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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Friday, August 6, 1954
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OP IfORTHEASI ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI VOL. L—NO. 115 Blytheville Courier Blytheville Daily New* Mississippi Valley Leader Blytheville Herald BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS, FRIDAY, AUGUST 6, 1954 FOURTEEN PAGES Published Daily Except Sunday SINGLE COPY FIVE CENTS Senate Enters SrdDayofHot Farm Debate Both Sides Claim Victory In Dispute Over Supports By EDWIN B. HAAKINSON WASHINGTON (AP) — Both sides claimed victory to day in the hot Senate dispute over high rigid vs. flexible farm price supports. As the Senate launched its third day of debate on farm legislation, GOP Leader Knowland said he still hopes for vote today on the key issue of price supports. McCarthy Inquiry Senators Prefer Open Hearings But Would Avoid Having Spectacle WASHINGTON (AP) — Senators picked to handle a new investigation into the conduct of Sen. McCarthy (R-Wis) indicated today a general belief their hearings should be open to the public, but with some reins to avoid a "vaudeville show" atmosphere. In advance of a planned second meeting- to discuss plans, most of the six members of the special committee said for the record or in private ..talks they did not want a repetition of the televised McCarthy-Army hearings. • The subcommittee which conducted those 36 days of stormy sessions planned a meeting of its own today to seek agreement on machinery for writing a report. And McCarthy himself went ahead with his own investigation of what he terms widespread Communist infiltration of defense plants. Probe Resumed McCarthy announced the investigations subcommittee he heads would question witnesses from the Boston area in a resumption of that probe today. He declined to say in advance who the witnesses would be or what plants were involved. The six senators drafted to make the new study of McCarthy's behavior, including his controversial Red-hunting methods, were named yesterday by Vice President Nixon. Members had been recommended by the Republican and Democratic Policy Committees of the Senate. The special committee was ere-' ated .Monday night by a Senate See MCCARTHY on Page 14 AP & L Ordered To Prove Rates Shouldn't Be Cut LITTLE ROCK (ffi — Akansas Power & Light Co., which is seeking a 53,900,000 annual rate increase, was ordered today to show cause within 10 days why its rates should not be reduced. The Arkansas Public Service Commission issued the order following an investigation of complaints from AP&L customers that their July bills were considerably higher than the firm's charges for June. AP&L- put its projected rate increase into effect last month after posting a million dollar bond to guarantee refunds to customers in the event that the boost eventually is reduced or disapproved. But R. E. ""-Ritchie, president of the company, said last week that the higher bills for July were caused mostly by increased consumption of electricity instead of the rate boost. * Sen. Young (R-ND),' a leader of the forces seeking to continue rigid supports, said: "I think we are going to win now—there have been some switches!" Knowland, fighting for the Eisenhower administration's proposals for flexible and lower price supports, scoffed at Young's claim. "We have two or three switches, too" Knowland commented. Vote Wanted Knowland added that both sides were anxious to have a vote on the issue. Sens. Bridges (R-NH) and Payne (R-Maine) jumped into the debate today on the side of the administration. Bridges, a former agricultural teacher and county agent, said the administration program "will stop the senseless raid on the taxpayers to please a vociferous few." Bridges, chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, said the government already has more than six billion dollars invested in farm surpluses, and that Congress had been asked to boost farm price support funds from a present 8y 2 billion dollars to 10 billions before this session ends. "We^ can no longer delay,'" Bridges said. "First, we must stop these wartime, price supports which encourage farmers to produce crops that we have no market for, that the government must buy and then, with taxpayers' money, store^away r in Vcitory ships or ''"airplane hangars—uneaten." New England Hurt Payne said rigid supports for corn and other feed grains under past farm programs had injured poultry and other agricultural industries of Maine and other eastern states. With six or eight votes apparently controlling the Senate fate of the Eisenhower administration's plan for flexible price supports, Sen. Holland (D-Fla.) questioned Young's claim and noted that even a. Senate vote for rigid props would not be final. Holland, who supports the administration on the issue, said in a separate interview: "They can't win even if they win a Senate test. The President would veto any extension of rigid supports and the whole issue is subject to a conference." That was a reference to a compromise-seeking conference with the House, which has passed a modified version of the administration program, to be held after the Senate okays its bill. 19 More Orators That appeared to be many thousands of words of oratory away. There have been two full days of debate and still there remained, on a pad on Vice President Nixon's desk, the names of 18 senators who want to speak on the issue Critics of the proposal for flexible price supports, for whom Young is unofficial spokesman, have done most of the talking so far, perhaps in 'hope of picking up a few votes before an actual test. . Sen. Aiken (R-Vt), floor manager for the administration bill and chairman of the agriculture committee, said his camp is ready for a vote. Pending is Aiken's amendment See SENATE on Pagre 14 Faubus Claims Highway Officials 'Campaigning' Faubus 'to Let Voters Judge CollegeCkarge Orval Faubus, candidate for governor, last night told a crowd of some 1,000 gathered on the Court House lawn' here that he is "willing to let the people of Arkansas judge who is telling, the truth" concerning charges in the campaign based on his purported attendance at Commonwealth College. Eldridqe Denies Ordering Aid POINTS TO HIS EVIDENCE — Gubernatorial Candidate Orval Faubus points to photostats of papers he used as evidence on his part in the Commonwealth College controversy as he spoke on the Court House lawn here last night. He asserted that records of previous investigations cleared him in connection with the college's activities. (Courier News Photo) Rice-Stix Output Is Up; May Mean Expansion Production is looking up at the Rice-Stix garment factory here and as a consequence the Blytheville plant is first in line for expansion should business warrant it. Those were the words of local* •• plant Manager Harry Bradley, who spoke before Blytheville's Rotary Club yesterday. Mr. .Bradley said the plant here has reversed a trend which last year threatened the entire operations. That would be the plant's "terrific turnover" which has been reduced nearly to the negligible point. If things keep going as well this year, he stated, the Blytheville factory may well set a record for small amount of turnover among the Rice-Stix chain, he stated. This fact, he said, has made the company's officials in St. Louis "very happy" and as a result it ould mean expansion of the labor force to 400, should business be that good. ; • -.•—•-• ••>•--•- ', Such an expansion would require no more plant facilities, he stated. Right now, operating at 80 per cent of capacity, the firm is employing about 250 persons with a weekly payroll of $8.000. Since the factory was built here n 1937, it has paid out more than >4 million in wages, he stated. In reporting on the factory, ne stated labor relations seem to oe at their best in recent years, with ery few formal grievances being iled. Average hourly earning over the entire factory, he stated, is Sl'.02 per hour. Further comparing the Blytheville operation to other plants in the Rice-Stix chain, he said the pi/wer rate here is 1.78 cents per kilowatt hour compared to the lowest rate of nine-tenths of a cent paid in a TVA region where the company's power volume is considerably above that of its Blytheville plant. Water rates here, he stated, are comparable with those paid over the area in which .'ie company operates other plants. Mr. Bradley was introduced by Rotary jprogram Chairman W. S. Johnston. In a short business session, Jonn Osborne was inducted as a new member. Visitors included Jim Hyatt, Dane "^ergus and H. E. Phillips, all of Osceola; T. R. Forgan of Omaha, Nebr., L. C. Martin Shaw, Miss., M. F. Highsmith Batesville and Leon Taylor Camden. of Forfeits $19 Bond Henry Freeman forfeited $19.75 bond in Municipal Court this morning on a charge of running a red light. 11 Arkansas Counties To Get Aid WASHINGTON W) — The office of Sen. Fulbright (D-Ark) said today President Eisenhower is expected today to designate Arkansas as a drought disaster area, making farmers in the state elig-> ible for federal aid. An aide to the senator said the Agriculture Department has designated 11 counties for inclusion in the program. They are: Benton, Boone, Carroll, Crawford, Franklin, Johnson, Logan, Madison, Newton, Sebastian and Washington. Farmers in areas included in the program are eligible to "buy government stocks of livestock feed at cut prices. They also may receive loans to tide them over. More Relief Sought At Little Rock yesterday Modie D. Morgan, agricultural administrative officer, asked 44 Arkansas counties for details on drought conditions. Morgan, administrative officer of the Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Committee in Arkansas, said the information would be presented to the Agriculture Department in Washington. Counties designated by the state drought committee as needing federal drought relief were: Baxter, Benton, Boone, Calhoun, Carroll, Clark, Cleburne, Cleveland. Conway, Crawford. Dallas, Faulkner, Franklin, Fulton, Garland, Grant, Hempstead, H o t Spring, Howard, Independence, Izard, Johnson, Logan. Madison, Marion, Montgomery, Nevada, Newton, Ouachita, Perry, Pike, Polk and Pope. Also: Saline. Scott, Searcy. Sebastian, Sevier. Sharp, Stone, Van Buren, Washington, White and Yell. Clement Handily Win Re-Election Incumbents Carry Tennessee Primary By Huge Majorities NASHVILLE, Tenn. tffl — Sen. Estes Kefauver kept his position as a presidential possibility yesterday as he and Gov. Frank Clement won assured re-election by crushing majorities • in Tennessee's Democratic primary. The winner of the Republican senatorial primary was Ray H. Jenkins, the Army-McCarthy hearing special counsel who didn't seek the nomination and said he wouldn't run if he got it. "The figures from 2.084 of the state's 2,591 precincts tell the Democratic primary story: Senate: Kefauver 326,424; Rep. Pat Sutton 137,386. Governor: Clement 368,917; former Gov. Gordon Browning 151,824. Kefauver, who won most of the Democratic primaries and lost in the convention in the 1952 presidential derby, said yesterday's victory over Sutton was a triumph over isolationism. Crump Holds Shelby Sutton, who conducted a fast- paced helicopter campaign between marathon radio-television broadcasts, conceded shortly before midnight, saying he held "no ill will or malice." Memphis political boss E. H. rump, who sustained his first big political defeat in 1948 when Ke- auver first was elected to the Senate, maintained a neutral stand in ihe Senate race this year, although Sutton said Crump had agreed to pass a quiet word in his behalf. In the governor's race, however, Crump pulled out all the stops in helby County on Clement's behalf during the la~t few days of the campaign. Nevertheless, it was a smashing personal success for Clement, who is the nation's youngest governor at the age of 34. His victory margin in the race for the state's first four-year term was impressive without the lop-sided Shelby County count. Dwelling at length on the Com- \ enrolling "because I found some monwealth issue, Faubus then j of the pepole there didn't believe in rendered the opinion that "this is j God, and this shocked my simple a matter of far less importance to j Baptist faith. Later, I found that I me. and to you than the calculated { See FAUBUS on Page 14 misuse my opponent is trying to make of it (the college incident) nineteen years later." Before winding up the hour-plus talk, the Huntsville publisher and former postmaster had turned his guns more directly on Gov. Francis Cherry and berated the chief executive in fields he termed "the real issues" — utility rates, highway administration and welfare. The rally marked the only one of any proportion during the summer's campaigning here. The The Blackwood Brothers Quartette entertained for 30 minutes prior to the candidate's opening remarks at 8 p. m. Several state and district candidates spoke briefly pre- ceeding Faubus' address, which was broadcast last night and aired again early this morning. Introduced by Mayor Arriving at Blytheville airport yssterday afternoon, Faubus, who flew here in a Navion plane used in his campaign hopping, was given a police escort into the city. At Hotel Noble here, he conferred with his supporters in the area until time for his speech. Marshall Blackard, past commander of Dud Cason Post of the American Legion, reviewed briefly the gubernatorial candidate's war record, and said that "I. myself, as a veteran, can hardly see Orval Faubus as other than a real American." Mayor E. R. Jackson then introduced Faubus as "my friend" whom he said would "do things for us in this part of the state." Then the challenger launched into -his version of the Commonwealth story, speaking with his back 'to three portable bulletin boards set up for crowd inspection on which were documents Faubus said verified his statements. Displayed were photostats of excerpts from testimony given before an Arkansas Legislature committee and from a Little Rock Newspaper Faubus said proved he was not a student at Commonwealth at times he said Cherry has charged 1- was enrolled. "I do not know of any more serious charge that could be leveled at any man than that which has been leveled at me," Faubus told the .rowd in his opening remarks, contending his opponent's charge concerning his Commonwealth attend "nee raised a question of Faubus' loyalty to his country. Cites "Protest Vote" "We here in Arkansas have seen an astounding spectacle in the past Weather ARKANSAS — Partly cloudy this afternoon, tonight and Saturday with widely scattered thundershowers mostly in north; not so hot north. MISSOURI — Cloudy and much cooler this afternoon; showers and thunderstorms mostly south and west; cloudy with scattered showers tonight and Saturday; continued cool tonight and Saturday. Minimum this morning—77. Maximum yesterday—100. Sunrise tomorrow—5:14. Sunset today-^iiS. Mean temperature (mldwny between hlnrh and low)—88.5. Precipitation liwt 34 hourt to 7-:00 ».m. today—none. v Precipitation Jan. 1 to tnU date— 36.62. Thil Date Last Year Maximum yesterday—93. Minimum this mornIng—09. Preclpitatio* January i to dat*— KM. Stevenson's Plane Jolted by Lightning KANSAS CITY (AP) — Adlai Stevenson, calm but weary after his plane played a dangerous game of aerial tag with lightning over Montana, was on his way today to visit former President Harry S. Truman at nearby Independence, Mo. The 1952 Democratic presidential nominee arrived here after a harrowing trip from Great Falls, Mont., where he addressed a political gathering. All told, Stevenson and his secretary, William Blair, stopped at Billings, Mont., Casper, Wyo., and Denver. His Western Air Lines Convair, carrying a crew of three and 12 other passengers, ran into "really rough" weather after leaving Great Falls yesterday. As they flew through heavy rain at 14,000 feet over Lewistown, Mont., lightning struck the left propeller shaft. The twin-engine plane was bathed in brilliant light and was jolted with an explosive noise. "There was a great flash And a terrible noise," Stevenson said on landing at Billings, where the plane was delayed about two hours for repairs. "It (av« m* my first *cart ia more than 30 years of flying." The pilot, Capt. Ray Bullock, 47, of Denver, said the bolt struck the propeller, snapped the radio antenna atop the plane's cabin, -and discharged through the tail. "It burned a small hole in the horizontal stabilizer," said Bullock, a veteran of 19 years with Western'. "The plane continued to fly normally," he said in Denver, where Stevenson rested only 10 minutes before catching a Continental Air Lines flight for Kansas City. "The case of a plane being struck by lightning certainly is a rare happening, but it isn't necessarily dangerous," Bullock related. "We have no records of a plane ever being forced down by lightning." Bullock said he and co-pilot Charles Carter, 30, of Denver, knew immediately what had happened. They called stewardess Marian MicJcelson of Denver and instructed her to teil the passen- Driver Slight.y Hurt in Head-On Collision Here No serious injuries were reported from head-on collision last night at Main and 21st in which both cars were reported to be almost total losses. Hollis Evatt, Union Life Insurance Co. representative here, was taken to Chickasawba Hospital for treatment of a minor head injury. He was not hospitalized. No injuries were reported from the driver of the other car, Ray Spencer, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lannie Spencer of Blytheville. Both cars were entering Main Street from Twenty First, Evatt from the north and Spencer from the south, according to witnesses. Meeting in a head-on collision, Spencer's car slid into a telephone pole on the corner, breaking it almost in two, it was reported. No written report had been made by the police department by noon today and the investigating officers were not available for comment. Fishing Rodeo To Be Held six days — we have seen a race for governor degenerated into calculated character assasination," Faubus said. "The reason for this is obvious — Francis Cherry found himself 15,000 votes short of a majority in the first primary. This overwhelming 1 protest vote of the j Chancery District post people of Arkansas showed that The chancery post at the people have turned McMillan To Support Gov.Cherry By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Gus McMillan announced today that he has switched sides in the governor's race. The Sheridan candidate, who ran fourth in the four-man race with 18,754 votes, said he would support Gov. Francis Cherry. He had announced on election night July 27 that he would aid Faubus in the runoff race. Yesterday, two other prominent Arkansas politicians, former Gov. Ben Laney and Jack Holt, announced that they would support Cherry. Holt is scheduled to speak for Cherry at a Conway rally tomorrow night. Cherry campaign officials said McMillan's shift came "as a complete surprise." At Batesville, the governor, when told of McMillan's switch, jsaid: "Good! I'm glad to have him." Cherry rode in a parade at the White River Water Carnival at Batesville, but didn't make a speech. In announcing the change, McMillan said: "I have definitely decided after much thoughtful, careful and serious consideration that I can no longer support Mr. Faubus for governor due to recent and unexpected developments which occurred since I voluntarily offered my support to him on the night of the first primary, July 27." Meanwhile, Faubus, opposing Gov. Cherry's second term bid, has charged the Highway Department with passing along the word for department employes to campaign and vote for Cherry. W. Leon Smith's Term Not Ending Mississippi County voters who were concerned yesterday, after reading a Courier News election | story, about the political plans of j Chancellor W. Leon Smith need j not worry about the statement that \ he is not seeking re-election. j Chancellor Smith has two more years left to serve in his Twelfth A tribe of Blytheville anglers will descend on Walker Park Lake tomorrow morning at 9 a.m. to try for the "big catch" in the annual fishing rodeo. Negro division of the contest will be conducted August 14. The rodeo open to both boys and girls under the age of 12, is again sponsored by the American Legion and City of Blytheville. Arnold Miller is American Legion Chairman this year. Prizes for the contest will go to the boy and girl catching the largest fish. Better Fishing, Inc., is furnishing the awards, complete with casting outfits. Two other awards will be made in the large fish category. Other prizes will go to the youngster With the best fishing costume, making the greatest number of catches and to the one hauling m i against Cherry :>n the basis of his own rec- | ord. "The greatest single act of political hypocrisy in Arkansas politics is Francis Cherry claiming I started the Commonwealth issue by attacking him. And this is the same C s .erry who once prided himself on being a non-political governor, who has now surrounded himself with men long since discredited; Jack Holt, Boyd Tackett, Johnnie Wells and Ellis Fagan — the acknowledged spokesman of the Arkansas Power and Light Company in the Arkansas Legislature." Faubus said his refutation of charges that he was enrolled at Commonwealth has caused his opponent to drop that approach and that "Cherry now claims the issue is one of varacity. That Interests me ... Retells College Story "Cherry says I deny ever having been at Commonwealth—this is a lie and Francis knows its a lie. It has been known in my home county, Madison County, has often been checked into for various positions I have held, and my own story of the Commonwealth matter has always been confirmed. stake in Tuesday's runnoff primary is that currently held by William Carrol of Jouesboro. who was appointed to succeed Francis Cherry following the latter's election as governor two years ago. As an appointed .successor. Chancellor Carrol is not eligible to succeed himself. Candidates for the post to be vacated by Chancellor Carrol are James Hyatt of Osceola and Lee Ward of Paragould. By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Orval Faubus, gubernatorial candidate opposing Gov. Cherry's second . term bid, has charged the Highway Department with passing along the word for department employ- es to campaign and vote for Cherry. Highway Director Herbert Eldridge denied that he. had passed along the instructions at two recent meetings of district engineers and other key personnel. The Highway Commission chair- 1 man. Raymond Orr, said the "no politics" edict still stood. He said he would reply to Faubus as soon as he received a telegram of protest Faubus sent, but that he thought Eldridge was following commission, policy. During' the past two weeks the oratory of the two candidates has consisted almost entirely of charges growing out of Faubus' association with former- Commonwealth College, near Mena, 19 years ago. The school officially was labeled Communist after it closed. JN"ew Twist Thus Faubus' charge against the Highway Department, injected the first new twist -to appear in the campaign in almost a week. However, Commonwealth wasn't neglected yesterday, despite the new twist. Cherry, in a television appearance at Texarkana, declared that Faubus, at Pine Bluff, "gave the people of Arkansas a fifith version of Ms Commonwealth connect* ion." , - .;•',;. Vr.'; "My friends, there are four days remaining between now and election day. At his present rate Orval Faubus may be expected to give you, the people of Arkansas, three more versions of his relationship j with Commonwealth College." , Cherry said Faubus knows "that everyone in Arkansas is aware of the fact that he has not told them the truth." . ' Faubus says he was a non-student visitor at the college for less than two weeks in 1935. He showed documents to prove his contention. Cherry says Faubus was a regular student and the campus leader for at least two and a half months. Conflicting Stories Cherry said-Faubus has told several conflicting stories since the matter arose last Friday. The governor also produced documents to prove his contentions. Faubus charged his opposition with trying to stick a "subversive label on me." Cherry said the issue is not whether Faubus is "subversive," but rather, whether Faubus is telling the truth. Faubus, in a telegram to Orr yesterday, said a constitutional amendment had been adopted which took the Highway Department out of politics. "I had si - cerely hoped the present commission would abide by that mandate." he said. Faubus asked Orr to "immediately take action to countermand the instructions of Herbert Eldridge..." Meanwhile, some Cherry supporters have complained that a number of Highway Department employes are campaigning for Faubus despite the "no politics" rule. New System for Checking Security Cases Ordered WASHINGTON UK— A new system of checking on what happens to the case of a government worker flagged as a possible security risk was ordered into effect late yesterday by President Eisenhower. The order requires each department and agency head to report to the Civil Service Commission "as soon as possible" what action has been taken in tuspected curler "I said, and I repeat, that I was the the greatest weight in fish. The contest is open to all boysj never enrolled at the institution, and girls in the Blytheville trade j never paid any tuition, and never area under 12 years old. I went to anv classes. My account of The day's activities will begin j the matter has long since been sus- with registration with the contest getting under way at 10 a.m. The yorngsters are expected to put in two hours of hard fishing. At noon, the contestants will DC provided with free lunches consisting of hot dogs, cold drinks, and ice cream. Comic books will be handed out to the fishermen to occupy bites. their Idle time between tained by federal agencies concerned with these matters." Faubus said he took "political innocence" to Commonwealth when he went to the campus in the 30's, and that there were "only about 30 sutdents and 11 faculty members there." Faubus said he was elected president of a student group—he thought because the institution was attempting to establish itself in Same rules and schedule will ap- w Arkansas and he was one of only of the: two ~fat? r°si'!«nts on the campus at se- i pi;: to the Nogro division 'led** atxt Saturday. New Liberty Girl Is Awarded Scholarship by PEO Here Charlene Pierce. 19 - year - old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. V. Pierce of the New Liberty community, has been named recipient of a $350 scholarship given by Blytheville's Chapter N. PEO Sisterhood. Announcement of the scholarship was made today by Mrs. Chester Caldwell. chapter president. A graduate of Burdette High School, Miss Pierce received an AA degree from Southern Baptist College in Walnut Ridge. This summer she has worked over the county teaching in Bible schools and has tentative plans to enter the teaching profession. At Mary Hardin-Baylor College Bolton, Tex., where she will be a junior this year, Miss Pierce is majoring in education with a minor in public school music. The PEO award marked the second scholarship received by Miss Pierce. Previously she was awarded a $225 scholarship from Mary Hardin-Baylor. A scholarship to Cottey College, supported on a national basis by PEO Chapters over the United Collasi Charter* (the Um«. H» kit tftt school before j State* was awarded U Miu R«a Chapter N. of Qrt«c« la* fMt tf

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