The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on October 24, 1955 · Page 1
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 1

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Monday, October 24, 1955
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THK DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OF NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI VOL. LI—NO. 180 Blytheville Courier Blythevllle Daily News Blytheville Herald Mississippi Valley Leader BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS, MONDAY, OCTOBER 24, 1955 FOURTEEN PAGES Published Dally Except Sunday SINGLE COPY FIVE CENTS After $100,00081016 ChiefCitesNeed For New Main Firemen Hampered At Lumber Shed Fire As the charred remains of Wright Supply Co. continued to smoulder this morning, Blytheville Fire Chief Roy Head pointed out that additional water mains and fire plugs are needed to serve the industrial area between Broadway and Highway 61. ' ' Quickly." When firemen arrived, they had to string their hoses nearly two blocks to connect with fire plugs. Four Blytheville trucks and one from the Air Base joined in fighting the flames as about 20 bystanders began assisting the 18 firemen on hand. Compress Crew Helps The firemen were still on the job at 11:30 as the stacked lumber con- Yesterday, it took firemen about eight hours to put out the blaze which was well under way before they -/ere called. Losses were estimated at S100.000 and Head stated that lack of fire plugs and mains in the area made the firefighting job tougher. "If the Blytheville Compress had developed a large fire, we would have had some tremendous losses," he said, pointing to the fact that firefighters' at the compress would have to depend on compress water Plugs Needed "This would have cut the effectiveness of the compress' own firefighting facilities." Head stated by way of pointing up the need for plugs and mains in the area. Firemen were called yesterday just before 4 p.m. The fire, Head said today, must have started much sooner than that . . . perhaps as long as an hour earlier. "In the area of the shed where the fire broke out, there were not a lot of highly inflammable items. Stacked lumber, roofing and sheet rock comprised most of the materials there. They don't burn easily or tinued to smoulder. Luckily, , Blytheville Compress had a work crew on duty of about 35 men. They attacked a fire which broke out as the wind showered down sparks from the Wright fire. However, about 65 bales of cotton were at least partially burned and four or five hundred more were damaged by water. No one seemed to have a good idea how the fire started, Head said, but pointed out that Harold Wright, owner of the company, informed him that the storage shed was never locked and was sometimes used by children as a place to play. Wright several times has asked JJZUfft^ AT PEAK OF BLAZE — Firemen brought into play practically all the equipment in the city's department in an attempt to save Wright Supply Co. yesterday afternoon. Flames, as pictured here, ,1 ——children to leave the lumber shed in the past. He said part of the loss was insured. Recommendations Needed to insure against a major fire in the area, Head declared, I is a six-inch main from the intersection of Park and Fifth streets to the new residential development north of Moultrie and east of 61. From this, he stated, a main See FIRE on Fage 5 leaped as high as 50 feet in the air when the blaze reached its peak. Loss was estimated at around, $100,000, making it the city's costliest fire in recent years. (Courier News Photo) Crisis Brews as Saar Rejects EuropeanizatiorL By GODFREY ANDERSON SAARBRUECKEN, Saar (AP) — French Premier Edgar Faure and German Chancellor Konracl Adenauer moved swiftly today to counter a« crisis brewing between their two nations as a result of the Saar's 2-1 rejection'of the plan to Eurppeanize the rich industrial valley. Faure and Adenauer exchanged telegrams expressing their conviction that the outcome of the Saar plebiscite yesterday must not be allowed to upset relations between France and West Germany. But already the vote had toppled -e the Saar's pro-French premier and heightened demands from .other German lenders for return of the German-speaking coal and steel territory the Reich held before World War II. In Bonn, the West German government called for "a new solution of the Saar." A communique issued after a Cabinet meeting said this new solution "must serve German- French cooperation and the aim of European unity." The communique left open the Diem Easy Victor In Viet Nam Voting Tons of water sfowed blaze but little. Mayor's Race Is Expected To be Liveliest in Election With filing deadline for municipal officces tonight, city political observers expect the race for Blytheville's mayor's chair to provide the liveliest battling. There are aldermanic races in three of the four wards. To!°r Buchanan, Second Ward , and of dragging his feet on im- alderman. is making a bold bid to \ portant matters, unseat Mayor E. R. By JOSEPH NKRISp.V.VE SAIGON, South Viet Nam (AP) — Premier Ngo Dinh Diem, land-slide winner in a popularity plebiscite over ab- qucstion of whether another attempt \ sentce chief of stale Bao Dai, will proclaim South Viet Nam a to settle the ancient dispute should! republic and himself its first president, it was reported today. be made,by France and Germany, Diem, one of Asia's most reso-* • •• — alone or whether it should be put to j lute dus Bao the newly created seven-nation West, Dai's political grave with a refer- European Union. '• endum yesterday in which the In seeking a new solution the \ Vietnamese overwhelmingly reject- "ovpnvhelming will of the Snnr pop- | t>d the playboy ex-Emporrr and ulntion must, be taken into account," i chose the Premier chief of Stale, the communique said. Authoritative .sources said Diem Near 100 I'eroent ' would proclaim Wednesday a holiday, announce the official election returns, and in the presence of the Cabinet, diplomats and a large throng preside at the formal birth of the republic with himself as president. He will remain .premier as well until after'the election of the lirst National Assembly, expected before the end of this year. Returns from six provinces and A whopping 96.72 per cent of all eligible Saarlanders went to the polls yesterday and turned down the European status plan 423,434 (67.7 per cent) to 201,973 (32.3 percent). There were no incidents duriny the balloting after a turbulent three-month campaign. The borders of the tiny area between France and Germany were sealed to prevent possible infiltration by agitators. A five-nation neutral commission supervised the voting. Wthin minutes ai'ter the final returns were reported early today. Premier Johannes Hoffmann announced he was resigning "out of tceived 434,125 vote respect for the will of the people " See SAAR on Page 5 Luxoran Killed In Auto Wreck Alvin Lee Acres Dies; Stepchildren Injured in Crash A 29-year-old Luxora man, Alvin Lee Acres, was killed and his two stepchildren were injured in an automobile wreck on Highway 40, 12 the capital indicated about 98 per . m ^ s west of Osceola late Saturday cent of those voting wanted B;io; n '" nt Dai eliminated from the political. Arkansas State Trooper Thomas ; ;ud the accident occurred 12:30 a.m. Sunday morning scene. First Vote In Saigon, the capita, to Diem re- _ f _ Jackson, for years an active figure in Blytheville politics ,who returned to the head of the government two years ago. In announcing for the office, Buchanan accused Jackson of failing to provide proper leadership Christmas Plans To be Discussed The Retail Merchants division of the Chamber of Commerce will meet «t 2 p.m. Nov. 1 in the city court room at City Stall to make plans for Christmas season activities and elect new officers for 1950, according to Hardy Aston, chairman of the group. All Blytheville merchants are invited to'attend and help make decisions on these vital matters, which will include promotion of the to be held the last week in November. Weatherman Warns Of Falling Mercury The weather bure.. today warned Northeast Arkansas and Southeast Missouri to be on the lookout for freezing weather tonight. Although predicting generally fair weather for the area, the official prediction pointed out that there is a strong possibility of a dip to 28 degrees tonight. Last night's low reading by Col, Ivy W. Crawford, official weather observers, wits S3. Incumbents Run Jackson, in his statement, said he is running on his two-year record and pointed to various civic projects which have come to pass in that time, including activation of Blytheville Air Force Base. Buchanan is the only incumbent alderman in Blytheville's four wards, who is not making a race. W. L. Walker, incumbent, is being opposed by K. M. Larkin in Ward One. Two men are seeking Buchanan's vacated Ward Two position—Real- , and Gro- tor Jimmy Stevensun, J cer J. Cecil Lowe. Incumbent E. M. rBuddy) Terry. who has just completed his first term on the Council, will be opposed by Jimmy LenU ill Ward Three. Leslie Moore, also incumbent, Manslaughter Hearing Set ForWednesday 2,036. The city of Tourane 47.712, Biio Dai 5. For the first Ume Crye about when Acrt-e and the two children Bao D;ii's ; Wl?! ' ( ' traveling north on a county road which t-ntis at Hichwuy -10 at cave Diem i Worn nek and Latrell Corner. The t-ar continued across High- in modern: w;iy 40, jumped tin? ditch ami history the were ^iven crash'.'d into the embankment on the cimnce to vote in a national the other side, Crye reported. election and nearly five million' The two children, James Man- turned out. Mr major violence ninfr. 4. and Earl Manning. 6, were was reported anywhere. i reported in fair condition in a Mem. Another referendum probably ; p ],i s hospital today. will be held next month to approve 1 CARUTHEKSV.LLE - Prelim.,,*,-y hearing for Warren Napier. Bra'-'S j election far is unopposed for his Ward Four £*„* ™? sr ^TlO a.m.' Wein""-" F " nCe seat. Actual filing deadline for the Nov. election is midnight tonight. Two Are Fined On DWI Counts Clarence Gordon and Julius Adar were both fined $100 and costs and sentenced lo 24 hours in jail this morning when they pleaded guilty to charges of driving while under the Influence of intoxicating liquor in state cases heard in Municipal Court. The case of Dorothy Shaw, charged with assault with a deadly weapon, was continued to Wednesday by Judge Graham Sudbury. Bond was set at $250. Augusta Cody forfeited bond of $19.75 on a charge operating a car without a driver's license. Oliver Miller forfeited bond of $19.75 on a charge of operating a motor vehicle with improper brakes Robert C. Driver forfeited bond of $19.75 on a charge of making an improper pass on the highway. Rex Puller forfeited » bond on a speeding charg«. Weather NORTHEAST ARKANSAS— Pair and colder this afternoon and tonight with scattered frost tonight. Tuesday fair and continued cool. High this afternoon mid 50s; low tonight high 20s to mid 30s. MISSOURI — Frost or freeze warning southeast; generally fair this afternoon, tonight and Tuesday; colder eas: and south this afternoon and southeast tonight with frost or freezing temperatures southeast tonight; warmer Tuesday; low tonight 28-35 southeast to lower 40s northwest; high Tuesday around 60 southeast to 60s northwest. Maximum Saturday—83. Minimum 3mulny—J9. Maximum yesterdny—84. Minimum this morning—53. Sunrise tomorrow—6:H. Sun.set totluy—5:15. Mean temperature—66.5. Precipitation 24 hours (7 a.m. to 7 p.m.)—.04. Precipitation Jan. 1 to dnle—(2.98. This I>ale I.ast Year Maximum yosterdny—flO, Minimum tills morning— 50. Precipitation Jan. 1 to date—31.50. day in Magistrate Court. Napier was granted a change ol venue and Judge H. C. Walker of Kennett will be on the bench during the proceedings. Napier is charged with fatally shooting Robert Holmes of BragK City Oct. 11 after an argument over change from a S5 bill. The grocer has been free on a 51,000 security bond. Curry Laval of Caruthi.T.sville has waived preliminary hearing on a charge of selling liquor without a license and was bound over to Circuit, Court. He is free on $1,000 bond. Bobby Williams of Hnyti requested a change of venue on a charge of selling liquor to a minor, a misdemeanor. The case will be heard in Circuit Court. Williams is free on $500 bond. James Hill, Hayti Negro, is awaiting - Circuit Court action on a charge of selling liquor without a license. He is free on $500 bond. Clarence Johnson, charged with felonious assault, waived preliminary hearing and was hound over to Circuit Court. Upon failure to post £3,000 bond, he was committed to the county jail. Floyd Melvln Graham, Jr., charged with burglary and larceny, waived preliminary hearing and was hound over to Circuit Court. He is beintf held in county jail with bond let at $2,000. "he and trouble between the Three and the Soviet outcome. Briai •e believed certrt likewise. But new Western Hi] Foreign Aid Drops WASHINGTON iJi—United States Union loomed as a result. foreign aid dropped 760 million overwhelming vote of confidence mi dollars in the 12 months ended last Diem appeared to rule out nnvijimc- 30. The total net foreign aid possibility of unification elections' spending figure was 4'. 2 billion riol- in North and South Viet Nam next; hirs. July, provided by the Geneva ar-i Thp Cl)in:niM . CP Department at- mistice and vigorously opposed by i lriljut(ld the decrease to a 28 per Diem as long as the Communist i C(MU ( | Ct .ij nP j n military aid. Most North cannot guaramee free and unfettered voting. The Soviets, coch airmen with Britain of (he .inm.stk.-e nc'Ejotia- Sco DIKM on Page 5 ! of this drop effected Western rope;m countries. EU- Big 3 Sets Geneva Strategy By JOSEPH E. OYNAN PARIS (AP)—The Western Big Three . .foreign ministers completed work today on the first part of a joint memorandum they will submit at the Big Four conference at Geneva. The first point concerns proposals for German reunification within a European security system. The ministers, U. S. Secretary, of State John Foster Dulles, British Foreign Secretary Harold Macmillan and French Foreign Minister Antoine Pinay met with experts until shortly alter 1 p.m. They were to meet again to examine the remaining points of the memorandum, concerning disarmament and East-West relations. French sources said the ministers quickly reached complete agreement on details of a joint Western position regarding Germany. U. S. Secretary of Defense Charles Wilson, who is on his way to the Geneva meeting, also sat in on today's talks. The big issues at the Geneva conference will be German reunification, European security, and disarmament. But side issues were coming to the fore to plague the Western trio. Moshe Sharett, Israel's prime minister, was all set to toss in their laps a fry ing-hot issue: What are they going to do about the sale of arms by the Soviet bloc to Egypt? Overnight two other thorny problems arose and were likely to be thrust into their consultations These were: 1. The collapse in the Saar plebiscite of Western plans to "Euro- peanlze" that frontier valley .as a keystone of French-German reconciliation; and 2. The overwhelming victory of Premier Ngo Dinh Diem of South Viet Nam over chief of state Bap Dai in a referendum. This virtually eliminated any possibility of a un- fication eclction in Indochina provded by the 1954 Geneva armistice conference at which the British and Russian foreign ministers were cochairmen. To Geneva Thursday U .S. Secretary of State John Foster Dulles, British Foreign Secretary Harold Macmillan and French Foreign Minister Antoine Pinay will meet with Soviet Foreign Minister V. M. Molotov Geneva Thursday in the first effort to translate the "Geneva spirit" of summer's summit conference into concrete agreements at the working level. Dulles, Macmillan and, Pinay planned to align their views into a joint policy in sessions today and then seek the endorsement of all other partners of the Atlantic Alliance at an NATO session tomorrow. The Western experts were ftiirly Arch Undsef well agreed that German reuni-j collapsing. Arch Lindsey Rites Tomorrow Veteran Peace Officer Came Here In 1906 Arch Lindsey, Mississippi County's widely-known senior law enforcement officer, suffered"a-rrcart at-— tack and died about 2:30 yesterday afternoon on the Barfield Road between Armorel and Barfield while carrying out the arrest of three Negroes. Constable Lin d s e y apparently over exerted himself scuffling with the Negroes when they resisted investigation. Lindsey and his wife were driving toward Barfield when they saw the Negroes' car swerving back and forth across the road, Mrs. Lindsey said. Lindsey stopped the car, and. in the process of Questioning the Negroes he was resisted, she said. Kan After Car The 64-year-old constable ran after the car as one of the Negroes sought to drive away, officers reported. He returned .to his own car with two of the Negroes before fication, based on free nationwide elections, must come ahead of any European security system in discussions with Molotov. But it be- 1 gan to look as if the situation in j the Middle East might also become a major issue. Peace Threatened Sharrett flew here, he said, to convince the Western foreign ministers the peace of the Middle East is threatened. He said he wanted personal discussions over the "danger to Is One of the Negroes was later arrested by Deputy Sheriff Herman Lane and State Trooper Gene Ma- They are being held for investigation at County jail, Sheriff William Berryman said. The trio was identified as Robert Butler and H. C. Gardner of Blytheville and Josh Moore of St Louis. Sheriff Berryman said a pistol was found in their car. Lindsey, senior law enforcement oificer in this area in point of ser| n.el's security arising out of de-j vice, was widely known through his liveries of arm.s by the Eastern | many years as a public official that, 'bloc to "Egypt" and the "upset-1 more tnan spanned the past three ting the balance of armaments in j decades. i favor of a slate which is hostile toj A Kcntuckian peace and hostile to Israel." i Born in Paducah, Ky he came to Sharett said he intended to go• Blytheville in 1906 from Charleston, on to Geneva to see Molotov. There! Mo., In 1920 he took his first public have been demands in the Israeli j office, becoming city officer and Parliament that Israel also buy j fire truck driver for the City of arms from tlie Eastern bloc if she Blytheville, cannot get them from the West. Israel has been alarmed by the recent agreement by Chechoslo- vakia to export arms to Egypt, but Sharett indicated he felt pur- He remained on that job for four years, becoming deputy sheriff in 1924. He was a deputy for 17 and one-half years. He served as state revenue officer chase of militar" equipment from j for six months before becoming Britain by Ira q would prime Arab states tor 0" his country. also help | Chicknsawba Township constable in an attack i 1942. He remained in that position I until his death. The Western pected to be ministers were ex- put under great pressure almost immediately to devise a joint policy to cope with! See BIG THREE on Page 5 ' Rites Tuesday His successor will be appointed by the governor. Funeral services will be conducted Sec UNDSEY on Page 5 New Cadillac To be Shown No Incidents as Hoxie Schools Reopen HOXIE. Ark. W — Negro and white children returned to school ingot her today without incident. Attendance was about hah' of the More powerful engines, wi th i enrollment, but Supl. K. E. Vance horsepower ratings up to 305, and a ' said that this was only "slightly new transmission are features of i less" than normal for the resump- the 1956 Cadillac which is to RO ! lion of a "split 1 term. Vance said on display at Sullivan-Nelson Chev- ; rolet Co. here tomorrow. Cadillac also is coining out with its first four-door hiirrilop. II. will be known as the Sedan do Vllle. Another new model in the luxurious line of cars is the Kldnr.ndo Seville, a limited production model supplementing Cndillne's Eldorado convertible, the Biarritz. This Rives Cadillac a total of 10 body sty lea. that integrated classes — which stru'led lifrn during the summer t m71 „ \v:is only one of the factors involved in the decreased enrollment. Vance -snid that the delayed cotton harvest and a rumor that had been circulating around town were tin; major factors. Have Court Order School officials had obtained n court order to keep three pro- segregation groups from interfer-i harvest is finished in late Novem- ing with the re-opening of schools.] ber. He said that the cotton haj- Vance said that a rumor had cir-jvest was unusually late in this dilated that mothers would be area. fined $100 if they accompanied' their children to school. He said that some mothers were under the impression that they would not. be allowed on school grounds even I Vance said that no pressure had been applied to school officials since the court order was issued. However, he said that "some pres- • - , - ! sure" had been exerted on Negro if their children were injured or| fam , liM Va nce would not say what became ill | kj A - u had oeen take n Vance said that the rumor wos ( . . ,. Nc eroes responsible for a low attendance! g . ," , v. i in the first, second und third Vance said that the Hoxie school grades. Vnnce said that he did not have nn exact attendance figure. Harvest Late He saki that attendance would not reach its peak until the cotton system was opera tins with a "full staff" of teachers. He said thnt no touchers hnd left Hoxle »s « result of integration, although four had tnkcn "better paying ou»-o(-st«tfl jobs."

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