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Tuesday, January 24, 1956
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS ' THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OF NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI YOL. LI—NO. 255 Blytheville Courier Blytheville Daily Newi Mississippi Valley Leader Blytheville Herald BLYTHEVILLB, ARKANSAS, TUESDAY, JANUARY 24, 1956 TWELVE PAGES Published Daily Except Sunday SINGLE COPY FIVE CENTS India Plans Big Merger Of States Said Aimed Af Stalling New Violence By R. SATAKOPAN ' NEW DELHI, India (AP) A new proposal to consolidate India's 27 states into only five big subdivisions appeared in the making today. It would be aimed at forestalling recurrence of the death and destruction last week after, unveiling of government plans to redraw state boundaries along language lines. The first step toward such a compromise was taken' with the announcement that the chief ministers of two big eastern states— West Bengal and -Bihar — had agreed to merge their territories into one state of 65 million people and nearly 100,000 miles. Calcutta to be Capital Calcutta, India's largest city and the present capital of West Bengal, would be the capital of the new state. There was no Indication yet how the 25 million people of West Bengal and the 40 million in Bihar would react to such a .merger, which must be approved by the two state legislatures and the national Parliament. The two states have been feuding over border territories. Last weekend Calcutta was huVby a general strike and there were demonstrations in Patna, the capital of Bihar, because the central government's language-boundary plan called for territorial swaps between the two. Nehru was said to have approved the Bengal-Bihar merger and to want now to divide the vast subcontinent into only five, states- north, east, west, south and central. Language lines would be disregarded. Stands Firm Officially, however, the ruling Congress parts' stood firm on the plan for redistricting according to language. A resolution adopted b.y Nehru and the other 16 members of the party high command prom ised "all the forces" of the gov eminent would be marshale< to prevent resumption of the riot ing during which an estimated 400 were killed in Bombay last week. The party resolution also said "no changes will be made" in the plan which touched off the Bom' bay disorders, to make the big west coast port into a bilingual city-state administered directlj from New Delhi. Bombay was reported tense bul generally quiet. The government fears new outbreaks Thursday, the sixth anniversary of the proclamation of India as an independent republic. THEY CAME -THROUGH — This group repre- show party at the Ritz Theater last night. None sents a large share of Courier News carrier boys received complaints during snow and ice. Circu- who gave top service during recent bad weather. lation Manager Ted Brown (right) was host. They were guests of the newspaper at a picture (Courier News Photo) Kefauver Calls for Probe Of Ridgway's Charges By JACK BELL WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Kefauver (D-Tenn) called today for a "thorough review o .he entire defense establishment" in the light of new charges by' Gen. Matthew B. Ridgway Ridgway wrote in a second Saturday Evening Post article just released that there was .endency during his tour as Army chief of staff "of civilian secretaries making military decis ons on a basis of political expediency ..." The retired officer said this "constitutes a danger ,o this country."' A In his first article last week Schools To Open Again As weather conditions existed at press time today, Blytheville schools were scheduled to open tomorrow, according to Supt. W. B. Nicholson. Schools were closed today because of early icy condition of roads over which school buses operate. Road conditions improved during the day, Nicholson said, but if they are worse tomorrow, schools will not be open. Brink Suspect Faces 2nd Charge QUINCY, Mass. (<P) — Adolph (Jazz) Maffie, 44, one of 10 men charged with the $1,218,211 Brink's robbery, now is faced with an additional charge—non-payment of his $2 poll tax for 1953. City Treasurer Frederic A. Riooney Jr. said yesterday he is holding a warrant for Maffie's arrest for not paying his poll tax, which totals ?6.85 with interest and-costs. Maffie Is being held under state and federal bills totalling more than $300,000. - '• . . . Dulles Tells of US, British Talks On Limiting A - Tests— WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Dulles said today the United States and British governments have been talking for two years about a possible formula for limiting atomic and hydrogen bomb tests. He said the subject may come up in conferences her next week between President Elsenhower and British Prime Minister Anthon> Eden. Dulles said, however, there are so many technical difficulties in the way he does not see the prospect ol agreement on a control formula on the horizpn. None With Russia He also told a news conference that no discussion on limitation of lasts has been held with the Soviet Union. Dulles said he first discussed the problem of controlling or prohibiting atomic tests with Eden about two years ago when Eden was foreign secretary. Eden is due here next Monday. The difficulty is, Dulles said, thst there are many technical problems in the way of forming a practical proposition which could be put up to the Soviets. He made clear, however, that the search continues. Hoxie School Suit Amended LITTLE ROCK o-segregation forces today amended their pending cfvil suit against the Hoxie School Board, which mixed white and Negro school children last year, to demand an accounting of about $72.000 during the three ichool years from 1951 to 1954. Amis Guthridge, a Little Rook attorney and a leader of White America, Inc., said here that he sent the amendment to Lawrence Chancery Court last night. The hearing is scheduled for Walnut Ridge, Ark., Feb. 6-8. In the original suit, members of .he Hoxie School Board are accused of Irregular employment and jrrchasing practices. The amend- nent stemmed from a state audi- ,or's report of a shortage in the Joxle school district's cash funds : or the school year of 1954-55. K. E. 'Vance, former superintendent of Hoxie schools, is named in he amendment with members of the school -board. Foreign Policy Ban Asked WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Dulles said today he has talked with Democratic congressional leaders about the possibility of keeping one or two foreign policy matters out of political campaign debate. At a news conference, Dulles de- cline4 to say what specific topics he thought should not be debated in an election year. But Dulles said all patriotic citizens in discussing foreign policy problems should stop short of .what he termed the danger, point of shaking confidence abroad-in the firmness of bipartisan support for basic policies. If any doubt arises overseas about American readiness to stand by commitments, he said, it will be a very sad day for the United States and the risk of war will be greatly increased. Dulles said he hoped and believed all persons would take this into account in what they say about foreign policy^ > Arkansas Third In Cotton Output WASHINGTON (/P) — Arkansas ranked third nationally in cotton production last year, trailing only Texas and Mississippi. In a report yesterday, the Census Bureau reported that 1,642,890 bales from the 1955 crop were ginned in Arkansas prior to Jan. 16. This compared to 3.941,806 bales ir. Texas and 1,991,495 in Mississippi. The national total was 13,423,292 bales ,the report said. Girl Age 2, Amazes Doctors With Recovery from Freezing MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa Wl Vickie Davis, 3, ate a hearty breakfast today and continued'to show every sign of recovery from a freezing which sent her body temperature down to 59 or W At- Hospital .reported grees. Evangelical the child's temperature Is now a normal 98.6 degrees in contrast with th* reading of M.l an hour •ft«r she wa« admitted lust Saturday. ' . Criminally Attacked Medlual authorities here laid they know of no case where a temperature. The child, who had been criminally attacked, fotmd in the undented home of her grandparents, where she had been visiting. It was 24 below zero outside and nearly as cold Inside, police said. Tho girl's father, Wallace Davis of Milwaukee, WIs., said hls'daugh- ter was In good spirit.*: and sang parts of "Davy Crockett" yesterday, Drs. Slight Pubic Harold Snucr nnd J. J. Stcgmnn said large sections of the human hu iwviVM •« lew a body I child'* body wert (HUM and ito had almost no pulse or'respiration when she was admitted to the hospital. She was immersed In 70 degree water several hours, given drugs and a heart stimulant and theft placed in a warm room. Still to be determined Is whether It may be necessary to amputate the' child's toes. A search for the girl's assailant continues. The grandmother, who was In a coma and also partly frozen, has told authorities she does not remember what happened after watching a television pro- grnm Friday night. She Is recovering, Hidgway touched off controvers by - writing he had opposed plan to cut Army manpower in 1954-195 and had been pressured 'to trin his views- to what he termed : "politico-military" line. But Secretary of Defense Wi! son and Adm. Arthur W. Radford chairman of the Joint Chiefs, sai that as they recalled it, member of the nation's top military grou were unanimous on the questio of planned Army "cuts. Wilson als denied ever having tried to pres sure Ridgway. No Comment A spokesman said Wilson wouli have no comment on Ridgway's newest blast. Kefauver, a candidate for thi Democratic presidential nomina tiori, said he hopes the Senate armed Services Committee, which he is a member, will look info the matter thoroughly. "I have a lot of respect for Gen Ridgway's ability and courage/ Kefauver said. 'He was a leveling influence many times as in the case of the Formosa crisis. "He knows his business and i is a wonderful thing for the country to have him speak up. There should be 'a very thorough review of the entire defense establishment in the light of his statements." Sen. Mundt; (R-SD) said he agrees with Ridgway that the De fense Department shouldn't be run for political purposes. "For Political Purposes" "It hasn't been run for politic* purposes since January 1953, when President Eisenhower took office,' Mundt said. "Insofar as essential economies are concerned, however, it is the proper procedure for the defense secretary to measure the importance of defense needs with the capacity of the economy to support them." Ridgway retired last year after term as Army chief of staff. In his new article 1 , entitled "Keep the Army out of Politics," Ridgway said: "The power that is vested in 'he civilian secretaries, particularly in the secretary of defense, is so enormous that it could do ncalculable harm if applied the basis of what is good for the party, instead of what is good for •, country. . . They should never sring political pressure to bear on their military advisers." Declaring he had full support and cooperation from former Secretary of the Army Robert T. Ste- r ens and his civilian staff, Ridgway added: ] Support Not Same "I must also say, regretfully, Jiat my ideas and my efforts did not receive the same support rom Secretary of Defense Wilson, 'rom that office stemmed, many suggestions that I take actions which, had I done so, would have eriously impaired the Army's capability to accomplish its missions, nd would iiave weakened, rather than enhanced, the spirit, the pride, the confidence of victory, which are the basic strength of any military mission." Saying he had been asked to reduce the strength of combat divisions overseas, to inactivate cer- nln units and to reduce others to cadre levels, Ridgway continued: "Finally, In a letter to the secretary of defense, ... I pointed out that It.WAS Just such thinking ns this, applied to the Par East heater, which brought us to the irlnk of disaster in the Korean Var, nnd I mnde;l$ explicitly clear hat I would .not reduce the trength of combat units facing po- onttal enemies overseas, thus sub- ficting them to the possibility of annihilation, unless I hnd n direct order to do so." Ike Asks Standby Credit Curbs in Economic Report 'Duff Predicts Ike — Will Tell Plans Prior To Illinois Primary By JACK BELL WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Duff (R-Pa) predicted today President Eisenhower will make known his second-term intention "long before" April 10, the date of the Illinois primary. Duff, one of the early EJsenhow-* — er backers in 1952. said in an inter view he doesnt think "anybody is going anywhere" in seeking the GOP presidential nomination unti Eisenhower speaks out. Sen Knowlaud (R-Calif) edgec into the race by the back door yesterday. He said he will not ask withdrawal of his name from, the ballot in Illinois. Eisenhower took a similar stand when his name was entered in Illinois, like Knowland's, by other persons. Only Stevenson The lone Democratic name en tered there by the deadline yesterday was that of Adlai E. Stevenson. Knowland said also he would nol object to the unsolicited entry of his name in the *April 24 Alaska primary "in view of the statements by the President inviting such filings and because of the uncertainties as to what his own decision will be . -. ." Duff said he "very definitely" lihnks the President will seek second term. 'I think the President made it clear at the 'Salute to Eisenhower' dinners that he will give his answer when he feels himself competent to do so," Duff said. "In my view, that decision will be forthcoming longe before the lUi- nbis primary. "Until the President announces his decision, I don't think, anything aybody does will make any dif- ferece." GOP National Chairman Leonard W. Hall and Clifford Folger, head of the GOP Finance Committee, reported to Eisenhower that :he "Salute* dinners would net the party about five million dollars. tfalf will go to local organizations and half to national GOP groups. Knowland's action in letting his name remain in the Illinois and Alaska primaries was not urtex- aected despite an evident reluc- ;ance to be tabbed in any way 5 opposing Eisenhower. Reiterating that the President will have his support if he runs, Knowland added in a statement: "If the President should determine not to be a candidate for renomination and re-election the •egular electoral processes for nominations should be allowed to operate so that the Republican par:y may determine as between al- -ernative choices. In this way the jeople of the several states hav- ng primaries will have an oppor- See GOP on rage 5 Solons to Demand Moratorium On Farm Mortgages By B. L. LIVINGSTONE WASHINGTON (AP) — About 25 Midwelsern House Republicans readied demands today for a moratorium on farm mortgage payments and a stepped-up livestock buying pro- US at Threshhold ^OT$400 Billion Economy, HeSays By STERLING F. GREEN WASHINGTON (AP) — President Eisenhower posed a restoration of standby controls over consumer credit, although he told Congress the country's bpoming economy now is advancing at a "tamer" gait. f, The President's annual economic report said the United States stands "at the threshhold of a 400- billion-dollar economy" after a year of spectacular growth. "The underlying trend still gram by the government. These emergency proposals are to be presented tomorrow to Secretary of Agriculture Benson by a delegation from nine states in the Middle West. Rep. Hoeven (R-Iowa), head of an arrangements committee, said the group approves of the Ei:-:en- hower administration's new farm program as far as long-range effects are concerned. But he declared in an interview, that more immediate relief meas ures are needed. Hoeven said Benson will b asked to grant farmers a mora torium on principal payments o federal farm loans, while contini ing to pay Interest charges. $100 Million Available Hoeven contended. Benson ha available 100 million dollars to ste up his pork-buying program and like amount for beef purchases. Benson has under way an 85 million - dollar pork - buying pro revolt, I don't know what else you would call it." Rep. Hope (R-Kan) said "The discontent today hasn't gone far as in the 1830s—there's been no judge-hanging or mortgage foreclosures—but it's going that way." Hope said farmers are are "more stirred up than at any time since the 1930s." jram. About 38 million dollars ha spent thus far. We are asking that the pork DUying program be exercised t the limit, and that there be a rea sonable purchase of live beef cat .le," Hoeven said. "The mea would then be channeled at one into the school lunch program am o penal and other eligible agen cies." Hoeven said he thinks "the psy chological effect of such an nounccment would, if made, neces sitate very little actual buying,' adding: "And we are all agreec on one thing—that some emergency action should be taken." Hoeven said the conference was set up to "call attention to some economic realities," but Rep. Jen sen (R-Iowa) said, "If it isn't a Bv Senate Probers: USDA Criticized in Grain Bin Deal By G. MILTON KELLY WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate Investigations subcommittee said today "confusion, gross carelessness and lack f coordination" marked the government's big 1954 program f buying grain storage bins. — • * The subcommittee said such der- election cost the taxpayers a "con siderable" amount but it gave no dollar estimate. The Department of Agriculture is severely criticized for its negligence and inefficiency in failing to act and process claims when defective wooden bins were disarmament Talks to Resume UNITED NATIONS, N. Y. (If) The big "atomic" powers were ommitted today to resume their rivate disarmament talks soon and lake a progress report about six •eeks afterward. The 12-nation U. N. Disarmament lommission agreed late yesterday o that schedule—proposed by Brlt- ln — for its five-member subcom- ilttee. The subcommittee consists of iritain, Canada, Prance, the Solet Union and the United States. They are expected to reconvene in jondon early in March. The six-week interim report will nable the other seven members '. the commission to keep a closer atoh on the secret talks than last year. Then the subcommittee held 46 meetings from February Into October before reporting. PTA Meeting h Off . Lange School PTA joined other organizations today in postponing Its meeting. Board and general meetings were scheduled for tomorrow afternoon. Tt. will not be held ns scheduled, of- flclali or the group Mid today. ported," a subcommittee report said. "The Navy Department (which provided inspection service) like wise is severely criticized for its wrongfully certifying that defective lumber met government specifications." No Immediate Comment There was no Immediate comment from either the Agriculture or Navy Department. The report, filed with the Senate by Chairman McCIellan CD- Ark), said both agencies were "guilty of gross inefficiency and demonstrated poor business management and lack of Initiative and Judgment" in handling .the purchase of thousands of metal storage bins. The bins are used to store grain held under government price support loans. Previous Errori The report accused the Agriculture Department of "failure to profit by errors" it said w.ere mndci in a similar 1940-50 bin purchase progrnm on which, the subcommittee snld, the government See USDA oa I'M' S Jacksonville Murder Solved Boy, 19, Admits Killing King Yourh Christmas Weekend LITTLE ROCK 1/H _ A 10-year- old Jacksonville youth, arrested Inst night in connection with a rape charge, today 'was booked for murder in the Christmas weekend slaying of 14-year-old Joe King. Prosecutor Prank Holt said he had taken a sworn statement from Emmett Earl Leggett, 19. admitting, that he struck the King boy three times, then strangled him and dumped the body in a lonely briar patch near Jacksonville. Holt said Leggett led police early this morning to the King boy's coat and pocketbook, whic: said he threw out of his ca the night of the slaying. Leggett picked up the King boy who was hitchhiking, the night Dec. 23, Holt quoted the youth a ying, and hit him and strangle' him after they had an argumenl Leggett was arrested near Jack sonville last night in connectio with the rape of two teenage jirls. Holt said Leggett nad bee: Booked with rape and murder, an :hat he would file formal charge later. An air policeman from the near by . Little • Rock Air Force Bns Olind the battered body of a gir on a road near Jacksonville. Polici found. Leggett in a car down th. -oad with another girl, Holt said The beaten girl was reported to bi n satisfactory condition at a Littli Rock hospital. Holt said Leggett once was sen tenced to two years in the Ar kansas State Penitentiary o i a con viction of assault with intent kill. He was paroled after eigh months. appears to be upward," he reported. The message asserted anew, in stronger terms than previously, Eisenhower's contention that "an early reduction of taxes cannot be justified." Economic self - discipline, he said, requires national debt reduction first. The debt now stands at nearly 280 billion dollars. Recommended Legislation The message also contained a long list of recommended legislation, starting with what Eisenhower called the "first and most pressing" job—enactment of a farm relief bill along lines of his soil bank proposal. The President also called for: 1. More liberal home repair and improvement loans. Five-year repair loans up to $5,000 could be federally insured, at the discretion of housing authorities. The limit is now three years and $3,000. 2. Loans, grants and technical help to bring Industry into chronically depressed areas. The loans would be made" on a partnership basis with state and local governments. They would come out of a BO-million-dollar revolving fund to be operated by a new "Area Assistance Administration" in the Commerce Department. 3. A six-point antitrust program to give new teeth to laws curbing corporation and bank mergers considered likely to stifle competition. Asks Highway Bill 4. Fresh appeals for quick passage of such proposals as the 10- year highway improvement program; the five-year school indemnities for flood victims; and tr.S. adherence to the multination Organization for Trade Cooperation. But the big surprise in a 238- page printed message was Eisenhower's suggestion that Congress consider re-enacting the Federal Reserve Board's authority to regu- See IKE on Page 5 $80,000 Suit Filed in Court A damage suit asking $80.000 from Mr. and Mrs. B. L. Freeman was 'iled in Circuit Court today by Mr, and Mrs. R. L. Maxwell. According to the complaint of the plaintiffs, Mrs. MaxwcU was driv- ng East on Chickasawba last Nov 11. When she reached the intersec- ion of Chickasawba and llth street, ler car was struck by a car driven by Mrs. Freeman who entered the ntersention from llth street, the complaint continued. Mrs. Maxwell asked $50,000 for njurics received in the resulting accident. Maxwell asked $30,000 for damages as the result of his Wife's njurles. Second Got Him PITTSBURGH (YP)—A week ago 0-year-old Steve Csonka' escaped •om a fire which leveled the smnll ome where he lived nlone. He loved to the home of ft daughter, rS. .Helen Rlzor. Yesterday flrc CBtroycd the Rlzor residence, sonka was trapped on thp second oor an ridicd in the .amfts. The Izore escaped. Farm Prices Show Slight Upward Trend WASHINGTON W)—The Agriculture Department said today that prices of most farm products have improved slightly in recent weeks, halting a five-year decline. In a report on the market outlook for agricultural commodities, the department said prospects are that farm product prices in the early months of this year will average somewhat above the low levels reached in December. A 7 per cent -drop in the general level of farm prices last year deepened the political controversy over farm policy and it now shapes up as a possible major issue in the November elections. The department gave no specific figures on price improvements this month. A formal report giving these prices as of mid-January will be issued Jan. 31. The department did say, however, that January improvements came after seasonal peaks in marketings products had passed. The department said prices of hogs increased an average of 5 per cent at Chicago during the first half of January. Cattle prices were said to have increased about 1 per cent at the same market. The department sold preliminary figures indicated farmers received $29,200,000,000 in cash from market- ings of arm products lost year. This was a decline of 3 per cent from 1954. Weather NORTHEAST ARKANSAS: Cloudy nnd cold with snow or freezing rain late this afternoon, tonight and Wednesday. High this afternoon, upper 20s to low 30s; high tomorrow, 20 to 25. Minimum tills morning—18. Maximum yesterday—34. SunrlBo tomorrow—7:03. Hunsot toclny—5:21. Mean tl'mpcrdturo—25, Precipitation 24 hours (7 a.m. to f .m.)—-trace snow. Precipitation Jan. 1 to dato—.90. This nute I.«il Y»r Maximum yesterday—42. Minimum this mornlnK—20. Preolpltntlonu Jtn. 1 to tUH—.M. V

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