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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OF NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND SOCTHIA8T MM6OUW VOL. LI—NO. 269 glythevllle Courier Ely theville Dally News Mississippi Valley Leader Blytheville Herald BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 1956 SIXTEEN PAGES Published Dally Except Sunday SINGLE COPY FIVE CENTS Eisenhower's Immigration Plan Studied By EDSfOND LE BRETON WASHINGTON (AP) — President Eisenhower's proposals for immigration law changes that could double the number of quota immigrants faced today cautious scrutiny by an election-year Congress. There was reluctance to predict the outcome. Without wstttng- tcr Washington from a Par Eastern trip, Rep. Walter D-Pa., coauthoi of the present immigration law denounced Eisenhower's recom mendations. Walter is chairman of the JU' ' dietary subcommittee on Immigration which will have the first official look at the proposals in the Watkins of Utah, sen House. Sen. Anglo - U.S. Differences Seen Slight Eden Reports Non-Accord On Far East Only LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister Eden, reluming today from his consultations with President Eisenhower in Washington, declared relations between the United States and Britain are better than ever. The two governments have only one difference of opinion, he told reporters at London airport. That difference is in Far East policy, specifically Nationalist Chinese occupation of the islands off the Chinese mainland. Eden said he never had made a more useful visit than that to Washington last week, followed by a shorter stay in Ottawa. He was* accompanied by Foreign Secretary Selwyn Lloyd. Never Closer" The conferences with U. S. officials, he said, achieved a wide measure of agreement on world problems. "I can assure you that relations between the United States and ourselves never have been closer than they are now," he added. / Of the Far East situation, he said: "There is a difference, as you all know, in resepci to the offshore islands." Eden pointedly avoided further comment and would say only: "We were frank in expressing our view and the Americans in expressing theirs." The sta tement indica ted Eisenhower had refused to budge before Chinese Nationalists evacuate Quenioy islands. and the other offshore 'ior Republican un the Senate Immigration subcommittee, i n t r o- duced bills to carry out the recommendations, but without flatly endorsing them. IJe asked for "sincere and fair consideration." Some members of Congress spoke up for Eisenhower's recorn 1 mendations; others criticized them on the ground they would not make fundamental changes in the eXist- ing McCarran-Walter Act. The major disagreement, as always, was over the national origins quota system. The present law contains a formula based on the 1920 census. It sets quotas for immigrants from a number of countries according to the number of Americans whose families originated in those countries. Favors North Europe Critics say this is an undemocratic principle which favors Protestant northern Europeans. In recent years, many quota numbers have gone unused in such countries as Britain, Germany and Ireland while in others the quotas cut off many who would like to come to this country. Italy and Greece, for example, could use many times their quotas and the Netherlands a substantially enlarged one. Elsenhower did not propose scrapping the national origins system—although he suggested tha Congress study alternatives—bu he did propose substantial modifi cations. One is a shift from 1920 to 195C as a base for the total immigration quota. He said this would raise about 65,000 over the present 154, 657. Regional fools Another gain would come from a proposal to establish each year regional pools of left-over quotas from the year before. In practice this would apply principally to Europe. For example. British quo ia spaces unused in 1956 might t be used by Italians in 1957. Specia skills and family connections in the United States would be the qualifications. One more proposal would help especially anti - Communist refugees from Russia and the Russian-absorbed Baltic countries, would terminate the system "mortgaging" ahead of time the quotas from such countries because of refugees already admit- d. The cumulative effect of these changes, specialists in immigration law said, would be a much greater increase in actual immigration than the indicated increase n quotas. Although the total immigration quota is nearly 155,000, only about 98,000 quota immigrants actually entered in the 1955 bookkeeping /ear. But under the rules Eisen- lower recommended probably nearly the entire new 220,000 quota would make the grade. Nervy Reporter, Smooth - Talking Sheriff Nab Kidnaper of Four CORPUS CHRISTI, Tex. (AP) — A nervy. newspaper reporter and a smooth-talking sheriff prevailed upon Leonard Rollins yesterday to meekly surrender his pistol and end a five-hour reign of terror during which he kidnaped four persons and held 40 officers at bay. Rollins,. 24, a part-time laborer, handed the pistol over to Sheriff Odem Dolan, who, posing as a businessman, offered him a job. The surrender was engineered by Cliff Russell, Corpus Christ! Caller - Times reporter, who volunteered to be Rollins' hostage and then proposed using a police car for a getaway into Mexico. Armed with the pistol, Rollins coni'ronted Mrs. J. H. Smith, her -SQR John 22, and her daughter Pat, 17, when the returned home for lunch. He bound and blindfolded them and threatened to "slit their throats." Served With Papers The Smith family said later that Rollins was apparently incensed lhat they had offered to pay medical bills for Mrs. Rollins, their housekeeper, who is pregnant. Rollins was served with divorce papers Tuesday and apparently be. lieved the Smiths had been responsible for the rift between him and his wife. On the pleas of Pat, the gunman released Mrs. Smith, then took the son and daughter to his wife's home, where Mrs. Rollins was also made a captive. As the four drove away, a highway patrol car, alerted by Mrs. Smith, gave chase. Rollins drove the car through the open double door of a bar on a farm about 15 miles north of here. For an hour and a half Rollins held the pistol at. the neck of Pat and then John while 40 officers, gathered and were forced to stand: by helplessly. ' Russell linally stepped forward and offered to take John's place. Rollins agreed. Surrendered Pistol The reporter suggested Rollins, a Latin American, that the two of them and Mrs. Rollins commandeer a police car and make a getaway into Mexico. Rollins was agreeable. He allowed Sheriff-Be- Ian, a stranger to him, to go along. When they were in the car, the sheriff told Rollins he was a businessman and offered him a job on a ranch. Rollins asked his Wife if she would return to him. She said she would. Rollins then turned the pisto over to Dolan. The sheriff put Rollins in jail a nearby Sinton. Farm Bill Faces Senate Committee Test Today **** # * # * Rigid Price Supports Included WASHINGTON (AP) - By EDWIN B. HAAKINSON -The Senate Agriculture Committee takes a final vote today on a farm bill including rigid price supports which President Eisenhower says would "defeat the main object" of his farm proposal "i-stiuula be gravely concerned, Committee to Seek Source Of $2,500 Offered Case By JACK BELL WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. George (D-Ga) said today a special inquiry committee he heads will try to find out the source of a $2,500 campaign contribution offered to Sen. Francis Case (R-SD). The committee opens hearings tomorrow, under instructions from the Senate to in vestigate "the circumstances involving an alleged improper attempt through political contri butions to influence the vote" of Case on the natural gas bill. Stevenson Slate Filed In New Hampshire By JOSEPH D. KAMI?* CONCORD, N. H. (AP) — Supporters of Adlai Stevenson prepared to file a politically powerful 12-member slate of delegate candidates today to challenge Sen. Kefauver (D-Tenn) in New Hampshire's first-in-the-nation presidential primary. Their action assured an initial New Hampshire has been gener- test of strength between Kefauver. ally regarded as Kefauver terri- trying to repeat his 1952 New tory ever since he swept to an up. Hampshire primary victory, and • • • .._.... set victory over then-President Harry S. Truman in the 1952 pri- TemiesscatVs challenge for a show- {mary before Truman decided not down fight in the preference poll Stevenson, who has rejected the phase of this state's two-pronged March 13 primary. In one phase of the primary, the voters express preference for a candidate himself. In the other, they choose delegates, either pledged or favorable to a candidate. The slate backing Stevenson, 1952 Democratic presidential candidate, is running as favorable to him. In that category they do not need his consent, as they would if they were running ns pledged candidates. Kefauver's slate Is pledged to him—with his consent. In advance of the formal filing ceremony, William L. Dunfey of Durham, chairman of the New Hampshire Stevenson organization and president of the state's Young Democratic clubs, said in a statement: "We have In no way underestimated the strength of Sen. Kefauver in New Hampshire. Tills Is his strongest primary contest. We have felt It important to give the many supporters of Adlal Stevenson a chance to register their support." Although Dunfey didn't say so, there were reports that.the strategy of Stevenson's supporters is 'to wnge nn intensive battle In the hope lhat even a partial Kefauver defeat here might deal » death blow to the senator's second bid for Ml party'i highmt honor, to seek re-election. However, if several Stevenson candidates should win delegate seats after a campaign in which Stevenson will not participate his supporters could be expected to make political capital. Rescue Crew Is 'Rescued' SAN JUAN, P. R. (if)— A helicopter today completed rescue operations, plucking five more U. S. Navy men nnd Marines from a Venezuelan jungle where their Neptune patrol bomber was forced down Tuesday. The helicopter took the officers and men to Port of Spain, Trinidad, where it had taken three others yesterday. All eight were reported unhurt. They had been en route to Anarctlca on a rescue mission. The Navy has announced thflt the object of" the rescue mission, a plane belonging to the U. S. Navy's expedition missing since Friday with seven men aboard, has been located. The announcement said all seven were "believed well." Senators to Get Gardner's Missile Program Views By JOE HALL WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Jackson (D-Wash) said today a congressional subcommittee he heads "will want to hear the views of Trevor Gardner" on what should be done to spur the Defense Department's missile program. Gardner announced yesterday he-;had sent to President Eisenhower his resignation as assistant Air Force secretary for research and development. Urging "a very highly accelerated program on both" intermediate-range and intercontinental missiles. Gardner said "an honest difference oi opinion" had developed between him and his Pentagon superiors. Necessary Change NEW HAVEN, Conn. W) — Edmund D. Looney sought permission in Superior Court to have his name changed to Lowney. He explained he is studying to be a psychiatrist. Badly Needed Of the long-range missile project, aimed at developing ballistic iveapons capable of s p a n n i oceans while carrying atomic war- deads, Gardner said, "A ' crash program is badly needed." As the Pentagon uses the words, "crash program" is one aimed at achieving its goal in the shortest time, with cost a secondary consideration. Gardner said he was quitting because of differences about the icope and importance of the project. He said he told Congress last year the Air Force was "short about 200 million dollars" in the money it should have for research. Need Accelerated Program Gardner declined a direct reply vhen asked if he thinks Russia is ahead of this country in development of either the 5,000-mile, in- ercontinental rocket or the 1,500- mile missile. But he did say, "I hink we need a very highly accelerated program on both these nissiles." Jackson is chairman of a Senate- House Atomic Energy subcommit- ee on weapons which has been conducting a series of closed hear- ngs on this nation's standing in he arms race with Russia. Jackson remarked he considered t significant that Eisenhower said vhen asked about the missile program at his news conference yes- See SENATORS on Page 3 lhantber Cooperating In Wage-Scale Study Blytheville Chamber of Commerce s cooperating with the Arkansas ndustrial Development Commission and the University of Arkansas in statewide wage scale study. Jada McGuire. at the request of AIDC and the university, is mailing luestionnaires to all manufacturers n Mississippi County asking for heir average wage scales. Information will be used to quote to" prospective industries planning relocation in this state. Hung Jury Quits In Caruihersville Deadlocked 11-1 In Second Degree Murder Case CARUTHERSVILLE — The jury was discharged shortly after midnight this morning in the second degree murder trial of O. Z. Johnson, 52, Negro farm laborer of Hayti. After more than four hours of deliberation, the jury told Judge Fred L. Henley it was deadlocked 11-1 and did not believe it would be able to reach a verdict if it slept last night in the court house and reconvened today. Johnson remain?; fvee on a continuing bond as new trial will be set for the next term of Pemiscot County Circuit Court. The state presented four witnesses and three of them said that Johnson shot Fred Pittman, another Negro, in the back outside a Negro saloon at Hayti April 17, 1954. Defense Several of the 14 defense witnesses said that Pittman had threatened to kill Johnson because of an argument over Fittman's alleged mistreatment of Johnson's deaf mute son. Witnesses said they saw Pittman with a knife a few minutes before the shooting occurred. They said' Pittman grabbed Johnson after Johnson had refused to give Pittman a drink from his whiskey bottle and Pittman stuck his hand in his pocket, as if to pull out a knife. Then Johnson shot Pittman, witnesses said. Johnson took the stand to plead self defense. Jimmy Osbum. undertaker, testified that Pittman had pistol wounds in his back but couldn't say conclusively whether the bul- ets entered the body from the front or back. Character witnesses for Johnson included County Magistrate Sam Jorbett, County Assessor Obye Co- <er, Hayti Police Judge Bob Brooks and Cnruthersville policeman Finis Speight. -4" The inquiry centers around the $2,500 in $100 bills given to a iriend of Case's by John M. Neff, an at torney from Lexlngion, Neb. Case has said he thinks the donatioi was intended to influence him to vote for the gas bill. He 'directec that the money be returned, am voted against the bill. Neff has acknowledged an inter est in passage of the gas hill, bul insisted there were "no strings at tached" to the campaign donation He has declined to name the source of the $2,500, saying a confidential relationship with a client is involved. 'Tertinent Interest" "Where the money came from will be a matter of pertinent interest," George said in an inter view. George said Neff s attorney Ivan D. Evans of Broken Bow, Neb. will be permitted to cross-examine other witnesses if he chooses. The George committee yesterday chose Charles W. Steadman, 41- year-old Cleveland lawyer, as its counsel. Steadman is a Republican. Steadman said Case probably will be the initial witness. Must Wait George said that as far as he is concerned the Senate Elections subcommittee can take up the incident after his committee concludes its investigation. The subcommittee has left the Held to ueorge's group for the time being. Chairman Hennings (D-Mo) said he and Sen. Gore (D- Tenn) didn't want to engage in 'an unseemly tug-of-war" over witnesses. But Hennings Insisted the subcommittee later will undertake a broad investigation to determine If any other campaign contributions were made or offered to inlfuence the vote on the bill to relieve natural gas producers of direct federal price controls. Dell School Official Enters AEA Run-Off Don Blackmon of Dell and Mrs. Carolyn Elms of Arkadelphia will meet each other April 6 in a runoff election for vice president oi the Arkansas Education Association, it was announced yesterday. The two candidates led the ticket in a preferential primary conducted last week by James B. Abraham of Lonoke, AEA president. Garland Stubblefleld of El Dorado and R. B. Chitwood of Lake Village will face each other for the president's post. State Rep. L. H. Autry of Burdette, E. P, Dunn of Little Bock and P. E. Wsner of Cotton Plant, presidential candidates, were ousted in the preferential. Miss Amy Jean Greene of Arkadelphia defeated six other candidates to win the recording secretary's office. Totals of the mail vote were hot revealed by Abraham. Texas Storm Lets Up but Another on Way PLAINVIEW, Tex. — Snow quit falling before dawn today In the bll?,7,ard-troubled Texas p'nnhandle and plains but a new storm sl?spcd up for tonight or tomorow. Area highways were reopened today titter 40 rnlle nn hour winds whlped old snow Into huge drifts yesterday that stalled trains nnd buses and closed U. S. 66, transcontinental highway. Only light snow was predicted for the area today but forecasts called for locally moderate heavy" snowfall tonight and' to morow to add to the misery still left from last week's record-breaking snow. Amnrlllo schools closed today after an attempt to reopen yesterday produced terrific traffic Jams because of streets being only partly open. The Fort Worth 'Denver Railroad said It hoped sometime today to free two trains stuck In snow banks at tlie height of yesterday's trains overnight. Little If any thawing was expected today In the Panhandle. National Guard trucks still patrol the streets and highways in this Immediate area. Yesterday a school bus with 24 children became stuck 12 miles north of here, was freed by a National Guard truck, and then became stuck again. A Fort Worth and Denver freight train stuck In a snow bank two miles east of Dlmmitt and was covered by the blowing snow. A rescue train sent from plalnview got only two miles from the city limits before It too got stuck In'the drifting, blowing mow. the President said yesterday, the soil bank should be coupled with the restriction of production incentives certain to nullify the great benefits that the bank can bring." Under the soil bank plan, farmers would be paid for planting less than their allotted shares of basic crops of which there already is a surplus. Predicts Passage Sen. Russell (D-Ga), predicting the Senate will approve the higher price support program along with the bill's other provisions, expressed doubt Eisenhower would veto the measure. "If the President gets 80 per cent of what he asks for," Russell said in an interview, "he ought to let Congress write 20 per cent of the bill." 90 Per Cent Parity Into the bill authorizing the soil bank and other Eisenhower proposals, the Agriculture Committee Wrote Saturday a provision for mandatory support of basic crops at 90 per cent of parity. Parity is a price determined under farm law to be fair to the farmer in relation to his costs. The Saturday vote (8-7) was tentative, subject to approval today. Eisenhower expressed his views yesterday in a letter to Sen. Aiken (R-Vt), who had asked the President's opinion of the combination Eisenhower called it "inconsistent," and said he proposed the soil bank plan as a means of reducing crop surpluses. Cold War Games ' WASHINGTON I/P>—A thousand paratroopers of the Army's 82rid Airborne Division will practice fighting battles on the bleak icecap of Greenland next month. The Army announced today that a battalion combat team will fly to Thule from Ft. Bragg, N.C., in March to participate in what it calls Exercise Arctic Night. TARGET: BED CHINA — A Chinese Nationalist gunner on Quemoy island in the Formosa Strait sights his big gun toward Red China to return firepower during a recent artillery duel. He's aiming at Communist military installations on Amoy, about five miles away. The Reds have stepped up their shelling of the Nationalist-held offshore islands in recent weeks, raising speculations of an all-out Communist attack on the islands this spring. U. S. May Launch 15 Satellites By 1958, Informed Sources Say CINCINNATI (AP) By VERN HAUGLAND AP Aviation Writer • Informed sources indicated today that the United States has decided to launch up to 15 space satellites during the International Geophysical Year — the 18 months between July 1, 1957, and Dec. 31, 1958. The sources said orders for 15 first-stage rockets for the .three-stage satellites of Project Vanguard have been placed with the General Electric Co. Not all of the rockets can be expected to be successful. "typical General Electric engine." The model, 31 Officials of General Electric, losts to 150 military leaders anc aviation writers at a jet engine plant "open house," declined to comment on the reports. However, Fred Brown, the company's manager of rocket engine marketing, told an informal news conference that GE's share of the Vanguard program is on schedule and that his company is geared to meet the initial launching date. Scale Model Brown exhibited a scale model of a rocket nches long and 10 inches in diameter, was described as half the Ize of the real engine. This might ndicate that the first stage for the irst Vanguard satellite would be i rocket engine some five feet ong and 20 inches in diameter. Contracts Awarded The Navy, in charge of the inter- ervice project, has awarded the irimary Vanguard project to the lenn L, Martin Co., Baltimore. Martin subcontracted the first tage to General Electric, and the econd to Aero-Jet General, Azusa, 'alif. The third-stage contract has noet yet been awarded. The first GE stage consists of a ocket of 27,000 pounds of thrust, with a burning time of 130 to 140 econds, designed to boost the atellite to an altitude of 30 or 40 miles. The second stage would carry he basketball-shaped, 22-pound atellite to a height of 130 miles, nd the third stage Would shoot it eyond 200 miles and send U orbit- ng around the earth, like a tiny moon, to " tudies. help global scientific .eachville .ad Escapes Joseph Taylor Ray of Lcachville us one of three inmates who es- opcd from BoonevtUc (Mo.) State Training School for boys early this morning, it wns repotred. Ray Is 18 years old. The Missouri Highway Patrol dcntlfled 'the other two boys a* Woodrow Fincher, Jr., 16, of K»n- as City and Prtd Park Check, IT, 1 at py»tt, Ark. Gathing's Cotton Bill Hits Strong Opposition WASHINGTON (AP) — A bill drawn to help cotton farmers and textile manufacturers has run into solid administration opposition and the threat of a sectional fight over acreage allocation. The bill, written by Reps. Gath- cotton on the world market at ings <D-Ark) and Abernethy ID- Miss), has these three main proposals: (1) direct the secretary of agriculture to sell surplus U.S. Mission Lists Needs; Set to Move Blytheville Mission is moving into new quarters this week and will continue its meals and work of providing competitive prices (2) impose quotas on foreign textiles (3) establish a national acreage reserve from which to give all domestic growers a minimum acreage of about four acres. Opposed All 3 Ideas Testifying this week at a House agriculture subcommittee hearing —recessed today until Feb. 16— Agriculture Department officials have opposed all three ideas. Their stand was emphasized yesterday when President Eisenhower, at his news conference, restated his objection to import quotas. Eisenhower said he has always opposed such quotas and lodging for destitute doesn't believe in them now. He j said it would be a band way to handle foreign trade. h Paul Kirkindall, who operates the mission, said it is occupying quarters upstairs at 123 South Rail road. Needed by the Mission are bed- ing, refrigerator, stove, tables, chairs, silverwear, beds, dishes, cots and mattresses. Any item of this type, he said, wil! be used In feeding and lodging. During its three weeks of operation, the Mission has averaged furnishing lodging for five persons each night and has given out 278 meals. Women's Missionary Union of Trinity Baptist 'Church is now at work to furnish bedding, but Kirkindall said sheets, pillows and pillowcases will be needed during the time with WMU Is procuring these Items. Persons with any articles of furnishings to donate, may have them picked up by calling 3-8380, 3-8468 or 3-8274. These rooms are to become women's quarters of the mission in about n month when headquarters will be set up in east Blytheville. Weather NORTHEAST ARKAN'SSS — Mostly cloudy this afternoon, tonight and Friday, colder tonight nnd Friday. High this afternoon, high 40s; low tonight, high 20s to low 30s. MISSOURI—Fair west and partly cloudy east this afternoon; generally fair tonight colder east and extreme south; Friday increasing cloudiness; low tonight 10-15 extreme north to 20-25 extreme south; high Friday 30s northwest to 10-45 Minimum this morning—41. Mnxlmum yesterday—-17. Slinrlsft tomorrow—fl;51. Sunset today—S:37. Monn temperature—45.5. Precipitation 21 hours (7 *.m, to 7 ri.m.)--.«. Precipitation Jan. 1 to date—0.20. This Date l.ait Year Maximum ycntfirdny—54. Minimum this morning—43. rrccipltaMoB Jan. 1 to i

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