The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on March 2, 1956 · Page 1
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Friday, March 2, 1956
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE DOMINANT NXWBPAFIR Of JtORTHEAJST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI filythevlUe Courier Blytheville Daily New* VOL. LI—NO. 368 Mississippi Valley Leader Blythevtlle Herald BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS, FRIDAY, MARCH 2, 1956 TWELVE PAGES Published Dally Except Sunday SINGLE COPY FIVE CENTS Health Funds Boosted By House Group WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Appropriations Committee today voted a big boost in funds to fight cancer, heart trouble and other diseases as it- recommended $8,301,508,041 in new money to finance 24 government agencies. The money is for use during th fiscal year starting July 1 is »154,155,641 more than Pre ident Eisenhower had requeste However, the increase wa more than accounted for by th million dollars more than Eisen hower had requested for the Civ Service retirement fund. , The committee said the extr money would help keep the fun on a- sound actuarial basis. ." noted that the fund, tecnhicall has a deficit'of $13,400,000,000 be cause the government hasn't bee regularly paying its share to sup plement the six per cent contr butions of federal employes. One of the sharpest cuts, $37 100,000 below the President's quest, was made in funds for th Civil Defense Administration, fo Which the ' committee voted $68 100,000. $1 Million More For operation of the Nationa Health Institutes, which conduc research in medicine, the com mittee voted $135,525,000. This i a million more than Eisenhowe requested . and 37 million mor than the NH1 received this year The National Cancer Institut was allotted $34,437,000, a boo; of 2 minnion over the President' proposal; the Mental ..Health In stitute $23.749,000, up 2 million the Heart Institute $25,106,000 a 3-million hike; the dental pro gram $3,471,000, a boost of $500 000; the arthritis and metaboli diseases program $13,845,000, increase of $500,000; and the neu rology and blindness program $14,196,000, a hike of 2 millions For microbiology activities the committee voted $8,799,000, a cu of a million. $4.7 Billion to VA More than half of the total was voted for the Veterans Adminis 'tration. The $4.720,280.860 for tha agency represented a cut $785.860 below the budget request ed ~by~ Eisenhower, but includec all monej' asked for benefit pro grams for veterans and some in creases for rehabilitation of hos High Court Studies Dog Track Case LITTLE ROCK fcW—The muddle- a•minute controversy over whether there'll be dog racing at West Memphis went before the Arkansas Supreme Court today with a new twist. Atty. Gen. Tom Gentry .asked the court to set aside a temporary restraining order issued by Pulaski Chancery Court which forbids the Arkansas Racing Commission to license Southland Racing Corporation's new track. The Supreme Court took the attorney- general's petition under advisement after a 55-minute hearing before all seven justices. The purpose of Gentry's move wasn't clear since he is official counsel for the racing commission, which is trying to avoid granting a permit to Southland. Gentry reiterated at today's hearing that he would appeal a conflicting order from another court which would require the commission to -isue the permit. Associate Justice Ed McFaddin asked Gentry if he intended to appeal.' 'Most assuredly," Gentry replied. McPaddin then asked if the ap- peai would be filed today. 'That is a mattei that is not before the', court at this time, your honor. The time hasn't expired." pitals and facilities. Here's how other larger agencies fared compared with the amounts Eisenhower requested for them. Grants to states for unemployment compensation and employ? ment service administration, 250 millions, a cut of 15 millions. Veterans' unemployment compensation, 70 millions, a cut of 20 millions attbuted to a decline in anticipated claims. Unemployment compensation for federal employes," 25 millions, a cut 'of 5 millions. OUTSTANDING CITIZEN — Receiving the 1955 Steele Chamber of Commerce award for outstanding civic contribution to the community is J. O. Weaver, right, Steele postmaster. Bronze plaque wsa presented yesterday by Jerry Harara, left; president of Steele Chamber of Commerce. Mentioned as outstanding- in his civic work were efforts in behalf of Steele City Park and his leadership in Boy Scout activities. Dulles Off for Visit To Cold War Fronts By JOHN M. HIGHTOWER WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Dulles sets off today on a visit to Asia and the Far East, major front in the cold war. He hopes on his return later this month to have information which will help him decide whether U. S. foreign policy should be revised to meet the Russian drive for new political and economic influence in the area's underdeveloped countries. Arabia Wtints to Buy US Jets; Request To Get 'Careful Scrutiny' WASHINGTON (AP) — Saudi Arabia was disclosed to day to. have asked to-buy-a small number of jet planes from the United States in addition to 18 more tanks. Officials who reported this saidfr— the request has not received U.S approval. They indicated it would ret the same "most careful scru- iny'" promised for all Middle 3ast arms requests in a Peb. 18 State Department announcement ifting a two-day embargo on such hipments. The embargo was imposed amid sontroversy over a previous shipment of light tanks. Additional Order The Saudi request for an undis- losed number of jet planes and 8 M47 Patton medium tanks, offi- ials said, is in addition to seven nillion dollars worth of U.S. mili- ary goods authorzed for ship- .ent to Baud Arabia in the past Ix months. This represents almost half the 5 millions in arms shipments i the Middle East for which ex- ort licenses were granted since August. Of the rest, six million ent to other Arab countries and iree million to' Israel, it was un- erstood. Israel's big request for 63 mil- ons in defensive weapons is stil under consideration." This fig- re was revised upward from 50 Trillions as a result of changes ade in the arms list first submitted Nov. 16 by Israeli Ambas- ador Abba Eban. Judges Answer Pemiscot Suit Fight Move Asking For Secretary Pay In Municipal Court Gary Haggerman, a Blytheville Air Force Base airman, pleaded guilty in Municipal Court today to drunk driving and was fined $100, cifts and sentenced to 24 hours in jail. In.- other actions, Larry Morse was found not guilty of assault. Complaining witness was L. L. Beardon. Beardon was found guilty of pub• lie drunkenness and carrying a concealed weapon. He was fined $10 on the first count and $50 on the second, plus costs. Appeal bonds were granted. Garland Russ was found guilty of petty larceny. He was fined (25, costs and sentenced to 34 hours in jail. Honeymoon Split PASADENA, Calif. W-A Dutch treat honeymoon li anything but ; a treat, Mrs. Elisabeth Smith, 63, Indicated In winning a divorce. She testified her M-year-old husbnnd Clifton intltited they »pllt expense* on a Moond honeymoon aft*r a •eparatlon iMt Jury. Th* Smith* nurrlid In 1M3, Winds .ash England LONDON (/P) —Winds ranging up o 80 miles an hour raged across the British Isles today, causing widespread damage and driving dozens of ships to cover. Two deaths were blamed on the storms. The 488-ton coastal vessel Greenhaven was blown on the rocks off Donegal, Ireland. Her crew of 10 scrambled to a reef to await rescue. In northern England, hundreds of windows were blown in, chimneys crashed through roofs, walls collapsed and signboards were toppled. • , ' One person was tunea under a falling wall. Another was hit by a train, which the victim didn't hear approaching because of the howling wind. CARUTHERSVILLE — An swer denying circuit Court juris diction has been filed to Prosecut ing Atty. James (Tick) Vickrey's suit to force Pemiscot County Court to hire him a secretary. The answer, filed by lawyers for Judpes Sam Buchanan and Basi: Barksdale, was in the form of a motion to dismiss Vickrey's complaint of two weeks ago. Grounds stated were that the court of Circuit Judge Fred Henley "has no jurisdiction by a mandamus proceeding to review or govern" the operations and decisions of County Court. Each year, County court sets up the budget for the county. Vickrey was allowed $1,000 for clerical help last year. He received almost $700 more from public contributions. Money Runs Out The money ran out with February's pay check and Vickrey asked for more. When he did not receive it.he filed the suit in an attempt tn force Pemiscot County Court to appropriate $1,925 for a secretary's salary. Vickrey said at the time of filing nis petition that he felt Buchanan and Barksdale were trying to force him to resign from office by not giving him proper assistance. Their reply stated that Viekrey knew the pny of the office when he sought election in 1954. It added that no other Pemiscot County prosecuting attorney .had ever asked funds for clerical help. Buchanan and Barksdale charged that Vickrey spends "a large part of his time in services apdrt from his office." They said he has assumed some of the duties of sheriff and has a deputy sheriff's commission — all against the aw, the judges said. The immediate purpose is his scheduled attendance March 6-8 at a meeting of the Foreign Ministers Council of the Southeasl Asia Treaty Organization at Karachi, Pakistan. He also will visit nine, other capitals from New Delhi to Tokyo and confer with a wide range of Asian leaders, including India's Prime Minister Nehru. The 25,000-mile journey will raise his total travel since he took office three years ago to approximately 300,000 miles. New Threats The trip will be his first to Asia since the Soviets; after the summit conference last July, launched their political and economic drive to penetrate Asian nations with offers of cooperation and financial ad. Dulles has termed their operations in Asia and the Middle East dangerous new threats to the security of the free world. Within the past week, he has said the Soviet campaign appeared to require on the part of this country nothing more than a flexible and continuing foreign aid program. At a news conference Wednesday, he said that during his trip he expects to collect information which would help him decide what if any other new foreign policy measures should be taken. On the eve of his departure last night the State Department released a report by the eight-natio SEATO Council declaring, that i ;he 12 months of the alliance's ex istence considerable progress h been made in strengthening fre Asia against the threat of Com munist expansion by war'or sub version. It indicated that the "shadow )f armed communism" has been argely lifted from the newly in dependent states of Indochina. Bu t added that "Communist sub version remains a major threat 1 the whole SEATO area. Glubb Fired As Jordan's Army Chief Dismissal Is Blow to British Prestige AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Lt, Gen| John Bagot Gluhb, dig. missed as army commander was escorted out of Jordan to day under guard of 16 tanks His ouster by King Hussein was a new blow to British prestige in the Middle East. The British government, which set up Jordan's Arab Legion am has been subsidizing it, said i had assurances friendly relations would continue. But the Foreign Office in London said the "abrupl dismissal of this distinguished of ficer" brought deep concern to London officials. Glubb, leader of the Arab Legion in the war against Israe. in 1948, was dismissed as chiel of the army general staff. Britain pays Jordan $22,400,000 annually for support of the 20,000-man Arab Legion. This is more than ball the budget of the Arab kingdom. Offered Grant In January Syria, Egypt and Saudi Arabia offered Jordan .an annual grant to replace the Brit- sh subsidy. The declared aim of ;he offer was to strengthen Jordan against "any Israeli aggression," but Westerners expressed belief a more primary purpose ffes strengthen Jordan's rejec- ion of bids to join the Baghdad defense alliance. King Hussein and Premier Samir el Rifai carried out the ouster of lubb and other British officers o satisfy strong anti-Western elements demanding that the Arab jegion come completely under Arab control. The dismissal ended 30 years of Middle East service for the tough, wiry little 59-year-old soldier who earned the ways Of the Arabs on mel backs and around the desert campfires and built the Arab world's best army from scratch. His enemies called him "The Uncrowned King of Jordan." Glubb left by plane with his fam- ly for London today. An official nnouncement said his dismissal ook effect yesterday. .Ounabb (s Successor The announcement said he See JORDAN on Page 5 GOP Hopes to Use Ike Victory to Gain Congress Control By DOUGLAS B. CORNELL WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans confident of winning with President Eisenhower focused their strategy for 1956 today on sweeping congressional candidates to victory with him. The strategy looks a little into the future, beyond the current two-party sparring over Eisenhower's second-term bid and his health, and beyond current Republican uncertainty over a vice presidential nominee. The GOP campaign planning* . will crystalize in more detailed form at a party powwow of members of the national committee, state chairmen and Republican Senate and House members. Republican National Chairman Leonard W. Hall says it will be called soon, probably in Washington. Such a session is bound to produce more talk about whether Vice President Nixon should again be second man on the GOP ticket. Hall forecast it will again be Sisenhower and Nixon. So did Sen. Knowland of California, a political rival of the vice president in their home state. Declined to Say Announcing his own availability, Eisenhower declined to say .Wednesday whether he wants Nixon a running mate. He said he will wait .to see what the GOP convention does in August. At the ;ame time, as he has often done lefore, he praised Nixon highly Still, there is some Republican grumbling that Nixon is .such a ontroversial figure that the party "night do better to drop him. Nison was sitting tight, accept- ng no calls from reporters. The New York Times, In a iispatch from Washington aid today Eisenhower will sup- ort Nixon for renomination if lixon "wants it." The Times coninued: "This was the word being passed oday by a highly qualified source o influential Republican leaders o head off a developing battle ver~ "secomr~p~uYce"drr "the parly's icket. "It was emphasized that the de- fsion about running-- again was p to Mr. Nixon and he has not See GOP on Page 5 Demo Senators Seek to Tie Farm Policies to Ike By EDWIN B. HAAKINSON WASHINGTON (AP) — Some Democratic senators set put today to tie Republican farm policies they criticize to President Eisenhower rather than Secretary of Agriculture Benson, * # * Lucy Case Near Total Confusion By BEM PRICE BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The case of Autherine Lucy, r egro student who wants to continue her studies at the-all- vhite. University of Alabama, was in a state bordering on otal confusion today. Re 11> sous Week At BHS Delayed Religious Emphasis Week at Ely. iheville High School, originally slated for March 12 to 16, has been DOStponed until April 23 to 27, was announced today. Sponsoring the week is fhe Bly- .heville Ministerial Alliance. That organization' held its monthly breakfast meeting this norning at Hotel Noble. Guesi .peaker was Floyd Irby, Mississippi County Welfare director. Irby expained welfare work on he state and county levels. ign of Prankster LOUISVILLE, Ky. M>) — Motor- sts entering Louisville blinked •hen they saw this sign: "Lexing- on—Home of the University of [entucky." The sign was taken down but le pranksters weren't identified. N. Y. Bank Robbed of $175,000 PORT CHESTER, N, Y. tB—Two men robbed a drive-in bank today of an estimated $175,000 after'kid- naping and holding captive all night a woman bank teller. The teller, 'Mrs. Mary F. Kos- tulos, was, reported unharmed. The holdup began at 10 o'clock ast night. As 1 Mrs. Kostolos drove icr car Into the driveway at her home, two men got into the car and forced her- to drive them around, for five hours. At 3 a.m., they made her drive h> the drive-In branch of the Coun,)• Truat Co. ' I'M* Her Kef qstaf Mr*. Kostolo*' key, the nen entered UM bank and took tor wife tbuti, bottlac b*r captive In the ouildlng in preparation for the 8 a.m. opening for business. Shortly before opening time janitor made an unsuccessful attempt-to unlock the bank door with his key. He went away for a few minutes, and when he returned for a second try to get In, one of the robbers opened the doors, seized the man and pulled him Into the building. Opened Vault A few mlnulca before 8, J. Purdy Ungcmack, a bank official, ar- rjved. The robbers forced him to open the vault, nnd mnde him carry all of the money to Mrs. Kos- tolos' car at the curb. Then they sped away, leaving Unnetnack itaodlnc on to* curb. As the car left, a police car with two patrolmen pulled up and Unge- mack told them what had happened. They sent in alarm, but by thatt ime the robbers had disappeared In the direction of White Plains. ... : . Mrs. Kostolos was not immediately available to describe her ordeal to reporters. Chief of Police Fred C. Ponty .raid the robbers did not harm her physically. Ponty placed the robbers' loot at (175,000. The County Trust Co., Is West- cheater County'* largest bank. Its dt:ve-ln branch it Mount Vernon was held up and robbed of $97,984 a*pt. MTUM. i Miss Lucy, 26, was "permanently expelled" by the Board of Trustees of the 125-year-old university at Tuscaloosa at a secret meeting Wednesday night. The trustees' action came within hours of an order from Federal Judge H. Hobart Grooms ordering her readmission to the university. She had been suspended Peb. 6 after riots on the campus over her presence. Her attorney, Arthur D. Shores, said he had no idea what legal course he would pursue in an additional effort to have the 26-year-old former school teacher readmitted to the university, Miss Lucy, herhelf, was in New York seeking medical attention and "rest, peace and quiet." Left Yesterday She left Birmingham yesterdaj morning in company with Thurgood Marshall, chief counsel for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, The NAACP has been backing her ef' forts over the past 29 months to be admitted to the university. In expelling Miss Lucy from the university, the trustees accused her of making "false, defamatory, impertinent and scandalous charges" against university officials. The expulsion resolution said, "No educational institution can maintain necessary disciplinary Weather NORTHEAST ARKANSAS: Partly cloudy this afternoon, tonight an.d tomorrow. Winds light to moderate, southwesterly to westerly. Increasing humidity tonight, decreasing tomorrow. High this afternoon, high 90s. Low tonight near 40. MISSOURI: Generally fair this ' tonight; Saturday afternoon and partly cloudy; warmer, east . and south portions; low tonight 35-40; ilgh Saturday 55-40 northwest to 65 southeast. Minimum thli morning—-45. Maximum yesterday—80. Sunrloe tomorrow—8:27. Sunset tod>y— 5:M. Mesn temperature—54.5. Pretilplutlon 24 hours (7 * m. to 7 in.)—.M. Precipitation Jut. 1 to d»l«—11.31. This t>at« Lait Ys«r Maximum yesterday—42. Minimum this mornlnft—70. rnclpitttloa JM. 1 to dtt*-7.11, action if any student, regardless of race, guilty of the conduct of Autherine J. Lucy be permitted to remain.' ' The Negro woman was enrolled at the university Peb. 1 in compliance with a Federal District Court order issued by Grooms. In the wake of the riots, the Board of Trustees ordered her suspension for "her safety" and the "safety of others," Exonerated Miss Lucy's attorneys promptly filed contempt of court proceedings against 13 university officials and trustees. In the contempt motion Miss Lucy charged these officials had conspired v r ith members of the mob to keep her from attending classes. The petition called the mob action a "cunning stratagem." In the court hearing Wednesday, however, Marshall moved to amend the contempt proceedings, striking all references to a conspiracy. In his findings, Grooms exonerated the trustees and officials of the contempt charges on the grounds they acted in good faith in excluding her from the campus after the riots. However, he ordered her readmitted by 9 a.m. Monday. Up to Lucy A federal court employe said unofficially the next move now is up to Miss Lucy's attorneys since the readmission order was predicated upon the fact that at that time she was a legally enrolled student. Meanwhile, the Alabama House of Representatives in Montgomery Gathings Still Favors Curbs On Cotton Imports New Export Sale Plan Only Part Of Picture, He Says WASHNGTON U) — Rep. Gath ings CD-Ark) says the cotton ex port program has not changed h belief that "immediate restriction on imports of cotton textiles urgently needed." The Agriculture Department cently announced plans to offe surplus U.S. cotton in world mar kets at competitive prices. "The export sale of cotton competitive, prices in the market i only part of the total picture, Gathings said yesterday in a state ment. "As a matter of fact thi new cotton export sales program only intensifies the need for contro of cotton textile imports." Import Quotas Gathings has introduced legisia tion which would provide, among other things, for textile Impor quotas at the level of the average of the 1954 and 1855 imports. His view, he said, is that the bil should be held in abeyance "for a reasonable period until the execu tive department has had time to ;Ct." It is his understanding, he said ; that a U.S.-Japanese agreement limiting textile imports is, under consideration by the executive branch. But, said Gathings, the exporl sales program creates a new set of conditions and, "It seems to me that the fact that cotton will be sold in the foreign textile markets at a price below that fixed for American mills is in itself suffi- cent to warrant the limitation of textle imports." whooped establish through a resolution to committee to determine if the NAACP is controlled by Communists. Under the terms of the resolution, which now goes to the Senate, Miss Lucy would be called as a witness. The Senate approved a resolution by unanimous voice vote ask- Ing for federal funds .to settle Negroes outside the South. Answering any suggestion » of Communist Influence In the NAACP, Marshall angrily declared In New York: "Anybody who calls me a Communist is a bare-fnced liar—and so Is his mother," Miss Lucy declined to discuss lei case with newsmen as she arrived In New York late yesterday. Marshall said, "She uppcnrs to See NEGRO «• Paf* * Advance Gifts To Red Cross Total $2,752 Advance gifts committee of the Red Cross Fund drive today reported $2,152.50 in contributions at the end of the first day of the campaign. The first 10 days of the month- long campaign is being devoted to advance gifts collections. Heading the initial phase is Kelley Welch, C. C. Czeschin is chairman of the Blytheville drive. Sen. Humphrey. (D-Mihn), who has been one " of Benson's most vocal critics, took the initiative yesterday. He told the Senate that he and others .may have been unfair to Benson--"a very fine man" —because he said Benson was "only carrying out Eisenhower's orders." • Senators Kerr CD-Okla) and OHn D. Johnston (D-SC) also said in , the debate that Eisenhower.should share the' responsibility. Sen, Sparkman {D-AJa) 'added that "Republican members Congress had to be sold on the Eisenhower-Benson farm program", at 'special conferences. ; ' " ; To Resume Monday Humphrey, who .has held the floor for four days, interrupted his marathon speech today but said he would resume it Monday. The Senate Is to start" voting ,on the farm bill next Thursday. "Some of us have been calling- it the Benson farm program but it's really the Eisenhower farm program," Humphrey said. "The responsibility for this farm program that is bankrupting American agriculture should. be - put right where it belongs, and that'* at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave." That's the street address of the white house. "The remedy is for the public to register their votes this year to fire the man who ought to have fired Benson," he added., After four days of the Senate debate, Humphrey joined Sen. Anderson (D-NM) last night in a CBS-TV discussion of farm problems arranged as a reply to a similar appearance by Benson last week. Being Forced Off Humphrey contended that with : arm prices falling, many younger farmers are being forced off .he farms. "If this continues," he added, "you are going to have an old, old farm population" or a sys- -em of privately collectivized 'arms. The latter, he said, "may very well threaten the stability of our democracy." Anderson said he agrees with Benson on "variable price supports and a soil bank," but he :riticlzed Benson's, administration )f - recent farm programs. "The present farm bill debate s a Waste of time," Anderson ;aid, unless farm surpluses are •apidly disposed of and real con- rols applied to expanding agricultural production. Boy h Stil Critical Jerry Logston, 8-year-old Promised Land community schoolboy ;ho was seriously burned when his hirt caught fire Wednesday, was isted in Blytheville Hospital today s "critical, but improved." The boy's shirt blazed when he .eaned against a hot stove at 'romised Land school. He ran, but r as stopped by a schoolmate, who ore his burning clothing from him. Jerry suffered burns on his back, loulders and arms. Only the im- nediate family is allowed to visit im. Children Wish Pope Happy Birthday By FRANK BRUTTO VATICAN CITY (1?) — Children from all parts of the world sang and danced around Pope Pius XII today to wish him a happy Mth birthday. The papal audience for the children was the first of many event* today celebrating the Pontiff's birthday and the nth anniversary of hit election spiritual head of million Roman the .world's 450 Catholics. The major observance will be a Pontifical Mast in St. Peter's Basilica Sunday, March 11, the day before the anniversary of his coronation u pontiff. The meeting with the children was held in the Vatican Palace'* Contlitorltl H*U. Vatican ottlotal* said it was the first time a head of the church had held such an audience. The frail, white-clad Pope smiled and at times beat his hands gently to the rousing "Happy ' Birthday to You"—sung in Italian "Tantl Augurt a Te." He beamed with pleasure when an Italian boy and girl brought him a whit* caice, topped with 0 gleaming candles and decorated with eight tiny, pink-eyed candy dove*. Meanwhile, 200 Italian schoolchildren—the boys In dark blue and the ilrln In white smocks—waved branclut of white.lilac* »nd wng tht birthday MX*. With them MM children from a *eon at other action*,,

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