BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OF NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI VOL. LI—NO. 181 Blythevllle Courier Blythcville Daily News BIytheville Herald Mississippi Valley Leader BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS, TUESDAY, OCTOBER 25, 1955 FOURTEEN PAGES Published Dally Except Sunday SINGLE COPY FIVE CENTS McKay Sees Ike Today; Benson Next Unemployment Program Gets Executive Okay By MARVIN L. ARROWSMITH DENVER (AP) — President Eisenhower, set to confer with Secretary of the Interior McKay today, has approved a program he hopes will reduce spotty unemployment in industrial communities chronically plagued by the problem. The convalescing President gave his blessing to the program yesterday even as he received a rosy report that the over-all national economy is in "excellent" shape. And on the international front he got a cheering prediction from Ambassador -Henry Cabot Lodge Jr. that the United Nations General Assembly may take some "real action" on the Eisenhower plan lor exchange of military blueprints with Russia—and for reciprocal aerial inspection. Lodge is chief United States delegate to the U.N. For the first time since he was hospitalized with a heart attack Sept. 24, the President held two business conferences with important administration officials the same day—one with Lodge, the other with Dr. Arthur P. Burns, chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers and Dr. Gabriel Hauge, the chle executive's personal adviser on economic problems. Benson, Saturday On Saturday, the White House announced last night, Eisenhower will confer at the hospital with Secretary of Agriculture Benson, most likely on falling farm prices and what to do about getting them up. After the meeting on economic affairs, Burns told a news conference that Eisenhower had asked "what some of us might be doing about the farm problem." Burns said they assured the President the problem Is getting much study. He also reported that they' got Eisenhower's go-ahead on a program for attacking what Burns called "chronic" spotty unemployment In some industrial communities. The program—which Burns said could be termed a sort of home front Point Four plan—calls for: New Afjeney 1. Creating in one of the existing departments, probably either commerce or labor, a new agency to coordinate federal activities designed to reduce chronic joblessness—in, for example, New England textile areas and Pennsylvania and West Virginia coal regions. 2. Provision of technical assistance by the new Agency to distressed communities. 3. Making loans in such communities, with the federal, state and local governments sharing the burden. Burns said details oi 1 the program have not been worked out, but he added the President requested "the work go forward promptly ... so that legislation that is needed may be proposed to the Congress in January." Burns and Hauler—and Lodge too—gave cheerful reports of the President's progress as they sized it up from the nonmedical point of view. to 23 dead. The victims, four Negroes and a white truck driver, were burned to death after gas tanks from tiie truck ignited, Missouri Highway Patrolmen said. E. C. McCuiley, 38, of Memphis, Tenn., was the driver for Gordon's Trucking Lines. He was reported seen screaming for help as his body blazed for several minutes after the accident. Two Illinois ministers, John Haw,ns, of Cairo, 111., and Grover T. Allen, 37, of Carbondale, were in Hawkins' 1954 Oldsmobile sedan. Women Unidentified Tropers said two unidentified women were also in the car, which was driven by Allen. Hawkins was married while Allen was single. Relatives said that they didn't know where the preach- TS were going. A friend at Charleston, Mo., said thai the women were not in the car when Hawkins and Allen ptissed through there earlier yesterday. An eyewitness to the accident was len Marshall Johnson, 64, of Braggadocio, according to troopers. Head-on Crash Officers quoted Johnson as say- tig he WHS going south on Highway Gl in his pickup truck when the Olxlsmobile tried to pass him and met headlong with the International Harvester truck on the first bridge south of Hayti. . The car was completely smashed while the truck's cab was burned inside. After the crash both skidded with the truck pushing the car some 50 feet in front of it. A one and a half mile line of cars was the result of a traffic block on the straight stretch of roadway. The deaths almost doubled the county's highway traffic deaths in comparison with only 12 fatalities for last year's 12-month period. No Inquest Coroner John German said that no inquest is planned. . , _„ , . I Arrangements are incomplete for A week of spficialoSth anniversary McCuJ]cv and the t unidentified services is in progress at Bethel [ AME Church at First and Colleridge j Streets. WHERE FIVE MET DEATH—Four passengers of this 1954 Oldsmobile, all Negroes, and a white truck driver were killed near Hayti last night when the truck and car collided. All burned to death in the resultant fire, police reported. (Photo by Sanders) Five Die in Head-On Crash on US 61 at Hayti By SONNY SANDERS Courier News Correspondent HAYTI — Five persons were killed in a car truck wreck on U. S. Highway 61 three miles south oi' Hayti at 7:40 last night. This brought Pemiscot County's traffic toll since Jan. 1, 1955 Special Services On At Bethel AME Church Tonight at.7:30. Si. Paul's Baptist Church members will be on hand j for services. ; Wednesday night, Enoch Chapel AME Church and Carter's Temple CME Church will be present. Thursday night has been set aside as community ni^ht, Rev. David A. Talbot, pastor announced. Mayor E. R. Jackson, County Judge Phil Deer and Ministerial Alliance President Rev. O. M. Sanford will be on the program as wiHi Harrison High Schools choir. True Light Baptist church pastor and congregation will assist with Friday services and Sunday, Dr. T. D. Alexander, president of Shorter College, Little Rock, will be principal, speaker. Shorter College students will be in charge of a 3 p,m. program Sunday. women. The bodies are being held at German Funeral Home in Hayti. Allen's body will be moved to Jackson Funeral Home in Carbondale and Hawkins' body will be moved to Ruffin Funeral Home in Cairo. Two Hayti tire trucks and one fire truck from Caruthersville were ussd in fighting the blaze, which rajied for six hours. Investigation was conducted oy the Highway Patrol with assistance from county sheriff's deputies ana Hayti police. Prince Visits US LOS ANGELES I/Pi—Prince Albert of Belgium arrives today .for a two- day visit to the city, a movie studio and an aircraft plant. The 19-year- old prince, a navy lieutenant, has been touring: American bases the past month. Inside Today's Courier News . . . Chick Spirits High for Hot Springs Tilt . . . Paps to Play West Memphis Here Thursday Night . . . Three Major Basketball Rulei Changes Outlines . . . Sporti . . . Pages 10 and 11 ... . . . Freak Storm Pattern May Become Normal . . . Pagf t . . . AldM Say Ike Unaware of Political Commotion . . . Page 3 ... To Head Drive LOS ANGELES I/Pi — Oilman Edwin S. Paulcy says he has accepted thec hairmanship of the Harry S. Truman Library Committee for the Southwest. The committee of prominent citizens of Utah, Arizona, New Mexico and Southern California aims to raise $200,000 for the Truman library being builti n Independence, Mo. Adm. Radford Urges 'Bill of Responsibilities' In Communism Fight By HERMAN ALLEN WASHINGTON (AP) — Adm. Arthur Radford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, called today for a "bill of responsibilities" to go along with the bill of rights in America's fight on communism. + In a speech prepared for the National Conference on Spiritual Frost Light As Mercury Falls to 3 6 Early risers in BIytheville this morning got a shivering look at the season's first big frost, but if you slept much past 7 a.m. you saw little evidence of it. Frost accompanied last night's winter-like temperature but ii was not believed to have been in the "killing" category. According to Ivy "W. Crawford, official weather observer, the mercury tumbled to a very chilly 36 degrees last night, the lowest of the year. Crawford this morning also corrected his report oi yesterday's low reading. The official low Monday morning was 42 degrees, he said. Fines Levied On Motorists Judge Horton forfeited bond of $111.75 this morning in Municipal Court on a 'iarg^ of driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor. West Felker pleaded guilty to a similar charge and was fined $100 and costs and sentenced to 24 hours in jail. Paul Townley pleaded guilty to a charge of carrying a concealed weapon and was fined $50 and costs. Earl E. Graves forfeited a S10 bond on a speeding charge and Waiter Davis forfeited a similar bond for improper driving over a fire hose. Ben Reams and Jim Morris forfeited $5 bonds each on charges of running a traffic light. Time to Moil Overseas Yule Parcels Post Office Department has again designated the month between Oct. 15 and Nov. 15 for acceptance of Christmas packages for overseas mailing to members ot the Armed Forces. The Department stresses the importance of mailing overseas Christmas parcels between the above dates to insure delivery by Christmas. Those mailing Christmas parcels overseas are reminded that perishable or breakable packages of food are likely to be damaged or spoiled in transit. Moreover, the Department points out, military forces oversftas food. arc well supplied with Parcels addressed overseas should be addressed with name, including full first name, grade, serial number, organization, APO number and the post office through wJiich mail is to be 2'outcd, Any parcel going overseas by regular mail cannot weigh more than 50 pounds and air parcel post packages should not. weigh more than two pounds and exceed 30 inqhcs in combined length and girth. In addition to the usual articles normally prohibited in the malls, matches and- lighter fluid may not be mailed to overseas military personnel. Coffee cannot be accepted by some oversea:- post offices. The local post office should be consulted for further details. Foundations, Radford set up freedom, faith and responsibility "the three elements of the American way of Hie," then asked: "How do we go about perpetuating this American way of life' for us today and for our children tomorrow?" "It is obvious," he said, "the Communists have made amazing gains, largely because they know what they believe, why they believe it, and can explain it . Too many times we who are free have .seemingly lacked the'Under- standing conviction with which to defend our way of life." Not Enough "Teaching a person to recite the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights by memory . is not enough," Radford said. "Teaching him to understand the meaning of liberty is much better. It is all important. We should always give him a bill of responsibilities to go along with his Bill of Rights and at the same time instill in him a spirit of service." Radford called on the assembled religious leaders, educators and laymen to ".spread the word, both at home and aboard." The conference is sponsored by the Foundation for Religious Action, .and nonsectarian group dedicated to fighting communism with ideological weapons, especially religion. "Terrible Thing" Yesterday a young Baptist minister turned philosophy professor told a conference panel how the mother of a family in his former church came to him about a "terrible thing" that had happened to her son. Dr. Samuel Stumpf described the incident as an illustration of one weakness in the fight of Western democracy.against communism. "The terrible thing that had happened to this boy." said Utumpf. head of the philosophy department at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tenn., "was that he wanted to go into (he ministry. Would I please counsel him and set him straight?" Vice President Nixon told the See COMMUMSM on Page 14 No llth Hour City Candidates Blythcvillc's election ticket for next month's balloting closed at midnight last night with no late filing for city positions. Only candidate filing who had not been previously announced was Samuel P. Morris for city treasurer. He filed with the city clerk yesterday and Is unopposed lor the Job which pays $10 pel- month. West's Plan: Security For Unification To Offer Reds Package Deal On Germany By JOBS' M. BIGHTOWER GENEVA (AP)—In a few days the Western Powers will offer Russia a package deal for unification of Germany on Western, terms. In exchange, they will offer Moscow security guarantees against any new German military adventures. The Western proposal is designed to remove Russia's fear of uniting East and West Germany. But it is not designed primarily to give Russia anything- of value in return for agreeing to German unification. The West hasn't the slightest idea oi agreeing to a setup which would facilitate moves by a united Germany to sever the ties so laboriously forged between the Bonn government and the West and now climaxed by West Germany's membership in NATO. NATO Must Stay Least of all do the Western Powers have any intention of meeting Russia's basic goal — dissolving NATO itself. Consequently, the Western deal seems sure to get. the currently polite version of the Russian nyet —no—just as firmly as in the old days when the word became famous as a term of harsh rejection. The prospective bargaining over German unification illustrates a fundamentalpoint about the present state of relations between the United States, Britain and Prance on the one hand and Russia on the other: Neither side is prepared yet to give up any position, interest or territory of great value just for the sake oi improving East-Wast relations or easing tensions. Communist-governed East Germany is a strategic and political holding-, of enormous importance to the Soviet Union. Soviet Premier Bulganin and Foreign Minister Molotov have made clear that Russia does not intend to yield that position to the West at this time. West Germany is just a.s vital to the political and military strength of the West. Much as they say they want Germany unified, the United States, Britain and France are not interested in a merger at the cost of Soviet gains in rich and populous West Germany. But there are at least two reasons the Geneva meeting may not be futile: 1. Neither Russia nor the Western Powers can ever be entirely sure when the other side may be willing 1 to give a little bit on some; See WEST on Fajre 14 I ig Three's World Tension Proposals Okayed by NATO By JOSEPH E. DYNAN PARIS (AP) — Foreign ministers of the Atlantic Alliance today gave their general agreement to the Western Big Three's proposals for easing world tensions. The minisU > from other member nations of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization heard a lengthy statement from U. S. Secretary of Statj John Foster Dulles, British Foreign Secretary Harold Macmillan and French <. Foreign Minister Antoine Pinay explaining the joint memorandum which the West will present to the Soviet Union Thursday in Geneva. At the end of a three-hour session, a NATO official said, "there was general agreemnt on thnhch basic proposals." Dulles spoke almost an hour on the first and key section of the memorandum covering Western proposals for Germany's reunification and a general European security pact. Spoke Briefly Macmillan spoke briefly on dis- armament proposals and pointed out that this problem ,is being handled by a U. N. subcommittee. He said the task at Geneva would be more to improve the atmosphere to help the actual work r the U.N. body. Pinay presented the Big Three's viws on improvement of East, West' relations, mentioning trade, tourism and information. He said that progress in this field depends mostly on a development of the "Geneva spirit" and particularly on the progress the Big Four might make on the key agenda item — German reunification. The new Greek foreign minister. Spyros Tehotokis, made a statement on behalf of his government saying it wished to reaffirm its attachment to the Atlantic Alliance. This was the only reference in the session to the recent Greek- Turkish tension which at one point had caused Athens to withdraw a Greek contingent from a scheduled NATO military maneuver. Didn't Discuss Mid-East Officials said the current situation in the Middle East, particularly the threat of conflict between Israel and the Arab States in the wake 01 Czechoslovakian sales of arms to Egypt, hus not yet been discussed. Dulles, Macmillan and Pinay reached "complete agreement" last night on the memorandum with which they will confront Molotov at the post-summit meeting opening Thursday in Geneva. This was their joint position on the items listed for discussion: 1. German reunification: Real se- See BIG THREE on Page 14 Storm-Weary Eastern Seabord Lashed Anew by Sudden Squalls By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The Eastern Seaboard from Virginia to Massachusetts Was hit yesterday by a string of quick, violent storms that brought gusts up to 110 miles an hour and caused seven deaths. In some areas the storm carried rain, but weather bureau officials said there was no danger of floods, much to the relief of an area that has already experienced two disastrous floods this season. The squalls, traveling on the edge of a fast-moving cold front, came from the west with frightening speed and were gone again in as little as 15 minutes. But the cold air remained over the area and the forecast for today Was cloudy, cooler and windy weather. In .sonic sect ions residents reported the storms were like tornadoes, with swirling winds that toppled trees, broke power lines, skimmed roofs oft" some buildings and crumbled others, upset airplanes and swamped boats. A sunny, pleasant day suddenly darkened and temperatures dropped a degree a minute. 35 Cows Killed Among the storm victims were 35 cows whose barn at Ferguson- vine, N. Y., was lifted from its foundations and c r u s h c d flat. milking but got out of the barn just in time after hearing the shriek of the oncoming storm. In New York City, where the temperature dropped from a comfortable 70 degrees to 57 within 20 minutes, the storm hit just at the height of the late-day commuter . rush hour. Power failures delayed trains. Numerous towns were left with- t lights or telephones for hours. At Sydney Airport in Delaware f\,unty, N. Y., a guest of 110 miles an hour was recorded. A house trailer there was blown over with 73-year-old Mrs. Ethel Goble inside. She crawled out through a window and had only minor injuries. Texas to New England Crisp fall air has .spread over most of the eastern half oi the Farmer Ray Hawley had been! country in the past 36 hours. This morning it extended from Texas to New England and the northern Great Lakes to Georgia. Up to 4 inches of snow fell in northwestern Pennsylvania last night. Early morning temperatures were in the 30s and 40s" in most of the area from the Rockies to the Gulf Coast and the southeast Atlantic states. They were in the 20s in parts of Illinois an~d~MlchI-" gan and near 30-degree readings extended southward over the Ohio Valley. Today's weather was the firet £,:neral killing frost for the Midwest section. .. There was warming in the Western sections and in southern Florida. Showers Were reported in most of New England and extended westward into the northern Great Lakes region. UDC MEETING OPEN'S — Mrs. Charles Al- meeting, which opened today. The Rev. Marshall ford, BIytheville; Mrs. Norwood Phillips, Hot Springs; Mrs. Mamie Evins, Little Rock; Mrs. Austin Slusscr, Hope, and Mrs. Gean Atkinson, BIytheville, are shown as they conferred in. Hotel Noble where Arkansas Division of United Daughters of the Confederacy are holding their annual Wingfield, DD, a past commander of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, and author of 14 books, will speak tonight. Dr. Wingfield is president of the West Tennessee Historical Society and of the Mom- phis Council of Churches. (Courier News Photo) City Christmas Seal Drive Set To Open Nov. 7 Blytheville's Christmas Seal sales campaign conducted by the Mississippi County Tuberculosis . Association, will get underway Nov. 7, according to an announcement today by Dr. Eldon .Fairley of Wilson, county chairman. The county-wide drive, through distribution of letters will begin Nov. 18. he said. The BIytheville business district campaign will consist of solicitations by volunteers of civic clubs and church groups. Mrs, Max Ursery Jr., will be chairman of this phase of the drive. Volunteers helping prepare Christmas seal letters include Mrs. Billy W. Davis, Mrs. Purdy Taylor, Mrs. 0. C. Stone and Mrs. Bessie Wilhiigham of Rebekah Lodge; Mrs. Harold Thompson Jr., Mrs. Joe Warren of the Jaycettes; Mrs, Jerry Hord of the Corps of . Engineers Wives; the Eighth Grade Junior Tri-Hi-Y Club; and girl .scouts. Miss Vera Goodrich will be in charge- of seal sales at Blyiheville Air Force Base. Flaming Oil Well Threatens Texas Town HAWKINS, Tex. I/P)— Daring oil field firefighters swarmed to this little East Texas town today for a desperate effort at snuffing out a runaway well throwing a plume of burning gas 200 feet into the air. The menacing torch threw a flickering glare over the entire community all night as the firefighters planned their campaign against the wild well. So far the well has spewed only burning gas into the air. causing tremendous excitement. but little damage to the surrounding icnvnj of 2,000. Home Evacuated However, a change in the under- Around pressure could force great streams of oil from the well and send waves of the burning fluid over nearby street lots. Three frame houses and one irlck home are in the immediate danger area. Their residents were evacuated hours ago. Now the firefighters may call in heavy equip- in ent to tow the frame houses awiiy. Primnry danger to nearby buildings is no! from the flames but from the tremendous blasts of nitroglycerine or other explosives that the lirefighlers expect to use in an effort to snuff out the torch. The well etc 4th graf ta36 The well is only two blocks from the business district and is dangerously near homes, Hawkins is in the midst of the huge East Texas oil field, and as a cafe owner. E. T. Petty, said. "Them's a well on every lot." The well blew out with a deafening roar early yesterday afternoon II, caught fire about 5 p.m., probably from a spark from stones .striking together a.s they were blown from the hole under the tremendous pressure of the gas. Experts were attempting to increase the flow of oil in the 15- year-old well, which had to be treated from time to time to keep the oil flowing, when it erupted. Gas Blew Out "We were there beside the substructure 75 feet away when the R-S and mud began to blow nut." .said J. S. Garrett, an oil well driller." A plug must have blown out of the surface pipe." Efforts to pump mud into the well to plug it failed. Lale last night, engineers shut down nearby wells and forced salt water into them in hopes the water would reach the producing sands and put out the flaming well from underneath. Homes in the immediate Vicinity were evacuated and some residents moved out their household belongings. Got Only Crumbs LOS ANGELES i.^ — Bank teller Leonard S. Pirn was heldup by two gunmen as he was returning from lunch. They apparently thought a small sack he carried contained funds for the bank. They grabbed it and ran. It contained only crumbs from Pirri's luncheon sandwiches. Weather NORTHEAST ARKANSAS —Fair with slowly rising temperatures this afternoon, tonight and Wednesday. Higtih this afternoon 60s iH'sctay. High this afternoon 60s to low 40s. MISSOURI — Fair this afternoon, tonight and Wednesday; warmer today and tonight; low tonight 40s southeast to 50s northwest; high Wednesday generally in the 70s. Mnxiimim yestcrdftj— 60. Minimum ihls morning—36, Sunrise tomorrow—6:15. Sunset today~5;H. Mean temperature—4d. Precipitation 24 hours (7 ft.m. to T p.m.)—none. I'roclpituilon Jan. 1 to date—42.08. Tlifs n.-Uc l.asl Year Miixlti-.um ycstenliiy—78. Minimum this morning—56. Precipitation Jan. 1 to date—31.M.
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