The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on January 6, 1956 · Page 1
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 1

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Friday, January 6, 1956
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS I DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OP NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI VOL. LI—MO. 840 Blytheville Courier Blytheville Daily New. Mississippi Valley Lwdu Blytheville Herald BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS, FRIDAY, JANUARY 6, 1956 TEN PAGES Published Dally Except Sunday SINGLE COPT FIVE CENTS Chinese Reds Refuse to Free U.S. 'Criminals' By EDWIN SHANKE 'LONDON (AP) — Red China refused today to fix a time limit for the rsleasp of Americans the Communists are holding in prison is" criminals. Peiping radio, commenting on Chinese- American talks in Geneva, said: * "While they are serving their sentences, they have ho right to request permission to return to the United States." The United States has accused Red China of violating an agreement it made Sept. 10 to permit all American citizens within its control to return home "expedi- tiousfy." The Chinese Communists said 27 of 40 Americans had been released so far. "No Right to Aek" "Americans who offended against the law in China must be dealt with in accordance with Chinese legal procedures and no time limit can be set for their release/' the Peiping broadcast said. "Furthermore, while they are serving their sentences, they have no right to request permission to return to the United States. "It is only when they have completed their sentences or when China has adopted measures to release them before the completion of their sentences that the question of their exercising the right to re- Defense OK s Rental Units for City Approval Announced In Washington Defense Department yesterday gave final approval to construclion of 360 housing units to be used by personnel of Blytheville Air Force Base. Construction on the rental units it to begin hi February or early March. : The, units will be located on land adjacent to the base which is now occupied by the Veterans Housing Quarters. • However, residents ot the VHQ have been notified they will not be forced k> move until March 1. Many families have already l£ft their homel there. Plan Move Ahead in*' a meeting with Blytheville's Real Estate Board Wednesday night. B*3f Commander Col. Gordon Tim- monB^' told the real, estate men he expects some ol the units to be ready for occupancy by next fall. Meanwhile,;, the real estate men plan to confer with-Chamber of Commerce officials early, next week to devise a plan which will provide 100 rental unite this spring. In all, Colonel Timmons said this week, aflo units will be needed before the base may be fully activated Will Base Bear Hero's Name? Air Force Open * To Suggestions Will Blytheville Air Force Base continue with that name or will it honor an Arkansas Air Force hero? That question depends on wheth- er'an appropriate name is suggested by Blytheville residents. Capt. Hex Puller,. base information officer, said today the facility is receptive to suggestions. Only requirements are that the serviceman to be honored must have had a good record, must have been from Arkansas and must have served in the Air Force. He said the name, "Ramey Air Force Base," suggested some time ago, was disqualified because the 1 Air Force has an existing base of that designation. Fuller's office is open to suggestions. turn can arise. "As to what measures China will adopt in accordance with Chinese legal procedures and when such measures will be adopted. in regard to them, that is a matter of China's sovereignty in which no foreign interference is allowed." "Prompt Release" An American-Chinese communi- que issued in Geneva Sept. 10 said machinery had been set up so the imprisoned Americans could be released "expeditiously." The Stale Department in Washington interpreted that to mean "promptly." The announcement said Britain, which has a charge d'affaires in Peipuig, would be asked to aid in repatriation of the Americans and that "appropriate measures" would be taken by Peiping to assure that the detained Americans could ;;expeditiously exercise^their righf'to go home. But interpretation of the key words—"appropriate measures" and "expeditiously"—was left up to the Chinese. None of the prisoners are from the Midwest. Votes Ends 20 Years with Bell Employes of Bell Telephone Co. here turned out last night to honor M. S. Yates, who has completed 20 years of service with the firm. L. D. Garner of Bell's office here handled arrangements for the affair, which was attended by nearly 30 persons. Yates was presented a bell-shaped gold pin with four stars on it. Each star represents five years of service. Vernon (Buck> Warr, Jonesboro district manager, attended along with other district officials. COON-ON-A-TABLE — Blytheville's Fire Department "officially" dedicated its new dining hall at the City Hall's central fire station last night when: firemen prepared and served a coon supper. For the non-coon eaters, firemen offered barbecued rabbit. (Courier News Photo) 12 City Rest^Mrants Are Placed dff Limits State and local health authorities revealed yesterday that 12 Blytheville eating and beer establishments have been placed off limits to military personnel but that unsatisfactory sanitation conditions, at fault, are improving. Twenty-one other restaurants and taverns have received warning letters to clean up or be subject to military ban. The information, no secret to cafe and tavern owners was made public at a meeting yesterday afternoon at Hotel Noble. There, 100 per cent of-all Blythe- •ille beer license holders and some 1 restaurant owners, met with repre- sentatives of United States Brewers Foundation, Arkansas Malt Beverage Association Blytheville Air Force Base, Armed Forces' Disciplinary Control Board and state and local sanitation and health departments to discuss the problem. Sanitation Hit Sanitation—not lack , of law observance pertaining to the dispensing of beer—was cited-as chief fault by In Asia, Far East: Adminstration Fine Brings Protest OKLAHOMA CITY (/F)— An Oklahoma City woman was angry at having to pay a traffic fine in Municiapl Court yesterday. She told Judge James Demoopllos: "I think the policeman who caught me should be fined too. After all he ran .a stop sign to catch me." She finally paid the $10 fine. Idea Offensive WASHINGTON (AP) — The administration plans to aunch a greatly expanded anti-Communist idea offensive in Asia and the Middle East if funds are voted by Congress. President Eisenhower is expect-* : ed to ask in his Jan. 16 budget Fire Hits Cafe At Caruthersville TB Group Tells New X-Ray Policy Mississippi County Tuberculosis Association today announced a new policy ending the practice Of granting permits for X-rays required of food handlers unless they prove their inability to pay. X-ray permits for others will not be furnished except upon one of three conditions. These include those patients certified by local welfare office, ex- Banitarlum patients who are required to submit to a definite number of X-rays per year, and Indigent patients as certified by a charity Institution or upon such finding by the TB association. Permits will cost patients »3.60 institution County. each unless the association grants a .waiver of the charge, and permits must be honored by any doctor or located in Mississippi Reasona The association's new policy was announced by Mrs. Frances Gammill, 'executive secretary. Reason for the policy, Mr«. Gammill said, "is the Increase in number of requests." She said It is the desire of the association to assist those people who are unable to secure an X-ray through normal channeli. "Unteis they prove that .they, are In need of ,a»l«tance they will bo asked to return to their family doctor and only nt nil requent will they be given the permit which entitle* them to an X-ray for »S.SO," the Mid, county-owned X-ray machine as one of the reasons for the new policy. ': , 1 She said the board;of directors previously expressed willingness to pay for equipment if it would be operated by the county hospital. NO'Agreement "An agreement could not oe reached between the hospital and the board on the proposal," she said. Last year ,the association requested the state to keep Its mobile X-ray equipment, which takes X-rays without cost, in the county for six weeks. "We were able t° obtain it. only three weeks," she said. In line with the state's problem of X-rays was a statement made yesterday by Dr. Gerald B. Barton, director of the division of TB control, State Health Department. Barton, at a restaurant and beer dealers meeting here, was asked why free X-rays could not be provided food handlers) • He aatd the *Ute had but two mobile units. "We can't cover every county In the fllate every year with the two," he Mid. Ordinarily, without the aid of the TB association, many doctor* and hospitals make a larger charge for X-ray than th* (MO allowed by the message for an increase of more than 50 per cent i: the appropriation for the U.S. Information Agency, for which Congress voted 85 million dollars-last year. Eisenhower gave a tipoff when he said in his State of the Union message yesterday: "Thrives On Ignorance" "Injustice thrives on ignorance. Because an understanding of the truth about America is one of our most powerful forces, I am recommending a substantial increase in budgetary support of the United States Information Agency." He did not spell out what purposes the increased propaganda funds would be used for. However, it was learned that administration officials have decided a much greater effort in the war of words— the idea conflict side of the cold war—is needed in the Middle East and Asian countries to serve America's own interests there and to counter Communist aims. 300 Posts The USIA presently operates about 200 posts such as informa tion centers and libraries in 79 countries over the world. But the under-developed countries in Afri. ca and Asia have come increasingly under Soviet pressure and propaganda campaigns. Officials feel new U.S. efforts should be concentrated in those regions. Tito, Nasser Sign Anti-Pact Declaration CAIRO, Egypt If, •— Yugoslav President Tito mnd Egyptian Premier Oamal Abdel Nasser have climaxed .their'' gqod will' 1 get-together with a Joint blast at one of their pet targets!~ big power military blocs. '•".-- ' In a statement released during their Nile River trip to the Cairo Dam. the two leaders declared their "nonalignment" . policy had made a major contribution to world peace. Their aim, they said, was a positive policy "seeking to lead to worldwide collective security." Underscoring- their oft-repeated stand, they said a policy of military blocs "inevitably entails suicidal 'armament races, creates misunderstandings, and increases tension in the world.' 1 , The statement said both Yugoslavia and Egypt face similar Internal problems and are "determined to defend their hard-won and Independence." CARUTHERSVILLE — Extensive damage was done to the interior .of a restaurant on west Third Street here after an egg crate next to a gas water heater caught fire last night. The cafe, popularly known as Chitwood's Pig, was operated by James (Babe) Van Ausdall. Fire department brought the blaze under control in 20 minutes. No person was in the building when the fire began. Service Club To Open Soon Completion of Blytheville Air Force Base service club has been slated, for early February and a traveling stage production has been booked for Feb. 17. Base information officer Capt. Rex. Fuller said the. enlisted men's club will be used for moving pictures, dances, games and other entertainment. He said Miss Blanche Kennedy, service -club director,, has booked "Talent A la Carte," for the Feb. 17 show. It is a traveling review of 10 acts by personnel of various Tactical Air Command bases. Fuller said a contest is being conducted at the base to provide a name for the service club. Weather NORTHEAST ARKANSAS — Clear to partly cloudy this afternoon, tonight and, Saturday, colder tonight and Saturday, High this afternoon, upper 6<& tp low 70s; low tonight, mid 20s to mid 30s. MISSOURI — Considerable cloudiness and turning much colder this afternoon and tonight: increasing northerly winds this afternoon; Saturday generally fair with little temperature change; low tonight 15-20'north to 35 south; high Saturday 30s northeast to the 40s southwest. Maximum yesterday--69. Minimum thU mornlng—41. Sunrise tomorrow—7:08. Sunset to4iy~3 ;04. Mean tern perii tu r*>—55. Precipitation 24 noun 7 ».m. to 7 p.m.)—none. PraclpltiUlon Jan. 1 to date-none. Thin Italf I,A*I Year Miultntirti yesterday—4fl, Minimum this morning—29. Jip, i to ante—.02. Roy Bosson, who presided at the meeting. Bosson is director of the Arkansas Division of USBP. The foundation is a nationwide group of brewers who promote law observance and sanitation in the nation's retail beer outlets. He told of the 12 off-limits places and of the 21 warnings. The action was taken by the Armed Forces Disciplinary Control Board, he said, after scanning reports made by BAFB and state and local sanitation departments. No Crusade rt The military has no crusade against the people of Blytheville," he explained. "There is nothing in the action of the board that was malicious or personnel,-but-wliat-was done was for the health and welfare of the troops stationed and visiting here/' Bosson said he had visited recently the off-limits establishments. "I was gratified to see improvements (in sanitary conditions) underway and owners should be commended for it," he said. Lt. William P. Bradley, sanitation inspector for BAFB, said he is "happy with results" of recent examinations of the offending places. Glaring deficiennes found previously," he said, "were not intentional but due to lack of supervision in kitchens." Soap ant) Water Without naming ppecific instances of uncleanliness, Bradley said the restaurants and taverns could come, up to standard 'iwlth plain soap and water and a scrub brush. It does wonders/' Lt. Col. Prank H. Rhoads, base executive officer, spoke to owners on conduct of servicemen at beer- selling places. He appealed to them to police misconduct at their places of business. , Also speaking was Lt. Earl L. Dazey, provost marshal. Without making accusations of Infringement, he asked owners to refrain from selling beer to minors, citing such as "our big problem." He said sales to intoxicated per- See 12 CITY on Page 3 Demos Challenge Ike on Many Top Election Issues By JACK BELL WASHINGTON (AP) — The political skirmishing was on in Congress today with Democrats challenging President Eisenhower on foreign, farm, tax and other major election-year issues. . , , , Senate Democratic Leader Lyndon B. Johnson of Texas signaled the attack, saying the state of the union and the world is not nearly so rosy as Eisenhower pictured it in his annual message to Congress yesterday. Johnson told a news conference the "political overtones" of the President's message "are the sub ject 01 deep disappointment anc great regret" to those who have tried to cooperate with the administration in the national interest. Sometimes criticized by othei Democrats for not opposing Eisenhower's proposals more vigorously, Johnson continued: "Most. Americans know that the domestic situation is not as rosy as it is pictured and that the international situation is one of deep concern." Has Become Frantic He said the administration hac become "frantic about the farm situation" and was rushing out a program to appeal to the voters— particularly those in the Midwestr— in this year's elections. Commenting on Eisenhower's call for payments on the nationa debt befori tax cuts, Johnson salt the Republicans had been bragging for months about reducing taxes 7& billion dollars in a period of deficit spending. Chairman Byrd (D-Va) of the Senate Finance Committee backec Eisenhower's statement that in time of prosperity the nation coulc not afford tc go further in debt to cut taxes, He said also he is pleased by the budget prospects Eisenhower outlined, "but I tun disturbed by the fact that it (the message) indicates proposal of additional expenditures in a half-dozen or more nondefense categories . Wants Tax Cut Sen. George (D-Ga), a Finance Committee -member,"reiterated his determination to push for a tax reduction for those in the low and middle income brackets as soon as budget balancing is in sight. Senators Carlson (R-Knn) and Flanders (R-Vt) also expressed hope that taxes still can be cut, Chairman "Cooper (D-Tenn) of the tax-writing -House Ways, and Means Committee'said he wants to see the president's Jan. 16 budget message before discussing tax cuts. What Eisenhower said yesterday offered "nothing new," he said. Regardless of what finally is done on individual tax relief, quick congressional approvnl is regarded likely for Elsenhower's request 'or another year's extension of ex- sting excise and corporation income tax rates, now due to ' drop April 1 to pre-Korean War levels. Chairman Ellender (D-La) and Sen. Aiken fR-Vt) of the Senate Agriculture Committee, awaiting a special farm message from Eisen- lower Monday, promised to attack ;he problem of falling farm prices on a "nonpartisan basis." But this peace move seemed likely o be lestricted and short-lived in 'lew of the attitude of Johnson and other Democrats. Sen. Humphrey CD-Minn) de- nanded in an outbreak of Senate debate yesterday that Eisenhower 'keep the promises" he made to See DEMOCRATS on Page 3 Ike and Benson Draft New Appeal On Farm Problem By MARVIN ARROWSMITH KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — President Eisenhower and Secretary of Agriculture Benson confer here today on a fresh appeal to Congress for "immediate and drastic attention" to the problem of slumping farm income. " Before them was a draft of a special farm message Eisenhower will send to Congress Monday. ' In his State of the Union message yesterday the'President dealt vith the crop price decline in general terms. "Our national larm policy, sp vital to all of us, must not become a field for political warfare," he said. "Too much is at stake." Termed Serious In a discussion of his state of the Union message filmed here for later radio and television use, Eisenhower called for "immediate and drastic attention" to the farm problem, which he termed serious. In the message itself, he said: "Our farm people are not sharing as they should in the general prosperity! They alone of all ma- JOINS LOCAL FIRM—T. E.Gees- lin this week became associatec with W. J. Pollard Agency here Geeslin .returns to Blytheville from Drew, Miss., where he was associated with Anderson-Clayton Cotton Co. He formerly was with the Anderson-Clayton office here. A native of Cleveland, Miss., he I? married to the former Miss Bettj Black of Blytheville. They will make their home at 1508 Holly later this month. (Courier News Photo) Ministerial Alliance Names Committees Four commitees to serve during 1956 were appointed this morning t the monthly meeting of the Blytheville Ministerial Alliance. Named by President Harold O. Eggensperger were the following iroiips and members: Religious Emphasis — James W, Rainwater, J. Lewis Emmert, H. M. Sanford and Charles F. Pitts. Inter-racial Ministerial Council— H. M, Sanford, W. H. Cook, William ?.' Kirkindall, Alfred Vise and Don Maxfield. City Council Meeting—Harvey T. Kidd, J. P. Garrott and Carl H. Johnson. Devotionals—W. L. Rains. Religious Emphasis Committee will meet with the chairman of religious emphasis of the high school student council to complete arrangements for Religious Emphasis Week, March 12 through 16. Plans for a mission to be located at 119 S. Railroad were discussed by Rev. Kirkindall. A meeting of ministers and interested persons will be held at that address for purposes of organization Jan. 16. Included in other announcements was that of an annual YMCA Sunday to be observed Jan. 29. Alliance members will hold their next meeting at Blytheville Air Force Base. , SENIOR QUEEN — Sue Owens,, daughter of Mr.'and Mrs. S. C. Owens, yesterday wns named queen of Blylhcvlllc High School's aenlor class. Her mnlds Include-Arden Cuiidra;' Luc Owens, Nnncy Harris, Gcna Qnlnes, Kay Jobe and Emily Damon, (Courier News »•«•) ' • r Spe//mon Sees Pope VATICAN CITY W) — Pope Pius XII received Francis Cardinal Spellman, archbishop of New York, In private audience today. The New York prelate wns ex>- pccted to report to the pontiff on his long journey to Korea and Japan, where he spent Christmas with American troops as Roman Catholic vicar to U.S. forces. jor groups have seen their incomel decline rather than rise.". 'He said the government's objective must be "to help bring production into balance with existing yield farmers a return for their work in line with what othe'r Americans get." "Many-Sided Assault" He urged a many-sided assault to achieve that end, among them "authorization of a soil bank program to alleviate the problem of diverted acres and an overexpand- ed agricultural plant." He said he also would urge approval of measures designed to strengthen individual commodity programs, reduce crop carry-overs, and stop further accumulation of surpluses. He said he will call, too, for "substantial" new funds for an exanded drive on the research front, to develop new markets, new crops and new uses. After sending off the State of the Union message to Congress and discussing it briefly here, Eisenhower yesterday got in another day of almost complete leisure. He plans to fly back to Washington Sunday or Monday. Missionary Will Speak At First Christian Mrs. John R. Chatfield of Atlanta, a member of' the Disciples ol ihrist missionary team in the Belgian Congo, will address members of First Christian Church in a series of meetings Sunday through Wednesday night, the Rev. Jame3 W. Rainwater, church pastor announced today. Mrs. Chatfield. widow of the church's service link missionary to the Belgian Congo, will fill the church's pulpit at the regular Sunday morning services and will speak at a congregational sandwich supper at the church Sunday evening, -he Rev. Mr. Rainwater said. She is also scheduled to discuss ,he mission field with members of .he church's youth groups Sunday night and Wednesday night as well as congregational meetings at the church Monday and Tuesday nights. In addition to their four years of ervice in Africa, the Chatifelds also erved three years in the mission ield in the Philippines. Joor/ei Visits Airmen TAIPEI, Formosa W)—Donald A. Quarlcs, U.S. Air Force secretary, aw today how U.S. fighter pilots guarding the tense Formosa Strait ive and work. He. visited Tulnan ir base, 150 miles south of Taipei. ie also met with Nationalist and U.S. officnls in Taipei. 37 Children Examined at Clinic Here With the Arkansas Association for the Crippled nnd Blytheville Council of Churchwomen cooperating, 37 crippled children were examined at Mississippi County Health Unit yesterday. National Foundation for Infantile Puftlytli will offer tMtaMnot to some cases, Health Unit officlak pointed out. Dr. Harold Lane, at Unlvertlty Hospital, LHtlt Rock, and Dr. 1. D. ChrliUnn, of ArkHiUM Chlldren'i Hospital, Uttle Rock, were iturnln- ln« piiyifclani

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