The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on April 21, 1950 · Page 1
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Friday, April 21, 1950
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE DOMINANTNBWBPAPm OT NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND 8ODTHEA8T MISSOURI VOL. XLVI—NO. 25 U.S. Census Tally Tops 75 Per Cent 4n Official Count 115 Million Americans Are Recorded Already According to Estimate WASHINGTON, April 21. (AP)—Census Director Roy V. Peel estimated today the 1950 population count is more than 75 per cent finished with some 115,000,000 Americans already recorded on official tally sheets. Aides said the threeiiuar- tcr mark had been passed ir the 17 win-king days througl: .yesterday, leaving eight days in this month to "clean up' the remaining one-fourth o. the count. With the ceiuus tally' supposed to be finished tills month—but not absolutely required to—Peel commented that "we arc very optiniLstii over the progress of the census." He declared the 1950 count has gone much more rapidly than the 1940 census, with detailed records showing a 43 per cent completior on April 15 this year against le\< than 36 per cent at the same poinl « 1940. ' Counting Lags Some Census officials, despite the brigbtnes they saw in the ovcial picture, acknowledged that the counting has lagged in some localities and may have to continue Into next month at some points. , In every place and every case they said, the count will keep 01 until It Is finished. One problem has been the "going out" habit. Census takers have been plagued, especially In the cities, by finding all the occupanU absent at house after house and apartment after apartment.. City census takers will concentrate on repeat, "clean up" call, the rest of this month to catcl somebody home. But If they're stil unsuccessful, the census bureau ha a trick up its sleeve. Advance Warning So that the'count will be as con 1 plele and accurate as possible it rr notified supervisors tl: country to gue warrung befori - 1 — 'ip uooks in •**-•**-*"•' -..supervisors ^\"ted to t ^ ,..., pers and radio stations jnt) tp irrg ; people «ho think the; ve been o\cr looked for any reason to "get i touch" with the local census offic »o that special census 'takers'.ca be sent to record them, and thei families The special recordings wi._ checked against other recordings' t jnsure against duplication. . Tiie repeat calls in the cities ar expected to be more time constim •ing than the initial rounds mad by the enumerators. Another reason while the wor See CENSUS on Page 14 45 Senior Choir Members Staoe First 'Serenade' Forty-five senior members of th Blytheville High School's a cappell choir "serenaded" the remainde of the student body this morning i the first musical presentation of i type to be presented in the school history. • It is expected that this appear ance of the choir will be made a L|nnuiil event for the senior mem ••crs of the group. 3 The choir staged its "serenade before the sun dial on the wnlk I front of the school. Their select tons Included "Praise Be to Thee "Cherubim Song." "Music Whc Soft Voices Die," "Czechoslovakia Dance Song." "Battle Hymn of tl Republic." "Now is (he Hour," an "Auld Lang Syne." This program marked one of the choir's Inst appearances for its senior members. Selections were taken from the program for the anuual spring concert. Mrs. J. Wilson Henry directed the choir. Blytheville Dally tif Blytheville Herald BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS, FRIDAY, APRIL 21, 1950 FOURTEEN PAGES SINGLE COPIES FIVE CENTS McCarthy Challenges Senate Investigators to Dig Beyond Budenz Report on Lattimore Senator Seeks More Subpenas Godfrey I. Wmtr Russian A-Blast Solved by U.S. Explosion Was Atomic; Ingredients Known, Representative. Says WASHINGTON, April 21. {A>— Rep. Elston (R-Ohlo) says the United States has solved the case of the atomic explosion in Russia last jear 'We know definitely that it was taustd by an lataGuc bomb " the reporter, and Ipgredients of Miss Pegfy Drlier + Osceo/a Cotton. Week King, Queen. Named Eighteen-year-old Peggy Jane Driver and prominent Mississippi County planter Godfrey L. White have' been chosen^ to reign over Osceola's Cotton Week celebration, May 1-7. named m&st attractive girl by' the Wrrrtfer Arkansas forecast: Pair and a little warmer this afternoon and tonight. Saturday increasing cloudiness and mild. Missouri fore- ca si: Partly cloudy lonlght ifrd Saturday; ™\v widely scattered showers mostly in east and south portion late tonight or Saturday forenoon: warmer tonight and In southeast portion Saturday; low tonight 45-50; high Saturday 10-75. Minlmtium this morning—37. Maximum yesterday—65. Sunset today—5:37. Sunrise tojn'orrow—5:20. Precipitation 24 hours to 7 a.m. today—none. Total since Jan. 1—2431. Mean temperature (midw-ay bc- .tween high and low)—54. Normal mean for April—«t. Thts Date Last Year Minimum this mnrnlnci—46. Precipitation Jan. 'l to Ihis dale •—K.M.' •• •• " • member of the Senate House Atomic Energ> Cornmit tee winch deals with A bomb and other related matters and hasYlii- fiulred closely into the .Russian atomic.blast. Source : No! Revealed l He declined ; to disclose How the" .U. S. governriicnt obtained ,-ihfcr- mation about the Russian explosion; or to discuss the Russian bomb further. There has been much .speculation in this country over whether the Russians had a true bomb, or whether he blast might even have been caused by some disastrous accidental explosion of a Russian atomic experimental plant. When President Truman told of it last Sept. 23 he used the words "an atomic explosion." "Definitely the Russians don't have the hydrogen bomb yet, any more than we do," Elston added. "We know as much about the potentialities of a hydrogen bomb as they do, and they know as much as we do, and no more. Neither of us even knows definitely how to explode an H-bomb." Works for [ncrrase Elston is working for a $583,000,000 increase in Congressional appropriations for developing the U. S. air strength. He contends Ihis country should work toward an "Kir Force of 70 groups by 1055, but that Instead U. S. afr strength is being cut back toward 42 groups. " "Russian strategy is pretty clear," he said. "If war should come, they will hope to fill the sky with swarms of attack planes, in Ihc hope lhat even a couple of them might get through to their targets. That is the obvious explanation of their program of developing nn immense Air Force in recent years. "We could tell you probably in 1-2-3-4-5 order the targets they would select. We can't afford to risk weakening our air defenses so lhat even one of those targets might be knocked out by an A-bomb." Elston said American soldiers who saw the Russians fight in World War II were "amazed at how the Russians will sacrifice manpower to get to an objective. They have plenty of manpower and to them, life is cheap and the man Is expendable. Announcement was made today by Ben'F. Butler, chairman of Osceola's Cotton Week activities, which are part of a county-wide recognition of cotton produces under spon- sbiship of the'county Farm Bureau. Osceola s King and Queen will be crowned at a coronation Cotton Ball oa the flight of May 1. Jack Stalcup's orchestra is scheduled to play for.the affair.-which Is" to be staged, in the Osceola Community House. Member-of Pioneer Family .Miss Driver, daughter of Mr. and Mi-s. W. J. Effivcr, is a member one of Mississippi^ County's pioneer famT illes. . i; : ' Her grandfather, the late Judge William j. Driver, was a member of the U. S. House of Representatives for 18 years. Miss Driver's great-grandfather, the late John B. Driver, came to Mississippi County in IBtili. A graduate of Guh Park College, Oulfport, Miss., Miss Driver is now a freshman at the University of Mississippi, Oxford. Willie at Gulfport Park, she was student Ixirty there. At Ole Miss she is a member of Kappa Kappa aam- ma sorority. Mr. White is recognized as one of the most progressive farmers of.the entire,^south... A successful, : cotton planter.he has" also 'gained ' recognition for his wide -diversification":, of farming'interests. • . ,» Develops weed'Killer '/'• Lost uiunmcr, a demonstration of his chemical weed killer drew farmers from four states. The universities of Arkansas and Mississippi also sent reire.sentatlves to the demonstration at the White fnrm.s north of Osccola. . : Mr. White, now in Florida, was notified by telephone of his selection. He plans to return home Sunday. The selections were made by the Cotton Week committee, of which Mr. Butler Is chairman. Osceola's Cotton Week activities are being sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce there. J. Lee Bearden Asks Re-Election Mississippi County Senator Announces For Legislative Post J. Lee Bearden of Leachvllle today formally announced his candidacy for state senator from Mississippi County, subject to the Democratic primaries this summer. . Prominent far'mer and giiiner of West /Mississippi county,". Mr. r Beai-T A~^ ^.tlt' U 1 - 1.1 . .- - ' • ' . ", - Women's Clubs Begin. State Convention. Here Approximately 200 women, representing women's clubs from each of the six districts in Arkansas, registered for the 53rd annual convention of Arkansas Federation of Women's Club, which convened at 9 ajn. today at the First Christian Church In Blytheville. In welcoming the visitors to Bly-+ — thcville. Mayor Doyle Henderson explained that mayors and men no longer felt required roups of women in to address "God bless New York Stocks . 1 :30 p.m. Quotations: AT&T 156 1-8 Anaconda Copper ......... 30 Beth Steel ............... . 371-j Chrysler Coca Cola Gen Gen 67 1-2 159 1.4 'cm" atlitude, but that organizations of women and women as citizens had achieved a place of partners with men in working to preserve Ihc things that make America great. Before the Mayor's welcome, Mrs. Kendall Berry, president of the Blytheville Woman's Club, opened the convention with a welcome to Blytheville and the flags were presented by Girl Scouts from Troop Two. Cilts Aims -In response to the Mayor's welcome, Mrs. M. P. Matheney of El Dorado, president of the Camdcn District, pointed out that the con ventton aim was to coordinate programs by discussion of problems, projects and accomplishments, and lo promote understanding and friendship clubs. -Local committees for the convention were then presented by Mrs George M. Lee, general convention chairman. Mrs. W- S. Johnston her co-chairman. Mrs. Oscar A. Ahlgren of Whiting, Ind.. president of the General Federation of Women's Clubs, honor guest of the convention, was .scbed- Electric ....... . ..... 481-4 Motors .............. 80 3-4 Monlgomcry Ward .. N Y Central !nt Harvester National Distillers ... Republic steel Radio Socony Vacuum Studebakcr . ! Standard of N J Texas Corp J c Penney " •* Steel Sears Souths™ Picllio -.., 54 l-g 14 1-2 26 3-4 23 7-8 29 22 1-4 17 1-4 31 3-8 II 65 1-4 58 3f! 3-8 44 IrS W 1-4 between the various -...,,._-. .be seeking -his second term n the Arkansas: Senate. •He' served six years In the state House of Representatives. He is on the Legislative Council of the First Congressional District and in recognition of his parliamentary knowledge was appointed to the committee to rewrite the rules of the Senate. In 1945, Mr. Benrden was a unanimous choice or the Arkansas Press Association for a statesmanship award, Oh Rules Committee Both governors Laney and Mc- Matli have called on him for steerage of admlstratlon legislation. A member of the Senate Rules Committee, he was elected to the Committee on Highet Education which Is directing a survey of the state's colleges. •He Is chairman of the Roads and Highways Committee and is a member of the Senate's Revenue and Taxation committee. Mr. Bearden is a member of the Leachville Chamber of Commercce and the Methodist Church and \s a 32nd degree Mason. "I am seeking election to a second term In the Senate on the basis or my past record In both the Senate and, and If elected will endeavor to represent faithfully the ulcd to arrive about noon today. Sec Sljle Show A cotton style show was the highlight of the luncheon program at the Hotel Noble, when R. E. Mabry, n representative of the National Cotton Council at Memphis, discussed the use of cotton fabric and demonstrated new cotton materials. Tile afternoon session was to begin at 2 p.m. at the First Christian Church, and at the same time registration for the Junior Federation of Women's Club convention was to izet underway at the Blytheville Woman's Club building. The Osceola Progressive club Is host to the junior group: and the Forrest City District, of which Blythevitle Is a part, Is the host to the senior group. Actual convention activities began with pre-convcntion committee sessions at the Hotel Noble at 5:30 yesterday afternoon. To Allenrt Tea Also scheduled for today were: a tea at the Osccola Progressive Club House honoring Mrs. Ahlgren; Mrs. Earl Rhodes, chairman membership committee of the general federation;-State President, Mrs. T. T. Mardls; and State President c( the Junior Federation. Mrs. J. T. See WOMEN' on Pace U citizens of Mississippi Mr. Bearden stated. County," National News Briefs- By The Associated Press WASHINGTO N—The United Stales today ordered communist Czechoslovakia to shut down Us consulate general in Chicago not later than May I. The action was In direct relalfa- ,ion of an order closing libraries of , Ihe U.S. Information service In Czechoslovakia and Ihc American consulate general In Bratislava. Osceola Kiwanis Club Fixe Years Old The Osceola Kiwanis Club celc- braled its fifth anniversary last night with a banquet for members of the club, their wives and guests In the auditorium of the Mississippi County Library In Osccola. Approximately 120 attended the banquet which was presided over by Harold Howertori, firs', president of the club. O. P. Raney. Iraffic manager of the Frisco Railroad in Memphis iBd »". former prfttdecl of .Un Blytheville Kiwanis Club, who wa; Instrumental In the founding of.the O.sccola club, was guest speaker. He was introduced by Mr. Howerton. Among the guests at the banquet was a delegation of live members of the Blythevllle Kiwanis Club — Tom A. Little. Jr., George Clark Bob Barnes, Blan Heath and Graham Sudbury — and Lloyd Oodley president of - the Osceol* Rotary Club. Acheson Denounced In Speech Before Newspaper Editors WASHINGTON, April 21. (A! 5 )—Senator McCarthy (R- Wis) today challenged Senate investigators to dig beyond Louis Budenz's sworn testimony that Owen Lattimore was a member of a "Communist cell." McCarthy noted tliat Budenz, a former Communist, testified lhat his information about Lattimore came from men he said were high in the party—Earl Browder, Frederick Vanderbilt Field and Jack Stachcl. 'I think the Investigattiiig committee ought to subpena those men and get their story," McCarthy told reporters. Attorneys for LalUmore already had asked that Field be subpenned so his testimony could be matched against Budenz'. McCarthy has accused Lattimore, Par Eastern afalrs expert, or being Russia's top spy in this country. Not Accurate Budenz said on the witness stand yesterday that McCarthy's accusation on that score was not technically accurate. But he did back up the senator's contention that the Communists exercised disciplinary power over Lattlmore. A rormer high-ranking Army Intelligence officer followed Budenz to the stand and bluntly disputed thai Lalllmore was a Communist. Lattimore, B Johns Hopkins University,professor, has flatly, denied McCarthy's charges."He withheld comment ,pn Budenz' testimony. *$' i"As» Communist" -; • Budehz said Browder. formei head of the Communist Party in the United States, "referred to Lat- limore as a Communist." In New York. B owder repliet he never made any subh referenc lo Lattimore, and added: "I don't think I eve'i" discussed Mr. Lalthnore In my life'with any one." Also In New York, Field calle< Button?/: accusations against him "a shameless and slanderous lie. Budenz testified that he knew Fiele as a communist leader and Sovle agent. He also said Field was s closely, associated with Lattlmor that they called each other by thel first names. Meanwhile there were these othe developments: 1. Brig. Gen. Elliott R. Thorpe told the committee late ycsterda that Lattimore Is a loyal America "and Is In no way an agent of th Communist party nor of the U.S S.R." Thorpe, now retired, wa Qen. Douglas MacArthur's counter intelligence chief during World Wa II. He said he had Investigate Lattimore three times and foun nothing to substantiate charges h was a Communist. 2. McCarthy told the America Society of Newspaper Editors las night that the best thing that ca be said about Secretary of Stat Acheson "is that he Is complete Incompetent." Acheson was not Im mediately available tor comment. .1, McCarthy, In the same speech said that George C. Marshall, Ach cson's predecessor, was a great gen eral but "completely unfilled fo Ihe Job" of secretary of stale, f called Marshall's assignment lo Ih post a pathetic thing." Marsha loo, was unavailable for commen 1. Brljt. Gen. conrad E. Sno chairman of the Stnh: Department loyalty board, followed McCarlh to the platform and took angi exception to some of his charge McCarthy haj Insisted all alon that Latllmore Is closely assoclat with the Slate Department. WASHINGTON —President Truman prodded Congress (oday (o continue rent controls until mid- 1950. He predicted "a wave of exorbitant rent Increases" If (hey are allowed (o enrt June 30 when the. present law expires. tl. S. OFFICERS BXAMINF. BALTIC IJFIi R/IFT— Cilpl. D' Jack ngler (left) and Capt. John a. James examine the raft found In he Baltic Sea cast of Stockholm by a British freighter after the rafk irived at Copenhagen, Denmark, by air from Helsinki. Capt. Klingler, who directed search operRtlons for the U. S. Navy patrol plane , thai llsappeared April 8 with 10 men aboard, said it was a "fair guess" that he raft came from Ihe missing plane. Woman at left Is a reporter. (AJ? Wlrephoto by radio from London). Russia Insists Plane' Was B-29 Over Latvia LONDON, April 21. (A'P)—Russia insisted;today that a U. S. plane which it claims exchanged shots with Soviet 'ightcrs over Latvia April 8 was a B-29 Superfortress. Water Rate Hike Bond Is Posted $43,400 js Deposited With PSC for Refunds \ In Event of Rejection The Blythevile Water Co., yesterday posted a $43,400 bond with the Arkansas Public Service Commission In 'Little Rock to cover refunds lhat would be necessary should a rate Increase request be rejected. No action has been taken by the PSC and date for a hearing on the Increase has not been set. Tlie water company filed a petition ask- ng the Increases In February bill the new schedule was ordered sus*- pcnded on the basis of protests filed later. It was understood here today that the water company accompanied the bond with a request that the rate Increases be made effective as soon as possible. The bond as required so that refunds may be paid customers in Die event the new rates are allowed to go Into effect hut are later rejected Bt a PSC hearing. There was a. possibility today that, following posting of the refunding bond, PSC action may be forthcoming within a short lime. Should the Increases be made effective, the cost of water would go up from on; to 15 cents per thousand gallon In Ihc various consumption brackets. The minimum charge would be changed from SI .25 for 2,000 gallons to $1.50 for 1.000 gallons. Rates for customers outside the city limits would be raised 50 per cent. The company hns cited operating deficits and a need for Immediate revenue increases as the reason for the rate hike rcquesl. Soybeans M «V •July N °v Open Fllgh Low Close 275% 280 271'* 275V4 207)4 210 275',i 279-K 27l',i 2757 207% 209K WASHINGTON The House Ways and Means Committee today approved an additional *250,000,000 slash In excise taxes—eliminating some of the Imposts completely and halving others. WASHINGTON — Chairman Vln- son (I)-Oa) of (he HOUM Armed Services Committee today mccuwrt Russia, of an act of agicre.islfln—"* murderous, dastardly, despicable act which has been officially condoned Hy tht Russian frovemmtn*." He was talking about the loss of (en American fliers aboard an »n- armut Navy plane which the IT.S. Mys wa* shot down bj 8*mrt fig April*. North Missco Chapter of State Safety Council to Be Organized Tentative plans for the organization of a North Mississippi Chapter of the Arkansas Safclv Council were being made this week by Mrs. Bc.« Proctor, field representative o[ the Arkansas Safety Council. Civic groups and educational and .service org»ni»atlons were being contacted with plans for a future meeting to set up a temporary or- ganisation. A south Mississippi County Chapter wan organized at Osccola Wednesday night, when Ray Morgan was named temporary chairman. Mrs. Proctor and Harvey D. Booth, executive director of the Arkansas Safety Council, explained the slate scl-up to the South Mississippi representation. The council w. and work Is just now underway in setting iup the county units. Mrs Proctor said the ultimate aim of the organization was to cut traffic accident-; and to coordinate the work of all safety organizations. Also elected to serve as temporary officers of the O.;ceola club were Herbert Smith, vice-chairman and Charle.i Jolllff, secretary. D. V. Maloch was named chairman of the nominating committee and other organizational committees were also named. Mr. Meloch's committee will select approximately 30 or 40 directors for the organization, and a permanent chairman will b« named from the group o! directors. A definile time for the meeting In either South or North Mississippi County hM not been set. In a note handed to U. S. Ambassador Alan G. Kirk, the Soviet Union rejected a U.S. statement that the only'Amcrican plane anywhere near -the scene at, the tims was an unarmed'.Navy: Privateer.'';'' ..,The ; -Privalee'r', missing with iU- ' crew of ten since the day! fixed v by the Russians as the day of the exchange of fire, has been given up for lost. The Soviet note loduy. broadcast iy Moscow radio and picked up by he Soviet monitor In London, re- tlied to the U. S. protest note If iprll 18. , Text of the Soviet reply; "In reply to the United ^ Stales jovermncnt's note of April 18, 1950, he U.S.S.R. government considers t ncccs-stiry to slate the following: "As already reported In the nq§i f the Soviet government of April 1, Ihc American aircraft which lolatcd south of Lcpaya Latvia. he Soviet frontier, according to erined date was a four-engined military aircraft B-20 Flying For- rcss, which not only failed to obey the demand of the Soviet fighter planes to follow them and land at in aerodrome but opened fire on '.he Soviet planes. "After the leading.Soviet fighter aircraft had been compelled to fire reply, the American aircraft turned off In the direction.of the ;ca and disappeared. "These arc the facts established by proper verification." Flyer's Yellow Jacket Found In Baltic Area STOCKHOLM. Sweden. April 21. Pi—A flyer's yellow Jacket, possibly an American model, has been found by a fisherman In the Baltic 40 miles south of Stockholm, the Swedish afr force has reported. The discovery raised speculation that Hie jacket might have belonged to one of 10 crew men aboard the U.S. Navy patrol plane missing In the Baltic area for the past two weeks. The jacket had not yet been delivered to'the Swedish air force for examination but was expected later today. The jacket, lie added, was of windproof material. Its zipper fastener hid been torn away, ft was found between the Islands of Hus- koe and Landsort. In the southern part of the island chain off Sweden's east coast. A yellow rubber life raft, believed to have belonged to the missing U.S. plane, was picked up by a British freighter 45 miles southeast of Stockholm on April IS. New York Cotton May . July . Oct. . Dec. , Open High Low l:3i> . 3273 3273 3262 3262 . 3290 3230 3217 3279 . 3H9 3113 3142 3170 . 3129 3155 3125 3154 . 3133 3160 3129 3160 N. 0. Cotton Open High Low Close May 3241 3245 3237 3244 July 3266 3270 ,3261 3264 Oct .1140 3167 3136 3163 Dec 3120 3150 3118 314<3 Mar 3134 3154 312-t 3151

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