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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THB DOHOKAKT NEWSPAPER OP NORTHBAar ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI VOL. LI—NO. 176 Blytheville Courier Blytheville Dally Newi Blytheville Herald Mississippi Valley Leader BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS, TUESDAY, OCTOBER 18, 1955 FOURTEEN PAGES Published Daily Except Sunday SINGLE COPY FIVE CENTS East Begins Mop-Up As Floods Ebb By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS With floodwalers draining back into.river beds after a weekend rampage, stricken sections of six Northeastern states today tackled a backbreaking cleanup job. For some areas it was the second such task in less than two months. -'-'——* The floods, which left a dead and Faure Faces Confidence Vote Today Last Minute Switches May Decide Fate By HARVEY HUDSON PARIS (AP) — Last-minute political decisions and party switches held the key today to ' Premier Edgar Faure's political fate as the National Assembly gathered for a crucial vote of confidence on the government's Algerian policy. Hours of debate were expected, with the balloting probably to comej so he could take a first-hand report after midnight. j to President Eisenhower. From his Most parties and individual dep-l.sick bed in Denver, the President uties appeared to be viewing their pledged all aid possible to the dis- votes in the light of the general aster area. missing toll of 42, hit hardest at Connecticut. The same state took the brunt of the Aug. 19 floods that rode the tail or Hurricane Diane. Rains that fed the latest floods stopped or changed to light showers yesterday throughout the flood belt, which stretched through sections of Massachusetts, Rhode Island. Connecticut, New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. The receding waters left behind piles of slimy debris, wrecked homes and businesses, washed-out highways and railroads, broken bridges and snarled power lines. The federal government provided a variety of aids for the stricken areas. Declarations Extended The governors of Connecticut, New York and New Jersey were advised by Sherman Adams, assistant to the President, that the "major disaster" declaration of two months ago had been extended to cover the new floods. This enabled the Small Business Administration and the Housing and Home Finance Agency in Washington to take steps to help flood victims Val Peterson, Federal director of civil defense, inspected the area PLAN TB SEAL WORK — Mrs. Jess Homer, Blytheville Christmas Seal chairman, confers with Mrs. Tommy Westbrook (left), Mrs. Joe Warren (right), and Mrs. Harold Thompson, Jr., (second from left), all members of the Jaycettes, regard- ing this year's campaign for the Tuberculosis Association. Jaycettes will give an assist to Y girls and Girl Scouts in handling mailing of seals. (Courier News Photo) Soviet Frees Noel Field's Daughter from Prison. MOSCOW (AP) — Noel Field's long missing foster daughter Mrs. Erika Glaser Wallach has been released from Vorkuta labor camp and is in Moscow awaiting travel documents per- in UN: French political situation. Algerian considerations carrying little weight. After the Assembly's long weekend recess, the outlook for Faure seemed a little brighter. Four days of reflection had made some dep- The Red Cross estimated 6,900 families were homeless or went j back to damaged dwellings. Still, the destruction of fast weekend came n o — h e r e near the severity of the Aug. 19 floods. In Connecticut alone that disaster took uties wary of a ministerial crisis j 74 lives and caused more than 215 at this time. Others feared no more; million dollars in damage, coin- be| pored to 16 dead and mitting her to leave the Soviet Union. Chain-smoking as she talked to reporters, the 33-year-old German-born woman told reporters today she was picked up by East Berlin police in 1950 while searching for her foster- parents. • — — * She said she was held in solitary confinement for 2'/2 years, then was sentenced to death in January . 1953 as a spy by a Russian mili- j tary court in East Berlin. She was the last of the mysterious Field family to be freed by the Soviets. Noel Field, a former State Department employe, his wife Herta and his brother Hermann, a Cleveland architect, were arrested in Eastern Europe in 1949 as spies. satisfactory government could formed. Could Bt Reconciled Differences among the non-Communist parties on a policy for Algeria-rpolitically a part of metropolitan France where the French resent any outside interference- are not so great they could not be reconciled. The question w a s whether Faure's government is pored to 16 dead and missing the second round of floods. Army Engineers, who did 12 million dollars worth of repairs after Diane, figured the new floods left them with four million dollars worth of work to do. Some of this work will be a matter of repairing once again the facilities they had fixed before. Some of the repair work will be Does Russia Have New Arms Plan? UNITED NATIONS, N. Y. (AP)—Diplomats speculated today whether Soviet demands that the U.N. Assembly debate disarmament ahead of the Big Four foreign ministers' Geneva talks mean that the Russians have some dramatic new arms strong enough to put his reform! new. Of the 48 Connecticut towns program into effect. His opponents! hit by the latest floods, 28 had claim the Premier no longer can exercise the full authority of his office. One great hope held by friends of the government was that the reforms in French Morocco, might abstain. Moves in that direction .suffered damage from Diane. The New Haven Railroad, hit so hard it had to suspend operation; for a time, restored some service yesterday and had even more trains running today. The New Haven estimated its were under way, but disclosure of! most recent flood damage amount- a final decision had to wait until ed to half a million dollars, corn- tonight. The possibility that the government's downfall would bring an immediate general election—never a pleasant thought to French politicians — also aided the Premier. , The independent deputies in the pared to a 10-m.illion-dollar loss the Aug. 19 roods. Highway washouts snarled traffic throughout the region. Emergency repairs eased the congestion to a degree, but as late as yesterday afternoon cars were backed up plan up their sleeves. The first open Russian move to* bring the issue before the U.N at this stage came Friday, when Soviet Delegate Arkady A. Sobolev requested that the 12-nation Disarmament Commission meet early this week. The meeting' would en- I able the commission to discuss the report 01 its five-nation subcom-j mittee—which recently wound up! six weeks of secret talks—and to prepare its o\vn report to the General Assembly and Security Council. Chairman Selim Sarper. of Turkey told the Russians it would be impossible to schedule a commission meeting until Friday. Annoyed at Delay Assembly seemd to be drifting for 15 miles by back into Faure's camp. If the! damaged section drift were strong enough, the government might squeak through. While the political bushwhacking continued, the French and Spanish governments continued sniping at each other over French charges that rebels in French Morocco were getting help and asylum in neighboring Spanish Morocco. To previous Spanish denials of the charge, the Foreign Ministry in Madrid added the blunt statement that France's troubles in detour around of the Merritt Morocco are. the result of Paris' " ;,Uipid policy" over the Moroccan throne. The complicated machinen See FARUE on Page 14 Parkway. Out-side of Connecticut, upstate New York suffered the heaviest damage this time, with 11 persons counted dead because of the rain and floods. Floodwaters from streams and rivers in the Cat-skill Mountains littered communities along their banks with silt and debris. •' Ellcnville. N.Y., some 65 miles above New York City, figured damage to public property alone Freight Rate Hike Extended by ICC Indefinite Continuation Of 1952 Increases Is Authorized InfornKitits said the Russians seemed annoyed at, the delay Later Sobolev told newsmen he thought, the disarmament question should be threshed out in the Assembly's top Political Committee as soon as it winds up its atonis-for-peace debate—probably by the end of this week. The Soviet delegate said he saw no reason why arms reduction should not be discussed in the U.N. at the same time it is taken up in Geneva, The United ^tates is opposing WASHINGTON W) — The Interstate Commerce Commission today authorized an indefinite continuation of the billion dollar-a-year freight rate increases which it granted the railroads in 1952. The increases, ranging from 12 to 15 per cent over 1952 levels, were scheduled to expire at the end of this year. However, the ICC cancelled the Dec. 31 expiration date and thus in effect retained the higher rates on a permanent basis, as requested by the railroad industry. The ICC also directed that the one-time temporary hikes should no longer be treated as a sur-charge on freight billings. The higher rates . ,, . ,, - -. ,, -: i are thus folded into the established any such timing on the ground that , structure the foreign ministers' discussion rale stlucture - Red China Asks Top Level Talks with U.S. But Dulles Tells Newsmen He Opposes Such Meeting WASHINGTON (AP) —- Secretary of State Dulles said today Communist China has formally raised the question of a high level meeting with the United States to discuss outstanding Far East problems. " ' " -' in Geneva Oct. 27. He planned to go to Denver by special plane this afternoon to review with President Eisenhower the prospects for the Geneva ses- He told a news conference that Red China's representative at Genev a brought up this question along with Red abjections to the Western trade blockade. Dulles made it clear he opposes any such high level meeting until the present lower-level Geneva uilks are exhausted. He said the possibilities at Geneva have not yet been so exhausted. Other Matters Dulles disclosed that, the Chinese Communist and American special ambassadors, who have been discussing repatriation of civilians since Aug. 1, have now turned to "other practical matters" on 'heir agenda. It is in discussion of this second broader item, he said, thai, Chinese Ambassador Wang Ping-nan, has raised the r-jestion of a higher level meeting, presumably at the foreign ministers level and also at Geneva. Dulles' news conference was his last prospective meeting with reporters here before the Big Four foreign ministers meeting to begin sion. Switch of Plans In a switch of plans, Dulles announced that when he leaves for Europe on Friday he will go first to Rome. It had been announced earlier tha he would go to Paris. Dulles said he would discuss common problems with Italian officials. He did not specify what these problems are. From Rome, he will go on to Paris sessions with the British and French foreign ministers prior to the Geneva meeting with Soviet Foreign Minister Molotov. Prospects for Peace Brighter, Nixon Says , OHI _ NEW YORK (AP) — Vice President Nixon says "the The"ipoiish government released chances for peace today are better than at any time since Hermann in October 1954, saying he had been cleared of the espionage charge. He went to Switzerland. Hungary released Noel and Herta a month later and they subsequently announced in Budapest they would remain there. Death Sentence "I never thought I'd,live to sightsee in Moscow." Mrs. Wallach said, glancing about her hotel room. After the death sentence was passed on her, she said, she was brought to Moscow and again kept p in solitary confinement until July 1953. At that time, she said, she was told her sentence had been commuted to 15 years' imprisonment and she was sent to the Vor- kuta labor camp in the Soviet arctic. The date of commutation of her sentence coincided with the arrest of Soviet secret police chief Lavrenty P. Beria, who subsequently was executed. Her release at this time appears to be part of the general amnesty program now under j ., way. Mrs. Wallach's husband Robert is an American living near Washington, D.C., with their two small children. Now 5. and 7 years old, they were 6 months and 2 years old when she saw them last. World War II." He adds, however, that the U.S. leaders in the coming negotiations with Russia "will be on the lookout for the real policies of the Kremlin —not merely professions of good will." Nixon spoke last night at the closing of the 24th annual New York Herald Tribune Forum. The speech, televised nationally, was his first major address ince President Eisenhower became ill. He made a companion speech hist night at a dinner of the Interna- Mexico Battles Hew Floods; 60 Missing MEXICO CITY (^i—Mexico, just i ecnvering from disastrous floods j and hurricanes on the east coast, to' day battled high water in live states along the Pacific. Sixty persons were reported missing in Atenquiqne, a paper manufacturing town in Jalisco state that was digging itself out of an avalanche of mud, rocks and trees. A big kraft Amounted to $400,000. , j In Pennsylvania seven person?; were counted dead, all from auto tie-j accidents 'n the pouring rain. Riv- I See FLOODS on Page 14 should not be clouded by any advice from the U.N. In Tennessee: Gradual Integration Approved by Judge By RUSSELL BRUCE MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A federal judge has struck down Tennessee's school segregation laws and approved the state's plan for gradually opening colleges to Negroes. The ruling was handed down yesterday by Dist. Judge M. S. Boyd after a briskly conducted hearing. The decision cut two ways. Par Negro forces, overthrow of segregation laws was a victory .They considered approval of the gradual Integration plan a partial defeat. Negro lawyers asked for immediate integration. They feared the Tennessee plan could set a piecedent for the touchy problem In the "moderate" South — the fringe states where th issue is not quite so fiery. Eligible for Admittance Under the plan, Negro graduate students are now eligible for admittance to any ot' the colleges controlled by the State Board of Education. Integration will step down one class a year. Freshman classes will be open to Negroes in five years. Although Negro lawyers sold an appeal will be filed. Judge Boyd ruled the plan is now In effect. Ttte tult w«s filed by Uvi Mem- phis Negroes who asked that segregation laws be declared unconstitutional, and that Memphis State College be enjoined from rejecting their applications solely because of race. In Its counterpunch, the state proposed its stair-step integration plan. The state case, as summed up by Nat Tipton of the attorney general's office, was that immediate integration on all levels would: 1. Result in considerable "friction" between the races. 2. Place the colleges in an Impossible financial position because the State Legislature already has appropriated for their needs until 1051. Atty. Alexander Looby of Nashville, Tenn., one of six Negro lawyers on the case, called the Tennessee plan "makeshift." The ruling did not open college classes to any of the five Negroes who filed the suit. All ' " are undergraduates or (resiimen. of them Negro Patient At State Hospital Beaten to Death NORTH LITTLE ROCK — A Negro patient at the Fort Roots Veterans Hospital here was found beaten to death in a maximum security ward for mental patients, the FBI said last night. A, M. Bryant. FBI agent in charge of the Little Rock office, said Alfred G. Ferguson, 37, of Little Rock was killed Friday night by several blows to the head from a heavy object which has not been found. .Ferguson had been a patient at the hospital for 10 years. Bryant said about 28 other patients were in the ward when Ferguson was killed but no arrests had been made. Petition Denied At recent hearings, the railroad industry contended many lines j would be thrown into financial difficulty if the rates dropped back to the 1952 levels. The National Coal Assn., and some other shipping interests, fought to preserve the expiration date and the coal industry specifically asked for immediate cancellation of the 1952 increases on coal. This petition was denied today by •the ICC. The actions today were taken by nine of the 11-member commission, with no dissents noted. Commissioners J. Haden Alldredge and Kenneth H. Tuggle did not participate in the vote. Bond Forfeited In Traffic Cose E. Hunter was fined $100 and costs and sentenced to 24 hours in jail after he was found guilty of driving while under the Influence of intoxicating liquor in a state case heard this morning in Municipal Court. Ralph Turnbow was fined $10 and an added penalty of $40 on a charge of overloading in a state case. The court ordered all bond in excess of penalty refunded to the defendant. James Freeman forfeited ft bond, of $lfl.75 on a charge of operating R potential: .-c'.or vehicle \v:Uio'.u a driver's 111 ccn*e. Dell Postmaster Job Is Now Open The United States Civil Service Commission has announced an examination for the position of Postmaster at. Dell. This Civil Service job at the third class post office pays an annual salary of $3,864. Interested persons should complete and mall their application forms to the U. S. Civil Service Commission, Washington 25, Dec., not later than Nov. 1. Applicants must physically have resided within the delivery area of the Dell post office, or within the geographic ftmiU of Dell for at least one year before Nov. 1. Beauty Injured - LONDON tfl — Diana Dors, Britain's delectable reply to Marilyn Monroe, was cut on the head, n automobile The injuries hands and ICRS in col! l 5'on h?t ni^ht. wei't not *enoua, Mrs. Wallach said she expected! paper mill, only one in Mexico, was to leave soon by train, "to Berlin I heavily damaged. Homes of 50 work-i I suppose." Although she insisted fers also were destroyed. was reluctant to discuss her pass-! The mill manager said he saw port situation and it was not clear! bodies of victims floating down the here whether she would be admit-1 Los Mazes and Tuxpan rivers, which 33 VHQ Buildings Sold for $11,000; More Go on Block City of Blytheville yesterday sold part of the buildings in Veterans Housing Quarters, the area it has given back to the Air Force. * City Attorney W. I. Malin said this morning that a bid of 511,226 by Judson N. Hout of Newport, Ark., was high on the 33 structures which are south of Third Street in the area: This leaves, Malta stated, about 16 or 18 additional buildings to be sold by bid. Bids on these structures are to be opened Oct. 31, he stated. Thus, the city is turning a profit on the VHQ deal. Cost 58,000 It purchased the area for $8,000 about two years ago. Now, the Air Force wants the land back so it may locate some 400 living . units there 'for Air Force Base personnel, City of Blytheville still owes about $4.000 on the land. This debt will be retired by sale of the buildings. Persons living in VHQ now won't have to move until March 1, city officials have pointed out. tional Ah 1 Transport Assn. Arms Race Nixon told the Herald Tribune Forum that it is unfortunate that jyst before the start of the Big Four foreign ministers' conference at Geneva "we are witnessing what appears to be an attempt to stimulate by proxy an arms race which could increase the chances for armed conflict in the Middle East." This reference apparently was to Communist Czechoslovakia's offer of arms to Egypt. In listing the forces on the side of peace in the world today, Nixon put the United Nations first and followed it with the strength of the United States and the rest of the free world. He also noted the power of the atom and the new "spirit of Geneva." "S'ot Peace at Any Price" He said the "spirit of Geneva" does not mean peace at any price, iuic ^ uuull , Wllll , „ nor does it condone injustice. "It ] w . L j gn t, here today. is not a naive acceptance of good] . The boy( j ames Norman Hollo- words for good intentions," hej way> also p i ea ded guilty to a charge added. of burglary and a three-year sen- He said the spirit is based on| tence on tnafc charge was sus- the belief that the world is entering an era "when war must, be renounced as an instrument of national policy," and the United Youth Draws Sentence In Osceola Court OSCEOLA—An 18-year-old boy was sentenced to one year in the state penit-entiary on a charge of grand larceny in a case heard before Circuit Court Judge Charles pemled. The case against Elba Matthews, charged with first degree murder, was dismissed on a nolle pressed States will work with nations on; motion by tne state on grounds of both sides of the Iron Curtain "for insanity. economic progress, independence, freedom and equality." went on a marpage after three days of rain. Some parts of the town, j;bout 300 miles west, of Mexico City, were under nine feet of mud. Beside Jalisco, other west coast, s tat PS stricken by the floods were Colima. Nayarit, Guerrero and Mi- ted to the United States. Found by Reporters The woman was found in a third- class Moscow hotel by correspondents of, the National Broadcasting Co. and the New York Times. after a woman prisoner who had been in Vorkuta with her returned to West Germany and said Mrs. Wallach was in Moscow waiting i Missing Boat Sighted to go home. j Mrs. Wallach said she had| VANCOUVER. B. C. W — Royal worked at Vorkuta but refused to' Canadian Air Force search pianos say what she did or to discuss i searched for survivors today after camp condition.* In detail. But she j wreckage from a missing 3fi-foot appeared in extremely good health. | fishing boat was sighted off the although quite nervous, and said! west const of Vancouver Island. A she had lived in a barracks and j message from the boat yesterday had two meals a day. said the crew Was abandoning- ship, j Lynch Attends AlDC Meeting B. A. Lynch of Blytheville left this morning for Marked Tree to attend the first meeting in a campaign fo raise $190,000 for the Arkansas Industrial Development Commission.. Lynch, president of Fanners B.tnk and Trust Co. here, is a member of the AIDC's Committee of 100 executive committee. The money, will be used to supplement the AIDC's annual 575,000 state appropriation and will be directed into the bureau's efforts to bring new industry to Arkansas. James McClure pleaded guilty on a charge of grand larceny and burglary, A five-year penitentiary sentence was suspended on good behavior and restitution and payment of costs. James Coker and Sammy. Ross pleaded guilty to a charge of assault with intent to rape. Their four-year sentences were suspended during good behavior and payment of costs, the Osceola Circuit Clerk's of lice reported. Three Killed as Playboy's Plane Crashes into Apartment House NORTH HOLLYWOOD, Calif, ijj, and his will, found in the wreck- other dead were identified — A small plane piloted by age. wealthy playboy Joel W. Thome The crashed into a two-story apart-, as Mrs. Betty Joan Wolf. 18, real- men t house last night bringing' doin in the upstairs apartment flaming death to himself and two; where (he plane crashed, and two- others baby. Nine persons were injured, including the infant's celebrating parents. Two other children u-ere critically burned. Thome's plane plummeted out of the overcast less than 12 minutes after taking off from Lockheed Air Terminal in nearby Burbank. An eye witness said n wins dropped off before the craft plunged into the building. En route Home The 40-year-old sportsman and former auto racer was returning alone to his home In Las Vegas Nov. Police investigators complct- '•eir identical ion of Thorne one a newly-christened j month-old Rhnryll Camilla Preston, ! who had just, been baptized two hours betore. Tin- baby's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Minh-'ipJ Pmston, who lived in the downstairs apartment, were holding a christening party. They, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Mnrchica of Los Angeles, and Miss Anna Presln- zano of Lyndhurst, N.J., were seriously burned or hurt. In critical condition were the Mnrchicas' two children, John, 7, nnd Pntrioia, 10. All remained at North Hollywood Receiving Hospital. "I only PIT • >i Big Blast heard n plane," Mrs. "The bu ilrl inp shook I Irom hie riooa, a belt buckle, & gun | and then inert was & big "I ran to the bedroom to get m/ baby. Then there was another blast and I ran to the street. There v.as so much smoke we couldn't breathe. My husband, Mike, went back after the baby." It was then, observers said, Preston came running out of the apartment, his flesh in tatters, screaming, "Oli, my baby! baby!" Mrs, Ida Kaner, who lives across the street, said slip saw two adults run out 01' Preston's apartment, their clothes afire. Then she car- g; John. "His was burned face off,' ried out youir looked like it she said. Treated for lesser burns were William Bates, 31, and Ben Storch, other neighbors who helped pull the Preston party from the blazing apartment. Visiting Friends Thorne had bee visiting friends in the Los Anglos area, including Stt PLANE on Face U inside Today's Courier News , . . Only Top Three Unchanged in AP's Grid Poll . . , Southwest Tennis in Three Big Intersectional Contests This Week . . . Paps to Play Osceola Thursday . . . Sports . . . Pases 10-11 . . . . . . What Ails Britain . . . First of a Series .. . Page 2 ... Weather NORTHEAST ARKANSAS—Fair this afternoon, tonight and Wednesday; a little warmer Wednesday af- icrnoon; a lew spots may have light frost tonight. High this afternoon near 70. Low tonight low 40s. MISSOURI—Partly cloudy along oast border this afternoon otherwise generally fair this afternoon, [pnjtfM and 'Wednesday; warmer west and north tonight and south and central Wednesday; low tonight upper 30s southeast to 45-50 northwest; high Wednesday 60s southeast to 70s.northwest. Mnxiimyn yesterday—63. Minimum this morning— 47. Sunrise tomorrow—6:09. Sunset today—5:23. Mivui temperature—55, 1'reclpltntlon 24 hours (7 ».m. to 1 p.m.)—,06. Precipitation Jan. 1 to d»te—42.94. ThU Date Last Ytur Mnxlmnm ye.iterday—80. Minimum this morning—44. Jtt. .1 ID flM« *J».

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