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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Saturday, March 3, 1956
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OF NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI YOL. LI—NO. 289 Blytheville Courier Blytheville Dally Newi Mississippi Valley Leader Blytheville Herald BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS, SATURDAY, MARCH 3, 1956 EIGHT PAGES Published Doily Except Sunday SINGLE COPY FIVE CENTS Southland Gets Franchise For New Dog Track HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas' reluctant Racing Commission grudgingly granted last night, at the last possible •— moment, a franchise for Southland-Racing Corp.'s new dog- track at West Memphis. * * * Race Promoters Still Not Out Of Legal Woods Smith's Ruling Still Subject to Review By Supreme Court LITTLE ROCK tf) — The Southland Racing Corp., finally has.won the long-sought franchise for its West Memphis dog track, but the promoters still are entangled in a legal jungle. Soutland has more suits on its hands than a bankrupt haberdasher, and none of them have been settled completely. Even the Crittenden Chancery Court order which forced the state Racing- Commission to grant an operating permit to Southland still Is subject to review by the Arkansas Supreme Court. And:, Atty. Gen. Tom Gentry maintains that he'll appeal the order handed down by Judge W. Leon Smith to the high court. Other Suits However, Uie Smith order aside, Southland also has on its hands: 1. A 21-year-old franchise held by Riverside Greyhound Club, and a state law, which say two dog tracks can't operate within 15 miles of each other. Riverside has asked Pulaski Chancery Court to stop the new track from operating. Southland's track is well within the area restricted to the -Riverside location, which hasn't seen a Greyhound since 1941. 2. A suit in Pulaski Circuit Court which challenges the Racing Commission's authority to regulate dog racing. This suit, brought by four Crittenden County residents who are opposed to Southland, also contends that dog racing violates a state constitutional against 1 lotteries. prohibition Southland isn't a direct party to the complaint, but it is one of more than passing interest to the track operators. No date has been set for a hearing on the action. Gambling Fight 3. A move by a protestanfc churchmen, spurred on by the Arkansas Baptist State Convention, to offer an initiated act in the next general election outlawing pari mutuel betting. Such a law would have the effect 01 wiping out both horse and dog racing. If the Racing Commission and Gov. Faubus wish to continue their fight against operation of Southland s track, they may allow Riverside's permit to stay in effect. Members of the commission which Faubus fired last Novmber revoked the Riverside permit. However, the new commission reinstated it after agreeing' with Riverside's attorney .that the previous See RACE on Page 8 A^efhodist Men On Mission to Local Churches Paragould Obviously irritated because it was forced by court order, the commission asked Southland President Cecil Ray Edmonds to operate the race track in a respectable manner. "I hope you won't bring disgrace on this commission," the commission vice chairman, Jeff Roland of Paragould, told Edmonds. "We expect you to operate an organization aboveboard. We feel that you will comply with this quest." Edmonds replied that Southland would operate within the law, Later, he told reporters that 1,200 dogs are present in West Mernphis, and that the track hopes to open its first 40-day racing season on April 16. 3,750 Reservations Sold Commissioner Ned Stewart of Texarkana, an attorney, confirmed that Southland doesn't have to apply to the Racing Commission for meeting dates, as does Oaklawn Park, the state's only horse race track. Edmonds told newsmen that Southland already has accepted 3,750 box seat reservations for its first season in tht $1,600,000 track, built prior to Southland's application to the commission for a franchise, as required by law. "" The franchise was unanimously approved by nine members of the Racing Commission, who waited in vain at the agency's office at Oaklawn Park for a legal loophole to withhold the operating permit. At one minute, by the clock, before the midnight deadline for compliance with an order by Chancellor W. Leon Smith, the commission granted the franchise. Smith Rfejects Pie* . The action wag 'forced after Chancellor Smith rejected a personal plea from an aide of Gov. Orval Faubus to extend the time for* compliance with his order for another 10 days. Following a long conference with Claude Carpenter Jr., administrative assistant to Faubus, Judge Smith turned down the request at 11:30 last night. He said that he could not under the law accept the oral plea offered by Carpenter and therefore,. "There's nothing before me to decide." Asked by a reporter if his decision meant Southland would get the franchise, Smith replied, "I guess so if that's what they want." Gov. Faubus, who virtually led the Racing Commission by ihe hand in the struggle with Southland, personally ordered the group to appeal for ufrther time. And he sent Carpenter to Judge Smith's home in Blytheville to represent the commission. The governor wasn't available for comment on the commission's action. He left Little Rock yesterday for a speaking engagement. Neither could Atty. Gen. Tom Gentry, official counsel for the Racing Commission, be reached. Gentry's unlisted home telephone number is a secret, known only to some members of Ms staff. Surprise Move In a surprise move, Gentry himself won yesterday- morning an order for the Arkansas Supreme | Court knocking out the last prop ' on which the Racing Commission might have defied Judge Smith. The attorney general obtained from the high court a writ setting aside a temporary injunction issued by Pulaski Chancellor Sam Rorex. j who had oidered the commission j to withhold a franchise. 1 Judse Rorex's order was in dir- Russians Plan NorLmilitary Atomic Power Installations By TOM WHITNEY NEW YORK (AP) — It is now possible to describe the scope of Soviet plans for development on atomic energy in the nonmilitary sense. Moscow's security curtain on this field, parted only a little before, was pushed farther aside at the 20th Communist party Congress. Here are some of the things announced as in progress or planned: The government plans to build by 1960 two large atomic power plants in the Urals area (which at present has a power and fuel deficit). The two Installations will have together a capacity of one million kilowatts, roughly half the output of Grand Coulee, largest hydroelectric—power station in the United States. Third Plant A third atomic power plant to be built near Moscow is designed to yield 400,000 kw. Soviet engineers estimate that currently the capital investment required for a large nuclear pow- er station will be 50 per cent higher than for a large coal-fueled station of similar capacity. They estimate the cost of producing one kilowatt hour of nuclear electric power will be approximately the same as .for coal-produced power. The Soviet Union plans for the next five years up to 10 different types of atomic power reactors of from 50,000 to 200,000 kw. capacity each. There will be slow, fast and medium speed' neutron reactors, reactors using graphite, beryllium, heavy and ordinary ter and metal coolers. One powerful reactor will use thorium as its base. Plans for a nuclear-powered ice breaker to serve along Siberia's north coast are nearing completion. The vessel is reckoned to operate two to three years at a stretch without additional fnpl water decelerators, with gas, wa- economy. Work on nuclear power for other types of ships, for aviation and for land transport machines is promised on a broad scale. The Soviet Union claims an; abundance of radioactive mater ials for use in research and the Adlai and Estes Score Ike; Talk of Third Party Sounded By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Adlai E. Stevenson bore down yesterday on the issue of President Eisenhower's health while Sen. Estes Kefauver (D-Tenn) raked the Republican administration for what he called its "methods of propaganda, procrastination and postponement." While the rival candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination followed separate campaign trails in Minnesota and New Hampshire, Eisenhower's name was entered formally in, the California and Wisconsin primaries. From two quarters came third party stirrings. Some leaders of a group called "For America" set in motion a plan designed to throw the November election into the House of Representatives. The object: election of a "conservative" to the White House. In South Carolina former Gov James F. Byrnes indicated a new Southern states rights party may be formed if .the Democrats and Republicans pledged "drastic action against the Southern states" in efforts to court minority voting groups. Byrnes said he wouldn't be a delegate to the emocratic National Convention ;at Chicago" in August. "Special Stevenson told a Minneapolis audience he understands the condition, under \vh i c h Eisenhower agreed to a second term "is that the special arrangements that were made to accommodate him during, his illness and convalescence must be made permanent/' Stevenson, who lost to Eisenhower in 1952, said that to delegate the functions and authority of the presidency "on a scale we have not known in our time presents an issue that is not the personal one of ihe President's health, but the public matter of how the office of president can and should be conducted." Hit Policies Kefauver lashed out at Eisenhower administration for what he termed its failure to meet the nation's needs at home and abroad. "With its methods of propaganda, procrastination and postponement," he said at Hanover, N.H., "It has waited until its final year in office, and under the pressure of the Doming election, before pretending to fulfill its campaign promises." Kefauver's name' was entered yesterday in New Jersey's April 17 presidential preference primary by Martin J. Rafferty of Newark. On the Republican side. Thomas E. Stephens, a ment secretary flew to California with a paper giving the President's signed consent to entering that state's June 5 primary. A 70-member Eisenhower delegate slate now is being chosen. In Wisconsin, Gov. Walter J. Kohler Jr. headed a list of 30 Eisenhower delegate candidates who formally filed for the April 3 primary there. A few minutes earlier, John Chappel, an Ashland publisher, filed a full slate of dele- former appoint- to Eisenhower. With 17 Aboard: Globemaster Falls Into North Alantic LONDON. (AP) - A U. S. Air Force Globemaster with 17 persons aboard crashed in the North Atlantic off Iceland, last night at almost the spot the same plane narrowly escaped disaster a week ago. Missing Raft Located; Five Aboard Safe PANAMA (jp) — A U.S. survey ship has rescued four men .and a woman whose ocean-going raft drifted helplessly for days in a' giant Pacific whirlpool. Amateur radio operators from Panama, Mexico, Peru, Costa Rica and the United States listened in as the U.S. hydrographic survey ship Rehoboth picked up the bedraggled crew members of the Peruvian raft Caututa. Amateur radio operator Juan Francisco Arias of Panama said the Rehobpth's operator messaged that the five adventurers appeared in good condition although weak and almost out of food. The Cantuta's crew was picked up about 1,000 miles northwest of the Galapagos Islands. The U.S. Navy had ordered the Rehoboth and U.S.S. Greenville Victory to search for the Peruvian craft after it had sent out a distress call about two weeks ago. The five set out from Talara, Peru, last December, to try to duplicate Thor Heyerdahl's famed Kon-Tiki feat. They hoped "to drift in the Rumbolt current to the South Jeas. The Rehoboth's master, Identi- Reld as Cmdr. J. J. Klein, said the five persons appeared in good condition. Peruvian Eduardo Ingris. 45, heads the expedition. The others are Andy Host, 27. a Dutch seaman, Mlrko Guerecky, 29, a Czech radio operator, Joaquin Guerrero. * An Air Force spokesman here said radio messages from a weather ship reported finding the first bit of wreckage from the . . . "We know how the Globemaster crashed into the sea," the spokesman said. The plane had left the Kefiavik, Iceland, airport yesterday, bound for New York. An oxygen bottle, part of the plane's equipment, was recovered and showed extensive traces of fire, the spokesman said, bottle was picked up by The the weather ship Alpha, about 250 miles west of the Iceland coast. Distress Signal That was near the position where the plane sent May ay messages — extreme distress signals—shortly before midnight. The last message said three of the planes four engines had failed and it was losing altitude rapidly. One week ago the same C124 transport developed engine trouble in roughly the same position off Iceland and was shepherded in by air-sea rescue planes. The weather ship and Air Force planes continued the search for survivors. Last Saturday the big craft landed safely at Keflayik after a grim, two-hour battle with failing engines. Enroute to Scotland On that flight the lumbering four-engine transport was enroute form Goose Bay, Labrador, to Prestwicfc, Scotland, when two engines conked out. Air-sea rescue planes from Ke- ilavik had rushed to the scene after the pilot said he was considering ditching at sea. but he managed to limp in without j further mishap. j Most of the 17 persons aboard; were American airmen en route Big Three to Air Proposed Sale Of Planes to Israel By JOHN ML HIGHTOWER WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States and France appear to be engaged in a tricky buck-passing operation over the proposed sale by France of 12 Mystere jet fighter planes to Israel. The issue of the fighters was scheduled for discussion next week at the State Department by Undersecretary of State Herbert Hoover Jr., French Ambassador Maurice Couve de Murville and British Ambassador Sir Roger Makins. The three diplomats had planned to confer today but found next week more convenient. The situation has been slowly* —— ...-— building toward a climax r'or several weeks. State Department officials are upset because they believe that Uie ^French government is trying to manuever the United States into the position of approving or advocating the sale. French authorities appear to be upset because they say privately that the United States wants France to sell the planes but does not want to take any responsibility ior the sale. Keep Power Balanced The issue is involved in the broad problem of arms sales by the Western powers to the Middle East under the joint American- British-French 1950. declaration. That pact called for maintenance of the balance of power in the area between Israel and the Arab states. Many weeks ago Israel asked about buying 12 Mystere jets from France. These modern fighter planes are being manufactured under United States contract for North Atlantic Treaty Organization forces. State Department officials will say only that France raised with the United States the question •;/hether 12 of the planes might be withdrawn from 'Scheduled delivery under the U. S. contract. The United States agreed. French authorities here, and presumably those in Paris, construed the American approval as cover-, ing;- nbtoonly diversion, of. the aircraft from NATO deliveries hut also their sale and delivery to Israel. Not Approved The United States position is that the sale to Israel technically has not been approved because France has not raised the question, and that what France does with the planes is her own business. The problem is a difficult one Britain's Press Takes Grim View Of Glubb's Ouster LONDON (AP) — The British press said today Jordan's ouster of Lt. Gen. John Bagot Glubb might swing the whole Middle East power balance against the West and touch off for France. There are strong pro- Israeli influences bearing on the French government as on the United States government. At the same time Franco aas been trying since last fall to improve its relations, with Egypt in order to obtain! Egyptian cooperation in cutting i -nd other government leaders. another Arab-Israeli war. British papers expressed grave' concern over the turn of events as the famed commander of the crack Arab Legion headed for London after his abrupt dismissal by Jordan's young King Hussein. The influential Times of London labeled the ouster a "studied affront" by Hussein and declared it was '' the most sinister event which has occurred in the Middle East since the Egyptian purchase of arms from the Communists. "Whatever the immediate motive for the Jordanian government's sudden removal of Glubb Pasha," the Times added, "the net effect must be Increased uncertainty in the Middle East." Under Pressure Informed sources hi Amman said Hussein acted under strong anti-Western nationalist pressure. His government informed London the dismissal was not designed to affeci Jordan's friendly relations with Britain, but it caused apprehension both in London and Washington. The Times said Glubb's dismissal raised the point whether Britain should continue paying nine million pounds (25 million dollars) a year to subsidize the Arab Legion, recently offered to pay Jordan an annual grant to support its army, if it would pass up the British subsidy. A top level Arab conference to^discuss the proposed grant is expected to take place soon. Prime Minister Eden conferred at a lengthy emergency session yesterday with Cabinet ministers down troubles with the Arabs in French sections of North Africa. The United Slates also is courting Arab goodwill, with the thought that Israel's security in the long run can best be assured by making peace in Palestine. Meantime Other meetings are expected over the weekend after a first hand report of the Amman .happenings IP received from Glubb. The conservative Daily Telegraph said "The Jordan government stands convicted of ingrati- it continues to delay a decision on I '-udt and folly. It is an insult that Israel's request to buy 64 million dollars worth of arms in this coun- trv. in Hayii Picked will be deeply resented in this country " The conservative Daily Mail .said Glubb's ouster threatens the future of the Baghdad Paci and of the whole Middle East. Lt Col. Joe D. Wheeler Third Squadron Begins Move to BlyfhevilleAFB Approximately 273 airmen and officers of the 766th Bombardment Squadron (Tactical) will begin ax- riving at Bltyheville Air Force Base the first of next week. According to an Air Force announcement today, the movement began March 1 and is to be completed by March 7. The squadron, commanded by Lt. Col. Joe D. Wheeler, flew its B-57 jet aircraft to the base earlier this week, but the pilots returned to The liberal News Chronicle said Hill AFB, Utah to bring their fam- ihat as a result of the turn in! nies to Blytheville. complete the from Iceland to Goose Bay. Lab- Exiled Racketeer »iiv. iiuaciiuji is 111 t?.\uii;iiii;e JLUI — — Jonesboro district pastors who re-| s ^ an ^- . of Maryland said in Annapolis hej exoects Eisenhower's name to be On the Move oer on petition of the old River- on the Maryland primary ballot See SOCTHLAXD on Page 8 . HAYTI - Tom Osboarne of Hav-! ly strengthened. cently appeared in Paragould dis-i trict churches ; First Methodist Church will have! The Rev. Edwin Dodson as guest! minister. The Rev. Dodson is psstor I _ , . — . at Pocahonlas. Services will be held rOSftlonS on I Odoy May 7. The movement by some "For Sunday at .7 pjn. and Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 7:30 p.m. America" leaders apparently s'ems from unhappiness with the possible Democratic and Republi- NEW YORK «>j — Five Paris can presidential candidates now in He will lead the visitation program j dress designers are flying their new' view. Brig. Gen. Bonner Fellers Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday! spring fashions here for a televised j 'Ret.i the group's national direc- showing on NBC-TV's "Today" next tor. said the aim is to win election nights. The Rev. Ray Burrows, from Mammoth Springs, will be guest pastor at Lake Street Methodist Church. Services will be held each day at 7:30 p.m., March 5 through March 9. Services at Promised Land Methodist church will be conducted by the Rev. Harvey Hazelwood, who has recently been assigned to the Yarbro-Promised Land churches. Services will be held March 5 through March 9 at 7:30 p.m. Wesley Parish is having the Rev. Kern Johnson • from Black Rock, with cervices March 5 through March. 9 at 7 pjn. Cots to Star NEW YORK (*)—An alley-cat and five of his four-footed friends will star on the "Playwrights' P 5«" drama on NBC-TV March 13. The story U about a man who loses his cat, and the people who keep him ottan. Thursday. See POLITICS on Page I AVELLINO. Italy «v-Racketeer; Vo/COJTO Erupt S Joe Adonis who preferred exile in | Italy to jail in the United Slates, is \ KAGOSHIMA. Japan -VP.—Saku- I on the move again. ------i rajima, volcanic island off the i A Naples.newspaper reported that j southern tip of Japan, erupted yes- I Adonis had "disappeared." But po-1 teniay in a shower of lava and vol- ' lice said he had only moved from j canic ash. . Delayed reports said j an aunt's home near Naples to the ! there were no injuries or major, town of Lucca, near Leghorn. damage. Responsibility--Heroes Are Made of This "When I saw that boy on fire, I knew that if I didn't save him I'd think it was my fault all my life." Those were the words yesterday of Marvin Proctor. 15-year-old Promised Land eighth grader, who is being credited for saving his schoolmate's life last Wednesday. The injured boy, eight-year-old Jerry Logston, is in, Blytheville Hospital, "improving" from critical bum* on the back, shoulders and leg*. It was a chilly morning. Jerry arrived at the community school early and proceeded to warm himself by the tchootroom stove. Suddenly hli iliirt blazed. Screaming in terror, the boy ran from the room. You* Mwtar *M ta grade class across the hall. Jerry raced wildly into the room screaming, "I'm on fire; I'm on fire." Frightened, several eighth graders scattered. One small girl ran from the room. It is probably true that an act of heroism is never calculated. It has some other value. In his assessment later, Marvin made the statement, "if I didnt save him, I'd think it was my fault all my life." His act of heroism had its motivation in a feeling of responsibility to his fellow man. Thoufht *T TnhUOf Marvin tought quickly of his Boy Scout training, or at least what he hod learned in only » few weeks of Koutinf. ClotUiv »11UM ibould be smothered. A blanked, a rug- but there were none. Next best were his hands. He tried to catch Jerry, who was racing along the walls-of the room. Marvin couldnt stop the running boy, but he beat at the flames with his hands. "I was afraid his hair would catch tire," Marvin said. "I ran behind Jerry and tore his shut from htm and his burning undershirt.. I dont know why I wasn't burned,". By this time, Marrtn proudly pointed out, he had assistance. A fellow student, Charles Bates, helped him tear off the remnants of Uie smoldering shirt. Tatteti In •-i; • '' .-.n:I princi.:ni af FnalMd Land tcbool, CloeUxl C. Dulaney, arrived at this moment. He wrapped his coat about the boys blistering shoulders and raced witfl him to the hospital. Marvin's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Proctor, recently moved to SOS E. Rose from the Promised Land community. The father is a printer for Samuel F. Norris. and young Proctor is an apprentice in the shop. He earns after-school money in the stock room and by running errands. He's a modest boy who thinks others may be making too much of a "fuss" over his exploit He wants to be a printer like his father and he's going to feel fine about Jerry Logston, because Jerry is go- ini; to get well—that's Marvin's "fault." Col. Thomas Ford, 461st Commander, and his staff are expected • to. move from Hill to BlythevUIe I about April 1. A small detachment of men will remain at Hill for a few months. With the remainder of the wing j moving to BAFB in April, the strength of BAFB shoaid be approximately 2,03), ihe Air Force said. Weather Marvin Proctor And F»Hwr * Work NORTHEAST ARKANSAS: Fair ihis afternoon and tonight, cooler tonight. Sundp.i partly cloudy with little change in temperature. High this af ten toon mid 60 to 70; low tonight 30 to 40. MISSOURI: Partly cloudy and not quite so warm this afternoon; mostly cloudy tonight and Sunday with occasional rain northwest and showers or thunderstorms east and south portions Sunday; colder northwest and turning colder elsewhere Sunday; increasing southerly winds lor.icht; low tonight 40-*5; high Sunday upper 40s ncrthwest to 70 extreme southeast. Minimum this mornir.s—4-1. MaX;rr.uir. yesterday—71. Sunset today—5;57. Mean temperature— 545. Precipitation 24 bours (7 a.m. to T a.m.!—none. Precipitation Jan. 1 to d»t«—15.33. This Dal* iJSt Y«r Maximum yi-5teidhV—58 Minimum thw. rna.nlr.ft— 73. loa J«3. 4 to d*t*—7.11,

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