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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Friday, September 10, 1954
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OF NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI VOL. L—NO. 144 Blytheville Courier Blytheville Daily News Mississippi Valley Leader Blytheville Herald BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 1954 FOURTEEN PAGES Published Daily Except Sunday SINGLE COPY FIVE CENTS U.S., Russia Head Into U N Battle Bitter Fight Over Aerial Clashes Seen UNITED NATIONS, N Y. (AP) — The United States and Russia headed into a bitter fight in the U, N. Security Council today over their recent aerial clashes in the Far East. The 11-nation council was called into session at the request of Chief U. S. Delegate Henry Cabot Lodge to consider an incident last Friday off the' Coast of Siberia in which two Soviet jet fighters shot down an American naval patrol bomber. Western diplomats however, expected Soviet Deputy Foreign Minister Andrei Y. Vishinsky to counter with charges the U.S. bomber violated Soviet territory. The United States contends its plane was over international waters. Sources close to Lodge said he would present a detailed account of the incident, which he previously had described as "of a type which might endanger the maintenance of international peace and security." Lodge was not expected to submit immediately any proposal for Council. Associates said he was prepared to consider appropriate measures as the debate progressed. Exchange Expected The initial discussion was expected to boil down mostly to an exchange between the United States and Russia. Other delegates have indicated privately that they cannot see what good the Council debate can accomplish. The difficulty faced by the Council stems from the contradictory accounts of the incident given by the two powers. A U.S. spokesman said his government, in bringing such an incident before the Council for the first time, wants to focus world opinion on this act. The United States, he explained, wants to create an atmosphere in" which such incidents cannot be repeated. The Soviets are expected to counter that the best way to prevent such incidents is to keep American planes away from Russia's shores. Rejecting a second American protest of the shooting down, the Soviet Union asked Wednesday what would happen if Russian war planes "begin patrol flights near the border of the United States." COHTtS TO PUBLICIZE NCPC—Harry Bogan, Blytheville beer distributor, is going all out to publicize the 1954 National Cotton Picking "Contest. One - of Mr. Bogan's trucks, which will travel some 7,500 miles prior to the date of the Cotton Picking Contest, is carrying the above sign. The truck will make several trips to Milwaukee and other points. Driver of the truck also - will distribute handbills advertising the contest on his runs. (Courier News Photo) Base Here to Be Permanent Installation, Air Force Says The Russians already have contended that the American two-em- gine Neptune bomber opened ifre first on the Soviet planes. The nine American survivors — one crewman was lost — said their guns were unloaded and one gunner was able to shoot back only after the U.S. plane had been hit and was going down. Reaction Develops in 2 States Against Non-Segregation By THE ASSOCIATED PKESS Parents are picketing unsegragated schools in two West Virginia counties and there have been moves to set up "citizens' councils" to enforce segregation in Mississippi. "The white people in certain counties are organizing to protect themselves," a Mississippi legislator said Thursday. "Practically every county in the state has organized or is organizing," he added. Mississippians soon will be vot- * . • - ing on a constitutional amendment which could lead to abolition of the public school system. One legislator said the "citizens' councils" might aid passage of the amendment. A member of one of the councils, refusing to be quoted by name, declared: "We want the people assured that there is responsible leadership which will and can handle local segregation .problems. If that is recognized, there will be no cause for any hot-headed bunch to start a Ku Klux Klan. If we fail, though, the temper of the public may produce something like the Klan." Activities Scheduled For King Cotton Days Costume and window decoration contests plus street decorations and special promotions all will be tied in to promote Blytheville's annual King Cotton Days which come off The passed a Legislation Passed Mississippi 1 e g i s ature bill Thursday designed McDonald Quartet To Appear on NCPC Program Another top entertainment feature was added to the National Cotton Picking Contest yesterday when Contest Chairman Kelley Welch signed McDonald Brothers Quartet. It will mark the first appearance of the singing group, at the contest in 12 years. They sang before large crowds in 1941 and 1942 but since that time have reached the top in their field — gospel singing. Their spirituals are now heard over a network of 160 radio stations over the entire nation. They'll be on hand throughout the day of the actual contest on Oct. 1. to guard against Negro suits forcing admission to the University of Mississippi Medical School. The legislators recently abolished out- of-state medical scholarships to Mississippi students. New scholarships are to be given to the University of Mississippi school, now under construction. Fearing that Negroes might try to force admission to the school because no other facility is made available to them, the legislators voted Thursday to continue scholarships for Mississippi Negro students to attend Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tenn., a Negro institution. At the same time the Mississippi House passed on a second reading the constitutional amendment which would allow the legislature to abolish public schools. The amendment is virtually assured of passage. It must be passed on a third reading and, after almost certain Senate approval, would be submitted to the voters in a Dec. 21 referendum. In two West Virginia counties Thursday parents protested the racial integration of school children. A picket line was set up at the combined high and elementary school at Rupert in Greenbrier County, where 12 Negroes have been attending classes since the school opened Tuesday. And mothers of some white students in Marion County turned out to protest the admission of 13 Negro students. Supt. J. J. Straight of the Marion schools said many of the parents kept their children away from See SEGREGATION on Page 14 again Sept 29 to Oct. 2. Announcement of the annual event was made today by the Chamber of Commerce, j Designed to make people cotton conscious, the event will find merchants holding forth special sales' on cotton products in some instances ials are prices on other various items. These special prices will and, when cotton spec- not practical, lowered be backed up by special advertising and sales campaigns, many of them featured in the Courier News' special Cotton Days edition. Prizes of $25 and $15 will be EnrollmentUp 6 Per Cent in Schools Here Enrollment in Blytheville School District for the term 195455 shows an increase of six per cent over last year. Total enrollment, this year is 4,091 compared to 3,841 last year, according to W. B. Nicholson. school superintendent. Figures available at this time are not complete, Mr. Nicholson said, because past .records show enrollment will continue for two or three more weeks- Blytheville High School has a total of 451 students including 137 seniors this pear as compared to a total of 429 last year with 126 seniors. Blytheville Junior High School has a total of 587 this year compared to 567 last year. Harrison High School shows an increase with 374 as compared with 299 in grades seven through twelve. Most of the schools throughout Arkansas indicate an increase with Greater Little Rock showing eight per cent rise with a total enrollment of 29,324 for this year. awarded the top window decorations for downtown stores. These special windows have cotton motifs and will be judged on originality, theme, neatness, effort and arrangement. Windows must be installed not later than Sept. 28 and judging will take place on or before Sept. 29. Entry blanks, necessary before a window is judged, are available at the Chamber of Commerce. Al Boyll is heading the committee on promotion. Other members are A. 0. Hudson, Robert Wade, Norwood Courtney, Ben Reid and Kelley Welch. In the costume division, S10 will go to both the top salesman and saleslady with the best costume. Ladies are encouraged to wear gingham or other suitable cotton dresses and men probably will be seen wearing overalls or similar garb. Brightly-colored street decorations have been received by the Chamber and will be hung for the contest. The old practice of paying high rentals each year for decorations has been replaced in that the Merchants Division now owns these flags and banners and may them whenever it wishes. In addition, merchants will be Design Changes Made to Extend Life of Buildings Blytheville Air Force Base, now under construction, has been made a permanent installation, the Department of the Air Force announced today in Washington. Washington observers said this morning the announcement is significant in that buildings will now be designed for use of 25 years and longer. Some changes in specifications, it was learned, were made some time ago. Senators John McClellan, and J. W. Fulbright were informed of the change in the status of the base here by Map. Gen. Joe W. Kelly of the Air Force. Both Arkansas senators viewed the change with enthusiasm. Here is the context of the message sent' to Senators McClellan and Fulbright: VI am happy to inform you thai Blytheville Air Force Base has been designated a permanent installation. Blytheville Air Force Base will take its place as a part of the permanent Air Force Base structure which is an assurance to the local community that the Air Force has a long term requirement for the use of this base. "I am confident that the local community will welcome the Air Force personnel as a permanent part of her recreational, religious and cultural life of the community, thus creating an atmosphere of good will and pleasant relationships so vital to the morale of military forces away from home. "May I again express my appreciation for the cooperation and hospitality that has been extended by the community adjacent to the base. Sincerely Yours, JOE W. KELLY, Maj. Gen. USAF. McCarthy Again Seeks to Place Document Before Censure Group WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. McCarthy renewed today his efforts to place before a committee weighing censure charges against him a 2 1/4-page document* which Atty. Gen. Brownell has said should be kept secret. The Wisconsin senator, who started dramatically to walk out of the censure hearings late yesterday during a row with Committee Chairman Watkins (R-Utah), returned to the witness stand* at 10 a.m. EDT to resume the defense he took up there two days ago. Red China Coast Hit Again TAIPEH, Formosa Ufl — Chinese Communist artillery batteries and military bases on the mainland coast opposite Formosa were bombed and shelled the fifth straight day by Nationalist planes and warships today. A Defense Ministry communique said only that results of the latest attacks were being assessed. The "vest pocket war" over the Nationalist offshore island of Quern oy, 120 miles west of here and just seven miles off the China coast, began a week ago today with a five-hour Red bombardment from shore batteries. Although the fight showed no sign of cooling, Nationalist officials fly i today flew a group of newsmen to Quemoy for an on-the-spot inspec- This seventh day of the public *hearings could be the last. The McCarthy camp said it had only a few points still to make. The senator then faced cross-examination by counsel for the special six-man committee. Preceding McCarthy's wal toward the exit yesterday was his surprise move to place in the committee record—and thus make it public property—the 2%-page "FBI letter'' which touched off a series of hassles during the McCarthy- Army hearings. Watkins sought to cut him off in mid-sentence. McCarthy stepped from the witness chair and turned his back squarely on the committee. With an appearance of anger, he strode down the caucus room, half turning toward the exit, and paused a few seconds looking at the ceiling. Then he turned and took up again his place at the witness table. Watkins insisted that the committee members should consider overnight whether to place the document in evidence or even read it. None of the seven members of the McCarthy-Army hearings committee would read it. In something of a surprise of its own, the committee subpoenaed Roy M. Conn and James Juliana for closed-door questioning before today's public session. Conn is former chief counsel to the Senate investigations subcommittee McCarthy heads. A storm center in the McCarthy-Army hearings, he resigned shortly after those hearings. Juliana is a member of the investigations subcommittee staff. The committee did not announce whether either or both would be j questioned in public session. j McCarthy told newsmen he still j hopes to complete his defense today on the five major categories of charges the committee singled out as subjects for the hearings. "I think they (the committee) nightfall, McCarthy said. Edward Bennett Williams, his chief counsel, concurred. But some committee members said privately they are less confident things will move that swiftly. Blytheville Firm Lends S 7 00,000 Metal Plant Money Problem Is Solved asked to fly American front of their stores. flags in Northeast Area Again Braces For Hurricane Little Rock School Officials Say Integration Order Will Be Met LITTLE ROCK OJJ — The Little Rock School Board yesterday said it intends to comply with federal constitutional requirements regarding Negro-white student integration in the public schools. 6,000 More Mexicans To Be Allowed State For Cotton Picking LITTLE ROCK (/P)—The importation of 8,000 Mexican Nationals for work in Arkansas cotton fields was authorized yesterday after attempt* to recruit domestic labor apparently failed. Gov. Francis Cherry said the program to recruit domestic labor hftd not produce:! enough worker* to me* th« demand*. at a meeting last night with Negro by Wiley A. Branton, Pine Bluff attorney. Virgil T. Blossom, superintendent of schools, told the group that "honest studies" of the situation are being made. He said the studies should be complete within 30 to 60 days. "When they are complete," Blossom said, "we would be happy to talk with you about plans for integration." The Arkansas State Conference of Branches of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People sponsored petitions asking for a meeting with the •cbooi botrd. The petitions had asked the Board to map plans for an end to racial segregation as soon as possible and not follow a "wait and see" policy. Branton, chairman of the NAACP's State Legal Redress Commmittee, said "at this stage, and we hope at no stage, are we threatening lawsuits." "We want the Board to map the plans for integration with the aid of patrons, colored and white," he j said. He said: "We are available for counsel to help carry this out. We hope integration plans can be put into effect as soon as possible, with as little trouble M possible." tion. Among the group was Associated Press Correspondent Spencer Moosa. 18 Craft Destroyed The Defense Ministry said Nationalist planes yesterday destroyed 8 Chinese Communist surface craft, including several motorized vessels. They also bombed Communist fortresses at Aotou and Shihmutou, satellite bases to the big Red base at Amoy. All are within artillery range of Quemoy. Money troubles in connection with financing of the Central Metal Products factory building here came to a sudden end this morning when Blytheville Federal Savings and Loan announced a $100,000 loan on the structure. Work must be done next week oa collection of more than $20.000 ia unpaid pledges oa the building, but the Savings and Loan Association loan gets Ben White and Sons, general contractors for the structure, off the spot and permits Central States to continue moving operations. Earlier this week. Chamber of Commerce officials were notified by an insurance company that a loan on the building had been disapproved. Until that time, Chamber officials felt the company had assured them the loan. Under conditions of the Federal Savings and Loan loan, the Blytheville Company, nonprofit corporation which holds control over the building, may at any tone pay off the loan. Thus, efforts will continue to get money at a cheaper rate than the six per cent which will be paid to the local firm. It is hoped an $80$85.000 loan ac five per cent may be obtained through an insurance company. Feel Loan Sound In connection with the loari, W. J. Pollard, Chamber president^and secretary of Blytheville- Federal Sayings and Loan, released this statement: "Blytheville Federal is pleased to be able to contnuute to the growth of Blytheville by making this loan, since the board of di- H. B. Richardson Toastmasters Club Elects Richardson Red Cross Sets Local Budget $9450 Plus National Quota to Be Drive Goal Red Cross committee chairmen appoints for the coming year and the local budget for the year beginning July 1, 1955, were announced last" night by Siegbert Jiedel, chairman of the Chickasawba chapter of the Red Cross, at a regular meeting of the board of directors. Budget for the local organization \-tas set at S9.250. This figure, plus the national quota which has not yet been announced, will make up the total for the chapter's fund drive next year. Following are committee chairmen named: Mrs. Hugh Whitsitt, water safety; D. E. Wimberly, first aid; Mrs. B. A. Bugg. home nursing; Mrs. Jerry j arm. Cohen, Junior Red Cross; Charles Moore and Foy Etchieson. disaster co-chairman; George Anderson, public information; E. J. Cure. H. B. (Jimmie) Richardson was elected president of the Toastmasters Club for the next six months j munity's development, to succeed Earnest McKenzie at a i "We are making this loan for the meeting held last night in the C o-! foliowin " reasons: lonial Room at Hotel Noble. j "First: We feel that it is » Other officers elected are: James j sound loan. Our loan will be ap- Roy, vice-president: Elbert John-! proximaiely 40 per cent of the son, secretary: and Bill McCaughey, j cost ° f * e b ^ d ^g and the land, serjeant-at-arms. I an ° thef lea ^f *?*?* lhe Te ^' „ . i ments for the iirst ten years is Installation of the new officers j guaranteed by a multi-million dol- will be Sept. 23, combined with a | lar company. ladies night program. $428 Is Awarded In Accident Suit j "At the end of ten years, the j principal balance bf the loan will ! be in the neighborhood of 840,000 ! which will be on a building and j equipment which has seen" little i depreciation. | "Second: We hax r e the same ; faith in the future of Blytheville toe citizens of Blytheville f ve ha ? ^ BlyiheviUe Federal _ . , „ , , . . , : Savings & Loan Association, which Van Chriss Glover, S, ana his fa en- has grown from a firm A total of $428 was granted in ' Common Pleas Court Wedr.esdav to - By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS within artillery range of Quemoy. j chairman of the finance committee. The Northeast braced itself to- j Nationalist warships were credit- | Also named to me finance corn- day for fear the hurricane Edna i ed with inflicting heavy damage on i mittee were Toler Buchanan, Foy assets er, Willard Glover, in a damage suit; of only 575,000 in 1947 to one with which grew out of an accident at < over one and one-half million dol- • l' a ' r s 'n 19*4 " the Starvue Drive-In Theatre June; — - 21 in which Van received a broken: Board members of the Blythe- vilie Company include Mr. Pol- j. • ... , • • =, . lard, Russell Hays, Russell Phil- According to the compla-nt filed, hps j^iny Terry \lv^n Kuff- against RGR Theatres. Inc., Van • rnan. Jr./ Jack KoVner and Fred fell and broke his arm while swing- ; Saliba. ing on playground equipment curing j intermission at the drive-in theatre, ! anywhere north to might raet the coast from Cape Hatteras Maine. Storm warnings were out the entire length of the coast and coastal dwellers were moving. As far north as Montauk Point at the tip Red fortresses at Wuyu, Cape j Etchieson, Fred Saliba, Charles i Van Judge Phillip Deer granted S147 to ! Population Increases an for his injuries and $281 to his . Chenhai and other tiny Red-held islands in the Amoy area. The continued attacks on surface j craft along the China coast would j indicate continued Nationalist fear of a Communist attempt to invade Brogdon and C. W. Tipton. father for medical payments. of Long Island the sky was report- j Quemoy, which is defended by up- ed 'grey and eerie" by storm-wise i wards of 30,000 Nationalist troops. residents. The wind was ominously The re has been no official indi- worm, the Atlantic dark and swelling. The Boston Weather Bureau reported near noon that the hurricane is expected to be near southeastern New England by early Saturday with winds reaching 50 to 70 miles on hour by late tonight. Inside Today's News . . . Chicks, Paps Open 1954 Grid Season Tonight . . . Lop- Sided Scores Order of the Night in Opening High School Football . . . Cleveland Practically Sews Up American League Pennant . . . Sport* . . . Pages 8 and 7 ... . . . Crop Estimate. Slight Rain, Mexican Labor Situation Top Week's Farm Newt for This Area . . . Farm Newt and Review . . . Pages 9, 19 and 11 ... . . . Red-Colored Glasses . . . Editorials . . . Page 4 . . , cation an invasion might be imminent, however. Shaking Where 'Quake Struck WASHINGTON (.?! —The Census Bureau today estimated the nation's population on Aug. 1 at 162,670,000, including armed forces overseas. That was a growth of 2,782,000 or 1.7 per cent, in a year and 7.6 per cent, greater than on April 1, 1950, the date of the last census. 16-Year Old Girl Freed In Pemiscot Slaying By SONNY SANDERS (Courier News, Correspondent) CARUTHERSVILLE — Sixteen-year-old Frances Charlene Cherry was freed following a hearing in Magistrate's Court here yesterday when she was faced with second j ,„,„ degree murder charges. j The girl was accused of the fatal i charged with felonious assault af-; ARKANSAS—Generally fair this shooting of her cousin, Granvillei ter a Negro man and woman were, afternoon, tonight and Saturday; Cherry, who. she told police, crim- j injured by gunfire Sept. 6, was set i a lit:Ie cooler this afternoon and inally assaulted her in a cotton j for Sept. 16. \ tonight. Weather patch ALGIERS. Algeria (.?>—The earth I town, still trembled at Orleansville to-j Lloyd day, more than 24 hours after the! . rt disastrous earthquake that,! :_„=„" wreaked a death toll estimated at more than 1,000 Europeans and Algerians. Another 2,000 were believed hurt. Shocks less violent than the first. were felt five times last night and this morning. One lasted several seconds, bringing down unsteady near their home at Stub- Shelton Paul, one of the victims'.! MISSOURI—Fair this afternoon, is still is Pemiscot County Memo-! tonight and Saturday; cooler TW»V^ ftf Holland I rial Hospital in Hayti. Bond of! southeast and east-central tonight; Booice. or Jioiiana.| sli(X)0 w&g ^ ^ c ^^ ^ he | slightly warmer northwest first degree murder j failed to make ^ bond and Is jday. * ~v « -., shooting; bi h w in j a \ Minimum this tnomlng-80. nf Thurman Norrid who was i -. ^ - »-, • , * < Maxinium yesterday—92. Ul A illAl iiiaii n UA A iu, w iiv vv o-o Vf Q frfrio r*f\\rir)crtrin <ir*r»n^fi,r? nf \ *t».^*i.*«*A* j v^^vj. \4**jr v*. m *?»»^*°^\ ~ eh e c rT^,.r c h u u^: irr houses and great pieces of shat- slugs as he stood in front of a Holland pool room Sept. 3, alsc to appear before Magistrate Corbett yesterday. By consent of the court, hearing on Booker was continued until was to be brought before Judge Corbett yesterday, but her hearing was continued until Sept. 23. Hearing on Milton Peeples, also charged with felonious assault, was held yesterday and he was tered walls. Blasted buildings in Sept. 23. He is free on $10,000 se- • bound over to Circuit Court and is the heart of the town were crum- - curity bond. ; being held after failure to make tato MM atreett. '* lor LM 0*Hit, N«*M» i 16,000 boot Mean temperature (mldwaf betweeft and low—86. Precipitation last 24 hours to 7 ».M. today—none. Precipitation Jan. 1 to tola dM« — 24.25. This Dat« Last Y**r 'Maximum yesterday—95. Minimum this morning—57. Precipitation January i to <tat* —•

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