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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OF NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AMD 8OBTHEAST MISSODM VOL. LP-NO. MS Blytheville Courier Blytheville Daily News Mississippi Valley Leader Blytheville Herald BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS, WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 4, 1956 FOURTEEN PAGES Published Daily Except Sunday SINGLE COPY FIVE CENTS London's Press Again Blasts Eden 'Govern or Go' Daily Sketch Tells Minister By HAL COOPER LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister Eden's waning^ prestige with 'the Conservative press hit a new low today when the Daily Sketch advised him either to supply the "guts of leadership" or quit. The tabloid strongly supported Eden and his Conservative party in the national election only eight months ago. Today, in a frontpage editorial, it accused him of "feebleness and lambling" toward foreign policy problems and Britain's worsening inflation. "If he does not tackle' inflation, his days in Downing Street (the official residence of the Prime Minister) are numbered," the Sketch declared. Toned Down The editorial said members ol Eden's own party are saying, "If he cannot make up his mind to govern, lefc him make up his mind to go." In later editions the Sketch toned its editorial down considerably but still said the Prime, Minister's critics complain that he "will do nothing until he is shoved into It, that he drifts rather than makes decisions." The blast in the Sketch climaxed a week of severe criticism during which even the staunchly Conserev- ative Daily Telegraph and Daily Mail turned on Eden, once their fair-haired boy. The Telegraph said yesterday hsi government "has lost both decisiveness and prestige." The Mail said the government's good name abroad had. suffered se riously because of .the recent disclosure that surplus British tanks and other weapons had beer, going to Egypt via Belgium in a series of. under-the-counter deals. Hugh Gaitskell, leader of tile opposition Labor partj , has demanded the recall of -Parliament from its holiday recess so the arms dis closures could be debated before Eden and Foreign Minister Selwyn Lloyd went to Washington at the end of the month. ' Eden- turned that, demand^dowr but said*™ the government "would publish a white paper giving the facts. Earlier this week the government announced such surplus war material could be sold to foreign countries lonly if they guaranteed tha ,ries loi .t it Vi •ould not be used for military purposes. The Laborite Daily Herald said Eden's refusal to permit a quick debate "lends fresh color to the fear that the government has been concealing facts known to it and has deliberately misled Parliament and the people." Kiwanis Club Ladies Night Set for Friday Nearly 200 members of Blytheville's Kiwanis Club and their guests are expected to be on hand Friday night when the club will install its 1956 officers at its annual Ladies Night party. Dr. L. H. McDaniel, Tyronza Rotarian, who is a candidate for Rotary District Governor, will speak to the group on "A Rotarian Looks at Kiwanis." Kawnnis Lt. Oov. Max Poe of Pocahontas will preside at installation services. On the prop-am ere Gail Brogdon and Mr. and Mrs. Loyd Owen. W. S. Rader will be toastmaster: the Rev. James Pomeroy will give the invocation; incoming president jimmy Richardson will welcome the guests and incoming vice-president Bob McHaney will introduce guests. The Kiwanis ladles will receive Rifts. U it needed Gift DURANGO, Colo. (>P) — Mr. and Mrs. George Davis of Florida Mesa were wondering today what to do with 62 quarts of milk and 24 cans of milk awarded them ofr their new son, the first 1956 baby born in La Plata County. The Davlses raise milk cows'for a living. NOBODY HURT — this 1954 Chevrolet turned over four times before landing in a ditch at a Chevrolet was a total wreck, no one was reported even slightly injured. Driver of the car was Jerry curve near Cooler last night. The four teenage Cain, 18. Passengers were Johnny Mitchum, 15; occupants were not injured. The four Caruthersville teenage passengers were riding home from a basketball game at Cooler. Although the 1954 Walter Hinze, 16, and his sister, Shirley Hinze, 13. (Photo by Sanders) They'll Be Automatic: Five Million. Workers Due to Get Raises in'56 WASHINGTON (AP) By NOBMAN WALKER ' About five million workers, perhaps-several million more, will get ailtomatic pay hikes during 1956. . These raises will boost the annual wage bill of American industry by a billion dollars Bid to Oust Hoxie School Board Fails WALNUT RIDGE, Ark. Ifl — An -* The pay increases either have been negotiated by .abor unions or will, come, through a jump in 'the federal minimum wage March ' to oust the pro-integration Hoxie School Board by court action has failed. . - . '•• Chancellor Thomas P. Butt ruled that he has no' authority to remove the board members, and struck that demand from the suit brought against the board by the Hoxie Committee for Segregation. The Judge's decision, written at Fayetteville and filed here yesterday, also removed from the suit a charge that the board had erred in failing to call a public meeting of school patrons to pass on the school district's budget. Butt made his rulings . on de- murreres filed to the committee's complaint by attorney Bill Penix of Jonesboro, representing the board. The judge allowed 15 more days for further pleadings by the board, and Penix ; said last night he would file them. Lacks Jurisdiction Still retained in the suit are the committee's charges School Board violated thai the Arkansas laws governing purchasing and employment practices. The complaint, filed by Little Rock attorney Amis GuUwidge, alleges that the wives of three school board members were employed illegally in the school system, and that one board member, Howard Vance, purchased school supplies' from a company in which he is a partner. In ruling against Gulhridge's demand for members, ouster of Butt held the board only that Chancery Court lacks jurisdiction. He included in this ruling, a demand that board member L. L. Cockran be enjoined from further service on the ground that he had moved out of the school district. Butt dismissed the charge involving public meetings on the ground that state law provides two other methods of notifying school patrons of a proposed budget- publication in a newspaper and circulation of mimeographed reports. "In the absence of allegations to the contrary, it is presumed the defendants complied with the law," the judge said. Incendiary Device Found on Airliner PITTSBURGH (AP) — An Army bomb disposal expert said a small metal object found aboard a Trans World Airline plane carrying 32 persons was "some sort of an incendiary *4ai,inn" an/1 urac "lAaHafl " . ' device" and was "loa Capt. o. A. gather of the 145th Bomb Disposal Detachment, aald the object was similar to a shotgun shell because It had to be set off. No firing device was found. . . The object was discovered yesterday afternoon In the aisle t*' the pilot, Lyle Ryan, shortly after ttw plane took off from Columbus, Ohio, He turned It over to an airport official at the next st<x>, Whrellnf, .W. Va,, who ia»» It to police who called In the FBI. •athtr was called In by the FBI. •atlur MM bt had TWA officials in Chicago to check the plane there for any further clues. The plane made a round trip from Chicago via Dayton-and Columbus, Ohio, and Wheeling, W. Va.j.td Washington. ' \ , Sather said he had not been able to determine where the object was m»dc nor the chemical content of the powder found In 11. He laid his preliminary test* showed the powder "burned with a high-flame." Th« cult*, silver colored, was about two Inches long and about as wide and thick as a.alcktl. 1' from the present 75' cents an hour to a., dollar. ' A Labor Department surveye in dlcated last night the .enegotiated boosts will run generally . in a range of 6 to 11 cents an hour. or from $2.40 to $4.40 for a 40- hour week. Some- of these uriionfiegotiatecf _pay_\ boosts will be. as .'.low 1 as 3 cents, some as high as 30 .cents an .hour. Some workers stand to ,get-..as i much, as 25 • cents^.-an -hour more through the higher minimum wage. .'- The Labor Department's statistics bureau estimated that raises will fall due this year for at least 2^4 ' million workers under major long-term 'labor-management contracts. These contracts run for two, three or even five years and provide in advance for specified annual boosts. The bureau had calculated eaer- ller that 2,100,000 wojkers would be entitled to increases under the higher federal minimum wage, approved by Congress last year. More than half these workers are in Southern states. Officials expressed belief there is very little duplication between the two groups. They said most Workers now paid less than' a dollar an hour are uot union members. Moreover, the bureau's study of union - negotiated increases due this year was concerned only .with contracts covering 1,000 or more workers. It seems safe to assume that a. considerable number of workers in smaller bargaining groups also have deferred pay boosts coming in 1956. In Second Quarter The bulk of the automatic ra .will.'Jail..Inl, the, second,,.quarte«cf 1S5*;. This, means that purchasing power shotld Increase around midyear. It could .have ' some inflationary effect. But it also could counter any dip that might develop in the over-ail economy. Out ot' the roughly 2% million workers expected to benefit from deferred wage boosts, nearly l'/ 2 million are in metal primarily autos, farm Industries, equipment and electrical goods fields. Others Include 500,000 construc- struction industry, workers, 350,000 transportation workers and 200,000 soft coal miners. Still others are scattered in the printing, clay-glass and retail trade occupations. Trucker Is Held In Woman's Death SUMMERVILLE, S. C. (AP) — Officers from Arkansas and Texas were expected here today to pick up a truck driver who said a 30-year-old Silsbee, Tex., woman shot herself to death with his pistol after hitching a ride in his truck. Sheriff Herbert H. Jessen ofbeyond a shallow roadside ditch, Dorchester County said he was and cleaned up the blood-spattered holding David Gelger, 42, driver for a Summerville aluminum window sash and door frame manufacturing company, without charge in the death of Mrs. Mildred Holden of Silsbee. Geiger has 1-een living here with his wife and three children for the last eight months. Formerly he lived in Charleston, S. C., and Mayo, Fla. , Jessen, who arrested Geiger yesterday, said Geiger told him the slaying occurred last Wednesday night in Arkansas, and he was "scared" to tell police. Two members of the Arkansas State Police and a representative of the sheriff's office at Silsbee were expected here today. Jessen. said he would surrender Geiger to any of the officers. He said Geiger did nol say. whether he would oppose extradition. Geiger was arrested after * tip from Arkansas police. The sheriff said the truck driver gave this account: He left here with a load of sash and delivered It at New Orleans nnd Port Arthur, Tex. He left Port Arthur Wednesday morning to pick up aluminum billets In Detroit and deliver them to the company here. He picke-' up the woman Wednesday afternoon near Beaumont, Tex. In Texas, just before reaching the Arkansas line, they ate a meal,* and then, after they were across the line In Arkansas, they stopped for coffee.. Shortly after they got back In the truck, and while It was moving, Mrs. Holdrn reached up, found the .38 caliber pistol he carried In the sleeper bunk, and shot herself. Geiger said thure hud been no argument and he did not know any motive. He WM further quoted: H« flopped, put the body Just cab. He separated the rubber and felt floormat, and tnrew the rubber part out. Then he drove to Detroit. On the- way -back to Summerville, he stopped at a truck stop near Toledo, Ohio, and gave the cab of the truck a good washing. Mrs. Holden's body was found Thursday a mile north of Gurdon, Arkansas, Dr. Anderson Ark. In Nettleship said ihe was killed by « bullet fired at close range from a small caliber gun. The bullet pierced her skull. Jessen said blood stains, a pistol and indentation probably made by a bullet wore found in the cab. -1 Rebekahs, IOOF Install Officers Rebekah and Oddfellows of Bly- thevlll* held a joint Installation ot officers last night, when Earl McGregor took over as noble grand ot the latter.and Mrs. Mary Warren moved into the top position for the former. Other Oddfellows officers include Claude 'wheeler, vice grand; Otis Lewis, recording secretary; John Ide, financial secretary; John Durham, treasurer. Rebakah officers Include Mrs. Lucille McGregor, "vice grand; Mrs. Mae Birmingham, recording secretary; Mrs. June Stinnett, financial secretary; Miss Bonnie Webb, treas- Cigat Rtcord TAMPA, Fl»;m—Tampa manufactured more cigars last year than ever before—«9«,7««.000. That w»» wore than 38 million above the previous record, made in 1964. Congress to Get Ike's Farm Message Monday Out to Get Jump On Democrats WASHINGTON (AP) — President Eisenhower plans to send Congress a special message Monday dealing with the farm problem, assigned a top priority by the administration this election year. James C. Hagerty, White House press secretary, said at the President's vacation headquarters in Key West, Pia., today the message will go to the lawmakers then "under present plans." He added that arrangements had not been completed as. to timing, but said deliverey Monday is most likely. Reports of an administration effort to get the jump on Democrats with a farm plan had .circulated here earlier. The fact that Elsenhower has decided to send his farm message to Congress first'among the several special messages planned for this the White House attaches to the matter in this election year. Bungling Accused Democrats have been making capital of declining farm prices and many Republicans are openly concerned about the matter, which unquestionably will be one of the major campaign issues. Democratic critics accuse the administration of failure to take remedial steps and the administration replies that the situation grows out of policies under Democratic regimes. Much of the argument swirls around the administration's flexible price supports for major farm .crops, which many Democrats and some Republican lawmakers want to scrap in favor of a return to the old system of high-level rigid supports. Hagerty declined to provide any newe 'detail regarding the farm message, but said features of it already have been' disclosed by Secretary of Agriculture Benson. With Congress awaiting Eisenhower's State of the Union message tomorrow, Sen. Aiken (R-Vt) said he has been advised work on the administration's farm proposals Will be completed this weekend. Both houses are in recess today after routine opening ceremonies of the election-year session yesterday. Aiken, top Republican on the Senate Agriculture Committee, said In an interview he has reliable information that unless plans are changed a special farm message may be sent to Capitol Hill early next week, probably Monday. Would Upset Program This would likely precede eany action by the Democratic-controlled Agriculture Committee on a House-passed bill to restore high, rigid price supports for major field crops. The bill \vould upset the administration's flexible support program now in effect. The President is expected to recommend retention of flexible supports plus increased benefits for low-Income farmers and establishment of a "soil bank" plan under See Congress on Page 3 pal In .Munici Court Three drunk driving and five speeding cases were heard In Municipal Court today. Dave Franklin forfited bond of 1111.75 on a driving while intoxicated complaint. Raymond Pincher was found guilty on a similar charge and was fined $100, costs and given 24 hours in jail. Claude Cheers put up $160 appeal bond on the charge after receiving a 1100 fine, costs and a sentence ol 24 hours in jail. Richard Gibbs was fined $26 for speeding. He appealed and his bond was set at *50. Pour others, in state cases, forfeited speeding bonds of 119.75 each. They were Sam Melvin, George R. Elliott, Hubert' Raltt and Mrs. E. C. Williams, John R. Perkins forfeited 119.75 bond , for possessing an improper vehicle license.. Surplus Certificate Plan. Said ^Included in New Farm Program NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Times said today that President Eisenhower will send to Congress Monday a new plan designed to cut by as much as 20 per cent the big surplus — producing crops of corn, wheat, cotton and rice. A Washington dispatch to the newspaper said the plan would work this way: A farmer who voluntarily cooperated with the government by cutting his allotted acres would be given two choices. He could take a government certificate which he could turn into cash. Or he could receive from surplus stocks kind of crop he grew and dispose of it as he saw fit. Reduce Plantings The plan thus could reduce fu- the government's a quantity of the ture plantings and help eliminate existing surplus stocks, the story said. Saying the idea will be an emergency part of an over-all "soil bank" provision in the administration's projected farm legislation, the Times also reported; The second secetion of .the "soil bank" will be geared to long-range conservation. Payments also would be made to farmers ior acres removed from production and planted to soil-building grasses and trees, 9 $350 Million The long - term conservation phase involves 350 million dollars for the first year oi a five-year operation. This will .be coupled with the existing agricultural conservation program of 250 million dollars to provide a total of .600 millions. Under the latter program, farmers are paid specific amounts for installing certified soil and water- saving practices. Gore Sees Congressional Snarl Over Highway Fund By JOE HALL WASHINGTON (AP) Sen. Gore (D-Tenn) said "today the 1956 Congress may get snarled up in a dispute over how a big chunk of new highway construction money should be distributed among the states. Joe Ewin; Polio Drive Set For Opening Joe Ewing today was named Blytheville chairman of the forthcoming March of Dimes campaign. Announcement of various community chairmen was made -by Mason Day, who is heading the drive in north Mississippi 'County. Day said Mrs. William Wyatt will chairman the annual Mothers March on Polio—door-to-door solicitations which are made by women on one night. The campaign is to get into full t He told a~ reporter he Is confident Congress eventually will enact a highway bill somewhat along the lines of his measure which the Senate approved last May. However, he said a difference of opinion on how to allocate funds for the interestate system- creates added hazards for the legislation. The interstate system, a 40,000- mile network of key roads, would get the bulk of the new funds under- all the major highway aid plans pedlng. in,Congress. $18 Billion The Gofe bill called for about IB billion dollars in federal -.state spending for highways over a five- year period. Since new taxes must originate in the house, It did not provide any new financing. The House Public Works Committee then drafted a bill calling for about 50 billion in federal-state outlays over the next 13 years. It Included 12'/ 2 billion in new federal taxes over that period to help pay for Uncle Sam's share. However, the full House voted down this measure. Neither the Senate nor House accepted President Eisenhower's plan, which pro- swing this month, Day said. Other community chairmen include Leachville, Mrs. Earnest Shannon, PTA; Manila, Guy Rubenstein; Armorel, John Ed Regenold; Dell, Kiwanis Club, John Miles Miller; Gosnell, C. C. Springer Jr.; Roseland, Mrs. Richard Rose; Yarbro, Mrs. R. V. Mallory; State Line, F. E. Scott; Number Nine, Mrs. Billy Johnson; Whistlevllle, Mrs. Clem Whistle Jr. Cigarette Haul Made at Line vided a bond issue to finance ea> big new road program. Gore said that • in talks with House leaders, he had found much sympathy for his proposal for quick House action on a veresion of his bill, with financing to be left for later tax legislation. Stumbling Block However, he said a stumbling block may be wide House support .for a formula for distribution. ot the new Interstate system grants. Taken from the administration's, ill-fated, bill, this formula is supposed to be based on the needs of each state to complete its portion of the interstat. system. Gore said this "needs" formula is haphazard and unfair to many states, and would never'be acceptable to the Senate ..Ithough it was included in the report of a special presidential commission on highways headed by retired Gen. Lucius D.,, Clay. He said the states in furnishing data to the Clay commission used enitrely different standards, and that some submitted little more than guesses as to how much they would need to complete work on the interstate system. Little America No. 5 Is Formally Dedicated By SAUL PETT LITTLE AMERICA V, Antarctica (AP) - • Little America No. 5 was formally dedicated today on a gently roiiing desert of endless snow, four miles south of Kainan Bay and some 30 miles east of Adm. Richard E. Byrd's four previous antarc- tic carnps. For the brief commissioning ceremony, only three tents and assorted orange-colored tractor vehicles were on the scene. But within two months Seabees will have completed a small modern village of 17 buildings, spread over five acres, which for the next three years will be the main base for Operation Deepfreeze. Here scientists during the 1957-58 International Geophysical Year will probe the mysterious phenomena of ant- artlc skies, winds, ice and waters. Only Snow All you can see from the base site to the east, .south and west is the snow-covered Ross Sea ice shelf, a bigger area than California. To the north on a clear day can be seen Kainan Bay, which is one reason the site was chosen. The view of something, more than snow Ir expected to have a helpful psy- CARUTHERSVILLE—Two hun- C h 0 logical effect on the 76 Seabees dred and ten cartons of cigarettes were stolen when Earl Hawkins' Shell Service Station at the state line was broken Into Sunday night. Ninety-three cartons were found by two small boys at a barn near Cooler, the Pemiscot County sheriff's office has learned. Clyde Orton, chief deputy, said entrance was gained by the removal of boards from a window at the station. Time for Woman of Year Nominations Once again, Blythevllle's Beta •Sigma Phi chapters will honor t»e Woman of the Year. Plans for the Woman of the Year Banquet are fcelng made now, spokesmen of the sorority have stated. It will be In Hotel Noble on Jan. 31. Anyone or any organization may send In nominations, which may ft* mailed to Post OHlo* Box 484, Blytheville. Nominations should contain a complete lineup of the nominee's civic and other activities during 1955. Deadline for entries Is Jan. 24. Selection of a winner will b» made by » secret committee composed of Blythcvlll* civic and business leaders. who have -volunteered to spend the winter here. Tile view wont make any difference after April, when the sun goes down and the party Is enveloped in total darkness for six months. Before long the entire base likely will be covered with snow. The' men will'have to travel between the buildings In tunnels. Comfortable Quarters But they will have comfortable quarters with carpeted floors, movies, radio, high-fidelity phonographs, a well-stocked library »nd just about everything experts can devise. At the commissioning ceremony, Byrd, director ol the U. 8. antarc- tic program, and Rear •Adm. George Dufek, commanding officer of the Navy task foite, briefly congratulated the Seance's on. laying the trail from the expedition's ships to the site and wished them well for the winter. "LHtle America Mo. I t* now to commission," said Cmdr. Herbert Whitney of Arlington,. Mass., who will command the winter base. Then the flag was raised and the main base was in business. Sewer Treatment Site Purchased Land west of Blytheville has been purchased for the installation of the city's new treatment plant and a road is being constructed to the area. Mayor Toler Buchanan said work on the plant will begin soon. A progress report on construction of city's new sawer system is expected soon from Allen Curry, resident engineer. Weather NORTHEAST ARKANSAS: Fair this afternoon, tonight and Thurs- oay, a little warmer tonight and Thursday. High, this afternoon, mid 60s; low tonight, high 20s to low 30s. MISSOURI: Generally fair tht» afternoon tonight and Thursday; a little warmer extreme northeast tonight and-Thursday; low tonight 20s northeast to lower 90s south west; high Thursday IDs northeast' to near W southwest. Maximum ywterday—57; Minimum this mornlng—M. Sunrlw. tomorrow—7:08. SunMt todky—S:03. Mean t«mperituri—tf. Precipitation 14 bouts 7 >m. to T p.m.)—nan*. Precipitation Jan. 1 to dato-nont. Tkll Itate L»t Y»r Mailmum yMtcrdfty—75. Minimum thli morning—W. PradpllaUon Jan. 1 ta 4M*--4t,

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