker, buslnesi manager of Ihe University of A'r kansas, explain Ihe bill, when the body recessed at noon, only 19 pages had been explained. ... To Resume Inquiry Monday ,. Tentatively, the Senate is sched ulcd to take up the measure agali when It reconvenes Monday fron 3-day recess. Here are the comments of a few senators on the bill: Tom Allen of Brlnkley — "I think the bill Is one of the mos forward slops In fiscal cpntro we've had In many years, bu there are some minor amendments that need lo be attached." Guy K. Jones of Conway — "It's one of the most far reaching pieces of legislation I've ever seen and I think Its a very commendable 'effort to increase efficiency and reduce extravagance In the slate government. But I think li gives too much power to the governor and some slate employes and the potential damage is In electing R -bad governor. If that occurs, the people will have to pay fo'r II." Edwin Cash of Malvern — "The purposes of the bill are surely good, but I wonder If It Isn't a violation of at least Ihe spirit 1 not the letter of our laws In al lowing one constiliitionnl officer to oxcerise control over the affairs of fhe office of another constilu tlonal officer, who like the gover nor is elected by Ihe people and answerable lo thc people, rather than to another constitutional of fleer." (The bill provides Hint the director of the proposed Department and Finance would pass on some ^purchases by the conslilu tional "officers)'. - ; James p. Johnson 'of Crosselt— 'I thfhk'The'bill | s a masterpiece of legislation, and certainly shoulr tic given a trial. I'm confident 11 Ihcro are no inequities In (he bll lhat good administration won't iron out. I'm also confident that two years from now, Gov. Cherry will be thc lirst one lo come to the Legislature with those provi sious of Ihc bill that need to be amended. However, t- think it i> impossible to legislate morals am this bill will only be as good as Ihe administration of it. I havi full confidence In Gov. Cherry's abilities lo make it work. "Too Far KiMdihiK P. C. Crow of Hope—"If WL could keep Cherry, storey and Hogan in office, I woiild be perfectly satisfied with it. But not knowing who will hold those offices in Ihe future, I am bound to Ihe conclusion that Ihe bill Is loo far reaching. Instead of getting away from centralized government, it tends toward centralized government." - : Worrell Gathrlghl of rine Bluff— "As far as Ihe principal of the fiscal code Idea, I'm wholly in accord with It. and I'm very (m pressed with the great amount o. thought and research thai apparently lias gone Into preparation of the bill. However, every part of the bill is so Interlocked with other I>art^. it's difficult to comment on •my particular section without hearing the whole bill explained. And, I think Its even more necessary for the Senale lo examine the fiscal code In great detail in view of Ihc hasly action of Ihc House." In the Senate's session yesterday afternoon, a bill thai would throw open the' stale welfare rolls to public inspection was approved Sen. James P. Baker Jr. of West Ifctena, author O ( the measure said It was patterned after an Indiana law. The bill prohibits use of the rolls for "commercial ot political" purposes. Only Sens. Jack V. Clark of le.varkana and Lee Reaves of Warren voted against the bill. Clark said he feared It might "embarrass somebody in dire financial straits." Three representatives — Weems Trussel! of Fordyce, j. A. Woniack of Dallas and Oliver Williams of Sheridan — said they would Introduce a bill to separate the S»ite Parks and Forestry Division from the Resources and Development Commission. They said they would propose an Increased tax on cutting of limber — 10 cents lo 50 cents per 1.000 board feet in the case of pine — lo aid In financing the new division. ,U;S Sabres Bag 4 More M!Gs « 15 Red Jots Downed In -3-Days Is Total SEOUL (^-Allied Sabre Jets destroyed four Communist. MIG-15s and damaged seven in clear skies high over Northwest Korea today Hie U. s. Fifth Air Force reported. It brought to 15 the number of Russian-built jets knocked down in three days. At least 13 have been damaged. One Red jet wiis probably destroyed Tuesday before resumption of large scale air battles. •The Air Force earlier had reported three MIGs destroyed today but a study of gun camera films showed that another went down. Capt.'Dolphin p. Overtoil, m, o f Andrews. S. C., was credited with nagging his fourth 'MIG in three days—the hottest record in the current series of dogfights... He got his MIG today on his 148th mission. The Sabres were up at daybreak to shield Allied lighter-bombers striking farther soutli »t Communist supply Hues and balUcfront positions. Fighter-bomber pilots reported wrecking 90 Communist vehicles and destroying a locomotive and 10 boxcars. In the night 14 o. S Superforls cascaded bombs on a railroad yard at Yangdok astride thc Reds' cast-west supply route across the narrow, 90-mile waist of North Korea. Grenade-hurling South Korean troops charged up to the crest of Big Nori mil on the Western Front today and blasted Chinese positions for one hour and 20 minutes, then withdrew. An Eighth Army spokesman said the Republic of Korea infantrymen killed at least 85 Reds In the furious hit-run raid. The action was among several Allied attacks on Communist positions on the Western and Eastern Fronts. Damages of $440 Awarded by Jury A verdict for Damon McLcod for $440 plus Interest was awarded yesterday by a Civil Division Circuit Court Jury. Mr. McLeod brought the action against Old and M. L. Robinson for collection of notes. This morning a Jury retired after bearing the ca;,e of Barney Cockell vs. J. E. Groner. Mr. Cockrcll Is asking 411,000 for damages to himself and automobile in connection with an accident which occurred In April of lasl year. Shortly before noon, opening arguments In the case of Denny and Durtls Waldcn vs. Peerle-w Clean- ris; Inc., began. This also Involves damages /rotii an auto collision. Mrs. Fulbright's Brother Dies MIAMI BEACH, Fta. </P)-Robert M. Williams Jr., 43, formerly a member of the firm of Thomas A Bid- dtc and Co., of Philadelphia, and a brother-in-law of Sen. J. W FuL- brlght or Arkansas, died here latt night. Cherry Predicts Few Changes in His Fiscal Code Measure Wilf Pass 'Substantially as Written,' He Says LITTLE ROCK l»—Gov. Francis Cherry lold his news conference todny that he expected his Fiscal Code Bill to pass (he General Assembly "substantially as written " Cheny was asked if he thought the bill would go through the Senate without amendment as it did yesterday In the House by a vote of 87 to nothing. "I think there may be some things that need .to be changed." "If there are, we'll make them." The governor snirt that a possible point on the constitutionality of one section of the bill was a "Ifechhl-" cal" point. He was referring to a provision for a post audit by the Legislature of executive's expenditures, it Is unconstitutional for the Legislature to set up, a Job and then fill it. ,....•,'• However, Cherry-saici that he thought the post audit division could be compared to the Legislative Council and would not b« affected by the constitutional prohibition. Cherry indicated tliat he would sign n bill passed by the Senate yesterday to open state welfare roles lo public Inspection. ' "I said during the campaign that I favored opening the lolls and haven't changed my mind." Cherry also said he is going to Introduce legislation to provide for a constitutional amendment to make possible the equalization of property assessments in Arkansas^ Inside today's , . *• Courier News • -' ... Chirks invade Milan, Tenn., tonljtht and Hiiraboldt tomorrow" niGhf . . . Paps nose by Leachvllle 34-32. . . Sports . . . Page 6. . . ... Society nevii . , . page 5. . . . . . Markets ... Pass 12. . • . . Kace track proposal is to- lally undesirable . . . editorials . . . Pagft «'. Plans Are Made ' For Easter Seal Drive in Missco Miss Helen Armistead of Little Rock, executive director of the Arkansas Association for -- Crippled Children, met with ' county chairmen last night lo make plans [or the 1953 Easter Sen! Campaign. Sirs. Oscar. Fendlcr. Easter Seal drive chairman, announced the Junior Auxiliary members who will head various-pluses 'of the''drive under John Mayes, chairman of the Mississippi County chapter Mrs. N. H. Whitis and Mrs.'Ben Harpolc are in charge of mailing; Mrs. Robert G. McHaney, lily parade, with Mrs. I. R. Colcman as chairman of the Blytheville lily paratle; Mrs. R. A. Porter and Mrs. Dale S. Brlggs. coin containers- Mrs. Joe P. Pride. Jr., schools; and Mrs. Jack Hale and Mrs. E. M. Terry. Jr., publicity. The drive last year was conducted by the Blytheviltc Junior Auxiliary under the chairmanship of Mrs Bian S. Heath. Appointees Win Quick Approval WASHINGTON <yp, - President Eisenhower's nominees for three top-rank jobs In tile Commerce Department won quick and unanimous approval from thc Senate Commerce Committee. Chairman Tobey (R-NH) said the committee would send the nominations to the Senale later in Ihe day. Action there is expected early next week. The nominees, who will serve under Secretary of Commerce Sinclair Weeks, are: W. Walter Williams, Seattle banker, lo be undersccieta- ry of commerce; Robert Blaine Hurray. Jr., of Harrifiburg. a., undersecretary for transportation, and Samuel W. Sanderson of Washlng- .011, D. C., assistant secretary. LITTLf LIZ— The best solely device ever invented for automobiles is 0 careful driver. • •*

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