The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on February 15, 1956 · Page 1
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Wednesday, February 15, 1956
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OF NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AMD SOUTHEAST MISSOURI VOL. LI—NO. 274 filytheville Courier Blytheville Daily Newi Mississippi Valley Leader Blythevllle Herald BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS, WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 1966 TWELVE PAGES Published Dally Except Sunday SINGLE COPY FIVE CENTS Flash Flood Rages Over Hot Springs HOT SPRING^ Ark. (AP) — A flash flood struck this resort city early today, pouring water six feet deep through the downtown streets. One death was reported. V * * The torrent, result of a 2'/ 2 -hour cloudburst, came at the start of Tornadoes Hit State One Dead Three Areas Are Struck By Twisters By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Tornado-like storms struck north central Arkansas last night and early today, killing at least one person, injuring three and causing-heavy and widespread property damage. The twisters hit three widely separatecf areas, with the heaviest damage reported in the vicinity of Morrilton. Storms also hit at Even- Ing Shade in Sharp County and near Heber Springs in Cleburne County. The Morrilton -storm, which smashed Into the Conway County communities of Cleveland, Sardis and Mount Zlon, killed an elderly Negro, injured his wife and an unidentified Negro. Numerous buildings were shattered or knocked from their foundations. Dead Is Verne Ashford. 67, who lived at Cleveland, 18 miles north of Morrilton. Ashford's 52-year-old wife, Ethel, was hospitalized at Morrilton with leg, arm and back injuries. 300 Yards Wide The twister which hit Cleveland about midnight, threw Ashford tbout 150 yards from his house, said Sheriff Marlin Hawkins. It was a miracle .more persons weren't killed or injured, Hawkins said. The funnel cut a swath through the community, population about SO, about 300 yards wide. Besides the Ashford house, which was reduced to splinters, three other homes were destroyed or damaged, along with numerous farm buildings. . The roof and a wall were ripped from the home of Mr. and Mrs. James Burrell, said Hawkins. They were not hurt, he said. The Bur- rell's-bafri was flattened, .pinning several cows beneath debris, he said. Within Morrilton. a town of 5,500, * barn and a garage Were destroyed by high winds. Residents of the area said the storm apparently changed directions, hitting Sardis and Mount Zion south of the city. Sheriff Hawkins said an unidentified Negro was injured at Sardis. Several homes in the area and the Mount Zion Baptist' Church were demolished. To the northeast, six houses were destroyed by a storm striking at Sugar Loaf Mountain near Heber Springs. Sheriff Oran Besely said about a dozen cattle were killed. The small daughter of Fred Nichols, a tenant farmer, was injured slightly in a storm .at Even- Ing Shade. Sheriff G R. Goodwin at least four houses were destroyed or damaged. The storms struck only a few hours after the U. S. Weather Bureau had lifted a tornado alert for most of Northern Arkansas. The severe weather had been expected as a cold front moved, into the state. Colder temperatures and occasional rain was forecast for the state this afternoon, tonight and Thursday. The forecast calls for a. possibility of freezing rain in northwest Arkansas. kansas city of about 38,000 permanent residents. A woman, identified only as Mrs. Hollie Barker, was reported drown when she was washed off the top of a car where she and her husband had sought refuge from the raging water. Police said the couple was camping about five miles northeast of here. The woman's husband, identified as Bob Barker, clung to a tree when the water swamped the car. After the. water subsided, police said, he hiked a mile to a farm house for help. He was hospitalized and treated for shock. The womans body had not been found early today. Washed Into Valley The car was washed into a small valley. At about the same time the flood hit Hot Springs, tornado-like storms cut through an area 60 miles north of here, killing one man, injuring two and wrecking numerous houses and outbuildings. The 1 ' opening of the annual spring horse racing meet at Oaklawn Park is only 10 days away. Early arrivals already jammed hotels and. motels. The rain, which started falling about 1 a.m. (CST', continued for about four hours. The National Park Service gauge here registered 5.74 inches of rain. Water flowing into the downtown district from surrounding hills caused the flood. The water coursed down the city's main street, Central Ave., smashed automobiles into each other and poured into a number of business establishments. Businesses Flooded The sheriff's office here estimate ed that 75 to 100 business houses were Ifooded. At -one cafe, police said, the water forced open the front door, swirled in and carried chairs out tlie door. , A bakery in an outlying area reported a loss of about $20,000 when water damaged sugar and flour stocks. Jack Ridgeway of Radio StaU' KWFC said the water in the heart of the city rose to SV 2 to S feet The sheriff's office estimated that the water stood at four feet over most of the town. The flood subsided nearly as quickly as it appeared. Early this morning, only the damage and wet pavement remained as evidence of the torrent. Oldtimers in the area said the flood rainked second only to the mammoth flood of 1923 when water from a cloudburst virtually wrecked the city. Prisoner Here Cuts Own Throat Bob Malone, held in county jail on a disturbing of the peace charge, was taken to the State Hospital in Little Rock yesterday after slashing his throat with a razor blade. According to the report, Malone, .about 50, was arrested and jailed Feb. 8 for "disturbing in the nighttime the peace and quiet" of a "Mrs. Pitts."- It said he used abusive language. Yesterday, jailers discovered Malone bleeding profusely from a sell-inflicted razor slash in the throat. -The man was rushed to Chickasawba Hospital and given emergency treatment.' Deputies then look him to Little Rock for observation as a mental patient. They said Malone secreted a package of razor blades in his cell. Adlai Takes Campaign Into Pacific Northwest SEATTLE liB—Adlai Stevenson took his campaign for the Demo- oratic presidential nomination to the land of huge dams and atomic •nergy today after telling an audience here the Eisenhower admin- irtration has left this country unprepared to cope with this new Communist expansion. Hammering at what he called tbt "frequent and foolish failures" of the Republicans, Stevenson told a 125-a-plnte Democratic rally last night that the desire for peace la not a partisan problem. "But there ar« crucial differences among M M to methods, pollciei and the vigor with which we shall pursue them," he said. "I am not one of those who feels, or sayi* (or partisan advantage, that all the administration ... has done In this field Is wrong or has wholly tailed. "But I am thocked when I read •v«7 ter ttet *> K wcit,... »d that whatever a Democrat says about the conduci. of our foreign affairs must be taken with a grain of salt." The former governor of Illinois told the audience of 400 persons that communism cannot be stopped by slogans or "a Republican chorus of .'peace and prosperity.' " The Communists, he said, are on the move, using "aid, trade, arms, good will missions, technical missions, student exchange's, athletes and neutrality propaganda" and "our government is unprepared structurally and divided philosophically . . ."... . •' • Stevenson's campaign travels take him today to eastern Washington, home of the Grand Coulee and other dams and the giant atomic energy commission plant at Hanford. Afterwards he will fly to Boise, Idaho, for further campaigning. REAPS THE HARVEST — Jack Thompson, Blytheville High School student, is shown getting the rewards due him for winning first place in the Arkansas Voice of Democracy Contest, sponsored by Arkansas Junior Chamber of Commerce. Presenting Thompson with his 21-inch television and $100 defense bond is Bill £Jtovall, who was chairman of the Blytheville VOD event., (Courier News Photo) Council Hires Collector In Fast Session Using its agenda system for the first time, Blytheville's City Council clicked along as smoothly as a shiny 1956 automobile last night as it disposed of business in precisely one Bean Meet Interest Mounting A four-man soybean inspection team from Europe may join formers of this area when tlie latter stage a soybean conference in Blytheville on Monday. George M. Strayer, executive vice president of the American Soybean Association who'll be on hand for the meeting, notified Keith Bilbrey of the chance the Europeans may be here. Strayer said the four-man team is making an inspection tour of bean facilities in this country and will arrive on or before Feb. 19. He said they are interested in attending such sessions as that scheduled for Blytheville for Monday morning at 10 a.m. Farm Bureau, Blytheville Chamber of Commerce and University of Arkansas Extensidn Service are joining in sponsoring the area-wide conference. In addition to Strayer, recognized as a national authority on soybeans, Howard Kurtz, of the USDA's grain branch in Chicago, and J. W. J. Stedman, from the fats and oils division of USDA, will be on hand. Bilbrey feels the meeting lucky to land those three. To Stedman has gone much of the credit for a successful export program of the fats and oils division, under which are bean shipments. Tlie European team—made up of one man from England and Holland and two from Germany —is here to see how soybeans are handled, graded, tested and shipped. Eight now, Bilbrey is wondering if the Junior Chamber of Commerce Club House on North Second will be large enough to handle the crowd. That's where the meeting is scheduled to take place, but Bll- t brey said today that mounting Interest may make it necessary to change the location. School Election Set in Leackville Identity of persons whose names are to appear on the March 17 ballot In the election for Leachvllle's three school board directors Is still unknown, Recording to Roy Dawson, superintendent of Leachville's schools. G: B. Ray's .five-year term will be expiring, while Norman Bailey and 3, W. McHaney lire completing three-year tenures. To be elegible for election, names must be petitioned by Feb. 35 " The $36,500 bond Issue on the ballot ha.i already been approved, and its appearance on the ballot again Is merely ity," Dtwwn Mid, "legal technical- In its top item, Council voted to nire Oscar Alexander at'$225 per month to collect .delinquent fees and licenses. ..Tliat...action ibhow.ed .staterr&nts by Mayor Toler Buchanan earlier this month that the city should irake an effort to collect some $25,000 to $30,000 in fees owed the city, but not paid each year. Council wrapped up its other business with 1 dispatch. It voted to withhold granting of additional taxi permits until completion of the special census and alsi tabled a discusion on parallel parking on Main until after a forma: report is presented Council and hearings can be scheduled. Council told representatives of Fred Paught, who is seeking to operate a grocery store in the 900 block of Clark Street, to check the city zoning ordinance and be sure the application qualifies under the law That problem probably will be back in Council's lap at the March session. There is some neighborhood opposition to the store. Buchanan named the entire Council as a committee to find a site for the city dump which must be moved from March 1. the Air Base by "I want the committee to report back to me in 10 days this is a most serious problem," he stated. The Air Force, Buchanan said, na? given the city ample warning as 11 said when construction on the base first began that it would expect the dump to be moved as soon as activation was underway. That lime, Buchanan pointed out, has long since passed. Council okayed a petition to close College Street where adjoins Hays Store on the east. It set the March meeting as a hearing for p'ersons objecting to closing the street. Now more of an alley, the street is 20 feet wide and, Fire Chief Roy Head reported, would mean little In the event of fire in the block. Buchanan asked Council mem bers to submit names of four men to be appointed to City Planning Commission. . • Three terms expire — those of E. B David, Max Logan and Wen- deil Phillips — and the term of the late W. C. Higgtason is yet to be formally filled. Buchanan said the men getting the most votes from Council members will get the posts. Tlie Commission has asked that Phillips be re-appolnetd "In view of his hard work for the commls- see MCCLELLAN on Page a Ike Off to Georgia To Make Up Mind Accounting of Ne/j Second $2,500 Gift Is Sought by Solon By JOHN CHADWICK WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Thye (R-Minn) said today "there is no question but what there will have to be an accounting" of where John M. Neff got $2,500 to contribute to the Nebraska Republican committee-last October. Jubilant GOI^Says He'll Run By JACK BELI, WASHINGTON (AP) — Joyful Republicans predict that: yesterday's reassuring medical report will convince President Eisenhower he should run again. ' Democrats voiced gratification at the extent of Eisenhower's recovery. A few of them maintained he will say "no" to a second term. Dr. Paul Dudley White, chief, consultant on the case since Eisen-. hower's Sept. 24 heart attack, said; he and five other physicians believe Eisenhower should be able to carry on in the presidency "for another 5 to 10 years." "Like all AmerlcsBS," said Democratic presidential candidate Ad-.' lai E. Stevenson, "I am of course delighted at the favorable report on the condition of the President's health." Johnson Pleased Sen. Lyndon B. Johnson of Texas, Democratic floor leader, said in a statement dictated from his home in Texas: "As a fellow human being who has gone through the same thing, I am very pleased that the medical report is so favorable, f know every American will be happy." Johnson suffered a heart attack last July. The Los Angeles and San Francisco stock exchanges—the only ones still operating at the time of the announcement yesterday—were flooded with buying orders. Sen. Duff (R-Pa) said he feels confident "the President will be a candidate again in order that he may continue the program he has so"'magnificently begun:" •Sen. Allott (B-Colo) said,'"We should thank the good Lord that He has answered the prayer of the people and has given the President a/i opportunity to be of further service to his country." Sen. Carlson (R-Kan) said he felt all along Elsenhower would run again "unless the doctors told him not to." Sparkman Comments Sen. Sparkman (D-Ala). the 1952 Democratic vice presidential nominee, said there is "a great deal of difference between carrying on the full load of the presidency and just staying- in the White House." "There's a great deal of difference loo between staying in the White House and cairying on an active campaign for the presidency," Sparkman said. "Tile President has indicated he will take thesi factors into consideration. When he weighs everything, I still believe he won't run." Sen. Olin Johnston (D-SC) said: "No man of his age has ever been elected president in good health and lived out his term. I fear that another term might be his death sentence." "In His Hands" OOP National Chairman Leonard W. Hall, who has been main- trade have set off some bilter rows talning Elsenhower will run, said) between the subcommittee and administration officials. The start of public hearings Neff. a Lexington, Neb., lawyer employed by the Superior Oil Co. of California, disclosed this contribution to a special Senate committee investigating a like amount he offered for the re-election campaign of Sen. Francis Case (R-SD) during Senate debate on the natural gas bill. Case rejected it. The bill, designed to free natural gas producers from direct federal price controls, is now before President Eisenhower for signature or veto. Saturday is the deadline, If Eisenhower should take no action by then, the bill would become law. The New York Times said In a Washington dispatch today Eisenhower is said to be considering a veto. It said that word came from industry sources and from senators who were on both sides during the long debate. Thye, a member of the special committee looking into the money offer to Case, said Neff was not asked the source of the $2,500 he gave to the Nebraska GOP State Central Committee. "The committee will find out before it closes its investigation." he said. Meanwhile, an air of utmost secrecy continued to surround the federal grand jury looking into the 02,500 contribution which Case rejected. Neff spent five hours before the grand jury yesterday and was ordered back for further questioning today. Waiting to follow him as a witness was Elmer Pajman of A tin, Tex., also ar> attorney for the Superior Oil Co. Patman and .Neff told the Senate committee they sent the money to Case with no strings attached. They said It came from the personal funds of Howard B. Keck, Superior Oil's president. The- committee was set up to investigate whether an Improper attempt had"* jeen made to influence Case's vote after he told the Senate of the donation, announced he had rejected it and would vote against the bill, which the Senate passed 5'-38. In a statement last night, Thye urged expansion of the special committee's authority to cover all contributions "having any possible relationship on the gas bill." AAcClellan Bjasts West's Mounting Sales to Russia WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. McClellan (D-Ark) today accused high government officials of withholding information about what he said are mounting free world sales of strategic materials to Russia's "war machine." » Opening public hearings of the Senate Investigations subcommittee, Chairman McClellan snid tain a statement the group has received^ "evidence that merchants of the free world are helping to build up Russia's military potential by tarnishing them items which are indispensable in constructing or maintaining a war machine." He said this trade volume has reached "very disturbing" proportions since a 1954 meeting in Paris at which the United States agreed to a relaxation of trade curbs. Obstacles McClellan said obstacles have been raised to his efforts to pinpoint the scope of the agreement and to find out what American officials consented to it. Prior inquiries into East-West in a statement that "the decision ,'. . is in his hands, andhhis per-j sonal feelngs and judgment will be the determining factors." Sen. Knowland (E-Calif), who has indicated clearly he will seek the GOP nomination if Eisenhower does not, said in East Orange, N.J., that everyone "will rejoice at the progress reported by the doctors." House GOP Leader Martin of Massachusetts, speaking in Ha- gerstpwn, Md., termed the medical report a "green light" and added: 'I believe ... the President will not fail to respond to what is almost a universal call of the people." First Monorail System to Open HOUSTON, Tex. an — The first monorail system in the Western Hemisphere, a 910-foot pilot test line, will be opened here Saturday. Tests on the specially designed system have been successful, says Murell Ooodll, president of Monorail Inc. He said the only other suspended monorail In the world was a 51- year-old system In Germany. Goodell's company plans to manufacture the skyway In Houston and to finance construction on a lease-purchase basis. Adults Help, Luxora Kids Get Trip LtJXORA—Thanks to the generosity to a Luxora. planter, 52 underprivileged children of this area got a trip to Memphis where they saw the Shrine circus. Both events were big ones for most of the children, many of whom had never been to Memphis before. R. 0. Langston, Luxora school board member, made the trip pns- •Iblc by purchulng ticket* tor Uie clrcua'., Then, the Luxora school district chipped In with a bus and plans were Ironed out by Mrs. J. I. Miff- lln, elementary school principal. Adults who went along to help included 1 Mr*. Mary Hemby, Mrs. Harel Long, Miss Freda Burgess, Charles Brown, Clay Manuel and Superintend*!* W. P. Wit. came after a closed-door meeting yesterday between McClellan and Undersecretary of State Herbert Hoover Jr. Neither Hoover nor McClellan would comment, but other subcommittee members, who declined to be quoted by name, said Hoover had advised strongly against a public investigation, citing possible , impact on U. S. relations with Western allies. McCIellnn snid the easing of the trade curbs "has been harmful to the security of the non-Communist world." "I would be less than frank," he said, "if I did not tell you that some of the informaiton that has been given this subcommittee" Extension Class Meets Tomorrow Second meeting of the Arkansas State College extension course— Biology 403. Economic Botany—will be held in the Junior High School building Thursday at 6:30. And. it was pointed out, fanners might be interested in the course. Elsewhere, they have taken the course as it deals in plant study. The course yields three hours of credit in science and is open to all persons Interested. Those who failed to attend the first session, may still enroll by being on hand for tomorrow night's session. No Boss MAYSV1LLE, Ky. I/H — The eight highway employes of Mason county have a workers paradise — each Is his own boss. W. E, Hall has resigned as road supervisor and the county'l reached any decision on noming any of the present em- ployes as temporary foreman. in preliminary closed-door hearings "as to the nature and extent of the relaxation of these controls over_shipments of vital and strategic material to the Soviet bloc is very disturbing." Heavy Machinery He said the materials include heavy metal working machinery, electric generators, minerals anc metals, and transportation, electronic and industrial equipment. McClellan said "We understand government officials are now beginning conferences on decontrolling and liberalizing the free world's trade with China," All U.S trade with Red China now is under an outright ban. He asserted that: "Heads of departments 01 tne executive branch of the government have thus far declined to give_.the subcommittee the names of government employes and officials who made recommendations and decisions. They have declined to make available to the subcommittee certain documents that the committee has requested, or to permit the staff to review such documents." Gets Green Light From Doctors WASHINGTON (AP) — President Eisenhower left by plane today for a Georgia vacation. He took off in his plane Columbine III at 10:35 -a.m. less than 24 hours after his doctors reported to him and to the nation that there is no medical barrier to his running again and serving another term if elected. The President was accompanied by Mrs. Eisenhower and her mother, Mrs. John S. Doud, and by a small staff including press secretary James C. Hagerty. The President appeared in high spirits. • They we're bound for Thomas- vllle, Ga., and a week's stay at the estate of Secretary of the Treasury Humphrey near there. The President planned to get In some quail hunting and perhaps some golf. "5 to 10 Years" How he feels after tramping the piney woods and Broom sage fields in pursuit of birds may determine his decision as to whether to run ;ain. Prom physicians who examined him, the verdict was that he appeared fit for "another 5 to 10 years" In the presidency. But the doctors offered no advice as to whether he should run aagin. "The choice is his not ours," Dr. Paul Dudley White, Boston heart specialist, said In telling a news conference late yesterday about the medical report he and his colleagues gave Eisenhower. ,-, The President's six doctors said in a prepared statement Eisenhower "has made a good recovery" from the heart attack he suffered Sept. 24, and his health "continues to be satisfactory." Eisenhower undoubtedly will give the physicians' report careful consideration before he makes his See IKE on Page 12 Bids Asked On New Route Of State 18 A narrow and dangerous 3.5 mile stretch of Highway 18 just west of Blytheville city limits will be rerouted and widened, according to an announcement from the Arkansas Highway Commission. The project was included in six highway construction jobs costing an estimated $1,060,000 which were advertised for bids yesterday. Individual cost of the Blythevllle project was not estimated. The stretch will begin just west of the iron bridge where the highway suddenly narrows west of town. It will proceed somewhat north of the present location, curving around to enter town on Main Street, going past the Rice Stix factory at Main and 21st St. One reinforced concrete slab span bridge, to cross the ditch, is included in the bid. Nothing to Indicate Letter Writer Is Spy LONDON W)—The British Foreign Office says a mysterious letter found in Cairo does not Indicate that renegade British diplomat Donald Maclean "was receiving secret U. S. documents from contact in the American embassy in Cairo. Sir George Young, chief spokesman, also said yesterday there was nothing to indicate that the author of the letter, identified as an American but not named, was engaged in espionage. Newspapers had suggested tlie letter indicated a possible spy link. Written in 1951, It was found last November in a book in the library of the British Embassy, where Maclean once served on the staff. The Foreign Office said the letter was "from an address in the United States, to a third person, clearly not Maclean." Young added that the letter was being investigated. ' ! In Washington, * state department spokesman said U. S. officials also were Investigating. The letter mentioned Maclean, who had recently disappeared when It was written on June 8, 1951. Maclean was recalled to London from Cairo In May 1950 for riotous behavior Including the wrecking of • U. 9. Embassy secretary'! apart- ment. After almost five years of staying away from Westerners he and his colleague, Guy Burgess, held a brief press conference in Moscow Saturday. Weather NORTHKAST ARKANSAS: Mostly cloudy with occasional rain and cooler this afternoon, tonight and Thursday. High this afternoon, mid 50s to low 60s; low tonight, low 30s to near 40. MISSOURI: Partly cloudy north cloudy and south today and tonight; Thursday' cloudy with scattered showers, south and east and snow spreading over northwest by evening; low tonight 30s northwest to lower 30s extreme southeast; high Thursday generally In 30s. Minimum this morning—53. Maximum yesterday—69. Sunrise tomorrow—fl:45. Sunset today—3:43. Mcftn temperature—81. Proclptlatlon 34 hours (7 a.m. to T a.m.)—.44. Precipitation Jan. 1 to date—10.07. This n»te Mil Vear Maximum ycoterdfty—«0. Minimum this morning—31. rreolpiutlon im, 1 W Mt*—Mr,

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