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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Friday, October 29, 1954
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OT NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI VOL. L—NO. 186 BlytheviUe Courier Blytheville Dally Newi Mississippi Valley Lender Blytheville Herald BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS, FRIDAY, OCTOBEU 29, 1954 TWELVE PAGES Published Dally Except Sunday SINGLE COPY STVS CENTS Stevenson Chides Ike For Tactics Criticizes Use Of Communist' Issue by Nixon TRENTON, N. J. (AP) — Adlai Stevenson chided ident Eisenhower last night for the use of the Communists-in-government issue by Vice President Nixon and other Republicans in the current campaign. The 1952 Democratic presidential candidate remarked that "a singular thing happened" at Eisenhower's press conference Wednesday in Washington, when the President said he did not know about Republicans' use of the "communism" issue. "Surely this must be the first time in history that the President, the leader of his political partyi doesn't even know, let alone Influence, his party's campaign," Stevenson said. "Surely this must be the first time in history that the President and the vice president of the United States aren't on speaking terms." Hits Tactics Speaking before a crowd at the Trenton War Memorial Building, Stevenson said Eisenhower predicted last year that the campaign issue would be the record of the administration rather than Communists in government. "But what happened?" Stevenson asked. "In New York, Messrs. (Thomas EJ Dewey and (Irving M.) Ives charged Averell Harriman with larceny and corruption; in Illinois the Republicans are charging, a great senator, Paul Douglas, who almost died fighting for-his country at Okinawa, with Communist affiliations; in Wyoming and Colorado the Republicans publish ads suggesting that the Democratic candidates are Reds and are serving foreign governments." Asks Check on Trend Stevenson said the pattern was ' the same throughout the country. And he said the "President's favorite campaigner, the heir apparent, the chief of.staff—the vice president of the United States, Mr. Nixon — is the leader of it all." Stevenson's .speech here, telecast in the metropolitan area, followed a day of campaigning; in. behalf of the Democratic nominee for U.S. senator from New Jersey, Rep. Charles R. Howeil. Stevenson called for the election of a Democratic Congress next Tuesday as a means of checking "the tendency of the last two years to separate the United States from our allies in world affairs," of restoring "the dignity of congressional investigation," and of strengthening "the atmosphere of individual freedom." As for the Eisenhower program, Stevenson said that where it has been "responsible and constructive, It has .iot only received unstinting Democratic support, but that support has in many crucial cases provided the President his margin of victory." "This would .strongly suggest," he. declared, "that a Democratic majority in the Congress could be trusted to support the president on basic questions of security and welfare." Stevenson^ described a.s ".singularly unrealistic and ungrateful" what he said was Eisenhower's prediction of a political "cold war" if Democrats gain control of Congress. Know Your Bo I lot Amendment No. 45 Is Catch-all; Covers Many, Varied Items This Is the third in a series of measures which will appear on the general election ballot next Thursday. ' By LEON HATCH LITTLE ROCK (AP) — You probably expect that Arkansas' new governor — be it Orval Faubus or Pratt Remmel — will be inuagugrated next January. As things are right now you're absolutely correct, but there's a proposal on next Tuesday's general election ballot which, if adopted, could push up that inauguration more than a month. The measure is proposed constitutional Amendment No. 45 and changing the date for the governor — and. other elected state officers — to take office is just one of a number of varied items it covers. The proposal, among other things, would increase salaries for officials and legislators, change the time for the General Assembly to meet and reduce the number of justices of the peace. The suggested amendment calls for the Legislature to meet in a maximum session of three days beginning on the first Monday in December. This year that'll be Dec. 6. The Legislature at this December session would certify the election of successful candidates for state offices — a formality it now performs when it meets on the second Monday in January. The officeholders, including the governor, would begin their terms •immediately" upon the legislative certification. After its brief meeting, the Legislature would go home and wouldn't come back to Little Rock until the first Monday in February. Legislative proponents of the measure say the proposals for nn earlier inauguration and for a two- months interval thereafter before the Legislature meets would have several beneficial results: The new governor could prepare his legislative program as governor rather than governor-elect. He would have the facilities and authority of the office. The two- months lapse would give him time to get organized before the legislature meets in contrast to the present situation where the Legislature convenes and the governor is inaugurated practically simul - laneously. And the time a "lame duck" governor remains in office after his successor is chosen would bo reduced. The governor would have a two- year term us at present. There the measure conflicts with Proposed Amendment No. 44 which would institute a four-year term. If both proposals are adopted, apparently the courts will have to decide which prevails as to length of term. • * • The legislative session would be 60 days long, as now. But the proposed amendment makes provision for a split session by specifying that the CO days need not be consecutive. Another section of proposed con- titutional amendment No. 45 is designed to cut down the size of qourum courts, the counties' budget-making bodies. Under the constitution, justices of the peace, who compose the quorum courts, are elected on the basis of one for each 200 votes cast for governor in the last preceding general election. The proposed amendment would change I the ratio to one justice for each U.S. Seeks Approval for Plan To Bolster UN Defensive Power ing for peace" program in 1950. Debate ftears End There was some question whether the Political Committee would be asked to extend the existence of the collective measures group for another year, or give it permanent status. Delegates predicted — unless See U. S. on Page 12 By TOM HOGE UNITED NATIONS, N. Y. (.-Pi— The United States sought approval I today for its six-point plan to bolster U, N. forces against aggression. Diplomats predicted the proposal would win strong support despite expected Soviet opposition. U. S. Delegate Charles A. Mahoney prepared to go before the 60-nation Political Committee to present the plan, under which the U. N. would pay for supplies and equipment used in collective military action against any future aggressor. Fast Action Needed U. S. sources said Mahoney "would point out the close connection between disarmament and collective measures in the development of a safe, secure world. They said he would stress the need for fast participation by member states in any future collective action The U. S. plan was approved by the H-nation Collective Measures Committee, whose annual report furnished the basis for today's debate. The plan calls on U. N. members to contribute to the best of their ability—sending troops, supplies or money. It also urges the U. N. to support action taken, by regional pacts such as the North At'.antlc Treaty Organization (NATO). Informants said the United States probably would support a move to continue the life of the Measures Committee, established under UM Truman-Acheson "unit-'under the contract. Water Plant Bids Asked For BAFB An invitation for bids for rehabilitation of the water plant at Blythevllle's Air Force Base will be issued today or tomorrow, Col. Staunton Brown, head of Little Rock District, Corps of Engineers, announced today. Bids will be received and opened on or about Nov. 29 and work is expected to take about four months after a contract has been awarded and notice to proceed is issued. The job will include work on virtually nil of the present water treatment plant and Installation of several new pieces of equipment, construction of two new well houses with one new engine and rehabilitation of the existing 200,000 gallon ground storage reservoir. New piping, controls and a new sewer line also are to be installed 500 votes. In more populous and heavily voting centers, quorum courts have grown to unwieldy size. In Pulaski County, for example, 147 justices will be elected Tuesday, in Big Rock Township, which includes the city of Little Rock. Under the proposed amendment, the governor's salary would be increased from $10,000 to $15,000 annually, the lieutenant governor's from $2,500 to $3,BOO and the attorney general's from $6,000 to S8.000. The secretary of state, the treasurer and the auditor, all of whom now receive $5,000 yearly, would be paid $7.200 each. The state land commissioner would be raised from 55,000 to $6,000. Members of the Legislature would have their salaries :ioubled See AMENDMENT on Pace 12 * * * , WIN STATE REWARD — Rebekah Lorlso of Blytheville for the second consecutive time lus been awarded possession of this trophy for its work in charitable undertakings. Above are deft to right I Mrs. O. W. Rollison, district deputy president; Miss Ellen Moore, Noble Grand, and Mrs. F. A. Stanley, representative to the slate assembly in Caniricn. A. F. Diftridi ul Ulylliovlllc was elected Grand Guardian of the Arkansas Lodfe of IOOP at the Cnnulon .session. (Courier News rholo) Local Races May Outshine Gubernatorial Scrapping GEORGE ANDERSON irier News Staff Writer Headed by one of the hottest gubernatorial races in Battle for Governor Enters Final Stretch By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Two busy candidates entered the home stretch of their political campaigns last night with charges of "character assassination" and "machine politics" while ballots cast in a college campus mock election prematurely "settled the a General Election campaign in many years, the ballot which BlytheviUe voters will face next Tuesday also will include five city contests of wide interest and five measures to be decided. The remainder of the ballot, while lengthy, will pose no questions for decision of voters — all other positions are unopposed. With Republicans In Lire state ox- pending this greatest effort, in decides to unseat the Democrats in the StatehoiiKe for the first time in 75 yours, this year's contest between Democratic ctmdldute Ovvnl Faubus and the Republicans' Pratt Remind curries considerably more interest, that have the token races of the past, But. this active Mimpnign muy well be overshadowed in Blytheville by races in progress lor every city position except that of City Clerk, now held by W. I. Mulin. Five Kitccs In all four ward elections, incumbents are bclnts contested. The filth rncp is for City Attorney • which incumbent Elbcrt, Johnson is defending against Dill HK.-ln.slfk. The only three-man rare originally slated in Ward (.::mipuif,'M;i UHS reduced this work when Rev. Harold C Thompson withdrew Irom Iho Ward One contest, This i(;avc.s present alderman Jesse White and Harold Writiht vying for'the position. In .Ward Two incumbent Jodie Nabers IK seeking re-election with opposition from Kempe.i Hruton. Ward Three aUli.-rman Rupert Crnfton i.s being cliiillnwcd for Ins position by Jimmy Leniz, and in Ward Four Charles Lipford, is defending his post against O, W. Cnp- pedge. Ilnud Tux »n H»H«l One oi the five measures listed on the ballot for approval or rejection Is the Mississippi County Three Mill Road Tux. I This tux, which Is voled on every j two, was rejected by Missi.s- i sippi County voters in 1952 for the ; issue." The Democratic nominee for governor — Orval Faubus — delivered a radio-television .speech in Little Rock and his Republican opponent, Pratt Remmel, talked at Corning at a dinner in hi.s honor. Faubus charged that the opposi- pulale the election machinery to take away from the citizen his right to the ballot," Rommel snid. "Second, they try to keep the citizen away from the polls by trying to make him believe thnt either his or her ballot will not be counted lion was preparing n "" [or that they have acce.s-s to infor- attack designed for "character as- j million as to how the citizen voted, sasination." j and will penalize the citizen if he "Unprincipled men known to strike nt a See POLITICS iifjc 12 Five Are Sent To Penitentiary have been candidate's family during fierce campaigns and I anticipate some attack in this quarter over the weekend," Faubus said. Remmel Wins at U of A Remmel pictured his opposition as "machine politicians" attempting to "manipulate the election machinery and intimidate the voters." Meanwhile Remmel achieved a figurative victory at the University of Arkansas when 749 college students turned out to vote in a mock election conducted by the Arkansas OSCEOLA - Five commitments Chapter of the American Collegiate j (n !hl ;' stiltL ' penitentiary wore is- Polltlcul League. | -^ ^™ *^ »' ™ Burglary Tops List of Men Committed Students voters gave Remmel a 178-vote edge over Faubas in what league officers described as the heaviest balloting in the annual event since the mock election of 1952 when "campus citizens" forecast the election of • President Eisenhower. The University vote tallied 460 for Remmel — 282 for Faubus. Coach Bowden Wyatt received one write-in vote while Gov. Francis Cherry, another write-in candidate got five. A third write-in candidate, former Gov. Sid McMath, also got one vote. Faubus told a state-wide radio audience and Little Rock television viewers that "a smca'r always is Inside Today's Courier News , , . Chicks Play Clnrksdule Here Tonijrlit . . - Rnzorlmrlw 13-|wint I';ivorili;s Over Texas Anglos . , . NjiorLs . . . pilots (i mill 7 ... . . . Tux <'miW Mi-mi S12.UOQ {» Hlythevllle . . . Editorials . . - pllKl! '1 ... . . . I'nnti News and Itcvicivti , . . paircs 8 and !) . . . . . . Tdilny Is 251 h Anniversary of Hluck Frhliiy . . . piifte .1 ... Ex-Steel Plant Worker Facing Court Action State's Freedom To Work Law Is Invoked Arkansas* freedom lo work law was invoked today In eonnecUon with lubor unrest at Central Metal Co., here about 32 men re road and and maintenance. last G.: had been i cuit Court here this week. Harold Hill received n senlencc for two years on a charge of burglary in connection with a break-in at the Idaho Grocery, Go.. ;ii Bassett in the sprint-; of 1953. Hill was, . extradited fronT California where!*™ 1 Elc ? ll °n thc f 1 * , .. he wns apprehended on warrants adopted m the county as a m-ittc issued here. Ol course. Clarence Keistlcr was sentenced For the past two ye;i ,to two years on a charge of having! has maintained road.s I possession of burplary tools while j with only turnback H |his brother, George, was given a j from the stnte govcrni : suspended sentence on n similar { Three proposed charge. niiilned off lliclr job at tl.e plant, Meanwhile, Iho company continued in production as from 15 to 30 workers huddled around a fire out:•' 'e fie plant. , L ~i|)ol'.e;-;i!K!n lor tin; workers said they will :;t;iy there until they muy obtain proper authorlzallon to form a picket linf Trouble bo^an yesterday when ! mm 1 men were lirrd by Ibe firm, i Olber.s unit their jobs n:; protest to I he firliiK and about 30 l)p;,':m : milling around outside the plant. •' .Spokesmen for UK- steel firm [ s;ild us [su 1 us they were concerned ! .some men quit their jobs i continue hiring men and i»i' i our production here just as we I hnvf. in the jm:;L." Hiring CfiiiUnurs Thi! firm ,ls hiring around fl.-lO men pel" day and indicated it will continue l< do so, Jim Pir-rce Wfis charged in Municipal Court this morning with state freedom to lirst time since Us inception. The tax WHS authorised Amendment Three to the . i ,taU: Ci stliution m 1(190, to provide funds j violating the for road and bridge construction ! work law by attempting to prevent Until last Gen-!a man from entering the plant to ids received Arrested at Luxora j The two men were arrested in more effective when used at the r last minute, when there is no time for the truth to catch up." Faubus said that up to this time he hadn't held Remmel responsible for "deliberate distortions and outright lies adding up to calculated character assasination." However, Faubu-s snid he now would have to change his mind because of what he viewed as threats by Remmel. Faubus said that Remmel was responsible for the actions of those persons working in his campaign. Faubus said his opposition wa.s seeking "affidavits or other so- called evidence that will discredit my family. "But the important Luxora about two weeks ago after being followed by county officers who had received information of their intention of entering a local cafe, Sheriff William Berryman said. Information was received by thc sheriff's office that the two men were in this vicinity, the sheriff said, and contacts were made to i keep them under surveillance. I They were followed 10 a place |on Highway 61 where they'parked, | but before they got out of their car. a transport truck with motor trouble pulled into the same place and scared them off. A chase followed which ended j with the capture of the two men i. , , . .... .., a sack ol - sher- amendments and one referred act j $ r )0( , imike application for a job. The charge, grew out of another charge of disturbing the pe;ice. The was continued until Nov. (i at which time a preliminary heftrihf? will be hold to determine il Mifl,e.j,-nL evidence i.s available to bind the defendant over to the Circuit Court, fiond wa.s set at No Prosperity Based on War, Ike Pledges Cleveland Is First Stop on Aerial Tour EN ROUTE WITH EISENHOWER (AP) — President Eisenhower, opening an eleventh hour aerial campaign on behalf of Republican candidates, pledged today that America never will go to war to solve the unemployment problem. Addressing n police-estimated f • • . crowd of 2,500 persons at Cleve- In nd Hopkins Municipal Airport, the President snid prosperity un- dry the UemocnUs \vns btvscd on war. He promised that, his administration will do everything possible to find jobs for those out of work, but snid the solution under his leadership never will be based on a war economy, "Let me assure you this," the President suld. "us long as a single American is put of work . . • tills government will seek n better solution" to unemployment. "We won't go to war to get It" The President flew to Cleveland from Washington on the first leg of a four-stale tour to get out the vote for next Tuesday's election. Help fur Binder Me came into Ohio to help GOP Rep. George Bender in bin contest for 11 U. S. Semite seat the Democratic incumbent, Ben. Thomas A. llurkn, who WHS ftp- pointed ,to succeed the lute Sen. Robert A. Taft, n Republican. Also at .stake In Ohio lire 38 Mouse seats. Republican James A. Rhodes is running for governor against the Democratic Incumbent, Frank J. Lausche, Police Inspector Putrtck J. Lynch e.slimiited the crowd, which listened to Elsenhower in an ulr- port hangiir, at 2,500 persons. That wns a smaller estimate than Ihr number presidential nldeH mul Ohio Republican leaders had hoped would turn out. The temperature was a chilly 41 degrees. Rain fell earlier In the day, but the sun wn.s out when Elsenhower stepped from his private plane. Same Tlieim; lu urging all citizens to go to the polls Tuesday, the Pre.sident sound«(' the same theme he did in a Washington address last night, when he declared: "Let's roll up our slutwes, unti go harder to work" for election of another Republican led Con- yn.'.s.s. In his Cleveland, the President .said the American people, under his administration, have got the kind of government they wanted. "We were tired or hearing the word Communist," he declared. "And every time it wa.s mentioned, il, was called n red herring." That was nn Indirect jab nt, the Tnimim iidminLstra Lion's handling of the subversion problem. Former President Truman, In re- pi. to n new.simm's question, once said that congressional investigations into subversive ;u:livUies were a red herring designed to divert attention from his legislative program. On to Detroit Eisenhower was going on from Cleveland to Detroit, Louisville, Ky., and Wilmington, Del., for oth er campaign speeches later who had a pistol and a sac! thing to re-] burKlarv tools wilh then1| [nc ; member," Faubus said, "is the : Uf sa(dt clarence Keistlcr Is want" ed for investigation of safe burglaries in Peoria, III., and New York, he added, Arthur Lewis Jones, on a charge of burglary and grand larceny, was given a sentence of six years while Ola Mae Walker received one year for grand larceny. George Campbell was Klven a sentence of three years on a charge of voluntary manslaughter In correction wit 1 ! t'le death of an- candidates' own ' character and views on government," Remmel told dinner guests at Corning that there had been attempts to violate the sanctity of the ballot. Manipulation Charged Remmel said fear of "the wall cause politi- of public opinion," would what he called "machine clans" to react "just as they have '" wed:. _ _ "First they began to try to man!- I other man following a fight. also are on the b;diot. Proposed amendment N 1 highly controvfcrsif! calling for equalization taxes a 1000 prr cen basis. Full Value The act would require aw>w>smf:nt of property at "full market value," for purposes of , county, city and school district taxation. The amendment also prohibits the ( . ;| |] 0| -] .state from levying a property tax, and sets maximum rates for local taxes. These rate limits arc five mills for counties, eight niill.s for Placed in the custody of the /sheriff, Mr. Pierce h;id not made Sec WOKKKR on I'-itfC 12 Me told hi.s Cleveland audience Republicans in the .state have nominated "ft great group" of GOP candidates. I lie added that having that kind i of group on tbe .slate there can I be no 'what we can and I what we will do" in Tuesday's elec- ! lion. He predicted that if party work- Sec IKK on Page 12 Clyde Powell Ex-Official Of FHA Sentenced WASHINGTON lift — Clyde L. Powell, ousted assistant federal housing: commissioner, wa.s sentenced today to serve n yenr in Jnll for crlmlnnl contempt of court. The; sentence wus imposed by U. S. Dlst, Judge F. Dickinson Letts, who ruled that Powell had "wilfully, deliberately and contumaciously" disobeyed his order Unit Powell answer .specific questions put to him by a federal grand jury. Jury Frolics FI1A The. grand Jury is Investigating chimes of bribery and mhcoiiiir.ct in the FVdcral Housing Administration (F'HA). Powell had charge of a multi-million dollar mortgage program which has been under fire. The 58-year-old former official was discharged frnm his Joh nt, UK- start of the investigation of hnij.siiif, .scandals. .Jiidt-o [,eUs, iifter passing sr?n- toncf-'. .Lunuid down ;t ple;i by D;m- U-1 R. Mahcr. Powell's lawyer, Uuit PiiwcJJ ho allowed liberty pending an Hppenl. Me also refused Eo delay ("jirc'ution of the sentence until Mahf'i- could I lie » petition with UK.' U. S. Court of Appeals. The (|ut!sLhins Powell refused to answer before the grand jury dealt with whether he had removed official papers from his FIIA office. Weather AHKAtfSAS—Generally fair this afternoon, tonight and Saturday; colder tonight; scattered frost lowest toniKht 2G-35 north and 30-10 soiiMi pnrtmn. MISSOURI — partly cloudy, windy and cold this afternoon, diminishing winds, clearing and colder tonight with frost or freezing temperatures over the state. D-Y Probe Calls Ex-TVA Chairman , cities or incorporated towns and i 12 mills for any school district. j A state Board of Equalization Is I provided for in the act to carry out j requirements of the amendment | In equalizing property assessments. at market value, assessing public utilities and seeing that ail properly taxable under law is as.seii.sed. Elections First Under the amendment, each .school district would hold elections to approve its budget before a tax millage rate would bfc set. Amendment No. 44 fixes the term of governor at four year.s and is in direct contradiction with one part of proposed Amendment No. 45, a catch-all act which provides for mnny things Including two year tcrnr; for th rt ':ovr •n 1 "" ai'd r< her tee ELECTIONS on I'age 12 WASHINGTON W - Gordon R. CliLpj), former chairman of the Tennessee V;tll<:y Authority, was lod:iy before .senators in- vo.stifjating the Oixon-Vatcs plan ti, feed private power into the area served by TVA. Clapp was billed as a witness before the Senate's Antfinnnopoly Subcommittee even ns another incident popped up in the rnuch- btmdicd-aboiit administration project. FI'C Okay Revealed This occurred with the disclosure last nljjht that the Federal Power Commission okayed the proposed Dixon-Yates contract without the vote — or dissent — of Vice Chairman Claude L. Draper. Draper told a newsman: "When the commission first approved the contract back in August I was not here. When it came up again In October, I did not concur in the comvnt-sHIon's fiction as I had never rend the contract." nran")' >;Md h 1 -. vilon wns not a dissent but a lack of concurrence. Severn! executive agencies and a pair of congressional committees .so far hf\ve appeared (is principals In the controversy which has .swirled into politics, the private-v.s.- publlc power dispute and the argument over what TVA's proper role should be. Not Yet Signed The Antimonopoly Subcommittee, headed by Sen. Langer tt-ND), is looking for antitrust violations involved in the contract President Elsenhower directed the Atomic Energy CommLssion to negotiate with the Dfxon-Yntes power group. The .private concern is composed of Middle South Utilities, Inc., headed by E.H. Dixon, and the Southern Co., headed by E. A. Yates. The contract, approved by AEC but not yet signed, provides for construction of a i07-milllon-riollar plant In West Memphis, Ark. to furnish power over TVA lines. The power is Intended to replace electric energy TVA supplies to atomic plants at PaduciOi, Ky., and Oak Ritice, Tenn. The plan wa.s offered by Eisenhower as a substitute for the proposal by Clapp and other TVA directors to build a .steam-electric genera ting facility a few miles north of Memphis in Tennessee. The TVA plan was opposed by the administration nnd Congress refused to appropriate funds to sturt the plant. Eisenhower did not re- nppoint Clapp when his term ex- pjiwxl last May. Opponents of the Dixon-Yates contract charge that ft is a "giveaway" which would cost the government many millions more than power supplied by TVA. Administration spokesman stjy the proposal is a "fair and reasonable" way of supplying power needs In the Tennessee Valley without investing more government funds in generating plants. The Senate-House Atomic Energy Committee, which must pass on the contract before it takes effect, i.s scheduled to open hearings on It Nov. i.

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