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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Wednesday, February 8, 1956
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OF NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI VOL. LI—NO. 268 Blytheville Courier BlytheviHe Daily News Mississippi Valley Leader Blytheville Herald BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS, WEDNEDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 1956 FOURTEEN PAGES Published Dally Except Sunday SINGLE COPY FIVE CENTS Ike to Reveal 2nd Term Plans in Early March Newsnien Told Announcement To Come at Press Conference President Eisenhower said today he thinks he should have WASHINGTON (AP) ___- enough information by March 1 tn-rtectge~w nether to seek re-e Eisenhower strongly indicated at a news conference that an announcement of his decision will come shortly after that date if he actually does have at that time the information he feels he needs. • . —— * With a smile and some times a hearty chuckle, the President parried all questions seeking to find out what he thinks his decision may be. He did say he probably will give his answer to the big question at a news conference. He said he probably will want to make a long explanation of his decision, and that this explanation quite likely will be given elsewhere than at a news conference. Report to Nation This seemed to indicate the pos sibility of his making a nationwide TV and radio broadcast, although Eisenhower did not elaborate on this statement. Also in the political field, Eisenhower said he would have no ob Council to Extend Broadway; Hears Report on 61 Route City Council last night voted to initiate condemnation proceedings against a northside land owner making possible the extension of Broadway north of Moultrie Drive to relieve traffic congestion on Highway 61. Out-of-state land owner was identified as Ed Rogers. His property Is bounded by Highway 61 on 'he west, Hardln on the north, the Frisco Railroad on the east and Moultrie Drive on the south. It was revealed that owners of the E. M. Terry Subdivision just north of the Rogers property paid lor the extension of Broadway south from Marr Avenue to Hardin street when their subdivision was developed. Rogers, it was said, has been contacted on the possibilities of extending Broadway through his property. He has not answered the inquiries, it was stated. Half-Acre Council then ordered the city attorney to prepare condemnation proceedings, some 20,000 sq. feet, slightly less than one-half acre, is involved. Land in that area has sold for $1,550 per acre, placing the current value of that required for the street at about *150. A court jury, however, will decide the value if the case is heard. Connecting north and south portions of Broadway would relieve traffic on Highway 81 by allowing residents in North Blytheville to use Broadway for north and south travel. He»r Housing Report In other actions. Council and the Planning Commission heard a report from Vaughn Black, of the federal Home and Housing finance Agency. Black Bpoke on slum clearance— "urban renewal" In agency terminology—and of federal participation in financing public housing in cleared-out areas. by Black to consider the appointment of an exploratory urban renewal committee. Such group would make a survey of Blytheville 'o determine if participation in the federal program is advisable or needed. Council set Feb. 28 as time for a joint Council-Planning Commission public hearing on the master street plan. It will be presented for adoption at that time. 61 Plan Cited According to state enabling legislation, a plan of the present street layout must be adopted before new street layouts, zoning: and subdivision regulations may be put into forces by the Planning Commission. Planning Commission chairman John C. McHaney read correspondence to and from the State Highway Commission concerning the relocation of Highway 61 East of Blytheville. He said the Commission planned to run the "limited access" roadway along the cast city limits in the See COUNCIL on Page 14 jection to Chief Justice Earl Warren's running for President on the Republican ticket if he (Eisen hower) decides against running again. The President went on co say, however, he doubts very much that it would be within his proper sphere to,ask Warren to run. Eisenhower's ~emarks today regarding Warren were in response to a request that he clarify what he said in response to questions two weeks ago about Warren. He said at that time that he felt politics and the Supreme Court should not get mixed up together. Talk of Draft Eisenhower's statement then was interpreted in some quarters as meaning he was against the idea o! Warren's bidding for the presidency Warren said last year that under no circumstances would he leave the court to ;eek any political office. There has been talk among some Republicans, how'ever, See IKE on Page 14 of Sen. George Soys: Senate Mast Resolve Case Probe Dispute By JACK BELL WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen.-George (D-Ga) said today Vh"e"program, started in 1949, calls i the Senate itself will have Vo resolve any further dispute over for two-thirds federal nnd one-third K vho is to investigate a $2,500 campaign contribution offered municipal financing. A local pro- j ^ Frands Case ( R. SD ). George said a special four-man,^committee set up by a 90-0 Senate vote yesterday expects Case and six subpoenaed witnesses to testify only at public hearings the group plans to open Friday. George, who heads the committee, said he hopes it can finish with its witnesses by Saturday, report early next week, and call up its report for Senate action sometime after next Wednesday. li f\ But Sen. Hennings (D-Mo) said he NOW KeSCUe planned to ask the Senate Rules • ' 7 *•«*%• Committee for its backing in an inquiry by its Elections subcommittee. Would Challenge Jurisdiction Hennings, who heads the subcommittee, sought unsuccessfully to take testimony from Case about A local project must be supported by city ordinances and codes which may be used lor condemning certain residential areas which do not come up to minimum standards. Such areas, once condemned, are cleared and new, low-cost public housing may be built. Projects are administered by a local housing authority. Mayor Toler Buchanan was asked Plane Found In Venezuela SAN JUAN, Puerto Eico Wl—The U. S. Navy announced today a patrol bomber missing on a rescue mission to Anarctica had been found in Venezuela with all aboard • safe and uninjured. The plane, a Neptune P2V, with seven men aboard, earlier was reported down in a marshy area of northeast Venezuela. The Navy announcement said it was found 70 miles southwest of Trinidad. Dispatches from Caracas, Venezuela, said the twin-engine amphibious plane was sighted on the ground in the Orinoco Delta area. The plane appeared to be without serious damage and there-were no signs of fire, the report said. Navy officers said the pilot, in his last radio reoprt, said he was planning to ditch the long range patrol bomber about 25 miles northeast of Boca de Uracoa in a clearing alongside a. river. The Neptune, with Lt. Comdr. John H. Torbert of Carmel Valley, Calif., as the pilot, left Patuxent Naval Station, Md., yesterday to help In the search {or a smaU Otter plane missing with seven men In Anarctica since Feb. 3. Torbert returned from Anarctlca only two weeks ago. He planned to fly by way of Puerot Elco and America. Snow Halts Election MULE8HOE, Tex. HI — Not ft »ingl« vote was cast Saturday at Bailey County bond and tax election called to provide funds for improving county roads. The reason was a blizzard that dumped from 16 to 24 inches of snow over the county, blocking all roads. County commissioners have ordered the •ItOtiOB N-Mt. the incident yesterday. There were some indications that Rules Committee Chairman Green (D-RI).and others are not happy about Hennings' move to air the matter ahead of the George committee, which had the backing of Senate leaders. George said if Hennings tries to go ahead with the Case inquiry, the jurisdiction of his subcommittee will be challenged "and the Senate will have to decide the matter." Hennings and Sen. Gore (D- Tenn) voted yesterday to subpoena James ¥. Neff, attorney from Lexington, Neb., who offered the $2,500 to Case. Sen. Curtis (R-Neb), the third subcommittee member, protested the action as being "in defiance of the Senate." Case to Appear Case was asked to appear at the same hour before both the Hennings and George groups. He chose to appear before the latter. Later he appeared at a closed session of the Hennings subcommittee. He -brought with him a letter from the other committee asserting its "exclusive jurisdiction" to Investigate the Incident. The letter "respectfully requested" Case not to appear before any other committee and to "make no public statements on this mutter" until its hearing Friday. Neff was one of those put under subpoena by the George committee. Neff has said he delivered 26 $100 bills to E .J. Kahler, manager of the Sioux Falls (S.D.) Argus- Lender, ns a campaign contribution for Case. Ne« has Insisted there were "no strings attached" to the offer. At his home In Lexington, he said yes- tcrdny, "I nm triad.fior* Is an In- Bee GEORGE o» Ptff 14 RELIGIOUS DIRECTOR—Mrs. Donald Grahlmann has been named director of Christian Education of First Methodist Church. Mrs. Grahlmann, whose husband is a bombardier-navigator at Blytheville Air Force Base, is a graduate of Westmar College, Le Mars, la., where she majored in physical education. She is from Sterlnig, Colo., and taught school In that state. Farmer Kennett ... the berries were good. Leac/W/e Berry Grower fop Young Farmer of Jaycees A Leachville man who began actively farming when he was in the ninth grade has been named by Blytheville's Junior Chamber of Commerce as their outstanding young farmer of 1955. He is James Harold Kennett. Kennett, who is 25 and the father*.of two children, had a bumper year on strawberries last year and pulled himself out ot debt. A modest farmer, he had farmed 160 acres, on which he grew cotton, soybeans tmd strawberries. His foresight in putting an irrigation system into practice for his berries meant that he, along with a few other northeast Arkansas farmers, had plants to sell last year as berry farmers from over the south sought to replace drouth-destroyed fields. Six Stales Kennett relates how he sold berry plants to buyers from six states last year. It was the sale of plants off his 10-acres of berries which allowed him to get on firm financial footing. Kennett began farming In 1946 when he was in the ninth grade and took on 20 acres as a Future Farmers of America project. That acreage was increased to 120 by his last year in high school. His berry crops .were hit by the series of drouths and netted him no return before he irrigated them. Big Litlle Farm The ten acres of berries he now farms, though minute when compared to cotton and bean acreage on the county's farms, is a sizeable berry operation. He now owns his own equipment, including a mechanical cotton picker, and, in addition to his soil conservation and building practices, has plans for the future. Foremost is irrigation of his cotton acreage. Activities Mrs. Kennett teaches school. He is a member of the Methodist Church and a member of the board of stewards. He's also a Mason and director in the St. Francis Valley StraVberry Association. Judging in the Arkansas Young Farmers of the Year contest' was to get under way in Little Rock to- da;'. The state winner, will go to Pittsburgh to appear in the national event. Boy Scouts Set District Meet First district meeting of the Boy Scouts of America will be held at 7:30 tomorrow night at the elementary school in Osceola, district chairman D. N. Morris announced. Awards that were supposed to have been given to people in Mississippi County at the. council's annual meeting will be presented. Hopes for Postal Rale Increase Appear Doomed WASHINGTON OB — The Eisenhower administration's hopes for increased mail rates to help curb the huge postal deficit appearei doomed today in the House. After a closed-door huddle yesterday with Postmaster General Summerfield, influential members of the Republican Policy Committee predicted there would be no rate - boosting 'action in the House this year. Democratic leaders have made the same prediction in private. 1 Cent Boost Summen'ield outlined to the GOP committee his proposal to increase most postal rates. Included would be a 1-cent boost in the present 3-cent cost of mailing a letter. Last Wednesday, President Eisenhower urged Congress to ap> prove higher postal rates aggregating 406!:; million dollars a year. He sent along a report that the mail service now is losing a SI,000 a minute. The House Appropriations Committee said last week the postal operating deficit — the mail-handling cost in excess of revenues from postage—will come to about 470 millions this year. The committee called for postal rate increases in approving a $3,618,699,000 bill to finance the Post Office and Treasury departments In the keeping year starting July 1 book. The House passed the appropriations bill yesterday and sent it to the Senate. Eisenhower Asks Overhaul of U.S. Immigration Laws By MARVIN L. ARROWSMITH WASHINGTON (AP) — President Eisenhower today urged Congress to overhaul the nan's immigration laws to wipe out "inequities" and ease the way for 220,000 foreigners to lion's come to this country as permanent residents each year. Eisenhower said he thought this* rise of about 65,000 over the pres-j ent annual quota of 154,657 im- j migrants is judtified by (he coun-j try's past growth and current j economic conditions. : He said too it would be a recognition of "our responsibilities of •orld leadership." In a special message, Eisenhower also told the lawmakers there is need to speed up the process of deporting unworthy aliens — persons who have ."been found to be criminals of the lowest character, trafficking in murder, narcotics and subversion." He said Atty. Gen. Brownell will submit a proposal in this field later. Other Fields The President's message dealt to a great extent with recommendations for revision of the 1952 McCarran-Walter Act, which became law over the veto of former President Truman. But it also made recommendations in these other principal fields: 1. Granting discretion to the attorney general to waive technicalities in special cases where aliens seek entry to the United States. At present Congress must pass individual bills in such cases and the President is required to act separately on each measure. Eisenhower said granting the attorney general the requested discretion "would substantially eliminate the need for private legislative redress in this area." Eisenhower said the discretionary powers should be limited to aliens with close relatives in this country, to veterans Uonaries of religious 2. Elimination of and to func- •rganizationfi. "unnecessary restrictions and administrate provsions of our immigration laws." in that connection one rec- omendatiori was for elimination of the requirement that all aliens visiting this country be fingerprinted. Eisenhower said that "although in our minds no stigma is attached to fingerprinting it is not a requirement of travel in other countries." Russians Object There have been objections by Russian visitors to being fingerprinted. They say it is done only to criminals in their county. Some orf the visitos were given diplomatic status to get around the requirement. Eisenhower said experience has Big 3 Begins Survey Of Middle East By JOHN M. HIGHTOWER WASHINGTON (AP) — A survey of American, British and French military and political capabilities for dealing with any new Middle Eastern emergency begins today. The three - nation conference opening at the State Department was initiated by President Eisenhower and British Prime Minister Eden at their conferences here last week. Advance developments indicate that both Israel and the Arab states are becoming concerned over the steps which may be decided on. Both sides appear to be taking the position that proper and effective actions may be taken only within the United Nations Charter. In or Out of U. N. The task assigned the conferees,, whose sessions may go on for several weeks, is to find ways of putting teeth into a 1950 American- British - French declaration, It pledged that steps would be taken in or out of the U.N, against either side which threatened or used force in Palestine. Open warfare there was ended by truce eight years ago, but there have since been many incidents threatening resumption of general war. Eisenhower and Eden said the risk of war had been increased in recent months by the sale of Communist arms to Egypt and Russian overtures to other Arab states. They called the conference discuss (A) ways of lessening the risk of war and (B) possible steps if fighting threatens or breaks out. British and American leaden are said to feel that advance word of specific punitive actions may act to dissuade Israel and the Arab states from precipitating a shooting crisis. Beyond that the hope is to lay the basis for a lasting settlement. Soviet Veto Military, economic and political measures will be considered. American and British offirfals said the Western Powers hope that whatever they might have to do could be done through the U.N. But they face there the possibility of a Soviet veto in the Security Council and of time-consuming debate in the General Assembly. Syrian Ambassador Parid Zein- eddine said yesterday he had told Asst. Secretary of State George Allen his government believes any action outside the U.N. would be "exceedingly dangerous." • Similarly, Israeli Ambassador Abba Eban is reported to have told Allen his government feels there is no legal way the three Western Powers can take any action in the Middle to U.N. East except through the been that temporary the fingerprinting visitors does not of add Base Men Seek Sojourner Group Efforts are being made by some BlytheviDe Air Force Base personnel j to establish a local Sojourner Chapter. Blytheville residents interested are requested to contact Major R. B. Knoll at the base, Extension 577, or at his home, POplar 3-3654. Sojourners are Master Masons who have served or who are now serving as officers in any branch of mlitary service. significantly to national security. Another administrative provision the President suggested be eliminated is that requiring inspection of aliens coming to the mainland from Alaska and Hawaii. Eisenhower said this is an expense to the government and an inconvenience to travelers. He said there is no need either for applying admission standards to aliens simply passing through this country en route elsewhere. For example, he said South Americans going to and from Europe by air often pass through the United States. As for the over-all picture, Eisenhower said this: "Throughout our history, immigration to this land has contributed greatly to the strength and character of our republic. Over the years we have provided for such immigration because it has bee: to our own national interest that we do so. It is no less to our national interest that we do so under laws equitably." Recognize Responsibility Eisenhower said that in his opinion the recommendations he submitted "not only advance our own self interest but also will serve See EISENHOWER on Page 14 Support Rates Still in Doubt WASHINGTON (AP) — Controversy over farm policy has created uncertainties about levels at which the government will support prices of most crops grown this year. With the spring planting season close nt hand in southern parts of the country, farmers have been told the support rates for only two crops—wheat and rice. Still unannounced are rates for cotton, corn, peanuts, barley, rye, oats, grain sorghum, flaxseed,soybeans, dry beans, and cottonseed. Normally, the support rates for all crops are announced well ahead of planting time. 90 Per Cent has approved tentatively a proposal to restore rigid 90 per cent supports for these crops this year. On Capitol Hill, Chairman Ellender (D-La) called the Senate Agriculture Committee into closed- door session "to see if there are any remaining bugs and kinks we can take out" of the farm bill the group approved tentatively last Saturday. Plans Final Vote Ellender plans a final commtt- Farm law authorizes price props tee vote on the multi-faceted bill for cotton, wheat, corn, rice and peanuts to bet set at between 75 and 90 per cent of parity under the Eisenhower administration's flexible price support system. Bui the Senate Agriculture Committee Newspapers Blossom on Pitts Family Tree By JIM COOPER Courier News Staff Writer Two periodicals have made their appearance in Blytheville that by their terse coverage of the news, their versatility and utterly frank reporting may make old standby daily newspapers take soul- searching inventory. They are, we report, fearlessly, the "Sixth Grade Sentinel" nnd "The Spears Press." Unannounced, without warning, they appeared within the circulation area of the Couiler News over, the weekend, sending the staff of this newspaper Into a whirl of fact- finding. "Sixth Grade Sentinel" is a publication conceived by Jimmy Pitts, 11, son of Dr. C. t. Pitts, of the First Baptist Church. • • • JIMMY, our reporter! found, wanted to publish a newspaper. He enlisted the aid of his father's mimeograph machine Grade classmates and his Sixth at Sudbury School. They published volume 1, number 1 last Friday on a giveaway basis. Jimmy's brother Don. 8, is not a- young man to be outdone by his brother. Jimmy publishes a newspaper—Don publishes a newspaper. That's the way it is. So on Saturday, Don got his gang together, the "Spears", nnd issued his first .number. Don, we must say, has a business head. He sold his papers at two cents per copy. * * SPOT NEWS, public service information, the weather, an editorial, some neat story-lifting nnd a bit of humor arc to be found in the "Sixth Grade Sentinel." The niasthead gives the following stan* pnsts--Chf vies Cronk, chlof editor; Columbus Elmore, assistant editor; Jimmy Pitts, chief reporter; Magazine. Nothing wrong with It— Joe Besharse, reporter; Alma Peters, teacher. Lead story makes an appeal for polio. Cub Scout and Boy Scout news is presented. And then a worthy news 'item tells the reader: "Good use is being made of Peml- scot Bayou. Hafts and raft parts are being built along the bayou. Rafts are now traveling up and down It." Courier News missed thnt one. Possibly a tie-in with the raft article Is the weather report. "The groundhog didn't see his shadow today," it says, "mainly because the sun didn't shine. Don't swim yetl" . KDITORIALLY, the staff fesls thnt both the police and fire de- portments are doing a good Job. That speaks well for the police nnd fire depnrtments, this paper can fisnire anyone. The story-littlng CMU* Irom Tim* and Miss | all newspapers do the same. The humor? Well. Here's an example: "If a blue stone tell into the Red Sea, what would happen? It would get wet." An inspection of "The Spears Press" reveals a startling masthead. It reads: "Editor in Chief. Donald Ray Pitts; Asst. Editor, Donald R. Pills; Chief Reporter, Don Pitts; Reporter, D. R. Pitts, nnd Owner, Donald Rny Pitts, ngn 8." Admittedly tongue-in-cheek, the paper corrects the "error" elsewhere. "Don Pitts is Editor and Reporter," it says. "David Besharse helps wllh everything." And then It adds this whimsy: "Tommy Rus- :n| Assault Charge Filed on Negro Deputy Prosecuting Attorney A. S. (Todd) Harrison said today he will file assault with intent to kill charges against Allen Clayton, Negro, who fired a shotgun in an argument nnd missed. Clayton is In county jail. The altercation, Harrison said, occurred .Feb. 3 in an Ash street tavern. Clayton and Oscar Lee Rogers, another Negro, became Involved in an argument. According to Harrison, Clayton got a shotgun, fired at Rogers, but missed as Rogers ran. sell, Lowell Mnrr Jr., and Ronald Burns are reporters but they didn't report nnything for this paper." This issue of TSP has a lengthy treatise on science. It deals with en?lop, the pronrr-horned nnt.clope g« NKW&PAPER8 on *«*• M Subdivisions Get Approval Planning Commission last night gave tentative approval, subject to streets and utility Insinuations, to two new subdivisions. They nre the E. M. Terry nnd Mississippi County Lumber Com- pnny resubdivision and the Kemp Whiscnhunt subdivision. The Terry and Mlssco project is a replnt .of, the Martin addition, located north of Holly nnd west of 15th street. Forty-nine lota were shown In the plat. Whisenhunt's subdivision it to be known n« Parkslde. It Is located North of Wn!kcr park and has more Uxui M lot*. Thursday. That would send the controversial measure to the Senate. Secretary of Agriculture Benson, who is strongly opposed to a return to 90 per cent props, has set the support rate for this year's wheat crop at 16 per cent of parity, or a national average of Si.81 a bushel. This compares with 82.5 per cent, or 52.08 a bushel, for the 1955 crop. Should the 90 per cent system become law again, Benson would have to raise the support levels for wheat to about $2.14 a bushel. Weather NORTHEAST ARKANSAS: Rain and Uiundershowers this afternoon and tonight. Thursday cloudy and colder with occasional rain. High this afternoon, rnid to high 40s; low tonight, mid 30s to low 40s. MISSOURI: Clxmdy and windy through Thursday with rain thU afternoon changing to snow northwest by mid afternoon and ending over southwest tonight; colder northwest this afternoon and west and central; Thursday partly cloudy and colder with diminishing snow northeast low tonight 20» northwest to 30s southeast; high Thursday 20s northwest to 30« southeast. Minimum this morning—37. Maximum yesterday~-5V Sunrise tomorrow—6:32. Sunset todny—5:30. Mcnn temperature—(3.3. Precipitation 24 hours 7 a.m. to I «.m.)—none. Precipitation Jan. 1 »o daK—««*. Thl* Date tait Year Maximum ypaterclay—41. Minimum this morninK—31.

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