The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on February 22, 1956 · Page 1
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Wednesday, February 22, 1956
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OF NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI VOL. LI—NO. 280 Blythevtlle Courier Blythevilta Dally News Mississippi Valley Leader Blytheville Herald BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS, WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 1956 TEN PAGES Published Dally Except Sunday SINGLE COPY FITS CENTS $ 1.5 Billion Boost in AF Funds Urged By EDWIN B. HAAKINSON WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Russell (D-Ga) urged an in crease "of not less than" U/2 billion dollars in new Air Fore funds to meet the increasing air-atomic powers of Sovie Russia. Dulles Returns From Vacation; Due for Quizzing Congress Wants Explanation of Arab Tank Deal WASHINGTON Vn —Secretary 0 State Dulles conies home froir vacation today to face demand in Congress for an explanation o the administration's policy OJ arms shipments to the Middl East. ^ He has "been away fishing in th Bahamas throughout a row set 01 by the disclosure last Thursdaj that the United Stated was abou to deliver 18 light tanks to Sauti Arabia. The disclosure was fol lowed' by a two-day embargo on all arms deliveries to the Middle East. The tanks now are on their way to Saudi Arabia. Chairman George (D-Ga) said he expects Dulles to testify Friday before the Senate Foreign Rela tions Committee on the tank sale -and on what the Democrats have called the "on-again off-again' embargo. Congressional criticism of thi tank deal has come mostly from Democrats. Dulles has not been confronted with such a barage o adverse comment since his "brink of war" statement was publisher in Life magazine more than month ago. Some members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee saic that in Friday's session Dulles would be questioned on the "brink of war" Interview as well as- on the Middle Bast arms issue. Dulles went on a fishing trip to the Bahamas Feb. 12. NLRB End! Central Hearing Final decision whether employes at Central Metals Products. Inc., will hold a union election rests with the National Labor Relations Board In Washington, D.C. Company and UAW-AFL-CIO union officials pleaded their cases; presented testimony and filed briefs here yesterday with V. E. Burke, NLRB hearing officer from Memphis. Riley Quick, vice president and general manager of the auto trim firm, was chief witness lor Central Metals. His testimony was designed to show that future work at the plant would disqualify as bargaining agent because the number ol workers qualified for that union would not represent the percentage required. Work categories, too, would eliminate the union, it was brought out. Urion testimony, on the other hand, was designed to show-that UAW has been recognized as the bargaining unit and an election should be held. Shortening anticipated length of the hearing was agreement between the company and union on worker aruthersville -inds Whistle Of Sadie Lee CARUTHERSVILLE—That whis- ie Which used to be on the old river wat, "Sadie Lee" out of Memphis, as been found. It's in the Caruthersville offices f J. Ralph Hutchison, ginner. The •hereabouts of the whistle was earned Tuesday. . . Hutchison and his son, J. Ralph classifications to be used in case i Hutchison Jr., were both out of NLRB orders an election. town on business when the "Delta , .„ . . , Q u e e n" passed Caruthersville whether the plant will be unionized or whether it will be non-union for period of one year. somewhat higher than that," said in an interview; He is chai man of the Senate Armed Service Committee. He said he favors stepping u production of the B52, an intercon tinental jet bomber which he calle "the best deterrent to posslbl war," He also suggested an in crease in funds to speed develop ment 01 guided and ballistic mis siles. Quarlee Questioned For hours yesterpay, Russell an other committee members • ques tioned Secretary of the Air Pore Quarles and Gen, Nathan P. Twin ing, Air Force chief of staff, be hind closed *oors. Quarles and Twining describe as "austere" President Eisenhov, er's budget request for 16'/ 2 bi dollars in new Air Force funds. Bu they said it would be adequate Twining said he conditioned hi support of Eisenhower's Air Fore budget on an understanding it wi be increased next year. A screened version of their test mony was given to newsmen. Both Air Force leaders said th Communists had made greate gains than expected both in jet ai power and nuclear weapons. The conceded that Russia now ha more combat rjlanes, but they sail this country is ahead in quality am striking power — although the; told the senators the Com?nunist are narrowing the gap. Seeking Facts Russell, also a member of th< Appropriations Committee, sale that group would seek additiona facts about relative U.S. and Sovie air power when the defense money bill is acted upon later. "Both Sec? etary Quarles ani Gen. Twining were very frank in eiving the committee a very ful statement on progress of oui Ai; Force as well as their, estimate; of Soviet Russia," Russell said But, he added: "I am far from being reassured as to the conclusions they -read as lo the adequacy of, our pro gram." Quarles said the U.S. Air Force is "the most powerful striking Torce ever assembled on earth. He also claimed the Air Force bud get "will give us the means to :arry out a sound program to meel objectives." Russell appr rently disagreed saying: "I greatly fear that we are tak ing very long chances with the security of our country." Russell stated 'hat "according ;o our best intelligence, the Russians now are producing long-range bombers at a greater rate than we are." E'en. Welker (R-Idaho), a member of the Armed Services Committee, said he was "very iressed" by the testimony of Quarles and Twining. "It looks as though we are getting weaker rather than stronger in relation to the Russians," he aid. In Municipal Court Lawrence Williams changed plea, of not guilty to guilty in Municipal Court today and was fined .$75 for carrying a concealed ^capon, and petty larceny. •' Complaining 'witness, against him |was Clayton Times, owner of an Ash street cleaning plant. Both men ,»re Negroes. ; Times, in court 'sessions Monday and Tuesday, said Williams pick- id up three II bills from the store o*sh register when Times was not looking. The witness said Williams threatened him with a pistol when he w»« accused ol the theft. The cleaning plant owner shot ai Williams, he testified, as Williams ran from the store. The man was not Injured. not say why he wu changing hli pie*. In another case, Charles E. Llpt- eombu pleaded guilty to driving while Intoxicated. He was fined |100, cost* and sentenced to M hours In Jail. Queen" around 4:30 Tuesday afternoon. Purser Robert H. McCann of the "Delta Queen" had made public recently his wish to hear that old whistle blow again. But he didn't get his wish since the whistle was taken down from the gin four years ago. • . When McGann stopped here to hear the whistle toot in 1943, it was Sunday and the whistle couldn't be blown because there wasn't any steam up in the gin. SENIOR QUEEN, COURT — Sue Owens (rear, center) will be crowned queen of Blytheville High School's class of 1956 Friday night preparatory to -the senior class' two plays. Pictured around the table (clockwise) are Kay Jobe, Gena Gaines, Emily Damon, Miss Owens, Nancy Harris, Lue Owens and Arden Cuadra. Senior Class President Joe Bay will do the crowning. Maids' escorts will be Jimrriy Bratcher Dick Foster, Bobby Jones, Freddie Akers, Fred Hodges and Don Coleman. (Courier News Photo) At Alabama Arsenal: Forerunner of Mid - Range Missile Unveiled by Army By ELTON C. FAT REDSTONf 'ARMY. ARSENAL, Ala. (AP) — An ugly steel tube, capable of spannin Mildreds of miles at supersonic speed, is the forerunner of tomorrow's intermediate rang jallistic missile. , ences. Power, of course, will be a mean it would be as accurate a From this rocket-propelled missile, called the Redstone, the Army s evolving a weapon powerful enough to carry an atomic warhead to targets 1,500 miles away. The Redstone is estimated unof- icially to have a range of between OC and, 300 miles The Army says t is "very" accurate. By Army and Navy The Army, which showed the bedstone to visiting newsmen yes- erday, considers .it a progenitor, but not a prototype, for the intermediate ra'nge ballistic missile IRBM) being developed jointly by he Army and Navy. The IRBM may look like the Redstone, but there will be differ- accurate at one range does not major one. A mightier rocket motor than the Redstone's will be needed to fire an IRBM 1,500 miles. But the problem of power—and thus range —has ceased to be a major one "No Trick" Maj. Gen. John E. Medaris, chief of the newly organized Army Ballistic Missile Agency, puts it this way: "There is no trick to flir missile to damn ~riear ahy'disfance you want to. The trick is to keep it (the point at which it hits) within the size-of a.Texas county." The fact that a missile is very several times that range. Th guidance devices must be eve more precise to hit a target 1,51 miles distant. In Peace Tests For months Redstones have bee unoergoing test firing at the long range missile proving ground i tending seaward irom Florida. The Army has almost complete construction here of a huge co Crete tower which will-be able handle in-place tests of rocket e: gines developing up to - 500,OC pounds of thrust. Such power Is fa greater than any rocket moto known to be in existence todaj 923 individuals, Groups Honored: Freedom. Foundation Presents American Way of Life Awards By LEE UNDER VALLEY FORGE, Pa. (AP) — Freedoms Foundation -today turned the spotlight on wha t said were the best things done in the United States in 1955 "to maintain the American way ." Altogether, the foundation honored 923 individuals, organizations and schools for things ' ley wrote, said and did to preserve and advance America's freedom. But today only the top winners — a group of less than 50 — rowded into a tiny flag-draped arn to accept their awards from dm. Arthur W. Radford, chair- mn of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of taff. The ceremonies were held in loderntaed, Revolutionary Wa irn that overlooks the hilly fields here the tatter d Colonial army pent the bitter winter of 1778-78. Since 1849 It has been here since 1949 that ie independent, nonprofit founda- on has honored Americans for urthering the freedom won Washington and his men. by There were eight major awards, ut only one went to an individual, avid Lawrence, newspaper col- innist and magazine editor, who as presented the Freedom eadership Medal, the foundations highest commendation." Lawrence was cited for "his ontinuing courageous presenta- on of the facts of the world Com' lunist conspiracy" and for "his edlcated service to the funda- .entals of freedom." Other top winners included: . I. du Pont de Nemours & Co.; iwanis International; the Na- Davy Crockett Descendant Asks Information Regarding Family Mrs. Robert L. McGraw, a descendant of Davy Crockett, Is looking lor her mother Mid sister whom she hasn't seen since her infant days in Haytl. When her father died the family broke up and Mrs. McOraw was raised In Paducah, Ky., by a half brother who refused to tell her anything about her family. Her father's name was Pink. Brooks, a sawmill worker. In an effort to locate either her mother or her (rave, Mrs. McQraw visited Haytl In 1*32 but there was no record of her, or her death there. She also learned that her mother married a John Whlstman of Kennett on JUM X, UM, following the death of her first husband but hasn't been able to find out anything else after 12 years- ol search- Ing. Her mother was Laura Belle Crockett, a niece of Davy, she said. She learned that her sister Fannie who -"would be about 52 now, "married John Jackson of Singleton In Gideon July 30, 1914. Mrs. McGraw contacted the Courier News today In another attempt to locate her family, hopeful some reader somewhere might be able to assist her, . ' , ,' "It's awful," she 'said, "not to know who you are and not to know whether or not your mother, Is alive u dead," i tional Society Daughters of the American Revolution; Office o Armed Forces Information ant Education (an arm of the Defense Department); Boy Scouts of America; Americans for the Competitive Enterprise System, Inc.; and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Thousands of Entries A 32-member nonpar tison awards jury, headed by Dr. Ray mond B. Allen, chancellor of the University of California at Los Angeles, waded through many thousands of entries. They were aided in sorting the estimated 1( tons of material by hospitalize: soldiers at 'he nearby Valley Forge Army Hospital. Dr. Allen said he was "amazed and inspired by the evidence of creative work being done on behalf of freedom by people in every section of the country .in schools, homes, churches and business." Besides the eight major winners, the foundation today also honored the 18 top awardees in other categories. These Included Federal Judge Harold Medina, who presided at the 1951 New York trial of America's chief Communist leaders, for the best -public address on freedom during 1955, and the Chicago Key Club and the Chicago Daily News for presenting the best community program. Cooler Burglary Told COOTEB—Pop Benson's pool hall was broken Into here over the weekend, according to county officers. A small amount of change was reported missing.' Entrance was gained through a window. An investigation Is being conducted.- Coo/ Cache NUEVO LAREDO, Mexico W Neatly hidden In the alrcondltlonlng system of a Pullman of the luxury tourist train Aztec Eagle, customs officials found: Thirty-five'expensive dresses, 14 slcli-ts, 4 raincoats, 8 two-piece dresses, and 8 coats. The smuggler waj not apprehended. FFA Invites Parents For Look Around Sixty-five Blytheville Future Farmers of America members and their parents were on hand at BIythevllie High School agriculture building last night to take a close look at FFA functions. Vocational Agriculture Instructor Marian Spaulding explained various projects which his students have been working on during the school year. Guests saw the work shop which recently has been repainted, has a new ceiling, rebuilt bathroom, tool room, new gas overhead heating system and a new fluorescent light- Ing system. All this work, plus repair and painting of machines, was done by students. A film on prevention of rabies was shown at the session, which was concluded with serving of refreshments. Base Officer Hayti Speaker HAYTI—Lt. Col. Harold L. Brown of Blytheville Air Force Base will be the speaker at a meeting of the Methodist Men at the Kayti Methodist Church Thursday at 7 p.m. Bated as a senior pilot, he Is squadron commander of the 764th Bombardment Squadron (Tactical) stationed at the base. During World War II he served In the Pacific theatre where he flew nine combat missions. Included In his combat decorations are the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal. He formerly was stationed «t the Pentagon la Washington. Citizens for Ike Group Reportedly Linked With Campaign Gifts Probe -JACK BELL WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate investigators were reported today to have found indications that oil man Howard B. Keck made his biggest contribution in recent years to the national Citizens for Eisenhower Committee. The personal checks and bank 4 records of Keck, president of the Supertoi Oil Co. ol California, have been subpoenaed by a special Senate committee in its inquiry into a $2,500 campaign contribution offered by Superior attorneys to Sen, Francis Case (R-SD). Case rejected the contribution on the grounds he suspected it was offered to influence his vote on the natural gas bill. He voted against the measure, designed to iree natural gas producers from direct federal controls. President Eisenhower vetoed the bill last Friday, citing "arrogant" tactics he said were employed in its behalf by a small segment of the Dil and gas industry. Committee Set tip As an outgrowth of widespread accusations that pressure tactics were employed by both sides in the gas bill fight, Democratic and Republican Senate leaders have agreed to set up a special eight- member special committee. investigating It would have broad powers to jiquire Into campaign contributions, lobbying and any Improper or illegal influence, and would be directed to make specific recommendations for new legislation by next Jan. 1. A source close to the special committee looking into the Case incident said an examination of checks and i e c o r d s indicated 'several" campaign gifts by Keck, a supporter of the gas bill. This source, who asked not to be named, said the largest was for the national Citizens for El- senhower Committee. The committee worked .for Eisenhower's election in 1952. It recently has been revived. Chairman George (D-Ga) of the special 'committee said in an interview he hadn't personally examined Keek's checks and records and didn't know what they showed. Extended 10 Days He said his committee would be nteresfed only to the extent of 'determining if there wns any pattern of contributions made by Keck." The Senate yesterday extended he life of George's committee rom March 1 until March 10. George announced It, will probably wind up public learings next Tuesday. Witnesses to be heard then Include lawyers John M. Neff jexington, Neb.; Elmer .Patman f Austin, Tex.;' Joseph Wlshart Nebraska state Republican fi iance chairman; and possibl; feck. Neff and Patman are em ployed by the Superior Oil Co The committee has heard tha "Jeff, who delivered 25 $100 bill: o a friend of Case in South jkota, also donated $2,500 to the Nebraska committee through WSs iart. Patman testified he provided Senate Expected To Begin DebateOn Farm Bill Today By EDWIN B. HAAKINSON WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate may begin debate late today on an election year farm bill, portions of which are strenuously opposed-by the Eisenhower administration. Chairman Ellender (D-La) of the Senate Agriculture Committee, who predicted early this year that Congress would have a new farm program on President Eisenhower's desk by Feb. 15, remained optimistic. "I hope we can get around to voting early next week," he said in an interview today. Most of his colleagues seemed to think the debate would take considerably longer. The Senate Is closely divided OP some farm Issues, Have Precedence Two other Items had precedence on the Senate calendar today The reading of Washington's Farewell Address, an annual custom, and action on a resolution to authorize a broad inquiry into lobbying, campaign contributions and similar matters. Secretary of Agriculture Benson ran into a storm of critical questioning when he appeared before the House Agriculture Committee yesterday to plead for the Administration's program. No Official BiH Chairman Cooley (D-NC) accused Benson of ignoring the House group in submitting specific proposals, telling him: "You'v been in office three years and to this 1 day we have never had an official bill." He told Benson, too, with evident sarcasm, that in submitting new Legislation the secretary should "advise with your attorneys so you won't request authority you already have." Benson conceded that the proposed soil bank, a major feature of the administration's program, had . been , proposed earlier and that his department rejected similar measures last year. President Jokes On Golf Handicap THOMASVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Joking about his heart attack, President Eisenhower today played his second round of golf since he was stricken last September. + "He may go said James C. ut or Keek's personal funds 2,500 rejected by Case. the lunoway Balloon ^ow Over Africa OPPAMA, Japan I/B — The TJ. S, avy said today a weather balloon launched here Feb. 18 is nearly o Africa after crossing the Pacific, '>e United States and most of the .tlantic. The Navy reported the 40-foot gas 8C this morning was 700 miles eM of French Morocco, traveling ast-southeast at 30,000 feet and loving at about 140 miles an hour. The balloon's automatic instru- lents were reported radioing re- orts of 55-below-zero temperatures om that altitude. The balloon was if 15th launched by the Navy rom apan in its series of weather tests. Weather NORTHEAST ARKANSAS: Fair ils afternoon, increasing cloudless tonight and Thursday, contln- ed cool. High this afternoon, low mid 50s; lo wtonlght, 25 to 30. MISSOURI: Partly 'cloudy this fternoon; colder south; consider- ble cloudiness tonight and Thursay with freezing drizzle or light now west tonight and central and orthweat Thursday; little drizzle lUthwest Thursday; little warmer orthfast tonight and southwest •hursday turning colder extreme orthwest Thursday; low tonight -20 northeast to lower 30s south- est; high Thursday around 30 ortheast to 50s extreme southwest. Minimum this morning—30. Maximum yesterday—58. Sunrise tomorrow—fl :39. Sunset today—5:48. Mean temperature—44. Precipitation 48 hours (7 ft.m. to 7 m.)—none, precipitation Jan. 1 to date—14.M. Thli Date Mil Year Maximum yeaterdfcy—33. Minimum thla morning—U, Precipitation Jan. 1 to data—I.M, Here's Where Your Heart Dollar Goes Disbursements by Mississippi County Heart Association were some $400 more than collections in fiscal 1954-55,' it was revealed today by Bill Steinsiek, county chairman. An adult of the fund, prepared by a local accounting firm, showed that on July 1, 1954, balance was $2,083.77. On June 30, 1955, balance was $1,637.54. Total collections, less one uncol- lectible $5 check, for 195-1-55 were $2.789.85. Sale of a used EKG machine for $408.33 brought receipts to $3,193.18. Disbursements totaled $3,638.41, giving the $1,637.54 balance. Money was paid out as follows: Purchase of new EKG machine, $777.15; purchase of heart equipment for annual heat clinic, $239.60; osceola heart clinic expense, $219.30; Blytheville heart clinic expense, $411.05; Arkansas Heart Association, $1,368.12; University of Arkansas school of medical research project, $500; and evpenses of heart fund drive, $04.19. Algeria Violence Fata I to 24 ALGIERS French military convoy was ambushed In western Algeria today in a battle that left 19 soldiers and five nationalist rebels dead, French authorities reported. French reinforcements were sped to the scene. Losses were among the severest the French have suffered In any , single action' in the 15- month-old Algerian nationalist insurrection. In addition to the ambush this morning, French authorities said 41 persons had been killed or kidnapped in nationalist incidents in the past 34 hours. 18 holes today,' Hagerty, White House press secretary, as the President arrived at Glen Arven Country Club. It would be the first time since his illness that Eisenhower had gone a full round. Last Friday he played nine holes on his first trip to a golf course in nearly five months. Teamed With Pro As he did last Friday, the President teamed up today with the club pro, John Walter. Their opponents were Hagerty and John Jay (Jock) Whitney, New York financier and horse enthusiast who owns a plantation homt. nearby. Just before driving off the first tee, the President and Walter engaged in some friendly banter with Hagerty and Whitney over how many handicap strokes Eisenhower ought to get. Eisenhower was accompanied to the golf course again by his personal physician Gen. Howard M. Snyder. In reply to a question, Snyder said he had "no qualms" about letting the President play 18 holes if he decided he wanted to. Six Are Killed In Two Crashes WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. tf) — Six men were killed late yesterday in two crashes of military planes in south Florida. Five died when their Boeing KC97 Stratofreighter of the 1740th Air Transport Squadron crashed and burned at the Palm Beach Air Force Base. A Marine Corps pilot F killed when his Douglas Sky- raider fell 100 yards from the end a 'runway at the Marine Corps Air Station at Opa-Locke, near Miami. Names of the dead were withheld. Witnesses said the left inboard engine was afire when the Strato- freighter was coming In for a land- nig The plane struck the ground, nosed Into an embankment, flipped over on Its back, skidded across a road and burst into flames. USO Group Plans Airmen's Events Monthly events lor airmen were planned by the USO committee of the Chamber of Commerce at a meeting yesterday. First entertainment Is scheduled for Feb. 30. Airmen will be entertained from to 11:30 p.m. at American Legion Hut and Harrison High School :ymnaslum. Wives of U.S. Corps of Engineers employes will be apon- Additlonal sponsors for later events are being sought smong women's groups. Registration for Junior Hostesses was started today. In order to obtain cards, hostesses between the ages of 18 and 30 may register with Vera Goodrich at Franklin Press or at the Blytheville YMCA, city hall. Mrs. C. O. Redman presided •» the organizational meeting.

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