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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER Of NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI VOL. L—NO. 133 Blytheville Courier Blytheville Daily News Mississippi Valley Leader Blytheville Herald BLYTHEVILLE. ARKANSAS, SATURDAY, AUGUST 27, 1954 - EIGHT PAGES Published Daily Except Sunday SINGLE COPY FIVE CENTS French Start Discussion Of E DC Pact Possibility Of Vote in Week Is Question PARIS (AP) — The French National Assembly today started its discussion on ratification of the European Defense Community treaty after 27 months of delay since the treaty was signed. A spirit of high expectancy of dramatic developments filled the assembly. Whether the debate would finally lead to a scheduled vote next week remained a question. | A movement was afoot to force another short postponement to permit further negotiations on last minute treaty changes with the other five prospective members. Negotiations between aides of Premier Pierre Mendes - France and supporters of the EDC were in progress to find some sort of compromise to force the postponement. Premier Not Present Mendes-France was not on the government bench as the treaty was called up. The negotiations seemed to have slowed considerably today, with the Premier holding out for the proposals which were rejected by the other five powers at Brussels. Mendes-France tried his hand at modifying the pact last week in Brussels but he ran into a stone wall of opposition from the other five countries. But the pro-EDC elements claim the Premier demanded changes that were too drastic and that he showed no willingness to meet the views of the other nations. Talks between this group of treaty supporters and political friends of Mendes-France went on for hours yesterday but no decision was reached. Finally the discussions were broken off for the night after the Premier asked to think it over until morning. Maneuvering- Among those maneuvering for SEEKS CONTROL OF MONTGOMERY WARD — Louis Wolfson, one-time Florida junk dealer, appears at press conference in New York at which he said he would seek to gain control of Montgomery Ward & Co., a billion dollar-a-year Chicago mailorder firm. He said he will challenge the leadership of 80-year-old Sewell L. Avery, chairman of the board. Wolfson, who is 42, heads companies with 200 million dollars in assets. His announcement set the stage for a proxy fight to win stockholders to his side for a show down at the annual Ward meeting in Chicago in April, 1955. (AP Wirephoto) High-Flying Pilot Tells of f Unique 'View' DAYTON, Oho «B — Trees turn olive drab and dry grass looks like straw from 17 miles up, says the man who flew higher in the sky than any other human. And the earth really looks round up there, observes Maj. Arthur Murray, the 35-year-old Pennsylvanian who started his military career on a horse and recently broke the world's altitude record. Colors on earth "seemed to start changing," its roundness showed clearly and the sun was ""so mucti^ brighter it was almost blinding," he told a press conference yes> terday. * * * THE CONFERENCE followed an Air Force announcement .the veteran combat and test pilot was the man who took a Bell X1A rocket-powered experimental aircraft to new heights. Air Force Secretary Harold E. Talbott announced the record last Saturday but withheld announcement of the pilot's name until yesterday. Exact date of the record- breaking flight—or flights, nobody is saying which — and the exact altitude still are Air Force secrets. But informed observers speculate the new record must be in the neighborhood of 90,000 feet. The former record, set Aug. 21; See PLANE on Page 8 Ike Signs Farm Bill Today As Demos Map Farm Vote Drive .o nJ^™ const f uctlon companies who submitted joint venture proposals on more than $3,000,000 worth of paving at the Blytheville Air Force Base were the apparent low bidders for the job, the Corps of Engineers said yesterday afternoon .Bids on the paving project were opened at uie Corps of Engineers office in Little Rock yesterday afternoon. A total of 12 firms submitted bids. • The apparent low bid was $3,209,182.30, submitted jointly by Weymouth Construction Co" of Memphis and Ben M. Hogan Co. of Little Rock. The Hogan company was the only Arkansas firm participating in the bidding. The paving project will consist of extending, the present 5,000-foot long north-south runway to 10,000 feet. The adjacent 'taxiway also X^lilUJUht UAUOC, iAlCLiat^H V Vi JLiAft AVA ,,,'T I!- J. 1 1 j_ A1 ' t , , «,, more tto* -d motions ta the ' ™ w * •*££»,£» K>SS square yard parking apron all will be overlaid with new paving to treaty are former Premiers Rene Mayer, Paul Reynaud and Robert Schuman. The other five nations had three main objections to Mendes- France's proposals: 1. They watered down the supranational characteristics of the treaty. 2. They discriminated against Germany. 3. Many of them would require re-ratification by the parliaments of the nations which already had ratified. The resolution prepared yesterday by the pro-EDC group seemed to side-step these controversial points. MEMPHIS Iff) — Thirty men arrested after a bitter gunfight between union and non-union workers were free on bond today while police tried to figure out who pulled the triggers. All made SI.500 bonds after be- A contract for this work is expected to be signed the first of next week, according to Lt. Col. Ben Harvey, executive officer of the Corps of Engineers' Little Rock District. Work is to begin 10 days after the firms receive notice to proceed from the Engineers. Bid Below Estimate been allotted for completion of the paving work. The Weymouth-Hogan bid was $483,471.45 below the government estimate of S3 692 653.75. ...The proposal by the apparent low bidders called for all-concrete paving. Bids had been asked for either all concrete or part con- struction. Corps of Engineers officials previously have said that extension of the runway alone will require 220,000 cubic yards of concrete — enough for about 62 miles of modern two-lane highway. Yesterday's bid opening was the second in conjunction with reactivation of the Blytheville base. Contracts have been let for extension and rehabilitation of water and sewer systems and construction of a fire-crash station and guard house. Two more bid openings are scheduled for this month. On. Sept. 17, bids will be opened on rehabilitation of six warehouse buildings Sept. 17 and for six airmen's dor- bring it to required strength. Wte and part bituminous con- £&£ and a dining ha-U Sept.°23 Hurricane Heads for Carolinas MIAMI, Fla. i'/P)— A growing hurricane with winds us to 115 miles an hour inched toward the north northwest today. All interests in North and South Carolina were placed on the alert. Even Iron Curtain Clerics— Churchmen Commend Private Enterprise EVANSTON, 111. (AP) — Churchmen from many lands — including some from the Communist side of the Iron Curtain — have commended private enterprise as a spur' to economic progress. A report to that effect was ap- The small but powerful hurricane | proved late yesterday at the As- was about 300 miles east of Jacksonville. Fla., with a forward movement of less than five miles per hour. Hurricane winds extended outward 50 miles from the center and gales extended 100 miles. The Miami Weather Bureau said the storm should intensify some and move slowly the next 12 hours, probably in a direction between ing held to the grand jury on the northwest and north rarely used charge of ''common affray." At the special preliminary hearing yesterday. City Judge Beverly Roushe added a charge of disturbing the public peace and set bonds at $51. Union Says Bel! Strike Favored Mrs. Stove 11 Dies at Home of Her Daughter Mrs. Mattie Stovall of Ft. Smith, mother of W. H. Stovall and J. R.' Stovall of Blytheville. died at the sembly of World Council of Churches. The declaration, regarded as a shift to the right in the organization's position on economic matters, made these points; The spread of governmental action in economic affairs "has been accompanied by a fresh recognition of the importance of relative freedom in enterprise and of the role of the price system." Churches have been "properly critical" of monopolistic and irresponsible business practices but, at its best, the private business system "has provided incentives for the responsible initiative and hard work which produces economical progress." The report also maintained that government must be ready to "counteract depression or infla- low wages, unfavorable working conditions, sickness and old age." Christians were urged to work for "improved national or local welfare legislation and for the provision of adequate medical care. Greater Equity Asked ST. LOUIS (.-P) - Union officials j yesterday afternoon. say the 51.000 employes of South-! Mrs. Stovall. who was born in western Bell Telephone Co. who I Lincoln County. Tenn.. was 87. She home of _ a daughter in Ft. Smith j tion » and to "relieve the impact of unemployment, industrial injury, \ are represented by the CIO Communications Workers of America are voting 6 to 1 to strike if nec- was the widovv of J. T. Stovall, who died in 1937. and the daughter of the late John M. Brown, a Con- i essary in the current contract ne-, federate veteran. She lived in Hunt- gotiations. j land. Tenn., prior to her husband's Frank P. Lonergan. assistant di-' rector of the union's District 6, said last night most ot the strike ballots mailed to union members were in. He would not disclose the number, but said the margin for a strike if needed was 6 to 1. Ike's Popularity Gets Texas Test DALLAS. Tex. (#>)—Gov. Allan Survivors include one daughter, j Shivers and his opponent for .re- Weather ARKANSAS — Clear to partly cloudy this afternoon, tonight and Sunday with a few isolated afternoon and evening thundershowers. Not much change in temperatures. MISSOURI — Fair southwest and partly cloudy north and east this afternoon, tonight and Sunday with scattered thundershowers east, central and extreme southwest this afternoon and evening; cooler northwest tonight and northwest and east central Sunday. Minimum this morning — 77. Maximum yesterday — 100. Sunrise tomorrow — 5:30. Sunset today — 6:32. nigh and low)— -88.5. Precipitation Jan. 1 to this This Date Last Year Maximum yesterday — 98. Minimum tnls morning — 67. Precipitation January l to dat« — 14.70. Mrs. Jack Pace of Ft. Smith: six sons, T. J. Stovall of Huntland, Tenn., G. B. Stovall of Wilmot. Ark., i W. H. Stavall and J. R. Stovall. both of Blytheville, Chief Warrant Officer Charles W. Stovall, in the Pacific aboard the U.S.S. Wiltsie, and Lt. Cmdr. E. R. Stovall of the U. S. Naval Hospital at Bethesda, Md.; two brothers, John Brown of Franklin, Tenn., and George Brown of Portland, Ark., fifteen grandchildren and several great-grandchildren. Arrangements were incomplete this morning pending notification of relatives, but services and burial will be at Huntland, Tenn. Goodyear Ends 52-Day Strike AKRON. Ohio MPJ — About 23,000 Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. workers vote today on an agreement to end a 52-day-old strike in exchange for hourly pay boosts averaging 6!'2 cents. CIO United Rubber Workers officials who negotiated the settlement in Cleveland late yesterday election — Ralph Yarbrough—squared off today in a Democratic runoff primary hailed as an Eisenhower popularity test. The vote was expected by many to exceed the 1,348,000 total cast in the July 24 primary in which Shivers led Yarbrough by 23,787 votes. One of the bitterest political campaigns in the memory of veteran observers ended last night with the candidates plugging where the votes were heaviest. Each predicted victory. The report advocated increased production and "a greater measure of equity in the distribution of wealth and income." It said farmers should have "a reasonable measure of security of income." It also suggested that trade union, farmer and employer associations and other groups should be responsible to their members and society as a whole. The statement—endorsed unanimously by representatives of 163 denominations in 48 countries- differed in its treatment of capitalism and government's role in society from the report adopted at the Council's first assembly at Amsterdam in 1948. The Amsterdam report said there were "conflicts between Christianity and capitalism." That report also said the church should "reject the ideologies of both communism and laissez-faire capitalism" and should work for a "coherent and purposeful ordering of society." Action Deferred The report brought in yesterday See COUNCIL on Page 8 But Party Chiefs Uncertain about Unity on an Issue SIOUX FALLS, S. D. (AP) — Mid - western Democratic leaders meet here today to start a drive for the farm vote in November, but uncertain as to whether they stand united on an agricultural issue. This uncertainty was supplied mainly by Adlai Stevenson, the party's titular leader and the principal speaker at a conclave drawing many candidates for Congress from 15 states—from Indiana to Wyoming and North Dakota and Minnesota to Oklahoma. Many of the leaders wanted the party to go all out in making the Eisenhower administration's farm program the big issue in a fall campaign in which Democrats hope to regain control of Congress. They propose to make the party's main attack—in farming areas —on flexible farm price supports which the GOP-controlled Congress recently passed at the behest of President Eisenhower. But was Stevenson ready and •willing to go along with them on this particular issue? That was a big question which the party leaders asked one another. Particularly active at the meeting were many former Agriculture Department officials under the Roosevelt and Truman administrations. Included were former Secretaries of Agriculture Claude Wickard and Charles F. Brannan, and several former officials in the now defunct Agricultural Adjustment Administration. Hoping: for Criticism These men made .no. secret of the fact that they were hoping that Stevenson, in a speech to be given at a dinner tonight, would use his choicest words in denouncing flex- ble supports and endorsing high price flooi'S, scheduled to expire it the end of this year. Under the flexible system, price props for such crops as wheat, orn, cotton, rice and peanuts rise r fall in relation to the size of supplies. They go up when supplies are small to encourage production and down in times of surpluses to discourage production. Democratic critics contend the GOP program would bring about lower farm prices and income and possibly a depression. The administration argues, on the other hand, that high supports cause over-production, destroy markets and bring on controls. Stevenson never has flatly committed himself on the issue of high vs. flexible supports. Hence there is uncertainty as to what he might say in his talk. Democrats in sCongress are themselves divided on the price support issue, although a majority voted against the flexible floors when the question came up recently, and fought unsuccessfully for retention of high floors set under the Roosevelt regime. DOLLARS FOR CANCEtt FUND — Mrs. J. L, Westbrook, Jr., (right), Jaycette president, and Mrs. Bill Hrabovsky, club treasurer, examine a luminous lawn marker which is symbolic of the $169 the group raised for the Damon Bunyon Cancer Fund through sale of the markers. Nearly 230 of the markers were sold. A few markers, which bear street numbers, are still available. (Courier News Photo) Death Toll Hits 24 In Bomber Crash RAPID CITY, S. D. (AP) — Four more bodies were recovered early today bringing the death toll to 24 in the shattering, flaming crash of a huge B36 bomber on-its way to a landing at the Ellsworth Air Force Base near here last night. said the three other crewmen aboard the smashed ship were in "very critical" condition at the base hospital. Bodies of the dead, badly torn and burned, were brought to a Rapid City mortuary. Roaring flames from the ship's outsized fuel tanks kept searchers and firemen from the fuselage section of the broken ship for hours. Firemen from the base doused numerous brush and grass fires the wreckage set in the area. I LA Recognized As Agent for Dock Workers Its Official: Remmel Vs. Faubus LITTLE ROCK (/P)—The Republican State Committee today nominated Mayor Pratt Remmel of Little Rock as its candidate for governor. Remmel will oppose Democratic nominee Orval Faubus at the Nov. 2 general election. Remmel, twice elected Republican mayor of strongly Democratic Little Rock, was the only candidate offered. He was nominated by Verne Ti- dall of Stuttgart, Ark., former vice chairman of the state committee, who said he had asked for the "honor." The nomination was seconded j m u e anc j a hal f f rom ^ base on by several persons, including j tne ranch of Alfred Swallow located Charles E. Cole of Batesville and ; about 13 miles west of this south- New Law Marks Major Win for Administration DENVER (AP) — President Eisenhower today signed farm legislation representing a major victory for the administration. It provides a shift from rigid to flexible price supports. The President, signed the bill ia a small conference room in the Lowry Air Force Base administration building, the summer 'Wtdt-6 House. He had hailed congressional enactment; of the measure as a move to assure propision of more food, make crop production more efficient, and to stabilize farm income. The measure, however, ia something of a compromise on Eisenhower's request for broad powers to deal with farm price supports and accumulated food surpluses valued at many millions of dollars. In his nationwide radio-television address last Monday on the record of the 83rd Congress, Eisenhower said that when he took office those surpluses had become "unmanageable" and that under existing law they continued to grow "at an alarming rate." They were depressing farm market prices, he declared. Then, alluding to the program he is signing into law today, he said: "Now we have a program that will encourage efficient production, will stimulate production, and stabilize farm income." Biggest Victory Both supporters and critics of the -President's - controversial proposals generally agreed his success marked the biggest and hardest-fought administration victory in the recent session of Congress. Many politicians believe that the omnibus farm bill—changing the direction and pattern of 20 years of government programs—may decide party control of Congress during this campaign year when all one third of the Senate face reelection. In general, the 1954 farm act gives Secretary of Agriculture Benson authority to move government The plane, largest of the nation's farm price supports up or down, propeller driven bombers, took off T + „!*. ~ * j " -u ^ from the base yesterday on what f K * f° fvldes ne *' me ^ was to have been a routine train- f or d ? p ° sal of m ° re **? S1X M ~ ing flight ! llon dollars worth of larm sur- 0 ' pluses that may bulge to near 10 Wreckage Widely Scattered The wreckage was scattered widely over a quarter mile area, one officer reported. He described the weather as "perfect" at the time the ship was to have landed. Officers said the plane apparently struck a small hill as it approached the lengthy runway and was burst apart and fired within seconds. It came down about a John A. Hibler, Little Rock Ne- j western South gro attorney. 25.000. The nomination of Remmel, i e n . - , i- u j L. i Swallow wnich was accomplished by acclamation, had been considered certain before the state committee met today. State Committee Chairman Ben C. Henley of Harrison in calling Dakota Citv of billions before the year ends. Biggest change is an end with this year's crops to the mandatory, rigid supports at 90 per cent of parity that were installed during World War-n to stimulate production of wheat, cotton, corn, rice and peanuts. They are classed as "basic crops" by law., Parity is a formula designed to assure farmers a fair return in relation to the price of things they buy. and his son, Harold, Tobacco Still Higrh A sixth basic crop, tobacco, retains 90 per cent support as iong said they were about to retire j as farmers continue to approve when they felt a "concussion which i strict controls over planting and shook the ground." They saw j marketing enforced by heavy pen- flames light up the sky immediate- alties. ly and drove to the scene. A most satisfactory victory for NEW YORK (ffi - The Interns- j ^ nominations said the Demo- ! Fierce flames were sweeping the j Benson and the administration was ,„_,,. „, ,_ ,_ ,T^> crat . c h ^ faued ^ .^ | wreckage by th e time they reached i congressional backing for his move duty to offer an acceptable nomi- ! it. They said pieces of the ship j slashing dairy price supports one- nee," jwere scattered over a wide area, j sixth — from 90 to 75 per cent of The Republicans, who have de- j Swallow also said there were a j p? ;£:;. v ~~ Iast Apnl L . clared they will make an all-out j number of explosions, apparently L.,:. ac ^ lon came ailer * n , a ," effort to capture the governor's j O f fuel tanks and ammunition. The j bllllon aol ? ars w0rt * of Penshaole job, obviously hoped to capital- |olane had been on a routine train- i outter : cneese and ened ^t 1 * imr flight out of the Ellsworth | went imo government Borage in- Base, which is 13 miles west of | st ^ G _ 01 ™ consumption. Rapid City. The crash occurred about 11:15 p.m. EST. tional Longshoremen's Assn. (Ind.) has been recognized as bargaining i agent for the Port of New York's j 25.000 dockers, climaxing a bitter j battle with the AFL Pier Workers' j Union. ! In Washington yesterday, the Na-j tional Labor Relations Board an- j nounced it would immediately cer-1 tify the ILA as winner in the May- 26 election over the International i Brotherhood of Longshoremen. j The struggle for control of Easti Coast piers started last September j when the AFL ousted the ILA on j grounds it had failed to rid its ranks of racketeers. ize on the bitterness engendered in the recent Democratic primary when Faubus defeated Gov. Francis Cherry for a second term nomination by a round 7,000 votes. If the Republicans upset precedent and elect a governor, it will be the first time since Reconstruction days. In winning its plea for flexible i and lower supports, the adminis- i Names of lii'vteams were being | tracion had *» reverse »e powerful withheld pending ««"««°t'«« rtT -i agriculture committees 01 the Sen- notification o next of kin. Jap Quizzed in Spy Case Commits Suicide TOKYO UP/—A former Japanese government official who was being questioned in connection with the today, police reported. He was identified as Nobunori Higurashi, 44, a former official in a Foreign Office research bureau. He was accused of having passed official reports and other information on Japan's political and economic affairs to Yuri Rastvorov, confessed Russian spy who has indicated they expected quick rati- j been granted political' asylum in fication by union local*. tb« United state*. Battles on Treaties, Crop Props , WASHINGTON (AP) — President Eisenhower may face new congressional battles in January over proposals to limit treaty - making powers and to restore high, rigid price supports for major farm field crops. The President won victories on both issues in the 83rd Congress which ended its legislative work last week. But opponents have announced they will be back with new ammunition when the 84th Congress convenes after the first of the year. Sen. Bricker (R-Ohio) says he is going to start all over again to fight for a constitutional amendment timed it preventing from overriding state laws and j lines urged by Eisenhower, but only after a hot fight in both Sen- constitutions. The Senate wrestled with this issue almost two months last winter before shelving it. The Eisenhower administration opposed the Bricker amendment on grounds it would hamper the President's conduct of foreign policy. As an outgrowth of this bitter fight. Sen. Knowland of California, the Republican floor leader, and Sen. Ferguson of Michigan, the GOP Policy Committee chairman, ate and House. The bill is awaiting Eisenhower's signature. This new program—which calls for a sliding scale of supports ranging between 82 Vi per cent and 90 per cent of parity—may get its first test of popularity among the farmers themselves when they go to the polls Nov. 2. Should the voting in farm areas reflect a strong choice between candidates backing flexible props 3 Charged with DW/ Three persons were charged in . Municipal Court today with driv- sought to require submission to and those calling for a return to I ing while intoxicated. Two forfeit- the Senate of all international price floors at 90 per cent of par- j ed bonds and one case was con- agreements within 60 days after j ity, future congressional activity | tinuefi. they are signed. This measure , on this issue may be governed j L. A. Cutcliff forfeited $150 bond Witnesses Called For Hearings WASHINGTON" (&— Sen. Watkins . ate and House, as well as a House vote to raise dairy supports to 80 per cent of parity Sepi. 1. Aiding in this long battle were decisions of Congress in 1948 and 1949 to establish flexible price supports on idrm commodities at between 75 and 90 per cent of parity. Actually this law never was allowed to operate because Congress S^n^or^s k'™''* «"•« *• *» » Tuesday of public hearings in a Per Mm supports. new Senate investigation of the conduct of Sen. McCarthy. Watkins, chairman of a special six-man committee that will look into censure charges aimed at McCarthy by three fellow senators, declined to name the witnesses summoned. died, but Ferguson says he try again. j accordingly. Parity is a farm price standard Congress enacted a flexible price declared by law to be support program Uut year *lon« | ft«« IKE on as did Bernell Potter a $111.75 bond. The case of W. S. Hunt was fair to j continued until Aug. 30 with bond I set at $111.75. Most farm state lawmakers realize that unless they produced a satisfactory bill, President Eisenhower would veto it. That would have brought the 1948-49 acts into operation with even lower support See FARM on Page 8 Legionnaires Invade Capital ior Convention WASHINGTON If) — The tide of incoming American Legionnaires rose toward flood stage today as this bunting hung capital threw wide its arms to receive- them. With the Legion's 36th and possibly biggest convention due to open Monday, planes, trains, buses and cars were bringing in loads of blue and gold clad L«giomuiTM *i4 their (»niili«i».

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