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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Monday, September 20, 1954
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS VOL. L—NO. 152 Blytheville Courier Blytheville Daily News Mississippi Valley Leader Blytheville Herald THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OP NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS, MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 1954 TEN PAGES US Lodges Indictment Of Red China UNITED NATIONS, N. Y. (AP) — Laying new groundwork for its annual fight to bar Communist China from the U. N. General Assembly, the United States has accused the Peiping regime of 39 "warlike acts of piracy" against ships and planes of seven nations. Chief U.S. Delegate Henry Cabot Lodge Jr. distributed the charges against the Chinese Reds as a prelude to the final session of the eighth General Assembly here this afternoon (2 p.m. EST) and the - opening tomorrow of the ninth Assembly. The list cited 27 attacks on British ships or aircraft, climaxed by the shooting down July 22 of a British' airliner off Hainan Island in which three Americans and seven other persons were killed or were lost. No Isolated Incident "My purpose in making public this list," Lodge said in an accompanying statement, "is to show that the Hainan shooting was no isolated incident but part of a pattern of constant aggressive pressure against the free world." There were five incidents involving the United States, including the seizure of the small yacht with the three Americans released only last two involving Panama, and one each involving Norway, France and Portugal. The list offered the British, Danish and Norwegian delegations — whose governments have recognized Red China — new occasion for voting in the Assembly to keep out Peiping's representatives. Lodge and the U.S. delegation were alert to head off any attempt by the Soviet Union or any other Red China backer to v reopen t ^he seating question today or tomorrow. No Test Seen Mrs. Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit, sister of India's Prime Minister Nehru and outgoing Assembly president, prepared only a brief stat- ment about the work done by the closing eighth session. No test of the China seating question was in prospect, but Mrs. Pandit in a radio interview yesterday reiterated her belief Red China should be seated now. The U.S. delegation, backed by Britain, was confident it could head off any such move for the rest of this year. The eighth session recessed last December with the Korea question unsettled. That problem and • 66 others pass over Tuesday to the ninth session. Mrs. Pandit will preside until the delegates elect her successor. Published Daily Except Sunday NEW STREET DECORATIONS — Ark-Mo Power Co. linemen this morning erected the city's new street decorations for the Northeast Arkansas District Fair, which opens tomorrow, and for the National Cotton Picking Contest. The new street bunting was purchased recently by the Retail Merchants Division of the Chamber of Commerce for use on all special occasions. (Courier News Photo) Demos Say Stevenson Ready To Battle for '56 Nomination INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Top party leaders carried away from a campaign kickoff rally here this weekend the impression that Adlai E. Stevenson is prepared to fight for the 1956 Democratic presidential nomination. Rep. Sam Rayburn of Texas, the House minority leader, summed up what evidently was the view point of many of his colleagues with this succinct comment > Stevenson: "He's a candidate." Rayburn appeared to feel, as did many other Democrats, that if Stevenson wants the nomination again he will be a tough man to beat. Stevenson, who became 1952 Candidates for president up 1 to this morning were Eelco van Kief- fens of the Netherlands and Prince Wan Waithayakon of Thailand, but the latter withdrew in the face of Van EQeffens' almost certain preponderance of votes when the secret balloting is held tomorrow. U.S. Secretary of State Dulles is expected here tomorrow to head his new delegation for the Assembly. He will make the U.S. policy speech — probably Thursday — and then prepare to leave again ,for Europe to deal with, the question of Germany's future. Arkansas Solon Suffers Stroke WASHINGTON <VP)—Rep Norreii (D-Ark) was reported in satisfactory condition today at Walter Reed army hospital after suffering a "slight stroke" yesterday in Arkansas. Norrell was flown to Washington from Pine Bluff, Ark., after his seizure Sunday. He was accompanied to Washington by Mrs. Norrell. 'Giveaway' Charge Is Denied MINNEAPOLIS (/Pj — Vice President Nixon yesterday denied Adlai Stevenson's charges that the Republican administration is a "giveaway government" and is responsible for "an alarming deterioration of our world position." Nixon challenged the unsuccessful Democratic candidate for President in 1952 to make known his own position on world issues. The vice president told 'a news conference Stevenson has made no constructive suggestions of his own on world issues, such as Indo-china and Korea. "The people are entitled to know what Stevenson's actions would have been in these cases," Nixon said. Nixon, on an eight-state speaking tour on behalf of Republican candidates for Congress, attended services yesterday in the church of a former college friend. He spoke briefly from the pulpit of the Rev. Ezra Ellis in the Wes- j ley Methodist Church and was presented a red leather Bible. Mr. Ellis was a fellow student at Whittier College, Whittier, Calif, At his news conference, Nixon referred to the recent Maine election in which Edmund S. Muskie was elected the first Democratic governor of the state in 20 years and said the voting there was not standard-bearer With some reluctance because he may have foreseen his subsequent defeat by President Eisenhower, maintained his usual public silence on future plans. Enjoys Role But there was some evidence that the former Illinois governor is coming to enjoy his role as titular leader of the Democratic party more than he ever believed he would. Despite the vexations of almost continuous travel in this hear's campaign, he has confessed to friends the job he has undertaken of rebuilding the party fascinates him. Stevenson has maintained in talks with party leaders that it is too early even to discuss the presidential race two years from now. Although he believes Eisenhower has slipped in popularity, he is inclined to think that no president could maintain the level of the 1S52 sweep. Nevertheless, it is evident Stevenson feels that if the record of he first 20 months of the Eisen- lower administration is a criterion i Democrat will have a good j chance of winning the presidency ;wo years from now. Dissension which cropped out at ;he rally here indicated that the 1956 nomination is not going by default if some Democrats can help it. Struggle for Power There now is going on within the party a struggle for power between the regulars who stood close o the throne when Harry S. Trunan 'was President and the late omers who have found places on he National Committe under Chairman Stephen A. Mitchell, tevenson's handpicked man. Truman, himself, apparently is not in- olved in this fight and is maintaining close relations with Stevenson. This struggle may culminate after the election in the choice of a Mendes-France Requests New West European Defense Pact How Should Germany Share in US A-Plans? WASHINGTON (AP) — The proposal to make West ermany a full-fledged member of the European defense system raises the problem of how much atomic weapons information the United States would then give her. France is reported to want def- the stringent terms of the 1946 inite controls set for re-creation of & German armed force if West Germany should be taken in as a member of ihe 14-nation North At- antic Treaty Organization. The United States has adopted a >olicy — and amended a law to upport the policy — providing for he exchange of information with Hies on the effect of nuclear weapons. The intention is to inform allies only on the blast, heat and adiation effects of various atomic weapons, without disclosing details f design. But the mere detailing f effect can carry significant hints about the nature of the weap- ns themselves. Three Years Old The proposal for this exchange f information originated with the American military about three ears ago, at a time when NATO orces were just beginning to be ormed and well before there was ny concrete plan for arming West ermany. It received the support f the Atomic Energy Commission nd in the last session of congress Senate Parliamentarian Rules Against McCarthy WASHINGTON (AP) — Charles L. Watkins, the Senate parliamentarian, has upheld the validity of an elections subcommittee thatjssued ai report critical of Sen. .'McCarthy (R : Wis) early in'January One of the accusations brought against McCarthy in support of a pending resolution to censure him is that he was contemptuous of the elections subcommittee and declined its invitations to testify about his financial affairs and other matters. McCarthy, in defending himself 'Domination' Of Utilities Hit Middle South Co. Run by Wall Street, Fired Official Says JACKSON, Miss, (ffl — A former secretary-treasurer of Mississippi Power & Light Co., says Middle South Utilities — which include the Mississippi power company and Arkansas Power & Light Co. — is "dominated by Wall Street." J. D. Stietenroth, who was dismissed two days ago after being before a special Senate committee now considering the charges, questioned whether the elections unit was "a valid committee" because of the manner in which a vacancy on it was filled late in November 1952. Testimony on this point was taken from Watkins at a closed hearing last Friday. The transcript made available to newsmen today, shows that Watkins said the vacancy was filled in accord with Senate precedent and custom. One of the witnesses called by the special censure committee at its public hearings was Sen. Hayden (D-Ariz). former chairman of the Senate Rules Committee, par- affiliated with MP&L 25 years, said: "If Wall Street continues in absolute control of Mississippi Power & Light Co, and other public utilities operating in this three-state srea, they will continue to exploit made it clear he wants Paul Butler, Indiana national committeeman, as his successor. Arrayed against Butler at this See DEMOCRATS on Page 10 Legion to Start Member Drive American Legion's membership drive will get underway tomorrow at a mulligan stew supper at the Legion Hut, Gilbert Mann, post commander said, today. Membership goal of the Blytheville post has been set at 1,100 for 1955, he said, in urging all members to be present for the "all-out membership drive." Scout Troop 41 Elects Leaders Boy Scout Troop 41, which is being re-established here, last night elected Jimmy Booker as scoutmaster and Bobby Edgmon as junior assistant scoutmaster. Others elected include Sonny Wiginton, senior patrol leader; David Doyle and Robert White, patrol leaders; Morris Painter, •cribe; and Jerry Hodge, reporter. The troop has b^gun work on several projects and expects to hold a Court of Honor in about a month. and will finally enslave the people 'their' colonial empire." Middle South Utilities also includes New Orleans Public Service, as well as the Arkansas and Mississippi power companies. R. Baxter; Wilson, president of the Mississippi firm, said Stieten- roth was dismissed "because of un- reconcileable difference of opinion between himself (Stietenroth) and the company management with respect to long established and accepted company policies." Court Hears 6 Traffic Cases Six cases were brought before Municipal Court this morning on charges eluding of traffic violations, in- five charges of driving while intoxicated and one for speeding. Forfeiting Sin.75 bond on a charge of driving while intoxicated was Arthur Robinson, and Estelle Walker forfeited $122.15 bond on a similar charge. Hershel Medford was fined $100 and costs and sentenced to 24 sours in jail on a charge of driving while intoxicated while the cases against Preston Smith and Prank Laurence on similar charges were continued. Delmar Sharp forfeited $19.75 bond on a charge of speeding. '52 LOSER, '54 WINNER — Adlai E. Stevenson (left), defeated Democratic nominee for president in 1952, iaughs at luncheon table joke of Edmund S. Muskie (right), the Democrats' first major winner of 1954 «s Maine's governor-elect. They were both featured speakers at a $100-a-plate dinner of Democratic bigwigs in Indi- tnapoli*. (AP Wirtpboto) Assassins Strifrt in Laos PARIS (#>) — Assassins struck twice in Indochina over the weekend. Laotian Defense Minister Kou Vora. Vong was shot dead in Vient| iane. Laos. Two other anti-Corn- j rnunist officials escaped gunmen's bullet* i£ Hanoi. ent body of the elections subcommittee. Self Appointment He testified that on Nov. 20, 1953, Sen. Monroney (D-Okla) resigned from the subcommittee. Hayden said he appointed himself to fill the vacancy so as to give the subcommittee a quorum or majority of its original five members, since two others had resigned previously. McCarthy said it was his opinion that the chairman of a committee could only "nominate" subcommittee members, and that they had to be confirmed by the full committee. He said he attached "much importance" to the point because, he maintained, the only time he was requested to appear before the elections subcommittee — as distinguished from being invited — was after Monroney's resignation. If it took the full Rules Committee's approval to make Hayden a member of the subcommittee. McCarthy said, there was no valid committee after Monroney's resignation. Hayden disagreed, but McCarthy asked the special committee to inquire of the Senate parliamentarian "whether or not there was actually a committee after the 20th of November; whether the chairman of the full committee has the right to appoint himself as a member or whether that would take committee action." Watkins, the Senate parliamen- j tarian since 1935 and a Senate em- j ploye for almost 50 years, was asked a set of questions worked out by the special committee with McCarthy's lawyer, Edward B. Williams. Custom Upheld The testimony was taken in the office of Sen. Watkins (R-Utah), chairman of the Censure Study Committe, and the parliamentarian said that Hayden had the right to appoint himself to fill the vacancy. He said he based this on the only precedent he knew of, a case occurring in 1912. He also testified that, generally speaking, he thought the chairman of a committee, "under custom at least, has the power- and the right to appoint members of a sub- Atomic Energy Act were modified to permit an exchange of information of nuclear weapons effect. The military, including Gen. Omar Bradley, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, contended that allies of the "United States in Europe could not make tactical or strategic plans for defense without having some indication of what to expect from atomic attack by an enemy or atomic weapon support of ground forces by the United States. This became especially important with the subseauent appearance in the American arsenal of tactic,al-size atomic bombs, atomic artillery and guided missiles with atomic warheads for use on the battlefield. Reds Race A Soviet announcement last week of another atomic weapon test explosion points to the speed with which Russia is racing against the United States lead in the atomic weapons field—a lead which AEC chairman Lewis L. Strauss said yesterday is being maintained. This rivalry between the world's two great atomic nations emphasizes the question of giving basic atomic weapon schooling to the nuclear weapon "have-not" nations, including France and Germany, both geographically close to Russia. An article in the latest issue of the Air University, Quarterly Review, publication of the Air University at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala., says the" European 'allies are becoming alarmed over the prospect of being a battleground for atomic war between the U.S. and U.S.S.R. Nationalists Again Strike Red Positions TAIPEH, Formosa (JPl — Chinese Nationalist planes and warships today continued hammering Communist positions in the area of Amoy Island off the Chinese mainland May Aid Entry Of W. Germany opposite Fromosa, It was the 18th day of localized warfare around the tiny Nationalist outpost of Quemoy, within the shadow of the Red-held mainland. Nationalist Thunderbolt planes attacked two Red gunboats in Houpu Bay on Tungshan Island midway between the ports of Amoy and Swatow. Results were not reported. Nationalist planes sank two motorized junks in the same area earlier today. Thunderbolts also attacked more than 40 motorized junks and 50 wooden junks northeast of Quemoy sinking six and damaging six. Communist artillery positions on Amoyg were destroyed in bomber attacks. Inside Today's Courier News . . .This Could Be Gloomy Night for Brooklyn Fans . . . Another Full Slate on Tap for Miss- co Football Teams This Week . . . Sports . . . Pages 6 and 1 . . . ... Is Maine a Trend . . . Editorials . . . Page 4 ... ... Grand Jury Ordered in FHA Scandal Probees . . . Page 10 ... . . . Society Ne\vs . . . Page 2 ... STRASBOURG, France (AP) — Premier Pierre Mendes- France called today for a new West European defense pact which he said could reduce French opposition to West Germany's entry into the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. The new organization, he said could have a ' 'degree of superna- tionality"—meaning some of the elements of a superstate. It was partly because the six- nation European Defense Community had too much supranatlonality in it, he added, that it was defeats ed in the French Parliament. Mendes-France spoke before ins Council of Europe, made up of parliament members from the council's 15 nations. Top Limits The job of the new organization, which the French leader described as a changed and enlarged version of the Brussels pact of 1948, would be to set top limits to the armies and armaments of all member countries. ,: - ..: ." mfwypcshrdlunluoates rf rf rfr343 Any discrimination, he said, would be only on a "geographic and strategic basis." ^ ''Questions have arisen," he said, 'about ' the admission of West Germany to NATO. Once the organization that I have described set up, the resistance to that in France would be greatly diminished." The United States and Britain have been pressing for.West Germany's entry into NATO since the Patricia Jean Gargis, Spring- Drench National ^Assembly killeu field•-TWri- f* «™thPr *TH-.«m*- in I 1 * 16 EDC plan,..wbacb, would have enrolled West Germans with the troops of France. Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg in a unified army. "Do Nothing" Council France has been reluctant to agree to West German membership in NATO and it was clear today the premier would like to delay it until after his projected organization is set up. His forum, the European Council's Assembly, was described by one member today as a consultative body that nobody consults. Its 132 delegates can do nothing without the unanimous approval of the upper House, a council of Cabinet ministers. Though the council is formed on international parliamentary lines, it has no lawmaking- powers. The Assemblymen were a little flattered at the attention from the French premier, a little disappointed that West German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer had not come to make the picture complete. As partisans of a supranational EDC, most of them could accept Mendes-France's ideas only as a second-best solution. In advance of the Premier's speech, usually well informed sources here said his plan calls for something like this: 1. Approval of the British proposal to expand the five-nation Brussels defense alliance of France. Britain, Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg to include West Germany and Italy, j The seven nations would be in i pledged to come to one another's IN BEAUTY CONTEST — Miss field,"Mb.",' is another entrant in the 1954 Queen of the National Cotton Picking Contest event. She was a finalist in the Portageville Soybean Festival beauty contest and is being sponsored by Mid- Continent Sprayers, Hayti. Three City Officials Ask Re-Election Three city officials have filed for re-election in the Nov. 2 general election, City Clerk W. I. Malin announced this morning. The three who have filed thus far are Second Ward Alderman J. L. (Jodie) Nabers. who is seeking his fifth term; Fourth Ward Alderman Charles Lipford, who is seeking his third term; and City Attorney Elbert Johnson, who is seeking his second term. The terms of two other aldermen. Jessie White. Ward One, and Rupert Crafton, Ward Three, expire this year along with those of City Clerk Malin. Deadline for filing for the November general election is Oct. 3. Gropette Firm Here Closing Dissolution action was filed Chancery Court Saturday by the j aid in case ; of an attack. Grapette Bottling Co. of Blythe-i Sets Limits ville. Commenting on the action of the firm in "going out of business," 2. This group would set limits on German rearmament as well as on the armies the other members John W. Caudill said that the firm i keep on the European c not Clearing expenses and it was j By * limiting all the nati continent. ,.,,, ,. , , , — „ o — —- nations, the decided to dissolve the coopera- French hoped to meet the German x r< j-n >T - r, T , demand for equality in any setup. Mr. Caudill. Mayor E, R. Jackson and Oscar Fendler were the main stockholders of the three- year-old company. Missouri Dems Hear McClellan, Symington Lash Administration SIKESTON, Mo. W) — Missouri. would "indeed be puny and in- Democrats, about 900 strong, j consequential." heard what they expected and | "The present order of major po- wanted when Sens. John McClellan (D-Ark) and Stuart Symington (D-Mo) lashed out at the Republican administration during a rally in this "bootheel" town. The Saturday night rally, which drew a packed house at the Sikeston Armory, was held to honor Symington and Sen. Thomas Hennings, the state's two Democratic litical business at hand," he went on, "is the retrieving of Congress from Republican control by electing large Democratic majorities to the House of Representatives and to the U. S. Senate. 1 He lashed out at the GOP administration for dealing a "serious economic blow to farmers," and said government surpluses were party's national senatorial campaigns. It cost $25-a-plate to hear McClellan, the main speaker, say committee without submitting them to the full committee." Sen. Watkin* asked parliamentarian Watkins, "In a quasi-judicial what "both President Eisenhower and the country need most is more not fewer, Democratic members in the national Congress," available to farmers during the drought as they should have been. Symington, in calling for an answer to what the GOP program is, said federal tax reductions were granted tit the expense of the nation's military strength and na- McClellan said that any good leg- tional security. islation passed by the 83rd Con-j "Any administration can give the M»«LA*. A <HH^. L * . - _ - - fc -_ _„— . --..^ » u »*A 4 .i44>-rt/j. ** b*Ul* Is Ail * 1 v t <a.tG proceeding such as an expulsion | gross had the support of a "great j people a tax reduction by cutting m?,trr. can a subcommittee file a j many Democrats" and without thisithe militarv strength and raisine 3. The European alliance would not actually control the various national armies; that job would be left to the 14-nation North Atlantic Treaty Organization, which includes the United States and See FRENCH on Page 10 Weather ARKANSAS—Partly cloudy widely scattered thunderstorms north this afternoon and tonight and south and central Tuesday; cooler north Tuesday. MISSOURI —Scattered thundershowers this afternoon and tonight and in southeast Tuesday morning; clearing and cooler northwest tonight and over state Tuesday. Minimum Sunday—75. Maximum Saturday—93. Minimum this morning—76. Maximum yesterday—98. Sunrise tomorrow—3:47. Sunset today—5:00. Mean temperature (midway between high and low—87, «« P«*e Id 'backing iu constructive record i the debt ceiling," Symington sakl. LMJS! today—none. Precipitation Jan. 1 to thU <Ut* — 24.25. This Date Last T*« Maximum yesterday—88. Minimum this morning—47. Precipitation J*nu4Wjr 1 t* «*tt —

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