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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Friday, February 17, 1956
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BLYTHEVILLE "COURIER NEWS THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OT NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOUBI VOL. LI—NO. 278 Blytheville Courier Blytheville Daily Newi Mississippi Valley Leader Blytheville Herald BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 1956 TWELVE PAGES Published Daily Except Sunday SINGLE COPY FIVE CENTS Park Money Request Is Increased Lower House Group Grants $15 Million ^ »T WILLIAM F. ARBOGA8T WASHINGTON (AP) — Foreseeing ji steady rise in- the popularity of national parks, the House Appropriations Committee today voted a sharp increase in funds to improve park facilities. Reporting its Version of the annual Interior Department appropriation bill scheduled for a House vote next week, the committee recommended spending- 15 million dollars for construction of physical facilities in national parks. President Eisenhower had requested only $5,200,000 for this purpose in his original budget. He added another $8,350,000 to that In a special request Feb. 2, saying the money was needed to start a 10-year program of improvements. More Visitors Tha committee, approving more even than Eisenhower's enlarged request, cited'an increase of about two million persons annually in the number of visitors to the parkc, with 54 million people expected to visit them next year. Continuing improvements in the highway system, plus added leisure hours for the public generally, the committee said, can be expected' to place heavier burdens on the park system. The committee also approved an increase of $470.000 in funds for the Forest Service to step up the program for sanitation and care of public campgrounds. The park and forest funds were included in a bill appropriating «415,9fi8,200 to finance the Interior Department and related agencies for the fiscal year starting July 1. From Land Leases The committee noted that the agencies covered by the bill will take in during the coming yeai an estimated $390,-385,000 in revenue, of Which $243,018,000 will go into the Treasury's general fund. Much of this income is from leasing of land andi rninerals,. - :•'• Largest allotment in the bill was $85,590,000 for the Bureau of Indian Affairs. The bureau of Mines was allotted $21,697,300, a cut of two million dollars. The National Pork Serv would get $67,688,000. For the Fish and Wildlife Service the committee earmarked $17,813,500. the full amount requested. It made no cut in the $95,773,000 requested for the Forest Service. Lady Bull (dog) Fighter-- Little Marion Leeds,. 15-months-bld, does a take-off on lady bullfighters 'as Brookhollow's Captain Kidd, 10-month-old English bulldog, plays the timid bull. The action took place in New York City prior to the Bulldog Club of America's annual judging for champion bulldogs. Captain Kidd is owned by Ernest Hubbard of Bed Bank, N. J. El lender Thinks Ike Will Sign Farrh Bill WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Ellender (D-La) said today he believes President Eisenhow er would sign the farm bill approved by the Senate Agriculture Committee. "I don't think the President will veto the bill," even if Secretary of Agriculture Benson urges such action, said Ellender, chairman of the Senate committee. Ida Tucker Dies in Osceola At Age 88 Mrs. Ida Tucker, 88, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. P. Hale who were pioneer citizens of Mississippi County, died of illness in Osceola Memorial Hospital this morning. Services have been scheduled for Sunday at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church. The Rev. Percy Hering, pastor of the church, will officiate. Mrs. Tucker was the mother of ex-sheriff Hale Jackson. Her father came to Osceola as a boy of 16 in 1855. His mother and nine other Hale children came to this section from Columbia, Tenn., In an ox-drawn wagon. Mrs. Tucker was a charter member of the Pansy Book Club, the first literary organization to appear in Cs^sola. The Osceola Progressive Club rrew out the literary group. Pallbearers will be E. H. Riley. Arthur Rogers Jr.. Ben Butler Sr., Fran!- Williams, Crrrles J.owrancp, L. C. B. Young and Bib Gilbspi?, of Oscsch, and Chester Lowrance. of Memphis. National Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Air Base Council Has First Sessions, Ready To Function By JIM COOPER Courier News Staff Writer Blytheville Air Force Base-Community Council began functioning this week as four subcommittees met Monday and Tuesday and mapped programs. What is the Community; Council and what does it do?" The idea was adopted by the Air.y- Porce, and readily endorsed by many cities near which Air Force Bases are located. -j ' Simply, committees composed of Air Force personnel and civic leaders seek to integrate servicemen anc their families into community life They want to make these citizens whose family heads are members of the Air Force, as much a part of the community as those citizens whose family heads are employed in civilian life. A SECONDARY purpose of the Council is to solve—problems peculiar to "Air Force" cities. These problems concern, chiefly, housing and the responsibilities arising out of citizenship. Meeting early this week were four advisory groups — Police, Health, Safety; Housing, Commercial; Recreation, Education, Religious, Welfare Services; and Publicity and Community Relations Committees. Results were: Police, Health, Safety— James Roy, co-chairman, presided. Base surgeon Capt. Preston -volunteered to investigate possibilities of setting up a blood bank here. Lt. Dazy, of the Provost Marshal's office, will- attend the next meeting of the State Disciplinary Control Board and will report at next meeting. ON SAFETY. City Engineer Dan Blodgelt was asked to investigate the traffic light-at 21st and Chicka- s?.wba and report if it can be regulated to pllow faster traffic flow.' helping to eliminate a bottleneck to ba?e traffic. Possibilitltes safe-driving school were discussed. "~rt meeting was set fcr March 12 ft BAPB. Housing, Commercial — Co-Chairmen Col. ". tr smith and. J. L. Sec AIR BASE, on Page 12 of establishing a 3 Crewman Die as B 52 Explodes and Crashes TRACY, Calif. (AP) — One of the Strategic Air Command's swept-wing intercontinental B52 jet bombers exploded high over northern California late yesterday. Three of the eight crewmen were killed. Four.parachuted to safety and one was missing. Three bodies were recovered from, the widespread, burned wreckage of the elght-mllllon- dollar nuclear weapon carrier which was based at nearby Castle Air Force Base. X wag the first crash of a B52. THe glanti are manned by crews of the earlier BS6 propeller-Jet bomberi. The all-Jet B52 was on a training flight. "There was an explosion when we w*rt over Sacramento," said Ifaj. Harold'F. Korger of Atwa- Ur, Calif., • one of the four survivors. "It knocked out the Intercom system. A few minutes later (tor* WH a Mcond explosion. 1 ; baited tat. ovl. W* wer* M tt.OOO "I didn't open my chute until I had dropped quite a distance I ted (Mtpwt «K BW helmet and had no oxygen sup- Korger, suffering .. ourns and a fractured arm, was .interviewed at San Joaquln General Hospital In Stockton, 20 miles northeast of here. He had landed 11 miles southwest of Stockton after balling out of the 600-m.p.h; bomber. .Farmer William Dedlni of Hope, Calif., who saw the bomber explode and one of Its wings blasted away, picked up Korger and rushed him to Stookton. The other three survivors parachuted to safety In this area, about W miles southeast, of San Francisco. They are MaJ. Michael Shay, copilot, Oary, Ind.; Maj. Blllie M. Beardsley, Merced, Calif.; -and Sgt. Wlllard M. Lucy, Sacramento, Calif. Their Injuries were minor. They were trnnaferro:' to I he Mr base It* MAN* *• F*** M | South Arkansas Hit by Storms Bur Tornadoes Fail to Materialize As Were Predicted By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Hail, a torrential rain and high winds battered, Texarkana and a small corner of extreme southwest Arkansas last night as 3 ;quall line, heavy with the threat of tornadoes, knifed its way across the state. When the storm center moved into Tennessee at 2 o'clock this morning, there had been no other reports of severe weather damage. • At Little Rock, the U. S. Weath. er Bureau said Morrilton had reported some hail and heavy rain shortly before 1 a.m. A lightning bolt struck a power transformer at Monticello, knocking out electric service to that city for an hour and a half. Power also was cut off at Warren and Star City. For five hours, however, the possibility of tornadoes hung over virtually all of south Arkansas. High winds destroyed a vacant frame building at the Sugar Hill community, six miles north of Texarkana on U. S. Highway 71, where the storm first enterqd the state. A few thousand yards away, the wind also blew the roofs off uvo barns at the farm of Ben Mizzell, and smashed windows in the fanner's home. Mizzell's flock of-40 chickens disappeared with the storm. Reporter Bob Mundella of the Texarkana Gazette said other damage to ,the community appeared to be confined to broken windows. However, a dense, tog moved in behind the storm, preventing a full investigation, he said. The fog created a traffic hazard on the highway .forcing automobiles to crawl along as visibility was reduced to about five feet, said state Trooper Charlie Boyd. The demolished building once housed a combination liquor store and apartment. George Brown who moved his family out of the structure only five months ago, .old newsmen, "If we'd still been living here we'd nil be dead." At Texarkana, the Gazette said that between 25 and 30 residents reported that hall ranging In size from "moth balls to hen eggs" shattered windows and ripped off sreens. A heavy ruin which followed the .0-minute hall storm temporarily flooded low-lying areas of the city, he water rose as high as 1 feet n .iijme sections., Scattered showers were report- id from throughout the state yes- erdny prior to the storm warn- ng, and temperatures hung In the mild 90s. The Weather, Bureau forecast showers snd local thunderslorms vi'h continued warm weather to- d*. * Benson has said he would rec ommend a veto if the final versio of the bill provides for a retu: to high, rigid supports. Ellender spoke out in an inter view after sharply conflictin views on the committee's bi were filed formally with the Sen ate late yesterday. There were fiv different reports from 15 member of the committee. The bill is sched uled for Senate debate next week Report Filed -Speaking for a slim eight-ma committee majority, Ellender file a 44-page report spelling out de tails of the billion-dollar-a-yea soil bank asked by the Eisenhowe administration and many features it opposes. - " The report asked Senate ap proval of the catch-all bill tha would increase government pric supports levels for wheat, cotton corn, rice, peanuts, milk and dair products. Opposing this in blistering terms five senators said a combinatioi of the soil bank . and high prlc supports "directs the farmer to gc in opposite directions." The soi bank proposal calls for subsidj payments to farmers who voiun tartly reduce plantings of crop; now in surplus. The committee bill would re quire the government to supporl prices of wheat, cotton, corn, rice and peanuts—classified as "basic crops"—at 90 per cent of parity The Senate committee bill would require also that dairy products be supported at 80 per cent of parity Under present law, the minimum level is 75 ner cent. Separate Views The minority repor: was signet by Sens. Holland (D-Pla), Anderson (D-NM), Aiken (R-Vt), Hickenlooper (R-Iowa) and Williams R-Del). Of the proposed return to high, rigid price supports, they said: "Going back to 90 per cent rigid price supports regardless of how :iigh surpluses pile up, is like eating more green apples to cure a stomach ache caused by eating green apples ..." Separate views were filed by Sens. Eastland (D-Miss). Schoeppel (R-Kan) and Hickenlooper. Schoeppel, from the wheat producing state of Kansas, said he agreed with most of the minority comments but might favor higher price supports for wheat. Hickenlooper protested that corn farmers would be unable to take part in the proposed soil bank. He renewed proposals for corn pro ducer participation which were rejected by the Agriculture Committee. Eastland took a separate shot ai high rigid supports. Base Theater Opens Saturday Blytheville Air Force Base theater hns its opening scheduled for 6:30 p.m. tomorow with the showing of "Meet Me in Las Vegns." open five nights per week, the theater will show a different picture every night. The air-conditioned structure seats 347 and is equipped with Cinemascope and a stage for other acts. Tlie theater will be closed on Monday and Friday nights. In Municipal Court Two speeding bonds were forfeited in Municipal Court today. William Hendrlcks, of Blythivllle Air Force BUM, forfeited a bond of 0. Robert E. S.asy, of BAPB, dla not aw*** oo a tiBklkr bond, U.S. Halts Shipment Of Tanks to Arabia Eisenhower May Play Golf Gets Limit of Quail By MARVIN L. ARROWSMITH THOMASVILLE, Ga, (AP) — President Eisenhower may play a few holes of golf today for the first time since Sept. 23, the day before his heart attack. -The word from his vacation*— Ike Takes Hand In Ordering Cancellation WASHINGTON (AP) — With the White House taking a hand, the State Department today canceled a shipment of 18 American light tanks destined for Saudi Arabia. It was not 'immediately clear whether the decision would quiet headquarters at Secretary of the Treasury Humphrey's plantation here was that Eisenhower hoped to get out to the Glen Arven country club, weather permitting. In six hours of hunting yesterday, he bagged the daily limii of 12 quail. He has been doing a bit of putting and practicing with his approach irons from time to time since Nov. 12 but hasn't been on a golf course. On Tuesday his doctors gave him a glowing report on his recovery progress and announced he probably would be able to play a few holes of golf during, this vacation. Hunted Four Hours Last,, fall Dr. Paul Dudley White, Boston heart specialist, said golf had nothing to do with Eisenhower's illness. He said the exercise at golf actually may have delayed the heart attack. The general impression here is that the President quite likely will decide in the next few days, if he hasn't done so already, whether to bid for a second term. He has indicated he will announce his decision about March 1. The President hunted for four hours yesterday morning, had lunch, got in the midday rest prescribed by his physicians, then hunted for three more hours. Walked Some He spent much of his time in the fields riding aboard a green- wheeled hunting roadster drawn by two white mules. He climbed down and did a bit of walking only when the bird dogs sniffed out a covey of quail. The President and Mrs. Eisen' hower and Humphrey and his wife had dinner at the plantation ast night with three old friends— William E. Robinson of New York, president of the Coca Cola Co., and John Hay (Jock) Whitney. New York financier, and his vlfe. The four men played bridge for a while after dinner. Nation Observes Day of Prayer NEW YORK (/Pj — "Oh great ipirit, whose voice I hear in the vinds, and whose breath gives life all the world, hear me." Millions of Cristians today will peak these words, part of a prayer written by a Sioux Indian chief. t goes on; "I come before You, one of your iany children. I am small and weak. need.Your strength and wisdom." The prayer was chosen for use n World Day of Prayer services, eing observed today in churches n 20,000 American communities. Many churches in 134 foreign ountries to which the annual event IBS spread since its start in 1S87 Iso will use translations of the ndian prayer. The prayer was writen by the ate Sioux Chief Yellow Lark. The observance, on the first Frilay in Lent, is sponsored in, this ountry by the United Church Vomen of the- National Council of Churches. Senate's Campaign Gifts Probers To Get First Evidence WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Lehman (D-NY) said today he will turn over to the Senate Elections subcommittee evidence of what he called "questionable pressure tactics" in behalf of the natural gas bill by a New York state machinery manufacturer. This was the first announced* response to invitations from Senate investigators for evidence of| efforts to influence congressional! action on, the bill to exempt nat- ! ural gas producers from direct federal regulation. Lehman opposed the measure, which the Senate passed last week 53-38. Pressure on Employes Lehman diet not identify the company he referred to, nor did he say its actions \vere "improper." But he said it had put "pressure on its- empl.ojes" to .,mail him postcards urging him to voti for the bill. He said the amoun of pressure used would need to be determined by investigation. Chairman Gore (EKTenn) anc mittee members, Senators Mans field (D-Mont) and Curtis (R. Neb), issued a joint statemenl yesterday announcing an inquiry they said Will go far beyond the natural gas bill fight. To Explore Fully They said they intended to explore fully reports "that selfish Russians Free U.S. Soldier Georgia Youth Held In East German Prison Four Years interests may have sought, may seek, by improper use of financial resources under their control" to influence the elections of members of Congress and leg -islative proposals. The subcommittee action followed a special Senate committee's investigation of whether $2,500 campaign contribution rejected by Sen. Francis Case (R- SD) during the gas bill debate was an improper attempt to influence his vote. Nicholson Leaves For Washington Blytheville Superintendent o f Schools W. B. Nicholson left today 'or Washington, D. C., and Atlantic Uity, N.J. In the former he will check on Drogress regarding the school dis- rict's application for additional fed- ral funds ... to be used in connection with the district's building program and other funds to be used or operation and maintenance. In Atlantic City, he will participate n panel discussions on the program if the annual convention of Ameri- BERLIN WJ—U. 5. Army Pvt. Sidney "Ray~ Sparks,23, — of Tennile, Ga., was released from, four years of Russian captivity today. He was turned over to Army authorities in East Berlin. Sparks had escaped with two other privates Dec. 4, 1951, from a West Berlin guardhouse. He was being held to face charges of being AWOL, stealing money and assaulting a German cab driver. Three days after the escape, East German Communist authorities said the trio had sought political asylum. But Austrian prisoners returning from Russian labor camps- last June said they had seen Sparks in a Soviet camp. They said he told them the Soviets arrested him in Berlin in 1951 . Sparks' mother Mrs. J. W Gladin lives at Tennille. One Court- Martialed The two men who escaped to the East with Sparks were Ray B. Schultz of Batavia, N.Y., and Charles J. Scott, Decatur, 111. Schultz returned from East Germany in June 1952. He was court-martin led, given a dishonorable discharge and sentenced to five years in prison. Scott has not been heard from since his flight. An Army spokesman said Sparks would remain In confinement "pending disposition of his case." When Schultz returned to West Berlin he said he and his two companions had signed defection statements on the promise of a Soviet officer that they would be released. Instead, Schultz testified, they were confined, accused Weather NORTHEAST ARKANSAS: Cloudy with occasional showers and lo- al thunderstorms this afternoon, onight and Saturday, colder Saturday afternoon. Sunday cloudy and ool. High this afternoon, In the Bus; low tonight, mid to high 40s. MISSOURI: Showers and locally leavy thunderstorms southeast and xtreme south and freezing rain or now spreading over remainder late this afternoon and tonight; mostly cloudy Saturday with shbw- rs and thunderstorms southeast nd freezing rain or snow over most f north portion; turning colder outheast and extreme south por- ion Saturday; low tonight 15-20 xtreme, northwest to near 50 ex- reme southeast; high Saturday 2535 northwest, to around SO extreme flutheast. Minimum thli morning—54. Mcxlmum yesterday—50. Sunrise tomorrow—6:43. Sunset tod»y—5:45. M««n temperature—M.S. Pratpiutlon M hours (7 a,m. to 7 m.)—1.80. Prwlplt.tlon Jin. 1 to dute—ll.M, thl* Date I.Ml Yenr M-xxtnumi yeslnrdny—M. Minimum this mornlnj—34. can A.T p ?ciation for School Admin- of being spies and threatened istrators. 1 with being sent to Siberia. all the clamor stirred up by an announcement just nine hours earlier that the tanks were to be shipped from New York later today. Nor was the reaction of Saudi Arabia predictable. At any rate, the reversal had the effect of blocking the dispatch of the tanks to the Middle East, where their arrival might have stirred new excitement and perhaps trouble in the Israeli-Arab tinderbox. Denunciations Announcement late yesterday that the tanks were to be shipped had brought denunciations from a number of Democrats in the Senate and from the Israeli Embassy the cry: "Utterly beyond our comprehension." News of the impending shipment was startling because the State Department, in delaying action on Israel's request to buy 50 million dollars worth of American arms for the past several months, has pleaded it wants to avoid an arms race in the Middle East. Further, It has said the sale of Communist arms to Egypt tended to upset the power balance in that. troubled area. Any shipment of American weapons to an Arab country wouid have given Russia a tailor- made argument that it 1 was all right for the Beds to supply arms to the Arabs since the United States was doing the same thing. Obviously with these considerations in mind,, .the: State,,.Depart- merit backtracked quickly. Shortly after 'midnight it announced: "All export permits of arms to the Middle East are being temporarily suspended pending further examination." In response to a query, Press Officer Lincoln White said he knew of no such pending permit except .that covering the tanks scheduled for shipment on the S3 James Monroe for Damman, Saudi Arabia. Word From Ike At about the same time, White House Press Secretary James C. Hagerty called in newsmen covering President Eisenhower's vacation retreat at Thomasville, Ga. "The President understands that the Department of State is suspending export licenses to that area," Hagerty said, adding that by "that area" he meant Saudi Arabia. He said in response to a question that in saying Eisenhower "understands" the action was being taken, he meant suspension was being ordered. Hagerty had said earlier he was trying without success to get in touch with Secretary of State Dulles, who is vacationing in the Bahamas. Whether he did reach Dulles or See TANKS on Page 12 BULLETIN HOT SPRINGS, Ark. W» — Aty. Gen, Tom Gentry today asked for padlocking of the swank Tower Club here. Gentry charged that open gambling and illegal liquor sales were carried on at the club with the "connivance" of state and local law enforcement officers. Rebelling Troops Capture Peruvian Town; Nation Under Martial Law LIMA, Peru (AP) — Rebel army troops claimed control of the east Peruvian city of Iquitos today but the government said the rest of the nation was quiet and "everything goes perfectly." major a standard bearer have failed. Un- The revolt at Iquitos, a Amazon River port 640 miles northeast of Lima, erupted yesterday. President Manuel Odria's government immediately declared modified martial law throughout the country. A government spokesman said other armed forces throughout the nation—army, navy, air force and police—remained loyal to the ruling regime. The* spokesman indicated also that some government forces were still holding out in . Iquitos region. He said naval forces on the Amazon, which have a base just south of Iquitos, are "not participating in the subversive movement and are remain- Ing loyal to the government." Political Unrest The outbreak came at a time of political confusion and unrest In Peru. National elections are only 3'/j months awiiy but no definite candidates have emerged. Efforts to organize a national convention at VMfcHM poMtei group to pfek der the constitution Odria cannot succeed himself. His term expires July 28. A rebel-held radio station at Iquitos claimed the city of 35,000 was in complete control of the insurgent forces. It said the revolt was led by Brig. Gen. Marcial Merino, commander of the 2nd Army Division with headquarters a member that ruled Iquitos. Merino was the military junta Peru after an Odria-led revolt In 1948. He Inter served as minister of Justice and labor under Odria, who was elected president in 1950. Merino's division rebelled, the broadcast said, "in order to return to the people the right of self-government." It said the volt's "objective Is to give all Peru ft government that will be an authentic expression of the people." All-Military Government Another rebel broadcast ac- A government communique said a political group of extreme rightists known as the "national coalition" is backing Merino. A government spokesman declined to say how many men make up the 2nd Division. Political unrest In this nation ol nine million persons broke into the open last December when na- 11 o n a 1 coalition demonstrators clashed with police at Arequlpa, a commercial center 95 miles southeast of Lima. A general strike followed. As a result of the strike, Odrla's Cabinet resigned and he named an all-military government. In recent weeks the governmenl altered the nation's Internal security law, permitting some exiled politicians to' return, Newspapers became filled wHh political stories and many editorials were sharply critical of th« government. The outlawed Aprlsts party published two organ* without Intcrfcrnnce from the |ov-

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