The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on October 12, 1954 · Page 1
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Tuesday, October 12, 1954
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OF NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI VOL. L—NO. 171 Blythevllle Courier Blythevtlle Daily News Mississippi Valley Leader Blytheville Herald BLYTHEVILLE, AKKANSAS, TUESDAY, OCTOBER 12, 1954 TWELVE PAGES Published Dully Except Sunday SINGLE COPY FIVE CENTS Security Program Data Sought Congressman Seeks Details Of Operation WASHINGTON ( A P ) — Rep. Rees (R-Kan) called on the Eisenhower administration today to spell out in public detail the operation of the government's employe security program, the center of new campaign controversy. Rees, chair-man of the House Civil Service Committee, set Oct. 20 as a deadline for a report by the Civil Service Commission "setting forth specifically what constitute subversive actions which are the basis for separation of federal employes .under a security program." Rees, a staunch supporter of the administration, spoke up in the wake of yesterday's announcement that 6,926 federal employes had been separated from their jobs as security risks of one kind or another. Demos Denounce Report Democrats denounced the report as a "hoax." Rees praised the administration for "prompt action" in moving against subversives, but also urged the Civil Service Commission to dig into its files for data to explain the operations of the Eisenhower security program. He said he had "always felt" that any program dealing with em- ploye problems "should be one based upon specific legislation spelling out more directly by Congress the policy which is involved/' The present program was set up by presidential order effective May 28,1953. "I also believe that those who are disloyal or subversive should be fired for that reason, with questions of doubt being resolved in the interest of the government," Rees said in a telephone interview from his home in Kansas. A crossfire of warm political reaction was opened up after yesterday's commission report, and it seemed likely to. reverberate until election day, Nov. 2. The commission listed 6,926 federal workers—1,743 of them with some type of "subversive data" in their files — as having been removed from the payroll for security reasons, either by firing or resignation. The period covered was the 13 months prior to June See SECURITY n Page 2 Local Seaman Murder Victim Navy Investigating Strange Death Seaman Johnny Thompson, whose address is listed at General Delivery, Blytheville, was killed in Pearl Harbor. Naval authorities reported today. The Navy is investigating the death in which Thompson was struck on the head while in his bunk aboard the submarine rescue vessel Chanticleer. Thompson was hit Thursday and died Saturday. No weapon has been found, the Navy reported. The Chanticleer was in Pearl Harbor, en route home after a tour of duty in the western pacific, when the incident occurred. His father's name was given as Joel Thompson. ;Ltei.&3&lis&3^ BASE CONSTRUCTION PROGRESSES — Tempo of work at Blytheville's Air Force Base continued to pick up this week as several buildings began going up. Progress on the guard house as well as .the crash and fire station has been noticeable. Pictured above is the crash and fire station, which will border the flight line. December is to be the largest month yet for base contract- lettings, Little Rock District Corps of Engineers has stated. By the first of the year, it has been reported, some $10 million in construction should be under contract here. (Courier News Photo) Hayti-Holland Highway Work to Start Although no definite date has been officially announced, construction work on the relocation of Highway 61 in Southeast Missouri, to bypass the towns of Holland and Sleele, is expected to begin soon. Contract for approximately 10-7 miles of grading and paving work for the Stsele-Holland relocation was awarded last week to the C. H. Atkinson Paving Co,, .Chillicothe. Mo. The project is to cost approximately S961.912. No Notification However, M. S. Gwinn of Sikeston, Mo., district highway engineer, said this morning the C. H. Atkinson Paving Co., has yet notified his office as to when work on the relocation is to start. However, lie stated, there has been some correspondence with the company and the construction firm Tenth Street Work Is Planned A Little Now, More in 1955, Mayor Jackson Says Work on blacktopplng of approximately a half of a block of North Tenth Street bordering Blytheville School District property is now underway, Mayor E. R. Jackson said this morning. The work was started yesterday 7 and will be completed as soon as possible, Mayor Jackson said. "All we are doing now," Mayor Jackson stated, "Is completing blacktopping work bordering the school grounds." Blacktopping of most of the 500 block on North Tenth Street, which runs by the new high school building, was completed last year For 1JI55 The present blacktopping work extends from the school 'north to the Cotton Belt railroad. Mayor Jackson said that blacktopping all of North Tenth Street is in the plans for next year. "We don't have the money to do it right now," he said, *'but we should have next year." Tlie city also recently completed seal-coating the portion of North Tenth Street that was blacktopped last year. is making plans to begin work. Hayti to Line The relocation, which is to be constructed as a limited access highway, will begin at the first curve to the west south of Hayti, Mr. Gwinn said, and will extend southwesterly to the Belle Fountaine ditch, a mile and i half north of the Missouri-Ark a nsas state line. The new stretch of highway will be two-lane, concrete construction, 2-1 feet wide. Mr. Gwinn said. Curves to be Dropped The new pavement will eliminate several sharp curves in the existing highway and will completely bypass the towns ol Holland and Stecle, relieving existing traffic conges tions in the two towns. Sec. Wilson's Remarks Bring Quick Protests DETROIT (AP) — Secretary of Defense Wilson was the center of a storm of protest today over his remarks at a press conference in answer to questions on the nation's unemployed in labor distressed areas. "One of them made the complaint, 'You know you've just reduced the draft. In our district there are 110 more young men Wilson told newsmen yesterday that while he had a "lot of sympathy" for the jobless in labor surplus areas, he has always "liked bird dogs better than kennel-fed dogs." After reading published reports of the press conference, Walter Reuther, CIO and United Auto workers president, sent a five-page telegram to President Eisenhower demanding that Wilson ' 'publicly retract" (he s t a t e m e n t or "be asked to retire from public life." Wilson made the remark in answer to newsmen's questions on the placing of defense contracts in labor distressed areas. After stories of the news conference appeared in Detroit papers, the Michigan Republican State Central Committee early today issued what it said was a tape-recorded transcript of the conference. Defense Cut Hurt The transcript quoted Wilson as .saying a group of people had approached him in Washington "a little over a year ngo" asking for defense contracts for their district which had been classified as a labor distress area. Contracts for bridges for the relocation were let earlier. This phase of the work will include Lhe construction of two 1 8 1 - f o o t bridges, one 165-foot bridge and one 160 feet in length. Construction of the new hiyhway sirip will be under supervision of Mr. Owinn's office. A. E. Nance, district construction engineer, will direct the work through a resident engineer to be mimed. 218 Miles The relocation project is a part of Missouri's $5.775.620 road improvement program now under way throughout the stfUe- The statewide work will cover 218.9 miles of highway. The current work boosts to a to- lal of $14,523,517 In road construction and improvements authorized by the Missouri Highway Commission since July 1, beginning of the third year of the state's 10-year road program. that won't have to go to the Korean fight now and that'll add to our unemployment,' " Wilson said. "And the idea that a 19-year-old boj could be drafted and sent to Korea to be shot nt nnd he didn't have enough gumption to go 100 miles suid yet himself a job—I don't go *or that," he added. "And I've got a lot of sympathy for people where a sudden change catches 'em—but I've always liked bii- dogw better thun kennel-fed dogs. You know, one who'll get out and hunt for food rather than sit on his haunches and yelp," the transcript quoted Wilson, Wilson was in Detroit to speak at a $100-a-plate Republican banquet last night. He had no comment on Rcuthcr's telegram. No Comment from Ike Spokesmen at the Summer White House in Denver said President Eisenhower would have no comment on Reulhcr'K demand until the telegram bad been received, Others quick to comment on Wil See WILSON on Pajrij 2 Small, But Enthusiastic Crowds See Holy Land Panorama Here Small, but highly enthusiastic crowds have been filing through the Holy Land panorama which is open daily in the old Planters Hardware building on Main Street. The exhibit is open daily from : to 5 p.m. and from 7 until 11 p.m Here is a sampling of comments taken from those who attended the j first two showings: "One of the most complete exhibits I have ever seen. Everyone should see it." "The most wonderful piece ol work concerning Jesus I have ever seen." "It will be helpful to me in Bible study." "I feel as if I have made a trip to the Holy Land, l think it is wonderful and something that will be remembered for a long time by many." ''I think it's too good to describe. More people ought to see it." French Leader Wins Big Vote 23 Depart For Physicals Next Call Is Set For October 20 Twenty-three men were sent yesterday for prc-induction physical examinations by Mississippi County Draft Board No. 47, according to Rosic Salibn, board clerk. The cull was for 2fi men ot which 2u reported, 6 failed to report and three transferred from another board. Next call will be Oct. 20 for 25 men for physicals. Those leaving toclny were: Walter Russell Fo.ster, Junior Dclanie, Don Morgan, Ira Gene Ashley, all of Osceola; On nil Hayes of Joiner; Sum Edwin Johnson, Franklin Roosevelt V.'hitaker. Jessie franklin Pipkin, William Pan-is Lucius, David Verncm Mll-| ler. Bobby Harold Forrest find I Pofirio San tana Vilhirrcal, nil of! Blytheville; Walter Jones ol Card- ; well; David Harold Vaughn of Dy- } ess; J. T. Yarbro and Jimmie D • Bellinger, both of Manila; Benny i Jack Ames, Thomas Elrier Holder and Clarence Herbert Lucas, all oi Luxora; William Harold Bureh oi Michigan City, Ind.; Jimmy Dow Cowan of Leach vllle; James Paul Muncy of Memphis; Joe Francis Kilburn of Elowah. Those listed as failing to report were: Jimmy Ray Davidson of Richland, Wash.; Darol Wheeler Lloyd' qf Torrence, Calif.; Jame- Clifton Autry, Jr., and Manuel ilhines, both of Chicago, 111.; William Boyce Carr of Ratio, Ark.; L. Z. Hodum of Joiner. Assembly Endorses London Pact PARIS (AP) — The 1'Yencli National Assembly today gave Premie r Pierre Memlcs- Francc a resounding vole of confidence, endorsing the London accords Tor West German rearmament. UnoUlewl reports gi\;ti the Pvo- niicr 3fi5 voles. An absolute majority is 3H. Members of the Premier's own Radical-Socialist (Moderate) party, various center and ri^ht of center groups, followers of Gen. Charles de Gaulle and most of the French Socialist^ made up the majority bucking Me-ndes-Frunce. Deputies of the Popular Republican Movement, a Catholic party slightly left of center .announced they would abstain. This nlUtude had been expected because the MRP, the party of Georges Bidault and Robert Schumnn, believes the London agreement does not go fa: 1 enough towiml the pollUail unification of Europe. Mi-ndcs-France had not counted on its support. Strong Support The Socialist votes, added to those of the Premier's own Hudlcul Socialist (moderate) party mid other center factions, pushed Mendes- Francc's total well above tho 314 required for a majority In the 627- scat Assembly. Virtually all Socialist deputies obeyed their council's order, although nearly half of them disregarded a similar dictate by opposing the defunct European Defense Community Treaty. The executive's resolution said Mcndcs- fc'nincu had promised to seek Ho- cinlisl-di.'sli'ud safeguard. 1 ; against a rebirth of German milUiirlsm. There have been increasing .signs oi a move to bring- the Socialists into M'niide.s-I'Vimee's coalition KOV- evMinent. The P r e m t c r hits expressed the desire for the party's .support and had made efforts to meet its position on both international and domestic affairs. Crucial Tcfit Mcnde.s-l'Tance slaked the life of his government on the confidence vole. Failure to gain a majority would moan his immediate rf.siKiiiilion mid possibly new na- lioiiiil fit" 1 )ions. .Success Would give Str KUKNCII on IMge 2 Traffic Violators Appear in Court Three persons were brought, he- fore Mimiripal Court this morninj; on charges of traffic violations In which two forfeited bonds and fin- other wn.s held in Jail while his \vas continued. The CUSP nf Bill Davis of Memphis charged with driving while intoxicated was continued until Get 19. He is bring held in the city jail without bond. Jane Ournow and Bill Cro.'ikno both forfeited speeding bonds of $18.15 and $10 respectively. 'Hazel' Lashes Haiti, Whirls Toward Cuba MIAMI, Fla. (AP) — Hurricane Hazel thrashed across the western tip of (he Republic of Haiti today and .spun northward toward the populous eastern end of Cuba, site of the U. S. Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay. Winds were approaching gtUe force over ens tern Cuba ut 8 a. m. EST and the Miami Weather Bureau predicted that In it few hours that region would Rot a full hurricane blow with gusts up to 115 miles an hour . Cuba's high mountains were ex- Wilson Man Killed at Gin Caught 1 in Press While Cleaning Fire from Cotton WILSON — A prc&Etmnn nt the Lee Wilson Cotton din Co. WHS killed last night when he was caught In the press while defining fire out of cotton. James Johnson, working ns "tic up" ninn on the press died about 1:55 a.m. today, a few minutes nfter the accident, according to Bcntlcy Rhodes, Osccnlu insurance agent. Mr. Rhodes snid that Woodrow McDonald, gin foreman, reported the accident occurred when Mr. Jnhnsnn climbed onto the press to rnmovc burning cotton from the press box. Wllstm Resident Reaching Inside the Inclosurc he WHK ctuiyht between the side of the pnvw and tho l-romper. Mr. Johnson lind worked at the nia Cor t,wn years and was a resident of Wilson. He is survived by MR wile, Ma- vnline, nnd n son, Pvt. Fred W Johnson of the Army. Funeral arrangements arc incomplete pending arrival of the family. Swift Funeral Homo is In charge. Weather AKKANSAS—Partly cloudy with .•scattered .showers and local tlum- nnns this afternoon and in Oiist portion tonight: cooler northwest tonight; Wednesday clearing and cooler. MISSOURI—Considerable cloiidl* .•MS s o u L h e a H t with stuttered .showers or thunderstorms; fuir to partly cloudy tonight and Wednesday; showers extreme southeast ending this evening. Minimum this mornlHK 71. Maximum yciitnnliiy- HB. Hiinrlnc ttimorrnw— fi;04. HdliiiOt today—5:29. I Mt-nn , and lowJ-VO.S. I'n.'CtpI tut Ion lnht 2'\ hourn t '••luy -nntio. I'rrclpiuthm Jim. J to tltln 7 a.m. (lute - This I);tl Last YL- Maximum ycBLi-rdiiy—05. Minimum this mornluB -52. I'rf;clplluUon January 1 to clrate — -V22. peeled to give partial protection to the aren which includes such important towns as Guantanamo and Santiago de Cuba. The Navy ordered all its civilian personnel to evacuate the Guantanamo Base, which sets on the underside of the eastern tip of Cuba. This is the largest U. S. Navy Base in the Caribbean. , Port An Prince, capital of Haiti, . escaped with 25 m. p. h. winds as the hurricane "eye" crossed the ; western end of the peninsula jut-' ting out toward Cuba and Jamaica. That point is about 125 miles from>; the capital. No Damage iceports No reports rmve been received here of the extent of damage on • the peninsula. The area is thinly ; populated. Winds of 115 m. p. h. covered only a small aven near the center of the hurricane but gales reached outward 125 miles in all directions from the eye. Huael now is 075 miles southeast of Miami. The Weather Bureau said there Is only a slim chance it will curve toward the mainland but the possibility has not been ruled out. After Cuba, the next land areaa In the path of the hurricane, U. It continues its present course, will be the southeastern Bahama Islands. Forecasters believe the mountain ranges of'Southwest Haiti may have disrupted the circulation of the hur- Scc HURRICANE on- rage 2 Studebaker Of 7955 Goes On Display More power for less money is the key to Studcbaker's 1055 line which went on-display today at Chamblin Salt's Co., A.'ih and Railroad street*. Prices of its 1955 models, Stude- biikei 1 lias mm winced, will be set at, ,$.'17 to $287 under those of similar '5'i models. Another Important change in the company's new production is the availability of the V-8 Commander in the low-priced field. Sharply increased horsepower, 24 different body stylos, n medium- priced President model and a stop up on the Victory Six horsepower to 101 are other features of the '55 line. In the new President scries, a 175- hnrscpownr V-8 supplies the power. Tube less tires are standard equipment on all models and body colors offer a selection of eight solid and eight two-tone combinations. Main body changes came in styling of hood nnd grilles. At Chamblin's formal showing tomorrow, favors will be given to children. Activity with Metaf Plants The main hangar at the air base is alive with activity these days as Blytheville's two new industries. Central Metal Products Co., and Blytheville Tool and Die Co. go ihead with "business as usual" «s they lay plans for moving Into their new uoraes. Both will move Irom their temporary quarters this weekend — Central Into Its new $250,000 plant on Elm Street and Blytheville Tool and Die into the building formerly occupied by the Grapette BotlSIng Company at 2012 West Main. In the photo at left, R Central Mete! official chats with some on-the-Job trainee; recently employed "y the new fai~ory In the puoto at right, James Gatlln, plant manner tor central Metal, Inspects a piece ol metal trim that has Just been turned out by the buffing department. And In the center photo, Mr. Gatlln along with Malcom Hole (center), and Hubert Hale (right), owners of Blytheville Tool and Die Oompnny, and an 'inldentlfler nployf 'extreme Infti Inspect a piece ot work bciuv turned out by tho tool and die firm for Central Metal. While entirely a separate concern, Blytheville Tool find ol* Company was brought to Blythevlll* by Central Metal to manufacture tools used by the mctnl firm. Both Industries wer« «o- qulrcd through nn Intensive search carried on by the Blythevlll* Chamber of Commerce. (A Courier N*wi Phot* F*ahm)

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