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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OF NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI VOL. L—NO. 166 Blytheville Courier Blytheville Dally Newi Mississippi Valley Leader Blytheville Herald BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS, WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 6, 1954 FOURTEEN PAGES Published Dully Except Sunday SINGLE COPY FIVE CENTS Special Unit To Handle FHA Cases Grand Jury Hearing On Scandals Opens WASHINGTON (AP)— Atty. Gen. Brownell today created a new unit in the Justice Department's criminal division to handle a mounting number of arising from scandals in the Federal Housing Administration. At the same time, the attorney general said he is assigning Max H. Goldschein, a top criminal prosecutor in the department, to assist U.S. Atty. Leo A. Hover in presenting housing matters before a special grand jury opening here today. The department said the special grand, jury will "inquire into bribery and other criminal conduct in the federal housing program, and specifically into the conduct of Clyde L. Powell, ousted assistant FHA commissioner. Powell Challenges Meanwhile, Powell sought a court order to block the grand Jury investigation. Through his attorney, Daniel B. Maher, Powell filed papers challenging the validity of thegrand jury. He had been scheduled to appear before it this morning. Maher's petition asked the U.S. District Court to "take judicial notice of countless predictions in newspapers and political forecasters that there would be political indictment.? returned against members of the former administration prior to the November election^" Today's developments canle in the wake of testimony before the Senate Banking Committee yesterday that Powell demanded and received $10,000 from a Washington architect before he would approve an application for increasing an FHA-insured loan on an apartment project here. The committee also heard testimony that Powell banked almost three times his salary over a period from 1945 through last April, although he reported only his salary on federal income tax returns. Politics Charged Maher, in addition to contesting the validity of the special grand jury, specifically asked that a subpoena for Powell's appearance be quashed. He said a statement by Atty. Gen. Brownell announcing that the grand jury would investigate bribery and other criminal conduct in the federal housing program was "a patent attempt by the chief law enforcement officer of the United States to use an arm of the United States District Court as an instrumentality of political propaganda. The Justice Department said Powell "had charge of the rental housing program which operated from 1946 to 1950 and resulted in windfalls to speculators exceeding 51 million dollars alone in 285 cases reviewed by the Housing and Home Finance Agency." Goldschein, in addition to his work with never and the grand jury here, will coordinate similar grand jury investigations which the attorney general has requested across the country. The Banking Committee planned more testimony today on alleged windfall profits' made by private promoters on apartment projects built with government-insured loans. U.S. Jaycee President To Visit Here E LaMar Buckner of Ogden, Utah president of the United States Junior Chamber of Commerce, will visit Blytheville briefly tomorrow on a flying tour of Arkansas visiting all clubs in the state. A delegation of Blytheville Jaycees will greet Mr. Buckner at the air base when his plane arrives here at 11 a.m. He will be accompanied by Arkansas Jaycee President Mike Maloney of Payetteville. Mr. Buckner, who is 32, was elected president of the organization at the national convention In Colorado Springs, Colo., in June. Mr. Buckner has been active in Jaycee work since 1948. In 1953. he was vice president of the national organization. He now makes his home In Tulsa at national Jaycee headquarters. Inside Today's Courier News . . . Chicks and Paps Work Hard for Whltchaven . . . Undefeated Arkansas Self Sights on Baylor . . . Sports . . . P»g«s I and 9 ... . . . Osceola News mil JKet- ttirc . . . Page 5 ... . . . Great Volt Battle Shaping Up In New York's Governor's Race . . . One of a Series on Key Campaign Trends . . . Page 14 ... . . . The Plight of the Hospitals . . . Editorial) . . . P»ge I ... «FX< '$$§$$'•>*' '<!^1^-.. vv *&. ' -»' Youthful Monette Vet NCPC King A couple of winners: Queen Janice, Carroll McAfee. Israel Offers To Seek Peace Pacts with Arabs First Step Toward Easing Mounting Mid-East Tension UNITED NATIONS, N.Y. l/fl — Israel offered today to enter into a series of nonaggression pacts with her Arab neighbors as the first step toward ending the mounting tension in the Middle East. The offer came from Israeli Ambassador Abba Eban who told the U.K. General Assembly the present Irene! of Arab policy appeared to he directed toward resumption of the war with Israel. Eban also urged nations outside the Middle East to refrain from provoking an arms race in that area by "premature and especially by one-sided military arrangements." This apparently was aimed primarily at the United States and Britain. The Israeli delegate pointed out that the i present situation hardly appeared suitable for peace moves, but said he had been directed by his government, nevertheless, to propose the nonaggresslon pacts. Pacific Means The pacts, he said, "would Include undertakings to respect each other's territorial integrity and political independence ; to refrain from all hostile acts of a military, economic or political hcaracter; and to settle all existing and future differences by pacific means," Speaking of Arab economic and political boycotts and continued incidents, such as the recent seizure of an Israeli freighter by Egyptian authorities near the Suez Canal, Eban said : "This state of affairs results in deep anxiety on Israel's part. We frankly fear lest the main trend of Arab policy is directed towards resumption at some suitable stage in the future of the war of aggression, against Israel halted in 1948. "We cannot avoid apprehension lest arms now being supplied to Arab countries will be used by the recipient states for renewing the onslaught against Israel." Eban touched only briefly on the Suez incident, involving the Israeli ship Bat Galim, pointing out that the Security Council would take up that question next week. In impounding the 500 - ton freighter Sept. 28, Egypt charged the ship's cfew fired on two fishing boats in Egyptian waters and sank one with a loss of two lives. Israel denied the charge and demanded release of the ship and her crew. Police Probe Break-ins In West End Two burglaries last night In which $5 In change was taken were reported by city police this morning. The money was taken from Rose Sales, Co., on South Twenty-First Street, while nothing was found missing from the Burl Davidson barbershop at Rose and Twenty- First Streets, according to Police Chief John Foster. Entry to both establishments was gained through a back window, he said. F. E. (Bud) Rose discovered the burglary at his store while Mr. Davidson reported the break-In at his barber shop. An investigation was being made by city police this morning to determine If anything else Was miss- Ing from the two placet. From a Reporter's Notebook Color, Characters All Part of NCPC- And'54No Exception Gleanings from a reporter's notebook after an extended National Cotton Picking Contest weekend: Characters: They're always present at a National Cotton Picking Contest . . . 1954 version was no exception. — - i J Forty-Acre j Farmer Cops $1000, Title A 24-year-old Korean War veteran was back on his farm in Craighead County today with $1,000 additional dollars and the title of World's Champion Cotton Picker. Carroll McAfee of Monette yesterday won out in the National Cotton Picking Contest here over a field of about 150 other pickers. Including a liberal sprinkling of former champions. Brother Scores, Too A 40-ncrc farmer. In .partnership with his father, Clyde McAfee, the new champ was joined in the winner's circle by his 12-yenr-olri brother. Jerry, who took $50 first place in the children's division. . Day before contest old gentleman named Widner came in office, introduced self as former newspaperman, cotton picker, song writer and musician. Has been correspondent for Mena, Ark., Star since 1908 and hitch-hiked to Blytheville lor contest. Handed out copy of his lastest song hit, "The Check Came Back." "It's to the tune of "Root Hog, or Die," he said. Said he's making expense money selling songs. Wanted to pick up a little money in the "over 65' division of the NCPC. Then is going to Grand Ole Opry at Nashville, Tenn. He plays a musical carpenter's square (sic). Won odd Instrument award three years handrunning at Polk County Fiddlers Convention. "I'm going to see Frank Harshman. He's an old Mena boy." We showed him the way. Spoked 1946 model car with Texas license plate. This not too unusual, but license plate had been painted orange and car had gold swastika on door. Followed it two blocks but lost him in confusion of shoppers near Safeway. Checked into R. D. Hughes Clothing Store for a chat with Freddie Sandefur on Thursday afternoon during lull in parade. Trying to find out about his store window "manequin." "His name's Ryan . . . I'll get his first name in a minute ... He makes a living as a mechanical man and he's really good," Mr. Sandefur explained as he set up a fan In the window to keep Mr. Ryan cool. Mr. Ryan was taking a break in the rear of the store. "Ryan first came to Blytheville 22 years ago when we had just opened Mead's new store across the street. "He got In touch with me recently and said how about working the Cotton Picking Contest for old time's sake . . . said he'd do it for half price." Mr. Ryan's "act" consists of standing practically motionless in the window, making an occasional jerky, mechanical move of hand or head. Heavy face makeup gave him the wax-like appearance of a store dummy. His blank, unblinking gaze added to the Illusion. His breathing was barely perceptible. It was a crowd-stopper when the parade broke up. People packed so tight around store window, doubtful paying customers could have found way to door. Never did find out Ryan's first See NOTEBOOK on Pajre 10 * * * Jerry said he was going to put his $50 in the bank. The champ said he just doesn't know what he'll do with the $1.000. Carroll's proud father said his boy always has been a top cotton picker who picked around 200 pounds a day when he was only seven years old. 500 Pounds a Day Now, the elder McAfee pointed out, Carroll may pick as much as McAfee. 550 pounds a day. He picked 79.2 pounds during the two-hour contest. Carroll spent 10 months In Korea, including three months in the actual combat /.one. He returned to UU> UnlLed States In February of this year. A.Fisk, Mo., housewife — Mrs, B. A. Goodrich — came home with top honors in the women's division, earning $250 for her efforts. She picked 05.1 pounds. Champion ot 1953. Malcolm Oramllng of Kennel',, Mo., finished third this year and won $100. John Anderson, Kennett, who won In J949 and 1050 came close again. He picked up $250 for second-place money. Other Winners Other past winners who finished in the money included Bill Adams <1945j, fifth; Roy Peterson (I952j, seventh; Eugene Shinuult < 194648), llth; Johnnie Johnson U951), 15th; and Morris Ware (194U, who finished 20th and received $25. Mrs. Charles Krut'/, of Blytheville, who won the women's division the past two years, finished third behind Mrs. Culabell Collard of Steele this year, TneH Slev/n rt of Van Ruren, Sec NCI'C on I'ape 10 Reid to Speak At Legal Institute Max B. Reid, Blylheville attorney, will be one of the speakers on a three-day Legal Institute on Practical Aspects of Personal In- Jury Litigation at the University of Arkansas Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The institute will be attended by attorneys and other members of the legal profession from all sections of the state. Featured speaker at the institute will be Dean William L. Prosser of the Universlt yof California. Judge Philip Deer greets Thell Stew- Kelley Welch and womtn'i winntr, art, over-65 champ. Mrs. B. A. Goodrich. Langer Says Senate Probers Will 'Get All Facts' About D-Y WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Lunger (R-ND) said today his Senate anti-monopoly subcommittee is to "get all the facts" about the politically controversial Dixon-Yates contract. Laiigcr called ,1. D. .StieUwoUi, ousted Mississippi utility official, back to the witness chair for a sixth clay of public testimony. Slletcnroth testified yesterday » • • ~~~~~~~ that consummation of the proposed -+ i - » I I Settlement Reached In NY Harbor Strike NI5W YORK (AP) — A day-old strike of 25,000 longshoremen will end tomorrow at 8 a.m., an International Longshoremen's Assn. (1ml) official announced today. A ptrtnnial: Qu««n, iwimtuit, cotton. Army Opens Recruiting Office Due lo the high percentage of voluntary enlistments In the Army from Mississippi County, an Army recruiting station was opened in the Mississippi County Draft Board office yesterday, according to the state recruiting office in Little Rock. The office, located on the seconrl floor of City Hall, will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aligned »to the office is RFC Murl D. Ring ,son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry H, Ring of Joncsboio, Dixon-Yates contract would produce a utility combination "so huge it Is frightening." He did not reply directly when asked whether It would amount to "a tremendous monopoly," as Sen. Kcfnvurer (D- Tcnn) described It, Kefnuvcr predicted the subcommittee ultimately will call In top officials of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to tell whnI they have done to explore Stleteriroth's criticisms of Dixon- Ytites policies. Fired ...ant Month Stietenroth wits fired la.st month us treasurer of the Mississippi Power and Liyht Co. after lie aliened the linn .serves Wall street's interests more thnn thn.se of its Mississippi customers. Mississippi Power is it subsidiary of Middle South Utilities,one of two prlvulc- ly owned utility , groups which would share in the Dixon-Yates contract. President Eisenhower has directed the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) to negotiate the contract with Middle South, headed by Edyar H. Dlxon, and the Southern Co., headed by E, A. Yules. The proposed contract calls for this group to build a generating plant at West Memphis, Ark., to supply power to the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVAj, replacing electricity TV A provides for the AEC's plant at Paducah, Ky. Kcfauver, a subcommittee member, told mjwsmen that among other things "the hearings must show whether the Securities ami Exchange Commission haji in fact made tin adequate inquiry" into the reasons Stietenroth has cited for withdrawing Ills signature from H statement Mississippi Power filed with SEC in connection with .stock issue plaas. "High Pressure" Claimed Sticlenrolh testified yesterday he had advised the commission he hod been "hJLjh pressured" Into signing the document but now i fears he might have plnccd him- elf In violation of the law by signing it. He said he does not know what steps SEC is taking to Investigate. Kefavuer said the Senate Inquiry also should disclose whether Kbas- co Services, Inc., would act as the contracting officer for the Dlx- on-Yatc.s group. Stietenroth said Ebfisco Ls a wholly owned subsidiary of Electric Bond and Share, a holding company, and that it performs management services for Mississippi Power and other companies in the Middle South group. Stietenroth said that in effect "we just set a barrel ot money out and let Ebasco take whatever they think Is fair." He testified Mississippi Power paid Ebasco $1,1(12,018 in one 15-month period. Kefauver said it would be "outrageous" for the government to deal with Ebasco in connection with ihe Dixon-Yates operation. Patrick J. Connolly, executiva vice president of the union, made the announcement after a meeting of the union Wage Scale Committee. Along the paralyzed waterfront H htul been believed the men would return immediately following the meeting of the committee called to ratify a peace formula reached lust, night by union and shipping representatives with the help of federal mediators. Connolly said tomorrow was chosen for resumption of work because ' union locals also had ..o ratify the agreement. He appeared errtiiln they would, (inserting "it's 100 per cent sure everybody will ht: back to work tomorrow morning." On Job Tomorrow He .said he was advising John gv. Lyon, chairman of the New York Shipping Assn., that the 25,000 dock , workers would be on the job to| morrow morning. The settlement included payment of an 8-ccnt-bourly wage boost retroactive to Oct.' 1, 1053, which employ tvs e.sUmnte will cost about lour million dollars. In turn, the union would pledge not to strike again for 45 days while attempts mechanical engineer employed on [are m;ide to negotiate a new con- thii project said the plane swept low overhead with its left engine afire. He said the plane veered abruptly as If the pilot was attempting to avoid striking a construction area where many men were at work. Four Killed In Crash Of C119 FT. BHAOG, N. C. Ml — A C119 Flying Boxcar crushed and burned on the Ft. Bragg Reservation today and the Army in Washington said four men were killed. Ten wore reported injured, The Pentagon's preliminury Information was Unit the dead included the pilot and co-pilot of the big transport, one other member of tho crew, and a civilian who was killed on the ground. An Army spokesman said 10 other Army personnel aboard the plane were "critically injured." No mimes were released immediately, The big carrier hat! just taken off for Olmstead Air Force Base. PH. The plane struck in a street near new concrete buildings being imllt iis barracks for the 82nd Airborne Division, D. B. Bury ess, a Fayotteville Ike to Wait on French WASHINGTON iffl — The Eisenhower administration probably will wait untfi after the French Assembly has acted before It asks the Senate to approve agreements making Germany a partner in the Atlantic Alliance, Salesman Files $2,500 Bond Three Forgery Charges Are Filed Here A Blytheville meat salesman made $2,500 bond this morning on three charges of forgery and utter- Ing in connection with writing three checks totaling $845, accord- Ing to Sheriff William Berryman. Charges were filed in Circuit Court yesterday by the prosecuting attorney's office against Sanford Tomlinson. The three checks were dated on Aug. 14, March 22, and Sept. 7, all in 1958, according to the information filed. They were written on the bank account of John Kerat of Blytheville. Charges were not brought againr.t Mi. Tomlinson until this time because of a promise to repay the money which did not materialize, the sheriff said. Forfeit Speeding Bonds Two persons were brought before Municipal Court this morning on charges of speeding. Frank Gann was fined $'25 i\ml costs while Ira Gaines forfeited bond of $19.75 on the charges . The WEIRC increase would bring longshoremen's pay up to $2.35 an hour. The strike camjht 71 ship.T in port imd idled docks all along the 350-miIf 1 waterfront, biggest and bu.sif-st in the world, t came on short notice yesterday and demonstrated the resurgent power of the ILA after a year of bitter hut successful struggle to retain its long control of dock labor. Weather ARKANSAS—Considerable cloudiness with scattered showers and thundcrshowcrs. Cooler in the north portion this afternoon and In south portion Thursday. MISSOUUI — Frost warning extreme north; decreasing cloudiness north and i/iostly cloudy and colder south i'!ls afternoon and tonight with occasional light rnin or drra- zle south this afternoon and evening and scattered frost extreme north tonight. Minimum tills morning—72. Maximum ypHterday—1)0. sunrise tomorrow—5:50. Sunset tocluy—5:3B. , . Moan temperature (midway between lilKh and low)—K3.S. Precipitation last 2\ hour* to 7 a.m today—none. Precipitation Jim. 1 to this date — 27.31. This Pile Lut Ye«r Maximum yesterday—80. Minimum this mornlnfc—46. Precipitation January 1 to <ut« -• 33.22.