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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Friday, September 3, 1954
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OF NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI VOL. L—NO. 139 Blytheville Courier Blytheville Daily News Mississippi Valley Leader Blytheville Herald BLYTHEVILLE. ARKANSAS, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 1954 TWELVE PAGES Published Daily Except Sunday SINGLE COPY FIVE CENTS McCarthy May Testify Next Week Probers Turn To Disposal of Lost Charges WASHINGTON (AP)—Sen McCarthy probably will testify early next week as his own chief witness against censure charges. That prospect — with it attendant likelihood of fireworks — took the major share of attention today as Senate investigators, their own record virtually complete on accusations they chose as the major ones, turned to the question of what to do with remaining courts. The special Senate committee itself is in recess until Tuesday, because of the funeral of Sen. Maybank (D-SC) today and the Labor Day holiday Monday. But staff members were busy with closed- door studies of the 33 charges yet to be disposed of. Just what happens Tuesday is undecided, since the committee has promised to do something with every one of 46 counts. "We haven't closed the door on anything," said Chairman Watkins (R-Utah). But the general expectation is that the committee, perhaps after a little more tag-ends evidence of its own, will turn matters over to the defense. "I anticipate I will be a witness," McCarthy told newsman. Neither he nor his lawyer, Edward Bennett Williams, was disclosing stra-tegy. They would not say whether there will be any witnesses besides McCarthy himself. The only announcement from Williams was that "we'll be ready to go on Tuesday." The hearings so far have .been almost entirely a rehash of old records and testimony. Consider Condemnation Under orders from the Senate, the committee is considering a resolution by Sen. Flanders (R- Vt) to condemn McCarthy's conduct as tending to bring the Senace into disrepute. Backing up the resolution, Flanders and Senators Morse (Ind-Ore) and Fulbright (D- Ark) aimed 46 overlapping, specific charges against McCarthy. To get things started, the committee skipped some charges and lumped the others into five major categories. Working with unexpected speed, it finished putting into the record by midafternoon yesterday the documentary evidence, mostly from transcripts of prior hearings of other committees. The two categories covered yesterday were charges that McCarthy (1) may have violated the espionage law by bringing into the recent McCarthy-Army hearings a document quoting a secret FBI report, and (2) urged government employes to break the la\v and violate their oaths of office by giving him secret information. Story Retraced Long excerpts from the Army- McCarthy hearings were read into the record retracing the story of how McCarthy produced last May 4 what he said was a letter from FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover, relating to security at the Army radar laboratory at Ft. Monmouth, N.J. It was a 2i/4-page document which Hoover later was quoted as saying contained verbatim passages from a 15-page memorandum the FBI had sent to the Army intelligence service. He said he hadn't written the 2 1 /: 1 -page document itself. Also into the record — from the Army-McCarthy transcript — went a letter from Atty. Gen. Brownell declaring Hoover had told him "he never wrote any such letter" as the abbreviated document McCarthy produced. The latter document, he said, was "not authentic" in that Hoover never wrote it. Brownell said, furthermore, that the document involved "an unauthorized use of classified information" and "serious harm" would result from ignoring secrecy Ibels on FBI papers. The document was never made public. DRAINAGE PLAN — Here is engineer's drawing of the drainage plan okayed by Drainage District 17 yesterday. Heavy lines at to are Belle Fountaine and State Line (29) ditches. Sawtooth line at right is levee on eastern fringe of New Bar pits where divisionary ditch will run. Highway 18 is visible in lower one-fourth of map. New ditch will be known as 29-A. Dams in Belle Fountaine and State Line are indicated in center of map. New Drainage Plan Gets District OK Within the next few days, Drainage District 17 will ask for bids on an 11-mile divisionary channel to run from the loodway south of Highway 18, through the New Bar pits to itate Line and Belle Fountaine ditches. Weather Dulles Cites Asia Meets Importance MANILA L?) — U.S. Secretary of State John Foster Dulles arrived today for an eight-nation Southeast Asia security conference he called "one of the most important international conferences of our time." An 18-gun salute boomed as his plane landed. Two military bands began playing and a host of dignitaries crowded forward as he walked smiling from the big airliner. "I am happy to be again in the Philippine Republic," Dulles told the crowd. "I particularly look forward to seeing again Mr. Magsaysay. I met him here before when he was minister of defense. Now I shall be honored to pay my respects to him as president." Tomorrow U.S. and Philippines officials will meet in advance of the foreign ministers' conference opening Monday to discuss ways and me ans of strengthening the mutual defense pact linking the two nations. Immediately after reading his statement he drove to the resi- Sec DULLES on Page 1 2 4 Decision to go ahead with the controversial ditch was announced yesterday by District 17 spokesmen. The effort will find six Southeast Missouri districts and the Corps of Engineers cooperating with 17 in the program. Although District 17 spokesmen Leads to Fatal Shot Missouri Man Meets Death At Stubtown CARUTHERSVILLE — A 16-year-old girl of Stubtown, three miles southwest of here, was to be araigned on second degree murder charges Thurs- j prices that bring back happy mem- day following the Shotgun kill- ories. And there's the very good Business Stresses Due to Ease By SAM DAWSON NEW YORK i/Pi — Americans can take off on their long weekend thankful that their dollars will buy a little more of some things — and with the pleasing prospect that when Indian summer comes along a number of current business stresses are likely to be eased. There'll be some pleasant things you'll have to get used to. For the i first time in about six months you can go into the grocery store and see coffee priced in two figures instead of three. You'll find many cuts of meat at ing of her former cousin, who reportedly attacked her at their home yesterday afternoon. Frances Charlene Cherry, free on 52,000 security bond posted in Magistrate Court here, is charged with killing Granville Cherry, father of two, after she said he criminally attacked her while they were alone at his farm home shortly after noon yesterday. According to Courier News Correspondent Sonny Sanders, an investigation by the Pemiscot County sheriff's office disclosed the following series of events; Said Drinking: The dead man, drinking heavily Wednesday night, had attempted to get his wife to leave the house, where Frances lived with the family, on several pretexts, asking her to take their son with her. Unsuccessful in his attempts, he renewed them yesterday morning, finally sending his wife and a young son to Caruthersville at midday to get fish which he asked for dinner. To Cotton Field The girl, who later told officers she did not want to stay in the home alone with her cousin, went it*to a cotton field behind the home when the wife left for Caruthersville, and hid there. She told officers Cherry called for her, came out into the field, and found her. She said he made advances and she ran to the rear of the field, where Cherry caught her and attacked her. A doctor's preliminary investigation later indicated the girl had been assaulted, but the fact was not yet- established, according to the Sheriff's office... . . . The girl returned to the house, where Cherry's wife had just returned from town, and got a 12- gauge shotgun, reportedly telling Mrs. Cherry that she was "going to kill" Cherry. She then went to a chicken house at the rear of the home, staying inside until Cherry walked in from the field. Stepping out of the building, she challenged Cherry with the shotgun. "Can't Remember" Officers said the girl told them that Cherry laughed and told her declined to comment on this fea- she "didn't have the guts to shoot." ture of the plan, earlier reports from out of Missouri held that some 52,000 acres of Southeast Missouri land will be benefitted by the new channel. 3,200 Acres in County Other prime beneficiaries, "17" officials stated, will be 3,200 acres of Mississippi County land lying primarily north and east of lythe- ville. For the area, they said, it will mean "low water drainage which was enjoyed prior to installation of dams (by the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service) in the Floodway Ditch at Big Lake." Real purpose of the plan, they explained, is to bypass the two Floodway dams with water flowing from east to west in State Line and Belle Fountaine ditches. In order to insure no drainage from the Floodway which in times of low water might move east-ward into the new ditch, district spokesmen said ground level dams will be constructed in both elle Fountaine and State Line ditches west of the point where they will feed into the new 11-mile ditch. 540,000 in U.S. Aid The Corps of Engineers is coming in for $40,COO to provide for straight- See TWO STATES on Page 12 From that point, she told officers, she "can't remember what happened" until she was walking down a road to a neighbors home with the shotgun. Cherry was killed by a single blast which hit him in the lower chest J The shotgun was tossed into a ditch j on the road, the girl walking to a neighbor's house where she secured clothing to replace that ripped off, and stayed until officers came for her. The shooting is beileved to have :15 p.m. Mrs. Cher- prospect that in coming weeks a pork will be coming to market to compete for your dollar—and competition should mean lower prices. * » * A NUMBER of foodstuffs are dropping at the wholesale price level. When you get back to your grocery after Labor Day you may find a retail bargain here and there. Before you get too happy, however — the fuel oil men are talking now about the winter's prospects, ar»d some of them think that prices may edge higher. The oil industry has cut production and got supplies pretty well under control. Oilmen think that their experience of last fall, when fuel oil supplies were high and prices were shaved here and there, won't be repeated. Clothing men aren't too happy about their summer sales volume. But the men zho make the fabrics are hopeful, at least, that the worst is over for the textile industry. * * * AND YOU may get some benefits out of the new and keener competition that is shaping up in the textile industry. Mergers have realigned some of the bigger companies, and they're really going all out for sales this fall. Promotions sometimes mean bargains for shoppers. Merchants are taking heart at the first signs that consumers are ready to loosen up again and buy more big-ticket items on time. The Federal Reserve Board says that for two months in a row now installment buying has increased "more than seasonally." People have been going -out and taking on new refrigerators, TV sets or maybe a new car. On W. Germany Issue Effect on European Unity Is Big Worry By JOHN M. HIGHTOWER WASHINGTON (AP) — After a week of worry and soul searching. U. S. officials are fairly confident today that „„,,„ ^ a f° rmu l a will be found in a reasonable time for arming West] much'Yarger" supply" o? beef InS I Germany as a partner in the anti-Communist defense of West-' ern Europe. But there is far less confidence that this formula will promote European unity. Some other device may have to be found for that. As Washington views the situation, the tragedy of French destruction of the proposal for a Eu- weathered successfully. There had been deep ropean Defense Community is that EDC would have served both designs. Diplomatic authorities say privately the first dangers of the E~DC defeat apparently havs been MANY manufacturers will also welcome Labor Day — traditional day for a change for the better in industrial production. This year their hopes are set higher than last. The 1953 Labor Day found businessmen worried, with business slipping and the depth of its prospective fall in doubt. Today businessmen are expecting — or at least hoping — that before the month is over the production curve will start upward. Ike Signs Labor Pact Legislation Robert Killian Dies Suddenly Heart Attack Claims Life of Prominent Missco Farmer Robert William Killian, 52-year- old Blytheville farmer and landowner, died at Chickasawba Hospital here about 9 a.m. today shortly after suffering a heart attack at his home on Country Club Drive. A former Manila resident, Mr. Killian had been an Arkansas resident for 20 years, coming to the state from Patton, Mo., where he was born. He was a member- of the Masonic Lodge and the First Methodist Church here. Survivors include his wife. Mrs. Hazel Killian; two daughters. Dixie Faye, a student at the University of Arkansas, and Bobbye June, a student at Stephens College, Columbia, Mo.; one brother, Sam Killian of Kennett, Mo.; and two sisters, Mrs. J. C. Little and Mrs. Ray Gooch, both of Detroit. Funeral arrangements were incomplete at noon today pending arrival of relatives. Holt Funeral Home will be in charge. ry called LaForge Funeral Home for an ambulance, but Cherry was pronounced dead upon the ambulance's arrival. The Sheriff's office was notified, with Chief Deputy Clyde Orton and Deputy Spud Walker sent to investigate. The Cherry girl was later arrested at the neighbor's house by Deputy Walker. Arrangements for Cherry's funeral were incomplete this morning. AUSTIN, Tex. L?) An honor ARKANSAS — Fair this afternoon, tonight and Saturday; a lit- guard." graduate of a Negro high school looked for "some other method" today to enter the University of Texas after his acceptance notice was cancelled by mail. Marion George Ford, Jr., of Houston, the student refused admission, said he had not received a letter mailed him by H. Y. McCown, university registrar and of admissions. But he admitted the announcement "caught me off tie warmer tonight. MISSOURI — Partly cloudy extreme north and generally fair remainder of state this afternoon, tonight and Saturday; little change in temperature. Minimum this morning—62. Maximum yesterday—94. Sunrise tomorrow—5:35. Sunset today—6:24. Mean temperature (midway between hi'.;h and low—78. Precipitation last 24 hours to 7 a.m. today—none. Precipitation Jan, 1 to this date — 23.45. This Date Last Year Maximum yesterday—89. Minimum this morning—72, Precipitation January 1 to date — 34.76. I don't know which way to turn," he said. He said he and his mother, Mrs. j Laverne Ford, would attempt to contact Tom Sealy of Midland, Tex., chairman of the university's Board of Regents, for an explanation. "If I'm unable to move him," Ford said, "we'll have to use some other method to get my point over." He did not explain what method but said court action would be a waste of time. "In a few years there will be hundreds of Negro students at the university," he said. "Why hold me back for this one year?" After a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that .segregation should end in public schools, the Texas Education Agency first announced it would abide by the decision but later said it would take at least a year for Texas to comply. McCown's letter to Ford advised him that the freshman courses he would need in his chosen field, chemical engineering, are available at Prairie View A&M College, a state school for Negroes near Houston. Ford graduated with !honors High School for Negroes. Both McCown and Sealy said that when Ford completed his first year's work, primarily academic, that he may apply at the university for admission to begin the professional courses of his program. Both maintained the first-year work was available for Ford at Prairie View. Ford disagreed. He said: "The courses are not in the catalogue. They're just setting up a one-man class for me." 82 Are Killed In Philippine Train Wreck MANILA (JP) ~ A heavily loaded logging train carrying more than 100 passengers on empty flat cars careened down a mountainside and piled up on a wooden bridge yesterday, killing at least 82 persons. Most of the others were injured, j many critically, in what is de- \ scribed as the worst railroad dis- j aster in Philippines history. • Cars, logs and crushed bodies i hurtled from the wrecked bridge i into a gorge 100 feet below. Cranes ! were hoisting massive logs from the j gorge today and officials said addi- j tional bodies may be uncovered. | The wreck occurred on northern 1 Negros Island in the southern j Philippines and authorities still j were trying to piece together exactly what happened. American Soldiers Back Safe SAIGON, Indochina C-PI—The U.S Embassy announced today the "official" return of five American military technicians captured by the Vietminh near Tourane June 14. They will be flown tomorrow morning directly to Clark Field in the Philippines. Good Health All five were reported in good health. They had been nabbed by the Vietminh on a beach near Tourane, where they had apparently gone for a swim. The beach was out of bounds for the approximately 200 Americans who had been working in the area servicing American-supplied planes used by the French in the battle for Dien Bien Phu. As POW's The Vietminh turned the five over to the French at Qui Nhon in Central Indochina Tuesday. The The order ratifies recomrnenda- j French, who had been processing tions the President's committee on I them as prisoners of war, deliver- Governrnent Contracts recently ed the five today to Air Force Col. made to purchasing agencies of the | William H. Tudor, air attache of ' the U. S. Embassy in Saigon. The five are now at Dalat, about 145 miles northeast of Saigon. They expect to reach Manila by noon, national j Philippine time, tomorrow (10 p.m. CST Friday). Efforts by reporters to reach the five have not been successful. The five are Ciro Salas Jr., Los Faubus To Unveil Drouth Plan 2nd Opponent Might Enter As Independent By RAY STEPHENS LITTLE ROCK (AP)—Democratic gubernatorial nominee Orval Faubus says he'll outline his recommendations today on relieving Arkansas" critical drought problem. Faubus told newsmen yesterday that he has conferred with several members of the General Assembly on the problem, and will make known his views today in a pre* pared statement. At his first news conference since returning from a two-weeks vacation in Colorado, Faubus said he recognized that conditions brought on by three successive drought years in Arkansas are "quite serious." Thirty-seven of the state's 75 counties have been declared, official drought disaster areas by the federal government. The designation allows farmers in the counties to obtain low-cost feed for cat•tie and to obtain loans from the federal government at low interest rates. Faubus declined to say whethe* he plans to campaign, actively against the Republican gubernatorial nominee. Mayor Pratt Remmel of Little Rock. He said he has been too busy with plans for the state Democratic convention here Sept. 23-24 to give serious thought to the GOP threat. Usually, the Democratic nomination is tantamount to election in Arkansas, but the Republicans are eight-nation emergency conference j putting forward their best foot this concern here about a violent reaction in West Germany, including angry statements against France, outbursts of extreme German nationalism and the like. State Department officials said that has not happened. They regard as encouraging the moderate tone of German reaction, based on the theme of getting on with the task of strengthening Europe's defenses and unity. Fear TJ. S. Action Another fear was that American reaction might take a violent swing. Some officials now concede that perhaps EDC was oversold as a solution for Europe's troubles. If it failed, there was always a certainty that some other European defense plan, however much less desirable, would have to be found. The ways still open in a practical sense appear to embrace only two possibilities. First, the American and British government now favor solving the German rearmament problem by making West Germany a member of the 14-nation North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Second, should the NATO plan fail, London and Washington appear to have an understanding that they must then try to rearm Germany directly. They would prefer to do whatever they do with the approval and cooperation of France. Wants 8-Nation Meet Britain has already proposed an DENVER (^ — President Eisenhower today signed an executive order designed to clarify and strengthen provisions of the standard hiring and firing non-discrimination clause included in all government contracts with private industry. Eisenhower, who returned from a Rocky Mountain fishing trip late yesterday, put his signature to the order shortly after arriving at the summer White House at Lowry Air Force Base this morning. government. The order Eisenhower signed today defines prohibited discriminatory employment practices based on race, color, religion or origin. to begin drafting a new plan for West German rearmament. It was reported yesterday that the United States awas inclined to agree to the proposal, although no formal word has been received from Britain on it. The rearmament of Germany under NATO — or directly without NATO membership and perhaps over the objection of France — would appear to work against European unity. It would seem to put new values on nationalism in Europe, to recreate some of the situations which existed before World War n insofar as distrust between France and Germany is concerned. Balanced against this, in the eyes of officials here, is the strong pro- European policy and-leadership of Chancellor Konrad Adenauer's government. Yet it is a government _ headed by an old man. Another j of the unknowns of European pel- i year in an effort to captialize on a split in the state party. Remmel twice has defeated Democrats to win the mayor's job and is considered to be a strong campaigner. Faubus declined to comment on the possibility that he'll face a secc,~iQ candidate in the November general election. State Labor Commissioner Joe Cash yesterday told a Little Rock luncheon club that he may run against Faubus as an independent. He said he would make known his decision within two weeks. Faubus defeated Gov. Francis Cherry in the Aug-. 10 run-off primary, turning back Cherry's bid for the second term, reserved by tradition for Arkansas governors. A group of disgruntled Cherry supporters has been casting about for a candidate to oppose Faubus in November. Cherry himself itics which causes concern here is j turned down the idea. what will happen when Adenauer ceases to exercise a powerful influence on West German conduct. Two Firms Move NCPC Cotton Ball To New Offices Tickets on Sale Tickets for the National Cotton A Blytheville law firm and an insurance and real estate agency have ooened offices in new loca- Polio Leveling Off WASHINGTON (& — The Public Health Service said yesterday "it appears that a definite 'leveling off " has been reached in new polio cases and that "the peak is now being approached." Angeles, Calif., Giacomo Appice, Elizabeth, N. J., Jerry Schuller, Cleveland, Ohio, all airme.*.: and Donald E. Morgan. Flint, Mich., and Leonard R. Sroufek. Chicago, i both U. S. Army privates. Picking Contest's Cotton Ball, to i tions this week be held at the Main Exhibit Build- \ Harrison and Harrison law firm, ing at the Walker Park fair- j previously located in the Isaacs grounds, October 1, will go on sale j Building on Main street, have Monday at Kelley's Shoe Store on ! opened a suite of offices at 217 Main Street, Elton Foster, dance I West Walnut. chairman, said today. Tex Beneke and his orchestra have been signed for the dance. Reservations will be mailed only when tickets are purchased, Foster said. A floor plan for seating has been ! drawn up and will be available for i ticket purchasers to select their | seats on a first come, first served | basis, he added. j W. M. Burns Insurance and Real Estate Agency is now located at 219 West Walnut after having moved from the Anthony Building on North Second. Previously used as a showroom for Motor Sales Co., the building was redecorated and partitioned off into two sets of separate offices for the law firm and insurance agency. Legion Names New Commander, Heads Home Open-and-Close Plan for City By RUSSELL BRINES WASHINGTON (/Pi — The rear guard of the 36th annual American Legion convention started home today with a new national commander at the helm and a stack of resounding resolutions it hopes will influence government policy. The four-day convention ended officially yesterday afternoon, with the veterans voicing in no uncertain terms their indignation about communism at home and abroad. Congress is certain to hear of fresh legion demands for universal Vice Commanders Leonard Jack- congressional action to expose con- Ike Due to Complete Action on New Laws DENVER (ft — President Eisen- ._ . . /TTArrn , , hower, back from a Rocky Moun-J milltar y training (UMT... for new tain fishing trip, hopes to complete anti-Communist legislation and inaction today on bills passed by! vestigations and for increased vet- Congress during the closing days | erans' benefits. of the session. i Seaborn P. Collins. Jr., of Las Eisenhower and former Presi-j Cruces, N.M., yesterday elected dent Hoover drove back late yes-1 national commander for the corn- terday from Fraser, Colo., on the i in >? y ear - pledged a vigorous cam- western side of the Continental Divide, where they spent three days casting for trout svnd generally taking it easy s.t a secluded ranch. paign to carry out dozens of resolutions. The convention also elected these other oew officers: son, Clarks, La.; Robert Shelby, Salt Lake City: Howard C. Kingdom. Conneaut, Ohio: Patrick H. Mangan Jr., Brattleboro, Vt.; Dr. Carl J. Rees, Newark, Del.; and national chaplain, the Rev. Albert J. Hoffmann. Dubuque, Iowa. The convention overwhelmingly approved resolutions putting the legion on record on: Communism at home — Full support was voted for congressional Communist - hunting committees — that includes the Senate Investigations subcommittee headed by Sen. McCarthy (R- Wis) — with the recommendation they be given"ample funds" to continue investigating "with no limitation of their present powers." Defeated was an attempt to have the legion oppose methods "which violate the traditional American concepts of due process of law which are abusive of witnesses..." The convention also called, for tributors to Communist front organizations and to pass additional anti-Communist legislation. Communism abroad — The legion called on the government to warn Red China and Soviet Russia that further aggression in Southeast Asia would bring immediate military retaliation, by the United States alone if necessary. It urged the government to study the possibility of severing all diplomatic relations with Russia and its satellites, of curtailing trade with Russia as fully as practicable, and of getting allies to eliminate all trade with Red China. Global security — The legion promised an all-out fight for a UMT law that would guarantee at least 16 weeks' training for all young Americans. It urged Congress to provide funds to build up adequate air strength and to start a full-scale civil defense program. Blytheville's open-close status for the Labor Day holiday Monday lined up this way: Open—most merchants, offices and city offices in the City Hall. Closed — Banks, Post Office windows and county offices in tht Court House. Armas Urges Inflow Of Foreign Capital W — President Carlos Castillo Armas appealed last night for an Inflow of foreign capital to help his new anti-Communist government get Guatemala back on her feet, Addressing a mass meeting in front of the presidential palace, h« promised guarantees to protect foreign investment* and called for help in developing new industry,

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