The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on January 30, 1956 · Page 1
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Monday, January 30, 1956
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OP NORTHEAST ARKANSAS 'AND SOUTHEAST MISSOUBI VOL. LI—NO. 260 Blythevllle Courier Blytheville Daily News Mississippi Valley Leader Blytheville Herald BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS, MONDAY, JANUARY 30, 1956 TEN PAGES Except Sunday SINGLE COPY FIVE CENTS Demos Ready Substitute For Soil Bank Plan By EDWIN B. HAAKINSON WASHINGTON W)—Democratic senators may offer this week their_own substitutes nr supplements to the soil bank program asked by President Eisenhower and Secretary of Agriculture Benson. + sen. Anderson (D-NM) told a Fire at Church Social Is Fatal To Ten Women Nine Still Missing As Blaze Destroys Crowded Auditorium By LOU PANOS BALTIMORE (ft — At least 10 women perished in a mad dash for the exits and nine other persons were reported missing- last night after fire touched off panic in a hall jammed 'with a church crowd of about 1,000. More than 200 were injured in the frantic clawing, shoving and trampling which erupted as the swiftly spreading flames consumed A'rundel Park Auditorium on the south edge of Baltimore. Red Cross officials reported 18 were admitted to nine hospitals and 111 were released after treatment. Firemen said about 100 others were treated at the scene. Survivors said one minute they were sipping beer, munching I'ood and listening to an orchestra play "Tea for Two" at the St. Rose of Lima Catholic church oyster roast. Rushed for Doors A few moments later the celebrants, including many children, •were a shrieking, stampeding pack of humanity. As the fire swooshed along the wooden-._rafters and roof of the one - story cinder-block building, hundreds broke for two large doors In the front and rear. One of the doors, which were of the overhead sliding type used in garages, was never opened. Finding this escape barred, scores made for nearby windows. Nine of Hie first bodies recovered were found huddled under one of these. Al Barthelme, former professional basketball coach of the old Baltimore Bullets and one of the survivors, described the scene at one window as "real panic." "With everybody trying to get out of that window, it was pretty brutal," he said. "Some were being pulled back by others as they started through. Some were even throwing out of trie windows friends they didn't make it any other think could way." Barthelme said the fire was first See FIRE AT CHURCH on Page 3 reporter today he "is preparing some alternatives" to the wide range of farm proposals now pending before the Senate Agriculture Committee. Anderson, a secretary of agriculture under former President Truman, declined to discuss details, but said he would offer his ideas early this week. Some time ago Sen. Russell (D- Ga) said he was preparing general (arm legislation. It is known Sen. George (D-Ga) and some other Democratic senators will cosponsor the Russell proposals. To Vote Friday Chairman Ellender (D-La) of the Senate Agriculture Committee has askeci all senators to present their farm legislative proposals by tomorrow. He hopes to begin committee votes on the soil bank and related farm proposals by Thursday or Friday and send an omnibus farm bill to the Senate the following week. Chairman Paul M. Butler of the Democratic National Committee charged meantime that excessive storage charges for crop surpluses are "adding millions o£ dollars" to the cost of the government's farm price support program. He called in a statement for "a complete airing of the gigantic mess in grain storage which has been created by the Eisenhower administration." Sen. Mundt (B-SD) replied that if Butler "has any real facts, can identify any crooks or is serious, he sould turn the data over to chairmen of congressional investigating committees, who are fellow Democrats." "More Politics" Sen. Aiken (RVt), senior GOP member of the agriculture committee, accused Butler of "trying to inject some more politics into the current nonpartisan effort to aid fanners through legislation. ' Butler quoted Rep. Marshall (D- Minn) that storage fees for a bushel of grain had risen from 5.7 cents in 1952 to 11.3 cents in 1954 under the Republicans. The Democratic chairman said also that "shocking new evidence' 1 is being reported in a series of articles in the Nashville Tennes- sean. He said that paper reported the administration has entered into new grain storage contracts, at higher fees, with what Butler said were "most of the warehousemen who were prosecuted by the previous administration for 'converting' government-owned grain which they were storing." Courier Editorial Goes in The Record A Courier News editorial. "Cotton Must Fight Back for Markets," has drawn comment from several institutions and persons interested in cotton and its plight. Bill Foreman of the National Cotton Council wrote this newspaper saying he received a copy of the editorial and will use it in the NC's battle for textile labal- ing laws. Last week, .Congressman E. C. (Took) Gahtings had the editorial read Into the Congressional Record saying, "I think your newspaper rendered a public service in bringing these viev.'i to your read- ers, and I was interested in having the members of Congress share in these observations." Runyan Deere, University of Arkansas Extension Cotton Specialist, wrote, "I would like to commend you for calling to the attention of your readers the dire need of a better promotion program for cotton, "It is one of the weakest factors in helping cotton to overcome its present difficult position. "We who work with the cotton producer's and ginners appreciate the fine job you did In the editorial ..." Mothers March Tonight- These mothers got an early start on their Mothers March as they posed for the Courier News camera at the home of Mrs. James L. Guard (right) Mrs. R'. H. Blaylock (center) and Mrs. Edith Permenter will join other mothers beginning at 6:30 tonight in soliciting door-to-door in Blytheville. Most other towns in the county will be waging similar marches op polio for the March of Dimes. Beta Sigma Phi and Rebekahs are working in city. WSCS will conduct the Yarbro drive. (Courier News Photo) On 'Friendship Treaty 7 : West Endorses Ike's Reply to Bulganin WASHINGTON W)—The Western world has generally approved President Eisenhower's turn down of a 20-year "treaty of friendship" between Russia and the United States offered by Premier Bulganin. •* . The Kremlin, as had been forecast by officials here, gave evidence that it intends to squeeze all the propaganda it can out of his reply as every big Soviet press yesterday headlined the news of Bulganin's proposal. Moscow papers carried the full text of his letter and treaty draft. papers 4.5 Inches of Rain Fall on City Over Stormy Weekend This area's midwinter drouth, which previously had its' surface scratched with some snow flurries, was cracked wide open over the weekend when angry clouds dumped 4.52 inches of rain on the city. The elements continued to pour above that 21 all day tomorrow, it on this area, which is having its with a low tonight forcast to range most severe winter in several between 15 and 24 degrees, ways. Weekend rains were accented by a slight earth tremor which preceded them Saturday night and are to be followed by more cold weather tonight and tomorrow. Col. Ivy W. Crawford, the official weather observer, said 3.02 inches of rain fell Saturday night and early Sunday morning (until 7 a.m.) and another 1.50 fell until 7 i.m. this morning. Temperature to Fall snow, which fell on Jan. 181 mile s- Other Indian Walks 400 Miles To Hear Billy Graham To hear Billy Graham speak in Madras, inaia, one man walked 400 A snow wmuu leu uu u»u. 181 miles. Other hundreds of people broke a 45-day drouth for the area. 1 slept in the streets of the Indian Its measured precipitation, how-,c>ty when all available rooms were ever, was only .90 of an inch. Friday, another .32 of an inch helped, a little more. Minimum this morning was 27 am this, according to forecasters, may be well above tonight's low. It wasn't scheduled to get much K7»tt ?"• - , '. " w -- > ^t RAINS CAME- Alter 1 dry winter, Blytheville wns smacked with a 4.5 inch rain over the weekend. Scene Above at trailer court WM duplicated In many placet over th* city u itorm seweri and f'7' '(<$ J* 1 -U itf,t dltclie» filled and overflowed. Many arena of town were Inundated though waters were receding today. (Confer Newi Photo) filled. All told, more than 30,000 turned out to hear the American evangelist tell of Christ. These reports on Graham's tour begin today on Page 2 of the Courier News. They are written by Oeorge Burnham, veteran reporter of the hat- tanooga News-Free Press, who has covered various Graham revivals both in America and abroad. ; 1 Burnham's stories will be a regular feature while Graham is on his currnet tour. Weather NORTHEAST ARKANSAS—Partly cloudy to cloudy this afternoon, tonight and Tuesday, colder tonight. High this afternoon, low to mid 30s; low tonight, 15 to low 20s. MISSOURI—Fair and quite cold this afternoon and tonight; .considerable colder southeast portion; Tuesday partly cloudy and continued cold; low tonight near zero north and central to 5-10 above extreme, south; high Tuesday generally in the 20s., •Maximum Snturrtny—65. Minimum 3undny—II. Minimum this morning—27. Mnxlmutn yesterday—54. Sunrise tomorrow—8:57, Sunset tonny—5:27. Menu tompcrntiirc—44. Precipitation 4R Hours (7 a.m. to " n. m.)—1.52. I'reclplutlon .Inn. I lo dntr—5,74. Trcli l)»lf !.««( Vf«r Mhxlmum yentrrilfty—53, Minimum this mornlnn—15. FnolplUtlou J«o. 1 to d>U—,M. word of Eisenhower's reply that such a pact is unneeded and might create a false illusion. Thus it appeared that Moscow hoped later publication of the rejection would give it greater impact on the Russian people. In its issue today, the Communist party paper Pravda called Bulganin's offer "a deeply thought- out system of measures to re-establish the historical friendship between the Soviet Union and the United States." It cautioned, however, that "it cannot be considered that the threat of a new war has disappeared." "Deeds Not Words" "It is deeds and not words alone which count," Eisenhower told Bui ganin in the exchange made public over the weekend. He said that what is needed to promote world peace is "a change of spirit." Bulganin had written that it would be "an act of great international significance" for peace if the United States and Russia would sign a treaty pledging (1) to settle disputes peacefully, (2) to avoid interference in each other's affairs and (3) to strengthen economic, cultural and scientific cooperation. Eisenhower's letter, as courteous in tone as was Bulganin's suggested that Russia join in steps to unify Germany, end the threat of atomic war, free Russia's satellite states and abolish the Iron Curtain. He invited Bulganin to write his reactions. The president noted that the two nations are already bound by treaty — the United Nations Charter—to do all the things Bulganin proposed they do in a new two- See WEST on Page 3 Court of Honor To be Tonight Blytheville Boy Scout troops 31 and 36 will hold a. court of honor tonight at First Methodist Churcn. About 20 Scouts will receive badges up to and including Life Scout, Scouting's second hfhest rank. Ike, Eden Open Talks on Asia, Mid-East Plans Eden Lauds Ike's Reply to Soviet Treaty Proposal NEW YORK w» — British Prime Minister Anthony Eden said today he' thought President Eisenhower's reply- to Soviet Premier Bulganin's proposal for a 20-year friend-, ship pact "was admirable." ——* Sir Anthony made the comment during a news conference aboard Tllf/% CiliIitiAf tlle Ilner Q ueen Elizabeth. | W0 I alflHUGS Eden and British Foreign Secrs- • "• V • WIMIIRIWrf ^ arv seiwyn Lloyd arrived aboard the liner today en route to Washington for three days or discussion* with President Eisenhower. Bulganin made his bid for a 20- year friendship pact with the United States in a secret message to President Eisenhower last week. Eisenhower rejected the proposal Begin Pemiscot 1956 Road Toll By JOHN M. HIGHTOWER WASHINGTON W — British Prime Minister Eden came to Washington today for strategy talks with President Eisenhower on combatting communism in Asia and the Middle East. They also will seek a formula for peace in Palestine in three days of conferences. Eden landed »t National Airport- * * * x W * at 11:15 a.m. aboard the presiden- !ial plane Columbine HI in London- like weather. The President's plane picked aim up in New York where the Prime Minister arrived this morning aboard the liner Queen Elizabeth. Secretary of State Dulles headed delegation on hand at the airport to greet Eden. There was a U.S. Army honor e^uard, carrying the American and British flags side by side, and riflemen stood at attention in a giant rectangle about the plane. There had bnen a steady rain ill morning. At a news conference, before debarking from the, Queen Elizabeth. Eden termed "admirable" the President's reply to Soviet Premier Bulganin's proposal for a 20- year peace pact. Bulganin's m ve was regarded here as a propaganda effort and an attempt to steal a march on the Eden-Eisenhower conferences even before they began. Eisenhower turned it down over the weekend in a conciliatory letter designed to smash the idea of a two-way deal between Moscow and Washington while keeping open his personal contact with Bul- ganin. Eisenhower released his and Bul- ganin's letters to try to get the Soviet move as far to one side as possible prior to Eden's arrival. The two were sure to discuss the proposal and assess Soviet motives however. Eden arrived by ship in New York and arranged to fly to Washington aboard Eisenhower's private plane. He and Foreign Secretary Selwyn Lloyd were scheduled to lunch with Eisenhower and Secretary of State Dulles at the White House. Much Spade Work British and American officials have done much spade work for the talks, particularly on the Middle Eastern situation. Two weeks ago they decided it was essential to get Israel and the Arab states into active negotiations early this year if the Middle East is to be saved from a crisis later i. Officials say thai without an Israeli-Arab peace it is difficult to see what actions can 'be taken effectively to block the spread of Communist influence and Soviet power in that petroleum center of' the world. British and American informants say Eisenhower and Eden will discuss every problem of corn- See IKE on Page 3 ' Skidding Car Meet's Truck arid Trailer; Driver To Be Charged By SONNY SANDERS Courier News Correspondent CARUTHERSVILLE — Pemiscot county's 1956 highway traffic slaughter record began with, two fatalities \vhen a car skidded into a transport truck two miles west of here at 10:30 p,m. Saturday. Dead are Ida Mne Sprigg, 24, and her step-daughter, Mne Lischie Sprigg, 5. They were passengers in the 1947 Buick sedan driven by Willie Lucky, 48, here. All of the who was jailed car passengers were Negroes from Bragg City. Slate troopers said that Lucky would be charged with manslaughter or driving while intoxicated. Although Lucky said he was driving 45 miles per hour, state troopers said they could not tell how fast the car was traveling as there were IK skid marks on the rain-soaked highway, The driver and four other passengers in the car were treated for minor injuries at Pemiscot County Memorial Hospital at Hayti, as was Elbert Lacey Bolen, 32, of Jasper Ala., driver of the truck and semi-trailer owned by Ala- See WRECK on Page 3 in a conciliatory letter and on Saturday made both communications public. , Extra Police Extra police details were on guard at the pier as the liner clocked. Eden is making his first visit to this country since succeeding sir Winston Churchill. Eden and his party of 23 left for Washington in President Eisenhower's plane. A group of men and women at- filiated with Brit Trumpeldor of America, a Zionist youth organization, staged a demonstration in New York. They carried placards including' "Ugly head of Munich rising again," "No Munich for Washington," "Appeasement leads to war" and "Sir Anthony, go home." Police kept the group on the opposite side of the street from the pier. Eden said President Eisenhower had kept him informed of the exchange with Bulganin. He said the- British people "are glad that these conversations (in "Washington) will take place." Praises Ike If anything could add to our joy," he said, "it is the fact that the President is well enough to take part. "No citizen of your country is more beloved in our land than your See EDEN on Page 3 , TWO NEGKOES KILLED—When a 1947 Buick skidded, turned sideways on Highway 61 near Caru- thersvlllc, and rammed into a transport truck, two Braeg City Negroes were killed. They were Ida Spriggs, 24, and her step-daughter, Mae Sprigg, 5. I^HM^BH^HWMHBV^HH^MH^^BVK^H^V^H^^^BMV^^BVH The driver, Willie Lucky, 48, Negro of Bragg City, was jailed at Caruthersville and will be charged with manslaughter or careless and reckless driving, state troopers said. {Photos by Sanders) Jet Pilot Bails Out at 11,000 Feet; Plane Is Found Near Gideon, Mo. A T-33 jet trainer was found about 10 miles oust of bil ut ast niht was not inured, Blytheville Air who bailed put last night, was not injured, Blytheville morning. They Identified the pilot as Richard S. Riblnski and said he was on route from Youngstown, O., to Craig Air Force Base, Ala. Craig |8 his home field. Although the pilot was hospitalized, this was listed as routine by Air force spokesmen, who said he wa< not Injured la the ball out. The plane, which,was reported heading west at 11.000 feet" when the pilot Jumped. The pilot was alone In the trainer. The pilot .estimated that he was near Portagevllle, Mo., which As about 20 miles cast of the northeastern tip of Arkansas, when he parachuted. Gideon, Mo., today. The pilot, Force Base officers said this Wth n dwindling fuel supply, he headed lor an Air Force field near Memphis, Air Force officials said, but. jumped when almost out -it fuel. The plnne had about 30 gallons— about two, minutes flying time- when the pilot Jumped. Memphis Is about 86 miles dm south of Port- agevllle. Scholarship Given by Estate Of J. F.Tompkins Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary at Wake Forrest, N. C., will receive a $26,000 mission scholarship fund from tha estate of the late Mr. and Mrs. J. F. Tompktns, of Burdctte, the school announced today. Tompklns was a widely known cotton farmer and a layman In Blytheville's First Baptist Church. Interest from the fund will b« used to establish three scholarships of approximately (250 each, President S. L. SUaUrf, 0« tt» seminary said.

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