The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on October 22, 1954 · Page 1
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Friday, October 22, 1954
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OF NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI VOL. L—NO. 180 BlytheviUe Courier Blytheville Daily News Mississippi Valley Leader Blytheville Herald BLYTHEVILLE, AHKANSAS, FRIDAY, OCTOBER 22, 1954 TWELVE PAGES Published Dally Except Sunday SINGLE COPY FIVE CENTS Final APL Witnesses Are Heard $3 Million Rate Case Hears End LITTLtf ROCK (AP) — The final two company witnesses in the Arkansas Power and Light Co., rate increase hearing are expected to take the stand today. After the company finishes presenting its case, the witnesses will be cross-examined by representatives of groups opposing the proposed annual rate boost of 33,900,000. In yesterday's testimony before the Arkansas Public Service Commission a company witness testified that AP&L's rate base would be about 1 15 million dollars larger if it had been fixed by the same method as that of Southwestern Bell Telephone Co. S194 Million S.W. Kittleman of Pine Bluff, AP&I, budget officer and valuation engineer, said the company's rate base last Aug. 31 was 3194.951,746. If it had been calculated in the same manner as Southwestern ell, he said, the base would have been 8210,814,567. Rate base is the determined total investment on which a utility company expects to earn revenue. Kittleman told the hearing tha tthe commission earlier "eliminate from the company's accounts all amounts which did not represent cost as defined by the Uniform System of Accounts and, alter charging off these amounts, the company's books reflected only the > prudent investment in the property used and useful for electric SCENE OF THE TIMES — This early-morning tableau is one Seldom has a single collegiate football game imparted such grid lov- which was and will be repeated hundreds of times over Mississippi er to local fans. Loading above are Mrs. I. R. Coleman and Mrs. J. County this morning and tomorrow morning. Destination for ail will E. Stevenson, Jr., Mr. Coleman and Mr. Stevenson (left to right), be Little Rock where undefeated Arkansas and Ole Miss square off (Courier News Photo) before 35,000 in one of the top intersectional games of the nation. operation." The Method He said he understood South- vestern Bell's rate base was established on an evaluation of all plant and equipment in service, under construction and held for future ise, plus an allowance for naterials and supplies less a reserve for depreciation. One Killed, 15 Hurt In Crash on US 61 APL Slaps $2 Million Suit Against McLean Claim Banker's Testimony 'Malicious and False 7 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Arkansas Power and Light Co., today filed a $2,000,000 suit against Little Rock Banker A. E. Jacob Cliff Dresbach, 56. of Frenchman's Bayou was i McLean, charging that he made "malicious, false and slander- killed instantly yesterday evening on Highway 61 south ,oi' Wilson when the pick-up truck he was driving crashed into the rear of a truck carrying Mexican laborers, injuring 15. The accident occurred near the* entrance of Bassett Park about j 6'30 p.m., completing demolishing Dresbach's truck but causing neg Jigible damage to the other, ac cording to Deputy J. T. (Buster Wigley and Fred McKinley, state policeman, investigating officers. Riding on Truck The 35 Mexicans aboard the truck driven by Tommy Minor. 33 Negro, had been picking cotton on Island 35 and were returning to their camp. They were under contract to Grain Co. and were riding on a flat bed truck owned by the company. Mr. Dresbach was returning his Frenchman's Bayou home after work: He was employed by Wilson Motor Co. at Wilson and was driving a truck belonging to that company. It appeared that the truck carrying the laborers south was traveling at a slow rate of speed when Mr. Dresbach's pick-up, traveling in the same direction, crashed into the back of it, according to Deputy Wigley. Nine to Osceola Nine of the Mexicans were taken to the Osceola Memorial Hospital for treatment of minor juries while six were sent to Methodist Hospital in Memphis with more serious injuries, Trooper Me- Kinley said. The six admitted to the Methodist Hospital and their condition, according fo attending physician, are: Isias Lopez, amputated right foot and hadly lacerated left foot with possible internal injuries; Goteallo Rescendes, broken leg and arm; Elpidio Zarquez. broken collar bone; Estamirlodo Rodriquez, severe bruises on both legs: Roberto Mii-ando, broken leg and foot with lacerated scalp; and Migel Compos, lacerated forehead and two lacerated legs. , Transferred After lirst aid treatment the six men were transferred to John Gaston Hospital because of lack of space at the Methodist Hospital, according to Methodist Hospital officials. Nine injured admitted to Osceola Memorial Hospital are, Biccette Arega, 24, Betrdo Castro, 35, Cri- foro Hacon, 4J, Jose Aragon. Odrigo Allfro, 27, Jose'Guererro, 30, Domingo Ramos, 34, Manuel Segueroa, 33, Andres Ramirez, 47. Funeral services for Mr. Dresbach are incomplete pending arrival of relatives. Citizens Funeral Home of West Memphis will be In charge of the arrangements. A resident of Frenchman's Bayou all his life, Mr. Dresbach was a member of the Methodist Church. Besides his \vife, Mrs. Eula Chandler Dresbach of Frenchman's Bayou, he is survived by three daughters, Mrs. F. H. Barnes of Terrel, Mrs. James F. Rogers and Miss Frances Dresbach of Frenchman's Bayou; three sons, W. S. and J. C. Dresbach, Jr., both of Flint, Mich., John A. Dresbach of Frenchman's Bayou; five sisters, Mrs. W. A. Kllpatrlck Murder Suspect Is Bound Over Tim Banks Will Go Before Circuit Court in Pemiscot ous statements" against the* company, McLean, an outspoken critic ofjn period of time." AP&L policies and particularly the company's recent application for a permanent S3,900,000 annual rate Ritchie said McLean's testimony By SONNY SANDERS CARUTHERSVILLE— Tim Banks, Bragg 1 City Negro, was brought be- increase, testified adversely on the firm in :i hearing at Washington yesterday by the Senate Anti-Monopoly Subcommittee on the controversial Dixon-Yates contract. S107 Million Deal The proposed contract calls for construction of a $107,000,00 power plant at West Memphis, Ark., by Middle South Utilities, Inc., holding firm for AP&L, and the Southern Co. The AP&L suit, filed by Attorney Eugene Warren, accuses Mclean, President of Commercial National Bank here, of "trying to destroy the good name of the plaintiff." Board Chairman C. Hamilton fore Magistrate Covlrt heve Thuvs- j day on a charge of murder and was Moses , atel . to , d „ reporter the suit "in essence embodies many bound over to the Circuit Court. Banks is charged with fatally shooting another Negro, Elvie Ried- out, near Bragg City Monday nigh:. of last week. Preliminary examination was giv- i Thursday and Presiding Judge Sam J. Corbett, Sr., believed the evidence was sufficient to have him bound over to the Circuit Court. Bond was set at $5.000. However, he did not make bond and was corn- of the things said by McLean over "Ridiculous" Last night. AP&L President R. E. before the subcommittee was "so unfounded and so completely ridiculous that I do not care to make any further comment than to say catergorically that it is absolutely untrue." McLean was one of three Arkansans subpoenaed to testify lie- fore the committee. Former Gov. Sid McMath appeared today, and the state's .chief assistant attorney general, John R. Thompson, also ha. 5 been subpoenaed. AP&L became involved in the Dixon-Yates investigation because it is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Middle South Utilities. However, officials of the Arkansas firm have in-sLsted that their company had nothing to do with the proposal. AP&L Board Chairman C. Hamil- ton Moses has said th'at he worked lor approval of the plan, but only because he felt it would help Arkansas by providing more jobs and tax money. Under the Dixon-Yatcs proposal, the privately-owned power plant would furnish power to an area now serviced by the Tennessee Valley Authority, freeing more TVA power lor a government atomic plant at Paiiucah, Ky. It Was advanced as an alternate to construction of. a federal power .plant by TVA in the nreii near Memphis, Tcnn. McLean, long- a critic of AP&L operations, is registrar of the Hi'm's preferred .stock. He has been fighting the firm's rate Increase request, now being hoard by the Public Service Comintasion. McLean told the Semite uroup that AP&L was ordered to .seek the boost by Middle Soulh HO that the prevailing utility rate in Arkansas would br higher when and if the Dixon-Yates proposal is approved. He also altacked the integrity of tbn company and Board Chairman Moses in no uncertain terms. At, Washington, McLean told a reporter when notified .of the suit: "I am standing by everything I have .said. They've a.sked for it. We'll give it to them. I'll be ready with my defense." mited to the county jail. Charles Corbin, John Corbin, i Lattimore, controversial Far Eastern affairs specialist, was indicted in December 1952 for perjury on the basis of his testimony Junior Wilson were brougnt before j before the Senate Internal Secur- the court on two charges of felon- jty subcommittee then headed by Lattimore Case Hits Queer Snag WASHINGTON (AP) — The government's long-drawn-out case against Owen Lallimore entered a rare legal bypath today with the presiding judge calling for arguments as to whether he's biased in Lattimorc's favor. ious assault and on charge of tampering with an automobile. The trio was bond over the Circuit Court with bond set at $500 each. Cresencio Aquine, charged with felonious assault, waived preliminary hearing and was bound over 'Fixed Bias" the late Sen. McCarran (D-Nev). In the latest development in the .still - unsettled case, U.S. Dist. Judge Luther W. Youngdahl a.sked U.S. Atty. Leo A. Rover to defend today his accusation that YOUIIK- ciahl ha.s "a fixed, personal bias to the Circuit Court. The defendant [ ancl prejudice" in favor of Latti- was committed to the county jail. ! more. Rover has asked the judge Herdis Giles .charged also with \ to disqualify himself. ----< — 1; - ; ' Opposing Rover's move are Lat- timorc's attorneys, who say the request is ".scandalous" and unprecedented. It is solely up to the judge HS to whether he should disqualify himself. Rover's charge nguinst Youngdahl was filed Oct. 13 against this background in the lengthy proceedings: Procedure 1. Youngdahl threw out in May 1953 four of the original seven perjury charges agaiast Lattimore. The U.S. Court of Appeals subsequently reinstated two of the dismissed charges but upheld Young- felonious assault, waived preliminary hearing and was bound over to Circuit Court. Bond was set at £500.00 but be did not make bond. The .cases of the state versus James Knight and Roosevelt White, both charged with grand larceny, were continued until next Thursday. Also continued was a felonious assault charge against Odell Brown and a robbery charge against Marion D. Johnson. Age No Factor, Larson States PHILADELPHIA I* — Undersecretary of Labor Arthur Larson says the United States should forget the depression-born attitude 2 - Th e government on Oct. 7. hat the older worker should be re-' '°54. w «n a new two-count Indict- .ired to make way for younger: mem against Lattimore which, in men and women. ! effect, replaced the key count of Speaking here last night at thel tnc ° ld onc - Thc chilr S cs ""; ln:!t .hird annual Conference on Old! Lattimore lied when he said dahl 8-1 on the key count. Thi.s alleged Lattimore swore falsely before the Senate subcommittee in 1952 when he said he had never been a Communist sympathizer or promoter of Red causes, Age Employment, sponsored by Temple University, Larson said he principal effort should be aimed at permitting "workers to obtain and hold suitable employ- nent without discrimination lie- 1 had never been a Communist party and Miss Jane Dresbach of Mem- ncnt without discrimination ph!:i. Mr:<- L. W Stirev,.ill of Oil-Demise ol a:~:c as !o:": r-s th"y more, Ark.. Mrs. Sue D. Nicholson! to work and are able to do the,lo Yoimgdahl •nd Mln Nell Dresbaoh at Joiner.'Job." he follower of the li:ic or a promoter of Communist Interests, The word ".sympathizer," which courts had ruled to be Invalidly vague, was not contained in the new In- steadfastly maintained hi.s inno- > cence of the charges, is free un- j der the same $2,000 bond he posted j for the original indictments in 1952. j Agri Census Workers Must Take Course Mississippi County enutnerator:- Kansas City Bank Robbed Cool Negro Bandit Flees with $3,200 ,,. . . ., , Mlss Atlil ' !ls ™ » l w " rt "V • No - 2 ""^"B an " rccelvmi! window, | KANSAS CITY r;TV-A NoKro ban- i dit. waiting his turn a! a teller's •. window, held up Idler Margaret . , dams of the Grand Avenue Bank for the 19o4 census of agriculture , of ,j. cjt ,„„.„. aml „„, w|lh vnil be^m an intensive training l course next Tuesday in prepara-j tion for the start of the census Oct.' 29, Field Supei-visor Homer M. Cook ' r announced today. .serving a line of several customers. A course for North Mississippi I Wncn the bandit's turn came, he Comity pnumerators will be held a1,l shov «t » P"* 1 ' thrown the window the .first Methodist Church here i »nd^demanded: "J want your mo- and one for South Mississippi Coun- j noy -" ly workers will be held in the D. F.! Tcil( "' R»5 WittlR, at Window No, Taylor office building in Osceola., 1 5ilw what was taking place ancl Mr Cook stated ' called to Miss Adams: "Mai-carol Mrs. Ruth Afilick will, be crew j «»l out," With that, he Icfl, his leader for the North Mississippi • station. County Census and Mrs. Alberta j Miss Adams, frozen by fright. Taylor will serve as crew leader for i hesitated but then reached into her the south half of the county. j cash drawer and handed ihn ban- Both Mr.s. Affllck and Mrs. Tuy- ''"• several bundles of one. five and lor recently attended a five-day ten-dollar bills, conference In preparation for the I The robber stuffed the monny into census work. ' n ' s pockets, then slowly walked out, I U-aving three or four customers— j standing in line behind him—help- I less in shocked surprise. He walked i through the foiillrtinR lobby, past j the operator ol a cigar counter, and disappeared into Grand Avenue, you just south of 18th street, where the Ih .situated. Atomic Power Said to Be Safe BETHLEHEM, Fa. W — If happen to live near an atomic power plant, there's no need to foci uneasy, a scientist said today. They can't blow up like an atomic bom h, In fact, .said Harold W. Huntlcy. an engineer with General Electric Co's • Atomic Products Division, nuclear reactors for production oi peacetime power can be designed «(] i l >ev nrc as sifr- nv conventional German Arms Plan Faces New Threat » ¥ * * ¥*** France Wants Saar Solution By J OS K l f 11 K. i> Y N A N PARIS {AP} — French Premier Pierre Memles-Franco s;uc! today he will not sign the Western agreements on German rearmament tomorrow unless he gets a satisfactory settlement of the French-German dispute over the Saar — for which the outlook is not bright. The Premier made this stole-mcnls without gelt Ing a .settlement ment to reporters with the full bucking of his CubUiet, which a few moments before luul unanimously endorsed his policy juid actions in the conferences here this week. His statement, in eflect, set a 24-hour dondline for France and West Germany to come to terms over the future status of the tiny frontier area, which Is wealthy In coal and steel. Full Varlner Plans hove been made for the signing tomorrow afternoon of accords to restore West German sovereignty and enlist the Germans us a full partner In the Western defense system. The French Premier already has made it. plain lie will not submit these accords for the new Western European Union to the French Parliament unless there IB a Saar settlement. Demands Same As Mendcs-France emerged from UK Cabinet meeting. West Germany's government and opposition ten dors agreed on * joint position on the Snuv. reaffirming German demands which the French thus far have rejected. The French Cabinet scheduled another session tomorrow to hear reports from Mendes-Fnmce on the continued Snar negotiations he is fo have with West Gorman Chancellor Knorad Adenauer. New Conditions The Premier told reporters the West. Germans hnd confronted France with "n now .set of conditions" for a Saur settlement which he could not approve. This-apparently was a reference to the bl- pitrtisim German s t n t c m e n t handed to the Western Big Three high commissioners earlier in the day. German sources said the Sum* negotiations aro deadlocked despite a lengthy meeting between deputies for the Chancellor and for the Premier late last night. Before the Premier left the Cabinet session, a government .spokesman .said the German position had "stiffened" much beyond what had been feared. Ho said Hint if Mendes-Francc .signed other agree- Hangar Bids Will Be Asked Half-Million Dollar Structure for City's New Air Force Base Corps of EMKinrjnr.s in Lilt.Ir Rork will for bids nr>;t uerk for ;t half million dollar hangar for Blytheville Air Force Base. Co). Slaunton Brown, Little Rock District Engineer, said today plans and .specifications will be avalabh; for prospective bidders on Oct.. U9 and bids will bo received about Nov. 23. ThP hmiKiir will be of st«p] frame construction and with roof and sitlw of corrugated sUifil or corrUKatf.-d aluminum at the option of thfi contractor. The building will be about, 150 by 23fi feet in .size and is to bo completed with interior electrical, plum- bint,', heating and ventilating systems. In addition, the contractor will construct exterior electrical work, wnl,fr lines. gas line, sewer line, a sewage lift .station, and parking area and driveway. The: construction time under the contract according to Colonel Brown, will be 270 days alter issuance to the contractor of thi: notice to proceed. of the Stxtu- Issue, it is "evident" that tho National Assembly mifiht refuse to ratify them. Ask Freedom Adenauer met for more than an hour today with Socialist party Erich OUenhnuiT to frnim? the German bipartisan ap- prunch on the Snnr. Their demands wero reported to include political freedom for pro-German parties in live Saar, closer ecnomic relations with Snnrhuiclcrs and French recognition that the Saar regime is only a provisional one subject, to review in a final German peace treaty. ForciRn ministers from nine Western nations not over their worst difficulties yesterday by Sec GERMAN on rage 12 . . . Mrs. Ira Gray , . . If s thfi library that count* . . . For 20 Years, Library Wor/c Mrs. Gray's Life lly GKOKCiK ANDKKSON Courier NPIVB Staff Writer Twenty years ago this week, the Blythoville Public Li- hrary promolufl its assistant to head librarian ami from that lime to tlio present, the cultural and intellectual contribution made by the library lo I he people of Hlylheville has been up- pennosi. in the mind of Mrs. Ira Gray. Uovdlopmenl, ami cnnvlli of Mid*. -- , library has bci'ii I hi' consuming passion in Mrs Gray's life' since shr took over ilK flin-cLion in 19:M Shr had been assistant for l,wo ynti-.s prior 1.0 llr.u, time, replacine, Miv H, A. Smith as head librarian when Mr.s. HoiiUi moved lo Little Hock. Al. that time Die library wns housed In the old Lwo-filory framo house on the Kite ol the present. building- The library had moved there in 11)24. Heart Program Set to Expand Association Votes To Buy New Equipment 'Dif ExraiUve Committee of fch« Mississippi County Heart A.ssocia- Mon. iit, a meeting here last, night, TVI'irAI.M'. Mrs Grity was more i uppruvcd expenditure of funds for Interested m talking about the li- purchasing of additional equipment brary than nbout herselt v.'lu;n we went around to Interview her foi this sujry. The wi/encd HUli' lad;,, who is old enough lo lo tell her agr, yet. youn^' enough .still U> i hfue a twinkle in her eye, is justly proud ol the library and wh;M, it ha.s men til to fllytheville in i.lie past decades. A native ol Tennessee, Mrs. Gray \ came to I31y(hev!lle to teach school in IB Hi after teaching a year each ! at, Forked Deer ;md Pleasant View, I ".Mrs. Gray is a sisle.r ol Miw, Rosa i sponsorship of Mississippi County Hardy, high school .supervisor. She ! H( ' ;ir( ' AsMiaaMon. ;anif.: to Blythevllle "\w-\ rt W!Ut "»"""» {1 '' d at last nights Film Gets Clearance MANILA '/K — President Ramon MaHsaysn, last iilnht lifted the ban on the Hollywood film "Viva Zapata" and approved It for RCncrnl release IhroiiKhout the Philippines. Although .shown in Manila, it had '?n bitP'Td !-rn r"'' "T in Hie ni a meeting °' ^'c provinces on L;rounds it "tended Meanwhile, Lattlmtta, who has | American Society oi Engineers. I to create unrest. Car Strippers M It Again In Blytheville City and county officers wore looking this morning for anyone who ini'Kht have .seen a 1951 blue, two- door Plymouth boiiiR pushed by another vehicle Tuesday night in thr: eastern section of tov/n. The car belong to Mrs. Helen Sportielln oT 502 East Cherry »nd was .stolen from her home around 8:30 Tuesday nJRht. It was located Inter on the Flat Luke Road off Highway 18 east of Blytheville with all flvc tires and wheels missing. Investigation showed that Mr.s. SportlcUo'ft car was apparently pushed out of the drive into the .street itiul then pushed by another car to the .spot where It was found, •According to Information from tho. .sheriff's office. Anyone seeing one car pushing iinolher In thai vicinity and al, Mint, time nrf bdnfi asked to report the information bo th« ^i or ill's office. t.o be used at liciirt clinics lo bo Jn-ld periodically m Blytheville, Os- reola and Manila. The heart clinics, which hiivo been held annually in Blytheville. will be extended Hits year to include similar sessions in Manila and Os- Ceola. Although di-finile dates huve not been sel,. a clinic: will he conducted iii Oseenla next month and one in Manila in Demember. The dimes will be under the said slur cause Miss Hai'dy was ovt:r iiere." "SIIK WAS OVKR here teachitui school, JUKI they nettdfrfl twu lifrs very badly," Mrs. Gray recalled. Alter graduating from Browns- viile. Ti'nn., hiuh school, Mrs, Gvny atf.ended MCFI at Jackson, Tenn., and Memphis State, Collie. She laut'hlii(;ly recalls lhaL MCFI, v.'hiln actually standing for Methodist Conference Female institute, wfis more often called Magnificent Collection of Female Idiots, by its fun-loving students. Shfi also has .studied library science through University of Minnesota correspondence courses. m inn, owned and sfcr Company here. At, that time he. still used mules and wagnn.s, though he later changed to trucks. He retired from the transfer basinets in JJ51. After teaching for two years, Mrs. Gray quit to raise her family, but continuing a-s a substitute teacher throughout the 1920'.s until taking a full-time job as library assistant in 1932. Although slip reared three children, Ira. .Jr., Hardy, 3-1, and Mary (Mrs. W. H. Moody) 'J6. she says, "I didn't slfty home voiy long to have a family." After taking over as bond llbra- •••aii. Mrs. Gray established I ho Dowry Dmntiil SjMem of riling fee M YEARS on Page U m that the annual fund drive will be conducted in Mississippi County next Febi'uiiry. Kenneth Hulcer of Joiner, presid- j ed over last nmht's meeting which was held at the Dixie Pig. The imM-i.inK was ;\Ucnrie.d by, Walsh o! Little Rock, director of the state heart, association. she married Gray who perated the Gray Tran- Weather ARKANSAS — Considerable cloudiness scattered thundershowers west and south this afternoon ancl tonight and south Saturday; no important temperature changes. MISSOURI—Fair north and east) partly cloudy south this afternoon; mostly fair tonight and Saturday; warmer west and north todny; little colder west tonight; mild Saturday; low tonight 40s west near 40 east; high Saturday around 70. Minimum 1111,1 morning—^. Maximum yeslerfluy—73. SunrUe tomorrow—6:12, iSunfmt loilay—5:17. Mr cm icnipi'rnnirc imlclway between lKli nmt low l— 5B. I'rccliilluUon lust, 24 hours to 7 a.m. —none. rrctpUAiion Jan. 1 to Ihta date — 37.80. This n».tr Last Yrnr Miixlnuim vr.Unnlnv--90. Minimum this tnnmlng--!*? Prrdpltntlou January l to duU — 34,28.

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