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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Tuesday, February 21, 1956
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIERIMEWS THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OP NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI TOL. LI—NO. 879 Slytheville Courier Mississippi Valley Leader Blytheville Daily News Blytheville Herald BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 1958 FOURTEEN PAGES Published Daily Except Sunday SINGLE COPY FIVE CENTS Farm Bill Debate Is Delayed Lengthy Fuss Over Money Is Reason WASHINGTON (AP) — De bate on the controversial farm bill, was delayed again_toda by/the Senate's prolonged a guments over the amount o money its committees ca spend this year. Senators already have spei three full working days in wrai gling about committee funds — chore that in the past often ha been handled in a single day. number of disputed allotments sti awaited consideration. Nevertheless, Sen. Ellender (D La), Agriculture Committee chai man, expressed hope the farm bi ' could be taken up late in the da and finally acted on Friday. Hilhly Optimistic But most senators considere Zllender's estimate highly optim istic, since farm legislation is on of the 'most politically explosiv Issues before Congress in th national election year. Trie principal farm bill fight expected to be over proposed res toration of high, fixed price sup ports on basic crops, which th administration strongly opposes However, there are numerous less er farm provisions to be fought ou on the floor. Unsuccessful Ellender, aided by Minorit Leader Knowland (R-Calif), ha been waging an .unsuccessful battl to cut the various committee re quests. The Louisiana Democra contends that the larger commi tee staffs grow, the harder it 1 to cut them, because he said the create work to justify their ex fcitcncK . However, he has not succeede In putting through any drastic re auctions in committee allotment. for this session, although a few groups have voluntarily^ accepte small cuts. So far, the Senate has vote $1.700,000 in extra funds for Its committees, plus regular annua allotments which amount to $111 000 eachJor most of the groups Central-Union Hearing Opens NLRB Official Hears Testimony On Union Election Central Metal Products, Inc., testified before an NLRB hearing officer today that prospects of future contracts will so change the character of its work that UAW-AFL- CIO union would no longer be the appropriate bargaining unit. Appearing before National Labor Relations Board Officer V. E. Burke of Memphis, were representatives of the company and the union seeking to determine whether a un- .ion election may be held at the Blytheville plant. Union petitioned for such an election Jan. 25. Company officials called for a hearing on whether it may be held and the hearing opened in the courthouse today. It is expected to continue until tomorrow. . Appearing for Central Metals were Riley Quick, vice president and general manager of the local plant; T. J. Bailey, office manager; Jim Oatlin, general superintendent; Vincent E. Skillman, attorney from West Mempis; and Prank C. Kenyon Jr., attorney from Kansas City, Mo. Represent Union At the union table were Lloyd W. Grady, of the international competitive shop department, Detroit; William Kimberling, subdirector of the union's state office, Little Rock; Carl Jones, international representative, Little Rock; and two local employes, Bob Cunningham and Willard Glover. Central Metals attorneys . first moved dismissal of the election pe-. tition on several technical grounds Including a charge that the union does not represent the required 30 per cent of permanent employes. A list of employes and' signed authorization cards was presented Burke. After examination he ordered the hearing to proceed on grounds the union "appeared to .have enough" authorization cards. He said final ruling would be made by the NLRB in Washington. Quick took the stand to testify that the company's future here .suggests "a completely different type'of business," to justify company assertions' that the UAW- ATL-CIO would not properly represent the employes. Liter Cancelled • , Quick said; that a Ford contract for auto trim, (rrinted in September, 1066, w»o Inter cancelled. The cancellation meant the loss of 43 per cent of'the btulneu, he Hid, Lad than M per.'cent of the temporary working force mil laid off M a result, he testified. He mid there are no Immediate prospect* for further automotive •work, but "decisions ar* pending" on several cohtracti for different rt, rtqulrlng different machln- •t* HAMN* *• rat* 1« I Reds'New Theory? 'Atoms for Victory Soviet Premier Urges Use of Nuclear Energy to Promote World Communism MOSCOW (AP) —-Soviet Premier Nikolai Bulganin today called on his party to use atomic energy to achieve victory for communism. He claimed the Soviet Union was/ahead o£ all countries in peaceful uses of atomic energy and urged his audience at the 20th Communist party Congress to keep this lead. Bulganin formally, introduced .the plan and assured sixth five-year the- of steam," Bulganin said, "the 20th Century — the age of electricity — ership of the party would continue, energy which harbors unlimited "If the 19Ui Century was the age I potentialities for the development Confab on 61 Settles Little; New Talks Set To change or not to'change the routing of U. S. 61 bypass of Blytheville was the question pondered here yesterday when members of the State Highway Department met with city and Chamber of Commerce officials. Little.was decided at the session Highway Director Hubert Eldridge agreed with local persons that no action should be - taken until the Highway Department received a final report from its consulting engl neers. B. A. Lynch and other members of Blytheville's Planning Commis sion were spokesmen for moving tht proposed route one-quarter mil( east of its proposed location. Lynch said the "logical" place to put the bypass, is on the Flat Lake Road. "Blytheville's potential growth for the next five years is the greatest in its history. We feel that lo- eating the new 61 route practically on the city limits (as the Highway Department proposes) will stop ;rowth in that direction," Lynch stated. Eldridge Replies To which Eldridge replied, "Our experience has shown us that these routes do not stop growth, but rath- attract it. The city will grow right on past the highway. I have no doubt of that. ^"Whaf Blytheyiile- should WfmSre interested In; is the facilities which will exist to get traffic across the throughway." Ellridge said he couldn't tell just what facilities have been planned "or the 61-18 intersection until he gets a look at the engineers' report. This won't be available for several weeks, at which time Ellridge plans o return and discuss the project 'urther. Jim Grain of Wilson and new member of the Highway Commis- ilon-told the group that "I've fav- »ed the Plat Lake Road route for his all along. But members of the Commission seem to be afraid I might have some interest in the ocatlon_of the highway and have •oted against me on this thing. "I think it's going to cost more money if they don't put it on the Flat Lake Road." Six Months Yet Construction, Eldridge said, Is ix months away at least and if the Commission feels a change in rout- ng is the best thnig to do, such a change may be made without ausing too much delay. Eldridge told the group, "It is rare bat a town takes much interest in project of this type as has Bly- heville. We are glad the city is linking of its future and has called s in to work out the best possible method to provide for this growth. "The job of the Highway Com- lission is to serve the best inter- sts of the people of the state.. I link we are all in agreement on fact that we want the best ossible highways for this area. To Study Facilities "I feel that any location will be f value to Blytheville depending n the interchange facilities offer- d the town." Eldridge later explained that an nterchange, in engineering par- ance, means a method of getting raffle over or under a highway without interrupting flow. He said he presumes some such acility will be located as the.18-61 ntersection. Others, he stated, light be made available, but only fter need for them is firmly estab- shed. ', Planning Commission Chairman John C. McHaney presided over the session, which was attended by Mayor Toler Buchanan, several City Council members. Highway Commission Chairman Cecil Lynch, Planning Commission members and members of the Chamber's Highway and Traffic Committee. of productive forces. "We Communists must fully place the greatest discovery of the 20th Century — atomic energy at the service of . building communism. In the peaceful uses of atomic energy our country is ahead of other countries. This lead we must keep in the future as well." New Victoria He said that observance of rules of the Communist Central Committee would "insure the party,from grave blunders and guarantee us new victories in the building of communism." The government chief, who shares the brightest spotlight with party boss Nikita S. Khrushchev, appeared to be reassuring the 20th Congress of the party that there is not now and 'Will not be a struggle for personal power behind the Kremlin walls. Bulganin urged the Congress to approve the new five-year plan for a big boost in Industrial production, y The Premier said the success of the five-year plan depended on a fundamentally correct policy in all fields. He praised Khrushchev's reference to the peaceful coexistence of Socialist and capitalist systems, See SOVIET on Page U Setback in Rhur Brings a Threat From Adenauer BONN, Germany (AP) — Chancellor Kbnrad Adenauer threatened-the rebellious Free Democratic party last • nigh with ouster from his government coalition in retaliation for the humiliating defeat they handed him in West Germany's Stay of Dog Track Order Is Sought Gentry Asked To Appeal Smith's Ruling richest state. The rightist Pre e Democrat teamed— up - with,- the > iopposttlofr Socialists in the rich Rhur^indus trial state of North Rhine-West phalia to unseat Premier Kar Arnold, one of Adenauer's chie lieutenants. The vote on a non confidence 102-96. motion yesterday was Socialist Fritz Steinhoff replaced Arnold, a founder of the Christian Democratic party. 'Impossible Situation' The tight-lipped old Chancellor Creepy-Peepy' Army's Newest Combat Gadget WASHINGTON I* — The Army as added to Its combatAirsenal a adget, It calls the "creepy-peopy" a television camera and trans- Itler designed for use in forward attle areas. One man. could move the 58- ound camera and transmitter to advanced position under .cover darkness, then withdraw to aafe- A receiver set up behind'the nes would record th* transmit- r's sltnal on a 10-Inch plctur* ube. Although designed tor combat se, "creepy-peepy" mlght;be used ommerclally for 'TV- coverage of at-brcaklng. news 'stories, prest- entlal nominating conventions and sporta events, the Arm/ uld. , New Trial Date Set for Booker First-Degree Murder Charge to be Tried On May 16 CAR0THERSVILLE — First degree murder trial of Lloyd Booker, 10, Holland liquor store operator, s set for May 16 in Pemiscot Coun ty Circuit Court. Defense attorneys' request for a continuance was granted by Judge d L. Henley yesterday afternoon after it was learned that two members of the panel of 24 prospective urors had been contacted in attempt to Influence them to work towards deadlocking the jury. Two probable jurors, H. A. Sprigg of Caruthersville and Bill Hamlett of Braggadocio, said unidentified men tried to get them to say they'd work for a hung jury. Reports Phone Call Sprigg said a man phoned him ast week. Hamlett said that two men saw him in person on separate iccasio'ns. The -second stranger of- 'ered him $500, Hamlett told the court. After Henley was informed an irregularity had occurred, he had members of the panel testify in open court one at a time and tell anything they knew about the interference. As a jury panel is selected for a whole term of court, anyone not connected directly with the courtroom proceedings of the case could have made the attempts to influence the men, Henley pointed out. He said three was no evidence that defense or prosecution lawyers had a hand In unusual methods of trying to get a hung jury. Henley said no such irregularity had happened In Pemiscot County In the past 30 years. Booker Is still free on 110,000 bond. He is charged with fatally shooting Thurnian Norrtd, Haytt truck driver, in front of a Holland pool room Sept. i, 1954. Norrld shot and killed, Booker's brother, Kennel, In Ittt. Kernel killed Melvln Klfer In UN. Marktti fo Clon HIW YORK Ml - Financial ami commodity market* throughout the United 8Ut« will be clos«d Washington's Birthday, Wednesday, Feb. told; the German Press Club las •fttgivl^M^ppeared,-.impossible 'thi his^Christian Democrats could con tinue, to cooperate on- a natlona level with a party opposing him on a state level. He said his party's national committee would examine the "impossible situation" Friday. Leaders Democrat of the alliance said they would expand their campaign to end what they termed Adenauer's one-party domination of West Germany.' Steinhoff said similar alliances might be formed to topple Christian Democrats In other states. The defeat cost Adenauer his absolute two-thirds majority in the Bundesrat, upper house of Parliament. It reduced from 26 to 21 his iron-clad voting strength in the 38- member house, elected by parliaments of the nine states of West Germany. Bare Majority But he retains a bare two-thirds majority on foreign policy and defense .matters. The five representatives from Bavaria, controlled by, an opposition coalition, are pledged to support him in those two key policy fields. The rising challenge to Adenauer's control comes as his government is preparing to push 500,000-man force for the North Atlantic Alliance. The North Rhine- Westphalia upset did not affect Adenauer's two-thirds control of lower-house Bundestag, but some of the rearmament bills must pass the upper house by the same majority to be constitutional. LITTLE ROCK (AP) — ' Arkansas Racing Con has asked Atty. . the cause of Gentry to ask preme Court to stay a lowe. court order which would fora it to license a new West Mem phis dog track before March 1 State Revenue Commissioner Oi viile Cheney, ex officio secretary o the commission, made the reques in a letter to Gentry yesterday. Asst. Atty. Gen. James L. Sloan said that Gentry, who was out o town, would reply to the letter to day. Urged Appeal The commission letter also urget that Gentry quickly file his prom ised appeal of Chancellor W. Leon Smith's order. Gentry is represent ina the commission against South land Racing Corp., which is seek ing an operating permit for thi track. Chancellor Smith has ruled tha the commission overstepped its au thority when it rejected Southland's application for a franchise on thi ground that the track wasn't "In the best interest of Arkansas." Only the Legislature, said Judge Smith, is. authorized to determine the state's best interests. On Peb 11, he ordered the commission to grant a franchise to Southlam prior to March 1. Suit Filed Noting the nearness of the dead line, the letter from Cheney said "We would like to Insist that you file the appeal . . . prior to the ex piration of the 20-day period, am that you request the Supreme Cour to stay the order of Chancellor Smith pending its final decision." Earlier yesterday, four Critten den County residents filed In Pulas ki Chancery Court a suit challeng ing the constitutionality of the state's 21-year-old dog racing law They contended the law conflict: with a constitutional provision pro hlbiting lotteries. The suit also argued that when the Legislature reorganized the Racing Commission in 1953, it dii J16J specifically .reaffirm Mission's authority- over "dog- rac Ing. ' ...... Southland constructed, as re quired by law, a $1,600,000 racing plant at West Memphis before applying for a franchise. Last December, the Racing Commission refused to .license 'the track. Southland then appealed to Chancery Court. Socialist-Free in the Rhur Blood Needed For Local Woman Blood is needed badly for a Blytheville woman in Methodist Hospital in Memphis. Friends of the woman reported today that she needs many transfusions and has exhausted a supply of donors. Persons interested may contact Mrs. Prank Kills. Job Applications Vanish in Hurry No more applications for special census takers, are available at City Jail, City Clerk Bill Malta said today. Last week, Malin put out a call or 40 census takers, 26 of whom will be chosen to conduct the city's special census beginning Feb. 27. Malin's supply of blanks was exhausted yesterday. He said applicants will be screened next Monday. Special Committee Probing Further By JOHN CHADWICK • WASHINGTON (AP) — A special committee probed further today into the use of "oil money" for political contributions while the Senate edged toward a broad investigation at campaign donations, lobbying and legislative influence. The special committee looking into the $2,500 offered to ind rejected by Sen. Francis Case (R- SD) during the natural gas bill debate called Joseph Wishart, Nebraska state Republican finance chairman, for questioning about a like contribution from John M. Neff, lawyer-lobbyist for the Superior Oil Co. 01 California. It was Neff, an attorney from Lexington, Neb., who made the offer to Case's campaign fund. Both the Senate committee and a federal grand »jury are looking into the contribution to the Nebraska GOP committee as part of an investigation of the proffered $2,500 donation to Case. No Strings Attached Neff has insisted no strings were attached. Testimony has been the money came from the personal funds of Howard B. Keck, presi- dent of Superior Oil. In voting against the natural gas bill, Cas'e said he did so because of the nature of Neff's offer. The incident figured largely in President Eisenhower's veto last Friday of the bill, designed to free natural gas producers from direct federal 'price controls. Sen. Knowland of California, the Republican leader, planned meantime to lay before the Senate GOP Policy Committee a proposal for a special bipartisan committee of six to undertake a broader inquiry. The Senate Democratic Policy Committee yesterday approved unanimously establishment of such a special committee; Windup March 1 Acceptance 1 of the proposal by the Senate apparently would wipe out prospective separate- investigations by other subcommittees. The new special committee would be expected to pick up the trail from the special committee set ap to investigate whether an improper attempt had been made to influence Case's vote on the gas bill. That group is supposed to wind up its work by March 1. Donald R. Ross, who resigned last week as U.S. Attorney from Nebraska, told the committee Neff had contributed $2,500 to the Nebraska OOP committee last October after talking to the state's two senators about the gas bill. With tears in his eyes, Ross testified, Neff had tried to hire him and to give $500 to his children in connection with the lawyer- lobbyist's activities oil behalf of the gas bill. Ross said he rejected Neff's employment offer and promptly re- See PROBE on Page U Grumbling in Congress; Democrats Say They're Not Consulted on Foreign Policy WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate and House Democrats grumbled today that the Eisenhower administration has been neglecting to consult Congress before making major foreign policy moves like the tank shipment to Saudi-Arabia.; /J '..'''':' ' For the moment at leastj.the issue of the-shipment itself took a back seat as some'Dem- ocrats used it as a springboard for fresh protests over what Sen. Morse (D-Ore) denounced ai "a -course.of fprejgn-policy by- secrecy." '- * But Rep. Judd (R-Minn), a,mem ber of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said, "I think they've consulted us on all that we have had a right to expect." The evident mood of some Democrats indicated that Secretary of State Dulles might be in for 'airly rugged reception when he s called to explain the how and vhy of the tank deal, probably later his week. The House Foreign Affairs Committee chairman, Rep.. Richards D-SC), ripped into the administration which he said "is still of the 9th century vintage opinion that n the foreign affairs field the House is an illegitimate member 31' the family, and a weak-minded legitimate son at that." Says Not Consulted Richards' outburst brought to the urface a latent resentment over vhat he says, is an administration endency to look to the Senate in .onsultation on foreign policy matters. He said he knew nothing .bout a Saturday decision to lift a irief embargo on all arms shipment to the troubled Middle East. 'As far as I know," he added, none of the House leaders were onsulted in advance either." Senators Spartanan (D-Ala) tforse said the Senate Foreign Re ations Committee was ignored too nd that Chairman George (D-Ga Senate Committee Wants Trade Data By G. MILTON KELLY 'WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate Investigations subcommittee considers today whether to try to force federal officials to disclose some details of the easing of East-West trade curbs. Sen. McCarthy (R-Wis) told the group yesterday a contempt of Congress citation "should be voted" If Secretary of Commerce Weeks does not' produce some requested documents, "and the case should go to the grand'jury." Chairman McClellan (D-Ark) in a stormy exchange with Philip A. Ray, Commerce Department general counsel, hinted he also might have in mind a test of executive agencies' right to withhold subpoenaed material. The subcommittee is exploring :his country's part in a 1954 agreement to end some embargoes and iase other restrictions 'on free world sales of goods to Russia. • nd Russia Strengthened At the ,time, the then foreign aid director, Harold E. Stassen to the relaxation. he spoke for the 'asn't notified of the original plans send 18 light tanks to Saud: See POLICV on Page 14 Senior Plays Open Friday- Blythevllle High School's senior .class will offer two unusual bits of drama Friday nlght.ln Minor Miracle by Verne Powers and Mind-Set by Merle BouKon, The former deals with a triumph of faith over despair for four men stranded In a life boat. The latter Is a comedy. Pictured above horn Minor Miracl" are James Rogers, Freddy Rounsavall, Paul Westbrook and Billy Peterson. Both plays are under direction of T. E. Rowlett*, Jr., with students directors Jan Mulllns and Carol •etman, (Courier News Photo) undersecretary of state, refused to turn over certain documents McClellan says should show who in Washington recommended that this country agree Hoover said Departments of State, Commerce and Defense, and the International Cooperation Administration, which administers foreign aid. Hoover agreed to provide at public hearings a list of items stricken from the list of goods embargoed for sale to Russia. Eased or Tightened But he said public disclosure of items on which restrictions less than a total embargo were either eased or tightened, or of items added to the list, would amount See TRADE on Page 14 said the net result would be of ad Vantage to the tree world. McClel Ian, however, contends Russia's "war machine" has been strength ened by free world shipments be hind the Iron Curtain. In a letter delivered to the sub committee, Herbert Hoover Jr. Weather this afternoon, tonight and Wednesday, a little warmer Wednesday afternoon. .High this afternoon low to mid 509. Low tonight upper 20s to low 30s. MISSOURI: Cold wave warning northeast portion; decidedly colder north and central this afternoon and over state tonight and south portion Wednesday with cold wave northeast portion tonight; temperatures will fall to zero to 10 above extreme northeast to 25-30 extreme southwest by Wednesday morning; partly cloudy south this afternoon; considerable cloudiness north this afternoon and over state tonight and Wednesday with snow flurries likely northwest this afternoon and «now flurries or light snow over most state tonight and Wednesday; high Wednesday 10-20 northeast to near 40 extreme southwest.. Minimum this morning—30. Maximum yesterday—50. SunrlM tomorrow—4:30. Sunset today—-5:48. Mean temperature—40. Precipitation 44 noun (T a.m. to 7 A.m.)—none, Precipitation Jan, 1 to date— I4.M. This Date Ust Ye>r Maximum yesterday—40. Minimum this morning—31. rreclprtatlon Jan. 1 W datl—J.*>, Skid Row Film Showing Tonight "The Street," a film depicting life in the "skid-row" section of Chicago, will be shown tonight, free of charge, at the Assembly of God Church on Ash Street. The film, starting at 7:30, is sponsored by the Blytheville Union Mission. Missco Men ToAIDCMeet Ben Butler, Osceola, Mr. and Mrs. B. A. Lynch, Blytheville, and Mi and Mrs. Billy Fox of Manila will be at Mt. Petit Jean tomorrow for a meeting of the Arkansas Committee of 100. Winthrop Rockefeller, Arkansas Industrial Development Commission chairman, will be host for the meeting. Lynch, Butler and Fox are Mississippi County's members to the committee. Real George Holiday in City County offices, the state revenue office and Blytheville banks will observe the legal holiday, Washington's birthday, tomorow by remaining closed. City Clerk's office will remain open, however, to conduct business as usual. Law enforcement agencies and the fire department will remain open a* usual.

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