The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on March 1, 1956 · Page 1
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BLYTHEVILEE COURIEITNEWS VOL. LI—NO. 287 fllythevill* Courier Blytheville Daily N«- Mississippi Valley Leader Blytheville Herald TBI DOMINANT NXWSPAFXR OP KOBTHEAJgT ARKANSAS AMD SOUTHEAST MISSOURI BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS, THURSDAY, MARCH 1, 1956 TWENTY PAGES Published Dally Except Sunday SINGLE COPY FIVE CENTS Lobby Inquiry Is Slowed By Rules Dispute By JOHN CHADWICK WASHINGTON (AP) — A dispute over procedure — including the power to_be vested in the. chairman---flowed today the start of a special Senate committee's $350,000 mvesti- r. * * _ i_i • __ J nn-mnnimi /^rtntTi hiitifins Race Group To Issue Dog Permit Commission To Ignore New Order eation of lobbying and campaign contributions The eight-member committee,.- ' divided equally between Democrats and Republicans, • announced after its first session yesterday that it had deterred election of a chairman until It agrees on rules for its inquiry. Sen. Bridges (B-NH), senior GOP member of the group, said in talking with newsmen later that "you have to know what rules you're going to operate under before electing a chairman. Some of the questions to'be decided, he said, are who is to issue Bridges said that ir a cnairman were elected before some of these things were settled, "the die would be cast and it would be too late" He also remarked that tome members might not want to be chairman under rules approved by the committee. It had been generally expected in advance of the committees closed-door mee.ting that Sen. Gore (D-Tenn) would be elected chairman. Gore declined to comment. Sen. McClellan (D-Arkj, Democratic member of the committee said he expects Sen. Gore still will be named chairman, perhaps at a meeting next week. McClellan said the members had decided that as a first step It would he advisable to devise rules 01 organization and operation. He said Bridges and Gore were named to study the matter further and report hack with suggestions When they are ready. The inquiry is a sequel to the disclosure by Sen. Francis Case (R-SD) that during debate .on a bill to free natural gas producers from direct federal regulation he had been offered, and had rejected, bution. a $2,500 campaign contri- Welfare Pays Million to Needy in 1955 Mississippi County Welfare office during 1955 disbursed a total ol 41,054,837.26 in monthly cash grants, hospitaltzation payments and emergency relief funds. The announcement was made by Floyd E. Irby, director of the local oifice. An estimated 8300,000 in groceries was distributed to 15,811 person? In the surplus commodity field, he said. Breakdown of the cash grants showed $1,051,296 In monthly awards, 89,620 to 109 sick persons for hospitaliza.tion and $3,951.26 from general relief funds for emergencies and for transporting crippled children' to the University Hospital. Mississippi County departmenl piocessed 1,348 applications, up- proving 635 and denying 713, Irby said An average of 2,273 families grants each month during drew 1955. Key Club Gets $50 for Trip Kiwanis Board of Directors Wed nesday announced a $50 approprl ation to Key Club members who will attend the Arkansas-Missolll district meeting at Ft. Smith. Mm 16-18. The civic club is sponsor of thi high school Key Club. Contribution of $25 to the Hear Fund was also announced at the regular Wednesday luncheon meet Ing. Members indulged themselves in a "smoker" session at which infor mal constructive criticism club's projects was offered. Newly accepted member is Joe Davis, ;who will be inducted in March alo'ng With A. T. Johnson. LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The chairman of the Arkansas Racing Commission today said his group would disregard an injunction obtained here yesterday and issue a franchise for dog racing at West Memphis. Dr. Edwin L.. Dunaway of Conway said that so far as he knows the only thing that would keep the commission from granting the permit .tomorrow night as. pre viously planned would be an Arkansas Supreme Court order. The commission will be acting under an order of Chancellor W Leon Smith of Blytheville that i license Southland Racing Corp. to hold races at the corporation's new million dollar West Memphis plant Yesterday Riverside Greyhound Club, which once conducted dog races at West Memphis, obtainec from Chancellor Sam Rorex Little Rock a temporary order for bidding the Racing_Cornmission t( give Southland a" permit. .Furthe: hearing was set for March It. ' Has Precedence In view of the directly conflicting orders, from courts of equa jurisdiction, Dunaway said hi group would "ollow the Smith man date on the theory that it ha< precedence since It was issuet first. Rorex wouldn't say whether he would cite the commission for con tempt of court If It defies his order. I'll have to decide that after I see what happens," he said. Smith said the commission actet See BOG PERMIT on Page 3 Workers Beqin Red Cross Fund Collection Today Blytheviile's Red Cross Fund drive got underway today with •'tlokoH" meeting of the .Advance Gifts committee at 10 a.m. Meeting for coffee and doughnuts at the Ark-Mo demonstration kitch en in the company's general office were members of the group head ed by Kelley Welch. They were guests of C. C. Czeschin, presiden of Ark-Mo and city fund chairman Amount gathered from today' solicitation will be reported to morrow. Meanwhile, Mayor Toler Buchan an has issued a proclamation call irg attention to membership in the Red Cross and the fund drive. He proclaimed March as "Red Cross Month" and urged "All citl zen? of this community to join wiihout reservation In the 1958 Rec Cross campaign." "1 farther urge/ the proclama lion continued, "that all men and women of good will remember tha this great humanitarian organlza lion must be maintained at ful strength in members and funds that this symbol of mah's human Sty remain bright as a guide to those who turn to it in time o need." X IT HAPPENED HERE — Although she's too young to give a darn, Amy Elizabeth Rowlett got shortchanged on birthdays yesterday. She was born to Mr and Mrs. rhurman Kowlett, Jr., at Chickasawba Hospital on^hat oddest birth date of all — Feb. 29. She was only authentic Leap Year baby reported by city's hospitals today and is pictured with her mother. (Courier News Photo) Despite Court Order; Negro Again. Expeiled By Alabama U. BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP).— Autherine Lucy, Negro co ed, today was expelled from the University of .Alabama for unproved charges that school authorities conspired in mob action against her. There was no official announcement from the board of trustees, but members confirmed that the action was agreed upon at meeting last night. They asked that their names not be used. The action c<"me within'hours after U. S. Dist. Judge H. Hobart Grooms yesterday ordered the board to vacate an order excluding the 26-year-old Birmingham woman from the campus for safety reasons. He gave the university until Monday to take the action readmitting her. No Word From NAACP There was no immediate comment from the National Assn. for Advancement of Colored People, which had sponsored her 2V - 2 years legal battle to get admittance to the all-white school. The action took NAACP officials here by surprise. At the start of the hearing yesterday Thurgood Marshall NAACP local counsel, was allowed to drop allegations that the trustees and university officials named as defendants had conspired with outsiders in mob rioting that drove Miss Lucy from the campus at Tuscaloosa Feb. 6. Marshall told the court that "after careful investigation we are unable to produce any evidence to support these allegations This amendment takes out every single allegation of conspiracy." Atty. Andrew Thomas called the conspiracy charges, "scurrilous." He objected heatedly when Grooms eliminated from the ac- lion, saying that the university to answer them. , "Naturally Pleased" Miss Lucy had said she was "naturally pleased" when the judge ruled in her favor yesterday. In Birmingham, the Lucy decision was bigger news in the Birmingham P o s t-Herald than President Eisenhower's announcement that he was available for re- nomination. The first major reaction came from Ace Carter, executive secretary of the North Alabama White Citizens Councils, an afllla- tlon of 45 prosegregation organi- ,nd predicte solution to Grooms' ruling," sal zations. Carter called & mass meeting Wage Effect in City Seen as Less Than Normal While the major impact of the new federal minimum wage of $1 an. hour, in force today, will be felt in the South, its direct effect In Blythevllle Is expected to be somewhat less than the norm. In Arkansas, some 125,000 to 150,000 workers come under federal wage-hour regulations. That Is, they' are engaged'- In interstate •commerce not specifically exempted from the federal law. Of' theae, M' percent have been paid lew. than $1 per hour. The bulk of this percentage is engaged in the lumber-Industry, where 80 percent have been receiving lew than the new standard. Other lubatantlally affected In- dustrie! are garment manufacturing and textile firm*, Ixx*l Effect* At Federal OompreM here mott of the CO employe* will be railed to $1 or better, tceordlnf to Jim Mar,ley. Marvin Nunn Jr., of Provision Co. reported that his employes are earning more than the minimum at this time. Ray Hall, of Arkansas Grocer, said only "beginners" will be raised' as all others earn above the minimum. At Rice Stilt, a new union agreement has raised wages until only "some" employes -will receive boost* by the new law, according to Harry Bradley. Ed Dicks reported that all hourly-paid employe* at Swift Oil will receive raises, and the effect at Johnson Block Co., according ,to Ed Johnson, will be a "blanket raise" for 16 men. Only one of the Industries contacted, reported that a cut In hours will be made to "balance out" the Increase In hourly pay. Other lUulU Th« new wane law will have It* Indirect effect* Uuoufhout Iht country. It has been said by many employers that it will become more difficult to employ help on any Job—not controlled by the federal law—at less than $1 an hour if other work at higher pay is available. In some cases, those now earning $1, or slightly more than $1 per hour, will be increased as a result, in order to maintain the pay step*. Some observers have said that the new wage will Increase the demand for rarrfi income support* because of rising-wage Increase co»U on the farm, even though agricultural workers are not directly ben- efltted. The raise It seen, In some farm quarters, as an Influence on the population shift from farms to cities because some small farmers and worker* earn lew than the dollar an hour. Democrats Challenge Ikes Ability to Carry on Duties West Europe Hails 2nd ^errrr-Decrston; Reds 'Expected It f LONDON (AP) — Western Europe's non-Communist press gave warm welcome today to President Eisenhower's Decision to run again. Officials on both sides of the Iron Curtain were noncommittal, but the Russians said smilingly they tiad expected it. Editorial comment over the'an- nouncement ranged from sober reflection to open jubilation. The Times of London mused: "It is impossible not to admire the devotion to duty which has led him, after prolonged private debate, to this decision." Morgenbladet of Oslo declared: The whole free world will greet the President's decision with satisfaction." But Copenhagen's Dagens Nyheter—a conservative paper—found It "almost historical irony that at a time when authoritarian Russia goes in for collective leadership, one should see the Democratic United States depending on the decision of one man." i Gromyko Expected It This is news we have expected for some time," said Deputy Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko, who has spent much time in the United States as a Sovie trepre- sentative at the United Nations. West European officials had little or nothing to 'say officially But many expressed the private view that Eisenhowers decision was good for the free world. The British were obviously pleased but made plain they did not believe the move would rule out the chances for a Democratic victory next November. However, the British see little difference between the two U.S. parties on forign policy—the major concern to Britain. "Highly Pleased" French officials indicated their pleasure. Associates, of West German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer said he was "highly pleased. Italy's Premier Antonio Segni said the announcement was "happy news because it means that President Eisenhower has completely recovered." Vatican circles also expressed pleasure. Austrian Chancellor Julius Raab and Canada's Prime Minister Louis St. Laurent both said they were pleased at the President's decision. Rigid Campaign Out, President Tells the Nation By JACK BELL WASHINGTON (AP) — President Eisenhower's assertion that there isn't the slightest doubt he can now perform his duties as well as he ever did drew challenges from some Democrats today. They said that since his Sept. 24 time president" operating through .. 30-YEAR VET — Floyd A. White has received from National Boy Scout, headquarters, New Brunswick, N. J., that he has been awarded a 30-year veteran certificate for three decades of work with the Boy Scouts. White, who holds the Silver Beaver Award, top honor for adult Scout- ers, was officially notified by Arthur A. Schuck, national chief Scout executive. (Courier News Pholo) $4 Million Rood Program Outlined For Arkansas LITTLE ROCK (IP',— A highway construction program to imrove 249 mile* of roads at a cost of almost four million dollars was laid out by the state Highway Commission yesterday. Under the program, the commission would spend $2,895,000 on 68 miles of primary highways, and $1.183,100 on 184 miles of secondary roads. The commission yesterday also awarded contracts totaling $888,890 for six road arid bridge construction Jobs. heart attack he has been a "part* , * * In Form Bill Fight; Both Sides Claim Advantage in Ike's 2nd Term Decision WASHINGTON (AP) — President Eisenhower's second- term decision was claimed as an advantage by opposing sides today in the close Senate fight over farm price supports. Star Grass Stud* Sought By Gathings Congressman E. C. (Took) Gathings has urged the Committee on Agricultural Appropriations to approve a request by the Agricultural Research Service of the USDA for $100,000 to study and control aquatic weeds. The funds, if appropriated, would have a special significance for farmers in the West-of-the-Lake region of Mississippi County. Buffalo Ditch, which is a main drainage canal for the western families, has been becoming more and more clogged with an aquatic growth in recent years. Gathings told the committee that tnis growth — star grass — is continuing to spread and could endanger the overall drainage system of the area. Florida, Mississippi and the Pacific Northwest have a similar problem. Gathings met With citizens in Manila last year to get first-hand reports on the star grass menace. Census Report Due Soon A preliminary report on Blytheville's special census is. expected to be made a> Mayor Toler. Buchanan by Monday, Ben D. Smith of the Bureau of Census said today. He said 75 per cent of the city's population has been counted. All districts are expected to be completed by tonight except for scattered callbacks, he said. Office work will then be undertaken. This consists of filing making spot checks and final tabulations. • Twenty-eight enumerators were employed in making the population count. It was approved through an appropriation of City Council in_an effort, to. .determine how much Blytheviile's population has increased from the 1950 total of 16,234. State turnbark funds will increase according to the attested population increase. April 19 Date For TB Meet Annual meeting of 'Mississippi County Tuberculosis Association has been set for April 19. Action on setting a date was taken at a meeting of the Association's executive committee last night. The board also considered selection of a new member. The annual meeting will be held In South Mississippi County at a site yet to be determined. New Cub Pack Will be Organized Parents: now's the time to get your son in Cub Scouting ... a thing which hasn't been too easy to do in the past several month* In Blythevllle. District organlation and extension Chairman Kenneth Richardson said a meeting of Interested parent? ha* been scheduled for city court room at 7:30 tomorrow night. Blytheviile's Kiwanis C)ub Is sponsoring a new C.ub pack in the city and needs to get In touch with parent* of boys who might Join. Richardson explained the city'* two existing packs are filled to overflowing and are in the position of refusing new Cubs. 1 In an effort to' rectify this, Richardson and the Klwanlnns have scheduled tomorrow night's meeting. They are appealing to mothers es- peclally to be on hand to sign up their boys and for possible enlistment as den mothers. Richardson said another Cub pack is In the making. It may be sponsored, he said, by First Baptist Church. Pancake Time Again For Kiwanians Tickets for the annual Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast March 15 are Sen. Ellender (D-La), leading orces advocating a return to rig- d price supports, said Eisenhower will sign tlie omnibus measure even if it includes "90 per cent of parity supports." "He won't want to alienate the farm vote now that he's a politician once more," he said. Wants Flexible Supports Sen. Aiken (R-Vt), backing the administration soil bank program, pointed, in a separate interview to Eisenhower^—ne w s conference statement yesterday that "I am unalterably opposed to rigid price supports." Ellender Is chairman and Aiken senior Republican member of the Senate Agriculture Committee. A committee bill, under Senate debate, includes the soil bank plan to provide subsidies for farmers who agree to take land out o; production of crops already In surplus, Over administratiqn objections, the committee voted 8-7 to combine with the soil bank a return to mandatory price supports on basic crops at 90 per cent of parity—a legal standard said to be fair to farmers in relation to their costs. The administration - backed flexible system now in effect calls for supports between 75 and 90 per cent of parity, depending upon available supplies, for cotton wheat, corn, rice and peanuts. The Senate agreed unanimously yesterday to limit debate and begin voting on some 50 proposed amendments a week from today. now on sale. The breakfast, proceeds from which go for the aid of underprivileged children, will be served from 6 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the Jaycee clubhouse. Pancakes, sausage, bacon and coffee wiU be served. Chairman of the event Is Bill Jontz. Other chairmen and their committees are George Wiggs, food; George Hubbard Jr., cooking; Dr Harvey Kkki, coffee; Bob McHaney serving; Louie Isaacs, tickets; Jada McGuire, advertising, and Johnny White, house committee. Charge is seventy-five cents Tickets' may be obtained from any Kiwanis member. Weather NORTHEAST ARKANSAS—Partly cloudy and mild this afternoon, scattered showers or thundershowers tonight. Friday partly cloudy, cooler Friday afternoon. High this afternoon low to mid 60s; low tonight high 40s to low 50s. MISSOURI—Considerable cloudiness, continued mild and rather windy this afternoon; partly cloudy and colder tonight with scattered showers or thunderstorms extreme southeast portion beginning late this afternoon and continuing tonight; Friday generally fair; somewhat colder southeast; low tonight 3C.-35; high Friday in the 50s. Minimum tills mornlni!—14. Maximum yesterday—65. Sunrise tomorrow—8:27. Sunset today—5;5G, , Mean temperature—54.5. Precipitation 24 hours {7 a.m. to ,».m.)—none. This Date Last *c»r Maximum yesterday—51. • Minimum this morning—70. Precipitation Jan, 1 to d»to—«:*>. Witness Tells Finding Body of Auto Victim Gene McGuire, who first found the body of accident .victim Eugene Rhoads Sunday, said this morning the youth was not found partially buried in the side of the ditch where his accident occurred McGuire said the young man was lying on his back near an imprint where he struck the ground. a "regency" which would be ousted by the voters in November. Reacting to a talk in which Eisenhower told the nation last, night he would accept the GOP nomination but would not engage in 'whistle-stop" speaking, Democrats spoke of a contrastingly vigorous campaign of personal appearances by their nominee. Speaking to the nation by television and radio, Eisenhower said he is a "recovered heart patient" who doctors say is "as -well as before the attack occurred." 'I may possibly be a greater risk than is the normal person of my age (65)," he said with some- ihing" of a grimace, "but my doctors assure me that this increased percentage of risk is not great" "Vot the Slightest Doubt" "As of this moment," he said, there is not the slightest doubt that I can now perform, as well as I ever have, all of the important duties of the presidency. This I say because I am actually doing so and have been doing so for many weeks." Asserting he is personally confident he can carry the' duties of the presidency "indefinitely," he said medical men have told him that "adverse effects on my health will be less in 'he presidency than in any other position I might hold." The talk to the people was a follow-up to Eisenhower's announcement at a news conlerence yesterday that he is available for another White House term. Almost to a man, Republicans greeted that announcement jubilantly. Voiced Pleasure Democrats generally voiced pleasure that Elsenhower's health had recovered to such a degree. Many of them added they are confident of victory in a campaign waged on the record of Eisenhower's administration—the record on which the President said he will run. Abroad, there was some gratitude voice in official quarters, although many withheld comment lest they give an impression of interfering in U. S. politics. In Moscow, Deputy Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko .said, "This is news we have expected for some time." Moscow radio carried the news briefly. The Voice of America relayed Eisenhower's broadcast around the world, using all 78 of its transmitters. Eisenhower said that if he is nominated at the GOP convention in San Francisco in August—a foregone conclusion in the absence of any health setback before then —he will "wage no political cam- In the first place, he said, he will have to follow "a regime of ordered work activity, interspersed with regular amounts of exercise, recreaticn und rest." He said he must keep down his weight, take a midday rest, retlr arly and pass up social engage- See RIGID CAMPAIGN on Page 3 Eisenhower Enters Name in 2 Primaries WASHINGTON (AP) — President Eisenhower today signed statements entering his name in the Republican Presidential primaries of Wisconsin and California. For California, he designated a committee of three to select a slate of 70 Eisenhower delegates to the GOP convention. -Members are Vice President Nixon, Sen. William F. Knowland, and Gov. Goodwin J. Knight. For Wisconsin, he certified the Delinquent Tog List Compiled City Clerk Bill Malin said today a list of car and truck owners who have not purchased 1966 city license tags is being compiled and will be given to Oscar Alexander, special collector. Alexander has power of arrest, Malin said. City ordinance provides a fine of not more than $10 If a citation is Issued. Arrests will not be made If licenses are purchased, Malin said. Licenses for cars and truck* are sold at the city clerk's office, City Mali. Price is »6. A $1 pentalty will be charged delinquent license pur- chawra. 30-member slate of convention delegates headed by Gov. Walter J. Kohler and chosen by the state Republican organization. Deadline Tomorrow The Wisconsin' statement must be filed with the Wisconsin secretary of state by 5 p.m. CST tomorrow. Three GOP members of Congress —Reps. John W. Byrnes, Glenn R. Davis and Melvin R. Laird, all members of the state-will fly the certificate to Madison to night. The Wisconsin primary is April 3. Within 48 Hours The deadline for the California filing Is March 7, and Presidential press Secretary James Hngerty said the statement signed by Elsenhower this morning will be delivered In Sacramento "within 48 hours." The California prmlnry Is on June 5. The California committee named by Eisenhower is composed of three men considered potential candidates had Elsenhower chosen not to run. It will propose a slate of Elsenhower delegate nominees under a mw California election law.

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