The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on April 3, 1950 · Page 1
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Monday, April 3, 1950
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THZ DOMINANT NEWBP, Or NOftTKUBT AUCA1VAB AMD 8OOTBKAIT 1Q8SOORI VOL. XLVI—NO. 8 BlytbcrtU. Dmfly IK BlytbevUle Courfct Mluiulppi Valter BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS, MONDAY, APRIL 8, 1950 TWELVE PAGES SINGLE COPIES FIVE CENTS Truman Says file Subpenas To Be Ignored ' B.v Ernest B. Vaccaro KRY WEST, FJa., April 3. (AP)—President Truman today formally notified Senator Tydings (D-Md) tliat lie has ordered federal officials to ignore subpoenas asking them lo surrender loyalty files of accused State Department em- ployes. ......-• . "No President has ever complied' with an order o! the legislative Branch directing the executive branch lo produce confidential documents, 'the disclosure of which was considered by the president to be contrary • to the public Interest/' Mr, Truman wrote Tydings. .Tydings is chairman of a Senate Foreign Relations subcommittee investigating'charges, by Senator McCarthy (R-Wis) that tlie State Department- is overrun with Communists and Communist sympathizers. The President first refused a request from Tydings for the loyalty files. Ty dings countered by serving subpoenas on Secretary ol State Acheson. Attorney General McGrath and.Chairman Harry B. Mitchell of the Civil Service Commission calling for the files. President Again Urges Passage 6f Brannan Plan Truman Wants End Of 'Makeshift' Laws ; .^For Farm Program ,.;*, WASHINGTON, April 3. (/P>— ; Pres1dent Truman asked Congress ' anew today to enact the Branuan Plan with Its dual goal of cheaper prices for perishable crops and direct government payment to farm• ers. , , . , In an 1800-word message to the lawmakers, Mr. Truman urged them to avoid "makeshift legislation" and get busy on fundamental im 'provemenls in a farm program he "said --would, .assure Inir prices to both ""farmers'- and consumers. The message also gave specific reasons why .the , President wee* signed * J # Mr. Truman said today he hat directed the three "not to comply with the subpoenas.". 'The disclosure of these . files would seriously prejudice the future effectiveness and usefulness of the Federal Bureau ol Investigation as an investigative agency; the embarrassment, and even danger, to those who have given confidentia information cannot be over-emphasized." he said. % "Disclosure would not only deprive the Federal Bureau of Investigation mid other investigative agencies of the government of the availability ol those confidential In formanLs in the future, but- would also gravely impair their abilit; to gather confidential Information from other sources as well." Would Serve No Purpose ' Disclosure of the files. Mr. Tru man contended, would not keep dis loyal people oiit of government, bu "impair the very effective mean we now have for accomplishing tha purpose." The files, he added, do not can tain "proven information alone" bu include' many "unverified charges and allegations, leads and suspi last cions. 'Disclosure ot Ihe files woulc therefore, result in serious Injuslic to, and damage to the reputation of m-inj innocent persons t th President it only „ turc seemed to outwugh the bad Urges Better Program $ I uige the congress he wrote tod-*} to proceed to consider fun damental improvements/in our-agricultural legislation to make it more efficient less cootly, and ; more conductive to abundant, production of farm crops, yielding a fair return to farmers.; and "selling at prices consumers can afford. Mr. Truman outlined two definite 1. -Revision of permanent laws relating: to cotlon acreage allotments and marketing quotas, to provide for allotments "based primarily uptm tach farmer's pist planting history.". In addition, he safrt, aucli legislation should give ample leeway t« local commit tee men elected h<r farmers so they may "alleviate Inequities among their neighbors -and make adjustments for local . conditions." 2. A production payment system for, potatoes and other perishable commodities so that "unavoidable surpluses can be sold to consumers ami used, instead of taken oil the market and largely wasted."? Product ion payments arc a key iry of Agriculture program — a program which Congress has shown little inclination to accept. Under that plan the products themselves would sell for whatever they would bring on the market, Instead of the present system under which prices are bolstered by government buying Such buying of potatoes lias built up a headache-producing surplus stock. (feature of Secretary "Brannan's farm pro position I ln>c in this matter 'The authority of the Presider in this regard has been recogmre since, ihe beginning of our govern ment" Mr Truimn went on" Our first President and his cab met in considerIngr the first re quest made by a House of Congre for\e papers concluded tha while the Congress might call fo papers generally, the executiv ought to cqmmunlcTte onli sue papers as 'the-'public good waul permit. Arid ought to refuse the. the disclosure of which would 1 contrary to the public interest. Mr. Truman said Presidents wh have faced the same Issue "hav uniformly rejected such encroach men Is on the constitutional powe of the President," and cited Wash ing ton. Monroe, Jackson, and Clevi land. He quoted William Howard Taf father of Senator Taft (R-OhIo chairman of the Senate Republica Policy Committee,, as having. In h book. "Tlie Chief Magistrate," firmed "his faith on .the constili tutlonal power ol the President this Issue-' '. Mr. Tri'man contended "1 won be derelict in my duty" if he failc to reject-the attempt to subpoen the files. Weather Arkansas forecast: Showers and local thunderstorms this afternoon and tonight, and In extreme cast portion Tuesday. Colder Tuesday -and In west portion tonight. Missouri forecast: S h o w e r s and tViun der- mt, o r m s with !Rrbn g shifting winds this ^I(.c^- noon and most of COLD tonight.' Colder late tonight. Tuesday, cloudy, windy and colder with snow flurries ' north portion. Low (onlght 45 southeast; high Tuesday, SO, southeast. Minimum this morning—55. Maximum yesterday—66. Minimum Sunday morning— n. Maximum Saturday—65. Sunset today—6:23. Sunrise tomorrow—5:«. Precipitation 48 hours to 7 a.m. today—.18. Total since Jan. 1—23.76. Mean tompcralure (midway between high and low)— 60.5. Normal mean for April—61. This DaU I.»s( Year Minimum this mornln<t—38. V-i>«--tn ,.«5*-rHay—55. Precipitation Jan, I to this date —31.14. >.-;. .:..;,:. . ... ; New York M?y , July . Oct. . Dec. . Mar. . Open Hish Low 3218 3227 3219 3221 3230 ,i22l 3063 3066 3C62 ' 3045 3049 3044 . 3046 3051 3044 —Courier News Photo WINDS DAMAGE BARN AND HOUSE—As tile small twister that truck the Ymbro area last night passed over the V. M.'Brister farm, dipped to eartli and partially collapsed the barn shown above. TtiU was one of the three spots that the tornado liil near Yarbro. In the picture t right, Paul D, Abbott and daughter I'aulana, 5, inspect a bit of "freak" damage wrought by the storm, circled in the photograph Is a foot-long ilece of wood that tlie twister's force rammed completely through a piece f clapboard on the north side of the Abbott house. Deaf/i Awaits Memphian at End Of 90-mp/i Chase near Burdette Death was the only winner in a 90-mile-an-hour race early yesterday morning between wo Arkansas State Police troopers and two Memphis men. Southeast Missourians Go to Polls Tomorrow .Voters in Southeast Missouri towns tomorrow win choose city officlnls and school board members and will cither reject or approve state-wide gas tax increase proposal. The proposed gas tax increase* would up the Missouri gas tax two .e'rits per gallon. Additional revenue would be used In a highway improvement program. ;Two of Caruthersville' top mu- liclpal offices will be contested. * Incumbent Mayor W. D. Byrd and D. D. Pinion, who defeated, Mr. Byrd in 1934 and served as mayor jntil 1942 are seeking the city's mayorality Opposing E. M. Nccly H.S chief of x>lice will be Albert Walker and Scott. 1 32 3229 3066 3045 3060 N. O. Cotton May July Oct Dec Mar Open Hiah t*>w 1:30 31tfl 3197 3156 3197 3194 3199 3192 3197 ...3059 3059 3053 3056 3D33 3C40 3034 3037 3039 3040 3036 3036 Five Unopposed \ttorney Sharon J. Tote, .Hector"'Earrs. Bennett. City Treasurer Na'el Quiim and City Assessor Rouss Johnson are unopposed. Only alderman Gilbert Hazel Is unopposed In races Tor seats on the town board. L. K VanAiisdall being: opposed by Frank Bnlrd Ward Three; incumbent Wyman Dillman is opposed by Maurice Malin in Ward Two, and T, Wrtlunl Coin n s t Clyde Mngcrs. Harold Walker will vie to represent Ward Four. Pour men will be seeking the three seats on Caruther.s ville's School Board. President Seeks Kc-Ekelion Up IK John W. Sawyer, currently president ot the board. Mr. Sawyer and Elyron Wnrd appointed to fill the imexpircd term of Jimmy Oshurn, P.CC candidates lor three-year terms. Iversop Miclne, who three-year term expired this year, did not file for re-election. Charles G. Ross. Jr.. and R C Powell are seeking election for Lhe two-year leriru In Hay LI, voters will be called on to make a choice in only one alder- imnlc race as L,. R- Bnine, incumbent In Ward Two, Is unopposed. Incumbent W. ^.French in Ward One Is being opposed by J, D. lr- vln. Four Seek School Posts . Four men are running for two ttrec-ycar terms on the board of Consolidated School District No. 10 They include incumbent Fred Olnsscock, Camillc B. Hvbcr. Leon Chism and Dr. J. L. Masters. T. P. Weaver is opposing Incumbent Mayor Charles Dates at Stecle Other contested office there Is thnt of town marshal where Incumbent Henry Lovelace Is opposed by Ollfe Wilson. Collector E. A- Boone Is unopposed. In Ward One, Incumbent Robert Gllchcll is opposed by J. B. Morgan See ELECTIONS nn PaRt 12 Criminal Court Convenes Here Trial of James Ge« For Car Thef t Stated To Open Spring Term Trial of James Lee Gee. 18, of Portageville, Mo., and Blytheville, was scheduled ' to open the spring term of the Chickasawba District of Mississippi County Circuit! Court In the Court House here this afternoon. Judge Charles VV. Light of Paragon Id. Is presiding. . Gee is charged with the thelt ol IQ41 model Buick, the property of the Hobbs Motor Company- of Osceola, from its parking place in front of the Silver -Upper Tavern on East I^Hin street Feb. 21 and later wrecking It on an East Highway 18 curve. He entered a plea of not guilty at his arraignment Friday. Jururs Empaneled Court convened this morning with the major part of the morning session taken up by the empaneling of 23 prospective petit jurors and other first-day formalities. No grand jury was called for this term. Prospective jurors empaneled this morning were Wagner Adams, Mark Anderson, K. M. Larkin, J. M. Cleveland. Mas Ray, Jr., John Fields, Louis Ashmore, Joe BourlanC J. A, Bo«-ling, Dale Horn, Minor Williams B. B. Threlkeld, G. A. Heitt L. W. Haskett, Ray Hall! M. L Hughes, John Wells, Ike Minirth, H G. Johnson. Leo C. Hooker, Ernest Trench, H. C. Alexander, and Norman Kcnnctt. Charge Filed In Shooting Of CooterMan CARUTHERSVItA,E. April 3.—A charge of firsl degree murder wa. filed Saturday against Jesse IJttl of near Hayti in connection wl» the fatal shooting Friday night Klvis A. Burton, 30, of Cooler, o Cooler street. Little is being held In Hie Pcmi scol County Jail here without bon pending preliminary hearing whlc has been tot for Thursday mornini Burton died a few minutes afte being shot on the Main Street Cooler and Little, who was said have been with him at the tlm was arrested Immediately after Ih shooting. 7k* EflSTBR Read the story of Christ's last week on earth, from Talm Snnrfay lo the Resurrection, bt»t!f>ll; (old In a series of six ' •' artistic aketch-and-lext strips. It's » *p«c!al F.aster feature, of (he Blytheville Courier News New York Stocks 1:30 p.m. Quotations: AT&T 154 3 Amcr Tobacco 10 1 Anaconda Copper 28 1 Beth Steel 33 5 Chrysler gi Gen Electric 46 1 Gen Motors 78 1 Montgomery Ward 5« 3 N Y Central H 1 Int Harvester 257 National Distillers 23 3 nepubllc Steel 26 1 Radio IB 3 Socony vacuum 167-8 Sturtcbaker . ,.' 297-8 Standard of N J 69 1-8 Texas Corp 633-* •1 C Prnney 5S U S Steel 31 3-8 Sears 44 1-2 Southern P»cUl« ,_... U A three-mile, mile - and-a-half minute chase ended abruptly icn the car driven by Joseph W. annon of Memphis left Highway south of Burdette and overturned e limes with the Stale Police r in hot pursuit . William M. Hale, 38, also of Mem- ns and ,a passenger in Cannon's died two and one-half hours of internal injuries and R oken back. Mr. Cannon, 23, was in Walls capital this morning, siiffei'inE om rib and back injuries and pos- ble chest injuries, the officers said, ospilal attendants said he had a iry good night." State Trooper Clarence K. Mont-' mery told this slory of the fatal ase: He and Stat* Trooper George win had stopped another car ore than three miles south ot urdette about 2:30. - yesterday orning, when the northbound 1847 er sedan driven by Mr. Cannon ashed past at "a high fate of speed. The troopers look off tn pursuit, pparently seeing he was'being fol- wed by .the officers, Cannon In- reased his speed. By the time the irs neared the end of the chase, ie State Police cruiser was .doing > hour. II was just north of the bridge outh of Burdette thai Hie chase nded abruptly. Mr. Cannon's car uddenly flipped over as the patrol ar drew close enough for both of- cers U>.witness the crash. The •reck occurred at 2:45 a.m. . Bolh men were thrown put of ie car. Mr. Hale died at 5:10 a.m n Walls Hospital. Services for Mr. Hale were held t National Funeral Home in Mom- Ms this afternoon, with burial In 'ational Cemetery. Ho was born In larianna, Ark,, and had lived In lemphis for about 25 years. —Courier News PhoUi TWISTER TOSSES GARAGE—This is how the back yard of the Paul D. Abbott residence on the Yarbro road looked after last night's twister passed. In the foreground is the original garage site,' now covered with articles that were stored In the building. The white object in the background is the smashed garage, laying against a chicken house that also was re-located by the wind. The twister also tore holes m toe roof of the Abbott home over tluee rooms. Small Twister Lashes Yarbro Three Times Four Buildings Are Damaged; No One Injured Drainage Work f s Planned in Two Additions A drainage plan for some 50 01 CO families in the newly developed Country Club and E.O. Adams Ad itions to Blytheville will be com plctcd tomorrow night when bill or a drainage project will be rec fived by residents of the areas. Tlie group will meet at 7: 3 ). m. .tomorrow at the Ilollison -umber Company with reprcscnta ives of contracting firms, som of which already have submitle )!ds on the proposed drainage work W. W. Neblc, representing th residents In the area between th vloultrie Drive north to include th O. Adams addition on the Wcs slue of Highway 61 North, said th project was being 'completed In or ler that water would not be stand ing on the property after eve rain, and that It would be flnancec by the residents. TenRtlve plans for the drainag program were outlined severs weeks ago, and the residents hav been working out details with en ginecr W. D. Cobb since. Red Cross Total Reaches $9,397 Contributions for the Chlckasaw ba District Chapter of the Amcrl can Red Cross were Increased J9.397.45 today. The chapter had set a goal $15,000 and It was hoped that would be reached before April The goal Included M.OOO to reached In Blythevllle. Of the tot contributed to the chapter, all b about S2.000 was contributed Blytheville. Seven outlying con munlllcs have over subscribed the quotas, and only a few have ma partial reports. It Is expected th final reports would he received fro some of the communities this wee Contributions not previously r ported Include $259.25 from Wa Two, where Mrs. W. D. Cobb chairman of solicitation; and 49 from areas on Highway 61, whe Uauric* LuUrtll 'LI thtlrmto. Striking at approximately half-mile intervnls, a small vister skipped across the outhcrn outskirts of Yarbro irly last night, wrecking a arage, n tenant house, a.barn ml damaging the roof of a esHlence, ; /'''' , Tlic- twister caused no death or* ijuries but it plunged homes from ie Blytheville city limits north to le state line vicinity Itil6'"darlc- ess for two:hours when It snap- cd a 6,900-volt power line. -'; Hardest hit was the home and irage of Paul D. Abbott, pliinter ho lives on tlie Yarbro road about quarter of a mile north of its In- ersectlon with Highway 61 south of ie viaduct. Flinjs Garage 20 Feet Accompanied by a flurry of hall:ones "about the size, of marbles," tornadic winds swept Mr. Abott's garage off Its four-ljy-four- icli cypress pilings nnri deposited t in the opposite sido of his back ard about 20 feet from its original ocatlon north of the Abbott resi- cnce. The twisting winds tore asbestos hinglcs from the roof of the Ab- rolt home and peppered It with lolcs over three rooms of the five- I oom house. - . } Also wrecked was a Negro tenant [ louse on the Spencer Bunch farm nd a barn on the V. M. Brister arm. The Abbott home and the Bunch and Brlsler farmers are in almost straight line and lie about half a nile apart. Sweeping from west to cast .the twister apparently dipped lo earth only at these three points. Billboards Damaged Nearly a dozen large billboards it the south end of the viaduct, located about two miles from Blythe- vllle's northern city limits, and a mclgc railing on Ihe overpass also fell the wrath of the twister. Most of the signboards were flat Lcneri^ and only the wooden skcle Ions 'of others remained. Damage io a small portion of the viaduct bridge railing at a point on the north' side In line with the twister's path was believed caused by the wind because It was bulged Inward, not outward as it would have been had a car struck the mcta] rail. Power was restored by Arkansas- Missouri power Co. line crews almost exactly two hours aftci the twister hit. In addition to the broken power line, halt a poles were tilted by the wind and had to be righted. Many Candles Used During the 'black-out", candles could be seen burning fn nearly every home from the Blytheville city Courier Ntws Photo TENANT HOUSE SPLIT OreN—Shown above Is a Negro tenari» house on-the Silencer Bunch farm at iYarbro. The force of the twister that lilt the .Yarbro area last night split the house at all four corneri. The Negro tenants Escaped uninjured. Negro Sought in Death of Wife; Believed'42 Picking Champion '"•'' County, city and state police today launched a widespread search for a Negro mnn, Identified us Elijah Gordon, about SO, who is wanted lor questioning in connection with ! the axe slaying of his wife at his home on the southeastern outskirts of Blylhcyllie last night. The body of Mnridie Willis G6r-* . don, 51, was found In R bed at her home this morning by another Negro, T. J. Green, who lives near the Gordon home. The right sWe of her head had been badly hacked, Judge Green Announces For Re-Election County Judge Roland Green today formally announced that he will be a candidate for re-election In the Democratic primaries this summer. Fn his formal announcement. Judge Green said: "I am basing my candidacy on the strength of the value of my experience as county Judge to the citi/ens of Mississippi County. My experience In handling the varied duties of a county judge certainly should be worth a lot lo the county, Proper administration requires a thorough knowledge of county affairs. "Misslissippl County became free of debt during my tenure of office and has remained without indebtedness since." As chief executive of the county. Judge Green has charge of road and bridge construction and main tcnancc. and the county penal farm near Lnxora. He also presides over County Court, where administrative affairs of the county are handled; Juven lie Court, which handles neglected children and tries criminal cases involving youths 16 years old and younger; Common picas Court which hears civil suits involving limits northward. Including the j amounts up to $!,QOQ; and Quorum Country Club where a number of Court, which Is composed of jus- members and guests were eating ticcs of the peace and sets the when the twister snapired the power ' annual budget of county expend- apparently by an axe. Gordon Is believed to be the sam« Negio who won the championship title at the 1042 National Cotton Picking Contest'here. Coroner Holt said. Contest records jhm; that & Negro named Elijah Gordon, who listed Harrisburg, Ark., as his address at the time, won the 1042 competition. Coroner E. M. Holt, who was called to the scene shortly after the body aas found, listed the death as murder and identified a bloodstained single-bitted axe found in culvert near the home, as the nimler weapon. Killed About Midnight Coroner Holt stated that the woman had been struck two or three times on the right side of the icad In the vicinity of the car. as she lay in bed. !le placed the time of the '-Illing as around mld- light last night as the woman had been dead several hours when found. Officers said that the woman's husband has not been seen since late yesterday and that they had been informed that the couple had been having trouble. Coroner Holt stated that there was one deep, clean cu and at least two Jagged ones on the woman's head. Any one of the blows could have killed her. he said. City Officer Fred Hodge, who went -to the Negroes' home with other officers to investigate the killing, said that the axe nas found In a cluvert near the homo by a Negro child shortly after the arrival of oflicers. The axe apparently had been hastily thrown Into the culvert as the murderer fled. Set TWISTER on rage Iturcs. Soybeans May Open High Low 260'/. 263 tt 260 Close 263 VI Nov 257-% 259'i 256 259U 203 2»! 202It 20371 Lee Wilson Company Sells 5,600 Acres Sale of the Lee Wilson Company's vast Armore) plantation to a newly- formed company of landowners for the cash price of $1,500,000 was announced over the week-end. A total of 5,600 acres of land, which Includes the entire town of Armorcl, was sold by heirs ol the late R. E. L. Wilson to the new firm which will be known as the Armorel Planting Company. The company Is made up of John E. Grain, or Wilson, son of J. H. Grain who resigned as trustee of the Lee Wilson Company estate last month; William Joe Dcnton, son-in-law of the elder Mr. Grain; *nd E, M. Rtgtnold, who hii been manager of the Wilson Company's Armorcl Interests for a number of years, and who Is president of the First National Bank of BlythevIHe. Articles of Incorporation for the company were filed with the office of C. G. Hall, secretary of state, Saturday. The 5,600 acres sold to the Armorel company includes all of Wilson Company's business and residential holdings In the Armorel vicinity except 960 acres of farm land which Is owned by Mrs. Marie Wilson Howells, a daughter of the founder of the company and Joe Nelson, of Memphis, Wilson, * grandson of R. E. L Mr. Regenold will coivtiuue as manager of the Armorel planting Company's holdings. It was announced. In addition to the land, a cotton gin, a dehydrating plant, soybean elevator, grocery store, drug store, hardwar^' store, and a number of other mall businesses, wer» Included In the transaction. The sale of the Armorel plantation leaves Lee Wilson Company without any holdings In North Mississippi County for the first. time since the founder of the company purchased the property and. opened the town for settlement

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