The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on September 9, 1955 · Page 3
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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, BLTTHETILLE (ARK.) COURIER MEWS PAGE THREE 20 Y«or$ Ago Tomorrow! Strangest and Strongest Political Empire Died witk Huey P. Long Bf JAMES MARLOW Associated Press News Analyst WASHINGTON (AP) — An empire began to die, just a little bit, around 4 a.m., 20 years ago tomorrow. It was Sen. Huey Long's political empire in Louisiana. It began to die, I think, in Our chairs in the hospital lobby, and two more endlessly went around trying the doora in the basement and examining 1 the hallways. They seemed afrsid, even with Long dying, that one of his many enemies might break in or sneak in to finish off the senator on his deathbed. Lady of the Lake Hospital in Baton Houge a moment after Long himself died there from a bullet; wound, and before he was cold. I was in the hospital at the time. On Sunday night, Sept. 8, 1935, 1» walked down a hallway of the Louisiana State Capitol accompanied as always by his bodyguards, who later said this is what 1 happened then: Dr. Carl Austin Weiss, a physician, walked up to Long and shot him. The bodyguards riddled Weiss to death on the spot. Long was taken to the nearby hospital and died there at 4.10 a.m., Tuesday. Sept. 10. Most Complete Machine Long's was the most complete political machine in America in our time. He controlled it, from the State Legislature and the state police on down to the sheriffs. It was terrible power for one man to have. And Long's bodyguards, who were on the state payroll, were the symbol of it. They had a long record of beat- Ing up reporters and photographers who worked for newspapers Long didn't like. Their assaults varied from fracturing a skull with a blackjack to smashing a face with a fist. The ones they hated most were reporters on the New Orleans Times-Picayune, which had fought Long for years. It was a perilous expedition for one of them to approach Long to ask a question or take a picture. The newspaper finally ordered them not to try. George Healy. then city editor and now editor of the T-P, reci long-distance led this week over telephone: "For while the beatings averaged two or three a month." I worked on the T-P then and early on the morning of Sept. 10, when we heard Long was slipping, I was sent to the hospital to keep a death watch. Arrangements were made with the hospital to let me in. Seemed Afraid I couldn't nave gone in. otherwise. Bodyguards stood shoulder 10 shoulder on the hospital steps. Thirty or 40 of them sot Another allowed reporter and telephone in small raman reporter, friendly withi boundary bodyguards, sat outside our a ] park. office. We sat out there too to see upstairs in a room on the second floor . We couldn't go up. The guards watched us steadily. Aw the bodygi office .We sat out there too to ee what happened in the lobby. Around 3 a.m.. Long's family and his chief lieutenants came in hurriedly and went upstairs. At 4:10 a.m. or a little later one of Long's men from upstairs came down. I don't know whether he gave the bodyguards a sign or they saw something in his face. Bui they jumped to their feet. The Long man leaned over the woman reporter to whisper. I tried 10 hear. He said: Broke for Stair* "Get back, you." I got back. But I heard him say: "He's dead." I had to be sure and the only place to be sure was on the second floor. I ran for the stairs. The whole lobbyful of guards, ran for the stairs. I was squeezed in tight, trying to go up. I couldn't move. I thought: "This is where I get it." A strange thing happened. The bodyguards who an hour before might have thrown me down the stairs fell back and let me through. No one said anything to me. We all went up the stairs together, walking, no running, with me in front. Later. I thought: Long had been their link with the fantastic political machine which was their protection and their bread and butter. A.id now he was dead and the link was broken. In the rush to the stairs they orteo for the first time without Long around to guide and save them in whatever they did and, without him, suddenly they felt in the nlone, each of them individually, Strong Winds Bring More Trouble in California Fires SAN FRANCISCO (/¥) — Grimed and tired firemen battled two breakthroughs in Sequoia National Forest today but elsewhere they started to get the upper hand on blazes that had charred more than 200 square miles of California. . A wind shift caused added trouble in Sequoia forest 50 miles east of Fresno in the Sierra Nevada Mountain*. Gust* up to 30 miles an hour helped the fire break over a fire line three miles north of the northern of. King's Canyon Nation- The other break was four miles west in the Sampson Creek and Mill Flat Creek area. Firemen had come within a mile of closing a circle around the 15,000-acre fire just before that outburst. Hope For Low Temperatures At other places firemen hoped the temperature would stay low and the humidity high as they reported at least partial success. Timber and brush fires in California and Oregon had taken eight lives and injured 11 people. Damage was estimated in California at more than 12 million dollars in a little more than 12 million dollars in a little more than a week. Places where foresters began to get control were: Near Eureka in Humboldt county, where 36,000 acres of timber were blackened. In Mendocino County, where 5,000 acres of slash and pine burned. Near Yreka, where a tire covered 70,000 acres and for a time threatened the town. At Lassen National Forest in northeastern California, where 10,200 acres burned. Near Santa Barbara, where a brush blaze was topped by backfires just, short of the city's outskirts. The Santa Barbara fire covered an estimated 60,000 acres. High Living Brings Arrest FARGO, N. D- (/P>—A taste for "high Uving," including plenty of taxicab rides, brought the arrest ol two brothers, aged 9 and 11, on charges of theft from several churches and business places. They were arrested after police. received a tip that two boys who seemed to have a lot of money were taking numerous taxi rides around town. The boys 'mother said she thought they were in school. When arrested, one of the youngsters had $50 cached in his wallet and in one of his boots. — Burglars broke Into the Borin Transit Mixed Concrete Oo. to get a heavy safe. They dragged it through ftn office .across a yard, into a garage, and hoisted it into a company truck with » company crane. They used a. crow- bat to pr? a chain otf s. gate and drove off. That took at least hall the night. In the sale »as an old, outdated deed to * house. That WM alt. Volume of flow of the Mississippi at its mouth averages about l-14th as much as that of the Amazon river. SMOOCHING. ANYONE?—Muzzling in on 3 carnival booth in Hutchinson, Kan., is Danny, bulldog belonging to T. E. Hamilton. Carnival was put on to raise money to start a zoo in Hutchinson. EXCLUSIVE NBA PHOTO. Cotton Seed Hulls New Crop For Sale — Immediate Delivery 40* per 100 IBs., Bulk 65< per 100 Ibs., Sacked Prices FOB Our Mill, Any Quantity. Prices Subject to Change Without Notice, SWIFT & CO. OIL MILL So. Highway 61 Blytheville, Ark. Hefty Heave— A Sore Back OMAHA WP) — Sgt. Henry Geil went to his police file to get a | man's record. ! He pulled at the rite drawer. No' action. ! He yanked at the drawer. It, pop- | ped out. i Geil picked himself off the floor. with a sprained back. The solid earth is the lithosphere; water is the hydrosphere, and air the atmosphere. Trust in God Emphasized BALTIMORE (£*; — Catholic War Veterans, crusading for more recognition of God in American life, are encouraging Marylanders to sing the last stanza of the National Anthem. In that stanza are the words "in God is our trust." Dan Ogelsand, first vice commander of the CWV Department of Maryland, said specially-cut 45 RPM records of the "Star Spangled Ban- i ner will be distributed to all posts. I Some posts plan to present the rec- I ords, by the Boy's Town Choir, to schools, he said. 1 CERAMIC TILE For Bathroom Walls & Floors FREE ESTIMATES F.H.A. Terms WALKER TILE CO. 100 E. Daris Ph. 3-6933 and uncertain. Their power had been diminished and it was diminished more as time went on. Minnie Lee Jones Teacher Of PIANO Graduate of Progressive Series Course. St. Louis Degree from American Conservatory of Music, Chicago. Private classes for all ages. 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