The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on September 6, 1954 · Page 1
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Monday, September 6, 1954
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OP NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI VOL. L—NO. 140 Blytheville Courier Blytheville Daily News Mississippi Valley Leader Blytheville Herald BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS, MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 1954 TEN PAGES Published Daily Except Sunday SINGLE COPY FIVE CENTS U.S. Charge of 'Wanton' Attack On Plane Is Rejected by Reds Without Russia President Discloses U.S., Allies PlanA-Energy Pool DENVER (AP) — President Eisenhower disclosed dramatically today that the United States has "just agreed with a number of other nations to go ahead now" on formation — without Russia — of an international atomic energy pool for peaceful purposes. The President made the announcement in a brief nationwide radio-television address prepared for delivery from here in connection with ground-breaking ceremonies for the nation's first atomic power plant for peaceful use at Shippingport, Pa. Some Named Eisenhower did not name the nations joining the United States BOTTLING PLANT BLAZE — Smoke boiling up through its roof, the Pepsi-Cola Bottling Co. here is shown above during the 870,000 blaze yesterday which left the building a mass of rubble and blackened, twisted machinery. Below, a virtual river of the soft drink and the concentrate used to make it — well diluted by water from fire hoses — pours down a stairway and out onto Ash Street. (Courier News Photos) ' Bottling Firm Finds Temporary Quarters after $70,000 Fire Blytheville's Pepsi-Cola Bottling Co. was making preparations today to set up a temporary plant in the former Shelton Motor Co. building at 117 East "Main following a $70,000 fire which gutted the firm's building at 312 West Ash yesterday afternoon. Breaking out above a boiler on the ground floor, the blaze spread quickly and sent a huge pall of smoke boiling up over the city. Discovered about 3:10 p.m., the fire resisted the fire department's efforts for an hour before it was brought under control. Firemen were on the scene until about 10 last night and were called back several times in the next hour. Even then small blazes broke out in the smoldering rubble several times during the night. Two Pepsi-Cola employes were stationed at the'-gutted"' structure throughout the night to prevent any major recurrence of the blaze. Jimmie Sanders, owner of the bottling firm, said this morning that inspection of the wreckage resulted in a revised estimate of damage totaling nearly 370,000. Damage Listed This included, he said, 525,000 damage to the building, machinery and equipment loss of about 525,000 and merchandise and stock destroyed to the extent of from 518,000 to 520,000. The blaze .was first discovered by Walter Manser, manager of the Black and White Store, and George Stanfield. an employe of the store, who were working in the department store's building across the alley from the bottling firm. Mr. Stanfield called the fire department. Minutes later, the blaze was found by employes of the bottling firm, who also turned in an alarm/ A full crew was at work at the Pepsi-Cola plant at the time. Production Manager Gerald Wheelei Three Negroes Killed In. Wreck Near Hayti HAYTI — Three St. Louis, Mo., Negroes were killed when the car in which they 'were riding crashed into a bridge .as...the driver pass a transport-truck < on the right hand shoulder of the road three miles south of here on Highway 61 yesterday afternoon. Killed instantly was Nattie Edwards, 36. Pronounced dead on arrival at Pemiscot County Memorial Hospital was Minnie Swilling, 58. The driver of the car, Robert Lee Edwards, 37, was in critical condition until he died a short time after reaching the hospital. Missouri highway patrol officers told Courier News Correspondent Sonny Sanders that investigation showed the 1954 hard-top Buick convertible driven by Edwards was traveling south at approximately 90 miles per hour, passed a truck and came up behind another truck which was traveling about 45 miles per hour. Seeing that he could not stop in time or pass the second truck because of a car approaching in the opposite direction, Edwards swerved around the transport on the shoulder of the road and crashed into a concrete bridge abutment. Nation'sHighway Death Toll Reaches 269 Mark By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS With the big homeward bound rush to still come deaths plant in that country. 4. The United States will begin atomic talks Thursday "with our friends in Canada," and "negotiations with other friendly nations See IKE on Page *10 Soviet Claim Of Air Violation Denied by Navy By DONALD SANDERS WASHINGTON (AP) — Two Russian jet fighters "shot down an American Navy plane off Siberia Saturday in what this government termed a '"'wanton and unprovoked attack" which apparently cost the life of one Navy ensign. In a rapid-fire exchange of notes last night, a few hours after the incident was announced here, Russia said the American plane opened fire first and Washington rejected that claim 'as ''completely without foundation." "The U. S. Navy aircraft was on a peaceful patrol mission over the high seas some 40 miles -from the Siberian Coast when •. it • was attacked without warning and destroyed by two Soviet aircraft/' a State Department protest to the Sovies said. "At no time did the XT. S. Navy aircraft open fire oa the Soviet aircraft." However, in a first- hand account of the clash, on« of nine surviving crewmen, Ordnanceraan Ernest L. Pinkevich of Alameda. Calif., said he managed to bring into action the patrol plane's 50 caliber machine gun. Talking to newsmen in Japan, Pinkevich said: "I fired about 150 rounds. It was mostly in hope of scaring them off because it was a bad position for aiming. But they didn't scare." court Thursday. Norrid died in Walls Hospital, Blytheville, about 2 am. yesterday ! crewme ^ "A special purpose would-be to ! as the result of four smnshot wounds ! mghrin the Caters of the 'Sea of .„...., , .,....,.. 'received from a .45 caliber pistol i Japan - The remaining one, Ens. in creation of the international pool, a proposal he first made in a United Nations speech last Dec. 8. But a presidential aide at the summer White House told newsmen that "among the nations" participating in the arrangement, already made to go ahead immediately, are Great Britain, Canada, Australia, South Africa and France. The aide, who asked not to be named, added that other nations will be joining in the program. He did not name them. Eisenhower's Dec. 8 proposal was keyed to Soviet Union participation in the international atomic pool he advocated as a first step toward halting an atomic armaments race between Russia and the United States. After months of private negotiations between the two countries, Russia refused to go along—closed the door at least 99 per cent, Secretary of State Dulles has said. In his Dec. 8 speech to the United Nations, Eisenhower said an important responsibility of the international atomic energy agency which he proposed "would be to devise methods whereby this fissionable material would be allocated to serve the peaceful pursuits of mankind." He added: "Experts would be mobilized to apply atomic energy to the needs of agriculture, medicine and other peaceful activities. Gun Victim Dies; Holland Man Held for Murder Lloyd Booker Posts $10,000 Bond in Hayti Man's Death CARTJTHERSVTLLE—-Lloyd Booker of Holland was released on S10,- 000 security bond Sunday afternoon after being charged with first degree murder in connection with the fatal shooting of Thurman Norrid, 37, of Hayti last Friday night in Holland. Nine Rescued Nine of the patrol bomber's 10 rescued after a Negro Is Held In Carythersvi!!e Shooting Cose CARUTHERSVILLE—Lee Castle, 68-year-old Negro, is being held in county jail on charges of felonious assault following the wounding gave sheriff deputies a physical"as-" of a Negro woman and man on j sist in nabbins a man wanted on a Adams street Saturday night ac-; charge of passing worthless checks cording to information from the : here Saturday ni<*ht 'IS?SS is in Pemiscot Coun. ! hl f ^™ 0 %™*' 43 ' Wh ° ^ ty Memorial Hospital at Hayti for ' hw home ** Tennessee > * m the Check Suspect Nabbed Here Businessman Grabs Bad Check Passer An alert Blytheville business man * attempted to extinguish the blaze' 011 the nation ' s highways had Climbed today to the 269 mark. The preliminary steps set forth provide abundent electrical energy in the power-starved areas of the world." Agency Planned In his syeecn toaay, the President said: "Our proposals for peaceful use of the atom have so far been cynically blocked in the councils of the world, but we shall proceed onward. We shall proceed now— under safeguards set forth in our law—to share atomic technology with others of good will. "We have just agreed with a lumber of other nations to go ahead now with the formation of an international agency which will foster the growth and spread of the new atomic technology for peaceful use." As he proposed in his United Nations speech, Eisenhower said atomic materials — fissionable items and raw uranium—for projects sponsored by the new international agency will be set aside for peaceful uses. wielded by Booker while they stood " Henry Reid of Alameda, on the sidewalk in front of "Little's { Calif -.' was feared lost. The Navy Pool Room Friday night. j ' m Tokyo said there was nothing with a bottle of carbonic gas used H ' D earborn, president of in carbonating the soft drink but j tne National Safety Council, the fire spread too quickly " warned that the toll might reach Mr. Sanders said three "tons ofi 400 - Earlier, the council had pre- the carbonic gas more than i dicted the traffic death total at enough to have smothered the 39 °blaze — were stored in a large I With about 65 hours of the 78 tank in the rear of the building but ! hour three-day iabor Day holiday that there was no way to make a! e ! a P se d. the death toll was: traffic connection with the tank. 269; drowning 53; miscellaneous 50 Rushed to Walls Hospital by automobile. Norrid was treated for the three abdominal and one leg wounds. Two years ago, Norrid shot and killed Booker's brother, Kennel, following a three-man feud among three "old friends" after someone j to indicate he had been shot. It was presumed he was trapped in the navigator's compartment when the plane was ditched. Sen. Knowland (R-Calif) demanded that this government retaliate by breaking off diplomatic relations with Russia, but Presi- got mad about a practical joke and dem Eisenhower was represented Melvin Kifer was killed by Kermel ! as believing such a step would not Booker in 1950. . ! be in the best interests of the coun- Lloyd Booker was released Satur- ! tz T- day morning on a $5.000 bond on a ! Moscow said the American craft, charge of felonious assault in con- j a two-engine propeller-driven Nep- nection with the shooting. Afte v i tune, had violated Russia's "air Norrid died Sunday morning, he 1 space" and had opened fire. Wash- was arrested again and charged! ington said the Russian planes with first degree murder. {opened fire first, and that at least year's 405 traffic toll, it seemed j by the President in his speech likely last year's record would be i were made possible under the new j Barbara""and" Jan" ^ & * preserX'ed on other accidental Atomic Energy Law which u ~ ! ' ' 1C i Services for Norrid were conduct- ! one of tiiem scored hits which set ed this afternoon at 3 p m at the i the Ne Ptube's W ^S afire and Church of God in Holland". Burial ! forced her <3own. v;as in Mount Zion Cemetery at i The State Department located Steele with German Funeral Home I the i ncic *ent a s being about 100 in charge. ' " He is survived by his wife, and four daughters, Dana. Carolyn, miles east of Vladivostok and 44 I miles from the Siberian Coast. i That would be well outside Rus- territory. It said th deaths. signed last Monday, the summer he! Hayirrm^hV a Mrs/LiuJ"'Norrid ^ occurred al 6:i8 9- m - lodal ™ Q The Labor Day weekend of 1953! White House said. It authorized the had 70 drownings and 99 deai-hs i exchange with U.S. allies of certain from miscellaneous accidents. To Resume Service Mr. Sanders said this morning | that the bottling firm will provide uninterrupted service after today for a total of 372. Improvement Needed "Unless motorists radically im- and that "all parts of our territory i P rove their traffic behavior in the Will get service tomorrow." | next few hours over the last 24 no bottlins? will be done in | hours, the traffic toll will reach or Caruthersville Girl Wins Two Beauty Titles CARUTHERSVILLE — A col- ty Memorial Hospital at Hayti for *„ r V "U ^ !~ ee ' 1S m , tn ^ | the temporary Main Street loca-j even exceed 400." Dearnborn said, j lege sophomore co-ed from Ca- I that • treatment of a. wound in which the j ?™* 3 ?L^£ ™ ^Z™ f' ti0n f ° r two - 01 ' three da ^_ he! "This is especially distressing"! ruthersyille caotured twn _ ! L ' atomic information. Under that same new law, the new international agency which Eisenhower said is being formed must be approved by Congress before it can become fully operative. The negotiations which already have been carried on are permitted without congressional approval. School Planned Eisenhower also announced today bullet broke a bone in the lower leg. He is reported by hospital of- fm . for;.,ery after he was arrested in Martin's Cafe on West Main Street Saturday night. J. T. (Tommy) O'Steen. who op- ficiais "as doing as well as can be expected." Willie Mae patton. the other victim, was released from the hospital following treatment for a flesh j Manin ' s Cafe - w *s the wound in the left shoulder. Castle fled to a field near his house when officers approached, plant in Jonesboro. ruthersyille captured two titles! *•• As arrangements for the in- i ternational pool are being worked - i , ., „ out. the United States will set up j hours of the holiday. The toll cal review at the Portageville Soy- { an alomic reac tor school in this of Holland: father L W No-rid : Saiurday -or early Saturday mom- of St. Louis: four brothers Ern«n-i m * by Washin ^ ton Time - uel Norrid of Detroit Warren *Nor-' The mcmem was announced first rid of St. Louis, William and Jim ; b >' ^ st - Secretary of Defense Fred Norrid of Holland: a sister, Mrs i A< Seawn Ethel Carrol of Zellwood ' Fla • I and grandmother, Mrs. Amanda! * Fisher of Holland Notes Fly Moscow Quickly got on the offi- on Pag:e 10 . , , . . . . , . said, the work meantime will be i Dearborn added, "in view of the t v carried out by the Pepsi-Cola I splendid start made in the early psterday by wmmng the beauty Plans are incomplete as to a; still be held within the estimate i bean Festival. erates a photographic studio and | future permanent location, he said, i (390) if drivers use extra care on i Mi^ TOTIM r^^ *», hf jewelry store across the street from "but there is no doubt that we will j ihe wav home." ! er ' dau ^ hler but was apprehended shortly by business man who assisted county officers with the arrest of Bartholomew. Mr. O'Steen told the Courier News that he spotted Bartholomew in the city officers, Euless Stanfill and j cafe - Recognizing him as the man Robert Richards, assisted by county officers and state highway patrolmen. Senate Vacancy Filled COLUMBIA, S. C. iyp) - Gov. James P. Byrnes today named Charles E. Daniel, head of a Greenville construction firm, to the U.S Senate. Inside Today's Courier News of . . . Presenting: Facultie: 1 the Blytheville SchooF District . . ... A Courier News Photo-Feature . . . pajres 2 and 3 ... . . . Pennant Fever Hits Milwaukee . . . Game and Fish News . . . Four Games This Week Open County Grid Season . . . Sports . . . pages 6 and 7. . . . . . Labor Day Reflections . . . Editorials . . . page 4, . . who gave him a worthless check in the amount of S45, Mr. O'Steen accosted- Bartholomew in the cafe, involved him in conversation and had someone else notify the sheriff's office. However, Mr. OSteen stated that before officers arrived, Bartholomew attempted to leave the cafe and he (O'Steen) grabbed him and held him until the officers arrived. Deputy Sheriff Charley Short said this morning that Bartholomew is also alleged to have passed a worthless check in the amount of $15 at Moore's Grocery on East Main Street. be bottling here as soon as possible.'' The fire-swept building housed the bottling firm A A-C.« - f * n *! Mr ' and Mrs - O^' 6 ^o'ser, was ±^^11 ?™ f!™?: 5 Downed Mis, Missouri and Queen |a similar 78-hour period (6:00 p.m. i Friday to midnight Monday) for *«vxv*.wJWU. Hit WULLillAti AillJi \ • *1~_ „ „ l_ l • t * . ~ owned by Mr. Sanders. The firm ! * e 0 , no °± 0 ] ld , a ?; W _ e l kend of , See FIRE on Page 10 NCPC Committeemen To Appear on Radio Harry Farr and Bob Warren, of the National Cotton Picking Contest executive committee, will take part in a special NCPC program over KLCN at 6 o'clock today. Contest Chairman Kelley Welch announced today. Close Call from Fire, Stolen Car Add Up to Bad Day for Man Here Yesterday wasn't Dale Dunlap's day. First, he arose yesterday morning to find that someone had stolen his car from the garage at his home at 1040 West Ash, Then yesterday afternoon, a S70.000 fire gutted the Pepsi- Cola Bottling Co. at 312 West Ash, which adjoins Mr. Dunlap's busi- Supply Co. at 314 20-23. listed 346 traffic deaths, 43 drowned, 104 miscellaneous—total 493. The mounting toll, although Still far short of the 1951 all-time record for Labor Day—461 traffic and 658 from all accidents—bucked special efforts by many states and by President Eisenhower. Special Appeals The President, appalled at the National Safety Council's estimate, had appealed to the nation's drivers to drive carefully and slowly and "fool the experts." In Michigan, Gov. G. Mermen Williams had declared an emergency and called out some 600 Na- of the Soybean Festival. Alternates selected were Janice Crocket of Martin, Tenn., and Barbara Saracini of Poplar Bluff. Recipient of a loving cup and er prizes. Miss Coker will repre- present Missouri in the Miss Uni- competition> at Long Beach, next summer. from the fire. And, in the midst of the fire, Mr. Dunlap was notified that his car, a 1950 Dodge, was found abandoned at West Memphis with three wheels missing and the motor burned out. perature. Minimum Sunday—68. Maximum Saturday—102. Minimum this morning—72, Maximum yesterday—103. Sunrise tomorrow—5:37. Mean temperature (midway between high and low—85. Precipitation last 48 hours to 7 a.m today—none. it ,.,««,„• j * *u I Precipitation Jan. 1 to thl: date — it remained up to the na- 23.45. .lion's drivers whether the traffic j Wisconsin and Tennessee also had j National Guardsmen augmenting regular state police patrols. Alabama's state police planes dropped i warning leaflets urging caution on the highways. country "to help train representatives of friendly nations in skills needed for their own atomic programs." 2. Discussions also will take place shortly on cooperation with countries planning to build their own research reactors. 3. The United States is about to i negotiate with the government of ! Belgium—which controls much of the world's uranium supply—on construction of an atomic reactor NCPC Ball Tickets Selling Rapidly The Tex Beneke and Glenn Miller names still hold the same old magic ARKANSAS — Partly cloudy this for Blytheville dancers, afternoon, tonight and Tuesday National Cotton Picking Contest with isolated daytime thunder- j Chairman Welley Welch found that Nationalist Planes Strike Back at Reds TAIPEH, Formosa (AP) — Chinese Nationalist bombers today hammered Communist guns, which have been bombarding Quemoy, and the exchange of artillery fire between Reds and Nationalists boocned into the fourth day. The latest flareup came as There was no indication how Nationalist antiaircraft guns^ open- many planes were over the city. over Weather ed lire against what were official- said only that planes were ». c . ly described as unidentified planes | Nationalist air force headquarters over this capital city. the suburbs. The communique was The entire island of Formosa w ° r ded in such a way that it could have been one or many. No Change in Orders Official sources said Communist planes flying over Formosa could was blacked out three hours, but air raid sirens remained silent. The Defense Ministry said several waves of Formosa - based bombers pounded Communist gun i become targets for jets of the U S positions at Amoy and nearby j 7th leet, which is charged with jTatung. Communist mainland bases within artillery range of Nationalist-held Quemoy. Officers Confer U. S. and Nationalist Chinese of- showers. Not much change in teni- I out today when he put tickets to j flcers c°n:erred here and President the Contest's annual Cotton Ball! Eisenhower consulted with Defense on sa ie. Department officials in Washington concerning the Quemoy attacks toll would remain below that of the July 4 weekend—348, thp Safe- I ty Council estimate of 390 and last i 34.71. Thi« Date Last Year Maximum yosterday—85. Minimum this morning—55. Precipitation January l to date — which began Friday. Two American officers been snapped up before noon, he reported. Table reservations and tickets are still on sale at Kelley's Shoe Store in downtown Blytheville. Beneke, long time Miller sax man, is bringing his nationally famous orchestra here on the night of Oct. 1 The dance will be in the Main j Kai-shek's forces came here from Exhibit Building at Walker Park, the mainland in 1949. killed in the initial five-hour Red bmobardment of Quemoy, which lies only a few miles off the coast of Red China, 100 miles west of Formosa. Today's firing of antiaircraft guns was the first since Chiang guarding this island from invasion. Most informed observers voiced doubt that the Reds would at this point risk provoking U. S. retaliatory action against mainland bases by bombing: Formosa, which so far has escaped attack. In Denver, Colo.. President Eisenhower's press secretary, James C. Hagerty, told newsmen th* President was keeping in close were touch with the situation at Quemoy. Hagerty said there has been no change in orders to the 7th Fleet to protect Formosa, But he declined to say whether thoM orders are broad enough to Mil for U. 9. protection of Quemoy. Red China's broadcasts continue* tfercau t« inv*<M

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