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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS TH* DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OF NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI rat. NO.—NO. 273 Slytheville Courier Blytheville Daily News Mississippi Valley Leader Blytheville Herald BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 1956 TWELVE PAGES Published Daily Except Sunday SINGLE COPY FIVE CENTS Case-Gas Bill Probe Goes To US Grand Jury By JACK BELL WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal grand jury today began an inquiry intn a $2,500 campaign donation rejected by .Sen. Francis Case (R-SD) during Senate debate on the natural gas bill. ' On hand to testify were three witnesses who said they were pre pared to answer all .questions and had nothing to conceal. One was John M. Neff, Lexing ton. Neb., lawyer who left the $2,500 in Sioux T'alls, S.D., as an contribution to Case's campaign. Also on hand were Elmer Patman of Austin, Tex., like Neff an attorney for the Superior Oil Co. 01 California, and Sheriff P a u. Whaley of Dawson County, Neb. From Oil Firm Senatorial investigators, who wound up a public hearing on the campaign fund offer' yesterday heard testimony that the »2,500 came from personal funds of Ho ward B. Keck, president of Su perior Oil. Neff told the senators "strings" were attached to the money but he and Patmari both said they would not have been interested in making a donation i: they had not .understood Case was for the bill to exempt natural gas producers from direct federal regulation. Case in disclosing the offer said he had been inclined to favor the measure, but viewed the ?2,500 as a signal of undue financial interesl in its passage. He voted "no" when the senate passed the bill. Secrecy The witnesses were more communicative than the governmen 1 officials .handling the grand jury investigation. As is customary they surrounded the proceeding with considerable secrecy. The Justice Department, in fact, has never acknowledged publiclj that a grand jury has been askec to'look into the Case contribution lo determine whether there was any violation of law in connection with activities centered on the gas bill. . .._..'..... Needs Ike's Signature The bill is now before Presidenl Eisenhower, who discussed it with his Cabinet yesterday but reached no decision. Keck and Patman testified the 32,500 came from Keek's personal funds and was not offered in an ttempt to influence Case's vote. Case has said he was originally inclined to favor the bill, but changed his mind because it appeared to him that someone thought big profits for oil companies would result if the bill became law. Neff and Patman remained un- o"er subpoena to the special Senate committee headed by Sen. George (D-Ga). Committee Counsel Charles W. Steadman said in a statement yes- Sec PROBE on Page 2 Nixon Cites Record Of Eisenhower Denies He Called Truman A'Traitor' NEW YORK (AP) — Vice President Nixon claims a "magnificent record" for the first three years of "what all of us hope will be eight years of the Eisenhower administration." Nixon told the National Repub lican Club in a Lincoln Day speech last night: "Our Republican administration is now proving, for the first time in nearly 30 years, that we- can have prosperity without war; full employment outside of uniform, and end security controls. with regimentation Speaking at the club's 10th annual Lincoln Day Dinner, he said the greatest advances in the nation to end racial discrimination "since the emancipation proclamation itself" have been made during the Eisenhower administration. Barbs for Demos .Nixon's speech contained barbs for three Democratic presidential nominee possTbllties — Adlai E Stevenson, Sen. Estes Kefauver of Tennessee and Gov. Averell Harriman of New York. As he arrived here by plane from Washington late yesterday, Nixon denied he ever had called See NIXON on Page 2 Skid Row Film to Be Shown Here "The Street," a color, sound film of life on Chicago's Skid Row, will be shown in two BlytheviUe churches this week, through the BlytheviUe Rescue Mission. Tonight, following regular services the film will be shown at the Mission. Tomorow • night, it will be seen, at Assembly of God Church at Luxora at 7:30 and on Thursday night, it will be shown at Blytheville's Lake Street Methodist Church at 7:30. • Any civic organization or church which would like a free showing of the film may schedule it by telephoning 3-8380. The Pepsi-Cola Harmonettes will provide special music at tonight's Mission program which begins at 7 o'clock. Stevens, Ewing Named to Y Board Ross Stevens and Joe Ewing were named to serve one-year terms on Blytheville's Y board of directors when that group met yesterday. President Bill Wyatt released his 1956 committee appointments at the session. Blytheville delegates to the Area Council meeting in Waco, Tex., March 22 - 24, are to be named at the March meeting of the board. Subcommittee with a Problem: What to Do with City Garbage E. M. (Buddy) Terry is looking for an oversized garbage bucket. Not exactly that, but some convenient place where the city sanitation department can dump its collections. Seems the present trash dump is located on Blytheville Air Force Base property. The Air Force has complained—and with reason—that smoke from burning refuse oftlmes blankets the run was making it inconvenient if not impossible to land those faster-than-sound planes. Col. Gordon D, Timmons, former base commander, is on record as earl as lasyt' Nov. U as notifying the city of the hazard. Nothing has been done. And now the Air Force has hinted strongly that the city has until March 1 to do something about the nuisance. Terry come* into It by being—not chief garbage Inspector—but chairman of ft City Council subcommittee investigating the problem of finding a new dumping ground. "The city !i ready to lease or buy proeprty within a radius of seven milei of the city limit* for use M a dlipoMl area," he.Mid. He U looking for an unused ditch, preferably, or a five to ten-acre plot (Or a "cut and (111" garbage and triuh dump, ' "Blythevllle U ready to pay a reasonable price," Terry Mid In an appeal to landowners who might havt «uch in KM available, , Weather NORTHEAST ARKANSAS: Partly cloudy to cloudy with scattered showers and thunderstorms this afternoon and tonight, colder tonight. Wednesday cloudy and colder with occasional rain with possibility of freezing rain or snow in extreme northern counties. High this afternoon, mid to high 60s; low tonight, in 40s. MISSOURI: Mostly cloudy this afternoon tonight and Wednesday; colder north and central this afternoon and over most of state tonight and Wednesday; scattered showers and thunderstorms south and east-central this afternoon and' tonight with thunderstorms locally severe, extreme southeast; scattered showen and thunderstorms south Wednesday and light rain or snow central low tonight 30 extreme northwest to Ma extreme southeast; high Wednesday lower 30s northwest to upper M* south- cast. Minimum thU morning—M. Maximum yMtcrday—62. sunrlw tomorrow—•:«. SunHt todny—5:4J. M«n tempentur*—.M. Pr«olpltltlon M houri (7 >.n. to 7 n.m.)—.10. Predpiuilon Jin. 1 to date—Ml. Thin n«l» ijit v»r MiiKlmiim ye«t«rd»y—47. Minimum this morning—30, rnclpltoUon !•*, 1 to 4.W-JJT. Ike Gets Word 1 Toddy By MARVIN L. ARROWSMITH WASHINGTON (AP) — President Eisenhower gets a "more or less final" medica report today on how his hear has been standing the strain of his office. He will weigh the opinion of his Jour doctors in deciding—wfaethei to bid for a second term. Eisenhower probably will get thf report about midafternoon. A bi later the doctors' findings will bs made public at a news conference Dr. Paul Dudley White of Boston the chief consultant in the case Is expected to serve as spokes man for the medical team. Careful Study The President undoubtedly wil give the report careful study. Bu he said last week that in deciding BULLETIN WASHINGTON (.*) — Dr. Paul Dudley Whit* and five other physicians consulted at the White House today preparatory to giving President Elsenhower a "more or less final" report on how his heart Is standing up under the burdens of his office. whether to seek re-election he probably will rely more, on hou he feels than on what the physicians tell him about his condition. ilore than 4'/ 2 months have passed since he suffered a hearl attack in Denver. He returned Jan 9 to what he termed "the full duty of the presidency." ,His last full- scale checkover was in December He may make his final second- term decision during a week's vacation, starting tomorrow, at the secluded plantation estate of Secretary of the Treasury Humphrey at Thomasville, Ga.'He has indicated he will announce his political plans about Maich 1. After Eisenhower's Dec. 17 physical examination, White said the mid-February tests "should suffice for a medical estimate as to the ability of his heart to stand the work" of the presidency, —He^. said, this • new examination would'be the'"more or less fina test"''"'of how Eisenhower was stanohnsr the strain. VMust Make Decision" But he, said at the same time that Eisenhower "must make his own decision" regarding a second term, adding: "We doctors can only advise the President medically." Eisenhower told a news confer ence last Wednesday that an;' decision to run again would have to be based upon an honest conviction that he wouid be able to handle the job efficiently. Joining in today's medical con sultations were Dr. White; Maj See IKE on Page 2 Red Chief Calls for Better Relations with West Big 3 THAT DAY'S HERE, AT LAST — Kindergarten and elementary school students over nation have been hard at work these past few days making Valentines of many descriptions. Valentine parties are blossoming today. Debby Quick, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Riley Quick, and Bob Porter, son of Mr. and Mrs. R, A. Porter, examine some of their kindergarten classmates 1 ' efforts in fashioning the traditionalsymbols of love. (Courier News Photo) Sen. Aiken Soys Criticism of Demos Is Best Endorsement of Farm Plan By JOE HALL "WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Aiken (R-Vt) said today continued Democratic criticism of the administration's farm program "is the best recommendation for it I know" and "shows they are continuing to, play politics with the farmers' interests." Aiken, senior Republican on the agriculture committee, made the comment to a reporter as Senate lines were drawn for an expected acrimonious debate on election year farm legislation. Debate on the committee's bill which diverges sharply trom President Eisenhower's proposals in key particulars, may begin next Monday. Chairman ellender (D-La) said "I certainly hope we can finish up with the bill in four days," but that estimate appeared optimis. Egypt Threatens to End US Trade if Cotton Imports Cut WASHINGTON (AP) — Egypt has told the United States that any sharp reduction in the amount of long staple this country permits to be imported might mean the end of U. S.- Egyptian trade relations. .The Egyptian embassy, said it Was learned today, gave that word Friday to Herbert Prochnow, deputy undersecretary of state for economic affairs. Egypt supplies nearly all of the •• — U. S. imports of long staple cotton, about 40 million pounds of this year's quota of 45,656,420 pounds. There are two new factors. One development in America's southwest of a new extra long staple by growers who assess themselves $3 bale to pay for a marketing campaign. The other is the rate at which the United States is exporting its government suprlus low *rade cotton. In one month is has exported two-thirds 01 the year's total of one million bales. Had Surplus Egypt depends almost entirely on long staple cotton for dollars 3ven so, the United States hai the setter of the trade'balance with Egypt, sending about 70 1 /- million dollars worth each year and importing about 22 million dollars worth. Egypt had a cotton surplus last year. The United States was party blamed because indecision on whether to unload surplus U. S. cotton on the world market caused some western buyers to hold off on purchases in hopes of a better price. Egyptian officials maintain that any serious reduction In the U. S. cotton Import quota would mean the death of U. S.-Egyptian- trade relations.. The Egyptians, who would like to see the quota lifted entirely argue that the current quota lit least not be cut. Wyatt f/ect«d Bill Wyatt of BlytheviUe was named secretary of the Board of Trustees of Arkansas Slate College at the board's annual election of. officers in Joncsboro yesterday. Jimmy Heath of Marlon WHS named chairman and Roland Hughea of Jonesboro vice-chairman. Humphrey Testifies At Road Bill Hearing WASHINGTON (AP) —. Secretary of the Treasury Humphrey, tells Congress today of administration misgivings about a Denipcratic-backed tax plan to help finance a proposed new rnultibillion-dollar highway program. Humphrey was 'called by the House Ways and Means Committee to start hearings on the controversial financing program contained in a bill by Rep. Boggs (D-LA). At a closed-door huddle with committee Republicans last week, Humphrey stated that he did not regard the tax plan as "truly pay-as-you-go." He also questioned Democrats' claims that their proposed highway user tax increases were enough to do the Job. The Boggs bill contemplates a 15-year revenue increase totaling 12 billion dollars from added taxes on gasoline, tires, trucks, and like Ite ms.' "Would Dn-Balance Budget" Added to 22 billions anticipated from motoring taxes at present rates, backers '.expect the legisla- tion to bring in enough revenue to meet the federal share of the proposed Sl'/i-biliion-dollar highway building program. The states See HUMPHREY on Page 2 BHS Student- Wins Honor Lenora Mclnnes, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. D. R. Mclnnes, of 621 N. Franklin, was made a member of the all-state bund at the high school band clinic in Forrest City ln»t week. Fifteen from BlytheviUe High School attended. Miss Mclnnes won first place on-the alto clarinet during the clinic contests Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Patrolman Is Assigned at Lange A special patrolman has been apponiU-d to direct traffic at Lange school when children are entering and leaving the grounds. He Is B. E. Smothers, present fireman at station No. 2, who will be on traffic duty only during hours when children are going to or leaving the school. At other times, he will keep his fireman's schedule. Police Chief Charles Short said Smothers will have full police authority to issue citations. He asked the cooperation of vehicle drivers in observing the patrolman's dlrectloni. The hiring of Smothers was supplementary ,to the city's program to provide greater protection for children at school crossings. . A patrolman Is on duty at Central School during busy hours. tic. Sen, Humphrey (D-Minn) said last night he has been "reliably informed" the Republican National Commitete plans to spend $250,000 on "an advertising and public relations campaign" for the administration version. A GOP committee spokesman, although giving no cost estimate, said plans for an education campaign have been under way for some time. He said it will include advertising. "To Defeat Improvements" Humphrey said the obvious purpose "is to defeat the improve ments by the Senate Committee on Agriculture designed to increase income of farmers this year." This was a reference principally to the provision in the committee's bill to restore high, rigid price supports on five basic crops. The administration strongly opposes this, and the fight over it is considered sure to be the biggest single issue in the floor debate. Aiken, saying he has no information on the purported $250,000 expenditure, added: "But I do know it would be an outright calamity if what the Democrats call improvements are voted into the bill by the Senate. It would be a greater calamity if they ever became law, but of cours I know they will not." Aiken has predicted Elsenhower will veto any bill sent to him by Congress which would re-impose fixed price supports. Humphrey also aimed some shaft at the administration's soil bank plnn included in the Senate Committee's bill largely as submitted by Secretary of Agriculture Benson. Under this plan, cooperating farmers would receive payments for cutting their production of surplus crops and for adopting various conservation practices. Humphrey said "the administration's version of the soil bank was designed solely at solving its own problem of what, to do about the surplus on Its hands, without any Intention of bolstering farm income this year," Soviet Congress Foreign Policy Bf STANLEY JOHNSON MOSCOW (AP) — Communist party boss Nikita Khrushchev today laid down a five point foreign policy for the Soviet Union in which improvement of relations with the United States, Britain and France was a key point. He told cheering delegates at+ the 20th Congress of the Communist party in the Kremlin "there are only two roads — peaceful coexistence or war." The five principles of Soviet foreign policy outlined by Khrushchev were: > "1. Respect for coexistence, "2. Strengthened relations with the People's Democracies (Soviet satellites). Strengthened friendly relations with India, Burma, Afghanistan and countries not belonging to aggressive military blocs. "4. Work for better relations with the United States of America, Great Britain, and France in all fields especially economic, technical and cultural. '5. Remain vigilant while there are still people who wish to threaten peaceful coexistence and maintain the defense potential of the Soviet Union." , Mild Tom "We wish to be on good terms with the U.S.A." Khrushchev said in his keynote speech whose mild tone was in startling contrast to a savage attack he made in .the Supreme Soviet recently. It also was mild compared to the belligerent attitude adopted by former Premier Malenkov when he made the opening address to the last Communist Congress in 1952. "Because ot this we have proposed.,a treaty," Khrushchev said in n referaiice to offers of ia.Jr.iend- ship pact with the United"states. Speaking vigorously he told the delegates this ."is not to say we are weak. We existed before having diplomatic relations with the United States. We propose a treaty which can be useful for bolh countries. There are only two roads, peaceful coexistence or war." Tribute to Leaders Khrushchev opened the meeting by calling on delegates to stand See SOVIET on Page 2 Farmers' Tax Deadline Is Tomorrow Farmers who passed up the Jan 15 deadline for filing estimates of 1955 income must file their final income tax return by tomorrow to avoid penalty, Cecil Kelly of the Blytheville Internal Revenue Office said today.-' He pointed out that for income tax purposes, a farmer is one who derives two.-thirds or more of his gross income from farming. "While thousands of other regular 1955 tax returns have been received, a considerable number of taxpayers In the area have not filed as yet," Kelly said. The deadline is April 16 but taxpayers' early cooperation in filing is requested. USSR Seeks Step-Up In US Visits But Suggests Changes In American Laws MOSCOW (AP) — The Soviet Union has indicated it wants to step up visiting between Russia and the United States hut it suggests there should be some changes in U. S. laws to get it done. The Russians frown especially on fingerprinting and the "signing of special questionnaires" as a re- qurement for visas for private visitors to enter the United States. A Foreign Ministry memorandum outlining the Soviet position was released last night to the Moscow press. It replied to a "U. 3. proposal of last Nov. 12. The memorandum said the Soviet government is prepared to work out a further exchange of delegations in cultural, scientific, technical, medical and agricultural fields. The State Department had proposed such an exchange, pr- ticularly in the medical and agricultural fields. Favorable Results Concerning the field of private travel, the statement said the Soviet government felt "much more- favorable results" might he obtained if "such journeys are carried out on the principle of mutuality without any limitation of a discriminatory nature." It sad the Soviet government hopes the United States will "take necessary measures in changing the procedure of issuing American visas. . . ."In this connection attention should be paid to the procedure . . . necessitating the taking of-fingerprints and the signing of special questionnaires which make impossible individual tours by Soviet citizens to the United States." No Comment The State Department in Washington had no official comment on the Soviet memorandum. Officials pointed out, however, that President Eisenhower in his recent message to Congress suggested changing the present law so the fingerprinting requirement could be waived, on a reciprocal basis, for aliens entering the United States temporarily. Radioing Weather Data: Runaway US Balloon Flying Over Siberia TOKYO (AP) — A U. S. Navy weather balloon was radioing weather information from 30,000 feet over Soviet Siberia today after "wild and unpredictable" winds over the Aleutians reversed its course. The Navy said the 40-foot plastic gas bag, which headed east across the Pacafic after Its launching Saturday night, now was traveling westward toward Russia at 100 m.p.h. Because the high altitude jet stream in which the balloons travel almost always moves east, this was the first of 12 weather ballons launched by the Americans from Japan to go the wrong way. The Air Force suspended similar launchlngs from West Europe last week after the Soviet Union and other Communist countries complained they were being used to spy on them and were endangering their aircraft. ISO-Degree Change Tracked by ite automatic radio transmissions, the runaway balloon made a ISO-degree course change over the North Pacific Island chain last night and cros.ied Into Soviet territory over the Kamchat- ka Peninsula today. H.i position this afternoon was reported as 63 degrees north latitude, 1W degree* wat longitude, over the east Siberian mainland about 200 miles north of the Sea of Okhotsk. A Navy spokesman said the balloon was ra i i o i n g; "valuable" weather Information on an area which "has hitherto been a blank to countries outside the Iron Curtain." But he added that the Information was "not what we wanted." Denied Charge The United States has vigorously denied the Communist charge the balloons were being used for espionage and said they flew, too high to endanger aircraft. But Secretary of State Dulles told a news conference the United States would be "disposed to try to avoid the territory of any country which felt violent objections." The Soviets themselves have been sending up similar, but much smnller, weather balloons. I Th« Russians claim theirs do not penetrate the sir space of other nv tloni, but at least one has been found on tt» northern Jiip«n«« Island of Hokkaido.