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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Saturday, May 20, 1950
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS ' THE DOMINANT VOL. XLVI—NO. 50 Blythcvllle Courier Mississippi Valley Leader Blytheville Dally Newi Blrthcville Herald On Highway 61 South of City Theater, the twister left a high wooden fence leaning cinzily and did an estimated $4,000 damage to the large movie screen. W. I,, Moxley, owner of the theater, set the total estimated damage at $6,000, with the torn-up screen accounting for most of it. The whirling winds also damaged a porEibn of the neon sign m front of the theater. Heavy jjoles supporting the fence near the entrance were torn out of the ground although they had been set in three feet of concrete. Mnny of (he half-Inch thick transite panels forming the screen were blown out. Mr. Moxley said the screen was constructed of these panels so that high winds would rip them out rather than toppling the entire structure. Furniture Damaged Some metal outdoor furniture near the theater's refreshment stand also was damaged. A table was blown 25 yards from its original location. Panels from the screen were strewn over a 200 foot area east Damage to the screen caused cancellation of last night's program. However, workmen were repairing the screen today and It It was expected tlint they would' be through i* tonight or tomorrow. 'Hfimong the few eyewitnesses to tlie storm were Mr. and Mrs. Everett Mathis. who operate a lunch room near the theater. The couple said the twister originated west of the highway and moved westward at a fairly slow pace. Mr. and Mrs. Mathis said the twister left Hie ground, dipped to hit the theater fence and then skirted the refreshment stand near It. After bypassing the screen, they said, the mushroom-shaped twister reversed Us path and hit the striic- ClRar Lake Also >Ii[ Mr. and Mrs. Mathis took refuge —Courier News Phntn TWISTER CANCELS MOVIE—Tills is how the screen at w. L. Moxley's Slarvue Theater on South Highway 61 looked after a small twister yesterday afternoon swept over the drive-in theater. Work on replacing the broken panels' was under way tcday. in"ashiHW"dTtch"hr7ix)nrofTh7lr ?,°!: crdT °" from the »™lcr lo ^ home during the storm. They also Clear Uke community. Bold two smaller twisters appeared Roof damage was sustained by during the major portion of the several buildings, including a chick- storm, en ho^se and barn. A porch of one ancnd of "•'• H ]S Apparently the same twister home was damaged. Although residents of the area said they didn't see a twister (possibly due to the dust which swept I'ed the dnm age, path-like, was caused by one. France s uynamic foreign Policy Is Challenge to Britain LONDON, May 20. (AP)—A new "dynamic" French foreign policy—launched will the Schuman plan and miming strongly, through the Big Three and Atlantic Council talk: here^—is challenging Britain';; political leadership in Western Europe. France's new line is shaped lot • , rally West Europe—with Or without Britain — Into a powerful "third force" of nations turning, away from Ihe cold war and concentrating more on the economic, social and financial rebuilding of Europe. An Informed source termed the policy "emphatically not anti-Am- erican"—slressing that the French reorientatlon In viewpoint in no sense means that Europe should be less ready to fight In defense of Western democracy. Opposes "Inevitable" War View Its main lines are these: 1. The United States' tendency to view global problems primarily on the assumption that a new war Is virtually inevitable should be jettisoned. 2. Rebuilding of Europe on the assumption that peace is possible should be pushed forward as a first consideration. 3. The nations of West Europe should slop just talking about sur- irendering parts of their sovereignty nr closer unity and take firm steps award Ihe goal of a unified closely- knit west. Inforced sources in London said those lines were pushed strongly in the three-nation and 12-iialion talks just concluded Small Xallons Independent So far. there have been these indications of the new policy's effectiveness: Spokesmen for Europe's smaller nations took a strongly independent line in the Atlantic Council. According to one source, "they cer- Sre FKAXCE on I'agc 10 Plans for '50 Beauty Pageant Here June 8-9 Move Ahead Plans for selecting Miss Blytheville ot 1E150 went forward last nigl when members of the Junior Chamber of Commerce committee, whic stages the event, met to map details of the anmia. pageant. Jack Chaniblin, chairman of lhe+ J-iycce committee, said the group completed arrangements last night to obtain Jack Staulcup's orchestra to play for the Beauty Ball which will follow the June 9 selection of Miss Blytheville. Weather Arkansas forecast: Partly cloudy with little change in temperature; widely scattered thutidcrshowcrs this afternoon and tonight, and in cast and south portions Sunday. Missouri forecast: Partly cloudy through Sunday with occasional thundershcnvcrs tonight and Sun- THUNDER SHOWERS day morning. Continued mild temperatures. Low tonight In the 50s. High Sunday 75 to 80. Minimum this morning -64. Maximum yesterday—86. Sunset today—6:59. Sunrise tomorrow—4:53. Precipitation 24 hours to 7 a.m. today—.32. Total since Jan. I—29.71. Mean temperature (midway between high and low)—75. This Dale Usl year Minimum this morn'ng—72. Maximum yesterday—95. Precipitation Jan. 1 to this date *• 23,94, in the past has This year's contest will be held on two nights. June 8 will find competition for the tides of Junior Miss Blytheville and Mr. Jaycec President of 1975. This competition is open to children fnm three to five years of age inclusive. Mr Chamblin explained the event was being staged, for the first time, on two nights to prevent a single program, "which ' " been lengthy." Beauty Hall Planned The Beauty Ball, which will be slaged immediately following sclcc- t on ol Miss Blythcvllle June 0. will be held in the Women's Exhibit Building at Walker Park fairgrounds. The stanlcup orchestra has appeared in Mississippi County o number of times in recent years. Jimmj Parks ts heading plans for the dance. Winner of the Miss Blytheville contest will represent this city In Miss Arkansas compclition In Hcl- ill BLYTHEV1L TEN PAGES SINGLE COPIES FIVE CENTS | ^^b V • ^^^M ^m • ~-». »^ AJJ.M vjv/j- AJJJ^J *• j. T xy *u*> Small Twister Hits Theater TQ || j n J^y fl^ fc^^ livil Rights Plan Still Looms as Campaign Issue But Program Seemi Headed for Shelf Via Debate Limit Vote WASHINGTON. May 20. (/!>) _ 'resident Truman's civil rights pro- r rnin appeared headed today for the Congressional shelf but toward top rilling in the November election ampaisn. On the basis of a vote taken yes- erday, more than a third of ttw Senate's SB members stood commil- cd against bringing up a fair em- Jloymcnl practices (PEPC) bill. The administration has backed ts drive for anti-poll lax nnti- ynchlng proposals on this measure which would ban job discrimination on grounds of race, creed or color Senator Lucas of Illinois, the De- nocrntlc leader, promised a new 'sincere and desperate" attack on the Southern Democratic filibuster igainst the compulsory FEPC bill. He set no time for the second test. Donlil.s a Bin wm p ass Senator Taft of Ohio, chairman of the GOP Policy Committee, told a reporter he doubts any measure will be passed. Taft, who supported Uicas' filibuster - breaking move, back* a voluntary PEPC, not the compulsory bill now being debated. Lucas' hopes seemed dim on the face of the 52 to M vote by which :he Senate rejected yesterday's clo- tu:-e (debate limiting) petition. Tlie petition needed 64 "yes" votes—a constitutional two-thirds of thi senate's membership—for adoption Six Republicans joined 2G Democrats—five of them from outside the South—to defeat the debate gag and let the filibuster run along. An announcement by Senator Chapman (D-Ky) that Senator withers (D-Ky) also would have voted "no" if he had been present, left Lucas with this tough choice: change at least one opposition vote or give up any chance of mustering the necessary 61 voles In this 312 Injured as 600 Tons Of Ammunition Explodes; Only 2 Bodies Identified SOUTH AMBOY, N. ,L, Map 20. (AP)_l' oaa ibly • 29 persons were dead and at least 3)2 mjural in this blast- hocked city today after GOO tons of ammunition exploded l^fc night with a llHimlei-crous explosion heard in three .. of injured was announced by tlie Amcri- m ,, Ll ' oss -. lc » of UlG injtii'cd woi-o in critical condition in the wreckage of this waterfront city, 21 miles southwest of New York, 11 appeared to have snowed glass. The big blast on a string of ammunition bnr B c 5 shook U,e earlh at 6:25 p.m. (BST) last night. nr H u „ , A '" b0y C °"" tCCi HS Anamse as n " nii "S "' the millions of dollars. Normal life was Interrupted. Most of the Injured were wounded by flying glass. Four bodies lay In an Improvised mor Bll e, l,v« identified. Between 20 and 25 men were working on a dock when the explosion sent a Jagged flame into the sky last, night. They still were missing today. with all so Senators ena June 28-29. A S100 cash award also goes wi the title. Girls, to be eligible, must be between the ages of 18 and 28, inclusive, and must be single. Mrs Rouse Harp is in charge of entries. session— even present. Taft hinted in a statement that administration Democrats didn't try too hard to break the filibuster. No Pressure Kvlrlent "Surely President Truman could have persuaded most of the nine absent democrats to be present and some ot the 26 adverse Democratic votes to support cloture," Taft said adding: "I have not seen the slightest pressure either from President Truman or the Democratic National Committee such as that brought on various other measures." Senator Brewster of Maine, chairman of the GOP Campaign Committee, suggested that the Democrats may want civil rights as an issue in the campaign more than they want a bill passed by Congress. W.F.WellsSeeks Legislative Post Manila Man to Run For Representative Against E. C. Fleeman W. P. Wells of Manila loday announced that he is a candidate for slate representative from Mississippi County. Rep. E. C. Fleeman. nljoof Manila, now holds that office and is seeking re-election. Mr. Wells was born In Manila in 1903 and has spent his cn | ire llfc n that section. He served two terms as justice of the peace and two as nayor there. In 1044-45. he held the office of state representative -I believe 1 am better qualified •o serve the people of my •county low than I was before, as't am far more frinilllur with the actual needs of the people from this section. "How, more than ever, is the lime for qualified and concentrated action on the part of office-seekers "lid it 1 am elected to this office of representative, r promise only one devotion, time and effort to performing the duties as representative of Mississippi County." Mr. Wells said today. He also said, "r am making this campaign on my own merits and sincerely welcome investigation as to my reputation and character ' Mr. Wells Is married and has one son W. p. Wells, Jr., Journalism student at the University of Arknn- * Three miles across Ihc Rarilan ivcr In Perth Amboy, Mayor nines J. Plynn estimated that 300 er.wns were injured by living gloss i that city ol 48,000. Hundreds of •indows were smashed in the Pertli mboy business district. Trotip.s Called fn But there appeared to be some uplication ol figures of Injured i the two communities since many ijmcd In South Amboy were nr-li- rl lo the sister city across the rlv- P!ea of Guilty On Morals Count Brings $25 Fine Arline Robinson, of Lesichvillc. was fined S25 and costs in Municipal Court yesterday on plea of guilty to a charge of contributing to the acllnquency of a minor. Charges >vere filed in connection with a IXMchvillc vice raid. ,In court action this mornlm;. J. L. Fletcher, 17, of Manila, was fined S25 and costs on a charge of petit larceny. The tine was suspended during good behavior. He was arrested on charges of taking a license plate from a parked car near Dell April 29. Sam Pirkcr forfeited bond of $35.25 on a charge of driving uhilc intoxicated. Jonesboro Bank Robbery 'Lead 1 Quickly Cools JONESBORO. Ark., May 20. (IF, . ., . - eer, superntenden The first "hot lead" in Joncsboro's Wilson schools, was -irreitcd fonr-rtnv nlrl tinnnfl u-,«i. -„!,., ±.._ , ' ' . arresccrl four-day old $18,000 hank robbery Apparently was cooling rapidly lo- day. Jack Charles Waldcn, already ;hargcd wilh one Arkansas bank robbery, was questioned here yesterday about Joncsboro's. and Ll. !l. R. Peterson said one bank em- ploye "positively" identified Waldcn as the lone robber. But at Little Rock, officers said. iix pci.sons. including a city poiicc- nan. agreed they saw Walden there Ktwccn noon Wednesday, when the robbery took place, and 2 p.m. There was no official announcement by officers of what they considered Walden's status In the investigation The People's National Bank here was held up by a gunman, wear- ng dark-colored glasses, while four employes were the only other pe>- •sons in the bank. The robber got Osceola Man Charged with Assault On Blind and Crippled Employer The driver-employe of an urm- less, legless blind man is being l-.eld in Osccola on a charge o' assault and battery of his crippled cmrlover, Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Ralph Wilson said today. He also is charged witn assaulting the man's wife. According to Mr. Wilson, Chris Burse, tl\e def'-ndanl, olives the armless man around Osi.eoln in a 1936 Chevrolet wilh the bark end knocKCd out to provide a bed for his crippled employer. William E Neil. Neil Is on welfare and draw? about $50 or $60 a month, Mr. Wil,-;on said. Choking and Knifi Nell's story Mr. Wilson said, Is that Burse beat up his wit?, Mary Burse Nell, and then drove the crippled man tu a levee ->n vhe Mississippi rflvci n.d began lo oh .ike him "He took a knife," Neil said, "anc 1 starled piercing my chest just above the hearl, threatening to kill me slowly. "Hut befrn- he did, ne (Bur^oi changed his mind and sairl, 'Mo, I want you to get me SOJTJ moi.ey first. Get me S50 and a t: it so I can move ,o White Rl\vr. I wan- to leave here' " This was on May 15, Mr Wilson said. According to Nell. Burse told him to gel the money by the tie*'- day or he wou,d drive him o' to the railroad track and leave him lo be hit by a train, Mr. Wilson sa'd. Friend Cave S2.i Mr. Wilson s<-id that a fr en-i 01 Neil's gave him 525 to give a Burse and lold him to tell Burse h; woulil get the oth«-r S25 In osceila. Instead of g«|.t!j.g the monry however Nell wcnl to Deputy S'rosrcul- Ing Attorney Wilson who ordered the arrest of Burse. "There is a possibility lhat big amy charges also will j", , filed against Burse," Mr. Wilson -.-.!d. ..„ he married the woman who now Is the blind man's wife wlt'icut, oh talning a divorce from another wo mai. Neil later married Mar Burse." Wilson Man Arrested on Assault Count Philip Deer, superintendent of New York CoH-on July Oct. Dec. Mch. May July High Low 3307 3297 3181 3168 3175 3163 3180 3170 3180 3168 3139 3122 Last 3304-05 3173-74 3169 3175 3174-75 3128 New York Stocks thi' norning by a deputy" sheriff and :harged *Ith assault and battery is the result or whipping a student with a paddle. Deputy Prosecuting Attorney lalph Wilson of Osceola said lo- day that a hearing for Mr. Deer will be held in osceola Municipa Court Monday morning. Mr. Wilson said a complaint lead- ng to Mr. Deer's arrest was filed by J. A. Houston of Nodcna. whose 12-year-old son. Billy, was the vie '1m of the whipping. According to Mr. Wilson, the boy was taken lo an Osccola physician treatment for bruises on hi ower back and legs. Mr. Wilson quoted .he doctor as saying tin hoy had been "beaten excessively.' The Incident occurred. Mr. Wilson said, after the youth hat complained that, a teacher held hi class so late that he missed tin school bus Thursday and had U walk the seven miles to Nodean. Mr. Deer asked the boy why hi had told that "story." and thci •hipped him with the paddle, Mr Wilson said. Mr. Deer was free today of hi. own recognizance. He was arrestec by Deputy Sheriff Dave Young •. Osceola. He formerly resided I Blythcvillc when he was count supervisor of schools. Closing quotation., A T & r Anaconda Copper Beth Steel Chrysler Coca Cola ..'.'. Gen Electric Gen Motors Montgomery Ward N Y Central .' Int Harvester National Distillers Republic Steel Radio Socony Vacuum '.'.'.'. Stuclcbakcr Standard ol N J Texas Corp \ J C Penney U S Steel Rears Southern PacUlo ".', 161 1-2 33 3-4 37 1-8 S3 3-4 154 50 1-4 86 1-2 53 1-4 14 5-8 20 5-8 . 22 1-2 . 3J 7-8 . 20 1-4 . 19 . 35 . 76 3. 69 3-8 . 69 5-8 . M 3-8 . 44 7-8 . K 1-4 N. O. Cotton NEW ORLEANS. May 20. Closing cotton quotations: High Low July ...... ...... 3294 3286 Oct ............ 3174 3164 Dec ............ .1168 3158 Mch ............ 3171 3165 May ............ 3172 3164 Clo 3290 3169 3163 3160 31G8 Soybeans May July Nov Jan High Low Clo: 299 294 295 298K T93 295 220^i 218^ 220 2217; 219S 221 AGKKK ON DEFENSI-: 1'LAN-Sccrctary of Slate Dean Achcson (left) and Count Carlos Sfory.a, Italy's foreign minister, confer »t tha linal meeting of the four-day Atlantic Pact Foreign Ministers' Council In London. The la pact nations ordered their new central command to line up quickly the means of carrying out their defense plan for Western Europe. <A[> Wiieplioto via rndto from London.) Army troops, Marines and Coast iuardsmen converged on the Lricken city. Physicians and llursM led from points as distant as New 'ork city. Marine Capt. William Gcltman, i charge of Marines at the scene, aid hundreds of anti-personnel lines were strewn through ihc ren by the explosion. Squads of emolition experts were probing the •atcrfront area today. A sound truck palrolcd the oily, hoarse voice warning residents: Do not handle any suspicions ob- ecls. Notify state Police at City lall." Damage'In linn Inl o Millions OirtclaL; reported Ihc damage vould run Into the millions. The 'cnnsylvanla Railroad said Its dock irea, where the blast occurred, had uffcred $5,000,0m damage. A state of emergency was dcclar- d In this city of 10,000 population. State Police ringed the outskirts to ')ar tlie curious. Extra guards were pasted outside .wo banks which had been blown >pcn by the By morning only two of the dead lad been identified. They were ; Vank Cinclli, about 23, of Jersey ~;ity, and syverd Hagcn ol Brook- yn. "I thought it was an atomic ex- ilo-ion." Mayor John Leonard said 'It was the first thought thai hit me." Thuiight "Statin Was Mere" Charles Herein, a coal barge worker who was an eyewitness to the blast, said he had Ihe same feeling: "I thought Stalin was over here." An army of rescue workers, re cruited from throughout Ihe New Yoik metropolitan area, toiled the light long. Shells and anti-personnel mine from the exploded barges were bom Wilson Gas Rights Granted to Ark-Mo A franchise to bring natural gas to Wilson was granted Arkansas-Missouri Power Co. yesterday by Lee Wilson and Co. The franchise Is Identical to that granted the utility by Blytlie- ville and Lcachvllle city councils earlier thi.i month except that amounts U> R contract between the power company and Lee Wilson and Co. • 'Hiis Is because Wilson Is not an Incorporated town and «m» no city council. The franchise wns signed for Lee Wilson and Co, .by R. K. I,. Wllstm, III, trustee for the Wilson enterprises. Vrhe franchise for gas service In,.. Wilson ' Is the ' first to, b». granted by a South Mississippi County community. In osceola' Thura- day, Mayor Bon p. Butler said that city probably will grant'Ark-Mo a gas .franchise, Osccola. Dell, Manila and uixora have yet to grant franchises. Special elections to decide granting of franchises to Ark-Mo hav« been set for May 31 In Cniuthcrsville, Haytl and Stcele. Franchises also have been granted by PiBgott and Rector. Ark-Mo also proposed to bring natural gas to Kennett, Mo. The franchises granted to date call for beginning of construction of pipelines within 12 months and completion within 18. Ark- Mo plans to bring gas to this area by the 1951 heating season. tiardcd onto the area. Authorities warned that some of them still might oe live. Search lights played over the area as rescue workers moved thro igh a light drizzle to Ihe ac- compnnfmenl ot the walling sirens of scores of ambulances. The big blast came al 6:25 p.m. (EST) with a long, low rumble thut rocked Mie earth in three states— up into New York City some 30 nines away lo the north and across the state line into Pennsylvania 50 miles to the west. Compared to A-Bomb Witnesses said It was a perfect picture of what an aloni Iximb explosion must be like. A mushroom ol smoke shot up over Ihc waler- front and there were a scries of- splu'.tcring explosions pouring white flames on the fringe of the blast ar(:a. The blast lore windows from every building in the milc-squaro town and showered the 10.000 residents undci a spray ot glass splinters thai appeared to account for most cf the injuries. The big munitions cargo In 12 freight cars had come here .by rail and was being transferred to four b.irgcs. [I. was to be taken out Into Raiilan Bay to be loaded onto an Isb'Tndtsen line ship bound for the Far East. The loading crews at work on the munitions barges appeared to bear Sec KI.AST on rage II) First 'Armed Forces Day' Brings Warning Of Need for Preparedness against Attack (By the Associated 1'rcss) The American people were told today that preparedness to the point of sacrifice Is their best Influence against possible Russian aggression. A call for mobilization of strength and resources sounded in major cities across the nation where key defense officials spoke in observance of the first Armed Forces Day. President Truman and Secretary* of Defense Johnson led those who urged preparedness by calling last night for extension of the draft law, Speaking extemporaneously at an armed forces dinner In Washington, Mr. Truman advocated a universal training program for the welfare and defense of the nation. He said there never would have been a cold war if Congress had voted a draft law In 1915 when he asked for It, Instead of .waiting three years. Appearing with the President, Johnson said the Defense Department is working to build up a defense "of such formiiiablhty as to convince a possible aggressor that we cannot be beaten quickly on a hit-and-run basis." Hut, he said, there is a "most compelling" need to extend the draft President of Ark-Mo Power Company Named to Top NAM Policy Committee NEW YOKK, May 17. (Special to lee was Lewis A. Dibble, president the Courier News)—James Hill. Jr.. of Blylhcvllle, president of the Arkansas - Missouj-i Power Company, has been appointed a member of one of the important policy committees of the National Association of Manufacturers, it was learned today. Announcement of the makeup of the committees lor the ensuing years aws made at the association's headquarters here. Mr. Hill will serve on the Government Spending Committee, which will have the function of developing recommendations with respect to federal spending, giving special attention to the return of service to state and local responsibilities governments. Named chalrmjm of the commit- ot The Easter Malleable Iron Company, of Naugatuck, Conn. The policy committees, according U> the NAM, meet throughout the year "formulating policy recommendations on Industrial and economic bsues, both current and long range." Appropriate action a then taken by the a.«ociation as a whole. The committees are composed of representatives of large and small industry In all parks of the country. law, now due to expire June 24, to bolster the morale of European countries who so far "held Communism at bay." Oen. Omar Bradley, the nation's lop military man. warned in a San Francisco speech that a Russian atomic attack is possible "in a few years," and called for H "bold new program" to bolster defenses against the "two-headed monster" of Soviet Communism. Other toil figures in planning the national defense declared that the cold war is steadily getting hotter. They warned of the possibility of global conflict and ur^cd preparedness. At home, the Army, Navy and Air Force paraded Iheir power at "open house" on ships and shore installations, and with military and naval exercises nnd aerial displays. Som Beos/ey Dies BEN'TONVILLE, Ark., May 20. (/Ft— Sam Beasley, 68, former state senator and circuit clerk of Bonton County and former mayor of Ben- Cclcbralc in Uurnpe BERLIN. May 20. (,1'j—Some 70,000 uniformed men and women in the U. S. Army, Navy, Air Force nnd WAC In Europe polished their buttons today and celebrated Armed Forces Day. From Berlin to Heidelberg. Germany, soldiers, sailors and airmen assembled for parades and demonstrations. Moscow dispatches said Hie day was observed in the Russian capila] by a big reception ot Spnsso House, .- -•— "• ~^..- residence of the U. S. ambassador, tonvlllc died yesterday, nu.eral scr- with military, Navy and air attache* vices »re to be held tomorrow, | playing host.

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