The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on January 23, 1956 · Page 1
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Monday, January 23, 1956
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS 'THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OP NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI VOL. LI—NO. 254 Blytheville Courier Blytheville Daily News Mississippi Valley Leader Blytheville Herald BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS, MONDAY, JANUARY 23. 1956 TEN PAGES Except Sunday SINGLE COPY FIVE CENTS Bombay Rioters Warned Government Cites Dangers Of Dissension By EUGENE LEVIN NEW DELHI, India (AP) The high command of Prime Minister Nehru's Congress party warned Indians today their dissension over creation of new states has created "a dangerous situation full of peril to the nation." A 5,009-word resolution, reportedly drafted by the Prime Minister himself, declared the central government would not be swayed by violence such as that which swept Bombay last week to protest loss of the city as capital of a ne\v Maratha state. Most Congress party pronouncements amount to statements of official government policy since the party completely dominates the administration under Nehru. In Other Areas The Bombay protests, strikes and street battles, compounded by sabotage, arson and looting, have been followed by similar outbreaks in Calcutta, Orossa State, Punjab and other points—bringing the greatest domestic crisis the Nehru government has raced in the ~ six years of the republic. Bombay police reported 56 deaths have been confirmed in the week of disorders in that state, but reliable informants said the toll more probably was near 400 and that thousands were injured. The resolution— entitled "A Call to the Nation" — was released following a four-hour meeting yesterday of the Congress party Central Committee at Nehru's official residence. It said the Bombay disturbances "imperil the future of India and her people" and urged Indians "not to allow any differences of opinion over relatively minor matters to come in the way of the nation's larger efforts." "Disgrace to India" It declared the Bombay riots "disgrace and dishonored Bombay and India." Without naming any specific group, the resolution said "disruptive forces have been at work in the guise of linguistic provinces but oiien with other aims in view." Bombay State authorities claim Communists were largely responsible for inciting and See BOMBAY on Page 10 Another Firm Pays BC Pledge Scott Alley, owner of Scott Alley Signs, today said he is paying his $150 pledge'to the Blytheville Company this week. Alley, who was among five firms against whom suits were filed to collect pledges on an industrial fund, offered a statement which said ne had been denied the privilege »t bidding on Chamber of Commerce and city sign work. The statement follows: "I have lived in Blytheville all o! my life and have never refused to cooperate in any civic project for the'good of the community. My reluctance to pay this particular pledge stemmed from the consistent refusal of both I he City and the Chamber of Commerce to ever nllo\v me the privilege of bidding on sign work required by either group. "I have never felt that favoritism was fair to the others of us in Blytheville in the same business. This! feeling: of unfairness was accented | in this instance by the knowledge that my pledge was the largest made by any sign shop in the city and yet when tne sign work was done at Central Metals Products Company only one sign shop Was asked to bid on it. "I believe the Chamber of Com- j merce should In all similar cases' advise the firms of the names ol those who contributed to the industrial fund." ARMY ! 1,034,300 MILITARY MIGHT AND IKE'S BUDGET — Here's how America's armed might will size up under President Eisenhower's fiscal 1057 budget; Uncle Sam's muscles will be slightly larger on June 30, 1951 than at the end of fiscal 1956, this coming June. However, they will be somewhat smaller in 1957 than they were at the end of 1955. Estimated military strength on Dec. 31, 1955 has been placed at 2,900,000. Figures are from the Department of Defense. California Train Wreck Fatal to 29 LOS ANGELES (AP) — A two-car Santa Fe diesel train, its engineer apparently blacked out rounded a curve too fast last night and toppled over, killing an estimated 29 persons and injuring at least 90 in one of California's worst railroad disasters. Bodies were so badjy mangled* ——— were and dismembered—some were decapitated—that the coroner's office had difficulty identifying them and. determining exactly how many were in the morgue. At least two were children. Deputy Coroner Richard Davis said. "We believe that there are 30 bodies here." The highest rail death toll in this state was 32 in 1907- The train last night was en route to San Diego — 125 miles south of here—with 161 passengers, about 40 per cent of them servicemen returning to their bases. The two cars overturned on their left sides a few minutes alter leaving the station here at 5:30 p.m. It was dark. Sucked Out Window "The people sitting on the left side where sucked right out of the window and caught on the ties when the train crashed on its side," said flagman Bill Hines, one of the crew of five. "Those people didn't have a chance." Sparks showered as both overturned cars skidded along with a deathly screeching sound for about 200 feet on the outside of the curve. Each car contained a diesel unit nnd room for 88 passengers. The accident happened inside the city limits, about four miles from Union Depot. Thousands of homebound motorists, hearing 01 the wreck on their car radios, drove to the scene, creating a serious traffic jam and delaying some ambulances. "Undue Speed" Stunned, injured survivors lay, sat or stood along the ground. Some searched for missing relatives. Many of the badly injured screamed in pain and panic. Santa Fe President Fred G. Gurley said in Chicago: "All indications are the accident was caused by undue speed." Raymond D. SheHon, general manager for Santa Fe's coast lines, said, "Engineer Frank Parrish estimated his speed at the time of the derailment at 50 m.p.h. I think this curve would take about 40 M.P.H." Parrish, 61, of San Bernardino, Calif., who has been with the railroad 37 years, said he had slowed the train after passing a 35 m.p.h. marker and apparently blacked out. The next thing he remembered. Emergency calls went out for doctors, nurses, clergy and blood. Scores of ambulances lined up at the scene. Clergymen of all faiths circulated among .the dead and injured, administering final rites .or giving comfort. The first ambulance attendant to See WRECK on Page 10 Circuit Court Clears Calendar Circuit Court recessed today until Wedneday when a jury will hear a $2,795.50 conditional sales contract case. Four suits scheduled for today and tomorrow were continued and three others were settled, clearing the calendar until Wednesday morning. The contract case involves sale of a 1955 Chevrolet to Otis Wolford. Complaint, filed by General Motors Acceptance Corp., alleges that Wol- word did not fulfill his end of the contract. Mox Theater Sold to McCann W. P. McCann lins purchased the Mox Theatre from Sam Becker, It/ wns announced today. .Active management wa» asumcd by MoOuM KMV nt«M. Realtor Official Kiwanis Speaker Don Hadfield, secretary of Arkansas Real Estate Commission, Little Rock, will speak to the Kiwanis Club Wednesday noon, Louis Isaacs, program chariman, announced today. Hadfield will speak on real estate laws and the workings of the commission. He has been scheduled to speak before the .Blytheville Real Estate Board at the Rustic Inn Wednesday night. • . Kiwanis luncheon will be at noon at Hotel Noble. Negro Students Attempt to Enroll At Little Rock High LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A group of Negro children attempted to enroll for the spring semester at Little Rock Central High School, the state's largest high school, and other .schools in a surprise move here today. The Negro ' students were turned away by Virgil Blossom, superintendent of Little Rock schools. He said the enrollment applications would be.denied in line witn the announced school board policy of postponing racial integration. Officials of the Arkansas State Conference of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, accompanied by some of the students, met with Blossom. May Go to Coxirt After the meeting with school ol- ficials, the Negro leaders said their next step may be an appeal to the courts, but "only as a last resort." Little Rock public schools were petitioned last ye.-r by the NAACP, which asked for immediate integration in Little Rock schools. At that time the school board said it planned to integrate the races first at the high school level, probably in two or three years. After that, the school said, it planned to integrate at the junior high level, then at the elementary level. Blossom said high school integration hinges on the completion of a new high school building, possibly by late 1957. Sought to Transfer Eight Negro girls, all students at Horace Mann High chool, appeared Horace Mann High School, appeared at Central High School this morning. They said they were seeking enrollment by transfer. They were accompanied by Mrs. L. C. Bates of Little Rock, state NAACP president, and F. W. Smith of North Little Rock, NAACP field representative for Arkansas. One Negro boy appeared at Little Rock Tech High School seeking enrollment, and four Negro children and three Negro adults went to Forest Heights Junior High School. .Fourteen Negro students and four adults appeared-at Forest elementa- ry school. In each instance, the Negroes went to the school principal. And in each case, they were told to contact Blossom. •--•• .-••-,."I want to be as kind as I can, ' Blossom told the Negroes, "but I'll have to deny your request. This in line with the policy outlined to you Byrd Blasts Increase In Ike's Budget No Room For Tax Cut, He Claims By JACK BELL WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Byrd (D-Va) said -today the Stassen Accused Of Interfering In Pakistan Probe (AP) — Tlip Senate TnvpgHgatrnns snbi-nminitfpp gain tnriay TTamlH Eisenhower administration is j Stassen tried to "hinder and impede" its inquiry into a Pakistan grain bin project he had ap- trying to "pile up lOUs" of the kind it criticized the Truman administration for leaving behind. Byrd, chairman of the Senate Pi- nance Committee and long-time advocate of spending cuts, said in an interview: "The President's new budget pro- proved in his old job of foreign aid director. In a majority report to the Senate the subcommittee said its in- vestigatlon uncovered "strong evidence of collusion" by others which Stassen should have detected, and against which he should have taken precautions. Sen. Bender (R-Ohio) filed a vigorous dissent that the majority reposes an increase of nine billion port is "inaccurate and unfair." dollars in appropriations over the - - — amount Congress voted two years ago. He said congressional appropriations in the 1954 calendar year were 57 billion dollars,, climbed to 62 billion dollars the following year and are recommended at 66 billion dollars in the new budget. Congress authorizes government expenditures by appropriations Most of the money involved is spent in the same year but some 01 it goes into a backlog for future spending. .. "Reversal of Policy" The new budget request was the first in which Elsenhower has asked Congress for larger appropriations than the amount he estimated the government would spend. Byrd called the request a reversal of the policy by the President. "When President Eisenhower came into office he and Secretary ot the Treasury Humphrey criticized the Democrats for leaving behind a tremendous .amount of commitments in unexpended balances of funds," Byrd said. "They couldn't balance the budget because of these commitments. Now they are trying to pile up lOUs of the same kind." No Postal Hike Byrd said the predicted surplus of 435 million dollars represents ''precarious" budget balancing, inasmuch as Eisenhower included in his revenue estimates an increase in postal rates Byrd said he does not believe Congress will vote. Proposed Amendment Against Integration Filed with Gentry LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A proposed state constitutional amendment, which sponsors contend will nullify the U. S. Supreme Court's ruling on desegregation in public schools, was to be submitted to Ally. Gen. Tom Gentry today for approval of a ballot title. $50.000 Suit Is Filed Here A $50,000 damage suit was filed in Circuit. Court last week. over the death of Edgar Wright, of Manila, killed in a farm accident last Oct 6. According to the complaint filed against Odel Holsclaw by Mary Lucy Wright, the dead man's widow, Wright was struck by the hopper of a cotton picker hitched to a tractor. He died following the injuries. Mrs. Wright charged Holsclaw with "negligence" in falling to keep the machine in "good repair." She asked $50,000 damages of Holsclaw, for whom her husband worked as driver. Korean Vet Loses His Life Two Years Following Auto Accident The Korean War Veteran who was seriously Injured in an automobile accident two years ago ended his long fight for life yesterday. O. W. Rollings of Osccqla died in Crlttendtn County Memorial Hospital of results of * spinal Injury suffered ln< an accident. Ooccola olUzens, when they became aware of his case about six monttis t«c, begku «oU«ottaf mon- ey to assure him proper medlcnl treatment. He was .28 years old. Services will be conducted today In Swift Funeral Home chnpel with burial In Erinen Cemetery In Os- ceoln. He leaves his mother, Mrs. Roxle Bailey; and his father, Bruce Rollins, Manila; one son, Jerry Rollins. Peru. III.: a sister,'Miss Jcs- •U LM JtolUnt, Letter Carriers In District Meeting Here Seventy-six delegates from eight Arkansas cities were present Saturday night at the meeting of the Northeast Arkansas District of National Letter Carriers Association in Rustic Inn. Paul Burks, president of both the local and district associations, pie- sided at the meeting. The RPV. Harold Eggensperger. pastor of Mirst Methodist Church, was principal speaker. Other speakers were Loyce Anderson of Prescott, president of the state association, Sam Harper of North Little Rock, Howard Miles of Paragould and Walter Darling of Jonesboro. Ross Stevens. Blytheville postmaster, and J. P. Friend, assistant Blytheville postmaster, also spoke briefly. . Wives of delegates were special guests at the dinner-meeting. Other guests included Mrs. Ef- gensperger, Mrs. Friend. Mrs. Stevens, Mr. nnd Mrs. Earl McGregor and Mr. and Mrs. Quinry Alexander. During the business session the carriers adopted B resolution call- in!? for an Increase in uniform allowance. Harrison Grad Cops Top Mark Jennnetle McClish, a 1955 honor graduate of Harrison High School, made the highest freshmnn grades at Shorter College in North Little Rock during the past school semester. Rev. D. A Tnlbot, Guidance Counselor at the college, also reported two other Harrison graduates on the school's honor roll. They are Mln- nV M-.uri:e Kins I 111 * 1 Gcraldinc Whit*. The proposed amendment is based on the theory of interposition. Pro-segregation leader James D. Johnson of tt said here Saturday that he would sponsor a drive to place the proposed amendment on the November ballot. Both Johnson and Gentry re- porledly are considering running for governor in next summer's Democratic primaries. Gov. Orval Faubus also is expected to try for a second term. Johnson and Amis Guthridge, another outspoken advocate of separation of the Negro and white races, have charged that Faubus nnd Gentry "either favor integration or are too cowardly to take a stand." They repeated the charges in announcing the proposed amendment. Faubus declined, comment and Gentry could not be reached. Interposition is the method that has been used by states in asserting their rights when they feel that the federal government has assumed powers that rightfully belong to the states. Johnson said that the proposed amendment would "nullify and circumvent" the U.S. Supreme Court decisions which declared segregation in public schools illegal. Johnson and other Southern advocates contend that the high court usurped powers guaranteed to str.tes under the 10th amendment to the U. S. Constitution when it ordered fin end to segregation. Guthridge and Johnson represented three pro-segregation groups that have been enjoined from Interfering with segregated school flt Hoxie by a federal district court. The federal court decision, In effect, declared Arkansas' school segregation laws Invalid in view of the U.S. Supreme Court's rulings. About 33,000 signatures nre needed to put a proposed amendment to n vote. Cfuthr'.dgo predicted "we'll f*t Stassen now is President Eisenhower's top adviser on disarmament problems. He was not immediately available for comment. 1954 Decision The inquiry dealt with a decision he made in December, 1954, as director of the Foreign Operations Administration. The decision was to award to the Agricultural Construction Co. of Los Angeles, a government contract to build two 15,000-ton grain storage elevators in Pakistan. After the Investigation started, Stassen rejected all the bids and the contract never was awarded The majority report, filed by Chairman McClellan (D-Ark), said the investigation was "hampered by the delaying: tactics of Mr, Stassen .He was most uncooperative for a public official. Forbade Questioning; It said Stassen had attempted to withhold documentary evidence from the subcommittee last March, and had forbidden aides to submit to preliminary quizzing unless FOA officials were present. Bender's minority report said Stassen had objected to "s tar chamber" questioning of his staff, and that "in this he was right." The majority said the inquiry showed evidence of collusion between Agricultural"' "Construction. Co. of Los Angeles and Robert Pinner, the project engineer, to swing the contract to that company. Pinner worked for the Ralph M. Parsons Co. of Los Angeles, an engineering firm which FOA had hired to supervise some foreign aid contracts. He was fired in the midst of the hearings. Overrode Subordinates The majority said Stassen had overridden some subordinates in ordering the contract negotiated. It said this firm's $2,430,979.56 bid was $982,062.16 above the "low bid' 'of Columbian Steel Tank Co. of Kansas City, Mo. Both Bender and Sen. Mundt (R- SD), anotner member, dissented from this. Mundt said the bids were not comparable, but that "FOA deserves criticism" for receiving the bids in such a fashion. Other subcommittee ' members are Sens. McCarthy (R-Wis), Jackson (D-Wash), Symington (D-Mo) and Ervin (D-NC). US to Seek Eden's Backing On Red China-in-UN Stand By JOHN M. HIGHTOWER WASHINGTON (AP) — U. S. officials hope to get agreement from British Prime Minister Sir Anthony Eden here next week to hold the line for another year against seating Red China in the United Nations. American officials believe Eden*will not press for any changes in basic U.S. and British policies. Brtain recognizes Red China; the United States does not. There have been growing pressures Britain for several years to support Russia's effort to seat Red The China in the U.N. The United States is opposed to Red Chinese membership. Britain has gone along each time the issue has come up and voted to shelve it i or the duration of each General Assembly session. Officials say there is no doubt but that Russia will raise the matter again next fall. Administration leaders expect Eden will realize the problems that face the government here in a presidential election year and will not do anything to make them more difficult. New Airing" The issue may be in for a new airing at home when the Senate takes up President Eisenhower's nomination of Robert R. Bowie to be an assistant Secretary of State. Senators Bridges of New Hampshire and Knowland of California, GOP policy chairman and floor leader respectively, have made it clear theyobject to the nomination. They have given no reason publicly, but reportedly do not like Bowie's reputed stand that this country must face up to the U. N.- Red China issue. "I have tried to do everything I can," Bridges said in an interview yesterday, "to keep party unity but I am afraid the administration's insistence on pushing this nomination .s going to split the Republicans." Bridges and Knowland are said High Court Rules Out Vote on Feed Tax Exemption By LEON HATCH LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The Arkansas Supreme Court today ruled out a popular vote on exemption of livestock and poultry feed from fhe state sales tax. A four-member majority said'« «• that the form of petitions which 34.000 persons signed to put the 1955 legislative exemption on the general election ballot did not meet legal requirements. A strong dissent by two members of the court said backers of the referral move "have become the unfortunate victims of a gross miscarriage of justice" A seventh justice disqualified himself ,for unannounced reasons. With open support of Gov. Orval Fnubus, last year's General Assembly took the .sales tax off poultry and livestock feed. Alex H. Washburn, Hope newspaper publisher, led a movement for a popular vote on the measure at next November's general election. If the vote had materialized and had been against the exemption, the legislative act would have been overrulled. No Comment Washburn said he didn't want to he Today's supreme Court opinion removed the last possibility of such to have tried unsuccessfully to per suade Secretary of State Dulles to recommend withdrawal of the npm-j comment on the ruling until ination. Neither Dulles nor Bowie j talked with his attorney. has commented. Bowie has been bead 01" the State Department's Policy Plannintr Committee. Due in Week Eden and Foreign Secretary Sel- \vyn IJoyd are due here in a week for four days of discussions with Eisenhower and Dulles. While there is litfle concern about the Red China question, there Bouquets Tossed To City Engineer Bouquets were tossed the way of the City Engineering Department last week and were still coming in today regarding the dispatch with which it removed the four-inch snow of Wednesday night from the downtown area. Mayor Toler Buchanan reported today he is still receiving compliments un the work performed by acting City Engineer Dan Blodgutt ant 1 his crew. "They got to work early Thura- day morning and by noon, mo.^t of our downtown traffic was moving normally," Buchanan stated. The Mayor said he is continuing to receive telephone calls and letters on the alacrity with which department cleared snowbound vote except for the extremely streets and sidewalks unlikely possibility that the court j m.'ijority should reverse itself on a petition for rehearing. Revewmg the case, the majority opinion, written by associate Jus-j tice Sam Robinson, recalled Court of Honor Delayed — ,-- - - - Wfl-shburn submitted to Ally. Gen. is less optimism among adminis- Tom Gentry a draft of the form tration officials about their ability O f a petition for referral of the to hold, the line on restrictions oni ac j; anc j that Gentry wrote that he The Court of Honor for Boy Scout that; Troops 31 and 36 scheduled for to- trade with the Communist bloc countries. Britain has been described as wanting to expand trade with Russia and the Eastern European countries and ease substantially restrictions on trade with China. Sec U.S. on Page 10 Two Men Fife In Pemiseot Race CARUTHERSVILLE — A contest is developing in the race for sheriff of Pemiscot County. Two men have filed for election ill the Democratic primary Aug. 7. They are Clyde Orton and Arthur {Johnny) Pullsni. Meanwhile, Sheriff John Hosier of Caruthersville says he isn't ready to announce whether he will seek re-election. He has until April 24 to file for the primary. Orton is chief deputy sheriff here. Pullam operates a grocery at Hayll. County Clerk Harold S. Jones said that two people have filed In the Democratic primary for reelection to their county offices. They are Assessor Obyc Coker of Cru'Ulhersvillc and Coroner John Gorman ot Haytl. had examined the form and "the same as submitted is hereby approved." "Nothing is mentioned in either the letter from Washburn to the attorney general or from the attorney general to Washburn about a popular name or ballot title." Robinson wrote. A popular name and ballot title are two designations required on inititative or referendum petitions. After the signed petitions had been fled,. Secretary of State C. G. Hall asked Gentry if they met legal requirements as to popular name and ballot title. Gentry said they did not. Missourians Vote Tomorrow CARUTHERSVILLE— Pcinsicot Countians will join other Missourians In going to the polls tomorrow to vote on a bond Issue !n the form of a constitutional amendment. Approval of the Issue would result In $75 million being used for the benefit of educational and pen- nnd hospitals lor Institutions itUKUW. night has been postponed until next Monday night, it was announced today. Weather ARKANSAS: Cloudy with occasional rain or snow this afternoon nnd tonight, colder tonight. Tuesday cloudy and continued cold. MISSOURI—Considerable cloudiness this afternoon with snow west and north and vain or snow southeast; occasional freezing rain likely extreme southeast; mostly cloudy tonight and Tuesday;, light snow east tonight and beginning northwest Tuesday afternoon; warmer northeast and extreme north tonight; not quite so cold Tuesday? low tonight near 10 extreme north to around 20 south; high Tuesday generally in the 20s. Maximum Saturday—42, Minimum Sundny—28. Minimum this morning—27. Maximum yofitenjfty—3fl. Sunrise tomorrow—7:03. Sunsftt today—5:21. Mean temperature—33.5. Precipitation 24 hours (7 n.m. to 7 a.m.)—trace. Precipitation Jan. 1 to date—.90. Thin tlntc l,.1it Year Maximum yrstcrtlny--4fl. Minimum this morning—34. Precipitation Jan. 1 la a*t«~.*4.

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