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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Wednesday, September 22, 1954
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OURIER NEWS THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OF NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI VOL. L—NO. 154 Blytheville Courier Blytheville Daily New* Mississippi Valley Leader Blytheville Herald BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS, WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 1954 FOURTEEN PAGES Published Daily Except Sunday SINGLE COPY FIVE CENTS Over$l 0,000,000 in Base Cpntracts Likely by Dec 31 December Will Be Biggest Month For Lettings, Engineers Report More than $10,000,000 in construction work at the Blytheville Air Force Base will be under contract by the end of December, the Corps of Engineers estimated today. It wilTbe during December that the'heaviest flood of contracts will go out to construction firms — perhaps from 20 to 25 in all. Four contracts totaling.$3,549,148--* 87 have been awarded since the end of July and bids are scheduled to be received Sept. 23 for seven airmen's dormitories and a dining hall. Col. Staunton Brown, Little Rock district engineer, said only one contract is scheduled to be awarded during October. This will involve rehabilitation of the base water treatment plant. Six contracts are to be awarded in November. These jobs will include a maintenance hangar, officers' mess, a warehouse,, a dormitory, bachelor officers' quarters and an airmen's mess building. Col. Brown said the December awarding schedule calls for 20 to 25 contracts for the following: Aviation gasoline, lubricating oil, and motor gasoline storage; operations and control tower, street paving, motor pool and parking area paving; railroad spur, electric distribution system, cold storage plant, wing headquarters building. Clement Named Speaker for Cotton Contest Tennessee Governor To Give Principal Address Here Oct. 1 Gas supply main and distribution system, dental clinic, technical laboratory, jet test stand, Air Installation Officer storage space, igloo, airmen's club, non-commissioned of- ficers'club. / •Post exchange store/group headquarters building:, group tactical building, and squadron headquarters building. However, some of the buildings and the schedule may be-changed, Col. Brown said. State Demos Fac ro assue Clement will be principal speaker for the National Cotton Picking Contest this year. Announcement of Governor Clement's "acceptance was made today by Contest Chairman Kelley Welch Question of Voice ^ In Party Policy to Be Decided at Convention LITTLE ROCK W) — Democratic State Convention delegates Friday- are expected to make some decision on the strength of the Negro voice in Arkansas' Democratic Party policy. , Just how the question would be presented to a convention with only one accredited Negro delegate had not been decided. Negro Democrats, seeking recognition from the official party organization, would like to have at least two or three Negroes on the Democratic State Committee. However, they probably would settle for less, observers believe. Orval Faubus, Democratic nominee for governor, has discussed the matter with Negro party leaders, but he has made no committ- ments. ' Observers believe the convention will receive a proposal, in the form of a resolution, recommending that an advisory council .of Negroes be created. The council and the Democratic State Committee would Work together. Each Congressional district would elect a member to the council which then would become an official arm of the party. Republicans long have granted the Negroes a voting voice on their State Committee. Delegates will begin registering for the convention here at 9 a.m. tomorrow. The session will be called to order at noon in Robinson Memorial Auditorium. air tour which will include Nashville, the "Tennessee capital, -/v Announcement" of .the • Tennessee governor as speaker for the event came on the heels. of recent speculation within the Democratic Party that Governor Clement will b? a vice-presidential candidate in 1S5J, with Adlai Stevenson repeating as head of the ticket. The NCPC's air tour group, which departed -this -morning, is to be greeted by Clement tomorrow afternoon at 4. . _ : Nasiiville is one of the scheduled stops for the tour, the group appearing on television station WXIS- IV at 3 and being received by the j gc".";rnor one hour later. Governor Clement will;make the pnncipal address at: the main grandstand on the afternoon of Oct. 1. •• .• .-.• •' Soil Practices Data Available At ASC Office Farmers interested in qualifying . ior ASC soil conservation practices should inquire at the ASC offices in Court'House here. • ASC Field Officer Walter Daniels pointed out today that new funds have been made available for two new conservation practices. The practices involve planting of pastures, alfalfa, cover and green manure crops. Both practices are relatively new, Mr. Daniels pointed out, and details can be obtained in the ASC office. Segregation Fight Gives Kids Holiday MILFORD, Del. UP) — Schoolchildren in this southeastern Delaware town enjoyed-'their third holiday this week today while school officials wrestled with the problem of integrating the community's two schools, one previously all-white, the other all-Negro. * The Board of Education closed the schools last Monday "in the best interests of "the children" after threats of violence, if white and Negro high school pupils were allowed to continue studying side by side. Eleven Negro pupils registered with 676 white children for class in previously all-white Lakeview High School Sept. 7. The school board decided to close the schools Sept. 20 only following a meeting of 1,500 of the town's 5,700 residents. .. Despite a petition bearing over 1,000 names which called for expulsion of Negro pupils from Lake- viev/, the board scheduled classes for Tuesday. But board" member William V. Sipple Jr., said telephone calls "poured in" threatening possible violence to the Negro pupils. The board then ordered the schools closed "until further notice." The Milford board is slated to meet with the state Board of Education Thursday night. TVA Power Rates For Arkansas Said Possible Von Treskow, Head Of Private Syndicate, Makes Claim MEMPHIS'(£) — The head of a private syndicate claims a steam electric generatingiplant which his organization, wants to build could supply, power to Arkansas residents at rates equivalent to those prevailing' in the "Tennessee "Valley Authority area. - 4 The' declaration was made last night by Walter Von Treskow, head of New York financial interests which have offered to build a plant at Fulton, Term.,, to supply power to the Atomic Energy Commission and .TVA. Von Treskow, here to confer with his attorney, said in a telegram to Arkansas Attorney General Tom Gentry: . "In our offer to build the generating station at Fultori, Term., to meet the needs of TVA in the Memphis area 'we suggested "that we would be sufficiently increase the' size of this "plant to meet the growing needs for power, of the Arkansas Power & Light Co. "We offered to sell them power from this plant at- the same cost as TVA. The cost of the" power'to: AP&L would be about 3.30 mills 7 per kilowatt .hour. In the public records it .is reported that AP&L costs ^of producing: power at the present timers'between 8 and 9; mills ,.!per KWH. "This is more than twice as, muclr-as it ; would cost them to purchase power from the Fulton plant." Von Treskow quoted Hamilton Moses, AP&L president, as saying in a speech last May that if his company could: obtain power at TVA rates the utility could cut the cost of power to its customers by 40 per. cent. The syndicate headed by Von Treskow proposed last April to build a power plant at Fulton for the AEC on a mixed cost or "mutually satisfactory" cost-plus basis at the option of the commission.-. It estimated cost of the plant at 100 See POWER on Page 14 NCPC AIR TOUR TAKES OFF—Four Blytheville ambassadors for the National Cotton Picking Contest are appearing on television programs in Shreveport, La., and Jackson; Miss., this" afternoon while making a five-state aerial tour publicizing the event. Above, Ernest Halsell .lends a helping hand to Miss Rosemary Monaghan while P. D. Foster (left) and JNCPC Chairman Kelley Welch wait to board Mr. HalselTs plane before take-off from Blytheville this morning. The quartet dropped into Little Rock this morning and will spend the night in Jackson before flying "on to Birmingham, Ala., and Nashville, Term., on the last swing of the tour. They will-be back in Blytheville tomorrow evening. (Courier News Photo) Judging Is Begun At District Fair Judging of entries in all departments except swin< was under way at the Northeast Arkansas District £air a Walker Park here following a chilly opening yesterday eve mng. Entries ranged from canned goods to cattle and crocheting to community booths were examined by judges in the various departments today. Swine judging will be done tomorrow, which also will be FFA Day. Friday will be both 4-H Day and the annual Kids' Day, when all school-age children will be admitted free to the fairgrounds. The 10th annual district fair officially opened at 5 p.m. yesterday but the descending temperature that finally hit a low of 50 overnight cut into the opening night crowd. Fair officials estimated that some 1,800 persons passed through' the gates last night. Last night's low made it the chilliest since May 21; when the mercury slid to 46 degrees. However, the Weather Bureau this morning forecast warmer weather for tomorrow. Entertainment Set A fireworks display, which will be repeated at 8 tonight, opened the grandstand entertainment program last night. A variety show will be staged at 8 p.m. tomorrow, Harriman Nominated By New York Demos NEW YORK (AP) — Averell Harriman was nominated for governor by the Democratic party early today and he began immediately to map out plans for a vigorous cam- Fulbright Asks More Form Aid FAYETTEVHiE, Ark. (/P) — Sen. William Fulbright appealed to President Eisenhower today for more aid for farmers who have been suffering from the long drought. In a letter released by the Arkansas senator's Fayetteville office today, Fulbright told Eisenhower that Arkansas was the "most seriously affected state In the drouth area." "The situation in Arkansas is desperate anU growing worse daily," Fulbright said in the letter. "The •fxtire economy of the are* it ser* X'^ly injured." paign. The wealthy 52-year-old former Republican who became a top official of the Roosevelt and Truman administrations, easily defeated Rep. Franklin D. Roosevelt Jr. on the first ballot after one of the most acrimonious state conventions in the history of the party. The remainder of the ticket was to be selected today, and the two- day convention will close tonight with a formal acceptance speech by Harriman. Roosevelt conceded defeat shortly after 1 a.m. when Harriman had rolled up 541 votes to the congressman's 217. A majority of 510 was needed. Onondaga County's 22 votes put Harriman over the top, 531 to 213. At that point In the rollcall, Roosevelt strode to the platform. He had been in an anteroom of the convention \hall-the 165th Regiment Armory—with his wife and mother, Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt, widow of President^ Roosevelt. Before Roosevelt could be presented, two more county delegations had voted to bring the total to M1.217. Paul E. Fitzpatrick, the converi- Friday and Saturday and v aut races are scheduled for Sunday af ternoon. • Entries in the cattle and swine departments this year fell sharp!} a sudden 'change of mind by the Arkansas State Fair Board which left Mississippi County Fair Asso ciation offioials in a tight spot. The State Livestock Show, di rected by Sen. Clyde Byrd of E Dorado, earlier this summer seni word here that the state even would be closed this year to all except Arkansas entries. Fair As sociation officials here were urged to "close" their livestock show accordingly so all winners from here who normally also enter the state event would be from Arkansas. Fair officials here agreed. Then the state fair board met recently and in effect reversed Sen. Byrd. By this time, however, the ditsrict fair catalogs were out and out-of-state breeders who usually show their stock here had made irrangements' to enter other shows. Other Entries Off Entries in the poultry and rabbit divisions also were off somewhat from last year's totals. Fair officials said this was due to economic setbacks suffered by breeders when prices of chickens and rabbits dropped considerably this year.. All space in the Main Exhibit Building has been occupied by community booths and commercial displays. Fair Association Secretary R. E. Blaylock said a number of exhibitors had to be turned away for lack of space. tion's permanent chairman, halted | . Work was continuing today on the rollcall and presented Roosevelt as "a" great American." 1 FDR Jr. told the wildly cheering delegates; "On behalf of my many friends, I would like to suggest that the nomination of my old friend Averell Harriman be made unanimous.. This was done. Referring to the bitter battle for the nomination, Roosevet said, "let bygones be bygones" and promised to campaign for Harriman. He predicted that if the Democrats went al out in the campaign they would win their first New York gubernatorial victory "in 12 long, horrible years." form and Roosevelt congratulated him. He also congratulated Tammany leader Carmine G. DeSapio the fight for Harriman. Harriman, with Roosevelt at his side, their thanked the delegates for "expression of confidence" and Roosevelt for hi* pledge of support. laying of track for the miniature train built here by Joe Atkins. This installation is to be permanent and fair officials said Mr. Atkins also plans to erect a quon- set-type structure which will serve as a tunnel when the train is running as well as a place to store the cars. The fair is scheduled to close at 6 p.m. Sunday. Annual River Hearing Set The Mississippi River Commission will hold ,&• public hearing aboard the river steamer Mississippi at Caruthersville at 10 a.m. Oct. «. • This will be' one o* a series of hearings held during the commission's annual low-water inspection trip from Cairo, HI., to New Orleans. The trip will begin Oct. 5 and tod Oct. 12. Inside Today's Courier News .': . Autumn Preview, Fantasy of Fashion Presented at High School Auditorium by Blytheville Junior Auxiliary . . . Society . . , Page 4 ... ) ... A's Sale Reported Hours Away . . . Giants Have Smoother. Infield, Less Power . . . Sports . . . Pages 10 and 11 ... . . . Alabama Studies Plan to Eni Public Schools in Face of Segregation Issue . . . Page 2 ... '.--• . . Osceola News and Feature ... Page 5 ... . . . Tribe Win Helps Baseball .;. .Editorials . . . Page 8 ... Officials Term Parent's Death Murder-Suicide By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The parents of two young girls died yesterday in what Faiton County officials listed as "murder" and "suicide.' ' Deputy Sheriff Roy Chamlee said Arthur Watkins shot his wife to death with a .38 caliber pistol and then turned 'the weapon to his head and pulled the trigger. Watkins died when the bullet struck him in the temple. Both were 32- years-old. Chamlee said the shooting occurred at the home of Watkins' parents, Mr. and Mrs. Will Watkins of near Mammoth Spring. The deputy said the couple, and their daughters, ages 12 and'nine, recently returned from Iowa where Watkins d worked in a foundry. Court Sets Integration Hearing Red Chinese Barred From Organization Gets Down to Business By WILLIAM >*. OATIS UNITED NATIONS, N. Y. (AP) — The ninth IT. N. General Assembly turned to election of seven vice presidents and seven committee chairmen this morning after an opening session which sidetracked the annual Communist bid to seat Red China. Five of the vice presidencies* under U.N. rules - go to the "Big Five" permanent members of the Security Council — the United States, Britain, France, the Soviet Union asd: Nationalist China. Burma and Ecuador were slated for .the othfer two on a geographical rotation basis. Van Fief fens Elected As expected before the session's opening, Dr. Eeelco N. van Kief- fens, Netherlands minister to Portugal, was elected Assembly president-yesterday after the shelving of the Red China issue. Leading candidates for the top committee posts were these: Political, Francisco Urratia, Colombia; special political, Thor Thors. Iceland; economic, Sir Douglas Copland, Australia; social, Jiri Nosek, Czechoslovakia; trusteeship, Rafik Asha, Syria; administrative, Pbte Sarasin. Thailand; legal,- Francisco Garcia Amador, Cuba. Fort Smith Junior College Votes to Bar Negroes FORT SMITH, Ark. (JP) — The Board of Regents at Fort Smith Junior College has voted to deny admission to Negroes. E. T. Vines, college dean, said the board "has nothing against admit- ;ing Negroes , but it believes such action would jeopardize the school's financial standing at this time." Weather ARKANSAS — Fair this afternoon, tonight and Thursday; warmer Thursday and in extreme northwest tonight. MISSOURI—Fair this afternoon, onight and Thursday; little warm- r northwest this afternoon and west and north tonight; warmer ver the state Thursday. Minimum this morning—50. Maximum yesterday—83. Sunrise tomorrow—5:48. Sunset today—5:57. Mean temperature (midway between Igh and low—86.5. Precipitation last 24 hours to 7 s,,n oday—none. Precipitation Jan. I to this date — 25.63. This Date Last Year Maximum yesterday—82. Minimum this mornSng-45. Precipitation January i to date — HM. Court announced today it will hear further arguments Dec. 6 on how to carry out its decision against racial segregation in public schools. The arguments could extend' over several days. There will be an allowance of 10 hours for arguments from South Carolina, Virginia, Kansas, Delaware and the District of Coumbia—directly involved in the cases which brought the court's antisegregation decision last May 17—and the replies to those arguments. In addition, the Justice Department also may present one hour of argument, and seven states which were not directly involved in the May decision have notified the court they . wish to appear as "friends of the court." These states, which 'will file briefs and possibly take part in the oral arguments, are North Carolina, Arkansas, Texas, Florida, Maryland, Tennessee and Oklahoma. If attorneys general of these states wish to argue, they will be allowed one hour each. Harold Willey, clerk of the high tribunal, announced the court's action and said the justices had agreed that briefs of all interested states and the District of Columbia may be filed by Nov. 15. The court opens its fal session Oct. 4. The court in unanimously outlawing public school segregation last May .called for further discussion this fall on how and when integration should take effect. With, Van Kleffens, the 14 lesser Assembly officials make up the Steering Committee. They were to meet this afternoon to plan the session's work on the 67 items proposed for the international group's agenda. 'The resolution putting off action on Russia's proposal to seat Red China was ^proposed yesterday, by the United States. The Assembly adopted it 43-11. It was 'the third traight year the Assembly has taken such, action. ± Pandit Bows Out Mrs. Vijaya Lakshmi -Pandit of India, as outgoing Assembly president, called'yesterday's session to order. She noted the' end of the Indochina war and said she hoped the ninth Assembly too would "promote the cause of peace." Deputy Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Y. Vishinsky then introduced a resolution to have the Assembly say it "considers it necessary that the representative of the Chinese People's Republic, appointed by the Central. People's Government, should take the rightful seat "of China in the General Assembly and in other organs of the United Nations." Vishinsky held that the U.N. would be hampered otherwise, and that the Peiping government had shown itself to be peace-loving at the Geneva conference and in Premier Chou En-lai's June talks with India and Burma. The Soviet diplomat called it intolerable that the ''Kuomintang group," as he termed 'Chiang Ks,i-shek*5 representatives, held China's place in the U.N. Henry Cabot Lodge Jr., U.S. permanent representative to the j U.N., replied while Secretary of State Dulles listened. Britain Supports TJ.S. Lodge moved that the Assembly decide not to consider at this 1954 session "any proposals to exclude representatives of the government of the Republic of China or to seat representatives of the Central People's Government." Then the American moved that the Assembly vote on his proposal before Vishinsky's, a motion approved 45-7. Britain, which recognizes Pei- ping, supported the U.S. bid to shelve the issue. In secret balloting for U.N. president Van Kleffens received 45 votes to 3 for Prince Wan Wait- hayakon of Thailand. There were See U. N. on Page 14 2 Killed In Crash Of 3 Jets flat Tire, OTIS AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. (AP) — Two Air Force fliers, were killed and three" others escaped injury in the crash of three Jet airplanes after landing in foul weather last night. Air Force officials blamed th* crashes on a flat tire and a torrential rainfall which, shut out' visibility and made radio communication between the planes and the control tower so erratic that messages could not be understood. Names of the victims were withheld. The mishaps were outlined by Air Force officials early today as follows; • The first of three F94C Starfire jets were preparing to land when the weather closed in. The pilot's forward visibility neared zero and, to complicate matters, radio communication with the airport control tower became erratic. The tower cleared that jet—piloted by 1st. Lt. Frederick' J. Luddy, 25, of Altoona, Pa.—to land. As the plane . touched ground it blew 'a tire, forcing the plane to grind to a halt in the center of the runway. Second Cleared The tower, unable to hear Luddy 's message and unable to see the disabled craft because of the dirty weather, cleared the second plane to land. , The pilot of that plane, hindered by lack of visibility, brought the craft down far short of the runway, tearing a swath -through small trees and brush.. ".. s Both the pilot, 2nd Lt. Anthony unningham, 26, of Roanoke, Ala., and his - radar observer, 2nd Lt. Joseph Gallagher, 24, of Philadelphia, Pa., walked but of their wrecked plane uninuured- Unable to see the plane on the runway and the crashed jet, the tower cleared the third plane to and. • As it approached with its landing lights on, Luddy attempted* to signal the pilot with his flashlight. But when he realized that neither the pilot nor the radar observer saw him, dived to safety off the runway. The third jet crashed into Luddy's stalled plane, killing both members of the crew. Three Cities Eye Own Power Plants to Beat AP&L Rate Hike By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Three Arkansas cities are in varying stages of plans for buying and operating their own power systems. All three are now serviced by Arkansas Power and Light Co., whose application for a permanent rate increase has been bitterly protested by some cities. The three cities are .Marianna, Russellville and Helena. Mayor W. L. Ward Jr. of Marianna said yesterday the city will buy the electricity distribution system for Arkansas Utilities Co.. which now leases the system to AP&L. The city already owns its water system. Ward said the 90-day notice required by law before the purchase can be made has been sent to AP&L. City Attorney James K. Young of Russellville said that city also has given 90-day notice to APfcL, after a meeting of some 400 citizens who were dissatisfied with AP&L's proposed rate increase. At Helena, the city council meets tomorrow night to make a decision on purchasing a. power system. The Helena council has been studying the feasibility of the city operating its own system for several weeks. AP&L nas asked the State Public Service Commission to approve a $3,900,000 annual rate increase. The power company upped its rates this summer under a state law allowing it to do so by posting a bond for customer refunds if the increase is finally disapproved. A hearing on the rate application has been scheduled by the PSC to begin Oct. 11. City attorneys from several Arkansas cities who increase have obtained rate expert* to testify at the bearing. : operated transport. 1 Killed in AF Plane Crash In California SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. W — One military man was killed and eight others parachuted from a disabled Air Force C82 cargo plane which crashed and burned in the San Bernardino mountains last night, the sheriff's office reported today. K. R. Halstead, a sheriff's officer, said the charred body of a man, unidentified, was found in the wreckage. Search was under way in rugged mountain areas for five men who cated. Halstead said four or five lights had bees spotted :n remote sections, possibly flares held by the missing men. Maj. John Autry, operations officer at Norton Air Force Bast here, said three been located. survivors had Transport Burnt STANSTED, England (#}—A four- engine transport with 46 British soldiers and a crew of A aboard crashed and caught flr« taking off today. Everyone scrambled out safe* ly with only a second Or two to spare: The aircraft WM * primttlf

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