The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on September 1, 1954 · Page 1
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Wednesday, September 1, 1954
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OP NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI VOL. L—NO. 137 Blytheville Courier Blytheville Daily News Mississippi Valley Leader Blytheville Herald BLYTHEVILLE. ARKANSAS, WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 1954 TEN PAGES Published Daily Except Sunday AT SEMO IRRIGATION EVENT — Those towers aren't oil rigs, but to many farmers of this area, they're every bit as important. The towers are part of displays put up yesterday by irrigation firms at the Southeast Missouri irrigation and drainage field day on Big Ridge Farm of Gideon-Anderson Co., at Gideon. It was estimated that well over 1,000 persons attended the event. (Courier News Photo) Hurricane 'Carol' Leaves 49 Dead BOSTON (AP) — Hurricane Carol spent itself out in Canada today after ramming through the northeast states with a fury that left at least 49 dead and property damage estimated at from 300 to 500 million dollars. The storm, which originated in * ^ the Caribbean Sea and expired north of Quebec City, did its worst damage in New England, where it cut a destructive path comparable to that of the 1938 hurricane. Hundreds -of summer homes were destroyed and thousands of small boats were lost or damaged as the storm whipped wildly with gusts up to 125 M. P. H. through New England. From the beaches of New London. Conn., it spread northward in a wide path across Rhode Island, Cape Cod, eastern and central Massachusetts and parts of New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont. Some officials estimated damage was the greatest property loss in New England by a hurricane. Well Plotted However, hurricane Carol was so well plotted that loss of life was far below the toll of 317 persons who perished in the Sept. 21, 1938 hurricane, which struck New England without warning. Utilities companies said hundreds -of communities may be without electricity for several days. At least 150,000 telephones were reported still 'out" in Massachusetts, Rhode Island. New Hampshire and See HURRICANE on Page 3 Federal Grand Jury Indicts Blytheville Man A former Blytheville bank teller was one of the 48 persons indicted yesterday by the Federal Grand Jury of the Eastern District after two days of deliberation in Little Rock. Virgil Shaneyfelt, First National Bank teller for four years until last March, was indicted on several counts of embezzlement from the bank. He was charged in March with embezzeling $9.896 from the bank over the past three years. At the time of the revelation of the original charges, Mr. Shaneyfelt said, "the reason for my acts was . . . economic pressure of the past several years."- NewTropical Storm Forming East of Florida MIAMI .Fla. ffl — A tropical storm with winds of 65 miles per hour in squalls formed today in an easterly wave in the Atlantic. At 9 a.m. the storm was centered about 675 miles east of Daytona Beach, Fla., moving northward at 18 to 20 m.p.h. Highest winds were estimated at 60 to 65 m.p.h. in squalls east of the center with gales extending outward 100 to 150 miles in the eastern semicircle and a short distance west. Grady Norton, chief storm forecaster at the Miami Weather Bureau, said the storm was expected to move northward at a slightly slower rate during the next 24 hours. Entries Sought For Annual NCPC Parade Blytheville civic groups were urged today to submit entries in the National Cotton Picking Contest parade — annually a highlight of the big two-day cotton event. Some $300 in prizes will be up for grabs in the float division. The parade also will feature entries in the Queen of the National Cotton Picking Contest event and high school and college bands of this area. Approximately 10 bands already have agreed to participate in the event, according to Bob Warren, parade chairman. Clubs or groups desiring information concerning entering floats should contact Mr. Warren at 3-6161. Rings Thought Partof$5,000 Loot Found COTTONWOOD POINT, Mo. Some 38 class rings, believed to be part of $5,000 worth of jewelry stolen from an abandoned and burned 1950 Cadillac from Memphis, Term., have been found by Pemiscot County authorities near a ferry landing here. Partially buried, the rings were found near the old ferry landing after a grader had been over the area. A change in the level of the Mississippi River has 'caused the ferry to dock at another point close-by, it was reported. Taken from Memphis last March, the car was driven north of the Calumet, Ark., community, northwest of Blytheville, where it was stripped of all removable equipment and burned. Owner of the vehicle, H. E. Allen of Jackson, Miss., salesman for a jewelry company, reported the missing sample jewelry to be valued at $5,000. Value of the rings which were found Monday was not known and are being held in the sheriff's office at Caruthersville until identified by the owner. When the Cadillac was found last March it had been stripped of wheels, spare tire, carbuer- tor, battery, radio, heater, backup lights and hood ornaments. Condition of the paint and motor indicated that the car did not catch fire from the ignition system. Miiligan Ridge Scout Meet Set Boy Scout Troop 56 at Milli gan Ridge will be host at a Fal Mobilization to be held Sept. 16 in Miiligan Ridge. To begin at 5 p. m. with inspection of scout cabins and entertainment followed by supper, the program includes a District Scout : ommittee meeting, the first held since last Spring. Several members of the Manila School Board are scheduled to be guests. The program announced by Raymond Powers, Miiligan Ridge Scoutmaster, includes dedication of the Scout Cabin from 7:30 until 8 p. m. and a Court of Honor from 8 until 9. Germany Holds Key In Europe May Demand" And Get-Free Rein to Re-arm PARIS (AP) — The focus of the struggle to save the Western Alliance shifted today from France to West Germany. Allied diplomats pondered what new price the Germans would ask now in return: for putting their soldiers on' the defense line against Com-j munist aggression. j One Western diplomat predicted"! that West Germany would demand — and get — the right to rearm without the restrictions the now- dead European Defense Community plan would have imposed. France's rejection of the European army, which America especially had considered the foundation of West European defense was described by one French leader as turning Germany loose to bargain with both East and West. U.S. Secretary of State John Foster Dulles' call for a meeting of the 14-nation NATO Council in"stead of the three occupying powers in West Germany was in itself taken as a new approach to European defense, Americans here who have .been in touch recently with Chancellor Konrad Adenauer and other Wesl German officials said the big problem is to determine what new terms Germany might demand for joining up with the West. These sources considered that Adenauer's government now almost certainly would reject the Bonn agreement signed 27 month ago to restore restricted sovereignty to West Germany. Sovereignty Feared The Germans ratified that accord on the basis that the companion EDC treaty rearming them would also be approved, and that the six-nation organization would save democratic forces in Ger•many itself from a resurrectiorr : X)f overriding militarism. "The West will offer partial sovereignty, to Germany," said one Western diplomat, "but out of the negotiations almost certainly will come complete sovereignty" — including the right to unrestricted rearmament. Former French Premier Paul Reynaud pin-pointed this prospect in the National Assembly yesterday during a bitter criticism of Premier Pierre Mendes-France for his failure to put EDC over. "What will you do tomorrow if demands are made for return of German sovereignty?" Reynaud asked Mendes-France. "You will be obliged to agree to it without the advantages of EDC. It will be the reconstitution of the Wehr- macht that already has paraded down the Champs Elysees and in the cities of France." Antoine Pinay, France's Premier when the EDC treaty was signed, joined in the debate to quote Mendes-France as saying last April that the only choice was "EDC or rearmament of Germany without any controls." 'Has the P r e m i e r ' 's mind changed today?" he queried. There was no answer from Mendes-France. B. R. Maybank Coroner Rules Natural Death In Two Cases Deaths of two Mississippi Coun;y Negroes whose bodies were bund this morning were ruled by Coroner E. M. Holt today as resulting from natural causes. James Henning, 68 - year - old Osceola Negro, was found dead on Highway 61 near there early today and the body of Edna Burns, 70, was found in her home here this morning. Henning had been run over by a car sometime after his death, the coroner said. Neither had any known surviv- S. Carolina Senator Succumbs FLAT ROCK, N. C. (ff) — Sen. Burnet Rhett Maybank, 55, a lifelong South Carolina Democrat, died at his summer home here early today of a heart attack. Members of his household said he was "feeling fine yesterday" and that death came in his sleep about 12:15 a.m. His death reduced the number of Democrats in the Senate to 46. There are 48 Republicans and one Independent. In traditionally Democratic South Carolina there was no doubt a Democrat would be named to succeed him. A successor probably will be named in the general election Nov. 2. Maybank first was elected to the Senate in 1941 to fill an unexpired term created by the resignation of James F. Byrnes, now governor of South Carolina. He was re-elected in 1942 and 1948. Active in Housing: He was a member of the Senate's Banking and Appropriations committees and was particularly active in the field of housing legislation. During his 13 years in the capital, the genial, ruddy-faced senator gained a reputation for his ability to put through the Senate •"the" ""many • varieties of legislation produced by the Banking Committee. Maybank is the eighth senator to die in the 83rd Congress. Four others have died this year: Hugh Butler (R-Neb), Clyde P. Hoey (D-NC), Lester C. Hunt (D-Wyo) and Dwight Griswold (R-Neb). Three died last year: Willis Smith (D-NC), Charles W. Tobey (R-NH) and Robert A. Taft (R- Ohio). Polio Fund Drive Brings in $659 257 Replies Received To 10,000 Letters Sent Seeking $3,000 A total of $659.50 was donated to ! he _. En } er 5 en , c 7., Ma ^ C . h ._?. f °J^!i"The"committee. he said, does not i "render any final decision. We do inot find the accused innocent or I guilty." Against Sen. Johnson Investigators Back Watkins In Decision Demos Say McCarthy May Have Broken Law WASHINGTON (AP) — Three Democratic senators, in joint findings on the McCarthy-Army hearings, contend "a WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. j serious question arises' 1 whether Sen. McCarthy (R-Wis) vio- 'lated the espionage law in his handling of "a secret FBI document. The four Republican members j seven of the subcommittee's mem- of the Senate investigations sub- j bers which discussed the document committee, in their joint report on j incident in pointed language, the 36-day public inquiry, made | Sens . M cClellan (Ark), Svming- no iinamgs at all on the subject of j ton (Mo) and j^c^on (^ash) the document. (signed the Democratic findings, But one ot their number. Sen. j which alleged that Sen. McCarthy Potter (R-Mich), in a separate re-j may have violated the law in report, asserted McCarthy's ban-1 ce ivins and making use of the 2y 4 - dhng of the mystery document page document" in question. Ti?f*mlri noTro nT-rmrrnr QK*-\I*^ p-rc-ifr f They called for a Justice Department investigation. "We feel the questions raised by this 2V 4 -page document incident are of the utmost gravity, in that they vitally affect the security of the United States," their report added. "The McCarthy lost today an attempt to get the Senate committee investigating censure him to that its vice chairman, Sen. Edwin C. Johnson, clarify his personal stand on the Wisconsin senator. Chairman Watkins (R-Utah) ruled against McCarthy declaring: "I can't see how any legal objection of any shape or form can be made (to Johnson's sitting on the committee) that could be maintained as a matter of law of a matter of fact." Watkins was affirming a ruling he made yesterday. McCarthy and his attorney, Edward Barrett Williams, had circulated to committee members a memo asking that the ruling be reversed and that Johnson be directed to say whether he was correctly quoted in a Denver Post article last March. Unanimous Backing' The memo said that statements attributed to Johnson, Colorado Democrat, "show a predilection and predisposition on his part" regarding the censure case against McCarthy. Watkins said he believed he had the unanimous backing of the six- man committee in his stand. Sen. Ervin (D-NC)- said .he agreed 100 per cent with the chairman. The Denver newspaper quoted Johnson March 12 as saying "in my opinion there is not a man among the Democratic leaders of Congress who does not loathe Joe McCarthy. Johnson said at yesterday's public hearing that he had never said he "personally loathed" McCarthy, and expressed belief he could consider the issues impartially. Declining to reverse his earlier ruling. Watkins said the committee is satisfied that Johnson can do what he said he could—consider the issues fairly. Williams asked that the memo be put into the official record. The committee withheld a decision on that. Watkins said he wanted to expand on the reasons for yesterday's ruling because the country doesn't understand the situation. No Final Decision The Constitution, he said, provides that the Senate or House shall be the judge of the qualification of its own members, and this has been construed as giving either branch the power to determine its own rules and to discipline its own have brought about swift penalties from the bench" had it occurred in court. And another, Sen. Dirksen (R- 111) said in a report of his own that he considered the case of the document among matters which "have no bearing" on the issues the senators were investigating. The reports were released last night, along with a voluminous "narrative summary" of the evidence and testimony signed by all attorney general should proceed expeditiously" to investigate it, they said, and report nil conclusions to Congress. Fred Sandefur submits them to the Senate, which See MCCARTHY on Page 3 from Aug. 16-31, County Chairman Elbert S. Johnson of Blytheville reported today. Some 200 coin containers are,- _ - . , ., ,. , . __. still to be collected and will be! Jt merel >' ^ ets a11 the factb and figured into the total later, Mr. Johnson said. Of 10,000 letters mailed in the county seeking aid for the emer- ency drive,, a total of 257 replies were received, it was reported. Replies came from the following communities, with amounts received listed: Alan Berry Purchases Hughes Clothing Store Sale of Hughes Clothing Co. to Alan Berry was announced today by Ross Hughes, Jr. Mr. Berry, son of Blytheville businessman Kendall Berry, said he "took over the store today and closed it for inventory. It will be opened Friday, he i accessories, stated. i A spring graduate of the TJniver- He immediately announced ap- j sity of Arkansas, Mr. Berry plans pointment of Fred Sandefur, vet- j to be active in the business, eran Blytheville clothing man, as j No change in the name of the general'manager of the" store. j store is anticipated, Mr. Berry Mr. Sandefur has been manager i said of Martin's Men's Store here. j ~~ Under his ownership, Mr. Berry staced. the store will maintain its present lines of men's clothing and Wilson Schools to Open Sept. 6 WILSON — Registration of stu- , dents was under way this week in Blytheville. 167 — $455.50; Osce-1 preparation for the opening of the ola, 29 — $48.65: Leachville. 18 -11954-55 term Monday. $24.25; Manila, 10 — $19.50; Lux-i James C. Perry, Wilson's new ora, 8 — $32.50; Etowah. 3 — $11; i superintendent of schools, said Dell. 2 — $2; Armorel, 2 — $3 ;| Wilson will have six new teachers Keiser, 5 — $5; Joiner, 5 — $8; i this year and that there are va- Wilson, 8 — $48; Driver, 1 — $1; Tyronza, 1 — SI. Goal for the emergency drive cancies in the first and fifth grades due to resignations. The school building is being re- body was discovered COLLIDE ON CURVE — The car above, northbound on Highway 61, veered into the left, lane on the first curve south of the Caruthersville "Y" and into the path of the trailer truck shown burning in background yesterday. The Pemiscot County Sheriff's office said today. The car's driver, Charlie Brown, Negro, was in Pemiscot Memorial Hospital at Hayti this morning in "fair" condition with a fractured arm and leg and other injuries, and his son, Charlie Brown, Jr., only other occupant of the vehicle was reported in "good" condition following treatment for cuts and bruises. Truck driver J. P. Stonon and his wife of Memphis were unhurt in the wreck but narrowly escaped through a jammed truck door before fire gutted the cab, according to the Missouri State Patrol. The truck, hauling refrigerated produced, was owned by the Walter Palocolo Company of Memphis. The same curve was the scene of a recent fatal accident. (Courier News Photo) rs. Henning's y F. M. Black of St. Louis, a ruck driver, about 3:30 this morn- ng, on the shoulder of the stretch f highway running east-west just outh of Osceola. One leg was ex- ended onto the highway at the ime Black sighted the body, Corner Holt said. One vehicle had apparently iassed over Henning's leg, break- ng it. A cut was also found on the Negro's right temple, but could have been caused by a fall, according to Holt. Abrasions were found on the body, he said. An official coroner's report this morning stated that death was believed to have occurred before a car passed over the body, and was probably due to a heart condition. No leads were available as to what driver or vehicle had passed over the body on the busy highway. Osceola Police were investigating today. A coroner's investigation here this morning rendered a report of 23~45~ death by natural causes in thej Thi* Date Last \>ar case of an elderly Negro woman Maximum yesterday—100. found dead at her home here early ftM DEATHS M F»fi » 34.71. was $8.000 in Mississippi County, j decorated. The interior is being "Anyone, who has not yet contribu-j painted with a pastel shade of ted and would like to do so should! green, the floors are being refin- send their contribution to 'Emer-1 fshed, and another classroom has gency March of Dimes,' in care of J been added. Due to the increase in the Blytheville Post Office, in the j students there will be another next 10 days," Mr. Johnson said ! third grade added. this morning. The school has also purchased a "I want to thank those who did; new bus this year, making a total contribute to the emergency drive, j of 10 — seven for whites and three As chairman of the regular drive i for Negroes, held last January when $13,000 was raised in the county. I realize See POLIO on Paye 3 ARKANSAS—Fair this after- A work conference for the Wilson faculty will be held Friday and Saturday. The faculty for the coming year is as follows: High School — J. D. Roberts, principal; E. D. Beall, agriculture: Miss Virgie Rogers, English; Miss Betty Overby, librarian: Miss Willie Jo Pierce, commercial: Wyatt Ferrell, mathematics: John Midkiff, junior high NCPC to Get Plug On TV Program P. D. Foster, who heads the contest to name a queen of the 19o4's National Cotton Picking Contest, will apear on Olivia Brown's WMCT television program tomorrow morning at 10 o'clock. Mr. Foster will represent the NCPC on the show and will be interviewed by Miss Brown. Contest Chairman Keiley Welch announced today. Tomorrow's TV program is the first of about six which will find NCPC representatives participating, Mr. Welch stated. $30 Is Stolen From Firm Here A total of $80 in checks and cash were reported taken from the Pepsi-Cola Bottling Co. office some time over the week-end, according to Police Chief John Foster. SUPERINTENDENT — James The sum. consisting mostly of C. Perry, formerly of Holly checks, was taken from a bank Grove, is" the new superintendent i deposit sack left on the office desk noon tonight and Thursday, a little j Eng ]ish;' Mrs. Davie Parker, home warmer Thursday afternoon. economics; Robert Courtway, MISSOURI— Fair this afternoon; j physical education; Donald Crews, fair to partly cloudy north and fair 'science and coach; Howard Gray- south tonight and Thursday; a little i son, social science. warmer northeast tonight; a lit- j Elementary School — Mrs. J. tie cooler northeast and extreme i D. Roberts and Mrs. Mary Goble, north Thursday. Minimum this morning— 58. Maximum yesterday— 83. Sunrise tomorrow— 5 :33. Sunset today — 6:27. Mean temperature (midway between and low)— 70.5. Precipitation last 24 hours to 7 a.m. today— none. Precipitation Jan, 1 to this date — sixth grade; Miss Christine Dobbs, fifth grade; Miss Doris Smith and Miss Peggy Thorn, fourth grade; Mrs. Phillip McRae, Mrs. Wanda Elslander and Mrs. G. E. Wallace, third grade: Miss Patricia Ann Raley and Mrs. James C. Perry, second grade; Miss Dorothy Den- first of Wilson Schools. He was superintendent at Holly Grove five years, principal r*t Mcii'ianna and coach at Dermott 12 years, Marked Tree three j'ears and Forrest City six years. He holds a bachelor's degree from Ouachita College and a master's degree from the University of Arkansas. the lunchroom this summer. The floors have been refinished and new folding chairs and tables have been purchased for the lunch room. Faculty for Whitton school includes Dennis Mullen, principal, seventh and eighth grades; Miss Wilda Jean Woodson, fifth and by one of the route salesmen Saturday afternoon. Chief Foster said. | Drivers and workers said they did j not notice anything unusual or any strangers about the building Saturday afternoon, Arthur Book, investigating officer, said. City police are still investigating. date - man and Miss Ann Crump, cradc: Mrs. Wallace Jacobs, j sixth grades; Mrs, Patricia Freels, school secretary. 1 third and fourth grades: Mrs. Whitton, a wing school of Wil-< Dennis Mullen, second grade; son, ha* had some work don* in'Mrs, L. W. Chandler, first grade. Osceola Youth Loses Finger in Accident OSCEOLA-Bill Beall. Jr., five- year-old son of Osceola High School Coach Bill Beall, lost the middle finger of his left hand yesterday when a playmate accidentally hit it with an axe. The finger was severed above the first joint. The youngster was to be brought home from Oceolft Memorial tto«pit«l today.

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