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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OF NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI VOL. LI—NO. 259 Blytheville Courier Blytheville Daily News Mississippi Valley Leader Blytheville Herald ' BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS, SATURDAY, JANUARY 28, 1956 TEN PAGES Published Daily Except Sunday SINGLE COPY FIVE CENTg 360 New AF Men Due In February Housing Still Looms as Top Problem Here The Air Force is bringing in a new squadron in February which will mean arrival of additional officers and airmen, Of these, an estimated 105 families will be looking for homes. Chamber of Commerce officials said today it appears doubtful that housing in or near Blythevllle will be found for all of them. It Is hoped they may be located in nearby towns but some, it was understood, already have made arrangements to live as far away as West Memphis until housing ill Blytheville becomes available. To Arrive Wednesday First elements of the 765th Bombardment Squadron will begin arriving Wednesday. The. move is to be completed by Feb. 15, the Air Force stated. At that time, the sduadron, commanded by Lt. Col. John A. Augustine HI, will begin its combat training mission at Blytheville Air Force Base. At present, the Air Force said, the twin-jet B-57 attack bomber is grounded while it undergoes minor modifications. As soon as this change is completed, the planes will begin flying to their new home here. Om Left The Air Force pointed out that with the move of the 765th, only the 766th Squadron will be left at Hill Air Force Base, Utah. That squadron is scheduled to move to Blytheville later in the year at which time the transfer of the 461st Bombardment Wing will be complete. Presently at the base is the 764th Bombardment Squadron, commanded by Lt. Col. Harold L. Brown, and its support organizations, the 4431st Air Base Squadron and the 4463rd USAF Dispensary. Commanding the 461st Bombardment Group, the Air Force said, •will be Col. Robert W. Paulson, .now base commander. . ^^.^. Its future to be high on igenda, now that Jordan has balked at joining demand for iniwi with Greece threatens lordon's King Hussein's attempt to join the anti- Communist pact sparked off riotous anti-Western demonstrations oil over the country. With Britain's Egyptian bases lost, the Cyprus one endangered, our prime ally is worried over itj ebbing strength in the Middle East. Britain's most important Middle East military base. It has sparked ntw antagonism between Turkey and Greece, thus damaging the Balkan alliance workable peace settlement to be sought. With prospect Communist nations may supply Egypt with more arms than contracted for last summer, Ang!o-U.S. talks to ?ive serious consideration to Israel's request or modern military equipment. Ford Plant Blast Damage Is Surveyed LONG BEACH, Calif. Ml — Damage was counted in million-dollar figures today from flood, explosion and fire that racked Ford's big West Const assembly plant here turning the area Into a floating Inferno. R. C. Armour, plant manager, estimated three million dollars worth of parts alone were damaged yesterday but said full loss at the huge installation has not been determined. Firemen, sometimes wading waist deep in the fire-coated water, fought the flames five hours while fireboats played hoses on the blaze. Four men were injured but not seriously. Armour said the plant would be out of operation at least two months. Only a few of the 1,800 employes were present at the time of the explosion. Weakened by this week's storm that dumped more than six inches of rain, huge dikes collapsed flooding the 72-acre factory area with oilslick water. The dike normally holds back sea water. The plant grounds "are five feet below sea level, having subsided in recent years because of the extraction of oil from huge pools underneath. Merging with more oil in nearby sumps, the raging flood waters shorted out an electric transformer. The resulting flash ignited the first in a series ol explosions. U. S. Exhibit LONDON, Jan. 28 (&) — Moscow radio said today an exhibition of U.S. farm machinery^ and products may goon view in Moscow's Gorky park.', What Eden Will Talk About - A workable Arab-Israeli peace, the Cyprus dispute and the Baghdad Pact will be the three main topics of discussion when Britain's Prime Minister Anthony Eden meets with President Eisen- hower and Secretary of State Dulles in Washington Monday. Map above illustrates the importance of the three areas to both England and the United States. Sen. Ives Soys: 'Ike Should Say Now He II Run. If Healtk Improves By JACK BELL ' WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Ives (R-NY) suggested today that President Eisenhower could end second term speculation by announcing that if his health continues to improve up to convention time he would accept the Republican nomination. Eisenhower has said his health will be a major factor in his decision. But when he was asked at his news conference Wednesdayjwhether his health was the only problem, he called that "a question that no one can answer." V ' ______ ~ • + Th e Republican National Con- East Germany's Army Is Enrolled In Warsaw Pact EDITOR'S N T OTE — The Czechoslovak government granted a visa to Tom Reedy, AP Berlin correspondent, to go to Prague for the meeting of the Communist bloc's Warsaw Alliance. He is the first AP correspondent to write directly from Prague since the government there Imprisoned William N. Oatls in 1951 on charges of espionage in connection with routine reporting of events. Oatls was freed in 1953. By TOM REEDY PRAGUE, Czechoslovakia (AP) — The East European defense conference today enrolled East Germany's brand new army in the Warsaw military alliance. The defense ministers of the eight Warsaw Pact nations then wound up their two-day talks here, but arranged for an final reception tonight for the Soviet bloc leaders who are in charge of the machinery set up for the purpose of countering NATO. Soviet Foreign Minister V. M. Vlolotov who has taken part in ;he closed sessions. Ms the honor guest for the reception along with Soviet Marshal Ivan Konev, commander in chief of Warsaw Pact forces. 110,000 Men The East German forces now coming under his command are estimated at 110,000 men, former members of the "Peoples police" who have undergone military training. Other members of the alliance are the Soviet Union, Poland, Czechoslovakia, Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary and Albania. Conference sources indicated, a final commuique would include references to the "full signatures" of all eight nations involved. This im- plied a new document bringing the original Warsaw Pact up to date was being drafted. Molotov Speaks In the final session today, Moio- tov spoke at length about what he called "the duties" of the alliance to resist "Western aggression." Red China was represented by several high ranking generals as observers. The question of the Peiping government holding membership apparently was not brought up. Marshal Koncv was conm'med as the supreme commander of the combined Eastern forces. To Hear Dad QUANTICO. Va. ( 7P( - Lt. Frank Echwengel of Davenport, Iowa, may give more than casual attention to the graduation speech when exercises are held for his class of officers from Marine Corps School, QuaYitico, Va., Feb. 4. The speaker: His Father, Rep. Fred Schwengel (R., Iowa.). First Satellite May Be Visible To Much of World's Population By ELTON C. FAV WASHINGTON W — American scientists aim to send their first satellites zooming through the heavens In a path around the middle of the earth, where the majority of the world's peoples may see the sight. The National Academy ol Sciences, announcing new details for the satellite phase of the International Geophysical Year program In 1997-58, said the intended path would be in a lane about 5,501) miles wide straddling the equator. With radio, radar, telescopes and sometimes just ordinary eyesight, It might be seen or traced by scientists and the merely curious from New York to Buenos Aires, from Tokyo to Melbourne, Australia., Its weaving com s« would carry it over scores of countries, including part of Russia , during its several weeks or months of life. In Boulder, Colo., Dr. Sydney Chapman, noted British physicist who heads the IGY planning, referred to the "generous effort end skill of, your country" in undertaking the satellite launching?. •But. lie noted that the scientific results "will depend much also on the part taken by other countries In observing the orbits and in receiving messages coming from the satellites." The Information obtained Is to be shared among all participating countries, Including Russia. Russians, Too The Russians have announced Intentions to launch some satellites of their own, but Dr. Chapman said he UUnks America will have its version into space first. The apparent weaving course of the American satellite will result from the inclined, elliptical orbit Into' which the scientists hope to launch it. As the earth rotates under the inclined elipse, the satellite will sail sometimes far to the northern edge of ths range, sometimes to the South. Its orbit will bring it down at times to within 200 miles of the surface, then send it up at other times to 800 miles. "Under good atmospheric conditions," the scientists said, "the unaided eye, when the satellite has an altitude foi 200 miles, will be able to detect It at about a maximum distance of 100 miles awav from the Irnck and about Sm SATELLITE on I'»ie 1« vention will open Aug. 20 in San Francisco. Ives said in an interview he thinks the interval would give the President sufficient time to test his endurance and decide whether he feels able to take on four more years of the presidency. "The President could say that If he is still on the upgrade physically by convention time he would accept the nomination," Ives said. "The American people know they would get an honest decision. In my opinion the decision, whatever it was .would be accepted without question." No Conditional Announcement However, Sen. Payne (R-Maine), one of the original 1952 Eisenhower supporters, said in a separate interview he doesn't believe the President will make any conditional announcement. "I think he will say 'yes' or 'no,'" Payne said. "And when he makes his decision it should be accepted without any pressure on him to change it." Payne said he expects Democrats to continue to discuss Eisenhower's health in the campaign if the President runs again. He joined other Republicans in condemning a suggestion by Sen. Neuberger ID-Ore) that some Republicans who are anxious to have the President run again "might try to have him propped up unwisely with drugs and other such aids" if he became ill tor any reason during the campaign. Neuberger said in a newsletter to Oregon voters that if Eisen- hower'suffered a mild virus attack during the campaign it probably would be regarded by the public as much more serious than it actually was. He said this might influence the elections results. Sen. Knowland (R-Calif), who plans to seek the GOP nomination if Eisenhower doesn't, told the Senate yesterday he was "deeply shocked" thai Neuberger would make such a suggestion. Sen. Goldwater (R-Ariz) called the statement "Improper.* 1 8-Hour Average Without reference to the controversy in the Senate, the White House announced yesterday that Eisenhower Is averaging about eight hours sleep a night since his heart attack last September. White House Press Secretary James C. Hagerty said Eisenhower used to be able to sleep only six hours but now Is getting used to the longer period. He said this was accomplished with no sedatives of any kind. Hagerty, reporting on the President's .working day, noted also that he is spending fewer hours in his office and seeing fewer callers than before his heart attack. The staff also Is'trying to relieve him of "unnecessary" tasks, Hagerty said. He reported also that Elsenhower has turned to dally swims In the White House pool for the relaxation and ex"rcl?e he formerly got IB golt. Cotton Seed Processing Plan Urged NCC Head Says Ginners Face Big Problem , BILOXI, Miss. (AP) — The National Cotton Council has urged ginners and farmers to agree on a plan for grouping and processing seed cotton at the gin according to its moisture and trash content. Claud L. Welch of Memphis, director of the council's Production and Marketing Division, said today the farmers and ginners must cooperate to preserve the quality of cotton lint during the ginning process. Welch, here for the council's 18th annual meeting, said the increase in mechanical harvesting has caused serious quality preservation problems for the ginner. The problems are complicated by the fact that the nature of gin damage to lint is hard to detect, he said. Two Different Types The problem resulted from gin- ners in many areas getting a large volume of damp, trash, machine- picked cotton along with a large volume of relatively clean, dry, hand-picked cotton, Ginners have been trying to reprocess the two different types of cotton in the order received, Welch said, but they have not been able to adjust their equipment fast enough between loads to take care of the radical differences In the moisture and trash content of the seed cotton. Losing 1 Money This has caused everyone to lose money, he said. Welch said the council has sent out a pamphlet, "seed cotton grouping"," which explains how to group cotton in various localities. R. T. St. John, manager of industrial and cottonseed products campaigns for the council, outlined a new advertising campaign. The theme of the campaign will be "Everybody Loves Fresh Linens." St. John said the linen supply industry is responsible for the annual consumption of more than -110,000 bales of cotton. Mothers Here March Monday Most 1 Other Towns In County Set Similar Date Mothers in most Mississippi County towns will conduct a March on Polio from 6:30 to 8 o'clock Monday night. All residents desiring to contribute are requested to ,turn porch lights on. This will probably be the last opportunity for contributions. There will be no mail solicitation in Blytheville this year, it was announced. Workers i Three chapters of ' Beta Sigma Phi .the American Legion Auxiliary. Rebekah Lodge and a group of ladies headed by Mrs. Earl Wilson will aprticipate in the Blythevilte march with headquarters at Rustic Inn. M. P. Day, Jr. is County March of Dimes Chairman. Joe Swing holds the same post in Blytheville. $50,000 Suit Is Set for Jury A $50,000 damage suit, filed by J. H. Seeman against C. N. Smith, tiir business partners, and Rock Island Railroad is expected to go to a Circuit Court jury Monday. Yesterday, attorneys for plaintiff and defendants . completed their cases. Instructions, to be given by- Judge Charles W. Light, were agreed upon and the jury dismissed until Monday at 9:30 a.m. Seeman was passenger in an automobile driven by C. N. Smith. The car hit a railroad train at a crossing near Stuttgart. Seeman is asking $50,000 damages for injuries tie says he received. National Guard Starts Campaign All National Guard units in Arkansas will conduct a three-week recruiting drive beginning Feb. 1. Major Gen. Sherman T. Clinger, state adjutant general, said today. Fiscal year goal set by Congress for. the United States, Puerto Rico, Alaska and Hawaii Is 75,000 volunteer Guardsmen, he said. Present strength of the guard in the U.S. and territories is 430,714, an all-time high. In Arkansas, present strength is 8,600. Recruiters hope to attract 700 new men during the three-week period. Koo, Chiang Talk TAIPEI, rvjrmosa (/P)—Wellington Koo, Nationalist Chinese Ambassador to the United Statoa, left for Washington today after a fifth conference with President Chiang Kai- shek. Thr cnvo" arlved lost Sunday lor OOWUIUUCBI, Proposed Highway Bill to Cost Public 18-Billiorf By MARTHA COLE WASHINGTON (AP) — Estimates of what the proposed new federal highway construction bill would cost the motoring public in additional taxes ranged today from 10 to 18 billion dollars in the next 13 years. A tax bill to finance the program is still being prepared, but the first item would be a one-cent increase in the federal gasoline tax— now two cents a gallon. Speaker of the House Rayburn (D-Tex) said Democratic and Republican House leaders have reached general agreement that. Leaders of both parties met in Rayburn's office yesterday behind closed doors and reached general agreement, Rayburn said, on the need both for a highway improvement program and for Increased taxes on such items as gasoline, tires and tubes used on the highways to pay for it. Martin Agrees Rep. Martin IB-Mass), the House Republican leader, agreed. A reporter asked if the administration would go along with more taxes. "I don't know — I would think so," Martin replied. Rayburn mentioned as possibilities:' 1. A one-cent raise on the gaso- 2. A one or two cent increase on the present two cents a gallon tax on the diesel fuel used, by the big trucks. Some sources have said the raise might be .'our cents. 3. A hike from eight to 10 per cent In the Rtl valorem tax on trucks, buses and trailers. 4. An increase in present taxes on tires and tubes and a new levy on commercial camelback used in retreading large tires. Camelback is not taxed now. Next WeA Rayburn said Rep. Boggs CD- La) probably would introduce the tax bill, possibly next week. Boggs said he, had nothing def inite a"t the present time. He indicated a subcommittee would write the bill after hearings. Boggs said the additional revenue needed would be close,to 10 billion dollars. Committee sources have variously said 14 billion and 18 billion. Rayburn said there was general agreement on the proposal, introduced in the House this week, for a federal-state spending program totaling 51'/ 2 billion'dollars over 13 years. Repc Kirkindail arts On Mission Work Paul Kirkindail, who operates the Blytheville Mission, was scheduled to leave for Chicago today where he will visit Pacific Gardens Misson, one of the largest of its kind. Kirkindail pointed out that during his four-day absence the mission here will remain open and conduct nightly services. Since it has been open, the mission here has provided 150 free meals, nearly 30 rooms and has had 11 people accept Christ, Kirkindail stated. GOP Faces Red Over Benson's Admitted 'Boner' By EDWIN B. HAAKINSON WASHINGTON (AP) — Red-faced Republicans agreed with Secretary of Agriculture Benson today that he "pulled a boner" in apparently endorsing a magazine article Which referred to farmers as "pampered." The secretary hastily retracted the endorsement, saying he had seen neither the article itself nor a letter to the editor writen in his name calling it "excellent." But his Democratic critics beat Nigeria Greets Queen Elizabeth Is First British Sovereign to Visit Crown Colony By ALVIN STElNKOPiP LAGOS, Nigeria Wi—Queen Elizabeth U — First British sovereign to visit this century-old crown colony — landed here today amid jubilant shouts of welcome to start a 20-dsy ceremonial visit. The young_ sovereign and the Duke of Edinburgh rode 11 miles to the city from Lagos airport past masses of cheering Nigerians. The visitors sat in an open car under a cream-colored umbrella with tassles. They waved constantly during the slow ride to Government House, where they will stay during their visit. No Demonstrations were stirring dcmonstra- moved Girl Receives Serious Burns A 10-year old girl at Half Moon, who brushed against a heating stove while her mother and father were away from their cabin, is in critical condition today, suffering second and third degree burns. In Blytheville Hospital is Irene Hulsey, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hulsey. The girl was rushed here for treatment yesterday afternoon. Legs, arms, back and chest were burned severely, Her father is a worker on the Clay StaLlings place at Half Moon There tions as the procession through the throngs. Tribesmen who traveled to Lagos from the deep bush country beat drums. The Queen was told their message in tom-tom language meant "welcome." The Queen and the Duke were received at the airport by Gov. Gen. Sir James Robertson and Lady Robertson. In the welcoming group was one federal minister wearing a straw hat with long purple and yellow- green feathers and a robe with a purple and gold train which trailed in the oust five yards behind him. The royal couple left London late yesterday for the 3,300-mile trip to this lush land, four times the size of the United Kingdom, which was once the main source of supply for the slave trade. The made the flight aboard the same four-engine plane which took Elizabeth home from Africa four years ago when, at the start of a world tour, she learned of her father's death. him to the punch with new de- and some the criti- mands for his ouster, Republicans joined in The article, in the December 1& sue of Harpers Magazine, started oufc "Our pampered tyrant, the American farmer., is about to get his boots licked again by both political parties/ 'It Called farm price support programs "legalized corruption." Took Full Responsibility Benson's letter, which he said was signed by an aide without his seeing it, was published in the magazine's February issue. Benson took full responsibility, but said "We pulled a boner on this one." Sen. George (D-Ga} said in an interview that "Benson has lost his usefulness as secretary o[ agriculture on account oE that intemperate letter. . . . He can't serve the welfare of the farmers of the country." Sen. Humphrey (D-Minn) set off the political furore by reading in the Senate yesterday excerpts from the article and from Benson's letter. "This man should be fired now, this afternoon," he said. Other Democrats an dSens. Young (R-ND) and Case (R-SD) joined in the attack until Sen. Aiken (R-Vt) reported Benson's explanation. Advance Proof Aiken said an advance proof on the article in Harpers by Jack Fischer was sent to the Agriculture Department last November along with thousands of other communications. A Benson aide who usually checks such letters went home early, a young woman secretary iVrote the acknowledgement, and someone signed Benson's name, Aiken said. He added that Benson had no idea of what was in the critical article or his letter and both were 'completely out of keeping" with ;he secretary's views. 'It's all right to thank people for sending you things," Aiken observed later. "It's not all right to say what they sent you is good." Sen. Case (R-SD) said "it will be hard to explain to thousands-of farmers I know, how the secretary could let such a letter get out. He's supposed to be their champion and will have a tough time trying to explain this one." Sen. Young' (R-ND), who like Case had demanded that Benson See GOP on Page 10 Weather NORTHEAST ARKANSAS: Cloudy and warmer with occasional rain this afternoon, scattered thundershowers tonight ending early Sunday, somewhat colder tonight, colder Sunday afternoon. High this afternoon, mid 60s to 70; low tonight, in 40s. MISSOURI — Rain or drizzle northeast, scattered showers or thundershowers southeast and south central and decreasing cloudiness elsewhere this afternoon; warmer southeast and turning colder northwest and extreme west; partly cloudy and colder tonight and Sunday; low 15-20 northwest to the 20s southeast; high Sunday 20s north to lower 30s south. Minimum this nionilng~4l. Maximum yesterday—47. Sunrise tomorrow—7:02, Sunset today—5:25. Mean temperature—44. precipitation 24 hours (7 a.m.. to 7 .rn.l-.32. PraclplMllon Jnn. 1 to dnt«—1.22. Thli n«(; uiii v«r Maximum yesterday—S3. Minimum Hits morning -M. Pnolpiutloa jiu. 1 to <!»«•— M. Tokyo Rose Is Freed; May Face Deportation ALDERSON, W. Va. (AP) — Tokyo Rose, whose cultured voice and dreamy records tantalized U. S. troops in World War II, was released from prison today but faces possible deportation for her wartime treason. "I'd like to be able to have a 50-50 chance to get back on my feet," said Mrs. Iva Ikuko Toguri a'Aquino as she left the prison. "I have no complaints," she added. Shivering in the 15-degree cold, but smiling, the brown-eyed woman answered newsmen's questions for about 15 minutes after her a.m. release. Snow covered the spacious prison grounds. Some 30 reporters and photographers crowded around her just beyond the prison gates. Her father, brother and sister sat waiting in an automobile nearby. They drove hevt yesterday to take her home to Chicago. Mrs. D'Aquino, now 39, refused to comment on the newly announced deportation action ag-iast her. Legal papers In the proceedings were served on her Inside the prison late last night. A native American but of Japanese parentage, the woman whose real name Is Mrs, Iva Ikuko Toguri D'Aquino was convicted In San Francisco In 1949 of treason by trying lo luse OIs Into deserting tbek lonely Pacific outpoits lo her Tokyo radio broadcasts. She was sentenced to 10 years in the federal women's reformatory but earned her release today- after only 6 years—for good behavior. Waiting outside the prison gats to drive her to Chicago were her father, brother, sister and a friend. The government served Mrs. D'Aquino with a deportation warrant about midnight at the reformatory. The warrant will test ths natural-born American can be ordered out of this country. Immigration officials say the 39- year-old Mrs. D'Aquino lost her American citizenship when convicted of treason. Her release, they say, raises a question whether she now becomes "an undesirable resident alien" subject to deportation. In announcing yesterday that the deportation papers would be served some Immigration officials avoided use of the term, "alien." referring to Mrs. D'Aquino as "a stateless person." Since the siren-voiced woman ««• tered the prison, which look* more few TOKYO B08B « Me* W

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