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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Thursday, September 9, 1954
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER Of NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI VOL. L—NO. 143 Blytheville Courier Blytheville Daily News BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS, THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 1954 TWENTY PAGES Published Daily Except Sunday SINGLE COPY FIVB CENTS Hit by'Quake Hundreds Unofficial Reports Claim Death Toll About 800 ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) A tremendous earthquake struck northern Algeria today, blasting the town of Orleans- ville and wreaking a toll which unofficial reports put at approximately 800 dead. The French National Defense & Ministry said in Paris that it knew of at least 200 deaths. Eyewitnesses reported that the city of 32,500 looked as if it had gone through a heavy air bom bardment. At the Strasbourg Observatory the shock was timed at 1:07 a.m Scientists there said it was^ the worst to hit Algeria in 40 years. Orleansville, a modern French town, built on an ancient Roman site, lies about 100 miles west of Algiers on the main rail line to Oran. It is the center of a rich farming valley. Some reports said it- was 20 per cent demolished. Barracks, stadium, postoffice prison, hospital, two hotels, police headquarters, a small dam and a new Roman Catholic cathedral all collapsed or suffered heavy damage. About 40 travelers were buried alive in their beds when the Hotel Baudoin fell in on them. Electric power was out and communications were cut. Troops and ambulances were rushed to the area. - Gov. Gen. Roger Leonard hurried to take command of rescue operations on the spot. The area worst hit is between Tenes, on the Mediterranean coast, and Miliana, about halfway between Tenes and Orleansville. All villages were reported heavily damaged, with Vauban, Duperre and Rouina among the worst hit. An airlift' for the injured was set up between Maison Blanche airport at Algiers and the earthquake area. Among the first victims to arrive, many were suffering from fractured skulls. A 400-bed field hospital was set up at Orleansville, and five surgeons-were sent from Algiers Stevenson Charges GOP Foreign Policy 'Wallows Aimlessly' HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Adlai Stevenson, pinpoint ing the task of the Democrat party's nationwide campaign op ening today, says it should "give direction again to a foreign policy which wallows aimlessly and dangerously while a bunch of bickering helmsmen quarrel at the wheel." . The 1952 candidate for president promises, at the same time, that Democrats this fall will "talk issues . . . whether the Republicans want to or not." Stevenson spoke last night before 3,000 persons who paid $100 a plate at a Democratic fund-raising din- 2 Poinsett Still Free HARRISBURG, Ark. (& — State police and officers from four counties still are searching today for two of the three men who broke out of the Poinsett County jail here yesterday morning. Stanley Miles, 45, a trusty, was captured about 9 last night on a country road near a farm house by State Trooper Emmett Fleming of Harrisburg. Fleming said that Miles started to run as soon as he saw the trooper's car. He said he ordered Miles to halt and the escapee stopped. Miles revealed that Kenneth Sullens, 32, and Kenneth Dale Spoon, 19, the other escapees are armed with a pistol and an ice pick. Miles said that Sullens plans to "shoot it out." Miles said he voluntarily separated from the other two men. Poinsett County Sheriff J. Lee Wright said this morning that he believed the pistol had been smuggled to Sullens while he was in jail. He said he believed the men had obtained a hacksaw in the same manner. Wright and Sgt. Wyaft Patrick of the state police head the posse of about 50 men that includes officers from Poinsett, Craighead, Randolph and Cross counties. Wright said that the search was called off temporarily about 2 a. m. this morning. He said that the bloodhounds brought here from Tucker Prison Farm were "so tired that they didn't seem to be doing much good." Road blocks were maintained. Officers still believe they have the men cornered in a large wooded area about three miles north of Harrisburg. They first picked up the trail yesterday at the Brown Derby, a small cafe. The men apparently broke in and tried to hide in the attic. The trio broke out at 9; 15 yesterday morning after apparently sawing for two days on steel bars above a shower. Sullens and Spoon sawed their way out of the cellblock and joined Miles, the trusty. McCarthy Case Hit By Secrecy Ruling WASHINGTON By JACK BELL (AP) — Senators weighing censure charges against Sen. McCarthy refused today to let the defense testify about the use of secret government information by other senators, and McCarthy's lawyer said this very heart and soul" of the defense on ruling barred the this issue. Edward Bennett Williams, Mc-# Carthy's lawyer, offered a brief which contended that Vice President Nixon, Sen. Ferguson (R- Mich) and others had taken stands that Congress members had right to use information which the White House sought to withhold. Williams suggested Nixon and Ferguson could be called as witnesses if there was any question as to their positions. But Chairman Watkins (R-Utah) ruled the committee would not go into activities of any legislator, other than McCarthy. If this was done, he said, the Congress members would have to be called and the hearings could go on indefinitely. Chairman Upheld In a brief closed-door session, the committee upheld the chairman's ruling. Watkins said the action was unanimous. Dramatically then, Williams de- counts dealing ith McCarthy's alleged attempts to incite government employes to give him secret information. Addressing himself to Watkins in the public hearing, Williams said: "Candor dictates that I state to you, sir, that I am shocked at this ruling." "We've made the ruling," Watkins said. He told the lawyer that "if you want to criticize it" that is his privilege. Williams said: "The ruling of the chair effectively prevents us from introducing the evidence that constitutes the . r ery heart, the very heart and soul" of defense against the "incitement" charges. Williams, his voice rising, tried o state for the record what he ;aid McCarthy had expected to stablish in his defense. He declared that McCarthy had expected to show especially that 'the chief policy makers of the Jenate—Vice President Nixon, the ihairman of the Republican Policy Committee (Ferguson), and you, r ourself. Mr. Chairman"—had tak- "precisely the same position ime and again" on issues in which McCarthy is now involved. Both Sides Watkins interrupted with asperi- y to state the committee was pre- ared only to give judicial notice o official actions of the senate. "You can't go around quoting very indi\'idual member of the >enate as a precedent," Watkins aid, observing that sometimes lembers of Congress were on both ides of the same question. After a whispered consultation vith the committee counsel, Watkins told Williams to go ahead if he stayed within the committee See MCCARTHY on Page 8 Fulbright Urges President to Visit Drought Areas Wants Ike to Take 'Personal Look' At Stricken Southwest WASHINGTON W — Sen. Fulbright (D-Ark) suggested today that President Eisenhower "take a personal look" at five drought- stricken southwest states. "We have a major disaster developing and I'm afraid it's much worse than the President and officials here realize," Fulbright said in an interview. "Unless surplus wheat and corn are made available promptly to thousands of farmers without cost, then many of them wil be broke before winter." F u 1 bright said emergency drought aid given thus far by the Agricuture Department and local agencies has been "inadequate because of the constant searing temperatures of above 100 degrees during a third consecutive year of drought." "Many wells have gone dry for iie first time in history in Arkansas," Fulbright said. "The War Eagle River which is a tributary of the White River and normally a fine stream no longer runs but consists of a few pools." "Congress gave this administration ample authority and funds 'or emergency disaster aid," he said. "It has been used for hurricane and flood relief in some dramatic instances. "This present third year of drought in Arkansas and other parts of the Southwest is far more devastating and more wide- pread." Fulbright said this authority .vould permit delivery of free #heat, corn and other livestock ed with the government paying ransportation costs. "Thousands of those farmers are oing to be flat busted unless omething is done at once,". the enator said. "This includes wide reas in Arkansas, Texas, Okla- oma and Missouri and a part of Cansas." ner officially commencing 36-year old State Sen. George M. Leader's campaign for governor of Pennsylvania. The Keystone State has had only one Democratic state administration in nearly 60 years. Stevenson took note of this and, borrowing from a popular Republican campaign slogan of 1952, quipped that in Pennsylvania in particular it is 'really time for a change." "Many Wings" The speech was the first major address by a party leader since Labor Day, the traditional opening day of campaigning. Admitting that he is no -"great admirer" of the Eisenhower administration's recent conduct of foreign affairs, Stevenson said he feels "no inclination" to blame the Republicans for -the Indochina loss He followed his remark about foreign policy wallowing aimlessly by saying that Pennsylvania .in particular should be aware of this "for -you have one senator in each wing." "I mean in each major wing — for there seem to be more wings in Republican foreign policy than a boarding house chicken." Pennsylvania's two senators are Edward Martin and James H. Duff Appealing to fellow Democrats to stick to "issues" this fall, he declared: "We face the obligation to lift this campaign a considerable notch above the level of slander and ugly- bitter name calling to which our political dialogue' has sunk in recent months." Real Issues Needed The job of the. Democrats, he said, is to bring forth the real issues in this campagin from behind the slogans and the catchwords in which they are camouflaged." Country must be placed above party, he said, and "decency above ambition" during the weeks of the campaign. "If it is the Republicans' choice to -generate heat, it is still our duty to shed light," he said. "We know and have full regard for the value of vigorous political debate. But false, accusing cries of treachery and murder and trea- on are not the language of democratic debate. They are the language of hate — the epithets of enemies. "And if the time ever comes when Republicans really regard Democrats or Democrats regard Republicans as enemies then truly the processes of democracy will stop — for those processes require, as between the two great parties, compromise, cooperation and respect." Postmasters Meeting Set Postmasters of Northeast Arkansas will meet Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock in the Wilson club house for a school of instruction. W. R. Sanders, district manager of the regional operations office in Little Rock, will address the group and will explain reorganization in the post office department. T. B. Dunahoo, district superintendent of postal transportation, Memphis, and Inspector Udell Smith of Jonesboro will attend the meeting. A barbecue at the Jim Grain feom* wM follow ti* meeting, i District Fair's Floral Contest Has New Division There will be a new division in j the Floral Department of the j Northeast Arkansas District Fair j this year, according to Mrs. Charles I Ray Newcomb, superintendent of! that department. In this division youngsters up to 12 years of age will be judged on flower arrangement. These arrangements may be of any flower or flowers and may be up to 12 inches in diameter. The judging schedule calls for grading of arrangements Sept. 22, centerpieces and mixed flowers, vegetables and fruits Sept. 23, and roses Sept. 24. All flowers entered must be grown by the exhibitor. Mrs. Newcomb said, and must be submitted by 10 a.m. on the day of judging. Prize winning entries must remain until 3 p.m. Sunday. Vest Pocket War' Continues As Dulles Pledges U.S. Support FACTORY TRAINEES AT WORK — Trainees for Blytheville's Central Metals Products Co., are pictured at work in temporary quarters at the air base. These workmen are operating punch presses. Equipment at base is to be moved into new Elm Street building (Courier News Photo) $100,000 Local Loan Sought for Metal Plant A $100,000 short-term loan utilizing local capital was the goal of Blytheville's Chamber of Commerce today as moving day approached, for Central Metals Products at the Elm Street factory. At a meeting this morning,, business leaders. CARUTHERSVILLE — Complet- j 855,000 in loans was pledged after The loans will bear six per cent ng arrangements for the 21st j Chamber President W. J. Pollard j interest and will be secured by a American Legion Fair to be held I explained that an insurance com- j first mortgage. Oct. 6-10, fair officials say a full pany which had indicated it would j Rent of SI,000 per month for 10 take a sizeable loan on the build- years is pledged through a lease ing. suddenly reversed its field agreement with Central Metals. and refused the loan. j Meanwhile, Mr. Pollard pointed out, the Chamber owes Ben White and Sons, general contractors, some $80,000 due now. Ben White, who attended this Fair Program Set At Caruthersville Horse Racing, Carnival, Beauty Contest Planned Nationalists Use Rockets, Napalm on Reds rogram of events will be offered, ncluding horse races, a carnival nd a beauty contest. A four-day 20, event horse race. ill be held with prizes totaling out ; ver $2,625 going to the winners. The ' carnival midway will fea- ure 16 rides and 20 shows, a free randstand stage show, along with ducational, agricultural and com- lercial exhibits, according to Hary E. Malloure, secretary-manaber f the fair. morning's session, explained he is faced with borrowing the money in the next few days in order "to; keep our credit good." i He also stated he felt his com-1 Home extension club 4-H Club j P an >" could not allow Central Met- nd agricultural exhibitors willies possession of the building un- ompete for premiums totaling I ul he was in some wa * r assured 300, Willard F. James, Pemiscot | of payment, county extension agent, said. j Another Loan Sought Final registration date for beau-1 Pending right now, Mr. Pollard stated, is application for an $85,000 \ By SPENCER MOOSA TAIPEH, Formosa (AP) — Nationalist planes seared Red China's coast opposite Formosa with rockets and napalm fire bombs today in the fourth straight day of sea and air blows in the "vest pocket war." The air force said the attacks were pressed home in bad weather along the coast and around Amoy, the battered Communist base only five miles from the Nationalist outpost island of Quemoy. The attacks came as Secretary of State John Foster Dulles, stopping here for a short visit, declared that Nationalist China "doe* not stand alone against the forces of aggression." Dulles flew here from the Southeast Asia security conference in Manila and spent 3 hours and 15 minutes closeted with President Chiang Kai-shek. A high Nationalist official said "they exchanged views on questions affecting the two countries. The result was satisfactory to both." U.S. Ambassador Carl Kankin described the talk as very cordial and longer than expected. Only five hours after Dulles' special plane landed here he and his party were airborne again, headed for Tokyo. In a statement read to newsmen at the airport, he reiterated that the U.S. 7th Fleet is under orders to guard Formosa. He said Communist China now is intensifying military and propaganda activity against the Nationalists "but we shall not be intimidated." Endorses Attack This statement was viewed here as a direct' and challenging reply to Communists treats to "liber-, ate" Formosa and as an endorsement of Nationalist attacks on Amoy and 'satellite bases from which the Reds have shelled the Nationalist island base of Quemoy. Amoy is only five miles from Quemoy, just off the China coast 120 miles west of Formosa. A Defense Ministry communique issued as Dulles and Chiang were talking said Nationalist warplanes bombed and strafed military targets at Amoy and along the coast. At the same time, the commu- nique said. Nationalist warships | bombarded Amoy and nearby' jWuyu Island and patrolled waters off Quemoy and Amoy. The ministry said yesterday's Entries to' select a parade !° p ™i ons : in Which1 U.S.-supplied Parade Theme Deadline Near Time is running out on persons who plan to enter the contest to select a theme for the National Cotton Picking Contest parade. theme must be postmarked not later than midnight tomorrow night. First prize is worth $10 and entries should be mailed to National Cotton Picking Contest, Blytheville. EGATION ENDS IN VIRGINIA SCHOOL — Two of the six negro children who joined classes in the formerly all-white Ft. Meyer elementary school listen to opening announcements by Mrs. Louise M. Snee, third grade teacher, at school opening at Ft. Meyer, Va. The children are Breda Mines, I, front row, and Lillie Mae Gilliard, second row. There are 380 pupils in the federally operated tchool oa tht military pott M>4 iu tr« a«greM. (AJ? Wireph«t«) Mrs. Luce Won't Resign NEW YORK [#> — Clare Boothe Luce, U. S. ambassador to Italy, says reports she will resign are "mostly Communist rumors inspired to create an air of uncertainty." Weather ty contest entrants had been extended to Sept. 15. to allow spon- j j oan W j t h another insurancec om- sors more time to obtain contes- j rjany. Chamber officials are of the tants and have the necessary pho-; opinion this loan will be approved. tographs made. Norman Sham, di-j To erect the 5250,000 building, rector of the contest, reported. j the Chamber originally planned to Queen of the fair will be chosen 1 raise $150,000 through subscription from photographs submitted to the | and obtain a loan of $100.000. judges and will receive a S100 \ The drive for funds fell short by prize. She, along with the other j about $5.000 and it looks as if the entrants, will be presented in a j loan will be short by another pageant on ^ the grandstand stage j $15,000. at the fair on the evening of Oct. 8. | B. A. Lynch, Farmers Bank Twelve entries have registered t president, launched the local loan thus far. They are Mary Jo Hamp-j idea at the session when he told ton, sponsored by Men's Club, .Hoi- j the group he'd put up S5.000 for land: Barbara Ann Hester, Me-las much as four months and. "I cham Studio, Maiden: Nona Bea j don't see why we can't find 19 Dudley, Reynolds-Joplin Cotton j other men who'll do the same." Co., Hayti; Frances Earnhart, I Within a few minutes, 10 others Baskin Super Drug. Caruthersville. ; had joined him and three or four Celest Faye Clyde of Lilbourn, j more were listed as possible lend- New Madrid County Farm Bu-; ers. reau; Janet Coker. Rotary Club, | With the adjournment of this Caruthersville; Iva Jean Aber- \ morning's session. Chamber offi- See FAIR on Page 8 i cials set about contacting other Far East Strategy to Be Charted Sunday inside Today's Courier News . . . Chicks to Work Under Lights Tonight . . . State Prep Season Op«ns Tonight . . . One in a Crowd: At Last. Definite Stand on Paper Championship Issue . . . Sports . . . pages . . . Hats Off to Our Volunteer Fire Department , . . Editorials . . . page 12... . . . Behind the 7th Fleet: Adm. Felix Stump . . . page 5... Seventh Fleet Is Strong Deterrent to Red Aggression . . . page 11. F84 Thunderjets took part for the | first time, destroyed two Red gunboats and over 100 wooden military boats and damaged other craft. Nationaist warships were credited with sinking 6 motorized junks, j damaging 20 others and capturing 13 in waters between Wuyu Island i and Cape Chenhai on the main| land, another starget for National] 1st bombardment, i The Red China radio at Peiping j claimed two F47 Nationalist fight- I ers were damaged in attacks on I the Amoy area yesterday. A broadcast heard in London said the Nationalist raiders dropped 104 bombs, killing or injuring 51 civilians. Lunch, Talk Dulles drove directly from the airport to Chiang's downtown Tai- peh headquarters for their first meeting since 1938 in Hankow. ! Later the two drove to Chiang's I home for lunch and a long talk. Attending the session with Dulles were Sen. H. Alexander Smith (R-NJ), State Department official See DULLES on Page 8 By MARVIN L. ARROWSMITH j making unit ever to be held outside DENVER (AP) — National!. 01 ; Washington-were announced Security Council [as: yesterday by James C. Hagerty, ; presidential press secretary. meeting with President Eisen- He said Eisenhower was sum- j hower in extraordinary ses-1 moning the council, which he heads, ARKANSAS—Partly cloudy, scat- j sion here Sunday reportedly i to hear a first-hand report from _jj c h ar t strategy for tered thundershowers this afternoon and tonight and south Friday; a little cooler extreme northwest tonight. MISSOURI—Showers and thun- Secretary of State Dulles on the - , new Southeast Asia security pact, With a broad range Ot r ar• signed yesterday at Manila by the Eastern problems created by United States and seven other na- derstorms east and south, cloudy northwest this partly 'Russia and Red China. tions. Arrives Sunday Dulles represented this country And an hour in advance of that afternoon; Ispe-cial meeting, the Summer ,,.,.,_ „ „. . fair west and partly cloudy east to-j white House annoufen ' ced loday , lh e Ijf Mamla ' * he ™ Great Britain, night with showers and thunder- p rp< . iri<int Wi11 rnnf ^ , viT h Anv France - Australia. New Zealand, storms southeast. ! J™ ^IJ^, J° n ^ T ^.^l/^V i Thailand. Pakistan and the Philip- Minimum thi morning—65. Minimum this mornnlg—65. Sunrise tomorrow—5:39. Sunset today—6:16. Mean temperature (midway between high and low—76.5. Precipitation last 24 hours to 7 a.m. today—none. Precipitation Jan. I to this dale — 24.25. This Date Last Ye»r Maximum yesterday—89. Minimum this morning--57, Precipitation January l to dat« — 34.*. j President will confer with Atty. Gen. Brownell and FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover on how to smash Communist infiltration at home. To Hear Dulles The Brownell-Hoover conference with Eisenhower will center on how best to use the new Communist control weapons the 83rd Congress put on the law books. Plans for the National Security Council meeting—the first full- of ttMt to? policy- pines joined the United States in approving an agreement aimed at thwarting any Communist aggression in Asia. The secretary scheduled to arrive in Sunday. Presidential associates said the security council session will amount to a full-dress review of Far Eastern problems generally. Almost sure to come up, these 1. The shooting down of a U.S. Navy patrol plane last weekend by Soviet jet fighters over the Sea of Japan, off Siberia. One member of the 10-man crew was lost in the attack; the others were rescued unharmed. It was the latest of a series of similar incidents. Formosa Issue 2. U.S. protection of Chinese | Nationalist-held Formosa from the threat of assault, from the Red China mainand, and the Communist attacks on the Nationalist island of Quemoy. Red shellfire has killed two American Army officers there. The U.S. 7th Fleet is under orders to defend Formosa and Eisen- Denver j hower said as recently as last j month that any Red invasion attempt would have to run over the American fleet. Precisely what to do about the attacks on Quemoy and other Naticnfilist islands in the Formosa Straits is likely to be dis- is associate* said, art *ucb matters | cussed Sunday. Another matter which may come up is the collapse of the six-nation European army project, killed by the French Parliament since Eisenhower started his stay in Colorado. Names Listed i Hagerty announced that those who will attend the security council meeting at the Lowry Air Force Base officers club are: Vice President Nixon; Secretary of Defense Wilson; Secretary of the Treasury Humphrey; Adm. Arthur W. Radford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; Arthur S. Flemming, chief of the Office of Defense Mobilization; Harold E. Stassen, director of the Foreign Operations Administration; Robert J. Cutler, presidential aide for national security affairs; Allen W. Dulles, chief of the Central Intelligence Agency; Lewis L. Strauss, chairman of th» Atomic Energy Commission; and Rowland Hughes, dlrtctor of tb* Budget Bureiw.

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