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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Thursday, September 30, 1954
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THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OP NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI VOL. I^-NO. 161 Blythcville Courier Blytheville Daily New» BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS, THUKSDAY, SEPTEMBER 30,1954 EIGHTEEN PAGES Published Dally Except Sunday SINGLE COPY FIVE CENTS European Arms Pool Approved Germany Okays Compromise Plan at London LONDON (AP) — A German spokesman announced today the nine-power conference on freeing and rearming Germany has approved a compromise plan for establishing and controlling a European arms pool. The plan, put forward by Bel- .glan Foreign Minister Paul-Henri Spaak, would divide responsibility for safeguards on runaway German rearmament between a new seven - nation European alliance and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). Previously, France had insisted on the seven-nation authority exercising controls 'while West Germany—with British and American backing—held out for NATO supervision. Optimism Grows The German spokesman told newsmen the Spaak compromise "met with the approval of Dr. (German Chancellor Konrad) Adenauer and (French Premier) Mendes-France and was also acceptable to the other delegations." He described the Spaak memorandum put before, the conference today as "excellent." The German announcement came shortly before the nine foreign ministers reassembled for their afternoon session. An air of elation and optimism surrounded Lancaster House, where the momentous conference is being; held, over chances of an agreement to put German divisions in the line against Communist aggression. Hopes soared as a result of the pledge by British Foreign Secretary Anthony -Eden yesterday that British troops and air forces will be kept on the European mainland indefinitely if the conference succeeds. A good welcome was also given U.S. Secretary of State Dulles' promise that he would urge Preso- dent Eisenhower to renew the U.S. pledge to maintain troops in • Europe if a rearmed Germany was brought into the Atlantic alliance. Ignore Warning The other eight foreign ministers apparently think chances of agreement are so good that they are practically ignoring DuPes' warning that failure might result in withdrawal of the American forces from Europe. The ministers met for two hours this morning. Dulles, Eden, Adenauer and Mendes-France arranged to get together late today to talk over the issue of granting West Germany complete sovereignty. . Adenauer predicted the delegates would finish their task tonight. Others, notably the French, thought, the' detail -would take somewhat longer to work out. Reflecting the ministers' confidence that an agreement was near, Dulles advanced his expected date of departure for Washington to Saturday night. Previously he had planned to fly home Sunday. "It's going Very well now," Canadian Foreign Secretary, Lester B. Pearson told newsmen at the noon break. A British Foreign Office spokesman added that" good Cotton Picking Contest Officials Await Weatherman's Verdict PLAN HOLY LAND DISPLAY — Making plans to bring a mechanized miniature display of the Holy Land here Oct. 10 are Salvatore.Gauci (seated) and his brother, Joseph, who constructed the display, and Harry W. Haines (right), publisher of the Courier .News, which -will sponsor the exhibit here. (Courier News Photo) Stietenroth Returns To D-Y Probe Stand WASHINGTON (AP) — J. D. Stietenroth, former Mississippi power official, was* billed as, a; key witness again today in- the Senate Anti-monopoly Subcommittee's broadening probe of the controversial Dixon-Yates power plan. AP&L Heatedly Denies Charges ByJeffSpeek Missco Planter Tells . Senators Utility Has 'Two Sets of Books' (From The ASSOCIATED PRESS) Testimony of a Mississippi County planter before the Senate Judiciary Monopoly Subcommittee in its inquiry on the controversial Dixon-Yates power contract was included in then eated denial issued yesterday by Arkansas Power and Light Co., which welcomed "full and complete investigation" of charges made against the utility. -Jefferson Speck of Frenchman's Bayou, twice defeated as Republican governor of Arkansas, told thec ommittee he was convinced AP&L kept two sets of books, one in Arkansas and one prepared by Ebasco Services in New York Mr. Speck is a former Ebasco em- ploye. He joined J. D. Stietenroth, ousted secretary-treasurer of Mississippi Power. and. Light Co;, and Little Rock Banker A. E. McLean in hurling charges at the private utility side of the Dixon-Yates controversy. • • Banker Is Critic Mr. McLean told a Berryville civic club that SP & L and AP & L was "the most corrupt corpora- progress was made at the morning tion in the history of Arkansas Stietenroth, 'fired as secretary- treasurer of the Mississippi Power & Light Co. for what he called his • fight -against "King Wall Street," said yesterday-that Middle South' Utilities, Inc. has: drawn a .9 per cent return; from'the Missis- •sippi concern since 1946. Middle South, of which the Mississippi company is a subsidiary, is one ; of the two firms making up the Dixon-Yates combine—the group negotiating for a. government contract to build a session. A conference source said the ministers spent most of the morning discussing a compromise proposal submitted by Gelgian Foreign Minister Paul-Henri Spaak-on the. crucial question of the control of German rearming. The plan was reported to call for sharing control between the proposed new seven-power European alliance and the - North . Atlantic Treaty Organization. China Coast Patrols Now Becoming Routine TAIPSH, Formosa (#>)—Nationalist air and sea patrols along the China coast opposite Formosa have become such a daily routine that communiques have been discontinued, an official spokesman said today. There were sporadic artillery exchanges between defenders of Quemoy, Nationalist island base seven miles offshore, and Red batteries on the mainland, the spokesman said. utility was "drunk and said the with power." (Stieienroth was the one who unleashed the investigation when he claimed Middle South Utilities —With which MP & L and AP & L are associated by Wall Street.) To these various was dominated charges, AP & L replied yesterday that "bur company is privately managed but publicly owned." AP & L President R. E. Ritchie said, »"We operate in a glass bowl. We have nothing to hide. We welcome a full and complete investigation ..." Apparently aiming at Speck's claim of retaliation against AP & L critics, Ritchie -said, "It is ri- 'diculous to think that people of Arkansas are fearful of our company and are afraid to speak up See SPECK on Page 2 dollar r steam -plant; The plant would provide'electric power for the Memphis, Tenn., area over Tennesse Vally Authority lines. Stietenroth said the profits Middle South has been extracting from its subsidiary are too high. And he began a detailed description of inner financial operations between the two companies to illustrate what he calls the "yoke of domination" held by Middle South over the Mississippi firm. To Call Strauss Chairman Langer (R-ND) told newsmen the hearing probably would last the remainder of the week. He said the subcommittee will summon Lewis L. Strauss, chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission, and Budget Director Rowland Hughes for testimony. Langer and Sen.. Kefauver (D- Tenn), acting for the five-man subcommittee, again called on the AEC to hold up the proposed contract until they complete their investigation. In doing so they overrode Sen. Butler (R-MD), sitting in as an avowed administration representative." Butler contended the final contract will be reviewed more properly by the Senate-House atomic energy committee, which also plans to scrutinize the contract. President .Eisenhower has ordered the AEC to conclude a 25-year contract .with the Dixori-Yates group to obtain some 600,000 kilowatts of power from the new plant by 1957. The electricity would replace TVA power now furnished, the Paducah, Ky., atomic plant. The Langer Subcommittee asked the AEC 'two months ago to hold up negotiations for the contract, which are still continuing, until it could investigate the proposal. Kefauver said the AEC made no reply. Palestine Display Due Here Oct. 10 Mechanized Exhibit To Show Minute Details of Holy Land A Holy Land exhibit, featuring minute details of Palestine, will be opened-in'Blytheville. Oct. 10 for a limited showing. •"-• The;being- brought here under auspices of the Courier News and .'profits. derived- from its. showing=:here?will :go ; to local charitable orgariizatidns. ; , v' ; : '-.-.. It will'be: open to Jthe public-from 7 to 11 plm> r and from l ; to 5 p.m. each day. Admission will be 25 cents for children and 50 cents for adults. ,, •. .,. : ,• ' . " ' Each part of the exhibit was painstakingly hand-carved -by ."'-a' pair, of brothers ^ofDrench-Spanish descent —y Jgseph;';and.:: : Salyatore Gauci' — who 'first began working on;the exhibit in childhood -.though at the time it was merely a hobby. ' As young men, the Gauci brothers left their native Isle of Malta to join, the British Navy- Joseph later spent five years In Palestine, becoming familiar with what was to be his life's 'work." Utilizing Salvatore's mechanical and electrical skills, the two brothers finally got together in Canada to begin construction" of the project. Church groups, Sunday School classes and the like.have been frequent visitors to the exhibit which has shown, in cities over the United States. 2-Day Program Due to Be Best In 15-Year Span In .spite of dark, cloudy skies, the 1954 - National Cotton Picking Contest got started today with the promise it would be one of the best in the 15-year history of the event. Junior Chamber of Commerce officials, sponsors of the contest, had reason to reach back for the superlatives. Their parade, which gets;started at 3 this afternoon, is the largest yet staged with 30 floats entered. This figure is more than twice the previous high of other years. About a dozen bands is to round out the parade along with the contestants of tonight's beauty pageant. In the beauty pageant, contest officials think they have another "best yet" event. Among the 20 contestants signed as of yesterday, there were 36 beauty titles, or more than 1.5 titles per girl. Contest Chairman P. D. Foster explained it was the goal of his group' to- make tonight's event a "Contest of Queens," which it has been named. 'Dances Tonight It will begin at 8 o'clock tonight in High School auditorium. Winner will get a $500 cotton wardrobe and an expense-free trip to Havana, Cuba. Two of. the most popular (forj some) events of the contest ge' ' started tonight when the annua street 'dances are "run off. Dancing for whites has; been scheduled for Safeway's parking lot. The Negro dance will be Fifth and Ash. Tomorrow's actual picking con- will get started at 10 a.m. BLYTHEVILLE ENTRY — Miss Joan Earls, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Earls, of Blytheville, today became an entry in the beauty revue. to select Queen of the National Cotton Picking Contest. The -19-year-old brunette is a -University of Arkansas student and was entered in. the contest by Chi Omega sorority, to which she is pledged. At Blytheville High School, Miss Earls was head majorette, a senior maid and was elected football queen. The NCPC beauty revue will be held at .8 tonight in 'the Senior High School auditorium. . Ike Expresses Sympathy DENVER (JP) —r President Eisenhower today sent a message of' sympathy to the people of Hon-, duras and promised additional aid to.the victims of floods which have hit that country this week. Larger Cotton Crop to Bring Less Money, Bilbrey Predicts Inside Today's Courier News , , , P»poo»es Play Maiden Here Tonight . . .Giants In Driver'! Seat After Thrilling First Game Victory . . . Sports . . . pages 8 and 9 . . . . . . The Comic Book Story . . . Editorial* . . . paf e 6 . . . . . . Neither Party Predicting Victory in Tough MasMcht»ett« Election . . Second of a Series on Key Campaign Trends . . . page 5 ... . . . Nixon Says GOP Low Will Mean "Left Wing" Democratic Oantrol of Congret* ... page 7... Mississippi County's cotton farmers will harvest a larger crop this fall than they did last year but because of market and economic conditions, will make considerably less money. That was 'the prediction of County Agent Keith Bilbrey, who spoke to members of the Blytheville Kiwanis Club yesterday noon on the 1954 crop outlook. Mr. Bilbrey predicted a 180,000 bale crop for Mississippi County this year but because retail consumer prices are so far out of line with farm market prices, farmers of the county will make about $12,000,000 less than they die! last year. He estimated this year's cotton crop in the county as worth between $35,000,000 and $40,000,000. Mr. Bilbrey illustrated the difference in 'retail consumer prices and farm market prices in this manner: "One bale of cotton will make 3dO long sleeve cotton shirts. Consumers pay $3.95 for long sleeve white shirts on the market, which means that the 390 shirts made from one bale of cotton cost $1,540.50. The farmer gets $175 per bale for his cotton." > "And for the milk for which you pay 86 cents a gallon at the neighborhood grocery, the dairyman gets only 42 cents," he added. Mr. Bilbrey was introduced by Kiwanian Bob McHaney, club program chairman for September, Hearing Held In Slaying Lloyd Booker Held For Circuit Court CARUTHERSVILLE — Lloyd Booker, Holland liquor store operator, was ordered held tc await circuit court action at a preliminary hearing on a first degree murder charge in magistrate's court here yesterday. Booker is charged with the fatal shooting of Thurman Norrid, Hayti truck operator, in Holland on the night of Sept. 3. After several previous continuations, Booker's preliminary hearing was scheduled before Judge Sam Corbett Sr., at 1-p. m. yesterday but the trial "Was again, continued until 6:05 p. m. yesterday, j The $10,000 bond under which Booker was released after being charged with the fatal shooting will continue to be valid until his trial in circuit court in November. The shooting is believed to have stemmed from a 1952 shooting in which Booker's brother, Kermel Booker, was fatally shot by Norrid. Among cases scheduled to be tried in Judge Corbett's court today are those of Lee Castle, Caruthersville Negro, charged with fe- lonious'assault in connection with shooting of a Negro man and woman Sept. 4, and John Corbin of Near Bragg City, who is charged with rape. and" between 100 and 200 contestants are expected to vie for -a first prize of $1,000 and other prizes amounting to 81,500. In the event of rain, the actual picking Will be postponed one week until Oct. 8. Every thing else will go according to scheduled. Beneke to Perform Friday night's Cotton Ball' has topped- all expectations as to ticket sales and is assured of being a sellout. Tex Beneke, the former Glenn Miller saxaphone man, will bring his big name band to the Main Exhibit Building at Walker Park where the dance will get under way at 9 p. m. tomorrow night. Tomorrow; afternoon's program at the Walker Park grandstand will be kicked off at 1:30 and won't wind up until late in the afternoon when cotton picking contest winners wDl be announced. Tennessee's Gov. Frank Clement will speak at 2:45. No admission is charged to the which also will and a clothing from cotton bags contest. Admission to the contest site at Walker Park is also free. In the window decoration contest held in conjunction with the cotton picking contest, a secret committee of judges yesterday selected the Darling Shop as first place winner. Theme of this display was "Cotton Around the World." Second place winner was the Jack Robinson Implement Co. display, which followed the theme of "Bale to Bolt." Faubus Cites Desire For Industrialization In a talk before night at Hotel Noble, nee for governor, to bring industry 230 supporters Orval Faubus, at a dinner last Democratic nomi- said one of to Arkansas. his greatest .desires is Wtih the mechanization of rural occupations, the influx of people to the cities has been great as has been the migration from Arkansas to other states, he said. To bring about a better balanced statewide ecenomy, he went on, industrialists who are building new factories or relocating old ones must be made interested in Arkansas . as a place where reliable workers are available. Invited to Blytheville to attend She National Cotton Picking Contest, Mr. Faubus was the guest of lonor' at the dinner given by political supporters representing 87 towns and seven counties in Arkansas. State Rep. Jimmie Edwards, acting as master of ceremonies, introduced the guest speaker, who received a standing ovation. The Democratic candidate, not' state without first consulting the people and state representatives. Gratitude for the support given him was expressed by Mr. Faubus to the people gathered, for the steak dinner. He said he- felt an obligation to those friends. However, he stated, "never should a political favor be granted if in any way it conflicts with the wishes of the constituents." Recalling experiences shared with* one of v his World War n Army buddies, he said, if a politician "plays the game honorably and fairly he has • nothing to be ashamed of," that there were fortunes in politics the same as there were fortunes of war. Several times during his talk, Mr. Faubus paused for applause from the audience, which listened intently. Mrs. Faubus, who sat between Rain Would Half Only the Actual Picking Contest Most of the planning and preparation finished, officials of the National Cotton Picking Contest today sat down and patiently awaited the verdict of the weatherman. And the weather man.offered little encouragement: Blytheville it scheduled to bear the brunt of * storm front which began moving in last night and. deposited .18 incli of rain by 7 o'clock this morning. But rain will cause postponement only of the actual cotton picking, Chairman Kelly Welch pointed out today. .Everything else, he said, will adhere to schedule as closely as possible. Rain, he pointed out .may ,offer some threats to this afternoon'*' parade, but barring torrential downpour it, too, will come off on schedule. In. the event irnin persist* at 1 pjn.—parade time today—floats am to be held in readiness and th* parade hour will be moved "up through the late evening • until weather permits the procession to begin moving, down Main Street. '• Tomorrows - grandstand show," featuring a western xodeo, will be run off regardless of weather, as will the remainder of tomorrow's ernor Frank G. Clement*., who'll give the principal address ' ' Since Walker Park's main grandstand is mostly covered, about thrc« or four thousand persons; can watcn things from. * relatively high sjid dry; position. Briefly, here's the Arkansas weather forecast for today; Cloudy with scattered shower* this afternoon, tonight and Friday. Cooler Friday. As for the picking, it no rain fall* after about 6 or 7 pan. today, the chances for running: off the ,$2,500 contest tomorrow are good- Should it rain tonight, there i» a strong possibility picking will come off one week from Friday, - iompletely discounting Republican J Mayor and Mrs. Jackson, wore a opposition, promised not to take ! cotton corsage presented to her by office with any predetermined lineJKelley Welch. National Cotton of action to solve problems of the Picking Contest chairman, before Strike Activity Down WASHINGTON (/P>—Strike activity over the nation continued at a low level during August, the Labor Departments Bureau of Labor Statistics said today. The Bureau said there were 550 strikes in August idling about 300,- the dinner. Seated at the speakers table were Rep. and Mrs. Jimmie Edwards, the Rev. and Mrs. E, H. Hall, Mayor and Mrs. E. R. Jackson, Mr. and Mrs. G. 0. Poetz, Mr. and Mrs. Jack Robinson, Rep. and Mrs. E. C. Fleeman, Mr and Mrs. Charles Langston, J. T. Sudbury, Mr. and Mrs. Eudell New- Vishinsky May Offer NewA-Plan CHICAGO (fP)— -Month by month your chance of coming back alive from an automobile trip is getting better. The National Safety Council reported today that August was the eighth month in a row in which traffic deaths have been cut. The safety streak means a saving of almost 1,500 lives. At the end of August 1953 traffic deaths totaled 24,200; the same time this year they amounted to 22.780, a cut ef 6 per. cent. August's toll of 3,330 was the lowest for the month since 1950 and a reduction of 10 per from August 1953. Three-Way Race Looms In Ward One A three-man race is now set for the Ward One aldermanic post now held by Jesse White, City Clerk W. I. Malin reported today. Mr. Malin announced filing for the post by the Rev. Harold C. Thompson, Sr. Thus, the Nov. 2 general election battle will find contractor Harold Wright, Mr. White and the Rev. Mr. Thompson all engaged in battle for the position. Every aldermanic candidate except one is being opposed. W. Kemper Bruton is running for the Ward Two .post , also being sought by incumbent Jodie Nabers. In Ward Three, incumbent Rupert Crafton has drawn opposition from,-Jimmy Lentz. Charles Lipford, Fourth Ward alderman, is still unopposed in his uid for re-election. Civilian Casualties Noted HONG KONG (IP)— The Chinese Nationalist bombardment cf Amoy has resulted in many casualties among the civilian population, the Communist radio in Pukien reported today. The sky over Quemoy was filled with heavy smoke last week after cenl I direct hits on ammunition dumps and dockyards, the radio claimed. 000 workers for 3,375,000 man days of idleness. " ! son - som and Mr. and Mrs. A. 0. Kud- FAUBUS GREETS FRlENpS — Orval Faubus, Democratic gubernatorial nominee, (center), greeted friends at the dinner given in his honor last night at Hotel Noble along with Mayor E. R. Jackson and Mrs. Faubus (right). Visiting Blytheville to attend the National Cotton Picking Contest, Mr. Faubus, made a brief speech in which he promised to try to bring more industry to Arkansas. (Courier News Photo) UNITED NATIONS, ,'N.Y. ports spread today that Andrei Vishinsky might unveil new Soviet atomic proposals to the TT.N. General Assembly this afternoon. 'Observers predicted that, if forthcoming, they would boil down to another demand for a ban on nuclear weapons. The chief Russian delegate was scheduled to take the assembly floor shortly after the opening of today's plenary session to give A review of Soviet policy as his contribution to the 60-nation group's opening general debate. Vishinsky's speech, on which he had been working in seclusion all week, was expected to set 'forth the Soviet bloc's line on the American atoms-f or-peace proposals and other vital East-West issues. '• One Latin - American delegate said he had reliable word that the usually fiery Soviet spokesman would couch his remarks in conciliatory vein in an effort to show Russia is treating che atomic question with an open .mind. Most members felt, however, that ' Vishinsky would reiterate his government's refusal to go along with the Eisenhower-Dulles atomic plan unless it tied in a declaration outlawing nuclear weapons. ,./ There also was speculation Vish- insky might reiterate Russia's call for an all-European security system as an offset to NATO. ARKANSAS—Mostly cloudy with scattered . showers and thundershowers this afternoon, tonight and Friday: cooler northwest tonight and northwest and extreme north Friday.' ••'-•••. , MISSOURI — Considerable cloudiness through Friday with showers and thunderstorms,, south .and extreme east today in southeast and extreme south tonight and extreme southeast Friday. lt > Minimum thU morning'—71. Maximum ye»t«rd»r—8*. r t Sunrise tomorrow—4 :M. Sunset today—3:44 Mean tempemturt (n»Ut»»y high »nd low—78. • ' •> Precipitation. Uftt M IJOUT» to T itodny—,18. ' ' k Precipitation .Tun. !„*• til . , Thii Date Latt YM* Maximum yt«t«nJ«y—100,' Minimum thlt morntnc—M. 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