The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on January 18, 1956 · Page 1
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Wednesday, January 18, 1956
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OF NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI VOL. LI—NO. 250 Blythevllle Courier Blytheville Daily News Mississippi Valley Leader BlythevUle Herald BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS, WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 18, 1956 TWELVE PAGES Published Daily Except Sunday SINGLE COPY FIVE CENTS City Surplus Slid During Past Year City of Blythevllle is faced with growing obligations an< a nearly-stable income, Mayor Toler Buchanan pointed out to day in releasing a statement of the city's operating .expense and-income during the past year. * ^Although larger turnbacks from TnTstate and county were pleasan Suits Filed To Collect BC Pledges Aftermath Of Central Metal Drive «•"" The Blytheville Co., a child of the Chamber of Commerce Industrial Committee, filed in Circuit Court today twb suits to collect $900 in unpaid pledges, made to support the construction of Central Metal- Products plant. Named as defendants were W. L Moxley, former owner of'Mox The ater, and Roy, Woods, owner o Woods Drug Store. The.-complaint alleged that Moxley • pledged $500 Woods $400 and that neither ha! paid after "repeated demands." Attorney for the Blytheville Co acted at the direction of the Chamber of Commerce Board of Direo tors. .At a Deo. ,15 meeting, they voted to "proceed with court actior as soon as possible" to collec $6,775 in unpaid pledges. Delinquents In all, 50 merchants and businessmen are delinquent on their industrial pledges, Jada McGulre,. secretary-manager of the Chamber said today. . , , "Some have paid as much as three-fourths of their pledges and others have-palfl less, some having paid nothing," he said. Complaints stated that the plaintiff Blytheville • Co. was formed as an ''Arkansas corporation May 14 1954, by the Industrial Committee of the Chamber for the purpose, ot establishing a legal entity with which to contract, ' 'Agreement A preliminary agreement was made with Black, SivaUs & Bryson, of Kansas ,Clty, Mo., to the effect it would locate a factory, Central Metals Products, Inc., In Blythevilla if the necessary buildings were provided. . , Pledges were collected from 443 merchants totaling $145,077 and See SUITS on Page 2 Slugging Starts In Osceola OSOEOLA — Osceola's annual Northeast' Arkansas Golden Golves tournament openf In the high school gym here tonight with some 100 to 325 boys battling for area championships. Opening round bouts are scheduled to start at 8 p.m. with tournament activity to continue'through Saturday nigh. Young boxing hopefuls from ail sections of Northeast Arkansas began weighing in 'this afternoon for classification and pairing for first round matches. Earle, defending team champion is expected to bring the largest aggregation to the tournament. Team officials have Indicated they will bring 15 or 16 boys to the tournament. Osceolatis entering a team Of 15 boys while smaller representation is expected from Parkin, Kelse'r, Dyess, Caraway, Trumann, Etpwah and Marked Tree. • ' surprises and the sale of the Veter ans Housing Quarters proved a bon aijza, the general fund, out of which the bills are paid, shrunk by hearlj $6,900 as expenses exceeded in come. The city began 1955 with $28,900 in its general fund. It is beginning 1956 with $22,000 in the same fund. Sale Helped However, the sale of the building at the air base- swelled the VHC fund to $12,000. It was only $1,601 as 1955 approached. Other balances finds $10,000 in the street fund (versus $2,100 at the start of the year) and. $6,600 in the parking meter fund (about the same the city had when it ended '54). Increased money from the county millage and the state tax turnback (which was more than $31,000) beefed up the street fund. Here's a list of the big-contributors to the city's till during 1955: County—$34,000. Privilege licenses—$32,000. Auto licenses—$18,000. Pines—$29,000. State—$45,000. Sanitation fees—$26,000. Ark-Mo—$35,000. VHQ—$36,000. Air Force—$36,000. Fund transfers—$17,500. The last item represents money borrowed from the parking meter :und which City. Council put the bite on last year when'the general Tund was getting anemic. That $36,000 from the Air Force won't be an Item of income during 1956. The contract, signed three -ears ago by the city, provided the :ity supply the air base with police and .fire protection as well as minor maintenance ^services. 1 ' The big VHQ figure includes the 18,000 sale of buildings plus rental eceipts for the year. Ark.-Mo. Kicks In Ark-Mo, which ranks next to the State of Arkansas as a contribu- or to c|ty coffers, pays the $35,000 under a voluntary arrangement — Ark-Mo volunteered to pay and the ity volunteered to take it. It amounts to the power com- lany's franchise payment to the ity. Other items, all smaller, brought otal receipts for the year to $314,00. The accounting of disbursements ointe . up the tremendous expense nvolved in running the various serv- ces of the city engineering depart- ient—which .works with the sanita- o*n department. Where the Money Goes Sanitation, street improvements nd salaries in the street and sanita- on departments came to a whop- irig $153,000. Spent in the street department, all ' which didn't come from the gen- ral fund, however, was $76,000. Sanitation department costs ran 47,000 as against $26,000 in collec- on of garbage fees.'' . Police department expenses and alaries ran to only $31,000 for the ear while $20,000 was spent for alaries of city employes at' ; the air ise.' All told, expenses ran $321,000 hile only $314,000 in income was irthcomirig.- * • The difference was made up from he $28,000 the city had on hand to egin the year and from-the $17,500 he city loaned Itself from its park- g meter fund, which fund is ear- arked for street widening. . MISSION OPENS — Some 30 persons were on hand last night for opening of the Blytheville Union Mission, which is being headed by Rev. W. P. . Kirkindall. The Rev. O. M. Sanford, pastor of La,ke Street Methodist Church, had charge of first night services: Various pastors have volunteered to conduct services at the mission. (Courier News Photo) Violence Flares in Bombay ... • . - y In Protest to Nehru's Order • ,. By B. S. V. RAO '-'-.. BOMBAY, India (AP) — Police opened fire again today on waves of rioters protesting Prime Minister Nehru's plan to sever this west coast metropolis from 'Bombay State. At least 'our of the demonstrators were killed, bringing the death toll in three days of violence to 10 in Bombay State. . , •*:' Indian army units were ordered fo stand by;and a 24-hour curfew was clamped on the big industrial sector in the northern part of the city. Various other parts of the city were put linder .dusk-to-dawn curfew. At least 300,000 workers in the city of neai'ly three million people answered a call by leftist unions for a general strike to reinforce demands that the citj become the capital of a new Marathi-speaklng Bridges Defends Dulles'"Brink-Of-.';. War' Strategy ' By JACK BELL ' WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Bridges (R-NH) said today Secretary of 'State Dulles deserves praise for policies designed Woman, Family In Need of Aid A woman and her nine children are in need of help. • The call for aid came today from the Rev. Morris McQulre, pastor of Cole Ridge Baptist Church. . The Rev: Mr. McQulre; said the family has applied for welfare assistance, bu't its application hu hot been processed. . Meanwhile, he wild, they are cold and hungry. Pood, clothing and »hoe« are needed. ' The Rev. Mr. McGwire may be . contacted by telephone at POplar 3-4833. r Smith to Preside At Meeting Bob Lee Smith; of Blytheville, president of the Mid-South Farm Equipment Association-, "will preside at a two-day meeting of the, group in Memphis, Jan. 23 and 24. Nearly 600 dealers will attend the 14th annual convention to be. held in the Hotel Peabody. Dealers, wives and associate members from Mississippi, Tennessee, Arkansas and Southeast Missouri have been'invited. . 'New officers will be elected and many speakers, prominent In the field, will appear. ' o "keep us out of war." New criticism of Dulles esterday from Adlal.E. Steven- on, a candidate for the jDemo- ratio presidential nomination. Steenson said ^President Eisenhower hou'ld repudftfe'-'DUlles" views 'or rei him In the wake of a con- roverslal article in Life' 1 maga- ine. Bridges said in an interveiw he grees with Dulles the United States must take a "calculated risk for peace" when its vital interests are challenged 'by a potential aggressor. The senator, head of. the Senate Republican Policy Committee, doesn't always support Dulles on International affairs, • but he said: "Bather than'being criticized for 'brink of war' policies, the secretary should be commended that his policy is- to keep us out of war." f . • Dulles refrained at a .news conference yesterday from giving full endorsement to the Life magazine .rticle. He did not dispute the statement it attributed to him that the'"abiliy to get to the. verge without geting into .war is a neces sary art" of diplomacy, although he said it was ambiguous. He said the article gave him more credit than was his due, anc that it oversimplified and placet special emphasis on some aspects or" foreign policy. In said St. Paul, Minn., Stevenson Dulles was represented saying the nation thrice had been on the verge of war in Asia anc avoided it. At .about the same time Stevenson said, Gen. Matthew B Ridgway was saying that during his tenure as former Army chie: of |taff defense, decisions were aased more on budget and politica considerations than on military needs. "I need hardly point out that for this nation'to walk to the verge of war three times in three years while drastically reducing our military defenses for domestic politica; advantage can only be counted suicidal folly," Stevenson said. "Sabre'rattling, threats of atomic war and disregard of our allies will ,not reduce tensions, make friends or--inspire confidence in the United States. And they tend to confirm the ' propaganda that America is a greatei' danger to peace than Russia." ... T • ..... County's Scout Leaders to Meet Mississippi ^ bounty's now-merged Boy Scout District will convene at Osceola's Elementary School at 7:30 tomorrow night.. .C, 0., Czeschln, Blytheville, who Is Eastern Arkansas Council chairman, will be on hand for the session as will Oral Smith, the Coun-, oil's top executive from the Jonesboro office. Round table discussions will be set up for Scoutmasters, den mothers and Cubmasters, Floyd A. White, Scout field man who serves the district, pointed out. District officials who did not receive awards at the annual Council meeting in Memphis will get their awards tonight, White said. Buchanan Names Hew Council Committees Mayor Toler Buchanan today announced memberships, of eight City Council commlttwi to terve (or IMf." :''. ' -.' . 'CommltM*, ehklrmen and member* »r*r '•••• •'•• • ' • • • Hruinct—r M, (Buddy) Terry ehtirmM, Munlt ttroiwm Mid Rupert Cruftoh. Street»- : -Cr«fton, chalrratn, K. M. Larkln, and Keinper Bruton. UtlWle«-K; M.Lnrkln,'chair- man. Terry ftnd Chorlei Llpfc.rU. Mre and Police—Bruton, chairman, Larkln and CrafUm, ' HeattA and flaniutioo - Le«lte Moore, chairman, Terry and Jesse Whit*. . Recreation — White, chairman, moore and stevenwm. . • Insurance — Stevenson, chairman, More and Llpford. Maintenance — Llpford, chairman, Larkin and Bruton. Jury Awards 17,900/n Auto Wreck A damage action involving a collision was being heard in Circuit Court today. Plaintiff was Virgil Brown and defendants were Ralph Nichols Sr. and Ralph Nichols Jr. The case was being tried before a jury. Yesterday, Mrs. Lois Jeffries was awarded $1,900.30 in a personal injury and damage suit against Anita Elezabeth "Susie" McWaters as the outgrowth of a collision two'years ago. Judge Charles W. Light entered the judgment ordering defendant to pay $400.30 in damages to Mrs. Jeffries' car and $1,500 in personal injuries. In a second case yesterday, Seville Evans won a damage action against Bryce Grant in the sum of $48.75.' A third case went by default to 'plaintiff Philine Wheat against W. O. Hoilis. Aiken Sees Democratic Support for President's New Farm Proposals By EDWIN B. HAAKINSON WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Aiken (R-Vt) predicted today Republicans "will get some Democratic support" for ihe administration's new tarm proposals! ' And Sen. Anderson (D'NM), former secretary of agriculture in the Truman administration, said in a separate interview, "I think we might take their bill in drafting something that will get support on a bipartisan basis." He referred to a bulky .measure*-— •• • — —^^^^—____^^^_______ > sent to Congress yesterday by Se state. Communist Jailed In Municipal Court Herschel Smith pleaded guilty in Municipal Court today to carrying a pistol as a weapon and was fined $50. In other cases, Billy Dunham forfeited $19.75 bond on a speeding charge. Two defendants forfeited bonds of $125 for operating without authority from the Arkansas Public Service Commission.They were Bardeno Fruit Co. and Hoyt Leslie Crump. Police jailed one of India's leading Communists, S: A. Dange, as he arrived by plane from New Delhi. He is vice, president of the Red-dominated World Federation of Trade Unions. The rioters held virtual control of the factory area until police and 'special armed units drove them out with shots, tear gas and ,club charges. '-•YelHng, •• stone ; -*throwing mobs ranged the streets. They • felled trees to barricade highways and hurled stones at passing trains, buses and cars. Streets-were littered with broken ,855, wood and debris. But n'oon the fire .brigade answered 49 calls in 14 hours, but no big buildings were reported attacked. Bombay Deserted Downtown Bombay was deserted, ,with business virtually at a standstill. Shops were looted. which opened retary of Agriculture Benson bank"' and other features 'of t put into operation a new "si administration's program. • The Senate Agriculture Comm tee, trying to draft new legist tion to lift farm prices and comes after a five-year slum slump, meanwhile called in repr sentatives of four major farm ganizatlons for their views. AFBF Called They are the American Tar Bureau Federation, the Nation Grange, the National Farmers V ion and the National M"k Pr ducers Assn. President James O. Patton sa members of the National Farme Union "are opposed to the so bank as recommended by Pres dent Elsenhower and as explaine by Secretary of Agriculture Be son." In a statement released. In : &< vance of the hearing Patton sa "farm income is at' dcp'ressio levels" because of "official feder policy." Broad Flexibility The draft of legislation sent Congress by Benson asked Co jress for broad flexibility in fixin ;hs amount of payments and othi regulations dovering hew efforts bolster' 1 farm income.. Agriculture Committee Chairma Ellender (D-La) also produced a omnibus-farm program draft, say ing it included proposals made b farm leaders during hearings .th committee conducted last fall. Several key features of this dra: were in conflict with the new. a( rminlstratlon program. Ellende said he , hopes his committee ca take all' the suggestions and the agree on legislation that a. ma jority will support. Police barricades kept the mobs out of the waterfront area where .most, hotels used by foreigners are located. American evangelist Billy Qraham was at one opthe hotels. Thousands carried placards yesterday proclaiming "Death to Nehru!" and hung garlands of pld choes over his pictures. Although the roaming rioters made communications difficult, reports indicated the violence was spreading to Poona and other centers in the state. A night curfew was proclaimed for the whole Belgaum area, 250 miles south of Bombay. The violence a.nd today's strike protested extension to Bombay of the Nehru government's plan for reorganizing state boundaries in accordance with' the distribution of the country's dozen major languages. Will Be Split . The central government announced Monday night that Bombay state would be split between the. Gujeratis, 'who speak Mohandas Gandhi's tongue, and the Mahrattas, who speak Marathi. The city of Bombay, whose population is divided about equally between the two language groups, is to be a separate state under direct federal administration from New Delhi. Marathi-speaking demonstrators launched the campaign of violence, demanding that the city be the capital of their state. In similar See BOMBAY on Page 2 Central Workers Get Bonus Central Metal Products reports today that it has paid its first pro duction dividend to some HO eligibl employes in the plant which make automobile trim. Eligible employes received the! profit-sharing dividends Monday. The wage dividend is a featur of CMP's employe benefit progran and is paid each quarter that th company's profits warrant- it." To be eligible, employes mus have completed 90 days of continu ous service by the end of the firs month of the dividend quarter. This year, more than ever, Uncle Sam •hopes that's the way it will work out. And'the best way to do-it-yourself is (o use the handy, plain-talk directions in step-hy-slep form in your NEA INCOME TAX PRIMER For 14 yearn, it's been tht do-it-yourself (ax .guide for millions of ncwupaptr readers. It'« yours »K»ln EXCLUSIVELY in Courier N«w» »n P«9« 1 Edrington Is Osceola's Man of Year Bill Joe Edrington, farmer and civic leader, was named Outstanding Young Man of 1955 by Osceola's Junior Chamber of Commerce las night. Edrington was cited 'for his work in the Osceola PTA, Methodis Church, Kiwanis Club, County Democratic Committee, the Agriculture Stabilization and. Conservation Committee (ASC) and for va rious private charities. Presentation .was made by Max L. FatrJey, Osceola Jaycee president Bil) Childress and Fab-ley received Key Men awards at the banquet. Bob Wimberly, director of publk relations and advertising for Arkansas Power and Light, was principal speaker. Weather NORTHEAST ARKANSAS: Cloudy with freezing rain mixed with sleet and possibly some snow this afternoon, tonight and Thursday. Continued cold. High this afternoon, low to mid 30s; low tonight; 15-2S. MISSOURI: Cloudy and cold through Thursday with sleet or freezing rain southeast and.occa- sional snow west and north; low tonight near 5 extreme northwest to the 20s southeast; high Thursday around 20 northwest to 3S-32 south- cast! Minimum thin morning—27. Maximum .yesterday—32. Sunrise tomorrow—7:03. Sunset tod«7—J:15 Mean temperature—29.S. Precipitation" 24 hours (T a.m. to 7 a.m.)—tione. Pfeclpltiuion Jan. 1 to date—none, This Rale Last Year Maximum yesterday—12. Minimum this mornmt— 1». Precipitation Jan..l to flale—,7J. At Lake Charles, La. 25 Are Missing After Oil Tanker Explodes, Burns LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — A Cities Service Oil Co; tanker with a full cargo of 130,000 barrels of gasoline, kerosene and fuel oil exploded late last night. Twenty-five of its estimated 41 crew members were reported missing. Snow and Sleet Hit Most of State; Travel Hampered Arkansas Gets Much Needed Precipitation By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Snow, sleet and freezing rain covered Arkansas, today, leaving ilghways' sltcfc and dangerous. NO damage was reported early today from the freeze. The precipitation—first In Ar kansas this year — Is expected to continue through tomorrow. Generally, the northern sectioi of Arkansas got sleet with show following 1 , ihe central section go some sleet, snow and freezing rain and southern Arkansas got freezing rain. The IT. 3. Weather Bureau at Little Rock said the wave of'snow and freezing rain moved into Arcansas from the southwest. "II originally formed in Utah and Arizona, the Weather Bureau said, and is moving in a southeasterly direction through Arkansas. State Police at Little Rock said 'all roads are dangerous." There were reports of icing- on roads around Payetteville in northwest Arkansas, Batesville in north cen- ral • Arkansas, Blytheville and Jonesboro northeast Arkansas, lope in southwest Arkansas, and around Little Rock in central Ar cansas. No points reported more than 70 inches of precipitation during he night. Most of the precipitation was a combination of freezing rain, ileet and snow. No schools were reported closed tecause. of the freeze. vlessy, But It ireoks Drouth Although it was cold, slippery and a trifle sloppy, that rain and sleet the, city had this morning broke a 45 T day drouth. With trie exception of a few scattered snowflakes during the past 45 days, the area hasn't had any measurable precipitation since Dec. 4 when it had three-quarters Inch rain.. Total precipitation for December was 1.32 inches. The .explosion, of the Salem Maritime rocked -the ".company's docks and set two ,of the loading stations afire. The vessel was scheduled to leave for Norfolk, Va., early today. ' " . The exact number of missing was unknown because company officials'.said it would be difficult to estimate how many men-were on leave. • ' .. . Berlin H, Richerson of Fensa- cola, Fla., deck maintenance man for the ship, .said at-least 16 of the-41 who signed on for the trip were reported safe. . • Captain Milling The ship's captain, identified by crew members, as John ...Rugling of Milton, Mass., was among those missing. Some of. the crew members said the captain spelled-.his name Rugman. . ' , Spokesmen for the company said only three men went through-the first aid department and of them was hospitalized. All thre« were picked up .in the cold Calcasieu. River by the tug Sue B. Cause Unknown Crewman John Klepadlo of Avocn, Pa., one of those rescued by the tug, said he was standing on the fantail -of the ship with two other men, but was unable to give any account of them after the blast. Klepadlo was quoted as saying, "Anybody. who was on that ship after I left it just won't be around to talk about it." No cause was given for the explosion. The tanker, loading in three holds at the rate of 20,000 ' barrels per hour, had been loading for more than six hours and was almost full when the explosion tore the vessel asunder and left it a flaming hulk. Bulqanin Misses Meetinos; West Envoys Puzzled LONDO W) — Western diplomats puzzled today over what is keeping Soviet Premier Nikolai Bulganln :rom the public scene. Word reached here he missed another key par;y meeting, . Speculation increased after Moscow radio listed the dignitaries at:ending last night's meeting of a Moscow city Communist conference. All the top Kremlin brass were there—except Bulganin. The 60-year-old Premier's con- ;inued absence from all public functions since the Supreme .Soviet meeting at the end of December has resulted in belief he might be ill or esting from his grueling Asian tour with party boss Nikita S. Khrush- •hev. Long Wins Louisiana Governorship Easily By HUGH A. MULLIGAN NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Former Gov. Earl Long stormed own the comeback trail to landslide victory in the Louisiana overnor's race today, leaving the administration of pro-Eisen- ower Gov. Robert Kennon in the dust. Mayor deLesseps Morrison of ew Orleans, the only candidate the five-man field in the Dcmo- ratic primary who could have irced the race into a Feb. 21 unoi'f, conceded at 2 a.m. Building his lead constantly as te rural returns trickled In, the •year-old Long rolled toward the ajority vote needed to avoid a noff with the second-place candi- ate. I Unofficial returns from 1,725 of e state's 2,039 precincts showed: Francis Grevemberg 50.710 Kurl Long 340,702 James McLemore 38,843 deLtsseps Morrison 1(9,105 Fred Preaus 84,473. The Republicans did not hold * Imary to nominate « governor. THIS Long's victory usured him an unprecedented third stay, in tha 45-room mansion that his brother Huey built. Morrison, making his first state race after 10 years as mayor of the state's largest city, and Long burshed aside darkhorse candidate Fred Preaus, who was flying the Kennon administration colors. The governor by law cannot succeed himself. Long showed amazing comeback strength In this the nation's first state primary of the presidential year. After falling to name a successor four years ago, He swept every large city but one and every parish but one. The exception was O r 1 e a n >, county, name for New Orleans, where the 43-year - old Morrison found the strength to force the race down to the wire.

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