The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on February 29, 1956 · Page 1
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 1

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Wednesday, February 29, 1956
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER VOL. Lt-NO. 286 THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OP NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI BMSSuyNew. iSSISSSlSi"^" BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS, WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 29. 1956 TEN PAGES a«pt h s d un D da" y SINGLE COPY FIVE CENTS EISENHOWER WILL RUN in Form Fight; Ellender Cites Export Plan. By EDWIN B. HAAKINSON WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Ellender (D-La) today described as "pressure tactics" in behalf of the administration farm program a new drive by the Agriculture Department to capture a bigger share of the world cotton market. Secretary of Agriculture Benson announced late yesterday Hint his department on Aug. 1 will offer cut-rate prices in a campaign regain for U. S. cotton farmers their traditional share of world markets. The government now holds some 12 million bales of cotton, representing an investment of more than two billion dollars, which it acquired ' in supporting domestic PI Benson said that with White House and State Department approval, his agency will seek to boost exports to around five million bales' yearly—more than double the present level. "Unfortunate Step" The embassy of Egypt, one of the world's leading cotton producers, said through a spokesman that "we consider it a very unfortunate step at this time.' Ellender, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee, declared in an interview: • "This is an open effort to swing the votes of some Southern senators against rigid 90 per cent of parity supports.. It could be successful, but my hunch is that it . won't work." Leading Battle Ellender is leading a battle in the Senate for a return to farm price supports at 90 per cent of larity. The bill would provide for mandatory 90 per cent supports n cotton, wheat, corn, rice and >eanuts. The administration is fighting his plan, urging that Congress re- ain the flexible support system rated .two years ago. Under it, .>rice props may vary between 75 and 90 per lent of parity, de- Jending upon the volume of production needed. Benson said the cotton sales program has no connection with the 'arm bill fight. He acknowledged, however, that it should help woo some Southerners to the administration program. * * * George Reltemeler C. of C. Names Speaker For Banquet Tickets to the annual Chamber of Commerce banquet scheduled in the Plantation Hoom, Hotel Noble, March 8, went on sale today. Seating at the affair will be limited to 250 persons, according to W. B. Lawshe, banquet chairman. Speaker will be George Reite- meier, manager of the Tulsa District. 0: S. Chamber of Commerce, Among Reitemeier's duties is tnal of assisting, local and state business organizations In Arkansas. Oklahoma and Missouri in setting up and maintaining Con fresslonal action committees for study and opjnion on national leg Islative proposals. . He also helps establish local area and regional meetings to study national affairs and promote better understanding of business. The speaker will meet with Blythevilie Chamber's National At fair Committee, Education / Com mittee and Board of Directors thi afternoon of March 8. Tickets to the banquet may be obtained from the Chamber office In City Hall, at Hotel Noble o from Lawshe. They are priced a *a.W per person. All Chamber of Commerce mem bers and wives have been Invited to attend. Banquet begins at 7 p.m USO Dance Is Set For Friday Night A rj*O dance for Metro peraon 1 ml »t Blytheville Air Bui which was Kheduled for tonight, hu been postponed until Friday night, It wa announced today. ' U8O official*-Mid >tht dance wil be held In Netro Masonic Hall on Refuses to Say About Nation on TV Tonight WASHINGTON (AP) — President Eisenhower announced today he is available for a second term. The President's dramatic announcement came at a tense, record capacity news con- He said he will go on nationwide television and radio tonight, probably sometime between 8:30 and 9:30 p.m. CST to explain his decision to the American people. ; Southern Cotton Producers See Bill As Acceptable Representatives • of : midsouth cotton producers who have been in Washington this past Week' were reported, "generally happy" with the compromises arranged on the Senate farm bill. -' ' Street Plan Gets Okay From CPC Bill Wyatt, in the nation's capi- ,al as a representative of Arkansas ?arm Bureau President Harold Oh- .endorf of Osceola, reported from Washington this morning that 'things are looking pretty good." Wyatt said the National Cotton Council, Farm Bureau, Agricultural Council of Arkansas and Missis- sippi's' Delta Council are in agreement on a course of action in re- ;ard to the bargaining which has aetag going on. — mainly between southern senators and the Department of Agriculture. To Get Concessions And now, Wyatt reported, general feeling in the capita! is that the cotton group will get Its three major concessions .in return for supporting the administration's soil bank measure. First of these concessions—a stepped-up cotton export program—was announced yesterday by Secretary of Agriculture Benson. "Benson has said," Wyat stated, "the price drop in cotton this year will not exceed 2 and ?i cents per pound. This puts the cotton farm- erer on firmer footing than if a bill were presented which would draw a veto . "And no one up here thinks the Senate and House could get enough votes to override a presidential veto, which surely would be forthcoming In the event he were presented with a 90 percent parity bill. Consequences That would leave us with no farm law, save the flexible program now on the books . . . and- with the suip'.us we now have, cotton supports could fall all the way to 75 percent of parity. "It is our understanding that Sen. Stennis of Mississippi will introduce, either today or tomorrow, an amendment to the farm' bill which will put a floor on acreage for 1957. The administration is expected to go along with this, also." Wyatt said farm groups In the capital hailed Benson's announcement that the U. S. will seek to export 5 million bales of cotton during the year. ' First Step "If that happens, it would be the See COTTON on Page 10 Bljtheville's Planning Commission last night adopted a master street plan for the city after only brief (ionsideration. * Actually the plan provides only a beginning point for the Commission. It merely designates major and minor streets and will give the Commission a general system from which it may plan for Blythevllle's future expansion. The resolution passed last night will be forwarded to City Council, which will be asked to give its approval. In other action, the Commission granted only tentative approval to a subdivision as outlined by Harold Wright. Commission member Frank Douglas pointed out the plat as submitted by Wright didn't provide a legal description of the property. Wright said he will submit the plat in final .and complete form it" the Commission indicates it will accept' such a subdivision. It was on this advice that the Commission granted its tentative okay. The subdivision is one block east of Franklin and is bounded on the south by Scott and on the east by the property recently acquired for a new elementary school. "My answer will be positive — affirmative," Eisenhower said in giving reporters permission to quote him directly. The President declined to say at this time whether he favors Vice President Nixo'. as his running mate again. However, .he again had warm praise for Nixon and called him a dedicated public servant. Eisenhower's second term announcement had been expected at today's news conference, on th« BULLETIN NEW YORK W) — The CBS and Mutual networks announced that President Eisenhower's address to the nation will be broadcast live from B to 9:30 p.m . (CST) tonight. CBS will carry it on both TV s.nd radio networks. MBS has only a radio network. Other radio and TV networks will carry the speech. Know What Sunday Is? — It's 3-4-56 MEMPHIS, Tenn. Wl—The calendar lines up in numerical order Sunday, something it hasn't done for 11 years and won't do again for 11 more. Sunday's the fourth day of the third month. So the short-form date reads thus: 3-4-56. That hasn't happened' since 12-3-45.' It won't happen again until 4.-5-61. . TOP OFFICERS VISIT BASE — Maj. GenxEdward J. .Timberlake, commanding general of Ninth Air Force, (lower photo) and a retinue of Ninth officers paid a brief visit to Blythevilie Air Force Base yesterday. In upper photo is one ol America's most famous war heroes - Col. Francis S Gabreski, who is deputy chief of operations for Ninth. Gabreski, a World War 11 Pfl pilot in England, flew 166 missions and was credited with destroying 32 enemy aircraft. In the Korean War, he shot down six MIG -i The. total makes him the Air Force's top ace. Gabreski (right) is shown with coi N. F. Atria. Ninth's chief of surgeons Patry flew Here in C-54 and remained only about one hour. (Air Force Photos) DOCJ Owners: Get Licenses Police Chief Charles Short today reminded dog owners of a city ordinance requiring the purchase of $1 licenses. Dogs six months of age or more must be licensed. Applicants should first have the animal inoculated for rabies, Short said. Licenses may be purchased at ,-.he city clerk's office, City Hall. Short said the city anticipates hiving a dog catcher to enforce the ordinance. 14 Arrested in New Hot Springs Raids HOT SPRINGS. Ark., Ifl— Arkansas State Police Hiding parties, led by aides of Atty. Qen. Tom Gentry, hit two plush Garland County nightclubs early today, conflcat- ing a quantity of gambling equipment and arresting 17 persons. dehtrys chief assistant, James L. Sloan, »«ld roulette wheels, dice tables, slot machines and other equipment were seized at the' Southern Club in downtown Hot Springs and the Pines Supper Club on the city's outsklrU. .'-.' Three of those arrested were charged with operating a gambling house, a felony In Arkansas .The other 14, employes of the two «- tabllahmenU, were charged of mis- dWMMor oounti •* (Malm. All 17 made bond and were released Named in the felony charges were'H. P. McDonald and Roy A. Whcatley of the Pines Supper Club and V. L. Miles of the Southern. Sloan said the raiders, commanded by.Capt. Frank McGlbbony originally had planned to destroy >all gaming equipment, but that Prosecutor H. A. Tucker Insisted that the devices be preserved for evidence, •'; All of the confiscated equipment was Impounded in the oare of the State Police. Sloan said the raiders also had planned to'mo"i. against the Reno Club but found it closed. Asked why the troopers didn't visit other clubs In and near the rwort city, Wota . replied, "W* can't get them all -in one night. Gentry, who started his war against organized gambling in Hot Springs shortly before the city s tourist season got Into full swing, obtained search warrants for the Southern, Pines and Reno clubs Monday. However, his plans to raid them Monday night backfired when he couldn't get together with State Pollci Director Herman Llndsey The clubs learned of the warrants and closed for the night. Both the Southern and the Pines were lammed with customers when the oiiicera pulled their raids shortly after midnight. Twelve raiders hit the southern and soven moved against the Fines, basis of his own earlier remarks, but up to the moment he_walked into trie' conference room there was no certainty it would come. Tantalized Newsmen For the first eight minutes ol the session, the President, calm and collected, tantalized the newsmen by talking first about various other matters—such things as the Red Cross drive for funds, the pending farm bill, and a water resources measure which is before Congress. With the 'ension mounting, El- senhower finally turned to the subject everyone had been waiting for him to discuss — his altitude regarding a second term. He said he had an announcement which was something more personal in nature, and recalled that he had promised the newsmen that he would disclose his second term plans to them first if it could be worked out that way. Eisenhower then said he had reached a decision whether to bid for another four years in the See EISENHOWER on Page 10 Contracts Due Today On State 18 Contracts were to be awarded Inter today for a new West High- why 18 approach to Blythevilie. The Arkansas Highway Commission announced today that S. J. Cohen Co. of Blythevilie submitted thn apparent low bid of S2H.452 for 3.55 miles of resurfacing and one bridge. The new route will run north of the present 18 approach and is to enter the city at the intersection of Main and 21st streets. ROTARY PRESIDENT— James Roy has been named president of Blythevllle's Rotary Club. Along with other newly-elected officers, he'll take office on July 1. Ray Hall was elected vice president and John Mayes retained his job as secretary-treasurer. New directors arc Mason Day, W. B. Campbell and Bill Wyatt. (Courier News Fhoto) Weather NORTHEAST ARKANSAS—Pair and warmer this afternoon and tonight. Thursday increasing cloudiness and warmer. High this afternoon low to mid 60s; low tonight low 40s. Minimum this morning—32. Maximum yesterday—57. Sunrise tomorrow—«:3I. Sunset today—5:55. Mean temperature—44.5. Precipitation 24 hours 7 ».m. to I a.m.)—none. This r>ate T - ast Ycar Maximum yesterday—73. Minimum this morning—60. Precipitation Jan. 1 to date—8.09. ... Smiling Ike Ends Speculation ... Tosses Hat iri Ring . Committee Probes Neff's Iowa Offer By JOE HALL WASHINGTON (AP) — A special Senate committee strives today to resolve a direct conflict in accounts oi whether oil company lawyer John M. Neff offered an Iowa campaign contribution. Sei.. George (D-Ga), chairman of the four-member group named to investigate a $2,500 contribution i'ro m Neff which Sen. Francis Case (R-SD) '-ejected, said he was reasonably confident the group's public hearings could be completed today. But the committee held similar nopcs for yesterday's session, only to find itself involved in i new line of inquiry When Neff for the first time testified about an exturson into Iowa political waters. The Lexington, Neb., lawyer told the committee he never of- feree- nny money as a campaign contribution for Sen. Hickenlooper (E-Iowa). He said he had no funds to do so. Claimed Offer Made In DCS Homes, Robert Goodwin, Iowa Republican national committeeman and the man with whom Neff talked last November, told newsmen Neff did offer him $1,000 for Hickenlooper's campaign But Goodwin said he turned ii down and never arranged the meeting Neff asked with the Iowa senator. The committee immediately issued a subpoena for Goodwin to Students' Action Saves Schoolmate . An elght-yeor-old Promised Land schoolboy's life may have been saved today when schoolmates tore away his blazing clothing after the youth leaned against a stove to warm himself. in Blythevilie hospital Is Jerry Logston, son of Mr .and Mrs.. Logston, of Route 2. He Is suffering "seriously" from second degree burns of the back .shoulders and arms. Shortly aitw arriving »t school this morning, Jerry turned his back to the schoolnonse stove to worm himself, companions reported. His shirt brushed the stove and caught fire. Jerry ran, but wns overtaken by his schoolmates, his father reported. They tore the burning clothing from his body. .. The boy Was rushed to the hospital, testify today. Hickenlooper told newsmen ha never had heard of the matter until yesterday's testimony, and had never discussed it with Goodwin or anyone else. 4 Other Witnesses Besides Goodwin, four other witnesses were listed for today's •ession. They include President Howard B. Keck of the Superior Oil Co. of California, who ' provided the money for the preferred campaign funds; Elmer Patman of Austin, Te-x., lawyer for Superior; Jarvis Davenport, Western campaign manager for Case in South Dakota; See COMMITTEE on Page 10 Mrs. Cure Withdraws From Race Mrs. E. J. Cure announced today she will not be 'a candidate for Blytheville's School Board. A petition was filed in her behalf to seek the position on the board now held by C. C. Langston. Langston is a candidate for re-election. County School Supervisor John Mayes point out that C. M. Smart is the candidate for a position on the County Board. At Gosnell, Jolly Lcfigett In tn« lone candidate for a five-year school board term. In withdrawing her nomination, Mrs. Cure snid, "I would like to express my appreciation for tnow who circulated and sinned a peu- tlon for me to run u «jKhool board member, but-1'will not n* a candidate for the position.'

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