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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Tuesday, September 7, 1954
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THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OP NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI VOL. L—NO. 141 Blytheville Courier Blytheville Daily News Mississippi Valley Leader Blytheville Herald BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS, TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 1954 TEN PAGES Published Daily Except Sunday SEATO Pad Said Near Completion May Be Ready For Signing Tomorrow MANILA (AP) — Two more articles of a proposed Southeast Asia security treaty were approved in secret negotiations here today, and a reliable source said foreign ministers of eight nations . may have a pact ready for signing by Wednesday. One more article was provisionally approved- today, the source said. The biggest controversy -still to be ironed out involves military ' commitments to be made by the United States, Britain, Prance, Australia, New. Zealand, Thailand, Pakistan and the Philippines. Thailand and the '-Philippines were reported holding out for an NATO-type agreement under which all members would come instantly to the defense of any member at. tacked. The United States is arguing for a pact under which each member would react to an attack on another within its own constitutional framework. Mutual Aid Agreement Delegates today adopted an article stating that nations "by means of continuous and effective self-help and mutual aid will maintain and develop their individual and collective capacity to resist armed attack and to prevent and overcome subversive activity directed from without against, their territorial integrity and political stability." SINGLE COPY FIVE CENT* Nationalists Hit Red Shipping; UN Asked to Probe Air Attack FACTORY MOVING STARTS — Central Metal Products has begun moving equipment into its new Elm Street Factory. Construction of the building has practically been completed with cleanup work under way now. Equipment how set up at the air base is to be moved in next week. (Courier News Photo) 4,000 Mexican Nationals Alioted To Mississippi County Farmers But Traffic Fatalities Low The informed source said approval came after Thailand abandoned demands to include subversive activity within a nation as well as outside its borders. The delegates also reportedly agreed to accept general terms in which the economic clause of the proposed draft treaty was written. It provides for cooperation "with each other in development of economic measures designed to promote economic stability and social well-being." Asian nations had been holding Accidental Death Toll For Weekend: 500 By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The nation's accidental death toll over the Labor Day weekend mounted to more than 500 today but traffic fatalities were below the predicted 390 and the lowest in six years. to what will be done to develop economic stability and social well- being. The delegates provisionally approved an article calling for the creation of a Southeast Asia Treaty Organization council which would, meet any time members feel it necessary. The source said the United States has indicated it is willing to drop from the treaty preamble the word "communism" as the specific aggressor against which the pact is being formed. The United States had been hold- See SEATO on Page 10 Atlantic Hurricane Developing MIAMI. Fla., UP) — A tropical storm building rapidly to hurricane force whirled slowly across Atlantic waters today toward the thinly populated Eastern Bahamas Islands. Although no reports were received from the storm's vicinity early today, the Miami Weather Bureau estimated its center at about 100 miles northwest of Turks Island at 5 a.m., EST. The bureau said Edna, named for the fifth letter of the alphabet, "is moving toward the west-northwest at 8 to 10 miles per hour. Highest winds are estimated at 60 to 70 miles per hour over small area near center and gales extend outward 150 to 200 miles north and east and a short distance west of center." The Weather bureau said the storm is expected to continue in the same direction and reach hurricane force today. If the storm continues on its present course at its present speed it would move late today into the vicinity of Wat-ling's Island (San Salvador), where 'Columbus made his first landing in the new world. The Weather Bureau emphasized, however, that the future movement is unpredictable at present. The latest figures show 347 per- #* sons lost their lives in motor mishaps during the period from 6 p.m. Friday to last midnight. It was the smallest total for the Labor Day holiday since 1948, when 293 were killed in traffic accidents. The traffic toll compared with 405 killed on the highways last Labor Day, 432 .in 1952 and the Labor Day record of 461 in 1951. President Eisenhower's appeal to motorists to "fool the experts" by careful driving was attributed by safety officials as partially responsible for holding down the traffic deaths below the estimate by the National Safety Council. The council's preholiday estimate of 390 traffic deaths was termed a "grim forecast" by the President in appealing for careful driving. Inside Today's Courier News ... Chicks and Paps Hit Warpath This Week . . . Rice and Baylor Are Ranked with Texas in Southwest Conference . . . Football Forum, Second in a Series . . . Sports . . . pages 6 and 7 ... . . . The School Problem . . . Editorials . , , page 4 ... . . . New Cancer Studies Show Where Disease Attacks Most . . . page 3... . . . President Leaves Door Open for Soviet in New International Atonic Energy Project. • • . page 10... Total: 516 In addition to the traffic deaths, 90 persons lost their lives by drowning and 79 others were killed in miscellaneous accidents. The total of 516 compared with 574 last year and the record over-all Labor Day toll of 658 in 1951. An Associated Press survey over a nonholiday period of 78 hours, from 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 20, to midnight, Aug. 23, showed 346 persons killed in traffic/accidents, 43 drowned and 104 killed in various types of accidents. The total was 493. Several states took extra precautions to hold down the traffic death toll over the long weekend. National Guardsmen were on highway patrol duty in some states. In Maryland, where all state police were on highway patrol, the two traffic fatalities compared with 18 las Labor Day weekend. The worst single accident occurred near Tipton, Ind., 36 miles south of Indianapolis, when two cars collided head on, killing six j persons. The death toll by states, traffic, drownings, miscellaneous: Alabama 901; Arizona 240; Arkansas 220; California 24 9 4; Colorado 402: Connecticut 211; Florida 10 1 0; Georgia 930; Idaho 301; Illinois 19 6 3; Indiana 14 J 1; Iowa 430; Kansas 601; Kentucky 14 3 0; Louisiana 921; Maine 201; Maryland 2 2*0; Massachusetts 301; Michigan 19 7 5; Minnesota- 812; Mississippi 501: Missouri 14 4 5: Montana 310; Nebraska 502; Nevada 100: New Jersey 12 2 1; New York 17 5 2; New Hampshire 200; New Mexico 200; North Carolina 10 0 7;'North Dakota 3 0 1; Ohio 12 11 8; Oklahoma 11 1 0; Oregon 300; Pennsylvania 10 0 9; South Carolina 503; South Dakota 601; Tennessee 6 2 1; Texas 20 6 2; Utah 110; Vermont 110: Virginia 11 0 12; Washington 10 3 0; West Virginia 120; Wisconsin 10 5 0; Wyoming 100. Negro Woman Held for Murder Caruthersville Is Scene of Fatal Shooting Last Night By SONNY SANDERS (Courier News Correspondent) CARUTHERSVILLE — A 39- year-old Negro woman is being held in Pemiscot County jail today in connection with the fatal shooting of her 60-year-old husband last night. Sheriff's office spokesmen stated they have not determined just how formal charges against her will read, indicating there is the possibility she will be charged with second degree murder. Jeu Covington, the husband, was found dead at his residence at 402 E. llth Street here last night. Her Story Being held is his wife, Maggie, who told this story to investigating officers: For two days, there had been some argument in the family con- But Total Is Only One-Half Of Request Many farmers were heading for points in Texas and Mexico today after receiving word from the Arkansas' Employment Security Division they are now eligible to bring 4,000 Mexicans nationals into Mississippi County to help with the cotton harvest. This figure represents a cut .of some 52 percent from the nearly 8.400 Mexican workers requested by the county's farmers, according to J H. Cleveland, manager of AES cerning Jeu's Last night. will. Jeu came home about 8 o'clock and the arguing started 'again. Maggie went into the kitchen and, after more argument, Jeu hit her about the hands with a pop bottle. offices here. 7,200 Last Year • This compares with about 7,200 Mexican nationals which were brought into the county last year, but cotton acreage is down by about 90,000 acres this year. Six-Week Contracts Six-week contracts are the maximum being offered by Mr. Cleveland's office, he reported today. This would mean that pickers signed for now will be eligible to remain until sometime in November, ncluding their 15-day grace period. Contracts call for payment of •S2.50 per hundred and/or the prevailing wage," with the prevailing vage to govern workers' wages, Mr. Cleveland pointed out. For days employers can't provide a minimum of four hours'* work, he Mexican is to draw SI. 15 per day. Price to Stabilize? Advent of the Mexican nationals, ome of whom will be arriving with- n the next few days, plus a con- inuing, if slow, influx of hill country pickers is expected to stabilize Lodge Seeks Action on Loss Of Navy Plane UNITED NATIONS. N. Y. (AP) _ The United States put its latest cold war brush with, Russia before the United Na-! tions today. U. S. Delegate Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr., asked for an "earlv meeting" of the Security Council to take up the shooting down pf a U. S. Navy plane off Siberia Saturday by Soviet jet fighters. The Navy plane was the sixth U. S. military aircraft shot down over che Pacific, but this was the first time the United States has brought such an incident before the Security Council. Lodge returned unexpectedly to New York from a holiday at his Beverly, Mass., home to make the surprise move. He telephoned his reo.uest for the council meeting last night to Francisco Urrutia of Columbia, the 11-nation group's president for September. Formal Request Later Aides on the U.S. delegation said he would follow up with a formal request by letter today. Military Craft Along China Coast Bombed In a brief statement from his delegation headquarters. Lodge said he had asked the council meeting "to consider the situation arising from the unprovoked at- by aircraft of the Soviet over international tack Union waters Nine of the 10 U.S. crewmen aboard the two-engine Neptune patrol bomber were rescued unharmed after drifting all night on a raft. One man. Ens. Roger Henry Reid lof Alameda, Calif., apparently went down with the plane. The survivors said they' were on a routine patrol mission well off the Siberian coast when two MIG15 jets opened fire on them without warning. With one wing on fire, the plane crashed and sank in the the area's steadily rising the attack as "wanton and unprovoked" in a strongly worded note to Russia. Before its delivery, however, the Soviet Foreign Office had handed U.S. Ambassador Charles E. Bohlen a protest charging that the U.S. plane had flown within the Soviet frontiers and opened fire on two Soviet fighters which approached it. The Russian note said the Red pilots "were forced to open fire in return." Because Lodge asked for an "early" meeting rather than an "urgent" session. It was expected that Urrutia would not call the council to meet before next week. A request for an urgent meeting usually means a session the next TAIPEH, Formosa (AP) — Chinese Nationalist warplanes struck at Communist shipping along the China coast today and the Defense Ministry said a Red gunboat, more than 100 wooden military junks and five motorized vessels were damaged. Identification of the junks ac miltiary craft could indicate the Reds were massing an invasion fleet for an attack on Quemoy, but there was no official confirmation. Quemoy, Nationalist island outpost just off Amoy opposite Formosa, has been under intermittent Communist artillery attack since Friday, when the Reds bombarded it for five hours. The defense ministry said Nationalist bombers struck today at Wuyu Island and Chinmei on the mainland coast within artillery range of Quemoy and at nearby Amoy, a major Red base. Amoy Silenced Warships joined the attack for the second day, the announcement said, adding that Red firepower on Amoy was crippled. Intermittent antiaircraft fire stopped entirely during the attack, the ministry said, Pilots said dense clouds of smoke billowed for 40 minutes from White . Stone fortress, two major strong- points at Amoy. Fires also were reported on Tatung, a small island within gua range of Quemoy. All planes returned safely th« Ministry said. There were new exchanges of artillery fire between Quemoy's defenders and .the Communists in the night, the announcement said. Lt. Gen. Chang Yi-ting, Nationalist " army spokesman, described ( the stepped-up Nationalist attacks WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. McCarthy's lawver pro- j as a ma J or retaliation against the tested today that counsel for a special Senate committee i Reds for the bombar dment of - j Quemoy. Chang said Communist planes have not challenged Nationalist air "It's a prosecutor's brief." Ed- weighing censure charges against ' or sea attacks - FIKST NCPC BEAUTY — Miss Betty Spiers, University of Mississippi coed, is shown signing for the Queen of the National Cotton Picking Contest event which will be run off at High School auditorium on Sept. 31. With her is P. D. Foster, beauty contest chairman. Miss Spiers, who is from Osceola, is the first contestant to enter the beauty event. (Courier News Photo) McCarthy Counsel Protests Brief Filed WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Flanders (R-Vt), who initiated the censure move against Sen. McCarthy, has filed new charges accusing: McCarthy of covering: up forgery and violating the Espionage sea. The United states protested j had submitted "a vigorously partisan" brief on the legal issues in the censure case against the senator. Going price reported in Blytheville today ranged from 83.00 to S3.50, plus hauling charges. Rain Xo Factor cotton i day. Seeking- Time However, the United States appeared to be seeking time to complete its case against the Russians, County Agent Keith Bilbrey this morning held out little hope that today's showers would materially benefit fall crops. "There is the possibility that some ward Bennett Williams declared. E. Wallace Chadwick, counsel for the six-member committee Man's Body Is Pulled From River The body of an unidentified white man was pulled from the Mississip- McCarthy, replied that it represented "an honest effort" by himself and his staff "to produce an impartial review of the law." The clash came just before chairman Watkins (R-Tjtah) recessed the public hearings at 11:20 a.m. with an announcement that the committee would go into closed session. Witnesses Not Found Watkins said the group had been unable to locate some witnesses over the weekend to learn if they had pertinent testimony. He told reporters that it would be decided at the closed meeting I whether the committee would con- i tinue to put on testimony at an Official U.S. sources here said there have been no additional American casualties on Quemoy. Two U.S. officers were killed in the bombardment Friday, but still anxious to beat the So- Stating the man had been dead about three days when discovered by a river tugboat, Coroner Holt did Chamber Sells Building Site Simmons Buys Part Of Industrial Property The Chamber of Commerce has sold a portion of its industrial site on South Elm to Dee Simmons. , Blytheville business man, Worth afternoon session scheduled to be- I Holder, chamber manager said login at 2:30 p.m. j day. Chadwick's brief covered, among I Mr. other things. viets in the initial punch should ! not say why rhe information was u , ^ings, va the Kremlin also decide to take 1™*^ »"Hi t^^v .regulations deahn; the incident to the U.N. Revised accounts of the Soviet Holder said Mr. Simmons laws and',' has purchased 1.75 acres in the delayed until today. beans will benefit, but unless more attack > released in Washington yes- water falls, we can't count this rain terday, indicated that the Ameri- — 1_ . - . " «• vi_* *i^vj.j.4j t vi \^ V*-*--»-i ^f U Uili^J A CLitA He said something about getting as much of a f actor ," he said around a gun and Maggie went to a trunk and pulled out a .32 caliber automatic. While the lights in the house were out (Maggie had been in bed when Jeu came in), she pumped a shot into an adjoining room and fled to the home of a neighbor. She returned to her home only 'can inx r estigation was still in prog- isaid. no indication of whether or not any :' for a D erso h^-^'i foul play was involved, the coroner j fp]hn ' Tl ? f ^i" J r.oon today. He pointed out that moisture will be needed for fall-seeded grains, pastures and vetch. Despite the advent of the Mexican nationals, Mr. Cleveland's office today put out a plea for more labor to help with the cotton harvest. long enough to grab a dress and ' Official announcement from out then hastened down an alley. Pistol Failed City Patrolman Robert Richards spotted her around 10:30 last night in the yard of the high school — some 10 blocks away from the scene of the shooting. She gave Officer Richards ner gun and he escorted her to the sheriff's office. Jeu was found with a wound in his left side. Near him was a Distol on which the trigger had been pulled, but the cartridge in he chamber had failed to fire. of Little Rock asking for more labor in eastern Arkansas quoted wages at $2.50 to S3.00, plus hauling charges. Entries Asked On Parade Theme Entries are still needed in the National Cotton Picking Contest's competition to select a theme for the event's annual parade. Parade Chairman Bob Warren pointed out the NCPC is offering a $10 first prize for the theme which will be followed in this year's parade. Entries should be mailed to National Cotton Picking Contest, Blythevillt. Mutt and Jeff Creator Dies Civil Defense Meeting Set Firemen and persons interested in civil defense and first aid are to attend a meeting in City Hall Thursday night at 7 o'clock when a film on first aid will be shown. ress. In a second note rejecting the Russian protest completely, the State Department had said, "At no time . did the United States Navy aircraft open fire on the Soviet aircraft." Brought back to Atsugi, Japan, the survivors said their guns were not loaded, but Ordnance Man Ernest Louis Pinkevich of Alameda said he was able to load one gun and fire about 150 rounds "mostly in hope of scaring them off." i The Navy Department also re- j vised the position of the attack j previously announced by the State Department but said it still was well away from Russian territory. various with the h?nd- 'southwest corner of the chamber's Badly decomposed, the bodv car-I S "ndTitPd ^S^?!? in f°^ a - ! industrial sUe for S2 ' 015 ' ried no identification and showed i SJTaVSL SakesT?a , " ledge or a felony to fail to report it to proper authorities. This bears on the accusation that McCarthy received and made use of confidential government information unlawfully obtained by others. During the McCarthy-Army hearings. McCarthy said he obtained an FBI memoran- oung Army intelli- ence officer. He refused to identis: pro- The only item found in the clothing was a government envelope, of the window type used to mail checks, postmarked in St. Louis, Mo., on Aug. 30. The man died around that time, it was pointed out. The coroner described the body , f as being between 30 or 40 years old | J surn mai y o. : with brown hair and weighing abou; i m a :vC 135 pounds. j It was dressed in a khaki shirt | with blue work pants and plain low! quarter shoes. No lables on the j clothing were readable. j Traveling down the river, the I tug boat Karry Truman spotted the ! body floating near shore and called to fishermen on shore over a loud- | Mr. Simmons, who operates I Simmons Tin Shop on South j Broadway, told the Courier News |hc purchased property as a possible future site for his tin shop but his plans at present are incomplete. Osceola Scout Leaders to Meet The first U.S. note had said the speaker that a body had been seen. attack took place approximately 100 miles east of Vladivostok and The fishermen notified the sheriff's office and Sheriff William Ber- NEW YORK L^—Bud Fisher, 69, creator of the famous Mutt and Jeff comic strip, died in Roosevelt Hospital today of cancer. Fisher started his famous comic strip foi the San Francisco Chronicle in 1907. His talents caught the eye of William Randolph Hearst, who signed him to a contract the next year. Fisher was born Harry Con way Fisher in Chicago, April 3, 1885. He had gone West in the early part of the century with ambitions to be a prize fighter. However, he 44 miles from the Siberian coast, j ryman accompanied Coroner Holt j A Navy spokesman said yesterday j to the river. j Announcement of the meeting j a plotting of bearings reported by i Because of the condition of the j came from Roy Head. Blytheville the urvivors indicated the plane j body it was buried Saturday evening j director of Civil Defense. crashed into the sea about 125 | in Memorial Park. i The session will be held in Mu-1 miles southeheast of Vladivostok an > An effort is still being made to j nicipal courtroom. U4 miles off Siberia. 'identify the body, Coroner Holt said. ! US to Increase Air Power in Europe WASHINGTON OP, — American air power in Europe will be increased under a plan announced today to rotate tactical Air Force units for temporary tourr of duty. on the Continent, The program, starting in the next few weeks, will send squadrons of Air Force fighter-bombers, which are used for the support of ground forces, and troop carrier outfits overseas under a schedule similar lo that which has been in use for abandoned this plan after one fight! several years by the Strategic Air in which he was knocked cold. 1 i Command's forc« of long-range Fisher thai turned to drawing. I bomber*. communism and wrongdoing within the government. Law Violation Charged Army officials said at the time 2f3.Vt? tl"!6 had violated the law. Since then, the Army has announced that its own investigation has convinced it that i no Army officer or civilian employee did in fact give the information to the senator. Chadwick's brief also took issue with s, contention by Williams that the committee should throw out a that McCarthy was con- of a Senate elections subcommittee which investigated the senator in 1951 and 1952. Williams argued when these hearings began that the present Senate's jurisdiction did not go A community campaign chairmen's meeting will be held in Osceola Sept. 14, to aid leaders in planning the annual fund-raising j campaign for Easter Arkansas Council of the Boy Scouts, it was reported today. Discussions during the meeting' will evolve around type of organizations needed, what the money is used for, and when the campaigns will be held, according to W. w. Campbell, finance chairman of the Easter Area Council. Weather The official announcement said England or on the Continent as j back beyond the convening of the the rotation plan was to test the mobility of fighter-bomber and troop carrier units and to "afford crew members the opportunity to obtain valuable experience and indoctrination in tactical Air Force operations in the European area." The Air Force didn't say so. but the presence of additional squadrons under a schedule which will keep several on the scene at all times also means a net increase for air strength in Europe. At present, the Air Force ha? approximately 14 wings of various categoric* toftsed permanently m part of the Western European de- j present Congress early in 1953. fense system. These include inter- j Disagreeing, Chadwick said ceptor outfits as well as the jet j Senate is a continuing body since fighter-bomber wings. In addition, two wings of Strategic Air Command planes operate from bases in Europe and North Africa under the rotational program. The schedule for these latter units is two or three months overseas, with another unit takinpr up station as soon as one leaves to return home. Presumably, tne over seas tour for the tactical and carrier units witi b« similar. only one-third of its members are elected each two years. A general charge against McCarthy of contemptuous conduct hinges largely around his failure to appear before the Hennings- Hayden-Hendrickson committee to testify as to his own activities despite numerous committee invitations. Watkins told Williams that the i opinions expressed in the legal j MCCARTHY <* ARKANSAS — Partly cloudy this afternoon, tonight and Wednesday with widely scattered afternoon and evening thundershowers; no important temperature changes. MISSOURI — Partly cloudy through Wednesday with scattered thundershowers northeast and southwest this afternoon and extreme east central tonight; cooler north and central. Minimum this • mornlug—71. Maximum yesterday—92. Sunrise tomorrow—5:38. Sunset today—-6:19. Mean temperature {midway between high and low—fQ. Precipitation last 24 noun to 7 a.m. today—none. Precipitation Jan. I to thU date — 23.43. 1'hls Date L»st Year Maximum yesterday—94. Minimum this morning—57. Precipitation January i to »

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