BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE DOMINANT: NEWSPAPER OF NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI VOL. L—NO. 120 Blytheville Courier Blytheville Daily News Mississippi Valley Leader Blytheville Herald BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS, THURSDAY, AUGUST 12, 1954 FOURTEEN PAGES Published Daily Except Sunday SINGLE COPY FIVE CENTS Economic Lag Has Halted, Says President By MARVIN L. ARROWSMITH WASHINGTON (AP) — President Eisenhower declared today that the over-all performance of the American economy since his administration took over "has been better than during any earlier time." rising again. Business expenditures on capital .expansion and improvement are continuing at a high rate. New construction contracts are running well above the level of a year ago. "Inventories have been reduced and are now in better adjustment "The paramount fact ... is that the recent- decline in economic activity has come to a halt," the President said at another point in a report on the state of the nation's economic health at midyear. And he listed signs which he said point out bright prospects for the future. Reply to Critics Eisenhower's survey in this congressional election year amounted to a reply to Democratic critics who have contended that the Republican administration is breeding unemployment and leading the nation into a dpression. There appears no doubt that both" sides will draw heavily on the report for ammunition in the upcoming vote battles. -Eisenhower noted the criticism in general terms and went on to say that "the recent economic decline, on an over-all basis, has been very small." He also declared: 1. Price increases during the first six months of this year were "tiny" and—if developments such as bargain sales are taken into account—"we can surely say, without the slightest fear of contradiction, that the value of the people's mone: ~z remained entirely intact." 2. "The increase in wages—which is one of the principal expressions of the progressiveness of the American economy—has continued." Improve " Noted 3. Unemployment is greater now than during the Korean War, but "in recent months has not been larger than during comparable months in 1949 and 1950." The President added that the rate of unemployment "has shown some tendency to diminish of late" and said "this is oae ; of the- numerous signs" of economic improvement. 4. One reason for the criticism of the recent record is that "this rather minor decline has been better advertised than many major declines in our past." The Eisenhower report said economic activity in the first half of this year, even though behind that of the year before, "has been higher than at any time before this administration assumed responsibility." Then the'President declared: "And since 1953 was a still better year than 1954 is turning out to be, it follows that over-all performance of the American economy thus far during this administration has fcisen better than during any earlier time." Retail Sales Rising Eisenhower said 1952 was the best year before his regime took office. Among other such signs Eisenhower said, are these: "Retail sales have been recently to current sales. The financial markets have been displaying See IKE on Page 3 AID POLIO CAMPAIGN — These six girls give the Emergency March of Dimes an assist by mailing out solicitation letters in the Blytheville area. Above are, left to right, Lenore Mc- •Innes, Peggy Taylor, Arden Cuadra, Sue Owens, Kay Jobe and Helen Hamilton, who handled one phase of the mail-out campaign. (Courier News Photo) Spent on Campaign Faubus Aide Says Nominee Asks Supporters Of Cherry to Join Him LITTLE ROCK (AP) — An aide to Democratic gubernatorial nominee Orval Faubus said today that "less than $50,000" was spent in Faubus' successful campaign to defeat Gov. Francis Cherry. Federal Aid Key to Missco s Part in Big Drainage Project Mississippi County's participation in a proposed Missouri-Arkansas drainage project that would channel water from Southeast Missouri through the new barrow pit east of the Big Lake bottom land is contingent on obtaining federal aid up to $50,000. This is the status of the project following a meeting yesterday of Drainage District 17 commissioners with landowners and sports? men who would be affected by this work. Charles Langston of Number Nine, a member of the three-man drainage district commission, said today that "there were complaints from landowners south of Highway 18" but that "we think we can work it all out." The proposed project would drain aobut 52,000 acres. While it would make possible clearing of 3,000 to 4,000 acres of now-wooded land in Southeast Missouri, spokesmen for the 3ject say the most important benefits would accrue to some 20,000 additional acres now under cultivation in Missouri and 32,000 acres in Arkansas. The plan calls for cutting through Bell Fountain and State Line ditches to join them to the outlet ditch in the bar pit, which would join the Floodway ditch near Pettyville, south of the Big' Senate Curbs Debate On Atomic Energy Bill WASHINGTON -(AP)- — "A surprise Senate agreement to curb debate on atomic energy legislation today boosted chances for speedy congressional adjournment but left prospects for the disputed bill in doubt. The agreement, reached late last night, brings the compromise measure to the Senate floor tomorrow under a talk limit of three hours. When the bill went through the Senate last month it prompted 169 hours of argument, including four days of round-the-clock speechmaking, and majority leader Khowland of California said this week Congress' go-home date depends on whether there is "another filibuster" on the measure. He postponed the adjournment target date from this Saturday to sometime next week — or later. All Agree There was no objection and no questioning from the floor when Knowland offered the unanimous- consent arrangement last night, saying Democratic leader Lyndon B. Johnson of Texas had helped Mm frame it. This means :he bill, a major feature of the Eisenhower , legislative program already approved by the House, will go *•- the President for signing if the Senate concurs. If it doesn't, the measure may go back to Senate-House conference for another try at compromise. The legislation provides for a sweeping new atomic program allowing private operation of civilian nuclear plants, a limited sharing of information with America's al- Lake Bridge. Expediting Matter Mr. Langston said the federal aid funds would be used for clean- out work below Pettyville. He added that the commissioners were trying to expedite the matter in order to take advantage of dry- weather for work inside the levee. In addition to the federal aid. Drainage District 17 and districts in Missouri would spend $33.000 for work from the Big Lake Ifridge north. When definite information is received on the prospect of federal aid, Mr. Langston said, another meeti-g of the drainage district commission will be called. He said the commission assured landowners south of Highway 18 that they would be given relief from any additional drainage into the Floodway Ditch by the use of the federal : aid funds for cleanout Between 20 and 25 landowners and sportsmen attended yesterday s meeting. Five Southeast Missouri drainage districts have joined in the project and are ready to start work as soon as the all-important approval of this area is received. lies and other in the basic 1946 atomic energy law. But the debate-curbing agreement left uncertain the bill's prospects for final passage without further change. Senate critics, who want to send See SENATE on Page 3 Alcoholics Anonymous— Sam's Story; Crime to Sobriety First Missco Bale Ginned At Osceola 'ssissippi County's first bale of the 12" cotton crop was ginned at the R. C. Bryan Gin in Osceoi.- yesterday, and has been put on display in front of the Planter's Bank there. Grown on the R. C. Bryan farm near Osceola, the cotton is of D P & L fox variety, and was planted April 12 on land managed by Alec Crostwait. The Bryan farm at Osceoia also had the first bale reported in the county last year, ginned on Aug. 20. (EDITOR'S NOTE: The following article is the third 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 of 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 ROWLAND FAUST (Courier News Staff Writer) The following story is an authentic life experience of a member of Alcoholics Anonymous. For obvious reasons, his name will remain anonymous as will the names of persons involved in the incidents. To assure the anonymity of this person, names of towns and businesses have been purposely deleted. It is felt by this writer that no account of this man's life could be improved upon by objective, descriptive writing. Therefore, this story is, as much as possible, taken from notes and actual quotations i>f this man. Some people may try to identify this man as one they know. It is only fair to say that when speaking of a town as the city (the man's home town) it does not necessarily refer to Blytheville. , Unless otherwise noted, the following text is in the actual words of a man we shall call Sam. While his story is the exception rather than the rule, it has been used because of the graphic way it points up the problem of alcoholism. I WAS BORN Oct. 1. 1906, of normal parents and lived a farm life until 12 years old. At that time my parents moved to town, where we lived for a year until they separated. At the age of 14, I left home and went to a small town for six months before moving on to the city. I found work on a large construction job as water boy where I made friends with the foreman on construction steel crew. He was a heavy drinker, but I liked him and he would teach me to read blueprints at night. Soon I transferred to the steel crew. It was then that I started my drinking career. It was easy for me to drink; I liked the taste of whiskey. After working there six months, I did not realize, any advancement towards money, clothes and automobiles. I met a boy who introduced me to the underworld where I found all these things my mind told me I needed for good times. For the next 25 years, I knew no other way of life except that which leads to trouble. MY FIRST . arrest was ' for speeding and drunk driving, for 'which I was fined $35. My father came two days later and paid me out. By this time I had met some of the toughest boys in the city and had transported whskey in three states. I had been in on a few other deals, so I was on my way to success in the underworld. At that age (16) I had to be good at what ever I was doing, so I became the best car driver for transporting liquor. I boasted that no road' block would ever stop me. Things were sailing fine, but I really did not like what I was doing; I knew sooner or later I would get caught. So, I decided to join the Marines and make a rr.&n out oi myself. I did not have a home or know what one was like, so into the Marines I went. I was a good, alert soldier. I wa* liked for my soldiering and disliked for my drinking and trying to run things in the barracks pertaining to gambling. I had learned a lot about gambling before I joined the Marines, so I was soon the "luckiest" man in the barracks. But it was not luck I had—it was the teachings of a professional that made it easy for me to win. I was transferred from island to island until I had spent two years and nine months there and, then I was sent home for discharge. Before I got my discharge, I found a tough crowd and ran off. I soon found myself back in the city again, back with the gang I had left behind. * * * THE CITY was booming in 1924 and big money started coming in again. I lasted one year living in high circles until one day I was stopped while driving another boy's car. It happened that the car had been stolen, unknown to me. I was sent to the state prison for three years. The time behind walls is a hard life. You come in contact with the hardened criminals. I was in the hospital the first seven months I was in before being sent to the cell block. After trying to be hard and tought, I found that I was just a small fry. I had to make a name for myself. (Sam still carries a scar on his shoulder from a knii'e wound received while in prison). After 32 months in prison, I was released on a cold day in 1929 with $5 and no one to meet me. I returned to the city that night on the train and with only one kind of people to look for help from, I went back to the old gang. » * * DURING THE next six months I was arrested some 50 times. In the meantime. I married a girl with a eood Job anc we moved See SAM'S STORY on Page Z ^^ i Typhoid Epidemic i Report Denied | j South Mississippi County Health j Nurse Lucy B. Miller of Osceola j today branded as untrue reports j that the community of Bassett was j on the brink of a typhoid epidemic, i She said that only one case at j Bassett has been actually diag-! nosed as typhoid, and that only- one other case is presently suspected of being typhoid fever. The report sent demands for! inoculations zooming in the coun- j ty, and health officials have urged ''• the pubHc to take the shots to | avoid a rise in the typhoid rate. Emergency /fo//o Fund |Jr/Ve Starts iLetters from the Mississippi County Chapter of the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis were being mailed this week in an effort to garner support for the Emergency ' 'arch of j-'imes being conducted by the national group. Elbert S. Johnson, chairman of the county chapter, said the following letter was being sent contributors in the area: "You were called upon in January of this year to support the 1954 March of Dimes, and you responded graciously. "In January, the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis asked for S75 million to carry out a history-making program of. polio prevention in addition to '•"" resent job of patient care, -•esearch a^d education. The American people contributed a record-breaking S55 million in January leaving a balance of §20 million necessary to fulfill its program. "The National Foundation is now oui^of money and has al- ready''bof rowed all it could in an effort to carry out the 1954 program. Still another 320 million is needed. Without this money, the program for which we are all so vitally interested will suffer. "Fifteen cents per cap' 1 "- from each and ivery American will provide the necessary funds. This will mean some $8,000 for Mississippi County. "You will not be called upon to solicit others, nor will you be called upon personally, but you will receive an appeal in the mail. Won't you please support this emergency March of Dime? campa'fn by sending your contribution in the mail August 16 to 31? "If by chance you do not get the mailed appeal, then please r.:d your contribution to the March of Dimes, Blytheville, Arkansas." Mr. Johnson pointed out that the "unprecedented drain on funds of the foundation has corne at a time when tens of thousands of patients are desperately in need of the costly care that will help them to walk again. And -st disturbing, polio epidemics are once again aflame in countless communities which depend upon the March of Dimes for iron lungs, medical personnel and financial aid." M'Carthy Report Seen by Aug. 20 j WASHINGTON tfpj — Sen. Mundt i (R-SD) predicted today a report j may be ready by Aug. 20 on the Me-1 Carthy-Army row 7 , stirred up anew j yesterday by an Army statement j voicing disbelief in a portion of' the sworn testimony by Sen. McCarthy (R-Wis). The Army said it does not be-, lieve that any Army officer gave j McCarthy excerpts from a secret FBI report on suspected Commu-; nists in the Army, as the senator testified during the 36-day hear-; ings. j Roseland Vote Totofs Corrected Incorrect tabulations of the Roseland box vote in Tuesday's Democratic Primary were given in unofficial totals reported to the Courier News election night. Correct figures for the Roseland vote, as listed in the County Clerk's office here today, were- governor — Faubus 20, Cherry 5; state treasurer—Clayton 16, Jones 9: chancellor — Hyatt 12. Ward 13; representative — Flecman 21, Howard 5, The incorrect totals previously reporte-" had shown the Roseland box carried by Cherry, Hyatt and Howard. The correct figures this morning show Faubus, Ward and Fleeman led there. County results were not affected. Weather County Road Work Due Near Osceola Bids for a county road project near Osceola will be received Aug. 26 by the Arkansas Highway Department. The work involves one and four- tenths miles of surface course on the Osceola-Highway 61 county road. ARKANSAS—P a r 11 y cloudy through Friday; scattered thundershowers north late this afternoon or tonight; not so hot north Friday. MISSOURI—Considerable cloudiness through Friday with scattered showers south and east Friday; little change in temperature. Minimum this morning—"2, Maximum yesterday—92. Sunrise tomorrow—5:19. Sunset today—6:51. Mean temperature (midway between high and low)—82, Precipitation last 24 hours to 7:00 a.in. today—none. Precipitation Jan. 1 to this date — 26.62. This Date Last Year Maximum yesterday—94. Minimum this morning—66. Precipitation January 1 to 34.5*. "People wouldn't believe us if we told them we ran this campaign on cash out of our pockets, but we did," said the spokesman. Faubus, who won the Democratic ! nomination from Cherry in Tues| day's run-off primary by the nar- ] row margin of 6,585 votes, told a | newsman this morning that he did S not kno v " the exact amount spent i in his campaign. | However, he added that his race i was "unbelieveably inexpensive." ! and said he wished "other candi- ' dates could spend as little and make as few committments as I did." Asks Support At his first news conference since winning the nomination, Faubus yesterday urged Cherry supporters to join with him in planning a "beneficial" administration. "I hold no rancor toward anyone and shall not undertake personally or permit any recriminations towards those who for reasons of their own cast their vote for my opponent." Meanwhile, Cherry still refused to concede the victory to his opponent. Late in the day, he issued this statement: "Because of apparent discrepencies between the unofficial count and what I have been advised is 'the official count in various counties, I shall make no statement until the official vote is certified." Faubus took the opposite view of the unofficial count, of course, commenting that, "The results are definite." No Plans Faubus told newsmen that he has no plans to campaign against the proposed constitutional amendment to remodel the state's property tax structure. -Faubus, upsetting a 28-year-old tradition, led Cherry by nearly 7,000 votes with only a few precincts unreported. It was the first time since 1926, that Arkansas voters have refused to nominate a governor for a second term. The property tax amendment, which Cherry sponsored during the last legislative session, will be voted on in the general election next November. Among other things, it would require assessment of all property at 100 per cent of market value and place restrictions on the amount of millage that could be collected by cities, counties and schools. Faubus said that "the amendment is dead already," and that he will not take the stump against it unless future developments make it necessary. "I will call attention to the matter, and I will vote against it," he said. In reply to a question, Faubus said he had heard rumors of voting irregularities in some counties, but he said he did not think anything would develop from the reports. The"nominee laughed off the possibility of a Republican challenge in November. Not Alarmed "I'm not alarmed at the prospect of running against Pratt Remmel." he said. Ben C. Henley, state Republican chairman, yesterday said that Remmel, the Republican mayor of Little Rock, could have the party's nomination for governor if he wants it. Remmel said he hasn't made up his mind about the race. He is known to have been considering opposing U. S. Rep. Brooks Hays, who won the Democratic nomination without opposition. Faubu? commented laughingly that most of Arkansas' Republicans are in northwest Arkansas, the area in which he makes his home. The nominee, who will take office next January, barring a political miracle in the form of a GOP victory this fall, said he would set up a pre-inauguration office in Little Rock soon. For the time being, said Faubus, he will continue to maintain an office in the Hotel Marion here. Faubus said he plans to work for a few more days, and then take a vacation. He said that he had not made any committments for state jobs, and wouldn't start making appointments to his official family for at least a month. The Faubus-Cherry race was one of the most bitter campaigns in recent Arkansas history. Bitter Days In the last days of the race, the central issue involved a Communist "labor school' that closed down 13 years ago. Faubus himself injected the is- .sue when he charged that Cherry was waging a "whispering campaign" in an attempt to connect him with the school and brand him as "subversive." Cherry replied that while he made no attack on Faubus' loyalty, that his opponent had attended def u n c t Commonwealth College, which has been officially labeled by federal authorities as Communist operated. Faubus replied that he visited the school near Mena after it had offered a scholarship to him. He said he left after staying a brief time — "not more than 14 days." Cherry offered what he called documented evidence to prove that Faubus studied at the school for more than a month. Until Commonwealth entered the picture, the campaign had revolved around Faubus' attacks on the proposed rate increase for Arkansas Power & Light Co.; the trimming of 10,000 persons from the state welfare rolls; and his charge that the "non-political" Highway Department was working for Cherry. . Cherry vigorously defended himself against the charges, and promised to do everything he could to defeat the AP&L rate boost, which has been put into effect under bond, See FATJBUS on Page 3 A KISS FOR THE NEW GOVERNOR — Mrs. Orval Faubus gives her jrinning husband a kiss as unofficial returns showed the weekly newspaper publisher shattering Arkansas tradition by defeating Gov. Francis Cherry's bid for a second term in the Democratic primary, picture was made in Little Rock, Ark, (AP Wirephoto) Entry Had a Purpose LITTLE ROCK (AP) — An aide to Democratic gubernatorial nominee. Orval Faubus said today that Faubus waited until the last minute to get into the governor's race to protect a congressman from opposition at the polls. Faubus didn't file as a candidate until 20 minutes before the noon deadline on April 28. Last April 3, Faubus called a news conference in Little Rock and flatly denied that he planned to run for. governor. But Rolla Fitch, one of Faubus' supporters from the start, said today that both the news conference and the late filing were part of the campaign strategy, and didn't represent a change of mind on Faubus' Blytheville Man Gets Pocahontas Hospital Post Robert (Bob) Berryman, son of Mr. and Mrs. R. A. Berryman of Blytheville. has been named ad- t ministrator of the Randolph Coun-j aDom _ ty Hospital in Pocahontas. trans-' ferring there from the staff of the Dunklin County Memorial "los- pital in Kennett, Mo. Mr. Berryman has already assumed duties at the 34-bed Pocahontas hospital, moving there with his wife and son. He is a graduate of Blytheville High School, Hendrix College and Washington University. Mr. Berryman had served as x- ray and laboratory technician at th'- Kennett Hospital since its opening in May, 1951. While in Kennett, Mr. Berryman served as president of the Kennett Council of Clubs and as an officer of the Rotary Club and Junior Chamber of Commerce, and was active in other civic activities. part. Opposition Threatened Fitch, a former member of the legislature who lives at Hindsville, said supporters of Gov. Francis Cherry had "threatened to give stiff opposition to Congressman J, W. Trimble if Orval got in the governor's race." "After talking it over, Orval decided to withdraw to block this opposition against Trimble," said Fitch. "But we were making plans all the time for him to get into the race. "We came to Little Rock early and I got Orval hidden out in the Sam Peck Hotel. I went out to the secretary of state's office and got all of the material needed for filing. Some newspaper reporters were around and got suspicidus but didn't catch on to what I was doing. Then just before the ticket closed Orval went up and filed—too late for the Qppositio" to do anything Inside Today's Courier News . . . Virgil Trucks' Fast Ball Still Good Enough to Win 20 Games ... Moore Stops Johnson in 14th to Retain Title . . . Sports . . . pages 6 and 7... . . . Foreign Aid Funds Must Be Cut Wisely . . . Editorials. . . . pasre 4... . . . World Council Meeting- Could Be Frustrated by Doubts, Discords . . . Third in a Series: Christianity's Hour of Decision. . . . . page 3... CARUTHERSVILLE — The contest to select "Miss American Legion Fair" of 1954 was officially opened for entrants this week. Norman Shain of Caruthersville.! director of the contest, said contestants may be from 16 to 25 years of age, unmarried , and should be certain of being in the area during the week of the fair, Oct. 6-10. Entrants may be sponsored by club3, organizations or business firms, and there is no entry fee. Contestants must submit two photographs, one a head and shoul-j ders portrait and the other show-! ing her full length in a swimming' suit. The photographs, bearing only the contestant's personal measurements and a number, will be viewed by an impartial board of judges in some distant city who will select the winner and report her number to fair officials, Shain said. Winner of the title will receive $100 from ahe fair board, and all other contestants will receive gifts, he added. "Since the contest is conducted solely on photographs." Mr. Shain said, "St is important, of course, that the entrant and her photographer work to get the best possible picture of her." Entrants may come from South- east Missouri. Northeast Arkansas or Western Tennessee. Registration blanks were mailed this week to various clusb and business firms that haves- ponsored entrants in past years, but Shain said that any who do not receive them but wish to sponsor a girl may contact him in Caruthersville and he will send the blanks. Forms and photographs should be submitted to contest officials no later than Aug. 20, Mr. Shain said. After the queen has been selected and the photographs returned by the judges, all will be made into a display in the Exhibition Hall at the fair. The queen will be presented in the American Legion Fair Beauty Revue to be held on the stage in front of the grandstand on Thursday evening. Oct. 7. All of the other contestants are expected to take part in the presentation. Before the fair opens the queen will serve as "good will ambassadoress' of the fai to invite various towns in the region to the event. She will also appear on television at Memphis, Tenn. In the presentat'- - ceremony at the fair last year the queen, Miss Bernice Cain of Caruthersville, was presented a large bouquet of r<r by former President Harry S. iruman.
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