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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS VOL. L—NO. 188 BlytheviUe Courier Blytheville Dally News Mississippi Valley Leader Blytheville Herald THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OF NORTHEAST ARKANBAg ANO SOUTHEAST MISSQnW BLYTHEVILLE. ARKANSAS, MONDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 1954 FOURTEEN PAGES Published D&tly Except Sunday SINGLE COPY FIVE CENTS Vast Search On for Plane In Atlantic 42 Aboard Missing Navy Craft , NEW YORK (AP) — The Navy threw 200 planes and 25 surface craft into a wide-ranging search today for a big Navy transport aircraft missing over the Atlantic with 42 persons. It had not been heard from since late Saturday on a flight from Maryland to Africa via the Azores. Planes from England, the European continent, North Africa and the United States joined in a needle - in - the - ocean hunt. They swept back and forth across a 120- mile band, on the great circle route from the Jersey coast to the Azores. The Weather Bureau in New York said water temperatures in the search area ranged from the mid-SOs up. To the south the sky was clear, but in the northern, cooler parts of the ribbon of ocean there were thunderstorms today. Women and Children The missing plane carried 21 passengers, including two women, wives of U.S. officers, and five children. There were 21 crewmen aboard because the big ship was carrying an extra complete crew to the Azores to pick up another plane. The four-engine Lockheed Super- Constellation was last heard from at 11 p.m. Saturday, two hours after it had taken off from Patuxent River Naval Air Station, Md. At the time it was 300 miles at sea. The flight was the second attempt made oy tnose aboard to get to the Azores and Forty Lyautey in Africa. The Navy said they had taken off earlier Saturday in another plane but had to turn back V-, hours later when the plane developed trouble. They transferred to the now missing plane and started out again. . Fuel Gone A vast Navy and Coast Giiard search for the plane started early yesterday after shore bases failed to receive the regular hourly flight report. Navy officials said the plane had only enough fuel to stay in the air until 10 a.m. yesterday. By evening they announced that it was "presumed lost." . The Navy said the plane was equipped with five life rafts, each designed to hold 20 men. There were also 102 life preservers aboard. The missing aircraft was hunted along a 120-mile band stretching from the U. S. Eastern Seaboard across the Atlantic to the Azores. Taking part in the elfort were two aircraft carriers, nine destroyers, four transports, two Coast Guard cutters and hundreds of planes. The missing transport plane carried a 21-man crew and 21 passengers, including 8 civilians and 2 Air Force officers. The other pasengers were Navy men being shipped to new stations. One entire family was missing with the plane. U. Gilbert Jacobsen. 25, of Brooklyn, was flying to his station in North Africa with his wife Ida, 24. and their 2-year- old twin boy and girl. Red Attack On Island Is Claimed TAIPEH, Formosa W—The Chinese Nationalist Defense Ministry said Communist planes today bombed the Nationalist -held Tachen Islands, about 200 miles north of here, for the first time. The ministry said one raidini plane was shot down. The announcement didn't say how many Red planes took part, nor did it mention damage or possible casualties. The Tachens are off the Chekiang Province coast about 160 miles southeast of Hang- show. The ministry also reported Communist Chinese on Toumen Island were bombarding Nationalist-held Yikiarig (Orion River Mountain) Island. Both Islands are northwest of the Tachens a few miles of the Chekiang coast. The Tachens, two main islands— the upper and lower—are believed garrisoned by over 20,000 Nationalist troops and guerrillas. The civilian population is about 30,000, mostly fishermen. The Nationalists have said they expected a Communist attack on the Tachens. They recently reported Communist war vessels had arrived at the narby Chusan Islands from North China. Today's Red shelling of Yiklang Island was the heaviest yet, reported there, raising the possibility that the Reds might want to use Ylkiang as a stepping stone to the Tachens. LEGION AUXILIARY MEET — Fifth District of American Legion had its Auxiliary meeting in Biytheville yesterday at the Hut on North Second Street. Shown above are the Rev. Robert Dagwell, of Immaculate Conception Church who gave the invocation: Mayor E. ft. Jackson. Mrs. Ben Mayes, local president; and (seated) Mrs. J. F. Brownson, district president; and Mrs. Bess Proctor, who represented the state organization. (Courier News Pholo) Commissioner Appeals For Highway 18 Approach An appeal to solve the problem of the Highway 18 city out to the people of Blytheville today from a former citizen approach from the west wenl and current highway commissioner. * Highway Picture Is Called Good Things never looked better for the future of Arkansas' highways. That's the opinion of Miss Willie Lawson, former Mississippi Countian, who is now a member of the Arkansas Highway Commission. Miss Lawson says a satisfactory and efficient "system of roads can be built in the stale Within the next ten years, provided: "1. We have a continuation of a hands-off policy in the governor's office established by Governor Cherry. "2. We have the same understanding and intelligent leadership from the Legislature in session which we have had from a majority of them as individuals. "3. The county judges continue to give us their help. "4. The local property owners and taxpayers both as individuals and civic groups keep working with us and continue to carry their share of the load. "Response and cooperation of people all over the state has been almost like a fairy story." Supreme Court Upholds Driver Responsibility Act LITTLE ROCK Wl — The Arkansas Supreme Court today held thati the 1953 drivers financial responsi- j bility law is consUHiUonal. I The 1953 Act permits the revenue | commissioner to suspend a vehicle drivers' license of any person who cannot prove his financial responsibility to meet a possible judgment after having been involved in an accident causing personal injury or property damage of more $100, Financial responsibility may be proven by a showing that the driver has liability insurance or by posting a bond which the commissioner may require. Today's ruling was the first by the Arkansas Supreme Court on the act. Making the appeal was Miss Wil-< lie A. Lawson, former Mississippi County educator, who now is a member of the Arkansas State Highway Commission. Miss Lawson entered a plea for persons in Blytheville and Mississippi County to get together "and try to arrive at a meeting of the minds as to what would be the most desirable, the most economical and available entrance to the city." Highway 18 from Blytheville to Manila was widened and resurfaced during the regime of then Governor Sid McMath about four years ago. Not rrogrammeri However, the aproach into the city was not a part of the program. The Arkansas Highway Department decided to keep hands off in view of the local opposition to first one proposal and then another. One bad curve just short of the city limits and a 80-degree turn at Gateway have aroused the present highway commission. The commission wants to bring the highway in to the city with a gentle curve .coming by Rice-Stix factory and into Main at the Intersection with 21st Street. Ask Free Right of Way But it stood firm on its policy of insisting that the right of way be donated—a policy which, followed over the state, has made the Commission none too popular with some. But it was on this matter of right of way that Mayor E. R. Jackson hit a snag in trying to get the slate to proceed with plaiv. He couldn't get all the right of way donated. Suggests Meeting Mi.ss Lawson, who recently visited Hie city .held out no plan in her communication to the Courier News, but suggested the highway ! commission make an appraisal of the right of way and then meet with interested persons here. She concluded: "I want the Blythevilie citizens as a whole to know the situation forts to help solve it. "It is really a cjty-wide. . and county - wide problem. Property owners, parents who send their children to Lange School, people than' flom wesL of Blytheville who trade ' in BIythevile and the highway users who use this route should get, together and see what can be done immediately to eliminate this hazard. "The Highway Department is ready to go to work when the citizens get together and give us the green light." Control of Congress Hangs In Balance on Eve of Election Criminal Court Docket Heavy 39 Cases to Be Heard During November Term under Light Pleas were heard and the docke was set on n totnl or 39 crimina cases which were arraigned in Circuit Court here Saturday with Judge Light presiding. Trial of the cases will begin tomorrow when the selected jurors will report for duty. Jurors called to serve from each township is as follows: Chickasawba Charles Mullins, Woodrow Alexander, R. V. Gaines, Homer Hodge, Harold Sudbury, Emery Francis, Hank Dodd, Hadley Hayes, E. M. McCall. Ncal David H. Buck, Gerald B. Ray Tom D. Marshall, Atherton Hiett Monte F. Grimes, W. L. Bryant Fred F, Alexander, Dean Roach Joe C. Baker. Hector Charley Rose, 0. E. Hunnicutt Earl Brownlee, Billy Davis. Bimlelte Olyde Lutes, Ben Craig, R. D Nash. Half Mnrm Ben Ray, Joe Dildine, Big Lake Jim David, Tom Steele. Bnwen Andy Bevil, W. H. Raspberry. Clear Lake B. Otis Koonce and L. 0. Long. Huffman — E. C. Aiikisson. Canadian — E. L. Hale. Hickman — James L. Franscum Jury Commissioners are Glin Harrison, O. M. Mitchell and Jim Bridges. Alternate petit 'jurors are R. L Hawkins, Half Moon; Clyde A Smith and Robert Reeves, Jr. Hector; J. M. Frankum, Bowen Taylor Turnbow, H. M. Perez, R j E, Montgomery, George T. Rogers JNeal; B. F. Fitzgerald, E. B. Gee Ray.Haynes, J. L. Pluckeu. Chick asawba. Searching Pilots Set ToQuitonCrash Report Blytheville airport officials, at noon today, labeled reports of a plane crash west of Gosnell yesterday a "false alarm" after military and civilian planes had combed the area this morning without, finding any tract of wreckage. Dave Halstead, airport manager, told the Courier News that a Navy plane from Memphis, the Blytheville branch of the Civil Air Patrol and several private pilots combed the area from Gosnell west to the Big Lake bottoms in search of the wreckage but found no trace of it. "It looks like the report was a false alarm," Mr. Halstead said. The search was set off late yesterday when Henry Thompson of Blytheville reported to City Police that he saw what looked like an airplane "on fire" and what appeared to be an open parachute floating earthward from it. The plane was headed west, he said, in the general vicinity ot Gosnell. Inside Today's Courier News . . . More Roufih Sledding for Chicks, Paps . . . "Very Fortunate," Says Wyatt of Acele Victory . . . Sports . . . Pa n -cs 10 and 11 ... . . . How to Pick a Judge . . , Editorials . . . Pafc 6 ... . . .Wilson Photo Feature . . , Page 3 ... . . . Air Force Secretary Talbott's Temper Boosts Morale . . . Paffc 5 ... TB Business Drive to Open Business solicitations for the Mis sisslppi County Tuberculosis Asso elation will get started on Nov. 15 Mrs. Max Usrey, division chair man, announced today. That Is one week prior to th time mail solicitations begin. Workers are to report to the As sociation office for supplies anc Instruction on the 15lh. Civic clubs and various women': groups have volunteered to helj with the drive. Strike Closes Schools DECATUR. 111. UFr- A strike 0 school Janitors, maintenance men and bus drivers today forced clos. ing of 20 of DtcaUlr't 26 publl' schools. It was estimated between ll.OOC and 12,000 children were getting the unscheduled holiday becausr of the walkout. The only school open were six that have gas o oil heat. Demos, GOP Make Final Bid Tonight By JACK BELL WASHINGTON (AP) — Control of Congress appeared 0 be hanging in a narrow balance today as President .Eisen- lower and Adlai E. Stevenson prepared to wind up a blistering campaign with appeals, for the voters to turn out in force omo'rrow. Republicans were regarded nationally as fighting an uphill battle _ _ o retain their present slender con- 1 If jfcA^fc t™ 1 of thc Senate and House, won I AiriH if 111 P two years ago. Democrats jubllant- billl M** » " *** ly were claiming they would sweep both in their camp and take over up to hall a doien OOP governorships. But there remained an air of un- :ertointy, generated by disputes over the effectiveness of strenuous last-minute campaigning by Elsen- hower and the depth of penetration of what the Democrats called "Bed smear" charges against some of their candidates. Final Appeal From the Wnite House tonight Elsenhower will beam a television CBS) and radio (Mutual-ABC) appeal to the voters to march to the polls. He will be joined by Vice President Nixon, cast by the Democrats in the role of chief campaign author of the Communlst- in-governmenl issue. Nixon speaks from Denver. The program Is scheduled for 9 p.m. EST. For the West Coast, the program will be rebroadcast three hours later. Stevenson, the 1952 Democratic presidential nominee, who has said Elsenhower has Joined In i OOP chorus on the Issue of domes' tic communism, speaks by radio e Vote Expected In State History-Making Governor's Race at Climax By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS A paradoxical season of Arkansas politics conies to a head tomorrow when an expected 350,000 Arkansas voters go to the polls with history in their hands to elect a governor. Their choice will be either Republican Pratt Remmel or Democrat Orval Paubus. The fact that a Republican Is conceded an outside chance of winning the governorship ,of this "solid South" state is history in itself. Arkansas has not elected a Republican governor—or even come close to it—since Reconstruction days. If tradition holds true and Pan- bus is elected, there still will be a strange twist that already has been written into the books. Paubus won the Democratic nomination over Gov. Francis Cherry, whose loss made him only the second govcr nor in Arkansas history to be denied a second term. Surprises Experts Remmel is an old hund at surprising the experts. He has won two terms as mayor of Little Rock, defeating Democrats both times. Paubus Is making his first general election bid tor n state office. The weatherman and the people who issue poll tax receipts offer evidence that the vote will be one of the heaviest ever cast In a general election. The gcnernl election in Arkansas usually Is merely an anti-climax which makes the Dem ocratlc nominee's election official. Forecasters at the U. S. Weather Bureau In Little Rock say tomor row's weather will be cold—maybe freezing—but the skies will be clear. A record number of Arkansas voters have paid their poll taxes More than 561.000 poll tax receipts hnve been Issued. That figure tops the previous record, which was the number Issued two years ago for the presidential election. Polls open at 8 a.m. and close at 6:30 p.m. Perhaps the hottest issues of the campaign, except the battle of Republicans and Democrats to keep their members In camp, have revolved around a now-defunct communist-branded college and Arknn- SILS Power k Light Co.'s request for a rate Increase. Both issues contributed greatly to the heavy barrage of charges nnd counter charges hulled In the recent bitter Democratic primary Clearance Questioned Although Rommel has shicc away from trying to make political hay at the expense of Faubus' former connection with Common- weath College, a group of antl See POLITICS on Pago U C/ection Oddities (editorial— A Reminder-Vote for County Three-Mill Road Tax Tuesday As a brief and last-minute reminder, we again encourage you to vote for the County three-mill road tax which will be on your ballot tomorrow. This tax is the major means of support for maintenance of this county's rural road system. It is a tax which none of us can afford to be without. It is equally important to the municipalities of the county. Blytneville's share alone is estimated to be in the neighborhood of $12,000 yearly. A deterioration of county roads would not only be an inconvenience to those who must travel them, but would be a blow to the economy of farmer and merchant alike in that it would tend to slow and in some cases halt trade. Again, vote for the county three-mill road tax. Brisk Vote Seen In Election Here Local Races over County Expected to Hike Interest A moderately heavy vote was expected in Mississippi County tomorrow due primarily to a number of local scraps and the fact that the Republican gubernatorial candidate is "running" for the first time in years. (CBS) from Chicago, His talk is scheduled for 10:16 p.m., EST. Democrats busied themselves with what National Chairman Stephen A. Mitchell called a "walkathon" In an effort to counter the "10 times 10" telephone drive initialed by Elsenhower Saturday. Democrats were urged to walk to the homes of 10 neighbors and ask them to vote. Republicans were asked to telephone 10 friends and urge them to go to the polls. There was no accurate Indication of the effectiveness of either cam palgn, despite claims of widespread success. Telephone companies generally reported normal traffic, with increases In some •eas. n«mr* Hurt Democrats conceded privately that they had been hurt In some critical races by the charge that mnny of their candidates were "left wing." Atty. Oen. Browncll snid Saturday night that If Democrats win control of Congress, the new chairmen of committees which deal with corruption and communism would be a "new kind of 6 per center — they supported the President's program only 5 per cent of the time." He did not name them. Brownell said the "big reason" for having a OOP Congress is that "In this field of communism there Is much in he done by our federal government." Democrats remained confident they can count on the "pocketbook" vote In tomorrow's ballot- Ing — support from men and women who are unemployed, have reduced income or fear that a depression may be in the making. Eisenhower and campaigners generally have contended the country is enjoying its best non- war year but no OOP leader professed to know how effective this rc.ply was. Democrats counted heavily too on what they labeled as dissatisfaction among farmers at low agricultural prices while the cost of living remained generally high. And their hopes were buoyed by the tradition that the party In power nationally usually loses congres- Sr.r. ELECTION on Page H Battles for aldermanlc seat* promises to bring out the voters In Blytheville, where each of four aldermen has drawn opposition and a city attorney race Is on tap. Here are aldermanlc race*: (incumbent* names first): Ward One—Jesse White v». Harold Wright. Ward Two — Jodie Nabers v«. Kcmper Bruton. Ward Three—Rupert Craftoo vi. Chest Drive Is 41 Percent Short Only $14,000 Has Been Turned in; Final Report- Date Set Blythevllle's 1064 Community Chest Campaign moved a little closer to Its $25,280 Roal as volunteer worknrit moved into the third week of solicitations. CiunpnlKn officials reported this morning that 61 per cent of the goal — $14,837.73 — has been solicited to date. Offlclali! nave expressed hopes that solicitations would climb considerably higher by the Lime this week's report ninetln^ and that the campaign could be wrapped up within the next week or 10 days. Chest chairman Harvr.y Morris today set Wednpsdny a* what he hopes will be final report day. He scheduled a report meeting for 4:30 Wednesday afternoon In the Y rooniH on City Hall's second floor. He encouraged all workers to get In their final reports at that time. Here in a breakdown on solicitation* to date by dlvteilm: Advanced Glltfi—$7.625; Employees Division—$1.217.75; Commercial and Public Service—$2.695; Government and Education — $518; Clubs and Organizations — $50; Natlona Firms—$305; Residential—$2,426.96. TyphoonMayHitQk'tnawa MANILA W — The Philippine weather bureau said uxiay a raging, late-season Pacific typhoon may hit Okinawa within 4fl hours. Jimmy Lentz. Ward Pour—Charles LJpford vs. O. W. Copedge. Incumbent Elbert Johnson is ba- ing opopacd by Bill Steinsiek In the race for city attorney. W. I. Malin, city clerk whose term explrcR bhlft year, tailed to draw opposition, One Withdrawal The Rev. Harold Thompson, an earlier entry in the Word One ald- ermanlc race, withdrew last week. In addition, Arkansas voters will choose between Democratic nominee Orval Faubus and the Republican Pratt Remmel for governor. In Southeast Missouri, the Pemiscot County bnllot will contain only one race of any significance. That Is In the race for Congressman where Democrat Paul C. Jones ot Kennctt is opposed by Republican Clyde Whaley. Mr. Jones is the incumbent and heavily favored. All other district and county candidates are unopposed. Here's the lineup on county races: Manila For Mayor—A. A. Tipton. For City Recorder—J. E. McMasters. For Alderman—the following Tor re-election, P. G. BtUlard and B. A. McCann, ward 3; R- H. McKinnon and S. E. Henson, ward 1; Harvey Durham and A. E. McCulley, ward 2. Charles Carter Ls contestant in Ward 1. Lciichvllle For Mayor—Fred F. Alexander vs. B. C. Meadows. For City Clerk—Donald Wheeler v«. W. A. Dew. (No report on %ldp,rmaru Joiner For Mayor—H. F. Hewerton vs. Joe Dean. For City Recorder—Mrs .Vivian Tlnsley. For City Treasurer—Mrs. Ruth Stacks. For Alderman—Walter Glover, Hubert Seymour, Bill Lnndrum and Charlie Bradshaw, for re-election; R. C. Lowrance, Cecil Sherwood, Murphy Geary. Lewis Williamson and Henry Wood, contesting. For City Constable—C. 8. Haskett. For City Marshall—Howard Fe&a vs. Cherry Byrd. Osceola For Alderman — A. B. Ward, Ward 1; R. E. Prewttt. Ward 2; Tim Bowles. Ward 3. (No opposition to incumbents.) No city election in Dell or Luxora as terms will expire next year. Harvest Figures in Time of Election By D. HAROLD OLIVER WASHINGTON Iffi — Why docs election day fall In November? The National Geographic Society quotes Alexander Duncan, Whig representative from Ohio, who wrote the presidential election day law In 1845: "Harvesting Is over then, and winter has not yet made the roads Impassable." However, until 1872, each stale for Congress and often It was not the same as presidential election day. Between 1845 and 1OT2 Pennsylvania, Ohio and Indiana voted In October for representatives. Even today Maine, by special exception and because of an early winter, votes In September for all offices except presidential electors. While Franklin D. Roosevelt Jr. Is giving up a scat in the U. S. House to run for attorney general of New York, his older brother James ii seeking election to the House from California. John, the late New Deal President's young- a Republican Congress as a vice chairman of the Citizens for Elsen- hower. . • • President Roosevelt's personal physician, retired Vice Adm. Ross T. Mcmtlre, U Democratic candidate seeking to unseat Republican Rep. Bob Wilson In California's 30th District. . « * A pair of law partner! ~- one * Republican, the other »' Democrat —oppose each other for district attorney in Wisconsin's Walworth County. They are Erwln ZaMrow, Republican district attorney since 1946, and Philip B. Morrissy, Democrat. They are members of the same law firm. Bill Bnngert, former national amateur s h o t p u t and discus champ, is trying to break the Democratic hold on Missouri's lit Dll- trlct. He's the OOP candidate against Demclratlc Rep. Frank M. Karsten. The geographic society offers these other historical Items: Voting as a citizen's privilege goes back to the ancient Greek city-states. Some public officials were elected viva voce—by voice by lot. Romans voted on waxed wooden slabs, »nd later by white and black hall*. The word "ballot" Itself de- rlvts from the Italian "ballotta," meaning "little ball." Following English custom, the American colonLits voted aloud, although as early as. 1034 Massachu. setts WM using a paper ballot. The voter had to bring his own piece of paper. Arkansas still voted viva voce In 1846, Missouri and Virginia until the Civil War. Secret voting for Congrew became federal law In llli. Weather ARKANSAS —Partly cloudy this afternoon, antl Tuesday turning colder tonight and Tuesday. Lowest temperatures 26-34 north and 32-2S south portion tonight. MISSOURI—Pair and colder tonight with freezing temperatures: low tonight 16-20 extreme northeast to 25-30 elsewhere; Tuesday partly cloudy and windy; colder southeast. Minimum S\mdfcS—35. Maximum Saturday—53. \flnlmum this morning—38. Maximum yesterday—54. Sunriae tomorrow— 6;21. Sunset today—5:07. Mean temperature (midway between high and low)—«. Precipitation last 46 hourR to 7 a.m. —trace. Precipitation Jan. 1 to tht* daw — 30.03. This (late Lust V«nr Maximum yesterday—70. Minimum this morning—42. Precipitation January 1 to da» — ii.TO.