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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Wednesday, January 11, 1956
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r BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS VOL. LI—NO. 244 Blytheville Courier Blytheville Daily Newi MlMlwlppi Valley Leader BlythevUle Herald Tint DOMINANT KEWSPAPEB OF MORTHEMT ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MMBOHW BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS, WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 11, 1956 FOURTEEN PAGES Published Daily Except Sunday SINGLE COPTt FIVE CENTS Council Okays Census, Adopts Agenda System Blythefilte's new City Council last night approved a city-widi census that is predicted to increase turnback revenues $16,000 per year and heard a preliminary report on a trafic survey that \yould abolish diagonal parking. ... J - • • ' • • i - - 0 A preliminary report on a new subdivision code was also given Harrison-Band Group Maps Out $3,000 Campaign • Harrison High School's Band Improvement Club this week set about raising $3,000 with which it will purchase additions to the 16 instruments now owned by the band. —— * Dr. B. E. Roberts is heading ihe drive, which will be concentrated to the Negro areas at first. "It is our idea," Dr. Roberts saM, . Harvey Morris Morris to Head Red Cross Drive < ^ Chicknsawba District Chapter of American Red Cross today announced that Harvey Morris, Blylhevule insurance man, will head the chapter's 1956 fund campaign. • Siegbert Jledel, chapter chairman, .said the fund drive will get under'way on March 1. Morris served as Circuit Court Clerk for 15 years prior to becoming associated with Morris - W i 1 s o n He was chairman of the First Methodist Church Board of Stewards of which he is still a member, and is president of the Men's Bible Class. He's president of Blytheville Lions Club and a director and newly- elected vice-president of Blytheville's Y. Last year, he was co-chairman of the Red Cross business section solicitation, "i Grocery Store Robbers Held For Sheriff Sheriff William Berryman was notified today that the "good customer" who robbed Flowers' Grocery last month is in custody in Memphis. Last Dec. 8, William Hughey and his wife entered the grocery near Double Bridges, where they had been good customers during the cotton picking season. Suddenly Hughey pulled a gun and relieved Flowers of $225. Hughey and his wife fled in an old-model car. Since then a middle-states search has been underway. According to A. M. Bryant, special agent in charge of the Little Bock FBI office, the pair was captured in 'Covineton, Tenn., by local authorities and an FBI man. A baby, in company with the two when they 'lied, apparently v-placed fn care of relatives. •The Hugheys are being held by the U.S marshal in Memphis, Berryman said. The sheriff will pick them up next Wednesday and bring them to county jail to face armed robbery charges. Federal warrant, under whioh they were arrested, charged them with unlawful flight to escape prosecution on the robbery charge. No Injuries In B57 Crash Blythevllle Air Force Base today reported a wheels-up landing Monday aJUmoon of & BS7B Jet Somber Mid credited U. Jarne* E. K»t«r with i "very good" landing on the runway. Neither Kater nor hl« navigator Oapt. Kenneth Bland .were Injured. Both men an membert of th* KHh bombardment squadron. Bait spokesmen said the plane's landing gear would not lower and •MM not bt shakM IntOfpiac* bjr Minor <ain«<i« waf report** to the 'to collect as much as possible from our own people before asking our white friends to help." Special Committee A special committee will be appointed, he said, to handle solicitations in downtown BlythevUle after the first phase of the drive is completed. The Band Improvement group hopes to i complete all soliclations within 90 days. Carrie B. White in co-chairmaa and Mrs, M. L, Wilson is secretary. Beatrice Hirsch is president of the Band Improvement Club. Solicitors include Rev. H. Boy kins, Robert Kuykendall, . Rev. Knowles, Cecil Horn, Eddie Walls, Rev. J. W. Speight and the following women; Mattie Driver, Ethel Mills, Alfreda White, -Carrie Moss, Lovle Jones, 'Eddie Mae Klmbrough, H. D. Hughes. Cordie Buchanan; Ollie Sumrall, Viola Holden, Louelia Spears, Leondus Thomas, Leondus Aldridge, Hattie Staten, Clay Tymes, Catherine Flowers, Maggie Love, Sarah Smith Woodruff; Susie Cummings, Willie Hughes, Dottle Duncan, Pearleaner Cage, Hattie Gates, Rebecca Williams, Broadwater, Frank Harvey, .Ra.chcJ Strickland," Nbrell Harvey, Fran'ceS Howard : »"nd Arizona Haley. Mission Meeting Tomorrow Jimmy Stroud, well-known director of Memphis' Union Mission, will be the speaker at American Legion Auditorium tomorrow night when the public will be invited to heal of mission work. Pnul Kirkindall is organizing the meeting which will include a showing of the film, "Martin Luther." The meeting, open to the public and free," will begin at 7:30. T. p. (Doc) Dean will be master of ceremonies. The affair will be more or less a kick-off program for Blytheville's Union Mission .which is being spearheaded by Kirkindall. among a list of 15 items presented haphazardly to councilrnen, headed Buchanan. Out of the "town meeting" atmosphere, however, may come regulated and orderly meetings with the passage of a resolution calling for publication in the future of pre-meeting council agenda. Prior to approving the new census, Buchanan read a letter received from the U. S. Bureau of Census. It was a reply to an earlier letter of Buchanan's asking cost of a special count. The mayor explained that state turnback revenue, from the city's share of sales, gasoline and luxury taxes, amounts to about $4 per person per year. ^ tl»lng 1S50 Figures He said Blytheville's turnback is based on a population of slightly more than 16,000 but that it is believed the city has a population of some 4,000 more. Thus, if the special census is conducted, he*~said, the turnback would amount to some J16.000 more per year.. Since the money is received by the city quarterly, he urged and received approval of the special census .at once. To be conducted by the U. S. Bureau, the special count will cost an estimated $2,940. That expenditure was approved .by councilrnen. Councilman Kemper Bruton gave the preliminary report on the traffii survey. Radical Changes "It has some mighty radical changes," he said in telling Council that the,traffic engineers expect to issue the formal report next week. "One thing is certain. It recommends the abolition of diagonal parking on downtown streets." Bruton said the changes wer6 for the "betterment of traffic movement and. safety." Councilrnen indicated :they':may debate the proposals when presented at the next Council meeting. R. D. Barber, of the University _„, See COUNCIL on Page 5 . # * * Council Box Score Last night, City Council: * * • Approved a special census. * » * Heard a preliminary re' port on the city-wide traffic survey. * . * • * Adopted an "agenda 'system" for scheduling action for future Council meetings. * * f Heard report from : University of Arkansas city planning expert. UNITING THE CARIBBEAN — Great Britain is trying to organize ts Caribbean colonies into a single dominion. That's why a conference ofa these colonies is being held in London beginning Feb. 7 Newsmap spots the island that have agreed to join in the federation. They are Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, th Leeward Islands, the Windward Islands, British 1 Honduras and British Guiana, crosspatched areas, are being urged to join out they have so far opposed consolidation. If agreement is reached at the conference the next .step will be the submission to Parliment of an enabling act to to set up the federaion. Cold Wave Clings To South Florida MIAMI, Pla. <f> —Icy winds from a gigantic storm off the coast of Virginia continued to blast southeast Florida today and no immediate relief was in sight. Tourists kept, to their luxury ho-j tels; residents bundled up and sought any type of heating unit on the market. The cold, which has hung on since Sunday, reached to Cuba, where temperatures in the 50s were reported. Damage to tender growing vegetables in southeast Florida was estimated in the millions of dollars, but citrus apparently escaped major loss. Miami's high yesterday was 8? degrees and low, 42. The Weather Bureau said it would be about the same today. Reatinr DeaUn Swamped Dealers selling permanent heating fixtures reported they were far behind on Installations. Overworked ' electrical hearing equipment caused blown fuses In power^ transformers during peak hours. Dealers in fuel oils and bottled gas reported unprecedented demands. Prices of fresh vegetables sky. rocketed. Wholesale buyers of beans and peppers at the Pompano State . Farmers Market bid one fourth to one third more than last week. Tomatoes were reported to have reached »1S - bushel In New York. — Bam* S«*MM* Manager Jonathan A. BUM of the Florida staU employment pttio* In Miami said recruiting of (arm labor In other Mat* bad M stopped and It now appeared that the 7.MO migratory workers lit Dad* County would b« aullicitnt view of th* cold. Hi had- ow planned to bulk! U» lore* to 10.0W by the season's peak The cold had just about stoppe< the harvesting of fresh vegetable See COLD WAVE on Page 5 Elder Dunovant Dies of Illness Harry P. bunavant Sr., 75, for mer • postmaster and mayor o Reiser, died this morning at Os ceola. Memorial Hospital after a long Illness. ... He was born in Osceola, the son, of Dr. and Mrs. H. C. bunavant who came to Mississippi county shortly after the Civil War. At the time of his death, Mr Dunavant had completed 38 year of service on Kleser school board He was a retired farmer and on of the founders of Reiser Method 1st Church to which he- donatec the building site. • He was a member of the churcl Board of Stewards, a Mason am former Road Commissioner. Mr. Dunavant leaves his wife one son: and five daughters.. , Son Is Harry P. Dunavant Jr and daughters are Mrs. Otho Roe hler, Tunica, Miss.; 'Mrs. Home Blackstone, Cincinnati, O.; Mr; M. L. Oreaham, Memphis; Mrs W. 0. Chiles, West Memphis; an Mlaa Buford Dunavant, Llttl Rock. , . .' • • Services will bt held tomorrow at 1 p. m. at Swift Funeral Horn chapel. Rev, J. M, Harrison, former pmtor at Reiser, .will officiate. R* will be assisted by Rev, «a,r- Mat Ci Ha&c*. Burial will be at Xrrhen C*m- eUrjr, <,,,.... _.,. ', . •., '.',.• US Missionaries Feared Seized By Amazon Indians QUITO, Ecuador m—Planes combed the Amazon jungle today for. five Protestant U.S. missionaries believed seized by savage'Indians.. Air Force reports of a body lying near ;heir plane's stripped skeleton aroused fear for their lives, ' " A U. S. Army helicopter was dispatched from the Canal. Zone today to take.part with Air Force planes in the hunt for the men, •missing, in a remote jungle region of northeastern Ecuador. The new medicai report on the convalescing President's health recalled his own statement Sunday hat his health will be a very im- >ortant factor in determining vhether to seek re-election. Today's White House examina- aon, which came without advance jublio notice, was conducted by via). Gen. Howard M. Snyder, the White House physician; Col. Thomas W. Mattlngly; heart specialist at Walter Reed Army Hospital lere; and Col. Byron E. Pollack, hief heart specialist at Fitzsimons Army Hospital in Denver. "Feeling Fine" Their report backed up Word from the President himself that he feeling "fine." He has been writing that. to members of Con- Pemiscot Murder Trial Opens CARUTHERSVILLE — The first degree murder trial of Raymond Bounds, 25, Gobler farmer,, started in Pemiscot County Court this morning. Although no plea has yet been entered, defense attorneys revealed that they would enter a plea of not guilty. Judge Fred L. Henley instructed Sheriff John Hosier to obtain 16 additional prospective jurors to appear in court at 9 a.m. tomorrow for qualification. A panel o! 30 prospective jurors is necessary before the 12 who will serve can be selected. Nineteen appearing in court this morning were instructed to return it 1 p.m. today. Courtroom speculators said they did not think qualification of any of the jurors will begin before tomorrow morning. Speculators further said they believe testimony for the defense might begin tomorrow afternoon. Defense attorneys said they will call 20 witnesses to the stand. Prosecuting Attorney James Vickrey said he wanted to keep the number if his witnesses a secret. •Bounds is accused of the fatal shotgun slaying of Omer Welch, 38 at Gobler last Labor Day. Officers have said that the slaying followed a dice game and drinking. The morning session dealt with several motions including; a defense motion for a continuance, which was denied. Defense attorneys filed a request that a typewritten transcript o! a tape recording made by the prosecuting attorney at the coroner's inquest be given to them. Judge Henley denied the request. Oops! TEXARKANA, Tex., Jan. 10 Iff}— i _,.„». »VmpA eiimm/inpri for illFV TEXARKANA, Tex., Jan. lu I.TI— Among those summoned for jury dutv h" »i« Fifth District Court here Line. ig those summoned «" ju»* by the Fifth District Court was District Atty. Herbert Weather NORTHEAST ARKANSAS: Clear to partly cloudy with little change In-temperature this afternoon,, tonight and Thursday. High, this afternoon, upper Ms to 50; low tonight, upper 206. MISSOURI: Fair southwest partly cloudy north and east this afternoon' colder cast and central; partly cloudy tonight and Thursday with little change in tcm^raturc; low tonight 15-20 west and north to JO-» southeast;.high Thursday denerally In the 30s. Minimum yesterday—45. Minimum thlt morning—JO. Sunrlw tomorrow—7:07. Stmwt today— i;<i». Me»n <isnvp«r»t«rt—J1.5. Preclpttot'on 2* houra (7 «.m. to / a.m.)—none. , . , < rndpiutlon J«n. 1 to d«t«—nont. TMl D«l« lart *«« Minimum ywtertay—3i. • Ulnlmti mtliU mornuiB—31. , ftMlfUaUM Jaa, 1 W 4at»-*». The five men Hew .their. small Piper Cub into the bush area last week to do mission work, among identified as Nat Saint, Huntingdon Valley, Fa., a Philadelphia sub urtj; Edward-MeCully, Milwaukee; Peter Fleming, Seattle, Wash.; James Elliot, Portland, Ore., and Roger Youderian, Billings, Mont The Air Force Joined the search after another flying missionary John keenan, made a reconnaissance flight over the area and reported seeing the stripped Piper Cub. He said he saw no sign o the missionaries but spotted sever al Indian canoes heading down the river. Broke Radio Contact Keenan made his investigation after the mission party radioed i had encountered a group of In dians, then broke radio contact Soon after the hunt began, Quito radio station relayed a mes sage from a U. S. search plane (hat it had sighted the Piper Cub —stripped of its fabric—and along side it a body pierced with an Indian lance. However, Air Force .headquar ters in the Canal Zone said its report from the search pilot placed the body about 300 or 400 yards from the plane and made no men tipn of a lance. ,The Air'Force emphasized tha this report made no identification of the body, either as that of i white man or an Indian. ' The mission party set up its basi about a week ago at Shell Mera an oil company headquarters. Sain first flew MeCully and Youderian to the jungle clearing, then turned to Shell Mera, .where his wife had remained to receive com munications from the party. On Saturday, MeCully and You derian reported friendly contac with the Auca Indians. Saint took off again Sunday with Elliot anc Fleming. Least Civilized Shortly after landing at the seem Saint messaged his wife that hi would transmit again at 4 p.m. A ttiat time he began sending anothei message, then broke off. to tell o the approaching Aucas. It was his last word. The last message: "Here come a group of Aucas whom we have nof known before." The Aucas, described as the least civilized of Ecuador's Indian tribes, have rarely been seen by white men. All five men have been in mis sion work in South America from 3. to 10 years. All were married and had their families with them Saint has a 10-month-old daughter Youderian two children, Elliot l-yea-.'-old daughter and McCully two small sons. The Flemings have no children. : Youderian was a member of the Gospel Missionary Union and the others of an organization named Christian Missions In Many Land: Want Broader Contacts LONDON W — The Soviet Union today urged a broadening of Inter national scientific contacts between East and West. Moscow radio broad cast an edtlorlal from the govern ment newspaper Itvestla sayln "auocessful development of aclenc la Impossible without close and vita contact between scientists of varl out n»Uon«." Dulles Says US In Forefront In A-ArmsJ^ace_ WASHINGTON (AP)—Secretary of State Dulles said today he believes the United States is in the forefront in atomic arms knowledge. But he said this is partly a matter- speculation, and this country cannot suspend tests of nuclear devices.^ 3 Physicians Examine Eisenhower; Report Condition Excellent WASHINGTON <*»—Three physicians examined President Eisenhower today and reported that "his physical condition is excellent." inquired about his some of them inter- ress who health, and preted'his words as indicating a zest for further service -in the White House. Eisenhower was reported to be especially pleased with comments that he looks as well as he says lost on television -' minded politicians. Republican National Chairman Leonard W. Hall said yesterday he is sticking to his thesis thai Eisenhower will seek a second term "if he thinks he is able." In the light of this statement, the President's own expression and those of the men 1 around him appear to have added significance. Chairman Bridges (NH) of the Senate Republican Policy Committee, reported after a White House meeting of legislative leaders that Eisenhower looks "just fine." "Looked Splendid" Vice President Nixon said the President "looked splendid" after his Florida Vacation trip. All of this seemed more than just a straw in the wind which blew hard around the second term speculation after several conferences of administration leaders yesterday. : First, Secretary of the Treasury Humphrey drove to the Justice Department for lunch with Atty. Gen. Brownell, one of the administration's top political strategists. Brownell then went to the White House for an hour's talk with chief presidential assistant Sherman' Adams. Hall walked in a side entrance and said later. he-jus "bumped into" presidential press secretary James C. Hagerty. Hagerty is one of those with whom Eisenhower has said he has discussed some aspects of his forthcoming decision on whether hi will run again. ing on the country to all the implications Great Plains Plan Outlined by Ike WASHINGTON W> — President Eisenhower reported to Congress today on program designed to relieve "widespread suffering and heavy economic losses" by farmers in the Great Plains region. The. President advised the law- directly concerned. the Eisenhower administration believes it is impera- ;ive to keep in the forefront in his field. Until a dependable plan for disarmament has been agreed upon, le said, which includes control and inspection of such weapons it not safe to discontinue tests. The secretary's news conference remarks were in response to questions. By implication, they ; were a reply to agitation, among some Asian nations, India in particular, for an end to tests of, nuclear weapons. New H-Bomb Tests There have been reports from congressional sources, that the United States will conduct ' new super H-bomb tests in the Pacific . his year, Dulles released a statement call- "walce up" to of the cold war with the Soviet Union. The statement, was prepared by the U. S. delegation to the recent United Nations General Assembly, but Dulles said it had been reviewed by President Eisenhower arid was being -released at the President's suggestion. The general tenor of the statement was that economic and social problems have now come to the forefront in the 'cold war. On other, topics, Dulles made these main-points: ' Red China at , Geneva have been a disappointing failure ' to the extent : that some of the things which would make the talks useful have not been done. Dulles cited notably the fact that 13 Americans are still imprisoned despite Red Chinese agreement last Sep- -tember r , to^rrtea^e^them,^gig?edK.. s ' United Action 2. It was common world knowledge; in Dulles' words, that the Western, powers were prepared in 1954 to join the united action against Red China unless there was an Indochina truce. Dulles made this comment in response to a question based on a Life maga- See DULLES on Page 5 makers that "certain legislation is needed" to carry out phases of the program. In identical letters to Vice President Nixon and House Speaker Rayburn, Eisenhower said; "The Oreat Plains region, a vast agricultural empire peopled by IV 000,000 of our citizens, is an area of severe climatic variations which periodically produce widespread suffering and heavy economic losses. In this region farm families have a continuous struggle to protect their best cultivated and grazing lands against soil erosion during seasons of high winds and frequent periods of extremely dry weather." In Farro Message The Great Plains program was one of nine points in the special farm message which Eisenhower sent to Congress Monday. In that message, and in his State of the Union message last Thursday, he dealt with the matter in general terms. The area known as the Great Plains includes parts of ten states esst of the. Rocky Mountains — Montana, Wyoming. North and South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Colorado, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Texas. In his letter to Nixon and Rayburn, Eisenhower said that because the problems of the plains area directly concerned the lives and prosperity of millions of Amer- w<*. *w. .«.— leans, "the nation as a whole Is placed at $5,750. more research; in of education pro . More Research The President sent Congress letter sent to him by Secretarj of Agriculture Benson. Administration actions which Benson said will be taken include strengthening of federal crop in surance; still tensification grams; distribution of land use films; and improvement of an acreage allotment and price sup port program. In the legislative field, Benson informed the President that add! tional authority is needed to "au thorize the formulation and an nouncement of conservation pro grams covering an extensive pe rlod." Butler Reports On AIDC Drive Ben Butler, heading the Arkansas Industrial Development Commissioi fund drive in Osceola, said contributions there would total approxi mately $1,500 by tonight. Yesterday B. A. Lynch reportet Blytheville's collection has reached 52,500.' AIDC hopes to collect $100,000 to conduct a nationwide advertising campaign designed to make known the state's industrfcl advantages. Goal for Mississippi county wa. 1. The talks with through ambassadors Vickrey Gets In {junctions They'll Remain In Effect in Pemiscot By SONNY SANDERS Courier News Correspondent CARUTHERSVILLE — Midway through his first term in public office, Prosecuting Attorney James A. (Tick) Vickrey has obtained Circuit Court decrees making permanent temporary injunctions regulating the activities of six establishments in Pemiscot County. One year ago today, Vickrey had temporary injunctions posted to stop some of the activities of seven such places in the county. Since then, the unsolved murder oTHubert Utley, and destruction by fire of unknown origin of his Holland dance hall lessened the number. Vickrey testified for two hours Monday afternoon before Judge Fred L. Henley in Circuit Court here as to why he felt the injunctions should continue in effect. Otherwise, they would not stand up in court after today, officials said. Padlocks were re-instated on four places for another year. Vickrey said the decrees would be served this afternoon and tomorrow by deputies from the office of Sheriff John Hosier. Padlocks and injunctions are on the State Line Club, a building adjoining the B and B Club at Gobler, a building adjoining Club Zanza at Hayti and the back room of Hln- chey's pool hall at Caruthersville. . Injunctions still in effect are those on two Caruthersville bars, Doc's and Climax. These injunctions were modified last September to allow women to return to the premises. Recess Called in Southland Hearing MAEION, Ark. (in— A recess in the Crlttenden Chancery Court struggle over proposed dog racing in West Memphis has been called while Chancellor W. Leon Smith considers the extent of his authority in the dispute. judge Smith yesterday asked Atty. Gen. Tom'Gentry, representing the Arkansas Racing Commission, and attorneys for the Southland Racing Corp.,' to file .within 10 days briefs setting out their views on his court's Jurisdiction. He also allowed lawyers representing the old Riverside Greyhound Club, Inc., and the West Memphis Good Citizens League to enter briefs as "friends of the court." Earlier, the chancellor had rejected attompU 0( tlu two,organ- izations, both of whioh oppose Southland's efforts to open the dog track, to formally intervene In the case. Bound by Law? Southland, which has built a new track in West Memphis, is asking Chancellor Smith to force the Arkansas Rsvcing Commission to issue It an operating permit. At yesterday's hearing, which was consider a motion by Atty. Gen. Gentry to dismiss the track's suit, Southland attorney Joe C. Barrett argued that the commission Is bound by law to grant the franchise because the corporation'has met all legal requirements to operate a track. Gentry, who Is asking dismissal of the suit oa to* ground tbat, Southland has no legal cause for action, replied that the state's 20- year-old racing law says the commission "may" issue parmlts to qualified track operators, but does not require them to do so. Chancellor Smith withheld a decision on Gentry's motion pending a study of his court's Jurisdiction. Oppoaed by F»ubui Chancellor Smith «a!d that among other things, he wants to know if he must consider the case on records of commission hearings alone, or If new evidence may be presented to him. Southland's attempt* to open their new million dollar track hav* been oppoatd by Oov, Orval rations, who controls Ihe Jobs o( the le* VOUTHLAND •• Pa** I

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