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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OP NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI VOL. L—NO. 118 Blytheville Courier Blytheville Daily New* Mississippi Valley Leader Blytheville Herald BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS, TUESDAY, AUGUST 10, 1954 TEN PAGES Published Daily ' Except Sunday SINGLE COPY FIVE CENTS FACTORY NEARS COMPLETION — The Mathis Street building being constructed for Central Metals Products, Co., is fast nearing its final stages as installation of steel framework and exterior con- crete block work nears completion. The building is scheduled to be ready for occupancy sometime this month. (Courier News Photo) Final Action Pressed On Senate Farm Bill WASHINGTON (AP) — Eisenhower administration lieutenants claimed, victories on two major price support issues and pushed for final Senate action today on a controversial new farm bill. "We're off to a good start," said Sen. Aiken (R-Vt), chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee, referring to these Senate decisions during a session of more than 10 hours yesterday: 1. A 49-44 vote in favor of flexible farm price supports between 821/2 and 90 per cent of parity on cotton, wheat, corn, rice and pea- nuts for next year. This is the same compromise voted by the house in what President Eisenhower termed a satisfactory vie- Not See Revenge, Says 'Terrible' Touhy CHICAGO (AP) — "I'm just looking for peace of mind. . . . No, I'm not thinking of revenge . . . When you've been in the penitentiary for as long as I have, you forget about revenge." These were some of the comments yesterday of Roger (the Terrible) Touhy, one of the nation's top gang leaders in the Prohibition era, who had just won his freedom from prison. The 55-year old gray - haired Touhy, one-time arch gang foe of the late Al Capone, had served more than 20 years in Stateville Prison for a kidnaping which Federal Judge John P. Barns termed a hoax. Sentence in 1934 Touhy was sentenced in 1934 to 99 years in prison for the kidnaping in 1933 of John (Jake the Barber) Factor, once internationally known confidence man. He received an additional 199 years for his part in his escape from prison with five other convicts in 1942. But Judge Barnes ruled that Touhy had no part in the "alleged" kidnaping, which he said was a hoax engineered by Factor to forestall his extradition to England to face prosecution for a confidence game charge. Factor, starting in 1942, served six years of a 10-year federal sentence for a million dollar whiskey warehouse receipts fraud. Judge Barnes, in granting Touhy a writ of habeas corpus, said the one-time beer baron's conviction was procured by perjured testimony. He said Circuit Judge Thomas A. Courtney, who was state's attorney at the time of Touhy's kidnaping trial, "Must be held responsible for the actions of chief investigator Daniel A. Gilbert in causing perjured testimony to be presented to the jury that convicted Roger Touhy." Touhy's lawyers contended that Al Capone's old crime syndicate got Factor to frame Touhy so Capone could seize various labor. un.ons then dominated by Touhy. The lawyers, in their original writ filed in 3948, charged Touhy's conviction resulted from a conspiracy between Factor and law enforcement officials. Judge Barnes ruled that the state See TOUHY on Page 5 BodyFound In River At Osceola The bojdy of a middle-aged man found floating in the Mississippi River below Osceola this morning remained unidentified at noon today, but relatives of a missing Southeast Missouri man were to view the body later today. The body was discovered floating in the river about 7 this morning by fishermen. Coroner E. M. Holt said the body apparently tiad been in the water two to three days, but could have been in the river longer. Drowning was given as the cause of death and no immediate evidence of foul play was found, although decomposition hindered an investigation, Coroner Holt said. The man was about five feet four to six inches tall, weighed about 140 to 150 pounds, and probably was about 50 years old. he added. An odd aspect to the recovery was that the man's shoes and a khaki cap were found tied to his belt. Coroner Holt said. The sheriff's office was conducting an investigation today. tory. The President had recommended originally flexible supports ranging from 75 to 90 per cent of parity, a legal standard said to give a farm product a fair price in relation to growers' costs. 2. A 49-43 vote that would give Secretary of Agriculture Benson authority to continue price supports on such dairy products as butter and cheese at the reduced level of 75 per cent of parity. This was below the 30 per cent level effective Sept. 1, voted by the House and the 85 per cent recommended 8-7 by the Senate Agriculture Committee. Ike Pleased "The dairy provision should be pleasing to President Eisenhower," Aiken said in an interview. "He had expressed very strong opposition to any increase that would have provided millions of dollars of profits to processors." More than a score of proposed amendments still were pending as the Senate was recalled to continue work on the big bill today but only one was regarded as a major controversy—an adrniis- major controversy — an administration-opposed move to require that prices of oats, rye, barley and grain sorghums be supported near the level accorded corn. Any Senate decisions are still subject to a compromise-seeking conference with the House. One big potential trouble spot for the conferees was avoided by the Senate vote on the major issue — rigid vs. flexible price supports. Since World War n years, prices of six "basic"' crops have been supported at 90 per cent of parity. Over Aiken's objections, the Agriculture Committee had urged an extension. Tobacco will continue to be supported at that level next year, but the administration urged a system of flexible props for the other five. Aiken. administration floor manager for the bill, had been plugging for an 80-90 per cent range. Since the Senate okayed the same 82 y 2 90 per cent . ange the House passed earlier, this will not be at issue in the conference. Sen. Young (R-ND), spokesman j for a bipartisan group of senators which fought vainly for continued rigid price supports, planned one See FARM on Page 5 Sen. Knowland To Force Action Atomic Law Senate to Stay Unit! Approval Of Compromise By WILLIAM F. ARBOGAST WASHINGTON UP) — Sen. Knowland (R-Calif> said today the Senate will stay in session—no matter how long- it takes—to approve a compromise version of President Eisenhower's new atomic energy blueprint. The two-week Senate debate required before the bill was passed originally was the major factor in wrecking congressional leaders' hopes of adjourning July 31. They are aiming now for this Saturday. The House passed by voice vote late yesterday a compromise version of the bill designed to spur the entrance of private industry into the field of peaceful atomic power, and to permit sharing of such nuclear secrets with U. S. allies. Knowland, the Senate Republican leader, told newsmen" he "will not offer any adjournment-recess resolution until after the measure, worked out by a Senate-House conference committee, is passed. "The bill is going to be passed." he said. "The Senate has voted 2-1 in favor of it and the conference report isn't going to be rejected. I don't know how much talk there will be on it. But we are going to stay here until it is passed." Opponents who argue that some provisions of the bill would prove the way for monopoly in the atomic power field have said they regard as good the chances that the Senate will vote to send the measure back once again to a Senate- House conference. The idea would be to revise provisions to which they object. The House took little time yesterday in disposing of the bill, which it originally passed in a 17- hour session on July 30-31 while the Senate was in the midst of a 13-day talkfest. The major controversy row centers on a provision dealing with patents on privately financed civilian developments in atomic energy. The bill provides for the issuance of exclusive patents, but requires that preference in issuing licenses for atomic manufacturing projects during the first five years be given to concerns that agree to share patents. Estimates Show Near-Record Turn-Out in Statewide Voting U. S. Seeks Soviet Answer on A-Plan WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Dulles said! today the United States, preparing to go ahead with President Eisenhower's atoms-for-peace plan hi any case, has asked Russia whether its turn-down of the proposal is final. The secretary described Russia's latest note on the matter as 99 per cent negative, and said the State Department has now asked Moscow whether the Soviets want it to be treated as 100 per cent negative. Dulles told a news conference that private talks with Russia's Foreign Minister Molotov, along with formal notes, show very fundamental differences in the American and Russian approach to the problem. No Names At present. Dulles said, the TJ. S. government is actively considering the prospect of beginning talks at an early stage with other countries which might join the plan both to contribute materials and share the benefits. He did not name the countries. The President set out his proposal in an address Dec. 8 before the United Nations. He called for a world bank of fissionable materials to be set up for peaceful purposes which would be available to all countries. The idea is that it would study ways of harnessing the atom for the benefit of mankind. On other subjects, Dulles: 1. Said he hopes an announcement may be forthcoming later this week spelling out the plans to create a Southeast Asia alliance against communism. He said there was a possibility one of the "co- lombo powers" might join. No Seizure Suggested This group, taking its name from a meeting in Colombo, Ceylon, includes India, Ceylon, "Burma, Indonesia and Pakistan. 2. Described the situation in Southern Viet Nam as nearly chaotic but said he had no information which suggested the Communists might try to seize power from the non-Red regime. 3. Said Japan's worsening financial picture is a grave problem but that it may be possible to relieve this somewhat by opening up new trade markets to the Japanese and selling surplus American farm products to them at cut-rate prices. He said, however, he did not think it would be necessary to resume direct financial aid to the Japanese. 4. Said he was hopeful Communist China would agree to free American fliers and civilians still in Red custody. The United States is actively pursuing this problem through British diplomats in Pei- ping, 5. Declared American support for See DULLES on Page 5 57 5 Votes Cast Here By Noon About 110 more Blytheville citizens had gone to the polls by noon today than made the trip to the ballot boxes by noon two weeks ago, when Arkansas" first Democratic primary of the summer sent Sen. John McCleilan back to the Senate and forced Gov. Francis Cherry into a runoff with Orval E. Faubus. Total votes cast in the city's four wards by noon today stood at 575. compared with a figure of 465 at noon for the first primary: Actually, the comparison should run a little deeper, because today's count was taken at 11:55 a.m., while the previous check was at 12:05 p.m. Both totals were far from the 882 noontime mark set two years ago in the city. Voters had turned out in these numbers at noon today: Ward One—City Hall, 146; Seay Motor Company. 78. Ward Two—Blytheville Water Company, 159; Noble Gill Pontiac Company, 69. Ward Three—Fire Station No. Two, 100. Ward Four—Moore Brothers Store. 23. Polls will close at 6:30 pjn. Meeting Here to Decide Fate Of Two-State Drainage Plan Fate of a combined Missouri-Arkansas drainage plan will be decided at a meeting of Drainage District 17 directors tomorrow. The extensive cooperative drainage project is said to provide drainage benefits to about 52,000 acres. All Reports Indicate Big Vote Bulletin By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Orval Faubus captured 20 votes to four for Gov. Francis Cherry in the first two precincts reporting- today. Mount Olive was the first in the state to report, giving Faubus seven and Cherry three. Second to report was Little Texas precinct in Scott County where Faubus received 13 to one for Cherrv. The meeting, which is open to* interested persons, will be in the district offices over First National Bank and is to get started at 11 a.m. According to Drainage District 17 Commissioner E. M. Regenold, th matter is not yet closed. However, the board of 17 is expected to approve the measure if no appreciable opposition to it is seen. Meanwhile, five Southeast Missouri drainage district have banded together and are ready to begin their part of the program—one of the larger drainage projects undertaken in this area in recent years. Representatives of the Elk Chute j district in Dunklin County and the j Pemiscot County Court Thursday j agreed to put up S24.000 as Mis- j souri's share of the outlet, which will be in Mississippi County. More specifically, the plan -alls for the Missouri water to be channeled through the new barrow pit which follows the levee on the east- Alcoholics Anonymous Alcoholism. Is Nation's No. 4 Health Problem. (EDITOR'S NOTE: The following article is the first in a series of five on Alcoholics Anonymous — who they are, why they have banded together and what they are doing. Some of the views oi persons written about in this series are not intended to express the corporate attitudes of this organization, but to give examples of differing problems and solutions in the individual cases.) By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS A hot gubernatorial- campaign and comparatively cool weather will bring out a record or near-record vote in Arkansas today estimates from over the state indicated today. The bitter showdown between incumbent Francis Cherry and newspaper publisher Orval Faubus, plus a few hot local races, apparently has interested the voters more than the first primary two weeks ago. All early reports showed an increase over early estimates two weeks ago. In the first primary, when a U. S. Senate seat also was at stake, the vote topped 325,000. The record for Arkansas is 391,504—the amount cast in the 1952 presidential election. Early Counts Early ballot counts at North Little Rock, Magnolia. El Dorado and Searcy indicated a record turnout. North Little Rock and Searcy set local records on July 27. A total of 475 ballots in Searcy, which is located in White County, was reported at 10:45 a.m., compared to 385 at the same time two weeks ago. In North Little Rock. 1.500 votes had been cast in the 13 precincts—slightly heavier than the first primary early count. The heaviest North Little Rock vote was concentrated in the second ward, where Negro grocer Roland Smith is trying to unseat Ed Skinner, a white alderman. Some 450 votes had been cast there by 10 a.m. The El Dorado count was 1,996 at 11 a.m.—slightly heavier than in the first primary. Absentee ballots were reported much heavier. Voting is expected to be much he ier in Unic:i County, where former sheriff 0. E. Bishop is seeking to unseat the incumbent, R. E. Buck, See POLITICS on Page 5 ern edge of the Big Lake bottom | it is the No j SQcial pro blem. By ROWLAND FAUST (Courier News Staff Writer) What is the nation's fourth major health problem? It is alcoholism. Not only is it the fourth major health problem, but Christianity's Hour of Decision Drive Chairmen Are Named for Polio Campaign Elbert Johnson of Blytheville, chairman of the Mississippi County Emergency March of Dimes fund drive, today named 11 community chairmen. Appointed were Miss Helen Ruth Hamilton, Blytheville; the Rev. D. M. Moore. Osceola, Charles Armstrong, Dell; Guy Rubinstein, Manila; Bill Steed, Leachville; Marion Dyer, Armorel; Milton Bunch, Yarbro, C. Modinger, Jr., State Line; Mrs. Reece Moore, Number Nine; W. T. Metzger, Huffman; and Rex Hughes, Forty and Eight. Others will be appointed, Mr. Johnson said. Increased patient care costs and the expense of the two-phase polio prevention program of the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis have brought about the emergency fund drive, he said. Of the $20,000,000 national goal, $8,000 is sought in Mississippi County the special campaign will be held Aug. 16-21. In addition to the $26,000,000 spent on polio prevention through Salk vaccine and gamma globulin, there are 2.000 long- term patients in iron lung. c with some cases costing up to $20,000 a year. , World Church Council to Provide Critical Test of Unity, Division EDITOR'S NOTE — A meeting starting next Sunday in Evanston, 111., will determine whether centuries-old divisions among Christian religions can be made smaller or must grow still wider. Here is the first of four articles on the Assembly of the World Council of -Churches, which some churchmen have called the most important religious event since the Reformation. land " would Join Floodway ! Today, the P ublic is constantly hearing of organiza- it would eventually join the; tions being developed and fund raising drives held to combat Floodway Ditch, presumably near j certain diseases. south of the Big Lake bridge. j i n the realm of alcoholism, is there an organization to This would be made possible by • combat it? cutting through the Bell Fountain j there . g _ But n() . . fl thg ugual sense Qf ^ and State Line Ditches, joining; ,. ' them with the outlet ditch in the j zations that call on the public for financial support. national organl . barrow pit. The organization is composed of people who suffer from the By GEORGE W. CORNELL crossroad. EVANSTON, 111. (AP) — Most Of the world's churches are moving toward a fateful These two ditches run east and i same alcoholic sickness. It does not call upon the public for funds west, parallel to each other, right | or SU p por t; jt is in action throughout the U. S. and the world, but is at the bottom of the Missouri boot- i oreanized in the true sense of the word . It is called Alc0 holics heel. The State Line ditch being i in Arkansas. ! Anonymous. Extra drainage afforded by run- j In the city of Blytheville and in j groups elsewhere, ning the two ditches into the pro- i several other communities in Mis- \ It is est i matec t that in most posed new outlet ditch would low- j sissippi County there is a group of \ gr0 ups approximately .50 per cent er the and Sta four feet, according to Lawrence L. i an effort to defeat a common en-, See AA on Page Bradley of Kennett. secretary- of Elk i emy, alcoholism. j Chute Drainage District in Dunk- { xhe organization bears the name new ouuet aitcn \\uum iuw-j aiaaiytu i^/uuii^ mc^c 10 n. siuu^ v. ,: groups approximately ou per cent water table in Bell Fountain j men and women who have come j of che peop i e wno "enter the AA itate Line ditches by about i together to give aid to each other in j pl - 0 gram stay sober from the begin\^*- rt nnr*-*-A ivn-r t-n T rs \i-vt> >-!/*•£* T. i fln pf f rvrt tn ri^f pft T, 3 nnmrnon pn— i &^ ~ «« ..^ r>^.~ ^ T lin County. Early this summer, Drainage District 7 cut a ditch through at the southern end of the new barrow pits, permitting water in that i "Alcoholics Anonymous" has roots which reach back 20 years to the ideals of two men, Bill W. of New York City and Dr. Bob S. of Akron, Ohio. 11-mile stretch to escape. Evidently, this was done in an-! AA has grown until today the or- Regenold Buys Soybean Firm At Kennett IT'l-i * 1« *li 4- "j.1 i • x^viuciioiv, L»mowao<-*uii& **.*«** - --- —•- c-— — - w - ; . .Which way they turn can mean either closer ties or sharper gaps in the centuries-old j tidpation of the work now sche-! ganization now has more than e.oooj E . Mt Regenold. head of the Ar- divisions of Christianity. The answer hinges on the Assembly of the World Council of Churches opening here next Sunday. "It will be a critical test." said Dr. W. A. Visser 't Hooft, the council's general secretary. 'We shall see which is stronger — the force of unity or the force of division." The meeting will be the most widely representative Christian gathering ever held on the- American continent. In range of subjects, purposes and participation, it may well be the most comprehensive Christian assembly ever called. Crucial Meeting All things considered, said Dr. Franklin Clark Fry, head of the United Lutheran Church and vice chairman of the council's Central Committee, "it is the most crucial interchurch meeting in Christian history." Fundamental theological ques- scribed it this way: tions, buried through the years in i "The most truly ecumenical as- the ashes of denominational cleav- semblage of the followers of Christ ages and regional aloofness, will who have ever met 'in one accord be raised in the first such broad in one place' in the 20 centuries attempt to cement Christianity's scattered forces. "The assembly will deal with subjects that go to the very heart of the faith," Dr. Fry said. "It is daring thing to do. "The outcome can determine the lasting strength of the whole movement to bring the churches closer together and increase their effectiveness." More than 1,500 representatives from 161 denominations with approximately 170 million members in 48 countries on both sides of the Iron Curtain will take part in the meeting. Basic Matters Dr. Henry P. Van Dusen, president of Union Theological Seminary and chairman of the council's U.S. Study Committee, de- since his life and 'death and resurrection." Although the World Council met once previously — at its founding six years ago in Amsterdam — it is digging for the first time into basic and potentially shattering— orconsolidating—matters of faith. The present-day "Ecumenical Movement," aimed at bringing together the world's Christian churches, had its tiny beginnings at a missionary conference in 1910 at Edinburgh, Scotland. It was dreamed, discussed and designed at succeeding meetings of Christian leaders in Stockholm in 1925, in Lausanne, Switzerland, in 1927, at Oxferd and Edinburgh in 1937. In 1948 at Amsterdam it culminated in the World Council. duled in transforming the pits into | groups throughout the world with ( morel Planting Co. and president »i__ _..*!-. J.-..-1- i -3 rnral mpmhprshin of nver I.SOOOfl. ! nf tVio "Pi-of Vot-i/ir^i T3o^,v K^>-a the outlet ditch. i a total membership of over 150,000. j of the First National Bank here. While 3,000 to 4.0CO wooded acres; Growth of the organization makes i has purchased the former Hemp- in Dunklin County will be the pri-I it impossible to accurately count; hill Elevator Company property at mary beneficiary" of the project, i the membership, but on last count, j Kennett from the Wesson Oil and spokesmen maintain that drainage \ several months ago, the U.S. alone! Snowdrift Sales Co. benefits will come to 22,000 addi-j had more than 5,000 groups withj The sales price was about tional acres in Missouri and 32,00 i membership ranging beyond 92.948 j $90,000. S. A. Regenold, brother of I people. | the new owner, will manage the j A breakdown of these figures show ' firm, which will be known as the 1 more than 500 groups in Canada, Kennett Soybean Co. acres in Arkansas. $90 Is Stolen From Firm Here A daylight robbery in Blytheville Saturday afternoon took a toll of some J90 from the Accessory Shop in the Hotel Noble building, police Said today. The money, reportedly about $92, was taken from a cash drawer in the store while the manager. Miss Jessie Srite was engaged in waiting on customers. over 354 in foreign countries. 151 hospital groups. groups; and 233 prison Soybej.. storage facilities on adjoining property have been leased by Mr. Repenold from St. Louis Terminal vVarehouse Co. These facilit: •: will provide space for storage of about 625,000 bushels. Both the elevator and -tor^ge facilities are being renovated and improved and $25,000 worth of -oy- bean cleaning equipment is being installed. Mr. Regenold said the firm has applied for a Commodity Credit Corporation grain storage agree- The theft was discovered short- j theville. Since the group organized ment and when this is received the ly afterward. Several women were eight years ago. about 221 people j company will be able to offer a A GROUP WAS started in Blytheville in 1946 with three or four members meeting in their homes. It was through the aid of members of a Memphis, Tenn., group that the members here became active. At this time, there are about 45 sober, active members of Alcoholics Anonymous in the city of Bly- The council does not seek to be-, in the shop at the time theft oc-, have passed through the program, j limited amount of government S. Missco Irrigation Tour Set South Mississippi County farmers will embark tomorrow on a tour of various farming operations over the southern portion of the county. They'll see demonstrations of irrigation, subsoil plowing, heavy fertilization and a silage and cattle program. The tour is to get started as 1:30 pjn. at the Kail and Gibson farm near Frenchman's Bayou. Here, irrigation on cotton, corn and pastures will be seen. Sprinkler, gated pipe and dirt, aume system all have been used on this farm, D. V. Malloch, county agent, pointed out. Arkansas' largest silo—with a 10,000-ton capacity—also is on the tour. Along with it, one of the state's largest cattle feeding programs will be viewed. Grove Farm near Wilson is the second tour stop. It is located three miles north of Highway 61 between Basset; park and the oil mill J. E, Morgan's Golden Lake farm also is on the itinerary. Small and large sprinkler units, subsoiling and fertilization experiments will be seen there. James L. Gattis, engineer for Arkansas' Extension Service, will be along to answer questions regarding irrigation, Mr. Malloch stated. Weather. See CHURCH on P»fe 5 curred, according to police. 1 Many of are now active in i storage space. ARKANSAS —• Generally fair this afternoon, tonight and Wednesday; no important temperature changes. MISSOURI — Mostly fair tonigh: and Wednesday; cooler northeast and extreme north tonight and southeast Wednesday. Minimum this morning—65. Maximum yesterday—88. Sunrise tomorrow—-5:17. Sunset today—6:54. Mean temperature (midway between high and low)—76.5. Precipitation last 24 hours to 7:00 a.m. today—none. Precipitation Jan. 1 to this date— 26,62. This Date Mat Year Maximum yesterday—88. Minimum this corning—«4. Precipitation January i to 134.3*.

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