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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS ! DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OP NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI VOL. LI—NO. 246 Blytheville Courier Blytheville Daily News Mississippi Valley Leader Blytheville Herald BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS, FRIDAY, JANUARY 13, 1956 TWELVE PAGES Published Daily Except Sunday SINGLE COPY FIVE CENTI U.S. Planning Spring Atomic Test m Pacific By ELION-X_EAX_ WASHINGTON (AP) —' The United States is goin ahead this spring with more atomic weapons tests in the P cific. Apparently heeding outcries from abroad, however, will tone down the nuclear blasts. -+ In what amounted to an offici rejection at this time of deman that all the big powers quit testin nuclear weapons, the Atomic Ene gy Commission and Defense De partment announced last night: 'A I *< It * *• Preparations are under wa Arimitf KAinfl for a series of r.uclear tests MUNlllJ UCIIIU begin this spring at the Eniweto proving grounds in the Marsha Islands of the. mid-Pacific. Smaller Than 1954 2. Because there are no "effe tive international agreements" effect to limit or control ara ments, the United States mus continually endeavor "to mainta the most -modern, efficient military strength for the purposes peace." 3. The tests will involve use Ex-ICCPrexy ling Indiscreet' But Denies Using Office to Swing •:.. A Chicago Contract By G. MILTON KELLY WASHINGTON Wl—Hugh W Cross, resigned chairman of the interstate Commerce Commission, was quoted In testimony released today as admitting some "indiscreet" actions in connection with ft Chicago contract. But he denied that he used his office to help swing the contract to a friend, John L. Keeshin of Chicago, and declared that whatever,stigma might fall on him personally, "the pain I never can survive would be »ny reflection" on the ICC because of anything he did. "I have never had a finger or whisper of suspicion pointed at me before," he said. I cannot believe that my action in any way affected those contracts." Testimony Made Public The Senate Investigations subcommittee made public the testi- • mony given by Cross and others in a closed door hearing.last.Nov. 16. -The subcommittee's Democratic majority overrode protests from Us Republican members .in releasing the transcript." Sen."Bender (R- Ohio), one of the .members, denounced the release as "grossly unfair to Mr. Cross" without hearing more witnesses. Further hearings were abandoned after Cross resigned Nov. 23. There was no immediate statement from Cross. He wrote to President Eisenhower in resigning that he Had been the target of "baseless charges" which nevertheless would impair his service on the commission. Cross, a Republican and former lieutenant governor of Illinois, was originally appointed to the ICC by former President. Truman. The inquiry revolved about the role Cross played in negotiations last summer which shifted to Keeshin's Railroad Transfer Service, Inc., a contract to haul train passengers by bus between railway depots in Chicago. The contract had been held for more than a century by the Parmalee Co. of Chicago. C'-oss said he had "received what I consider to be threats" from Lee Freeman, whom he described as counsel for Parmalee. He said Freeman had told him "I am warning you, because you are going to hear about this for a long, long time." Cross said he thought the Parmalee group had spread a story that he influenced the contract award in return for a promise of a job. "I say now that I was indiscreet, and I should . ot have done it." Cross said of his acknowledged talks about the contract with presidents of three railroads who had a voice in awarding it. Presidents Identified He named them as Wayne A. Johnston, president of the Illinois Central Railroad; Paul E. Peucht, president of the Chicago & Northwestern Railway Co.; and Howard E. Simpson, president'of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Co. He denied vig rously that he had been offered a job with Keeshin if. Keeshin got the contract, and disputed Johnston's testimony that Cross had spoken of expecting to See ICC on Page 12 weapons for which the power w be "substantially below that of tl maximum 1954 test." This refe ence, in a supplementary stat ment by AEC Chairman Lewis L Strauss, was to the superpowerf blast of March 1, 1954. Brought Trouble That explosion, unofficially esl mated to have been equal to energy released by the detonation of abol 17 million tons of convention TNT, brought trouble. Radioactiv material falling out from the bom cloud drifted outside the pr claimed safety zone. It descende on a Japanese fishing boat. Th Japanese said the crewmen d veloped radiation sickness. On died. In nations like India and eve in some aligned in common de- fese with the United States, in eluding England, there were prc tests against further tests. The joint AEC-Defense Depar ment announcement said that on important,; purpose of the series, while using only "weapon generally smaller" than that of th 1954 test hot, still will be powe ful. Only .weapons too big .for sai use at the continental test site in Nevada arc used at the Pacif! proving ground. Earth Satellite Launching Site Is Announced WASHINGTON W) — The Navy that Air the Force announced today launching site for thi earth satellite project will be Pat rick Air Force Base, Cocoa, Fla. The-two services said the base was selected "in the basis of opera tional requirements for large rock et launchings, and is suitable to the scientific needs of the pro gram." The base has a firing range for rocket and missile tests which ex tends southeastward over the At lantlc. The statement recalled a previ' ous annouucement that test firings of the components of the satellite would be carried out first, although exact launching; dates have no 1 been determined; It added that a complete "vanguard" satellite unit "will be launched after flight tests of the components indicate that there is a good chance of putting the satellite into orbit." Methodist Earn Special Credits Forty-four persons were given credits last night after completing study courses in the Blytheville Area Training School at First Methodist Church. Thirty-seven of those receiving credits were from First Methodist, six were from Lake Street Methodist and one from Dell Methodist. The school began last Sunday. Two Gunmen Vanish After Police Roadblocks Fail FORREST CITY, Ark. (If) — Two men who fought a bloodless gun duel with police near Clarendon, Art., «n<l then fl'd '" relays of stolen vehicles, apparently have eluded • dragnet that blanketed east Arkansas last night. Roadblock* were removed early today on the theory that the fugitives slipped through police lines, State Police headquarters here re- ^Tlw'men first were believed to bo two dangerous escaped convicts, Nick George Montos, X, «nd Robert L. jonei, ». Montos ,a professional Mtecraciter once named on the mi's "W Mo«t Wanted" list, and Jone« » 1U« convicted of murder, •c«ped ! from Mintnipprt prison. However, late last night Deputy Sheriff Forrest Plumlee of Clarendon said the two men are believed to be Johnny Washum, 34, of Memphis and Walter Jester, 37, of Sar. Antonio, Tex. Plumlee said 18-year-old Sue Gray of Olive 'Branch, Mlaa., who was picked up while uleep in a car with another man, had been identified u Was hum's "girl friend." He said the cur In which she and Jimmy Steadmnn, 16, ot Sheffield, Alt., were deeping wu registered to Washum. At Memphis, police said Washum wa: to have appeared In Criminal Court there yesterday on » burglary charge. He WM fre* under $2,000 bond, officer* Mid. , AUTOMOBiLES PASSENGERS, ' CREW __ COMPARTMENT RETRACTABLE LANDING GEAR Russia's Future Atomic Plane? This is what Russia's atomic aircraft of the future may look like, according to this sketch appearing in the Soviet technical press and reprinted'- in American Aviation Magazine. The sketch originally accompanied an article by a Professor G. I. Fokrov- ski. The sketch is revealed amid warnings by a committee of civil defense experts that the United States could be attacked by intercontinental ballistic missiles, in six to ; 10 years. The warning was coupled wih the prediction that both the United States and Russia will have H-bombs with a punch equal to 50 million tons of TNT. Officials Prepare Prosecution Of 10 Brinks Gunmen BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts today began prosecution proceedings against 10 of the 11 ex-convicts named by She FBI as the gunmen who staged the nation's biggest cash robbery — the $1,2-18,211 Brink's haul of six years ago. FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover* Bodies of 4 Missing U. S. Missionaries Believed Located By JORGE JURADO QUITO, E cuador (AP) — The arrival of a ground searc: party at a campsite in rugged Auca Indian country was awaii ed today to identify four bodies believed those of missin American missionaries. Yesterday announced "solution" iie case, how the robbery Wa committed and the 11 men alleg edly Involved. Shortly before Hoover's announce ment, 6 of the 11 were rounded u by the FBI in Greater Bcston. Tw others already were In prison other charges, two are still at larg and. one died, last year of natura causes. None~of-the lootrwas^recovered: Within hours of Hoover's ai nouncement, the six newly arreste hen were arraigned before a fee ral commissioner and held in ba otaling $670,000. Surprised Guards The FBI has been working o he case relentlessly since the me: went through six locked doors c he Brink's money-carrying firn in the second floor of a water ront garage and surprised fiv guards. Hoover refused to disclose hov he case was broken, saying thi vidence must be protected for thi rial. However. Dist. Atty. Garrett H Byrne of Suffolk County, Boston ropped a hint that one of the men iamed .as a participant has pro •ided valuable information to lav nfcrcers. Byrne said Joseph (Specs I'Keefe, 47, of Boston, will be i irincipal witness before the Suf oik County jury, which begin: earing evidence today. Tht federal government turnet le case over to the state for pros cution because state penalties up to life imprisonemnt) are heav er than federal law allows. O'Keefe was closeted with Byrne or more than five hours last nighl i e secret discussion of the Brink's tse. O'Keefe was one of the men in a:l at the time of Hoover's ouncement yesterday. He Is doing 7 months in Hampden County ail, Springfield, for'violating his robatlon on a gun-carrying harge. He was brought to Boston to con er with the district attorney am ter was .taken under heavy uard to Middlesex County Jail in earby Cambridge. Grand Jury Action The six men arraigned yester ay were placed In Suffolk County ail, Boston, pending grand jury ction. The other man already in prison Stanley a. Gusciora, 36, doing 5 20 years In Western State Peni- •ntiary, Pittsburgh, Pa,, for porting goods store robbery. Arrested In yesterday's FBI lundup were: Henry Baker, 48, Natick; Adolph am*, 44, North Quincy; Joseph . Mcdinnis, 6J, Boston; Vincent Costa, 41, Pembroke, Mass.; ichael V. Geagan, 47, Milton; and nthony Pino, 48, Boston. Still at' large are Thomas F. Ichardson, 48, Weymouth, and ames I. Faherty, 44, Boston. Joseph F. Banfleld, 45, Boston, e llth man named by the FBI, ed of natural causes last year, AH 11 have criminal records. Grand jury proceedings against e 10 survivors comes just five ys short of the sixth anniversary the fantastic robbery in which e men got not only the biggest sh haul but also more than l',j llllon dollars in checks, money dent and securities. Hoover said the men planned the bbery for * year. Included in the eparatlons were several "trial ns." Hoover sold the men approached e Brink's headquarters in the Ick and concrete public garage Boston's teeming north end In a •M BRINK* «• r*t* U Reynolds to Aid In School Building # _LrTTL.E RqCK,(AP) — A revolutionary plan to help the nation's schoonJistricts construct needed buildings, at greatly reduced costs, will be put into effect immediately by Reynolds Metals Go. Deputy Says Bounds Told Him of Guilt CARDTHERSVILLE — A deputy sheriff testified In Circuit Cour here, that Raymond Bounds, 25- year-old Gobler farmer, admitted killing Omer Welch, 38, last Laboi Day. And another witness said he saw Bounds shoot the man. Pemiscot County Chief Deputy Sheriff .said on the stand in the first degree murder trial, "We asked who killed him and he (Bounds) answered in his own words, 'I killed him'." The deputy said the weapon alleged to have been used In the killing was a 12-gauge shotgun owned by the 'defendant's father A. N Bounds. State witnesses resumed the stand today. Yesterday, jurors were drawn. Prosecuting Atty. James Vickrey. an opening—statement, said he would seek to prove the killing was premeditated. He indicated he would neither seek nor waive the death penalty, .eaving the decision in case of conviction to the judge. Defense made no opening statement. Benny Neal Taylor, 31, a Gobler ruck driver, was state's first witness. He said he had engaged in a three-way fight with Bounds and another man following a dispute over a dice game. It occurred In a shed 50 feet from liquor store owned by Bounds' father, he said. Taylor said Bounds left the shed after the fight and later returned with a shotgun. Taylor said he kicked at the gun but did not touc^i it. The gun was fired, he said, killln-j Welch. Under cross-examination, Taylor admitted he was watching Bounds and could not testify whether Welch held any object or indicated he might attack Bounds. Red Cross Plans Record Appeal NEW YORK Red Cross plans lood disaster! .of months. - The American a record peace- itme appeal for 90 million dollars his year because of hurricane and the past six Red Cross National Chairman B. Poland Harriman said yesterday he disasters caused the organlza- lon to spend more than '27 mil- Ion dollars on emergency relief nd long-range assistance to fam- les and small businesses. Harriman said this was four or ive times the amount spent In ui tverige disaster year and added: We now have less than a million ollars to cope with disaster work his spring and summer." At present, he said, 11,000 families nd small businesses are being as- sted In the w*k« of recent floods la UM f H wwt. , I The announcement of the plan yesterday by J. Louis Reynolds, executive vice president of the hugi aluminum company, one of the nations largest, drew quick re sponse from Arkansas educators Reynolds said A-rkansas sc.^oo officials began ringing his hole room telephone early this morning seeking more information on plan. Arrangements for interestec schools in Arkanas will be handled by W. R. Stephens & Co., invest ment brokers, at Little Rock, Rey nolds said. He added that W. R Stephens & Co., would act only to help school officials meet firms willing to finance the projects. "We are ready for business now' said Reynolds at a news confer ence yesterday. "Our organization is ready. Our state organization? will be established to control it a ! the state level." Will Act As Agent Reynolds said that under the • -There was no report on a fifl missing evangelist. A U.S. Air Force helicopte crew—which remained at the seen —-reported by radio telephone th finding of the bodies last nigh Its messages did not identify an of them. A search for the Protestant mi! sionarles began last weekend afte they disappeared in an area o the eastern slopes of the Ecui dorean Andes. They had flown in ' Christianize the Auca tribesmei The helicopter, after finding th bodies, combed a sevn-mile are around the camp but saw no sig of life. Members of the missionary part program, which he originated, the metals company will act without charge as agent for any schoo] district in the nation which wants to construct building. The company, he said, will arrange for financing, design, con- construction p.nd equipping the buildings to fit the individual needs of the district. Private sources will finance the construction, he said, and will regain their money by leasing the buildings to the school districts for 30 to 40 years. The district's lease payments will be applied to the purchase price of the buildings until the district eventually obtains ownership o] them. Reynolds said that he has obtained commitments for the neces- ;ary financial backing, but he wouldn't say who is putting up the money. He said the plan will cost school districts about half as much as they pay, under conventional construction bond plans, and will .dapt itself to the laws of all states. Not Aluminum Seller The executive admitted that his See REYNOLDS on Page 12 Weather NORTHEAST ARKANSAS—Fair this, afternoon, tonight and Saturday, no important change in temperature. Sunday fair and warmer. High this afternoon, mid to high 40s, low tonight, low to mid 20s. MISSOURI — Generally fair this afternoon and tonight becoming partly cloudy most of state Saturday; warmer northwest tonight and over state Saturday; low tonight 16-20 southeast to 25-30 northwest; high Saturday 40s southeast to Ms northwest. Maximum yesterday—35. Minimum thli morning—19. SunriM tomorrow—7:07. Stmaet todny—5:11. Mean temperature—27. Precipitation M hours (7 a.m. to 7 p.m.)—none. Precipitation Jan. 1 to (lute—none. Thli lute Lilt Year M«xlrmim interd»y—M. Minimum thin mornlnf— 20. to 4Mt—.4*. Were Peter Fleming, Seattle, Wash Nathanial Saint, Huntingdon V ley, Pa.; James Elliot, Portland Ore.; Edward McCulley, Milwau kee.; and Roger Youderian, Lans ing, Mich. ' Lured to River Entries in Fleming'., dairy, fouif at the base camp, indicated th missionaries were lured to th Curaray River by signs of friend ship from some of the tribesmen They apparently Were seized Sun day just after radioing: "Her come a group of Aucas we hav not known before." Abraham Vanderpuy, presiden of the Inter-Mission Fellowship o Ecuador, said the missionaries ha worked since last September t make friends with the Acuas. Th diary gave this description of thei first meeting, on Jan. 6, with th tribesmen: "Today is a great day fo Christ's evangelists. This morning we had our first contact with thi Aucas. The beach (on the Curaray River) is 200 yards long. Edward McCully was at one end, Jim Ellio (it the other, and Roger Youderian Nat Saint and I were in the center Indians Young "From time to time we shoutec words of the Auca language which we had learned. Suddenly we heard a loud masculine voice from the other side of the river and immediately three Aucas appeared Two.women and one man waved to us from the opposite river bank My heart leaped . . . "The man probably was about 20 years old. One of the women was perhaps under 20 and the other about 30. They were completely nude. "They showed no fear of us . ;mrt we were able to take many excellent pictures of them." Tht missionaries had made many flights over an Indian village the river and lowered gifts to the tribesmen. The Indians were evidently pleased by the gifts, and the Americans landed on a beach along the river Jan. 3 and put up a prefabricated hut in a tree as an ndvar.ee camp. IOOF Announces Tri-Srare Meet Odd Fellows and Rebekahs from Arkansas, Missouri and Tennessee will attend a mass meeting here Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the Armory building. The public has been Invited to attend the affair, designed to acquaint individuals with Odd Fel- owship, Sponsored by the Blytheville Odd Fellow and Rebekah Lodges, Sovereign Grand Master H. Sanders Anglea and Grand Lodge and Re- »kah Assembly officials from the three states will appear. Rebekahs of nearby towns will parade. Drill teams from Rebekahs, Odd Fellows, Thcto Rho girl* and Junior order will perform. Aiken Sees Agreement On Soil Bank By EDWIN B. HAAKINSOV WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Aiken of Vermont, senior Republican on the Senate Agriculture Committee, voiced confidence today that "we can get together on a soil bank plan." And Sen Ellender (D-La), th committee chairman, assigned to] priority to the soil bank in the committee's efforts to write a new farm law based on recommenda tions President Eisenhower made to Congress Monday. In essence, the soil bank pro gram contemplates that farmer would be paid federal subsidies ranging perhaps as high as 40( million dollars this year, for vol untarlly taking land out of the production of crops which are in surplus and i lanting them to and trees. The subsidies would be cash or in commodities from the government's eight-billion-dol lar stock of surpluses. To Cut Production The aim is to cut down on pro duction of crops which already are in oversupply, while establishing a "bank" of fertile land against a time when increased harvests ma; be needed. Secretary of Agriculture Bensor assured the Senate committee yes terday that soil bank payment could bolster sagging farm prices this year if Congress act promptly. Many members of Congres have contended' that while the ad ministration program may be benefit in the long run, it will little now to help farmers whose incomes are declining.' Ellender said that in addition to the soil bank, his committee wil consider: Limit on Support Loans 1. Improve methods for disposa of existing surpluses. 2. A possible limit on the amoun of price support loans to any one farm operator. This was suggestec by Eisenhower as one way of giv ing the family-sized farm a break in competing with big , corporati operators. 3. Which parity formula should > used in fixing the levels for government supports.. An olde formula, now expiring, gives i wheat farmer 25 to 30 cents a bush el more and a cotton farmer 1 to 2 cents more a pound. Parity Is legal standard for farm prices sah to be fair to producers in relation i their costs. 4. Whether the administration's flexible price supports should be retained or modified. 5. Whether a two-price system should be tried for wheat, rice anc othe. crops: ». higher price with supports for crops used in this country or for food, and a lower one at market levels for those exported or used as livestock feed Temporary Loss In Gas Service Ark-Mo natural gas service to customers in Leachville and Maila was cut off temporarily yes- erday when a'bulldozer broke a ine on the Manila-Monette cutoff. Doing construction work on the utoff, the bulldozer rooted 50 feet f a four-inch transmission line, topping service at 11 a.m. Shortly after noon crews from Blytheville, Osceola, Rector, Maila, Leachville and Monette, un- ier the direction of M. J. Cuadra, ad repaired the break. : Relighting of home outlets was ompleted in midafternoon. Cuadra said gas lines were urned off at meters in residences vhere no one was at home as a i afety measure. They will be i urned on upon request to Ark-Mo,! said. ' Soil Bank Plan Will Ruin SeMo, MCP Head Says Would Sacrifice Present Outlets, Killion Claims PORTAGEVTLLE, Mo. (ff) — Thi President of the Missouri Cotton Producers Assn. said today President Eisenhower's soil bank and limited price support plan would result in economic ruin lor southeast Missouri. Jim (Dick) Killion, in a statement, said the soil bank - acreage cutback proposal comes on top of an earlier reduction of cotton planting onder by the Department of Agriculture. . "Such g scheme would sacrifice present and future outlets for American cotton through the withdrawal ,of additional productive acres," he said, "arid would reduce employment opportunities for mechanical equipment, {arm tenant* and laborers." Maximum Cut Under the President's soil bank, plan, presented to Congress this week, a farmer would take 20 per cent of his land out of production and receive payment "In kind" for the crop loss, "It must be recognized," Killiort said, "that farmers have already cut cotton acreage as far as conditions permit. A further cut threatens not only the farm economy but the implement dealers, the supply man, the ginner, the merchant and the towns and cities." He said a certain result of such a course would be "ruin of the cotton community through destruction of employment and curtailment'of retail trade." 415 Died on State Highways in 1955 LITTLE ROCK tf) — State Police records showed today that 415 persons died in Arkansas traffic accidents in 1955. Last year's traffic toll topped by only three the 412 deaths recorded in 1954, and compared with 454 traffic fatalities in 1953, 466 in 1952 and 431 in 1951. Collisions accounted for 183 of last year's traffic deaths. Next highest cause of fatal traffic accidents was vehicles running off the road, accounting for 89 deaths. Fif- ;y two pedestrians were killed. Jet Bombers To Guam Base GUAM (?) — Air Force Secretary Donald Quarles said today the B47 tratojet and B52 Stratofortress vould be assigned soon to this Western Pacific base. Andersen Air Force Base on Guam s being prepared to handle the lat- >st jet aircraft, he said in an in- erview. South Missco 4-H Council honors Workers, Leaders Marilyn Lutes, a member ol urdette 4-H Club, has been elect- d president of the South Missis- ppi 4-H Council and winners, of- cers .and adult leaders have been onored for their work. Announcement was made at the .th annual 4-H Club banquet spon- ored by the Mississippi County arm Bureau at Osceola Elemen- ary School Monday. Other council officers for 1956 •e Christine Heard, vice presi- ent; Reba Pierce, secretary; Pat older, reporter; Mabel Lynn rook and Jo Ann Balch, song aders. Russell Duclos, of Osceola, and atsy Morris, Bondsville, were amed county champions and re- clved the Ben F. Butler award. Iss Pierce, of Burdette, was warded a mixer by Mississippi oiinty Electric Cooperative for ate winner in gardening. Other winners Included Pet* Cox, rvls Brothers, James Young, Jer• Don Chnpple, Max Morris, larles Young, Joe! Collins, Edwin ihnston, Charles Blaylock, Jesse Ighmnn, Archie Bay, Jerry Tom- n; Junior Maclln, Roy Lee Chappie, Wayne Bryon, Earl Jackson, Butch Frazier. Eddie Sisco, Roy Lynn Johnston, Jerry Fleming, Durwood Long Jr., Linda Bassett, Sally Dennis, Mabel Lynn Crook, Betty Lou Chappie; Peggy Daniels, Jeannie Permenter, Janice Tacker, Carol Ann Hilliard, Marie Bevill, Frances Wright, Judy Dennis, Patricia Padgett, Marie Daniels, Sally Sisco, Sammye Autry, Melba Poag, Mary Sue Yargro; Mary Caudill, Lavonda Bryon, Jackie Fulton, Patsy Anderson, Sue Tilghman, Carolyn Covington, Georgia Maxwell, Marilyn Lutes, Shirley Bassett, Ruby Tyler, Bonnie Barcom, Sharon Polston and Joan Ingle. Adult leaders honored for outstanding service were Mrs. Roy Chappie, Mrs. Ellta Priest, Mrs. D. R. Holmes and Mrs. Raymond Powers. Mrs. Charles Ellison was named outstanding leader In South Mississippi County. Bondsville Senior 4-H Club was named champion In the senior division and the title In the junior division went to Mllllgu Rlift School club.

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