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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OP NOBTHBAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI VOL. LI—NO. 165 Blytheville Courier Blytheville Daily Newt Blytheville Herald Mississippi Valley Leader BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS, WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 5, 1955 SIXTEEN PAGES Published Dally Except Sunday SINGLE COPY FIVE CENTS Greece's Premier Dies Nation Faces Possibility Of Political Crisis By DIMITRI TRAVLOS ATHENS, Greece (AP) ~ Greece faced the possibility of a serious political crisis today after the death of Premier Alexander Papagos, the national hero. Field Marshal Papagos, 71-year old victor over the Italians in World' War IT and the Communists in 1949, died last night of heart exhaustion following a lung hem orrhage. The marshal had been confined to his home since January with gastric troubles resulting from World War II imprisonment in a Nazi camp. Members of the , Premier's conservative Greek Rally party planned to meet alter his funeral Friday in an effort to reweld party unity and settle on a successor- Named Provisional Premier The party, a coalition of various political groups, had come near to dissolution in the months since the Premier's illness robbed it of much of his unifying influence. Only yesterday Papagos had nominated Foreign Minister Stephan Stephanopoulos to be provisional premier during his illness but this automatically ceased with the Premier's death. . Because a general election would mean the end of the party, political observers expected its diverse elements to subordinate their dividual ambitions In an effort to agree on a new premier. U.S. officials in Washington were distressed to hear of Papagos' death. Americans who had dealt with him regarded him highly and found him very friendly to the United States. The Americans also feared the effects on the country if'a struggle for power developed. Defeated Italians Papagos was chief of the army general staff when Mussolini threw Sir GREECE on Page 16 CHICKASAW BAND MAJORETTES — Nancy Harris (far right), head majorette of Blytheville High School's 100-piece marching band, will take this group of twirlers to Whitehaven Friday night when the Chickasaws seek a return to the win column. They are (from the left) Gail Brogdon, Martha liart. Linda Bean, Martha Manley, Susie McWaters, Rene Hayes, Mary Tarver Stevenson and Sally McCutchen. (Courier News Photo) 5,000 in Pitched Bottle: Eight Persons Are Shot In Indiana Strike Violence NEW CASTLE, Ind. (AP) — Eight persons were shot today in a pitched-battle involving an estimated 5,000 sympathy demonstrators outside the little strike-plagued Perfect Circle Corp. foundry. Police received an unconfirmed report that one person had been killed. Three of the victims who were wounded by bullets, one seriously, were nonstrikers inside the plant. The interior of a house near the plant used by police as a headquarters was broken into and all furnishings destroyed. Rocks and bottles broke all windows in the guard house at the plant's main gate. Gov. George N. Craig's office confident the disturbance can be ordered 150 state police troopers into the area immediately. They were to join city police before moving into the trouble area. Horace Coats, Craig's executive secret*ry, said, "We're hopeful and Mighty Casey Has Struck Out- Ah!-There's Joy in Flatbush BROOKLYN (AP) — Brooklyn was a different place today and hordes of its nearly three million inhabitants went happily and noisily crazy to celebrate the change. Until yesterday afternoon the big borough across the East River from Manhattan had never realized its dream to be the home town of the winners of a World Series. Years of disappointment for its baseball fans had produced a special, ever-hopeful loyalty to •'dcm Bums.'' the Brooklyn Dodg- _rs. It was a belligerent, com- Symington to Attend Caruthersville Fair Plans Are Completed ted ot the grounds Tree of charge as guests of American Legion Post NO. : Friday, Saturday and Sunday are expected to be peak attendance days at the fair, according to James T. Ahern, president. CARTJTHERSVILLE — Final preparations were completed today for presentation this week of the American Legion Fair here. Announcement that U. S. Senator from Missouri, Stuart Symington, will attend was made today. Other highlights of the event will be demonstration of an Army helicopter and the American Legion Horse Racing Meet scheduled for Friday, Saturdav and Sunday. The helicopter, from Fort Campbell, ky., will make its appearances Saturday and Sunday. It will be piloted by 1st Lt. Theo. K. Wright, 544th Airborne Field Artillery Battalion, llth Airborne Division. Paul C. Jones, Kennett Representative, arranged for the helicopter through the Department of Defense. The three-day racing meet will be climaxed each day by a feature derbv These will be the Boothcel ...... Sinners Derby on Friday, the m Ita mtenor tayou^ J. C. Penney Completes Renovation J. C. Penney Co. store here has an extensive remodeling project which has led to new interiors and exteriors of the store its first major renox'ation since 1929. New fixtures nnd the "open cell' merchandising method are featured Farm Bureau Derby on Saturday and the American Legion Derby on Sunday. The Shrine Patrol of Sikeston, a group of 25 horsemen on Palomino horses, will present a special revue at 7 p.m. Saturday at the arena. Friday will be "Children's Day" with all school age children admit- John L Lewis Suffers Attack WASHINGTON (/P)~Doctors have diagnosed John L. Lewis' trouble as • heart attack like the one that felled President Eisenhower, but not u severe. Dr. John Minor, Lewis' physician, said last night is now appears the 18-year-old boss of the United Mine workers suffered a "very minimum heart attack" about two weeks ago. Minor said Lewis It progressing so veil he probably would go home at the end of this week. Lewis was admitted to Emergency Hospital Sept. 33-the day before Itaenhower was stricken In Colorado. It WM «ald at the time he wat In for a real and checkup. But Minor Mid yesterday It had been determined h« w«« stricken with a "alight" coronary thromboaH. Counters have been removed and all merchandise is openly dls- played for customers. Also added is a 30-ton air-conditioner system and a new lighting system both for the floor and In display windows. The remodeling has been extended to the mezznine which has been refurnished and where new fitting rooms have been completed. J. C. Penney has bad a store in Blytheville since 1925. Since 1910, W. Paul Pryor has been manager here. County Baptists Meet in Wilson WILSON— Mississippi County's Baptist Association will meet at Wilson Baptist Church tomorrow and Friday of this" week, the Rev. Percy F. Herring, pastor of Osceola First Baptist Church, announced today. will be included on the two-day program. The Rev. Harold White of Leachvlllc will preach the annual' sermon at 11 a.m. tomorrow. Friday's doctrinal sermon will be delivered by the Rev. Bill -Cook of Blytheville. The association Is made of M churches with a combined member- ihlp oi 1I.MO. plaining kind of loyalty that be came a hallmark of the Brooklyn character. With the Dodgers now world champions, no longer is there occasion for complaints or need for belligerency. In the joyous uproar at Borougl Hall and along Flatbush Avenue and elsewhere, no one seemec concerned that these two features of the Brooklyn character migh wither in the warm glow of championship and be replaced by — say — something like graciousness. Began Yesterday Some sentimentalists might fondly prefer the old days when fans could grumble and look hopefullj toward "next year," but he wasn't in sight in the wild street cavorting last night. the celebration began with the final out that clinched the Dodgers' victory over the Yankees the seventh game of the series. A chorus of auto horns heralded the event and scrap paper and tickertape fluttered from office buildings down to the noisy streets. Workers poured from buildings and hugged each other in wild enthusiasm. In no time at all, traffic was jammed at main intersections. Por once, there was no irritation, -unless one could find a stray Yankee fan caught in foreign territory and stranded in the Celebration. But for the most part motorists and police just smiled happily at each other. The hero of the day was Dodger pitcher Johnny Podres, who shut out the Yankees 2-0. By evening, placards boosting "Podres foi mayor" had blossomed. Victory Dinner The pitcher and. his teammates, with their wives and a few selected guests, had a victory dinner at the Bossert Hctel on Brooklyn Heights, To keep jostling fans from crushing their heroes, police held the crowds behind barriers for two blocks surrounding the hotel. Even with these precautions, Podres barely got into the hotel without being swamped by a surg ing crowd that threatened to break through police lines. The crowds stuck around for hours. On street corners and in hundreds of neighborhood bars the celebrating ran into the early morning. . . One bartender .started things off with a free keg of beer, A hot dog aUnd WAS mobbed when it Announced that eats were on the house in honor of the occasion. As high-spirited crowds grew, a lady caught in the turmoil near Borough Hall was heard to gasp: "My God, this In terrible. But I'm sure It's going to be worse la Flatbuih." j quelled and order restored without 'rom a heart attack, calling out the National Guard." ml " " "~", In the absence oi Gov. Craig, who is In Miami for American Legion committee conference prior to the opening of the national convention there Oct. 10, Lt. Gov. Harold Handley would have to call out the guard if it is needed. Handley has said he would not call them out without first consulting with the governor. From Kentucky And Tennessee Thousands of demonstrators, apparently coming from as far away as Kentucky and Tennessee,• stunned onto the foundry parking lot, some shouting, "let's go home and get our guns. We'll show the dirty B ." An official inside the plant said Ethel Roberts, 28, Greensboro. Ind. was shot in the hip by a bullet that came through a plant window. She was later taken through the demonstrators in an ambiance. Also taken to a hospital was demonstrator, Paul Carper, who was shot in both legs. Another of the demonstrators wounded was Henry Gibson, sho in the right- ankle and left thigh Names of three others were no learned. A bullet coming through a window struck a glancing blow at Kent Kern of Hagerstown, a supervisor, on the abdomen. Also wounded by a richoceting bulle' as he stood in a doorway of the foundry was Bob Griffen of New Castle, a nonstriker draftsman. A plant official said countless windows were broken by the bullets and missiles from the demonstration mob. Optimistic Air Prevails Over Ike's Condition Has Another Good Night; Relatives Beginning to Relax By MARVIN L. ARROWSMITH DENVER I/H — President Eisan- hqwer's doctors reported early U>- da'y that he had "an excellent night" in his fight for recovery Morrocco Guerrillas Hammer French Posts **** * * * * Fighting Flares 5th Straight Day By CARL HARTMAN RABAT, French Morocco (AP) — Moroccan nationalists stabbed at hard-pressed French forces today in relentless guerrilla attacks for the fifth successive day in the rugged Riff Mountains. The fighting echoed all the way to Paris! jeopardizing Premier Edgar Faure's coalition government. A top nationalist leader, Mohammed Lyazidi, warned the resurgence of terrorism "is bound to get worse" if the French do not speed their plan for Moroccan reforms. There were indications Faure's program might be delayed even longer or possibly scrapped. Lyazidi said that "if the French had kept their promises, UUhe fighting) might not have happened." He referred to agreements hammered out by the French and nationalists calling for removal of pro-French Sultan Mohammed Ben Moulay Araia, creation of a three- man regency, formation of a new Moroccan government and granting of much more self-rule to the protectorate. The only point fulfilled thus far was the removal of the Sultan to the international city of Tangier Gen. Pierre Boyer de Latour du Moulin, new ranch rFesident gen eral, said last night he was working for a "solution to the problem of the throne acceptable to all." No Mention of Council Boyer de Latour made no men tion of a regency council, anc Moroccan newspapers claim he does not intend to form one. The resident general left Raba for Fez to tour the area under rebel attack. Reports from the area were stil sketchy, but the worst fighting appeared to be concentrated aboul 70 miles northeast of Fez and within a few miles of the Spanish Moroccan border, tn the Riff range Two French military posts were reported still encircled by rebels These are Soured, six miles south of the Spanish protectorate line, and Tizi Ouzii, miles east oi 1 Killed, 3 Hurt In Senath Wreck SENATH. Mo. Wi — Charles M. Meltings, 29, of Huntington, W. Va., was killed yesterday and three persons were hurt in a 2-car crash near here. The injured all in the other car, were identified as Hubert G. Gregson, 23, a farmer from Jonesboro, Ark., Mrs. Patricia Reid, 45. a Kennett, Mo., school teacher, and her 7-year-old son, Gene. Weather NORTHEAST ARKANSAS: Partly cloudy to cloudy this afternoon, tonight and Thursday with scattered thundershowers and no important changes in temperature. High this afternoon mid 70s to low 80s; low tonight mid to high 60s. MISSOURI — Cloudy and generally warmer with shoWers and scattered thundershowers this afternoon; scattered showers nnd thunderstorms tonight and Thursday; continued warm nnd humid tonight turning cooler northwest Thursday afternoon; low tonight 65-70: high Thursday 75 north to lower 80s south. Maximum yesterday—73. Minimum this morning— 66. Sunrise tomorrow—5:58. Sunset toddy—5:39. Mpfln temperature—(M.S. Precipitation' 24 hours (7 a.m. W 7 p.m.)—,70. Precipitation Jan. 1 to date—42.11. Thin tut* UM vnr Maximum y*strriJ«y—92, Mint mum th!". mornln- —71. rr«clpiutlon J*u. 1 to dirte— The 7 a.m. MST bulletin from Fitzsimons Army Hospital came as a cozy aJr of cautious optimism continued to prevail around the President's bedside. The latest medical report said: "The' President had an excellent night. "He slept soundly from 9:15 p.m. to 6:45 a.m. ' 'His condition continues to progress satisfactorily without complications." There was no letup whatsoever in the physician's around-the-clock vigilance, because the crucial two- week danger period after a heart attack won't be up until Saturday Any complications, the doctors have warned repeatedly, are likely to occur during those first 141 days. | Bui, the Eisenhower family andi relations are beginning to relax a' bit. Took In Movie Mrs. Eisenhower took in a motion picture last night at the Fitzsimons Army Hospital auditorium. It was her first real relaxation since she moved into a room across the hall from the President a few hours after he was hospitalized Sept. 24. The auditorium movie screen was installed a few days ago near Eisenhower's eighth-floor suite so he will be able to see a motion picture himself eventually. The First Lady's sister Mrs. Gordon Moore of Washington arrived here late yesterday to spend her 53rd birthday tomorro wwith Mrs. Eisenhower and their mother Mrs. John S. Doud of Denver. Eisenhower signed another half dozen documents yesterday afternoon. That was the largest number in any one day since he was hospitalized. Spadework on the documents was done in advance by; aides. j A stand was placed across the; hospital bed for Eisenhower to j sign the papers, a task requiring about 10 minutes. One of the documents authorized release of 5500,000 in disaster re- liei' funds for conservation measures in the hurricane and flood- damaged states of Connecticut, Massachusetts and North Caroling Another presidential action was acceptance of the resignation of Jack K. McFall as ambassador Finland, and appointment of career diplomat John D, Hickerson to replace him. Ironically, McFall resigned because of a heart ailment. Boured and five miles from the frontier. Foreign Legionnaires supported 1 by planes were trying to reach the beleaguered posts, but heavy rains in the mountains and automatic weapon fire from the rebels slowed the operation, semioffocial French sources said. At Taforalt, another French outpost in the narrow corridor of French Morocco between Spanish Morocco and Algeria and only 25 miles south of a U.S. radar station at Saadia on the Mediterranean coast, the French reported more success. They said they had split Boy Scout Drive Goal is $5,000 J. Louis Cherry will head a $5,000 fund drive for Blytheville Boy Scouts. Announcement of Cherry as chairman and the campaign goal of 85,000 was made today by Jim Gardner, North Mississippi County District chairman. The fund drive is due to start this month. Money raised will be used for the Scouting program In Blytheville and for additional expansion of the program to meet population increases. Cherry has been active in Scouting projects since 1920. He has served as Scoutmaster, ^ finance chairman, district chairman and executive board member of the district council. Pine Bluff Man Beaten to Death PINE BLUFF, Ark. W - J. N. Robinson, 70-year-old owner of Bluff City Lumber Co., brutally beaten on the head, was found dead In his office here last night. Police, who say they are operating so far without a motive, sought the driver of a pickup truck that was seen leaving Robinson's lumber yard before the body was found. Robbery was ruled out as a motive by Police Chief Norman Young. He said Robinson's safe was open and that a large quantity of money WM In It, Roblr.son was beaten to dentil, coroner Frank Reed said, with a heavy, blunt Instrument. He was hit Mverftl times on the head and once on the mouth. There were two . gashes on the right side of hi* luad. to Boston KANSAS CITY ffl—Former President Harry S. Truman leaves today by train for Boston, where he will speak Thursday night at a Truman Memorial Library dinner under auspices of the United Jewish appeal. From Boston he will go to New York for several .days and while there visit New York's Gov. Averell Harriman. an attacking rebel band, forcing one group to retreat toward Spanish Morocco and the other toward Algeria. About 200 Americans, including women and children, are at Saadi. Reliable sources here said today lurther movement of dependents of U.S. Air Force men to the Moroccan bases has been banned because of the terrorist uprisings. Thus far no Americans have been involved in tbe clashes. It was not clear why the guerrillas struck after a comparative lull and after the nationalists had won the political scalp of the unpopular Sultan. Some French sources believe the rebels, learning: of the Sultan's departure and assuming the French also were on their way out of Morocco, had closed in fov the kill—and toot dentally to loot French posts. * * » UN May Postpone Algerian Debate UNITED NATIONS, N. Y. (AP) — Informed sources say a move is afoot to hold off U. N. debate on France's Algerian dispute and other hot issues until tempers subside. The informants said the top»Political Comrnittee at its opening session today would get a proposal to start debate with the atoms-for- peace program and avoid scheduling other items for the time being. Still shaken by France's walkout, most delegates were loath to get into a wrangle over Algeria that might prompt the French to quit the U.K. altogether. The French labeled the Assembly decision to debate Algerian independence demands a flagrant violation of the U.N. Charter. The French hold that Algeria is an integral part of France rather than a colony or protectorate and therefore outside the competence oi the Assembly. Want to Avoid Controversy Most delegates also were anxious to avoid any controversy that might cloud the international atmosphere before the Big Four foreign ministers meet in Geneva Oct. 27. Disarmament is the most important item on the Political Committee's agenda, but it has been generally agreed to hold off discussion until the foreign ministers had a chance to thresh out the question. Atomic energy was considered a relatively safe topic to discuss at this stage, with little danger of East-West clashes. Integration To Be Ordered At Bearden EL DORADO, Ark. tffi — Public schools at Bearden will be ordered to integrate racially by the start of the next school year at the latest, says Federal Judge John E. Miller. Miller, announcing plans for, his integration order at a hearing yesterday, said, "The court will not sanction . . . any discrimination on racial basis." Bearden. a south Arkansas community with a population of about 1,500, has about 600 white school children and 300 Negro students. Alvin J. Matthews, Bearden Negro, filed suit asking, either racial integration or equal facilities for the white and Negro schools. Bearden School Supt. Tom Ford testified at yesterday's hearing in Federal District Court here that neither the white nor the Negro schools could take care of increased enrollments. Future school construction at Bearden must take into account the U. S. Supreme Court's ruling igainst school segregation, Judge Miller said. W. C. Higginson Rites Tomorrow Oil Mill Manager Succumbs After Brief Illnesc Services for William Crawford Higginson will be conducted at 10 a.m. tomorrow from First Methodist Church by the . Rev. Harold. Eggensperger. Mr. Higginspn, who was associated with Blytheville Cotton Oil Mill for 32 years, died at Chickasawba Hospital at 6 o'clock last night after a short illness. He Was 61. A native of Denison, Tex., he came to Blytheville in 1923 when he joined Blytheville Cotton Oil Mill. He was associated with the firm, and managed it until about a year ago when it was sold to Blytheville Grain Storage Co. At that time, he joined the staff of a Kennett oil mill. Planning Commissioner An ardent hunter and fisherman, Mr. Higginson was widely known over this area. He was a member of the City Planning Commission at the time of his death and was a past member of the Chamber of Commerce board of directors. He leaves his wife, Mrs. Eugenia Stallings Higginson, a native of Bonham, Tex.; his daughter, Mrs. James Rogers of Newport, and a grand-daughter. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery at Denison Friday at 3 p.m. Pallbearers will include R. L. Loggins, L. G. Nash, John McHaney, George M. Lee, Marcus Evrard, Raleigh Sylvester, C. Modinger, Sr., and C, G. Redman. The family has requested that memorials be sent to Blytheville's First Methodist Church. Cobb Funeral Home is in charge. Realtor Group Names Marr Johnny R. Marr of Blytheville has been named district vice-president of the Arkansas Real Estate Association. Marr is one of six district vice- presidents in the state elected yesterday at the close of the organization's annual two-day convention ' in Hot Springs. Osceola Church Is 100 Years Old By BETTYE NEU.E STARR Courier News Correspondent OSCEOLA—A church celebrating its 100th anniversary, is something to be proud of. Back in 1851, at a meeting of the Memphis Presbytery, at Holly Springs, Miss., it was proposed to set off from the Presbytery of Arkansas, the territory east of the St. Francis River to the presbyterlty of Memphis and that Brothers Coons nnd Gray be appointed to visit that, territory, and If the way be clear, to organize a church In that region. Almost three years later, In October 1854, in view of the destitution west of the Mississippi River, each minister In Presbytery, was required to spend a missionary tour In that field aiding Brother Talbot there. It was ordered that Brother Cum- mlng and Brother Oreen spend together one Sunday In Occola. Thus began the history of Pre»bytcrlan- iam In Onceola. I The Rev. Cummings reported at Presbytery in 1855 that the organization had been effected. Application was made in 1855 to the church erection committee in St. Louis for a donation of $250, to erect a church in Osceola on the plot, donated by the aunt of John W. Edrlngton, "Auntie Bard," as she was known in this community. Mrs. Margaret Bard and the Ed- rlngton family came here from Kentucky in 1857. The Rev. Frank C. Morris and family from Alabama and John Bowen family from Tennessee played an important part in the founding of the First Presbyterian Church in Osceola. E»rly Members John W. Williams and N. Q. Cartwright were among the earliest members of the church. The first church wai built, on the site where Violet Cemetery now stands, A tornado In 1«73 completely demolished the building. it wu deckM then to dedlcat* the grounds to a cemetery, OsceoLa'J first. N. G. Cartwrlght, because of hU faithful services in selling the lots to individuals, was given a lot of his choice in the newly established cemetery. His lot, now faces Semrnes Avenue. At that time, that section of Osceola was a wilderness. The donation of the lot to Mr. Cartwright was made in 1892. Evidently thero were burial grounds in connection with the church as tombstones that still stand In the cemetery are dated before he Civil War. During the twenty-seven yearn after the tornado destroyed the church (1872-1889) the Presbyterian* in Osceola worshiped In the old Masonic building that stood at thai tltne.e behind the jail on broadway. The lower floor of th« building wai used for union service*. Nnr rwrtor The minister who followed tM •M OttKOLA Ml raf» M

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