The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on October 1, 1954 · Page 1
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 1

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Friday, October 1, 1954
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OP NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI VOL. L—NO. 162 Blytheville Courier Blytheville Daily Newi Mississippi Valley Leader Blytheville Herald BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS, FRIDAY, OCTOBER 1, 1954 TWELVE PAGES Published Dally Except Sunday SINGLE FIVE CENTS Cotton Contest Is Rescheduled For Tuesday Because of Rain n , i n **** **** Rest of Program ., ,. / • D / n • 'li^^A^ Aem P hian Jamce Bowles ReL 9 ns As Cotton Picking Contest Queen Except for Rodeo BEST FLOAT — Picked by a panel of three Judges as the best float entered In yesterday's National Cotton Picking Contest Parade was this one buiit by Blytheville Boy Scouts. Com- Farmer Is Top U. S. Problem-Clement Tennessecn Urges Middle-Road Answer to Question of Future 1 Opening a series of speeches as one of the Democratic spokesmen picked to further the party's move to back its candidates in the November elections, Gov. Frank G. Clement of Tennessee saitl here today the "greatest single problem confronting our national admin- hlration" is the future of the farmer - which he says lies midway between serfdom and socialism. plete with a mass of foliage, a "stream 11 and a miniature waterfall, the float was built ?round the theme ''Cotton Goes Scouting." (Courier News I'huto) In a speech prepared for delivery on the National Cotton Picking Contest program here this afternoon, Gov. Clement said laid heavy stress on what he termed "too little and too late" action by the ad- ministrntion to help drought-stricken farmers. He also put himself on record as "deploring p re sent inadequate (Farm) policies and favoring more realistic price supports." Stressing the loss of farm income due to drops in parity ratio, lower crop yields and three years of droughts, Gov. Clement said: "We have seen our federal government attempt to cure this grev- ous ailment afflicting such a large segment of our people by ignoring the condition or denying that it exists. "When action was taken, it was too little ami too late. Delay and inadequate action have been inexcusable and have actually contributed to the hardship, bankruptcies and loss of natural resources." Asks Middle Koiifl Solution National prosperity is impossible without farmer prosperity, the governor said, and called for a solution to the farm problem that lies in "the middle of the road" between two ideologies—one leading to serfdom and the other to socialism. And. he added: ". . . We can find it if we look for, train and select capable nno loyal leaders who realize that agriculture is the basic industry of our great counrty." Citing the. farmer's predicament, Gov. Clement declared that since January, 1953. there has been a seven psr cent tlrcp in parity ratio, a 10 per cent drop in farm prices, and a $700 million decrease in net farm income. During the first five months of this year, he added, farm income is running S400 million'be- hind that of the same period last year. . He also blamed the Republicans fqr causing lowering of farm income by reduced price supports and stringent crop allotments. Puts Farmer First In this vein, Qov. Clement quoted Defense Secretary Charles E. Wilson's statement that "What is good for General Motors Is good for the country." "Mr. Wilson is entitled to his opinion," the governor said, "and President Eisenhower Is entitled to Mr. Wilson. But I maintain he would have been on firmer foundation had he salti, 'What Is good for the farmer is good for the country'." He added: "Farm policy must focus on the problem of farm income . . . Since agriculture Is the basic industry of our land, by stabilizing it the whole national economy tends to Ex-House Member Dies LAUREL SPRINGS, N. C. It! Robert L. poughton, chairman o! the House Ways and Means Committees In the Franklin Roosevelt and Truman administrations, The 1954 National Cotton Picking Contest will be held on Tuesday at 10 a.m. Responsible is the slow, steady rain which began ear- Iv this morning and caused the third postponement, in the 15-year history of the event. Contest Chairman Kelley Welch announced today that the rodro and contest have been, rescheduled for Tuesday, the rodeo coining oil' at 1 p.m. Everything else in tlie schedule, including Tennessee Cover nor Frank Clement's address this afternoon and tonight's climactic Cotton Ball at 9, will proceed. "We still plan to make a big riny of Tuesday," Mr. Welch pointed out. "We will attempt U> line up somi good htllbilry singers to go alon| with the big rodeo. We think everybody will have n good time.'* This morning some 30 or 40 cotton pickers, many of them carrying pick sacks, showed up at tin Walker Park grandstand, evident*!) hoping the weather would take • turn for the better. A tent was rigged lor the platform nt the grandstand and thui the Clement address and clothing from cotton bags fashion show wcr* still on tap for today. Tonight at 9 in the Main Exhibit Building at Walker Park. Tex Beneke will play before a. sellout crowl at the annual Cotton Bull. Parade Launches Program The 2-day contest program wni launched yesterday afternoon whci nearly 12.000 persons lined Mnii Street to watch the contest parade that included 18 floats and eight bands. • Interspersed In the line of march wet e convertibles currying on- ti ants in the NCPC Queen contest won by .Janice Bowies of Memphis lost night. First place winner in the float competition was the Boy Scout entry based on the theme "Cotton Goes Scouting." Legion Troop 31 built the float with Eulicc Nichols in charge. Second place winner w;is the Blythevlllu Hnndmothers' float, "Cotton Magic," and judged third was the Rcbckah Lodge float, "Cotton Supports Polio." Judges for the float competition were Mrs. Ken Johnson of Little Rock and Mrs. Grace Woodward and Maurice McDanicls, both of Jonesboro. One of the longest parades ever held here, it took 30 minutes to puss the judges stand. Leading the parade were Democratic Gubernatorial Nominee Or- V:il Fnubus and Mayor E. H. J nek- son. They were followed by another convertible carrying Abe Davidson of Marvell, state American Legion commander, and local and district Legion officials. Floats in the parade included those entered by Future Farmers of America, Rotary Club, Lions ! Club, Kiwanis Club, Junior Hi#h PTA, Sudbur., PTA, Roy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Harrison High School, | Rebekah Lodge, Dell Bandmoth-' ers, Blytheville Bandrnothers, Cub Scouts, Jack Robinson, Central PTA, Junior Auxiliary, Lodge, American Legion, Red Ra- WASHINGTON (APj — Senate subcommittee testimony about operations of firms j /0 £,^ s taking C pTn included thofc involved in the controversial Dixon-Yates power contract will be sent to the Justice j troni Blytheville High school and Department for possible criminal prosecution. Sen. Langer iR-ND) said totlay^ | Harrison High school and from Meanwhile, Edgar H. Dixon, statement since questioning began Light Co, official. Jh the statement ,Dixon said that ,made as Slietcnroth, former .secre be held at a high level of production and employment." Gov. Clement also called lor a "rigid, forceful" soil conservation program designed to increase production. On the world .scene, lie called the fight between communism and democracy "the overshadowing political conflict in the world today" and said Christianity is the only force that can halt communism as well as snve the world from "its greatest peril — destruction by the H-Bomb." He also issued a call for joint, non-partisan prayer for "the hope and the faith and the charity that will return an ascendant Christian spirit to all Western civiliza- . Oov. Clement arrived in Blytheville shortly after noon today and was guest of honor at a luncheon at Hotel Noble. WHEN TKNSESSEEANS MEET — Tennessee Governor Frank clement, was surprised with a warm greeting from 1954 National Cotton Picking Contest Queen Janice Bowles ol Memphis, in Hotel Noble's lobby today at noun. (Courier News Photo) Justice Department Gets Testimony Of D-Y Hearings; Dixon Speaks Up NKW NCPC QUEEN — Miss Janice Howies of Memphis, 18-year-old Memphis Slate student, is Queen of the 11)5'1 National Cotton Picking Contest. She was chosen from a field of 21 entrants in ihr NCPC bounty rcvim at Senior High School auditorium last m«m. 'Hie five-loot, seven-inch brownette was winner of the "Miss Universe" competition held In Memphis this summer. {Courier News Photo) Janice Had the Omens to Go With Other 'Obvious Talent 7 A l.rim 122-pound package Inches from the Jloor Look the c;ime nil winner by captivating Ihc High School auditorium — thut, reaches up a willowy 07 oin'-n:-; to task last flight and tin. several hundred people at including the five judges. president of Middle South Utilities, issued his firstjsc*oo,., in p Boston Deli Ken,,eu, Memphis'Janice Bowie., pa ,-iay,,i of .J. D. Stiettnroth, ousted Mississippi Power and! v m e and Memphis. ! lh(: nu "' bcr one spot in the »..,•„„ niriK "ml dnndng. he did "not wish to dignify any of the allegations and in.sinuations by commenting upon them. Our books and records are complete and accurate." Sen. Kefauver iD-Tenn', a committee member, suggested in yesterday's hearing that testimony indicated violations of the holding company law. He requested today that Spencer Davis, subcommittee counsel, point out to the Justice Department situations which might justify prosecution. Sllelcnroth Recalled Langer's announcement was concerns to build a 600,000 kilowatt tnry-trcnsurer of Mississippi Pow- ! electric plant at We-t Mr-mphi.s, er and Lfht Co., wa.s called for [Ark., to .serve customers in the a fourth day of testimony. : Memphis area over hne.s o! the the Langer Subcommittee Is • Tennessee Valley Authority. The , , . - , . _ : power would replace current the looking into the proposed Dixon- : TyA 11(!K lo atomic insU ]| a . Yatcs contract and exploring any i .: ons other evidence which might indi- j catc violation of the antitrust laws. I Slittcnroth today took up where Mississippi power is a subsidiary | hc lcft °" yesterday, relating that of Middle South Utilities tnc., one ' la;< ot the holding company partners In the Dixon-Yales group. By direction of President Eisenhower, the Atomic Energy Commission is in the late stages of negotiation with the Dixon - Yates Both Cotton Crop and Farm Income to Be Off This Year Keith Bilhrey was misquoted. That's a familiar cry from various politicians who find that what they say doesn't look too good in the next day's paper. In the case of County Agent Bil- Brcy, he's telling the truth: he was misquoted In yesterday's Courier News which had him sr.y- ing that a larger 1954 cotton crop would bring less money than in 1953. Essentially, Mr. Bilbrcy, speaking before the Klwanls Club here, said something just 100 per cent found dead in bed at his home, to the contrary when he told Kiber* today. He was M. wa'.ilans that the IBM cotton crop will he about 50,000 bales short of the 1953 crop and will mean a loss in income of about $10 million. Added to this, he continued, is the drop In Income of soybeans of about $2 million, which means the county may well check up $12 million shy in 1954 farm products as compared to 1953. Where yesterday's Courier News story said farmers are receiving •c.scrve.s of subsidiary companies were "arb tntril} tran-sfer- red to earned surplus accounts." ' Aiter hearing his testimony yesterday. Kefauver asked the subcommittee to inform tiie Justice Department and the Securities and j Exchange Commission of what the i Senator called evidence of ''direct j violation" of the antimonopoly laws (by Middle South. Kefauver said Steltcnroth's sworn statements under oath noint- ed to several "apparent violations" of the Holding Company Act. Langer said Kefauvcr's suggestion would be considered by the full five-man committee. The two »ru the only members who have been attending the current hearings. Kefauver and Langer on Wednesday renewed a previous request to the Atomic Energy Commission to hold up further negotiations Bob Warren" was in charge of the j "1 21 beauties who crimpi-ted in the parade. ! beauty pageant ol the National Cotton Picking Contest into OR- number one position on the judos' tally cards. The 18-year-old Memphis St;if: freshman ;ilso could offer the sooih- .snyers a* couple of other Deadline on Poll Tax 12 Tonight arr- S'A'ii, The ( p n<i;>H';iUve lass, oiiti; tin- photonic bulb:; last niglit, doesn't plan on a lilt-lime ;i.s a rrarccr girl — she also to <.;<•! imirrli-'d .sonie day. InH(]c;iit;iili. lellow.s, her wt-ll-or- {"iijii/.cfi luiiiH; measures 35-25-.'J5. A lithe, brown-haired Memphis State College, freshman, wjio's batting 1.000 in beauty contests, reigned today as queen of the 1954 National Cotton Picking Contest. She won over 20 other girls, who constituted the toughest competition in the history of the event. Miss Janice Bowles, 18-year-old Memphis State speech major, was the npple of the judges' eye last night. In the only other beauty contest she entered, she took Memphis' Miss Universe'title , She is 5-7 and weighs 122. Runncrsup were Miss Nancy McCollum, ft striking brunette beauty from Stuttgart, and Miss Nancy Elizabeth Adams, the pride of Kentucky Lake. They finished In that order. Although the first Memphlan, and first Tcnnesscean, to win the three-year-old contest, ironically, she, like former -champion Gloria Stlce (McLemore), is really a Ken- tucklnn., She moved to Memphis 11 yeari ngo from Hopkinsville, Ky. When told she was wanted to appear with Tennessee Governor Frank Clement in a picture today, Queen Janice said, "Oh, good. I like him." She is H graduate of Central High In Memphis where she was voted "Best Ail-Around Girl, "and is editor of the school Ufa department of the Memphis State yearbook. • Other FinallsU Here's the way the final ten lined up, excluding the three winners: Barbara Seracini, Poplar Bluff. Jimmie Rose Harrison, Little Rock. Joan Earls, Blytheville, Pftt ParueH, Farb Smith: Mildred Johnston, Manila. Rnzrm Cnrter, Hnaen, Ark. Barbara Jean Nix, Heber Springs. As winner. Queen Janice will pick \ip a $500 cotton wardrobe and a week-long trip to Havana, Cuba, with all expenses paid. . Second-place winner will get a watch valued til $250 ,while a four- piece sot ol BninBonlte luggage goes with third place. Judges lost night Included Miss Olivia Browne, WMCT women's program director; Ken Johnson, Little Rock Bureau head for Commercial Appeal; Dr. Charles Mayer. Joiiusborn; Abu Davidson, Arkansas Department commander of the American Legion; and Ed Penick, Little Rock. Dr. James C. Guard was master of ceremonies. The program was under the direction of Contest Chairman P. D. Poster, Jr, Linda Rayder, Gail Brogdon and Ronnie Faye Etchieson—all pupils of Rocky Smith—were Joined on the program by models showing selected, items from the Maid of Cotton Wardrobe. Contestants al tended luncheon yesterday at Rustic Inn and met judfica at a Country Club tea yesterday afternoon. Store Owner Here Routs Masked Thief A masked hold-up man ran for i cover last night when M. F. Drum- Tonight at midnight is the deadline for oh.Hiniug H poll tux receipt lor voting in the Novcm- [ S ;, mf . bcr general election. The sheriff's office will h" open midnight to accommodate laic corners. Weather less for their cotton, actually, Mr. on the Dixon-Yates contract until BUbrey pointed out in his address, U 1 * Investigation is completed. Ke- they are getting more than in '53. f-uver said then the first delaying Crop estimates of for the county have . 180.000 bales! resolution passed by the sub-corn- r?en IP- ?d tojmiitcp about two months atfo had the neighborhood of 200,COO bales been ignored .is n.s he knew. by some, iie stated. See TOWER on Fagc ARKANSAS—Considerable diness with scattered showers and thundcrshowcrs this afternoon, tonight and Saturday; no important ^.^ temperature changes. ' MISSOURI—Considerable cloudiness through Saturday with scat-, £, 4 jjf terd shoWers; warmer north and west-central tonight. Minimum this rnornlnK—72. Miixlminn yesterday—83. Jiunrlse tomoirow—5:55. Hmiiict, today~ft:'14. Mei)n ttrn pt?rd'„ 11 rt- (mldwtiy bciwoen (ir^ii nntl low—-78. Precipitation last 24 hour* to 7 a.m. today—.12. Precipitation Jan. I lo Ihla date — is to v;ii,h her mon: obvious Intents. Unms: her initials U. B.j art thf; i last, year's petite (lU'-'-'i Jackie Bonnr-r of 'Norfolk, Ark., and though Tennessee has been hf.-r home for the pan n yiiuvs. she's originally a native of Kentucky, home state of the Contest's first, winner two yeans ago, Mrs Gloria Stice McLcmorc. But the browri-oycd charmer tan convince them without the omens, ; I loo, as she did in the only other I beauty contest she ever entered. clou- i That was the revue to select Memphis' entry in the Miss Um- vnrse Contest last July Janice won title handily and spent 10 Jays "on the run all the time" iit the contest finals In Long Beach. Janice, who is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Bowles, graduated from Central High in Memphis last spring and is majoring in _ speech at Memphis State. She hopes j wood 1 - ncn to RO into radio work after gradu- ntll. who's .smile i rnonds pulled a gun on the intru- ' . dor when he tried lo rob the store's iltvbn j till here last night. Mr. Drummonds, who operates a grocery store- at 980 E'isl Main, suit! in; was counting the day's suit's when ;i man wearing a white hood over his head and long grey socks on his hands stepped inside the door and stuck a pistol across the counter nt him. The hooded man did not speak but jumped out the door without any loot when M-- Drummonds pulled a n.:voi .or from his pants pocket and pointed it at him. Giving chase, Mr. Drummonds emptied his revolver at the fleeing gunman, who ran off into the dark. It was impossible to tell anything about the man except that he wore bluf: denim pants and jacket. Eye holes were cut in the which was tied under his First Squirrel Hunting Mishap Reported Here The hunting accident of the squirrel scaMji] occurred this morn- Ira; wlii'ii Osnir Will kins of Blythe- vllJe, ItonUr .'), rrn-ivetl a wound in his plbmv. wlilch was mistaken forl c i,| n ' an( j' fitted ovcr"~n ~ciTp.~ Trie a squirrel. Mr. Watkins Is in Walls Hospital for treatment of the wound which was termed by the attending physician as not .serious. The extent of the wound Is not known pending the making of x-rays. James Curtis llrlght of Gosnell said he saw a squirrel run to the long grey socks extended almost to his elbows and were tied there. Deputies Holland Alken and Charlie Short Investigated. Hayti Man Charged In Attack on Wife CARUTHERSVILLE — Chester Smith of Hayti, was charged with. sitting 25. &3 TIM* nutf I.atl Year Maximum >•<•;,tcrday—100, Minimum thU mc/rnlnB-62. P.-eclpitatlon January 1 to daio — ation. As of this year, Janice's number one hobby Is KOlf. She admitted her score Is still "above 100" but she finds the game fascinating and tree tjohlm! which Mr. Wntkins was felonious assoult here yesterday and •«rly lliis mornlnic In the nccusccl ol nttncking his wife with BIK Lake west of Cios- a p|,, cu 0 ( | ron . Information filed in the office of thp magistrate's court here yesterday charged Smith with beating his wife with a piece of iron ap- Whcn Mr. Watklns changed posl- tions and his elbow came into view, Mr. Bright said he fired at what nppenred to bn n sqiiirrcl. Mr. Bright proxlmately 12 inches in length and helped brlnij Mr. Watklns bach lo ' weighing 8 to 10 ounces. nhiis to i.lav a lot miire in tiie f»- lilythrn.lle and reported the acci- i Late yesterday, Smith was being ture! Next to golf, her favorites' dent to the sheriffs olfice. I held In the city Jail »t HwU.

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