The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on October 19, 1954 · Page 1
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Tuesday, October 19, 1954
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OF NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI VOL. L—NO. 177 BlythevlUe Courier Blytheville Daily News Mississippi Valley Leader Blytheville Herald BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS, TUESDAY OCTOBER 19, 1954 FOURTEEN PAGES Published Daily Except Sunday SINGLE COPY FIVE CENTS Moses Denies D-Y Connection But Sees It as Big Deal for Arkansas LITTLE ROCK (AP) — C, Hamilton Moses testified today that the Arkansas Power & Light Co. had no official part in getting the proposed Dixon-Yates power plant at West Memphis. Moses, board chairman of AP&L, made the statement in testimony before the Arkansas Public Service Commission, which is hearing the company's request for a 13,900,000 annual rate caeier ns . The PSC began its public hearings on the request yesterday, A number of Arkaasas cities and Attorney General Tom Gentry are opposing the higher rates, sought by AP&L on the ground that the additional revenue is needed to guarantee it a six per cent return on its investment. More Jobs Moses told the PSC that AP&L's only interest in the controversial Dixon-Yates proposal is "a big interest in seeing the plant go to West Memphis (to) supply the state with more jobs and more taxes and give it a big boost for the future." The plant, which would cost about $107 million, would feed power into the Tennessee Valley Authority system to supply the government's atomic plant at Paducah, Ky. It would be built by the Southern Co., and Middle South Utilities, Inc., the holding company foi; AP&L. Moses acknowledged that he spent some time in Washington pushing the project. "Opportunity" "We felt that it was an unusual opportunity for Arkansas to get something very big and very worthwhile," he said. Moses also took note of the fact that AP&L's rate boost request was a major issue in the recent Democratic primary, calling it an "unfortunate involvement." "Probably no other company has been kicked back and forth between so many political opponents in so short a time. This not only will depreciate our most valuable asset — the confidence of the people — but will cripple the effectiveness of our operations. We are now threatened with several types of hurtful and punitive legislation." There has been talk by some members of the legislature of repealing the law which permits public utilities to put a rate increase Into effect prior to PSC approval by posting bond (o guarantee refunds to their customers in the event the higher rates are,reduced or disallowede. AP&L now is collecting the current rate increase under such a bond. Moses testified yesterday, during the first day of the hearing, that "first politics and eXtermly hot weather" had considerable bearing on the amount of opposition to the company's proposed Increase in See MOSES on Page 14 Salk Vaccine Set For 9 Million But Financial Risk Is Involved For Foundation NEW YORK UP) — The National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis, taking a "calcuated financial risk." has contracted to purchase enough Salk polio vaccine to treat nine million children and pregnant women next year. Foundation President Basil O'Connor ".nnounced the contracts yesterday. "The National Foundation," he said, "is taking a calculated financial risk In purchasing vaccine before it has been found to be effective." He said the injections will be made available free. Answer in Spring Authorizing- the purchases at this time, he explained, will make supplies available so that the vaccine can be given as soon as the results of tests of its effectiveness are known next spring. The foundation thereby will not have to wait 70 days to get the vaccine produced. Scientific evaluation Is now being' made to determine whether the Saik vaccine is effective in protecting against paralytic polio. The study is being carried-out at the University of Michigan. O'Connor said the purchase—to cost about, nine million dollars- will enable pharmaceutical manufacturers to retain specialized personnel and facilities, an.I thus be prepared to produce promptly a substantial quantity of vaccine to be available through usual commercial channels. He said the vaccine purchased by the foundation will be made available to all children who participated in the field trials this year and did not receive the vaccine; to pregnant women; and to the children who will be in the | first, grade i.ext year. ALICE HELPS RAISE THE "BIG TOP — One of the King Brothers Circus elephants, Alice, lends a helping hand as workers raise the center poles for the three ring circus which is showing in Blytheville this afternoon and tonight. Alice will shed her work harness and don bright-colored regalia this afternoon for the 2:30 matinee and again for the performance at 8 p.m. Barring transportation difficulties the circus crew was busy making ready this morning for today's shows. One of the three elephant trailers toppled over on Highway 61- south of Osccola while being moved here from Memphis but the three occupants and driver emerged unhurt. (Courier News Photo) GOP Runs in Sub For Stringfellow By JOHN V. HURST SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah Republican leaders last night named a prominent Utah educator to replace a self- confessed phony war hero on the 1st District congressional ballot. Then they withheld announcement of their choice for 25 minutes while top party officials pleaded with him to accept the nomination. Their action followed unanimous acceptance of the withdrawal of Rep. Douglas R. Stringfellow (R- Utah) from the race. College Head Selected to run was 62-year-old Dr. Henry Akious Dixon, president f ?f Utah'State Agricultural College, f '• Stringfellow appeared at the committee meeting last night moments alter the group voted to accept the withdrawal he hnd proffered only a few hours before. He received a standing ovation. Then, in a voice sometimes shaken by suppressed sobs, he said'. "I Apologize" "You could have made no other decision . . . God bless you for your courage and forthright action. . . In your presence I'd like to apologize." He said he had not confessed the bogus nature of his story of wartime heroism because "I just did not have the courage. I never found the way." But the evening's .climax came when harried party officials, after counting a ballot that had given the nomination to Dixon by an unofficial 73 to 19, learned that Dixon had left Salt Lake City some time before with a parting announcement that he would not accept. Pleadings Frantic telephoning finally located the educator in the home of a son in Ogden. Then, while some 92 members of the 128-man GOP State Central Committee milled about in a room on the floor below, top state officials took turns pleading with Dixon, his wife Lucille, and then Dixon again, to change his mind. Ironically, the call was taken in '' Set GOP on Page U Eight-Year-Qld Saves Life of Aged Woman WEST ORANGE. M. J, ftfl An 8-year-old immigrant lad was a hero today in the eyes- of a 61-year-old crippled woman he saved Irom serious injury after her clothing caught fire. Roald Eg&lcston, who came to this country from Norway two months ago and is unable to speak English, was alone in his parents' apartment yesterday when he heard screams from the apartment below. Running downstairs, he found Mrs. Ruth Davis with her clothing ablaze. He . beat out the flames and dragged the woman, who gets around on crutches, to a telephone so she could summon aid in the language he has not yet learned. Mrs. Davis, who suffered first- degree burns of the hand and face, told police her clothing caught fire from a kitchen range as she was preparing lunch. Sheppard's Trial Stays in Cleveland Defense Attempt to Get It Moved Is Rebuffed by Court CLEVELAND (AP) — The defense today renewed its request that the first degree murder trial of Dr. Samuel j H. Sheppard be moved to another city, but was rebuffed again. Dulles to Europe WASHINGTON fVPj—Secretary of State Dulles leaves for Paris today to join Western European diplomats in working out detailed arrangements for bringing West Germany into the anti-Communist defensive alliance. The United States, its military partners and Germany recently reached brond agreement on restoration of West German sovereignty and German rearmament. The task now is to reduce that broad agreement to specific terms. William J. Corrignn chief defense counsel, at the start, of today's session renewed his motion for a change of venue on grounds that public sentiment in Cleveland anci .surrounding Cuyaho»a County was unfavorable to bis client. But, Juduc Edward of j Common Pious Court, elinyint; to ; an opinion originally handed down in the first day of the hen ring yesterday, still held in abeyance final decision on whether the trial would be nio/ed. Cites Stories Corrigan introduced as evidence two files of newspapers continuing stories about the case. He also cited a debate between two Cleveland newspapermen on the handling' of the Sheppard story that was broadcast over Cleveland Radio Station WHK last night. The debate was between James W. Collins, city editor of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, and Forrest Allen of the Cleveland Press. The court then proceeded with the selection of jurors. Only one juror had been selected at the end of the first day of the trial of Dr. Samuel H. Sheppard, 30-year-old osteopath accused of first-degree murder in the bludgeoning last July 4 of .his pregnant wife Marilyn, 31. Attorneys estimated it would require a week or 10 days to seat a jury. Three Losses Sheppard's attorneys lost three- skirmishes the first day. William J. Corrida n. chief defense attorney, objected (o the seating of the first juror, Howard Barrish, because B.irrish said lie might give greater weight to the testimony of a policeman than to that of a layman. Judge Edward Blylhin ruled, however, that Barrish was entitled to consider the training of a witness in evaluating testimony. Earlier, the judge denied a defense plea to delay the trial and held in abeyance a separate- plea to move the trial to another county. He held that a postponement would not divert public attention from the case. Any action on the motion to transfer the trial outside of Cuyahoga County must wait until and unless it is apparent a fair and impartial jury cannot be picked here, Judge Blythin said. Dr. Sheppard sat quietly through this legal maneuvering at a table ii the center of the courtroom. Wearing a blue suit with a black knit tie and black loafer-type shoes, he looked straight ahead. Occasionally he toyed with a shoe or shuffled a pile of papers at his e'bow. Several relatives of Siieppard and of his dead wife sat in the last row of seats, the only row of spectator seats not reserved for newspapermen. During recesses, Sheppard's brothers, Dr, Richard N. Sheppard and Dr. Steven Sheppard, nlso or*, teopaths, walked forward and talked with the defendant, laughing once as he told them of wearing an old sweatshirt because his jail cell was; cold. Defense Attorney Corrigan es- tablished himself on opening day as one of the most forceful per- .soniilities in the courtroom 'Iniinti, He argued vigorously in .support ol hi.s points and even criticized the jndgo at one point on his method of examining witnesses. Corrigan objected when Judne ISiythin asked prospective jurors whether they believed in capital punishment. He contended the question .should be asked by the slate, if sit nil, ami that it Ini'lu- enced the jurors when the judge asked it. The judge overruled him. FTC Cites 17 Firms In Insurance Probe Konrad Adenauer Is Ready to Settle Tough Saar Problem By J OS K 1*11 K. DYNAN PAH1S (AP) — West Gorman Chancellor Konrad Adenauer arrived here today for a series of conferences aimed at bringing a rearmed West Germany into the Western defense system. The first hurdle he faced was the thorny Saar question. dotv.uu'V fli-w In from Bonn loss than five hours before the scheduled -start of talks on (lie Saar with French Premier Pierre Men- cle.s-France. The French leader has Hi\Ul tt scUli'munl ut this question must be readied before (lie French National Assembly will approve the Allied program for bolstering Western defenses with German manpower. Hope injrh "I hnve come to Purls with ft »rcMit deal or hope that these next few days will bring great advantages for peace of our peoples, for Europe and for the World," Adenauer said. The two lenders also were to discuss plans for ending Allied occupation of Germany, ..restoring German .sovereignty anci West Germany's vole in the Western defense setup. Their conference! was n curtain raiser on other talks designed to complete agreements reached ut the recent London conference. Other Topics Foreign inini.slur.'i of United Stale.'!. Great Britain. France and West ru'vmimy hope, to tigvcc tomorrow on amendments to the two- year-old Bonn Treaty restoring sovereignty to West Germany and ending the occupation. The Bonn Trenty originally was paused to (lie Ul-iated European Defense Community and must be altered now that EDO Is dead. Thursday the four foreign ministers, plm; live oUiwrt from Csuv iufa, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg and Italy, plan to draft details of a revised Brussels Treaty, Under this plan West Germany iinti Hnly will he mUU-U to UK; five charter members—Britain. I'Yance and the Benelux countries —to form n seven-power pact, Vote on Germany On Friday the North Atlantic Trenty Organization foreign ministers are expected ,to vote West Germany into the Allied defense .system. All these expected fictions are subject to parliamentary ratification in the nations concerned. The Saar, » small Industrial area between France and Germany long lias been a source of friction. It now has Us o\Vn rcuhno, linked to France in an economic union which the French seek to maintain. The Germans consider the Saar n part of Germany. ILs inhabitants arc German in culture nnd language. Adenauer and Mendes-Frnnce have not disclosed their plans for approaching the problem, but the Genvmn Chtuicullor IK expected to seek political freedom for the region's pro-Gorman parties. Men- des-Fniiiee Is believed to favor a form of Europennlxntlon under the new Western European union. TV Horror Probe Starts WASHINGTON (JT) — A Senate subcommittee opens today a public search for any relation between television crime and horror shows and leen-nk'i' crime. Television ex ecu U ves were ninoiiK those Invited to testify in the two-tiny hearing by n Judiciary subcommittee headed by Sen. Hen- ririckfion (H-NJ). Richard Clemlenen, executive director of the subcommittee Which has been probing causes and effects of Juvenile delinquency o s\ >'i:«r, th« first, scheduled witness, .said In advance he would review findings of the -staff. Russia's 'Soff Attitude Is Puzzling to West By TOM HOOK UNITED NATIONS, N. Y. (AP) Western diplomats from her allies and winning friends i for Russia. , V.'ith the current assembly .session still in the openiny stn^e, Uie Soviets already hnve made cooper- Uve beneath Russia's apparent alive gestures on disarmament, softening On iSSlies that have j Trieste and other issues mi which deadlocked U. N. councils for! thoy hnri lo "s ht ' pn »"''»»™^ First sign ~ f - - Ulf> ••• c - are trying to fathom the mo- Glowing Accounts of Holy Land Continue to Come from Crowds years. diplomats, who have of a .shift in Soviet. tactics came two wrck.s ;i«o when Vishinsky offered a disarmament plun based largely on the Fronch proposal!; which the Russians had bitterly rejected only learned from experience that (he Kremlin rarely wives ground on one point without trying to regain it on another, are lencJmg a wary j (ou,'",nonth s 'cl«rlil;i-. car lo conciliation *ua tern tints by ,,„ _ Chief Soviet Delegate Andrei Vish- iasky and hi.s nidr;.s. Aimed at Split These overtures—whi'ch pointedly exclude the United States—appear aimed at splitting America Ike May Call on Dems That's Prediction Of Texan Rayburn Pressed by Britain and Fr.-ince for concrete evidence a.s to just how far Russia was wMlini,' to t;o in agreement with UK; West. Vrh- offered in general terms to: 1. Withdraw;i'.'i loiJi-;-st;.nd- intf demand for an immeduite. tj;m on atomic weapons and a^ree to .start instead with .step-by-.step reduction of conventional arms. 2. A^ree to an inlermitinnnl disarmament, parley if the other powers concur, 3. Agree to inspection of Russia's arsenals "to the point iiff;^s.'.ary to insure the implementation of the ; disarmament phm." Ilefiisal But refused to answer WASHINGTON '/ft—House Demo-, era tic Lender Rayburn of Texas 1 said today he expects PrG.sid.imt i Eisenhower to consult Democratic j directly when Britain'* fielwyn leaders regularly if the Democrats L1()V(1 »«ked him whether Ku.v.iii wrest control ol Congress from ihe !wou!ti agree to esUbHshmenl ol ;v Republicans in the elections two, '-«ntrol organ empowered to enter weeks from today. j the nations concerned to sec whei.ii- Rayburn, who likely would re- i or they were carrying out pro- K»in his old post ns speaker of the'visions of the dfearinitim-nt phm. House if his parVy wins in Novenvl The climax came when Russia bcr, predicted to newsmen the! made- n conditional offer to co- Democrats would control the next j sponsor a Western proposal loi !'?r- by from 20 to 40 votes. Injther negotiations on disunmunent tlie present House, they have 235: and atomic control, seats to 219 for the Republicans I Canada—originator of the reso- and one seat occupied by an inde-: lulion to .set up a five-power .sub- pendent, [committee to continue arms talks Rayburn said the Democrats, if .-has been sounding out the Hn.s- in control of the next, j sians to sec how far they would would work out "a good program"! iniie down tl and push it to enactment. ' menus. GIowiiiK accounts of the wonders of Uie Holy Land Fxhibit .showing in HlyUiovlllr fit, 12<1 W. Main air .tprcndiiiK throughout Ar- knnssiR UmiuKh the praise; of c;n- ihu.siastic people who have visited UK- exhibit,. Now in its second wi-nk on display, it is dr',s<-Tlbf;d by hundreds as "Uic imtst. wonderful tiling I twve j ever seen." j The exhibit, is a miniature pan- |niiiiim ol Palestine during the time : of Christ. H dqjict.s fjraph)<:a)ry 124 scenes • itiul incidents from the life uf Ju\ MIK, pk-UiviiiK (iticli scene In such : lifelike (l':t;i!l thai it skeins the Holy : Land itself has been brought to San : Fi rmr.'i.sco. 1 Many visitors art; finding special mt', In the Holy Land Exhibit, for thf-y can clearly trace on the - jmminima the partition of Pales- j liny. i Tlic story of Christ portrayed In ; i*, I. 1 : done with the aid of 2,000 fiij- l lire. 1 ; scattered about the panorama, i v.ich d'.tinUly wrought, by hand, the \ moving figures are particularly In 7 ! t<:n:st f ntf. I The movements are startlliiKlV f lifelike and visitor/* never seem t,o lire ol walA-bin^ them seemingly ! plough '.heir fields, .sail.their boats antl re-enact the scenes made fa- miliar by Bible stories. The exhibit. IK npen daily from 1 lo .5 p.m. and nightly from 7 Lo 11 p.m. Tulane Panty Raid Termed A Success t nc i r proposed arnend- cally even if Democrats. those leaders are i He assumed, he said, that the] Concern In V S President would discuss le^shilion j us circles have voiced concern with concessional leaders period!-1 [nflt one Soviet prnvl . so _ t o limit the committee talks to the An^lo- Frcnch and Ru.^sian plans—would bar consideration of American recommendations for a control nr«an empowered to ensure compliance In arms reduction. Two Are Charged In Traffic Cases Two persons charged with traffic violations were brought into Municipal Court this morning. Hill Davis was fined $100 and cost and sentenced to 24 hours In jflil on a charge of driving white intoxicated while Ladell Walker forfeited $10.75 bond on a charge of having no driver's license. Vi-shlnsky uncorked another surprise last week when he gave an approving nod lo Ihft .sorccl Trieste agreement between Italy and Yugoslavia instead of hlii.sting H a.s expected. In the psust the Russians have demanded H full say In riny disposition of the Trieste Sec RUSSIA on I'agc U Hearing Is Set- On Filling Station Building Here A public hearing will be held at the regular meeting of City Council on Nov. 9 at 8 p. m. to determine whether or not a building permit will be issued to Calvin Carter .and Roy Gummlll for the building of a service station at Walnut and Division, according to information from the city clerk's office. A petition against tht; permit was tiled with the city clerk after notice of the application for a build- Ing permit was given several weeks Hgo as required for a permit to build n business In what Is considered a residential area. NEW ORLEANS '/II — Five hundred T U I a n e main students swarmed into girls dormitories last night and took panties in n raid which touched off a riot, rail, a fire alarm and wild confusion. Police, who rushed every avail- I ablft car !.o me campus, were met j by ;i barrage of rocks. The arrest ol lour KturtfMits for disturbing the peace and the threat of tear gas ensued before peace was declared. About 10 pieces of Href lighting equipment sped to the scone after :i. csill that one of the dormitories was on fire. It turned out to be a alarm. The KJrl.s offered little resistance. One girl said many coeds yelled encouragement because "it was good for school spirit. That was more spirit at Tulane than I can remember, A psychology professor told the boys, "I thought you were college gentlemen but you're acting like three-year-old kids. Go back to yovir lollipips." He concluded his speech Immediately when someone poured bucket of water on him from a male dorm window. False Advertising Is Charge By STERLING F. GREEN WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Trade Commission today accused 17 companies in the health, hospital and accident insurance business of "false and misleading advertising." • Together, the 17 firms—including the four largest in the field— represent iinmml premium payments of more Own .'100 million dollars, or about 1-3 of the total health and accident policies written on individuals in the country. Amon&r those named in the FTC complaints —which grew out of a 10-month nationwide investigation —were the Bankers Life and Casually Co. of Chicago (The White Cross), Mutual BencHt Health and Accident Assn. of Omaha (Mutual of Omaha), Reserve Life Insurance Co. of Dallas, and United Insurance Co. of Chicago. 3 to 5 Charges Each firm was charged with from three to five allegedly decp- tivc practices. Each was allowed 20 days to file replies. Individual hearings are to be held In December. If, after these hearings, the PTC nds there is basis for the charges It may Issue orders forbidding these practices In the future. FTC Chalnmin Eklward F. Howrey said the action is aimed at false or deceptive advertising claims concerning the extent of insurance protection and benefits payable. "Flood (»f Complaints" Howrcy said In a statement this first, broad Inquiry of Us kind grow out of "a flood of letters" sent by policy holders who he salt! complained the Insurance coverage they received was not the same as advertised. The PTC complaints attacked the following alleged misrepresentations : 1. Policy termination. A typical advertising elniin. It was charged, UUkK about "no aitLomnUr termination age . . . You and your family are covered from I to 75." Actunlly, FTC .said, most policies are renewable only <it option of the company and can bo canct'liHl lit Ujf. 1 end of any term for any reason. Extent Questioned 2. Extent of coverage. FTC said Mint, whereas benefits are advertised "for each sickness or accident," ninny policies pay nothing for looses duo to nervous disorders, venereal, childbirth, dental operations mid so on. 3. Maximum dollar limits. Advertising claims of "up to $525 for each surgical operation" are deceptive in many cases, said FTC, because tho full nmount i? payable for only one or two relatively rare operations. 4. Starting time of coverage. Although some companies represent insurance ;us being efl'celive when issued, FTC said, coverage for many .sicknesses is delayed until the policy has been irieffect for a time—.such as six months for tuberculosis ov heart disease. Difference 5. Health stains of the insured. FTC charged many companies slate they do not require medical | examination, but tail to say the ! policy dons not cover any Io?s hracruble to a condition which cx- ' Lsted when the policy was ironed. fi. Sale of a plan, Some com'( panics imply, FTC said, that many benefits an; obtainable from pur- of a single policy for a few cents n day, when actually several policies are required to get all the advertised benefits. ! 7. SOUK; advertisements offer ; regularly monthly income "even i for life." FTC charged, but only in See KTC on Patfe 14 Weather Liner Is Threatened LONDON (A't— The main Atlantic liner port of Southampton was threatened with a shutdown today by a Communist-backed waterfront strike aimed at every major shipping center in the British Isles. The 10-day stoppage already has closed the vast London dock area and sharply curtailed work at Liverpool, the nation's second blk'grs! ocean cargo port. Nearly 35,000 of Britain's 76,000 dockers are off their Jobs and 193 ships He Idle at Uielv moorlngi, ARKANSAS—Generally fair this iiHomoon, tonight and Wednesday; not much chance in temperature. .MISSOURI—Fair southeast partly cloudy west and north this afternoon; partly cloudy tonight and Wednesday with a few sprinkles northeast and extreme north to- r,iR' and northeast and east central odncsday; warmer west and north Wednesday; low tonight 3540 cast to 40s west; high Wednesday 60s southeast to 70s northwest. Minimum this morning—38. Maximum yesterday—72. Sunrise tomorrow—6:10, Sunset toclny—5:21. Mcun tt-mpcniture (midway between hlKli and low)—55. I'lrdiiiuitlon Jan. 1 to tills date — 27.80. Tills Dali! I.asl Yc»r Maximum yesterday—92, Minimum this morning—57. Precipitation January 1 to daM — 35.23.

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