The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on September 21, 1954 · Page 1
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Tuesday, September 21, 1954
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OP NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI VOL. L—NO. 153 Blytheville Courier Blj'theville Daily News Mississippi Valley Leader Blytheville Herald 'BLYTHEVILLE/ARKANSAS, TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 1954 THIRTY PAGES Published Daily Except Sunday SINGLE COPY FIVE CENTS Wipe Out All New Book On H-Bomb Says'Yes' WASHINGTON (AP) — A new book says the United States could wipe out every city in the Soviet Union with* a rain of atomic bombs today — and, within another year, could do the job with hydrogen bombs 30 times as destructive. "The Hydrogen Bomb," a copyrighted" book by Time Magazine staffers James R. Shepley and Clay Blair Jr., warns at the same time that "within only a few years or even less" the Red air force "must be conceded the same capability against the United States." Shepley and Blair say that "within another year after 1954" most of the bombs this country could drop in a mass raid would be H-bombs of at least 15 megatons' force—that is, the explosive power of 15 million tons of TNT. This compares with the estimated 500 kiloton force of the biggest existing A-bombs—equivalent to 500,000 tons of TNT. The authors say the potential strength of the H-bomb is 45 megatons—45 million tons of TNT. Doubtful Survival "It seems doubtful," the book says, "that any people actually could survive the shock of say 1,000 'obsolete' 500-kiloton bombs. It seems- more than probable that no people could survive if one substitutes in the equation the potential 45 megatons "of the thermonuclear (hydrogen) bomb . . , "Any time in the year 1954, the U.S. Strategic Air Command hoH ; the capability, if the President of j the United States issued such an order, to rain down complete urban annihilation on the Soviet Union. ... "Within another year after 1954 j most of the bombs in such a raid | would be not 5CO-kiloton bombs but j thermonuclear bombs of at least 15 megaton's force. One thousand Soviet targets wiped from the face of the earth would leave little els to hit even in such a vast land," The Shepley-Blair book, an abridgement of which appears in the current U.S. News & World Report magazine, says atomic scientist J. Robert Oppenheimer actively opposed the hydrogen bomb more than a year after President Truman ordered work on the su- perweapon begun. Oppenheimer, who has since been barred from atomic secrets, has testified before an Atomic j Energy Commission panel that he dropped his opposition to all-out H-bomb research once Truman gave the go-ahead on Jan. 31, 1950. The authors say on this point: "By mid-1952, the vigorous pattern of activity on u he part' of J. R. See H-BOMB on Page 12 DRESSED RIGHT — Members of the Lost noon. The display follows the theme "One Dressed Gentry Gets Into Power Plant Fray Cane Home Demonstration Club were busy yesterday afternoon putting the finishing touches on their community booth in the Main Exhibit Building at Walker Park Fairgrounds in preparation for opening of the District Fair this after- Right Is a Pleasant Sight/" Shown working on the booth are (left to right) Mrs. Johnny Homer, Mrs. J. R. Dobbs and Mrs. Gene Bradberry (Courier News Photo) District Fair to Open Finishing touches were being put on display booths, livestock entries, concession stands and carnival rides at Walker Park today in preparation for the opening of the 10th annual Northeast Arkansas District Fair at 5 p.m. today. Although fair officials were con- Malin, White for Two more city officials, have filed for re-election in the Nov. 2 general election, according to City Clerk W. I. Malin. Mr. Malin Filed for a second term as city clerk while Jessie White, Ward One alderman, is seeking a fourth term. The term of Rupert Crafton, Ward Three alderman, 'expires this year. Deadline for filing is Oct. 3, for the November general election. Those who. have previously filed for re-election are J. L. ( Jodie) Nabors. Ward Two alderman, seeking a i'ifth term; Charles Lipford, Ward Four alderman, seeking third term: and City Attorney Elbert Johnson, who is seeking a second term. .38-Inch Rasn ^ M _ 1 Inside Today's Courier News . . . Chicks Prepare for Home Opener Against Frayser Friday . . Paps Go to Burdette Thursday . . . Giants, Indians Get ready for Series . . . First of a | Series on Great Moments of Past j World Series' . . . Sports . . . ! pages 8 and 9 . . -. j . . OOP's all, Demos' Mitchell ! Lead Rival Parties to Political j Wars . . . page 5 ... j . . . Why Defend Quemoy? . - - | Editorials . . - page 6. . - A windy cold front passage last night dumped 1.38 inches of rain on Blytheville — almost exactly a month since the last of the sizeable showers that have been so rare this summer. The last shower of similar size was Aug. 19,-when 1.83 inches of rain fell here. Only other rainfall thus far this month was eight- tenths of an inch Sept. 1. Last night's rain dropped the mercury from yesterday's high sf 98 to a low of 65 this morning. ndorsed Presidents of Five Civic Groups Join In Approving Idea Presidents of five- Blytheville civic organizations yesterday joined in aooroval of the basic tenets of Three civic clubs and the Junior cerned with the heat yesterday, last night's showers brought a cool, .. L t> Get Acqua irited" Week. spell in time for the fair opening. The Weather Bureau forecast this morning called for fair and coolj weather tonight with fair and j pleasant weather tomorrow. Entrants in the fair's 11 competitive departments will be vying for a total of $10,500 in premiums. Judging is scheduled to begin tomorrow in all departments except for swine, which will be judged Thursday. Thursday has been designated as FFA Day and Friday will be 4-H Day. The FFA and 4-H cattle and dairy judging events will be held on the_se, days. Friday also will be the annual! Kids' Dav, when all school-age I rt . , , „ , ., . children will be admitted free "to ?hamber_ of Commerce voiced their Harshman the fairgrounds. As a fair "special," Fair Association Secretary R. E. Blaylocic said, carnival rides will be priced 10 for $1 Thursday until 5 p m. and the grandstand show will be free that afternoon. Fireworks Slated A fireworks display will be staged tonight and tomorrow night, with the grandstand variety show scheduled for Thursday. Friday and Saturday. Auto races Sunday afternoon will round out the entertainment fare. The fair is, scheduled to close at 6 p.m. Sunday. On the midway this year will be the rides, concessions and shows of the Tivoli Shows. An addition to this year's fair will be the model train built by | Joe Adkins, Blytheville machine shop operator. The built-to-scale, passenger-carrying model train will run on 1,500 feet of track that winds through the center of Walker fession, business or job. interest in and support-of an intense meet-ne'^-people effort fostered through the week, through their current, presidents, who issued this joint statmnt: "Our day-to-day relations with our fellow man are truly one of the joys of life, and one open to every person, whatever his pro- MiHions tor Highways LOS ANGELES I/P) — Gov. Goodwin J. Knight says California is spending a million dollars a day for highways. The governor spoke yesterday at groundbreaking ceremony at the site of an overpass at Sepulveda and Sunsets Blvds. Park. Lawshe "As our civic clubs and groups Something new in the way of j have long known and demonstrated. commercial exhibits this year will be displays of various types of irrigation equipment. it is through friendly interchange of ideas and information that com- j munity-wide achievement, and pro- Mr. Blaylock said parking lot j gress are best promoted, facilities on Missouri Street will again be available to handle the overflow from the park area. .Cars will be permitted in the park until all the space is taken and then will be diverted to the Missouri Street lot. x. "At a time when our state of Arkansas, our richly agricultural Mississippi County, and our progressive city of Blytheville are on the move to obtain even greater economic progress for the continued See ACQUAINTED on Page 12 AP&L Denies Collusion; Rate Hike Defended LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The Arkansas Power and Light Co. in a printed testimony filed with the Public Service Commission yesterday said a five- year losing battle against inflation made the first general rate increases in its history an "immediate necessity." Neither politics nor the heat wave had anything to do with it, the company said. The printed testimony was filed with the PSC yesterday. The commission starts hearings on Oct. 11 on AP&L & application for a S3..900,000 permanent increase in rates. Attorneys representing protestants to the proposed increase wil cross-examine company officials later. The power company came under ,a barrage on charges yesterdaj when Atty. Gen. Tom Gentry said AP&L had been forced by its holding company to ask for the rate boost. Collusion Charged He charged that the company's rate increase here might be used to help boost charges which might be made for electric power at the controversial Dixon-Yates plant near West Memphis. The charges were made bj Gentry as he announced his intervention on behalf of the state and a group of state-supported colleges. The proposed West Memphis plant would be constructed by a combine 'of the Middle South Utilities Co., which owns all AP&L's common stock and the Southern Co., another utility holding concern. "Thoroughly reliable information has been presented me that the entire mogtivating force behind the sudden decision of the AP&L to ask for any increase was brought about by the infamous Dixon-Yates power deal," Gentry said. Gentry charged that the price of the Dixon-Yates power would be b..sed "on the going- price of power in the area." Gentry said that careful investigation had revealed that "the 21 per cent increase Aransas Power and Light Co. now is forcing housewives and home owners to pay on their electric bills is not only exorbitant and unwarranted but unconscionable as well." Charges Denied "My decision to intervene was not a hasty one," he said, R, E. Ritchie. AP&L president, said "it is true that the common stoc of Arkansas Power and Light Co. is owned by Middle South Utilities Inc." Ritchie denied, however, that the request rate increase had anything to do with the building of the power plant at West Memphis. "There is no connection, whatsoever, between the two situations," he declared. The power company official said also that the rate increase "overall figures only 12 per cent and not 21 per cent." "And, the Middle South Utilities did not force the issue." he said. "The decision to ask for a rate increase was made by the officers of Arkansas Power and Light Co. and approved its Board of Directors." "The decision was made only I after much deliberate thought and I after it was found absolutely neces- i sary to preserve and protect the !financial integrity of. the company." ! See POWER on Page 12 Fight Over Red China hreatens to UN ANOTHER NCPC BEAUTY — Nancy Adams of Mayfield, Ky., hopes to emulate another Kentuckian in the 1954 Queen of the National Cotton Picking Contest event. Two years ago, Gloria Stice of Paducah was crowned queen of the contest. Miss Adams, like Gloria, is being sponsored by Paducah's Junior Chamber of Commerce. She was crowned Miss Kentucky Lake this summer. Missing Micola Man Hunted by Pemiscof Officers Four Biytheville ambassadors of the National Cotton Picking Contest — P. D. Foster, Miss Rosemary Monaghan and Chairman Kelley Welch — will hop aboard Earnest Halsell's airplane tomorrow for television ap- oearances in Little R o.c k , Shreveport, Jackson, Miss., Nashville and Birmingham. It is another "first" for the Cotton Picking Contest, marking" the first time such a tour has been undertaken. The group will leave from Blyiheville's airport tomorrow morning -at S:10. They arrive in Little Rock at 10:30 and depart at 1 for Shreveport. They'll leave Shreveport at 5 and get into Jackson at 6:40, remaining overnight there. Thursday morning, the group gets into Birmingham at 10:30 and at 2:30 p.m. will touch down in Nashville, returning to Blytheville cy nightfall. At each city, television appearances have been arranged and newspapers have been notified as to when to expect the group. CAHTJTHERSVILLE — An investigation is being conducted by Pemiscot County Sheriff's officers into the disappearance of a 46- year-old resident of Micola, 10 miles southwest of here. Marvin Kilburn has been missing from his home at Micola since between midnight and 4 a.m. Saturday. He had gone to bed with his son, but when his son awoke Mr. Kilbum had vanished. Investigation so far has shown that Mr. Kilburn, a . farmer, was wearing a white long-sleeve shirt, grey work pants and a brown shop cap. He is five feet, five inches tall, weighs 140 pounds and is bald. He had earnec money picking cotton the prior week but failed to collect before his disappearance, officers said. Officers asked anyone having any information as to the whereabouts of Mr. Kilburn to contact the Pemiscot County Sheriff's Office at- Carut-hersville. Effort to Oust Nationalists Is Expected UNITED' NATIONS, N. Y. I (AP) — A new fight over an- i ticipated demands to seat Red j China threatened today to delay — at least briefly — organization of the ninth United Nations General Assembly. Russia. India and some other Asian countries were expected to launch, the new straggle to replace the Chinese Nationalists -with. Peiping representatives shortly after the session's formal opening this afternoon. " ..... '•-.. . : U.S. Secretary of State .Dulles was on hand to lead, the campaign for keeping up the bars against the Chinese Reds. The United States, backed by Britain, planned to ask the Assembly: to shelve the question until the end- of the year. The same strategy was used" last year to keep Peiping out. ; \ Confidence Felt Both the Americans and the? British were confident :of a -clear winning majority. To strengthen- their case, U.S. Delegate Henry- Cabot Lodge, Jr.: -in a we'ekend statement charged the Chinese .Communists \vith 39 attacks iir the past four years on ships or planes of Britain, . Panama, Denmark, (Norway, France, Portugal and the United States. ' •"..;...: ;.. ; . :; With the seating contest out of the way, organization ol the Assembly for business promised to be smooth sailing. , . There was possibility'that a contest of sorts would develop for the i chairmanship of the Assembly's | budget committee. The Polish del| egation announced last night that f its permanent delegate, Kenryk I Birec-ki, would be a candidate for j the presidency of the fiscal group, [This is the committee which will I debate whether $189,000 in damages should be paid to 11 former American U.N. employes who were fired for refusing to testify concerning alleged Communist conneo ' tions. Cypress Issue Next Otherwise the next major clash was expected later this week in the steering committee, where ! Britain promised strenuous opposi- j See U.N. on Page 12 Fined $WO for OWI Frank Lawrence was fined S100 and costs and sentenced to 24 hours in jail in Municipal Court i this morning on a charge of driv-1 ing while intoxicated. i Courier News Readers May Win $100 in Prizes Some industrious Courier News readers are going to pick up $100 in cash awards between now and Sept. 27. It's part of the Get Acquainted promotion in which the Courier News is being joined by Blythe- dlle's top merchants. Rules of the contest will be found on the front of the Get Acquainted section. Weather ARKANSAS—Clearing and much cooler this afternoon and tonight; j lowest in the 40s in the extreme | north tonight; Wednesday fair and | pleasant. I" MISSOURI—Fair and cooler this j afternoon and tonight; Wednesday fair not as cool northwest in afternoon: low tonight 4(M5 north to 45-50 south; high Wednesday in the 70s. Minimum this morning—55. Maximum yesterday—98, Sunrise tomorrow—5 'AS. Sunset today—5:59. Mean temperature (midway between liigti and low—S1.5. Precipitation last 24 hour ro 7 a.m.. today—l. 33. Ptx'cipiauion Jan. 1 to this date — 25.63. This Date Last Year Maximum yesterday—98. Minimum this morning—63.- Precipi'atiors. January I to date — 34,83. Getting Ready for the Fair— From one end of Walker Park to the other yesterday afternoon, a wide variety of activities were xmder way in preparation for the opening of the Northeast Arkansas District Fair at 5 p.m. today. In the Women's Exhibit Building (photo at left) an appetizing display of canned goods was being set up by Heft to right) Mrs. R, A. Copeland. Mrs. W. L. McAdams and Mrs. Mary Scrape. Something new this year will be the huge model train built by Joe Adkins, Blythevilie machine shop operator. This built-to-scale replica will carry passengers over 1,500 feet of track winding through the center of the park. Workmen are shown in second photo from left as they installed the track yesterday. In the photo second from right, Ancil Pressley of Batesville (left) and Biily Carroll of Brinkley, Arkansas State College students, are •• " ! -;-v *.:. --.: : *>\^:M&v*V<^ ..iW.-.-.^'i^.^AC^.vv;.^;**;*^ shown grooming one of the college's entries in the Hereford cattle competition. On the midway (photo at right), carnival hands methodically went through the routine of setting up rides and concession tents. Here they are shown working on a half-assembled ferris wheel. (Courier News Photos)

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