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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS VOL. L—NO. 155 Mississippi Valley Leader Blytheville Herald THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OP NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS, THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 1954 EIGHTEEN PAGES Published Daily Except Sunday SINGLE COPY FIVE CENTS AIR BASE FIRE STATION GOING UP — Frame work on the crash and fire station at the Blytheville Air Base is pictured above reaching up from the ground as work progresses on the $11,589 structure. Work on the station was begun in August by the Fraser Construction Co. of Fort Smith after they were awarded the contract for turning in the apparent low bid. The company is also constructing the base guard house. (Courier News Photo) 4 Inmates Killed, 33 Injured In Flaming Missouri Pen Riot JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A flaming riot, at the Missouri state penitentiary, was quelled today after four convicts were killed, 30 prisoners and three guards injured and at least eight prison buildings destroyed or heavily damaged by fire. Critical Utility Official Is 'Formally' Fired -* Heavily armed troopers of the Missouri ' State Highway Patrol moved into the foggy, smoke begrimed prison this morning. Within a short time patrol officers reported all the convicts in JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The board of directors of th Mississippi Power & Light Co. yesterday formally fired J. D Stietenroth, secretary, and treasurer for 26 years whose re cent blasts at the firm's financial setup touched off an in vestigation. Stietenroth issued his first statement criticizing the bookkeeping procedure Sunday,,two days after the executive directors had relieved him of his duties. In an emergency meeting Monday, the board of directors upheld the executive committee's action and invited Stietenroth to attend the regular meeting yesterday. But .he "declined. In- his first statement, Stieten- roth claimed MP&L was dominated by "Wall Street" and Middle ; South 'Utilities, holding company, which has the common stock of MP&L, Louisiana Power & Light, Arkansas Power & Light and New . Orleans Public Service. He accused the company of over- 'charging Mississippi customers so the "big fish" can make more profit. • He sent a telegram to the Securities" & Exchange Commission yesterday asking it to disregard all financial data in Middle South Utilities' application to issue common stock to finance a steam generating- plant in West Memphis, Ark. "Dominated" Stietenroth said he was "under the domination of others in preparing and submitting the figures and data" and he had no confidence in their accuracy. He added he didn't want to intentionally or unitentionally find himself guilty of violating the law. In an earlier statement, Stieten- roth charged MP&L kept two sets of books. He said the regular corporation records are in Jackson, • but all tax records are in New York where Ebasco Services prepares the company's tax returns. MP&L directors denied the charge. They said the books in Jackson were the only ones kept, although Ebasco prepares the tax returns. / I Stietenroth's charges have resulted in a renewal of the controversy over the Dixon-Yates project—a steam generating plant Middle South Utilities will build to supply electricity to the Tennessee Valley Authority. In Washington, Sen. Estes Ke- fuaver (D-Tenn) said he had written letters to the Securities and al Power Commission and the Ne\\ York Stock Exchange to find ou if Stietenroth's charges constitute a violation of regulations, if true »j» »i£» $£• Power Probe Role for Gentry LITTLE ROCK Arkansas Atty. Gen. Tom Gentry said today that he had been invited to Washington to assist in an inquiry into the controversial Dixon-Yates contract for construction of a • $107,000,000 power plant at West Memphis, Ark. Gentry said that he had received the invitation by telephone this morning from Sen. William Lnager (R-ND). Gentry said that Langer had asked him to come to Washington tomorrow. Gentry said prior business commitments probably would keep him from making the trip, but he was scheduled to check with Langer via telephone later today. Gentry leaped into the controversy this week when he Announced that he would aid in combatting a proposed Arkansas Power and Light Co. increase. He said that AP&L had asked for the rate hike as a result of the Dixon-Yates deal. AP&L officials denied the charge and said that the raise had been contemplated for four years. Exchange Commission, the Feder- Crofton to Run For Re-Election Rupert Crafton, Ward Three alderman, has filed for re-election, it was reported this morning by Cits- Clerk W. I. Malin. . Filing date for the Nov. 2 generai election is Oct. 3. In an election filing story earlier this week, it was erroneously stated that Mr. Malin had filed for his second term. He will be seeking his fourth term. in their cells. An hour and ' half later, Col. Thomas E. Whitecotton, director of corrections, said the danger of any mass outbreak was definitely imst. He said then the situation was under control and that he expect- et" no further trouble. "It was the very efficient Highway Patrol that got the job done, and I want to add that the convicts who lost their lives may have lives of many citizens." As the troopers, backed upon the walls and outside the prison by police and national guardsmen, moved through the tiers they flushed out an injured convict here and there, some apparently seriously injured. $5 Million Damage The riot, causing damage estimated by prison-officials as near $5,000,000, was. confined within walls of the sprawling penitentiary located in the city, not far from the state capitol. None of the prisoners was believed to have escaped. The rioting broke out about 7 p.m. last night on the -third floor of E hall, a maximum security section where incorrigible prisoners are confined in separate cells. How they were released from their cells was not known. From then on for six hours, of- 'icers said the place "looked like a madhouse," with men running, shouting, howling and fighting in ;he glare of fire from burning buildings. • ' As guards and state troopers See RIOT on Page 5 U. S. Officials Quietly Working On Alternative Plan for EDC Army Ousts Fleming for Collaboration FT, SHERIDAN, 111. :UB—Lt. Col. Harry Fleming, convicted of collaborating with the Communists as a prisoner of war in Korea, today was sentenced by Army court to be dismissed from, the service' and to forfeit all pay and allowances. The li-member court-martial deliberated Fleming's fate for 12 hours before fixing his punishment. Most of the prosecution, and defense witnesses.,were in the courtroom when the sentence was announced. Many of the men who v/ere prisoners of war in Korea with Fleming stood .tensely, in the courtroom waiting for the court's decision. "Thank God I'm out of prison now—this one and the Communists's" Col. Fleming said after added: Won't End Fight "I'll do everything I can to clear my name." '"''•• "Dismissal from the service is pretty hard to take. I don't intend to stop the fight which started here." The colonel said he wished to express his "tremendous -thanks" to his friends and : to"- "those who never heard of me before.- this; thing but who have respondcd'-with hundreds of letters wishing me wen."' • : '.; '•:.. ••'•'•;.-•.';, ';••:•"..;;,_ Fleming's wife, Gladys, said that in the back of their.family automobile shu has "a box full of letters and telegrams which I have not yet had time to answer." The counsel for Fleming, Alfred La France, of Racine, Wis., and Lt. Col. Rodham Routledge, and Allan Gramza, said that they too have received several hundreds and telegrams expressing "success for the colonel." Idea Is Sought In Event London Conference Fails By JOHN M. HIGHTOWER WASHINGTON (AP) ""— U. S. military and diplomatic officials are quietly working on alternative European defense plans for possible use if next week's London conference fails to produce an acceptable German rearmament program. Some authorities estimated that almost as much time has been spent on possible lines of action fo~ the United States in the absence of French agreement to some German arms plan as that devoted to preparations for American participation in the nine-power London meeting. One reason, informants said, is that State Department-officials do not want to get caught again without substitute plans, as they were when the French Assembly shelved the European Defense Community project. Work to date has produced a great variety of policy papers which informants said fall into three broad categories: 1. Peripheral defense — This would>mean basing U. S. plans for resistance to any Communist aggression on positions in Britain, Spain, Italy and the Middle East. It would have grave political consequences because it would be interpreted by many Western, European peoples as meaning U. S. abandonment of them. Both President Eisenhower and'Secretary of State Dulles are understood to be fundamentally opposed to this concept, yet it is described as having adherents, particularly in the military establishment, if-it proved impossible to rearm West Germany, Weather ARKANSAS — Fair and warmer his afternoon and onight; Friday partly cloudy and mild. MISSOURI — Fair this afternoon nd tonight; increasing cloudiness lorth generally fair south Friday; warmer this afternoon and tonight n the south and east Friday. Minimum this morning—50. Maximum yesterday—75. Sunrise tomorrow—5:49. Sunset today—5:59. Mean temperature (midway between -gti and low—62.5. Precipitation last 24 hours to 7 a.m. oday—none. Precipitation Jan. l to this date — 5.63. This Date Last Year Maximum yesterday—78. Minimum this morning—45. Precipitation January l to date — AND Programs Two Missco Rood Projects The Arkansas Highway Comms- sion today added approximately 1.6 miles in Mississippi County between a point near Burdette and U. 'S. Highway 61 to the state's secondary system on conditioning that right- of-way be furnished by local interests. Part of the road, designated Highway 148, was taken into the system in 1940 but the connecting link to Highway 61 had not been accepted. In another order, the old route Would Go Ahead 2. Direct rearmament of Germany — Under this formula the United. States and Britain would go ahead, despite French unwillingness, to form German military forces after giving the West German government sovereignty in their zones. Some officials are convinced France would eventually have to follow suit in its zone. This would almost certainly involve a special treaty relationship among West Germany, Britain and the United. States. 3. Interim German armament— The United . States and Britain— with the cooperation or assent of France, if possible—would arm the West Germans, after granting sovereignty, but with a clear understanding that a political solution would still be worked out. In effect, the idea would be to say to the French: "We can't wait any longer to get German forces set up in the TB SEAL SALE HEADS — C. L. McWaters, general chairman, Mrs. Byron Moore, mail sale chairman, and Mrs. Max Usrey, personal solicitations chairman, get together to plan the annual Tuberculosis Christmas Seal campaign. Sale of the seals begins Nov. 22. (Courier New* Photo) FFA Boys Have 'Day' At District Fair Here This was Future Farmers, of America Day at the Northeast Arkansas District Fair here. Main events of the day for FFA members from throughout this area were the beef and dairy cattle judging --contests. - •_-...' The FFA boys will cap the day's bull and female and the reserve activities at 8 tonight with a "pig scramble" in front of Walker Park, grandstand. This event will pit 15 boys against 10 greased pigs. Any boy who catches one of the lubricated squealers wil get to keep him on condition that shows the animal at next year's district fair. Bill McLeod, agriculture instructor here and sponsor of the Blytheville FFA chapter, said the pigs are be- ng donated by Blytheville implement dealers, feed dealers, banks and Gins. Clear, cool weather continues to be forecast- by the Weather Bureau : or today, tonight and tomorrow. Tomorrow will be 4-H Day_ with udging of beef and dairy cattle by 4-H teams highlighting their activi- ies. It also will be Kids' Day tomorrow and -all school age children will be admitted free to the fairgrounds. Another fireworks display was taged in front of the grandstand ast night and at 8 tonight the vari- defense .of Western Europe but we e ty show will be staged. This show are willing to agree that limitations ! also will give performances at 8 p~m. on the ultimate size and control of tomorrow and Saturday. Auto races those forces and on arms produc- are scheduled for Sunday afternoon tion may stil be established." and the fair will close at 6 p. m. Secretary of State Dulles is Sunday. scheduled to go to London this j Entries in the swine department weekend to attend the conference were Judged today. Judging in other champion bull and female 'all were shown by ASC. The college's entries ,also won all other awsrds in the See FAIR on Page 5 Pepsi Cola To Build New Plant Construction of a new Pepsi Cola Bottling plant will begin as soon as possible at the corner of Elm and Mathis streets, Jimmie Sanders, owner of the Blytheville company, said this morning. State Democrats Open Convention -Harmony Seen Party Wants Solid Front in Face of GOP Competition LITTLE ROCK ® — Arkansas Democrats opened their uiefiHial state convention here today, and every indication was that the session would be a harmonious one. Apparently both the winning and the losing sides in the recent bitter Democratic primary are determined to present a solid front to the Republican opposition and the threat of independent foes at the Nov. 2 general election. In keeping with tradition, Orval Faubus, the Democratic candidate for governor, has named, the men and women to run the convention and has designated his choices for party leaders during the next two years. Cherry to Speak An address by Gov. ~ Francis The bottling company bought a Cherry-was the first item on the two and one-half acre lot on Elm afternoon program—following the from the Blytheville Chamber of Commerce for 32,885 last week. Full plans for the new building have not been completed although Neil Morrison, head of Pepsi Cola architecture department, of.New York City will be in Blytheville formal opening of the convention at noon. Cherry, who lost a bid for a second term nomination to Faubus accepted Faubus' invitation to speak. Governor Cherry has been con- of Highway 77 in Mississippi Coun- which will bring together also the departments was completed yester- j ty from Carroll's Corner through ; foreign ministers of France, West :Ia y- Etowah to Highway 40 was retain- j Jermany, Britain, Canada, Italy (Other pictures and list of win- T_ . *,. ,, - _ — — ._- v » w .* .*. T *_i.**fc/ WV-W>*Ji WWi*L shortly with preliminary plans, Mr. j fined to the Governor's Mansion inders said. j r-cently due to a sinus condition, Co_,t of the building has not been but he was expected to speak determined,, jie said, but it will be nevertheless. a.-one story'structure of modern nd will face on Elm street: ex- ed as part of the state secondary system and redesignated Highway 136. Highway 77 has been relocated, but Highway Director Herbert Eldridge said the old route is still heavily traveled and recommended its retention in the state system. Belgium, the Netherlands and Lux embourg. aers will be found on pages 2, 3, 5 and 9.) According to present planning, . * eef cattle entries from Arkansas subject to Dulles' own final ap state College Bob Head of Brook- proval, the American secretary Iand ' Ark " and from Darnells Farm wn not take any U. S. proposa" at . 5e f cy we f e heavy ™n.™™ » for solving the French-German yesterdays judging -•- ' Tr! the Hereford division, the Ken Francis, the . lutive secretary, said ... and cover an area of 100 by 150 no formal speecn and that "Cher- feet. The lot will afford space for parking of company trucks and room for expansion. ry's remarks would be brief; Other scheduled convention speakers, besides Cherry, include Sens. John L. McClellan and J. The old building on Ash street j William Fulbright. will be torn down and the lotj Faubus chose Mark Woolsey of sold, Mr. Sanders explained, since j Ozark for temporary chairman. is^ a total loss due_ to the fire j and Congressman Wilbur Mills of See DEMOCRATS on Page 5 which razed it Sept. 5. liHUlll Top Winners at District Fair- Judging At the Northeast Arkansas District Fair here yesterday produced these top winners in the various departments. At left is the community booth set up by the Lost Cane Home Demonstration Club, which won first place. Following the theme "One Dressed Right is a Pleasant Sight," the exhibit stresses the use of good taste In women's fashions. Center panel shows the four grand champions in the poultry show: top left, best cock, Barred Plymouth Rock, entered by O. C. Hicks of Blytheville; top right, best cockrell, Rhode Island Red, entered by Mrs. R. L. Johnson of Blytheville, lower left, best ben, leghorn; entered by Bennie Gill of Dell; and, lower left, best m m «»BJUJUJLJ| pullet, Rhode Island Red, entered by Mrs. Johnson. At right Jte thi first place winner in the Negro community education booths. It was set up by Elm Street Grade School students following thr theme of "Ten Basic Needs of Youth." (Ceurfer N«W»

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