The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on September 14, 1954 · Page 1
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Tuesday, September 14, 1954
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OF NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI VOL. L—NO. 147 Blytheville Copier Blytheville Daily News Mississippi Valley Leader Blytheville Herald BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS, TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 14, 1954 TWELVE PAGES Published Daily Except Sunday SINGLE COPY FIVE CENTS Americans In Frontier Incident U. S., German Versions Of Shooting Differ HEIDELBERG, Ger many (AP) — The U. S. Army and West German border police gave different versions today of a frontier shooting incident involving American and Czech patrols. The Army's European headquarters here said in a brief preliminary announcement an American patrol was fired on by a Czech detachment yesterday near Barnau. It said 35 rounds were fired at the IT. S. solders but no one was injured and the fire was not returned. The statement did not say what caused the Czechs to open fire. Bavarian border police at Nuernberg issued a statement saying the Czech border guards fired into the air When a Czech surveyor, working near the border, suddenly dashed across into West Germany and asked the American patrol for political asylum. "When the Czechs fired into the air, the German police statement said, "the Americans (Four soldiers in two jeeps) withdrew. During the withdrawal, one of the Americans lost his carbine. Provided Cover "Thereupon, his three comrades went into firing positions with their carbines in order to provide fire cover for the soldier looking for his lost weapon. "After the soldier found the weapon, the U. S. patrol drove off. "The Czech refugee is now under interrogation by U. S. military agents at Weiden." The IT. S. Military Intelligence Division at Weiden said it could not give out any information on the incident. The U. S. Army announcement was believed to have been restricted to barest details because of security regulations to protect the Czech refugee. Savings and Loan Association Plans New Building Here Work began yesterday on preparing the site of a 875,000 office building to be erected by Blytheville Federal Savings and Loan Association on the northeast corner of Second and Walnut. To be constructed of pink roman brick and redwood with large areas of glass, the one- story building will- be one of the most modernistic in design in the city. Of fire-resistant construction, it will have a poured gypsum roof on a steel deck. Interior walls also will be of pink roman brick. The 50 by 100-foot building will be air conditioned. Ben White and Sons are the contractors. In addition to 50 by 50-foot office space for Blytheville Federal Savings and Loan Association and the Pollard Insurance Agency, the building will include); Savings and Loan Association,' three offices which will be rent| said the new building is being Britain Proposes Italy, Brussels Defense Pact By ARTHUR GAVSHOX LONDON (AP) — Britain has proposed joining West Germany and Italy to the five- nation Brussels defense pact as a substitute for the European Army plan scuttled by-the French. Official sources disclosed last night the new scheme to rearm West Germany and -as- Angry Parents, Striking Students ed. Office fixtures will be of gray steel in modernistic design in the Savings and Loan Association and Pollard Agency offices; which also will have terrazzoj floors. The building is scheduled to be completed by Jan. 20. W. J. Pollard, secretary of the- constructed because of growth of the association'and to provide for future expansion. The association and the Pollard Agency are presently located on Ash Street in the Glencoe Building. The Savings and Loan Association was established July 1, 1947. and the Pollard Agency opened Jan. 16. 1946. segregation. The high school here was closed a half day to allow 25 Negro students, under police,. protection, to Secure their booss and return to nd other weapons and supplies re being delivered to the Nation- lists by American vessels at Formosa ports, with no deliveries to mbattled Quemoy Island thus far, spokesman said. If a decision has been made to ccelerate the aid program, in- luding the landing of supplies irectly on Quemoy Island by The U. S. patrol was from the American ships, the orders have Deliveries to Formosa WASHINGTON (AP) — Arms for Nationalist China, tarted under a program three years ago, continue to pour nto the Formosa stronghold of Chiang Kai shek at a 'steady pace" the Defense Department .said today. However, all planes, ships, guns Nationalist Navy and last Febru- 1st Battalion of the 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment. Barnau,' approximately 35 miles east of Bayreuth and 15 miles northeast of Weiden, is near the Czech-West German border. It was the second incident in a week of Communists shooting at Americans along the border. The first attack occurred Sept. when a patrol was fired on by Czech patrols in the, vicinity of Lichtenberg, 12 miles northwest of the border town of Hof. No protest was fileed in connection with the first incident. Joycees Okay Use of Club in Migrant Program Blytheville Council of Churchwomen last night received permission from Junior Chamber of Commerce to use the Jaycee clubroom on North Second Street in its recreational and educational program for Mexican migrant workers. The Council will use the clubroom on Saturday afternoons and evenings and Sunday afternoons throughout the harvest season. Miss Tavita Hernandez has Qeen sent here as a full-time director of the program. She was sent by the National Council for Churches of Christ in America. Aimed at providing educational and recreational benefits for both children and adults, the. fall program represents a resumption of the work which started here during early summer cotton chopping. Queen Mother to Visit US LONDON (JP) — Queen Mothei Elizabeth will arrive in New York Oct. 26 for her three-week visit to the United States and Canada. She will sail' from London Oct. 21 aboard the liner Queen Elizabeth, which she launched in 1938 The 53-year-old mother of Queen Elizabeth II will be the guest of President and Mrs. Eisenhower at the White H,ouse Nov. 4-6. ARKANSAS — Partly cloudy this afternoon, tonight and Wednesday with a few isolated thundershowers northwest tonight and north Wednesday; not quite so warm north Wednesday. MISSOURI — Partly cloudy this afternoon, tonight and Wednesday; brief showers southwest and. east- central this afternoon and east- central tonight. Minimum this morning—62. Maximum yesterday—92. Sunrise tomorrow—5:43. Sunset today—6.09. high and low—77. Precipitation last 24 hours to 7 a.m, today—none. Precipitation Jan 1 to this date — 24.25. This Date Last Year Maximum yesterday—85. Minimum this morning—67. Precipitation January l u> date — 34.79. not yet arrived-at the Pentagon, the spokesman added. Avoiding "War Lone'' Under present policy, the transportation of material otQuemoy, which has been under intermittent red artillery bombardment over the last two weeks, is left to Chiang's own shipping, it was explained. No American ships are docking at Quemoy ports, in what has become a war zone. Quemoy is about 70 miles from Formosa and only five miles from the Chinese Communist mainland. The Defense Department spokesman commented in answer to questions about a story in the New York Herald-Tribune today. The newspaper said it was learned the Eisenhower administration has issued orders to the U. S. 7th Fleet to give "full logistic (supply) support" to the Chinese Nationalists in their defense of Quemoy. The Washington dispatch by Walter Kerr said: These instructions, which were issued a short time ago through the Joint Chiefs of "Staff and the office of the chief of Naval operations, do not rule out more active role for American forces at a later date. However, they are consider:d to be adequate to the present military situation." Directed by Navy Virtually all American supplies for the Nationalists are delivered on Formosa by ships of the Military Sea Transport Service, which operates under contract and under direction of the Navy. Logistic support ror the National- :sts has expanded since the first shipments began arriving in May, 1951, to embrace virtually every standard weapon of the U. S. arsenal. The program started with artillery and small arms and ammunition for the ground forces. Then World War n fighter planes were added. Under a modernization program, jet -training planes and F84 jet fighters ha,ve been sent to Formosa in increasing quantities to enable the Nationalist air force to cope with the Reds' fleet of MIG15 fighters and light jet bombers. A number of. patrol and assault type craft have been given the ary two American destroyers were loaned to the Nationalists. Chinese crews for these ships were trained at the. Norfolk, Va., Naval Base. During the months of May, June and July of this year, ten more patrol craft were transferred to Formosa. Murder Charge Dae +j • Soon In Fatal Beating A'charge of first degree murder is expected to be filed shortly against Rudy Thomas Hickman, 20-year-old AWOL sailor, formerly of Blytheville, in connection with the bludgeon-slaying ' of Kenneth. Taylor, 31-year-old Walnut Ridge school teacher last Saturday night, J. B. Winningham, Jackson county sheriff, said this morning. Prosecuting Attorney Bill Arnold tery. Joiner Citizens Aiding Victims Of Home Fire JOINER — Citizens of Joiner and surrounding areas today were collecting money, furniture and clothing to give one of their neighbors a new start in life after fire destroyed their home here yesterday. Vernon Welch, his wife and young daughter were left with only ^ _ ^ the clothing on their backs when j cruiting station" because" he" was of Batesville was tied-up in' court in Newport today and could not be rea--ied for a statement. Sheriff Winningham said he thought formal charges would be filed possibly tomorrow in Lawrence county. In a case of this type, he explained, charges can be filed -in .either.,county. •::••" Asked to clear-up conflicting reports about the murder, Sheriff Winningham quoted Hickman's written statement pointed out how other evidence fitted into the case. According to Hickman's statement, he left Little Rock about noon Saturday for Blytheville after having taken a .12'gauge shotgun belonging to- his uncle and swapping it for a .32-caliber automatic pistol. He told his. foster parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Hickman of Little Rock, that he Was going to give himself up at the Navy re- the fire, caused by an exploding oil cook stove, destroyed their home. AWOL from the Treasure Island, Calif., base. He hitchhiked up Highway 67 to Mrs. Welch and ner daughter j Hoxie and was on Highway 63 were at home at the time of the | headed for Jonesboro when he fire. The mother, who is expecting another child soon, grabbed her daughter and ran from the house but did not have time to carry out anything else. Mrs. Welch was given a stork changed his mind and decided to return to Little Rock and report to the Navy, his statement revealed. Arriving back in South Hoxie at the intersection of Highways 63 and 67, he was picked up by Tay- In addition to his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Johnson Taylor of Clarksville, he is survived by two -brothers, Garmon and Fred Taylor, both of Clarksville. Burglars entered the First Meth- way 67. Argument Developed An argument developed shower several days ago and all of| lor - x ^ho drove him south on High- the baby gifts she received at the shower were destroyed in the fire. Harold Kelly, a friend of Mr. An argument developed and Welch's, is heading the drive for the money, clothing and furniture 'or the family and last night he reported he had collected approximately S200. Hickman struck Taylor several times on the head with the butt end of the pistol and drove back towards Hoxie but changed his mind and turned back south and went through Alicia to the J. C Baker farm where he turned into a field road. He stopped the car about y 8 mlie off the highway and drug Taylor's body out of the car into a bean field where he left it. Taylor's red and black 1954 Ford was discovered about a mile west ,. 1. — , , , _ T . _.,.. . WO.O ^iO^-UVCiCU dUUUli B. 1UJ.1C wtoi, odist Church and Harrison High f Blytheville early Sunday morn . School last night causing property ; ing by Udell ft ewsom a f ^ meT Qt damage greater than the S4 m boxes, according to Police Chief John Foster. Entrance to the school was gained through a window and the change box taken from a drink machine while entrance to the church was through the east door. The church door was pried open and window glass in three doors were broken out at different spots in the building in order to go into the office and pastor's study, he said. Many Facing Reclqssification •^, near Blytheville, where it was abandoned when it ran out of gas. Blood stains in the car and Taylor's identification papers found rolled in clothes belonging to Hickman stuffed in a closet in a Blytheville boarding house brought about his quick arrest in downtown Blytheville Sunday afternoon. Admitting the attack on Taylor, he led officers directly to the spot where the body was left. Services for Mr.' Taylor were conducted this morning at the Walnut Ridge High School gymnasium. Burial was in Clarksville Ceme- Mississippi County's Selective Service Board No. 47 yesterday released a partial list of men classified 3-A but who face reclassification as 1-A unless they fill out and return dependency Status questionnaires within two weeks. Questionnaires previously sent these men have been returned unclaimed, according to Miss Rosie Saliba, clerk of the draft board here. The partial list released yesterday includes 144 names. The remainder of the men who have not been reached by the questionnaire are being included, in another list still being compiled, Miss Saliba said. The list, which included both whites and Negroes, follows accord- Blytheville James Martin 'Payne, Woodrow Gerald Robbins, John Bell Hicks. James Milton Langley, Joseph Junior Ray, Eugene Wright, Billie Mac Bradshaw, George Moore. Jimmie W. Simpson, Joe Thomas Hawkins. John Batten Carter, Clarence Holloway, Ed Thomas, Angle W Hickman, Hudson Bohanon, Jr., S. L. Gentry, Jr., Alvin Junior Smith. Matthew Whitehead, Earnest Lee Jones, Jessie Gammon, Samuel Stewart. William Dean Woods, L. Q. Watley, Fred Isaac Williams, Chester Glenn Howard, L. C. Lark, Hurshell W. Gann, Earl Junior Heflin, Claude Edward Council, Tollie ing to the registrant's last known j Junior Delaney, Willie Lee Jacob, address; See DRAFT on Page City Council To Meet Tonight The City Council will hold its monthly session at 8 o'clock tonight in the Municipal Courtroom in City Hall. Inside Today's Courier News . . . Missico's Loss is Great in Godfrey White's Death . . . Editorials . . . page 4... . . . Chicks Work Hard for Playground Figures For August Compiled More than 200 Blytheville children each day visited one of the four supervised "Y" playgrounds during August. A report released today by Y Secretary J. P. Garrott reveals that attendance at the playgrounds averaged from a low of 31 to a high of 72 per day for the month, down of average daily attendance | during the 20 days the parks were; open: Robinson Schoo. — 59. David Acres — 72. Division Street — 31. Maloney — 44. Included in Mr. Garrott's report were statistics on all the Y's August activities, including 48 baseball and Softball games for adults (Men., Softball League) and children (Pee Wee and Pony Leagues), one Hi-Y meeting, two Apache Indian Guide meetings and 26 days of recreation available in the Y's game rooms over City Hall. Adult leadership for fall activities, the report pointed out, is needed. Adults wishing to lend a hand should contact Mr. Garrott. sociate her with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. The 1948 Brussels treaty—fore- * runner of NATO—binds together Britain. France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg within the framework of the 'broader 14-nation organization. The five Brussels members are pledged to the military, political, economic and social cooperation for a 50- year period. The informants said British Foreign Secretary Anthony Eden- presenting the new plan on his swing through the key West European capitals—already has 'been assured informally of support -by Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg and West Germany. Groundwork Layed He flew last night from the West German capital at Bonn to Rome, here political observers predicted he would receive wholehearted support. His next stop is Paris. In his whirlwind tour, Eden hopes to lay the groundwork for a conference in London to work out the new West European defense arrangement before the end of the year. At the conference, the British hope to have the six signers of the rejected European Defense Community pact — France, West Germany, Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg — along with the United States, Canada and Britain. On Thursday Eden will make a report on his trip to a special meeting of th'e North Atlantic Council in Paris. A NATO spokesman said the session would be strictly private, with no information expected to be released on i the proceedings. London officials said the new plan has a better chance of winning French approval than EDC because: 1. The ties would be looser than under the old. unified,,, plan. The Brussels treaty binds each member to go automatically to the aid of its partners in case of an attack, but each country is allowed its own national army. 2. Additional safeguards proposed by Britain would keep a lid on German rearmament. NATO would be empowered to set a ceiling on the size of national armies and inspect their forces." A European or Atlantic arms pool would be formed, with an international See NATO on Page 12 Hearing Is Set In Caruthersville Shooting Cose CARUTHERSVILLE — Lee Castle, Negro, is to be brought before Magistrate Court here Thursday morning on a charge of felonious assault, He is accused of shooting two Negroes at his home here Sept. 4. Preliminary hearing was originally scheduled for Thursday of last week but was reset for Thursday of this week. Bond of $1,000 has been set for Castle but he has not made bond and is being held in the county jail. Integration Effort In W. Virginia Fails WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W:Va. (AP) — Five days' of integration in Greenbrier- County schools was ended today after school officials, confronted with angry parents and striking white students, ordered an immediate return of their own school' Some 600 parents protesting, integration, had threatened at a'mass meeting last night to remove ; bodily "any Negroes who-attempted to- attend White Sulphur' Springs .High. today. In nearby Lewisburg, the county seat, the school board ordered, an immediate/ return ; to separate schools for Negroes'" and whites. The segregation order came -after an, all-day meeting. 13-Hour Session After the meeting-, which. b«- gan at 9 a.m.. and ended 13 hours later, School Supt. D. D. Harrali issued a statement which said: -"The board hereby, directs, all principals to transfer all tentative Probers Tackle M'Carfhy Report Committee Likely To Ignore Senator's Attack on Its Staff WASHINGTON CSV-A six-member committee tackles today the task of drafting a report on the official conduct of Sen. McCarthy with every sign it will ignore his attack on fairness of its legal staff. The report, which may be critical of some of the Wisconsin senator's activities, is to act as a guide to the Senate when it returns later this', year to consider whether or not McCarthy's conduct merits censure. Whether me committee will make specific recommendations for action, or will content itself with factual findings, has not been determined. As the public censure hearings wound up late ye^erday. Chairman Watkins (R-Utah) said that E. Wallace Chadwick, the committee counsel and Guy G. de Furia, lis assistant, had "tried their level best to be fair" in presenting evidence on five main categories of charges leveled at McCarthy. But McCarthy and* his lawyer, Idward Bennett Williams, contended that Chadwick and de Furia had been acting as prosecutors. Much of yesterday's final ses- I The Supreme Court did not order .-— -* -i : *..,. ! immediate integration but asked Boiling High School (the Negro school) or to their nearest Negro elementary school, this policy effective immediately, ". . . This directive rescinds and voids all previous action of the Board of Education in regard segregation." •...-_ : ; . Yesterday's d e m o n s t r a tion against integration involved -about 300' 'of the. 440 students ; enrolleorat the high school. They marched through the streets of this mountain resort town, just five miles from the Virginia; line, with placards reading, "no Negroes wanted in our schools." Another demonstration was staged at Rupert, about 33 miles northwest of here where some 100 students also milled through the streets, protesting 14 Negroes attending their school. First Student Demonstration* The demonstrations were the first by the students since the U.S. Supreme Court last May held segregation in public schools was unconstitutional. sion of hearings was given over to the testimony of Brig. Gen. Ralph Zwicker, whom McCarthy has been accused of abusing when the eneral appeared at a closed hear- ng of McCarthy's Senate Investigations subcommittee in New York last Feb. 18. Zwicker, in a lengthy verbal fencing duel with Williams, maintained he had not intended to be evasive or arrogant, as McCarthy contends he was. And Zwicker insisted he saw no inconsistencies in his testimony then. McCarthy has accused him of misstating facts. state officials to offer suggestions as to how desegregation might be carried out. A subsequent- ruling is expected sometime this fall. West Virginia's State Board of Education recommended immediate integration but did not order it. leaving the decision with the individual county boards. Greenbrier, Marion and Barbour counties opened schools a weelc ago with Negroes attending classes with whites. Parent: .TOtested in this county See INTEGRATION on Paye 12 SegregationEndsQuietlyatFayetteville North Little Rocks . Major Problem in . . . Sports.. . Ends Razorback . pages 6 Camp . and 7... . . . Shanghai Has New 'Red' Look . . . Second in a Three- Part Series: Bamboo Curtain Report . . . paffe 8 ... By RAY STEPHENS FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — An experiment in casting out Dixie's social system of racial segregation began in earnest here this morning when Negro and white pupils joined in attending the same schools. The racial bars were dropped at Fayetteville High School last Friday, when five Negro girls enrolled in the sophomore class. At least three other Negroes were expected to be on hand for the opening of classes today. Meanwhile at Charleston, integration quietely progressed in its third week. Its move also was based on economy. H. M. Orsburn, president of the Charleston school board, says that 11 negroes have been integrated into the school system and that "things seem to be working out fine." "We put it to the tax payers on a money-saving basis," Orsburn said, "for if the integration hadn't taken place, we would have had to spend a lot of money on Negro schools." Orsburn said the savings to the, school system would be about $4.500 for this school year. Tuition and transportation of Negro students to Fort Smith schools would constitute the bulk of the expense, Orsburn »aid. There was no organized opposition to the decision of the school SOUTH'S RACE WALL CRACKS AGAIN — Two unidentified white sophomores show their new classmates around the formerly all-white high school at Fayetteville, Ark., after five Negroes registered for classes. Fayetteville was one of the first school districts In Hit old Confederate South to *nd racial segregation. Students of both races saw nothing unusual about the whole thing. (AP Wirephoto) Negro population, and thus the city doesn't have the 'Negro problem' as it is envisioned in other south- board to integrate the system, ern cities." No Problem Only about 400 of Fayetteville's elementary and junior high school pupils.. Fayetteville doesn't have a Negro high school. Heretofore, Negro School Supt. Wayne White explain-! 20,000 residents are Negroes. The , children have been sent to either ed that, "We don't have a large i lotal enrollment in the combined Fort Smith, a distance of 49 mil**, or more than 200 miles to Hot Springs to attend high school. about 15,000 m year, and presented a problem difficult to solv« In UM face of Increasing school operating §«« SEGREGATION M fftf* li

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